Mammal morning at Roding Valley

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Join Epping Forest Countrycare for a close encounter with some of the mammals found in Roding Valley on Saturday 8 October 7:30am – 9:30am at the Grange Farm Centre, followed by toasted teacakes for breakfast!

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  • When: Saturday 8 October 2016

  • Time: 7:30am – 9:30am

  • Where: The Grange Farm Centre, Grange Farm Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6DP

  • Cost: £6

  • Call 01992 564224 to book your space

Teddy Bears Picnic

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Come and join Countrycare for some fun outdoor activities at our Teddy Bears Picnic at Linder’s Field Nature Reserve, Buckhurst Hill on  Wednesday 31 August 2016, 12pm – 2pm – and don’t forget to bring your teddy bear with you!

Teddy Bears Picnic

Bring along a picnic and enjoy bug hunting, crafts, nature trails and more …

The reserve entrance is located on Roebuck Lane – where it meets Russell Road. The gates to the reserve are covered with brass animals, so you can’t miss them!

 

Keep the kids entertained this August

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We’re half way through the summer holidays and if you’re still looking for fun things to keep the kids entertained, look no further.

Summer Activities 16

There’s still so much more summer fun to be had, we have a range of activates for all interests. From learning to paint, playing with clay or learning how to become an animator.

We’ve had a great start with kids hearing teddy bear tales, dancing like dinosaurs and learning how to draw.

Dance like a dinosaur

Children learnt a whole range of dances in the Dance like a Dinosaur workshop at North Weald Village Hall Tuesday 26 July 2016. Based on Jane Clarke and Lee Wildish’s book Dance Together Dinosaurs the kids got to try their claws at the tango, ballet, breaking dancing, disco and samba.  They also made some fang-tastic dinosaur masks and performed a small routine for their parents.

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Frogs, snails and teddy bear tales

Theydon Bois Village Hall was filled to the brim with bears on Wednesday 28 July 2016 for Freehand Theatre’s performance of their latest show, Frogs, Snails and Teddy Bear Tales.  Bear was having trouble sleeping with all the excitement of his birthday the next day and needed the audience and their teddy bears to join in as they whooshed through the changing seasons.

Audience members said:

Great fun, my 3 year old giggled through it all as did my 7 year old and me!’

‘Really wonderful show, very funny and kids were really entertained.’

‘Very funny and entertaining for all ages, thoroughly enjoyed it.’

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Dementia awareness session success

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Do you want to increase your awareness and get to know more about dementia? We are hosting Dementia Friends Awareness Sessions for local groups, in partnership with Epping Forest District Museum, in their new community area called ‘the space’.

The sessions are being lead by the Community and Wellbeing Team in conjunction with  Epping Forest District Dementia Action Alliance. The alliance are part of an initiative to make the district of Epping Forest a ‘Dementia Friendly Community’.

Successful sessions

The first Dementia Friends awareness sessions have already been held for the council’s apprentices, housing team, the Limes Farm Community Group and for many of those involved with the council’s walking for health scheme, Lifewalks.

Lifewalks leader, Erika Needham said: “The session helped me see how challenging it can be for those living with dementia and how we can help to alleviate this. Bringing dementia to the attention of the public can help us all to make small changes in our behaviour towards those living with dementia, which in turn will make life easier for them and their carers”.

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Focus on increasing awareness

Epping Forest District Council’s Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder, Councillor Helen Kane said: ”The information sessions focus on increasing people’s knowledge and awareness of dementia. We hope that this new knowledge and understanding will have a positive effect on the local area – for local people living with dementia and their carers”.

Get involved

She continued: ”Anyone of any age can come to a Dementia Friends Information Session. Help us to ensure local people with dementia are appreciated and feel valued members of their community. If you or your local group would benefit from attending a session or would like some further information,  please contact Karen Murray the council’s Engagement Officer on the details below, alternatively you can find your nearest session on the Alzheimer’s society website.”

Museum partnership receives grant

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Museum partnership secures major grant award from Arts Council England Resilience Fund

A heritage sustainability project entitled ‘No Borders’, which is being  led by Epping Forest District Council’s Museum, Heritage and Culture Service has been awarded £279,000 by Arts Council England, following a competitive bid to Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund.

EFD Museum reopening

 Epping Forest District Museum re-opening following it’s refurbishment in March 2016

National award

The award, which is part of Arts Council England’s strategic funding programme, has been designed to support museums to become more sustainable and resilient to the pressures many are currently facing. Nationally some 94 museums and organisations were awarded funding totalling £12.2 million.

Ground-breaking Partnership

The ‘No Borders’  project is a ground breaking local authority museums partnership, which includes Epping Forest Museum, Heritage and Culture Service, the Lowewood Museum in Broxbourne and Chelmsford City’s Museum Service, which are all popular museum services  with free entry for the public.

Developing sustainable services

The aim of the project is to support all three local authority areas to  develop sustainable, inspiring services for the future, drawing upon recommendations and ideas produced for Epping Forest District Museum, as part of an earlier piece of resilience work funded by Arts Council England.

Good news for residents

The funding is good news for local residents of all ages  as family activities are a key area of work and this project will enable the museums to develop new approaches to support funding for exhibitions, development projects and day to day activities, by bringing in professionals with expertise in fundraising and commercial operations including retail, catering, event services and venue hire, to undertake a number of transformational improvements across all these areas of work.

New charitable foundations

It is also planned for the museums to establish new, charitable Development Foundations to undertake fundraising in support of their work the museums, with the aim of bringing in funding not normally available to local authority museums and this will be established and guided by an experienced fundraiser.

A third strand of the project will be to undertake projects with groups and individuals who don’t currently access the museums’ services , to build audiences and encourage  people of all ages and abilities to get involved with the museum, as visitors, supporters, volunteers  and future curators.

In the Epping Forest District, the ‘No Borders’ project will build on the recent expansion and refurbishment of Epping Forest District Museum, which has recently reopened following a major Heritage Lottery Fund Award of £1.65m, which has enabled the museum to be fully accessible.

Delighted

Museum, Heritage and Culture Manager, Tony O’Connor said: ‘’We are delighted to have secured this funding for this work at this exciting time in the museum services development. We are grateful for the support of Arts Council England in providing the opportunity to undertake this transformational project, which will improve the opportunities for residents and visitors to Epping Forest, Broxbourne and Chelmsford museums to engage in the rich heritage and cultural offer we all share.”

Exciting developments

Councillor Helen Kane, Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council’s Leisure and Community Services said: ”Achieving this funding will allow us to build on the exciting developments which have taken place at the Epping Forest District Museum and will ensure that our museum, heritage and culture service can continue to contribute to the health, wellbeing and economic development of the district in a sustainable way.”

She added: ”Ensuring the museum is sustainable and resilient in the long term will ensure the newly developed building continues to contribute to Waltham Abbey town, business and communities.’’

The ‘No Borders’ project will take place between October 2016 and March 2018

Untaxed vehicles crackdown

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In a national drive to crack down on untaxed vehicles on public roads, Epping Forest District Council will be working in partnership with the DVLA from 1 August 2016.

Untaxed vehicles

Clamped or seized

With the assistance of the DVLA, Council officers will be able to check the road tax record of any vehicle. If the vehicle is not taxed, it will be either clamped or seized and taken to a DVLA contractors depot.

The owner could have to pay as much as £160 (plus storage costs) and will have to prove the vehicle has valid road tax before the vehicle can be reclaimed.

Delighted to be working in partnership

Epping Forest District Council’s Environment Portfolio holder, Councillor Will Breare-Hall said: ‘’I am delighted that the council is working in partnership with the DVLA. Untaxed vehicles are often difficult to trace, but with our help, the DVLA will broaden their ability to find the offenders and reduce the number of untaxed vehicles within our district.”

He continued: ‘’Untaxed vehicles contribute to congestion, take up valuable parking spaces and use resources paid for by others. Their drivers are more likely to commit traffic offences such as speeding, illegally parking and driving without insurance, which presents risks for other drivers. Untaxed vehicles are often abandoned and eventually become vandalised. Working alongside the DVLA will help to improve road conditions for our residents and other road users.’’

Parents, vote for our museum!

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Vote for Epping Forest District Museum in the ‘best museum’ category for the Essex mum’s awards 2016!

Essex Mums Vote for us

Top ten Essex museums

Parents in Essex are being asked by Essex Mum’s to vote for the people, places and things that make your life in Essex that little bit easier and more enjoyable.

The museum has already been nominated as one of the top ten best museums in Essex and with your help, we could be voted the best!

Show your support

We are asking our visitors and residents to show support for our newly redeveloped museum and vote for us! Winning would be the perfect way to celebrate all that has been achieved at the museum over the last few years.

You have until Tuesday 6th September to vote and the winners will be announced on the Essex Mum’s website.

EFD Museum reopening

Free activities at Healthy Living Festival launch

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Thursday 30 June 2016 marks the launch of the Debden Festival of Healthy Living and we are offering you and your family free taster activity sessions from 3pm to 7pm at Debden Campsite and Conference Centre.

There will be a number of activities for children, adults, the over 50’s and the whole family to enjoy

  • a forest buggy walk
  • a lifewalk
  • Taoist Tai Chi session
  • Play in the forest
  • Family yoga
  • Orienteering
  • Mountain biking

With the longer days and warmer weather coming, there’s no better time to improve your health and wellbeing by getting active!

