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Wow, hasn’t the summer got off to a grand start! The arts festival and the choral festival exceeded many expectations, as did the Borough’s participation in the Surrey Youth Games. And now the weather finally seems to have realised that it is time to excel, just as the schools break up.

And as you start to wonder what to do with your little darlings as the long school break stretches interminably in front of you, we launch our annual summer activities guide, full of creative and sporting activities for those aged under 18. The spotlight section in this issue not only highlights the guide, it also features a wealth of summer activities across the Borough.

As we all get in our cars to enjoy the summer across the UK and further afield, we include the latest national advice about driving on the motorway and the county campaign to share the road responsibly with cyclists.

While it seems perverse to think about winter as we delight in the warmest part of the year, now is an excellent time to think about new boilers and insulation before the cold returns. We have just committed to our continuing association with Action Surrey, helping local residents to save money and reduce their energy bills.

Enjoy the warm weather (while it lasts) and don’t worry, the shops are already full of ‘back to school’ goodies!


Nominate your local sporting hero today!

Epsom and Ewell Sports Awards logoNominations are open for the Epsom & Ewell Sports Awards 2016. Now it's sixth year, the Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise and reward talented local athletes, coaches, volunteers, teams and clubs for their outstanding achievements in sport over the past 12 months. The Epsom and Ewell Sports Awards are organised by Epsom & Ewell Sports and Leisure Council, in partnership with the Borough Council.

Are you inspired by a local athlete? Motivated by a coach? Impressed by a volunteer? Proud of your club or team? Show your appreciation to those who make a difference in sport by nominating your local sporting hero at

Please note nominations will close on Wednesday 31 August.

You can nominate an athlete, a club, a volunteer, a team, a coach. There are 10 awards on offer for the following categories:

- Better Sports Personality of the Year Award
- Epsom Gymnastics & Trampoline Club Young Sports Personality of the Year
- Sports Club of the Year
- Active Surrey Coach of the Year
- Epsom Golf Club Sports Team of the Year Award
- AFC Ewell Young Sports Team of the Year
- Epsom & Ewell Football Club Disability Sports Award
- Epsom & Ewell Colts Football Club Volunteer of the Year
- Surrey County Playing Fields Association Young Volunteer of the Year
- The Rotary Club Outstanding Service to Sport

For more information please contact or call 01372 732000 or visit

The next step: The Surrey Sports Awards

All local winners will then go through to the assessment panel for the Surrey Sports Awards 2016, providing they meet the county nomination criteria. The short-list for the county awards ceremony are announced in November, showcasing the very best of sporting talent and dedication in Surrey. Short-listed nominees will receive an exclusive invite to the prestigious Surrey Sports Awards ceremony organised by Active Surrey, where county winners will be announced and celebrated in style!

Celebrating success

We hosted a very special evening earlier this month at the Epsom Playhouse, celebrating the success of the Borough's youngsters at the P&G Surrey Youth Games.

The 204 strong squad of local young people were overall runners-up winning second place at this year's Games and shared the award for the Highest Borough Team Entry. The team, aged between seven and 16 years old, secured a fantastic haul of medals.

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The full story of the success can be read in last month's e-Borough Insight here

Cracking down on anti-social behaviour

ASBThis week sees the start of Anti-Social Behaviour Awareness Week with Surrey Police officers and colleagues from the borough council, Surrey County Council and housing providers, clamping down on the behaviour that is causing the most adverse impact on individual people or communities.

Superintendent Duncan Greenhalgh, Surrey Police Lead on Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB), said: “The planned activity during ASB Awareness Week is part of our ongoing work with partners to ensure that victims’ voices are heard and the issues affecting them are dealt with. Where ASB issues cannot be resolved by those concerned or by mediation we all work closely together to make sure the right solution is found to put a stop to problems and prevent them from recurring.

“Together, we try to help perpetrators of ASB to understand the impact of their actions and discourage further bad behaviour. But, if it does continue we have a range of enforcement options available, including warning letters, fixed penalty notices and – for more serious cases – prosecution. Since last July, 38 Criminal Behaviour Orders have been handed out, 18 anti-social behaviour Injunctions have been put in place, 15 having been obtained by Housing Associations to protect their tenants and ten premises associated with persistent ASB have been closed. Several Community Protection Notices and Warning Letters have also been issued by local authorities. These are being used for a variety of issues ranging from dangerous dogs to inconsiderate parking and are proving very effective in getting the perpetrators to change their behaviour.”

The Awareness Week also aims to help ensure residents understand what ASB is, which organisation deals with which type of ASB and what can be done to tackle it so that local issues can be quickly resolved.

