You’ve Won! Good News for Two EETN Listeners

There was quite a stir in our studio last week on June 21st, when our Chairman Judy Sarssam drew the winning names in a free listener raffle to win two pairs of tickets for a special musical extravaganza at the Epsom Playhouse.


Chairman Judy Sarssam with husband Amer draw the winning numbers

Producer Neil Sands had personally donated the two pairs of tickets for our listeners to go to his production of Land of Hope and Glory. His patriotic musical spectacular is filled with nostalgic songs from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and was produced to co-incide with the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. The West End cast, who’ve been touring with the show all over the country, have more than fifty costume changes as the voices ring out with a rousing selection from Last night of The Proms, and many old time favourites. The grand finale draws the show to a close with patriotic flag-waving and a live poppy drop.

We send our grateful thanks to Neil Sands for his generous gift and look forward to hearing more about the wonderful show when our winners return.

*Land of Hope and Glory is on at Epsom Playhouse on Thursday July 12th at 2.30pm.

Volunteers Week

The Epsom and Ewell Talking News would like to thank our Chairman Judy Sarssam and all the volunteers who contributed to the success of the EETN hat stall at the Epsom Derby Festival party night. As it’s national volunteer week, we would also like to take this opportunity to say a BIG THANK YOU to all our amazing volunteers who contribute to the recording and publishing of the EETN each week as well as all those who support us.

Photograph of Jan and her husband Rob Taylor

Our hat stall organisers Jan and husband Rob Taylor

If you live in Epsom or the surrounding area and would like to volunteer please Contact us or visit the Volunteering website to see how you could get involved nationally.

Hats off to the EETN!

Photograph of EETN Chairman Judy Sarssam holding a poster, with her husband Amer

EETN Chairman Judy Sarssam, with her husband Amer and the poster she created advertising the Picture Yourself In A Derby Festival Hat EETN stall

When we discussed the type of market stall we could have to raise funds for the Mayor’s Charities on Derby Festival night, on Thursday 31stMay, what better idea we thought, than a festival hat stall?  Only we added a twist for fun.

EETN Derby Festival Hat Stall

As one of the Mayor’s three chosen charities, we set up our stall under a gazebo in the market square, offering adults and children the chance to take two selfies wearing two different hats of their choice, at a cost of just one pound. What a bargain!   And what a selection of elegant Derby-winning hats we had, in pinks, blues, yellows and all the colours of the rainbow. Big brims, bows,  flowers and veils with a touch of nostalgia were the order of the day.

Photograph of Celeste Sonnex in a pink hat

Celeste Sonnex looking very glam in her hat

There were bowlers, boaters even an Australian cork hat and a huge Mexican sombrero with a mini size for children.

Photograph of Maria Reeves, Director of Epsom and Ewell Arts Festival with her son who is wearing a sombrero

Maria Reeves, Director of Epsom and Ewell Arts Festival with her son, who loved the sombrero

For the men, we had every style of hat, including a sea captain’s hat and a Tommy Cooper style fez.

The evening ended with Sinatra-style singer Wayne Woodward on stage. He was a finalist in Britain’s Got Talent and he certainly has.

Photograph of Wayne Woodward and Celeste Sonnex

Wayne Woodward and Celeste Sonnex with the Mayor and Mayoress in the background

Wayne’s songs were the highlight of the night, but our highlight at EETN was when HM The Queen and HRH Prince Philip graced us with their presence. At least, we thought they bore a great resemblance…

Photograph of people wearing masks of HM The Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip

HM The Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip

It’s All In The Voice …

Poetry, teaching, acting, singing and song-writing – all in a day’s work for EETN’s legendary, longest-serving volunteer. Her voice is instantly recognisable for its warmth, sincerity and humour, so we’ll let you find out who the mystery lady is when you listen to the interview.


There’s long service and then there’s very long service and here at Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper, we are  proud and privileged to have a wonderful lady on our team who has been volunteering  with us for more than three decades. When you hear that she became involved with EETN after taking early retirement from teaching, you will know why she is our own  much valued ‘doyenne’ and is indeed a legend with an awesome level of commitment.

Our interview took place last week, after our mystery lady had just read the News for our listeners and before she went on to read the Magazine. As she chats and reads some of her poems, you’ll hear a little about her life and her early years at EETN, and you will applaud her outlook on life and her commitment to the things she holds dear.

Jan Collier reports.

To listen to an interview with our longest serving volunteer click on the following Play button