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Hurrah, summer is here!

As the delicate scents of burnt sausages and lighter fuel waft on the breeze, we take a look at barbecue safety in the spotlight section as well as other aspects associated with the summer.

Summertime also seems to bring all kinds of disagreements between neighbours to the fore – probably because so many are spending more time in the garden and on balconies or simply have their windows open (allowing you to enjoy next door’s questionable musical tastes). When these disagreements become more than a one off we recommend an independent charity that is based in the borough to help resolve disputes – their details can be found in the Your Community section.

Our physical and mental health benefits enormously by getting outside and enjoying the warm weather especially in the numerous local green spaces but we're highlighting a couple of pesky critters that might spoil your enjoyment and what to do about them in our Key Facts section.

We've also got the regular selection of council and other local news items that you may not have seen elsewhere and a listings of events coming up across the borough

Enjoy the good weather and be a good neighbour by allowing others to enjoy summertime as well.

News

Keeping the flag(s) flying

Four green spaces within Epsom and Ewell have been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as some of the very best in the world.

Our green spaces are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world, that have received the prestigious green flag award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.Epsom Common Day

The four green spaces that we put forward for judging for the award were selected as they are broadly representative of the different green spaces within the borough:

  • Epsom Common Local Nature Reserve has won the award for the thirteenth consecutive year. It is the largest local nature reserve in Surrey and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Mayor raised the flag at the Epsom Common Day last Sunday (left).

  • Ewell Court Park has won the award for the eighth year in a row. The park is the former gardens of the historical Ewell Court House.

  • Alexandra Recreation Ground has also won the award for the eighth year in a row. It is a sports ground with facilities for cricket, soccer, bowls, tennis and basketball.

  • Rosebery Park has won the award for the seventh year running.

Councillor Barry Nash, Chair of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council's Community & Wellbeing Committee said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive these Green Flag Awards which are a testimony to the hard work of our staff and also to the input and support from community groups and volunteers.

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining our parks and green spaces to such a high standard."

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners. Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”

Green flag

It's ASB awareness week!

We're currently in Surrey’s Anti-Social Behaviour awareness week.Joint patrol

Throughout Surrey, partnership work is underway including proactive patrols where Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) has been previously reported or where there is known disorder.

GraffittiOn a daily basis we work to improve the lives of those who are affected by nuisance behaviour in collaboration with our partners.

This week our Rangers are joining Neighbourhood Policing Team PCSOs to conduct joint patrols, including a specific trawl for intelligence regarding graffiti; our Environmental Health team will be conducting a joint enforcement operation with Surrey Police, and our Community Safety Officer will join police at the Ashley Centre with an ASB awareness stand.

Our Community Safety Team seek to resolve ASB using a variety of methods including mediation and multiagency meetings. If issues cannot be resolved, there are a range of enforcement options available including warning letters, community protection notices and injunctions.

Examples of recent council enforcement include:

Two banning orders for youths who have been frequently involved in nuisance behaviour in and around the Ashley Centre and Hook Road car parks. The ban has been put in place for two years and if not respected an injunction will be sought, but since the orders were given the youths have not attended the car parks.

Two Community Protection Warning Notices were issued to an Stamford Ward address in  in respect of anti-social modified car exhausts and vehicle idling. The occupants have since made changes to the vehicle, and there have been no further resident complaints.

 

 

#SurreyASB #SeeTheBiggerPicture

A clean sweep

Girlguiding Epsom division, students from Glyn School and local residents joined the Mayor for a community clean-up outside Epsom railway station on Wednesday 10 July.

We organised the event to showcase the support of various groups to our community who regularly get together to voluntarily help keep the borough clean and tidy.clean

We also used the event to launch the our volunteer litter picking pledge for interested residents.

Litter picking volunteers have access to a range of litter picking equipment and resources provided by us using the a grant from central government to facilitate community clean-up campaigns.

Councillor Neil Dallen, Chair of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council's Environment and Safe Communities Committee said, "We are very grateful to all those community-minded residents and organisations who support our efforts by regularly organising litter picks in their local area. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

"This community involvement, along with Council's street cleaning activities, makes a real difference and goes a long way in helping us keep our borough a clean, safe and green place for all who live, work, study and visit Epsom and Ewell."

Anyone interested in getting involved in keeping their community clean by undertaking litter picks across the borough can sign up to the litter picking pledge on the Council's website at: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Residents and groups who sign up will be provided with litter picking kits and equipment that are all safe to use and include, hi-viz jackets, litter picker sticks and litter bags. Also included is a handy guidance leaflet featuring information on safety and best practice. In addition, signs, promotional pavement flags, a rotary pavement sweeper and a portable chewing gum removal machine are also available to hire free of charge.

To find out more about litter picking and to sign up to the volunteer litter picks pledge please visit our website at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Image courtesy What's on in Epsom

Family at war

We're please to report a lack of flak at our recent family day at Bourne Hall Park to mark the 75th anniversary of D Day and Operation Epsom - in fact, thanks to Surrey Jive, the day went with a real swing for the hundreds who attended!

