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Welcome to this month’s e-Borough Insight

A special welcome to our new readers from Energize. Energize is the news produced by the Council to promote sporting activity in the Borough and the monthly Energize bulletin has now been incorporated into this newsletter.

Hot on the great news earlier this year about the award of Green flags for a number of our parks, we have had some fantastic news about Nonsuch Park this month from Britain in Bloom. It's also your chance to vote for the nation's top ten favourite parks for this year's People's Choice Award - items on both these are in the news section.

Within the last week, there has been another accident at the junction of the Spread Eagle in Epsom town centre. This junction is reputedly the most dangerous in Surrey and there is welcome news in this issue that the highway improvements, which include increased safety measures at the junction, are to get underway.

On a lighter note, many older residents will recall Norman Wisdom as a resident of this Borough. Now an exhibition of his life is coming to Bourne Hall, it’s a bit of a coup for the museum as it’s the first time it’s been seen in the South of England.



Silver for Nonsuch!

We are delighted to announce that Nonsuch Park has been awarded Silver in the South & South East in Bloom 2016 awards.Nonsuch

South & South East in Bloom is part of the Britain in Bloom campaign, where Councils, communities, residents, businesses can work together to improve their environment.

This year’s awards were formally announced earlier this month and a member of the Nonsuch Park team and a representative of the Nonsuch Voles collected a Silver award in the Large Parks category.

The Nonsuch Voles are a volunteer group that meet weekly to carry out practical woodland and gardening work, working closely with park staff from Epsom & Ewell Borough Council who manage the day-to-day running of the Park.

Nonsuch Park is situated between Cheam and Ewell Village and is managed jointly by the London Borough of Sutton and Epsom & Ewell Borough Council.

Sutton Councillor, Mary Burstow is the current Chairman of the Joint Management Committee and commented: “We are absolutely delighted to collect a Silver Award for Nonsuch Park.  This is our first entry into the South & South East in Bloom competition and this award is a true reflection of the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm of Council Staff and Nonsuch Park Volunteers.”

The site of the park was originally occupied by the village of Cuddington which was cleared away to make room for King Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace in 1538. The structure was perhaps substantially complete by 1541 but the decorations of the outside walls (which were to be the fame of Nonsuch) were still in progress five years later. When Henry VIII died in 1547, the palace was still unfinished. It was completed by Henry Fitzalan, Twelfth Earl of Arundel, after his purchase of the palace from the crown in 1556. Elizabeth I regained Nonsuch in 1592 and it remained in Royal hands (apart from the Commonwealth) until 1670 when Charles II gave it to his mistress, Barbara Villiers, who became Baroness Nonsuch, Duchess of Cleveland. She demolished the palace in 1682-3 and broke up the parks to sell to cover her gambling debts. Only small remnants of the Palace can be seen today.


It’s time to pick the nation’s ten favourite parks

Voting for the annual People's Choice award which gives the public a chance to vote for their favourite Green Flag award winning park or green space, is open. But there is a difference this year as it is the 20th year of the Green Flag Award. There won't be one overall winner, there will be a top ten voted by the public.Green Flag Award logo

Within Epsom & Ewell, four of our green spaces were among the record breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces that received the prestigious Green Flag Award this year - the mark of a quality park or green space. They include:

  • Epsom Common Local Nature Reserve has won the award for the tenth consecutive year. It is the largest local nature reserve in Surrey and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
  • Ewell Court Park has won the award for the fifth year in a row. The park is the former gardens of the historical Ewell Court House.
  • Alexandra Recreation Ground has also won the award for the fifth year in a row. It is a sports ground situated in Alexandra Road.
  • Rosebery Park has won the award for the fourth time this year. It is a formal town centre park.

To vote simply go to select the South East region on the interactive map, find your favourite Green Flag Award winning park or green space, click on more details and click the 'Vote for this Site' button.

The vote will close at noon on Friday 30 September. The ten most popular parks and green spaces in the UK will be announced in October.

Councillor Barry Nash, Chairman of the Council's Community and Wellbeing Committee said, "Our award winning spaces are broadly representative of all of the Borough's fantastic parks and green spaces that we are very proud of and that we know mean so much to everyone.

Don't miss out! This is your chance to vote for four of the Borough's Green Flag Award winning spaces and help pick the nation's top ten favourite parks."

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award manager said: "We all have a favourite park, whether it's our local green space or a special park we'll travel miles to visit.

"Following another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award, we are urging everyone to vote for their own favourite park, so we can put together a list of the ten most popular parks in the UK. It will be great to celebrate ten of the public's favourite parks and for them to become the People's Choice 2016."

All Green Flag Award-winning sites are entered into the annual People's Choice Award vote. Last year saw more than 30,000 votes from the public, with Victoria Park in London's Tower Hamlets crowned as the People's Choice.

For more information on the Green Flag Awards visit

For more information on the Borough's parks and green spaces visit the Leisure section at

On your hike!

RTBHOver 60 people took part in the recent Round the Borough Hike, with the ages of participants ranging from eight to eighty!

Now in its fifth year, the event offers participants the chance to explore Epsom & Ewell's green spaces via a 20 mile network of walking routes joining up the beautiful open spaces across Epsom & Ewell; including Epsom & Walton Downs, Epsom Common, Nonsuch Park, the Hogsmill, and Horton Country Park.

The route is permanently marked and maps are available to download from the Council website – so anyone can try all or part of the walk at any time.

Councillor Tony Axelrod, Vice Chairman of the Community and Wellbeing Committee, said: "Round the Borough Hike is probably the best way to experience Epsom & Ewell's plentiful and stunning open spaces with friends and family. You can complete the hike at your own pace or set yourself a challenge to achieve a milestone.

The Hike (taking place in September) and the sister Bike event in May are part of the legacy of the Council’s 75 anniversary and the London Olympics both of which occurred in 2012. Registration for Round the Borough Bike which takes place on Sunday 14 May 2017 is now open!



Boundary review

The UK Parliament has decided to reduce the number of constituencies, and therefore MPs, from 650 to 600. In England, the number of constituencies will reduce from 533 to 501.

The Boundary Commission for England is the independent and impartial body that is considering where the boundaries of the new constituencies should be. They must report to Parliament in September 2018. In doing so, they have to ensure that every new constituency has roughly the same number of electors: no fewer than 71,031 and no more than 78,507. While proposing a set of boundaries which are fairer and more equal, the Commission will also try to reflect geographic factors and local ties. The Commission will also look at the boundaries of existing constituencies and local government patterns in redrawing the map of parliamentary constituency boundaries across England.

No changes to the existing boundaries of the Epsom & Ewell Constituency are proposed in the initial report published by the Boundary Commission as part of it's consultation process.

The Commission is promoting use of a specifically-designed consultation website for this review as the primary tool for displaying its proposals, and receiving comments on them. This is available here. The public consultation period runs until 5 December 2016. Also, as requested by the Commission, the proposals and maps for all nine English regions are available at the Town Hall reception for the public to view if they so wish.

Have your say on Surrey’s Waste Local Plan

Surrey Waste Plan

Surrey County Council has launched a consultation giving you the chance to have your say on the vision for the new Surrey Waste Local Plan.

It’s important that the waste Surrey produces is managed sustainably while working towards sending zero waste to landfill. The new plan will make sure enough land is available so that facilities can be built to manage the waste Surrey households and businesses produce in the most sustainable way.

What is the Surrey Waste Plan?

The new Surrey Waste Local Plan will identify sites or areas that are best suited for waste facilities, taking lots of factors into consideration, such as the environment and local communities. The plan will also set out policies that will guide decision making.

What kind of waste will the Surrey Waste Plan cover?

The new Surrey Waste Local Plan will plan for all types of waste to be managed sustainably including; household, commercial, construction and hazardous.

