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The nights are drawing in, the clocks go back this weekend, the car has been filled with winter screen wash and Christmas puddings have returned to the supermarket shelves – November is on its way!

This November is significant as the country concludes the activities marking the centenary anniversary of the First World War. We’ve featured local events in the paper version of Borough Insight (which should be hitting letter boxes around now), in the last issue of e-borough Insight and in this issue we include a couple more community WW1 events which we were not aware of previously.

This month we are continuing our push on the Future40 engagement, our initiative to shape a long term roadmap for the borough based on your input.

There’s also news on how we’re investing in the borough, the latest improvements we’ve introduced to our on-line ‘self-serve’ facilities, updates on recycling and information on who won what at the borough’s sports awards and there are all the latest activities and news from partner organisations.

Sir Walter Scott wrote that ‘November's sky is chill and drear’ so wrap up warm and take solace that it will soon be Christmas!


Looking forward...Future40

It’s been three weeks since we launched Future40, a large-scale project to develop a long-term vision for the borough. The Council’s largest anFuture40CommsVand most important consultation is open until 20 December, but already we have had a great number of responses… (601 if you’re counting)!

The #Future40 team have been hard at work engaging with people around the borough, listening to their views and ideas for the future. You might have spotted us in Epsom Market Place at the Farmers' Market earlier this month and on Market Day today! But if you missed us, we’ll be rolling out the Comms Van again at the:

  • Satisfied Eye International Film Festival Street Food Market on Sunday 28 October from 11am - 3pm
  • Epsom Farmers' Market on Sunday 4 November from 9.30am - 1.30pm

Hope to see you there!

We’ve had lots of positive feedback – a favourite so far is the amount of green space and parks we have in the borough. We have also had a number of interesting points raised from a range of topics including economic development and digital technology to communities, health, wellbeing and more…!

Here’s a snippet of some of the words people use to describe Epsom and Ewell… 

Future40 words

“Epsom can be very proud that so many people love and care about the borough.”

To find out more about the ‘when’, ‘where’ and ‘why’ of Future40 and what it means to you, take a look at this interview (link to third party website),with Councillor Eber Kington, Head of Strategy & Resources Committee.

For more information and to complete the survey online, please visit

Borough Council funding to enhance Epsom town centre

Last night, councillors discussed increasing funding to the county council for redeveloping Epsom town centre at a special Strategy & Resources Committee meeting.

As part of Plan E, Surrey County Council is delivering a programme of highways and public realm work in Epsom to improve traffic flow through the town centre and increase pedestrian safety. As part of this programme, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has provided funds to make the market area more attractive to visitors and businesses and upgrade its status as a market town in which to shop, eat and do business.

At the committee meeting councillors debated increasing this funding further to ensure the successful conclusion of the project. This includes funding to enable the completion of the works to the Market Place to create a better setting for markets and to enable a wider range of public events to take place.

Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Strategy & Resources Committee said “One of our key priorities it to support local businesses and the economic development of our town. The completion of the improved public realm works will enhance the area, making it a more attractive place in which to visit and socialise. While Surrey County Council is responsible for the highway work and for the overall delivery of the programme, this proposal would be a substantial investment in Epsom town centre by the borough council, illustrating our commitment to the success of the borough’s retail and social entertainment heart”.

Last night, it was agreed the additional £2.25 million required will be funded from the borough council’s Community Infrastructure Levy receipts. This levy is paid by developers when building in the area. Under central government rules, the levy can only be used to help deliver infrastructure improvements like this in the local area.

The overall costs of the whole project, which encompasses road and pavement improvements in Ashley Avenue, South Street, Epsom High Street and the Spread Eagle Junction is in the region of £7.5 million.  Support and funding for this programme has come from a variety of places, including the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and from Surrey County Council.  Work started in January 2017 and is anticipated to carry on through to the end of 2019.

Car park charges to be frozen for third successive year

The standard ‘pay as you park' tariffs in our car parks are expected to remain the same for the next 18 months.

Councillors say they hope the freeze in car park charges will encourage more people to shop in the area and will support local businesses.

Councillor Peter O'Donovan, Chairman of the Environment and Safe Communities Committee said: "We are committed to securing the fairest deal and best service possible for car park users. Car parks are an important service to the public and we need to ensure they are viable, properly maintained and safe. The majority of the income generated from our car parks is reinvested back into the car parks”.

Within Epsom, fees are set to promote Hook Road as a long term stay car park, Upper High Street and Depot Road as long to medium term parking options and the Ashley Centre as a medium to short term car park. Both the Town Hall and Hope Lodge are set up as short term stay car parks. Within Ewell the strategy is for the car parks to be used by those using local facilities (shops, dining, etc) and to discourage day-long London commuter parking.

Ongoing highway improvement works within central Epsom being undertaken by Surrey County Council, coupled with utility works within Epsom and Ewell this summer, have had a negative impact on those travelling by road to, from and within the borough. The recommendations made at the Environment and Safe Communities Committee on Tuesday (23 November) recognise the impact this has had on those wanting to visit local shops and venues.

While the standard ‘pay as you park tariffs’ will remain frozen, car park permit prices will rise in line with inflation.

The council is currently establishing its budget for 2019/20. The Environment and Safe Communities recommendations will be ratified at the full Council Meeting to agree the Council’s budget in February.

Taxi safety

Earlier this month, our Licensing team undertook a joint enforcement operation with Transport for London (TfL). TfL license private hire vehicles (minicabs) and 'Hackney Carriages' (taxies) in the boroughs to the north of ours.

During the evening unannounced operation, a large number of licenced vehicles were inspected. These included Uber cars which are not licenced by us but are licenced by TfL and can operate within our borough if

The vast majority of the licenced taxi drivers and their vehicles were fully compliant, meeting both national legislation and local operating requirements. Where there were non-compliances, these were comparatively minor.

The following actions were taken:

Epsom & Ewell licensed cars

  • one driver issued penalty points for not wearing an identification badge (we issue penalties to drivers and operators who fail to fully follow our rules,TfL operate a different system) 
  • one driver was required to have his hire plate refitted
  • one vehicle was instructed to have a rear light checked.

Transport for London licensed cars

  • twelve minor compliance issues highlighted to drivers
  • four vehicles reported for potential mot failure
  • one driver 'educated' on the importance of wearing an identification badge
  • one vehicle reported for unauthorised signage
  • two drivers moved on as they had no reason to be in the area.

Top tips for keeping safe

With the festive party season on the horizon now is a good time to highlight some basic taxi safety (courtesy of Surrey County Council)..

If you're having a night out the chances are you will be taking a taxi home at some point. But if you take a journey in an unlicensed taxi you're putting your life at risk. Your driver may not be insured if you have an accident and you run the risk of being cheated, assaulted or even worse.

Is your taxi licensed?

All taxis and private hire vehicles must be licensed to ensure they meet legal requirements and that the drivers have passed a number of checks. If you need to get a taxi, check it has a licence plate issued by the council and that the driver has an identification badge with their photograph on it.

