West Essex Primary Prize Awards

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On Wednesday 14 July 2010 the West Essex Partnership marked the hard work and achievements of children at primary schools across the Epping Forest District.

The West Essex Primary Prize Awards were hosted by Epping Forest College. Almost 90 local children who had been singled out by their schools for particular praise over the last year were rewarded with book token prizes.

The West Essex Partnership (WEP) is made up of the three local strategic partnerships from Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford. WEP have established the prize as a way of supporting local schools and recognising and celebrating the achievements of children of primary school age.

The prizes included certificates and £20 book tokens for pupils selected by their teachers as the most improved over the last year in areas such as literacy, numeracy, science/ICT, sport and music. Schools were also asked to award a special prize in any subject or category they wished.

Primary Prize Winners from Limes Farm Juniors with Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Anne Grigg

A total of 32 schools with almost 6,000 pupils participated across west Essex. Members of the partnership have also attended ten local school assemblies to hand out some of these award certificates. Sponsorship for the prizes and the event was also provided by Essex County Council.

Councillor Diana Collins Chairman of One Epping Forest (LSP) and Leader of the District Council commented: I have been very happy to be involved in the primary prize. It has given us the opportunity to recognise and celebrate all the great work that is going on in our primary schools across the district. The children who have won a prize today range from foundation to year six and the prizes are a simple way of recognising their achievements and coming together as a community to say very well done.

The event was also attended by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Mrs Anne Grigg who presented the prizes, Jeanie Wright principal of Epping Forest College, Councillor Valerie Metcalfe representing Essex County Council and Derek Macnab deputy Chief Executive of Epping Forest District Council.

The awards event got off to a great start with a musical performance from students of Roding Valley High School.

White Bridge Junior Pupils Visit Civic Offices

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Pupils from White Bridge Junior School recently visited the Civic Offices in Epping. They were welcomed by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Anne Grigg along with other members of the Council including Leader of Council, Councillor Di Collins.

The pupils who were all members of their school council took part in a lively question and answer session and enjoyed a talk on democracy which was given by Ian Willett, Assistant to the Chief Executive.

Pupils from White Bridge Junior School with Chairman of Council, Councillor Anne Grigg

A visit to the Civic Offices Tower also took place, followed by an enjoyable lunch in the Members Room, where each pupil was presented with a pencil case made from recycled car tyres.

Councillor Grigg said: It is always delightful to meet with young people; they are so enthusiastic and interested when they come and visit us at the Civic Offices. I do hope that we will be able to host many more visits of this kind throughout my year in office.

Chairman Opens Lottery Funded Playground

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Children from Lambourne Primary School celebrated the opening of a new playground in Abridge on Tuesday 6 July 2010.

The new facilities at the Pancroft Ring in Abridge benefited from a complete refurbishment using money secured from the Big Lottery Children`s Play Programme Fund. It is the result of a collaborative venture between Epping Forest District Council and Lambourne Parish Council.

Chairman Anne Grigg opens the new playground with pupils from Lambourne Primary School

The Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Mrs Anne Grigg cut the ribbon marking the official opening of the new playground. The Chairman congratulated everyone involved in the project, particularly the local children and young people who helped design the area.

She praised the partnership working between the Council`s Community Development Team, Housing staff and Parish Council representatives, all of which ensured that an excellent facility was installed. Asking the children if they liked their new playground, she was rewarded with cheers of agreement.

Abridge is one of three areas to benefit from improvement to playgrounds by Epping Forest District Council using £243,000 of Big Lottery funding.

Making Waves in Lee Valley White Water Centre

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Lee Valley Regional Park Authority has just released the June edition of its Onboard e-bulletin, keeping you up to date on the action packed Lee Valley White Water Centre. The Centre will host the canoe slalom events at the London 2012 Games and is the only brand new London 2012 venue available for public use before the Games.

Lee Valley Park Onboard logo

Read on for the latest news about the Centre which is being built near Waltham Abbey.

