70 Not Out!

By Jan Collier

"Picture of Dora May Hancock being interviewed by Jan"

As Age Concern Epsom and Ewell celebrates its 70th Anniversary, Jan Collier talks to Dorah May Hancock from the charity, about the many services on offer for older people in the borough.  She also finds out more about the free nostalgic, open air celebration in July to which everyone is invited.

Click on the Play button below to hear the interview.


Safety Warning

We would like to bring an important safety issue to your attention.

Recently one of our listeners reported that the charger for her boom box had broken in two, with the result that some wires were exposed. This would have been very dangerous if the plug was in a socket and the socket was switched on.

As far as we know this is an isolated incident and we do not want to alarm you.

However, in order to ensure safety when charging your boom box we strongly recommend the following for all listeners, regardless of the type of charger you are using:

  1. Ask a sighted helper to conduct a visual inspection of your charger. If there are any signs that it is cracked or that the cover is loose, do not use it and let us know by phone or letter.
  2. Always use a socket with an on/off switch when charging your boom box and turn off the switch before unplugging the charger. This ensures that if the cover does come off the charger the wires inside are not live. It is also safer when you next come to plug in another appliance.

We would also ask you please to let us know if you have a charger of  the following type:

– It’s made of shiny black plastic and is no bigger than an ordinary three pin plug;

– The words “TRAVEL ADAPTOR” appear in white letters on the underside of the plug

– The large earth pin is metal (rather than plastic as on most chargers);

– The charger body appears to be glued together with no visible screws.

Picture of the type of charger that failed

The type of charger that failed

A picture showing another view of the type of charger that failed.

Another view of the type of charger that failed

If this description matches your charger, please contact us by putting a note in your envelope when you return your memory stick or by leaving a message on our telephone answering machine at 01372 721519.

As a precaution we propose in due course to exchange it for a different design.

As a matter of general good practice, we also recommend that you do not leave your boom box charging overnight. We realise that this may be different from the advice that you were given when you received your boom box.

Finally, take great care with all electrical appliances and if you have any doubts about an item do not investigate yourself but call a sighted helper.

Talking News Is Priceless

Report by Jan Collier

Photograph of the Mayor and Mayoress

Epsom’s Mayor credits Mayoress for the charity lunch

On Friday 3rd March, EETN’s President, the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, Counsellor George Crawford, was in his element as the only male attending a Ladies Lunch at the Chalk Lane Hotel with his partner the Mayoress Jackie Hennings.

Warmly greeting more than fifty-five ladies who were there to support his charity and raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support, the Mayor admitted the lunch had been Mayoress Jackie’s idea and he was enjoying the event very much.

Volunteers, charity workers, local business women and Mayors from neighbouring boroughs chatted over lunch, which was followed by a fascinating talk by guest of honour Lynne Owens CBE QPM, Director General of the National Crime Agency.


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A warm welcome for Guest of Honour Lynne Owens, CBE, QPM

One of the three most senior law enforcement officers in the UK, Lynne Owens described how complex law enforcement has become, saying: ‘‘When I was a child it was ‘stranger danger’ don’t to talk to strangers in the park. Now in many instances, children may be more at risk at the computer than in the park.’’  She explained that whilst new technology, particularly the internet, can be a good thing, it has made crime much more complicated. Giving a brief insight into modern law enforcement, she gave sound advice about monitoring children on the internet. “We can all play a part in safety,” she told us, “by installing anti-virus protection on computers, and in many other simple ways such as calling 999 when necessary, or by being a witness and by fitting locks to our homes.’’

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Mayor of Elmbridge, Counsellor Mrs. Tannia Shipley and Jan Collier

During the lunch, I caught up with the Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor  Mrs. Tannia Shipley, who  told me how much she admires the work done by volunteers at her local Elmbridge and Runnymede Talking Newspaper.  Comparing notes on our respective Talking  Newspapers, she said: ‘‘My local TN operates from Weybridge Hospital and their little studio looks remarkably like yours in Epsom! I was most impressed when I visited them last year to record a Christmas message. I was greeted very warmly by the two volunteers who were recording the message on that day and they explained that some 50 volunteers help to run the TN.  Like Epsom and Ewell TN, they have around 130 or so listeners and the service the volunteers provide is invaluable. I am looking forward to my next visit, when I will be discussing my incredible year as Mayor of Elmbridge. I have been staggered by the amount of volunteering that goes on in the Borough.  I am reminded of a quote that I read some time ago    “Volunteers are not paid, not because they’re worthless but because they’re priceless!”

The  Ladies Lunch was a huge success and raised around £1100 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

*Credit: Picture of Epsom’s Mayor with Lynne Owens by Mike Sampson.

Mayor’s Official Visit


At the Epsom and Ewell Talking News it’s customary for us to receive an official visit from our President every year. Many listeners will already know that our President is the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell and this year the title is bestowed upon Councillor George Crawford.

The Mayor is no stranger to EETN, however, having only recently popped in to our studios informally, accompanied by his partner, Mayoress Jackie Hennings, for an interview with us, which can be heard on our website, below. However, this time the Mayor visited us in a more official capacity, looking impressive in his gleaming chains of office.

Following a warm welcome by our Chairman Judy Sarssam, herself visually impaired, the Mayor and Mayoress enjoyed meeting and chatting with some of our volunteers, including long termers Heather Griffin and Penny Dearing, who has been with us for more than 25 years. Tea and biscuits were the order of the day and much lively and topical conversation.

Judy expressed her concerns to the Mayor about proposals for re-developing the site where our studio is located and also explained just how difficult it can be on occasions to acquire local borough news. He was sympathetic to our needs and came up with some practical suggestions, for example using Twitter as a media source. The Mayor is an enthusiastic Tweeter and finds it a good way to both spread and hear the news.

When the Mayor’s year in office comes to a close in May, he will remain a Councillor but will naturally have a little more time to spare. He told us that he would continue to be involved with charity work of some kind and, impressed by our work at EETN, he hinted that he may even consider joining our volunteers. We’d be delighted of course to welcome him on board!

Until then, however, he has a very heavy workload and is passionate about ongoing fundraising for his chosen charity Macmillan Cancer Support. He will be hosting several events in the borough in the coming weeks and to find out more about them visit: www.mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk