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Wow, we are approaching the end of May, already!

Round the Borough Bike was a great success, thanks in part to the weather and more importantly to an army of volunteers who gave up their time to encourage those taking part (and to ensure they were heading in the right direction)!

With Round the Borough Bike completed, there are three major events coming up. This bank holiday weekend is the Nonsuch Town and Country Show at Nonsuch Park and then we're into June, which means it's the Derby!

In the week proceeding the Derby, What's On In Epsom has organised the Derby Festival in the town centre. Over the week there will be fashion shows in the Ashley Centre, a showing of the 1950's film 'Derby Day' with afternoon tea at the Playhouse, a Sunday market, Bourne Hall Museum history walks and the Epsom Derby Festival party night (Thursday 31 May from 5pm) which includes a free concert in the Marketplace.

The Derby on Saturday (and Ladies Day on the preceeding day) sees an influx of tens of thousands to the borough. This inevitably leads to journeys taking a bit longer, so allow plenty of time if you are planning to get out and about. There are also temporary parking restrictions to ensure free movement (Surrey County Council are even suspending the highway work in the town centre).

The third event is the annual Sri Raja Rajeswari Amman Temple Chariot Procession, which takes place around the Hindu Temple in Stoneleigh on Sunday 3 June.

As every periodical published over the last few weeks must have a feature on the Royal Wedding, we've got on the bandwagon (bandwagon / state landau, what's in a name). It's a bit of a stretch but Bourne Hall Museum reports that residents and visitors to the borough owe something we all take for granted to a previous Royal Wedding - the full report is in the Spotlight section.

As it's the end of May, it's the start of the Council's new civic year(!) which means we have a new mayor. Nominated by the Residents Association and seconded by the Conservative Party, your councillors have selected an individual who has lived in the borough for over fifty years, had his first job in Epsom, has worked in cutting edge technology, has provided training in Iraq and in a local prison and has a strong commitment to the community - read all about him and what he hopes to accomplish in his mayoral year in the News section.

That's all for now, remember we value your feedback and any ideas on how we can improve this e-newsletter.

News

We have a new Mayor!

Last week, Councillor Neil Dallen became Mayor of Epsom & Ewell.

Neil was proposed by Councillor Clive Woodbridge (Residents Association) and seconded by Councillor Alex Clarke (Conservative). His term will last for a year.

New MayorSpeaking at the Annual Council meeting, Neil said, “I am deeply honoured to have been chosen as your Mayor and I am looking forward to meeting many of you as I travel round the borough fulfilling my mayoral duties.

“My theme is hope and I aim to give hope to many youth and disadvantaged individuals and organisations in the borough during my mayoral year. I hope you will be able to come along and join me at my various fundraising events to help raise much needed funds for my chosen charities."

Neil first got heavily involved in local politics when he joined the Town Ward Residents Association in the early 1990s, becoming chairman in 1998. Neil stood as candidate in the 1999 elections and on the fourth attempt in 2007 became a Councillor, with a majority of just two! He has served on most borough council and joint Surrey County Council committees and working groups. From 2011 to 2016 he was chair of the Strategy and Resources committee.

A resident of the borough for over 50 years, Neil was born in Bournemouth and spent his formative years growing up in a council estate in Hayes, Middlesex (North London). The family moved to Epsom when Neil was 13. Neil joined the scouts and was a student at Glyn School in Ewell, where, he says, chess was probably more important to him than his studies!

Leaving school at 18, Neil’s first full time job was at WH Smith in Epsom. After a year he switched his career path to become a trainee computer programmer, in the days when computers were large and the industry young. Working for various different companies, he gradually progressed into senior management. His varied career included giving a four week intensive software course in Iraq and lecturing at a local prison. Neil has been made redundant twice. This led, in 1993, to him starting up his own computer services consultancy and project management business. One of the highpoints of the business was the contract to provide hardware, software and networks to the whole of the MoD. Neil retired in 2017.

Neil married Ann in 1983 and the couple have six grown up children and four grandsons. Scouting has been a large part of his life and many highlights include running a group of 250 plus Scouts, taking groups to Sweden and Uganda, leading a contingent at the 21st World Jamboree, producing local gang shows at the Epsom Playhouse, overseeing the Epsom Fireworks display and the Community Christmas Post scheme. In 2017, after over 50 years of Scouting, he decided to take a break.

The Mayor is the first citizen of the Borough of Epsom & Ewell and has several specific roles during their one-year term of office. These include representing the Council and the local community at formal and ceremonial occasions, both within the borough and elsewhere, and chairing full meetings of the Council. 

For his mayoral year, Neil has selected three local organisations to help as his chosen charities:

  • Girl Guiding UK (Epsom Division), specifically for projects in the borough to improve facilities for both Guides and other youth activities, including Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.
  • Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspapers based at Swail House, Epsom providing a ‘lifeline’ service to those blind or partially sighted.
  • Work Stress Solutions who support a wide range of disadvantaged people, young and old, by improving their self-esteem, providing training and offering employment opportunities both within and outside their organisation.

For information on all the mayor's charities fundraising events visit www.mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk 

Round the Borough Bike

Round the Borough Bike took place in glorious sunshine earlier this month.RTBB 2

Now in its fifth year, this popular annual event saw 187 people complete the route. 

The oldest participant was 82 years old and the youngest who completed the distance was 6 years old.

The event follows an off-road well marked and marshalled route of approximately 20 miles across some of the most attractive parts of the borough including Epsom Downs, Epsom Common, Nonsuch Park, the Hogsmill and Horton Country Park. 

Images show some of the participants with their certificates and under 16 medals for completing the ride.

The next event, Round the Borough Hike takes place on Saturday 8 September.

For more info see: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/rbhb

 

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£400 poorer for dumping rubbish

An Epsom man was fined £400 last week for dumping rubbish on public land near his home. dump

A member of the public alerted the council to the household waste near to Hyperion Place, Epsom and, following an investigation by the council’s environmental health team, a fixed penalty notice and associated community protection warning notice was issued to the perpetrator.

