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Have you say about Epsom & St. Helier Hospitals 

A very important meeting will take place on Saturday 19th March in the Conference Room 1 at Epsom General Hospital from 2 – 4 p.m.  Come and have your say about options for our hospital buildings.  Very important decisions are being made that could affect your future healthcare.  On site parking free for those attending.   This is your opportunity to have your say.  Don’t let it slip by!

2016 Car Boot Sales

On Sunday, 13th March, our Charity Car Boot Sales generously supported by AutoTest in Ruxley Lane, Ewell and held at Epsom General Hospital, Dorking Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT18 7EG got off to a good start.  It was dry but at times bitterly cold.   Sellers were pleased with their sales at the end of the morning.   Income from cars taking space as well as goods sold on our own table all go towards the purchase of medical equipment for Epsom General Hospital.  Paul did quite a trade in food and hot drinks with people queuing for bacon rolls, sausage, hot dogs and egg rolls along with hot drinks.   Once tasted they are so delicious.   Our target is £54,000 for a vascular and stroke scanner at Epsom General Hospital, followed by a microscope for ENT Outpatients costing £9,000.

Sellers for our Car Boot Sales are welcome from 8 a.m.  Buyers 9 a.m. and the sale goes on until  12:30 p.m.  Start sorting out your house now and come along to sell it to make some money for yourself.  Cars £10,  Small Vans, MPV and 4WD £12,  Trailers £3 extra.  Larger vans from £15.  Refreshments available.

Our dates for 2016 are: Sunday, 3rd and 17th April, 1st, 15th and 29th May, 5th & 19th June,  3rd & 17th July,  7th & 28th August, 11th & 25th September,  9th & 23rd October.

Come rain or shine, we will be there, will you?  Your support and attendance can make all the different and could help you or your family with the equipment we purchase.
EMEF Barn Dance

Tickets are going fast for our annual Barn Dance which is to be held on Saturday, 16th April from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Ewell Castle School, Church Lane, Ewell.  Dancing to the Hogsmill Group with Caller Veronica.  Tickets £18 each to include Fish and chip supper.  Tickets available from Bess Harding 010 8337 8181.  A lot of fun is had at this event and it is well supported.  Bring your own drink, glass and nibbles.

Epsom Light Opera Company

All aboard the high seas with the Epsom Light Opera Company as it proudly performs Gilbert and Sullivan’s sparkling nautical comic operetta HMS Pinafore at the Epsom  Playhouse on 12th – 16th April, a satirical tale of forbidden love and shocking revelations. HMS Pinafore remains one of the most popular and well-known of Gilbert and Sullivan’s great comic creations and overflows with Gilbert’s wittiest characters and Sullivan’s most memorable music. HMS Pinafore is a riot of all-singing all-dancing nonsense…book your tickets today!


ELOC will be singing at the Ashley Shopping Centre at 11 a.m. on Saturday, 2nd April and at Sainsbury’s Kiln Lane at 11 a.m. on Saturday, 9th April to raise money for Epsom Medical Equipment Fund.   If you can spare an hour to come and help us collect, this would be appreciated.


For information about the society or the show, visit For tickets via cheque, please email, alternatively you can call the playhouse directly on 01372 742555.


Epsom Medical Equipment Fund has been invited to have a collection in the interval.  Can you spare an hour to do this on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday matinee and evening on 12th – 16th April?  Please contact Bess Harding 020 8337 8181

Round the Borough Bike Ride

Epsom Medical Equipment Fund is seeking participants to take part in the Round the Borough Bike Ride on Sunday, 15th May.   Participants will be required to find sponsors for this event which will go towards the purchase of medical equipment for Epsom General Hospital.  Please book your place early by contacting Bess Harding on 020 8337 8181.  There will also be a hike round the borough for those interested later in the year.


If you are planning on visiting Brazil for a holiday research everything very thoroughly before you book or go. Having just returned just let me tell you a few things.   Cruising in Brazilian Waters or Ports incurs a 25% surcharge on any goods purchased on board ship.  The solution don’t buy anything at this time.  When reaching the port the Brazilian authorities there had to arrange the shuttle buses even if the terminal was a short distance away.  We were looking forward to our first port but after waiting two hours for our ticket to be called – we were 14 but someone who had a seven got fed up with waiting and gave us a 7 ticket.  Coach into town where we were told only go to the indoor market – a multi-storey car park with individual little shops where it would be safe – was closing down as we arrived. Just over an hour spent on shore.  The beautiful buildings we had wanted to see nearby were unsafe to visit as no security or police are on duty on a Sunday and mugging is rife.  The nice thing was we all received a lovely large shopping bag and straw sun hat at the terminal before we went into town – things were looking up.  Warnings were issued before we went ashore at every port to say keep in groups, do not wear anything valuable or take much money with you;  leave watches and cameras behind  What do you take a camera for!!!   A few passengers got mugged.  One tour at another port was one traffic jam after another and thick electricity cables so we did not know what we were looking at.  El Salvador was nice and we saw the start of a street carnival which certainly got you in the dancing mood.   Rio was yet to come – wow were we looking forward to that until we were told it was not a street carnival but rather a procession moving through three football stadiums with a road through it.  That was not so bad until we were told the price of tickets £500 per person.  We were told that taxi drivers had some tickets for sale at $90 but would they be accepted?   The few floats we saw looked marvellous.   The performance lasts two hours for each group (Samba School) with a 30 minute break for clean up until the next one.   Maybe they saw 4 shows arriving back at the ship at around 7 a.m. due to congested roads.   One group’s coach driver could not find the stadium and they did not arrive until 11 p.m. at night for the carnival.  The traffic jams when we went to Christ the Redeemer were terrible and we could not see Cocobana Beach as the roads were closed but the Redeemer was awesome as was Sugar Loaf Mountain – we went along Cocobana Beach on the way back. Will Brazil be ready for the Olympics and will visitors be faced with a tax on entry? The two Uruguay ports made us so welcome and the sightseeing tours were terrific.  Buenos Aires people were friendly although they did not speak English but then we are bad we do not speak Spanish.  They tried to help us but it was nice wandering around and then finding the Tourist Bus the following day for a 4 hour tour around the city.  We had the dreaded mosquito to deal with so take long sleeves and trousers although I must admit we did not see many mosquitos – maybe the deterrent kept them off.  Don’t get pregnant if you visit as the mosquitos are spreading a virus which affects unborn babies.   It was not what we expected but you change your ideas and ensure you enjoy your trip and holiday.
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