The big E

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Children aged from 5 to 11 decorated the big E during their Easter holiday playscheme to illustrate what they like about living in the district.

The forest, nature and open spaces was chosen as the theme. The children used a variety of art materials to decorate the E with. They drew pictures of animals and insects which can be seen seen when exploring the forest. Wellie boots were used as a track around the E to highlight the district’s walks.

Currently on display at the civic offices in Epping, the big E was decorated during an Easter holiday playscheme on 4 April 2012 at Whitebridge Junior School in Loughton.

Good for EssexGood for Essex poster
Essex County Council has given 12 District and Borough Councils in Essex a letter which spell out ‘Good for Essex’.

Epping Forest District Council was given the letter E.

Good for Essex is a new website promoting volunteering and community based opportunities in Essex, aimed at getting you involved to help your local community.

Go to to find out more and get involved.

‘Amazing things happen when we work together’

Limes Farm Festival of Healthy Living

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Come visit us at the Limes Farm Festival of Healthy Living!

We’ll be celebrating food, fitness and healthy living. The 6 week programme includes boxfit, a dads and lads football match, the only way is boot camp, nutritious and delicious cookery workshop, all aimed at bringing fun and inspiration to Epping Forest residents.


All the activities take place at the Limes Centre in Chigwell and run from 15 February to 30 March 2012. Many of the sessions are free, others have a small charge, please check the brochures for details. The festival also includes a screening of the animated family comedy film ‘Ratatouille’ and activities run by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

So, why not join us for an interactive, fun session on how to prepare quick and easy nutritional meals, or come along to one of our friendly activity sessions? It’s easy, simply pick the sessions you’re interested in and telephone the number listed to book your place.

Places are strictly on a first come, first served basis, so hurry to avoid disappointment.

More information:
Limes Farm Festival of Healthy Living (pdf 1.2 MB)

Online events calendar
Councillor Ricki Gadsby Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder said: “I hope this festival helps both children and adults adopt healthy eating and lifestyle habits. Our Community Services Team has put together a wonderful variety of events that all the family can enjoy. Help kick start a healthier you for 2012, there really is something for everyone’s taste!”

Book your event at the renovated Limes Centre

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Wedding receptions, children’s parties, fitness classes, meetings and events.

Bookings are now being taken for the Limes Centre in Chigwell which is opening in the new year.

A new facility for the whole community!

Download a copy of the Limes Centre brochure using the link below for further information on the 3 rooms including capacity, hire charges and booking details.

Limes Centre Brochure

The fully accessible Limes Centre has 3 distinct areas:

1.The Limes Hall comes with a fully fitted kitchen and can accommodate up to 200 people
2.The Limes Activity Hall is a space for up to 50 people and has a small kitchen area
3.The Limes Meeting Room is a meeting area for up to 12 people

We are now taking bookings for February 2012 onwards. An affordable pricing structure varies according to the time and day of hire and means that the meeting room can be hired out for as little as £2.50 an hour and the Limes Hall for £10 an hour. Special discounted rates are available for Limes Farm residents.

Call us on 01992 564561 or email for information on how to hire the Limes Centre facilities.

The Limes Centre is located at Limes Avenue, Chigwell, IG7 5LP

Ninefields Community Centre Receives a Facelift

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The new-look Ninefields Community Centre, on Ninefields Estate, Waltham Abbey, incorporating a new art sculpture and entrance refurbishment, was officially unveiled on Wednesday 16 June 2010 by Epping Forest District Council`s Chairman, Councillor Anne Grigg.

Just over a year ago, Epping Forest District Council`s Community Services Department set up an activity club following a consultation exercise that identified there was a clear need for youth provision on the estate. As a result, the `We Don`t Do Bored Club was established for young people. One of their first projects was to work with local artist Phillip Melling, who captured their ideas within the 2D art sculpture design.

Chairman Cllr Anne Grigg and children at the Ninefields Community Centre

Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Brian Rolfe said: “The project is a result of partnership working between Epping Forest District Council, Waltham Abbey Town Council, Essex Criminal Justice Board and Abbey Youth FC and without the support and enthusiasm from the local community this project would never have been possible.”

