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Well, for us the year started with a little bit of a surprise, with the news that we were having to arrange a by-election for the Ruxley ward! The election for a new councillor will take place early next month. If you live in the Ruxley area, check out the key facts section for details on who is standing plus some important dates and watch out for your polling card.

Man’s best friend is often far more than that and, with Valentine's just around the corner, what better time to highlight the Dog’s Trust campaign about responsible dog ownership.

We’ve been asked if the news that China is stopping imports of recycling material will impact on our service. While it’s still early days, the message is to carry on recycling your plastics and we take a bathroom break to highlight the opportunities for recycling from the smallest room in the house.

Talking about the smallest room and with Valentine's night in mind, we also include a reminder to check the food hygiene ratings – don’t let a restaurant's poor hygiene mean that you spend your romantic evening feeling ill in the bathroom; look before you book!


£2,000 fine and driving ban following fly tip on Epsom Common

We had the opportunity to reinforce our tough stance on fly-tipping following a successful prosecution of a Mitcham man whose failure to exercise proper care resulted in the dumping of waste on Epsom Common, one of Surrey’s largest nature reserves.

Fly-tipping is a blight on neighbourhoods and we will take action against perpetrators. Not only will we pursue anyone physically dumping material, we will also take action where we have evidence that someone has failed to exercise a duty of care in disposing of their rubbish. Individuals and businesses should always check that whoever they get to clear waste is licensed, and should obtain a waste transfer note.

Lee Nicholson was prosecuted for his involvement in the illegal disposal of waste at the local beauty spot which, as well as a nature reserve, has additional protection as common land and as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest.Fly tip

The waste was discovered in March 2017 and the fly tipped material had to be cleared and disposed of at the expense to the Council Tax Payer.

The material consisted of general building refuse (bags of rubble, plasterboard and insulation), office waste, a mattress and bed, fluorescent light tubes, office equipment including a fax machine and printer cartridges and various other bagged and loose garbage. Crucially, the office rubbish included a number of items with an address from which council investigators were able to track back to the origin of the waste. The originator was shocked that the material had been disposed of illegally, having paid for the disposal in good faith, and supplied the council with the telephone number for the person used for the disposal. From this, our investigators were able to identify and locate Mr Nicholson.    

On Monday 8 January at Guildford Magistrates Court, Mr Nicholson pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to take all such measures as are reasonable to prevent the fly-tipping of the waste and to secure that the person he transferred the waste to was authorised and provided a waste transfer note. The Magistrates considered that Mr Nicholson had been completely negligent by failing to exercise any care in his treatment of the waste. Consequently Mr Nicholson was fined £400 in respect of the first count, £100 in respect of the second count, a victim surcharge of £40 and was ordered to pay £1,440 in respect of the council’s costs of the investigation and prosecution – meaning he has to pay a total of £1,980. The Magistrates also considered that the failure was so serious Mr Nicholson also received a driving ban for six months to prevent any further offending.

Schools and Youth Groups Scarecrow Competition 2018

Calling all local primary schools and youth groups! You're invited to take part in a scarecrow competition themed 'Mother Nature' for this year's Herald of Spring event which takes place on Saturday 10 March at Bourne Hall #Ewell, for further details see our website


Councillor allowances

Although councillors are volunteers and unpaid, they do receive allowances to help meet the costs of representing their communities.

All our councillors receive a basic allowance - the same level for everyone. Some councillors also receive a special responsibility allowance, in addition to the basic allowance, for additional responsibilities. Special responsibilities include chairing one of the committees.

The scheme of allowances is in accordance with rules set out in national legislation. The levels of allowances paid are suggested by an external independent panel who report to the Council on what it considers is an appropriate scheme.

The Council has just completed an exercise to establish the level of allowances for up to the next four years. The independent panel based its suggestions on an analysis of the changing demands, and pressures, of councillors’ workloads and on comparisons with other councils in Surrey.  

While agreeing with the independent panel on some changes to the current scheme, councillors rejected the main finding that the basic allowance required significant increase to bring it in-line with other councils, voting to retain the current basic allowance as the basis for the scheme going forward.

Below is the formal announcement of the results of this exercise:

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council – Members Allowances Scheme

Notice is hereby given that the Council approved changes to the Members’ Allowances Scheme at its meeting on 12 December 2017.

The Council considered the report of an Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) and, in accordance with the Local Authorities (Members Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003, set out below are the decisions taken in response to that report relating to the level of allowances.

The Council: 

  1. Did not accept the recommendation of the IRP concerning the uplift of the Basic Allowance and retained the current scheme of Basic Allowances and Indexation. Accordingly, the Basic Allowance for 2018/19 will be £3,631 and, going forward, this sum will be subject to annual indexation in line with the preceding September’s Consumer Price Index (CPI).

  2. Accepted the recommendation of the IRP to award the majority Group Chairman/Leader a Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) of £2,703 for 2018/19 subject to any indexation that may apply;

  3. Did not accept the recommendation of the IRP about the allowance for a Leader of a Minority Group and agreed to retain the current arrangements. Minority Group Leaders will be entitled to receive £200 plus £50 per Group Member;

  4. Accepted the recommendation of the IRP to withdraw the Special Responsibility Allowance for the Chairman of the Nonsuch Park Joint Management Committee;

  5. Accepted the recommendation of the IRP to withdraw the Special Responsibility for the Independent Person for Standards matters and to replace this with a daily rate of £250 payable only when the post is required by the Council to perform the duties of an Independent Person;

  6. Accepted the recommendation of the IRP that a member should only be entitled to claim one Special Responsibility Allowance (in addition to the Basic Allowance) even if they held more than one post which attracted a Special Responsibility Allowance;

  7. Accepted the recommendation of the IRP to replace the reference to the National Minimum Wage for Dependents’ Carers Allowance with the appropriate rate of the National Living Wage;

  8. Accepted the recommendation of the IRP to continue and adopt Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs (HMRC) rates for calculating the reimbursement of the Members mileage and that subsistence payments should be in accordance with those paid to Officers of the Council;

 The said Scheme to take effect from 1 April 2018 for no more than a period of four years.

Plastic recycling update

This month Recycle for Surrey launched their latest campaign, to get us to recycle more plastic from the smallest room in the house, after analysis showed that, while plastic bottles are often recycled from the kitchen, they are forgotten when it comes to the bathroom.plastic 2

There are lots of plastic bottles from your bathroom you may not realise you can recycle, including:

  • Shampoo, conditioner and shower gel bottles
  • Handwash, mouthwash and moisturiser bottles
  • Toilet cleaner, bathroom spray and bleach bottles

There are some simple things you can do to make it easier to remember to recycle your plastic bottles from the bathroom. Why not put an extra recycling bin upstairs? Or if you live in a flat or don’t have much space, you could try hanging a bag over the back of a door. Just make sure you empty the contents into your recycling bin loose, not in the bag.

There are some things you can’t recycle from the bathroom, like razors, razor blades and the pumps from soap bottles. It’s easy to check using the Recycle for Surrey app and search tool.

To find out what else you can and can’t recycle from the bathroom and from every room in your home visit 


Parking on the Downs

Epsom Downs Racecourse has asked permission from the Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators to use some of the grass areas on the Downs for parking during various events they organise each year.parking on the downs

Under the Epsom and Walton Downs Regulation Act 1984, the Racecourse is allowed to park in these areas for the two weeks prior to and during authorised race meetings. Permission is being asked for use of the grass areas outside of the authorised race meetings. The Racecourse has been using these areas for the parking of vehicles for events such as antique fairs, wedding fairs and large conferences for a number of years and is now seeking formal consent from the Conservators.

Prior to granting consent the Conservators wish to seek views about the parking of vehicles and would invite participants to take part in the on-line consultation which can be found by clicking the link below. The deadline for completing the consultation is 28 February 2018.

Events Parking at Epsom Downs




Time to celebrate

ww1 paperIt’s January 2018 and there are indications this will be a year full of massive news headlines - one month in and we've already had Brexit negotiations, Donald Trump, a revitalised Russia muscle flexing and Rohingya refugees.

All of these international stories have interesting comparisons to what was happening in Europe 100 years ago.

This year marks a significant anniversary; the end of the First World War.

We’re working with the Royal British Legion and others on a number of local events and activities for later this year and we will be highlighting these in the months to come.

However, WW1 touched every community and every family and we want to ensure that if your community is undertaking an event, we acknowledge it. If you are arranging a WW1 anniversary event this year, drop us a line, explaining what it is, if it’s open to the public and if you would like it included on our list of events.

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Rosebery Park Pond - an update

Work is now underway on the repair and refurbishment of the pond in Rosebery Park.


Water flowing under the park has been undermining the structure of the pond. Now the fish have been removed and the water emptied, the full damage has been assessed. This is much worse than had been anticipated and the original ten-week timetable is likely to be extended.

Helping local athletes achieve their potential

Charitable social enterprise and the UK’s largest leisure operator is set to support Epsom and Ewell athletes in 2018 through their athlete support programme, the ‘GLL Sport Foundation’.

The GLL Sport Foundation is an athlete focussed support programme providing athletes across the UK with tangible support to aid their sports performance, support includes training membership access to over three hundred venues across the UK, access to physio and injury rehab support and financial awards up to the value of £1,250.

Applications for athletes are open until 20 February 2018 via the website portal –

Across the UK it is projected three thousand athletes will be supported in 2018; it will mark a special milestone for the UK’s largest independent athlete support programme as the programme turns ten years, over which period it will have provided sixteen thousand athlete awards at a value of £9million.

The Foundation is directly aligned to National Governing Body of sport talent pathways, and with National partnerships with SportsAid and the Mary Peters Trust it ensures that the right awards are provided to the right athletes at the right time.

These partnerships ensures that the Foundation can make most impact to athletes that are transitioning from national to international level and with 74% of athletes being aged under twenty one and 87% of athletes receiving no other funding support, the impact of the Foundation is significant.

AthletesVideo interview snapshot from double Olympic taekwondo medallist and ambassador Lutalo Muhammad - click here

Since the programme was launched in 2008 at the House of Commons the programme has been under the Patronage of one of GBs greatest athletes Sally Gunnell OBE, who today still remains the only athlete to hold consecutive Olympic, World and Commonwealth titles. Sally explained “When I was first introduced to the GLL Sport Foundation in 2007 and the opportunity to come on board as Patron was offered to me it was a simple yes as achieving peak sport performance as an athlete and inspiring and supporting athletes to achieve their goals have been key drivers for me through my life; so there was an obvious direct synergy”.

“When we launched the programme in 2008 at the House of Commons I was positive with regards to the impact we could make to athletes across London, this same position is true today but to be able to do this across the UK where we are today supporting athletes across seventy five parts of UK including areas in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, is testament to the programme that GLL created”.

“I am proud to be Patron and with GLL at the helm of this programme I know the Foundation will deliver equally positive results into the years ahead; and play a greater role in the sporting pathway with centralised sport funding being squeezed further, and most importantly impact thousands of athletes sporting journeys which in turn will positively impact their local communities”.

Peter Bundey Chair of the Foundation further highlighted the network the programme works within “I would like to thank all councils; sponsors and partners to the Foundation over the length of the programme, your commitment has contributed to its success greatly”.

“Finally; I would like to thank all the athletes you have delivered such phenomenal sporting successes and inspired future generations of athletes to achieve their goals and our wider communities to be more physically active. We look forward to supporting you and future generations of athletes for years to come”.

Wheelchair user?

Do you use wheelchair services in Surrey or know someone who does?wheelchair

The NHS in Surrey is designing a new wheelchair service for children, young people and adults and want your views!

Share your experiences of current wheelchair services - and help design the new service.

Wednesday 7 February 2018; 11am – 2pm (registration from 10:30am). 
Tylney Room, Leatherhead Leisure Centre, Guildford Road, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9BL
Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Places are limited so please register online here or call 01372 201698.

If you can’t attend but would like to share your experiences or give feedback please call the number above.

Find out how you are

OneYouIf you want to make some lifestyle changes to improve your health and wellbeing, then try taking the ‘How Are You’, online test. The quiz asks a series of easy-to-answer questions that get you thinking about how healthy you really are, and covers topics such as exercise, diet, alcohol and smoking.

The quiz provides a health score and suggests small and simple steps to improve your lifestyle which can double your chances of being healthy at 70 and beyond.

Over one million people have already started their journey to a happier, healthier life. Visit Healthy Surrey to take the test today.

Try low calorie snacks to improve your family’s health

Change4lifeFamilies are being encouraged to have no more than two 100-calorie snacks a day, to help lead a healthy lifestyle and reduce sugar intake. Research has shown that children in England are eating nearly three times the recommended amount of sugar, half of which comes from snacks and sugary drinks. A diet consisting of too much sugar is bad for their health and leads to harmful fat building up and developing serious health problems, as well as painful tooth decay.

Surrey County Council is encouraging families to sign up to the Change4Life website and access money-off vouchers for healthier snacks and get helpful tips and ideas. You can also download the useful Food Scanner app, where you can scan a bar code and find out how many calories are in food and drink, as well as the sugar, salt and saturated fat content. The app also provides recommended calorie information per serving. For more information, visit the Change4Life website and remember this simple tip ‘Look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max!’.

If you are concerned about your child’s weight and would like some advice. Alive ’N’ Kicking provides specific programmes for families with children aged between 2-19 years old which are designed to benefit the whole family. For more information visit the Alive ‘N’ Kicking website.

Kick the habit this year

HealthHarmsSmokers in Surrey are being encouraged to make 2018 the year they kick the habit for good.

Giving up helps your health, as poisons from tar in cigarettes enter the bloodstream, spread around the body within seconds and cause damage to major organs; as well as helping financially as a 20-a-day habit will cost you a massive £288.30 every month.

There are services in Surrey to help you give up, which is provided for Surrey County Council by Quit51. It has specially trained advisers to help you become and stay smoke free.

Visit the Healthy Surrey website to find out more about local services.

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Valentine's: a tail of true love

PoopThis Valentine's, we’ve joined forces with the Dog’s Trust, who campaign on the issue of dog fouling by encouraging owners to be more responsible and changing the attitudes of the minority who fail to pick up after their dogs.

See the Dog Trust Valentine's music video a tail of true love and share it with your friends!

Dog owners, please remember:

  • always carry a poo bag with you - tie one to your lead so you always have a spare
  • in Epsom & Ewell, you can dispose of dog mess in any public litter bin
  • don’t discard your used poo bags for someone else to pick up
  • it’s important to keep sight of your dog at all times when in a public space so that you can see when and where they poo
  • if you see someone in need of a poo bag offer them one of yours!
  • wash your hands after your walk. Dog faeces may contain worms that can be a threat to human health. For advice about treating your dog against worms, contact your vet.

For further information on responsible dog ownership visit our website

Valentine's: planning the perfect date

dinnerPlanning the perfect date can be stressful as there’s a lot to worry about, including of course, whether you will get on and if you will make a good impression.

So the last thing you want to think about before an important dinner is whether or not the place you choose takes food hygiene seriously.

The truth is, you can’t tell a restaurant’s hygiene standards by how clean and tidy the staff look or by how romantic the décor and ambience is.

It’s the things you can’t see – like germs spread by bad hygiene practices – that you need to consider. There’s one easy way to set your mind at rest – check the food hygiene rating. This tells you about hygiene standards in restaurants and other food businesses.

Council food hygiene inspectors regularly examine every restaurant, pub, takeaway, café and other food retailers. We check them and rate them from 0 to 5, with a 5 rating meaning very good food hygiene standards.

Establishments don't have to display their ratings, although those that score well are generally proud to display their green and black sticker. Some of those that don't score well, don't display their ratings but it’s really simple to check. Just go online to the Food Standard Agency’s website:

Over 90% of food businesses are rated a three or higher so there are plenty of places with good food hygiene standards, you can choose from. This means you can easily avoid taking your special date to those places not meeting the grade!

Look before you book



What's On

Events across Epsom & Ewell

Here’s a round-up of some of the events across the Borough that we know about (some of these are organised by other groups and the Council is not responsible for the activity).

To find out what is happening in Epsom and Ewell across the year, visit the What's on section on our website

Epsom Talks!
First Wednesday of the month, October 2017 - May 2018 (excluding January 2018); 7.45pm
Epsom Playhouse, KT18 5AL
A series of talks presented by Epsom and Ewell Literary Society - informative, inspiring, illuminating. New members and guests always welcome. For further information please contact Elizabeth Mackie, Membership Secretary, tel: 01737 355300; email:; website:

Have your children seen The Nonsuch Palace Gallery? (with the award winning model and history of the palace site and its excavation).
Open on every Sunday (except Christmas Eve) throughout the winter (from October to March); 11am - 3pm
Free entry to the Gallery with nearby cafes and toilets by Nonsuch Mansion in Nonsuch Park. Car entry via Cheam Gate - SM3 8AP.

the BIBLE course - an interactive journey through the whole Bible story
Tuesdays 10am: starts January 30 and continuing on February 6, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27
Wednesdays 7.30pm: starts Jan 31 and continuing on February 7, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28
Epsom Methodist Church, 11-13 Ashley Rd, Epsom KT18 5AQ
Free event! Just pick that week’s session that suits you best! Don’t worry if you can’t make every session. For more details visit

February 2018

2nd Cuddington (Rowe) Scout group - jumble sale
Saturday 3 February; 2pm - 4pm (Dealers 9.30am - 11.30am; £5 each, no children will be admitted during this time).
Rowe Hall, Salisbury Road, Worcester Park (next to Cuddington School) KT4 7DD
Admission 50p. Refreshments available. For more info contact 0208 330 0365; email:; website:

Nescot Apprenticeship Open EveningNescot_ApprenticeshipsOpenEvening
Wednesday 7 February; 5.30pm - 8pm
Reigate Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS
Come and join us at our first open evening for the 2018/19 academic year! There's no need to book, just come along - everyone's welcome. Meet our staff and students, have a look around, and find out more about studying at Nescot. As well as our support teams being on hand to discuss all the support the College has to offer, we will also be joined by lecturers from each department. Each department will have practical activities for you to take part in, so why not give them a try? You might enjoy a subject you hadn't even thought of! For more information visit

Epsom Book Fair - annual giant charity sale of secondhand books, DVDs and musicEpsom Book Fair
Thursday 15 - Saturday 17 February (Thursday & Friday 10am - 8pm; Saturday 10am - 4pm)
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5AQ
Entrance 50p (children and students free). Over 60,000 books inlcuding antiquarian, out-of-print, children's fiction and non-fiction. Also CDs, DVDs and records. Refreshments and light lunches avialable from our new Roots Coffee Shop. For further info call 01372 728535, email: or visit
Donations of books, DVDs, CDs and records can be dropped off at the Church between 9am and 8pm from Wednesday 7 to Sunday 11 February only. No magazines please.

Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning Association - Quiz night!
Friday 16 February; 7.30pm (entrance from Depot Road car park)
Unity Hall, Epsom United Reformed Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PW
Bring your friends and make a team of six or eight players, or just come along and join in with other guests. Everyone welcome! Cost £12 per head for a fish and chip supper. Chicken or vegetarian option available. Bring your own drinks. To book your place, please email:

Epsom Mayday Flower Club presents 'A Backward Glance'
Wednesday 21 February; 1.30pm for 2.30pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF
Flower arranging demonstration by Stephen McDonnell. Visitors welcome £6.

The Friends of Nonsuch event
Wednesday 21 February; 2.30pm
Entry via Cheam Gate
Dorothy Watson, Chief Executive of The Sunnybank Trust will talk to The Friends of Nonsuch about their work to empower people with learning disabilities and those who support them through inclusion, friendship and justice. £6 non-member, free for members. For more info visit

Women's World Day of Prayer - Bring and buy coffee morning
Thursday 22 February; 9am - 12noon
Ruxley Church, KT19 0AF
In aid of the charities helped by the Women's World of Prayer.

St Clement's Songsters present The Magic of the Musicals (including well known songs from the shows)
Saturdays 24 February and 10 March; Doors open 7.30pm, show commences 8pm (with fish and chips supper) Tickets - £15 each
Sunday 4 March; Doors open 2pm, show commences 2.30pm (with tea/coffee and cake) Tickets - £10 each
St Clement's Church Hall, Kingston Road, Ewell
Proceeds to Seeability, Epsom and St Celement's Church Hall fund. Box office: 0208 393 0465 or 0208 399 2938.

This month at the Epsom Playhouse


Voodoo Room - Friday 2 February - Paying tribute to both Hendrix & Cream - Voodoo Room are a stunning classic power trio, featuring some of the UK's finest musicians.

Illegal Eagles - Saturday 10 February - the World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute returns for another outstanding show promising more of their trademark musical prowess, acute attention to detail and incredible showmanship.

Cirque Enchantment - Thursday 15 February – Let the circus of your mind comes to life live with an eclectic musical soundtrack including hits from One Direction, Sia, Paloma Faith, Rihanna and Beyonce in addition to a mix of classical, rock, dance and classic favourites. This concert style cirque production features stunning choreography, breath taking vocals and mesmerising cirque performers.

That'll Be The Day - Wednesday 21 February - The UK’s premier Rock & Roll production returns with another chance to see its latest most popular show! That’ll Be The Day is an outstanding celebration for all true fans of the golden era of popular music spanning the 50s, 60s  and  70s, plus more side-splitting comic sketches.

Lloyd Cole - Tuesday 27 February - The Retrospective Tour, celebrating the recent release of the 1983 – 1996 anthology, Lloyd will perform songs exclusively from this classic period.

FigMarriage of Figaro - Wednesday 28 February - Figaro loves Susanna, Cherubino loves the Countess, and the Countess loves the Count. The Count is chasing Susanna and hatches plans to prevent Figaro marrying her. One of those plans is to get Figaro to marry someone who turns out to be his long-lost mother, who then falls in love again with his father after years of separation. Powerless to prevent two weddings from taking place, the Count slowly realises that everyone else is running rings round him… The Merry Opera Company production of a classic favourite


Crafty's Creepy Castle - Wednesday 14 February - Why has Crafty the Crow gone to live in a haunted castle? Can Sally the Scarecrow help with its ghostly goings-on? And why is Pirate Harry making things go bump in the night?


Jonathan Pie -Tuesday 6 February - the frustrated news reporter is back and he’s angrier than ever! Pie attempts to host a night of serious Newsreaderdiscussions on current affairs whilst simultaneously attempting to smash the system from within. Join him for a night of political comedy that soon descends into chaos.

Jim Davidson - Thursday 8 February - a brand-new show which promises to be the antidote to this ‘PC’ world we now live in. Guaranteed to be outrageous as ever.

James Phelan - Friday 9 February – A night of hilarious, mind-blowing magic in a show where anything can happen (and quite often does). People are tricked, phones are destroyed, needles are swallowed; no-one is safe!

Shappi Khorsandi - Thursday February - Shappi presents England's unsung heroine, Emma Hamilton. For too many years she has been known as just ‘Nelson's mistress', a bit of a harlot (you get one job in a brothel and bang goes your reputation.) Women's lib wasn't a 'thing' in Georgian times, Emma moved mountains to haul herself from 'scullery maid' to 'Lady Hamilton'. Yes, she occasionally danced on tables naked to get ahead in life, but who hasn't? As a fellow naked dancer on tables, Shappi is inspired by Emma, although she never wants hair big enough to house mice in.


Alice in Wonderland - Sunday 4 February - The students of Ashtead Ballet School present this well-loved tale where Alice follows a white rabbit, carrying a pocket watch, down a rabbit hole to a wonderland populated by strange and ridiculous characters where nothing makes sense.


Esther Rantzen - Tuesday 20 February - an evening with Dame Esther Rantzen and her daughter, journalist and broadcaster Rebecca Wilcox


All Star Superslam Wrestling - Friday 16 February - A brand new season of wrestling return’s this half term with a great line up. Top International talent from all the major federations from around the world to face the best of British personalities in a two hour non- stop fun filled family night out.


For full information and to make a booking online visit or call (01372) 742555 / 742227 or like us on Facebook - www.facebook.

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club

The Tower - escape, imprisonment and execution.
Saturday 10 February 1pm - 2.30pm
Discover the dark bowels of this great royal palace and the stories of those held prisoner there, from Ranulf Flambard Bishop of Durham who in 1128 became the first to escape the Tower, to Katherine Howard wife of Henry VIII in 1542, Guy Fawkes in 1606, and John Felton the assassin who murdered the Duke of Buckingham in 1628, as well as Carl Lody the German spy who was executed there in 1914. Discover their lives and deaths and those of others who passed through Traitors Gate.

February half term activities!

WW2 - a children’s war
Wednesday 14 February 2pm - 3.30pm
Be prepared with gas mask training and air raid drill,learn what happened after a bomb fell like this one inWaterloo Road, discover how to put out one of the fire bombs that were dropped in their tens of thousands on Epsom during the war. Try to play fag cards like wartime children, discover the size of your sweet ration, and master a paper puzzle to find the hidden pig! Write a postcard home after being evacuated

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club is for young people 8+ who love history. All the above activities cost £5 per child, includes one accompanying adult. Please meet in the foyer of Bourne Hall. Places are limited, to reserve your space or for further information please contact David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF. Tel: 020 8394 1734. Email: Visit the What's On at:

For more info visit


CATS club - celebrating Chinese New Year and Valentines


Explore Epsom and Ewell

Walking has many health benefits. Why not join in with our Countryside team on guided walks to explore and discover your borough's local nature reserves too.

HortonCountryParkHistory of Horton Country Park
Sunday 4 February; 1pm - 4pm
Meet at the Information Centre adjacent to the public car park.
Come along for an afternoon stroll around Horton Country Park to discover the site's fascinating history.

All guided walks cost £5 per adult, £2.50 per child (16yrs or under). All walks take approximately 2.5-3 hours and can cover up to 3  miles. Please wear appropriate clothing. Stout boots for walks and a raincoat when it’s wet. Please leave your dog at home on walks that involve looking for animals; otherwise they are welcome on a lead. Please note that walks may be subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions.

For more information or to book a place please call 01372 732000 and ask to speak to a member of the Countryside Team or email: or visit 

Epsom and Ewell health walks
Epsom and Ewell health walks cater for all abilities. There are short beginners walks on Mondays for those who are just getting back into exercise. There are also hour long walks on Wednesdays and Sundays for anyone who would like to walk a little further and at a faster pace. Walks are free and there is no need to book. You can just turn up at your chosen venue and join in.

For more information and to view the winter programme of walks please click here or visit

Energize Epsom and Ewell

Energize Epsom Ewell

Leisure Listings is a free online directory of leisure facilities and organisations within Epsom and Ewell. To promote your club or organisation please visit and complete a permissions form. 

Check out @epsomewellbc on Instagram!  If you have had sporting success please let us know by tagging us in your social media posts!

Calling Netball volunteers!Netballvolunteers
The Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 23 - 24 June, is the largest annual multi-sports competition in Surrey. Team Epsom & Ewell will be taking part in this event for the 22nd consecutive year. Netball and the junior version of the sport, high 5, will both be part of this year's Games. 
We are looking for volunteer netball coaches to support the borough’s training sessions in the lead up to the finals between May and June. Volunteer coaches will also have the chance to support the team at the finals which will take place on Saturday 23 June at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Volunteers should be aged 16+ and have experience of either playing or coaching netball. Volunteers will have an opportunity to access funding support for coaching qualifications and will also be signposted to possible coaching opportunities after the Games.
To find out more or to register your interest please contact the Leisure Developments team on 01372 732000 or email:
For more information about the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games

Over 50’s activitiesCageCricket
New Cage Cricket sessions
Mondays; 1pm - 2pm
Longmead Community Centre, Sefton road, Epsom, KT19 9HG
Cage Cricket is a revised format of the original game that sees individuals play against one another. Points are awarded for batting, bowling and fielding. No experience is needed to join the sessions and all equipment is provided. The sessions take place indoors. £3 a session, the first session is free. Contact: Haidee len on 07973 619884 or email:; Neil Bunting on 07900 430044 or email: website:

New Strength and Balance courseStrengthandBalance
Tuesdays; 10am - 11am
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell
Cost £4 per session. Contact: Nikki on 07708 748898 or 

Wednesdays; 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Epsom Methodist Church; Ashley Road, Epsom
Cost: £6 per session or £25 for 5 sessions when booked in advance. Contact: Karen on 07771 647132 or
Focused on improving strength and balance, these sessions are based on the increasing popular OTAGO exercise programme which aims to reduce the risks of older people falling. To find out more about strength and balance classes as well as other activities for residents aged over 50, please visit

Lower limb strength & balance class
Tuesdays, 10am; Thursdays 11.15am
St Mary's Church Hall, The Avenue, Worcester Park KT4 7HL
Arthritic knees or hips? Balance deteriorating? Struggling to do stairs? Just not feeling as mobile as you used to? Come and do some physiotherapy based exercises and have some fun in a relaxed and friendly environment. Free trial class when you quote the word 'Board'. Contact Annette on 07766 333 705 to book. £10 per class or £48 for six consecutive weeks. Visit

