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MARCH/ APRIL EVENTS IN LEATHERHEAD.

Saturday 28th March - Easter Parade.
Leatherhead High Street will be full of families and friends for the first ever Easter Parade. Starting at 11am the hour long celebration will feature music, free sweets and balloons, a children’s treasure hunt, and songs. Everything is free and the action-packed hour will have plenty of surprises.

  Wed 1st - Sat 4th April - Easter Gardening event.
To be held in the Swan Shopping Centre in conjunction with the Leatherhead Community Garden, more details will be available around the town.

  Saturday 25th April Morris Dancing.
Ewell St Mary Morris Dancers will be in the town centre celebrating St George’s Day. There will be four performances throughout the day.  


LEATHERHEAD AND DISTRICT TWINNING ASSOCIATION ANNUAL FRENCH EXCHANGE - MAY 2015.

Did you know that Ashtead, as part of “The Leatherhead and District Twinning Association”, is twinned with a French town called Triel-sur-Seine, which is 30km west of Paris? We plan annual exchange visits between our area and Triel, and this year we are visiting Triel from 28th to 31st May. We will travel by coach and ferry from Leatherhead, visiting a ‘cave’ for wine tasting en route.

We arrive in Triel at 6pm to be greeted by our French hosts who will accommodate us with local families. Included in the trip is a day in Paris visiting the Musée d’Orsay and Notre Dame Cathedral, a civic reception, a dinner dance in a picturesque venue on the banks of the River Seine, and a visit to the historic town of Arras on the return journey. The cost of the trip is £190.


This is a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends both in France and in the local area. If you are interested in all things French or just enjoy meeting new people why not come and join us?

If you would like more details please contact the Chairman of our Twinning Association – Paula Hancock on 07767 833427 or email paula303@outlook.com

  Paula Hancock


IMPROVED ONLINE SERVICE FROM MOLE VALLEY DISTRICT COUNCIL.

Mole Valley District Council has made it even easier and faster for residents to access information about their local area by launching its new-look ‘Mole Valley and Me’ function at www.molevalley.gov.uk.

Accessible from the home page of www.molevalley.gov.uk, ‘Mole Valley and Me’ allows residents to insert their postcode to reveal a range of tailored information about where they live. This includes contact details for their local Councillor, bin collection days, planning applications in the local area, upcoming events and much more.

Councillor Vivienne Michael, Executive Member for Community Engagement and Resident Services explains: “The new-look ‘Mole Valley and Me’ is more streamlined, much clearer and easier to use. Like our recently refreshed website, the improved ‘Mole Valley and Me’ is responsive, meaning that the growing number of residents using our site on a mobile or tablet will be able to access the website in a way that is convenient for them. I am sure residents will find the up-to-date information relevant and useful for them. Additional features coming soon include roadwork mapping, thermal imagery and email alerts.”  


DOG WALKERS URGED TO KEEP THEIR DOGS UNDER TIGHER CONTROL.

Dog walkers at Polesden Lacey are being asked to keep their dogs under closer control following four attacks on sheep in as many weeks.

  In the latest attack last week the dog owner was unaware that her dog had attacked a sheep until farmer, Steve Conisbee, showed her: "For most people it is very traumatic to see the damage that their pet has inflicted and the lady I met last week was in tears.

  People view their dogs as part of the family and can't believe that they would do anything to harm a sheep but even chasing sheep can cause sufficient stress for ewes to miscarry, causing the death of both the lamb and the ewe."

  Dog walkers must also show caution around cows, particularly those with calves who are likely to chase dogs if they feel threatened. In these situations dog walkers are advised to give cows with calves a wide berth and be prepared to let their dog off its lead if a cow starts to approach looking agitated.

  The Countryside Code, published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, outlines strict guidelines for keeping dogs under effective control around livestock. Many people may be surprised to learn that ‘a farmer may shoot a dog which is attacking or chasing farm animals without being liable to compensate the dog’s owner’.

  "If dogs aren't kept within sight then their owners don't know what they are getting up to, which is why we're asking all dog walkers to keep their pets on a lead if they can't keep them to heel." says Andrea Selley, General Manager for the Polesden Lacey estate.

  PC Mark Trezise, Rural Affairs and Wildlife Crime Officer for Mole Valley is investigating the recent attacks at Polesden Lacey, he says: "It is a criminal offence to allow your dog to kill a sheep and I'm currently investigating the recent attacks at Polesden Lacey."

  If anyone has any information about the incidents of sheep worrying at Polesden Lacey reported in the last few weeks, please call the police on 101 and quote reference number 45150018976.

  For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/polesdenlacey or call 01372 452048.  


BUYING NEW TOOLS FOR THE GARDEN? TIPS FROM MOLE VALLEY POLICE.

