Saturday, 28 July 2012

Olympics: Mens Road Race

10am Already Packed at Givons Grove

11:45am The crowd goes wild as the Pelaton races through

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Edmund Tylney 20% Discount offer

Attached to the Summer Newsletter, members will have found the special offer of 10% discount from 27th July until 12th August and various business listed.  I am pleased to inform members that Gregory Giles, the new manager of the the Edmund Tylney (the Wetherspoon's pub on the High Street), has emailed the chair of our Publicity & Membership Subcommittee the following:

I am not sure what was previously agreed by the departing manager of our business but as the new manager I would like to offer all Leatherhead Residents' Association members 20% discount on all food bills excluding those deals which already include a free drink as part of their promotion.

 As responsible retailers we are unable to offer targeted discounts on drinks purchases. The 20% discount on food is available to all your members with immediate effect on production of appropriate identification of membership to our staff and will continue until you or I request otherwise. This will extend to any single member who has up to three non-member guests in their party, so family and friends of our local association are not excluded!

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Teazle Wood Update from Lucy Quinnell

Hi everyone

Just to let you know that the campaign is going very well indeed. The support from the local residential and business community (and indeed from further afield - a donation was made yesterday from Australia) has been a wonderful thing to experience. Thanks are owed to many (you know who you are), and I look forward to sharing the whole story further down the line.

I'm also writing to tell you that the Woodland Trust has been incredibly supportive this week, and Teazle Wood has become one of their WOODWATCH featured woodlands. Many thanks to Alice Farr and her colleagues at the Woodland Trust for their help and hard work. Take a look:

Do share this if you can - it will help raise awareness not just of Teazle Wood but of woodland in general. The following comment is from the Woodland Trust's website:

Why woods matter

Woods, and the trees that make up a vital component of them, are essential to life. They have a myriad of different benefits for both wildlife and people.

They stabilise the soil, generate oxygen, store carbon, play host to a spectacular variety of wildlife, provide us with raw materials and shelter, inspire our imaginations and our creativity.

The almost magical, mystical quality of woods makes them a great place for relaxation and recreation. A walk in the woods can give anyone a feeling of peace and tranquility. Most of us have fond childhood memories of playing on or around trees.

A world without trees and woods would be barren and bare.

Have a good weekend.

All the best


Olympic Cycling: Final Newsletter for Residents

The final newsletter for residents who live within 100m of the Olympic road cycling routes that will be distributed from tomorrow.

Please see our website:, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for more information about the events.

Many thanks,

Surrey 2012 Team¦ Surrey County Council¦ Penrhyn Road¦ Kingston upon Thames¦ KT1 2DN¦¦¦

Surrey - Host County - Be part of it 

Olympic Travel in London

The final preparatory works on the Olympic Route Network (ORN) are underway this weekend, so London’s road network will look and feel very different by Monday morning.

The ORN and Games Lanes restrictions will be apply from 0600 Wednesday 25 July.

To watch a short video explaining how the ORN and Games Lanes work, please click here
Olympic Route Network (ORN) explained
The ORN is a road network linking Games venues and other key sites. Normal traffic can use most of the ORN, although there will be temporary changes such as suspended turns, stopping and loading restrictions and changes to traffic signal timings. Stopping or parking on the ORN will result in a £130 penalty charge and your vehicle may be towed away.
Games Lanes
Some lanes on ORN roads will be reserved as Games Lanes and are for use by athletes, officials and the world’s media. The vast majority of Games Lanes are in outside lanes. In these cases, normal traffic can use the adjacent lane(s). Driving in a Games Lane will result in a £130 penalty charge.
When you can use Games Lanes
Games Lanes will be very busy. They will be for the use of Games vehicles only from 0600–midnight. If Games Lanes are less busy, they will be switched off and electronic signs will indicate that normal traffic can use them.
Olympic Torch Relay
The Olympic Flame will be visiting every Borough in London this week. Roads will be temporarily closed before it arrives and will be exceptionally busy, particularly on Thursday 26 July.

Please do not drive to see the Torch and consider watching in your local area or close to your place of work. For more information, please visit

Yours sincerely,
Vernon Everitt
Managing Director, Marketing and Communications 

Monday, 9 July 2012

Blood Donation in Leatherhead - 18th July 2012

Next sessions in Leatherhead :

KT22 8AY

Wednesday 18 Jul 2012
  13:30 to 16:00
  17:00 to 19:30

Please Help Save Teazle Wood

As many will know, contracts have been signed. Grateful thanks to all Friends of Teazle Wood who have generously donated or pledged.

Whilst the largest piece of land is secure, £90,000 is still needed for the smaller piece of the wood. (If most of the people of Leatherhead donated £9, this amount would be met!) We have until July 31st to secure this.

All donations welcome. Could you please pass this on to anyone who may be able to help.

Why save Teazle Wood?:
• Last sizable block of woodland in Leatherhead teaming with wildlife • It forms a wildlife corridor between Bookham and Ashtead • Is a well loved green space for people of Leatherhead • Is a proven educational resource for local people and schools
• Has therapeutic value for Combat Stress and Queen Elizabeth's Foundation • it has historical and archaeological significance • it is the home of many rare and endangered species • After being neglected for years it deserves the gentle management that numerous
groups would love to give it

Please send cheques now payable to: "Friends of Teazle Wood" to Lucy Quinnell, Rowhurst Forge, Oxshott Rd, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 0EN.
Please include name: address, telephone number, e- mail, & whether you would like to remain anonymous or whether you are happy to be named (amounts will not be disclosed unless you'd like. Receipts will be given) To follow on facebook: Friends of Teazle Wood

Trains for Olympic Cycling

Revised timetables:

Closure Kingston Rd Possible

Kingston Road closure due to replacement of gas mains - there will be possible closures of Kingston Road at the railway bridge so that essential gas main replacement can be carried out from 2nd August to 4th September. Diversions will be in place but there will be inevitable disruption and delays

Sunday, 8 July 2012

News Digest

Community groups are able to bid for a grant from a fund of £350,000. The Community Improvement Fund aims to help local organizations and bids between £10,000 and £50,000 can be made up to 28th September. See for information


Mole Valley has come in 38th place out of 324 local authority districts as the best place to live in England & Wales


Wildlife Aid Foundation in Randalls Road has re-scheduled its open day to 4th August.

