Mayor Visits Talking Newspaper

"Chair Judy Sarssam and Mayor of Epsom and Ewell at the studio"
Chair Judy Sarssam and Mayor of Epsom and Ewell at the studio”

On Thursday 28th February, the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, Counciller Neil Dallen, visited the Talking Newspaper studio. The Mayor met volunteers and was interviewed by our Chairman, Judy Sarssam.

You can hear the Mayor answer questions from EETN members ranging from what will happen after Brexit. Will we still be twinned with Chantilly? To ideas on how to ensure the borough is meeting its housing needs and finding out the residents future vision of Epsom and Ewell.

The Mayor also tells us about his remaining charity events but hurry as, although extra tickets are now available, tickets to the Mayor’s ball are selling out!

Click on the Play button to hear a full recording of the interview

Interview with Mayor of Epsom and Ewell

Feedback Our Chair Judy Sarssam, who is visually impaired, used her computer’s speech to text application to read out EETN listeners’ questions to the Mayor. We would be grateful if you could provide us with your feedback on how you found this interviewing technique, for example did you find it distracting, inspiring or somewhere in-between. Please click on the speech bubble or go to comments section to give feedback. Thank you.

Find out more about the Mayor’s Charities

EPSOM’S MAYOR DUBS IAN ‘OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER’

"Picture of Ian having a celebration drink"

Ian Tennant

Report by Jan Collier

 Our Chairman Judy Sarssam and volunteers from Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper, welcomed Cllr Neil Dallen, Mayor of Epsom and Ewell and his wife, Ann, to a special double celebration in December.

Christmas hats and jumpers set the festive mood, but before everyone enjoyed the tasty buffet, all supplied by the volunteers,  Judy had a surprise in store for one special colleague. "Picture of Ian, Niel Dallen and the volunteers"

After thanking the Mayor for his time and dedication to raising funds for his chosen charities, of which EETN is one, Judy then revealed that this was not just a Christmas celebration, but also an occasion to  recognise the work and dedication of a very much admired colleague.

Ian Tennent, who has been with EETN for more than twenty three years, had decided that at 87 years old it was time to step down from his role as Magazine Editor.  Arriving at the Xmas celebration with his wife Dorothy and daughter Becky, he was surprised to find that he was about to make the ‘News’ himself.

 "Picture of Judy Sarssam giving Ian a leaving present"

Eamon McNamee from Central Surrey Voluntary Action told the volunteers that Ian’s dedication to EETN had earned him the respect of both the listeners and volunteers, many of whom had been helped by Ian when they joined the team. He added that Ian’s role had required an enormous amount of home preparation prior to the recordings.

The Mayor, Cllr Neil Dallen, also praised Ian for his long service and ‘Outstanding Contribution to Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper’ and  then presented him with a signed and  framed Award.

 "Picture of the mayor presenting Ian with a certificate"

Judy Sarssam spoke about Ian’s early days as a volunteer and applauded his modesty, wit, and dedication. She then presented a second Award from listeners and colleagues at EETN in recognition of Ian’s long service as Reader, Secretary and outstanding Magazine Editor. ‘I feel sad that Ian has now hung up the scissors, pens and microphones. He will be much missed by us all and the listeners who have a real affection for him. We thank him for so many years of loyal dedication and wish him a very happy and long retirement.’

 

Happy New Year!

The Epsom and Ewell Talking newspaper would like to wish a very Happy New Year to all our listeners, volunteers and supporters. May we take this opportunity to extend our thanks to you all, including our chair Judy Sarssam, all our committee members, readers and studio support volunteers. With special thanks to Jan Collier who has brought us interesting and informative interviews and articles throughout 2018.

We would also like to extend our thanks to Neil Dallen, Mayor of Epsom and Ewell for choosing the EETN as one of his charities for 2018-2019. We look forward to many more exciting fundraising events in 2019, beginning with a curry night on Wednesday the 6th February 2019 at the Everest spice. Please email for details events@mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk