Arts Bursary Winner – Christoper Crichlow

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The Arts Bursary winner is a young man from Ongar who attends Debden Park High School. His interest is in music. As a member of the Loughton Youth Project he is one of the presenters of the Urban Show broadcast every Thursday. He featured on the Loughton Youth Project recording `Wot Defines U`.

At just 16 years of age, he is already a talented composer, writer and producer. During the judging process, our panel was especially impressed by his drive to make inspirational, positive and enriching contemporary music. The Bursary will help to meet the costs of equipment and recording time in a professional studio.

Christoper Crichlow with Chairman Penny Smith

Four further Arts awards of £500 to £1,500 are to be made to Laura Sibbick from Loughton for her redevelopment of the Deptford Mice theatre production, Georgina Perriam from Loughton who has created a new piece of children`s theatre, Aaron Griffiths from Loughton for a Mac Book to develop his skills as a Graphic Artist and Toby Riches from Ongar to support two international tours with Essex Music Services and Chichester University.

High Sheriff Rewards Community Activities

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Voluntary Action Epping Forest and Roding Valley U3A were among charities and individuals to receive awards from the High Sheriff of Essex Rupert Gosling. Certificates and grants totalling £4843 were awarded to fund projects and recognise the work being undertaken by local people who are helping to make Epping Forest communities safe from crime.

A special ceremony, sponsored by Essex County Council and organised by Essex Community Foundation was held at the Fennes Estate, Bocking on the 10th March. Around 220 invited guests including, the Chairman of Essex County Council, Cllr Elizabeth Hart , Chief Constable of Essex Police Jim Barker-McCardle and many past High Sheriffs of Essex attended the event.

High Sheriff Award Winners

Picture Caption: Front left to right – Janet Whitehouse, Gerri Newland, Steve Scruton, Rupert Gosling, KWebster and Nick Robinson. Back left to right – Bill Pryor, Elaine Fletcher, Jacqui Foile, Doug Harryman and Caroline Wiggins

Steve Scruton from BBC Essex, compared the event, and invited winners to receive their certificates and cheques from the High Sherriff and talked to them about their work, helping the audience to gain a greater understanding of the varied activity that is taking place across Epping Forest to make our community safe from crime and the fear of crime.

Hannah Webster from the Loughton Youth Project (LYP) was joint winner of the Essex Police Cup for showing exceptional skills, drive and commitment in furthering youth opportunities making Loughton and Debden a safer place to live.

    List of awards and grants for Epping Forest

  • The volunteers of Roding Valley U3A “ for performing and supporting a series of sketches showing older people in Epping Forest District the dangers of bogus callers and distraction burglaries
  • Janet Whitehouse “ For the support and determination involved in arranging the Feeling Good, Keeping Safe bogus caller/distraction burglary theatre project to Epping Forest District.
  • Hannah Webster “ For showing exceptional skills, drive and commitment in furthering youth opportunities making Loughton and Debden a safer place to live.
  • Project Freefall “ To recognise the dedication and care shown by all those involved with project Freefall which installs Keysafes and portable door chimes in the homes of vulnerable people in Epping Forest.
  • Kidx Club Inc “ £1000 To help young volunteers at the after school club for young children in Loughton attend a training event.
  • Loughton Youth project “ £1000 To facilitate Community Radio Broadcasting training and support the initial Youth Project Magazine
  • Voluntary Action Epping Forest – Mow and Grow Project “ £843 To buy new gardening tools for the garden maintenance service for vulnerable people
  • Voluntary Action Epping Forest – Crucial Crew – £1000 To support the cost of the 2010 Crucial Crew Crime Prevention and personal safety Education programme for 10- 11 year old children
  • Waltham Abbey Youth 2000 “ £1000 Towards the cost of new counselling facility for young people at the youth club.

The High Sheriff`s Fund is managed by Essex Community Foundation, an independent charitable trust investing and distributing funds to local charities on behalf of individuals, companies, trusts and public agencies throughout Essex.

For further education contact Jo Murphy Essex Community Foundation
Tel: 01245 355947 E-Mail

Competition to Find Freestyle Footballer

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The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is running an exciting freestyle football competition that will see one lucky winner being offered an amazing 6 Month Casual Freestyling Contract. The competition, taking place in January and February 2010 will be judged by World Famous Football Freestyler Billy Wingrove. He will be on hand to offer advice and tips to the next generation of Rooneys and Ronaldos.

