What’s on? Summer activities – Week 1

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Looking for summer holiday activity inspiration? Take a look at what we have in store for Monday 23 to Friday 27 July 2018 of the summer holidays.


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Comedy Club 4 Kids

  • Monday 23 July
  • 2pm – 4pm
  • Large Marquee at Chigwell Hall, Chigwell, IG7 6BD
  • £10 per person
  • Ages 6+

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Cupcake decorating workshop

  • Tuesday 24 July
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Epping Forest District Council community services, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping Cm16 4LU
  • £5.50
  • Ages 5-14

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Family fun with clay

  • Tuesday 24 July
  • 12pm – 3pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50
  • Ages 5-13

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Musical in 2 days! Bugsy Malone

  • Wednesday 25 July to Thursday 26 July
  • 10am – 3pm
  • North Weald Village Hall High Road, North Weald, C16 6BU
  • £40
  • Ages 5+

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Be a print maker

  • Wednesday 25 July
  • 10am – 1pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £10
  • Ages 8+

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Chigwell Row Wood Treasure Hunt

  • Wednesday 25 July
  • 11am – 1pm
  • Chigwell Row Wood, Brocket Way, Chigwell, IG7 4LU (entrance opposite junction with Greenwood Road)
  • £3
  • Ages 6-11

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Introduction to tapestry weaving workshop

  • Wednesday 25 July
  • 1pm – 3pm
  • Oakwood Hill community hall, Longcroft Rise, Loughton IG10 3NB
  • £5.50
  • Ages 8-16

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Multi-sports, forest adventures and more…

We have also planned a wide range of sport, play and adventure days regularly, at multiple locations, throughout the 8 week holiday

  • Multi-sports days – book
  • Forest adventures – book
  • Play in the forest – no need to book
  • Play in the park – no need to book

Check the full brochure for locations, dates and times


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Award-winning volunteer team

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Epping Forest District Museum and Lowewood Museum Collections Volunteers team have won the Collections Champion Award from SHARE Museums East.

Andrew and Sarah Goodliffe, 2 of our volunteers, attended the celebration evening at Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket on Wednesday 6 June to collect the award on behalf of the whole volunteering team. Our team was 1 of 11 from the East of England to be shortlisted for this award.

Andrew and Sarah SHARE awards

Our Volunteers

With only 1 full-time specialist Collections Officer the museum relies on the help and care the team of volunteers bring to the collection to fulfil its potential. In making their decision the judges considered the team’s passion, commitment, dedication and initiative.

Our core team of collections volunteers consist of 12 members. We have 3 volunteers who work on the garden and 2 front of house volunteers. At the moment there are a further 12 volunteers working on specialist projects and exhibitions; the largest cohort has recently been researching Hertfordshire man Stephen Warner for the current exhibition Stephen Warner: One Man’s Journey through War at Lowewood Museum.

Group photo of winners at SHARE Museums East award ceremony

Volunteers’ Week

This week, 1–7 June, is Volunteers’ Week, a chance to thank all volunteers for their contribution to our service. This award, which the team were nominated for by Assistant Museums, Heritage and Culture Manager, Will O’Neill, is the perfect way to say thank you.

SHARE Museums East

SHARE Museums East, based in Norfolk, support museums in the East of England. They provide staff and volunteer training, project funding and help with collections management.

Find out more at sharemuseumseast.org.uk 

Community turn out for Freedom Parade 2018

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Community spirit was the order of the day at the 56 Squadron Freedom of the District parade and community picnic and music event, as residents came together to celebrate the RAF’s 100 year anniversary at an event in the sun, laid on by Epping Forest District Council.

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Battle of Britain flight and more

Onlookers enjoyed a parade by 56 Squadron through the village of North Weald, culminating in wreath laying at the Memorial at North Weald Museum, ceremonial inspection of 56 Squadron from Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Richard Bassett and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Rosemary Padfield, picnics, music and a special fly-past from a Battle of Britain Memorial flight Hurricane.

Proud moments

Epping Forest District Council’s Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett said: “It was my privilege and honour to welcome so many residents, and the men and women of 56 Squadron on such a special occasion. It was with enormous pride that councillors took the historic vote to confer of the Freedom of Epping Forest District on 56 Squadron, as a symbol of our wider respect, friendship and affection for all those who have served and protected us over so many years.”

Thank you

“Thank you to our residents for coming and showing your continuing support for our magnificent Armed Forces. It’s been a wonderful day and I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.”

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Summer fun for children with SEND

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The Epping Forest Inclusion project is running a wide variety of exciting summer activities for children and young people with SEND from July to August 2018.

Activities are suitable for children of all ages, unless otherwise stated, and we cater for a wide range of needs. Siblings and parents are also welcome to join us for some of the activities, please check the brochure for full details.


