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We’ve just commemorated a centenary since the end of the First World War. Many thanks to everyone who organised anything within the borough marking the anniversary and to all of you who attended one of our events. The end of the war initiated a number of changes in British society, which would never be the same.

Also in 1918 there was fundamental change in this country political landscape – in December the first parliamentary election took place where women had the opportunity to vote. We’re acknowledging this momentous step forward in women’s rights with a display in the Town Hall – see our spotlight section.

Epsom was not particularly different from anywhere else in the country in distinguishing itself in the cause of women’s suffrage. One woman changed all that. Emily Wilding Davison was a suffragette who fought for votes for women and was arrested on numerous occasions, went on hunger strike seven times and was force fed on forty-nine occasions. She died in Epsom after being hit by King George V's horse at the 1913 Derby when she walked onto the track during the race. There’s currently a community led group raising funds for an Emily Davison statue, and the organisers will have a display at the Town Hall event.

Within this issue we include the community Christmas themed events that have been highlighted to us and there’s an overview of council services opening and operating times over Christmas.

Andy Williams sang that this is the most wonderful time of the year and with the festive abundance all around us it can be tempting to spoil ourselves a little too much; in our key facts section we take a look at Christmas wellbeing (we try not to be too preachy)!

Happy Christmas and have a prosperous and healthy New Year.

News

Council services over Christmas and the New Year

ballsThe majority of our services will operate as normal over the festive period but there are some changes, to take into account Bank Holidays and to ensure we provide best value for the taxpayer.

You can contact us via our website and via our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) - these are monitored during normal Town Hall opening hours.

In emergencies, we can be contacted on 01372 732000 - this service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Ashley Road Cemetery

The cemetery will be open as normal for visitors over the Christmas/New Year period.

Bourne Hall

Sunday 23 December; Closed

Monday 24 December; open 9am - 4pm

Tuesday 25 December; closed

Wednesday 26 December; closed

Thursday 27 December; open 9am – 5pm

Friday 28 December; open 9am – 5pm

Saturday 29 December; open 9am – 5pm

Sunday 30 December; closed

Monday 31 December; closed

Tuesday 1 January; closed

From Wednesday 2 January; normal opening hours.balls

Please note, due to circumstances beyond our control, the Coffee Shop at Bourne Hall will be closed from Tuesday 11 December and over the Christmas period. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and look forward to welcoming you back from Wednesday 2 January 2019.

Car parks

Hook Road car park

Saturday 22 December; open 7am – 8pm

Sunday 23 December; closed

Monday 24 December; open 6am – 11pm

Tuesday 25 December; closed

Wednesday 26 December; closed

Thursday 27 December; open 6am – 11pm

Friday 28 December; open 6am – 11pm

Saturday 29 December; open 7am – 8pm

Sunday 30 December; closed

Monday 31 December; open 7am – 11pm

Tuesday 1 January; closed

From Wednesday 2 January; normal opening hours

All other car parks will remain open during the festive period.

On Christmas Day parking in all borough council car parks will be free of charge (except Hook Road which will be closed). Please park responsibly in any on-street locations.

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Harrier Centre

Friday 21 December; Giggles closed, Acorn gymnastics open

Monday 24 December; Harrier Centre and Boxing Club closed

Tuesday 25 December; Harrier Centre and Boxing Club closed

Wednesday 26 December; Harrier Centre and Boxing Club closed

Thursday 27 December; Harrier Centre and Boxing Club closed

Friday 28 December; Harrier Centre and Boxing Club closed

Monday 31 December; Harrier Centre and Boxing Club closed

Tuesday 1 January; Harrier Centre and Boxing Club closed

From Wednesday 2 January; normal opening hours

 

Community and Wellbeing Centre (lunch club and services for the elderly)

Friday 21 December; open as normal

Saturday 22 December; closed, as normal

Sunday 23 December; closed, as normal

Monday 24 December; open as normal

Tuesday 25 December; closed

Wednesday 26 December; closed

Thursday 27 December; open as normalballs

Friday 28 December; open as normal

Saturday 29 December; closed, as normal

Sunday 30 December; closed, as normal

Monday 31 December; closed

Tuesday 1 January; closed

From Wednesday 2 January; normal opening hours.

Meals at home

Friday 21 December – normal service

Saturday 22 December – no service, as normal

Sunday 23 December – no service, as normal

Monday 24 December – normal service

Tuesday 25 December – no service

Wednesday 26 December – no service

Thursday 27 December – normal service

Friday 28 December – normal service

Saturday 29 December – no service, as normal

Sunday 30 December – no service, as normal

Monday 31 December – no serviceballs

Tuesday 1 January – no service

Wednesday – From Wednesday 2 January; normal service resumes hours

Note: Frozen meals can be provided in advance for when hot meal deliveries do not take place - these need to be booked in advance.

 

Nature reserves

Local nature reserves operate normal opening hours across the festive period.

 

Parks

Parks are open as normal across the festive period.

 

Rubbish and Recycling collections

Changes to the normal collection times over the Christmas and New Year period are highlighted elsewhere in this e-newsletter.

 

Shopping service

Last Deliveries 21 December and 28 December.

Normal deliveries resume on Wednesday 2 January.

 

Telecare/Community Alarmballs

Monitoring Centre operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year.

Administration, enquiries and repair service:

Friday 21 December; normal service

Saturday 22 December; closed, as normal

Sunday 23 December; closed, as normal

Monday 24 December; emergency service only

Tuesday 25 December; closed

Wednesday 26 December; closed

Thursday 27 December; normal operating hours

Friday 28 December; normal operating hours

Saturday 29 December; closed, as normal

Sunday 30 December; closed, as normal

Monday 31 December; closed

Tuesday 1 January; closed

From Wednesday 2 January; normal opening hours.

 

Town Hall

Monday 24 December; closedballs

Tuesday 25 December; closed

Wednesday 26 December; closed

Thursday 27 December; normal opening hours

Friday 28 December; normal opening hours

Saturday 29 December; closed

Sunday 30 December; closed

Monday 31 December; normal opening hours

Tuesday 1 January; closed

From Wednesday 2 January; normal opening hours.

 

Transport from home

Friday 21 December; normal service

Saturday 22 December; closed, as normal

Sunday 23 December; closed, as normal

Monday 24 December; limited service

Tuesday 25 December; closed

Wednesday 26 December; closed

Thursday 27 December; normal serviceballs

Friday 28 December; normal services

Saturday 29 December; closed, as normal

Sunday 30 December closed, as normal

Monday 31 December; closed

Tuesday 1 January; closed

From Wednesday 2 January; normal operating hours

 

Wellbeing Daycare+

Friday 21 December; normal service

Saturday 22 December; closed, as normal

Sunday 23 December; closed, as normal

Monday 24 December; closing at 12.30

Tuesday 25 December; closed

Wednesday 26 December; closed

Thursday 27 December; normal service

Friday 28 December; normal service

Saturday 29 December; closed, as normal

Sunday 30 December; closed, as normal

Monday 31 December; closed

Tuesday 1 January; closed

From Wednesday 2 January; normal operating hours

Christmas and New Year refuse and recycling

rubbishThe countdown to Christmas has begun. Christmas cards are filling post boxes, cardboard-packaged gifts are landing on doorsteps and empty mince pie boxes are piling up high. Luckily, you can recycle your festive paper and card with ease. Whether you have empty chocolate boxes, old envelopes or used wrapping paper, there is room in your recycling bin for them all. Just remember that you can’t recycle anything with glitter on, wrapping paper that doesn’t rip or cards that contain batteries.

After Christmas we will operate our free real Christmas tree recycling collection for all residents.


Collections over the festive period

Christmas week

There will be no refuse collections during Christmas week. Most Christmas waste is recyclable, so this week we will collect recycling only.

Put these bins out only:        

Recycling    Glass     Food

Normal collection day  

Actual collection day

Monday 24 December

As normal

Tuesday 25 December

Monday 24 December

Wednesday 26 December

Thursday 27 December

Thursday 27 December

As normal

Friday 28 December

As normal

Please note: If you live in a flat with communal bins we will still collect refuse in Christmas week because we recognise the restricted space in many bin rooms.

New Year's week

Refuse collections start again. We will take up to three bags of excess refuse and any amount of excess recycling. Put excess waste in clearly labelled bags.

Put these bins out:          

Recycling    Glass     Food      Refuse

Normal collection day

Actual collection day

Monday 31 December

As normal

Tuesday 1 January

Wednesday 2 January

Wednesday 2 January

Thursday 3 January

Thursday 3 January

Friday 4 January

Friday 4 January

Saturday 5 January

Please leave your recycling and refuse out for collection in a clearly visible place at the kerbside by 6.30am on collection day.

There will be no garden waste or leaves collections during Christmas and New Year's weeks. Normal collection schedules for garden waste and leaves start again week commencing Monday 7 January.

Normal collection schedules for all bins re-commence Monday 7 January.

Real Christmas tree recycling

Please note this is a fortnightly service, and is for a limited period only during January and early February. Details of when we will be collecting Christmas trees in your road are on your Christmas collections bin label. You can also check our 'Where I Live' webpage (if it's Christmas tree week the webpage will tell you; if it's not Christmas tree week then it will not be mentioned).

Remove all your decorations (baubles, tinsel, etc.) and leave your real Christmas tree in a clearly visible place next to your bins. Don't cut up your tree, it's easier for us to handle whole.

Free parking for Christmas!

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The Spirit of Christmas - Thank you!

SpiritofChristmasThank you to everyone who turned on Epsom's #Christmas lights with the Mayor and Santa in the Market Place on Thursday 22 November. You helped raise £429 for this year's charity, Epsom Riding for the Disabled. To relive the event in photos visit www.facebook.com/EpsomEwellBC

The event featured family fairground rides, Santa's grotto, festive treats and live entertainment throughout the evening. The stage sponsored by Epsom & Ewell Families featured a dance spectacular showcasing local talent including performances from Ambition School of Dance, Surrey Dance Addicts, Starstruck Dance Academy, Terri-Jayne's School of Dance, Stagecoach Epsom, Protegem and Lucie Benson school of Dance.

Festive events continue across Epsom and Ewell throughout December, check out the What's On section in this issue.

Spirit of Christmas

Proud of our past, preparing for future

Future40scene2We've had nearly 1000 responses to our #Future40 survey since it's launch two months ago! Thank you to everyone who has responded and attended our various engagement events. Your feedback is welcome and your views will help us plan the long term success of the borough.

If you haven't already, don't forget to give us your views online before Christmas at www.future40.org/survey

The online survey closes on 20 December but we will continue to welcome feedback via the website: www.future40.org

It's your borough, your views, your say! We want to imagine an even better future for #yourepsomewell for everyone that lives here as well as those that work and study here or just come to visit. Help us by giving us your views at www.future40.org

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Painting the town

Graffiti is a highly visible and unsightly form of vandalism, and one that’s associated with increased neighbourhood crime. An area that tolerates graffiti is Graffittilikely to be targeted for further graffiti and vandalism, and also other types of crime like burglary.

We’re currently seeing an increase in graffiti within Epsom and Ewell. Unfortunately we’re not talking about aspirant Banksy artwork. This is predominantly ‘tags’, the signature of the perpetrator.

We are responsible for removing graffiti in the public realm, and because street furniture is often targeted, it costs us, and therefore the council tax payers, hundreds of pounds every year to clear. We are not liable for clearing graffiti on private property or business premises and these people are also victims of this relentless tagging.

By identification of the tags we know that 90% of Epsom’s graffiti is from one person - We removed over 60 tags from the same tagger on one day last month.

We urge anyone with information on this individual or any other taggers to anonymously report them to Crimestoppers (on 0800 555111) and help us stop the vandalism of the borough.

You can also report a graffiti incident in the borough to us, via our online form or you can telephone Customer Services on 01372 732000.

For more info on graffiti removal in the borough see our website.

Keeping community services running

The perfect storm of an ageing population and significant cuts to council funding under the government’s austerity mandate has seen councils across the UK having to make difficult choices.

This autumn ITV news reported that within England, in the last eight years, 428 council run adult day centres have closed. Surrey County Council is currently seeking your views on closing 31 children’s centres and other cost cutting proposals.

Within the, sometimes complex, multi-tier format of local government, each council has a set of services it legally has to provide. There are also services that elected councillors have decided to provide for the local community.

It is these non-statutory services that are under intense scrutiny; they have to provide a needed service (usually measured by the number of people using the service) and value for money for the council tax payer.

We recognise the importance of day centre services for older people for maintaining vital social connections, as well as offering activities with health and wellbeing benefits. Back in 2015, this council decided to consolidate the non-statutory adult social care provision we provide into one facility. The intention was, and is, that this would allow us to enhance the service provided to older residents whilst addressing necessary cost savings.

Use of the Wells Social Centre by the community was for several years far below what was required to make the facility financially viable. The 2015 decision saw the Wells Social Centre close and adult social care transferred to the Community and Wellbeing Centre, three miles away. The enhanced service provides a full range of social activities and services for the elderly, plus a separate adult day care facility for those with the early stages of dementia.

