News from your Mayor, Councillor Neil Dallen July 2018
News from your Mayor Councillor Neil Dallen
One month in and it has been a fantastic and busy four weeks. Invitations have covered a wide variety of events and happenings. Some of the more prestigious events were Epsom College Founders Day, Breakfast with the Stars (Racing owners, trainers and jockeys in the Duchess’s Stand), The Derby, The Queen’s Garden Party, and drinks on the terrace of the House of Commons.
There were some more formal events including raising the Suffragette flag, four civic services (including my own), opening the Employment Fair and The City of Sanctuary award to Mikey and Carmen at Zig Zag café.
Organisations visited include Epsom Camera Club for their exhibition (very high standard!), Epsom Bowls Club for their open day, Seeability at the start of their collection day, Epsom Primary School for their aspirations day, Appleby House during Dementia week and launch of purple angels, Ruxley Church to start their sponsored walk, Epsom Symphony Orchestra playing at the Playhouse (the International pianist was out of this world!), BANOS version of Oliver played at the Playhouse and a visit to Bentley Copse scout camp site for the County Scouts garden party,
I was visited by Epsom Primary School and chaired a mock Council meeting where the Motion to give teachers a pay rise was narrowly defeated!
On the social side we were welcomed by the Surrey Mayors’ Association, visited Loseley Hall with other Mayors and helped Peacock Solicitors celebrate their first year in Epsom!
Alongside all the invitations, the charity committee has also been busy and organised a Curry night at the Blue Mint, arranged collections, run a Race Night and manned a variety of stalls during Derby week. This has given a really good start to the Mayors’ Charities both in fund raising and raising the profile of the three charities which are -
Girlguiding UK, specifically for projects in the Borough to improve facilities for not only Girlguiding but other youths including Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.
Talking Newspaper based at Swail House and providing a ‘lifeline’ service to those who are blind or partially-sighted.
Work Stress Solutions (WSS) who support a wide range of disadvantaged people, young and old, by improving their self-esteem, providing training and offering volunteering or employment opportunities both within and outside their organisation.
Future events include garden parties, a golf day, a quiz night and a Ball. I am sure that there will be many more and hope that you are able to join us and have some fun while helping to raise funds for my charities. For more information see e-Borough Insight and/or go to www.mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk.
Among all the above activities and events I have met weekly with Revd. Gill Long, my Chaplain and she has been a great strength and support to me during this first hectic month!
I am passionate about our community and if my presence could support your organisation’s objectives I am happy to take part by giving short talks, presenting certificates, starting or opening an event or simply supporting whatever you are doing.
If you would like me to take part, please get in touch with the Mayors’ office at the town hall, email .
Our new Mayor - Councillor Neil Dallen
I am deeply honoured to have been chosen as Mayor of Epsom and Ewell for the year and am grateful to EMC for their support and encouragement. I’m looking forward to meeting as many of you as I can whilst fulfilling my mayoral duties.
Revd. Gill Long, who many of you will know, has agreed to be my Chaplain for the year. She is just realising what a commitment she has taken on!
I am passionate about our community and if my presence could support your organisation’s objectives, I am happy to take part by giving short talks, presenting certificates, starting or opening an event or simply supporting whatever you are doing.
Please get in touch with the Mayor’s office at the town hall. email: .
As Mayor I believe that I have two main duties:
firstly, to support as much community activity as possible, visiting clubs, schools, homes and anywhere else that will have me,
secondly, to support my three chosen charities, giving them opportunities to raise much needed funds and also to help them raise their profile.
All three charities have a strong presence within the borough, they are:
· Girlguiding UK, specifically for projects in the Borough to improve facilities for not only Girlguiding but other youth including Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.
· Talking Newspaper based at Swail House and providing a ‘lifeline’ service to those who are blind or partially sighted.
· Work Stress Solutions (WSS) who support a wide range of disadvantaged people, young and old, by improving their self-esteem, providing training and offering volunteering or employment opportunities both within and outside their organisation.
We have already organised a number of fund raising events and hopefully everyone will be able to come along and enjoy at least one of these. For more information see e-Borough Insight and/or go to www.mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk.
" width="226" height="405" />One amusing item my charity committee suggested to do was to revive the practice of ‘weighing in’ the Mayor and holding a sweepstake to see how much weight I either lost or gained during my mayoral year. The weighing in has taken place up at the racecourse, with thanks to the Jockey Club and What’s on in Epsom who helped organised it. The picture shows the event!
Another event that I would like you to support is a garden party at Geoff Morris’s house, 28 Dorking Road on Saturday 7th July from 2-4pm. Admission is free and it is a great opportunity to look round one of the best kept gardens in the borough and enjoy a cream tea while sitting in the sun!
My theme for the year is hope and I aim to give hope to many youth and disadvantaged individuals and organisations in the borough during my year.
Ths sound file of the thanksgiving service for Brian Nixon, held at EMC on April 12, 2018. can be listened to, by clicking the green square below, or downloaded, by clicking the green circle below left
12th April 2018 2.30pm Thanksgiving service for the life of Brian Nixon Rev Dr Mark Wakelin
What an exciting and inspiring day we had at Ignite. With about eighty people attending, there was a wonderful sense of fellowship and being together, whether in the meetings, or chatting over lunch. As was said in the feedback: ‘It was just great seeing the congregations meeting together.’ ‘When can we do this again?’
Our speaker, Rev Dr Martyn Atkins, gave us three talks, leading us through the great Commission and onto the ways in which the face of mission has changed drastically in the UK over the last 40 years and how, therefore, as God’s people, the church must respond. One word that I am sure we will all have taken away with us is the word ‘Go’. ‘Go and make disciples of all peoples’. In this day and age, we can no longer expect people to come to us. God started his rescue mission when he sent Jesus and the sending has been going on ever since, but we do not go alone; it is a com-mission, ‘I am with you always.’ (Matt 28) He gives us His Holy Spirit to help, guide and empower, which both challenges and encourages us. We were reminded that it is what people see in us, not just what we say that counts. We must be vulnerable, honest, and real with them, not implying that we have readily available answers to dispense, but befriending, caring and working alongside, becoming a servant community. But also, when in this day and age so many seek after mystical or spiritual experiences, perhaps it is time to rekindle that flame of authentic mysticism in our Christian faith, that wonder of an all-powerful, all-loving God, that working of His Spirit that we can neither explain, predict, nor control.
What else can I say? We had two wonderful times of worship, which were described as ‘inspirational’, ‘refreshing’, ‘uplifting’, ‘empowering’, as we sensed God drawing us closer to Himself.
Were there things we could have done better? Of course, such as warning about parking, giving out notes for the talks, and having a cup of tea earlier in the afternoon!!
Will we do it again? I am sure we will.
Will we take what we have heard this time and allow God to direct us in His mission here in Epsom? Let us pray that as His people here at EMC, we will.
Maybe everything is best summed up by two comments from the feedback sheets:
‘It is not about coming in and getting comfortable. It’s about going out and being uncomfortable for Jesus.’
‘Now all we have to do is respond to God’s mission and let Him make the difference.’
Thank you to all who came and made it a great day.