The fine follows the recent announcement from the borough council on a crackdown on anti-social behaviour and environmental nuisance following an initiative to strengthen the council’s enforcement policies by borough councillors. At the time, Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Strategy & Resources Committee, highlighted the key role local residents could play in helping to tackle anti-social behaviour by reporting such incidents. 

Following the events of last week, Councillor Kington said “We will continue encouraging people to keep our borough clean and safe by acting responsibility. Where we can, we will be taking enforcement action. Hopefully, the possibility of being issued with a fixed penalty notice, will make people who deposit litter, dump rubbish and fail to clear up after their dogs think twice before they act. Enforcement is normally a last resort and is aimed at the minority who spoil our environment for the majority"

The council issues fixed penalty notice fines to anyone caught committing offences which impact on community and the environment. This includes, but is not limited to, littering, dog fouling and fly-tipping. Our environmental enforcement officers issue fixed penalty notices to individuals and businesses caught committing environmental crimes. Once the notice is paid, this stops the penalty from progressing to a registered fine, or a conviction in some circumstances.

 The household rubbish included two mattresses

 

 

 

Film, camera, action; your views sought!

Under the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003, we have the responsibility of classifying films for public exhibition which are not currently classified by the British Board of Film Classification.

As Epsom is hosting an international film festival later this year and as the borough boasts a number of creative hubs (including the UCA) we are reviewing our provision in this area.

To enable us to make a robust and transparent decisions for the classification (or as appropriate the reclassification) of films, a draft policy has been drafted.

Views on the draft film classification policy are being sought - you can review the draft policy here .

Please contact us with any views before until Friday 15 June 2018 via email - Licensing@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

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The Derby - temporary road resrictions

According to Epsom Downs Racecourse, over 150,000 people attend the Derby weekend. An additional 1,800 staff are on hand to look after their needs. That's an awful lot of people; an awful lot of journeys to and from the racecourse; and an awful lot of additional traffic on the roads in our area.

Just to make the mix even more interesting the course itself goes across a road which needs to be closed.

Temporary on road parking restrictions and road closures have been put in place by the highway authority for the last several years for the Derby weekend to ensure traffic flows (albeit slightly slower than normal) and so that the inevitable disruption is kept to a minimum.

These temporary restrictions are based on the experience of previous years and at the request of the police.

We have not yet received the final details but accessible here are:

  • The official traffic order, which details which roads and/or parts of roads are closed  here
  • The map detailing the on road parking restrictions  here

Epsom Downs Racecourse Shared Taxi scheme 2018/19: £3 per person. Flat fare based upon the average tariff rates from Epsom Station to Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Dementia Action Week

It is currently Dementia Action Week.Dementia Action Week

There are 850,000 people in the UK who are affected by dementia, and it does not just affect the elderly, 40,000 people in the UK under the age of 65 suffer from early onset dementia. It is believed that by 2051 the number of people who have dementia in the UK will have risen to two million.

Previously known as Dementia Awareness Week, Dementia Action Week takes place between the 21 and the 27 of May. The goal of Dementia Action Week is to encourage people to take action to improve the lives of those affected by dementia, working to create a dementia-friendly UK where those with dementia do not feel excluded.

During the week, everyone is being asked to take actions, both large and small to help make everyday life better for those with dementia.

Will you help us to create a dementia friendly borough?
Join the Epsom and Ewell Local Dementia Action Alliance. The aim of the alliance is to create a dementia friendly borough. To find out more click here.
Come along to the awareness event on Thursday 14 June at 5.30pm at the Orchards Centre, Longmead Road, Epsom KT19 9RX. If you would like to attend the event or find out more about the group email: epsomdementiaaction@gmail.com

The Herbert Protocol

We're highlighting an initiative adopted by Surrey Police.Herbert

The Herbert Protocol is a simple idea and could be very effective.

It consists of a form for recording key information which the police will require if the vulnerable person goes missing. Carers, family members and friends should complete part one of the form in advance, and obtain a recent photograph of the vulnerable person. In the event of the vulnerable person going missing, part two should be completed, and the form plus photograph handed to the police. 

The Herbert Protocol is named after George Herbert, a war veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia.

Further information and the form templates can be downloaded from the Surrey Police website.

You did it! Food waste recycling makes huge saving

Surrey residents saved an extra £200,000 to help protect essential services last year…just by putting more food waste in caddies! Great job

This year residents are being urged to help further boost savings by recycling even more of their food waste.

It’s possible for residents to make such a huge difference with such a simple action because it costs less than half as much to recycle food waste as it does to dispose of it. If all of Surrey’s food waste was recycled, it would save an extra £3 million a year.

The large number of Surrey residents recycling their food waste has also helped Surrey reach joint top of the recycling league table of the 32 two-tier local authorities in England.

Residents can put all of their food waste into caddies, which are collected weekly throughout Surrey. Caddies can be lined with any kind of plastic bag and smelly food waste can be put in a tied carrier bag and taken to outside food bins straight away.

For more information on how to recycle food waste, visit www.recycleforsurrey.org.uk 

Thinking about fostering?

Foster carers provide safe, secure and nurturing homes for children when they can’t live with their own families. This might be for a few days, months or until a child is 18, depending on the different circumstances. 

The Fostering Network estimates more than 9,000 UK homes are needed for children in care, yet many potential carers rule themselves out unnecessarily

Among those who regularly “self-exclude' are those who are single, LGBT people, BME communities and those who do not own their own home.Boy

Those who would like to engage in foster caring can elect to offer short-term, long-term or “short break” (previously known as respite) care. Short break carers look after children for a weekend or a few weeks so that their long-term carers can have a break, and is particularly used for children with disabilities, special needs or behavioural difficulties. Short-term carers look after children for weeks or months while long-term plans are made for their care. Long-term carers take on children who need to live away from their birth family until they are adults.

Surrey is constantly recruiting new foster carers so they can continue to provide the right homes for those children in Surrey that come into County Council care.

Could you make a difference to a child's life today?

You don't need to be a parent already to foster for Surrey

You don't need to own your own home to foster in Surrey (but you do need to have a spare room)!

