Youth Councillors raise money for charity

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Epping Forest Youth Councillors raised £160 for The Children’s Society at the Epping Youth Market on Saturday 8 July. Our Youth Councillors raised money by running a tombola with donated prizes whilst promoting the work by the Epping Forest Youth Council.

Youth councillors

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Epping Youth Market

The market encouraged young people aged between 14 to 24 that have designed, produced or sourced products or services for sale, to set up their stalls and take their first steps in business.

Youth Council

Epping Youth Council took the time to ask young people to fill out a survey about drugs to contribute towards their new Drug awareness project.

So proud

Youth Councillor, Annabelle said: “I’m so proud to have been part of the Epping Youth Market which showcased the excellent skills of our area’s young people. The Youth Council managed to raise an outstanding £160 for The Children’s Society Charity and took the opportunity to gather data from young people on local drug issues/concerns to help with our next project.”

Our sponsors 

We would like to say thank you to our sponsors for the donation of the tombola prizes

  • Cancer Research UK
  • Costa Coffee
  • Epping Sports Centre
  • Epping Youth Football
  • Epping Forest District Council Staff
  • Geoffrey Drayton
  • House 2 Home
  • Jimmy’s Mobile
  • Jus Interiors
  • Marks & Spencer
  • Pretty Woman Epping
  • Piccola Epping
  • Spokes
  • Tesco
  • Todd Sloane
  • The Card Factory
  • The Children’s Society
  • One Shop Party Shop
  • Tony’s Household and Hardware

Teddy bears picnic

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Join our Countrycare team for a Teddy Bears Picnic on Wednesday 23 August 2017. Join Countrycare and their teddy bears for some fun outdoor activities. Bring along a picnic to enjoy while you join in with our bug hunting, crafts, nature trails and more.

Teddy Bears Picnic

  • Date: Wednesday 23 August 2017

  • Time: 12pm-2pm

  • Where: Linder’s Field Local Nature Reserve, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5QN

  • Cost: £3 per child 

  • Book: 01992 564 224

Dont forget your teddy bear! 

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It’s football…just walking!

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Many people across the Epping Forest district have returned to the beautiful game and their first step has been to come to our weekly Walking Football sessions, at the Town Mead Astro Turf in Waltham Abbey.

Walking football poster

A sport for all abilities

Walking Football is slow-paced and designed to help people keep an active lifestyle or return to sport after an injury, without letting your age or ability level get in the way!

The game is non-contact and any player who sprints or jogs whilst the ball is in play will concede a free kick.

Make new friends

Enough about the game itself, the social side is also a huge part of why Walking Football is becoming so popular across the nation. Weekly sessions give people a chance to make new friends, who share a common interest!

  • Town Mead Leisure Park, Brooker Road, EN9 1JH, Astro Turf
  • Every Tuesday
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm (meet in car park)
  • £ 2.50 per session (first week free)
  • No need to book, just turn up!

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Reviews

Alan, a Leyton Orient fan said: ‘‘Walking Football has given me a chance to gradually return to a good level of fitness, whilst having fun at the same time.’’

Peter said: ’‘I have been attending for the last 3 months and now look forward to the sessions every week, I have met a lot of new people and enjoy socialising at the sessions’’.

What’s on? Summer activities – week 3

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Looking for summer holiday activity inspiration? Take a look at what we have in store for Monday 7 August to Friday 11 August 2017 of the summer holidays…

Summer Activities P1

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How to…draw – level 3

  • Monday 7 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: acrylic

  • Monday 7 August 2017
  • 1:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £10 including materials

Suitable for ages 7+

Book

Tudor Family Fun: Print Making

  • Tuesday 8 August 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, just drop in!

Arts in the Garden

  • Wednesday 9 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

Go wild: Let’s grow

  • Thursday 10 August 2017
  • 10:30am – 12pm
  • Market Community Garden, near Cottis Lane, Epping, CM16 5DQ
  • £4.50

Suitable for ages 6-12

Book

Alan in Wonderland & the Three Goats Plus

  • Thursday 10 August 2017
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD
  • £8

Suitable for ages 4+

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!

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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.”

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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

Are you dementia friendly?

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To help raise awareness for Dementia Awareness Week (14 – 20 May 2017), we are launching the first of our 8 dementia friends sessions on Tuesday 16 May at Waltham Abbey Library and we would like you to join us!

United against Dementia

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Become a dementia friend

We are calling on local businesses, community groups and individuals to attend one of our events and become a dementia friend.

Small ways to help

Each session is focuses on learning more about what it is like to live with dementia, helping you understand the small ways you can help and make life easier for those living with dementia in your community.

Upcoming sessions

Each session lasts for an hour and will be provided at the following Essex County Council Libraries

  • 16 May 2017 Waltham Abbey library, 37 Sun St, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • 29 June 2017 Loughton library, Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD 10am – 11am
  • 4 July 2017 Epping library, St John’s Road, Epping, CM16 5DN 10am – 11am
  • 12 September 2017 Chigwell library, Hainault Rd, Chigwell, IG7 6QX 2pm – 3pm
  • 21 September 2017 Debden library, Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton, IG10 3SA 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • 10 October 2017 Ongar library, The Pleasance, High St, Ongar, CM5 9AB 10am – 11am
  • 2 November 2017 Buckhurst Hill library, 165 Queen’s Rd, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5AZ 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • 7 December 2017 North Weald library, 138 High Rd, North Weald Bassett, Epping, CM16 6BZ 11am – 12pm

Get involved

Places are limited so please book to avoid disappointment.

Further information

Need help getting active?

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If you want to increase your activity and fitness, meet new friends and stay motivated, our new Active Living programme is for you! Sign up to receive one to one motivational support for a whole year and up to 6 months of free activities.

Active living cyclingHelp at every step

We know that getting active can be difficult, so we are here to help you every step of the way!

Personal action plan

Our team of professional and friendly staff will help you set a personal plan of action, which will make it simple for you to find ways to fit physical activity into your daily life.

Support and advice

We will support you with free advice and assistance whenever you need it, to help you stick to your plan and achieve your goals with activities such as walking, cycling and Pilates.

Get active

  • Contact the Active Living team on 01992 564567 or speak to your GP about a referral
  • Book an appointment to discuss support, a personal action plan & find a local Active Living group
  • Visit your local Active Living group, meet new friends, get lifestyle & nutrition advice
  • Meet your champion who will support you with your new activities & introduce you to others
  • Get support from your specialist who will look at your progress & plan for the coming months
  • Free activities for 3 months after 12 weeks of attending group

Contact

If you are interested in becoming more active and you

  • Do less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week
  • Are aged over 16
  • Live in the Epping Forest district

Contact our friendly team to book an appointment.

Call 01992 564561

Email csreception@eppingforestdc.gov.uk