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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

Choice Unlimited Choice Unlimited
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

Recycling week logo

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

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