Senior safety day 2017

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Join us in Thornwood Village Hall on Friday 14 July 2017 for our Senior Safety Day, designed to help you feel safe in and around your home and enjoy a performance, a free lunch and goodie bag too!

Seniors Safety Day 2017

Event details

  • Friday 14 July 2017
  • Thornwood Village Hall, Thornwood, Epping, CM16 6NR
  • 10am – 2:30pm
  • Call 01992 564226 to book

Free advice

Attend the event for free information and advice on

  • Crime & prevention
  • Scams & online fraud
  • Rogue traders
  • Doorstep sellers
  • Home security
  • Fire safety awareness
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Falls prevention
  • and more!

Special performance

Also enjoy a special performance of ‘Trickster’ the bogus caller musical by the Solomon Theatre Company, a free lunch and take away a goodie bag!

Booking required

Call 01992 564226 to confirm and book your place now!

”Help us spread the word”

Epping Forest District Council’s Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder, Councillor Helen Kane said: ”This promises to be a really interesting and informative day with safety, awareness and education at the heart of it. Please join us and learn how to avoid being taken in by scammers, online fraudsters and rogue traders, you can also learn how to make your home more secure and how to prevent falls. Please help us spread the word and share the details of this free session with anyone you think may benefit.”

eNgage dance show returns for 2017

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Youth and community dance show, eNgage 2017 returned on Thursday 22 June 2017 after a year’s break, to a new venue for the show, The Spotlight in Hoddesdon.

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Spectacular dance

With an audience of over 350 and a cast of 170, eNgage brought several communities together for an evening of spectacular dance. The blend of dance styles included Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap and Commercial.

The Dancers

Performers were of all ages and abilities; from 7 years old to 71 years young!

New groups

The evening welcomed a few new groups to eNgage; CoCoCare (an adult group with disabilities from Colchester) used Creative Movement and props to create a beautiful sea scene, questioning our environmental awareness; Straight Up Dance UK, Loughton and Brentwood, showed us that you are never too old to learn some Hip Hop moves, with two pieces to ‘She’s Got That Vibe’ and ‘Whoomp (There it is)!’ Mark Hall Academy, Harlow, treated the audience to a sneaky peek of their latest school production, ‘School of Rock’.

Exciting and colourful routines

Jason Theatre School gave a brilliant performance and closed the show with their version of Riverdance, which got the audience tapping along. DYD from Debden Park High School had everyone swinging in their seats with a fun energetic version of Benny Goodman’s ‘Sing, Sing, Sing.’

Flashdancers, Moves & Grooves, All Saints, Stadium Theatre School, Big Funksters, DNA Studios, West Hatch High School and Scene II Theatre School all returned to perform with exciting, colourful and powerful routines.

RE:Generation installation

As part of eNgage, Lowewood Museum, which is managed by Epping Forest District Council in partnership with The Borough of Broxbourne, played host to a VIP guest reception with temporary exhibition ‘Moving Photography’ RE:Generation, an older people’s dance group from Chelmsford.

Importance of dance & movement

The installation is part of the end product of a project by The Dance Network Association and CHP, working with older people to learn the importance of dance and movement and what effect it has on the mind and body.

Visit the exhibition

The exhibition is at Lowewood Museum until Friday 7 July 2017.

‘Well done’

Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor David Stallan was among the guests for the evening and he said: ”What an amazing showcase for all of our talented local dance groups. It was great to see so many creative people of all ages, from different areas, all coming together and producing such an exciting evening of performances. Well done to everyone involved and thank you to everyone that helped make the evening possible. Most of all, thanks for having me!”

‘Wonderful spectacle’

Councillor Steve Wortley, Deputy Mayor of Borough of Broxbourne said: ”What a wonderful spectacle it was, with a wide range of dance and performances from a bunch of very talented artists. I truly had a lovely time and thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening. Please pass on my sincere thanks to everyone involved, including those unsung heroes backstage too! Epping Forest certainly does have talent!”

Whats on? Summer holiday activities – week 2

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We have so many sporting and creative activities planned for the kids summer holidays this year. Join for week 2 of the summer holidays from Monday 31 July 2017 to Saturday 5 August 2017. Book online now!

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How to…Draw level 1

  • Tuesday 1 August 2017
  • 10:30am – 12pm
  • Epping library, St Johns Road, Epping, CM16 5DN
  • £8 including materials

Suitable for ages 7+

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Tudor Family Fun – make your own Tudor shield

  • Tuesday 1 August 2017
  • 12pm – 3pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50 per child

Suitable for ages 5 – 13

No need to book!

How to…Draw level 2

  • Tuesday 1 August 2017
  • 1:30pm – 3pm
  • Epping Library, St Johns Road, Epping, CM16 5DN
  • £8 including materials

Suitable for ages 7+

Book

  • Wednesday 2 August 2017
  • 10:30am – 12pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £8 including materials

Suitable for ages 7+

Book

How to…Paint: Watercolour

  • Wednesday 2 August 2017
  • 1:30 – 3:30pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £10 including materials

Suitable for ages 7+

Book

Go Wild: Make a nature mask

  • Thursday 3 August 2017
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Market community garden, High Street, Epping, CM16 5DQ
  • £4.50

Suitable for ages 6 – 12

Book

Museum family fun day

  • Saturday 5 August 2017
  • 11am – 4pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • Free – donations gratefully received

Suitable for ages 3 – 13

No need to book!

Multi-sports, forest adventures and more…

We have also planned a wide range of sport, play and adventure days regularly, at multiple locations, throughout the 8 week holiday

  • Multi-sports days (book)
  • Forest adventures (book)
  • Play in the forest (no need to book)
  • Play in the park (no need to book)

Check the full brochure for locations, dates and times.

Further details

River dipping with Countrycare

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Join our Countrycare team for an exciting dip in the River Roding on Wednesday 26 July 2017. See what animals live in amongst the stones and play some exciting river games!

River Dipping

  • Date: Wednesday 26 July 2017

  • Time: 11am-1pm

  • Where: Meet in Fisherman’s car park, Roding Lane, Chigwell, IG9 6BJ

  • Cost: £3 per child (4-11 Year olds)

  • Book: 01992 564 224

You will be getting in the river with your nets so wellies are a must!

Further information

Race for Life 2017 at North Weald Airfield

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Join us at North Weald Airfield on Wednesday 12  July 2017 for Race for Life! Run, jog or walk our 5 and 10 kilometre courses and help raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK.

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Why Race for Life?

Race for Life is thousands of women of all ages and abilities, uniting with one purpose. To raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Cancer Research UK are world leaders in finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer and your support through events like Race for Life is what helps the charity continue their ground-breaking work to see more people surviving cancer.

Event details

  • Date: Wednesday 12 July 2017
  • Time: 7pm
  • Boys (6-12): £10.00
  • Girls (6-15): £10.00
  • Women (16+): £14.99
  • Under 6 entry: free and no registration needed
  • Venue: North Weald Airfield, Merlin Way, North Weald, Epping, CM16 6HR View map
  • Distance: 5k/10k

Take part!

There’s still time to register, you can do so online following the links below.

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Pupils learn life lessons at Crucial Crew 2017

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Over 1,338 Year 6 pupils from Epping Forest took part in Crucial Crew, a week of interactive days to educate young people about staying safe, fit and healthy.

Crucial crew 2017

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Crucial Crew experience

Crucial crew teaches children how to tackle the dangers they may encounter in everyday life and encourages them make sensible decisions about personal safety and lifestyle choices.

This year the annual event was hosted at Debden House Centre in Loughton for a week from 12 June 2017 to 16 June 2017.

Over the week the children took part in 10 scenarios including

  • Road safety (Essex County Council)
  • Vehicle blind spots (Sainsbury’s)
  • Building sites – dangers and hazards (Mears)
  • Healthy relationships (Safer Places and Epping Forest District Council)
  • Drugs and alcohol (Adas)
  • Bullying (Red Balloon Learner Centres)
  • Internet safety (Essex Police)
  • Healthy lifestyles (ACE – Anglian Community Enterprise)
  • Ambulance (East of England Ambulance Service)
  • Fire safety escape plans & smoke alarms (Essex County Fire & Rescue Service)

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(Left to right – council Community Health and Wellbeing Manager, Gill Wallis, Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder Councillor Gary Waller, council Chairman Councillor David Stallan, The High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Hall, Community Engagement Officer at Essex County Fire & Rescue Paul Fenwick, council Vice Chairman Councillor Richard Bassett, council Safer Communities Manager, Caroline Wiggins)

VIP visit

Epping Forest District Council’s Chairman, Councillor David Stallan was welcomed to the event by council organisers, alongside other VIP’s including the High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Hall, Vice-Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett, Councillor Gary Waller and Councillor Helen Kane for an informative and enjoyable visit.

Fun way to learn

Councillor David Stallan, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: “Crucial Crew is a fun way to prepare children to remain safe in a variety of emergency situations and to be aware of dangers they are likely to encounter as they advance through life. This fantastic and well-supported event allows us to offer awareness and safety advice to our young people just as they’re ready to take a big step in their lives and go to secondary school.”

