Free play bonus!
The Council has officially opened the refurbished and extended Gatley Avenue Children’s Playground, which includes new play equipment specifically for toddlers and young children.
Following consultation with local residents and users of the original playground, a zip-wire, a trampoline, climbing equipment, swings and a slide amongst other pieces of equipment have been included in the new playground.
Opening the playground, Councillor Jan Mason, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Committee, said “Play has tremendous benefits for children. It helps them to build confidence and self-esteem, regulates their emotions, develops decision-making power and problem-solving and enhances teamwork skills. The long-term physical health benefits are very real too. I’m proud of the £100k investment we have made in the refurbishment and extension of this playground. For a project of this size, getting the funding is only half the job. So I would like to thank the people and teams who have all contributed in some way to making this project such a success, not least to the local residents who took time to take part in the original consultation”.
At the opening, resident Jo Leach said, “This a vast improvement on what was here before, and allows the children to play and exercise in the fresh air”. Fellow resident Michelle Driver added “This is the best children’s playground in the area”.
Holly Igglesden contacted the Council and said “I took my niece to the new Gatley Avenue outdoor playground in West Ewell recently and just wanted to say thank you and how wonderful it is! She absolutely loved it and ran around saying how cool everything was (she is three). It was very exciting to see the trampoline and the 'big slide' on the hill. We are very lucky to live in such a lovely area with such exciting, free, outdoor space”.
The playground is located in Gatley Avenue, West Ewell, KT19 9NE and backs onto the Hogsmill Local Nature Reserve.
Fly posters will be prosecuted
Ray Finch has been fined £400, plus £400 legal costs and a £40 victim surcharge, after the Council took the local resident to Court following a number of complaints about his fly posting around the Borough.
Fly-posting is the display of promotional materials, without permission, on buildings, posts, poles, litter bins and elsewhere in public. In England fly-posting is illegal (in certain circumstances) under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and other legislation. As an illegal activity, local authorities are encouraged to use measures to limit fly posting. However, given pressure on local government resources, local authorities also need to be able to justify expenditure on the control of fly-posting.
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council will always attempt to contact the organisation fly posting in the Borough, requesting that they remove the fly posted material. The Council will also remove fly posters where it is safe to do so and will not cause additional damage. It prosecutes as a last possible option.
Following complaints from residents, the Council contacted Mr Finch on a number of occasions, demanding that he remove fly posters advertising his carpet cleaning business. These communications were ignored and culminated in Mr Finch being sent a written caution, to which the Council received no response. The decision was then taken to prosecute.
On 8 March Mr Finch attended a hearing at Redhill Magistrates’ Court, where he pleaded guilty to fly posting and was fined.
The Council has officially opened the new bowling club and community pavilion at Court Recreation Ground.
The original wooden pavilion was built in the 1930’s with changing rooms added in the 1960’s. The building was becoming uneconomical to maintain and, following consultation with the bowls club and other users of the recreation ground, the decision was taken to replace the wooden pavilion with a new modular building. The new building was funded by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council in partnership with Surrey County Council.
The pavilion will continue to be the home of Epsom Court Bowling Club and other users will be able to use the facility for local community activities.
Opening the new pavilion, Councillor Jan Mason, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure Committee, said “I want to thank all those involved in the original consultation process; your comments were taken on board and I hope that you agree the end result is fantastic! I also want to thank everyone who had worked so hard to get the pavilion ready for the opening of the 2016 bowling season”. Councillor Mason then commented “This is my final undertaking as Chairman of the Leisure Committee at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council. My five year stint has drawn to an end and I’ve gone out with a bang - with both the opening of this much needed pavilion and the opening of the refurbished Gatley Avenue children’s playground in the last month”.
Court Recreation Ground is situated approximately half a mile from Epsom town centre. As well as bowling, Court Recreation Ground has facilities for tennis and soccer plus a children’s playground and teenage play area.
Councillor Mason (right), Norah Lewis, Senior Commissioning Manager, (Adult Social Care) Surrey County Council (left) with David Forbes from Epsom Court Bowling Club.
P&G Surrey Youth Games update
Thank you to all the young people who have registered to take part in this year's P&G Surrey Youth Games. We have beat the 2015 total of 494 with an impressive 510 young people in the Borough participating in this year's training sessions.
Although registrations for a number of sports have now closed, Team Epsom & Ewell are still looking for:
- Netball Senior (Girls) - Year 9 & 10 (non-club members only)
- Football Senor (Girls) - Year 5 & 6 (non-club members only)
- Boxing Contact and Non-Contact (Boys and Girls) - Year 7-11
- Boccia Seniors (Boys and Girls) - Year 8-11.