WW2

A local story has emerged concerning Operation Epsom (one of the pushes from the D Day beaches)

Alex Stock joined the Duke of Wellington's regiment after completing officer training and was promoted in February 1940. He then joined the 2nd Northants Yeomanry, embarking for France on 17 June 1944. Within Operation Epsom his troop reported the intact bridges over the Odon, fighting in Cromwell tanks. He was the only officer in his troop who was not killed; he was mentioned in dispatches before being listed as a casualty on 1 July. He was injured by a shell blast while trying to get his men back into their tank; this led to him spending three days in a ditch with a dead German soldier before he was found by a patrol. He was then hospitalised in the UK on 2 July. He re-joined active service in September 1944 and left the army with the rank of Captain in June 1946.

Alex had been a player for QPR when war broke out however, as his injuries had left him with a limp as well as deafness and he knew he would not be able return to playing at the higher levels. He was appointed player manager for Yeovil and in 1949 manger at Leyton Orient. In 1957 he went to AS Roma and then he was appointed manager of QPR in 1959. Following QPR he managed Luton Town, Fulham and Bournemouth.

Alex moved to Epsom in 1960 and lived in Ashley Road. He retired to the south coast in the 1980’s.

Banned

Last month, we reported on a food hygiene prosecution that we had instigated against the manager of a local takeaway.

Mr Chun Gen Zheng had pleaded guilty at Guildford Magistrates Court to 21 offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations. The charges related to unsafe storage of food likely to render it unfit to consume, dirty equipment, dirty premises, dirty and damaged food containers, staff wearing dirty clothing and aprons, a lack of hand washing materials, preparing food in an outside yard and inadequate pest control. 

 Mr Chun Gen Zheng has now been sentenced and has received a Hygiene Prohibition Order which prohibits him from participating in the management of any food business; 200 hours community service and ordered to pay costs of £4,200.

Our Environmental Health team has now re-inspected the establishment and it is now trading at a food hygiene level deemed 'generally satisfactory'.

Investing in our car parks

Ashley Centre car park

Following work earlier this year on the top floor of the Ashley Centre car park, which included resurfacing and new security installations, we have now commenced improvement work on Level 4, with the aim to complete the project by the end of the school holidays (ie during the period when usage of the car park is less intense)

We will be laying a new resin surface and when completed this will be relined.

As requested by users of the car park, we will be introducing some parent and child bays (there are none in the car park at present) and some general use wider bays.

Hope Lodge car park

We are also using the summer lull to instigate some improvement to Hope Lodge car park.

These improvement include increasing the number of parking bays and widening some of the existing bays. While some of the foliage around the perimeter will be removed, this will be replaced with new trees once the work is completed.

While much of the work has been requested by the users of these car parks and we are undertaking this work at a quieter period, there will be a reduced capacity within these car parks for the duration of these improvement works. Alternative parking is available at our other town centre car parks – the Hook Road multi-storey or Depot Road/Upper High Street.
 
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience.

For more information on our car parks please see: https://epsom-ewell.gov.uk/car-parks

Helping the homeless

We're one of four local council's that have combined forces in order to successfully bid for some government funding in order to assist the homeless.

We, along with Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, Mole Valley District Council and Tandridge District Council, bid jointly for the money to fund a 'Navigator' post. This specialist will focus on developing relationships with people who are sleeping rough and often have complex needs. The Navigator will help them to access appropriate local services, and give them long term support to help them off the streets and into settled accommodation. They will also aid in their recovery and in finding employment or training, with the aim that individuals can avoid returning to the street.homeless

The role will be an addition to the East Surrey Outreach Service (eSOS) with whom we and the other councils have worked with and funded for a number of years.

The new post will allow quicker and smarter outreach work with individuals with more complex needs, as well as saving repeat emergency contact with partner organisations. It will also allow other eSOS staff more time to support individuals with less complex needs - last year eSOS outreach staff worked with 249 clients across the four council areas.

The funds come from the Rapid Rehousing Pathway scheme run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Councillors with responsibility for Housing from the four Councils commented, “We are very pleased that we have secured this vital funding that will direct further help to those who are sleeping rough, giving them long-term tailored support to be able to get off and remain off the streets.

“We greatly value our partnership across East Surrey, and the funding for this new post is testament to the benefit of cross-Council working in improving outcomes for some of our most vulnerable residents.”

Kristian Draper, Area Director at Thames Reach who deliver eSOS on behalf of the partnership, added, “This funding will have a significant positive impact on our work to support homeless and vulnerable people in East Surrey. The new Navigator post will work to help rough sleepers across East Surrey move away from the streets.”

Hook Road disruption

We have been advised by Surrey County Council (as the highway authority) that they have given permission to SGN Gas to undertake work to their gas supply that runs under Hook Road in the area of the railway bridge. This will entail the closure of part of Hook Road..

The road under the railway bridge will be closed with diversions in place.

Work starts this week and will last up to six weeks.

Access to Hook Road car park will be via East Street/Hook Road only - the car park will be open as normal during this period.

Information about the work can be found here

Recognising excellence

MP Chris Grayling launched the 2019 Epsom & Ewell Business Awards at Esquires Café in Epsom Square on Friday 12 July. The Awards recognise and showcase the success stories of businesses and individuals within the wider local area.

Launch

The awards cover ten categories plus a prize for the overall best business:

Best Young Entrepreneur – sponsored by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

Best Business for Design and Technology – sponsored by Nescot

Best Business for Food and Hospitality – sponsored by Spring Electrical

Best Business for Commitment to the Environment – sponsored by Toyota GB

Best Business for Commitment to the Community – sponsored by TWM Solicitors

Best Business for Customer Service – sponsored by The Family Building Society

Best New Business (trading for less than one year) – sponsored by thebestof Epsom & Ewell

Best Business in Epsom & Epsom Downs – sponsored by Epsom Square

Best Business in Ewell & Stoneleigh – sponsored by The Federation of Small Businesses

Best Business in Ashtead – sponsored by We Built Your Website

Best Overall Business – sponsored by Radio Jackie

Entrants can compete across ten different categories plus there's an award for the Best Overall Business. The closing date is 30 September; winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 21 November at the University for the Creative Arts.

Prizes include a tour of the House of Commons, £1000 worth of radio advertising courtesy of Radio Jackie, membership to Surrey Chambers and a business coaching session with Action Coach for the Overall Winner and a whole host of other prizes for category winners.

Full details can be found on the website

Heathrow consultation - a reminder

Last month we reported on the latest Heathrow expansion consultation

The airport expansion consultation runs from 18 June until 13 September 2019 and gives the public the opportunity to provide feedback on Heathrow’s proposals for the future layout of the airport, including the new runway and other airport infrastructure such as terminals and road access. The public will also be able to have their say on plans to manage the environmental impacts of expansion, including a proposed Heathrow Ultra Low Emissions Zone, Heathrow Vehicle Access Charge and a proposed 6.5-hour ban on scheduled night flights.

As part of the expansion consultation there are a number of public engagement events planned, one of which will take place at Bourne Hall on 9 August, 2pm - 9pm (Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF)

For further information and to take part in this latest consultation visit the Heathrow consultation website.

Prudential RideLondon

On Sunday 4 August Prudential RideLondon returns to Surrey and some roads surrounding the borough will be effected and heavier traffic may be experienced within the borough as drivers attempt alternate routes. The roads impacted are around Headley, Box Hill, Leatherhead, Dorking, Oxshott and Kingston 

There are two separate races on the Sunday around us:PrudentialRideLondon19

  • Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
    25,000 amateur cyclists will take on a 100-mile cycle challenge through the closed roads of London and Surrey, starting at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before finishing on The Mall.

  • Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic
    The afternoon men's professional team race

The roads that make up the routes in Surrey will close from 5.00am on to allow time for barriers to be installed, safety checks to be carried out and stewards and volunteers to get in place.  Later in the afternoon, reopened sections of the route which are being used for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic professional race will be managed by rolling road closures.

More information on road closures can be found here

For live travel updates on the day follow @BBCSurreyTravel on Twitter.

For full information on Prudential RideLondon see their website.

Spotlight on

Summer - barbecue basics

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a barbecue with family and friends, but you need to ensure that food is stored and cooked safely.
Warm weather and outdoor cooking can produce the right conditions for the bacteria which cause food poisoning. BBQ

If cooking only on the barbecue, the two main risk factors are undercooked meat and spreading germs from raw meat onto food that's ready to eat. This is because raw or undercooked meat can contain germs that cause food poisoning, such as salmonella, E. coli, campylobacter and listeria.

So it's vital you remember the 4C's of food hygiene:

  • chilling
  • cleaning
  • cooking
  • cross-contamination

Chilling
Chilling food properly helps stop harmful bacteria from growing, especially in the warm summer months.
Make sure you keep the following foods cool:

  • salads
  • dips
  • milk, cream, yoghurt
  • desserts
  • sandwiches
  • cooked meats

Always keep raw meats cold and don't leave cooked foods and salads lying out in the sun for more than two hours.

When transporting items, use cool bags and boxes packed with enough ice/coolant to keep foods chilled (use separate containers for uncooked meat) 

Cooking
Cooking food at the right temperature and for the correct length of time will ensure that any harmful bacteria are killed. Meat such as mince, sausages, chicken and pork is safe to eat only when:

  • it is piping hot in the centre
  • there is no pink meat visible
  • any juices are clear

Some meat, such as steaks and joints of beef or lamb, can be served rare (not cooked in the middle) as long as the outside has been properly cooked. This will kill any bacteria that might be on the outside of the meat.

Remember that a burger is not like a steak. Burgers should always be served well done, they should not be served rare or pink. This is because when meat is minced to produce burgers, any harmful bacteria from the surface of the raw meat spread throughout the burger. Unless the burger is cooked right through, these bacteria can remain alive on the inside. This applies equally to all meat that is minced, including good quality or expensive meat.

Cleaning
Help minimise the risk of germs spreading by:

  • washing hands thoroughly with soap and hot water before cooking and eating, especially if you've been handling raw meat or things like firelighters
  • keeping utensils and serving dishes clean when preparing food and ensuring you don't mix those used to prepare raw and ready-to-eat dishes
  • never washing raw chicken or any other meat - it just splashes germs onto your hands, utensils and worktops

Avoiding cross-contamination
Germs from raw meat can move easily onto your hands and then anything else you touch, including food that is cooked and ready to eat. This is called 'cross-contamination'.

Barbecues are often the scene of cross-contamination. When raw meat juices mix with cooked or ready-to-eat food this can lead to food poisoning.

  • One of the most common food handling mistakes involves people putting cooked chicken or meat back on the same plate that contains raw juices so be sure you have plenty of clean utensils and platters.
  • Do not pour liquid that has been used to marinade raw meat or poultry on to cooked meats.
  • Store uncooked food and ready-to-eat foods in separate sealed containers and keep them cold during transport to the barbecue.
  • Always wash your hands after touching raw meat.
  • Use separate utensils (plates, tongs and containers) for cooked and raw meat.

Barbecuing in a safe environment
Make sure your barbecue is steady on a level surface, away from plants and trees.

Use only recognised firelighters or starter fuel, and then only on cold coals - never use petrol on a barbecue.

Ensure that your barbecue is serviced and maintained correctly including scheduled pressure testing of any gas cylinders and checking of the condition of all hoses and connections.

Carry out a check of the cylinder for rust or damage, and ensure any connections are correctly tightened on gas barbecues before lighting.

Have a garden hose or similar continuous supply of water available at all times.

Only use a barbecue in a well ventilated area as fumes and gases emitted may be harmful.

Summer - avoid noise complaints

If your having a party or a large barbeque gathering in your garden this summer, here's our top ten tips to avoid noise complaints:

  1. Warn your neighbours a couple of days advance - not just those on either side but also those who back onto your property
  2. partyGive your neighbours a finishing time - one that is reasonable and then stick to it
  3. Give your neighbours a phone number so they can contact you if there is a problem
  4. Don't think that because you have warned your neighbours, you can be as loud as you like
  5. Keep music levels reasonable and the bass down
  6. Turn the music down, bring people indoors and close windows and doors at 11pm
  7. Periodically undertake a noise check around the edge of your property
  8. Don't invite too many people for the size of your property
  9. Ask your guests to leave quietly
  10. Don't have parties too often

Disturbed by a neighbours' party?

Remember people are allowed to party! However frequent loud parties that cause disturbance into the early hours may be considered unreasonable. For advice search 'noise' on our website.

Summer - coping in hot weather

The very young, the elderly and the seriously ill are the groups who are particularly at risk of health problems when the weather is very hot. In particular, very hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse.

The main risks posed by a heat wave are:

  • Dehydration (not having enough water)
  • Overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
  • Heat exhaustion
  • HeatstrokeHydration

A heat wave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people in extreme heat are:

  • Older people, especially those over 75
  • Babies and young children
  • People with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems
  • People with mobility problems, for example people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke
  • People with serious mental health problems
  • People on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
  • People who misuse alcohol or drugs
  • People who are physically active, for example manual labourers and those doing sports

Tips for coping in hot weather

The following advice applies to everybody when it comes to keeping cool and comfortable and reducing health risks:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or at the Met Office website.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

If someone feels unwell, get them somewhere cool to rest. Give them plenty of fluids to drink.

If symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, weakness, dizziness or cramps get worse or don’t go away, seek medical help.

For more info see NHS advice on coping in hot weather: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/

Summer - activities for the school holidays

Activities brochureSummer activities

Our online 2019 summer holiday activities brochure is now available to download online. We've pulled together information from our partners to feature a range of sporting, music, dance and educational activities available for children aged 18 and under, in and around the Epsom and Ewell area during the summer holidays.

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club

Roman Ewell
Wednesday 7 August, 2pm - 3.30pm
What was it like to live under an Empire? Discover how life changed for local people and how the building of a road brought a small native village in touch with a new world of ideas and trade. Hear tales of underworld gods, sacred springs, shafts and sacrificed puppies – and hear what was found in recent excavations.

Who wants to be an archaeologist?
Wednesday 14 August, 2pm - 3.30pm
A fantastic opportunity for all budding archaeologists to discover how to unlock the mysteries of the past. Find out how objects are used to date sites and support documentary evidence. Learn about environmental archaeology and what you can tell from bones, pollen and even snails. Handle objects from prehistory to medieval times and try sand tray archaeology 

Don't you know there's a war on?
Wednesday 21 August, 2pm - 3.30pm
Find out how local people defended their town, families and community during the dark days of WW2. As the sandbags were piled high, barrage balloons filled the air and children were evacuated, the people of Epsom and Ewell made ready to do battle on the Home Front. Discover just what things could fall out of the sky get to handle some of them! Learn how to survive a gas attack and see the different types of gas masks in use. Would you know how to deal with a fire bomb?

Anglo-Saxons and Vikings craft session cave painting
Tuesday 27 August, 10.30 to 12pm and 1pm to 2.30pm (two identical sessions)             
Spend the a session learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Was this really the dark Ages? Learn what great crafts people they were and be inspired to make your own Saxon inspired artefact.
£8 each child £1 sibling discount

Cave Painting
Wednesday 28 August, 11am - noon and 2pm - 3pm (two identical sessions)
In the deep time of prehistory early men crawled down into the darkest caves and used light from primitive candles to paint pictures of themselves and the animals they hunted. They left behind a vivid record of their way of life and some clues of what they believed in. Discover how and why these paintings were created. Then by flickering light try to create your own cave painting in our very own ‘caves’.

Dinosaur craft session
Thursday 29 August, 10.30 - noon and 1pm to 2.30pm (two identical sessions)
Discover about the evolution of dinosaurs and enjoy an arts and crafts session and design your own dinosaur  
Suitable for ages 5-11.
£8 each child £1 sibling discount

Unless otherwise stated, Kids Club sessions cost £5 each per child (includes 1 accompanying adult) and must be pre-booked via Bourne Hall Museum
dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Epsom Playhouse summer theatre school

London based EduStage offers a fun creative week of musical theatre for young people. The age groups will be divided for various activities, such as casting and selected musical numbers but all will have the opportunity to appear in a specially devised piece on the main stage of the Epsom Playhouse on the final afternoon.

The summer school aims to give young people an introduction to performing on a professional stage and to encourage greater confidence for those who need it!TAZ

8 - 12 years and 13 -17 years
£150 Sibling Rate £135
Full details and booking on the Epsom Playhouse website

TAZ The Adventure Zone

Surrey Outdoor Learning & Development from Surrey County Council has a busy schedule of holiday activities at both High Ashurst in Dorking and also at Thames Young Mariners in Ham (near Richmond).

The core day camps are suitable for 6-13 year olds (slightly higher age for some of the water activities). 

Take a look at the website for what is going on this summer https://www.surreyoutdoorlearning.uk/the-adventure-zone/holiday-activities

The types of activities include:  

Thames Young Mariners – paddling – kayaking and canoeing, sailing, raft building, paddle boarding, climbing, low ropes challenge course, archery, team tasks, orienteering and woodland skills/Forest Schools.

High Ashurst – Climbing, abseiling, bouldering, archery, team tasks, high ropes courses, low ropes challenge course, mountain biking, orienteering, woodland skills.

Plenty to keep young people active during the school holidays whilst have a brilliant time!

New for 2019! 16-19 August - TAZ Family Teepee Weekender. A fantastic opportunity for some amazing family time in the beautiful Surrey Hills at High Ashurst, for a teepee camping weekender – Friday to Sunday. Inclusive of accommodation in your very own teepee, exhilarating activities and catered meals at every meal time. The site is fully equipped with hot showers and toilets too.HAFamilyTeepeeWeekender

Space chase - 2019 Summer Reading Challenge

Get ready for an out of this world adventure with Space Chase! Meet the Rockets a super cool family that lives on a satellite station in space. They love spending time at their local library on the Moon.

But wait! All of a sudden books have started to disappear from the Moon library and soon there won’t be any left…a mysterious ship has been spotted on the radar – could these naughty aliens be behind the trouble at the library? The Rockets are going on a very important mission to save the missing books from these alien bandits, and they need your help!

Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge and join the Rockets on a chase through space to find the aliens and save the Moon library.

Taking part in the Challenge is simple – you can sign up for free at your local library. You’ll receive your very own Space Chase mission folder to get you started.

Read six library books (or more!) over the holidays to collect special stickers to add to your folder. Collect all the stickers to find the aliens, save the missing books and complete the challenge.

Grab your space suit and take a giant leap into the library this summer!

See: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/libraries/children-and-teens/5-to-12-year-olds/surrey-reads

space race

Summer - history walks

Each summer Bourne Hall Museum conduct a series of popular and fascinating guided history walks around Epsom and Ewell for all the family during July and August. Each year there is something different plus some old favourites.

Walks cost £5 per person and places are limited to 25 people per walk.
Places must be booked with David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF.
dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Due to the popularity of some walks, David often ends up running additional walks, so keep an eye on the 'What's on' section of the council website for any additions to the listing below. 

Epsom’s Oldest Road Ceders
Explore Epsom’s ancient heart along its oldest road. Originally the centre of Epsom village it became one of the finest addresses in town. Discover the oldest surviving residential building and the site of Epsom’s own brewery. See the parish church, mentioned in Domesday Book and the grand houses once inhabited by Epsom’s lords and ladies. Learn about Epsom’s educational past at the old Technical Institute building, and the importance of the fire station in World War 2.

Meet opposite the fire station in Church Street (KT17 4PW)
Tuesday 30 July 7.30 pm
Tuesday 20 Aug 2pm
Sunday 25 Aug 2pm

Horrible Ewell
Discover Ewell’s dark past and the tales that some would rather forget. Learn about exploding gunpowder mills and visit the graveyard where the victims rest in peace. Tread in the footsteps of the body-snatchers and see where they plied their grisly trade. Hear stories of witches, tragic coach crashes and folk who won’t stay dead! Discover Ewell’s historic jail and see what eighteenth-century justice was like.

Meet at the main entrance to Bourne Hall (KT17 1UF).
Thursday 15 Aug 2pm
Thursday 22 Aug 7.30pm
Saturday 24 Aug 2pmDerby

Epsom Downs
Discover the history of Epsom’s grandstands, which have provided a home for Mrs Beeton and a hospital for wounded soldiers. Learn the part the Downs played in wartime (from the English Civil War to the Battle of Britain – armies have trained here and during WW1 20,000 men paraded in a snowstorm). The Racecourse and the Downs were saved by the actions of one man during WW2 – discover who and how. Hear tales of the Derby, Gypsies, pubs and ghosts!

Meet outside the Derby Arms (KT18 5LE).
Saturday 27 July 2pm
Tuesday 30 July 7.30

Explore Epsom Common
Discover the ancient village of Stamford and the surrounding area of Epsom Common. Hear how the Common folk made a living and used the Common for brick making and laundry work. Visit the spot where Epsom salts were found and hear how Epsom became the place to be and be seen—discover how the humble salts started the world’s greatest flat horse race and a battle!  Discover Epsom’s lost windmill and race course and its Roman past, learn how the Common played an important part in WW2 and hear about a WW1 ghost! 

Meet by the pond on Stamford Green.
Tuesday 13 Aug 2pm
Saturdays 17 Aug 2pm

Nonsuch Park and Palace
Enjoy a guided walk around Nonsuch Park and explore the history of the beautiful landscape. See where the original palace once stood and how it dominated the local area. From the ruins of the banqueting hall, hear stories of luxurious palaces, ambitious royalty, lost churches and lingering ghosts. Listen to tales of battles and discover how warfare has touched this ancient landscape. Discover which famous television presenter’s ancestors used to live here and how a Queen once came to tea.

Meet on the lawn opposite the café in Nonsuch Mansion House (SM3 8AP) Nearest car park entry is from Cheam Road, A232.Thursday  8 Aug 2pm
Saturday 10 Aug 2pm

Chalk Lane to World’s EndGates
From Madan’s Walk to Worlds End, enjoy walking around this fascinating part of old Epsom. Discover Highgate House and its resident ghost together with other grand houses, including Maidstone House and Woodcote House. See the Durdans, home to Lord Rosebery and visited by kings, and learn about the influence of the Northey family. Discover pubs past and present and the impact that both World Wars had on this tranquil part of town.

Meet at the pond in Rosebery Park KT18 5AT
Thursday 1 Aug 2pm
Saturday 3 Aug 2pm

Ashley Road Cemetery
Explore Epsom’s Victorian cemetery and visit the final resting place of the town’s lords and ladies. Mrs. Beeton’s mother, Elizabeth Dorling, enjoyed the dubious privilege of being the first person to be officially interred in 1871... but the first burial was much earlier.
Discover monuments to people ranging from war heroes to exotic dancers, jockeys to politicians and learn why Epsom’s war memorial is situated here rather than in the town centre.

Meet at the Cemetery's main gate off Ashley Road (KT18  5BP).
Saturday 27 July 11am

Heart of Epsom
See beneath Epsom’s genteel surface and stroll around its ancient centre, discovering on your way the dark deeds, wrongdoings and ghosts of days gone past. Hear tales about Epsom’s own highwayman and the life of the evil Lord Rochester, together with the even more wicked Lord Lyttleton. Relive the time when Epsom’s spa was at the height of fashion and decide for yourself if you would have liked to visit and spend a night in the town. Come and be haunted by ghostly stories and visit the haunted clock tower. Discover the not so ancient past and see where rioting soldiers led to the death of a brave local policeman.

Meet at the Clock Tower (KT19 8EB).
Tuesday 6 Aug 2pm
Sunday 18 Aug 2pm

Summer - stay safe

With the holidays approaching @SurreyPrepared have gathered together a few simple ways to help young people of all ages stay safe and learn what they can do if they are faced with an emergency situation:

  • Games are a great way for younger children to learn about emergency situations. Take a look at Rescue Run from St John Ambulance or some of the suggestions from the team at 30 Days 30 Ways.
  • Schools and youth groups – check out the Duke of Cornwall Award - which gives young people between the ages of 5 and 18 the opportunity to learn what to do in an emergency situation, such as severe weather, a pandemic or long term powercut
  • Older children can download first aid app from the Red Cross. Invaluable advice and guidance always available on their phone.
  • Help ensure young people choose a sensible spot to splash about. Cooling off in unsafe water such as an old quarry can present unexpected, but very real dangers. The Royal Life Saving Society has great tips on Summer Water Safety.
  • Research conducted by Network Rail and the British Transport Police found that nearly a fifth of young people think it is safe to walk on the railway line if you are careful and leave quickly eg to pick up a lost item such as a football. Ensure those you love know that trespassing, even briefly, could prove fatal.

For more advice about how you can stay safe and be prepared for emergencies visit the Surrey Prepared website. #safewellsummer

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What's On

Sign up today! Round the Borough Hike 2019

Round the Borough Hike 2019
Saturday 7 September
Start and finish at Horton Country Park
Discover the beautiful open spaces of Epsom and Ewell by foot. This 20-mile route open to all ages and abilities covers the borough’s local nature reserves including Horton Country Park, the Hogsmill, Epsom Common and Nonsuch Park. View the route and sign up today at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/rbhb

Can you spare a few hours?
We need volunteers to help with road marshalling, course marshalling and at our registration desk on Saturday 7 September. If you can spare 2-3 hours between 7am - 5pm, we would really appreciate it. If you're able to help, please register your interest at:
https://www.cognitoforms.com/EpsomEwellBoroughCouncil/RoundTheBoroughHikeVolunteer

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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

A Tale of Two Racing Towns
July 2019, Ebbisham Centre; 26 August, Epsom Downs Racecourse; 9 - 30 September, Chantilly Racecourse

Charity Car Boot Sale supported by AutoTest, Ewell in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund
Sundays 11 & 25 August; 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.

