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Hats off to the Rotary Clubs of Ewell and of Epsom for organising another stonking Borough Fun Day – we have pictures in this issue.

The Fun Day is the finale of the Borough’s summer activities and as we step into autumn there’s the two WW1 commemoration events to look forward to. The Bourne Hall WW1 weekend is full of free family activities. Epsom in Harmony see’s various community musical groups getting together for an evening charity concert – information for both events can be found in this issue.

Looking further forward, next year see’s the local and general elections. The Council is holding a non-political prospective candidates evening to encourage residents to find out about being a councillor and hopefully put themselves forward in the local elections in 2015. If you care about your community, why not pop along – details of the evening can be found in the community section of this newsletter.


War poetry competition

As part of the Borough's WW1 commemorations, the Council, along with the Royal British Legion, would like to invite all children of school age between 5 and 16 years to write a short ‘War’ poem. 

The subject of ‘War’ could  be the general concept,  World War 1 or World War 2 or even the other conflicts; the Falklands, The Balkans, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

All Children (aged between 5 and 16) who are resident or schooled within the Borough are welcome to take part. There are two categories for Key Stages 1 & 2 and Key Stages 3 & 4. 

All entries will be included within the Councils archives. The winners will be invited to read their poem at the Borough’s Armistice Day Ceremony in Epsom Market Place on Tuesday 11 November 2014.  There will also be a prize each for the two winning entries.

Closing date is Tuesday 21 October. 

Entries should include name, contact details and age plus parental/guardian consent

Entries should be sent to
War Poem
Mayor’s Office
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council
Town Hall
The Parade
KT18 5BY

Help pick the UK’s favourite park

Green flagHelp pick the UK’s favourite park in online vote

A record breaking 1482 parks and green spaces this year received a Green Flag Award and people are now urged to vote for their favourite. The annual People's Choice Award is now open - giving the public the power to decide which one of the 1482 Green Flag Award sites should be named Park of the Year in an online vote.

Show your support by voting for one of the five green spaces in Epsom & Ewell that have gained the Green Flag Award; Epsom Common Local Nature Reserve, Ewell Court Park, Nonsuch Park, Alexandra Recreation Ground and Rosebery Park

To vote:
• Visit  
• Select your country/region on the interactive map
• Find your favourite park or green space
• Click the 'vote for this site' button

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager, said: "Following a record breaking year for the Green Flag Award we are now asking the public to decide which of the 1482 parks and green spaces deserves the coveted People's Choice Award 2014.”

The vote will close at noon on Tuesday 30 September and the winner of the 2014 People’s Choice will be announced on 16 October.

The Green Flag Award was first launched in 1996 to recognise and reward the UK’s best green spaces. It is the standard for parks and recognises well-managed, high-quality sites that meet the needs of the community.

All Green Flag Award winning parks and green spaces are entered into the annual People’s Choice Award vote, which last year saw thousands of votes recorded and resulted in the crowning of Margam Park in Neath Port Talbot as the People’s Choice.

Vote Epsom Playhouse!

Epsom PlayhouseThe My Theatre Matters! campaign in association with Smooth Radio are searching for the UK Theatre that makes its audiences feel most at home.

The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide awards to honour creative excellence and the outstanding achievement seen on and off stage throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Over 220 theatres have registered to take part in this year’s vote, including the Epsom Playhouse.

So if you value your local theatre please vote for it!

To ensure a fair and competitive process, the public voting system will be partially weighted by theatre capacity to ensure smaller theatres have as good a chance of winning as large venues.

The deadline for voting is 11.59pm on Monday 29 September 2014. To ensure fairness, voters must give their email address and can only vote once.

Vote here...

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For more pictures from the Epsom and Ewell Borough Fun Day visit

Kick your smoking habit

Stoptober LogoIf you’re looking to quit smoking, why not sign up for Stoptober and take part in the 28 day mass participation challenge which will help curb thousands of smokers’ cravings during October?

The Surrey Stop Smoking Service will be on hand to help you with lots of advice and support that’s local, personal and tailored to your needs. You can choose to attend weekly clinics, speak to a GP or pharmacist or set up weekly phone calls with a trained advisor so you can get support from the comfort of your own home.

By taking on the challenge, you’ll also get lots of Stoptober support including:

• A Stoptober stop smoking pack
• A 28 day smartphone app, with daily updates and quitting advice.
• A free text message service for motivational pick-me-ups.

To find out more about Stoptober or if you want to quit smoking straight away and need help getting started, visit or call the Stop Smoking Service on 0845 6023608.

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Don't Bottle out of Recycling, Pledge4Plastics instead

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council supports new campaign to get Epsom & Ewell back on track with recycling
This September, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is proudly supporting the #Pledge4Plastics campaign, which aims to get recycling back on the household agenda. 

The campaign, which launched earlier this month, is brought to you by Pledge 4 Plastics, a new government backed initiative created to significantly increase the collection of plastic packaging for recycling.

Knowing that five billion plastic bottles were sent to UK landfill sites last year, the initiative has joined forces with interior designer Abigail Ahern to launch #Pledge4Plastics, a campaign that is urging people to make a promise to recycle just one extra plastic bottle per household each week.

To highlight the many ways plastic can be given a new life if recycled correctly, Abigail Ahern, who has a collection at a leading high street department store and recently starred in Channel 4's Get Your House in Order, has channelled her distinct quirky style to design her first ever bespoke phone cover, which is made from 80 percent recycled plastic bottles.

One thousand limited edition phone covers  have been designed exclusively for #Pledge4Plastics, to reward those who register their support online throughout September at or tweet @pledge4plastics.

It's important to remember that #Pledge4Plastics is not just about recycling water and drinks bottles, it includes all types of plastic bottles, from every room in the house, ranging from shampoo bottles and shower gels to domestic bleach bottles and cooking oil bottles. Not forgetting to recycle food pots, tubs and trays (like yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and lasagne trays), will help to reduce the amount of plastics that goes to landfill.

For more information on recycling all plastics in Epsom & Ewell visit the Council's website.

For more information about the campaign visit

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Thank you! Round the Borough Hike 2014

Round the Borough Hike group

Thank you to everyone who participated in Round the Borough Hike earlier this month. Around 49 enthusiastic walkers signed up for the popular event which joins up the Borough's beautiful open spaces, including Epsom & Walton Downs, Epsom Common LNR (Local Nature Reserve), Nonsuch Park, the Hogsmill LNR and Horton Country Park LNR.

Participants ranged from the oldest, 72 years old to the youngest, 10 years old including local residents, a team from Epsom All Sorts and a fundraising team for charity, Shooting Star Chase. Everyone who took part enjoyed the 20 mile route challenge making new friends and seeing areas of the Borough they had never visited before.

All participants received certificates on completing the Hike and those who had also taken part in the Bike event in May this year were awarded a specially designed key ring medal to recognise their achievement. The youngest participant William James who was part of the Boccia team in the P&G Surrey Youth Games earlier this year, completed both the Hike and Bike Challenge along with his Dad and brother. A big thank you to the nine wonderful volunteers including five councillors who helped out with road marshalling.

To relive Round the Borough Hike in pictures visit

Both Round the Borough Hike and Bike are free events for the whole family offering participants the opportunity to explore and discover Epsom & Ewell. Dates for next year's events are Sunday 17 May 2015 - Round the Borough Bike and Saturday 5 September 2015 - Round the Borough Hike. Don't forget to put the dates in your diary!

You are welcome to do the challenge at any time of the year, the route is marked up and detailed maps are available online at

For more information contact the Council's Leisure Developments team by email: or phone 01372 732000.

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What's On

Upcoming events

A selection from the wide range of events happening over the next few weeks across the Borough:

Guide and Brownie Jumble Sale
Saturday 27 September; 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom
Admission 50p. Refreshments available. In aid of Epsom Methodist Brownies, Guides and Rainbows.

Ready, Steady, Arrange
Thursday 2 October; 7.30pm for 8pm
Epsom Sports Club, KT18 7QN
Epsom Garden Flower Club presents a fun evening to practice your flower arranging. Visitors and new members always welcome. For more information phone Audrey on 01372 720816.

Cuddington Harvest Fayre
Saturday 4 October; 12noon - 3pm
St Mary's Church, The Avenue, Worcester Park
Fun for all the family! Cakes, toys, barbecue, cream teas, tombola, home produce, books, crafts, bottle tombola, candy floss, hoop la, Bat the Rat, Sift the Sands, kids trail.

Surrey Arrhythmia Support Group
Wednesday 8 October; 4.45pm
Epsom Hospital Post Graduate Centre,
Guest speaker: Dr Adam Jacques, Clinical Director of SE Coast Cardiology

Quiz night
Saturday 11 October, 7.30pm start
St Joseph's Catholic Church, St Margaret Drive, Epsom, KT18 7JQ
Raising money for projects in Tanzania. 6-8 people in a team. £15 each, including two course buffet dinner. Licenced bar.
Contact Neil Dallen for tickets 01372 728187.

St Martin Of Tours - Autumn Recital Series 2014
onathan Rennert, Organ (Director of Music St Michael's Cornhill, London)
Saturday 11 October; 4.30pm
Free Entry. Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX;

Yin and Yang
Wednesday 15 October; 1.30pm for 2pm
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF
Epsom Mayday Flower Club presents a flower arranging demonstration by Mayday Mystery. Visitors welcome £5.

7th Epsom Scouts Jumble Sale
Saturday 18 October
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom
Doors open for public 50p entry at 1.30pm. Early Birds £5 entry 11am - 12noon

Who do you think you are?
Saturday 18 October, 10am - 4.00pm
Ewell Library, Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF
Family History Day - Let us help you trace your ancestors at the Epsom & Ewell History Centre. Free Entry.

