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WHAT'S GOING ON IN AUGUST? Click here...

EPSOM MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FUND.

Please help: By donating to our appeals. Every penny is appreciated. If each of our annual 319,411 (2015 figs) patients and visitors gave just 10p that would bring us £31,942, enough for a specialist ultrasound scanner, which would save countless lives; £1 would bring us £319,411.

  By supporting our events. We like to put the fun into fund-raising with our dinner dances and a variety of other events. Your support is vital. Just by coming along or buying a raffle ticket you will be bringing us a little nearer to our appeal targets. Why not hold a sale or a get-together on our behalf? Or perhaps you could organise or take part in a sponsored event?

  By visiting us. At Epsom General Hospital we raise cash by selling gifts and recycled cards at prices from just 30p. Why not drop in and pick up a bargain?

  By taking out Gift Aid for the Fund. This is one way of making a donation which enables us to reclaim tax - making your gift even more valuable to us.

  For more information call 020 8337 8181.  


PLENTY OF TALL STORIES AT VILLAGE DAY.

Our extremely popular stilt walkers kept everyone greatly amused from on high with their jokes, banter and repartee as they strolled amongst the enormous crowds at yet another amazingly successful Ashtead Rotary Village Day.

  The thousands and thousands of people who came enjoyed a magnificent event packed as always with exciting activities for young and old alike.

  A whole stream of cherished cars, commercials and buses commenced their 'run' from the big house at City of London Freemen's School through the streets of Ashtead to the QEII field where they were met and led with a truly stirring performance by The City of Coventry Corps of Drums. The lead vehicle, a 1901 Mors in beautiful condition carried the equally beautiful Sophie King (Miss Surrey 2016), The Rotary President, Tricia Haynes, and the Chairman of Mole Valley District Council, David Mir.

  Sophie, who will be Surrey's candidate for the Miss GB competition in September, opened the event, presented the Community Awards and toured all the stands with Tricia and chatted to hundreds of visitors as they joined in all the fun of the day.

Around 130 Clubs, Societies, Community Groups, Charities and commercial organisations contributed to an action packed and exciting day with music from Atlantis, Junction 9, The Mole Valley Silver Band, the Epsom Rock Choir, and The Downsmen, Barber Shop Singers. There was dancing by Poptastic and Dandelion Theatre Arts and our now traditional and always successful Maypole Dance by Barnett Wood Infant School.

  Bob Hogg's Lamb (well sheep) National did several circuits of Ashtead's own “Aintree”. There were no 'fallers' though and the sheep dogs, feeling rather redundant, resorted to their own 'clowning'.

  The Pony Rides, Miniature Steam Train and Children's bus were kept continuously busy. The Dog Show was even more popular than ever and Punch & Judy and Face Painting were delights for the very young too.

  Enormous thanks go to the most generous sponsorship from Exxon Mobil (Esso Petroleum), Ashtead Plant Hire (A-plant), Pullen Plumbing Services, Patrick Gardner (and many others). Without their generosity the event could not take place. At the time of writing we calculate that in excess of £21,000 has been raised for the charities and good causes which the Rotary Club of Ashtead supports throughout the year (see www.ashteadrotaryclub.org.uk and Facebook for all details).  


FREE FISHING FOR ALL THE FAMILY.

Long Copse Ponds, Corner of Eastwick Drive & Spring Grove, Bookham, KT22 9PD. Saturday 13th August 10am - 5pm

  The Leatherhead & District Angling Society is holding its annual open day on Saturday 13th August. Join up on the day and your joining fee is waived - a saving of £10 for children/OAPs and £20 for adults).

  Everything is FREE, we provide all the tackle you’ll need - even the bait! There will be experienced anglers on hand to teach the basics to beginners, as well as to pass on tips to the more advanced. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book, just turn up.

  Due to the popularity of this event, each fishing session will be limited to a maximum of two hours per person. Go to www.leatherheadangling.co.uk for more info  


SURREY HILLS RADIO WANTS LOCAL MUSIC.

