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National Recycling Week is coming!

To celebrate ten years of the UK's main recycling event, this issue is liberally peppered with information about recycling including events taking place in Epsom and Ewell for the week.

Why not try to increase your recycling during National Recycling Week (16-22 June)? Whether it's to save the planet or assist your wallet - you know it makes sense!

While every day or week seems to be a national day or week for something, some of these are important in raising awareness of a subject.

It is currently National Deaf Awareness Week and, in this month's Spotlight feature, we include some information from the UK Council for Deafness.

This issue also features all the news, event listings and other information we think you would like to receive.

But have we got it right?

Please let us know what you would like to see in e-Borough Insight - all sensible suggestions (and even a few that aren't) will be seriously considered!

News

New Mayor of Epsom & Ewell is Councillor Robert Foote

New Mayor of Epsom & Ewell Councillor Robert Foote, who has served his local community for more than eleven years, has been elected as the new Mayor of Epsom & Ewell for 2014-15.

Robert, who has been a Borough Councillor for Cuddington Ward since May 2003, told the Council's Annual Meeting on Tuesday, 6 May that he would ' try to meet as many people as possible from the different communities within the Borough’, and particularly hoped to meet and encourage younger people.

Robert said: "The feeling of excitement that I am now experiencing as Mayor can only be compared with my first solo flight as a private pilot!

“The Mayor is often seen as a symbol of an open society because the role is no longer restricted to an elite group; the ‘First Citizen’ can come from any class, gender or ethnic background.

“My personal theme for the year will be “Connecting with Communities” and I will try to do my best to meet as many people as possible from different communities within the Borough, whether they live or work here. I particularly hope to meet and encourage many younger people”.

Born and brought up in Bristol, Robert spent 30 years in the airline industry and now runs a car servicing business and works as an MOT tester.

Robert moved to the Borough 19 years ago. As Councillor, Robert has chaired the Crime Prevention Panel, the Licensing Committee and served on the Neighbourhood Policing Panel. For the last year Robert has served as Deputy Mayor. Robert’s wife, Rosemary, will be Mayoress for the year.

The Mayor’s Charities selected by Robert for his year in office are Epsom & Ewell Foodbank, Citizens Advice Bureau and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Councillor Chris Frost was elected as Deputy Mayor.

European Parliamentary Elections

European Parliamentary Elections 2014The next scheduled elections in Epsom & Ewell are the European Parliamentary elections on Thursday 22 May 2014. This is when voters can choose who they want to represent the UK in the European Parliament. Although the election will be held on 22 May the results will not be known until the following Sunday 25 May, because unlike the UK who vote on a Thursday most other European Countries vote at the weekend. The results of the Election will be announced after the polls close on the Continent and voters will then discover who will be their new MEP’s representing them in the European Parliament.

Don’t lose the opportunity to keep democracy alive - exercise your 'Right to Vote'!
Polling hours for the European Parliamentary elections on 22 May are 7am until 10pm.
All eligible voters willn have received a poll card from the Town Hall, you do not need to take it to the polling station but it helps staff find your details quicker if you do.

Polling Stations: There are changes to polling stations at these elections - please note the following:

Ewell Court Ward
We are no longer using West Ewell Infants School, Ruxley Lane. Voters in Ewell Court (part CA) will now go to the new church - Ruxley Church, Ruxley Lane, West Ewell KT19 0JG.
Ewell Court House - We will be relocating the polling station within the site. Signs will be in place to guide voters.

Ewell & Town Wards - Now the Lintons Centre has been demolished.
Voters in Ewell Ward (part JC) will go to The Forge, R/o Scout Hut, Church Road, Epsom KT17 4AB
Voters in Town Ward (part KA) will go to The Ebbisham Centre (Activity Room), Derby Square, High Street, Epsom KT19 8AG.

Woodcote Ward
Voters in Woodcote Ward (part MB) who vote at St Martins School, Worple Road - Due to building works the Classroom Block is unavailable so the polling station will be located in the Childrens Centre which is adjacent to the Worple Road gate.

The Elections Team at the Council can be contacted on telephone: 01372 732152 or email: electoralservices@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

For up-to-date information about the European Parliamentary elections visit:
- the Council’s website www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk 
- the European Parliament website www.europarl.org.uk
- the Electoral Commission website www.electoralcommission.org.uk

Wellbeing – one year on

The aim of the Wellbeing Centre is to support the Borough's growing elderly population and vulnerable adults with their physical, emotional and mental health wellbeing. The Centre also specialises with supporting residents with memory loss, confusion and in the early stages of dementia and offers support and access to resources for carers.

To celebrate its first anniversary, the Wellbeing Centre is having a coffee morning on 25 June, highlighting the services they offer. All are welcome! Drop in at Longmead Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 9HG.Chairobics

The Centre exits to enhance individual’s quality of life and to support carers. It is linked up with older people services and gives carers and those living with dementia one port of call for help and information.

Of the Epsom & Ewell population, 16.5% are aged 64 and over. It is predicted that by 2020 there will be an increase of 12.2% in this age range. After the age of 65, the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, doubles approximately every five years. It is estimated that dementia affects one in 14 people over the age of 65 and one in six people over the age of 80.

The Wellbeing Centre provides information, support and a pathway into appropriate assessment and support services.

The Centre has a Community Alarm and Telecare demonstration suite that allows people to view the alarm unit and to see how it would function in the home. The alarm helps to enhance independent living by always having someone to contact if needed or in an emergency. The centre also has a shower adaptation unit and examples of locks, grab rails and keysafes that can be fitted around the home by the Council’s Handyman Service.

You can contact the Wellbeing Centre on 01372 727 583 or email us at wellbeingcentre@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

For more information visit the Council's website.


Chairobics - just one of the activities held in the Centre.

These sessions are FREE to attend and booking is advised.

Be part of Team Epsom & Ewell for the P&G Surrey Youth Games

P&G Surrey Youth Games 2014Calling all 7-16 year olds! It’s not too late to register online at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/surreyyouthgames for a chance to be part of Team Epsom & Ewell at this year's P&G Surrey Youth Games which take place on the 21 and 22 June at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford.

So far this year we have a record 441 young people who have registered to take part. But if you haven’t signed up, there are still opportunities to take part. We are particularly keen to field a Boccia team, a Paralympic sport similar to bowling.

In preparation for the main competition weekend, free trials and training sessions for the P&G Surrey Youth Games which commenced after the Easter holidays will run for 6-8 weeks to select the Epsom & Ewell squad sponsored by Better that will represent the Borough at the Games, competing against 10 other Surrey Boroughs and Districts.

Qualified coaches run all sports and the majority have direct links with local clubs’ junior sections which offers scope for youngsters who sign up, to receive training to get involved with a club on a more long-term basis. For the training sessions schedule visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/surreyyouthgames

This year there are a wide variety of sports on offer including basketball, badminton, boccia, non-contact boxing, contact boxing, girl’s cricket, girl’s football, hockey, lacrosse, netball, girl’s rugby, swimming, squash, table tennis and tennis.

To be eligible to represent the Borough at the Games, you must live or go to school in the Borough and be of sub-county level in your chosen sport. There are also a number of ways to get involved in the Games as a volunteer.

Don’t miss out on the chance of being part of Team Epsom & Ewell who last year won the overall Borough Trophy for the first time in the Games 17 year history. For more information and to register online visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/surreyyouthgames

To find out about volunteering opportunities at the Games contact the Council's Leisure Development's Team on 01372 732000 or email leisuredevelopmentsteam@epsom-ewell.gov.uk  

Stay up-to-date with the latest sport and leisure news at www.twitter.com/teamepsomewell and/or at www.facebook.com/EnergizeEpsomEwell

Can you help others become more green?

Recycling week logoWould you like to help people in your community to reduce what they throw away, reuse where possible and recycle what can't be used again? The Surrey Green Network is a group of local residents who encourage others to throw less away - such as wasting less food and composting at home.

The network is made up of local volunteers and would like to welcome more people to the team. Are you interested in green issues? Would you like to be part of an active group in the community, meet new people, and develop some new skills at the same time?

Volunteers can choose how much time they spend with the team on days that suit them, and earn rewards based on the time they've spent volunteering. No experience is necessary to volunteer, full training is provided and you will be supported by a dedicated co-ordinator.

The next training session for new volunteers is taking place at the Surrey History Centre in Woking on Saturday 31 May 2014. Lunch and refreshments are provided, and travel costs are reimbursed.

To register or find out more email info@surreygreennetwork.com surrey green network logo

Would you like the volunteers to help you?

Look out for the Surrey Green Network's volunteers at local events, fairs and community days while you're out and about this summer.

If your organisation (such as your school, community group or business) want to know more about reducing food waste and home composting, then the Surrey Green Network's volunteers can help.

Maybe you have an event coming up where the network's volunteers could speak, or run a stand to promote reducing food waste and home composting?

To invite the network to your event, email info@surreygreennetwork.com 

Council services score highly but concerns raised about litter

Results of the latest Citizens Panel survey, relating to specific service areas within the Council, have been published.

Overall, respondents were aware of council services for the health and social care of older people, with over a third of respondents relying on the Council to access information on local services for this group. However there was a lack of awareness of some specific services available for the vulnerable, including Telecare and the Home Improvement Agency.

86% of respondents were satisfied with their refuse collection and 85% were satisfied with their recycling collection. 69% were satisfied with their food waste collection with 13% stating that that this service did not apply to them.

Only 52% of respondents are satisfied with keeping public land clear of litter and refuse, with 23% not satisfied.

89% of respondents were satisfied with their most recent visit to Bourne Hall, the Ebbisham Centre and the Rainbow Centre; an increase of 14%.

Over three quarters of respondents feel safe in local parks, local public transport and Epsom Town Centre during the day and whilst this falls slightly at night, overall safety is not a major concern to residents. The top three community safety concerns in respondents’ neighbourhoods are litter, dog fouling and bogus callers/rogue traders.

The main source of information about the Borough reported by respondents was free local papers and, while half of respondents read paper copies of local newspapers, there has been an increase towards going online to read articles. The most read local magazines are Borough Insight 46%, Surrey Matters 18% and Surrey Downs 17%.

The latest Citizens’ Panel survey was sent out to 1173 panel members and generated a response rate of 81%.

Where possible, surveys to the Citizens’ Panel take a strategic approach in that some of the question areas support the Council’s Key Priorities thus forming part of the decision making process.

For the full survey results visit the Council's website.

Evening parking just got easier and cheaper!

At the end of last month, the Council lowered evening parking charges and made it a little bit easier.

Parking charges at the Ashley Centre, Town Hall, Hope Lodge, Depot Road and Upper High Street car parks have been reduced for customers using the car parks later in the afternoon.  Maximum charges will replace the evening charge which used to apply after 6.30pm. 

So if you are making the most of the new late night shopping on a Thursday at the Ashley Centre and fancy a bite to eat, relax; if you arrive after 4pm the maximaum it will cost you is £1.50 in one of the Council car parks.

The new tariffs were introduced following consultation with local businesses and will support the new later shopping hours introduced at the Ashley Centre, as well as benefitting visitors to the town using the restaurants, pubs, cinema and the Epsom Playhouse.

Following feedback from commutors, there has also been a change to the opening hours for Hook Road car park which are now extended to 6am to 11pm Monday to Friday.

Parking charges are a major source of revenue for the Council and enable non-statutory services to continue to be provided by the Council to the more vulnerable in our community as government grants decrease.

For more information visit the Council's website.

New allotments sprout up

The first allotment gardens to be created within the Borough for 30 years were tilled for the first time last week.

Although the site, in Eleanor Avenue is land locked, the option to build two small houses was investigated but deemed unviable due to lack of construction access and car parking.

Following thorough testing of the land to ensure non-contamination, it was agreed in committee to release funds to allow the land to be used for allotments.

The area has been made secure and comprises six allotment plots of around 50 square metres each. These are smaller than normal allotment plots, so ideal for those starting out on this hobby. 

The land has been rotovated and the plots are now available for hire.

Within the Borough of Epsom & Ewell, there are now 11 allotment sites. Three of these are self-managed (run by their own associations, with support from Epsom & Ewell Borough Council).

For further information on allotments in the Borough or to hire one of the new plots visit the Council's website or call customer services 01372 732000.

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Eleanor Avenue allotments are rotervated

Spotlight on

Deaf Awareness Week

Deaf awareness weekIt is currently National Deaf Awareness Week.

Some Facts

  • 1 in 6 People in the UK are deaf or hard of hearing
  • More than 45,000 children in the UK are deaf
  • About 2 million people in the UK have hearing aids
  • Nearly 3.7 million people of working age have hearing loss, 135,000 of them are severely or profoundly deaf
  • Adults and children who are deaf or hard of hearing face communication barriers.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council have demonstrated commitment to improving access to their services for customers who are deaf or have a hearing loss by gaining Louder Than Words accreditation. This is a nationally recognised best practice charter for organisations striving to offer excellent levels of customer service and accessibility for customers and employees who have a hearing impairment.

National Deaf Awareness Week is a chance to share equality in communication for all. Things to remember when meeting a deaf person:

  • Face the person while you are speaking, don’t turn away
  • Speak clearly without shouting
  • Repeat yourself if necessary
  • Never say ‘It doesn’t matter’
  • If the person doesn’t understand you, don’t give up!
  • Write it down or draw a picture.

The Council's Customer Services department is responsible for providing first line support to Council customers and services include a text service. The Town Hall has an Induction Loop System in public areas and this helps hearing aid users to hear sounds more clearly because it reduces or cuts out background noise.

If you would like to contribute your feelings and views regarding deaf awareness, please see free to complete our questionnaire that is available from the reception area in the Town Hall.

What's On

Upcoming events

A selection from the wide range of events happening over the next few weeks across the Borough:

Surrey Wheels for All fundraising cycling afternoon
Sunday 25 May; 2-4pm
The Harrier Centre, King George's Recreational Ground, Poole Road, West Ewell, KT19 9RY
Join in for a fun cycling afternoon to raise funds for the Sunny Bank Trust, children and adults welcome. Last year the fundraising cycling afternoon for Sunny Bank Trust completed 400 laps around the track, this year we hope to smash 500 laps! The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activitiy. By using specially adapted cycles, the activities are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone involved. For more information contact Matthew Wing on 07790757216, email matthew.wing@cycling.org.uk or visit www.cycling.org.uk/wfa/sessions

RSPB Epsom and Ewell Local Group Outings
Thursley Common
Tuesday 27 May; 7pm
Reserve (see website for full details)
Come with us for an evening stroll over surrey heath land in search of specialised species including woodlark, nightjar and dartford warbler. For more information contact Graham on 07717697859, email gcolel@csc.com or visit http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/epsom

Cooking Class for Men
Friday 30 May; 10.30am - 1pm
Wellbeing Centre and Longmead Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 9HG
Calling all men over the age of 50 who would like to cook but don't know what or how to cook. Join our class and learn a new skill, prepare something tasty to eat and enjoy eating what you have cooked with the other guys in the class. For more information on the range of activities organised by the Wellbeing Centre visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk or call 01372 727583. These sessions are FREE to attend and booking is advised.

Royal British Legion 10th Annual Poppy Quiz
Friday 6 June; 7.30pm
All Saints Hall, Fulford Road, Ewell KT19 9QZ
Ten great years! Come and make this one the best ever! All proceeds to Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and the Mayor's Charities. Teams of maximum 6, £12 per person to include Fish and Chip supper (bring your own drinks). For more information email barb.warwick@tiscali.co.uk or contact mobile no. 07941 642025.

Summer Surrey Artists' Open Studios
Saturday 7 - Sunday 22 June
136 studios in Surrey and our borders open their doors to the public. This unique event offers an exciting opportunity to meet artists and makers in Surrey, to hear about and see first-hand their practice, and to admire their work. To find out more visit www.surreyopenstudios.org.uk

Dementia Friends Information Sessions
Saturday 7 June; 11.30am and 2.30pm
St Barnabas Church
Love Me Love My Mind is hosting two identical one hour Dementia Friends Information Sessions. Dementia Friends gives people an understanding of dementia and the small things which you can do to make a difference. To book a place for either one of the sessions, contact the Love Me Love My Mind office on 01372 721518 or the Dementia Friends website www.dementiafriends.org.uk

Stoneleigh World Cup Fun Day
Sunday 8 June
Stoneleigh Broadway
Action packed fun day taking place in the run up to the Football World Cup.

Craft Fair
Saturday 14 June; 10am - 12noon
St John's Church Hall, Stoneleigh
Craft fair will also include cake and plant stalls, face painting and lots more. Adults £1, Children Free. Tables cost £10 to book a table contact Gill Marshall 020 8393 5768 or email ticketsatstjohns@hotmail.com

2nd Cuddington (Rowe) Scout Group Summer Fare
Sunday 15 June; 12 noon - 3pm
Rowe Hall, Salisbury Road (next to Cuddington School)
Admission by donation

Epsom & Ewell Silver Band Summer Concert
Saturday 21 June, 7.30pm
The Kings Church, Longmead Road
Music for a Summer evening. Tickets £8 / £6 concessions. Box Office 07908 855393. Website www.eesb.org.uk

Around the world in 80 minutes
Saturday 21 June; 7pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF
Sunday 22 June; 2pm
St Mark's Church, Surbiton, KT6 4LS
Be transported around the world with music for winds and piano. Tickets available on the door, online or call the Box Office on 0333 666 3366. Tickets £9 full price, £7 concessions, £5 child. For more information visit www.waldegrave-ensemble.com

Flag raising for Armed Forces Day
Monday 23 June; 12noon
The Market Place, Epsom
A short ceremony as the flag is raised to fly for the week proceeding Armed Forces Day on Saturday 28.

Thai Food & Crafts Festival 2014
Sunday 29 June; 10am – 6pm
Hook Road Arena, West Ewell KT19 8QW
Experience and enjoy a range of entertainment on offer at this year’s Thai Food & Crafts Festival – world class Thai dancing performances and Thai Boxing competitions/demonstrations, authentic Thai food, traditional Thai massage and music and lots more. Tickets: Adult £4, Free for children under 12 years, OAP £2. For more information visit www.hookroadarena-thaifestival.co.uk

The Nonsuch Palace Gallery & Museum (Summer Opening Times)
Nonsuch Park, Nonsuch Mansion Service Wing, SM3 8AL (Car entry via cheam Gate)
The Nonsuch Palace Gallery containing the large Model of Nonsuch Palace will be open April-September, 2-5pm every Sunday.
Combined openings of the Model and Museum on all second and fourth Sundays from April 13.
Admission for The Gallery and Combined Admission: Adults £2.50, Concessions £2, free for children under 16 and members.
Free entrance on all Bank Holiday Mondays - April 21, May 5 and 26, August 25. Organished by The Friends of Nonsuch.

Military Parade and signing of the armed forces community covenant

Working together to support the armed forces community.

Saturday 31 May
Military Parade
Epsom Town Centre 11.20am - 12.15pm
Ewell Village 12.45pm - 1.10pm

A Military Parade will take place in both Epsom and Ewell on Saturday 31 May. The parade will be led by the Royal Logistics band and will include the 135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers Army reserves, based in Ewell, 155 Detachment Army Cadet Force and the 323 (Epsom and Ewell) Squadron Air Cadet Corps.

Starting at 11.20am the parade will take place in Epsom (Upper High Street / High Street/ Market Place). The morning will culminate in symbolic re-enactment of the WW1 troops marching from the Clock Tower to Epsom station on their way to fight in the trenches.

In the afternoon from 12.55pm, the parade will take place in the High Street, Ewell.

135 Geographic Squadron Royal Engineers is the only unit in the Army Reserve to support 42 Engineer Regiment (Geographic). The Regiment is a Joint Force Command specialist Royal Engineer unit that provides geographic support to all elements of UK Defence; particularly to Army headquarters, formations and units. The Squadron forms the 4th Sub-Unit within the Regiment assisting in delivering this capability.

Open Day from 1pm
Army Reserve Centre, Mercator House, Wellbeck House, Ewell KT17 2BG
Host of activities at the Open Day - Army Inflatable Assault Course, FOB with heavy weapons, Honda display, Laser Range, EOD robot display, Various military vehicles. Food and soft drinks by the Scouts. For more information call 020 8393 0981.

Armed Forces Covenant

The climax of the parade will be the signing of the Community Covenant, a voluntary statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local armed forces community. The core principle is that members of the armed forces do not suffer disadvantages as a result of their service and that they receive special treatment where appropriate. It is intended to complement, at local level, the national Armed Forces Covenant.

The aims of the Community Covenant are to:
• Encourage local communities to support the Armed Forces Community in their areas and vice versa.
• Nurture public understanding and awareness amongst the public of issues affecting the Armed Forces Community.
• Recognise and remember the sacrifices faced by the Armed Forces Community.
• Encourage activities which help to integrate the Armed Forces Community into local life.

The Community Covenant will be signed at Ewell at the Army Reserve HQ by various members of the local community including representatives of the council and by local businesses , charities, volunteer groups and other parties keen to support the principles of the Community Covenant.

Businesses and community groups are invited to sign the Covenant, which will be available all afternoon at the Army Reserve HQ

(Pictured below: Last Town Parade in 2012)Military Parade

The Romans are coming!

Romans Echoes of the Past - History Festival

Saturday 31 May, 10am - 5pm
Rosebery Park, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5BS
Children under 12 Free Adults £4

For one day only, the might of the Roman Empire is returning to the area.

Tremble in the face of the one of the most successful armies in history, with its soldiers feared for their toughness, discipline, stamina and war machines!

But Rome wasn’t built in a day; meet a Mosaic maker as he carefully places his tesserae. Other aspects of Roman life will include medicine, jewellery and cooking.

In all there will be over 40 re-enactors to bring the Ancient Roman Epsom & Ewell back to life.

There will also be displays of items found in local excavations, exhibitions and talks. Budding young Centurions can hone their skills in a series of drills and games.

Choice Unlimited

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Thursday 19 June; 10am-6pm
Epsom Downs Racecourse

Choice Unlimited is an exhibition-style event, designed for disabled people, older people and carers in Surrey, showcasing the diversity of information, services, products, ideas and innovation that is available locally to support independent living.

Surrey Independent Living Council, which is a user-led organisation run by and for disabled people, will be hosting Choice Unlimited.

Entry will be free to visitors. There will be in about 80 exhibitors covering:

• Education, training and employment
• Health
• Transport
• Leisure and wellbeing
• Products and equipment
• Care and support

During the day, workshops will be taking place on a wide range of topics, including how CCGs work, the Care Bill, powers of attorney and the Court of Protection, Surrey County Council’s new Direct Payments card and employing a personal assistant.  Adult Social Care practitioners will be holding drop-in surgery sessions.

A variety of activities and entertainments will be taking place throughout the day, including the highly acclaimed play and debate about dementia, ‘Caring for the Queen of Surrey’. 

Jason Vaughan, Chair of Trustees for Surrey Independent Living Council, says:
‘This is a very exciting opportunity for everyone in Surrey, whoever they may be, to promote independent living – and enjoy a great day out at the same time’.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council will be there showcasing :

  • Routecall, the transport services provided by the council for those who cannot use public transport
  • The Epsom & Ewell Wellbeing Centre
  • The community alarm and telecare service
  • The over 50’s lunch clubs
  • The Home improvement service.

There is a range of opportunities for organisations to participate in the event, either as exhibitors or sponsors; details are available on request.

For more information, please see the Choice Unlimited website at www.choiceunlimited.co.uk where exhibitors and visitors can book a place or make an enquiry. Or you can telephone 0116 222 5005 for more information or to discuss your needs at the event.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Surrey County Council, the NHS, the voluntary sector and private organisations will all be present to explain what services are available to local residents.

The day will also include short workshops covering employing support workers, the new Care Bill, advocacy, understanding CCG's and other topics. There will also be various activities and entertainment throughout the day.

For more information telephone 0116 222 5005, text: 07910 864 594, email: events@choiceunlimited.co.uk visit www.choiceunlimited.co.uk or follow on Twitter @choiceUnLtd

National Recycling Week events

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Join in for various events taking place across Epsom and Ewell for National Recycling Week (16-22 June):

Swap it!
Tuesday 17 June
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF
Come along with any item that still works,or is still usable and swap something you do not need with something you find useful.

Love Food Hate Waste
Thursday 19 June
The Clock Tower, The Market Place, Epsom
Food waste recycling information and advice.

Recycle More!
Friday 20 June
Sainsbury’s Kiln Lane
All you want to know about recycling in the Borough.

Unwanted Small Electrical items FREE collection!
Saturday 21 June
The Clock Tower, The Market Place, Epsom

Epsom Markets

Epsom Markets

Held in the Market Place by The Clock Tower in Epsom, there's something for everyone!

Love Your Local Market
Wednesday 14 - Wednesday 28 May
Support your local markets during this fortnight.Epsom welcomes new traders for a free trial for #LYLM2014. Call 01372 732000 to book now!

Traditional Epsom Market
Takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays 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.

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

Joined by Butterfly Appeal car booters on Sunday 25 May. Why not have a spring clear out and raise some funds for yourself and a great cause...The car boot sale raising funds for the Butterfly Appeal (Epsom & Ewell Palliative Care Fund) takes place on the last Sunday of the month on the Market Place, Epsom. Pitches cost £10. To book a space call Joyce on 07810873412.

Epsom Farmer's Market
Next on Sunday 1 June
Takes place on the first Sunday of the month, this market is a treasure trove of fresh, tasty and attractive local produce. To find out more, come to the market!

French Market
Friday 30 May; 9am until 5pm
The French market returns to The Market Place. Discover a Taste of France with a wide array of stalls from fresh bread, French tarts and croissants, cheeses, charcuterie, tartiflette, garlic surimi prawns and mushrooms, cold sausages (saucissons), pancakes, biscuits, nougats from Montelimar, olives, spices, dried fruits, fruits and vegetables to Paris handbags - purses and men's belts, hats, scarves, wooden flowers, Provencal soaps, rugs, basketwork, wooden signs and also French music (CDs and DVDs) and books.

French Market in Epsom 30 May

Sport, every day!

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

Monday’s

New! EzeeSport Classes

Multi-sport fun for children at Ebbisham Sport Club: 2 - 3 years - 9.45am - 10.30am; 3 - 4 years -10.30am - 11.15am. To book a free trail call 07862 220 857 or email office@ezeeport.com  For more information please visit www.ezeesport.com

Mars Just Play

FA Mars Just Play centres allow anyone to get involved in playing football aged 16 or over. The first session in Epsom starts Monday 27 January at Court Recreation Ground 3G AstroTurf surface, Pound Lane, Epsom KT19 8SB from 6-7pm. Cost £3. For more information visit www.surreyfa.com/players/mars-just-play

Epsom Sharks Basketball Club  

Started in September 2013 following the success of the boys and girls teams at the P&G Surrey Youth Games. The Club is welcoming new players to attend training and take part in friendly matches before they enter the league later in the year. Training is held on Monday evenings at Blenheim High School. Cost £3, 6-7pm boys and girls years 7-8; 7-8pm boys and girls years 9-11. For more information email Kay Swygart, Sports Development Officer, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council: kswygart@epsom-ewell.gov.uk 

Tuesday’s and Sunday’s

Touchtennis mix in/ taster sessions

'Touchtennis’ is an attractive alternative to the mainstream game. Played on a reduced size court with foam balls and 21 inch kids racquets, its carefully calibrated regulations aim to level the playing field. Ebbisham Sports Club are holding a weekly mix - in session every Tuesday from 6.30pm, racquets and equipment provided, £2.50. Please call 01372 720647 for more information.

