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Feeling Festive in Epsom and Ewell

It's that time of year again. Christmas trees are beginning to appear and fairy lights and tinsel are creeping into shop windows.  

There are details and dates of Christmas events and markets in Epsom & Ewell in the 'What's On' section in this newsletter.

While you're shopping for gifts or eating out in Epsom this year, keep an eye out for the free colouring book highlighting many of the incredibly diverse and unique buildings in Epsom Town Centre, created by Go Epsom. Even more reason to shop local this year!

Christmas can be a difficult time for many people and this year may be tougher than usual. Take a look on our website for information and links to websites to help support you: 

We've also spoken to one of the people in Epsom working hard to help keep people warm this winter. Take a look at that interview here.

An aerial view of Christmas in Epsom
Christmas in Epsom Market Square

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Cost of Living Support

The cost of living increases this winter are worrying for many people. There are a number of initiatives offering people support across the borough.

You can find information on how Epsom & Ewell are supporting residents during this time on our website: Cost of living support in Epsom & Ewell

Warm Wednesdays

There is now a network of Warm Hubs available across Surrey for residents to pop-in, get warm and meet others with an opportunity to get free energy saving advice too. Locations and opening times of Warm Hubs across the county can be found here:   

If you are worrying about money, take a look at this leaflet: Leaflet: Worrying About Money? (this is a link to download a PDF file).

We talked to Robert Hill, one of the people behind 'Warm Wednesdays' at Epsom Methodist Church, an initiative offering warmth, food and hot drinks and entertainment to people for free this winter.

How long have you lived in the Epsom & Ewell area?

I came to live in Epsom in 1978. We loved living and bringing up our family in the town - we witnessed the building of the Ashley Centre, the Playhouse, the Rainbow Centre and the Odeon - facilities that we take for granted now. For eight years I served as a borough councillor for Court Ward. In 2019 I moved to Leatherhead to make it easier to visit and spend time with my wife, Beth, who had a rare form of an early onset dementia and needed residential care. However, much of my life still revolves around Epsom.

How did you come up with the idea for Warm Wednesdays? 

I began thinking about Warm Spaces when I heard Martin Lewis, the money advice expert, talking about the difficulties that many people are going to face this winter keeping warm and paying their energy bills, especially as food costs as well heating costs are rising fast. At the same time the national media was reporting on the idea of creating warm spaces where people could go to keep warm. I talked with some friends and our Minister about the idea of Epsom Methodist Church offering a warm space and they encouraged me to explore the idea. As a town centre church we see it as part of our mission to open up our premises and enable the community to use our facilities. The concept of Warm Wednesdays took off from that point!

Could you tell us more about what you're aiming to achieve with Warm Wednesdays?

We're aiming to:

  • Create a Warm Wednesdays programme where one day a week people can come and stay as long as they like between 9am and 6pm and enjoy our hospitality throughout the day. In the morning there will be free hot drinks, free soup and a buttered roll at lunch time and an after-school club for families (including a teatime hot meal).
  • Create a band of volunteers to deliver the service we are offering.
  • Liaise with other churches in the borough and with Surrey County Council with the aim of creating a network of warm places that people can go to across the week.

Whether you want to drop in, book a teatime meal for the family or offer to help here are more details about Warm Wednesdays at Epsom Methodist Church on our website: Epsom Methodist Church/Warm Wednesdays


Commemorative Benches For Those Lost in the Covid-19 Pandemic

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is installing 14 memorial benches across the Borough to commemorate all the lives lost in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Metal benches have been placed at Alexandra Recreations Ground, Auriol Park, Ewell Court Park, Long Grove Park, Mounthill Gardens, Nonsuch Park, Shadbolt Park, Stoneleigh Broadway, The Grove in Ewell Village and The Wells Centre.

Wooden benches will also be placed at Epsom Common, Grandstand Road, Horton Country Park and Hogsmill by the stepping stones at a later date. Flowers will also be planted around the benches where appropriate.

