L’Etape London by Le Tour de France

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Missing Le Tour de France already?

Human Race Events have the answer with L’Etape London by Le Tour de France, the Official Tour de France Legacy Sportive for London.

Tour de France 7 July 2014

Tour de France fever returns

Tour de France fever returns to the streets of Epping Forest with Human Race Events’ L’Etape London by Le Tour de France, the Official Tour de France Legacy Sportive for London. Taking place on the 27 September, the streets of Epping Forest will once again play host to Le Tour with 3 challenging distances (42, 92 or 117 miles) following much of the same route as Stage 3 of 2014 Tour de France.

With an array of Tour de France experiences on offer along the route and in the event village, L’Etape London really is the ultimate Tour de France cycling experience!

Find out more

Details at www.humanrace.co.uk

Excel in sport with our Young Sports Award

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Are you aged 13 to 25, have a real talent in a sport and need help to develop your skills? If the answer is yes, apply for an Active Epping Forest Young Sports Award ranging from £500 to £1,000 now.

Active Epping Forest Young Sports Award

Active Epping Forest logo

Are you eligible?

You must

  • Be aged 13 to 25 on the closing date of the applications (30 November 2015)
  • Live in the Epping Forest district (or if you are at college or university your family home must be in the Epping Forest district)
  • Be competing at a county, regional or national level in a nationally governed recognised sport (if you are unsure please contact Fabrizio on 01992 564567)

To be considered for an award you will need to be at least regional standard in your sport and be able to support your application with detailed information as well as a referee.

If you are shortlisted you will be invited for an informal talk in December to meet the panel and give them further information about your plans for the future as well and any other developments that may have occurred since your application.

Closing date for applications is 30 November 2015.

Let us help you 

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “Our sports award recognises the hard work, dedication and commitment needed to play sports at the highest level. This is a fantastic way to celebrate the amazing achievements of our young people and help them excel in their chosen sport.”

“If you’re a county or national standard sports person aged 13 to 25, let us help you to develop your skills, apply for an Active Epping Forest Young Sports Award now.”

Want to know more?

For more information please contact Fabrizio Ferrari

 

High Beach Youth Cycling Club

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High Beach Youth Cycling Club is a competitive mountain biking club for young people aged 8 and over.
 
High Beach Youth Cycling Club flyer

When

The club meets for training at every Saturday and all abilities are welcome. The club helps young people develop the skills needed to be able to enter local and regional competitions. 

Where

Meet in the car park, Kings Oak Hotel Pub, Paul’s Nursery Road, Loughton, IG10 4AE.

Times 

10am to 12 noon.

Cost 

£6 for non club members. Bikes can be supplied at no extra cost with prior notice.

Want to know more? 

If you would like more information, or would like a programme of rides, please contact Fabrizio on 01992 564567 or email fferrari@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

 

Help for young athletes

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If you are a county or national standard athlete and need a helping hand why not apply for our young sports award. You could win a prize of up to £1,500 to help you progress further in your sport.

Young sports award

To apply you must be

  • Be aged between 13 and 25 years on theapplication closing date of 6 September 2013
  • Live in the Epping Forest district (or if at collage or university return ‘home’ to the Epping Forest district during the holidays)
  • Competing at county, regional or national level in a nationally governed sport

Deadline for applications is 6 September 2013, so get your applications in now.

Winners will be announced in October and all winners will be automaticly nominated for the regional awards taking place in November.

Apply now

To request an application form, contact Fabrizio Ferrari by telephone on 01992 564567 or by email fferrari@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

 

Extreme rafting for Chairman’s charities

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On the evening of Friday 19 July, Epping Forest District Council Staff took part in a sponsored white water rafting event at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, in aid of fundraising for the chairman’s chosen charities.

The Chairman of Council, Councillor Mary Sartin organised the event for council staff to experience this fantastic facility. Money raised at the event will benefit St Clare Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Lee Valley White Water Centre played host to the Olympic Games and is a 5 minute walk from the historic Waltham Abbey, it is now the home of the British Canoeing.

Staff who participated thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the rapids, although a few went down the white water without being in a raft.  All those that took part raised sponsorship for the chairman’s charities.

Photos

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Democratic Services Officer, Adrian Hendry said: ‘It was really quite nice.”

For more information on the Chairman’s charities visit www.chairmanofcouncil.com.

 

Check out the Map The Move film!

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This short film is the final step in a digital media project created as part of the Make A Move legacy.

