New Horizon’s co-ordinator, Hettie, retires

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New Horizon’s Hettie Williamson has hung up her ‘days trips hat’, after 26 years of organising the Epping Forest District Council run ‘Stepping Out Club’ outings. Future day trips are to be run by Karen Murray, the District Council’s Older People’s Engagement Officer.

Julie Chandler (Assistant Director of Community Services and Safety), Hettie Williamson (Ex-coordinator of New Horizon’s outings) and Karen Murray (New coordinator for New Horizon’s outings)

Karen Murray said: “Hettie has done a fantastic job and we are sad she won’t be organising the trips any more, but she will hopefully be coming along on a few trips as a guest in future, that’s if she’s not too busy with all her other activities!”

Hettie joined the team as trip coordinator in November 1989 and since then she has dedicated her time and energy into making the club a success.

88 Years Young

At 88 years young, Hettie will continue to manage the District Council’s Bowls club at the David Lloyd Health and Fitness Club in Chigwell and organise her monthly tea dances. Hettie said: “I never looked back and in its heyday I was arranging up to 22 day trips a year. We have been like one big family and we have shared many happy memories together”.

Hettie is an ‘inspiration’

Julie Chandler, Assistant Director for Community Services and Safety said: “I’m delighted that Hettie has been part of the Council for so long. She has been an inspiration to many people and still is. On behalf of the Council, I’d like to thank Hettie for the commitment and energy that she’s given to the Stepping Out Club over the years.”

Popular day trips

New Horizons offers a range of sporting, social and leisure pursuits for the over 50s. They offer everything from badminton to yoga, dancing to petanque, bowls and the ever popular day trips. Trips are run throughout the year to stately homes, gardens, coasts, as well as other special events.

Day trips in 2016 include:

  • Friday 24th June – Oxford the “City of Dreaming Spires”, £41.85 per person
  • Monday 12th September – Royal London-with a visit to Buckingham Palace, £45.65 per person
  • Tuesday 22nd November – Christmas in Faversham & Canterbury with Choral Evensong at the Cathedral, £28.75 per person

Whether you are looking for a new interest or simply looking to enjoy the company of new friends, take a look at what is on offer this year.

For further details about the trips or Tea Dances kmurray@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or 01992 564222

All trips include coach and entry costs unless otherwise stated and local pick up points are available

Book your half-term activities

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October half-term is nearly here – have you booked your child’s activity yet?

Activity Camps

Our Activity Camps are jam packed with sports, arts, dance and drama activities!

  • When – Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October 2015
  • Where – Debden House Conference & Camping Centre, Debden Green, Loughton, Essex IG10 2NZ
  • Time – 8.45am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am to 9.15am)
  • Cost – £16 per day / concessions £8.50 per day

Epping Forest Inclusion Project

The Epping Forest Inclusion Project is running a variety of activities for children and young people with SEND.

  • When – Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October 2015
  • Where – various locations in the district

Hedgehog Day

Come and explore the life of a hedgehog. Enjoy some hedgehog inspired games, learn how to make your garden more hedgehog friendly and what sort of food will encourage them to visit.

  • When – Wednesday 28 October 2015
  • Where – at Sheering Copse, next to Sheering Playing Fields, Sheering CM22 7LX
  • Time – from 11am to 1pm
  • Cost – £3 per child

Inclusion Project October half term activities

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The Epping Forest Inclusion Project is running a variety of activities for children and young people with SEND this October 2015 half term. Why not join us for some fun!

Inclusion Project October half term 2015 flyer

Monday 26 October 2015

Own a Pony

  • 10am to 12pm
  • High Beech Riding School, Pynest Green Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3QL
  • £20 includes hat hire

Enjoy a morning of riding and all the fun that comes with owning a pony. Learn how to groom, tack up and feed ‘your’ pony. Limited spaces, must book in advance. This session is only for children or young people with disabilities/SEN. Please wear suitable clothing.

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Bounce & Swim

  • 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Ongar Leisure Centre, The Gables, Ongar, CM5 0GA
  • £5 (both sessions) £3.50 (for one session)

Come and enjoy an hour of trampolining and an hour of swimming. Book both sessions or just the one that takes your fancy. Parents can swim too! If your child is under 8 you need to be present for the swim session.

Wednesday 28 October 2015

Autumn Suntrap Funday

  • 10am to 3.30pm
  • Suntrap Forest Education Centre, Church Road, High Beach, IG10 4AJ
  • £15 for the first child (additional children £7.50, adults free)

See the forest at its autumn finest and join us for this Halloween theme day. Pumpkin carving, forest trails and lots more. A brilliant day whatever the weather. Please bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing and footwear. Limited spaces must book in advance. Parents must stay if child is under 5.