It is also seeking volunteers to add to its 300 strong volunteer workforce; only a few hours a week would be welcomed to meet and greet, take calls, etc. Call 01372 377332 or email for more information

Leatherhead's choral society will hold its next performance on 14th July at St Mary & St Nicholas Church. Tickets are £12 adult, £6 children under 13 from Barton's Bookshop or Heather on 020 8337 3809


The famous Duck Race which took place on the River Mole on Sunday 24th June raised over £2000 for the Festival Committee and will provide valuable funds for the Christmas celebrations in the town.

Leatherhead Library is closed temporarily for maintenance and improvements until 14th July

Friday, 6 July 2012

Olympic Parking

As part of the road cycling road races weekend Mole Valley District Council are organising temporary car parks in four places around the district to provide parking for the visitors coming to watch this Olympic event.
More information can be found on the MVDC website:
To promote these car parks Mole Valley District Council have designed a flyer which will be in all of the Mole Valley District Council car parks.

Teazle Wood

Dear All

As you are aware, we recently achieved the major step of exchanging contracts on both parts of Teazle Wood (known at the recent Barnard Marcus auction as Lots 59A and 59B).

Successful completion on Lot 59A (containing the block of Ancient Woodland) is looking good, BUT we still need to raise funds for 59B (59B is where the newt ponds are, and it is the part of the woodland most used by adjacent schools and local people. It is next to Tesco, and it needs a great deal of work; some of you will know this as the area we focused on for the community "Big Tidy Up" litter pick in 2010).


Please see the attachment for details of how to donate.

If you can't open the attachment, please make cheques payable to "Friends of Teazle Wood" and send them c/o Lucy Quinnell, Rowhurst Forge, Oxshott Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 0EN.

Please include your name, address, telephone number, e-mail, and, importantly, whether you would like to remain anonymous or whether you are happy to be named (we will not disclose the amounts donated unless you want us to). A book of donations is being kept, and any anonymous donations are being allocated names of flora and fauna from the woodland - Badger, Nightingale, Fox, Owl, Woodpecker, Bluebell, Purple Emperor, Honeysuckle, Green Hound's-tongue and Great Crested Newt are already taken, but Toad and Black Medick are up for grabs! (There are thousands, and it's a nice way of increasing awareness of the incredible biodiversity of the site - get in touch if you want to choose).


I am also attaching a bit of a "wake up call". I have sent a lot of images of stag beetles, bluebells, sunsets through oak trees, paintings by ex-servicemen, etc. Many people who don't know this area have asked why I think the woods need help - this is my visual answer. This is Surrey. There are good bits, of course, but this is the disturbing reality and something that we all need to wake up to and take responsibility for. We need to act, and win the chance to care for this precious environment and put right the neglect.

We have a lot to do - let's do it!

Please feel free to share this, and if you use facebook and have not already done so, please take time to join our group: Friends of Teazle Wood.

Thank you!

All the best

Lucy Quinnell
on behalf of the Friends of Teazle Wood

Please join our facebook group: Friends of Teazle Wood

Please ask around and share our appeal – we have amazing philanthropists / ecologists aboard already, and we need to reach more like-minded people who would like to be a part of this. THANK YOU! For more info, contact 01372 386453

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Olympic Cycling - Travel Plans

An Olympic tale from one of the members:

Tel:          0300 200 1018
Address: Surrey 2012 Team, Surrey County Council, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DN
It has taken several phone calls and emails to Surrey County Council in Kingston for me to extract this info – so I hope this precious, time-consuming information will be of use to you!
The route through Surrey goes from Hampton Court, via Brooklands, West Byfleet, Pyrford, Ripley, West Horsley, East Clandon, Shere, Gomshall, Westcott, Dorking, Box Hill, Leatherhead, Oxshott, Esher and returning to Hampton Court, continuing into London (see map on website: – takes several minutes to download).
This route is due to be closed on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July from 4.00 am until 21.00.  Rumour has it that it may not re-open over Saturday night in places.  The races are due between 12.45 and 15.30.  Therefore if you are landlocked inside the loop, the only “escape routes” that I have been informed of are the A3 and Junction 10 of the M25, (where I expect half of Surrey will be queuing to drive out!).  If you can face the crowds on the trains, you can try travelling by rail.  If you want to cross on foot, there will be pedestrian crossings, open until about 12.00 and from 15.30 (these are the times for Oaklawn Road in Leatherhead, they will be earlier in Dorking).

If, like us, you have an unavoidable appointment (we are due for a 60th birthday gathering in Sussex on Sunday), you may like to plan ahead and drive out of the loop on the Friday evening beforehand, park the car somewhere safe and then walk across on your exit day in order to continue your “escape”.
The Olympic ticketholders are being advised to arrive at Dorking station and then walk up to an hour to their seats at Box Hill, also allowing time for the airport-style security checks (no liquids allowed, etc).
I hope this information is useful.  Please let me know if you have any updates, as this is only correct as far as I have been informed by Surrey County Council Olympic Cycling information department. 
You can ring Surrey County Council with further questions (0300 200 1018).
Good Luck with your travel (or stay-at-home) plans!
All the best – Enjoy the summer!