Roots was formally opened by the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell on May 25th 2017.
After opening prayers led by Rev Nik Woolller, Councillor Liz Frost cut the celebration cake, beautifully made by Jim Bosley.
Liz recalled that the Coffee Cup project started in 1985 with a small servery offering hot drinks and cakes with the intention of providing a welcoming and friendly atmosphere for people to meet and chat over a cuppa.
Four of the five Coffee Cup founding ladies: Janet de Bourcier, Pam Olsen, Margaret Boulton and Audrey Howe (Doris Howarth was the fifth founder) were presented as a memento, with an original 1985 teapot, scrubbed, polished and wrapped in the Roots colours.
This presentation was made by Ann Arthur, representing the ROOTS steering committee.
Roots coffee shop, managed by Wendy Hitchin and staffed by volunteers, continues the Coffee Cup tradition but in bright and attractive new surroundings, including a children’s play area.
Entertainment was provided by the Epsom Rock Choir, which rehearses at EMC weekly on Thursday mornings
This concert at EMC marked the 40th Anniversary of Richard starting to play the organ at EMC and was planned after his retirement as EMC organist in January 2017. A wonderful evening of classical and modern organ and keyboard music, with some original compositions written by Richard
These included the memorable and beautifully performed New York Organ Fantasia which was premiered at this concert. Richard also sang a number of his favourite songs from musical theatre.
The guest singer was Lesley Chapman from Bath.
Proceeds of the concert will go to the "New Organ Fund".
Annual General Meeting 2017
On Sunday 19th March we held the Annual General Meeting between the two morning services. There was a good attendance from the congregations.
There were several matters of business dealt with. Carol Thorley gave a report of the year as Senior Steward. She is stepping down from the Leadership Team and being Senior Steward. The Leadership team gave her a plant and card to say thank you, and we would like to express our gratitude to her for taking it on suddenly and for all her hard work. Carol is being succeeded by Rachel King who was officially appointed by the meeting with Jane Williams as the Deputy Senior Steward. James (Jim) Bosley, Val Imms, Simon Jump, Kathryn Thompson, and David Williams were also appointed to the Leadership Team. Elizabeth Mulling Smith has stepped down and we thank her for her contribution over the years to the work of the church and Leadership Team.
Mark finished with some comments about the plans for the coming year. The Minutes will be available from the Church Office. The format and date of the next Annual General meeting will be discussed and we will let you know the details in the New Year.