Our parks are the best!
Epsom Common, Ewell Court Park, Alexandra Recreation Ground and Rosebery Park have received the prestigious Green Flag Award - the mark of a quality park or green space.
The independently judged award, now celebrating its 20th year, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
All the parks and green spaces within the Borough are managed to the same standards. The four green spaces that were put forward for judging for the award were selected as they are broadly representative of the different green spaces in Epsom & Ewell:
- Epsom Common Local Nature Reserve has won the award for the tenth consecutive year. It is the largest local nature reserve in Surrey and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
- Ewell Court Park has won the award for the fifth year in a row. The park is the former gardens of the historical Ewell Court House
- Alexandra Recreation Ground has also won the award for the fifth year in a row. It is a sports ground situated in Alexander Road
- Rosebery Park has won the award for the fourth time this year and is a formal town centre park.
Councillor Barry Nash, Chairman of the Council's Community and Wellbeing Committee said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive the Green Flag Award for four of our green spaces this year. One of our key priorities in our new Corporate Plan is ‘keeping our Borough clean and green’ and this Award recognises and highlights that people who live, work and visit Epsom & Ewell are benefitting from green spaces of the very highest quality.
“We're very proud of all the Borough's fantastic parks and green spaces and these awards are a great endorsement of the work of Council staff and the dedicated team of volunteers, who work all year round, rain and shine, to help make these green spaces attractive and accessible for all to enjoy."
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, especially as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Awards.
“All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”
The Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.
Annual canvass underway
The annual canvass is a review of the electoral register, which we carry out every year.
In 2016 the canvass will take place between 18 August and 30 November.
Unless your name appears on the electoral register, you won't be able to vote in any elections.
If you're not on the register, you'll also find it difficult when applying for mortgages, loans, insurance or credit, as credit reference agencies use the register to check addresses of applicants. Registering to pay Council tax does not automatically register you to vote.
How we conduct the canvass
From the 18 August, we deliver a household enquiry form to every residential address in the borough to check that we have the correct people registered.
If you do not receive a form, you can ask for one by calling 01372 732120 or 732152 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Failure to return the completed form is an offence, which could lead to a fine of up to £1,000.
During the canvass period, we'll continue to contact each property until we receive a response, either by posting reminders or visiting the property. Please return your form as soon as possible as this will save time and money.
How to respond
You can make your return by:
- Telephone (no changes only)
- Internet (changes or no changes)
- Post (changes or no changes)
You'll find all the details on the household enquiry form.
Please remember that you're required by law to complete and return the form, even if you aren't eligible to vote in the UK, or if you are already registered and are on the register.
The household enquiry form is not a registration form so any new people you notify us of will be sent details of how to register individually - the easiest way is on-line via www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Who to include on the form
- All British, Republic of Ireland and qualifying Commonwealth citizens currently living in the property. Qualifying Commonwealth citizens are those persons who have leave to enter or remain in the UK, or who don't require such leave.
- All citizens of European Union member states who are currently living in the property.
- All 16 and 17 year olds. They'll be eligible to vote when they become 18, but not before.
- All persons who normally live at your address but are temporarily away, for example on holiday, in hospital, as students. Students are entitled to register both at their home address and their term-time address and may vote in local elections in both areas. However, they may only vote once in the event of a Parliamentary election.
- Anyone who is away working, unless they'll be away for more than six months of the year.
- Any other residents, lodgers and guests (but not short stay visitors).
Who not to include
- Anyone not currently resident at your address
- Foreign nationals, except for European Union and qualifying Commonwealth citizens
- People who won't be 18 by 1 December 2017
If you're moving house
If you have a confirmed moving date before 1 December 2016, please leave the form for any new people moving into your property. If you're not sure of the date you're moving house, please complete the form, write a note on the form that you are expecting to move soon and return it. We can then do a follow-up check using the information from you. Once you've moved house, contact us on 01372 732120 or 732152 email: email@example.com and we'll send you a household enquiry form to your new house.
If no-one's entitled to vote
If the property is empty, a second home, used only for business purposes, or no-one's eligible to vote, you must still return the canvass form to tell us this.
If you need any help to complete your form, please contact a member of the elections team on 01372 732120 or 732152 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Time for a clean!
We work in partnership with the County Council for the cleaning, sweeping and gully cleansing for specific roads in the Borough throughout the year. Unfortunately on the most congested roads this does mean there has to be temporary parking limitations so we can do the work. The following is what is planned for the next few weeks. The dates proposed are all subject to change. Signs will be erected to give seven days' notice.
Tuesday 30 August
Grosvenor Road, Epsom
Beaconsfield Road, Epsom
Tuesday 13 September
Holman Road, Ruxley
Millias Way, Ruxley
Hogsmill Way, Ruxley
Bourne Way, Ruxley
Rowden Road, Ruxley
Thursday 29 September
Sefton Road, Epsom
Hollymoor Lane, Epsom
Rutland Close, Epsom
Dorset Square, Epsom
Lincoln Walk, Epsom
Friday 30 September
Cumberland Close, Epsom
Westmoreland Close, Epsom
Somerset Close, Epsom
Hyperion Place, Epsom
Melton Place, Epsom
Melton Fields, Epsom
Cremorne Gardens, Epsom
Nominate your local sporting hero today!
Nominations for the Epsom & Ewell Sports Awards 2016 close on Wednesday 31 August.
Are you inspired by a local athlete? Motivated by a coach? Impressed by a volunteer? Proud of your club or team? Show your appreciation to those who make a difference in sport by nominating your local sporting hero today at http://surreysportsawards.activesurrey.com/
Now it's sixth year, the Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise and reward talented local athletes, coaches, volunteers, teams and clubs for their outstanding achievements in sport over the past 12 months. The Epsom and Ewell Sports Awards are organised by Epsom & Ewell Sports and Leisure Council, in partnership with the Borough Council.