Crafty Christmas Shopping Fair
Saturday 18 October, 10.30am -1.30pm
St Johns Church Hall, Station Approach, Stoneleigh, KT19 0QU. Entry - adults 50p, children free
An early opportunity to buy unusual Christmas presents and homemade items. Tables available £10

23-25 October
Adrian Mann Theatre, Nescot College, Reigate Road, Epsom, KT17 3DS
Kingston Vale Theatre Group proudly brings one of the most popular family musicals to Epsom!
Adults £16, Concessions £12, Family ticket for four (must include 2 chidlren) £50.

Ewell Horticultural Assoc - Late Autumn Show
Saturday 25 October, 2.30pm - 4.30pm

Blenheim High School, Longmead Road, Epsom, KT19 9BH
Raffle, Floral art, plant sale, photography and refreshments. All welcome. Free admission -

Mayor of Epsom & Ewell Charity Barn Dance
Saturday 1 November
Ruxley Church Hall, Ruxley Lane, Ewell KT19 OJG
Live music from Ouch! Includes fish and chip supper. Please bring your own drinks. Book your £15 ticket via or phone 07983 262 477. Orgaised by Epsom & Ewell Mayor's Charity Fund -

Epsom…in harmony

Epsom in harmonyAs part of the ongoing commemorations for the anniversary of the start of the First World War, an evening concert of music and poetry has been organised by local community music groups to raise money the Mayor’s charities and Combat Stress.

Epsom in Harmony takes place on Friday 26 September in the Oaks Hall at the Duchess Stand, Epsom Downs. The concert will cater for a wide range of musical tastes including choral music and band melodies and poetry reflecting times just before the outbreak of WWI.  

Performers include Epsom Male Voice Choir, Epsom Choral Society, Soundbytes, Ewell Ladies, The Downsmen, Sponsalia Chamber Choir and Rosebery School Girls' Choir, alongside the Epsom and Ewell Silver Band.

Tickets are on sale NOW at £12, and can be purchased from Epsom Playhouse. A limited number of tickets, if untaken, will be available on the door on the night.

Mayor of Epsom & Ewell Councillor Robert Foote commented "Epsom in Harmony provides a perfect evening’s entertainment and will raise funds for worthy causes. A great and varied programme of music has been planned and I would like to thank the local community bodies involved for pulling together what promises to be a great concert".

Jainee Foxon, Chairperson of the organisers of Epsom in Harmony said: "The choirs and groups are offering a delightful mix of music to suit all tastes and, with preparation well underway, I can confidently assure everyone will have a terrific and enjoyable evening. Our programme includes some tried and tested favourites including Land of hope and glory so the audience have an opportunity to join in”!

Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Mayors charities; Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Epsom & Ewell Citizens Advice Bureau and Epsom & Ewell Foodbank and the veterans’ mental health charity started in 1917, Combat Stress.

From Town to Trench: the Great War


Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 October
Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey KT17 1UF

A free weekend of events, displays and demonstrations for the whole family, organised by Bourne Hall Museum and 10th Essex Regiment to commemorate the men and women of World War One and the work of Epsom and Ewell during the war. 

This will feature re-enactors, a  full size WW1 fighter plane, a replica trench  and a front-line military hospital with 1916 ambulance.

Memorabilia Wanted!
Do you have any memorabilia from the First World War? Bourne Hall Museum would love to see any letters, uniforms, trench art, medals and any other items of interest. Please contact David Brooks at the Museum on 0208 394 1734 or email



A Day for All

St Mary's, EwellA Day for All - Happy 166th Birthday St Mary's
Saturday 27 September; 11am - 6.30pm
St Mary the Virgin, London Road, Ewell KT17 2AQ

Free entry, come and go throughout the day. A variety of activities for all ages including - brass rubbing, craft run by the Brownies and Guides, Swop Shop for your excess produce, dance, talks about art and historic churchyard tours.

Free cafe-style refreshments all day. Free lunch - soup and bread, 12.30-1.30pm. Birthday Tea at 4pm. At 5.30pm enjoy a fish and chip supper, please order and pay by Sunday 21 September.

For more information and to view the full programme of events visit or telephone the Parish Office on 0208 393 2643 or email:

Surrey Opportunities Fair

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Surrey Opportunities Fair - 1,000's of opportunities under one roof
Tuesday 14 October; 9.30am - 7pm (Open to the public from 4-7pm)
Epsom Downs Racecourse

Free Entry. The Surrey Opportunities Fair returns to Epsom Downs Racecourse on Tuesday 14 October between 9.30am and 7pm.

Colleges, training providers, careers advisers and employers will be on hand to give young people advice on what choices are open to them, whether that's applying for further education, an apprenticeship, vocational training or starting out in their chosen career.

There are thousands of opportunities available to young people in Surrey and the fair aims to ensure that each young person is well informed to take their next steps.

The free event will be open to the public from 4pm to 7pm and visitors will be in with a chance of winning an iPad.

For more inforamtion visit

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Twilight Walk

Twilight Walk
Saturday 18 October; Walk start time 5pm
The Children's Trust, Tadworth Court, Tadworth, Surrey KT20 5RU

The Children's Trust annual Twilight Walk is back! Walk our half marathon or the more gentle 5K route under the stars to support children with brain injury.

Time: Registration from 3.30 - 4.30pm. The Walk commences at 5pm. 

Route options:
- Half marathon distance walk (13.1 miles)- this route will take you through Tadworth, Epsom, Ewell and back up to Tadworth around the outskirts of Epsom Downs.
- Family 5k route - this route will take you through Tadworth, to Walton on the Hill, then back to Tadworth-this route is buggy and wheel chair friendly! Under 3's enter for FREE!
Walk commencing and finishing at The Children's Trust, KT20 5RU. Please note: only over 18's may participate in the 13 mile walk.

Attractions on the night: Hog Roasts, Hot Toddies, Refreshments, Raffle, and more!

Ticket prices: Get your early bird ticket now - £15 for the 13 mile route, £10 for the 5k route, £5 for the 5k route for under 12's; Tickets will be £20 on the night for adults and £10 for children.

All ticket prices include the warm up, fundraising information and free Twilight Walk t-shirt to be collected during registration on the day.

Suggested minimum sponsorship is £50 per person.

To book tickets and find out more visit or telephone: 01737 365019 or email:

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club Activities

Tuesday October 28
Cave Painting
11am - 12noon; 2 - 3pm
In the deep time of preshistory, 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'. Please book to reserve your place, maximum 20 children.

To book spaces, for more information or to be added to our e-mailing list please contact David Brooks on email: Tel: 020 8394 1734 or visit

Bourne Hall Museum Kids Club is for young people 8+ who love history and like to have fun while learning about it. We travel back through time to discover the past and its people encompassing all periods of history from the deepest Stone Age to the home front in Epsom during World War 2. The Club meets on the second or third Saturday of each month at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF between 1 and and 2.30pm and costs £5 per child for each session. There is no joining fee and you are welcome to just come to the meetings that interest you.

This month at the Epsom Playhouse


  • 23 September - Jaleo Flamenco - scintillating fusion of heart-wrenching vocals, explosive footwork and virtuoso guitar playing.
  • 24 September  - The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular Show - "Purveyors of Cool" swing into town with the greatest music of the 20th Century.
  • 25 September -  Albert Lee & Hogans Heroes – Lee, by common consent one of the world's finest guitar players, fronting his own band comprising some of the best known and respected Rock'n'Roll and Country musicians in the UK.
  • 27 September -  Surrey Harmony, Can’t Stop The Beat -  Surrey Harmony sings classic, chart and show songs in close harmony a cappella and is a five times UK gold medal winning chorus.
  • 3 October  - Surfin' USA - Starring BBC's Strictly Come Dancing lead singer, Chris Madin, and backed by an incredible live band, pays tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time, The Beach Boys.
  • 4 October  - Ronnie Scott's All Stars - Direct from London's world famous jazz club, Ronnie Scott's, musical director James Pearson, accompanied by The Ronnie Scott's All Stars', take to the stage at the Epsom Playhouse.
  • 11 October  - Beyond The Barricade - celebrating it's 15th fantastic year with a sensational new show, the UK's longest running musical theatre concert re-creates original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity.
  • 14 October  - Joe Brown - Packed with timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, folk, and rock 'n' roll, all interwoven with Joe's effervescent delivery and humorous reminiscences this sensational show is a musical journey not to be missed.
  • 17 October  - Blake -  Back and better than ever, with a new sound, new songs and their biggest UK tour yet.  The three Brit-Award-winners will be performing exclusive songs from their fifth studio album, released UK-wide this autumn.
  • 18 October - I'm A Stranger Here Myself - More than just a cabaret concert, I'm A Stranger Here Myself is a story that highlights two extraordinary decades in German history and the golden age of German Cabaret.
  • 18 October - Epsom Symphony Orchestra - Vaughan Williams inspiring and evocative London Symphony starts the Epsom Symphony Orchestra's season in a programme that includes Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance and Walton's cheeky Facade Suite.
  • 19 October - The Snow Queen - Filled with the strange beauty of ice-cold winter and the warmth of true love, this Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale translates perfectly into one of Image Musical Theatre's much loved participation musicals.
  • 20 October  - That'll Be The Day -  Get ready to party as the nation’s favourite rock ‘n' roll variety show returns with a brand new show featuring a fresh line up of classic gold hits from the 1950's, 60's and 70's, plus more hilarious comedy!
  • 21 October - The Patsy Cline Anniversary Tour - Featuring the talented Sandy Kelly ' Ireland's Queen of Country Music' and George Hamilton IV, one of the true greats of Country Music. An evening of song, laughter and legendary stories are promised when you come to this enthralling tribute to the music, life and times of Patsy Cline.


