North Weald Market open Saturdays

Written on . Posted in Business, Community, Local business, Media, North Weald Airfield, Our attractions, Out and about, Residents, Supporting business, Your area, Your community, Your council

At a loose end at weekends? Why not visit North Weald Market, it’s open every Saturday!

North Weald Market

North Weald Market

North Weald Market is a massive outdoor Market located on the famous North Weald Airfield. It’s just 3 miles from the historic town of Epping and is close to junction 7 on the M11 and easily accessible from the M25.

The entrance is from the A414 on Merlin Way, enter CM16 6AR for North Weald Golf Club and follow the brown tourist signs for North Weald Market.

Vibrant and successful

Last year Saunders Markets won the market licence and have been managing the market from the start of 2016. The company operates many markets in London and Hertfordshire and has a proven record for rejuvenating them.

Airfield manager Darren Goodey said: “Saunders Markets are committed to making North Weald Market vibrant and successful again, which will be good news for customers and traders alike.”

“It’s been a promising start for our new market contractor. They have already increased trader numbers compared to the same time last year. We look forward to working with them in the coming years to make North Weald Market one of the biggest and most diverse markets in the country.”

Find out more

Don’t forget we are holding our community day on Sunday 17 July 2016 to celebrate the airfield’s 100th anniversary – this years theme is North Weald Airfield, 100 years not out!

 

Green volunteers maintain district’s beauty

Written on . Posted in Community, Countrycare, Countryside and wildlife, Media, Older people, Our activities, Our countryside, Out and about, Residents, Volunteering opportunities, Working with the council, Young people, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your environment

The amount of time local people give to volunteering for Countrycare, the council’s Countryside Management Service, increased by 10% last year up to near record levels.

Countrycare volunteers at Bobbingworth

To view photos in a slideshow, click on a picture and click to start slideshow.

A total of 739 days of voluntary work were given in 2015 this equates to 4,434 hours donated. In financial terms at a rate of £7 per hour this has saved the council £31,038. 55 people volunteered during the year including 8 people who were new to volunteering. Work is carried out in all conditions whatever the weather throughout the year.

52 tasks have been completed at 20 different sites across the district. Chigwell Row Wood and Roughtalleys Wood in North Weald were visited the most often with 7 visits each. In 2015 the Countrycare team have worked with

  • 6 Parish and Town Councils
  • Essex Wildlife Trust
  • Woodland Trust
  • Harlow District Council

Making a difference in their local community

As well as routine maintenance of the Reserves they have replaced all of the benches and repaired fencing in Roughtalleys Wood, installed new steps to make access to the site easier at Weald Common, constructed a boardwalk at Linders Field, Buckhurst Hill and constructed and installed bat boxes at Bobbingworth and bird boxes at Norton Heath.

The new Community Orchard for Loughton was cleared and a variety of new trees planted by the volunteers. They also carried out wildflower surveys at all of the Countrycare reserves.

Countrycare is very appreciative of the work and effort put in by its band of volunteers in all weathers and has tried to make the work interesting and varied throughout the year. Indeed 5 volunteers attended over 40 of our tasks in the last calendar year.

A great volunteering opportunity

Councillor Gary Waller, Cabinet member with responsibility for Countrycare said: “We’re so grateful to our Countrycare volunteers who donate their time to ensure Epping Forest’s green spaces are maintained, as well as working hard to provide habitats for an abundance of wildlife.”

“Epping Forest Countrycare offers great volunteering opportunities, meeting every Thursday come rain or shine, with transport arranged so anyone can join in. If you’re interested in being outdoors, keeping fit and making a difference in your community, as well as socialising with likeminded people, get in touch.”

Get involved

Countrycare can tackle more ambitious and challenging management work on the 9 Local Nature Reserves and other Local Wildlife Sites because of the support, experience, dedication and support of its volunteers.

Interested in becoming a Countrycare volunteer?

Find out how you can get involved

Top energy rating for swimming pool

Written on . Posted in Business, Community, Councillors, Energy efficiency, Health, Local business, Media, Older people, Our activities, Our attractions, Out and about, Residents, Sports, Sports centres and pools, Supporting business, Waltham Abbey, Young people, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your environment

Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool, operated by Everyone Active in partnership with Epping Forest District Council, have seen their energy rating improve considerably over the last year due to a number of energy-saving initiatives.

