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While it’s still not clear what the weather holds for the year's first bank holiday, there’s a plethora of activities in and around the borough this Easter-tide - see the Spotlight and What's on sections for more.

If it's March, it means the annual Surrey Youth Games has kicked off! Registration has now opened for the free training sessions that start next month. This is a fantastic opportunity for the borough's youth to try a sport they may not have previously considered with free training.

March also brings the unwelcome delivery of the year's council tax bills. Following the report last month about the council budget being agreed by your representatives, this issue we look at how the money is divided between us, the police and the county council and what we spend it on.

In the recent paper issue of Borough Insight, we highlighted the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Epsom Salts in water from Epsom Common. The well on which the subsequent industry and spa town was based still exists (funnily enough in the area now known as the Wells). Christ Church Epsom Common start the marking of the anniversary by the local community with a well blessing as part of their Palm Sunday celebration. All are welcome - details in the Spotlight section.

And while our thoughts are with Easter and we are all looking forward to the Easter Bunny laden down with the essential cuisine of the season to share, our team in Environmental Health have asked us to highlight that, if you are having an Easter egg hunt, please ensure you clear up any unfound chocolate as chocolate does not agree with wildlife or pets.

 

 

 

News

Council tax

Council tax bills are now hitting the doormats.

Your council tax pays for services provided by Surrey County Council, Surrey Police and us.

In the last issue of e-Borough Insight we highlighted the budget decisions that formed this Council's portion of your Council Tax (you can re-visit the article here).

In the past, councils and the police produced booklets to explain Council Tax in more detail which were sent out with the bills. As part of efforts to reduce costs, this no longer happens but the information is still available, online. This years information from this Council is here, the information from Surrey County Council is here and the information from Surrey Police is here.

Who does what?

Council Tax 2018

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council Services

  • Allotments

  • Abandoned vehicles

  • Ashley Road Cemetery

  • Bourne Hall Museum
  • Business rate collection

  • Car parks

  • Community alarm plus

  • Council tax fraud investigation

  • Council tax support

  • Disabled facilities grants
  • Emergency and contingency planning

  • Environmental Health (including food premises inspections, noise complaints, accident investigation, pollution monitoring)

  • Epsom Downs conservators (in partnership)

  • Electoral registration and election management

  • Fly tipping removal on public land/fly tipping prosecutions

  • Gypsy and traveller unauthorised encampment enforcement and clean up on public land

  • Housing Needs Register, affordable housing, homelessness and emergency housing plus housing advice service

  • Home improvement agency

  • Licensing (taxi, street collection, pubs and clubs)

  • Local land charge searches and property information

  • Meals at home and shopping service

  • Markets and street trading management

  • Nature reserves management and maintenance
  • Parks and open space management and maintenance

  • Parking enforcement (on behalf of Surrey County Council) and car parks

  • Pest control
  • Planning applications and building control

  • Playgrounds and BMX/skate facilities

  • Public health funerals
  • Refuse collection and recycling

  • Community and Wellbeing centre

  • Social prescribing
  • Sport and leisure development

  • Sport facilities (football, cricket, bowling, tennis facilities and outdoor gym equipment)  

  • Strategic planning policy for Borough

  • Street care and environmental improvements

  • Street cleansing, litter collection, road sweeping and graffiti removal

  • Telecare  and community alarm (in partnership)

  • Transport from Home
  • Tree inspections (non-highway) and tree preservation orders

  • Venues  (Epsom Playhouse, Bourne Hall and Ewell Court House plus (in partnership) the Ebbisham Centre and Rainbow Leisure Centre

  • Verge grass cutting
  • Voluntary organisations support

  • Wellbeing Daycare+

Surrey County Council services

  • Adult social careSCC spending

  • Children social care and youth service

  • Civic Amenity Site (the ‘Tip’ in Blenheim Road)

  • Coroner

  • Education – schools and adult education

  • Emergency and contingency planning

  • Flooding (the County Council is the designated Lead Local Flood Authority)

  • Highways (roads and pavements) including street lights, pot holes, drainage /gullies maintenance and fly tipping plus on-street parking

  • Library services

  • Registration and nationality service

  • Strategic land use planning

  • Surrey Fire & Rescue

  • Trading Standards

  • Transport (including Blue Badges and bus passes)

  • Voluntary organisations support

Long Grove Skate Park

We are about to start work on the extension to the existing Long Grove Skate and BMX Park, which will include a beginners section.skater

There are many benefits of skate parks including the social advantages of providing a facility for young people, and particularly at-risk youth, to pursue an athletic activity. There are public health benefits to having a dedicated place for young people to develop active lifestyles.

While any public park can attract unsavoury elements and crime, skate parks can actually help reduce crime in parks since the skate parks are busy and undesired activities are deterred.

Work is due to start on Wednesday 4 April for 6-8 weeks. Following the completion, there will be a period of reinstatement with the aim of the skate park being open for use by the May half term.

Car park improvements

The improvements we have been making to the Upper High Street and Depot Road car parks are reaching a conclusion.

Last year we upgraded the ticket machines, which some regular users of the car parks had requested. We enhanced the lighting to provide users extra security and used the opportunity provided by resurfacing to realign part of the Depot Road car park layout to increase capacity and reduce congestion.

The final phase, which is the resurfacing of the front section of Upper High Street car park, including the blue badge bays, means that area of the car park will be closed on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 March. Alternative parking can be found nearby in Depot Road or in the Hook Road multi-storey.

Recycle your garden waste

Garden waste recyclingWith spring just around the corner, green-fingered gardeners will be heading back outside to get their gardens ready for the new season. Here in Surrey it’s as easy as one, two, three to recycle your garden waste.

  1. Compost it at home.
  2. Subscribe to your local garden waste collection service.
  3. Take it to your local community recycling centre (CRC) and recycle it for free.

Composting garden waste at home is the most environmentally-friendly option. It’s easier than you think and cheap too; Surrey residents can buy compost bins for just £13.

For those unable to compost, garden waste collection services are convenient, inexpensive and residents can share subscriptions with neighbours if they don’t create much waste. To find out about our fortnightly garden and leaves recycling collection service visit our website - www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Residents can also take garden waste to 15 CRCs across Surrey free of charge.

Around 7,000 tonnes of garden waste was put in rubbish bins in Surrey instead of being recycled last year. This is bad for the environment and the cost of disposing it uses taxpayers’ money that could be spent on essential services.

As well as garden waste such as twigs and grass cuttings, Surrey residents can also recycle cut flowers, fallen leaves, house plants and hedge trimmings.

To find out more about home composting, garden waste subscription services and community recycling centres, go to www.recycleforsurrey.org.uk 

Communities Defeat Terrorism

It’s more important than ever that everyone plays their part in tackling terrorism. Any piece of information could be important. You can help prevent terrorism and save lives. Trust your instincts and ACT. Visit gov.uk/ACT #ActionCountersTerrorism

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Spotlight on

Epsom Spa 400 - Palm Sunday event

Until early 17th century, Epsom was a small rural community. Then 400 years ago a farmer discovered a bitter saline spring. The spring was rich in magnesium sulphate and the water was said to have medicinal powers. A well was dug and a small industry developed to allow people to 'take the waters'. 

By boiling down the water, a salt was created – and Epsom Salts was invented.

Epsom expanded and developed into a spa town, one of the earliest in Britain. After the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 Epsom’s popularity increased, and visitors included many notables of the time.

The spa dwindled as the salt compound (MGS04) was successfully replicated and there was no longer any need to visit the well.

Celebrations for the 400 anniversary commence with a blessing at the well this Sunday as part of the Christ Church Epsom Common Palm Sunday service. All are welcome to attend.

Where: Epsom Well, Well Way, Epsom, KT18 7LP

When: Sunday 25 March, 10am.well blessing

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

What's On

Events across Epsom & Ewell

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

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, until May 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.

Charity Car Boot Sale supported by AutoTest, Ewell in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund
Sundays 8 and 22 April; 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 to 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

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; (Winter opening times October 2017 to March 2018) 11am - 3pm
Free entry to the Gallery and the model of Nonsuch Palace. Nearby cafes and toilets by Nonsuch Mansion in Nonsuch Park. Car entry via Cheam Gate - SM3 8AP. For more information see: http://www.friendsofnonsuch.co.uk/opening-times.html

March 2018

Gift Market
Tuesday 20 - Saturday 24 March; 10am - 5pm (4pm Saturday)
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
Free entry. Popular five day gift market for those wanting a gift that's a little bit different.

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

April 2018

Ewell Horticultural Association - Buckets of colour
Tuesday 10 April; 8pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
A talk by Ian Clemens. Visitors always very welcome. Admission - members £3, visitors £4. Includes refreshments and raffle. For more information visit www.ewellhortassn.co.uk

The A-Z of the English Dictionary organised by The Friends of Nonsuch
Wednesday 11 April; 7.30pm
Nonsuch Park, entry via Cheam Gate
Talk by Susan Purcell. Members - Free, Non-members £6. For more information visit www.friendsofnonsuch.co.uk

London Bus Museum - Spring Gathering
Sunday 15 April
Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0QS
The Classic Bus Show - featuring an exhibition of 'Brooklands and Buses'. If you own or drive a bus, visit londonbusmuseum.com to register to attend. Normal Brooklands Museum entry prices apply, adults £13, children £7, senior students £11, family £34, LBM/BMT members free. Join on the day and get free entry. For more information visit http://www.londonbusmuseum.com/spring-gathering-2018/

Epsom Mayday Flower Club - 'Vernal Variations'
Wednesday 18 April; 1.30pm for 2pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
Flower arranging demonstration by Michael Bowyer MBE. Visitors welcome, cost £10. For more information visit: http://www.surreynafas.org.uk/epsom-mayday-flower-club

Going the Whole 'Hog '
Wednesday 18 April; 8pm - 10pm (doors open at 7.45pm)
Christ Church Hall, Christ Church Road, Epsom KT19 8NE
Epsom Common Association annual general meeting featuring a talk on hedgehogs by Emily Wilson from the People's Trust for Endangered Species. Cost: Members, free; non-members £2; membership £3 per annum. For more information email: ecovols@epsomcommon.org.uk

Worcester Park Dramatic Society presents Cheshire Cats
Thursday 19 April - Saturday 21 April; weekdays 8pm, Saturday 2.30pm
Adrian Mann Theatre
A comedy drama by Gail Young. Tickets £11. For information please see www.wpds.co.uk or call 01737 760163.