Back to Netball sessions

Tuesdays: 7.15-8pm, Sundays: 4.30-5.30pm; £18 for 6 weeks, open to women of any age. Call the Rainbow Centre to register your place 01372 727 277.

Wednesday’s, Thursday’s & Friday’s

Cardio Tennis

Wednesdays 9.30am, Thursdays 7.30pm & Fridays 10am. All sessions are held at the Ebbisham Sports Club, for more information email hughimprey@hotmail.co.uk or visit www.facebook.com/CardioTennisEpsom

Thursday's and Saturday's (term-time)

Wheels for All

At The Harrier Centre, King George's Recreational Ground, Poole Road, West Ewell KT19 9RY. Thursday's: 3-5.15pm; Saturday's: 1.30-4pm. Sessions for adults every Thursday 1-3pm, £2 per person. The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activitiy. By using specially adapted cycles, the activities are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone involved. For more information contact Matthew Wing on 07790757216, email matthew.wing@cycling.org.uk or visit www.cycling.org.uk/wfa/sessions

Friday’s

Community Football Sessions (term-time)

At Court Recreation Ground 3G AstroTurf surface for boys and girls aged 8-16 years, 5pm—6pm, Cost £3. For more information visit the Council's website

Walking Football

At Rainbow Leisure Centre, 10.30-11.30am; Members £2, Non-Members £2.50
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.

Saturday’s

Tennis sessions

10am - 12pm at Alexandra Recreation Ground

1.30pm - 3.30pm at Court Recreation Ground (Epsom Community Tennis - first session after Christmas break on Sat 25 Jan, first hour is for 4-8 year olds and the second hour is for 8-16 year olds and adults. Visit www.facebook.com/ECTennis)

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.

For more information visit the Council's website

Countryside Guided Walks

Walking has many health benefits, why not join in the various guided walks that take place throughout the year and find out more the Borough's Local Nature Reserves too.

Hogsmill Way(Pictured: Hogsmill Way)

Sunday 22 June
The River Hogsmill Walk; 2pm
Meet at Ewell Court House. Enjoy a walk along the Hogsmill Local Nature Reserve and learn about wildlife along the river and the history of the gunpowder mills that were once powered by the river.

All guided walks cost £2 per person unless otherwise stated. Please wear appropriate clothing, stout boots and a raincoat when it's wet. Dogs are welcome on a lead unless where stated to leave your dog at home for walks that involve looking for animals. Please note that walks may be subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions.

For more information or to book a place contact the Council's Countryside Team on 01372 732000, email contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk or visit the Events section at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Bourne Hall Musem Kids Club

The Science of CrimeThe Science of Crime
Saturday 7 June, 1 - 2.30pm

Elementary my dear Watson! Discover just how crime was detected in the past and how forensics changed the solving of crime. Enjoy the opportunity to undertake your own crime scene investigation and see if you are smart enough to outwit the arch-villain of crime. Entry £5 per child, one free adult entry per child.

Club events are for ages 7 to 12.

For more information, to book spaces and for further details of events at Bourne Hall Museum contact David Brooks at dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk call 020 8394 1734; visit the Events section at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk or www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk/BourneHallMuseumClub.html

This month at the Epsom Playhouse

Epsom PlayhouseMusic

  • 21 May - Suggs: My Life Story in words and music
  • 29 May to 31 May - Sounds of the 60's - Epsom Players take you back to the 60's underground club scene
  • 31 May - Aaron Monteverde - Latin music like you've never seen before!
  • 18 June - Forces Sweethearts: a unique blend of nostalgia and song
  • 19 June - The Rite of Spring/Romeo and Juliet: a visceral marriage of two tales of slaughtered innocence performed in four-hand piano and commedia half-mask
  • 20 June - Sinatra, Sequins & Swing, The Capitol Years Live! Big Band Swing.

     Monday night is jazz night

  • 2 June - John Howletts 'Copper Rail' Jazz Band
  • 16 June - Mike Piggott / Nils Solberg Quintet.

Comedy

  • 21 May - Suggs: My Life Story in words and music
  • 21 June- Miles Jupp: making a return to standup following stints in the West End, TV and the National Theatre

Drama

  • 23 May – Kidnapped - gripping, fast paced adventure,  packed full of physical storytelling and imagination
  • 19 June - The Rite of Spring/Romeo and Juliet: a visceral marriage of two tales of slaughtered innocence performed in four-hand piano and commedia half-mask
    Children
  • 28 May - Jungle Book - adapted from the original Rudyard Kipling story.

Dance

  • 7 June - Laine Theatre Arts "Flying in at 40": celebrating 40 of  Laine Theatre Arts.

Talks

  • 21 May - Suggs: My Life Story in words and music.

Clairvoyance

  • 21 May - The Black or White Tour - Andrew Dee is here to guide you through some of life's mysteries.

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

Surrey Libraries’ Festival for Children

Surrey Libraries Children's Festival 2014Festival fun for everyone
 
Surrey Libraries’ Festival for Children is back, bigger and better than ever, in libraries across Surrey, from 24 May to 12 July

Part of Off The Page, libraries’ programme of children's events and activities, the festival will be full of exciting things for children up to 12 and their families to enjoy.  