You can nominate an athlete, a club, a volunteer, a team, a coach. There are 10 awards on offer for the following categories:
- Better Sports Personality of the Year Award
- Epsom Gymnastics & Trampoline Club Young Sports Personality of the Year
- Sports Club of the Year
- Active Surrey Coach of the Year
- Epsom Golf Club Sports Team of the Year Award
- AFC Ewell Young Sports Team of the Year
- Epsom & Ewell Football Club Disability Sports Award
- Epsom & Ewell Colts Football Club Volunteer of the Year
- Surrey County Playing Fields Association Young Volunteer of the Year
- The Rotary Club Outstanding Service to Sport
For more information please contact email@example.com or call 01372 732000 or visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/sportsawards
The next step: The Surrey Sports Awards
All local winners will then go through to the assessment panel for the Surrey Sports Awards 2016, providing they meet the county nomination criteria. The short-list for the county awards ceremony are announced in November, showcasing the very best of sporting talent and dedication in Surrey. Short-listed nominees will receive an exclusive invite to the prestigious Surrey Sports Awards ceremony organised by Active Surrey, where county winners will be announced and celebrated in style!
Grants of up to £1,500 available for local people to improve wellbeing in their community
Healthwatch Surrey is launching a Community Cash Fund for 2016/17 to help individuals and small groups undertake projects to boost wellbeing in their local communities.
Last year, the fund supported six projects including seated dance sessions for older people living alone and a video project made by young people locally about their experiences of mental health issues.
Jasmine Crowne from the Matrix Trust said: "Working with the Community Cash Fund (CCF) has been a great experience from start to finish.
Not only have young people in Surrey had the opportunity to have their voices heard by health commissioners, but over 35 young people a week will now have access to information about mental health and signposting opportunities as a result of the project.
The benefit of having access to and working the CCF will last for many months to come… and it would not have been possible without Healthwatch."
Jacquie Pond, Healthwatch Surrey Engagement Officer added: "If you have an idea that will help local people to speak up about local health services, that will boost their wellbeing, this is your chance to make it happen. You don’t have to be from a registered charity or group – all projects will be judged on merit."
Interested groups or individuals will need to complete a short application form by Friday 9 September and the winners will be announced on 16 September.
The projects need to meet the following criteria:
• Increase the participation and involvement of disadvantaged communities in health and social care related services.
• Increase the feedback from hard to reach or seldom heard communities about health and social care services.
• Improve the wellbeing of hard to reach or seldom heard communities through involvement.
More information about the Community Cash Fund and how to apply can be found at: http://www.healthwatchsurrey.co.uk/community-cash-fund
New charges at Surrey’s community recycling centres
If you’re planning any DIY or building work at home, please be aware that from 1 September Surrey County Council is introducing new charges for some non-household waste at the nine community recycling centres which accept it.
Charges will apply for waste from construction, alterations or repair of your home or garden, such as plasterboard, breeze blocks, bricks, rubble and soil. Waste in bags no bigger than 50cm x 77cm which will be charged at £4 a bag. If the material is loose, a charge of £50 will apply per car load. A charge of £5 will apply for tyres from cars and motorbikes. You can only pay by credit or debit card.
The free daily allowance of chargeable waste is one bag or one item, such as a concrete fence post or ceramic bath, or one sheet of plasterboard per household. Bicycle tyres can be disposed of free of charge.
The introduction of charges is being made as increased demand for essential services, coupled with reduced government funding, means Surrey County Council needs to reduce its spending in other areas, including its CRCs.
For more details and a full list of the types of waste that will be charged for, visit surreycc.gov.uk/recycling.
Changes to local bus services
Do you travel by bus in Surrey? From Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September, there will be changes to a number of local services.
The changes are being introduced as part of Surrey County Council’s review of local transport, which aims to make sure the bus services that are used the most can keep running in the face of huge funding pressures.
New timetables will be available during August via the bus operator websites, the council’s website and Traveline, or by calling Traveline on 0871 200 2233 (Calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge).
From late August, printed timetables will also be available at bus stops and in Surrey County Council’s Bus Guide booklets, which can be picked up from libraries, local council offices and other outlets throughout Surrey.
To find out more, including details about all of the changes being introduced, head to surreycc.gov.uk/buses.
The opening hours at most Surrey libraries are changing
See how the changes will affect your local library.
Increased demand for essential services such as adult social care, combined with a cut in funding from central government, means Surrey County Council needs to find ways to cut spending in other areas. So from Monday 5 September, opening hours at most Surrey libraries will be slightly reduced.
Which libraries will be affected?
All libraries run by Surrey County Council are affected by these changes. Opening hours for Community Partnered Libraries which are run by volunteers are not affected.
Why are the changes happening?
By reducing the number of hours libraries are open by just 7% the council will save £250,000 each year. This small reduction is timed to minimise the impact on library users, whilst allowing us to retain the quality and range of services we provide.
What if I want to visit my local library at a time it will be closed?
There are still lots of ways you will be able to use the library service:
- Many libraries have bookdrops so you can return items out of hours
- Download one of the apps to access some services.
- Items can be renewed 24/7 using the automated phone service – just call 0300 200 1001.
- Go online to place reservations, make payments and access online reference information.
Where can I find out more?
Our website has information on how the changes will affect each library.
Helping young people in need
Could you offer a young person a safe, friendly and welcoming place to stay for one to three nights?
Surrey County Council’s Volunteer Host Service is looking for volunteers to help provide emergency accommodation on a temporary basis for 16-21 year olds who are at risk of being homeless.
Anyone can be a Volunteer Host, whether you’re single, married, have children or retired, as long as you’re over 25 years old and can offer a bedroom with access to communal facilities.
If you think you can offer a welcoming home and support a young person at a difficult time, visit the website to find out how you can make a difference.
Surrey Prepared launches
Communities that come together during extreme weather or incidents such as fuel shortages, large fires or power cuts are better off, which is why Surrey Prepared has launched. It’s the first initiative to be developed by the Surrey Community Resilience Partnership (SCRP), which includes Surrey County Council, the Environment Agency and utility companies.
Surrey Prepared aims to help households and communities prepare for incidents so they are safer and better informed, as well as being stronger communities all year round.
For more information please visit the newly launched Surrey Prepared website and residents can also sign to receive the Surrey Prepared e-newsletter
Getting households ready for winter
Get active 50+
Do you or someone you know want to feel fitter and healthier, get out and meet new people? Get active 50+ For longer, healthier, happier lives, has been launched by Active Surrey.
