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NUISANCE CALLERS BANNED FROM USING WITHHELD NUMBERS.

Cold-callers who continue to bombard people with unwanted calls from withheld numbers could face fines of up to £2.5 million following the Government's introduction of new laws. As part of a major crackdown on nuisance calls, new rules came into force in mid May that meant direct marketing companies registered in the UK will need to display their phone numbers when making unsolicited calls – even if their call centres are based overseas.

Companies that ignore the reworked laws risk fines of up to £2 million from Ofcom and a further £500,000 from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The changes follow widespread support in a public consultation and work with regulators, industry and consumer groups.

  How will this new measure be enforced?
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which is behind this amendment to existing legislation, says the change will ensure the ICO can investigate and take enforcement action against callers who persistently and deliberately break the rules.

  If you continue to receive cold-calls from withheld numbers you should record the time of day you received the call and its duration and report the details to the ICO by calling 0303 123 1113. The ICO has powers to track down numbers even if they're not displayed. More information can be found on the ICO's website, www.ico.org.uk

  Meanwhile, if you're receiving unwanted texts from marketing companies you can notify the ICO by forwarding the unwanted text to 7726 (SPAM).

  What else can you do to stop spam calls?
It is illegal for a UK firm to call any individual who has indicated they don't want sales calls. If you don't want to receive marketing calls, join the Telephone Preference Service register by going to www.tpsonline.org.uk or calling them on 0345 070 0707. Once registered, it takes about 28 days for calls to stop.

  If you're getting silent calls, which can be generated by automatic equipment in call centres, register with the SilentCall-Gard service on www.silentgard.com/index2.html, or telephone 0844 3722 325. It has a database of UK companies using the equipment and makes it clear to them that you've requested not to be called, although you must remember to renew it every 12 months.

If silent calls continue, you can complain to Ofcom, on http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/phone/ or telephone 0300 123 3333, which can fine companies up to £2 million.

    What else is being done to stop cold-callers in their tracks?
This latest move by the Government, which follows news that fines totalling £895,000 have been issued by the ICO to date, comes hot on the heels of an earlier clampdown in April of last year whereby customers no longer had to prove that unwanted marketing  


CHALLENGERS ARE 'GOOD'ACCORDING TO OFSTED VISITS.

Challengers, a local charity supporting disabled children and young people just finished a busy, fun and exciting Easter holidays where schemes ran for two weeks throughout Surrey and Hampshire. Two of the schemes - Leatherhead and Epsom play were visited by an Ofsted inspector and we are very pleased to say that both schemes received a “Good” mark.

  Ofsted inspections are important and Challengers are happy to welcome the inspectors. This type of regulation ensures the children that are attending the scheme are happy, in a safe environment and receiving the level of support they need. It also highlights if staff need any additional training around safe guarding which Challengers takes very seriously.

  One comment made by the inspector was “Children show complete delight in their play, and their communication is successfully encouraged by staff. For example, as children explore with balls and balloons they laugh and chatter to staff with confidence, and others squeal with excitement as staff play running games with them.”

    For more information about the Epsom and Leatherhead play schemes or other schemes that Challengers run in your area, head to www.disability-challengers.org or call 01483 230 390  


LEATHERHEAD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION.

At last our newsletter has the magic word ‘Summer’ on the front and at the time of writing the sun has been shining from a cloudless sky all day and the freezing winds from the North have stopped. Two coach visits have been arranged with Summer in mind, on Tuesday 21st June the LCA is going to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum near Chichester and on Monday 22nd August there is a visit to the Savill Garden at Windsor followed by a river cruise from Runnymede boat house - and this includes a cream tea! Looking ahead a possible visit to Highgrove is planned for September, and a central London guided walk in October.

  Peter Humphreys has planned a full programme of walks ranging from ‘short’ ones of about 3-4 miles usually on the first Wednesday of each month, ‘longer’ ones of about 4-6 miles on the second Wednesday of the month, and 1 hour ‘strolls’ on the third Wednesday from April to October. The strolls are for the not-so-agile and are planned with particular seasonal colours or plants in mind, eg bluebells. Also, Peter always allows time for a stop for a snack either in the middle or at the end! It is not necessary to be a member of the LCA to join a walk and Peter is always happy to answer any queries by phone - 01372 378347

  Membership of the LCA is only £5 a year and this entitles you to join any of the activities at a very small admission cost in the Institute such as sitting and listening at the music afternoons once a month, playing scrabble every other Friday, social bridge twice a month, or table tennis and snooker every Monday.

  You are very welcome to visit the Letherhead Institute, pick up a Newsletter, and there is nearly always a cup of coffee or tea available. The library is open every morning where you can borrow books as well as DVD’s.

  Sarah is in the office every morning from 9.30 - 12.30, and she will give full info about joining a walk or a visit, call on 01372 360508 or email LCA2@btconnect.com.  


LEATHERHEAD HOSPITAL SET FOR NEW £500,000 V-RAY SUITE.

Leatherhead Hospital will benefit from a new state of the art x-ray machine and refurbished x-ray suite thanks to the generosity of the hospital’s League of Friends. The League, a group of volunteers set up to fund equipment and facilities at the hospital, is donating over £500,000 to fully fund the project. And work begins on the exciting hospital renovations next week.

The digital x-ray machine will replace the existing analogue equipment and enable a more comprehensive radiography service to be provided at the hospital. The new modern system can carry out routine, as well as more complex procedures not currently offered at the hospital, provide better quality images, and mean more people can receive an x-ray locally.

The new machine, complete with refurbished waiting area, is scheduled to open in July 2016. Whilst work takes place, a temporary x-ray facility will be set up at Leatherhead Hospital so patients can continue to access x-ray services whilst the improvements take place.