Superintendent Greenhalgh added: “Anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of incidents and scenarios. However, we know that residents are sometimes unsure what is and isn’t ASB, what self-help options – such as mediation – are available and who problems should be reported to. To help with this a one-stop-shop ASB information website is now available at

During the week activity in Epsom & Ewell will include:

Throughout the week: Focus on off-road bikes and youth disorder in the Longmead Estate.

Wednesday, 20 July 7pm – 9pm: Live Facebook Q&A with East Surrey Mediation and the Epsom and Ewell Safer Neighbourhood Team

Council commits to continue energy assistance

We are delighted to confirm our continuing association with Action Surrey, helping local residents to save money and reduce their energy bills.Action surrey 3

Through Action Surrey, residents can benefit from accessing a network of trusted, local and experienced installers who can install insulation, replace boilers and are experts in solar and other micro generation technology. By asking a series of simple questions about household and personal circumstances, Action Surrey can assess whether residents qualify for any grants or other finance that may be available to help with the costs of installing energy improvements. Over the last three years Action Surrey has received over 1093 enquiries from local residents; installed 42 boilers; 25 cavity wall installations; 43 loft installations and 22 solid wall installations,

Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Council’s Strategy & Resources Committee, said “The provision of energy efficiency measures such as loft and cavity wall insulation and efficient boilers along with advice on staying healthy and keeping warm in the winter months play a key role in improving the quality of life of all residents, but particularly the most vulnerable in our community”

Lynn Rochester from Epsom had cavity wall insulation fitted through Action Surrey’s installer network. Commenting on the scheme she said: “Thanks to Action Surrey my installer was fantastic, I couldn’t fault him. My home is noticeably warmer and I would definitely recommend them”

Under the relationship, this Council along with other Councils across Surrey, highlights Action Surrey’s activities and provides a financial contribution to their running costs. The Council has a statutory duty to promote Home Energy Conservation under the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995.

For further information on the services provided by Action Surrey, please visit their website - here

Eat it, Cook it, Freeze it!

Earlier this month a national food safety campaign was held with the message of “Eat it, Cook it, Freeze it!”Dates

As part of this initiative, our Environmental Health team are reminding residents that they can save money, reduce waste AND stay safe by using ‘Use By’ and ‘Best Before’ dates to their advantage.

Freezing acts as a pause button and it is safe to freeze food up until the ‘Use By’ date. This includes meat, and meals cooked from previously cooked and frozen meat, eg leftovers from a roast chicken. Once defrosted the pause button is off so you should only defrost food as needed and eat within 24 hours.

‘Use By’ dates are about safety. Foods can be eaten (or frozen) up until the ‘Use By’ date, but not after. Food past its ‘Use By’ date is not safe to eat even if it looks or smells fine.

‘Best Before’ dates are about quality. When the date is passed, it doesn't mean that the food will be harmful, but it might begin to lose its flavour and texture.

For further information on 'Use By' and 'Best Before' visit the Food Standards Agency website.


Europe in Harmony

A message from the Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning Association International Choral Festival team

Well, it took nearly two years of planning, cajoling, fund raising and plain hard work by many people, but it was all worth the effort! "Europe in Harmony" was a magnificent event, of which all those who participated, whether in the backroom, in the choirs, the audience or the sponsors, are justifiably very proud.

The Festival was the latest in a series of biennial events, the previous one having taken place in 2014 in Germany, which brought together choirs of twinned towns in France Germany, Belgium and the UK - Epsom and Ewell. The festival was to celebrate the choral tradition across Europe. The intention was to provide the perfect opportunity for hearing other choirs perform from these countries as well as several  excellent ones from Epsom and Ewell and to sing and celebrate our friendship with them throughout the event. This was more than achieved and the festival provided the perfect showcase for all that makes Epsom and Ewell such a welcoming and friendly place to live and work.

From Thursday afternoon when the European choirs started to arrive through to Sunday lunchtime when the Chantilly choir left for home we can say with certainty that they were overwhelmed by the generosity of spirit we showed towards them. They were incredibly impressed by the very highest standards of organisation and the excellence of the performances throughout the Festival.

As for the music itself, it would be unfair to single out any one performance since all were so good but the rousing finale at Epsom College Chapel on Saturday evening when all the choirs participated in well known classical favourites accompanied by the Epsom and Ewell Silver Band was undoubtedly the highlight of the Festival.

The Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning Association would like to warmly thank all those who supported us in lead up to and during the Festival. Perhaps we'll do it all again in eight years time...................

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Help stop fly-tipping

A new drive to tackle fly-tipping is underway in Surrey.

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The county has seen an increase in the amount of waste being illegally dumped in the past year which cost Surrey’s councils nearly £1 million to clear up.