A Family History Open Day - People & Transport in the Nineteenth CenturyAgeConcern_RaceFlyer
Saturday 21 April; 10am - 3.30pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
Free event all day event. For more information see www.eastsurreyfhs.org.uk for details.

A night at the races - Come and have a flutter at the Age Concern Epsom Ewell Derby, and see if you can pick a winner?
Friday 27 April; bar opens at 7pm and the first race is a 7.45pm
St Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom KT9 8HA
Cost: £10 per person includes delicious antipasti to share on your table. Book today! Call 01372 732456, email: bev.worsley@ageconcernepsom.org.uk or visit www.jumblebee.co.uk/anightattheraces

The Epsom Model Railway Show 2018
Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 April; 10am - 5.30pm (Saturday) 5pm (Sunday)
NESCOT, Reigate Road, Ewell KT17 3DS
Cost: adults £7; children under 16, free. An extensive model railway exhibition featuring a new and exciting selection of some of the country's finest working layouts (large & small) in a variety of different scales showing steam, diesel and electric trains in action. Including 'Hornby Junction' where children of all ages can drive the trains. Miniature railway providing steam train rides in the car park. Trade stands, modelling demonstrations, refreshments. Ample free parking on site, with level access (no steps) to the exhibition halls. Alternately a 10 minute walk (direct footpath) from Ewell East Station. An event offering something for all the family and enthusiast alike.

This month at the Epsom Playhouse

Music

RockGuys And Dolls - Wednesday 21/Thursday 22 March - Ewell Castle School present the oddball musical 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.

Rock for Heroes - Friday 23 March - Performed by a full live rock band and superb singers, this is the must see show of the year. With the music of artists such as Dire Straits, Status Quo, Queen, David Bowie, Bryan Adams and many more. Bringing the perfect combination of your favourite Rock & Pop artist across the eras, in celebration of an incredible cause; Help for Heroes.

A Night at The Opera - Saturday 24 March - Take a tour through operatic highlights with the Ashtead Choral Society under the baton of Musical Director, James Henshaw, Chorus Master of the English National Opera. The concert includes classics from the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves to the virtuoso Pearl Fishers' duet.

Seven Drunken Nights - Thursday 29 March - The music of Ireland's favourite sons, The Dubliners. Telling the story of a career spanning 50 years and evoking the spirit of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Jim McCann, Ciaran Bourke and John Sheahan, this hugely talented cast of musicians and singers bring the music of this iconic group to life.Whitney

The Little Mix Experience - Tuesday 3 April - If you’re a fan of one of X Factor’s finest exports you’re sure to love The Little Mix Experience! Four hugely talented girls pay tribute to one of the UK’s finest girl-bands. With breathtaking dance moves, replica costumes and some of the finest vocals in the UK; this is a high-energy show from beginning to end, packed with all of Little Mix’s greatest hits and suitable for all ages!

Whitney, Queen of the Night - Friday 6 April - A stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians and artistes, and together with a powerhouse and breath-taking performance in the spirit of Whitney, deliver a show that exceeds expectation on every level.

Walk Right Back- Saturday 7 April - Walk Right Back tells the story of the most successful duo of all time - the Everly Brothers. Featuring hits including Bye Bye Love, All I Have To Do Is Dream & Cathy’s Clown, this unique concert-based musical entwines the wonderful, sad yet glorious story of the Everly Brothers around those trademark ‘harmonies from heaven’.

Calamity Jane - Tuesday 17 April to Saturday 21 April - The multi award-winning Epsom Light Opera Company takes you back to the black hills of Dakota for the ultimate tale of female empowerment and friendship set against the backdrop of the Wild West. The themes of unrequited love, jealousy, companionship, sacrifice and ultimately falling in love are explored beautifully in this 1950s classic musical. Featuring show stopping numbers, this really is a family favourite you will not want to miss.
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Comedy

Thünderbards: 4nd - Wednesday 4 April - Critically-acclaimed sketch duo Thünderbards are coming to The Epsom Playhouse with their their trademark off-beat jokes, fast-paced sketches and overwhelming politeness. With a potent combination of heartfelt absurdity, high-concept silliness and sweat-drenched toil, Thünderbards will stop at nothing to make your day great again.