You can foster for Surrey County Council regardless of your relationship status or sexuality!

Call the fostering team today on 0800 096 9626 or visit the County Council website to find out more

 

Domestic abuse awareness week

DomesticAbuseTransforming the response to domestic abuse: Abuse is not normal and it’s never okay. People should never feel scared, intimidated or controlled in a relationship. Find out more about how you can help shape the government’s response to domestic abuse at https://goo.gl/AJTbGj  #thisisabuse

Domestic abuse awareness week runs from 11 June.

The aim of the week will be to increase awareness around the signs to look out for that a family member or friend could be in an abusive relationship.

Within this part of Surrey, there are a number of resources that can help people involved in or know about an abusive relationship.

First and foremost, in an emergency dial 999

Surrey domestic abuse helpline
Helpline: 01483 776822
The helpline is operated by yourSanctuary, a local charity that provides a range of services which offer emotional and practical support to people and their children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse. They work to prevent domestic abuse and undo the damage it does, by providing comprehensive prevention, advocacy and educational programmes. Their 24 hour helpline offers immediate emotional support, as well as confidential advice and information that can also be found on their website. Website: www.yoursanctuary.org.uk

Surrey Against Domestic Abuse
A website with information and signposting from Healthy Surrey (a partnership between Surrey County Council and the NHS). This includes information for those in an abusive relationship, how you can support a friend or family member who is experiencing domestic abuse, how to recognise your own abusive behaviour and what you can do about it and  how you can minimise the risk to yourself and your children if you are not ready to leave an abusive relationship.
https://www.healthysurrey.org.uk/your-health/domestic-abuse

North Surrey Outreach Service
Helpline: 01932 260690 
A free and impartial services, who can assist by giving practical help and emotional support as well as providing information on a wide range of matters, including housing matters, benefits, safety planning and the needs of children affected by domestic abuse.

They can also assist with accessing refuge accommodation if you need to leave your home in order to keep yourself safe. Support can be given by telephone or, where appropriate and safe, with one to one meetings. Outreach services offer anything from a one off opportunity to talk, to longer term, ongoing support and assistance. They will also help you deal with other agencies, in an advocacy role, to help you get the services or information that you need. This means they will support you in talking to the police, legal services, housing or benefits agencies etc, according to your wishes and needs. Outreach services are also able to talk to you about how to get appropriate legal information and advice.

The new data protection law

You may have noticed you have been receiving a number of emails and notifications mentioning changes to data privacy and wondered what it is all about.

This week, Europe is undergoing the biggest change to data protection in almost a quarter of a century.

Websites, apps and companies that collect data on European citizens will need to comply with strict new rules around protecting customer data from May 25.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new, EU-wide law that gives greater power to regulators to penalise companies who mishandle personal data or are not transparent about how they use it.

The new rules not only apply to organisations located within the EU but also apply to organisations located outside of the EU if they offer goods or services to, or monitor the behaviour of, EU citizens' data.

For consumers, it brings new powers that require firms to get clear consent from users before processing their data, as well as granting users a right to easily access the data collected from them and transparency on how it is being used.

The legislation requires companies to make their privacy policies clearer for users - which is why you're likely seeing a spate of emails come through from services you use asking you to take a look at their revised privacy policies.

One of the reasons organisations are taking so much notice of GDPR is that the fines involved for noncompliance are Huge (note the capital h).Those who break the rules can be fined up to 4% of annual global turnover (and for an Amazon or a Google or a Government department that could be an awful lot of wonga)!

Borough Insight and GDPR

An independent auditor has overviewed the councils data protection policies and practices for all our services, including e-borough insight. This newsletter is covered by the new rules, however the reason you haven’t received an email from us about changes to our policy is that we haven’t had to change it. You opt to subscribe to e-borough insight. You can unsubscribe at any time. The only piece of personal information we have access to, is your email address so we can mail you this newsletter – it is not used for any other purpose and it is not traded or passed to any third party for their use.

Spotlight on

All lit up for the Royal Wedding

The flags and bunting for Saturday's Royal Wedding's street parties are now being carefully put away (there were eight street parties in the borough where road closures had been requested - unlike some councils we do not charge for such closures).

Weddings in the Royal Family have always been a time for public rejoicing but are there any local tangible benefits?  Well, in the case of Epsom & Ewell, the answer is, according to Bourne Hall Museum, yes. They say that it is to a royal wedding that we owe the street lighting of the Borough.

In 1839, some local businessmen had got together to improve the town. John Bailey from the Assembly Rooms, John Steele from the school at Hylands House and others put money into a scheme for the new fangled gas lighting. In December they’d got as far as buying land off East Street for gasometers. And then came the bombshell. The young queen Victoria was going to be married on in three months’ time. They’d better hurry up – and they did. By the day of the Royal Wedding on 10 February, they had laid a gas main down the middle of Epsom High Street.

Gas lightHuge crowds assembled in St. James’ Park to cheer on Victoria and Albert as they made their way to the chapel. After the wedding,bands played God Save the Queen and tremendous cheers resounded through the park. In the evening, everyone made their way home happy and tired – some of them to Epsom, to admire the new illuminations in the town from the new gas light.

Actually, it wasn’t that bright and within five years residents were demanding more light. Luckily in 1847 the new railways brought in cheap coal for the gasometers, and the supply was increased. In 1902 the Council replaced gas with electricity but there were still businesses using gas lighting up to World War 2.

The Spread Eagle junction with one of the original  gas lights
(image from Bourne Hall Museum)

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 27 May, 10 & 24 June; 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

May 2018

The Sunnybank Trust Annual Art Exhibition
Wednesday 23 - Saturday 26 May
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
A chance to see some amazing pieces created by local artists with learning disabilities. Special preview party on Tuesday 22 May from 7.30pm-9pm.

Surrey Libraries Direct and Reminiscence Collection drop in session
Wednesday 23 May; 2pm-4pm
Ewell Library
Want to know more about Library Direct and the Reminiscence collection? Come and speak to our staff and view some of the items at our drop in session. Part of Dementia Action Week, for more info visit Surrey County Council website.

