Lifewalks supporting the British Heart Foundation

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For the 9th year in a row Epping Forest District Councils walking for health group arranged a 6mile long Lifewalks ramble around the Lee Valley in support of the British Heart Foundation.  Over 35 walkers took part on the walk around some of the most beautiful parts of the Lee Valley and over £250 has been raised so far for the British Heart Foundation.

The route was put together by Patricia Hutchings from Nazeing (a Lifewalk leader) and took in many of the walks that are featured in the current Lifewalks Diary but also some areas of the park that were new to many of the walkers.

Lifewalks has 27 routes and 5 walks a week covering the Lee Valley, Roding, Epping, Loughton, Theydon Bois and North Weald. All walks are graded for all abilities.

For  more information about Lifewalks please contact Karen Murray on 01992 564222 and leave your details or e-mail . A diary of walks will be sent to you and a free walk voucher.

2013 Citizens of the Year campaigns are underway

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Epping Forest District Council Citizen of the Year 2013 poster

The search is on to find the Epping Forest District Council Citizen of the Year 2013 and Young Citizen of the Year 2013.

Do you know someone who has shown outstanding courage, or has done something of great benefit to you or your community?  Perhaps someone who has shown extraordinary commitment, energy and effort in their particular field or towards achieving a particular goal?

If that person is a resident of the district, why not show your appreciation and nominate them for Epping Forest District Council’s accolade, a Citizen of the Year Award?  The Citizen of the Year 2013 and the Young Citizen of the Year 2013 will receive their awards at the Annual Civic Reception in March 2013.

The Young Citizen of the Year Award is presented annually to a young person, aged 11-18, in recognition of an exceptional contribution to the Epping Forest community.

Youth Councillors Jaymey McIvor and Sam Cascarina promoting the Young Citizen of the Year campaign poster

If you know someone who fits the bill and deserves to be recognised, fill in a nomination form and make sure it reaches the Civic Offices by Friday 30 November. 

The forms can be obtained at Council Information Desks at Epping, Loughton or Waltham Abbey and Buckhurst Hill Parish Council Information Centre, or by contacting Pat Seager at the Civic Offices on 01992 564427 (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday only) for the Citizen of the Year or Di Butler on 01992 564365 for the Young Citizen of the year. Alternatively, you can download each of the forms using the links below.

 Download Young Citizen of the Year 2013 nomination form

 Download Citizen of the Year 2013 nomination form

Works Like a Charm at the Limes Centre, Chigwell

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Works Like A Charm poster

Date: Sunday 16 September

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: The Limes Centre, Limes Avenue, Chigwell, IG7 5LP

As part of the 2012 Essex Summer of Art Trail, Epping Forest Arts is celebrating the completion of their newest art project ‘Works Like a Charm’. A fantastic community art work  that has enabled Epping Forest artists Sonja Zelic and Helen Morse Palmer to work with architects, builders and a wide range of community members. Groups include Sherrell House, Open Group, Limes Farm Infant and Junior Schools, the Synagogue and residents from the Limes Farm estate.

Inspired by artists, trinkets and treasures, the residents of  Limes Farm have been transforming the Limes Centre into a work of creative brilliance. Discover the glass cases entombed in the walls, watch the eyes follow your every move from the windows as  you pass and walk on the pathways imprinted with good wishes.

Visitors can follow the charm trail to discover the good luck treasures in the walls and on the floors and local schools will be displaying works of art inspired by the Olympic values.

Admission is free.

Works Like A Charm is part of the Essex Summer of Art that takes place every year throughout Essex and is a partnership project between Epping Forest Arts, Epping Forest District Museum, Epping Forest District Council and Essex County Council.  For further information please visit

Works like a charm poster (pdf 84kb)

Norwegian weekend

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It was my privilege as Chairman of Epping Forest District Council to meet some highly distinguished people over the weekend of the 7 to 9 September. The spirit of friendship between the people of North Weald and Norway continues to shine.
Norwegian Wings over North weald fun day and fly in

The bond is enormously strong. The surviving Norwegian veterans are now old men but the love they feel for our country lives on in their children and grandchildren. 70 years ago they were a band of brothers from a small country held in tyranny. They found refuge at North Weald and kindred spirits in the people of our small Island also fighting for our lives.

