Free compost giveaway

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We’re giving away free compost to residents to say thank you for recycling your food and garden waste.

This blooming good giveaway is on Tuesday 8 May at North Weald Airfield from 10am to 2pm. Residents must bring their own bags and a spade before helping themselves to up to 3 bags of compost while stocks last.

Compost giveaway 8 May North Weald Airfield

  • When – Tuesday 8 May 2018 10am to 2pm
  • Where – North Weald Airfield, Merlin Way, North Weald CM16 6AA (the entrance is via the A414 on Merlin Way, follow the brown tourist signs for North Weald Market)
  • Why – Free compost! Grab up to 3 bags of compost while stocks last, remember to bring your own bags and a spade

The compost was made from last years green-lidded food & garden waste wheelie bin collections. It is part of a series of events across Essex celebrating International Compost Awareness Week (6-12 May 2018).

Composting advice

Whether you’re a keen gardener or just getting started, come along and get free compost & composting advice. Expert composters will offer advice on how to make an excellent natural soil improver which can be used to dress lawns, pot up plants, revitalise flowerbeds, or mulched as a plant feed for vegetable patches.

Composting is an excellent way to help your garden grow. It is also one of the most environmentally friendly ways to dispose of waste.

Recycle for Essex

RAF Freedom of District motion to be put to Council

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On the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF in April 1918, a motion to confer the Freedom of Epping Forest District on 56 Squadron is to be put to a special meeting of Epping Forest District Council at 7pm on Tuesday 24 April.

56 Squadron Standard at North Weald Gate Guardian

56 Squadron

56 Squadron operated from North Weald Airfield between 1927 and the Battle of Britain in 1941. They are the longest of any squadron to be based at the airfield which is now owned by Epping Forest District Council (EFDC). The motion to confer the Freedom of the whole district is a reflection of the wider local role played by the RAF.

This includes other airfields and facilities at

  • Ongar
  • Willingale
  • Stapleford Abbots
  • Chigwell
  • Nazeing

Representatives from the RAF will attend the meeting where a council majority of at least two thirds will be required to confer the honour.

100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force

National celebrations are being held during 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Air Force. North Weald Airfield opened 2 years before the founding of the Royal Air Force. The first operational flight of the Royal Flying Corps at North Weald took place in June 1916.

56 Squadron is one of the most distinguished units of the RAF. By the outbreak of war in 1939, it was equipped with the new Hawker Hurricane fighters with which North Weald was to become most closely associated. The Hurricanes of 56 Squadron covered the retreat from Dunkirk and were among the first committed to what became known as the Battle of Britain. When 56 Squadron finally transferred to RAF Duxford via Martlesham Heath in June 1941 it had been based in North Weald for 14 years.

Parade and community music event

Should the motion to grant the Freedom of the District to 56 Squadron be passed by Full Council, a local commemorative celebration at North Weald is being planned for Sunday 10 June. A parade and community music event are being organised with 56 Squadron and local organisations.

The special meeting on 24 April, starts at 7pm and is open to the public. You can watch the webcast live here.

More information about this event will be available nearer the time.

EFDC Coat of Arms and RAF Squadron 56 logo EFDC Coat of Arms and RAF Squadron 56 logo

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

Events

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

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!

Event details

Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre celebrates a milestone in the snow

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Waltham Abbey’s new leisure centre celebrated another build milestone with its Topping Out Ceremony marking the highest point of the building work being completed.

Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre topping out ceremony

Representatives from Epping Forest District Council, Places for People Leisure, Pellikaan Construction and Architects Pozzoni attended the ceremony on Wednesday 28 February 2018.

Community representatives and pupils from Hillhouse Primary School in Waltham Abbey were also given a tour of the build.

Coming to life

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder commented: “It’s fantastic to see the design for the new leisure centre coming to life before us. When completed the new modern and sustainable leisure centre will offer a broad range of activities and services to bring the whole community together.”

Places for People Leisure’s plans to improve the leisure offering and the health and wellbeing of the area are truly exciting. Works have already been completed at Ongar Sports Centre and improvements are underway at Loughton Leisure Centre, with a new state of the art gym just being opened at Epping Sports Centre. We are looking forward to working in partnership with them over the coming years for the benefit of the local community.”

Design, build, operate and maintain

Places for People Leisure were awarded the 20-year design, build, operate and maintain contract for Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre by Epping Forest District Council along with the management of the existing Ongar Leisure Centre, Loughton Leisure Centre and Epping Sports Centre.

The new leisure centre which is due to be completed later this year will include a 6 lane 25m pool along with a 15m learner pool. It will also feature a state of the art 80 station fitness suite, exercise and, café and community room, along with a group cycling studio with virtual classes led by Les Mills virtual master trainers.

Create active places and healthy people

Places for People Leisure are looking forward to the completion of construction work, as John Bates, Business Development Director explains: “We are extremely pleased with the progress made to date on the facility by our partner, Pellikaan Construction. The centre is now starting to take shape and we really looking forward to showcasing the new facility when it opens later this year. This will be a fantastic community venue that can be enjoyed by families and people of all ages and abilities.”

“Over the coming months we will continue to work with Epping Forest District Council to ensure that when the new centre opens it enhances the health and wellbeing of the local community in line with our social mission to create active places and healthy people.”

Help save the Willingale Treasure

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Epping Forest District Museum is launching an appeal to save the Willingale Treasure and help us keep it in the district.

The Willingale Treasure

Sapphire Gold Medieval Ring

A medieval gold ring has been found in the parish of Willingale and we need you to help us keep it in the district, before the item goes on sale on the open market.

It is the first medieval gem set ring to be found in the district, and the first known finger-ring to be discovered in Willingale. The decoration is of an extremely high standard and, to the best of our knowledge, unique.

Please donate

Donate online at www.spacehive.com/willingaletreasure

or make a donation at Epping Forest District Museum, 39–41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL

Save the Willingale treasure

In total £11,500 is needed to save the ring ensuring it is on free public display for generations to come. The campaign has already received support from the ACE/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and SHARE Museums East and Epping Forest District Museum has committed funding from its reserves leaving £3,000 to be raised.

If the target is reached, the ring will go on public display in the museum’s newly renovated core gallery. If the funding is not raised, the ring may be sold and possibly leave the UK permanently.

Other treasures at the museum

Currently on display is a selection of items acquired by the museum through the national Portable Antiquities Scheme, which recently celebrated 20 years of recording treasure finds. On display are items found from all across the Epping Forest district.

The oldest are a bronze axe and small gold bead, which are some 3,500 years old, also displayed are medieval Noble coins of Edward III found near Abridge and a fine silver gilt medieval crucifix discovered near North Weald.

Eggcellent Easter activities for the kids

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Epping Forest District Council have another 2 weeks of exciting activities planned for the kids this Easter 2018.

Firm favourites are back, including our multi-sports days, play in the park and play in the forest, alongside new activities in the form of creative workshops.

Book your child’s space online now!

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Multi Sports Days

Come and join our experienced coaches for a day of exciting activities

We believe there is an activity and a sport for everyone. At our multi sports days, young people can expect to get to try a mixture of traditional and non-traditional sports from tennis to American football – with some wacky games and competitions thrown in for good measure.

  • Monday 9 April to Friday 13 April 2018 – every day!
  • Leverton Junior School, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3BE
  • 8.45am – 3.30pm
  • Suitable for ages 5 – 14
  • £16.50 per day
  • Book online

Play in the park

Play in the park is all about playing and having fun outside.

The Play in the Park team bring along a range of sports equipment and arts and crafts resources for young people to enjoy. The team also help organise activities and games, this activity is FREE to all those that show up!

The activities are being held at different times and locations around the district.

Tuesday 3 April 2018

  • Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Roding Road, IG9 6BJ – 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Wednesday 4 April 2018

  • Stonards Hill Recreation Ground, Stonards Hill, Epping, CM16 4QF – 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Thursday 5 April 2018

  • Town Mead Leisure Park, Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JH – 10am to 12pm
  • Shelly Park, St Peters Avenue, Ongar, CM5 0BT – 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Friday 6 April 2018

  • Roding Valley Recreation Ground (near the tennis courts) Roding Road, IG10 3BS – 10am to 12pm

Monday 9 April 2018

  • Larsons Recreation Ground, Rochford Avenue, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1SE – 10am to 12pm

Tuesday 10 April 2018

  • Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Roding Road, IG9 6BJ – 10am to 12pm

 Wednesday 11 April 2018

  • Roydon playing fields, Occupation Lane, CM19 5HL – 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Thursday 12 April 2018

  • Larsons Recreation Ground, Rochford Avenue, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1SE – 10am to 12pm
  • Jubilee Park, Love Lane, Ongar, CM5 9BL – 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Friday 13 April 2018

  • Roding Valley Recreation Ground (near the tennis courts) Roding Road, IG10 3BS- 10am to 12pm

Play in the forest

Play in the forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest!

Join us for this Easter and Spring themed activity for bug hunting, den building and live storytelling session as well as a host of other Easter activities.

  • Wednesday 4 and 11 April 2018
  • High Beach, opposite the Visitor’s Centre, Loughton, IG10 4AE
  • No need to book, drop by at any time between 10am – 12pm
  • Suitable for all ages
  • £3 per session
  • No need to book, just turn up

Make a stepping stone workshop

Come along to learn this new artistic skill!

Leave a lasting art impression in the Epping Community Garden that will be admired for many years to come.

  • Tuesday 3 April 2018
  • Communities training room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Suitable for ages 6 – 15
  • Cost £5.50
  • Book online

Learn to make wind chimes workshop

Learn the art of wind chime making using lots of different recyclable items.

Tin cans, bottles, bamboo canes all make amazing sounds when put together. Add a little sparkle to your garden to help you chill.

  • Tuesday 10 April 2018
  • Communities training room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Suitable for ages 6 – 15
  • Cost £5.50
  • Book online

Customise your own t-shirt workshop

Be bang on trend this Easter and learn how to create your very own fashion masterpiece.

Learn how to cut and embellish your t-shirt to make unique and individual designs. We will provide you with your own t-shirt and everything else you need to help you stand out from the crowd!

  • Tuesday 10 April 2018
  • Communities training room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU
  • 6pm – 8pm
  • Suitable for ages 11 – 16
  • Cost £10
  • Book online

Update on council services

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Updated plans for refuse and recycling collections

As the severe weather continues into Friday 2 March 2018, we are adapting operations to maintain waste collection services, making allowances for reduced resources and challenging conditions for our waste collection crews.

We are continuing to focus on fortnightly black wheelie bin, recycling sacks and blue box collections. Access to residential roads can vary in these conditions with properties located in rural areas or down narrow lanes are likely to experience more disruption than others.

Black wheelie bins, recycling sacks and blue boxes

  • Please leave your waste out on the boundary of your property until 5pm on Friday 2 March
  • If your waste is not collected by 5pm, please bring it in over the weekend
  • On Monday 5 March extra crews have been laid on to try and catch up any missed areas, so please make sure your bins are out again by 7am
  • If your bins have not been collected by 5pm on Monday, please take them back in and out in time for your next scheduled collection

Please accept our apologies for this disruption. We will endeavour to collect any waste that has been missed.

Food and garden waste

We will continue to focus our resources on the fortnightly collections throughout Friday 2 March as above. Therefore

  • We are not collecting any green lidded bins for food and garden waste
  • If you were expecting a collection this week, please take it back and put it out again on your next normal collection day.

Our customer service team is continuing to operate with fewer staff  due to the adverse weather so you may experience longer hold times on the phone than usual, so please only call if it is urgent.

Minimising disruption to residents

Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Will Breare-Hall said: “I want to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Biffa’s tremendously dedicated and hardworking staff. Despite the terrible weather we’ve experienced over the past few days they’ve been out on our streets, battling the elements, doing their best to ensure our waste and recycling is still collected.”