Activities include Manga and comic art workshops, performance poetry, author visits, creative writing, stop-frame animation, drumming workshops, story-telling, crafts and much more.

If you want to keep the children occupied during spring half term and into the summer, make sure you book your Festival tickets now.  

To book and to find out what’s on and where, see www.surreycc.gov.uk/childrenslibraryfestival, visit any Surrey library or call 01483 543599.

Pick up a programme from Surrey libraries and follow us on Twitter: #OffThePageFest and Facebook:The Surrey Online Library.

Surrey County Show

Surrey County Show: Monday 26 May at Stoke Park, GuildfordSurrey County Show (1)

Surrey County Show attracts up to 40,000 visitors and features hundreds of top quality animals from giant beef bulls to bantam hens. It takes place annually on the late May Bank Holiday Monday bringing the best of the countryside to the heart of the town.

The Show is a fantastic day out for the family, combining entertainment, food and fun with the opportunity to see first-hand the many aspects of country life and farming. Star attraction is the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery (pictured).

For more information visit www.surreycountyshow.co.uk Great discounts on tickets bought early online.

Surrey County Show (2)

Bupa Westminster Mile

Bupa Westminster Mile - Saturday 24 May

Enjoy the perfect day out by walking, jogging or running the most famous mile in the world. Participants and supporters will get to see Paralympian super-star David Weir attempt to become the first person to complete the mile in under three minutes.

Westminster Mile 2014

The Mile is a day-long series of mile races along roads made famous during the 2012 Olympic Games. It is for all ages and all abilities so register today with your friends and family.
 
The route
You’ll be following in the footsteps of legends as you line up on The Mall to start the race. The route then takes you round the beautiful St James’s Park and finishes outside Buckingham Palace.
 
Sign up now
Signing up is easy – visit www.bupawestminstermile.co.uk to register. It costs £8 for adults, £6 for juniors (9-17) and under 9’s are FREE.
 
New for 2014
Visit Green Park before or after your race to rub shoulders with elite athletes, check out some fantastic sporting demonstrations or take part in challenges to win prizes. There’ll be plenty of food and refreshments available.

F: facebook/WestminsterMile; T: @westminstermile #westminstermile2014

Key Facts

Fun facts for National Recycling Week!

  • Recycling week logoRecycled plastic bottles can be turned into all kinds of things – even fleece jackets!
    It takes 25 recycled drinks bottles to make a fleece jacket.

  • Every household uses approximately 600 steel cans a year
    All steel cans contain up to 25% recycled steel.

  • 25,000 plastic bottles weigh one tonne
    Recycling 1 tonne of plastic bottles saves 1.5 tonne of carbon.

  • 75% of the aluminium ever made is still in productive use today 
    The UK produces over 9 billion drinks cans every year, 80% are made of aluminium.

  • In the UK, aluminium drinks cans can be recycled, made into new cans, filled and put back on the shelf in just six weeks
    In a whole year, an individual drinks can could be recycled eight times.

  • PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is the most commonly used polymer in UK plastic packaging
    PET is the most widely recycled plastic in the world.

  • Steel is the most recycled metal in the UK 
    All steel cans are 100% recyclable - they can be recycled over and over again, into anything from cars and bicycles to more steel cans.

  • It takes 75% less energy to make a plastic bottle from recycled plastic compared with using ‘virgin’ materials
    50% of the UK’s plastic drinks bottles are now recycled.

  • The PET bottle was patented in 1973 by chemist Nathaniel Wyeth
    The first PET bottle was recycled in 1977.

Your Community

Drop-In Sessions

Disabled Facilities Grant information and advice

Available to residents who either rent or own their home, the grants are for those experiencing problems accessing their property safely or the facilities within such as, using the stairs or climbing in and out of the bath.

The Council's Housing Grants Officer will be on hand with information and advice on applying for a Disabled Facilities Grant including adaptations, repairs, energy efficiency, benefit entitlement and the Council’s Handyman Scheme.

Wednesday 28 May; 10.30am - 12noon at The Hub, 131 High Street, Epsom

Every first Friday of the month, 10.30am – 12noon at Epsom & Ewell Wellbeing Centre, The Longmead Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom, KT19 9HG.

In addition to info and advice visitors also have the chance of viewing a level access shower installed at the Centre.

For more information visit the Council's website

Epsom Common Day photo competition

Stew Pond, Epsom CommonEpsom Common Day photo competition

The competition has two age categories: Under 18 and Open. Themes are - Epsom Common landscapes and animals or plants of Epsom Common. Entrants can enter either one or all themes with a maximum of two photos per theme. To enter, please email photos at full size/resolution in jpeg format to chairperson@epsomcommon.org.uk

The closing date for entries is Monday 30 June.

The winning photographs will be announced and displayed and prizes given out at the Epsom Common Day on 20 July. The judge's decision is final.

(Pictured: Stew Pond, Epsom Common)

Shadbolt Park's Big Day Out

Shadbolt Park 1This event will take place at Shadbolt Park and Paddock on Saturday 28 June, between 12 noon and 4pm

In the Paddock there will be a main arena surrounded by stalls where the popular dog competition will take place, along with other entertainment and participative sports. In the gated Shadbolt Park the extremely talented Epsom and Ewell Silver band will entertain throughout the afternoon where families can bring a chair or rug and enjoy a picnic.

We will be remembering the start of the First World War and those attending can dress in the style of the 1914s.There will be prizes for the most authentic costumes worn. We also hope to present a memorial from the Community. The Friends of Shadbolt Park will be delighted to show you the magnificent Daylily Garden that is open for a limited period in the summer.

