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Our wonderful editor Ros, and her partner Charles announced their engagement last month (Don’t tell her we told you!) and they will be married in 2019. Congratulations! We wish you both every happiness xxx

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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, photocoping, 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.

Welcome to our Festive issue which, quite amazingly, marks my first year anniversary as Editor of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local! I hope you are enjoying the magazine and that you find it to be a helpful and handy guide to all things local. From this side, it is a total pleasure to produce and we have so enjoyed getting to know many of our contributors over the past year. You never fail to impress us! There is a huge amount of enthusiasm and willingness to give time and effort to the local community. It’s inspirational and makes our job very easy. Thank you. I just can’t believe a whole year has passed and once again it’s time for Christmas shopping and preparations for the festive holidays …. For the last few years, I’ve done most of my Christmas Shopping locally. We are very lucky to have such a wide selection of fabulous retailers to choose from, and what better way to support our local community and businesses? And on that note, our local traders in Fetcham and Leatherhead have shopping events organised for Saturday 1st December and the Ashtead traders are preparing to welcome you for their late night shopping event on Tuesday 4 December. These are always lovely events which bring the community together for some pre-festive cheer and shopping of course! Mole Valley are even offering us all free parking in the Leatherhead Car Parks on 1st December and also in the Ashtead Car Parks from 3pm on the 4th! (details within) There are a whole host of Christmas Concerts and lovely events taking place locally this year and we have enjoyed selecting some gems for you; we’ve packed as many options into our pages as possible. I do hope something takes your fancy! Oh yes, and I mustn’t forget to mention the Charity Christmas Post. This is very well worth using, at 30p per card it will save you some money and help others at the same time! See The Ashtead Residents Association information on page 10. I look forward to bringing you more local coverage in 2019. But for now, I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year,


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CONTENTS 53 8. 10. 12. 14. 22. 25. 26. 29. 40. 42. 46. 48.

Leatherhead Residents’ Association Ashtead Residents’ Association Fetcham Residents’ Association Ashtead Late Night Shopping Be in the Kitchen - Recipe Leatherhead Youth Project Computer tips from Tec Res History Society Gardening with Selina Regular Events What’s on in December? The Wonder of Christmas

53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 64. 66. 66. 67. 67. 68.

Glow at RHS Wisley Lions Santa Route Santa’s Sitting Room Probus Sporting Event Rotary Lights Up Woodfield Players Transition Ashtead Mole Valley W.I. Fetcham Village W.I. Ashstead Village W.I. Ashtead W.I.NG Townswomen Guild

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required for this would seem to place it beyond all possibility. Mr Elkeles said that the money would come by bidding for funds from the Governments allocations for NHS th On the 6 October, we in Leatherhead, capital expenditure. Refurbishment funds with some guests from Ashtead and for Epsom and St Helier hospitals, on the Bookham, were treated to a face to face other hand, could be realised through the explanation of how our local NHS CEO, Mr. sale of some land at Sutton. Daniel hoping that our TOWN hospitals The 1st,Elkeles, WHICH is the DATE of the CENTRE CHRISTMAS the 8th, & the 15th Many of those FESTIVAL, in attendance at this meeting will develop over the next five to ten years. were very sceptical about the possibility of We are are grateful for this acknowledgement by Traders and Users are at notall asking for current much. any improvement in the There two main deficiencies, Mole Valley District free parking The USERS Petition was submitted with 845 provision. maintenance of the Council current that buildings and IS INDEEDofneeded to help ourcare. traders Aand our signatures and will be considered at the next Mole provision adequate Acute short People rose in their seats to remind the shoppers. Please make a plan to spend some time Valley Local Committee meeting on Wednesday video revealed the problems currently speaker that such discussions had already and some moneyatinSt. Leatherhead. 12th December. Supporters are welcome experienced Helier and Epsom. Mr. taken place some 20 years ago, and the and Elkeles that there is a lack of As has also beenstated highlighted is recent months, transport can be organized for those who wouldone like results had been negligible. However, real, joined-up provision Acute Unit. to Leatherhead businesses have of taken thecare dramatic attend, either to speak or to beplace in theover gallery. valuable change has taken the He said he awould likerequesting to see a abuilding of of a last couple of years and that is the method step to sign petition few hours single, modern Care while Unit their where the We free parking on theAcute High Street premises are always to have encourage by which bedhappy blocking hasevents beenthat almost patients be in Petition wards having widely by local are open. would The Traders was PASSED people to Leatherhead. Congratulations eliminated in visit Epsom. The team running it is spaced prevent cross infection, the “Epsom Health andLETS Careteam Partnership.” the Molebeds ValleytoLocal Committee in September. to Miranda Virgo and her (Leatherhead and, then mosta important consultant A localTeam doctor or a social Since new Petitionofhasall, been signed by level High Events Support) for the worker success ofnow two recent supervision 24/7. accompanies the consultant the31st nurse Street USERS - shoppers, employees and visitors to festivities; celebrating Halloween and on the and whendays assessing future of a (usually) However the problem would where three the street. Those who signed couldbeseeabout how empty later on 3rd care November, the LC100, elderly person. This facilitates safethe return to site – St. Helier, Sutton. the Streetitgets after 3pm Epsom What a or perfect usage of Leatherhead Celebration of 100 yearsasince end home with the necessary helpwell having been Patientsspace needing kind of of care available to havethis a few hours freeare parking at of the First World War. They were attended and arranged beforehand. notparents too concerned about where they much ausually time when are appreciated by the crowds who attended. who have to are taken – it is their relatives All attendees encouraged to fill collecting children from school. With banks, the The LETS teamwere is already working on in thethe1 endure journeys. this reason, short questionnaire guide Do future decisions post officeawkward and shops still open, For all their errands December Christmas to Festival. come along by far the most popular site for our on the Hospitals. could be done in one outing. After all, local villages between 10am and 4pm and take advantage of the residents would be Epsom. have all day free parking on their High Street so free Swan Centre parking. Caroline Brown (LRA Chairman) The possibility of a brand new multi-purpose Gill Hanson (SDCCG) hospital was also mentioned, but the sums


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Shopping & Parking Ashtead Traders will be hosting their annual Christmas Shopping Evening in The Street on Tuesday 4th December from 4pm until 8pm & free parking will be available in Ashtead car parks from 3pm. The evening will be an opportunity to browse, shop and enjoy the generous hospitality from the wide variety of businesses that we are fortunate to have in our village. There will be market stalls, sideshows and much more. Children can join in the fun with fair rides, face painting and seeing Father Christmas. As always, we shall be entertained by carol singing and Morris Dancing. Ashtead Rotary Club will be out in force collecting for local charities so please give generously. Following representation by Councillor David Hawksworth (Ashtead Independent Common Ward) the concession for pre-Christmas free car parking in Mole Valley Council car parks has been extended this year to all day on Saturday 1st, 8th & 15th December as an added incentive to shop locally. Any money put into machines during free periods will go to the Council Chairman’s charities. Christmas Card Post Once again, the 7th Epsom Scouts are on hand to save us money. They will be running the community Christmas post scheme at the same price as last year, namely 30p per card. This year deliveries will be to postcodes KT17, KT18, KT19 and KT21. Please note they will no longer deliver to KT20. Please bundle your cards together along with the payment and place them in local post boxes that will be available at the following locations from 30th November: • McColls, The Street • Tesco Express, Craddocks Parade

• The Surgery, Gilbert House, Woodfield Lane • Gary’s Greengrocer, Barnett Wood Lane • New this year, the M & S Food Hall in The Street The last collection will be 2pm on 18th December. Last year, over £3,000 was raised for this outstanding youth organisation from the delivery of 10,000 cards of which Ashtead contributed over 2,000. We have been asked to thank the residents of Ashtead for their contribution but we can do better this year so please support the wonderful work undertaken by a team of dedicated volunteers. Entertainment The Woodfield Entertainers who have been entertaining Ashtead for nearly 30 years will be putting you in the festive spirit this December with their production of Treasure Island at Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane. A panto not to be missed, full of fun and laughter for the whole family. So why not start your perfect Christmas with a trip to Treasure Island? Show times are as follows:• 13 & 14th December - 7.30pm • 15th December - 1.30pm matinee SOLD OUT • 15th December - 6.30pm early evening Tickets: Adults £10, under 16’s £5 Box Office 07941 105612 or Thank you Ashtead Residents’ Association could only function with the support it receives from its members and our outstanding team of Road Stewards. A big thank you to all of you and our Chairman and Committee would like to take this opportunity of wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous and peaceful New Year. Roger Bennett - Planning Officer

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Civil partnerships to be available to straight couples In October 2018, the Prime Minister announced that civil partnerships will be made available to heterosexual couples, following a Supreme Court judgment earlier this year that there was unlawful discrimination in the current regime. What is a civil partnership?

• A marriage can be annulled if at the time of the marriage

Civil partnerships have been available to same sex couples since December 2005. At a time when same sex couples were unable to marry, civil partnership was introduced as a way of enabling those couples to show their commitment to each other and to have rights and responsibilities similar to those that married couples had. Why is there now perceived to be discrimination? Since March 2014 same sex couples have been able to marry. This means that same sex couples who wish to make a formal commitment to each other can choose whether to marry or enter into a civil partnership. However, under the present law, heterosexual couples only have the option to marry. At one point it was suggested that civil partnerships would be abolished once same sex couples were allowed to marry but that did not happen. To prevent discrimination the law is now being extended to enable heterosexual couples to enter into civil partnerships as an alternative to marriage. What is the difference between civil partnership and marriage?

• Religious organisations are not required to agree to civil

partnerships taking place in religious premises but whilst the ceremony may be religious, the actual formation of the civil partnership remains secular, whereas a marriage can be religious;

• There is a prescribed form of words for a marriage

ceremony whereas a civil partnership is registered by the signing of a civil partnership document. It is not necessary for words or “vows” to be spoken;

the respondent was suffering from a sexually transmitted disease but this is not a ground for annulling a civil partnership;

• If a relationship breaks down, adultery can be relied on

for the purposes of divorce proceedings but not for the dissolution of a civil partnership;

• There is different terminology used in ending a

relationship with divorce or dissolution proceedings taking place;

• Financially, in the event of death or divorce/dissolution, there is no difference in the way that married couples and civil partners are treated.

It can therefore be seen that the differences between marriage and civil partnership are relatively minor. Is this a great step forward in the law for unmarried heterosexual couples? Not really! For those unmarried couples who wish to enter into a legal commitment which is very similar to marriage without actually being a marriage, clearly this is good news. However, many couples in cohabiting relationships (whether heterosexual or same sex) do not understand that they do not have the financial security offered by marriage or civil partnership in the event of the relationship breaking down. For other couples, one partner may simply refuse to get married or enter into a civil partnership because they do not wish to have financial responsibility for their partner, even if the relationship has been long and/or the couple have children together. Extending the civil partnership legislation does not benefit those couples.

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LYP Christmas Celebration LYP has had another exciting year in Leatherhead, Bookham and across Mole Valley. This year we have grown our projects again and are providing more support to more young people locally. This couldn’t be possible without the wonderful support of all our volunteers and supporters. LYP will be hosting our Christmas Celebration on 13th December at our Leatherhead base AllSaints Coffee. This is a wonderful opportunity to share time together, celebrate our volunteers, share stories from the year and vision for the future. For more information please contact Summer projects As ever the LYP team had a busy summer packed with activities for young people. This year included some exciting trips. The North Leatherhead Youth  Council had a reward trip to Aqua Park. The council meet regularly to give their voice to local issues, this year they met several influential people and groups, and they also took part in social action projects this summer that better their community. The trip was a thank you

and well done for all their hard work. On top of this, young people from BFree Youth Cafe went on the annual beach trip and the London Monopoly challenge!  Bookham Youth Project held its second ‘Schools out for Summer’ event on Lower Road rec - with inflatables, craft activities, sports and games all free for local young people. Welcome Jenny! In August we welcomed Jenny to the team. Having grown up locally and just graduated from Moorlands College, Jenny has a real passion for local youth work. Jenny has taken on the role of Bookham Lead Youth Worker, and will be leading the Bookham projects developing activities and projects to support young people in the schools, community and churches in Bookham.  LYP are thrilled to have Jenny as part of the team, she’s a wonderful addition and is already leading all our youth work in Bookham. Next time you are in AllSaints Coffee Shop do say hello. 

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Tecnology & I.T.


This guide about backing up our computers was written by Les Beer, from Tecres in Leatherhead, which have been providing computer solutions since 1989. Frequently we find the Christmas and New Year period is a brilliant time to galvanise your thoughts and maybe make some plans for the year ahead. Looking at your IT needs should not be any different, maybe you need to improve your Wifi coverage around the property - consider our Nova Mesh wifi extenders which can provide coverage across the largest of properties for minimal investment and simple installation. Maybe you want to provide a better shared printing capability with the family or work colleagues - a low cost Wifi printer really could be the solution. Getting all your emails, contacts and diary appointments on all your devices synchronised & backed up to the internet. Maybe your PC or Mac is running slow - we can usually update these machines and solve these issues. Ensuring your PC’s and Mac’s are professionally looked after, we have our Total Care support package, which includes:

• Full Internet Security, • Automatic backup of your data to our cloud, • Remote technical assistance • Unlimited workshop repairs • Instore technical Assistance • How to technical help For one annual fee of just £150.00 per year. We constantly have a changing stock of new and used PC’s Mac’s and tablets, so whatever your needs are there is a good chance we can assist. Currently we have Apple iPads from £170, MacBook Air’s from £625.00, Apple iMac’s from £599, used Windows 10 laptops from £175.00 and desktops from £125.00 Should you like to have your data moved from your old machine to your new one, this is something we can assist with, infact we can even come to your premises and install it for you. One call can solve it all. Happy Christmas and Stress Free 2019!!

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COUNTRY HOUSE SERVICES AT POLESDEN LACEY Hugh Baker and Michael Herbert of Fetcham U3A Industrial Heritage Group lectured Leatherhead & District Local History Society following their research on Polesden Lacey’s utility services in the last century. These helped to make the house ‘fit for a maharajah’. In 1902, the owner of Polesden Lacey, Sir Clinton Dawkins, called in architect Ambrose Poynter and civil engineer Mrs Ronnie Greville Stephen Terry to advise him on rebuilding the mansion and equipping the estate with all modern utilities. Their detailed plans specified waterworks, including a well with galleries, bore hole, tower, reservoirs and mains; hot and cold water supply, drainage and heating apparatus; stables, coach and motor houses with dwellings for the men; and a complete electric light and power station with all machinery in duplicate, and with storage batteries and travelling crane. The work was completed in 1904. Ronnie and Margaret Greville bought Polesden Lacey in 1906 and carried out further extensive interior alterations to make it a ‘house fit for a maharaja’. The bedrooms now had telephones and en-suite bathrooms, almost unheard- of at the time. The baths had no taps: the water rose from the bottom without noisy splashing! When Mrs Greville died in 1942, all her papers were destroyed and most of the house records were lost. Fetcham U3A Industrial Heritage Group has looked at the water supply and electricity generation installed in 1904, along with the communications telephones and indicators - added later. Providing water for the fountains and gardens was as important as for the house. After a new well was dug, water from the old one was used for fountains. Before

1904 underground reservoirs were used to store rainwater from the roofs. They continued to be used, along with an underground rainwater reservoir and a garden reservoir in a small tower, with new pumps. The new system from 1904 provided ten times the previous capacity. A photograph of Polesden Lacey’s engine house with its 20 HP oil engines installed in 1905 to generate

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electricity, hangs in the National Trust’s offices. The building remains but there is no record of what happened to the oil engines. However a detailed description in The Engineer journal explained how they worked. Mrs Greville introduced an internal telephone system which first operated before 1913 and was later replaced by a larger system enabling residents and guests to summon servants to rooms throughout the house. Six phones remain today but notes on the electrical plans indicate there may have been more before Mrs Greville died. At next month’s L&DLHS lecture on Friday, 19 January, Tony Matthews will present the story of Cherkley Court and its extraordinary owners Abraham Dixon, founder of the Letherhead Institute itself, Lord Beaverbrook, the controversial media magnate, and subsequent events culminating in today’s exclusive luxury hotel. The monthly talks start at 8pm in the Letherhead Institute with coffee from 7.30pm. Entrance £2. For more information go to



This Christmas treat your loved ones to a beautiful day out in 2019 with tickets to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, supported by Viking. Bursting with colour and inspiration, the show will return from 1-7 July to transform the grounds of Hampton Court Palace into a celebration of summer. Set against the stunning backdrop of the palace, the festival offers an abundance of inspiration, brimming with ideas to take home. Visitors can spend the day immersing themselves in the diverse range of beautiful gardens, iconic horticulture and a vibrant array of shopping opportunities. The Floral Marquee will be bursting with plants and flowers to buy from leading nurseries across the UK, while shopping stands will offer everything from the latest gadgets to grow a garden you love to lifestyle and beauty products. Meanwhile, plenty of interactive workshops, talks and activities will offer experiences for

everyone to get involved in and learn something new as they spend the day amongst the blooms. Whether it’s for the gardener in your life with a passion for plants, those who love the outdoors or even just spending a fabulous day out with family and friends, RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival is the perfect place to spend a summer’s day in an unforgettable setting. For something extra special, the Preview Evening on Monday 1 July (5 - 10.30pm) offers an exclusive chance to preview the show before its official opening to the public. Visitors can enjoy an evening of live music followed by a magnificent fireworks display as the sun sets behind the palace. Tickets to the show and gift vouchers of various amounts can be booked at or 0844 995 9664.

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Schools and adult choirs will be visiting the Ashley Shopping Centre in Epsom to sing to raise money for Epsom Medical Equipment Fund on the following dates:



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It’s amazing how beautiful the light is in winter and how spectacular the sky seem to be. Having deciduous trees is good in the winter as they shed their leaves in autumn and give you more sky views. They also allow the winter light to get through. Evergreen trees lose leaves all year round, so rather than making less mess they actually continuously make leaf litter. I’m not saying that evergreens should be avoided, but just used carefully. Too many evergreens can be quite depressing in winter but just the right number creates texture and interest all year and a good balance in the winter garden. Trees and bushes can create lovely shapes, and grasses left standing and studded with the seed-heads of perennials, look beautiful as they catch the low winter light. I try to ensure that they can be backlit with the morning or evening sun so that the planting looks just as interesting in winter as it does in summer. There are a few winter must have plants and my personal favourites are cornus for their stem colour,

witch hazel for its scented flowers and pretty shape; hellebores for their delightful flowers. I also love the scent of mahonia and winter box and amazing early flowering bulbs which seem to defy all sense and pop heir heads through in the coldest parts of the year! There are so many other winter gems to choose and if they are planted where you will see them daily in the winter then they are especially worthwhile. Although it’s cold outside, getting a breath of fresh air and enjoying the sites and smells of your garden in winter is still really important and, especially as this season can seem very long, having some beauty around you for the winter months can only be a good thing… If you’d like some help with designing you garden and would welcome a winter review or garden re-design then do contact Selina on 07894 553 202 or see our website for further ideas or take a look at our facebook page Selina Botham – Designs for all Seasons or follow us on Instagram @designsforallseasons.

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REGULAR EVENTS in Ashtead & Leatherhead

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Monday 3rd (weekly)

Tuesday 4th (weekly - termtime)

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Wednesday 5th (weekly)

Wednesday 5th (monthly)

Wednesday 5th (monthly)

Thursday 6th (weekly - termtime)

Leatherhead Parish Church welcomes you to all its services. For full details of our May services and events, check out Leatherhead Methodist Church welcomes you to all their services. For more information visit our website Monday (weekly term time) 7.45pm Fetcham Singers - friendly Ladies Choir meets at the Parish Church Hall, Church Road, to rehearse songs from the shows, folk songs, choral and more. New members are always welcome. There are no auditions and your first two sessions are free. Please contact Sandra Brown on 01372 276736 Ashtead Choral Society, meet every Monday evening to rehearsal at the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, at 8pm for 2hrs & tea. Any enquiries call 01372 278852, Leatherhead Choral Society, meet every Monday evening at 7.45 - 9.45pm at Christ Church, Epsom Road. Prospective members are welcome to come along & sit in on a Monday rehearsal - we will make you welcome and you can see if the choir suits you. Contact 07850 230516 or visit Toddlers Group for 0-3 year olds with a carer. Toys, craft, singalongs and refreshments. Ashtead Baptist Church, 192 Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2LW. 10-11.30am. Newcomers welcome. Rosemary Bassett 01372 274666 Baby and Toddler Group in Leatherhead Parish Church Hall from 10 - 12noon. We look forward to welcoming all under 5s with a carer - opportunity to play and make friends. Just turn up, or contact Jackie 07764 686914. (Open again on 16th Jan) Rotary Club of Leatherhead, Police Federation Headquarters, Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. 7pm-9pm. For more information contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 Ashtead WI, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. “The Swan Hand Bells of Leatherhead” For more info contact Sandra Brown 01372 276736 Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group, Demonstration by Stephen McDonnell “Paint the Sky with Stars” Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. 1.45pm - 4.30pm. Visitors Welcome. Di Stirling 01372 279501 Ashtead Baptist Church Youth Groups every Thursday 5.15-7.00pm. Dynamite ages 7-11 years; (Games, Craft, Singing Tuck Shop) £1 per wk. Blast ages 1114 years (Games, Computers, Snacks, Drama) £1.50 per wk. Ashtead Baptist Church, 192 Barnett Wood Lane, KT21 2LW. Children can be brought & collected by a known adult, All staff are DBS checked. 01372 202103

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Thursday 6th (weekly)

Thursday 6th (weekly)

Thursday 6th (weekly)

Friday 7th (monthly)

Friday 7th (weekly termtime)

Friday 7th (weekly)

Friday 7th (monthly)

Leatherhead Barn Dance Club, 8pm-10.15pm. 1st Thursday of the month. Abraham Dixon Hall, Letherhead Institute, £5.00. Ruth Gwilliam 01403 750844 Mole Valley Quilters, 7.15pm, The Harrison Room, Old Barn Hall, Bookham KT23 3PQ. “Christmas Party”. Beginners and more experienced quilters welcome. Info from Marie-Louise Oldrey on 01932 865194 or Linda Keets 01372 374160. Ashtead U3A, 2.30pm, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Speaker Guest Speaker Helen Astrid ‘The Tradition of Christmas Carols’ Annual membership £12. For more info phone 01372 273690 or email Ashtead Bowling Club, free coaching sessions for beginners on Thursdays at 2.30 & 6.30 lasting about 90 mins. Just bring a pair of clean flat soled shoes. Bowls of a suitable size, provided. Club pavilion, Woodfield Lane, KT21 2BJ. Contact Mike Bradford on 01372 273142 to arrange a session with one of our coaches. 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 813 276 Sequence dancing, Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, Church Road, KT22 8BD, 7.45pm-10.15pm. For more information, contact Mrs Gibson on 01372 374160. Civil Service Retirement Fellowship Leatherhead Group, Fetcham Village Hall, 10am - 12noon. ‘A Christmas Social’. Members pay an annual subscription of £5, & £1 per meeting (extra when a meal is involved) Members do not have to have been Civil Servants. Anne Thomson 01372 373258. The Ark toddler, babies and their carers are invited for play, craft, songs, story and refreshments. Meeting at Christ Church UR 9.30am - 11.00am. For more information visit us online or email Morning coffee and scones served in the Ralli Room, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Woodfield Lane, Ashtead KT21 2BE.Prepared and served by volunteers to riase 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 12noon 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. For more information contact 01372 272267.

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REGULAR EVENTS in Ashtead & Leatherhead

Fri 7th & 14th (weekly)

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Sunday 9th (2nd Sun monthly)

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Tuesday 11th

Martha’s Market 10.30 -11.30am Leatherhead Parish Church Hall. This lively market has everything on offer including quality home-baked cakes, preserves, eggs, cards, crafts, sewing supplies, plants and bric-a-brac. December 7 is the Fairtrade stall week and our Christmas ‘Celebration week’ falls on December 14. (After that we are closed until January 18th) Contact Janine on 01372 374914 The Rotary club of Ashtead ‘Christmas Party’ to be at the 19th Hole, RAC, Woodcote Park. KT18 7EW. Visitors welcome. Regular meetings will start up again on January 3rd at 7.30pm, for dinner at The Cock Inn, Church Lane, Headley, KT18 6LE. Contact Brian 01372 275860 Ashtead Friday Market, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 9am-12.30pm, free entry. Lots of stalls, cakes, jewellwey, plants, collectables, and much more, for the RNLI. Fancy some time for you? Treat yourself to a little OASIS, All women aged 20-50years are welcome to a fortnightly get-together at St George’s Church, Ashtead. Meeting from 9.15am, to enjoy coffee, tea& homemade cakes whilst discusing topics of interest to women. For info Maxine Simpson: 01372 272177 Family rhymetime at Leatherhead Library, Church Street KT22 8DP. First come first served. No tickets but maximum of 16 per session owing to limited space. Rhymes for babies and toddlers. For more info email An evening meeting is held on the second Sunday of each month at Park House, Randall’s Road Leatherhead, KT22 0AH. All are welcome to join us in exploring a different approach to spiritual worship focusing on silence and stillness. For more info contact Catherine Carr (01483 283693) or Leatherhead branch, Royal British Legion, Women’s Section, Leatherhead Community Centre, Kingston Road, 7.00pm, on the 2nd Monday of the month. Interesting speakes & events. For more info or to book: Jane 01372 811422 Bookham Wine Club, Harrison Room, Old Barn Hall, Bookham, 7.30 for 8pm. ‘Wines for the Festive Period by Deborah Zbinden. For more info: membership@ or web Topic of Cancer is a support group for those with a cancer diagnosis and/or their supporters, The Old Barn Hall, Church Rd, Bookham KT 23 3PQ at 7.30pm. Contact details on website or just come along. Mole Valley WI (Fetcham), Fetcham Village Hall, The Street, KT22 9QS. Our Drama group ‘The Magnificent Seven’. 7.45pm. Meriel Sexton on merielsexton@

