Epsom Market will fully return Thursday and Saturday (4 and 6 June) following the recent change to Government guidance, allowing stallholders to sell their full range of goods.
The monthly Farmers Market will take place this Sunday (7 June) and the monthly Vegan Market will take place on Sunday 28 June.
When the Covid-19 restrictions were introduced, market stalls were only able to sell food, but now they can sell all items again.
Councillor Eber Kington, Chairman of the Strategy and Resources Committee at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council said “In its 300 years of operation, Epsom Market has overcome many challenges and as in the past, and working with the traders, we will overcome this latest test.
“Under the Government rules, our traders who sell food and grocery items have been allowed to continue in the same way as supermarkets. Now we can welcome back all our traders as we gradually adopt the ‘new normal’.
“Safety is paramount and we politely urge shoppers to follow social distancing and take notice of the on-site signage and measures in place, in order to keep themselves and our stallholders as safe as possible. The shopping experience will be a little different but people will hopefully get used to it quite quickly”.
To keep stallholders and the public as safe as possible a socially distancing queuing system will be in place at each market stall. Stallholders will be regularly using hand sanitiser, and cleaning where appropriate, and shoppers are encouraged to only handle items they intend to purchase and to pay via contactless where they can and when it’s available.
Due to current staff shortages, Epsom & Ewell Borough Council’s garden waste service is temporarily suspended until further notice
“Thanks for the support!” say Epsom & Ewell Borough Council’s household waste collection team as householders tape appreciative messages to their bins.
Councillor Neil Dallen, Chairman of the Environment and Safe Communities Committee, said:
“These messages have provided our hard working staff with a real boost.
“The team are doing a fantastic job, safely keeping weekly household waste and recycling collections running for residents.
“This is being noticed and appreciated, and residents are getting creative to say ‘Thank You’. The notes are being saved and displayed at our waste and recycling depot, ensuring that everyone can see them.”
Daily updates to the household waste and recycling service are available on the Borough Council’s website (www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/recycling).
Surrey residents are being asked to help their local bin crews as they deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on waste and recycling collections.
Waste tonnages have already started to increase and while most services are currently operating as normal, they could be reduced if staff sickness increases because of the virus.
Residents can help in lots of ways including making sure their bin lids are able to firmly close, compacting recycling, only putting bins out when full, reducing waste as much as possible and not buying too much food.
Mike Goodman, Chairman of the Surrey Environment Partnership says: “As key workers, bin collection staff provide an essential public service and are continuing to work hard to maintain collections during this difficult time. Residents can help reduce the pressure on the service by taking a few simple actions.
“Also, as the county’s community recycling centres (CRCs) have been closed due to the pandemic we are asking residents to hold on to any waste they were planning to take to a CRC until they reopen.”
The advice on how residents can help is being regularly updated on the Surrey Environment Partnership website. The site also features public health guidance for people who are self-isolating with symptoms of coronavirus to explain what they should do with personal waste such as tissues and cleaning cloths. They should place these items into a rubbish bag placed inside another bag, tie it securely, keep it inside for 72 hours and then disposing of it in the usual way.
Below is the full list of ways residents can help their bin crew:
Help bin crews operate
Recycle right and reduce waste
The latest information on how residents can help can be found on the Surrey Environment Partnership website.
In light of the recent government restrictions, plans to celebrate Surrey Day 2020 on Saturday May 2 with public events, activities and social gatherings have had to change.
Instead, Visit Surrey and our Surrey Day partners, BBC Surrey and Surrey Life magazine, are hoping to spread some positivity with a ‘virtual’ celebration instead.
During Surrey Day, we encourage you to turn to social media to:
Make sure to use the hashtag #SurreyDay and we will share as much positivity as possible! You’ll find us at @VisitSurrey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
From dawn to dusk on Surrey Day, BBC Radio Surrey will be using the airwaves to celebrate this amazing county, and Surrey Life magazine will still be dedicating its May issue to the people and places which make Surrey so great.
While you may not be able to experience Surrey in all its glory first hand at the moment, let’s light a virtual beacon of hope on Surrey Day so we can all look forward to getting out and about again for real soon.
Christine Howard – Chair of Visit Surrey
Sleep – it’s one of the most important ingredients for creating happy, healthy and thriving children. Unfortunately, many children simply don’t get enough of it.
The NHS guidelines state children aged four years old should have 11.5 hours a night, 11 hours when they are five and then reducing by roughly 15 minutes per year. Between the ages of 14 and 16 they should be getting at least nine hours a night.
Does your child get the recommended amount of sleep? If not, this may be affecting their ability to learn, cope with life, energy levels and general emotional and physical wellbeing. Unfortunately, school holidays, clock changes, worries and lifestyles often conspire against healthy sleep patterns. So how can we help our children get the rest they need?
Children’s health and wellbeing charity the Sunflower Trust has put together some practical tips and advice to help:
Simple changes to the bedtime routine and bedroom environment can help to increase the amount of sleep your child gets. Here are some top tips for creating good sleep hygiene:
It’s also important to be mindful of what food you offer your child as a bedtime snack – especially if they struggle to sleep. Foods that work well include:
If you would like to learn more about sleep and child health issues, or you feel your child needs support, contact the Sunflower Trust: 01483 531498. Email: [email protected], website: www.sunflowertrust.com
Presented by the award-winning broadcaster and comedian, Mark Dolan, the evening held at Epsom Downs Racecourse on 21st November recognised many start-up companies, charities and professional services for their work.
Alongside Brooklands Museum, other well-known venues across the county competed for the Tourist Attraction of the Year award, including Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Painshill Park, Cobham and the Silent Pool Gin Distillery in Albury.
Tamalie Newbury, Director and CEO of Brooklands Museum said:
“We are so very excited that we won this award! Our nomination covered every element of what we do that not only makes Brooklands Museum such a great place for visitors, but which also gives something back to many people in our community and inspires people to shape their futures through the stories we tell of what people accomplished here.
This is an award for our team, our volunteers and everyone else who helps and supports the Museum, it’s great that our efforts have been recognised. We have a lot planned over the next couple of years that will make Brooklands Museum an even more exciting place to visit, you should all come and see it for yourselves!”
Chairman of Brooklands Museum, Sir Gerry Acher said:
“I’m thrilled to hear that we have won the Surrey tourism award. I’d like to congratulate Tamalie, her team and our volunteers in making Brooklands such an outstanding place for all to visit. Well done all.”
The major transformations at the Museum in recent years have almost certainly contributed to this achievement. In 2017 the WWII hangar was relocated and re-interpreted on site as the Brooklands Aircraft Factory. This significant, large-scale exhibition space won the Museums and Heritage Award for best new permanent exhibition the following year.
As well as the vast collections of cars, motorcycles, aircraft and the dynamic events programme that runs throughout the year, there are opportunities to learn a variety of skills, join a 7,000-strong Volunteer force or participate in one of the many motoring events on site. Brooklands also welcomes families on the autism spectrum with special openings, hosts a reminiscence café for those affected by dementia and welcomes over 15,000 school children from in and around the County on organised trips.
Together with a refreshed brand and logo design complemented by a new introductory film and interpretation, the visitor experience has been invigorated. Brooklands was known for its pioneering sense of adventure and people returning to the Museum after a gap of some years are noticing the changes.
The Museum is open all year round and details of its work, collections, events and how to become involved in many opportunities can be found by visiting www.brooklandsmuseum.com