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Go!

Sitting in the traffic in South Street as Surrey County Council’s road improvements continue, the Christopher Morley quote sprung to mind – ‘April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks… go!'

Round the Borough Bike is all go at the moment. Registration is now open and, as spring breathes fresh life into the great outdoors, what better time to get out and explore the beautiful green spaces of our borough.

The major Rosebery Park pond refurbishment received a 'go' from councillors last year and the main part of the project is now complete; just in time as the wildlife get more active (the pigeons have certainly been enjoying the grass seed)!

We're hoping that can help some borough residents spring into a new job. The annual Epsom and Ewell Employment Fair takes place shortly and we're proud to be one of the organisations behind this opportunity for prospective employers to find a capable workforce and for those seeking work to find a new career.

This week, councillors gave the green light for a couple of major initiatives, one to further tackle anti-social behaviour and another to ensure we can continue to provide the services you demand in the face of our funding cuts - details inside.

In this issue there is also the monthly listings of community led activity and events, so start to make the most of the longer days and... let’s go!

News

Council getting tougher

Councillors have overwhelmingly backed plans to strengthen the council’s role in tackling anti-social behaviour and environmental nuisance.

While the borough is one of the safest places in the country, and the council already proactively tackles various anti-social behaviour issues through its various teams including park rangers, environmental health, licensing, community safety and street care officers and the parking enforcement team, the Council believes there is now scope to do even more.

Councillors are keen to target the environmental issues of litter, dog fouling, graffiti, fly tipping and nuisance behaviour relating to alcohol.

Tuesday’s Strategy and Recourses Committee agreed a new three pronged approach: 

  • Enhancing how the Council internal teams work together to better to coordinate action against all forms of anti-social nuisance 
  • Increasing engagement with partners (including Surrey Police, the Home Office, housing associations and the voluntary sector) to ensure a holistic approach that prevents and addresses all aspects of anti-social behaviour 
  • Increasing the level of enforcement action, specifically targeting persistent offenders, ensuring those who blight the borough are penalised.

Councillor Eber Kington, Chair of the Strategy & Resources Committee, said “We understand the frustration and upset that can be caused by nuisance and anti-social behaviour and we are determined to confront those that are having a detrimental effect on the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors the town. These are important issues for local people and by tackling them, we also aim to see the reduction of more serious crime”. 

“We live in a wonderful borough and these initiatives will help us ensure that everyone’s enjoyment of both the green and urban environment is not spoilt by a tiny minority” said Councillor Eber Kington. 

Earlier this month, six individuals fined by the council for fly-tipping and littering in Ewell. We had received a number of complaints about an accumulation of waste in two access roads off the Kingston Road. Having inspected and investigated the material, those responsible for contributing to the waste were been fined over £1,600. Council staff cleared up the area and will monitor the area. 

FlytipCouncillor Eber Kington was also keen to make the point that “Our Borough residents also play a vital role in helping to tackle anti-social behaviour. They can ensure the council is aware of an issue by reporting it to the Contact Centre and also by joining a neighbourhood watch group”.

An enterprising approach

EnterpriseCouncillors have agreed a package of measures that will enable Council services to be more enterprising and ensure that residents are able to access more of the paid for services that they want because they represent excellent value for money.

Following the Government’s decision to stop giving the Borough Council any Revenue Support Grant, the Council faces a projected budget gap of £600,000 by 2020/21. Just 22% of the council’s expenditure is generated through Council Tax so other sources of income continue to be vital in protecting core service delivery.

Councillor Eber Kington, Chair of the Strategy & Resources Committee, said “Despite the loss of government grant and other financial pressures we have not cut any service to our residents. However, going forward, we not only have to ensure that those services are cost effective but must also look to provide additional paid-for services that are of a high quality and reflect the changing needs of our residents”.

Ideas now being considered include the provision of services for those with higher needs, offering regulatory advice to local businesses, selling advertising space, the provision of a house clearance service and providing commercial grounds maintenance work. In addition, using the borough’s parks for events and increasing the use of council venues by commercial companies and for private functions are also key elements of the plan.

Councillor Eber Kington said: “The Council gives a very high priority to listening to its residents and ensuring that its services reflect what they need and want. More and more residents are asking us to offer new services especially to address their needs as they grow older”.  

Councillors have agreed that the council’s approach to being more enterprising would build on the positive aspects of commercial thinking and customer service practice that already exist within the organisation, alongside reinforcing the strong public service ethos that characterises the council, which continues to put the borough’s residents first.

Earlier this year the council instigated a commercial property enterprise which is already generating funds for service provision.

Councillor Kington added “the benefits of pursuing a more commercial approach are not purely financial. Becoming a more commercially focused organisation means putting the customer at the heart of everything we do, and doing so in a financially sustainable way. It is about actively encouraging creative thinking to develop more effective ways to deliver services that residents, businesses and visitors need and want”.

Local elections

Your elected representatives, councillors, represent you at a local level, either at borough or county level.

All local government councillors are elected for a term of four years, but the four-year cycle of elections is different for different councils. While there are local council elections in May, there are none for this borough.Microphone

Some councils elect a third of councillors each year for three out of the four-year cycle. In this borough we operate the ‘all out’ model, this means all of the 38 councillors representing the 13 wards in Epsom & Ewell are elected at the same time.

The next opportunity to elect borough councillors is in May 2019.

With a year to go, we have started to highlight that now is when those who want to represent their communities and get involved should start seriously considering their options.

In the last print Borough Insight, we featured what prospective councillors need to think about and we have now also included information on our website

Well regarded

Well blessingOn Sunday 25 March, as part of the Christ Church Epsom Common, Palm Sunday celebrations, the congregation and other visitors took part in a well blessing to mark the 400 year anniversary of the discovery of Epsom Salts and the establishment of Epsom as a spa town.

Local tradition tells how Epsom salts were discovered in water at Epsom Common in 1618. A villager called Henry Wicker was looking after animals during a dry summer and there was a shortage of water for his cattle. He found a trickle of water in the hollow of a cow’s hoof print and dug a hole. Returning the next day he found the hole was full with clear water. However his animals would not drink it because of its strong mineral taste. This water proved to have medicinal properties and Epsom rapidly became a prosperous health resort and spa.

