Last Local News of 2022

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In the last local news of 2022 we have news items that take us forward into the New Year with charity and council announcements, award winners and many other interesting stories.

Charity News

We begin this episode with an story about the work of The Arts Society Epsom and it’s funding of local arts projects including: providing materials for Conquest Art, who support people with disablities, and future funding of music therapy sessions being held by Momentum’s Children’s Charity, who support serious ill children and their families in Epsom. We also have a story of a charity cycle ride to Save Our Soil.

Local Community News

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council

We have an update from Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, following their agreement in March 2019 to reduce the use of Single Use Plastic (SUP), on their progression both within the council and the wider borough. With news of the installation of refillable water fountains in the town centre and parks, and plastic-bag free non-food market stalls and wider behaviourable changes. Epsom and Ewell Borough Council are working in partnership with Surrey County Council through the Surrey Environment Partnership to continue to reduce the use of Single Use Plastic as part of their Climate change Action Plan.

We have also have details of the borough’s Cost of Living campaign and how to access available help.

Local Plan consulation

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council announced that their draft Local Plan will go out for consultation on 1st February 2023, following opposition to building on the Downs Farm Site by an environmental campaigning group Keep Epsom and Ewell Green Belt.

Surrey County Council

Surrey County Council (SCC) has partnered with the Chessington World of Adventures Resort to feed their giraffes by coppicing various species of trees from Norbury park, Dorking. The coppicing helps improve the bio-diversity and woodland of the ten-thousand acre Norbury Park as well as supplying an ongoing stock of fresh food for the giraffes and interesting objects for the rhinos!

Social Value Market Place

The SCC Social Value Market Place is a tool that can help make connections between organisations, who are waiting to offer all sorts of help, to groups and individuals. Whether that’s meeting spaces, skills and knowledge sharing, equipment or volunteers to help with gardening, painting or decorating.

The SCC Living Well in Later Life Plan intends to improve choices and care opportunities for Surrey residents focusing on the following three priorities: Prevention, Living Independantly and Care Homes. They are keen to continue to gather Surrey residents’ and partners’ input as they work towards meeting the commitments in the plan. There will be opportunities to take part in workshops and surveys.

Award Winners

Sight for Surrey

Congratulations to our friends at Sight for Surrey who have been awarded the Queen’s Award for volunteer service, the highest accolade a voluntary group can receive in the UK. They offer an enormous range of support to people in Surrey who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, deaf/blind and hard of hearing. Please contact them for help or if you wish to volunteer.

Epsom Costcutter

We have another award winner with the news that Epsom’s Costcutter, a family run business, on Manor Green Road, has won best single retailer of the year in the UK, at the prestigious national Asian Trader Awards 2022 as a store that is “at the heart of the community”.

Listen to our audio news for full details of these and many other stories, including a plan to tunnel the A3 under Guildford, whether or not the Council Tax will increase and our regular Nature Notes.

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More Contact Information for this week’s news stories


To find out more visit The Arts Society Epsom

For more infomation visit Momentum’s Children’s Charity

Community News Contact Information

Cost of Living Campaign

Find out more at the borough’s webpage Cost of Living

Living Well in Later Life

If you, or anyone you know or work with, has an interest in shaping services for older people, sign up via the living well in later life web page or by calling 0300 200 1005, SMS (for the deaf or hard of hearing) 07527 182 861, text relay 18001 0300 200 1005 or BSL video relay.

Social Value Marketplace

So if you are part of any voluntary or community group that needs help or if you are a business that can offer help, spread the word and start posting on the Social Value Marketplace to make a difference to our communities.

Local Entertainment

For more information and to book tickets visit The Horton What’s On

For full details of the autumn programme visit Epsom Jazz Club


The local news is just one of three sections of the Epsom and Ewell as described on the About Us page.

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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