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One month in and it has been a fantastic and busy 4 weeks.

Invitations have covered a wide variety of events and happenings.

Some of the more prestigious events were Epsom College Founders Day, Breakfast with the Stars (Racing owners, trainers and jockeys in the Duchess’s Stand), The Derby, The Queens Garden Party, and drinks on the Terrace of the House of Commons.

There were some more formal events including raising the Suffragette flag, four civic services (including my own), Opening the Employment Fair and The City of Sanctuary award to Mikey and Carmen at Zig Zag café.

Organisations visited include Epsom Camera Club for their exhibition (very high standard!), Epsom Bowls Club for their open day, Seeability at the start of their collection day, Epsom Primary School for their aspirations day, Appleby House during Dementia week and launch of purple angels, Ruxley Church to start their sponsored walk, Epsom Symphony Orchestra playing at the Playhouse (the International pianist was out of this world!), BANOS version of Oliver played at the Playhouse and a visit to Bentley Copse scout camp site for the County Scouts garden party,

I was visited by Epsom Primary School and chaired a mock Council meeting where the Motion to give teachers a pay rise was narrowly defeated!

On the social side we were welcomed by the Surrey Mayors association, visited Loseley Hall with other Mayors and helped Peacock Solicitors celebrate their first year in Epsom!

Alongside all the invitations the charity committee have also been busy and organised a Curry night at the Blue Mint, arranged collections, run a Race Night and manned a variety of stalls during Derby week. This has given a really good start to the Mayors Charities both in fund raising and raising the profile of the 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.

Future events include garden parties, a golf day, a quiz night and a Ball. I am sure that there will be many more and hope that you are able to join us and have some fun while helping to raise funds for my charities. For more information see e-Borough Insight and/or go to www.mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk.

Among all the above activities and events I have met weekly with Revd. Gill Long, my Chaplain and she has been a great strength and support to me during this first hectic month!

I am passionate about our community and if my presence could support you organisation’s objectives I am happy to take part by giving short talks, presenting certificates, starting or opening an event or simply supporting whatever you are doing.

If you would like me to take part, please get in touch with the Mayors’ office at the town hall, email easkew@epsom-ewell.gov.uk.


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