While we have kept the building at the Wells available for some limited community activity, we have shared with the local residents our proposal for the site. The proposal includes a new community hall, 23 homes, including affordable homes, and a replacement children’s playground. The design incorporates existing mature trees and public rights of way.

We have approached the residents of the Wells about the setting up of a working group to ensure the successful delivery of the community hall.

Some in the Wells community are upset at the scales of our proposals for the site, arguing that the size of the community hall is too small and the amount of housing too large. They have clearly made their feelings known.

Last week our Strategy & Resources Committee agreed to proceed with the development of the council land within the Wells. Councillor Eber Kington, chairman of the committee stated “Balancing the very local wishes of residents with wider community needs is sometimes very challenging and the national demand for housing, and the much reduced funding for all local authorities, means that difficult choices have to be made”.

The proposal for the Wells development will in due course be submitted for planning permission.

Illustrator of the future

Frank Hampson  was an illustrator, best known as the creator and artist of Dan Dare, pilot of the future, and other characters in the boys' comic, the Eagle, to which he contributed from 1950 to 1961.

dare 3dare 2Hampson came to Epsom in the early 1950s and was soon established in Bayford Lodge, which served as his home and his studio. There, for a decade, he created the cartoon strips that held the nation's schoolboys (and others!) enthralled, as they waited eagerly each week for the latest edition of Eagle to learn whether Dan Dare, the intrepid space explorer, had survived his most recent mission and his latest encounter with his nemesis, The Mekon

He instituted a studio system where, from his Bayford Lodge studio, as many as four artists might work on two pages of the strip at any one time.

Hampson also drew The Road of Courage, a carefully researched and meticulously crafted telling of the life of Jesus, and illustrations for the popular Ladybird children's books

Hampson was voted Prestigioso Maestro at an international convention of strip cartoon and animated film artists in 1975. A jury of his peers gave him a Yellow Kid Award and declared him to be the best writer and artist of strip cartoons since the end of the Second World War.

An exhibition about the life of the gifted illustrator is on display at Bourne Hall Museum until March 2019.

The display will include original artwork which has been loaned by Peter Hampson, Frank’s son, including a front page of the Eagle – drawings of Treens, Therons and other alien characters from the comic – and covers drawn by Frank for the Ladybird books. Also on display will be the annuals which were such eagerly awaited Christmas presents, and comics which will bring back memories of trips to the newsagents to get a new copy, running back home to read the latest adventure.       

Museum curator, Jeremy Harte, says: ‘There will be many people locally who remember, for example, the staged fights with ray guns outside Bayford Lodge, as Frank Hampson gathered material for the next instalment to go up on his drawing board’.

Girl guides with a festive flourish!

GuidesThe Mayor has run a competition, asking the borough’s Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers to come up with designs for his mayoral Christmas card on the theme of "Christmas in Epsom & Ewell".

Today he presented prizes to the winners.

There were two categories - one for the younger Rainbow and Brownies groups and one for the older Guides and Rangers

Winners of the competition are

  • Lauren Raine, age 9 - 1st Ewell Court (St Clements) Brownies
  • Hannah Johnson, age 11 - 7th Epsom Methodist Guides

The two winning designs are featured on the official cards which will be sent out by the Mayor this Christmas.

Mayor Councillor Dallen said: "In recent years, the Mayor's Christmas card has featured photographs from around the Borough, so for a bit of a change I thought it would be nice to showcase the talents of our young people by giving them the chance to design some very special Christmas cards”
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Have your say on Surrey consultations

SCC_HaveYourSayconsultationsSurrey County Council is facing huge financial pressures. The number of residents needing our support – whether it is for learning disabilities or elderly care – is rising. But our core government grant has been cut by more than £200m since 2010.

We have worked hard to find more than half a billion pounds of savings in areas that have the least impact on residents, but the challenge is getting harder. For instance, Surrey already has more than 93,000 residents aged over 65 who can’t manage a domestic task on their own and this will rise by 36 per cent by 2030. 

Over the next year we need to save a further £85m which means we will have to make changes to some services. So today we launched a series of consultations and we want your views by 4 January 2019 to help us shape those services for the future.

We are consulting on changes to services in five areas: children’s centres; concessionary bus fares; special educational needs and disability (SEND); libraries and cultural services; and community recycling centres.

To have your say visit https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/council-and-dem…/…/consultations

Avoid the unwanted gift of food poisoning this Christmas

Cooking a Christmas roast for a large gathering can be a challenge, and it is vital that the turkey, or other meat of choice, is stored, defrosted and cookedFSA_SeasonsEatings correctly. Likewise, leftovers from Christmas need to be reheated and consumed within specific timeframes in order to avoid food poisoning.

While many people mistakenly think that food poisoning is just a passing stomach bug, it can have serious consequences – especially for children, people already in ill-health and older people.

Adam Hardgrave, Expert in Foodborne Disease Control at the Food Standards Agency, said: “The 4cs of food hygiene: chilling, cleaning, cooking and avoiding cross-contamination are important throughout the year, but especially at Christmas.”

“In the flurry of Christmas preparations, it’s important to remember to plan ahead and allow plenty of time. Remember that an average-sized turkey can take four days to fully defrost in the fridge, and it is vital to thoroughly cook a turkey so it is steaming hot, there is no pink meat visible, and  juices run clear.”

Top Tips

The FSA has put together some top tips to help you plan your festive feast, and to alleviate some of the stress of preparing your Christmas meal.

Before the big day

1.Shopping
Avoid cross-contamination when doing your Christmas food shopping: make sure you take enough bags, so you can pack raw and ready-to-eat food separately.

2. Storing the turkey
In the fridge, store the turkey and other raw food separately from cooked and ready-to-eat food. Keep raw food covered and chilled on the bottom shelf of the fridge, and regularly check that
the fridge is cold enough. Your fridge should always be below 5C. A fridge’s dial is not usually an accurate indicator of the temperature, so use a fridge thermometer to check this, widely available in larger supermarkets, home stores and online.

3. Defrosting the turkey
If your turkey is frozen, make sure you check the guidance on the packaging to ensure you have enough time to fully defrost it. Defrost it according to size – a typical turkey weighting 6 to 7kg could take as much time as four days to fully defrost in the fridge.

If there aren’t instructions on the packaging, these times are useful as a guide:
• In a fridge at 4C, allow around 10 to 12 hours per kg (remember that not all fridges will be this temperature).
• In a cool room (below 17.5C) allow approximately 3 to 4 hours per kg, or longer if the room is particularly cold

Always defrost the turkey in a container large enough to catch any juices. Do not defrost food at room temperature. If necessary, use a microwave on the ‘defrost setting’ directly before cooking.

