Carols by candlelight for civic Christmas service

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Residents, councillors and staff gathered at Waltham Abbey Church to celebrate Christmas by Candlelight on Thursday 13 December 2018.

 

The congregation enjoyed the Abbey at its most stunning as the lights dimmed and candles were lit for the annual Civic Carol Service hosted jointly by Epping Forest District Council and Waltham Abbey Town Council. The service was conducted by Rector Rev Peter Smith with Director of Music Jonathan Lilley leading Waltham Abbey Church Choir.

Readings from King James Bible

Councillor Richard Basset, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council opened the event and welcomed the congregation before the Rev Smith began the service.

Waltham Abbey Town Mayor Jeane Lea, Councillor Jodie Lucas, the Rev Helen Gheorghiu Gould, Daniel Mehr from Epping Forest Youth Council and Cllr Richard Bassett, gave readings taken from the King James Bible.

Traditional Christmas carols

The congregation joined in with traditional Christmas carols and prayers before Cllr Lea closed the service and invited everyone to join her for mulled wine and mince pies over the road at Waltham Abbey Town Hall.

The offertory collection will be shared between Waltham Abbey Church, Cllr Bassett’s charity – Community Transport and Cllr Lea’s charity – Essex Air Ambulance.

Christmas message from EFDC Chairman

Chairman Councillor Richard Bassett said: “It’s almost Christmas, a time when most of us can look forward to spending time with family and friends. But I believe it is also a time to reflect on others, particularly those who don’t have family and friends to enjoy the festive season with….and to make sure we help our friends and neighbours at times of need.”

“A few weeks ago I slept out at Chelmsford Cathedral to raise money for the homeless at Christmas. Not only did it give me a real insight into the challenges others face every day, but it also made me think about the difference that charities like Chess Homeless make to those who have no homes to go to. I found it a very humbling experience.

“As I have been visiting around the district this year I have met many people who, because of unfortunate circumstances, find themselves in difficult situations requiring our assistance and I see so many volunteers doing such an excellent job of helping them.

“Christmas should be a time of peace and goodwill to everyone, not just the materialistic giving of presents.

“Therefore at this joyous time of year can we also think of those less fortunate or lonely and, if an opportunity arises, help where we can.

“I would also like to say thank you to everyone I have had the pleasure to meet this year and wish you all a very Happy Christmas.”

Confident and bold decisions taken at Cabinet

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A series of far-reaching decisions were taken at the meeting of Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet, meeting at the Civic Offices on 10 December.

New home for Council

Councillors have agreed in principle to relocate staff to North Weald. While customer services, civic and democratic functions will remain at the Civic Offices in Epping, new purpose-built offices will provide space for up to 380 staff at Blenheim Way, North Weald within three years.

New partners will join remaining council staff in Epping, ensuring the northern end of the town retains a strong employment focus and economic footfall for High Street shops and businesses.

Demolition of the 1960s Conder Building attached to the Civic Offices will clear the way for a mix of new homes behind the Civic Offices.

St John’s Road Cinema, Homes and Leisure Centre

As the Civic Offices evolve, the Council will also be transforming the southern end of Epping with a new leisure centre, cinema, homes, businesses and parking. Subject to detailed negotiation and agreement, Epping Forest District Council proposes to work in partnership with Epping Town Council and leisure provider Places Leisure (also known as Places for People) to deliver the development.

The existing sports centre in Epping will be redeveloped for housing following completion of the new St John’s facility, allowing the Council Offices, St John’s Road and Hemnall Street to make a substantial contribution to housing demand identified in the emerging Local Plan.

Council staff working from the current housing depot off Epping High Street will move to new facilities already built at Oakwood Hill, Loughton.

Harlow and Gilston Vision and Design

Three strategic housing locations at Water Lane, Latton Priory and East of Harlow have been identified in the Local Plan for large housing developments on the boundaries of Harlow but within Epping Forest District. Councillors approved the vision and design guide – working documents developed by Epping Forest District Council in partnership with Harlow and East Herts District Councils for Harlow and Gilston Garden Town.

£97 million Capital Programme

Ongoing development of new council houses form the major part of the five-year capital programme put before councillors at the start of the New Year budget setting process. Aside from approximately £8 million for the new Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre, completed in November 2018, around £80 million is identified for a combination of new council housing and improvements to the Council’s existing stock over five years.

Landmark Building

Councillors approved £140,000 to complete work necessary to let commercial units at the new Landmark Building in the Broadway, Loughton. Once let, rental income of around £250,000 a year will be used to support the Council’s public services.