People in the seventeenth century flocked to such places and inns and taverns were required to put up the visitors, while diversions and entertainments usually developed as well. One of the earliest of these places was Epsom.

There are a number of events planned this year to mark the anniversary, including this summer’s biennial Epsom arts festival, MGS04, which is themed ‘discovery’.

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Epsom Common Day, crowdfunding success

We have been asked to pass on the thanks to all those who have pledged funding by those involved in the crowdfunding activity for the Epsom Common Day.

The good news is that the target has been reached to allow an Epsom Common Day to take place this summer.

Epsom Common Day will be on Sunday 29 July 2018

This will be a not-for-profit community event, run by volunteers, so every pound raised will go towards the event itself (less the CrowdFunder.co.uk admin fees).spa logo

As well as the money raised by the public, the target of £3,500 was met thanks to the county councillors who cover this borough, who have pledged amounts from their ‘member allocation’ towards the event (each county councillor has a member allocation which they can use to assist community organisations deliver activities that benefit local people in their neighbourhood).

Fun family activities, live music and animal encounters are all planned, as is exciting scavenger hunt in the nature reserve'. This year commemorates 400th anniversary of the discovery of Epsom Salts on the Epsom Common. 

Epsom Common Day last took place in 2014.

Gambling licensing policy review

As the local licensing authority for the licensing of premises under the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005, the council has a duty to publish a statement of licensing policy with regard to the undertaking of its licensing functions. This policy is effective for no more than three years, after which it must be reviewed.

As the existing licensing policy has been effective since December 2015, a new policy will now need to come into effect by no later than 27 December 2018.

We are seeking views from residents and businesses as to whether you consider any amendments need to be made to the current licensing policy which can be viewed on our website at: https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/business/licensing-permits/gambling

Please send us your views by Thursday 24 May 2018 to licensing@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Help bag a saving by recycling your clothes and home textiles

TextilesRecycling_ShoesThe lead-up to summer is when many of us refresh our wardrobes and replace old clothes and home textiles. But don’t throw out the towel or banish your boots just yet; recycle them and help save money and the environment.

Simply put clean and dry clothes, textiles, shoes and accessories in a separate, sealed, clearly-labelled bag by your recycling bin. Shoes should be tied together in pairs. There are also textiles recycling banks at community recycling centres and in various locations around Epsom and Ewell.

All clothes and home textiles including towels, sheets, pairs of shoes, bags and socks can be recycled. However, stuffed items like duvets, pillows, cushions and quilts, and clothes and home textiles left in bin bags, untied carrier bags or recycling bins cannot be recycled.

Recycling all clothes and home textiles could save up to £4 million a year, which could be spent on other vital services. It also contributes towards a better environment.

To find out more about recycling clothes and home textiles, download the Recycle for Surrey app or visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk

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Pregnancy advice line launched

Earlier this month, a designated telephone advice and triage line was launched for pregnant women to access advice and support 24 hours day, 7 days a week from a midwife.

The line is available for women during pregnancy, labour and following the birth of their baby for women under the care of Royal Surrey County Hospital, Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals and Epsom and St Helier Hospitals.

One telephone number will connect to Surrey Heartlands Pregnancy Advice Line – 0300 123 5473.

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The advice line will:

  • Triage calls, assess any risks and signpost women to the most appropriate place for their care, providing easier access for all women to the right maternity care
  • Give women 24 hour access, 7 days a week to clinical advice from qualified midwives
  • Enhance links with emergency services when required for pregnancy-related health issues
  • Connect women with midwives who have up-to-date information on the capacity of each maternity unit, enabling the midwives to direct pregnant women to the best place for their care or birth at any time
  • Enable health professionals to get fast access to a midwife for advice or triage.

This local pregnancy advice line is part of the national NHS Better Births plan to transform maternity services for pregnant women and families with new born babies, offering personalised care. Surrey Heartlands is one of the first areas in the country to introduce this initiative which covers all aspects of the maternity pathway giving pregnant women, and the families of new born babies, a better package of care, more choice and easier access to midwives and other health professionals.

Midwives will be based in a bespoke call-centre hub at South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) Head Office in Crawley working in partnership with the SECAmb team. 

Health complaints service

If you didn’t receive the care you expect from the NHS, you have the right to make a complaint and be supported to make a complaint.

The Independent Health Complaints Advocacy service is provided for residents of Surrey by Healthwatch Surrey in partnership with Surrey Independent Living Council.

They can provide you with a trained advocate who can help guide you through the NHS complaints process to achieve a resolution.

Contact details: Telephone: 01483 310500 9am-5pm Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays); Website: www.surreyilc.org.uk; Email: nhsadvocacy@surreyilc.org.uk

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Youth mental health

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is holding a free event which will provide information about the support available to help young people cope with mental health and emotional difficulties.

The ‘Supporting Young People’ event will take place on Tuesday 24 April, 10am-1pm at Broadwater Pavilion, Guildford Rugby Club, Guildford Rd, Godalming, Surrey GU7 3DH.

The Trust, which provides mental health, learning disability and drug and alcohol services across Surrey and north east Hampshire, is inviting young people and their families, as well as members of the public, to join Governors, Trust members and staff for a morning of informative and interactive sessions.

The event will be hosted by professionals from the Trust, including members of staff from the Mindful Service, which provides emotional support to young people aged 16-25 who may otherwise be hard to reach. Colleagues from the Trust’s new Youth Counselling Service and Children and Young People’s Haven, an innovative drop-in service which allows young people in crisis to speak to a professional, will also be there to provide details on how they support young people.

Attendees will be able to visit a number of stands manned by local charities and organisations, including the CAMHS Youth Advisors (CYA), a group of 250 children and young people who all have experience of accessing mental health services.

If you are interested in attending please book a place through the Trust’s Membership and Engagement Team:

If this item is of interest to you, you may also be interested in the youth mental health course detailed in the Community section of this issue

Spotlight on

On yer bikes!

It's back!

The annual Round the Borough Bike takes place on Sunday 13 May.RTBB 2018

Beginners and keen cyclists alike are invited to explore this mostly off-road 20 miles route that joins up some of the most stunning scenery in Epsom and Ewell, including Epsom Downs, Epsom Common, Nonsuch Park, the Hogsmill and Horton Country Park.

Last year over 200 individuals took part.

