A Cup of Kindness at The Spring

Report by Jan Collier

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Tea Cup Delight

It took little more than a week to transform one of Ewell’s oldest Inns into the kind of friendly restaurant and bar that you can enjoy with all the family. On Saturday 3rd November, The Spring Tavern, which dates back to the 1800’s, opened its newly refurbished doors to reveal a welcoming, warm wood  and brickwork interior with décor that embraces tradition with a  comfortably modern twist.

With the real log fires, very comfy armchairs in cosy corners and a mouth-watering  menu to suit all tastes, they’ve thought of everything from traditional to Vegan fare and desserts in a tea cup.

Manager Alex Oliveira  is delighted with the new style and very proud of his team, however he told EETN that prior to the refurbishment, he held a special last-minute auction of the Spring’s old fixtures and fittings, which otherwise would have been discarded. ‘I couldn’t let that happen,’ he said, ‘there were so many lovely things to treasure including special paintings by local artists and beautiful mirrors.’  The auction raised in excess of four thousand pounds, which Alex then kindly donated to the Royal Marsden.  Not everything was sold, though, and so in the New Year, he plans to hold a second auction  to raise funds for a charity of his choice. What a great idea.

All Out to Raise Awareness

Report by Jan Collier      October 2018

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Felicity and Gabrielle spreading the News

It’s that time of year once again, when here at EETN we gather together our flyers, leaflets and notice boards, our memory sticks and boom boxes, put on our green and white tabards and make our annual foray into the Ashley Centre.

EETN Awareness Day, once again organised by volunteer Heather Griffin, gives us the opportunity to meet dozens of shoppers and passers-by,  enabling us to spread the word about our free news and magazine  service for blind and partially sighted people.

As Heather and volunteer Richard Wheeler made their way to the Ashley Centre, laden with all that makes a good presentation desk, a team of volunteers was preparing  to record the week’s newspaper. When recording had finished, some of the team, including  Geoff Trickey, Gabrielle Richardson and Julie Harvey, then came on to help in the Ashley Centre.

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Gabrielle was recording earlier

We met some lovely people as always, including young Mums and Grandparents, some of whom were interested in telling friends and relatives about our service and others are considering joining our team, which is wonderful news!  We made a connection with a  professional  DJ and radio broadcaster and also with  a  local presenter  from Epsom Hospital Radio. The good news is that we hope to arrange an interview with them, which will be of benefit  to both EETN listeners  and those at Epsom Hospital.

We’d like to thank everyone who showed interest in our work and will help to spread the word, and of course,  to those who kindly made a donation to help keep the spoken words of Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper ticking along as it has done since 1975.

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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Transcript

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.”