Get active 50+ is being supported by us, sports clubs across the Borough and the Rainbow Leisure Centre.
Leading a healthier, more active lifestyle doesn’t necessarily mean running a marathon or going to the gym - it could be brisk walking, dancing the foxtrot or bowls. Raising your heart rate for 30 minutes, several times a week, can lead to both physical and mental health benefits, and can help manage many conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, joint problems and obesity, as well as lower the risk of other diseases such as Alzheimer's and depression.
Get active 50+, delivered by Active Surrey, is funded by Sport England, the Borough and District Councils and Surrey County Council Public Health exclusively for people aged 50 or over. It aims to improve health amongst older adults across Surrey, where one in four adults are deemed to be inactive and 40% are not meeting the Chief Medical Officer's (CMO) guideline of 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise.
Get active 50+ and bowl!
Dating back to the ancient Egyptians, bowling has one of the richest histories within sport. Whilst there are records of bowls being played in England in the 12th century, it is believed it was a widespread pastime even earlier. Numerous variants have evolved, as diverse as French Boules, American ten pin, Polynesian Ula Maika and the various forms of lawn bowls in the UK.
Lawn bowls can be played for recreation, relaxation, competitively and socially. It is incredibly popular – there are over 20 bowling clubs within five miles of Epsom High Street!
Lawn bowls is a game of precision and accuracy. It involves rolling biased balls so they stop as close as possible to a smaller ball, called the jack. As the sport does not involve periods of prolonged and intense activity, it can be played by almost anyone.
All forms of exercise are good for your health; don't be deceived by appearances, an unassuming game of lawn bowls is still capable of getting your heart pumping!
Health professionals recommend playing lawn bowls, particularly for older people, as it is a low-impact, therapeutic exercise that can improve fitness, coordination and confidence. Participating in a team sport, such as lawn bowls, helps improve social activity, which contributes to all round happiness and well-being.
Bowls in Epsom & Ewell
In Epsom & Ewell there are five friendly lawn bowls clubs who are always keen to welcome new members.
Check out the clubs’ websites for events and look out for open days or contact them directly for joining details.
Auriol Bowls Club
Auriol Park, Salisbury Road, Worcester Park, KT4 7DP
Epsom Bowling Club
Worple Road, Epsom, KT18 5EW
Epsom Court Bowls Club
Court Recreation Ground, Pound Lane, Epsom, KT19 8SB
Epsom Park Bowls Club
Alexandra Park, Alexandra Road, Epsom, KT17 4BY
Ewell Village Bowls Club
Gibraltar Recreation Ground, West Street, Ewell, KT17 1UX
Get active 50+ is a new initiative funded by Sport England to encourage older adults in Surrey to improve their health. Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is working in partnership with Active Surrey and the Bowls Development Alliance to support new opportunities to Bowl in the Borough.
Selected local clubs in Epsom & Ewell will be running open days and leading free coaching sessions to encourage new players to enjoy the physical, social and psychological benefits of Bowls.
To find out more about Get active 50+ in Epsom & Ewell please visit: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/over50s
Get active 50+ and swim!
As part of the Get active 50+ initiative the Council has teamed up with the Rainbow Leisure Centre with a very special offer.
Join small group sessions to improve water confidence and health for only £1 per week for eight weeks.
Starting Monday 12 September, 12.00noon-1.00pm
Starting Wednesday 14 September, 9:30am-10:30am
Starting Thursday 15 September, 10am-11am
Price: £8 for 8 weeks (Pay at first session)
For more information and to sign up please email Laura Mangan - firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01372 732000 and ask for leisure services.
Get active 50+ is a new initiative funded by Sport England to encourage older adults in Surrey to improve their health. Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is working in partnership with Active Surrey and the Better to support new opportunities to swim in the Borough.
To find out more about Get active 50+ in Epsom & Ewell please visit: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/over50s
Get active 50+ and dance!
Get active 50+ and racketball!
As part of the Get active 50+ initiative, we have teamed with Ebbisham Sports Club to offer Racketball sessions for beginners and improvers.
Beginner sessions run Mondays, 10am to 11.30am. Improver sessions take place on Tuesdays, 2pm-3.30pm. The cost of both sessions is £3.50 for non-members and £2.50 for Ebbisham Sports Club and U3A members.
All equipment is provided and tea and coffee is provided after the sessions.
Non-marking trainers must be worn for the sessions.
Ebbisham Sports Club is a friendly, non-profit making community club based in Epsom. Sports on offer include Badminton, Squash, Tennis and touchtennis.
For more information please visit the club website; www.ebbisham.com
Ebbisham Sports Club, Eastway, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8SG
Tel: 01372 720647
Get active 50+ and tee off!
Get active 50+ and bend!
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).
Nonsuch Mansion in Nonsuch Park - Summer Openings (Entry to the Museum and Gallery is free).
Combined openings of the Service Museum and the Nonsuch Palace Gallery: From April until the end of September, second and fourth Sunday of each month and every Bank Holiday, 2pm - 5pm (last entry 4.30pm).
Nonsuch Palace Gallery only - Open all other Sundays during the summer, 2pm - 5pm.
Epsom and Ewell Art Group - Late Summer Exhibition
Monday 15 - Sunday 28 August; 9.30am - 5pm
Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA
Entry and parking are free, with a café available on the ground floor. Image right - Café Moka, acrylic picture by Barbara Stevens which will be in the exhibition.
Conquest Art Annual Exhibition
Tuesday 16 - Saturday 27 August
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
Overcoming diversity through art. For more information visit www.conquestart.org or phone 020 3044 2731
I am Team GB - Take part in the nation's biggest ever sports day!
Saturday 27 August
From archery to yoga, there’s something for everyone. And whether you want to go to an event or do your own thing, you’ll be part of the team. Say you're in today - and see what's happening near you! Visit http://iamteamgb.com/take-part/
Events taking place locally:
- Rainbow Leisure Centre Open Day: http://iamteamgb.com/event/rainbow-leisure-centre-open-day/
- British Military Fitness Session – Nonsuch Park: http://iamteamgb.com/event/british-military-fitness-session-nonsuch-park/
- Nonsuch Park Run: http://iamteamgb.com/event/i-am-team-gb-nonsuch-parkrun/
- Ebbisham Sports Club: Open day for anyone of any ability from 10am to 6pm. Play on the courts for free http://www.ebbisham.com/
Heritage Open Days in Epsom & Ewell
Ewell Horticultural Association Autumn Show
Saturday 3 September; 2.30pm-4.30pm
Blenheim High School, Longmead Road, Epsom KT19 9BH
Garden sundries, tea and cakes, plant sale raffle. For more information visit www.ewellhortassn.co.uk
Sunday 4 September; 12noon-4pm
Auriol Park, off Salisbury Road, Worcester Park
Following its huge success last year, this popular event organised by three Residents Associations (Ewell Court RA, Cuddington RA and Stoneleigh and Auriol RA) will return! This year's community event will celebrate her Majesty's 90th birthday, there will be a live tribute band, stalls, games, food competitions, entertainment and fantastic raffle prizes and maybe even a visit from a rather special royal guest!
Ewell Family Fun Day!
Sunday 4 September; 12noon-3pm
King George V Playing Fields, Poole Road, Ewell KT199Ry
Free admission. Live music, kids activities and entertainment, inflatables, stalls, BBQ, Fun mascots. For more info visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1291379287545869/
Epsom Choral Society - Come & Sing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana
Wednesday 14 September; 7.30pm for 7.45pm
St Martin’s Parish Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX
Join with Epsom Choral Society under conductor Julian Collings and pianist Marion Lea. Admission is free and all are welcome – Music scores will be provided as required. For more information visit www.epsomchoral.org.uk
Epsom Mayday Flower Club - Artistic Impressions
Wednesday 21 September; 1.30pm for 2pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
A flower arranging demonstration by June Borrowdale. Visitors welcome £6.
Thursday's from 22 September to 20 October, 10am - 1pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
See poster below
A Day for All - Royal Connection
Saturday 24 September; 12noon-6.30pm
St Mary the Virgin, London Road, Ewell, KT17 2AQ
Free entry. A day for children and adults to enjoy a variety of activities. Hear about St Mary’s Morris Men and see them in action. Learn about the history of Nonsuch Palace. Tour of memorial stones and points of interest in St Mary’s. Swop Shop. Harp music. Much more. Free soup lunch. Tea and cake served at 4pm. Have fish and chips at 5.30pm (pre-order and pay through the Parish Office). E-mail: email@example.com, telephone: 020 8393 2643, website: www.stmarysewell.com to find out more.
Are you up for the challenge? Register today for Round the Borough Hike 2016
Round the Borough Hike takes place on Saturday 3 September. For a chance to discover the Borough's beautiful open spaces for free! Register online today at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/roundtheboroughhikeandbike or call 01372 732000.
Now in its fifth year, the event offers participants the chance to explore Epsom & Ewell's green spaces via a network of walking routes joining up the beautiful open spaces across Epsom & Ewell; including Epsom & Walton Downs, Epsom Common LNR (Local Nature Reserve), Nonsuch Park, the Hogsmill LNR and Horton Country Park LNR.
The event is free to enter for all ages and abilities. Participants will set off from Horton Country Park LNR at 8.30am; the challenge is to complete the full 20 mile route in one day. It is estimated that the family friendly route takes between eight to ten hours to walk the full route depending on length and frequency of breaks.
Certificates will be awarded to those completing the full 20 miles. Those who completed the Round the Borough Bike earlier in the year and go on to complete the Hike will also get a special keepsake.
Last year 64 participants took part in the Hike and some even raised money for charity. This year's participants are once again invited to raise money for a charity of their choice.
Councillor Tony Axelrod, Vice Chairman of the Community and Wellbeing Committee, said: "Round the Borough Hike is probably the best way to experience Epsom & Ewell's plentiful and stunning open spaces with friends and family. You can complete the hike at your own pace or set yourself a challenge to achieve a milestone.
“With numbers growing year on year, this year's Round the Borough Hike is likely to be the biggest and best yet. Don't miss out on this opportunity to discover something new in your Borough."
Participants must wear suitable footwear as the route covers a variety of terrain and is uneven in places; and be prepared for the weather. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Please note, bikes, dogs and roller blades/skates are not permitted for the Hike.
Can you help?
We are looking for volunteer stewards to help marshal the course and ensure the safety of our participants for the following locations – Epsom Downs (11.30am-3pm), Woodcote Green Road (2.30pm-4.30pm) and at the junction of the A24 and Wells Road (1pm-3pm and 3pm-5pm). If you are able to give up your time and help out please contact the Council's Leisure Development's Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01372 732000.
This month at the Epsom Playhouse
9 September - Sinatra, Sequins and Swing - the most exciting New Big Band Show to hit the UK in years and only live Sinatra show recommended a 'must-see' by the President of Sinatra Music Society.
10 September - Little Mix Experience – if you're a fan of one of X Factor's finest exports you're sure to L.O.V.E. The Little Mix Experience!
11 September - An evening with Des O'Connor - the incomparable entertainer, in a brand new show celebrating the stage and screen career of this show-business legend.
15 September - Viva Neil Diamond - to celebrate the icon's 50 year recording career the UK's voice of Neil' Bob Drury takes to the road with a brand new one man show simply bursting with Neil Diamond gems.
17 September - Back to Bacharach - celebrating the magical music of Burt Bacharach, one of the most accomplished popular composers of the 20th Century, who together with Hal David, composed some of the most memorable and iconic hits that stand the test of time.
21 September - Isle of Woman - three strong and individual women, who use stunning rich beautiful harmonies to sing about bare bones reality. Whether musing about breast-feeding in the zoo, the fate of pubic hair, No More Page 3, raising a disabled child or the phenomenon that is Boris Johnson, they will have you laughing one moment and crying the next.
13 September - Miles Jupp - Astronauts. Regrets. The sexes. Social Media. Poo. Rage. Medicine. Manners. Identity. Lost stuff. Other stuff. Miles Jupp, (Stand-up, actor, writer, thinker, father, husband, worrier, fool, star of Rev and host of The News Quiz) hits the road in a freshly-ironed shirt and some robust trousers and tries to make some bloody sense of it all
18 September - Journey's End - Anxiety builds in Captain Stanhope's claustrophobic dugout as the threat of an imminent German attack looms over the battalion. As final orders are received, Stanhope must stir his men to overcome the uncertainty of the unknown, make the sacrifice and prepare to "go over the top" in a truly heart wrenching climax.
And coming soon…
Thank you for the music, the UK’s No 1 live concert tribute show to ABBA present ...
Abba Merry Christmas!
The world’s longest-running ABBA concert show is coming to town to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Swedish super group’s biggest selling hit, Dancing Queen.
Saturday 3 December
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.
None such finer!
Nonsuch Park Awareness Day is on Sunday 11 September.
The awareness day is run by and for users of the park and includes a host of fun and free family activities
This year there will be five zones to visit:
Nature and wildlife Zone: The Nonsuch Voles will be on hand to share their volunteering experiences and latest projects, along with other nature conservation groups. There is also the opportunity to find out more about bees with the Surrey Beekeepers Association and buy local honey, beeswax candles and other bee produce products.
History Zone: As part of Heritage Open Weekend and to celebrate the park’s rich history which dates back to the Henry VIII, The Friends of Nonsuch will be offering guided tours of both Nonsuch Mansion House and the Service Wing Museum and Palace Gallery which houses a stunning replica model of now-vanished Nonsuch Palace (described as nonesuch finer, the origin of the park’s name). Guests will be free to explore the formal gardens while interacting with a Tudor characters who will bring history to life.
Dog Zone: Dog owners can get advice on responsible dog ownership and (here's an incentive you don't see every day) pick up some free dog waste bags!
Cycling Zone: Free bike check-ups will be on offer as well as advice on all things cycling.
Fitness Zone: The park plays host to a number of fitness activities and a variety of these will be available to sample on the day.
Entrance is free so come along and find out more about Nonsuch Park.
Nonsuch Park Awareness Day, 11 September, 11am - 4pm
There are a number of access points to Nonsuch Park; including car parks; one off London Road, Ewell and another off Ewell Road, Cheam.
Borough Family Fun Day
A community and charity event for the whole family organised by the Rotary Clubs of Epsom and Ewell.
With stalls run by local charities, community groups, schools and businesses with many running affordable family games. Many free activities, children's workshops and entertainment for all the family, including a children's entertainer Mr Mayhem and other attractions on stage throughout the afternoon.
The event includes:
Exciting motorcycle stunts
Sheepdogs herding ducks
Punch and Judy
Children's Go Karts
Local sports club taster sessions and games, including touch tennis,
mini squash and badminton
Display of small steam engines
Children's Activity Workshop - plate spinning, diablo, juggling, hoops, childrens stilts and pedalgoes where children can have a go
Family Dog Show
Children's Fair Ground
Children's Train Rides
- A Market Street with featuring local businesses
Sunday 18 September, 11:30 to 16:30 at Hook Road Arena, KT19 8QG
Entry by programme £2 in advance or £4 on the gate, children under 12 free, car parking £2 (last entry by car 4pm)
Mental health in a changing world
Love Me Love My Mind’s annual Epsom Mental Health Week event will include over 50 FREE events for the residents of Epsom and Ewell.
Throughout the week we will all be able to explore how our lives and our mental wellbeing change and adapt to the daily challenges that we face in this rapidly changing world; how can we make sense of what we experience, how can we live a fulfilling life when there are so many different perspectives and different points of view that challenge our thinking and invite us to new ways of living and being.
The 9th Epsom Mental Health Week will help us all explore these issues through talks, workshops, drama, art, music, silence and good conversation.
Epsom Mental Health Week
8 – 16 October
For more news about this fantastic event you can visit www.lovemelovemymind.org.uk, on Twitter @epsommental or follow the Facebook page.
Epsom & Ewell Mayor's Charity Fund Events
All events in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. To find out more visit www.mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk; email: email@example.com; tel: Ann Turner 0208 330 4296
The Sound of Music Sing Along
Thursday 22 September; 7.30pm
Wandgas Sports Club, Cromwell Road, Worcester Park KT4 7JW
Tickets £5 each.
Gun Wharf Quay Portsmouth
Saturday 8 October; 9.30am
Coach leaves St Mary's, The Avenue, Worcester Park KT4 7HL
Tickets £20 each.
Wednesday 12 October; 7.30pm
Wandgas Sports Club, Cromwell Road, Worcester Park KT4 7JW
Tickets £5 each.
Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club
Saturday 10 September, 1pm-2.30pm
Discover Roman Britain and the Roman army. Have a go at playing Roman musical instruments.
Cost: £5 per child (includes one free accompanying adult).
Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club is for young people 8+ who love history and like to have fun while learning about it. We travel back through time to discover the past and its people encompassing all periods of history from the deepest Stone Age to the home front in Epsom during World War 2. The Club meets on the second or third Saturday of each month at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF between 1 and 2.30pm and costs £5 per child for each session. There is no joining fee and you are welcome to just come to the meetings that interest you.
To book spaces, for more information or to be added to our e-mailing list please contact David Brooks on email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 020 8394 1734 or visit www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk/BourneHallMuseumClub.html
Countryside Guided Walks
Walking has many health benefits, why not join in the various guided walks with a member of the Council's Countryside team that take place throughout the year and find out more about the Borough's Local Nature Reserves (LNR) too.
Saturday 10 September
Night Bat Walk; 7.30pm (Advance booking only)
Go batty on Epsom Common LNR! Meet at the Stew Pond car park, Christchurch Road. Find out more about these fascinating and misunderstood mammals. Bring a head torch/torch and wrap up warm. Sorry, no dogs allowed on this walk.
All walks cost: £5 per adult and £2.50 per child (16 years or under).
Please wear appropriate clothing, stout boots and a raincoat when it's wet. Dogs are welcome on a lead unless where stated to leave your dog at home for walks that involve looking for animals. Please note that walks may be subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions.
