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Spring is on its way! The spring flowers are coming out, with aconites, crocus and hellebores all in bloom and have you seen this year’s display of snowdrops along Chalk Lane? On a warm day (we did have a couple before the cold weather came back) there is the sound of bees working the early flowers. Spring is definitely not far away which can only mean it time for the borough’s annual celebration of flowers, Herald of Spring – details in the Spotlight section.

We’ve had a busy month. Work is underway on the pond in Rosebery Park, we had the by-election in Ruxley and your elected representatives set our budget for the year, including agreeing the council tax rate for the forthcoming financial year. Details on all these in this issue.

As featured last month, 2018 has some special anniversaries and we’re still asking for details of any community activities you and your communities are planning to mark the end of WW1 centenary commemoration – for details type WW1 into the search box above and last month’s article will appear.

News

Result of by-election

Earlier this month a by-election was held for a Borough Council seat.

To be a borough councillor, you have to be either a local elector or live or work or own a property in the area. One of the councillors who represented Ruxley ward has moved out of the borough. He resigned from the council and this triggered a by-election. 

The by-election was held on 15 February and the result was:

Alex Coley     
Residents Association
398 votes

Julia Kirkland
Liberal Democrat
67 votes

Themba Msika
Labour
264 votes

Stephen Pontin
Conservative
340 votes

Alex Coley has duly been elected

Turnout was 23.38%

The council consists 38 seats. This result means the make-up of the Council is unchanged:

  • 31 Residents association
  • 4 Conservative
  • 3 Labour

Local elections are held every four years to elect borough councillors to represent the 13 wards in Epsom & Ewell. The next elections will be held in May 2019. 

Rosebery Pond update

The work is  progressing very well to give a new lease of life for a much loved 100 year old, town centre feature.

PondThe pond's edge has been redesigned, with Gabion baskets now incorporated, forming the perimeter on one side of the pond. These act as a retaining wall and allow surface water to drain off from the park and the spring without affecting the integrity of the pond structure - this is what had damaged the original pond.

The open side is cast reinforced concrete. This will be finished off with a waterproof rendered section over the top with infilled cobble stones at a gradient to allow easy access for wildlife.

The build up of silt, which was far worse than anticipated, will be removed adding a couple of weeks to the original programme.

The Friends of Rosebery Park  will incorporate some natural planting at the end edge of the pond

It is planned that we will complete the project by mid-April.

The pond earlier this month

 

Struggling?

Does your mum or dad seem to be struggling at home? It could be time to find out if they can get the extra help they need. Or perhaps you’re looking after someone full-time and it’s beginning to have a major impact on all areas of your life – health, relationships or work?

Visit the Surrey County Council website to see if you are eligible for extra support.support

It’s quick and easy to find support online

There are two online checklists - one to assess the needs of an adult who is struggling, and a carer’s checklist if you are looking after an adult. These will take only ten minutes to complete. They can be completed for yourself or on behalf of someone else.

There is also an online financial assessment to check if there is likely to be a charge for social care support. This takes twenty minutes to complete and you’ll need a recent bank statement to hand. You’ll have the option of either keeping the details and results to yourself for information only – or registering fully and sharing with Surrey County Council Adult Social Care.

So visit surreycc.gov.uk/adultsocialcareonline today to check whether you could get some extra help.

International Women's Day

Women

Surrey Chambers Business Women In Surrey invites both men and women from across the county to join them for a seminar on the 8th of March to celebrate International Women's Day.

Today’s agile workforce demands an equally flexible employer. 

Job satisfaction isn't just about competitive pay, but also flexible hours and working from home. In a constantly adapting society, rigid employers who refuse to adapt do so at their peril.

Join the impressive panel to discover how change at work pays, and hear from guest speakers on why flexible-friendly employers are the future.

Speakers to include

  • Mercer – how flexibility impacts on the success of a business
  • BE Group - the importance of flexibility in the workplace
  • NESCOT – two students discuss their aspirations for their furture workplace
  • Microsoft – how change improves productivity

Nescot College, Reigate Road, Ewell, KT17 3DS

Price: Member Rate: £20.00 +VAT | Non Member Rate: £30.00 +VAT

For more information and to book click here

 

 

 

Mental health service experiences

As part of their work on mental health Healthwatch Surrey are holding a series of drop-in sessions.

The drop in sessions are to enable working age adults who currently or have recently received community or inpatient mental health services, to share their experiences.The sessions are also for family members / carers to share their experiences.

Healthwatch Surrey are hoping to speak to as many people as possible to get a fuller picture of what it is like to access mental health support as an adult in Surrey, and to understand what is going well and what could be done better.

Friendly volunteers and staff will be on hand for two hours at each drop-in to have an informal chat or to provide alternative ways to give feedback, such as free post envelopes for any written comments.

The experiences people share will be kept completely anonymous and will be used in combination to create a report with recommendations for commissioners and providers to inform improvements and plans for mental health services in the future.

Monday 19th Feb

5:00pm-7:00pm

Safe Haven Redhill, Wingfield Day Centre, Redhill, RH1 4AA

Wednesday 21st Feb

6:30pm-8:30pm

Safe Haven Guildford, 101 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford, GU1 4UQ

Tuesday 27th Feb

2:00pm-4:00pm

The Brickfield Centre, Room 5, Portland Place, Epsom, KT17 1DL

Monday 5th March

10:30am-12:30pm

Corner House Woking, 2 Courtenay Rd, Woking, GU21 5HQ

Tuesday 6th March

10:00am-12:00pm

Theta Frimley, SABP reception, Lyon Way, Frimley, Camberley, GU16 7ER

Healthwatch Surrey is an independent champion that gives the people of Surrey a voice to improve, shape and get the best from health and social care services by empowering local people and communities.

To learn more about the organisation visit their website here.

 

Tips to stay warm in the cold weather

As temperatures can still remain low at this time of year, it’s important to stay as warm as possible at home. There a lot of simple things you could do in the ActionSurreyhome to try and retain heat as much as possible; these should hopefully keep you snug and save on energy bills as well!

