Sunday, 26 February 2012

Open Committee Meeting
Monday 5th March 2012
Letherhead Institute 7.30 -9.00 pm

1. Apologies for absence

2. Minutes of 6th February

3. Matters arising (not covered below)

4. Correspondence

5. Notice of AGM & Olympic Presentation (May 28th)

6. To receive reports from:
    Environment Subcommittee
    Planning Subcommittee
    Membership Subcommittee
    Highways Subcommittee
(No other reports have been received. There will be `a report of the Leatherhead & District Forum meeting on 29th Feb.)

7. Planning Infrastructure Funding
     See Developer Contributions Spreadsheet

8. Any Other Business (None received so far)

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Leatherhead & District Forum
Special Meeting - All Welcome

On 29th February at 5.30 in Park House (in the Red House grounds) there will be a special meeting of the Leatherhead & District Forum.

First, Tim Caffell and Colin Langley will tell us about the theatre and its plans for the future. They will also ask us what we might want the theatre to do and how we might help.

Then Chris Wade, Chief Executive of Action for Market Towns, will speak about the achievements of communities in market towns in the UK, and the theme of his talk is "Know Your Place"

All are welcome to this meeting. Parking is in the Randalls Road Car Park and Park House is situated at the top corner of the Car Park, fairly close to the Bull Hill pedestrian entrance.

Pitstop Concert February 24th 7.30pm

This event will be held at the Letherhead Institute on Friday evening.

It features performances from friends, clients & staff from Pitstop.

There will be all styles of music.

Call 01372 363003 for more details

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Dorking Leisure Centre Consultation

Dear All
The Council owns Dorking Sports Centre, Reigate Road, Dorking and currently runs it through a leisure operator. The current contract with Leisure Connection will expire in November 2013. We are inviting your views on the much loved Centre and the facilities that it offers before the contract goes out to tender. James Friend, Leader of the Council, has specifically asked that you be invited to complete this survey, which will now be live until 6 March. We'd appreciate it if you could forward the survey on to your contacts, as we're keen that as many people as possible get the opportunity to have their say.
You can submit your views on our website:
Please do let me know if you would like me to send you some hard copies. Alternatively, the survey is available in hard copy format at the Dorking Sports Centre, the Pippbrook offices and Leatherhead HelpShop.
Kind regards
Louise Bircher
Customer Service and Communications Manager
Mole Valley District Council
Tel: 01306 879155
Follow us on Twitter @MoleValleyDC

Another Scam Warning

From Ashtead Residents:

"Just a warning for Ashtead residents, I have just had letters supposedly
from Hung Pang of Kexim Asia offering me a 50% share of £10.5M. It is a
typical phishing attempt to try to get bank details - this time on paper
instead of as an email. I assume someone is working through the Ashtead
phone book since I have two numbers listed under 2 names and had letters
addressed to both.

Please pass this on - especially to older people who may not be so familiar
with phishing on the internet!" 

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Commuting Information

Dear Sir,

I am writing to let you know that we have recently updated our website to incorporate traffic information, which you might find helpful if you drive in London.

On the site, you will now find details of live traffic incidents and planned events and roadworks information up to two weeks in advance. To help you avoid traffic delays, information is displayed on a searchable map so it is easy to see if you are affected.

For real time updates to traffic information, follow us on twitter @TfLTrafficNews or please visit

Disruptive or badly-managed roadworks can also cause traffic delays. Report them and we will sort out problems on the roads managed by us or direct your report to the relevant borough to ensure action can be taken. Visit

Yours sincerely,

Garrett Emmerson
Chief Operating Officer, Surface Transport           

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Blood Donor Session Leatherhead

The next session:
Wednesday 21 Mar 2012
13:30 to 16:00
17:00 to 19:30

KT22 8AY

For more details...

Surrey Police: Sheep Attack

A warning to all Country Watch member in and around the Headley, Walton and Langley Vale area. Between the hours of 5pm on 18/02/2012 and 6am on 19/02/2012 a number of Sheep in Langley vale were attacked and mauled by a dog. Some of the attacked sheep required euthanising due to injuries.

To all dog owners in the area please ensure the safety of your dog and livestock by keeping the dog secure in your garden or premises or on a lead at all times when out walking.

