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Introduction to the May edition of Eborough Insight, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council's monthly newsletter
EE Spring 2024
Springtime in Epsom & Ewell


Welcome to the May edition of our newsletter, eBorough Insight. 

This month we have lots of exciting updates, including information about a new boxing programme, more about the consultation for commercial dog walking at Nonsuch Park, a summary of what you can expect at The Bourne Hall Festival of Arts and Sustainability, everything you need to know about the My Soul Gallery exhibition, and this month's 'Together, we make a difference' spotlight.

There is also information on how community groups can bid for funding for local infrastructure projects like playground and park equipment, pathway improvements, community health & safety infrastructure like defibrillators and water fountains, and more.

The pictures of Epsom & Ewell in spring were taken by our countryside team and include spring blossom, Long Grove Orchard, a holly blue butterfly taken in Manor Open Space last month, springtime flowers yellow archangel and bugle in Langley Vale Woods, and a nature-in-action picture of a garden crab spider with its prey!

We hope you are able to spend some time in nature this springtime, and enjoy reading this month's bumper issue of eBorough Insight.


Bourne Hall to run Festival of Arts and Sustainability

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council are pleased to announce Bourne Hall’s Festival of Arts and Sustainability will be taking place on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 May, 10am-4pm.

Bourne Hall Festival of Arts & Sustainability

The free event promises fun for all the family, with a wide variety of environmentally-friendly and nature-based activities, entertainment, eco-friendly shopping and live music.

Creative Minds will be running art workshops to turn old plastic bottles into bird feeders and painting CDs for an art installation along the pond railings. Anyone willing to donate old plastic bottle and CDs for the workshop, should do so at Bourne Hall reception in the week before the festival.

The festival will also see the launch of the Seed Hunters trail, an interactive walk to teach about the plants and trees at Bourne Hall. The trail will guide visitors through the park, hunting for clues and marking off points of interest on the map provided.

Other activities include a sustainable craft market with practical demonstrations. The Flying Saucer Café will be serving a range of delicious food and drink.

Cllr Clive Woodbridge, Chair of the council’s Community and Wellbeing Committee, said, “I’m very pleased to see the popular festival at Bourne Hall has returned for another year. It’s a wonderful way to bring the whole community together with creative and informative activities.

“This year’s theme is arts and sustainability, and I think the festival is a brilliant way to raise awareness of important environmental issues in a fun, family-friendly way. We look forward to seeing lots of members of our community at the event.”


Epsom & Ewell Borough Council launches consultation into commercial dog walking at Nonsuch Park

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council will launch a six-week consultation on commercial dog walking in Nonsuch Park from Monday 29 April.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council will launch a six-week consultation on commercial dog walking in Nonsuch Park from Monday 29 April.

The consultation was commissioned by Nonsuch Park Joint Management Committee following concerns raised by visitors about the increase in dog walkers with multiple dogs in the park.

Ahead of implementing any measures to control commercial dog walking, the Committee is keen to consult with the public and stakeholders about this issue to help inform any future decisions. 

Officers from Epsom & Ewell Borough Council will also be at Nonsuch Park on the following dates and times to answer any questions the public may have:

  • 29/04/2024 - Cheam Gate, 8:30am-10:30am
  • 15/05/2024 - London Road Gate, 10:30am-12:30pm  
  • 22/05/2024 - Sparrow Farm Road Gate, 12:30pm-2:30pm.

Councillor Julian Freeman, Chair of the Nonsuch Park Joint Management Committee, said: “We are aware that Nonsuch Park is hugely popular with dog walkers and while most dog walkers are responsible, concerns have been raised about the growth of commercial walkers with multiple dogs. 

“It is important that as many people as possible engage with the consultation, so the Committee can understand park visitors’ thoughts, concerns and suggestions about dog control and commercial dog walking. Their input will help us make informed decisions that balance the needs of both dog walkers and the broader park community.”

The consultation survey is available on the Epsom & Ewell consultations webpage - Consultations | Epsom and Ewell Borough Council (

The survey will close on 3 June 2023.

Epsom & Ewell invites bids for neighbourhood CIL funding for local infrastructure projects

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is inviting community groups and organisations to bid for neighbourhood funds raised by the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

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Epsom & Ewell invites bids for neighbourhood CIL funding for local infrastructure projects

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is inviting community groups and organisations to bid for neighbourhood funds raised by the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), to deliver projects that will support new development and benefit Epsom & Ewell residents across the borough. Bidding opened on 7 May for six weeks, closing on 18 June.

The CIL raises funds from developers in recognition that new development creates pressure on local infrastructure. It is spent on the provision, improvement, replacement, operation, or maintenance of local infrastructure. Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has invested more than £210,000 from the 2022/23 Neighbourhood CIL Fund in community infrastructure projects including:

  • Replacing playground equipment in Rosebery Park and Alexandra Recreation Ground
  • Repairing pathways in Nonsuch Park to ensure they are safe and accessible
  • Upcoming works to support biodiversity and improve visitor experience, including an additional new bench, at Stamford Green Pond.

Councillor Steven McCormick, Chair of the Licensing and Planning Policy Committee, said “I strongly urge local community groups and organisations to take this opportunity to bid for funds for community projects and initiatives that can improve quality of life for residents in Epsom & Ewell.

The Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy Fund offers us the chance to deliver projects that have a real impact on our communities, for example enhancing access to the countryside, improving accessibility and facilities in our parks and open spaces, improving health and safety for example by installing public water fountains, and more.”

The bidding process is designed to be as clear as possible. Information on the process can be found in section 6 of the CIL Spending Protocol.

Bids will be shortlisted using the criteria set out in section 7 of the CIL Spending Protocol.  Shortlisted bids will be presented to the Licensing and Planning Policy Committee for approval and, for any spend over £50,000, then to the Strategy and Resources Committee.

More information about the Neighbourhood CIL Fund can be found here:

Innovative boxing programme champions young people in Epsom & Ewell

Discover more about a local boxing programme, led by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and delivered by Epsom Boxing Academy.

A new local boxing programme, led by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and delivered by Epsom Boxing Academy, saw its first cohort graduate in March. 14 students, referred by local schools, were enrolled on the course. Graduating students were awarded an England Boxing Bronze Award which was complimented with an AQA Empire Fighting Chance Award in nutrition and health.

Innovative boxing programme champions young people in Epsom & Ewell

The structured boxing programme aimed to help young people build confidence, self-discipline, and resilience as well as improving self-esteem and supporting positive mental health.

Councillor Clive Woodbridge, Chair of the Community and Wellbeing Committee, said; “I was honoured to attend the graduation of the Epsom & Ewell Community Boxing Scheme.

“Boxing is a fantastic way to keep fit, but it has also been shown to aid in the development of life skills including self-discipline, mental strength and control, and personal responsibility; as well as helping manage feelings of aggression. Boxing also provides invaluable opportunities for students to connect with positive mentors.

“We know that community schemes like this one are a fantastic way to tackle inclusion in sport whilst promoting positive outcomes for young people in our borough. I look forward to Epsom & Ewell Borough Council spearheading more initiatives like this one in the future.”

Joe Harding, Boxing Coach and founder of Epsom Boxing Academy, added; “The scheme was a great chance to create and deliver a programme specifically for our community in Epsom & Ewell. 

We saw an unbelievable change in the students over the weeks as they developed and demonstrated boxing techniques, learnt about the human body, and about food labels and nutrition.

Life coaching and mentoring helped students’ progress in terms of their self-confidence, personal discipline, and punctuality. We were able to provide a safe space and an environment for the young people to express themselves. The results were outstanding. We were extremely proud to be part of such a great project.” 

The Community Boxing Scheme is part of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council’s wider strategy to improve the wellbeing of residents through activity; and reduce barriers to sports and leisure participation for those who may not otherwise have access to facilities. It follows on from a successful swimming programme, delivered in partnership with leisure operator and social enterprise GLL and made possible by an award from Sport England funded by the National Lottery.

80th Anniversary of D-Day Landings Beacon Lighting

On Thursday 6 June, from 7pm - 9.30pm, Epsom will be marking anniversary of D-Day by lighting a beacon in commemoration.

On Thursday 6 June, from 7pm - 9.30pm, Epsom will be marking the anniversary of D-Day by lighting a beacon in commemoration. This year it will be 80 years since the D-Day invasion of Normandy by the Allied forces that marked the beginning of the end of World War Two.

Visit Epsom Downs, where you can purchase fish and chips and enjoy entertainment from 7pm, gather at the beacon at 8.45pm, watch the ceremony at 9pm, at 9.10pm listen to the Lone Piper and at 9.15pm see the beacon being lit.

Beacon Lighting

For more information, take a look at the event listing on our website.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council launches ‘My Soul Gallery’ exhibition in partnership with Creative Minds and Epsom & Ewell Refugee Network

Epsom & Ewell Refugee Network and Epsom & Ewell Borough Council have worked in partnership to deliver weekly art sessions for adults and children from the borough’s refugee community. These sessions were put in place to provide an outlet for creativity, as well as many opportunities to share conversation with like-minded individuals within the borough. The programme has resulted in an exhibition which is a colourful and thought-provoking presentation of participants’ talent and achievements. Creative Minds is a social enterprise and nationwide community of artists who deliver fun, therapeutic and engaging art sessions to people of all ages in venues across the country.

Each week the Creative Minds artists guided participants through different methods of artistic expression.                                       
Jessica Brooks, Refugee Network Manager at Epsom & Ewell Refugee Network said,

“The art teachers had a really person-centred approach to the sessions, and encouraged the participants to use their imaginations and express their feelings through the artwork they created. This gave participants the opportunity to reflect on emotions in a calm and safe setting, while also exploring many different art mediums with a great range of resources available.”

Councillor Clive Woodbridge, Chair of the Community and Wellbeing Committee at the council said,

“Epsom & Ewell Refugee Network do an excellent job in building up a strong circle of support for those who are often trying to move away from upsetting experiences towards a more positive future. It was my pleasure to support these art sessions, in which artists from Creative Minds created an inclusive and nurturing environment which allowed participants to not only learn new skills but build self-worth”.

Georgiana Dacombe, an artist from Creative Minds, added,

“Being creative with art allows you to be part of the bigger picture and still remain yourself in ways that are dynamic, positive, revelatory and uplifting. It's what we can do together that is so inspiring, that defines us in the way that war can't. We love what the group have created and hope you will too.”

Funding for the project came from the council’s Arts, Culture and Heritage and Community Development departments through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and Homes for Ukraine scheme. This project supports the council’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy and its
commitment to nurturing creative talent and to creating a thriving and inclusive creative and cultural outreach programme within the borough. It also continues to support the work of the Community Development Team.

You can visit ‘My Soul Gallery’ at Bourne Hall, Ewell and The Town Hall, Epsom, free of charge, from 1 to 31 May 2024.

Free boiler upgrade

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, in partnership with Action Surrey, will shortly be launching a free boiler upgrade scheme for residents who meet the following criteria:

  • Are a resident in Epsom and Ewell
  • Are the owner occupier of a property with a gas boiler
  • Are on means-tested benefits or low income
  • Live in a property with an EPC rating of D – G, and
  • Have a broken or end of life boiler over ten years old.

If you meet the criteria and would like to register an interest in the scheme, please contact Action Surrey by calling 0800 783 2503 or visit Epsom and Ewell Boiler Upgrade Grant - Action Surrey

Help us make your property someone’s home

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council are currently looking to take on 3 and 4 bedroom properties under its Private Sector Leasing (PSL) scheme.

Do you have a property to let?

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council are currently looking to take on 3 and 4 bedroom properties under its Private Sector Leasing (PSL) scheme.

The council operates a very successful PSL scheme that allows us to help local families in housing need whilst reducing the risks and hassle of renting for landlords. Under the PSL scheme: -

  • The council lease and manage your property for a period of three to five years
  • You receive a guaranteed rent, paid 6 months advance
  • No void periods or costs
  • We manage your property and let it to local people in housing need
  • We carry out minor repairs up to the value of £500 per year
  • At the end of the agreement, we return the property to you in the same condition (minus fair wear and tear) as when the agreement started.

The benefits for landlords are: 

  • The council manage your property
  • A single point of contact within the council
  • No inventory costs and regular property inspections
  • Right to Rent checks carried by the council
  • No need to register deposits with TDP schemes
  • No letting agent or management fees
  • Routine and major repairs can be undertaken on landlords’ behalf for a fee.

There are also benefits for families and the local community. Local families benefit as we are able to provide good quality, temporary housing in the local area. The community sees empty properties brought back into use.

At the moment, alternative accommodation is often located out of the borough. This can be disruptive to home life, work and school at an already stressful time for families. 

The council has had great success with our Private Sector Leasing scheme, and we are currently looking to expand the scheme. We are especially looking to take on more 3 and 4 bedroom family properties.

If you are interested in working with us, please contact

For full details of the scheme and a landlords information pack, please visit

MMR vaccine: Be wise and immunise

Cases of measles are rising across England, including among children. It's an infection that spreads very easily and for some people can cause serious problems. The uptake of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination programme in the UK has fallen to the lowest level in a decade, including across Surrey. There is a high risk that outbreaks of measles will be seen in unvaccinated individuals and communities in Surrey over the coming months.

There's no specific medical treatment for measles, so it's important to get vaccinated as it's the best protection against measles. Two doses of the MMR vaccine give 99% protection against measles.

Children are offered a vaccine free on the NHS at 12-months-old and then a second dose when they turn 3-years-and-4-months-old, but it is never too late to catch up. The MMR vaccine is free on the NHS, whatever your age. If anyone has missed one or both doses of the MMR vaccine, contact your GP practice to book an appointment.

Find out more on the NHS website.

Jobs at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

We're recruiting.

Our small but ambitious authority offers you the opportunity to become involved in a wide range of varied and interesting work. That, together with an enviable array of staff benefits and a rewarding and challenging career, is our unique offer to you.

If you have the passion and the drive to make a real difference, we really want to hear from you. View a list of all current vacancies at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

At Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, we are passionate about maintaining an inclusive workplace for all that reflects the communities we serve. We welcome applications from all sections of our community particularly from underrepresented backgrounds, including BAME, LGBTQ+ and those with hidden or visible disabilities.

We are committed to ensuring all our staff – regardless of gender, age, religion, sexuality, ethnicity or disability – can thrive and succeed whilst working with us.

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Spotlight on

Together, we make a difference

Our Arts, Culture and Heritage Officer drives the council’s creative ambitions, bringing partners together to deliver an engaging programme of events across the borough.  

Lucy tells us about a recent project which she coordinated: 

“In September 2023, ten local secondary school students worked in collaboration with the council and international graffiti artists from Positive Arts to create a large-scale mural celebrating the biodiversity within our borough. The artwork dramatically improved the aesthetics of the building, which previously looked tired and in need of renovating. Lucy, Arts, Culture and Heritage Programme Officer

Watching a cohort of young people succeed in a creative environment was just wonderful! The project is a true visualisation of the impact being creative can have on people and their wellbeing. After completing the mural, one of the young creatives said that he’d “been able to breathe a little easier for a few days” while being with us on the project – it was a lovely way to describe his feelings and it’s moments like these that make my job so rewarding. 

This type of project sits within the emerging Cultural Strategy for the council, which seeks to nurture and champion the creative talents within our community while increasing access to creativity for all to enjoy and engage with. 

I love that I get to work with a variety of partners in my role – from curators to artists, teachers, charity workers and countryside officers. Every person I meet has a unique knowledge of what makes our borough brilliant and it’s my job to showcase this.”  

You can read more stories on our website, visit 

What's On

What's on in Epsom & Ewell

Find out what's happening in Epsom & Ewell

Find out what's happening in Epsom & Ewell in the coming months; take a look at the events page on the Epsom & Ewell Borough Council website. 

The Iron Age - the end of prehistory

Visit this talk at Bourne Hall to learn more about The Iron Age, which lasted from 800 BC to the Roman invasion. The use of iron changed the life of folk with other advances like the potter’s wheel, the lathe for woodworking, and the rotary quern for grinding grain.

Saturday 11th May, 1pm - 3.30pm
Bourne Hall Museum
£5 per child

Schubert: Mass No.2 in G major

As part of the Saturday afternoon Music @ St Martin’s series is a performance of Schubert’s charming miss brevis by some of the talented musicians from Epsom College. The 18 year old Schubert was as young as some of the performers when he wrote this setting. Accompanying the College’s Chamber Choir is the String Orchestra along with the fine organ in St Martin’s Church played by the College’s Organ Scholar.

Saturday 11th May, 4.30pm - 5.30pm
St Martin of Tours Church, Epsom
Admission by donation 

Ewell Village Bowling Club - Open Day

Have a go at lawn green bowls, the sport for ALL age groups, and have some fun.  Beginners and experienced bowlers welcome. All equipment will be provided - just wear flat shoes or trainers.

Sunday 19th May, 11am - 4pm
Gibraltar Recreation Ground, Ewell

The River Hogsmill Walk

Enjoy a walk along the Hogsmill Local Nature Reserve with a member of the Countryside Team. Learn about the wildlife found along the river and the history of the gunpowder mills, once powered by the river. 

Sunday 19th May 2pm
Ewell Court House, Lakehurst Road, Ewell
£5.00 per Adult/£2.50 under 16s

D-Day Beacon Lighting

Epsom will be marking the D-Day anniversary this year by lighting a beacon in commemoration.
Visit Epsom Downs and enjoy fish and chips and entertainment from 7pm, gather at the beacon at 8.45pm, the ceremony will begin at 9pm, at 9.10pm you can listen to the Lone Piper and at 9.15pm the beacon will be lit.

Thursday 6 June, 7pm - 9.30pm
Epsom Downs Racecourse 

D-Day Talk at Bourne Hall Museum

Visit Bourne Hall Museum on Saturday 8th June for a history talk about when the British and American airborne armada began its mission in the moonlight on 6 June 1944.

Saturday 8th June, 1pm - 3.30pm
Bourne Hall Museum
£6 per child

Find out about events in Epsom & Ewell, visit: Epsom & Ewell Borough Council |Whats On

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Epsom Playhouse - May 2024

See what's on at Epsom Playhouse this month.
Find out what's on at the Epsom Playhouse this month:

Wednesday 15th - Saturday 18th May 2024

Sutton Theatre Company is excited to bring to Epsom Playhouse Mel Brooks’ madcap musical comedy, Young Frankenstein! A show that is bound to leave you in stitches! 

Epsom Male Choir Gala Concert

Sunday 19th May 2024

Epsom Male Voice Choir return to the Playhouse once again for their annual gala concert. This promises to be an enjoyable evening of male voice choir classics, popular songs and show tunes.

Nick Cope Family Show 2024

Wednesday 29th May 2024

Nick Cope has been writing and recording his beautiful and totally unique songs for children and their families for over 10 years, he performs with his guitar and animations to sell-out crowds all over the country. He has an incredible fan base from all over the UK which has just grown immeasurably over the last year due to the phenomenal success of his CBeebies show Nick Cope’s Popcast, now into its third series.

      For more listings, please visit the Epsom Playhouse website.