Training sessions commence this week with Court Recreational Ground playing host to Football, Netball and Lacrosse and Auriol Park playing host to Football. Local partners including Better are facilitating the Judo and Swimming training sessions as well as being the headline sponsor for Team Epsom & Ewell. In addition, local schools, including Blenheim High School and Glyn are hosting Table Tennis and Boxing respectively.
The Surrey Youth Games is focused on attracting young people new to sport and all participants have to be below County standard to take part. If you would like to compete for Epsom & Ewell you must also live or go to school in the Borough to be eligible.
If you have registered to take part, you can view the full timetable of training sessions at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/surreyouthgames
Go Team Epsom & Ewell!
Happy Birthday Ma'am!
Around 100 residents joined the Mayor on a bitingly cold evening to light the beacon marking the Queen's birthday.
On Thursday 21 April, the UK and the Commonwealth celebrated the 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
As part of the celebrations the Queen lit a beacon at Windsor Castle. This triggered the lighting of a number of beacons along the Long Walk, Windsor Great Park and over 1,000 beacons across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, British Overseas Territories and the Commonwealth.
The Epsom Beacon was situated on Epsom Downs Viewing Point car park. Music came from Realistic Music and a joint community choir. After a few words from the Mayor the beacon was lit by a member of the local Girl Guides. The evening ended with the singing of the National Anthem.
Photos: Adrian Powell
Oak processionary moth
The oak processionary moth (OPM) is a pest which has established itself in oak trees in London and the South East in recent years after being accidentally introduced from mainland Europe. Sightings of the OPM were recorded in the Borough for the first time last year.
OPM damages oak trees, and can cause itching skin rashes and other health problems in people and animals.
The caterpillars emerge about April every year and develop thousands of tiny hairs which contain an irritating substance called thaumetopoein. This substance can cause itching skin rashes, eye irritations and sore throats in people and animals who come into contact with them. In rare cases they can cause breathing difficulties and allergic reactions. The hairs can be shed by the caterpillars as a defence mechanism, blown off by the wind, and left in the silken webbing nests which the caterpillars build on the trunks and branches of oak trees, sometimes at or close to ground level. Nests can fall to the ground, and hairs can stick to the trunks and branches of oak trees.
If you see any OPM nests or caterpillars, do not touch or approach them. The caterpillars have a distinctive habit of moving about in or under oak trees in nose-to-tail processions, which gives them their name. The silken webbing nests are white when new, and often have silken trails leading to them. They quickly become discoloured and harder to see against the dark colour of oak tree bark.
The main risk period is April to July, when the caterpillars are active. However, avoid nests, even ‘spent’ nests, at any time, because the hairs in them can remain irritating for many months.
It is important to avoid contact with the hairs, to teach your children to avoid them, and to protect your pets and livestock from them. Curious pets might need to be restrained from approaching nests and caterpillars. However, if you are affected, the symptoms, although unpleasant, are not usually medically serious and will pass in a few days. You can ask a pharmacist for something to relieve the symptoms. If you do have a serious allergic reaction, call NHS111 or see a doctor. Similarly, consult a vet for badly affected animals.
If you see OPM, report them immediately to the Forestry Commission, which is leading efforts to control its population, spread and impacts.
The preferred way to report sightings is with the Forestry Commission’s Tree Alert on-line pest reporting form, which you can access via its website page about OPM at www.forestry.gov.uk/opm. You will have to add a photograph to your report, but do not risk contact to get a photograph.
If you cannot use Tree Alert or get a photograph, you may report them by:
• email to email@example.com; or
• telephone to 0300 067 4442.
Note that OPM:
• does NOT live on walls, fences or other structures; and
• it does NOT build nests among oak leaves,
so there is no need to report caterpillars or nests in these places. They also only attack other trees if they run short of oak leaves to feed on, so please do NOT report caterpillars or nests in other trees unless there are stripped oak trees nearby.
The Council is working with the Forestry Commission and major oak tree owners on a programme funded by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) to survey for and treat affected oak trees and remove nests to minimise the population, spread and impacts of the pest. You can help us by reporting sightings as above. Details of the programme are available on the Forestry Commission website.
