Local Hero to Carry Flag in Beijing

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Local athletics hero Danny Crates has been given ‘the greatest honour an athlete can have’ after being chosen to carry the Paralympics Team GB flag at the Paralympic Games opening ceremony in Beijing tomorrow (Saturday 6 September 2008).

Danny Crates pictured with his Gold Medal at the Olympic  business breakfast in December 2007Danny, aged 35, from Maldon in Essex, is part of a 36-strong athletics team competing in Beijing. He will be defending his T46 (arm amputee) 800m title won in Athens four years ago.

Danny was recently welcomed as guest of honour at a Business Breakfast hosted by Epping Forest District Council. In an speech to local business people he encouraged them to reap the benefits of London 2012 with an inspirational account of his journey from crash survivor to Olympic champion. After the tragedy in which he lost his arm, he described how he rebuilt his life and was inspired to strive for Olympic glory. He returned to playing rugby and trained to become a scuba diving instructor. He had a surreal job swimming as a one-armed diver with sharks in a sea-life centre.

He described his disappointment in not winning the 400 meter Gold in Sydney where he came third. Where most people saw Bronze as a fantastic result, he used it as the driving force to achieve his real ambition and switched to 800 meters. He achieved not only the Gold Medal in Athens but then went on to become World Champion two years later.

Danny has been training hard for Beijing and hopes that London 2012 will not be too late for him but he understands the profound impact the Olympic and Paralympic Games has had on his life.

Councillor Mrs Heather Harding, Leisure and Young People Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council said: Anyone who has listened to Danny or seen him in action on the track will know what a great example he sets. It was marvellous to listen to him tell his story at the Business Breakfast. For an athlete, few honours can compare to being asked to carry the flag at the Paralympic Games. He is a fantastic choice and I know the whole country will be willing him on to further glory.”

Sheltered Housing Open Day

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Would you like to know more about the Council`s sheltered housing and other services for older people?

    If you have ever thought about sheltered accommodation, for yourself or someone else, then here is your chance to:

  • Have a good look at what`s on offer
  • Talk to residents and meet the Scheme Managers
  • Look at the facilities and pick up some information
  • Ask about our day clubs for older people
  • Get to know Epping Forest Careline
  • Find out how to apply for sheltered housing
  • Help us plan for the future by taking part in a survey

Frank Bretton HouseCareline control centre

    The open day will take place on Friday 12 September 2008 from 10am to 4pm at the following 7 sheltered schemes:

  1. Buckhurst Court, Albert Road, Buckhurst Hill IG9 6BD
  2. Frank Bretton House, Bansons Way, Ongar CM5 9EY
  3. Hyde Mead House, Hyde Mead, Nazeing EN9 2HT
  4. Jubilee Court, Ninefields, Waltham Abbey EN9 3JB
  5. Leonard Davis House, Kiln Road, North Weald CM16 6BS
  6. Chapel Road, Epping CM16 5EE
  7. Parsonage Court, Rectory Lane, Loughton IG10 2BB

You can also visit Jessop Court in Waltham Abbey. This is a `Very Sheltered` housing scheme, which we manage in partnership with Essex County Council Social Care. However, please make an appointment first with Denise Gurling on 01992 700827.

For further information on the open days, or for other sheltered housing enquiries, phone Denise Pegler Housing Manager (Older People`s Services) on 0208 508 8596.

Youth Bus Visits District

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Members of the Epping Forest Young People`s Action Group will be pulling together to run some additional `drop-in` activity sessions for young people over the summer evenings.

The partnership group, (YPAG), which looks at the key issues affecting young people in the district will be running activities and outreach services at the two, popular open sites of Stonards Hill, Epping and the Ninefields area in Waltham Abbey.

In addition to summer activity programmes organised by Epping Forest District Council and Essex County Youth Service, partnership working staff from both organisations will be joined by professionals from Tottenham Hotspur Football Foundation, Connexions, Drugsline and Voluntary Action Epping Forest to run a series of six sessions from 6.30pm to 9.30pm at the two sites.

Nick Robinson, Young Persons` Officer of Epping Forest District Council and a Young People`s Action Group partnership member explained the initiative: The Young People`s Action Group uses strategic resources to identify gaps in young peoples` provision and add additional value, where possible, to the services provided by the membership organisations. Last year, we recognised that Stonards Hill and Ninefields were very popular meeting places for young people, so as a partnership we decided we should organise some optional outreach services at these sites.


The Essex Youth Bus comes complete with games consoles, comfy seating, a television and drinks machine and an information and advice stand. During the school term time it visits rural sites in the Epping Forest District twice a week, along with a small team of youth workers. For these additional summer sessions, sports activities, competitions and prizes will all be running adjacent to the bus.


The planned ideas and activities taking place have been mostly suggested by the Epping Forest Youth Council. Youth Councillor Sam Foley of Waltham Abbey said: Some groups of young people who hang out at these parks will probably not be interested in taking part in anything. However, some people will appreciate them.

Youth Councillor Rosie Sheriff of Epping added: It is really good that advice organisations such as Drugsline and Connexions will be coming along to chat with young people who might need someone to talk to.

The Youth Bus Sessions will take place at the following times:

Epping, Stonards Hill Playing Fields:
  • Tuesday 12 August 2008 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Tuesday 19 August 2008 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Thursday 28 August 2008 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm


Waltham Abbey, Ninefields:
  • Wednesday 20 August 2008 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Friday 29 August 2008 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm

The sessions are open to any young person, aged 11 to 19 years old. Local young people are encouraged to come along during the first sessions and say what they would like to see happening in the future weeks.

Epping Forest Residents Provide Fruit Trees in Malawi

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Grafted trees

Everyone who recycles aluminium drinks cans in the Epping Forest District is helping grow fruit trees in Malawi. Latest figures show that in the past year residents have contributed to growing 81 grafted orange trees for families in rural Malawi and the more cans that are recycled, the more fruit trees will be grown.

The tree nurseries are run by local garden clubs and schools, which have been growing guava and pawpaw as well as the local lemon rootstock used for grafting the improved fruit species  – a new introduction to the area.

The first grafted trees have now been produced by trainees learning their new horticultural skills at the project and are being cared for both at Ripple Africa`s base on the shores of Lake Malawi, where they will be subject to trials for disease and drought resistance and at the garden club nurseries.

As well as providing a greenhouse, training and materials, Alupro is making sure that a fruit tree is grown to maturity for every tonne of aluminium recycled in the UK. This is to encourage everyone to recycle, by demonstrating how saving energy through recycling is linked to environmental challenges in Africa. Recycling aluminium is 20 times more efficient than making it from the raw material bauxite.

Grafted tree displayed in a recycled drinks canCouncillor Mary Sartin Portfolio Holder for Environment said: We are delighted that after just one year, recyclers in Epping Forest have been responsible for giving 81 fruit trees to the project, so I would urge everyone to make sure that they always recycle their drinks cans to help build a sustainable future in Malawi. Recyclers across the UK will give around 48,000 fruit trees this year. Many of the trees will be grown by individual families (improving their nutrition) and in community orchards which will provide opportunities for trade. The project also seeks to identify budding entrepreneurs who will be interested in developing small businesses to dry and juice fruits and create jobs. In these cases it is hoped that the business experience offered by the project will help ensure that the right decisions are made, small loans are available and successful initiatives established.

On top of all this is the environmental gain of growing so many valuable trees in an area suffering severe deforestation. Ripple is also growing fast-growing trees at the nurseries so they can be coppiced for firewood, which is one of the major reasons trees are felled.

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 commdevoff@essexscouts.org.uk

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.