Thousands of people countrywide were aware that Thursday 31st October was a very special day. It was Halloween and time for children to dress up as witches, ghosts, bats and skeletons and wear scary face paint in ghoulish greens and deathly whites.
It was also a special day for us at the Talking Newspaper too, because our volunteer team were on hand in the Ashley Centre to spread the word about our free audio news service and ideally to welcome new listeners.
Volunteers Heather Griffin and Richard Wheeler set up our EETN pod in the morning and were joined by more volunteers throughout the day, who met and chatted with passers-by, shoppers and several friends of EETN. Some people wanted to learn more about the way our recordings are distributed, with a view to registering someone to receive the free weekly audio service, while others were keen to know more about joining our team. As it was half term week, there were lots of children around and we really enjoyed seeing them looking very pleased with themselves in their Halloween outfits.
Our main aim was to raise awareness this year and we were delighted to make some new contacts. However, many people gave generous donations, including two lovely little boys who were having fun as they raced by, but stopped to pop coins on our desk.
Our Chairman Judy Sarssam would like to thank everybody who took time to chat to us and for supporting Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper.
The culmination of Epsom and Ewell Worshipful Mayor, Councillor, Neil Dallen’s term in office was a grand Ball. This was held at the RAC Club in Epsom, on Saturday May 11th.
The Epsom Male voice choir entertained us all before dinner and it was lovely to see our own Bill Newton amongst the superb singers. The 270 guests enjoyed the glittering occasion, among them several of our volunteer team and friends of EETN. Local magician Tom Hancock bemused everyone during the champagne reception, with his clever and baffling card tricks and sleight of hand.
Three hundred mystery golden ticket envelopes were generously purchased by the guests for a variety of prizes for those with winning numbers.
After dinner, a grand auction was held, which offered some very tempting experiences including flying and sailing and many more treats. Sports shirts signed by sports celebrities proved very popular. Later, a live band had everyone dancing, not only on the floor, but between the tables. Over the past year monthly fund raising activities have been held for the benefit of the Mayor’s chosen charities the EETN, Guides Epsom Division and WSS.
Thank you to the Mayor and Volunteers
A big Thank You goes to our former Mayor Neil Dallen for selecting the EETN and all the Dallen family and the other charities for their hard work contributing to the success of so many varied events. Also to those EETN volunteers who so valiantly and generously supported the work, I am most grateful to them all. We look forward to receiving our third of the funds raised to upgrade our recording equipment, in order to continue to offer the best possible service to our listeners.
The Annual General Meeting of the Talking Newspaper was held at Swail House on 14th March 2019 and Judy Sarssam gave her Chairman’s report. You can listen to the report by clicking the following Play button.
You can also listen to the EETN Website and social media report from Susan Hoyle, played at the AGM by clicking the following Play button
Documents for the AGM can be accessed by volunteers or members by clicking on the links in the sidebar. If you require a transcript please contact us.