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This glorious weather is showing no signs of leaving us any time soon and is just perfect for a barbeque and a nice cold beer!  With temperatures similar to Barbados and Morocco, in our key facts section we look at ways of keeping safe and well during the blistering heat that’s currently sweeping the nation.

We're celebrating! Not only have the borough's green spaces retained their green flag, the mark of excellence, the borough's youngsters did us proud at the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games.

One of the green flags (they are physical flags) will be raised on Epsom Common (which has won the award for the twelfth consecutive year). This Sunday is Epsom Common Day on Stamford Green, a free event put on by the community for the community. Details in the events section.

And talking of youngsters, we've come up with some ideas of what to do with the little darlings this summer in the spotlight section.

Finally, we're asking for your help. While we run hundreds of different services for the community (from abandoned vehicle removal to issuing zoo licences), we know for most of you, the only interaction you have with us is when we take your rubbish. Last year we fundamentally changed the service and we're now asking for feedback.

Have a great summer, and stay cool!

 

 

 

News

Our green spaces are amongst the UK's very best!

Green flagFour green spaces within Epsom and Ewell have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world. Epsom Common Local Nature Reserve, Ewell Court Park, Alexandra Recreation Ground and Rosebery Park join other green spaces awarded recognition throughout the UK.

The green spaces are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that received a prestigious Green Flag Award - the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

The four green spaces that were put forward for judging for the award were selected as they are broadly representative of the different green spaces within the borough:

  • Epsom Common Local Nature Reserve has won the award for the twelfth consecutive year. It is the largest local nature reserve in Surrey and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
  • Ewell Court Park has won the award for the seventh year in a row. The park is the former gardens of the historical Ewell Court House.
  • Alexandra Recreation Ground has also won the award for the seventh year in a row. It is a sports ground with facilities for cricket, soccer, bowls, tennis and basketball situated in Alexandra Road.
  • Rosebery Park has won the award for the sixth time this year. It is a formal town centre park.

Councillor Barry Nash, Chairman of the Council's Community and Wellbeing Committee said: “What a great way to mark ‘Love Parks Week’! We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining our green spaces to such a high standard.

“We are absolutely delighted to receive these Green Flag Awards which are a testimony to the hard work of our staff and also the input from community groups and volunteers."

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”

For more information on Epsom and Ewell's parks and open spaces visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Simply weekly recycling - did we get it right?

RecycleLocal authorities are facing budgetary constraints while trying to increase recycling rates. Many councils have decreased rubbish collections to once in three weeks to try and address both issues.

Last year we tried a different approach with the 'Big Switch' to our kerbside waste and recycling service. We switched bins, so residents have a bigger recycling bin and smaller waste bin and we increased collections so both are collected weekly.

This led to an increase in dry recycling of over 30% however we are still not hitting the recycling rates recorded by other boroughs.

We are now reviewing the service to ensure we are meeting your requirements and how you think we managed the transition. We would very much like to hear your views.

To take part, please complete the survey by Friday, 17 August 2018.

The survey is available here

Your feedback will form an important part of the review.

Read our feature article on Page 14 of Borough Insight, download the PDF here.

Tackling anti-social behaviour

Last Friday, as part of Anti-Social Behaviour Awareness Week, our Environmental Health and Licensing teams joined Epsom and Ewell Beat (Surrey Police), the local Roads Traffic Policing Unit and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency on an operation focusing on road offences.

Around 40 vehicles were stopped in Epsom resulting in the following:van

  • 1 arrest on suspicion of drug driving
  • 4 people reported for using a mobile device whilst driving
  • 3 people dealt with for speeding
  • 8 people warned for not wearing a seat belt
  • 2 licensed taxi offences
  • 20 vehicles checked by Environmental Health for waste management and transportation, with a number being required to produce documentation
  • 3 immediate prohibitions taking unsafe vehicles off the road
  • 2 instructions requiring essential vehicle repairs within 24 hours
  • 1 vehicle seized with no insurance.

For information on anti-social behaviour visit  www.surreycommunitysafety.org.uk

 

 

Councillors pay tribute to colleague

At an emotional council meeting earlier this month, tributes were paid to Councillor and former Mayor, David Wood who died overnight on 6 July after an illness.

David Wood was elected to the council in 1995 and was one of the representatives of Nonsuch ward.david wood

Long serving RA Councillor, Michael Arthur, said “David was a deep thinker, his local knowledge and background served him well. As a member of the planning committee for most of his 23 years, his contributions were carefully evaluated and most valuable. David was very supportive of me. I mourn his tragic and sudden loss to the Council and community”

Fellow Nonsuch ward Councillor Graham Dudley, stated “David was an outstanding ward councillor; he knew every stick and stone of every house, every blade of grass and was much admired for his defence of the character of Nonsuch Ward, including its precious green belt. I am certain that the residents he represented have every reason to be grateful for the service he rendered them over so many years and for which he will be sorely missed. It was through David’s encouragement that I was persuaded to stand for the council myself something for which I often thanked him and blamed him in equal measure!”

Councillor Chis Frost who also serves on Nonsuch ward, added “David’s passion and pride was being a lifelong Ewell resident. He was educated at Epsom College (I think that was the only time he spent away from Ewell)! The school has a reputation for producing medical experts of the future but clearly it was also very good at producing future financial experts like David. I remember using the word Epsom as an abbreviation to refer to the borough.  Any time I did that in his hearing he was very quick to add ‘and Ewell’ - but with a smile. His extensive knowledge of the Nonsuch area was unparalleled, and we are all going to miss this and his finance and planning knowledge”.

Labour Councillor Vince Romagnuolo, commented “Although we did not often agree politically, I was always impressed with David’s knowledge of planning and I have fond memories of his 60th birthday party to which he invited councillors of all political parties. I would on behalf of the labour party like to pass on my condolences to his family”.

Conservative Councillor Omer Kokou-Tchri added that “We all send our condolences to the family”.

David first became an Epsom & Ewell Borough Councillor when he was elected to Stoneleigh Ward and in the following Borough Council election in 1999, was successfully elected to Nonsuch Ward, a Ward he continued to serve until he passed away.                 

David was also a County Councillor from June 2009 to May 2013 representing Epsom and Ewell North East division.

In 2006/7 he held the office of Mayor and then in 2007/8 Deputy Mayor. He held the Chairmanship and Vice Chairmanship of several committees and sub-committees and was a member of a range of working parties, groups and panels, as well as representing the Council on many other organisations over the years. Latterly he was Vice Chair of Licensing and Planning Policy Committee.

The death of the Councillor means that a by-election will be called for the seat in Nonsuch Ward, the formal process will commence with the statutory ‘Notice of Vacancy’ which will be published shortly. The date of the by-election will be publicised when determined.

 

Attention landlords!

We are now taking applications for the licensing of Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) of fewer than three storeys. House

From 1 October all HMOs will require licensing provided they house five or more people forming two or more separate households. Previously we operated a mandatory scheme where only HMOs of three storeys or more were licensable. 

HMOs make a valuable contribution to local housing as they offer a cheap and accessible form of housing for many people on low or moderate incomes. There are strict standards regarding licensed HMOs that landlords must follow, which are enforced by our environmental health services.

A HMO must have a licence if any of the following apply:

  • It meets the definition of an HMO (ie toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities are shared with other tenants)
  • It is occupied by five or more people forming at least two households.

A household is either a single person or members of the same family who live together. A family includes people who are:

  • married or living together - including people in same-sex relationships
  • relatives or half-relatives, for example grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings
  • step-parents and step-children.

