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Do you remember that overstuffed feeling after Christmas, when you decided that your New Year’s resolution was to get a little bit fitter?  Well, don’t give up hope just yet; there are a couple of events coming up that might just help! Registration is now open for the Sport’s Relief Nonsuch Park mile where you can walk or run (or trot, or skip, or even tango) all for a good cause. Our friends at the Rainbow Leisure Centre are hosting a sister swimathon – sign up now!

And while we are on the subject of fitness, registration is now also open for the P&G Surrey Youth Games. The core aim of this annual event is to raise and sustain young people’s participation in sport and, to achieve this, develop clubs, coaches and officials. With childhood obesity now regarded  as one of the most serious public health challenges for the 21st century (obese children are at an increased risk of developing various health problem and are also more likely to become obese adults), creating an interest in fitness at an early age, through sport, may be one answer.

The lighter mornings and slight warming may help more of us get out more. It’s an indication that the season is changing, which can only mean one thing – it’s time for the annual Herald of Spring event at Bourne Hall!

On a more subdued subject, in the last few weeks, the Council has agreed its budget for 2016/17. Within an unprecedented context of severe cuts to funding from central Government, the Council has agreed a budget that will demand significant cost savings from within the Council and an annual increase of Council tax of £5 - details in this issue.



Spick and span, Ma’am!

Clean For The Queen is a campaign to clear up Britain in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday - both at local events and on the national clean-up weekendClean for the Queen from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 March.

Supported by the Government, the campaign, backed by anti-litter charities including Keep Britain Tidy and the Campaign to Protect Rural England, will be the biggest community-led clean-up the country has ever seen.

QueenEpsom & Ewell Borough Council is encouraging everyone to get involved and help make the borough spick and span.

Please join in and get involved. To take part in Clean for The Queen, please register at the national website where you’ll find advice and tips about how to join a group or to promote your own litter picking activity -

Each year, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council clears around 2,000 tonnes of litter and fly tips from public land and streets across the Borough! Food packaging, plastic bottles, takeaway containers and cigarette butts have all contributed to a growing blight that affects our street, countryside, wildlife and sense of pride. About 2.25 million pieces of litter are dropped on the streets of the UK every day. Thirty million tons of rubbish are collected from England’s streets each year. That’s enough to fill Wembley Stadium four times over.

Environment Minister Rory Stewart said: “Her Majesty The Queen is an inspiration to all of us. Her 90th birthday is a unique opportunity for people to come together in celebration of Her Majesty’s long service and dedication to this country. Everyone has a responsibility to keep their community tidy and this campaign provides us with a great chance to protect our wildlife and improve the quality of our streets and public spaces. I hope it will help lead to a lasting legacy of a cleaner, tidier Britain.”

 Community Litter picks that the Council are aware of are:

Friday 4 March 9:15am - noon

The Avenue/ Grafton Road (up to Woodlands Ave) and down to Cromwell Road

Delta Road

Salisbury Road (from the Ave up to Delta Road)

Cuddington Ave

Edenfield Gardens

Woodlands Ave

Organised by Cuddington Ward RA


Saturday 5 March and Sunday 6 March, 10am – noon

Epsom Town Centre

Organised by Epson Town RA


Saturday 5 March

Stoneleigh Broadway, The Glade and Briarwood.

Organised by Stoneleigh and Auriol RA


Sunday 6 March 11 am-noon Aurial Park

Organised by Stoneleigh and Auriol RA







P&G Surrey Youth Games - registration now open!

The P&G Surrey Youth Games is a multi-sports competition, spread over two days, in which all eleven districts and boroughs in Surrey enter teams into fourteen different sporting events. There are events for all ages, including events for young people with disabilities.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is calling for young people aged between seven and 15 to represent the Borough in this year’s Surrey Youth Games where they will compete against the other 10 Surrey boroughs and districts.

In preparation for the Games, free trials and coaching sessions will take place during March and April when the Epsom & Ewell squad will be chosen. 

The Borough’s sporting youngsters have their work cut out to match last year’s success; following the 20 fiercely competed events, which included badminton, boxing, netball and squash, Epsom & Ewell was named the overall borough winner with Woking finishing runners-up and Elmbridge in third place.

