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The start of March saw the meteorological start of spring, and the start of the season means it’s time for the annual Herald of Spring at Bourne Hall! This free family event takes place this Saturday, details within this issue.

Sticking with the good news vibe, we include a report on the borough’s recent young champion’s awards, some excellent news from Epsom Playhouse and information about an initiative we have launched with Job Centre Plus.

The Coronavirus situation is developing rapidly and in this issue we look at the latest information and advice. We understand residents and visitors may have concerns about COVID-19; we are monitoring the situation closely and coordinating with Public Health England and a Surrey-wide public sector network, comprising councils, the NHS and emergency services. We would like to reassure you that the government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus.

Within the last month, your elected representatives on the borough council set our budget for the year, which includes council tax for the year ahead; we include a report in the news section. If you belong to a community group we also include information in the Key Facts section on how you can bid for funds for infrastructure projects within the borough.

We hope you find this issue informative. Later this month the paper issue of Borough Insight hits the streets where we look at a number of stories in greater detail.

Enjoy your spring!


Coronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus is dominating the news and the coverage is getting more extensive.

Misinformation and fake news is rife on social media, so we’re pulled together the following information from the NHS and Public Health England. However the situation is evolving quickly and for the latest information you are advised to visit the Government’s information website page which is updated every day.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world.

COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

What is the treatment for COVID-19
There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.

Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.

Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.

How is COVID-19 spread?
Because it's a new illness, it is not known how exactly coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food. Viruses like coronavirus cannot live outside the body for very long.

Do I need to avoid public places?
Most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places.

You only need to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional.

How do I avoid catching or spreading germs?
There are things you can do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading.


  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

What do I do if I think I may have COVID-19
Visit the NHS 111 website or call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

Do not go to your GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

How do I self-isolate?
If there's a chance you could have COVID-19, you may be asked to stay away from other people (self-isolate).
This means you should:

  • stay at home
  • not go to work, school or public places
  • not use public transport or taxis
  • ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you
  • try to avoid visitors to your home – it's OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food

You may need to do this for up to 14 days to help reduce the possible spread of infection.

Life's a beech

To mark the end of the borough’s annual tree planting season and as part of Surrey Tree Week, on Monday Councillor Neil Dallen, Chair of the Environment and Safe Communities Committee, helped plant two copper beech trees in Alexandra Recreation Ground.tree

The borough’s established trees are under increasing pressure through disease, including Ash dieback, and increasing extreme weather events. The council manages a long term tree establishment programme to ensure excellent tree cover and the ongoing strong biodiversity of the borough that a good mixture of tree types brings. As well as planning for future tree loss, the programme aims to increase tree planting to sustainable levels.

As he helped plant the trees in Alex Rec, Councillor Dallen, said “maintaining a rich biodiversity within the borough is key within the council’s vision as a green and vibrant place. Trees in our parks provide excellent urban homes for birds, bees, bats and beetles. They also have a positive impact on the look and feel of where we live and relax.

“Trees can have a positive impact on tackling climate change because as they grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that are driving global warming and are so harmful to the environment”.

The Copper Beech is a slow growing, large deciduous tree, with elegant spreading branches and dark purple leaves which turn copper in autumn. The bark is often home to fungi, mosses and lichens. The tree can live over 200 years and because beech trees live for so long they provide habitats for many species such as hole-nesting birds and wood-boring insects.


Skills hub

We're aware that the affordability of local rented housing is a major factor in homelessness across the borough, and being in work is core to local households being able to afford to rent a home in the local area.

Whilst unemployment is low within the borough, there are many households living in council provided emergency temporary accommodation who just cannot afford the comparatively high housing costs of this area as they are either unemployed or in low paid or fragile employment.

Recognising we all need some help sometimes, we have announced the establishment of a new skills hub, hosted within the Epsom Job Centre Plus. The skills hub will deliver training and support in partnership with Surrey Life Long Learning. Those attending the skills hub will be able to access support and training, tailored to their specific needs to help them either get into employment or better employment.skills

A rolling programme of tutor led and/or online workshops will be provided and, depending on the individuals’ needs, these could include literacy, numeracy, language and digital training plus business start-up and self-employment guidance and money management coaching.

We have long recognised the need to assist households in seeking work. Our ETHOS project assists the unemployed and those at risk of unemployment to find suitable employment opportunities, creating effective CVs and developing their interview techniques. In developing the skills necessary for the workplace, the skills hub will support the work ETHOS does in getting people into employment.

Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Strategy & Resources Committee, said “residents of Epsom and Ewell live in an area with high educational attainment, fantastic employment opportunities and good connectivity with London and the rest of the country. We believe all our residents should benefit from the success of the borough and have the opportunity to access good quality employment. The skills hub initiative will help a small minority of residents who need additional assistance into better employment, helping to make day to day living costs, including the cost of accommodation, more affordable.”

It is anticipated that the financial investment in the skills hub will be more than matched by the reduced cost to the council of emergency temporary housing if just a few people gain meaningful employment and are able to afford the rent of a home in the borough.

Landlord issued prohibition order

In January, the we were contacted with concerns about a room rented out in a ‘house of multiple occupation’ (HMO) in Lower Court Road, Epsom. An HMO is a home rented out to at least three tenants who form more than one household and share a bathroom, kitchen and other facilities.

We undertook a formal inspection and identified a bedroom that was unsafe in several aspects.Stairs

The room was an unauthorised conversion within the loft space, accessed via an unlit narrow corridor and an almost vertical wooden stairway. The room’s only window was accessible by leaning over the stairwell. The window opening was not restricted and was three storeys directly above a concrete path.

A number of other deficiencies were noted within the property during the inspection which was undertaken by our building control and environmental health teams alongside specialists from Surrey Fire and Rescue.

On the same day of the inspection, an Emergency Prohibition Order was served under the Housing Act 2004 preventing the use of the bedroom as sleeping accommodation.

We also served an improvement notice in relation to fire safety, requiring the owners to improve fire safety provisions within the whole property. A hazard awareness notice was also served on the same landlord regarding damp and mould.

Councillor Barry Nash, Chairman of Community and Wellbeing Committee, said “As a result of our intervention, current and future tenants of this property will be living in safer accommodation which meets required standards.

“We will not hesitate to take any necessary action to protect borough residents against landlords supplying hazardous accommodation and who put profit ahead of the welfare of their tenants”.

Our young champions!

Many young people give up their time and effort to make Epsom and Ewell a better place. We think it’s important to recognise these special individuals.

The winners of the 2020 Epsom and Ewell Young Champions were announced at a ceremony at Epsom Playhouse on Monday 24 February.

Kathryn Beldon, our Chief Executive of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, thanked all the nominees and winners for their positive contribution to the borough, adding “The Epsom and Ewell Young Champions Awards are about recognising the outstanding achievements of the brilliant young people in our borough.