Audrey Mellers, Chair of the League of Friends, said: “We are delighted that the new x-ray unit that we are funding, to the tune of over half a million pounds, is due to open at the beginning of July.”

  Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group buys x-ray services at Leatherhead Hospital, which are run by Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. Dr Claire Fuller, Clinical Chair of Surrey Downs CCG, said: “We’re very pleased to support this enhanced service for local patients and are delighted that the long-standing tradition of the League of Friends supporting Leatherhead Hospital will continue. The new equipment will help improve an important service for the local community.”

  Mina Deved, Head of Radiology Services at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, explains the widespread benefits. “The radiology staff are very excited about the refurbishment project planned for the x-ray department at Leatherhead Hospital and grateful for the kind donation from the Leatherhead League of Friends. The digital x-ray machine and a fully refurbished department will offer great improvements for both our patients and staff.”  


POLESDEN LACEY'S PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION.

Polesden Lacey’s popular annual photography competition is set to open for entries once again on Wednesday June 1. This year the judges are asking for photos on the theme ‘Lazy Summer’ capturing the beauty of Polesden Lacey on a lazy summer afternoon in the great British summertime.

  There will be 10 finalists and one finalist who will be named ‘Photographer of the Year’. The finalists’ photographs, including the winner’s, will be enlarged and displayed in the grounds at Polesden Lacey as the stars of the property’s autumn photograph exhibition.

  The winner and finalists will also receive a trophy and beautiful prizes made by Jo Downs Glass.

  How to enter. This year, photographers can submit up to two entries each. All you have to do is like Polesden Lacey on Facebook and then post your photos to their wall with the title ‘Lazy Summer’. Terms and conditions, including important information about photo consent and file size, can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/polesdenlacey

  Those who don’t have Facebook can also enter, by emailing their photos to polesdenlacey@nationaltrust.org.uk, including ‘Lazy Summer’ in the subject line.  


CONQUEST ART COMES TOI LEATHERHEAD.

Conquest Art is a unique Charity, inspiring people with disabilities and long term health issues to discover their creative energy and build self-confidence through art. Working at their own pace in supportive groups, our Members find both relaxation and fresh stimulus, along with the opportunity to make new friends.

  We will be opening up a new Group on Tuesday 7th June - 2pm-4pm, Leatherhead Methodist Church, Church Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 8AY

  Absolutely no art experience is necessary, just come along and join the fun.

  For further information on becoming a Member or Volunteer of Conquest Art please contact Tina on 020 3044 2731 / email Tina@ConquestArt.org www.conquestart.org  


U6-U11 FOOTBALLERS WANTED FOR INNOVATIVE NEW SURREY FOOTBALL ACADEMY.

 A groundbreaking new football academy has launched in Mole Valley and is offering free trials to U6-U11s players at their training ground Dorking. Late Birthday Project (LBP) combats the significant Relative Age Effect in elite youth football, by providing a professional academy environment, opportunities and coaching for boys born between March and August only (although genuine late-developers born Jan-Feb will also considered).

  LBP offers UEFA qualified coaches, premium 3G pitches, free futsal and free Adidas team kit, plus an innovative curriculum aimed at giving younger boys a fighting chance when it comes to maximising their potential.

  Richard King, Director of LBP said: “The Relative Age Effect is proven to have a huge negative impact on the development of young footballers born later in their year groups. So this exciting football initiative will allow younger players to flourish without the influence of older, bigger boys who might usually dominate”.

  LBP train on the 3G pitch at St John’s C of E Primary School in Dorking.

  For more information, or to book a trial, visit www.latebirthdayproject.co.uk or email hello@latebirthdayproject.co.uk for more information.  


RIANNA'S FUND GETS THE COMMUNITY ON THEIR BIKES TO HELP OTHERS.

Sunday 26th June & Thursday 8th September. Following on from previous successful cycling events, local children’s charity Rianna’s Fund is planning more community cycling activity in 2016.

  On June 26th a group of Ashtead cycling enthusiasts will be organising the second Ashtead Community Bike Ride which encourages families to get on their bikes and help others. Event organiser Nick Robin said “Last year over 300 riders of all ages took part cycling either 8km or 15km across Ashtead and Epsom Commons and finishing with a celebration BBQ at Ashtead Football Club. We are anticipating even more riders will want to take part in 2016.”

  The 2015 event raised an amazing £4,000 for Rianna’s Fund to help build a new classroom block at a school in Uganda. The money raised this year will help educate and feed children who attend Kagganda School in Uganda. Registration for a family of four is £25 and this donation will ensure a child is educated for a year at Kagganda School. Families are asked to raise sponsorship for the ride, with every £21 raised will providing lunch for a child at Kagganda school for a full year, often their only meal of the day. Rianna’s Fund is delighted that the event is again being sponsored by Patrick Gardner. For more details go to www.riannasfund.org/acbr/

  In September of this year 70 local people have signed up to ride from Ashtead to Cologne in Germany, a distance of 300 miles which they will complete in just three days. Many of the riders have taken part in the previous Rianna’s Fund rides to Paris and Amsterdam but there are also new riders who are taking this on as a new challenge. The previous rides have been hugely successful and raised a considerable sum of money for Rianna’s Fund, enabling it to build new classroom blocks in Uganda. As a result of this ride 360 children each year now have access to education in these newly constructed classrooms.

  The goal for 2016 and the ride to Cologne is to build twelve new classrooms and continue expanding access to education in this very poor country.

  We have a few places left on the ride, and details can be found at www.riannasfund.org/A2C/