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Wednesday 12th (monthly)

Wednesday 12th (2nd Weds monthly)

Monday 17th (3rd Monday)

Tuesday 18th

Wednesday 19th (3rd Weds Monthly)

Peter Medhurst will talk about the origins and history of the Christmas tree, & give live performances of some carols, for The Arts Society Leatherhead at 7:15 pm in Leatherhead Parish Church Hall, KT22 8BD. Guests are welcome, £5 at the door:, Huw Jenkins on 01372 278728. Tylney Lunch Club for ladies, Leatherhead Leisure Centre. 3 course lunch followed by a speaker, memberships £10pa & £16 for lunch. Contact Pat Date for more information on 01372 454879. The Probus Club of Ashtead is the local club for retired professional and business men looking for a good lunch, interesting talks and congenial company. We also arrange ad hoc pub lunches, visits and informal walks. New members are always welcome. We meet the 3rd Monday each month at Tyrells Wood Golf Club, 12.30pm. Upcoming and recent talks are on our website www.ashteadprobus. com or contact Steve Bridges 07806 791774,” The Arts Society Ashtead lecture, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, dinner 7pm followed by speaker Tom Duncan PhD - Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh: Why those gifts? Anyone on the waiting list for membership is welcome to attend, £5 payable on door. For all Society details see or contact Pat Anderson, membership Secretary, 07958 560707, ” Ashtead Friendship Centre, Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, 2pm. Christmas meeting with entertainment by “The Nightingale Singers.” Contact Don Butt 01372 274288

(3rd Thurs monthly)

Leatherhead U3A’s monthly meeting will be at 2 pm in the United Reformed Church Hall, Epsom Road, Leatherhead. Brenda Dascombe will lead a programme of festive and well known songs by our Choir - followed by mince pies and mulled wine. The U3A welcomes anyone no longer in full time employment or raising a family. For more info come along to this meeting or contact lhdu3amembers@ or check out our website to find out about the many interests we offer and how easy it is to make new friends.

Thursday 20th

Messy Church (ecumenical)- after-school activities. An after-school event for all the family (all children to be accompanied by an adult). 3.30pm until 5.30pm at Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Road. For more information: www. or email:

Thursday 20th

Sunday 23rd (4th Sun monthly)

New Fire contemporary worship (ecumenical) held at All Saints Cafe, Kingston Road. Coffee from 6.00p.m. Worship 6.30 p.m. For more info email info@, 020 8546 5964 or visit us online at

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Saturday 1st DECEMBER

Ashtead Choral Society present a contemporary Christmas concert, 7.30pm St Martin’s Church, Church Street, Epsom. The principle pieces of music are Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, & Karl Jenkins’ “Celebration of Christmas”. Ashtead Choral are proud to be supporting Combat Stress at this concert. £16 reserved, £14 unreserved, Free for u21s in unreserved seats. For tickets: 07376 427666,

1st - 31st DECEMBER

Celebrate christmas with the gruffalo at Chessingtson World of Adventures, KT9 2NE. This Christmas celebrate with the Gruffalo, visit Father Christmas in his magical grotto, plus enjoy some family favourite rides, including Vampire and meet our amazing animals at Chessington’s Zoo and SEA LIFE centre. Join us for a full day of festive fun, or as the sun sets and the lights twinkle, visit us for our Twilight opening. For more information visit

Sunday 2nd DECEMBER

Epsom Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concerts - a mixture of well known classics, with a narrated musical story & carols led by local school children. The two concerts (3pm & 6.30pm) at the Epsom Playhouse, will include excerpts from Strauss Die Fledermaus, Seiber Jazz Dances, Tchaikovsky Cossack Dance and other popular classics. Choirs will be led by The Greville School Choir (3pm) & St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School (6.30pm.) Epsom Playhouse box office: 01372 742555, £5 children, £13 senior citizen & students, £15 adults

Tuesday 4th DECEMBER

FREE concert, with retiring collection to Music In Care and Hospitals. Soundbytes choir singing popular hits in harmony. Concert starts at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm. Bar available. Will last around 1hr 15mins. Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall. Contact Hazel 01372 278016 for more details

Tuesday 4th DECEMBER

Leatherhead Probus Christmas Lunch Spectacular, Tyrrells Wood Golf Club, Leatherhead, KT22 8QP, 12.15pm. Come and join us when Sir Richard Stilgoe OBE will be our lunch guest and will delight us with some of his incredible talents. For more information contact John McCarthy 07947 361 406 or membership@

Wednesday 5th DECEMBER

Candlelit Carol Service at St Mary’s Church Fetcham KT22 9AZ, 6:30pm to 8:30pm. A traditional candlelit Carol Service, followed by a drinks reception at the historic Fetcham Park House adjacent to the church. In aid of Transform Housing & Support, helping local homeless and vulnerable people. The service is free of charge and there is no need to book. There will also be an opportunity to support the work of Transform. For more info:

Friday 7th DECEMBER

Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Friends’ Christmas Dinner, 6.30pm for 7.00pm. 3 course dinner plus music and songs from Atlantis available at Fri coffee mornings in the Hall or from Committee Members price £23.00.

If there’s an event in January that you’d like mentioned, please contact Ros (details on p.6) before Fridau 7th December.

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8th - 9th DECEMBER

Festive Family Fun Weekend at Ashtead Park Garden Centre, Pleasure Pit Road, KT21 1HU. Visit Santa is his cosy, traditional grotto, meet the nativity animals and enjoy face painting, crafts, elf hunt & more! Grotto raising money for The Royal Marsden Cancer charity, tickets from £6, available in advance from the garden centre or on the day while they last! For more info:

Sunday 9th DECEMBER

Head2Head Theatre’s production of ‘Snow White’ is part of Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival & will be showing at The Dawnay Primary School, Gt. Bookham, at at 11.15am or 2pm. Prepare to have some fun in this multi-sensory pantomime written specifically for the special needs’ community. Tickets £5 pp. To Book: 01372 278021 or 07519 747 290, email: or visit us online at:

12th - 23rd DECEMBER

Creative Christmas Workshop at Painshill Park Portsmouth Road, KT11 1JE, 10am -3.30pm (aged 2 - 8yrs). Join our outdoor adventure leader & explore the winter landscape to gather natural material. Warm up afterwards with a hot chocolate inside then get creative making wonderful Christmas decorations. Visit or 01932 868113.

Saturday 15th DECEMBER

Leatherhead Choral Society - Family Christmas Concert, 4.00 -5.00pm at Christ Church, Epsom Road, KT22 8ST. For more info visit

Weds 19th DECEMBER

Bookham Choral Society with Music Director Lewis Gaston will be presenting their annual Christmas Carol Concert in St Nicolas Church, Bookham. 8.00pm. Come & enjoy a selection of traditional & modern carols with a chance to join in some of the best-loved Christmas songs. Complimentary glass of wine & mince pie will be served after the concert. Tickets are available in ‘Cascade’, High St, Bookham or at the BCS Box Office: 01372 375644 or


Hardy Plant Society – Southern Counties Group talk at Bookham’s Old Barn Hall, KT23 3PQ (10:00 for 10:45 am) on ‘Succession Planting’ by Steven Edney. £4. Sale of plants, garden sundries and books. More details on or contact us at

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Throughout Ashtead and Leatherhead, our homes are soon to be decorated with trees, candles, angels and stars. Lights twinkle at windows, as the excitement of Christmas builds inside and we accessorize our homes with sparkle and joy. But as we hang baubles on our tree, how many of us know how this tradition began and what the many festive symbols actually mean? Rev Richard Jones, Rector of St Giles’ and St George’s Church in Ashtead, explains all: Many of us look forward to the wonder of Christmas. A lovely word to describe amazement, marvel and admiration. To help us to experience this wonder and joy, we follow many traditions. From sending cards to decorating our homes, enjoying special food and exchanging gifts. From the very front door of our homes, the symbolism of Christmas begins. The wreath’s circular shape represents eternity while its evergreen foliage symbolizes growth and everlasting life. Of course, at the centre of our decorations is the Christmas tree. But why do we bring a tree into our homes? We have a German minister, theologian and father of the Reformation to thank. The story is told that one clear, crisp night in

December 1535, Martin Luther was walking through the snow-covered woods near his home. As he walked, the beauty of a group of small evergreens struck him. Their branches, dusted with snow, shimmered in the moonlight. The gifted theologian and teacher was struck with wonder and wanted to share his experience with his wife and children. So returning home, Martin Luther cut down an evergreen fir tree and brought it inside. He then decorated it with candles that he hung from the branches. Tradition has it, that this practice quickly caught on in German homes. Evergreen trees were soon decorated by edible treats such as gingerbread men, sweets and apples covered in gold foil today we enjoy foil-wrapped chocolates. Enterprising glassmakers then began to make small ornaments similar to the

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baubles we have today. In 1841, Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria, introduced a decorated tree to Windsor castle. And in 1848, a drawing of “the Queen’s Christmas tree at Windsor Castle” was published in the “Illustrated London News” (see illustration). And so began the tradition of Christmas trees…… Queen Victoria decorated the top of her tree with an angel representing the angel who told Mary that she would conceive and give birth to Jesus, the longawaited Messiah. In alternate years, Queen Victoria’s tree was adorned with a star representing the star that guided the Wise Men to Jesus in Bethlehem. From candles in the home to twinkling fairy lights on our Christmas trees, lights represent the light of heaven, which came to transform the darkness of our world. Underneath the tree, presents wrapped in boxes were placed for loved ones. Our custom of giving gifts trace their origin to the gifts that the Wise Men gave to the infant Jesus when their journey following the star led them to Jesus in the stable. Prince Albert is also credited with establishing Boxing Day. He introduced the custom of the Royal family giving and exchanging boxed gifts with loved ones on the day after Christmas. The idea being that Christmas Day is reserved to giving thanks to God for the gift of Jesus. This custom is linked to an older British tradition: since tradesmen would have to wait on their masters on Christmas Day, the servants of the wealthy were allowed the next day to visit their families. The employers would give each servant a box to take

home containing gifts, bonuses, and even leftover food. Rev Richard Jones concludes: “It is fitting that so many symbols we recognize at this time of year are steeped in Christian meaning…but sometimes, in the busy excitement and planning of the season, we can forget this. “We live in an increasingly materialistic society. Perhaps this is why Christmas is sometimes renamed as Xmas. But if we take Christ out of Christmas we’re left with MandS! However wonderful gifts from M&S are, they cannot satisfy our soul cravings. “The true message and wonder of Christmas is that we can know God’s presence in our lives and we hope as many people as possible can enjoy this festive time.” St Giles’ and St George’s Church has a number

of services this Christmas, with something for everyone. All are welcome: • Christingle for preschoolers, infant and primary age children and families on Saturday 8 December (4pm St George’s) • Fun family nativity on Sunday 16 December (10am St Giles’; 11am St George’s) • Special candle-lit service of 9 lessons and carols, Sunday 23 December (6pm St Giles’) • Popular Carols and Mince Pies services on Christmas Eve (3pm St Giles’; 4pm and 6pm St George’s) • Midnight Communion on Christmas Eve (11.30pm St Giles’) • Christmas Day (8am and 10am St Giles’; 9.15am and 11am St George’s) For more info please visit

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Tabitha is a delightful 7 year old female who came into care as her owner was unfortunately no longer able to care for her. She is really affectionate and has a sweet personality, although she can seem a little shy at first. She needs a quiet home with plenty of human company but no other cats or young children please. If you feel you can give Tabitha the loving forever home she so desperately deserves 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

As we have around 7,000 cats and kittens in our care at any one time, we will find you the perfect feline friend. Reg Charity 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland)

What’s On 22rd November - 24th December 2018



We offer neighbourly help to Ashtead Residents in need. RUN ENTIRELY BY VOLUNTEERS! WE CAN:Take you to medical appointments Collect your prescriptions Change a light bulb for you Do simple DIY tasks Shop if you are unable to do so

To Register as a client or as a volunteer PHONE: 07752 66 50 66 EMAIL: WEB:

CHRISTMAS Enjoy a fantastic festive family day out with a visit to meet Father Christmas in his magical haybarn workshop!

Just £9.50 per child in addition to farm entry cost


Book early to avoid disappointment!

PLUS: Heated indoor play barn, newborn lambs, giant snow globe, Christmas trail and festive craft corner!


Situated in Leatherhead, Surrey. 5 minutes from J9 M25.


Only £7.50 per person (age 2yrs +) valid Monday - Friday 5th Nov - 7th Dec 2018 & 7th Jan - 15th Feb 2019


Experience a Magical Christmas at Bocketts Farm, as Father Christmas returns, from 22nd November to 24th December. Children will love to hop on board the Santa Express to his magical & traditional hay barn workshop. Once inside, each child will meet Father Christmas & receive a gift! Plus, there’s lots to explore with gorgeous baby lambs to see, a full programme of fun farm activities, a children’s Christmas trail, giant snow globe & festive craft corner. Visit for times and availability and to buy your tickets in advance.

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Christmas Glow returns to Wisley this winter, offering the chance to explore RHS Garden Wisley after dark and see some of its most iconic features in a whole new light. Following a twinkling trail around the garden, visitors will discover larger-than-life botanical illuminations, and, for the first time, will enjoy atmospheric music to accompany their walk at certain points. Now in its fourth year, the popular event guides visitors around a new route for 2018, taking in locations including the Rock Garden, the Seven Acres lake and the Jellicoe Canal. Jigantics, designers of cultivated illumination, will this year bring a number of brand new blooms to Wisley, including arches of gladioli over the new Wisteria Walk and a bouquet of alliums on Seven Acres. Favourite installations such as the waterliles on the Jellicoe Canal and interactive colour-changing flowers will return to complete the uniquely floral immersive experience. The paved route will take in not only the floral lights, but also a number of Wisley’s most famous and spectacular

trees, bathed in bright colours to showcase their beauty. The magnificent Glasshouse will also be illuminated, where a magical Woodland Realm awaits discovery, with elves, treehouses and Santa’s reindeer all to be found in a beautiful festive display. Look out for sparkling plantfilled baubles hanging from the trees and the towering ‘Christmas tree’ of vibrant poinsettia. Due to popular demand a priority booking system has been introduced for 2018, and all visitors must book a time slot in advance of their visit. Glow 2018 will be open from 4–8pm (last entry at 7pm) every day between 1 December and 2 January except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Wisley Plant Centre and Gift Shop will be open throughout, with a fantastic range of decorations and gift ideas for all the family, and hot chocolate, mulled wine, mince pies, cranberry and gin brownies and Christmas cake are just a taste of the warming food and drink on offer. Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB. 01483 224234

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The Leatherhead & District Lions Club



Saturday 1st Dec: 5pm - FETCHAM

Thursday 13th Dec: 6pm - LEATHERHEAD

Copperfields, Humphrey Close, Revell Drive, Revell Close, Bickney Way, Sherwood Close, Oswald Close, Osprey Close and Oswald Road.

Dilstone Road, Albany Park Road, Cleave Road, Randalls Crescent, Gaveston Road, Randalls Park Avenue, and Long Shaw.

Sunday 2nd Dec: 5pm - FETCHAM

Friday 14th Dec: 6pm - ASHTEAD

Cannon Grove, Nutcroft Grove, Cannon Side, Raymead Way, Raymead Close, and Cannon Way.

West Farm Drive, Taleworth Road, Orchard Drive, Taleworth Close, and Taleworth Park.

Monday 3rd Dec: 6pm - ASHTEAD

Sunday 16th Dec: 5pm -ASHTEAD

Glebe Road, Skinners Lane, Gladstone Road, Paddocks Way, and Paddocks Close.

The Murreys, West Farm Avenue, Summerfields and West Farm Close.

Wednesday 5th Dec: 6pm - ASHTEAD

Monday 17th Dec: 6pm - FETCHAM

Read Road, Taylor Road, Brookers Close, Green Lane, Richbell Close, The Chase, Rosedale, Oakhill Close, Caen Wood Road, and Oakhill Road.

Spring Grove, Vincent Close, Lang Close, Richmond Way, Harecroft, Richmond Close and The Spinney.

Weds 19th Dec: 6pm - FETCHAM Thursday 6th Dec: 6pm - LEATHERHEAD Clare Crescent, Clare Wood, Aperdele Road, Merton Way, The Fairway, and Sands Place,

Hilley Field Lane, Meadow Lane and part of Cock Lane.

Thursday 20th Dec: 6pm - LEATHERHEAD Saturday 8th Dec: 5pm - FETCHAM Pound Crescent, Orchard Close, Monks Green, River Lane, Friars Orchard, and Mole Road.

Woodbridge Avenue, Woodbridge Grove, Rye Brook Road, Kingston Road, & Teazlewood Park.

Friday 21st Dec: 6pm - ASHTEAD Sunday 9th Dec: 5pm - ASHTEAD Bramley Way, Stonny Croft, Darcy Road, Darcy Place, Bramley Way, Berry Meade, Berry Meade Close, and Hillside Road.

Tuesday 11th Dec: 6pm - LEATHERHEAD Tudor Walk, Par Close, Boleyn Walk, Falcon Wood, Hartfield Road, Sovereign Court, Penny Crescent, Henderson Crescent and Farthing Close.

Petters Road, Chaffers Mead, Cray Avenue, and Newton Wood Road.

Saturday 22nd Dec: 5pm - FETCHAM Lodge Road, Lodge Close, Gatesden Road and Warren Road.

Sunday 23rd Dec: 5pm ASHTEAD St Stephens Ave, Culverhay, Overdale, & Broadhurst.

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SANTA’S sitting room Wednesday 19th - Monday 24th December 2018 Every 30 mins from 10am to 6:30pm (from 2pm on 19th & until 4pm on the 24th)

The Letherhead Institute 67 High Street, Leatherhead, KT22 8AH Tickets £10.50 available at /santasittingroom

Cosy up with Father Christmas once more at the Letherhead Institute for December 2018!

Embrace the true and magical atmosphere of Christmas past, and spend quality time with Santa. Father Christmas engages the children with thoughts of history, the magic of the Santa Claus story and of course listens to all of their dreams and wishes... A beautiful antique set, charmingly studded with twinkling fairy lights adorns the parlour decorated in a Victorian style. This is a treasured event from a bygone era with all the goodies of a modern day world. Recommended for children aged 12 months upwards. Every child will receive a boy/girl hand wrapped gift appropriate to their age.

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The sporting event where celebrity golfers Ken Schofield CBE (founder of the European Ryder Cup team), Bernard Gallacher OBE (team captain) and John O’Leary (famous Irish team captain) related many tales. We raised over £3000 for The Lords Taverners to help disadvantaged children play sport. In December Sir Richard Stilgoe OBE (TV

personality and producer of Starlight Express, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Phantom of the Opera etc.) will be our celebrity guest at our Christmas lunch to entertain us and share his life-stories. All applications for tickets, or more details about any or our meetings, contact Jon McCarthy: 07947 361406.

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What’s On


Leatherhead Pumping Station lit up in purple by Leatherhead Rotary Club on World Polio Day; Wednesday 24th October.

Throughout the evening of Wednesday 24th October, many visitors to Leatherhead, especially those attending the Tanners’ FA Cup match against Hitchin Town, will hopefully have seen the town’s old pumping station lit up in bright purple! This was one of four landmarks around the town lit up in purple by Leatherhead Rotary, as part of a global initiative by Rotary Clubs around the world to raise awareness of World Polio Day and ‘End Polio Now’, Rotary’s international polio eradication campaign. Since 1985, the Rotary organisation has worked tirelessly to eradicate polio from the planet once and for all. At that time, there were over 1,000 new cases of polio every day in over 125 countries around the world. Today, 33 years later, that figure is less than two dozen a year, a reduction of well over 99%, with polio now still endemic in only two countries; Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2007, Microsoft Founder, Bill Gates, joined Rotary’s fight to eradicate polio by promising to match every dollar raised by Rotary for ‘End Polio Now’, increasing this figure to two-to-one matching in 2013, in support of the World Health Organisation’s five-year Global Polio Eradication Initiative to eradicate polio

completely by 2018. The colour purple is particularly significant for Rotary’s polio eradication campaign and its associated activities, as children’s little fingers are dipped in purple dye immediately after they have been vaccinated against the disease, so as to avoid accidentally vaccinating them twice, thereby wasting precious vaccine! Leatherhead Rotary Club would like to thank SES Water, Kendall Cars and TSL Lighting for their invaluable assistance in lighting up the town’s pumping station, together with everyone who supported the club’s collection in the Swan Centre on Saturday 27th October, which raised over £250 for ‘End Polio Now’. For further information about Rotary’s polio eradication campaign and how you can help, please visit Leatherhead Rotary Club meet at 7pm most Wednesday evenings at the Police Federation Headquarters in Highbury Drive, Leatherhead. For further info about the club and its wide range of community, fundraising and social activities, please visit www.leatherheadrotary., follow them on Facebook (/LeatherheadRotary) or Twitter (@LHRotary), or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or

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‘Treasure Island’

Hansel & Gretel Pantomime December 2017

Ashtead’s very own pantomime group, The Woodfield Entertainers, returns this December to put you in the festive spirit with their production of Treasure Island. Will the pirates find the Treasure? This year’s pantomime takes us on a journey through high seas to an island full of treasure… well that’s the plan! Will Captain Smollett and his crew, along with the Ships Parrot, find the Treasure. A panto not to be missed full of fun and laughter – oh yes it is.

So, why not start your perfect Christmas with a trip to Treasure Island

Show times: 13th & 14th December - 7.30pm 15th December - 1.30pm matinee (SOLD OUT) 15th December - 6.30pm early evening performance

Tickets: Adults £10, Under 16’S £5. Box Office: 07941 105 612 Venue: Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead KT21 2BE Website:

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Garden Waste Customers can re-cycle their Christmas Tree in their Garden Waste bin, just make sure it is cut up and that the bin lid is closed please. OR you can re-cycle your Christmas Tree at the following car parks from Tuesday 1st January - Friday 11th January 2019:Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall Car Park, Lower Road Car Park in Bookham.

FREE SATURDAY PARKING FOR LOCAL SHOPPERS IN DECEMBER …. ALL DAY in every Mole Valley District Council Car Park on Saturday 1st , 8th & 15th of December. Also from 3pm in Ashtead on Tuesday 4th December and Bookham on Thursday 6th December for the late night shopping events.

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Bookham & Fetcham's Art Exhibition this year was once again a great success. It was good to see you all and thank you so much for your support. You will be pleased to know that Rose Vincent won both The Sponsors Award and The Sidney Scoffin Rose Bowl for her interpretations of Late Summer Bliss and Old Clovelly, Cornwall. Richard Pankhurst won the Members cup with High Flyers from The Circus theme, chosen by last years winner David Burrells. Richard now choses the theme for next year. We now look forward to another year of painting but in the meantime wish you all Seasons Greetings Clubs Activities Clubs &&Activities