“It is great to see the improved appearance of the Ninefields Community Centre and to be able to witness the wide range of activities that take place there for both young and old,” commented Valerie Goodchild, Communications Manager for Essex Criminal Justice Board.

“We were very pleased to be able to support this refurbishment project with funds from the Community Cashback scheme, which uses the cash and assets seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act to benefit local communities. It was one of four projects in Essex to benefit from £130,000 of cash from crime.” she added.

The sculpture and entrance refurbishment projects were first commissioned in December 2009, after the Criminal Justice Board`s Community Cashback scheme awarded the project £16,500 to improve the look of the community centre. Phase 1 of the project saw a new entrance, shutter and sign installed and phase 2 saw the installation of the 2D art sculpture that has proved a hit with the local community.

Limes Farm Multi Use Games Area Launched

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Young people celebrated the opening of the refurbished multi-use games area on Thursday 24 September 2009 at the Limes Farm Estate in Chigwell.

Chairman Penny Smith, Councillor Brian Rolfe with young people and staff at the new games area

Epping Forest District Council`s Community Development Team had secured funding of £40K from the BIG Lottery Children`s Play Programme to undertake the improvement project. State of the art rebound fencing, new basketball ends, football goals and tennis nets, along with a bright new playing surface have all been provided as part of the scheme.

The new games area provides the perfect location from which to deliver the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Social Inclusion Project, which has been developed by the Council`s Sports Development Team, with multi-sport sessions running during the evenings for local young people. During the day the community games area is used by Limes Farm Junior School ensuring that the facility is well used at all times.

Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder, Brian Rolfe said: By securing Lottery funding the Council has been able to provide a first class facility for Limes Farm, in particular, local children and young people. Following the success of the new playground installed last year, we were delighted to support further investment as part of our commitment to the local community.

A visit by Penny Smith, Chairman of the Council, marked the launch event, which involved young people being treated to a football free-style display from the legendary Billy Wingrove from Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. Youngsters then tried their hand at a variety of sports on offer, including tennis tuition provided by Chigwell Tennis Club.

Nazeing Playground

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The sun came out to shine on Thursday 16 July 2009 as children from Nazeing celebrated the opening of their new £50,000 playground with Councillor Penny Smith, the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council. The new facilities at Hoe Lane are a collaborative venture between Epping Forest District Council and Nazeing Parish Council, using money from the Big Lottery Children`s Play Programme Fund.

After the official ribbon cutting with Madison Lang, Tyree Zengini, Josh and Freya Lock, Councillor Smith helped to test the new roundabout and climbing frames. She could then not resist joining the older children for some shots with the new basketball hoop.

Councillor Smith congratulated everyone involved in the project including local children and parents involved in the design consultation and Council staff from Community Development and Housing. Asking the children if they liked their new playground, she was rewarded with cheers of agreement.

Nazeing is one of three areas to benefit from improvement to playgrounds by Epping Forest District Council using £243,000 of Big Lottery funding. After spending more time with 12 year-old Keiran Poonwassie and his friends at the basketball hoop, Councillor Smith headed to St Giles` Church Hall where local people were meeting to discuss plans for another playground at Elizabeth Close in Nazeing.

Join the Green Team

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The Green Team Programme at Epping Forest District Council, a partnership between Community Development and Countrycare the Council`s countryside management service, is giving young environmentalists from across the district the opportunity to take part in a number of environmentally friendly activities.

The aim of The Green Team activities is for young people to learn about all aspects of care in the countryside. Children aged five to eleven years and young people in school year seven and above are welcome to take part in various activities.

The Green Team logo

Events being organised in the next few months include pond dipping, hay making, woodland discovery, insect and butterfly safari, bug hunting, seed gathering, cutting down trees and making a fire to dispose of the wood.

Activities are planned to take place at the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey, Epping Forest Burial Park in North Weald and various other places of interest in the district.

To find out more about future events, please call Chris Burr on 01992 564363.