Youth Council win national awards for mental health work

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Congratulations to Epping Forest Youth Council (EFYC) on coming first in the 2018 National Crimebeat Awards for their work on the MiLife mental health project.

A mix of past and present youth councillors collected the £1,000 prize from HRH Duchess of Gloucester on 18 April 2018. Current Youth Councillor Adam Freeman was joined by former Youth Councillors Matthew Tinker, Joseph Pascoe and Leonora Troshupa to give a short presentation and receive the award at the Royal National Hotel in London.

MiLife group with HRH Duchess of Gloucester


MiLife is for 11–16 year olds to better understand and manage their own emotional wellbeing and mental health. It advises where they could go for more help and support when problems arise.

Luke Lowrie of project partners the Red Balloon Foundation also attended with Epping Forest District Council officers Gill Wallis, Gaby Gold and Di Gilson-Butler.

Find out more at the MiLife website.

Thrilled to win first prize

“We’re thrilled to win first prize!” said former Youth Councillor Matthew Tinker. “This award goes to all the youth councillors, past and present, who helped create the wonderful MiLife project. MiLife shows that you are not alone and there are people waiting to help you if you get in touch with them.”

Former Youth Councillor Joseph Pascoe explained more about the MiLife project: “MiLife was born following the 2015 Epping Forest Youth Conference where the young people who attended listed mental health as one of the top issues concerning them.”

“MiLife aims to give young people a greater understanding of what to do if they feel mentally ill but also how to help themselves keep a healthy and happy mind. I recommend all young people should have a look at our website at”

“The MiLife Roadshow visited secondary schools in the Epping Forest district and pupils watch a theatre piece acted out by the Red Balloon Foundation group. It shows pupils about positive mental health and helps them build resilience to give them the tools to support themselves in life.”

National Crimebeat awards

“The National Crimebeat awards are held on behalf of High Sheriffs to recognise innovative and successful crime prevention projects carried out by young people” said former Youth Councillor Leonora Troshupa. “MiLife was initially endorsed by previous Essex High Sheriff Simon Hall and it was the current Essex High Sheriff Brian Burrough who came with us to the ceremony.”

Youth Councillor Adam Freeman ended with: “We each received a Crimebeat Medal and Epping Forest Youth Council was given a certificate and £1,000 cheque. After the ceremony we were given a tour of London on an open top bus and a trip on the London Eye which proved to be a great end to a fantastic day.”

Claim £30 refund on cloth nappies

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Did you know from just £80 you can buy your baby all the nappies they need! Cloth nappies make a great alternative to disposable nappies and can offer great cost, health and environmental benefits.

Essex County Council is offering a £30 refund per child on the purchase of any cloth nappies or laundering service. Even when you take into account laundering costs, you can save up to £1,000 compared to disposable nappies.

Washing line full of cloth nappies

Save money

You will need to keep hold of your receipts and provide either a photo of your maternity exemption or child’s birth certificate, Essex County Council will then process your refund – it’s that easy!

Better for the environment

Each child will use an average of 5,000 disposable nappies … or 24 cloth nappies! Disposable nappies cannot be recycled and can take hundreds of years to break down.

Even when you consider laundering, cloth nappies can be up to 40% better for the environment than disposables. You can reduce your water and electricity usage by not soaking or pre-washing nappies and by washing in a full load at 40 or 60 degrees.

Easy to use

Modern cloth nappies do not require complicated folding and fiddly safety pins. There are many varieties to choose from, many are shaped and fasten with poppers, grips or use Velcro. Modern washing machines can make quick work of cleaning them.

Get in touch

Please email if you have any questions regarding the £30 cloth nappy incentive. If you have any questions about using cloth nappies, find out who you can contact for support with cloth nappies.

Weekly activities for adults with SEND

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Boccia, trampolining and multisports are everyone included! weekly sessions for adults with a disability.

All the activities for adults with special educational needs and disability (SEND) are run by qualified coaches. Each session costs £2.20 and must be paid for at the sports centres. The activities are

  • Boccia – Monday 1:30pm to 2:30pm
  • Trampolining – Tuesday 1pm to 2pm
  • Multisport – Wednesday 1:15pm to 2:15pm

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Every Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm at Ongar Leisure Centre.

This session is a great way for you to take part in a Paralympic recognised sport that you may not normally get involved with. Get involved in this session and enjoy yourself and meet some new people in the process.


Every Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm at Epping Sports Centre.

This session is a great way to have fun and keep fit at the same time. The session is run by qualified rebound therapy coaches who will assist in reaching your Winstrada grades. This means you’ll get a certificate and badge for each grade you complete.

Once you have completed one grade you simply move up to the next one. We guarantee you’ll enjoy yourself as Trampolining is a very fun, enjoyable way to keep fit.


Every Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm at Epping Sports Centre.

Each week we will play a different sport and we allow participants to help our qualified coaches choose which sport they would like to play the following week. Previously we have played sports such as football, basketball, Olympic sports such as javelin, sitting volleyball and many more.

Find out more

For more information email

or call 01992 562563 or 01992 564220.

Late opening at the museum

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Epping Forest District Museum will be opening late for a special event on Thursday 17 May, celebrating the current exhibition ‘Beauty and the Beach’, a fabulous collection of swimwear from the 1940s to the 1960s, as part of Museums at Night.

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We are inviting you to explore the museum in a new light. Take a look at the touring exhibition and our permanent displays.

  • Where – Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When – Thursday 17 May 2018
  • Time – 6pm to 9pm
  • Free entry – donations are gratefully received

There will be a DJ at the museum, so people can tap their feet to the music of the ‘40s and ‘50s or even try jive dancing. Refreshments will be available.

You are encouraged to come dressed in clothes from that era or in something that’s comfortable to jive in, but it is not essential.

For further details, contact the museum by email or telephone 01992 716882.

Museums at Night

As part of Museums at Night, museums, galleries, libraries and heritage sites across the UK are encouraged to open their doors after hours and to showcase their treasures in unexpected ways.

Find out more at Museums at Night website.

Decisions from Plans South 25 April 2018

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee South meeting Wednesday 25 April 2018.


  • EPF/2315/17 – 49 Manor Road, Chigwell, IG7 5PL
  • EPF/0319/18 – 52 & 54 Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5LH
  • EPF/2758/17 – 12 High Elms, Chigwell, IG7 5PN
  • EPF/3177/17 – 105 Manor Road, Chigwell, IG7 5PM
  • EPF/3210/17 – Former Delivery Office, 256 High Road, Loughton, IG10 1RB
  • EPF/0201/18 – 1 Brook Parade, Chigwell, IG7 6PD
  • EPF/0206/18 – 25 Felstead Road, Loughton, IG10 3BB
  • EPF/0330/18 – 157 Manor Road, Chigwell, IG7 5QA
  • EPF/0336/18 – Greenacres, Vicarage Lane, Chigwell, IG7 6LS
  • EPF/0353/18 – 71 Roundmead Avenue, Loughton, IG10 1PZ
  • EPF/0523/18 – 12 Eleven Acre Rise, Loughton, IG10 1AN

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Walking Football to get back into sport

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Walking football is a slow paced version of the beautiful game, aimed at getting players back in to the sport, keep an active lifestyle and recover from injury.

Epping Forest District Council are now running sessions on Saturdays at 10:30am – 11:30am from 28 April 2018 at Roding Valley Recreation Ground in Loughton.

Walking Football, Roding Valley, Loughton

Session details

When: Saturdays from 28 April 2018

Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Location: Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Loughton, IG10 3BS

Contact: Ezra Folan, / 01992 564363


May 2018 half term activities

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Keep the kids entertained this May half term with our wide variety of fun filled activities.

May Half term 2018

Epping Forest multi sports day

  • Tuesday 29 May
  • Leverton Junior School, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 3BE
  • 9.15am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am – 9.15am, collect 3.30pm – 4.00pm)
  • Ages 5 – 14
  • Cost £16.50
  • Book online or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)
  • Thursday 31 May
  • Loughton Cricket Club, the Uplands, Loughton IG10 1NQ
  • 9.15am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am – 9.15am, collect 3.30pm – 4.00pm)
  • Ages 5 – 14
  • Cost £16.50
  • Book online or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)

Come and join our experienced coaches for a day of exciting activities. We believe that there is a sport and activity for everyone. At our Multi Sports days, young people can expect to get to try a mixture of traditional and non-traditional sports from Tennis to American Football with some wacky games and competitions thrown in for good measure.

Young people will need to dress appropriately for both indoor and outdoor sports, we would also advise a change of clothing in case of bad weather. Young people will also need a packed lunch, and plenty to drink (fruit juice or water please, no sports drinks). A healthy morning snack will be provided.

Customise your own denim

  • Tuesday 29 May
  • Communities training room, EFDC, 25 Hemnall Street, CM16 4LU
  • 6pm – 8pm
  • Ages 11 – 16
  • Cost £5.50
  • Book online or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)

Following on from our popular ‘Customise Your Own T-shirt Workshop’ is our ‘Customise Your Own Denim Workshop’. In a world of mass production and fast fashion why not take some time out and learn how to distress, embellish or bleach your denim to make a one off fashion special. Bring along your own denim jeans or shirt you would like to customise and we will provide the rest.

Salt dough art

  • Tuesday 29 May
  • Communities training room, EFDC, 25 Hemnall Street, CM16 4LU
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Ages 5-15
  • Cost £5.50
  • Booking essentialBook online or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)

Learn to make jewellery and art pieces using salt dough. All materials and paints will be provided.

Any items you make can be taken home.

Play in the forest

  • Wednesday 30 May
  • The Stubbles, Nursery Road, Loughton, IG10 4DZ
  • 10am – 12pm
  • All ages
  • Cost £3
  • Drop in at any time – No need to book

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. Join us for this Spring themed activity. We’ll have bug hunting, den building and a live story telling session as well as a host of Spring related activities. Drop in at any time. No need to book. Parental supervision required.

Please note: ‘Play in the Forest’ sessions are provided as play opportunities for children and not as child care. All children may come and go as they please. Staff are not obligated to prevent any children from leaving the sessions. Parents/Carers are free to stay and join in.

Come and join us

Don’t delay, getting booking for a fun filled May half term

  • Book online

  • or call 01992564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)

Panel appointed to advise on Harlow and Gilston Garden Town

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Eighteen planning and design experts have been appointed to advise on the development of Harlow and Gilston Garden Town.

Harlow and Gilston Garden Town

Harlow and Gilston Garden Town is an ambitious and exciting project being planned and delivered in partnership between Harlow Council, East Hertfordshire District Council and Epping Forest District Council, with support from Essex County Council and Hertfordshire County Council.

The Garden Town provides the opportunity to create fantastic new communities, delivering 16,000 new homes by 2033, with a further 7,000 new homes planned to be built beyond that.

To help to deliver the Garden Town, the councils have established a Quality Review Panel to help ensure that the Garden City principles are embedded in the development and guarantee the delivery of a high quality development.

Independent expert advice

Eighteen experts have been appointed, with a wide range of backgrounds and experience, to provide independent expert advice on the planning and design of Harlow and Gilston Garden Town. The Harlow and Gilston Garden Town Quality Review Panel will provide ‘critical friend’ advice to the planning authorities to support the delivery of high quality new places to live and work, in order to meet the needs of existing and future communities.

The panel will be chaired by Peter Maxwell, the Director of Design, London Legacy Development Corporation. Peter is an architect, town planner and urban designer with over 15 years’ senior level experience. He has led implementation of major projects in the UK, Middle East and New Zealand. He currently leads on masterplanning, architecture and public realm for redevelopment of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. He will be joined by 17 other planning and design experts from around the country

A great opportunity to deliver the highest quality of development

Claire Hamilton Garden Town Director said: “We are delighted to have such an exceptionally high calibre of panel members who are all excited to be part of the process of planning and designing Harlow and Gilston Garden Town. This provides us with a great opportunity to deliver the highest quality of development that will provide fantastic places for people to live, work and socialize now and in the future.”

She continued “The first Quality Review Panel session will take place in May this year and I would like to wish each member of the panel a very warm welcome to the project. The panel’s wide ranging knowledge and experience will be instrumental in embedding the Garden City principles into the Garden Town and achieving the ambitious vision that the authorities have for it. This is a very exciting stage in the project and I look forward to working with the panel over the coming months and years.”

Quality Review Panel

The Quality Review Panel will begin its work in the spring of 2018 by reviewing the Spatial Vision and Design Charter for the Garden Town – and will then continue to advise the councils as they take forward their vision for Garden Town.

Review meetings, drawing on the expertise of the Quality Review Panel members, will also be available to advise the councils on strategy, masterplan and major schemes within their areas. As part of its commitment to high quality design, Epping Forest District Council has invited the Quality Review Panel to review schemes within its district and the first review will take place this month. While East Herts Council will be working with the Quality Review Panel for the Gilston Area, other schemes across its district will be reviewed by the Hertfordshire Design Review Panel.

Bright future for Epping sports and leisure

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The Epping Forest District Council in partnership with Places for People (PfP), has just completed a £1.1 million update to the Current Sports Centre in the heart of the town, with improvements to the gym and brand-new fitness spaces.

Epping Sports Center Opening

Future redevelopment plans

However, further improvements to local sports and leisure including the provision of a new swimming pool will follow any future redevelopment plans of the current council – owned sports centre in Epping.

Users of the centre know it was built many years ago. It is physically limited by the size, age and design of the building (poor accessibility, problems with floor in Sports Hall, ageing Mechanical and Electrical Systems etc.) and it is in a constrained location with minimal car parking.

What is the best solution for a Sports centre of the future to serve better the residents’ needs?

The current site of Epping Sports Centre has been identified by Epping Forest District Council as being more suitable for residential development and has been included in the Local Plan.

Epping Forest District Council has confirmed that Epping Sports Centre isn’t going anywhere in the short term, although it’s future will be under review at some stage.

Investing in Health and Wellbeing

Fitness and good mental health are key components of the Council’s Residents’ Health and Wellbeing Strategy. And although Leisure is a discretionary service, and many councils have been forced to cut back on leisure centre provision, the strong finances of Epping Forest District Council are enabling it to invest strategically in new sports and leisure facilities.

The Council entered a new contract with PfP to manage its sports and leisure centres last year. The £1.1 million improvement to Epping being completed now is part of a 20-year deal including £14.5million improvements to Council’s leisure facilities.  A brand new £10m Leisure Centre is under construction in Waltham Abbey. A £2m extension is currently being built at Loughton Leisure Centre and almost £0.5 has been invested at Ongar Leisure Centre.

No plans to close the facility

No decision has been taken to close Epping Sports Centre but the Council is looking at the options to provide better facilities including a swimming pool locally. The Council is looking to increase participation for people of all ages and abilities. Residents want to protect the Green Belt and a number of potential options including brownfield sites in North Weald are being assessed to ensure that any new facilities are accessible to the maximum number of residents.  The Epping Forest District Council is actively seeking a suitable site in the Epping area.

However, decisions are a long way off and other locations may also emerge.

Consultation will be a key part of the Council’s plans. The Council will be sure to listen to residents very carefully to ensure the best possible outcomes before any decisions are made.

Epping Forest District Council has no plans to close the facility.

Free compost giveaway

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We’re giving away free compost to residents to say thank you for recycling your food and garden waste.

This blooming good giveaway is on Tuesday 8 May at North Weald Airfield from 10am to 2pm. Residents must bring their own bags and a spade before helping themselves to up to 3 bags of compost while stocks last.

Compost giveaway 8 May North Weald Airfield

  • When – Tuesday 8 May 2018 10am to 2pm
  • Where – North Weald Airfield, Merlin Way, North Weald CM16 6AA (the entrance is via the A414 on Merlin Way, follow the brown tourist signs for North Weald Market)
  • Why – Free compost! Grab up to 3 bags of compost while stocks last, remember to bring your own bags and a spade

The compost was made from last years green-lidded food & garden waste wheelie bin collections. It is part of a series of events across Essex celebrating International Compost Awareness Week (6-12 May 2018).

Composting advice

Whether you’re a keen gardener or just getting started, come along and get free compost & composting advice. Expert composters will offer advice on how to make an excellent natural soil improver which can be used to dress lawns, pot up plants, revitalise flowerbeds, or mulched as a plant feed for vegetable patches.

Composting is an excellent way to help your garden grow. It is also one of the most environmentally friendly ways to dispose of waste.

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