”It leaves our children with the right skills and knowledge to keep themselves safe, both now and in the future. I enjoyed my short visit and was pleased to see how the different agencies work together to provide this to the kids”

Life lessons

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “All children who attended Crucial Crew will take home a wristband with a link to the Crucial Crew pages which includes advice on dealing with challenging or potentially harmful situations. They can also find out more information about the scenarios they have seen and how to make positive choices regarding their own behaviour. I hope the children remember and use the lessons from Crucial Crew, which one day might save their lives.”

“Crucial Crew is organised and facilitated by the council’s Community Health and Wellbeing team but could not take place without the hard work and continued support of partner agencies – a big thank you to all involved.”

Further information

What’s on? Summer holiday activities week 1

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Need ideas for kids activities this summer? See what we have planned for the first week of the summer holidays, Monday 24 July 2017 to Friday 28 July 2017!

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Discover your inner artist

  • Monday 24 July 2017
  • 10:30am – 3:30pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 -41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £20 including materials

Suitable for ages 7+

Book

Tudor family fun with clay

  • Tuesday 25 July 2017
  • 12pm – 3pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 -41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50

Suitable for ages 5-13

No need to book

Musical in 2 days! Charlie and the chocolate factory

  • Wednesday 26 July & Thursday 27 July 2017
  • 10am – 3pm (both days)
  • Chigwell Hall, Large marquee, Chigwell, IG7 6BD
  • £40 including materials

Suitable for ages 5+

Book

Basketball drop in!

  • Wednesday 26 July 2017
  • 2pm – 4pm
  • Roding Valley recreation ground, basketball court, Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • £3

Suitable for ages 10-15

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Tennis Activators

  • Thursday 27 July 2017
  • 4pm – 5pm
  • Roding Valley recreation ground, tennis courts, Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • £3

Suitable for ages 5-10

Book

Go wild: DIY grass heads

  • Thursday 27 July 2017
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Epping Forest District Council Community Services, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU
  • £4.50

Suitable for ages 6-12

Book

Be an illustrator

  • Thursday 27 July 2017
  • 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £8

Suitable for ages 8+

Book

How to…draw, level 1

  • Friday 28 July 2017
  • 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £8

Suitable for ages 7+

Book

Multi-sports, forest adventures and more…

We have also planned a wide range of sport, play and adventure days regularly, at multiple locations, throughout the 8 week holiday

  • Multi-sports days (book)
  • Forest adventures (book)
  • Play in the forest (no need to book)
  • Play in the park (no need to book)

Check the full brochure for locations, dates and times.

Further details

Cabinet 15 June 2017

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Cabinet meeting on 15 June 2017 discussed local plan, homelessness and shopping park.

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Shopping Park 

Next (including a Costa Coffee), TK Max, Aldi, Hobbycraft, Pets at Home and Smyths Toys have been confirmed among the tenants of the new Epping Forest Shopping Park. Councillor Anne Grigg made the announcement at the meeting of Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet on 15 June. Construction of the retail units is nearing completion with the supporting highway improvements due to finish in August. The Council expects handover on 19 June with the start of shop fitting starting a week later. The park will also set high green transport standards in Essex with 10 electric charging points.

Local Plan Implementation

Proposed masterplans covering areas in Epping, Waltham Abbey, Loughton, North Weald, Ongar, Chigwell and sites around Harlow will be produced as Epping Forest District Council works towards the implementation of the new Local Plan. The need for strategic masterplans to ensure development and infrastructure requirements across groups of sites in the same area was outlined in a report presented by Planning Portfolio Holder John Philip.

Infrastructure 

Councillor Philip explained that it was necessary to show the government-appointed inspector that the Council is taking steps to ensure that growth can be delivered in a coordinated way with necessary infrastructure provided. He emphasised that this does not mean any sites will definitely be in or out of the final Local Plan or that planning approvals have been decided or approved. No definitive decisions have as yet been taken on which sites will be included in the final draft of the Local Plan.

Councillors should be involved early without being predisposed to deciding planning applications. None of the work proposed in the report committed councillors to approving individual sites or applications.

Homelessness

Cabinet approved proposals to allocate the Homelessness Support Grant. Councillors supported the recommendations by Housing Portfolio Holder Syd Stavrou to allocate £60,000 to Genesis Housing Association to provide private sector accommodation, and £29,000 to the young parents scheme at Railway Meadow in Ongar. Further allocations will be made as additional reports come to Cabinet. 

Superfast Broadband 

Reports on the extension of superfast broadband and free wifi in town centres put forward by Technology Portfolio Holder Alan Lion were supported by Cabinet colleagues.

Overview and Scrutiny 6 June 2017

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Princess Alexandra Hospital is in special measures after its services were rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission. Senior staff from Princess Alexandra met with Epping Forest District councillors at the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday 6 June for an improvement plan update.

