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Elections; you wait for four years to have one and then two come along together!

We detail the changes to this council following the borough elections in the Key Facts section and we also cover the local results of European Parliamentary elections in the news section.

We would like to thank the small army of individuals who helped us successfully deliver the two elections, drafted in so that our teams could continue to deliver all our normal services with as little disruption as possible. To all those who staffed polling stations, co-ordinated postal votes, issued poll cards and who took part in the counts (especially the 50 plus local people who gave up 12 hours of their bank holiday Sunday to count the European Parliamentary election votes) a very big thank you!

And while we are on the subject of thanks, a heartfelt acknowledgement to all residents and businesses whose diligent efforts have seen our highest recycling rates ever, well above the national average.

Elsewhere in this issue we look at the past and to the future. The past, in the events being held to remember the Epsom riot and also the WW2 anniversaries of D Day and Operation Epsom. The future, in some of the youngster’s visions for the borough and celebrating our young champions.

Hopefully (general election permitting) we’ll be back on our normal timetable from the end of June with our monthly round-up of news and upcoming events.

News

Young Champions

On Monday 20 May the borough's inaugural Young Champions awards were presented to local young residents at the Town Hall. 

The idea for the awards was from former Mayor Councillor Neil Dallen who secured sponsorship from local organisations.

Winners of the awards were 

Category

Winner

    Sponsor

Young Carer

Grace Nelson

Grace is 7 years old and was nominated for the support she provides to her mother in the care provided to her 5 year old brother who has severe autism and is non verbal.

    Home Instead

Young Fundraiser

Lucy Brick

Lucy took it upon herself to hold a garden party for The Children's Trust; baking and organising and raised over £1,260.

    What's on in my Town

Young Peer Supporter

Mattel Medellin
Mattel was nominated by the Sunnybank Trust for his ongoing support of their drama group

    The Ashley Centre

Young Volunteer

Amelia Harding
Amelia is a volunteer at Epsom Riding for the Disabled and is a Girlguiding young leader

    Rotary Epsom

Young Team Player

Louie Hughes
Louie was nominated by Epsom Primary School for his commitment to and fellowship within the school football team

    Wilsons

Young Environmentalist

Maoliosa Gilhooly
Maoliosa was nominated by her NESCOT lecturer for her achievements within the Aspire (young enterprise) team and championing sustainability.

    Epsom & Ewell
    Borough Council

Young Hero

Grace Dawson
Grace's little sister was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2017 despite the subsequent family upheaval, Grace has been positive and supportive  

    McDonalds

There were also a number of nominees who were highly commended.

Congratulations all!

All of those who were shortlisted were invited along with the parents and family to the awards ceremony and the prizes were handed out by the respective sponsor in each category. 

Young champions

This is planned to be an annual event and the new Mayor will be promoting this throughout his year of office. 

Application forms which have the criteria and category information for the forthcoming year, will be available on our website shortly.

Scenes from the future

As part of our on-going Future40 initiative we are engaging will all parts of the community so that we can create a long term vision for the borough's future.

Earlier this month we announced the winners of the Future40 art competition.

The competition was open to young artists aged 5-18 from across the borough. Based on the theme, ‘Proud of our past, preparing for our future’, they were invited to use any artistic method to create their own “scene from the future”.  

The Future40 art competition was judged by the then Mayor, Councillor Neil Dallen, and the winners were presented with a prize by Councillor Eber Kington.

The winners are:

• Max Gazzelloni (aged 7) - Inspired Lego model of a futuristic Market Place and Clock Tower.

• Kyuri Kim (aged 9) - Colourful interpretation of the future of Epsom and Ewell

• Christ Church Epsom Common Youth Group (ages 12-16) - pirational collage of The Wells showcasing the devastating effects rubbish and pollution can have on Epsom and Ewell if we don't control it.

The winning creations:

Lego

Future

Wells

Our runners-up:

- Anoushka Patel (aged 6): model ‘C-BOT – the Clean Robot’ (a friendly robot who helps keep our borough clean).

- Mary Ziyu Luo (aged 10): Inspiring pencil sketch of a ‘Mirror of the borough's future’.

- Yuna Kim (aged 7): Pencil sketch of ‘Colourful Epsom and Ewell’. 

The winners and runners-up all received a certificate and a limited edition Future40 badge and book vouchers. The three winners also received a book voucher for their respective schools and youth group. 

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Councillor Eber Kington said, “We received over 50 individual entries depicting the future of Epsom and Ewell in the form of paintings, collages and sculptures. Thank you to everyone who submitted their entries, picking winners from such a creative talent pool was no easy task. 

“It was a great way to encourage our younger residents to start thinking about the future; where they live, study and play and what it will be like in years to come. We value the views of young people, and their hopes for the future will help shape the final Future40 vision statement. 

“Congratulations to all our winners and well done to everyone for taking part.” 

The art competition formed part of our ongoing wider engagement for Future40, our project to develop a long-term vision for Epsom and Ewell. We are currently in the second stage of the consultation looking at the emerging themes and current findings in more detail. For more information and to have your say on the future of the borough visit www.future40.org

The cattle are lowing

In 1935 we purchased Epsom Common and it remains in our ownership today. In the 1950s the Common was designated as a Site of Special Scientific interest (SSSI) and in 2001 it was also designated a local nature reserve.

