EPSOM’S MAYOR DUBS IAN ‘OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER’

"Picture of Ian having a celebration drink"

Ian Tennant

Report by Jan Collier

 Our Chairman Judy Sarssam and volunteers from Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper, welcomed Cllr Neil Dallen, Mayor of Epsom and Ewell and his wife, Ann, to a special double celebration in December.

Christmas hats and jumpers set the festive mood, but before everyone enjoyed the tasty buffet, all supplied by the volunteers,  Judy had a surprise in store for one special colleague. "Picture of Ian, Niel Dallen and the volunteers"

After thanking the Mayor for his time and dedication to raising funds for his chosen charities, of which EETN is one, Judy then revealed that this was not just a Christmas celebration, but also an occasion to  recognise the work and dedication of a very much admired colleague.

Ian Tennent, who has been with EETN for more than twenty three years, had decided that at 87 years old it was time to step down from his role as Magazine Editor.  Arriving at the Xmas celebration with his wife Dorothy and daughter Becky, he was surprised to find that he was about to make the ‘News’ himself.

 "Picture of Judy Sarssam giving Ian a leaving present"

Eamon McNamee from Central Surrey Voluntary Action told the volunteers that Ian’s dedication to EETN had earned him the respect of both the listeners and volunteers, many of whom had been helped by Ian when they joined the team. He added that Ian’s role had required an enormous amount of home preparation prior to the recordings.

The Mayor, Cllr Neil Dallen, also praised Ian for his long service and ‘Outstanding Contribution to Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper’ and  then presented him with a signed and  framed Award.

 "Picture of the mayor presenting Ian with a certificate"

Judy Sarssam spoke about Ian’s early days as a volunteer and applauded his modesty, wit, and dedication. She then presented a second Award from listeners and colleagues at EETN in recognition of Ian’s long service as Reader, Secretary and outstanding Magazine Editor. ‘I feel sad that Ian has now hung up the scissors, pens and microphones. He will be much missed by us all and the listeners who have a real affection for him. We thank him for so many years of loyal dedication and wish him a very happy and long retirement.’

 

Happy New Year!

The Epsom and Ewell Talking newspaper would like to wish a very Happy New Year to all our listeners, volunteers and supporters. May we take this opportunity to extend our thanks to you all, including our chair Judy Sarssam, all our committee members, readers and studio support volunteers. With special thanks to Jan Collier who has brought us interesting and informative interviews and articles throughout 2018.

We would also like to extend our thanks to Neil Dallen, Mayor of Epsom and Ewell for choosing the EETN as one of his charities for 2018-2019. We look forward to many more exciting fundraising events in 2019, beginning with a curry night on Wednesday the 6th February 2019 at the Everest spice. Please email for details events@mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk

British Wireless for the Blind Reach Out

Visually impaired people are being invited to see if they are eligible for a free specially adapted radio from a charity.

British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF) provides the equipment to those with sight loss across the UK who meet its criteria.

Radio is a lifeline to those who are blind and partially sighted, providing companionship and helping them to keep in touch with what is going on in the world, as well as the local community.

BWBF offers equipment free of charge to those who have sight loss and are in receipt of a means-tested benefit.

BWBF is launching its ‘Reaching Out’ campaign to try and increase awareness about their equipment and help more people who are blind or partially sighted.

Regional Development Manager, Sophie Wheldon, said: “Our radios are designed so that a person with sight loss can use them easily and independently.  All equipment is delivered to the home by a volunteer who sets it all up and provides support in using it.”

“We offer a range of equipment – digital radios, CD players, memory stick players, internet radio and even a specially designed app.  Our radios are vital to someone who cannot see – they provide news, information and entertainment but also, more importantly, companionship and a friendly voice.”

If you or someone you know is interested in a BWBF radio please contact Sophie Wheldon atsophie@blind.org.uk or phone  01283 790 208 or 07540 724063.

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