In this issue...
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.