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We're now in the run up to a General Election. We highlight the dates running up to this election that you should be aware of in this issue. Please be aware that your polling station may be in a different place to where you are have voted previously.

Under electoral rules, while the running of council services continue as 'business as usual', we also go into the pre-election period also known as 'purdah' where our communications and some other activities are curtailed to ensure political neutrality. We know many of you find trying to find information on the candidates manifestoes and what policies they are advocating frustrating, but under electoral neutrality rules we are not allowed to signpost to or to feature this information.

We will not be issuing another e-borough Insight this year, so this issue contains all the Christmas information that we have been made aware of so far - see the Spotlight section.

The Epsom Christmas lights switch event on is on Thursday 28 November, starting at 4pm in the Market Place and carrying on till just after 9pm, featuring a fun fair, the big man himself and loads of Christmas fun. The exciting news is that, thanks to our friends at the Epsom Business Improvement District, the climax of the stage show, will be a special performance by the tribute band, The Take That Experience!

Don’t forget to recycle this Christmas, all the wrapping paper Christmas cards, plastic mixer bottles, cardboard chocolate boxes and advent calendars can all be recycled and don’t forget the remains of the big meal, bones, peelings, cheese rind and all, can all go into your food recycling bin. As in previous years after Christmas we be running our free real Christmas tree recycling service.

On behalf of all our colleagues at the Council, we wish all residents a happy and peaceful Christmas and the very best for the New Year (and who knows, 2020 may see an answer to Brexit)!

News

The importance of character and quality in delivering new homes

Everyone recognises Epsom and Ewell as is a vibrant and unique place to live, work and study. There is also a general acceptance that Epsom and Ewell, like many other places in the country,  has an acute housing shortage and that there is a need for more homes to be built in the borough, particularly more affordable homes for local people. 

 It’s important therefore, that the borough Council does everything it can to ensure that these new homes reflect the views and priorities of local people, contribute positively to the local area and that the borough secures the necessary infrastructure to make future developments sustainable.  To help with this and the preparation of a new Local Plan, our Licensing and Planning Policy Committee on 14 November will consider a set of six key principles for informing and shaping this important piece of work.

These principles seek to ensure that the development of new homes in the borough recognise the desirability of maintaining an area’s prevailing character and setting.  Having new homes that are visually attractive, add to the overall quality of the local area and are sympathetic to the local character and setting.  

Our proposed approach also recognises the rich character of the borough and its high quality green spaces, and therefore seeks to focus development in existing urban areas particularly around the key town and village centres and stations.  To help with this, we will bring forward policies through the Local Plan process which will address the density and height of new buildings, including placing height restrictions,  to ensure that these developments are “of Epsom and Ewell” and reflects the local character and setting.

The principles also focus on the importance of design quality with an emphasis on greening the borough, ensuring that development addresses the Council’s commitments to tackling Climate Change, and making places more family friendly and accessible. 

The six new principles if agreed with help inform the development of Epsom and Ewell’s future Local Plan, the consideration of sites put forward by landowners and developers, and the options set out in future public consultations. 

The new Local Plan will become the Council’s key planning document, and will help ensure that new homes and infrastructure are delivered in the right places, are of the right character and quality, and that Epsom and Ewell continues to be a fantastic, vibrant and sustainable place.

 

General election - here we go again!

Just in case you have missed it (!), a general election will be taking place on the 12 December.

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Pictured above: Kathryn Beldon, Acting Returning Officer and Chief Executive, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council received the writ of election on Thursday 7 November, which is the formal notification for us to hold the poll for the General Election in this constituency.

We'll be highlighting the candidates for the Epsom and Ewell Constituency on our website on 15 November and on the borough's community notice boards. Under electoral law, we are unable to highlight or signpost to the candidates' campaigns (candidate's aspirations must be promoted by the candidate and their teams themselves).  Vote

To vote, you need to be included on the electoral register. If you are already on the register, you will receive your poll card in the post before the end of November.

Details of your polling station will appear on you poll card - be aware, this may be in a different location from the polling station you usually use.

If you can't get to the polling station on the day, you can still vote.

Voting by post is a possible option or you may be able to vote by proxy (this is when someone casts your vote for you -  you can ask anyone to act as your proxy; as long as they’re registered to vote and they’re allowed to vote in the election).

Formal dates for the run-up to the December election have now been confirmed, so if you intend to vote and are not registered or you wish to vote by post or by vote by poxy for the first time you need to take action as soon as possible - see https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote for more information.

  • Deadline to register to vote - 26 November. Voterregistrationonline

  • Deadline for receiving new postal vote applications and for changes to existing postal votes  - 26 November (5pm)

  • Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies) - 4 December (5pm)

To vote at the general election you must be registered to vote and 

  • 18 years of age or over on polling day
  • be a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • be resident at an address in the UK (or a UK citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)
    not be legally excluded from voting

The following cannot vote in a UK Parliament election:

  • EU citizens (other than UK, Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta) resident in the UK
  • anyone other than British, Irish and qualifying Commonwealth citizens
  • members of the House of Lords
  • convicted persons detained in pursuance of their sentences, excluding contempt of court (though remand prisoners, unconvicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register)
  • anyone found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election

The national media will be full of the overall result in the days following the election. We will update our website as soon as the count is verified for this constituency– this is planned for Friday (13 December).

Remembrance

At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.Poppy2

As the Royal British Legion highlights, Remembrance does not glorify war but honours the men and women of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds who served and continue to serve to defend our freedoms and way of life. We also remember the sacrifice of the Armed Forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth.

An agreement to end the fighting of the First World War as a prelude to peace negotiations, began at 11am on 11 November 1918. We have marked Armistice Day on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month every year since.

Since 1919, the second Sunday of November came to be known as ‘Remembrance Sunday’ and, a two-minute silence observed at cenotaphs throughout the UK. Following the Second World War, ‘Armistice Day’ also became known as ‘Remembrance Day’ in order to include remembrance of all those who had fallen in the both World Wars, and in other conflicts

On Monday the 11 of November, we will be holding a short service at the clock tower in Epsom Market Place, which will incorporate the national two minute silence. Representatives from different faiths have been invited and the service will include serving officers, veterans, school children, the Mayor and councillors. The public are welcome to participate and the service will start at approximately 10.50am.