County, borough and district councils, together with other partners, have joined forces to crack down on fly-tippers and want residents to help by reporting it.

We’re also highlighting that it’s a home-owners’ responsibility to dispose of any waste from their property responsibly and legally. So if a contractor is doing work at your home it’s vital to check they are a registered waste carrier.

Fly-tipping can range from a black bag of household waste to large quantities of commercial or construction waste and is one of the most common forms of anti-social behaviour.

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Anyone caught fly-tipping risks an on-the-spot fine and, if convicted in a Crown Court, could face an unlimited fine or imprisonment.

For more information on waste disposal, fly-tipping and how to report it, visit

Epsom Banstead STP consultation

Epsom Banstead STPSurrey County Council is consulting on proposals for sustainable transport improvements on routes between Epsom & Banstead including improved facilities for cyclists, pedestrians and bus users. It will be of particular interest to those who live, work or attend schools in the area or regularly access Epsom General, NESCOT, Banstead High St or rail station or use bus routes 166, 420, 460 and 480.

Full details of the consultation can be found at: 

The consultation is open until Sunday 14 August 2016.

Changes to local bus services

Surrey Local Bus Services changesDo you travel by bus in Surrey? From Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September, there will be changes to a number of local services.

The changes are being introduced as part of Surrey County Council’s review of local transport, which aims to make sure the bus services that are used the most can keep running in the face of huge funding pressures.

New timetables will be available during August via the bus operator websites, the council’s website and Traveline, or by calling Traveline on 0871 200 2233 (Calls cost 12p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge).

From late August, printed timetables will also be available at bus stops and in Surrey County Council’s Bus Guide booklets, which can be picked up from libraries, local council offices and other outlets throughout Surrey.

To find out more, including details about all of the changes being introduced, head to

Top tips to help you enjoy cycling and stay safe this Summer

Cycle Safety 2Summer’s here, so why not dust off your bike and explore what Surrey has to offer? Whether it’s a gentle meander down a country lane, cycling to school with the children, or popping into town for some retail therapy, getting on your bike is fun, free and good for you and the environment.

 But before you head out, make sure you understand how to keep yourself safe:

- Ride away from the edge of the road, particularly when passing junctions.

- Ride away from the kerb, to avoid debris and drain covers.

- Be aware of car doors being opened as you pass them.

- Take extra care and consider other users on shared paths.

- Make sure that your helmet is fitted correctly.Cycle Safety1

- Remember to follow the Highway Code.


To find out more about cycle safety go to:






Smart advice for summer drivers

Drivers setting off on summer holidays are being urged to ensure they’re totally prepared and know about the latest signs and signals they will see on England's motorways.

England’s motorways are already some of the safest in the world and the advice today is another step towards improving this further and reducing accidents on our roads.

With 46,000 breakdowns on England’s motorways and major A roads last summer, drivers are also being reminded what to do if they break down, including if that is on a section of 'smart motorway' where there is no hard shoulder.  

The thousands of the incidents include trailers and caravans incorrectly fitted, tyre blow outs and people not having enough fuel to complete their journeys.

Highways England is advising drivers of the resources on offer to help them arrive at their destinations safely; it includes advice about driving on smart motorways where signs and signals are used to help ease the flow of traffic to improve journeys.

Smart motorways now operate on 236 miles of the M25, M1, M42/M40, M20, M6, M62 and M4/M5. They reduce congestion and improve journey time reliability by making the hard shoulder available as a traffic lane and using variable speed limits to smooth traffic flow.

Drivers are being encouraged to find out more about driving on a smart motorway by visiting

Top tips:

  • never drive in a lane closed by a red “X” – the sign is there to protect road users or road workers in the lane ahead; you will put them at risk of danger if you drive in the lane
  • all speed limits displayed in red rings are legally enforceable
  • a solid white line indicates the hard shoulder - don’t drive in it unless directed
  • a broken white line indicates a normal running lane
  • if you have a problem with your vehicle, eg a warning light comes on, exit the smart motorway as soon as possible, at the next slip road or at a service area
  • use the refuge areas for emergencies if there’s no hard shoulder 
  • if you break down put your hazard lights on, use your mobile to call the police on 999 and tell the operator you’re on the motorway
  • don’t get out of your vehicle if you break down in a live lane; Highways England will set overhead signs and close the lane with a red X to help keep traffic away from you. They will also send the police or a traffic officer to help you.

Spotlight on

Summer Activities in Epsom & Ewell

Download a round-up of activities for children, young people and families in the Borough this summer.

The online brochure available features a wide range of workshops, activities and events from creative arts to sports and leisure in Epsom & Ewell.