Bounce and swim

  • Monday 23 July/ Friday 17 August
  • 1.30pm- 3.30pm
  • Ongar Leisure Centre, the Gables, Ongar, CM5 0GA
  • £7
  • All ages

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Own a pony

  • Wednesday 25 July/ Wednesday 8 August/ Wednesday 29 August
  • 10am – 12pm
  • High Beech riding school, Pynest Green Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN4 3QL
  • £25
  • Ages 4- 25

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Boxing

  • Thursday 26 July
  • 1pm – 2pm/ Ages 7-10
  • 30pm- 4pm/ Ages 11+
  • Epping Sports Centre, Hemnall Street, Epping CM16 4LU
  • £6

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Suntrap summer fun day

  • Friday 27 July/ Monday 6 August/ Thursday 30 August
  • 10am – 3.30pm
  • Suntrap forest education centre, Church Road, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AJ
  • £16 for 1 child
  • £8 for additional sibling
  • All ages

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Canalability day trip

  • Monday 30 July/ Monday 20 August
  • 45am – 3pm
  • Lock view, Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow, CM20 2QS
  • £15
  • All ages

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Water wipe out splash

  • Tuesday 31 July/ Tuesday 21 August
  • 11.30am- 1pm
  • Lee Valley White water centre, Station Road, Waltham Cross, EN9 1AM
  • £12
  • Ages 8+

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Trampolining

  • Tuesday 2 August
  • 10am- 11am/ 11.30am- 12.30pm
  • Debden Park High School, Wilingale Road, Debden, IG10 2BQ
  • £4
  • All ages

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Storytellers

  • Friday 3 August
  • 30pm- 3pm
  • Forest room, Jack Silley Pavilion, Stonards Hill, recreation ground, Epping, CM16 6SP
  • £8
  • All ages

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Inclusion multi-sports camp

  • Tuesday 7 August
  • 10am-3pm
  • Upper Clapton rugby club, Upland Road, Thornwood, Epping, CM16 6NL
  • £15
  • All ages

 

  • Tuesday 28 August
  • 10am- 3pm
  • Debden park high school, Willingale Road, Loughton, IG10 2BQ
  • £15
  • All ages

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Old MacDonald &the three pigs plus

  • Thursday 9 August
  • 20am – 12.30pm
  • Jazz Archive Café, 1st floor, Loughton Library, Traps Hill, IG10 1HD
  • £6
  • All ages

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Royal gunpowder mills

  • Monday 13 August
  • 30am- 3pm
  • Royal gunpowder mills, Beaulieu drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
  • £6 per child
  • £4 per adult
  • All ages

Soft play at Ashlyns farm

  • Tuesday 14 August
  • 30pm- 6.30pm
  • Ashlyns farm, Epping Road, North Weald, CM16 6RZ
  • £3 for under 5’s
  • £4.50 for 5+
  • All ages

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Inclusive cycle rides with trailnet

  • Thursday 16 August
  • 10am – 11.30am
  • 12pm- 1.30pm
  • Lee Valley White water centre, Station Road, Waltham Cross, EN9 1AM
  • £6
  • All ages

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Camping at Lambourne End

  • Wednesday 22 August
  • Drop off 10am
  • 1 night, pick up 2pm Thursday 23 August
  • £52
  • 2 nights, pick up 2pm Friday 24 August
  • £85
  • Ages 10+

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Book now

Our activities run from  July toAugust 2018 for children of all ages, abilities and interests.

Don’t wait for our activities to sell out – book now and keep your kids entertained this summer.

or call our telephone booking line 01992 564226 Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm.

Further information

Keep your kids entertained this summer

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Need ideas for kids activities this summer? Look no further and see what we have planned for the summer holidays.

Sport, art, adventure, play, music, gardening, textiles and more – whatever your children’s interests, we have something for everyone.

Book now

Our activities run from Monday 23 July to Friday 31 August 2018 for children of all ages, abilities and interests.

Don’t wait for our activities to sell out – book now and keep your kids entertained this summer.

or call our telephone booking line 01992 564226 Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm.

What’s on?

Learn how to crochet and make bath-bombs

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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

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.

Picnic, music and Parade to celebrate Freedom of the District

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Residents are invited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the RAF with a community picnic, parade, and music laid on by Epping Forest District Council at North Weald Airfield on Sunday 10 June 2018.

RAF 100 Parade and Picnic

March from North Weald

Members of 56 Squadron, which flew Hurricanes from North Weald, will commence proceedings as they march from North Weald Village Hall to the Airfield Gate Guardian with their newly acquired ‘Freedom of the District’ awarded by the Council last month.

Officers and members of 56 Squadron will be accompanied to the Airfield Memorial in Hurricane Way by the Epping Forest Pipe Band and the band of 56 Squadron ATC for the laying of wreaths, before proceeding to the Gate Guardian for a ceremonial inspection and afternoon of picnics and music with the Epping Forest (Brass) Band, Our Voices Choir and 1940’s style singer Diane Moore.

Free entry

Families are invited to join the celebrations at North Weald Airfield. Car parking and entry to the event is free. There will be food and drink concessions for anyone who doesn’t fancy bringing their own picnic.

The Gate Guardian is a replica of a Hurricane flown by 56 Squadron at North Weald. A Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will perform flypasts during the parade inspection.

56 Squadron is one of the oldest and most distinguished units of the RAF. Formed during the Great War, it saw service in France as part of the Royal Flying Corps before the formation of the RAF on 1 April 1918.

Long history with RAF

Although North Weald is no longer an RAF base, having been bought by Epping Forest District Council in 1980, the airfield remains the spiritual home of 56 Squadron. The Squadron moved to North Weald in 1927 and remained until 1941. While based at North Weald, it suffered the first RAF loss of World War II,  covered the retreat from Dunkirk and found itself in the thick of the fighting during the Battle of Britain.

The Freedom of the District was bestowed on 56 Squadron at a special meeting of Epping Forest District Council on 24 April.

Outgoing Council Chairman David Stallan stood down at the local elections in May. As a North Weald Ward Councillor, he was especially proud of the part he played in bringing the Freedom of the District to Full Council. However, the Freedom awarded to 56 Squadron is District-wide, reflecting the much wider local involvement of the RAF.

“A true family event”

New Council Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett, will welcome 56 Squadron back to North Weald.

He said: “RAF 100 and the Freedom of the District is very much in recognition of the wider role played by the RAF in our area.”

“Councillors from all sides of the chamber were so united in wishing to bestow this honour. Apart from North Weald, the RAF had airfields at Stapleford Abbotts and Willingale. Blake Hall was a centre of operations and the Balloon Site at RAF Chigwell was an intelligence centre as well as providing the barrage balloons that helped to protect London. A decoy or dummy airfield was also set up in my home area of Nazeing to lure enemy bombers away from their real targets.

“Other parts of the District were real targets too, including the munitions factories of Royal Ordnance in Waltham Abbey.”

“This is therefore a district-wide celebration of the RAF and everyone is invited to join us on 10 June. It will be a true family event.”

Event details

The parade sets off from North Weald Village Hall at 12.30pm. Residents can park their cars at North Weald Airfield before the parade arrives at 1.30pm with Diane Moore bringing the music to a close at around 4.45pm.

Line the parade route

Councillor Bassett added: “It would be great to see people lining the parade route from North Weald Village Hall to the Airfield Memorial, as well as enjoying their picnics and music on the Airfield. I hope the British Summer Sun shines on us. Bring sensible shoes, sunscreen and clothing for all weathers!

Find out all about hedgehogs with Countrycare

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Come and learn about all things hedgehog at Epping Forest Countrycare’s annual Hedgehog Day on 30 May 2018, 11.00am – 13.00pm, at Green Acres Epping Forest, Kiln Road, North Weald.

Hedgehog day

Lots to enjoy

Learn about our spikey friends – where they live, what they eat and whether they like to party or stay in!

Make some hedgehog food for our hungry friends and create some arts and crafts inspired by the hedgehogs’ prickly looks.

Event details

  • Date: Wednesday 30 May 2018
  • Time: 11:00am – 13:00pm
  • Location: Green Acres Epping Forest, Kiln Road, North Weald, Essex, CM16 6AD
  • Cost: £3

Contact Epping Forest Countrycare for more details, on 01992 564224.

Come to the Seaside

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For 1 week Epping Forest District Museum will have its own beach, as part of the latest exhibition, Beauty and the Beach.

Drop in and build sandcastles, explore the rock pools and colour your own deckchair.

Come to the Seaside

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 26 May to Saturday 2 June 2018 (please note this activity will be closed on Friday 1 June)
  • Open times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Price: Free

Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Beauty and the Beach

Exhibition – Beauty and the Beach

From itsy, bitsy bikinis to one-piece bathing suits, this exhibition highlights the changing shape and coverage of women’s swimwear; exploring the style, design and inspirations of the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s.

The exhibition is closed Saturday 30 June.

Council 24 April 18 – Freedom of the District – RAF 100 anniversary celebrations

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The ‘red carpet’ was rolled out for the Royal Air Force when the ‘Freedom of Epping Forest District’ was conferred on 56 Squadron. Wing Commander Matt Fleckney, Officer Commanding 56 Squadron, witnessed the sealing of the ‘Freedom’ with Council Chairman, Councillor David Stallan at a special meeting of Epping Forest District Council to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the RAF on 1 April 1918.

