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
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.
Lucy took it upon herself to hold a garden party for The Children's Trust; baking and organising and raised over £1,260.
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Young Peer Supporter
Mattel was nominated by the Sunnybank Trust for his ongoing support of their drama group
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Amelia is a volunteer at Epsom Riding for the Disabled and is a Girlguiding young leader
Young Team Player
Louie was nominated by Epsom Primary School for his commitment to and fellowship within the school football team
Maoliosa was nominated by her NESCOT lecturer for her achievements within the Aspire (young enterprise) team and championing sustainability.
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Grace's little sister was diagnosed with Leukaemia in 2017 despite the subsequent family upheaval, Grace has been positive and supportive
There were also a number of nominees who were highly commended.
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.
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:
- 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.
The 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.
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Food glorious food
Food 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
Digging a hole
On Saturday 25 May, budding archaeologists descended on Bourne Hall, as the park held a ground breaking open day.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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 running 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
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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