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Just like that it's autumn!

Read on to stay prepared for the changing season with lots of ideas to help you make the most of autumn. 

There's lots on in Epsom and Ewell this month from the Big Draw and Epsom Mental Health and Well-being festival taking place in the first weekend to Bourne Hall Museum's popular Halloween walks at the end of the month.

Spare a moment to nominate your local sporting hero for this year's Epsom and Ewell Sports Awards and don't forget to nominate a volunteer for the Epsom and Ewell Volunteer Awards too. These awards are a great way to show your appreciation for their efforts.

It can be surprising to learn that we all start to naturally lose muscle mass in our 30’s. And while we don’t pack away our trainers as soon as we hit 31, there’s a clear link between ageing and declining levels of physical activity. Ageing well actively is a Surrey wide campaign to encourage us to help maintain independence for longer.

We hope you enjoy this packed issue.


Nominate your local sporting hero today!

SportsawardsIn the last year have you been inspired by a local athlete? Impressed by a volunteer? Motivated by a coach? If you know a local sporting hero that deserves to be recognised, show your appreciation and nominate them for this year's Epsom and Ewell Sports Awards at

The ninth annual Epsom and Ewell Sports Awards, organised by Epsom & Ewell Sports and Leisure Council, in partnership with Epsom & Ewell Borough Council will be held on Tuesday 19 November at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

The Awards provide a fantastic opportunity to recognise and reward talented local athletes, coaches and volunteers for their outstanding achievements in sport over the past 12 months. Each of the awards is sponsored by a local organisation or business and are as follows: 

  • Sports Personality of the Year sponsored by Better
  • Young Sports Personality of the Year sponsored by Epsom Gymnastics and Trampoline Club
  • Coach, Leader or Instructor of the Year sponsored by AFC Ewell
  • Inclusive Sports Award sponsored by Epsom & Ewell FC
  • Outstanding Service to Sport sponsored by The Rotary Club of Epsom
  • Volunteer of the Year sponsored by Surrey Playing Fields
  • Active Community Project of the Year sponsored by Epsom & Ewell Colts
  • Active School Innovation of the Year sponsored by The Royal Automobile Club 

For information on nomination criteria for each award and to nominate please visit and select Epsom and Ewell. Nominations close at midnight on Sunday 20 October 2019. 

Councillor Barry Nash, Chair of the Council's Community and Wellbeing Committee said, "The Epsom and Ewell Sports Awards celebrate the sporting achievements, dedication, commitment and excellence in the borough over the last 12 months. 

Show your appreciation and nominate your local sporting hero today and help us reward our borough's deserving sportspeople who have made a difference in Epsom and Ewell.”

For more information on the Epsom & Ewell Sports Awards visit

Nonsuch Park wins at the South and South East in Bloom Awards

Nonsuch Park has once again secured a Silver Gilt Award for the third year running, at this year's prestigious South and South East in Bloom Awards, in the Heritage Garden/Estate of the Year category.NonsuchPark_gardens

For this year's Awards, Nonsuch Park achieved its highest score yet, with 154 marks out of a possible 169 and was the only ‘free to enter’ facility in the heritage category. Participants in the Award scheme are asked to focus on three main areas:

  • Horticultural achievement
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Community participation 

Councillor Barry Nash, Chair of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council's Community and Wellbeing Committee said, "The Award is a testament to the untiring work and dedication of our three main volunteer groups – The Friends of Nonsuch, The Nonsuch Voles and Nonsuch Watch, and the efforts of our parks team in maintaining and preserving the natural and physical history of the park. 

"The park achieved impressive scores in every area of the judging criteria. Congratulations and well done to all involved." 

The South & South East in Bloom campaign is the largest horticultural campaign in the region involving 100’s of communities each year. Participating NonsuchPark_Apollo11displaycommunities create lasting improvements to their local environment for the benefit of those that live, work and visit.

The South and South East in Bloom regional campaign encourages county, district, city, borough, town & parish councils, communities, residents and businesses to get involved and work together to improve the environment locally. 

For information on the South and South East in Bloom awards visit

For information on Nonsuch Park visit the park section at

Nonsuch Park is managed jointly with the London Borough of Sutton with this council responsible for the day-to-day running of the park. 

Nonsuch Park volunteer groups:

The Friends of Nonsuch look after the museum and help restore historical features in the gardens –  
The Nonsuch Voles look after the woodland and gardens -  
Nonsuch Watch contribute towards supporting the rich biodiversity of the park.

Images: (top right) - Nonsuch Park gardens; (bottom right) 'Rocket to the Moon' - floral tribute to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. Pictures courtesy - Nonsuch Voles.

Business Brief


We've just launched Business Brief - a new quarterly e-newsletter to keep local businesses informed about business support initiatives, events and training and funding opportunities.

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Don't forget to check out the business section on our website which has lots of useful information:

Nominations open for Volunteer Awards

Central Surrey Voluntary Action in partnership with Epsom and Ewell Borough Council wishes to recognise the valuable contributions that volunteers make to the lives of the people within the borough. The Volunteer Awards are an excellent opportunity to thank volunteers for their valuable and tireless efforts. Volunteers’ contributions make a real difference to the work and activities of local voluntary and community groups and individuals.

The Epsom and Ewell Awards 2019 will be presented by the Mayor, Councillor John Becket, during a ceremony at the Epsom Town Hall on November 13 at 7pm. 


Organisations are invited to nominate two volunteers for the awards. Whose service in your organisation is worthy of such recognition.  However, in exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to a further nominee. 

Your nominee’s services must be of benefit to the residents of the borough of Epsom and Ewell. Although nominated volunteers must have given service within the boundaries of the borough, they do not have to live in the area.  

The Awards recognise either:

1. Voluntary service with an organisation of 1 year or more.

2. Individual involvement as part of a project that has made a real difference e.g. designing a website, fundraising, outstanding support to an individual and/or organisation. 

3. Special Aspire Award for Aspire Volunteers. This award will be jointly given to both the organisation and the volunteer. It will be awarded to organisations that have shown diversity and inclusiveness in their recruitment of volunteers. The volunteer within this organisation will be someone who has faced challenges accessing volunteering and is valued within the organisation.

Please download a copy of the application form here and return the completed application form to the Award Scheme Administrator, Central Surrey Voluntary Action (CSVA), The Old Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom, Surrey KT18 5AG or email:   

For more information please see:


Voting matters

While the prospects of a snap General Election are becoming more likely, the background tasks to ensure electors can vote carries on...

Polling Station reviewPoll

We currently undertaking a review of our polling stations.

Under the Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places (Parliamentary Elections) Regulations 2006, all local authorities are required to carry out a review of polling districts and polling places on a regular four-yearly cycle.

The purpose of these reviews is to seek to ensure that:

  • All electors have reasonable access to voting facilities
  • Polling places are accessible to all electors including those with disabilities

Views are invited from electors within the district as well as from persons or bodies with expertise in relation to access to premises or facilities for persons with any form of disability.

The deadline to make representations on this review is 5pm, 16 October 2019.

Full details can be downloaded from our website

Annual Canvass enters second phase 

Every year Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is required to undertake a canvass, to ensure our records are kept up to date.

