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The last two months have been unusually busy with 26 celebrations, parties, fairs, AGMs and certificate presentation events.

The most memorable were Lucy’s garden party where 10 year old Lucy had organised an event in her garden and raised £1265 for Tadworth Trust, Riverview Surestart ‘party’ (picture above), Linden Bridge certificate presentation and Epsom Primary Shine Awards. There were a whole varierty of other events including the EMC “Holiday at Home”, “Heroes and Champions”, a 100th birthday celebration, Riding for the Disabled national successes, Kingston Carnival and the High Sherrif dinner at Guildford University.

“Openings” included Wren Close, a development of much needed affordable housing and a wild life garden at Tree tops nursery.

Almost all events were blessed with fine weather and most of the time has been one long party! Unfortunately not everything was rosy, Epsom Common Day was cancelled due to wet and windy weather and we attended the funeral of Councillor David Wood who died in service.

We had not intended to have a holiday during our Mayoral year but we were invlted to our Nephew’s wedding in Eire and, as there were no engagements, we spent 10 days in Eire including a three day wedding!

We were also invited to Uberlingen, which is on the coast of Lake Constance in Germany and twinned with Chantilly. We accepted and made a six day flying visit (actually driving), spent some time with the Mayor and enjoyed a few days sight-seeing.

Alongside all the invitations the charity committee have also been busy running a variety of events and planning some for the future.

This has continued to help 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.

Their next major fund raising event is the Quiz Night on Saturday 10th October at Unity Hall behind URC in Church Street, Epsom. Tickets are £15 and include a fish and chip supper.

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 mayor@epsom-ewell.gov.uk.

September update