Waltham Abbey Celebrated in Essex Tourism Awards

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Waltham Abbey celebrated success at a presentation of the first ever Essex Tourism Awards.

The Royal Gunpowder Mills and Waltham Abbey Town Partnership proudly received Finalist Certificates in the Best Small Essex Attraction and the Best Tourism Experience categories in recognition of their contribution to tourism in the County.

Norma Green receives a Best Tourism Experience award on behalf of the Waltham Abbey Town PartnershipAlso, after five years as a dedicated volunteer at the Royal Gunpowder Mills, Len Stuart received a Highly Commended Certificate for Outstanding Customer Service. The awards sponsored by Essex County Council, highlight the very best of Essex Tourism and aim to raise the profile of the industry.

Supported by Epping Forest District Council, Waltham Abbey Town Partnership champions Waltham Abbey as a visitor destination with a wealth of opportunities for a great day out.

Working with local businesses, the community and tourism providers the Partnership helps to promote the town and its surroundings and to raise its profile within Essex and further afield.

These awards have provided another opportunity to showcase what Waltham Abbey has to offer – with Epping Forest District Museum, the Abbey Church, country parks managed by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, Copped Hall and Royal Gunpowder Mills to name a few.

Waltham Abbey Sports Centre Future Discussed

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Officers from Epping Forest District Council held a meeting with the Acting Head of King Harold School in Waltham Abbey, the Chair of Governors and a member of the Kemnall Trust on 17 September 2009, to discuss the future of sports facilities. Epping Forest District Council is withdrawing from the management of the sports centre in January 2010 when the present joint use agreement finishes.

The meeting proved to be positive and productive with the Council`s exit strategy and future proposals of the school being discussed. King Harold School is hoping to make the facility available to clubs and groups to continue community use. The council will assist by supplying contact details of all past and present bookings so that the school can make contact as soon as possible and arrange continued usage after 18 January 2010.

Epping Forest District Council has offered the assistance of its Community and Cultural Services team, as sports development and arts activities may be able to take place in the school holidays.

The ownership of operational equipment and future requirements was also discussed and principles agreed. The aim of both the school and the council is to enable continued future use of the facility by the school and community. Details will now be completed and recommendations made for Councillors to consider.

Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Brian Rolfe said: Both parties agree that the sports facility and the school should be at the heart of the community and therefore I am pleased that there is a way forward and a positive position has now been found from the situation. A decision by Council Members on whether to add a sports hall extension to Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool is due shortly and if agreed, more sports opportunities will be available in the area than at present.

North Weald Fly-in: Aircraft 2

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Photographs of aircraft over the weekend of the Spirit of North Weald Fly-in and Community Day on Sunday 13 September 2009.

Sunday 13 September 2009

The Royal Norwegian Air Force Fan Jet Falcon Executive Jet

Pictured above: The Royal Norwegian Air Force Fan Jet Falcon Executive Jet

F16 warming up before take off

Pictured above: F16 warming up before take off

F16s on the runway before take off

Pictured above: F16s on the runway before take off

Hurricane and Spitfire from the RAF Memorial Flight

Pictured above: Hurricane and Spitfire from the RAF Memorial Flight

The first F16 taking off

Pictured above: The first F16 taking off

The second F16 taking off

Pictured above: The second F16 taking off

The Fan Jet Falcon Executive Jet escorted by F16 Jet Fighters and a Vampire Jet

Pictured above: The Fan Jet Falcon Executive Jet escorted by F16 Jet Fighters and a Vampire Jet

Nazeing Playground

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The sun came out to shine on Thursday 16 July 2009 as children from Nazeing celebrated the opening of their new £50,000 playground with Councillor Penny Smith, the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council. The new facilities at Hoe Lane are a collaborative venture between Epping Forest District Council and Nazeing Parish Council, using money from the Big Lottery Children`s Play Programme Fund.