Drama

Being Brahms - Saturday 24 March – Award winning playwright Gail Louw blends a universal, heartfelt story about fathers and sons with the wondrous music of Johannes Brahms in this new one-man show performed by Paul Humpoletz. Anton does his best but it’s a tough world out there; what with the Nazis, internment, a loveless marriage and a son he can’t communicate with. Being Brahms is a much better option, a world of soothing lullabies and the lovely Clara Schulmann to drool over, a world where everything seems so much clearer.

changing roomThe Changing Room - Sunday 25 March - A lyrical piece about existing on the cusp of growing up presented by Mishmak Youth Theatre as part of National Theatre Connections 2018. Set in and around a swimming pool, The Changing Room follows a group of teens full of excitement, impatience and uncertainty, each with their own secret worries and desires for what comes next.

The Full Monty - Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 April - Epsom Players present the story of six unemployed steelworkers, low on both cash and prospects, who decide to present a strip act at a local club after seeing their wives' enthusiasm for a touring company of Chippendales. One of them, Jerry, declares that their show will be better than the Chippendales dancers because they'll go 'The Full Monty' strip all the way. As they prepare for the show, working through their fears, self-consciousness, and anxieties, they overcome their inner demons and find strength in their camaraderie (contains nudity and adult themes)

 

Talks

The Amazing Bubble Man - Thursday 5 April - Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. An Edinburgh Fringe Festival favourite, he has sold out every year since 2007. Louis explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized.

An evening with Paul Gambaccini - Tuesday 1 May- The Great Gambo reveals how he started life in the Bronx and wound up the UK’s Professor of Pop. Hear him discuss his experiences with Rolling Stone magazine, his years at Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 and Classic FM, his television appearances and three great crises of his life: the Vietnam War's challenge to his American generation, enduring the era of AIDS, and surviving a hostile encounter with the Police.

For full information and to make a booking online visit www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk or call (01372) 742555 / 742227 or find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instragram @EpsomPlayhouse

Easter holidays! Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club

Easter holiday activities!

Flint Knapping
Wednesday 4 April; 11am - 12.30pm & 2pm - 3.30pm (two identical sessions)
Learn to shape flints like the ancient Stone Age craftsmen. As part of a small group enjoy the opportunity to make your own authentic Stone Age tool to take home. Book in advance as places are limited to 15 children per session. Cost £15 per child per session (payable in advance) includes the cost of materials used to make the tolls at the sessions. Children must wear trousers and closed shoes for protection during this activity.

When a knight won his spurs
Saturday 7 April; 1pm - 2.30pm
Discover how a young knight takes part in his first tournament and the armour and weapons he uses to fight and defend himself. Cost £5 per child, includes one accompanying adult. 

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club is for young people 8+ who love history. 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

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Celebrating St George! CATS Club

Wednesday 11 April
Make a catapult; 9.45am - 11.15am or 11.30am - 1pm
Make a knight in shining armour; 2pm - 3.30pm
Budding Artists in partnership with Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club presents CATS (Craft Arts Technology Science) Club. Suitable for ages 6-14 years. Cost £7 for each session per child (£1 sibling discount). CATS Club

Explore Epsom and Ewell

Walking has many health benefits. Why not join in our various guided walks to explore your local nature reserves and your borough's history too.

Bourne Hall Museum guided history walks (new dates added!) 

Horrible Epsom
Monday 9 April; 2pm - 5pm
Meet by the Clock Tower, Market Place, Epsom. Look beneath Epsom’s respectable surface whilst you stroll around its ancient town centre. Discover dark deeds, wrongdoings and ghosts who won’t rest in peace. Hear tales of Epsom’s own highwayman and the life of the evil Lord Rochester, together with the even more wicked Lord Lyttleton. Relive the time when a visit to Epsom started a battle! Epsom’s spa was the height of fashion but the behaviour of some visitors was not as elevated as their pedigree. Hear about the Epsom’s riot!

Horrible Ewell
Friday 13 April; 1pm - 2.30pm
Meet at the main entrance to Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF. Discover Ewell’s dark past and the tales that some would rather forget. Tread in the footsteps of the body-snatchers and see where they plied their grisly trade. Hear stories of witches, tragic coach crashes and folk who won’t stay dead! Discover Ewell’s historic jail and see what eighteenth-century justice was like. Please meet at the main entrance to Bourne Hall Numbers are limited to 25 so you have to book.

Hidden Ewell
Friday 13 April; 3pm - 4.30pm
Meet at the main entrance to Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF. Peel back time and discover Ewell’s hidden past and unseen history in a guided walk around the village. Hidden beneath the modern village are secrets dating from prehistoric times.  Visit Bourne Hall’s sacred lake with its offerings to the ancient gods.  Tread in the footsteps of the Romans on Stane Street and uncover Ewell’s Saxon past. Learn about exploding gunpowder mills and visit the graveyard where the victims rest in peace.

All guided history walks cost £5 per person. Places are limited to 25 so please book early to avoid disappointment. Contact David Brooks at Bourne Hall Musuem, email: dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk, phone: 0208 394 1734 or visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Countryside guided walks

Springtime woodland walk         Bluebells in Horton Country Park       
Sunday 22 April; 2pm - 5pm
Meet at the Information Centre. Spot bluebells in full bloom on this guided walk to explore Horton County Park's spring time beauty.

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. To book a place please contact one of our Countryside Team, email: contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk phone: 01372 732000 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/

Try bowls!

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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. 

Follow @epsomewellbc on Instagram! For sporting and leisure opportunities throughout the year; scenic images of your borough's countryside and a showcase featuring our very own Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 2018 Young Ambassador team! If you have had sporting success or have some Energize_RoundtheBoroughBikewonderful images of your walks out and about in the borough do tag us in your pics using #yourepsomewell

Register now! Round the Borough Bike 2018
This year’s Round the Borough Bike takes place on Sunday 13 May and 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. This annual ride is an event for all of the family to take part in, at last year's event our youngest participant was just 2 years old and the oldest 83! Waymarkers are placed along the 20 miles and marshals are stationed at key points so that you can enjoy the beautiful open spaces in Epsom and Ewell without getting lost!    
To find out more or to register your place please visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/rbhb

Are you able to help volunteer at this popular event? We have roles for volunteer marshals out on the route and to help at the registration desk. If you are you are able to spare 2-3 hours at some point between 8am - 5pm during the day please fill in our online volunteer registration form. Once submitted your form will be sent directly and processed only by our Leisure Developments Team and no other third party.

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Fridays from 6 April; 7pm - 8pm
Court Recreation Ground astro, Pound Lane, Epsom, KT19 8SB
For ages 16 years and above. Cost £3. For more info contact our Leisure Developments Team on 01372 732000 or email: leisuredevelopments@epsom-ewell.gov.uk To find out more seach for 'Just Play' online.

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Taster sessions, Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April; 4-5pm
Horton Park Golf Club, Epsom
Girls can now learn to play golf in a fun way that rocks! This new initiative supported by England Golf is perfect for girls aged 5-18 years old. Absolutely no experience is necessary and no fancy clothing is required – just some comfortable clothes and trainers will do. To book your free place for the taster sessions contact Matt on 07557 407203 or email matt@hortonpparkgolfschool.co.uk or visit www.girlsgolfrocks.org

Exciting opportunity! To get badminton coaching
Tuesdays, 10, 17, 24 April and 1 May; 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Ebbisham Sports Club, Epsom
Aimed at beginner/improver, adult badminton course run for four consecutive weekly sessions. Only 12 spaces available! Coach: David Greatorex (coach with over 30 years experience and twice Surrey over 40 Mens Doubles Champion). Price £30 (use of rackets and shuttles is included in the price). Reserve your space by phone or email, call: 01372 720647 or email: admin@ebbisham.com

Ewell Cricket Club - new members welcome for our junior and senior teams
Junior section: Season begins Thursday 26 April; boys and girls over 6 years old
Adult section: Season begins Saturday 28 April; new and experience players
Ground: 27 Ruxley Lane, Ewell KT19 0JB (next to Sports Direct)
For more details contact info@ewellcricketclub.com or visit www.ewellcricketclub.com

Still time to register for the Hogsmill 5 Running Race!Energize_Hogsmill5
Sunday 13 May; 10am
Harrier Centre, Poole Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 9SH
The Hogsmill 5 is a friendly ladies-only running race that is organised each year by the Epsom Allsorts Running Club. The race is open to all and with no cut-off time, the race is a perfect fit for absolute beginners. There are also childrens races that take place over various distances on the athletics track, before the main event. The route is mostly flat, with the start and finish at the Harrier Centre athletics track in West Ewell.
Cost: Advanced entry - £12 (for England Athletics affiliated members) / £14 (non-affiliated) On the day entry: £15 Childrens races: £1 per child. Contact, email: race@epsomallsorts.org.uk or visit www.epsomallsorts.org.uk

Energize_FACSAre you county level in your chosen sport? You could apply for FACS membership
FACS (Free Access for County Sportspeople) is an initiative which aims to provide county level performers with the support that they require to help them reach their full potential. The Epsom & Ewell FACS programme is open for applications from sportspeople of any age who:
• live in the borough
• represent their county in their chosen sport
The Epsom and Ewell FACS scheme is a partnership between Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, The Harrier Centre, NESCOT, and the Rainbow Leisure Centre. For more information, including conditions of use and how to apply, please our website www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/facs

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Mondays; 1pm - 2pm (Indoors)
Longmead Community Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom, KT19 9HG
The Epsom Community Cricket programme encourages individuals to increase their activity levels by playing ‘Cage Cricket.’ Cage Cricket is a revised version of the traditional game that sees individuals play against one another. Points are awarded to individuals for batting, bowling and fielding. No running is required and it doesn’t matter if you have not played cricket before. Weekly sessions in Epsom are hosted by Cage 4 All. A softer ball is used, so no padding is necessary and all equipment is provided. New players can try their first session for free. Cost: £3 per session. Contact: Haidee Allen: 07973 619884 or email: haidee.cage4all@gmail.com or Neil Bunting: 07900 430044, email: neil.cage4all@gmail.com or visit www.cagecricket.com

Energize_Swimathon

Make a Splash for Cancer Research UK
Saturday 28 April
Rainbow Leisure Centre, East Street, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 1BN
It’s still not too late to sign up to Swimathon 2018 and raise money for causes close to the nation’s hearts – Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie. Rainbow Leisure Centre will offer dedicated lanes in their 25m pool for those taking part on Saturday 29 April. Why not get the whole family involved and swim to fundraise together? Swimathon welcomes the whole family; there is no limit on age or ability but swimmers under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. You can enter now by visiting www.swimathon.org where you will receive support with training and a fundraising pack complete with a Swimathon swim cap! Remember to log your lengths once you are done! To find out more information call the centre on 01372 727 277.

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

e-20 Q&A with Shona Richards
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.e20_ShonaRichards

Shona Richards has competed nationally and internationally in athletics. In 2014 she won two silver medals at the IAAF World Junior Championships, breaking the 400m Junior Record in the process. She is currently training hard and studying to complete her BSc in Global Health and Social Medicine.
Twitter: @shonarichards1 Instagram: @shonarichards

1. What time do you typically wake up?
My body clock can often have a mind of its own! But it’s usually 7.43...literally! Then my alarm usually goes off at 8am and I get up and start the day!

2. What does the first hour of your day look like?
Depends on the day! But often I will be training early; which means I get up, get some breakfast down me and head straight down to the track. It’s either that or I am jumping on a train to university. If I wake up early I will rarely try to get back to sleep as it ends up driving me insane – so I get up and try to do something productive.

3. What is your preferred time to exercise?
Morning! I usually like to hit two sessions across the day but I definitely like to hit a session straight away. It’s a great way to get you moving and ready for the day.

4. In a typical week, how many times would you exercise?
Normally twice a day, 5 or 6 times a week. So I guess it can be a total of 12 sessions, with each session lasting an hour or two.
 
5. What has been your greatest sporting success?
At the IAAF World Junior championships in 2014, I won two silver medals – one in the 4x400m relay and one in the 400m hurdles. I also set a new Junior British record in the 400m hurdles!

6. What has been your greatest sporting challenge?
Injuries - I have a had a few of them and they have all been clustered together. It has been so difficult mentally and physically for the last three years as it has been injury after injury. It can be seriously difficult to persevere through it but just need to remember your goals and your enjoyment!

7. Do you have any tips for balancing work, home life and training?
PLAN! I am at King’s College London studying BSc Global Health and Social Medicine. I am in my final year too so it’s been really tricky. If I am honest I will often use one to get away from the other; so I will train, then do work, then go back to training then go back to work. I enjoy both so that definitely helps out! But I would just say plan ahead and stay motivated.

8. If you could give one bit of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Explore more, and also be more open to trying and experiencing new things - especially when exploring culture and art. I definitely think the media can guide people in one direction so I think it is important that people try new things from a young age. When I was younger I was pretty stubborn and fixed in my ways. I am incredibly driven and at times I was harsh on myself, especially when it came to my workload and schedule. I was glued to books and the running track. I didn’t allow myself much ‘me’ time!

9. Who is your favourite sportsperson of all time?
Muhammed Ali! He was more than just a talented sportsman; his background is amazing. His self-belief was truly incredible and as a social activist he was insanely fuelled by his principles. He also has made some of the best quotes EVER!
“I hated every minute of training, but I said, don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'

10. What is your favourite book?
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

11. What is your favourite film?
Freedom Writers – It is one film which will always stick with me.

12. What is your favourite quote?
‘The man who has no imagination has no wings.’ Muhammad Ali.

13. What is your favourite meal?
My Dad’s Thai Prawn Curry!

14. Is there anything specific you do to prepare yourself mentally to perform?
Listen to music. Interestingly it tends to be musicals. It reminds me of my childhood and puts me in my comfort zone. The songs remind me of fun and enjoyment. I also remember all the words so it can be a nice little relaxation reminder and sing along at the same time - haha! It can be a pretty intense time during the warm up!

15. If you had to give a 10-minute talk on a subject you are passionate about, what would it be?
Mentality and the importance of exploring. People always call me the wanderluster! I find it incredibly difficult to do nothing. I always think there’s something I can see or experience and I think that is the best way for people to learn.

16. When you think of the word successful, who is the first person that comes into your mind and why?
I think that is a super hard question to answer because everyone has different ideas of success. Success is an accomplishment based on a personal aim/goal. I guess one name which would spring to mind is Serena Williams; not only is she incredibly successful on the tennis court, she has been successful in her charity work and has played a role in empowering females and athletes all around the world.

17. If you had to define your attitude in one sentence, what would it be?
Pretty neutral. I am VERY independent, optimistic but also kind of my own worst critic!
 
18. What does happiness mean to you?
Appreciating the little things, realising that everyone is individual and every part of their life makes them! Just enjoying the moment and enjoying doing what you love (Obviously, a shiny medal is a big old burst of happiness too!).

19. What would be your dream job?
ATHLETE! However, in the future I would like to work internationally in large interdisciplinary research. This might include working within medical centres worldwide, or conducting social science research regarding a specific disease treatment program, or looking into the governmental infrastructure in certain countries. Quite broad!