“When we think about role models, we tend to think about historical figures, celebrities or individuals who have spent decades honing their skills. But there are young members of our community who have already made a positive impact and are some of the most important role models within the borough who should be celebrated”.

The winners of each category were presented with a trophy and special certificate.

Young champions

Fundraiser Award
sponsored by What’s On In Epsom
This award is given to an individual or group who has made a fantastic effort to raise funds for a good cause in an innovative and creative way.
Winner - 8/14th Cub Pack
The Cub Pack decided to not have a Christmas party and instead spent weeks preparing games and activities to entertain friends and family and raise money for a local charity called Rianna's Fund. They raised over £485, a fantastic achievement.

Environmentalist Award 
sponsored by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council
This award is given to a young person or group of young people who have provided a service to improve the environment for the benefit of their local community.
Winner - Joshua Webb
Joshua willingly gives up his lunchtime every day to work in The Vale Primary School eco garden.

Community Spirit Award
sponsored by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council
This award is given to a young person or group who has provided outstanding community and voluntary service, or has made a significant contribution to the life of a fellow resident.
Winner - Epsom College Service programme
Epsom College students dedicated over 13,500 volunteering hours to local projects in over 40 different placements. This is in addition to the 994 hours of volunteering last term, which has also supported 25 Duke of Edinburgh students. Placements are organised by the school’s service coordinator, who creates weekly one-hour placements as part of the pupil’s timetable, or as a one off project.

Carer Award 
sponsored by Home Instead

This award is given to a young person who regularly goes out of their way to help other people or has caring responsibilities and has demonstrated outstanding care for a family member or friend in need.
Winner - Abi Harvey
Our winner is a friendly and caring young member of Epsom and Ewell Phab club. She is always willing to help at the club with those who are younger or who have particular special needs. At home she provides care and support within her family This was particularly important when her Mum was in hospital in London for a long stay. Abi remains cheerful and positive throughout whatever comes her way, with a great attitude and maturity way beyond her years.

Sports Person Award 
sponsored by Wilsons
This award is given to a young person who has excelled in their commitment to sport through hard work and determination as an individual, also overcoming personal challenges.
Winner - Chloe Seeley
As Sutton and Epsom's under 15's captain, Chloe has led a successful campaign at her school, Blenheim High School, to have rugby introduced to the curriculum for girls. Chloe showed initiative and passion and fought for equality at her school so that her fellow students could enjoy the sport she loves so much, no matter their gender. Her achievement has seen England Rugby recognise her efforts.

Volunteer Award
sponsored by Epsom Rotary
This award is given to a young person or group who has made a difference in their community through giving their time and best efforts voluntarily for the benefit of others.
Winner - Miranda Pratt
Miranda is a volunteer at Stoneleigh Community Library on Saturday mornings. She has shown real commitment towards her role, which has been exceptionally challenging for her as she is on the autistic spectrum and therefore finds social situations more difficult than other young volunteers.

Hero Award 
sponsored by McDonalds
This award is given to a young person who has shown courage, bravery, determination and strength during unimaginable circumstances and is an inspiration to others.
Winner - Lewis Houghton
Lewis was diagnosed with Stage 4 Burkitts Lymphoma in February 2015 and subsequently underwent six months of intensive chemotherapy. Since his treatment, he has supported The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and amassed over £125K, generating the construction of a new garden at the hospital to ensure children get the outside space they need during treatment, which wasn’t available when he was ill.

Disability Champion Award 
sponsored by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council
This award is given to a young person who has overcome adversity and has worked through disability with a positive and inspiring attitude on those around them, or a young person who has contributed to improving the lives of those with disability.
Winner - Dom Dawson
Dom has developed strengths and skills to get around and get on with life due to being born with Spina Bifida. He is an inspiration to able-bodied and mobility impaired people with whom he comes into contact. He had to compete for one of ten borough spaces at the world scout jamboree in the USA against 49 nominees by showing leadership and scouting skills and knowledge. 45,000 scouts attended from around the world. When there he impressed the mountain bike course organisers and other wheelchair users by his prowess on his mountain trike.

There are more details on our Young Champion Awards on our website:

Council Tax to remain lower than the Surrey average

This month, your elected councillors agreed a 2.5% increase for the borough council portion of the annual council tax - the increase is equivalent to a rise of £4.95 a year for ‘band D’ properties or 9.5 pence per week.

The borough council portion of the council tax is the smallest element of the council tax, which for 2020/21 includes an increase from Surrey County Council (3.99%) and an increase from Surrey Police (3.84%).

76% of council tax goes to the county council, 14% to Surrey Police and 10% of council tax is allocated to fund all the services provided by this council.

The council tax for 2020/21 for a band D property within Epsom and Ewell will rise to £1,985.34, with the borough council receiving £203.31.

Councillor Eber Kington, chair of the Strategy & Resources committee said “Epsom & Ewell’s Council Tax will remain well below the average in Surrey. We have agreed a budget which, despite ongoing financial pressure, sees no withdrawal of the frontline services on which residents depend and that that allows us to continue to invest in in one of the best places to live and work in the country”.

Did you dough?

FlourFlour produced using traditional milling methods does not go through the necessary steps to remove possible pathogens (that can cause disease). It is possible for pathogens such as E. Coli and Salmonella to survive all the way to the finished flour.

Last month our Environmental Health team undertook samples of different types of flour from a range of retailers across the borough as part of a Public Health England national flour sampling survey.

The samples were sent to a microbiological laboratory for testing to check for bacteria in these products – we are pleased to report that all the samples came back clear.

The Food Standards Agency state that baking, cooking, frying and boiling products containing flour will remove any potential pathogens. However, eating flour, raw dough or raw batter that is intended to be cooked, using flour in items that are not intended to be cooked, such as milkshakes and ice-cream, or adding flour to products after cooking are all potential areas where pathogens can be consumed and should be avoided.

The future of Epsom Hospital residents meeting - update

Around 60 borough residents attended the meeting held on Wednesday 26 February at Bourne Hall, in relation to proposed changes to the provision of healthcare at Epsom Hospital. EH_publicmtg

Following the changes highlighted in a proposal by the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups for the co-location of several critical and emergency care services to be delivered from a new facility at one site, at either Epsom, St Helier or Sutton, the meeting was for Epsom and Ewell residents to hear about hospital provision in our borough. 

Panel members at the meeting included representatives from Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, the Improving Healthcare Together Programme and the Clinical Commissioning Groups. 

Residents had the opportunity to listen to a presentation by Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, on how the proposal may affect services specific to borough residents and to ensure that they had the opportunity to put their questions, views and concerns forward. The meeting also provided an up-date on the current works being undertaken at Epsom Hospital to improve patient care. 

