X-Factor Scarlett Lee Wedding

We were honoured to be invited along to Scarlett and her fiance Nathan Shaw wedding at Christ Church, Epsom on Friday 30th August 

The church was decked out in white and pink flowers with a beautiful white archway as you entered the church. Down the central aisle Scarlett had a moving message for her Dad that read: 
” Dad of all the walks we’ve ever taken I will remember this one FOREVER”

Guests started arriving from 11:30am. The wedding was planned for 12:30pm but everyone knew Scarlett would be late but the question was how late?  The fashion  and the wonderful hats and hair styles wouldn’t have looked out of place at The Derby or Royal Ascot. The tight knitting of the hair must have taken ages and were a masterpiece of the stylists work. Hats and fascinators of all shapes and size were on show but the two that stuck out for me were the red love heart and arrow and a beautiful pale pink and blur feathered fascinator which the colours matched the dress perfectly. It was noted that Rosemary, Christ Church vicar, was very keen on the angel wing shoes.  

As well as family and friends Love Island’s Cara De La Hoyde and Nathan Massey were also guests. Scarlett had sung at their wedding earlier in the year. There was also 2018 X-Factor contestants and before and during the service Nicole Lawerence from 2009 X-Factor entertained the congregation with her powerful soul voice.

By now 12:30pm was fast approaching and no sign of Scarlett. Nathan, in a blue checked suit, had arrived wondering how long before his future wife will turn up. Joined by his 5 Best Men, all dressed in matching blue suits, he chatted to guests and showed us the wedding ring.

It was now nearly 1:30pm when word went around the cars where near. All the guests were ushered into the church and for us and the fans that had come to watch the wait was almost over. The convoy of 2 vintage vehicles carrying the bridesmaids and a white Rolls Royce  with Scarlett and her mum and dad inside.

First out was the 10 bridesmaids, in white dresses and 2 page boys in blue checkered suits. They were followed by Scarlett’s Mum and Dad and then the moment everyone was waiting for Scarlett. Scarletts dress was a beautiful pink with a train as long as wide. We guesstimated about 8-10ft long and about 6ft wide. She had no problem walking down the path towards the church holding her dad’s hand while mum attended to the dress behind.

At the doorway the wedding party halted and few final words between Scarlett and her dad, the bridesmaids got in line and waited for the wedding march to begin and then off they all went in to the church.

The service lasted about 45 minutes and while the register was being signed Nicole Lawerence performed again. The happy couple walked down the aisle with big smiles on their faces waving to family and friends. Outside the church they posed for just a few photos before heading into the car and off to their wedding reception. 

We like to wish Mr and Mrs Shaw a long and healthy life together and Thank You both for letting us share your happy day.

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MP Chris Grayling and local Conservatives call for Wells Centre rethink

Epsom and Ewell MP Chris Grayling has thrown his weight behind the campaign to save the Wells Centre being spearheaded by Conservative Councillor Bernie Muir. He is urging local residents to make their views known to the Borough Council before the deadline on 2nd  September 2019. He has written to the Residents’ Association Council urging it to think again about the plan to convert the Centre into a block of flats.

Mr Grayling said:  “The Wells is somewhat isolated from the rest of the Borough given its location, and I believe it should have a proper community hall in the way that, for example, Langley Vale does.  There are real housing pressures locally, but if there are to be more houses locally there will be a need for more and not fewer community facilities”

Cllr Bernie Muir said: “From the inception of this development the RA controlled Council have had 100% control of it. It was their decision to close The Wells Centre. They have chosen the architect, they have chosen the materials, the location and the design. In addition to all of this, it is their lack of design policies which permit the construction of this and other inappropriate developments, like the 13-storey proposed site in West Hill. 

In a time where the population of Epsom is growing and we should be focusing more on building vibrant communities, why have the Residents’ Association decided to trade a community asset which could provide services for thousands for just 23 flats? It simply doesn’t make sense.

The Residents’ Association failed to manage the Centre, failed to investigate ways to make it profitable and failed to see how it could provide more services and more revenue through strategic partnerships E.G. with commercial entities, the NHS or the Police etc.

I sincerely hope that the Borough Council will reverse this decision and reconsider its policies around community provision and planning. Failure to do so, I fear, will result in Epsom & Ewell simply becoming no more than a heartless urban sprawl.”

To view the current submitted plans or to voice your concerns or support for the planned work CLICK HERE and to leave a comment hit the Make A Comment button.

The Wells consultation ends on 2nd September. A petition has been set up for more information and to sign the petition CLICK HERE

Epsom Open Day and Family Fun Day

It was a busy Bank Holiday Monday at Epsom Downs with the Epsom Trainers Open Day followed by Epsom Downs Racecourse Adventure Family Fun Day .

Starting at 8:30am on the gallops visitor’s listened with interest to ITV Racing presenter Rishi Persad as he interviewed the trainers regarding their yards and horse to look out for. While in the background several horses from the yards trained on the all weather gallops.

At 9:30am the yards of local trainers Adam West, James Boyle, Mark Pattinson, Michael Attwater, Pat Phelan, Roger Ingram and Simon Dow where opened to the public. Entrance for the day was just £10 per adult under 18’s were FREE all process going to Racing Welfare

By now the heat was building so luckily no need to walk or drive between the yards as buses were laid on to reduce the congestion in the yards and the surrounding roads.

At the yards the staff were very helpful and knowledgeable and always happy to answer any questions. Visitors where allowed to stroke the horses but there where some warning signs telling visitors that ” These horses bite” but this didn’t put people off. Not only where Racing Welfare supported at Simon Dow’s yard Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare where there raising awareness of Greyhound adoption.  By 12pm it was time to move over to the racecourse Adventure Family Fun Day.

By now the temperature was over 30°c but that didn’t stop families turning up for a fun day which included face painters, crocodile encounters, pony rides, a climbing wall, bouncy castle, colouring wall, high rope assault course, golf simulator, trampoline bungees and of course horse racing. 

The first race of the day was the Space Hopper Stakes contested by the local stables and staff from the racecourse. As always a great event to start the day and this year there was drama on the finishing line. Make sure you watch the video to see who wins. 

TV Presenter Clare Balding OBE, who is also on the committee at the racecourse was signing her new book “The Racehorse Who Learned to Dance” Despite the heat Clare sat out in the blazing sun and chatted to her fans and poised for photos.

All in all a long hot day but plenty of fun for everyone. I know I slept well. 

For highlights of the day watch the video below.

The 16th Omni Terrier Derby

The Omni Terrier Derby has grown in popularity with dog owners and spectators over the past 15 years. An unmissable slice of nonsense that also raises an ever increasing amount for charities.

Big crowd as normal

The Terrier Derby is run alongside the actual Derby course on Epsom Downs and is open to any terrier no taller than 15” at the shoulder. As well as the racing there was Fun Dog Show as well as refreshments for man and beast. As I said earlier the day is also a fund raising event for he Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, The Injured Jockey’s Fund and canine charities. With just a £2 entry fee per dog and a raffle.

The heat on the day did cause concerns but plenty of water baths around and a dip at the end of the race where put in place. As well as reduction in the number of races  for the dogs health and safety.

Time for a cool down

After just 12 heats and 4 quarter finials we were down to the last 4 dogs.  And what a race it was won by several lengths by the impressive Jasper owned by Davina Chambers. Local race horse trainer Simon Dow was on hand to present the winners with their cup and rosette.

Well Done to the organisers of the Terrier Derby. It was a touch and go if the event was going to take place in the heat and every measure possible was put in place for the dogs safety and health. As normal everyone including the dogs enjoyed the day and local charities benefited from the racing and the raffle. 

Green Light Given For New Car Park at Langley Vale Woodland Trust Site

The Woodland Trust has welcomed planning chiefs’ decision to give the green light to its plans for a new car park at its flagship woodland site near Epsom.

The charity bought Langley Vale Wood in 2014, aiming to create a new woodland, known as a First World War Centenary Wood – with trees planted as a legacy to those who served in the war.

At the time it was just a private farmland but now, with 150,000 trees planted, it has been transformed into an important natural habitat.

With biodiversity on the increase and a site now opened up for the public to enjoy, visitor numbers have increased.

Carol Honeybun-Kelly, Strategic Woodland Projects Lead at the Woodland Trust, said the 70 space car park and overflow is needed to secure increased access to site – and welcomed the decision by Mole Valley District Council.

She said: “Currently only accessible on foot, visiting Langley Vale Wood today is only possible for a small number of people, so this is a vital resource to ensure that this fantastic site is open to everyone.

“Langley Vale Wood has so much to offer, from ancient woodland and wildflower meadows to rare plants and a community orchard, and we are really pleased that by approving this application, Mole Valley District Council has made exploring this site possible for more local people. Interacting with nature brings so many benefits, from mental and physical wellbeing, to learning about the importance of trees and woods for our environment so this is a great result for the local community.”

