The Essex Experience

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Safer Communities Partnership - Epping Forest District

An exciting opportunity exists for young (or young at heart) adult volunteers aged 18 years or over to take part in the Essex Experience, a project by Essex Scouts to allow young people aged between 12 and 15 years old at risk of social exclusion the opportunity to try exciting and challenging activities.

The project receives part-funding for young people from the Epping Forest District though the Safer Communities Partnership.

Do you have young adults in your organisation, aged 18 years or more, or do you know of any young adults, who could benefit from being a volunteer at the Essex Experience?

    It is free to participate and the commitment would be as follows:

  • Monday 15 to Friday 19 September 2008
    Residential volunteer training course including teambuilding, leadership & communications skills, working with young people, first aid.
  • Evening Friday 19 to afternoon Sunday 21 September 2008
    Activity and camping weekend for 150 young people aged 12 to 15 years old. Activities include abseiling, climbing, go-karting, canoeing, rafting, archery, air rifle shooting, arts & crafts.
Briefing Meeting

Potential volunteers are required to attend a briefing meeting (further details will be sent with the application pack).

The Role of the Volunteer

The Role of the Volunteers is to act as mentors to the young people during the activity weekend, camping with them, leading them through the activities and encouraging them to take part. Support, in the form of training, first aid, catering, logistics, site services and activities, is provided by a large team of Scout leaders and volunteers.

Volunteer Requirements

Enthusiasm; enjoy a challenge; can lead by example and deal with problems; a sense of fun; willingness to deal with challenging behaviour from young people; can cope with camping for three nights; willingness to make friends and work as part of a team.

Benefits to the Volunteers

These include gaining a greater understanding of young people, develop leadership & teamwork skills, improve interpersonal and organisational skills, gain outdoor practical skills, experience new activities, take responsibility, increase self confidence, gain first aid skills.

Further Information and Application Pack
    Please contact Claire Fielder, Community Development Officer for Essex Scouts by:

  • Telephone on 01702 216768
  • Email at

Chairman Presents Awards to Stay and Play

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Chairman Cllr John Knapman presents awards to the Stay and Play play workers at Norway House

Chairman of Council, Councillor John Knapman presented Good Practice Certificates to the play workers of The Stay & Play Parent and Toddler Group at Norway House Homeless Hostel on on 2 July 2008.

The Stay and Play Group achieved a Good Practice Certificate from the Pre-school Learning Alliance in recognition of the quality of childcare it provides. In order to achieve the award, play workers had to meet excellent standards in elements such as Health & Safety, the quality of activities provided, management, administration and teamwork. The Good Practice Certificate is recognition of the team`s professional, committed and enthusiastic approach.

The Norway House Homeless Hostel provides a warm and welcoming environment for all the families that attend. Fun, creative and challenging activities are available for the little children in a stimulating setting. Parents and carers are able to chat informally together whilst joining in the fun with their children. The play workers Gemma, Mary and Val work tirelessly to provide a wonderful group that fully promotes the outcomes of the Every Child Matters agenda.

The Stay and Play Parent and Toddler Group is run in partnership with Community Development at Epping Forest District Council and a local charity SEFFTA (Supporting Epping Forest Families in Temporary Accommodation).

SEFFTA have volunteer and trustee opportunities, for more information please call Gemma on 01992 564556.

Chigwell Row Declaration of Result of Poll

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Epping Forest District

Election of a Parish Councillor for Chigwell Row

on Thursday 3 July 2008

I, Ian Willett, being the Returning Officer at the above election, do hereby give notice that the number of votes recorded for each Candidate at said election is as follows:

Name of Candidate Description (if any) Number of Votes Elected Votes
Roger Peter
The Conservative
Party Candidate
288 E
Gary Scott
Liberal Democrat 206  

The Persons above against whose name the elected column is marked is duly elected.

The number of ballot papers rejected was as follows: Number
(a) want of an official mark
(b) voting for more Candidates than voter was entitled to 1
(c) writing or mark by which voter could be identified
(d) being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty 1
(e) rejected in part
Total 2

Vacant Seats: 1

Electorate: 1,803

Turnout: 27.5%

I do hereby declare that Roger Peter Farthing

is duly elected as Parish Councillor for Chigwell Row


Dated 3 July 2008

Ian Willett
Returning Officer

Daleks Spotted at Airfield

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Bumper crowds and Daleks turned up to the Wings and Wheels Model Spectacular held 2008 at North Weald Airfield on 28 and 29 June 2008. The Airfield was host to one of the UK`s largest and longest running radio controlled model shows with many enthusiasts staying for the whole weekend.

Daleks at the Wings and Wheels Model SpectacularA model tank at the Wings and Wheels Model Spectacular

Visitors were entertained by spectacular flying displays over the main runway which was closed to full size aircraft for the event. There were opportunities to have a go with radio controlled boats on the specially constructed boat pool and radio controlled cars.

Everything for the modelling enthusiast was available from trade stands and there was an opportunity to buy and sell second hand models at the bring and buy marquee.

Further entertainment was provided by the large model tanks and full size Daleks that trundled through the crowds.

Summer of Hugs

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Favourite Trees

Countrycare, Epping Forest District Council`s countryside management service, is holding a `Summer of Hugs` event at High Beech in Epping Forest on Saturday 5 July 2008.

The free event is to celebrate the District`s veteran trees and to launch the 50 Favourite Trees book. Visitors can drop in any time between 10am and 4pm on the green outside the King`s Oak Pub and Epping Forest Conservation Centre in High Beech – Grid Reference TQ 41150 98208. There will be displays, maps and guided walks about tree recording and photography.

The 50 Favourite Trees Book is available free of charge from Countrycare or Epping Information Desk at the Civic Offices. A donation of £5 to former Chairman of Council Councillor Caroline Pond`s charities is requested from anyone who enjoyed the book.

Favourite Trees introductionFavourite Trees featuring Paul Hewitt

For more information, contact Countrycare on 01992 788203.

Housing Proposals Discussed at Council Meeting

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Watch the webcastCouncil meeting dated 26 June 2008

At the latest Council meeting on Thursday 26 June 2008, Councillor Diana Collins, Leader of Epping Forest District Council reported back to Members on the latest discussions with associates in Harlow and East Herts regarding the East of England Plan. She confirmed that no housing would be allocated to North Weald under the Plan but then went on to say that no infrastructure was included for housing around the rest of Harlow either. Mrs Collins drew Members’ attention to the need to develop the Council’s Local Development Framework (LDF). She said that planning applications could be coming in, in a year for now and the Council needed the LDF in place to manage the local East of England Plan allocation of houses to the South, East and West of Harlow.

Councillor Collins described some of the experiences of Young Year 6 children attending ‘Crucial Crew 2008’ at Gilwell Park. She outlined how children were taught the importance of resisting peer pressure and refusing to do dangerous things.

Watch the webcastCouncillor Diana Collins report to Members

Councillor Mary Sartin, Environmental Protection Portfolio Holder gave a summary of recent actions. She noted that progress towards the completion of works on the pocket park at Bobbingworth was being delayed by the scarcity of sufficient quantities of good quality top soil.

Portfolio Holders new to their roles gave brief updates as they settled into the job. Councillor Richard Morgan, Chairman of Overview and Scrutiny gave a run down of recent work by his Committee.

Councillors received the latest Annual Statement of Accounts for Epping Forest District Council. The Council continues to benefit from a very sound financial position despite recent below inflation settlements from Central Government.

Call for Sites

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As part of the new Local Development Framework (LDF) for the area, Epping Forest District Council is looking for potential sites for all types of development over the next 15 years. Landowners, Town and Parish Councils, developers, local agents and people who have submitted a local planning application in recent years are being encouraged to complete a land availability form for return to Epping Forest District Council by 18 July 2008.

The Council stresses that the call for potential development sites is not an invitation to wholesale development of the Green Belt.

The call for potential sites is part of the preparation of the Core Strategy, one of the most important documents of the Local Development Framework. It will set out the Council`s vision for housing and employment growth across the district over the next 15 to 20 years and will be in general conformity with the East of England Plan.

