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.



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   · Bargains galore at our many stalls
· Refreshments,
· Greyhound parade,
· Entertainment
· Auction
· Free Parking
· All dogs welcome

  Call 01306 712615 or 01252 781917
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Barnardo’s is a partner of Mindsight Surrey Child and Adolescent Mental Health  Services (CAMHS), and is managing the parenting service which supports parents and carers of children and young people who are in receipt of a diagnosis of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) or who are awaiting a diagnosis of ADHD.

  The Surrey Positive Parenting Service will be available across Surrey offering the Parent Factor in ADHD programme which is for parents and carers of children and young people aged 6-18 who have an ADHD diagnosis, and the Family Links Nurturing Programme which is for parents of children or young people aged 6-18 who are awaiting a diagnosis of ADHD.

  Lynne Johnston, Children’s Services Manager at Barnardo’s Surrey Positive Parenting Service, said: “Our specialist parenting programmes offer vital support to families who are faced with the additional challenge of having a child with ADHD.  They are designed to support parents and carers whose children live with this condition”.

  Mindsight Surrey CAMHS is provided by a partnership of local and national mental health organisations for young people which is led by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

  The service is commissioned by NHS Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on behalf of Surrey’s CCG collaborative.

  For more information about the Surrey Positive Parenting Service, please call the team on 01293 610689 or email:    


As many of you will have seen work is well underway to accommodate the Waitrose store opening in Church Street – it is anticipated that the store will open in November.

  Alongside this there will be a number of significant enhancements to the public realm in Church Street as part of Phase 1 of the Transform Leatherhead masterplan. The masterplan was adopted by MVDC last month and has received overwhelming support from thousands of local residents and a large number of businesses.

  The Church Street scheme will deliver improvements to the quality of the local environment for all users be they pedestrians, cyclists, motorists or local businesses. The street has long needed revitalising, and the designs that are close to completion, will take away a lot of the street clutter and increase the width of the footways to encourage the use of the space for outdoor seating. A number of new trees will also be planted to lift the feel of the area. The Leatherhead Theatre is a vital part of the town’s culture and it is hoped that the improvements to the immediate environment of the theatre will help to increase the number of visitors.

  Once Waitrose opens, car parking in the Church Street car park will increase to seventy five spaces, MVDC also recently announced the opening of an additional twenty five spaces at the Bridge Street car park.

  The final detailed design for Church Street is being worked on by Atkins and the objective is to have all works completed by the end of March 2017.

  For more information visit

  Councillor Howard Jones
Executive Member for Transform Leatherhead  


Members of staff from UKPN Services and UK Power Network volunteered to carry out works on the River Mole along the Norbury Park stretch, to provide fish refuge, revetments and reduce bank erosion.

  As a result of UKPN and their contractors’ community work schemes, Dave Tarrant, Project Engineer for UK Power Network, has been involved in several projects in the area over the past six years bringing much needed expertise, manpower, materials and machinery to local groups.

  The works were carried out on the 27th and 28th July last, with a total of 16 UKPN staff and four ‘Blu 3’ staff, attending over the two days. Terry Smart Ltd provided the funding for the materials that were required for the works and Southern Cranes provided the heavy machinery that would help. In addition, Blu 3 staff were available to operate this specialist machinery.

  Over the two days, over three quarters of the scheduled work was completed. The weather went from being damp and overcast to sunny and humid, thankfully it hadn’t rained before or during the project as this would have meant cancelling the work.

  Dave Tarrant says, “I am so proud of the staff that came along to help on this task as some live almost 80 miles from here and will probably never get the opportunity to see the fruits of their labour, especially with regard to fish stocks and river habitat and of course ensuring that local residents and anglers can use and safely enjoy the river. It was the most challenging task that I have been involved in.”  


Despite the cold Spring and wet conditions in June and early July, Ashtead gardeners produced a fine display of flowers, fruit and vegetables at their Summer Show on Saturday 16th July.

  Once again, they were supported by the Ashtead Flower Arrangement Group whose vibrant and colourful displays of floral art and design added to the spectacle. They staged their own competition with seven different classes under the common theme of “Floral Fun”.

  Results of a weaving project undertaken by over 50 children aged between 5 and 6 at Barnett Wood Infant School in Ashtead were also on show and created a great deal of colour and interest. Items which the children had woven included a replica of a hanging basket, table mats, a jumper and scarf for a teddy bear, a picnic basket and a “mini beast” garden.