Waltham Abbey swimming pool covers

The centre installed new pool covers in 2014, in order to reduce heat and energy loss and reduce utility consumption. The £4,000 investment is now showing real results in improving the energy efficiency of the site.

Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool have also converted to LED lights throughout the building, installed Passive Infrared Sensors to trigger lights only when people are moving through an area and spent time re-educating colleagues on energy wastage.

These combined efforts have led to a 10-point reduction on their DEC (Display Energy Certificate) which shows the energy performance of a building based on energy consumption. The lower the number the more energy efficient a site is.

Efficient and green

“Everyone Active are committed to making Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool as efficient and green as possible, in order to improve our local environment” says Everyone Active General Manager Chris McCarthy.

“This year we also installed collection bins for recycling batteries, printer cartridges, glasses, CDs, old cassettes and videos. We will continue to invest in the site and encourage staff and members to get involved in our energy saving and green initiatives.”

Reduction in energy use

Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool is owned by Epping Forest District Council. Councillor Helen Kane Leisure and Well-being Portfolio Holder said: “The reduction in energy use is fantastic. The council is investing heavily to reduce fuel bills across all our assets. The installation of solar panel on the civic offices in Epping was completed last month.”

“The investment at Waltham Abbey Pool is another major step forward. It is good for business, great for the environment and fantastic for our customers.”

Contact Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool

For more information on Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool

 

Apprenticeship opportunities promoted

Written on . Posted in Community, Jobs, Loughton, Media, Out and about, Residents, Working with the council, Young people, Your area, Your community, Your council

Young people working with the council’s apprenticeship scheme spoke with potential future apprentices at Epping Forest College’s Careers Fest on 28 January 2016.

Epping Forest College Careers Fest 2016

View photos in a slideshow by clicking on a picture below and then click start slideshow.

The 10 apprentices were at the careers fest to promote the apprenticeship opportunities Epping Forest District Council has to offer. Business admin apprentices Becky, Tyler, Sian, Jay, Amber, Becca, Emily and construction apprentice Zach, were joined by 2 previous construction apprentices Jake and Jake.

They professionally and confidently answered questions on what the apprenticeship entails, how long it lasts, what support is offered and what it’s really like to work for the council. The apprentices presented the apprenticeship scheme as a viable future opportunity for people no matter what their passion is. After speaking with young people and their parents, many signed up to be contacted for the next scheme.

Very rewarding

Becky Linford, business admin apprentice said: “The nicest thing for me about the carers fest was being able to let the younger members of the public know about what we have to offer. I don’t think many people knew what we had to offer so speaking to them and answering any questions they had felt very rewarding.”

“It was really nice to have a mix of both new and old apprentices present. This enabled us to speak to the public about the process of the apprenticeship as well as what happens after the apprenticeship.”

Positive and complimentary comments

Epping Forest College said: “A very big thank you to you and all your colleagues for participating in our Careers Fest. We have had extremely positive and complimentary comments about the evening from parents, students and staff. Students and their parents appreciated the opportunity to talk to potential employers and practising professionals about their plans for the future.”

Find out more

Whether it’s ICT, PR, accountancy, construction, or planning, legal, arts and sports … there’s something for everyone! The future opportunities are endless.

 

Volunteer Essex website goes live

Written on . Posted in Chairman, Community, Councillors, Media, Older people, Out and about, Residents, Volunteering opportunities, Young people, Your area, Your community, Your council

Finding volunteering opportunities in Essex is easier than ever with the launch of the Volunteer Essex website.

The website was simultaneously launched across Essex on 14 January 2016, the Epping Forest launch taking place at Loughton Library. Epping Forest District Council Chairman, Councillor Liz Webster cut a ribbon to mark its launch.

Give volunteering a go

Search for volunteering opportunities throughout Essex by

  • Postcode
  • Interests
  • Activities

Visit the Volunteer Essex website

Volunteer Essex new website launch

View photos in a slideshow by clicking on a picture below and then click start slideshow.

The Volunteer Essex website has a comprehensive directory of volunteering roles that are maintained, managed and quality checked by the Volunteer Centres Essex network. It also has a range of features and information to help people get involved.

