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.

 

February half term playscheme

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Join us for a fun week of arts and crafts, sporting activities, games galore and a whole lot more for a swash buckling Pirate themed week!

Our February half term playscheme is from Monday 16 February to Friday 20 February 2015 at Upshire Primary Foundation School, Upshire Road, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3PX. It’s for children aged 5 to 11 years and costs £15 per day or £8.50 concession. Activities run from 8.45am to 3.30pm each day.

February half term playschemes logo

Book your place now

You can book the whole week or pick and choose the days you want.

Book online or call our booking line on 01992 564226 – open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Epping Forest Playschemes are an opportunity for children to have fun, learn new skills and make new friends – join us for a swash buckling Pirate themed week.

 

Six for All new project for people with disabilities

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Six for All is an exciting new sports project for young people aged 14+ and adults with disabilities.

We are inviting people with disabilities in the Epping Forest district to the launch event on Thursday 13 November at Ongar Leisure Centre.

Six for All launch event

Six for All

Six for All is funded by Sport England and aims to help get disabled people more active, working with local sports clubs in 6 different sports

  1. table tennis
  2. judo
  3. athletics
  4. boccia
  5. trampolining
  6. swimming

Our aim is to increase the number of sporting opportunities around the district and increase the number of disabled people being more active. We also aim to upskill volunteers, participants and coaches by running a number of workshops and courses.

Six for All launch event

To launch this new project we are holding a special event on Thursday 13 November at Ongar Leisure Centre. This is the perfect opportunity to come and find out more about the project and try your hand at 4 of the sports on offer trampolining, judo, boccia and athletics. This is a free event. Why not bring a group down – free car parking available on site.

Want to know more?

If you require any further information contact Olivia Worsfold

If you are able to join us please email us with the name of the group and an idea of numbers. If you’re not part of a group, you’re still more then welcome to come down and get involved in this exciting new project.

Cabinet supports homes for local people

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Proposals for 15 affordable rented housing units on the site of hard to let garages in Vere Road, Loughton received the backing of councillors at the meeting of Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet on 3 November.

  • Due to technical issues there is no sound in the first few minutes of the webcast.

Affordable homes plan for brownfield site

The proposals to lease the land to Moat Housing Association were presented by Housing Portfolio Holder David Stallan. Subject to planning permission Moat Housing would develop 1 and 2 bedroom flats with associated parking on the site. Epping Forest District Council would receive £425,000 in exchange for a 999 year lease of the land to be used to fund the council’s own house building programme and other regeneration schemes.

Moat and the council would also aim to provide 14 additional car parking spaces for lease to residents of the new development being built next to the site on land formerly occupied by the Sir Winston Churchill public house.

Councillor Stallan assured councillors that full consultation on the proposed development would be carried out with local residents through the planning application process.

Leisure strategy and business loans

Other items debated at cabinet included the council’s leisure and cultural strategy, Council Tax and Local Council Tax Support Scheme, Non Domestic Rates and the Essex voluntary and community sector framework.

The Council is to support a scheme by start-up loans, a Government backed agency that offers loans of up to £10,000 to new businesses in the start up phase or first year of trading. Meetings are being held with the aim of taking the project forward in the next few months. Start-up is one of a series of initiatives to be publicised to local businesses at the Council’s Access to Funding Roadshow to be held at the Civic Offices on 17 November.

 

Autumn half term playschemes

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Bring your kids along to our explosive and spooky themed week during autumn half term.

Epping Forest Playschemes are an opportunity for children to have fun, learn new skills and make new friends. Activities include sports, art and craft, drama, indoor games and exciting challenges.

Autumn half term week playschemes

When – Monday 27 October to Friday 31 October 2014.

Time – 8:45am to 3:30pm.

Ages – For children aged 5 to 11 years.

Cost – £15 or £8.50 concessions per day.

Where – Upshire Primary Foundation School, Upshire Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 3PX (click for map).

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Activities include sports, arts and crafts, drama, indoor games and exciting new challenges. All children to wear suitable clothing and shoes and bring a packed lunch.

Book now

Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment, you can book online or call our booking line on 01992 564226 between 10am and 4pm.

 

A summer to sing and dance about

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Creative workshops from Epping Forest District Council arts team are now finished for this year, with ideas already buzzing for summer 2015.

Playing with sound

Jazz hands were brought to life at Jazzmatazz, at DNA Studios, Waltham Abbey by a group of young dancers.  Taught by Epping Forest District Council Dance Development Artist Vanessa Gayton, the group learnt how to leap, spin, and drag run as well as learning a tricky routine.

Participants showed off their skill for song writing at Song in a Day at Budworth Hall, Ongar. Guided by musician Phoebe Osborne they wrote, sang and produced a great piece about their adventures during the summer all in a day.

Wagon Wheels, oranges and monkey nuts may be an odd combination but it makes a great animation. Working in partnership with Zinc Arts Centre, budding animators created two short films using different techniques.

Dancer Jenny Bater from Hip Hop Pop was back working with Epping Forest District Council arts team, with another great hip hop workshop. Participants had a difficult routine to learn with moves including Uncle Sams, CCs and The Bart Man.

How to…Draw and How to…Colour In workshops were so popular an extra one was added, giving more opportunity to draw a chicken from a triangle, learn top tips from an artist and the science behind colour.

Summer events finished off with the SX Urban Games, at Town Mead Leisure Park in Waltham Abbey. Along with skate, scooter and bike competitions, spectators and competitors got to try their hands at some graffiti artwork using spray paint, making large colourful letters.

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Community loved Oakwood Hill

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Local residents from Oakwood Hill in Loughton came along to the community centre on Wednesday 3 July to enjoy a day of free activities and help shape future events by sharing ideas on what they would like to see.

Activities on offer ranged from arts and crafts and face painting to clay modelling and colouring and drawing. Children and adults alike joined in with making spaghetti bolognese with their bodies – a different way to get active. Painted faces included monsters, Minnie Mouse and even pirates and residents could also find out about recycling and joining their local Residents’ Association.

Other organisations taking part included the NHS with tips on healthy eating and health checks, Loughton Voluntary Care, Loughton Town Council, Epping Forest College, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and nail painting was done by Nailtastix.

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Gill Wallis, Community Development Officer said: “Lots of residents came along to see us and we received some excellent ideas as to the type of activities people would like to see in their local community. Anyone unable to attend can still get in touch with any ideas they have by calling 01992 564556.”

A similar event Love Ninefields, will be held at the Ninefields Community Centre, Hill House, Waltham Abbey on Wednesday 10 July.

 

Stay & Play group achieves Gold Award for good practice

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The Community Development Team at Epping Forest District Council runs a regular parent and toddler session at Norway House Homeless Hostel for families and mums to be. The session provides space for children to run around, play, be messy and socialise with other children. The session uses play to encourage parents to interact with their children and enhance their parenting skills in a friendly, supportive environment.

Stay and Play Team receving their awardThe group has recently been awarded the Pre-School Learning Alliance’s Gold certificate following completion of the third annual review of the Baby and Toddler ‘Good Practice Checklist’.

Criteria included

  • good health & safety practice
  • employment procedures
  • play activities
  • inclusion
  • record keeping

In particular, the group gained recognition for the ongoing quality childcare experience provided at Norway House. The ‘Stay and Play’ sessions run on Wednesday mornings between 10.30am to 12.30 in the Norway House common room.

For more information about ‘Stay and Play’ contact Lucy Eales on 01992 564363 or leales@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.