Hole in One for Chairman’s Charities

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In a keenly fought competition golfers raised over £800 for charity at this years Chairman`s Charity Golf Day held at Chigwell Golf Club. The Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Anne Grigg invited 30 contestants including Councillors, Officers and Guests of the Chairman, on 15 June 2010 to raise money for the Chairman`s chosen charities: St Clare`s Hospice, Cancer Research UK, Chigwell Riding Trust and the Air Ambulance based at North Weald Airfield.Chairman Anne Grigg presenting the Don Spinks Shield to Annette Duncan

The winner of the competition and recipient of the Don Spinks Shield, and champion golfer for 2010 was Annette Duncan. The Chairman provided welcome refreshment at the halfway stage, proving popular with all the contestants, and presented the prizes in the Clubhouse after.

Chairman of Council, Councillor Anne Grigg said: “I would like to thank all who helped to make my Charity Golf Day such a success. It was a glorious summer afternoon and I had a fun and memorable day. We raised £818.68, a significant amount of money that will be shared between the 4 worthy charities that I have chosen to support during my year as Chairman.”

Scores and Competition Winners

Don Spinks Shield
39 points Annette Duncan from Sports and Leisure Management Ltd (SLM)
36 points James Carstairs, Epping Forest District Council Sports Development Officer
35 points Colin Stone, Epping Forest District Council Housing Officer

Robert O`Malley Cup for Ladies Golfers
33 points Kim Bames, General Manager at Epping Sports Centre
25 points Julie Chandler, Epping Forest District Council Assistant director for the Office of the Deputy Chief Executive

Robert O`Malley Cup winner Kim Bames and champion golfer 2010 Annette DuncanNearest the Pin Prize
James Warwick Epping Forest District Council Sports Development Manager

Longest Drive Competition
Nick Fanning Epping Forest District Council Auditor

Highest placed Guest of the Chairman
34 points Dave Wilson
29 points Chairman`s husband Ian Grigg

Other notable scores were ex-employees Trevor Johnson with 33 points and Bill Brooks with 32 points, whilst the defending Champion Dave Clifton scored 31 points.

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.

Power cut in North Weald

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An electric light

Flying suspended at North Weald Airfield

Some homes and businesses in North Weald are without electricity after a developer cut a power cable earlier today.

The developer, Crest Nicolson was carrying out excavation work this afternoon when they damaged the high voltage cable that serves the airfield. The incident appears to have also tripped out the power supply to some nearby residential properties supplied by EDF. Epping Forest District Council has arranged for a specialist contractor to attend and repair the cable as quickly as possible. EDF will then need to test and reset its systems before the power supply can be fully restored. The supply is not expected to be reconnected until late this evening.

“Norway House and other local properties still have power but we understand a small number of people have reported problems.” said Derek Macnab, Deputy Chief Executive of Epping Forest District Council. He continued: “The cable supplies business tenants on our airfield. Although not on the same cable, we understand that some residential properties may also have lost their supply after the automatic safety systems tripped out the power at the local sub-station. Repairs to high voltage cables require very special skills and we have stepped in to bring a specialist contractor down from Felixstowe. They should be able to make the physical repairs fairly quickly and EDF will then need to restore the supply. At the moment EDF are telling us that may not be until 10pm this evening.”

    You can find out more information:

  • on the EDF Energy website
  • or telephone EDF Energy on 0800 783 8838

Iolanthe by Gilbert and Sullivan

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Chapel End Savoy Players will be presenting Iolanthe, one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best-loved operas from Wednesday 19 May to Saturday 22 May 2010.

The full costumed performances with orchestra, are being presented at the Deaton Theatre in Forest School, Oakhurst Gardens, Snaresbrook, London E17 3PY. The show will start each evening at 7:45pm, and the Saturday matinee at 2:30pm.

All tickets for Wednesday night, which is a Preview Performance, are £5. Tickets for all other nights are £10 and for the Saturday matinee are £8. 10% discount for 10 tickets or more. Tickets are also available at the door on the night. The venue has disabled facilities.

    To buy tickets you can:

  1. Telephone the Box Office on 020 8527 0215 or 020 8529 3143
  2. Email boxoffice@cesp.org.uk
  3. Or buy them at the door on the night

For further information visit the Chapel End Savoy Players (CESP) website.

North Weald Airfield Incident

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The pilot of a light aircraft was taken to hospital after an incident at North Weald Airfield on Sunday 9 May 2010. The AT-3 twin seat aeroplane collided with a car on the perimeter track near The Squadron flying club just before 2.30pm. The occupants of the car helped the pilot from the plane before volunteers of North Weald Fire and Rescue Services arrived on the scene to put out a fire. Emergency Services were called by airfield operations staff within moments of the accident and arrived within a few minutes.

Wreckage from the crash

The occupants of the car sustained no major injuries. Both the car and plane were badly damaged but it is believed that no life-threatening injuries were sustained by the pilot in the accident.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will carry out an investigation into the cause of the accident and have given permission for the aircraft to be moved from the scene of the incident. They are expected to visit the scene as part of the investigation in the next few days.

North Weald Airfield is owned by Epping Forest District Council. A range of light and vintage aircraft is operated by various aviation businesses and flying clubs.

The damaged aircraft and car

Councillor Chris Whitbread, Deputy Leader of Epping Forest District Council said: I would like to wish the pilot well. I would also like to thank the Council staff, the volunteers of North Weald Fire and Rescue Services and the regular emergency services. Most of all, I would like to congratulate the two occupants of the car involved who acted with great presence of mind and courage in dramatic circumstances.

Councillor Whitbread added: We will have to wait for the AAIB to establish the cause and we will then take a look at our own procedures to see if there is anything we can learn. Right now it does appear that the airfield coped very well with the accident.

British Youth Council Rally

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Through a General Election Manifesto created by the British Youth Council (BYC), Epping Forest Youth Councillors are showing society they care by letting MPs and Prospective Parliamentary Candidates know exactly what they want.

Seven members of the Epping Forest Youth Council joined 200 young people at a rally in London in February to launch the Manifesto `Our Parliament, and Our Vision`. They told leaders, journalists and supporters what the five most important actions that the next Parliament must take on their behalf are as follows:

  • Support a National Youth Transport Card that offers 16 to 25 year olds a third off public transport fares. Young people should be empowered to access education, training, employment and positive leisure activities through low-carbon public transport.
  • Reduce the voting age for parliamentary and other public elections to 16 years. 16 and 17 year olds should be able to elect MPs whose decisions affect their lives and responsibilities, since they can pay Income Tax, get married and have consenting sex and join the armed forces.
  • Create an equal National Minimum Wage for everyone aged over 16. Workers paid the adult rate of the Minimum Wage earn over £300 more for a month`s work than colleagues aged 16 to 17 doing the same job.
  • Keep the promise to end child poverty by 2020. Young people want Parliament to ensure the Government stays on course to meet its legal targets to tackle the causes and consequences of child poverty in the UK over the coming decade.
  • Invest in comprehensive mental health services for young people. Young people are asking for more accessible, age-appropriate and youth-friendly care and support for 16 to 25 year olds with mental health problems.

Youth Councillor Connor LattimerTwo hundred and fifty young representatives from around the UK debated and voted for the five proposals to be shortlisted, from over 600 online submissions. These are featured in `Our Parliament, Our Vision`. After the launch, Epping Forest Youth Councillor for Moreton Connor Lattimer pledged his support at www.byc.org.uk He invites other Epping Forest District young people to sign up, organise local debates and get the message across at their local school, college or youth group.

The three Honorary Presidents of the British Youth Council “ Jo Swinson MP, Nigel Evans MP and Natascha Engel MP “ are backing the Manifesto and have called on other Parliamentarians to follow their lead and sign up. They have written in its support:

We believe this initiative will inspire young people across the UK to campaign locally, engage with the politics of the General Election and work together for positive change in their communities. We call on all those looking to represent their constituencies as a Member of Parliament to use this Manifesto to inspire debate with young people in their local areas. We cannot afford to miss this chance to breathe fresh air into our democracy.

BYC Chair Alex Delaney, who is leading the `Our Parliament, Our Vision` campaign, hopes the launch will make quite an impression. She says: Our vision is for young people to have a say and be heard. This manifesto has proved that young people are not hard to engage in active discussion about important political issues, they are just easy to ignore.

Teenagers are struggling to meet travel costs for education, training or work; young workers are being paid unequal wages just because of their age; four million children are living in poverty; the needs of young people with mental health problems are not being met; young people are not heard in our democracy.