Qualified coaches will run all sports and the majority have direct links with local clubs’ junior sections which offers scope for youngsters who sign up to receive training to get involved with a club on a more long-term basis. Those who are chosen for the various sporting squads will be invited to some advanced training sessions leading up to the Games where they will get to meet the rest of their team-mates, learn more about the sport as well as learn some special skills to help at the Games.

To be able to represent Epsom & Ewell at the Surrey Youth Games, entrants must either live in or go to school in the Borough and must be of sub-county level. 

For full details and to register - please visit the dedicated page on the Council website

Team Epsom & Ewell 2016

The victorious 2015 team

Do yourself proud Epsom & Ewell...

...sign up for the Nonsuch Park Sport Relief Mile!

The Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile is back - and it's coming back to Nonsuch Park. The Park is set to host its fourth Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile on Sunday 20 March and needs local people to come together and do themselves proud by entering now at

Local heroes from Epsom & Ewell and surrounding areas will be walking and running themselves proud during the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile to raise life-changing money for Sport Relief . The colourful, cheerful and eager Milers will be doing their bit to make a difference to people living across the UK and the world’s poorest communities.

Setting off from near to the front of the Mansion House, the Nonsuch Park Mile is a mile long loop running through the park and is set to be an incredible event. The Nonsuch Park mile will be setting off in four waves - 10.30am, 12noon, 2pm and 3.30pm. Super sprinters and willing walkers will all feel at home with a choice of one, three or six miles.

Alexandra Rickham, British Paralympic athlete and 2012 sailing bronze medallist who has recently been selected for Team GB for Rio, will be joining us to help start off two of our waves. She will be encouraging our milers signed up for the 10.30 and 12noon waves and will also be giving out medals to some lucky milers once they’ve finished.

There will be live music, refreshments and the British Military Fitness Team on hand to help create a great atmosphere. Fringe activities will also be available including challenges from Better, the headline Fitness Sponsor. Local sports clubs and other organisations will also be on site to provide information on how you can get more active in the Borough. On top of that we have a charity raffle with some fantastic prizes on offer! All proceeds go to Sport Relief.

And let’s not forget Derby the Horse, Epsom & Ewell’s resident mascot, who will be there to cheer and support all our wonderful milers!

Sports relief

Councillor Jan Mason, Chairman of the Leisure Committee said: “The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in Nonsuch Park is here and it’s your time to walk or run yourself proud. From little ones with their mums and dads, to runners up against the clock there’s something for everyone to make themselves feel proud on this special day.

 “It is set to be a great sporting weekend, with the Sport Relief Swimathon on Saturday 19 March at the Rainbow Leisure Centre. Whether you swim, walk, run or hop your way for Sport Relief, every effort counts”.

On Saturday 19 March, Rainbow Leisure Centre in Epsom is once again hosting the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Swimathon where you can dive in and take on one of three challenging distances, either individually or as a team - 1.5km (60 lengths of the 25 metre pool), 2.5km (100 lengths) or 5km (200 lengths).

To register your place for both the Nonsuch Park Sport Relief Mile and the Rainbow Leisure Centre’s Sport Relief Swimathon visit

We are also looking for volunteers to help with the Nonsuch Park Sport Relief Mile. Your support goes a long way in helping us run this fantastic community event. So if you can spare some time do get in touch on 01372 732000 or email

Whether you get sponsored to enter an event at the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games or fundraise with friends and family at home, work or school, you’ll help people living incredibly tough lives. In fact, half of all the money raised by the public is spent right here at home in the UK, with the other half used to make a difference in the world’s poorest communities.

Takeaway prosecuted

The Fortune Cookie Chinese takeaway in Ewell has been prosecuted by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council for breaching environmental regulations - for failing to have a business waste contract and for failing to produce a waste transfer note when requested to do so. 

Mr Zheng the proprietor of Fortune Cookie, 213 Kingston Road, Ewell was taken to court after fly-tipped commercial waste was discovered in refuse bins for residential use only.

Mr Zheng failed to provide copies of his waste transfer notes when requested by the Council. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, businesses are responsible for disposing of their own waste and are required by law to keep records relating to waste disposal, including which carrier they use.

The case was heard at Redhill Magistrates court on 8 December 2015. Mr Zheng pleaded guilty to two offences contrary to s34 (6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. He was given a £400 fine for each offence, ordered to pay prosecution costs of £400 together with a £40 victim surcharge and £150 criminal courts charge.

Councillor Jean Steer, Chairman of the Council’s Social Committee, said, "This prosecution comes at a time when the Council is cracking down on businesses fly-tipping their commercial waste. Environmental Health Officers at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council will check with businesses that they can provide the relevant documents which they are required to provide by law, to confirm who they are transferring their waste to and where their waste is being disposed.

"All residents and businesses across Epsom & Ewell have a legal responsibility to ensure that household and commercial waste is disposed of in a legal and proper manner, and we will not allow the small minority of people who feel it is acceptable to act in this way to get away with it."

Business rates do not include the cost of business waste disposal. Offenders of fly-tipping can face fines of up to £50,000 and/or imprisonment.

If you ever spot someone fly tipping please let get in touch with the Council so we can try to catch those responsible. For more information call 01372 732000, email or visit 

Council takes builder to Court

Ettore Ruvolo has been fined £1000 plus £1000 legal costs and £120 victim surcharge after Epsom & Ewell Borough Council took the builder to Court following a number of contraventions of building regulations in work to a private dwelling.

A local authority has a power to enforce the building regulations in its area and will seek to do so by informal means wherever possible. If informal enforcement does not achieve compliance with the Regulations the local authority has enforcement powers. If a person carrying out building work contravenes the building regulations, the local authority may prosecute them in the Magistrates' Court where an unlimited fine may be imposed (section 35 of the Building Act 1984). Prosecution is possible up to two years after the completion of the offending work. This action will usually be taken against the person carrying out the work (builder, installer or main contractor).

Owners of a residential property in Hazon Way, Epsom, Mr & Mrs Davidi, approached the Council as they had become concerned about the work carried out on their home by contractor Mr Ruvolo. The work carried out was to build an extension to the property to create a wet room.

The Council had received no application for the work to be undertaken and, following inspections by the Council’s Building control team, noted minor and major contraventions to building regulations had occurred.  Having exhausted the informal channels open to us, the Council had no option but to take Mr Ruvolo to Court. On 26 January 2016 at Redhill Magistrates' Court, Mr Ruvolo pleaded guilty to eight offences under the Building Act 1984 and was fined.

Councillor Humphrey Reynolds, Chairman of the Council’s Planning Committee, said “Building regulations are in place to ensure the safety of the public and the environment. They are not petty bureaucratic inconsequence’s to be ignored. The Council is able to give specialist advice on all aspects of building alterations and developments. This particular builder has produced substandard work and caused great distress to the homeowner.”  

Contraventions to building regulations included:

  • No application made
  • No notice of commencement and no inspections made
  • Did not act on statutory notice to open up the work
  • No damp proof membrane or insulation in floor
  • No damp proof course in wall
  • Roof tiles laid at 16 degree pitch instead of 35 degrees
  • No eaves tile provided
  • No underfelt to the roof
  • Incorrect tiling battens
  • Incorrect detail along the verge
  • Inadequate thickness of roof insulation
  • No flashings provided
  • Loft insulation used in the walls
  • Incorrect detailing to the reveals that would lead to condensation and mould growth
  • Incorrect pipework used for the drainage system
  • No provision made for mechanical extract ventilation
  • No provision made for trickle ventilation

Safer car parking

The newly extended Hook Road public car park in Epsom has retained its status as a safe place to park for the seventh year in a row.

The ‘Park Mark’ scheme, run by the British Parking Association and the Association of Chief Police Officers, recognises well-managed parking facilities with low rates of vehicle crime. Car parks with the award can use signs featuring the distinctive Park Mark tick, so that drivers know exactly where to go for safe parking.

Hook Road Car Park is within easy walking distance of Epsom town centre. As well as competitive hourly and daily parking rates for shoppers, the car park is used by commuters and local office workers some of whom hold long-term season tickets.

For several years, the top two floors of the car park have been closed to the public and rented to a commercial business. Due to increasing demand within the car park, the Council has carried out extensive work on the two floors, including installing fencing to the roof, and opened them up for public parking.

The Safer Parking Scheme is managed by the British Parking Association in conjunction with the Association of Chief Police Officers. The scheme was introduced by the Government in order to promote safe and secure parking facilities all over the country. High security standards reduce the fear and perception of crime. The primary aim of the scheme is to prevent criminal behaviour within the parking environment. Owners/operators of a parking facility are therefore required to adopt an active management strategy to ensure minimal occurrence of crime. After assessment, the Police can award Park Mark status to parking facilities that are properly managed and maintained. These facilities will also have achieved appropriate standards that contribute to reducing the opportunity for crime.

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Community Fund awards its first grants

The Epsom & Ewell Community Fund, established specifically for the benefit of Epsom & Ewell and its residents, has supported four inspiring local community projects in its first round of grant awards. 

The grants have funded local charities and community groups based within Epsom and Ewell to help vulnerable people access training, conserve the local environment, support local homeless people and help disadvantaged young people access sport. 

A grant of £1,000 supported the Richmond Fellowship to expand their Old Moat Garden Centre Café in Epsom to help more people gain work experience and training. The project offers people with mental health problems, the opportunity to enrol in training and work experience programmes in a realistic, commercial, but supportive environment.
Another grant of £500 to the Epsom Common Association has helped this volunteer led group to continue their project converting timber from local conservation activities into charcoal.  By continuing this ancient craft, the project minimises environmental impact, promotes sustainable practices and uses the sale of the charcoal to fund further nature conservation on Epsom Common.

Other grants awarded include:

  • £900 to The Meeting Room to support a drop in centre for homeless and marginalized people in Epsom & Ewell
  • £900 to Epsom and Ewell Colts Youth Football Club to fund subsidised places for young people to play football

The Epsom & Ewell Community Fund is the latest in a range of Area Funds established across the county by local people in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey, an independent charitable trust established to inspire local philanthropy.

Founder of the Epsom & Ewell Community Fund, Mayor, Councillor Chris Frost explains “We are delighted to award our first grants to such inspirational groups working across the Borough. This Fund provides a permanent source of funding for local people; run by local people, who care about Epsom & Ewell.”

A number of local businesses and individuals, including Epsom Coaches and the Rolf Charitable Trust, have been quick to see the benefits of the Fund and already signed up as founding donors. 

Melanie Cox, Epsom Coaches Group and Fund Panel Member explained “This fund provides the perfect way for our staff to give back to the local area and be involved in the grant making process, I am delighted this was elected by our team as our chosen charity to support this year and would recommend other local companies join us in supporting the Fund.”

To find out more about the Epsom & Ewell Community Fund, how you can donate to the fund or apply for funding call 01483 478092 or visit the Community Foundation for Surrey website

Have your say on community hospital services

NHS consultationNHS Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group, a part of the local NHS that buys and plans healthcare for people living in this area, has launched a public consultation on proposals to improve how care is provided at local community hospitals. 

The consultation follows a comprehensive review of community hospital services, which took place last year. The review looked at Cobham, Dorking, Leatherhead, Molesey and the New Epsom and Ewell Community Hospitals.

The commissioning group has put forward four options which focus on where services are located in future, to best meet changes in the local population, and future health needs – and now they want your views. The focus is on improving care, as well as making services more efficient and under all options there would still be the same number of inpatient rehabilitation beds across the local area.

As part of the consultation representatives from the commissioning group will be out and about, talking to as many people as possible, to hear what people think, and which option they prefer.
To have your say please see where you can find out more and complete an online questionnaire. Alternatively, to request a copy of the consultation document and questionnaire by post please call 01372 201826.

For more information, and details of events across the local area, see

The consultation is running for 14 weeks and ends on 5 May 2016.

Policing Matters campaign

In February Surrey Police launched a county-wide campaign asking the public to think twice before they call and consider ‘Is it a Policing Matter?’

Surrey Police is aiming to improve public knowledge about what is and what is not something which the police should be dealing with. If it is a policing matter then residents are being asked to consider if it is an emergency or not. 

T/Deputy Chief Constable Gavin Stephens said: “As part of our Policing In Your Neighbourhood project, we have already explained how our demand is increasing, for example over the last three years we have seen a 153% increase in reports of rape, a 122% increase in reports of sexual offences, a 34% increase in reports of domestic violence and a 75% increase in the reports of violence with injury offences. In light of this, we need to invest more, supporting the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“Last year we dealt with 10,270 requests that should have been dealt with in a different way or by a more appropriate agency. In most cases we know that members of the public don’t know who to call and so they call us. But instances of things such as fly-tipping, inconsiderate parking and noise pollution are all things for your local Council to deal with while concerns regarding mental health issues are generally more appropriately dealt with by a health care provider.

“If a call is a policing matter we are also using this campaign to highlight the difference between what is an emergency and what is not. Calls to 999 should only be made for serious crimes, crimes in action or if someone’s life is in danger. If it is a policing matter but does not fall into those categories we ask the public to report online or call 101 anytime.”

The new local policing model as part of the Policing In Your Neighbourhood project was unveiled last year and will go live on 3 April 2016.

Changes to front-line services will see local policing teams grow with more officers working for a specific Borough or District, tackling local problems and supporting smaller but still dedicated Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

There will continue to be a dedicated local Inspector and dedicated Safer Neighbourhood Team Police Community Support Officers who will work with partners such as hospitals and councils to make communities safer. They will be focused on solving the chronic local issues that cause the greatest risk and harm to local communities. Teams who safeguard the most vulnerable in our communities will also increase in size.

The Policing Matters campaign will see a series of advertising across TV, radio, cinema, bus backs and posters.

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Spotlight on

The Goody Goody Life

Spring is on its way, which means its time for Herald of Spring!scarecrow

This year's theme is the Goody Goody Life and a cornucopia of exhibits and activities based on nature,spring and this area is promised.

  • Schools and Youth Groups Scarecrow Competition
  • Epsom Mayday Flower Club
  • The What’s On In Epsom Spring Market (Arts & Crafts, Jams & Jewellery plus much more)
  • Creation Station spring themed arts & crafts for children
  • Hobbledown Puppet Show & creepy crawlies
  • Ashtead Garden Nurseries beautiful floral & garden displays

PLUS: Ewell Horticultural Association, Beekeepers, The Nonsuch Voles, Sussex & Surrey Coppice Group, Moat Garden Centre, Recycling roadshow, Bowling, Discover Epsom & Ewell’s Parks & Open Spaces

Saturday 12 March,  9am – 5pm

Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF

Free Entry

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What's On

Events across Epsom & Ewell

Here’s a round-up of some of the events across the Borough that we know about (some of these are organised by other groups and the Council is not responsible for the activity).


Fundraising events at Rainbow Leisure Centre, East Street, Epsom KT18 1BN
Hand bike to Dover & beyond
Thursday 25 Feb, 9am-2pm
Join our team of hand bikers for 10 minutes as we hand bike our way 110 km from Epsom to Dover. Do this without leaving Rainbow Leisure Centre as part of our inclusive team of hand bikers to fundraise for Sports Relief. Take part on two accessible hand bikes in the gym. There's no need to book just pay £2 for Sport Relief and hand bike as far as you can in up to 10 minutes. Together we'll reach Dover and beyond...

Epsom team cycle
Saturday 27 Feb, 10am-12noon
How far round Epsom's boundary route can you cycle? Join our team of inclusive cyclists on a back supported bike or a spin bike to cycle as part of our team round Epsom. It's your choice of bike and distance to cycle. Cost for cycle £2.

Juice bike - cycle to make your own smoothie
Saturday 27 February, 10am-12noon
Come & have fun at Rainbow Leisure Centre in conjunction with Wheels for All, a local disability cycling charity running a smoothie bike in the reception area. Blend your fruit into a fruit smoothie that you can drink after cycling the smoothie bike to make your drink. Cost £3 to cycle and power the blender to make your own smoothie (fruit provided). 

The events are open to everyone. All money rasied supports both Surrey Wheels for All and Sport Relief. For more information visit and


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Adult Training: Flower Arranging and Bouquet Making
Saturday 3 March
The Ebbisham Centre, Derby Square, Epsom, KT19 8AG
£30 plus a small charge for materials. WEA courses are free for those on certain income-related benefits. Book online or call and quote ref: C3739308

Stoneleigh Methodist Church & 3rd Stoneleigh Scout Group
Jumble Sale
Saturday 5 March, 12noon - 2pm
Stoneleigh Methodist Church, Stoneleigh Crescent, KT19 0RT
Entrance 40p. Refreshments available.

Epsom Choral Society present Fauré, Vivaldi Gloria and Tippett Negro Spirituals
Saturday 12 March, 7.30pm
St Martin’s Parish church, Epsom, KT17 4PX
Tickets £12, Box Office 01372 727078.

Epsom Mayday Flower Club
Flower arranging demonstration – Floral Fusion
Wednesday 16 March, 1.30pm for 2pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF
Visitors welcome £6.

Ewell Horticultural Association
Talk - Recycling, composting and waste management
Wednesday 16 March, 8pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF
Free admission.

Epsom Garden Society Spring show
Saturday 19 March, 2pm – 4pm
St Martin’s Junior School, Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 7AD
Free admission.

Stoneleigh Choral Society
The Crucifixion (John Stainer) and Lenten motets by Host & Dvorak
Saturday 19 March, 7.30pm
St John’s Church, Stoneleigh Park Road, Stoneleigh, KT19 0QZ
Adults £10, under18’s £5 on the door or 020 8393 4666.

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Canticles of Light
Saturday 19 March, 8pm
St Martin’s Church, Church Street, Epsom, KT17 4PX
In advance £12 (under 25’s £8). On the door £15 (under 25’s £10).


Epsom Light Opera Company
HMS Pinafore
Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 April
Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, KT18 5AL

Wedding and Event Fair
Sunday 17 April, 11am – 3pm
Ewell Court House, Lakehurst Road, Ewell, KT19 0EB
Free admission.

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 or visit 

This month at the Epsom Playhouse


3 March – Westrock  - Bringing you the music of hot balmy nights from 70s, 80s and 90s. Awesome guitar sounds, smooth layered harmonies and soul crunching rhythms and melodies.

5 March – Epsom Symphony Orchestra, Russia - Romance & Revolution  - including Spartacus Romance (Onedin Line theme) Rimsky-Korsakov's Wedding March and Rachmaninov's intensely romantic 3rd Symphony as well as Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations for cello.

8 March – Epsom Players present GREASE - It's time to dust off your leather jackets and pull on your bobby-socks as we join Danny and Sandy, along with the rest of the gang at Rydell High for this ‘electrifyin’ rock ‘n' roll show.

18 March – Beyond the Barricade – an exciting concert portrayal of the greatest songs in musical theatre including The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Blood Brothers, Miss Saigon and many others, climaxing with a spectacular finale from, of course, Les Miserables!
22 & 23 March – Epsom & Ewell Schools' Music Festival – Enjoy a fantastic evening at this, our Epsom and Ewell Schools' Music Festival.  Children from our local infant, primary, secondary and specialist schools have come together to showcase their incredible enthusiasm and talents. They will dazzle you with their singing and performing.

29 March – Rapunzel – A familiar tale with a fantastic new spin, the UK premiere of this witty, tongue-in-cheek retelling of a perennial favourite which gives us a possessive mother who happens to be a witch, a tentative young man who happens to be a prince and a strong-willed but naive young girl with the longest hair you're ever likely to come across! From the Emmy Award-winning team behind the mega-hit television series, Friends, Rapunzel  is an exciting musical perfect for all the family.


17 March – Coppelia  - Vienna Festival Ballet brings the captivating story of an eccentric toymaker and his beloved doll to Epsom The colourful costumes, lively characters and beautiful all combine to create a magical and comical classic to lift the hearts of all the family.


4 March -  Dane Baptiste: Reasonable Doubts - The Independent's 'Face to Watch in 2015',  nominated for Best Newcomer at both the Foster's Comedy Awards at 2014's Edinburgh Fringe Festival and again in 2015's Chortle Awards, Dane Baptiste comes to the Epsom Playhouse.