To view the presentation from the meeting by Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust please click here

To view the film that was show at the meeting please see:

This meeting was not part of the public consultation being undertaken by the Improving Healthcare Together programme. For info on the consultation please see:

Oh, yes it is!

This year’s Epsom Playhouse pantomime, Peter Pan, has made the shortlist for the ‘best show’ in the national Great British Pantomime Awards.

Produced by Spillers Pantomimes, Peter Pan played to packed houses and was the most popular panto ever staged at the Epsom Playhouse.Pan

Peter Pan will be competing against Robin Hood (Lincoln), Jack & the Beanstalk (Loughborough), Aladdin (Shrewsbury) and Sleeping Beauty (Swindon).

The judging team visited over 200 pantomimes across the country during December and January, visiting in excess of 750 performances. The judging panel included current and retired industry professionals; theatre academics as well as media and communications professionals. The performances were marked against a number of criteria and quality benchmarks.

The winners will be announced in April.

Bev Berridge of Spillers said “All of us at Spillers Pantomimes are delighted to have picked up, not one, but two nominations at this year’s pantomime awards. Going up against all the theatres in the UK we are so excited that our production at the Epsom Playhouse has been selected. This goes to show that the team work and effort behind the staging of this year’s Peter Pan really paid off. This year’s pantomime was a very challenging production and much hard work went into creating this complex show. Luckily there is a fabulous team at the Epsom Playhouse, not only all the cast, but the backstage crew, the juvenile dancers, the management and even the fabulous stewards. All these people working together with one aim, to give the people of Epsom a fabulous fun Christmas show and it has paid off. To be nominated for the award for best pantomime in the country is really beyond our wildest dreams.  Pan again

“Well done and thanks, to everyone who was a part of this real success story. Special congratulations must also go to our fabulous Tinkerbell, Kate Richards. This year’s cast where all super talented but Kate has deservedly been nominated as best Pantomime Fairy in the UK”

Councillor Barry Nash, Chair of the council’s Community and Wellbeing Committee, said “This is the first time one of our pantomimes has made it to the short list and illustrates the strong reputation of our theatre, the Spillers name within the industry, the talent of the cast and crew and all of the hard work of our Epsom Playhouse team.

“The success of our commercial shows enable us to support community activities at the Playhouse and the large audiences attending good quality shows like Peter Pan, generate business for local restaurants bars and shops”.

A tale of two benches

Market place memorial bench

In November 2017 a legacy was given to the Epsom and Ewell Royal British Legion Branch by Michèle Donald in memory of her late father, Adam Donald, an Epsom resident.

Adam lived from 17 January 1895 to 21 August 1974 and served in both World Wars, in the Scots Guards from 1914 to 1919 and the Royal Artillery from 1925 to 1945. During the 1942-1945 campaign he fought alongside the Gurkhas and received the Burma Star when his regiment was stationed in South-East Asia.  Adam was also a very fit man and competitive cyclist, winning many medals. Two display cases of Adam’s memorabilia can be seen in Bourne Hall Museum.Bench

When the Second World War ended Adam returned to civilian life in Epsom. Michèle, his only child, lived with her parents in Epsom until she moved to London in the 1950s to train as a physiotherapist. She subsequently became one of the top practitioners in the capital.  

After working in Harley Street she started her own private practice and later joined BUPA as one of their main physiotherapists. Over many years she also helped many injured soldiers regain their mobility during convalescent periods in hospital. 

Michèle left a legacy for the Royal British Legion Epsom and Ewell Branch and the Committee spent time trying to find a suitable way of spending some of the money locally. A significant part of the legacy has been given to the nearest Royal British Legion care home, Mais House at Bexhill-on-Sea.   

Some of the legacy money has been used by the Royal British Legion to place the new memorial bench in the Epsom Market Place.

Rosebery Park

Ben lived in the Borough and went to a local school. In July 2019, at the age of 14 he passed away from a heart condition. His passing has left a huge hole in many lives, and particularly his friends.

Following Ben’s passing his friends started to congregate in Rosebery Park, around a large tree, where they created a makeshift shrine for him.  In November 2019, the Council were approached about a memorial for Ben, and it was hoped something could be done in time for Ben’s birthday in February.

Our Operational Services team suggested of refurbishing some old redundant benches perhaps by Ben’s family and friends, so they could feel part of doing something.  The family and friends took the project on, and in February 2020, three refurbished benches were installed for all Rosebery park users.

Bench 3

Wrong thing, wrong bin?

We need your help! If the wrong stuff’s in your green recycling bin it makes it tough to get the good stuff recycled. Our load's may be rejected and cost you more. Recycling plant

In the last week we’ve found amazing wrong things in green recycling bins, like an intravenous drip, a car brake disc, disposable nappies, full-size suitcase and event a microwave oven! And we’re seeing lots of food and clothing being thrown into green bins too.

Your green bin’s only for certain things.

If too much of the wrong stuff goes into your green bin it risks a whole load being rejected, because the recycling companies simply don’t want the cost of sorting them out. And that includes plastic bags – put your recycling in loose, not bagged, because the recycling companies may reject plastic bags even if there’s good stuff in them.

We don’t want to lose valuable recycling. Recycling helps the environment.

Please Use our guide to put the right thing in the right bin.


Do you feel guilty for wasting food?

Food wIt’s estimated that one in five bags of food shopping goes to waste each week. Across the borough that adds up to a substantial amount of food, but also money wasted.

Did you know that an average family of four could save £70 a month simply by reducing the amount of food they waste?

Recycling your food waste by using a caddy is great; but reducing the amount of food waste we produce in the first place is the real solution.

Surprisingly there are some small, easy changes we can make to our daily habits that could make a world of difference.

Three simple tips to reduce food waste

Save food, money and the planet by:

  • Freezing food near its ‘Use By’ date
  • Making meals from leftovers
  • Planning meals and avoiding over-buying – why not try a food shopping app?

Find out more at:

Help your plants and the planet

Water canAs the nights get lighter and the air begins to warm, there is no better time to grab your gardening gloves and head outdoors.

This spring, you can enjoy lush green grass while helping new things to grow by making your own supply of nutrient rich compost. Not only is composting the most environmentally friendly way to recycle your garden waste, it will also help to improve soil and make your plants flourish.

It’s easier than you think to compost at home, you just need a 50:50 mix of green nitrogen rich ingredients, to add moisture and brown carbon rich ingredients that create air pockets in your compost bin. Green ingredients include grass clippings, vegetable waste, fruit scraps and coffee grounds. While brown ingredients can be dead leaves, branches and twigs.

Surrey residents keen to make a start can buy a discounted compost bin for just £13. They can also buy a discounted food waste digester from £65 which can be used to make compost from all types of food waste.

Visit for more composting tips and details about the discounted bins and other ways you can recycle your garden waste.

Broadband news

The broadband Universal Service Obligation means that from Friday 20 March, residents and businesses have a legal right to request broadband speeds of at least 10 Mbps (megabits-per-second) or more.

Individual homes and businesses can contact BT and find out if they are eligible. Visit the Ofcom website for more information


In a separate initiative groups of two or more residential properties or small/medium businesses (SMEs) could be entitled to vouchers to upgrade their broadband if they are only able to access download speeds of less than 100 Mbps on not gigable-capable infrastructure.

Connections to single properties aren’t eligible, and there may be costs for property owners. However, as the vouchers are worth £1,500 per residence and £3,500 per SME, the more properties involved will help reduce the cost.

Residents and businesses benefitting from these vouchers are required to take up a service delivered on gigabit-capable infrastructure with a minimum of 30 Mbps download speed or at least double their current speed.

Anyone interested in this scheme should work with neighbours and other homes and businesses in their area who are interested in improving broadband speeds. Then visit the rural gigabit voucher scheme website to find suppliers who work in the area – they will be able to advise on eligibility

Spotlight on

Herald in Spring at Bourne Hall

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Saturday 7 March; 9.30am to 5pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell

Looking for a family day out to kick start the Spring season? Pop down to Herald of Spring this year!

There will be a range of beautiful floral arrangements to enjoy and a special display courtesy of Ashtead Park Garden Centre. Meet the countryside groups who volunteer in our borough’s parks and learn how you too can get involved. You can also visit the cafe for a selection of hot drinks and home-made cakes!

For the kids, there will be a wide range of games and activities throughout the day, thanks to: Close Up Magic, Hobbledown, Rainbow Leisure Centre and Bourne Hall Museum.

And for the grownups, a great selection of locally produced arts and craft at the co-located Gift Market, organised by What’s On In Epsom. 

Did someone say ‘Birthday’?

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!' and this year Bourne Hall is 50 years old!  To marks its birthday we’re celebrating all things 1960s, so why not join us in a groovy vibe and celebrate the first days of spring with us – plus a few extra special guests and surprises from the days of flower power.

It’s competition time!

Don’t forget to enter your scarecrows by 6 March for your chance to win in our Scarecrow Competition! Full details and information about prizes can be found on our website -

For more info visit:

What's On

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 websiteEwellHorticulturalAss

March 2020

South East Rivers Trust Outfalls Safari training session
Tuesday 3 March, 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Bourne Hall, Ewell, KT17 1UF

South East Rivers Trust are updating their Hogsmill Outfall Safari results for 2020 and need volunteers to help them report polluting outfalls and tackle misconnections. If you're interested in taking part, please book to attend the Outfall Safari training session here:

The Outfall Safari method involves systematically surveying the entire length of a river to locate and score misconnected outfalls. This allows the pollution to be reported to Thames Water and the Environment Agency so that it can be tackled. You can read more here:

For further info see:

World Day of Prayer 2020 - Praying with Zimbabwe
Friday 6 March; 10.30am
St Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom, KT18 8HA
A service for everyone. Refreshments will be provided after the service. For more information visit: www.wwdp.or.guk

7th Epsom Scouts Jumble Sale
Saturday 7 March; 1.30pm - 3pm (Early Birds 10.30am - 11.30am £5)
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 5AQ
Entrance 50p, under 12's free.

Grand Jumble Sale
Saturday 7 March; 11am - 12.30pm
Ruxley Church, Ruxley Lane, Epsom KT19 0JG
Traditional jumble sale. Entrance 50p. Refreshments available. Clothes, shoes, bags, toys, books, toiletries, jewellery, bric-a-brac. Proceeds to local charities.

Exhibition of Original Artwork
Monday 9 March – Saturday 21 March; 9am – 10.30pm
Bourne Hall, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF
Bourne Hall will be displaying the work of John Wurr and Hilary Jones.

Ewell Horticultural Association - Pesticides - are they safe?
Tuesday 10 March; 8pm - 10pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
A talk by Andrew Halstead, a retired RHS Entomologist, about pesticides. Free admission. For more info visit

Rotary Club Quiz NightEpsomChoralSociety
Saturday 14 March; 7pm – 10pm
Epsom United Reformed Church, Unity Hall, Epsom, KT17 4PW
Once again our favourite quiz masters have been persuaded to dig out their encyclopaedias, charge their pencils and construct a new quiz. Come along to see how good you are. Doors open at 7pm. For more information, email:

Epsom Choral Society - Baroque Splendour
Saturday 14 March; 7.30pm
St Martin's Parish Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX
A concert celebrating the glory of the Baroque with Handel's exciting Dixit Dominus as well as Monteverdi and Pergolesi. Tickets £16, student or under 18 £8. Come and enjoy the superb Epsom Choral Society, together with 5 outstanding soloists and the English Sinfonietta. Box Office: 07522 111219. Online tickets at:

International and Local Scouting
Tuesday 17 March; 2.30pm
The Museum Wing, Nonsuch Mansion, Nonsuch Park, SM3 8AP
A talk by the indomitable Ron Kinton. Members - Free; Non-members £6. Refreshments included. For more information visit:

Sustainable parenting evening
Wednesday 18 & Thursday 26 March; 7.30pm
Jess and the Beanstalk, Epsom, KT19 8RA
NCT Epsom & Sutton branch are delighted to be hosting a Sustainable Parenting Evening with Bethan Mark, local mum and creator of at Jess and the Beanstalk cafe in Epsom. If you'd like to know more about reusable nappies and other eco-friendly switches you can make in your lifestyle, especially in your role as parents or carers, this evening is for you. Space is limited so places must be purchased in advance. Tickets are just £2 per person. Use the links below to book:
•18 March:
•26 March:
Non-mobile babies are very welcome, but if possible please leave buggies at home as space will be limited.If you have questions about this event then please email and our lovely volunteers will get back to you as soon as possible.

The Diary of Anne FrankDiaryofAnneFrank
Wednesday 18 - Saturday 21 March; 7.45pm
Adrian Mann Theatre, Ewell, KT17 3DS
By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and directed by Brittany Rex. Sutton Amateur Dramatic Club's 312th major production. Tickets £13 visit Doors open 7.15pm.

Epsom Chamber Choir presents Welcome All Wonders
Saturday 21 March; 7.30pm
St Martin's Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX
Tickets: in advance £14; on the door £16; under 18 free. Telephone 020 8672 5495; Text: 07940 486163; visit

NCT Baby First Aid Course with British Red Cross
Wednesday 25 March; 7pm - 9.30pm
Worcester Park Baptist Church, KT4 7EW
Our two and a half hour courses are delivered by a trainer from the British Red Cross. Within a relaxed environment, you'll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and share experiences. Cost: £35 per person or £60 for two people booking together. Concession places available.
Bookings can be made online at:
Please contact if you have any queries.

St Barnabas Church Quiz Night
Friday 27 March; 7.30pm - 8pm
Temple Road, Epsom KT19 8HA
Bring family and friends and enjoy a great night out. Tickets only £12 each, includes fish and chips. Non-alcoholic refreshments will be available. If you are looking for something a little stronger, you are welcome to bring a bottle of wine or beer with you.There will be prizes for the lucky winners.Proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards new supports for our beautiful piano.Buy tickets online at

Epsom Garden Society Spring ShowConcertsatTheSanctuary
Saturday 28 March; 2pm – 4pm
St Martins Junior School, Ashley Road, Epsom
Free entry and parking. A profusion of spring bulbs and flowers will be on display, as well as beautiful flower arrangements, photographs and a wide variety of crafts.  Moreover, the junior members will demonstrate their gardening skills, how to make an Easter bonnet or a posy and how well they can bake.The school site is close to Epsom town centre and offers lots of free on-site parking.  Delicious home-made refreshments will be available, as will plants for sale and a raffle.  Admission is free. If you would like to take part competitively, please contact For more details visit:

Sutton and Epsom NCT Sling library
Saturday 28 March; 10am - 11.30am
Roots Coffee Shop, Epsom Methodist Church, 11-13 Ashley Rd, Epsom, KT18 5AQ
The NCT Sutton and Epsom Sling Library is back! Come along to talk all things baby wearing with our volunteers and other parents, and try out a variety of slings suitable from newborn to toddler. Run by volunteers from the Sutton, Epsom & District branch of NCT Charity. For more details see:

Brahms Clarinet Quintet - Clarinet & String Quartet Concert
Sunday 29 March; 2pm – 4pm
St. Michael’s Church, 4A Church Street, Ewell Village, KT17 2AS
Concerts at the Sanctuary' is a new seasonal concert series which brings some of London’s top professional musicians and ensembles to Ewell Village in an informal relaxed setting accompanied with teas and freshly baked cakes on a Sunday afternoon. Tickets: £12 Full price, £10 Concessions & £5 Children/Students. We recommend booking in advance and tickets are available through our TicketSource event page, however remaining tickets will be available at the door from 1:30pm on the concert day: Contact email:

Age Concern London Landmarks Half Marathon
Sunday 29 March
Start at Pall Mall, finish by Downing Street
Please join us to raise funds for Age Concern Epsom and Ewell. Register your interest by calling 01372732451 or email: find out more at

Walk 4 Wards Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity
Sunday 29 March
Still time to register! Celebrating 21 years of Epsom and St Helier. Join in! Walk from Epsom Hospital to St Helier Hospital and support a ward or department of your choice. Free to enter. Walk in a pair or a team with friends, colleagues or family. Dogs allowed (on leads). Join today at: For more information, contact the Fundraising Team by email: or call 01372 735261 or 01372 735262.

April 2020

Ewell Horticultural Association's Spring Flower Show
Saturday 4 April; 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Blenheim, High School, Longmead Road, Epsom KT19 9BH
Free admission. Everyone is welcome to Ewell Horticultural Association's first Flower Show of the year with bright spring flowers, cookery, photography, craft & design and floral art, bulbs plus ‘bring & buy’ plants. Free parking, a raffle plus refreshments with delicious homemade cakes. For more info see: Bazaar

Concert of Lenten Music
Saturday 4 April; 7.30pm
St John's Church, Stoneleigh Park Road, Stoneleigh KT19 0QZ
Stoneleigh Choral Society tickets: adults £10; under 18's £5. Tickets available on the door on the night or in advance from Jean Adams, call 02083935124 for more information.

London Bus Museum Spring Gathering - The Classic Bus Show
Sunday 5 April
The first event of the season attracts many and varied buses and coaches, enough to fill the whole Brooklands site. For more info visit

Beckett's Bazaar - Spring Fair
Saturday 18 April; 12noon to 5pm
Christ Church Hall, Ewell Village, KT17 1AD
Free admission. Crafts, jewellery, local honey, home baking and stalls galore! Refreshments, tombola. All in aid of the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell's charities. For more details email:

Thames Valley Art Society Spring Exhibition
Tuesday 21 April to Saturday 2 May; 10am - 5pm (up to 4pm on Saturday)
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF
The Thames Valley Art Society Spring exhibition is free to enter, all works are by local artists and are for sale.

The Epsom Model Railway Show 2020
Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 April; 10am - 5pm
NESCOT, Reigate Road, Ewell KT17 3DS
Cost: Adults £7; Children under 16 Free. An extensive model railway exhibition featuring a new and exciting selection of some of the country's finest working layouts (large & small) in a variety of different scales showing steam, diesel and electric trains in action. Many of these layouts from around the UK are being exhibited in Surrey for the first time. A repeat showing is 'Hornby Junction' where children of all ages can drive the trains. Miniature railway providing steam train rides in the car park. Trade stands, modelling demonstrations, refreshments. Ample free parking on site, with level access (no steps) to the exhibition halls. An event offering something for all the family and enthusiast alike.

Play for Team Epsom & Ewell - register today!

Be part of Team Epsom & Ewell for the Specsavers Surrey Youth Games. Try a new sport and make new friends too! Register online today at:

This year's Game's welcomes new sports such as Go Tri Gym Challenge, Cage Cricket & Street Basketball.

To be eligible to represent Team Epsom & Ewell participants must live or go to school in the borough, be of sub-county standard and not a club member in their chosen sport. Each sport also has its own specific eligibility requirements. For further information, including a list of sports, training session dates, times and venues and to register to take part, please visit our website.

This largest multi-sports competition in Surrey, offers young people aged 6-16 a chance to take part in a range of sports, including events for young people with disabilities whilst receiving free coaching. The free training sessions start from April, and are led by local sports clubs that offer participants a chance to play their chosen sport after the Games have finished. Participants selected to represent the borough compete with teams from 10 other Surrey boroughs and districts on the finals weekend of 13-14 June at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford.


This month at the Epsom Playhouse

Another month choc full of entertainment (quite appropriate as Easter is coming up fast)!

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


Clare Teal and Her Trio
Thursday 5 March; 7.30pmTeal
As the hot bed of Teal creativity, award winning jazz vocalist and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal’s concerts with her Trio are constantly evolving and renowned across the country for their fabulous arrangements interspersed with Clare’s warm and witty storytelling.

The Roy Orbison Story
Friday 6 March; 7.30pm
The one and only Barry Steele is set to put the rock back into ‘The Big O’ as he takes to the stage to commemorate this legend in the West End production ‘The Roy Orbison Story’. Get ready for an upbeat night of solid gold hits and contemporary genius as Barry and a fabulous cast of musicians and singers, celebrate the late 80s when The Big O was on the cusp of a phenomenal return to super stardom.