Since it will be an offence not to be licensed, we recommend landlords submit their licence application now and consult the link at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/housing/private-rented-housing/houses-multiple-occupation

Business ready

30 local businesses attended a training seminar, organised by us in partnership with the Surrey Chambers of Commerce, which explained the provisions of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and provided attendees with the latest news from the Information Commissioners Office and tips on compliance.GDPR

In May this year, Europe's data protection rules underwent their biggest changes in two decades. Since regulations were originally created in the 1990’s, the amount of digital information created, captured and stored has vastly increased and the regulations needed an overhaul.

The solution is the European General Data Protection Regulation, which came into force in May. Both personal data and sensitive personal data are covered by GDPR. Personal data broadly means a piece of information that can be used to identify a person. This can be a name, address, IP address, etc. Sensitive personal data encompasses genetic data, information about religious and political views, sexual orientation and more.

Businesses need to have documentation in place detailing why people's information is being collected and processed, descriptions of the information that's held, how long it's being kept for and descriptions of technical security measures in place.

There's also a requirement to obtain consent to process data in some situations. When an organisation is relying on consent to lawfully use a person's information they have to clearly explain that consent is being given and there has to be a "positive opt-in".

GDPR also sets out the rights of individuals and obligations placed on organisations covered by the regulation. These include allowing people to have easier access to the data organisations hold about them, a new fines regime and a clear responsibility for organisations to obtain the consent of people they collect information about.

Epsom & Ewell Business Excellence Awards

MP Chris Grayling launched the 2018 Epsom & Ewell Business Awards at Toyota GB Headquarters earlier this month.

The awards were established by theChris Grayling to recognise and showcase the success stories of businesses and individuals within the local area of Epsom and Ewell, including Ashtead, Nork and Tattenhams.

This year a special award for the Best Woman in Business is being included to celebrate 100 years since women were granted the right to vote and to recognise the historic actions of suffragette Emily Davison who lost her life in Epsom.

Entrants can compete across eleven different categories. There will also be an award for the Best Overall Business. The closing date is 30th September; winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 15th November at the University for the Creative Arts.

Chris Grayling commented “Epsom and Ewell has always had an entrepreneurial business community and our businesses continue to provide an excellent service to their customers. The Epsom & Ewell Business Awards have made a real difference to the profile of businesses locally. I encourage people to take the opportunity to give businesses and individuals in the area a boost and to nominate outstanding contributors".

The Awards cover eleven categories with a prize for the overall best business:

Best Woman in Business – sponsored by Surrey Chambers

Best New Business – trading for less than 1 year – sponsored by thebestof Epsom & Ewell

Best Business in Ashtead – sponsored by Milners

Best Business in Epsom & Epsom Downs – sponsored The Federation of Small Businesses

Best Business in Ewell & Stoneleigh – sponsored by RT Waters

Best Business for Design and Technology – sponsored by Nescot

Best Business for Food and Hospitality – sponsored by Spring Electrical

Best Business for Commitment to the Environment – sponsored by Toyota GB

Best Young Entrepreneur – sponsored by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

Best Business for Commitment to the Community – sponsored by TWM Solicitors

Best Business for Customer Service – sponsored by The Family Building Society

Best Overall Business – sponsored by Radio Jackie

Prizes include a tour of the House of Commons, £1000 worth of radio advertising courtesy of Radio Jackie, advertising in Out&About Magazine, membership to Surrey Chambers and a business coaching session with Action Coach for the Overall Winner, membership to the bestof Epsom & Ewell for the Best New Business and a whole host of other prizes for category winners.

Full information on award categories is available from the awards website www.epsombusinessawards.co.uk . Entries and nominations are made online. An independent panel of judges with local business expertise will select the winning entrants who will receive trophies and certificates at the Awards reception.

For further information please visit www.epsombusinessawards.co.uk or email enquiries@epsombusinessawards.co.uk twitter.com/EpsomBusAwards www.facebook.com/EpsomAndEwellExcellenceAwards

A24 Dorking Road roadworks

We have been informed by the highway authority, Surrey County Council, that there is likely to be disruption on the Dorking Road for a number of weeks as essential work takes place on the gas network.

SGN are replacing old metal gas mains with new plastic pipe to ensure they can continue to provide a safe and reliable gas supply to the local area. Their contractor KLT Construction will be undertaking the work which will start on 30 July, and last approximately three weeks.

The area concerned is the Dorking Road between the junctions of Orchard Gardens and White Horse Drive. The two pedestrian crossing points within the work area will be closed and pedestrians will be diverted to alternative crossing points nearby.

Further information and updates can be found on our project page on the SGN website https://sgn.co.uk/Roadworks/Southern-projects/Epsom-Dorking-Road/

Water wise

While torrential rain is forecast over the next few days, water companies have urged UK households to conserve supplies as the country continues to bask in a near record-breaking temperatures with less rain than normal.

Here's some tips to save water and be water wise:water can

  • Learn to love your brown lawn – leave the sprinkler in the shed this summer, it’s one of the biggest water guzzlers! Grass is extremely hard to kill. Your lawn will soon bounce back and be vibrant and green again when the rain returns
  • Set your mower a level higher during summer as keeping grass longer shades the soil surface and reduces water lost to evaporation
  • Water plants late at night when it’s cool. The water is less likely to evaporate and will do most good. Watering in the heat of the day is not advised as it can scorch and kill your plants. Use a watering can instead of a hose - you’ll save up to 1,000 litres an hour. And if you are boiling potatoes or steaming vegetables, when you are done you can use that water to on your plants (when it has cooled, obviously)!
  • Don’t wash your car. You can get away with washing just the windows, lights and mirrors or if do you have to wash it just use a bucket and sponge and not a hosepipe.
  • If you’ve already filled the paddling pool for the day, don’t empty it. You can save loads on your water bill by using paddling pool covers or gentle sterilising tablets that keep the paddling pool water fresh for days of use and fun with the kids. When you are done use the water to wash the car or water the flower beds
  • Summer salads, BBQs, and ice creams often mean less washing up. Save water, electricity, and dishwasher tablets by only starting the dishwasher once it’s fully loaded
  • Take a shorter shower or a shallower bath. Just a minute less in the shower can save as much as £50 a year on your water bill
  • Fix that dripping tap. Dripping taps are just money running down the drain. If your tap dripped every second, all day, it would waste around 17 litres in just 24hours! That’s over 6000 litres!

 

 

Outdoor fire safety advice

In this dry weather fires spread quickly. Be extra vigilant when having bbqs, camp fires and disposing of smoking materials. Enjoy the warm weather safely. Please see information and advice on fire safety from Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

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Shaping a vision for Surrey’s future

SurreyVision2030Surrey is a great place to live and many residents and businesses thrive. But not everyone has the same opportunities and many people face problems including domestic abuse, homelessness and mental health issues. 

And there are growing pressures for the county. The population is increasing and putting more strain on services for children and older people, housing and infrastructure.  At the same time public services have finite resources to respond.

To respond to these challenges Surrey County Council believes the county needs a shared vision that will help inspire and enable better outcomes to be achieved for everyone.

The council is urging residents to feedback on a draft vision by visiting surreycc.gov.uk/vision2030 before 3 September 2018.

Book your birth registration appointment online

BirthRegistrationOnlineHave you recently had a child and want to register your baby’s birth? First you need to book a birth registration appointment. It’s quick and easy to do it online and it can be done at any time.

