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What an amazing month it has been - so many fabulous Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations took place over the Bank Holiday weekend in the borough, and we have captured a few of them for you right here.

If you held your own Jubilee events, or attended one or all of those we organised, we hope you had an enjoyable and fun weekend.  Bourne Hall Museum are keen to have your Platinum Jubilee photographs for their archives - to keep remembering the royal fun of those 'once in a lifetime' celebrations of 70 years on the throne. Send your images to dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk or drop them off at Image: Icon Cultural and creativeBourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell, KT17 1UF

Read on for news and updates from across the borough including updates on Upper Mill & Horse Pond and Epsom Common Great Pond Dam works.

And if the good weather continues, do look out for the vulnerable during this heat, you can find more practical advice on this here.

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Queens’ Platinum Jubilee Beacon lighting on Epsom Downs

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Queen’s Accession

An appreciative and enthusiastic audience gathered on the grassy slopes of Epsom and Walton Downs to watch as one of the highest Beacons in Surrey was lit to kick-off the celebrations of the four-day Queens’ Platinum Jubilee weekend on Thursday 2 June.  At 9.45pm, the same time as hundreds of other Beacons and fires were seen the length and breadth of the country, the Beacon blazed into life.

The Jubilee Beacons were a wonderful opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and the Commonwealth, to come together to celebrate this historic milestone. The four days of celebrations included public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.

People were treated to several performances leading up to the moment of lighting by the new Mayor of Epsom & Ewell Borough, Councillor Clive Woodbridge – piper Craig McLean, playing for the Natal Pipe Band, the trumpet solo of a new piece ‘Majesty’ by Penny Moss of the Epsom and Ewell Silver Band and, as the Beacon was lit, young performers from Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom sang the ‘A Life Filled with Grace’ (Song for the Commonwealth) specially written and composed for the Jubilee by Lucy Keily from Australia and Vincent Atueyi Chinemelu from Nigeria.  

The Beacon was funded and installed by GoEpsom, the Epsom Business Improvement District and is located on the Downs by permission of the Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators and the Jockey Club, who work in partnership to ensure the Downs are maintained for the primary use of racehorses and those who work with them during training hours alongside being available for fresh air and recreation for the public.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was a landmark moment that everyone across communities got involved in, and it will be something to remember for generations to come.  The street parties and other events, like the one hosted yesterday evening at Epsom Downs Racecourse by the Jockey Club, are a great display of community spirit for a monarch who has given seven decades of service. In Epsom and Ewell, we have been privileged to host Her Majesty on many occasions.

The Beacon will stand at the viewpoint car park on Epsom Downs for many years to come, a lasting memorial to the Platinum Jubilee and reminder of the Queen’s long service and commitment to the country and the Commonwealth.

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Jubilee Stamp Design Competition - Vote for the People's Choice Winners!

What an incredible response to Bourne Hall Museum's children's Jubilee Stamp Design Competition in celebration of the Queens' Platinum Jubilee -  over 160 entries were received.

The judges have chosen two talented winners, whose prizes are a visit to the Mayor's Parlour for tea, where the new Epsom & Ewell Mayor, Councillor Clive Woodbridge, will welcome them.  They will be joined by an additional winner, the People's Choice, chosen by visitors to the museum.

Please do get involved in choosing the final winner for this celebratory stamp competition by popping into Bourne Hall Museum at Spring Street in Ewell, to view the 33 shortlisted entries and select your favourite.

All 33 are on display now, voting takes place inside the museum and the winners will be announced after the closing date of the 30th June.

Bourne Hall Museum has a new Exhibition starting on the 21st June, Croydon Art Societies Summer Exhibition this runs until 2nd July.

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Stamp Comp 3

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The Past Came Alive at Bourne Hall

On a day when the past really came alive, local people discovered about the local connections of past Kings and Queens and got an insight into the medieval period as part of events marking the Queen’s Jubilee.Image: Two re-enactors in armour do battle

Two ladies in waiting from the court of Elizabeth I at Nonsuch told of what life was like in the palace which she loved to visit. Vibrant tales of the changes she made to accommodate her vast wardrobe of dresses, of how the Earl of Essex burst in to the Queen’s chamber before she had time to put on her make up – a blunder which led to his execution!

They also meet Queen Victoria who came to the Derby at the beginning of her reign and discovered she was not amused. They chatted to Charles II, the Merry Monarch, traditionally the most popular of English Kings, and heard about his visits to Epsom in the Spa period.

