College Ward Residents Association

Residents with no political hue working for you

Alexandra Recreation Ground Re-surfaced Tennis & Basketball Courts

The College Residents Association Group are delighted with the tennis and basketball court maintenance re-surfacing work at Alexandra Recreation Ground – The Residents Association led council has a planned ongoing maintenance and repair programme for its sports facilities within its capital projects, as well as other funding bids in place for our borough tennis courts, where tennis is free for all borough residents.

For example, the tennis courts in Auriol Park were resurfaced and reinstated in 2014 and those at Court Recreation Ground in 2015. The Alexandra Recreation tennis courts were scheduled for repairs in 2017 and all of our local residents have the opportunity to utilise free tennis at Alexandra Recreation Ground, or at any of our other borough tennis courts within Epsom & Ewell.

Actively supporting ‘recreation for all’, highlighted by the recent successes at the Surrey Youth Games, the Residents Association led council has successfully made three funding bids to ‘Inspired Facilities’ and upgraded Court Recreation Ground Astro pitch in 2013, refurbished the changing rooms in Gibraltar Recreation Ground Pavilion in 2013 and installed a new Skate Park facility in Long Grove Park in 2014. Lastly, following two successful bids to Surrey County Council’s Community Improvement Fund, the Residents Association have installed a new skate park facility in Cox Lane in 2013 and upgraded and extended the playground in Gatley Avenue in 2016.

The College Residents Association Group believe this is an excellent record of improving local sports facilities for our residents, especially at a time of constraint on local authority grant funding.

Epsom St Helier University Trust Public Meeting on Monday 18th September

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council will be hosting a meeting with Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive of the Epsom St Helier University Trust. This will let residents know the proposed plans for the future of these hospitals for the period 2020-2030. Those residents that have an interest in Epsom Hospital staying here are welcome to attend this meeting. The venue is Bourne Hall, Ewell Village. Starting prompt at 7pm, Monday 18th September.

If you have any questions about this meeting you are welcome to email us: info@collegeward.org

Epsom Trainers’ Open Day

Monday 28th August is Epsom Trainers’ Open Day: An action packed day of racing with free family entertainment, from zip wires to face painters. See epsomdowns.co.uk for more information.

Epsom Derby Festival Week

From Friday 26 May to 3rd June, the Derby Festival Week has lots of interesting events around the borough, including: a traditional Derby Sunday Market in the Marketplace, children’s craft activities, fashion shows, history walks, screening of the classic 1952 Derby Day film, a free concert and shop window competition.

Full details: http://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/visitors/whats-on/event/epsom-derby-festival-week

Event timetable: http://insight.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/assets/1/epsom_derby_timetable_leaflet_2017.pdf

2017 AGM Report

College Ward Residents Association held its AGM on Wednesday 1st March 2017 at the Downs View Suite, Duchess Stand. The speaker, Jim Boyle BVSc, MRCVS, Trainer at South Hatch Stables in Burgh Heath Road delivered a most interesting talk on the History of Racehorse Training In Epsom.

Epsom first sprang to prominence in 1618 when Henry Wicker, a grazier, discovered the “purgative” qualities, on both humans and animals, of the local saline well water which contained magnesium sulphate – now commonly known as Epsom Salts. People subsequently flocked to Epsom as a spa destination to take the water and its popularity grew.

Numerous attractions were needed to entertain the visitors and, as part of the amusements provided for them, the town consequently developed a close and long lasting link to horse racing. Due to its close proximity to London, and the free draining quality of the rolling Epsom Downs, it was particularly suited to the training and racing of horses.