Nonsuch Town & Country ShowNonsuchTownandCountryShow
Sunday 27 & Bank Holiday Monday 28 May; 11am-6pm
Nonsuch Park, London Road, Epsom KT17 2DL
The Show with something for everybody from the Great British Bake Off Winner Sophie Faldo and the National Horseboarding Championships. Including: Breath Taking Stunt Motorbike displays; Amazing Wings of the World Display; 8 Bands a Day; Food & Drink Festival; Charity Fun Dog Shows with 22 classes on both days/Festivals of Dogs; Festivals for kids with Amazing Reptiles & Gemma's Petting Farm & lots more; Punch & Judy; Living History Camp; Archery; Fabulous Shopping; Celebrating Rural Crafters; Britains Got Talent Dima and his dancing dogs; Chainsaw Carving Ring and  so much more. Proud to be Celebrating Local with the Cheam Woodturners, The Nonsuch Bowman, Love Art Theatre, The Ewell Astronomers, Starsteppers and many more local groups and musicians. For more info visit: www.nonsuchcountryshow.co.uk

The Mayor's Charity Race Night
Tuesday 29 May; 6.45pm-10pm
Epsom Playhouse, 42 Ashley Avenue KT18 5AL
Join the Mayor and friends for a night of racing thrills! Tickets £10. Up to 8 races with sponsored horses in each race will be putting us all at the edge of our seats as they ride for the cash prizes. The night will be raising funds for the Mayor's chosen charities. Your ticket will include a welcome drink and finger buffet. For more info visit http://mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk/

June 2018

Sri Raja Rajeswari Amman Temple Chariot Festival
Sunday 3 June
Dell Lane, Stoneleigh, Epsom
Every year, the Sri Raja Rajeswari Amman temple in Dell Lane holds the colourful parade, in which Hindu deities tour the area while devotees prostrate themselves in the road as an act of penance. With just two Hindu temples in Surrey, the festival attracts devotees from across the county. Road closures between 11am - 1.15pm: Dell Road, Briarwood Road and Kenilworth Road.

Epsom Camera Club - Photography Exhibition
Tuesday 5 - Saturday 16 June
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
For more info visit: www.epsomcc.org.uk

Southfield Park Primary School - Hawaiian Summer Fair
Saturday 9 June; 12noon-3pm
Southfield Park Primary School
Stalls, Tombola, games, Icecream, BBQ.

Come and enjoy the NCT Teddy Bears Picnic Festival
Sunday 10 June; 12noon-4.30pm
Nonsuch Park, Ewell Road entrance
Entrance £2 per adult, kids free. Bring your picnic and your teddies and enjoy a fun filled afternoon. Best dressed teddy and best named teddy competition. New for 2018 - The circus are coming! Circus skills workshops all afternoon run by Bezerkaz Circus suitable for all ages. Learn some new skills! Organised by the Sutton, Epsom & District Brance of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) charity.

Stoneleigh World Cup Day
Sunday 10 June; 12noon-4pm
Stoneleigh Broadway 
An outdoor family fun day with the theme of the football World Cup. The venue is a large 4 - lane cul-de-sac (ending at Stoneleigh train station) which will be closed to traffic. Stalls, food, funfair, DJ. Roads closed to traffic between 9am-6pm, parts of Stoneleigh Broadway, Gayfere Road, Kenilworth Road and Rosedale Road. The event is run by Stoneleigh & Auriol Residents' Association.

Painting Nonsuch Park
Wednesday 13 June; 7.30pm
Nonsuch Mansion House, entry via Cheam Gate
A talk and demonstration by outstanding local painter Margaret Eggleton. Members, free; non-members £6. Organised by The Friends of Nonsuch Park, for more info visit: www.friendsofnonsuch.co.uk

Shadbolt Park Great Big Day Out!
Saturday 16 June; 12noon-4pmHopeforall
Salisbury Road, Worcester Park KT4 7BX
Dog show, BBQ, Bouncy Castle, Stalls. Mondy raised to benefit local causes. For more info visit www.cuddingtonra.org

Epsom Garden Society Summer Show
Saturday 23 June; 2pm-4.30pm
St Martin's Junior School, Ashley Road, Epsom
Free admission. Plant sale, raffle, refreshments.

Hope! Free Family Fun for all ages
Sunday 24 June; 2pm-5pm
Bourne Hall Gardens KT17 1UF
Live music and inspiring speakers sharing stories of Hope in our Community. Bouncy Castle, pamper and well-being zone, tea tent, crafts and games. For more info visit www.ctewell.org.uk

Brooklands, On the Buses
Sunday 24 June
London Bus Museum, Brooklands Road, Weybridge KT13 0QS
A fun event for all the family and enthusiasts! Enjoy displays of vehicles and free bus rides of the local area. Take horse bus rides, longer excursions for an additional fare and family entertainment including Punch & Judy and balloon modelling. Celebrating 60 years since the first production Routemasters were built and 50 years since the last, RML2760. For more info visit: www.londonbusmuseum.com

Ewell Horticultural Association Summer Show
Saturday 30 June; 2.30pm-4.30pm
Blenheim High School, Longmead Road, Epsom KT19 9BH
All welcome! Free admission. Raffle, cookery, floral art, plant sale, photography, craft & design, tea and cakes, garden sundries. For more info visit: www.ewellhortassn.co.uk

Epsom Choral Society - The Regent Sinfonia
Saturday 30 June; 7.30pm
St Martin's Parish Church, Epsom KT17 4PX
The premier performance of this work commissioned by Epsom Choral Society and dedicated to the memory of Cecil Wiltshire who was an active member of both this choir and LHMF for over 70 years. Tickets £15 student or under 18 £7.50. Box office: 01372 727078 or visit www.epsomchoral.org.uk

This month at the Epsom Playhouse

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Simply Luther, If Only For One Night - Tuesday 22 May - The music of Luther Vandross has had huge impact on a whole generation, Steve Williamson doesn't mimic Luther; he plays tribute to a legend who left us far too early. His voice will leave you tingling and spellbound as he performs all of Luther Vandross’s popular hits.

Blake, the anniversary tour - Thursday 24 May - Brit-Award-winning vocal trio Blake return with a special UK tour celebrating 10 years together. The show features songs from their brand-new 10th anniversary album along with all the band's popular anthems in powerful three-part harmony. Enjoy a spectacular show with video projections, emotive lighting and the boys' famously off-piste banter.

Sing-a-long-a Beauty and the Beast - Friday 25 May - Sing-a-Long-a Beauty and the Beast is a screening of the hit 2017 Disney film with lyrics on screen, a fun-packed interactive celebration.

Albert Lee - Sunday 27 May -, the living guitar legend, the reliable Sideman, now amazing bandleader, on tour with his handpicked band.

That'll Be The Day - Wednesday 30 May - The UK’s premier Rock & Roll production returns with another chance to see its latest most popular show! Highly acclaimed for its stunning live entertainment value, That’ll Be The Day is an outstanding celebration for all true fans of the golden era of popular music.

Epsom Symphony Orchestra Summer Classics - Saturday 2 June - Local musicians present Tchaikovsky's virtuoso 2nd Piano Concerto at their season finale concert. They will be joined by international award-winning pianist Masa Tayama.  Also featured in this programme of sunny summer classics is Brahms' beautiful and melodic 2nd Symphony and Weber's charming and vivacious Oberon Overture.African

Islands in the Stream (the Music of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers) - Friday 22 June - Leave your nine-to-five worries at the door and get ready for a night in the company of country music royalty! 

Comedy

Daliso Chaponda; What The African Said - Thursday 31 May - Britain’s Got Talent comedian Daliso Chaponda in his debut stand up tour. The Malawian born stand up was a standout star from this year’s show, capturing the nation’s hearts and garnering over eight million Facebook views and nine million on Youtube. Daliso has just been confirmed for his own Radio 4 series; Daliso Chaponda: Citizen of Nowhere.

Grumpy Old Women to the Rescue – Thursday 21 June - Fed up with flogging their guts out and always having to be in charge, the Grumpy Old Women have put their knobbly old feet up in glorious retirement, free at last to practise their extreme colouring-in, ukulele orchestra and novelty fudge- making- starring Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane and  Lizzie Roper. 

Dance

Dance Festival - Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 June - an amazing opportunity for your child to perform at the Epsom Playhouse and to represent their school alongside other Epsom and Ewell schools. Your child will be performing a dance routine on stage. A wonderful community event.

 

FilmDerby Day

Derby Day - Friday 25 May – Presented as part of the town centres Derby Festival Week, Derby Day is a 1952 British drama film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Anna Neagle, Michael Wilding, Googie Withers, John McCallum and Alfie Bass. An ensemble piece, it portrays several characters on their way to the Derby Day races at Epsom Downs Racecourse. It cleverly blends dramatic, romantic and comic elements, including the woman and lover who have murdered her husband, and the working class couple who are excited about their chance to go to the races, but end up listening to it on the radio in the car-park because they’ve got such a bad view!

 

Talks

Jason Donovan and his Amazing Midlife Crisis - Wednesday 23 May This autobiographical show will take Jason’s looming 50th birthday as its starting point and will zigzag back and forth through his life. Hear some new stories (and possibly one or two you’ve heard before) plus some of the songs you know and love for a night like no other!

Michael Brandon; Off Ramps - Saturday 26 May - On his journey from Brooklyn to Britain (via Hollywood) Michael Brandon has taken many off-ramps on the way. In this brilliant, funny and engaging show, he tells how he gave himself two years to star in a Hollywood movie. Still there after 50, he lifts the lid on a half-century of showbiz personalities from De Niro to Pacino, Tony Curtis to Kim Novak and his ex-wife, the Bionic Woman! [Off-ramp (n): North American ~ a one-way road leading off a main highway.]

 

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

Epsom's Derby Festival Week

EpsomDerbyFestivalWeekFriday 25 May - Saturday 2 June (Derby Day)
Epsom Town Centre
Enjoy a week of events to celebrate Epsom's connection with the greatest flat race in the world, The Investce Derby. Over the week there will be Fashion Shows, Movie and Afternoon Tea, Charity Race Night, Sunday Market, History Walks, Children's Fair and activities and ending with Epsom Derby Festival Party Night sponsored by TWM Solicitors a free concert in the marketplace from 5pm - 9pm. For more info visit: https://www.facebook.com/WhatsOnInEpsom/

Derby Festival Fashion Shows
Friday 25 May to Saturday 26 May; 11am - 4pm
The Ashley Centre, High Street, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AB
The Ashley Centre will be displaying the must haves for the season and showcasing ideas of what to wear to the races. There will be fashion shows on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May from 11am until 4pm on the hour each hour. The Fashion Shows at 1pm will include three models from The Sunnybank Trust, one of The Ashley Centre’s chosen charities.  This is a must-see event for fashion conscious racing fans! During the two days beauty advisers will also be on hand from 11am until 4pm demonstrating make up tips and stunning make overs. Customers will be able to take advantage of free hand massages being offered throughout the day.
 
Derby Day the film + Afternoon Tea
Friday 25 May; 1pm - 4pm
Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 5AL
Derby Day is a 1952 British drama film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Anna Neagle,Michael Wilding, Googie Withers, John McCallum and Alfie Bass. An ensemble piece, it portrays several characters on their way to the Derby Day races at Epsom Downs Racecourse. It cleverly blends dramatic, romantic and comic elements, including the woman and lover who have murdered her husband, and the working class couple who are excited about their chance to go to the races, but end up listening to it on the radio in the car-park because they’ve got such a bad view. After the film join us in The Bar for tea/coffee and a slice of cake. Tickets are £5 with £2 going to the Mayor's Charities.BHM_DerbyHistoryWalks