The consultation will run until 25 November and to find out more and have your say visit

Paper questionnaires are also available in Surrey libraries and local council offices, or you can request a copy by calling 0300 200 1003.

Surrey Tobacco consultation

The Surrey Tobacco Control Strategy 2016-21 sets out why and how we need to work together to reduce the harmful effects of tobacco in Surrey. 

In Surrey, a number of agencies work on tobacco control because of statutory and contractual requirements. Our strategy has been developed to pull those strands together into one document to ensure effective and coordinated action across the County to tackle the biggest cause of premature death and health inequalities.
We are committed to working together with our partners including residents, to make this strategy the best it can be for our population. Reducing the harm caused from tobacco can only be delivered by multiple partners which is why it is important to consult with as many people as possible.

Your contributions and opinions are important and valued so we would be grateful if you could take the time to complete the survey based on the strategy. 

Please view the strategy and respond to consultation survey here

The consultation is open until 2 November 2016.

Stoptober is back!

Stoptober2Based on research that if you stop smoking for 28-days you are five times more likely to quit for good, England’s seven million smokers are being encouraged to take part in this year’s Stoptober campaign, starting on 1 October.

Visit the Stoptober website to find out about a range of free and proven support available to help you start your quitting journey for 28 days and beyond.

From the app, email and social media support including Facebook Messenger, to more information about the expert face to face support that your local Stop Smoking Service (LSSS) can offer, as well as the different types of stop smoking aids available to you; including medicines and e-cigarettes – Stoptober is here to help you.

Everyone’s quitting journey is different, but you will not be alone. Nearly a million people have taken part since Stoptober began five years ago, so join in with the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, search Stoptober and find the right support for you.

For your local Surrey Stop Smoking Service, Quit 51 see

There’s a new number to call if you have a power cut

Power Cut new number105 is a new number that you can call to report or get information about a power cut. It will put you through to your local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, wires and substations that bring electricity into homes and businesses in your area.

105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales, and you can call the number from most landlines and mobile phones. It doesn’t matter who you choose to buy your electricity from - anyone can call 105.

You can also call 105 if you spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put you, or someone else, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, call the emergency services too.

Don’t be left in the dark. Call 105.

To find out more, visit

Spotlight on

Changes to Epsom town centre

Surrey County Council have announced that the anticipated changes to the highway in the Epsom Town Centre will start in the New Year.

The original plan was to commence construction in the Autumn 2016, with a hiatus over the Christmas retail period, but some delays have occurred while the County and Borough Councils have sought ways of balancing the needs of all town centre users.

The overall aim of the works is to reduce congestion and make the town centre more

To encourage people to make greater use of the shops, services, cafes, restaurants and other businesses within the town centre and improved Market
Place. These works will help make the town a more attractive, pleasant, safe and convenient place to visit.

A dedicated page is now on-line on the Surrey County Council website, which includes access to the first issue of what will be a regularly published newsletter.

What's On

Not just for you, Mr Grimsdale!

NormanSir Norman Wisdom, actor, comedian and singer-songwriter, was best known for a series of comedy films produced in the 1950’s and 60’s.

As well as being a cult figure in Albania, Sir Norman was also a one-time resident of this borough! Older residents recall standing behind him in the queue in his favourite fish and chip shop in Ewell or seeing him shopping in Epsom.

Bourne Hall Museum has secured the loan of the official exhibition of his life and work from his family. This is the first time the collection will be seen in the South of England. The exhibition contains theatre posters, handwritten scripts, film stills, props and costumes.

Among the exhibits are Sir Norman’s 1954 British Film Academy Award.

This extensive exhibition will run at Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell from 4 October to the New Year.

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.

Epsom Talks 2016-17 a series of talks presented by Epsom and Ewell Literary Society
First Wednesday of the month October - May (excluding Jan 2017); 7.45pm
Epsom Playhouse KT18 5AL
Informative. Inspiring. Illuminating. New members and guests always welcome. For further information please contact Elizabeth Mackie, Membership Secretary, tel: 01737 355300; email:; website:


Epsom Mayday Flower Club - Artistic Impressions
Wednesday 21 September; 1.30pm for 2pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
A flower arranging demonstration by June Borrowdale. Visitors welcome £6.

Photography Training
Thursday's from 22 September to 20 October, 10am - 1pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
See poster below

A Day for All - Royal Connection
Saturday 24 September; 12noon-6.30pm
St Mary the Virgin, London Road, Ewell, KT17 2AQ
Free entry. A day for children and adults to enjoy a variety of activities. Hear about St Mary’s Morris Men and see them in action. Learn about the history of Nonsuch Palace. Tour of memorial stones and points of interest in St Mary’s. Swop Shop. Harp music. Much more. Free soup lunch. Tea and cake served at 4pm. Have fish and chips at 5.30pm (pre-order and pay through the Parish Office). E-mail:, telephone: 020 8393 2643, website: to find out more.


Buddhism in Daily Life, lecture by Cristina Ferrando
Saturday 1 October; 3pm
Spa Lounge Room (1st floor), The Ebbisham Centre, 6 Derby Square, Epsom KT19 8AG
Suggested donation: £5. For more information visit

Guide and Brownie Jumble Sale
Saturday 1 October; 1.30pm - 3pm
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom
Admission 50p. In aid of Epsom Methodist Brownies, Guides and Rainbows. Refreshments available.

Sweeny Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a musical thriller
Wednesday 12 - Saturday 15 October; 7.30pm with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee
Adrian Mann Theatre, NESCOT, Reigate Road, Ewell, Surrey KT17 3DS
Presented by Epsom Players. Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler. Tickets £16/£15. Box office:

Grand Book Sale organised by The Friends of Nonsuch
Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 October; 10am - 4pm
The Stable and Loose Box by Nonsuch Mansion, Nonsuch Park SM3 8AP. Cars via Cheam Gate.
Free entry - non-members welcome! Quality books, fiction and non-fiction including arts, crafts, history, biography and books for children. All proceeds go to restoration work.

The Great Baked Cake & Book Sale
Saturday 15 October; 9:30am - 3:30pm
Stoneleigh Library
This is your chance to pick up some great bargains whilst also helping your local library to raise funds so we can continue to support the community. Free tea and coffee and fun and free things for the children to do as well. For more info visit
Open afternoon
Sunday 16 October; 2pm - 6pm
Christ Church, Epsom
Celebrating 140 years at the heart of our local community. Bell Tower tours, local history, afternoon teas followed by sung celebration at 6.30pm. For more info see, twitter @CCEpsom #140 years.

Stoneleigh Street Orienteering event
Tuesday 18 October; 6.30pm - 7.30pm
The Stoneleigh Pub, Stoneleigh Broadway KT17 2JA
One hour fun event through the streets of Stoneleigh. No experience required, all are welcome (run, jog or walk). Just bring a pen and a torch. More details at

Epsom and Ewell Art Group Autumn Exhibition
Monday 17 to Saturday 29 October; 9.30am - 5pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
Entry is free with parking and café available. 

Ewell Hortricultural Association - Late Autumn Show
Saturday 22 October; 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Blenheim High School, Longmead Road, Epsom KT19 9BH
Free admission. All welcome. Raffle, floral art, plant sale, photography, tea and cakes. For more info see

Sunday 23 October
London Bus Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QS   
Join us to celebrate 50 years of London bus preservation. Modern and classic buses will be on display and some will be giving free local rides. There will be transport related stalls to browse. For an additional fare, you can take a longer trip or enjoy a ride on our horse bus. TransportFest celebrates all commercial vehicles for families and enthusiasts alike. Single entry fee includes free entry to most attractions of Brooklands Museum. For more info see

Surrey Brass are back!
Friday 28 October; 7pm
The Main Hall, Epsom College, Epsom
Join us for another evening filled with amazing music from the films. Tickets £20. In aid of Age Concern Epsom & Ewell. To book tickets email: or call 01372 732456.

