Message from the Mayor

We were very pleased to receive a visit today from Neil Dallen the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell. Our Chairman Judy Sarssam welcomed the Mayor to the studio and he very kindly gave us an outline of how he became the mayor of Epsom and Ewell and his charity work to date.

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Although we do not have a transcript of the Mayor’s message you can read about the Mayor and his charities by visiting the Mayor’s website

Mayor Liz Frost Visits the Talking Newspaper

A picture of the Major with our chairman Judy Sarssam

The Mayor with our Chairman, Judy Sarssam

On Thursday, 22nd February, Councillor Liz Frost, MSc, FCOptom, Mayor of Epsom and Ewell visited the Talking Newspaper whilst the regular weekly recording session was taking place.

A picture of the mayor in the recording studio with Jan Collier.

The Mayor being interviewed by Jan Collier

She kindly gave an interview to News Editor Jan Collier and talked about her year in office so far. She discussed the great work being done to raise money for her chosen charities and praised the people of our borough for their Community Spirit. The Mayor highlighted some of the many fundraising and memorable events she has attended, told us about one aspect of being Mayor that might surprise many of us – and let us into a little secret about one big disappointment in her Mayoral year.

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A picture of the Mayor with a group of volunteers

The Mayor with volunteers


Jan Collier reports

Our volunteers at Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper  enjoyed another excellent Awareness Day at the Ashley Centre on Thursday 16th November.  The aim of this annual event is to spread the good news about the free audio service for blind and visually impaired people in the borough. 

As always, shoppers and passers-by found the time to have a few words with us and were not only interested in learning more about what we do, but were generous in their support.

This year we handed out leaflets to many people who were interested in working with our friendly team as volunteers. There are so many different roles to play, both from home, researching suitable material for our weekly Newspaper, and also in our studio.

This year we were able to record our regular weekly Newspaper as  normal in the studio, as well as holding our annual event in the Ashley Centre.  Some of our wonderful volunteers came straight from their recording session to help in the Centre.   We all  praise the work of  long-term volunteer Heather Griffin who organises the annual event and worked hard on the day to ensure it went without a hitch.

Our Chairman Judy Sarssam commented:

The Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper for the Blind extend a big thank you to all those in the Ashley Centre on Thursday 16th. We are grateful for the generosity of all those who came to support our service.
We send out, totally free, memory sticks with fresh weekly news items and pod casts each week to over 100 Visually impaired people in Epsom and Ewell. We rely on a grand team of volunteers, always ready to go the extra mile.

We welcome support in many different ways and can be contacted on 01372 721519.

Exclusive Interview:
Rt. Hon Chris Grayling MP
Talks to EETN

Report by Jan Collier. Our thanks to Charles Sonnex who volunteered to be our EETN photographer.

Chris Grayling with some of our volunteers

We were delighted to welcome Epsom and Ewell MP Chris Grayling back to our studio once again on Thursday, 21st September. We were particularly grateful that he was able to keep his date with us following a last-minute cabinet meeting earlier that day. Chris was met by our Chairman Judy Sarssam and Jane Wheeler and then chatted with our team of volunteers, before joining Jan collier in the studio for a special interview.

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Chris Grayling talks to Jan Collier


The interview under way, with Bill Newton at the controls

Volunteers welcoming Chris Grayling to the studio before his interview