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Summertime, and the livin' is easy…

As the weather becomes more pleasant, there’s a host of activities around the Borough this month for some real easy ‘livin’, including the annual Ewell Village fair - a true community event.

And if ‘One of these mornings you're gonna rise up singing’, may we recommend one of the great shows at the Epsom Playhouse for some inspiration!

However, Ella Fitzgerald was right only to a point...

As well as heralding the delicate aroma of burnt barbequed sausages wafting on the breeze, summertime can also mean the sound of next door’s questionable musical tastes being shared at full volume via their open windows. The Council recently introduced a new App to allow reporting noise nuisance easier – full info in this issue.

Summertime seems to bring all kinds of disagreements between neighbours to the fore –probably because so many are spending more time in the garden. The Council recommends an independent charity that is based in the Borough to help resolve these disputes – their details can be found in the Your Community section.

Enjoy the fleeting good weather (watch out for the jumpin' fish) and be a good neighbour by allowing others to enjoy summertime as well.


Team Epsom & Ewell win first place at P&G Surrey Youth Games 2015

Team Epsom & Ewell Gold medallistsTeam Epsom & Ewell have won the coveted overall Borough Trophy for the second time at the annual P&G Surrey Youth Games held on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford.

The team of 225 young people from across the Borough aged between seven and 15 years did the Borough proud and came away with an incredible collection of medals, securing first position for Team Epsom & Ewell:

• 5 Gold: Junior Girls Hockey; Mixed Lacrosse; Junior & Senior Mixed Squash; Senior Mixed Table Tennis – Team 1
• 5 Silver: Junior Mixed Boccia; Senior Girls Football; Senior Girls Netball; Senior Girls Rugby; Junior Team Epsom & Ewell - Silver medallistsMixed Table Tennis
• 4 Bronze: Girls Basketball; Junior Boys Hockey; Senior Mixed Table Tennis – Team 2; Mixed TouchTennis
• Individual medals in Judo: 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 3 Bronze.

Team Epsom & Ewell also scored the maximum bonus points for entering the highest number of teams this year, 35 teams in all 17 sports - basketball, badminton, boccia, boxing, girl's cricket, girl's football, hockey, judo, lacrosse, netball, netball high 5, girl's rugby, swimming, squash, table tennis, touchtennis and tennis.

Councillor Jan Mason, Chairman of the Council's Leisure Committee said: “I find young people in Epsom & Ewell to be incredibly enthusiastic and active members of our community and this weekend they have done us proud!

“What a fantastic result!

 “I am a passionate believer in the power that sport has to bring people together, build skills and strength of character and, of course, stay fit and healthy. By providing our young people with the opportunity to engage in a wide range of sports at an early age, I hope that their interest in staying fit will last well into adulthood.

 “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Coaches who have given up their time to train and motivate the young people in Team Epsom & Ewell and to the parents and families who supported the team to victory!”

The Council's Leisure team had a superb response this year with a record 494 people who registered to take part in the free trials and coaching sessions organised by the Council in April, May and June.

The free training sessions for all sports were run by qualified coaches and the majority have direct links with local clubs' junior sections, offering youngsters who took part, a chance to get involved with a club on a more long-term basis.

For more information and to get involved in next year's Surrey Youth Games, please contact the Council's Leisure Development's team on 01372 732000, email  or visit

For more images of Team Epsom & Ewell at this year's P&G Surrey Youth Games visit

Pictured top left: Mixed Lacrosse - Gold medal winners; Pictured right: Girls Rugby - Silver medal winners.

The Epsom & Ewell squad is sponsored by Better. For more information please visit

The P&G Surrey Youth Games, sponsored by Procter & Gamble and Surrey Sports Park, is the largest annual youth sports festival in Surrey. The main aim of the games is to introduce free opportunities for young people to try new sports. Over 3500 young people, aged 7 to 16 will experience a competitive, countywide sporting event when they take part in the games on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June 2015. For more information visit


Noise problems?

Noise appIn June 2015 a smart phone app called ‘The Noise App’ was launched by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council for its residents. 

The app aims to reduce the need for paper format log sheets, cut the number of log sheets lost in the postal system and decrease the amount of time it takes for information to be returned to the Town Hall for Environmental Health Officers to assess for potential noise nuisance.

‘The Noise App’ allows registered users to make short recordings (maximum 30 seconds) of the noise they are reporting and write brief notes on the noise and how this is affecting them. Effectively making this a more reliable representation of the noise they report than log sheets alone. The system allows the user to state what the noise is, where their recordings were taken, where the noise is coming from, the effect of the noise and can also add a GPS location for where the noise recording was taken.

When a recording is submitted through the app this is uploaded to an online system that Council Environmental Health Officers have access to and can review the information provided.

The app is free to download and use and is supported by both Android and iOS operating systems.

The app should aid in the investigation of noise nuisance cases and allows recordings to be taken at an early stage. Paper log sheets are still available if residents do not have a smart phone or wish to write notes about their experiences with noise.
More information on the service, along with details on how to sign up, can be found at: or call the Council on 01372 732000.


Surrey Independent Living Fair - Epsom Downs

Thursday 25 June 2015, 10am – 4pm
Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5LQ

Free entry
All welcome.
Refreshments available.
Free shuttle bus to and from Epsom station.

This year, the Surrey Independent Living Fair will be even bigger and better!

Featuring services and products, opportunities and choices for disabled adults and children, older people and carers in Surrey.

There’s so much to see and find out about, including:Logo

  • Accommodation
  • Advocacy
  • Benefits and personal care budgets
  • Care and personal support services
  • Health and well-being
  • Learning and work opportunities
  • Lifestyle and leisure
  • Purchase products to support independent living
  • Repairs and maintenance services
  • Transport
  • …and much more

The Council offers a number of services that have the aim of supporting disabled and older people to live the life they choose in their own home and community.

At the Surrey Independent Living Fair the Council will be promoting:

Community Alarm/Telecare
Being connected to the Community Alarm Service enables help to be summoned quickly and easily 24 hours a day all year round, simply by pressing a button.

Telecare works in conjunction with the alarm, offering a wide range of intelligent wireless sensors that help to manage risks within the home environment.  Users are assessed by a Telecare Officer who will make recommendations of appropriate sensors to assist any identified risks.

These services are available to anyone living within the Borough with no restrictions to age, mental capacity or physical ability, eg they can be used for a short period after a spell in hospital for extra peace of mind.

Wellbeing Centre
The Epsom & Ewell Wellbeing Centre supports the Borough’s growing elderly population and vulnerable adults with their physical, emotional and mental health wellbeing. The Centre specialises in supporting people with memory loss, confusion and the early stages of dementia. It also provides support and advice for carers, often family members.

Social centres
During the day, the Council’s two Community Centres become lively, friendly social centres offering a wide range of activities and events for the over 55’s including lunch clubs, Tai Chi, line dancing, indoor bowls, dancing, arts and crafts, outings and computer courses. Personal services, allowing the elderly to remain independent, are also provided, including assisted bathing, toe nail cutting and hair dressing.

Handyman service
A free or reduced cost service for those residents of Epsom & Ewell  who are aged 65 plus or are disabled and on a means tested benefit . Work can range from fixing a light switch, a general garden tidy up, to repairing a dripping tap.

Community Transport
RouteCall is a transport service provided by the Council for residents of the Borough who have difficulties in using public transport.

Grant advice
If a local resident is disabled they may qualify for a grant towards the cost of providing adaptations and facilities to their dwelling, so that they can continue to live in their own home.

For further information contact the Surrey Independent Living Council via their website:

Plan your journey to enjoy Armed Forces Day National Event

Back in April we featured some of the activities planned for what promises to be a spectacular event in Surrey (missed the item? click here).

The countdown continues to the free national Armed Forces Day celebration in Guildford on Saturday 27 June.

To prepare for the big day, please make sure you plan your journey in advance. With 60,000 people expected to visit the town, public transport is the best way to travel.

Lead Councillor for Armed Forces Day, Cllr Matt Furniss, says: “We are very excited as the big event draws closer and we want everyone to enjoy themselves and to arrive and leave Guildford as smoothly as possible. Arriving by bus, train or on foot is definitely the best way to get here, particularly as there will be road closures in the town during the day. We appreciate not everyone can leave their car at home so we have provided additional out of town park and ride sites, free of charge to use, to avoid delay and reduce congestion. We advise anyone driving to please use these temporary car parks”.

Guildford and Stoke Park are well served by public transport, with two railway stations within walking distance of the town centre parade route and the Stoke Park show. There is also an extensive bus network with stops across the town.

London Road railway station is the closest to Stoke Park and has a train services directly from Epsom.

There is no parking at or near Stoke Park, so free park and ride sites have been established specifically for Armed Forces Day at Aldershot, Merrist Wood College and Wisley Airfield. Access to the sites will be clearly signposted from main roads.

New round of Sportivate open!


Sportivate is a funding stream aimed at community orientated organisations to attract and sustain 11-25 year olds in sport/physical activity.

In 2015/16, the focus is on young people who are inactive or irregularly active - inactive young people are those who are not yet participating in sport/physical activity on a weekly basis.

Priority will be given to projects that target 19-25 year olds, females, disabled and those from deprived areas of Surrey. Applictions for Round 13 are now being accepted for projects between August 2015-March 2016.

The next deadline is Tuesday 30 June, following deadline Friday 31 July.

For more information and an application form visit email:, Tel: 01483 518943

Langley Vale Wood – creating England’s Centenary Wood

The Woodland Trust propose to plant 200,000 native trees on 259 hectares of land which will cover parts of Epsom and Ewell, Mole Valley and Reigate and Banstead to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.
Ten thousand trees have already been planted at this site by local school children and nearby residents.

A leaflet drop by Woodland Trust staff to nearby residents on Thursday 18 June will advertise their exhibitions on Friday 3 July 6.30pm to 9pm and Saturday 4 July 1.30pm to 4pm at Langley Vale village hall.

These exhibitions are part of the Woodland Trust's public consultation before they submit their planning application to Epsom and Ewell Borough Council and Mole Valley District Council. The plans for the site include footpaths, visitor car park and small visitor centre.
All the comments received will form part of the statement of community involvement that will accompany the planning application.

Don’t miss out on your health MOT

NHS Health Checks Join the 17,000 people who have already taken control of their health with an NHS Health check

If you’re aged 40-74, and have not been diagnosed with heart disease, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes, or had a stroke you’re eligible for a free health check at a nearby pharmacy or GP surgery. Think of it as a midlife MOT to check your risk of becoming unwell.

Even if you feel well at the moment it’s still important to have a check. As you get older, your risk of developing these problems increases, but an NHS Health Check will spot early signs. This means you can take action to prevent them happening to you, so you can carry on enjoying your life for longer.

The check will only take 20 to 30 minutes and you’ll be asked a few questions about your family history and lifestyle choices which may put your health at risk. Your health professional will make a note of your weight, age, sex and ethnicity before taking your blood pressure. You’ll also have a simple blood test to check your cholesterol level.

After that, you’ll discuss your results and be given advice and support to help you reduce your risk of developing any illnesses and improve your health.

Visit the Healthy Surrey website to find out more.

Coast to Capital Small and Business Growth Grants

Coast to Capital Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership have launched its Business Grants programme and is looking for small and medium sized businesses that are looking to expand and create new jobs.

The Business Finance Programme will be run by Coast to Capital and partners to provide capital grants to small and medium sized businesses that are planning expansion and growth but not finding it easy to find the finance required. The Coast to Capital Region Small and Business Growth Grants can provide up to 50% of an expansion project as a grant to businesses that can credibly demonstrate how the investment will lead to job creation and meet the eligibility criteria.

There are two types of grants available this year:

  • Small Grants which are between £5,000 and £20,000.

Applications are now open and will remain open until 12pm on 8th July 2015. For more information including eligibility criteria and application form for Small Grants visit:

  • Business Growth Grants which are between £15,000 and £100,000

Applications for Expressions of Interest are now open and will remain open until 12noon on 15 September 2015 or before, if the amount of funding available is awarded prior to this date. For more inforamtion including eligibility criteria and application form for Business Growth Grants visit:

Grants are for businesses based in the Coast to Capital area and can only be used for capital expenditure.

If you would like any further information and would like to speak to someone please contact Hannah Gosling on 01403 333840 or email:

Equity and Loan Funding

If your business is based in Epsom and Ewell, you may be eligible for loans of up to £200,000 and equity investments of up to £125,000 in order to support marketing and sales team development, operational scaling up and new product or service enhancement.
The loans are being offered through the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, Coast to Capital. To find out more visit:

Spotlight on

It’s National Recycle Week!

Recycle Week is a celebration of everything about recycling. Recycle week logo

Now in its 12th year, this year’s theme is Recycling around the Home

There are lots of items that can be recycled from all around the home that you may not previously have thought about recycling.

Clothes and textiles - even old underwear, damaged clothing and faded curtains - that aren’t suitable to be passed onto someone else can be recycled and made into new items, such as padding for chairs and car seats, cleaning cloths and industrial blankets.

Please, recycle your clothing and textiles either in your weekly kerbside box (just seal them in a plastic bag to keep the rain off and put a label on the outside so the team know what you’ve left out to be collected) or place your items in one of the recycling banks around the Borough.

Recycling food waste is as important as recycling other household items like glass, cans and paper. However careful we are, not all food will be eaten and there will always be peelings, bones, egg shells etc. When organic waste is put
in landfill it biodegrades and can have serious environmental consequences.

Food waste collected in Epsom & Ewell is anaerobically digested  - producing fertiliser and biogas. The biogas is converted into electricity and the fertiliser is used on farm land to grow crops.

Please use biobags,newspaper or paper kitchen roll to wrap your food waste, or simply leave it unwrapped in your food waste bin.

Plastics are polymers, chains of molecules produced by smaller molecules called monomers. There are many different types of plastics depending on their molecular make up and shape. These plastics can be recycled and made into new products such as fleeces, pillows or new plastic bottles.

Your black bin recycles all types of plastics from wherever they are in the house - whether it's cups, pots, tubs, trays, bottles, bags, film, packaging and any other type of plastic.

Watch new animation! That shows how easy it is to recycle around the home:  



What's On

Upcoming events

A selection from the wide range of community events happening over the next few weeks across the Borough:


An evening with Phillip Dyson (international concert pianist)
Wednesday 24 June; 7.30pm
Nonsuch Mansion, Cheam
An evening of popular classics and much more. Concert management: Ali Pickard Associates. Fazioli Concert Piano. Licensed bar. Tickets: £20 and £14 for Students and Children. Box Office: 020 8786 8830/07835 949260.

As you like it
Wednesday 24 June - Saturday 27 June; 7.45pm
Adrian Mann Theatre, NESCOT, Reigate Road Ewell, KT17 3DS
Sutton Amateur Dramatic Club's 298th production moves Shakespeare's play into the swinging, psychedelic mid-1960s!
Ticket costs: Wed £10, Thurs £11, Fri & Sat £12

St Martin of Tours Music Festival 2015 - Opera Holloway
Saturday 27 June; 7.30pm
St Martin of Tours Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX

This young opera company presents a fully staged production of Rossini's comedy La scala di seta, accompanied by chamber orchestra. Cost £15.
For more information email: telephone: 07513060179. Phone: 0333 666 3366 - booking line only, calls charged at national rate. £1.50 fee for telephone bookings.


The history of Worcester Park, Old Malden and Cheam
Wednesday 1 July, 8pm
St Mary’s Church Hall, London Road, Ewell
Epsom & Ewell History & Archaeology Society present a presentation by David Rymill. Admission to non-members £4.

Shadbolt Park Sports Day
Saturday 4 July, 3pm-5pm
Shadbolt Park, Salisbury Road, KT4 7BX.
£3 per child – BYO picnic kids tea. Funds raised to renovate children’s play area.

The star spangles banner
Saturday 4 July, 7.30pm
Big School, Epsom College, KT17 4JQ
Epsom Chamber Choir celebrate American Independence Day. Tickets in advance £12, on the door £15

May I introduce you to bee-keeping?
Thursday 7 July, 7.30pm
In the stables by the Mansion, Nonsuch Park, SM3 8AL, Vehicle access via Cheam Gate
Friends of Nonsuch present a talk by Molly Barnard of Surrey beekeepers. Admission £6 (£8 non-members) includes refreshments.

Go Fest 2015
Friday 10 - Sunday 12 July
Surrey Sport's Park, Guildford
GoFest, the UK’s Family Festival of Sport, Fitness, Dance and Health, presents the perfect opportunity to ‘have a go’ at a huge variety of sport and dance sessions with sessions for all ages, genders and abilities. Added into the mix is live music and main stage entertainment throughout the day. For more info visit: (Tickets must be booked in advance).

Jazz and pizazz!
Saturday 11 July, 7pm
Christchurch Hall & Garden, Christchurch Road, Epsom, KT19 8NE
After the Wimbledon Ladies Tennis final, an evening of music, strawberries & cream and sparkling wine – dress code: frocks and jackets. Tickets £10., 01372 743133.

Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose
Saturday 11 July, 7pm
St Georges Christian Centre, Barnett Wood lane, Ashtead, KT21 2DA
The youth choirs of St Giles and St George’s Ashtead and Stoneleigh Choral Society.Tickets in advance £10 adults, £5 under 18’s – 01372 878514
Profits for The Dell Project.

Bright Ideas
Wednesday 15 July, 1.30pm for 2pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF
Epsom Mayday Flower club present a flower arranging demonstration by Gill Homer. Admission to non-members £6

Cuddington Beer Festival
Friday 17 July and Saturday 18 July (various times)
Rowe Hall, Salisbury Road, KT4 7DD
Over 30 ales and 12 ciders! Organised by supporters of the 2nd Cuddington (Rowe) Scout Group.

Friends of Rosebery Park Awareness Day
Saturday 18 July; 11am-3pm
Rosebery Park, Epsom 
For more information visit the Facebook page

Nonsuch Mansion House, the service wing museum
Nonsunch Mansion, Nonsuch Park, SM3 8AL, Vehicle access via Cheam Gate
Open second and fourth Sundays April through October and all Bank Holiday Mondays, free entrance. For more information

Nonsuch Mansion exhibits: Award-winning model of Henry's Palace in the Nonsuch Palace Gallery. Open every Sunday: Summer 2-5pm; Winter 11-3pm.

WI  - Inspiring Women
First Wednesday each month; 2-4pm (Doors open 1.45pm)
The Methodist Church Hall, Ashley Road, Epsom
Speakers, demonstrations, music, social meetings. In additional to these there is a craft group, book club, lunch group, walking group and outings. Visitors are welcome. On joining the Women's Institute, the official magazing W.I. Life is sent to each member throughout the year.

Top Notes Singing Group
Wednesday in term time; 7.45 - 9.15pm
Longmead Centre, Epsom KT19 9HG
We love to sing songs from musicals, topical songs and songs we choose as a group. No auditions, we sing for fun and we have a great choir leader, sheet music and song links. £7 per session - your first session half price £3.50. Contact Heather Martindale, email: phone: 07840 297077.

Charlie’s delight

 MERU design and manufacture life changing products for children and young people with disabilities.

MERU (Mechanical Engineering Resources Unit)  is always grateful for any new volunteers and is holding an open day on Tuesday 30th June from 2pm – 7pm.

Charlie’s Delight.

Members of the Rotary Club of Ewell, led by their President Mike Shone, recently visited the Epsom workshops of MERU and were shown around by Site Manager Hayley Philipault and Rotarian John Davis, a regular volunteer for MERU and the group were very impressed with the wide range of equipment provided.MERU

Charlie, 4yrs old, is a delighted user and his mum says:  "It has made such a difference to Charlie's life having a PlayStation 3 controller adapted by MERU. Charlie has spinal muscular atrophy, which causes severe muscle weakness and he is in a wheelchair full-time, struggling with most day-to-day tasks due to his muscle wastage.

Charlie loves to play his PlayStation and used to have great difficulty pressing the buttons and reaching the back buttons on an original controller, getting very frustrated at not being able to play his games properly. He would always need help from an adult and get very disheartened.  He can now play all his favourite games independently and with ease.  He can also play with his friends online too, which he was unable to do before."

During the evening the Rotary Club of Ewell presented MERU with a cheque for £400 to help them continue with their essential and deserving work. 

MERU is part of Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People Family of Charities, and works in partnership with other charities in the group for the benefit of children and young people with disabilities.

Can you spare a few hours to help out in the offices or workshop?

Find out more at the MERU open day

30 June 2pm - 7pm

Unit 2, Eclipse Estate, 30 West Hill, Epsom, KT19 8JD

For more information contact Hayley or Tracy at or 01372 725203

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club activities

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Saturday 11 July; 11am-12.30pm

Return to the time of the Ancient Greeks and discover the glory of Alexander the Great’s empire. Meet a visiting Greek soldier and hear tales from his time serving in Alexander’s army. Learn about the great victory at Gaugamela over Alexander’s arch-rival Darius, King of Persia. Discover how 25,000 brave Greek warriors were able to overcome a vast force of over 100,000 men many of them mounted on fearsome war elephants, who were fighting for their nation’s survival. Find out how Alexander finally became king of all Asia.

Viking Raiders (afternoon session)
Saturday 11 July; 2pm-3.30pmBHMKidsClub_Vikings

A Viking warrior will visit Ewell whilst resting between raiding parties. Discover if the Vikings were as ferocious as legends suggest by listening to his tales of adventure and discovery. He will demonstrate his weapons and armour with great skill and pride. Decide if you would have stood your ground and defended your home from his attack. Learn about the gentler side of Viking culture: their craftsmanship and trading skills. See him demonstrate how to mint coins to trade for goods, land and slaves.

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: Tel: 020 8394 1734 or visit

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.

Ewell Village Fair

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Epsom Markets

Epsom Markets

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

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

Epsom Farmer's Market: Next on Sunday 5 July. Takes place on the first Sunday of the month from 9am - 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.

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 Suzanne on 01372 727583. Sessions are Free and take place weather permitting.

Junior Lacrosse Sessions: 3.30pm-5pm; Blenheim School. Free sessions open to all 11-16 year olds. Lacrosse is an up and coming sport and Surrey play host to the Women's World Cup in 2017. Epsom Lacrosse Club are looking to develop their junior section and have been integral in Team Epsom & Ewell's recent P&G Surrey Youth Games with the team winning gold in 2014. For more information contact the Club's coach Danny Buckland at

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

New! Badminton Sessions: Ebbisham Sports Club play host to a number of SYG training sessions. Due to the high demand in Badminton for this year’s Games the club have opened up additional sessions for young people to play each sport. 9-14 year olds can play Badminton for FREE on Monday afternoons 4-5.30pm. For more information email the Council's Leisure Developments Team at

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 information visit New! Saturday session from 5-6pm.

Popdance Sessions: Epsom & Ewell High School. Pop Dance is a dance class for 11-18 year olds. Sessions are FREE! Learn fun dance routines to the music you love listening to and tone up in the process! Sessions take place at 3.10pm-4pm every Monday. To book your place go to For more info please email Sue Wybrow:

Mary Frances Trust— Zumba Fitness Sessions: 9.30am-10.30am (during term time); The Edge Youth Centre (Limited spaces available). Cost: £2 per session. Mary Frances Trust is committed to improving emotional wellbeing in the community. Zumba is a great way to have fun, unwind and feel healthier. Sessions are aimed at people who wish to improve their mental health. For more info contact Christine Schauerman -

Back to Netball sessions: 6.30pm—8pm, £15 for 6 weeks or £3 a session (open to women). Call Rainbow Leisure Centre to register your place 01372 727277.


Touchtennis mix in/ taster sessions: 'Touchtennis’ is an attractive alternative to the mainstream game. Played on a reduced size court with foam balls and 21 inch kids racquets, its carefully calibrated regulations aim to level the playing field. Ebbisham Sports Club, Eastway, Epsom are holding a weekly mix - in session every Tuesday from 6.30pm, racquets and equipment provided, £1.50. Please call 01372 720647 visit or email: for more information.

Epsom Sharks Basketball Club: 5 - 6.30pm at Rainbow Leisure Centre. Cost £5 a session. Open to girls in school years 7-10 & boys in 6-9. For more info contact

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

Tuesdays and Sundays

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

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

Cardio Tennis: Mondays 8.15pm - 9pm; Wednesdays 9.30am - 10.30am; & Fridays 9.30am - 10am. All sessions are held at the Ebbisham Sports Club, for more information email or visit


Athletics Course: 4pm-5pm; Rainbow Leisure Centre. Open to 5-10 year olds. Call Rainbow Leisure Centre on 01372 727277 to book.


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

Thursdays and Saturdays

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 - 3pm; Children and family sessions 3pm - 5.15pm & on Saturday's 1.30pm - 4pm. Cost £2 per person. For more information contact Matthew Wing on 07790757216, email or visit


Walking Football: At Rainbow Leisure Centre, 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.


Tennis sessions: 10am - 12pm at Alexandra Recreation Ground

Tennis sessions: 1.30pm - 3.30pm at Court Recreation Ground - Epsom Community Tennis - The mini game with the big attitude. First hour is for 4-8 year olds and the second hour is for 8-16 year olds and adults. Go on give it a go, it's free! Find us at or email:

Just Play Football sessions New session! 5pm-6pm; 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


BISI Badminton: 9am-10am - a fun introduction to badminton for children aged 4 to 8. £15 for 5 sessions. All equipment provided. For more info contact Ebbisham Sports Club no 01372 720647.