Spooktacular Ball - In memory of Freya Wells in aid of The UK Sepsis Trust
Saturday 29 October; 7pm to Midnight
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
Tickets £15 each. Halloween costume attire complusory. Live entertainment, games, raffle/auction. Best halloween costume prize. To book tickets call Kate: 07540 198972 or Jude: 07879 401324, email:; Facebook: Text Booo75 and amount to 70070 to donate or visit 

Friends of Horton Country Park - Orchard management task day
Sunday 30 October; 10am
Horton Country Park

Epsom Mental Health Week

Epsom Mental Health Week Epsom Mental Health Week
Saturday 8 - Sunday 16 October

This year's theme is Mental Health in a Changing World. All our welcome, over 70 free events. For more information visit

Click here to download the PDF of this year's programme of events.

Epsom Mental Health Week is organised by Love Me Love My Mind, a small registered charity based in Epsom, Surrey. It aims to promote better understanding of mental health and to support the wellbeing of everyone in the local community.

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club

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Saturday 8 October; 1pm - 2.30pm
Discover the worst jobs for children during the Victorian period! Many Victorian children were poor and worked to help their families. Children worked on farms, in homes as servants and in factories. Even making everyday items for the home could be fatal - the porcelain industry with its lead glaze, wallpaper making with arsenic in the green dyes, match making using sulphur. How long would you survive!

Cost: £5 per child (includes one free accompanying adult).

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.

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 - Halloween Walk

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Thursday 27, 2pm - 3.30pm & Monday 31 Oct, 7.30pm - 9pm; Tuesday 1 Nov; 7.30pm - 9pm

Discover Ewell’s dark past and remember the tales that some would rather forget. Learn about the terrible exploding gunpowder mills and visit the graveyard of St Mary’s where the victims rest in peace. As you walk around the village discover the folk who lived locally and just won’t stay dead! Hear tales of witches and horrible murder, funerals without a body, tragic coach crashes and ghosts!

Gather your courage and tread in the footsteps of the 19th-century body snatchers, visit where they plied their grisly trade, learn why a vicar pulled down his own church! Our tour will end with a visit to Ewell’s historic jail and a chance to find out first hand what an 18th century prison was like be careful not to be left behind!

Cost per person £5. Please meet in the foyer of Bourne Hall. Places are limited, to reserve your space or for further information please contact David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF. Tel: 020 8394 1734. Email:

This month at the Epsom Playhouse


Mammy, The Al Jolson Story - 28 September - A veteran of stage and television Issi Dye has performed his amazing tribute to the great Al Jolson for more than 15 years

The Power of Love - 4 October - A celebration of one of the greatest female performers to have ever graced a stage - Celine Dion. This exquisite production pays homage to the voice, the songs and the woman. memorable performances.

An Evening of Burlesque - 7 October - back in town with a dazzling new production! With a bevy of beautiful burlesque stars, speciality variety artists and fabulous costumes reviving this classic variety art form into the 21st century.

That'll Be The Day - 8 October -  After an incredible three decades of touring, the UK’s No.1 Rock & Roll variety production returns with another brand Islandsnew show!

Islands in the Stream - 14 October - Stacked with country music's greatest hits and celebrating the queen and king of country.

Oh! Carol; The Musical Story of Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield - 15 October - From their humble beginnings in Brooklyn to the dizzying heights of their success in the 50’s & 60’s the song writing genius of Neil Sedaka and ‘Howie’ Howard Greenfield will go down in musical history as one of the most successful partnerships of all time.

Mame - 18 to 22 October -  Epsom Light Opera Company offers everybody the chance to kick those Autumn blues away by spending an evening with the incomparable Mame. A true feel-good show, it follows the relationship between "Aunty Mame" and her nephew Patrick. This multi award-winning musical, by turns hilarious and sentimental, is bursting with unforgettable songs.