  • Use a draught excluder to block warm air escaping and cold air entering – especially helpful by the front door. There are even ways to make your own!
  • Use foil behind radiators to reflect the heat back into the room – especially helpful for radiators by windows. You can even do this yourself!
  • Move large pieces of furniture, such as sofas, away from radiators. Sofas or beds so close to radiators can retain a lot of the heat produced instead of allowing it to circulate throughout the room. If this is a struggle, then please ask someone for assistance.
  • If your home has a chimney, invest in a “Chimney Balloon”. Again, this helps to keep the heat within the property without it being lost out of the chimney
  • Bleed your radiators to make sure they are working efficiently by heating up your home adequately.

For bigger energy saving improvements to the property, through Action Surrey, you can access a network of trusted local contractors who can install cavity wall and loft insulation. There is also further financial support available for a wider range of improvements such as solid wall insulation, boiler replacement and heating system upgrades. There are also many more general tips to keep warm and save energy on our website, please either get in touch with Action Surrey on 0800 783 2503 or visit www.actionsurrey.org

Spotlight on

Spring is coming!

Herald of spring is back. This year’s theme is Mother Nature and there’s also a nod to the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Epsom Salts.HeraldofSpring2018

The fair, an annual event since the 1970s, has, in recent years, returned to its roots as a celebration of local horticulture and spring flowers.

For this year's festival, visitors will be treated to beautiful floral displays from Ashtead Park Garden Centre and local flower arranging clubs, presentations from local countryside groups, including the Beekeepers, and a chance to visit the What's On In Epsom Mother’s day Market for your Mother’s Day gifts, plus much more!

On display will be entries for this year's scarecrow competition from the borough’s participating primary schools and youth groups. The entries will be judged at the event by the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell.

Children will be able to enjoy a wide range of activities on the day – courtesy of the Rainbow Leisure Centre and Hobbledown and the opportunity to meet the Born Free charity. Bourne Hall Museum kids club will be explaining about the significance of Ewell’s spring and its association with Roman gods.

Herald of Spring Saturday 10 March, 9am, - 5pm Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF

Free entry

Herald of Spring is in association with Ashtead Park Garden Centre and supported by Hobbledown, What's On In Epsom, Better and Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club.

What's On

Events across Epsom and 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).

To find out what is happening in Epsom and Ewell across the year, visit the What's on section on our website

Epsom Talks!
First Wednesday of the month, October 2017 - May 2018 (excluding January 2018); 7.45pm
Epsom Playhouse, KT18 5AL
A series of talks presented by Epsom and Ewell Literary Society - informative, inspiring, illuminating. New members and guests always welcome. For further information please contact Elizabeth Mackie, Membership Secretary, tel: 01737 355300; email: info@epsomlit.org.uk; website: www.epsomlit.org.uk.

Have your children seen The Nonsuch Palace Gallery? (with the award winning model and history of the palace site and its excavation).
Open on every Sunday (except Christmas Eve) throughout the winter (from October to March); 11am - 3pm
Free entry to the Gallery with nearby cafes and toilets by Nonsuch Mansion in Nonsuch Park. Car entry via Cheam Gate - SM3 8AP.

Sign-up for free business start-up workshops
Saturday 24 February; 10am – 12pm: How to write a good Business Plan II
Saturday 3 March; 10am – 12pm: Marketing - Build your brand
Epsom Square, The Ebbisham Centre, Spa Lounge, 6-7 Derby Square, Epsom KT19 8AG
From Stoneleigh Job Club. For more information and to book click here

Charity Car Boot Sale supported by AutoTest, Ewell in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund
Sundays 4 and 18 March, 7.30am - 12.30pm
Cars £10, Small vans, MPV and 4WD £12, larger vans from £15, Trailers £3 each. Refreshments available. Toilets on site; main bus route - buses stop outside.  All entrance monies and vehicle fees will go towards the purchase of medical equipment for Epsom General Hospital which will benefit the local community. All profits from individual sales are for sellers to keep. No booking necessary. Hard standing so not cancelled due toEvents_ArtExhibition rain. Do come along and support us either as a buyer or seller and who knows you might find that certain item you were looking for. Tell your friends! Help us help you! For more information visit www.emef.org.uk

Epsom and Ewell Art Group Spring Exhibition
Monday 5 - Sunday 18 March; 9.30am - 5pm
Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA 
Entry and parking are free, with a café available on the ground floor. (Right) Painting by Ingeborg Neale.

February 2018

Women's World Day of Prayer - Bring and buy coffee morning
Thursday 22 February; 9am - 12noon
Ruxley Church, KT19 0AF
In aid of the charities helped by the Women's World of Prayer.

St Clement's Songsters present The Magic of the Musicals (including well known songs from the shows)
Saturdays 24 February and 10 March; Doors open 7.30pm, show commences 8pm (with fish and chips supper) Tickets - £15 each
Sunday 4 March; Doors open 2pm, show commences 2.30pm (with tea/coffee and cake) Tickets - £10 each
St Clement's Church Hall, Kingston Road, Ewell
Proceeds to Seeability, Epsom and St Celement's Church Hall fund. Box office: 0208 393 0465 or 0208 399 2938.

Fund raising dinner in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund
Wednesday 28 February; 7pm - 10.30pm
Imperial Oriental Restaurant, 25 The Broadway, Stoneleigh KT17 2JE
This will be a four course meal – order as much as you can eat. Tickets are £25 each including service - advance booking only. Drinks are extra. The menu is extensive and varied to suit most tastes. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Telephone: 020 8337 8181.

March 2018

Women's World Day of Prayer - All God's creation is very Good!
Friday 2 March

10.30am: St Martin's Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX
10am:
St Mary the Virgin, Ewell KT17 2AY
A service for everyone. Praying for Suriname.

Charity Barn Dance in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund
Saturday 10 March; 7pm - 11pm
Ewell Castle School, Church Street, Ewell
Dancing will be to the Hogsmill Group with Veronica as their Caller. This is a very popular event so please book early. There will be a fish and chip supper but please bring your own nibbles and drinks/glasses. Tickets will be £18 each. Tickets are going fast for what is always a fun and enjoyable evening.   Don’t know the steps, Veronica our Caller will guide you through these. Ewell Morris Men will be in attendance. Tickets from Bess Harding on 020 8337 8181.EwellHortAssoc

7th Epsom Scouts Jumble Sale
Saturday 10 March; 1.30pm doors open for public (10.30am-11.30am for Early Birds)
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom
Public: 50p entry; Early Birds: £5 entry. Donations: Please leave at Epsom Methodist Church on Friday 9 March from 6.30pm - 8pm and Saturday 10 March from 9am - 10.30am. If you have any items which you would like collected, please call the volunteer collector. No furniture or large electrical goods. Limited parking on site. Enquiries: 07736 771864 or 07961 282424.

