Teddy the Dachshund

A lot people would have seen the little dachshund being pushed around the town by his owner Nicci. So we decided to check on Teddy and how’s he getting on. We meet Teddy and Nicci in a sunny Rosebery Park and while walking around the park I asked Nicci about Teddy

WOIE: Hi Nicci my first question is what was wrong with Teddy and what happened?

NiccI: He has Intervertebral Disc Disease, or IVDD, which is a common condition in the spine that causes back pain, partial loss of function in the limbs, and in more severe cases like Teddy’s paralysis and loss of feeling.

He got ill in December 2019 last year there are 5 stages of IVDD. Stage 1 to 4 a dog has got an 80 percent chance of walking again but once they get to stage five which means they’ve got no deep pain sensation at all and there’s only a 50 percent chance that they’ll ever walk again and he went from stage 1 to stage five within 24 hours. One evening on the 8th of December. In the morning of the 9th we took him to the local vet and by lunchtime when I took him to the park he wasn’t running. So we crate rest him and then by 9 o’clock that night. My parents had him. I was at work and said that he wasn’t walking at all and was dragging himself around

So, we got an local emergency vet appointment in the middle of the night. He was then referred to Fitzpatrick’s, Supervet from the TV, for the following morning. We took him to Fitzpatrick’s at 8:00am and they then operated that day

Noel didn’t do the operation it was Joanna. She was amazing and she’s a lovely surgeon.

WOIE: Looking at him now. Where was the operation as there are no visible signs?

Nicci: You can see a little bit of his spines through his skin slightly where he had it. If you look carefully. IVDD is effectively as a slipped disc so the inside of that is pushes out into the spine cutting off the spine to brain communication. So they take out the bits that have come out to relieve the pressure on the spine, as far as I understand it, so he has no deep pain sensation. 

WOIE: So you had the operation how long was the operation. How long was he with them for?

Nicci: It was a few hours. When they called me to tell me that it had gone well and he was he was okay and in recovery. He stayed there,I think, for about 10 days.But he was so depressed. We would go and visit him and he used to drag himself around and hide under things.

The operation was successful. He wasn’t in pain anymore but he lost all use halfway down his back he cannot wee on his own. So I have to express his bladder a few times a day for him. He can do poos himself but unsure if he knows if he needs to go.

He’s got a bit of control over it. So if he’s sitting with me on the sofa and he needs to go. He’ll whinge at me. Sometimes it takes me a little bit to work out what it is he is after but  when I put him down on a mat he’ll do it. So he sort of knows when he needs to go.

 WOIE: As we are walking around He’s got this wonderful little frame that he is now using. How did the frame come about?

NIcci: So they don’t like you to have wheels until. seven months after the operation Because they want to make sure they definitely can’t walk so he has hydrotherapy once or twice a week. I couldn’t get the wheels to August. My friend ran a 10K for 10 days to raise the money to pay for it. He raised for Teddy a thousand pounds towards the frame which cost £500 pounds. from company Walking Wheels. 

WOIE: Walking with you around the park he gets a lot of attention does he have his own fan page?

Nicci: He is very popular. He has his own Instagram account  which is @teddys_ivddlife

WOIE: Looking forward what’s the future for Teddy?

Nicci: He’s is six now so five when it all started which is the average age for dachshund for any problems to stat. There’s a Web site called Dachshund Health UK that explains IVDD and it states 5 is the average age they get it and sad to say it’s also the average age they die from it.

As we were walking around like any normal dog Teddy would stop and sniff and just go up to other dogs. Which with his wheel often frightens them and us expected some do react. So if you are out with your dog and see him please make sure you dog is under control. Nicci fully understands why dogs do it but on our walk one dog tried to jump on Teddy’s back.

Nicci would like to thank Fitzpatrick’s, Super Vet, and Pet Plan Insurance because it was them that paid for the operation. 

One bit of advice from Nicci to anyone thinking about getting a Dachshund is get the right insurance. IVDD costs a lot of money if your dog gets it and it’s quite common in Dachshund.

Listen to our interview via our Podcast below.

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Update from Chris Grayling MP

Latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Chris Grayling MP

Dear constituent
I am writing to you with a further update about Coronavirus issues.

Winter Economy Plan

Firstly, you will have seen that the Government announced yesterday a package of additional support for employers and employees. I have yet to get all of the detailed information about the package, but you can access initial information here.

If you have specific questions please let me know, and I will try to find the answers for you.

Coronavirus restrictions: what is and is not permitted

You will be aware of the tightening of some of the coronavirus restrictions earlier in the week. All the details about what is and is not permitted can be found here

I appreciate that there are strong views locally about what is happening, particularly as we remain an area where incidence of the virus is relatively low still. As these messages are meant to focus on providing information, I won’t get into the debate here. But the one thing I would say is that I hear strong views on both sides of the argument locally, with some people wanting more measures and some fewer.

I would, though, encourage people to follow social distancing guidelines in particular, whether you are out shopping or a young person walking in a large group coming home from school. If nothing else, we do want to stop the virus spreading back through our local community and risking the safety of more vulnerable people.

Flu Jabs

A number of people have raised with me the issue of flu jabs this winter. As you may know, the Government is recommending that as well as the over-65s, those between 50 and 65 also have the jab this year. However the initial priority is to inoculate the over-65s, who are at most risk from flu, and people with particular health vulnerabilities. The aim is to get this done by November. From November onwards the intention is to extend the programme to the younger age group. I am expecting people to receive a direct invitation from their GP practice when they are due to receive a jab.

There has been some speculation about whether there will be enough vaccinations available. I was on a call with the Deputy Chief Medical Officer this morning and he told us that several tens of millions of doses are due for delivery, and that the stock will be far more than we have ever had before. So whilst I can’t be absolutely sure, it does look as if there will be plenty available for those who need the vaccination. Fingers crossed.

Epsom and Ewell Business Awards

Finally, you may remember that I founded the Epsom and Ewell business awards a few years ago to recognise local businesses that go the extra mile for the local community and for their customers. Because of this year’s special circumstances, the 2020 awards are going to be streamlined and a little different. Instead of the normal range of awards and a presentation ceremony, we are doing the awards with a Coronavirus theme and the prizes will be awarded in an on-line ceremony later in the year. 

The prizes this year will be awarded to businesses that have gone out of their way to do more for local people and the local community during the crisis. That may be a business which has provided extra support for the NHS or which has done extra home delivery for the elderly, for example. Details of the awards are at www.epsombusinessawards.co.uk. Please do either enter or nominate an entry.

Best wishes 
Chris Grayling

Epsom & Ewell Special COVID Business Awards

Special COVID Business Awards launched to recognise businesses that have adapted and gone above the call of duty during this pandemic.

Epsom and Ewell has always had an entrepreneurial business community and this year has highlighted this more than ever. The 2020 Special COVID Awards are looking to honour those businesses who have gone beyond the call of duty during this pandemic.  If your business has or still is supporting the local community, or has adapted and innovated to improve customer service or product or you are an employer who has supported your workforce, or you would like to nominate a business who performed to an exceptional level, they would like to hear from you.

Entrants can compete across five different categories.  The closing date for entries or nominations is 31st October; winners will be announced at an online awards ceremony on 19th November.

The Awards cover five categories:

  • Best Business for Support of the Community
  • Best Business Employer
  • Best Business in Ashtead
  • Best Business in Epsom & Epsom Downs
  • Best Business in Ewell & Stoneleigh

Full information regarding award categories is available on the awards website www.epsombusinessawards.co.uk . Entries and nominations are made online.  An independent panel of judges with local business expertise will select the winning entrants who will receive trophies and certificates following the online Awards reception. 

For further information please visit www.epsombusinessawards.co.uk or email [email protected] .



Walkies At Wisley

On Saturday 19th September RHS Wisley held one of their popular Walkies at Wisley nights allowing visitor to look around the beautiful gardens with their 4 legged friends. Having never been to Wisley Dogs Outings Guide were delighted to be invited.

The gardens are open from 4pm – 6pm and to be honest I was surprised how busy it was and wish I had done some research on the parking situation. We parked in car Park 3 which is to the far right of the main entrance and for our dog plenty of places for our dog to stop and sniff.

Once at the entrance it was all plain sailing. You do need to pre-book your tickets, as is the case for most places you visit now days, and as expected there are some rules. Only 2 dogs are permitted per person, which is fine. If you have more take someone with you. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. We couldn’t see any signs about the type of lead but with a busy event like this we used our retractable lead with a shorter lead as back up.

It goes without saying you have to pick up any dog waste and use the bins provided, which there were plenty, I don’t understand people who don’t pick up after their dogs especially is a place like this. I am pleased to say everyone we saw was using the bins.

As this was our first visit we did find it overwhelming and rushing to get in we couldn’t find any maps. Again, due to covid-19, there might not have been any but there were maps around the gardens showing you where you are. There are sign posts and after stopping at the small lake we headed towards the Glass House.