Snow White - 11 October - Join Vienna Festival Ballet on a magical journey with their unmissable production of Snow White. World class choreography propels this timeless fairy tale and answers the question; who is the fairest one of all?


Lee Hurst - 30 September - The unique Lee Hust returns to the Epsom Playhouse with his distinctive brand of stand-up in his latest show.

Russell Kane: Right Man, Wrong Age - 1 October - Are you 16-years- old, yet feel 21? Are you 40, but tragically faking 25? Or maybe you're full-on 80 years with the heart of three oxen and the sex drive of a bonobo chimp. Don't worry this is normal!

Zoe Lyons: Little Misfit - 6 October - Zoe hits the road with a brand new show after a year that has seen her appear on Live at the Apollo (BBC2), The John Bishop show (BBC1) and win the Chortle Best comic award. You might also recognise her from Alan Davies as Yet Untitled, and her regular stints on Mock the Week and The News Quiz.


About Africa - 27 September - Film Director and Photographer Harry Hook spent his childhood in Kenya and has been filming beautiful images of the African continent and its people for over forty years. In this talk Harry covers a vast span of places and people and shines fresh light on Africa past and present.

Jack The Ripper, The Real Truth - 29 September - Trevor Marriott is a retired British Police murder squad detective, who since 2002 has been conducting a cold case investigation into the infamous Whitechapel Murders of 1888.


LDN Wrestling - 24 October - Wrestling returns to Epsom Playhouse when top UK promoters LDN wrestling, whose shows have been thrilling fans for years, present an evening that is guaranteed to provide breath-taking action from the top rope and beyond.

And coming soon…

Saturday 3 December, 8.00pm

Thank you for the music
, the UK’s No 1 live concert tribute show to ABBA present Abba Merry Christmas!
The world’s longest-running ABBA concert show is coming to town to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Swedish super group’s biggest selling hit, Dancing Queen.

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

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Emeralds Elite High5 NetballHigh 5 for Emeralds Elite

Epsom & Ewell’s newest Netball club is opening its doors to girls in school years 5 & 6 who want to play competitive High 5 netball in the 2016/17 season. The club was formed after the success of Team Epsom & Ewell at the recent Surrey Youth Games where the High 5 girls secured a brilliant bronze medal at the finals weekend.

The Club will be running indoor training sessions at Blenheim High School in Epsom every Wednesday from 6pm-7pm in the autumn school term. The first session will take place on 21 September until 30 November (There is no session in the half term on 26 October).

For more information on how you can get involved with the club please contact the Head Coach Laura Davison:

Good luck! Epsom & Ewell Sports Awards 2016EpsomEwellSportsAwards

Good luck to all nominees shortlisted for the sixth annual Epsom & Ewell Sports Awards which take place on Tuesday 4 October at Epsom Downs Racecourse. The evening will celebrate the achievements of local athletes, coaches, volunteers and clubs who have made an impact in their respective sports in 2016.

To find out who has been shortlisted for the Epsom & Ewell Sports Awards please see:

Olympic Bronze for Epsom born Chris Langridge

Congratulations to Chris Langridge who alongside Marcus Ellis secured a bronze medal in the Badminton Men’s Doubles at the Rio Olympic Games! The pair who were ranked 22nd in the world upset the odds to beat the world number 3 Chinese pairing to the bronze medal.

Chris was born in Epsom and played his junior Badminton at the Epsom based Ebbisham Sports Club. Chris paid tribute to his first coaches, Alan and Jackie Cunningham on live TV after securing the bronze medal. Alan and Jackie have been coaching at Ebbisham Sports Club for 40 years. This is another great example of the legacy that can be provided by passionate local sports coaches. If you have been inspired by Chris and would like to give Badminton a go at Ebbisham Sports Club please visit the club website: or contact the club directly:

Sessions at the Focus Youth Centre, Depot Road, Epsom KT17 4RJ

- Multimedia project and music studio; 3pm - 9pm
- Girls Group; 6pm - 8pm
- Photography; 6pm - 8pm

- Epsom Youth Theatre; 7pm - 9pm

- Open drop-in session; 4:30pm - 6:30pm
- Babysitting Course; 4:30pm - 6:30pm
- Art group; 7pm - 9pm
All of the above sessions are available to young people aged 11-19. If interested, please email: or call Debz Whybrew, Neighbourhood Youth worker on 07971040216.