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The Big Friendly Read - Summer Reading Challenge 2016

The Big Friendly ReadAimed at children aged 4–11 years, the Summer Reading Challenge is run by libraries in conjunction with The Reading Agency.

This year’s theme is The Big Friendly Read, celebrating 100 years of Roald Dahl and some of his best-loved characters. Also featured, will be the amazing artwork of his principal illustrator, Sir Quentin Blake.

Taking part is easy and free. Just visit your local library to sign up and keep borrowing books regularly over the summer. Read six books of your choice and receive free rewards along the way as well as a certificate when you finish.

Choose anything you want to read – fact or fiction, joke books and poetry – from our huge and varied stock. You can even borrow audio books and listen instead. The challenge is for everyone regardless of their reading ability.

For more information on this year's Summer Reading Challenge please visit Surrey County Council website.

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club Summer Activities

There are two identical sessions for each activity listed below. Spaces are limited so please pre-book to avoid disappointment (costs are payable in
advance). For further information on all the activities listed below please click here to view the online brochure.

Flint KnappingFlint Knapping
Thursday 4 August; 11am - 12.30pm & 2pm - 3.30pm
Learn to shape flints like the ancient Stone Age craftsmen and discover the lost art of making stone tools. As part of a small group under the tuition of master flint knapper, James Dilley, enjoy the opportunity to make your own authentic Stone Age tool to take home. There will also be an opportunity to buy some replica tools. Cost £12 per child per session which includes the cost of materials used to make the tools at the session.

Cave Painting
Wednesday 10 August; 11am - 12pm & 2pm - 3pm
In the deep time of prehistory early men crawled down into the darkest caves and used light from primitive candles to paint pictures of themselves
and the animals they hunted. They left behind a vivid record of their way of life and some clues of what they believed in. Discover how and why
these paintings were created, then by flickering light try to create your own cave painting in our very own ‘caves’. Cost £5 per child per session.

Hands-On Excavation in Bourne Hall Park
16, 17 & 18; 23, 24 & 25 August; 10am-12.30pm & 1pm - 3.30pm
A training excavation for children which will be a real dig in the grounds of Bourne Hall; where in the past finds from the Stone Age to the Victorian period have been found. Children will learn basic archaeological methods and skills on a real dig. Cost £5 per child per session.

For more information on all Bourne Hall Museum activities please contact David Brooks, email: telephone: 0208 394 1734 or visit

Bourne Hall Museum Historical Summer Guided Walks

All walks cost £5 per person. Places are limited to 25 per walk and must be pre-booked. For more information on the walks and to pre-book please contact David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, email: telephone: 0208 394 1734 or visit

Hidden Ewell
Tuesday 2 August; 2pm - 3.30pm; Tuesday 16 August; 7.30pm - 9pm
Peel back time to discover Ewell’s hidden past and unseen history in a guided walk around the village. Hidden beneath the modern village are secrets dating from prehistoric times.Epsom Cemetery Walk_BHM

Ashley Road Cemetery
Wednesday 3 August; 2pm - 3.30pm
Explore Epsom’s Victorian cemetery and visit the final resting place of the town’s lords and ladies. Discover monuments to people ranging from war heroes to exotic dancers, jockeys to politicians.

Chalk Lane to World’s End
Thursday 4 August; 7.30pm - 9pm; Tuesday 30 August; 2pm - 3.30pm
From Madan’s Walk to World’s End, enjoy walking around this fascinating part of old Epsom. Discover pubs past and present and the part played by the area in both World Wars. Find out about Highgate House and its ghost, Maidstone House, Woodcote House and the Northey family and the Durdans, home to Lord Rosebery and visited by kings.

Epsom’s Oldest Road
Tuesday 9 August; 2pm - 3.30pm; Wednesday 24 August; 7.30pm - 9pm
Explore Epsom’s ancient heart along its oldest road. Discover the oldest surviving residential building, the site of Epsom’s own brewery, the parish church mentioned in the Domesday Book, grand houses, Epsom’s educational past at the old Technical Institute building and the Fire Station’s important role in
World War II.

Nonsuch Park & Palace
Thursday 11 August; 2pm - 4pm
Enjoy a guided walk around Nonsuch Park and see where the original palace once stood and how it dominated the local area. From the ruins of the banqueting hall, hear stories of luxurious palaces, ambitious royalty, lost churches, lingering ghosts, listen to tales of battles and discover how warfare has touched this ancient landscape.

Epsom at War
Wednesday 10 August; 7.30pm - 9pm; Thursday 1 September; 2pm - 3.30pm
Epsom during World War II was the place where the last battle to defend London was due to be fought. Discover which pub was used by the local volunteers before leaving to face the Boers.

