Local news of 11th January 2021

May we begin by wishing a very Happy New Year to all our listeners, volunteers and visitors.

We would like to invite you to listen to the first Epsom and Ewell Talking News of the year, with thanks to the determination of the volunteers who recorded, produced and distributed the edition, despite the lockdown.

This week’s edition begins with an important message from Epsom and Ewell borough councillor Liz Frost about the lockdown, staying safe, protecting the NHS and the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination. We also have a message from Surrey Heartlands about the Covid-19 vaccination programme and about what to do if you receive a fraudalent telephone call or visit regarding the vaccination.

If this is your first visit, please browse around the website to find out all about the EETN, who can subscribe and how to contact us. Thank you, we look forward to continuing to provide our service throughout the rest of 2021.

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Links mentioned in this week’s local news edition

For more information about the Surrey Heartlands Coronavirus (Covid-19) Vaccination programme

If you have concerns regarding a suspicious telephone call visit Action Fraud 0300 123 2040 or if you are worried about someone visiting your home contact the Police on 101

If you want to help someone who is over 18 and is homeless visit Streetlink or Spear but please contact the Police on 999 if the person is under 18

For more information about Cancer Research Fundraising

The independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymous telephone line 0800 555 111 or Police 101

The charity Age UK Advice Line: 0800 678 1602 Lines are open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year.


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 this week’s can be read in the local Surrey and Epsom Comet and the Guidlford Dragon News. Local community information is from the Epsom and Ewell Borough council community magazine Epsom Borough Insight

A Christmas chat with the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

Photograph of Jan Collier at home next to a photograph of Chris Grayling at home in an online Zoom interview
News Editor Jan Collier in the first EETN Zoom interview with Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

This interview was conducted on 10th December, prior to awareness of the new COVID-19 variant and the new Tier 4 restrictions in the borough.

What a privilege it was at the end of this very sad year to share some personal Christmas thoughts with Chris Grayling MP for Epsom and Ewell. Sparing time to chat via Zoom with News Editor Jan Collier, Chris inspired us all with safe and wonderful ways to keep the festive season magical, including walks in the fresh air listening to birdsong and  imbibing woodland aromas – what better way to walk off that Christmas pudding!

Working mostly online and via Zoom, rather than face to face or at Westminster, our special guest has been able to work with local schools, hold his regular surgeries and talk to constituents. Occasionally visiting local businesses, socially distanced, Chris stressed it was essential to bring back businesses and support the local economy.

Chris will spend Christmas at home in Ashtead with his family,  but will he wear a Christmas jumper and does he help with the cooking? You will hear all about that and much more, along with his special Christmas message to all our listeners.

Press Play to listen to the Jan Collier’s Christmas chat with Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP