Category Archives: Community

MGSO4 Epsom and Ewell Arts Festival

We are inviting all of our residents to take part in some of the activities happening in Ewell for the festival happening in Epsom and Ewell from 2nd until 8th of July.

This will be the second MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts Festival and the theme of the festival is Discovery in celebration of the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Epsom Salts. On the events page there are 13 individual events in Ewell alone – as well as events at venues in Epsom. Find all the details following the link below:

The Ewell events are:

The Next Placement: Reflection Theatre’s award–winning show about a boy in foster care and his search for a place to call home. (NESCOT Performing Arts Space) Tuesday 3 July

Dinner with The BB Horns: Jazz funk cabaret from 10-piece professional touring band, with meal from Le Raj Academy NESCOT Performing Arts Space)  Wednesday 4 July

Journey of Discovery Contemporary Art Exhibition: NESCOT atrium space (FREE) 2-7 July

On Saturday 7th July, Bourne Hall, Ewell will become a festival hub with events from 10am to 9pm

  • Sound of Music drop-in discovery session for all ages
  • Costumed life-drawing workshop
  • Discovering Collage workshop for adults
  • Daily Salter – writing headlines for our mysterious festival newspaper
  • Children’s craft and design workshops from author-illustrator Lucy Volpin
  • The Lost Words of Epsom competition winners
  • Grass dance show for younger children – performed on real turf
  • Writing Relationships – workshops for readers and writers with author Claire Dyer
  • Festival Premiere: The Story of Henry Wicker – performance of specially commissioned musical work for piano & cello, telling through music the story of the discovery of Epsom Salts.

Invitation to lunch on Easter Sunday

We have received this very kind invitation that we would like to share with all our residents. If you are alone on Easter Sunday, you can maybe join the residents at Priory Court at their Easter Sunday lunch.

“Priory Court would like to invite about ten people to lunch with us on Easter Sunday.

Lunch will be served at 1pm and guests would be more than welcome to stay with us for the Easter Sunday service with Douglas at 3pm. Obviously there is no charge for this event, but we will need to know numbers by Good Friday.”

Please contact Paul Vale at Priory House to confirm your space, either call on 0208 393 0137 (option 5) or email


Council Tax is Set to Rise Once More in Surrey


Council Tax is Set to Rise Once More in Surrey

Surrey County Council agrees to raise Council Tax by 5.99% for 2018/2019

On 6th February the Conservative-led Surrey County Council (SCC) approved another Council tax hike of 5.99%. Band D households in Surrey will be facing an annual increase of £80 as Tory ministers have relaxed the council tax cap.

Last year, after a shambolic council tax referendum proposal, SCC Leader David Hodge reached a “gentlemen’s agreement” with the government. This coming year the Council will receive £20 million as a one-off under a Business Rates retention pilot scheme, but will still need to find £39 million from its declining reserves and capital receipts. Surrey will have lost £200 million of its core government funding over the last 8 years.

In his annual budget speech, Leader of the Residents’ Association and Independent Group Nick Harrison pointed out that councils must balance their books, and very soon SCC might not be able to do that:

“Council are straining to make cuts, to improve their efficiency, deal with reduced national funding and if all else fails, to use reserves. Eventually, the books just won’t balance. Somebody had to get there first and last weekend Northamptonshire declared it was in ’special measures’. Surrey faces similar challenges. Increasingly the cuts are being noticed by our residents as they impact the services we all use – turning out street lights, reducing spending on roads and charges and reduced hours at the recycling centre.”

Cllr Harrison added that the Council does not have a credible plan to meet its statutory obligations whilst retaining a reasonable level of universal services beyond 2018/2019. He further noted that Surrey’s MPs are not listening to their Conservative colleagues in Surrey:

“I listened to Council Leader David Hodge on BBC Radio Surrey asking residents to spend 50p on a stamp and write to their MP’s about the funding situation. That’s an incredible admission about his group’s lack of clout. I have explained the situation to my MP and the next step must be to withhold support for these budget recommendations.”

Residents’ Association and Independent County Councillors abstained or voted against the proposed budget during Tuesday’s full council meeting. Despite the opposition’s concerns and protests, the Conservative majority approved the 2018/19 budget.

For further comments:

Cllr Nick Harrison – 01737-215405 (H) 07971-664079 (M)

Let’s fix it: How to report issues

As part of our Let’s fix it campaign we are asking everyone in the Village to do their part on making sure our Village is as lovely as it can be!

The county and borough councils don’t have the resources anymore to be going around identifying issues, and therefore they rely on the residents to report the issues happening around them. We would like to encourage all residents that when they see an issue that’s need fixing they:

  1. Report it to the council and get a reference number.
  2. Follow up.
  3. If no action was taken or action was insufficient, report it to us!

So how do I report an issue?

In short, any issues related to the roads are dealt by Surrey County Council, the rest of the issues are generally dealt by Epsom and Ewell Borough Council. However the Surrey County Council report it website, will redirect you to the right authority in your Borough if necessary.

You can report any issues  here

Also to make things easier, for the most common issues we have listed them below with links to the corresponding site.

  • Report a pothole here
  • Report a fault with street lighting or signage here
  • Report an issue with trees or vegetation here
  • Report a problem with the pavement here
  • Report a missed bin here
  • Report a fly tip here
  • Report graffiti here

And please remember to get a reference number. Without the reference we cannot help you follow up the issue if it isn’t resolved!




Have your say on health and social care commissioning intentions for 2018/19

Message from the Joint health and social care commission to all our residents:

Every year local health and care organisations set their plans and priorities (known as commissioning intentions) for the year ahead.

To reflect closer working across Guildford and Waverley, North West Surrey and Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Surrey County Council, as well as work happening across the wider Surrey Heartlands area, this year we have developed joint commissioning intentions for health and social care.

These intentions, or plans, reflect our priorities for health and social care across a range of areas and set out how we will commission care that meets the needs of the local population. They also summarise how we will achieve the NHS’ national priorities.

We have already sought the views of GP practices, health and social care providers and other partners, who have helped shape our thinking and now we are inviting local people and wider stakeholders to have their say.

Through this survey we welcome your feedback on our plans, particularly any comments on any areas or issues that you feel we may not be addressing.

The survey has been designed in chapters so you can choose which areas you want to comment on, rather than needing to complete every section, depending on their relevance to you or your organisation. The survey closes on 18 February 2018 so please share your comments by then.

We will analyse all the feedback we receive and the findings will inform our final joint commissioning intentions, which will be published in April 2018. All analysis and reporting will be aggregated and anonymised.

We look forward to receiving your feedback.

Find the link to the survey  and the Summary Commission Intentions document here.

Printed copies of the summary document and the survey can be requested by calling 01372 201732 or sending an SMS text to 07747 476511.

Do you need help to be safe and healthy in your home?

A message from Councillor Clive Woodbridge 

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council now may be able to help, following a decision taken by its Community & Wellbeing committee to extend the range of people and situations that funding can be applied for.

Assistance can be provided for all those who may be at risk of suffering health and safety problems as a result of poor housing conditions in situations where they do not have the resources or support to undertake remedial action themselves and who meet the eligibility criteria. Additional funding for the scheme has been provided to the Council via the Better Care Fund.

Support to local residents can be provided through grants and a hardship fund to help with safety, security and warmth in the home. Examples of work could be replacing or repairing a boiler, fitting keychains and other security measures, fitting grab rails, remedying dampness, fixing an electrical fault or mending a front door.

This initiative is in addition to the existing disabled facilities support grants which offer adaptions to the home to help with issues such as bathing, stairs and access to the home.

For more information, and to see if you are eligible for either scheme, please contact EEBC’s Home Improvement Agency team at the Town Hall or come along and meet them at the Ashley Centre on Wednesday 22nd November or at Bourne Hall on Wednesday 6th December between 10am and 3pm.