Epsom Common Day 2019

Epsom Common Day 2018 was washed out before it started with heavy rain and strong winds during one of the hottest and driest summers on record. The event was cancelled on the day for safety reasons. Epsom Common Day was to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the discovery of Epsom Wells on the common. We were away at the time and I am now glad it was cancelled as I would have hated to miss this great community, family and dog friendly event.

This year, 2019, Epsom Common Association celebrated the 401st Anniversary of Epsom Wells and the discovery of Epsom Salts which made Epsom a Spa Town as popular as Bath and led to the start of Horse Racing on the Downs

This year’s event had over 20 local organisations covering Art, History, Countryside, Refugee Network and local charities and businesses as well as Countryside crafts demos and general craft stalls.

Epsom Common Day was opened by the Mayor of Epsom & Ewell Cllr John Beckett. As well as opening the Epsom Common Day and highlighting the great work that local organisations do on the common he also raised the Green Flag Award, Which the common has been award once again. The Green Flag Award is awarded to recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Miss England 2019 Finalists Megan Largier, from Epsom, was on hand to help before heading to Newcastle next week for the Miss England 2019 Final. Megan has reached the last 50 with the grand final on the 1st August. Good Luck Megan..

Christ Church created a wonderful Art Trail through the woods leading to the church. Each piece of art work had a QR code which once scanned took you to the churches website and told you about the item in the painting. Once at the church there where history and bell tower tours. Rosemary Donovan (Vicar) got into the party mood by having her face painted or she was auditioning for Cats the Movie…

Two of the more popular  stands were Miller’s Ark with their brilliant petting zoo including goats, hens, ducks and donkeys and Hawk On The Wild Side who held flying demonstrations during the afternoon

Music for the afternoon was supplied by Epsom Hospital Radio and the beautiful sounding Epsom & Ewell Silver Band. 

Without the assistance of the Stamford Ward Residents Association then the day would not have taken place as they pushed hard for the crowdfunding last year, with newly formed crowdfunding company Copro-Co, achieve the target funding. Cllr. Steve Bridger (SWRA) & David King (ECA) worked tirelessly planning and co-ordinating for 6 months ensuring that all that was required in place for such a fantastic day for the local community.

Lets hope this will continues and becomes a regular fixture on the Epsom & Ewell events calendar 

Well Done to all the organisers…..

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