Running Works with Vanda - join in!
Tuesday 30 January; 9.30am RunningWorks
Meet in the car park adjacent to the Harrier Centre in Poole Road, Ewell.
Running Works is a very friendly group of runners, led by running coach, Vanda Caulfield. The group caters for runners of all abilities.
Please bring water and high visibility clothing if you have it. To sign up for the run visit:
For more information please contact Vanda on 07796 267979 or email: or visit the Running Works Facebook page:

Ladies only swimming and aqua (term time only)
Aqua: Tuesdays; 10am - 11am
Swimming - improvers: Tuesdays; 11.15am - 12noon
Swimming - beginners: Tuesdays; 12noon - 12.45pm; Thursdays 12noon - 12.45pm
Linden Bridge School, Grafton Road, Worcester Park, Surrey KT4 7JW
High quality, safe, courses within a private setting. For further information and details contact Helen Oldknow, mobile: 07753 749347; email:

Get active with Mary Frances Trust
Mary Frances Trusts supports people to improve their emotional wellbeing through one to one support, courses, groups and activities designed to improve mental wellbeing.
Self-Defence for Women
Starts Friday 12 January and then continuing every Friday; 6.30pm – 8pm
Longmead Community Centre, Sefton road, Epsom, KT19 9HG
This 8-week course will help to improve physical and psychological fitness. It will also give women the skills they need to keep themselves safe. Cost: £5 per session (£3 for those on low incomes or free for those on specific benefits)  

Be Your Best Self
Tuesdays 6, 13, 20 and 27 February; 1pm - 3pmMaryFrancesTrust
The Brickfield Centre, Portland Place, Epsom KT17 1DL
This series of workshops will explore ways that you gain confidence through simple ways to help you to give yourself 'me' time and ideas about looking after yourself. Including: how to give yourself a manicure, which colours and clothes are best for  you to wear, basic skin care and make up techniques as well as information on how a healthy diet can keep you looking and feeling your best. Places are limited so please book as soon as possible.

Introduction to Pilates
Mondays; 1pm – 2pm
The Brickfield Centre, Portland Place, Epsom, KT17 1DL
Pilates is often referred to as ‘movement as meditation.’ This course has been designed for people who are new to or in the beginning stages of pilates. Cost: £3 per session.

Yoga in Epsom
Thursdays; 10.15am – 11.30am
The Wisley Room, Church House, Church Street, Epsom, KT17 4PX
Yoga has been practiced for centuries – and for good reason! Alongside the championed physical benefits of improved muscle and joint flexibility, participants can also benefit from reduced levels of stress and anxiety. This course aims to give people who need support with emotional wellbeing, the opportunity to exercise in a small group in a friendly, relaxed environment. Cost: £3 per session. Places are limited to 10 people, so booking is essential.

Couch to 5K Course in Epsom
Every Friday; 2pm.
Join the Mary Frances Trust’s friendly and supportive running group for beginners. To find out more or to book your place please contact Clare on 07472 829078 or

To book your please on any of the courses above please contact the Mary Frances Trust on 01372 375400 or email: Website:

Sport at Epsom College
Epsom College are offering a range of multi-activity and sport specific camps for young people between April and August. Sports include cricket, football, hockey, netball and rugby. All children are provided with a free hot meal and refreshments throughout the day. The College also hosts art, dance, drama and musical camps.
To find out more about the courses on offer please visit or contact Kirsty on 01372 821262 or email:

Tennis Coach wanted!
Topspin Monkeys are looking for a coaching assistant to support the delivery of their Saturday morning coaching sessions at Nescot College. A tennis player, or someone who loves playing sport and enjoys working with young people would be ideal for the role! For more information, please contact Andy at or visit

Book your place! Active Surrey annual Club and Coach Conference ActiveSurrey
Sunday 25 March
Attendees can choose to attend up to three workshops on the day. Workshops include: Using social media, Sport Psychology and Funding and Sponsorship. Book now and receive an early bird discount! The normal price of the conference is £50. However if you book your place before Wednesday 14 February you can save £10.
For a full list of the workshops available visit
For more information please contact 01483 518943 or email: or to book click here

e-20 Q&A with our borough's sporting stars

e-20 Q&A with Tyri Donovan!
This months e-20! Q&A provides another chance for readers to get to know more about one of our borough’s sporting stars. The 20 questions they are e20_TyriDonovanchallenged to answer give us an insight into their habits, routines and interests, helping us to pick apart what makes them successful in their chosen sport.

Tyri Donovan was named Epsom and Ewell’s Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2017. He has risen through the ranks to become one of the fastest young 400m hurdlers in the country. He is currently ranked at number 3 in UK in the Men’s Under 20 category. 

1. What time do you typically wake up?
Usually I roll out of bed around 7.30am, but I must admit, I’m not a morning person.

2. What does the first hour of your day look like?
I tend to start the day with a big breakfast, a quick shower and then 30 minutes of yoga before continuing my day.

3. What is your preferred time to exercise?
I like to do my exercises and training in the evening with my group. When it comes to racing in the summer, I hope to find races in the early afternoon if we are performing outside the UK, although with 400m Hurdles its usually the first event of the day, sometimes as early as 9am!

4. In a typical week, how many times would you exercise?
I train with my training group train every weekday evening from 6.30pm to 9pm. We also train on Saturdays from 9.30am to 1pm. Sunday is our rest day.

5. What has been your greatest sporting success?     
Winning an international championship with England was a real honour for me last year in Cardiff. When I compete, I represent the people who I live and train with. I’m fortunate that my coach Marina Armstrong has given me a phenomenal platform to build on for the future and I train with some fantastic athletes who treat me like family.

6.  What has been your greatest sporting challenge?
Overcoming an injury in sport is always tough. If you are an athlete performing within a team, you can feel isolated if you are going through rehab and thoughts of frustration and lack of patience tend to takeover quickly. In Athletics, you must make sure to take good care of your body so you recover stronger and healthier than before.

7. Do you have any tips for balancing work, home life and training?
Having a healthy mindset provides the right energy for the body physically, mentally and emotionally. Never be afraid to ask for guidance or help. I feel I am a very organised and focused, yet I would never shy away from my teachers if I needed any assistance. Home life and training have almost become one for me. If you have enough passion for what you do, it becomes work that you enjoy doing.

8. If you could give one bit of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Never say that you can’t do it. Being young gives you so many opportunities to explore and venture into possibilities and pathways that become limited overtime. It’s really important to try something new as it could set you on a path to follow when you are growing up.

9. Who is your favourite sportsperson of all time?
Muhammad Ali epitomises greatness to me. He loved to represent a great cause of change. The videos of Ali talking about himself, his family and his competitors are timeless. He speaks almost poetically, always the entertainer, and he has given many people the drive and determination to succeed.

10. What is your favourite book?
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

11. What is your favourite film?
I’m a big Quentin Tarantino fan, so I would have to say Pulp Fiction is definitely up near the top for me.

12. What is your favourite quote?
‘Hold the vision. Trust the process.’

13. What is your favourite meal?
I’m a big fan of fish so my favourite meal would have to be Thai Squid Noodles.

14. Is there anything specific you do to prepare yourself mentally to perform?
I wouldn’t say I do anything out the ordinary, I listen to Smooth RnB or Soul music in order to feel cool, calm and composed.

15. If you had to give a 10-minute talk on a subject you are passionate about, what would it be?
Life as a young athlete has given me a lot of great experience in becoming the person I am today so I wouldn’t mind sharing a few stories of my journey in sport so far.

16. When you think of the word successful, who is the first person that comes into your mind and why?
Richard Branson. Working in a business world trying to spark new ideas is always going to be a difficult task. His creativity has led him to start some huge projects some people may never of thought about achieving in this present day.

17. If you had to define your attitude in one sentence, what would it be?
I live to entertain.

18. What does happiness mean to you?
Happiness to me would involve seeing others progress or succeed in what they do. I love listening to people who have a passion for something they enjoy doing.

19. What would be your dream job?
I would like to take my junior athletics career through to a professional standard as running and competing is what I enjoy doing most. Off the track, I would love to be a successful writer or poet.

20. How would you like people to remember you?
I would want myself to be remembered as the ‘people’s person.’ As I said earlier, I love to represent the people in my life that have given me a great platform to succeed. I want to make sure people are entertained and inspired by what I do. I hope to inspire others to follow the same principles as I have - which are to keep learning and growing.

Follow Tyri Donovan on Twitter: @TJD_TJD Instagram: @tyridonovan 

Mayor's charities fundraising events

Travelling trends fashion eveningEvents_Fashion
Monday 19 March; 7.30pm
St Joseph's Church Hall, Epsom
Do you need a few new separates to liven up your wardrobe? Would you like them at bargain prices? Don’t miss out – come along to this event and enjoy an evening of fashion and fun in aid of the Mayor's Charity Appeal. This is your chance to see, try on and buy this seasons fashions at greatly reduced prices. Bookings may be made at

May Ball
Saturday 5 May; 6.45pm for 7.30pm (Black Tie)
The Queen's Stand, Epsom Racecourse
Drinks reception, dinner, charity auction, dancing and more! Tickets £70. Contact:

In aid of Mayor's charities: Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell, The Lower Mole Countryside Trust and The Sunnybank Trust. For further information and details of events visit


Epsom markets

Epsom Markets

Held in the Market Place by The Clock Tower in Epsom, there's something for everyone!

Traditional Epsom Market Takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am - 4pm and features around 20 stalls from fruit and vegetables, clothes, hardware, fabric, pet foods, flowers, seafood, shoes and other speciality goods, they all offer something special for free: a welcoming smile.

Epsom Farmer's Market: Next on Sunday 4 February. Takes place on the first Sunday of the month from 9.30am - 1.30pm, this market is a treasure trove of fresh, tasty and attractive local produce. To find out more, come to the market! For more info visit -

Local Enterprise Market Takes place on the last Sunday of the month and is a chance for local businesses and sole traders to show their wares - whether they make a product or offer a service.

Street Traders The Market Place also has a small number of regular Street Traders that trade across the week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays selling DIY products, fruit and vegetables and hot food.

New! Street Food Thursday: Every Thursday at Epsom Market Place.


Sport, everyday!

Every day there is the opportunity to engage in a different sport in the Borough, here's a selection:


Just Play Football sessions: 6pm-7pm; Court Recreation Ground 3G AstroTurf surface, Pound Lane, Epsom KT19 8SB. FA Mars Just Play centres allow anyone to get involved in playing football aged 16 or over. Cost £3 per session. For more info visit


Tennis sessions: 1.30pm - 3.30pm at Court Recreation Ground - Epsom Community Tennis.  

Just Play Football sessions: 5pm-7pm; Court Recreation Ground 3G AstroTurf surface, Pound Lane, Epsom KT19 8SB. FA Mars Just Play centres allow anyone to get involved in playing football aged 16 or over. Cost £3 per session. For more information visit

Junior Table Tennis Sessions: 10.30am-12.30noon at Blenheim School. £4 per session. Open to 11-16 year olds. Contact Terry Bailey for more info at

During the week

Improve wellbeing with the Mary Frances Trust: A new Dance & Exercise class is running at the Ebbisham Centre, KT19 8AG every Wednesday, 10.15am-11am. Sessions are open to participants aged 18 and over and cater for any level of fitness or ability. To book your place please contact the Mary Frances Trust; or 01372 375400. The Mary Frances Trust provides information and services for people experiencing mental health difficulties, including the people who care for them. For more information visit

Fitsteps: Wednesdays and/or Mondays 8pm - 9pm, The Harrier Centre, King George's Recreational Ground, Poole Road, West Ewell KT19 9RY. Brand new class starts Wednesday 21 October. £5 per class (pay as you go). All abilities very welcome. Come alone or bring a friend. The brand new Latin & Ballroom Inspired Fitness Class. For more information contact Lauren on 07736031154 or email

Epsom Cricket Club - Winter Training Sessions: Tuesdays 8pm-9.30pm, Glyn School; Sundays 8pm-9pm; Epsom College. First session is FREE then £5 per session. Epsom CC is looking for new players for the 2015 season. The club caters for juniors from 5 to 17 years and adults. Contact Phil Edwards on 07903 769 612 or email: for more info or visit:

Wheels for All: At The Harrier Centre, King George's Recreational Ground, Poole Road, West Ewell KT19 9RY. Wheels for All is a project run by the charity Cycling Projects that makes cycling accessible to all and provides a range of adapted cycles making cycling an option for people who may find other forms of physical activity difficult. Sessions take place every Thursday for: Adults 1pm - 3.30 pm; Children and family sessions 3pm - 5.15pm & on Saturday's 1.30pm - 4pm. Cost £2 per person. For more information contact Ben Thomas on 07792616750, email or visit

Epsom Allsorts Running Club: Epsom Allsorts are a ladies only running club based in Epsom.  Members of all abilities meet at various venues around Epsom and Ewell for runs of 3 miles or more throughout the year. The club runs a beginners group each January and an annual 5 mile race in May.  More information about membership and club runs is available on the club’s website

Epsom Oddballs Running Club: Epsom Oddballs is a friendly running club catering for all running abilities. Our regular club meetings are on Tuesday evenings at or near to Horton Country Park for a training session, and on Thursday evenings and most Sunday evenings at various locations for a social run. We also enter teams in the Surrey cross-country league and other events, and a Surrey-based cross-country fun league meeting once a month. In addition, we do have a few internal events through the year. We welcome new members, who should join us for one or more of our regular weekly meetings beforehand. Further details can be found on our website,

Get into Golf: It doesn’t matter if you’ve never played golf or haven’t picked up a club since your school days or an almost-forgotten holiday. The Get into golf campaign, supported by Sport England and funded by the National Lottery, is now making the game more affordable and welcoming than ever before. A game of golf will see you walk around five miles and playing regularly will help you easily achieve the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. To get onto the next course running at Horton Park – visit

Epsom and Ewell Health Walks: Enjoy the outdoors, step into fitness and walk your way to health. Epsom and Ewell Health Walks is a voluntary group offering a full programme of healthy walks throughout Epsom and Ewell on three days of the week: Mondays (half hour), Wednesdays (one hour) and Sundays (one hour). All our walks are mapped out and led by trained walk leaders. Open to all ages and abilities. No booking required. Visit to view the latest Health Walk programme and location maps.