The Epping Forest Freestyle Football Competition Poster

The free to enter competition is being run in partnership with Epping Forest District Council’s Sports and Health Development team and is open exclusively to residents of Epping Forest. Youngsters will be split into 3 age categories and will be showcasing their skills in four heats and a grand final scheduled to take place at the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club Training Centre.

Each venue will host three age categories on the same day. The age categories are 11 and under, 12 to 15 and 16 plus.

     The heats will be held at:

  • Limes Farm Estate on Thursday 28 January 2010 from 6pm to 9pm
  • St Johns C of E Secondary School on Friday 29 January 2010 from 6pm to 9pm
  • Waltham Abbey Sports Centre on Saturday 30 January 2010 from 1pm to 4pm
  • Roding Valley High School on Friday 5 February 2010 from 6pm to 9pm

In addition to the top prize of a casual Freestyling Contract which will be awarded to the winner of the 16 plus age group, other prizes on offer include trophies and tickets to a Tottenham Hotspur First Team game. Heat winners will each receive a Puma Football and Kit, while all participants will receive an exclusive goodie bag.

Places are restricted and are reserved only on a first come, first served basis so people are encouraged to book sooner rather than later. For more information or to reserve a place, contact the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation on 020 8365 5138.

Celebrating 25 Years of New Horizons

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Around 100 people congregated at Epping Hall on Thursday 3 December to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of New Horizons, the Council`s highly popular 50+ Leisure scheme.

The scheme has been in operation since August 1984. It provides a whole host of activities and opportunities for people aged over 50 to be active including sport, dancing and the ever-popular Stepping Out Club, which provides two trips per month to stately homes, gardens and other places of interest.

The celebration event, which was organised by the Council`s Sports and Health Development Section, was an opportunity for existing and founder New Horizons members from the 1980s and 90s to meet up again and share their appreciation along with three of the original staff who have worked on the scheme over the past 20-25 years.

Chairman of Council Councillor Penny Smith joined the celebration and presented gifts for long service with New Horizons to Malcolm Wollin from High Beach, who has organised and taught bowls for 20 years; Margaret Weston from Loughton, who has taught yoga for 20 years; and Hettie Williamson from Epping, who has organised the Stepping Out Club and local tea dances for 20 years.

The original New Horizons Co-ordinator Julie Chandler was also at the event in her capacity as Assistant Director of Community Services and Customer Relations. She was delighted to see so many of the original members of the scheme, many of whom are now in their 80s and 90s and still keeping fit.

If you are interested in getting fit, being active, or simply making new friends through New Horizons, please contact Sports and Health Development on 01992 564567.

Chairman Opens Nazeing Play Area

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Local children celebrated the launch of a second refurbished playground in Nazeing on Tuesday 3 November 2009.

Councillor Penny Smith opens the play area

Picture caption – Chairman of Council, Councillor Penny Smith cuts the ribbon and opens the play area in Nazeing with local councillors, local children and Council staff.

The new play facilities at Elizabeth Close were funded via the BIG Lottery Children`s Play Programme to the value of £49,000. Funding was secured by Epping Forest District Council`s Community Development Team, who subsequently worked closely with the landowners Nazeing Parish Council, to bring about the much- needed playground improvement scheme.

Councillors and local children on the new play equipment

Picture caption – Councillors, local children, parents and Council staff on the new play equipment.

The new facility was opened by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Penny Smith, who congratulated everyone involved in the project including local children, parents and Council staff from Community Development.

Councillors and local children by the new play equipment

Picture caption – Councillors, local children, parents and Council staff by the entrance to the new play area.

Presentation of Football Kit

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Ivy Chimneys School in Epping has been presented with the football kit and football supplies won for them by one of their pupils. At a special assembly on 6 November 2009 the new kit was presented to the winner of the football badge competition, Arabella Moore.

Arabella Moore presented with the new kit in front of the school assembly

Picture caption – Chairman of Council Councillor Penny Smith and Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder Councillor Brian Rolfe present competition winner Arabella Moore with her football kit at a special assembly at Ivy Chimneys School.

Chairman of Epping Forest District Council Councillor Penny Smith attended the assembly to present the brand new kit. Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder Councillor Brian Rolfe and the women and girl`s Football Development Officer from the Essex County Football Association Emma Burden were also in attendance.

