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MR JOHN NORTHCOTT.

Mole Valley District Council is very sad to announce that John Northcott, a District Councillor for Ashtead Common Ward for sixteen years, passed away on Wednesday, 16th March.

  John was a Member of Mole Valley District Council, representing the Ashtead Common Ward as an Independent Member, from May 2000 to March 2016.  In addition to his District Councillor role, John was a very distinguished Chairman of the Council in 2010/11; Chairman of the Development Control Committee from 2004-2006 and again for a short period in 2012, and he was the Executive Member with responsibility for Planning from 2012 – 2015.  He was an active and well-respected Independent Member of the Local Government Association where he was the Deputy Chair of the Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board between September 2014 and December 2015.

  John was highly respected and regarded by Members of all political persuasion.

  John was brought up in St Albans and went to Cambridge University where he read Natural Sciences. Most of his working life was spent in the steel industry, based in Sheffield, Barrow-in-Furness, Coatbridge and London.  He also had a spell with WS Atkins in Epsom and a secondment to the British Embassy in Paris as Commercial Attaché. He lived in Ashtead from 1972.

  Leader of the Independent Group, Councillor Simon Ling said “John was a highly valued Member of the Council; he was principled and his integrity was second to none.  His knowledge of all Planning related matters was without question.  He will be sadly missed by his constituents in Ashtead Common, Councillors and Officers alike, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.  

  Yvonne Rees, Chief Executive of Mole Valley District Council said “We are deeply saddened to have lost such an experienced Member who dedicated so much of his time for the benefit of his local community and the wider District. His wise words will be greatly missed by us all.”

  John leaves behind his wife Gill, son Richard, daughter Clare and her family.  


COMMEMORATE THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME.

1st July sees the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme during the First World War, the battle continued until 1st November that year where over 1,000,000 soldiers from the British, French and German armies were either killed or wounded. The Royal British Legion is asking that we remember the sacrifices made by these soldiers by commemorating the Battle through our schools, clubs and organisations. A Somme toolkit can be ordered from the Legion on www.rbl.org.uk/somme100  


LISTEN TO THE NEW CLAIRE AND LAURA SHOW.

Claire and Laura met over 20 years ago in the Penny Black pub in Leatherhead and they have remained friends ever since.

  Laura is a born and bred Leatherhead country girl whilst Claire originally comes from the hustle and bustle of south London and moved to Leatherhead some 28 years ago.

  A lot has changed for the girls in the last 20 years, but what has remained is their love for Life, Friendship, Music and Communications.

  Claire is now a fully qualified accredited Life Coach and is training for her diploma in Counselling and Laura now has her very own successful business supporting families & children with autism and behavioural problems called ‘Positive Autism Support and Training’ (PAST). Claire says, “Since we started planning the show just a month ago, we have grown from strength to strength and the beauty is although we come at it from different angles, we both want the same results.”

  So what is it that Claire and Laura want from the Claire and Laura Show?

  “We want to achieve a Family Show; a show that people can relate to. We want families to turn off their TV’s, interact with the show and go back to a time where families communicated with each other. They may want to listen to the show sitting around the table or lounging on the sofa.

  We want to invite guests in who will inspire both children and the adults and play some great music that will bring back memories. We will also be running competitions where we will be giving away prizes donated by various businesses, although you will need to tune into the show on how to enter. There will lots of chatter on various topics and community (we do love a chat!)

  Finally we want to have some fun too by getting you involved and asking you to email or phone in with your favourites or topics, remember it is your show too!”

  The show runs fortnightly on Wednesday evenings (7pm-9pm) from 13th April, and can be heard via internet on: www.surreyhillsradio.co.uk

  For more info email the girls on: claireandlaura@surreyhillsradio.co.uk  


BILBO BAGGINS WINS AT CRUFTS.

Back in November of last year The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local magazine ran an article about ‘Bilbo Baggins’ entering the Crufts ‘Pets as Therapy’ ‘(PAT) Dog of the Year award, and in March his owner, Philippa Cadge, was delighted to inform us that Bilbo was chosen as the winner from the six finalists!

  Philippa would like to thank all the readers of The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local who voted for him.

  He was nominated for this prestigious award by Cherry Trees Respite Home for Children with Disabilities in East Clandon where he has been visiting for the past 4½ years and has also visited Furze Hill Lodge care home in Kingswood for the same number of years.  He is much loved by the children and the elderly who look forward to his visits.

  Philippa will donate £250 of the prize of £500, to Cherry Trees to continue their superb care of the children who go there.  Bilbo also won a Trophy and a huge rosette!   


ROTARY COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS 2016.

Fifteen years ago the Rotary Club of Ashtead instituted two special awards, the purpose of which is to recognise outstanding service to the local community by members of it. Presentations are made each year at Ashtead Rotary Village Day and receive much local publicity. Last year the Individual award winner was Pamela Ventham-Smith(pic right with Ian Oxley-Crawford), and the Ashtead Residents’ Association received the group award. Both recipients well deserved the honour and we are proud to be associated with their success.

This year we are introducing a third category - the "Service Above Self Award”. This is to recognise an exceptional contribution to the community by an individual through their particular employment, vocation or profession. In the past, although the Community Service Award specifies that the candidate shall have given voluntary service to the Community, the selection panel have from time to time thought it right to recognise exceptional service by an employee in a public role, and this has resulted in the occasional special award or even through the main award.

I invite you to make nominations for all three group awards which again, will be presented at Ashtead Rotary Village Day on Saturday 11th June. You may nominate, either on behalf of your organisation or as an individual, as many candidates as you like for each award. A Selection Panel of the Rotary Club will make the final decision on the basis of the information you supply and other information which may be gathered from elsewhere. Any award is at the absolute discretion of the Selection Panel.

The criteria for the individual and group Community Service Awards are that the nominee should:
  1. Live or work or be based within the borders of Ashtead as defined by address and postcode.
2. Have given voluntarily their time and services to help other members of the community.
3. Have done so in a manner that demonstrates their dedication and commitment to the needs of others.

  For the new ‘Service Above Self Award’, Criteria 1 and 3 are the same. 2 is as follows:
2. Have given exceptional service to the community through a profession, vocation or employment over and above normal expectation.

We do not carry nominations forward from year to year but if you made a nomination in the past, please consider sending in up-dated particulars of your candidate(s). Last year we received a number of exceptional nominations and would be pleased to receive them again.

  Please reply (details below) with written or e-mailed nominations, together with any supporting material you feel appropriate, by, and not later than, midnight on Wednesday 18th May 2016.

Awards Secretary, Simon J Ling, Woodstock House, 29A Agates Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2ND, or via the Rotary website: www.ashteadrotaryclub.org.uk  


ASHTEAD COMMUNITY VISION.

“The Local” gets ‘a pat on the back’ from the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Forum. The importance of communicating how the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Forum has developed draft planning policies for Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) over the past three years cannot be underestimated.

  In the guidance notes for those of us who have worked towards developing the draft plan – a proposed blueprint for how planning applications should be dealt with by MVDC’s planners – there is as much written about public consultation and its importance, as there is about the mechanics of putting together the actual Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP).

  As mentioned in last month’s ‘Local’ article, it would be very easy to identify a ‘democratic deficit’ in this whole process were it not for the fact that each NDP – whether for Ashtead or anywhere else – has to go through two consultation processes as well as a final vote in a local referendum. That said, even then it would be very easy to suggest that local residents had ‘not been involved’ had it not been for the fact that Ashtead is lucky to have local media groups who are generally very willing to support the NDP initiative by simply publishing what’s going on at any point in time.

  While the local media and its journalists have been extremely helpful (as has the Ashtead Residents’ Association with its Ashtead Village News publication), there has been one publication which has consistently stood out as a significant player in the process – and it’s this publication - The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local, ably managed by its publisher Zen George.

  Over the past three years, ‘The Local’ as we all like to call it, has consistently covered the development of the draft Ashtead NDP in no less than 36 articles – some 17,000 words at my reckoning. Bearing in mind The Local is delivered to almost every home in Ashtead, that is a considerable power in the world of media and in terms of informing the local community of development across a range of local issues.

  This dedication to allowing local organisations, including the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Forum, was recognised recently when the Forum met to agree the Draft NDP before it was recently sent off to MVDC for consideration. During the meeting it was proposed that the Forum should formally ‘thank’ the Local and its publisher Zen for the support it has given.

  So, rather than write one of those ‘formal’ letters thanking Zen for her support, it was decided to do it through this article – a sort of literary pat on the back for a job well done! And I have to add a personal ‘thank you’ from me as Zen has had to put up with all sorts of excuses as to why I can only seem to write to a deadline – getting the ‘copy’ to her at the 11th hour (actually, on many occasions, two minutes to midnight if the truth be told).

  John Morgan ACV member  


ASHTEAD COMMUNITY VISION.

“The Local” gets ‘a pat on the back’ from the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Forum. The importance of communicating how the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Forum has developed draft planning policies for Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) over the past three years cannot be underestimated.

  In the guidance notes for those of us who have worked towards developing the draft plan – a proposed blueprint for how planning applications should be dealt with by MVDC’s planners – there is as much written about public consultation and its importance, as there is about the mechanics of putting together the actual Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP).

  As mentioned in last month’s ‘Local’ article, it would be very easy to identify a ‘democratic deficit’ in this whole process were it not for the fact that each NDP – whether for Ashtead or anywhere else – has to go through two consultation processes as well as a final vote in a local referendum. That said, even then it would be very easy to suggest that local residents had ‘not been involved’ had it not been for the fact that Ashtead is lucky to have local media groups who are generally very willing to support the NDP initiative by simply publishing what’s going on at any point in time.

  While the local media and its journalists have been extremely helpful (as has the Ashtead Residents’ Association with its Ashtead Village News publication), there has been one publication which has consistently stood out as a significant player in the process – and it’s this publication - The Ashtead & Leatherhead Local, ably managed by its publisher Zen George.

  Over the past three years, ‘The Local’ as we all like to call it, has consistently covered the development of the draft Ashtead NDP in no less than 36 articles – some 17,000 words at my reckoning. Bearing in mind The Local is delivered to almost every home in Ashtead, that is a considerable power in the world of media and in terms of informing the local community of development across a range of local issues.

  This dedication to allowing local organisations, including the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Forum, was recognised recently when the Forum met to agree the Draft NDP before it was recently sent off to MVDC for consideration. During the meeting it was proposed that the Forum should formally ‘thank’ the Local and its publisher Zen for the support it has given.

  So, rather than write one of those ‘formal’ letters thanking Zen for her support, it was decided to do it through this article – a sort of literary pat on the back for a job well done! And I have to add a personal ‘thank you’ from me as Zen has had to put up with all sorts of excuses as to why I can only seem to write to a deadline – getting the ‘copy’ to her at the 11th hour (actually, on many occasions, two minutes to midnight if the truth be told).

  John Morgan ACV member