Douglas Harmer

Photograph of Douglas Harmer
Those Listeners whose membership of the Epsom & Ewell Talking Newspaper goes back a long time may well remember Doug Harmer who was our chairman for very many years. Sadly we have to report that Doug died recently, aged 92.
Doug joined the Talking Newspaper in the 1980s and was soon elected to be its Chairman, a position he held until his retirement in 2010. During this long period he presided over many changes to the accommodation we use, the equipment we employ, the range of items we record and the contacts we have with Listeners.

For many years audio cassettes were the medium by which the Talking Newspaper was distributed. Under his chairmanship, more sophisticated electronic editing equipment was purchased and steps were put in place to replace the audio cassettes by CDs, this step being followed a few years later by a move to memory sticks. Doug decided that the change to the new equipment would be better handled by a younger person and so he retired and the position of Chairman was taken over by Bill Henderson.
In order to express its gratitude for all the time and effort Doug had devoted over a period of some 25 years, as well as thanking him for the interest he showed in the wellbeing of everyone who was involved with the Talking Newspaper, the Membership appointed Doug to the position of Vice President of the Epsom & Ewell Talking Newspaper.

The Committee and Members were always pleased to see Doug either at Swail House or informally in Epsom town centre, and we are sad to have lost one of our most longstanding volunteers.

The funeral service was held at Guildford Crematorium on 24th August 2018.

Thank you Doug for the commitment and encouragement you gave us over very many years. You were a real gentleman. We will remember you with gratitude.

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

Our Thanks To Our Charitable Community

When we were chosen earlier in the year, by the Mayor, Cllr Neil Dallen, to be one of the three charities he will support this year, we were truly delighted. It is an honour that our charity has been recognised in this way and that we can spread the word about EETN to so many more people in the borough. Part of our role as a chosen charity was to ask local companies if they would be able to donate prizes for the many raffles that will be held throughout the year.

News Editor Jan Collier took on the role and was delighted with the response of so many local shops and businesses. We’d like to give our warmest thanks to them all for their wonderful donations and for giving, without hesitation, so generously.”
Chairman of EETN, Judy Sarssam

Local shops, restaurants and businesses are regularly approached by charities and it was heart-warming that so many were able to give, once again, to us for the Mayor’s Charities 2018—19.

Our thanks go to Ken Broome who was interested to hear about our special year as a chosen charity and generously donated a Family Portrait Sitting with him at Kenneth Broome Photography in the Upper High Street.
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Barber Mark Adams at Hair For Man & Boy in the High Street didn’t hesitate to give a gift voucher for gents’ hair services. Hatty, at Hatty’s Sweet Shop in the Ashley Centre provided a ‘sweet’ donation too. Georgia at Dolly Goes Dancing beauty salon donated a hair appointment for a blow dry in her Upper High Street salon and there was also a gift voucher for treatments at AJ’s Tanning, Nails and Beauty salon.
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Charles Sonnex at Sainsbury’s Kiln Lane, organised a generous gift voucher for us. Charles has also volunteered with EETN on several occasions. Café Rouge kindly gave a gift voucher, as did M&S, both of which were gratefully received. House of Fraser gave wonderful summer gifts of beach towels and candles and Boots gave an overwhelming haul of cosmetics, toiletries and luxury holdalls.

Epsom Racecourse generously donated tickets for adults and children to attend the Queen’s Stand and Duchess’s Stand on a day of their choice. And finally, Neil Sands, the Producer and star of the patriotic musical show Land of Hope and Glory, generously gave tickets to the show in Epsom Playhouse for the general raffle and two more pairs of tickets exclusively for EETN listeners.

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Mr Muller meets Neil Sands and the cast

We caught up with listener Mr. Muller and his wife on the night, who said  “We were delighted and surprised to hear that we had won the tickets. The show has been brilliant and we enjoyed it very much. It was an extra surprise to meet Neil Sands after the performance and we thank him again for the tickets. Our thanks to EETN too for a great service. I never fail to listen every week.”