CattleThe Common has a range of distinctive habitats with mature ancient Oak woods, developing Birch and Oak woods, Hawthorn and Blackthorn Scrub, grazed open pasture woodland, remnant Heath and a wetland habitats including large ponds and fen areas.

We manage the Common to allow good public access, whilst at the same time maintaining and improving its ecological diversity.

Each summer we host a herd of cattle; this years herd arrived last week.

These help control and manage scrub encroachment to naturally keep the open aspect of the common and prevent it becoming a dense wood.

For more information please see our website.

European Parliamentary elections

The European Parliamentary election results have garnered a lot of interest and the results look like they will be shaping our national politics going forward.

Within the borough, the European Parliamentary elections had a higher turnout at 41% than the Borough elections that had taken place a couple of weeks earlier.

The UK was divided into 11 regions for these elections; nine in England and one for Scotland and one for Wales (Gibraltar was included within the south-west of England region).

Seats in the election were allocated via the D'Hondt system, a type of proportional representation (Victor D'Hondt was a 19th Century Belgian mathematician).

The results from Epsom & Ewell were fed into the South East region. The results for the borough were broadly in-line with the rest of the region with the Brexit party with the greatest number of votes, followed by the Liberal Democrats and then the Greens.

The official announcements of the results for the borough and the South East of England region follow. The latter also details the names of our new MEPs. For more information please see our website.

Epsom & Ewell results

Borough results

South East region

South East 1

South East 2

Food glorious food

Food wasteFood recycling is gradually increasing and within Epsom and Ewell is up by 12% compared to last year - at 2,605 tonnes, we’ve never recycled so much food.

Across Surrey, residents recycled so much food waste in their caddies last year that £310,000 was saved to help protect essential services.

Your efforts have made savings because it costs less to recycle food waste than it does to dispose of it. And, even though it’s only a small action, it shows that putting a bit more into your caddy can make a big difference.

The food deposited in the recycling caddy is anaerobically digested to become useful compost and the process also creates methane gas, which is safely captured and burned to generate electricity – far better than food waste being incinerated or rotting in landfill and releasing environment damaging gasses.

Even though big savings are already being made, more food waste can go into caddies. In fact, if all food waste in Surrey went into caddies, it would save an extra £3 million a year. And remember, all food can go into your caddy so please put more in and help increase the savings being made.

Caddies can also be lined with any kind of plastic bag and smelly food waste can be put in a tied carrier bag and taken to outside food bins, which are collected weekly.

For more information on how to recycle food waste, visit surreyep.org.uk

On yer bike!

This year’s Round the Borough Bike was the biggest ever, with 340 intrepid cyclists taking part in the 20 mile challenge through some of the most uplifting scenery in the borough.

Now in its sixth year the event attracts both beginners and keen cyclists. The youngest to complete the course on Sunday 12 May was just six years old and the oldest was aged 79.

Well done to everyone who took part and congratulations to all those who completed the course.

We would like to express our thanks to the 34 volunteers gave up their time to help with the event. Their role is vital and without their assistance we could not run the event.

Round the Borough Bike was also supported by various organisations - Rotary Club of Epsom; Surrey Police and Surrey Police Cadets for bike marking; Xways Cycles for free bike checks and mechanical assistance; South Coast Medics; Friends of Horton Country Park; BETTER - Rainbow Leisure Centre; Emma Byrne from Cancer Research UK; What's On In Epsom and The Royal Automobile Club.

This event forms part of the round the borough hike and bike challenge. The 20-mile route is permanently marked with discs and can be completed at any time of the year. Epsom & Ewell Borough Council launched the Round the Borough Hike and Bike challenge in 2014, to build on the legacy of the London Olympics and the borough hosting stage 7 of the 2013 Tour of Britain. 

Diary date! Round the Borough Hike which will take place on Saturday 7 September follows exactly the same route.

For detailed maps of the route and further information visit: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/rbhb

RTBB

Digging a hole

On Saturday 25 May, budding archaeologists descended on Bourne Hall, as the park held a ground breaking open day.Test pits

Hundreds of people and families took part and test pits were dug to discover what history is hidden below the surface of Bourne Hall Park. These produced archaeology back to the Stone Age with many worked flints, some prehistoric pottery possibly Iron Age, also along with Roman and Tudor pottery.

The day included a host of activities – meet Roman legionnaires, trying Roman cooking and practicing some Roman beauty tips. There were sand trays for the very young archaeologists, a handling collection of finds, and an exhibition of what could be discovered.

The day was arranged the Surrey Archaeological Society, Epsom and Ewell Historical and Archaeological Society and Bourne Hall Museum.

There will be a second chance on the 21 and 22 September in Nonsuch Park during the Heritage Open Weekend. If you would like to dig you have to book in advance at outreach@surreyarchaeology.org.uk

Recycling up

Epsom and Ewell residents are among the best recyclers in the UK with much higher recycling rates than the national average according to the latest data.Recycle

Since moving to weekly collections of household rubbish and recycling in 2017, household recycling in the borough has increased to 53%, compared to the national average of 46%.

“This is fantastic news and contributes to a greener environment for everyone" says Councillor Neil Dallen, chairman of the Environment and Safe Communities Committee

“Our recycling and waste service is a key priority. Enormous credit must go to all involved in helping recycle such a high proportion of our domestic waste and reducing the rubbish that has to be disposed of. Since our ‘Simply Weekly’ collection changes were introduced, the borough’s recycling rates are going from strength to strength”.

