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THE JANUARY LOWDOWN…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 04 Jan 2024

🎉 Happy 2024 everyone! Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous one. Read on to find out what’s happening this January including morning yoga sessions, wrestling, history events, markets and skills workshops to help kickstart a new career.

 

Warm Wednesdays at Epsom Methodist Church 

Struggling to keep warm? Need advice? or just company? Then head to Epsom Methodist Church for Warm Wednesdays every Wednesday until 13th March.

10:00am to 3:30pm Hot drinks – stay cosy and warm

12:00pm to 1:30pm Hot soup and roll

3:30pm to 6:00pm Family After School Club – games, entertainment and evening meal

Thursday Morning Yoga at The Horton 

Start the day with a session of gentle yoga at The Horton on Thursday, 4th January (9.15am – 10.15am) and Thursday, 11th January (9.15am–10.15am).

Yoga teacher Louise Tozer will incorporate breathing techniques, sound and gentle movements into her classes to improve self-awareness, flexibility and relaxation.

This is an all-inclusive class, suitable for all levels, taking place in the the Horton’s mezzanine space. For more details and booking go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/thursday-morning-yoga-january/

Kapow and SWF Wrestling 

On Saturday, 6th January (doors open 6.30pm), the superstars of Kapow and SWF wrestling will return to Bourne hall for another night of high flying, body slamming wrestling action.

The 2-hour show promises to be an awesome night of high-octane action. In an amazing family show book early to avoid disappointment to this ultimate family spectacular.

For booking go to: https://www.kapowwrestling.co.uk/event/live-wrestling-comes-to-ewell/

Dancing for The Wells 

The Wells needs you! There will be a full day of dancing on Saturday, 6th January from 10 am till 10 pm to help reopen a historic community centre. The Epsom Wells community centre was saved from closure but it now needs funding to help it fully reopen and become the thriving hub for the people of Epsom, Surrey and beyond. They are hoping to get as close to the magic number of £30 000 as possible.

You can also join in on the day! There will be dance classes (including ballroom, salsa and jive) followed by a dance party in the evening. Single class tickets are £8, full day access to classes and dance party £25 and evening party pass only £10. You can purchase tickets on the day.

To join in or donate go to: https://www.givey.com/dancingforthewells 

Messy Church Goes Wild 

Have you run out of things to do with the kids? Do you need to run off some of that cheese? If so, head to St Mary’s Ewell on Saturday, 6th January (2.30pm-4pm) for Messy Church goes wild!

For more details go to: https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/8142/ 

Epsom Farmers Market 

The next Farmers Market is on Sunday, January 7th (9.30am to 1.30pm). The market – held in Epsom marketplace – offers competitively priced high-quality products.

You will find a huge array of diverse, artisan and locally produced foods and products including: fresh meats, sausages, poultry, game, eggs, fish, fruit & veg, herbs, freshly baked breads, cheeses, pies, cakes and seasonal plants.

Epsom Vineyard Youth 

Epsom Vineyard Youth is back on Sunday, January 7th (6.30pm-8.30pm) and starting strong for its 2024 season with a bit of a karaoke singalong and games. All are welcome from school years 7 to 13 . For more information visit the website www.epsomvineyard.org/youth.

Hook Road Car Boot Sale 

Hook road

The next “Daddy of all Car Boot Sales” is taking place on Sunday, 7th January inside Epsom’s Hook Road multi storey car park (KT19 8TH)

As a special New Year bonus there is free parking for buyers and buyer’s entry is just £1 (no £2 charge before 9am).

For more details go here.

Goal Setting for Success Workshop  

Are you ready to make 2024 your year of success? Do you want to finally achieve the success you’ve always dreamed of in every aspect of your life? If so, the Goal Setting for Success Workshop 2024 is your golden ticket to success!

Taking place on Monday, 8th January (9.30am) at All Things Nice, this two-hour workshop will give you practical tips, tools, and the structure you’ll need to achieve any goal in 2024.

For more information and booking go here.

Welcome Warm Spaces @ King’s Church Epsom 

King’s Church Epsom is providing a warm space for anyone in need this winter. Every Monday from January, 8th until the 26th of February (4-6pm), they’ll be providing a space to keep warm with free hot meals, refreshments and a place for children to play or do homework.

Find them just off Longmead Road on Gibraltar Crescent.