Top tips to ensure you stay safe

  • Try to pre-book a cab or taxi whenever possible
  • Request the cost of the taxi fare in advance of your journey if its not a metered cab
  • Don't give your name to the driver - ask them who they are collecting
  • Always sit in the back of the vehicle
  • Make sure all doors remain unlocked
  • Carry your mobile phone in your hand, so it is easily accessible
  • If you are at all suspicious, don't get in and make a note of the number plate.

Do not use a cab if:

  • There are no taxi signs on the roof or licence plate
  • The driver will not tell you the cost of the taxi journey if not metered
  • You can't see an identification badge
  • The driver appears to be under the influence of alcohol
  • The driver does not seem to know the local area
  • The vehicle seems to be too old for use as a cab
  • The vehicle is in a state of disrepair.

Clarifying recycling

RecyclingWithin the borough, in the twelve months following the changes to our recycling service last summer, we recycled a whopping 1,300 more tonnes of dry recycling (the stuff in your green recycling bin and glass box) than we did in the twelve months prior to the Big Switch, part of our move to Simply Weekly Recycling.

We recently conducted a survey on our simply weekly recycling service and overall it would appear you overwhelmingly like the service. View the results of the survey on our website.

Some of the feedback reflects a recent national survey, which revealed that 3 in 10 people don’t recycle as much as they could at home, with 38% citing confusing information on packaging or from councils as the reason.

Some in the recycling industry are calling for new labelling guidelines for packaging, to make it clearer for consumers what can and cannot be recycled.

Following on from what you told us in the simply weekly recycling survey and in an effort to ensure everyone in Epsom and Ewell knows what to put in which bin, we’ve joined with the Surrey Waste Partnership to produce a new recycling guide for all households* this will be coming to you in the next month – look out for it! 

*households only at present, as our services for flats varies.

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Winners of the Epsom & Ewell Sports Awards 2018

EpsomandEwellSportsAwards2018Celebrating local sporting success

The eighth annual Epsom & Ewell Sports Awards celebrated the borough's sporting success over the past 12 months on Tuesday 16 October at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Over 130 people including shortlisted nominees and guests enjoyed the awards ceremony hosted by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council in partnership with the Epsom & Ewell Sports and Leisure Council.

Thank you to everyone who nominated their local sporting hero, all 48 nominations were assessed by an independent panel and whittled down to a shortlist. For photographs of the Awards see

Every year there are 10 different awards with each individual award sponsored by a local organisation or business. The 10 winners on the night were: 



Surrey Playing Fields Young Volunteer of the Year

Marcus Roberts

Epsom & Ewell Colts Football Club Volunteer of the Year

Diana Norman

Epsom & Ewell Football Club Disability Sports Award

Epsom RDA National Championships Team

AFC Ewell Young Sports Team of the Year

Blenheim Girls Football Team

Epsom Golf Club Sports Team of the Year

Epsom & Ewell Harriers Women’s Veterans Track and Field Team

Active Surrey Coach of the Year

James Peters

Epsom Gymnastics & Trampoline Club Young Sports Personality of the Year

James Miller

Better Sports Personality of the Year

Rosie Clarke

The Rotary Club of Epsom Outstanding Service to Sport Award

Alison McDowall

The Royal Automobile Club Sports Club of the Year

Epsom & Ewell Harriers

Speaking at the event, Councillor Barry Nash, Chairman of the Community and Wellbeing Committee said, "The Awards are a great opportunity to celebrate another year of sporting success in the borough and to recognise and reward our talented local athletes, coaches, volunteers, teams and clubs for their outstanding achievements in sport over the past 12 months.

"Everyone nominated for an award should feel extremely proud to be shortlisted. You are all a credit to our borough and should all be very proud. Congratulations!

 “We would like to thank all the clubs that have worked in partnership with the Council this year, the Award sponsors and to Specsavers for supporting the Awards. A special thank you to our headline sponsor The Jockey Club".

Also present at the awards ceremony were the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor Neil Dallen; Rio 2016 Paralympics bronze medallist, Alexandra Rickham and representatives from the Royal Automobile Club's Sporting Talent programme. The band, Gnarly Growlers provided the evening’s entertainment.

 The winners of the Epsom & Ewell Sports Awards will go through the assessment panel for the Surrey Sports Awards 2018, providing they meet the county nomination criteria. Hosted by Active Surrey, the Awards showcase the very best of sporting talent and dedication in Surrey. For more information visit

For more information on the Epsom & Ewell Sports Awards visit

Council supports bid to improve Stoneleigh station access

At the Strategy & Resources Committee meeting last night, councillors voted to back the SWR (South Western Railway) bid to deliver step and obstacle free access for Stoneleigh Station.

StoneleighThis support includes a commitment from the council to provide up to £500,000 towards the costs of the project if SWR are successful in their bid.

The train company are bidding for funding from the Department for Transport’s ‘Access for All’ scheme. The scheme provides part funding to enable projects that increase accessibility to transport infrastructure.

Stoneleigh Rail Station has an annual footfall of 1.8 million (making it the eighth busiest station in Surrey). It is the only rail station in Epsom and Ewell that is completely inaccessible for some disabled people. Access is also problematic for anyone that has difficulty navigating stairs or those with young children, carrying shopping or using a cycle.

Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Strategy & Resources Committee said “Addressing the station’s inadequate access for the disabled is a top priority for the borough council.  It’s vital that the station is able to serve everyone in our community and we want to ensure that those with a disability and families with young children have full and easy access to the platform and trains. The station is also becoming increasingly busier for commuters to London and others but it must be available to everyone. This is a competitive bidding process and the Department for Transport is looking for railway companies ‘Access for All’ bids which have the support of local funding.  Our hope is that our financial commitment to the project will make for a successful bid and release a further £4.5 million to be spent on the Stoneleigh station upgrade.

The Department of Transport announced £300 million of funding in July 2018 to transform the accessibility of stations across the country. The aim is to deliver “step free and obstacle free access” from street to platform. The programme is called ‘Access for All’. The overall cost of the Stoneleigh Station project is likely to be in excess of £5million. 

The council has approached Surrey County Council and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for their support for the bid, including a request for a funding contribution.

Picture credit: Epsom Guardian, used with permission

Stand for for what you believe in

Next year the borough goes to the polls, as all the borough council seats are up for election.

We're highlighting the opportunities for those who care about their local community to become a borough councillor. Borough councillors are elected to represent their local community. Becoming a councillor is both a rewarding and privileged form of public service. You will be in a position to make a difference to the quality of other people’s daily lives and prospects.

Earlier this month we held an event to explain the role and responsibilities and the process to become a councillor at Epsom and Ewell.

being a councillor

But if you were unable to attend (or didn't know about it) don't worry. We also have information on our website and in the current paper issue of Borough Insight being delivered now.

Pictured: The information evening event took place in the Town Hall council chamber


Proposed development of council land

As part of an ongoing consultation with local residents, the council has shared its latest proposals for the council site within the Wells area.

Indicative plans have been shared and residents were given the opportunity to engage with the council team leading the project.

The council invited all 526 households living at the Wells to see its proposals and over 80 residents took the opportunity to engage with the council on its plans.Wells plans

The proposal includes a new community space, 23 homes and a replacement playground. The design incorporates existing mature trees and public rights of way. The size of the new housing echoes the height of nearby properties and the density of the development acknowledges the layout of the Wells estate.

