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OLD £1 COIN WILL STOP BEING LEGAL TENDER ON SUNDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2017.

With the new 12-sided £1 coin now in circulation, the current round version will stop being legal tender (and so won’t be accepted in shops) on 15 October 2017. After that, if you still have any old £1 coins, you won’t be able to spend them.

Many banks and building societies will not accept them after this date, although some say they will continue to accept the old £1 coin, this will be for their own customers.

If you still have the old coins in your piggybanks and coin jars, now is the time to spend, save or replace them. But if you’re saving for something specific, simply take the pound coins out and replace them with notes or other coins of a similar value.


LOVE CLEAN STREETS APP BEING ROLLED OUT.

Love Clean Streets (LCS) is a free nationwide app that empowers residents to report environmental issues such as litter, dog mess, graffiti, abandoned cars and fly tipping to Mole Valley District Council, Surrey County Council and beyond by providing accurate locations and data to them. By using the Love Clean Streets app, residents also directly contribute data to DEFRA's UK Litter Strategy and so help make not just our streets cleaner but the UK cleaner as well.

By using the service, the council are able to save time, money and increase resident engagement.

How Love Clean Streets works:
Laurence isn’t happy with the pile of fly-tipped rubbish he sees while taking his son to school. He opens his LCS app and photographs it, sending the image directly to his local authority, with GPS co-ordinates and a brief tick-box description of the issue.

The details are automatically sent to the council and an acknowledgement is sent to Laurence so he knows it has been received.

The photo and GPS co-ordinates are allocated to the correct member of staff who completes the job and takes a photo to show the job has been done and then uploads it to the site using the app.

Laurence is happy that his street is now a cleaner, happier place to live.


WHY DON'T YOU JOIN THE 'BOX HILL DAMES'?.

Are you a local lady looking to make new friends, have fun and expand your social horizons? If so, welcome to the Box Hill Dames, a new and exciting independent ladies membership group open to women of all ages which provides opportunities for unique social, educational and cultural prospects.

My name is Laura and I moved to Fetcham last year and wanted to find a way to get to know some new people. I decided to start my own group and together with a few willing committee members we established the Dames in February this year. We are extremely fortunate to have been given full use of the facilities at Box Hill School in Mickleham, our host venue, and we meet on the third Tuesday of every month starting at 7.30 and finishing at 9.30pm.

We currently have a lovely fun group of 23 members aged between 30 and 65 but would love to welcome some new friends.

In addition to monthly speakers we regularly meet for supper, outings, book clubs and walks. As a group we are also very committed to giving back to the community by supporting charitable causes which so far include wasteland management for the National Trust at Box Hill and for some events and activities we actively encourage partners and family to join in the fun.

Annual membership is £72 starting from January 2018 but will be pro-rated for the remainder of this year.

Interested new members are welcome to attend a meeting and a social activity before deciding whether they would like to join the group. So if you fancy giving the Box Hill Dames a go, give us a call and one of our current members local to you will pick you up so there is no need to worry about arriving alone. We all know what that is like and it can be very daunting. Our current members come from a wide area including Ashtead, Leatherhead, Dorking, Holmwood, East and West Horsley and Bookham so we actively encourage car pooling as often as we can.

If you are interested in finding out more, or coming along to one of our meetings or events, please drop us an email at boxhilldames@gmail.com, call our Secretary, Claire on 01372 379983 or visit our website: www.boxhilldames.co.uk


FREE COMPUTER COURSES IN THE MOLE VALLEY.

If you are over 55 and live in the Mole Valley area, you can use Age Concern’s free computer courses based in either Dorking or Leatherhead.

The course runs once a week for 6-8 weeks. Topics covered will include: browsing on the internet, basic keyboard and mouse skills, using an iPad/Tablet, setting up and using your own email or Skype accounts and how to shop on the internet as well.

Those who already own a laptop or an iPad/Tablet are encouraged to bring that to learn on. Computers can be provided as well – it’s up to you!

Before coming to the course, you must register your interest by telephoning 07442 017169 / 01306 899104 or by email: info@ageconcernmolevalley.org.uk

Age Concern Registered Charity No 1111678


LEATHERHEAD SPOOKY HALLOWEEN.

The Swan Centre, High St & Theatre. Tuesday 31st October 3pm - 6pm

Bring the children to our spooky Halloween in Leatherhead. With floating ghosts and jumping devils roaming the High Street will you be able to stand the heat?

Trick and treat around the shops on our skeleton trail, hold a tarantula in your hands in the Swan Centre or take a trip on the screaming steam train down the haunted mall.

Visit our free photo booth in the Theatre to get a souvenir of your chilling night before entering our freaky dress competition or win a prize on the (not so) revolting raffle.

With side stalls and magic shows, free popcorn and candyfloss will it be a trick or a treat?


"HOW DO I COPE WHEN SOMEONE I LOVE DIES?"

Most of us at some point in our lives will be faced with the death of someone we deeply care about. So many questions arise: How will I cope? What do I do? What will the future hold?

As a Church Community we aim to help and support all those who would value being cared for. We do this in several different ways.

· By offering to draw alongside in helping with and taking the funeral
· In talking on the phone or visiting after the funeral
· By offering information and helping to readjust to new ways of living
· A monthly support group, where you can ask questions, meet others who are bereaved
· By not forgetting you, remembering we all grieve in different ways

If you are interested in finding out more, then please do make contact: There is nothing required of you and all enquiries made are confidential.