Within the Borough there are a number of church services on Sunday 10 November, including the main civic service held at St Mary’s in Ewell.

The Central Band of The Royal British Legion will once again be performing a concert on Remembrance Sunday of popular songs from the shows, film scores, classic overtures, marches and other light entertainment pieces. Sunday 10 November; 3pm, Epsom Playhouse

Earlier this week, we opened the annual Garden of Remembrance in Bourne Hall Park. Organised by Bourne Hall Museum around 170 children from eight local schools participated in a special ceremony with the Mayor.

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Preventing fly tipping

Our Environmental Health team have taken part in a joint enforcement operation with Surrey Police (Epsom & Ewell Beat) to disrupt and stop a repeat of the industrial scale fly tipping that occurred last year on a privately owned site within central Epsom.

The joint action, this week, stopped the tipping before it could get fully underway and, although there was some limited tipping, we prevented the enormous scale of tipping that occurred previously.  

The tippers left angry and defeated and our Environmental Health team were able to enter the site and collect some names and addresses from the within the fly tipped material - they are now  in the initial stages of investigating eight separate lines of enquiry as to the origin of the waste.

It's important to note that the actions being undertaken by the fly tippers are part of organised criminal activity, using illegal commercial enterprise on a vast scale; with many agencies, including various Police forces and the Environment Agency, trying to prevent the activity and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Our Environmental Health team examined the fly tip on the site last year and were able to identify where some of the waste originated. We subsequently prosecuted a number of the businesses, all of which were based in North London. These businesses had paid for unauthorised parties to remove their waste, which was subsequently dumped in Epsom.

Following last year's huge fly tip, the landowner secured the site and had to arrange and pay for the site to be cleared. Access this time was achieved via a differed route (which still involved the movement of concrete barriers). The Police are now working with the Epsom landowner to ensure the land is further secured to prevent a further repetition.
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Maintaining our history

When a Church of England churchyard is full and closed to further burials, the church can serve notice requiring the local authority to take over the maintenance of the churchyard. We have been responsible for the maintenance of the closed churchyard of St Mary’s, Ewell for the last ten years.

The flint knapped wall surrounding the churchyard is made of brick and dates back to the 1850’s. It is locally listed and has been repaired a number of times in its 150 year plus history.

Parts of the wall had become unstable partly because of normal environmental wear and tear, including weathering and tree root incursion, and partly due to repairs in the 20th century being made with concrete rather than lime mortar which has prevented moisture within the wall from evaporating.

This month we undertook a sympathetic repair of  a part of the wall. A conservation approach to the necessary repairs was adopted, retaining as much of the historic fabric as possible. However some stretches had to be totally rebuilt; where this was the case existing material was recycled, including the flints, to ensure the integrity of this local historical asset. This approach will be adopted as we address another section of the wall later this month.

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Recycling – the next level

We’re all pretty familiar with the concept of recycling. Most of us are aware of which items are destined for the recycling bins and which are not.

But what about upcycling?

Upcycling is a process where waste products and materials are repaired, repurpose and reused usually in a creative way.

When you upcycle something you enhance what is already there. An old coffee table with peeling paint is stripped, re-stained and varnished and used as a television stand, old ladders become plant display units and wooden wine boxes become shelves. The whole concept has become very hip and trendy.

While we may not have that much artistic flair when it comes upcycling and sustainable maintenance, we do try:

  • A sign on the Hogsmill was on its last legs, and our maintenance team decided that with bit of hard work and some replacement features the old sign could be renovated and reinstalled.
  • An old bench might have been due for the scrap heap but a little bit of TLC from the rangers brought it back to life and it’s now been installed at the top Dorking Road.
  • Redundant county council roadside railings destined for scrap, were repurposed and are now being used within Nonsuch Park

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Get ready to play!

A brand new play park has been opened in the Rainbow Leisure Centre for children aged up to ten years old. The opening was conducted by the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell Councillor John Beckett. The facility comprises two sections; a dedicated baby and toddler area with interactive features including a ball pit, soft play toys, two-lane slide and musical keyboard; and an older area offers a mini sports pitch complete with goals and basketball hoops, 180˚ tube slide, two-story climbing frame and four-lane slide alongside lots of areas to explore.

Drinks and snacks are available and each play session will lasts two hours, which are bookable online in advance or in-centre on the day.

Bookable slots are: 9am-11am, 11am-1pm, 1pm-3pm, 3pm-5pm, 7 days a week.

The cost of a two hour session is £6 for over 1’s and £2 for under 1’s. The first adult enters for free, with a £1.30 admission fee for other accompanying adults.

Full information is on the Rainbow Centre website  

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Changes to parking charges

Last month councillors, at the Environment and Safe Communities Committee meeting, agreed a range of proposed changes to parking charges in council owned car parks from April 2020.

The proposals include simplifying tariffs and making it cheaper to park in the late afternoon and evening to promote the evening economy.car

The proposal sees overall charges rise; the first across the board increase after the majority of council car park charges were frozen for the last three years.

The proposals will now be subject to formal consultation, with the results debated and any changes agreed at the Strategy and Resources Committee meeting in February that decides the council’s budget for the financial year 2020/21.

Councillor Neil Dallen, who chairs the cross party councillor working group who proposed the changes said “Decisions like these are difficult and can be unpopular but it is our responsibility to ensure that there is a good turnaround of spaces for visitors and shoppers and that our car parks are safe, secure and well maintained.

“We need to support our local retailers and businesses by discouraging London bound commuters leaving their cars in our retail car parks all day, effectively blocking their use for those using local businesses – this is a particular issue close to the rail stations.

“With lifestyles and climate change high on the national and local agenda, we also want to encourage other modes of travel that contribute to a healthier lifestyle and a cleaner environment for local residents.

“Of course people still have the choice to bring a car into Epsom and into the centre of Ewell and our car parking tariffs are set to help balance supply and demand. 

“We continue to invest in our car parks, with better signage, new payment machines offering more convenient payment methods and security measures including better lighting”.

How much is too much?

AlcoholAwarenessWeekCheck how much you drink this Alcohol Awareness Week

We know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for our health, but one glass of wine or beer after work can easily turn into two or three. Before you know it, you could be drinking the weekly recommendation in just one or two nights.