Surrey County Cricket Club Pride of Lions - Winter Cricket Coaching Courses 2016/2017
10 weeks from October - December 2016 and 10 weeks from January - March 2017
Course Locations: Kia Oval, London; Guildford; Leatherhead; Ewell; Farnham; Cobham; Wallington
Age groups - Little Hitters (Reception & Year 1); Year Groups 2 & 3, 4-6, 7-9, 10 & 11. For full details and to book 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 2 October. 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

Simply Weekly Recycling - Don't miss our road shows!

Simply Weekly Recycling starts Spring 2017 - Don't miss our road shows this September and October

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council will collect recycling and refuse every week from Spring 2017.

'Simply Weekly Recycling' will help make recycling simpler, easier and more cost effective. To find out more residents can drop in at one of many Simply Weekly Recycling roadshows taking place across the Borough in September and October. Information is also available on the Council's website at www.epsoThe Big 

With more mixed recycling and weekly collections for refuse as well, residents will need a bigger bin for recycling but won't need so much space for refuse. As part of Simply Weekly Recycling, when the new collections start the Council will also switch residents' green and black bins. For the Big Switch, the larger green bin will become the recycling bin and the black bin will become the refuse bin. If anyone is concerned they may not have the right bin set for the Big Switch, they can get in touch with the Council right away on 01372 732000.

Simply Weekly Recycling Roadshows
To find out more residents can drop in at our road shows taking place at the following dates and locations across the Borough from 10am-4pm:


• Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 September: Epsom Market Place

• Monday 26 September - Sunday 2 October: Sainsburys, Kiln Lane, Epsom


• Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13 October: Ebbisham Centre, Derby Square, High Street, Epsom

• Tuesday 18 & Wednesday 19 October: Epsom Market Place

• Tuesday 25, Wednesday 26 & Thursday 27 October: Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell

The new collections will be phased in from Spring 2017 and residents will be kept informed when the new service starts for their home.

Garden waste and leaves will continue to be collected fortnightly by subscription.

Your Community

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.

Tuesday 13 October: 10am - 12noon at The Hub, 131 High Street, Epsom

For more information visit the Council's website



Supporting Carers Sessions - Epsom & Ewell Wellbeing Centre

Supporting Carers Sessions Supporting Carers Sessions
Monday 19 - Friday 23 & Monday 26 - Friday 30 September 2016
Epsom & Ewell Wellbeing Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom KT19 9HG

If you look after a partner, relative or friend who is ill or disabled and are unpaid, you are a carer. You might not think of yourself in this way, however it is important to make sure that you are accessing the information and support that is available to you.

Take some time out for yourself! Drop by at the Wellbeing Centre this September and take part in a range of sessions designed to support you:

- Monday 19 Sept, 3pm - 4.30pm: Nutrition Session with Yvonne McMeel

- Tuesday 20 Sept, 3pm - 4pm: Learn hand massage with Stella Hines

- Wednesday 21 Sept, 3pm - 4.30pm: Stress Management for Carers run by the WEA

- Thursday 22 Sept, 3pm - 4pm: Mindfulness & Relaxation

- Friday 23 Sept, 3.30pm - 4.30pm: What colours to wear and why with Clare Percival

- Monday 26 Sept, 3pm - 4pm: Carers of Epsom talk about their services with Claire Robertson

- Tuesday 27 Sept, 3pm - 4pm: What colours to wear and why with Clare Percival

- Wednesday 28 Sept, 3pm - 4.30pm: Stress Management for Carers run by the WEA

- Thursday 29 Sept, 3pm - 4pm: Mindfulness & Relaxation

- Friday 30 Sept, 3.30pm - 4.30pm: Learn hand massage with Stella Hines

To book your space contact Usha or Yvie on 01372 727 583 or email:

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.