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4. Preparing the turkey
Avoid cross-contamination by using different utensils, plates and chopping boards for ready-to-eat food and raw food. Don’t wash raw turkey or any other meat – it splashes germs onto your hands, clothes, utensils and worktops. Thorough cooking will kill any bacteria present.

5. Cooking the turkey
To work out the cooking time for the turkey or other meat, check the guidance on the packaging, and the manufacturer’s handbook for your oven if you can.

As a general guide, allow 45 minutes per kg plus 20 minutes for a turkey under 4.5kg. Allow 35 minutes per kg for a turkey weighing more than 6.5kg.

6. Using a temperature probe or cooking thermometer 
If you’re using a temperature probe – used to check the internal temperature occasionally – you should ensure the thickest part of the bird (between breast and thigh) reaches a temperature of 70C for more than two minutes. This temperature guide also applies if you’re using a cooking thermometer – which is left in the bird while it cooks.

7. Checking it's coooked
Always check that the meat is steaming hot throughout, there is no pink meat visible when you cut into the thickest part, and that the meat juices run clear.

8. Time saving hot turkey tip
Cooking your turkey in advance could save you getting stressed and gives you more time on the day with family and friends. Once your turkey is cooked and cooled, slice and batch it into portions to store in the freezer. You can then take out and reheat the amount you need when you need it.

Post-Christmas Pause

9. Love your leftovers
Once Christmas day is over and you have lots of delicious leftovers, be sure to follow these guidelines.

• Cool any leftovers at room temperature, then cover them and ensure they go into the fridge or freezer within one to two hours
• If you freeze cooked meats, once defrosted, eat the food within 24 hours
• When you come to use frozen leftovers, make sure you defrost them thoroughly in the fridge overnight or in the microwave (on the defrost setting) and then reheat until steaming hot
• Don’t forget that leftovers should be eaten or frozen within two days (one day for rice dishes)

10. Happy Season's Eatings
Once you’ve followed these gudielines around food hygiene, it’s time to sit down to a perfectly cooked meal with your loved ones, and enjoy this festive season.

For more information visit: www.food.gov.uk/seasons-eatings or follow @foodgov #SeasonsEatings on Twitter for tips and advice throughout the festive period.

Together we’ve got it all wrapped up

This winter season, Counter Terrorism Policing and local police forces are urging the public to remain alert and help keep events and crowded places safe by being vigilant and reporting anything suspicious to police, members of staff or security personnel.

You can also get in touch to report anything suspicious confidentially via www.gov.uk/ACT or 0800 789 321.  In an emergency always call 999.

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Spotlight on

Vote 100

It is 100 years since (some) women got the vote.Vote 100

Before 1918 no women were allowed to vote in parliamentary elections.

In the early 20th century there were two main groups active in the campaign for women's suffrage (the right to vote); the 'suffragists' who campaigned using peaceful methods and the 'suffragettes' who were determined to win the right to vote for women by any means, including unlawful and violent acts.

The outbreak of the First World War led to a suspension of political campaigning, including women's suffrage.

In February 1918, a coalition government passed the Representation of the People Act. This extended the right to vote to women of a certain age and economic status. Ten months later, 8.5 million women voted for the first time in the General Election on the 14 December 1918.

Under the same act, all men over the age of 21 gained the right to vote. Women under 30, and who didn’t meet the economic criteria, had to wait another 10 years for the privilege.

In November 1918, the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918 was passed, allowing women to be elected into the House of Commons as Members of Parliament.

We’re marking the anniversary of these major steps in the fight for gaining women’s equality in society with a special exhibition at the Town Hall.

Running to coincide with the anniversary of the 1918 general election and December’s full borough council meeting, the exhibition includes details of women’s suffrage with particular emphasis within the borough of Epsom and Ewell, including details of local historical women of note.

Meanwhile, for the next generation, Bourne Hall Museum Kid's Club is holding an event where children can meet a suffragette and decide if they wish to join the fight to get the vote for women!

Suffragettes
Saturday 8 December; 1pm - 2.30pm
Meet a suffragette and decide if you wish to join her fight to get the vote for women. Listen to her arguments and learn why some women at the beginning of the twentieth century were driven to drastic measures to get their voices heard by the Establishment. Understand the different methods used by these pioneering ladies, from peaceful protest to more militant tactics. Discover how the determination and bravery of the Suffragettes changed the way our country is today and learn how Epsom was thrust into the national headlines by the death of Emily Davison at the Derby. Cost: £5 per child (includes 1 accompanying adult). 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: dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk Visit What's On at: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk

What's On

Christmas events across Epsom and Ewell

Here’s a round-up of some of the festive 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

December 2018

Christmas wrapping workshop
Friday 7 December; 10am
The Focus Youth Centre, Depot Road, Epsom KT17 4RJ
Why not get crafty this Christmas with this fun festive wrapping course? Join tutor Diana on this two-hour class where you will learn how to make your gift stand out under the tree, wrap difficult objects with style and much more.For details call 0300 303 3464 or visit wea.org.uk. Cost £10 (free for those on income related benefits).

St Barnabas Christmas Craft Fair
Saturday 8 December; 10am - 2pm
St Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom KT19 8HA
You are warmly invited to our Christmas Craft Fair with fun and deliciousness for all the family! Enjoy hot drinks and mince pies whilst perusing our exciting stalls selling delicious home made cakes, craft items including Happy Glaze Ceramics, Garsons Farm Christmas tree decorations and low cost Christmas gifts. Children can decorate their own Christmas Tree ornaments, have a go at winning an enormous teddy in the Teddy Tombola and take part in the Great Church Mouse Hunt with a chance to win great prizes.

St Barnabas Church Christmas Tree Festival Cabaret and Dinner
Saturday 8 December; 7.30pm
St Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom KT19 8HA
Enjoy a magical evening in the company of local professional singer Howard Dee whilst savouring a delicious meal in the fairy tale setting of our Christmas Tree Festival. A mixture of romantic and Christmas songs will provide the perfect accompaniment to your meal. Choose from a selection of three delicious dishes carefully prepared by Penelope Evans Catering. Deserts include trifle and cheesecake. On arrival, you will be offered a choice of a free Prosecco or fruit drink. There will be a licensed bar serving prosecco, bucks fizz, wine and beer and a raffle with great prizes including a Christmas hamper, with all proceeds from the evening going to St Barnabas Church Fund for much needed repairs and improvements. After dinner, Howard will up the tempo and for the more energetic among us there will be the opportunity to dance or you can just sit back and enjoy the music. This exciting evening of quality entertainment and great food is only £18 per ticket but there's a limit of 60 places and it is essential to book in advance so go on, treat yourself to a great evening out - Buy your tickets now

Stoneleigh Choral Society - Winter Choral Concert
Saturday 8 December; 7.30pm
St John's Church, Stoneleigh Park Road, Stoneleigh KT19 0QZ
Tickets: Adults £10; Under 18's 5 available on the door on the night or in advance from Jean Admas, contact: 0208 393 5124

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.