The consultation is in addition to the formal Planning Application process, which will provide residents with a further opportunity to feed into the plans.

The Wells is a 1930’s housing development within Epsom Common, built on the land around the well, where the original Epsom Salts were discovered. The area incorporated an underused council day centre and community hall that required significant refurbishment. In 2015, to ensure continuation of community services, the council decided to close the day centre and redevelop the site, transferring services to the Community & Wellbeing Centre (three miles away).

Following representations from the local community, the hall has remained open while the community explored options. The council has held a number of public meetings since 2015 to address local concerns. No alternatives have been bought forward and last year the council informed the community of its intention to proceed with the redevelopment of the site. At the local community’s request the existing hall is still partially open and the new proposals incorporate a community space. 

The council hopes to commence the redevelopment of its site in 2019.

Epsom’s first international film festival programme honours women heroes

The red carpet will be rolled out in Epsom this Friday when the town’s first ever SATISFIED EYE International Film Festival (SEIFF) holds its inaugural event with a SEIFFtheme of Women Heroes. Tickets are now available for a host of exciting screenings and events.

A long weekend of screenings, with 35 new films including a UK and a European premiere, workshops, an international street food market and Q&As kicks off with a dramatic Star Wars-themed opening ceremony, with stuntmen from Rogue One performing a death defying leap. The festival closes with a glamorous red carpet awards ceremony at the historic Queen’s Stand, Epsom Racecourse.

The three-day programme unveiled this week comprises 16 screenings and other events in the Myers Studio, Epsom Playhouse, and in Epsom Square, and the gala dinner awards ceremony when specially designed trophies will be awarded to winning filmmakers.

Screenings include a mixture of feature length and short films, including fiction, animation, and documentary. The films were selected from hundreds of submissions across almost 40 different countries by panels of industry professionals including Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy winners, as well as local judges.

SEIFF Artistic Director Chris Hastings said: “The standard of entries was extremely high, and we could easily have filled a whole week’s worth of screenings with fantastic new films. The judges had such a difficult time selecting just the 35 we do have, and we are all so excited to share them with people in the borough.”

In contrast to Venice, which came under fire this year for having only one female director in the contest, SEIFF organisers are proud to announce they have selected films by several women, with one screening entirely composed of films directed by women. The festival also has an award for Best Female Director. Around half the films submitted were by women directors.

The festival is also screening a much-acclaimed new feature-length film for children called Behind the Blue Door. In its original Polish version, the film has English subtitles suitable for competent young readers.SEIFF_poster

Road to Sparta is a feature-length insightful documentary following four runners taking on the gruelling 246 kilometre marathon (Spartathlon) held in Greece each year. This will be followed by a question and answer session with the makers of the film.

Polterheist is an uproariously funny British-made feature where two hapless criminals kidnap a psychic medium, forcing her to contact a man they accidentally murdered in order to find where he buried his cash.

There will also be a question and answer session with Surrey-based animator and director Liam Harris whose short animation Perched has been nominated for the People’s Choice award. Other events include a chance for filmmakers to pitch to industry professionals and for budding actors to learn some of the secrets of the infamous casting couch.

The festival is hosting the European premiere of Indian-made short D.A.T.E., where an older woman looks to return to the job market, as well as the UK premiere of French feature film The Sleeper by the River, a dark comedy based on the award-winning book “Les Bottes Rouge” (The Red Boots) by Franz Bartelt. Shot in the Ardennes, this is a story of love, sex, madness, homemade beer and the Zen of making French fries.

All events, some of them free, are open to the public and tickets are on sale to everyone from today (following a period of early access to those pre-registered on the SEIFF site) at:

Most events cost £5 per ticket but a festival pass giving access to all events except the awards ceremony costs £25.

Chris Hastings added: “There is something for everyone and, as an event that brings together both the industry and the community, we believe it’s the first festival on the planet to combine great films with the world’s best brownies, casting workshops and the chance to get your face painted like Spiderman!”

Crime prevention advice

Now the longer, darker nights are approaching, now is a good time to think seriously about your home security. Burglars love dark nights and they also love it when we make their job easier.

Traditionally, Surrey Police see a rise in burglary offences at this time of year with the darker evenings and offenders will take every opportunity to target properties, particularly on specific days when they know that people may be out for some time. Halloween and Bonfire events may leave homeowners vulnerable if proper security measures haven’t been put in place.

Please see below advice from Surrey Police to keep your home secure this autumn:
- Shut all windows and lock them when you are not using the room, out in the garden, at night and when you leave your property
- Lock all front and rear doors at night and when you are out. If you have a UPVC door, remember to lift the handle and lock it with the key
- Put all car keys and other keys out of sight and not in reach of windows and letterboxes. Double check your vehicle is locked too. Do not leave any money or valuables in your vehicle
- Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property. Move bins away from side walls and fences
 - Register your property on Immobilise, the world’s largest, free, property register. It’s simple to register property such as technology, jewellery, bikes, antiques and collectibles and registering your property could help us reunite you if it’s stolen. Visit to get started!
- Mark your property with a forensic marker fluid, such as SelectaDNA. This clear liquid carries its own unique synthetic DNA which is only visible under ultraviolet light.

For Surrey residents, a discount of 50% with free P&P is available on SelectaDNA Home Kits. Just visit and use the discount code ‘DNASURREY50’ to order a kit for just £29.75.

For more home security advice, including property registering, forensic marking and CCTV, visit the Surrey Police website:…/protect-your-home-and-…/burglary/

Things that go bump in the night...

Halloween has become increasingly popular over recent years. However, not everyone enjoys it and the message from Surrey Police is please be careful who you scare this Halloween. 

The elderly and more vulnerable members of the community may be frightened or intimidated by strangers calling at the door.

If you or someone you know would rather not be disturbed, you can download a ‘no trick or treat’ poster.  If you are out and about and see one of these posters displayed please respect their wishes. 

Just be careful who you scare on Halloween!

Some safety tips for HalloweenHappy Halloween

If you are driving on the evening of the 31October, remember that excited children may be crossing the road unexpectedly, so slow down in residential areas and take extra care.

If you are prepared to receive Trick or Treaters, switch on your outside light and remove any trip hazards. If you set lanterns outside your front door with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that costumes won't accidentally be set on fire

Trick or Treaters

  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult. Older children should make sure an adult knows the area they plan to visit and what time they’ll be back
  • Stay in well-lit areas where there are plenty of houses
  • Keep to pavements and cross roads carefully
  • Consider calling only at houses where you know the occupants, rather than strangers.
  • Explain how vulnerable people can be frightened by an unexpected group calling at their door on a dark evening
  • Respect the privacy and wishes of people who do not want to take part in trick or treat – observe the  'No Trick or Treaters please' posters people may display in doors or windows.


Residents are advised to continue to be vigilant when opening the door to strangers or unexpected callers. The police advise an "if in doubt, keep them out" mentality. Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spyhole or look out of a window - and report any persistent, unwanted callers to the police.

If you feel unsafe:

  • Have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour to hand by your telephone, just in case you need to phone them
  • If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your coordinator know that you will be on your own at Halloween. If you are a coordinator, please identity people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance.