The annual canvass for the 2020 Register of Electors started in August and will finish in November with the new register published on 1 December.

Every residential property in the borough has been sent a Household Enquiry Form, so we can confirm that the register is correct, to collect names of new people or to remove anyone no longer at the property.

It is a legal requirement to respond to this form.

We are statutorily required to send a reminder and/or someone to visit the properties where we have not had a response and this process is now underway.

New children’s play park

Rainbow Leisure Centre isRainbowLeisureCentre_playpark extremely excited to announce the launch of a brand new play park at the facility.

Aimed at children aged 0-10 years, the space will offer a dedicated baby area, 4-lane slide, indoor mini sports court and two-storey play frame including 180 degree tube slide and ball pool.

With little ones in mind, we have worked closely with the team at Soft Brick to design and install a permanent structure providing enhanced opportunities to play, learn and grow. Specific features are included to improve gross motor skills, trigger imagination and role-play, solve puzzles and stimulate the senses for a well-rounded play experience.

“We are delighted to be opening our exciting new play park for children living locally aged 0-10 years as part of our commitment to encourage children to be active whilst still having fun. As a social enterprise, we have funded this new venture through investing back into the facility to benefit the wider community. We look forward to welcoming new and existing customers to the Rainbow Leisure Centre & Spa to enjoy this stimulating new play facility.” Said Darren Pope, General Manager.

Opening in November, the facility will be operating 7-days-a-week with the option to pre-book or simply turn up and check in on the day and the sessions will be 2 hours in duration. Alongside the play park facility, Chapters will be offering hot and cold drinks and snacks and there will be the opportunity to book parties in the new themed party spaces at the back of the play park.

Speaking of the development, Councillor Barry Nash, Chair of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council's Community and Wellbeing Committee said, "The Rainbow Leisure Centre & Spa is an award winning facility managed on our behalf by Better and caters for all members of our community.
"We support the introduction of this new children’s indoor play park, which addresses a short-fall in provision for young children within the borough and encourages physical activity, whilst having fun.”

Frustration over Heathrow consultation

Last month, we formally responded to the latest Heathrow Airport expansion consultation, expressing disappointment in the lack of clear, relevant information to enable an informed response, especially given that Heathrow’s proposals are well advanced.

Councillor Neil Dallen, Chair of the Environment and Safe Communities Committee said  ‘for us and our residents, being able to understand how the Heathrow proposals will alter the number, height and timings of flights across the borough, along with associated environmental impacts such as noise, in direct comparison to what is currently experienced is essential. The absence of such information is frustrating and makes it extremely difficult to evaluate the impacts”.

Our greatest concern is that the proposed airspace changes and airport expansion will result in a significant increase in the number of flights across the borough. The proposals suggest that Epsom and Ewell is likely to be overflown far more frequently and at a lower altitude.  

Councillor Dallen added “The proposals for Heathrow expansion specify additional flights operating as low as 3,000 feet at a frequency of up to 64 flights per hour. This will bring significant negative impacts such as increased air pollution, which will be extremely detrimental to the amenity, health and wellbeing of our residents. This is unacceptable”.

In the response to this latest consultation, we also raised a strong objection to the relaxation of the night flight ban, the duration of which appears to be contracting, and the absence of a cap on the number of take offs and landings.

Councillor Dallen commented “Overall from the information provided, it is unclear what controls will be in place to limit climate change and other adverse environmental aspects arising from the airport expansion and we will be pressing Heathrow to publish clear information about the environmental and health effects arising from their expansion plans and future airspace changes.

“While Heathrow Airport may argue that there are wider benefits to their proposals, these should not be to the detriment of Epsom and Ewell residents, workers, school, college and university students and businesses, especially the area’s long-standing horse racing industry. 

“We hope that further Heathrow engagement with local communities potentially impacted by the proposals will be carried out in a more meaningful and transparent way”.

 The Heathrow consultation hub can be accessed here


Parking update

Council car parksRingGo
Last issue we highlighted the investment in two of our barrier control car parks.

Over the last month we have installed RingGo, the telephone app to allow payment by telephone in our pay and display car parks.

Motorists using will no longer have to hunt for change as RingGo cashless parking is now offered as an alternative to pay and display parking with coins.  RingGo is a quick, easy to use mobile phone service, enabling you to pay for your parking by credit or debit card, rather than with cash at a machine. 

If you have an iPhone or Android device, you can download and use the RingGo smartphone app to register and pay for your parking.  Or call the standard rate telephone number 01372 240 111 (shown on signs) at the time you want to park.  If you want to save time, you can pre-register in advance either through the app or at

If it’s your first time using the service, you’ll be asked for information about your vehicle, the five digit location code (shown on the sign) and details of your payment card.  When you use the service again, RingGo recognises your mobile phone and retrieves the information given, reducing time considerably.  

You can pay with RingGo via the app, by calling, using a text message or paying on-line.  Details of each are given on the RingGo website.

On street parking

In other parking news Surrey County Council this month announced it was looking at residents parking zones charges. The charges have not been changed since they were introduced in 2011. The proposals form part of a review of the county council’s parking strategy. 

The proposed charges incorporate rises in enforcement, installation and administration costs. 

The changes will go out for public consultation and further consideration by county councillors early next year.

Gas works: West Street - Epsom

Information below received from SGN of forthcoming works to upgrade the gas network in West Street, Epsom

This essential work involves the replacement of old metal gas mains with new plastic pipe to ensure we continue to provide a safe and reliable gas supply to the local area. Our contractor Essex Utilities will undertake this work on our behalf.

So that we can minimise disruption, we have carefully consulted and planned our work in partnership with Surrey County Council. We have agreed to start our project on Monday 14 October and last approximately 3 weeks. Our engineers will be working in two phases as follows:

Phase 1 – West Hill, between the junction of Hookfield and Wheelers Lane
• We will begin our project on West Hill on Monday 14 October for approximately two weeks
• Our engineers will be working between the junction of Hookfield and Wheelers Lane
• There will be no carriageway incursion during this phase
• During this phase our engineers will be working Monday – Friday between 8am and 6pm

Phase 2 – West Street, from the junction of South Street to the junction of West Hill
• From Saturday 26 October our engineers will progress into West Street between the junctions of West Hill and South Street for approximately one week
• To ensure everyone’s safety we need to make West Street one way westbound under the railway bridge from the junction of South Street to the junction of West Hill for approximately one week
• A signed diversion will be in place for all eastbound traffic
• We also need to suspend bus stop ‘E’ on West Street during this phase
• Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout
• During this phase our engineers will be working Monday – Friday between 7am and 7pm and Saturday and Sunday between 8am and 2pm.

We understand that people can get frustrated by roadworks. However, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that when the work is complete, Epsom residents and businesses will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.

You can find more information about this project and other works in your area, at One.Network here:

Please share this information with anyone you think may be impacted by our work.

We hope to have reassured you of our commitment to deliver a safe project and keep you updated. If you have any further questions, please contact our customer service team on 0800 912 1700.

Innovative later living plans go on display

Guild Living has announced plans for a vibrant new later living community close to Epsom Hospital, combining a focus on independent, active lives with a beautiful living environment. Before submitting a planning application, Guild Living is holding events across the borough and inviting residents to offer feedback on its proposals. The consultation process is a great opportunity for the local community to get involved.

The consultation will be held over four days:GuildLiving_1

Epsom Market, Epsom Clock Tower, KT19 9EB
Thursday, 10 October 2019, 10am – 3pm

Epsom Hospital Car Park, Off Woodcote Road, KT18 7EG
Saturday, 12 October 2019, 10am – 3pm

Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF
Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 4pm – 6pm

Stoneleigh Community Library, 1 The Broadway, Stoneleigh, KT17 2JA
Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

For more information see:

In March 2018, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust announced that it would be selling surplus land, containing derelict buildings not required by the Trust, to Legal & General. The sale unlocked in excess of £15 million, which will be invested back into existing buildings at Epsom Hospital, and will save the Trust money on maintaining and securing the disused structures. 

The new community will be designed to enhance the lives and health of its residents, while easing pressure on hospital services. The ground-breaking later living community will be made up of around 200 apartments and include a 24-hour support network. Facilities will include a physiotherapy gym and pool, and consultant rooms for GP surgeries – all of which will be open to the local community. The development will also provide transitional care facilities available to the hospital as and when needed. 

Eugene Marchese, Design and Innovation Director at Guild Living, said: “We are delighted to invite local residents to view our plans to bring an exciting and innovative later living community to Epsom. Our vision is to deliver a significant change to how our older generation live. Our aim is to create a beautiful “age-friendly” environment that is activated by world-leading wellness programmes and activities designed to engage and connect our residents with family, friends and the greater community.

We are committed to ensuring that our proposals are developed in collaboration with the local community and we are looking forward to GuildLiving_2engaging with those living in the area.

We want to deliver a world-class later living scheme that will have a positive long-term impact on the local area.”

The number of people over 65 in Surrey grew by 13% between 2001 and 2011, while the number of those aged over 85 grew by 25%. Guild Living, a partnership between Legal & General and a team of global experts in design, development and wellness, will deliver a new retirement community in Epsom, meeting the specific housing, health and care needs of the Borough’s ageing demographic.

The proposal for Epsom will be among the first schemes to come from a multimillion-pound vision for investment in the later-living sector – Guild Living plans to deliver over 3,000 new homes across the UK over the next five years.

Suburb sporting achievement

Team Epsom & Ewell scoops silver at annual multi-sport competition for over-55s

A team from Epsom and Ewell took runners-up spot at the 2019 Better Club Games, representing the borough to compete against 500 over 55-year-olds at the an Olympic-style event for older people, held at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Thursday 19 September. 

Now in its 14th year, the event aims to encourage older people to become more active and to highlight the social and physical benefits that sporting activities can offer to individuals of all ages.Better

Participants took part in eleven sports including walking football, walking netball, badminton, short tennis, table tennis, darts, short mat bowls, timed cycle, timed swim and dominoes.  

Proudly representing their boroughs and districts the teams were drawn from across London and the South including: Barnet, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Epsom and Ewell, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Islington, Lambeth, Merton, Reigate and Banstead, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Rugby and Sutton.

Epsom and Ewell were pipped into second place in the Badminton final which went down to the wire. Epsom and Ewell took first in the timed cycling event. 

In a repeat of last year’s top two, Greenwich retained the overall title and Epsom and Ewell took the runners-up spot, ahead of Sutton in third place.

“I am incredibly proud of the team from the Rainbow Leisure Centre in Epsom who represented Epsom & Ewell at this year’s games. Our Club Lead Alison McDowall works tirelessly to fill the spaces on the team and encourage our members to participate in sport at all levels at this iconic venue. They should all be very proud of their achievement. “ Said Darren Pope, General Manager, Rainbow Leisure Centre & Spa, Epsom

The Mayor of Epsom and Ewell Councillor John Beckett and the Mayoress joined the Epsom and Ewell team and they got the chance to support many of the team members competing in the events. 

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Sign up to Surrey's 28 Day Challenge

Stoptober_1Would you like to be a non-smoker, free from nicotine for good? If you stay smoke-free for 28 days, you're five times more likely to quit smoking once and for all?

You can take part in the 28 Day Challenge run by Surrey's local stop smoking service, called One You Surrey. By signing up to the challenge, you'll receive daily emails, support, motivation and advice to help you stay on track to stop smoking. You’ll also reap the benefits to your health and your family's health, not to mention your finances. Stopping smoking could save you as much as £3,000 a year.

For more local information on helping you and your family stay healthy, visit the Healthy Surrey website.



As this month sees another Brexit deadline, we thought it opportune to revisit the subject.Brexit

We are working actively with the Surrey Local Resilience Forum to ensure that our services and the borough is prepared for various Brexit scenarios.

Businesses and self-employed
If you trade any goods or services with the EU you’ll need to get ready for Brexit.

Surrey Chamber of Commerce has produced a Business Brexit Checklist which local businesses may find usefull.

Visiting Europe
To visit Europe after Brexit there are things you need to do before you travel. These include:

  • check your passport
  • get travel insurance which covers your healthcare
  • check you have the right driving documents
  • organise pet travel - you need to contact your vet at least four months before you go

Full information can be found here

EU citizens living in the UK
The UK government has reached an agreement with the EU that will protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members living in the UK. These agreements mean that most citizens from the EU (plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) will need to apply to stay in the UK. They can then continue living their lives here as they do now.

Use this tool to find out what to do and when.

Hate Crime awareness

National Hate Crime Awareness Week runs from 12-19 October 2019

We highlighted initiatives in Surrey to tackle any instances of hate crime in a previous issue of e-Borough Insight, please see:

Need to report hostility and hate crime in Surrey?

Download the Stop Hate UK app and or use their confidential 24/7 reporting hotline 0800 1381625.

Surrey Police have joined forces with Stop Hate UK and SMEF (Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum) to tackle hate crimes and encourage people to come forward to report hate crime incidents either directly to police or through third-party organisations such as Stop Hate UK.

Stop Hate UK runs a 24 hour hate crime helpline (0800 138 1625) which acts as a reporting centre and provides independent support and reporting services 365 days a year. Crucially they have also developed a Hate Crime Reporting App specifically for Surrey. You can download the App from the App Store (Apple/iPhone users) or Google Play (Android users), simply search ‘Stop Hate UK Surrey’.

The App can be used to submit video, photo or audio evidence along with a report including location to Stop Hate UK. The information you provide will be reviewed and if you choose to share your contact details, you may be contacted to discuss details of the incident and further help and support that may be available to you. Anonymous reports will be shared with partner agencies within Surrey to allow them to have an improved understanding of the type of hate incidents occurring throughout Surrey.


Money mules

Parents and carers across Surrey are being asked warn young people about the dangers and consequences of becoming a money mule. 

What is a money mule?
A money mule is someone who transfers stolen money through their own bank account on behalf of someone else and is paid for doing so. Criminals need money mules to launder the profits of their crimes. Young people are increasingly being targeted to become money mules. They are approached online or in person, including through social media, at school, college or sports clubs. Sometimes people they know persuade them to take part, often because they are also acting as money mules.Money laundering

Mules will usually be unaware of where the money comes from – commonly fraud and scams – and that it can go on to fund crimes such as drug dealing and people trafficking.

Being a money mule is illegal
When someone is caught, their bank account will be closed, and they will have problems getting student loans, mobile phone contracts and credit in the future.  They could even face prison.

What to look out for
Tell-tale signs that someone might be involved could be them suddenly having extra cash, buying expensive new clothes or top-of-the-range mobile phones and gadgets with very little explanation as to how they got the money. They may also become more secretive, withdrawn or appear stressed.

You and your child can learn more and get advice by visiting together.

If you are worried that someone close to you might be caught up in money muling, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please do not attempt to contact any individual you suspect of organising money muling.

Spotlight on

Ageing Well - Actively

Poorer health as we age is not inevitable and staying active can pay big dividends in people’s quality of life. This is the message put forward in a new Active Ageing campaign which launched on October 1, timed to coincide with the UN’s International Day of Older People. ActiveAgeing_1

Active Surrey, the not for profit organisation which aims to help the county move more, is asking older residents to think again about their relationship with exercise – in all its many forms. 

From walking to catch a bus or always choosing the stairs, to joining a new exercise class in your 80’s, Active Surrey wants to challenge the idea that we should be taking it easy when we’re older with a new Active Ageing campaign. 

A report from Public Health forecasts that there will be a quarter of a million over 65’s in Surrey by the end of 2020 – an increase of almost 20% in just five years - and much of that time will be spent in poor health unless steps are taken to avoid it. 

Fronted by Surrey residents including Diana Moran (the original Green Goddess from 80’s Breakfast TV, now in her 80’s herself), the Active Ageing campaign comes with the message that you’re Never Too Old to get fit.ActiveAgeing_2

One key focus for the campaign will be helping older people reduce their risk of falls. One in eight ambulance call outs in Surrey relate to an elderly person falling, and the NHS estimates that a third of all adults over 65 fall each year – a statistic that increases with age. 

Otago strength and balance classes are run across the county with new venues just launched. Clinically proven to reduce falls, the programme is a Surrey success story, letting older people maintain their independence and for some of those who’ve already had a fall, end their reliance on walking sticks or mobility scooters.

Older people or their carers can visit for details of Otago strength and balance classes or sociable group walks. 

Visit for details of activities in Epsom and Ewell for the over 50s including walking netball, strength and balance classes and bowls.

Visit our walks page, there's lots to choose from with walks taking place throughout the year across the borough - from countryside guided walks, history walks with Bourne Hall Museum and health walks:

Join Ebbisham Sports Club’s 50+ Social Rackets Morning

Jo Robinson, Ebbisham Sports Club Development & Membership Co-ordinator, took some time to tell us about Ebbisham Sports Club’s weekly rackets sessions.

What sports are involved in Ebbisham Sports Club’s 50+ Social Racket mornings?
Badminton, squash, racketball, tennis, touchtennis, table tennis and pickleball (from America!). All the equipment is provided for each sport.

Who are the sessions for?
For men and women generally aged 50+ of any ability (but others welcome too!), particularly those wanting social games in a friendly club environment.

Why do you think the sessions have proved so popular?
These morning sessions give retired, semi-retired, part-time/flexi-hour workers, non-working parents an opportunity to learn and play a variety of racket sports with others of a similar standard. It is also a chance for adults to get back into sports they may have played previously, for fun and health reasons, rather than competition. The sessions can improve participants’ physical, mental and social well-being if continued on a regular basis.

When do the sessions take place?
Thursday mornings from 9.30am-12noon. There is an optional break where participants are free to have a chat halfway through as we have a Lounge, Bar and a coffee/tea machine!

How much experience do you need to take part?
No experience is necessary. We welcome complete beginners or those who have played before.  Everyone is very friendly and games are setup to mix all abilities.

What would you say to someone who said they worry they might not be fit enough to take part?
Some of the racket sports like pickleball and tabletennis are very gentle exercise and you can do as much or as little as you wish. Some people play for an hour and then spend the rest of the time chatting over coffee whilst others last the whole two and a half hours without a break! However, coming regularly will definitely improve physical strength, balance, co-ordination and fitness.

How can people find out more?
By calling Jo or Lorna in the Ebbisham Office on 01372 720647 or via email at You can also take a look at our website or Facebook page - @ebbishamsportsclub for more info.

Are there any special offers potential members could take advantage of?
We have occasional open days where we waive the usual joining fees for new members and members pay a lower session fee.

What's On

Epsom Mental Health and Wellbeing Festival

Over 70 free events!
5 - 12 October
Various borough locations
All are welcome. This year's theme is Joys and Sorrows. for more information and to download this year's brochure with timetable and listings of activities please visit


Join in! The Big Draw Epsom

Free exciting drawing activities for anyone and everyone.
Saturday 5 October; 11am - 3pm
Epsom Square and Epsom Library
The Big Draw comes to Epsom for the third time with the theme of 'Drawn to Life'. Meet and draw with lots of local artists, art educators and designers. For further information and for details of activities please visit:
The Big Draw Epsom is supporting Epsom Mental Health Week (5-12 October) and Libraries Week (7-12 October).
Taking place every October, The Big Draw is a global festival for anyone who loves to draw, as well as for those who think they can't!
Follow on Twitter: @DrawEpsom; Facebook: @The Big Draw Epsom; Instagram: @thebigdrawepsom


This month at the Epsom Playhouse


The Sound of Music
Wednesday 9 October and Saturday 12 October; 7.30pm
Hinchley Manor Operatic Society present the  Rodgers & Hammerstein musical family favorate. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain’s immediate service in their navy. This remains the most popular musicals of all time.

Jesus Christ Superstar
Tuesday 15 October – Saturday 19 October; 7.30pm
Epsom Light Opera Company present the biblical story of Jesus in the final days leading up to his crucifixion. Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, the musical has no spoken dialogue and is considered a modern rock-opera. Loosely based on the Gospels, Superstar focuses on the personal conflicts between Jesus, his disciples, the people of Israel and the leadership of Rome.

The Rubettes
Sunday 20 October; 7.30pm
This is a tribute to the music of the Rubettes. Featuring original lead vocalist Alan Williams. 70’s Icons the Rubettes broke onto the scene in 1974 with their worldwide number one hit ‘Sugar Baby Love’ followed in the ensuing years by a further 14 International hits including ‘Tonight’ ‘Juke Box Jive’ ‘I Can Do It’ and ‘Baby I know’.

UK Pink Floyd Experience
Wednesday 23 October; 7.30pm
Featuring eight top flight musicians and a world class crew, this concert-based production authentically recreates the atmosphere of a Pink Floyd live performance, including impressive video projection on a large circular screen and a stunning light show.

Fastlove – A tribute to George MichaelGeorge
Thursday 24 October; 7.30pm
Direct from London’s West End, this is the world’s favourite George Michael tribute show. Get ready for an unforgettable evening celebrating the global superstar that is George Michael.

Friday 25 October; 7.30pm
Europe’s leading ABBA tribute, Abbamania continue to entertain audiences with their outstanding vocals and musical performance live on stage. Abbamania is a sensational two hour show featuring record breaking and timeless hits from ‘Waterloo’ to ‘Dancing Queen’ which will have you dancing in the aisles.

Vienna – Classic and Romantic
Saturday 26 October; 7.30pm
Epsom Symphony Orchestra present
Consecration of the House Overture  Beethoven
Rosamunde – Entr’acte no. 3             Schubert
Piano Concerto no. 24 in C Minor       Mozart
Symphony no.1                                   Brahms

Once Upon a Princess
Monday 28 October; 12pm and 4pm
The ultimate pop princess party Once upon a Princess is heading out on the road for its first ever UK tour. This smash-hit glittering production features all your favourite fairytale princesses, plus a soundtrack of top pop hits and movie musical classics that will have the whole audience singing and dancing.

Carole – The Music of Carole King
Tuesday 29 October; 8pm
Featuring not only songs from the Carole King songbook but also songs that were written and recorded by some of the greatest artists and songwriting partnerships and iconic artists such as Aretha Franklin, The Drifters, The Shirelles, The Monkees, The Beatles, The Everly Brothers, Dusty Springfield, Little Eva, Herman’s Hermits and James Taylor. This incredible journey through the music that defined an era will have you on your feet and dancing in the aisles.

Islands in the StreamIslands
Wednesday 30 October; 7.30pm
Celebrating the Queen and King of country, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Leave your 9 to 5 worries at the door and get ready for a night in the company of Country Music Royalty! This thigh-slapping stage show brings together the beloved glamour and personality of Dolly, along with Kenny’s charisma and energy with hit after hit including: Jolene, Ruby, 9 to 5, Lucille, Here You Come Again, The Gambler, I Will Always Love You, Coward of the Country and smash hit Islands in the Stream.

We Love Little Mix – The Ultimate Little Mix Party
Thursday 31 October; 2.30pm
If you love Little Mix you are going to just L.O.V.E this show! Featuring four fantastic singers and dancers who really capture the look, the sound and all the dance moves of one of the UK’s best loved Girl-Bands.


Close Up Magic
Saturday 26 October; 7.30pm
Close Up Magic is one of the most impressive forms of the art and this unique format showcases some of the best and most skillful exponents. Audiences get to experience the magic in an informal, close up setting, often taking part themselves and witnessing the impossible from only inches away.

Superslam Wrestling
Sunday 27 October; 3pm
You’ve seen it on television and now you can see it live when All Star Superslam Wrestling returns to The Epsom Playhouse with an extravaganza of high-flying action that will feature all of your favourites! Why not come along and boo the villains or cheer for your heroes, as some of the country’s top ring stars clash in a two hour action-packed spectacle that will have you on the edge of your seats!

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

Charity Car Boot Sale supported by AutoTest, Ewell in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund
Sundays 13 and 27 October; Sellers 7.30am - 12.30pm. Buyers 9am
Epsom General Hospital Staff Car Park, Dorking Road, KT18 7EGFamilyHistoryday
Cars £10, Small vans, MPV and 4WD £12, larger vans from £15, Trailers £3 extra. Refreshments available. Toilets on site; main bus route - buses stop outside. All entrance donation and vehicle fees will go towards the purchase of medical equipment for Epsom General Hospital which will benefit the local community. All profits from individual sales are for sellers to keep. No booking necessary. Hard standing so not cancelled due to rain. Do come along and support us either as a buyer or seller and who knows you might find that certain item you were looking for. Tell your friends! Help us help you! For more information visit or call 020 8337 8181.

October 2019

Free entry! Family History Day
Saturday 5 October; Anytime between 10am – 4pm
Ewell Library, Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF
Who do you think you are? Trace your ancestors with Epsom and Ewell Local and Family History Centre. For more information visit email:  

Mayor of Epsom & Ewell charity event - Mayoress’s Fashion Show
Tuesday 8 October; 7.15pm
St Joseph’s Church, St Margaret’s Drive, Epsom, KT18 7JQ
Doors open at 7.15pm, show starts at 7.45. A live catwalk show with time to try on and buy stunning clothes at great prices (glass of prosecco or soft drink included in ticket price). Cost £8.An evening of fashion and fun hosted by travelling trends. For more information visit:

Ewell Horticultural Association - 'The Capable Mr Brown'
Tuesday 8 October; 8pm - 10pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UFEwellHortAssn_Talk
A talk by Russell Bowes about the life and career of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown - who changed the face of England forever. Cost: £3 members; £4 visitors includes refreshments. For more information visit

Conquest Art Annual Exhibition
Tuesday 8 October – Saturday 19 October
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF
Conquest Art is a charity inspiring people with disabilities and long term health issues to discover their creative energy and build self-confidence through art. We are proud to show our members' achievements in our yearly exhibition. For more information visit:  

Echo’s of the Past
Thursdays 10 October, 14 November, 9 January, 13 February; 2pm - 4pm
Ewell Court House, Lakehurst Road, Ewell KT19 0EB
Sponsored by Ewell Court House Organisation (ECHO). Recorded music from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Featuring the bands and their singers from the 1940's to the best of popular music from the 1950 to the 1970's. Music from stage and screen plus your musical requests! Admission: £3 for ECHO members, £4 for non-members. For more information please contact: Grant 020 8393 3078.

2nd Cuddington Scout Group Jumble Sale
Saturday 12 October; 2pm – 4pm
Rowe Hall, Salisbury Road, KT4 7DD
Refreshments are available. For more information email:  

Music from Stage & Screen
Sunday 13 October; 2pm - 4pm
St Michael's The Sanctuary, 4A Church Street, Ewell Village KT17 2AS
Come and hear the Waldegrave Ensemble wind quintet perform music from movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter and The Incredibles to stage shows like Fiddler on the Roof and Porgy & Bess and classic MGM films such as the Wizard of OZ and Singing in the rain. This family concert is suitable for all ages. Teas, coffees and freshly baked cakes will be served in the interval. Cost: £12 adults, £10 concessions, £5 child/student. Tickets can be booked in advance online (10% discount for advance bookings) or purchase at the door from 1:30pm on the day. To book online see:  

The Friends of Nonsuch event
Tuesday 15 October; 2.30pm
Museum Wing, Nonsuch Mansion, Nonsuch Park, SM3 8AP
The Worcester Park Vibrant Ukulele group will be playing and signing a variety of songs old and new. Cost: Members - free; Non-members - £6. Refreshments included. For more info email:

The Abdication 1936 - A Lovers' Tale or Coup d'etat?
Wednesday 16 October; 2pm - 5pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF 
This friendly talk will explore and examine the constitutional crisis that arose over the issue of the King's intended marriage to Mrs Wallis Simpson. While this was a unique event in itself, it also casts light on the social attitudes of the day, as well as giving us an insight into the workings of the political establishment of the 1930s. Edward VIII's readiness to forsake the throne in order to marry an American divorcee has become a focal point for debate, rumour, half-truth and gossip ever since, and carries issues and implications that resonate today. Book online at or call 0300 303 3464 and quote ref: C3744384. Cost £18.