Local groups of all ages and abilities contributed to the film by dancing a small part of choreography, created by Vanessa Gayton and Vicky Quirke, Dance Development Artists based on sporting moves.

The film takes you around the district to watch a small clip of each group perform their piece.  Look at for staff members of Epping Forest District Council!

The film had its premiere screening at dance showcase eNgage at Harlow Playhouse on Thursday 27 June.

Rus Pearson of Drake Music composed the music for the film with unused sound bites from the Make A Move soundtrack.  Videographer Erato Tzavara brought all the different clips together to make this wonderful film.

Make A Move was an amazing en-masse community dance project, bringing together over 200 people from the district to celebrate the 2012 London Olympic Games. 

Watch the video below for more information.

Home Energy Conservation Act Further Report 2013

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As part of the amended Home Energy Conservation Act, Local Authorities are required to submit a further report on planned energy efficiency measures in their area.

Read the Epping Forest District Council HECA further report 2013

Find out more about energy efficiency

 

Countrycare Easter Scavenger Hunt

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Looking for something fun to do with the  kids Wednesday 3rd April? Why not Join Epping Forest Countrycare for an Easter Scavenger hunt!

10am until 12pm. No need to book just turn up. £4 per child. Starting point Reserve Entrance at the end of Pike Way, North Weald, CM16 6BL.

For more Countrycare events download our Coutnrycare Events List 2013

 

 

 

Get on your bike! New cycling opportunities around the district

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We have loads of new cycling opportunities for you to get on your bike and follow up the success of Team GB in cycling at the Olympics and Bradley Wiggins at the Tour de France. With the Tour due to pass through our district in 2014 these are exciting times for the sport of cycling and the perfect opportunity to get people trying the various disciplines the sport has to offer.We have loads of new cycling opportunities for you to get on your bike

To build on these exciting times Epping Forest District Council will be developing a whole host of cycling initiatives in 2013 to develop a legacy for the sport in the district.

The first initiative, a Mountain biking club for young people aged 8 to 16, will launch on Saturday 2 March.  The club will give young people the opportunity to learn and develop biking skills on trails in the Epping Forest and get involved in local and national competitions. There is even the chance to ride at the Olympic Venue.

The club will meet every Saturday at Kings Oak Hotel Car Park, Nursery Rd, High Beach, Loughton IG10 4AE at 10am.

Sessions cost £6 and participants will have to bring their own bikes – parents and guardians are welcome to take part.

In addition to this, throughout the course of 2013 we will also be launching family rides at weekends. These will be lead rides where whole families can come together and enjoy the beauty of the Epping Forest and Lee Valley by riding simple trails lead by a qualified instructor.  

A cycling for health programme will also be launched in the Spring of 2013. This programme based on our highly successful Lifewalks Programme aims to help people improve their health through participation in lead cycling sessions across the Lee Valley area.

Finally, the summer will see the launch of the Epping Forest Breeze network. Breeze is a British Cycling initiative aimed at getting more women and girls to cycle. The project will develop women only cycling sessions lead by female instructors where the emphasis is on fun and socialising rather than gruelling activity. 

If you would like more information on any of the above programmes or would like to book your child a place on the mountain biking club then please contact Fabrizio Tel. 01992 564567 email fferrari@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Love our British birds on Valentines Day

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National Nest Box Week is great for birds. Starting on 14 February, St Valentine’s Day, it’s the time we remind ourselves to provide homes for dozens of species, from Blue Tits to Barn Owls.

Nesting Blue Tit
Nesting Blue Tit

The natural nest sites on which many of our bird species depend, such as holes in trees and buildings, are fast disappearing as gardens and woods are ‘tidied’ and old houses are repaired.

National Nest Box Week was launched in 1997 and since then thousands of enthusiastic naturalists across the UK have put up boxes to compensate for this loss. It is estimated that there are now 5 to 6 million boxes in gardens across the UK.

Whether you’re a family with space for a box in your garden, a teacher, a member of a local wildlife group, or you belong to a bird club and could organise a work party, National Nest Box Week gives you the chance to contribute to the conservation effort in the UK whilst giving you the pleasure of observing any breeding birds that you attract to your garden.

Build a nest box

If you’ve never built a nest box before, why not give it a go this year? Or if you haven’t got the time, it’s easy to buy one. Go on, give Britain’s birds a valentines day gift this year!

Making your own nest box

If you want more information about nests and nest boxes, contact nnbw@bto.org.