Ebbisham Sports Club


EzeeSport Classes: Children aged 3 - 5 years. Class times (term-time) for children aged - 3 - 4 years 10am - 10.45am; for children aged 3 - 5 years 4.30 - 5.15pm. Classes are held on the Tennish Court or Squash Court depending on the weather. For more inforamtion and to book a free trial call 07862 220 857 or email  or visit


Epsom & Ewell Squash Development Training: 4.15pm-5.30pm. £3 per session for 7-13 year olds. Contact Peter Crossman for more info;


BISI Badminton: 9am-10am - a fun introduction to badminton for children aged 4 to 8. £18 for 6 sessions. All equipment provided. For more info contact Ebbisham Sports Club no 01372 720647.

Cardio Tennis: Wednesdays only 9.30am - 10.30am. All sessions are held at the Ebbisham Sports Club, for more information email or visit

Rainbow Leisure Centre


Basketball: 5:30-6:30pm for 5-7 year olds and 6:30-7:30pm for 8-10 year olds.

Netball Now: 6.30pm—8pm, £15 for 6 weeks or £3 a session (open to women).

New! Futsal Sessions: Futsal is an indoor variant of football that helps develop improved awareness and movement. Futsal has long been used to develop skills for aspiring footballers with the small sided games challenging players to develop their skills in smaller spaces. Local sessions take place every Monday, 4pm - 5pm. The sessions are open to 7-12 year olds and the first session is FREE. To book please contact Sam Sandri; or 07801 269926.

Over 50s Cage Cricket: 1pm-2pm, Longmead Community Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom KT19 9HG. Cost £3 a session. Suitable for all abilities, beginners to experienced. All equipment provided. Places available on the day or booked by contacting Haidee Allen, email:, 07973 619884 or Neil Bunting, email:, 07900 430044. Website: Twitter: @CageCricketSE Facebook:


Judo: 5pm—6pm. For juniors aged 5—10 during term time. The sessions are designed for beginners.


Athletics Course: 4pm-5pm. Open to 5-10 year olds.

Smash Up Badminton: After a successful launch over the summer Smash Up Badminton is back! Sessions take place on Fridays at 3.45pm to 4.45pm for 7-10 year olds and 4.45pm to 5.45pm for 11-15 year olds. There is no need to book, just drop in! The cost is £2.85 per session.


Pre-School Gymnastics: 3.45pm-4.30pm & 4.30pm-5.15pm. Open to 3-4 year olds. Call Rainbow Leisure Centre on 01372 727277 to book.


Walking Football: 10.30-11.30am. Cost: £2.70 per session. Aimed at the over 55s, it is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game designed to help people keep an active lifestyle despite their age. Endorsed by Surrey FA, it is an excellent sport for those that want to try something new, as well as getting those back playing football who had to stop due to injuries. For more information contact Rainbow Leisure Centre on 01372 727277.

For all of the above to book or register (unless where stated) call Rainbow Leisure Centre on 01372 727277 or visit

Key Facts

Ruxley by-election

Ruxley ward in West Ewell has three seats on the Council, at present all three are held by the Residents Association. Due to a change in personal circumstances, Councillor Keith Partridge has resigned as the councillor for the ward. The resignation has triggered a by-election.

Four individuals have now come forward to stand as councillor, these are (in alphabetical order):

  • Alex Coley, Residents Association
  • Julia Rose Kirkland, Liberal Democrat
  • Themba Msika, Labour
  • Stephen James Pontin, Conservative

The by-election will take place in half term week on Thursday 15 February. The polling station will be at Epsom & Ewell High School, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell, KT19 9JW.

As well as the actual polling day, the other dates you need to be aware of are:

  • last date to register to vote in person  (if you are not already registered): Tuesday 30 January.
  • the deadline for postal vote applications is by no later than 5pm, Wednesday, 31 January. Postal votes will be sent out by 1st class post around 1 February and we expect them to arrive by 6 February.

  • the deadline to appoint a proxy is by no later than 5pm, Wednesday, 7 February. If after 5pm on 7 February you become unwell, or for work reasons cannot vote in person, the deadline to appoint an emergency proxy is 5pm, Thursday, 15 February. Contact our elections office on 01372 732000 for more information on how to arrange an emergency proxy.

Formal documentation and more details can be viewed on the by-election page on our website - here

Your Community

Out and about in the community

Need help to get a job?

The Ethos Project - Epsom Job Hub
Every Friday; 12noon - 2pm
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5AQ
Visit the job hub if you are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week, or ring Nanette Chandler on mobile: 07904 908871. No appointment needed. Laptops/internet for job searching, get help with online job searching, help with job applications and CVs.

Stoneleigh Job Club
Tuesdays 10am - 12noon
Stoneleigh Library, 1 The Broadway, Stoneleigh KT17 2JA
Helping you take the steps into work. This all ages Job Club is for you if you're - seeking your first job, changing your career, need help with your CV, interview skills and more. Website:, tel: 07941 231072, email:, Twitter: @stoneleighjobclub, Facebook: stoneleigh job club.

For when you need support

Epsom Safe Haven - when you need support in an emotional or mental health crisis.
Open every evening from 6pm - 11pm
The Larches 44 Waterloo Road Epsom Surrey KT19 8EX
Safe Haven offers help and support to anyone going through an emotional or mental health crisis. It's an informal, safe space that supports each individual to take control of, and improve, their own mental health. No appointments are necessary, the team will greet people as they arrive and support them in a way that suits their needs. For more information visit

Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell
Advice sessions, Wednesdays 2pm - 4pm
Ewell Foodbank, Ruxley Church, Ruxley Lane, Ewell KT19 0JG
Welfare benefits, money & credit problems, employment, education & healthcare, immigration & residency, human rights, family & personal issues. Want to know more? Visit or call the Foodback office on 0208 786 8221.

Action for Carers Surrey
There are new contact details for local carer support enquiries across Surrey. For more info please see:

Epsom & Ewell Talking Newspaper
Epsom & Ewell Talking Newspaper is a weekly free audio news service for those who have difficulty reading. The Newspaper service includes local borough news, magazine articles and general features recorded weekly and distributed on a memory stick to local residents who are blind, partially sighted or have difficulty reading. For more information call 01372 721519 and leave a message or visit

Let's Talk Epsom
Every Wednesday; 7.30pm - 9pm
St Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom KT19 8HA
A weekly self help group where people who are affected by any kind of depression can meet to share experiences and coping strategies with others in similar situations. For further details contact Allen 07817 471 656. Love Me - Love My Mind charity.

Leisure activities

Age Concern Epsom & Ewell - Meet us to help set up our men's group!
Tuesday 13 or Wednesday 14 February; 11am - 1pm
The Old Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom
Are you 65+? Live in Epsom & Ewell? Sometimes feel lonely or isolated? Like sharing activities? If so join our group. Contact Ian at Age Concern on 01372 732 463 or email: Please let us know if you need transport to attend.

Try Morris Dancing with Ewell St Mary's Morris Men
Thursdays; 8.30pm or when you can make it
Scout Hut, 106A West Street, Ewell KT17 1XR
No experience necessary. Contact us on 0208 3974763 or 07761 824646 or email: or visit our website: or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ewellmorrismen

New to filming? Come along and see what others have achieved - and get ideas to improve your own productions!
Join fellow enthusiasts at our meetings at 8pm in St Mary's Church Hall (opposite the church), London Road, Ewell
Friday 9 February - Club competitions: Non-holiday
For more information visit

Stoneleigh Community Library
For information on what's on see:

Salsa -  For Beginners & Improvers
Every Wednesday, 8.30pm-9.30pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
£8 per class/£6 for students and seniors. No booking required/no partner required. For more info visit or call mobile: 07584 188481.

