Singing Surrey: Leatherhead’s New Community Choir

This spring residents in North Leatherhead are invited to get involved in a new community choir organised by Mole Valley District Council and Arts Partnership Surrey. The choir has been set up as part of the county-wide ‘Singing Surrey’ community arts project, which aims to develop new singing groups that are supported and owned by the community.
The North Leatherhead Singing Surrey choir offers residents regular singing practice and the opportunity to learn different styles of music and gain new singing skills. Sessions will be informal and attendees will rehearse and perform a wide variety of music. The choir is also open to suggestions from members for new music, giving the community the unique chance to choose how their choir develops. No previous experience is needed and all ages are welcome, although children must be accompanied by an adult. 
The Singing Surrey group will be led by Olivia McLennan, a community musician dedicated to empowering and developing the musical skills of others. Olivia studied music at City University and Goldsmiths, University of London and has a wide range of experience developing diverse and exciting community music projects.
As well as encouraging the community to take ownership of their choirs, the county-wide Singing Surrey project aims to develop new singing leaders in Surrey who will support the new singing groups and build new projects for the county in the future.
Research will be undertaken throughout the project that will explore the benefits of singing to a person’s health and wellbeing. This will help to promote the benefits of community choirs, and encourage more people to get involved in Singing Surrey.
Patrick McCord, Partnerships and Development Manager, said: “Singing Surrey offers a high-quality singing experience for residents in North Leatherhead, promoting wellbeing and social inclusion. The health benefits of singing are well documented and I hope that lots of residents will get involved and reap the rewards.”
Singing Surrey takes place every Tuesday evening during term time from 6.30pm – 8.00pm at the Leatherhead Children’s Centre on Aperdele Road, Leatherhead, KT22 7QT, from Tuesday 10 May 2011. 


This day is now coming very near; we invite everyone and anyone to the day,



between 10am and 3pm.

The main aim is to give everybody the opportunity to have a link with people who are employed or volunteer to help us in our community.

There are opportunities for people to get advice and help, for people to use this as an educational opportunity and for people to be entertained.

– Buchanan and Curwen are providing security advice along with building supplies promoting their useful security products.

– The RSPCA will be available doing free ‘chipping’ for dogs and cats.

– It’s an opportunity to get to know your local Surrey Police Officers who will be helping you with advice on crime reduction and local policing issues.

– Surrey Fire and Rescue will be showing you their fire pump and other fire fighting equipment. They will be promoting FREE SMOKE ALARM FITTINGS.

– Surrey Ambulance will also be attending promoting SAVE A LIFE SCHEME.

– Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinaters will be on hand to talk to you about the scheme and how we all work together striving for a safer borough. They will also promote THE NO COLD CALLING ZONE.

– Speed Watch are demonstrating the radar gun and looking for new volunteers to set up speed watch sites in the area.

– There are people coming from FORCETEN demonstrating their disability scooters.

– Trading Standards will be available to give you advice about new “NO COLD CALLING ZONES” and rogue traders, informing you of your rights when having work done in you homes.

Other partners attending are licensing authorities with Pub Watch, Children’s Services, Youth Intervention Officers, Citizens Advice, Samaritans, Homeless Charities, Mole Valley District Council, The Help Shop, Victim Support, and The National Trust, Community alarms, Consumer Direct, The Mole Valley animal Wardens and many more people.

There will be more than 35 stalls on the site this year.


Open Meeting – Monday, 7th June, in the Letherhead Institute at 7.30 pm

Note: start time of meetings is now 7.30 pm

1. Apologies for Absence

2. Minutes of meeting on 12th April.1

3. Matters Arising from the Minutes


Special Guest speakers
Patrick McCord
Simon Woodhams

present an update on:
The Leatherhead Community Garden

5. Reports from sub Groups:
    a) Membership
    b) Planning
    c) Highways

6. Summer Newsletter

7. Any Other Business

1Note: it is the April minutes we have to approve. The meeting last month was the AGM – and those minutes will be presented to the AGM next year. The April minutes have not yet been presented to any meeting for approval.

Launch of Community Garden ‘Growing’ Nearer!

