Surrey news and views - your letters - October 2014

Surrey Life magazine October 2014

Surrey Life magazine October 2014 - Credit: Archant

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Frosty Dawn, Carshalton Ponds by Surrey Life reader Julian Heath

Frosty Dawn, Carshalton Ponds by Surrey Life reader Julian Heath - Credit: Various

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Abinger Roughs, looking towards Reigate Hill, by Surrey Life reader Linda Mount

Abinger Roughs, looking towards Reigate Hill, by Surrey Life reader Linda Mount - Credit: Various


Mystery of a wartime hero


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Dear Editor,

I am writing to ask for help from your readers in hopefully solving a mystery that dates back to the time of World War One.

When my late aunt died, her home in Banstead was cleared and two medals, awarded to a Mr J.J.A Taylor, were found and given to me.

Having contacted the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, I understand that Mr Taylor originated from Surrey (possibly Banstead?) and emigrated to Canada before joining the army there.

It seems he was serving with the Canadian Infantry Battalion when he was killed in action on September 14, 1916. He had been in the trenches since the previous December.

I wonder if anyone can help, either in tracking down any surviving relatives, or perhaps let me know if there is a local museum that might like the medals and to remember this story?

I would be grateful if you could help as I would like to return the medals to a good home in the hope that Mr Taylor will be remembered.


Best wishes,

John Wilds,

Mundesley, Norfolk


Editor’s Note: Thank you so much, John, for taking the time to write and for going to so much trouble to track down the family. To say thank you, we have made you this month’s star letter so that next time you are down in Surrey, you can enjoy a lovely dinner for two at The William Bray in Shere. If any readers can shed any light on the mystery, please e-mail me at Many thanks, Caroline


Stop press: Having spoken to John on the phone, he very kindly asked us to donate his prize to charity, so we have chosen the Royal British Legion with the request that the dinner for two goes to a deserving war veteran in Surrey.



The early bird…

Dear Editor,

I notice from your welcome letter in the latest edition of Surrey Life that you have discovered early mornings are the best time of the day; welcome to the club!

Your excuse for getting up really early is a dog; my reason is to grab that perfect picture; no people and no cars!

But it’s less fun in the dead of winter when the perfect picture means standing around pre-dawn at minus five degrees waiting for the sun to come-up!

Anyway, thought you might like to see one of the results, Frosty Dawn, which was taken when it really was minus five; you can see the frost on the grass! My hands were frozen and so were my nose and ears, and not

60 yards away was the lovely warming glow of the hotel!


Kind regards,

Julian Heath,

Via e-mail


Editor’s note: Thanks so much, Julian – and I think your early starts are most certainly worth all the effort – the resulting picture is stunning! All the best, Caroline



A wild challenge


Dear Editor,

I write to let fellow readers know about an exciting charity event taking place in aid of Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) this autumn. On Saturday October 4, Surrey Wildlife Trust ranger, James Herd, and Surrey Wildlife Trust volunteer, Ben Habgood, will run a gruelling 65 miles across Surrey over a 24-hour period.

The intrepid duo will run across 28 of Surrey Wildlife Trust’s reserves from the east to the west of the county, starting at Staffhurst Wood near Oxted and finishing at Puttenham Common near Farnham. Race for Wildlife will not only raise money for the Trust, but it will also highlight the wonderful ‘Living Landscape’ that we have here in Surrey and the variety of different habitats that Surrey Wildlife Trust looks after for the benefit of people and wildlife.

To find out more and to show your support, please visit the Surrey Wildlife Trust website,, or visit their JustGiving page at JustGiving/raceforwildlife.


Carys Hudson,

Surrey Wildlife Trust,

Via e-mail




A perfect autumn scene


Dear Editor,

I am sending you this photograph I took recently when walking on Abinger Roughs, looking towards Reigate Hill, which you can see in the distance.

It was such a lovely autumn scene I thought you might like to publish it in Surrey Life for others to enjoy?

I regularly read the magazine and enjoy seeing other people’s pictures – and some very interesting articles too.



Linda Mount,

Belmont, Sutton


Editor’s note: Thanks so much, Linda – it’s a beautiful picture that really captures the Surrey countryside. Thank you again. Best wishes, Caroline





Twilight saga goes on...

Dear Editor,

I would like to make readers aware of a charity walk this month in aid of The Children’s Trust in Tadworth, the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury.

Our Twilight Walk, which is taking place on Saturday October 18, provides a great opportunity for people to get together to show their support for a very special charity and also enjoy an early evening walk with family, friends or colleagues.

There are two choices of walks – a 13-mile walk is open to adults (participants must be 18 and over), whilst families with children can choose a more leisurely walk of 5k. Both walks take place around the local area of Tadworth, Walton-on-the-Hill and Epsom Downs and begin and finish at The Children’s Trust in Tadworth.

I will be officially starting the event and will be joined by actress Amanda Burton who is taking part in one of the walks.

Registration and the entertainment, which includes music and a hog roast, start from 3.30pm with a Zumba warm-up before the two walks commence.

Adult entry is £15 in advance for the 13-mile walk, £10 in advance for the 5k walk, and £5 for children under 12 for the 5k walk. Twilight Walk T-shirts will be provided on arrival. The suggested minimum sponsorship is £50 and all proceeds will benefit The Children’s Trust, so please come along and join us.

For updated information, visit or contact Nicole on 01737 365019 or by e-mail at To follow the latest on the event via Facebook, see


Yours sincerely,

Nicholas Owen,


The Children’s Trust, Tadworth




Peace of mind

Dear Surrey Life,

I am just getting in touch to let readers know that the seventh Epsom Mental Health Week ( takes place from Sunday October 5 to Saturday October 11 at St Barnabas Church in Epsom.

This year’s theme is about peace of mind. Looking back and remembering the past is an agonising process for many people but one that can bring healing and renewal.

The wide-ranging programme recognises that physical and emotional resilience are essential to good mental health, and it also seeks to offer opportunities for spiritual growth.

The event provides a unique service in uniting all these elements and, most importantly, in bringing people together to build understanding and provide support. Everyone is welcome, and more details are available from or call 01372 721518.


Kind regards,

Sue Bull,





A secret haven


Dear Editor,

It would be lovely to see a review for Ewell Court Tea Rooms on your tea shop trails.

I am a regular visitor and love the tea room and its friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Tucked away behind Ewell Court House in Ewell, it is a wonderful secret haven!

Hope very much to see a review in a future edition.


Many thanks,

Kim Stiles,

Via e-mail


Editor’s note: Dear Kim, thank you for the tip-off and it’s now on our list! Caroline