Summer fun for children with SEND

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The Epping Forest Inclusion project is running a wide variety of exciting summer activities for children and young people with SEND from July to August 2018.

Activities are suitable for children of all ages, unless otherwise stated, and we cater for a wide range of needs. Siblings and parents are also welcome to join us for some of the activities, please check the brochure for full details.

Bounce and swim

  • Monday 23 July/ Friday 17 August
  • 1.30pm- 3.30pm
  • Ongar Leisure Centre, the Gables, Ongar, CM5 0GA
  • £7
  • All ages


Own a pony

  • Wednesday 25 July/ Wednesday 8 August/ Wednesday 29 August
  • 10am – 12pm
  • High Beech riding school, Pynest Green Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN4 3QL
  • £25
  • Ages 4- 25



  • Thursday 26 July
  • 1pm – 2pm/ Ages 7-10
  • 30pm- 4pm/ Ages 11+
  • Epping Sports Centre, Hemnall Street, Epping CM16 4LU
  • £6


Suntrap summer fun day

  • Friday 27 July/ Monday 6 August/ Thursday 30 August
  • 10am – 3.30pm
  • Suntrap forest education centre, Church Road, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AJ
  • £16 for 1 child
  • £8 for additional sibling
  • All ages


Canalability day trip

  • Monday 30 July/ Monday 20 August
  • 45am – 3pm
  • Lock view, Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow, CM20 2QS
  • £15
  • All ages


Water wipe out splash

  • Tuesday 31 July/ Tuesday 21 August
  • 11.30am- 1pm
  • Lee Valley White water centre, Station Road, Waltham Cross, EN9 1AM
  • £12
  • Ages 8+



  • Tuesday 2 August
  • 10am- 11am/ 11.30am- 12.30pm
  • Debden Park High School, Wilingale Road, Debden, IG10 2BQ
  • £4
  • All ages



  • Friday 3 August
  • 30pm- 3pm
  • Forest room, Jack Silley Pavilion, Stonards Hill, recreation ground, Epping, CM16 6SP
  • £8
  • All ages


Inclusion multi-sports camp

  • Tuesday 7 August
  • 10am-3pm
  • Upper Clapton rugby club, Upland Road, Thornwood, Epping, CM16 6NL
  • £15
  • All ages


  • Tuesday 28 August
  • 10am- 3pm
  • Debden park high school, Willingale Road, Loughton, IG10 2BQ
  • £15
  • All ages


Old MacDonald &the three pigs plus

  • Thursday 9 August
  • 20am – 12.30pm
  • Jazz Archive Café, 1st floor, Loughton Library, Traps Hill, IG10 1HD
  • £6
  • All ages


Royal gunpowder mills

  • Monday 13 August
  • 30am- 3pm
  • Royal gunpowder mills, Beaulieu drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
  • £6 per child
  • £4 per adult
  • All ages

Soft play at Ashlyns farm

  • Tuesday 14 August
  • 30pm- 6.30pm
  • Ashlyns farm, Epping Road, North Weald, CM16 6RZ
  • £3 for under 5’s
  • £4.50 for 5+
  • All ages


Inclusive cycle rides with trailnet

  • Thursday 16 August
  • 10am – 11.30am
  • 12pm- 1.30pm
  • Lee Valley White water centre, Station Road, Waltham Cross, EN9 1AM
  • £6
  • All ages


Camping at Lambourne End

  • Wednesday 22 August
  • Drop off 10am
  • 1 night, pick up 2pm Thursday 23 August
  • £52
  • 2 nights, pick up 2pm Friday 24 August
  • £85
  • Ages 10+


Book now

Our activities run from  July toAugust 2018 for children of all ages, abilities and interests.

Don’t wait for our activities to sell out – book now and keep your kids entertained this summer.

or call our telephone booking line 01992 564226 Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm.

Further information

Keep your kids entertained this summer

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Need ideas for kids activities this summer? Look no further and see what we have planned for the summer holidays.

Sport, art, adventure, play, music, gardening, textiles and more – whatever your children’s interests, we have something for everyone.

Book now

Our activities run from Monday 23 July to Friday 31 August 2018 for children of all ages, abilities and interests.

Don’t wait for our activities to sell out – book now and keep your kids entertained this summer.

or call our telephone booking line 01992 564226 Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm.

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Decisions from Plans South 30 May 2018

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee South meeting Wednesday 30 May 2018.


  • EPF/1608/17 – Forest Place, Roebuck Lane, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5QL
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2885/17 – 39 Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1SZ
    Permission refused
  • EPF/3512/17 – Land to the rear of 33-37, Hillyfields, Loughton, IG10 2PT
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0193/18 – 19 Cranleigh Gardens, Loughton, IG10 3DD
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0199/18 – Royal Oak, Forest Road, Loughton, IG10 1EG
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0287/18 – 51 High Road, Loughton, IG10 4JE
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0339/18 – 2 Gladstone Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5SW
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0471/18 – 38 High Beech Road, Loughton, IG10 4BL
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0486/18 – 53 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 6DN
    Permission granted
  • EPF/0487/18 – 53 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 6DN
    Permission granted

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Picnic, music and Parade to celebrate Freedom of the District

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Residents are invited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the RAF with a community picnic, parade, and music laid on by Epping Forest District Council at North Weald Airfield on Sunday 10 June 2018.

RAF 100 Parade and Picnic

March from North Weald

Members of 56 Squadron, which flew Hurricanes from North Weald, will commence proceedings as they march from North Weald Village Hall to the Airfield Gate Guardian with their newly acquired ‘Freedom of the District’ awarded by the Council last month.

Officers and members of 56 Squadron will be accompanied to the Airfield Memorial in Hurricane Way by the Epping Forest Pipe Band and the band of 56 Squadron ATC for the laying of wreaths, before proceeding to the Gate Guardian for a ceremonial inspection and afternoon of picnics and music with the Epping Forest (Brass) Band, Our Voices Choir and 1940’s style singer Diane Moore.

Free entry

Families are invited to join the celebrations at North Weald Airfield. Car parking and entry to the event is free. There will be food and drink concessions for anyone who doesn’t fancy bringing their own picnic.

The Gate Guardian is a replica of a Hurricane flown by 56 Squadron at North Weald. A Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will perform flypasts during the parade inspection.

56 Squadron is one of the oldest and most distinguished units of the RAF. Formed during the Great War, it saw service in France as part of the Royal Flying Corps before the formation of the RAF on 1 April 1918.

Long history with RAF

Although North Weald is no longer an RAF base, having been bought by Epping Forest District Council in 1980, the airfield remains the spiritual home of 56 Squadron. The Squadron moved to North Weald in 1927 and remained until 1941. While based at North Weald, it suffered the first RAF loss of World War II,  covered the retreat from Dunkirk and found itself in the thick of the fighting during the Battle of Britain.

The Freedom of the District was bestowed on 56 Squadron at a special meeting of Epping Forest District Council on 24 April.

Outgoing Council Chairman David Stallan stood down at the local elections in May. As a North Weald Ward Councillor, he was especially proud of the part he played in bringing the Freedom of the District to Full Council. However, the Freedom awarded to 56 Squadron is District-wide, reflecting the much wider local involvement of the RAF.

“A true family event”

New Council Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett, will welcome 56 Squadron back to North Weald.

He said: “RAF 100 and the Freedom of the District is very much in recognition of the wider role played by the RAF in our area.”

“Councillors from all sides of the chamber were so united in wishing to bestow this honour. Apart from North Weald, the RAF had airfields at Stapleford Abbotts and Willingale. Blake Hall was a centre of operations and the Balloon Site at RAF Chigwell was an intelligence centre as well as providing the barrage balloons that helped to protect London. A decoy or dummy airfield was also set up in my home area of Nazeing to lure enemy bombers away from their real targets.

“Other parts of the District were real targets too, including the munitions factories of Royal Ordnance in Waltham Abbey.”

“This is therefore a district-wide celebration of the RAF and everyone is invited to join us on 10 June. It will be a true family event.”

Event details

The parade sets off from North Weald Village Hall at 12.30pm. Residents can park their cars at North Weald Airfield before the parade arrives at 1.30pm with Diane Moore bringing the music to a close at around 4.45pm.

Line the parade route

Councillor Bassett added: “It would be great to see people lining the parade route from North Weald Village Hall to the Airfield Memorial, as well as enjoying their picnics and music on the Airfield. I hope the British Summer Sun shines on us. Bring sensible shoes, sunscreen and clothing for all weathers!

Annual Council 24 May 2018

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Councillor Richard Bassett is the new Chairman of Epping Forest District Council.

His appointment follows the retirement of David Stallan. Councillor Ricki Gadsby is the Council’s new Vice-Chairman. Following the retirement of Will Breare-Hall at the local elections, Council Leader Chris Whitbread has added Councillor Nigel Avey to his Cabinet.

Chairman Cllr Richard Bassett

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Cabinet appointments

  • Leader – Councillor Chris Whitbread
  • Assets & Economic Development – Councillor Anne Grigg
  • Environment – Councillor Nigel Avey
  • Finance – Councillor Gagan Mohindra
  • Planning & Governance – Councillor John Philip
  • Housing and Deputy Leader of Council – Councillor Syd Stavrou
  • Leisure & Community Services – Councillor Helen Kane
  • Safer, Greener & Transport – Councillor Sam Kane
  • Technology & Support Services – Councillor Alan Lion

‘What a year and what an experience’

In his closing speech to councillors, David Stallan said that he would not have missed his year as chairman for the world! Among the ‘standout’ moments of his year, Dave listed teeing off at Chairman’s Charity Golf Day, his ‘visit’ to the gym, a steam train footplate, aircraft simulator, sports events the Petanque trophy wrestled back – all in fun – two Chinese delegations, the Ongar Festival, many arts events and working with the Youth Council. As Chairman, Dave learned that a few hundred pounds can make a massive difference. Through generosity of others he raised £5,500 for local charities and Diabetes UK.

It was Dave’s sad duty to announce the passing of 11 current and former councillors during his year. Concluding with thanks to his family he noted not only ‘two great women behind me – daughter Amy and wife Sue, but also a third Pat Seager, the Chairman’s Secretary.

Praise for David Stallan

Chris Whitbread led thanks to David Stallan. During a tough year including meetings on the Local Plan, Councillor Whitbread described Dave Stallan as first class, handling himself so well as he travelled across the district by being himself and being such a ‘nice guy’.

Councillor Whitbread said: “A good chairman brings the whole council together – you had a brilliant year – thank you”.

Councillors Stephen Murray, Caroline Pond, Anne Grigg, Jon Whitehouse and Stephen Neville echoed Chris Whitbread’s words – thanking David Stallan for a brilliant year.

Communities Director Alan Hall thanked Dave Stallan on behalf of the staff recalling their years working closely together on council housing and Dave’s support for council staff.

In one of his first presentations as Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett also had great please in presenting Dave Stallan with a long service medal for 19 years representing the residents of North Weald.

New Chairman

Richard Bassett’s nomination for Chairman was proposed by Councillor Mary Sartin. Councillor Bassett took on his first cabinet role in 2010 before accepting the role of vice-chairman last year. As a former Chairman, councillor Sartin assured Councillor Bassett that he would meet many wonderful people over the coming year.

Thanking fellow councillors for bestowing the honour of Chairman on him, Councillor Bassett particularly singled out Dave Stallan for his support over the year. Councillor Bassett is making small business his theme for the year. He will undertake to get out and meet as many businesses as possible.

As a trustee of Epping Forest Community Transport, Councillor Bassett also wants to raise its profile along with young people’s sports groups during his year as Chairman.

Key appointments

Other key appointments at Annual Council included:

  • Chairman Plans Sub Committee East– Councillor Paul Keska
  • Chairman Plans Sub Committee West– Councillor Liz Webster
  • Chairman Plans Sub Committee South – Councillor Darshan Sunger
  • Chairman District Development Management Committee – Councillor Brian Sandler
  • Chairman Overview and Scrutiny Committee – Councillor Mary Sartin

Council remembers Elizabeth Downes

Tributes were paid to former Nazeing ward councillor Elizabeth Downes who passed away on 7 May. As a fellow councillor from Nazeing, Richard Bassett shared some thoughts on his predecessor, remembered by local residents as a lovely lady.

Shared accommodation standards survey

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If you live in, manage or own shared accommodation, let us know what you think of our proposed Essex-wide amenity standards. This covers bedroom sizes and living space, kitchen and bathroom facilities, number of toilets and other amenities like heating and washing and drying facilities.

Essex HMO consultation

Take the survey

The survey should only take 10 minutes and will close on 19 June 2018.

Landlords and tenants – tell us your views

“It’s really important that both landlords and tenants tell us their views” said Councillor Syd Stavrou, Deputy Leader and Housing Portfolio Holder. “If landlords don’t respond they risk having standards imposed on them that they don’t like and which may be costly. Equally for tenants this is their opportunity to let us know what they would reasonably expect when living in shared accommodation.”

Councillor Syd Stavrou ended by asking landlords and tenants to complete the survey: “It only takes 10 minutes to complete and closes on 19 June 2018, this is your chance to help us better understand your views.”

Clear space and amenity standards

Essex Councils want to ensure that clear space and amenity standards for HMOs are in place across Essex so that landlords and tenants know what is expected.

Please have your say as we seek to ensure that HMOs are safe, suitable and well-managed.

Come to the Seaside

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For 1 week Epping Forest District Museum will have its own beach, as part of the latest exhibition, Beauty and the Beach.

Drop in and build sandcastles, explore the rock pools and colour your own deckchair.

Come to the Seaside

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 26 May to Saturday 2 June 2018 (please note this activity will be closed on Friday 1 June)
  • Open times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Price: Free

Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Beauty and the Beach

Exhibition – Beauty and the Beach

From itsy, bitsy bikinis to one-piece bathing suits, this exhibition highlights the changing shape and coverage of women’s swimwear; exploring the style, design and inspirations of the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s.

The exhibition is closed Saturday 30 June.

Comments wanted for Chigwell Neighbourhood Plan

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The Council is publicising the submission version of the Chigwell Neighbourhood Plan and are are seeking comments from residents, business and other interest stakeholders on the Plan and supporting documents.

The publication period is from 12 noon on Tuesday 15 May to 4pm on Tuesday 26 June 2018.


All representations received regarding the plan proposal will be forwarded to an appointed examiner, who will assess the plan proposal and supporting documents against the basic conditions set out in national policy.

The 7 basic conditions that a neighbourhood plan / neighbourhood development order must meet are

  1. having regard to national policies and advice contained in guidance issued by the Secretary of State it is appropriate to make the order (or neighbourhood plan)
  2. having special regard to the desirability of preserving any listed building or its setting or any features of special architectural or historic interest that it possesses, it is appropriate to make the order. This applies only to Orders
  3. having special regard to the desirability of preserving or enhancing the character or appearance of any conservation area, it is appropriate to make the order. This applies only to Orders
  4. the making of the order (or neighbourhood plan) contributes to the achievement of sustainable development.
  5. the making of the order (or neighbourhood plan) is in general conformity with the strategic policies contained in the development plan for the area of the authority (or any part of that area)
  6. the making of the order (or neighbourhood plan) does not breach, and is otherwise compatible with EU obligations
  7. prescribed conditions are met in relation to the Order (or plan) and prescribed matters have been complied with in connection with the proposal for the order (or neighbourhood plan)

How to make a representation

For more details and how to make a representation please visit the Chigwell Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 16 publication and examination page on the Council’s website at

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.