Out and about in the Community

PhotographyPhotography Training DSLR photography courses
Module 1: Thursdays, 22 Sept-20 Oct; Module 2: Thursdays 3 Nov-1Dec; 10am-1pm
Bourne Hall Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF

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

Let's Talk Epsom
Every Wednesday; 7.30pm - 9pm
St Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom KT19 8HA
A weekly self help group where people who are affected by any kind of depression can meet to share experiences and coping strategies with others in similar situations. For further details contact Allen 07817 471 656. Love Me - Love My Mind charity.

Epsom & Ewell WI
First Wednesday each month; 2pm - 4pm (doors open 1.45pm)
Epsom Methodist Church Hall, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5AQ
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:

Emmanuel Epsom - Church in Epsom for all of Epsom
10.30am start
Epsom Primary School
All ages welcome.

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.

Ballroom and Latin American dance classes
Just come along any Wednesday; 7.15pm - 8.15pm
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5AQ
IDTA qualified. For more information contact Colin: 07979 802 521 or Jill: 07941 457 959; email: or visit

The Butterfly Appeal closes

In 1991, Roy Richmond MBE and his wife Nancy set up the Mid Surrey Palliative Care Trust Fund - known to all as The Butterfly Appeal.

Our events have certainly helped add to the vibrant atmosphere in Epsom and Ewell, with our Picnic in the Park at Bourne Hall, Glory of Christmas concerts at Epsom Playhouse, the 10K run around the Borough and numerous events in and around the town centre and market place.

After 25 years of fundraising, the charity has achieved and surpassed the goals it set out to achieve. We built the family accommodation building at West Park Hospital and helped Macmillan Cancer Support to build and furnish the Macmillan Butterfly Centre at Epsom General Hospital.

In addition to this, we have helped provide a home visit nurse for Princess Alice Hospice, Esher and four Macmillan Butterfly Nurses based at Epsom & St Helier Hospitals. We also worked in partnership with Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust to trial a specialized Physiotherapist and dietician for cancer patients to aid in their rehabilitation following diagnosis and treatment. This is a unique service and following our discussions on where to help following our closure, we are donating funds to help keep this service running for another two years.

We would like to give our enormous thanks to the people of Epsom & Ewell who have helped us raise over £250,000 of which £170,000 has been directly from our own efforts, proving how generous the local residents are and the support they have shown us.

We'd also like to thank our Trustees and volunteers, including June Bird, Helen Russell-Brain, Cllr George Crawford and John Howick, who without their time would not have helped us make the difference.

All this couldn't have been possible without the generosity and patience of local and national businesses including - The Mall Ashley Centre Management Team; All the stores in the Ashley Centre; Epsom Coaches; British Airways; Monarch Airlines; National Counties Building Society; Sainsbury plc, Kiln Lane; World of Transport Travel, Twickenham and Avonedge Electrical

So thank you to everyone for all their support over the years!

The Trustees,
Richard Harris, Nancy Richmond, Dr. Lydia Jones and Lea Thomas

Your Council

Council Meetings: September - October 2016


26       Epsom & Walton Downs Consultative Committee (6pm)

27       Strategy & Resources Committee


05       Epsom & Walton Downs Conservators (6pm)

06       Planning Committee

11       Audit, Crime & Disorder & Scrutiny Committee

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

25       Environment Committee

27       Financial Policy Panel

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 online to download five clear working days before a meeting and are accessible via the app.

For further information please contact Democratic Services on 01372 732000 or email, quoting the Committee or subject area you are interested in - we are always happy to help.

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The app provides quick and easy access to information for all Council committee meetings and even allows you to select and subscribe to the committees that interest you. It will then automatically keep itself updated with all the latest meeting agendas and minutes.

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Select your Committees
Select the committees you wish to subscribe to, you can have as many as you like.

For more information visit

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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