Bursary Scheme for Sports and the Arts

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Sports and Arts Activities

Epping Forest District Council is encouraging applications from talented young people in the district to apply for Leisure Bursary Awards. The Scheme provides two £1,500 awards each year – one for the Arts and one for Sport. Applicants must be aged 13 to 25 and be able to demonstrate an outstanding talent for their activity. The Awards are intended to help pay for additional opportunities to further develop this talent.

Last year the Bursary for Arts was awarded jointly to Somalia Seaton and Nichola Miles. Somalia received funding to support her theatre production at the National Student Drama Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her work received great reviews and Somalia gained a wealth of experience. Nichola was a winner of a competition to design marketing material for St Clare Hospice and the Bursary Award helped to fund much-needed equipment for her to enable her to complete her course at Harlow College. She has since gained a place at Hertford University where she is studying Graphic Design and Illustration.

Jim Lewis was the 2008 Sports Bursary Winner. Jim is part of the British Cycling Talent Team and races at international level. The award enabled Jim to purchase a bespoke bike which will help him towards his ultimate goal of representing GB at the 2012 Olympics.

Full details and application forms are available from Lynne Hague, on 01992 564551. Closing date for applications is 30 January 2009 and interviews will be held mid-February.

Spurs Star Gets Tenants Active

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Match of the Day came to Waltham Abbey on Monday 27 October 2008. Spurs and England defender Jonathan Woodgate was the star attraction at the launch of a new project designed to get older residents fit and active. Mr Woodgate launched the HOPE (Helping Older People Exercise) project at Jubilee Court, Epping Forest District Council`s sheltered housing scheme in Waltham Abbey, 24 hours after the announcement of Harry Redknapp`s appointment as the new Spurs manager and the team`s first Premier League win of the season.

Spurs and England defender Jonathan Woodgate with Jubilee Court residents

Match of the Day presenter Mark Bright who scored over 200 goals during a glittering football career with teams including Charlton, Leicester, Millwall, Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace put the questions to Jonathan Woodgate. HOPE is being delivered by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation in partnership with Epping Forest District Council via funding from the Football Foundation and Comic Relief. Football stars and Jubilee Court tenants were invited to take part in seated exercises led by the District Council`s Active Health Development Officer, David Hogg, as well as golf, bowling and baseball on the Nintendo Wii.

Match of the Day presenter Mark Bright playing the Nintendo Wii (image © Guardian Newspapers)

After the workout with tenants Jonathan Woodgate and Mark Bright also tried out a special back massage therapy.

Chairman John Knapman at the launch of the HOPE project (image © Guardian Newspapers)Councillor John Knapman, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council demonstrated his golfing skills on the Wii and took part in the seated exercise. He thanked Spurs and congratulated the club on the expansion of its work within the local community.

He said: I am very proud of the close links forged in recent years between Spurs and Epping Forest District Council. We already have a very strong track record working with young people on housing estates such as Limes Farm in Chigwell. This latest initiative with our older people is very welcome. Spurs is much more than `big business`. It is showing it takes its community role seriously too.

HOPE is a 30 week programme being delivered at Jubilee Court by Spurs in partnership with Epping Forest District Council and other organisations. Tenants will also get the chance to try out yoga and visit the home of Tottenham at White Hart Lane. If the scheme proves successful, it is hoped to expand it into the London Boroughs of Haringey and Enfield.

Go Sport Volunteer Evening

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Epping Forest District Council, in conjunction with Sport Essex and Davenant Foundation School are hosting an event to link local sports organisations with potential volunteers. The Go Sport Volunteer Evening is being held between 7pm and 9pm on 19 November 2008 at Davenant Foundation School in Loughton.

Anyone aged 14 or over who is interested in sport and would like to offer their time to help others is welcome to attend this free event. This is an excellent opportunity for meeting people and possibly signing up to volunteer for a local sports club where new skills can be learned.

Following on from a club development convention earlier this year, the event will include stalls and demonstrations throughout the evening by local sports clubs and organisations trying to recruit local volunteers.

All sports across Essex rely on support and time given by volunteers. Through the Go Sports Volunteer Project, the Council and its partners have dedicated resources to increase the numbers of people volunteering in sport.

Summer of Hugs

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Favourite Trees

Countrycare, Epping Forest District Council`s countryside management service, is holding a `Summer of Hugs` event at High Beech in Epping Forest on Saturday 5 July 2008.

The free event is to celebrate the District`s veteran trees and to launch the 50 Favourite Trees book. Visitors can drop in any time between 10am and 4pm on the green outside the King`s Oak Pub and Epping Forest Conservation Centre in High Beech – Grid Reference TQ 41150 98208. There will be displays, maps and guided walks about tree recording and photography.

The 50 Favourite Trees Book is available free of charge from Countrycare or Epping Information Desk at the Civic Offices. A donation of £5 to former Chairman of Council Councillor Caroline Pond`s charities is requested from anyone who enjoyed the book.

Favourite Trees introductionFavourite Trees featuring Paul Hewitt

For more information, contact Countrycare on 01992 788203.

Strategy for Healthcare in West Essex 2008-2012

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People in west Essex can look forward to ambitious and far reaching changes to local NHS services according to a report issued by West Essex Primary Care Trust (PCT). The PCTs report, Strategy for healthcare in west Essex 2008-2012, makes clear its goals for improving the health of the local population by preventing illness and promoting healthy lifestyle choices.

Following lengthy consultation with staff, stakeholders, local people and others with an interest in healthcare, the PCT has produced a strategy which outlines its plans for proving healthcare over the next five years. The document lists what it expects to achieve within one year and five years.

    Commitments include:

  • agreeing plans to reprovide GP premises at Stansted, Harlow and Epping
  • rolled out the chlamydia screening programme to at least 15% of under 25s
  • reduced the levels of adult obesity and halted the rise in children`s obesity
  • introduced more flexible GP opening hours
  • increased the number of MMR vaccinations to at least national levels

The PCT is committed to working with partners and local people to achieve these commitments as well as achieving maximum value from the money it spends.

PCT chief executive Aidan Thomas said: “Our strategy for healthcare sets out our plans for the next five years. It takes into account national and regional initiatives. As the local NHS our aim is to provide as much care as possible, where it is safe to do so, out in the community and in people’s own homes. We know our goals are ambitious however, we are clear about what we want to achieve and that is improving local people’s health. And when people do need medical help it is responsive and meets their needs.”

If people would like to get involved in the work of the PCT they should contact the patient and public involvement team.


District Bursary Scheme for Sports and the Arts

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Leisure Bursary Scheme for Sports and the Arts

Help is at hand for talented young sportsmen and women and artists who come from the Epping Forest area.

Epping Forest District Council`s Leisure Bursary scheme provides a cash award of up to £1,500 in arts and sport categories. It must be used for specialist equipment or clothing, competition expenses, additional tuition or coaching, travel and accommodation or for arts research or developmental projects. Applicants should be aged between 13 and 25 years and living (or return to live during University or College holidays) in the Epping Forest District.

Sports applicants must be competing at National level, or at Regional Level with clear potential to attain National standards or be part of a National team. Artists can be from any artistic background and must be able to demonstrate a very high level of ability and / or achievement in their chosen art form.

The closing date for this year`s application is 25 January 2008. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on 7 February 2008 by a panel of judges and awards will be presented by Epping Forest District Council Chairman, Councillor Caroline Pond at the Civic Reception in March.

    More information and an application form can be obtained from:

  • James Carstairs
    Sports Development Officer for Sports Bursaries on 01992 564567.
  • Lynne Hague
    Arts Administration Assistant for Arts Bursaries on 01992 564551.

Local Businesses Invited to Olympic Business Breakfast

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Epping Forest District Council, in conjunction with Business Link Essex, is inviting locally-based small and medium-sized businesses to a business breakfast, designed to assist them in winning contracts directly associated with the Games, as well as increasing the amount of business they carry out within the public sector.

The event will be held on Thursday 6 December 2007 from 7.30am to 9.30am at the Woolston Manor Golf Club in Chigwell. There will be no charge to participants but as places are limited to the first 100 applicants, businesses are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Planning and Economic Development Portfolio Holder Councillor Anne Grigg said: The Olympic Games is a huge event which will engage not only London and its immediate surroundings but indeed the whole country. There will be hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area which will mean an enormous boost to the local economy. We want to provide the knowledge to our local businesses to enable them to tap into this resource.

Leader of Council Councillor Diana Collins said: Although the Games may seem a long way off, planning for them is well under way. We don`t want our local businesses to be left behind and so this is a fantastic opportunity for them to find out how they can benefit from all the Games has to offer.

There will be three speakers at the event: Danny Crates, Champion Paralympic giving an athlete`s perspective; Stephen Castle, Chairman of Nations and Regions East giving the regional perspective; and Terry Burgess, Senior Partnership Manager Business Link East speaking about 2012 opportunities for Local Business.

Smokefree Seminar

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`This is the biggest contribution to public health for over fifty years since the introduction of the 1956 Clean Air Acts which rid London of its smog`. That was the message being jointly promoted by Epping Forest District Council and Harlow Council at a seminar entitled `Clear Air – Implementing Smokefree Legislation and Managing the Change` held at Harlow Council`s Water Garden Office on 8 June 2007. Businesses from both Districts were informed by presentations from speakers from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, The British Innkeepers Institute, GASP, West Essex Primary Care Trust and both Local Authorities.

On 1 July 2007, the smokefree legislation will apply to all enclosed or substantially enclosed public places, workplaces and public vehicles including taxis, mini cabs and work vehicles. They are also required to display statutory signage in both premises and relevant vehicles which is available free of charge from Smokefree England. Delegates were given information from manufacturers of shelters and bins should they choose to erect a shelter for smokers at their premises. Help was on hand from West Essex PCT who provided advice for employers and individuals who wished to make the introduction of this legislation a prompt to quit smoking.

Ian Gray of The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health said: It was one of the best supported and most professional events I have attended. He continued: This legislation is not a ban on smoking but a prohibition on smoking in enclosed places, which is to protect non-smokers and employees from the effects of second hand smoke.

The questions to the speakers prompted some lively debate that all found beneficial and delegates were pleased to learn that they were not initially going to be fined for non-compliance and that enforcement officers would work with them to help them comply with the legislation. Fines and formal action would only be considered where businesses or individuals were persistent offenders. Leaflets for individuals have been distributed to public locations across the Epping Forest District and the public should look for the Clear Air poster to obtain the leaflets.

Anyone wishing to consider giving up smoking should contact the NHS local stop smoking cessation service on 01279 827 866.

If you would like further information on the Smokefree legislation:


Heartful Dodgers Sponsored Walk

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On 1 October 2006, 70 walkers made up of members of the Epping Forest District Council Lifewalks Group and the Heartful Dodgers (who attend weekly rehabilitation circuit training) took part in the third annual sponsored walk organised by Roger Nuttall. The walk around a 10k route took in parts of the Lee Valley Country Park including 70 Acres Lake and Hooks Marsh Lake as well as stretches of the River Lee Navigation and past Holyfield Weir.

Funds raised by the walkers, their families, friends and accompanying pets this year amounted to £3,020.50 made up of £872.50 from the Heartful Dodgers, £1,725.00 from the LifeWalkers and £423.00 from supporters.

For more information about the Heartful Dodgers contact Colleen Thorlby on 07931 883 146, BACR Stage 4 Instructor, and for LifeWalks contact David Hogg LifeWalks Co-ordinator on 01992 564222.


Runners Race to Restore Copped Hall

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Image of Copped Hall 5-Mile Run junior race start

Epping Forest District Council together with the Rotary Club of Epping staged a very successful 5-mile multi terrain run at Copped Hall on Sunday 17 September 2006.

The run was the second annual event and provided over 200 runners with the opportunity to experience the amazing surroundings of the Copped Hall Estate. The day started with a Junior 1 mile race and concluded with a large field of both amateur and serious runners.

Proceeds from the event are being used to support talented young sports people and the restoration of the Copped Hall Estate (www.coppedhalltrust.org.uk).

Image of Copped Hall 5-Mile Run adult race start

Image of Copped Hall grounds after the run

The event was organized by Epping Forest District Council who provided the event management and production services to enhance the overall race experience, together with Higgins Plc and the Epping Forest Guardian who generously sponsored the race.