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Spring Clean 2018

The 13th Ashtead Spring Clean 2018

Spring Clean logoThe Ashtead Spring Clean has evolved over the past 13 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. And 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.

Ashtead’s 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 doing it ourselves. Real community spirit can be fostered by getting your neighbours to work together, cleaning street signs, trimming back overgrown hedges, 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 March 24th at 10:00am

The Spring Clean is organized all around Ashtead but please let us know if there is an area that needs extra attention. However, if you would like to join a LITTER picking group near you on March 24th, please go to one of the venues below for briefing at 09:50am, where there will be an ARA committee member or a Local Councillor to meet you:

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

If you plan to join in the Spring Clean for the centre of Ashtead, please meet outside the Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall at 10:20am. Please note the later meeting time for this venue.

You might prefer to litter pick in outlying roads or alleyways. If you choose this option please could you let us know in advance so that we don’t send other people to the same place, when it will have already been litter-picked. Contact details are at the end of this article.

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

The rubbish bags will be collected from each area and brought back to the APMH car park or, if you are working in the centre of the Village, please bring your bag back with you and take it to the back of the APMH car park (near the recycling bins) where we will gather for a group photograph.

Coffee Special
Beverley, the Landlady of our village pub, The Brewery Inn 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, coffee and snacks will be served from 11:45am free of charge. Please join your ARA Committee members and Local Councillors there, after the work is done, and meet all the other Ashtead residents who care about the Village.

Please put the date in your diary now: SATURDAY MORNING, MARCH 24th.

If you have any queries 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

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Last year's collection!



Let's make Ashtead hedgehog friendly

Councillor Pat Wiltshire, Common Ward Independent Councillor says let's try to make Ashtead a "hedgehog friendly" village.

Hedgehog copyWe need to spread the message as widely as possible as the hedgehog is in serious decline. Remember that if you see a hedgehog out in daylight, there is usually something wrong with it, and it would be a kindness to take it to Randall's Road Wild Life Centre (preferably with a donation if you can afford it).

Also, please be careful with compost heaps when forking over, and any material that will contribute to a bonfire on 5th November. Don't automatically block up little holes under sheds and through fences.Please try not to use slug pellets, or any chemical that would affect earthworms as these provide food for hedgehogs.

Don't feed with bread and milk but do put out cat food if you see hedgehogs in your garden. They need to be as fat as possible to get through the winter.

For further information and assistance see

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


Membership from 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2015 for anyone living within Mole Valley

£11.00 for a single person

£15.00 for a couple

£5.75 for a single person on Pension Credit £8.30 for a couple on Pension Credit (proof required)

For anyone living outside Mole Valley £16.50 for a single person £ 22.50 for a couple

There are some activities that are free-of-charge for our members, and all our lunch and service prices  are members' discounted rates.

You are welcome to come along and try the Centre for one day before applying for membership.

Mole Valley Wellbeing Centre - Open Week - 28th April to 2nd May 2014

All the activities will be free during our Open Week

Please to come along and try as many of the activities as you

would like during the week.

Lunch is served from mid-day until 1.00 pm everyday. Cafe for snacks and drinks is open 10.00 am to 3.00 pm


10.45-11.45am Music and Movement 1.30-3.30 pm Conquest Art


9.25-10.25 am Pilates

10.35- 11.35 am Tai Chi

1.30 -3.30 pm Knit, natter and sew

2.00-3.00 pm Yoga - mat or chair


10.00 - 11.00 am Line Dancing 1.00-2.00 Fred on the piano 2.00 - 3.30 pm Ballroom Dancing


Wellbeing Centre Open Day 9.25-10.25 am Pilates

10.35- 11.35 am Tai Chi 1.30-4.00 pm Art Group Friday

10.30 - 11.30 am Physio Fit Class

1.15-2.15 pm Bingo

2.00-2.30 pm Refreshments for singers 2.30 -3.30 pm Singing for Health

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


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: 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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First World War Centenary Woodland - Langley Vale

We will stand for those who fell – Will you stand with us?

At the Woodland Trust, we are absolutely committed to two things: standing up for the nation's priceless native woodlands and the rich variety of wildlife they support, and creating new woods throughout the UK, which are freely open for all to enjoy. Our next woodland creation project is something really special and local to you and as a resident of Surrey, we hoped you might want to be part of it.

One hundred years ago, the First World War broke out and the landscape of Europe changed forever. Over the next four years, the nation will be remembering the sacrifices made by ail those who served and we're honouring their bravery by creating thousands of acres of commemorative Centenary Woodland that will stand for the next 100 years, and more.

Our flagship Centenary Wood will be near Langley Vale, Epsom

The first and flagship Centenary Wood will be sited somewhere you might be familiar with: Langley Vale, near Epsom. We're in the process of acquiring 640 acres of rolling hills and grassy fields near Great Hurst Wood. Surrey is already home to more of the nation's ancient woodland than any other county, and the Centenary Wood will build on that, acting as a tranquil safe haven that will expand the established wildlife corridors and help native flora and fauna to thrive.

It's an ambitious project that will benefit everyone in the area and we'd really appreciate your support. Our flagship Centenary Wood will cost somewhere in the region of £9 million. Can you help? Every pound you are kind enough to donate will go directly towards the creation of this very special new wood in Epsom.

Looking out for the locals for the next 100 years

The Centenary Wood in Epsom will take care of local wildlife for years to come. It will provide a habitat for the rare tree sparrow, whitethroat and wren. The daylight-loving little owl will swoop and dive, hunting amongst the 200,000 new broadleaf trees, and a carpet of wildflowers will serve as a sweet-scented buffet for busy bustling bees. By creating a peaceful space designed to protect and nurture new life, we're remembering those who served in what we feel is a really beautiful, symbolic way.

A tribute to our forefathers that your grandchildren can enjoy

The great thing about this project is it's a brilliant opportunity to connect people, especially children, to both the natural world and the significance of the First World War. Whether you choose to donate or not, we hope you and your family will spend time enjoying the thoughtfully planted woodland, and watching it flourish and grow.

Will you stand with us?

Your local Centenary Wood will support thousands of new lives, in memory of the millions who lost theirs in the Great War and it's just the start. We're in the process of identifying further Centenary Woodland sites across the country and we aim to plant millions of trees to commemorate the First World War. We'd love it if you could help. To make a donation, complete and return the slip below in the enclosed reply paid envelope, visit or call 0845 293 5858.

I do hope you can stand with us and help support the growth of something really special.

Yours sincerely

Nicola Nicholls Woodland Trust Chair

To find out more about the Centenary Woodland project and to make a donation, visit or call 0845 293 5858.

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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