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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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CAN YOU HELP BY 16TH MAY?

B@titude are working with Heart for Romania this May to support a very poor community in Csekefalva, Romania. We are taking a team of women and teenagers from our local community in Leatherhead to support and teach the families to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

These families are the poorest of the poor, with many of the young mums not being parented themselves after coming from the local children’s home.

We are currently collecting good quality second hand gardening tools which we will be transporting via a mini bus, alongside lots of children's clothing and other essential items. If you are able to donate any of the following items below by Saturday 16th May, we'd be hugely grateful.

· Spades
· Forks
· Hand Trowels & Forks
· Rakes
· Secateurs
· Soft Gardening Twine
· Gardening Gloves

For more information or for any questions please call us on 01372 374666. To donate financially please visit www.givey.com/romania. 205 Kingston Road, Leatherhead, KT22 7PB. Tel.: 01372 374666. www.batitude.org.  


DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A LOCAL BRANCE OF THE RSPCA IN YOUR AREA?

We are a small group of local volunteers looking after health and welfare issues for animals of all shapes and sizes and are allied to the National Society. We consist of liked minded people who have a love and understanding of the needs and care of animals within our area, covering Epsom, Ewell, Leatherhead and Ashtead, also parts of Chessington, Tadworth and Oxshott. We help with vet costs for those people who are on low income and also assist with neutering and micro-chipping. We work alongside our local Inspectorate when dealing with issues relating to cruelty and stray animals. We raise our own income, either by street collections or at supermarkets, donations are also very welcome.

We have helped to rehome a lurcher cross who was abandoned and tied to railings in Epsom, and a lovely black cat who was dumped outside a vet in Ewell, both have been rehomed with new families. These are just a few examples of the work we do.

We are a friendly group of people and meet monthly at the Peace Memorial Hall in Ashtead and would welcome new members to join us.

We currently have a vacancy for Chairman and Secretary and would also like to expand our membership with new ideas and projects, so if you feel you would like to join us, please contact by email on: rspcaepsom@gmail.com

Epsom Surrey and District RSPCA  


ROTARY COMMUNITY SERVICE WARDS 2015.

Fourteen years ago The Rotary Club of Ashtead initiated 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 there were two recipients of the individual awards, Dr Margaret Chilton and the late Mr Geoffrey Boswell. The ladies of the St Michael's 'Soup Lunch' received the group award. All recipients well deserved the honour and we are proud to be associated with their success.

We shall be continuing the awards the awards this year and I invite you to make nominations for the individual and / or group awards which, again, will be presented at Ashtead Rotary Village Day on Saturday 13th June. You may nominate as an individual, or on behalf of your organisation, as many candidates as you like for each award. A selection panel of the Rotary Club of Ashtead will make the final decision on the basis of the information you supply and other information which may be gathered elsewhere. An award is at the absolute discretion of the selection panel.

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

We do not carry nominations forward from year to year. Therefore, 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 send me your written nominations together with supporting material you feel appropriate. This must be done not later than midnight on Wednesday 20th May 2015.

Alan Howell, Awards Secretary, Rotary Club of Ashtead, 4 South View Road, Ashtead, KT21 2NB. 01372 273608. howell_assocs@btopenworld.com.  


AN INTERESTING VOLUNTEER JOB.

If you are looking for part time work and perhaps you are interested in local history, here’s an idea which you might like to pursue. Leatherhead and District Local History is a thriving organisation run entirely by its members. Most notable is the fact that it owns and runs the local museum in Church Street (always worth a visit).

The running of the society is in the charge of a committee – all volunteers - which meets once a month. We need to enliven our committee by introducing a few new members, and in particular there are posts that need filling. One activity which is very important to us is publicity. We want more people to know about us, perhaps to become a member. There is the task of publicising our monthly lectures : also telling the world about our wonderful museum.

The job of publicity officer doesn’t occupy a lot of time, and specialist skills are not being sought; just a desire to communicate and some enthusiasm to go with it. John Wettern has information about the scope of the job and will work with the successful applicant to familiarise him or her with the kind of tasks that we hope to achieve.

If you have experience of working in the area of public relations this would be immensely helpful, but it isn’t essential.

Another activity which you might be interested in exploring is at the museum. It is staffed by volunteer stewards, willing to do only three hours a month in receiving the visitors. This too needs no prior knowledge but turns out to be a fascinating experience.

If you are interested, John will help you to contact the right person. He can be reached by email at : johnwettern@ntlworld.com. A look at the Society’s web site might be of interest to would-be applicants, for more information go to: www.leatherheadlocalhistory.org.uk.