Meanwhile the Paladins of Chivalry brought the medieval world to light with living history displays - cooks preparing a meal, an armourer repairing armour, ladies sewing and doing embroidery, an apothecary preparing potions and men at arms gambling and telling tall stories.

In the combat arena they watched the men at arms at their training session and in combat and a knight was armed for battle! The wonderful day finished with a Grand Melée when all the knights fought to the last man standing.

A truly wonderful and enjoyable day.

King Charles at Bourne Hall   Medieval Crafts 

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Platinum Jubilee Tea Party at the Wellbeing Centre

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was celebrated in style by the enthusiastic Sefton Road Community & Wellbeing Centre members at a Royal Tea Party on 1 June. 

A Pearly Queen in all her finery welcomed everyone to the event before the Jubilee Bingo began and a grand Jubilee raffle was held with royalty themed prizes. The Royal Tea Party commenced at noon in the Hall and the rousing finale was the entertainer Jenny Sinclair, who sang songs from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s with much audience participation! 

A great and lively day out was had by all, certainly one to remember!

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Jubilee Twinning Visit Success

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, the Epsom and Ewell Town Twinning Association entertained a large group of visitors from Chantilly, including the Deputy Mayor and members of the Chantilly Comité de Jumelage.  It was in celebration of 25 years of the official signing of a Twinning Charter in 1995 and to join in some of the Jubilee excitement in the borough and the Derby, the visit having been postponed for two years due to the pandemic

There were some more official, commemorative moments, when The Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, Councillor Clive Woodbridge, and the Mayoress, Mrs Mary Woodbridge, joined for the planting of a European Oak tree in Rosebery Park, and a visit to Epsom Market Place to view the recently unveiled Derby Hall of Fame roundels which feature notable Derby winners, including 1965 winner..The roundel is a wonderful tribute to ‘Sea-Bird’ ridden by Pat Glennon and trained in Chantilly by Etienee Pollet, and who was the winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and the Derby, both in 1965.

Councillor and Mayor Clive Woodbridge and the Deputy Mayor of Chantilly Bénédicte de Cacqueray are featured below for the planting of a European Oak tree in Rosebery Park.

For more information on the Town Twinning Association, see www.epsomtwinning.com .

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Armed Forces Day - Fly the Flag

The Armed Forces flag was raised on Monday 20 June in support of our servicemen and women, past and present.  It recognises the vital work they carry out to ensure our security at home and abroad.   A procession of robed councillors and dignitaries led by the Mace Bearer and the Mayor, Councillor Clive Woodbridge, and made their the way to the flagpole in the Market Place where a short service was followed by the raising of the flag. The flag will remain flying in the Market Place for the rest of the week leading up to National Armed Forces Day on Saturday 25 June 2022.

To find out more, take a look at the Armed Forces Day website

Armed Forces Day Fly the Flag dignitaries       

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Active April Activity - Winner!

This was the best Active April event yet - more people than ever throughout the borough got involved in all sorts of ways and sent us their photographs proudly showing what they had achieved.

Getting moving and getting outdoors as much as possible is great for physical and mental wellbeing, which is why Epsom & Ewell Borough Council challenged residents to get Active this April. The council’s Active April initiative was a great opportunity for residents to make simple adjustments in their daily routine to increase their physical activity. Whatever the circumstances or physical limitations, people found their own ways to be a bit more active.

No need to run marathons - there are simple things we can all do to move more - whether that’s going for a walk with the family, taking the stairs rather than the lift, walking a bit further to get to work or school or even trying out the outdoor gym equipment installed around the borough, and there are lots of opportunities for physical and recreation activities with lots of parks, open spaces, and sports facilities all on our doorstep.

From all the photos and stories sent in, the lucky random draw winner of a £50 voucher was Jo-Anne, pictured below - enjoying the outdoor gym.

More information is available on our website

Active April Winner

Upper Mill & Horse Pond Repairs

Upper Mill & Horse Pond Repairs

We'll be working on Upper Mill Pond and Horse Pond in Ewell in July for approximately two months to prevent flooding of pathways that has been preventing pedestrian access and causing road damage.

The works on Upper Mill Pond will include the installation of large scale sheet piling to the banks and will involve temporary closures of pathways and access to Bourne Hall Park. 

The Horse Pond will be repaired following the damage from leaks that caused the sink hole to appear in the road. Works will include removing silt and repairing the perimeter walls, removing weir and alterations and repairs to the structure. 

