Christmas Train Timetables

Majority of train operators have issued a Christmas Timetable for the Christmas and New Year Bank Holiday period, Wednesday 23rd December 2020 to Sunday 3rd January 2021. As well as the timetables there is also major engineering work taking place. 

Major improvements to your railway this Bank Holiday

London Kings Cross – Closure of all lines to and from the station Saturday 26th to Wednesday 30th December inclusive, with work continuing until Sunday 3rd January.

London Waterloo – Amended service, and the closure of Vauxhall and Queenstown Road stations, from Sunday 27th December to Sunday 3rd January.

London Liverpool Street – Amended TfL Rail and Greater Anglia service on the line to/from Shenfield Saturday 26th December to Sunday 3rd January.

What service will your train operator be running?

Your can check how your journey will be affected with each train operator by selecting their day-by-day travel guide from the table below:

Travelling in London

  • Christmas Eve – Details of the last trains leaving London direct to key destinations will be available here when they are confirmed.

  • Transport for London services – Details of London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, buses, trams and river services over the Christmas and New Year bank holiday will be available from the Transport for London website.

Festive Travel Tips

  • PLEASE TRAVEL SAFELY: Keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus Travel Advice

  • For the Cheapest Fares: Try the National Rail Enquiries Cheapest Fare Finder. Also, please check your eligibility for a Railcard, which gives a third off most rail fares including Advance tickets.

  • Reserve a seat: We strongly recommend that you reserve a seat where available to ensure a safe and comfortable journey. This may be mandatory for some train companies.

  • Buy your ticket early: Please check our Buying Advance Tickets page frequently to see when tickets are available to buy.

For More Details and Other Train Operators  CLICK HERE

Local Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

Briefing from Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership regarding local Covid-19 vaccination programme.

The NHS will begin vaccinating patients against coronavirus at hospital hubs from this week, at the start of the biggest immunisation programme in history.

Yesterday, 6th Dec,, NHS England/Improvement announced the first 50 hospital hubs across the country to receive supplies of the vaccine. In Surrey Heartlands the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust has been named in this first tranche, and staff have been working through the weekend to prepare for the launch of the programme with the first vaccinations this week.

As identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) people aged 80 and above who are already attending hospital as an outpatient, and those who are being discharged home after a hospital stay, will be among the first to receive the vaccination. Hospitals will also work with care home providers to book their staff in to attend vaccination clinics.

Any appointments not used for these groups will be used for healthcare workers who are at highest risk of serious illness from covid.

More hospitals will start vaccinating over the coming weeks and months as the programme ramps up. GPs and other primary care staff are also being put on standby, from mid December, to start delivering the vaccine from community vaccination sites. The precise locations of these are still being agreed.

Vaccination centres treating large numbers of patients will subsequently stand up when further supplies of vaccine come on stream.

The Covid-19 vaccine is typically delivered by a simple injection in the shoulder but there are complexities with the Pfizer vaccine being used which needs to be stored at -70C before being thawed out, and can only be moved four times within that cold chain before being used.

In line with national recommendations it should be noted that pregnant women cannot receive the vaccination. In addition, women of childbearing age should be advised to avoid pregnancy for at least 2 months after their second dose. There are also specific clinical recommendations for those who have known underlying health conditions and assessment will form part of the vaccination programme.

People will be required to receive two doses of the vaccine at least 21 days apart.

We are asking the public to help the NHS by being patient. Those who are eligible for the vaccine will be contacted in due course as the programme continues and your help in sharing this message would be hugely appreciated. The local NHS is working with partners across Surrey Heartlands and will continue to roll-out the vaccination programme over the coming weeks and months, supported by a robust communications plan which will start imminently.

If you have any queries please email: [email protected]

Donate your money to charities, not criminals, this Christmas

Action Fraud, the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator are warning the public to remain vigilant when making charitable donations this Christmas.

At this time of year the vast majority of fundraising appeals and collections are genuine, however criminals can set up fake charities, or even impersonate well-known charitable organisations, to deceive victims.

Action Fraud has teamed up with the Charity Commission, the regulator and registrars of charities, and the Fundraising Regulator, the independent regulator of charitable fundraising in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, to help the public make sure their donations go to the right place this Christmas.

Previous research from the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator revealed that less than half of people that give to charity usually make checks before donating.

Action Fraud, the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator are therefore urging the public to follow some simple steps to ensure they have a #FraudFreeXmas this year.

Take the following steps to make sure your donations go to the right place:

  • make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information. Look for the registered charity number on their website. You can check the charity name and registration number at www.gov.uk/checkcharity
  • you can also check if a charity is registered with the Fundraising Regulator. All charities registered here have made a commitment to good fundraising practice
  • if you’re approached by a collector on the street or at your door, ask to see the collector’s ID badge. You can also check whether the collector has a licence to fundraise with the local authority, or has the consent of the private site owner
  • don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and phone calls that ask for your personal or financial details – even if it’s in the name of a charity
  • to donate online, type in the address of the charity website yourself rather than clicking on a link. If in any doubt, contact the charity directly about donating
  • be cautious when donating to an online fundraising page. Fake fundraising pages will often be badly written or have spelling mistakes. When donating to an online fundraising page, only donate to fundraising pages created by someone you know and trust

After making these checks, if you think that a fundraising appeal or collection is fake, report it to Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040.

 

Epsom – Loving Local this Christmas!

With non essential shops due to reopen this week, and less than 4 weeks to go till Christmas, Go Epsom the Business Improvement District is urging local residents to ‘Love Local’ this Christmas by supporting their local high street.

Go Epsom will be in Epsom’s Marketplace this Saturday the 5th December, distributing this years Christmas in Epsom Magazine, free Love Local cotton shopping bags and water bottles, and launching this years Christmas Spirits Trail for children.

The magazine is a collaboration between the BID and The Ashley Centre, full of gift ideas, competitions and information about The Christmas Spirits Trail. It’s focused on what you can do this year, extracting the positive news and things to look forward to.

“A community is what you make it, invest and support it, and it thrives”, Karen Pengelly, BID Manager at Go Epsom said. “Spend £1 on your local high street and most of it stays local, it’s good for our local communities. Most Epsom businesses are offering click and collect services and all of them have taken extensive measures to ensure the safety of customers. All they need now is your support”.

Video Chat with Santa

Keep this Christmas as magical as ever for your loved ones with a unique personal chat with Santa! The Ashley Centre has been in touch with Father Christmas himself and is offering this unique opportunity for 2020 which will support much needed local charities.

Santa will video call you from his magical grotto in the North Pole at a pre-arranged booked time to have a chat with your little one about Christmas, what they want this year, what good things have they been doing, all personalised using the information you provide him with.

The Santa call costs £5 and all money raised will be donated to Hope Into Action, Epsom Medical Equipment Fund, Love Me Love My Mind and Girlguiding Epsom Division.

All children who have this magical call with Father Christmas will be given a very special present. Details of how to receive their gift will be given with the booking confirmation.

Keep this Christmas as magical as ever for your loved ones with a unique personal chat with Santa!

Up to three children can be included on any one call for an additional cost.

Calls will be available on Thursdays, Fridays (3-6pm) and Saturdays (10am-6pm) in the run up to Christmas and extra calls will be available on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 December (10am-6pm). Santa will be available from Thursday 26 November.

To book please go to: www.theashleycentre.co.uk/book-a-call-with-santa/

What To Do If You Are Alone For Christmas

If you’re alone this Christmas but wouldn’t mind some company, why not join one of the Christmas dinners on offer in Epsom & Ewell. Please note that you will need to book in advance to attend any of these.

Epsom

Epsom Methodist Church is hosting its annual Christmas Day Lunch for all ages and anyone who wants to come, including those in Epsom & Ewell Borough who would otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day. The Church has been hosting this event for a number of years and it has proved very popular in Epsom and Ewell, with approximately 75 guests each year.

Venue:
Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 5AQ

The event is well supported by volunteer help from members of the Church and the community, who get involved in all the cooking, preparation of vegetables, setting up the room, welcoming, entertaining and providing lifts to and from the event for those who have no transport. Local retail businesses kindly donate various foodstuffs as well. As in previous years, they will have a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings followed by the Queen’s speech and join in with some homespun entertainment!

For further information, please call 01372 728 535 or email [email protected]

Ewell

‘Churches Together in Ewell‘ is pleased to offer a Christmas dinner plus festive activities to all who would otherwise be on their own. On Christmas Day from 12.30pm until 4:30pm at a local church – the offer is open to all Ewell and Stoneleigh Residents and transport can be arranged. There is no charge, but donations can be made.

If you’d like to join them (or know someone who would) please email [email protected]

The event is sponsored by Ewell Rotary Club who wish everybody a Happy Christmas!

Tadworth

Bupa Tadworth Grove will open its doors this Christmas to welcome local, older guests experiencing loneliness to enjoy a traditional roast dinner, festive games and entertainment, plus company from staff and residents at the home. The event will provide Christmas Meal at no charge BUT you do need to arrange your own transport. Booking is required so Call 0808 115 4520  or Email [email protected]

Christmas All Wrapped Up

This Christmas local charity The Sunnybank Trust will be in The Ashley Centre Epsom offering their popular gift wrapping service to shoppers.

 From 14th to 24th December visitors can have their gifts beautifully wrapped in a choice of paper and decorations for a small donation to the charity.  But the charity does need the public’s help.

Dorothy Watson of The Sunnybank Trust said: “This Christmas, The Sunnybank Trust is thrilled to be back at the Ashley Centre providing a gift wrapping service. With the support of the Ashley Centre and Barclays Bank we are hoping to raise much needed funds in order to support those with learning disabilities who are so vulnerable in our community. You can help by donating gift wrapping, using the wrapping service or volunteering your time at Christmas. If you can help please contact us on 01372 732374.”

 If anyone can donate gift wrap, bows or ribbon they would be gratefully received. Please can these be left for The Sunnybank Trust at Quest in The Ashley Centre.

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