Epsom Symphony Orchestra Present – This Sceptered Isle
Saturday 7 March; 7.30pm
This classical music concert features Elgar's epic 2nd Symphony as well as Vaughan Williams beautiful arrangement of Greensleeves and Walton's dramatic Spitfire Prelude and Fugue. Multi-award winning Michael Foyle is one of the UK's top young violinists who will be performing Delius' beguiling and sensuous Violin Concerto.

ELO Experience
Friday 13 March; 7.30pm
The legacy left by Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra barely needs any introduction – suffice to say that between 1972 and 1986 they achieved more combined UK and US top 40 hits than any other band on the planet! '10538 Overture', 'Evil Woman', 'Living Thing', 'Diary of Horace Wimp', Don't Bring me Down' and of course 'Mr Blue Sky' went on to become the soundtrack of generations.

Legend – Bob Marley
Saturday 14 March; 7.30pm
When you think Reggae, there is only one name that comes to your mind. Legend, the music of Bob Marley is an unforgettable evening celebrating this musical icon in one fantastic stage show extravaganza. Combining his superb, distinctive vocals with flawless musicianship, and a supremely talented cast.

Bye Bye BabyBoys
Saturday 28 March; 7.30pm
Bye Bye Baby are a jaw-dropping tribute to the musical phenomenon ‘Jersey Boys’ and the timeless, iconic music of ‘Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons’. Incredible four part harmonies, roof raising falsetto complete with energetic and stylish choreography ensures that Bye Bye Baby is a show that will make it a night remember! Includes 31 of Valli’s greatest hits including Sherry, December ’63 (Oh What a Night), Grease, Can’t Take My Eyes off You, Beggin’, Working My Way Back to You, and many more!

Epsom and Ewell Schools Music Festival
Tuesday 31 March and Wednesday 1 April; 5pm
This music festival has been organised by the Borough Opportunities which is a part of the Collaborative Learning Teaching School Alliance. It is a fantastic opportunity to see children from the Epsom and Ewell schools showcase their singing talents.

Magic of the Beatles
Thursday 2 April; 7.30pm
This highly acclaimed show is currently touring worldwide appearing at various theatres, festivals and corporate events and picking up thousands of rave reviews from Beatles fans and music critics along the way! The two hour spectacular features all of the classic songs of the fab four from 'Love Me Do' to 'Let It Be'.


Patrick Monahan: Started From the Bottom, Now I’m Here
Saturday 7 March; 8pm
Smart and funny observations on a new found, middle class lifestyle with ski holidays, through the prism of poor, immigrant, living-in-a-caravan roots.

Geoff Norcott: Taking Liberties
Thursday 12 March; 8pm
Following a stint on TV in shows such as The Mash ReportLive at the Apollo and Mock the Week, Geoff Norcott’s unique brand of provocative stand-up is hitting the road again, where he will be Taking Liberties.


Shrek the Musical
Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 March; 7.30pm (Saturday 21 March; 1pm and 6pm)
Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, the Epsom Players brings the fairy-tale to life in this all-singing, all-dancing, visually-spectacular musical comedy. With all-new songs, and an old favourite in "I'm a Believer", this spectacular musical presents a treasure trove of adventure, laughter, romance and fun for the whole family.

The Sooty Showsooty
Sunday 22 March; 11am and 2.30pm
Direct from their hit TV series, Sooty, Sweep and Soo (and Richard Cadell) will amaze you with impossible tricks and side splitting jokes! Be astounded at Sooty's flying car, Soo’s singing unicorn and Sweep’s levitating sausage! With special guests circus star Michael Jordan and the ultraviolet specialties of Fantasie de la Nuit. A spectacular treat for the whole family – including a chance to meet Richard and Sooty after the show


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 walksEpsom Common Great Pond and Grazing area

History of Epsom Common
Sunday 15 March; 1pm – 4pm
Discover over a thousand years of this reserve's fascinating history on an afternoon stroll with one of our Countryside team. Please meet at Stew Pond Car Park at 1pm, located off Christchurch Road.

Bluebell walk in Horton Country Park
Sunday 19 April; 2pm
Enjoy the beauty of spring on this walk through the wood of Horton Country Park with one of our Countryside team. Meet at the Information Centre at 2pm.

The green leaves of the bluebells are starting to carpet Pond Wood in Pond Wood, Horton Country Park. The Friends of Horton Country Park are urging everyone visiting the local nature reserve to please keep to the main surfaced paths and keep dogs on leads around the woodland to avoid trampling them. No horses are allowed in Pond Wood. Please don't follow the deer tracks which lead in to the woodland. Some of these have been followed over the years and now rather than a narrow deer track, there is a wide path and whole strips of bluebells have now been lost by this trampling effect. Don't forget to join in on the Bluebell walk in April!

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 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.

View/download the Winter programme of walks January - March 2020

Epsom Common Association (ECA)

ECA supports the preservation and protection of Epsom Common local nature reserve and site of special scientific interest. ECA works in partnership with the Council, the Lower Mole Countryside Management Project and English Nature to contribute to the long term management and conservation of the Common.
Nature walks
ECA organise a number of walks on the Common each year which are led by local natural history experts.  The subjects that are usually covered each year include birds in early spring, wildflowers, butterflies, invertebrates particularly bush crickets, bats and fungi. For more info see:
The EcoVols
If you care about the Common and enjoy its wildlife and beauty why not join the ECOVOLS, the volunteer group of the ECA. EcoVols carry out a variety of conservation projects on the Common throughout the year in association with English Nature, the Council and the Lower Mole Countryside Management Project. You don’t need any special skills or experience just your enthusiasm and time! For more info and the 2020 EcoVols programme see:

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club

Blitzed Britain
Saturday 14 March; 1pm - 2.30pm

During the Blitz 32,000 civilians were killed and 87,000 were seriously injured. How did people live with this death from the air? What could you do to help you survive? Meet an Air Raid Warden and discover how to stay alive.

Easter holiday activities!

Cave painting
Wednesday 8 April; 11am-12pm and 2pm-3pm(two identical sessions)

In the deep time of prehistory early men crawled down into the darkest caves and used light from primitive candles to paint pictures of themselves and the animals they hunted.They left behind a vivid record of their way of life and some clues of what they believed in. Discover how and why these paintings were created. Then by flickering light try to create your own cave painting in our very own ‘caves’. Spaces are limited to 16 per session, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Who wants to be an archaeologist?
Thursday 9 April; 1pm - 2.30pm

A fantastic opportunity for all budding archaeologists to unlock the mysteries of the past. Find out how objects are used to date sites and how documentary and other evidence help us paint a picture of the past. Learn about environmental archaeology and what you can tell from bones, pollen, and even snails. Handle objects from the deep time of prehistory through medieval times and even up to WW2, and try sand tray archaeology.  Spaces are limited to 16 per session, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Florence Nightingale, the Lady with the Lamp 
Saturday 18 April; 1pm - 2.30pm

Discover how one remarkable woman changed the face of nursing forever. Learn how Florence changed everything and saved lives. 

