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Keeping Epsom and Walton Downs safe and enjoyable for allImage:Autumn fog on Epsom Downs

The Jockey Club, the landowners of Epsom and Walton Downs, have reiterated how the public can enjoy the much loved green open space.

They state “as the landowner it is important that we ensure those who use the Downs to work, the racehorse training community, are able to do so safely.  Racehorses and those who train them have priority at certain times of the day, but we must also balance this with the enjoyment that the general public get from the Downs

We are asking the general public not to use the Downs during racehorse training hours unless they absolutely have to”.

The unprecedented increase in people working from home and needing green and open space during the pandemic meant that the Downs saw a huge increase in people using them.

This has presented significant challenges for the racehorse training community, who have priority during the following racehorse training hours:

  • 6am – 12 noon Monday to Saturday
  • 8am – 9:30am Sunday

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Why not check your drinking habits?

How much do you think, you need that drink? Find you results at DrinkCoachEarlier this year Public Health England published trends in alcohol consumption since the start of the pandemic. The findings showed an increase in total alcohol-specific deaths, driven by an unprecedented annual increase in alcoholic liver disease deaths.

Despite pubs, clubs and restaurants being closed for just short of 31 weeks during the national lockdowns, the total amount of alcohol released for sale during the pandemic remained similar to pre-pandemic years, which indicates people were drinking more at home.

The DrinkCoach Alcohol Test is a quick and confidential way to check if your drinking is putting your health at risk. It will ask you a series of questions including how often you drink, the types of drinks you enjoy and how many drinks you are likely to have on average.

Depending on your result, it may signpost you to useful information or local services including telephone or face to face sessions to help you change your drinking habits and reduce your drinking.

 For full details of the support that is available via your GP and support groups, see NHS Alcohol Support.

Find out more and take the DrinkCoach Alcohol Test on the Healthy Surrey website.

Remember - it pays to be honest!

Are you ready for parenthood?

Are you ready for parenthood?Becoming a new parent is life-changing. It can also be in varying measures exhilarating, exhausting, and extremely challenging. Surrey Heartlands #ReadyforParenthood campaign aims to support new parents with social media messages for a 12-month period, each month focusing on different aspects of being a parent. 

“I’m delighted to support the launch of the new #ReadyforParenthood campaign, supporting families as they embark on parenthood with their new babies,” says Jenny Hughes, South East Regional Chief Midwife.

 “The first days and weeks with a new baby present a range of experiences, both challenging and rewarding, and as a new parent it can be daunting finding information and support about aspects of parenting.

 “There is support available from healthcare providers including midwives, maternity support workers, health visitors, GPs and mental health teams, as well as from charities and support organisations. This campaign aims to signpost to all these different opportunities for support and information, and we are delighted to have a campaign reaching across the whole of the South East Region, supporting families in our area.”

The campaign will run on social media across Surrey and you can keep updated by following or You can also find out more by visiting the campaign landing page.

Abuse isn't always physical

Domestic Abuse? We\'re here to support you. www.surreyagainstda.infoControlling behaviour in relationships

Domestic abuse and toxic relationships don’t always involve physical violence. It can be sexual, financial and emotional abuse and can happen to anyone. Sustained controlling behaviour such as regularly intimidating, bullying, criticising or threatening someone in a personal relationship, are all forms of what is called ‘coercive control’. This is a form of domestic abuse and is a criminal offence.

What is coercive control?

Typically one person in a personal relationship, whether it be a partner, spouse or family member, will control the other over a period of time and in ways that go largely unnoticed by friends and family. As well as the bullying and criticism, common traits of coercive control can include checking the other’s phone, making them dress in or look a certain way, wanting to know where they are and who they are seeing, restricting their money or cutting them off from friends and family.

Who can it happen to and what support is available?

Abuse can happen to anyone. Children and young people that are new to relationships might not know what a healthy relationship is. So, it’s important to help young people spot the signs when a relationship is unhealthy.

 What support is available?

A range of help and support is available, including general advice and confidential listening. So if you think you may be in a controlling relationship or know someone who is, we are here to help when you are ready. Visit the Surrey Against Domestic Abuse website, call Surrey’s Domestic Abuse helpline provided by Your Sanctuary on 01483 776822 or use the Your Sanctuary confidential online chat to get advice, signposting and information just as you would over the phone. In an emergency you should always call 999.

The LoveRespect website includes lots of helpful information for young people including a quiz to learn more about how healthy their relationship is, and advice on how to help a friend who might be spending time with someone who doesn’t treat them well. is an online interactive platform for use on a smartphone to help young people to identify harmful and abusive behaviour in their relationships and also provides information, help and advice.

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