I began for the first time to understand something of the importance North Weald holds in the hearts of the people of Norway. I was reminded of the famous poem, ‘The Soldier’ by Rupert Brooke who lost his life in the Great War that was supposed to end all wars.

Chairman Brian Rolfe ready for take off.If I should die, think only this of me;
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

To our friends from Norway, North Weald is also the corner of a ‘foreign field’, a symbol of their national pride and character in adversity. I was immensely proud to have shared some of that spirit with them and to call them friends.

Councillor Brian Rolfe
Chairman of Epping Forest District Council

Associated stories

A story published by the Telegraph about a veterans final visit to North Weald – Spitfire pilot, 91, makes one final mission

Norwegian weekend – festival of people

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Record numbers of people attended the North Weald Airfield Community Day on Sunday. In addition to the wonderful aircraft on display, there was a host of other entertainment.

The little ones were especially well catered for with fairground rides, bouncy castles and slides. Mums and Dads could also admire the selections of classic and sports cars. It was a Bikers’ Paradise with Harley Davidsons and Triumphs sparkling in the sunshine.

WWII re-enactors added authenticity to the large displays of military vehicles.

Fire engines gleamed as the Air-Ambulance and Essex Police helicopters clattered overhead.

Shows including contrasting Indian and 1950s styled dancers who drew huge applause in the main arena. Happy dads were persuaded to carry out more and more outlandish moves of their own as Epping Forest District Council’s Drainage and Safer Communities Teams handed control of CCTV cameras mounted on a cherry picker fifty feet high to delighted sons and daughters.

Stalls raised money for charities, while profits from £5 gate entrance fees were collected for the RAF Association Battle of Britain Appeal.

Councillor Brian Rolfe, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council made a final presentation to the Norwegian guests in the main arena. Afterwards he said: “The last three days have been very special. I would like to thank everyone connected with North Weald Airfield. There are too many groups and individuals to mention by name but special thanks should go to The Squadron who hosted many of the events for our guests, North Weald Aviation who coordinated the marvellous Community Day activities and the Sid Lawrance Big Band Dance on Saturday night, North Weald Parish Council and our own Airfield Operations team who worked tirelessly throughout.”

He added: “I would also like to thank Epping Ongar Railway who provided such an enjoyable trip for our guests on Saturday, North Weald Museum, St Andrews Primary School, the cadets of North Weald ATC, and all the other groups and individuals who helped to make the weekend so memorable.”

Make A Move: The final performance

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Nearly 200 dancers performed the final Make A Move choreographic piece at the Waltham Abbey Town Show, with its own unique soundtrack created by Drake Music and some of the participants.

Groups included primary and secondary schools, independent dance groups and residents of all ages and abilities from local care homes.

Whether 5 or 92 years of age, seated or standing, everyone was able to participate in this en masse dance performance, creating a great sense of community spirit.

The Make A Move project will develop over the next year with the production of a short film involving existing and new partners to create the Make A Move legacy.

If you would like more information regarding this project, please contact Epping Forest Arts Dance Development Artists, Vicky Quirke 01992 564364 or Vanessa Gayton 01992 564559.


Norwegian Wings over North Weald

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United Kigdom and Norway flagsThe ‘Norwegian Wings over North Weald’ fun day and fly-in on Sunday 9 September promises to be a family day out to remember! 


The event, organised by Weald Aviation, Epping Forest District Council and The Squadron, is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Norwegian Squadron’s arrival at RAF North Weald.  A Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Spitfire, RAF Sea King helicopter fly-pasts, static displays of warbirds, jets and RAF trainers should satisfy the needs of any plane enthusiast. Norwegian World War II veterans will be flown in for the weekend by the Royal Norwegian Air Force in a Hercules transport plane, accompanied by F-16 Fighting Falcons.

Norwegian Wings over North Weald fun day and fly-in

Download the flyer – Norwegian Wings over North Weald Flyer (pdf 398KB)

Chairman of Council Councillor Brian Rolfe said: “North Weald Airfield has a very special relationship with Norway and we are always delighted to welcome back the veterans who flew from there during the Second World War. I am looking forward to meeting them all, as we all owe a huge debt of gratitude to them.”