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  • Lance McCarthy – Chief Executive
  • Stephanie Lawton – Chief Operations Manager
  • Nancy Fontaine – Chief Nurse

Waiting times

A&E waiting times and delays in bed allocation were raised by Councillor Stephen Murray.  Stephanie Lawton apologised for the long waiting times but confirmed that patients remain safe. She said that some improvements had been made to flow and discharge of patients with support from community teams. Building works have been commissioned to extend admission facilities. Together with other plans these improvements should improve admission times. Nancy Fontaine added that where elderly patients are being admitted there is some discretion in allowing family members extra access to provide support.

Recruitment and retention

Responding to a question by councillor Aniket Patel, Nancy Fontaine outlined a number of new ward management and leadership training programmes. Councillor Yolanda Knight praised hospital staff following a ‘faultless’ recent visit. However, she also knew from experience that the quality of service varies greatly across different areas of the hospital. She raised the issue of staff morale, staff retention and the training provided to staff in dealing with difficult members of the public.

Nancy Fontaine was pleased to report that some members of staff have been with the Trust for many years. In some instances, three generations from a family are working in different areas of the hospital while many staff trained at Harlow coming back as more senior staff in later years. However, Lance McCarthy did acknowledge that recruitment was affected by the special measures issue.

Safeguarding for children

Councillor Steven Neville sought reassurance on safeguarding for children. Nancy Fontaine responded with a discussion around a culture of failing to follow policy and training. Safeguarding is now more embedded into hospital standards. She said that policies were now tough but it is probably never possible to ’do enough’.

Responding to a question by Councillor Holly Whitbread, Nancy Lawton described methods of recruitment including links with local colleges and interviews by Skype. Councillor Roger Baldwin asked about the financial deficit and plans to reduce reliance on agency workers.  Nancy Fontaine responded that there is a very clear direction to reduce reliance on temporary staff. Lance McCarthy was able to provide figures illustrating the drop in agency expenditure from more than £20m a few years ago to somewhere nearer £13m more recently.

Emergency Planning

Responding to Councillor Nigel Bedford, Lance McCarthy said that the hospital managed the recent cyber attack on the NHS thanks to internal IT protecting services and installing the relevant patches very quickly. Stephanie Lawton outlined the processes and partner agencies working together to coordinate patient discharge in a timely way. She said this was not ‘cracked yet’ but improvements were being made.

Nancy Fontaine and Lance McCarthy outlined in more depth the health and social care solutions used to address issues of patient isolation raised by Councillor Aniket Patel. Stephanie Lawton also confirmed the regular update, review and training for emergency planning situations such as the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

Lance McCarthy acknowledged the Trust has a long way to go in moving out of special measures but felt the hospital was in a much more positive position. He is also looking at the long term redevelopment or relocation of Princess Alexandra to a better site.

Caring Hospital

Committee Chairman Councillor Mary Sartin thanked Lance McCarthy, Stephanie Lawton and Nancy Fontaine for answering so many questions and offered best wishes for the future. She said that whatever the issues, the CQC report made clear that Princess Alexandra Hospital was a ‘caring’ hospital.

Corporate Plan

In other business Council Leader Chris Whitbread reminded committee members of some of the key achievements of previous years including the freeze on Council Tax for a seventh year and the development of new assets such as the Epping Forest Shopping Park. He said that the delivery of keys to residents for the first newly built council houses had taken place.  Focusing on community services he also applauded the work of the Council in attracting external funding. Local Plan development continues. The Council has listened and consulted with residents.

Councillor Whitbread continued with a description of the transformational changes being implemented across the Council leading to modern working, better use of technology and the facilitation of future service improvements. He also reminded fellow councillors of the benefits of the new leisure contract with a projected income of £20m over the next 20 years.

Other items covered by Overview and Scrutiny included:

  • Select Committees Terms of Reference
  • Select Committee membership
  • Task and Finish Panels
  • Annual Report of Overview and Scrutiny

An exciting summer for the kids!

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If you are looking for different ways to keep the kids entertained this summer, look no further! We have an 8 week schedule of fun activities for children of all ages and abilities!

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All ages, abilities and interests

We have a wide range of activities for children of all ages, abilities and interests, available from July to September 2017!

We are also offering our increasingly popular Disability Inclusion Project activities for children and young people with SEND. Please check the brochure for full details.

Don’t miss out

All you need to do is make sure you book in advance. It’s as easy as that!

Sport, art, adventure and many more

Whatever your children’s interests, we have something to suit!

Sport, art, adventure, play, music, gardening, textiles and many more!

Book now!

Most activities need to be booked and paid for in advance, unless otherwise indicated.