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Shop safe, shop local

Council urges residents to support local business

With the roadmap underway and with retail and hospitality sectors reopening after a turbulent year, what better time to support the local traders in Epsom, Ewell and Stoneleigh?

Local businesses have worked hard to make their facilities safe to help in the local fight against the virus.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is extending its ‘Shop safe, Shop local’ campaign to encourage people to back local businesses.

Councillor Colin Keane, Chair of the Strategy & Resources Committee said “Our traders have been through a lot this last year and it has been good to see people returning to our shops, pubs, cafés, restaurants and other businesses.

“There is a great entrepreneurial spirit in Epsom and Ewell with a wide range of independents as well as the larger retailers and hospitality venues.

“The Council has worked closely with local businesses throughout the pandemic but some are struggling, hit by the combined impact of Covid and changes in shopping habits.

“I am constantly told that residents want to support their local area. You have the power to make a real difference to the success of our local businesses with the spending decisions you make”.

The council is highlighting the diverse range of local businesses across the borough:

 

Angie Starr at Happyglaze Ceramics in Epsom said “I am so pleased our doors are back open and we’re really excited to be welcoming customers back into our Covid secure studio. We’ve focused on reopening bigger and better, with new techniques, products and services, and can’t wait to share them!”

Tammy Sirilli at the Holiday Inn Express on Epsom Downs said “Looking forward to welcoming all our corporate, leisure and  conference guests through our doors again. Excited to see our regulars back and to see lots of new faces!

Henry Lee at Fudges Cycle Store in Epsom said “We are fully open for business, operating a Covid safe environment, 7 days per week. We have a huge range of bikes in stock available for sale, our workshop is open for all your service requirements, and our team is keen to help deliver all the support you need to get you cycling”

Nicci & Sara, the owners of All Things Nice in Ewell village said “We are delighted to be able to throw the doors back opens and welcome you all back into our cafe and garden with fabulous coffee, fresh food & buckets of enthusiasm! We missed you”!

Rachel and the team at Fitness Theory in Epsom said “We’ve loved seeing our members return since restrictions have been lifted but now want to see some new faces in the building”!

Lauri at The Celtic Pantry in Epsom Market said “I love the market stall presence and have so enjoyed being part of the culture that goes with outdoor markets. I’m looking forward to the next stage, mainly for the lunch time rush on a Friday when all business are back working in the offices and bringing more people to the market during the week”.

Carlos Laorden at Blacks Burgers in Epsom said “Blacks Burgers has been able to carry on thanks to all of the customers that have supported us, and for that, we’ll be forever grateful. We’re very happy to be back open and ready for dine ins. Be safe in the knowledge that our mission statement has remained the same: Serve the best burgers possible, in a safe comfortable environment (and of course all safety aspects relating to Covid have been addressed, and government guidelines are being adhered to). We can’t wait to see you all soon”!

Elaine Teague at the Epsom Playhouse said “We’re really looking forward to reopening next month. The continued loyalty and support for The Epsom Playhouse has been greatly appreciated by the whole team during the last 15 months. It will be fantastic to see our patrons returning in the up-coming months to enjoy all Epsom’s local theatre has to offer”.

 

Great British Spring Clean

Council urges community involvement as part of Epsom in Bloom

Litter is a huge problem across the UK, causing harm to the environment and wildlife. Over the past year, Covid-related litter, such as face masks and gloves, have added an additional risk to both the public and to green spaces. 

The Great British Spring Clean, from 28ht May to 13th June, is a key milestone in Keep Britain Tidy’s calendar, encouraging thousands to help clear up their neighbourhoods. 

For 2021, the charity is calling on volunteer ‘litter heroes’ to help it reach a target of a million miles of picking (#MillionMilesMission). All minutes and hours promised will be converted into miles and counted on the Great British Spring Clean website. On average it takes 20 minutes to walk or litter pick a mile. 

The local community group, Keep Epsom & Ewell Tidy (KEET), has organised a borough-wide litter pick on Monday 31 May. The council are supporting this initiative by providing litter pickers and arranging for collections of the group’s collected litter from pre-arranged locations. 

Councillor Neil Dallen, Chair of the Environment and Safe Communities Committee said “If you are one of the over 900 people who have signed up to the council’s litter picking pledge, we’re urging you to join in by undertaking the litter pick with KEET or on another day as part of the Great British Spring Clean”. 

Epsom in Bloom is being run by the Council and Go Epsom as an entry into this years’ South and South East in Bloom competition. Judges award points for planting and flowers and also for environmental and community projects linked to Bloom: the more engagement the local community has with Epsom in Bloom, the better the result. Judging is due to take place at the end of June / early July.  

See Links Below For More Details

New Mayor of Epsom & Ewell

Councillor Peter O’Donovan elected first citizen of Epsom and Ewell

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has announced that Peter O’Donovan has been appointed the new Mayor.

Peter was first elected as a Borough Councillor in 2015 for Ewell Court Ward. He has served on various council committees, most notably on Planning for six years, and spent a year as Chair of the Environment Committee.

Peter is 60 and has worked in the finance sector since leaving school. He joined Lloyds Bank and made his way up to the position of branch manager before leaving in 1997. Since then, his career has included working with comparison website MoneyExtra; managing the assets for the old Bradford & Bingley and Northern Rock in UKAR; and as a mortgage advisor. He is currently a self-employed equity release advisor.

Peter has lived in Ewell since 2007. He is married to Sarah and has two children, Aoife (14) and Eoin (11).

Peter is a keen sportsman and helped run Eoin’s football team at AFC Ewell for a few years. He enjoys taking part in musical theatre and has performed at the Epsom Playhouse and other local venues, including the Wimbledon Theatre and the Fairfield Halls. It was whilst playing Alfred P Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the Secombe Centre that he met Sarah.

On becoming Mayor, Peter said: “Epsom and Ewell is a special place; successful, welcoming, inclusive – the ideal environment to bring up a family and to run a business. My aim as mayor is to give something back to the borough I call home and to meet and thank the people who contribute so much to our community”.

Peter will be using the opportunity to raise funds and recognition for three organisations that mean a great deal to him. These are…

  • Epsom RDA
    A local organisation providing disabled people with the opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing through horse riding

  • My Time for Young Carers
    A charity providing fun activities for young carers aged between 7 and 15 who live in and around Epsom and Ewell, and Mole Valley

  • Look Good Feel Better
    A national charity who help boost the physical and emotional wellbeing of people living with cancer.

The Mayor is the first citizen of the Borough of Epsom & Ewell and has several specific roles during their one-year term of office. These include representing the Council and the local community at formal and ceremonial occasions, both within the borough and elsewhere, and chairing full meetings of the Council. During the mayoral year the Mayor is strictly politically neutral and the work representing those in their ward is undertaken by the other ward councillors.

 

Mayor Opens Ewell Hall

The Mayor and Mayoress of Epsom and Ewell visited Ewell Hall in the heart of Ewell Village on Tuesday 11th May. The hall formerly known as St Mary’s Church Hall has had a major refurb during lockdown. Ewell hall, which is located near The Spring Tavern and opposite St Mary the Virgin Ewell Parish Church is a wonderful community event space open to hire by all.

A working party was started in March 2020 to review how the hall is used by the community.

Carmella, a volunteer for the working party stated ”it is wonderful to show the Mayor and Mayoress the potential this event space has. High ceilings and plenty of natural light make for a welcoming venue for a variety of occasions. Our opening hours are flexible and our hire rates are very competitive”. 

The Mayor commented “Ewell needs a hall that is available to everyone. The revamp has been very effective and given an extensive overhaul of the facilities. It is great for group meetings, lectures and talks. This is nothing but good for the village of Ewell“.

Over the past year a variety of enhancements have been made to the facilities including installation of Wi-Fi and baby changing facilities and new tables. More is planned with a buggy park and bicycle racks to ensure the hall continues to meet the needs of users.

Deputy Hall Manager Barb said “We had the opportunity during lockdown to consider the space and enhance the facilities. We are so excited for Ewell Hall to be used as a community asset again. We look forward to welcoming you soon.”

The hall has everything you need including a fully operating kitchen, serving area as well the basic needs for any event. I have often driven past the hall but this was my first visit and I was surprised by the size of the hall. So much so I am looking to hire the hall myself soon.

For more information please visit; https://ewellhall.uk/ and follow them on Facebook @ewellhallewell

Boundary Commission looking to reduce the number of Councillors

A new pattern of wards is being developed for Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

The Local Government Boundary Commission has decided that the number of councillors in Epsom & Ewell should be 35. This is a change from the current council which has 38.

The Commission wants to hear what residents and organisations think about their local area. A 10 week consultation on the proposals will run until 19th July 2021.

The Commission is the independent body that draws these boundaries. It is reviewing Epsom and Ewell Borough Council to make sure councillors represent about the same number of electors, and that ward arrangements help the council work effectively. It wants to be sure that its proposals reflect community ties and identities.

The Commission is interested in views on which communities should be part of the same ward. What facilities do people share, such as parks, leisure centres or schools and shopping areas? What issues do neighbouring communities face that they have in common, such as high numbers of visitors or heavy traffic? Have there been new housing or commercial developments that have changed the focus of communities? And are there roads, rivers, railways or other features that people believe form strong boundaries between neighbourhoods? 

The Commission will use local views to help it draw up proposals for new ward boundaries. There will be a further round of consultation once the Commission has drawn up those proposals.

Launching the consultation Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said:   “We want people in Epsom & Ewell to help us. We are starting to draw up new wards for Epsom & Ewell. We want our proposals for new electoral arrangements to reflect communities. We also want them to be easy to understand and convenient for local people.”

“Residents and local organisations can help us understand community ties and identities at this early stage of the process. It’s easy to get involved. Go to our website. Or you can e-mail or write to us.”

“Just tell us what you think and give us some details why you think that. It’s really simple, so do get involved.”

The Commission has a dedicated section on its website where people can give their views: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/27356

People can also give their views by e-mail at [email protected], and by post:

The Review Officer (Epsom & Ewell)
LGBCE
PO Box 133
Blyth
NE24 9FE

An interactive map is available at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/27356

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) would like to invite you an online briefing on the LGBCE’s current review of Epsom & Ewell. The event will be held virtually and take the form of a 15 minute presentation from the LGBCE, followed by a Q&A session where you can ask any questions you may have to the LGBCE representatives.

Date: Monday 17th May 2021
Time: 6:30pm
Location: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4945023174482581776 

Webinar ID: 515-510-947

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is an independent body accountable to Parliament. It recommends fair electoral and boundary arrangements for local authorities in England. In doing so, it aims to:

  • Make sure that, within an authority, each councillor represents a similar number of electors

     

  • Create boundaries that are appropriate, and reflect community ties and identities

     

  • Deliver reviews informed by local needs, views and circumstances

Round the Borough Bike is back!

With a chance to win a Sprint Whisper Hybrid flat bar road bike

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council has announced that Round the Borough Bike, the popular non-competitive cycle event, is to return next month.

Rather than a one-day experience, this year sees a new dimension, with a month-long opportunity to undertake the event. This means the route can be done in one go as normal or in stages, over different weekends for example, and it can be cycled in either direction.

This year’s virtual Round the Borough Bike is a 20 mile long, beautiful circular route taking in the borough’s iconic green spaces.

Participants register on the council’s website and can then challenge themselves and set their own personal riding goal, taking part any time in May.

Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist who has taken part before or are new to cycling and ready to take on your first challenge on wheels, Virtual Round the Borough Bike is open to anyone. The route is mostly off-road and is clearly signposted.

There will be the chance for those taking part to win a brand new Sprint Whisper Hybrid flat bar road bike, kindly donated by Fudges Cycle Store, 21-23 Upper High Street, Epsom.

To win the bike, participants need to register at www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/RBHB and follow the instructions. One winner will be randomly selected from those who take part.

Support your local area – let’s shop!

The Prime Minister has confirmed that ‘non-essential; shops, hairdressers and gyms can reopen in England from Monday 12 April. Boris Johnson said that the next stage of England’s roadmap out of lockdown can go ahead as planned.

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is urging local residents to shop local. 

A spokesperson said “It’s vital we support our own communities. By buying your meat from a local butcher, purchasing from one of the new stall holders at Epsom Market, opting to use the shops at Stoneleigh, ordering a takeaway from restaurant in Ewell and getting a haircut at one of the many shopping parades across the borough, you will provide much-needed support to your local community.

“Research form the campaign group Independent Retailer Month, suggests that for every £1 spent locally around 50p – 70p of that money recirculates back into the local economy. That’s why the Council’s ‘Shop Safe, Shop Local, Shop Epsom & Ewell’ campaign is encouraging residents to shop safely and buy locally wherever they can.

“Supporting local businesses means that they will stay in business through this difficult period.”

Staying local, as individuals can walk and cycle, also boosts exercise and is more environmentally sustainable.

Some retailers will be taking advantage of temporary relaxation in trading rules that will allow them to stay open until 10pm from Monday to Saturday in a bid to spread out shoppers and avoid congestion.

Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality can reopen from 12 April, but customers must sit outdoors and be served via table service. Indoor leisure centres – including swimming pools and gyms can also open their doors again.

Hosted activities at council venues, including at Bourne Hall, will be re-established in line with the government roadmap, increasing the activities available to residents and supporting neighbouring businesses.

Please help us continue to make the borough safe for the return of shoppers by:

Following social distancing guidelines:

    • Paying by contactless where possible
    • Following directional signage

    • Being considerate and give way

    • Wearing face coverings when social distancing isn’t possible.

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