The booking service is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, so you can search for an appointment that suits you, at a registry office that you would prefer. Appointments can get booked fairly quickly so the sooner you get online, the more appointment times will be available to you.

Please remember that you can only register a birth if you have made an appointment. Births must be registered within 42 days of the child being born.

To book your birth registration appointment or for more information on registering a birth, visit the Surrey County Council website.

Rescue your recycling!

Do you separate and sort? Or do you throw everything into one black bag, including the kitchen sink?

This summer, Surrey residents are being asked to rescue their recycling by separating it from black bag waste before visiting a Community Recycling Centre (CRC).CRCResuceYourRecycling

Residents should separate paper and card, textiles, small electrical appliances, metals and reusable items from their black bag waste. Once at a CRC, individually labelled containers make recycling quick and easy.

Currently, almost a third of all waste thrown away in a black bag at CRCs could be recycled. If all of this material was recycled, it could save £1 million a year because it costs less to recycle waste than it does to dispose of it.

Residents could even save themselves a trip to the CRC and discover that waste such as clothes and home textiles, paper and card and small electrical items can be recycled with ease at home.

Download the Recycle for Surrey app at www.recycleforsurrey.org.uk

To find out about simply weekly recycling in Epsom and Ewell visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/recycling

Spotlight on

Summer's here!

Which means it's the children's' school summer holidays and unbridled joy (well for the first few days and then the dawning realisation that you've got weeks stretching out ahead of you trying to find things to keep them occupied)!

Fear not. Our summer activities brochure is available to view online detailing sporting, music, dance and educational pursuits in and around Epsom and Ewell for youngsters aged 18 and under during the summer holidays.

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Discover your borough's local history with Bourne Hall Museum's guided walks taking place across Epsom and Ewell throughout the summer. To find out what walk's are on, at what times and where visit the What's On section at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk

There's also the Summer Reading Challenge at Surrey's libraries. This summer it's called Mischief Makers based on the comic the Beano which is celebrating ' which is celebrating 80 years. Children signing up for the challenge will follow clues to explore a colourful collector's map of 'Beanotown'; meeting 'Dennis', 'Gnasher' and friends along the way. Taking part is easy and free. Just visit a library to sign up, then borrow books throughout the summer and earn special stickers to help find the mysterious buried treasure. Children will get a certificate and wristband after they've read six books.

The challenge which is produced by The Reading Agency is a fun way to help children to become confident and happy readers. They can read whatever they like and can now borrow e-books and audio books as well. Mischief Makers started earlier in July and runs until Saturday 15 September. Visit the Summer Reading Challenge webpage for more details.

The National Trust is urging families to get out and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air this summer by exploring their special places. It's a great time to try somewhere different to your usual haunt and they have a wide ranges of places for you to enjoy. On their website they have put together some suggestions for Summer fun in east Surrey 

You could give your kids an immersive experience in August with a four day wild adventure in the woods with Surrey Wildlife Trust. Exploring the wonderful woodland habitats their our private nature reserve near Leatherhead, children will play games while learning how to communicate over long distances, have fun building shelters and try cooking over an open fire. Full details here

 

What's On

Events across Epsom and Ewell

Here’s a round-up of some of the events across the Borough that we know about (some of these are organised by other groups and the Council is not responsible for the activity).

To find out what is happening in Epsom and Ewell across the year, visit the What's on section on our website

Charity Car Boot Sale supported by AutoTest, Ewell in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund
Sundays 5 & 26 August; 7.30am - 12.30pm
Cars £10, Small vans, MPV and 4WD £12, larger vans from £15, Trailers £3 each. Refreshments available. Toilets on site; main bus route - buses stop outside.  All entrance monies and vehicle fees will go towards the purchase of medical equipment for Epsom General Hospital which will benefit the local community. All profits from individual sales are for sellers to keep. No booking necessary. Hard standing so not cancelled due to rain. Do come along and support us either as a buyer or seller and who knows you might find that certain item you were looking for. Tell your friends! Help us help you! For more information visit www.emef.org.uk

July 2018Epsom Common Day

Epsom Common Day - celebrating 400 years of the Well & Epsom Salts
Sunday 29 July; 11am-4pm
Stamford Green, Epsom
Free entry. Entertainment, fun and information for all the family. Come and enjoy a great day out! To find out more and to keep up to date visit www.epsomcommon.org.uk  

Stage & Screen
Sunday 29 July; 2pm - 4pm
St Michael's Church, The Sanctuary, 4A Church Street, Ewell Village, KT17 2AS
With their debut CD due for release this August the waldegrave ensemble are hosting a pre-release celebration concert. This will feature music from Stage & Screen such as Fiddler on the Roof, Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, songs from classic MGM films such as ‘singing in the rain’ and ‘somewhere over the rainbow’ alongside a performance of music from their debut CD which will be available at the concert.Book tickets in advance online through TicketSource for a 10% discount, tickets will also be available on the door. Online Box-office: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/523319Ensemble website: http://www.waldegrave-ensemble.com. Cost: £10 Adults, £8 Concessions, £5 children & studentsEpsomandEwellArtexhibition

August 2018

Creative Writing Group - August holiday special
Friday 10 August; 2.30pm - 4pm
Stoneleigh Library
For Children 8+ and others. For more info visit www.surreycommunity.info/stoneleighcommunitylibrary

Talk on local history
Saturday 11 August; 10am-11am
Auriol Park Cafe, Auriol Park, Salisbury Road, Worcester Park KT4 7AP
Come and join the free talk on local history.

Epsom and Ewell Art Group Summer exhibition
Monday 13 - Sunday 26 August; 9.30am - 5pm
Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking RH5 6AA
Free entry and parking. Tea rooms available on the ground floor. Art by local artists at affordable prices. For more info visit www.epsomandewellartgroup.co.uk Painting by Maureen Jones.

Heroes and Champions - summer holiday club
Tuesday 28 - Friday 31 August; 10am-12.30pm
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom
For children aged 5 - 15 years. Fun, stories, drama, crazy science, fantastic craft, challenges and much more! £5 per child per day. Free playgroup/creche for helpers' children under 5. Booking forms available from the church office or from www.epsommethodistchurch.org.uk, email: holidayclub@epsommethodistchurch.org.uk, phone: 01372 728535. Book your place now!

September 2018

Epsom Camera Club - Open evening
Monday 10 September; 8pm - 10pm
Longmead Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom KT19 9HG
Enjoy photography? Then come along to your local camera club's open evening. New members and visitors welcome. For more info visit www.epsomcc.org.uk

A day for all - Creatures Great and Small
Saturday 22 September; 12noon - 6.30pm
St Mary's Ewell
A day for children and adults to enjoy a variety of activities including: Nature Trail; Pets as Therapy; Surrey Wildlife Trust; Bugs Hotel; Secrets of the Beehive; Mouse Trail; Owls; Chi Kung; hotography competition; crafts for children; children's singalong and Swop Shop. For more info and the full event programme visit www.stmarysewell.com or call the Parish Office on 020 8393 2643.

Ewell Horticultural Association's Autumn Show
Saturday 22 September; 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Blenheim High School, Longmead Road, Epsom KT19 9BH
Free admission. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the displays of autumn flowers at Ewell Horticultural Association's final Show of 2018.There will also be classes for cookery and floral art plus plants, bulbs and garden sundries for sale. There is no charge for entry, the 418 bus stops nearby and we offer refreshments with homemade cakes.

Epsom Common Day

2018 marks the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the Epsom well which led to Epsom becoming a spa town visited by Charles II.