Ewell Horticultural Association presents 'Growing for the Kitchen'
Tuesday 13 March; 8pm - 10pm (following the AGM at 7.30pm)
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
Free admission includes refreshments. An illustrated talk by Paul Patton. Visitors always very welcome. For more info visit www.ewellhortassn.co.uk

The European Space Agency - a talk by Geoff Saunders
Wednesday 14 March; 7.30pm
Car entry via Cheam Gate
Organised by the Friends of Nonsuch. Entry £6. Members, free. For more information visit www.friendsofnonsuch.co.uk

Nescot Open Evening
Wednesday 14 March; 5.30pm - 8pm
Reigate Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DSNescotOpenEvening
Come and Join us at our open evening for the 2018/19 academic year! There's no need to book, just come along - everyone's welcome. Meet our staff and students, have a look around, and find out more about studying at Nescot. As well as our support teams being on hand to discuss all the support the College has to offer, we will also be joined by lecturers from each department. Each department will have practical activities for you to take part in, so why not give them a try? You might enjoy a subject you hadn't even thought of! At Nescot, our full-time courses and apprenticeships range from Media to Performing Arts, Catering to Music, and Construction to Hair and Beauty. We also do huge variety of part-time and university-level subjects. For more information visit www.nescot.ac.uk

Epsom Choral Society presents Israel in Egypt (Handel)Epsom Choral Concert
Saturday 17 March; 7.30pm
St Martin’s Parish Church, Epsom KT17 4PX
Musical Director Julian Collings. Epsom Choral Society and six professional soloists are to be accompanied by The Regent Sinfonia in this great oratorio. Tickets for adults are £15, for students and those under 18 years of age £7.50 and are available in advance from the Box Office, telephone 01372 727078, the choir website www.epsomchoral.org.uk or at the venue door on the night.

Gift Market
Tuesday 20 - Saturday 24 March
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
Popular five day gift market for those wanting a gift that's a little bit different.

Epsom Mayday Flower Club presents 'Anything Goes'
Wednesday 21 March; 1.30pm for 2.30pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF
Flower arranging demonstration by Sally Hardy. Visitors welcome £6.

Epsom Garden Society - Spring show
Saturday 24 March; 2pm - 4pm
St Martin's Junior School, Ashley Road, Epsom
Free admission and parking. Free workshop for visitors. Plant sale, raffle, refreshments.

Epsom Chamber Choir present 'Bach, a family affair' works by Europe's greatest musical dynasty
Saturday 24 March; 7.30pm
St Martin's Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX
Tickets: In advance £14, on the door £16, under 18 free. Telephone: 020 8672 5495, text: 07940 486163. Visit www.epsomchamberchoir.org.uk

This month at the Epsom Playhouse

Music

fiagroThe Marriage of Figaro - Wednesday 28 February - a new production by Merry Opera. Life, liberty and the pursuit of love is driving everyone crazy. Figaro loves Susanna, Cherubino loves the Countess, and the Countess loves the Count. The Count is chasing Susanna and hatches plans to prevent Figaro marrying her. One of those plans is to get Figaro to marry someone who turns out to be his long-lost mother, who then falls in love again with his father after years of separation. Powerless to prevent two weddings from taking place, the Count slowly realises that everyone is running rings round him…

The Carpenters Story - Friday 2 March - This highly acclaimed concert-style production continues to captivate audiences across the UK with its spectacular re-creation of the classic songbook that made The Carpenters a legend in the world of popular music.

Epsom Symphony Orchestra - Saturday 3 March – This concert features Holst's brilliant and descriptive masterpiece, The Planets. The first half features musical pictures of Earth including The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams which will be played by the award winning violinist Johanna Rohrig.

That's Life - Friday 16 March – a celebration of Frank Sinatra’s spectacular 70 years career. That’s Life is a brand new production celebrating the life through music of one of the 20th centuries greatest icons, from his first early recordings with the big bands, his rise and fall, the women and the notorious connections, and the collaborations that assured his rise again to international stardom.

Guys and Dolls - Wednesday 21 - Thursday 22 March - Ewell Castle School present the oddball romantic comedy. Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend, nightclub performer Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for 14 years and haven't tied the knot.Jungle

Rock for Heroes - Friday 23 March - Immerse yourself in the incredible new live music experience. Bringing the perfect combination of your favourite rock and pop artists across the eras, in celebration of the incredible cause Help for Heroes.

Children

The Jungle Book - Saturday 10 March - Immersion Theatre are thrilled to bring their trademark energy to their wildest show yet, a brand new musical adaptation of the family favourite. Filled with catchy music, a laugh-out-loud script, audience interaction, and the chance to meet the characters after the show!

Comedy

Griff Rhys Jones - Sunday 4 March - Join the star of Not the Nine o'clock News, Smith & Jones and Three Men In A Boat as he airs stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies – from forty years of travelling - down rivers and up mountains, into Africa, out of India, and across the arid wastes of the BBC canteen. It's a career, if you mean bouncing chaotically downhill without a map.

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A Mid Summer Nights Dream - Friday 9 March - Enter an enchanting and magical realm with Ballet Theatre UK. Be transported to a fantastical world of dazzling dance, music and enchantment as lovers, fairies, mischief and moonlight conspire in Shakespeare’s classic tale.

Psychics

Psychic Sally - Thursday 1 March - World renowned psychic, television and theatre star and the UK’s favourite award winning medium, Sally Morgan is back and better than ever with her phenomenal interactive stage show.

Talks

Just Joe; An evening with Joe Brown - Thursday 15 March - A real survivor and a mega musical talent, the musician’s musician Joe Brown has seen it all and, as his fans can testify, his tales of life on the road are, quite simply, hilarious. He has stories and jokes - and he knows how to tell ‘em!

 

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

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club

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Saturday 17 March 1pm - 2.30pm
Midnight had not long struck when the British and American airborne armada began its mission on 6 June 1944 in the moonlight. They landed at the edges of the invasion area on the Normandy coast to secure the western and eastern flanks of the beachheads and protect them from German attacks. Failure would have given Hitler the opportunity to initiate an eleventh-hour attempt to save Germany and launch his new V-weapons against British cities. Success meant the beginning of the end of the Third Reich. A soldier returns to tell of that day, one of the most important in history. Learn the difference between the weapons and equipment of the land and airborne troops and how they worked together to bring victory.

 

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club is for young people 8+ who love history. All the above activities cost £5 per child, includes one accompanying adult. 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: dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk Visit the What's On at: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk

For more info visit http://www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk/BourneHallMuseumClub.html

 

Explore Epsom and Ewell

Walking has many health benefits. Why not join in with our countryside team on guided walks to explore and discover your borough's local nature reserves too.

History of Epsom CommonWalks_EpsomCommon
Sunday 18 March; 1pm - 4pm
Meet at the Stew Pond car park, located off Christchurch Road (B280).
Come along for a guided afternoon walk to explore the site's rich history.

All guided walks cost £5 per adult, £2.50 per child (16yrs or under). All walks take approximately 2.5-3 hours and can cover up to 3 miles. Please wear appropriate clothing. Stout boots for walks and a raincoat when it’s wet. Please leave your dog at home on walks that involve looking for animals; otherwise they are welcome on a lead. Please note that walks may be subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions.

For more information or to book a place please call 01372 732000 and ask to speak to a member of the Countryside Team or email: contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk or visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk 

Epsom and Ewell health walks
Epsom and Ewell health walks cater for all abilities. There are short beginners walks on Mondays for those who are just getting back into exercise. There are also hour long walks on Wednesdays and Sundays for anyone who would like to walk a little further and at a faster pace. Walks are free and there is no need to book. You can just turn up at your chosen venue and join in.

For more information and to view the winter programme of walks please click here or visit www.epsomandewellhealthwalks.org.uk/

Epsom Passion Play

Jesus Crucified in Epsom
Good Friday 30 March; 9.50am
Organised by Churches Together in Epsom who have mounted a passion play in Epsom for the last five years. It starts at Dulshott Green gathering at 9.50am and processes down Church and High Street with a rolling road closure from 10.15am - 10.30am. The play continues in the Market Square from 10.30am - 11am.

Event info:
The drama will start with the crowd gathering at the car park opposite the Fire Station on Dulshott Green. We will follow Jesus on the road to his crucifixion, arriving at the Market Square at around 10.30am. The story continues with a staging of the crucifixion and resurrection. The drama will end by about 11am.

All are then invited to come and have hot cross buns at Epsom Methodist Church. A tent for information, prayer and reflection will remain in the Market Square until 1pm.

Join in the crowd following Jesus and experience the drama. All are welcome. For more information visit www.ctie.org.uk Facebook @ChurchesTogetherInEpsom

Charity Walk for Peace

Charity Walk for Peace - a major annual fundraising event - is being held in Surrey this spring.

Now in its 30th year, Charity Walk for Peace was established by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association. The walk takes place in different locations each year and this year it is at Royal Windsor Great Park on Sunday 29 April and will cover around five miles.

A great day out for all the family, Charity Walk for Peace requires the completion of a short online registration process to take part. The charity is also looking for charities to partner with and benefit from this year's fundraising which they hope this year will break through the £1 million mark.

If you or someone you know is involved with a local good cause that could benefit from the Charity Walk for Peace, the charity's website has more information.

Anyone taking part in Charity Walk for Peace needs to have registered online by no later than Saturday 21 April. The walk itself will start at 10.30am on Sunday 29 April. Walking through the beautiful and historical Royal Windsor Great Park and enjoying the wonderful natural landscape with lakes and wildlife, the organisers have said the walk promises to deliver one of the best scenic routes in the life of Charity Walk for Peace.

Charity Walk for Peace has a complete guide to the day on its website.

You can keep up to date with arrangements for Charity Walk for Peace on Twitter @charitywalk_uk or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/charitywalkforpeace

Local club in tennis final

Ebbisham Sports Club in Epsom has made the finals of the Surrey Team Knockouts.

The final of this winter’s Wilson Surrey Team Knockout two pairs tennis tournament will be contested between Ebbisham and Brightwell of Farnham.

The doubles knockout competition started back in October and involved teams from throughout Surrey.

After winning all their early matches, a tense semifinal against Westfield Wimbledon saw Ebbisham triumph and lock their place in the final.

The final will be played at 1pm on 10 March at Ebbisham Sports Club (Eastway, Epsom, KT19 8SG).

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e-20 Q&A with our borough's sporting stars

e-20 Q&A with Diana Norman!

This months e-20 Q&A provides another chance for readers to get to know more about one of our borough’s sporting stars. The 20 questions they are challenged to answer give us an insight into their habits, routines and interests, helping us to pick apart what makes them successful in their chosen sport.Energize_QA

Diana Normal is a member of the Epsom & Ewell Harriers Athletics Club. She is currently a world record holder in the Womens’ 40+ Modern Pentathlon. In 2017, she won a European Masters title alongside several individual British titles. Diana was also the recipient of the Sports Personality of the Year Award at the Epsom & Ewell Sports Awards in 2016 (pictured right).

1. What time do you typically wake up?
7am

2. What does the first hour of your day look like?
I get dressed, complete two school runs drink two cups of coffee!

3. What is your preferred time to exercise?
Either straight after the morning school run or after 6pm in the evening.

4. In a typical week, how many times would you exercise?
6 times a week.

5. What has been your greatest sporting success?
I am the World Record holder for the W40 outdoor pentathlon.

6. What has been your greatest sporting challenge?
To get through a season without getting injured!

7. Do you have any tips for balancing work, home life and training?
Learn to say no sometimes!

8. If you could give one bit of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Get more sleep.

9. Who is your favourite sportsperson of all time?
Denise Lewis

10. What is your favourite book?
The Millennium Trilogy

11. What is your favourite film?
The Shawshank Redemption

12. What is your favourite quote?
If at first your don’t succeed, try try try again.

13. What is your favourite meal?
Chicken pesto pasta followed by banoffee pie.

14. Is there anything specific you do to prepare yourself mentally to perform?
Moments before an event, I visualize the action in my head several times.

15. If you had to give a 10-minute talk on a subject you are passionate about, what would it be?
The importance of physical preparation including strength, conditioning and flexibility.

16. When you think of the word successful, who is the first person that comes into your mind and why?
Mo Farah - because of the various titles he has won in different disciplines, how consistent he has been in his career and the sponsorship that he has attracted.

17. If you had to define your attitude in one sentence, what would it be?
Positively strong, with competitive belief.

18. What does happiness mean to you?
On the track: enjoying the adrenaline rush of still being involved and mixing with a high standard field. At home: my family being healthy and happy.

19. What would be your dream job?
To run my own combined events performance centre or be a dancer. 

20. How would you like people to remember you?
As the smiling athlete that kept on performing!

Energize Epsom and Ewell

Energize Epsom Ewell

Leisure Listings is a free online directory of leisure facilities and organisations within Epsom and Ewell. To promote your club or organisation please visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/leisurelistings and complete a permissions form. 

Check out @epsomewellbc on Instagram!  If you have had sporting success please let us know by tagging us in your social media posts! www.instagram.com/epsomewellbcSpecsaversSYG2017

Registrations open soon! Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 2018
The Specsavers Surrey Youth Games is the largest annual multi-sports competition in Surrey. It is open to young people aged 7-16 who live or go to school in Surrey. This year the finals weekend is taking place on the weekend of 23 & 24 June and will see the 11 boroughs and districts in Surrey come together to compete against one another in 12 sports.
Register from 5 March for free trials and training sessions for a chance to be part of Team Epsom & Ewell register at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/syg
To keep up to date with the latest Specsavers Surrey Youth Games news please visit www.activesurrey.com/SYG

Round the Borough Hike and Bike logoSave the date! Round the Borough Bike 2018
Sunday 13 May
Register today for this year's Round the Borough Bike. The annual event starts and finishes at Horton Country Park Local Nature Reserve. It is free to register and open to participants of all ages. Those that complete the 20 mile, mainly off road route, receive a certificate. To find out more or to register your place please visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/rbhb

Blenheim High School launches Surrey’s first girls’ only football academy with Chelsea FC Foundation
Blenheim High School and the Chelsea FC Foundation are working in partnership to lead a new girls’ only football academy, starting this September. The new sixth form football academy in Epsom will allow girls aged 16-18 to benefit from an academic led post-16 education alongside a full programme of professional football coaching. Blenheim School_Football
An open event will be held at Blenheim High School on Monday 26 February, to provide students with an opportunity to meet coaching staff and hear more about what the academy has to offer. Trials will be held on Tuesday 15 March at Chelsea FC’s Cobham training ground from at 4.30pm-6.30pm and are open to girls aged 15-16 who are currently studying in Year 11. 
The new programme underlines Chelsea’s commitment to women and girls’ football and rewards the outstanding recent success of Blenheim High’s girls’ football teams. Girls who are selected for the academy can benefit from potential employment opportunities with the Chelsea FC Foundation as well as direct links with St Mary’s University in Twickenham.
Anyone who is interested should visit www.blenheim.surrey.sch.uk/football-academy for further details and to book a trial place.
 
Get active with Ebbisham Sports Club

Social Rackets mornings
Tuesday sessions (led by a qualified coach), 9.30am - 11.30am; Thursday sessions, 9.30am - 12noon
Learn and play 7 different racket sports that include badminton, squash, racketball, tennis, touchtennis, table tennis and pickleball. Cost: Tuesdays (with coach) £5 for members and £7 for non-members; Thursdays (without coach) £3 for members and £5 for non-members.

Squash It! Junior five week course
Sunday 25 February - Sunday 25 March, 10am - 11am for beginners, 11am - 12noon for improvers
Learn and improve your squash skills with coach Jamie Mathews (ex-World Deaf Squash Champion). The sessions are tailored for players new to the sport. Players can be aged 7-11 years old. There are a maximum of 12 places per session. Cost: £4 per session pay-as-you-play or £16 for 5 weeks if paid in advance. 
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Essentials badminton course in March
This is a chance for players to learn the basics of badminton in a friendly, relaxed environment with a coach over a four week period. Dates and times will be confirmed once there is sufficient interest.

To register your interest and for information on all Ebbisham Sports Club activities contact the admin team on 01372 720647 or email: admin@ebbisham.com or visit: www.ebbisham.com

The Hogsmill 5 Running Race is back!HogsmillRace
Sunday 13 May; 10am
Harrier Centre, Poole Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 9SH
The Hogsmill 5 is a a friendly ladies-only running race that is organised each year by the Epsom Allsorts Running Club. With no cut-off time the race is a perfect fit for absolute beginners. The race can also be enjoyed by established runners too. The race is mostly flat, with the start and finish at the Harrier Centre athletics track in West Ewell, with the route taking runners through the Hogsmill Local Nature Reserve. There are also children's races that take place over various distances on the athletics track, before the main event. Cost: Advanced entry £12 (for England Athletics affiliated members) £14 (non-affiliated). On the day entry £15, children's races £1 per child. Contact email: race@epsomallsorts.org.uk website: www.epsomallsorts.org.uk

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 4 March. 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 - http://www.surreymarkets.co.uk/epsom-market/

Local Enterprise Market Takes place on the last Sunday of the month and is a chance for local businesses and sole traders to show their wares - whether they make a product or offer a service.

Street Traders The Market Place also has a small number of regular Street Traders that trade across the week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays selling DIY products, fruit and vegetables and hot food.

New! Street Food Thursday: Every Thursday at Epsom Market Place.

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Mayor's charities fundraising events

Travelling trends fashion eveningEvents_Fashion
Monday 19 March; 7.30pm
St Joseph's Church Hall, Epsom
Do you need a few new separates to liven up your wardrobe? Would you like them at bargain prices? Don’t miss out – come along to this event and enjoy an evening of fashion and fun in aid of the Mayor's Charity Appeal. This is your chance to see, try on and buy this seasons fashions at greatly reduced prices. Bookings may be made at https://www.goldengiving.com/event/Fashion

May Ball
Saturday 5 May; 6.45pm for 7.30pm (Black Tie)
The Queen's Stand, Epsom Racecourse
Drinks reception, dinner, charity auction, dancing and more! Tickets £70. Contact: barbwarwick@virginmedia.com.

In aid of Mayor's charities: Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell, The Lower Mole Countryside Trust and The Sunnybank Trust. For further information and details of events visit http://mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk/

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Sport, everyday!

Every day there is the opportunity to engage in a different sport in the Borough, here's a selection:

Mondays

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 www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/justplay

Saturdays

Tennis sessions: 1.30pm - 3.30pm at Court Recreation Ground - Epsom Community Tennis.  

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 www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/justplay

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 bailey@blenheim.surrey.sch.uk

During the week

Women's only boxing classes: Mondays and Fridays; 10am-11am, Gauntlett Boxing Club, The Harrier Centre, Poole Road, Epsom KT19 9RY
This is a boxing for beginner's class for women who want to get fighting fit, all abilities of fitness are welcome. Cost: £7 per class or £40 per month for membership including both classes. For more info and to book a free taster class email: info@gauntlettboxingclub.co.uk Facebook and Instagram @gauntlettboxingclub

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; info@maryfrancestrust.org.uk 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 www.maryfrancestrust.org.uk

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 lauren.godbold@hotmail.co.uk

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: philedwards974@gmail.com for more info or visit: www.epsomcricketclub.co.uk

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 SWFA@cycling.org.uk or visit http://www.cycling.org.uk/wfa-focus-surrey-wheels-all

Epsom Allsorts Running Club: Epsom Allsorts are a ladies only running club based in Epsom.  Members of all abilities meet at various venues around Epsom and Ewell for runs of 3 miles or more throughout the year. The club runs a beginners group each January and an annual 5 mile race in May.  More information about membership and club runs is available on the club’s website www.epsomallsorts.org.uk

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, www.epsomoddballs.org

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 http://www.getintogolf.org/

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 www.epsomandewellhealthwalks.org.uk to view the latest Health Walk programme and location maps.

Ebbisham Sports Club

Mondays

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 office@ezeeport.com  or visit www.ezeesport.com

Tuesdays

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

Sundays

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 hughimprey@hotmail.co.uk or visit www.facebook.com/CardioTennisEpsom

Rainbow Leisure Centre

Mondays

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; totalfootacademy@gmail.com or 07801 269926.

Over 50s Cage Cricket: 1pm-2pm, Longmead Community Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom KT19 9HG. Cost £3 a session. Suitable for all abilities, beginners to experienced. All equipment provided. Places available on the day or booked by contacting Haidee Allen, email: haidee.cage4all@gmail.com, 07973 619884 or Neil Bunting, email: neil.cage4all@gmail.com, 07900 430044. Website: www.cagecricket.com Twitter: @CageCricketSE Facebook: @cage.cricket

Tuesdays

Judo: 5pm—6pm. For juniors aged 5—10 during term time. The sessions are designed for beginners.

Wednesdays

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.

Thursdays

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.

Fridays

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 www.betterlessons.org.uk

Key Facts

Council sets budget for 2018/19

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council set its budget for 2018/2019 yesterday evening (Tuesday 20 February) at a Full Council meeting.

In recent years, the council’s revenue support grant funding from the Government has reduced from £1.0million in 2015/16 to zero in 2018/19. Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is one of few local authorities across the country to no longer receive this grant.

Despite the reduction in funding from central Government, in setting the budget councillors have ensured that the council tax for this borough remains the third lowest in Surrey.

This has been achieved in part by increased income generated from the council’s commercial activities, including from its new property trading company. The council has also taken measures to reduce homelessness in the borough, thereby significantly reducing our associated costs, and has invested in new technology to enhance our services to residents.

In setting the budget, councillors have agreed that the borough council’s element of council tax will rise by 2.98%, which equates to an additional £5.58 a year or around 11p a week at Band D and just £3.72 and 7p a week for those in the lowest rated Band A properties.

Council tax funds three bodies, with the smallest percentage going to Epsom & Ewell Borough Council – 77% goes to Surrey County Council, Surrey Police receive 13% and this council receives 10%.

Councillor Eber Kington, Chair of the Strategy & Resources Committee, in presenting the budget, emphasised the council’s innovation and efficiencies over the last year: 

  • further reducing the number of local homeless families by the acquisition of properties for temporary accommodation
  • introducing the new weekly refuse collection service which has led to an increase in recycling levels and greater residents’ satisfaction
  • establishing a property investment trading company and acquiring two commercial properties, generating an additional £805k income for the council
  • improvements to the borough’s green spaces, including works to Rosebery Pond and path restoration on Epsom Common. 

Councillor Kington also highlighted the new services and improvements to current activity that this budget would allow in the year ahead: 

  • extending the higher needs service to include day care for older and vulnerable adults; providing a stimulating environment for those with early onset dementia and other issues and respite for family carers
  • enhancing the skatepark at Longrove Park with a ‘beginners’ feature as part of the council’s efforts to promote healthy exercise in the young
  • taking forward a community safety agenda that will see the council increase enforcement actions against anti-social behaviours. 

The councillor took time to stress that in this time of financial constraint, working closer with third parties was invaluable and noted in particular the work the Borough Council has undertaken in: 

  • supporting businesses to establish the Epsom business improvement district which will bring an addition £1.5 million of investment into Epsom town centre.
  • working with a social housing provider in the development of 30 affordable homes at Hollymore Lane
  • working with the Horton Chapel Arts and Heritage Society to ensure the successful development of Horton Chapel as a not-for-profit arts centre

 Speaking after the Budget meeting Councillor Kington said:

“Epsom and Ewell Borough Council has worked with a steady reduction in Government grants and is now one of a very few councils nationally that receives no Revenue Support Grant at all. That is unfair and unreasonable.

 “However, we have made huge efficiency savings, changed the way we deliver some services and sought new incomes streams so that, unlike many councils, we have not cut any services. I am proud of our financial record, and I am also proud of the council staff who, under challenging circumstances, continue to provide high quality services to our residents.”