Garden Equipment.
If you have expensive gardening equipment – lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers etc. – consider simply painting your post code and/or house name onto them with gloss p

aint. This makes them very undesirable to a burglar, who would then have to go to quite a lot of trouble to make them re-saleable and, at the end of the day, burglars don’t like hard work!   Sheds and Garages
People often keep some quite valuable property in sheds, garages and outbuildings. If these can be connected to your house alarm, then fine. You can, however, obtain inexpensive battery operated motion sensor alarms, which can provide a very effective deterrent. Some of these combine with lights which come on as the motion sensor activates the audible alarm. This doesn’t guarantee the total security of outbuildings etc., but it does provide deterrent effect as a would-be burglar cannot know what other security measures are in place which could help to identify and catch them.

  Our top tips for keeping your home safe and secure are as follows:

  · Register valuable property at www.immobilise.com - it's free of charge and can deter a thief
· Fit window locks and ensure French windows and patio doors are secure
· Install a burglar alarm and set it every time you leave your home
· Install low wattage security lighting that comes on automatically at dusk and goes off at dawn
· Never leave door or car keys or other valuables in reach of a letter box or window
· Keep your front and back doors shut and locked – even when you are at home
· Don't keep large amounts of money or jewellery at home. If you have to, use a home safe that is stored out of sight
· Make sure your house looks occupied even when it isn’t. Use an automatic timer switch to turn interior lights on and off
· Secure your garage and shed too – equipment kept in a garage or shed can be just as tempting for a thief
· Unsure about security? Contact Surrey Police on 101 and ask to speak to your local Crime Reduction Advisor

  http://www.surrey.police.uk/keeping-safe/protecting-your-property-or-business/home-and-garden-security  


SPECTACULAR YOUTH SHOWCASE AWARDS.

Mole Valley’s Youth Showcase Awards ceremony on Friday 6 March at Dorking Halls was a huge success. Now in its eleventh year, hosted by Mole Valley’s youth council, Youth Voice and supported by Mole Valley District Council (MVDC), this Oscars-style event recognises the achievements of young people in the district and those working with young people.

  The hundreds of guests helped Youth Voice to raise £442 for The Children’s Trust, the leading charity supporting children with brain injuries.

  There were nearly 80 nominees in total, all in contention for a diverse range of awards. The Creativity Award, won by Alexander Semple from St John’s School in Leatherhead, was presented by classically-trained soprano Natalie Coyle, who was brought up in Bookham. Alexander, aged 13, won the award for his accomplishments as a violin player.

  The two sporting achievement awards were presented by Lee Shinkin, Youth Olympic and Commonwealth medallist in Judo. The Therfield School Netball Team won the Team Sporting Award for having the strength to succeed even when the odds were against them. Abigail Dentus, also from Therfield School, won the Individual Sporting Award for her outstanding accomplishments in cycling.

  Junior Youth Voice’s Leader and Deputy Leader presented the Junior Youth Voice Specialist Award to community nurse Shelley Darling. Junior Youth Voice decided Shelley should receive the award for her compassion and dedication when looking after Flossie, Youth Voice’s Deputy Leader, while she was ill with cancer.

  The Teamwork Award, presented by the Chairman of Mole Valley District Council, Councillor Emile Aboud, was won by Brockham Emergency Response Team for working tirelessly in response to the floods.

  Tom Francis, aged 18, was presented with the Volunteering Award by the Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey, Martin Gerrard. Tom was awarded the trophy for devoting his time to support Children with Down’s Syndrome and fundraising for Down’s Syndrome charity PSDS.

  16 year-old Cameron Zaltsman from Therfield School won the Special Achievement Award, presented by the Vice-Chair of Surrey County Council Mrs Sally Ann B Marks. Cameron won the award for performing admirable CPR skills in an emergency situation.

  The audience enjoyed performances by 12-year-old singer Lily Moram and 10-part contemporary Surrey band, Ten in a Room, two of the winners of Youth Voice’s 2014 talent contest, Mole Valley’s Got Talent. Other performers included the Priory School Choir and Phoenix Creative Arts, as well as a much-anticipated performance by Natalie Coyle. Throughout the evening house band Therfield Concert Band performed a specially-prepared futuristic-themed repertoire.

  The winners of each category were as follows:

  Creativity - Alexander Semple, St John’s School
Team Sporting - Therfield Netball Team
Individual Sporting - Abigail Dentus, Therfield School
Teamwork - BERT (Brockham Emergency Response Team)
Volunteering Award - Tom Francis, PSDS
Special Achievement - Cameron Zaltsman,Therfield School
Junior Youth Voice Specialist Award - Shelley Darling, Community Nurse  


SPECTACULAR YOUTH SHOWCASE AWARDS.

Mole Valley’s Youth Showcase Awards ceremony on Friday 6 March at Dorking Halls was a huge success. Now in its eleventh year, hosted by Mole Valley’s youth council, Youth Voice and supported by Mole Valley District Council (MVDC), this Oscars-style event recognises the achievements of young people in the district and those working with young people.