To celebrate, join in for Epsom Common Day 2018, a community open day, on 29 July on Stamford Green between 11am-4pm.EpsomCommonDay

This will be a fun-packed family day with something for all ages!

The Common covers 436 acres, is Surrey’s largest local nature reserve and has two mediaeval fish ponds.

Epsom Common Association supports the long term preservation and protection of Epsom Common, a local nature reserve and site of special scientific interest. They work in partnership with us, the Lower Mole Partnership and Natural England. The ECoVols (Volunteer group of Epsom Common Association) carry out conservation tasks on the Common throughout the year.

The Common Day will have stalls demonstrating the way that the Common is maintained, falconry displays, a mobile farm, Epsom & Ewell Silver Band, Epsom Hospital Radio, a Riding for the Disabled demonstration, BBQ (at the Cricketers PH from 12pm), beers from ‘Fuzzchats’ (a micro-brewery associated with the Jolly Coopers PH), history and nature walks, children’s activities at Christ Church with refreshments all day, fantastic raffle prizes and much, much more!

The day has been made possible through generous donations from individuals and companies when the event was announced, and successfully crowd-funded, back in April with a local company CoProCo.

The event is free to all, however due to restricted parking the organisers would ask that you come on foot or public transport if possible.

For more information and to see the programme of events please visit www.epsomcommon.org.uk

Round the Borough Hike - it's back!

The popular Round the Borough Hike takes place on Saturday 8 September.walk

Now in its seventh year, this predominantly off road 20 miles walk offers the chance to explore the diverse open spaces within Epsom and Ewell.

Setting off from Horton Country Park at 8.30am; the family friendly route takes between six to nine hours depending on length and frequency of breaks (and visits to local hostelries)!

The route is available to download and view on a smartphone - this is not essential as for the day, the route is fully marshalled, signposted and physical maps are available.

Are you up for the challenge?  While the there is no charge to take part, we do ask that you register in advance, so that we know how many are coming and can be suitably prepared.

All the information you need, including registration and the smartphone app can be found at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/rbhb

Call for volunteer marshals

Would you be willing to volunteer at our forthcoming Round the Borough Hike?

In order to deliver this event we need to ensure we have plenty of marshals out on the route as well as helping at the registration desk. We would be ever so grateful if you would consider supporting this event and offering to volunteer for 2-3 hours at some point between 7am – 5.30pm on Saturday 8 September. To make things easier we have developed an on-line registration form for our volunteers so if you are interested and available to help please complete the form by clicking the link below.
Once submitted your form will be sent directly to the Leisure team at the Town Hall  and will only be processed by them and no other third party.

https://www.cognitoforms.com/EpsomEwellBoroughCouncil/RoundTheBoroughHikeVolunteer

 

Celebrating the end of WW1

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Special screening of War Horse

To commemorate the centenary of the end the first world war, the SSAFA team in Surrey are hosting a special evening on Saturday 1 September in the magnificent grounds of Gordon’s School, near Woking.

War horseSSAFA, the Armed Forces charity was the only British military charity in existence at the outbreak of the WW1 and it helped thousands of families while their men were away fighting at the front. SSAFA Surrey will remember those who served a hundred years ago, and those who supported them, during this special evening. The proceeds from this event will go towards SSAFA's work supporting the current generation of servicemen and women, veterans and families in Surrey who still need our help.

The highlight of the evening will be an open-air screening of the critically acclaimed film War Horse, directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Michael Morpurgo’s book.

 

So, come and join us with your family and friends. Bar and refreshment facilities will be available and, of course, you are welcome to bring along picnics.

Saturday 1 September
5.45pm (film starts 7.45pm)
Gordon’s School, West End, Woking, Surrey GU24 9PT

For tickets and more information:
www.eventbrite.co.uk SEARCH: War Horse Surrey
www.ssafa.org.uk/surrey
www.facebook.com/SSAFASurrey

Energize Epsom and Ewell

Energize Epsom Ewell

#DYK: Leisure Listings is a free online directory of leisure facilities and organisations within Epsom and Ewell. To promote your club or organisation please visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/leisurelistings and complete a permissions form. 

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

Follow @epsomewellbc on Instagram! For sporting and leisure opportunities throughout the year; scenic images of your borough's countryside and a showcase featuring our very own Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 2018 Young Ambassador team! If you have had sporting success or have some wonderful images of your walks out and about in the borough do tag us in your pics using #yourepsomewell

Team Epsom & Ewell keep up their fantastic Specsavers Surrey Youth Games record! TeamEpsomEwell
The 2018 Specsavers Surrey Youth Games proved to be another successful campaign for Team Epsom & Ewell. The annual event attracted 383 registrations from young people aged 7-16 based in the borough who had the opportunity to take part in free training sessions in up to 12 sports.

168 participants were selected to represent Team Epsom & Ewell and take part in the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games finals weekend on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June. Overall Team Epsom & Ewell secured 11 medals. This medal haul included Gold medal performances in senior boccia and boys and girls judo; the first time Epsom & Ewell have won gold in these events in the Games history! Team Epsom & Ewell medal success also included - Gold medals in cricket, rugby and junior squash; Silver medals in junior badminton, lacrosse and senior squash and Bronze medals in junior boccia and boys hockey. The medal haul was the highest amongst all of the boroughs and districts in Surrey and only Woking won more gold medals. To view this year’s results or to find out more about the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games visit: www.activesurrey.com/SYG To view the medal tally click here

Ebbisham Sports ClubTry Sport! Junior Summer Camps
Mondays 30 July, 6, 13 & 20 August; 9am–3.30pm
Ebbisham Sports Club, Eastway, Epsom, KT19 8SG
For juniors aged 7-14 years old to learn and play seven different racket sports. The sports include badminton, squash, racketball, tennis, touchtennis table tennis and pickleball (a new sport from America!). Sessions are led by professional coaches and there will also be opportunities for the participants to get involved in social games. There will also be a few additional surprise sports including African drumming, archery and fencing! Cost: Non-members £28 per day (or £25 per day if booking 2 or more days). Members £25 per day (or £20 per day for 2 or more days). Contact: Admin Team, email: admin@ebbisham.com; phone: 01372 720647. To find out more visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/ebbishamsportsclub/events Website: www.ebbisham.com

Surrey Wheels for All are back! SurreyWheelsforAll
Thursdays; 1.30pm–3.30pm
The Harrier Centre, Ewell, Poole Road, West Ewell, KT19 9RY
Surrey Wheels for All (SWFA) are back with their weekly adult cycling programme at the Harrier Centre in Ewell. SWFA are run by the National Inclusive Cycling Charity, Cycling Projects. The aim of the project is to remove barriers to cycling, especially for people with disabilities. SWFA offers adults of all abilities the opportunity to cycle either independently or with their family as part of a group. There are a range of different bikes that can be used for the session and SWFA even have some new bikes to show off!
Contact SWFA to find out how to try out a range of adapted cycles including handcycles, trikes and tandems. The charity are also keen to hear from potential volunteers who might want to support the project. Cost: £3 per session (no booking required). Contact email: SWFA@cycling.org.uk; phone: 07790 757216.