  • 26 September -  Jongleurs - Back by popular demand  the country's best stand-up comedians are gracing the Epsom  stage once more.
  • 2 October  - Hal Cruttenden, The Tough Luvvie Tour  - Following stand out performances on Live At The Apollo (BBC1), Have I Got News For You (BBC1), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV1) and Mock The Week (BBC2), join Hal for a night of camp and straight, warm and catty humour.
  • 4 October - Dracula the Panto! -  Isosceles in association with Useful Idiots present a hilarious spoof of the Dracula story performed Panto style.
  • 10 October  - The Noise Next Door - Six time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe and one of the country's most sought after comedy club headliners, The Noise Next Door leave audiences everywhere in awe of their lightning quick wit and totally original comedic talents.
  • 13 October  - Dara O Briain, Work in Progress -  One of the most recognisable faces on British TV and one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today. Please note this show will be a work in progress for an upcoming UK and Irish Tour.
  • 16 October - Paul Zerdin - the internationally acclaimed ventriloquist returns to the live arena with an exhilarating new show, jam-packed with surprises, twists and turns.    Audiences will soon realise that it's not just the puppets he's controlling and will begin to wonder just who's pulling their strings!


  • 6 October - Stones In His Pocket - The multi-award winning Stones In His Pockets see what happens when a major Hollywood film studio descends upon a small village in County Kerry, through the eyes of two aspiring Irish movie extras Jackie and Charley.
  • 8 October  - Dirty Dusting - Starring Crissy Rock from Benidorm & I'm a Celebrity! Three cleaning ladies (past their sell by date) start up a telephone sex line “The Telephone Belles” – a dirty sex chat line that really cleans up!


  • 27 September  - Close Up Magic - showcasing  some of the best and most skilful exponents of magic.
  • 9 October - Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee - An evening full of comedy and magic with a selection of favourite magic and a number of new tricks never performed in public.


  • 1 October - An evening with John Humphrys - Broadcasting’s toughest interrogator talks about his 50 years in journalism and broadcasting and invites you to turn the tables on him. Proceeds to his Kitchen Table Charities Trust which finances projects supporting people in the poorest areas of the world.
  • 15 October  - My Dalek has a Puncture - A light hearted evening with Simon Fisher-Becker better known to Sci-Fi fans as Dorium Maldovar from the Doctor Who. Semi-Autobiographical, Simon gives an insight into how he became an actor, what is needed today if you want to be an actor and a general idea of how to prioritize options, opportunities and challenges in life, highlighting pitfalls and silver linings.


  • 12 October  - LDN Wrestling - The stars stars of LDN Wrestling are coming for an afternoon of action packed drama!  Don't miss out with top names including British Heavyweight Champion, the popular Alan Lee Travis , Pirate Paul Malen, the Masked Man of Mystery the Dark Lord and many more.

This year’s panto is

The Wizard of Oz
13 Dec 2014 - 4 Jan 2015
Spillers pantomimes are delighted to bring you another spectacular Show with an all singing & dancing star cast including local youth talent as the mischievous munchkins.
So follow the yellow brick road to the Epsom Playhouse!

For full information and to make a booking online visit or call (01372) 742555 / 742227 or like us on Facebook -

Epsom Markets

Epsom Markets

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

Traditional Epsom Market
Takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays and features around 20 stalls from fruit and vegetables, clothes, hardware, fabric, pet foods, flowers, seafood, shoes and other speciality goods, they all offer something special for free: a welcoming smile.

Epsom Farmer's Market
Next on Sunday 5 October
Takes place on the first Sunday of the month, this market is a treasure trove of fresh, tasty and attractive local produce. To find out more, come to the market!

Sport, every day!

Every day there is the opportunity to engage in a different sport in the Borough, here's a selection:


EzeeSport Classes

Multi-sport fun for children at Ebbisham Sport Club: 2 - 3 years - 9.45am - 10.30am; 3 - 4 years -10.30am - 11.15am. To book a free trail call 07862 220 857 or email  For more information please visit

Mars Just Play

FA Mars Just Play centres allow anyone to get involved in playing football aged 16 or over. The first session in Epsom starts Monday 27 January at Court Recreation Ground 3G AstroTurf surface, Pound Lane, Epsom KT19 8SB from 6-7pm. Cost £3. For more information visit

Epsom Sharks Basketball Club  

Started in September 2013 following the success of the boys and girls teams at the P&G Surrey Youth Games. The Club is welcoming new players to attend training and take part in friendly matches before they enter the league later in the year. Training is held on Monday evenings at Blenheim High School. Cost £3, 6-7pm boys and girls years 7-8; 7-8pm boys and girls years 9-11. For more information email Kay Swygart, Sports Development Officer, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council: 

Tuesday’s and Sunday’s

Touchtennis mix in/ taster sessions

'Touchtennis’ is an attractive alternative to the mainstream game. Played on a reduced size court with foam balls and 21 inch kids racquets, its carefully calibrated regulations aim to level the playing field. Ebbisham Sports Club are holding a weekly mix - in session every Tuesday from 6.30pm, racquets and equipment provided, £2.50. Please call 01372 720647 for more information.