      Markets in Epsom & Ewell

      Epsom Markets

      Epsom Market 2022 iStock

      Regular markets in Epsom Marketplace take place on Thursday and Saturday.
      For information on the weekly markets at Epsom Marketplace take a look here: Epsom & Ewell markets

      Artisan Market - in Ewell Grove
      Come along to see a gorgeous selection of wooden children's toys, handmade jewellery, local honey and jams and lots more. 
      First Saturday of the month, 10am - 3pm. 
      Ewell Grove, Ewell Village.

      Bourne Hall Pre-loved Clothes Market (formerly known as Cash in the Wardrobe) - Bourne Hall. 
      A market for pre-loved and vintage clothes and accessories, taking place on the third Saturday of the month.
      10am - 2pm.

      Farmer's Market - Epsom Marketplace
      This market usually takes place on the first Sunday of the month.
      9.30am - 1.30pm.
      Find out more at

      Explore Epsom and Ewell

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

      Visit the walks page on our website to discover a range of walks that take place across Epsom and Ewell.  

      Epsom & Ewell also has several beautiful open spaces which are great for cycling, including Epsom Downs, Epsom Common Local Nature Reserve, Nonsuch Park, Hogsmill Local Nature Reserve, and Horton Country Park Local Nature Reserve. You can find cycling routes for all these places on our website.

      Epsom Common Association (ECA)

      ECA supports the preservation and protection of Epsom Common local nature reserve and site of special scientific interest. ECA works in partnership with the Council, the Lower Mole Countryside Management Project and English Nature to contribute to the long term management and conservation of the Common.

      Nature walks
      ECA organises a number of walks on the Common each year which are led by local natural history experts. The subjects that are usually covered each year include birds in early spring, wildflowers, butterflies, invertebrates particularly bush crickets, bats and fungi. 

      The EcoVols
      If you care about the Common and enjoy its wildlife and beauty why not join the EcoVols, the volunteer group of the ECA. EcoVols carry out a variety of conservation projects on the Common throughout the year in association with English Nature, the Council and the Lower Mole Countryside Management Project. You don’t need any special skills or experience just your enthusiasm and time! For more info and the 2020 EcoVols programme see: Conservation on Epsom Common

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      Your Council

      Council meetings in May

        The following meetings of the Council will be held in May.


          The agendas, reports and details on how to view the council meetings are published seven days before the relevant meeting on the website links above.

          Meeting dates are subject to change. When looking for details of a particular meeting, please contact the relevant officer to confirm that the meeting is going ahead as scheduled.

          The calendar of Council meetings can be found here:

          You can subscribe to updates in order to receive information via e-mail regarding arrangements for particular committee meetings.

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          Community Notice Boards

          There are community notice boards, known as Borough Boards, in various locations across Epsom & Ewell. The Boards are for local community use and form a vital information point for those who are not online.  They are used for timely information and events; they are not used to advertise businesses. 

          Submitting a poster

          If you have a poster you would like placing on the boards, please email with an electronic copy of the poster, so the team can double check it is appropriate for the boards. Once the team have confirmed the poster is suitable, please print and deliver 25 posters (one for each board) into the postbox outside the main entrance at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council Town Hall, clearly marked ‘Borough Boards’, or ask your Ward Councillor to do so on your behalf.

          Please submit your posters as far in advance as possible, to allow plenty of time for posters to be checked and put up on the boards.

          Content Rules

          Posters should advertise timely local information and events. The following will not be accepted:

          • Overt advertising of businesses or services
          • Any discriminatory language or suggestions, including hate speech and profanities in the text or via images
          • Promoting a religious cause only, with no event or activity taking place
          • Any political inferences.

          Poster content should be easy for everyone to read and respond to. All posters must:

          • Be a maximum of A4 in size
          • Consider accessibility - they should be easy to read, in colours that are contrasting and not using fonts that may be tricky for those with visual impairments to read
          • Posters should include a working phone number wherever possible.  A poster that only points to a website / email for more information will not serve those members of the community who are not online.

          We reserve the right to select which posters can be featured. 

          We will insert posters that meet the content rules above on a first submitted, first served basis, until all the spaces are allocated, and to remove any that are out of date in a timely manner.

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