On display, visitors can admire and interact with military vehicles and re-enactors. There will be a classic car and bike show, including a Harley Davidson ride-in. Free children’s rides and bouncy castles will be available in the ‘Adventure Corner’ and a community arena full of stalls and displays will keep the whole family entertained. A licensed bar and refreshments will be available, so visitors can come along and stay for the day. Helicopter pleasure flights will also be on offer.

Next to the Squadron, volunteers will be opening a ‘Little Norway’ memorial revetment (an embankment to provide blast protection for parked aircraft), celebrating the close ties North Weald has with the people of Norway.

The climax of the event will be the departure of the F16s and the Hercules, which will form up above the Airfield for a final flypast before they head back home.

Councillor Rolfe concluded: “This should be a fantastic day and there will be something there for everyone.”

The event runs from 10am until 4.30pm, with arena displays from 11am. Entrance is £5 per person. The profits from the day will be donated to the Royal Air Forces Association’s Battle of Britain Wings Appeal.

Victorian novelist’s work celebrated in exhibition at Lowewood Museum

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Join us at Lowewood Museum on Saturday 8 September 2012 from 11am – 3pm, to celebrate the launch of the Anthony Trollope collection, on loan to the museum from the Trollope Society.

Anthony Trollope was one of the most successful English novelists of the Victorian era. As well as a writer, Trollope was a Surveyor to the Eastern District for the Post Office, a role by which he is famous for introducing the pillar box to Britain.

Waltham House, the home of Anthony Trollope, Victorian novelist

In 1859, Trollope moved to Waltham House in Waltham Cross, and during the 12 years he spent there, he was at the height of his writing career writing many of his best loved works including The Last Chronicle of Barset.

Celebrating the life and work of this beloved novelist, the day will include:

11.15am: Official launch of the collection by The Mayor of Broxbourne, Cllr Eddy Rowland and Michael G Williamson JP DL Chairman: The Trollope Society

11.30 – 11.40am: Reading of Trollope by members of The Trollope Society

12 noon – 3pm: Family Fun! Join us for a Post Box Craft session that will be fun for all the family

12.30 – 12.40pm: Reading of Trollope by members of The Trollope Society

3pm: Event End

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Free Admission

For more information contact us at

Lowewood Museum, High Street, Hoddesdon, EN11 8BH

Tel: 01992 445596



Invitation to the Anthony Trollope exhibition at Lowewood Museum



Youth Council Blog: Refurbished Youth Club amazes youth councillors

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Youth Councillors Tash and Josh from Waltham Abbey met with Elaine Fletcher, a trustee for the New Images Youth Centre at WAY 2000, 154 Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey, to learn about their recent refurbishment and to talk about what young people enjoy doing in their spare time.

Youth Councillors Tash and Josh meet with Elaine Fletcher from the New Images Youth Centre
Youth Councillors Tash and Josh meet with Elaine Fletcher from the New Images Youth Centre

Tash and Josh thought the youth centre was amazing. There are plans for a youth café, there is an internet suite with free Wi-Fi, they are in the process of setting up a library, they have a large arts and crafts room, a chill out room, a luxurious  TV room and a fun games room. 

If you are aged 13 to 19 years old pop along to see the changes and bring a friend, they are open from 7:15 to 9:45pm every night.

Josh said: “Admission is £1.50 but its worth every penny! It really looks great and there is so much to do there”.

For more information on who we are and what we do, visit the Youth Council’s website at:

Fun in the fields conservation day

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Come along and join Epping Forest Countrycare and the Essex Wildlife Trust for a day of nature conservation activities.

Fun in the Fields 8 September 2012 posterFun in the Fields takes place at the Roding Valley Meadows on Saturday 8 September from 1pm to 4pm.

Children aged between 5 and 12 will be able to learn more about wildlife and have some fun, too.

There will be a range of activities available, including bug hunting and nature scavenging. Visitors will also be able to have a go at building a bird box or making a bumblebee.

Entrance is free but there will be a nominal charge for some of the activities. Refreshments will also be available to buy.

The closest access will be from the reserve car park, next to the David Lloyd Leisure Centre (directions to David Lloyd Chigwell) from where it is signposted.

Download the poster Fun in the Fields 8 September 2012 poster.