20. How would you like people to remember you?
Hard question! I guess just remember me as me (if that even makes sense!). I think everyone is different and everyone has a story which makes them who they are. I definitely try to see good in everything and everyone, even when it’s tough to do so. So, I really want to be remembered as someone who promotes differences, and I guess I really want to be able to look back and say that I have helped someone do something that they desire to do.

Are you ready to make a few changes?

Because everyone wants the best for their kids

Alive n Kicking Surrey is a free weight management programme for families who want to eat healthily, be more active and have fun doing so together.

Choose from either one of these programmes running at:

Tadworth Leisure Centre, Epsom on Monday evenings (rolling programme)

Danetree Primary School, West Ewell starting on Monday 23 April for 12 weeks (fixed programme)

To find out more, phone: 01483 600524; email: surrey@ank.uk.com; website: www.ank.uk.com

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Mayor's charities fundraising events

Cambridge Coach Trip
Saturday 21 April; departure 8.30am from Epsom, return 4.30pm from Cambridge
Cost £30 per person includes return trip to Cambridge, suggestions on what to see and do in the city, and a donation to the Mayor's Charities. To book call: 07397 567059, email: events@mayorcharitiesepsom.org.uk, online: https://www.goldengiving.com/event/Cambridge

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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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 8 April (on account of Easter on Sunday 1 April) . 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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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

Register online! Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 2018

Aged 7 -16? Play for Team Epsom & Ewell!SYG_JuniorSquash

Registrations for the county's largest multi-sport youth competition - Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 2018 is underway! For a chance to be part of Team Epsom & Ewell sign up online today at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/syg

Now in its 22nd year, the annual Specsavers Surrey Youth Games offers young people aged 7-16 a fantastic opportunity to experience free coaching in a wide range of sports – badminton, boccia (a sport for young people with learning difficulties and physical impairments), boxing (contact and non-contact), cricket, football, hockey, judo, lacrosse, High 5 netball, netball, touch rugby, squash and tennis.

Free training sessions take place from April to June. Please register online as soon as possible as some sport entries may close if they reach the maximum number of registrations.

Participants selected to represent Team Epsom & Ewell at the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games finals weekend on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June will compete with teams from ten other Surrey boroughs and districts. This year the event will be hosted at two venues, Surrey Sports Park in Guildford and Woking Leisure Centre. Team Epsom & Ewell will once again be sponsored by Better. 

SYG_BoxingTo be eligible to compete for Team Epsom & Ewell at the Games, participants must live or go to school in Epsom and Ewell and meet the specific eligibility requirements of the sport(s) they have chosen (age, gender and playing standard). All of the sports only allow players of sub-county standard to participate and in many of the sports participants must be non-club members.

Last year 220 young people represented the borough at the Games. The free training sessions led by local sports clubs, offer participants a chance to play their chosen sport after the Games have finished.

Councillor Barry Nash, Chairman of the Council's Community and Wellbeing Committee said, “The Games offer young people a unique opportunity to try a new sport, take part in free coaching sessions, make new friends and experience competition in a fun and supportive environment.

"Your borough needs you! We hope many young people will sign up for a chance to be part of Team Epsom & Ewell at this prestigious sporting event."

If you are too old to compete in the Games and would still like to be involved, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities available too!

To sign up and for details of the sports on offer for this year's Games, eligibility criteria, the training schedule and volunteering opportunities visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/syg

Your Community

Out and about in the community

WEA courses

Preparing to help in Schools
Tuesday 17 April (and every Tuesday for 5 weeks); 12.30pm - 2.30pm
Rosebery Room, Ebbisham Centre, Epsom Square KT19 8AG
This 5 week programme is ideal for anyone wanting to support the learning of their own children or considering volunteering at a school. Topics include: Practical, fun strategies to support Literacy & Numeracy and Social & Emotional development; An explanation of the National Curriculum. Facilitator: Claire Mills. Cost: £30 (free to those receiving Income Related benefits). To book visit www.wea.org.uk Course code: C3742564 or phone 0300 303 3464.

Working with vulnerable adults - Free workshops for volunteers
Thursday 26 April
Rosebery Room, Ebbisham Centre, Epsom Square
Skills required when working with vulnerable adults, different types of abuse, understanding responsibilities. Tutor: Emma Hall. To book your place on this course contact email: samanthajohnson@wea.org.uk, phone: 07825112798.

IT Skills for Work
Friday 27 April (and every Friday for 5 weeks); 10am - 12noon
The Longmead Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom KT19 9HG
This 5 week programme is ideal for anyone wanting learn or brush up on vital IT Skills for work or looking to find work. All equipment provided. Topics include: Searching & Applying for jobs on- line; Basic IT skills for work (emailing, filing, excel etc.). Cost £30 (free to those receiving Income Related benefits). Facilitator: Gill Futcher. To book visit www.wea.org.uk Course code: C3742569 or phone 0300 303 3464 or contact Sam Johnson on 07825 112798 or email: samanthajohnson@wea.org.uk

An introduction to Health & Safety in the Workplace
Tuesday 1 May (and every Tuesday for 6 weeks excluding May half-term); 9.45am - 12.15pm
Rosebery Room, Ebbisham Centre, Epsom Square KT19 8AG
This 6 week programme is an accredited City and Guilds course ideal for anyone wanting to gain a work related qualification in Health and Safety. Topics include: Recognising and responding to hazards at work; Safe working practices; Manual Handling; Relevant legislation and responsibilities. Cost: £45 (free to those receiving Income related benefits). Facilitator: Lesly Brandon. To book visit www.wea.org.uk Course code: C3742568 or phone 0300 303 3464 or contact Sam Johnson on 07825 112798 or email: samanthajohnson@wea.org.uk

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.

Active Citizen Award 2017-2018 for community commitment

The annual Epsom & Ewell Active Citizen Award 2017-2018 has been presented to Tony and Heather Blakeburn by the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor Liz Frost.

Both Tony and Heather are active members of the community, volunteering their time and fundraising for charity.

Tony has played in both the local rugby and cricket team and Heather played, and still referees, netball. They are both members of the Ewell Village Bowling Club and help out with club events. They were also both members of a local community choir that sang at various local events, supporting charities and care homes. In 2009, they both cycled to Paris to raise money for Christian Aid. As a strong supporter of Action for Children, Heather has also been involved in organising, and taking part in, street collections. She was also a Brownie leader for 30 years and for many of those years was the main organiser of the annual Brownie camp with Tony providing the barbecues. ActiveCitizenAward2017-2018

Both have, at various times, served on the Epsom Methodist Church Council, where Tony served as Secretary. Heather used to organise the flower rota, and the cakes that she bakes and decorates for the many events are famous. They have also both been heavily involved in youth work at the church, as leaders for the GWNN youth group and with various activities for the yearly children’s summer holiday clubs too. Tony is also a very active volunteer with the Church's outreach coffee shop, Roots which was set up last year. They both also volunteer their time for the annual Epsom Book Fair held at the Church.

From 2012 until 2017, both Tony and Heather were the organisers of the 'Christmas Together' event at Epsom Methodist Church, designed for those who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day, and attended by over 70 people. This excellent and well organised event, ensures all guests have a superb Christmas meal with all the trimmings and entertainment as well as a gift for each to take home. Even transport is arranged for those who need it. Organising this event is a real joint effort and involves a huge amount of planning, ordering, asking for sponsorship/good deals, shopping, recruiting volunteers for the preparations in advance and on the day – not to mention the actual cooking, serving up, hosting and entertaining and clearing up afterwards.

In presenting the award, the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell Councillor Liz Frost mentioned that she was pleased to present this year's Active Citizen Award to worthy recipients, Tony and Heather who have made an enormous contribution to the welfare of local residents.

Councillor Eber Kington established the Active Citizen Award, when he was Mayor in 1999/2000 and hoped that subsequent mayors would continue to present the award.  At the time he said, that the recipient of this award must normally, have:
• Undertaken voluntary service over a number of years
• Undertaken voluntary service over a range of organisations, activities or interests
• Given service across a range of activities
• Been involved with grassroots activities, not all at the highest level of organisational activity
• In addition, recipients of the Active Citizen Award may have undertaken their activities whilst facing their own personal challenge.

Winners of the award are commemorated on a plaque in the Town Hall.

Picture: Tony & Heather Blakeburn, recipients of the 2017-2018 Active Citizen Award along with Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor Liz Frost (centre).

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Epsom Common Day

Information from Epsom Common Association

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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

Volunteer Host Service

The Volunteer Host Service provides emergency accommodation on a temporary basis for 16-21 year olds who are at risk of being homeless.Homelessness2

The service relies on volunteers to offer a spare room to young people in need for one to three nights. Host volunteers provide a safe and secure environment for young people to stay when they’ve had to leave their family home for a number of different reasons.

The service are looking for volunteers to welcome a young person to stay in their home for a couple of nights, while they work with the young person’s family to try and resolve conflict and find appropriate longer term accommodation if necessary.

 

 

It’s time to improve your mental health

WOW_ExploreIncorporating the Wheel of Well-being into your daily life will help you be healthier and happier. There are six segments in the wheel; body, mind, spirit, people, place and planet. Each of these segments focus on where small changes can be made to improve your mental health and are easy to fit around busy lives.

You can use the Wheel of Well-being to maintain good mental health as everyone experiences ups and downs in life, so feelings of stress, anxiety or being low at some point are completely normal. The Wheel of Well-being can be used as a tool to help you think about some of the things you can do to improve your mental health.

If you would like more information visit the Healthy Surrey website.

Your Council

Council meetings: March - April 2018

 

MARCH 2018

 

20      Community and Wellbeing Committee

22      Planning Committee

27      Environment Committee

APRIL 2018

16      Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators (6pm)

17      Strategy and Resources Committee

19      Audit, Crime & Disorder and Scrutiny Committee

24      Council

25      Licensing and Planning Policy Committee

26      Planning Committee

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

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.

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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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