HELP PROTECT SOMEONE YOU KNOW FROM SCAM NUISANCE CALLS.

It may be an elderly or vulnerable relative or neighbour who is being targeted by scammers.

Trading Standards are running a project to help people who need protection. We can supply and fit a screening device called ‘trueCall Care’ completely free of charge in suitable cases. The device will block scam and nuisance calls but let legitimate callers through.

If you know somebody that we may be able to help, please contact us on; 01372 371700 or at: trading.standards@bucksandsurreytradingstandards.gov.uk


WATCH OUT FOR SCAM CALLS ABOUT YOUR PENSION.

As many people will be aware; pensions have changed and pension scheme members can now access their pension savings in new ways.

It seems highly likely that “scammers” will use this change in legislation (and the associated confusion it may bring!) to target people with attempts to defraud them.

We have heard that scammers are targeting savers with promises of one-off investments, pension loans or upfront cash. Most of these are bogus. Pension scam models are also changing. Many scammers are directing members to transfer into single member occupational schemes in an attempt to escape scrutiny. If the member is under age 55, they cannot release their pension unless they are in ill health. If members are over 55, they can release funds from their pension from April 2015 and may be at risk from scammers. Go to the Pension Wise website for further information.

Here are some of the most common tactics used by pension scammers to trick savers out of their savings:
· A cold call, text message, website pop-up or someone coming to their door offering them a ‘free pension review’, ‘one-off investment opportunity’ or ‘legal loophole’.
· Convincing marketing materials that promise someone returns of over 8% on their investment.
· Paperwork delivered to their door by courier that requires immediate signature.
· A proposal to put their money in a single investment. In most circumstances, financial advisers will suggest diversification of assets.
· They may claim that they can access your pension before age 55.
· Transfers of their money overseas.

This is not intended to alarm anyone but it is always important to remember not to respond to any cold calling or door-to-door selling tactics. If you decide to take advantage of any of the changes from April 2015, we would suggest that you seek professional and independent financial advice, or check out the following website - www.pensionsadvisoryservice.org.uk


MOLE VALLEY POLICE - CONTACTING SURREY POLICE.

Contacting Surrey Police to report any suspicions or concerns that you may have can make some people think twice! People question whether they may be contacting police unnecessarily, that their suspicions may be completely unfounded and, quite often, simply don’t want to be a nuisance!

Anything that gives you cause for concern, does not feel “quite right” or makes you suspicious should be called in. You can use the non-emergency number, 101, for general calls or, if you actually see something happening at the time you want to call, dial 999.

Call handlers are extensively trained to guide you through all of the information that they need to obtain from you, so don’t worry about making that initial telephone contact. They will ask you questions to create a clear and meaningful report. Then the details are assessed in terms of the need for immediate deployment, putting out a message to all officers on duty or patrol to bear a situation in mind or even to pass the information on to the Force Intelligence Unit. You can either give your full contact details or choose to remain anonymous. If the information is recorded for information purposes, possibly linked to other similar reports, you may not receive direct feedback from our call handlers but we really appreciate that you took the trouble to contact us.

When trying to describe people, however, it can be helpful to consider the wide range of information that may be helpful in trying to match a description to a potential suspect. It may not always be practical to write things down although, if this is possible, it can be a great help in making sure you remember all the relevant details. Try to make at least a mental note of age, gender, colour, height, plus hair and eye colour (if you are close enough to see).

Also, consider what a person is wearing. The type/style of clothing, shoes or hat are worth noting? Are there any visible logos on their clothing that could help to identify them?

Did you hear anyone use a name if they spoke or were spoken to? Did you note if anyone spoke with a regional or foreign accent?

Other things to consider could be: Any visible scars/marks/tattoos? Type of shirt, top or jumper and what colour it was? Is their footwear of an easily recognisable make with a well-known brand logo? All of these details can help in getting as accurate a picture of a person as possible.

If police officers are tasked to act on reported suspicions and it turns out to be “perfectly innocent” – that’s fine too! It is better to have raised your concerns and have them allayed than worry that you didn’t report something that could be important.

You can always contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team direct. Either email to molevalley@surrey.pnn.police.uk or telephone 01483 639635. If you have to leave a message on our voicemail system, we will aim to get back to you within 24 hours.

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: neil.clarke@surrey.pnn.police.uk.
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 www.surrey.police.uk


IN MEMORY OF DEREK HAYNES.

Past President and Founder Member of the Rotary Club of Ashtead.

