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Introduction to October edition of Eborough Insight, the Epsom & Ewell Borough Council newsletter.


Welcome to the October edition of eBorough Insight, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council's monthly newsletter. 

This month has been full of festivities, pumpkin-picking is in full swing and we hope that families are enjoying some autumn and Halloween related events around the borough.

As we look ahead to November, please note the Remembrance Services that are planned, including a ceremony in Epsom Market Place, a procession across Ewell and an opportunity to reflect in Bourne Hall's Garden of Remembrance. 


Remembrance in Epsom & Ewell

Remembrance Day Services

Wednesday 8 November: Bourne Hall Garden of Remembrance, EwellRemembrance Day

At 11am on Wednesday 8 November the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell and local schoolchildren will open the annual Garden of Remembrance at Bourne Hall Park. Schools will perform songs and poems and place poppy tokens to honour and remember all those who have died in the service of their country. The Garden of Remembrance will be open to visitors until 30 November.

Saturday 11 November: Ceremony at Market Place, Epsom

Members of the public are invited to join the Mayor and the Royal British Legion, Armed Forces and Veterans for a short ceremony at the Clock Tower in the Market Place, Epsom. This will be followed by a two-minute silence at 11am.

Sunday 12 November: Procession from Army Reserve Centre to St Mary's Church, Ewell

At 9.30am the Mayor will lay two wreaths at the War Memorial in Ashley Road, Epsom. At 10:30am the Remembrance Day procession will take place beginning at the Army Reserve Centre at Welbeck Close and ending at St Mary’s Church in Ewell. This will be followed by an Act of Remembrance service, wreath laying and a church service. At 10:45am the Deputy Mayor will attend a Remembrance Day service at St Martin of Tours Church, Epsom.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council’s planning department no longer under review for designation

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council have received official notification from the Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Rachel Maclean MP, that their planning department is no longer under review for designation.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council have received official notification from the Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Rachel Maclean MP, that their planning department is no longer under review for designation.

In April 2023 the council, along with nine other local authorities, received a letter from Michael Gove MP, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, which stated that due to the performance levels of the council on planning applications during October 2020 and September 2022, designating the council was under consideration.

The council had been fully aware of this historic issue relating to performance over that period, which was a result of Covid and capacity-related issues. Having acknowledged the issues, the council took swift decisive action to address them, securing additional staffing resourcing within the department as well as investing in IT and improved ways of working. 

As a result of the council’s actions, service levels and performance on planning applications improved rapidly and significantly. Since early 2022, the council has continued to determine at least 90% of planning applications within the statutory timescale target, compared to the government threshold of 70%:

  • Apr-Jun 2022 – 95%
  • Jul-Sep 2022 – 91%
  • Oct-Dec 2022 – 95%
  • Jan-Mar 2023 – 96%
  • Apr-Jun 2023 – 95%.
  • Jul-Sept 2023 – 90%

Jackie King, Chief Executive of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, said:

 “We are very pleased that the Secretary of State has recognised the issues the council faced were historic and temporary in nature, and that the council has worked very hard to take significant proactive steps to address and improve them, resulting in our Planning Department far exceeding national targets over the past five consecutive quarters. We have a strong and stable team and systems in place and are very confident that we will continue to provide a high level of service, over and above what is expected, into the future.”

Epsom, Ewell and Nonsuch Park triumph at the South & South East In Bloom Awards

Epsom, Ewell and Nonsuch Park triumph at the South & South East In Bloom Awards

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Go Epsom Business Improvement District, and dedicated volunteers from across the borough were delighted to pick up a number of awards for Nonsuch Park, Epsom Town Centre and Ewell Village at this year’s South & South East in Bloom awards.

For the first time, Nonsuch Park picked up two awards, a prestigious Gold Award for Large Conservation Area and a Silver Gilt Award for Heritage Park. 

Judge Peter Holman, who is also Chairman of the South & South East in Bloom scheme, praised the efforts of the Nonsuch Voles Volunteering Group, and Epsom and Ewell Borough Council’s Operational Services and Countryside Team, who all work together for the overall benefit of the park.

Mr Holman said, “Woodland management, planting new trees and beds, and uncovering and restoring horticultural features all add value. Since my last visit, it’s good to see progress and the natural areas of the park are an excellent example of what can be achieved to benefit wildlife.”

Ewell Village kept its Silver Award status in the Large Village of the Year category and was congratulated on the efforts of the community volunteers who help maintain the Gertrude Longhurst Memorial Garden and Bourne Hall Park.

The council’s work at Bourne Hall was also praised. The judges said, “With its historic grounds, Bourne Hall showed noticeable improvements to the area at the rear of the building, which now forms an outdoor extension to the café area. It is understood that planting to soften its appearance is planned along with a new children's play area. Adjacent to the pond, a new pollinators bed has been successfully planted and looked attractive.

“The Wheatsheaf public house was pleasing to see and welcoming. Also of note was the work at Gertie's garden.”

Epsom Town Centre entered the Business Improvement District category and retained its Silver Award status. The judges noted the planting schemes in Rosebery Park, the ‘Pocket Park’ in South Street and the new planters outside TK Maxx, they were also impressed with the murals around the Town Centre and the Lidl Living Wall in Upper High Street.

Councillor John Beckett, Chair of the Environment Committee, said “I am pleased to see the hard work and dedication of the council, Go Epsom, businesses, residents and volunteers has been formally recognised at this year’s South & South East in Bloom awards.

“Maintaining our standards by winning Silver Awards in Ewell Village and Epsom Town Centre again and improving on last year’s awards tally by winning Gold and Silver Gilt for Nonsuch Park is a brilliant achievement.

“Plans are already being put in place for the borough to take part in Bloom next year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is committed to ensuring our borough is the best it can be for the local community, visitors and wildlife all year round.”

Karen Pengelly, BID Manager at Go Epsom said, “Epsom is a lovely town, and the introduction of planters, murals and general greenery are welcome additions to our street scene. Visitors and local workers have commented on how much they appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in making Epsom look even better. Onwards and upwards for 2024 – there’s always more to do!”

Half price bus fares for under 20s in Surrey

Young people aged 20 and under are now entitled to 50% off all adult bus fares across Surrey.

Young people aged 20 and under are now entitled to 50% off all adult bus fares across Surrey.

Surrey County Council have created a new ‘LINK' card which can be shown on any bus in Surrey to qualify for the discount on all single and return journeys. You can apply at

Journeys should start and/or end in Surrey and people in the qualifying age group must live in the county.

More information is available at

The Dementia Hub is here to help

The Dementia Hub, situated in Sefton Road in Epsom, offers specialist respite daycare for people living with memory loss and dementia.

Managing dementia can be a challenge. 

In Epsom & Ewell, support is available. 

The Dementia Hub, situated in Sefton Road in Epsom, offers specialist respite daycare for people living with memory loss and dementia. It offers a safe, friendly environment where clients can enjoy activities, social interaction and develop skills to improve their quality of life.

The Dementia Hub is part of the Community & Wellbeing Centre, a support hub which offers social and recreational activities for over 55s. The Community & Wellbeing Centre also provides services including assisted bathing, a community alarm service, foot clinic, meals at home, a shopping service and transport from home. 

People who are interested in finding out more about the Dementia Hub or who’d like to book a free assessment can call 01372 727583 or visit:

Home Upgrade Grant

As the weather becomes colder and the days darker, you may be starting to think about energy costs again.

As the weather becomes colder and the days darker, you may be starting to think about energy costs again. 

Making your home more energy efficient and environmentally friendly is a great opportunity to reduce energy bills and do your bit for the environment and reduce your carbon footprint.

What funding is available?

More than £12m of Government funding is now available, via the Home Upgrade Grant scheme, for Surrey residents to make their homes more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. 

Who is eligible?

If your home is not heated by gas you might be eligible for this grant. Anyone living in hard to heat homes and on lower incomes could receive up to £38,000 to fund measures that; improve a range of insulation including wall, loft and underfloor; install solar PV, solar thermal and air source heat pumps and ensure ventilation meets the industry standards.

Your property must have an EPC rating of D-G, the primary form of heating must not be mains gas and you will need to meet the financial eligibility criteria. Funding is limited and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Find out more

For more information and to check if you’re eligible for the grant, visit the Action Surrey website or call 0800 783 2503.

Help for landlords

If you’re a private landlord, your tenant might be eligible for the funding. You can also check The Domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations Guidance for Landlords web page for details on updated requirements.

Surrey Energy Advice

COL Surrey Energy Advice

Online Energy Advice Tool to help you save money

Surrey County Council have created a new online Energy Advice Tool. The tool asks a series of short questions and depending on the answers will offer tailored information on grants, support and advice, and non-financial help on a range of topics including:

  • Find free or part-funded schemes to make you home more energy efficient
  • Signpost to debt relief grants
  • Where to find additional services such as clothes and food banks
  • Fuel vouchers

Other support:

Welfare Hub

Surrey County Council have pulled together financial, health and welfare information on their website to ensure you find what support is on offer in the country. For more information, visit the Welfare Hub.

Cost of Living Support

Visit Epsom & Ewell Borough Council's Cost of Living Support webpage for more support and advice.

Jobs at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

We're recruiting.

Our small but ambitious authority offers you the opportunity to become involved in a wide range of varied and interesting work. That, together with an enviable array of staff benefits and a rewarding and challenging career, is our unique offer to you.

If you have the passion and the drive to make a real difference, we really want to hear from you. View a list of all current vacancies at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council here.

Featured vacancies

Benefit Officer 

Are you an ambitious benefits professional looking for a new challenge? For the right person, this is an exciting opportunity to join a small and dynamic in house team, where you will get involved in all aspects of Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support.

At Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, we are passionate about maintaining an inclusive workplace for all that reflects the communities we serve. We welcome applications from all sections of our community particularly from underrepresented backgrounds, including BAME, LGBTQ+ and those with hidden or visible disabilities.

We are committed to ensuring all our staff – regardless of gender, age, religion, sexuality, ethnicity or disability – can thrive and succeed whilst working with us.

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Spotlight on

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and Glyn School Collaborate on Community Mural

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and Glyn School have come together to transform an unused building on the site of the Upper High Street car park with a community mural funded through the Government’s Safer Streets initiative.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and Glyn School have come together to transform an unused building on the site of the Upper High Street car park with a community mural funded through the Government’s Safer Streets initiative.

Ten local secondary school students recently worked in collaboration with the council and international graffiti artists from Positive Arts to create a large scale mural celebrating the biodiversity within our borough. The artwork has dramatically improved the aesthetics of the building, which previously looked tired and in need of renovating.

Giving support to the project, Councillor Clive Woodbridge, Chair of the Community & Wellbeing Committee at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, said: “It is a goal of the council to ensure that our natural environment is both celebrated and accessible to all. This project showcases how culture and creative practices can help to elevate the natural landscape of our borough in new and colourful ways.

“This type of project sits within the emerging Cultural Strategy for the council, which seeks to nurture and champion the creative talents within our community while increasing access to creativity for all to enjoy and engage with. The students’ teamwork has also been extremely impressive and is something to be proud of”.

Julian Phethean from Positive Arts said, “The young people were really determined to produce something they could be proud of and that’s exactly what they achieved!

“All of the students worked well in a team, made a positive social impact, and displayed a high level of creativity, focus and drive.”

A spokesperson for Glyn School said: “The students involved thoroughly enjoyed this unique experience to give back to the community in a very different way.”  

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What's On

What's on in Epsom & Ewell

Find out what's happening in Epsom & Ewell

There's lots happening in Epsom and Ewell over the coming months.

For the full events list, take a look at the events page on the Epsom & Ewell Borough Council website. 

Bourne Hall events

Cave Painting

Tuesday 24 October, 11am-3pm, £5 per child

In prehistoric times, early men crawled down into the darkest caves and used light from primitive candles to paint pictures of themselves and the animals they hunted. They left behind a vivid record of their way of life and some clues of what they believed in. Discover how and why these paintings were created. Then by flickering light try to create your own cave painting in our very own ‘caves’.

A walk around the dark side of Epsom's history

Sunday 29 October, 5pm to 6.30pm and 7.30pm to 9pm
£5 per person per walk.
A walk around the dark side of Epsom’s history and discover a WW1 ghost nurse, haunted pubs, the matchstick ghost and perhaps Epsom’s most unlucky house. Ghosts of Neil Gwyn and Stg Green and the lady in the church yard. Lord Lyttleton and his tragic end along with a visit to Epsom’s most haunted house. 
Monday 30 October, 2pm to 3.30pm
Tuesday 31 October, 5pm to 6.30pm and 7.30pm to 9pm
£5 per person per walk.

Discover the darker side of Ewell’s history with a guided tour around its historic heart. Visit graveyards and crime scenes, if you dare! Hear tales of local folk who won’t stay dead, ghostly coach crashes and discover the story of Joan Butts, Ewell’s witch. Are you brave enough to dare to tread where the Resurrection Men once stood, while you learn about their grisly trade? Experience for yourself what it was like to be imprisoned in Ewell’s 18th century jail - be careful you don’t get left behind!

Around the borough

Quiz Night in aid of Age Concern in Epsom & Ewell

Friday 3 November 7pm to 10.30pm at The Conservative Club, Epsom

£15 per person

Not a whizz with a quiz? It really doesn't matter. This quiz night promises to be a highly entertaining evening pitched for all to enjoy! There will be slices of pizza, nibbles and a drink tied in with the ticket price too! Please gather your teams of 6 and book in advance or you can book an individual place and you will be included in a team. Please help to spread the word, it's going to be a fun night to raise funds for Age Concern Epsom & Ewell, Charity No: 1139652.

Ashtead Choral Society performs Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini

Saturday 4 November 7.30pm at St Martin's Church, Epsom

Tickets £18 in advance, £20 on the door, £9 under 25s. Tickets include programme.

In this, the great composer’s final work, the music ranges from hushed intensity to boisterous high spirits and abounds with the memorable tunes and rhythmic vitality for which Rossini became justly famous. It is a heart-warming and celebratory piece, bursting with humour, charm and sincerity.

Garden of Remembrance in Bourne Hall

Wednesday 8 November 11.00am-12.00pm

On 8 November at 11am, the Garden of Remembrance in Bourne Hall Park will be opened by the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell and local schoolchildren to honour and remember all those who died in the service of their country. Schools will be performing songs and poems and placing poppy crosses to remember the loss of servicemen and women in all conflicts. After this ceremony, the public can place their own crosses and tokens of remembrance.  If you would like your school to take part please contact:

Find out about events in Epsom & Ewell here:

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Markets in Epsom & Ewell

Epsom Markets

Regular markets in Epsom marketplace take place on Thursday and Saturday.
For information on the weekly markets at Epsom Marketplace take a look here: Epsom & Ewell markets

Artisan Market image with mince pies

Artisan Market - at Bourne Hall in November and December
Come along to see a gorgeous selection of wooden children's toys, handmade jewellery, local honey and jams and lots more. 
First Saturday of the month, 10am - 3pm. 

£Cash in the Wardrobe - Bourne Hall
A market for pre-loved and vintage clothes and accessories, taking place on the third Saturday of the month.
10am - 2pm

Farmer's Market - Epsom Marketplace
This market usually takes place on the first Sunday of the month.
9.30am - 1.30pm.
Find out more at

Epsom Sustainable Market is postponed until 2024.

Explore Epsom and Ewell

Get closer to nature and enjoy the outdoors with our various guided walks. Explore local nature reserves, discover your borough's history and boost your health and wellbeing too.

Visit the walks page on our website to discover a range of walks that take place across Epsom and Ewell.  

Epsom & Ewell also has several beautiful open spaces which are great for cycling, including Epsom Downs, Epsom Common Local Nature Reserve, Nonsuch Park, Hogsmill Local Nature Reserve, and Horton Country Park Local Nature Reserve. You can find cycling routes for all these places on our website.

Epsom Common Association (ECA)

ECA supports the preservation and protection of Epsom Common local nature reserve and site of special scientific interest. ECA works in partnership with the Council, the Lower Mole Countryside Management Project and English Nature to contribute to the long term management and conservation of the Common.

Nature walks
ECA organises a number of walks on the Common each year which are led by local natural history experts. The subjects that are usually covered each year include birds in early spring, wildflowers, butterflies, invertebrates particularly bush crickets, bats and fungi. 

The EcoVols
If you care about the Common and enjoy its wildlife and beauty why not join the EcoVols, the volunteer group of the ECA. EcoVols carry out a variety of conservation projects on the Common throughout the year in association with English Nature, the Council and the Lower Mole Countryside Management Project. You don’t need any special skills or experience just your enthusiasm and time! For more info and the 2020 EcoVols programme see: Conservation on Epsom Common

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Your Council

Council meetings in October and November

    The following meetings of the Council will be held, or have taken place in October and November.



      The agendas, reports and details on how to view the council meetings are published seven days before the relevant meeting on the website links above.

      Meeting dates are subject to change. When looking for details of a particular meeting, please contact the relevant officer to confirm that the meeting is going ahead as scheduled.

      The calendar of Council meetings can be found here:

      You can subscribe to updates in order to receive information via e-mail regarding arrangements for particular committee meetings.

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      Community Notice Boards

      There are community notice boards, known as Borough Boards, in various locations across Epsom & Ewell. The Boards are for local community use and form a vital information point for those who are not online.  They are used for timely information and events; they are not used to advertise businesses. 

      Submitting a poster

      If you have a poster you would like placing on the boards, please email with an electronic copy of the poster, so the team can double check it is appropriate for the boards. Once the team have confirmed the poster is suitable, please print and deliver 25 posters (one for each board) into the postbox outside the main entrance at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council Town Hall, clearly marked ‘Borough Boards’, or ask your Ward Councillor to do so on your behalf.

      Please submit your posters as far in advance as possible, to allow plenty of time for posters to be checked and put up on the boards.

      Content Rules

      Posters should advertise timely local information and events. The following will not be accepted:

      • Overt advertising of businesses or services
      • Any discriminatory language or suggestions, including hate speech and profanities in the text or via images
      • Promoting a religious cause only, with no event or activity taking place
      • Any political inferences.

      Poster content should be easy for everyone to read and respond to. All posters must:

      • Be a maximum of A4 in size
      • Consider accessibility - they should be easy to read, in colours that are contrasting and not using fonts that may be tricky for those with visual impairments to read
      • Posters should include a working phone number wherever possible.  A poster that only points to a website / email for more information will not serve those members of the community who are not online.

      We reserve the right to select which posters can be featured. 

      We will insert posters that meet the content rules above on a first submitted, first served basis, until all the spaces are allocated, and to remove any that are out of date in a timely manner.

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