There will be a need to fell a mature leaning Ash tree by the pond, prior to commencement of the bank repair works due to concerns over its future biomechanical structure and progression of Ash dieback.

Monitoring for disease will continue of the remaining Ash trees between the Horse Pond and Upper Mill and additional trees may require removal on completion of the project. Replacement native tree planting will be undertaken to provide at least two replacement trees for each tree lost on site during this project.

Desilting the Horse Pond will benefit the ecology of the pond by removing the build up of organic matter on the bed of the pond, thereby lowering nutrients in the water and reducing the chance of algal blooms which starve the pond of oxygen and affect the wildlife. 

Although there will be temporary inconvenience whilst these major works are underway, once completed, the works will benefit the area ecologically and aesthetically.

Horse Pond

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Epsom Common Great Pond Dam Works

Have you noticed that the paths to and on Great Pond Dam have been improved?

Epsom Common is a Local Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest, because of its variety of habitats which harbour rich and varied plant and animal communities. Some work was required to ensure Great Pond remains one of Epsom Common’s most treasured habitats.

To ensure vehicular access to the pond in an emergency, a sandstone surface is being added to the path leading to the eastern crest of the dam. In addition, the narrow path along the auxiliary spillway is being widened to prevent erosion of the existing grass edge. The opportunity is also being taken to make some minor repairs to fencing and the spillway channel.

The works will be completed soon and the paths able to be enjoyed.

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Access Track

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Spotlight on

The Derby Hall of Fame - Epsom Market Place

Starting off the Queens’ Platinum Jubilee celebrations and the Derby weekend in Epsom and Ewell, the unique Derby Hall of Fame was officially launched on Wednesday 1 June in front of an appreciative crowd enjoying the activity and attractions of the refurbished Epsom Market Place.

The Hall of Fame comprises a series of commemorative roundels, celebrating notable and record-breaking Derby winners: jockeys, horses, and trainers. The roundels are installed into the floor on Epsom Market Place, following the line of trees, beginning at the Evocation of Speed statue and working in date order towards the Clock Tower.

This Hall of Fame is a unique landmark that recognises the borough’s long-standing connection with the Derby, one of the most famous flat races in the world and celebrates Epsom and Ewell’s rich culture and heritage.

Commemorated here are some of the most famous and recognisable names in horse racing history – including Alex Greaves, the first female jockey to compete in the Derby; Geoff Lewis, the first Epsom-based winner, as well as the legendary jockey, the late Lester Piggott who features in two plaques – as youngest winner of the Derby and as the winning rider on Nijinsky, plus many more.

The roundels have been produced by Richard Wolfströme, an award-winning creative with over 34 years’ experience, who specialises in holistic wayfinding and cultural placemaking that explores and develops unique design solutions for places, buildings, parks, and landscapes.

Together, they will sit alongside notable artworks such as The Evocation of Speed and the new Emily Davison Statue, which capture the richness and historical significance of the borough.

The informative trail was opened by the Epsom & Ewell Borough Council New Mayor, Councillor Clive Woodbridge and included appreciative clapping in memory of the late Lester Piggott. The installation of the Derby Hall of Fame marks the culmination of a significant regeneration project for Epsom and Ewell, funded as part of The Market Place Project by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and Surrey County Council.

The Hall of Fame will continue to be added to over time, as more significant racing landmarks are reached and will provide a fascinating information trail in the heart of Epsom Market Place.

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What's On

Epsom Markets this month

Regular markets take place on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday plus special markets are held on most Sundays.Epsom Market

For information on the weekly markets at Epsom Market Place see: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/market 

Farmer's Market
This market usually takes place on the first Sunday
of the month from 9.30am - 1.30pm.
Find out more at www.surreymarkets.co.uk/event/epsom-market/

Vegan Market
Sunday 26 June
The Epsom Vegan Market will now take place bi-monthly on a Sunday from 10.30am -3.30pm.
For more details visit:  www.ethicalveganevents.com

Explore Epsom and Ewell

Get closer to nature and enjoy the outdoors with our various guided walks.

Explore your local nature reserves, discover your borough's history and boost your health and wellbeing too! Visit the Walks page on our website to discover a range of walks that take place across Epsom and Ewell.  

Countryside guided walks

Dragonflies and Butterflies, Epsom Common
Sunday 26 June; 2pm
Join one of our countryside team for a beginners guide to identifying dragonflies and butterflies on Epsom Common local nature reserve. Meet at the Stew Pond car park at 2pm, and bring along some binoculars.

All guided walks are with a member of our countryside team and take approximately 2.5 hours and can cover up to 3 miles. Walks cost £5 per adult, £2.50 per child (16yrs or under). 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.

For more information or to book a place please contact one of our Countryside Team, email: contactus@epsom-ewell.gov.uk  phone: 01372 732000 or visit the walks page on our website www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk  

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 on their Summer Walks Programme see: https://epsomcommon.org.uk/index.php 
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: https://epsomcommon.org.uk/The_EcoVols.php

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Rotary Club Stall at Epsom Market 2 July

Epsom Rotary Club will be holding a stall at Epsom Marketplace on Saturday, 2 July 2022 and welcome anyone to come and visit to learn more about Epsom Rotary and ways that they could get involved.  

Each year, The Rotary Club of Epsom is involved in a range of local community events. The club organises the annual Epsom and Ewell Borough Family Fun Day with the Rotary Club of Ewell. There are gardening sessions at Old Moat Garden Centre and they have created and now maintain, the Community Allotment together with Ewell Rotary.

The club also runs the local Young Musician, Young Photographer, Young Chef and French Speaking competitions annually. They helped with marshalling the Cancer Research UK Race for Life event at Epsom Downs Racecourse this year and also run annual Christmas collections around Epsom.

The club has a varied social calendar with recent events including sporting events and nights out at local restaurants, as well as the regular meetings. Being part of a large, international organisation they also have the opportunity to compete against other local Rotary clubs in the district sports competitions.

This year they are fundraising for local charities and charity events have included The Epsom and Ewell Showcase and quiz nights and of course much more.

They welcome new members to increase their good community work.

https://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/homepage.php?ClubID=874

https://www.facebook.com/epsomrotaryclub/

https://twitter.com/epsomrotary

Ewell Village Bowling Club Open Day 10 July

Ewell Village Bowling Club, Gibraltar Recreation Ground, West Street, Ewell, KT17 1XU

Sunday 10th July 11am - 4pm

Beginners and experienced bowlers are welcome.

All equipment provided – just wear flat shoes or trainers.

If you can’t make the OPEN DAY, regular informal sessions are available. If you would like to attend or if you have any queries about visiting us please contact:

Derek - 07929 992716 or Tony - 07592 233697

ewellvillagebc@gmail.com 

www.ewellvillagebc.co.uk 

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Spanish season at The Horton

There is a lot going on at The Horton over the summer; just a flavour for you below......

The Horton Epsom is delighted to announce a season of Spanish work, taking place at the new arts centre this July.

A series of classical music and dance concerts pay tribute to the tragic Spanish dance prodigy Felix Garcia, who was secretly banished to Horton Asylum in 1919, following a clash with the Russian Ballet.

The concerts will be performed by celebrated artists from Spain on an international tour, with The Horton Epsom hosting the only UK dates.

The programme for two concerts Spanish Serenade and Spanish Symphony includes music by Albéniz, Giménez, Bizet and de Falla and other European composers inspired by Spain such as Ravel, performed on piano, violin and voice. Award-winning dancers and choreographers will be performing in the round, with Cristina Cazorla and Francisco Serrano also sharing their extensive Flamenco and Boléro dance knowledge in two special masterclasses.

Tickets for their wide range of events are on sale now

The Horton is the winner of the Surrey Heritage Awards 2022.

Image of Fran Serrano, @diegophotomontana  

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Wildlife Safari with the Friends of Horton Country Park

Take a walk on the wild side - join the Friends of Horton Country Park for a stroll around the park with one of the Countryside Team and see how many plants and animals you can spot!

Saturday 9 July 2022  10am -12 noon

Wildlife Safari Poster

Key Facts

Save Food, Money and the Planet

Plan your food storage. Use an app to help make sure you only buy what you need. Own Your Impact. Surrey Environment Partnership Your Councils Working TogetherFeeling the pinch of the cost-of-living crisis? If you’re looking for savings, then why not start in the kitchen? It’s estimated that a staggering one in five bags of food shopping goes to waste each week. Across Surrey that adds up to a substantial amount of food and money that is going to waste every day.

As the amount of food that is thrown away continues to grow, it’s important to think about the impact this is having on our planet. Now is the time to act and own your impact.

Small changes really can make a big difference. Whether it’s popping your apples in the fridge to make them last longer or using your favourite mug to measure out one serving of pasta, you can save yourself money and help the planet with our top tips.

  1. Plan shops and meals in advance – try using an app to help make sure you only buy what you need.
  2. Store your food right – keep your food fresher for longer by finding out the best ways to store it.
  3. Know your portions – avoid cooking too much by measuring out the correct serving sizes.

To discover more tips and leftover recipes, visit www.surreyep.org.uk 

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Your Community

Surrey County Council Electric Vehicle Chargepoints Feedback

Surrey County Council is asking residents to suggest locations they would like to see electric vehicle charge points installed in Surrey, ready for the next phase of their installations planned.  

Suggestions can be made via the Surrey EV chargepoint interactive map.

Suggestions will be used to inform the selection of locations for the wider roll-out across the county, ensuring there is a comprehensive network of chargepoints. 

To be suitable for an EV chargepoint, locations should be:

  • where an electric vehicle can park legally and safely, with sufficient pavement space for wheelchairs and pushchairs to pass comfortably
  • with nearby access to a power supply – we realise this is difficult to know, but with no access to a power supply an otherwise preferred location might not be possible due to power supply issues
  • Chargepoints would normally be standalone equipment, however lighting columns located at the pavement edge nearest to the road might also be possibleCharging Electric Car

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Introducing the Enforcement Team

Our expanded Enforcement Team have been busy patrolling the borough, meeting the community and working with colleagues across Epsom & Ewell Borough Council (EEBC) to improve the environment for all.There are many aspects to their work and they deal with a wide range of issues as they get around, including:

Schools

As a key part of our ongoing #enginesoff Anti-Idling campaign, they have been working with schools, parents and carers at different sites in the borough. They work educating drivers about the environmental effects and human impact of idling car engines and asking them to switch their engines off where necessary.

Train Stations

Officers have been visiting train stations with the same messages around anti-idling; educating waiting drivers of the benefits to everyone's health of cutting emissions

Town Centres and Parks

Town Centres are being regularly patrolled by the team, working with other key EEBC departments such as Environmental Health, Licensing and the Community Safety team.

Activities are very varied and the team never quite know what they will be facing next - tackling graffiti in problem areas, checking that taxis are displaying their licence badges, engaging with those begging on high streets, checking for any potential trade waste issues and littering problems, moving delivery bikes off the pavements and dealing with abandoned vehicles. In our parks and open spaces the team have been meeting residents and explaining their roles within the community.  Recently they supported the Country Parks Manager in tackling issues regarding evidence of fires at night and littering, near where the cattle graze on Epsom Common.

Late night patrols have taken place together with the police and the team will continue to work with partners and the community improving the environment for everyone in the Borough. Do say hello to them if you see them out and about.

The Enforcement Team can be contacted via email - enforcementteams@epsom-ewell.gov.uk if there is something you want to bring to their attention.  This is not an emergency email and it is not monitored 24/7  In case of an emergency, call 999

 

  Enforcment Team Epsom 7 Ewell      Enforcement Officers out and about 

Old London Road Evening Access

During the pandemic, Old London Road leading to the top car park on Epsom Downs was permanently closed.

There has been a delay in the reinstatement of the pre-pandemic closure times whilst the exact terms of the prohibition of traffic order have been determined. This is now complete.

Please be advised that in accordance with that order (ref AGT 59946), the overnight closure will be reinstated with immediate effect as follows: 

9pm to 6:15am during the summer months 1 April – 30 September  (BST)

5pm to 6:15am during the winter months 1 October – 31 March (GMT)

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Your Council

Council meetings

The following meetings of the Council will be held over the next month:


The agendas and details on how to view the council meetings will be published seven days before the relevant meeting on the website links above. 

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West Ewell Ward By-Election 7 July 2022

Following the death of Councillor Clive Smitheram, a by-election has been called to fill the vacancy in West Ewell Ward.

The election will be held on Thursday, 7 July 2022 and information regarding the candidates and other election information can be found on our website  

  • Poll Cards were sent out to registered voters on 1 June
  • The Statement of Persons nominated is on the website
  • If not already registered, the deadline to register is midnight, 21 June
  • Deadline to cancel an existing, or apply for a new postal vote is by no later than 5pm, 22 June
  • Postal votes will be sent out by 1st class post on 24 June
  • Deadline to appoint a proxy is by no later than 5pm, 29 June
  • Postal or proxy application forms are available on our website or by contacting the Elections Team
  • Polling Hours – 7am to 10pm
  • The Count will be held on Thursday after close of poll and the results will be available on Friday 8 July

Any queries please contact the Elections Team on 01372 732000 or email: electoralservices@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

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