All the bells rang in Epping

Written on . Posted in Chairman, Civic events, Olympics, Our activities, Out and about, Your council

Chairman Brian Rolfe with the Matching Bell RingersLondon 2012 was rung in in style at Epping Forest District Council’s Civic Offices this morning at 8.12 am.

Chairman of Council, Councillor Brian Rolfe and his wife were joined by the Vice Chairman of Council Councillor Mary Sartin and her husband, The Matching Handbell Ringers and staff to ring bells to welcome the Olympics.

Councillor Rolfe said: “I was delighted to start the ringing for this momentous occasion. I wish Team GB lots of luck and I am sure they will do the country proud.”

View more on the All The Bells website.

Get inspired by London 2012 at SX Urban Games

Written on . Posted in Arts, Community, Health, Olympics, Our activities, Our attractions, Out and about, Playschemes, Residents, Sports, Sports centres and pools, Waltham Abbey, Young people, Your area, Your community

Poster for SX Urban Games at Waltham Abbey

Following the fantastic success of last year’s W Fest, this year’s event has been rebranded and tied in with the Essex-wide SX Urban Games. Incorporating many elements of the W Fest such as skateboarding, BMXing and scooter competitions, DJing, hair braiding and nail painting, there will also be Healthworks Parkour/free running demos and taster sessions. Come and try this new and exciting activity that involves overcoming obstacles by leaping, vaulting and climbing.

The games take place at the Town Mead Leisure Park in Waltham Abbey from 1pm to 6pm on Friday 24th August. Entry to the event is free, however, there may be a small fee if entering into one of the competitions.

Please call Stanley Bridge Cycles on 01992 654248 to book for BMX/ Skateboarding / Scooter competition. Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Top 5 tips for a great Olympic Games

Written on . Posted in Crime and safety, Emergencies, Olympics, Our activities, Out and about

Going to the Olympic Games? Our safer communities team have 5 tips to ensure you have a great time.
A canoist on the rapids

  1. Be prepared for security checks when you arrive: this will be like taking an international flight at an airport. It will be busy and you will have to queue, so get there early – check your venue information for your recommended arrival time.
  2. Bring as little as possible with you: the more you bring, the longer it will take to go through security. One small soft-sided rucksack or handbag is allowed per person – this must fit under your seat. If you have a ticket for Football, we strongly suggest you do not bring a bag – if you do, your entry will be delayed and you may miss your event.
  3. Read the lists of prohibited and restricted items before you leave: you cannot bring in liquids over 100ml, including water – but at most venues you can bring an empty plastic water bottle and fill it up at water points inside venues. There is a wide range of food available to buy, but if you need to bring your own food, it must fit inside your bag.
  4. Leave plenty of time to travel to your venue: London and the UK will be extremely busy and very different to what you’re used to. Use the spectator journey planner to find the best route and, where necessary, book your travel to make sure you get to your event on time. Ticket holders for events in and around London can use their Games Travelcard for travel in London zones 1 to 9.
  5. Remember the only way to pay is by Visa (debit, credit or prepaid card) or cash: read about the services and facilities available in your venue.

Out and about

While London is safe for most people travelling at night, there are concerns over the dangers of travelling in unbooked minicabs (also known as illegal cabs and touts) picked up off the street. All minicabs must be licensed by Transport for London and must be booked in advance. Any minicab that isn’t booked by phone, email or in a licensed minicab office is illegal and unsafe. Find out more on the Transport for London website.

  • Don’t leave your bags unattended anywhere in London. As well as attracting pickpockets, you could also create security alert.
  • In restaurants, bars or theatres, keep your bags where you can see them, not on the floor or over the back of your chair. In crowded areas such as a bus or underground train, try wearing them in front of you, not over your shoulder.
  • Don’t keep all your valuables in one place and don’t carry large amounts of cash around with you. Try to use travellers’ cheques, or take a small amount of cash along with credit or debit cards. When withdrawing cash, don’t let others see your PIN number.
  • Be aware that it is a criminal offence to carry weapons such as knives and guns in the UK.
  • Unlike some other European countries it is also illegal to carry CS spray.


The Metropolitan Police’s Operation Podium team have been working closely with London 2012 to help ensure that you don’t get scammed or conned when you try to buy an Olympic or Paralympic ticket.

There will be a very high demand for London 2012 tickets. This gives criminals greater opportunity to scam, con or steal your personal details. With the recent rise in internet ticket sales it is easy for criminals to set up fake sites. You need to know who you are buying from and think if the site or seller is legitimate. There is specific legislation relating to tickets for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, so make sure you don’t get caught out.

Follow our advice and always think before you buy. You should always check the London 2012 website for all official information about the Games, this includes where and how to buy your ticket. If you think you have been a victim of crime whilst trying to buy a ticket to the Games report it to Action Fraud, London 2012 or your local police force.

Avoid unauthorised Olympic ticketing websites

Be aware of unauthorised websites that claim to sell tickets to London 2012.

Torchbearers shine across region

Written on . Posted in Community, Epping, Olympics, Our activities, Out and about, Waltham Abbey, Your community

Torchbearers from the Epping Forest district proudly represented the area far and wide across the Eastern Region of the UK.

Scarlett Stock of North Weald was nominated by friends and colleagues for her work supporting the district’s young people on Epping Forest District Youth Council. Scarlett carried the Flame in front of huge crowds in Maldon.

Holly Lambert from Waltham Abbey travelled out of the County to Haverhill in Suffolk for her big moment while Daniel Spillman of Epping and Joseph Farquharson from Theydon Bois carried the Flame through the streets of Colchester.

Leslie Snellin from Abridge had less far to travel when he carried the Torch in Brentwood.

Grace Boxall from Buckhurst Hill will be carrying the Flame through Redbridge on 22 July 2012.

Torchbearers in Waltham Abbey

The 5 Torchbearers who ran with the Flame in Waltham Abbey are

  1. Liu Dong – Beijing
  2. Steven Basing – Bumbles Green
  3. Suki Brownsdon – GB and Australia
  4. Ishan Guha – India
  5. Hannah Agyeman-Prempeh – Basildon

Cheering crowds in Waltham Abbey

Everyone Active sweeps the board at national awards

Written on . Posted in Our activities, Our attractions, Out and about, Sports, Sports centres and pools

Leisure centre of the year - EveryoneActiveEveryone Active is celebrating after an incredibly successful night at the annual FLAME Awards, run by the Fitness Industry Association (FIA).  SLM walked away with three major awards including the Leisure Operator of the Year award for an unprecedented third year running.

The awards were all recognition of Everyone Active’s commitment to engaging with local communities about activity, innovation, driving teamwork and raising leisure management standards within the leisure industry.

After collecting the Leisure Operator of the Year 2012 award, Managing Director, David Bibby commented, “To win Leisure Operator of the Year is a huge achievement but to have won it three years in the row is amazing and completely unprecedented.  The award represents the fantastic dedication and effort that our colleagues at Everyone Active put in on a daily basis both in our centres and at head office.  I would like to say a personal thank you to every one of them for all their on-going commitment to the company.”

In addition, Everyone Active also won the award for Spark of Innovation (operator) 2012 for Everyone Active Online, its online activity platform that is free to join.

Everyone Active was formed in 1987 as Sports and Leisure Management Ltd managing just one leisure centre in the midlands. Today Everyone Active operates 78 leisure venues nationwide in partnership with 28 different local authorities and employs over 5000 staff members. Its growth is due to the ability to deliver well managed leisure facilities with an activity offering which is great value for money and increasing the participation of local people in  leisure activities in the leisure centres they manage, online & at home encouraging everyone to pursue a healthier lifestyle.

Fishing permit roding valley lake

Written on . Posted in Community, Countryside and wildlife, Our activities, Our countryside, Out and about, Sports, Your area

A new fishing permit is now operating at Epping Forest District Council’s Roding Valley Lake.

The lake, which is situated in the pleasant surroundings of the Roding Valley recreation area, is very popular with anglers.  The permit is in the form of a fishing agreement assigned to Roding Valley Angling Club and fishing will only be permitted by holders of valid day or season tickets. It is hoped that the partnership of the Council and the club will enable the area to be enjoyed by all of the community, whatever their fishing capabilities.

All anglers who come to the lake to fish must abide by Thames Water Authority and Epping Forest District Council by-laws.  In addition, as the area is home to a variety of fauna and flora, anglers are also asked to treat the environment with special care.

Tickets can be obtained from designated bailiffs, who can be seen patrolling the area.  They carry identification cards and those buying tickets are encouraged to ask to see this.

For further information, please contact Darren Jennings on 07716061273 or Richard Marshall on 07778474518 email or, Epping Forest District Council on 01992 564562 during office hours.