  The hundreds of guests helped Youth Voice to raise £442 for The Children’s Trust, the leading charity supporting children with brain injuries.

  There were nearly 80 nominees in total, all in contention for a diverse range of awards. The Creativity Award, won by Alexander Semple from St John’s School in Leatherhead, was presented by classically-trained soprano Natalie Coyle, who was brought up in Bookham. Alexander, aged 13, won the award for his accomplishments as a violin player.

  The two sporting achievement awards were presented by Lee Shinkin, Youth Olympic and Commonwealth medallist in Judo. The Therfield School Netball Team won the Team Sporting Award for having the strength to succeed even when the odds were against them. Abigail Dentus, also from Therfield School, won the Individual Sporting Award for her outstanding accomplishments in cycling.

  Junior Youth Voice’s Leader and Deputy Leader presented the Junior Youth Voice Specialist Award to community nurse Shelley Darling. Junior Youth Voice decided Shelley should receive the award for her compassion and dedication when looking after Flossie, Youth Voice’s Deputy Leader, while she was ill with cancer.

  The Teamwork Award, presented by the Chairman of Mole Valley District Council, Councillor Emile Aboud, was won by Brockham Emergency Response Team for working tirelessly in response to the floods.

  Tom Francis, aged 18, was presented with the Volunteering Award by the Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey, Martin Gerrard. Tom was awarded the trophy for devoting his time to support Children with Down’s Syndrome and fundraising for Down’s Syndrome charity PSDS.

  16 year-old Cameron Zaltsman from Therfield School won the Special Achievement Award, presented by the Vice-Chair of Surrey County Council Mrs Sally Ann B Marks. Cameron won the award for performing admirable CPR skills in an emergency situation.

  The audience enjoyed performances by 12-year-old singer Lily Moram and 10-part contemporary Surrey band, Ten in a Room, two of the winners of Youth Voice’s 2014 talent contest, Mole Valley’s Got Talent. Other performers included the Priory School Choir and Phoenix Creative Arts, as well as a much-anticipated performance by Natalie Coyle. Throughout the evening house band Therfield Concert Band performed a specially-prepared futuristic-themed repertoire.

  The winners of each category were as follows:

  Creativity - Alexander Semple, St John’s School
Team Sporting - Therfield Netball Team
Individual Sporting - Abigail Dentus, Therfield School
Teamwork - BERT (Brockham Emergency Response Team)
Volunteering Award - Tom Francis, PSDS
Special Achievement - Cameron Zaltsman,Therfield School
Junior Youth Voice Specialist Award - Shelley Darling, Community Nurse  


ACT FACT TO SAVE LIVES.

Many people will have seen a FAST adverts on their TV screens. Knowing the warning signs of a stroke could be a life-saver, and The Stroke Association is calling on everyone to learn the signs of a stroke and FAST Forward the message to their friends and families.

    A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. It is a medical emergency, if you suspect someone has had a stroke, here’s what to look for:

  · Face: can they smile? Has their mouth or an eye drooped on one side of their face?
· Arms: can they raise both arms?
· Speech: can they speak clearly and be understood?
· TIME to call 999

  The Act FAST campaign, managed by Public Health England since 2009, has been hugely successful. In its first four months, emergency 999 calls for stroke increased by 55%.

  Stroke is one of greatest health challenges of our time. Around 2,500 people have a stroke in Surrey every year, and the condition is the leading cause of complex adult disability. A stroke happens in an instant, but it effects can last a lifetime. Nearly 17,500 people across the county are living with the effects of stroke.

  Research shows that one in 10 people (12%) in the South wrongly believe a stroke could never happen to them. Sadly this cruel condition can happen to anyone at any time. The more people who are FAST aware, the more lives we can save.

  The Stroke Association works to help more people reduce their risk of stroke, and to help stroke survivors and their families rebuild their lives. Action on Stroke Month takes place in May each year. In 2015 the Stroke Association is asking everyone to Make May Purple. You can help by planting your garden purple, making purple cakes for sale or dressing up purple for the day.

  To find out more about Action on Stroke Month in May please visit www.stroke.org.uk/strokemonth. Or to find out more about the FAST Forward campaign, and to view information and support available, visit www.stroke.org.uk/FastForward.


DO YOU HAVE AN EMPTY GARAGE?

The Leatherhead Lions club is calling upon readers of the Ashtead & Leatherhead Local to help them with the loan of an empty garage space for a period of four months from May to August this year.

  It will be used for the temporary storage of goods donated to THE BELARUS APPEAL, the Lions have enjoyed the use of a garage in Ashtead for many years but sadly this is no longer available.

  Ideally the garage should have direct entry from the road with no other access to any part of the house as items will be delivered at all times during the day.

  If you are able to help I would love to hear from you, I’m Mike Rushby of the Leatherhead Lions Club phone 07833 574089 or email me on rushby2@tiscali.co.uk