Charity Christmas Tree Sale
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 www.xmastrees.org.uk Find us on Facebook and Twitter #nonsuchtrees

Gift & Parade Service
Sunday 9 December; 10.30am
Stoneleigh Methodist Church; Stoneleigh Crescent, Stoneleigh KT19 0RT
Donations of unwrapped gifts (toiletries etc) will go to the Whitechapel Mission in East London for distribution to the homeless. Seasonal refreshments after the service.

Christmas event - Organised by The Friends of Nonsuch
Saturday 15 December; 2.30pm
Friends of Nonsuch Museum Stable SM3 8AP
Free entry. Donations welcome. Annual event with Christmas music, songs by The Nightingale Singers and readings followed by festive fayre. For more info visit www.friendsofnonsuch.co.ukEpsomChoralSociety

Carols by Candlelight
Sunday 16 December; 6.30pm
Stoneleigh Methodist Church; Stoneleigh Crescent, Stoneleigh KT19 0RT
All invited to come along, sing some favourite carols and hear the Christmas readings. Seasonal refreshments after the service.

Epsom Choral Society - Christmas Concert
Saturday 22 December; 7.30pm
St Martin’s Church, Epsom KT17 4PX
Epsom Choral Society’s annual Christmas concert, with Carols old and new. Sing along with traditional favourites. Always a very popular event. Tickets: £15 (£7.50 students or under 18). Box office contact: 01372 727078. Website: www.epsomchoral.org.uk 

Crib Service
Christmas Eve, Monday 24 December; 4pm
Stoneleigh Methodist Church; Stoneleigh Crescent, Stoneleigh KT19 0RT
An interactive re-telling of the Christmas story, especially suitable for families with children as there will be a chance for them to be part of the story. Seasonal refreshments after the service. 

Christmas morning, Tuesday 25 December; 10.30am
Stoneleigh Methodist Church; Stoneleigh Crescent, Stoneleigh KT19 0RT
Family worship - a short and simple celebration of Christmas, and an opportunity to bring your presents to show and tell.

Together at Christmas
Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December; 12.30pm - 4.15pm
Are you along at Christmas this year? Come and join us for a traditional festive dinner! 'Churches Together in Ewell' is pleased to offer a Christmas dinner plus festive activities to all who would otherwise be on their own at a local church. This offer is open to all Ewell residents. Transport can be arranged. No charge. Call 020 8397 7307 or 020 8393 3011 or email: christmas.dinner@dsl.pipex.com

Dog Treats - The Friends of Nonsuch
Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December; 8am - 11am
Stable Courtyard
Dogs please bring your owners for hot drinks and mince pies. Donations welcome. For more info visit www.friendsofnonsuch.co.uk

Ewell St Mary's Morris Men - dancing in Ewell Village
Thursday 20 December at The Wheatsheaf, Ewell; 8.30pm singing traditional Christmas songs.
Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December: 12noon at The Green Man; 12.30pm opposite The Star; 1pm at The Watch House, Church Street; 1.30pm at The Spring Tavern; 2pm at The Wheatsheaf followed by the traditional Midwinter Mummer's Play at the Upper Mill.
Accompanied by the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell. Collections for the Mayor's Charities.

Ewell Yule 2018

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!!

The high street will be closed to all traffic and public transport from 3pm to 9pm. The Council is providing free parking for this event at Dorset House and Ewell High Street car parks from 4pm. For more info see: https://www.facebook.com/EwellYule2018

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French market in Epsom

French market returns to Epsom!
Friday 7 December; 9am - 5pm
Market Place

Whether you’re looking to pick up a few unique gifts for friends and family or to stock up your food cupboard in preparation for Christmas, the French Market is a must visit. You’ll have the chance to explore a variety of stalls selling traditional French foods, art and crafts, toys, fashion and accessories.

The selection of French cheeses and cooked meats available promise to bring something a little different to your Christmas table and create the perfect festive evening snack. While nothing says ‘France’ like traditional French bread – ideal for dipping in a warming winter soup or accompanying a tasty Pâté, and you’re in for a real treat with the great selection on offer. Not to mention the tasty crepes – the ultimate French street-food!

If you’re thinking more about what you’re going to put under the tree, than what to put on the table, you won’t be disappointed. You’ll discover a variety of stalls selling everything from retro art prints and classic French advertising to hand crafted gifts. You’ll even find real leather hand crafted bags and purses, plus hats and scarves to add a unique touch to anyone’s wardrobe. The great collection of fashion stalls offer the opportunity to pick up something a little different from the British high-street offering, including a selection of stylish cashmere jumpers. While the assortment of toys, games and music on offer provides great inspiration for stocking fillers, novelty and sentimental gifts. For more info visit: https://www.facebook.com/FranceAtHome/ or website: www.franceathome.com

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Epsom Cemetery - Christmas Memorial Service

Christmas Memorial Service - Epsom Cemetery Chapel
Friday 14 December; 11am
A service for those who like to remember lost loved ones as Christmas approaches. This service is not a traditional religious service though, there will be some familiar Christmas music.

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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 #yourepsomewellSurreySportsAwards2018

Surrey Sports Awards 2018
Congratulations to #Epsom & #Ewell Sports Award winner James Miller for winning the #SurreySportsAwards Elite Young Sports Personality of the Year. Well done!
For the full list of winners see: http://surreysportsawards.activesurrey.com/http://surreysportsawards.activesurrey.com/

Play Hockey at Epsom Sports Club!
Back to Hockey - 6 & 13 December; 7pm - 8pm
Walking Hockey - 6 & 13 December; 10am - 11am
Old Schools Lane, Ewell, KT17 1TJ
Epsom Sports Cub are hosting taster sessions for both Back to Hockey and Walking Hockey over the next few weeks. The Back to Hockey sessions are fun and social for beginners and returning players and Walking Hockey is perfect if you are looking to stay active, whatever your age, health or ability. For more information contact Penny, email: info@epsomhc.co.uk

Tennis Junior Xmas Camps
Friday 21 & Monday 24 December 2018 and Wednesday 2 January 2019; 9am – 3pm on all three days Squash
Ebbisham Sports Club, Eastway, Epsom, KT19 8SG
Have fun with friends and improve tennis skills with Callum Macarty, Ebbisham’s new Head Tennis Coach at his Xmas Camps. Access to indoor facilities in inclement weather. Cost - non–members: £33 per day; Members: £30. For more information contact Callum Macarty on cmacartytennis@gmail.com.