Back to Netball sessions

Tuesdays: 7.15-8pm, Sundays: 4.30-5.30pm; £18 for 6 weeks, open to women of any age. Call the Rainbow Centre to register your place 01372 727 277.

Wednesday’s, Thursday’s & Friday’s

Cardio Tennis

Wednesdays 9.30am, Thursdays 7.30pm & Fridays 10am. All sessions are held at the Ebbisham Sports Club, for more information email or visit

Thursday's and Saturday's (term-time)

Wheels for All

At The Harrier Centre, King George's Recreational Ground, Poole Road, West Ewell KT19 9RY. Thursday's: 3-5.15pm; Saturday's: 1.30-4pm. Sessions for adults every Thursday 1-3pm, £2 per person. The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activitiy. By using specially adapted cycles, the activities are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone involved. For more information contact Matthew Wing on 07790757216, email or visit


Community Football Sessions (term-time)

At Court Recreation Ground 3G AstroTurf surface for boys and girls aged 8-16 years, 5pm—6pm, Cost £3. For more information visit the Council's website

Walking Football

At Rainbow Leisure Centre, 10.30-11.30am; Members £2, Non-Members £2.50
Aimed at the over 55s, it is a slow-paced version of the beautiful game designed to help people keep an active lifestyle despite their age. Endorsed by Surrey FA, it is an excellent sport for those that want to try something new, as well as getting those back playing football who had to stop due to injuries. For more information contact Rainbow Leisure Centre on 01372 727277.


Tennis sessions

10am - 12pm at Alexandra Recreation Ground

1.30pm - 3.30pm at Court Recreation Ground (Epsom Community Tennis - first session after Christmas break on Sat 25 Jan, first hour is for 4-8 year olds and the second hour is for 8-16 year olds and adults. Visit

Epsom and Ewell Health Walks
Enjoy the outdoors, step into fitness and walk your way to health

Epsom and Ewell Health Walks is a voluntary group offering a full programme of healthy walks throughout Epsom and Ewell on three days of the week: Mondays (half hour), Wednesdays (one hour) and Sundays (one hour). All our walks are mapped out and led by trained walk leaders. Open to all ages and abilities. No booking required. Visit to view the latest Health Walk programme and location maps.

For more information visit the Council's website

Live National Badminton League Action

Coming Soon to surrey - Live National Badminton League Action

Tickets are now on sale for all 2014/15 match-night fixtures in the game-changing new National Badminton League (NBL) – the UK’s first ever professional national league which starts on 6 October 2014.

The NBL will make live, top class badminton more accessible than ever with ticket prices starting at £5 for children and £8 for adults.

NBL Monday match-night fixtures  provide a great value way to experience the thrills, speed and electric atmosphere of live badminton featuring Britain’s top players, rising stars and international talent.

A family ticket is available for 13 of the 15 regular season fixtures starting at £28, giving fans of all age to get inspired and support their favourite players and brand new teams.

Each match-night offers five thrilling events played to a brand new scoring system that gets to the crucial points quicker.

In-play features, all of which are new and exclusive to the NBL, include a ‘PowerPlay’ double points rally and tactical time-outs add to the match-night entertainment.

The battle for NBL supremacy starts on Monday 6 October when MK Badminton entertain Surrey Smashers live on Sky Sports. Surrey Smashers – based at Surrey Sports Park (Guildford) play all in black and will play home fixtures on Monday 1 December, Monday 26 January and Monday 27 March.

To book the edge of your seat to watch live top class NBL badminton, visit:

For more information about the Surrey Smashers team visit:

Key Facts

Epsom Mental Health Week

With the annual event only days away, this month we give some key facts around Epsom Mental Health Week

  • Epsom Mental Health Week is organised by Love Me Love My Mind, a small local registered charity
  • The event takes place 5 – 11 October
  • The aim of the week is to promote a better understanding of mental health and to support the wellbeing of everyone in the local community
  • The event has been running for seven years
  • This year’s theme is 'For Your Peace of Mind'
  • There will be  41 activities / talks during the week
  • Love Me Love My Mind is run entirely by volunteers
  • 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any one year
  • Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain
  • About 10% of children have a mental health problem at any one time
  • Depression affects 1 in 5 older people
  • Self-harm statistics for the UK show one of the highest rates in Europe: 400 per 100,000 population
  • Epsom Mental Health Week  coincides with World Mental Health Day on Friday 10 October.

A timetable of the week’s events can be found on the Love Me Love My Mind website:

Mental Health week

Your Community

Thinking of becoming a Councillor?

PeopleProspective Candidate's Open Evening
Wednesday 15 October; 7.30pm
Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom, KT18 5BY

The Council is running an evening for prospective candidates for the 2015 Borough Council Elections and this free event is open to persons who are interested in becoming a Borough Councillor.

The intention is to provide (what we hope you will find!) useful and practical information about the role of a councillor and the election process.

Anyone attending this event will be able to find out about:
•How the local government system works and what services are offered by the Borough Council
•The role of a Councillor – what will be expected of them, and how to fit this in with their present lifestyle
•What support is available from Council officers to help them in their work as a Councillor, such as allowances, training and briefings
•How the election process works.

Who can become a Councillor?
These are the main requirements if you are considering standing for election, but it is not a complete list:
•18 or over on the day of nomination
•Be a UK, EU or Commonwealth citizen
•Have property, live or work in the Borough
•Have not been declared bankrupt

Candidates standing for election as councillors do not need to pay a deposit but they will need to get the signatures of ten other local registered voters on the nomination papers.

If you are interested in attending or for further information please contact Eddie Nowak at the Town Hall on Telephone: 01372 732123 or Email:

Guide to being a Councillor
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has produced a guide for anyone who has ever thought of becoming a Councillor or who would like to find out more information about the role and life of our Councillors. To view/download the guide visit the Council's website.

The four sections of the guide and their contents are listed below.
•The Role of a Councillor - This section gives an overview of the legal requirements to be a Councillor, the role of a Councillor and an overview of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council
•Help for Councillors - A summary of the support services available from the Council to help Councillors in their role
•Life as a Councillor - The time you would need to devote to the role and the allowance you would receive
•Further Information - Standing as a representative of a political party, residents' association or as an independent candidate: where to find out more.

For further information visit national websites -

Weekly activities at The Wellbeing Centre

Wellbeing Centre logoFree activities and classes throughout the week: 

Smartcare Clinic, 9am - 5pm
Adult Social Care, Surrey County Council (by appointment only)

Welfare & Benefits Advice Drop In, 10am - 12noon
Age UK/Age Concern - Last Monday of every month

Information and Advice Drop In, 10 - 11am
Alzheimer's Society

Japanese Memory Group, 10 - 11am
Enhancing cognitive functions

Craft Class, 1 - 3pm
From Tuesday 10 June for 4 weeks

Advice Drop In, 9am - 12noon
Adult Social Care, Surrey County Council

Advice Drop In, 9.30 - 11am
Surrey Association for Visual Impairment - Last Wednesday of every month

Games Session, 11am - 12noon
Fun, active session

Hand Massage, 1 - 2.30pm
For people diagnosed with dementia and their family or carer. Gentle and relaxing session

Carers Support Group, 10.30am - 12noon
Alzheimer's Society - Fourth Thursday of every month, by invite only

Japanese Memory Group, 10 - 11am
Enhancing cognitive functions

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council Home Improvement Agency, 10am - 12noon
First Friday of every month

Stimulating Visual Arts Group, 1-3pm
Inspiring and creative session.

Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm - Community Alarm and Telecare demonstration suite open. Drop in anytime to view the equipment

The above sessions are free and subject to short notice amendments or cancellation, booking advisable. To book and/or for more information on the range of activities and sessions organised by the Wellbeing Centre visit or call 01372 727583.

Weekly activities at The Wells Centre

The Wells Centre logoWeekly activities for groups and individuals at The Wells Centre, Spa Drive, Epsom KT18 7LR

Tai Chi; 9.30-10.45am (advanced), 11am-12.15pm (beginners)
With a professional tutor.

Craft/Card Making; 10.30am-12noon
With tutor.

Short Mat Bowls; 1.45-3.45pm

Yoga; 1.45-3pm
With professional tutor.

Keep fit to music; 10.30-11.30am

Bridge; 1.45-3.45pm

Social Art; 10.30am-12noon

Line Dancing; 2.30-3.30pm
With a professional tutor.

Tai Chi; 10-11am
With a professional tutor.

Card/Card Making (every alternate Thursday); 10.30am-12noon
With tutor.

Yoga; 9.45-11am
With professional tutor.

Computing for all people of all abilities; 10.15am-12.15pm or 1.30-3.30pm
Once a week for a five week duration. Basic, Intermediate or Digital photography. For details and availability contact the Centre for details.

Live music every other Friday; 1.30-3pm

Bingo every alternate Friday; 1.30-3pm

Big Screen Film Club, Friday occassionally; Part 1: 11.30am, Part 2: 1.30pm

For more information and details contact the Centre on 01372 724614, email: or visit

Carers of Epsom activities and events

Carers of Epsom logoCarers of Epsom (Supporting Carers in Banstead, Epsom & Ewell)

Tuesday 30 September
Blowing the whistle on Bullying; 10am-1pm
Carers of Epsom Office, Old Town Hall, Epsom
Please join us at this free workshop run by Contact A Family. This workshop is for parent carers who want to learn more about bullying, the schools’ responsibilities and what parents can do to help.
The workshop includes:
• What is bullying – definitions, statistics, signs, symptoms, specific issues
• for disabled children and young people, and effects of bullying
• Statutory responsibilities: the law, responsibilities of schools, and making a complaint
• How parents can support their children, and take positive action to address bullying
Refreshments provided. Please contact Karen or Heidi to book your place on 01372 72226.