A forward-thinking council fit for the future

After the meeting, Council Leader Councillor Chris Whitbread said: “This is probably one of the most significant Cabinet meetings in years. The strategic development of council services based in Epping, North Weald and our new depot at Oakwood Hill, Loughton dovetail with our determination to build much need new homes sympathetically and boost economic activity across the district.”

“These are bold decisions. They demonstrate vision, confidence in our council, commitment to our residents and belief in the future of our district.”

Epping Forest Community Champions initiative launched

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Community Champions, a volunteer programme across the towns and villages of Epping Forest district is up and running.

The initiative aims to build on the skills and knowledge of local people to create, happy, friendly and healthy communities. To do this Epping Forest District Council is bringing together like-minded people from local towns and villages to share ideas and experiences from their communities to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

The initiative was launched in October with nine Champions taking part in an induction morning where they learned about the support and development offered by the Council throughout the programme. They also all became Dementia Friends after taking part in an Information Session.

Community Champions have been recruited in the following towns and parishes:

  • Buckhurst Hill
  • Chigwell
  • Nazeing
  • Ongar
  • Theydon Bois
  • Willingale

What is the role of a Community Champion?

Community Champions can help you to:

  • Get to know what’s going on in the local area
  • Learn more about how to stay healthy and active
  • Access local services you might need
  • Organise community events

There is an ongoing recruitment campaign for volunteers from each of the towns and parishes within the Epping Forest district.

Do you know of a local resident who would be interested in joining us and making a real difference in the community?

We are looking for people who are:

  • Living in the Epping Forest district
  • Aged 18 years or above
  • Passionate about where they live
  • Able to build strong community connections
  • Happy to support and promote fun days and community events
  • Willing to share information about local services in the area
  • Able to promote useful health improvement information within the community

Get involved and make a difference

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “I am extremely proud of our Community Champions for putting themselves forward to volunteer, and I am excited to hear their ideas. The Community Champions programme is a great way to meet new people and develop your skills and knowledge. We would love for you to get involved and make a real difference in your community!’’

More information and how to join

For further information on the Epping Forest Community Champions programme and details on how to join please contact Patrick Arnold, Senior Community Engagement Officer.

Last chance to apply for the 2019 Creativity Award

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Don’t miss out on this year’s Creativity Award, there is not long left to submit your application.

The award, of up to £1000, is for young people in the district with a talent or interest in the arts, culture and heritage.

It is open to individuals and groups (with a minimum of 3 people) who are looking for support for their creative activity. A group can already be established (i.e. art clubs, theatre groups, choirs or orchestras) or have formed especially to apply for this funding. The award is also open to heritage projects and other young people’s programmes through our museum service.

To apply

Applicants, who must be aged between 13 and 25 years, are required to show their commitment to their area of interest and explain how the award will help develop their talent. They must be able to demonstrate they are actively pursuing their interest through volunteering, education, exhibition or performance.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 16 December 2018.

To apply, or for more information, visit www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/creativityawards

Meeting to discuss proposals for new homes in Stapleford Abbotts

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Local residents living in and around Stapleford Abbotts are invited to attend a public meeting to discuss plans for a new housing development on the edge of the village

When: Tuesday, 11 December, 7pm to 9pm

Where: Stapleford Abbotts Primary School, Stapleford Road, RM4 1EJ

Plans for residential units, together with associated landscaping, car parking and highway works are proposed for the Land at Oak Hill Road, opposite the junction with Tysea Hill. The proposals relate to site STAP.R1 in the Epping Forest District Local Plan Submission Version.

Epping Forest District Council is hosting the Development Management Forum along with Developer Magenta Planning Ltd. in order for local residents and all other interested parties to view plans and learn about the proposals prior to the submission of a planning application.

There will be a presentation at the start followed by a chance to discuss and put questions to representatives from Magenta Planning LTD and a Planning Officer from the District Council.

This type of forum allows for issues to be raised about the proposals and to explore any amendments and agreement between all parties in a positive and constructive way before any considerations are made at a planning committee.

Decisions from Plans East on 5 December

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee East meeting Wednesday 5 December 2018.

Decisions 

  • EPF/1117/18 The Drive, Stapleford Road, Stapleford Abbotts, RM4 1EJ
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2060/18 61 Pancroft, Lambourne, RM4 1BX
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2120/18 Lindsey House, Lindsey Street, Epping, CM16 6RB
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2481/18 8 Garden Fields, Stanford Rivers, Ongar, CM5 9PL
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2503/18 Warreners, Theydon Road, Theydon Bois, CM16 4EE
    Permission granted

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Decisions from DDMC on 28 November 2018

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Planning application decisions from the District Development Management Committee Wednesday 28 November 2018.