Submitted sites will be included in the public consultation process for the development of the LDF. Assessment of the sites will take into account social, economic and environmental issues.

Councillor Mrs Anne Grigg, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economic Development said: The call for sites should ensure early discussion of potential development options and flag up any potential areas the Council may not previously have known of, for example, where a landowner is at the early stages of thinking about redeveloping a residential or brownfield site.

Councillor Mrs Grigg concluded: This call for potential development sites is not an invitation to developers to concrete over large swathes of Epping Forest District Green Belt. Protecting and enhancing our green space is one of the Council`s top priorities. We hope that by making this invitation, we will get sensible proposals to help us meet the long-term housing and employment needs of the district without seriously compromising our environment.

Promoters of potential development land are being asked to return forms to the Council with a site map and land ownership details.

    Completed forms should be sent to:

  • Forward Planning
    Epping Forest District Council
    Civic Offices
    High Street
    Essex CM16 4BZ
  • Or by email to

The Big Youth Debate

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Over the next month, some three thousand young people aged 11 to 19 from across the Epping Forest District are expected to make their views known about a number of the important local issues and services which affect their day-to-day lives.

Members of the Epping Forest Youth Council (EFYC) have devised a questionnaire to gauge the opinions of young peoples from across the district about their five main priority issues.

These issues are leisure resources, crime and safety, transport, the environment and stereotypes of young people.

The questionnaire has been welcomed by local schools who will be lending their support towards completing this exercise. For local young people who are unable to access the questionnaire through their local school an online version will be hosted on the District Council website from Wednesday 18 June 2008.

The findings from this consultation will culminate in a `The Big Youth Debate ` event on Wednesday 19 November 2008 at Woolston Manor Golf Club, Chigwell.

Youth Councillor Duncan Haslam of Roding Valley High School said: The Big Youth Debate ` will give young people in Epping Forest the forum to air their views to a panel of very senior practitioners and service providers from the District and County Councils, Essex Police, the West Essex Primary Care Trust and House of Commons. It will be a great opportunity to kick-start making improvements to local services for young people in Epping Forest.

The event is being sponsored by the local Children and Young Peoples` Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) and will be facilitated by BBC Essex Radio Presenter, David Monk.

For further information about `The Big Youth Debate ` please contact EFDC Young Persons` Officer, Nick Robinson on 01992 564365.

North Weald Community Event

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`Spring into the North Weald ‘ is a community event run by Epping Forest District Council Community Development and Housing Services. The event is being held on Thursday 22 May 2008 from 3pm to 8pm at the Queens Hall Community Centre in School Green Lane at North Weald.

There will be free activities for all the family including Arts and Crafts, a Puppet Show, Outdoor Games and Have a go at Cheerleading among others. Refreshments will be served throughout the event.

Representatives from local service providers, including Epping Forest District Council, Essex Library Services, North Weald Parish Council and Epping Forest College, will be available to give residents the opportunity to pass on their views on a at a community consultation board. Everyone who completes the consultation will be entered into the free prize draw.

For more information call 01992 564524 or 01992 564556.

New GP Surgery for Nazeing

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People living in the Nazeing area can look forward to a brand new state of the art GP premises early next year. The former police houses in North Street have been demolished making way for the new primary care premises.

The new primary care premises will be home to GPs and nurse practitioners. The premises will also have facilities for specialist clinics such as diabetes, heart conditions, respiratory conditions and minor surgery. It is replacing the current primary care premises located in temporary accommodation on private land in Paynes Lane.

Building work is expected to take 12 months which means the health professionals will be able to move in early 2009.

The PCTs project manager Ann-Marie Grant says: “The old police houses have been demolished which is quite a milestone. It now means the developers can get on site to start building the new modern purpose built primary care facilities that people in Nazeing want.”

Catherine O’Connell, the PCTs locality director hopes that more people will register with the GP practice now they know exactly where the new premises will be. She said: “All of the people currently registered with the Nazeing Valley Health Centre will automatically move to the new premises when they are built. The practice list is open so local people not already registered can do so and they will move to the new premises as well. It’s an exciting time and we’re looking forward to providing even more primary care services in the future.”

To register with the health centre contact them on 01279 893938.