Your Community

Out and about in the community

For when you need support

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 www.surreydownsccg.nhs.uk/emotionalwellbeing

Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell
Advice sessions, Wednesdays 2pm - 4pm
Ewell Foodbank, Ruxley Church, Ruxley Lane, Ewell KT19 0JG
Welfare benefits, money & credit problems, employment, education & healthcare, immigration & residency, human rights, family & personal issues. Want to know more? Visit www.caee.org.uk/uk/news or call the Foodback office on 0208 786 8221.

Action for Carers Surrey
There are new contact details for local carer support enquiries across Surrey. For more info please see: http://www.actionforcarers.org.uk/what-we-do/adult-carer-support/

Epsom & Ewell Talking Newspaper
Epsom & Ewell Talking Newspaper is a weekly free audio news service for those who have difficulty reading. The Newspaper service includes local borough news, magazine articles and general features recorded weekly and distributed on a memory stick to local residents who are blind, partially sighted or have difficulty reading. For more information call 01372 721519 and leave a message or visit www.eetn.org.uk

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.

Leisure activities

Conquest Art - Enriching the lives of people with disabilities
Conquest Art is a charity that work with those whose life is limited by disability and health issues, working creatively can bring relief, relaxation and an improvement in wellbeing and our groups also bring the opportunity to make new friends. Why not visit one of the groups, give it a try, use your imagination and let your creativity flow! All art materials are provided and you would receive a very warm welcome. Absolutely no art experience is necessary, just come along and join the fun.

Locations and timings for our five art Groups in Cheam, Ewell, Epsom, Stoneleigh and Worcester Park:
Mondays
Ewell: 1pm - 4pm; Christ Church Ewell, Cheam Road, Ewell, KT17 1AD
Stoneleigh: 2pm - 4pm; Stoneleigh Methodist Church, Stoneleigh Crescent, Epsom KT19 0RT
Tuesdays
Epsom: 2pm - 4pm; Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 5AQ
Worcester Park: 1.30pm - 3.30pm, St Mary’s Cuddington, The Avenue, Worcester Park, KT4 7HL
Thursdays
Cheam: 2pm - 4pm; St Paul’s Church Centre, Northey Avenue, Cheam, SM2 7HS

For more information, visit www.conquestart.org, call 020 3044 2731 or email: enquiries@conquestart.org

Stoneleigh Community Library
For information on what's on see: http://www.surreycommunity.info/stoneleighcommunitylibrary/

Banstead Tuesday Club
Tuesdays; 10.30am - 3pm
United Reformed Church, Woodmansterne Lane, Banstead SM7 2EX
A social club for people with dementia and their carer. Guest speakers, entertainers, craft activities, music and appropriate refreshment throughout the day. Come along to see if you would like ot join or contact Lyn on 07546 958299 for more information.

An evening of meditation
Wednesdays; 7.30pm - 8.30pm (please arrive by 7.15pm)
Ewell Court House, Lakehurst Road, Ewell KT19 0EB
An introduction to meditation and mindfulness. Blankets, cushions and water will be provided. Please feel free to bring along an extra blanket. Cost £10 per session. Contact Susan Kinsey at Purple Feather to book on 07762 727 511 or email: susankinsey36@gmail.com Booking is necessary as spaces are limited.

Salsa -  For Beginners & Improvers
Wednesdays, 8.30pm-9.30pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
£8 per class/£6 for students and seniors. No booking required/no partner required. For more info visit www.lovetosalsa.co.uk or call mobile: 07584 188481.

Try Morris Dancing with Ewell St Mary's Morris Men
Thursdays; 8.30pm or when you can make it
Scout Hut, 106A West Street, Ewell KT17 1XR
No experience necessary. Contact us on 0208 3974763 or 07761 824646 or email: contact@ewellmorris.co.uk or visit our website: www.ewellmorris.co.uk or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ewellmorrismen

Musical memories
Thursdays; 2pm - 3.30pm
The King's Church, Gibraltar Crescent (off Longmead Road), West Ewell KT19 9BU
Come with a friend or carer! Singing is a good physical exercise and when we sing together we listen to each other, we laugh together and we share happy moments and memories. Come and sing songs you love, new songs and songs you thought you had forgotten. A group especially for those with memory problems. For more details call Barbara on 0777 574 1994 or 01306 884 656.

D-Caf Banstead
Third Thursday of every month; 6pm - 8pm
The Banstead Centre, The Horseshoe, Banstead SM7 2BQ
An evening for people who have dementia, their carers and family. Come and join our friendly group for a chatter, tea or coffee, sandwich and cake. Transport is available for people living in Epsom and Ewell. £3 charged to cover costs. Just come along or contact Lyn on 07546 958299.

Need help to get a job?

The Ethos Project - Epsom Job Hub
Every Friday; 12noon - 2pm
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5AQ
Visit the job hub if you are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week, or ring Nanette Chandler on mobile: 07904 908871. No appointment needed. Laptops/internet for job searching, get help with online job searching, help with job applications and CVs.

Stoneleigh Job Club
Tuesdays 10am - 12noon
Stoneleigh Library, 1 The Broadway, Stoneleigh KT17 2JA
Helping you take the steps into work. This all ages Job Club is for you if you're - seeking your first job, changing your career, need help with your CV, interview skills and more. Website: www.stoneleighjobclub.co.uk, tel: 07941 231072, email: stoneleighjobclub@gmail.com, Twitter: @stoneleighjobclub, Facebook: stoneleigh job club.

Join in! Help clean up your local nature reserve

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Heroes assemble! Ewell Village clean-up

Due to current weather, the Ewell Village Residents Association litter pick scheduled for Saturday 3 March has been cancelled.EwellVillageCleanUp

Conquest Art - group helpers needed!

Conquest Art is a charity, inspiring people with disabilities and long-term health issues to discover their creative energy and build self-confidence through art. Your few hours a week could make a real difference to people's lives. 

Volunteers are the people who make Conquest Art possible! Could you join the team?

We are seeking volunteer helpers willing to support our art group held at Epsom Methodist Church, every Tuesday from 2pm - 4pm.

Not every volunteer needs artistic ability, but you do need to be a ‘people person’ – enthusiastic, and ready to help create a friendly, welcoming environment where members feel relaxed and able to make the most of their time with us.

