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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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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

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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.

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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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