Spotlight on

Remembrance 2018 – the 100th anniversary

Each year on 11 November, we remember all those who gave their lives in combat while serving their country.Ashley Centre

This year takes on added significance as it marks, to the minute, the centenary of the implementation of the Armistice which brought the First World War to its conclusion on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 - The guns fell silent on the Western Front and after more than four years of unimaginable bloodshed and destruction, the war was finally over.

There have been a number events in the borough already marking this important anniversary. Here are some of the forthcoming activities organised by us or by others in the community to which you are invited.

Opening of the annual Garden of Remembrance by local school children and the Mayor
Monday 5 November at 11am, Bourne Hall Park

The Mayor will join local schoolchildren as they open the annual Garden of Remembrance within Bourne Hall Park. At least six local schools are to take part in remembering those who died in conflict. Many of the schools will be  performing a short song or poem.

Epsom’s last fallen
Wednesday 7 November at 11am, Epsom Market Place 
A small commemoration to mark the death of 32-year-old Trooper Frederick Watkins who was killed in action on 7 November 1918 at Avenses Le-Sec, the last of the 455 borough residents who were killed during WW1.

Journey’s end
Saturday 10 November, 7pm
St Paul’s Howell Hill invite you to a free reception, exhibition and screening of the feature film, Journey’s End.
Book free places at or call 07710 313749

Beacon of peace and hope Beaconlighting_BH
Sunday 11 November from 6pm, Bourne Hall Park
Join us as the Borough takes part in a national chain of beacons marking the end of the great war and the many millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded. The event will also commemorate the huge multitude of men and women on the home front who underpinned the war effort. Bourne Hall will hosts a small exhibition and there will be contributions by the Epsom Male Voice Choir, followed by the playing of the tune The Battle of the Somme and the Last Post. The beacons will symbolise the light of hope that emerged from the darkness of war, and we hope that you can join us in this important national commemoration.

Langley Vale Wood - Month of Remembrance
4-30 November
explore a special self-guided trail to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. Throughout the trail you’ll discover fascinating facts about how Langley Vale Wood played an important part in troops’ preparations for battle, and how the local community were involved in the war effort. Share your reflections at the willow wreath sculpture in the tranquil surroundings of Langley Vale Wood.
There’s also an opportunity to meet the sculptor and learn about the about the willow wreath from 12-2pm on 4 November.
Download the trail map at:

Remembrance Day Concert
Sunday 11 November, Epsom Playhouse

Prices from  £11.50
The Central Band is the flagship band of The Royal British Legion. Under the baton of the energetic Captain David Cole, former Director of Music on HMY Britannia, the Central Band has established itself as a respected and in-demand ensemble. In 2004, it celebrated its Diamond Jubilee, marking sixty years of music.

We Will Remember
Monday 12 November, Epsom Playhouse
Prices from £15
Epsom College pays tribute to those who gave their lives in the ‘the war to end war’. The evening is made up of songs, poetry and play extracts which describe the chronology of the war and touches on how Epsom College and the town responded to the conflict. All proceeds from the evening will be given to the Royal British Legion ‘Thank You’ Poppy Appeal.

As Time Goes By
Sunday 18 November at 2pm, St. Michael's The Sanctuary, Ewell

Prices: £5 - £14
Join the Denman Street Quartet for a musical journey through time from the first and second world wars featuring music by Ravel & Gershwin through to the greats of the Swing era like Glenn Miller, spanning a broad range of musical styles. £1 from every ticket will be donated to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal to help support the Armed Forces Community. Visit the Denman Street Quartet ticketsource page to book tickets:  


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

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Satisfied Eye International Film Festival 26 - 28 October
Grand Opening: Friday 26 October; 3 - 8pm

Epsom Square, KT19 8AG
Free! Star Wars themed family event.
Film screenings: Saturday 27 October
Epsom Playhouse
Street Food Market: Sunday 28 October
Epsom Market Place
For more information visit

The Children's Trust - Fireworks display
Friday 26 October; 6pm
The Children's Trust, Tadworth, Surrey KT20 5RU
Child-friendly fireworks display: 7pm; Main display: 8pm. Food and drink available.Free park and ride system from Aberdour school, KT20 6AJ.
For more information please visit Book tickets now - limited availability!

Masters of Polyphony Choral Concert by Epsom Chamber Choir
Saturday 27 October; 7.30pm - 9.45pm
St Martin's Parish Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX
Tickets £14 in advance, under 18's free, £16 on the door. Choral Concert "Masters of Polyphony" featuring Lassus, Gesualdo, Palestrina and Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir. Conducted by Mark Biggins. For more info visit

Charity Car Boot Sale supported by AutoTest, Ewell in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund
Sunday 28 October ; 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

Antiques Valuation and Talk (organised by Rotary Epsom)
Wednesday 31 October; 2pm - 5pm
Epsom United Reformed Church Hall (park and enter via Depot Road car park)
Do you want one of your antiques valued? Bring it along (or if heavy or delicate, bring some pictures on phone, tablet or paper). Hear a talk about antiques and meet the Windibanks Team Valuation competition (£1 entry). Tickets £5 from

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Autumn Fayre
Saturday 3 November; 11am - 2pm
Christ Church, Epsom KT19 8NE
Games and activities for children. Assorted crafts and other stalls. BBQ or hot soup lunches. Jams, cakes and much more! All welcome. For further details visit

Epsom Fireworks & Funfair 2018
Saturday 3 November; 7.45pm (gates open at 5.30pm)
Hook Road Arena
Tickets £8.50 on the day; £6 in advance (available until Friday 2 November). Under 5s free. Cash only at the gate. No readmission. Free coaches from Epsom & Tolworth stations and Ruxley Lane/A24. Free park & ride for programme holders from Longmead Estate, Hobbledown Children's Farm and Chessington Garden Centre. For more info visit

"What did you do in the War, Mummy?"
Wednesday 14 November; 2.30pm
The Museum, The Mansion House, Nonsuch Park SM3 8AP
Talk by Sue James on Sutton High School during The Great War. Organised by The Friends of Nonsuch. Entry £6, members free, refreshments included. For more info visit

7th Epsom Scouts Jumble Sale
Saturday 17 November; Doors open at 1.30pm for Public (50p entry), 10.30am-11.30am Early Birds (£5 entry)
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road
Donations: Please leave at Epsom Methodist Church on Friday 16 November from 6.30pm-8.30pm, Saturday 17 November from 9am-10.30am. If you have any items which you would like collected, please call the volunteer collector. No furniture or large electrical goods, please. Limited parking on site. Enquiries call 07736 771864 or 07961 282424.

Epsom Choral Society - The Regent Chamber Ensemble
Saturday 17 November; 7.30pm
St Martin's Parish Church, Epsom KT17 4PX
Tickets: Adult £15; student or under 18 £7.50. Box office telephone: 01372 727078. Website:

The Archaeology of Epsom & Ewell
Tuesday 20 November; 8pm
Christ Church Hall, Christ Church Road, Epsom
An illustrated talk by Steve Nelson of Epsom and Ewell History & Archaeology Society (EEHAS). Organised by the Epsom Common Association. Admission: Members, free; non-members £2. Membership £3 per annum. For more info visit

This month at the Epsom Playhouse

Satisfied Eye International Film Festival
Friday 26 - Sunday 28 October
Epsom and Ewell welcomes its first every international film festival this October. 

