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.



Each year Surrey’s voluntary car schemes help thousands of elderly and vulnerable people across the county to access hospital appointments, collect prescriptions and to enjoy social events.

  Each one is run by local volunteers for the benefit of their communities, by providing lifts for those who may not have easy access to transport.

  As the population ages, and as cuts impact on local transport services and result in the centralisation of health services, demand for the service provided by voluntary car schemes is increasing year on year but the number of volunteer drivers is falling in Mole Valley.

  That’s why Surrey Community Action, which provides help to develop new schemes and on-going advice and support to existing schemes, and Surrey County Council have teamed up to boost the number of volunteer drivers in the district.

  Becoming a volunteer driver is easy and volunteers can give as much or as little time as they choose, as well as decide the days and times during which they are available.

  In return, volunteers are rewarded with the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping elderly neighbours to live independently for longer. Feedback such as “This is the first time I have been out for six months" and "What would we do without you? We are so grateful for all you do” makes a little bit of effort very worthwhile.

  Barbara, 88, from Ashtead became a client of Ashtead Good Neighbours after an eye condition meant she could no longer keep her driving licence. Barbara says: “It never dawned on me, the things that I wouldn’t be able to do after I stopped driving. It was a big, big loss but it’s good to know that I have Ashtead Good Neighbours to call on whenever I need to get to the surgery or to the optician.”

  Marian is a volunteer driver for Ashtead Good Neighbours and helps local people like Barbara to get out and about. “Sometimes the only people our clients see are our volunteers” she says. “But many of our volunteers are getting older themselves so we really need more people to join our scheme and give up a little time every now and again to help others like Barbara.”

  For more information about how to become a volunteer driver, contact Vicki Turton at Surrey Community Action on 01483 447121 or email


Bookings for the much anticipated annual Heritage Open Weekend are now open. From Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th September, over 70 free events will take place throughout Mole Valley to celebrate the best of the District’s heritage, with a special emphasis this year on its literacy and musical connections. The programme of events is available online at, from Pippbrook’s reception, the Leatherhead Help Shop, local libraries and a variety of other local outlets.

  Buildings to be explored this year are as diverse as a sawmill, a little-known castle, a mausoleum, an air-raid shelter, caves and two grand country houses. A preview of the much-publicised works to uncover the Deepdene Estate by Mole Valley District Council is an exciting part of the programme. Events will be organised by local historians, musicians, actors, ‘Blue Badge’ guides and other experts keen to bring to life the fascinating, the quirky and the amazing facts that make Mole Valley unique.

  This year there is a special emphasis on the theme of ‘words and music’ and there is much to draw upon as Mole Valley is rich with historical connections to internationally famous figures such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill, Vaughan-Williams, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, the Broadwood family, Laurence Olivier, Thomas Hope and Daniel Defoe.

  For more details on Heritage Open Days go to:


Are you a good listener, like meeting people, own a car and have some time to spare? Then you may like to become a volunteer mediator with Mid-Surrey Mediation Service and help bring peace and harmony to our local neighbourhoods.

  Ever had neighbour trouble? Smoky bonfires, inconsiderate parking, overgrown hedges, noisy parties? Or maybe you know someone who has been at loggerheads with next door for months and it’s stressing them out. Mid-Surrey mediators help to resolve neighbourhood disputes using a method where both sides can be winners. The neighbours are helped to find solutions which are sustainable and keep channels of communication open in the future.

  How does it work? Two mediators visit each household to hear about the problems. They are impartial, preserve confidentiality, and offer the service free of charge. They will suggest a meeting where all parties meet at a nearby venue, and there the mediators create a secure atmosphere in which the neighbours can communicate more effectively, each explaining to the other how the problems have affected them and getting a fair hearing. Frankness is encouraged as long as abuse is avoided! Once the issues have been fully aired the mediators encourage the neighbours to come up with workable suggestions which lead to an agreement.

  The next volunteer training course is free and will take place over three weekends in October and November 2015. Like the sound of it? (Or if you have a neighbour problem) then call 07513 524241 or email


Are you struggling with your child’s behaviour? Do you need tips on certain issues within the home?

  Are you worried that 6 weeks sounds like a LONG holiday with the kids?

  Then why not come along to any of our 4 week clinics from 1pm-2.30pm, at Trinity Children’s Centre, Aperdele Rd, Leatherhead, KT22 7QT. These are the topics we will cover:
· Thursday 30th July: Eating and sleeping issues
· Thursday 13th August: Routines and boundaries
· Thursday 20th August: Listening to our children and in turn getting them to listen to us
· Thursday 27th August: Strategies to support good behaviour

  Call 01372 812754 to book your placE. Open to families with children aged 0-7 years. Lunch for all will be included with activities and toys for the children. Hope to see you there! Kelly Hewson


Could you support families in Leatherhead?

  Families Matter is a local project which supports families with children of primary school age who are sometimes quite isolated in their home.

It aims to offer early help when it is needed.

  If you are a good listener, reliable and can commit to around an hour a week, please get in touch!

Training date 19th September. Contact Kelly Hewson on: 07548 962881 or


Anti-social behaviour

As part of the regular work carried out by your local Safer Neighbourhood Team (including the specialists in Crime and Casualty Reduction), we monitor closely the types of issues that are raised with us, not only from calls into our contact centre but also from people who take the trouble to let us know their views at panel meetings, police surgeries or, most commonly these days, via Facebook and Twitter. What comes across quite clearly is that there remains a general concern about anti-social behaviour, which can take many forms.