Invitations have been extended to all the emergency services, services and other organisations, businesses and charities that make Cuddington a great place to live and work. There will be lots of food, drink, ice creams, candy floss, chocolate fountains and all the other funs of the fair. So why not support this local event and meet your neighbours.

Funds raised will go to the participating charities and organisations and will also provide an ongoing fund to ensure the annual event can continue in the future.

To get involved, hire a stall, join the committee please contact cuddingtonra@gmail.com

Job Club, support for finding employment

Rosebery Job ClubRosebery's Job Club
Every Wednesday from 11.30am - 1.30pm
Epsom Methodist Church

Are you searching for a job? Come along to Rosebery's Free Job Club: 

- support with your job search

- learn interview techniques

- build useful skills

- access local employment opportunities

- help you use computers.

To attend contact Serginho or Natasha on 01372 814000 or email: natasha.stanley@rosebery.org.uk or serginho.samuel@rosebery.org.uk Places will be given first to Rosebery tenants and then places will be available to the wider community.

Surrey Wins Millions To Keep Homes Warm And Lower Energy Bills

Action Surrey logo

Action Surrey, working with Surrey’s local authorities, has been awarded £2.5 million to help deliver the Government’s Green Deal home energy efficiency improvement programme.

Over the coming months, the scheme will be rolled out on a street-by-street basis and will help over 600 households in Surrey install energy efficiency improvements including solid wall insulation and new heating systems, so that they have warm, more energy efficient homes and better control of their energy bills.

Surrey is one of just 24 local authorities to be awarded a share of £88 million from the Government under the Green Deal Communities scheme.

Action Surrey is a Surrey-wide impartial energy advice centre working with council’s across the County to help residents save money on their energy bills, keep warm and reduce their environmental impact. Action Surrey manages a trusted a installer network.

To find out more about the scheme please contact Action Surrey on 0800 783 2503 or go to www.actionsurrey.org

Dementia Friendly Surrey offers FREE dementia training for businesses

For staff and volunteers in public facing roles, having a basic understanding of the impact of dementia and how to support people can make a huge difference.

Dementia currently affects one in thirteen older people in Surrey and some 800,000 people across the UK. This is expected to increase by 25% by 2020 in Surrey alone.

Dementia Friendly Surrey can offer staff within your organisation, FREE basic dementia awareness training in a variety of ways to suit your needs. We can offer a self-study pack, a short three-hour course for ten or more people or you can book onto one of our upcoming cross-community courses which will enable participants to go back and cascade their learning to colleagues within their organisation.

The following course has places available:
Epsom & Ewell: Thursday 16 October 2014, 9.30am-4.30pm at Longmead Social Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom, KT19 9HG

We would be happy to work with you to find a training method that suits you.

For a booking form or to discuss your training needs: email dementia.friendly@surreycc.gov.uk or call 01483 519006.

Visit the www.dementiafriendlysurrey.org.uk to view information about how to set up short courses and download the self-study pack.

Every Can Counts

Recycling week logoWhat happened to the last drink's can you finished?

If you were at home you probably put it in with the rest of your recycling and it was collected by the Council; but what if you were at work or uni, or just out and about?

Facilities for recycling the cans we use ‘on the go’ lag behind the service we get at home, and it’s a sad fact that the stuff we put in public bins doesn’t necessarily get sorted for recycling.

Every Can Counts is working with a huge range of organisations to help them provide drinks can recycling facilities for their staff and customers, whatever their business: In offices, factories, schools, universities and colleges, town centres and retail parks. They're even helping to get people recycling when they are on the beach or enjoying a music festival.

So if you’re interested in recycling and want to know how you can play your part in keeping the recycling loop going why not become a supporter of Every Can Counts – you can do that just by using recycling facilities wherever you happen to be, and getting friends and family to do the same. You can also help by encouraging your employer to start (or improve) the recycling service they provide at work, and persuading your colleagues to actively recycle.

All the information you need is on the Every Can Counts website - www.everycancounts.co.uk

every can counts

Your Council

Council Meetings May - June

MAY

27        Financial Policy Panel

29        Licensing and Planning Policy Committee

JUNE

05        Environment Committee

09        Health Liaison Panel

10        Leisure Committee

12        Planning Committee

17        Epsom & Walton Downs Conservators (6pm)

19        Audit, Crime & Disorder and Scrutiny Committee

24        Strategy & Resources Committee

26       Social 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 five clear working days before a meeting.  A very limited number of hard copies will be available at the meetings.

For further information please contact Democratic Services on 01372 732000 or email contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk, quoting the Committee or subject area or interest.

Epsom & Ewell Local Committee (Surrey County Council) meeting

Date: Monday 23 June

Time: 7pm

Venue: Bourne Hall, Spring St, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1UF

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

For more details and confirmation of the venue, please contact Nicola Morris on 0345 009 009, email nicola.morris@surreycc.gov.uk or visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/epsomandewell

Planning applications

Planning applications are available to view online via our interactive online planning system. There are no longer paper copies available to view at the Town Hall. If you wish to view an application, there are computer kiosks in the Town Hall reception area for residents to use.

Each week Epsom & Ewell Borough Council publish received planning applications on our online planning system . For information on the most recent weekly list and the archive of previous editions see - Weekly Planning applications received

Jobs at the Council

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

www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/EEBC/Jobs+and+Careers/

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

Contact Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

Tel: 01372 732000
Text: 07950 080202
Email: contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk
Out of hours emergency number: 01372 732555

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

www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/EEBC/News/Borough+Insight.htm

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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