ECCO Thanks Epping Residents

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Link to ECCO websiteSince its launch six months ago in Epping Forest District, the Text-BAC project has had a very successful response thanks to the support from Epping`s residents. The project, run by ECCO in partnership with Epping Forest District Council, Harlow District Council, St. Elizabeth`s Centre, Rainbow Services and LMB, collects textiles and bric-a-brac, such as books, small electrical items and videos / DVDs from residents kerbsides. They also collect certain types of furniture.

The project started four years ago, in the Harlow district and has expanded into Epping Forest District since October 2006.

So far the extended project has visited 40,000 households in Epping, Waltham Abbey, Chigwell, North Weald Bassett, Roydon, Nazeing, Theydon Bois, Loughton and Buckhurst Hill. A sealed bag is posted through each resident`s door, with a collection date marked on it. All items of textiles are then collected from the boundary of the resident`s property and are sorted into two categories: re-wearable and recyclable materials.

The project has so far diverted from Epping Forest district alone over 21 tonnes of textiles from landfill, a figure that helps reach the councils recycling targets set by central government.

Text-BAC is part funded by The Big Lottery Fund. Any additional funding raised from this work goes straight back into the project. Text-BAC provides supported work for disadvantaged people, including clients at St. Elizabeth`s and Voluntary Action Epping Forest – Volunteers plus – talk and sort workshops.

Project Manager, Sean Folan said, I am delighted at the excellent response we have had from the residents of Epping Forest. It shows that residents take recycling seriously and appreciate the convenience of kerbside recycling. Thank you Epping Forest.

He then urged local residents to be aware of rogue collectors operating in the area and to be sure that items that they donate are going to genuine collections, such as Text-BAC.

If you are unsure on the authenticity of a collection, please ring ECCO, Epping Forest District Council or the police.

For more info on Text-BAC please ring 01279 444 244.

Council Announces New Refuse Contractor

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On Friday 5 May at a special Cabinet meeting, Epping Forest District Council consented to the transfer from the Administrators of South Herts Waste Management (SHWM) to Cory Environmental Municipal Services Ltd (CEMS). This decision should allow the smooth transfer of the contract following SHWM being placed in Administration by the High Court on 19 April. The transfer is initially for a three month period while the Council considers the long term options.

Prior to 19 April, rumours of difficulties at SHWM were intensifying, leading the Council to take steps to identify a new contractor. On 10 April the Cabinet met in private session to agree a way forward which would provide continuity of domestic waste collection, recycling and street cleansing services while minimising disruption to residents.

The transfer of the contract also has the benefit of protecting the jobs of the workforce, many of whom live locally.

The new contractor, Cory Environmental, is a long-established and well-known waste management and recycling contractor. It has refuse collection, recycling and cleansing contracts with other councils in the UK including Southend  Unitary Authority in Essex.

Councillor John Knapman, Leader of Epping Forest District Council said: Councillors were becoming increasingly concerned about the standard of service at South Herts Waste Management. We could see the importance of having alternative plans for refuse collection in place.

Councillor Knapman added: We had made sufficient contingency plans to move extremely quickly once the Administration Order was issued in the High Court.

Councillor Derek Jacobs, Environmental Protection Portfolio Holder added: I would like to thank our residents who have helped immensely over the last few weeks. There has been a degree of disruption for which I apologise. I would ask residents to be patient and bear with us for just a few more weeks but I believe we can all now look forward to significant improvements to the refuse service as Cory puts it back on a sound footing. I would also like to thank the refuse collectors who have had to put up with a very worrying and uncertain time but stuck to the job. I hope they will also reap benefits from the transfer of the contract.

Lesley Letts, Head of Development at CEMS said: We are delighted to have the opportunity to serve the residents of Epping Forest. Cory comes to this job with a vast amount of expertise and experience. We will work closely with the Council in coming weeks to affect a smooth transfer. Epping Forest already has a good record as one of the best recycling authorities in the country. We are looking forward to building on that success and to provide a high quality service to residents.

Roydon Conservation Area Character Appraisal

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St Peters Church RoydonAt the end of March, Epping Forest District Council sent out the first draft of the Roydon Conservation Area Character Appraisal for public consultation. Local residents and businesses in Roydon have until the end of May to submit comments and suggestions which will be taken into account when the final version of the character appraisal is published this summer.