  Examples that are reported to us include: inconsiderate driving of motor vehicles, riding mopeds or scooters through villages at excessive speed and people throwing objects about in the street, either directed at a target or just indiscriminately. Also, we receive reports about people behaving in an inconsiderate manner (whether or not influenced by alcohol), excessive noise, littering and people behaving in a manner which causes concern or distress to other members of the community. This is something that is totally unacceptable and your local officers will deal with any situations they encounter.

  If anti-social behaviour is having an impact on your life, we always want you to let us know. Ideally, it is helpful to have as much detail as possible, such as days, dates, times, plus if you happen to be able to name or provide a description of who may be responsible. This is so we can target our attention and resources at when these problems are actually occurring.

  We also emphasise the need and requirement for parents, guardians or carers of young people under the age of 18 to take a significant responsibility for the behaviour of children in their care. Police will deal robustly with anyone who is found committing an offence but a part needs to be played by the adults responsible for children .

During the school holidays, children obviously have more freedom to go out, meet up with friends and enjoy themselves, which everyone would encourage. That said, we hope that parents or guardians make sure that they know what their children are doing, where they are going, for how long and when they will be home. Part of this must be, of course, to ensure the safety of children when they are away from adult supervision and care.

  Sometimes, children do not consider the consequences of their actions, so we would ask parents and guardians to get their children to think about whether their actions could be causing alarm or distress to others, damaging the environment or putting themselves or others in danger.

  Neil Clarke, 13363. Crime Reduction Advisor - Eastern Division, PO Box 101, Guildford, Surrey GU1 9PE

   To contact Neil Clarke direct, please call:Tel:  101 Extension 30809 or 01483 630809 / 07467 3367783 or email: Call 101 for all non-emergency policing matters.

  Call 999 if you have a genuine emergency requiring the attendance of the police (e.g. a crime is in progress or someone is in immediate danger).

   Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have information about crime and don't want to leave your name.

   For more crime prevention advice visit


Long Copse Ponds,Corner of Eastwick Drive & Spring Grove, Bookham, KT22 9PD

  The Leatherhead & District Angling Society is holding its annual open day on Saturday 8th August. The biggest fish caught on the day wins a year’s free membership!

  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 for more info


RHS Ambassador Mary Berry will open this year’s annual flower show at RHS Garden Wisley.  Mary Berry was appointed an RHS Ambassador last year, and champions the principle of growing your own food as well as RHS Garden Wisley, her favourite garden.  As well as opening the show on 8th September, she will also participate in a book signing.

  The show will be a colourful visual feast with over 60 nurseries and garden trade stands displaying their wares and more than 100 exhibitors competing for the top prizes in the National Dahlia Society Annual Show. Members of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) will be displaying a vibrant selection of floral art under the theme ‘Roll Up! Roll Up!’ The show also offers the chance to source free, authoritative gardening advice from the Royal Horticultural Society.

  Many of the UK’s best nurseries, including 28 medal winners at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, will be offering plants for sale.

  There will be a strong programme of talks throughout the show on a range of gardening topics, from Mediterranean gardening and orchid cultivation to how to control Britain’s number one pest – the slug. 

  Visitors to the show can also enjoy the spectacular colour of the herbaceous borders and the creative inspiration of the Surrey Sculpture Society Trail around the garden. Around 60 sculptures from established and up-and-coming artists from across South East England will be on display and available to buy.

  There will be a free shuttle bus from Horsley station every 20 minutes throughout opening hours of the show, and those who travel by train will receive 25% off their entry ticket.

  Go to: for details and to book.


Following an application for funding made to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) is delighted to announce that a £1million grant has been awarded to the inspirational ‘Hope Springs Eternal’ Project.

  Whilst led by MVDC and the Mausolea Monuments Trust, the successful bid was made possible with support and involvement from a number of partners. The grant will fund restoration work to the Deepdene estate and landscape, including garden buildings, key paths and site of the old Deepdene House, once the grand home of renowned Regency taste-maker Thomas Hope, before being demolished in 1969.

  Upon completion of the two-year project, residents and visitors will be afforded an exciting opportunity to be enthralled by the grand sights of one of the nation’s magnificent forgotten estates, located just outside Dorking town centre. Public access to the existing Grade II gardens will be extended, courtesy of Kuoni Travel and Dorking Golf Club, and access to neighbouring Betchworth Castle and the remarkable Hope mausoleum will feature as just two of the many highlights on a newly formed Deepdene Trail. The project will also deliver a range of educational activities to engage with the local community through the Dorking Museum.

  Restoration work to the estate’s Hope mausoleum, led by a devoted group of around 25 volunteers, The Friends of Deepdene, began in 2011 and there has been significant progress. The HLF grant will help support future work and fully rediscover this remarkable sleeping landscape. Stuart McLeod, Head of HLF South East, said “We’re delighted to fund the next exciting chapter in Deepdene’s story, which has included periods as a 17th century Italianate style garden described as the ‘epitome of paradise’ and as a Second World War base for a railway company. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players this story will be brought to life, providing a fantastic boost for our region’s heritage“.

  MVDC’s Executive Member for Community Engagement & Resident Services, Councillor Vivienne Michael, said “The Heritage Lottery Fund’s award is wonderful news and will enable us to share this fantastic asset and environmental gem with residents and visitors, helping to boost prosperity in our District.”