The Rotary Club of Ashtead is sad to announce that past president and founder member, Derek Haynes, passed away peacefully on Saturday 31st January 2015.

Derek grew up in the local area, attending Schools in Ashtead and Leatherhead and Pitmans College in Wimbledon. After briefly working for Linoleum Manufacturing Company, he joined his family business of furniture retailing in 1963 and retired as the proprietor in 1992.

Derek was one of the co-founders of the Rotary Club of Ashtead in 1980 and remained an active member for 35 years, even during his recent, prolonged illness. He enriched the club’s membership by representing the local business community, was a dedicated club member and always committed to the ideals of Rotary.

He took the office of Ashtead Rotary Club president twice; in 1988 and 1994. In both years he successfully ran Ashtead Village Day, a major fundraiser for the club and important social event for the local community. In 1989, whilst serving as club president he welcomed the RAF Parachute Display Team as they landed in the Ashtead Village Day arena!

He was well known in Ashtead both through his work with Rotary and as a founding member of the Ashtead branch of the Chamber of Trade, Leatherhead District. This proved very valuable when arranging Ashtead Rotary Club’s annual seniors' parties since he seemed to know all the ladies in Ashtead and they knew him as “young Derek”.

Not only was he a strong presence within the Ashtead club, but he also supported Rotary District and International, events and initiatives. He regularly attended both district and international conferences and encouraged others to go, in order to learn more about Rotary and make contacts with Rotarians and other charitable organisations. On one memorable occasion at an international conference, he had the pleasure of sitting next to the astronaut, Buzz Aldrin.

Derek was captivated by the ability of Rotary to make things happen worldwide and was a great advocate of the Polio Plus campaign and emergency AquaBoxes, which he even supported with visits to their operation; such was his interest and commitment.

Rotary was a great part of Derek’s social life and he enjoyed many happy hours in the district darts competitions. Apart from his knack for hitting a treble twenty, he also had the ability to remember the names of Rotarians he had met over the years, a quality he retained throughout his life. In his first spell as club president, he introduced a president’s weekend away to Bath and it was such a success, that many more weekends followed.

One of Derek’s proudest moments was when he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship in 1996 but he was even more proud when his wife Jean was presented with the same award last year for her services to Rotary and to Inner Wheel, where she was a Founder President in her own right.

Derek is survived by his wife Jean, a son and a daughter and their families, including three grand-children. He was such a nice man to know and he will live long in our memory.


THE DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST TRUMPETS. A GUINESS WORL RECORD ATTEMPT ON CLAPHAM COMMON, SATURDAY 6TH JUNE.

Thought you could only see a herd of elephants on safari or at the zoo? Then think again. On Saturday 6th June, Clapham Common will be taken over by elephants – that is, charity runners dressed as elephants to raise money for conservation charity, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT).

Rob Brandford, UK Director of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, explains: “Today, Africa’s elephants need our help more than ever before. Across Africa, one elephant is killed every 15 minutes for their tusks to fuel an increasing demand for ivory. An estimated 35,000 elephants are killed every year leading prominent conservationists to warn the species could be extinct in the wild by 2025. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust relies completely on donations and fundraising to protect wildlife and habitats in Kenya. In recent years, ivory poachers have decimated elephant and rhinoceros populations across Africa leading to an increase in milk-dependent baby elephants, orphaned by the trade in ivory and elephants targeted multiple times by poachers.

The Enormous Elephant Run is our chance to make a difference for elephants and protect them for future generations. We encourage everyone to get involved – what’s more we are hoping to break a Guinness World Record by gathering the largest number of people dressed as elephants.”

Last year, the DSWT raised over £50,000 and this year the charity hopes to raise even more. Charity projects in Kenya include an Elephant Orphanage, made famous by the BBC series ‘Elephant Diaries,’ and the only safe haven in Kenya for orphaned elephants.

Since 1987, the DSWT has successfully hand reared more than 180 elephants to be reintegrated back into the wild when grown including orphan Mbegu.

The charity also operates nine Anti-Poaching Teams and four Mobile Veterinary Units in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service which work in the field to protect elephants from ivory poachers.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is encouraging those interested to sign up as soon as possible; registration costs £18 for those aged 6-15 years old in the 5k, £32 for an adult in the 5K and £35 for an adult in the 10K, with a suggested fundraising target of £200 per person. Registration costs cover an elephant suit (to keep), fundraising materials and support.

For more information and to register your place visit www.runforelephants.com or contact the events team at infouk@sheldrickwildlifetrust.org