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Green fingered volunteers needed

Image: allotment volunteersThe Sunnybank Trust, an Epsom based charity that works with adults with Learning Disabilities has been given a local allotment, so that their members can learn how to plant and grow vegetables, fruits and plants.

They are really keen to find volunteers that have an interest in this area, whether it is to help plan, getting involved with the preparation of the area, or helping members to plant and learn about the different types of vegetables and fruits.

The Sunnybank Trust are a fun and lively group, that would love to hear from you.

If this interests you, please email

For more information on the Sunnybank Trust visit their website: 

Bank Holiday pharmacy opening times

Many community pharmacies are open this August Bank Holiday weekend - please remember your face covering and to follow social distancing rules. 

For opening hours and more info on NHS services over the weekend, please see:
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The beautiful gardens of Epsom and Ewell

During the last few months many of us have turned to gardening to help us through. The happy by-product is that many of us now have lovely gardens, patios & hanging baskets to be proud of!

In recognition of these wonderful gardens Epsom Rotary Club ran a ‘Lockdown’ Garden photograph Competition, for the local community, during the months of June and July and the judging has now taken place.

Our judge, the MD of Garden Genies, had an extremely difficult task as the standard of entries was extremely high.  She had to be very critical, even down to who had been most careful about dead-heading the plants in some cases!

Epsom Rotary Club would like to thanks everyone who sent in photographs of their lovely gardens. Unfortunately there can be only one winner and one runner up in the two categories and they are as follows 

Baskets and Window Boxes category

1st prize - "My Little Haven of Calm" by Mrs Jan Evens

Image: My Little Haven of Calm

2nd prize - "My Patio 2020" by Janice Pond

Image: My Patio 2020

Gardens category

1st prize - "Floriferous Front Garden" by Jamie Barnes

Image: Floriferous Front Garden

2nd prize - "A Thistle in my Garden" by Alexandra Hendy

Image: A Thistle in my Garden

Serve up some savings by reducing your food waste

Image: Surrey Environment Partnership food waste reduction campaignIt may be simpler than you think to save some money this summer. Reducing your food waste will not only keep the pounds in your pocket but will help the environment too.

While recycling any food that cannot be eaten is good for the planet, throwing away less in the first place is even better. Save more and waste less by trying these three tips:  

  • Plan your food shop in advance so you only buy what you need.
  • Freeze food before it reaches its ‘use by’ date.
  • Use up your leftovers by trying out a new recipe.

Make reducing food waste even easier by downloading an app that helps you to plan your shops or donate excess food to your neighbours. With the money you save you could also buy some items to donate to your local food bank.

Surrey Environment Partnership (SEP) chairman Councillor Neil Dallen said: “More time at home means Surrey residents are buying and cooking more food than ever before. We should use this time to think more about what we buy and how we can waste less.”

Discover leftover recipes, storage tips and app recommendations on the SEP website.

Ready for pregnancy

Ready for pregnancyA 12-month campaign has launched across Surrey to encourage women to get fit and healthy before they try for a baby. #ReadyforPregnancy aims to raise awareness of how women’s health when they get pregnant affects them and their baby not only throughout their pregnancy, but also at birth.

The campaign will focus on a different aspect of health each month. These can improve a couple’s chances of conceiving and going on to have a happy and healthy pregnancy and birth. Topics include taking regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, stopping smoking and mental wellbeing.

Gemma Puckett, Head of Midwifery at Ashford & St Peters Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is such an exciting time for couples but we know that most women don’t seek health advice before becoming pregnant and are often unaware of the risks to themselves and their baby. There is a clear link between a mother’s health before pregnancy, the risks she is exposed to or exposes herself to, and her baby’s health.

“We want to every woman in Surrey to know how to prepare themselves for a healthy pregnancy which they can enjoy, and a few small changes can make a big difference. #ReadyforPregnancy is a great way to help raise awareness of things women can do before conception to improve fertility, pregnancy health and their baby’s future health.”

The campaign will run on social media across Surrey and you can keep updated by following or

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Keeping it real – live a life less disposable with cloth nappies

If you’re having a baby soon or already use disposable nappies have you considered switching to cloth or reusable nappies instead?Image: Surrey Environment Partnership cloth nappies myths busted

There are a few myths about real nappies, but the facts are very different.

Busting those myths

  1. They cost more – reusables can work out cheaper than your overall spend on disposables. More so if you use them for your next baby along with the hand-me-down clothes, books and toys! Picking up and selling reusables is really easy, check your local Freecycle and Facebook groups or NCT nappy library.
  2. Create more laundry – many can go straight in the wash causing minimal increase to your laundry and you’ll stand to halve your average weekly household waste.
  3. Use too much water - washing your nappies each week will never rival the amount of water or energy used to manufacture disposable nappies, and you can minimise energy output by washing at lower temperatures, line-drying instead of tumbling and washing a full load.
  4. Smell bad - many include the option of a biodegradable, flushable liner so the smelly waste is flushed away rather than hanging around in a rubbish bin for a week or two and nappy buckets have a lid and are emptied every 2-3 days.
  5. They’re fiddly to use - there’s a wide choice compared with our parents’ generation – with nappies now shaped just like disposables. Many are fitted with Velcro or poppers that fasten just as easily – no pins! Take your waterproof wet bag with you and transfer used nappies to the washing machine when you return home.
  6. Leaks and nappy rash – leaks are caused by a bad fit, regardless of nappy type. The soft, natural fibres are more breathable for a baby’s skin than plastic; doctors often recommend that babies with sensitive skin switch to reusables.

When it comes to wanting a life less disposable, cloth could well be for you.

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