As a volunteer you will be part of a team. A good team will include organisational skills, artistic experience, finance management and making the refreshments.

Please contact us for more information and we can arrange for you to visit the group to see what the role involves and to meet the other volunteers and members.

For further information please phone Tina on 020 3044 2731 or email: enquiries@conquestart.org or visit our website: www.conquestart.org

Age Concern Epsom and Ewell - volunteer drivers needed!

Do you - like driving and talking to new people and have some spare time on your hands? Want to do something worthwhile? Want to make someone's day? Want to know how you can make a difference?

Then come and drive for us! Be a volunteer driver for Age Concern Epsom and Ewell's Transport schemes.

Regular volunteer drivers are needed to drive for our Medical Transport Scheme, Sunday Teas and occasional drives for outings and parties or to take someone to visit a spouse or friend in hospital. A mileage fee of 45p per mile is paid to cover your expenses

For more information or just a chat ring Liz Hope on 01372 732458 or email: liz.hope@ageconcernepsom.org.uk

Epsom and Ewell Community and Wellbeing Centre

Weekly activities at the Epsom and Ewell Community and Wellbeing Centre

The Longmead Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom KT19 9HG. Tel: 01372 720563, email:longmead@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Lunch is served between 11.30am and 1pm daily. We have regular cake sales, clothes sales and bi-monthly special lunches with entertainment. For more information please see our website 

Due to unforeseen circumstance, the scheduled programmes of events may change, please contact us prior to attending your first class.

Day

Time

Activity

Where

Monday

9.30am - 10.30am

Qigong Tai Chi-intermediate - Cost: £4.50(member) £9 (non-member)

Hall

 

10.45am - 11.45am

Keep Fit - Cost: £2.50 (member) £5 (non-member)

Hall

 

11am - 11.45am

Musical Bingo

Dining Room

 

12noon - 1pm

Qigong Tai Chi-beginners Cost: £4.50(member) £9(non-member)

Hall

 

1.15pm - 2.15pm

Cage Cricket - Cost: £1 (member) £2(non-member)

Hall

 

1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge

Tuesday

10.30am - 12.15pm

Chess Club

Small Lounge

 

10am - 11am

Tai Chi-intermediate - Cost: £5 (member) £10 (non-member)

Hall

 

11.15am - 12.15pm

Tai Chi-beginners - Cost: £5 (member) £10 (non-member)

Hall

 

11am - 11.45am

Table Quiz

Dining Room

 

11.15am - 12.15pm

Balance Class - Cost: £2.50 (member) £5 (non-member)

Park Lounge

 

1.30pm - 3.30pm

Whist Drive and Bridge

Dining Room

 

1.30pm - 3.30pm

Card making

Small Lounge

 

1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge

Wednesday

10.15am - 11.45am

Line Dancing - Cost: £4 (member) £8 (non-member)

Hall

 

11.30am - 12.15pm

Activities

Park Lounge

 

1.30pm - 2.30pm

Bingo £1 per card

Dining Room

 

1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge

 

2pm - 4pm

Longmead Songbirds - alternate weeks

Small Lounge

 

1.30pm - 3.30pm

Short Mat Bowls

Hall

Thursday

11am - 12 noon

Chair Yoga - donation

Park Lounge

 

11.15am - 12.15pm

Yang Long Form Tai-Chi - Cost: £4 (member) £8 (non-member)

Hall

 

1.30pm to 3.30pm

Short Mat Bowls

Hall

 

1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge

 Friday

9.30am - 11am

Singing for Pleasure (First and third Friday)

Hall

 

By Appointment

Massage by Stella Hines. To book please call into the office

Counselling Room

 

11am - 12 noon

Yoga with Lizzie - Cost: £5 (member) £10 (non-member)

Hall

 

1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge

 

1.15pm - 2.30pm

Bingo £1 per card

Dining Room

 

1.30pm - 3.30pm

Art

Hall or Small Lounge

 

Your Council

Council meetings: February - March 2018

FEBRUARY 2018

22      Planning Committee

28      Licensing Hearing Panel

MARCH 2018

08      Licensing and Planning Policy Committee

12      Epsom and Walton Downs Consultative Committee (6pm)

13      Health Liaison Panel

20      Community and Wellbeing Committee

22      Planning Committee

27      Environment Committee

All meetings are held at the Town Hall, Epsom and start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated.  Meetings may be cancelled or additional meetings arranged as necessary. To view the full year’s calendar of meetings, download Agendas or review Minutes of previous meetings visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Agenda papers are available online to download five clear working days before a meeting and are accessible via the mod.gov app.

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

Epsom and Ewell Local Committee (Surrey County Council) meeting

Date: Monday 12 March 2018

Time: 7pm

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

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

Visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/epsomandewell for more details and confirmation of the venue, or contact Nicola Morris on 020 8541 9437 or email: nicola.morris@surreycc.gov.uk Follow on Twitter @EpsomLC

Surrey County Council: Epsom and Ewell Local Committee – working for you

As part of open and accessible local government, Epsom & Ewell Local Committee is encouraging residents and businesses to contribute to the local decision making process.

Consisting of five County Councillors and five Borough Councillors, the Local Committee meets four times a year to discuss and make decisions on issues important to local people. These include activities and support for young people, community safety, library opening hours, highway improvements, road safety, speed limits and parking restrictions as well as other local concerns.  

Councillors put residents’ interests at the heart of the decisions they make. The opinions of local people matter when decisions are being taken, and their views are welcome. Held in public, residents and businesses can attend meetings in person to listen to the debate, ask a question or present a petition. Questions can either be asked on the night, or in writing to nicola.morris@surreycc.gov.uk by 12noon the Tuesday before the meeting. Petitions, which require a minimum of 30 signatures, need to be submitted 14 days before the meeting.

The mod.gov app

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

For more information visit http://www.moderngov.co.uk/

Jobs at the Council

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

http://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/jobs

You can also visit the Epsom & Ewell pages at www.surreyjobs.info

Contact us

Website: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk  
Tel: 01372 732000
Text: 07950 080202
Email: contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk  

Borough Insight is published by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council for residents in the Borough. For more information and to view the current issue of the magazine visit:

http://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/borough-insight

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.
Email: boroughinsight@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

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