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.

Easter Holiday Playschemes are set to be the best yet

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Easter Holiday PlayschemesWith a wide range of fun and exciting activities, including an ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’  that includes an Easter Bunny hunt, Easter-themed arts and crafts, sporting fun and games, competitions and an ‘eggciting’ fancy dress party the council’s Easter Holiday Playschemes are set to be the best yet!

The theme of the second week of activities is Cartoon Capers and will be action-packed and full of fun with wacky races, super heroes, cartoon princess and lots more. The week will end with a fun party with children dressing up as their favourite cartoon character. In addition, children are able to choose from a range of activities every day including sports, music, drama, arts and crafts.

Due to popular demand the Playschemes will start at 8.45am and run until 3.30pm.

Children can come along for the whole two weeks, or individual days as required.

The Easter Playscheme will be based at Thomas Willingale School, Loughton and will run from 2-12 April inclusive. The booking line is now open on 01992 564226 and the playschemes will continue to offer great value for money at £15 per day (£8.50 concessions).

We are also running a number of ‘Play In The Park’ and Play In The Forest’ sessions for children from 5 – 11 years old.

Play in the park logo‘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, rounders, football, arts & crafts and endless fun! Children are:

Free to come
Free to go
Free to play

Please note ‘Play in the Park’ sessions are provided as play opportunities for children and young people and not as childcare. All participants may come and go as they please. Staff are not obliged to prevent any child from leaving the session. There are no toilet facilities at the sites.

Play in the Park is supported by your local parish/town council.

No booking is required, just turn up and have some fun. All sessions are free of charge and parents/carers are free to stay and join in.

For details of the dates and times of the Play In the Park sessions please visit our Community Events listing on our website.

Play In the Forest LogoPlay 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. Suitable clothing to be worn and children to be accompanied by an adult. There are no toilet facilities at the sites. No booking required, just turn up and enjoy yourselves.

The sessions cost £2 each and you pay when you arrive on site.

For details of the dates and times of the Play In the Forest sessions please visit our Community Events listing on our website.

For general information regarding Easter Holiday activities, please telephone the Community Development Team on 01992 564556.

For full dates, times and locations of all our upcoming programme of activities and play schemes please take a look at our events calendar.

Countrycare Events For 2013

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Countrycare will be running a series of kids events again this spring and summer.

Join Countrycare on one of our Local Nature Reserves and branch out into birds on Roding Valley Meadows, go barmy over bugs at Weald Common or nutty over newts at Nazeing Triangle. Our kids events are aimed at ages 4 to 12, we aim to teach them a little about their surrounding countryside and the wildlife that lives there and have a lot of fun too!

We will be kicking off with an Easter Scavenger Hunt at Roughtalley’s Wood on 3rd April. Find and solve the riddles hidden around the reserve to win some chocolate eggs!

Click Countrycare Events 2013 for a list of all our events in 2013.

Forests and Fun – Easter Inclusion Project Activities

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Forest Activity Day Poster

The Epping Forest Inclusion Project will be running two events over the Easter Holidays.

The first is a Forest Activity Day on 2 April at Suntrap Forest Education Centre, Church Road, High Beach, IG10 4AJ.

This activity day is for children and young people with disabilities / special education needs and their siblings. An exciting day, it will involve Shelter Building in the forest and fun with the Suntrap Animals. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult and everybody should bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing for all weathers, including Wellies! The event will cost £10.00 for the first child, £5.00 for every other child and parents are welcome to stay for free!

Booking is required as spaces are limited! To book a place please contact Epping Forest District Council on 01992 564 226 or email: csreception@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Easter Cartoon Club Poster                                   The second event is The Epping Forest Cartoon Club. After such a popular half term event we are pleased to say we are running the Cartoon Club again at Waltham Abbey Town Hall, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1DE on Wednesday 10th April. The Cartoon Club is a great way for everyone to experience the thrill of the big screen without the restrictions of a cinema.

Bring the whole family along and experience the thrill of the big screen as we turn Waltham Abbey Town Hall into a Giant Living Room.

Children* have the freedom to move around as they please (*Please note that all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult). We will be showing a number of cartoons / short films. As well as this we will have an Arts & Crafts area for the whole family to enjoy.

The event costs £1 per child and you can drop in at anytime between 2pm and 4pm. Please bring your own refreshments.

For more information please contact Olivia Worsfold on 01992 564 220 or email oworsfold@eppingforestdc.gov.uk