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

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 www.surreycc.gov.uk/communityimprovementfund 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 becky@wildlifeaid.org.uk 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

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: http://www.molevalley.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=13499
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).

WE NOW NEED TO URGENTLY CONVERT YOUR GENEROUS PLEDGES INTO DONATIONS.

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).

SEVERAL PEOPLE HAVE ASKED IF THEY CAN MAKE THEIR DONATIONS IN MEMORY OF LOVED ONES OR IN THE NAMES OF THEIR CHILDREN – OF COURSE YOU CAN (I AM). ALL THIS WILL BE BEAUTIFULLY RECORDED FOR POSTERITY.

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 lucyquinnell@aol.com 01372 386453



Olympic Cycling – Travel Plans

An Olympic tale from one of the members:
Website:  www.gosurrey.info/olympic-road-cycling/
Email:     olympic.cycling@surreycc.gov.uk
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:  http://www.gosurrey.info/assets/documents/road-race-map-with-dates – 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!