Leatherhead News

There are few things that have been happening in the city of Leatherhead. Some of the thing you need to know is.

Leatherhead News
  • People living around Tonbridge and Malling and Tunbridge Wells would be fined or sent to court if they leave their wheelie bins on the road. Collection is also restricted to no further than 10 metres from the point the rubbish truck passes on the road. This information is based on a council report presented at Tonbridge and Malling Boroug Council’s street scene and environment services advisory board on 11th February 2019.
  • The great Milner house that Care UK took over and made impressive investment and redevelopment program to offer it a new style of ground breaking care is now currently undergoing further refurbishing once more. The first floor is currently undergoing a complete renovation and will offer beautifully redecorated bedrooms and amazing communal spaces. Thanks to Care UK home from rescuing this historic home from going into ruins.
  • The new rubbish collections would likely have “teething problems”: The new waste contractors has openly admitted that there may be “teething problems” once operation kicks off. The new company is supposed to take over the cleaning of the street from March 1st at Tonbridge and after a month at Tunbridge Wells. Contract manager for Urbaser, Dan Dibdin, explained that he is well aware of the difficult period the staffs would experience in transiting from one company to the other. The first week would surely have teething problems, he said, but after then there would be full activeness for the contract to meet expectations.
  • A severe accident happened at A219 London northbound around B412 North-Pole Road. There is diversion on that route presently and also affecting London Bus Route 220.
  • There are upcoming events in Leatherhead such as; The Bach to Baby Family Concert (it is a classical concert series for toddlers, babies and their carers. The George Michael Legacy tribute, which will entail the performance of his biggest hit song. A tribute to the falsetto trio, the Bee Gees (Jive Talkin) is also coming up soon. The Lost Voice Guy of Britain’s Got Talent 2018 (Lee Ridley) is also set for a tour which Leatherhead is included. A musical event about the rise, fall and reunion of the everly brother that would feature hits like ‘bye bye love’, ‘all I have to do is dream’, and ‘cathy;s clown’ is also coming up. Russell Kane (an award winning comedian) is going on a tour for his newest show “The Fast ans the Curious”, leatherhead is getting ready to host him Wed 27th Feb 2019.

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Also if you are looking for a place to lodge coming into Leatherhead, there are nice hotels you can pick from such as Thatcher’s Hotel, Sir Douglas Haig hotel, Jade apartments, The Park Grand London Paddin, Beaverbrook hotels, De Vere Horsley Estate, Britannia The International Hotel, Roomspace apartments swan, Roomspace apartment royal, and Thatchers Hotel Guidford. They offer great services and have high reviews from past customers.

Funny facts about Leatherhead

Anglo-Saxon is said to be the origin of leatherhead. The museum in leatherhead is also traced back to the history of the town about 880 AD when it was formerly called Leodridan that means “the place where you can ride across the river. Sounds like a funny name isn’t it?, this really paints the town as cliché to some people. Much later in the Domesday Book of 1086 it was called Leret. Later forms was recorded as “Lereda”, “Ladreda”, “Leddrede”, (so many names for just single a place) before the name Leatherhead came to stay. There are many fun facts about Leatherhead, I have outlined some of them in this article.

Funny facts about Leatherhead

One thing that made leatherhead popular is, it was a home for the first woman who dared to suggest conception could be avoided when having sex. She was the founder of the first birth control clinic in Britain and wrote an unusual “sex manual” in the early 1900s that brought the subject of birth control to limelight. 

A notable celebrity like Tom Felton who went to Howard of Effingham School in leatherhead was in the great movie Harry Potter. He may have ventured into dark arts in his role in the movie, but trust me he is one of the good guys. He supports the annual Leatherhead’s Drama Festival that draws crowd from far and near.

Leatherhead animals are sacred. The Leatherhead’s Wildlife Aid Foundation is a popular veterinary hospital and charity that takes the pain of not only bringing all creatures (both great and small) from the brink after they have been rescued, but also takes interesting pictures of each and every one on these animals. This is done so everyone can see the beauty of these historic animals. This act in Leatherhead makes the health of its wildlife to be maintained free of charge.

There is a popular pub named Edmund Tylney pub in leatherhead that was named after the man who organized a royal entertainment for Queen Elizabeth 1, known as the master of the revels (it made him sound like an expert eater of ball-shaped chocolate snack).

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The Thorncroft Manor in Leatherhead is also assumed to have been the idea behind the Hartfield mansion from Jane Austen’s Emma.

If you want to have a good laugh, “The Star” is a well-known live comedy place in Leatherhead. Located at Kingston road, Leatherhead KT22 0DP. So many acts are lined up for you there for your listening pleasure. The house of stand-up comedy also holds a comedy night event in Leatherhead, the last one was done in Nov 2018 with popular acts like Bobby Davro (one of UK’s most experienced and versatile celebrity comedians today), David Ward, Ben Clover, Tom Smith, Stefano Paolini and more. Though it was a fundraising night of stand-up comedy it main purpose was fulfilled. As we know, laughter is a good way to attract new customers, increase business revenue and boost charity fundraising event.   

Epsom playhouse and the Dorking Halls & Cinema have a whole bunch of comedy shows lined up for this year in particular.

River mole (Rio Mole) is located between Leatherhead and Fetcham in Surrey.

Leatherhead Rio Mole

The river mole is a tributary of the river Thames in England. Rio Mole tributaries includes Ifield brook, Earlswood Brook, The Rye which drains Ashtead, Pipp Brook, and Gatwick Stream.

River Ember is its major distributary. The river gives its name to mole Valley in the surrey district. The molebranches into the North Downs between Dorking and Leatherhead, where it crosses into a steep-sided valley called the mole gap.

Around the second half of the 20th century the water became highly polluted, but by the year 1995 the water quality became greatly improved, and presently, the mole boasts of great diversity of fish species in any river in England.

River mole (Rio Mole) is located between Leatherhead and Fetcham in Surrey

Its geology consists of an upper mole (this is dominated by a single broad terrace which runs continuously from the entry to the mole gap as far south as Tilgate forest), the mole gap (most holes are difficult to observe in times of normal or heavy flow and are susceptible to sitting up as new holes are continually being formed), and the lower mole (the depth varies from 2.5 to 7m and the lower layers are mostly highly cemented and compacted together with oxide and upper layers are loosely packed with sand and angular flints.

The river has captivated the mind of many poets and authors, most particularly in very hot summers when the river channel becomes dry in-between Dorking and Leatherhead. The marsh frog species is commonly found in the tributaries around Newdigate and Gatwick and also in the upper mole. There has not been evidence that the habitation of frogs have a deleterious effect on other indigenous amphibians there.

The River Mole is said to have the most diverse fish population than any river in England. There is abundance of coarse fish such as eel, brown trout, and brook lamprey in the Gatwick stream. In the mole gap in-between Dorking and Leatherhead the river has a large population of barbell, brown trout, dace and chub. Both barbell and brown trout are extremely sensitive to pollution and water quality.

During the period of the Second World War, several sites along the course of the mole were fortified for the defense of London to prevent invasion from the south. Between the Box Hill and Betchworth, the north bank of the river mole was made steeper and established to prevent wheeled devices from crossing.

The river crossing at Sidlow Bridge was heavily protected and the line of pill boxes was erected on the north bank of the river. Also, anti-tank dragon’s teeth made of concrete were built on either side of the river, a short length of the bridge as an obstacle for armored vehicles.

There are three bridges in Leatherhead of which the 14 arch Leatherhead Town Bridge is the most famous. The first bridge on the site was constructed around the late middle ages and was later rebuilt and enlarged around 1783.

A restoration project was executed much later in the memory of the Canadian servicemen who were billeted in the manor in the heat of the Second World War.

Lord Stern is Full of Wind

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Lord Stern is Full of Wind

The Global Warming movement is a religion….it’s certainly not based on sound science! The latest nonsense is proffered by Lord Stern, the author of the influential 2006 Stern Review on the cost of tackling global warming.

Lord Stern of Brentford says: “Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases. It puts enormous pressure on the world’s resources. A vegetarian diet is better.” Basically he’s saying  “cows fart”, consequently, they are significant, global emitters of methane gas, which contributes to global warming.

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Lord Stern is literally talking out of his backside. First, he says it’s all the fault of cows & pigs. Wrong! It’s ruminants which are the major contributors to animal emissions of methane gas. Ruminants are animals which “chew the cud”, including cattle, goats, sheep, giraffes, bison, yaks, water buffalo, deer, camels, alpacas, llamas, wildebeest, antelope…..but, not pigs.

Lord Stern is obviously not a vegetarian otherwise he would understand the consequences of humans universally adopting a vegetarian diet. Everyone else knows that a vegetarian diet causes flatulence. His suggestion that we stop eating meat & go veggy simply means that humans replace cows as one of the largest emitters of methane on the planet.

It’s a dangerous strategy for the human race to adopt. Dinosaurs were once the largest emitters of methane and we all know what happened to them. Incidentally pigs may not be the largest emitters of methane but, anyone who has passed a pig farm will know that there is another problem: