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THE MARCH LOWDOWN…

Posted by Francesca De Franco on 01 Mar 2023

Despite the chilly weather (more about that below) there are signs that spring is around the corner.

There’s plenty going on in March from Mother’s Day and International Women’s Day events to workshops, immersive story experiences and even snail races!

Here’s your round up…

Warm Wednesdays x Surrey County Council  

On March 1st, Warm Wednesdays (at Epsom Methodist Church) will host staff from Surrey County Council who will be providing advice on how to make your home more energy efficient. They will also have some free products to hand out that will help you keep your home warm.

So come along to Warm Wednesdays from 12 noon to find out what advice they have to offer (and enjoy a free bowl of soup and a roll while you are there).

Fire / Lego Walk 

The Children’s Trust has teamed up with UK Firewalk to coach you across 15 feet of hot coals on Thursday 2nd March!  This is the ultimate fundraiser where attendees are pushed to their limits to raise funds for The Children’s Trust.  Alternatively for children they can push themselves by carrying out a Lego walk!  Find out more info and other fundraising events for this fabulous charity here.

The Parenting Puzzle Workshops

The Parenting Puzzle Workshops run by Home-Start Epsom, Ewell and Banstead are taking place weekly on Thursdays throughout March (2nd of March to 23 of March – 4 Sessions) at 9.45am-11.45am at Epsom Family Centre. These sessions provide useful information for parents and carers.

Email Lesley.Lane@hseeb.org.uk

Pink Floyd at The Epsom Playhouse 

Friday 3rd March, celebrating 50 years since the release of their iconic album The Dark Side of The Moon, UK Pink Floyd Experience recreate the sights and sounds of the legendary band in concert.  Find out more about tickets and other shows in March including The Bowie Experience, Legally Blonde and more here.

Artisan Market

Visit the Artisan Market in The Grove in Ewell Village Saturday 4th March for stalls with local makers, artists and artisans. Expect: Homeware gifts, Local artist, Gardening & Accessories, Honey & Beeswax products, Perfumes, Textile artist, Jams and preserves, Cushions, Local glass maker, Ladies clothing, Dog leads, food and accessories, Natural Skincare products Candles and melts, Handmade gifts, Bakery, Children’s play kits, Colourful kids wear, Usborne books, Alcohol ink art and portraits.

Houseplant Day at Ashtead Park Garden Centre

On Sunday, 5th March, Ashtead Park Garden Centre is holding a Houseplant Day. Its FREE talk on orchid care starts at 11am and will be followed by the chance to ask advice on your own orchid (or have it repotted – £3 or free when you buy a pot and potting mix).

Go here for more details; the Facebook event page is here.

This will be followed by two Terrarium workshops in the afternoon where you can create your very own living artwork under the expert guidance of Manos Kanellos. Everything you need is provided and there is even tea/coffee and cake included!

Book now for the 1.30pm or 3pm workshops: https://www.ashteadpark.com/webshop/events/14/terrarium-workshop-march-2023

FB event page: https://fb.me/e/3Vp10uMyN

Mary Frances Trust – A Mug of Mindfulness

 

Take some time for yourself and learn the practice of mindful meditation and mindfulness with Mary Frances Trust’s online sessions, which start on Monday, 6th March and run weekly on Mondays, 4pm-5pm.

More details above and booking information on the website: https://www.maryfrancestrust.org.uk/how-we-help/activities-courses-and-groups/  

Pandas Epsom & Ewell 

The next Pandas Epsom & Ewell session is on Monday, 6th March (9.30am-11am). If you are needing support with postnatal depression or low mood then come and join this peer support group and chat to others going through similar experiences.

They have a little play area for babies as well as great coffee, breakfast or brunch to purchase from the cafe.

For more information go to their Facebook page or visit: https://www.pandasfoundation.org.uk/

Ebbisham Sports Club – International Women’s Day Social Doubles

It’s International Women’s Day on Wednesday, 8th March and Ebbisham Sports Club is marking this special day by hosting a Women’s Social Doubles Rackets event from 11.30am-1.30pm.

This social and friendly event is FREE and is suitable for women of all abilities. Attendees will get the opportunity to play doubles games of a variety of sports including badminton, squash, racketball, tennis, touch tennis, table tennis and pickleball.

After the sport, participants are welcome to enjoy FREE tea, coffee, and cake in the club lounge. In addition, a charity raffle will be held in aid of Ebbisham’s Club Charity 2023 EPSOM & EWELL FOODBANK.

In previous years, this event has been a huge success with over 35 women attending. It would be fantastic if the local community can get behind this event and encourage friends, family, and colleagues to get involved.

For more information or to register your interest please email: jo.robinson123@btinternet.com

Short Stories Tall Tales @ The Horton

Short Stories Tall Tales will be at The Horton in March to put on their first live, sensory first-theatre experience in a series of upcoming shows.

Immerse your little ones’ imaginations through live performance, projection, fully interactive role-play, props, music and creative drama.

The first show, The Big Top, will be on Friday, 10th March with two performances taking place at 11:30am and 1:30pm.

This is a 45 minute show suitable for 0-5 year olds. For more details and booking visit: https://thehortonepsom.org/events/short-stories-tall-tales-the-big-top/

Bar Nights at The Horton 

The next Bar Night at The Horton is on Friday, 10th March (free entry). Its atmospheric fully-licensed bar has a great vibe for friends or colleagues who love to chat with great background music and no TV. They serve everything from Prosecco to draught beer, great coffee and a wide selection of soft drinks. Bar snacks and sharing plates are also available early evening.

The bar will open at 6.30pm but large groups wishing to start earlier should get in touch as they may be able to accommodate an earlier table booking.

Join the Roman Army at Bourne Hall Kids Club 

Romans

The Legions of Rome march into Ewell (Bourne Hall) on Saturday, March 11th (1pm-2.30pm) enforcing the rule of the Empire. Discover what it was like to be a Roman soldier having to serve for 25 years before receiving your generous pension — if you survived! But you would get the best medical attention.

Discover what the army’s doctors could do and the skills of the engineers building bridges and roads. Learn about the weapons and tactics that made the Legions so effective and so feared. Enjoy listening to tales from a legionary of how he trained and fought, and see all his armour and equipment.

Cost: £5 per child. Contact David Brooks on 020 8394 1734/dbrooks@epsom-ewell.gov.uk for more details and booking.

Ashtead Snail Race 

Get your tickets to the Ashtead Snail Race on Saturday, 11th March. It’s set to be a fantastic family night of fun and cheer (with a lovely meal included too). Proceeds will be going to the Scouts Kandersteg Switzerland expedition this August.

If you can’t make it, please share with your friends and family to help support their fundraising. Contact Chris Lazenby for tickets, runner sponsorship & further details at: kix23snailraces@gmail.com Visit their Facebook page for further details.

Art & Design Market at Bourne Hall

Pop along to Bourne Hall’s Art & Design Market on Saturday, 11th March (10am to 3pm) for a great selection of art and design-led crafts from local artists and makers.

Surrey Hills Hike for The Children’s Trust, Tadworth 

Join the Surrey Hills Hike (sponsored walk) on Sunday, March 12th. The hike starts and finishes at The Children’s Trust, Tadworth and all proceeds will help raise vital funds for children with brain injury.

It’s £10 for an adult and £5 for a child and there’s a new accessible 1K Your Way route, which wheelchairs and buggies can use. You can find out more and buy tickets here: https://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/surreyhillshike

Mary Frances Trust Art Exhibition 

The Mary Frances Trust is holding its Unique Hope Exhibition at the The Horton, Epsom from Tuesday, 14th- Tuesday, 28th March as part of its Hope project funded by Surrey County Council.

Each painting, photograph, mosaic or poem is unique and created by its clients or local residents, who have expressed what HOPE means to them.

Entry is free. For more details go to: https://www.maryfrancestrust.org.uk/ 

SEND Coffee Morning 

Home-Start Epsom, Ewell and Banstead runs free monthly coffee mornings for families of children with additional needs. The next one is on Wednesday, 15th March (9.30am-11am) at the Epsom Family Centre on Pound Lane.

Call or WhatsApp on the numbers above if you’re interested in attending. Visit their Facebook page for further details.

Beginners Pastel Nagomi Art Workshop at The Horton 


The Horton is offering a beginners Pastel Nagomi Art Workshop on Thursday, 16th March  (11.00am – 12:15pm). This is an experiential session for anyone looking to get a taster for Pastel Nagomi Art and come away with the basic skills and techniques – as well as your own beautiful art pieces.

Participants will be guided through the workshop by artist Cherie Crafty (@cherie_crafty) who is a certified Pastel Nagomi Art advanced instructor.

For more information and booking go to: https://thehortonepsom.org/whats-on/

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. It’s held every third Saturday of the month with the next one being on Saturday, March 18th (9am-3pm).

Entry is free, and you can expect to find clothing, shoes, bags, belts, hats, accessories and jewellery.

Stalls cost just £12 and include a table and a clothes rail which will be already set up on arrival for you. For more info email: DBrown@epsom-ewell.gov.uk

Baby Boppers by Bella & Boo x The Modern Fatherhood Club

Baby Boppers by Bella & Boos special event with The Modern Fatherhood Club is now LIVE!

Do you find it hard to spend quality time with your little one during the week? Mother’s Day is in a few weeks time, so why not treat mum to a couple of hours off while having fun and bonding with your baby?

On Saturday, 18th March (10am – 12pm) at The Hamptons (KT4 8AS) you can bring your little one along to a baby class and meet other local dads, make a beautiful card and keepsake for Mother’s Day and take part in a positivity workshop just for Dads!

What is The Modern Fatherhood Club?
Designed with dad in mind we bring fathers together and create long lasting connections and community.

“Fathers need support. The Modern Fatherhood Club exists to advance the fatherhood agenda, we exist to tackle the issues facing the every day dad”

Coffee, tea and treats will be available from Smokin’ Beantruck Leatherhead.

Mother’s Day Baking Class 

Bake 88 is running a parent and child Mother’s Day Wreath Workshop on Saturday, 18th March (9.30am).

They’ll also be running a Hot Cross Buns workshop in March (TBC). Email Charlotte at bake88@btinternet.com for further details.

Go to: https://www.bake88.co.uk/shop

The Mayor’s Charities Irish Music and Dance Evening

On Saturday, March 18th (7.30pm-11pm), join the Mayor and Mayoress of Epsom and Ewell for a night of Irish Music and Dance to raise money for the Mayor’s chosen charities – Epsom and Ewell Foodbank, Shine Cancer Support, JDRF Diabetes Research, Cardiac Risk in the Young, Epsom Sports Club, Racing Welfare and Bliss. Featuring Irish Dancing displays, Irish music/DJ and a Ceili. There’ll also be a buffet, pay bar and raffle with fantastic prizes.

For more information and to book tickets go to Ticketsource.

Antiques, Collectables & Decorative Arts Market

The antiques and vintage market is held in Epsom’s market place at various dates throughout the year with the next being on Sunday, 19th March (10am – 4pm). This unique market offers up to 40 antique collectables, vintage, retro, bric a brac and vinyl records stalls plus interesting decorative arts.

Go to the website here for more info.

Roll With It Football Coaching – open trials 

Roll With It Football Coaching is looking for players to join its U11 team for the 23/24 season. They are holding free open football trials for current school year 5 players who have experience at playing to add to their existing team.

Positions of interest: Outfield & Goalkeeper

Trial Days: Thursday, March 23rd and 30th (also April, 20th & 27th) at 6.15pm-7.15pm.

Venue: The all weather pitch, The Greville Primary School, Stonny Croft, Ashtead, KT21 1SH

Your child will develop & grow from:

-Professional UEFA & FA qualified coaching staff that have worked at Foundation & Academy level

– High level outfield & goalkeeper coaching sessions (1 per week)

– Competitive matches on Saturday mornings

– Player development plans

– Parent & player workshops

To register please go here: https://roll-with-it-football.class4kids.co.uk/info/88 

Ambition Dance Company – Easter Egg Hunt

Ambition Dance Company is holding an interactive Easter egg hunt on Saturday, 25th March (11.30am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 3.30pm) in  Epsom Square. More details above.

Surrey County Council’s Big Court Quiz 

On Saturday, 25th March (12-2.30pm) at Blenheim High School, Surrey County Council invites you to prove how much you know about your local area in its Big Court Quiz.

This free fun-filled family event features A Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Quiz with multiple choice questions about your local area. The three teams with the most points at the end of the session will be leaving with prizes in hand!

On the day, other than the fun quiz, there’s free food and refreshments, free activities, free games (including an online escape room!) and a chance to have a say in your local community by talking to local area and SCC experts about what you love, and what you’d love to change about your local area.

Don’t want to take part in the quiz? No problem, you can still get to enjoy free refreshments, other free activities and games, and a chat with the experts and your fellow residents too.

More info and register here.

Beyond the Book club

Beyond the Book club is for children aged 8-12 and is held monthly on a Saturday afternoon at Stoneleigh Community Library (usually 3pm-4pm). New members welcome, it is a free activity. Next club meet is Saturday, March 25th.

Please email stlibraryops@gmail.com if your child would like to join.

Café Church – Merland Rise Church 

The next Merland Rise Café Church is on Sunday, 26th March (6.45pm for 7pm). Join for live music, testimonies and the opportunity to have interesting discussions on a range of topics all in a relaxed café atmosphere.

Go to the website for details on all upcoming events: https://www.merlandrisechurch.org.uk/ 

Alan Wilson Dentistry ‘Invisalign’  open day 

Alan Wilson Dentistry is holding an Invisalign open day on Friday, 31st March where you can save over £900.

It includes many free items including: 3D Smile Simulation Scan, consultation, retainers, teeth whitening (as well as Prosecco and gift bag).
Book your slot now by calling: 01372 417872 or emailing: info@alanwilsondentistry.co.uk

Competition

Epsom Methodist Church – poster competition 


Time to unleash your creative side…  EMC has some VERY exciting prizes for its poster competition for all ages!

What does Warm Wednesdays mean to you?

See the age categories above. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 15th. Visit their Facebook page for further details: https://www.facebook.com/emcfamilies/ 

Save the date

The Modern Fatherhood Club – Career Mum Session 

Are you a career mum looking to return to work after having a baby? Or a partner looking to support your partner’s return to work? Then this workshop on Thursday, 13th April (from 8.15pm) is for you.

As the husband to a career mum, I know first-hand the challenges that modern mums face when returning to work after having a baby. That’s why I’m excited to announce our upcoming workshop that is designed to help both mum and dad navigate the last days of maternity leave and beyond!

Join me for an interactive, totally free session where we’ll discuss the challenges facing modern mums in returning to work and how the dads can play a key role in supporting you. This interactive and inclusive session is designed to get you talking about the obstacles you, as a modern mum will face or are facing right now.

You’ll talk about the impact the return to work can have on you, your kids and your partner and also talk how communication during this crucial time is important for both you and him. Join The Modern Fatherhood Club as it tackles this often ignored topic.

Location: The Rising Sun

For more information and to sign up visit: https://www.themodernfatherhoodclub.com/workshopsandkeynotes

Epsom Allsorts Ladies Running Club annual Hogsmill 5

The ever-popular annual ladies race is back on Sunday, May 14th. With no cut-off time it’s the perfect target for absolute beginners and enjoyed by established runners too. All abilities are welcome (minimum age for the main race is 16).

The race is mostly flat with the start and finish at the Harrier Centre athletics track in West Ewell and explores the picturesque parkland in the Hogsmill Local Nature Reserve.

There are also children’s races over various distances on the athletics track before the main event.

The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity as their Charity of the Year.

Early bird entries are £16 with UK Athletics affiliated runners and £18 non-affiliated until 28th February. The closing date for entries is Thursday 11 May 2023.

Sign up now at: www.hogsmill5.com

Surrey Police Open Day 


The Surrey Police Open Day, which was due to take place in September last year, has been rescheduled to Sunday, 23rd April. Join them at their HQ in Guildford for an action-packed day for all the family!

There’ll be dog trials, live demos an insight into teams across the Force and of course lots of vehicles on display too.

The event is free but you will need to register for tickets, so keep an eye out for their release in the coming weeks (if you were a September ticket holder, you will be emailed in the next week with early access to tickets before they are released publicly).

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SurreyPolice

Community

Ashtead Rotary Village Day – volunteers needed

Ashtead Rotary Village Day is back on Saturday, 10th June and they are looking for some volunteers to offer an hour of their time to help on the day. If you would like to be part of this event, please get in touch now so they can keep you updated. Email ashteadrotary@gmail.com for more information and to express your interest.

Ruxley Church – Warm Spaces

It might be getting warmer but if you’re concerned about needing somewhere to keep warm, then why not pop in to the Ruxley warm space between 11.30am and 2.30pm on a Thursday?

You”ll be sure of a warm welcome whether you’re staying at home or working from home.

If you arrive after midday there’s soup and roll available. There’s no charge.

https://www.ruxley-church.org.uk/warmspaces.htm 

Book now!

EzeeSport Easter Holiday Camps are open for Early Bird booking

*Sport Skills
* Dodgeball
*Escape the Island
*Hand hockey
*Crafts
*Capture the Flag
*Archery
*Mini sport matches
*EzeeSport Games
*Non Stop Action guaranteed

EzeeSport Holiday Camps at Leatherhead Cricket Club
Week 1:Monday – Thursday 3 – 6 April
Week 2: Tues 11 April and Thursday 13 April (Run by Caitlin Rosbotham so please book onto Leatherhead week 2 as this is run by the Ashtead Franchise)
9:30am – 3:00pm Nursery to Year 6
Cost: £35 Early Bird offer £32.50 until 26 March

EzeeSport Holiday Camps at Epsom Cricket Club
Monday Wednesday and Thursday 3, 5 and 6 April
9:30am – 3:00pm Nursery to Year 6
Cost: £35 Early Bird offer of £32.50 until 26 March

Bookings: https://ezeesport.com/pages/copy-of-easter-holiday-camps-2023

 

Easter Egg Trail at Rosebery Park


Age Concern Epsom & Ewell is hosting an Easter Egg Trail on Saturday, 1st April be hosting an at Rosebery Park, Epsom
between 10am-12pm for under 12s. Find the clues to reveal the special prize!

All children must be supervised at all times. £3 per entry with a prize for every completed entry card.

Refreshments available. Tickets can be purchased online to secure your place – https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/eastereggtrailatroseberyparkepsom. Alternatively, you can turn up on the day, subject to availability.

 

Star-Tastic Gymnastics and Powerhouse Parkour 

Looking for something fun and active over Easter for the kids? Star-Tastic Gymnastics and Powerhouse Parkour are happy to let you know that bookings are now open for their Gymnastics and Parkour Camps this Easter Holidays. Open to non-members as well as current members of the club, they will be running the following camps:

Rosebery School, Epsom

Monday 3rd April – Gymnastics and Parkour
Tuesday 4th April – Gymnastics and Parkour
Wednesday 5th April – Gymnastics
Thursdays 6th April – Gymnastics
Tuesday 11th April – Gymnastics and Parkour
Wednesday 12th April – Gymnastics
Thursday 13th April – Gymnastics
Friday 14th April – – Gymnastics and Parkour

Camps run from 9am-4pm and cost £42 for the day. The days will be full of lots of gymnastics and parkour fun as well as games and some Easter crafts as well. You can book these camps here: https://bit.ly/EasterParkourandGymnasticsCampsEpsom

They are also running at Tadworth Leisure Centre on the following days:

Monday 3rd April – Gymnastics
Tuesday 4th April – Gymnastics
Tuesday 11th April – Gymnastics

These camps run from 9am-3pm and are £36 for the day. Again the days will be jammed pack with fun, games and gymnastics fun! Bookings for these camps can be made here: https://bit.ly/EasterGymnasticsCampsTadworth

Easter parties from Gymboree 

On Saturday, 1st April Gymboree Play & Music Cheam will be hosting fun packed Easter Parties with a visit from a very special guest 🐰!

Head over to the website gymbo.co.uk to book your tickets now as spaces are limited.

Ebbisham Sports Club – Try-Sport Camp

Ebbisham Sports Club’s Try-Sport Camp is back this Easter on Monday, 3rd April (9am-3.30pm). Book ahead now to avoid disappointment.

Please email: admin@ebbishamsportsclub.com to register your interest.

The Great Easter Grotto Escape at Godstone Farm  

Godstone Farm is introducing its Great Easter Grotto Escape between Saturday, 1st of April and Sunday, 16th April.

Hop into the Easter Grotto with your team and help to save Easter in this immersive Easter experience. This is an optional upgrade, which includes a visit to the Easter Grotto with treats along the way and an exciting visit to the Easter Bunny!

Your visit also includes a day of farmyard fun and additional Easter activities. There’ll be egg and spoon contests, bunny hop sack races and egg-cellent Easter crafts. Have a go at archery and egg rolling competitions and explore the Easter duck trail too. All this plus the interactive animal activities, farm trail, indoor Playbarn and extensive outdoor play areas.

Pre-book your visit (for the best priced tickets and to ensure faster entry into the farm) here.

Hot Cross Bun and Bunnies Holiday Workshop

Join Grow Cook Enjoy for an amazing hot cross bunny workshop (10am- 12.30pm) at Concorde Hall, Epsom.

You’ll make traditional hot cross buns and some fantastic hot cross bunnies! Choose from blueberry and cinnamon, cherry and chocolate chip or traditional flavours.

The workshop is suitable for ages 5-12 years; adults must be present to supervise younger children.

Want to make a day of it? Join the chocolate fun baking class and they will provide lunch!

Further details and booking: https://www.growcookenjoy.co.uk/holiday-workshops

DoReMi with Fi 

Do Re Mi with Fi is aimed at toddlers aged 12 months to 3 years. Classes are on Thursday mornings from 10-10.30am and take place at St. Barnabas church hall, Temple road, Epsom, KT19 8HA.

If you are interested in booking this class, please head to the website and complete the enrolment form and Fiona will be in touch with confirmation of dates and fees payable. Each class is £10 per child and invoiced on a termly basis. If you have any questions email Fiona at doremi@fionawattsmusic.com

Lavender Theatre 

Many of you will be familiar with the Mayfield Lavender Farm in Banstead. You might be less familiar with its sister site in Epsom. This too has beautiful lavender and has recently been renovated to include a lovely cafe and shop, and is soon to house a 250-seat outdoor theatre (with glasshouse restaurant opening this spring).

The opening production will be the rip-roaring Annie Get Your Gun. Find out more and book tickets here: http://lavendertheatre.com/ 

Get involved 

Ring for the King – St Martins Church, Epsom 

On 6th May church bells all round the country will ring out to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III. You could be part of it, heralding the event by taking part in one of the oldest traditions: church bell ringing.

To be part of the celebrations ringing the bells at St Martins Church in Church Street Epsom, it’s time to start learning now. Contact us through Facebook or email us at: info@epsomringing.org.

For more information about church bell ringing at St Martins see our website at: http://www.epsomringing.org

It’s great to learn with friends and family!

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🌼Have a great March and don’t forget the monthly Farmers Market and Ewell Village Artisan Market (more details here).

Fran xx

 
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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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