“I want them to know that their commitment to delivering the service and minimising disruption to our residents is greatly appreciated. I’d also like to thank our residents for the understanding and patience they have shown as we contend with these very difficult conditions.”

Contacting the Council

Not urgent?

If your enquiry is not urgent, please contact us by email or use our online reporting tool to contact us to help us reduce waiting times. Someone will be in touch with you as soon as they can.

If your enquiry is urgent and you need to speak to someone, please call us on the telephone numbers below.

If it’s urgent

  • General and refuse – 01992 564000
  • Benefits – 01992 562059
  • Council Tax – 01992 564188
  • Council housing – 01992 564716
  • Housing repairs – 01992 564199

Please keep checking the website and our social media channels for updates and further information.

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Essex wide Livewell campaign launched

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Livewell, a countywide website to get Essex healthy has been launched.

Livewell campaign image

Working collaboratively to promote health

The Livewell campaign sees all local authorities, including Epping Forest District Council and health partners, work collaboratively to promote positive health and wellbeing by providing public health advice, activities and events tailored to the needs of local residents.

The Council’s local museum, arts, sports, social and Forest Countrycare events will be available on the site.

Check out how to Livewell

The website aims is to encourage Essex residents to be more active and to make healthier lifestyle choices for themselves and their families. It focuses on more effectively tackling county-wide issues affecting the 12 local authority areas together.

Take the #21 Challenge

To celebrate the website launch, residents are being encouraged to take part in a number of #21 challenges – a nod to the fact that it takes 21 days to break or create a new habit.

The first part of the campaign is #21situps21days, Residents can find out more information on:

Post-Christmas is a good time to think about improving lifestyle choices, lose weight and live a happier, healthier and longer life. The 21 day theme of the project, the number of days it is thought we need to break a bad habit or establish a new one also has the support of Public Health England. Anyone can try and it is fine to start with an easy goal. An occasional day off is also fine but the message is ‘don’t stop, just let that go and do as best you can towards the 21 days’.

New Police airbase to be built at North Weald

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Planning permission for the National Police Air Service (NPAS) purpose built airbase at North Weald Airfield was granted by district councillors at Plans East meeting on Wednesday 6 December.

Police Helicopter

Keeping local communities safe

The new NPAS airbase will replace an existing facility at Lippitts Hill in High Beach and form part of their national network of 15 bases providing air support to the 46 police forces of England and Wales.

2 police helicopters and a police aeroplane will regularly fly out of the new airbase, operating 24/7 primarily serving London and the South East, with support from additional airbases at Boreham Airfield near Chelmsford, Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey and RAF Benson in Oxfordshire.

Crews in these aircraft regularly support police colleagues on the ground to find missing people and search for suspects. They provide an aerial view supporting local police at major events and help other police forces bring ‘crimes in action’ to an end, keeping local communities safe.

A long standing history of protecting our community

Assets and Economic Development Portfolio Holder Councillor Anne Grigg said: “North Weald Airfield has a long standing history of protecting our community since opening as an airfield in the 1st World War. It became a vital Battle of Britain airfield in the 2nd World War, providing a home to RAF spitfires and hurricanes.”

“In later years the airfield expanded in to the jet age of the 1950’s, and in recent times providing a base to vital services and welcoming aircraft from all over the world.”

Important and valuable services

Councillor Grigg continued: “The addition of the National Police Air Service is an exciting opportunity which will allow the vital service to carry out their much needed work, ensuring residents safety, which is our top priority.”

“They will be joining a range of aviation tenants at the airfield including The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance who have been operating successfully for several years.”

“I am proud of the contribution our airfield has made over the years and as it continues to grow, we welcome these important and valuable services.”

Paul Marrion, South East Assistant Operations Director for the National Police Air, said: “We are delighted to be able to build our new bespoke airbase at North Weald Airfield. This decision will ensure that we can continue to support police forces across London and the South East in their efforts to protect people and property and to keep communities safe.”

“Police air support is a vital tool available to police forces. Flying at average speeds of 138mph, searching for missing people or suspects by air is 20 times faster than other options and saves local police valuable time when it matters.”

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