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Fairfield Centre Open Week: 14th -18th January 2019

Start the New Year with Free Classes and Activities from Mole Valley Life at the Fairfield Centre in Leatherhead

The Fairfield Centre’s Open Week provides the perfect opportunity to make a healthy and active start to 2019. Experience first-hand the welcoming and professional service offered by the centre’s staff whilst taking part in the wide range of classes and activities, all free of charge, from Monday 14th to Friday 18th January 2019.

While traditionally attracting over 60s through its doors, Mole Valley District Council’s Fairfield Centre is a busy social-hub in Leatherhead that offers a meeting place for people of a range of ages to socialise.  There are numerous fun classes and activities available that help to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of members, who also have the option of indulging in delicious home-cooked daily lunches.

Each class will exclusively be available to trial for free during January’s Open Week. The exercise classes aiming to increase mobility, balance and fitness include: Tai Chi; Chi Kung; Yoga Gold; Pilates; Line dancing; Music and Movement. In addition to keeping the body active, there’s also plenty to keep the mind busy too, including: memory games; a knitting group; bingo; computer and art classes. 

Annual membership at the Fairfield Centre starts at only £13 per person and a joint membership for couples is available for £18.50. For more information about what’s on offer, please visit, email, call 01372 376058 or drop in to the Centre, located at 34 Swan Court, off Leret Way, Leatherhead, KT22 8AH. 

Councillor David Hawksworth CBE, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, said “The Fairfield Centre and the range of activities it offers is not as well-known as it could be to residents. This Open Week allows you to experience just what the centre offers, without having to join. We are keen to improve health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation across the district. Start the year by finding something new and challenging to participate in.”      


Swan Centre Works Progress...

The Transform Leatherhead Team wanted you to be aware that Phase 2 of the Swan Centre refurbishment works will begin next week (commencing Monday 14th January 2019).This phase will see the completion of works to make the car park more user-friendly and the replacement of the goods and passenger lifts.

The car park works will include fresh signage, improvement of the ramps on Levels 5 – 6 and the installation of new parking charge machines. In addition to pay and display using cash, the new machines employ a flexible check-in, check-out system for credit, debit card and Apple pay users. Users paying by card will no longer have to predict their length of stay, within the 4 hour limit, on arrival. The car park will remain open and operational during the works and there will be Traffic Marshalls on-hand to direct users.

One goods lift and one passenger lift will be replaced at a time so there will always be one lift in service and these works will not affect the lifts belonging to Sainsbury’s.


Mid Jan -  end of February: Car Park works

Mid Jan – end of June: lift works  

Phase 3

The third and final phase of these works will take place from June to September 2019 and will include the reconfiguration of the stairwell, new external branded signs and the creation of a brand new retail space within the centre.

Keep up to date with Swan Centre works progress at

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Many thanks go to all those who both supported and attended the event for 2018, a huge THANK YOU for the contribution to the tombola prizes, trades on the stalls, entertainment, Santa and his Grotto and most importantly all the residents that came down to enjoy the local festivities, a great afternoon to kick off the Christmas fun!

Molebridge Doctors Surgery, Fetcham

Molebridge Practice has now been taken over by IMH Group athough there were orginally some problems we have now been assured they are working towards to a better service and information feed to patients. They have a new full time doctor Dr Hanson and a long term Locum Dr Youseff. One Advanced Nurse Practitioner and another has also just joined, along with one Practice Nurse and two Health Care Assistants. The Practice Manager is currently identifying areas that need to be improved along applying for funding to address other issues. They are also working toward to improving the communication of their PPG "Patient Paticipation Group" so we would suggest if you havent already you join. Information about joining and the letter they posted on line is available on their website.

Fetcham Post Box at the Former Post Office 

A recent communication from Royal Mail states "The post box is currently on private land which can cause issues in the future. Royal Mail wish to remove the box from private land and relocate it onto public land at a location close to the new Post office. Currently, an engineer from Royal Mail’s in-house engineering team is due to visit the site to carry out a CAT scan and H&S checks of the location Surrey Highways has approved. This should be completed within the next 5 weeks. We are currently in the process of issuing the works licence to the land owner for the removal of the box at the former Post Office. Once both the location has been cleared by the engineering team and we have the works licence signed and returned, we will be in a position to arrange for the relocation to proceed. If everything runs smoothly, the post box should be relocated within 12-16 weeks. If the scans and the H&S checks come back clear then the box will be relocated to outside 109 - 111 The Street,KT22 9RD. The engineering team fully intend to carry out the relocation within the same day to ensure minimal disruption to customers posting their mail. However, if unforeseen circumstances arose, they would look at re-arranging the works ASAP.  Furthermore, there is a sufficient coverage of post boxes in the vicinity and so installing a further box would not be practical." If you wish to contact Royal Mail and air your views phone 03457 740 740 Monday to Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 8am-1pm, or Sunday 9am to 2pm or email

Countryside Car Park Charges

The County Council Cabinet decided last year to follow the National Trust in charging for rural car parks. This is said to help fund the Counryside Estates including Norbury Park. So charges are now in place to park at both the Young Street and Bocketts Farm Car Parks. However if you feel strongly against this, you can join an online petition on the Surrey Country Council website and air your views.  This coupled with the increase from 60p to £1 for public car parks has led us to consider the impact that may have on Fetcham being Leatherhead's closest neighbour. Therefore we would like to monitor if this has any impact on residential road parking in Fetcham, so should any residents notice any additional street parking issues thought to be a result of this, please report it to us.  Email us at

Transform Leatherhead

Transform Leatherhead continues to forge forward with outline planning being sought for Claire & James House on the riverside. Short term works to the Swan Centre have also been approved for improvements to the carpark access, replacement lifts and refurbished toilets, new retail units and further viability studies to evaluate further investment and improvements. To get in touch with Transform Leatherhead or to receive regular email updates please email 
There are only 2 Neighbourhood officers (NSO’s) in Mole Valley, one based at Leatherhead and one at Dorking. In Fetcham we are fortunate to have a very low crime rate, but have suffered from a variety of mindless petty crimes and vandalism this year thought to be increased by the lack of officers on the ground. So please report it! We do still receive regular updates from the police on crimes occurring in the area and key updates are sent to our members via their email updates. General information is also posted on our social media feeds and notice boards and can be found on the following link
If you believe you have been a victim of a crime or scam, contact Surrey Police on 101. Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111
There is a councillor surgery in the Fetcham reading rooms on the first Saturday each month, 10am to noon.

Village Notice Board
Our main village notice boards are outside Sainsbury's with an additional one being outside the Village Hall in The Street. We would like to keep Fetcham informed of all community news and events. So if you run a club or are a member of a club or activity and would like to post some information,  please contact us. Any information you would like to be considered for the notice board should be emailed to,

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