Surrey’s First Local Pantry Opens in Epsom

On Wednesday 13th July The Mayor of Epsom & Ewell Cllr Clive Woodbridge opened Surrey’s first Local Pantry joining over 70 other pantries across the UK. But what is a Local Pantry?

Epsom Pantry, in South Street, has been formed by local charity Good Company  with the support of Your Local Pantry A local pantry is there to help soften the blow of high living costs. They stock an abundant and wide range of top-quality food including fresh fruit and veg, frozen and chilled food, meat and dairy products, and long-life tinned and packaged food.

Membership is free and you pay just £5 per weekly visit, and in return you can choose groceries worth many times more, often saving up to £1,000 a year on shopping bills.

Pantries are just like a shop, in that you choose the food you want from the shelves. There are no prices on show just Diamonds and Hearts

For your £5 you can chose 7 diamond items, some may cost 2 or 3 diamonds per item, and 3 heart items. There is also a large selection of free items. The fresh vegetables have been donated by members of Epsom Rotary Club from their allotments. In fact all the item in the pantry have been donated.

So how do you become a member? Visit Your Local Pantry website Click Here making sure you select Epsom Pantry and feel in the form that’s it very quick and simple. Epsom Pantry is open 3 days a week on Mondays 1pm-3pm and on Thursdays and Fridays 10am-12pm. Remember you can only use pantry once a week which cost just £5.

They are also looking for volunteers to help run the pantry. If you would like to volunteer or would like more information about Epsom Pantry email Beccs at [email protected]over 

Heat Warning Government Advice

The Met Office have now issued an RED Warning for Extreme Heat on Monday 18th July and Tuesday 19th July. This is likely to lead to impact on people and infrastructure. PLEASE KEEP HYDRATED and KEEP IN THE SHADE

As the hot weather continues, and I’m for one love it, we have to be careful not only for ourselves but for others and our pets. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office have issued a Level 3 alert  for the South East and London regions. With temperatures due to hit low to mid 30’s over the weekend into early part of next week. 

Dr Agostinho Sousa, Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection at UKHSA, said: Heat-health alerts have now been issued to the majority of the country, with temperatures set to remain consistently high throughout the duration of next week.

Most of us can enjoy the hot weather when it arrives, but it is important to keep yourself hydrated and to find shade where possible when UV rays are strongest, between 11am and 3pm.

If you have vulnerable family, friends and neighbours, make sure they are aware of how they can keep themselves protected from the warm weather.

The top ways for staying safe when the heat arrives are to:

      • look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
      • stay cool indoors by closing curtains on rooms that face the sun – and remember that it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
      • drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
      • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
      • check that fridges, freezers and fans are working properly
      • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest
      • walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
      • avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
      • make sure you take water with you if you are travelling
      • take care and make sure to follow local safety advice if you are going into the water to cool down
      • check medicines can be stored according to the instructions on the packaging

More information on the common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke are available on NHS.UK.

UKHSA’s Beat the heat checklist identifies suitable actions people can take to protect themselves during periods of hot weather.

Top tips for keeping pets cool in hot weather from the RSPCA

Never leave animals in cars, conservatories, outbuildings or caravans on a warm day, even if it’s just for a short while. When it’s 22°C outside, temperatures can quickly rise to 47°C (117°F) in these environments, which can be deadly.

You can also keep your pets safe by:

      • Using a pet-safe sun cream on exposed parts of your pet’s skin
      • Making sure they have shade 
      • Giving them constant access to fresh water
      • Putting ice cubes in their water bowl
      • Giving them damp towels to lie on

For more information Click Here

Remember enjoy the lovely weather but please keep safe 

Landlords of Kingswood House looking to develop the site for housing

Kingswood House School, West Hill, Epsom, is under threat as the schools landlord Aczels plan to develop the site for housing and to provide a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities School when Kingswood House School lease ends in 2023. Aczels have arranged an Public Consultation for the redevelopment and will be held at The Cricketers Inn on Thursday 7th July from 5pm-7pm. They are looking for local residents views on the development.

Kingswood House School objects to this development. The School which has been on the site for over 100 years and provides education for over 250 pupils 75% of whom have special needs and a number have Educational Healthcare Needs (ie very severe needs). Many of our pupils are funded by the local authority because of the specialist help we can provide. It is for this reason that the council has recently awarded the School the status of an “Asset of Community Value” one of very few in the borough and the only school.

In a recent letter to local residents the school said

“The negotiations for a new lease agreement are always complicated and can take a long time to finalise. Also, as we get near to any lease renewal, developers/landlords often ‘try it on’ with a speculative application for planning permission for housing on all or part of the land.”

To read the letter in full CLICK HERE.

Please attend the consultation if you can. What’s On will continue to bring you updates on this story as we get them.