School children across Epping Forest district were invited to design a badge for the new women`s football club – the Davenant Diamonds – that Epping Forest District Council and the Essex FA set up last year.

Over 500 entries for the competition were submitted. The standard of the badge designs were extremely high but Arabella`s simple design of a diamond placed on a pink background, featuring the team`s name, was chosen as the winner.

Bowls Gala Day at Sports Centre

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Epping Forest District Council`s New Horizons 50+ Scheme hosted the 20th Annual Bowls Gala Day on Thursday 29 October 2009. Over 50 short mat bowlers and their supporters from the district and surrounding areas attended the event, which was held at Epping Sports Centre. The competition attracted 12 teams from short mat bowls clubs as far as Sheering in the north to Woodford in the south. Chairman of Council Councillor Penny Smith and Portfolio Holder for Leisure Councillor Brian Rolfe watched the semi-final and final game.

Councillor Penny Smith with the victorious Woodford Wells C Team

Picture caption – Chairman of Council, Councillor Penny Smith with the victorious Woodford Wells `C` Team.

A fun and competitive day was had by all but the players from Woodford Wells Short Mat Bowls Club were certainly on top form on the day. Their `C` team successfully won their half, resulting in them facing the Sheering team in the final.

Councillor Penny Smith said: I was delighted to attend part of the day to watch the very closely-fought matches between all of the teams taking part. Everyone seemed to enjoy the competition, including the spectators. It was clear to see why short mat bowls is a very popular sport.

Councillor Smith added: I would like to thank the Council`s Sports Development Team for organising the event, which was a tremendous success. I would also like to thank the many helpers, all of whom were of retirement age themselves, who provided teas, raffles, scoring and umpiring on the day.

The Chairman then took pleasure in presenting Woodford Wells `C` Team with the Bowls Gala Championship Trophy and the Sheering team with their `Runners-Up` awards.

Grants for Talented Young People

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Epping Forest District Council is on the lookout for talented young people, encouraging applications for the Leisure Bursary Awards. There are two £1,500 awards available – one for the Arts and one for Sports. Applicants must be aged between 13 and 25 years old. They must live in the Epping Forest district and be able to demonstrate an outstanding talent for their activity.

The scheme is intended to help pay for additional opportunities to develop talent further and can be used for a variety of projects including purchasing specialist equipment or clothing, research projects, extra tuition / coaching, competition fees and travel. It covers both traditional and contemporary art-forms and all sports.

In recent years, Arts Bursary recipients have included a ballet dancer who received funding towards the cost of his training, a drama student taking her production to the National Student Drama Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe and a graphic artist purchasing equipment for her college course. Within the Sports category the Bursary funding helped towards training costs for a swimmer whose ambition is to qualify for the 2012 Paralympics and helped a cyclist purchase a bespoke bike.

You can get details and application forms from Lynne Hague by telephone on 01992 564551 or by email to

Closing date for applications is 29 January 2010, with interviews being held during the following fortnight.

Limes Farm Multi Use Games Area Launched

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Young people celebrated the opening of the refurbished multi-use games area on Thursday 24 September 2009 at the Limes Farm Estate in Chigwell.

Chairman Penny Smith, Councillor Brian Rolfe with young people and staff at the new games area

Epping Forest District Council`s Community Development Team had secured funding of £40K from the BIG Lottery Children`s Play Programme to undertake the improvement project. State of the art rebound fencing, new basketball ends, football goals and tennis nets, along with a bright new playing surface have all been provided as part of the scheme.

The new games area provides the perfect location from which to deliver the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Social Inclusion Project, which has been developed by the Council`s Sports Development Team, with multi-sport sessions running during the evenings for local young people. During the day the community games area is used by Limes Farm Junior School ensuring that the facility is well used at all times.

Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder, Brian Rolfe said: By securing Lottery funding the Council has been able to provide a first class facility for Limes Farm, in particular, local children and young people. Following the success of the new playground installed last year, we were delighted to support further investment as part of our commitment to the local community.

A visit by Penny Smith, Chairman of the Council, marked the launch event, which involved young people being treated to a football free-style display from the legendary Billy Wingrove from Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. Youngsters then tried their hand at a variety of sports on offer, including tennis tuition provided by Chigwell Tennis Club.

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.