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:

Interview with the President!

Photograph of the Mayor and Mayoress of Epsom and Ewell in the Studio with Jan Collier



Personal note from out Interviewer Jan Collier
It was my pleasure to chat with the Mayor and Mayoress of Epsom and Ewell today and gain an insight into the hard work that goes with the prestigious role. I hope you will enjoy hearing about the Mayor’s chosen charity, the many fundraising events they have attended and the generous nature of the people in our borough. You will undoubtedly enjoy the Mayor’s humorous tales and at the end, a special musical treat for us all. We thank the Mayor, Councillor George Crawford and his Mayoress, Jackie Hennings for taking time out from their busy schedule to chat with us today.

To listen to Jan Collier’s interview with the Mayor of Epsom and our President
Click the following Play button, try pressing the spacebar to pause and restart the audio player


PENfriend coming to Epsom Library

Image of a PENfriend

Surrey Libraries are launching an exciting and innovative new tool for visually impaired people. Manufactured by Mantra Lingua, the ‘PENfriend’ will be available in every library in the network and will enable users with a visual impairment to listen to a brief synopsis of an audio book to help them make an informed selection. It is planned that PENfriend will be launched in Epsom library in March, 2017.

The device works by reading the coded label on each audio book to play back the author, title, narrator and book synopsis. Every audio book in the library has been added to the PENfriend, allowing borrowers to make their selection independently.

The PENfriend will be available to any library user on request. Surrey’s libraries have over 9,000 audio books available to borrow so why not take advantage of their request service that operates across the county?

For all enquiries please phone Surrey County Council libraries on 01483 543599 or text (07968 832414) or email Details can be found on the website at

It Certainly Felt A Lot Like Christmas!

By Jan Collier


Just after our last recording of the year  was safely packaged for posting, on  Thursday 15th December,  our Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper office became a hive of party activity. Volunteer readers, packers, sound recordists and editors arrived laden with  home-made party food including delicious canapés, tartlets and vol-au-vents and of course sausage rolls and mince pies too. Everyone played a part, specially when it came to dressing up in their festive hats and jumpers. As you’ll see from our photo, the head gear was most imaginative – Camilla even transformed a lovely red trilby with dazzling red and green tinsel, Heather donned a headband  sporting cute little Xmas mittens and there were antlers and jesters hats and others with tinkling bells and mini illuminated Christmas trees.

But the prize for best head-gear, if there had been one, would have gone to our Guests of  Honour, our President the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, Cllr George Crawford QPM and his partner the Mayoress Jackie Hennings – their entrance together in Nordic-style Xmas hats with white plaits had us all rocking with laughter.

Sporting the biggest grin and with a real twinkle in his eye, our Mayor laughingly told us that he had originally dressed for the occasion in a dark shirt and suit, but when partner Jackie came to meet him, she was horrified. ‘She said I couldn’t go like that because the invite has said to ‘wear something festive’, so she marched us off to the pop up Christmas shop in the High Street, where we bought these two great hats! I wasn’t sure if we’d get away with it, but all seems to be ok.’

We were so honoured that the Mayor found time in his very busy schedule to attend our party, particularly as he already had several other important appointments that day.  We were even more excited when he agreed to play his ukulele for us. He’s played guitar all his life, but has only been playing the ukulele for three years. We were soon all enjoying a fantastic sing-along of an unexpected style…

Kicking off straight away with some old George Formby favourites, he soon had us all singing along to ‘When I’m Cleaning Windows’ and ‘Leaning on a Lamp post’, then he delighted our Scottish volunteers with ‘I belong to Glasgow’ and threw in the West ham supporters favourite ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.’

While we continued with our little gathering in true party spirit, the Mayor and Mayoress took their leave and headed off to their next appointment and then later that evening on to a special event at Glyn School, where he would undoubtedly be invited to entertain the gathering once more – something he says he never tires of doing.

We say a huge ‘Thank You’ to our President, the Mayor and Mayoress, and everyone at EETN wishes them and all of our listeners, a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS’.

We look forward to being back with your weekly recording on 5th January.