Alcohol Awareness Week (11 – 17 November) is a great opportunity to think about your drinking habits and how you can make small changes.

How much is too much?

Men and women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week – this is the same as six pints of average strength beer or seven medium glasses of average strength wine.

How is our health affected?

Drinking too much can increase your risk of developing health issues such as high blood pressure, liver problems, heart attacks and some types of cancer. It can also impact on your sleep and mood, so drinking less could help you feel more rested, boost your mood and help you concentrate.

Next steps?

You can take a free alcohol test to see if your drinking habits are putting your health at risk. It’ll ask you a few simple questions about how much you drink and will offer suggestions on how you could cut down and what support is available.

To find out more, visit the Healthy Surrey website.

Stay well this winter

We’re in the middle of the NHS early winter campaign, Help Us, Help You.

The campaign aims to help you take action to stay well and healthy during the cold weather and this phase consists of three approaches promoting the flu vaccination, pharmacy advice and NHS 111.

Flu vaccination

Getting the flu vaccination is a great way of protecting yourself from flu this winter, especially for those who are at a greater risk of developing potentially serious complications from flu. It's also the most effective way of reducing the spread of the virus with those we come into contact with, helping ensure Surrey residents stay fit and well this winter.

The flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help us all against the risk of flu and its complications, and for many Surrey residents, it is completely free if you fall into one of the 'at risk' groups:flu

  • Adults 65 and over
  • Pregnant women
  • Children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart, respiratory disease or sever asthma, see a full list on the NHS website)
  • Children aged 2 and 3
  • Those with a learning disability and their carers
  • Those living in a residential or nursing home
  • The main carer of an older person or disabled person

The best time to have a flu vaccine is in the autumn, from the beginning of October to the end of November, but don't worry if you have missed it, as you can have the vaccine later in winter.

Pharmacy advice

Get help early, if you are feeling unwell, don't wait, go to your nearest pharmacy.Pharmacy

Help us help you by speaking with your local pharmacy team about minor health concerns before they get worse. They can help with clinical advice for all sorts of illnesses right there and then, and if your symptoms suggest it's something more serious, they have the right training to ensure you get the help you need. It may also save you lots of time by receiving advice and treatment there and then, without the need to go to your GP or A&E.

Pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals with the clinical know-how to give you the help you need. They can assess your minor illness and recommend the right treatment, whether it's over the counter medicines, a few days rest or a bit of reassurance.

NHS 111

NHS 111 is there for when you need medical help fast but it is not a life threatening emergency.

Think you need medical help right now? Go straight to NHS 111,
which is available on the phone and online. NHS 111 online is
conveniently accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- https://111.nhs.uk 111

You will be asked questions about your symptoms on the website or by speaking to a trained adviser on the phone. Depending on the situation, you will then:  

  • Find out what local services can help you
  • Be connected to a nurse, emergency dentist, pharmacist or GP
  • Get a face to face appointment if you need one
  • Be told how to get any medicine you may need
  • Get self-care advice

Protecting your home as the evenings get darker

Residential burglary is where items are taken without permission from inside the home, following illegal entry. Please advice from Surrey Police 3to keep your home safe from burglary and damage: protect your valuables, safeguard your building and secure your outside at: https://www.surrey.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/residential-burglary/

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Christmas, could it be magic?!

It might be early November but Christmas is just around the corner - here's a selection of festive dates to kick of the season!

Go Christmas
Thursday 28 November 4pm - 9.30pm
The traditional Epsom Market Place Christmas lights switch on with fun fair, stage show, Santa’s grotto,festive frolics, mulled wine, hot chocolate and one or two special surprises. 

A special raffle in aid of the Epsom & Ewell Foodbank is being organised by Specsavers in Epsom High Street.

The evening stage show broadly falls into two parts.Take that

From 4pm
Local school choirs and singers entertain us with seasonal songs followed by local dance groups

Christmas Lights switch on at 7pm

A free evening performance from the fantastic The Take That Experience (in association with the Epsom BID).

Ashley Centre Christmas light switch on
Saturday 23 November, starts at 12noon
Face painting, balloon modelling, Punch and Judy and more with the lights switch on starting at 5pm with starts from the Epsom Playhouse pantomime.

Epsom Square Lights
Wednesday 27 November from 5pm
Music and dance and an adults Christmas party from 8pm

Frozen Night
Friday 29 November, from 4pmChristmas
Join the traders in Epsom’s Upper High Street for an evening of fun with a Frozen 2 theme.

Nutcracker trail
During December follow the Nutcracker trail throughout Epsom town centre

For more info see: https://goepsom.com/

Ewell late night Christmas shopping
Friday 29 November, 7pm - 9.30pm
Glyn Hall, Ewell Village (opposite Sainbury's)
Christmas market for small businesses. Time to grab some Christmas presents and have a hot chocolate or prosecco!
Free entry!
For more info see: https://www.facebook.com/events/2724536934275275/?ti=icl&__mref=mb

Lights on Broadway
Friday 29 November, 4pm-8pm
Family fun and festive activities  at the annual Stoneleigh Broadway event to start the festive season. For more info see: https://www.facebook.com/events/2539746182752083/

Free Christmas Sunday parking
Sundays 8, 15 and 22 December
Parking is free in the council shopper's car parks in central Epsom.

Christmas across the borough

Get into the spirit of Christmas with events taking place across the borough (some of these are organised by other groups and the Council is not responsible for the activity).

Glyn School Christmas Fayre GlynSchoolChristmasFair
Saturday 16 November; 11am - 3pm
The Kingsway, Ewell KT17 1NB
Christmas gifts & crafts stalls, raffle/tombola, refreshments, food, drink and beauty hampers, jewellery, beauty products, handbags & scarves, Christmas cards, Christmas decorations, books & prints cakes, stocking fillers and much more.

Nonsuch Craft Group Annual Fair
Tuesday 19 - Saturday 30 November, 9am - 6pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT19 1UF
Free entry. Group of locally based crafters who are celebrating 50 year since their formatio in 1969. Crafts include pottery, wood turning, jewellery, knitting, crochet, quilting, glassware, soft toys, and greetings cards. See: https://www.facebook.com/nonsuchcraftgroup

St Martin's Church Christmas Fair
Saturday 23 November, 11am - 3pm
St Martin of Tours, Church Street, Epsom, KT17 4PX
Cakes, games, model railway, cards and much more.