Sparks Will Fly and Make a Move

Written on . Posted in Arts, Community, Our activities, Out and about, Residents, Waltham Abbey, Young people, Your area, Your community

Come along and welcome the great Champion Marina Mightier to the Waltham Abbey Town Show this Sunday 24 June 2012, from 1pm to 2pm. As this beautiful giant continues her journey around the county she is collecting beads in order to play an incredible Glass Bead game at Hylands Park on 6 July.

Internationally renowned outdoor artists Walk the Plank have been working with Epping Forest Arts to create a procession, and welcome ceremony including the presentation of the Glass bead to Marina. There will be a procession of 50 dancers from the community accompanying Marina and the Epping Pipe Band will lead the spectacle around the arena.

County Councillor Jeremy Lucas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Culture said, “Sparks will Fly is a fantastic countywide celebration and I would encourage everyone in the Epping Forest District to come down to the event and welcome Marina.”

Sparks Will Fly will precede the most amazing en-masse dance spectacle that Waltham Abbey has ever seen. Make a Move involves over 300 dancers of all ages and abilities. These dancers will follow Marina with a fantastic performance to an especially composed score – a spectacle not to be missed!

Follow the Sparks will Fly journey by visiting the website – Like the page on Facebook: or follow Sparks will Fly on Twitter

Waltham Abbey Dog Show

Written on . Posted in Animal welfare, Our activities, Out and about, Waltham Abbey, Your area

Golden Retriever at Dog ShowTown Mead Park in Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey is host to a Companion Dog Show on Sunday 3 June as part of the promotion of responsible dog ownership by both Epping Forest District Council and Waltham Abbey Town Council. The show is raising money for German Shepherd Rescue (West Essex) and Hillside Dog Rescue.

The Kennel Club Licensed show opens at 10am with judging starting at 11am for both the pedigree and the obedience and novelty classes.

There will be 5 obedience classes, 18 novelty classes and 8 pedigree classes as well as various stalls, a barbecue, licensed bar and refreshments and a professional photographer.

Entries are £1.50 per class. There will also be a German Shepherd Rally with 10 classes.

Dogs need not be Kennel Club registered and may be of any breed except Pit Bull Terriers. Puppies under six months are not eligible for competition.

Full entry requirements and further information can be obtained by contacting Lyn Cook on 01992 564077 or email

Dog show schedule (pdf 80KB) Dog Show Schedule 3
Dog show poster (pdf 129KB) Companion Dog Show Poster

Join our woodland walk and mothing events

Written on . Posted in Buckhurst Hill, Countrycare, Our activities, Our countryside, Out and about, Trees and landscapes, Your area, Your environment

A guided walk through ancient woodland and a ‘mothing’ night are just 2 events in the coming weeks run by Countrycare.

Ancient woodland walk
On Sunday 29 April 2012 Countrycare are holding an ancient woodland walk in Lambourne. Join the team on a guided walk to discover the ancient green lanes, hedgerows and woodlands of Lambourne. You will be shown how Countrycare manages the woodlands and the results of their hedgelaying toils, taking in superb views and looking at the wildflowers found the woodland.

The walk starts at 10 am and finishes at 3 pm. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a packed lunch. Meet at the Camelot car park in Hainault Forest (opposite the Miller and Carter pub). Grid reference TQ 47805 94364.

Mad about moths
Mad about moths is a nocturnal wildlife event on Friday 11 May 2012 at the Linder’s Field local nature reserve in Buckhurst Hill. The night goes from 9 pm until late and will include mothing, bat detecting and newt identification.

The Countrycare team will provide hot drinks to keep warm but you must bring warm clothes, suitable footwear and a torch. Meet at the Linder’s Field LNR, Roebuck Lane, Buckhurst Hill. Grid reference TQ 41440 94434.

If you need any more information email or telephone 01992 788203 or our mobile number 07789 372222.

The big E

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Children aged from 5 to 11 decorated the big E during their Easter holiday playscheme to illustrate what they like about living in the district.

The forest, nature and open spaces was chosen as the theme. The children used a variety of art materials to decorate the E with. They drew pictures of animals and insects which can be seen seen when exploring the forest. Wellie boots were used as a track around the E to highlight the district’s walks.

Currently on display at the civic offices in Epping, the big E was decorated during an Easter holiday playscheme on 4 April 2012 at Whitebridge Junior School in Loughton.

Good for EssexGood for Essex poster
Essex County Council has given 12 District and Borough Councils in Essex a letter which spell out ‘Good for Essex’.

Epping Forest District Council was given the letter E.

Good for Essex is a new website promoting volunteering and community based opportunities in Essex, aimed at getting you involved to help your local community.

Go to to find out more and get involved.

‘Amazing things happen when we work together’