Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell has teamed up with the Rotary Clubs of Epsom and Ewell to bring Project Wenceslas to the Borough for the sixth year running.
Project Wenceslas enables those who receive, but do not need, the Government’s Winter Fuel Payment to donate it to either Rotary Club of Epsom or Rotary Club of Ewell. This money will be distributed to people in critical need of assistance with energy bills, much needed during the Cost of Living crisis. All monies donated are redistributed 100% without any deductions for costs or expenses.
Rotarian Maureen Kilminster says ‘Although we live in a fairly affluent area, there are still people in the borough who need our help, particularly as the weather is turning colder and the need to keep warm becomes a necessity – please help if you can.’
If you would like to know more about donating your Winter Fuel Payment, please contact Epsom Rotary via their website or Ewell Rotary via theirwebsite and search for Project Wenceslas.
If you are struggling with fuel bills, then contact Citizens Advice Epsom & Ewell on 0808 278 7963 (Mon-Fri, 10am – 4pm) or see our website : www.caee.org.uk
The Winter Fuel Payment is an annual one-off payment to help you pay for heating during the winter.
If you were born on or before 25 September 1956, you could get between £250 and £600 to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’. Find out more and how to apply here: www.gov.uk/winter-fuel- payment.
After recording their first double of the season on the previous Tuesday Epsom and Ewell FC faced Seaford Town at home with a chance to register their second double of the season. This was a much harder assignment though against a team who ended The Salts promotion chances last season.
The team had a few changes from the previous match with Jubril Adamson coming in for Josh Owen with Zac Powell moved into midfield and Jonny Akoto making a welcome return from injury to look after the left back berth.
The first half began with The Salts being ‘slow out of the blocks’ which Seaford Town nearly capitalised from and almost scored after a through ball but The Salts goalkeeper, Kane Charles was able to smother out the chance. In the 27th minute The Salts broke the deadlock after a break down the right wing by Jaevon Dyer who crossed into the on rushing Adamson to score. it was a good goal and had come just after the manager ‘tweaked’ the way they were playing to make them more of a threat.
You could visibly see Seaford Town confidence drop after this setback. There were no further chances of note in the first half which ended 1-0 The Salts but more work was needed to secure the points.
The Salts began the second half much more on the front foot and had a few chances to increase their lead, this duly came in the 67th minute after a jinking run by Athan Smith-Joseph down the left wing with a great cross to find Warren Colman who had the simplest chance to make it 2-0. The opposition goalkeeper thought the the ball had gone out of play and complained to the referee about the decision but took his complaint slightly too far and was sin binned, we have it on good authority the ball did not go out of play,
In non-league football in 2019/2020 season Temporary Dismissals (Sin Bins) was introduced. How this works is if a player gets a yellow card for dissent they are sent to the sin bin for 10 mins similar to Rugby. We think this is a great idea and something the professional clubs should look to introduce sooner rather then later to cut out all the back chatting to referees.
It was now 2-0 to the Salts. and that is the way it stayed . All in all a very satisfactory result against a good team who will take points off the better teams in the division. The Salts certainly wish them well in that quest to do that.
This was Epsom and Ewell FC 4th clean sheet in a row and the result puts us them 31 points from 12 games and 4 points clear at the top of the table. The Salts must not get complacent as there is still a long way to go with just under two thirds of the season still to play but They are handily placed.
BUT one thing is missing YOU. What Epsom and Ewell FC do need is more Home support the ‘Boys’ are playing well and sit top of the table. So why not come down to our next Home game, at Fetcham Grove Leatherhead, and see for yourself next Saturday 29th Oct as they take on Billingshurst Fc with a 3pm. If you have never been to fetcham Grove there is plenty of places to sit and stand as well as a lovely bar area and refreshment kiosk, which I have to say do amazing burgers. Tickets are just Adult: £8, Concession: £4 and Under 16: £4 Go on give it a try you will be made most welcome.
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Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) and award-winning landscape architects Allen Scott Ltd have begun work on plans for the Riverside Park, a key project of the Transform Leatherhead regeneration programme.
The first stage of the development process focusses on feasibility and involves a number of ground surveys (topographical and arboricultural surveys, plus an ecological assessment) that have been commissioned to take place around the riverside site.
MVDC and Allen Scott are currently finalising the engagement strategy that will outline opportunities for stakeholders to participate in consultation activities.
The consultation process will begin shortly with a range of community groups, organisations and businesses, before opening up to a wider public consultation in early 2023.
Councillor Keira Vyvyan-Robinson, MVDC Cabinet Member for Projects, said: “We are really excited to begin work on this project with Allen Scott. We look forward to hearing the views of local residents, organisations and businesses, and working together to create a park that showcases our beautiful riverside setting.”
Marc Tomes, Director of Allen Scott, further said: “We are delighted to be involved in this exciting project for Leatherhead. The project presents fantastic opportunities to re-imagine and transform this part of the river and its setting, making it better connected to the town and to the community.”
To keep up to date with consultation activities, please follow Transform Leatherhead on Facebook and Twitter.
Have you contacted Surrey Police on 101 in the last year? The Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey Lisa Townsend has launched a survey asking for your views on the service you received and the ways to improve it.
Commissioner Lisa Townsend said: “I know from speaking to residents that being able to contact police when you need them is really important to you.
“I’m proud that Surrey Police is one of the best forces at quickly answering 999 calls. Recent staff shortages in the Contact Centre have meant that emergency calls have been rightly prioritised but that has meant some people have experienced longer waits for their 101 call to be answered.
“Representing your views on policing is a key part of my role as your Commissioner. That’s why I’ve launched a survey asking for your views to help inform the conversations and actions we take with Surrey Police to improve the service you receive.”
Once again local historian David Brooks will be hold 3 Halloween Walks around Epsom & Ewell. David knowledge of local history is second to none and what he doesn’t know is not worth knowing. On these walks you will hear about local witch, the ghostly coach, highwaymen and others who won’t go away. There are 2 walks in Ewell and 1 walk in Epsom. Booking is required. Both walks are listed below with dates, times and booking details.
Halloween Walk on the Dark side in Ewell
29th & 31st October 5pm to 6.30pm and 7.30pm to 9pm
Discover the darker side of Ewell’s history with a guided tour around its historic heart. Visit graveyards and crime scenes if you dare. Hear tales of local folk who won’t stay dead, ghostly coach crashes and exploding gunpowder mills Discover the story of Joan Butts, Ewell’s witch.
Are you brave enough to dare to tread where the Resurrection Men once stood whilst you learn about their grisly trade? Experience for yourself what it was like to be imprisoned in Ewell’s 18th century jail—be careful you don’t get left behind.
Cost £5 per person. Please meet in the foyer of Bourne Hall.
If there is high demand for places an additional walk will be offered other days Numbers are limited: to reserve your place please
The Salts completed their first double of the season by recording a satisfactory 2-0 win on Tuesday 18th October away at Forest Row. The first game against Forest Row was abandoned after 82 minutes with the scoreline 0-0 when the Epsom defender, Andy Hall suffered various serious leg injuries.
There was good news when they arrived at the ground when they saw that the pitch had been cut!!! The Salts made a few changes with Jaevon Dyer returning to the starting lineup after sickness last weekend. Warren Colman made his first full start for The Salts after a few substitute appearances.
The Salts started very much on the front foot and created a few half chances and probably should have converted one of them and then in the 14th minute a speculative shot from Ryan Smith squirmed under the body of the goalkeeper and they took the lead, probably not a goal that the goalkeeper would like to see repeated too often.
It was only a few minutes later when Dyer was through on goal and the aforementioned goalkeeper brought him down and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Unfortunately, Ryan Smith’s spot kick was saved by the goalkeeper. The rest of the half was predominantly played in Forest Row half.
There were various chances in the second half and even Forest Row had one or two chances which they should have done better with.
1-0 lead is never comfortable and The Salts were fortunate that the opposition No 18 was sent off for a bad tackle on Athan Smith-Joseph, the player might have felt slightly hard done by. With the opposition down to ten men The Salts began to control the game a lot more and in the 86th minute Eldi Baze cut in from the right hand side and scored his first goal for the club, it was no more than they deserved.
The match ended 2-0 to The Salts and the result put them four points clear at the top of the table. The point to note was that this game was Their 8th away game this season so they have already played half of those fixtures and it is not the end of October.
The Salts now move onto two home games both of which will be difficult, firstly we welcome one of last seasons play off teams to Fetcham Grove in Seaford Town this Saturday 22nd October with a 3pm kick off and then they host Billingshurst on the 29th Oct.
The boys would truly value a few more supporters coming to watch them, your local team, why not ‘give it a go’, it’s not very often that Epsom and Ewell get something to shout about on the sporting front.
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I am writing with a reminder about a couple of local things.
A few people have asked me why I do not address national issues in these emails except where there is useful information to provide. I know that many people want to discuss those issues with me, and I am always willing to do so if they contact me directly. But these emails are designed to be informative about local matters, and go to everyone who wants them, regardless of political persuasion, and I do not want to change their local focus even at times when there are significant events at a national level.
Firstly, a reminder that the Charity Volunteer Fair, which was postponed because of the sad death of Her Majesty the Queen, is being held between 4pm and 6.30pm this Friday, 21st October at the Dell Centre, St Giles Church, Park Lane, Ashtead, KT21 1EJ.
More than 20 charities will be there, and there will be a wide range of volunteering opportunities. So please do come along. If you can’t make it but are interested in volunteering, please let me know and I will steer you towards the right opportunities.
Epsom Methodist Church – Warm Wednesdays
Epsom Methodist Church is launching a programme of Warm Wednesdays for the winter if people are struggling with their bills and need a place to go and warm up and get some company. The events will be held every Wednesday from November 2nd until the end of February. From 9am – 2pm there will be complimentary hot drinks served in their café, from 12.30 – 2pm there will be Hot and tasty soup and a roll, from 2pm onwards complimentary hot drinks and homemade cakes, and from 3pm – 6pm a family after-school club with space for homework, story time, games, films and a free hot meal for all.
The church is in Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 5AQ. People are welcome just to drop in.
Epsom & Ewell Energy Efficiency Programme
And finally thank you to everyone who has supported the Epsom and Ewell Energy Efficiency Programme. The appeal has already raised more than £12,000. If you do not need the £400 Government contribution towards bills this winter, please do donate it to the programme and help those locally who are already struggling with higher bills make their homes more energy efficient.
Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) has invested £90,000 through its Neighbourhood Fund (previously known as Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy) to completely overhaul the equipment on offer at the Cock Lane playground, in Fetcham.
The new-look playground will officially open on Friday 21 October at 4pm, in time to provide children with lots of fun during the October half-term. MVDC Chairman, Paul Potter, local councillors, MVDC staff and representatives from Kompan who delivered the project will welcome local children with balloons and goody bags.
The refurbished playground now boasts a range of inclusive equipment that will allow children of all ages and physical ability to be able to play together. It features a range of traditional and sensory equipment, including a large climbing and multi-play area, a large slide, musical chimes and a rain wheel.
Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, Councillor David Draper, said: “The completed Cock Lane Playground is a great example of how we can work with communities to shape the creative, inclusive and exciting play facilities they wish to see. The new features at the site provide children the opportunity to play, learn and imagine. This investment was possible thanks to MVDC’s Neighbourhood Fund, which comes from money raised by applying a levy to new development, and it is our ambition to continue supporting and promoting recreation, leisure, and cultural facilities across the district to provide for residents of all ages, abilities, and interests. I would like to thank our partners from Kompan for delivering this great project and making sure that together, we can put smiles on faces of the youngest members of our community”
Kompan were delighted to have been selected to work with Mole Valley District Council again on another exciting play area project.
“When we designed the new play space we took great care to consider all of the community consultation comments, in particular to broaden the age ranges and to create a space that would be more accessible and would allow for all ages and abilities to play safely together.
We very much hope that the new play area at Cock Lane will attract more visitors to the park and will prove to be a great success with the local community”
Charities, Voluntary, Community and Not-for-profit Groups in Mole Valley are Invited to Apply for New Grant Funding to Support Local Communities.
Subject to Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) receiving funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the Community Capacity Building and Infrastructure Support Grant Scheme is open for applications.
The Community Capacity Building and Infrastructure Support Grant Scheme is available to the community and voluntary groups across Mole Valley to deliver social action projects and/or carry out works to improve community infrastructure which helps to build pride in place, and increases life chances.
Charities, voluntary, community and not-for-profit groups carrying out valuable work within the Mole Valley community are invited to apply for funding by Sunday 11 December. While the total amount of funding available in 2022/23 is likely to be relatively small – £50,838 in total, there is no restriction on the amount that can be applied for.
Applications in support of improving town/village centres, local green spaces, digital connectivity, enhancing cultural, historic or heritage offers, sports activities, reducing crime and cost of living – are particularly welcomed.
To find out if your project and organisation meet eligibility criteria please visit molevalley.gov.uk/communitygrant and complete the Expression of Interest Form by 4 December 2022. Applications will be open from 30 October to 11 December. More information can be found on the Grant Policy page Organisations that are eligible for funding will be asked to supply additional documents by email or post.
The Cabinet will decide on successful applications in February 2023 and payments will be made in advance by the end of March 2023. Projects must be completed within a twelve-month period, with confirmation and monitoring information received by March 2024 or funding will be repaid in full.
Councillor Bridget Kendrick, Deputy Leader of MVDC, said: “We’re still awaiting the final confirmation from the government on receiving our allocation of funding, but as the deadline for expressions of interest is in December, it is only right that we start the process as soon as possible. The Community Capacity Building and Infrastructure Support Grant Scheme is a fantastic initiative, supporting our communities and making sure that the wellbeing of our residents can be improved.
“Whilst the funding planned for this year is relatively small, I would encourage all charities, voluntary, community and not-for-profit groups in our district to read through all funding information available on our website and consider applying if you are eligible.”
The Mayor of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Councillor Clive Woodbridge, has officially unveiled the first phase of an exciting programme of improvements on Epsom & Walton Downs.
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council (EEBC) secured a grant of £132,000 from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development to support the rural economy by encouraging visitors.
The EAFRD grant was boosted by a further £18,000 from The Jockey Club and £20,000 from the Epsom & Walton Downs Conservators.
The improvements, which includes new benches, bins, picnic tables, waymarkers, information boards and counting posts, have been three years in the planning and began earlier this year after funding was secured.
The new infrastructure will enhance the visitor experience and allow tourists and residents to enjoy the panoramic views, discover the role of the Downs in the Borough’s equestrian history and learn about the unique flora and fauna of the area. It also improves safety for both visitors and the horses by directing people away from training grounds.
The benches, bins, counting posts, picnic tables and waymarkers are now in place, and the information boards will be completed in the coming weeks. Further developments such as a brass rubbing trail are also planned for the future.
Councillor Liz Frost, Chair of the Epsom & Walton Downs Conservators, stated “I am delighted to see the improvements being made to this much-loved part of our Borough. We had three aims at the start of this project; to increase rural tourism; to improve safety for visitors and for both the horses and staff involved in racehorse training on the Downs; and to educate people about the area. I think this initiative will help us to achieve those goals.
“I love the nods to our equestrian history on the benches and bins. The information boards will be a great asset in sharing the unique history and ecosystem of the area with visitors, and the counting posts will be able to tell the difference between walkers, cyclists and riders, so we can tailor facilities in the future. We hope that visitors to the Downs will enjoy these new resources.”
Simon Durrant, General Manager at Epsom Downs Racecourse, said, “The contribution to improving the Epsom & Walton Downs is something The Jockey Club is very passionate about.
“The work being carried out contributes to preserving the history of the area, along with improving the experience of all visitors, be that walkers, riders or cyclists. We look forward to the continued development throughout the next phase of improvements.”