September 9, 2019

The Green Issue is OUT

It's hot off the press and hitting the high street.

Issue 3 is officially OUT. That’s right, our latest edition has landed and we’ve packed it with inspiring ideas to help improve our environment right here in Epsom & Ewell. We’re big believers in the power of change, so whether you are a seasoned recycler, upcycler or electric bicycler we’ve got you covered in this issue.

What can you expect? We’ve rounded up our picks of easy ways to make a difference, gathered a host of eco-friendly podcasts, books + films for your commutertainment and created a chockablock calendar of ethical events to keep you busy.

In this issue we also explore the Electric Car Revolution with Dan Caesar, the MD of Fully Charged – the World’s No.1 clean energy and electric vehicle consumer channel. Hungry for more? Good news, we sat down for a natter – along with a slice of raw cake – with local hero Danielle Webber, the founder of Ripe + Nine – a local health conscious cake company.

We’re celebrating everything eco and proving to you locals that it IS easy being green. We hope OUT is part of our local environment for years to come but need you to make this happen. Sign up for our newsletter, follow us on Instagram (@onceuponatown_mag), tell your friends and neighbours to do the same and we’ll continue to bring you the best of this fabulous slice of Surrey.

Pick up your copy from one of the local stockists for a dose of all things green and earn yourself some OUT points by passing this magazine on for someone else to enjoy.

Happy reading!

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September 10, 2019

Cakes with a Conscience

We chat to Danielle Webber, founder of raw cake company Ripe + Nine, about building a local business, getting creative in the kitchen and the secret to a perfect Snix.

When and how was Ripe + Nine born?
Back in 2015, when I was 29, I headed to Australia for a month on holiday. My friend and I rented a camper van and explored lots of coffee shops on the long drives. It was there, that I came across the concept of ‘raw cake’. It looked really good and I couldn’t believe it was sugar-free. Once I got home, I started practicing. First, I made a raw banoffee pie and then I continued experimenting with raw versions of classic favourites, whilst also gaining some experience in professional kitchens. Then a year later, I set up the business.

Tell us what goes in to a raw cake?
So as the name suggests, the ingredients aren’t cooked. They are all plant-based, so things like nuts, dried fruit and coconut oil are all mixed together. They are raw, so they retain their nutritional value. All the cakes are gluten free and contain no dairy.

Why is Epsom & Ewell the home of Ripe + Nine?
I was born in Epsom Hospital, so I’m properly local! I built a business here because there are loads of independent businesses around and I love that connection.

How do you find inspiration?
I’m self-taught so I still try lots of things out myself. I also look out for new things when I’m travelling and there are loads of people on Instagram who are real pioneers of raw cake making.

Who can enjoy Ripe + Nine cakes?
It’s a huge misconception that you have to be vegan, gluten-free or have a dietary requirement, but this isn’t true – you just have to want to eat cake! The raw cake industry is still quite new, but people are becoming more interested all the time.

What’s your favourite cake?
Snix. It might not look the most glamorous but it’s so delicious. It’s based on a Snickers: the idea of a chocolate-covered, caramel peanut bar. I use a mixture of oats, dates, cacao powder and of course, peanuts. It’s super simple!

Where do you want to go from here?
I’m currently developing my website, so it’ll be easier to buy products online. You can also buy my cakes in All Things Nice cafe and the Jess and The Beanstalk coffee shop in Epsom, plus my space on Church Street is open to visitors. I also do cakes for special occasions like birthdays and I can cater for events too. Soon I’ll be selling my grawnola (raw granola) as well. I also host workshops for beginners, so you can learn everything I know!

Where do you like to spend a Sunday when hanging local?
I’m always in Fego for breakfast in Banstead, then on to Caballo Lounge for dinner and drinks in the evening.

Faye Hardy

Nathalia Anzola

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September 10, 2019

Surrey Vegan Market

Explore the world of Veganism at Walton-on-Thames' Vegan Fair.

The third Saturday of every month sees Surrey Vegan Market pop up in Walton on Thames. It’s an opportunity to gorge on a plethora of plant-based food, browse the world of botanical beauty and explore free-from fashion.

The line-up for September includes Cocolico Patisserie with one hundred per cent French plant-based pastries, 1111 Good Things with vegan and eco-friendly candles and DoTerra Oils with, you guessed it, an array of essential oils.

Keep your eyes peeled for more traders being announced soon!

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September 10, 2019

Yoga in Ewell Court Park

Yogis and Non-Yogis, this one's for you...

Is there a better way to start your Sunday than by breathing into your downward facing dog in the midst of Mother Nature – we think not…

Set in the surroundings of Ewell Court Park, you can take part in a relaxing and restorative yoga flow this Sunday morning, thanks to the Ewell Court House Open Day.

New to yoga? Don’t worry, this one is open to all levels, so there’s no excuse to not get involved. Get ready to feel zen.

Image via Shutterstock

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September 10, 2019

The Great British Beach Clean

Volunteer your time and help clean up our coastline!

There’ll be no soggy bottoms here – well only if you take a dip whilst you’re at it – instead we’re talking washed up wet wipes and all that junk! The Great British Beach Clean is returning to tackle the plastic pollution along the coast of Eastbourne, Brighton and the rest of the South coast.

To check local dates, register your interest and find out what’s involved click here.

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September 10, 2019

Ewell Court House Opens its Doors

Spend this Sunday celebrating the local heritage and history of Ewell Court House.

As part of the National Trust’s Heritage Open Days, Ewell Court House are welcoming neighbours and locals to spend a Sunday exploring the surroundings.

Not only will the doors to the historic Ewell Court House be open for all to have a peak inside, but there will also be a library book sale to peruse and an audience with Queen Victoria that can be attended.

In true Ewell Court style, there will be tea, coffee and cakes provided by the Ewell Court Women’s Institute. So, if that doesn’t persuade you, we don’t know what will…

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September 10, 2019

Competition: WIN a HULKI

Fancy treating to the kids to one of these planet friendly playhouses?

Gone are the days of clunky plastic playthings and a living room that’s drowning in wasteful clutter. HULKI have designed planet friendly playhouses, made from ultra-strong cardboard that can be recycled when all the fun is over.

What’s more we’ve got five of these sustainable adventure houses to giveaway! All you need to do is sign up to our weekly newsletter. Yep, it’s that easy. The next lot of locals that add their name to the OUT WEEKLY list will automatically be in with the chance of winning. Sign yourself up now. Already signed up? We suggest getting your family, friends + neighbours in on the action too…the more the merrier!

Good Luck.

Competition closes Wednesday 25 September. All individuals signed up to weekly newsletter between 00:00 on Monday 9 September and 23:59 on Wednesday 25 September will be automatically entered. UK only. Sorry, no cash alternative. Winners will be selected at random and contacted within 5 days of the give-away. Competition is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with HULKI. Decisions of the promoter are final.

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September 10, 2019

Pick Your Own at Garsons

Root veg, leafy greens and the last of the summer berries are waiting to be picked.

‘Tis the season of sugar snap peas, sweetcorn and squash – hurrah! So let’s celebrate by getting back to nature and picking our own fresh fruits and veggies at Garsons.

All in all, Garsons grows over 30 different crops so we can take our pick of fresh fruits and seasonal vegetables. There’s only two months left to satisfy your picking fix, so hurry there quick!

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September 9, 2019

The Green Pages

We've done the hard work for you and rounded up our picks of easy ways for you to make a difference with minimal disruption and maximum impact.

We know, believe us, that there are a million things to think about, worry over and obsess about in your everyday life without adding in a heap of other issues for you to feel guilty about. But we also know that we are increasingly adding climate change, plastic proliferation and what type of planet we are handing down to our kids to the list that has us googling ‘moving to the Outer Hebrides’ at 3am…

Dispose of Your Clothes

We are certain you diligently put out your recycling bins each week but what happens to the skinny jeans you have finally admitted you will never be skinny enough to squeeze back into? 300,000 tonnes of clothes end up in landfill in the UK every year*, so don’ts let your worn-out onesie become part of the problem.

  • You can leave textiles, clothes and shoes out next to your normal recycling (in a sealed, labelled bag please). Check out the details in the recycling section of
  • Drop off any quality, pre-loved items to TK Maxx in Epsom for their Give Up Clothes for Good campaign (these will then get sold on for Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens).
  • Drop off a bag of any clothes in any condition at Epsom H&M and they will present you with a voucher for £5 and a promise that 0% of your donations end up in landfill.


Eat Your Greens

We all know that we should be eating less meat and more greens; both for our own health’s sake and that of the planet, but we also know that not every corner shop sells kale and the lure of the takeaway delivery is often too much to resist. We’ve rounded up the best ways to get your hands on bountiful veg and make it easier to get your 5 a day:

  • Sutton Community Farm offer a brilliant VegBox scheme who can deliver to you at home or drop off at the Jolly Coopers every Thursday. Fresh, seasonal fruit & veg plus organic extras like bread and eggs. Order online, bung in your fridge, resist the takeaway.
  • If you fancy an outing then the Village Green Farm Shop at Denbies and Kingfisher Farm Shop in Abinger Hammer both stock incredible, seasonal loose fruit and veg. Take your own shopping bags and feel both wholesome and smug.
  • 15milefoods (find them on facebook) grow delicious, pesticide free salad leaves and soft fruit and sell them only within a 15 mile radius of Fetcham

And, of course, don’t forget the farmer’s market is in Epsom on the first Sunday of every month (we’ve also recently discovered the monthly vegan market in Walton).

Recycle the Random

Uneaten spinach, excess wine bottles, garden waste: we know you’ve got these all covered via the council food waste and recycling services. While we’re never going to reach the impossibly perfect levels of the Instagrammers whose entire waste for the year fits into a jar, (disclaimer: do not google unless you have a spare hour to fall down the zero waste rabbithole), we do have some quick and easy solutions for the things that are a regular feature in your wastebin:

  • Next time you are meandering through the Ashley Centre, pop in to The Body Shop and drop off any of the empty tubes, tubs or pots you have from their products. These could have a future ahead of them as park benches or playgrounds via Terracycle and you get a reward worth #5 for every 5 you return if you are party of their loyalty scheme.
  • If you are one of the UK’s 3.7 million contact lens wearers and find yourself chucking out plastic packaging on a regular basis then Boots Opticians has the answer: head there next time you are in Epsom and drop off all your soft lens packaging and they will handle the recycling for you. Job done.

Tidy the Town

Grab some friends, your kids, your neighbours and get rid of the rubbish in your local environment:

  • Sign up on the council site and get your hands on a litter picking kit for adults or kids which include your very own hi-viz jacket, sticks and bags.
  • Have a look at Keep Epsom Ewell Tidy for some inspiration and pledge your support

Ditch the Disposable

If we had a pound for every time we’ve been told to buy a reusable coffee cup and to say no to plastic water bottles we’d be available to afford our own personal barista, but sometimes you just need an incentive and some new ideas:

  • Refill! Look in the window of your local coffee shop for the Refill sticker – this means they will happily fill up your reusable bottle with tap water.
  • YoSarnie is the first independent Refill station in the area and you can also fill up at Greggs and Costa. We would love to see Epsom and Ewell plastic water bottle free so any other local businesses who would like to get involved (you don’t need to be a cafe or restaurant, you just need a tap!), sign up for your sticker at
  • Jess and the Beanstalk not only provide fab food & drink but will also give you a 40p discount on your caffeine fix if you bring your reuseable cup (for extra smug points we highly recommend a raw, vegan cake on the side).
  • YoSarnie will not only  gift you tapwater and grant you a princely 50p off your hot drink if you bring in your cup but are happy for you to take in your own containers for your lunchtime feast (don’t panic if you forget as they use bioplastic alternatives as their packaging).
  • If you’re heading into one of the chain outlets then grab your cup: Pret offers 50p off, Starbucks and Costa 25p, Muffin Break will give you 20p off and you can claim a double reward stamp at Café Nero.
  • If you’re planning a trip to Ben’s Butchers then take your own containers and avoid the extra waste – if that’s too much for you then don’t worry as they have made the switch to paper packaging and aim to be completely plastic free soon.
  • Slightly less palatable but no less important:  if you are the proud parent of a child still in nappies and are considering eco friendly alternatives then the council offers cloth nappy trial kits to locals to help you figure out which option works best for your family. Visit here for all the info.

Embrace your Local Eco Heroes

We have been blown away by the number of incredible eco businesses on our doorstep:

  • Fetch’em From the Cupboard in Ashtead Village (and a concession in Greenwise in Fetcham) is a brilliant resource where you can take in your own containers and buy as much or as little as you want of a myriad of food and household products plus source plastic free alternatives we never even knew existed.
  • Greenwise offers you a one stop solution with one shop in Ashtead and a shop and café in Fetcham offering everything from wholefoods and organic skincare to a range of fresh fruit and veg.
  • Tiny Human makes washable, reusable wipes in a range of sizes to help you replace anything from cotton wool balls to paper towels.
  • Local, vegan and delicious, BNUTZ Nut Butter is made in Surrey and not only comes in fab flavours (Spicy chilli & lime peanut butter anyone?) but is also free from preservatives, palm oil and refined sugar.
  • Very Miss Berry not only producing original, bright clothing for children and women but also reusable makeup and baby wipes.
  • Bee Kind Waste are a local business offering sustainable art and craft workshops to promote wellbeing and community engagement.

Out with the New, In with the Old

It’s so tempting to embrace your eco leanings buy buying a load of new kit (bamboo cutlery set anyone?) but we all secretly know that we should be buying less and looking after what we already have. Here endeth the lesson with some handy hints:

  • Grabbed the perfect pair of jeans in the sale and then realised you have the leg length of an Oompa Loompa? Scored a stunning vintage dress in the charity shop but it’s a tad snug? Liberate all the not-quite-right items from your wardrobe and ask Sew n Sew on South St in Epsom to weave their magic (they will also mend zips, fix buttons and patch up your jeans if sewing isn’t your strong suit).
  • Now you know where to go if you need alterations then pay a visit to your local charity shop and relove some preloved items: Oxfam in Epsom believes in saying yes to secondhand and no to landfill and launches Secondhand September this month.
  • If you’re tired of your wardrobe or feel it’s time to trade in your table then consider giving them a makeover instead: Louisa Grace Interiors carries a range of easy to use chalk paints, offers workshops if you need some guidance and also sells a range of gorgeous vintage furniture.

Hannah Watts

Andy Smith

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September 9, 2019

The Big Draw in Epsom

The world's biggest drawing festival is coming to town.

We bet you didn’t know that you can take part in the world’s biggest FREE drawing festival right here in Epsom & Ewell? Well, it’s true.

Back in 2017, Ruth Shepherd (local artist and art teacher) set up The Big Draw Epsom. It aims to promote a passion for creativity and drawing, all the while bringing together our community to create large-scale artwork.

The Big Draw is returning to Epsom on Saturday 5 October and this year it centres around the theme of ‘Drawn to Life’ – make of that what you will, literally.

Anyone and everyone is invited to get involved. Whether you fancy getting stuck in with the communal drawing, picking the brains of local illustrator Cathy Brett or maybe just watching all the fun from a distance.

What’s more, Big Draw’s are happening throughout October, not only in Epsom and Ewell, but across the country – even internationally too! So, take inspiration from The Big Draw Festival patrons, including Quentin Blake, Posy Simmonds and Gerald Scarfe, and prepare to pick up your paintbrush – or whatever artistic tool you prefer…

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September 9, 2019

London Design Festival ’19

Get creative, seek inspiration and combine design with sustainability at the London Design Festival.

We are just a short train ride away from one of the design capitals of the world, so let’s embrace our inner creative for a visit to this year’s London Design Festival. There’s an eclectic mix of exhibitions and events to be explored, but here’s our top recommendations that combine creativity with sustainability…

#BetterAir: Designing a clean air corridor for Bankside

For living structures adorned with moss, ornamental plants and herbs. It brings vegetation to the urban landscape.

14 – 22 September
Better Bankside, SE1 0FD

A Greener Future

For thought-provoking and innovative artwork that paths the way to a greener future.

14 – 22 September
Greenwich Market, SE10 9HZ

The Off-Cut Challenge: utilising waste materials and celebrating makers

For those intrigued to discover how waste materials can be crafted into high-quality useful objects.

14 – 15 September
Deptford Market Yard, SE8 4BX

Waste No More by EILEEN FISHER

For the conscious consumer eager to learn how to reuse their old apparel into something new.

14 September
EILEEN FISHER, 80 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 4TZ

Aesthetics and Ethics: Style and Sustainability in Design

For joining a debate discussing if style and sustainability can go hand in hand.

18 September
de Le Cuona Store, 44 Pimlico Road, Belgravia, SW1W 8LP

Granby Workshop

For those looking to buy a new range of ceramic tableware made from 100 per cent waste materials.

18 – 22 September
Kiosk N1C Unit 108, Lower Stable Stree,t King’s Cross, N1C 4DQ

People and Planet Over Profit

For a panel discussion of industry experts tackling ethical design and production.

19 September
6 King John Court, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EZ

“Sustainable Stories” Exhibition Launch

For an interactive exhibition that educates and debunks myths.

20 September
G . F Smith Show Space, 27-28 Eastcastle St, Fitzrovia, W1W 8DH

Eco Loving

For a collection of ethical and sustainable homeware brands, curated by The Wedding Shop and Rock My Wedding. Find your something new…

22 September
312 Fulham Road, SW10 9UG

Check for information on timings, pricing and everything else.

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