Creative workshops for adults

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Want to learn something new, improve your creative skills and make new friends in the community? We’re running lots of great creative workshops for adults in 2018. All our workshops cost £10 per person and are for ages 16+.

Creative workshops for adults

Take a moment out of your busy life to enjoy doing something creative.

Creative workshops for adults

Cupcake making

  • Tuesday 24 April 2018 7-9pm
  • Cupcake decorating with a creative difference. Come along and learn how to make interesting cupcakes with a creative difference.
  • Book the cupcake making workshop online

Springtime floral art arrangements

Fruit & veg art

  • Tuesday 26 June 2018 7-9pm
  • Get creative with your fruit & veg. Turn it into art for summer picnics & BBQ garnishes and serving baskets.

Learn to crochet

  • Monday 17 September 2018 7-9pm
  • Learn the crochet basics of how to crochet, starting at the very beginning. If you’re brand new to crochet this workshop will be perfect for you.

Pumpkin art

  • Tuesday 30 October 2018 7-9pm
  • Adult Pumpkin art making workshop. Learn how to carve a pumpkin with a creative different.

Bath bomb making

  • Tuesday 20 November 2018 7-9pm
  • Bath bomb making workshop. Learn to make bath bombs using natural ingredients. These will make great gifts for Christmas.

Book your place now

All the workshops take place at Epping Forest District Council Community Services, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4LU. The cost of each workshop is £10 per person and are for ages 16+ only.

Booking is essential for all workshops. Book a workshop online or call 01992 564226 to book a place.

Pair fined for eyesore garden

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Mr Salinder Minhas and Mrs Parminder Minhas of 3 Alderton Close Loughton Essex were successfully prosecuted by Epping Forest District Council in April 2018 for failing to comply with Notices served on them under Section 215 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 requiring them to clear rubbish from the front and rear of their property.

3 Alderton Close Loughton Essex

Failure to remove building materials

At Chelmsford Magistrates Court on 5th April 2018 Mr. & Mrs Minhas each pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to comply with the Notice served on them on 23rd November 2017.

The notice required them to remove building materials, paint pots, plastic items and cardboard from their front and rear gardens and from the flat roof of the garage which were adversely affecting the visual amenity of the area. They should have complied by 21st December 2017.

Over £800 in fines

The Magistrates fined Mr Minhas £110 and ordered him to pay £308 towards the Council’s prosecution costs together with the statutory victim surcharge of £30.

Mrs Minhas was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £308 and a Victim Surcharge of £30. The fines had been reduced by one third due to Mr & Mrs Minhas pleading guilty at the first hearing and also taking into account their current financial situation.

Given every opportunity to clear the land

Having seen the photographs taken by the Council the Magistrate told Mr & Mrs Minhas that he was not surprised that neighbours had complained about the state of the property and the Council had quite rightly brought the prosecution having given them every opportunity to clear the land.

Mr & Mrs Minhas informed the court that they would now fully comply with the Notice.

Failure to do so renders them liable to a further prosecution with a possible fine of up to £100 for every day that they do not comply from 5th April 2018.

Report it

If you suspect any planning breaches get in contact with our team via email

Celebration of grant aid success

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Recognising the valuable contribution the local community and voluntary sector does for the district was celebrated Friday 23 March at our grant aid celebration event.

Ongar In Bloom

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Diverse mix of groups

A diverse mix of groups helping a wide spectrum of people across the District has received grants in the last year enabling them to continue their much needed and valuable work.

Vital and much needed services

Epping Forest District Council Chairman Councillor David Stallan said: “It’s so encouraging to see such a wide variety of groups receive these vital grants. This year we have given over £83,000 in grants and it’s great to see the improvements they are making within our communities.”

“The voluntary and community sectors do so much so for our District and its important their much needed hard work is recognised.”

“If you know of any local or community groups that could use our grant aid schemes help, get in contact today.”

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New exhibition opening Easter weekend

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From itsy, bitsy bikinis to one-piece bathing suits.

The new exhibition at Epping Forest District Museum highlights the changes in style, design and inspirations of swimwear from the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

Beauty and the Beach exhibition at Epping Forest District Museum

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 31 March to Saturday 30 June 2018
  • Time: Monday to Wednesday and Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm
  • Free entry


Look out for the exciting events and activities we have to accompany this exhibition, including our very own beach at the museum.

Decisions from Plans South 21 March 2018

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee South meeting Wednesday 21 March 2018.


  • EPF/1012/17 – 12A Alderton Close, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3HQ
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2625/17 – 40 York Hill, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1HU
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2984/17 – 26 Murtwell Drive, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 5ED
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2989/17 – 35 Forest Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 5AF
    Permission granted
  • EPF/3058/17 – 67 Newmans Lane, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1TN
    Permission granted
  • EPF/3264/17 – Grange Court, 72 High Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6PT
    Permission granted
  • EPF/3275/17 – Grange Court, 72 High Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6PT
    Permission granted
  • EPF/3436/17 – Cornerways, Turpins Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG8 8BA
    Permission granted

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Delay in submission of the Local Plan for Independent Examination

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Submission of Epping Forest District Council’s Local Plan has been delayed following a Planning Court ruling on 20 March 2018.

The Court granted CK Properties Theydon Bois Limited (“CK Properties”) permission to apply for judicial review of the Council’s decision on 14 December 2017 to approve the Epping Forest District Local Plan Submission Version 2017 (“LPSV”) for publication and submission to the Secretary of State for independent examination.

CK Properties complains that its land to the east of Theydon Bois was not allocated for residential development in the LPSV and contends that it has been prejudiced by the unavailability of Appendix B to the Site Selection Report (Arup December 2017), during the Regulation 19 publication period.

The Court ordered that the Council be restrained from submitting the LPSV for independent examination until the final determination of the judicial review claim, or further order. The Court also ordered that the judicial review hearing can be expedited and it is listed for hearing on 23 and 24 May 2018 with a time estimate of 1½ days.

The Council will be contesting all the claims made and to be heard at the full hearing but the ruling means the Council cannot meet the agreed submission date of 31 March 2018.

Councillor John Philip, Planning Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council was disappointed by the Court decision but confident of the final outcome. He said; “It is frustrating but it is not the end of the road. We are ready to submit the Plan but circumstances outside our control have created this delay.”

Councillor Philip continued: “Fortunately, the Government’s deadline  extension means the case can be heard without compromising our position. When all the evidence is placed before the judge, we fully expect to win the review. We are still on target to agree 11,400 homes during the Local Plan period up to 2033.”

Countrycare Easter scavenger hunt 2018

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Come to the Epping Forest District Council Countrycare Easter Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday 4 April 2018 11:00am to 13:00pm at Roughtalleys Wood, North Weald.

Booking is essential and costs just £3 per child.

Easter - countrycare

Come and try your hand at our wildlife riddles and quiz questions hidden in the wood and be in with a chance of winning some Easter treats!

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Local heroes celebrated at awards evening

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The district’s most celebrated residents were recognised at the annual Epping Forest District Council Civic Awards Ceremony held at the Marriott Hotel in Waltham Abbey on Friday 16 March 2018.

Winners at the Civic Awards 2018

You make the world a better place

The glittering awards evening was hosted by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor David Stallan.

Chairman David Stallan said: “Every year we dedicate an evening to celebrate Epping Forest’s residents achievements, successes and their unwavering dedication to the area and their communities. This year was no different.”

“To the winners and runners up, congratulations. It is people like you that make the world a better place. Thank you for your selflessness, generosity and compassion.”

In honour and celebration of the Youth Council’s 10th anniversary this year, serving and former Youth Councillors were asked to present each award to the winners.

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Citizen of the Year 2018

Staff Sergeant Instructor Dan Bees was named the winner of the prestigious Citizen of the Year Award.

Citizen of the Year 2018 Matt Bees

He is the Essex Army Cadet Force Adult Volunteer for the Epping cadets.

Staff Instructor Bees has been selflessly dedicated to his group of young army cadets, teaching them life skills, increasing attendance and certification pass rates.

His supportive and kind nature inspires his cadets to realise the importance of community spirit and helping others.

Citizen of the Year 2018 runners-up

Citizen of the Year 2018 winner Dan Bees and runners-up Lee Tant and Ray Harris

Lee Tant was highly commended for her priceless contribution to the Epping Forest Reuse service since its opening in 2013 and her passion for fundraising.

Ray Harris was awarded for his outstanding charity work and for his involvement in community action for people with disabilities for over 2 decades.


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Team of the Year 2018

The Chigwell Riding Trust volunteers were named Team of the Year 2018.

Team of the Year 2018 Chigwell Riding Trust volunteers

Not only have they been recognised for their commitment to keeping the centre running and physically helping 160 riders each week, but also for the wonderful social and reassuring atmosphere they create for riders and their families.


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Young Citizen of the Year 2018

Mitchell Tassie, a young man from North Weald was named Young Citizen of the Year 2018.

Young Citizen of the Year 2018 Mitchell Tassie

Mitchell is head cadet for the Epping Forest Volunteer Police Cadets and gives back to his community through conservation work and supporting local projects.

Young Citizen of the Year 2018 runners-up

Young Citizen of the Year 2018 runners-up Sarah Horgan and Jack Rivers

Runner-up, Sarah Horgan from Sir Charles Kao University Technical College was acknowledged for the mentoring and support she provides her colleagues and her voluntary work.

Joint runner-up Jack Rivers from Waltham Abbey, was recognised for the help he gives young people with autism to engage in group activities.


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Community Service Medals

Community service medals were received by Detective Inspector Rob Staples of Essex Police and Community Commander Mark Samuels of the Essex Fire and Rescue Service.

Community Service Medal winners Rob Staples and Mark Samuels


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Youth Council Commendations

Epping Forest District Council Youth Council award winners Abigail Whelan, Jacob McNulty, Adam Freeman, Suzannah Halcrow and Annabelle Yaman were all commended for their outstanding achievements and dedication to their roles and Youth Councillors.

Youth Council Commendations


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Sports award

Christianna Vitanova, a promising young rhythmic gymnast from Chigwell was the winner of this year’s sports bursary of £1,000.

Sports award winner Christianna Vitanova


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Creativity award

Sam Edmunds and William Patrick Harrison of Chalk Lane Theatre Company were the winners of the creativity award, receiving a £1,000 bursary towards taking their production to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2018.

Creativity award winners Chalk Lane Theatre Company




Landlord fined £21,575 for illegal HMO

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Epping Forest District Council successfully prosecuted and fined Mr Veli Bunul £21,575, when found operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation (HMO) and breaching legislation designed to protect tenants.

HMO Licence

The Council was called to inspect a three storey family town house in Tillingham Court Waltham Abbey, found to be occupied by three separate families, each with young children, all sharing one kitchen and two bathrooms.

Potential tragedy

Housing 11 occupants, the property was overcrowded, had inadequate fire precautions or a safe means of escape in event of an emergency.

Basildon Magistrates court was particularly concerned about these failings which could have potentially led to lives being at risk and tragic circumstances.

The Court heard that Mr Bunul of Chase Side, London E14 had ignored all of Epping Forest District Council’s warnings about his responsibilities to licence the property and his obligation to make it safe.

He alleged he was unaware that the property was being occupied by several families, claiming someone else collected the rent on his behalf. The court did not find this a reasonable excuse and so carried his conviction alongside a hefty fine.

Zero tolerance

Housing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Syd Stavrou said, “We will not tolerate landlords who rent properties which fail to meet standards.  The Council has a commitment to ensure that private landlords in the Epping Forest district do not take financial advantage of vulnerable tenants and put their lives at risk.  We will not hesitate to prosecute landlords who show a disregard for the law and their responsibilities towards occupants”.

New licensing rules

The Government are bringing in an extension to the  current licensing regime. From 1 April 2018, any property with five or more people from two or more households will require a licence regardless of how many floors there are in the property.

Landlords must comply with licence conditions to ensure properties are safe for the amount of people occupying them. In addition, minimum space requirements are to be imposed to prevent exploitation by overcrowding.

Advice to Landlords

Landlords that currently operate a licensable HMO in Epping Forest District (3 or more storeys, occupied by 5 or more people living as 2 or more households) but do not currently hold a licence should contact the Council’s Private Sector Housing Team immediately to avoid prosecution.

Anyone operating such an HMO without the appropriate licence is committing an offence, risks a criminal record and an unlimited fine on summary conviction.

Other landlords operating or thinking of operating an HMO that will fall under the new licensing regime from 1 April 2018 are encouraged to contact the Private Sector Housing Team for further information and advice.

Advice to tenants

If you think you may be living in a property that requires a licence and one is not displayed in the property, or you are concerned about the property conditions, please contact the Private Sector Housing team on the details below.


Decisions from Plans East 7 March 2018

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee East meeting Wednesday 7 March 2018.


  • EPF/2522/17 – Walnut Barn Bushes, Wind Hill, Magdalen Laver, Ongar, CM5 0DS
  • EPF/2582/17 – Walnut Barn Bushes Wind Hill Magdalen Laver, Ongar, CM5 0DS
  • EPF/2654/17 – The Chequers, Matching Green, Matching, CM17 0PZ
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2933/17 – Maes Mawr, Stapleford Road, Stapleford Abbotts, RM4 1EJ
    Permission granted
  • EPF/3153/17 – 73 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4ND
    Permission granted
  • EPF/3364/17 – Granville, 119 Theydon Park Road, Theydon Bois. CM16 7LS
    Permission refused
  • EPF/3503/17 – 38 High Road, North Weald, Epping, CM16 6BU
    Permission refused
  • EPF/0026/18 – Oak Lodge, Weald Hall Lane, Thornwood Common, Epping, CM16 6ND
    Permission refused

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