Report by Jan Collier
Our Chairman Judy Sarssam and volunteers from Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper, welcomed Cllr Neil Dallen, Mayor of Epsom and Ewell and his wife, Ann, to a special double celebration in December.
Christmas hats and jumpers set the festive mood, but before everyone enjoyed the tasty buffet, all supplied by the volunteers, Judy had a surprise in store for one special colleague.
After thanking the Mayor for his time and dedication to raising funds for his chosen charities, of which EETN is one, Judy then revealed that this was not just a Christmas celebration, but also an occasion to recognise the work and dedication of a very much admired colleague.
Ian Tennent, who has been with EETN for more than twenty three years, had decided that at 87 years old it was time to step down from his role as Magazine Editor. Arriving at the Xmas celebration with his wife Dorothy and daughter Becky, he was surprised to find that he was about to make the ‘News’ himself.
Eamon McNamee from Central Surrey Voluntary Action told the volunteers that Ian’s dedication to EETN had earned him the respect of both the listeners and volunteers, many of whom had been helped by Ian when they joined the team. He added that Ian’s role had required an enormous amount of home preparation prior to the recordings.
The Mayor, Cllr Neil Dallen, also praised Ian for his long service and ‘Outstanding Contribution to Epsom and Ewell Talking Newspaper’ and then presented him with a signed and framed Award.
Judy Sarssam spoke about Ian’s early days as a volunteer and applauded his modesty, wit, and dedication. She then presented a second Award from listeners and colleagues at EETN in recognition of Ian’s long service as Reader, Secretary and outstanding Magazine Editor. ‘I feel sad that Ian has now hung up the scissors, pens and microphones. He will be much missed by us all and the listeners who have a real affection for him. We thank him for so many years of loyal dedication and wish him a very happy and long retirement.’