After midnight in the Asphalt JungleEye 2
Dogs vs Cats meets film noir in a classic whodunit with a twist

Behind the Blue Door
11 year old Lukas finds himself on an incredible adventure when he is sent to live with his aunt after a car accident.  At her guest house by the sea, all is not as it seems behind the blue door of his bedroom, where there is a world  of imagination and great mystery! A visually stunning fantasy adventure about the power of love and family. Contains mild threat (Subtitled, suitable for competent young readers).

Dead End
A contract killer is sent from London to Hong Kong on an assignment with an up and coming young gun for hire, but the contractor's past life starts to derail their assignment and both men have to gamble on their survival.

Liz Drives
For estranged sisters Liz and Ellie being a family has never been easy - but there are some horrors you create yourself.

When an elderly man returns to his family home after decades of absence, the apparition of his childhood sweetheart triggers a rewind to life changing events from his youth. (Subtitled)

Original Sin
An absurdist rom com about a sexually frustrated woman, her uptight husband and a freewheeling artist who form an unlikely love triangle with unpredictable results! (Spanish with English subtitles).

Ouija Sex
When a heart broken man tried to contact his deceased girlfriend, he discovers she wants more than just a chat!

Panic Attack
You know those nagging thoughts that start with 'did I leave the coffee on?' and turn into 'am I pregnant with a devil baby?' This hand drawn animation explores anxiety, obsession and one woman’s slippery hold on reality.

Two friends seek spiritual salvation in India away from their hedonistic and disconnected lives in advance of the impending and spectacular collapse of the cosmos.

Guns, Gangsters and Ghosts! Two hapless small time criminals kidnap a psychic, forcing her to contact the gangster they murdered to find his buried cash - but accidently unleash a demon hell-bent on revenge. A rip-roaring British gangster movie with its tongue firmly in its cheek!

The Road to Sparta
An astonishing documentary that follows the fortunes of four runners, including Ultra Marathon Man Dean Karnazes, as they attempt to follow in the footsteps of Pheidippides and complete a gruelling 246 kilometre Spartathlon in just 36 hours.

Waiting for you
Starring TV's Merlin (Colin Morgan) as Paul, a grieving young man who escapes to France hunting for a treasure owed to his dead father. Family secrets unravel as he finds himself playing cat and mouse with a mysterious and elegant musician whose revelations about his father will change everything Paul knows.

See the Epsom Playhouse website for show screening details

Suggs King Cnut for a Day - Monday 29 October - After his first sell out tour, Suggs is treading the boards again with a brand new show. Fame is a tightrope and Suggs has fallen off many times. With help from Deano, his trusty pianist, he tells his story in words and music with the help of some Madness classics and a couple more what he wrote all by himself.

That'll Be The Day - Thursday 1 November – A brand new show featuring incredible live music performances, this hugely entertaining Rock & Roll spectacular blends classic gold hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s with bags of hilarious comedy!

Oye Santana - Tuesday 6 November - There’s much more to being the Best Santana Tribute in the World, close your eyes and you can’t tell the difference. Carlos Santana’s guitar playing is instantly recognizable not just because of his tone or his trademark licks, but because of the emotion he puts into every note he plays.

UK Pink Floyd Experience - Thursday 8 November - Recreating the sights and sounds of the legendary Pink Floyd live in concert, this highly authentic show features over 50 years of hits by this iconic band. 

The Magic of the Beatles - Friday 9 November - If you’re looking for an authentic, lively dose of ‘Beatlemania’ then you need to look no further! The Magic of The Beatles is one of the UK’s leading Beatles tribute shows who not only look and sound like John, Paul, George and Ringo, they also generate the same incredible excitement and unique sense of humour.Kinks

Legend, the music of Bob Marley - Saturday 10 November - Legend, the music of Bob Marley is an unforgettable evening celebrating this musical icon in one fantastic stage show extravaganza. Combining his superb, distinctive vocals with flawless musicianship, and a supremely talented cast.

Northern Soul Live - Wednesday 14 November - A Soul & Motown party including all the Edwin Starr hits including  War, S.O.S, 25 miles, Contact, his northern soul classics including Time, I have faith in you baby & Agent 00 soul plus soul & motown covers such as Get ready, Higher & Higher, Superstition, Dancing in the street, I’ll be around, Let’s stay together.

Kast Off Kinks  - Thursday 15 November - The Kast off Kinks are actual former members of the legendary band, back together playing great music and re-living the good times whilst keeping the songs alive that made The Kinks a household name. 

The Illegal Eagles - Monday 19 November - The World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute returns for another outstanding show. This phenomenal group of musicians have been touring for over two decades and remain true Eagles fanatics! Their longevity and continued international acclaim are due in no small part to their extraordinary mastery of the Eagles’ distinctive sound.


Sam Avery - Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November - Stand-up comedian, viral blogger and bestselling author Sam Avery (aka the Learner Parent) started his award-winning blog when his twin boys were born. A million nappies, Peppa Pig episodes and a head-full of hair loss later, he shares all the lows, highs and hilarious in-betweens of his experiences of first-time parenthood.

Lee Hurst - Friday 16 November -  Lee Hurst, star of BBC1’s 'They Think It’s All Over' is back on the road with a brand new show, ‘Mucking About’. Lee will be turning up, lobbing gags and funny stuff at you from all angles. A hilarious night is about to hit town.


Surrey Youth Ballet - Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November – for their twelfth season the talented ensemble present two ballets; Cinderella and The Journey of the Orient Express.

Russian National Ballet - Saturday 17 November - After the sell-out performances of Nutcracker last year, Russian National Ballet returns to the UK with the most famous Ballet of all time. Swan Lake is one of Tchaikovsky’s best works, featuring some of ballet’s most memorable music and breath-taking dance.

Kuntals Bollywood Dance Company - Sunday 18 November - An evening of Bollywood. Come see some truly amazing performances at the student showcase 2018.

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

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club

Terrific Tanks
Saturday 10 November; 11am - 2.30pm
Learn about the tank and as part of our special WW1 session Try make your own moving tank!  Cost £8 per child. Two identical sessions will be run, please book to reserve your place; maximum 15 Children.

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club is for young people 8+ who love history. Please meet in the foyer of Bourne Hall. Places are limited, to reserve your space or for further information please contact David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF. Tel: 020 8394 1734. Email: Visit What's On at:

For more info visit


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

Countryside_HortonSteamTrainsHistory of the Horton Light Railway
Sunday 18 November; 1pm - 4pm
Join in for a chance to discover the history of the railway line that used to run through Horton Country Park in those far off days of steam!

Meet at the Information Centre adjacent to the public car park. 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: phone: 01372 732000 or visit 

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

She inspires me

This year marks 100 years since women in the UK were given the vote. The Representation of the People Act 1918 came into force in February 1918 and give women over the age of 30 who owned property (about 40%) the right to vote in national elections.She

The first General Election women were able to participate in was 14 December 1918.

Christ Church Epsom Common is marking this milestone by hosting a four-day festival.