In recent years there has been a Government drive to encourage local authorities to produce character appraisals for their conservation areas. The purpose of a character appraisal is to define the special interest of a conservation area and highlight any parts of it that may be in need of improvement. It also provides a basis for making planning decisions that affect the conservation area.

The Roydon Conservation Area Character Appraisal is to be the first of many. There are currently 25 conservation areas in Epping Forest District and the Council plans to produce more character appraisals over the next few years. The next conservation area character appraisal will be Matching Green.

Anyone interested in the Roydon Conservation Area Character Appraisal is invited to attend the public meeting being held to discuss it at St Peter`s Church Hall in Roydon on Monday 8 May at 7.30pm. The character appraisal is available to view on the Council`s website under `conservation areas`.

Alternatively, a paper copy can be obtained by telephoning 01992 564 068.






Refuse Contractor Transfer Statement

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Epping Forest District Council is negotiating for the transfer of the district`s waste management services to a new provider. The move comes as Administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers were appointed over South Herts Waste Management (SHWM). Negotiations were authorised by the Council`s Cabinet on 10 April but have accelerated as a consequence of the Administration Order at the High Court in Birmingham on 19 April.

The Council aims to transfer the contract to a new supplier as smoothly as possible. It understands that most of the associated staff employed by SHWM are expected to transfer to the new supplier who will be announced on completion of a temporary agreement.

Over recent months missed collections have risen and councillors have become increasingly concerned by the level of complaints. SHWM indicated that it was finding the contract increasingly difficult to deliver.

As part of the Council`s planning process it looked at various supply options before entering into discussions with SHWM and other suppliers to explore the possibility of transferring the waste collection and street cleansing services.

In the short term Epping Forest District Council will work with the Administrators to ensure waste collection services to residents and businesses continue.

Joint Chief Executive for Epping Forest District Council, John Scott said: We plan for all such eventualities as a matter of routine and I am confident of the outcome but I would like to offer local residents my apologies for any temporary disruption. There will be some difficulties while we transfer to a new service provider and I would ask local residents to bear with us in what I believe will ultimately be a better service for everyone. We will do our best to keep any inconvenience to the absolute minimum during the transfer process. In the meantime, I appeal to everyone to be patient and continue to maintain the fantastic levels of recycling we have achieved in recent months.

Civic Awards 2006 and Reception

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Click to enlarge image of Toastmaster Robert Pursell

Each year, the Chairman of Council hosts a special evening to thank fellow Councillors and their families for their help and service to the community. It is also the evening in which EFDC recognises the special contributions of local people to our community, culminating in the Citizen of the Year Award.

The Epping Forest District Council Civic Awards 2006 and reception, held at the Prince Regent Hotel on Thursday 23 March 2006, was opened by Toastmasters Robert Pursell and Howard Robbins.

As guests arrived at the reception, they were received by the Chairman of the Council, Councillor Brian Sandler and his wife Brenda, and entertained by music provided by the Epping Forest Band.

Guests included Lord Petre, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Eleanor Laing MP, representatives from the emergency services, as well as Mayors and Chairmen from neighbouring Councils, that are affectionately known as “The Chain Gang”.

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The guests proceeded to the hall where there were short presentations from representatives of the Chairman’s charities, Deborah Hall from Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs and Richard Cowie from St Clare Hospice. As the guests ate dinner, they were entertained by music from the pupils of West Hatch High School.


Winners of the Epping Forest District Council Grants in the Arts and Sport

Click to enlarge image of Anthony CamilloThe first Bursary winner, 16 year old Anthony Camillo from Waltham Abbey is an extremely talented young musician from Waltham Abbey. He was awarded a part scholarship to the junior department of the Academy of Music and his dream is to continue his studies at the Academy and become a concert pianist. His arts bursary of £1,000 will go towards payment of his Royal Academy fees, music books and piano maintenance.


Click to enlarge image of Jessica SparkeJessica Sparke, also from Waltham Abbey received The Epping Forest Sports Leisure Bursary of £1,500. The 18 year old has already made her mark as a representative of Great Britain at the World Cross Country Championships in France, World Junior Championships in Lithuania and the World Club Championships in Bosnia, and she recently received word of her inclusion in the England Team due to fly to Japan in April for the World Junior Cross Country Championships. Her gruelling schedule of competition is matched by an equally gruelling training programme, with intensive training six days a week including 600 sit-ups each day. The bursary goes towards the cost of travel expenses, medical support and massages as she competes abroad.


There were three other young people, Rebecca Cass, Elaine Thomson and Paul Beales who also received Epping Forest District Council grants in the arts and sport, but were unable to attend.


Winners of the Community Service Medals

Click to enlarge image of Simon GallowayNext were the Community Service medals that are awarded to the men and women of the Police, Fire and Ambulance Services. Simon Galloway, a member of the Essex Ambulance Service was described as an outstanding member of staff who has been particularly recognised for his selfless work over many years in the community including his work as a first aid trainer in local schools and his support for Crucial Crew.


Click to enlarge image of Geoff Marler Geoff Marler served across the Loughton, Ongar and Harlow areas working for the Essex Fire and Rescue Service. It is his voluntary work with troubled young people who display their problems through fire setting, that he is most highly regarded. He was described in his nomination as the `most reliable and trustworthy of friends and colleagues`.


Click to enlarge image of Tom MitchellInspector Tom Mitchell from Essex Police is the former Community Policing Team Sergeant based at Loughton who most recently won thoroughly deserved promotion to the rank of Community Policing Team Inspector with his transfer to Epping. In his nomination, Divisional Commander Andy Adams paid tribute to the high regard in which this officer is held not only by his colleagues but also by partner agencies and people in the communities he is so proud to serve.


Nominees for the Epping Forest District Citizen of the Year 2006

Peggy Davis from Loughton has been involved with the care of animals through the Essex South West Branch of the RSPCA for more than 40 years. Many animals have benefited from her efforts, whether through fundraising for the Homeless Dogs Fund or her day to day care of dogs that have been cruelly treated, lost, abandoned, fallen sick or whose owners can no longer care for them. In her nomination it was estimated that some 23,000 dogs have been re-homed and owners helped to pay for essentials such as vet`s bills through Peggy`s efforts. Unfortunately Peggy could not attend the ceremony.


Click to enlage image of Janet GreenJanet Green from Chigwell Row was nominated for her fundraising work on behalf of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the support she has given to sufferers and their families over many years. In her nomination, Janet`s fundraising works were described as unceasing but her personal touch in the care, sympathy, and understanding she shows also clearly means an immense amount to the sufferers and their families.


Click to enlarge image of Derek BerwinDerek Berwin from High Ongar has worked tirelessly on behalf of Ongar and District War Memorial Hospital, the Royal British Legion and the annual Poppy Appeal. The 60th anniversary celebrations of the end of the Second World War last year meant a great deal to Derek and his Royal British Legion colleagues. Derek took on a central role in the organisation of the military parade and the involvement of a whole new generation of young people for whom the sacrifice of the war years might otherwise seem a world away from their present lives.


Click to enlarge image of Tim DolanTim Dolan has been nominated for work as founder and manager of `The Box`, a converted shop in Epping that is now a safe and entertaining place for the town`s young people to meet and socialise. Tim has been an active member of the community as a Drug and Alcohol Referral Worker and as a member of the local Church. He recognised the tension that was building in Epping between the town`s young people who had little more to do than hang around the streets and some older residents who were inadvertently disturbed or intimidated by the large groups. The Box was Tim`s practical answer to the problem and in his nomination said that Tim decided to `put his own neck on the line` in a courageous and unselfish act, to help the town`s young people.


Click to enlarge image of Peter RichardsThe community of High Ongar is blessed with many residents who give their time and energy on behalf of others. Peter Richards is a member of the Royal British Legion and worked on the remembrance celebrations in High Ongar. As a Military Policeman, Peter served his country in many parts of the world, from Northern Ireland to Berlin and Singapore. Since coming to live in High Ongar he has become a member of the Parish Council and still keeps in contact with his old comrades as well as raising money for ex-servicemen`s charities.


Click to enlarge image of Vivian ChipperfieldIn 1997 Vivian Chipperfield’s daughter Claire suffered a terrible injury and fell into a coma for six weeks. After the accident, Viv brought Claire to Chigwell Riding Trust. Trust Manager, Debbie Hall wrote: Viv came to see if we could help and needless to say we took Claire on straight away. I have watched both of them very closely over the past nine years and the improvement in Claire is unbelievable. This is largely due to the dedication and grit that Viv seems to have. Not only has Viv structured a busy daily programme to improve Claire`s quality of life but she has done a tremendous amount to help fundraising for our organisation. I would say that Viv is `perpetual motion`, never thinking about herself, always working for Claire and Chigwell Riding Trust.


Click to enlarge image of Debbie HallDeborah Hall has been involved with Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs for many years, overseeing a transformation of the centre and a huge expansion in the scope and range of its work. Her work is dedicated to the young people with special needs and the animals that she loves but she is also able to inspire all those around her. The Trust depends upon voluntary contributions and one of her proudest moments must have been the opening of the rebuilt riding centre by the Princess Royal in 1998 thanks in large part to Debbie`s efforts to win Lottery funding. Her nomination says: Her enthusiasm to help disadvantaged people by teaching them to ride and by employing them as volunteers or paid staff to give them a heightened sense of self has changed the lives of many people.



Awarded to Janet Green, Derek Berwin, Peter Richards and Deborah Hall.

High Commendations:

Awarded to Peggy Davis and Tim Dolan.

Winner of the Epping Forest District Citizen of the Year 2006

The winner of the Epping Forest District Citizen of the Year 2006 is Vivian Chipperfield. Debbie Hall added: Viv is an extraordinary lady with endless energy. When I look back to when I saw Claire for the first time after her accident, when she was unable to walk or talk and then look at her now, generally without a wheelchair, with very good speech and riding independently, I know this is due to Viv`s dedication. I could not think of a more deserving recipient of your award.

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During the evening, guests were asked to take part in the Chairman’s charity prize draw with prizes being kindly donated by local businesses. Just over £2,000 was raised and donated equally between the Chairmans charities, Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs and St Clare Hospice of Hastingwood.

Epping Forest District Council would like to thank not only the outstanding individuals who were nominated for the awards, but also the countless thousands of other people living and working together in our community contributing millions of selfless, generous and kind acts that so many people give without thought of reward every day. Putting aside for a moment the pretty villages, vibrant towns and beautiful countryside, it is the people of the District that make it such a marvellous place in which to live.

Swimming Success

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On Friday March 3 2006 three swimmers from Epping Forest District Swimming Club travelled north to Sheffield to compete at the Disability Sport Events Junior Nationals at the Ponds Forge International pool. Epping Forest Swimming Club is the District`s only competitive club and is supported by Epping Forest District Council through a three-year funding agreement and individual Grant Aid for talented swimmers. The swimmers, James Hollis, Lauren Smith and Emma Hollis competed as part of the Eastern Region Squad.

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After two days of tough competition the trio brought back a total of 16 medals; 3 Gold, 8 Silver, 5 Bronze and a number of highly commendable fourth places.


Pictured Left – Epping Forest District Swimming Club’s disabled swimming champions, (left to right) James Hollis, Lauren Smith and Emma Hollis with their coach Lee Richards – click to enlarge the image.


Click here to go to the Epping Forest District Swimming Club results page, and select the swimmer to view their results.

The overall points won by our swimmers contributed greatly to the final results, which saw Eastern Region, win the competition. All three swimmers now look forward to the National Long Course Championship back in Sheffield next July.

The Epping Forest District Swimming Club operates a comprehensive swimming programme, with Duckling`s sessions through to early morning training for the higher-level swimmers. If you are interested in swimming competitively why not discover what the club has to offer by going along to watch a weekend club training session?


Council Tax 2006 / 2007

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Epping Forest District Council has confirmed an increase in its Council Tax precept of 2.46 per cent or £3.24 per year for a Band D property. District Councillors also committed themselves to pegging further Council Tax precept rises to no more than the rate of inflation for the next four years.

The average Band D Council Taxpayer in Epping Forest district will pay:

  • £960.39 to Essex County Council
  • £110.97 to Essex Police
  • £58.23 to Essex Fire Authority
  • £134.73 to Epping Forest District Council

An additional payment (depending on where you live) to the Town or Parish Council will range from £9.37 in Stapleford Abbotts to £85.04 in Waltham Abbey.


Councillor John Knapman, Leader of Epping Forest District Council and Finance and Performance Management Portfolio Holder presented the draft budget. He said: To an average Band D Council Taxpayer, the District Council element represents an increase of just over six pence per week. Epping Forest District Council is already one of the lowest precepting councils in Essex and our four year budget plan gives us every chance of becoming the lowest.

Band D residents will also pay an extra £42.66 for services provided by Essex County Council, an extra £6.21 to Essex Police and £1.08 to Essex Fire Authority as well as varying amounts depending on which Parish or Town Council area they live in.

Councillor Knapman continued: Epping Forest District is in a strong financial position. By a combination of prudent investments and income linked to our debt-free status, outsourcing of roles such as the management of our leisure centres and a more realistic Central Government view of our grant entitlement, we have been able to keep our share of the Council Tax down and that is how we intend to keep it.

He added: The fact that the overall position is at or above four per cent increase for most residents is because parishes, the County Council and in particular the Police Service have failed to keep budgets to the rate of inflation. They must do better and achieve significantly lower increases over the next four years.

For more information on Epping Forest District Council and the Council tax please click here.

Council Thanks Residents

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Chigwell and Lambourne residents have been thanked for the 50 per cent increase in the amount of domestic recycling they have achieved since the introduction of wheelie bins and alternate weekly collection last October. In the first months of the scheme, recycling increased from 28 per cent to 42 per cent making Chigwell and Lambourne residents some of the most environmentally friendly in the UK.

Councillor Derek Jacobs, Epping Forest District Council`s Environmental Protection Portfolio Holder said: These results are startling and show just how keen residents are to boost recycling levels. When we are used to waiting months or years to see the impact of new environmental initiatives, these results come as a particularly special and welcome development. Residents in Chigwell and Lambourne have shown they are willing and able to make a big difference. They have proved the new refuse and recycling scheme works and I would like to thank them for the immense amount of goodwill and effort they have put into this.  It is now really important that this momentum is maintained, especially now that we are unable to collect any waste which is not in the wheeled bin unless it is recyclable material. I would encourage all residents to recycle as much as possible, because if they do, all their residual waste will fit into their wheeled bin.

Council Thanks Residents

Residents who are concerned that their 180 litre bin is insufficient can apply for a larger bin and subject to an assessment will be provided with a larger one.

The next phase of the new scheme was completed when the first alternate weekly collections using wheelie bins took place in Waltham Abbey at the end of January. Nazeing, Roydon, Buckhurst Hill and a small part of Epping where collection takes place on Tuesdays are scheduled to switch to the new scheme in March. The Council believes similar increases in recycling levels can also be achieved in these areas. Alternate weekly collection will be introduced across the rest of the District during 2006.

Councillor Jacobs said: Initial reports from Waltham Abbey are very favourable and I am looking forward to seeing the first statistics. We are beginning to see major cuts in the amount of rubbish going to landfill and for once the future looks good.

Limiting residual domestic waste to the content of one wheelie bin per fortnight helps to encourage as much recycling as possible. The Council is collecting extra waste placed beside the wheelie bin (known as `side-waste`) for the first few collections only after introduction of the scheme. The collection of side-waste has now finished in Chigwell and Lambourne, maximising recycling and will also end after the third wheelie bin collection in Waltham Abbey.  However, keeping side waste to a minimum or cutting it out altogether will reduce the impact once the side waste collection period has ended.

For more information click on the wheelie bin at or contact Environmental Services at Epping Forest District Council on 01992 564608.


Celebration of Faith

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Over 200 invited guests turned up to watch a ‘Celebration of Faith’ Civic Service held on Sunday 5 February 2006 at Theydon Bois village hall. The service, to show the diversity of religious groups based in the District, was the inspiration of Epping Forest District Council Chairman Brian Sandler.

The service was made up of short presentations, the Jewish Faith, the Muslim Faith, the Sikh Faith, the Baha’i Faith, the Hindu Faith and the Christian Faith were all represented.

Opening the service was Peter Moore, the Town Crier to the Mayor of London and Freeman of the City of London.

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The service was co-introduced by Councillor Reverend Peter Trendall, the Rector of Chigwell and Chigwell Row and Rabbi Maurice Michaels, the Senior Rabbi of South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue, and guests included the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, The Lord Petre JP, the High Sheriff of Essex, Jennifer Tolhurst, Council Chairmen and Mayors from Braintree, Castle Point, Colchester, Rochford, Basildon, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Maldon, Southend on Sea, Thurrock, Uttlesford, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, East Herts and Essex County Council.
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The first presentation was the Jewish Faith who opened with the children of the Clore Tikva Primary School performing three traditional Jewish dances: Eretz, Eretz; Klezmer: Tzadik Khatamar.
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Following the Jewish dances, Bashir Chaudhry MBE read ‘Prayer for the Leaders of Nations’ representing the Muslim Faith. There was then a Translation of the Holy Scriptures read by Abdullah Samieh followed by a ‘Song of Praise’ sung by a group of young Muslim children.
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Councillor Kewel Singh Chana from the Sikh Faith read a ‘Prayer for Epping Forest’ followed by a hymn from The Sikh Holy Book, Guru Granth Sahib called Prabhati Kabir Jee-o which was performed by members of the Spiritual Journey Foundation.

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After the Sikh presentation, Rabbi Maurice Michaels gave an address based on world peace, and people of different faiths living in harmony and respect of each other, followed by a presentation by the Synagogue Choir of SWESRS (South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue). The choir sang translations of 2 Psalms in Hebrew; ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘A Psalm of David’ accompanied by Alan Dorm and directed by Ian Jacobs.

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Carol Khorsandyon read ‘A Prayer for Peace’ and a combination of soft music, inspiring quotations, stimulating slides and silent contemplation on the theme of unity and oneness, was behind the multimedia presentation by the Baha’i Faith.
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‘A Prayer for Reconciliation’ was read by Ram Sharma of the Hindu Faith followed by a recital of ‘The Gayatri Mantra’ and a song called ‘Arti’ was sung by Mrs Harprashad to end the Hindu presentation.

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The final presentation was by the Christian Faith. Councillor Reverend Peter Trendall read a ‘Prayer for Our Community’ followed by a reading from the New Testament – Colossians 3:12-17 by Councillor John Knapman, Leader of Epping Forest District Council. ‘Jesu, joy of man’s desiring’ and ‘Praise my soul the King of Heaven’ were sung by the Choir of St Mary’s, Chigwell and St Mary’s, Theydon Bois.

A ‘Prayer for Justice’ was read out by the representatives of the six faiths and prayer candles were lit in turn by each Faith, to represent a unity in Faith.

Chairman Brian Sandler read the Prayer for Queen and Country and said after the service “I feel that this was a tremendous success. I feel proud in bringing together leaders from different faiths practised in the District, in a positive demonstration of the unity we have. The diversity of faith and culture in the Epping Forest District is to be celebrated as its residents share in the rich experience of living alongside each other and sharing each others vision of a better world”

“I would like to thank all involved for making the service a highly enjoyable and educational experience.”

The service raised £660 which has been equally distributed between the Chairman’s charities, St Clare Hospice based in Hastingwood and Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs.


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Roydon Pond Gets A Facelift

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Lock Lane Pond, Roydon has had a facelift in a project supported by Roydon Countrycare, Epping Forest District Council`s Countrycare (Countryside section) and Land Drainage section.

The pond, which is thought to be at least 150 years old, was almost totally silted up and had very little water in it. It scored highly in a survey looking at some of the 46 ponds in the parish of Roydon.

It is thought to have started life as an ornamental pond or a bed for watercress, as it appears to have had ornate railings around its boundary. In the late 80s some trees were planted by Roydon Countrycare around the perimeter of the pond.

Work on Lock Lane pond started on 21 November.Overseen by staff from the Council`s Land Drainage Section, contractors Pearl Land Drainage excavated years of silt from the pond to breathe new life back into the pond and establish an area of permanent open water. The old fencing and barbed wire will be removed and a new hedgerow will be established from the pond and up the lane.

During National Tree Week pupils from Roydon Primary School took part in a tree planting exercise. Volunteer Days to help plant the hedge and complete the work around the pond also took place.

The cost of the work is expected to come to £2,500 and this will be shared between Roydon Countrycare and Epping Forest Countrycare.

Lock Lane Pond has tremendous potential for creating and nurturing wildlife habitats and providing a pleasant leisure resource for local people, said Councillor Derek Jacobs, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Protection. It is a very worthwhile project for Roydon.