Kids Club sessions cost £5 each per child (includes 1 accompanying adult) unless where stated. 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: Visit What's On at:

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 and complete a permissions form.

For sport opportunities taking place across the borough visit our website - There's something for everyone!RAC

Royal Automobile Club Sporting Scholarships
The purpose of the Club's Scholarships is to support talented young sportspeople with sustained mentoring and coaching. Three scholarships will be available for 2020.

What is on offer?
The Royal Automobile Club will provide 20 hours of free one-to-one coaching at its Woodcote Park facilities in Epsom, conducted by the Club's sports professionals. Scholars are also able ot apply for grants to contribute towards the costs of competing at a high level, including for purchasing specialist equipment, travel and accommodation necessary to take part in a competition and competition entry fees.

When to apply?
Applications must be recieved by 5pm on Sunday 15 March and the results will be announced in April 2020. The coaching will take place to a schedule agreed between and scholar and their coach but must be completed by the end of 2020.

Who is eligible?
Applicants must:
- be competing at county level or above, or have the clear potential to
- be born between 1 January 2003 and 1 January 2009
- live, go to school or college, or be a member of a sports club (for the sport they are seeking a scholarship in) which is located within five miles of Woodcote Park (KT18 7EW) or within the borough of Epsom and Ewell.

How to apply?
Pease email: for more information and an application form. For more info see: 

Easter Camps!

Ebbisham Sports Club
Mondays 30 March & 6 April and Tuesday 14 April; 9am - 3.30pm
Ebbisham Sports Club, Eastway, Epsom KT19 8SG
Fun and sociable for juniors aged 7-14 years, beginners and improvers, members and non-members. Learn and play 7 different rackets sports in one day - badminton, squash, racketball, tennis, touch-tennis, table-tennis and pickleball (from America!) - with friendly and professional Coaches. Contact Ebbisham Office on 01372 720647 or email for flyer or more info or to book a place on a first come, first served basis – places limited.
Non-Members: £30 per day or £27 per day for 2-3 days
Members:  £25 per day or £22 per day for 2-3 days
(booked and paid for in advance)StartasticGymnastics
For more info see: visit: or call Ebbisham Sports Club on 01372 720647 or email:

Startastic Gymnastics
Friday 17 April; 9am - 3pm
Rosebery School, Epsom KT18 7NQ
Come and Join us for our Easter Gymnastics Camp - six hours of fun training on bar, beam, floor, vault, trampette and even some trampolining! For school aged children upwards - we can welcome non-members as well so get your child to bring a friend along. Cost: £30 per child. To book please use the links below:
Open Gymnastics Camp:
UKG/IAIGC Training Camp:

Startastic Gymnastics year round classes at Rosebery School, Epsom
Gymnastics, Parkour and Trampolining classes four days of a week with classes from pre-schoolers to teenagers, there is something for everyone! Alongside general gymnastics classes, there are equipment specific classes too. Starts at £30 a month.

Extra day of classes from February 2020:
Bar and Beam 5pm - 6pm and 6pm - 7pm
Floor and Vault focus class 5pm - 7pm
Beginners Parkour 5pm - 6pm
Intermediate Parkour 6pm -7pm

For more information about these classes see: or; call Caroline Dennison or Stacey Oliver on  07896 431 885 or email

The Jam Place – Girls active – Teenagers Dance Class
Wednesdays 5pm - 6pm
Rainbow Leisure Centre, East Street, Epsom, KT17 1BN
Dance class for teenagers age 13-19. Funded by Active Surrey and Sports England this class is for all teenagers (boys are welcome) learning all styles of dance and also strengthening and toning in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Only £3. For more info visit, contact: Helen McNee on 07870192266 or email: info@thejamplace.comTaekwondo

Epsom Gymnastics and Trampoline Club classes
Rainbow Leisure Centre, East Street, Epsom, KT17 1BN
Cost: £6.65 - £9.90. For more info visit:; email Emma Roussac-Evans at:

Predator Taekwondo CIC - Taekwondo classes
Fridays 6.30pm - 7.30pm; Stamford Green School, Epsom
Sundays 10am - 12noon; Sunday Concord Hall, Epsom
Olympic Sport Taekwondo, martial arts, sefl defence. Cost: £5 per session. For more info visit or contact Mark Hayward on 07711103591 or email:

Ewell Village Bowling Club Open Days
Saturday 2 May and Sunday 5 July; 11am - 4pm
Gibraltar Recreation Ground, West Street, Ewell KT17 1XU
The Club looks forward to welcoming new members. Ewell Village Bowling Club is a friendly club with members of all ages and abilities. Set in the heart of Ewell Village and close to West Ewell Railway station, the picturesque green is conveniently situated with ample parking for those who wish to drive. Allocated spaces are available for disable bowlers.The club has a packed itinerary of friendly and league matches with other clubs in the area as well as many internal competitions and numerous social events. During the winter months we have various activities in our clubhouse to allow members to keep in touch. New members pay a reduced first year fee and receive free qualified coaching. Social membership is also available.
If you are interested in giving bowls a go then please come down to our Open Days and have a go at Bowls with our qualified coaches ready to help you get started. We have plenty of bowls for you to borrow and would just ask that you wear flat shoes (trainers are ideal). If you can’t make those dates then pop along on a Monday or Friday (from 11 May) at 2pm when we have our informal roll ups and we can get you started then.


Epsom markets


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 Vegan Market: Next on Sunday 28 March - takes place on the fourth Sunday of the month from 10.30am - 3.30pm, the go to market for all things vegan and more! For further info and a list of traders see:

Epsom Farmer's Market: Next on Sunday 5 April- 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 -

Key Facts

Bidding now open

We calling on community and voluntary groups to submit bids for the funding of infrastructure projects within the borough.

A round of funding is now available from our Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

CIL is a levy payable by developers and is charged according to the size of developments. the revenue raised must be used for infrastructure projects. 15% of CIL is set aside for community bids and, for 2020/2021, there is £250,000 available to support a range of projects, both large and small.

Previous successful community bids have included projects for additional children's playground equipment, new sports infrastructure, renewing footpaths, additional street lights, housing for community defibrillators, improvements to a scout hall and even a new bus shelter.Paths

Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Strategy & Resources Committee said “We are pleased to make the latest round of funding available and we hope local community organisations will take advantage of this opportunity.