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council launched the Round the Borough Bike in 2014, to build on the legacy of the London Olympics and the borough hosting stage 7 of the 2013 Tour of Britain.

Although the way is permanently marked, for the event marshals are in place at various points around the route, to ensure no one gets lost, and participants who complete the route will receive a certificate in recognition of their achievement.

Off-road cycles are recommended.

There will be a staggered start at Horton Country Park with the fastest leaving at around 9.15am with those wanting a more laid back experience departing at 9.30am

Registration is on-line via the Council website www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/rbhb until Thursday 10 May. Those unable to register on-line should aim to be at the start for 9am on the Sunday for registration.

Are you able to help volunteer at this popular event? We have roles for volunteer marshals out on the route and to help at the registration desk. If you are you are able to spare 2-3 hours at some point between 8am - 5pm during the day please fill in our online volunteer registration form. Once submitted your form will be sent directly and processed only by our Leisure Developments Team and no other third party.

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, until May 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: info@epsomlit.org.uk; website: www.epsomlit.org.uk.

Charity Car Boot Sale supported by AutoTest, Ewell in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund
Sundays 22 April, 6 and 27 May; 7.30am - 12.30pm
Cars £10, Small vans, MPV and 4WD £12, larger vans from £15, Trailers £3 each. Refreshments available. Toilets on site; main bus route - buses stop outside.  All entrance monies and vehicle fees will go towards the purchase of medical equipment for Epsom General Hospital which will benefit the local community. All profits from individual sales are for sellers to keep. No booking necessary. Hard standing so not cancelled due to rain. Do come along and support us either as a buyer or seller and who knows you might find that certain item you were looking for. Tell your friends! Help us help you! For more information visit www.emef.org.uk

April 2018

A Family History Open Day - People & Transport in the Nineteenth CenturyAgeConcern_RaceFlyer
Saturday 21 April; 10am - 3.30pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
Free event all day event. For more information see www.eastsurreyfhs.org.uk for details.

MaryFrancesTrustMary Frances Trust event - Join us and get your free book!
Tuesday 24 April; 6pm - 7pm
Safe Haven, The Larches, 44 Waterloo Road, Epsom KT9 8EX
Do come along and pick up your free book and talk to us about the Safe Haven and our Community Connections Service.
About the book: The Recovery Letters by James Withey and Olivia Sagan (eds.) is an anthology of inspirational, heartfelt letters written by people recovering from depression addressed to those who are currently affected by it. For more info contact Mary Frances Trust on 01372 375400, text 07929 024722 or email: info@maryfrancestrust.org.uk

A night at the races - Come and have a flutter at the Age Concern Epsom Ewell Derby, and see if you can pick a winner?
Friday 27 April; bar opens at 7pm and the first race is a 7.45pm
St Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom KT9 8HA
Cost: £10 per person includes delicious antipasti to share on your table. Book today! Call 01372 732456, email: bev.worsley@ageconcernepsom.org.uk or visit www.jumblebee.co.uk/anightattheraces

3Men and a Lady Charity Concert
Saturday 28 April; 7.30pm - 9.30pm
St Joseph's Church Hall, St Margaret's Drive, Epsom KT18 7LB
Free admission. An evening of popular music by local charity band 3Men and a Lady in aid of 'Faith in Action', a charity supported by St Joseph's Church.EwellCourtDuckRace

Duck Race
Saturday 28 April; 12noon onwards
The race starts at the Stepping Stones and finishes near the children's play area. Stalls & food from 12noon, duck sales & registration by 1pm, race starts at 2pm. Buy your duck, decorate it if you wish and see it race along the Hogsmill. Duck and entry forms available from: Ewell Court Post Office (179 Kingston Road), Vale Road Post Office (Stoneleigh), Smiths Newsagents (12 Ruxley Lane). Cost £2 each (corporate/family ducks are £10). Ducks must be registered by 1pm latest on the day of the race (tents near Stepping Stones starting line). Prizes awarded to the first six winners and three best dressed ducks! Food and ice creams available. For more details call the Duckline on 07914 670 182. In aid of Epsom Hospital Children's Casey ward.

The Epsom Model Railway Show 2018
Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 April; 10am - 5.30pm (Saturday) 5pm (Sunday)CharityWalkforPeace
NESCOT, Reigate Road, Ewell KT17 3DS
Cost: adults £7; children under 16, free. An extensive model railway exhibition featuring a new and exciting selection of some of the country's finest working layouts (large & small) in a variety of different scales showing steam, diesel and electric trains in action. Including 'Hornby Junction' where children of all ages can drive the trains. Miniature railway providing steam train rides in the car park. Trade stands, modelling demonstrations, refreshments. Ample free parking on site, with level access (no steps) to the exhibition halls. Alternately a 10 minute walk (direct footpath) from Ewell East Station. An event offering something for all the family and enthusiast alike.

Charity Walk for Peace
Sunday 29 April
Windsor Great Park
Family event, all welcome. Free entry, registration required. Wonderful, scenic route. Charity stalls. Activities, exhibitions, free breakfast and lunch. 100% of donations go to charity. To register visit www.charitywalkforpeace.org/registration Website: www.charitywalkforpeace.org phone: 020 8874 6630.

Charity Golf Day
Monday 30 April
Epsom Downs Golf Club
Tea/coffee with bacon roll from 9am, tee-off 10am. Teams of 4 £50 per head. Late light lunch and prizes. A great way to support your local community. For more information and to book email Doug Clasby: dougclasby@gmail.com In aid of the Mayor's charities - The Sunnybank Trust, Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell and Lower Mole Countryside Trust. For more information visit www.mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk

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The Armed Man / Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto
Thursday 3 May; 7.30pm
St Mary's Church, London Road, Ewell
The Ewell Castle School presents a concert to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. Ticket price: £5.00 - £10.00. Box Office: 020 8393 1413 or visit https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/463277

Colour in the garden all year round - a talk by Clair Brown
Tuesday 8 May; 8pm - 10pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
A talk by Claire Brown, owner of a cut flower farm in Surrey. Members £3; visitors £4 includes refreshments and a raffle. For more information visit www.ewellhortassn.co.uk

1918: The Year of Victory
Thursday 10 May; 2pm - 4pm
The Rosebery Room, The Ebbisham Centre, Epsom Square KT19 8AGTheYearofVictory
This two hour, free taster history course will explain some of the fascinating, less well known facts about the Great War: including how military setbacks led to German mutiny and revolution on the homefront. To book your free place, visit: www.wea.org.uk or call 0300 303 3464 quoting: C3742629.

St Mary's Ewell Spring Market
Saturday 12 May; 10am - 12noon
Church Hall (London Road)
Please bring donations from 8.30am. Alternatively items for sale can be brought to the Church Hall on Friday 11 May between 6.30pm-8pm. Plants. books, bric-a-brac, cakes, raffle and refreshments.

Guide and Brownie Jumble Sale
Saturday 12 May; 1.30pm - 3pm
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom
Admission 50p. Refreshments available. In aid of Epsom Methodist Brownies, Guides and Rainbows.

St Martin's Pre-school Spring Fair
Saturday 12 May; 2pm - 4pm
Worple Road, Epsom KT18 7AA
Raffle, games and prizes! Entry cost: adults £1.50, kids free.

Epsom and Ewell U3A (The University of the Third Age) - Open House
Monday 14 May; 10am - 12noon
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell
Reitred or nearing it? Then welcome to our Open House. Learn about our monthly talks, special interest groups, theatre trips, outings and holidays and more! Visit https://u3asites.org.uk/epsom-ewell or email: u3aepsom@gmail.com 

LeMansDinnerThe Legends of Le Mans Dinner 2018
Thursday 17 May; 7pm - midnight
The Royal Automobile Club, Woodcote Park, Wilmerhatch Lane, Epsom KT18 7EW
The Legends of Le Mans Dinner is a unique event that celebrates the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, 24 Hours of Le Mans. Join Charity Patrons, Derek Bell, David Brabham, Ross Brawn, Martin Brundle, Nick Fry and David Richards along with Harry Tincknell, Andy Priaulx, Marion Franchitti and many other notable racing drivers and VIP guests. Enjoy a champagne reception around a showcase of iconic Le Mans cars. Motorsport commentator Jonathan Legard will host joined by fellow broadcaster Simon Taylor who will interview the drivers throughout dinner, sharing their inspirational, witty and often surprising anecdotes with guests. Includes Champagne Reception and 3 course dinner accompanied by wine. Dress Code: Black Tie. Cost: Individual at £185, Table of 10 at £1,800, Driver Hosted Table of 12 (including driver and guest) at £2,500. For more information contact Emma Bowles, phone: 01666 505055, email: info@hopefortomorrow.org.uk

Vintage & Vinyl Fair
Saturday 19 May; 11am - 4pm
The Stables at the Albion pub Epsom
Set in the charming stables at the rear of the Albion, the inner courtyard and the back section of the pub these fairs will offer a lovely mix of crafts along with vintage and vinyl traders. For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vintage-and-vinyl-fair-epsom-tickets-44957313535; Facebook page: www.facebook.com/vintageandvinylepsom/

This month at the Epsom Playhouse

Music

Material Girl - Thursday 3 May - With incredible vocals, amazing dancers, video footage and narration, audiences are taken on a journey through the scandals, the controversy and of course the music of one of the world’s most iconic figures, the queen of pop, Madonna. Told through the eyes of leading lady, Jodie Jackson, audiences will hear stories and little known facts about Madonna as the show follows her career and music through her 35 years at the top.
TrexHow Sweet it is, Greatest Hits of Motown
- Wednesday 9 May - Now in its 17th successive year, this stunning 100% live show combines first class music with the slickest choreography and an amazing band, to deliver truly outstanding performances for the best Motown experience you will ever have!

T.Rextasy - Friday 11 May - Marc Bolan, with his band T.Rex, was one of the most flamboyant and charismatic stars of the original glam rock era. T.Rextasy have been performing around the world for over 20 years, a career that ironically out lives Marc’s very own T.Rex. They have become widely accepted as the world’s only official tribute show dedicated to Marc Bolan and T.Rex, and the band has been described by many as ‘beyond the boundaries of tribute’.

Epsom Male Voice Choir - Saturday 12 May - With musical director Ian Assersohn, with accompanist Lynda Chang and this year's special musical guest, award-winning harpist Luisa-Maria Cordell. The thrilling power of the male choir sound and the choir’s growing reputation for musical excellence and versatility guarantee another uplifting and entertaining evening of music

Oliver - Wednesday 16 May- Saturday 19 May - BANOS Musical Theatre present Lionel Bart’s hit musical. The musical is based upon the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Everyone relishes the story of the boy from the workhouse presided over by Mr. Bumble, falling foul of Fagin and his gang and being rescued by Mr. Brownlow. There is the tragic Nancy and the villainous Bill Sykes.

Simply Luther, - If Only For One Night - Tuesday 22 May - The music of Luther Vandross has had huge impact on a whole generation, Steve Williamson doesn't mimic Luther; he plays tribute to a legend who left us far too early. His voice will leave you tingling and spellbound as he performs all of Luther Vandross’s popular hits.

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Comedy

Shazia Mirza - Tuesday 8 May - Lies, truth, nudity and the periodic table: these things hold the key to the future. What do you wear? Where do you go? And will they let you in? You can do what you like, just don't wear more than dental floss on a French beach. Following her critically acclaimed 2016 sell-out international tour, Shazia's new show is about lies, lies and more lies (the truth is so 1980s) and it’s With Love From St. Tropez.

Patrick Monahan - Sunday 20 May - Brand new stand up show from multi award winning Patrick Monahan and inspired by his Irish/Iranian/Teeside teens in the 90's. Identity cards, ‘Cool Britannia’, Drink and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll’ were some of the trademarks of the 1990's but for the Teetotal and drug free Monahan it was ‘cake and tea and R ‘n’ B!’

 

Drama

The Full Monty - Wednesday 25 - Saturday 28 April - Epsom Players present the story of six unemployed steelworkers who, low on both cash and prospects, decide to present a strip act at a local club after seeing their wives' enthusiasm for a touring company of Chippendales. One of them, declares that their show will be better than the Chippendales dancers because they'll go 'The Full Monty' and strip all the way. As they prepare for the show, working through their fears, self-consciousness and anxieties, they overcome their inner demons and find strength in their camaraderie (contains nudity and adult themes).

 

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Katie Piper- Thursday 10 May - "Discover how to be the best version of you" In March 2008 sulphuric acid was thrown in Katie’s face. The attack, which blinded Piper in one eye, was arranged an ex-boyfriend. Surgeons had to remove all the skin from her face before rebuilding it with a skin substitute and a skin graft. Katie Piper is opening her own diaries, photo albums and personal memories in this most intimate and revealing talk about her life.

Jason Donovan and his Amazing Midlife Crisis - Wednesday 23 May This autobiographical show will take Jason’s looming 50th birthday as its starting point and will zigzag back and forth through his life. Hear some new stories (and possibly one or two you’ve heard before) plus some of the songs you know and love for a night like no other!

 

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

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club

 

The 1918 flu pandemicBHMKC_flupandemic
Saturday 12 May; 1pm - 2.30pm
The 1918 flu pandemic was a lethal outbreak of influenza which infected 500 million people around the world, including remote Pacific islands and the Arctic, and resulted in the deaths of 50 to 100 million (three to five percent of the world's population) making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history. It killed the young and not the old, and was spread around the world by troops returning home after the First World War. It was known as Spanish flu because the other warring countries of Europe would not admit to having it – Spain did because it was neutral, and its King almost died. Discover the effects of this outbreak and the efforts to counteract it.

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club is for young people 8+ who love history. 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: dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk Visit What's On at: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk

For more info visit http://www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk/BourneHallMuseumClub.html

 

Explore Epsom and Ewell

Walking has many health benefits. Why not join in our various guided walks to explore your local nature reserves and your borough's history too.

 

Countryside guided walks

BluebellsSpringtime woodland walk                
Sunday 22 April; 2pm - 5pm
Meet at the Information Centre. Spot bluebells in full bloom on this guided walk to explore Horton County Park's spring time beauty.

Epsom Common natural history walkEpsomCommonLNR
Sunday 20 May; 2pm - 5pm
Meet at the Stew Pond car park. Explore Epsom Common's natural history on this guided walk.

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. To book a place please contact one of our Countryside Team, email: contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk phone: 01372 732000 or visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk 

Epsom Common Association

Early morning bird walk
Sunday 6 May; 7.30am
Join local bird expert Tony Quinn for a walk across Epsom Common to see and hear a variety of bird species. Meet at Stew Pond car park, Christ Church Road, B280, Epsom Common. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear; duration of walk two to three hours. For more information visit www.epsomcommon.org.uk

Epsom and Ewell health walks
Epsom and Ewell health walks cater for all abilities. There are shot 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 www.epsomandewellhealthwalks.org.uk/

New! Employment Fair

Local organisations are partnering to bring local people in need of work into contact with local employers.

The Epsom and Ewell Employment Fair is an initiative of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Rosebery Housing Association, the Ethos Project, The Best of Epsom & Ewell, What’s on in Epsom & Ewell and Surrey County Council.

Come along to the free Epsom and Ewell Employment Fair on Friday 18 May, 11am-3pm, Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road KT18 5AQ. Meet with employers such as T-Brown, Mencap, Nescot College and more!

To find out more visit www.rosebery.org.uk/employment-fair

To book your place on Eventbrite click here

Follow/Like on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/EpsomandEwellEmploymentFair/

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New! Yoga at Ewell Court House

YogaFeel better in your body and better in your mind. Yoga is the perfect antidote to the turbulence of everyday life.

Every Tuesday from 22 May

  • 7pm - 8pm Vinyasa flow
  • 8pm - 9pm Slow flow and restore

All levels welcome.

To book a class of for more information call 07868 169986

Or email rose.tregidgo@gmail.com

Facebook: @YogaWithRoseEwell

£10 per class

Ewell Court House, Lakehurst Road, Ewell, KT19 0EB

New! Epsom Square party

Everyone is invited to Epsom Square's May Party on Saturday 12 May.

There will be free live music, family entertainment and fun activities, plus tasty special offers on food and drink.

Epsom Square comprises the former Derby Square, Oaks Square and the Ebbisham Centre it is an independently run plaza and indoor hub withrestaurants, entertainment, lifestyle and community services, including Epsom library.

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Image: Courtesy Epsom Square

Try Bowls at open days across the borough

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Energize Epsom and Ewell

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#DYK: Leisure Listings is a free online directory of leisure facilities and organisations within Epsom and Ewell. To promote your club or organisation please visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/leisurelistings and complete a permissions form. 

For sport opportunities taking place across the borough visit our website - www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk There's something for everyone!

Follow @epsomewellbc on Instagram! For sporting and leisure opportunities throughout the year; scenic images of your borough's countryside and a showcase featuring our very own Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 2018 Young Ambassador team! If you have had sporting success or have some wonderful images of your walks out and about in the borough do tag us in your pics using #yourepsomewell

SurreyYouthGames

Still time to register for the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games!
If you're child is aged 7-16 and would like to try a new sport, find out more and register today at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/syg
Some of the training sessions for a chance to be part of Team Epsom & Ewell have just started but spaces are still available for the sports listed below:

Sport

School Years

Gender

Club Members?

Boccia U13

3-8

Mixed

Eligible

Boccia U18

9-11

Mixed

Eligible

Boxing

7-11

Mixed (boys and girls compete separately)

Not eligible (if they have a BCR1 card)

Football U9

3 & 4

Girls

Not eligible

Football U11

5 & 6

Girls

Not eligible

Touch Rugby

5 & 6

Girls

Eligible

Squash

6 – 8

Mixed

Not eligible

Follow @EpsomEwellBC on Instagram to find out what our Young Ambassadors have to say about the Games!

New! Better activities at Rainbow Leisure Centre Judo
Judo - Tuesdays during term time; 5pm - 6pm: Sessions are designed for new players aged between 9-13 years old. Cost: £65.10 for a block of 14 sessions.

ArcheryArchery
Junior Arrows - Saturdays 12, 19 & 26 May; 9am - 10am and 10am - 11am: Junior Arrows takes children aged 5-10 years old through basic skills so they can confidently use the archery equipment and shoot on target. It is essential that parents or guardians remain with their child in the bowls hall for the duration of the session. Cost: 3 x 1hour Junior Arrows course £15.

Beginners (11+ years): Saturdays 12, 19 & 26 May; 11am-1pm: Beginner courses are aimed at children aged 11+. The children use larger bows and real arrows so it is essential to attend for those who want to progress to the Have-A-Go drop in sessions. For those aged 11-17 (inclusive), accompanying adults will need to stay with the participant for the whole class. Cost 3 x 2 hour Beginners course Junior (11-17): £30. Adult Standard: £60 Adult Concession: £45

Have-a-Go sessions: Saturdays 12, 19 & 26 May; Induction/Have-a-Go (11+ years old): 1.15pm - 2.15pm: Those with previous archery experience can enjoy the Have-A-Go sessions that offer a chance to brush up on old skills. All the equipment is provided. If you are a little rusty you’ll need to complete an induction session first. Cost (1hr Have-a-Go Session): Adult standard £10; Adult Concession £7.50; Junior (11-17) £5.

Beginner Ballet - Tuesdays during term time; 4pm - 4.30pm (3+ years), 4.30pm - 5pm (4+ years); 5pm - 5.30pm (5-6 years); 5.30pm - 6pm (7+ years)Ballet
Discover the world of dance with Better’s beginner ballet programme aimed at 3-7 year olds. Little ones can take their first steps in ballet through music and movement using an imaginative approach that encourages your child to develop a sense of direction, rhythm and balance. Cost £70 for a block of 14 sessions.

Contact: Clare Lywood, phone: 01372 727277, email: rainbow@gll.org

WalkingNetballWalking Netball - for women aged 55+ - Wednesdays; 1.30pm - 3pm: All abilities are welcome to take part in this fun and friendly session. Learn new skills whether you’re a beginner or want to continue playing at a slightly slower pace! Warm up drills including throwing, catching, footwork, shooting and partner skills are followed up with a game. Cost: Free to CLUB 55+ members; £2.95 for non-members.

Contact: Alison McDowall, phone: 01372 72727, email: alison.mcdowall@gll.org 

Ladies Festival of FootballWandgasLadies
Monday 28 May; 11am - 4pm
Wandgas FC are looking to recruit more women to be part of a new ladies team at the club. The club are kicking off with a Ladies Festival of Football which will include various activities: Free 5-a-side games, Beat the keeper, BBQ, Raffle, Meet the Managers. All abilities and families are welcome. The club will also be hosting Ladies Team Trials on 3, 10 & 17 June. For more information, visit the Wandgas FC website: https://www.wandgasfc.net/

EpsomCricketClubEpsom Cricket Club - Twenty20 Community Cricket Camps for boys and girls aged 5-15
29 May - 1 June; 23 - 27 July; 20 - 24 August
5 to 15 year olds can have fun and learn new cricket skills with the experienced Twenty20 coaching team. For more information or to book online visit: www.twenty20cricketcompany.com/book (There is a 10% discount for club members using the code EPSOM).

Ewell Cricket Club - new members welcome!EwellCricketClub
Ewell Cricket Club are welcoming new players to their junior and adult sections. The junior section caters for boys and girls aged 6 years and over. New and experienced players are welcome to join both sections. For more information please contact info@ewellcricketclub.com or visit the club’s website: www.ewellcricketclub.com.

Wanted! Chairman for the Surrey Playing Fields
The Surrey Playing Fields (SPF) is an independent, voluntary sports organisation that has been serving the county since 1927. The SPF primary aim is to ensure that sufficient outdoor playing spaces exist in the county for both formal and informal sport and recreation. The SPF volunteers also work in partnership with other bodies to make a difference.SurreyPlayingFields

The SPF are looking for a new chairman to lead the organisation. If you or someone you know is passionate about sport and active lifestyles and possess good leadership qualities, then the SPF would love for you to get in contact. Please contact the Secretary Heather Dean by email: aandhdean@gmail.com to arrange an informal chat or to find out more information. The deadline date for expressions of interest is 30 April 2018.

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 6 May. 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 - http://www.surreymarkets.co.uk/epsom-market/

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.

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Key Facts

Bread isn't all it's quacked up to be

“Don’t cast your bread upon the waters” was the message from the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor Liz Frost, as she inspected the newly refurbished pond in Rosebery Park.Pond 1

For many people, feeding ducks bread is not only a way to interact with wildlife, but it is also a handy way to dispose of old, stale bread. The RSPB have warned that waterfowl are likely to fill up on bread, which has no real nutritional value, instead of eating more healthy types of food. 

In the past, a few stale crust fed to the ducks was a bit of a ritual. Now park rangers report people buying whole loaves of cheap bread just to feed the ducks.

  • ducks and geese need a varied diet to be healthy, bread doesn't have much nutritional value and fills ducks up so they don't forage for foods they would naturally eat, which can lead to malnutrition and other disorders
  • mouldy bread can cause aspergillosis in waterfowl, a lung condition that is contracted from inhaling fungi spores
  • uneaten bread can encourage pests, such as rats
  • a heavy carbohydrate diet creates excessive amounts of bird droppings which can reduce water quality, spreads disease and encourages the growth of harmful algae in the water

We don’t want to stop people feeding the ducks, geese and other waterfowl on the pond or elsewhere, and the RSPB and others recommend:

  • Seedless grapes that have been cut in half
  • Cracked corn, oats and other grains
  • peas or sweetcorn (fresh, tinned or defrosted)
  • chopped lettuce
  • diced cucumber
  • Duck and swan food that has been specially formulated for waterfowl, available from pet shops and on the internet and it even floats so the ducks can find it more easily!

Not impressed with bread, an observer at the pond last week!

The Mayor was inspecting the pond following a major refurbishment and rebuild.

In 1913, Lord Rosebery gave the horsehead shaped piece of land to the council with the instruction that it was to be preserved and maintained as a public pleasure ground for the ‘resort and recreation’ of the inhabitants of Epsom. It was named Rosebery Park in gratitude.

The area had always been a bit marshy, as water flows underground down from what is now Mounthill Gardens, and it is probably why the area was not built on as the town grew. We do not know if the pond was here before the park, but we do know that the pond was extended in 1914 as the park was developed. Since that time, generations have enjoyed it and the waterfowl it attracts.

This pond is an iconic part of the park but 100 years had taken its toll. A couple of years ago it became apparent that the council’s routine maintenance was no longer enough. The edges of the pond were being seriously undermined and the banks were in danger of collapse.

When repair work got underway at the start of the year and the pond drained, it revealed that the damage was far worse than anticipated. Also there had been a huge build-up of silt, which had to be disposed of in a way that meets current safety legislation.