One-stop shop for volunteering

“The Volunteer Essex website is a one-stop shop for anyone interested in volunteering” said Chairman Liz Webster.

“It holds details of more than 2,000 unique volunteering roles, available to residents throughout Essex. It also promotes the fabulous work of over 1,000 community groups and charities active in the county.”

“Voluntary Action Epping Forest manages the volunteer centre in the Epping Forest district. It does not just help local people to volunteer – it also offers support to community groups and organisations to develop volunteering roles.”

Chairman Liz Webster ended with: “These are challenging times and as a community we need to work together to ensure a happy and healthy community for all.”

Why volunteer?

People choose to volunteer for many reasons. Some want to make a difference to the people around them and give something back to the community. Others want to develop new skills and knowledge. All find it both challenging and rewarding.

Epping Town Mayor Councillor Michael Wright, Loughton Town Mayor Councillor Judy Jennings, Myrna Gilbert Trustee for Voluntary Action Epping Forest, Maggie Gilchrist Volunteer Centre Coordinator, Sally Panrucker, Marc Balkham Staff at Voluntary Action Epping Forest, Volunteers Alan Oyston, Linda Mays and James Gilchrist all helped to promote the launch.

 

Winter weather is on the way

Written on . Posted in Business, Community, Emergencies, Media, Older people, Out and about, Residents, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your environment

Following the record breaking warm weather in December, wintry conditions are set to arrive with temperatures forecast to fall below zero, leading to the possibility of snow and icy conditions.

Get ready for winter

Get ready for winter

The Met Office get ready for winter campaign has lots of useful advice to make sure you’re prepared and don’t get caught out.

  • Communities
  • Keep warm, keep well
  • Protecting your home
  • Trains, planes and automobiles
  • Campaign partners

Health

“Residents should take extra care with their health in cold weather” said Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Will Breare-Hall.

“Stay warm, eat well, tread carefully and if you need winter health advice go online to NHS Choices Winter health.”

Roads

Councillor Breare-Hall added: “When driving in wintry conditions reduce your speed, allow extra time and make sure your windows are free from dirt and ice.”

“Residents can obtain great advice on winter driving on the AA website, and can find out more on salting routes and salt bins on Essex County Councils winter travel page.”

 

Unsung hero gets award

Written on . Posted in Community, Crime and safety, Housing repairs, Media, Older people, Out and about, Residents, Volunteering opportunities, Your area, Your community, Your council, Your home

Congratulations to Christopher Bullock from Epping Green on receiving a highly commended award in the unsung hero category in the Pride of Essex Awards 2015.

Pride of Essex 2015 "Unsung Hero" Highly Commended and award winners - Chris Bullock centre

Chris is the Handyman Project Coordinator for Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF), a service funded by Epping Forest District Council (EFDC).

He is a handyman who does jobs for tenants of EFDC properties who are over 60 and or disabled who often have no one else who can help them. Chris does basic jobs like replacing tap washers, flat pack assembly, fitting curtain rails and putting up shelving, plus a lot more!

Extremely courteous and invaluable

Chris was nominated for the award by Mr and Mrs Burton. They moved to the Epping Forest district in 2013 and asked EFDC if anyone could help with basic jobs as both are registered disabled. They were referred to the Handyman Service and introduced to Chris.

The couple now regard Chris as a personal friend  and describe Chris as “Extremely courteous and invaluable.” Mrs Burton added: “We cannot thank him enough for all he does, we wanted him and his work recognised, which is why we’re nominating him for an award.”

Humbled by the nomination

At the Pride of Essex Awards Chris said: “I am genuinely humbled by the nomination. I was really taken back by the incredible efforts nominees had gone to in order to help others, many in the face of their own adversities.”

“The Burtons are just one example of many whose situation compels me to go even further, often working into the evenings in my own time, just to improve their lives. I was the only person nominated who provided a hands on practical support service which highlights how rare the work we do really is.”

“This Award should be shared by all who support the Handyman Service at EFDC and VAEF, as really I’m just the front man. Without this team I wouldn’t have known of their struggles and been able to help them, so thank you from me.”

Volunteer with VAEF

If you would like to find out more about volunteering please contact Voluntary Action Epping Forest