Decisions

  • EPF/1583/18 – 1 Buttercross Lane, Epping
    Permission refused
  • EPF/1325 – 37 Hanson Drive, Loughton
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1213/18 – Tower Nursery, Netherhall Road, Roydon
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2515/18 – Land at Lippitts Hill, Waltham Abbey
    Permission granted

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King Harold students’ takeover day at Museum

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On Friday 23 November, Year 8 students, from King Harold Business & Enterprise Academy, transformed Epping Forest District Museum, as part of Takeover Day.

Visitors, including Epping Forest District Council Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett, took part activities, and were taken on a tour of the museum, both devised and led by the pupils.

They worked with museum staff, in a series of workshops and preparation days, to learn more about the day to day running of the museum.

The students also put together a special exhibition, from items in our First World War collection, to add to the current ‘Walter Spradbery, Artist in War and Peace’ exhibition. Their addition will be on display until the exhibition closes on Saturday 22 December. The activities were linked to the exhibition too; there was a Spradbery themed quiz and medal making, based on the First World War medals on display.

Takeover Day

Takeover Day is a national celebration (created by Kids in Museums) of young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. It’s a day on which they work alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the organisation or venue.

To find more, visit https://kidsinmuseums.org.uk/takeoverday/

New paintings on display at EFD Museum

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Epping Forest District Museum is host to two new paintings by local artist Martin Barrall, visit before March 2019 to enjoy them.

Pictured above: Martin Barrall and Bradley Melton with paintings

Exhibition details

Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL

When: November 2018 – March 2019

Opening times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm

Free entry

The paintings show the famous tea hut, near Fairmead Road in Epping Forest; a friendly stop-off point for bikers, horse riders, dog walkers and other forest visitors. One shows Bradley (who runs the hut), surrounded by the treats and snacks for sale; the other is of a typical afternoon, during a rain storm, with the car park full of bikers and walkers.

The paintings were revealed in an intimate private view on Friday 16 November, at the museum, with Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Richard Bassett, the artist, Bradley Melton and guests. The paintings will be on display until March 2019.

Pictured above: Martin Barrall, Bradley Melton and EFDC Chairman Councillor Richard Bassett

Martin Barrall

This is the first time that Martin has displayed his work in the district. The ‘Bradley’s Tea Hut’ artwork was recently on display at The Royal Academy as part of their 250th summer exhibition, curated by artist Grayson Perry.

Martin said, “I have entered the Royal Academy summer exhibition a few times before, getting paintings shortlisted but this was the first time I have had a picture hung.”

Martin worked in Art and Design education from 1974 to 1996 then slowly moved back to painting full time. He has painted many different subjects and themes, from country landscapes to Formula 1, and city scenes and over the last 5 years has mostly painted themes based on Epping Forest.

For more information, visit https://www.martinbarrall.com/home

Bradley’s Tea Hut

The tea hut, officially named ‘Original Tea Hut’, has been in Bradley’s family since the 1930s. It has become a big part of people’s visit to the forest; artist Grayson Perry is a fan of this hidden gem and was responsible for picking Martin’s paintings to be part of The Royal Academy’s exhibition. The private view was the first time Bradley had seen the paintings; he was delighted to see the painting as never got the chance to see it when it was in London.

Grant Aid for local groups in Epping Forest

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Local groups across Epping Forest District have been awarded a share of nearly £50,000 from Epping Forest District Council’s Grant Aid Scheme for 2018/19.

The grants, awarded on a one-off basis, have gone to:

  • The Bridge Club XL Youth
  • Epping Town Football Club
  • CanalAbility
  • Open Door
  • The Lopping Endowment
  • Ongar United Reformed Church
  • Epping Forest Sunflower Group
  • Ongar & District Twinning Association
  • Loughton Methodist Church
  • Voluntary Action Epping Forest
  • Youth Employment Services Partnership
  • Spark
  • Loughton Voluntary Care
  • Epping Forest Neighbourhood Watch
  • Epping Forest Singers
  • Leonard Cheshire Disability
  • Hastingwood Village Hall
  • Cunningham Can Do
  • Nazeing Litter Pickers

Apply again next year

Cllr Helen Kane, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Community Services said: “We considered grant applications from lots of worthy organisations across the district so it was a difficult task making the final decisions.

“I would urge any groups who were unsuccessful this year not to be disheartened, but to apply again next year.”

To apply online visit www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/index.php/out-and-about/our-activities/grants-for-sports-arts-leisure-and-community-groups