If you have OPM in your own oak trees, you will be issued with a Statutory Plant Health Notice by the Forestry Commission, requiring you to have the pest removed. This does not mean you are in any trouble – the notices are a management tool. Epsom & Ewell lies in the OPM Control or Buffer Zone where the Forestry Commission is working with us to prevent or limit spread out of the Core Zone. This means that if you are a private tree owner the Forestry Commission will have the infestation removed at no cost to you. Public-sector tree owners must have the work done at their expense. If you are having work done on oak trees, such as pruning or felling, please check that your tree surgeon is familiar with the health and safety precautions they should follow, and with the regulations for disposing of oak material safely to avoid accidentally spreading the pest to new areas. These are available on the Forestry Commission website. The Forestry Commission has published an ‘OPM manual’ with advice for people and organisations who own oak trees in the affected areas. See www.forestry.gov.uk/opmmanual.
For detailed information about OPM, visit the Forestry Commission’s website at www.forestry.gov.uk/opm.
Let's spring into the garden!
The warm weather means there work to be done in the garden, and the more weeding you manage now, will result in a lot less weeding in the summer!
But what to do with those weeds?
Did you know, that as a resident of Epsom & Ewell, you can get reduced cost composting bins from the wonderful people at Get Composting?
Composting in the Spring
Remove all the dead grass leftover from the colder months and compost, then give your lawn a good feed with the compost that is ready. Just mix an even amount of sharp sand with your sieved compost and add a layer of about 2.5 cm to your lawn. Mature lawns can really benefit from the extra kick of nutrients and by summer, your grass will be lush and healthy - but be aware that newly seeded or turfed lawns can be scorched by it.
Spring is the time to prune hardy shrubs; the dead and unwanted stems and leaves from roses and pampas grass for example, make a great addition to the compost bin. Add with equal amounts of moist green waste like grass cuttings or vegetable peelings to prevent the bin drying out.
As the floral summer displays take over from the daffodils and tulips, don't forget that bulb greenery can be composted; just make sure that the bulbs have started to go brown indicating that all the available goodness has been absorbed.
The contents of your vacuum cleaner (full of dirt and dust) can be composted. Also old shredded documents are ideal for adding structure and air to the bin.
Eat your eggs
Cardboard packaging from eggs, cereal boxes and Easter eggs can be composted as cardboard is a good counterbalance to kitchen waste and cut grass. The structure of the cardboard will aerate a heavy heap but can sometimes take a while to rot down – tear up before adding to the mix, as this will help keep air circulating in the bin.
information provided by Recycle for Surrey
Don't ignore the Workplace Pension
A workplace pension is a simple step to a better future. When you contribute so will your employer and the government.
The government introduced a new law in 2012 designed to help people save more for their retirement. It requires all employers to enrol their workers into a workplace pension scheme if they’re not already in one.
What’s a workplace pension?
A workplace pension is a way of saving for your retirement arranged through your employer. It’s also sometimes called a ‘company pension’, ‘occupational pension’ or ‘works pension’.
Will I be enrolled?
Yes, if you’re 22 or over, under State Pension age, work or usually work in the UK, earn more than £10,000 a year, and are not already in your employer’s pension scheme.
When will I be enrolled?
Over 6 million people have already been automatically enrolled into a workplace pension, and by the time all companies have automatically enrolled their workers this number is expected to rise to 8 million.
Large and medium sized businesses have already enrolled eligible staff, and small and micro businesses will be automatically enrolling their workers this year. All firms, even those with only one eligible worker, will come on board by 2018.
How much will go in?
To begin with, you’ll pay in 0.8% of your qualifying earnings while your employer adds another 1%. Tax relief from the government contributes a further 0.2%. Eventually, you’ll pay in a minimum of 4% of your qualifying earnings while your boss pays in at least 3% with a further 1% in tax relief – making a minimum total of 8% being saved into your pension pot.
Do I have to stay in the pension scheme?
You can choose to opt out of the scheme if you want to, but if you stay in you will have your own pension which you get when you retire.
Why is this happening?
We’re all living longer lives and likely to spend around 20 years in retirement. Millions of people are not saving enough to enjoy the lifestyle they’d like when they retire. The State Pension should be seen as a foundation – relying on it alone could mean that you’ll have a significant fall in income when you retire.
What are the benefits?
- Your employer will enrol you automatically so it’s easy for you to start saving. You don’t have to do anything.
- Your employer will contribute to your pension.
- The government will also contribute to your pension, through tax relief. Tax relief means some of your money that would have gone to the government as income tax, goes into your pension instead.
- Usually, the younger you are when you start paying into a pension the better. The money has more time to grow.
- Being in a workplace pension is worth considering, even if you think you’re too old. Unless your retirement is just a few weeks away, there’s still time to build up some money.
For further information visit www.workplacepensions.gov.uk
New mental health services for children and young people in Surrey
A range of new mental health services, known as Mindsight Surrey CAMHS, are now available for Surrey’s children and young people.
Referrals to the services can be made by health, education and social care practitioners. Appointments can be booked by calling CAMHS One Stop on 0300 222 5755. Lines are open 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-12pm Saturday. This number can also be used by young people and their families for help and advice without a referral.
Referrals can also be made by:
A further new development is a Behaviour and Neurodevelopment service, which is specifically designed to provide information, advice, guidance and treatment for children, young people and their families following a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Find out more about Mindsight Surrey CAMHS here.
SEND 2020 – Development Plan published
The SEND Development Plan has now been published as part of the SEND 2020 Programme.
It identifies the growing level of need for support among children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Surrey. It also highlights important issues and details how the SEND Partnership plans to transform services and improve educational and employment opportunities.
The plan provides an overview of the SEND 2020 Programme and its four key areas of change, known as workstreams, which focus on improving experiences and services for children, young people and their families.
Where improvements can be made quickly, they will be. Others will take longer to achieve, such as developing more special provision in Surrey for children with certain types of need. That’s why the programme extends to 2020.
What are the four workstreams?
The workstreams are:
- Transforming the customer experience (making it easier to get the right support).
- Rebuilding the system around the customer (so that it works more smoothly and seamlessly for families).
- Reshaping the SEND local offer (making the right services available in the right place – we refer to this as the ‘local offer’).
- Developing inclusive practice (working with schools and other partners to ensure children and young people with SEND and other vulnerable groups have equal access to learning opportunities).
To find out more visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/send2020
If you have any comments or would like to get involved in the SEND 2020 programme to help us improve services please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on LinkedIn and Facebook.
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.
The Mayor of Epsom & Ewell Spring Ball
Saturday 30 April, 6.45pm for 7.30pm
The Queen’s Stand, Epsom Downs Racecourse, KT18 5LQ
Dinner, Charity Auction and dancing ‘til late
Tickets £60. Proceeds to the Mayor’s charities. For more info email email@example.com or visit http://mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk/
Epsom & Ewell History & Archaeology Society
The History of Kingston by Shaan Butters
Wednesday 4 May, 8pm
St Mary's Church Hall, London Road, Ewell
Visitors always welcome. Admission to non-members: £4 (includes tea/coffee). Annual Membership: £10 (Family/Corporate £14). For more info visit www.epsomewellhistory.org.uk
Ewell Horticultural Association - This May Kill You!
Wednesday 11 May, 8pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF
A talk by Colin Jones. Many of our common plants are deadly. Admission - members £2, visitors £3 includes refreshments and raffle. For more info visit www.ewellhortassn.co.uk
She Inspires Me - Four day Festival celebrating the Queen hosted by Christ Church
Children's' Community Concert - Thursday 12 May, 2pm
Elders Lunch - Friday 13 May, 12.30pm
Film Night - Saturday 14 May, 7pm
Pentecost - Sunday 15 May, 10am - Parish Communion; 6.30pm - EMBRACE 'Songs of the Spirit'
Christ Church, Epsom Common
Tunes' n' Tea
Thursday 12 May, 1.30-3.30pm
St John's Church Hall, Station Approach, Stoneleigh KT19 0QZ
Entrance: £2.50. Join in for an afternoon of live music, tea, coffee, cakes and conversation. Performances by guest musicians. Relax and listen to a mix of songs and tunes, old, new, and everything in between!
Saturday 14 May, 10am-12noon
St Mary's Church Hall, London Road, Ewell
Plants, books, bric-a-brac, cakes, raffle and refreshments. Please bring donations from 8am. For more information visit www.stmarysewell.com
Epsom and Ewell U3A Open House
Monday 16 May, 10am-12noon
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell
Retired or nearing it? Drop by at The University of the Third Age Open House and learn about their monthly talks, speical interest groups, theatre trips, outings and holidays and more. For more information visit www.u3asites.org.uk/epsom-ewell or email: U3aepsom@gmail.com
Epsom Mayday Flower Club presents Floral Fantasia Colourtastic
Wednesday 18 May, 1.30pm for 2pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
A flower arranging demonstration by Lynne Carter. Visitors welcome, cost £6.
Yoga in the Park - 108 Sun Salutations
Saturday 21 May, registration starts at 1.30pm
Court Recreation Ground, Pound Lane, Epsom, KT19 8SB
Join in and take part in our first charity Yoga Mala session with Isabel. Just bring your mat and join in for half an hour or for the more experienced stay for the whole session. Donations gratefully received for Love Me Love My Mind - a local mental health charity supporting the community. Contact Isabel on 07906 661631, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Love Me Love My Mind at 01372 721518, email: email@example.com or visit www.lovelovemymind.org.uk
Epsom Male Voice Choir In Concert
Saturday 21 May, 7.30pm
Epsom Male Voice Choir's annual concert at the Playhouse Theatre marks the culmination of its busy schedule of concerts during the year. Led by Musical Director, Ian Assersohn, the choir has extended its repertoire while retaining the special values of the Male Voice Choir tradition. With more variety than ever in the programme this year you are certain to enjoy the concert and be uplifted by the energy and soul apparent in every performance the choir gives. This year’s special guests are the Premiere String Quartet. Prices from: £12.00 (Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded). For more info and to book tickets visit the Epsom Playhouse website.
Guide and Brownie Jumble Sale
Saturday 21 May, 1.30-3pm
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom
Admission 50p. Refreshments available. In aid of Epsom Methodist Brownies, Guides and Rainbows.
Banstead and Nork Amateur Operatic Society presents
Annie the Musical
Wednesday 18 - Saturday 21 May, 7.30pm; Saturday Matinee, 2.30pm
Adrian Mann Theatre, Nescot College, Reigate Road, Epsom KT17 3DS
Tickets £18 Adults, £15 Children available from the Box Office at 07716 496878. For more info visit www.banaos.org.uk
Cycle Challenge 2016
Sunday 22 May, 2pm - 4pm
The Harrier Centre, Poole Road, Epsom KT19 9RY
Fun Family day out - try a different kind of cycling! Support Team Sunnybank!For more info visit www.sunnybanktrust.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Epsom & Ewell History & Archaeology Society
John Propert, the Medical Profession and the C19 development of Epsom College by Alan Scadding
Wednesday 1 June, 8pm
St Mary's Church Hall, London Road, Ewell
Visitors always welcome. Admission to non-members: £4 (includes tea/coffee). Annual Membership: £10 (Family/Corporate £14). For more info visit www.epsomewellhistory.org.uk
Surrey Artists' Open Studios
4 - 19 June, 11am-5pm daily and Thursday evenings 6-8.30pm
An opportunity to visit artists' studios in and around Surrey. Artwork for sale, demonstrations and workshops. Pick up a brochure at your local art venue or library or phone 01483 519 287. For more info visit www.surreyopenstudios.org.uk
Epsom & Ewell Citizens Advice Summer Quiz Night
Friday 24 June, 7-10.30pm
St Joseph's Church, St Margaret Drive, Epsom KT18 7JQ
Fish-n-Chip Supper including a drink (vegetarian option available on request). Donations Bar (wine, beer, soft drink). Tickets: £15. Contact: email@example.com
Lawns of Bourne Hall
Sunday 26 June, 2-5pm
Bourne Hall Park, Ewell KT17 1UF
Free family fun for all ages. Live music, DJ and entertainer Steve Legg, Bouncy Castle, Pamper and Well-being Zone, Tea Tent, Crafts and Games. For more information visit www.ctewell.org.uk
Somme Football Cycle Commemoration
Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April
The football will arrive in Epsom on Friday 29 April at 4pm, coming via Ashley Road to the Clock Tower, where it will be met by the Mayor. It will then go on to Ewell, arriving at Bourne Hall at 5pm. The next morning at 9am it will leave Bourne Hall via the Dog Gate, to be taken to Kingston along the Kingston Road.
On 1 July 1916 Captain Billy Neville of the East Surrey Regiment kicked a football into no man’s land and towards the German trenches. It was his way of taking his men’s mind off what they were to face, and it must have worked because the men followed and took the enemy position. Billy died in the attack. This April a replica football will be carried by men of the 10th Essex living history group in World War I uniform, cycling between the two Surrey regimental chapels at Guildford and Kingston. It will be taken to the Somme battlefield where they will kick it across the same trajectory in no man’s land, to where the German trenches once stood.
Somme Football March Timetable
Friday 29 April
9.50am: Assemble at Holy Trinity Church Guildford High Street. Mayor of Guildford met by Lt Col Patrick Crowley.
10am: Service in QWRS chapel Holy Trinity.
10.25am: Balls and Escort depart on foot to Guildford main railway station.
12.30pm: Balls and Escort depart by bicycle from Dorking Halls for Epsom (travelling via Box Hill, Headley, WW1 Memorial Wood Epsom Downs).