New junior Judo sessions at Rainbow Leisure Centre!
The sessions will cater for young players between 7-12 years of age. Sessions are led by a qualified Judo coach. To book please visit or call Rainbow Leisure Centre 01372 727277. For more info contact Community Sports Manager Laura Mangan; Laura.Mangan@GLL.ORG

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 3 May. Training sessions take place on Sundays at 8.15am. The group meets at Horton Country Park. For more info contact or check out the club website

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

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

Epsom and Ewell Health Walks Enjoy the outdoors, step into fitness and walk your way to health

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

For more information on Leisure activties in the Borough visit

This month at the Epsom Playhouse


25 June - Cheryl, Mike & Jay (formerly of Bucks Fizz) – Eurovision visits the Playhouse, where performances of the Buck Fizz hits make it a night to remember – and yes, they do still rip the skirts off!

26 June - Kast Off Kinks - The Kast off Kinks are former members of the legendary band ‘The Kinks’, back together to re-live the good times.  Expect all the hits, including: You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Sunny Afternoon, Lola, Days and Waterloo Sunset.

3 July - That'll Be The Day - It’s party time again as this hugely entertaining rock ‘n’ roll spectacular returns, featuring a fantastic line up of knock-out hits from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, plus loads more hilarious comedy!


30 July - Tree Fu Tom -  Join CBeebies star, Tree Fu Tom, as he takes to the stage in his first nationwide 'live' tour! Tom will need your help to do the Tree Fu moves that could help save the day. Be part of the magic!

Tree Fu Tom

2 July  -  Jongleurs - Back by popular demand  the country's best stand-up comedians are gracing the Epsom  stage once more.


4 July  - Close Up Magic – showcasing  some of the best and most skilful exponents of the most impressive forms of magicDance

12 July - Slave to the Rhythm - Starstruck Dance Academy present a dance show including ballet, tap, modern, street and musical theatre.

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

Key Facts

It’s the air that you breathe

It is estimated that air pollution is contributing to more than 29,000 premature deaths in the UK every year — that's 10 times the number killed in road accidents.

Air pollution is defined as a mixture of gases and particles that have been emitted into the atmosphere by man-made processes. The combustion of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, petrol and diesel is the most significant source of the key pollutants of concern to local authorities

Historically, the main air pollution problem in both developed and rapidly industrialising countries has typically been high levels of smoke and sulphur dioxide emitted following the combustion of sulphur-containing fossil fuels such as coal, used for domestic and industrial purposes.

In the Epsom & Ewell area the main source of pollution is from road traffic.

The Council’s Environmental Health Department is responsible for investigating complaints and responding to pollution incidents in relation to air quality, industrial pollution, bonfires, dust, fumes and odour.  This is in addition to routine day to day monitoring of pollution and regulation of industrial processes.
The Environmental Health department frequently looks at the levels of pollution across the Borough. This is through the use of two methods. They are known as a continual analyser and diffusion tubes.

The tubes are changed every month and are located at 27 different locations across the Borough and show what pollution levels were for a month period. The continual analyser is located in Ewell High Street and measures the air quality every 15 minutes and is much more accurate.

Air quality in Ewell High Street is closely monitored, as the area has been designated as an Air quality Management Area  as the levels of pollution are frequently above the value set by DEFRA to be met; this means that improvements have to be made to improve air quality in this area.


Residents of Epsom & Ewell can take advantage of a free warning service of poor air quality as the Council is part of a Surrey group of Council’s partnered with airAlert.

airAlert is a free text, voicemail, e-mail and web service that sends registered individuals air pollution alerts when levels in their area increase to a moderate level or above. There is also an app in development.

The airAlerts are only sent if a forecast is likely to be above the UK Air Quality Banding level “Moderate” or higher e.g. pollution levels which may trigger symptoms of respiratory illnesses.

InhalerAlerts are sent out on the day before moderate levels are forecast. The service allows individuals to receive alerts for different locations e.g. home or work.

airAlert can assist individuals make choices on what they do, where they choose to go to or if they need to take their medication with them.

There are three ways to sign up by:

  • Registering online at 
  • Telephoning 01737 276403 or 01372 474750
  • Completing the registration form in the airAlert leaflet which can be obtained from the Wellbeing Centre, Longmead Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom or from the Environmental Health department at the Town Hall.

More information on the service, along with details on how to sign up, can be found at:

Your Community

Find out about the Council's Home Improvement Agency

Meet Officers from the Council's Home Improvement Agency along with Surrey Police on:

Saturday June 27, 10am - 2.30pm at The Mall, Ashley Centre, Epsom

Sunday July 26, 10am - 1pm at the Clock Tower, the Market Place, Epsom

Visit the stand for information on energy efficiency, repairs, adaptations, grants including the Council's Handyman Service and personal safety.

For more information visit

Surrey Downs CCG Community Hospitals Review - monthly workshops

Surrey Downs CCG are hosting a series of monthly workshops, open to all patients and members of the public, over the course of its community hospital services review.

During the first three rounds of workshops, attendees discussed their “ideal community hospital”, considered in more detail a mock business case for community hospitals based on patients’ priorities ad reflected on the current facilities and services offered at community sites in more detail.

Finally, at the workshops in July, attendees will discuss the "business case for change", considering what needs to happen in order to bring current provision into line with patients' needs:

Community Hospital Services Review workshop 4 - Epsom
Thursday 16 July, 1-3pm
Church House (Main hall), Church Street, Epsom, KT17 4PX

Places are limited and it is essential to register before the events. To book your place, or for more information, please email or call 01372 201793.

More information about the review and monthly workshops is available online at:

Bringing peace to our neighbourhoods

Have you ever had neighbour trouble? Smoky bonfires, inconsiderate parking, noisy parties? Or maybe you know someone who has been at loggerheads with next door for months and its stressing them out.

Mid-Surrey Mediators help to resolve neighbourhood disputes using a method where both sides can be winners.  The neighbours are helped to find solutions which are sustainable and keep channels of communication open in the future.

How does it work? Two mediators visit each household to hear about the problems. They are impartial, preserve confidentiality, and offer the service free of charge.  They will suggest a meeting where all parties meet at a nearby venue, and there the mediators create a secure atmosphere in which the neighbours can communicate more effectively, each explaining to the other how the problems have affected them and getting a fair hearing.  Frankness is encouraged as long as abuse is avoided!  Once the issues have been fully aired the mediators encourage the neighbours to come up with workable suggestions which lead to an agreement.

To contact your local mediation service phone 07513 524241 or email


Streets Ahead - Action Surrey

Streets Ahead Action SurreyAction Surrey’s ‘Streets Ahead’ team are delighted to announce they have just increased their grant funding for solid wall insulation to £5,000.

Surrey’s residents who live in properties which are not suitable for cavity wall insulation can now claim a guaranteed grant of £5,000 as compared to the previous £3,500 which was available.

Grants must be allocated by 30 September 2015.

For more information visit Tel: 0333 014 3620 Email:

Young carers in Surrey

Across the county there are a growing number of young people and children under the age of 18 who are juggling their school and home lives with caring responsibilities. Whether that's helping a parent, a sibling or another relative, the caring can leave them with little time for themselves.  

If you know a young person who's caring for others, please encourage them to seek support from Surrey Young Carers.

For more information visit or call 01483 568269.

Living and Ageing Well in Surrey Awards 2015

Living and Ageing Well in Surrey Awards 2015

Nominations are now open for this year's Living and Ageing Well in Surrey Awards.

The awards provide an exciting opportunity for individuals, many of whom are volunteers, groups and services to be acknowledged for the positive contribution they make to their local community, improving services for older people to increase wellbeing and helping people to live and age well.

The Awards categories are based on the pledges from Surrey’s Commitment to Ageing Well which have been identified by older people in Surrey as being important to them as they age. And there’s more opportunity than ever this year with the addition of three new categories – carers’ support, dementia support and information and advice – bringing the total to nine!

More and more people in Surrey are living longer and we want to embrace this and recognise the many ways older people contribute to society and their local communities, and to build on the opportunities for improving the wellbeing of people in Surrey as they age.

Award Categories
• Best Transport Project
• Technology, Making a Difference Award
• Bringing the Community Together Award
• Best Healthy Living Project
• Help at Home Award
• Information and Advice
• Carers’ Support
• Dementia Support
• People’s Choice (Outstanding Individual – Volunteer, and Outstanding Individual – Paid Staff Member)

If you know somebody who makes your local community a better place to live, nominate them today. Tell us why they deserve an award in just 400 words or send a film clip instead. You can even nominate yourself.

Visit the Living and Ageing Well in Surrey Awards webpage for an entry form or collect a printed version from your local library, information hub, council office, volunteer centre or Age UK Surrey. Or contact the awards team at

Nominations close at midnight Wednesday 7 October.

Mary Frances Trust

Mary Frances Trust logoMary Frances Trust - supporting your emotional well being and mental health.

The charity offers a range of services and activities to give you the support you need in achieving your goals.

Regular activities are held at The Brickfield Centre, Portland Place, Epsom:

Pilates with Mindfulness; 10-11am

Learning and skills appointments; 9am-12pm

Drop-in session; 10am-3pm
Complementary Therapies; 10am-3pm
Play Reading Group; 11.30am- 12.30pm
Craft/Gardening Group; 10.30am-1pm

Computer sessions; 1-3pm

Drop-in session; 10am-3pm
Reflexology session; 9.45am-12pm
Art Group; 10.30am-12.30pm

Other activities include Zumba at The Edge Community Centre and groups at St Barnabus Church on Mondays and Thursdays as well as advice sessions at Epsom Hub.

The charity also has a full programme of activities in Leatherhead and some advice sessions in Dorking.

For more information contact 01372 375400 email: website: or text 07929 024722.

Weekly activities at The Wellbeing Centre

Wellbeing Centre logo

Free activities and classes throughout the week: 

Smartcare Clinic, 9am - 5pm
Adult Social Care, Surrey County Council (by appointment only)

Welfare & Benefits Advice Drop In, 10am - 12noon
Age UK/Age Concern - Last Monday of every month

Information and Advice Drop In, 10 - 11am
Alzheimer's Society

Japanese Memory Group, 10 - 11am
Enhancing cognitive functions

Craft Class, 1 - 3pm
From Tuesday 10 June for 4 weeks

Advice Drop In, 9am - 12noon
Adult Social Care, Surrey County Council

Advice Drop In, 9.30 - 11am
Surrey Association for Visual Impairment - Last Wednesday of every month

Games Session, 11am - 12noon
Fun, active session

Hand Massage, 1 - 2.30pm
For people diagnosed with dementia and their family or carer. Gentle and relaxing session

Carers Support Group, 10.30am - 12noon
Alzheimer's Society - Fourth Thursday of every month, by invite only

Japanese Memory Group, 10 - 11am
Enhancing cognitive functions

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council Home Improvement Agency, 10am - 12noon
First Friday of every month

Stimulating Visual Arts Group, 1-3pm
Inspiring and creative session.

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. To book and/or for more information on the range of activities and sessions organised by the Wellbeing Centre visit or call 01372 727583.

Weekly activities at The Wells Centre

The Wells Centre logo

Weekly activities for groups and individuals at The Wells Centre, Spa Drive, Epsom KT18 7LR

To stay updated with the range of activities and events at The Wells 'Like' our Facebook page

Tai Chi; 9.30-10.45am (advanced), 11am-12.15pm (beginners)
With a professional tutor.

Craft/Card Making; 10.30am-12noon
With tutor.

Short Mat Bowls; 1.45-3.45pm

Yoga; 1.45-3pm
With professional tutor.

Keep fit to music; 10.30-11.30am

Bridge; 1.45-3.45pm

Social Art; 10.30am-12noon

Line Dancing; 2.30-3.30pm
With a professional tutor.

Tai Chi; 10-11am
With a professional tutor.

Card/Card Making (every alternate Thursday); 10.30am-12noon
With tutor.

Yoga; 9.45-11am
With professional tutor.

Computing for all people of all abilities; 10.15am-12.15pm or 1.30-3.30pm
Once a week for a five week duration. Basic, Intermediate or Digital photography. For details and availability contact the Centre for details.

Live music every other Friday; 1.30-3pm

Bingo every alternate Friday; 1.30-3pm

Big Screen Film Club, Friday occassionally; Part 1: 11.30am, Part 2: 1.30pm

The Association of Surrey Bookbinders; every Friday from 10am-1pm. An ethusiastic mixed-sex group of amateurs who have been working together, some for over ten years. The group's members have high levels of skill in many areas of book craft, conservation and restoration. To find out more email: or leave a message at the Wells Centre on 01372 724614 or email:

For more information and details contact the Centre on 01372 724614, email: or visit

The Rainbow Leisure Centre support Macmillan

Saturday 20 June saw Rainbow Leisure Centre fundraise for Macmillan, by offering a Free Family No Strings Badminton session to all. A full sports hall of over 30 people grabbed the opportunity to swing a racket for fun and fitness whilst supporting Macmillan. Ages ranged from 4 years to 50+ years.

A total of £155.84 was raised and Rainbow Leisure Centre would like to thank those that donated for their support in attending the event. The money raised from the event will help Macmillan in providing practical, medical, emotional and financial help to people affected by cancer.

If you are keen to experience Badminton with a social welcoming group open to all then please come and join in on Saturdays from 5pm – 8pm: £5.30 for adults and £3.50 for children under 16, per session. Places are available just turn up and have fun!

For further information contact The Rainbow Leisure Centre: 01372 727277

Your Council

Council Meetings: June - July 2015

JUNE 2015

24       Strategy & Resources Committee

25       Planning Committee

JULY 2015

06       Social Committee 

07       Financial Policy Panel

09       Licensing and Planning Policy Committee

21       Council 

23       Planning 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

Agenda papers are available five clear working days before a meeting.  A very limited number of hard copies will be available at the meetings.

For further information please contact Democratic Services on 01372 732000 or email, quoting the Committee or subject area or interest.

Members allowances 2014/15

Councillors, known as Members, do not get paid for serving as residents elected representatives. However they should not be out-of-pocket for serving their community. They are therefore allocated an allowance for their expenses.  All Members get a basic allowance and there are additional sums allocated for those Councillors with greater responsibilities.

The allowances are reviewed regularly by an Independent Remuneration Panel who operate under the requirements of the Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances)(England) Regulations 2003.

The regulations require that the Panel should advise the Council on:

  • The amount of Basic Allowance which should be payable to elected Members;
  • The categories of Members who should have Special Responsibility Allowances and the amount of such allowances;
  • Whether allowances should be paid to co-opted Members (e.g. lay Members of Standards Committee) and the amount of such allowances;
  • Whether childcare/dependent care allowances should be paid;
  • Whether certain allowances should be pensionable;
  • Whether the allowances should be adjusted by reference to a specified index and for how long that index should apply.

The Council has just published the allowances paid to Members for the for the last financial year: 

Members Allowances

Public Notice - Epsom & Ewell Parliamentary Constituency


7 May 2015

I, the undersigned, Acting Returning Officer for the above constituency hereby give notice that I have received the returns and declarations as to the election expenses for all candidates.

These documents may be inspected at The Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom, by appointment during office hours within the next two years.


Dated 12 June 2015

Frances Rutter

Acting Returning Officer.

Planning applications

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

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

You can also visit the Epsom & Ewell pages at

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.

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