“The Government has a recycling target of 50% across the UK by 2020 and, while the borough is already achieving more than that, we must not be complacent as there is already suggestions that the target will increase still further, possibly to 60%

“We’re also asking residents to recyclable carefully. Putting contaminated waste (such as liquids) into your green bin can result in a whole lorry load being rendered unrecyclable. And putting the wrong items into the recycling bin can have a knock on effect at the recycling plant. The plant machinery used to sort the various materials uses technology to differentiate the items and introducing another substance into the sorting process without calibrating the machinery can cause significant problems”

 “The message is clear… Check it out before you chuck it out!”

Initiatives for veterans

The Royal British Legion has launched an Epsom & Ewell Veterans Community Hub.Armed forces emblem

If you or anyone in your immediate family has ever served in the British armed forces you are invited to meet up with your peers, seek information and guidance from a selection of agencies that can help with housing, benefits, debt employment, wellbeing and much more.

The hub meets on the first Wednesday of the month, 10am to midday, at the Comrades Club, The Parade, Epsom (under the new hotel).

We’re supporting this initiative as part of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. The covenant also aims to raise awareness of issues affecting the armed forces community and provide support through assisting with health and wellbeing, housing, leisure and culture, housing and employment.

On a separate note the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) is looking for volunteer caseworkers  in the Epsom and Ewell area. 

SSAFA is the UK's oldest military charity and in Surrey work to support members of the armed forces, veterans and their families who are in need.
 
Being a caseworker is a rewarding role with the opportunity to directly help those in difficulty. Caseworkers provide friendly advice and support to eligible individuals. The role involves meeting clients, often in their homes, assessing their needs and obtaining appropriate assistance, this can include financial assistance, special equipment or referral to specialists. 
 
The amount of time you give as a caseworker is flexible and can be tailored around other commitments.  There is no need to go to an office at specific times.  You will be part of a team and have the opportunity to meet and socialise with them. 
 
As a volunteer you need to be capable of travelling within the local area and of using a computer, but you do not have to be a technical expert.  Full training is provided and support from experienced members of the team is always available.  All expenses are paid.
 
If you have some time to give and would like a rewarding role supporting those who have served our country to live with independence and dignity, being a SSAFA Caseworker could be the opportunity for you.  It is also good fun. 
 
If you are interested please contact SSAFA Surrey: 01483 208111,   email: surrey.branch@SSAFA.org.uk

Youth projects grants available

The High Sheriff Youth Awards Scheme gives grants to projects for young people in Surrey - with the aim of helping young people make Surrey safer.

They are particularly keen to support a project where young people, normally between the ages of 9 and 18, are actively involved in planning and Boatingrunning it.

The High Sheriff Youth Awards makes grants for any amount from £100 up to £2,000, and some larger grants of up to £5,000.You can apply for funding for a new or existing project or initiative. Applications are welcome at any time and are considered by a panel which meets quarterly.

See www.surreyhighsheriff.org for funding guidance and to apply

The High Sheriff Youth Award (HSYA) was established in 1993 as a registered charity with the aim of making a difference to the lives of young people within the County. Over the years awards have been made to a huge variety on projects, all in their own way have helped young people make Surrey safer. HSYA receives donations from a number of sponsors within Surrey, including all the Boroughs and Districts, the County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner, charities and individuals.

Community recycling centre update

Stop press (digital version)! 
Surrey County Council have announced that the new charges detailed below have been 
deferred to allow the county to draw up a coordinated waste strategy.

The county council has announced further changes at their community recycling centres. These include the centre at Blenheim Road, Epsom, KT19 9DL

There are already charges for the disposal of some materials including rubble, soil, plasterboard and tyres.

From 3 June they will also charge for roofing felt and construction wood waste, such as sheds, fencing panels, posts, decking, laminate flooring, decking and fitted kitchen units.

In an explanation of why the charges were being introduced the county council stated:

Surrey County Council needs to find significant savings in 2019/20 to ensure that it's financially robust. This has meant the council has had to review the services that it does provide, and faces some difficult decisions on changes that it needs to make. One of these areas is the provision of community recycling centres.

We are constantly reviewing the community recycling service, so we can offer the best service to residents that we can. The latest changes continue to meet industry good guidance, cover the costs for services we're not obliged to deliver for free, and focus on recycling and reuse.

Surrey County Council have sought the views of residents and other stakeholders on proposed changes to community recycling centres.via a public consultation that ran from 30 October 2018 to 4 January 2019.  The council's Cabinet agreed for these changes to be implemented  on 29 January 2019.

Details of the charges, opening hours and what items can be accepted can be found on the county council website - here

Spotlight on

WW2 family day

We’re marking the 75th anniversary of D Day and Operation Epsom with a special free family day at Bourne Hall Park.D Day

There will be WW2 re-enactors, displays of weapons and vehicles plus music and dancing from the war by Surrey Jive.

Saturday 13 July, 11am to 4.30pm in Bourne Hall Park, Spring Street, Ewell.

D Day

Codenamed Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of France, happened on 6 June 1944 after five years of war with Germany. It was a seaborne invasion, the biggest one in history.

By dawn, thousands of paratroopers and glider troops were already on the ground behind enemy lines, securing bridges and exit roads. The amphibious invasions began at 6.30am.

