Local news Week of 23rd Nov 2020

As well as many local news stories this week, we have information about the current public consultation launched by Epsom and Ewell Borough Council’s regarding their draft diversity, equality and inclusion framework. The aims of the framework are to ensure they do not discriminate or disadvantage any group in the community but promote opportunities for all. We also have the audio version of Jan Collier’s description of this year’s Armistice Day in Epsom.

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Equality, diversity and inclusion

The Epsom and Ewell Borough Council’s public consultation seeks your views on their draft equality, diversity and inclusion framework. The framework explains their commitment to equality across all aspects of the council’s work within the following three themes:

1. Developing inclusive communities and creating community cohesion
2. Engagement and accessible services
3. Workforce inclusivity

The consultation remains open until the 6th December 2020, for more information and to take part visit Epsom and Ewell Consultations.

AMECA

For more details of Ruth Markus’ Malawi charity, visit the AMECA charity website.

Anytime Fitness Epsom Foodbank

If you want to put money towards the Anytime Fitness Epsom Foodbank fundraiser or reach out to the food bank for their help, you can do so by visiting GoFundMe

Covid-19 Community Champion

For more information on becoming a Covid-19 Community Champion contact Central Surrey Voluntary Action or telephone 01372 722911

The Children’s Trust Charity

For more information about the BBC Lifeline appeal contact The Children’s Trust charity

Epsom Craft and Gift Market with @FollyFairs

The monthly @FollyFairs Gift Market begins on the 13th December 2020

The Best Dressed Christmas tree

For more information and to enter the Best Dressed Christmas tree competion visit the Rotary club of Epsom competition website before the 26th December 2020.

Book a Call with Santa

The Ashley Centre Epsom’s Book a Call with Santa

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 including updates from the Surrey Live website, the Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, the Rotary club of Epsom, the Best of Epsom and Ewell and the Ashley Centre websites, newletters or emails.

Armistice Day in Epsom

Photograph of the Mayor and Mayoress of Epsom and Ewell
Mayor Humphrey Reynolds and Mayoress

Covid-19 did not deter the people of Epsom and Ewell from gathering, at a distance, in the market square, to pay their respects to those who had lost their lives in wars and conflicts past and present.

To a backdrop of the town’s French Food Market, on Wednesday 11th November at precisely 11am, people bowed their heads and reflected during the two-minute silence.

Photograph of Mayor of Epsom and Ewell Humphrey Reynolds and Len Lainsbury

In stark contrast to last year’s town centre Remembrance Service, observed by around 200 onlookers, Covid-19 had prohibited the presence of Armed Forces, Police, Scouts, Cadets, and school children. This year onlookers watched as The Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, Councillor Humphrey Reynolds, not dressed this year in ceremonial attire, and his wife Gillian the Mayoress, laid a wreath at the foot of the Clock Tower.

Photograph of Sebastian in front of Taste of Spain market stall in Epsom
Sebastian in front of his Taste of Europe market stall

Len Lainsbury, who joined the Army in 1952, later becoming a Sergeant, was among the gathering of around seventy people who had come to show respect. He was there, he said, to represent his family who’d served in both Army and Navy and were lost in conflict.

French stall-holder Sebastian described the occasion as simple and dignified. ‘In France young people don’t always connect with remembrance, it seems lost in the corridors of time. People here today really felt a connection.’

The Mayor spoke briefly to me with a message for our listeners, saying:

‘I am delighted that so many people have come here today to observe the 2-minute silence, keeping their distance and wearing masks. Unfortunately, the Armed Services couldn’t be here because of Covid-19, but nevertheless the people of Epsom and Ewell were quiet and thoughtful.’

Following the two-minute silence, the flag was raised, the crowd applauded spontaneously and Epsom life continued. By News Editor Jan Collier

Local news Week of 8th Nov 2020

As well as many local news stories, including the award of three borough residents who have received honours in the Queen’s birthday Honours, we have Councillor Humphrey Reynolds Mayor’s message in which he makes mention of his recent interview with the EETN.

There is also information about the planning committee’s Guild Living planning proposal for a new care community in Epsom.

The contact information and links in this week’s talking news are detailed in the headings below the audio player.

To listen to this week’s Epsom and Ewell talking news click the Play button

Surrey Air Alert

The link for the free Air Alert service for Surrey is https://airalert.info/Surrey/Default.aspx

Recycle Food Waste

The link for more information on recycling food waste is https://www.surreyep.org.uk

Food Recycling in Epsom and Ewell

The link for more information on recycling in Epsom and Ewell is https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/recycling

Appeal as 21-year-old mother killed in hit and run

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8543 5157, or call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting ref CAD 8295/16OCT20.

Central Surrey Voluntary Action Free exercise programme

For details of the free six week exercise programme in the safety of your own home email jack.blythe@csva.co.uk or call 01306 640369

Epsom and Ewell Planning Committee

The Epsom and Ewell Planning Committee Special Planning meeting for the Guild Living major planning proposal for a new two block care community behind Epsom General Hospital’s will be held 18th November 2020 at 7:30pm. To listen to the meeting telephone 0330 2219922 using telephone access code 851-382-369 or register to attend the online meeting Webinar registration

Epsom and St Hellier Trust Cinical Trial for Covid-19 Vaccine

For further details in taking part in the clinical testing for the Covid-19 vaccine contact esth.covidvaccine@nhs.net

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 Comet including updates from the Surrey Live website and the Sutton and Croydon Guardian as well as the Epsom and Ewell Borough Insight