News From Stoneleigh Library  

Stoneleigh Community Library is not fully open due to Coronavirus.

All the groups and activities are cancelled - including Rhymetime and Monday StoryBox.

Please keep an eye on our Social Media accounts and this website for updates.  


Stoneleigh Library supports Green Week 2021



We have a number of great books available that anyone interested in the Environment and Green Issues that complement Epsom & Ewell's Green Week 2021 which runs from the 18th to the 26th of September.

Green Week celebrates green initiatives in Epsom & Ewell and provides information to help residents live more sustainably.

 More information can be found on the Great Big Green Week Website.


Events include:

Saturday 18 September, 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm.
Epsom Repair Café
The launch of Epsom's new Repair Cafe! Bring along your broken household item for assessment and if possible, repair! At Scout HQ, Epsom Methodist Church. Advance booking is essential.


Saturday 18 September, 4.30 pm.
Music at Saint Martin's Recital: The Twilight Ensemble

A programme of music inspired by our beautiful planet and the wilds of nature. At St Martin of Tours Church, Church Street, Epsom


Sunday 19 September, from 9.00 am.
Ewell Village Litter Pick

Join this group litter pick organised by
Keep Epsom and Ewell Tidy


Sunday 19 and Monday 20 September, from 9.30 am.
Ecovols Conservation Task Blake Pond

Join in this conservation task on Epsom Common organised by the volunteer group of the Epsom Common Association, the Ecovols. Advance booking is essential


Sunday 19 September, 3 pm.
Keynote Debate: Question Time on the environment
Organised by St Martin's Church as part of their Creationtide programme, with a panel of local politicians. At St Martin of Tours Church, Church Street, Epsom, KT17 4PX


Saturday 25 September, 9.00 am - 12 noon.
Eco Fair
Sustainable Epsom and Ewell in conjunction with St Martin's Church have organised this Eco Fair to offer practical ideas about what we can do individually and as a community around climate change issues. At St Martin of Tours Church, Church Street, Epsom, KT17 4PX. 



The Great Big Green Week 2021 Logo








Water Droplets on a green leaf


 A curled up leaf holding a tiny water droplet

Local history brought to life by history walks   

Over the Summer, Friends of Stoneleigh Library took their local history talks outside the confines of the library and into the fresh air with a series of Sunday afternoon local history walks in the Stoneleigh and Auriol area. 

The all-important weather was so bright and sunny that the walk needed adaptation to allow the many attendees to stand in the shade of our wonderful local trees to avoid overheating. The walks were circular and included a number of the area's remaining green spaces as well as historically relevant locations.

The first walk started at Nonsuch Park and covered the time when the Stoneleigh area formed part of the Great Park of Nonsuch and the attendees travelled into the victorian era with a visit to the site of one of the four farms in the area which had been purchased in 1860 by John Jefferies Stone to turn into a gentleman's country residence. This walk was illustrated by a series of maps and photographs which were pored over with interest. The walk included landmarks such as the Organ Inn Crossroads and Beggars Hill as well as paying close attention to the house designs in the area including the Iconic "Stoneleigh Chalet" before returning to Nonsuch Park.

The second walk started outside Stoneleigh Library itself and attendees discovered how the building of the Station and The Broadway was key to the development of the area before visiting the site of Sparrow Farm in Cuddington Recreation Ground. The attendees went back in history to the Saxon times before moving forwards in time to the plans for the building of Stoneleigh Park - designed to be a homeowners oasis from the busy city in the 1930s.

The third walk started to the west of the local railway line and the site of Coldharbour Farm and covered the building of Stoneleigh Hill and the Avenue Estates as well as the story of the local brickworks.

All the walks were fully booked and, by all reports, enjoyed by the attendees who called them 'informative' and 'enjoyable'. Many of them choosing to come to all three walks.

Whilst there was no charge for the walks, voluntary donations raised over £70 which will contribute to the cost of publishing a local history booklet & walks leaflets.

If you would like to know more about future local history events run by Stoneleigh Community Library, you can join the email mailing list which highlights all our upcoming events then please visit our newsletter page and sign up.