Volunteers needed for local charities!

Conquest Art - Could you make a difference in the New Year?
Conquest Art is a charity inspiring people with disabilities and long term health issues to discover their creative energy and build self-confidence through art. Your few hours a week could make a real difference to people's lives. We are seeing volunteer helpers willing to support our art group in Epsom every Tuesday. Not every volunteer needs artistic ability, but you do need to be a 'people person' - enthusiastic, and ready to help create a friendly, welcoming environment where members feel relaxed and able to make the most of their time with us. Please contact us for more information and we can arrange for you to visit the group to see what the role involves and to meet the other volunteers and members. For further information phone Tina on 020 3044 2731.
Our five art  groups in the borough are at:
Epsom: every Tuesday; 2pm - 4pm; Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 5AQ
Ewell: every Monday; 1.30pm - 3.30pm; Christ Church Ewell, Cheam Road, Ewell, KT17 1AD
Cheam: every Thursday; 2pm - 4pm; St Paul’s Church Centre, Northey Avenue, Cheam, SM2 7HSStoneleigh: every Monday; 2pm - 4pm; Stoneleigh Methodist Church, Stoneleigh Crescent, Epsom, KT19 0RT.
Worcester Park: every Tuesday; 1.30pm - 3.30pm; St Mary’s Cuddington, The Avenue, Worcester Park, KT4 7HL
Why not visit one of the groups, give it a try, use your imagination and let your creativity flow!  All art materials are provided and you would receive a very warm welcome. Absolutely no art experience is necessary, just come along and join the fun. For more information, see: or call: 020 3044 2731 email:

Age Concern Epsom and Ewell - provide many opportunities and services  to support and empower older people in our community, but need help from volunteers. You can make a real difference! Just an hour or so of your time once a week can bring a smile and friendship to someone who has no one to talk to.
• Do you love to talk to people and have a cup of Tea?
• Could you accompany someone to a Day Centre?
• Do you like to go to Garden Centres and could take someone with you?
• Could you help someone to go clothes or present shopping?
• Do you drive and could take someone to a medical appointment?
• Could you help us to raise funds?
• Perhaps you have a specialist skill that could help us.
There are many exciting opportunities for volunteering roles within Age Concern Epsom & Ewell. Please contact Liz Hope, Volunteers Co-ordinator on tel: 01372 732458, email: and find out how to enrich your life for just a few hours a month. For more information visit 

The Sunnybank Trust are looking for volunteers for buddying, advocacy, fundraising, social clubs and penpals. Contact Felicity, tel: 01372 749871, email:

Princess Alice Hospice Neighbour volunteers - do you have a few hours to spare each week? Could you offer support to someone with a life-limiting illness? Could you give their family a much needed break? If you have answered yes to these questions, you may be the person we are looking for to join us as a Hospice Neighbour. For more information contact Margie Malthouse on tel: 01372 461805.

The Friends of the Royal Marsden urgently require volunteers to help in their busy Tea Bar which is situated in the Outpatients area. They provide a valuable service for patients, visitors and staff. If you can spare 4 hours per week/fortnight please contact Maureen Shaughnessy on a Tuesday on 020 8661 3082 who will be able to provide more information regarding this role. The Friends of the Royal Marsden raise funds for equipment and amenities for the Royal Marsden Hospital, Surrey and rely totally on volunteers to help achieve this. Surrey Charity number 1120637.

Morris Men support Mayor's charity

MorrisMen_MayorFor some, Boxing Day is a day for sport or going to the sales but in Ewell Village it is the day when hundreds turn out to watch the colourful Ewell St Mary’s Morris Men’s traditional Boxing Day dance tour of Ewell. Commencing at the Famous Green Man the tour culminates at the Mill, opposite the Wheatsheaf, with a traditional, Mummers play.

Aiding the Morris men with the Mummers Play this Boxing Day was Epsom & Ewell’s Mayor, Councillor Liz Frost who sportingly stepped in to deliver extra lines of infamy.

The generosity of the visitors attending the Morris Men tour contributed £1167 for charity which was divided between St Marys Church Ewell and The Mayor's Charities which includes: Epsom & Ewell Citizens Advice, Lower Mole Countryside Trust and the Sunnybank Trust.

Ewell St Marys Morris Men started their traditional Boxing Day tour last century and do not want the tradition to die out so are looking now for new fun loving recruits to join them to be ready for next year. To get involved or for more details check their Facebook page or send an email to

Picture: Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor Liz Frost receiving cheque from, Morris Men Ray Watson (Squire) and Alan Greenwood.


Epsom and Ewell Community and Wellbeing Centre

Weekly activities at the Epsom and Ewell Community and Wellbeing Centre

The Longmead Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom KT19 9HG. Tel: 01372 720563,

Lunch is served between 11.30am and 1pm daily. We have regular cake sales, clothes sales and bi-monthly special lunches with entertainment. For more information please see our website 

Due to unforeseen circumstance, the scheduled programmes of events may change, please contact us prior to attending your first class.






9.30am - 10.30am

Qigong Tai Chi-intermediate - Cost: £4.50(member) £9 (non-member)



10.45am - 11.45am

Keep Fit - Cost: £2.50 (member) £5 (non-member)



11am - 11.45am

Musical Bingo

Dining Room


12noon - 1pm

Qigong Tai Chi-beginners Cost: £4.50(member) £9(non-member)



1.15pm - 2.15pm

Cage Cricket - Cost: £1 (member) £2(non-member)



1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge


10.30am - 12.15pm

Chess Club

Small Lounge


10am - 11am

Tai Chi-intermediate - Cost: £5 (member) £10 (non-member)



11.15am - 12.15pm

Tai Chi-beginners - Cost: £5 (member) £10 (non-member)



11am - 11.45am

Table Quiz

Dining Room


11.15am - 12.15pm

Balance Class - Cost: £2.50 (member) £5 (non-member)

Park Lounge


1.30pm - 3.30pm

Whist Drive and Bridge

Dining Room


1.30pm - 3.30pm

Card making

Small Lounge


1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge


10.15am - 11.45am

Line Dancing - Cost: £4 (member) £8 (non-member)



11.30am - 12.15pm


Park Lounge


1.30pm - 2.30pm

Bingo £1 per card

Dining Room


1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge


2pm - 4pm

Longmead Songbirds - alternate weeks

Small Lounge


1.30pm - 3.30pm

Short Mat Bowls



11am - 12 noon

Chair Yoga - donation

Park Lounge


11.15am - 12.15pm

Yang Long Form Tai-Chi - Cost: £4 (member) £8 (non-member)



1.30pm to 3.30pm

Short Mat Bowls



1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge


9.30am - 11am

Singing for Pleasure (First and third Friday)



By Appointment

Massage by Stella Hines. To book please call into the office

Counselling Room


11am - 12 noon

Yoga with Lizzie - Cost: £5 (member) £10 (non-member)



1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge


1.15pm - 2.30pm

Bingo £1 per card

Dining Room


1.30pm - 3.30pm


Hall or Small Lounge


Your Council

Council meetings: January - February 2018


30      Environment Committee - budget meeting


01      Strategy and Resources Committee - budget meeting

06      Financial Policy Panel

08      Audit, Crime & Disorder and Scrutiny Committee

20      Council (determination of Council Tax) - budget meeting

22      Planning Committee

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