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.
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.
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.’
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.
To hear his interview, click on the Play button, below.
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
We’re happy to report that at last Epsom has its much needed Post Office back, although in a new location.
It was officially opened on 19th July by the Mayor, Councillor Liz Frost, (who is also our President at EETN) and also on hand at the ceremony was the new Postmaster Nidhi Prashar and Network Operations Advisor Sarah Cornish. The Post Office is located temporarily in Epsom Town Hall in The Parade, just three minutes walk from the old Post Office. Opening hours are Monday—Friday9am-5pm. So it’s open for business and waiting for customers and the friendly cashiers would love you to help spread the word. Hooray say all of us!