For more information or to book a place contact the Council's Countryside Team on 01372 732000, email email@example.com or visit the Events section at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk
Sport, every day!
Every day there is the opportunity to engage in a different sport in the Borough, here's a selection:
Tennis: 1.45pm - 2.45pm; Epsom & Ewell Wellbeing Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom KT19 9HG. Try your hand at tennis with Jane at the Wellbeing Centre! To book your space call Usha or Yvie on 01372 727583. Sessions are Free and take place weather permitting.
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 www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/justplay
Tennis sessions: 1.30pm - 3.30pm at Court Recreation Ground - Epsom Community Tennis – recommence on Saturday 5 March.
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 www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/justplay
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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; email@example.com 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 www.maryfrancestrust.org.uk
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com for more info or visit: www.epsomcricketclub.co.uk
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 SWFA@cycling.org.uk or visit http://www.cycling.org.uk/wfa-focus-surrey-wheels-all
Epsom Allsorts Running Club: Epsom Allsorts are a ladies running club. Members of all abilities meet at various venues around Epsom for runs of 3 miles or more. The club run a beginners group and are preparing for the club’s annual 5 mile race, the Hogsmill 5 which will take place at 10am on Sunday 22 May at the Harrier Centre, Poole Road, Epsom KT19 9RY. Training sessions take place on Sundays at 8.15am. The group meets at Horton Country Park. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the club website www.epsomallsorts.org.uk
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, www.epsomoddballs.org
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 http://www.getintogolf.org/
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 www.epsomandewellhealthwalks.org.uk 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 email@example.com or visit www.ezeesport.com
Epsom & Ewell Squash Development Training: 4.15pm-5.30pm. £3 per session for 7-13 year olds. Contact Peter Crossman for more info; firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or visit www.facebook.com/CardioTennisEpsom
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; firstname.lastname@example.org or 07801 269926.
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 www.betterlessons.org.uk
The Focus Youth Centre
Depot Road, K17 4RJ
It may be the summer holidays but there is no break at the Focus Youth Centre! Drop in sessions are taking place for young people under 18 each week on Tuesdays, 11am to 4pm and Thursdays 4.30pm to 6.30pm. Activities available include arts, cooking, table tennis and pool. Every Thursday there is also a creative arts project running from 7-9pm. For more information please contact Deborah Whybrew, email: email@example.com
Ebbisham Sports Club, KT19 8SG
New multi-sport classes for 2-7 year olds in September. The sessions encourage development of physical skills needed for ball sports. These include hitting, kicking, catching and throwing. Children also develop life skills such as team work, patience, the ability to receive instructions and have the chance to develop socially by making new friends. To find out more and to claim a free trial please visit www.ezeesport.com
Epsom Sharks Basketball Club - Autumn training dates!
Rosebery School, KT18 7NQ
Sessions open to girls and boys in year 7 upwards. The girls sessions will take place every Monday, 6pm-7.30pm from 12 September. Boys sessions will take place every Thursday, 7.30pm-9pm from 15 September. A mixed session will also run Thursdays, 6pm-7.30pm. All the sessions are led by a qualified coach. To find out more about the new sessions and Epsom Sharks please visit www.epsomsharksbasketball.co.uk
Emeralds Elite High 5 Netball Club - Free Year 5 & 6 Open Sessions
10 & 17 September; 10am - 11am
Court Recreation Ground, Epsom KT19 8SB
Come and be a part of the new High 5 netball club in the Borough. Spaces are limited. Register now for your space by contacting Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org Join for a chance to play in the competitive Nonsuch High 5 league for the 2016/2017 season.
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 September. 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.
Disabled Facilities Grant information and advice
Disabled Facilities Grant information and advice
Available to residents who either rent or own their home, the grants are for those experiencing problems accessing their property safely or the facilities within such as, using the stairs or climbing in and out of the bath.
The Council's Housing Grants Officer will be on hand with information and advice on applying for a Disabled Facilities Grant including adaptations, repairs, energy efficiency, benefit entitlement and the Council’s Handyman Scheme.
Tuesday 6 September: 10am - 12noon at The Hub, 131 High Street, Epsom
For more information visit the Council's website
Out and about in the Community
Surrey Downs Diabetes UK Group Public Meeting
Wednesday 7 September, 7.30pm - 9pm
Bourne Hall (Rose Room), Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
The Surrey Downs Diabetes UK Group is a local support group of Diabetes UK, which is the leading UK charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of people affected by and at risk of diabetes. Join the Group for their Research special - Diabetes & Technology, Anna Morris, Head of Research Funding at Diabetes UK.
For more information, please contact Brian on 01372 741670 or email: email@example.com
WEA Course - Belly Dancing Beginners & Intermediates
Beginners: Tuesday 13 September for 13 weeks; 6.15pm-7.15pm
Ref: C3740489; Cost: £65
Intermediates: Tuesday 13 September for 13 weeks; 7.30pm-8.30pm
Ref: C3740490; Cost £65
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5AQ
The Beginners class offers an informal way of improving your fitness level, toning, release stress and make new friends in addition to learning the skills of belly dance, while for those with some experience our Intermediate class offers a chance to develop skill and technique.
To book telephone: 0800 328 1060 or visit: www.wea.org.uk Twitter @WEAeastsurrey; Facebook www.facebook.com/WEAeastsurrey
Photography Training DSLR photography courses
Module 1: Thursdays, 22 Sept-20 Oct; Module 2: Thursdays 3 Nov-1Dec; 10am-1pm
Bourne Hall Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
Low Cost Holistic Therapy treatments
Brickfield Centre, Epsom
Mary Frances Trust offer massage, reiki and reflexolgy sessions for £5 a session at the Brickfield Centre. The therapies are available to anyone who has mental health or emotional wellbeing issues as well as to carers. To book please call 01372 375400, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07929 024722.
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
Epsom & Ewell WI
First Wednesday each month; 2pm - 4pm (doors open 1.45pm)
Epsom Methodist Church Hall, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5AQ
Speakers, demonstrations, music, social meetings take place each month. In addition to these there is a craft group, book club, lunch group, walking group and outings. Visitors welcome.