Old Letters


Tree section showing bark 


 Old Barn Door


Diabetes support comes to the library

Stoneleigh Library is proud to welcome Surrey Downs Diabetes UK Group to the library who will be running a weekly support group in the library.


Running between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm every Monday for eight weeks, starting on 11th October 2021, the group will be sharing ideas on how to improve health and fitness.
They will cover topics including;


  • Your diabetes
  • Can you reverse T2 diabetes?
  • The role of food and medicine
  • Making Changes
  • Getting Active


If you would like to attend this group please contact Surrey Downs Diabetes UK Group. Call Nicole on 07957 611759 or email


Girl in white t-shirt stretching in a meadow

Our first night of board games for adults landed a double six!


On Friday 28th February, we hosted our first board games night for adults in the library.

The Friends of Stoneleigh Library provided free refreshments whilst the enthusiastic players got stuck into Rummikub, Cluedo and other classic games.



Game Board


There were no prizes for the winners but everyone said the night was a huge success and we will be running more of these events in the future. 


The next board games night will be on 27th March @ 7pm - just show up.



Rummikub in Play



Please do let us know if you have any ideas for community activities you would like to see in your local library. 

Board Games Night Feedback in book


Robots invaded Stoneleigh Library!  


We were invaded by robots on Monday 17th February - as well as a number of very excited children who were keen to learn how to control mini, programmable robots called Ozobots - using just a set of coloured felt tips.


This free session helped to inspire young minds with a fun and innovative way to play, learn and interact with robotics in a small-scale safe environment blending entertainment with education.



 Ozobots April 2019 1

First Litcraft Workshop a big hit  


On Thursday 2nd January 2020 we held our first Litcraft session; Children in year 6 and above read and discussed Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and then used iPads to visit  Treasure Island in Minecraft.

 Litcraft Logo

The Minecraft island had tasks to complete based on what the children had been reading - from taming a parrot to keeping an in-game journal and much more.


Litcraft is a great way to engage a reluctant reader with literary classics and introduces a whole new way to enjoy literature in a digital environment, and we intend to hold more sessions later in the year.

 Boy on tablet with Minecraft
A Happy New Year  


We wish all our customers a very Happy New Year and thank them for all their support for the library over the past year. 

We are also pleased to announce that our Christmas jigsaw for this year has finally been completed and we offer our grateful thanks to all those who enjoyed helping us complete the lovely festive picture seen on the left!



Winter Mini Reading Challenge - Pugs of the Frozen North


The Winter Mini Reading Challenge began on  2nd December 2019 and ran through December into 2020 until 13th Jan.

The challenge was run by the Reading Agency and this was the first year we supported it, so we were pleased to have about eighty children entering of which about half completed the full three books necessary.

Each time a child completed a book their pug moved a little closer to the finish line at the north pole. Even before the official start, there were a few pug dogs already at base camp ready to start pulling the sledges!

Each child completing the challenge received a special Pugs Certificate!  



Pugs Board 2019

Crafty group makes a scene at the library   




A great BIG thank you to our Reading Group who meet in the library every month on a Friday.



Last week they got crafty and produced made a fabulous nativity scene for the library complete with Animals, Wise Men and even stars.




Craft Nativity Scene 2019
Christmas cheer begins at the library   

 Little Girl with a Balloon Xmas 2019






Christmas well and truly started at the library on 29th November as we hosted a packed-out Christmas Celebration as part of the Lights on Broadway event in Stoneleigh.



As well as providing the community with free refreshments, we ran some excellent children's activities around the library - giving parents and carers a well-earned break.



We hosted a display by the Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum which provided information about their work producing a local plan for the area.



As an extra special treat for the children, we invited local author, Victoria Broden-Keast, to come in and read extracts from her latest book, Rex the Dragon.



Our, now famous, Christmas raffle was drawn at 6.30pm by Victoria and two lucky winners won excellent hampers expertly put together by, Madeleine, one of our amazing Trustees.


A very BIG thank you to all the members of our community who bought tickets. All the funds raised from the raffle will help the library continue to support the local community.


Merry Christmas!




   Winner of Xmas Raffle 2019

A very happy winner with his hamper

Indian Subcontinent Fortnight  



During the first two weeks of October we hosted a special display of books about the indian subcontinent including books by Indian, Bangladeshi & Pakistani authors.


Given Stoneleigh's historic links to the Indian tea trade, we also gave our customers a great treat of a free tea tasting session where they could sample a selection of teas from the region. See "Tea Time at the Library" below.


 We also marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, who was born 2nd October 1869.

Indian Person
Hurrah for Horrid Henry!  

On 23rd October - we held a Horrid Henry activity afternoon celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the first Horrid Henry Book.


Our thanks go out to The Reading Agency and Hachette Children's UK for some great stickers and activity sheets.


We provided the wonderful volunteers who helped run the event and the craft ideas/materials plus refreshments.


The children and their carers who came along all had a great time - thank you for being great participants.


Horrid Henry Head and Shoulders
Heroes at the Library  




Oct 2019 Heroes Completer Chart


Saturday 12th October saw the Library filled with Superheroes as children of all ages flocked to the library for a fun-filled session swapping their Heroes collectable cards.


Loads of the children completed their collections - much to the relief of their parents and carers.



Oct 2019 Heroes Card Swap Boxes


A very big thank you to our friends at


Sainsburys Logo Invisible Background

who helped us enormously by providing loads of spare cards to fuel the event.


And, in addition, a very big thank you, as usual, to the real heroes at Stoneleigh Library - our many volunteers who make these events possible.

Tea Time at the Library  



On Thursday 10th October, our customers were able to drop by for not one tea but lots of teas as we hosted a free Tea Tasting event as part of our Focus on the Indian Subcontinent fortnight.


Whilst the customers enjoyed their tea they were able to learn about Stoneleigh's founder, John Jeffrey Stone, and one of India's oldest tea companies as described in our exhibition.



Tea Tasting Tea Display 2019  


An excellent year reported at our AGM  




Diana, Linda and Dawn Helps with Flowers AGM 2019


A special thank you to Dawn, pictured left above, who stepped down as a trustee after many years of supporting us. 



Our Chair, Diana Kay, reported an excellent year for our community library. Bucking the national trend, we had an increase in book borrowing and footfall last year. In addition to healthy finances and a brilliant group of volunteers, Diana talked about the dozens of special events and the many local clubs & meetings we have hosted for the local community.


Diana also took time to thank all her fellow trustees, our amazing volunteers as well as Surrey County Council and local businesses like Stoneleigh Sainbury's for their continuing support.


Thank you, our local community, for your support!  

Another record for the Summer Reading
Challenge at our library





A record 300 children successfully completed this year’s Summer Reading Challenge at Stoneleigh Library. Each child had to read a total of 6 books over the summer holidays. Recognising their achievement,  the volunteers who run the library laid on a special ‘Finishers Party’ to celebrate their success on Saturday, 21st September.



 SRC 2019 Wall covered in stickers
 John Becket talking to children about being Mayor




Councillor John Beckett and his wife Alison came along to offer their personal congratulations to the young readers who filled the library on Saturday.


The children  enjoyed plenty of cake and squash whilst the Mayor answered their questions about him, his ceremonial chain and about his favourite book when he was a child (which was Stig of the Dump).


The children also watched a video of the original moon landings.




Diana Kay, the Chair of The Friends of Stoneleigh Library said:


"The local children have been amazing this year as well as many of the parents who took part in our new adult reading challenge and our very young readers who took part in our Little Big Read.


Thanks to all the volunteers who made this such as great success this year and to the Mayor and his wife for helping us celebrate the children’s amazing achievement."



Crowd in library for the SRC 2019 Party

 Congrats Label  


We also held a prize draw for those who took part in this year's Adult Reading Challenge. The names of all those who completed their reading challenge were put into a hat and the lucky 3 names (below) drawn out were winners of £20 Amazon Vouchers;


            Dragana L.

            Robert S.

            Sheila B.


 A big thank you to all the adults who took part.




The History of Stoneleigh Talk filled our Library  


Diana Kay, our Chair, presented an illustrated talk on the History of Stoneleigh from Farmland to Surburban Village 1895-1939 on Thursday 27th June.


Demand was so great we had to add another session on Saturday 29th.  


More than 130 people attended in the end demonstrating a real local interest in the history of our community.


Positive Comments left included;


"Fascinating. Meticulous research. Thank you for taking the time to deliver this."


"Really informative and thoroughly enjoyable."


"Really interesting-thank you!. It really brings the local area to life. Please do continue with 
the talks-would love to hear about Stoneleigh in WW2."


A big thank you to Diana, Roger and the other volunteers who made these talks possible.







Local History Talk Audience 2019





Display boards showing some of the materials will remain up in the library for some time. So do pop in and take a look.



Plant Sale a Roaring Success   



This annual event always draws large numbers of green-thumbed locals after some green bargains and this year was no different.



Local people of all ages turned up on Saturday 18th May to purchase some great value plants and our large selection donated by lots of local nurseries, organisations and individuals were soon gone.



The Library also had a special display of gardening books for those customers who wanted to learn more and we laid on free refreshments for all.



The day raised more than £500 for your local library. A BIG thank you to all who came along to support us and, of course, to the many volunteers who helped make this event so successful. 


A special thank you to to Chessington Garden Centre, Crossways Nursery, Homebase Ewell & Morrisons Sutton who all donated plants.  And to Sainsburys Stoneleigh who provided tea and coffee for refreshments.










Plants 4 on table, plant sale May 2017

Beyond the Book club enjoy Wimpy Kid day  

Children  at the Beyond The Book club had a great time with Wimpy Kid themed crafts and activities on Saturday.



If you love the Wimpy Kid as much as we do but missed out, there will be a Wimpy Kid display and activity sheets and bookmarks (celebrating Jeff Kinneys latest book 'The Awesome Friendly Kid')  to pick up for FREE at the library until next  Saturday 25th May.


Thanks to Puffin Books and The Reading Agency for the materials.

 Beyond the Book Club Pic
Robot Experiments - 26th April 2019  

We were lucky enough to be loaned some mini robots from our friends at Guildford Library so local children got the chance to  experience an innovative way to play, learn, and interact with robotics in a small-scale safe environment blending entertainment with education.


The children were enthralled with these mini bots programming their movements using colour coded pathways drawn with simple felt tip pens.


Ozobots April 2019 2

 Ozobots April 2019 1


Ozobots April 2019 3

Lego Challenge Fun - 18th April 2019  

On the 18th April our library hosted loads of young Lego builders.  Local children tackled loads of lego challenges earning points and prizes for great engineering, creativity and skill. The hardest challenge was definitely trying to build a tower of lego cards!


Some of the designs are on display in the library.



This FREE event entertained loads of local families and resulted in some excellent Lego creations and a lot of happy faces.

 Lego Challenge April 2019 1
 Lego Challenge April 2019 2  Lego Challenge April 2019 3
New Books - 2nd April 2019  

We have just received a substantial number of new books which will be listed on the web-site over the next couple of weeks. Lots of really interesting titles both fiction and non-fiction, all subjects and genres; So please do come down to the library and take a look at the great selection that is now in stock!



Eco Fortnight in the Library.  

From Monday 18th February, we were busy promoting ecological awareness with a series of displays and activities in the Libray including; 





On Wednesday 20th February, local author, Tina Talbot, came to the library and entertained local children by reading from her book "The Daring Droplets : World Water Cycle Team".


Daring Droplets


As well as enjoying the book, the children took part in collage, watercolour and design crafts. Many made their own Daring Droplets that are now on display in the Library for all to enjoy.











 Daring Droplets Water Cycle Display




 Two Recycling Talks  




On Thursday 7th March, the library hosted two free talks about plastic recycling  and how you can help improve our local recycling efforts from local environmentalist and campaigner, Reema Ajmera, and waste management in the borough from Officers from Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and how the Council are implementing the UK's New Waste Strategy.



 Plastic Talk Mar 19
Library News From Previous Years  


Two Recycling Talks   
On Thursday 7th March, the library hosted two free talks about plastic recycling  and how you can help improve our local recycling efforts from local environmentalist and campaigner, Reema Ajmera, and waste management in the borough from Officers from Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and how the Council are implementing the UK's New Waste Strategy. Plastic Talk Mar 19