31 March -  Lee Nelson - He's headlined Glastonbury with Kanye West and bribed Sepp Blatter at FIFA's headquarters.  Catch Lee Nelson at his absolute best and unleashed, suited and booted.

4 March  - All Star Wrestling -  All Star Wrestling returns to the Epsom Playhouse with the usual mix of high octane action. 

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

Let science inspire you at Royal Holloway

HollowayRoyal Holloway Science Festival
Saturday 5 March, 10am-4pm
Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX

Royal Holloway’s annual science festival is a great opportunity to discover and be inspired by some of the amazing science research that’s happening at the university’s campus in Egham, Surrey. The festival really does have something for all ages and all activities are free.

For more information -

Join in for a day of interactive displays and talks from, and for, people with a passion for science.

Special guest speakers include The Science Museum and the Ugly Animal Roadshow, and they'll also be joined by a miniature steam railway and many other interesting science partners.

Entry and all activities are free

Refreshments are available to purchase on the day There is free car parking available on site.

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club activities

BHMKC_Zulu WarThe Battle of Rorke's Drift
Saturday 19 March; 1pm - 2.30pm
Meet a British soldier as he describes this iconic Anglo-Zulu battle showing the weapons used on both sides.

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.

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.

Epsom Common Great Pond and Grazing area

Sunday 20 March
History of Epsom Common LNR; 1pm
Meet at the Stew Pond car park, off Christchurch Road. Take a peek into the Reserve's past. 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 or visit the Events section at

Easter Passion Play

Passion Play

A chance to go behind the scenes at Epsom Playhouse

Free Backstage Tours for Young People aged 8+ (Limited spaces book early!)Epsom Playhouse backstage tours
Wednesday 30 March, 1.30pm & 3.30pm
Tickets: Free

Wondered what goes on backstage? What does it look like? What is an Iron? Who does the flying? Where does the sound come from?

All these questions and more can be answered by our expert technicians who will take you on a guided tour.

Tours last approximately 1 hour and must be booked in advance by contacting the box office.

All under 13’s must be accompanied by an adult. Due to space restrictions, we ask that only 1 adult per family please.

Strictly only 20 places available per tour (including accompanying adult).

Tickets are free but can only be booked by ringing the Epsom Playhouse Box Office on 01372 742555/742227.

On Track

Boccia sessionsJunior Boccia Sessions
Saturdays 10am-11am, cost £3 (Free Taster Session on Saturday 27 February)
The Edge Youth Centre
For 7-16 year olds. Contact Becky Hurford, email: Find out more about Boccia England at

Saturday Soccer Development School in Auriol Park
Stoneleigh Athletic FC is leading new Football sessions in Auriol Park, KT4 7DP. The Soccer Development School sessions are aimed at children aged 4+ who want to play Football in a fun and safe environment. Children will have the chance to join a team at the Club if and when they feel they are ready.
The first session on Saturday 27 February at 9.30am will be a FREE taster session. For more information please contact the club: You can also visit the club website for an application form:

Apply for Sportivate Funding now!
Sportivate is a funding stream aimed at Community orientated organisations to attract and sustain 14-25 year olds in physical activity. Funding can support new projects with coaching costs, equipment, venue hire and support for coaching qualifications. For more information visit or email: Deadline: 29 February.

Satellite Club Funding is open for applications until 18 March.
Safeguarding & Protecting Children Workshop in Reigate: 1 Mar, 7pm - 10pm.
For more info visit

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

Epsom Markets

Epsom Markets

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

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

Epsom Farmer's Market: Next on Sunday 6 March. 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 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


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

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

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; 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

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

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: for more info or visit:

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 or visit

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 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.

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  or visit


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


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 or visit

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; 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

Key Facts

Council sets budget for 2016/17

Council seeks to protect and maintain frontline services and to continue to invest in the Borough despite central Government cuts that are worse than anticipated.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has set its budget for 2016/2017 at a Full Council meeting.

Councillors voted by 25 votes to 5, with 0 abstentions, to accept the budget.

The revenue support grant that the Council receives from central Government is to decrease by 50% for the financial year 2016/17 (this follows from a cut of 30% in 2015/16 and a cut of 23% in 2014/15). This Council will receive no revenue support grant from 2017 onwards – we’re one of only 15 councils in the Country that will lose its revenue support grant in this timescale. On top of savings already made, we anticipate having to make additional savings of £3.1m over the next four years.10p

As part of the 2016/17 budget, the following has been agreed:

  • Maintaining the Council Tax Reduction Scheme to support to low income households
  • An increase in Capital funding to address increasing homelessness demand
  • Funding for essential council assets, such as a new refuse fleet to improve service delivery, including the introduction of weekly collections
  • To ensure reserves are at the recommended level to address emergencies
  • Modernising the council’s ICT infrastructure to better serve residents and enable longer term savings to be made
  • To provide limited funding to support community based initiatives
  • To increase cooperation and partnership working with other Authorities to further drive efficiencies and reduce costs
  • Protecting the long term viability of the Routecall bus service with new vehicles and efficiency improvements
  • An overall increase to fees and charges (car parks, garden waste service, pest control, etc) of 6%
  • An increase of Council Tax (Borough Council portion) of 10p per week (Band D property)

Councillor Neil Dallen, Chair of the Strategy & Resources Committee, presented the budget and said: “This Council has worked hard to ensure the financial stability of Epsom & Ewell while continuing to provide the services that we know our residents value and want. I believe that the Council and its staff have responded magnificently to the financial challenges so far and laid the foundations to address future challenges. However this will involve tough and unpopular decisions but we have no choice if we are going to survive as a Local Council”.

Council taxpayers will be aware that Council tax funds three bodies, with the smallest percentage going to Epsom & Ewell Borough Council – the majority goes to Surrey Police and Surrey County Council.

Your Community

Weekly activities at The Wellbeing Centre

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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
Alzheimer's Society

Tennis, 1.45pm-2.45pm
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 

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 under the Community and Living section.

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Disabled Facilities Grant information and advice

Disabled Facilities Grant information and advice

Available to residents who either rent or own their home, the grants are for those experiencing problems accessing their property safely or the facilities within such as, using the stairs or climbing in and out of the bath.

The Council's Housing Grants Officer will be on hand with information and advice on applying for a Disabled Facilities Grant including adaptations, repairs, energy efficiency, benefit entitlement and the Council’s Handyman Scheme.

Thursday 10 March; 10am - 12noon at The Hub, 131 High Street, Epsom

For more information visit the Council's website


Make a difference to a troubled child's life

Surrey County Council is looking for foster carers for children and teenagers who have significant problems, including behavioural issues. For these children, the best possible outcome when they are unable to live with their birth families, is to be fostered.sad boy

Due to the complex nature of their problems, one-to-one care with someone who is experienced in working with young people is essential. If you have the experience and skills to help these children and young people, join Surrey's enhanced fostering scheme and make a real difference. These foster carers will be experienced in working with young troubled children and teenagers and will be required to be at home full time.

In return, generous allowances, training and support are on offer. For more information about becoming an enhanced foster carer or for details on other schemes call the team on 0800 096 9626 or visit

Helping residents stay independent



Surrey County Council is encouraging people with hearing or sight impairment and problems with mobility to find out about the care and support options available to them at Surrey Information Point. 

Visit to find out about local support and activities that will enable you to live well, safely and independently in your own home or community.


Your Council

Council Meetings: March - April 2016

MARCH 2016

10       Planning Committee

31       Leisure Committee

APRIL 2016

05       Strategy & Resources Committee

07       Planning Committee

11       Social Committee

12       Environment Committee

13       Epsom & Walton Downs Conservators (6pm)

14       Audit, Crime & Disorder & Scrutiny Committee

18       Nonsuch Park Joint Management Committee (10am at Nonsuch Mansion House)

19       Council

21       Licensing and Planning Policy 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.

Epsom & Ewell Local Committee (Surrey County Council) meeting

Date: Monday 29 February 2016

Time: 7pm

Venue: Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF

Please note the date and venue could be subject to change.

For more details and confirmation of the venue, please contact Nicola Morris on 0345 009 009, email or visit follow on twitter @EpsomLC

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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