Girls football sessions in EwellWildcatsfootball
Saturdays (weekly); 10.30am–11.30am
Poole Road Recreation Ground (The Harrier Centre), Poole Road, West Ewell, KT19 9RY
Epsom & Ewell Colts FC are running a SSE Wildcats Training Centre for Girls for the first time this summer. SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs provide girls with regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions in a fun and engaging environment created exclusively for girls. The sessions are open to girls aged 5-11 of all abilities and will be running throughout the summer. Cost: £2 per player (per session). Contact, email: willthesaint@hotmail.co.uk Website: www.thefa.com/play-football

Pride of Lions Winter Cricket Coaching CoursesPrideofLondonCricket
Surrey Cricket have released their winter cricket course programme for October 2018 - March 2019. The courses are for participants aged 4-16 years old and feature - player reports, talent ID for Surrey CCC, coaching for all abilities.
There are courses running across eight venues across Surrey, including Ewell Castle and the Kia Oval. Contact: Katie Baker, email: kbaker@surreycricket.com; phone: 0207 820 4190. To find out more visit: http://prideoflions.co.uk/get-playing/coaching-courses/ Website: www.prideoflions.co.uk

Explore Epsom and Ewell

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

Countryside guided walks

After Dark Bat Walk on Epsom Common EpsomCommonBatWalk
Saturday 8 September; 7.30pm - 9pm
Advance booking only! It's one of our popular walks, so please do book early. Find out more about the lives of these fascinating flying mammals that live on Epsom Common local nature reserve. Meet at the Stew Pond car park off Christchurch Road (B280), Epsom. Sorry, no dogs allowed on this walk.

All guided walks are with a member of our countryside team and take approximately 2.5-3 hours and can cover up to 3 miles. Walks cost £5 per adult, £2.50 per child (16yrs or under). Please wear appropriate clothing. Stout boots for walks and a raincoat when it’s wet. Please leave your dog at home on walks that involve looking for animals; otherwise they are welcome on a lead. Please note that walks may be subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions. To book a place please contact one of our Countryside Team, email: contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk phone: 01372 732000 or visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk 

Epsom Common Association walks
This series of free nature walks on Epsom Common are organised by the Epsom Common Association. They are led by local experts and are an excellent way to discover some of the many birds, insects and wildflowers that can be found on the Common.

Fungus ForayFungiEpsomCommon
Sunday 9 September; 10.30am - 12.30pm
Join Dick Alder and Mike Waterman of the West Weald Fungus Recording Group to find, identify and record the varying and interesting types of fungus to be found on Epsom Common.

Meet at the Stew Pond car park noticeboard at 2pm, Christ Church Road, B280, Epsom. Wear suitable footwear and clothing to suit weather conditions, walks will last 2-3 hours. For more information visit: www.epsomcommon.org.uk

Epsom and Ewell health walks
Epsom and Ewell health walks cater for all abilities. There are shot beginners walks on Mondays for those who are just getting back into exercise. There are also hour long walks on Wednesdays and Sundays for anyone who would like to walk a little further and at a faster pace. Walks are free and there is no need to book. You can just turn up at your chosen venue and join in.

For more information and to view the programme of walks visit www.epsomandewellhealthwalks.org.uk/

Epsom markets

Epsom Markets

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

Traditional Epsom Market Takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am - 4pm and features around 20 stalls from fruit and vegetables, clothes, hardware, fabric, pet foods, flowers, seafood, shoes and other speciality goods, they all offer something special for free: a welcoming smile.

Epsom Farmer's Market: Next on Sunday 5 August. Takes place on the first Sunday of the month from 9.30am - 1.30pm, this market is a treasure trove of fresh, tasty and attractive local produce. To find out more, come to the market! For more info visit - http://www.surreymarkets.co.uk/epsom-market/

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

Street Traders The Market Place also has a small number of regular Street Traders that trade across the week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays selling DIY products, fruit and vegetables and hot food.

Key Facts

Safe and well this summer - keep your cool!

Although most of us welcome the summer sun, if the current high temperatures continue or further increase there may harm to your health.Eggs

In very high temperatures the advise from Public Health England is:

  • keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • if you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf
  • avoid extreme physical exertion
  • wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes

Cool yourself down

  • Keep yourself hydrated (see elsewhere in this issue of eBorough Insight)
  • eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content
  • take a cool shower, bath or body wash
  • sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck

Keep your environment cool

  • all electrical equipment, including computers, monitors and printers should be switched off when not in use and should not be left in ‘standby mode’ – electrical equipment, when left on or in ‘standby’ mode, generates heat
  • keep the use of electric lighting to a minimum during heatwaves
  • keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day and open at night (if it is safe to do so) when the temperature has dropped
  • windows not exposed to the sun and other ventilation openings should not be closed, but their openings reduced when the outdoor air becomes warmer than the air indoors – this should help keep rooms cool whilst allowing adequate ventilation (but ensure security is not compromised)
  • close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun, however, care should be taken with metal blinds and dark curtains, as these can absorb heat – consider replacing or
    putting reflective material in-between them and the window space
  • keep indoor plants and bowls of water in the house as evaporation helps cool the air
  • if possible, move into a cooler room, especially for sleeping
  • electric fans may provide some relief, if temperatures are below 35°c

Children’s susceptibility to high temperatures varies; those who are overweight or who are taking medication may be at increased risk of adverse effects. Children under four years of age are also at increased risk. Some children with disabilities or complex health needs may be more susceptible to temperature extremes.

  • on very hot days (ie where temperatures are in excess of 30°C) children should not take part in vigorous physical activity
  • children playing outdoors should be encouraged to stay in the shade as much as possible
  • loose, light-coloured clothing should be worn to help children keep cool and hats of a closed construction with wide brims should be worn to avoid sunburn
  • thin clothing or sun cream should be used to protect skin if children are playing outdoors for more than 20 minutes
  • children must be provided with plenty of cool water and encouraged to drink more than usual when conditions are hot (the temperature of water supplied from the cold tap is adequate for this purpose)

Look out for others

  • keep an eye on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people and make sure they are able to keep cool
  • ensure that babies, children or elderly people are not left alone in stationary cars
  • check on elderly or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during a heatwave
  • be alert and call a doctor or social services if someone is unwell or further help is needed

If you have a health problem

  • keep medicines below 25 °C or in the refrigerator (read the storage instructions on the packaging)
  • seek medical advice if you are suffering from a chronic medical condition or taking multiple medications

If you or others feel unwell

  • try to get help if you feel dizzy, weak, anxious or have intense thirst and headache
  • move to a cool place as soon as possible and measure your body temperature
  • drink some water or fruit juice to rehydrate
  • rest immediately in a cool place if you have painful muscular spasms (particularly in the legs, arms or abdomen, in many cases after sustained exercise during very hot
    weather), and drink oral rehydration solutions containing electrolytes.
    • medical attention is needed if heat cramps last more than one hour
  •  dial 101 or consult your doctor if you feel unusual symptoms or if symptoms persist

Safe and well this summer - hydration

When the normal water content of our bodies is reduced, it upsets the balance of minerals (salts and sugars), which affects the way the body functions.drink

Symptoms of mild dehydration can include headache, thirst, and it can even affect how we feel and think. Mild dehydration is also associated with impaired concentration, poor decision making, reduced skill and accuracy, irritability and tiredness, and can be worsened in warm environments. As such, maintaining good hydration can contribute towards wellbeing, productivity and positivity in schools, in the workplace and the home.

If left untreated, severe dehydration can be serious and cause fits (seizures), brain damage and death.

Who is at risk from dehydration?

Anyone can become dehydrated, but certain groups are particularly at risk. These include:

  • babies and infants – they have a low body weight and are sensitive to even small amounts of fluid loss
  • older people – they may be less aware that they are becoming dehydrated and need to keep drinking fluids
  • people with a long-term health condition
  • athletes – they can lose a large amount of body fluid through sweat when exercising for long periods 

Some of the early warning signs of dehydration include:

  • feeling thirsty and lightheaded
  • a dry mouth
  • tiredness
  • having dark coloured, strong-smelling urine
  • passing urine less often than usual

What to do

  • If you're dehydrated, drink plenty of fluids such as water, diluted squash or fruit juice. These are much more effective than large amounts of tea or coffee. Fizzy drinks may contain more sugar than you need and may be harder to take in large amounts
  • If you're finding it difficult to keep water down because you're vomiting, try drinking small amounts more frequently
  • Infants and small children who are dehydrated shouldn't be given large amounts of water alone as the main replacement fluid. This is because it can dilute the already low level of minerals in their body too much and lead to other problems. Instead, they should be given diluted squash or a rehydration solution (available from pharmacies). You might find a teaspoon or syringe can be helpful for getting fluid into a young child
  • Children should aim to have 6-8 drinks per day which should ideally be water, milk or fruit/vegetable juices
  • Children taking part in sports need to replenish the lost fluids by drinking more water.
  • See your GP if your symptoms continue, despite drinking plenty of fluids, or if you think your baby or toddler is dehydrated
  • Contact your GP, out-of-hours service or NHS 111 straight away if you have any of the following symptoms:
    • extreme thirst
    • feeling unusually tired (lethargic) or confused
    • not passing urine for eight hours
    • rapid heartbeat
    • dizziness when you stand up that doesn't go away after a few seconds

Safe and well this summer - fun in the sun

Whilst it may be nice to sit outside and tan, the repercussions may not be so nice as skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancers and can be fatal.

Simmer sunUse sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) is of at least 15 and that it has at least a four-star UVA protection. When it comes to sunscreen, you can never be too safe, always check the label. This applies to bottles you may already have hidden away, sunscreen should not be used past its expiry date and whilst typically, sunscreen has a shelf life of two to three years  It’s important to cover your body in the right amount of sunscreen as most people don’t apply enough. If sunscreen is applied in a thin manner, the amount of protection will be limited. Even if your sunscreen says “water resistant”, apply once more if you’ve been swimming as towelling and sweating can result in your sunscreen being rubbed off.

Ditch the shorts and instead opt for trousers or long skirts in close-weave fabrics that don’t allow sunlight through, alongside a loose, long-sleeved cotton top as these clothing options will provide sun protection.

Don’t forget your wide-brimmed hat to ensure that your face, neck and ears are protected!

Wear UV sunglasses to reduce UV exposure to the eyes as not having proper eye protection can result in a temporary yet painful burn to the surface of the eye. Be sure to check that your pair carries the CE mark (you can check the label) and that children’s sunglasses meet the British Standard too.

You should take extra precautions in the midday sun – the sun is at its strongest between 11am and 3pm. During this time period, you should avoid spending time in the direct sunlight but instead choose to spend time in the shade to avoid getting sunburn.

If you or a family member do catch the sun and result in becoming sunburnt, a few tips to erase the pain and treat the sunburn is to sponge the skin with cool water, after doing this – soothe with after sun or calamine lotion. You can take medication to help ease the pain as painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to reduce inflammation..

Safe and well this summer - let's barbie!

Cases of food poisoning almost double during the summer, and research shows that the undercooking of raw meat on barbecues and the contamination of bacteria onto the food we eat are among the main reasons.BBQ

So it's vital you remember the 4C's of food hygiene:

  • chilling
  • cleaning
  • cooking
  • cross-contamination

The Food Standards Agency has put together some advice to help you serve up a sensational barbecue while keeping your guests safe.

Chilling and defrosting

Chilling food properly helps stop harmful bacteria from growing, especially in the warm summer months.

To keep your food safe:

  • don't defrost foods at room temperature
  • defrost food overnight in the fridge or if this is not possible, using a microwave on the defrost setting directly before cooking
  • cool cooked foods quickly at room temperature and then place in the fridge within one to two hours
  • store raw foods separately from ready-to-eat foods, covered on the bottom shelf of your fridge
  • keep chilled food out of the fridge for the shortest time possible during preparation
  • keep any food with a use-by date, cooked dishes, salads and ready-to-eat desserts chilled and out of the sun until serving time
  • don't overfill your fridge, this allows air to circulate and maintains the set temperature

Some foods need to be kept in the fridge to help slow down the growth of bacteria and keep food fresh and safe for longer. Use a fridge thermometer to check the temperature is below 5°C as the dials on fridges don't always show you the right temperature.

Cooking

Cooking food at the right temperature and for the correct length of time will ensure that any harmful bacteria are killed. This applies to products made from minced meat such as burgers and sausages as well as to kebabs, chicken and pork.

  • Don't forget, charred on the outside doesn't always mean cooked on the inside. Before serving meat that you have cooked on the barbecue, always check that:
    the meat is steaming hot throughout
  • there is no pink meat visible when you cut into the thickest part
  • meat juices run clear -

Consider cooking all chicken and pork in the oven first, then giving it a final finish on your barbecue. Your friends and family will still experience that special barbecue chargrilled taste, and you know that you have cooked the meat all the way through.

Remember that a burger is not like a steak. Burgers should always be served well done, they should not be served rare or pink. This is because when meat is minced to produce burgers, any harmful bacteria from the surface of the raw meat spread throughout the burger. Unless the burger is cooked right through, these bacteria can remain alive on the inside. This applies equally to all meat that is minced, including good quality or expensive meat.

Cleaning

Effective cleaning gets rid of bacteria on hands, equipment and surfaces, helping to stop harmful bacteria from spreading onto food.

Help minimise the risk of germs spreading by:

  • washing hands thoroughly with soap and hot water before cooking and eating, especially if you've been handling raw meat or things like firelighters
  • keeping utensils and serving dishes clean when preparing food and ensuring you don't mix those used to prepare raw and ready-to-eat dishes
  • never washing raw chicken or any other meat - it just splashes germs onto your hands, utensils and worktops

Avoiding cross-contamination

Cross-contamination is most likely to happen when raw food touches or drips onto ready-to-eat food, utensils or surfaces.

Prevent it by:

  • storing raw meat separately from ready-to-eat foods
  • using different utensils, plates and chopping boards for raw and cooked food
  • washing your hands after touching raw meat and before you handle ready-to-eat food

Understanding food poisoning

Many people mistakenly think that food poisoning is just a passing tummy bug but it can be really serious.

Most people with food poisoning recover at home and don't need any specific treatment. Find out more about the symptoms of food poisoning and what to do if someone has severe symptoms.

 

Safe and well this summer - bites, stings and allergies

As well as warm and relaxing days, the summer also brings wasps, bees, ants, midges and other biting and stinging invertebrates. 

Most insect bites and stings clear up on their own in a few hours or 2 to 3 days. You can usually treat them without seeing a GP.

Simple first aid for insect bites and stings – to deal with any redness, swelling and any stinging or burning pain:

  • remove the sting if you can see it
  • clean the wound with soap and water
  • apply something cold to the skin - for example a damp cloth or ice pack
  • raise the hand, foot or leg if that’s where you have been bitten or stungSneeze

If the bite or sting is on the face, call 111 for first aid advice because the reaction can be more severe.

Hay fever is very common. It affects about one in five people in the UK. Hay fever and asthma are closely linked. Pollen is a common trigger for people with asthma.  If you're one of these people, your GP or asthma nurse may add hay fever treatments to your written asthma action plan.