Try-Sport Junior Xmas Camps
Thursdays 20 & 27 December; 9am – 3:30pm
Ebbisham Sports Club, Eastway, Epsom, KT19 8SG
Learn and play 7 different rackets sports in one day – badminton, squash, racketball, tennis, touchtennis, table tennis and pickleball (from America) – with friendly and professional coaches. For juniors aged 7-14 years, beginners and improvers, members and non-members. Cost - non-members: £28 per day or £50 for both days; members: £23 per day or £40 for both days. For more information contact Jo or Lorna on 01372 720647 or email admin@ebbisham.com to book a place on a first come, first served basis.

Join the Epsom Eagles Youth Lacrosse Revolution!
Saturdays; 10.30am - 11.30am
Francis Schnadhorst, Memorial Ground, Woodcote Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 7QN
For boys and girls ages 8-18. All abilities welcome. Epsom Lacrosse Club aims to encourage new players into the game giving them a platform to learn new skills such as teamwork with the first session free! For more information please contact Joe, email: Juniors.EpsomLC@gmail.com or visit www.EpsomLacrosse.co.uk.

Epsom Allsorts Ladies Running Club - Beginners Group
Commencing Sunday 27 January 2019 and every Sunday thereafter for 14 weeks; 8.15am
Court Recreation Ground, Pound Lane, Epsom, KT19 8SB
Why not join us for the 2019 beginners running group starting on 27 January 2019? Ideal for those new or returning runners, the sessions alternate between jogging and walking. Over several weeks you will build your running to the point where you can complete a continuous run. Each session will begin with a gentle warm up and end with a cool down and stretch. 

The 14 week course is open to all women over age 18 and is ideal for anyone wanting to start running in an enthusiastic, fun and friendly environment. We aim to keep groups reasonably small in order to make sure everyone benefits from the support they need and as a result we do have to limit spaces. Cost £15 for club membership until April 2020, plus optional England Athletic membership of £15. Pre-registration is required, places will be on a first come basis, for more details please email: beginners@epsomallsorts.org.ukArtK

Art-k Ewell
Monday - Thursday and Saturday (term times and holidays)
Art-k Ewell, Stoneleigh Broadway, KT172JE
Art-k Ewell is a friendly relaxed Art Club for children and adults to learn a new creative skill and build confidence through fun artistic projects. Cost: From £14.25. For more information contact Stacey Colledge, email: Staceyc@art-k.co.uk or visit our website on Www.art-k.co.uk

Royal Automobile Club Sporting Talent Programme
The Royal Automobile Club is committed to encouraging young people to take part in sport and nurturing and developing sporting potential and, in 2017, we launched a new programme developed in consultation with Epsom & Ewell Borough Council which includes the Rob Sears Scholarships. Named after a longstanding member of the sports staff at Woodcote Park, the purpose of the Rob Sears Scholarships is to support talented young sportspeople with sustained mentoring and coaching.RAC

Three scholarships will be available for 2019 in squash, tennis or golf. The Royal Automobile Club will provide 20 hours of free coaching, at its Woodcote Park facilities, conducted by the Club’s sports professionals. Scholars are also able to apply for grants to contribute towards the costs of competing at a high level, including for purchasing specialist equipment, travel and accommodation necessary to take part in a competition and competition entry fees.

Applicants must:
• be competing at county level or above, or have the clear potential to
• be born between 1 January 2002 and 1 January 2008 (so aged 11 to 17)
• live, go to school or college, or be a member of a sports club (for the sport they are seeking a scholarship in) which is located within five miles of Woodcote Park (KT18 7EW) or within the borough of Epsom and Ewell.

The application also requires a statement confirming that the scholarship would provide the applicant with coaching they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford or access. Applications must be received by 5pm on Friday 4 January 2019 and the results will be announced by February 2019. The coaching will take place to a schedule agreed between the scholar and their coach but must be completed by the end of 2019.

To download an application form visit https://www.royalautomobileclub.co.uk/sporting-talent-programme and post it to Communications Team, Royal Automobile Club, Woodcote Park, Epsom, Surrey KT18 7EW or email: communications@royalautomobileclub.co.uk.

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Epsom and Ewell Sports and Leisure Council is a voluntary group made up of people who are actively involved in sports clubs and organisations within our borough. The Sports and Leisure Council's objective is to support individuals and groups to pursue higher standards in sport and leisure and can provide grants to both individuals and clubs in order to help them achieve their sporting and leisure goals.

Applications are invited from sports and leisure clubs as well as individuals for grant aid up to a maximum of £500 for clubs and £300 for individuals towards sport equipment purchase and training enhancement. All applications will be considered on their merit and how they meet the grant aid criteria.
For more information including the grant aid criteria and application forms please visit https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/residents/venues-open-space-hire/sports-development/sportsfunding

Join Ebbisham Sports Club’s 50+ Social Rackets morningsEbbishamSportsClub
Jo Robinson, Ebbisham Sports Club Development & Membership Co-ordinator, took some time to tell us about weekly daytime rackets sessions at Ebbisham Sports Club, a not-for-profit Community & Members Club in Epsom.

What sports are involved in Ebbisham Sports Club’s 50+ Social Racket mornings?
Badminton, squash, racketball, tennis, touchtennis, table tennis and pickleball (from America!). All the equipment is provided for each sport.  Non-marking trainers are essential.

Who are the sessions for?
For adult men and women generally aged over 50 but others welcome, particularly those wanting social games in a friendly club environment.

Why do you think the sessions have proved so popular?
These morning sessions give semi and retired people and part-time/flexi-hour workers an opportunity to learn and play a variety of racket sports with others of a similar standard. It is also a chance for adults to get back into sports they may have played previously - for fun and health reasons, rather than competition. The sessions can improve participants’ physical, mental and social well-being if continued on a regular basis.

When do the sessions take place?
Thursday mornings from 9.30am-12noon. There is an optional break where participants are free to have a sociable chat and optional coffee or drink halfway through!

How much experience do you need to take part?
No experience is necessary. We welcome complete beginners or those who have played before or returning to sport after a break or injury.  Everyone is very friendly and games are setup to mix all abilities.

What would you say to someone who said they worry they might not be fit enough to take part?
Some of the racket sports like pickleball and table tennis are very gentle exercise and you can do as much or as little as you wish. Some people play for an hour and then spend the rest of the time chatting over coffee whilst others last the whole two and a half hours without a break! However, coming regularly will definitely improve physical strength, balance, co-ordination and fitness.