Thursday 29 October 2015

Booster Cushion performs Hansel, Gretal & You…Who?

  • 11am
  • Loughton Library-First Floor (Jazz Archive), Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD
  • £5 per child (adults free)

This really is fun for all the family. Come and hear the unique story of Hansel and Gretal. With help from the audience can you save them from the Candy House and the Ginger Witch! This is a fast funny show with lots of opportunities for everyone to get involved.

Friday 30 October 2015

Yogini Tinies – Play, Learn & Share Workshop

  • 10am to 2pm
  • The Limes Centre, Chigwell, IG7 5LP
  • £6 per child

Learn yoga the Yogini Tinies way-through story telling, music and creative play. This fun interactive session will help improve you child’s posture, core strength and muscle tone. Siblings welcome. Limited spaces must book in advance.

Inclusion Project booking information

  • Book online

  • Call our booking line on 01992 564226 (open from Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

 

October half term activity camps for kids

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Don’t let your kids get bored the October half term, our Activity Camp is jam packed with sports, arts, dance and drama activities!

Activity Camps October half term 2015 flyer

  • When – Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October 2015
  • Where – Debden House Conference & Camping Centre, Debden Green, Loughton, Essex IG10 2NZ
  • Time – 8.45am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am to 9.15am)
  • Cost – £16 per day /concessions £8.50 per day

Children should dress ready in casual sporty clothing ready to take part in a whole host of exciting activities. A packed lunch is needed.

Activity Camp booking information

Activity Camp places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

  • Book online

  • Call our booking line on 01992 564226 (open from Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Activity Camps is the new Playschemes programme from Epping Forest District Council.

For any further information on the above activities please do not hesitate to contact the Community Health and Wellbeing Team on 01992 564363 or 01992 564269.

Teddy Bears Picnic

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Update 25 August 2015

The Teddy Bears Picnic tomorrow has been cancelled due to expected heavy rain tonight causing the meadow at Linder’s Field to be waterlogged – we’re sorry for the disappointment.


 

Come and join Countrycare and our teddy bears for some fun outdoor activities.

Bring along a picnic to enjoy while you join in with our teddy bear hunt, mask making, bug hunting, crafts, nature trails and more. And don’t forget your teddy bear!

Teddy Bears Picnic poster

Details

  • Where – Linder’s Field, Buckhurst Hill, Roebuck Lane IG9 5QN
  • When – Wednesday 26 August 2015 from 12pm to 2pm
  • Who – The Teddy Bears Picnic is aimed at children aged 3 to 6 years old

Cost is £3 per child and parents must accompany their children.

Booking is essential – please call 01992 788203 to book your child a place.

Countrycare

Epping Forest Countrycare is our award winning Countryside Management Service – find out more at www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/countrycare.

 

 

Book your kids summer activities now

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Youth activities, summer sports, family entertainment, activity camps & more – book your kids summer activities now!

Summer activities 2015

You will find lots of exciting things to do throughout the school holidays. There’s a wide variety of activities including arts and crafts, children’s theatre and multisport activity sessions.

The Epping Forest Inclusion Project runs a number of sessions and activities for children and young people with additional needs.

Book your activities in 3 easy steps

      1. Choose the activities you’d like your kids to attend

        Read our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB)

      2. Book and pay for the activities online

        to book by telephone please call 01992 564226 from 1 July

      3. Add the dates to your diary

        Get ready to celebrate the summer!

What’s going on?

  • Activity Camp

Activity Camp is the new playschemes programme from Epping Forest District Council. Each day of the Activity Camp is jam packed with sports, arts, dance and drama activities that will keep young children smiling and having fun all day long. Find out more in our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB).

  • Play in the Forest

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. Play Rangers will bring along a wide range of equipment and activities for children and young people to enjoy and will help them explore the forest. Activities will include den building, nature trails and woodland arts and crafts. Find out more in our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB).

  • Play in the Park

Play in the Park is all about playing games and having fun outdoors. Play Rangers will bring along a wide range of equipment for children and young people to enjoy and will help organise games. Space Hoppers, flying saucers, cricket, football, art & crafts … endless fun! Find out more in our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB).

Celebrate the summer

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: ‘Don’t let your kids get bored this summer! Our summer activities brochure is packed full of fun and exciting ideas.’

‘Give your kids the opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends … book now and celebrate the summer!’

