Cash Boost For News!

The Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper (EETN) has been presented with a donation of £8,500 by the immediate past Epsom Mayor, Councillor Neil Dallen, after fundraising during his term of office.

Cheque being presented to Judy Sarssam by Councillor Neil Dalle
Councillor Neil Dallen presents cheque to EETN Chair Judy Sarssam

The EETN produces a weekly recording of local news, magazine articles, podcasts, recipes and jokes which is sent out free of charge to those with impaired vision or who struggle to read small print. The charity is run entirely by volunteers and was chosen by Councillor Dallen as one of his three charities after personal experience of his father’s sight loss.

Volunteer Jane Wheeler recording local news in the EETN studio

Speaking at the presentation on 3 October, EETN Chairman, Judy Sarssam said, “We are thrilled to bits and so grateful to Neil, his wife and family for all their time and effort. They worked their socks off! Huge thanks are also due to very many people and businesses who supported the fundraising year. Whether you donated a bottle of wine, bought a raffle ticket or came along to a curry night or quiz evening, thank you sincerely. Because of your enthusiasm and generosity, this marvellous donation helps us continue our work. We need funds to keep recording equipment up-to-date, and to buy memory sticks and boom boxes so our listeners can play the newsletter recordings in their homes. We will be in the Ashley Centre on 31 October and do hope people will come up and say hello. Or there is more information about the EETN online.”

Councillor Dallen said, “My Mayoral year was great fun. Part of that fun was the fundraising for my three charities – WSS, Girl Guiding and of course Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspapers. It is also great to see the reward of all our hard work with the presentation of cheques for £8,500, a fantastic result. Thank you everyone who helped achieve this. I wish everyone at Talking Newspapers the very best.”

Mrs Joan Deering, an enthusiastic listener who has received the newsletter for a number of years, said, “I look forward to listening to the latest edition every week. I enjoy the variety of items and with all the different voices, I feel as if I am in the recording studio with everyone”

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Volunteer with Sight for Surrey

Would you, or someone you know, like to volunteer with Sight for Surrey to help children’s activities teams at various events around Surrey?

You will be directly helping with those young people with a visual impairment and will be working with CYP’s – Children and Young People’s teams.

More volunteers enables more families to be helped!

No experience is needed as full training will be given-just an enthusiasm to support children helped by Sight for Surrey and interest to help with activities such as riding for the disabled.
If you are interested email fundraising@sightforsurrey.org.uk


Mayor’s Charity Ball

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 Entertainment

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.

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Epsom Male Voice Choir entertain the guests

The Auction

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.

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Jan and Rob enjoy a drink with guests Celeste and Paul

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.

Volunteers enjoying the reception

Thank You from Judy Sarssam EETN Chairman