How can people find out more?
By calling Jo or Lorna in the Ebbisham Office on 01372 720647 or via email at admin@ebbisham.com. You can also take a look at our website or Facebook page for more info.

Are there any special offers potential members could take advantage of?
These drop-in sessions are £3.50 for non-Members and £2.50 for Members for 2.5 hours. But Ebbisham Sports Club is also a registered venue for the U3A Rackets Mornings Group so U3A Members can attend for £2.50 per session.

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club

Vicious Vikings
Saturday 12 January 2019; 1pm - 2.30pm
Discover if Viking raiders really were as vicious as they claimed to be. Ewell will be visited by a Viking warrior resting between raids, and he will demonstrate the fact behind the fiction.Revealing why the Beserkers were so revered within Viking culture, he will show off his terrifying array of weapons. Would you be brave enough to defend your home against a Viking attack?  Uncover the culture of the Vikings: their craftsmanship and their trade. See how they made their own armour, and learn how far they travelled in pursuit of goods, land and slaves. Discover how to fight like a Viking and perhaps learn the skills of spear wrestling!

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club is for young people 8+ who love history. Cost: £5 per child (includes 1 accompanying adult). 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: dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk Visit What's On at: www.epsom-ewell.gov.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: Back on Sunday 6 January 2019. 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

Wellbeing at Christmas

Our health can take a bit of a battering at Christmas, as we enjoy seasonal overindulgence at a time when we tend to be less active; watching Christmas TV with a plate of nibbles or enjoying a tipple by a roaring fire, rather than pounding the miles on a treadmill at the local gym.christmas wellbeing

While it can be wonderful to succumb to festive temptation, it is also important to remember to take care of our physical and mental health.

Exercise
Staying active during winter will make you feel more energetic, which should make it a little easier to get out of your warm bed on cold, dark mornings. You may be tempted to eat more during the festive period and exercising will help you manage your weight better and keep your body in shape.

Just getting outside for a 20 minute walk each day can give you a boost.

Alcohol
At Christmas time, alcohol consumption in the UK rises, with Britons drinking 41% more than average in December and with over half of all people drinking more than the recommended guidelines. NHS advise is not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis (14 units is equivalent to six pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine).

One night out for your office party, enjoying a few drinks, and a couple of large ports with the Christmas stilton isn't likely to impact your health significantly, other than leaving you feeling bleary-eyed and in need of a hangover cure the next day. It's only when this becomes a regular thing, or when you start to enjoy a couple of drinks every day, that there could be a problem.

The best way to avoid hangovers is to drink sensibly and know what your body can cope with. Most of the symptoms of a hangover are related to dehydration as alcohol is a diuretic and removes fluid from the body. If, however, you know you are going out for a big night and anticipate that you may drink more heavily than usual then these tips may help:
   • Never go drinking on an empty stomach. Before you go out have a meal that includes carbohydrates (such as pasta or rice) as this will help to slow down the body’s absorption of alcohol.
   • Stay hydrated. Alternate alcoholic drinks with drinks of water or non-fizzy soft drinks.
   • Drink a pint of water before you go to sleep and keep a glass of water by the bed in case you are thirsty during the night.

Diet
When it's cold and dark outside, it can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy comfort food. However, it's important to ensure you still have a healthy diet and include five portions of fruit and veg a day.

Keep your diet balanced by having healthy snacks on hand such as nuts, fruit or dips like hummus. This can help to prevent you from overindulging on some of the richer food available.

A hearty breakfast means you won’t be so tempted to overindulge at lunchtime – porridge is a great way to start you day and it will also boost your intake of fibre.salad

Incorporating certain foods into your during the winter months can help you keep you immune system in tip-top condition.
   • Get plenty of Vitamin C – the body can’t store it, so you need some every day
   • Milky – keep your immune sysem in shape by making sure you have enough calcium
   • Get spicy – cayenne pepper, allspice and turmeric contain conponents that can help boost your immune system

Relationships
Although it is known as the season of goodwill, in reality it can be anything but! With pressures and expectations straining the most stable of relationships.

Christmas can also be the one time in the year when we spend time with relatives and others who hold very different opinions to ourselves.

   • Make the most of Christmas by choosing to spend as much time as possible with people you enjoy being around and who don’t wind you up (too much)
   • It might be Christmas but don’t expect miracles! If certain individuals have a habit of bickering or being critical, they are not going to change, so avoid triggers such as sensitive subjects and try to rise above it all.
   • Plan fun things to do for everyone (arguments are less likely to happen if people are involved in an activity)

If things feel a bit overwhelming or you find yourself getting upset, take some out and go for a walk, phone a friend or have some alone time.

The Samaritans offer support over the phone if you need to talk to someone. They offer a safe place for you to talk about whatever’s getting to you, you don’t have to be suicidal. Call 116 123 on any phone.

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Christmas is a great time to be sociable but being sociable isn’t compulsory.

When you're on your own, you can celebrate Christmas however you want, without having to cater to the traditions or routines of other people.

If you find yourself on your own for Christmas there are many things you can do to make it special. Plan to spend time doing things that make you happy, whether it is a long walk, watching a favourite box set or a long indulgent self-pampering session.

However, If you feel lonely it can be helpful to speak to a friend or family member (Skype anyone)? If you know somebody who is on their own for Christmas, it can mean a lot to them if you get in touch.

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 www.epsomrotary.uk

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: 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

Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell
Free, confidential, independent and impartial advice on a range of issues including welfare benefits, money & debt, employment, family & relationships, education & healthcare and consumer issues.
Drop in sessions: Mon 10am - 2pm, Tues 10am - 3pm and 5pm - 7pm, Weds 10am - 1pm, Thurs 10am - 3pm and Fri 10am - 2pm at The Old Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom KT18 5AG. Telephone advice service: Mon – Fri 10am - 4pm on 0300 330 1164. Visit www.caee.org.uk for more information.

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 

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

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.

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 Christ Church, Ewell every Monday from 1pm - 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

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: info@greenman-sword.org; phone: 07766832477 or 07979806168; website: www.greenman-sword.org; Facebook: www.facebook.com/greenman/sword/

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.

Give the gift of Pilates
Wednesday 9 January
4th Ewell (Nonsuch) Scout Group, Nonsuch Hall, 1 Bluegates, Epsom KT17 2SA
Struggling with ideas of what to get your loved one for Christmas? Want to treat yourself? 10% off January block booking £54 for 6 sessions. Contact: Natalie Panther 07725 993852, email: pp.pantherpilates@gmail.com

'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.

Epsom Male Voice Choir - 'Come & Sing'
Wednesdays; 7.30pm - 10pm
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 www.epsommalevoicechoir.org.uk or email: epsommvc@hotmail.co.uk

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: dave.anders@phoenix-clog.co.uk; phone: 020 8393 9286 or visit www.phonenixclog.org

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.

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 www.tarayoga.co.uk 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: www.stoneleighjobclub.co.uk, tel: 07941 231072, email: stoneleighjobclub@gmail.com, Twitter: @stoneleighjobclub, Facebook: stoneleigh job club.

Winter Wellness event

Tuesday 11 December; 1pm-3pm
Rainbow Leisure Centre, East Street, Epsom KT17 1BN

Want to find out more about local services across Epsom and Ewell that can help support you to stay safe and well this winter? You’ll be surprised how much is available; practical help, information and support to help you stay independent and healthy. No need to book. Just drop in and meet the teams from different organisations and take part in some activities. For more information please contact: Tracey Morris on 01372 832360.

Local organisations attending the event include - Age Concern Epsom & Ewell, Epsom & Ewell Citizens Advice Bureau, Cross Roads Care Surrey, Mary Frances Trust, Action for Carers, Catalyst, Sunnybank Trust, Community Connections, CSH Surrey, The Rainbow Centre, Surrey Fire and Rescue.

Our team from the Community and Wellbeing Centre (located in Sefton Road, Epsom) will also be there with information on all the activities and services we offer, see our website for more information.

For more information on the event please contact Tracey Morris on 01372 832360.

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Give the gift of friendship this winter

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Rotary Club Ewell - Project Wenceslas

The Rotary Club of Ewell is pleased to relaunch Project Wenceslas to help local people in fuel poverty. If you are in receipt of the Winter Fuel Payment from the Government and can afford to pass it on to someone in need then we would gratefully receive your donation.

All the money will go towards helping those in fuel debt or struggling with the cost of their bills and will be paid directly to utility companies.

We are working in partnership with Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell, who will be overseeing distribution to local people in fuel poverty and in need of assistance.

For more information please visit Rotary Club of Ewell website: www.ewellrotaryclub.org.uk

For inforamtion on support through this scheme, call Citizens Advice on 0300 330 1164 or visit www.caee.org.uk

Extra GP appointments available across Surrey Heartlands

GPappointments_SurreyHeartlandsIt is now easier for people – especially those who work full-time - to make an appointment with a GP thanks to a new national ‘extended access’ initiative, which has seen Surrey Heartlands practices make available hundreds of extra appointments every week for people living in Surrey Downs, Guildford and Waverley and North West Surrey.

As well as being able to visit their own practice, patients can also book into evening and weekend consultations at new ‘hub’ clinics held by local GP federations - made up of local GP practices.

If an appointment is offered at one of these hub locations, with the patient’s consent, GPs will be able to access complete medical records giving them access to all the information they need to provide the best possible care, at a time that’s most convenient for the patient.

This extended access programme has been rolled out across England to help ensure everyone is able to access a GP when they need to - particularly at those times an urgent same-day appointment is required - without having to resort to urgent and emergency care services. It also means more people will be seen and treated closer to home in their own community.

People can book into this new service by contacting their practice in the usual way.

For more information see: http://www.surreydownsccg.nhs.uk/

WSS course - Self Employment Essentials

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The WEA adult learning within reach

The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is an adult learning charity delivering adult learning within the community. We work locally in partnership with East Surrey College and are able to offer a wide range of free, or low cost courses (typically at £3 per hour- depending on geography) for specific groups such as Charity groups, Mental Health groups, and groups of Volunteers or Carers. 

We offer courses in the fields of: Employability, Schools and Parenting, Support for the Elderly, Volunteering and Health and Wellbeing.

The types of courses we offer include: Safeguarding, Working With Vulnerable Adults, Dementia Awareness, Cookery, Arts and Crafts, Managing Stress and Anxiety in Children and Teenagers, Exercise (including chair-based), Confidence Building and Assertiveness, Stress and Anxiety Management, Managing Strong Emotions, Customer service and Dealing with Difficult situations, Budgeting, IT Skills, CV writing and Job Search Skills.

Through our Skills Funding Agency contract we are also able to offer a range of accredited courses leading to recognised qualifications in courses such as Helping in Schools, Supporting Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Team Building.

To discuss or book a course please contact local Education Co-ordinators; Samantha Johnson - 07825112798 samanthajohnson@wea.org.uk (for Mole Valley and Epsom and Ewell courses).

Please visit our website www.wea.org.uk  to browse some of our courses and for information on how to apply to be a tutor with the WEA.  

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

Your Council

Council meetings: December 2018 - January 2019

DECEMBER 2018

04    Financial Policy Panel, 6.30pm

11    Council

13    Planning Committee

17    Special Meeting, Strategy and Resources Committee, 7pm

JANUARY 2019

16    Premises Licence Variation Application, Licensing Hearing Panel, 2pm

18    Planning Committee

22    Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators, 6pm

23    Community and Wellbeing Committee

25    Licensing and Planning Policy Committee

29   Nonsuch Park Joint Management Committee, 10am

30    Budget meeting, Environment and Safe Communities 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.

Epsom and Ewell Local Committee (Surrey County Council) meeting

Date: Monday 10 December 2018

Time: 2pm

Venue: Epsom Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom KT18 5BY

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

Visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/epsomandewell for more details and confirmation of the venue, or contact Nicola Morris on 020 8541 9437 or email: nicola.morris@surreycc.gov.uk Follow on Twitter @EpsomLC

Surrey County Council: Epsom and Ewell Local Committee – working for you

As part of open and accessible local government, Epsom & Ewell Local Committee is encouraging residents and businesses to contribute to the local decision making process.

Consisting of five County Councillors and five Borough Councillors, the Local Committee meets four times a year to discuss and make decisions on issues important to local people. These include activities and support for young people, community safety, library opening hours, highway improvements, road safety, speed limits and parking restrictions as well as other local concerns.  

Councillors put residents’ interests at the heart of the decisions they make. The opinions of local people matter when decisions are being taken, and their views are welcome. Held in public, residents and businesses can attend meetings in person to listen to the debate, ask a question or present a petition. Questions can either be asked on the night, or in writing to nicola.morris@surreycc.gov.uk by 12noon the Tuesday before the meeting. Petitions, which require a minimum of 30 signatures, need to be submitted 14 days before the meeting.

The mod.gov app

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Select your Council
Follow the instructions to download the app. Select Epsom & Ewell from the list of publishers.

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

For more information visit http://www.moderngov.co.uk/

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: 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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