There are hundreds of different types of grasses, trees and weeds in the UK. Different types of pollen are released at different times of the year. Grass pollens are the most common cause of hay fever and usually affect people in early summer. Weed pollens (such as nettles and docks) usually release pollen from early spring to early autumn.
It is possible to be allergic to more than one type of pollen - and you may also be allergic to the spores from moulds or fungi.

It's sometimes possible to prevent the symptoms of hay fever by taking some basic precautions, such as:

  • wearing wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes when you're outdoors
  • taking a shower and changing your clothes after being outdoors to remove the pollen on your body 
  • staying indoors when the pollen count is high (over 50 grains per cubic metre of air) 
  • Sign up for pollen alerts http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/pollen-forecast/#?tab=map
  • applying a small amount of petroleum gel (eg Vaseline) to the nasal openings to trap pollen grains

Safe and well this summer - overseas

Before you head off on holiday this summer, there are three things you should do:

  1. Check the latest UK Foreign Office Travel Advice for the country you are visiting
    www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
  2. Make sure you have adequate travel insurance – check the small print!
  3. Watch the Counter Terrorism Policing holiday safety film (on youtube)
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzcldaLbYPA&feature=youtu.be

The chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident are still low but sadly we know that atrocities do take place, so it is important everyone stays alert and knows what to do if the worst was to happen.Run Hide Tell

The advice is provided in the same way airlines show a safety video before take-off. They do not expect anything bad to happen but it is a sensible safety precaution to show people what to do.

While there is no specific intelligence that British holidaymakers will be targeted, this film highlights the steps you can take to minimise the impact of an attack – including knowing the local emergency services number.

If you hear gunshots you should:

RUN
to a place of safety. This is better than trying to surrender or negotiate.

HIDE
it is better to hide than confront. Barricade yourself in, turn your phone to silent and use only when it is safe to do so.

TELL
Make sure you know the local emergency numbers in the country you are travelling to (for all EU countries call 112, in the USA call 911)

Your Community

Out and about in the community

Interested in volunteering?

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

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

For when you need support

Learn English - join a free course!
Starts September - Thursdays; 9.30am-11.30am (term time only)
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5AQ
Course lasts 24 weeks. Free childcare facility available by agreement. A course for beginners. Learn to write, read and speak English. Gain confidence and meet other people learning English. For more information and to join the course speak to Nanette, ETHOS Employment and Learning Advisor, phone: 07904 908871.

Epsom Safe Haven - when you need support in an emotional or mental health crisis.
Open every evening from 6pm - 11pm
The Larches 44 Waterloo Road Epsom Surrey KT19 8EX
Safe Haven offers help and support to anyone going through an emotional or mental health crisis. It's an informal, safe space that supports each individual to take control of, and improve, their own mental health. No appointments are necessary, the team will greet people as they arrive and support them in a way that suits their needs. For more information visit www.surreydownsccg.nhs.uk/emotionalwellbeing

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

Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell
Advice sessions, Wednesdays 2pm - 4pm
Ewell Foodbank, Ruxley Church, Ruxley Lane, Ewell KT19 0JG
Welfare benefits, money & credit problems, employment, education & healthcare, immigration & residency, human rights, family & personal issues. Want to know more? Visit www.caee.org.uk/uk/news or call the Foodback office on 0208 786 8221.

Action for Carers Surrey
There are new contact details for local carer support enquiries across Surrey. For more info please see: http://www.actionforcarers.org.uk/what-we-do/adult-carer-support/

Epsom & Ewell Talking Newspaper
Epsom & Ewell Talking Newspaper is a weekly free audio news service for those who have difficulty reading. The Newspaper service includes local borough news, magazine articles and general features recorded weekly and distributed on a memory stick to local residents who are blind, partially sighted or have difficulty reading. For more information call 01372 721519 and leave a message or visit www.eetn.org.uk

Let's Talk Epsom
Every Wednesday; 7.30pm - 9pm
St Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom KT19 8HA
A weekly self help group where people who are affected by any kind of depression can meet to share experiences and coping strategies with others in similar situations. For further details contact Allen 07817 471 656. Love Me - Love My Mind charity.

Leisure activities

Conquest Art - Enriching the lives of people with disabilities
Conquest Art is a charity that work with those whose life is limited by disability and health issues, working creatively can bring relief, relaxation and an improvement in wellbeing and our groups also bring the opportunity to make new friends. Why not visit one of the groups, give it a try, use your imagination and let your creativity flow! All art materials are provided and you would receive a very warm welcome. Absolutely no art experience is necessary, just come along and join the fun.

Locations and timings for our five art Groups in Cheam, Ewell, Epsom, Stoneleigh and Worcester Park:
Mondays
Ewell: 1pm - 4pm; Christ Church Ewell, Cheam Road, Ewell, KT17 1AD
Stoneleigh: 2pm - 4pm; Stoneleigh Methodist Church, Stoneleigh Crescent, Epsom KT19 0RT
Tuesdays
Epsom: 2pm - 4pm; Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 5AQ
Worcester Park: 1.30pm - 3.30pm, St Mary’s Cuddington, The Avenue, Worcester Park, KT4 7HL
Thursdays
Cheam: 2pm - 4pm; St Paul’s Church Centre, Northey Avenue, Cheam, SM2 7HS

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

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

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

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

Banstead Tuesday Club
Tuesdays; 10.30am - 3pm
United Reformed Church, Woodmansterne Lane, Banstead SM7 2EX
A social club for people with dementia and their carer. Guest speakers, entertainers, craft activities, music and appropriate refreshment throughout the day. Come along to see if you would like ot join or contact Lyn on 07546 958299 for more information.

Summer Lovin' Choir
Evening rehearsals on Wednesdays 8, 15, 22 and 29 August; 7pm-8.30pm
Unity Hall, Epsom
Four weeks of fun and funky summer singing. Book your place now! For more info phone: 07745 852836, email: roz@theultimatevoice.org, website: www.theultimatevoice.org

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

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

An evening of meditation
Wednesdays; 7.30pm - 8.30pm (please arrive by 7.15pm)
Ewell Court House, Lakehurst Road, Ewell KT19 0EB
An introduction to meditation and mindfulness. Blankets, cushions and water will be provided. Please feel free to bring along an extra blanket. Cost £10 per session. Contact Susan Kinsey at Purple Feather to book on 07762 727 511 or email: susankinsey36@gmail.com Booking is necessary as spaces are limited.

Salsa -  For Beginners & Improvers
Wednesdays, 8.30pm-9.30pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
£8 per class/£6 for students and seniors. No booking required/no partner required. For more info visit www.lovetosalsa.co.uk or call mobile: 07584 188481.

Try Morris Dancing with Ewell St Mary's Morris Men
Thursdays; 8.30pm or when you can make it
Scout Hut, 106A West Street, Ewell KT17 1XR
No experience necessary. Contact us on 0208 3974763 or 07761 824646 or email: contact@ewellmorris.co.uk or visit our website: www.ewellmorris.co.uk or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ewellmorrismen

Musical memories
Thursdays; 2pm - 3.30pm
The King's Church, Gibraltar Crescent (off Longmead Road), West Ewell KT19 9BU
Come with a friend or carer! Singing is a good physical exercise and when we sing together we listen to each other, we laugh together and we share happy moments and memories. Come and sing songs you love, new songs and songs you thought you had forgotten. A group especially for those with memory problems. For more details call Barbara on 0777 574 1994 or 01306 884 656.

