First Local News for January 2023

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In the first Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper audio local news for 2023, we have news of an exciting programme of local entertainment events, local planning news, safety warnings and ends with an offer for people who suffer from sight loss.

We begin with a thank you from Epsom Rotary Club to local residents following their Christmas fundraiser. We also feature a story of collaboration between the University of Creative Arts Epsom (UCA) and the Ashley Centre Epsom to showcase UCA’s student’s talents in a window installation, which will remain on show until the end of January.

Local Entertainment

The Horton

There is an invitation from The Horton Epsom to join in with a Gong SoundBath. Please note tickets have sold out for the event in February but are still available for the event on the 1st April so hurry now to buy your tickets.

Epsom Jazz Club

Epsom Jazz Club‘s full Spring programme commences on the 17th January with their monthly Tuesday concerts, beginning with the Quartet L’Esprit du Jazz, exploring French Musette, the music of Brazil, the world of Tango. Visit the Epsom Jazz Club for tickets and future events.

Poster of Spring Programme by Epsom Jazz Club

Epsom Playhouse

Do you know about Epsom Playhouse‘s Essential Companion Scheme which allows its members to take along a companion at no extra costs, as well as allowing assistance dogs? To join the scheme you need to become a member by completing a membership form.

Polka Children’s Theatre Wimbledon

There will be an audio described production of Grandad Me and Teddy too, with a pre-show touch tour, at the Polka Theatre Wimbledon on the 22nd January as shown in the trailer below:

Local Planning

Epsom Hospital Multi-Storey Car Park

Despite local objections, a six level multi-storey car park is to go ahead at Epsom General Hospital following a Planning Inspector’s decision, wi have details of the Inspector’s reasoning, as reported in the Epsom and Ewell Times.

Surrey County Council Safety Warnings

We have safety information from Surrey County Council about how to use older or pre-used electric blankets safely as well as the reasons why it is important to recycle batteries carefully to ensure fires do not occur at recycling centres.

British Wireless for the Blind Fund

We finish with an offer from the British Wireless for the Blind Fund of a selection of free audio devices for people who are living with sight loss, with details of who qualifies and how to apply.

Listen to our audio news for full details of these and other stories and please remember to share with anyone you know who is blind or has a visually impairment.

The numbers of Metrobus offering a flat fare of £2 until the end of March are the 318, 460, 480, E9, E10

More Contact Information for this week’s news stories

Local Entertainment

For tickets visit Gong Soundbath for more events The Horton  

For tickets and details of future events visit Epsom Jazz Club

For information and a membership form for their Essential Companion Scheme visit Epsom Playhouse Registration or call the box office on 01372 742555 or 01372 742227

For full details of events visit Epsom Playhouse

For tickets visit Grandad, Me and Teddy Too or call the box office on 020 8543 4888 for more events visit Polka Theatre Wimbledon

For free listening devices for people with sight loss, call Sophie Jones on 01622 754 757 or visit British Wireless for the Blind Fund 


This week’s news articles come from the Epsom and Ewell Times and BBC Local Democracy Reporting Service and the Surrey Comet and Surrey Live.

the featured poster is from Epsom Jazz Club

Community information is available from the websites: Surrey County Council and Epsom and Ewell Borough Council.

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