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The January 2013 edition of ‘One Business Briefing’ is now available.

In this edition Reed in Partnership gives local businesses advice on how they can use Government funding to get staff job relevant qualifications at no cost to the employer or employee. It also introduces MP Eleanor Laing’s new Business Forum, reports on current tourism development work, including a key event on 31 January 2013 to develop tourism within the area and much more.

Read the January 2013 edition – One Business Briefing

Produced by Epping Forest District Council, One Epping Forest and local partners the briefing provides information for businesses and those looking to start up in business in the Epping Forest district. The briefing is designed to report on business funding opportunities / access to finance, business support, workshops / events for business, town centre news and other local economic development initiatives.

If you would like to receive future editions of ‘One Business Briefing’ by email please email economicdevelopment@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

Jubilee celebrations receive Royal approval

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Following the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June, Her Majesty the Queen has sent her best wishes to the people of Moreton, Bovinger and the Lavers. Issuing a letter through her Lady in Waiting, Her Majesty let it be known that she was touched by the efforts made on her behalf including a spectacular ox roast large enough to feed hundreds of people and a DVD filmed over the long-weekend of the event.

Organisers George Hart and Councillor Tony Boyce, showed off the framed letter from the Palace and their DVD of the event to the Chairman of Council, Councillor Brian Rolfe.

George Hart wrote to Her Majesty following the celebrations, enclosing a copy of the DVD.

Moreton Jubilee ox roast promo

Watch the full video – Moreton ox roast (Jubilee) 2012

As with all the best ideas, the inspiration for an ox roast came as a group chatted in a local pub. Philip Halstead and some of his friends in the Scout Movement wanted to try their hand at something a little more challenging than a regular Hog Roast. Joe Skepelhorn gave permission for his field next to the White Hart pub in Moreton to provide the venue. 

As the big weekend approached, about two and a half tonnes of fire wood was assembled. The ox was delivered on the back of a lorry and mounted into a huge a-frame. The fire was lit at 7pm on Sunday. Through wind and rain teams of volunteers worked in two hour shifts rotating the ox every 20 minutes and frequently basting to ensure it was cooked to perfection. Nearly 24 hours later on Monday evening the rain stopped, sun came out, the ox was ready and the celebrations began. Under the expert supervision of butcher Peter Holmes 550 servings of beef were washed down with drinks from the local pubs.

As darkness fell it was time to light the celebration beacon and sing the National Anthem.

Councillor Brian Rolfe congratulated Councillor Boyce and George Hart. He said: “I was delighted and hugely impressed. The Diamond Jubilee was fantastic in bringing communities together in celebration. I am not sure that size for size, any community did a bigger and better job than the people of Moreton, Bovinger and the Lavers.”

New website launched to boost visitor and tourism economy

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An exciting new website has been developed to provide information on places to visit, eat and stay in the Epping Forest district.

Visit Epping Forest logo

Visit Epping Forest website

The new website is to be formally launched on Friday 7 December at 2.30pm.

Members of the Epping Forest District Tourism Partnership will launch the Visit Epping Forest website at a special event at Epping Ongar Railway at North Weald Railway Station.

The website has been developed by the key attractions in the district, supported by Epping Forest District Council and the Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce. It provides information on places to visit, eat and stay and how to get here. It is planned that local groups will be able to upload their events directly to a specific ‘What’s on’ section.

The website has already had 1,800 visitors, who viewed over 5,600 pages during the construction stage. Enquiries have already been answered from film companies looking for locations, as well as cycle touring organisations looking for somewhere to eat on Sunday mornings. As this website grows it will generate more interest in the district as a tourist destination.

Councillor Tony Boyce Chairman of the One Epping Forest Tourism Task Force, which has led on this work said: “This has been a real partnership producing positive results. Everyone has chipped in with their expertise and resources to make this happen and give this district a site that is new, vibrant and supports the tourism economy right across this corner of Essex.

A new leaflet, highlighting the varied attractions is being completed, which will tempt locals to explore their area as well as bring in visitors from further afield. We will soon be announcing a major visitor and tourism summit to enable attractions, restaurants, hotels and shops to come together and plan how we can make so much more of the growing tourism sector to bring investment and jobs into the area in the longer term.”

Crime reduction officer receives police award

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Tony Ellis with Chief Constable Jim Barker-MccardleTony Ellis, Epping Forest district’s police crime reduction officer has received a lifetime achievement award from Essex Police.

Tony’s 46 years service to the public of Essex and in particular Epping Forest received the recognition of Essex Police at a ceremony at Chelmsford on Wednesday 21 November 2012. The award was one of several presented by the Chief Constable Jim Barker-Mccardle.

Tony’s citation reads

“In recognition of your achievements, dedication and commitment to policing throughout your career in which you have continued to be an inspiration to your peers by demonstrating exemplary skills”

The award recognises Tony’s service as both a police officer and civilian crime reduction officer. The latter part of his service has been spent working very closely with the council’s Safer Communities Team developing crime reduction initiatives and working to help protect vulnerable residents. The ceremony was also attended by the county’s newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston.

Tony said: “After 46 years with Essex Police I would like to believe I still have the enthusiasm to serve and make a difference.”

Tony continued: “In recent years, my enthusiasm has been fired by support and partnership working with the Epping Forest District Councils Safer Communities team, in particular Paul Gardener. I believe the work we do as a team on a day to day basis is integral to reducing crime and the fear of crime. We take a pride in serving the people of this District and we will continually strive to improve their quality of life.”

Celebrate all that is good in our disabled community

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Paralympians Danny Crates and Anne Wafula Strike, marathon runner Chris Moon MBE, and 7/7 survivor Daniel Biddle will be helping to celebrate all that is good in our disabled community at a free event to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Day for People with Disabilities (IDPwD).

The theme for the event in Chelmsford on Saturday 1 December 2012 is removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all.

The events opening ceremony is hosted by Dave Monk of BBC Essex, with demonstrations of disabled sport, singers, musicians and dramatists, as well as exhibitions by photographers and artists taking place all day to provide something for everyone.

Epping Forest District Council are helping to sponsor the event, and will be taking part in the business showcase to provide information about our services for people with disabilities, and the opportunity for people with disabilities to work with us to improve our services through the Epping Forest Disability Forum.

This event is at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford Rivermead Campus, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1SQ from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday 1 December. Free Park and Ride.

The Colchester community interest company Dancing Giraffe, in association with Chelmsford City Council and Anglia Ruskin University are hosting the event to raise awareness of the benefits of the integration of people with disability in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life, and to continue the positive experience that is the Paralympics’ legacy.

International Day for People with Disabilities is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.

Domestic Abuse Awareness week

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Domestic abuse represents a quarter of all violent crime, it is actual or threatened physical, emotional, psychological, financial or sexual abuse.

Domestic abuse can happen anywhere, in all kinds of families and all kinds of homes, it happens across all age groups and across all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Domestic abuse is a crime and is unacceptable in our community, often taking place behind closed doors and leaving victims feeling extremely isolated.

"When she gets home will he believe where she's been?" The signs of domestic abuse aren't always this obvious

“When she gets home will he believe where she’s been?” The signs of domestic abuse aren’t always this obvious

However, support is available

  • Police – in an emergency, always call 999
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline – for women experiencing domestic abuse call 0808 2000 247 – 24 hour
  • Men’s Advice Line – for men experiencing domestic abuse call 0808 801 0327 – Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
  • Broken Rainbow – for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community call 0300 999 5428 – Monday and Thursday 2pm to 8pm, Wednesday 10am to 1pm
  • Safer Places – email info@womensroom.org or call the helpline 0845 0177668 – 24 hours
  • Outreach, floating support, drop-in and refuge – call 0845 0177668 or fax 01279 836610
  • Citizens’ Advice Bureau – call 0844 257 1909
  • Housing Options at Epping Forest District Council –  call 01992 564027

Epping Forest District Council Safer Communities Team is working in collaboration with Essex County Council to support Essex Domestic Abuse Awareness week from 21 to 25 November, along with Alcohol Awareness week.

Safer, Greener and Highways Portfolio Holder Councillor Gary Waller said: “There is no excuse to justify domestic abuse in any shape or form and those who have had to suffer it should not have to put up with it. Nobody should be made to feel trapped, victimised, bullied or ashamed for what they have had to go through but sadly this is the way abusers often make their victims feel.”

Domestic abuse can occur between family members, in same sex relationships and by a woman towards a man. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be victims of domestic abuse in their lifetime – and on average 2 women a week are killed by a male partner or former partner. In Essex alone there are approximately 60 to 80 incidents of domestic abuse reported to the police each day and around 10 to 15% of those are high risk. Evidence suggests abuse reported is rarely a one-off incident; more often it is a pattern of abusive and controlling behaviour where the abuser seeks power over intimate partners or family members.

You can give information anonymously about a crime, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit the Crimestoppers website.

Alcohol Awareness week

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Alcohol Awareness week aims to raise public awareness of the long and short-term issues that can arise from alcohol misuse and how this can impact on the lives of families and friends, as well as the individuals themselves. Alcohol Concern has a set the theme for this year’s Alcohol Awareness week which runs from 21 to 25 November – ‘It’s time to talk about drinking’.

Epping Forest District Council Safer Communities Team is working in collaboration with Essex County Council to support Alcohol Awareness Week.

Around 200,000 people come to work with a hangover every day. Makes you think doesn't it?

Around 200,000 people come to work with a hangover every day. Makes you think doesn't it?

Alcohol is the 2nd biggest risk factor for cancer after smoking. How does that make you feel?

Alcohol is the 2nd biggest risk factor for cancer after smoking. How does that make you feel?

 

Over 45s are 3 times more likely to drink alcohol every day. Did you know that?

Over 45s are 3 times more likely to drink alcohol every day. Did you know that?

People who work are more likely to drink alcohol than unemployed people. Did you expect that?

People who work are more likely to drink alcohol than unemployed people. Did you expect that?

Safer Communities Manager Caroline Wiggins said: “At this time of year, in the run-up to Christmas, many people start to think about alcohol and the amount they consume. Alcohol Concern is challenging people to give up alcohol for a month in January. Those willing to take up the challenge will be able to sign up either as an individual or a team to give up drinking for a month. We’re going to ask people to pledge money or get sponsored to motivate them to stick at the challenge. We’ll also be providing people with tips and information on cutting down and how this will help their health, sleeping patterns and general wellbeing.”

It’s time to talk about drinking – 5 facts about alcohol

  1. Every hour more than 100 people go into hospital in England and Wales with an alcohol-related condition
  2. Every day more than 40 people die as a result of alcohol in England and Wales
  3. Every week more than 100 children call ChildLine upset about their parents’ drinking – some as young as 5 years old
  4. Alcohol consumption has nearly doubled since the 1950s
  5. It is estimated that 2.6 million children in the UK are living with parents who are drinking hazardously and 705,000 are living with dependent drinkers

For more information go to www.alcoholconcern.org.uk

Essex PCC election result

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Nick Alston is the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex.

After the first preference votes were counted, no single candidate gained 50% of the vote. When the second preference votes were counted, the winner was Nick Alston (Conservative Party) with 62,350 votes, against Mick Thwaites (Independent) with 58,664.

Announcement of result of poll (pdf 8KB)

Full results can be found on the Chelmsford City Council website.

Timeline

  1. Thursday 15 November 2012 – polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm
  2. Thursday 15 November 2012 – verification starts at 10:30pm – this will provide the turnout figure
  3. Friday 16 November 2012 – counting starts at 10:30am – when finished the first Police and Crime Commissioner for the Essex Police area will be announced

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Business Briefing hot off the press and brimming with news for local businesses

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The October 2012 edition of ‘one business briefing’ is available. Produced by EFDC, One Epping Forest and local partners the briefing provides information for businesses and those looking to start up in business in the Epping Forest District.  The briefing  is designed to report on  business funding opportunities/access to finance, business support, workshops/events for business and local economic development initiatives.

The October edition highlights a new training grant available from Essex County Council which is available to businesses but those eligible must be quick as the grant is only available from now until March 2013. The briefing also highlights specific support available to manufacturing and construction businesses in the Epping Forest district.  If you are looking to set-up in business the briefing directs individuals to support being offered by HMRC, including its free and informal workshop sessions held in Epping.

Read the October 2012 edition – One Business Briefing

If you would like to receive future editions of ‘one business briefing’ directly to your email inbox please email vwillis@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Staff fundraising on Jeans for Genes day

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Jeans for Genes DayCouncil staff raised hundreds of pounds by having a dress-down day supporting the Jeans for Genes campaign. Staff were allowed to wear their jeans to work in return for a £2 donation.

Jeans for Genes 2012
Jeans for Genes is organised by four national charities and raises funds for research into serious genetic disorders affecting thousands of children such as cystic fibrosis, haemophilia and sickle cell. Funds also provide laboratory equipment and facilities, as well as valuable advice and support for families.

Jeans for Genes provides funding for the care and support of children with genetic disorders. We also help to fund research into genetics and the development of effective treatments and cures.

Genetic disorders are caused by an alteration in DNA. This may mean that either a gene or several genes are missing, repeated or in the wrong order. Altered genes can affect a child’s senses, movement, ability to learn or appearance.

In the UK, one baby in every 33 is born with a genetic disorder or birth defect, that’s one born every 30 minutes whose life could be affected. There are over 4,000 recognised genetic disorders, some of which have no current treatment.

Jeans for Genes Day website