Local history walks! Epsom’s Dodgy Derby’s, dark deeds and ghosts
Sunday 27 May; 4pm-5.30pm
Monday 28 May; 2pm-3.30pm and 7.30pm-9pm
Tuesday 29 May; 2pm-3.30pm and 7.30pm-9pm
Wednesday 30 May; 11am-12.30pm
Meet by the Clock Tower, Epsom Market Place
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. Discover 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 such as Lord Baltimore. Hear how the 1919 Derby lead to the Epsom riot! Also discover why the 1844 race was the most crooked ever run, Please meet by the Clock Tower. Cost £5 per person. Places limited to 25, to book contact: David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, and Surrey, KT17 1UF Tel 020 8394 1734. Email dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk    

Jobs Fair at East Surrey College

Wednesday 23 May; 11am-3pm
East Surrey College, Gatton Point, London Road, Redhill, Surrey RH1 2JX
The event is open to the general public and college students. Over 60 key employers attending, to pre-register for this fair visit https://esc.ac.uk/news/JobFair2018

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Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club

BHMKC_DadsArmyHalf term! Discover Dad's Army
Wednesday 30 May; 2pm-3.30pm
On Friday 10 May 1940, the Germans had started their attack on Belgium and the Netherlands, using soldiers dropped by parachutes. British troops in mainland Europe were pushed back to the Channel ports and many people feared that the Germans would soon invade. To protect Britain, a new part-time force was to be set up, the Local Defence Volunteers. The Government made an urgent appeal on the radio to all men aged between 17 and 65 to become part-time soldiers. Within 24 hours of the radio broadcast a quarter of a million men had volunteered. Many men who joined the Home Guard when they could not join the regular army because their day-time jobs were necessary to keep the country running.

Cow finds Epsom salts!BHMKC_EpsomSalts400
Saturday 9 June; 1pm-2.30pm
This year is the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Epsom Salts Find out how it was uncovered with the help of a cow! This made the name Epsom known around the world and would lead to the Derby, a battle, and England’s first Spa. Hear how the Spa took off as Epsom grew from a village to a town and was visited by the great and the good and the great and not so good! Find out what a good night out was like out at the height of the Spa. Epsom Salts has many uses even today – discover some of them.

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club is for young people 8+ who love history. Sessions 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 What's On at: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk

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

Half term! Be inspired by curious creatures

Thursday 31 May
Create a curious creature sculpture workshop; 9.45am-11.15am; 1.45pm-3.15pm
Learn to draw pokemon and design your own curious creature; 11.30am-1pm
Budding Artists in partnership with Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club. Suitable for ages 6-14 years. Cost £7.50 for each session per child. Spaces are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

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Explore Epsom and Ewell

Get closer to nature and enjoy the outdoors with our various guided walks. Explore your local nature reserves, discover your borough's history and boost your health and wellbeing too!HogsmillRiverWalk

Countryside guided walks

Hogsmill River Walk
Sunday 10 June; 2pm-5pm
Meet at Ewell Court House, Lakehurst Road, Ewell KT19 0EB. Enjoy a walk from Ewell Court House to Bourne Hall Park through the Hogsmill Local Nature Reserve. Learn about the wildlife that lives along the river and the history of the gunpowder mills that were once powered by the river.

HortonHistoryWalkHorton Country Park Natural History Walk
Sunday 24 June; 2pm-5pm
Meet at the Information Centre, Horton Country Park, Horton Lane, Epsom KT19 8PL. Explore the rich natural history of this local nature reserve.

All guided walks are with a member of our countryside team and take approximately 2.5-3 hours and can cover up to 3 miles. Walks cost £5 per adult, £2.50 per child (16yrs or under). 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 shot 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/

Energize Epsom and Ewell

Energize Epsom Ewell

#DYK: 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. 

For sport opportunities taking place across the borough visit our website - www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk There's something for everyone!

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 wonderful images of your walks out and about in the borough do tag us in your pics using #yourepsomewell

Surrey Cricket Foundation - Girls cricket opportunity!SurreyCricketFdn
Wednesday 30 May; 10am-2pm
Epsom Cricket Club
Surrey Cricket Foundation are offering exciting new Cricket Insights session for girls under the age of 14 at venues across Surrey and South London. The sessions will focus on all areas of the game through a variety of expert coach led skills and drills. There is a £5 fee to book, which will be refunded if the participant attends the session. Surrey Star Hannah Jones will be joined by the U13 County Age Group Lead Coach Sophie Pout and Vicki Howard to help guide and inspire the next generation of young cricketers. Please register by 4pm on Wednesday 23 May. To book please click here.

Rainbow Leisure Centre Open Day
Saturday 2 June
East Street, Epsom
Visit Rainbow Leisure Centre to enjoy a few hours of fun family activities! Events on the day will include: Great British Tennis Weekend 10am-1pm; Football 10am-11am; Archery 10am-11.30am; Soft Play 10am-1pm
Our Great British Tennis Weekend; running on the same day, will offer families the chance to play tennis together, with coaches on hand to offer tips and Mini Tennis sessions for children aged 3 – 10 years old from 10-11am. Book your space by visiting www.lta.org.uk/gbtw
There’s also an added bonus for attending the Open Day because mums, dads and any other family members or friends will be able to receive an exclusive discount on spa treatments, if they book on the day of the event, so there really is something for everyone!

Auriol Bowling Club open day
Saturday 9 June; 11am-4pm
Bowling Green, Auriol Park, entry via Salisbury Road or Thorndon Gardens, Worcester Park KT4 7DP
Try something new this summer! Come and play bowls - a sport for all. All welcome! Bowls and coaching provided. Please bring flat soled shoes. For more info contact: 020 8394 2863 or visit www.auriolbowlingclub.com

Learn My WayMaryFrancesTrust
Start Date: Monday 11 June; 11.30am–1.30pm
The King’s Church, Longmead Road, off Gibraltar Crescent, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 9BU
Cost: FREE. To book a place please contact the Mary Frances Trust, email: info@maryfrancestrust.org.uk or phone: 01372 375400
Learn My way is a free online course organised by the Mary Frances Trust in partnership with Work Stress Solutions. The aim of the course is to help participants learn new IT skills (or brush up on old ones!). The course aims to cover topics that give participants the skills they need to connect with the world and stay in touch with family and friends. There are a number of topics that participants can choose from. Once they have identified the topics they can then work through them with support from a tutor. Once the course is over, participants can continue learning from home and still access support from the course tutor. Laptops from the sessions are provided, but participants can bring their own if they wish.WSS

Free Talk with Work Stress Solutions
Wednesday 13 June; 1.30pm-3pm
Brickfield Centre, Portland Place, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 1DL
Come along for a free talk session with Will Brewin who will introduce the global IT company, Cisco, and their FREE IT training programme. The talk will also introduce topics including - Mentoring and support opportunities, Work-life balance. For more details and to book a place please email: admin@workstresssolutions.org.uk or phone: 07759 303225.

