Don’t forget, you can pick up a copy of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local magazine from Ashtead and Leatherhead libraries, as well as the customer service desk of Sainsbury’s Leatherhead.



Open Meeting - Thursday 13th October. The AshLea Medical Practice PPG is holding their next Open Meeting on 13th October at 7.30 pm at St Michael's Church Hall, Woodfield Lane/The Marld, Ashtead.

All AshLea Medical patients are welcome to attend and we are fortunate in having two guests to speak on the subject of Diabetes, a condition which is not only serious, but on the increase.

Margaret Stubbs, a Diabetes Specialist Nurse at the AshLea Practice and her colleague, Jo Sewell, also a DSN working for the Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group Diabetes Service will be joining us to give a presentation and Q&A session.

Please do come to hear a short update from the PPG Chairman and then learn more from Margaret and Jo. We look forward to welcoming you.

If you would like to be updated on PPG activities and news and information from the AshLea Medical Practice, please email: to be added to our list of supporting patients.  


Each year one in four of people will experience some kind of mental health problem. Worries about things like money, jobs, a new baby, and the stress of everyday life can make it harder for people to cope. It’s important to know that help is available if you or someone you know needs it - and it’s free locally from the NHS.

NHS Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group is working with a number of organisations who offer support and counselling to fund a service which can help you take control and improve your own mental health and wellbeing. Anyone feeling anxious, stressed, worried or depressed can get in touch and you don’t need to be referred by your doctor.

If you’re an adult and registered with a GP in the Surrey Downs area (which includes Mole Valley, Epsom and Ewell and surrounding areas) you can access free help and support which is available in a variety of forms. From private appointments, to group activities or online courses, you can pick the option that best works for you.

To find out more about what help and support is available please visit Remember, you can call any of the organisations directly.

If you’d like to find out more about other ways to improve your emotional wellbeing, see

If you need extra help or are unsure about what might be best for you, please talk to your GP.  


Christians Against Poverty has announced there is a new face at Mole Valley debt counselling centre.

Fran Pyatt is to lead the team, based at Bookham Baptist Church and supported by a number of local churches, to help people escape overwhelming personal debts.

Mole Valley’s branch is one of 306 all across the UK, giving face-to-face help to some of Britain’s most desperate and isolated people, a third of whom describe themselves as suicidal.

The majority of people are trapped into debt by job loss, pay cuts, illness or relationship breakdown – times which are difficult enough, without financial hardship.

Fran will visit people in their homes bringing them hope and reassurance face-to-face with the award-winning non-judgemental service. Fran has a background working in an international relief and development charity but this change of direction allows her to work closely with the vulnerable in her own community.

“Knowing first-hand the needs that are out there, I really wanted to be part of the solution. CAP’s in-depth care and professionalism really do see lives transformed.”

“The great thing about CAP’s free service is that it is available to everyone – regardless of age, gender, faith or background. So, if you know things are out of control and you’re stressed, missing meals or sleep, please call 0800 328 0006.”

Find out more about CAP at or call 0800 328 0006  


As Halloween and Bonfire Night approach, local officers will be out, as usual, visiting shops and licensed premises to ask for their co-operation in minimising the risks of people buying fireworks or alcohol underage, as well as other items such as flour and eggs which may not be intended for cooking!!

Although the majority of people enjoy these festivities in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere, some people use the opportunity to target vulnerable residents and cause criminal damage. Please speak to your children to ensure that they do not throw anything at other people’s houses or, for their own safety, knock on doors of people they do not know.

As in previous years, police will be out in force on the evening of Halloween and will take a very dim view of anyone causing any damage or intimidating residents. If you live near someone you consider may be vulnerable to this type of targeting, please visit them and if you think it is necessary then let your local officers know of your concerns. You can contact your local team on 01483 639886 or by email to

On a totally different matter, we had been very pleased to note a significant decline over the summer in the number of reports we received about telephone scams – where people had been tricked into giving money or their bank details to people pretending to be from the police, the bank or building society. When this first came to our notice, we tried to spread the word about this type of fraud via many methods, including handing out information in local banks and shopping centres. I was also able to visit many sheltered accommodation schemes across Mole Valley to talk to residents about this type of criminal activity. Hopefully, all of this work may have had some impact on its decline?

Sadly, however, this type of crime tends to evolve and change so I would like to reinforce the message that genuine callers from the police or other organisations, such as banks, building societies, local council etc. will NEVER ask you to disclose personal account details. Please help us to spread the word to anyone you may believe could be vulnerable to this type of fraud?

If you have any concerns yourself or feel that someone could benefit from being contacted by their local policing team (or by me as the Crime Reduction Advisor for the District), then please call us on 101 or email to address given above.

This time of year also tends to see an increase in the number of rogue traders going door-to-door, offering to do “work” for inflated prices. If you have any concerns about this, or have been targeted yourself, please let us know by calling us on 101, or contact Trading Standards.

Neil Clarke, 13363. Crime Reduction/Crime Prevention Design Advisor, Community Safety Team - Eastern Division, PO Box 101, Guildford, Surrey GU1 9PE. Tel: 101 Extension 30809. Mobile: 07467 337783.  


Ashtead Allotments Association

Ever thought about having an allotment and ‘growing your own’? Think you have to wait years to get an allotment in Ashtead? Think again!

Just now there isn't much of a waiting list for an allotment at the Ashtead site, so if you are interested please email:- or call 01372 276215. Come and join us!  


The Leatherhead Orchestra begins its 62nd year as a community orchestra, offering amateur players the opportunity to practice and perform in an atmosphere of 'pleasure, not pressure'.

We need more string and brass players this year and would like to encourage former players and those who have taken up instruments as adults to come and give us a try. We meet on Wednesday evenings from 8-10pm in the Leatherhead Institute.

For more information, go to or contact our membership secretary Sue Newman at  


Friday 21st October 7pm-10.30pm. Come and try friendly Duplicate Bridge free of charge. There will be plenty of experienced players to help with rules and scoring if required. All bridge players welcome. Coffee and cakes from 7 pm, Bridge from 7.30pm-10.30pm, when you can meet the members. We are a friendly bridge club playing Duplicate every Monday and Friday evening at the Day Centre behind Sainsbury's.

Contact John on 01372 459115  


Epsom, Ewell & District Cats Protection branch is fit to burst with record numbers of cats in our care. We are in DESPERATE need of new spare room fosterers to allow us to take in all the poor stray / abandoned / sick cats who find their way to us.

Is this something you could do? You will have all the support and training you need – and you will get so much from being a foster “parent”.

If you feel you could help us please call ROSEMARY on 01737 350307. PLEASE leave a message if there's no reply – she will call you back