Tea & Cake Computer Training
Thursdays 2-4pm - Ewell Court House Library, KT19 0EB
Fridays 10.30am-12.30pm - Ruxley Church, KT19 0JG
Come and learn how to use your iPad or laptop in a relaxed, friendly environment with a cup of tea and piece of homemade cake. To book your place, telephone: 07925 090 645, email: email@example.com
Salsa - Beginners Class
Every Wednesday, 8.30pm-9.30pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
£8 per class/£5 for students and seniors. No booking required/no partner required. For more info visit www.lovetosalsa.co.uk or call mobile: 07584 188481.
Weekly activities at The Wellbeing Centre
The above sessions are subject to short notice amendments or cancellation, booking advisable.
Sessions are held at the
Wellbeing Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom, Surrey KT19 9HG.
For more information please contact Usha or Yvie on 01372 727 583 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sessions do not run on Bank Holidays. Some sessions may not run during holiday periods please check with the Centre.
Suggested donation £1 per person per session and £2 for Surrey Wheels.
You can also check out our Wellbeing Centre webpages at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk. Find us under the Community and
Living page, click on Wellbeing Centre.
Looking for work?
EPSOM & EWELL JOB HUB is changing days.
From 9 September the Job Hub will be on Fridays from 12noon until 2pm.
The last Wednesday Job Hub will be Wednesday 24 August from 11.30am to1.30pm
If you have not been to the Job Hub before please come along; it runs every week at the Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 5AQ.
Free job hunting support is provided for local residents. You can use this service if you are unemployed or working less than 16 hours per week and are resident in Epsom & Ewell.
The support provided includes:
- free access to computers and internet for job searching/filling in applications
- practical help, for those who would like it, with the computer skills needed for job searching and filling in online applications
- tips and hints for job searching success
- motivational support gained from being with others who are also job hunting
No appointment is needed. Just turn up!
“I got help to apply for a job while I was at the Job Hub in the morning. That afternoon I got an email offering me an interview!” (Job Hub attendee)
One to one sessions with an Employment and Learning Adviser are also available, at other times, by appointment. These sessions can help with CV writing; interview performance; finding local work related training etc.
“Fantastic service. I wouldn’t have got a job without your help. I had been out of work about 18 months and it was so hard to keep going. Thanks!” (Ex job seeker, now employed)
For more information about the Job Hub, or to book a one-to-one session, contact
Nanette Chandler, ETHOS Learning and Employment Adviser.
Greening St Martin’s…
The Epsom & Ewell Tree Advisory Board have written to us about their latest project.
St Martin’s School in Epsom is putting down roots for a greener future thanks to tree planting scheme in which budding ‘eco-warriors’ are playing an active part.
Young volunteers in the school’s ‘Eco-Team’ have initiated an enthusiastic watering regime for the 11 new trees that have been planted thanks to a joint initiative between the school, Epsom & Ewell Tree Advisory Board and Surrey County Councillor for Woodcote ward, Tina Mountain.
The project began in response to the sad but necessary felling of two much-loved purple plum trees in the school’s Worple Road-facing playground - but was quickly extended to include the planting of what will ultimately become a landmark arc of a eight trees behind the recently extended school buildings and a further hornbeam tree near the caretaker’s cottage.
Head teacher Bob Twells explains: “It was horrible seeing the two diseased playground trees being cut down, and the place looked pretty stark without them - so when the Tree Advisory Board (TAB) offered to help supply replacements, I jumped at the opportunity.”
TAB chairman Mike Ford added: “Initially we were only going to be able to plant fairly small trees - but when Cllr Tina Mountain offered £500 from her Surrey County Council allocation for community projects that changed everything. “Instead of saplings we were able to plant two fantastic semi-mature silver birches - meaning TAB could concentrate its own resources on a further nine smaller trees which will make a huge contribution in years to come.”
TAB volunteers planted all the trees in two sessions - ably assisted by school caretaker Paul Webb - but now the St Martin’s School ‘eco-warriors’ have taken over the reins, taking turns with watering cans to ensure the young trees survive their first critical summer.
Teachers Jennie Moody and Sarah Bray, who co-ordinate the Eco-Team activities, have been delighted to see how seriously their young charges are taking the responsibility of nurturing trees that will ultimately transform the school environment for generations of pupils to come. “It’s very important the children learn the value of trees because it’s their future,” said Jennie. Sarah added: “When their own children or grandchildren come to St Martin’s they’ll be able to say they helped out when the trees were planting - which is always a nice thing to be able to say!”
Cllr Tina Mountain concluded: “If children grow up in an attractive environment with trees around them they’re far more likely to respect nature. That’s why I’m passionate about trees, and why I’m so pleased to have been able to help my local school with this planting. If we lose our trees, the whole character of the area will go.”
Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Cancer Patient Forum
The Cancer Patient Forum at Epsom and St Helier hospitals is looking for new members to be part of on going work to help support and improve services for those affected by cancer.
The forum has a key role in helping to shape cancer services at the trust, working closely with staff at both hospitals to ensure that the experiences of patients and others affected by cancer is used to drive forward positive changes. Chairman of the forum Eugene Hagerty explained: “As a group of people who have been affected by cancer ourselves, we know how important it is that we share our views and work with the trust to translate this feedback – and that of others – into action.
“The forum has a strong track record of achievements, including helping to successfully make the case for investment in additional clinical nurse specialists, and becoming an active part of the trust’s Cancer Patient Experience Monitoring Group (which holds the trust to account on the action plan to improve patient experience for people affected by cancer). We also held a successful listening event in the community, feedback from which was used to form a series of recommendations that we are pleased to see being put into action.
“We are very proud of what we have achieved so far, and are committed to continuing this success going forward. That’s why we are seeking new members – to help us continue to deliver benefits to patients and the trust.”
The Cancer Patient Forum, which is made up of a small number of volunteers and representatives from the trust, meets every two months, although special meetings may be arranged to discuss any particular issues. Hilary Hollis, Head of Nursing and Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse, said: “As a cancer services team and as a trust, we are very grateful for the input and support we receive from the Cancer Patient Forum.
“We are absolutely committed to putting the patient first and providing great care to every patient, every day, and recognise the importance of listening to patients and others affected by cancer in achieving this. If you are a cancer patient or the carer for someone who has cancer and are interested in finding out more about the work of the forum (or even putting your name forward to join), I’d like to encourage you to get in touch with us – you will be helping to make a real difference.”
If you are interested in finding out more about the Cancer Patient Forum, or to express interest in joining, please contact Cancer Information and Support Manager Tarlika Patel on 020 8296 4730 or by emailing email@example.com.
The Cancer Patient Forum is not a cancer support group and is not involved in addressing concerns or complaints. For more information about the full range of support available to people affected by cancer, including our cancer information and support centres, please visit www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/cancer-information-and-support-centres.
For more information about our hospitals, visit www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk. You can also join our 7,200 followers on Twitter (twitter.com/epsom_sthelier) or find us on Facebook (facebook.com/epsomsthelier).
Courses with Mary Frances Trust
The following courses are available to those experiencing mental ill health and/or need support with emotional well-being:
|Yoga Taster session
||Thursday 8 September
||2.15pm - 3pm
||Tuesday 13 September
||2pm - 3pm
|Emotional health and wellbeing programme
||Wednesday 14 September
||7pm - 9pm
|Yoga (£3 per session)
||Thursday 29 September
||2.15pm - 3.45pm
||Friday 21 October
||10.30am - 1.30pm
||Friday 11 November
||1pm - 4pm
To book a course and for full information please contact the Mary Frances Trust - Tel: 01372 375400; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Save a life - give blood
RASASC Telephone Helpline Volunteers Training Course
RASASC (Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre), Guildford
Telephone Helpline Volunteer Training Course starting Sunday 9 October
Interviews 11, 18 & 25 September
Numbers limited – female only
If you are free two evenings a month for our helpline 7.30pm-9.30pm plus supervision second Tuesday evening of every month. The Helpline offers listening and support for anyone who has experienced childhood or adult rape and/or sexual abuse. We offer our volunteers a friendly and supportive environment, supervision and on going training.
Training Days and Times (Please note: you are expected to commit to every training session*):
October: Sundays 9 & 16, 10am-4pm; Thursdays 13, 20 & 27, 7pm-9.30pm
November: Thursdays 3, 10, 17 & 24, 7pm-9.30pm; Sunday 27, 10am-4pm
*if you cannot do an evening date - please contact the office- however – all weekend dates are mandatory
This does qualify as an informal placement. We need a commitment from you of at least 18 months.
Full training given, no experience necessary. Details and application form on www.rasasc-guildford.org or email email@example.com
Registered Charity 1145816 Est. 1992
Council Meetings: September 2016
06 Licensing & Planning Policy Committee
08 Planning Committee
13 Financial Policy Panel
26 Epsom & Walton Downs Consultative Committee (6pm)
27 Strategy & Resources 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting the Committee or subject area you are interested in - we are always happy to help.
The mod.gov app
Stay updated with the latest Council Committee meetings agendas, decisions and minutes on your smartphone or tablet with the free mod.gov app (application).
The app provides quick and easy access to information for all Council committee meetings and even allows you to select and subscribe to the committees that interest you. It will then automatically keep itself updated with all the latest meeting agendas and minutes.
Download the app
The mod.gov mobile app is available as a free download from the Apple App Store (for an iPad), Google Play Store (for an Android phone or tablet) or Windows App Store (for a Windows tablet).
Select your Council
Follow the instructions to download the app. Select Epsom & Ewell from the list of publishers.
Select your Committees
Select the committees you wish to subscribe to, you can have as many as you like.
For more information visit http://www.moderngov.co.uk/
Epsom & Ewell Local Committee (Surrey County Council) meeting
Date: Monday 19 September 2016
Venue: Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
Please note the date and venue could be subject to change.
For more details and confirmation of the venue, please contact Nicola Morris on 0345 009 009, email: email@example.com or for more information and local news visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/epsomandewell or stay up-to-date by following @EpsomLC on Twitter.
SCC Epsom & Ewell Local Committee – working for you
As part of open and accessible local government, Epsom & Ewell Local Committee is encouraging residents and businesses to contribute to the local decision making process.
Consisting of five County Councillors and five Borough Councillors, the Local Committee meets four times a year to discuss and make decisions on issues important to local people. These include activities and support for young people, community safety, library opening hours, highway improvements, road safety, speed limits and parking restrictions as well as other local concerns.
Councillors put residents’ interests at the heart of the decisions they make. The opinions of local people matter when decisions are being taken, and their views are welcome. Held in public, residents and businesses can attend meetings in person to listen to the debate, ask a question or present a petition. Questions can either be asked on the night, or in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12noon the Tuesday before the meeting. Petitions, which require a minimum of 30 signatures, need to be submitted 14 days before the meeting.
Planning applications are available to view online via our interactive online planning system. There are no longer paper copies available to view at the Town Hall. If you wish to view an application, there are computer kiosks in the Town Hall reception area for residents to use.
Each week Epsom & Ewell Borough Council publish received planning applications on our online planning system . For information on the most recent weekly list and the archive of previous editions see - Weekly Planning applications received
We're improving our service!
We're increasing our availability to offer advice about Planning Applications. This free service can be to discuss whether planning permission for a project is required, submitting applications or about other planning development management issues.
Appointments, for 20 minute sessions, must be booked in advance for:
Monday: 1pm - 4pm
Tuesday: 10am - 1pm
Wednesday: 1pm - 4pm
Thursday: 10am - 1pm
Please call the Town Hall Contact Centre on 01372 732000 to book your appointment or for more information on this service.
Jobs at the Council
For information on latest jobs and vacancies visit the Jobs page on the Council's website:
You can also visit the Epsom & Ewell pages at www.surreyjobs.info
Contact Epsom & Ewell Borough Council
Tel: 01372 732000
Text: 07950 080202
Out of hours emergency number: 01372 732555
Borough Insight is published by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council for residents in the Borough. For more information and to view the current and archive issues of the magazine visit:
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.