Your local internet radio station, Surrey Hills Community Radio have been very successful in attracting new music to the station. Artists from all around the world have been submitting tracks to the Leatherhead based station for air time and this has prompted the station to double the amount of hours given to air play of new music.

  TRANSMISSION is a show specifically for artists who wish to get their music on air and can be heard on the first and third Sundays of the month from 5pm.

  With this in mind and with the station wanting to better support local talent and events, a new show, TRANSMISSION Local is due to begin in August from the second Sunday in the month.

  TRANSMISSION Local does what it says and we encourage local musicians to submit their tracks to us and we will play at least one of them on air. Your host for this brand new show is local musician, Chris Stagg and can be seen behind the drums for the popular local band Atlantis. Chris is well known for his love of live music and hopes to give bands the opportunity to play live in our new studio at Surrey Hills Radio.

  To complete the trilogy Surrey Hills Radio are in the process of organising TRANSMISSION Live which surprisingly enough also does what it says and the aim is to offer the opportunity for artists to perform live in front of an audience at a local venue. Daniel Joyce, the stations Events Director and Adam are promoting these events and further news will be made available as soon as they are available. 

  With these exciting developments this popular radio station continues to provide superb support to everyone in the local community and confirms its mandate to offer a facility for local talent to be heard by as many people as possible.

  To submit your music, email Adam Riches at mymusic@surreyhillsradio.co.uk

WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE SOMETHING BACK THIS CHRISTMAS?

Children at school? Retired? Want a new challenge?

  Part-time/Job Share temporary Manager and also Volunteers urgently needed to help run the Charity Christmas Card outlet in St Martins Church, Dorking, early October to mid December.

  Please Call Kathy for an informal chat 07802 851884 / 020 8941 2928, Kathy.hill@cfgc.org.uk

  Please help 28 different charities and contribute to the £6 million we raise each year for charity. Modest Managers’ remuneration paid at the end of the season.

  Visit our website at www.cardsforcharity.co.uk or telephone 01264 361555. Cards for Good Causes Ltd is the trading company of The 1959 Group of Charities

HELP TWO ASHTEAD BOYS TO HELP OTHERS IN BORNEO.

We are brothers Robert and Simon, aged 16 and 15 at Therfield School and with Explorers at 1st Ashtead Scout Group. In 2017 we will be going on an expedition to Borneo with Camps International. This is a four week trip where we will be helping out in rural communities by building schools and other community facilities. The main objectives of the Borneo Expedition are to improve the living standards of the local people and to help reforest areas of the jungle that provide a safe habitat for the animals that depend upon it for survival especially the orangutans.

  This trip is extremely important to us as we feel that we will be doing something to help the people in the rural Sabahan community in Borneo who have an incredibly hard life where a lot of children have to leave school before secondary education. Therefore, by constructing schools and other community facilities and assisting in teaching we will be making a valuable contribution to the people living in rural villages in Borneo.

  The orangutan in Borneo is threatened by deforestation due to logging and palm oil production. Since 2009 Camps International have been running a reforestation programme and we will be involved in this helping replant trees to replace the ones lost to deforestation. We know about the rising issues of deforestation and we want to try to prevent it increasing further to ensure that the habitat is conserved for the orangutans and other species.

  To make our expedition possible we have to fundraise £3800 each. So far we have raised over £2000, but we aim to raise a lot more with your help. We are both willing to do odd jobs for money, such as babysitting, car washing and garage clearing. Along with this we are also collecting old copper pipes and wires that we can recycle for a small amount of money. We are also collecting any old unwanted items that you may have lying around your house that we could sell at a car boot sale.

  If you shop online you can also help us by earning free donations by using our Easyfundraising link when you shop online. The link is http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/robertandsimonking/

  If you wish to contact us for odd jobs or to donate copper wires or pipes or unwanted items, please use the following:- Facebook: www.facebook.com/simonandrobertborneo2017 or email: simonihking14@gmail.com or by phone 01372 802526.

  Thank you, Robert and Simon King  


THE RETURN OF LEATHERHEAD MUSEUM'S 'FAMILY CRAFT AFTERNOONS' IN AUGUST.

The very popular Family Craft afternoons are once again being held in the courtyard at the Museum from 1 to 4pm on Fridays 5th, 12th and 19th August. There will be a mix of hands-on crafts for children (and adults!) to participate in which may vary from Friday to Friday. Children must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult. All free but donations would be appreciated.

   By special arrangement, Frank and Hilda Hollis, the last private occupants of Hampton Cottage, will be there in period costume to welcome visitors to their room in Hampton Cottage, set out as it might have been as they left it on VE day 8th May 1945.

   There is step free access into the courtyard but very limited in Hampton Cottage itself.

  Leatherhead Local History Museum, Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, KT22 8DP. Museum opening times: Thursday/Friday 1-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm

  www.leatherheadlocalhistory.org.uk


CCG WINS CLINICAL LEADERSHIP AWARD.

The development and transformation of clinical leadership and governance at NHS Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group* was recognised last week when it was presented with a prestigious national healthcare award.

The Healthcare Transformation Award for ‘Delivering Clinical Commissioning Leadership’ was given by Health Plus Care in front of an audience of fellow NHS Clinical Commissioners on 29 June. The award sought to recognise leaders that enable knowledge sharing, network coherence and network stability. Nominations had to be innovative and able to demonstrate their effectiveness at developing relationships and collaborating with stakeholders across their local health economy.

The judges were impressed with the developments Surrey Downs CCG has made, including restructuring and aligning its clinical posts with developing and delivering its commissioning intentions, without losing localism and clinical engagement. They also commended the CCG for its diversity and gender equality commitment, which sees women strongly represented on both the Governing Body and Clinical Cabinet, in senior leadership roles.

Surrey Downs CCG has also undergone a formal review of its clinical leadership and governance. This included reconfiguring its Governing Body and recruiting to a new Clinical Cabinet. Through these changes the organisation, more so than ever, has given clear prominence to clinical leadership. Whilst positive steps have already been made, the CCG now wants to focus on ensuring women are fully-represented in senior roles and is actively seeking opportunities for clinical leadership development for women.

Dr Claire Fuller, Clinical Chair at NHS Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are delighted to have won the Delivering Clinical Commissioning Leadership award. We really pride ourselves on being a clinically led organisation so having this recognised at a national level is really exciting and reflects all the hard work that has gone into developing our ambitious plans to improve care for local people.

  “Working with our member practices and other stakeholders we took the time to stop and listen and really re-look at how we were working. As a result we made changes to our Governing Body and created a new Clinical Cabinet, which is very much the clinical voice of the organisation. Whilst it’s early days, we are already seeing the benefits right across the organisation.”

  *Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for commissioning healthcare for the 300,000 people living in Mole Valley, Epsom and Ewell, East Elmbridge, Dorking and surrounding areas. It is made up of 32 GP practices and buys healthcare from local hospitals, community services, social care, ambulance services, mental health care and any many other services for local people.

A LITTLE NOTE FROM NURSE SHEILA SMITH...

Thank you all for the kind wishes, cards and gifts that I have received on my retirement from Linden House Surgery/Ashlea Medical Practice. I have been overwhelmed by the number of goodwill wishes I have received. I have tried to thank as many people individually as I can, but know I have been unable to contact everyone so please forgive me!

  It has been both a privilege and a pleasure nursing at Linden House for the past 26 years. There has been a lot of laughter, along with some tears, over those years, but on the whole I have enjoyed it immensely!

  I will miss seeing many of you that I have got to know well over the years, but the time has come to for me to take a bit of “me” time. I am planning to spend some time putting my feet up and enjoying being a Grandmum! I may well see many of you when shopping in Leatherhead so hope we get the chance to say hello!

  Thank you once again. Love and best wishes, Sheila Smith