Epsom Business Social at Epsom Social 

On Thursday, 11th January (7–9pm) Epsom and Ewell Families & Sessami are hosting the Epsom Business Social at the Epsom Social.

Tickets: £20 includes a £5 drinks/food voucher for Epsom Social.

Join them and other local business owners for face-to-face business networking in a great venue, get motivated and inspired by others in an informal environment where everyone is keen to connect and help each other grow.

Make new connections, share ideas, build your business, forge lasting relationships, and be part of something special. For more details and booking go here.

Surviving Heartbreak Free Online Workshop  

January can see relationships breakdown and can be a very lonely and difficult to navigate. You may feel out of control and emotionally disregulated.

Carrie Christer’s one-hour workshop on Thursday, January 11th (7.30 pm) will help you navigate this difficult time with practical strategies and advice. Join and take back control of your emotions and life.

If you are interested, contact carrie@carriechristercoaching.com or WhatsApp on 07950258717. She will send the link (cameras can be off, and real names don’t need to be used).

Free, no-obligation workshop to support you at this difficult time.

Mosaic Workshop at The Horton  

This workshop on Friday, 12th January (10am to 1pm) will introduce you to some basic practical skills so that you can create your very own unique mosaic.

Mosaic is an ancient and wonderful process of making pictures and patterns from small pieces of stone, glass, ceramic and more. The workshop is suitable for beginners and those with some mosaic experience. Choosing from a wide selection of glass tiles, interesting pieces and shaped bases, you will learn to cut glass tiles, and to lay them to make a design.

All materials and tools will be provided. For more details and booking go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/mosaic-workshop/

Board Games Afternoon @ St Mary’s Church 

St Mary’s is hosting a board games afternoon on Saturday, 13th January (2-5pm) in Ewell Hall. Full details on the flyer.

Bourne Hall Kids Club Museum 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back two thousand years in time, to when the whole known world was ruled by the mighty Roman Empire? Have you ever wondered how their food tasted, the feel of wearing their clothes, what their language sounded like, and the look—and smell! Of their buildings?

A visit from the Butser IX Legion will bring the Roman world alive for you on Saturday, 13th January (1pm to 2.30pm). Find out what a Roman schoolchild had to learn, try on Roman armour, and if you are tough enough, undergo Roman army training: all orders in Latin (which you’ll learn).

Cost is £5 per child. For further information and booking, contact: David Brooks: 0208 394 1734 / dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

CrossFit Epsom Open Day

CrossFit Epsom is excited to announce its Open Day from 12pm on Saturday, 13th January.

What To Expect:

FREE 20 Minute Workout
Introduction To Weightlifting
Meet And Greet With Coaches
Nutritional Information with Qualified Nutritionist
1 FREE Coffee

The introductory workout can be scaled for everyone to enjoy whether you’re a seasoned athlete or completely new to fitness, all are welcome in the space of CrossFit. To book, click here.

Positive Parenting Workshop 

There’s a one-off workshop based on the 10-week Parenting Puzzle Programme taking place at Epsom Methodist Church on Tuesday, 16th January (10am-12pm). Further details on flyer. To book email Cara Golding at emcnursery@hotmail.co.uk.

Epsom & Ewell Employment and Skills Hub

Starting Thursday, January 18th, the Epsom & Ewell Employment and Skills Hub will be at Ewell Library every other Thursday at 2pm.

The Hub will provide assistance with CV writing, career path advice, using and setting up LinkedIn, training courses, mentoring and job search advice. All free.

 

Epsom & Ewell Through Time at The Horton 

On Friday, 19th January (2pm), join Jeremy Harte, historian and curator of Bourne Hall Museum on a photographic journey comparing archive images of what the borough looked like years ago with modern pictures.

With fascinating photographs as a focus, Jeremy will share his wide knowledge of the development of Epsom & Ewell and answer questions from the audience.

Jeremy Harte is author of the book Epsom & Ewell Through Time and will be available to sign copies, after the talk. For more details and booking, go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/epsom-ewell-through-time-talk/

Band of The Coldstream Guards at Epsom Playhouse 

On Friday, 19th January, the Playhouse plays host to the world famous Band of the Coldstream Guards direct from Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

The band is the oldest attested military band in the country dating back to May 1785. Today it is arguably one of the best Armed Forces Military Bands in the world. Recent duties have seen the band taking centre stage on Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral Procession in London and King Charles III’s Coronation.

For more details and booking go to: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/band-coldstream-guards

Cash in the Wardrobe

Cash in the Wardrobe at Bourne Hall Ewell is for anyone wanting to sell pre-loved, second hand, vintage or even new clothes from their wardrobe. The next one is taking place on Saturday, 20th January.

For more details go here.

Sam Avery – How Not To Be a Terrible Parent at Epsom Playhouse 

 

How Not To Be a Terrible Parent is the hilarious new stand-up show from award-winning comedian and best-selling author Sam Avery. It’s coming to Epsom Playhouse on Saturday, 20th January (8pm).

This is a show for anyone who’s ever:

● Stolen chocolate from a minor
● Wished their kid had a mute button
● Treated a trip to the toilet as a mini spa weekend

Over 16s only. For more information and booking go to: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/sam-avery-how-not-be-terrible-parent-myers-studio

Ginistry Quiz Night 

The Ginistry Quiz Night is back on Thursday, 25th January (from 6pm). This is a free event with a £30 voucher to use at the bar for the winning team!

Book now via this link in up to groups of 6 (maximum). Name yourselves after your favourite bottle of wine.

Funkytown 70s Disco Night at The Horton  

 

Turn your back on chilly January and turn up the heat for a full-on, all-out 70s party night on Friday, 26th January (7.45pm).

Join DJ Kobbie on a trip to Funkytown, playing the best tracks from the 1970s for a night of disco dancing in The Horton’s atmospheric Performance Space. Grab those flares and sequins and get into the groove….dressing up tickets are cheaper!

For more details and booking, go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/funkytown-70s-disco-night-at-the-horton/

Comedy Club at Epsom Playhouse

The Comedy Club is one of the most recognised and respected names in the comedy industry and over the years have worked across the UK and abroad with the best of the best.  They have hand-picked some of their favourite five-star laughter-makers in the UK and brought them together for you in one full show, which is appearing at Epsom Playhouse on Friday, 26th January (7.30pm).

Be prepared, get buckled up and get ready for one of the funniest nights of your life! We will bring 4 top comedians right to your doorstep here in Epsom. Let’s have a night of pure comedy and non-stop laughs.

For more details and booking go to: https://www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk/shows/comedy-club-jan-2024-0 

 

Short Stories Tall Tales at The Horton 

The Horton is delighted to be welcoming back Short Stories Tall Tales in 2024. These imaginative 45-minute storytelling sessions are a great way to introduce your little ones to live performance. The first one –  🎪 The Big Top – is on Friday, 26th January (11.30am and 1.30pm).

For more details and booking go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/short-stories-tall-tales-the-big-top-2/

Brandy Alexander Day at Be at One Epsom 

Celebrate National Brandy Alexander Day on Wednesday, January 31st at Be at One Epsom. Join them for a night of indulgence with £6 Brandy Alexander’s all night long. Sip on this classic blend of brandy, dark cacao, and cream – the perfect way to kick off the year in style!

Coming up

Poetry Workshop with Liz Ison 

Join Liz Ison to learn about the transformative power of poetry. Liz will be holding her free poetry workshop at Epsom Library on Tuesday, 6th February at 11am.

To book your place sign up at the desk or email: epsom.library@surreycc.gov.uk

Epsom and Ewell’s Mayoress Afternoon Tea

You are warmly invited to join Epsom and Ewell’s Mayoress, Ms Thomasina Tanner, for Afternoon Tea on Wednesday, 7th February (3-5pm).
At The Rubbing House, Langley Vale Road, Epsom Downs, KT18 5LJ

Tickets are £28 (with a glass of Prosecco) with all proceeds go to the Mayor’s charities. To book please email Barbara Lewis at: barbaralewis21427@gmail.com 

Have a great month and see you for the February Lowdown ❤️

Fran x

 
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Francesca De Franco
I’m Fran a Londoner living in Surrey with my great husband and our three lovely children. My eldest daughter is 15 and my twin daughters are aged 12.

I'm a freelance PR consultant and also run The Parent Social blog where I write about the activities we do, the places that we visit, the games that we play as well as all the every day parenting (and some non-parenting) stuff in between. I also have a wine and food PR consultancy and blog - https://www.vinocibo.co.uk/

My love for communicating and writing, mirrors my passion for trying to be the best mum I can be. Interests include good food and wine, Italian culture, football and personal finance.

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