Building of the car park is likely to begin in March/April of 2020.

The charity is also seeking planning permission in the coming weeks for a new small visitor centre, a network of paths and a natural play area for children.

For more information on Langley Vale Wood go to: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood-information/langley-vale-wood/

The Woodland Trust’s First World War Centenary Woods project is supported by lead partner Sainsbury’s. The retailer is helping the Woodland Trust to plant millions of native trees to commemorate the First World War through donations from sales of products including woodland eggs, chicken and turkey.

Epsom & Ewell Annual Canvass

Don’t lose your voice – residents in Epsom and Ewell urged to look out for their voter registration details in the post

The annual canvass is a review of the electoral register, which Epsom & Ewell Borough Council must carry out every year. Forms are on their way to every residential address in the borough. Residents need to look out for their annual canvass form in the post, check and update information that appears on the electoral register for their address and make sure that they respond either online, by telephone or post. 

The next scheduled elections are the Police & Crime Commissioner elections taking place in Epsom and Ewell in May 2020, this is an important opportunity for residents to make sure they can take part. If your name is not on the electoral register, you won’t be able to vote in any elections.

The form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so. This will mean that residents will be able take part in any future elections.

If you’re not on the register, you may find it difficult when applying for mortgages, loans, insurance or credit, as credit reference agencies use the register to check addresses of applicants. Registering to pay council tax does not automatically register you to vote.

If you’re not currently registered to vote, the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or we’ll send you a registration form in the post.

People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details. Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time. Across Great Britain, 94% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 40% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

Please remember that you are required by law to complete and return the form, even if you are not eligible to vote in the UK, or if you are already registered and are on the register. Failure to return the completed form is an offence, which could lead to a fine of up to £1,000.

For further information on the annual canvass for Epsom and Ewell visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk  

For more information about registering to vote visit the Electoral Commission’s website www.yourvotematters.co.uk

Round The Borough Hike

The popular Round the Borough Hike takes place on Saturday 7 September. To take part, register online today at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/rbhb 

Now in its eighth year, this free event for all ages and abilities starts and finishes in Horton Country Park local nature reserve (LNR). The off road walking route of approximately 20 miles long offers participants the chance to explore the beautiful open spaces of Epsom and Ewell including Epsom & Walton Downs, Epsom Common LNR, Nonsuch Park and the Hogsmill LNR.

Participants will set off from Horton Country Park LNR at 8.30am; the challenge is to complete the full 20 mile route in one day. It is estimated that the family friendly route takes between six to nine hours to walk depending on length and frequency of breaks. Dogs are welcome too.

Certificates will be awarded to those completing the full 20 miles. Those who completed the Round the Borough Bike earlier in the year and go on to complete the Hike will also get a special keepsake.

To view/download the route on a smartphone visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/rbhb

Councillor Barry Nash, Chairman of the Community and Wellbeing Committee, said: “Round the Borough Hike is probably the best way to experience the borough’s plentiful and stunning green spaces with friends and family. You can complete the hike at your own pace or set yourself a challenge to achieve a milestone. You can also raise money for a charity of your choice.

“Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover something new in your borough.”

Participants must wear suitable footwear as the route covers a variety of terrain and is uneven in places; and be prepared for the weather. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Please note, bikes, roller blades/skates are not permitted for the Hike and dogs must be kept on a lead and under control. Registrations for the event close at 5pm on Thursday 5 September.

Can you spare a few hours? We are looking for volunteer stewards to help marshal the course and ensure the safety of our participants. If you are able to give up two to three hours of your time and help out please contact the Council’s Leisure Development’s Team at [email protected] or call 01372 732000.

Unveiling of the Stucco Panel at Nonsuch Museum

The Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, Cllr John Beckett was invited to the unveiling of the stucco panel in the Nonsuch Museum gallery.  Tony Kerslake, Chairman of Friends of Nonsuch (FoN commissioned the panel) , Martin Biddle ,CBE,FBA, who undertook the excavation of the foundations of Nonsuch Palace in 1959 and Tim Crawley, the sculptor who made the replica panel also joined the Mayor.
The panels adorned the outside of King Henry VIII palace and over 700 of them were commissioned to decorate the outside walls of the Palace. Around half were 7ft by 3ft as this replica depicts. The Friends of Nonsuch also have a detailed model of the Palace at the museum and you can see the panels and can imagine what the palace must have looked like.