Sharon Seal, Bereavement Team. 01372 813200. sharon.seal@ashteadparish.org

You may also like to attend our Annual Bereavement Service, details below: You are warmly invited to the Annual Bereavement Service. Sunday 5th November - 3pm in St. Giles’ Church followed by tea and cake in The Dell Centre giving us time to remember with thanks those we have loved


LEATHERHEAD HIGH STREET ROAD CLOSURE.

To complete the ‘public realm’ works in Church Street, Surrey County Council and Mole Valley District Council confirm that Leatherhead High Street will be closed to vehicles from 7th September for approximately six weeks.

Pedestrian access to the High Street will not be affected and Church Street car park will remain open throughout the duration of the works. The road closure is essential to carry out works on the services beneath Church Street. Once finished, Leatherhead will have a much improved environment at that end of town.

Full details of Transform Leatherhead can be found by visiting www.transformleatherhead.com. Keep up to date with the project via Twitter (@transformleath1) and Facebook (@transformleatherhead).


RHS WISLEY UNDER THREAT.

As you may be aware, plans are now being finalised to improve the M25 Junction 10 interchange and widen the A3, which is something we support in principle. One of the possibilities being considered by Highways England, in terms of widening the A3 only, could see over 10,000 sq. metres of RHS Garden Wisley grabbed and over 500 trees destroyed.

There are currently two options available to Highways England to widen the A3: one on the east side of the A3 and one on the west.

The RHS has carried out expert highway studies and is calling on the Government Agency to choose the east option, which does not grab woodland from the Garden, would not fell any of these 500 important trees, and would better improve road access to Wisley.

If Highways England decide that widening the west side is the preferred option then irreplaceable historic trees that are over 100 years old, and still have centuries more to live, could be eliminated for a short-sighted road improvement scheme, which would increase air pollution and noise pollution and destroy the habitats of a wide range of wildlife and the beauty of the garden.

Five trees that would potentially be lost are identified as threatened and endangered in cultivation by Plant Heritage’s Threatened Plants Project. Excellent specimens of giant redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum, pictured below) would also be at risk.

If you are also worried about the potential destruction of these 500 beautiful trees and impact this will have on RHS Garden Wisley please show your support and sign our petition: just go to https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley and look for ‘Wisley Under Threat’ for details.

You could also write to the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR and voice your concerns. You can find a template letter on the website in case that is helpful (and please feel free to amend as you wish).

Sue Biggs, Director General, RHS


ASHTEAD RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION.

Epsom Hospital

Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust (the Trust) has finally published its thinking on how it might operate its hospitals in the future. The Association, along with many others in Epsom & Ewell constituency, co-signed a letter to Daniel Elkeles, CEO of the Trust, voicing our concerns about the potential changes to service provision at Epsom Hospital. Mr Elkeles has replied in detail and asked us to urge residents to respond to the current public engagement, which seeks views on the Trust’s “ambition to keep as many services as possible delivered locally” and “support for significant investment (£300 - £400 million) to build a specialist acute facility on one of our sites”. The hospital site options are: Epsom, St Helier, Sutton or the Royal Marsden’s at Sutton. The full text of both letters is on the ARA website.

The options and scenarios being put forward for consideration have been outlined in a booklet entitled: Providing high-quality healthcare services 2020 to 2030, which can be downloaded via this link https://www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/epsom-and-st-helier-2020-2030.

Although a full public consultation is a long way off, it is important that residents engage now to inform the Trust about the level of service provision that we expect and require at Epsom Hospital. You can submit your views through the link above or email esth2020-2030@nhs.net.


MOLE VALLEY POLICE.

With winter approaching, opportunist “rogue traders” see a good opportunity to take advantage of people’s vulnerabilities and the desire to have their homes safe, secure and watertight for the coming colder months.

Surrey Police continues to work alongside a number of partner agencies, developing initiatives to help all members of our communities be and feel safe in their own homes. As part of this ongoing work, your policing team is focusing particular attention on providing guidance, support and awareness to members of the community on how to spot and deal with cold callers, rogue traders and distraction burglars.

You should know, however, that you have a right to refuse to deal with anyone who comes to your door uninvited. You can always refuse to answer if you have any concerns about the caller. If you have a door chain and do intend to answer the door, then put the chain across before opening the door. We would not recommend that you agree for any work to be done without checking that the business offering this service is totally legitimate and reputable.

Many areas have directories for businesses that have received positive customer feedback. Also, Trading Standards and Citizens Advice Bureau can offer advice on businesses and service providers who should be trustworthy, reliable and who will carry out work for a reasonable price. In many cases, nothing can beat personal recommendation. It is never a good idea to allow someone you don’t know to carry out work for you. They may not be qualified or competent to do the work and what may sound like a cheap price could turn out to be an expensive choice, particularly if you end up paying out again to have bad work put right!

Additionally, distraction burglaries can be particularly upsetting as they prey on people’s trust in “authority”. For example, a person may call, saying that they are from a utility company, calling to check on reports of “faulty” water pipes, gas leaks or problems with the electricity supply. Once they gain entry, they will distract the resident by asking them to keep an eye on a tap or meter, while others go elsewhere in the house to “carry out checks”. Many people have been distressed to find they have had money, bank cards, jewellery or other items taken in just a few moments. Please insist on seeing appropriate identification for anyone claiming to be from a utility company. You can also telephone the company to find out if they are operating in the area. In fact, even if a uniformed police officer calls at your door they will be perfectly happy for you to ask to see their warrant card to identify themselves, or you can even phone us on 101 to confirm an officer’s details to your satisfaction.

Finally, if you are ever put in a position of feeling in any way vulnerable or frightened by unwanted callers, please call the police on 999.

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