Seasons Greetings

Volunteers holding Christmas message banner

Our Chairman Judy Sarssam would like to wish our listeners and our volunteers a very Happy Christmas.

At our Christmas get-together following our recording on December 12th, Judy said: ‘What a very special and valuable group keep the Charity producing our weekly news, articles and podcasts. We have been able to modernise our recording system and are researching the best way forward for the duplicating equipment, thanks to the generous money raised during the last year by Councillor Neil Dallen during his term as Mayor. A big thank you to all those who have contributed to maintaining the free service for the last 45 years. It is an achievement which Epsom and Ewell can be very proud of.’

Judy Sarsson and volunteers at the Christmas party 2019

Epsom Remembers

Mayor’s Remembrance Address

A crowd of around 200 people gathered in the Market Square on Monday 11th November, to watch, reflect and remember British service men and women who died in conflicts since the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.

Dignitaries at the Remembrance Service

The Civic party, lead by Cllr John Beckett, Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, arrived in a procession at 10.50am, resplendent in their ceremonial robes. They were joined by serving members of the Armed Forces, Veterans and Police, among them our Borough Commander and Neighbourhood Specialist Officers.

Police officers ready to lay their wreaths

Army Cadets, Scout leaders, school children and even toddlers from nursery were among those invited to join Revd Russell Dewhurst, Vicar of St. Mary’s Ewell, for the special Service.

Revd Dewhurst’s Remembrance Address

At 10.59am The Last Post played before Epsom fell silent on the stroke of eleven. Flags were lowered, busses came to a halt, conversations ceased; business all around was put on hold as people paused to remember. Medals glinted in the wintry sun and together with poppies and wreaths, told a thousand stories.

At 11.02am Reveille signalled the continuation of the Service. The Mayor laid a wreath at the foot of the Clock Tower on behalf of the citizens of the Borough. Readings were from Dennis Newland, Burma Star Association, The Mayor Cllr John Beckett, Captain Robinson, QM 135 Squadron RE and Mary Dixon, Royal British Legion.

Prayers and the National Anthem concluded the Service.

Halloween Welcome from EETN

Picture of volunteers manning the stand at Awareness day in the Ashley Centre
Volunteers in the Ashley Centre

Thousands of people countrywide were aware that Thursday 31st October was a very special day. It was Halloween and time for children to dress up as witches, ghosts, bats and skeletons and wear scary face paint in ghoulish greens and deathly whites.

It was also a special day for us at the Talking Newspaper too, because our volunteer team were on hand in the Ashley Centre to spread the word about our free audio news service and ideally to welcome new listeners.

Volunteers Heather Griffin and Richard Wheeler set up our EETN pod in the morning and were joined by more volunteers throughout the day, who met and chatted with passers-by, shoppers and several friends of EETN. Some people wanted to learn more about the way our recordings are distributed, with a view to registering someone to receive the free weekly audio service, while others were keen to know more about joining our team. As it was half term week, there were lots of children around and we really enjoyed seeing them looking very pleased with themselves in their Halloween outfits.

Our main aim was to raise awareness this year and we were delighted to make some new contacts. However, many people gave generous donations, including two lovely little boys who were having fun as they raced by, but stopped to pop coins on our desk.

Our Chairman Judy Sarssam would like to thank everybody who took time to chat to us and for supporting Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper.