Local news week of 22nd February 2024

The Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper local audio news for the two weeks ending 22nd February 2024 features a good news story about the Postmistress of Epsom, new openings coming to Epsom and a special thank you message from the EETN Chair.

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Epsom and Ewell Borough Council News

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council has joined forces with the Lawn Tennis Association to revitalize public tennis courts across the borough. The LTA has pledged £26,650 towards the refurbishment of a dozen tennis courts spread across key recreational areas including Auriol Park, Alexandra Recreation Ground, Court Recreation Ground, Gibraltar Recreation Ground and Poole Road Recreation Ground.

EEBC Planned Budgetting

We have a summary of Epsom and Ewell Borough Council’s budgetting meeting held on 13th February 2024 with the conclusion that the finances for Epsom and Ewell remain in ‘relative good order compared with other Boroughs in Surrey’.

Surrey County Council

Surrey County Council have partnered with Surrey Police, Surrey Fire and Rescue, and National Highways to draft a Vision Zero Road Safety Strategy, aiming for zero road deaths and serious injuries by 2050. Give you views on the new road safety strategy by completing the online questionnaire Have Your Say or Road Safety in Surrey

Epsom and Ewell named as one of the best places for retirees

Following the news story in the last EETN audio news that Epsom is one of the best place for retirees to live, we have news that Epsom is ranked third in the UK’s top 20 places to live in the UK and Wales.

Banstead Rotary Club Donation

Photograph of Judy and representatives of charities with members of Banstead Rotary Club
Banstead Rotary Club Members with representatives of local Charities

Judy (front row third left) and her husband guide attended a reception at the Banstead Rotary Club on February 20th where she was presented with a generous cheque for the EETN. All the Charities sharing in the Christmas collection feel gratitude to the generosity of the people behind the doors. No wonder it is such a great place to live!

The Banstead Rotary Club comprises a group of very hard working, friendly, lovely people who raise money for local as well as international charities.

‘ It is always special to meet the Rotary members and representatives from the many other local Charities who are receiving cheques. We had a delicious meal and heard advice as to how to develop relationships with businesses in order to raise funds.

Each Charity representative gave a short description of their work while thanking the Rotary members for their generosity.

The Christmas collection is always shared amongst local Charities and the donation to the EETN funds is a huge help enabling our service to remain free to all the visually impaired people in the Borough as well as some Listeners who have moved away from the area but still want to keep in touch with local news.

So a great big thank you to all the team at the Banstead Rotary Club.

Judy Sarssam EETN Chair

Wagamama brings jobs to epsom

The countdown is on until the new Wagamama pan-asian restaurant opens in Epsom, suggested to be 25th March, with the opportunity for employment with a message on their website “We’re recruiting brilliant chefs and team members to bring Wagamama Epsom to life”.

Family Centre expansion

Epsom Methodist Nursery provides early years childcare in Epsom’s town centre. Following consultation with parents, the Nursery is planning to become a Family Centre. The Family Centre has been made possible by a grant award from the Community Foundation for Surrey and will offer a broad range of activities and support.

In April it is offering a free ‘Ready Steady Cook on a Budget’ course. The FREE four-week course aims to support parents to provide easy, wholesome and healthy meals for the whole family. The course will cover menu planning on a budget, planning the weekly shopping list, hands on experiences of creating easy recipes and top tips for saving money and time. For further details on the ‘Ready Steady Cooking on a Budget’ course visit the Instagram page @emcfamilies

New Epsom Nursery

Chris Grayling, MP for Epsom and Ewell, and Julian Drinkall, CEO at GLF Schools, officially opened a new nursery on Wednesday 7 February. The provision at Vale Primary School in Epsom already has 23 children on the roll with more joining in the spring. 

Community Donation

The Wickes Community Programme has donated insulation products to the value of £1000 to help struggling families in the local community. This initiative is run by the Epsom based charity, Good Company, which operates a network of local food banks and an Energy Support Scheme and has helped more than 300 families and over a thousand people in the local area.

New research for age-related sight loss

In exciting new research, tiny “solar panels” at the back of the eye could help patients recover from sight loss, according to research from the University of Surrey. Scientists believe the panels could one day restore colour vision. The findings are patent-pending, but the university hopes they can be used to design an artificial retina to help patients suffering from retinal disease.

What’s On in April!

A taster of what’s on locally in April.

Epsom Playhouse

  • My Fair Lady Tuesday 16th – Saturday 20th April 2024
  • Jimmy Tarbuck Tuesday 23rd April 2024
  • Manfreds: Wednesday 24th April 2024
  • UK Pink Floyd 2024: Thursday 25th April 2024
  • Frankie the Concert: Friday 26th April 2024

For more information and to book tickets visit Epsom Playhouse or Telephone: 01372 742555 / 742227

Epsom Choral Society’s Spring Concert.

Epsom Choral Society Presents: “English Music for Lent” – An Evening of Musical Reverence and Inspiration

Prepare to be transported into a realm of heavenly music as Epsom Choral Society presents their spring concert, “English Music for Lent.” The performance will feature Stainer’s renowned oratorio, The Crucifixion, complemented by much-loved anthems by Elgar, Finzi, Howells, and Ireland. Saturday, 9th March 2024 at 7:30pm at St Martin’s Church, Epsom KT17 4PX

Tickets are priced at £20 in advance or £22 on the door. Admission is free for attendees under 18 years of age. Each ticket includes a complimentary programme and a glass of wine, ensuring a complete sensory experience for all attendees. For more information and ticket purchases for please visit Ticketsource, Epsom Choral Society or phone the box office at 01372 727078.

Listen now for full details of these news stories and events including news of future new openings coming to Epsom.


Many of this fortnight’s news articles come from the Epsom and Ewell Times, Your Local Guardian and Surrey Live and BBC News Surrey

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

The Go Epsom website has a calendar of What’s On featuring local events which you can add to.

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