 

Easter scavenger hunt

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See how many wildlife riddles you can answer and win some Easter treats at our Easter Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday 1 April 2015. It takes place at Roughtalley’s Wood in North Weald, for children aged between 4 to 11 years.

Easter 2015 Scavenger Hunt

  • When – Wednesday 1 April 2015
  • Where – Roughtalley’s Wood, North Weald, CM16 6BL
  • Time – 11am to 1pm
  • Cost – £3 per child

Children must wear clothes suitable for playing outside.

Book now

Booking is essential. To book call Countrycare on 01992 788203.

 

Play in the Forest at Easter

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It’s all about having fun exploring the forest with den building, nature trails and woodland crafts. For boys and girls aged 5 to 11. There is no need to book, just turn up and join in!

Play in the Park & Play in the Forest Easter 2015 flyer

  • When – Monday 30 March 2015
  • Where – Ditches Rise, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, CM16 7DR
  • Time – 10am to 12pm
  • Cost – £2.50
  • When – Friday 10 April 2015
  • Where – High Beech, Loughton, IG10 4AE
  • Time – 10am to 12pm
  • Cost – £2.50

Booking information

  • Book online

  • Call the booking line on 01992 564226 from 10am to 4pm

For further information on the above activities please contact Community Services on 01992 564363 or 01992 564269.

Play in the Park at Easter

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It’s all about playing organised games and having fun outdoors. There will be space hoppers, flying saucers, rounders, clay model making … and more! For boys and girls aged 5 to 11. There is no need to book, just turn up and join in! It’s free!

Play in the Park & Play in the Forest Easter 2015 flyer

  • When – Monday 30 March 2015
  • Where – Town Mead Leisure Park Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JH
  • Time – 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • When – Tuesday 31 March 2015
  • Where – Stonards Hill Recreation Ground Stonards Hill, Epping, CM16 6EJ
  • Time – 10am to 12pm
  • When – Tuesday 31 March 2015
  • Where – Roding Valley Recreation Ground, (Near Tennis Courts), Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • Time – 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • When – Wednesday 1 April 2015
  • Where – Abridge Village Hall Playing Fields Ongar Road, Abridge, RM4 1BS
  • Time – 10am to 12pm
  • When – Wednesday 1 April 2015
  • Where – Ivy Chimneys Playground Ivy Chimneys Road, Epping, CM16 4EP
  • Time – 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • When – Thursday 2 April 2015
  • Where – Jessel Drive Green Loughton, Essex, IG10
  • Time – 10am to 12pm
  • When – Thursday 2 April 2015
  • Where – Shelley Park St Peters Avenue, Shelley, Ongar, CM5 0BT
  • Time – 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • When – Tuesday 7 April 2015
  • Where – Stonards Hill Recreation Ground Stonards Hill, Epping, CM16 6EJ
  • Time – 10am to 12pm
  • When – Tuesday 7 April 2015
  • Where – Roding Valley Recreation Ground, (Near Tennis Courts), Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • Time – 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • When – Wednesday 8 April 2015
  • Where – Abridge Village Hall Playing Fields Ongar Road, Abridge, RM4 1BS
  • Time – 10am to 12pm
  • When – Wednesday 8 April 2015
  • Where – Ninefields (Large Green Field) Hillhouse, Waltham Abbey EN9 3EL
  • Time – 1.30pm to 3.30pm
  • When – Thursday 9 April 2015
  • Where – Jessel Drive Loughton, Essex, IG10
  • Time – 10am to 12pm
  • When – Thursday 9 April 2015
  • Where – Love Lane Playground Love Lane, Ongar, CM5 9BL
  • Time – 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Booking information

  • Book online

  • Call the booking line on 01992 564226 from 10am to 4pm

For further information on the above activities please contact Community Services on 01992 564363 or 01992 564269.

Easter holiday playschemes

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Playschemes are an opportunity for boys and girls aged 5 to 11 to have fun, learn new skills and make new friends. Activities include sports, arts & crafts, drama, indoor games, lots of exciting challenges … and much more!

Easter holiday 2015 playschemes

  • When – Monday 30 March to Thursday 2 April 2015 and Tuesday 7 April to Friday 10 April 2015
  • Where – Leverton Junior School, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 3BE
  • Time – 8.45am to 3.30pm (registration 8.45am to 9.15am)
  • Cost – £15 per day or £8.50 concessions

Booking information

Playschemes places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

  • Book online

  • Call the booking line on 01992 564226 from 10am to 4pm

For further information on the above activities please contact Community Services on 01992 564363 or 01992 564269.