Riverside Ramble_BHMRiverside Ramble
Thursday 28 July; 2pm - 3.30pm; Wednesday 31 August; 7.30pm - 9pm
Enjoy a guided walk up the Hogsmill from Ewell Village to Ewell Court, looking at the history of the four village mills and their manufacture of paper and gunpowder. Here the Pre-Raphaelite artists Millais and Holman Hunt painted their masterpieces. Follow Hunt’s encounter with a ghost, find how exploding gunpowder explosions shaped the local area, learn about the history of Ewell Court, and trace the farms and the fields that lie beneath today’s housing estates.


Musical Theatre Summer School

The Epsom Playhouse and EduStage offer a creative week of rehearsals and performance for children aged 9 to 14.sing

22 - 26 August

Working with professional directors, participants will be given the opportunity to act, sing and dance in an original musical to be performed on the main stage with sound, costumes and lights on the final afternoon of the summer school. No experience necessary!

During the week there will be drama games and singing from West End shows. All participants will be assigned roles where they will be encouraged to demonstrate any individual skills they have.

The summer school runs from 10am to 4pm each day.

The total cost for the week is £150.00 including tickets for family and friends to the performance (subject to availability). *Sibling rate available £135.00.

Full details from the Epsom Playhouse.


The Beat Project Summer Programme

Beat Project Summer Programme

Try-Sport Junior Summer Camp

Try-Sport Junior Summer Camp
Monday 1 - Friday 5 August; 9am - 3.30pm
Ebbisham Sports Club, Eastway, Epsom KT19 8SG

Five sports: Badminton, Tennis, Touch Tennis, Squash and Racketball plus quizzes and board games and fun sports activities.

Summer Camp: Sport, fun, healthy, sociable, skills for life.

Cost: Non-members - £140 per week or £32 per day; Club members - £125 per week or £28 per day.

For more information contact or call 01372 720647. Website:; Facebook: Ebbisham Sports Club

Free sports festival for all disabled people

Free Summer Sports Festival 2016Summer Festival 2016 - Free sports festival for all disabled people
Friday 22 July; 10am - 2pm
The Westway Sports & Fitness Centre, 1 Crowthorne Road, London W10 6RP

To Register, just turn up! Sports include athletics, boccia, dance, hockey, football, cricket, tennis, badminton, polybat, rock climbing, table tennis, martial arts, snag golf, rowing, plus many more. Featuring VIP guests Ben Quilter (former GB Judo Paralympian). Parking available for cars and mini-buses.

For more information please contact Emma Cranston on 020 7021 0973 or visit 

Shake Up with Disney

The Change4Life 10 Minute Shake Up with Disney campaign is back and encouraging families to ‘Just Keep Moving’ as they kick off a summer of activity, inspired by this year’s Disney·Pixar film, Finding Dory.

Families can once again take part in the 10 Minute Shake Ups as well as enjoying Finding Dory inspired family swim sessions at local pools across the UK, all approved by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA). The swim sessions provide an interactive hour of storytelling fun and activity for the whole family.

Too much inactive time is bad for a child’s physical, social and mental wellbeing, yet just 21% of boys and 16% of girls currently meet the daily national recommended level of activity of 60 minutes.   Being active helps children to build social skills, boost self-confidence, improve bone and heart health and maintain a healthy weight. Every 10 minute burst of exercise can make a real difference in helping children reach the 60 minutes they need each day.

Make this a non-stop summer of fun activity and search Change4Life online now for Disney and Finding Dory inspired 10 Minute Shake Ups and don’t forget to book your swim session at

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Prepare for an ocean of summer fun at Better's Rainbow Leisure Centre

Better are helping kids and families in Epsom & Ewell get swimming with Disney’s Finding Dory this summer

This summer prepare for an ocean of fun at Better’s Rainbow Leisure Centre. Disney, the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and Change4Life want your family to ‘Just Keep Moving…’ as they dive into a summer of activity inspired by the new Disney•Pixar film, Finding Dory. Families will have a whale of a time as they dive like Dory, splash like sea lions, and hide like Hank in a series of Finding Dory inspired activities based on core aquatic skills and led by a trained pool activator.

The bookable sessions, open to families of all ages and abilities will be available from 22 July to 4 September. Sessions, priced at £4 for adults and £3.50 for children, will be held at the Rainbow Leisure Centre on Mondays 12.15pm-1.15pm and Fridays 1.30pm- 2.30pm.