RAF, ATC, North Weald Operations and Airfield Historian Arthur Moreton

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The meeting unanimously passed the motion proposed by Councillor Brian Rolfe and seconded by Councillor Anne Grigg.

“That, in the year of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918, this Council reaffirms its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant and the bonds of friendship between our Armed Forces and the people of Epping Forest District through the conferral of the Freedom of the District on 56 Squadron – the Royal Air Force”.

The District and the RAF

Epping Forest District has a long and profound relationship with the RAF. The associations stretch back as early as 1916, when the fledgling Royal Flying Corps first arrived at North Weald.

By the end of World War II, the district had three airfields at North Weald, Stapleford Abbotts and Willingale. Blake Hall had become a centre of RAF operations while RAF Chigwell – known as the ‘Balloon Site’ for its barrage balloons also became an intelligence centre. In Nazeing a dummy airfield was created in to draw enemy bombers away from their real targets.

Norwegian connections

North Weald also became an important focus of Norwegian national resistance. Escaping the invasion of their homeland, Norwegian pilots flying Spitfires under the colours of the RAF became some of the most successful squadrons of WWII.

Squadron 56

However, 56 Squadron has by far the longest relationship with the District. Based at North Weald from 1927 until 1941, 56 Squadron’s honors include Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain. The 56 Squadron Standard is displayed in St Andrew’s Church, North Weald.

Personal accounts and tributes

Before opening the debate to Councillors, Councillor Stallan broke with convention by asking the Council’s Director of Communities, Alan Hall to read a personal statement. Alan Hall, spoke with pride of his father, Sergeant Bill Hall, an instrument maker who worked on the Hurricanes of 56 Squadron at North Weald. In later years, Bill Hall left no doubt of his affection for the ‘Fighting 56’ frequently reminding his family how it was his job to turn on the light at the top of St Andrew’s Church tower to guide the pilots safely back the base after dark.

Councillors spoke with emotion. An RAF veteran in his own right, Councillor Rolfe led the calls for the ‘Freedom’ to be conferred. Councillor Stephen Murray spoke of the military traditions of his own family and the insight he had received through his brother’s RAF service.

Councillor Chris Pond described the history of a previous owner of his house in Loughton – a young RAF officer shot down and killed in defence of his country. Councillor Anne Grigg joined Councillor Murray is speaking of the proud record of 56 Squadron and it’s sad distinction of being the first RAF squadron to lose a pilot – killed in action – in World War II.

Councillor Jon Whitehouse spoke of joining the Chairman only a few days previously to rededicate a war memorial, counting the cost of war and what we ask members of the armed services to do.

Perhaps the most moving contribution from Councillor Syd Stavrou described the loss of the father she never knew – part of a Lancaster crew, shot down and killed in Germany months before she was born.

Freedom accepted

Wing Commander Matt Fleckney was joined in the Council Chamber by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex Michael Chapman and officers of 56 Squadron. He took great pleasure in accepting the Freedom of the District. Describing North Weald as the ‘Spiritual Home’ of 56 Squadron, the Wing Commander also reflecting on the RAF’s wider connections across the district, the ‘finest hour’ in the sky above, the jet age and some of the brave people who did not return.

56 Squadron will exercise the Freedom of the District with a parade from North Weald Village Hall to the Airfield Gate Guardian on Sunday 10 June.

Other business

In keeping with protocol, the agreement to confer the Freedom of the District concluded the business of the extraordinary meeting of Full Council. Following a short break, the second meeting of the evening convened at 8pm with a minutes silence to remember former councillors Ron Braybrook and Peter Riley, plus Peter Adams, an independent member of the Standards Committee since December 2012.

Portfolio Holders answered questions on a range of subjects including:

  • Lorry parking in Waltham Abbey
  • Food banks
  • Progress towards the redevelopment of the St John’s Road area of Epping
  • The Local Plan
  • Pollution caused by stationary cars with idling engines
  • Recycling (Epping Forest District Council’s domestic recycling is the 22 highest of all 350 English councils)
  • Additional council funded police officers due to begin work in June
  • The completion of a £1.1million refurbishment of Epping Sports Centre and plans to provide even better sports facilities for residents in the future
  • Epping Forest Shopping Park, the Broadway and its new Landmark Building
  • Sport and Leisure Centre water quality at Loughton and Ongar
  • Council House building programme
  • Electoral Review
  • The Restore charity
  • Waltham Abbey’s new leisure centre due for completion in November
  • Reduced price home composting bins
  • Voluntary Action Epping Forest