Thousands of ships set out from the south coast of England, in all over 6,000 vessels joined the attack. They were supported by over 11,000 planes. Throughout the day, some 156,000, British, American and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of Normandy.

The 'D' in D-Day does not stand for anything, it was just the initial the military used when planning the attack. Planning of the invasion was underway before the date it would take place was known. In order to organise things like when the troop ships should leave England the planners referred to it as D-Day.

Operation Epsom

Operation Epsom (also known as the battle of the Odon), took place at the end of June and was the first major British offensive to be launched after the D-Day landings.

The offensive was intended to outflank and seize the German-occupied city of Caen, an important Allied objective in the early stages of Operation Overlord.

It was a successful attempt to force the Germans to concentrate their armoured units at the eastern end of the Normandy beachhead and to prevent Rommel from moving any of his panzer divisions west towards the American front, where preparations were underway for Operation Cobra, the main breakout from the beachhead.

What's On

Epsom riot

Following the article on the Epsom riot in the February issue of this newsletter we can now highlight some of the events taking place to mark the 100th anniversary of the riot and the death of the popular local policeman, Sergeant Green.

Descendants of Sergeant Green are flying over from the USA and Canada to attend some of the public events.

The Epsom Riot and the Death of Police Sergeant Thomas Green walk

RiflemanSunday 9 June at 4pm
Tuesday 11 June at 2pm
Wednesday 12 June at 7pm

Starting at the Rifleman Pub in East street, a walk tracing the events on the night of the 17 June 1919. The walk finishes in Ashley Road and take about an hour. Cost by a donation to the Police Care UK. Please book in advance, email: dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk  phone: 0208 394 1734 

Other dates advertised are fully booked (but are still taking place).

June 15 at 5pm
The Rifleman Pub, East Street, KT17 1BB

Unveiling of an information display panel by Sergeant Green’s great grandson and a talk on the riot. The pub are producing a special beer for the event.

June 17 at 11am
Ashley Road Cemetery, KT18 5BP

The Epsom Riot and the Death of Police Sergeant Thomas Green graveside service.

June 17, 1.30pm onwards
Methodist Church, Ashley Road, KT18 5AQ

The Epsom Riot and the Death of Police Sergeant Thomas Green exhibition and talk
Exhibition of items presented by Lord Rosebery to the police officers defending the station, other items presented to Inspector Pawley and his family, Thomas Green’s medals (on show for the first time), evidence photos of the riot and postcards of Thomas Green’s funeral.

1.30pm-2.30pm: Talks for local schools and the public
7.30pm: Public talks on the events of that day.

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).Goldon rod

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

June 2019

Warren Farm Meadow Day
Saturday 1 June between 10:00 and 15:00
Warren Farm, next to Nonsuch Park in Cheam, Surrey.
Help Warren Farm to flourish this summer! Want to enjoy nature and meet new people? Want to try something fun as a family? Perhaps you want to learn something new whilst getting a decent workout? Take in the fresh air and experience all that Warren Farm has to offer at the annual Meadow Day, a fun family event on for all to get involved to help save an important meadow habitat for years to come.

There is nothing like the beauty of a meadow in bloom and if you have visited Warren Farm in summer, you will know it is no exception. But, did you know that the bright yellow flowers that you see are actually harmful to our native wildflowers and a range of butterflies that depend on them? The site has been invaded by Canadian Goldenrod. It is best removed by hand and volunteers are vital in tackling the problem. It’s great exercise and we are seeking more amazing people to help us transform the whole space into a haven for wildlife by helping pull it out of the ground
Warren Farm is a Woodland Trust wood

Summer art exhibition - Epsom and Ewell Art Group
Until Sunday 3 June, 10am-5pm
Stable Yard Gallery, Morden Hall Park SM4 5JD
Art by local artists at affordable pries. www.epsomandwellartgroup.com

Photography Exhibition – Epsom Camera Club
Tuesday 4 – Saturday 15 June
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF
Come along and see the latest photography exhibition at Bourne Hall including a variety of photography. For more info www.epsomcc.org.uk

Brass Band Concert in the Garden
Sunday 9 June; 3pm
The Old Moat Garden Centre, Walled Garden, Horton Lane, Epsom, KT19 8PQ
Tickets are £10, free for under 15’s. Available in advance from The Old Moat Garden Centre (Mon – Fri) or via EESB website, or on the door. A summer afternoon of music with beautiful surroundings. Bar available – alcohol not permitted to be bought in by guests. For more info www.eesb.org.uk

Charity Car Boot Sale supported by AutoTest, Ewell in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund
Sundays 9 & 23 June; 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 www.emef.org.uk or call 020 8337 8181.

Information Evening on Dementia & Carers
Monday 10 June; 7pm-9pm
The Rose Room, Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
Hosted by the Patient Participation Group from the Integrated Care Partnership (GP Surgeries). Representatives from local services including the Alzheimer's Society will be giving talks and answering questions. Places are free but please if you would like to attend please contact Vicki Parnell at vicki.parnell@nhs.net.

Shadbolt Park Big Day Out!
Saturday 15 June; 12noon – 4pm
Salisbury Road, Worcester Park, KT4 7BX
Free admission. Dog Show, Rides, BBQ, Beer Tent and Stalls.

An Audience with Jonathan Veira
Wednesday 19 June; 7:30pm
Nonsuch Museum, the Mansion House, Nonsuch Park, SM3 8AP
Members of Friends of Nonsuch go free, non-members are £6. Refreshments are included. Come along to see comedian Jonathan Viera, hear his anecdotes and his thoughts on life. For more info www.friendsofnonsuch.co.uk

Summer Show – Epsom Garden SocietyEpsomChoralSociety
Saturday 22 June; 2pm – 4pm
St Martin’s Junior School, Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 7AD
Plant sale, raffle and refreshments. Free admission and parking.

Sir Edward Elgar The Dream of Gerontius - The Barnes Choir and Epsom Choral Society with the Arcubus Ensemble
Saturday 22 June; 7pm
Southwark Cathedral, London SE1 9DA
These two long established choirs, Epsom Choral Society currently in its 97th season and Barnes Choir now in its 66th season, will bring their love and experience of great choral singing to delight their audience.
Entry is £20, or £10 for students and under-18s and there are restricted view seat for £15, or £8 for students and under-18s available from https://gerontius2019.org.uk/shop

Race for Life
Sunday 23 June; 11am
Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom, KT18 5LQ
£14.99 adults, £9.99 under 15, under 6 free. Join the Race for Life today and choose to run, jog or walk around our 5k or 10k course on Epsom Downs. Open to everyone, and non-competitive, gather your friends and family and start fundraising to help beat cancer sooner. www.raceforlife.org

London Bus Museum - On the buses
Sunday 23 June
Brooklands Road, Weybridge KT13 0QS
A major display of lesser seen buses from the museum collection. Enjoy displays of vehicles and free local bus rides. Take horse bus rides and longer excusions for an addiontal fare. A fun event for the family with entertainment and children's activities. www.londonbusmuseum.com

Gems of the English Baroque – Epsom Chamber Choir
Saturday 29 June; 7:30pm
St Martin’s Church, Church Street, Epsom, KT17 4PX
Tickets in advance are £16, on the door is £18 and under 18’s go free. An orchestra featuring Handel’s Dixit Dominus and excerpts from Solomon. For more info www.epsomchamberchoir.org.uk

Summer Show – Ewell Horticultural Association
Saturday 29 June; 2:30 – 4:30pm
Blenheim High School, Longmead Road, Epsom, KT19 9BH
Free admission. All are welcome to the Summer Show, there will be tea and cakes, plant sale and a raffle. For more info www.ewellhortassn.co.uk

Coming soon! Hold the date!

 Ewell Village FareEpsom Common day

This month at the Epsom Playhouse

Music

The Carpenters Storycarpenters
Tuesday 25 June
This highly acclaimed concert-style production continues to captivate audiences across the UK with its spectacular re-creation of the classic songbook that made The Carpenters a legend in the world of popular music.

Bobby Socks and Blue Jeans
Friday 28 June
Bobby Socks and Blue Jeans is a sensational live music production featuring over 40 Smash Hits of the fabulous 50s and 60s. This show has received standing ovations, encores and rave revues at every theatre played including the sell out performance at the London Palladium.

School of Rock - The Musical
Tuesday 2 July to Wednesday 3 July
Glyn School return this year to Epsom Playhouse with their whole school production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘School of Rock’. With over 80 students from all year groups contributing on stage and behind the scenes

Neil Sands presents Sentimental Journey
Tuesday 9 July
Join Neil Sands for his biggest ever matinee show with more singers, more stunning costumes, more memories and even more fun. As he takes you for a Sentimental Journey back through the fabulous 40s, the rocking 50s, the swinging 60s and the sensational 70s.

The Drifters
Wednesday 10 July
The Drifters are back on tour in the UK with a brand-new show performing all their classic hits from the last six decades. The legendary group have been inducted into the Rock & Roll of fame, performed for the President of the United States and listed among the greatest artists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

Step Up to the MicFrisky & Mannish
Saturday 13 July
Step Up to the Mic is a brand new live music event showcasing outstanding live vocalists who have been handpicked from choirs across the UK to perform the biggest hit songs from the movies. The event is being produced by James Hawkins - a renowned music producer and choir director, who is best known for leading the Missing People Choir to the grand finals of Britain’s Got Talent 2017.

Comedy

Frisky & Mannish
Tuesday 25 June
A British musical comedy cabaret double act, Laura Corcoran (vocalist) and Matthew Floyd Jones (pianist and vocalist), are well known for a style of parody that consists of shrewdly crafted, expertly delivered and rapturously received observations on pop music.

Children

Dance Festival 2019
Tuesday 18 June and Wednesday 19 June 
The festival is an amazing opportunity for your child to perform at the Epsom Playhouse and to represent their school alongside other schools in Epsom and Ewell. Your child will be performing a dance routine on stage. A wonderful community event.

Dance

Dare to Dreamdare
Sunday 9 to Saturday 15 June
The Laine Theatre Arts summer production returns for 2019 with more sass, style and sheer brilliance than ever before. Current graduates are appearing in ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Hamilton’, ‘Wicked’, ‘Aladdin’ and numerous other productions across the world of ‘Cats’, ‘Kinky Boots’, ‘Hairspray’, ‘Grease’ and ‘Starlight Express’.

Rhythm of the Dance
Thursday 27 June 2019
This stunning Irish spectacular that is Rhythm of The Dance, is a fully live show that celebrates Irish culture through music and dance. Featuring world champion dancers, traditional band and singers, a most gifted cast who have been wowing audiences all over the world since 1999. Internationally rated as one of the most popular and successful Irish step dance shows on tour by critics and audiences around the world.

Kill the Lights
Sunday 30 June 2019
Starlight Academy of Dance & Performing Arts present Kill the Lights.

The Circus
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July
The Circus’ highlights the amazing talent of all the students at CADA STARS (The Carol Anne Dance Academy) who will sing and dance their way through an original scripted story written by Academy Principal, Emma Jane North.

Drama

(In)Visible
Saturday 13 July
A play about Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. Suitable for ages 14+.

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.  butterfly

Countryside guided walks in Horton Country Park

Hogsmill River summer stroll
Sunday 2 June; 2pm – 4.30pm
Discover the fascinating history of a river that once powered gun powder mills and was the haunt of the Pre-Raphaelite painters. Meet at Ewell Court House at 2pm.

Dragonflies and Butterflies on Epsom Common
Sunday 23 June; 2 - 4pm
Join in for a beginners guide to identifying butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies that inhabit this local nature reserve. Meet at Stew Ponds car park off Christchurch Road (B280) at 2pm.

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). No pre-booking required. Please wear appropriate clothing. Stout boots for walks and a raincoat when it’s wet. Please leave your dog at home on walks that involve looking for animals; otherwise they are welcome on a lead. Please note that walks may be subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions. To book a place please contact one of our Countryside Team, email: contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk phone: 01372 732000 or visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk 

Epsom Common Association walks

Wild Flower Wander
Sunday 9 June; 2pm
Free admission. Pete Howarth from Epsom & Ewell Borough Council's countryside team will lead this popular walk to find and identify flowers found on Epsom Common local nature reseve. Meet at the Stew Pond car park noticeboard, Christ Church Road, B280, Epsom. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear, duration of walk about 2 to 3 hours. For more info email: ecovols@epsomcommon.org.uk

A walk on Ashtead Common
Saturday 29 June; 2pm
Free admission. Zuza Featherstone, from the City of London Ashtead ranger's team, will lead a walk on Ashtead Common to reveal the secrets and delights of Epsom's neighbouring common. Meet at the Stew Pond car park noticeboard, Christ Church Road, B280, Epsom. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear, duration of walk about 2 to 3 hours. For more info email: ecovols@epsomcommon.org.uk

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

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club

D-Day
Saturday 8 June; 1pm-2.30pm
On D-Day, 6 June 1944, Allied forces launched a combined naval, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied France. Codenamed Operation 'Overlord', the Allied landings on the Normandy beaches marked the start of a long and costly campaign to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation. Cost: £5 per child (includes 1 accompanying adult) per session.

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

For more info visit http://www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk/BourneHallMuseumClub.html

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 eveWandgasWildcatsryone!

Ewell Tennis Club
Tuesdays and Fridays: 3.45pm-.4.45pm - red-ball tennis for under 10s; 5pm - 6pm & 6pm - 7pm - coaching for 10+ (Pay as you go sessions for both members and non-members).
Saturdays: 10.30am - 11.30am (age group 12-16) & 11.30am to 12.30pm (age group 9-11). Saturday sessions are available for members only.
A community armature tennis club with three all-weather floodlit tennis courts. The club welcomes players with all abilities. For more information please email membershipewelltennis@gmail.com or find us on Facebook @EwellTennisClub or visit our website – www.ewelltennis.co.uk

SSE Wildcats Centre Wandgas Football for all

Following a joint initiative between Wandgas Sports & Social Club (a local fully inclusive sports club based in Worcester Park, Surrey KT4 7JW) and the Football Association's SSE Wildcats Centres, Wandgas are very proud to announce we are now the Surrey SEN/disability specific FA/SSE Wildcats Centre for girls of all abilities and ages who would like to access opportunities to play football, make friends and have fun.

Wandgas is a well-established FA Affiliated Community Charter Standard Football Club and we are passionate about making football available to everyone and already have several very successful fully inclusive Football for All squads comprising of both male and female players of all abilities, including U12’s,U16's, League, Championship and Premiership adult teams!
 
With the addition of our new SEN FA/SSE Wildcats Centre, Wandgas Football for All will be able to offer SEN female only football training sessions on a Sunday afternoon 2 – 4 pm starting on Sunday 2nd June with fully qualified FA affiliated coaches at our excellent facilities which includes a brand new 3G floodlit pitch.
 
Sound good?  Then come along and join us.  We look forward to seeing you all and to playing some great football, making new friends and having fun. Dancingforhealth
Wandgas SEN Wildcat Football Centre - more than just football! Please contact email: dennisjones@15btinternet.com

Dancing for health and wellbeing
Monday afternoons from Monday 3rd June - Monday 1 July; 12.30pm - 2pm
Kings Church, Longmead Road, Epsom, KT199BU
Facilitator: Anna Smith
This free five week gentle dance-based exercise class for all abilities is designed to help to promote emotional and physical health and wellbeing.
This course is Free of Charge and is for clients registered with the Mary Frances Trust. To book please first contact the: Mary Frances Trust- 01372 375400, Text: 07929 024722 or mob: 07380 857701 (Parvin Ahmed) - email: Info@maryfrancestrust.org.uk. After gaining a pin number from the Mary Frances Trust please book your place online at www.wea.org.uk Course reference C3744146 or phone 0300 303 3464.

Absolute Tennis Ltd (in conjunction with Epsom LTC)
Sundays 9, 16, 23 & 30 June and 7 & 14 July; 9am - 10am for 6-8 year olds and 10am - 11am for 9-11 year olds
Alexandra Recreation Ground (Tennis Courts), Windmill Lane, Epsom, KT17 4AN
Six week Tennis Coaching Course for children from 6-11 years (year 1-year 6). Pay and play sessions that will teach players the rules of tennis and how to play a game. The six sessions will provide structured progressions so players can learn and develop fundamental technique so they can control the ball better when serving, rallying and volleying. Our sessions will fun and active, and will aim to leave the children wanting to play and use the courts more. All coaches are part of the Absolute Tennis team and all lead coaches are LTA qualified and accredited. Cost: £7 per session per player. For more details please contact Mike Lavey on 07734602063 or mike@absolutetennis.org.uk. You can also visit the website at www.absolutetennis.org.uk

Surrey Starlets Summer camp
Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 August; 10am - 12noon (school years Reception to year 6) and  12.30pm – 2.30pm for (School years 7+)
Starlets Gym, Roseberry School, Epsom
The Surrey Starlets will be hosting a free Summer Camp for athletes in school years Reception+. If you are active, and enjoy dance and gymnastics then cheerleading is the sport for you! Sign up for three sessions of cheerleading with Surrey’s most established cheerleading team.
Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th August 2019. To book in online visit www.surreystarlets.co.uk/summercamp

SurreyStartlets

Where there's HOPE

Hope

A golden gem

Epsom Chamber Choir are busy rehearsing a major concert to mark their 50th anniversary and warmly invite music lovers to help them celebrate in style.

The concert, which takes place on Saturday 29 June, comprises Gems of the English Baroque, with Handel’s splendid ‘Dixit Dominus’ taking centre stage.

Also included are excerpts from Handel’s oratorio ‘Solomon’ and works from Purcell, one of which has been given an intriguing contemporary twist.

The choir and its conductor Mark Biggins will be joined by impressive young soloists and an instrumental ensemble, adding extra excitement to this celebration. Past members of the choir have also been invited to join in what promises to be an exceptionally rousing performance of ‘Zadok the Priest’.
Members of the audience will be invited to join choir members for a reception at the end of the evening.

Chairman Nic Ash comments: “What started out fifty years ago as a few enthusiastic singers getting together to have fun, has developed into one of Surrey’s leading chamber choirs. We work hard to achieve an exceptionally high level of performance across an adventurous range of music – but with no less enthusiasm or fun!”

The concert will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday 29 June at St Martin’s Church in Epsom.

Tickets are £16 in advance or £18 on the door (free for under 18s). Advance tickets can be purchased from choir members, on the website www.epsomchamberchoir.org.uk, by calling 020 8672 5497 or by texting 07940 486163.

Cycle to Paris!

Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity are calling all keen cyclists – or simply anyone who wants a great adventure – to put their fundraising pedal power to the test and take on the NHS London to Paris Cycle Ride this September, all to raise vital funds for your local hospitals.

This iconic 300 mile ride will take you through beautiful English villages and into the stunning countryside of rural France, before reaching Paris on the 4th day to complete your challenge under the Eiffel Tower!Paris

Whether you join as an individual or as a team, you can make it a ‘tour de fundraising’ to support the ward or department that means the most to you!

Places are limited, so if you think you have what it takes (maybe you even fancy yourself as the next Bradley Wiggins?!), sign up today!

Participants will be the first people ever to wear a unique Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity cycling jersey, as well as being eligible to join your team for an exclusive training day (with a professional cycling coach) to help you get ready for the event.

Full itinerary here

Dates: 25-29 September 2019.

The registration fee is £125, minimum sponsorship is £1,600 (with an option to self-fund half/raise half).

To find out more and to book your place, please contact the Trust’s Fundraising Team on: 07827 807726 or 01372 735262 or by email at esth.fundraising@nhs.net.

Eighty years young

If you were born in 1939 or 1940 , you may be able to join the celebrations!!

CAB 50

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 2 June. 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

Your new council

Following the recent borough election, control of the council remains with the Residents’ Associations (who increased their majority), the Labour party becomes the official opposition and the Liberal Democrats return after a four-year absence.

The result was:

  • 32 seats Residents’ Associations (increased by one seat)
  • 3 seats Labour (no change)
  • 2 seats Liberal Democrats (up two)
  • 1 seat Conservative (down three).

BeckettYour local councillor details can be found on our website via the 'where I live' feature on the front page.

We will also be producing full contact details for councillors in the next issue of the paper edition of Borough Insight.

Training is already underway for the councillors to enable them to carry out their duties as your new representatives. This includes both general instruction on how to get things done, to more specialised tutorials on planning regulations and licencing law for those serving on specific committees.

The new civic year also saw Councillor John Becket officially recognised as the new Mayor of Epsom & Ewell at the annual Mayor making ceremony at the Town Hall on Tuesday 21 May.

While some may view the role of the Mayor as slightly archaic, the office continues to have a central part to play within a modern Council. The Mayor represents both council and the borough and, with the traditional insignia of the mace and chains of office, the Mayor also acts as a symbol of continuity.

The Mayor chairs meetings of the Full Council so that its business can be carried out efficiently. The meeting is an opportunity for the councillors to hold the committee chairmen to account and the Mayor upholds our constitution and ensures that the council meeting is a forum for debate.

