Borough Insight

In this issue....

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.

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