Go Golfin’ at Epsom Golf ClubEpsomGolfClub
Epsom Golf Club’s ‘Go Golfin’ programme includes a series of sessions that introduce young people aged 16 and under to golf. The sessions include a range of fun activities and professional coaching. Sessions are free and organised as and when required (all sessions will take place at either weekends or weekday evenings). To register interest please contact Roy Chegwin at Epsom Golf Club, email: roychegz@hotmail.com or phone: 07855 989452. For more info visit: www.epsomgolfclub.co.uk

 

 

 

Barisons Singers concert

Sunday 24 June; 6.30pmBarisonsSingersconcert
St Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom KT19 8HA
Barisons Singers in collaboration with the Epsom & Ewell Town Twinning Associations will be bringing a Vivaldi Gloria workshop for all choir singers in the areas, to come together and join them for the 100 Voices performance that evening.

Professional coaching will be supplied throughout the day from Soloists who have worked with the English National Opera, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne and the English Touring opera. The performance will be accompanied by a professional orchestra and conductor.

If you love Vivaldi, if you love singing the Gloria then you will love our come and sing with 100 Voices day.

If you would prefer to listen rather than sing, then you are very welcome to come along as a member of the audience. Entry fee will be £5 per person; £3 (over 60s and students). Children under 12 free. Part of the proceeds will be going towards the local mental health charity Love Me Love My Mind, which is based at St Barnabas church, the venue for the workshop and performance.

For more information visit www.barisonschamberchoir.com

SWALK 2018

Sponsored walk helping people face cancer with confidence
Sunday 8 July
Denbies Vineyard, Dorking RH5 6AA
Join local cancer support charity Look Good Feel Better for their annual sponsored walk in the beautiful Surrey Hills. For all the family! Choose from - Mighty March (10km) or Steady Stroll (5km) and show your support for people living with cancer. Register now at www.lgfb-swalk.co.uk

Look Good Feel Better is the only cancer support charity specifically set up to help people manage the visible side effects of their cancer treatment. Money raised from their annual walk, SWALK, will help to expand their services across the South East.

Hundreds of people are expected to don their walking boots and stroll through the undulating surrounding of Denbies Vineyard, nestled in the Surrey Hills. Suitable for all ages, this family and dog friendly event offers supporters the choice of a 10km or 5km route which takes in the best of the surrounding countryside.

Once you’ve enjoyed the picturesque views, a lovely SWALK bag full of goodies will be waiting for you at the finish line – supplied by the sponsors and corporate partners of LGFB.

Afterwards, you can indulge in delicious refreshments in Denbies courtyard and gardens – the perfect al-fresco experience. For those that still have energy to burn (dogs and children most likely!) there will be live music and entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

With 360,000 people newly diagnosed every year in the UK, demand for Look Good Feel Better’s confidence boosting services is greater than ever.

Entry Prices: Adult: £20; Child: £5; Family of 4 (2 adults max): £40; Dogs: FREE.

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 3 June. 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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Key Facts

Oak processionary moth

The caterpillars of the oak processionary moth can affect the health of people and animals (and oak trees).

This invasive species has been identified at sites in Epsom & Ewell in the last couple of years.OPM trunk

A protein in the caterpillars' tiny hairs can cause skin and eye irritations, sore throats and breathing difficulties in people and animals who come into contact with them. The caterpillars can shed the hairs as a defence mechanism, and lots of hairs are left in the nests, which is why nests should not be touched without protective clothing.

Do not:

  • touch or approach nests or caterpillars
  • let children touch or approach nests or caterpillars
  • let animals touch or approach nests or caterpillars
  • try removing nests or caterpillars yourself.

You should see a pharmacist for relief from skin or eye irritations after a suspected contact or call NHS111 or see a doctor if you think you or someone in your care has had a serious allergic reaction. You should consult a vet
if you think your pet has been seriously affected.

OPM nestThe species derives its common name from the fact that the caterpillars move about in nose-to-tail processions and live primarily on oak trees. The caterpillars feed on oak leaves, and large populations can strip trees bare, leaving them weakened and vulnerable to other threats.

The moth is a native of southern Europe, where predators and environmental factors usually keep its numbers in check and minimise its impact. the moth was first accidentally introduced to Britain in 2005, almost certainly as eggs which had been laid on live oak plants imported from continental Europe. 

The images show (top) a typical procession and (bottom) nests wrapped in their protecting cocoon webbing on the base of on an oak tree.

For further information, including your responsibilities if you have an infected oak tree on your land, see the Forestry Commission website.

 

Images: caterpillars procession on trunk Copyright H Kuppen, nests on trunk Crown Copyright. Used with permission.

Your Community

Out and about in the community

Interested in volunteering?

