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The Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper is a charity producing a weekly sound recording of news and other items primarily for blind and partially sighted people.

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Local news week of 19th July 2021

In this week’s Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper, we again begin with a cycling campaign, this time to highlight awareness of the climate crisis and to raise funds for the Kingston Charity Full Cycle project and environmental campaigners who are protesting against an oil extraction site in Horley, Surrey.

We have news of the reopening of Epsom Playhouse, with full coronavirus safety measures in place ready for the opening and the full Autumn schedule.

We have travel news with proposed improvements to the local bus services in Epsom and Ewell, Guildford, Tandridge, Reigate and Banstead, as well as news about a bid by Sutton Council, under the government’s leveling up fund.

The EURO 2020 final caused some disruption in Epsom and Dorking, with the a dispersal order acted on the 11th July in Epsom and Ewell. Unfortunately, despite the order, the Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident resulting in a serious assault on a man after the EURO 2020 final on Sunday the 11th July.

We have several news items from the College Ward residents association newsletter, including an update about the ongoing Chalk Pit operations and response to the disruption. We have information about how to book the repair of a variety of items, from toys to small electrical items, at the Epsom Repair Cafe. There’s news from Surrey County Council that they are supporting the Blue Campaign and a warning from the Epsom and Ewell Tree Advisory Board (EETAB) that the local treescape is under unprecedented threat. In the newsletter, Councillor Nigel Collin asks residents to contact him with ideas of local heritage assets.

This week’s news includes more about Kingston University’s plans to “permanently withdraw” history provision and research, after the closure of its history course in 2019, leaving staff “stunned”.

We have weather news with reports of the recent torrential rain causing local flooding and a story about one woman who has had 5 floods on her property in the last 4 years! The trains were also affected when a lighting strike delayed services between Epsom and Dorking.

This week we finish with snippets of news from Chris Grayling MP, including a request for ideas followng the closure of shops in Ewell Village. For this and other news and stories, including tributes to the racehorse Galileo, immortalised by the sculpture in Epsom market place, please listen to this week’s audio local news and remember to share with anyone you know who is blind or has a visual impairment.

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Contact Information for this week’s news stories

For more information and to buy tickets visit Epsom Playhouse or call the Box Office 01372 742555 or 01372 742227

To find out more or book a repair slot visit Epsom Repair Cafe.

If you can help with any information about the assault in Epsom town center call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

To submit ideas of Heritage Assets email ncollin@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Submit ideas about possible improvements to Ewell Village by email to chris.grayling.mp@parliament.uk

Find out more about Surrey County Council Blue Campaign

For more information about the Community Bike Project visit Full Cycle

Sources

The weekly news is just one of three sections of the Epsom and Ewell as described on the About Us page.

Many of these news articles, come from various sources and can be read in the local Surrey and Epsom Comet and Get surrey Surrey News.

Local community information is available from the community websites: Epsom and Ewell borough council, Borough Insight magazine, Surrey Matters and College Ward Residents Association.

Local News week of 5th July 2021

In this week’s Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper, we begin with a fundraising story from The Whitehaven News about a cycling challenge being undertaken by amateur cyclist Gavin Towers, who has the eye condition retintis pigmentosa.

As the Delta variant spreads, we have the surprising news that Epsom and Ewell had the highest infection rate in Surrey in the seven days up to the 21st June. We also have a warning from the national Neighbourhood watch scheme about scam emails linking to a website requesting personal and payment details for a Covid pass. Please remember the Covid pass is free from the NHS, details below.

We have news of the reopening of Epsom library and Epsom Square restaurants, cafes, bars and, for Al Fresco dining in the large open plaza, the food cabins. We have news of the opening of Rascals Softplay centre and cafe for 0-5 year olds and a new Dance Studio and Gym, as well as news of a new five screen Cinema due to open in the spring of 2022.

We have a story about the opening of a new cafe, near the Pavillion in Alexandra park recreation ground, Park View Cafe owned by a local resident, who was inspired during lockdown to change her career. The cafe serves vegan options and even special ice cream for dogs.

We have news about how the Borough manages our green spaces:- Horton country park, Epsom Downs, Epsom Common, the Hogsmill Nature Reserve and Nonsuch park. Whilst the Borough council are investigating whether the hIghway grass verges should continue to be mowed after conflicting feedback – pro and against.

The Police appeal for information about some of our featured crime stories this week following: a hate crime that took place in Worcestor Park; a man who was stabbed during a burgalry in Surbiton and an assault on a woman who was grabbed on Epsom common and dragged to the ground on the 29th June.

For more news and stories, including one about an historic steam train and one featuring our friends, the Epsom Choral Society choir, please listen and enjoy this week’s audio local news. Please share with anyone you know who has a visual impairment.

Audio News

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Contact Information for this week’s news stories

To find out more about Gavin Towers and his cycling challenge visit his website: gavintowerscycling.com

To apply for your Covid Pass you can call 119 or visit the website NHS Covid Pass

To report information about the featured crime stories call 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

For more information visit the Northern Belle historic steam train website

Sources

The weekly news is just one of three sections of the Epsom and Ewell as described on the About Us page.

Many of these news articles, come from various sources and can be read in the local Surrey and Epsom Comet and Get surrey Surrey News. This week we also have stories from The Sunday Times and The Whitehaven News.

Local community information is available from the community websites: Epsom and Ewell borough council, Borough Insight magazine and Once Upon a Town.

Local news week of 21st June 2021

In this week’s Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper local news section, is the exciting news of the unveiling of the suffragette Emily Wilding Davidson statue in Epsom town centre, with thanks to The Emily Wilding Davidson memorial project.

We have stories about more amazing women with Megan Cross planning to walk up Boxhill 40 times, the equivalent of Mount Everest, to raise money for the mental health charity The Grace Dear Trust and a Surrey mum on a mission to improve maths education with the Maths For Life Programme. We also have more history in stories about the Epsom Derby and a Surrey family mansion.

The popular Channel 4 programme, Location, Location, Location is filming locally and the programme is asking what is living in the Epsom, Banstead and Ashtead areas like.

Concerns for crucial health services in existing local hospital, have been raised by the GMB Union, based on the plans and design for the new Epsom and St Hellier Hospitals Unit, to be based in Sutton.

Proposed boundary changes to constituiencies may give Croydon an extra MP, but how will they affect Epsom? The first consultation period ends on 22nd August 2021, contact details below.

For these and many other news stories, including news of this year’s Wimbledon Finals, please listen and enjoy this week’s audio local news. Please share with anyone you know who has a visual impairment.

Audio News

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Contact Information for this week’s news stories

For more information on the boundary changes for constituncies visit 2023 Review of Parliamentary Constintuencies

To donate and find out more visit The Grace Dear Trust

For out more by visiting the Maths For Life Programme.

To find out more visit The Emily Wilding Davidson Memorial project

Sources

The weekly news is just one of three sections of the Epsom and Ewell as described on the About Us page.

Many of these news articles, come from various sources and can be read in the local Surrey and Epsom Comet and Get surrey Surrey News.

Local community information is available from the community websites: Epsom and Ewell borough council, Borough Insight magazine and The best of Epsom and Ewell