After the official ribbon cutting with Madison Lang, Tyree Zengini, Josh and Freya Lock, Councillor Smith helped to test the new roundabout and climbing frames. She could then not resist joining the older children for some shots with the new basketball hoop.

Councillor Smith congratulated everyone involved in the project including local children and parents involved in the design consultation and Council staff from Community Development and Housing. Asking the children if they liked their new playground, she was rewarded with cheers of agreement.

Nazeing is one of three areas to benefit from improvement to playgrounds by Epping Forest District Council using £243,000 of Big Lottery funding. After spending more time with 12 year-old Keiran Poonwassie and his friends at the basketball hoop, Councillor Smith headed to St Giles` Church Hall where local people were meeting to discuss plans for another playground at Elizabeth Close in Nazeing.

Raising The Flag For Britain`s Armed Forces

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Armed Forces Day 27 June

Epping Forest District Council proudly joined the nation`s celebrations on Monday 22 June 2009 to recognise the contributions of Her Majesty`s Armed Forces. A specially commissioned flag was raised as part of Britain`s first ever Armed Forces Day, which will now take place on 27 June each year.

A short service was conducted by the Reverend Bryony Morrison, Team Vicar in the Epping District Team Ministry. The Chairman of Council, Councillor Penny Smith raised the flag in front of senior councillors, officers from the district council and members of the Royal British Legion. A piper from the Epping Forest Pipe Band played the bagpipes during the service.

Chairman Cllr Penny Smith shows the special Armed forces Day flag

Councillor Penny Smith, who had the honour of raising the flag for the first time said: The day is an opportunity for the whole nation to show its appreciation for the contribution made by all those who serve or have served in Her Majesty`s Armed Forces past, present and future.

Epping Forest is one of hundreds of towns and cities around the country to fly a special flag throughout Armed Forces Week which runs from 22 to 27 June 2009. After the ceremony, the Chairman of Council hosted a short reception for those attending the event.

Chairman’s Golf Day Raises Money for Charity

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Chairman Penny Smith thanked all involved for taking part

Golfers raised close to £600 for charity in the annual Chairman`s Charity Golf Day on Tuesday 16 June 2009 at Chigwell Golf Club. Twenty-one golfers comprising of Councillors, Officers and Guests of the Chairman of Council, Councillor Penny Smith took to the fairways to raise money for the Epping Forest branch of the Alzheimer`s Society, the Chairman`s chosen charity for 2009 to 2010.

The winner and champion golfer for 2009 with a score of 34 points was David Clifton from the Housing Directorate.

He received the much coveted Don Spinks Shield. Both Councillor Anthony Watts and former EFDC employee Trevor Johnson scored 33 points with Trevor Johnson declared as runner-up on the count-back rule.

Wendy Macleod from Democratic Services won the Robert O`Mallby Cup for ladies golfers with a score of 31 points, followed by the winner of the Longest Drive competition, Julie Chandler from the Office of the Deputy Chief Executive, with a score of 28 points.

Chairman Penny Smith and champion golfer for 2009, David CliftonChairman Penny Smith and the Robert O Mallby Cup for ladies golfers winner, Wendy Macleod

Nearest the Pin prize was awarded to Councillor Ricki Gadsby and Ron Sutcliffe won the award for being the highest placed Guest of the Chairman. Former Council employee Bill Brooks scored 32 points with Council Officers Tony Cooper also scoring 32 points and both James Warwick and Gary Woodhall scoring 31 points.

The Chairman of Council, Councillor Penny Smith provided strawberries and lemonade to contestants from the hut on the 9th green at the halfway stage.

Chairman of Council Councillor Penny Smith thanked all those involved for taking part and raising £568.67 for her nominated charity.

Land Army Girls Honoured

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Former Chairman Cllr John Knapman thanked the Land Girls on behalf of the District

Over thirty surviving `Land Girls` who toiled on the Home Front to provide food for Britain were officially honoured at a reception host by Epping Forest District Council at Theydon Bois Village Hall.

Official recognition of their role has been woefully late in coming. When the Women`s Land Army was disbanded in 1950 the members were shabbily treated, receiving neither medals nor gratuities, and being required to return most of their uniforms.

It was not until the new millennium that members of the Women`s Land Army and Women`s Timber Corps were allowed to join the annual Remembrance Day march in London to the Cenotaph, despite the fact that other national service organisations had for some time been part of the parade.

Chairman Cllr Penny Smith listens to stories of happy memories and comradeship

It took a further eight years of pressure before the British Government agreed to officially recognise the efforts of Land Girls in 2008 and award a specially designed badge to commemorate their service.

The badge has been specially designed by the Garter King at Arms and bears the Royal Crown. It shows a gold wheat sheaf on a white background surrounded by a circlet of pine branches and pine cones to indicate the work of both the Land Army and the Timber Corps.

Each `Land Girl` was represented with her official badge and a specially designed certificate by former Chairman of Council, Councillor John Knapman and the Deputy Lieutenant of Essex, Michael Chapman.

Former Chairman Cllr John Knapman enjoys a cup of tea with the Land Girls

The afternoon reception was a very happy occasion with many of the guests getting a chance to recall their wartime memories with fellow `Land Girls`, of whom many are now over 80 years of age. Stories told were of the incredibly hard work, long hours and even some of romance. But overwhelmingly it was a time of happy memories and comradeship.

Following the presentations Florence Harrison 86 from Theydon Bois said I`m very proud to be given this medal, although I didn`t think about what I was doing at the time. We just got on with it and had a thoroughly enjoyable time – just like this afternoon`.

A full list of the Epping Forest District Land Girls who received an official badge is listed below with links to photographs of those who attended the reception.

Susanna Andrewes Ivy Grant Christine Rumball
Frances Astrella Lillian Griffiths Muriel Rush
Marjorie Bird Joan Hammond Doris Sage
Evelyn Bolden Dorothy Harris Margaret Saggers
M P Butcher Florence Harrison Rosetta Saville
Edna Campion Queenie Harvey Doris Seaman
Doreen Childs Betty Holland Joan Sleet
Joan Cloughton Sheila Horsham W M Smith
Sylvia Cole Constance Jackson Myrtle Stallan
Frances Cray Gladys Kempton Margaret Starling
Elsie Dearson Phyllis Kennerley Sylvia Studwick
Irene Edwards Kathleen Knott Mary Trower
Amy Eldridge Rita Lea Lilian Twaites
Joan Everett Jenny Lowe Violet Webb
Lilian Fensom Joan Lynes Barbara Williams
Doreen Fitzpatrick Constance McPhail Rita Williams
Ivy Gaze Jean Ann Murray Joan Wood
Mollie Gingell Joyce Pollard Jessie Wood
Bessie Goss Gwendoline Rae Marcia Wood
Jane Gottschalk Flora Rideout

Fit For Business

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Epping Forest District Council is the fourth organisation to achieve the `Fit for Business` (FFB) recognition on the Big Lottery Funded `Wellbeing in the East` portfolio. It is also the first business to achieve this in Essex. The National Lottery funded programme works with 37 businesses across the East of England as part of a grant from the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP Eastern) to launch a `Workplace Health and Wellbeing` programme. This money comes from an original sum of £3.9 million from the Big Lottery to initiate sport and wellbeing programmes across England.

Epping Forest District Council has achieved Fit for Business recognition with a total of 579 points. These points have been gained from both mandatory and optional activities. Organised and facilitated by the Council`s Sports and Health Development Team, activities include lunchtime walks, badminton, Nintendo Wii sessions, alcohol awareness, stress busting sessions and one-off interventions.

These activities meet the five `Fit For Business` (FFB) remits of workplace health: Physical activity, healthy eating, mental health and wellbeing, smoke free workplaces and drugs and alcohol awareness. The final points score achieved by Epping Forest District Council exceeds the 410 minimum points required for the `Fit For Business` (FFB) recognition, demonstrating that a well-balanced employee health programme has been instigated and delivered within the organisation.

The Sports and Health Development Team at the Council is currently developing a year two action plan, which will be completed once staff have completed and returned their Employee Needs Questionnaire. Successes from year one will continue and new lunchtime initiatives will be offered for all staff to participate.


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Makedo&mend image

Makedoandmend, an artistic collaboration between young and older people and adults with disabilities from Loughton, Chigwell and Waltham Abbey will be officially launched on Tuesday 7 April 2009 at 3pm at Loughton Youth Centre, 106 Borders Lane, Loughton 1G10 3SB. Vice Chairman of Council Councillor Penny Smith will be attending.

As we end a decade where recycling has become a global imperative, makedo&mend, a multi-disciplinary arts project run by Epping Forest District Council, takes its artistic inspiration from a decade in the previous Century when rationing was the norm, new clothing items rare and a harsh post-war era required people to make do with what they had or mend and repair items normally thrown away. The project sees groups `recycling` the fashion, music and film of the 1940s with contemporary styles to `make do` or `mend`, to create new and original work.

Makedo&mend has distinct strands that feed into each other throughout the year. Young and older people and adults with disabilities from Waltham Abbey, Chigwell and Loughton will collaborate to create a body of work consisting of an original fashion collection, a dance video, a music track and a style magazine featuring all the work produced. The initiative culminates in an exhibition running for two months in partnership with Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey from 10 October to 1 December incorporating rare pieces from the Museum`s costume collection and a programme of public workshops on the themes of makedo&mend.

The fashion aspect of the project grew out of the need to develop cross-generational relationships in Loughton. Makedo&mend will encourage older residents to pass on their memories and experience of 1940s fashion to young people on a project that is relevant to present day issues.

The London College of Fashion is also involved as a partner in the project to reach out to young people in environments such as youth centres to make them feel confident about their ability to achieve at higher education. As well as bringing generations together and creating pathways to careers, makedo&mend also reaches out to groups in care. Alder House is a residential home for people with disabilities aged 23 to 65 years and they will work with artist Emily Jost to design clothing with a 1940s slant but use their disability as an opportunity for design innovation.

Another aspect of makedo&mend is the music. The music becomes a pathway to mend relationships between groups of young people. A group from Waltham Abbey will create a tune using a 1940s track as inspiration and a group from Limes Farm will work with sound artist Arjunan Manuelpillai to write lyrics and record the vocals. In doing so, this part of the project facilitates two groups of young people who would normally be rivals to share and inspire each other.

Image details – John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library. Make do and mend, pamphlet, ca 1943. JCPML00715/7 Original held by National Archives of Australia B5641/1, K4.

HOPE Comes to Residents

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The residents of Epping Forest District Council`s Sheltered Housing Scheme in Parsonage Court in Loughton played host to the residents of Jubilee Court in Waltham Abbey for a competition with a Nintendo Wii and the Wii sports game.

Residents too part in a Wii sport bowling competition

Chairman John Knapman bowling a spareThe competition was suggested after Tottenham Hotspur Football Club donated a Wii to Parsonage Court as part of the HOPE (Helping Older People Exercise) initiative to encourage older residents of the community to become more fit and active.


Natalie Saunders of the HOPE organisation shows a resident how to play

Chairman of Council Councillor John Knapman presented a Wii to Jubilee Court before the competition started. He said: I hope this gift to Jubilee Court will help the residents in their campaign to get healthier.

Natalie Saunders of the HOPE organisation also took part in the activities scoring a strike in the Wii bowling.

Bernard Babbage celebrates a strike

Jubilee Court were the eventual winners with a victorious 99 points and Parsonage Court only having practised once the previous day came in close second with 93 points.

The winning team from Jubilee Court