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What a glorious week it has been for half term, positively spring like!

As the weather turns warmer, it’s a sure indicator that the annual Bourne Hall celebration, Herald of Spring, is on its way. Since its inception, the event has evolved from a day only of interest to keen gardeners, flower arrangers and horticulturists into a family fun day. This year the theme is superheroes, with prizes for the best children’s costumes – see What's on for more.

Spring also heralds the kick off for the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games, the annual sports festival where youngsters get free training in a sport they may not be familiar with and then the opportunity to compete with children across Surrey. Registration is now open!

However, spring also brings unwelcome news from your local authorities; with council tax levels decided for the year ahead. Earlier this week, your elected representatives agreed the budgets for this council, including the borough council element of your council tax. The borough council component is the smallest portion of your of council tax bill, as the tax also pays for Surrey Police and the county council. We’ve included information on our budget and the latest council tax news from the other bodies in this issue.

With local elections coming up in May, where all the seats on this council are up for election, you may want to take this opportunity to engage with your potential future councillors about your council tax and other local matters. We’ve included a helpful ‘who does what’ guide in the key facts section to remind you what we are responsible for providing.

We also preview a series of events coming up in June to mark the anniversary of a dark day for Epsom and ask you if you have family members who took part or have any memorabilia related to the Epsom ‘Riot’.

With spring ‘busting out all over’ a little bit early, we hope you enjoy the unseasonably warm weather and find something of interest in this month’s e-borough Insight.


Work starts on Epsom Market Place

HoardingTemporary protective hoarding has been placed around Epsom’s iconic clock tower and the old planters in the Market Place have been removed as the major refurbishment of the Market Place gets underway.

The current paving is reaching the end of its life and, rather than simply replace it, in partnership with Surrey County Council, we're taking the opportunity to provide a comprehensive upgrade to the area to transform its appearance and make the area much more of a destination for customers and visitors.

Some of the upgrade will be highly visible, such as the relocation of the Evocation of Speed statue and the replacement of the trees that have struggled in inadequate tree pits, while other improvements are more 'behind the scenes' including a new power network to facilitate events and activities throughout the whole of the Market Place.

The improvements include the following:

  • New paving
  • New seating
  • New power network and lighting
  • New 'wayfinding' signs
  • Up to 19 new trees and dedicated tree pits
  • Installation of a new drinking fountain
  • Relocation of the Evocation of Speed statue
  • Creating a location for the proposed Emily Davison statue
  • Renovation of the Richmond Cattle Trough and the time capsule stone

Temporary walkways around the works will be introduced to ensure safe access to businesses and to the market, including for deliveries.

The picture shows the hoarding being placed around the clock tower earlier this week to protect it during the works -  access to the two businesses based in the clock tower is being maintained

This project s a major investment in the town centre by the borough council with additional funding from the county council and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership. The work itself is being managed on a day to day basis by the county council and undertaken by their contractor.

The market area and the retailers in and around the Market Place will remain open for business throughout the improvements.

Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Council’s Strategy and Resources Committee said “This is a positive commitment to the future of our town that will make the market area more attractive to visitors and businesses and will upgrade Epsom’s status as a town in which to shop, eat, work and do business”.

“At a time when many high streets across the country are in trouble Epsom is bucking that trend and, with these improvements, will do so in the future.

“We’ve been able to fund this project by utilising funds collected from developers that can only be spent on infrastructure schemes of this nature. The money for this work has not been diverted from the delivery of any council services”. 

To follow the progress of these works, more information is available at www.A24.Today

Budget and council tax agreed

Council tax for the borough to remain one of the lowest in Surrey
Council tax increase of 11p per week
No services cuts despite external financial challenges
Ongoing investment in the borough’s future to continue

The council set its budget for 2019/20 earlier this week

In setting the budget, councillors have agreed a 2.99% increase to council tax (borough council portion) – this is the equivalent of 11p per week for the average band D property* and council tax for this borough remains below the average for Surrey. 

The budget was set in the climate of ongoing Government reductions in council funding plus increases in the costs of the disposal of residents rubbish and recycling. Securing the budget has been achieved in part by the increase in income generated from the council’s commercial activities, but also efficiency savings of £593k in 2019/2020.

Councillor Eber Kington, Chair of the Strategy & Resources Committee, said: "We receive no Revenue Support Grant from the Government however, through efficiency savings and income generating policies, once again we have been able to produce a budget which sees no use of reserves and no cuts to services.

"Only 10% of council tax goes to the Borough Council which provides key services such as the weekly recycling service and the Community Wellbeing Centre.

"Last year we made several policy commitments to residents of this borough including continuing to keep them safe and support for our high streets. I am pleased to say that with our finances on a sound footing we will continue to prioritise both those commitments going forward".

Council tax funds three bodies, with 10% going to Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, 76% going to SCC and 14% going to Surrey Police.

*Band D is used across England as the comparator band.

Council tax update

In 2019/20 a typical band D property* will pay £1,912.43 in council tax.

This will comprise

  • £1,453.50 towards Surrey County Council services
  • £260.57  contribution to Surrey Police
  • £198.36 for all the services provided by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council.

Surrey County Council

(information extracted from Revenue and Capital Budget Report 2019/20, dated 29 January, the decision to approve the budget was made on 5 February)

The Surrey County Council precept for Band D council tax will be £1,453.50, which represents a 2.99% up-lift.

We have a strategy and plans in place that will ensure the council is on a stable financial footing. Through the programme of change we are undertaking, Surrey County Council will drive out inefficiencies and reduce costs, minimising the use of reserves this financial year and is anticipating not needing to rely on reserves at all for 2019/20.

The hard choices and tough decisions we are having to make about services and how we allocate our precious resources, having full and proper regard to consultation and engagement with residents.

This is a rise of 81p a week from 2018/19’s precept of £1,411.29. This includes £102.39 for the Adult Social Care Precept, which remains at the same rate as last year.

Mel Few, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “Our focus has to be on ensuring that the county’s finances are in a sustainable position to meet the growing demand for essential services while also allowing us to improve them in years to come.

“In addition there is a need to minimise our use of reserves to avoid them becoming too low, so unfortunately there is no choice for us but to recommend an increase in council tax of 2.99% this year.”

Surrey Police

(News release from the Office of the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, 4 February)

The Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro’s proposed rise in council tax for policing in return for 100 extra officers in Surrey has today been approved by the county’s Police and Crime Panel.

The decision will mean the policing element of a Band D Council Tax bill will increase by £2 a month – the equivalent of around 10% across all bands.

In return, the PCC has pledged to increase the number of officers and PCSOs in the county by 100 by April 2020.

Surrey Police plan to double the number of officers in the dedicated neighbourhood teams supporting area policing teams across the county while also investing in specialist officers to tackle serious organised crime gangs and drug dealers in our communities.

The rise, which will come into effect from April this year, was unanimously approved by the Panel during a meeting at County Hall in Kingston-upon-Thames earlier today.

It means the cost for the policing part of the council tax for the financial year 2019/20 has been set at £260.57 for a Band D property.

Epsom & Ewell Bough Council

Please see the budget article in this issue.

*Band D is used across England as the comparator band.

Park life (continued)

RoseberyThe Friends of Rosebery Park had a session working in the fenced off wildlife area earlier this month. They re-pollarded some willows that were shading the small pond which is fed by a little spring. They reported that a good indication of how dry it’s been this winter is that the spring is not flowing at all and the pond is completely dry - last time they performed the same task, four years ago, the pond was brimming!

Staying with the theme of Rosebery Park water, now the main pond has settled down following its refurbishment, we have been able to plant vegetation to increase the pond’s biodiversity. Coir rolls have been placed along the edge of the pond to provide some vegetation and an enhanced growing medium (the matting will also help conceal the gabion baskets). Our countryside team are hoping that this new wildlife habitat will encourage a number of critters, including dragonflies.

Outside of the town centre, the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Councillor Neil Dallen, joined the Friends of Court Recreation Ground to check out equipment newly installed in the children’s playground.

The new play equipment, a track ride and a wheelchair accessible roundabout, were made possible from the neighbourhood portion of funds from the Community Infrastructure Levy. The Mayor was keen to try out the equipment and having commented positively both on the items themselves and also on the playground rubber safety flooring under the track ride, he declared “outside play at a young age is the first steps to exercise and social interaction and I’m pleased to see the Council investing in the youth of the borough in this way”.court

Janet Wolfinden from the Friends of Court Recreation Ground said “We love this park and the continuing investment that it receives are crucial for this green space in the heart of Epsom". Michael Ball added "the Friends have an ongoing dialogue with the Council and with individual councillors to raise issues for the improvement of Court Rec and for its users”. 

Friends of Parks

Most of the parks in Epsom and Ewell have a Friends group, with some more active than others. A Friends group is made up of local residents and other interested parties who dedicate their time and knowledge to improve their local park or open space. Anyone can join a friends group, you don't need to live in the immediate area to be a member and it is up to you how much time you commit. To get in contact with a Friends group contact the Council and mention which park you are interested in assisting.

First licence issued under animal welfare regime

PuppyLast year, the government introduced new welfare rules for animal based businesses. The new regime provides licensing authorities with additional powers for safeguarding animal welfare, as well as severe penalties for those carrying out a business without a licence.

The rules are set nationally, under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

A licence is now required for five commercial activities involving animals:

  • selling animals as pets
  • providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats or dogs
  • hiring out horses
  • breeding dogs
  • keeping or training animals for exhibition

Premises will be inspected by trained council staff and will be awarded between one and five stars based on meeting the new minimum or higher standards. This information will be displayed on the licence and determine the duration of the licence, as well as the frequency of further inspections. Existing licences will be assessed under the new regime before their current licences expire.

Animal welfareWe have issued our first licence under the new rules to EQUUS Equestrian Centre in Horton Country Park who were inspected under the requirements for a licence for hiring out horses. Due to their high welfare standards they were awarded 5 stars, the highest score possible.

Councillor Graham Dudley, Chairman of the Licensing and Planning Policy Committee, said: “Under the new regulations, previously exempt activities, such as dog day care, are now included and require a licence from the council. If you are buying a new pet, it should be from a licensed vendor who can demonstrate they are meeting the requirements of the new regulations. This means that an advertisement for a puppy for sale, for instance, should now include the breeder’s licence number issued by their local council. If in doubt ask - a responsible pet vendor will always welcome a potential buyer or client asking questions about animal welfare”.

Cemetery extension

Later this spring, we’re going to start work on the extension to the Ashley Road cemetery.ashley road

In 1869, the council established the Epsom Burial Board to find a solution to the shortage of burial spaces for local residents. The following year the board purchased five acres of land between the roads now known as Downs Road and Ashley Road for the site of a multi-denominational cemetery.

The first interment took place in 1871. This was Elizabeth Dorling, the mother of Mrs Beeton, of household management fame.

In 1923 the first extension of the cemetery took place and over the years there have been a series of extensions moving ‘up the hill’ towards the racecourse.

There are now over 30,000 people buried in the cemetery, with an additional 170 interments each year. It is anticipated that the latest extension will serve the borough for the next 25-30 years.

Access to the new area will be introduced from the current cemetery. As well as pathways, the council is going to undertake a planting scheme of native trees to increase the biodiversity of the area as well as to ensure the new cemetery retains the peaceful and pleasant environment so many visitors appreciate. This initial programme of work should be completed by late summer.

Council approves funding for community initiative

A statue of the celebrated suffragette Emily Davison could grace Epsom’s rejuvenated Market Place after the Strategy and Resources Committee voted to help fund the project.

A group of local residents are leading a campaign to raise money to install a memorial to Emily Davison, who died in Epsom, four days after being knocked down by the King’s horse during the 1913 Derby.

The Emily Davison Memorial Project was formed at the beginning of 2018 (the centenary of women gaining the vote) with the aim to install a life-size statue of Emily Davison, sitting on a contemporary granite bench, in the Market Place. The team has been busy selecting and commissioning an artist and interacting with the various bodies necessary. They have also been fund raising, with the aim of securing the £50,000 required.statue

The project has been a community initiative and Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has supported the proposal; agreeing a possible location for the artwork (with Surrey County Council) and also agreeing to take ownership and maintain the statue once it is installed.

Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Council’s Strategy and Resources Committee explained “despite a very active and positive funding campaign and widespread support, the Emily Davison Memorial Project has experienced difficulties in securing high level donations. At committee, it was agreed to use developer funding money, which can only be used for environmental improvements in the area in and around the town centre, to support the fund with a donation of up to £20,000, enabling the Emily Davison Memorial Project to unlock additional larger funding contributions to the project.

“The artwork will be an important monument in our town centre, referencing a key moment in Epsom’s history. I think it’s a piece that will engage the community and it will add to a number of statues of suffragettes installed nationally in the past few years”.

Sarah Dewing, Chair of the Emily Davison Memorial Project said “It is time that Emily Davison is properly recognised for the part she played in securing women’s right to vote. It is due to her sacrifice and that of many others that women today have equal rights in law and opportunities to fulfil their potential that Emily’s generation could only dream of”.

Public donations to the Emily Davison Memorial Project can be made via

Got 5?

Across England, local electoral turnout, apart from occasions when local and parliamentary elections coincide, has declined and fewer than four in ten of us will vote in this May's local elections.

But local councils matter – they control everything from A to Z (abandoned car removal to zoo licence approval), including your bin collections and your local park. They set your council tax rate and decide what it’s spent on – and how. So if you have a vote, use it.

Not sure what this council does? Check out the Key Facts section in this newsletter.

Within this borough, all councillor seats are up for election this May, as we operate an all out system every four years.

Ahead of the local elections, the Electoral Commission has launched the campaign, 'Got 5?', to encourage people to register to vote.

The campaign highlights that voters can quickly register in five minutes while using time that may otherwise be wasted, like waiting for the kettle to boil or for the spin cycle to finish. It encourages those who aren’t already registered to take these five minutes, go online and complete a form - emphasising its quick, simple and really important. For more details see

got 5

All you need is five minutes and your national insurance number to register to vote in the 2019 local elections.

What a load of rubbish

Any business, large or small, has a legal responsibility to safely contain and dispose of its waste.BBins

In 2018, businesses across Epsom and Ewell collectively recycled 300 tonnes of waste which would otherwise have been sent to landfill sites or burned expensively as rubbish.

Callum Atkins from our waste services team hopes to continue this record-breaking streak. He said "Our  newly branded commercial waste collection service, Business Bins, helps hundreds of local business owners dispose of their waste safely and efficiently. Our experienced team are here to help. We are looking forward to working closely with our commercial partners, reducing waste and making a real difference as the year progresses".

And there’s benefits for residents too… encouraging local businesses to think about their waste management and recycle more will help keep the borough’s streets clean and green, while the additional throughput from businesses helps keep the weekly collection service sustainable.

To find out how your business can save money and recycle more, visit or call 01372 732000 to book a no-obligation consultation.

Spotlight on

The Epsom riot revisited

This June, we will be hosting a number of events, talks, walks and a memorial service to remember a forgotten piece of the area's social history from the aftermath of the First World War, which included the murder of a popular local policeman.

Bourne Hall Museum is trying to contact families whose ancestors were involved in the Epsom riot and its aftermath, to record any memories that have been passed down and to possibly include them in the activities to mark the ‘Epsom riot’ and the death of Sergeant Green. Rifleman

During the First World War, Canadian soldiers were stationed in camps around Surrey. One of these was a convalescent camp, located in the grounds of Woodcote Park (now the RAC Club). At the time of the riot the police station was located at the corner of Ashley Road and what was then Ashley Avenue. The establishment was one inspector (who lived at the station with his family), a station sergeant, three sergeants and 21 constables.

Prior to 17 June 1919, there had been sporadic clashes between some of the soldiers and elements of the town's younger men, but nothing of a serious nature. On the evening of 17 June a disturbance erupted in the Rifleman pub in East Street. The police were called and they cleared the premises. One Canadian soldier persisted in causing trouble and was arrested and conveyed to Epsom police station to await an escort to his camp. A number of soldiers followed and police officers dispersed the group of soldiers, except for one private who persisted in attempting to effect the release of his comrade and continued making threats of violence. He was arrested for obstructing the police.

The group that had run off earlier, their numbers now having been increased to about twenty, assembled outside the police station loudly demanding the release of the two prisoners. A number of police officers went into the road to disperse this crowd who ran through the adjacent Rosebery Park in the direction of their camp.

A group of Canadian troops, now several hundred strong and ignoring all orders and advice, formed up in a semblance of a military formation and marched to Epsom. When this group arrived outside the police station they tore apart a wooden fence separating the station from the adjacent private houses and armed themselves with the pieces.

Police Inspector Pawley called together all his men present - three sergeants, and seven constables - and they formed a line across the front of the station. He then went to the gate and attempted to get the soldiers to disperse, warning them not to do anything they would later regret, telling then that an ambulance had been summoned to take the soldier prisoners back to their camp. He was shouted down by the soldiers, yelling for the prisoners to be released. A Major Ross arrived from the camp and added his voice to the Inspector’s. The mob’s mood turned uglier and a barrage of bricks, stones and pieces of wood rained down on the police line and the mob surged toward the police station.

Realising the vulnerability of the officers in the open, Inspector Pawley withdrew his men into the station, closing the doors and posting officers at the windows to prevent entry. Some of the soldiers tore rails off a fence outside the Weslyan Soldier's Institute on the opposite side of the road and others pulled out the iron railings from the front of the police station forecourt. The mob having smashed down the larger of the two garden gates, then attempted to enter the garden fronting the station building, presumably with the intention of storming the building to release the prisoners. Due to their large numbers this proved a difficult manoeuvre but some did get into the garden, the flagstone path providing the rioters with even further missiles.

Every window in the front of the building by now had been broken and Inspector Pawely's family, who had been asleep in the Inspector's quarters on the first floor, had been moved to the rear of the building.Police station in 1919

The temper of the mob turned even uglier, threatening to burn the building down and continuing to shower it with various missiles. The officers inside the station had by now received some reinforcements, summoned by telephone - one station sergeant, two sergeants, and ten constables from other stations, as well as some of the off-duty Epsom officers who had arrived and had managed to enter the building through the rear windows.