Christmas fund raising dinner in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund
Wednesday 27 November, 7pm - 10.30pmNonsuchCraftFair
Il Capriccio, High Street, Ewell
Money raised will go towards the purchase of medical equipment for Epsom General Hospital.  Come and join us singly or with a partner or group.

Epsom Methodist Church Christmas Nativity
Friday 29 November, 6pm
From theatre production company Saltmine. Advanced ticket price £5, on the door £6 & Family ticket £20 (two adults and up to four children under 16). Visit www.epsommethodistchurch.org.uk, call the office on 01372 728535 or email enquires@epsommethodistchurch.org.uk. For more info see: https://www.facebook.com/events/2316133272035257/

Charity Christmas Tree Sale - 4th Ewell Scouts
Friday 6 November, 10am - 8pm
Friday 29 November, 12pm - 8pm
Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December, 9am - 4pm
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December, 9am - 4pm
4th Ewell (Nonsuch) Scout Group will once again be selling fresh UK grown Christmas trees in order to raise funds at their London Road, Ewell HQ. For more information or to order online, visit http://www.xmastrees.org.uk

Epsom and Ewell Friends of Shooting Star Children's Hospices Christmas and Craft Fayre
Saturday 30 November, 10.30am - 3pmChristmastreesale
Bourne Hall. Spring Street, Ewell
An ideal opportunity to buy your Christams presents and stocking fillers. Visit Father Christmas, tombola, gifts, cakes, raffles. face painting, crafts. Admission, adults £1, children free. In aid of Shooting Star Children's Hospices.

Epsom Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concerts
Sunday 1 December, 3pm and 6.30pm
Epsom Playhouse
The Snow Queen narrated by David Leonard. Carols with the audience and carols with Banstead Community Junior School Choir at 3pm and St Joseph's School Choir at 6.30pm. Tickets available from Epsom Playhouse Box Office and full programme details at www.epsomsymphony.co.uk

Epsom & Ewell Silver Band Christmas Concert
Sunday 1 December, 7pm
St Mary's Church, The Avenue, Worcester Park KT14 7HL
Raising money for local charities. Tickets £10, free for under 16s available on the door or vale Road Post Office. Includes tea/coffee and mince pie! For more info see: www.eesb.org.uk

Christmas Extravaganza - 1st Cuddington (Warspite) Sea Scout Group
Saturday 7 December 11am – 2pm
Fancourt Hall, Cuncliffe Road, Stoneleigh Kt19 0RJ
Festive craft fare for the discerning Christmas shopper! Real Christmas Trees on sale from 9am till 3pm. Admission free coin donations wECSChristmasConcertelcome.

St Barnabas Christmas Cabaret and Dinner
Saturday 7 December, 7.30pm
St Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom KT19 8HA
Enjoy a magical evening. Book online at http://stbarnabas-epsom.org.uk/christmas

Gift Market at Bourne Hall, Ewell
Tuesday 10 - Saturday 14 December
Now a firm annual favourite, the five day Christmas gift market returns!  

Epsom Chamber Choir Christmas Concert
Sunday 14 December, 6.30pm
St Martin's Church, Church Street, Epsom Kt17 4PX
Tickets in advance £12, on the door £14, under 18 free. Telephone: 020 8672 5495, Text: 07940 486163, website: www.epsomchamberchoir.org.uk  

Epsom cemetery service
Friday 20 December, 11am
An ecumenical service at Epsom cemetery chapel to remember loved ones who have passed away.

Epsom Choral Society Christmas Concert
Saturday 21 December
The Epsom Choral Society will be giving its annual Christmas Concert at St Martin’s Church in Epsom. This is always a great favourite with a mix traditional carols with new pieces and will be accompanied by a quintet from London Metropolitan Brass. www.epsomchoral.org.uk  

Carols in aid of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund

Please support local schools and community groups singing carols in aid of the Epsom Medical Equipment Fund

The Ashley Shopping Centre, Epsomcarols

Friday 29 November

  • 10am – 11am - Ewell Grove Primary & Nursery School
  • 11:30am to midday   St. Christopher’s school

Monday 2 December          

  • 11am to 11:30am - Ewell Castle School 

Tuesday. 3 December

  • 10am – 11am - West Ewell Primary School  
  • 11am – midday - Epsom Singers
  • 2pm - 3pm - Wallace Fields Junior School
  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm - Epsom College     

Wednesday 4 December

  • 10am – 11am - St Clements Primary School         
  •  2pm – 3pm -  Shawley Community School          

Thursday 5 December

  • 10:30am – 11:30am - St. Martin’s CofE School                        
  • 5pm – 7pm - St. Joseph’s Church Choir                                

Friday 6 December

  • 10am – 11am - St. Joseph’s Junior School
  • 11am – midday - Riverview Road CofE Primary School            

Monday 9 December

  • 10am – midday - Epsom Choral Society                       

Tuesday 10 December

  • 10am – 10:30am -  Stamford Green Junior School

Sainsburys Kiln Lane

Saturday 7 December

  • 10am – 11:30am - our own EMEF choir!

Christmas and New Year recycling and refuse collections

collections 1Please note, there are no refuse collections during Christmas week - refuse collections start again in New Year's week. For more information please visit our website: https://epsom-ewell.gov.uk/residents/recycling-and-waste/christmas-and-new-year-collections

Don't forget! No garden waste or bulky waste collections during Christmas or New Year's weeks - normal collection schedules start again on Monday 6 January.

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What's On

Where it all vegan

veganOur first vegan market, held last month was a palpable (and palatable) hit!

In fact, it was so popular that many of the 30 stalls ran out of produce well before the event was scheduled to end.

So, due to popular demand, we're bringing it back!

Make a note of the date on Sunday 8 December at Epsom Market Place from 10.30am - 3.30pm for vegan foodstuffs, drinks, skincare and more. For more info visit https://www.surreyvegan.co.uk/

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This month at the Epsom Playhouse

There a lot coming up over the next few weeks at the Epsom Playhouse!