July & August 2019

The Friends of Nonsuch – Shirley Cornish Doll Houses Talk
Tuesday 13 August; 7.30pm
Nonsuch Park Museum Wing, Nonsuch Park, SM3 8AP
Shirley Cornish will delight people with her talk on ‘Dolls Houses’ and her involvement with this fascinating hobby. Free for members; non-members £6. For more info visit www.friendsofnonsuch.co.uk

Holiday Club with Desert Detectives
Monday 12 – Friday 16 August; 9.30am – 12.30pm
Christ Church, Epsom Common, Epsom, KT19 8NE
A bible based holiday club with craft, games, music and songs. For children currently in Reception to Year 6. Cost for the week including a t-shirt £30. For more information and to register a place, email: cc.stm.holidyclub@gmail.com Limited places!

Abbeyfield Southern Oaks Garden Party
Saturday 17 August; 2pm – 6pm
The Old House, Epsom Road, Ewell, KT17 1JZ
Join us for BBQ, Cakes, Ice Cream, Beer and Refreshments, Raffle, Craft Stalls. An afternoon of fun for all the family.

Up Up and Away with EMC Airways
Tuesday 27 August – Friday 30 August; 10am – 12.30pm
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, KT18 5AQ
For children 5 – 15+ yrs. Free playgroup/crèche for helpers’ children under 5. Fly with us on an adventure of fun, Bible stories, fantastic craft, crazy science and challenges! £5 per child per day. For more and to sign up email: holidayclub@epsommethodistchurch.org.uk or visit www.epsommethodistchurch.org.uk phone: 01372 728535.

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 walks in Horton Country Park

Epsom Common Bat walkEpsomCommonBatWalk
Saturday 31 August; 7.45pm - 9.15pm
Advanced booking only! Join in to find out more about these fascinating and much misunderstood mammals. Bring a head torch/torch and wrap up warm! Sorry, no dogs allowed on this walk. Meet at Stew Ponds car park off Christchurch Road at 7.45pm. To avoid disappointment please book early as this is a popular event.

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 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/

Register today! Grow Your Business Show

Grow your Business Show
Thursday 12 September
Epsom Downs Racecourse
Free to attend! Register your tickets at www.growyourbusinessshow.co.uk

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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 4 August. 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

Oak processionary moth

If you have been out and about within the borough, you may have seen one of the posters our Rangers have put up near trees that have been infected by oak processionary moth (OPM).

OPM 1OPM was first accidentally introduced to England in 2005, and is subject to a government-led programme of survey and control to minimise its population, spread and impacts. OPM gets its name from the distinctive processing behaviour of the caterpillars because they tend to move in nose-to-tail lines. 

OPM is present within the borough at various locations.

The caterpillars of OMP are pests of oak trees and a hazard to human and animal health.

Older caterpillars develop tiny hairs and contact with the hairs can cause itching skin rashes and eye irritations, sore throats, breathing difficulties and, rarely, allergic reactions in people and animals. The caterpillars should not be handled nor approached.

The caterpillars can shed the hairs when threatened or disturbed. The hairs can be blown by the wind, and they accumulate in the caterpillars’ nests, which can fall to the ground. They can stick to trunks, branches, grass and clothing.OPM 2

Among the groups most vulnerable to the health hazards are:

  • curious children and pets
  • people who work on or close to oak trees
  • anyone spending time close to infested trees
  • grazing and browsing livestock and wild animals.

Adults and children must see a doctor immediately if they have come into contact with OPM and begin to suffer symptoms.

If pets or livestock come into contact, they should be removed from the area and a vet should be contacted.

If you think you’ve spotted this disease please inform the Forestry Commission using the Tree Alert reporting tool and our contact centre

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Be tick aware

The physical and mental health benefits of spending time in the great outdoors are well documented but this summer we're highlighting that you also need to be 'tick aware'

Ticks are tiny creatures, which are similar to spiders and mites. They are found outdoors – in particular in countryside, woodland and long grass – and are most active in the summer.tick penny

Ticks attach themselves to animals to feed and sometimes this can include people. Since tick bites are not painful, people do not always realise that they have been bitten. In addition, ticks attach to people in areas of the body which are hard to see, such as the groin, waist, armpit and scalp.

Members of countryside team and some of our rangers have reported tick bites, so we know they are present within the borough.

Tick bites can transmit bacteria that cause diseases such as Lyme Disease which, if left untreated, can lead to serious conditions. Not all ticks bites result in disease. Generally you’re more likely to become infected if a tick remains attached to your skin for more than 24 hours. Therefore, it is important you know how to avoid tick bites and to take action if you or your family get bitten.
Ticks

Image: NHS

Be tick aware and reduce the risk of infection by:

  • walking on clearly defined paths and avoiding long grass
  • wearing appropriate clothing in tick-infested areas (a long-sleeved shirt and trousers tucked into your socks)
  • using insect repellent on exposed skin and performing regular tick checks, particularly at the end of the day, including your head, neck and skin folds (armpits, groin, and waistband)

Some tick bites can result in infection, so it is important to remove ticks as soon as possible:

  • ticks can be removed safely with fine tipped tweezers or a tick removal tool
  • If you have been bitten or recently spent time outdoors and start to feel unwell, contact your GP
  • checking that pets do not bring ticks into your home in their fur

A fact sheet from Public Health England explains how to avoid tick bites - here

Your Community

Out and about in our community

Interested in volunteering?

Central Surrey Voluntary Action (CSVA)
Working to support and shape best practice in volunteering and social action runs three volunteer centres located in Elmbridge, Epsom & Ewell and Mole Valley, helping charities recruit volunteers. They are currently advertising over 400 volunteering opportunities ranging from trusteeships, mentoring children and young people, befriending older people to ad hoc volunteering opportunities like conservation, dog walking and much more. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit https://www.centralsurreyvoluntaryaction.co.uk/volunteering to find volunteering opportunities in your local area. Alternatively, you can call the team on 01372 722 911 or email volunteering@csva.co.uk. You can also pop into the Epsom and Ewell Volunteer Centre which is located at the Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom, KT18 5BY and is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 1pm.

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 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 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

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.

Epsom and Ewell Veterans Community Hub
First Wednesday of each month; 10am-12pm
Comrades Club, 1 The Parade, Epsom KT18 5BT
For more info visit ww.britishlegion.org.uk CanDo

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.

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

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/

Gauntlett Boxing Club
The Barn, Horton County Park, Horton Lane, Epsom KT19 8PL
Sessions designed to suit all ages and abilities. Men, women and children are all catered for and all welcome to join our tailored sessions in a lively, fun and friendly atmospheres To book a free taster class, email: info@gauntlettboxingclub.co.uk Website: www.gauntlettboxingclub.co.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/gauntlettboxingclub Instagram: www.instagram.com/gauntlettboxing
Women’s boxing classes: Monday and Fridays 10am-11am; Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30pm-7.30pm - For women who want to get fighting fit, all abilities of fitness are welcome.

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

Can you help support our Meals at Home service?

We are looking for volunteers to support our Meals at Home service which delivers a choice of tasty and nutritious meals to vulnerable residents who are unable to cater for themselves.

We are lookinng for a time commitment of one or more shifts, which can be up to 1.5 hours 9am-10.30am Monday to Friday.

No experience necessary, full training and induction to the service will be provided. We are looking for friendly, people person who is happy to work apart of a team.

The role is ideal for someone who would like to develop their team working skills and experience working in a busy kitchen.

To find out more visit the CSVA website: https://www.centralsurreyvoluntaryaction.co.uk/volunteering/opportunity/volunteer-meals-on-wheels-sandwich-assistant-3079

For more info on our Meals at Home services please see: https://epsom-ewell.gov.uk/residents/communities-health-and-wellbeing/support-services/meals-home

Bringing peace to our neighbourhoods

Have you ever had neighbour trouble? Smoky bonfires, inconsiderate parking, noisy parties? Or maybe you know someone who has been at loggerheads with next door for months and its stressing them out.

Mid-Surrey Mediators help to resolve neighbourhood disputes using a method where both sides can be winners.  The neighbours are helped to find solutions which are sustainable and keep channels of communication open in the future.

How does it work? Two mediators visit each household to hear about the problems. They are impartial, preserve confidentiality, and offer the service free of charge.  They will suggest a meeting where all parties meet at a nearby venue, and there the mediators create a secure atmosphere in which the neighbours can communicate more effectively, each explaining to the other how the problems have affected them and getting a fair hearing.  Frankness is encouraged as long as abuse is avoided!  Once the issues have been fully aired the mediators encourage the neighbours to come up with workable suggestions which lead to an agreement.

To contact your local mediation service phone 07513 524241 or email midsurrey.mediation@gmail.com

Mediation

Help shape the Action for Carers website

Action for Carers supports unpaid carers of all ages across Surrey. The charity is redeveloping its website and has been working with carers to make sure their needs are at the heart of the new site. The work so far has helped identify the information which is important to those with a caring role. 

There is a very short survey, along with a brief prioritisation exercise, which will help the charity understand the best way to organise this information. Please take five minutes to complete it: https://fatbeehive.optimalworkshop.com/optimalsort/action-for-carers-surrey.

The survey closes on 1 August.

As a thank you, one person will win £75 in vouchers. If you have any questions, or you get stuck, e-mail digital@actionforcarers.org.uk

Let's talk loneliness

LetsTalkLoneliness

Coming soon! Epsom Mental Health and Wellbeing Festival

Epsom Mental Health and Wellbeing Festival takes place from 5 to 12 October. With over 700 free events, find out more and download this year's programme of events at: http://www.lovemelovemymind.org.uk/

EMHW19

Your Council

Council meetings: July 2019

JULY 2019

Council Tuesday, 23 July, 7.30pm

Planning Committee Thursday, 25 July, 7pm

Strategy and Resources Committee Tuesday, 30 July, 7.30pm

AUGUST 2019

No meetings

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.

The mod.gov app

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

Features
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.

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The mod.gov 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 http://www.moderngov.co.uk/

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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