General Topics

Something to sell?

Do you have something to sell like children's clothes, shoes, toys, an unused cupboard, bike outgrown etc. then there's a free selling page for Ashtead Residents where you can advertise. Just visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/444008562371900/

You have to be on Facebook Messenger to receive requests etc (easy App to download to the PC or Phone) and there are simple rules to follow when posting your advert:-

1) Title

2) Clear photo of the item to be sold.

3) Description

4) Price

5) Area for collection

No packing up and postage hassles as with EBay. This is for local residents only and businesses are not allowed to use the site, nor are there those annoying adverts.

Posts are reviewed before becoming public to ensure their suitability and that they meet the 5 criteria above.

 

 

Spring Clean 2019

The 14th Ashtead Spring Clean 2019

Spring Clean logoThe Ashtead Spring Clean has evolved over the past 14 years; when it started it was a bit of a novelty, and there was a mass of litter to collect. Now there are town and beach litter picks held regularly all over the UK and many Ashtead residents also keep a regular eye on their own areas to remove the worst of any litter dropped by unthinking people – often from cars. This year the Daily Mail are organising a month long litter pick starting on March 22nd.They do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

Once a year, in the same way as you might refresh your home when the sun shines, Ashtead residents come out to work together to spruce up the Village and give it a Spring Clean.

Real community spirit can be fostered by getting your neighbours to work together, cleaning street signs, trimming back overgrown hedges, clearing nettles and brambles from alleyways and town paths, and tidying verges and gutters. Put a note through your neighbours' doors, and get them all to come out and join in the Spring Clean on Saturday 6th April at 10:00am. Working locally is quite as important as the litter pick.

If you are walking or driving round Ashtead, litter is not the first thing you notice, except on the surrounding main roads. There are many local residents who pick up litter whenever they see it. However, some of it escapes their attention, and the A24 is a problem, with drivers chucking rubbish from their cars. Ashtead Residents' Association holds an annual litter pick, and the meeting places are listed below, but the Spring Clean is not just about picking up litter. As there is less and less money available from our Councils for non essential work, we can make the difference by sprucing up the village ourselves.

If you notice an area that needs extra attention, please let us know.

If you would like to join a LITTER picking group the near you on April 6th please go to one of these venues at 09.50 for briefing, where there will be an ARA member or Local Councillor to meet you.

Ashtead Station car park
Outside the Football Club, near the pond
Outside The Greville School, Stonny Croft
The corner of Barnett Wood Lane and West Farm Avenue
Outside St Andrews School, Grange Road
The corner of Craddocks Avenue and A24
Ottways Lane, opposite Skinners Lane

or for the centre of Ashtead, meet outside Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall half an hour later at 10.20.

For all litter picking activity wear boots or strong shoes, and bring thick protective gloves. Bags, Hi Viz vests, and litter pickers will be provided.

The rubbish bags will be collected from each area and brought back to the APMH car park,. If you are working in the centre of the Village, please bring your bag back with you to the recycling area of the APMH car park.

Coffee Special
The Landlady of our village pub, The Brewery has once again generously offered to host a get together in the back room of the pub, for anyone who has taken part in the Spring Clean. Tea or coffee will be served from 11.45 free of charge. Please join your ARA Committee members and Local Councillors there, after the work is done, and also meet other Ashtead residents who care about the Village.

Please put the date in your diary now. Saturday morning April 6th.

If you have any queries or comments please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 273393

Christine Kerton
ARA Spring Clean Co-ordinator

 

 

 

Spring Clean 2017 6

Last year's collection!

 

 

Mole Valley Wellbeing Centre

Wellbeing_Centre001The Fairfield Centre has been open for 32 years; its aim is to provide a friendly meeting place for the over 60s but anyone can join the Centre if they would like to take part in our activities or use our services.

We offer many classes, delicious 'home cooked' lunches, a choice of snacks and drinks, and a warm, light place to meet friends old and new.

Several changes have taken place over the past few months so that we can incorporate a Wellbeing Centre, a place for various agencies to attend to give advice about dementia, and other matters relating to older people.

If you have never visited the Centre, or have not come along for a while, then why not pop in and use the voucher opposite for an all day drinks voucher, and the opportunity to learn about all our activities, outings and events.

Best wishes

Christina May Manager Fairfield Centre

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01372 376058


Mole Valley Wellbeing Centre

A new Wellbeing Centre providing support and advice for the elderly is open at the Fairfield Centre in Leatherhead. An open day for people to find out more will be held on 1st May.

The Wellbeing Centre will be used as a central focus point of information and advice particularly for people in the early stages of dementia or prior to diagnosis. Carers will also benefit from the easily accessible information and services. It is estimated that around 570,000 people in the UK have dementia, a disease that causes memory loss, difficulty with everyday tasks and the loss of speech and mobility.

Surrey County Council has set up partnerships with local organisations including the Alzheimer's Society, Age UK and the NHS to provide a weekly timetable of sessions which will promote well-being and independent living.

The centre is open to anyone, whatever your situation and whether you are concerned about yourself or someone else.

A drop in advice service is available every Tuesday between 1.30 pm and 3.30 pm.

Mary Frances Trust

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Mary Frances Trust is a local charity providing non medical support for people with mental ill health in Epsom and Ewell and Mole Valley.

The main focus is on people's well being and making sure they can achieve their full potential and their own goals. Services provided include advice and information, support to access training courses and volunteering positions, IT courses and assistance as well as many group activities. Individuals may self refer.

Read the latest newsletter showing the work of the Mary Frances Trust. The link for the newsletter is:

http://www.maryfrancestrust.org.uk/newsletters/. Most services they offer are either free or very low cost.

Click this link for details of the new Light Exercise Course.

NOTE:- The Young People’s group details have changed to:

Mondays from 1pm until 3pm at the Crescent Centre

Telephone 01372 375400

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Website: http://www.maryfrancestrust.org.uk

Woodland Trust - Langley Vale Wood

Woodland Trust Flyer

Update 22nd January 2019

The Woodland Trust have arranged a drop-in session especially for residents of Ashtead and nearby villages. It will be held in the Ralli Room of the Peace Memorial Hall between 11am and 2pm on Saturday 16th February. This is an informal drop in session, open to all, where they hope to be able to update people with what they have achieved so far at the site, and their plans for the future. Of course, they will also be pleased to answer any questions, for example around the planning application. They will have some good maps & pictures etc. with them.

Revised planning documents have been sent to Mole Valley Council (and we assume Epsom & Ewell and Reigate & Banstead Councils) and Roger Bennett on behalf of the Association has been assiduous in  reading these detailed documents and has now re-submitted the ARA's comments to Mole Valley for consideration when the Planning Application comes before the Development Control Committee. Now sent, the full copy will be available to read on the Council's planning website (Reference MO/2018/0004). The hours of work put in by the Association, and in particular Roger, makes nonsense of some of the complaints about the £2.50 annual subscription.

The Association gives its full support to the overall project which will be a lasting memorial to those who fought and fell in World War 1. However it must be said we do have concerns around elements of the Application that would adversely affect residents of Ashtead, particularly in the south of the village. Both the proposed siting of the Visitor Centre and Car Park plus the traffic flow for construction and visitor vehicles are major worries as Ashtead's narrow residential roads are unsuitable. It is recommended that residents to the south of Ashtead visit the drop-in session for more details and read the ARA's new comments on the Mole Valley Planning web site https://www.molevalley.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=17563.

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In March 2014, the Woodland Trust acquired most of Langley Bottom Farm with the intention of protecting the site from future development by creating a First World War Centenary site to commemorate those who lost their lives in the war.

Since then a lot has happened...


• The site has been renamed. We are proud to own and manage Langley Vale Wood
• 90,000 trees have been planted, creating 120 acres of brand new woodland, thanks to help from thousands of people including many local residents and school children
• We are managing 250 acres (40% of the site) for open space, to protect rare arable plants and create species-rich grassland, following the completion of an environmental impact assessment in 2016
• Arable plants have increased on site both in numbers, diversity and spread. Night-flowering catchfly and red hemp-nettle have both seen large increases and ground pine has returned to site for the first time since the early 1980s
• We have a team of 70 volunteers who help to manage the site, undertaking a range of tasks from removing old barbed wire fencing to building a beautiful bug hotel.

In December 2017 we submitted a planning application for a car park, hard surface paths and memorial area (in full) and a visitor centre and natural play area (in part). A number of concerns were raised, and we've been listening. This document summarises the Woodland Trust response to these concerns.

Car parking and traffic flow
• The car park will consist of 70 permanent car spaces including four accessible bays, 100 space overflow for cars, 12 spaces for bicycles and two spaces for coaches
• We expect only a few coaches per year and coach parking is only possible with advance permission from the Woodland Trust. A height barrier will prevent unauthorised access by larger vehicles
• Peak time for people visiting the site will be at weekends and bank holidays
• The increase in traffic due to the car park during rush hour will be one car every 6 minutes or 10 cars per hour
• The revised construction route (shown in red on map EIA-012v2) avoids Ashtead and uses the 'Derby' route
• Traffic calming measures have been proposed to slow traffic at the point where horses are likely to cross Headley Road.

Archaeology
• An earth bank of archaeological interest has been identified between the field where the car park and visitor centre have been proposed
• Both are far enough away from the bank to not cause damage. Signs will inform visitors of the importance of the bank and ask them not to walk on it
• A question was raised that the field where the car park is proposed could be a historic Saxon meeting place. Additional geophysical surveys found no evidence to support this. We'll be digging trenches to check again before the car park is built.

Rare arable species
• The proposals within the planning application do not impact on any plants found within the 250 acres of open space.

Thank you for your support and patience while we continue our work at Langley Vale Wood. If you've visited and have pictures or comments to share please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on Facebook @WTLangleyValeWood.

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

Laurence Binyon (1914)

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