“Bids must have the support of a borough councillor and it’s advisable for groups to discuss plans with their ward councillors and the relevant council departments to help shape their bids before submission”.

The closing date for 2020/21 applications is 31 May 2020.

Bids will be evaluated by a panel of councillors in two stages, bids successfully passing the first stage will be asked for more detailed information before the successful schemes are selected. Winning bids will be announced in September.

Full information on the  scheme and how to apply can be our website

Paths in Horton Country Park were resurfaced with funding from the scheme

Your Community

Out and about in our community

Interested in volunteering?

Central Surrey Voluntary Action (CSVA)
Working to support and shape best practice in volunteering and social action, CSVA run three volunteer centres located in Elmbridge, Epsom & Ewell and Mole Valley, helping charities recruit volunteers. Volunteering opportunities range 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 that has been working with older people in the borough since 1947.
Volunteers needed! We are always in need of reliable volunteers who can help to support our charity in a variety of ways. Whether you have fundraising experience and would like to help out at an event, are able to assist older people with IT support, want to befriend a local older person who may be feeling lonely or become a volunteer driver, there is a place for you here at Age Concern Epsom & Ewell as a volunteer! 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 like-minded men to share activities of your choice? We are here to enable you to do this! Call Steve 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

Mary Frances Trust
We're always interested in hearing from people who might want to volunteer with us. Our volunteers are an important part of our organisation and we offer a comprehensive volunteer induction, on-going training and support.

Currently we're actively looking for:
- Volunteer for Foodbank in Dorking to meet clients and advise them of MFT activities/services that may be of help to them.
- Art group volunteers to help with art projects and the coordination of our various art and crafts groups in Epsom and Banstead.
- Volunteers to join our new fundraising group to help with fundraising ideas and organise events.
- Volunteers to help with collection tins to support us at local events.
- Ambassadors to represent us at local events to talk about the work that we do.
- Volunteer to facilitate our Creative Writing group in Epsom
- General facilitator (with car or someone who can travel by public transport) to take registers, support courses and work closely with our Area Co-Ordinator in Epsom and Banstead.
- Volunteer to facilitate and grow our Play Reading group in Epsom.

For any enquiries about volunteering, please get in touch with Anna Silver, our Volunteers Co-Ordinator, at or on 01372 375 400.

For when you need support

Age Concern Epsom & Ewell - please see info above.

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.

Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity Lottery - Join today and support your local hospital. For further details see

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

Diabetes Management Course


Free CV writing sessions


Surrey Prepared


Surrey Prepared is made up of councils, emergency services, the Environment Agency, utility companies and the voluntary sector who work together and with communities to plan and prepare for potential emergencies. For advice about protecting your home, or how your community can work together to prepare for emergencies, please visit the Surrey Prepared website

Free Red Cross Emergency App

If you are prepared, you are much better able to cope with an emergency. To help with this, the Red Cross have developed an Emergency App, which is free to download. It enables you to set up emergency alerts, including severe weather warnings and provides practical advice on what to do in a variety of emergency situations.

It is easy to set up alerts for more than one postcode or area, enabling you to warn and support loved ones who may not live close by.

Also included are:

  • a personal alarm and strobe light to attract attention in emergencies.
  • A location finder, so you’ll always know exactly where you are.
  • An ‘I’m safe’ notification that can be sent to your friends and family.

Find out more on the Red Cross Website (link

Help if power, gas or water get cut off – priority help for those who need extra assistance

If you or someone you know might need help if electricity, gas or water supplies get cut off, then extra assistance is available by signing up to a priority register.

All utility providers hold a register of people who need priority support in an emergency. These are people that:

  • are of pensionable age
  • are disabled or chronically sick
  • have a long-term medical condition
  • have a hearing or visual impairment or additional communication needs
  • are in a vulnerable situation

Support is also available for people with children under five.

As well as help in an emergency, there are other benefits to being on a priority register including advance notice of planned power cuts, identification and password schemes, and help with accessing prepayment meters and meter reading. To find out more about priority registers, you’ll need to contact each of your utility providers – their contact details will be on your bills.

Here there be dragons

Members of the Community & Wellbeing Centre had a special visitor last month, to coincide with Chinese New Year!Dragon

Following their lunch, a dragon dance was performed with live music for members.

The leader of the dance troop and the dragon head is one of the Wellbeing Centre’s Tai Chi instructors.

The Community & Wellbeing Centre is a friendly, local support hub for the over 55s and offers a number of social and recreational activities. We have a range of facilities all under one roof, including our entertainment hall, and communal dining. This is the focal point of the Centre where people can catch up with friends and check out the regular events and activities. The self service restaurant is open from 11.30am to 1pm, Monday to Friday.

Additional activities available include

  • Tai-chi
  • Line dancing
  • Whist drives
  • Arts and crafts group
  • Bingo
  • Indoor bowls
  • Chess
  • Computer classes
  • Singing

Wellbeing services include a hairdressers, a foot clinic and stay young exercise classes.

For more information on the Community & Wellbeing Centre visit our website

Epsom Community & Wellbeing Centre
Sefton Road
KT19 9HG

Our Voice survey for children and young people in Surrey

OurVoice_1Surrey County Council are running a survey for children and young people to share their views on the things that matter to them, their community, their health and happiness and give them a forum to have their voices heard.   

Please use the links below for the respective surveys: 

The OUR voice survey for Primary – 4-11 years

The OUR voice survey for Secondary/College – 11/12-25 years

For more information get in touch with


Your Council

Council meetings: March - April 2020

MARCH 2020

Special Meeting, Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators, Monday 2 March, 6pm

Licensing and Planning Policy Committee, Thursday 5 March, 7pm

Planning Committee, Thursday 12 March, 7pm

Community and Wellbeing Committee, Thursday 19 March, 7.30pm

Environment and Safe Communities Committee, Tuesday 24 March, 7.30pm

Strategy and Resources Committee, Tuesday 31 March, 7.30pm

APRIL 2020

Audit, Crime & Disorder and Scrutiny Committee, Thursday 9 April, 7.30pm

Council, Tuesday 14 April, 7.30pm

Planning Committee, Thursday 16 April, 7pm

Licensing and Planning Policy Committee, Thursday 23 April, 7pm

Nonsuch Park Joint Management Committee, Monday 27 April, 10am, Nonsuch Mansion House, Nonsuch Park.

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.

Epsom & Ewell Local Committee (Surrey County Council) meeting

Date: Monday 30 March 2020

Time: 7pm

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

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

Visit for more details and confirmation of the venue, or contact Nicola Morris on 020 8541 9437 or email: 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 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 - for all the latest vacancies and to view are new 'Working with us' recruitment video.

You can also visit the Epsom & Ewell pages at

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Contact us

Tel: 01372 732000
Text: 07950 080202

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:

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.

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