To book your session, please visit Rainbow Leisure Centre, Epsom or book online at: 

The first 50,000 children across the UK that attend three sessions will receive a Finding Dory branded swimming bag from reception. All you need to do is collect a loyalty card from reception at your first session which must then be stamped on three separate occasions to qualify for the bag. You could also win a Finding Dory prize bundle worth £250 when you upload a photo from our Photo Standee via Instagram account using #JustKeepMoving. The competition, running from 22 July to 4 September, will have 10 winners selected every week, winning a prize bundle of £250 value of Finding Dory products. Full terms and conditions of the offer and competition are available on the ASA and Disney links here: ,

Better, the UK’s largest provider of public swimming pools, are delivering these exciting sessions in 57 Better facilities across the UK including in the Epsom & Ewell area, Rainbow Leisure Centre.

Rugby summer camp


For further information visit the Sutton & Epsom RFC website

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).

Nonsuch Mansion in Nonsuch Park - Summer Openings (Entry to the Museum and Gallery is free).
Combined openings of the Service Museum and the Nonsuch Palace Gallery: From April until the end of September, second and fourth Sunday of each month and every Bank Holiday, 2pm - 5pm (last entry 4.30pm).
Nonsuch Palace Gallery only - Open all other Sundays during the summer, 2pm - 5pm.


Shadbolt Park Sports Day
Saturday 23 July; 3pm - 5pm
Shadbolt Park, Salisbury Road, Worcester Park KT4 7BX
All ages welcome! Come and join the fun! £5 entry per child (then all races are free!) BYO picnic kids' tea. Funds raised to renovate children's play area. Contact:

Diabetes UK Know Your Risk Road show
Wednesday 27 July
Epsom Market Place
The aim of the road show aim is to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes and its risk factors, encouraging people to eat more healthily and become more active to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Four out of five cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through lifestyle changes, giving people the knowledge and skills can empower them to make a real difference to their future.

For more information on Diabetes UK road shows please visit


Tunes 'n' Tea
Thursday 11 August, 1.30-3.30pm
St John’s Church Hall, Station Approach, Stoneleigh, KT19 0QZ (next to Stoneleigh Station, west side)
An afternoon of live music, tea, coffee, cakes and conversation. Guest musicians perform for your delight! Relax and listen to a mix of songs and tunes, old, new, and everything in between! £3 entry.

Epsom and Ewell Art Group - Late Summer ExhibitionEpsom and Ewell Art Exhibition
Monday 15 - Sunday 28 August; 9.30am - 5pm
Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA
Entry and parking are free, with a café available on the ground floor.

Image - Café Moka, acrylic picture by Barbara Stevens which will be in the exhibition.

Conquest Art Annual Exhibition
Tuesday 16 - saturday 27 August
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
Overcoming diversity through art. For more information visit or phone 020 3044 2731

Epsom Mayday Flower Club presents Bursting Full of Colour
Wednesday 17 August; 1.30pm for 2pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
A flower arranging demonstration by Graham King. Visitors welcome, cost £6.

Countryside Guided Walks

Walking has many health benefits, why not join in the various guided walks with a member of the Council's Countryside team that take place throughout the year and find out more about the Borough's Local Nature Reserves (LNR) too.

Sunday 24 July
The Power of Volunteers! 2pm
Meet at the Information Centre. Discover all the amazing work that has been going on by volunteers around Horton Country Park LNR.

All walks cost: £5 per adult and £2.50 per child (16 years or under).

Please wear appropriate clothing, stout boots and a raincoat when it's wet. Dogs are welcome on a lead unless where stated to leave your dog at home for walks that involve looking for animals. Please note that walks may be subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions.

For more information or to book a place contact the Council's Countryside Team on 01372 732000, email or visit the Events section at

Register today! Round the Borough Hike 3 September

Round the Borough Hike and Bike logoWith numbers growing year on year, Round the Borough Hike on Saturday 3 September, is likely to be the biggest and best yet!

Round the Borough Hike is probably the best way to experience and appreciate Epsom & Ewell in the green. The route leads along country lanes, through parks and nature reserves and criss-crosses the Borough, avoiding the busiest roads wherever possible.

The family-friendly route takes between eight and ten hours to go all the way round. Walking can burn around 100 calories per mile, so there are plenty of refuelling opportunities along the 20 mile route!

Round the Borough Hike was created to build on the London 2012 Olympic legacy. Since its inception in 2013, hundreds of residents have undertaken the challenge, both at the annual event and by using the permanently signed route at other times of the year.

The event is free to enter for all ages and abilities, find out more and register today at
or contact or call 01372 732000.

On Track

Surrey Youth Lacrosse League - first inaugural fixture!Surrey Youth Lacrosse League
Sunday 31 July; 10am - 2pm
Court Recreation Ground, Epsom KT19 8SB

Join in for the inaugural Surrey Youth Lacrosse League launched by English Lacrosse following the success of the Lacrosse programme at the recently held P&G Surrey Youth Games.

The league is aimed at participants aged between 11 and 16 and will feature a professionally coached training session and a unique tournament that will be made up of four mixed ability teams; the Hornets, Tigers, Grizzlies and the Sharks! Each team member will receive a free playing t-shirt.

For more information and to register visit 

For further information or if you have any queries please contact Abbie Mitchell at English Lacrosse, email:

Senior World touchtennis tour tournament
Sunday 7 August
Ebbisham Sports Club, Eastway, Epsom
Touchtennis is the fastest growing racket sport in the UK and provides a shorter, faster alternative to the full tennis variation. Ebbisham Sports Club will also be hosting a junior touchtennis tournament in the afternoon. This will be a fun, informal event for those aged 11-16. If you would like to find out more about the event or touchtennis itself please contact Hugh Impey, email:

Emeralds Elite High 5 Netball ClubEmeralds Elite High 5 Netball Club - Free Year 5 & 6 Open Sessions
10 & 17 September; 10am - 11am
Court Recreation Ground, Epsom KT19 8SB

Come and be a part of the new High 5 netball club in the Borough. Spaces are limited. Register now for your space by contacting Laura at

Join for a chance to play in the competitive Nonsuch High 5 league for the 2016/2017 season.

Stoneleigh Athletic Football Club are looking for players across many age groups. To find out more please contact the club by emailing: or visit

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

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 7 August. Takes place on the first Sunday of the month from 9.30am - 1.30pm, this market is a treasure trove of fresh, tasty and attractive local produce. To find out more, come to the market! For more info visit

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.

Key Facts

The Big Switch (from Spring 2017)

The Big Switch (from Spring 2017)Big Switch Hookie

Simply Weekly Recycling means you'll need a bigger bin for recycling but you won't need so much space for your refuse. So we will switch your green and black bins when the new collections start.

From Spring 2017, your larger green bin will become your recycling bin, your black bin will become your refuse bin.

If you don't think you'll have the right bins for the Big Switch, call us to fix it now on 01372 732000.

For more information please visit

Food Waste Road shows and Competition

Food Waste Road shows
Tuesday 16, Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 August; 9.30am - 3pm
Epsom Market Place
Do you have a query about food waste? Did you know you can now use plastic liners or bags in your food waste caddy? Drop by and find out more at our road shows at Epsom Market Place.

For help reducing the amount of food you throw away visit where there are hints and recipes to help you waste less food and save money.

Competition time! Find out what you can do with your Food Waste and Win a family meal out.Food Waste competition poster

Visit your local library to collect your entry sheet to enter the competition, learn more about food waste, and win a family meal out*.

To enter, children need to pick up an activity sheet from any Surrey library after the 23 July and complete the activities. They could win an £80 voucher to spend on a meal at a restaurant of their choice.

The competition has two age categories:
- 4-7 years: I spy and colouring in.
- 8-11 years: Design a food waste caddy character.

Competition sheets should be returned to any Surrey library by Saturday 3 September 2016 for a chance to win.

*£80 restaurant choice gift card, can be used at a selection of restaurants including Nando’s, Pizza Express, Jamie’s Italian, Zizzi, Ask Italian and others. For full details please visit

Your Community

Out and about in the Community

The St Clements Songsters
Taster Session, Thursday 28 July, 7.30pm
The St Clements Church Hall, Kingston Road, Ewell (opposite the Queen Adelaide)
The St Clements Songsters are looking for people to join this friendly singing/performance group. The group work on songs from musicals to include chorus work and solo singers and hold 3 shows a year with profits going towards chosen charities. For more info contact Liz on 020 8337 0744 or Tina on 020 8393 9384.

Low Cost Holistic Therapy treatments
Brickfield Centre, Epsom
Mary Frances Trust offer massage, reiki and reflexolgy sessions for £5 a session at the Brickfield Centre. The therapies are available to anyone who has mental health or emotional wellbeing issues as well as to carers. To book please call 01372 375400, email: or text 07929 024722.

Epsom Safe Haven - when you need support in an emotional or mental health crisis.
Open every evening from 6pm - 11pm
The Larches 44 Waterloo Road Epsom Surrey KT19 8EX
Safe Haven offers help and support to anyone going through an emotional or mental health crisis. It's an informal, safe space that supports each individual to take control of, and improve, their own mental health. No appointments are necessary, the team will greet people as they arrive and support them in a way that suits their needs. For more information visit

Epsom & Ewell WI
First Wednesday each month; 2pm - 4pm (doors open 1.45pm)
Epsom Methodist Church Hall, Ashley Road, Epsom
Speakers, demonstrations, music, social meetings take place each month. In addition to these there is a craft group, book club, lunch group, walking group and outings. Visitors welcome.