Inspector Pawley led several officers, including Sergeant Thomas Green, into the crowd and succeeded in clearing the garden temporarily of the mob. During this charge Sergeant Green was felled by a blow from a metal bar to the side of the head. He was carried unconscious to a house at the other side of the road until after the affray.

Some of the soldiers had by this time managed to enter the police station and effect the release of one of the prisoners. Inspector Pawley then released the other one. The two prisoners having been released, the soldiers again formed themselves into a semblance of military formation and marched back to the camp. The tumult subsided. Sergeant Green was then moved to the infirmary where he died the following day without regaining consciousness.

The police station and surrounding buildings had suffered considerable damage during the disturbance and in addition to Sergeant Green, the Inspector, four sergeants and eight constables’ sustained injuries. The following day the police made an application to the local magistrates under the "Closing in Time of Riot" clause of the "Intoxicating Liquors Act", that all the public houses in the parishes of Epsom and Ewell be closed for the sale of intoxicating drink. This was granted and in addition all the clubs in the District were also closed. The order remained in force until the Thursday when it was confirmed that the military authorities had placed the town out of bounds.Sgt Green

The inquest into Sergeant Green's death was held in the Court House opposite the police station, a building that had also received some damage during the riot. The chairman of the jury was James Chuter Ede, who was to become Home Secretary in the 1945 Labour Government and the first Mayor of the borough of Epsom & Ewell. The jury returned a verdict of Manslaughter against seven Canadian soldiers.

Remarkable scenes were witnessed at the funeral of Station Sergeant Thomas Green. The whole route from Lower Court Road, where he had lived, to the Ashley Road cemetery was lined with rows of people. The High Street was crowded - rarely had so many people assembled in Epsom before.

The procession, in which over a thousand men took part, included eight hundred police officers and river police, sixty special constables, the local fire brigade, postmen, most of the local council, officers from the Canadian army, comrades of the Great War and patients from the Horton War Hospital. Every shop on the route was closed and most of the houses had their blinds drawn. The funeral service took place across the road from the police station in Ashley Road in the Wesleyan church (now Epsom Methodist Church) to which Thomas Green belonged. The church had also been damaged in the riot. 

The number of flowers sent was huge. They filled the front room of Thomas Green’s home in Lower Court Road, where he had lain the night before his funeral, and spilled out across the front garden.  There was a tribute from Lord Rosebery marked ‘Honour and Regret’.  On the head of the coffin was a beautiful wreath of roses, lilies, carnations and stocks from his invalid widow - her writing could only just be deciphered as she was recovering from a stroke. 

The coffin was followed by four sergeants of V Division and four members of the Epsom force. Three of the sergeants - Kersey, Greenfield and Blaydon - had been injured in the riot. They acted as bearers at the chapel and cemetery.  At the cemetery the coffin had a Guard of Honour of 12 Barnado boys from their home in East Street.

Thomas Green was a very popular local man with two girls, Lily and Nellie. He came from Billingshurst, West Sussex and was one of a family of nine. He was a keen gardener, a member of the Epsom Allotment Association, and had done much for allotment holders locally. He was greatly loved by local children who took up a collection of pennies to buy him flowers. Local girls carried handfuls of flowers that they had picked themselves.

As a result of investigations by Divisional Inspector Ferrier into Sergeant Green's death, eight of the rioters were charged with manslaughter. Following the committal proceedings at Bow Street, two were discharged and six remanded in custody. At their eventual trial at the Surrey Assizes on 22/23 July 1919 verdicts of "not guilty" were returned on two of them. The remainder were found "not guilty" of manslaughter but "guilty" of rioting and were sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. Within weeks they were pardoned by the Prince of Wales and returned to Canada.

A ceremony was held at Epsom Court House to make presentations to the police officers who had taken part in the defence of the police station. The 24 presentations were made by Lord Rosebery. Some of the officers were in mufti having retired from the force since the riot. Lord Rosebery gave each a gold watch or gold chain with medallions inscribed “As a token of public appreciation of the gallant fight by the Epsom Police 17th. June 1919.” Inspector Pawley was presented with a clock and his son Harry Pawley with a silver cigarette case given by Sir Roland Blade MP for the help he gave that night. A cheque for £310 was also given for Mrs Green who was unable to attend because she was in hospital.

Years later, both of Sergeant Green's daughters were to marry Canadians and resettle in that country.

In 1929, one of the soldiers confessed to the murder of Sergeant Green and was detained by the Canadian police, but he was released after Scotland Yard said he had been legally dealt with by the UK courts in relation to Green's death.

If you have memorabilia, records or images relating to the Epsom riot, Bourne Hall Museum would love to hear from you. Contact David Brooks on 020 8394 1734 /

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

The 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Hampson
Until 12 March 2019; 9.30am - 5pm
Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
An exhibition about the life of the gifted illustrator Frank Hampson who came to Epsom in the early 1950s is on display at Bourne Hall Museum. 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 popular Ladybird books and the popular annuals. Don't miss this popular exhibition!

Charity Car Boot Sale supported by AutoTest, Ewell in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund
Sundays 3, 17 & 31 March; 8am - 12.30pm
Epsom General Hospital KT18 7EG
Cars £10, Small vans, MPV and 4WD £12, larger vans from £15, Trailers £3 extra. Refreshments available. Toilets on site; main bus route - buses stop outside. All entrance donation 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 or call 020 8337 8181.

February 2019EpsomBookFair

Epsom Book Fair
21 - 23 February
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5AQ
Epsom’s hugely popular Annual Charity Book Fair is now in its 18th year. Held over three days at Epsom Methodist Church in Ashley Road, this annual event supports the work of a variety of national and local charities including Action for Children and scouting and guiding in Epsom. Many thousands of quality books at bargain prices will be on offer, plus delicious lunches and refreshments. For more info call 01372 728535 website:

March 2019

Epsom and Ewell Art Group Spring Exhibition
4 - 17 March; 9.30am - 5pm
Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking RH5 6AA
Art by local artists at affordable prices, free parking and entry. For more info see

Guide and Brownie Jumble Sale
Saturday 9 March; 1.30pm - 3pm
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom
Admission 50p. Refreshments available. In aid of Epsom Methodist Brownies, Guides and Rainbows.

Ewell Horticultural Association - Land of the Giant Vegetables
Tuesday 12 March; 8pm (AGM for members 7.30pm)EpsomFireStationOpenDay
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell Kt17 1UF
A talk by Ian Clemens. Free Admission. Refreshments available. Visitors always welcome. For more info see

News sounds for spring - Epsom Choral Society
Saturday 16 March; 7.30pm
St Martin’s Parish Church, Epsom
Wake up your ears this spring with the fresh sound of contemporary choral works at a concert to be held by Epsom Choral Society. For more info see:

Surrey Fire & Rescue Epsom and Banstead Open Day
Saturday 16 March; 11am - 3pm
Epsom Fire Station
For more information please see:

Epsom Garden Society - Spring Pruning
Monday 18 March; 8pm
St Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom
Join in for a talk by Mark Saunders, head gardener at Fittleworth House in West Sussex, for a talk on 'pruning'. Refreshments and raffle. Visitors welcome. Contact Cathy on 07821 277708 for further details.

The 39 Steps - Sutton Amateur Dramatic Club
20 - 23 March; 7.45pm
Adrian Mann Theatre, Ewell KT17 3DS
Tickets £13 For more info see

Epsom Garden Society Spring Show
Saturday 23 March; 2pm - 4pm
St Martin's Junior School, Ashley Road, Epsom
Free admission and parking. Plant sale, raffle, refreshments. Display by the Surrey Groups of the Alpine Garden Society.

Barb and Andy's Quiz Night is back!
Friday March 29; 7pm for 7.30pm
Unity Hall, United Reformed Church, Church Street, Epsom
In aid of new Epsom & Ewell Community Hospital (NEECH) with special guests the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell. Tickets £13 each includes Fish n Chips supper. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Email Barb to book your team at

Ewell Horticultural Association Spring Show
Saturday 30 March; 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Blenheim High School, Longmead Road, Epsom KT19 9BH
Free admission. Tea and cakes, plant sale, raffle, cookery, floral art, photography, craft & design, garden sundries. All welcome! For more info see

April 2019

Murdered to Death - Worcester Park Dramatic Society
4 - 6 April; weekdays 8pm, Saturday 2.30pm
Adrian Mann Theatre, Ewell KT17 3DS
Tickets £11. For more info see or call 020 8337 2125.

Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning Association Quiz Night
Friday 5 April; 7.30pm (entrance from Depot Road car park)
Unity Hall, Epsom United Reformed Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PW
Bring your friends and make a team of six or eight players, or just come along and join in with other guests. Everyone welcome. Cost £12.50 per head for a fish and chip supper. Chicken or vegetarian option available. Bring your own drinks. To book your place, please email:

Ewell Horticultural Association - 'The work of the RNLI on the River Thames'
Tuesday 9 April; 8pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
A talk by Richard Bywaters from the RNLI. Cost: £3 members, £4 visitors includes refreshments and raffle, visitors very welcome. For more info see

This spring, it's super!

HoS 19Herald of Spring is back on Saturday 9 March at Bourne Hall celebrating spring in all its different guises - it's blooming marvellous!

There will be beautiful floral displays and a show garden from Ashtead Park Garden Centre along with the Mayday Flower Club, and shows by local countryside groups. You can visit the What’s On In Epsom Spring Market with arts, crafts and jam. Enjoy a break with tea and cake in the coffee shop.

Children can cheer on the Hobbledown Puppet Show and dancer’s, be amazed by Close Up Magic’s trickery and sleight of hand, marvel at the Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club with heroic Viking sagas and join in with the ‘feel-good’ kids’ activities from the Rainbow Leisure Centre.

Come dressed as a super hero to Herald of Spring and win a prize! There are three age groups - up to 5, 6 to 9 and 10 upwards. Amazon gift vouchers as prizes 1st £30, 2nd £20 and 3rd £10. All entrants will get a prize. The competition will be judged at 2pm.

It’s all FREE! Fantastic fun for all the family.

Herald of Spring, Saturday 9 March, 9.30am to 5pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF

New sounds for spring

Wake up your ears this spring with the fresh sound of contemporary choral works at a concert to be held by Epsom Choral Society on Saturday 16 March at 7.30pm at St Martin’s Parish Church, Epsom. 

ChoralThe Epsom Choral Society, currently in its 97th season, will sing four outstanding pieces that have become classics in their own right. Among the performers is Surrey treble, 12-year-old Alexander Gillan, a chorister at Guildford Cathedral. The concert is a bit of a departure from the Epsom Choral Society’s usual repertoire. There will be much percussion involved, full use of the St Martin’s organ and even some sound effects produced by the singers clapping, slapping their thighs and clicking their fingers to depict a crashing rainstorm!

The featured works – a colourful and contrasting selection – are as follows:

Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, written 50 years ago, takes its text from the Book of Psalms in the original Hebrew and presents it in one of the jazziest of settings. The solo of the beautiful setting of Psalm 23 will be sung by the highly talented Alexander Gillan.

Morten Lauridsen’s Nocturnes is a choral work of radiant beauty. Lauridsen is described by Gramophone magazine as “the brightest star in the firmament of the American choral scene … a remarkable balance between the contemporary and the timeless”.

Eric Whitacre’s Cloudburst – is inspired by the experience of the composer witnessing a desert cloudburst, with the choir imitating the sound of rain. Eric Whitacre is a Grammy-winning American composer loved by choirs all over the world.

Bob Chilcott’s Songs and Cries of London Town –  Bob Chilcott, described by the Observer newspaper as “a contemporary hero of British choral music”, is renowned all over the world for his exceptional choral writing.

The concert is being given at St Martin’s Parish Church on Church Street, Epsom at 7.30pm on Saturday 16th March .

Entry is £15, or just £7.50 for students and under-18s.

Also playing are the Regent Chamber Ensemble, Marion Lea on the piano and Peter Jaekel on the organ. The conductor is the Epsom Choral Society’s Musical Director Julian Collings.

For more info see:

Parlez-vous français?

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The New French Club of Epsom & Ewell    

  • • Improve your knowledge of French and French culture
  • • Socialise with others with similar interests.
  • • Presentations given by expert/native French speakers
  • • Benefit from films/learning aids & opportunities to speak
  • • Regular social events, Bastille day lunch, visits, etc.

Led by a native speaker and past president of the Cercle Français of Sutton, sessions will be held monthly between January and July at Glyn Hall, Cheam Road, Ewell, KT17 1SP, starting at 7pm

For further information, please contact Mrs Colette Burch-Avarre on: 0208 393 3890 or

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The month ahead at the Epsom Playhouse


Champions of Rock - Friday 1 March - The authoritative Queen concert show performed live, in a two-hour rock spectacular! Be part of the ultimate celebration of one the biggest bands to have ever graced the stage. Champions of Rock recreates the magic, fun and showmanship of Queen’s touring days, as they played to millions of people every year.

Legends of Romance - Saturday 2 March - This exciting evening concert from Epsom Symphony Orchestra features Rimsky-Korsakov's inspired orchestral fantasy ‘Scheherazade' which describes the adventures of Sinbad the Sailor in glittering  musical colours. Tchaikovsky's dramatic tone poem Francesca da Rimini starts the concert, which will also feature award-winning trumpet player Matilda Lloyd who will perform the brilliant Arutunian Trumpet Concerto.

Let's Hang On - Thursday 14 March - The world’s first and longest-running tribute to the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons celebrates ten years at the top. Discover how four New Jersey boys from the wrong side of the tracks invented their own sound and sold over 175 million records before they turned 30. Oh what a story. . . Oh what a show. . . OH WHAT A NIGHT!


Milkshake! Live - Sunday 24 February - Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen! Starring Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer & Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and Floogals, alongside two Milkshake presenters, this brand-new show has plenty of laughter, audience interaction and great fun to get everyone up on their feet! It’s a family show not to be missed!


Henning Wehn - Sunday 3 March -  You couldn't make it up; surely the German comedy ambassador and TV panellist favourite Henning When, hasn’t bosched out yet another new show? And what’s he still doing here anyway?  Well, his lack of transferable skills is what keeps him here and his belief that practise makes perfect is what keeps him going!

Tinder (the comedy) - Friday 15 March - Kaz is finally getting married to Tony, which means Shaz and Maz need dates for the wedding, proper dates, not hook-ups. Shaz is a total Tinderella but Maz hasn’t had a man since her ex left her ten years ago for the local anorexic trolly dolly with the bubble perm. But that’s about to change…

Lucy Porter - Saturday 16 March - A brand new stand-up show from a TV and Radio 4 favourite. Always warm, witty and thought-provoking, this is Lucy’s best show yet. She muses on what we receive from our ancestors and what we pass on to future generations. Lucy’s inherited dodgy knees and global warming from her parents, but can she leave a better legacy for her children?


The Story of Me  - Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 March - Laine Theatre Arts’ Children’s Department presents ‘the adaptation from Jacqueline Wilson’s Tracy Beaker Stories. Join Tracy and her friends at The Dumping Ground as they journey through the challenges of living in foster care. This touching story has been freely adapted as a dance spectacle, showcasing the young talent of Laine Theatre Arts.


CrispQuentin Crisp: Naked Hope - Thursday 28 February - A solo show which debuted to rave reviews at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival. Naked Hope depicts the legendary Quentin Crisp at two distinct phases of his extraordinary life. Firstly in the late 1960s in his filthy Chelsea flat and then New York in the 1990s, where a much older Crisp, embraced by society, regales the audience with his sharply-observed, hard-earned philosophy. Naked Hope is a glorious, truthful and uplifting celebration of a genuinely unique human being, and of the urgent necessity to be yourself.

My mother said I never should - Tuesday 26 March - a poignant, bittersweet story about love, jealousy and the price of freedom. The play details the lives of four women through the immense social changes of the twentieth century.  In 1940, Doris, a former teacher, encourages her nine-year-old daughter, Margaret, to mind her manners and practise the piano.  In 1969, Margaret’s relationship with her own daughter is strained, as art student Jackie experiments with her new found sexual freedom.  When Jackie becomes pregnant at 18 and has baby Rosie, a decision is made that will affect all their lives irrevocably.


The Little Shop of Horrors - Wednesday 27 to Thursday 28 February - Ewell Castle School presents the delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score. Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for human blood!

9 to 5
- Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 March - based on the sensational 1980 hit movie, the musical is set in the late 1970's, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concert a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss.


Who's at The Playhouse - Sunday 3 March – time traveling back to the early years of Doctor Who with two of the programme’s earliest stars, Carole Ann Ford (the first Doctor’s granddaughter, Susan) and Wendy Padbury (the astrophysicist, Zoe, who stowed away on the second Doctor’s Tardis). Materialising in Epsom for a rare on stage interview together, followed by a celebrity autograph panel, professional photograph studio, and more!

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

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! Visit the Walks page on our website to discover a range of walks that take place across Epsom and Ewell.  

Countryside guided walksEpsom Common Great Pond and Grazing area

Epsom Common history walk
Sunday 17 March, 1pm - 4pm
Discover Epsom Common's past on this guided history walk with one of our Contryside team. Meet at Stew Ponds car park off Christchurch Road at 1pm. No pre-booking required.

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

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club

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Saturday 23 March; 1pm - 2.30pm
The Legions of Rome march into Ewell - discover what it was like to be a Roman soldier! Learn about the weapons and tactics and enjoy listening to tales from a legionary of how he trained and fought.

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club is for young people 8+ who love history. Sessions cost £5 per child, includes one 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: Visit What's On at:

For more info visit

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!SYG2019

Specsavers Surrey Youth Games 2019 - registrations for Team Epsom & Ewell are open!

Aged 6-16? Be part of this year's Specsavers Surrey Youth Games, register online today for a chance to play for Team Epsom & Ewell at 

Now in its 23rd year, the county's largest sport competition offers young people aged 6-16 a fantastic opportunity to receive free coaching in a wide range of sports - Badminton, Boccia (a sport for young people with learning difficulties and physical impairments), Boxing (contact and non-contact), Couch to 2k running for fun, Football, High 5 Netball, Hockey, Judo, Lacrosse, Netball, Squash, Table Tennis and Tennis.

To be eligible to compete for Team Epsom & Ewell at the Games, participants must live or go to school in Epsom and Ewell and meet the specific eligibility requirements of the sport(s) they have chosen (age, gender and playing standard). All of the sports only allow players of sub-county standard to participate and in all sports participants must be non-club members.

Free training sessions take place from April to June. Please register online as soon as possible as some sport entries may close if they reach the maximum number of registrations.

Participants selected to represent Team Epsom & Ewell at the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games finals weekend on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, will compete with teams from ten other Surrey boroughs and districts. Team Epsom & Ewell will once again be sponsored by Better. 

Last year 168 young people represented the borough at the Games. The free training sessions led by local sports clubs in the borough, offer participants a chance to play their chosen sport after the Games have finished.

Don't delay! Visit to register online and for details of training times, dates and venues.

Help others, help yourself – try volunteering
Volunteers are reckoned to be healthier, happy and more plugged into their local community than the general population. Older volunteers gain most from being more active and socialising while younger ones can gain new skills and enhance their CV. And helping others intrinsically makes us feel good about ourselves.RBHBlogo

If you’re over 16 and would like to dip a toe into the world of volunteering, the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games is looking for helpers around the weekend of 15/16 June. The Games are the biggest annual youth sporting event in the county and have been running for 22 years, but they couldn’t take place without a small army of supporters who help in event and general spectator management. To find out more and see just what volunteering can offer you, visit

Save the date! Round the Borough Bike
Sunday 12 May
Start and finish at Horton Country Park local nature reserve
Register online for free for this year's event at This popular annual event is open to all ages and abilites and covers a 20 mile, mainly off road route across the borough's plentiful open spaces and nature reserves.

Ebbisham Sports Club, Eastway, Epsom KT19 8SG


Ebbisham Racketball Adult & Junior graded half-day tournaments
Sundays 17 & 24 March
To enter or for more info, email: Jo Robinson at visit

Ebbisham Sports Club Open Day
Saturday 13 April; 10am - 5pm
Free entry, no need to book! Exciting action-packed day for everyone. For more info contact Club Office, email:, phone 01372 720647 or visit Facebook @EbbishamSportsClub

Easter Tennis Camps at Epsom Sports Club
9 - 12 & 15 - 18 April; 10am – 3pmAbsoluteTennislogo
Epsom Lawn Tennis Club, Woodcote Road, Epsom KT18 7QN
Absolute Tennis are running fun and varied tennis camps for 4-14 year olds that combine games, skill development and team competitions and are run by the club’s coaching team. The camps are a great taster for tennis but also a more condensed way to help develop the tennis skills. They are fun and something great to do with friends or family. Cost: £28 a day (or £92 for 4 days). For more information please contact Mike Lavey (Head Coach) on 07734 602063 or email

Rainbow Leisure Centre, East Street, Epsom KT17 1BN

New! Women’s only walking football
Launch day Tuesday 26 February; 1pm - 2pm
Join us for a brand new women only walking football session in the Sports Hall, open to all ages and abilities. Our female football coach will take players through their paces with warm-ups and match play. Cost: £2.95 per session. Book your place at reception today or call: 01372 727 277.

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Wednesdays (term time only); 4pm - 4.45pm (ages 5-8 years), 4.50pm - 5.35pm (ages 8-11 years)
Our football coach focuses on children having fun whilst learning. Each session includes drills, skills and mini matches to encourage team work and communication. Cost: £70.00 (14 week block). For more information call 01372 727 277.RBL_ballet

Ballet beginners
Tuesdays (term time only); 2.15pm - 2.45pm
The perfect introduction to the wonderful world of dance! Little ones aged 3-4 year can take their first steps through music and movement following the RAD syllabus and is a fun way to develop balance, co-ordination and motor skills. Cost: £70.00 (14 week block). For more information please contact Joe Sawyer on 01372 727 277 or email or to book a place vist the Better website.

Sport and leisure funding opportunities in Epsom and Ewell

Are you county level in your chosen sport? You could apply for FACS membership!
FACS (Free Access for County Sportspeople) is an initiative which aims to provide county level performers with the support that they require to help them reach their full potential.
The Epsom & Ewell FACS programme is open for applications from sportspeople of any age who:
• live in the borough
• represent their county in their chosen sport
The Epsom and Ewell FACS scheme is a partnership between Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, The Harrier Centre, NESCOT, and the Rainbow Leisure Centre. For more information, including conditions of use and how to apply, please our website  

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. The Sports and Leisure Council holds regular meetings 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 see our website



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 3 March. 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

Who does what?

Residents are often puzzled on the two tier local government structure in the area and specifically which body is responsible for which service. In preparation for the local elections in May, where you will have the opportunity to elect your borough representative, here’s a detailed list of the services provided by your borough council and a separate list of the county council responsibilities.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

  • Abandoned vehicle removal
  • Allotments
  • Ashley Road Cemetery
  • Biodiversity action plan park life
  • Building structure inspections
  • Business licencing (animal welfare, scrap metal dealerships, tattooists, etc )
  • Community alarm and Telecare
  • Community and Wellbeing Centre
  • Council tax support
  • Council car parks
  • Disaster and emergency contingency planning
  • Dogs – lost and found
  • Electoral registration and election management
  • Environmental Health (including food premises inspections, noise complaints, pollution monitoring, etc)
  • Epsom & Walton Downs conservators (in partnership)
  • Fly tipping on public land (investigation and enforcement)
  • Health and safety accident investigation
  • Housing benefit and Universal Credit administration
  • Housing Needs Register, affordable housing, homelessness, emergency housing and housing advice service
  • Home improvement agency
  • Infectious disease investigations
  • Meals at Home and shopping service for those in need
  • Markets and street trading management
  • Open spaces, parks and local nature reserves, management, maintenance and conservation volunteers
  • Parking enforcement (on behalf of Surrey County Council)
  • Pest control (in partnership)
  • Planning applications
  • Playgrounds and BMX/skate facilities
  • Premises licensing  (pubs, restaurants, clubs & off licences)
  • Refuse and recycling collections including bulky waste collections
  • Rough sleeper outreach
  • Social Prescribing
  • Sport development
  • Sport facilities (facilities for football, cricket, bowling & tennis and outdoor gym equipment) 
  • Strategic planning for the borough
  • Street care and public realm improvements
  • Street cleansing, litter collection, road sweeping and graffiti removal
  • Street and house-to-house collections licencing
  • Taxi licencing (hackney carriages & private hire vehicles)
  • Tree inspections and tree preservation orders
  • Transport from Home and Hospital to Home (transport services for those unable to use public transport)
  • Venues (Epsom Playhouse, Bourne Hall, Ewell Court House, Epsom Market Place and the Harrier Centre plus (in partnership) Rainbow Leisure Centre
  • Welfare burials

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  • Adult social care
  • Children social care and youth service
  • Countryside partnerships (including the Lower Mole Partnership)
  • Civic Amenity Site (the Blenheim Road ‘tip’)
  • Coroner
  • Disaster and emergency contingency planning (Surrey-wide)
  • Education – schools and adult education plus nurseries and school meals
  • Flooding (the County Council is the designated Lead Local Flood Authority)
  • Gypsy site management
  • Library services
  • Registration and nationality service
  • Roads and pavements, including residents parking zones, on street parking, drainage, maintenance, pot hole repair, road markings and traffic lights plus fly tipping on the highway and highway trees and verges
  • Surrey Fire & Rescue
  • Trading Standards
  • Transport (including Blue Badges and bus passes)




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

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. Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell is celebrating its 80th birthday this year.
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 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

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: 

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 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: 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 or passport 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.

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:

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'
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 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

Sacred Space
Every fourth Saturday of the month; 10am - 12noon
Christ Church, Epsom KT19 8NE
Church open for private prayer, meditation, quiet time. At 12noon there will be a short said service of prayers for healing and peace. All welcome.

Need help to get a job?

Stoneleigh Job Club
Tuesdays 10am - 12noon
Stoneleigh Library, 1 The Broadway, Stoneleigh KT17 2JA
Thursdays 10am -12 noon
Epsom Job Centre Plus ( aka the Community Hub) East Street Epsom
Helping you take the steps into work. This Job Club is for you if you're - seeking your first job, changing your career, need help with your CV, interview skills and more! From 18+ welcome every week and its all free to everyone! 1:1 Free coaching and support from trained volunteer coaches for finding that job, changing careers or returning to work after breaks, including confidence building; CV drafting and updating; interview preparation and review; IT basic skills for employment; job searching and applications; compassionate and caring and purposeful coaching with professional standards and support. Appointments online or website or phone or drop in if you are passing. Website:, tel: 07941 231072, email:, Twitter and Facebook: @stoneleightjobclub 

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.

Future40 art competition

Calling all budding artist and creative minds aged 5-18! Can you imagine what #yourepsomewell will look like in the future? Put your imagination to the test in our exciting #Future40 art competition! Create a 'scene from the future' of your local area using any artistic method - this could be a drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, video or even a piece of music. There are wonderful prizes to be won for you and your school too!

Parents, teachers, carers, please help us ensure the younger generation start thinking about the physical world and communities they will be growing up in by encouraging them to take part in this future focussed art competition. Find out more at


Epsom and Ewell Community & Wellbeing Centre


Weekly activities at the Epsom and Ewell Community and Wellbeing 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


10am - 12pm

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


Six steps is all it takes

WheelofWellbeing_girlWays to improve your mood and reduce stress

Do you want to reduce stress in your day-to-day life? It’s easier than you think to boost your mood, improve your relationships and reduce your risk of depression.

The Wheel of Well-being has six simple steps you can take each day to help you become more positive.

  1. Give – Volunteer in your spare time or arrange a charity bake sale at work
  2. Connect – Meet friends and family after work or catch up with a colleague on your break
  3. Be active – Get off the bus a stop early and walk the rest of your journey or take the stairs instead of using the lift.
  4. Care – Looking after the planet is good for mental wellbeing and life satisfaction, so make an effort to remember that bag for life each time you shop and to take your reusable cup and water bottle to work.
  5. Keep learning – Read a book on your way to work or learn something new, perhaps a new language?
  6. Take notice – Go for a walk in your lunchbreak and explore the local area.

In Surrey, one fifth of adults suffer from at least one mental health condition, but having open conversations can help people feel more comfortable to seek help. If you or someone you know might benefit from local support for mental health, visit the Healthy Surrey website. You can also find more tips and information about the Wheel of Well-being online.WheelofWellbeing_man 


Did you know?

PowerCut105Power cut? Phone 105 for emergency help and advice. It doesn’t matter which company your electricity’s supplied by and the call’s free from mobiles and

PriorityServicesRegisterAre your older, disabled or vulnerable friends/family on the Priority Services Register? It’s a free service from utility companies which can provide help in emergencies or planned power cuts and provide assistance with meters. See:

For more information visit the Surrey Prepared website

Could you be my foster family?

SCCFosteringWith over 1000 children in care in Surrey, Surrey County Council are always looking for more people to open up their homes and lives to some of the most vulnerable children in the county. People from all backgrounds are welcomed, including those willing to take in older children and teenagers, helping them move into adulthood and achieve their potential.

For more information call the team on 0800 096 9626 or visit


Your Council

Council meetings: March 2019

MARCH 2019

07   Licensing and Planning Policy Committee

12   Health Liaison Panel

14   Planning Committee

19   Community and Wellbeing Committee

26   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

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.

Epsom and Ewell Local Committee (Surrey County Council)

Date: Monday 25 March 2019

Time: 7pm

Venue: Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF

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

Visit for more details and confirmation of the venue, or contact Nicola Morris on 020 8541 9437 or email: 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 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 app

Mod Gov app logoStay updated with the latest Council Committee meetings agendas, decisions and minutes on your smartphone or tablet with the free app (application).

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.

mod gov imageDownload the app
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
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

Jobs at the Council

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Why work for Epsom & Ewell Borough Council?
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is a small, forward-thinking local authority set in the heart of Surrey and within easy reach of London and the M25. We take pride in our progressive approach to the development and delivery of public services, and support equality of opportunity for all.

If you're looking for a new challenge, seeking career development or even looking to return to work, visit our jobs page - for all the latest vacancies and to view are new 'Working with us' recruitment video.

You can also visit the Epsom & Ewell pages at

Find us on too! Search for Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

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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