London Bus Museum - Transportfest
Sunday 20 October
Brooklands Museum, Weybridge KT13 0QS
Featuring AEC vehicles of all types. An event for all road transport vehicles, not just AEC, with horse and motor bus rides. Also fun and attractions for the whole family. For more info visit www.londonbusmuseum.comEpsomChamberChoir

Epsom and Ewell Art Group Autumn Exhibition
Tuesday 22 October - Saturday 2 November; 9.30am - 4pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF 
Free entry. The exhibition is not open on Sunday 27th October and Monday 28th October.

Songs of Farewell
Saturday 26 October; 7.30pm
Christ Church, Epsom Common, Epsom KT19 8NE
Discover works by two very different composers writing in the turbulent years of the early twentieth century as Epsom Chamber Choir launches its new season. Cost: £14 in advance, £16 on the door, under 18 free. For more information visit:  

Mayor of Epsom & Ewell charity event - Portsmouth Trip
Sunday 27 October
Family day out, shopping, history, treasure hunt and prizes. Tickets are £15 for adults and £10 for children aged 10 and under. For more information visit: 

Bourne Hall Museum activities

Kids Club sessions

Hitler’s Vengeance weapons
Saturday 12 October; 1pm - 2.30pm
13 June 1944 was the day the first flying bombs hit London. Known as the 'doodlebugs' or 'buzz bombs' on account of the distinctive sound they made when in flight, 29 of these V1 Flying Bombs fell in the borough during June - October 1944. They killed 13 people and injured 251. destroyed 86 properties, seriously damaged a further 200 and inflicted blast damage on 9,000 more. Find out more about the history and more at this session.

Kids Club sessions cost £5 each per child (includes 1 accompanying adult). Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club is for young people 8+ who love history. For more info visit

Half term activities:

Halloween arts and crafts

Thursday 31 October; two sessions: 10.30am - 12noon; 1pm - 2.30pm
Hear some grizzly historic stories and have creative fun making Halloween arts and crafts. There are two sessions which are the same. Cost: £8 per child £1 sibling discount.

Guided Halloween walks Pumpkin

Don't miss these popular walks which are open to all ages. Pre-book in advance to avoid disappointment. Cost £5 per person.

Discover the darker side of Ewell

Discover the darker side of Ewell’s history with a guided tour around its historic heart. Hear tales of local folk who won’t stay dead, ghostly coach crashes and discover the story of Joan Butts Ewell’s witch. Are you brave enough to dare to tread where the Resurrection Men once stood whilst you learn about their grisly trade. Experience for yourself what it was like to be imprisoned in Ewell’s 18th century jail- be careful you don’t get left behind.

Wednesday 30 October
Walk 1: 2pm - 3.30pm (suitable for younger children)
Walk 2: 7.30pm - 9pm

Thursday 31 October
Walk 1: 5pm - 6.30pm (suitable for younger children)
Walk 2: 7.30pm - 9pm

Friday 1 November; 7.30pm - 9pm

Epsom Ghost trail

Tuesday 29 October; 2pm - 3.30pm

Meet at Guitar Guitar, 6 Church Street, Epsom KT17 4NY. A walk around the town including Church Street, Ashley Road, South Street and ending in the Market Place to discover tales of Epsom’s ghosts from the 1770's until the 1940's. Hunted pubs, wicked lords, highwaymen, ghostly pupils that did not go home, ghostly music and a little known ending to the Epsom Riot. Uncover the secrets of some of the towns best known buildings from the Cedars, the Clock Tower and the Assembly Rooms, discover why some of their former occupants may still be there! Walk will finish in the Market Place.

To reserve your space for Kids Club session and to book your place for the guided Halloween walks or for further information please contact David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF. Tel: 020 8394 1734. Email: Visit What's On at:

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 walksHortonCountryPark

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.  

Bowsaws and Broomsticks
Sunday 6 October; 2pm - 4.30pm
Join in for a Sunday afternoon stroll around Horton Country Park with one of our countryside team and find out more about all the work our volunteers carry out to help manage this local nature reserve. Meet at the Information Centre in the Park 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: phone: 01372 732000 or visit  

Epsom Common Association walks

Fungus Foray
Sunday 13 October; 10.30am - 12.30pm
Free admission. After our very popular Fungus Foray last year, Dick Alder and Mike Waterman from the West Weald Fungus Recording Group will be returning again this autumn.  Join them to find and record the many varieties of fungus to be found on Epsom 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:

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

80th Birthday Quiz Night

Friday 18 October
Sutton and Epsom Rugby Club
As part of their 80th Birthday celebrations, Citizens Advice Epsom and Ewell are holding a fundraising quiz night. Fish and Chip dinner will be served, with dietary requirement options available. Sign up as a group table of eight or alternatively in a small group or as an individual. There will be a raffle and auction on the night including prizes from Black Burgers, Odeon and All Things Nice in Ewell.
For further information please contact Alicia, email:



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 varied 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 6 October. Takes place on the first Sunday of the month from 9.30am - 1.30pm, this market is a treasure trove of fresh, tasty and attractive local produce. To find out more, come to the market! For more info visit -

Local Enterprise Market takes place on the last Sunday of the month and is a chance for local businesses and sole traders to show their wares - whether they make a product or offer a service.

Street Traders - The Market Place also has a small number of regular Street Traders that trade across the week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays selling DIY products, fruit and vegetables and hot food.

Key Facts

Visualising a more vibrant future

The masterplan imagines and visualises how future growth and development might look in the borough in the longer-term. The Boroughmasterplan document is not a statutory requirement or a detailed set of final proposals, but is a helpful tool to inform discussion about the best way to ensure that future development happens in a planned and coherent way and recognises the borough’s rich history and unique character.

At the heart of the masterplan is the idea that it is always better to work collaboratively to help shape and influence how places develop, in a positive and proactive way, rather than leaving it entirely to individual developers or land owners who will inevitably have different views about what constitutes good development in a particular community.  An important part of this is thinking about how development can contribute positively to the wider public realm, including contributing to the long-term vitality of our high streets and town centres.

The masterplan will also have an important role in helping inform the public and stakeholder engagement for a new Local Plan, providing greater understanding of how the Government’s targets for new homes could be accommodated.

The Local Plan is a statutory requirement, which Epsom & Ewell Borough Council will soon be asking residents, local businesses, community groups and others to contribute towards.

The masterplan includes analysis and a visualised approach to how different areas could accommodate the government requirement for the significant increase in new homes within the borough and the associated necessary infrastructure.

Our draft masterplan was guided by the outcome of formal public consultation undertaken in 2017. This established that residents wanted there to be a greater focus for new development in existing built up areas and to provide homes for both young families and an ageing population. The consensus was also that new development could be more intense and taller than at present around retail centres, close to transport hubs and in Epsom town centre.

Following the 2017 public consultation, the council employed a variety of experts in various fields to determine how the public’s aspirations could be realised within national planning policy and the area’s physical and environmental restraints.

Councillor David Reeve, Chair of the Licensing and Planning Policy Committee, said “The draft  masterplan is an important document that sets out how we are to meet the government requirement of 10,000 new additional homes within the borough and ensure we will achieve this growth in a way that ensures the borough remains a great place for people to live, work and study”.


Your Community

Garden of Remembrance


Epsom & Ewell Sports and Leisure Council case study

Epsom and Ewell Sports and Leisure Council is a voluntary group made up of people who are actively involved in sports clubs and organisations within our borough. The Sports and Leisure Council's objective is to support individuals and groups to pursue higher standards in sport and leisure.

The Sports and Leisure Council holds regular meetings and can provide grants to both individuals and clubs in order to help them achieve their sporting and leisure goals. Applications are invited from sports and leisure clubs as well as individuals for grant aid up to a maximum of £700 for clubs and £500 for individuals towards sport equipment purchase and training enhancement. All applications will be considered on their merit and how they meet the grant aid criteria. To apply please visit

Case study: Erin – Water polo Erin_waterpolo

Last year, Erin was fortunate enough to be awarded an individual sports award of £300 in recognition of her Water polo achievements. This award went towards the cost of sending her to the EU Nations tournament in Brno, Czech Republic last year, where along with her team mates Erin gained her first England cap and a bronze medal!

Since the EU Nations tournament, Erin has continued to train hard both in and out of the pool, training 5 times a week at Crystal Palace and one weekend a month in Manchester as part of the national training program. Her commitment to training resulted in her being asked to be the assistant coach for the U16 London Girls team in last year’s inter-Region tournament, despite being only a year older than many of the girls in the team. This was a role she took on with great maturity, gaining the respect of the coach, players and their parents.

Following a successful training camp in Hungary last summer with her club, she was selected for the Otter first team to play in the top division of the Ladies British Water Polo League. This requires Erin to travel to venues across the country to compete for up-to 7 weekends during the October-March season. Despite being the youngest and smallest player on the team, Erin managed to score a respectable number of goals against some very tough opposition. Erin was also selected to represent England in the English Schools Swimming Association match against Australia following the Duke of Cambridge Cup last year.

In this year’s U19 Girls National Age Group Championships, playing for Otter, Erin and her team mates were able to win the Championship title for the second year in a row.

Erin was again selected to represent England in the EU Nations tournament in Brno this year - gaining another bronze medal. In addition to this Erin has been selected to represent Great Britain in the Junior Ladies European Water polo Championships in Volos, Greece this September. As part of her preparations for this, she is currently in Szentes, Hungary training with her Crystal Palace team mates. Following this she has a GB training camp in Hungary and Romania just prior to the tournament in Greece.

We wish Erin all the very best!

Local author recognised

Local author, Claire Moore, has been shortlisted for this year’s UK Kindle Storyteller Award.ClaireMoore

With her book, The Army of Wolves, Claire is now in the running for the literary award that celebrates independent publishing and grants the winner a £20,000 cash prize.  

Claire Moore is from Epsom. Claire is a full-time fundraiser with a Duke of Edinburgh Award and considers herself a writer in her spare time . Her shortlisted book, The Army of Wolves, was entirely written at a Costa coffee shop in nearby Sutton. Her writing reflects her 20+ years of fundraising for young people with stories and challenges often reappearing as themes in her work. Claire describes her debut novel as “Game of Thrones meets Percy Jackson”.

On being one of five authors shortlisted for the award, Claire said: “I am delighted that my first book, The Army of Wolves, has been shortlisted for the Kindle Storyteller Award. As a busy working mother, fitting in time to write has been hard. I’ve squeezed it into every spare moment – mostly in coffee shops, on trains and in airport terminals. My love for this wonderful craft and my belief in the quality my work gave me the confidence to go it alone and despite being told that self-publishing is only for romance and crime writing – here I am!

Kindle Direct Publishing success stories include LJ Ross, who has had seven Kindle number one bestsellers and five books go to number one on pre-orders alone. Since publishing her debut novel, Holy Island, in 2015 she has sold over three quarters of a million eBooks and was featured by The Times as one of the "best-selling authors you've never heard of".

An esteemed panel of judges, made up of both Amazon experts and literary authorities, including journalist and presenter Mariella Frostrup, will select the Kindle Storyteller Award 2019 winner, to be announced at a ceremony in central London on October 14th.

Get prepared for Autumn

SurreyPrepared_AutumnAn autumnal walk is hard to beat, especially in beautiful Surrey, but it can also bring some challenges. Here are some simple ideas to help be more #SurreyPrepared for the changing season: 

Staying well

  • Before the cold sets in refresh the contents of your medicine cabinet – remembering to check the expiry date. Never throw old medicine in the bin, take it to a pharmacy for safe disposal.
  • Download the free apps from @British Red Cross. The Emergency App will send you alerts such as severe weather warnings to your phone, you can even add more than one postcode. The First Aid apps work offline and ensure you have always have expert guidance if it is needed. 
  • Follow @HealthySurrey or visit their website to find out more about Winter Wellness.


Driving and travel

  • Consider downloading the free @what3words app. It can help the emergency services identify your location to within metres, even in the most rural locations and has already helped save lives in the UK. 
  • Do you have jump leads, a working torch and warning triangles in your car? These could all prove invaluable if you were to break down. 
  • The Met Office has some great tips and advice for driving in severe weather -

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 to find volunteering opportunities in your local area. Alternatively, you can call the team on 01372 722 911 or email 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

Friends of Old Moat Garden Centre
The Richmond Fellowship own the Old Moat Garden Centre and they do fantastic work with people suffering from mental health problems, offering the opportunity to enrol for formal or informal training and work experience programmes in a realistic, commercial, but supportive environment. It offers training in nursery stock growing, propagation, vegetable and fruit production as well as contract gardening and cafe training, including food hygiene, barista training and food preparation. Help us restore their walled garden for use as a community facility  – contact Clive Richardson on 01372723698

Age Concern Epsom & Ewell is an independent community charity working with older people in the borough.
Volunteer drivers needed! For our medical transport service. Many older people worry about how they will get to medical appointments and who will help them once they are there. Could you drive our clients to their medical appointments, stay with them and then take them home? Once a week, once a month - whenever you can! Our volunteer drivers are kind, helpful and patient. If you can help please contact Liz Hope for more information about volunteering on phone: 01372 732458 or email:
A men's group opportunity: Are you 65+ and living in the borough? Would you like to meet likeminded men to share activities of your choice? We are here to enable you to do this! Call Ian on 01372 732463 or email:

The Sunnybank Trust - Friends to those with a learning disability
If only we could make more people smile! Volunteers needed for: Buddying, Advocacy, Fundraising, Social Clubs, Penpals. Contact Felicity, telephone: 01372 749871 or email: For more info visit

For when you need support

Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell
Free, confidential, independent and impartial advice on a range of issues including welfare benefits, money & debt, employment, family & relationships, education & healthcare and consumer issues. Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell is celebrating its 80th birthday this year.
Drop in sessions: Mon 10am - 2pm, Tues 10am - 3pm and 5pm - 7pm, Weds 10am - 1pm, Thurs 10am - 3pm and Fri 10am - 2pm at The Old Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom KT18 5AG. Telephone advice service: Mon – Fri 10am - 4pm on 0300 330 1164. Visit for more information.

Epsom Safe Haven - when you need support in an emotional or mental health crisis.
Open every evening from 6pm - 11pm
The Larches 44 Waterloo Road Epsom Surrey KT19 8EX
Safe Haven offers help and support to anyone going through an emotional or mental health crisis. It's an informal, safe space that supports each individual to take control of, and improve, their own mental health. No appointments are necessary, the team will greet people as they arrive and support them in a way that suits their needs. For more information visit

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. Visit

Epsom and Ewell Veterans Community Hub
First Wednesday of each month; 10.30am-12.30pm
Comrades Club, 1 The Parade, Epsom KT18 5BT
Come and meet up with your peers, seek advice, information and guidance from a selection of agencies that help with housing benefits, debt, employment, wellbeing and more. Pop in for a biscuit, tea and a chat. For more info visit    

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:  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:  

Action for Carers Surrey
There are new contact details for local carer support enquiries across Surrey. For more info please see:

Epsom & Ewell Talking Newspaper
Epsom & Ewell Talking Newspaper is a weekly free audio news service for those who have difficulty reading. The Newspaper service includes local borough news, magazine articles and general features recorded weekly and distributed on a memory stick to local residents who are blind, partially sighted or have difficulty reading. For more information call 01372 721519 and leave a message or visit

Leisure activities

Conquest Art - Enriching the lives of people with disabilities
Conquest Art is a charity that work with those whose life is limited by disability and health issues, working creatively can bring relief, relaxation and an improvement in wellbeing and our groups also bring the opportunity to make new friends. Why not visit one of the groups, give it a try, use your imagination and let your creativity flow! All art materials are provided and you would receive a very warm welcome. Absolutely no art experience is necessary, just come along and join the fun.

Locations and timings for our five art Groups in Cheam, Ewell, Epsom, Stoneleigh and Worcester Park:
Ewell: 1pm - 4pm; Christ Church Ewell, Cheam Road, Ewell, KT17 1AD
Stoneleigh: 2pm - 4pm; Stoneleigh Methodist Church, Stoneleigh Crescent, Epsom KT19 0RT
Epsom: 2pm - 4pm; Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 5AQ
Worcester Park: 1.30pm - 3.30pm, St Mary’s Cuddington, The Avenue, Worcester Park, KT4 7HL
Cheam: 2pm - 4pm; St Paul’s Church Centre, Northey Avenue, Cheam, SM2 7HS

Volunteers are the people who make Conquest Art possible. Could you join the team?
Your few hours a week could make a real difference to people's lives. All our art groups need a team of volunteers with a variety of different gifts from organisational skills, artistic experience to someone dealing with the money or making the tea. But most of all we need your enthusiasm.
We are currently seeking volunteer helpers willing to support our art group held at the Christ Church, Ewell every Monday from 1pm - 4pm. Please contact us for more information and we can arrange for you to visit the group to see what the role involves and to meet the other volunteers and members. Phone Tina on 020 3044 2731, email: or visit

Stoneleigh Community Library
For information on what's on see:

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: Website: Facebook: Instagram:
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:

Green Man Sword dancing taster sessions
Tuesdays 10 & 17 September (upstairs function room)
The Famous Green Man, High Street, Ewell KT17 1RX
Come and try traditional sword dancing - we're recruiting new members for our friendly team, no experience necessary. New members welcome at any of our practices or come to one of our taster sessions. Free of charges and open to all aged 16+. For more info visit email:

The Heart & Soul Epsom Choir
Wednesdays; 8pm - 9.30pm
Unity Hall, Depot Road, Epsom KT17 4RJ
Do you enjoy singing? Fancy a little pick-me-up every week? Then come and join us. No audition, no neeed to be able to read music - just pitch up and sing! Bring a friend if you liek and come for a free trial session. To find out more and to book your free trial session call 07745 852836, email: or visit

An evening of meditation
Wednesdays; 7.30pm - 8.30pm (please arrive by 7.15pm)
Ewell Court House, Lakehurst Road, Ewell KT19 0EB
An introduction to meditation and mindfulness. Blankets, cushions and water will be provided. Please feel free to bring along an extra blanket. Cost £10 per session. Contact Susan Kinsey at Purple Feather to book on 07762 727 511 or email: Booking is necessary as spaces are limited.

Salsa -  For Beginners & Improvers
Wednesdays, 8.30pm-9.30pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
£8 per class/£6 for students and seniors. No booking required/no partner required. For more info visit or call mobile: 07584 188481.

Epsom Male Voice Choir - 'Come & Sing'
Wednesdays; 7.30pm - 10pm
United Reform Church Hall, London Road, Ewell KT17 2BE
The Choir rehearse every week and enjoy performing a wide range of songs from Show Tunes, Male Voice Classics and even tastefully arranged 'pop' songs, in addition to songs specially written by their award winning musical director. It is not a requirement to be able to read music and they learn from CDs or the computer, as well as at their rehearsals. For more info visit or email:

Phoenix Clog
Wednesday nights (11 and 18 September); 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. Learn North West clog dancing and come to one of our special newcomer’s taster sessions. For more info email: phone: 020 8393 9286 or visit

Try Morris Dancing with Ewell St Mary's Morris Men
Thursdays; 8.30pm or when you can make it
Scout Hut, 106A West Street, Ewell KT17 1XR
No experience necessary. Contact us on 0208 3974763 or 07761 824646 or email: or visit our website: or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ewellmorrismen

Musical memories
Thursdays; 2pm - 3.30pm
The King's Church, Gibraltar Crescent (off Longmead Road), West Ewell KT19 9BU
Come with a friend or carer! Singing is a good physical exercise and when we sing together we listen to each other, we laugh together and we share happy moments and memories. Come and sing songs you love, new songs and songs you thought you had forgotten. A group especially for those with memory problems. For more details call Barbara on 0777 574 1994 or 01306 884 656.

D-Caf Banstead
Third Thursday of every month; 6pm - 8pm
The Banstead Centre, The Horseshoe, Banstead SM7 2BQ
An evening for people who have dementia, their carers and family. Come and join our friendly group for a chatter, tea or coffee, sandwich and cake. Transport is available for people living in Epsom and Ewell. £3 charged to cover costs. Just come along or contact Lyn on 07546 958299.

Flowing Hatha Yoga with Tara
Saturdays 10.30am - 11.30am
St Martin of Tours Church Hall, Epsom KT17 4PX
Please do bring your own yoga mat. For more info visit or phone: 07810 718144

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

Need help to get a job?

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

The Ethos Project - Epsom Job Hub
Every Friday; 12noon - 2pm
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom KT18 5AQ
Visit the job hub if you are unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week, or ring Nanette Chandler on mobile: 07904 908871. No appointment needed. Laptops/internet for job searching, get help with online job searching, help with job applications and CVs

Your Council

Council meetings: October 2019


Community and Wellbeing Committee Thursday, 10 October, 7.30pm

Nonsuch Park Joint Management Committee Monday, 21 October, 10am

Environment and Safe Communities Committee Tuesday, 22 October, 7.30pm

Licensing and Planning Policy Committee Thursday, 24 October, 7pm

Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators Monday, 28 October, 6pm

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

Agenda papers are available online to download five clear working days before a meeting and are accessible via the app.

For further information please contact Democratic Services, email: quoting the Committee or subject area you are interested in - we are always happy to help.

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 - for all the latest vacancies and to view are new 'Working with us' recruitment video.

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Tel: 01372 732000
Text: 07950 080202

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