The mayor commented “As specified by Lord Rosebery when he gave the land, the council is accountable to maintain this valued asset, and it is great that in this spirit the pond has now been expertly repaired and refurbished. I would like to thank everyone responsible for the work undertaken – it not only looks fantastic but stands ready for the next 100 years and for future generations to enjoy”.

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The Friends of Rosebery Park join the Mayor and Council staff at the pond last week
(photographs on this page courtesy of 'What's on in Epsom')

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Your Community

Out and about in the community

WEA courses

Working with vulnerable adults - Free workshops for volunteers
Thursday 26 April
Rosebery Room, Ebbisham Centre, Epsom Square
Skills required when working with vulnerable adults, different types of abuse, understanding responsibilities. Tutor: Emma Hall. To book your place on this course contact email: samanthajohnson@wea.org.uk, phone: 07825112798.

IT Skills for Work
Friday 27 April (and every Friday for 5 weeks); 10am - 12noon
The Longmead Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom KT19 9HG
This 5 week programme is ideal for anyone wanting learn or brush up on vital IT Skills for work or looking to find work. All equipment provided. Topics include: Searching & Applying for jobs on- line; Basic IT skills for work (emailing, filing, excel etc.). Cost £30 (free to those receiving Income Related benefits). Facilitator: Gill Futcher. To book visit www.wea.org.uk Course code: C3742569 or phone 0300 303 3464 or contact Sam Johnson on 07825 112798 or email: samanthajohnson@wea.org.uk

An introduction to Health & Safety in the Workplace
Tuesday 1 May (and every Tuesday for 6 weeks excluding May half-term); 9.45am - 12.15pm
Rosebery Room, Ebbisham Centre, Epsom Square KT19 8AG
This 6 week programme is an accredited City and Guilds course ideal for anyone wanting to gain a work related qualification in Health and Safety. Topics include: Recognising and responding to hazards at work; Safe working practices; Manual Handling; Relevant legislation and responsibilities. Cost: £45 (free to those receiving Income related benefits). Facilitator: Lesly Brandon. To book visit www.wea.org.uk Course code: C3742568 or phone 0300 303 3464 or contact Sam Johnson on 07825 112798 or email: samanthajohnson@wea.org.uk

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 www.surreydownsccg.nhs.uk/emotionalwellbeing

Age Concern Epsom and Ewell - A men's group opportunity
Are you 65+ and living in the borough? Would you like to meet likeminded men to share activities of your choice? We are here to enable you to do this!
Call Ian on 01372 732463 or email: ian.parsons@ageconcernepsom.org.uk

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 www.caee.org.uk/uk/news 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: http://www.actionforcarers.org.uk/what-we-do/adult-carer-support/

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 www.eetn.org.uk

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

Conquest Art - Enriching the lives of people with disabilities
Conquest Art is a charity that work with those whose life is limited by disability and health issues, working creatively can bring relief, relaxation and an improvement in wellbeing and our groups also bring the opportunity to make new friends. 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.

Locations and timings for our five art Groups in Cheam, Ewell, Epsom, Stoneleigh and Worcester Park:
Mondays
Ewell: 1pm - 4pm; Christ Church Ewell, Cheam Road, Ewell, KT17 1AD
Stoneleigh: 2pm - 4pm; Stoneleigh Methodist Church, Stoneleigh Crescent, Epsom KT19 0RT
Tuesdays
Epsom: 2pm - 4pm; Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 5AQ
Worcester Park: 1.30pm - 3.30pm, St Mary’s Cuddington, The Avenue, Worcester Park, KT4 7HL
Thursdays
Cheam: 2pm - 4pm; St Paul’s Church Centre, Northey Avenue, Cheam, SM2 7HS

Volunteers are the people who make Conquest Art possible. Could you join the team?
Your few hours a week could make a real difference to people's lives. All our art groups need a team of volunteers with a variety of different gifts from organisational skills, artistic experience to someone dealing with the money or making the tea. But most of all we need your enthusiasm.
We are currently seeking volunteer helpers willing to support our art group held at the Epsom Methodist Church every Tuesday from 2pm - 4pm. 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. Phone Tina on 020 3044 2731, email: enquiries@conquestart.org or visit www.conquestart.org

Stoneleigh Community Library
For information on what's on see: http://www.surreycommunity.info/stoneleighcommunitylibrary/

Banstead Tuesday Club
Tuesdays; 10.30am - 3pm
United Reformed Church, Woodmansterne Lane, Banstead SM7 2EX
A social club for people with dementia and their carer. Guest speakers, entertainers, craft activities, music and appropriate refreshment throughout the day. Come along to see if you would like ot join or contact Lyn on 07546 958299 for more information.

The Heart & Soul Epsom Choir
Wednesdays; 8pm - 9.30pm
Unity Hall, Depot Road, Epsom KT17 4RJ
Do you enjoy singing? Fancy a little pick-me-up every week? Then come and join us. No audition, no neeed to be able to read music - just pitch up and sing! Bring a friend if you liek and come for a free trial session. To find out more and to book your free trial session call 07745 852836, email: roz@heartandsoulchoir.com or visit www.heartandsoulchoir.co.uk

An evening of meditation
Wednesdays; 7.30pm - 8.30pm (please arrive by 7.15pm)
Ewell Court House, Lakehurst Road, Ewell KT19 0EB
An introduction to meditation and mindfulness. Blankets, cushions and water will be provided. Please feel free to bring along an extra blanket. Cost £10 per session. Contact Susan Kinsey at Purple Feather to book on 07762 727 511 or email: susankinsey36@gmail.com Booking is necessary as spaces are limited.

Salsa -  For Beginners & Improvers
Wednesdays, 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 www.lovetosalsa.co.uk or call mobile: 07584 188481.

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: contact@ewellmorris.co.uk or visit our website: www.ewellmorris.co.uk or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ewellmorrismen

Musical memories
Thursdays; 2pm - 3.30pm
The King's Church, Gibraltar Crescent (off Longmead Road), West Ewell KT19 9BU
Come with a friend or carer! Singing is a good physical exercise and when we sing together we listen to each other, we laugh together and we share happy moments and memories. Come and sing songs you love, new songs and songs you thought you had forgotten. A group especially for those with memory problems. For more details call Barbara on 0777 574 1994 or 01306 884 656.

D-Caf Banstead
Third Thursday of every month; 6pm - 8pm
The Banstead Centre, The Horseshoe, Banstead SM7 2BQ
An evening for people who have dementia, their carers and family. Come and join our friendly group for a chatter, tea or coffee, sandwich and cake. Transport is available for people living in Epsom and Ewell. £3 charged to cover costs. Just come along or contact Lyn on 07546 958299.

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: www.stoneleighjobclub.co.uk, tel: 07941 231072, email: stoneleighjobclub@gmail.com, Twitter: @stoneleighjobclub, Facebook: stoneleigh job club.

New! Butties and banter – armed forces breakfast club

BaconOver the past year veterans' breakfast clubs have been springing up across the country, with ex-service members gathering on Saturday or Sunday mornings for bacon butties and a bit of banter.

Breakfast Clubs are an excellent example of self-help within the armed forces community. They began as a local initiative in Hull in  2007, but quickly developed into a nationwide network. They provide an opportunity for ex-Servicemen and women to meet up to share common interests and concerns and to talk through some of the challenges they face.

The local breakfast club takes place at 9.30am every Sunday at the Weatherspoon’s (The Assembly Rooms) in the Market Place. Anybody with a connection to the Armed Services is welcome.

New! Care Home Open Day

A care home in Epsom is inviting local people to visit the home to join in its celebrations for Care Home Open Day.

On Saturday 21 April, from 11am-5pm, Care UK’s Appleby House on Longmead Road, Epsom has organised a Commonwealth themed party to celebrate the open day.

Visitors at Appleby House can look forward to an afternoon of live entertainment from a local choir, as well as music from Chris Clark and Rock & Roll band, Semi Circle.

For younger guests, there will be a bouncy castle and a special visit from Millers Ark Farm.

A selection of refreshments will be on offer, including a delicious barbecue and cake buffet.

Creative Minds will also be hosting a workshop at the event, and there will be a special visit from Mo-Ichodo Karate Junior Club, who will be providing demonstrations throughout the day.

The Care UK team are also looking forward to welcoming Age Concern and the Dementia Action Alliance, who will have stalls in the home’s garden – and will be on hand to provide help and advice.

Shona Bradbury, home manager at Appleby House, said: “At Appleby House, we’re always looking for ways to get to know our neighbours better and build relationships with the local community. Care Home Open Day is a brilliant way of bringing generations together for a fun-filled day, showcasing all that the home has to offer. “We look forward to welcoming the people of Epsom for what promises to be another fantastic open day.”

Visitors to the Care Home Open Day event at Appleby House will also be able to pick up their copy of Care UK’s guide, A Helping Hand.

To find out more about Appleby House care home’s Care Home Open Day celebrations, please call please call 0333 4343 002 or email home manager Shona Bradbury on shona.bradbury@careuk.com(link sends e-mail).

To find out more about Care Home Open Day, please go to www.careuk.com/carehomeopenday  For more general information about Appleby House, please visit www.careuk.com/appleby-house

New! Youth mental health first aid course

It is a sad statistic that 1 in 10 children aged 10-16 have a clinically diagnosed mental health problem

Work Stress Solutions is an Epsom-based charity with a great deal of expertise in working with young people.

After the successful introduction of their Youth Mental Health First Aid Course, they are running a third course:

  • Dates: Monday 30 April and Tuesday 1 May
  • Time:  9am to 5pm
  • Venue: Flintstone, Wilmerhatch Lane, Epsom, KT18 7EH

The course is led by experienced instructors and presented in a welcoming environment - it is an invaluable source of knowledge, skills and understanding of mental health issues affecting young people. 

At the end of the two day course delegates will become qualified Youth Mental Health First Aiders.

The usual cost of this course is £300 but it is being offering it at a reduced cost of £220.

If you would like to book a place on this course or find out more information please email admin@workstresssolutions.org.uk

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, email:longmead@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

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.

Day

Time

Activity

Where

Monday

9.30am - 10.30am

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

Hall

 

10.45am - 11.45am

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

Hall

 

11am - 11.45am

Musical Bingo

Dining Room

 

12noon - 1pm

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

Hall

 

1.15pm - 2.15pm

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

Hall

 

1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge

Tuesday

10.30am - 12.15pm

Chess Club

Small Lounge

 

10am - 11am

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

Hall

 

11.15am - 12.15pm

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

Hall

 

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

Wednesday

10.15am - 11.45am

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

Hall

 

11.30am - 12.15pm

Activities

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

Hall

Thursday

11am - 12 noon

Chair Yoga - donation

Park Lounge

 

11.15am - 12.15pm

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

Hall

 

1.30pm to 3.30pm

Short Mat Bowls

Hall

 

1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge

 Friday

9.30am - 11am

Singing for Pleasure (First and third Friday)

Hall

 

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)

Hall

 

1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge

 

1.15pm - 2.30pm

Bingo £1 per card

Dining Room

 

1.30pm - 3.30pm

Art

Hall or Small Lounge

 

Your Council

Council meetings: April - May 2018

APRIL 2018

 

24      Council

 

MAY 2018

08      Licensing and Planning Policy Committee

15      Annual meeting, Council, 7pm

17      Planning Committee

29      Nonsuch Park Joint Management Committee

All meetings are held at the Town Hall, Epsom and start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated.  Meetings may be cancelled or additional meetings arranged as necessary. To view the full year’s calendar of meetings, download Agendas or review Minutes of previous meetings visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Agenda papers are available online to download five clear working days before a meeting and are accessible via the mod.gov app.

For further information please contact Democratic Services on 01372 732000 or email: contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk, quoting the Committee or subject area you are interested in - we are always happy to help.

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Jobs at the Council

EEBC logoFor information on latest jobs and vacancies visit the Jobs page on the Council's website:

http://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/jobs

You can also visit the Epsom & Ewell pages at www.surreyjobs.info

Contact us

Website: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk  
Tel: 01372 732000
Text: 07950 080202
Email: contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk  

Borough Insight is published by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council for residents in the Borough. For more information and to view the current issue of the magazine visit:

http://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/borough-insight

If you have any queries on its contents please contact The Editor, Borough Insight, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5BY.

Tel: 01372 732000.
Email: boroughinsight@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

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