Age Concern Epsom & Ewell is an independent community charity working with older people in the borough.
Volunteer drivers needed! For our medical transport service. Many older people worry about how they will get to medical appointments and who will help them once they are there. Could you drive our clients to their medical appointments, stay with them and then take them home? Once a week, once a month - whenever you can! Our volunteer drivers are kind, helpful and patient. If you can help please contact Liz Hope for more information about volunteering on phone: 01372 732458 or email: liz.hope@ageconcernepsom.org.uk
A men's group opportunity: Are you 65+ and living in the borough? Would you like to meet likeminded men to share activities of your choice? We are here to enable you to do this! Call Ian on 01372 732463 or email: ian.parsons@ageconcernepsom.org.uk

The Sunnybank Trust - Friends to those with a learning disability
If only we could make more people smile! Volunteers needed for: Buddying, Advocacy, Fundraising, Social Clubs, Penpals. Contact Felicity, telephone: 01372 749871 or email: enquiries@sunnybanktrust.org For more info visit www.sunnybanktrust.org

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

Drugs stopped working? Time to draw the line? We can help!
Fridays; 7.30pm-8.45pm
St Martin's Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX
If you have a problem with cocaine or other drugs, we can help. Talk to Cocaine Anonymous: 0800 612 0225 (free from UK landlines); 0300 111 2285 (mobile friendly) For more info visit: www.cauk.org.uk 

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

Volunteers are the people who make Conquest Art possible. Could you join the team?
Your few hours a week could make a real difference to people's lives. All our art groups need a team of volunteers with a variety of different gifts from organisational skills, artistic experience to someone dealing with the money or making the tea. But most of all we need your enthusiasm.
We are currently seeking volunteer helpers willing to support our art group held at the Epsom Methodist Church every Tuesday from 2pm - 4pm. 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. Phone Tina on 020 3044 2731, email: enquiries@conquestart.org or visit www.conquestart.org

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

Try Greek dancing!
Monday evenings; 8pm - 10pm
Near Surbiton
Beginners welcome. No partner needed. £2 per evening. Contact Bryan on phone: 0208 397 0008 or email: bryan.wild@virginmedia.com

Do Yoga
Tuesdays; 6.30pm-7.30pm
The Crypt, St Martin's Church Hall, Epsom KT17 4PX
Be Strong. Be Healthy. Be Happy. For more info visit: www.doyogawithchar.com

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.

'You must remember this' Sing back the memories
Wednesdays (except first Wednesday each month); 2pm-3.30pm
Stoneleigh Methodist Church, Stoneleigh Crescent KT19 0RT
Cost: £1.50 per week. Contact, Jeanne on: 07729 028850. As we get older we may develop memory problems, sometimes associated with dementia. Singing exercises body and mind and when we sing together it can revive memories and stimulate the brain whilst sharing in fun and laughter and making new friends. Everyone should be accompanied by a friend, relative or carer, who will have the opportunity to meet others in the same situation and share their experiences in a friendly atmosphere over a cup of tea. No previous singing experience is necessary, just come and enjoy yourself!

The Heart & Soul Epsom Choir
Wednesdays; 8pm - 9.30pm
Unity Hall, Depot Road, Epsom KT17 4RJ
Do you enjoy singing? Fancy a little pick-me-up every week? Then come and join us. No audition, no neeed to be able to read music - just pitch up and sing! Bring a friend if you liek and come for a free trial session. To find out more and to book your free trial session call 07745 852836, email: roz@heartandsoulchoir.com or visit www.heartandsoulchoir.co.uk

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.

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

 

Epsom & Ewell Refugee Network

The Epsom & Ewell Refugee Network helps refugees and asylum seekers in this area who need our support and guidance:

  • Help to build a local network and support for refugees moving into Epsom & Ewell, Ashtead and nearby.
  • Connect with people and organisations who can help with English classes, housing, clothing, food and other essential needs.
  • Organise social events to enable refugees and supporters to meet others and learn from shared experiences.
  • Work with other charities and organisations who can assist and offer advice and support.
  • Collect goods and donations to help refugees in the UK and abroad.
  • Coming together to try and address some of the greater issues around the current refugee crisis.

There are many ways to get involved! We are always looking for people who can help with:

  • English lessons
  • Bikes and computers
  • Translation services
  • Befrienders
  • Additionally, we invite people to share their talents (music, knitting, crafts, cookery, etc).

If you have a talent to share, please contact us on: epsomrefugeenetwork@gmail.com or visit: www.epsomrefugeenetwork.org

Citizens Advice on the London Legal Walk

Once again the team from Epsom & Ewell Citizens Advice took part in this year's London Legal Walk on Monday 21 May. The team have thanked everyone who sponsored them. If you didn't get round to it and would still like to make a donation you can do so here.

Last year, 12,000 people took part in a 10km walk for justice, raising a record breaking £800,000. Can you help beat it in 2018? The organisers are the London Legal Support Trust who believe in access to justice. Through events like this they support over 100 organisations in London and the south east each year. All funds raised support free legal advice.

Epsom & Ewell Citizens Advice is a well-regarded charity that helps local people resolve the problems they face in life. Supported by local volunteers, it provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities.

If you need our help why not drop in and meet one of the advisers at Citizens Advice office in the Old Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom or call their direct line on 0300 330 1164. It’s a local rate number. Or visit: https://caee.org.uk/
 

Your Council

Council meetings: May - June 2018

MAY 2018

29      Nonsuch Park Joint Management Committee, 10am at Nonsuch Mansion House

JUNE 2018

07      Licensing and Planning Policy Committee

11      Environment Committee

12      Community and Wellbeing Committee

14      Planning Committee

18      Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators, 6pm

19      Audit, Crime & Disorder and Scrutiny Committee

25      Nonsuch Park Joint Management Committee, 10am at Nonsuch Mansion House

26      Financial Policy Panel

All meetings are held at the Town Hall, Epsom and start at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated.  Meetings may be cancelled or additional meetings arranged as necessary. To view the full year’s calendar of meetings, download Agendas or review Minutes of previous meetings visit 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 25 June 2018

Time: 7pm

Venue: Ewell Court House, Lakehurst Road, Ewell KT19 0EB

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

Mod Gov app logoStay updated with the latest Council Committee meetings agendas, decisions and minutes on your smartphone or tablet with the free mod.gov app (application).

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

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The mod.gov mobile app is available as a free download from the Apple App Store (for an iPad), Google Play Store (for an Android phone or tablet) or Windows App Store (for a Windows tablet).

Select your Council
Follow the instructions to download the app. Select Epsom & Ewell from the list of publishers.

Select your Committees
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

Find us on www.linkedin.com too! Search for Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

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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