4pm: Arrive Epsom Clock Tower met by the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell. Then depart to Bourne Hall, Ewell.
Saturday 30 April
9.15am: Balls and Escort depart Dog Gate at Bourne Hall for Kingston via Kingston Road to Tolworth and Surbiton.
11.30am: Marchers arrive All Saints’ Church, Market Place, Kingston upon Thames. Met by the Mayor of Kingston Upon Thames.
11.45am: Service at East Surrey Regimental Chapel.
Deando Ruxley Cricket Club
Open Evening - Thursday 28 April to launch the new season.
Junior Cricketers wanted for the 2016 season. Qualified coaches run junior sections every Thursday evening throughout the summer 6.30-8.30pm. For more info visit www.deandoruxleycc.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Gill Coker on 07825 324307.
Are you looking for a friendly and socialble sport that's easy to learn and keeps you fit? For a combination of fitness, friendship and fun the game of bowls is hard to beat.
Ewell Village Bowling Club
Open Day - Saturday 7 May, 11am
Gibraltar Recreation Ground, West Street, Ewell KT17 1XR
Beginners and experienced bowlers welcome. Mondays and Fridays, 5pm from 25 April. Equipment provided - just wear flat shoes. For further details please call 0208 393 2860 or 0208 393 2396.
Auriol Bowling Club
Open Day - Sunday 15 May and Saturday 11 June between 11am and 4pm
Alternatively, come along at 11am on any Thursday morning starting 19 May through to the end of August, and receive up to four free coaching sessions run by one of the club's qualified coaches. No special clothing or equipment is required; simply bring flat-soled shoes (e.g. trainers). The Club also runs teams in men's, ladies' and mixed external leagues, so there are plenty of opporunities for more experienced players to test their skills against players from other clubs. For more information please contact the Club Secretary David Regan on 020 8337 8919 or visit www.auriolbowlingclub.com
Epsom Allsorts Running Club - Hogsmill 5
Sunday 22 May, 10am
Harrier Centre, West Ewell
The Hogsmill 5 is a friendly ladies-only running race over 5 miles, organised each year by the Epsom Allsorts ladies running club. With no cut-off time it's a perfect target for absolute beginners, and enjoyed by establised runners too. The race is mostly flat, with start and finish at the Harrier Centre athletics track and explores the picturesque parkland of the Hogsmill Local Nature Reserve.
Goody bag for all finishers, 1st 2nd 3rd place prizes and spot prizes. Plus Children's races over various distances on the athletics track before the main event. Homemade cake sale with proceds to club's nominated charity, Epsom & Ewell Foodbank. Race entry: Advance entry - £10 EA affiliated, £12 unaffiliated; On the day entry: £12 EA affiliated, £14 unaffiliated; Children's races: £1 per child. Closing date for online entries is 12noon on Friday 20 May. For more details visit www.epsomallsorts.org.uk/hogsmill5.html
Get in touch!
The Cox Lane (Epsom KT19 9PS) and Long Grove (Epsom KT19 8TE) BMX/Skate parks have been put to good use following the launch opening last year. The Council's Leisure Developments Team is keen to make sure the Parks continue to serve the needs of the Borough and are now looking at potential activities for 2016.
Some ideas for potential events and activities could include - BMX, Skate and Scooter workshops; competition 'jam' day and lots more.
The Team would love to hear from anyone with ideas or suggestions. Get in touch at email@example.com
This month at the Epsom Playhouse
- 28 April - Talon - a brand new production of the award winning 'Best of Eagles'
- 29 April - The Blues Band - an evening of stunning blues played with feeling and expertise by these masters of their art
- 30 April - The Counterfeit Stones - celebrate their 25th anniversary with yet another "Sham Rock" experience
- 6 May - The ELO Experience - recreating the fabulous sounds of the Electric Light Orchestra
- 7 May - Epsom Symphony Orchestra - 'Idyll and Enigma' with pieces by Delius, Rand, Bax and, of course, the Elgar Enigma Variations
- 16 May - Tell Me on a Sunday - Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Blacks classic musical starring Jodie Prenger
- 17 May - Bobby Davro – The acclaimed comedian and TV personality brings his latest show to the Epsom Playhouse
- 19 May - Syd Lawrence Orchestra - This fizzy and frisky, glittering gem of a show remains the best entertainment in town
- 20 May - UK Pink Floyd Experience - Making a welcome return as part of their 'Classic Floyd Collection' Tour, Pink Floyd Experience recreated
the atmosphere of the great Pink Floyd in concert
- 21 May - Epsom Male Voice Choir Annual Concert - Epsom Male Voice Choir's annual concert at the Playhouse marks the culmination of its busy schedule of concerts. With more variety than ever in the programme this year, you are certain to enjoy the concert and be uplifted by the energy and soul, apparent in every performance the choir gives
- 21 May - You're the Top - A tribute to Cole Porter - A beautifully paced review featuring the music and lyrics of one of the worlds best-loved songwriters.
- 5 May - Shazia Mirza - Following an acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run, Shazia Mirza takes her new show on tour - The Kardashians Made Me Do It. A searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides
- 11 May to 14 May – Spamalot - Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
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 Black Death or the 'New Pestilence'
Saturday 07 May; 1pm - 2.30pm
Discover the disgusting symptoms and how the poor folk of England had to deal with it.
Cost: £5 per child (includes one free accompanying adult).
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
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.
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.
Sunday 15 May
Epsom Common LNR Natural History Walk; 2pm
Meet at the Stew Pond car park. Explore the spring time natural history of this Reserve. Cost: £5 per adult, £2.50 per child.
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
Echoes of the Past - Saxon Epsom
Epsom Town Centre, Derby festival week
A series of events are planned for the week before the Derby in Epsom Town Centre.
The early agenda includes:
- Friday 27 May onward, retail Treasure Hunt
- Friday 27 / Sat 28 May, Ashley Centre events, including fashion shows
- Saturday 28 May, Rosebery Park Echoes of the Past (Saxon vs Vikings)
- Sunday 29 May, Festival Market
- Bank Holiday Monday 30 May, Mayor’s Charity Day, Market Place including Pantomime Horse racing!
Watch out for posters around the Town Centre for more details!
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
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 1 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!
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.
Out and about in the Community
WEA Courses at The Ebbisham Centre, 6-7 Derby Square, Epsom KT19 8AG
Wednesdays 11 & 18 May, 10am-12.30pm
This course may be particularly useful for church, hospital or hospice volunteers.
Monday 23 May, 10am-1pm
From school fund raiser to charity ball organiser, this workshop will help you plan a successful event.
To book call Sam Johnson on 07825 112798 or email: email@example.com Courses are free for those over 19 currently working as a volunteer for any organisation.
Epsom Movie Makers
Friday 13 May - Natter about our forthcoming summer projects
Friday 10 June - Studio Evening 1
Friday 8 June - Studio Evening 2
St Mary's Church Hall (opposite the Church), London Road, Ewell
Join fellow enthusiasts at our meetings at 8pm and bring your camcorder! For more info visit www.epsommoviemakers.co.uk which has useful articles and helpful tips or contact the Chairman, Norman Bull on 020 8337 8118.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The Beat Project - Friends of Families
Weekly activities at The Wellbeing Centre
Click here to find out more about Dementia Awareness Week 15 - 21 May at the Wellbeing Centre
Free activities and classes throughout the week:
Smartcare Clinic, 9am - 5pm
Adult Social Care, Surrey County Council (by appointment only).
Carers Support Group, 10.30am-12noon
Alzheimer's Society - Fourth Monday of every month.
Sound Healing and Meditation & Relaxation, 11am-12noon
These sessions alternate with the carers support group, for dates please check with the Wellbeing Centre.
Information and Advice Drop In, 1.30pm-3pm
Enhancing flexibility, co-ordination and balance.
Japanese Memory Group, 10 - 11am
Enhancing cognitive functions.
Resistance Band & Weight Training, 1.30pm-2.30pm
Muscle strengthening exercise.
Advice Drop In, 9.30am - 12noon
Adult Social Care, Surrey County Council
Advice Drop In, 9.30am - 11am
Sight for Surrey - Last Wednesday of every month.
Springboard into Activity, 10am - 12noon
Reminiscence - enhancing communication skills.
Music Therapy, 1pm - 2pm
Wellbeing through music.
Mood Management Group, 10am - 12noon
Older Persons Mental Health Services - by invite only
Japanese Memory Group, 10am - 11am
Enhancing cognitive functions.
Pets As Therapy (PAT Dogs), 10am - 11am
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council Home Improvement Agency, 10am - 12noon
First Friday of every month.
Social Morning, 11.30am-12.30pm
Everyone welcome for tea, coffee and chat.
Stimulating Visual Arts Group, 1pm-3pm
Enhancing expression, creativity and focus.
Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm - Community Alarm and Telecare demonstration suite open. Drop in anytime to view the equipment
The above sessions are free and 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 email@example.com
Please note: Sessions do not run on Bank Holidays. Some sessions may not run during holiday periods, please check with the Centre.
Find out more about the Wellbeing Centre at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk under the Community and Living section.
Dementia Friends - Free Awareness Training
The Epsom & Ewell Wellbeing Centre is running free 1 hour awareness training sessions (maximum of six people per session) to become a Dementia Friend, from 3pm-4pm on Thursdays: 26 May and 9 June.
The training is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help, once completed you will receive a Dementia Friend Badge.
A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action - from telling friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts! Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend.
To book please contact the Epsom & Ewell Wellbeing Centre on 01372 727583 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dementia Carers Coffee Events
Tuesday 10 May, 11.30am - 1pm: Coffee morning for professionals dealing with dementia
Friday 20 May, 1.30pm - 3.30pm: Coffee afternoon for people with dementia and their carers
The Wellbeing Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom KT19 9HG
Surrey Library Service is hosting two coffee events to help those suffering with dementia.
The Alzheimer’s Society will be attending together with dementia navigators to help with questions, plus there will be information on library services on offer relating to dementia and other areas.
A Newting we do go
Great Crested Newts in our Local Nature Reserves (LNR)
Our Countryside Officer assisted by volunteers organises weekly surveys for Great Crested Newts in Field Pond in Horton Country Park LNR and Blakes Pond in Epsom LNR. At a recent survey conducted, 18 Great Crested Newts were recorded at Blakes Pond and eggs found at Field Pond. Results can vary significantly depending on the weather. Pictured: One of our volunteers who is also a Lower Mole Partnership volunteer conducting the survey.
Field Pond is the focus of the survey with Blakes Pond a known stronghold acting as a form of control. The fence erected around Field Pond in 2014 by the Lower Mole Partnership volunteers designed to rescue the pond ecologically due to constant disturbance from dogs has seen helped the pond recover remarkably. This is highlighted by the Great Crested Newts eggs being found on the aquatic plants that now flourish in the pond.
Pictured: Difference between a male Great Crested Newt and a male Smooth Newt.
Picture credit: Judith McNickle.
MGSO4: Epsom and Ewell Arts Festival
'Our Town' Poetry Competition
MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival has launched a competition to find the borough’s most talented young poets, on the theme of ‘Our Town.’ Submissions are invited from children and young people aged between six and 18, in the form of a poem of up to 40 lines.
Shortlisted poets across four age categories will be invited to perform their poem at the Celebration of Young Poets event at Bourne Hall, Ewell, on Saturday 25 June, alongside poet Audrey Ardern-Jones and her musicians, collectively known as The Poetry and Music Ensemble.
Audrey and fellow poet Jean Hall will judge the competition, and the overall winning poem in each category will be announced at the end of the event.
Competition entry is free. All entrants must live or attend school in the borough.
For details of how to enter and top tips from the judges, visit: http://mgso4festival.org/poetry-competition.
Deadline for submissions: 12.05.16; Notification of shortlisted entries: 07.06.16; Poetry performance and prize-giving: 25.06.16.
Built to Last – A Song for MGSO4 Festival
A brand new song has been released to celebrate the launch of MGSO4: Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival, by local songwriter and musician Ben Tompsett.
Schools and children’s choirs across the borough have received copies of the uplifting, pop ballad Built To Last, sung by 12-year old Beth Keens, from Epsom Downs. Children are being encouraged to learn the chorus and second verse, and join in with a flashmob-style performance at the festival on 25 June.
Anyone who wants to learn or enjoy the song, can find the backing track, lyrics, and a piano score on the website www.mgso4festival.org/song
Hear the full version of the song on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VneQGo3Wb8
About MGSO4: Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival
MGSO4 Festival is a brand new three-day celebration of the arts held in Epsom & Ewell from 24-26 June 2016.
The Festival’s name, MGSO4, has been inspired by the chemical formula for Epsom Salts, (magnesium sulphate) which first made the area famous almost 400 years ago.
The festival includes music, visual arts, theatre, dance and literature. MGSO4 is a new registered arts charity, run by local volunteers.
To find out more about the festival, visit the website, www.mgso4festival.org
SWALK - Walking for Women with Cancer
Cancer! Epsom's coming to get you!
Epsom Race for Life – 5K & 10K
Ladies, it’s time to lace up your trainers, and walk, jog, or charge your way around Race for Life 2016. Through raising money at Race for Life to fund ground-breaking research into new drugs and treatments, you can help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
Sunday 26 June, 11am, Epsom Racecourse
SIGN UP NOW AT RACEFORLIFE.ORG
Let’s beat cancer sooner