Friday 16 November 
7pm  Film Night: ‘Suffragette’
tickets £10 on door profits to Emily Davidson Memorial Project

Saturday 17 November   
10am   Creative writing workshop: Prayers for women by women (free activity)

Sunday 18 November
10am  Parish Communion: Preacher the Very Revd. Dianna Gwilliams, Dean of Guildford Cathedral

Monday 19 November 
9am   Women's coach trip to Parliament
Guided tour of the Houses of Parliament plus lunch at Methodist Central Hall. There is an optional afternoon walking tour (to discover more about Women in Westminster with Go London Tours to see famous statues and buildings connected with the Suffragette movement), a visit to the Jewel Tower or you can do your own thing in the afternoon.
Cost £30 - limited spaces.
Booking form and full details here


Counting down to Christmas...

For more info visit the What's on section on our websiteEpsomChristmaslights

Here’s a round-up of some of the Christmas 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).

Join in! Epsom Christmas lights switch on
Thursday 22 November; 4pm - 8.30pm
Epsom Market Place
Join us for family fun, live performance, fun fair, laughter, music and Christmas treats as we get the Christmas season off to a great start!

November 2018

Christmas Gift Market
Tuesday 6 - Saturday 10 November
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
Looking for something a bit different? The Christmas gift market returns to Bourne Hall.

Flowers for Christmas
Tuesday 13 November; 8pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
A floral demonstration by Sheila Stacy. Organised by Ewell Horticultural Association. Admission, members £3; visitors £4 includes refreshments and raffle. For more information visit

Joyful and Triumphant
Saturday 17 November; 10am - 5pm
Oaks Hall, Epsom Downs Racecourse KT18 5LQ
Surrey Area of NAFAS presents a Christmas exhibition of floral art. Tickets £5, early bird £3. Refreshments available. For more information call 01483 282899 visit

Glyn School Christmas FayreNonsuchCraftFair
Saturday 17 November; 11am - 3pm
Glyn School, The Kingsway, Ewell KT17 1NB
Entrance 50p. Children free. Christmas, Gift & Craft stalls, Raffle/ Tombola, Refreshments, Food, Drink and Beauty Hampers, Jewellery, Beauty products, Handbags & scarves, Christmas Cards, Christmas Decorations, Books & Prints, Cakes, Stocking fillers and much more.

Nonsuch Craft Group - Annual Craft Fair
Tuesday 20 November - Saturday 1 December; 9am-6pm (Tuesday - Friday), 9am-4.30pm (Saturday)
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
Free admission. All items on sale over the two week period are hand crafted locally by members of the Nonsuch Craft Group. Items include: textiles, pottery, jewellery, hats, wooden goods, glassware, knitting & crochet, greetings cards & calendars, Christmas decorations and more.. Purchases by cash or card. Ideal for unique Christmas gifts.

St Martin's Church Christmas Fair
Saturday 24 November; 11am - 3pmStMartinsChristmasFair
Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX
Free entry. Model Railway, Chocolate Tombola, Bottle Stall, Christmas cards & gifts, Cakes, Raffle, Children's crafts, Games, Lunch and more...! For more info visit

Christmas Craft - Ladies Craft evening
Monday 26 November; 7.45pm - 9pm
Stamford Green Primary, Christ Church Mount, Epsom KT19 8LU
No booking required, turn up on the night! Craft activities, free refreshments, a short Christmas talk. Cost: £3 entry, all proceeds go to support local charities. For more information please contact

Lights on Broadway
Friday 30 November; 4pm - 8pm
Stoneleigh Broadway
A Christmas family event organised by The Stoneleigh Broadway Traders Association to thank the Local Community for their support throughout the year. Pop down with friends and family and visit Santa's Grotto within the Scouts Shop, enjoy the fun fair, have a bite from the winter BBQ and local restarurants and enjoy performances from local choirs, bands and dance schools. Don't forget to do a bit shoping too at your local shops, Craft Fair within the Library and street stalls. Once again our popular colouring competition will be judge by the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, so make sure to print and hand in all entries beforehand for a chance to win a fantastic family price. A night not to be missed! For more info see: 

December 2018

Charity Christmas Tree Sale
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December; 9am - 4pm
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 December; 9am - 4pm
4th Ewell (Nonsuch) Scout HQ, 1 Bluegates, London Road, Ewell KT17 2SA.
We are selling premium quality fresh Christmas trees in a variety of sizes to fund for 4th Ewell (Nonsuch) Scout Group. Run by volunteers, all proceeds go towards supporting the Group. We deliver within 15 miles, accept cards and you can buy or pre-order online. For more info visit Find us on Facebook and Twitter #nonsuchtrees

Ewell Yule 2018
Friday 7 December; 5pm - 8pm
Ewell High Street
Organised by Ewell Village Traders Association. Santa returns to Ewell Village for annual Christmas event with children from all local schools singing carols from 5pm. The high street and Glyn Hall will be filled with wonderful crafts, food and stalls, plus hot mulled wine, children's rides, dancing from Ewell St Marys Morris Men outside the Green Man and for the first time at Ewell Yule Phoenix Clog and the Green Man Sword Dancers will be joining us too. The Best Dressed Shop Window competition returns for another year and the Advent Calendar competition will be running across December - PLUS - the high street shops will be open for late night shopping and pampering, some with very special offers, nibbles and fizz!! More entertainment and stalls to be announced. The high street will be closed to all traffic and public transport from 3pm to 9pm. Free car parking in both village car parks. For more info see:

1st Cuddington (Warspite) Sea Scout Group - Christmas Extravaganza
Saturday 8 December: Craft Fair 11am - 2pm; Real Christmas trees on sale 9am - 3pm
Fancourt Hall, Cunliffe Road, Stoneleigh KT19 0RJ
Admission: Free - coin donations welcomed. We will be selling Needlefast Nordman Fir Christmas trees - different sizes and prices.

Epsom cemetery service
Friday 14 December, 11am
The ecumenical service to remember loved ones who have passed way.

Christmas at the Epsom Playhouse

Visit: Find @EpsomPlayhouse on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too!

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Friday 14 December - Sunday 6 January
The pantomimes at the Epsom Playhouse just get better and better. This year it’s a ‘giant’ of a show; packed full of slapstick, corny jokes, stunning dancers, beautiful singing and real panto mayhem!

It's a thrilling tale of adventure... magic beans... a mysterious land way up in the clouds... a hidden treasure... and a terrifying giant - which provides an exciting, fun-packed pantomime.

Can our hero save the day? Will his silly brother mess everything up? Will Dame Trott ever get her baking finished?

This ‘traditional modern’ Jack and the Beanstalk promises something for everyone, a real family treat!

Neil Sands presents Christmas Memories
Tuesday 13 November
Neil Sands and his wonderful West End cast are back with the 2018 production of their hit show, bringing an unforgettable afternoon of festive nostalgia, taking us all back to a time when Christmas really was the most wonderful time of the year. Be transported back on a yuletide sleigh ride filled with of 60 all time favourite Christmas songs and carols.

Epsom Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert
Sunday 2 December
West End star David Leonard (Matilda's Trunchbull) will come and narrate the musical story of The Sleeping Beauty in a Christmas cracker of a programme featuring seasonal music by Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Lehar and Smetana as well as a feast of Christmas Carols.

The Big Band at Christmas
Monday 3 December
Swing into Christmas with the unique Five Star Swing Big Band show – Enjoy all your favourite Christmas songs with the dynamic Big Band treatment from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie, Nat King Cole - jazzing up those Jingle Bells! As featured at London’s Leicester Square Theatre and BBC “Children in Need”.

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Saturday 8 - Monday 24 December
It looks as though somebody wants to stop Santa's Christmas party - and that someone is Jack Frost! A 45 minute, interactive family show, particularly suitable for 2 - 7 year olds.

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 and complete a permissions form. 

For sport opportunities taking place across the borough visit our website - 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

Rainbow Leisure Centre Ballet lessons 
Tiny tots take their first steps in ballet through music and movement from 18 months to 6+ years
Weekly every Tuesday: 2.15pm – 2.45pm (3 years); 3.45pm – 4.30pm (4 years); 4.30pm – 5.15pm (5 years)
Cost: £70 for a 14 week block (term-time only). Discover the world of dance in our ballet beginners programmes. Children take their first steps in ballet through music and movement. Teachers use an imaginative approach to encourage natural movement, using stories and imagination to encourage a child's sense of movement, rhythm and balance following the RAD syllabus. This fun class is a good introduction to dance and can also help to develop balance, co-ordination and motor skills.
For more information please visit: or contact reception on 01372 727277.

Topspin Tennis Schools - Inspiring the next generation!
Indoor classes on weekdays and Saturday
Topspin Tennis are providing a fun and safe environment for children aged 2 to 8 year old to learn tennis, get actively involved and build their self-confidence during the early years of development. For a free trial session call Andy Low on 07779 130596 or email or visit
Epsom and Ewell Walking Netball
Congratulations to the Epsom & Ewell Walking Netball Team, who last week beat off some stiff competition to win the Club Games Walking Netball Tournament! An incredible achievement, especially as the centre only launched the weekly session in March of this year.
If you'd like to give it go, join the team each Wednesday from 2pm-3pm in the Sports Hall at Rainbow Leisure Centre, Epsom.

English my Way with Work Stress Solutions
Want to improve your English Skills? Work Stress Solutions are now offering a new course which will be free for people with a low level of English.
Every Thursday; 10am - 2.30pm
The Focus Youth Centre, 9 Depot Road, Epsom, KT17 4RJ
To ensure you get a space on the course, we recommend signing up as soon as possible as it’s anticipated this will get booked very quickly. You will need to enrol and complete an initial assessment prior to starting the course.
If you have any further questions, please email Parvin:

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 4 November. 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 -

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

More convenience on-line

This summer, we launched the latest phase of our online self-service, offering an alternative way to access Council Tax and benefits services, see:  PC self service

The new system allows residents to:

  • View their council tax bills and instalments online
  • Set up a direct debit online
  • Apply for or remove a Single Person Discounts online
  • View benefit claim details and notifications online
  • View recent benefit payment details online
  • Sign up for e-billing and e-notifications

The functionality also allows local businesses to sign up for e-bills for Business Rates, set up direct debits and view bills and instalments online.

Landlords who receive direct payment of Housing Benefit for their tenants will also be able to sign up for e-notifications, view and download their payments schedules, check on the status of their residents’ claims and view outstanding invoices.

Access is available 24/7 using PC/laptop, mobile or tablet.

It also enables residents who need much larger print to zoom in on their bills and notifications to assist with reading them, or those with assistive computer technology can use PDF compatible screen readers to read the documents out to them.

To date 400 users have registered to use the service and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

Registering online is easy. There are links to online self service on the Council Tax, Benefits and Business Rates areas of our website

You will just need the account number of the account you are registering to access, a valid email address and you will be asked some security questions regarding your account. If we do not hold enough information about you, or you cannot answer the questions, you will be given the option to request a PIN. The PIN number will be then sent via post to the address associated with the account.

If you have any issues setting up or accessing your account, you can contact the Revenues and Benefits Technical Team on 01372 732284.

Your Community

Out and about in the community

Interested in volunteering?

Epsom Rotary
Epsom Rotary Club is looking for new members!  We help the local community and local charities in a number of ways. We meet in a variety of locations and on a variety of days, but primarily built around Thursday lunchtimes/evenings at Cuddington Golf club. For more info see

Volunteer opportunities with MERU, Epsom
Ideally Mondays 10am - 2pm. Please contact Hazel Drye on 07771 575198.
Workshop Assistant - Would suit someone who enjoys practical tasks possibly with an interset in DIY, mechanical engineering or arts and crafts. Hours to suit.
Order Administrator - This role involves picking, weighing, packing and despatching orders. Eye for detail and basic computer skills required but no heavy lifting involved.

Friends of Old Moat Garden Centre
The Richmond Fellowship own the Old Moat Garden Centre and they do fantastic work with people suffering from mental health problems, offering the opportunity to enrol for formal or informal training and work experience programmes in a realistic, commercial, but supportive environment. It offers training in nursery stock growing, propagation, vegetable and fruit production as well as contract gardening and cafe training, including food hygiene, barista training and food preparation. Help us restore their walled garden for use as a community facility  – contact Clive Richardson on 01372723698

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:
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:

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: For more info visit

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

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: 

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 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:

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

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:
Ewell: 1pm - 4pm; Christ Church Ewell, Cheam Road, Ewell, KT17 1AD
Stoneleigh: 2pm - 4pm; Stoneleigh Methodist Church, Stoneleigh Crescent, Epsom KT19 0RT
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
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: or visit

Stoneleigh Community Library
For information on what's on see:

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:

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:

Green Man Sword - sword dancing comes to Ewell village
Tuesday nights; 8pm - 10pm (Practices begin Tuesday 11 September, new dancers and musicians welcome).
Ewell Village
New members welcome - no experience necessary. Green Man Sword is a new mixed gender team dancing rapper and longsword from the North of England. For more inforamtion email:; phone: 07766832477 or 07979806168; website:; Facebook:

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.

Group & Private Pilates Matwork Classes
Beginner class, every Wednesday starting 7 November; 10am - 11am
4th Ewell (Nonsuch) Scout Group, Nonsuch Hall, 1 Bluegates, Epsom KT17 2SA
Complimentary 1-2-1 when you sign up for a seven week block. Contact: Natalie Panther 07725 993852, email:

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:, website:

'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: or visit

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: 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 or call mobile: 07584 188481.

Epsom Male Voice Choir - 'Come & Sing'
Wednesday 3 October; 7.30pm - 10pm (rehearsals every Wednesday)
United Reform Church Hall, London Road, Ewell KT17 2BE
The Choir rehearse every week and enjoy performing a wide range of songs from Show Tunes, Male Voice Classics and even tastefully arranged 'pop' songs, in addition to songs specially written by their award winning musical director. It is not a requirement to be able to read music and they learn from CDs or the computer, as well as at their rehearsals. For more info visit or email:

Phoenix Clog
Wednesday nights; 8pm-10pm (Special newcomer's introductory sessions on Wednesdays 12 & 19 September).
Viola Le Petit Dance Studio, (behind) 91 Chessington Road, West Ewell KT19 9UU
All are welcome! Lose those summer pounds by clog dancing. For more info email:; phone: 020 8393 9286 or visit

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: or visit our website: 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.