On Saturday February 6th local residents, service providers and an army of Rotarians joined forces to take one giant step closer to the completion of the Leatherhead Community Garden and Learning Centre.

At 10am, following the delivery of an avalanche of top soil, a team of local volunteers turned up to complete the raised beds which will see the local community growing their own organic vegetables collectively. The site will also be developed into a centre for learning on topics ranging from horticulture to cooking healthy meals. You can track the progress of the project by visiting

The project is led by local residents and supported by Mole Valley District Council and a variety of other local agencies. Simon Woodhams, Chairman of the Community Garden and Learning Centre, said “I have been involved in this project from day one and it has been personally inspiring to see people from all walks of life get involved and make a difference in their local community. I am very grateful for the support we have received this week from the Rotarians and it was a great day for all involved”.

Councillor Janette Purkiss, Portfolio Holder for Community and Youth, said “This is a great project which contributes to many of the Council’s priorities around Encouraging Healthier Lifestyles, Creating a Better Environment and Reaching Every Community. I am delighted to see so many passionate and committed people coming together to really make a difference.”

The project team are constantly looking for more volunteers so if you are interested in gardening, healthy eating, community learning or transition towns in general, please get in touch by calling Simon Woodhams on 01372 361082 or email

The Epsom Rotaract is aimed at 18-30 year olds that want to meet new people, make a difference in their local community and be part of a fulfilling, active club. With lots of members from different backgrounds and a jam-packed events diary, the club represents an exciting opportunity for anyone that wants to expand their horizons. If you would like to get involved with the Epsom Rotaract please go to or call / SMS the Membership and Publicity Officer on 07768 372 085.

Have your say25 March 2010, 7-9pmDorking Halls

We face major challenges on a scale not seen before. 

Many things will have to change in Surrey as a result of the recession, environmental concerns and the growing issue of how we will care for one another as we get older. 

Surrey County Council wants to know what you think, whatever your question, whatever your view. To make sure you have your say

, come to the public question time event, hosted by BBC Surrey’s ‘Drive Time’ presenter, Mark Carter and quiz the panellists from Surrey County Council, Surrey Police Authority, NHS Surrey, district and borough councils, the business and voluntary sectors. 

For further information and/or to book a FREE place and submit a question please visit:



What is the future of the Leatherhead Conservation Area?
Should its boundaries change?
What is special and should be conserved?

We are having an

Open Day
On Saturday 16th January
From 10.00 am to 4.30 pm

View proposals from the draft Leatherhead Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan
and tell us what you think.
There will be opportunities to discuss proposals with Council staff and comment on the proposals

Come and see us at
The Library, The Letherhead Institute
67 High Street, Leatherhead

The draft document will be available to view on-line at and comments can be left on-line until Monday 8th February 2010

Leathehead Community Garden

The Leatherhead Community Garden project is now up and running. Details of the project can be found on their website: . If you want to learn more about organic growing then this is the place.

There are working parties every Saturday in October, November and December (excluding Christmas). All the work parties will start at 9am and finish around 3pm. Helpers are free to come along at anytime during these hours.

Mole Valley Arts Alive Festival

Don’t forget that this year’s Mole Valley Arts Alive festival is taking place right through this month.

If you’ve missed the first week, make up for it in the next three weeks!

There are many events taking place right here in Leatherhead; and other events not too far away. Many of your fellow residents are taking part in these events – give hem your support.

Don’t know what’s on? Take a look at


Boots the Chemist 10.30am to 4.30pm

57 The Ashley Centre

Epsom, KT18 5DB

01372 724423

Sainsbury’s Pharmacy 9.00am to 6.00pm

Kiln Lane,

Epsom, KT17 1EQ

01372 729318

Boots the Chemist 10.00am to 4.00pm

69-71 High Street

Dorking, RH4 1AW

01306 882467

Boots the Chemist 10.00am to 4.00pm

11 Swan Court

Leatherhead, KT22 8AN

01372 372751

For your local pharmacy’s opening times, or for details of pharmacies outside the PCT area, please visit or contact NHS Direct on 0845 46 47