For full information and to make a booking online visit www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk or call (01372) 742555 / 742227 or find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instragram @EpsomPlayhouse

Comedy

Griff Rhys Jones
Sunday 17 November; 7.30pm
Following sell out performances of his previous one man entertainments ‘Jones and Smith’ and ‘Where Was I?’ and a hugely acclaimed tour of Australia and New Zealand, it's time to join one half of Smith & Jones, one quarter of Not the Nine O’clock News and one third of Three Men In a Boat as he presents an evening of hilarious true stories, riffs, observations and details of his recent medical procedures. 

The Comedy Club as Seen on TV Presentsswan lake
Saturday 23 November; 7.30pm
Comedy Club on the Road! celebrating 23 years of bringing laughter to life! The Comedy Club is one of the most recognised & respected names in the comedy industry and over the years has worked across the UK and Abroad with the best of the best.

Stephen K Amos
Wednesday 22 January; 8pm
Stephen K Amos is on a mission to bring about world peace. Or, to at least bring about an evening of peace, one venue at a time. In an age when arguments are started over everything from politics to bendy straws, Stephen is rising above the anger to remind us of what we have in common.

Dance

Swan Lake
Friday 22 November – 7.30pm

Russian National Ballet returns to the UK with the most famous ballet of all time. Swan Lake is one of Tchaikovsky’s best works, featuring some of ballet’s most memorable music and breath-taking dance. Swan Lake is a tale of two young women, Odette and Odilie, who resembles each other so strikingly one can easily be mistaken for the other.

Family

MARVELus – All the Marvel Movies, Kind of
Thursday 14 November; 8pm
The world’s premier nerd-culture comedy double-act, The Just Us League, present their smash hit show MARVELus: All the MARVEL Movies, Kind Of. Direct from two standing room only seasons at Edinburgh Fringe and a critically acclaimed, award-nominated tour of Australia, The Just Us League, are bringing their incredible MARVEL-based comedy show to venues across the UK in 2019. 

Music

That’ll be the Day
Thursday 7 November; 7.30pm
Prepare for a nostalgia extravaganza as the UK’s No.1 Rock & Roll variety production returns with the best of That’ll be the Day! This very special edition of the show presents the most popularly requested songs, impressions and comic sketches from over 33 years of touring! Featuring smash hits from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s this is a throwback evening of brilliant entertainment that guarantees to have you on your feet and dancing in the aisles before the night is over!

Rock for Heroes
Friday 8 November; 7.30pm
Immerse yourself in the incredible new live music experience with Rock for Heroes. Bringing the perfect combination of your favourite Rock & Pop artist across the eras, in celebration of an incredible cause Help for Heroes.

My My My Delilah
Saturday 9 November; 8pm
This truly outstanding concert production celebrates the man, the music and the voice of one of the greatest singers of our time, Sir Tom Jones. Together with West End Star Glen Leon’s astounding vocal likeness and powerful range, a band of gifted musicians and superb backing singers, this highly acclaimed show takes you on a wonderful rollercoaster ride through five decades of hits including; It’s Not Unusual, Green Green Grass of Home, Sex Bomb, Fall in Love, Kiss, Thunderball, She’s A Lady, What’s New Pussycat, and many more.

The New Half a Sixpence Musical
Wednesday 13 November to Saturday 16 November
Following its sensational run on the West End in 2017 described as “Pure Gold” (Daily Telegraph) and “Absolutely Stonking” (The Times,) Sutton Theatre Company is proud to be one of the first amateur theatre companies chosen to do Kipps, the new version of the classic musical comedy Half a Sixpence.

Neil Sands Presents Christmas Memorieseagles
Tuesday 19 November; 2.30pm
Neil Sands and his wonderful cast are back with their biggest ever production of their hit show, filled with, more songs and even more stunning costumes, bringing you an unforgettable afternoon of festive nostalgia, taking us all back to a time when Christmas really was the most wonderful time of the year. Be transported back on a yuletide sleigh ride filled with over 60 all-time favourite Christmas songs and carols.

Illegal Eagles
Wednesday 20 November; 7.30pm
Following continued public demand the World’s Official No.1 tribute to the legendary rock band return in 2019 for more stunning vocals, tight harmonies and awesome guitar riffs! Described as 'flawless' by The Express, The Illegal Eagles are internationally renowned for their outstanding ability to recreate the Eagles’ distinctive sound with both flare and incredible authenticity.

Sinatra, Sequins and Swing: The Capitol Years Live
Thursday 21 November; 7.30pm
Attention Sinatra, Rat Pack, Swing fans, the show returns with a stunning new revamp for 2019 that will thrill all. The spectacular-sounding, visually-evocative Sinatra production like no other, and only UK Sinatra production endorsed by President of Sinatra Music Society, includes Frank Sinatra himself reliving his iconic hits, vocal majesty, and the Hollywood glamour of his sensational Capitol Records years of 1953-61, with plenty of fun in between.

Oklahoma!
Wednesday 27 November – 7.30pm to Saturday 30 November
Leatherhead Operatic Society present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s first collaboration set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colourful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.

Jack Petchey’s Perfect Pitch
Sunday 19 January; 7pm
Jack Petchey's Perfect Pitch is a music education programme supported by the Jack Petchey Foundation. The programme focuses on the teaching of a cappella skills to young people. After assessment visits and workshops tonight sees the first of three regional finals taking place where our groups battle for a place in the grand final at the beautiful Cadogan Hall in London.

The Simon and Garfunkel Story
Thursday 23 January; 7.45pm
Direct from a weeklong run in London’s West End at the Vaudeville Theatre, a sold out worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including 'Mrs. Robinson', 'Cecilia', 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', 'Homeward Bound' and many more.

Oye Santana
Friday 24 January; 7.30pm
Celebrating 50 years since Santana's electrifying performance at Woodstock catapulted them into stardom. This show is stacked with five decades of hits – including the multi-million seller Smooth, Black Magic Woman, Samba Pa Ti, Maria Maria, Oye Como Va, Corazón Espinado and She’s Not There – played with power, passion and perfection.

The Counterfeit Stones – The Great British Takeoff
Saturday 25 January; 8pm
The Counterfeit Stones celebrate over a quarter of a century of master forgery with yet another glam-bake. “The Most Famous Stones Band in England” as quoted by Sir Mick Jagger himself, are touring the UK with a new riff packed show that’s set to leave their fans gasping. This skilfully mixed cocktail of classic hits, retro costume and humour continues to intoxicate young and old alike – 100% proof that a good shot of copy-rock always hits the target.