Try it for free

Yes! You read correctly – try all of the above for free! So why not come with your friends and family for the day, bring a picnic or enjoy our tasty BBQ? Whether your aim is to try something new or spend some quality time with your family, come along and enjoy the day with us!

Summer activities for all

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder, Councillor Helen Kane said: “The event on 30 June is the perfect opportunity to showcase all of the exciting activities that will be available to all over the summer. The Council are offering activities for children, adults, the over 50’s and the whole family from 30 June – 24 July, there is something for everyone and for all abilities.”

Councillor Kane continued: “Don’t be shy, come and try something new and plan to get active this summer! Many activities are offering free first sessions too, so book now!”

Debden Festival of Healthy Living

Cabinet 9 June 2016

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Housing, parking and listed building were among items discussed at Cabinet on 9 June 2016.

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Council Housing Update

In her first Cabinet meeting since transferring to the Housing Portfolio from Finance, Councillor Syd Stavrou announced the intention to move toward planning application stage for 12 small sites in Waltham Abbey earmarked for phase 6 of the new Council House-Building programme.

Negotiations have begun with P A Finlay, who undertook the refurbishment works at Marden Close, to complete the new build of four other sites in Waltham Abbey after a notice was served on Broadway Construction immediately terminating the contract with them for Phase 1 of the Council’s House-building programme. This follows a default notice that was served on 26 April; the reason being that they were not carrying out the works regularly and diligently, contrary to their contract obligations.

The Council has now taken over responsibility for safety and security on each of the 4 sites and put in place arrangements with a security company to carry out 24-hour patrols until a new contractor is appointed.

The Council’s agent Pellings LLP, is undertaking a thorough and detailed inventory of materials and equipment on site and recording the works that have yet to be completed. In the meantime, the discussions have begun with P A Finlay, with a view to them completing the works subject to satisfactory negotiations. Appointment will be subject to a separate Housing Portfolio Holder decision.

Off-Street Parking Pay and Display

Transport Portfolio Holder Councillor Gary Waller secured Cabinet approval as the Council moved towards transferring the management of its Pay and Display car parks from the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) to a new provider. Councillors agreed methods of tendering and length of contract as well as agreeing in principle to manage an additional car park in Waltham Abbey at the request of the Lee Valley Regional Park.

PwC to review Council Accommodation

Councillor Chris Whitbread, Leader of Council updated the Cabinet on the Transformation project. Among the projects designed to improve council efficiency and customer services, Councillor Whit  bread was pleased to announce the start of work by PricewaterhouseCoopers looking at the future office accommodation needs of the Council.

Steps to protect historic building

Thrifts Cottage, a Grade II listed building in very poor condition should be renovated and brought back to life. Councillor Gary Waller obtained the support of fellow councillors to use the Council’s powers to return it to a good state of repair. The building adjacent to Thrifts Hall in Sewardstone Road dates back to the 18th century.

Nu Bar opening hours cut following review

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Councillors are cracking down on anti-social behaviour and criminal activity associated with Nu Bar in Loughton. Following a review of evidence from local residents and Essex Police, councillors have cut the opening hours by moving the closing time from 02:30am to 00:30am, with no alcohol to be served after midnight. The only exceptions to the new closing times are special occasions such as Christmas and New Year.

Chance to appeal

The Licence Holder, Greene King, has 21 days from the date of the decision to appeal. If Greene King accept the new conditions, Nu Bar remains closed until the time permitted for an appeal has ended or any appeal is completed.

Conditions re-emphasized and reinforced

In addition to the reduction in opening hours, Epping Forest District Council has re-emphasized and reinforced a raft of other conditions designed to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. These include high quality CCTV and facial recognition technology, door staff, dress codes to prevent people hiding their identity, training for staff in matters as diverse as sales to underage children and drug abuse, maintenance of an incident register, the banning of glass drink ware, digital ID scanning and restrictions on the number of people that can be in the smoking area at any one time.

Protecting residents

A spokesperson for Epping Forest District Council said: “We would like to thank local residents and Essex Police for their hard work in pulling the evidence together. We have a legal duty as the licensing authority to take an impartial independent view based on law. Licensing Committee councillors listened very carefully to all sides of the argument but felt a clear need to impose these restrictions and protect our residents from the nuisance and harm caused by late-night rowdy behaviour at Nu Bar.”

He continued: “We expect Nu Bar’s owners to take heed of this tough stance and understand that the kind of behaviour associated with their premises over the last few months is intolerable and unacceptable. Essex Police catalogued eight separate incidents in the last few months, including one involving 40 people. Local residents have the right to a reasonable degree of peace, quiet and security.”