For more information regarding the museum and Friends of Nonsuch visit their website by clicking the link below. 

http://www.friendsofnonsuch.co.uk

The Mayor presents new hoist to Epsom Hospital

The Mayor & Mayoress of Epsom & Ewell, Cllr. John and Mrs. Alison Beckett paid a visit to the Neuro Physiotherapy Unit at Epsom General Hospital where he met Richard Stacey, Head of Epsom Therapies with the neuro physiotherapy and occupational therapy teams who play a vital role in the rehabilitation and recovery of stroke and head injury patients at Epsom General Hospital.

The Mayor, Cllr. John Beckett during his visit presented a £4,310 hoist on behalf of Epsom Medical Equipment Fund to the physiotherapy team to replace the 14 year old hoist previously purchased by the Fund which had reached the end of its life. Neuro Physio, Lavinia Rizzacasa had requested the help of Bess Harding and Epsom Medical Equipment Fund to purchase a new hoist as the original hoist could not be used after April and there were no funds available to purchase a new one as it was needed to assist in the care of patients without which they could not carry on the excellent treatment required. Epsom Medical Equipment Fund have provided many items of monitoring equipment in the past to enable the Acute Stroke Unit to be set up as well as equipment to help in the rehabilitation of patients.

The Mayor, Cllr. John Beckett was interested to learn all about the hoist and the important role it played in the treatment of stroke and head injury patients.   The Mayor expressed his thanks and gratitude on behalf of the Borough to Fund Organiser, Bess Harding, MBE on her 40 years of fund raising for medical equipment for Epsom General Hospital and for providing £5m of equipment which was benefitting the local community.

Head of Epsom Therapies, Richard Stacey paid tribute to Bess Harding and her small team by saying “thank you to the Epsom Medical Equipment Fund for this essential piece of equipment which will help us in the rehabilitation of patients on Britton Ward.   This equipment is state of the art and will really assist in our work on a daily basis”.

Donations are most welcome and should be sent to Epsom Medical Equipment Fund at 32 Tealing Drive, Ewell, Surrey, KT19 0HS.   Please sign up to their newsletter by going on their website www.emef.org.uk to find out what events we are running in the coming months.

Further information from Bess Harding Tel: 020 8337 8181

Epsom Playhouse & Spillers Pantomimes are on the lookout for new talent.

This year’s pantomime at the Epsom Playhouse is the fabulous story of the boy who never grew up; Peter Pan The Producers are now on the lookout for talented local children to play the parts of Michael and John.

 This is a unique opportunity for talented local children to audition and be a part of this fabulous production.There are two teams of boys and each team will do half of the performances. The 4 children that get through the audition will play the roles of Michael and John in the production which runs at The Epsom Playhouse from the 14th Dec to the 5th Jan.

 The Director, Bev Berridge said  “We are really excited to be able to offer this opportunity to the youngsters in Epsom, this is a chance for them to work on stage in a professional environment and be a part of a major production.  We are looking for talented boys, who have commitment and stamina, we know there is an abundance of talent in Epsom.  This audition is open to anyone who thinks they can do it, we are really looking forward to seeing the children’s videos’

 Details of the  2 roles required:

  • Boys must be great actors with personality, discipline and basic dance ability
  • Max height 5ft 3in.  Max age is 15yrs
  • Michael – Youngest brother, vibrant, dynamic, bit of a ‘cheeky chappy’.
  • Cute but talented, loud but controlled. 
  • John – Older brother, quite serious, very well spoken.  Commands the stage.

(N.B. the boys will be expected to ‘fly’ during the performance – fully harnessed with training provided)

You must be totally committed and available for all of the dates from 2nd Dec to 5th Jan. Dates and times will be confirmed to you once successful.

 For those that wish to apply for the audition we would like you to send us a short 15 second visual video of yourself showcasing your vibrant personality and clear diction, please tell us your –

  • Name
  • Age
  • Height
  • Why you should be chosen to get through to the final audition

 All videos must be received by Friday 23rd August.

Successful children will be contacted week commencing 26th Aug, sent a short script and invited to come along to the final audition at the Playhouse on Sunday 8th September.

 Note if you do wish to be part of this production you must be able to commit completely to all of the rehearsals and all of your allocated performances.

Please send your details (Name, age, Height, and short video. Contact email and mobile number) to [email protected] or WhatsApp to 07785 327006 by Friday 23rd August.

Good luck to you all.

Peter Pan runs from Sat 14th Dec – Sun 5th Jan and is on sale now. Tickets from £14.50.

Relaxed performance 17th Dec at 1pm

To book visit our website www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk or contact the Box Office on 01372 742555/742227.

 PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL THEATRE.