Wednesday 15 October
Epsom & Ewell Carers Group (third Wednesday of each month); 11am-12.30pm
Carers of Epsom Office, Old Town Hall, Epsom

Wednesday 8 October
Parent Carer Support group; 10am-12noon
Glyn Hall, Ewell Village

New Mens Group
If would like to attend this friendly men only group please contact Ian (Wednesdays—Fridays) at the Carers of Epsom Office on 01372 722269 or email: 

Wednesday 1 October
Banstead Carers Group (first Wednesday of each month); 2-3.30pm
Libby Room, Banstead Centre

Carers of Epsom - Supported by Surrey County Council and Surrey PCT, The Old Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom KT18 5AG. Opening hours weekdays: 9am-4pm, answer phone at other times. Tel: 01372 722269, Fax: 01372 729126, Email: Website:

Dementia Friendly Surrey

Dementia Friendly SurreyWe all forget things, but if it starts to be a problem and interfere with our ability to do everyday activities then we shouldn’t ignore it. Forgetting important dates or events, or asking for the same information over and over again are signs to look out for and speak to the GP about. The GP can give information and advice about a range of support options available and help people continue to lead a full and active life.
Find local information, advice and support at or why not sign up to become a Dementia Friendly Surrey champion and discover how you can make your community a better place to live for people with dementia, their families and carers.

FREE dementia training

Dementia currently affects one in thirteen older people in Surrey and some 800,000 people across the UK. This is expected to increase by 25% by 2020 in Surrey alone. For staff and volunteers in public facing roles, having a basic understanding of the impact of dementia and how to support people can make a huge difference.

Dementia Friendly Surrey can offer staff within your organisation, FREE basic dementia awareness training in a variety of ways to suit your needs. We can offer a self-study pack, a short three-hour course for ten or more people or you can book onto one of our upcoming cross-community courses which will enable participants to go back and cascade their learning to colleagues within their organisation.

The following courses are scheduled: Epsom & Ewell: Thursday 16 October 2014, 9.30am-4.30pm at Longmead Social Centre, Sefton Road, Epsom, KT19 9HG

We would be happy to work with you to find a training method that suits you. For a booking form or to discuss your training needs: email or call 01483 519006. Visit the to view information about how to set up short courses and download the self-study pack.

Mary Frances Trust activities and events

Mary Frances TrustActivities and events in Epsom & Ewell:

Brickfield Centre, Portland Pl, Epsom, Surrey KT17 1DL
• Weekly drop-ins - Wednesday and Friday

• Green Fingers Club on Tuesdays (user-led)

• Play-reading Group on Wednesdays (user-led)

• Stitch & Natter – craft activity group (user-led)

• 1:1 Computer Sessions on Thursdays

• Complementary Therapies on Wednesdays and Fridays

Individual appointments available from the Brickfield Centre, Epsom Hub and other locations previously agreed for:

• Advice & Support (advocacy)

• Learning & Skills appointments.

- Self-help group for people with depression on Wednesdays at St. Barnabas Church (Love Me Love My Mind).

- Activity Group – physical activity and racquet sports (enabling Independence Team). 

- Social Activities – some of them user led.

- Courses are also held on a regular basis

Mary Frances Trust funded by Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group and Surrey County Council, is the lead for community connections mental health services for Mole Valley and Epsom & Ewell. For more information visit telephone: 01372 375400 or email:  Charity no 1055113.

Your Council

Council Meetings - September-October


23        Strategy & Resources Committee


09        Planning Committee

14        Financial Policy Panel

15        Epsom & Walton Downs Conservators (6pm)

16        Environment Committee

20        Nonsuch Park Joint Management Committee (10am at Nonsuch Mansion House)

21        Leisure Committee

23        Licensing and Planning Policy Committee

30        Social Committee

All meetings are held at the Town Hall, Epsom and start at 7.30pm 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 five clear working days before a meeting.  A very limited number of hard copies will be available at the meetings.

For further information please contact Democratic Services on 01372 732000 or email, quoting the Committee or subject area or interest.

Planning applications

Planning applications are available to view online via our interactive online planning system. There are no longer paper copies available to view at the Town Hall. If you wish to view an application, there are computer kiosks in the Town Hall reception area for residents to use.

Each week Epsom & Ewell Borough Council publish received planning applications on our online planning system . For information on the most recent weekly list and the archive of previous editions see - Weekly Planning applications received

We're improving our service!

We're increasing our availability to offer advice about Planning Applications. This free service can be to discuss whether planning permission for a project is required, submitting applications or about other planning development management issues.

Appointments, for 20 minute sessions, must be booked in advance for:
Monday: 1-4pm
Tuesday: 10am-1pm
Wednesday: 1-4pm
Thursday: 10am-1pm

Please call the Town Hall Contact Centre on 01372 732000 to book your appointment or for more information on this service.

Jobs at the Council

EEBC logoFor information on latest jobs and vacancies visit the Jobs page on the Counci's website:

You can also visit the Epsom & Ewell pages at

Contact Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

Tel: 01372 732000
Text: 07950 080202
Out of hours emergency number: 01372 732555

Borough Insight is published by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council for residents in the Borough. For more information and to view the current and archive issues 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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