Flowing Hatha Yoga with Tara
Saturdays 10.30am - 11.30am
St Martin of Tours Church Hall, Epsom KT17 4PX
Please do bring your own yoga mat. For more info visit or phone: 07810 718144

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:, tel: 07941 231072, email:, Twitter: @stoneleighjobclub, Facebook: stoneleigh job club.

Managing stress and anxiety in children and teenagers

Mondays 5 and 12 November; 9.30am - 11.30am (both dates need to be attended)
The Focus Youth Centre, Depot Road, Epsom KT17 4RJ

This is a course for adults who care for children or teenagers & want to find ways to help them to manage their stress and anxiety.

Topics include:
•Common reasons for Stress   & Anxiety in young people
•How to recognise signs of stress and anxiety
•Discuss & share ideas for helping your child/teen to manage stress and anxiety
•Coping Strategies to try at home

This course is free of charge.
Contact: Claire Mills on 0300 303 3464 website:

Mental Health First Aid Awareness


Town twins sing!

TwinningBack in the summer, an international Choral Festival was held in Chantilly, France.

The festival was a celebration of the close friendships that have been forged through the activities of Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning Association on behalf of the people of Epsom and Ewell with Chantilly, with whom we are twinned and with our strong links with Watermael-Boitsfort in Belgium and Uberlingen in Germany, both of whom are twinned with Chantilly. Choirs represented all four towns and our local Barrisons Choir represented Epsom and Ewell. 

The many visitors from Belgium, Germany and the UK were not disappointed as the choirs joined together to provide a wealth and variety of songs from all four countries. As well as the singing, Chantilly organised a variety of social events for the choirs and visitors to the town.

The Choral Festival is held every two years and in 2016 was hosted very successfully by Epsom and Ewell. The Festival is entirely self funded as was the participation at this year’s event in Chantilly. 

A number of twinning events between the towns takes place during the course of the year. These include Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning Association participation at a Christmas market in Chantilly to English/French speaking competitions for school children with guest judges from each town. Other cultural, social and educational activities also take place, but whatever they may be they all provide the opportunity for the people of these towns, young and not so young alike, to renew old friendship or to make new ones ensuring that the close ties between the towns continue for many years to come.

For more information on the twinning activities please see the Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning Association website at

Pictured: Choirs performing at the International Choral Festival in the Great Stables of the Château de Chantilly.


Adoption changes lives

SCC_AdoptionSurrey County Council is urging residents who may want to adopt, but don’t think they will be considered, to contact them.

Typically people who’ve thought about adopting a child, don’t come forward because they don’t think they will be accepted. This could be for a number of reasons, but the most common are because of their sexuality, relationship status, age or financial situation. The reality, however, is that the county council welcomes applications from people regardless of gender, sexuality, relationship and financial status.

The most important thing is that homes are found for children who often wait longer to find a family including; sibling groups, older children, or a child with disability and/or complex needs.

So if you think you could be the “family” for one or more of our children, please call Surrey County Council’s adoption team for a confidential, informal chat on: 0800 096 9626, SMS: 07527 182 861 or visit for more information.

Improving Healthcare Together 2020-2030

Find out more about the work in Surrey Downs, Sutton and Merton to address the challenges faced by Epsom and St Helier Hospitals

Looking for members of the public to get involved in important workshops
We face many challenges at Epsom and St Helier hospital around the staff, buildings and finances.
Sutton, Surrey Downs and Merton Clinical Commissioning Groups are looking at these challenges and trying to decide the best way to solve them. We have some potential options and we want local people to have a genuine say in how the best option is chosen.

We’d like to hear from residents who have used either Epsom or St Helier hospital in the last twelve months.
We’d also like to hear from local residents with disabilities and carers that use these hospitals. 
An independent research company called Traverse will be running three workshops on behalf of the NHS to develop a recommendation about the options we want to put forward for formal public consultation.
The workshop dates are:
•  Tuesday 30th October, 13.00-17.00, Ewell
•  Tuesday 6th November, 13.00-17.00, Sutton
•  Wednesday 14th November, 13.00-19.30, Wimbledon
Why should members of the public take part?
The main reason to participate is to be involved in this important decision that impacts our local area. So most of all we want people who take that responsibility seriously. We do recognise that we are asking people to give up their time, so we are offering £50 to each participant.
Find out more

If a member of the public would like to be considered as a participant, then they should contact, Duncan Grimes, one of the independent researchers who will be running the discussion:
Mobile phone: 07710 855 687
You can read more about the options process on our website here.

Share your views

We want to hear about your experiences and ideas for improving healthcare in the local area. Our website, describes the challenges and opportunities our local area is facing, visit

You can send us your thoughts, comments or questions via the following:  
• Email: 
• Twitter: @IHTogether 
• Facebook: 
• Post: Freepost IMPROVING HEALTHCARE TOGETHER 2020-2030 (No stamp needed)

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,

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.






9.30am - 10.30am

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



10.45am - 11.45am

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



11am - 11.45am

Musical Bingo

Dining Room


12noon - 1pm

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



1.15pm - 2.15pm

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



2.15pm - 3.15pm

Soft Ball Tennis £3.00 (Members only)



1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge


2pm - 3pm

Ukulele Group - Intermediate

Small Lounge


10.30am - 12.15pm

Chess Club

Small Lounge


10am - 11am

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



11.15am - 12.15pm

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



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


Dining Room


1.30pm - 3.30pm

Card making

Small Lounge


1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge


9am to 4pm

Lorna's Therapeutic Treatments -  by appointment

Counselling Room


10.15am - 11.45am

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



11.30am - 12.15pm


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



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)



1.30pm to 3.30pm

Short Mat Bowls



1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge


9.30am - 11am

Singing for Pleasure (First and third Friday)



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)



1.45pm - 2.45pm

Tea and activities

Park Lounge


1.15pm - 2.30pm

Bingo £1 per card

Dining Room


1.30pm - 3.30pm


Hall or Small Lounge

Your Council

Council meetings: October - November 2018


29      Nonsuch Park Joint Management Committee (10am at Nonsuch Park Mansion House)


08      Planning Committee

13      Health Liaison Panel, 7pm

15      Licensing and Planning Policy Committee

22      Audit, Crime & Disorder and Scrutiny Committee

27      Strategy & 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

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

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

The app

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The app provides quick and easy access to information for all Council committee meetings and even allows you to select and subscribe to the committees that interest you. It will then automatically keep itself updated with all the latest meeting agendas and minutes.

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The mobile app is available as a free download from the Apple App Store (for an iPad), Google Play Store (for an Android phone or tablet) or Windows App Store (for a Windows tablet).

Select your Council
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Select your Committees
Select the committees you wish to subscribe to, you can have as many as you like.

For more information visit

Jobs at the Council

EEBC logoFor information on latest jobs and vacancies visit the Jobs page on the Council's website where you can also view are new 'Working with us' recruitment video:

You can also visit the Epsom & Ewell pages at

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Contact us

Tel: 01372 732000
Text: 07950 080202

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:

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.

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