In their civic role, the Mayor meets with individuals and communities to thank them for their contribution to the life of the borough. The Mayor is also an honorary member of a number of organisations. The Mayor can share the views and concerns of the community with the council. The Mayor can also take the council’s message out into the community and works towards achieving the council’s social and economic aims. The role of Mayor is distinct from that of councillor and the Mayor acts in a non-political manner when carrying out the civic role.

For his mayoral year, the Mayor has selected the following organisations as his chosen charities:

  • Motor Neuron Disease Association (MNDA) - The East Surrey Branch of the MNDA provides care and support to around 60 people living with MND throughout the East Surrey area, as well as helping to fund vital research into the disease itself.
  • Physical Handicapped and Abled Bodied (PHAB) - Epsom and Ewell Phab is a youth club for young disabled and non-disabled people run entirely by volunteers. Their aim is 'Making More of Life Together'.
  • Alzheimer’s Society - Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading dementia charity that provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.

For more information on fundraising events to help support and raise much needed funds for these charities please see www.mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk.

Your Community

Do you know your local police officer?

Local police officers have borough ward knowledge and the experience to give residents the best quality of policing possible.

Police

If you aren't sure which ward you live in, simply go to the police.uk website and type your postcode in the "Find your Neighbourhood" search bar in the top right corner of the website.

The police.uk is also a great place to find information, such as crime maps and stop/search details.

Be prepared for emergencies

Whether it's extreme weather, fuel shortages, a large fire, a power cut, or any other kind of incident, people and communities that are prepared and come together are better off. Surrey Prepared was developed by the Surrey Community Resilience Partnership (SCRP) with a commitment to helping Surrey residents and businesses to be as prepared and resilient as possible.

The SCRP includes the County Council, the Environment Agency, the 11 Surrey district and borough councils, the county's power and water suppliers, voluntary sector agencies such as the Red Cross as well as the National Flood Forum and Surrey Fire and Rescue. The partnership helps individuals and communities build resilience and protect homes.

You can visit the Surrey Prepared website here

Surrey prepared

20mph in Ewell

EpsomEwellLocalCommitteeThe Surrey County Council Epsom & Ewell Local Committee will be meeting on Monday 24 June at 7pm in the Main Hall, Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF.

One of the main issues they will be discussing is the proposed 20mph zone in Ewell Village. The meeting is open to the public. - see details for the local committee in the 'Your Council' section.

Mental health crisis help

People living in Surrey can now access specialist mental health advice and support round the clock - with the launch of a new and improved NHS helpline.

mental health number

The Mental Health Crisis Helpline is a NHS telephone service run by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Lines are staffed by trained call handlers who support local residents who are concerned about themselves, or a friend or relative, in mental health crisis.

Previously an evening and weekend service, the Mental Health Crisis Helpline is now open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and can be accessed completely free of charge thanks to a new freephone number.

Bereaved by suicide?

Finding your way - a directory of services for people bereaved by suicide in Surrey and North East Hampshire

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has published ‘Finding your way’, a directory of local services for people who have been bereaved by suicide in Surrey and North East Hampshire. The booklet was co-produced with people who have been bereaved by suicide, third sector services and health and social care professionals.

The directory contains a range of specialist suicide bereavement services in the local area, such as:

  • Peer support groups
  • Crisis support
  • Specialist support for children
  • Counselling for the bereaved
  • Pastoral support from faith groups
  • Befriending networks
  • National and local charities (including the Surrey Suicide Bereavement Service)
  • Apps, books and websites
  • Information about inquest and coroners

 The booklet is free and can be downloaded from https://www.sabp.nhs.uk/finding-your-way

Out and about in our 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

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 supportCanDo

Can Do!
Thursdays, 9.30am - 11am
Epsom Children's Centre, Pound Lane, Epsom KT19 8SD
New group for children with additional needs. Parent led playgroup for children from 0-5 years old with support on hand for families living in Epsom and Ewell. £1 contribution towards refreshments. No need to book just come along! Phone: 01372 749834, email: childrenscentre@epsom.surrey.sch.uk Parking available at Court Recreation Ground KT19 8SB or onsite during school holidays.

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 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

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/

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

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

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: www.stoneleighjobclub.co.uk, tel: 07941 231072, email: stoneleighjobclub@gmail.com, 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

Your Council

Council meetings: June 2019

JUNE 2019

Environment and Safe Communities Committee  Monday 10 June, 7.30pm

Licensing and Planning Policy Committee Thursday 13 June, 7pm

Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators Monday, 17 June, 7pm

Financial Policy Panel Tuesday, 18 June 6pm

Community and Wellbeing Committee Thursday 20 June, 7.30pm

Nonsuch Park Joint Management Committee Monday, 24 June 10am (to be held at Mansion House, Nonsuch Park - tbc)

Audit, Crime & Disorder and Scrutiny Committee Tuesday, 25 June, 7.30pm

Planning Committee Thursday, 27 June, 7pm

Licensing (Hearing) Sub-Committee Friday, 28 June, 10am

All meetings are held at the Town Hall, Epsom (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 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)

Date: Monday 24 June

Time:  7pm

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

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.

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Jobs at the Council

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 - http://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/jobs for all the latest vacancies and to view are new 'Working with us' recruitment video.

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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