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

Local news week of 18th Dec 2020

This week’s news begins with a Christmas and New Year message from EETN Chairman Judy Sarssam on behalf of the team. Our many local news stories include the story of Steve Rebus, a blind man from Surrey, who has embarked on an epic walk to raise awareness and money for the charity Blood pressure UK. We have a Covid-Hero story of Tiffin school teacher Jamie Frost who kept children around the world learning with his creation Dr Frost Maths and news about a donation from Rotary Club Epsom given to help in the fight against the pandemic. We have advice from Surrey County Council to call NHS 111 before visiting A&E and warnings about e-scooters and a near miss at Ashtead station. The next edition of the talking news will be published in the New Year and we’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our listeners, volunteers and website visitors Seasons Greetings.

Audio News

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Links to Information about charities and funds mentioned in this week’s stories

To donate or find out more about Steve Rebus’ fundraising visit Steve’s JustGiving page.

For more information about the Surrey County Council Community fund visit Think big

Find out more about Surrey County Council Veterans Hub or the Armed forces charity SSFA


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 and the Ashtead Residents association. The Covid-Hero story can be read in The Times.

Media releases

Epsom Rotary Club Help In The Fight Against The Pandemic

Stay safe and avoid waiting in A&E – just call 111 first