Funding for the benches was provided via the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

Councillor Hannah Dalton, who put forward the CIL bid, said, “The past two years have been extremely hard for everyone in the Borough, but more so for those who have lost loved ones. These benches are our permanent memorial to all those affected by the pandemic.

“I hope they will bring comfort to grieving families, ensuring that their loved one will always have a place in and be remembered by our community.”

Councillor John Beckett, Chair of Environment and Safe Communities Committee, added, “While these benches memorialise the pandemic, they also represent a time for reflection within the Borough. I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to those we have lost, than to have something to remind us and generations to come.”

Mayor Unveils Improvements at Epsom & Walton Downs

The Mayor of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Councillor Clive Woodbridge, has officially unveiled the first phase of an exciting programme of improvements on Epsom & Walton Downs.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council (EEBC) secured a grant of £132,000 from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development to support the rural economy by encouraging visitors.

The EAFRD grant was boosted by a further £18,000 from The Jockey Club and £20,000 from the Epsom & Walton Downs Conservators.

The improvements, which includes new benches, bins, picnic tables, waymarkers, information boards and counting posts, have been three years in the planning and began earlier this year after funding was secured.

The new infrastructure will enhance the visitor experience and allow tourists and residents to enjoy the panoramic views, discover the role of the Downs in the Borough’s equestrian history and learn about the unique flora and fauna of the area. It also improves safety for both visitors and the horses by directing people away from training grounds.

The benches, bins, counting posts, picnic tables and waymarkers are now in place, and the information boards will be completed in the coming weeks. Further developments such as a brass rubbing trail are also planned for the future.

Councillor Liz Frost, Chair of the Epsom & Walton Downs Conservators, stated “I am delighted to see the improvements being made to this much-loved part of our Borough. We had three aims at the start of this project; to increase rural tourism; to improve safety for visitors and for both the horses and staff involved in racehorse training on the Downs; and to educate people about the area. I think this initiative will help us to achieve those goals.

“I love the nods to our equestrian history on the benches and bins. The information boards will be a great asset in sharing the unique history and ecosystem of the area with visitors, and the counting posts will be able to tell the difference between walkers, cyclists and riders, so we can tailor facilities in the future. We hope that visitors to the Downs will enjoy these new resources.”

Simon Durrant, General Manager at Epsom Downs Racecourse, said, “The contribution to improving the Epsom & Walton Downs is something The Jockey Club is very passionate about.

“The work being carried out contributes to preserving the history of the area, along with improving the experience of all visitors, be that walkers, riders or cyclists. We look forward to the continued development throughout the next phase of improvements.”

Latest Jobs at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

Our small but ambitious authority offers you the opportunity to become involved in a wide range of varied and interesting work.  That, together with an enviable array of staff benefits and a rewarding and challenging career is our unique offer to you.

If you have the passion and the drive to make a real difference, we really want to hear from you. Take a look at current vacancies here. 

Featured Jobs

Senior Accountant

We are looking for an enthusiastic senior accountant to join our busy finance department. 

Closing date: 27 November, 2022

Arts, Culture & Heritage Programme Officer

In this newly created role you will be at the heart of driving the Council’s creative ambitions, bringing partners together to deliver an engaging programme of arts, cultural and heritage events and activities across the borough.

Experienced in arts, culture or heritage sector development, you will be able to build and manage multiple external partnerships and projects, whilst actively seeking emerging opportunities for collaboration and funding.

Closing date: 20 November, 2022

Find out more about the Arts, Culture & Heritage Programme Officer role here

View a list of all current vacancies at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council here.

At Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, we are passionate about maintaining an inclusive workplace for all that reflects the communities we serve. We welcome applications from all sections of our community particularly from underrepresented backgrounds, including BAME, LGBTQ+ and those with hidden or visible disabilities.

We are committed to ensuring all our staff – regardless of gender, age, religion, sexuality, ethnicity or disability – can thrive and succeed whilst working with us.

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What's On

What's on in Epsom & Ewell

There's lots happening in Epsom and Ewell over the next few weeks. 