From beautiful lawns, viewing points, fruit tree orchards and walks along the stream rolling down from the rockery area. On a barmy warm late September evening this was a wonderful evening out and best of all the dog enjoyed it.

The Wisley Plant Centre and Shop is open for the evening but by the time we got back they were closed. As for drinks these were also available from outdoor catering outlets as no dogs permitted inside catering outlets. In the time we were there the time just flew by and we wished it was longer then 2 hours to walk with your dog around such wonderful grounds.

Would we go again? yes but may be different time of year. A place like RHS Wisley you need to enjoy throughout the year and seasons. Unfortunately RHS Wisley only allows registered support dogs throughout the year. But hopefully more events like this are planned.

Cost of the evening is FREE to RHS Wisley Members and £7 per adult and £5 per child. For more information regarding RHS Wisley CLICK HERE

Dogs Outings Guide (D.O.G) is for like minded dog loving people to share and recommend Places To Visit, Places To Stay, Bars & Restaurants, Shops in fact anywhere you go with your four legged friend.

To join the free Facebook group CLICK HERE 

Racing Welfare Return To School Grant

At the end of July 2020, Racing Welfare announced that it would be providing Return to School grants to racing industry families with school-age dependent children. The Return to School grants, which are awarded at £100 per child up to a maximum of 4 children per family, aim to ease the financial burden on families during what can be an expensive time of year. Applications will continue to be accepted for the grants up until Wednesday 30th September and can be made to recover the costs of uniform and equipment already purchased.

The grants, which are kindly being funded by the John Pearce Foundation and The Racing Foundation, are intended to help families with purchasing back to school essentials such as uniform, P.E. kit and educational equipment. Families can also use the grants to recover the costs of such equipment if already purchased. They are available to anyone currently working in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry who has dependent, school-age children (4-18 years) and meets the eligibility criteria. 

To be eligible for support, parents must be working or be self-employed in the industry for a minimum of one year, or have lost their job or work or be on furlough, within the last year.  Furthermore, they must be living on or below the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Minimum Income Standard and be in receipt of Child Benefit. 

The minimum income standard is higher than many people believe and any family working within the racing or breeding industries is urged to check their income using the simple Minimum Income Calculator UK: https://www.minimumincome.org.uk/ or contact your local Racing Welfare team for assistance.

Racing Welfare has streamlined its application procedure to allow for grants to be processed as quickly and efficiently as possible, though eligible families are encouraged to apply without delay in order to meet the end of September deadline. The charity’s team can be contacted directly via their regional office numbers.  These lines are manned from 9am – 5pm, Monday-Friday and are as follows:   

For the South and West regions call: 01488 670 034

Alternatively please call Racing’s Support Line which is available 24hrs a day, 7 days per week on 0800 6300 443.  A 24hr live chat service is also available via the charity’s website www.racingwelfare.co.uk

Racing Welfare’s Director of Welfare, Simone Sear, commented: Thanks to the Return to School grants, we have been able to support many families within the racing and breeding industries with the additional financial burden that back to school expenses can bring.  We are keen to support as many families as we can before the end of this month, so please get in touch with our team, in confidence, to find out if your family could benefit.”

Racing Welfare

Racing Welfare is the only charity that supports all of racing’s people – including stud, stable and racecourse staff, alongside those working in associated professions – from their recruitment right through into retirement. The charity provides a wide range of advice and guidance services, all of which are completely confidential and non-judgmental.  Support is available for a wide range of life’s challenges, including physical health, mental health, bereavement, careers advice, housing, money advice, illness, addiction, relationships and retirement. Racing Welfare’s services are nationally accessible with offices in all of the main racing centres and roving Welfare Officers covering the whole of the country. 

The charity owns 164 units of accommodation across the UK, with a focus on providing housing for young people working in racing and those who have retired from the industry which are managed by its housing arm, Racing Homes.

Racing’s Support Line, a multi-channel support platform, allows people to contact the charity online as well as through a 24hr telephone line.  

Website: www.racingwelfare.co.uk

Racing’s Support Line: 0800 6300 443

Online self-help resources: www.support.racingwelfare.co.uk

Racing Welfare’s Covid-19 Emergency Appeal: Due to the cancellation of planned fundraising events, Racing Welfare needs to raise £500k this year to fill the income deficit from this source. 

Donate to the Emergency Appeal here:  justgiving.com/RWEmergencyAppeal

Witness appeal following series of catalytic converter thefts near Sainsbury’s in Epsom

Surrey Police are appealing for witnesses after catalytic converters were stolen from three different cars in Sainsbury’s car park in Epsom on Monday 14th September.

At around 11am, three men were seen to remove the converters with a jack and electric saw. When a member of the public tried to intervene, the suspects threatened them with a metal pole.

The suspects are described as white, in their mid-thirties and of stocky build. One man was wearing a navy blue top and the other two were wearing white t-shirts. They arrived and left the car park in a dark grey Honda CR-V.

The car park was busy at the time of the incident and we believe that there will be multiple witnesses. If you saw anything suspicious, or recognise the car and suspects described, please contact us quoting PR/45200097499 via:

•             Webchat on their website surrey.police.uk

•             Online https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/

•             Calling them on 101

If you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Surrey Police have issued crime prevention advice issued following spate of catalytic converter thefts from vehicles in Epsom And Ewell. The most popular vehicles targeted are predominantly the Toyota Prius and Honda Jazz and the majority have happened during the day.

Thieves are attracted by the potential to steal the valuable metals palladium and rhodium. The best way to prevent theft is to make access to your car’s converter as inconvenient and difficult as possible.

Here are some tips to prevent catalytic converter theft:

    • Park in as well-lit areas where possible.
    • Park close to building entrances or the nearest road in public car parks. This leaves your vehicle in a location where many people can see it.
    • If you have a garage use it and keep it locked.
    • Consider CCTV if your vehicle is parked on your driveway or a RING-type device.
    • Adjust the security system on your car or have one installed that will activate upon vibration, such as those produced by a saw.
    • Install a catalytic converter-specific security device, such as ‘ARMACAT’ or ‘CATLOC’ – https://blog.toyota.co.uk/catalytic-converter-theft-how-to-protect-your-car
    • Consider ID Etching – Etching a catalytic converter with a serial number will help police track a stolen converter and overtly advertising that a vehicle is protected by property marking may also deter offenders as it will potentially reduce the opportunities for selling on the converters at reputable scrap metal dealers. More information on ID etching can be found at www.retainagroup.co.uk
    • Consider welded bolts – If a catalytic converter is a ‘bolt on’ it is possible to have the bolts welded shut. This is only a deterrent to the lowest grade of catalytic converter thief working with a wrench but may still be enough of a deterrent to help prevent a theft.
    • Report suspicious activity to the Police. Obtain as much information as possible, including any vehicle registrations.

Satisfied Eye International Film Festival Full Line Up

The Satisfied Eye International Film Festival (SEIFF) returns to Epsom for its third season this 9th-11th October at the Odeon and they are extremely excited to announce the full line-up which is now live at https://satisfiedeye.com/tickets/ with tickets and festival passes on sale.  
The festival is rated in the top 100 in the world (out of over 8500) and is an internationally renowned event with one of the highest quality programmes of any festival. Tickets are £7.50 each or £35 for a festival pass which allows you to watch every film over the three days (at a saving of £100).
Over 90 films from over 30 countries with over 30 premieres, including multiple BAFTA and Oscar winning films. All live and in person (with full social distancing and government followed guidelines) at the Odeon Epsom. With their ever-popular People’s Choice Awards, children’s animation, science fiction, horror, costume drama, comedy, feature films, short films and documentary, there really is something for everyone.
Watch the trailer to get a sample of all the great movies on show https://youtu.be/HBTbDuQxnlc
The festival takes safety extremely seriously and all precautions are being followed to the letter, the booking system automatically provides socially-distanced seating and the Odeon will be ensuring full sanitation procedures before and after every single screening.
This does mean that tickets will not be sold on the door and only those who have booked will be able to attend. Should the current situation change and the event cannot go ahead, full refunds will be given. Ticket holders will also have exclusive access to dozens of online Q&As we will be recording with those filmmakers who, due to travel restrictions, are unable to attend this year.
During these challenging times, as a completely voluntary event that receives no local or government funding, the festival is relying more than ever before on the support of the community so do please spread the word.

Brooklands Remembers 88 killed in 1940 air raid

Brooklands Museum held a memorial service in remembrance of the 88 civilians, killed at Brooklands in a German Air Raid, who were manufacturing Wellington Bombers and Hawker Hurricanes for the Battle of Britain.

Brooklands, famed for introducing Britain to motorsport with its creation of the World’s first racing circuit, also fuelled the global obsession with aviation seeing one of Britain’s first powered flights take off from the track’s Finishing Straight. A magnet for race drivers, pilots, innovators, and pioneers alike, Brooklands became a household name hosting the first British Grand Prix and becoming the most prolific aircraft production factory in Europe.

Following Brooklands’ contribution of aircraft to the war effort in the First World War, the site was again used in 1939 for military aircraft production, in particular the Vickers Wellington, and Hawker Hurricane. The iconic racetrack and aircraft hangars were extensively camouflaged to conceal them from German bombing raids. 

On Wednesday 4th September 1940 at precisely 13:24hrs, the Vickers aircraft factory at Brooklands was bombed by the German Luftwaffe.

The attack which lasted just three minutes was considered at the time the most devastating raid on any aircraft factory in Britain of the Second World War and claimed 88 lives with over 400 injured. 

The unexpected attack came as many workers were enjoying their lunch outside or queuing up to clock-in for their afternoon shift, in a workshop that was directly hit. Workers at the Vickers Factory were accustomed to the sound of aircraft overhead and as such the air-raid siren was tragically not sounded in time. 

The workers began the task of recovering the victims and clearing the wreckage, only to be targeted two days later in a non-fatal attack that destroyed and damaged buildings belonging to the Hawker factory.

The service, was led by The Bishop of Guildford 80 years since the famous Vickers Armstrong and Hawker factories were directly hit by the German Luftwaffe. 

Friends and relatives of those killed in the raid were invited along and at 13:24 a roll call of those that died during the raid was read out by Michael More-Molyneux, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Tim Oliver, leader of Surrey County Council, Cllr Mary Sheldon, Mayor of Elmbridge and Tamalie Newbery CEO of Brooklands Museum Trust. After the reading of names there was a 2 minute silence which was signalled by an air raid siren.

After the silence wreaths were laid by Louise Baverstock-Price, Head of community investment BAE Systems, Anthony Samuels, Chairman of S.C.C, Rob Moran CEO of Elmbridge Council, Jim Allen, Chairman of Byfleet Heritage Society and Kevin Lee Secretary Brookland Members.

Among the friends and families were the grandchildren of William Ernest Hunt, who was 35 when he was killed. William came to work at Brooklands from Crewe. His family were unsure where he was but new the work was important and his location a secret. After the war his daughter, the grandchildrens mum, knew her father had died during World War 2 but not how or where. It wasn’t until 2014 that the grandson, doing some research, found Williams grave and what had happened.

At last after 74 years their mother was able to see her father’s grave, just months before she passed away.

The Museum is commemorating this anniversary with the opening of the new Air Raid Shelter Walkthrough Experience which features the images and voices of the men and women who survived the attack. The new exhibit has been funded by BAE Systems, formally British Aerospace Corporation including Vickers Armstrong.  

The Brooklands Air Raid Shelter along with Brooklands motor racing circuit, the remains of the pre-World War II aerodrome, World War II Bofors tower, and the Brooklands memorial, are Scheduled Monuments with Historic England.

Do you know anyone who was involved in the attack or is a living friend or relative of someone who was? Please contact [email protected] to let them  know. 

For more on the history of the raid CLICK HERE

The Olive Tree reopens with a new manager

After closing in March due to Covid-19 The Olive Tree Restaurant in Ashtead Park Garden Centre has reopened and with a new manager. 

Yvonne Love, who use to own the very popular Deli Delight in Ewell Village, has taken over as the manager of the restaurant. She told us ” I am very excited to take on this role and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead. I have a lot planned for the restaurant including Special Afternoon Teas, relaunching Sunday Roasts and letting local groups hire our separate dining room for events and networking”

The restaurant was officially opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Epsom & Ewell who after cutting the ribbon, and filling in the Track & Trace form,enjoyed a lovely breakfast and coffee. Mayor Reynolds said “It wonderful to see a business like this reopening in the year we are having” 

Yvonne and her team have been working hard to get the restaurant ready to welcome customers back to a Covid-19 safe environment, they have even extended the garden dining area to allow for more people to social distance, They would like to thank their customers for their support and patience, Yvonne and the team can’t wait to see you. 

The Olive Tree is open Monday – Saturday 9am-5:30pm and 10am-4:30pm on a Sunday. They will be offering everything from delicious coffee and cakes, to healthy breakfasts, hearty lunches, pizzas, ice cream, and indulgent afternoon tea to sustain you through your hard work in the garden!

The Olive Tree is also available to hire for intimate events or large parties.

For More Details CLICK HERE