Local news week of 17th August 2023

Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper local audio news for the two weeks ending 17th August 2023 features reviews on the the lovely new Ginistry and Gail’s Bakery, an important health announcement and local sport reports.

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Epsom and Ewell Borough Council News

Epsom Common

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council (EEBC) is again celebrating after Epsom Common Local Nature Reserve was given a Green Flag Award – an international quality mark for parks and green spaces – for the 17th consecutive year. Recognition for the award was given to the EEBC Countryside team who work with the Epsom Common Association, the Lower Mole Partnership and Natural England. To find out more about the team’s work visit What’s On:: EEBC

Surrey County Council News


Surrey County Council (SCC) announce a public consultation on boundary changes in the county from the 8th August to the 16th October. The changes could see Epsom and Ewell with the least representation with only 5 elected county councillors compared to 10 each for Banstead, Reigate and Guildford. To find our more and take part in the consultaton visit Surrey LGBCE Proposal

Environmental and Transport news

Airport expansion

A report by Losing Alttitude criticises plans to double capacity at Gatwick airport because of the “substantial” environmental impact expansion would cause. Gatwick airport claims the South East economy would benefit by £1 billion a year. Later this year, a six-month enquiry will begin to determine whether Gatwick gets the new runway.

Theme park expansion plans

A proposed plan to expand Chessington World of Adventures to include a waterpark has local residents worried about the increase in traffic in an already congested area. The park and some residents say the proposals will benefit the community with new jobs and visitors. Kingston Council said the plans will be scrutinised in the usual way.

Protect your Bike

Neighbourhood watch and Surrey Police advise on how to protect bikes from being stolen and how registration can help recovery a stolen bike. To find out how more visit Protect Your Bike and to register visit Bike Registration

Health News

Bowel Cancer Screening

Surrey Heartlands announce the NHS bowel cancer screening FIT kits programme is expanding from those aged 60 t0 74 years to everyone aged 50 to 59 years. For more information visit Bowel Cancer Screening or call the Helpline 0800 707 6060

Portrait of Nell Gwyn (1650-1687), mistress of Charles II of England
"In this portrait Nell is holding a six-petalled flower which has been identified as jasmine. As a flower painter, Verelst would have been familiar with jasmine’s structure and its traditional inclusion in portraits to signify the amiable nature of a sitter. Jasmine is well-known for its intoxicating scent, and this combined with its almost translucent petals and fragility, allows Verelst to play with the senses of sight, smell and touch, recognised devices characteristic of seventeenth-century Dutch painting."
Portrait of ‘Nell’ Gwyn (c. 1680) by Simon Verelst, National Portrait Gallery

Future Events

There are many upcoming events over the next few weeks, highlighted in a previous audio episode of the EETN:

The ticket office closure public consultation ends on 1st September 2023 so there is still time to contribute, to find out more visit our page about the RNIB campaign.

Epsom Rotary will be marshalling every Free Family Fridays throughout August, run by BID – Go Epsom providing free entertainment for children and families in the Marketplace, Epsom with rides and music.

Epsom Social Food Hall also has a full range of events in August including their Wednesday Evening Quiz, Acoustic Lounge on Fridays, and Family Fun Sundays and will be holding their first birthday celebration on the 26th August from noon with live music and magicians at 1 Derby Square, Espom. For more information visit Epsom Social or email info@epsomsocial.com

This year’s Swali House Association Quiz Night will be on the 8th September at Bradbury Hall, Swail House from 6-8pm. There will be a professional Quiz master, with sighted volunteers to assist. Refreshment and snacks will be provided. Please let SHA know if you will be attending so they can allocate people to teams. Email swailhouseassociation@gmail.com or telephone 07711 659851

Local History Walks

A series of fascinating guided walks around Epsom and
Ewell for all the family during summer 2023.

The Manor Hospital and Manor Wednesday 23 August 1.30pm to 3pm Uncover the medieval landscape of Horton with its long-forgotten moated manor house and ancient barn.

The 1919 Epsom Riot! Thursday 24 August 11.30pm to 1pm A talk about the 1919 Epsom riot, the attack on Epsom Police Station and
the death of Sergeant Thomas Green.

Nonsuch Park and Palace Wednesday 30 August 11.30 to 1pm
Enjoy a guide walk around Nonsuch Park and explore the history of the
beautiful landscape.

Epsom Downs Thursday 31 August 1.30pm to 3pm Discover the history of Epsom’s Grandstands, which provided a home for Mrs. Beeton and a hospital for wounded soldiers.

Ashley Road Cemetery Thursday 31 August 11am to 12.30pm
Explore Epsom’s Victorian cemetery and visit the final resting place of the town’s great and good

Walks cost £5 per person and are limited to 20 people per walk.
Places must be booked with David Brooks, email: dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk or telephone 020 8394 1734 For more details visit https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/visitors/whats-on

Local History Talks

Tuesday 29 August 11.30pm to 12.30: Epsom and Ewell in WW2. Talks at Bourne Hall, Ewell Cost £5 per person

Listen for full details of other news stories including a very interesting local history story about Elenor (Nell) Gwyn and King Charles II’s (or was he Charles III?!) connection to Brompton House and Epsom’s Assembly rooms and the investigation into the safety of Lady Howard footpath and bridleway railway crossing following a fatality.

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This fortnight’s news articles come from the Epsom and Ewell Times including some provided to them by the  Local Democracy Reporting Service of the BBC, the Surrey Comet, Surrey Live and Gail’s Bakery Instagram

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