For the full events list, take a look at the events page on the Epsom & Ewell Borough Council website.   

Be a Councillor in Epsom & Ewell - Information Evening

Are you interested in becoming a local Councillor? We are holding an information evening at which you will have the opportunity to hear about:

  • How the Council works

  • What being a local Councillor in Epsom and Ewell involves

  • The support available to Councillors

  • The nomination process for the 2023 elections.

Where: Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, The Parade, Epsom KT18 5BY

When: Wednesday 23 November, 7pm.

Follow the link to register:

Winter Family Festival 

Join us to see Epsom Town Centre's Christmas lights switched on. Plus - free children's rides, family activities and entertainment, and choirs singing carols. 

Where: Epsom Market Square

When: Sunday 27 November, 11am-5pm

A Short History of Christmas 

A talk about the history of Christmastime in Europe. For children of all ages.

Join the team at Bourne Hall for a whistle stop tour of Christmas through the ages, including early pagan origins, bringing in the yule log and feasting during the Medieval and Tudor periods - including the introduction of sprouts! Includes paper chain and lantern making.

Where: Bourne Hall Museum, Spring Street, Ewell KT17 1UF

When: Saturday 10 December, 1pm-2.30pm 

Price: £5pp

Find out more about the Short History of Christmas event here.

Ewell Yule

Ewell Village will hold its annual Christmas market with late opening from local traders plus rides, choirs, dancing and music from the Epsom & Ewell Silver Band. 

When: Friday 9 December 5pm - 8.30pm 

Find out more: follow @Ewellyule on Instagram and Facebook

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Epsom and Ewell markets

Regular markets in Epsom marketplace 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 Marketplace see: 

Farmer's Market - Epsom Marketplace
This market usually takes place on the first Sunday of the month from 9.30am-1.30pm.
Find out more at

Artisan Market - Ewell Village
First Saturday of the month, from 10am-3pm.
This new Artisan market in The Grove in Ewell Village takes place on the first Saturday of the month. Come along to see a gorgeous selection of wooden children's toys, handmade jewellery, local honey and jams and lots more. 

Remembrance weekend wreath laying ceremonies

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council will be laying poppy wreaths at several ceremonies across the Borough over the Remembrance weekend.

The ceremony arrangements are below, and the public are welcome to attend. Anyone wishing to attend should arrive 10 minutes prior to the ceremonies:

Friday 11 November

  • Epsom Clock Tower, Market Place, Epsom at 11am.

Saturday 12 November

  • Horton Cemetery Memorial, Horton Lane (Hook Road Arena end), Ewell at 11.30am.
  • All Saints Church War Memorial, Fulford Road, West Ewell at 11.50am.
  • Dog Gate Memorial, London Road (Entrance to Bourne Hall Park), Ewell Village at 12.15pm.

Sunday 13 November

  • Epsom War Memorial (Junction of Ashley Road and Treadwell Road), Epsom at 9.30am.
  • Commonwealth War Memorial, Epsom Cemetery, Ashley Road at 9.30am.
  • St Mary’s War Memorial, St Mary’s Churchyard, Church Street, Ewell Village at 10.45am.
  • St Martin of Tours with St Stephen-on-the-Downs, Church Street, Epsom at 11am.

Explore Epsom and Ewell

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

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: Epsom Common Nature Walks 

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: Conservation on Epsom Common

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Your Council

Council meetings in November and December

The following meetings of the Council will be held in November and December:



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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Community Notice Boards

There are various community notice boards across Epsom & Ewell for local community use, which form a vital information point for those who are not online. They are used for timely information and events; they are not used to advertise businesses.

Any notice or poster must meet the content guidelines on our website. To submit a notice or poster, an electronic copy should be sent to to check it meets the guidelines. Once approval is granted, please print and deliver 25 copies into the postbox outside the main entrance at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council Town Hall, clearly marked ‘Borough Boards’, or ask your Ward Councillor to do so on your behalf.

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