Tea & Cake Computer Training
Thursdays 2-4pm - Ewell Court House Library, KT19 0EB
Fridays 10.30am-12.30pm - Ruxley Church, KT19 0JG
Come and learn how to use your iPad or laptop in a relaxed, friendly environment with a cup of tea and piece of homemade cake. To book your place, telephone: 07925 090 645, email:

Salsa - Beginners Class
Every Wednesday, 8.30pm-9.30pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
£8 per class/£5 for students and seniors. No booking required/no partner required. For more info visit or call mobile: 07584 188481.

Weekly activities at The Wellbeing Centre

Wellbeing Centre logo

Wellbeing Centre timetable 20 July 2016

The above sessions are subject to short notice amendments or cancellation, booking advisable.

Sessions are held at the
Wellbeing Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom, Surrey KT19 9HG.

For more information please contact Usha or Yvie on 01372 727 583 or email

Sessions do not run on Bank Holidays. Some sessions may not run during holiday periods please check with the Centre.

Suggested donation £1 per person per session and £2 for Surrey Wheels.

You can also check out our Wellbeing Centre webpages at Find us under the Community and
Living page, click on Wellbeing Centre.


Epsom and Ewell Volunteers Awards 2016

Epsom and Ewell Volunteer Awards 2016This year’s Epsom and Ewell Volunteer Awards coincided with National Volunteers Week and took place on 2 June at the Town Hall. The Awards organised by Voluntary Action Mid Surrey in partnership with the Borough Council acknowledge the contribution of volunteers who have made a real difference in the local community.
The Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor George Crawford presented the awards along with Sally Dubery, Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Mid Surrey who read out the citations, highlighting the many invaluable contributions made by the nominees.

Samantha Aung Thin, Voluntary Action Manager for Voluntary Action Mid Surrey explained, “This annual event is a way for us to recognise and thank those volunteers who give up their own time to help and support many local charities and community groups. Without their invaluable help, many services to both individuals and to the community would not happen”.

If you wish to make a real difference in your local community or just want to find out about volunteering, please call the Volunteer Centre in Epsom on 01372 722911 or email 

Back to the future…with trees!

Tree Advisory BoardCommunity spirited residents in West Ewell road are looking to the future by turning back the clock and repeating a remarkable street tree planting initiative that transformed their neighbourhood in the 1950s.

60 years after an earlier generation of Fulford Road residents clubbed together to plant the avenue of nearly 40 flowering cherry trees that came to give their road its distinctive character, today’s residents are following in their predecessors’ footsteps in an attempt to save their cherished local environment from the ravages of time.

With the original trees now in the latter stages of their lives, a number already lost to disease, storms and traffic mishaps, and several likely to have to be felled soon, for years residents have been concerned that their leafy environment was on borrowed time.

But in a rare example of community togetherness coordinated by Epsom & Ewell Tree Advisory Board - the partnership between environmentally-minded volunteers and the Borough Council to safeguard the local treescape – residents have seized the initiative and secured a leafy future by clubbing together to plant replacements.

With the help of Councillor Jan Mason who helped kick start the fundraising by donating £500 from her Surrey County Council allocation for community projects, residents went on to raise a further £1,500. All of which has paid for the purchase and planting of  six trees that have just been planted, one which will go in this autumn and another three in positions that have yet to be approved by Surrey County Council highway engineers.

Although more of the original trees will ultimately need to be replaced as they reach the end of their lives, hopes are rising that phase one of the Fulford Road project has broken what once seemed an inevitable cycle of environmental decline.

“What we’ve achieved in Fulford Road makes an important point that residents, in association with supportive councillors, can really make a difference when they act in tandem – and this will hopefully act as an inspiration for others to follow in an area where there are many more residential roads lined with ageing trees,” explains Epsom & Ewell Tree Advisory Board chairman Mike Ford.

“With so many more of us having cars than planners ever envisaged when much of Epsom and Ewell was built, the loss of many front gardens to parking has been inevitable. That makes the maintenance and improvement of our existing stock of street trees even more important if we’re not to end up living in an urban desert.”

The Epsom & Ewell Tree Advisory Board is a partnership between the local community and the Council to safeguard the borough’s trees. For further information about how you can get involved contact Mike Ford on 01372 720031 or email: 

Your Council

Council Meetings: July 2016

JULY 2016

21       Planning Committee


No meetings

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.

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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