  Best Exhibit
An orchid entered by Jayne Nixon was adjudged to be the Best Exhibit in Horticultural classes and for which she received the Lord Barnaby Cup. Other ladies to take top honours were Valerie Howard, who won the Challenge Cup for the most points obtained in the fruit classes; the Mabel Tucker Memorial Cup for the best fruit exhibit with a plate of blackcurrants: and the Banksian Medal awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society to the exhibitor gaining the highest amount of prize money in horticultural classes.

  Jane Bloore was awarded the Challenge Cup for most points in culinary and craft classes. She also received a Certificate of Merit for the best cake in the Show – which is sponsored by Handley’s café/wine bar in Ashtead – for her excellent chocolate sponge cake. And Imogen Greening won, for the third time, a Silver Rabbit in the children’s classes.

  Society Chairman Colin Cheeseman won the Challenge Cup for most points in vegetable classes and the National Vegetable Society Medal for a collection of carrots, onions, potatoes and shallots.

  The main honours in flower classes, including sweet peas, fuchsias and pelargoniums, were awarded to Ken Howe, who also won the Premier Vase class for mixed garden flowers, which is sponsored by Ashtead Park Garden Centre. Ken Howe, Ashtead Horticultural Society  


We would like to welcome members and non-members to the Letherhead Institute to come and enjoy one or more of the many activities that are being organised by the Association over the next few months, both indoors and away from Leatherhead.

  Our Art/History lectures start on 28th September with the first of two lectures by Jessica Saraga entitled ‘Lost, Stolen and Strayed; the dispersal of Art at the English Reformation’ These will be followed by four further lectures of equal interest between October and December given by Paul Pickering and Dr Katy Brown.

The popular monthly Tea and Talks afternoons, which are free, start again on 14 October, and on 11 November the Phoenix Entertainment Group from the Bookham U3A will be making a return visit.

  There are visits already arranged to Hampton Court in September, a London Walk in October, a concert in the Royal Festival Hall in November and ending with the highly popular Christmas tea for members in December. The recorded music afternoons will continue as usual on every third Wednesday, and don’t forget that there is scrabble every other Friday, social bridge twice a month, and table tennis and snooker every Monday Afternoon.

  Peter Humphreys has planned his Autumn walks which start on 7 September with a short walk on Holmwood Common. The other short walks are on the first Wednesdays of October, November and December and the long walks start on 14 September along the Wey canal at Ripley. There will be two other long walks on the second Wednesdays of October and November but not in December. Peter usually makes sure that there is a pub stop for lunch and he is very happy for you to ring him for full information of all the walks - 01372 378347. There will be no strolls until the New Year.

  Did you know that there are several rooms available for hire at the Institute, morning, afternoon or evening, on a daily, weekly or monthly basis or for one specific occasion, there is limited parking but the Swan Centre multi-storey is close by. Please ring Sarah for all the details.

  Some of the activities are free but Membership of the Institute is only £5 a year and you are very welcome to visit to see all that goes on in the building. There you can pick up a Newsletter and there is nearly always a cup of coffee or tea available in the library which 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 information about joining a walk, a visit or tell you what the Institute is all about. The phone number is 01372 360508 or the email is  


There would be no Brandenburg Choral Festival of London, the all-encompassing celebration of choral music in central London, without Leatherhead’s indefatigable Bob Porter (pic right) who, as Artistic Director, runs well over 100 concerts per year.

  An accomplished bassoonist and conductor, his career now encompasses musician, conductor, teacher and concert promoter. In 1991 Bob was made a Freeman of the City of London for services to music.

  He abounds with enthusiasm and energy and was thrilled to tell us about the one of the highlights of this year’s Brandenburg Autumn Series. “This will be the first visit to the Festival by the world renowned Choir of King's College, Cambridge on 25th September. Taking place in London's hauntingly atmospheric Temple Church, it promises to be an unforgettable choral experience”.

    Catering for all musical tastes, the Autumn Series 2016 runs from 10 September to 17 November. Centred on the heart of the Festival, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Brandenburg Festival of London provides superb spiritual and magnificent iconic London venues for accomplished choirs to showcase their talents.

  In his spare time, Bob is passionate about cricket, red wine and jazz – not necessarily in that order!

  For more information and tickets for all concerts, please see visit: