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News from your Mayor 2018-19 Councillor Neil Dallen

My second month as Mayor has involved a large variety of events. I have enjoyed the opportunity of supporting Stamford Green, Wallace Fields, Ewell Castle and Glyn Schools together with Orchard Field College which enables young people to overcome their disabilities and achieve success in many ways. 

June saw the re-launch of Surrey Wheels for All at King George V Playing Fields where there were a variety of bikes that had been adapted so anyone could have a go at cycling, including those in wheelchairs. Even the Mayoress, who has not been on a bike for 50 years had a go! 

The highlight of the month was the visit to Chantilly, Epsom's twin town in France, where we were treated like royalty. The occasion was the three-day choral festival highlighting choirs from Epsom, Uberlingen (Germany), Watermael (Belgium) and of course, Chantilly. The Epsom choir, Barisons, was in great form and the weekend was very enjoyable.

I am extremely grateful to all those involved in raising the profile of my three charities which are -

Girlguiding UK, specifically for projects in the Borough to improve facilities for not only Girlguiding but other youths including Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.

Talking Newspaper based at Swail House and providing a 'lifeline' service to those who are blind or partially sighted.

Work Stress Solutions (WSS) who support a wide range of disadvantaged people, young and old, by improving their self-esteem, providing training and offering volunteering or employment opportunities both within and outside their organisation.

My thanks to everyone who has contributed their time and energy and to my Chaplain, Rev Gill Long who continues to be a great strength and support to me!

 As always, if you feel my presence could benefit your organization’s activities, I am happy to take part.

 Please get in touch with the Mayors' office at the Town Hall

 email easkew@epsom-ewell.gov.uk 

Neil Dallen June 2018



Food Bank URGENT - FoodBank Food Swap

As you may be aware the numbers of people of using the foodbank has sadly increased and our stocks are therefore going down. One of our ongoing challenges is an imbalance in our stock of food and we wanted to ask if you could help us?

Currently, we have excessive stocks of baked beans, pulses, soup, cereal and dry pasta whilst for other items we have no reserves at all. This causes us storage difficulties but, more importantly, means we may struggle to always provide a balanced diet for clients and their families.

In an effort to address this issue we have an idea –

FoodBank Food Swap

and we will be keen to know if you would take part. We would see this working as follows:

1. We will supply your Church a crate or 2 of what we have excess of and a couple of empty crates to the church

2. You would invite your congregation to take home a tin of beans or packet of pasta or box of cereal and in return donate an item that we urgently need such as:

a.-tinned meat

b.-tinned meat pies

c.- long life fruit juice

d.- cooking sauce (not pasta sauce)

3. The FoodBank will collect the donated products when the crate is full.

If you could help then please email us on foodbank@generation.org.uk or call 0208 786 8221 with the amount of mixed crates you think you could take and we will then arrange getting the food to you? We look forward to hearing from you.


Jonathan Lees, Senior Leader, Generation Church, Epsom & Ewell Foodbank





What is Alpha?

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, it’s free, and everyone’s welcome.

We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions

and share their point of view; wherever they are in the world.

Millions of people have tried Alpha, all around the world, and it's been translated into 112 different languages.

Developed as a short course in 1990 by Nicky Gumbel running Alpha and found that many people outside of the church wanted to explore the Christian faith. Alpha now runs in every part of the global church, including the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church and all mainline Protestant denominations.

Find an Alpha near you

We believe that everyone should have the chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view - wherever they are in the world.

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith and it runs all around the globe even in EPSOM

Most of the Courses in Epsom start again after the 2018 holiday period so come back to this page and local Courses will appear below.

St Joseph’s Epsom Church Hall

Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly and informal environment, in 11 weekly sessions (Monday evenings, 7:30-9:30 pm, in the church hall).

Each session involves food, a video talk and some time to say what you think.

It’s fun, relaxed and free and you can ask anything you like.

To find out more, join us for supper and a taster Alpha

session at St Joseph’s Church Hall at 7.30pm

on Monday 24th September 2018.


Each week we eat, hear a talk on one of life’s big questions, then have an informal discussion in groups. Alpha is free to attend, relaxed and friendly. Everyone is welcome. You can share your views and ask what you like. Some of those who do Alpha are thinking about faith for the first time. Others have been Christians for a while.

If you would like to do Alpha, you can choose between three different times of the week:

  • Wednesday mornings (with crèche 10:15-11:30am)
  • Wednesday evenings (with dinner 7:30-9:45pm)
  • Friday mornings (10-11:30am)

For further information and to book places, email David Senior or 07710 313749.  

Each week we eat, hear a talk on one of life’s big questions, then have an informal discussion in groups. Alpha is free to attend, relaxed and friendly. Everyone is welcome. You can share your views and ask what you like. Some of those who do Alpha are thinking about faith for the first time. Others have been Christians for a while.

If you would like to do Alpha, you can choose between

 three different times of the week:

  • Wednesday mornings (with crèche 10:15-11:30am)
  • Wednesday evenings (with dinner 7:30-9:45pm)
  • Friday mornings (10-11:30am)

For further information and to book places, email David Senior or 07710 313749.  


Alpha is a great opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly and informal environment

Alpha is planned for early 2019, so watch this space


Everyone welcome, at St Barnabas Church Barn Dance!

22 September 2018 from 7.30pm to 11.00pm

Mosey on down to St Barnabas in Temple Road, Epsom to enjoy a fun-filled evening with live music provided by Rogues Gallery with a caller to lead the way. There will be a licensed bar serving wine and beer, hot food, including hot dogs and southern fried chicken, with cold food options such as salads and snacks.

This event is for all in Epsom and the wider community.

Tickets - Please note: price includes food but not drink

£10 Adult, £5 Children, £25 Family (two adults with two or more)

 Call the church office on 01372 721518 to reserve your tickets - office is open on Thursdays and Fridays.

Or Online booking go-to HERE

Raffle with great prizes raising money for St Barnabas Church Fund to help our church continue with our community projects and to provide good quality facilities to the many groups who use our hall:

Top prize will be a harvest hamper including fresh produce, biscuits, treats and wine.

In all, we have ten prizes worth approximately £150.


We support primary schools with assemblies, clubs and RE lessons.

We are linked with schools in and around South London and the South East of England.

Since its start in 1986, Spinnaker has seen and gone through many changes. From one man and a van going around schools in Lambeth, we now have a team of 50 or so visiting schools in many different locations. We will keep changing too, and developing, in order to remain supportive and encouraging as society and, therefore education, changes and develops.  

Spinnaker’s vision is to inspire this generation of primary school children to engage with the Christian faith and explore its values. It is important to Spinnaker that we work in partnership and our aim is to equip and resource churches to enable them to get involved with their local schools.

We have warm and professional relationships with head teachers and staff in the schools we visit. Our presence is a vital link between schools and local churches.

We write our own material. Much of it is freely available for you to access, use and adapt. Everything on this site is tried and tested. We know it works because we have used it ourselves.

Our team members talk passionately about their time in schools. They love what they do, they love the schools they visit and they love inspiring children. With wisdom and sensitivity to each school’s cultural ethos, assemblies and lessons are delivered with humility and inclusiveness, as we explore the stories in the Bible and how they can help our everyday lives.

We create space for school children to think through for themselves some of the big questions about God,

whether He is there and what He is like.

more HERE



The King’s Church, Epsom is delighted to be working in partnership with

 St. Paul Howell Hill;

United Life and Christian Against Poverty (CAP) a Christian charity passionate about releasing people in our nation from a life sentence of debt, poverty and their causes.

Britain has a serious problem with dependency and it’s getting worse. 2.6m children live with parents who drink hazardously, and we have the biggest drug problem in Europe.


A CAP Release Group empowers us as a church to help people break free from life controlling habits like drinking, smoking, gambling or internet addictions.


The release groups provide a place of trust and security, where people are offered emotional and practical support.

Contact:- The King’s Church for more information




Thank You

My Mayoral year absolutely flew by. It was a huge privilege to be Mayor of Epsom and Ewell for the civic year 2017-2018 and as you can imagine, I have many treasured memories, several of them from the times shared with you.

Most Mayors appoint a Chaplain -however with the timing of Mark's Sabbatical and Nik's move to Blairgowrie, I had two – Rev. Nik Wooler at the start of the year, then Rev. Dr Mark Wakelin Mark took over when she moved north!

Many came and supported me at my Civic Service at Epsom Methodist Church which Rev. Nik Wooler led and preached way back in July 2017.

You may remember that a good number of Mayors and Chairmen from other Surrey Boroughs and Districts, the Vice Chairman of Surrey County Council and our MP Chris Brayling attended.

I was very happy some of my family and long-term friends were also able to join us. With such a large gathering, I know there was a great deal of work cheerfully undertaken by many people to organise the service and the refreshments afterwards. Many of our visitors commented on what a lovely service it was and how welcoming you all were.

During my year I was pleased to be invited to various special services across Epsom & Ewell and other events and I've enjoyed meeting more members of our wider church community.

One of the important functions of a Mayor is offering support to charities and this includes choosing their own 'Mayor's Charities' for the year.

My charities were

Citizens Advice (Epsom & Ewell)

The Sunnybank Trust

and the Lower Mole Countryside Trust.

Over the year there were several fund-raising events and I hope that those of you who were able to come enjoyed them as much as I did.

A huge Thank You to those of you who helped with or attended the events, sponsored me on walks, and made donations to the three worthy charities for which they are very grateful and for your prayers.

Liz (Councillor Liz Frost) and Mayor 2017 - 18


Opera Holloway

Music @ St Martin's are delighted to be welcoming back Opera Holloway in September, returns with a bang in September! The amazingly talented Opera Holloway bring their touring production of Bellini's version of Romeo and Juliet. As with all our recital series events - it's FREE ENTRY.

Yes, that's right, professional opera on your doorstep for nothing. There will be stage lighting and a surtitles machine offering a live translation, so you don't miss a thing. Come and enjoy and evening out supporting young artists and soaking up some of the finest operatic talent around.

This year they are bringing their touring production of Bellini's classic love story, Romeo and Juliet. This fresh, contemporary take on one of the most famous love stories of all time moves the action to 1950's Naples where the stifling heat fans the flames of budding romance. In this poor neighborhood controlled by the Mafia, Romeo and Giulietta fight to unite their families and keep their relationship alive.


Just come along on the day, take your seat and enjoy the show!

There will be a 15-minute interval where refreshments

will be served and donations accepted.


A new initiative of care and concern are a home for vulnerable/homeless people in the town which is being set up through a partnership between Churches Together in Epsom and the Christian charity, Hope into Action

 It is our hope that this project will be a very real help to many – in addition to so much else

 that Churches Together in Epsom and others are already involved in doing.

More online information is HERE

Chris Shaw - Chair CTiE


Churches Together in Epsom and Ewell

This is a call for any budding actors in and around Epsom and Ewell.

For the past six years there has been a Good Friday Passion Play performed along

the High Street and in Market Square.

I know it's a long way away but we now need to plan for 2019

but if you would like to take part please express your interest.

Thanks Sue Curtis

I am interested in taking part CLICK here

See the  2018 Drama HERE


"Epsom & Ewell Refugee Network work to welcome and support Refugees coming through and settling in our area.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact them via their website at www.epsomrefugeenetwork.org and find out ways in which you can help.

Now they are looking in particular for befrienders"





Obtain the Full Brochure HERE


‘Taste & See’ Cake Stall:

You may be aware that Pret a Manager have just opened next to Metro Bank in town. We talked to their management because we did not want any conflict of interest. They have given their blessings for us to continue with the Cake Stall every third Saturday of the month. Praise God.

Cake Stall dates for the next 12 months (always the third Saturday of the month excluding the whole month of August),

 ‘Taste & See’ Cake Stall:

Can You Help?

 There’s an opportunity to join a number of teams to provide FREE muffins, cupcakes and hot and cold drinks at the “Taste & See” cake stall in Epsom town centre from 11am to 1pm on every third Saturday of each month.


And if you like things logistical, there’s plenty more to do setting up and crashing down at the event. How often you help is entirely up to you – just let us know for planning purposes

And if you like things logistical, there’s plenty more to do setting up and crashing down at the event. How often you help is entirely up to you – just let us know for planning purposes.

Besides seeking the above, we are looking to develop a network of reps for this ministry from various churches in Epsom to share the vision as it grows. If you are curious about joining this ministry in either capacity, please contact Bukai Palmer on 07519967970 who would be happy to answer your questions and see how you may bless others with the talents and skills God has given you.

Regards Bukai and MorganPalmer


"The Beacon"

Everyone is welcome

to the monthly afternoon teas being held at

St Martin's Church, Epsom

Church Street, Epsom, KT17 4PX


Tea, coffee, sandwiches and cakes will be served to anyone who lives on their own or needs company or just wants to be part of a group.

All for a small donation.

If you would like to come, please ring Linda on 01372 274995 so that we have some idea of numbers.

We look forward to seeing you.

Sunday afternoon teas are re branded as "The Beacon teas" this is so we can be differentiated from other activities held within the church.

Future dates 2018 for The Beacon teas are;

Sunday, 5th August at 4.00pm

Sunday 2nd September 4.00pm,

Sunday 28th October 3.00pm,

Sunday 25th November 3.00pm

Sunday 9th December 3.00pm.


Will you help us to create a dementia-friendly borough?

Join the Epsom and Ewell Local Dementia Action Alliance

The number of people estimated to be living with dementia in Surrey is over 16,000.

In Epsom and Ewell, it is around 1,030.

The Epsom & Ewell Local Dementia Action Alliance (LDAA) aims to support these people and raise the profile of dementia issues within the borough.

·        Find out what joining the Alliance means to you and your business.

 calling 01372 732 457, text or phone on 0770 306 1470

 or email dorahmay.hancock@ageconcernepsom.org.uk

Thank you so much for taking an interest in this very exciting new initiative.

Dorah May Hancock

Epsom & Ewell Local Dementia Action Alliance Co-ordinator



     The Trefoil Guild


The Trefoil Guild offers you the space to be with friends, undertake challenges and laugh together. If you enjoy adventure, travel and helping Girlguiding UK and other charities, join us!

Every guild is different to suit the interests, time and abilities of its members, so you could choose one that specialises in photography or walking or music or activities as shown below.

The Trefoil Guild is open to anyone over the age Of 18, so whether you are at university and want to keep in touch with guiding.

Membership types

• If you hold a role in Guiding or Scouting you will find that joining the Trefoil Guild is for you!

• If you were in Guiding or Scouting and enjoyed the camaraderie of friends with a similar outlook, you will find that in a Trefoil Guild near you!

• If you are having a break from Guiding or Scouting you will find Trefoil Guild is the place to be!

Even if you have never been involved in either Guiding or Scouting, there is always a warm welcome for anyone who likes the idea of learning something new, travelling, meeting new people or getting involved in local Guiding and Scouting projects.

Become a full member:

• If you are 18 or over and

• You have been a member of either Guiding or Scouting or

• You are willing to make the Guide or Scout Promise.

Become an affiliate member:

• If you are 18 or over and

• If you subscribe to the aims and principles of Guiding and Scouting but are not able to make the Promise.

Membership benefits include:

• Opportunities to join with members at local, regional and national events.

• A full-colour magazine three times a year

The Epsom District Guild meet monthly, usually the last Thursday of the month, for a variety of meetings and lunches at different venues plus in the summer trips of interest such as Watts Gallery, Polesden Lacy National Trust, the Lavender Fields in full bloom, Thames river trip, Nonsuch Park and Museum, etc.

We also support other Trefoil Guilds up to County level

To know more or join us contact Eve Douthwaite e-mail Chair Epsom Trefoil







Bell ringers

There have been bells at St Martin’s for over 450 years and some magnificent ringing performances are recorded on peal boards in the tower from 1776 when 8 bells were installed. The present peal of 10 bells was installed by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in 1920 and was fully overhauled in 2012.

The band of ringers attends every Sunday morning to ring for half an hour before service and to wind the church clock.  They also ring on Sunday evenings when there is choral evensong and at other times for weddings and special occasions.

The ringers are of all ages and welcome visitors and new recruits.

We will teach anyone who is physically fit (and over the age of 10 years). Like any musical instrument, it takes time, dedication and perseverance to learn, but you do not need to be musical. There is a whole special language and many mysteries to ringing, but you become a member of an international community that will involve you in a lifetime of social, physical and mental enjoyment. We practise every Monday evening from 8 to 9.30 pm, so please come along then or contact us to find out more.

For more information about bell ringing in Epsom visit: www.epsomringing.org


Here is some sad news from Epsom Christian Fellowship……

I am writing to update you about the Epsom Youth Club opened last September. During the past year we have had 3 young people attending the youth club regularly and a few others that dropped in. As the year went on we lost some of the leaders for various reasons, leaving us with 4 at the close of the year which is not sufficient, as not all of them are available every week.

A decision has therefore been taken not to reopen the youth club in September 2018. The structure of the club is still in place so that this decision could be reversed if circumstances change in the future.

Please would you therefore remove any promotional material that you have on your church notice boards or elsewhere and any internet links to the club, until further notice.

Thank you for your prayers & support

Dawn Davies

This above specific information will be removed at the end September 2018


The designs need to be:

- up to A4 size, either landscape or portrait

- the entrant's own original work;

- and must include a Christmas tree

Please only use felt tip pens, pencils or paint. Crayon, chalk, pastels, glitter and embellishments cannot be reproduced as cards.

The two winners of the competition will have their designs made into real cards that the Mayor will send out and will be invited, along with their parents, to the Mayor’s Parlour where they will be presented with individual personal prizes. There are also two runners up prizes.

Entrants should complete the details in black on white below









CONTACT                                          TELEPHONE and                                       E-MAIL if available


 and send it to: Mary Zoeller, Epsom Division Commissioner, Girlguiding UK,

 48 Meadowview Road, West Ewell, Surrey KT19 9UB - by Friday 19 October 2018.



One of Surrey’s leading choirs, Epsom Chamber Choir launches its 50th season with an evening of choral masterworks separated by a span of 400 years.

Palestrina, Lassus, Gesualdo and Guerrero are four masters of the polyphonic style, and their music will be heard in the choir’s home venue, the beautiful church of St Martin of Tours. Among the works being performed are the 
Missa Paschalis by Orlando de Lassus, Palestrina’s Tu es Petra and Gesualdo’s Aestimatus Sum, which inhabits its very own extraordinary harmonic world.

Fast-forwarding to the 20th century, the sacred settings on offer are Stravinsky’s Ave Maria and Messiaen’s exquisite miniature O Sacrum Convivium, both of which contrast with the large-scale Mass for Double Choir by Swiss composer Frank Martin.