Epsom Symphony OrchestraSusie
Sunday 26 January; 3.30pm
A colourful concert of musical animals for all the family which will feature the ever-popular Peter and the Wolf which will narrated by David Leonard (West End Matilda's Miss Trunchbull). This family event also includes musical Lions, Bees, Hippos, Swans, Cuckoos Elephants and Wild Bears in an exciting and fun Carnival of Animals. Children of all ages welcome.

Talks

Nicholas McCarthy
Tuesday 5 November; 7.30pm
Nicholas McCarthy is an inspiring and dynamic performer who was born without his right hand. Hailing originally from Epsom, this star pianist has performed all over the world. As a champion of the exciting and brave world of left hand alone repertoire beginning in the 19th century and developing through Paul Wittgenstein following the First World War with Strauss, Ravel, Britten and other composing left hand alone concerto’s.  

An Audience with Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham
Sunday 24 November; 7.30pm
Mark 'Billy' Billingham - star of Channel 4's 'SAS Who Dares Wins' is TV's most experienced, highest ranking and most decorated SAS leader and sniper. Billy is a former SAS Sergeant Major Class 1 and Bodyguard to the Stars including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Russell Crowe, Sir Michael Caine, Tom Cruise and many others.

Susie Dent presents The Secret Life of Words
Monday 20 January; 7.30pm
Take a journey into the curious, unexpected and downright surreal origins of the words we use every day. Susie will retell the adventures that lie hidden within such words as lasagne (involving a chamber pot) and bugbear (a terrorising monster), and explain such oddities as the silent 'h' in ghost and the mysterious disappearance of kempt, gormful, and ruly (and yes, you really can be gruntled).

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

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Ewell Horticultural Association - 'A Royal Garden'
Tuesday 12 November; 8pm – 10pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF
A talk by Vicki Cooke - recreating the historic walled kitchen garden at Hampton Court Palace. Admission, memembers £3, visitors £4 includes refreshments and raffle. For more info visit www.ewellhortassn.co.uk  

The New Half a Sixpence Musical - Sutton Theatre Company
Wednesday 13 November to Saturday 16 November; Evenings 2.30pm; Saturday matinee 7.30pm
Epsom Playhouse
Tickets £18. Epsom Playhouse Theatre Box Office phone: 01372 742555, website: www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk Sutton Theatre Box Office phone: 07963 803434, website www.suttontheatrecompany.com

We Happy Few - Sutton Amateur Dramatic Club's 311th major production
Wednesday 13 November to Saturday 16 November; 7.45pm
Adrian Mann Theatre, Ewell, KT17 3DS
Tickets £13. Website: www.ticketsource.co.uk/sadc or contact 07910 649208 (after 5pm) for more information. For more info see www.sadc.co.uk

Guide and Brownie Jumble Sale
Saturday 16 November; 1.30pm – 3pm
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom
In aid of Epsom Methodist Brownies, Guides and Rainbows and refreshments are provided. Admission 50p. Refreshements available.

The Friends of Nonsuch - Puppy Rearing
Tuesday 19 November; 2.30pm
Service Wing, Nonsuch Mansion, Nonsuch Park, SM3 8AP
A talk by Alan Avery followed by refreshments. Members - free, non-members £6. For more info visit www.friendsofnonsuch.co.uk

Party Piece - Worcester Park Dramatic Society
Thursday 21 – Saturday 23 November; weekdays 8pm, Saturday 2.30pm
Adrian Mann Theatre, Nescot KT17 3DS
Tickets £11. Phone: 020 8337 2125, website: www.wpds.co.uk

Epsom Common Association - Heathlands
Thursday 21 November; 8pm – 10pm
Christ Church Hall, Christ Church Road, Epsom, KT19 8NE
An illustrated talk by Mary Braddock, RSPB conservation volunteer, Farnham and Hazeley Heaths. The talk is free to members and £2 for non-members.

Christ Church Epsom Common - an Evening of Magic and Laughter with Bertie Pearce
Saturday 30 November; 7.30pm
Christ Church, Epsom, KT19 8NE
Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. Tickets £20 per person. Includes light buffet and welcome drink. Cash bar and raffle. Enquiries to Parish Office 01372 743133 10am-12noon Mon-Fri. Email: office@christchurchepsom.org.uk In aid of Christ Church Epsom Common and its community work.

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club

A World War 2 Christmas
Saturday 14 December, 1pm - 2.30pm
For many families, the most difficult part of a wartime Christmas would be spending the festive season apart from loved ones. Christmas luxuries were especially hard to come by at a time when even basic foods were scarce. People were forced to find substitutes for key festive ingredients. Gifts were often homemade and practical, and children’s toys were often made from recycled materials. Cards were smaller and printed on flimsy paper. Learn more at this kids club session.

World War 2 rationing
Saturday 11 January 2020
Food and clothes and make do and mend.

Anglo Saxons
Saturday 8 February 2020

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. To book your place or for further information please contact David Brooks, Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF. Tel: 020 8394 1734. Email: dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk Visit What's On at: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk

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

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.  

Days of Steam HortonLightRailway
Sunday 17 November; 1pm – 4pm
Find out about the fascinating history of the long gone but not forgotten Horton Light Railway with one of our countryside team, on a Sunday afternoon stroll around Horton Country Park local nature reserve. Meet at the Information Centre at 1pm.

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/

Energize Epsom and Ewell

DYK: Leisure Listings is a free online directory of leisure facilities and organisations within Epsom and Ewell. To promote your club or organisation please visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/leisurelistings and complete a permissions form.

For sport opportunities taking place across the borough visit our website - www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk There's something for everyone!

The Surrey Youth Games Young Ambassador Scheme is coming soon!SpecsaversSYG2017
504 young people from Epsom and Ewell registered to take part in the free training sessions at this year's Specsavers Surrey Youth Games.
The popularity of the Games has increased year on year as more students have been made aware of this fantastic competition. A large reason for this increase in popularity is due to the success of the borough’s Young Ambassador Scheme. The Young Ambassadors are challenged to promote the Surrey Youth Games within their schools and encourage fellow students to register to take part in the Games training sessions. They can do this in a number of ways that include;
• Talking about the Games to friends and fellow students
• Leading School Assemblies
• Designing posters to be put up around school
This year we will be taking applications from students wishing to become Young Ambassadors in years 5-11. Students will be able to apply from early December and a maximum of four students will be selected from each school. If you have any questions please contact Lilley Kennedy at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council: lkennedy@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Ebbisham Sports Club activities

Squash & Racketball - four week beginners and improver courses
Sundays 10, 17, 24 November and 1 December; Squash Course 4pm - 5pm , Racketball course 5.15pm - 6.15pm
Courses for beginners & improver adults & family members (including teenagers 13+ years) to learn squash and/or racketball basics, shots, scoring, tactics, singles and doubles games with qualified friendly coaches. All equipment provided. Non-marking indoor trainers essential but can be borrowed and returned if required.
Non-members £6 a sessions or £20 for 4 weeks in advance, Members £5 per session or £15 for 4 weeks in advance.
For more information please ring Jo Robinson on 01372 720647 or email admin@ebbisham.com

Try-Sport Junior Xmas Camps
Mondays 16, 23, 30 December & 6 January 2020; 9am - 3.30pm 
Fun and sociable, try-sport junior Christmas camps for juniors ages 7-14 years, suitable for beginners and improvers, members and non-members. Learn and play 7 different rackets sports in one day - badminton, squash, racketball, tennis, touchtennis, table tennis and pickleball (from America!) - with friendly and professional Coaches.
Non-Members:  £28 per day or £25 per day for 2-4 days, Members:  £23 per day or £20 per day for 2-4 days. (booked and paid for in advance)
Contact Ebbisham Office on 01372 720647 or email admin@ebbisham.com for flyer or more info or to book a place on first come, first served basis – places limited.

Mary Frances Trust activities
All activities listed below are free. For further information and to book please contact Mary Frances Trust on phone: 01372 375400 or text: 07929 024722, alternatively email: info@maryfrancestrust.org.uk

Sleep Difficulties CBT Course
Wednesday 20 November; 6pm - 8pm
Brickfield Centre, KT17 1DLThe Jam Place

Community Cricket
Monday’s; 11am - 1pm
Phoenix Youth Centre, KT20 5JG

Dancing for Health and Wellbeing
Every Friday from 8 November to 6 December; 1pm - 2pm
Banstead Youth Centre, SM7 2BQ

Dance for all at the Jam Place
Come down to the Rainbow Leisure Centre during term time to take part in dance including; modern, ballet, tap and musical / movie open to ages 2-10!
For more information please contact Helen McNee on 07870192266 or email info@thejamplace.com alternatively visit their website www.thejamplace.com

Epsom Allsorts Running Club - New beginners group starts Sunday 5 January 2020EpsomAllSortsRunningClub
Ideal for those new or returning runners, the sessions alternate between jogging and walking.  Over several weeks you will build your running to the point where you can complete a continuous run. Each session will begin with a gentle warm up and end with a cool down and stretch. The 12 week course is open to all women over age 16 and is ideal for anyone wanting to start running in an enthusiastic, fun and friendly environment. We aim to keep groups reasonably small in order to make sure everyone benefits from the support they need and as a result we do have to limit spaces. 
Pre-registration is required, places will be on a first come basis, for more details please email beginners@epsomallsorts.org.uk

Epsom markets

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Held in the Market Place by The Clock Tower in Epsom, there's something for everyone!

The traditional Epsom Market takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays 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 1 December 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/

Key Facts

Being a carer at Christmas

With the festive season just around the corner, many families start to make plans for the holidays. For those caring for an elderly friend or relative, this Beingacarer_Christmasmeans a lot more than simply decorating the tree and wrapping presents – it requires careful thought and planning for family members that require extra support, particularly at this time of year.

Short-term respite care in the run up to Christmas carries a number of benefits for you, your loved ones, and your extended family. It offers an easy way to catch up on that ever-growing “to do” list and just a couple of days’ (or even hours’ break) can give you the extra time needed to finish the shopping or wrap a few secret presents.

And whilst you are out and about amidst the rush, your loved one can receive all the assistance they need in a warm and friendly environment, so when it comes to the big day, everyone can relax and enjoy cherished time together.

For those with memory-loss, confusion or dementia, Christmas can be a difficult time of year. But spending time in a relaxing environment, and with the company of others during the holiday season can help grow confidence and build social interaction. Participating in group activities also makes them feel included and can lift their spirits during this often busy and stressful time.
 
Top tips for carers this Christmas:
1. Decorate the house gradually – introduce the new environment slowly so it does not come as a surprise to your loved one. 
2. Routine and tradition – keep Christmas simple and familiar to limit confusion. Keep activities low-key and do things that are familiar.
3. Make sure they’re involved – from simple things like decorating the tree or preparing some veg, it’s important that your loved one feels included.
4. Keep the noise down – a challenge, particularly at Christmas, but those with dementia or confusion occasionally need quiet spaces to relax.
5. Bring back old memories – sometimes a look through the family photo album or just putting out the same, familiar decorations can help those with dementia feel more comfortable.
6. Leave room on the plate – It’s easy to pile the plate up at Christmas, but for those with confusion or dementia, a lot of food can seem daunting... and remember, leftover food can always be eaten the next day.
7. Be flexible. No matter how much you plan, the effects of dementia in a family can have a huge impact at Christmas and things may look and feel different. Always have a plan B. 

Wellbeing Daycare offers short-term daytime respite care for adults with memory loss, confusion or early onset dementia. For more information on how our team can support you through the Christmas period, call 01372 727583 or visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/daycare  

Your Community

Out and about in our community

Christmas

Will you be at a loose end on Christmas Day? Spend Christmas Day amongst friends at Epsom Methodist Church for a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings and more from 12.30m - 4pm. Transport will be provided if you find it difficult getting to the Church. Invitations open to all ages. For more details Christmas Together contact Epsom Methodist Church Office on 01372 728535 or by email: christmastogether@epsommethodistchurch.org.uk

Send your cards by Scout Community Christmas Post - delivery in Epsom, Ewell and Ashtead in postal areas KT17, KT18, KT19 and KT21. Last collection 10am, Friday 13 December. Payment (in cash) should be included with the cards and posted into one of the Scout post boxes. All proceeds to 7th Epsom (Methodist) Scout Group. For further details, collection and delivery times visit www.7thepsom.org.uk/activities/christmas-post

Interested in volunteering?

cand 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. Visit www.lovemelovemymind.org.uk

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 www.britishlegion.org.uk    

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.

Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity Lottery - Join today and support your local hospital. For further details see www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/lottery

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

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 www.greenman-sword.org email: info@greenman-sword.org www.facebook.com/greensword

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 (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: 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

National Adults Safeguarding Week

Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) is supporting National Adults Safeguarding Week from 18 - 24 November. For more information on SSAB please visit their website: https://www.surreysab.org.uk/

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Money course

Saturday 16 November; 10am – 3pm (9.30am coffee for 10am prompt start).
St Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom, KT19 8HA
A free, one day course to help you manage your money easily and well. Book your place online at: www.capmoneycourse.org

The CAP Money Course was devised by the award winning charity, Christians Against Poverty. It is free an is for everyone - whether you feel you are pretty organised or feel your finances are in a bit of a mess. It will teach you budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system which works.

The course will help you to get to grips with your finances so you can budget, save and prevent debt.

There will also be free support available from CAP Money coaches - if you would like this.

Email: capmoneycourses@gmail.com call/text Marian: 0759 3535 197.

Project Wenceslas

The Rotary Club of Ewell is pleased to announce the third year of running Project Wenceslas to help local people in fuel poverty.

If you are in receipt of the Winter Fuel Payment from the Government and can afford to pass it on to someone in need then the Rotary Club would gratefully receive your donation. All the money will go towards helping those in fuel debt or struggling with the cost of their bills and will be paid directly to utility companies.

The Rotary Club of Ewell are working in partnership with Citizen Advice Epsom & Ewell, who will be overseeing the distribution to local people in fuel poverty and in need of assistance.

For more information please visit the Rotary Club of Ewell website: www.ewellrotaryclub.org.uk

For information on support through this scheme, call Citizens Advice on 0300 330 1164 or visit www.caee.org.uk

Epsom Sea Scouts take on mammoth race

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On 1 September, the 2019 Great River Race started; & Warspite Sea Scouts from Epsom were there in force. Five youth teams and an adult veterans team had all challenged themselves to compete this 21.6 mile river rowing Marathon, which goes through the middle of the City of London on the Tidal Thames.

This is not a race for the faint hearted. It is a full commitment to race under Tower Bridge, past the Houses of Parliament, through Wansdworth, Chiswick, Kew and then into Richmond. There is a time limit, you need to outpace the tide's turn and these are big, heavy boats. This is an international race, with crews from across Europe taking part.

To say that they did us proud is an understatement.

With this marathon, it is most definitely the finishing that counts. The variety of boats means that it is incredibly difficult to place in our boats, when faced with faster racing craft, even with the handicapping system. So how did they get on:

Team 1 in Adron achieved 4 hours, 27 minutes in the ASC. A fantastic achievement & one that really shows their determination and effort.

The team in Thunder were the 3rd fastest Scout under 16 in a Home Counties Gig. They finished in 3 hours, 49 minutes.

The adult team in Lamb had a very respectable 3 hours 44, the 280th fastest boat in the race. They have already raised over £1400 to support the work of Prostate Cancer UK.

Just ahead of them were the team in Darno. As well as being the 3 hours 43 minutes, and the 2nd fastest under 16 Home Counties Gig. They were however the fastest under 14 team in the entire race and will receive the Ted Springer Trophy. It's 7 years since we last won this category.

The fastest under 16 Scout Home Counties was the team in Onrad. Their precision rowing brought them home in 3 hours 32 minutes. 

Finally, the fastest Warspite boat was our under 18s in Vanessa. Their time of 3 hours & 30 minutes - a fantastic achievement.

If you would like to help make sure that these events can happen, please do think about sponsoring our crews - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/ScoutsGRR

We do have a short film of the race: https://youtu.be/FgLsU9Sw1cw which shows some of the excitement of the day.

For more info visit: www.warspite.org.uk www.facebook.com/warspiteseascouts @WarspiteScouts

Surrey Prepared

November – the clocks have changed and the leaves have turned.  This month #SurreyPrepared considers ways to be prepared for the colder, wetter weather ahead and the ways it can impact on everyday life. For more information please visit the Surrey Prepared website.

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Your Council

Council meetings: November 2019

NOVEMBER 2019

Health Liaison Panel, Tuesday, 12 November, 7pm

Licensing and Planning Policy Committee Thursday, 14 November, 7pm

Special meeting, Standards Committee, Tuesday 19 November, 7pm

Audit, Crime & Disorder and Scrutiny Committee, Thursday 21 November, 7.30pm

Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators, Monday 25 November, 6pm

Strategy and Resources Committee, Tuesday 26 November, 7.30pm

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, email: contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk quoting the Committee or subject area you are interested in - we are always happy to help.

Epsom & Ewell Local Committee (Surrey County Council) meeting

Date: Monday 9 December 2019

Time: 2pm

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

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

Visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/epsomandewell for more details and confirmation of the venue, or contact Nicola Morris on 020 8541 9437 or email: nicola.morris@surreycc.gov.uk Follow on Twitter @EpsomLC

Surrey County Council: Epsom and Ewell Local Committee – working for you

As part of open and accessible local government, Epsom & Ewell Local Committee is encouraging residents and businesses to contribute to the local decision making process.

Consisting of five County Councillors and five Borough Councillors, the Local Committee meets four times a year to discuss and make decisions on issues important to local people. These include activities and support for young people, community safety, library opening hours, highway improvements, road safety, speed limits and parking restrictions as well as other local concerns.  

Councillors put residents’ interests at the heart of the decisions they make. The opinions of local people matter when decisions are being taken, and their views are welcome. Held in public, residents and businesses can attend meetings in person to listen to the debate, ask a question or present a petition. Questions can either be asked on the night, or in writing to nicola.morris@surreycc.gov.uk by 12noon the Tuesday before the meeting. Petitions, which require a minimum of 30 signatures, need to be submitted 14 days before the meeting.

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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