D-Caf Banstead
Third Thursday of every month; 6pm - 8pm
The Banstead Centre, The Horseshoe, Banstead SM7 2BQ
An evening for people who have dementia, their carers and family. Come and join our friendly group for a chatter, tea or coffee, sandwich and cake. Transport is available for people living in Epsom and Ewell. £3 charged to cover costs. Just come along or contact Lyn on 07546 958299.

Need help to get a job?

The Ethos Project - Epsom Job Hub
Every Friday; 12noon - 2pm
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5AQ
Visit the job hub if you are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week, or ring Nanette Chandler on mobile: 07904 908871. No appointment needed. Laptops/internet for job searching, get help with online job searching, help with job applications and CVs.

Stoneleigh Job Club
Tuesdays 10am - 12noon
Stoneleigh Library, 1 The Broadway, Stoneleigh KT17 2JA
Helping you take the steps into work. This all ages Job Club is for you if you're - seeking your first job, changing your career, need help with your CV, interview skills and more. Website: www.stoneleighjobclub.co.uk, tel: 07941 231072, email: stoneleighjobclub@gmail.com, Twitter: @stoneleighjobclub, Facebook: stoneleigh job club.

Make a difference!

BeaCouncillorWhat matters to you in the borough? Is it the state of the local parks, the need for more activities for young people, improving services for older people or ensuring that local businesses can thrive? Whatever it is, you could be just the person to help shape the future of local services by becoming a Borough Councillor. Attend our:

'Be a councillor' information evening
Tuesday 16 October; 7pm - 9pm
The Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom KT18 5BY
You will be able to find out in a bit more detail, how to stand for election and what to expect if you are successful. Register to attend this event at www.epsom-and-ewell-councillor.eventbrite.co.uk

Read our feature article on page 19 of the latest Borough Insight, download the PDF here.

Mayor drops in at Wellbeing Daycare+

The Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor Neil Dallen dropped in at the Wellbeing Daycare+ information evening held earlier this month at the Community and Wellbeing Centre in Sefton Road, Epsom.

With the withdrawal of some adult social care funding, we’ve enhanced our services at the Community and Wellbeing Centre at the Longmead MayorWordgameto provide an adult day care service. Wellbeing Daycare+ offers tailored individual day care for the over 50s who need some extra support in a home from home and dementia friendly environment.

We know that caring for a loved one can take a toll on family members, and our day care service can provide a much-needed break as well as benefits for your loved one. Our experienced team is friendly welcoming and treats members with patience and respect. The team focuses on each individual’s abilities and interests.

Activities include:
•Memory therapy
•Music therapy
•Art therapy
•Pet therapy
•Tennis therapy
•Games
•Gentle arm chair based exercises

We offer two options; a full day session, at £40 per day starting at 9.30am and finishing at 4.30pm, Monday to Friday; and half day sessions, which are charged at £20. Lunch can be provided, at an additional charge, or the guest can bring in their own packed lunch.

For more information visit https://epsom-ewell.gov.uk/residents/communities-wellbeing/wellbeing-centre

For further details email wellbeingcentre@epsom-ewell.gov.uk or phone on 01372 72758.

Image: The Mayor trying out some of the activities at the information evening.

Epsom and Ewell Community and Wellbeing Centre

Weekly activities at the Epsom and Ewell Community and Wellbeing Centre

The Longmead Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom KT19 9HG. Tel: 01372 720563, email:longmead@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Lunch is served between 11.30am and 1pm daily. We have regular cake sales, clothes sales and bi-monthly special lunches with entertainment. For more information please see our website 

Due to unforeseen circumstance, the scheduled programmes of events may change, please contact us prior to attending your first class.

Day

Time

Activity

Where

Monday

9.30am - 10.30am

Qigong Tai Chi-intermediate - Cost: £5(member) £10 (non-member)

Hall

 

10.45am - 11.45am

Keep Fit - Cost: £3 (member) £6 (non-member)

Hall

 

11am - 11.45am

Musical Bingo

Dining Room

 

12noon - 1pm

Qigong Tai Chi-beginners Cost: £5 (member) £10 (non-member)

Hall

 

1.15pm - 2.15pm

Cage Cricket - Cost: £3 (member) £6 (non-member)

Hall

 

2.15pm - 3.15pm

Soft Ball Tennis £3.00 (Members only)

Hall

 

1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge

 

2pm - 3pm

Ukulele Group - Intermediate

Small Lounge

Tuesday

10.30am - 12.15pm

Chess Club

Small Lounge

 

10am - 11am

Tai Chi-intermediate - Cost: £5 (member) £10 (non-member)

Hall

 

11.15am - 12.15pm

Tai Chi-beginners - Cost: £5 (member) £10 (non-member)

Hall

 

11am - 11.45am

Table Quiz

Dining Room

 

11.15am - 12.15pm

Balance Class - Cost: £3 (member) £6 (non-member)

Park Lounge

 

1.30pm - 3.30pm

Bridge

Dining Room

 

1.30pm - 3.30pm

Card making

Small Lounge

 

1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge

Wednesday

9am to 4pm

Lorna's Therapeutic Treatments -  by appointment

Counselling Room

 

10.15am - 11.45am

Line Dancing - Cost: £4 (member) £8 (non-member)

Hall

 

11.30am - 12.15pm

Activities

Park Lounge

 

1.30pm - 2.30pm

Bingo £1 per card

Dining Room

 

1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge

 

2pm - 4pm

Longmead Songbirds - alternate weeks

Small Lounge

 

1.30pm - 3.30pm

Short Mat Bowls

Hall

Thursday

10am - 11am

Ukulele Group - beginners bi-weekly

Small Lounge

 

11am - 12 noon

Chair Yoga - donation

Park Lounge

 

11.15am - 12.15pm

Yang Long Form Tai-Chi - Cost: £4 (member) £8 (non-member)

Hall

 

1.30pm to 3.30pm

Short Mat Bowls

Hall

 

1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge

 Friday

9.30am - 11am

Singing for Pleasure (First and third Friday)

Hall

 

By Appointment

Massage by Stella Hines. To book please call into the office

Counselling Room

 

11am - 12 noon

Yoga with Lizzie - Cost: £5 (member) £10 (non-member)

Hall

 

1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge

 

1.15pm - 2.30pm

Bingo £1 per card

Dining Room

 

1.30pm - 3.30pm

Art

Hall or Small Lounge

Coming soon! Help to Buy Home show

Save the date! Help to Buy Home Show
Saturday 15 September; 10.30am - 2.30pm
Epsom Downs Racecourse - Queens Stand, Epsom Downs, Surrey KT18 5LQ
For more information visit: https://www.helptobuyese.org.uk/news-events/events/2018/09/15/default-calendar/help-to-buy-home-show-surrey

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Your Council

Council meetings: September 2018

AUGUST 2018

No meetings.

SEPTEMBER 2018

06      Planning Committee

11      Financial Policy Panel

17      Epsom and Walton Downs Consultative Committee (6pm)

20      Licensing and Planning Policy Committee

25      Strategy and Resources Committee

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

Agenda papers are available online to download five clear working days before a meeting and are accessible via the mod.gov app.

For further information please contact Democratic Services on 01372 732000 or email: contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk, quoting the Committee or subject area you are interested in - we are always happy to help.

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Jobs at the Council

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

http://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/jobs

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

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

Contact us

Website: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk  
Tel: 01372 732000
Text: 07950 080202
Email: contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk  

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

http://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/borough-insight

If you have any queries on its contents please contact The Editor, Borough Insight, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5BY.

Tel: 01372 732000.
Email: boroughinsight@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

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