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Local News week of 8th February 2024

The Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper local audio news for the two weeks ending 8th February 2024 features announcements about Community Support Services, Weekend Closures and the Hogsmill and why Epsom and Ewell is one of the best places to retire!

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Epsom and Ewell Borough Council News

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council has launched a local campaign to tell residents about community support services that offer them, and their loved ones, a helping hand. The council offers a range of valuable services for those who are elderly or vulnerable. They are run by staff who provide a personal and caring service, and council subsidies mean that costs are kept to a minimum. If you or someone you know could use any of these services call 01372 732000 or visit the website: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/communitysupport

Surrey County Council

Surrey County Council have annouced that National Highways is closing the A3 and the M25 over several weekends in 2024. The closures has prompted an announcement from RHS Garden Wisley.

On Saturday 24 February and Sunday 25 February RHS Garden Wisley and the Garden Centre will be closed to all visitors due to the A3 weekend closure, as part of the M25 junction 10/A3 Wisley interchange roadworks.”

To find out more information about the project, please visit the National Highways website, email m25j10@nationalhighways.co.uk, or call on 0300 123 5000

Check National Highways website for full closure details and updates.

Epsom and Ewell named as one of the best places for retirees

Epsom and Ewell has been named among one of the best place to retire. This is according to the Telegraph and based on research from Savills that highlighted the area for its green spaces, leafy roads, and houses that have become popular among downsizers as well as the usual London commuter crowd.

Chalking up a Victory for the Hogsmill

The South East Rivers Trust (SERT) has completed the construction of a 2,000m2 pollution filter which will bring major benefits to the Hogsmill chalk stream.

When planting takes place in the spring, the newly constructed Chamber Mead wetland will protect and improve 5km of river downstream, filtering pollutants and becoming a haven for wildlife.



Band of the Coldstream Guards

On Friday19th January 2024 the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell Cllr Robert Geleit (Labour Court Ward), attended The Coldstream Guards Band performance to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Epsom Playhouse. The concert raised awareness and funds for the Epsom & Ewell Royal British Legion and the Epsom & Ewell Mayor’s Charities: Age Concern Epsom and Ewell, Citizens Advice Epsom and Ewell and Love Me Love My MInd.

Listen now for full details of these news stories and events as well as many more including our regular Nature Notes and who was a Mayfield Lavender photographic competition winner.

What’s On!

‘Then and Now’

The Arts, Culture and Heritage team and Bourne Hall Museum officers have worked with NESCOT Creative Media students and Surrey Libraries to create a pop-up touring exhibition. Entitled ‘Then & Now’, NESCOT students visited the archives at Bourne Hall Museum to investigate the architectural evolution of Epsom High Street and consider the past, present and future of our borough. If you missed the exhibition at Epsom library this month, don’t worry, the exhibition will tour to Bourne Hall and Ewell library in February.

From the last Audio News:

Symphony to Soul

Epsom Playhouse has a variety of entertainment to take you through the dull winter months, here is a small selection:

Epsom Symphony Orchestra March 2024

The Epsom Symphony Orchestra is proud to present “Elegy & Idyll”.  With a captivating programme of music; all by British composers, this is definitely not one to miss. Saturday 2nd March 2024 Prices from £15 Child £5

Strictly Nashville 2024

Celebrating the very best in music from America’s ‘Music City’ this show promises an exciting fusion of pure Country gold with ‘New Country’ blockbusters! Friday 8th March 2024 Prices from: £27

The Music of Lionel Richie

Following his appearances with Lionel Richie himself on ITV’s ‘Sunday Night At The Palladium’ and the ‘Graham Norton Show’ for the BBC, Malcolm Pitt delivers a powerhouse and breathtaking performance in this high octane show celebrating the music of Lionel Richie and the Commodores. This award winning five star production also features a stellar line-up of world class musicians including musical director, Jonny Miller from Talon. Wednesday 13th March 2024 Prices from: Early Bird £20* Standard £25.

For more information and to book tickets visit Epsom Playhouse or Telephone: 01372 742555 / 742227

Ashtead Choral Society’s Spring Concert

From Rameau to Rutter via Rossini

Ashtead Choral Society’s Spring Concert. Featuring Rutter’s Requiem & European Harmonies by Rameau, Rossini, Gorecki and Faure

  • Conducted by Andrew Storey
  • Soprano – Helen Pritchard
  • Organist – John Carnelley

Saturday 16 March 2024 7.30pm at St Martin’s Church, Church Street, Epsom KT17 4PX

Tickets £18 in advance (£9 for under 25s) £20 on the door, subject to availability. Tickets include Programme from Ticketsource or call 0333 6663366 (£2 fee applies)

Epsom Jazz Club – Nige Price and the Leon Greening Trio

Nige Price guitarist with the Leon Greening Trio. Leon piano, Adam King double bass, Matt Skelton drums Thursday 28th March 2024 7:30PM Tickets £15-£20 from Ticketsource

This top line up starts a fresh chapter for Epsom Jazz Club following their recent move to the fresh new and super venue of The Comrades Club in Epsom KT18 5BT


Nature Notes – where are the Blackbirds


Sources

Many of this fortnight’s news articles come from the Epsom and Ewell Times, Your Local Guardian and Surrey Live

Community information is available from the websites: Surrey County Council and Epsom and Ewell Borough Council

The Go Epsom website has a calendar of What’s On featuring local events which you can add to.


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