Get Active Epsom and Ewell!

Boost your mental and physical wellbeing this April – sign up today!

Residents of Epsom and Ewell are being encouraged to take part in ‘Active April’, a new initiative being launched by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, to encourage local people to boost their mental and physical wellbeing in the borough’s great outdoors.

Active April runs from 1 – 30 April and is open to residents of all ages and abilities. As part of this initiative, each week in April will focus on a different sport or activity and ways for residents to take part, from walking, cycling, running, jogging to playing sport outdoors.

As a fun challenge, residents can sign a pledge to take part in Active April and make a note of all the activities they are doing each week. At the end of the month, residents who have signed up will be invited to share their personal achievements. This could be how many hours they have jogged, miles walked, or types of sports played. The most active person in Epsom and Ewell will receive a £25 sports voucher to spend in their local chosen sports outlet.

Residents can sign up to take part at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/active-april where they’ll also find information on walking and cycling routes and outdoor sports facilities in the borough’s parks and open spaces, challenges to complete and useful resources to help them stay physically and mentally active.

With Spring in the air and outdoor sports facilities re-opening on 29 March as part of the next phase of Step 1 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, Active April is all about offering residents the opportunities to stay active in the borough’s wonderful parks and open spaces in keeping with current government guidance and restrictions.

Find out more and sign the pledge to get active this April today at: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/active-april

Stay up to date with #ActiveApril on our social media channels @EpsomEwellBC on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Don’t forget to tag us in your posts!

LINKS:

For more information on Active April see www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/active-april

For more information on getting active in the borough see: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/getting-active

For Covid-19 council service updates see: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/coronavirus

For current government guidance see: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

It’s a kind of magic

Children’s ward appeal flies high with Theo the Magician

Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity is delighted to announce that award-winning Theo the Magician will be hosting a fun interactive online magic show to raise money for the dedicated children’s ward at Epsom Hospital.

Theo the Magician’s magical event will support Casey Ward’s appeal to fund a ‘magic carpet’ for the young patients on the ward. With a mobile projector, motion sensor and interactive mat and lots of preinstalled games and apps, the Magic Carpet provides children with a range of activities for physical, mental or sensory simulation, from being transported to a virtual seaside, to taking part in a dance off or completing a puzzle.

And even more importantly for these times, play can be touchless while the mat is easy to clean and sanitise between users.

Well know Sutton resident and member of the prestigious Magic Circle and Equity, Theo Theodoris, normally performs shows all over Surrey and South London, but is currently delighting young audiences using the magic of zoom to bring abracadabra into the room!

His show, exclusively for the Magic Carpet Appeal, will be at 10am on Saturday 10 April. Bookings will remain open until midday on Friday 9 April. The show will last around an hour and will contain tricks, illusions, and games to suit children of all ages.

For your invitation and more information, the Charity and Theo kindly request a minimum donation of £10 for every child who watches the show. Every penny will go towards the appeal.

This won’t be the first time Theo has chosen to support his local hospitals. Back in 2003 he raised a staggering £17,000 for St Helier’s neonatal unit who saved the life of his daughter Elena who was born 10 weeks early and weighed just 2lbs. Since then, he has continued to hold numerous fundraising events for the unit bringing the total, so far, up to £25,000! This includes his Magic Sunflower Competitions and during last year’s lockdown he also chose to donate some of the fundraising to the Charity’s Covid Appeal.

Theo said: “I’m delighted to be able to help entertain the kids with my fun interactive magic show while at the same time helping Casey Ward get this exciting piece of equipment, powered by digital magic! Unfortunately, I know all too well the anguish of having a child who is very poorly and needs hospital care. But I also know that the children’s team at Epsom always know what’s best for their young patients and are fully committed to them. I have no doubt that this magic carpet will make a real difference to the kids on Casey Ward.”

To book your ticket for Theo’s magic show, please make your donation at www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/Casey-Carpet (you can do this as a guest).  Then email [email protected] with your contact details and the number of children participating, and their ages. Alternatively, you can donate over the phone by calling the Charity on 01372 735 262.

The Charity always welcomes support from local people and businesses – if you would like to make a donation to this or any other project, please contact the team by email at [email protected] or call 01372 735 262.

For more information about Theo the Magician please visit: www.magictheo.com

Epsom and Ewell Showcase 2021

Epsom Rotary will be hosting a YouTube streaming evening on Saturday 1st May to showcase the best of the talents of Epsom and Ewell.  From 8pm to 10pm they will run a programme of Epsom & Ewell based music from choirs, musicians, and bands as well as poetry and other interests such as local interest groups and charities.  They hope to have some items of local interest as well  The aim of the evening would be:-

  • To provide an evening of fun and entertainment for local people
  • To show what talents exist in the Epsom and Ewell area
  • To allow some charities and interest groups to explain what they do and why it’s fun
  • To raise some money for local charities

They plan to run the evening with occasional requests for money in the same way as Children in Need is run with straplines asking for donation.  Access to the stream would however be free.

They will also run a session from 6pm to 7pm with children’s entertainers offering short sessions. We already have the offer of a children’s story with illustrations being read.  This session depends really on demand from the public and children’s entertainers willing to give their time whilst promoting their services.

If you wish to contribute in any way.  They would like artists to send in videos of their work which can be played from the studio, rather than live acts.  To submit a video Click Here

Local projects awarded funding

Borough Councillors have chosen to allocate over £216,000 of Community Infrastructure Levy funds on a selection of projects within Epsom and Ewell.

Each year, borough councillors and local community groups are able to bid for funds from the Community Infrastructure Levy for local projects, with winning bids selected by a committee of councillors.

The projects receiving funds this year are:

• 1st Ewell Court Scout Group for storage facilities
• Girl Guiding Epsom to fund a trench for utilities to service campsite lodge
• Outdoor gym for Court Recreation Ground
• CCTV for Alexandra Recreation Ground
• Rifle Butts Alley footpath resurfacing
• New gates at Hook Road Arena to address anti-social behaviour
• New drinking water fountains in six parks as part of a push against single use plastics
• A replacement playground for London Road Recreation Ground
• Refurbishment of the Longmead MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area) with specific emphasis on deterring antisocial behaviour.

Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Strategy & Resources Committee, said “The Community Infrastructure Levy provides us with an opportunity to use contributions from developers for the benefit of our residents and I am pleased that, once again, we have been able to support a range of bids from community groups providing new infrastructure in locations across the borough.

“Many of the projects will support outdoor leisure activities, particularly for young people, at a time when being outside and active is encouraged. Keeping people safe is also a theme of the bids, and I am pleased that we have been able to support those projects too.”

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows the council to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in the borough and is used to support new physical and social infrastructure and to improve existing facilities. Under legislation, 80% of total CIL collected has to be allocated towards borough wide infrastructure and up to 5% towards administration. In addition, at least 15% of levy receipts must be spent on priorities as agreed with the local community.

Kissing Gate - Hook Road Arena

Latest news from Chris Grayling MP

Dear constituent

I am writing to you with a further update on the Coronavirus crisis. I also wanted to tell you about what I am planning to do with these emails going forward.

Vaccinations

Firstly, many of you who are eligible for vaccinations will be aware that you have not been able to book second jabs at the racecourse after mid-May. This is because the NHS only has access to the course up to that time. After that it will hopefully revert to normal for the Derby meeting in early June and the resumption of regular events if the rules are lifted in the middle of the month.

There have been two different vaccination centres operating side by side at the racecourse. Vaccinations have been organised both by the NHS on a regional basis and also by local GP practices on behalf of their patients. This has enabled the centres to get through lists more quickly, and in particular has allowed the GPs to concentrate on some of the more vulnerable groups.

There are four local groups of practices working together on a variety of issues including vaccination. Three have been operating together from the racecourse for the vaccinations, and the fourth, the Integrated Care Partnership, has been operating from Fitznells in Ewell.

After May the regional operation at the racecourse will move to Sandown Park in Esher, and you should soon be able to book second appointments there. The three practice groups have not yet finalised which local centres they will be using, but I would expect them to have local premises available.

If you received your first appointment after a message from your GP practice, the advice is to wait, and they will contact you to fix a second appointment locally in due course. If you went through the national website to book the first time, then the best advice is to book the closest available centre for the second and then rebook at Sandown if you need somewhere closer once appointments are available there online in the coming days.

Infection rates in Surrey

The levels of infection in our area have continued to fall sharply, which is good news, as has the number of patients in Epsom Hospital which is now a fraction of the peak level. There may be an increase in infection levels again now the schools have gone back, but my impression is that our local schools are doing a very good job of managing testing to keep any spread of infection under control. I am grateful to all local heads, teachers and school staff for what they are doing. I visited one local secondary this week and the arrangements were very impressive.
 
The latest information about infection rates in Surrey is here

Lockdown rules

A few people have asked me specific questions about what the rules are likely to be after April 12th and the other dates that the Government has set out for the easing of restrictions. I do not yet have any firm details beyond the outline in my last email bulletin. These are all provisional, and I expect full details from the Government about a week before each date. I will keep you updated as soon as I can, and will do my best to give you sensible steers for difficult questions. But there will not be definitive answers until the full guidance is published ahead of each date, pandemic progress permitting.

The Chalk Pit site

There is one other item of current local news I wanted to mention. Many of you will be aware of the controversy around the expanded use of the recycling facilities in the Chalk Pit in Epsom. This is now being used for a level of activity that is far beyond what has previously been permitted and the operators are applying for retrospective planning consent.
 
In the meantime the operation has been causing considerable nuisance to local residents. I am pushing the Environment Agency and the County Council to step up their enforcement action and have lodged a formal objection to the planning application. I am in regular contact with local residents, but if you are one of those affected please feel free to get in touch.

With best wishes 

Chris Grayling