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Working Towards a Sustainable Ashtead Plastics vs Climate Change Apart from climate change, the most serious environmental problem we are facing is the overuse and poor recycling of plastic. The good news is that there is a general recognition across government, the public and business of the issues and that we have to change our practices and attitudes. But it is vastly complicated and will need multiple solutions. Firstly, we must start to really value plastic. The material itself is not evil but its cheapness has encouraged us to use it disposably. Plastic has improved people’s lives immeasurably, making cheaper accessible products for all areas of our lives available to everyone. Just one example is plastic packaging which keeps food fresh and very importantly reduces food waste. A major improvement would be standardised recycling facilities across the UK. The director of Riverford Organics says that at the moment companies can’t do a proper full life-cycle assessment because recycling depends on the vagaries of each council. An alternative for single use plastic is ‘bio-plastic’ which can be made from variety of plants including potatoes and corn-starch. But growing crops for bio-plastics uses land and water, which could otherwise produce food. According to UN environmental auditors, a world without oil-derived plastics would use a lot more of these resources and there could be more droughts as a consequence. They predict an acceleration of carbon emissions from transporting heavier alternatives which were estimated to be 3.8 times more damaging for the planet. Plastics in current use are very light and economic to produce. The UK uses a staggering 13 billion plastic drinks bottles per year! If just half of those were produced using bio plastic made from sugar beet it would surprisingly only use about 2.5% of current sugar beet production. There are two types of these bio-materials – one for composting at high temperatures by a local authority and the other for home composting. The biggest use UK use for bio-plastics will probably be for thin film food packaging. This cannot currently be recycled due to food contamination so composting would be ideal. Riverford Organics have a policy that by 2020 all their packaging will be bio-plastic made from sustainable forest by-products and fully homecompostable. As an experiment, I am trialling at home large bin liners made from corn starch for the kitchen waste bin. I have also added some compostable take away coffee cups and lids, it will be interesting to see how long they take to fully break down, but eventually there should be no harmful residue. I have also bought beeswax wraps (available from Greenwise in Fetcham) to use instead of cling film to cover food. They are expensive but should last at least a year and they do the job well apart from having to remember what’s in the dishes rather than seeing through the clear film! So before rushing into using alternatives to plastics, we need to ensure the whole life-cycle is sustainable and doesn’t increase carbon emissions. The best path to take will probably be a mix of reduced plastic use, finding truly green alternatives and careful disposal and re-use. Plastic pollution is a big problem but it’s important that the anti-plastics campaign does not become a distraction from the bigger issue of climate change. Caroline Cardew-Smith website: email:

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Please come & join us for a pre-Christmas talk on at the wonderful Yheudi Menhuin school hall, Stoke d'Abernon (KT11 3QQ) at 10.30am on Wednesday 5th December. There will be a ÂŁ10.00 entry price & you will be provided with a free tea or coffee & a mince pie

10.30am! IO SATURNALIA by Gillian Hovell Early Christians celebrated Christmas at the same time as the ancient Romans were feasting & partying for their pagan Saturnalia festival. Many of the Pagan habits were therefore absorbed into our Christmas traditions. Present-giving, holly & even party-hats all have their origins in this 2000 year-old party. This talk will revel in artwork that is ancient & modern as we unwrap the images & storied behind our festive season. Gillian Hovell describes herself as the "Muddy Archaeologist

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MOLE VALLEY W.I. OCTOBER MEETING REPORT Our meeting this month was an highly entertaining musical evening. Following the usual business which included a last reminder of our quiz night on Saturday 20th October which includes supper and a raffle. The Fetcham Village Hall Fair on November 17th when a board for names to make cakes was circulated. Also discussed was The Fetcham Christmas Fair on Saturday 1st December where we will have a stall to promote our WI. We have decided to sell items that will appeal to the children. These will include fridge magnets which can be made at the Homecraft Evening on Tuesday 16th October. The gardening club will prepare little pots of

hyacinths and small table decorations to sell for Christmas. After a tea break six members of the UKEAHOLICS group played some delightful music on their ukuleles using just the 24 strings. There were songs by The Everly Brothers, Oasis, Creedence Clear Water and many more which we all knew. They finished with a rousing version of Tom Jones’s Deliah to which we all joined in. Information and details of the WI and our groups can be found on our website ‘’ From Jill Perryman

FETCHAM VILLAGE W.I. OCTOBER REPORT Due to a steady increase in membership we will be relocating to the large hall at Fetcham Village from January. Genuinely delighted with the feedback and enthusiasm of all our ladies, this certainly makes our hard work and efforts very worthwhile. It is encouraging to note that with the exception of December our speakers for next year are booked and confirmed, and the new successful audition candidates noted for 2020! The October meeting saw a varied agenda before the return visit of popular Mel Rees with his amusing take on family life, his own in particular, and the everyday trials and tribulations of living in the Surrey/Hants border with his recently acquired dog. During the month we had both the Emlyn Downs and Mole Valley quizzes to attend. Each were well supported and the excellent suppers greatly enjoyed. Our AGM takes place on the first Wednesday in November – we hope for good attendance and a game or two of skittles afterwards. The angel project linked to Leatherhead church has produced some lovely ideas on the theme, and Sheila has kindly promoted this enterprise through our knit and natter group. Catering in the Rumble tea room for the RNLI Christmas Fair on 17th November will keep us on our toes, with proceeds going to the Village Hall. Also into the planning stage is an outside table at Fetcham Christmas Fair on the afternoon of 1st December when Anne’s beautiful craft items, and an assortment of goodies will be on sale at reasonable prices. We meet the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm and would be delighted to welcome new visitors.


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ASHTEAD W.I. NOVEMBER MEETING REPORT We welcomed Gwenda Gourlay and Ann Renn from Eastwick W.I. who joined us to oversee the election of committee at our A.G.M. this evening. We were also to welcome a new member and a visitor and we now have over 80 members, showing our move into the larger hall was really necessary. Our AGM went very smoothly, with reports from our Treasurer, Secretary and Co-Presidents, so lots of reminders of events which took place during the past year, including events for the 100 years of Surrey W.I. Thanks were given to the many members of Ashtead W.I. who help with all aspects of our W.I. both behind the scenes, and the more obvious. We were all pleased to see our Co-Presidents were re-elected, and this year’s committee stood again.

‘Things Found in Ladies’ Handbags’. An enlightening and hilarious dip to see how many of the 20 items listed each table could gather! Then a very manageable quiz, with prizes for the winning tables. Looking ahead, as always we will be carol singing in Ashtead for the Princess Alice Hospice, and have been reminded to take working torches and warm clothes, after which we look forward to the welcome hot drinks at a member’s home. We will be having our popular Christmas lunch locally, and the December meeting (with Secret Santa) will be on Wednesday 5th December, when we will be entertained by the Swan Handbells of Leatherhead. FROM SANDRA BROWN

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This was our 73rd birthday anniversary meeting and we had a very tasty iced fruit cake with the TG logo on it, made by our Vice Chairman Di James and shared amongst our members, all of whom enjoyed it. Chairman Val then introduced our speaker Steve Poole with ‘songs of the sea’. This was about the Jubilee Sailing Trust, a charity which takes people with a variety of disabilities and backgrounds on the Tall Sailing Ships of which there are two called Lord Nelson and Tenacious. He had photographs, slides and a short film to explain how the ships are specially designed so people with a variety of disabilities can be fully involved in crewing the ships. Steve also sang some songs of the sea and we joined in with the ones we knew.

It was great to see how much, people with many disabilities could do, including hoisting wheelchairs to the platform in the sails and a blind person at the helm thanks to a speaking digital machine. That gave the pilot a bit of a surprise when he came on board to take them into harbour!! Having thoroughly enjoyed this presentation the meeting continued with business and notice of future events. Such as the November meeting being a Christmas Themed one (as we have no meeting in December) with a Christmas hat competition and a Christmas themed raffle and a sing along to Christmas CD’s. The speakers’ subject is a ‘Christmas Cracker’ and we also have a New Year Party on 4th January.

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Christmas Services 2018 Sunday 9 December 4pm Christingle service Thursday 20 December 3.30pm - 5.30pm Messy Christmas (Methodist Church) Sunday 23 December 6.30pm Service of Nine Lessons & Carols Christmas Eve 4pm Crib service 11.30pm Midnight Communion Christmas Day 8am Said Holy Communion 10am Family Celebration followed by Communion

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HELP! CHRISTMAS IS LEAKING! Copyright Sarah Lott, November 2018 | @thememorybook | facebook/thememorybook It was the morning of Christmas Eve and Ruth had been lying in bed with her eyes firmly shut, trying to make the most of her last few minutes of peace. On the bedside table was the ‘To Do List’ she’d written the night before. Ruth ignored it and went down to make tea. At the top of the stairs her bare foot came down onto a puddle of water and a very soggy carpet. Ruth was still half asleep and not sure what to make of this. Why would the carpet be wet? Had one of her children spilled a glass of water? Or worse? She called out to Sam. “Darling, there’s a puddle of water at the top of the stairs!” Sam grunted sleepily from the bedroom while Ruth explored a little further. It quickly became clear that water was falling with a persistent drip through the light fixtures above. Ruth called out with significantly more urgency. “Sam, there’s water coming through the ceiling!” This time there was a very impressive reaction. A naked Sam leapt to his feet and flew towards Ruth. “Bucket!” was the only word that he yelled as he pulled the loft hatch open. “Bucket!” Ruth didn’t much like his tone but ran downstairs towards the garage. As she went into the living room, the scale of this Christmas disaster was revealed. Water was also seeping down the wall and trickling onto a large pile of beautifully wrapped presents. Ruth frantically tried to move them out of the way. “Bucket!” was the ongoing cry from upstairs, a little fainter this time as Sam was now in the loft. Ruth hoped that he’d taken a moment to put on a pair of trousers. There were lots of wooden rafters up there and it was full of potential splinter hazards… “I’m coming! I’m being as fast as I can. They’re in the garage.” “Towels!” “I’m downstairs… I’m getting a bucket! The towels are

upstairs! I’m not bloody Wonderwoman!” Ruth yelled from the garage, confident that Sam couldn’t hear her from there. She found two buckets behind the freezer and raced upstairs. Ben, Daniel and Sarah were out of their rooms and trying to help. Daniel had taken towels from the airing cupboard and was trying to mop up the water from the bathroom floor. Unfortunately, out of all the possible towels, he’d chosen the brand new fluffy white ones with their price tags still attached. Ben emptied out the bathroom bin all over the carpet and was holding it under the light fitting. Fortunately he was astute enough to shout at Sarah who was just about to turn on the light switch. Shops had & Services Sam always been quite good at DIY and Ruth admired him for his practicality. This Christmas her admiration was immense. Her ‘handy’ husband managed to turn the water off and repair the loose joint on the pipe before it completely burst apart. Disaster was averted without the need for a plumber. As the day wore on, they evaluated the damage and tried to salvage as much as they could. Sarah used the hairdryer to ‘blow dry’ the presents and only a few had to be replaced with a last minute dash to the shops. The following day, they were ready for their Christmas guests. The carpets and walls were stained and a few strips of wallpaper were peeling off. The light fittings were hanging off the ceilings and buzzed precariously if switched on. However, lamps, candles and twinkling tree lights made the living room look beautiful. Christmas dinner was delicious and all the family enjoyed their slightly damp presents. Surprisingly, not even Sam’s mother commented on the pervading smell, evocative of a wet dog after a long and adventurous walk.

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It would have been easy to re-visit all the usual crime reduction advice that I tend to mention leading up to Christmas! General home security; making your home look occupied when you are away and not leaving wrapped presents on display are all still important but….this year, I would like to focus on some of the other types of crime that can be very prevalent. It is easy to get quite stressed during the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year and that can make people vulnerable to opportunistic theft. For example, if you are hurrying back to your car after shopping and someone asks if the £5 they are holding belongs to you, please don’t be distracted. It is quite possible that, while you are checking your wallet or purse, another person is pickpocketing from the other bags you may be carrying!! When shopping in busy stores, always make sure that you know where your purse or wallet is and that it is safe. If you have a handbag with a long strap, consider wearing it across your body and make sure that the zip fastening is closed. Men’s wallets should also be kept in an inside coat pocket and not in the back of jeans or trousers, where they can easily be “lifted”. Buying gifts online? If a message pops up on your screen, telling you that there is a potential virus on your computer and asking you to click on a link or call a number - DON’T!! Just log off and do something else

and try again later. This is a common method being used by cyber thieves to access your personal details or “blackmail” you into paying money to them via credit or debit cards! The theft of tools from work vehicles seems to be becoming more widespread and the impact this can have on someone’s livelihood can be huge. With work vehicles and vans being parked up over the holiday period, they can be vulnerable to being targeted. Ideally, I would like everyone to remove all tools from their vans but accept that this isn’t always going to be practical. Putting a battery-powered, motion activated audible alarm inside the van can be an effective (and very noisy) deterrent against theft. We have also seen instances of people going door-todoor, selling “high-quality” leather goods or knife sets and giving the reason that they are returning home to their own country for Christmas and cannot take these items on a plane. They are almost certainly stolen and the “high-quality” leather is more than likely fake. No one should be drawn into buying things from doorstep sellers and the basic rule of “Not sure don’t open the door” is a good one to follow. Hopefully, none of you will have to deal with any of the situations described above and I hope that these simple reminders will be of some help? Wishing you all the very best for a Happy Christmas and New Year!!


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useful numbers Ashtead Art Group 01737 357263 (Jenny Lister) Ashtead Bowling Club 01372 802421 (Pamela Bennett) Ashtead Cancer Group Ashtead Chess Club 01372 813487 (Richard Jones) Ashtead Choral Society 01372 278852 (Anne Bailey) Ashtead Community Vision 07530 373975 (Andy Ellis) Ashtead Cricket Club 01372 276286 (Sarah Culhane) Over 60s Lunch Club 01372 813276 or 375640 The Arts Society Ashtead 01372 275605 (Pat Anderson) Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group 01372 279501 (Di Stirling) Ashtead Friendship Centre 01372 274288 (Don Butt) Ashtead Good Neighbours 07752 665066 Ashtead Horticultural Society 01372 373348 (Jennie Pilfold) Ashtead Library 0300 200 1001 Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall 01372 272921 Ashtead Players/Young Players 01372 279614 Ashtead Residents’ Association 07804 026577 (Glynis Peterkin) Ashtead Squash & Tennis Club 01372 272215 Ashtead Tennis Players Club 01372 721104 Ashtead Townswomen’s Guild 01372 273948 (Di James)

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Leatherhead Residents’ Association 01372 370091 Leatherhead Theatre 01372 365141 Mid Surrey Community Mediation 07513 524241 Mole Valley District Council 01306 885001 Police - Non-emergency 101 Probus Club of Ashtead 07806 791774 (Steve Bridges) Probus Club of Leatherhead 07947 361406 (Jon McCarthy) Probus Club of Mole Valley 01372 878875 (Michael Brown) Rotary Club of Ashtead 01372 727573 (Keith Allardyce) Rotary Club of Leatherhead 07753 821964 (Simon Edmands) Royal Association for the Deaf 01306 881958 Royal British Legion Leatherhead/ Fetcham Branch 01372 811422 Samaritans - 01372 375555 Shopmobility Leatherhead 01372 362400 Surrey County Council 03456 009 009 (8am-6pm weekdays) Surrey Trading Standards 01372 371717 U3A: Leatherhead & District 01372 375756 Ashtead: 01372 274388 Fetcham 01372 453959 Trumps Bridge Club Leatherhead 01372 377124 Volunteer Centre Mole Valley 01306 640369 Water - Emergencies/general 01737 772000 Wildlife Aid 09061 800132 (24hrs)

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For people who have difficulty getting to the library

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ASHTEAD LIBRARY Woodfield Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2BQ Tel: 0300 200 1001 Email: Website: OPENING HOURS Monday: 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm Tuesday: 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm Thursday: 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm Friday: 10am-1pm & 2pm -5pm Saturday: 9.30am-5pm




Are you aware we have a Digital Buddy every Thurs 2-4pm? A digital buddy is able to help with computer queries, using the branch PC, their own laptop or tablet. If you would like any computer related help, then please book a slot at the desk or ring 0300 200 1001 and ask for Ashtead Library. Weekly Rhymetime Session This is a great opportunity to have fun with your baby/toddler through rhythm, actions and singing and introduce children to all the library has to offer. The Rhymetime session is available on Friday 10:15am for 30 minutes. Places are limited so please arrive early.

Christmas is fast approaching! As December is now upon us, please keep your eye on our Twitter feed and for posters in branch for details of our Christmas craft event. And, of course, we will have plenty of lovely Christmas-themed stories for you to check out!












HAPPY CHRISTMAS to all our borrowers and visitors to Leatherhead Library

Maybe the Christmas preparations are getting a bit too stressful? We’ve got lots of novels to help you wind-down. Sarah Perry has a new novel out called ‘Melmoth’; or if you follow the popular Shardlake novels by C J Sansom, you will want to read the latest in the series, ‘Tombland’. Have you heard of ‘Lagom’? A few years ago people were talking about ‘Hygge’, a Danish concept of cosiness and living well. Now we can find out about ‘Lagom, the Swedish Secret of Living Well’ in a little book by Lola A Akerstrom. Do you need to occupy children? We have a range of colourful stationery and sticker books for sale. Check out our website for a list of activities at Surrey libraries over the festive period. Whatever your reading choices, come early to get what you want. We’ll be closed on the 25th, 26th and 27th of December, but don’t forget you can still your renew books on-line.







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