If you have any information on this incident or see a dog worrying livestock please call Surrey Police on 101

Saturday, 18 February 2012

All Aloud! - A Community Choir in Leatherhead Press Release – February 2012

A new community choir has recently been set up in Leatherhead and is welcoming new members.

All Aloud! was set up as part of a county-wide community singing project called ‘Singing Surrey’ and currently meets weekly in north Leatherhead.

The aim of the choir is quite simply to give people who like to sing an opportunity to do so, whether they have a background of music or not.

People of all abilities get regular singing practice and the opportunity to learn different styles of music and gain new singing skills.   Sessions are informal and members rehearse and perform a wide variety of music ranging from African lullabies to modern pop songs.

It is not necessary to be able to read music to join and there are no auditions. All ages are welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. 

The choir is led by a professional musician, who is enthusiastic about singing and committed to the aims of the choir. 

The choir meets at Kingscroft Chapel Hall in Kingscroft Road (on the corner of Kingscroft Road and Leatherhead Bypass Road), and there is parking either in Kingscroft Road or at the Hall. 

Funded initially by a grant and assistance from Arts Partnership Surrey (, and a recent donation from the Police Property Fund ( the choir is now independent and run by and for its members.

The choir meets on Tuesdays between 6.30pm and 8.00pm, usually in school term time. Telephone the numbers, or write to the email addresses, below for more information or just come along.  You will be made very welcome.

Contacts for further information:
Ann Baldwin, Secretary, 01372 374 404
Neil Walker, Chairman, 07771 861202

Monday, 13 February 2012

Music on Thursdays – Lunchtime Concerts in Leatherhead

Starting: 8th March 2012 and every Thursday until November

Music on Thursdays, a season of free lunchtime concerts, runs from 8th March, every Thursday until November. Concerts start at 12.30pm and last 40-50 minutes.
Parish Church Master of Music, Graham Davies commented: “We have invited a selection of musicians to perform in Leatherhead. They include local musicians, professionals from further afield, and Royal Academy of Music students – quite an array of talent.”

The first concert in the Church, on March 8th, features Royal Academy students Midori Komachi, violin, with accompanist Carlos Guerrero. The following week sees performances by musicians from St John’s School, Leatherhead.

After that comes the first monthly organ concert using the both church’s digital organ and the historic 17thC Parker pipe organ.

As the season continues we hear a bassoon ensemble, solo singers, a pair of tubas, and combinations of string and wind instruments.
We're attaching a poster which shows the first three months or this year's programme. Please do forward this to friends. If you have a place to display the poster that would be a lovely way to support the venture.
There is level access to Leatherhead Parish Church, and toilet facilities in the church hall. Entry to concerts is free. Contributions to help cover costs will be welcome.
Organiser: Graham Davies, Master of Music, Leatherhead Parish Church
Publicity: Frances Presley & Peter Steadman
Leatherhead Parish Church is registered as a charity in England & Wales No. 1132607.
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Here is the full programme for the year:

  8 March – Midori Komachi, violin &
                        Carlos Guerrero, piano,
                        from the Royal Academy of Music
15 March – Students from St John’s School, 
22 March – Graham Davies, organ
29 March – Jacqueline Phillips, cello &
                        Jane Dixon-Wayne, flute

  5 April – Henry Manning, baritone, &
                        Chris Hopkins, piano
12 April – Alex Rolton, cello,
                        from the Royal Academy of Music
19 April – Graham Davies, organ
26 April – Jacqueline Phillips, cello

  3 May – The PAN Reed Trio,
                        from the Royal Academy of Music
10 May – The Brooke String Ensemble
17 May – Graham Davies, organ
24 May – Emily Andrews, flute &
                        Chris Hopkins, piano
31 May – Anna Tam, cello

  7 June – Claire Price, soprano,
                        Edita Durrant, mezzo-soprano, &
                        Graham Davies, organ & piano
14 June – Amy Jolly, cello, with accompanist,
                        from the Royal Academy of Music
21 June – Anthony Cairns, organ
28 June – The Brooke String Ensemble
  5 July – Emily Andrews, flute &
                                    David Massey, guitar
12 July – The Bassooniacs – four bassoons
19 July – John Belcher, organ
26 July – The Brooke String Ensemble

  2 August – Claire Price, soprano &
                        Graham Davies, organ & piano
  9 August – TBC
16 August – Graham Davies, organ
23 August – David Massey, classical guitar
30 August – The Brooke String Ensemble

  6 September – TBC
13 September – Students from the
                                    Royal Academy of Music
20 September – David Oldfield, organ
27 September – Students from the
                                    Royal Academy of Music

  4 October – Edita Durrant, mezzo-soprano & 
                                   Graham Davies, organ & piano
11 October – Atéa Wind Quintet,
                        from the Royal Academy of Music

Mole Valley Festival Concerts
18 October – Philip Bishop, trumpet &
                                    Graham Davies, organ
25 October – Emily Andrews, flute

  1 November – Henry Manning, baritone &
                                    Chris Hopkins, piano
  8 November – Alice Bishop, soprano &
                                    Matthew Rickard, piano
15 November – Graham Thorp, Organ
22 November -  Anna Tam, cello, with accompanist
29 November – Students from the
                                    Royal Academy of Music

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Olympic volunteer - drop-in sessions

In case you are not aware, I am highlighting the 2 drop-in sessions we are running with Voluntary Action Mid-Surrey for anyone thinking of offering to work as a volunteer for Mole Valley for the Olympics.
Here is a link to the website article:
Sessions are tomorrow at Dorking Volunteer Centre (too short notice I know) and Monday 20 February at Leatherhead Leisure Centre.
Both sessions are 7-9pm 
If you can't make a drop-in but are still interested in volunteering, please contact VAMS on 01372 722911 or by logging on to Alternatively, visit MVDC's volunteering page or call 01306 879188 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            01306 879188      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for an informal chat.
The Dorking Volunteer Centre is located in The Mayflower Centre, Lyons Court, Dorking, RH4 1AB. Leatherhead Leisure Centre is located at Guildford Road Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9BL.
Kind regards
Louise Bircher
Customer Service and Communications Manager
Mole Valley District Council

Tel: 01306 879155
Follow us on Twitter @MoleValleyDC

MVDC: Want to make a difference? The poster ...

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Monday, 6 February 2012

LOCAL LEADERS...Get Ready to Celebrate

Dear All
Please find attached a flyer outlining the new initiative from LOCOG aimed at encouraging general public engagement in the London 2012 Games. I hope that you would be willing to circulate this amongst your residents alongside our own plea for volunteers to get involved in helping us make the Olympic Torch Relay and the men's and women's Road Cycle Races a great success for Mole Valley.
Look out for more information on Mole Valley's own Olympic celebrations called The Big Weekend too - see our website later this week!
Kind regards
Louise Bircher
Customer Service and Communications Manager
Mole Valley District Council

Tel: 01306 879155
Follow us on Twitter @MoleValleyDC

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Thursday, 2 February 2012

Olympic Cycle Road Race Weekend

Celebrations are planned for the Olympic Road Race weekend ... read more

MVDC: Want to make a difference?

At Mole Valley District Council we are looking ahead at the forthcoming elections in the following areas on May 3rd:
Ashtead Common
Ashtead Park
Ashtead Village
Bookham North
Bookham South
Dorking North
Dorking South
Fetcham East
Fetcham West
Leatherhead North
leatherhead South
We are keen to encourage our residents to consider becoming a councillor. Consequently we will be holding an information session on 29 February at 7pm here at the Pippbrook offices. The attached poster has been designed to promote this session and I would be most grateful if you would be willing to display it somewhere prominently.
I would be very happy to supply you with these posters in either A3 or A4 format. Please let me know the size and quantity, and a postal address, and I will send them out to you.
Kind regards
Louise Bircher
Customer Service and Communications Manager
Mole Valley District Council

Tel: 01306 879155
Follow us on Twitter @MoleValleyDC

Olympics: Transport for London Advice

The London 2012 Games are fast approaching and the city will inevitably be a lot busier than usual at that time.

As some journeys and locations will be affected at certain times, a new Get Ahead of the Games website has been launched, to help you to avoid travel hotspots. This has:

  • An interactive map showing the impact on travel
  • Details of key affected stations
  • Information on the Games lanes, the Olympic Route Network (ORN), the Paralympic Road Network (PRN) and how road restrictions may affect you
  • Days and times of events
  • Travel tips to help you get around in London
For more information, visit