Pupils learn life lessons at Crucial Crew 2017

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Over 1,338 Year 6 pupils from Epping Forest took part in Crucial Crew, a week of interactive days to educate young people about staying safe, fit and healthy.

Crucial crew 2017

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Crucial Crew experience

Crucial crew teaches children how to tackle the dangers they may encounter in everyday life and encourages them make sensible decisions about personal safety and lifestyle choices.

This year the annual event was hosted at Debden House Centre in Loughton for a week from 12 June 2017 to 16 June 2017.

Over the week the children took part in 10 scenarios including

  • Road safety (Essex County Council)
  • Vehicle blind spots (Sainsbury’s)
  • Building sites – dangers and hazards (Mears)
  • Healthy relationships (Safer Places and Epping Forest District Council)
  • Drugs and alcohol (Adas)
  • Bullying (Red Balloon Learner Centres)
  • Internet safety (Essex Police)
  • Healthy lifestyles (ACE – Anglian Community Enterprise)
  • Ambulance (East of England Ambulance Service)
  • Fire safety escape plans & smoke alarms (Essex County Fire & Rescue Service)


(Left to right – council Community Health and Wellbeing Manager, Gill Wallis, Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder Councillor Gary Waller, council Chairman Councillor David Stallan, The High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Hall, Community Engagement Officer at Essex County Fire & Rescue Paul Fenwick, council Vice Chairman Councillor Richard Bassett, council Safer Communities Manager, Caroline Wiggins)

VIP visit

Epping Forest District Council’s Chairman, Councillor David Stallan was welcomed to the event by council organisers, alongside other VIP’s including the High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Hall, Vice-Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett, Councillor Gary Waller and Councillor Helen Kane for an informative and enjoyable visit.

Fun way to learn

Councillor David Stallan, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: “Crucial Crew is a fun way to prepare children to remain safe in a variety of emergency situations and to be aware of dangers they are likely to encounter as they advance through life. This fantastic and well-supported event allows us to offer awareness and safety advice to our young people just as they’re ready to take a big step in their lives and go to secondary school.”

”It leaves our children with the right skills and knowledge to keep themselves safe, both now and in the future. I enjoyed my short visit and was pleased to see how the different agencies work together to provide this to the kids”

Life lessons

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “All children who attended Crucial Crew will take home a wristband with a link to the Crucial Crew pages which includes advice on dealing with challenging or potentially harmful situations. They can also find out more information about the scenarios they have seen and how to make positive choices regarding their own behaviour. I hope the children remember and use the lessons from Crucial Crew, which one day might save their lives.”

“Crucial Crew is organised and facilitated by the council’s Community Health and Wellbeing team but could not take place without the hard work and continued support of partner agencies – a big thank you to all involved.”

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What’s on? Summer holiday activities week 1

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Need ideas for kids activities this summer? See what we have planned for the first week of the summer holidays, Monday 24 July 2017 to Friday 28 July 2017!

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Discover your inner artist

  • Monday 24 July 2017
  • 10:30am – 3:30pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 -41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £20 including materials

Suitable for ages 7+


Tudor family fun with clay

  • Tuesday 25 July 2017
  • 12pm – 3pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 -41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50

Suitable for ages 5-13

No need to book

Musical in 2 days! Charlie and the chocolate factory

  • Wednesday 26 July & Thursday 27 July 2017
  • 10am – 3pm (both days)
  • Chigwell Hall, Large marquee, Chigwell, IG7 6BD
  • £40 including materials

Suitable for ages 5+


Basketball drop in!

  • Wednesday 26 July 2017
  • 2pm – 4pm
  • Roding Valley recreation ground, basketball court, Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • £3

Suitable for ages 10-15


Tennis Activators

  • Thursday 27 July 2017
  • 4pm – 5pm
  • Roding Valley recreation ground, tennis courts, Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • £3

Suitable for ages 5-10


Go wild: DIY grass heads

  • Thursday 27 July 2017
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Epping Forest District Council Community Services, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU
  • £4.50

Suitable for ages 6-12


Be an illustrator

  • Thursday 27 July 2017
  • 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £8

Suitable for ages 8+


How to…draw, level 1

  • Friday 28 July 2017
  • 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £8

Suitable for ages 7+


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.

Further details

Cabinet 15 June 2017

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Cabinet meeting on 15 June 2017 discussed local plan, homelessness and shopping park.

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Shopping Park 

Next (including a Costa Coffee), TK Max, Aldi, Hobbycraft, Pets at Home and Smyths Toys have been confirmed among the tenants of the new Epping Forest Shopping Park. Councillor Anne Grigg made the announcement at the meeting of Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet on 15 June. Construction of the retail units is nearing completion with the supporting highway improvements due to finish in August. The Council expects handover on 19 June with the start of shop fitting starting a week later. The park will also set high green transport standards in Essex with 10 electric charging points.

Local Plan Implementation

Proposed masterplans covering areas in Epping, Waltham Abbey, Loughton, North Weald, Ongar, Chigwell and sites around Harlow will be produced as Epping Forest District Council works towards the implementation of the new Local Plan. The need for strategic masterplans to ensure development and infrastructure requirements across groups of sites in the same area was outlined in a report presented by Planning Portfolio Holder John Philip.


Councillor Philip explained that it was necessary to show the government-appointed inspector that the Council is taking steps to ensure that growth can be delivered in a coordinated way with necessary infrastructure provided. He emphasised that this does not mean any sites will definitely be in or out of the final Local Plan or that planning approvals have been decided or approved. No definitive decisions have as yet been taken on which sites will be included in the final draft of the Local Plan.

Councillors should be involved early without being predisposed to deciding planning applications. None of the work proposed in the report committed councillors to approving individual sites or applications.


Cabinet approved proposals to allocate the Homelessness Support Grant. Councillors supported the recommendations by Housing Portfolio Holder Syd Stavrou to allocate £60,000 to Genesis Housing Association to provide private sector accommodation, and £29,000 to the young parents scheme at Railway Meadow in Ongar. Further allocations will be made as additional reports come to Cabinet. 

Superfast Broadband 

Reports on the extension of superfast broadband and free wifi in town centres put forward by Technology Portfolio Holder Alan Lion were supported by Cabinet colleagues.

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 2017.

Inclusion project

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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.

Own a pony

Enjoy a session of riding and all the fun that comes with owning a pony!


  • Thursday 27 July 2017
  • Wednesday 9 August 2017
  • Monday 21 August 2017


  • 10am – 12pm


  • High Beech Riding School, Pynest Green lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3QL


  • £25

(Suitable for all ages)

Lost and found dance session

Tell a story through dance, drama and crafts and join us for a journey to the South Pole to get a penguin home.


  • Tuesday 25 July


  • 1:30pm – 3pm


  • Limes Farm, Chigwell, IG7 5LP


  • £6

(Suitable for all ages)

Suntrap summer fun days

Experience fun in the forest with Suntrap! Activities include pond dipping, forest crafts, camp fires and much more.


  • Wednesday 26 July 2017
  • Wednesday 2 August 2017
  • Friday 11 August 2017
  • Wednesday 16 August 2017


  • 10am – 3:30pm


  • Suntrap forest education centre, Church Road, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AJ


  • £15 per child (£7.50 per additional sibling)

(Suitable for all ages)

Bounce and swim

An energetic 2 hour session starts with 1 hour of trampolining, before hitting the pool to cool down!


  • Friday 28 July 2017
  • Monday 7 August 2017
  • Friday 18 August 2017


  • 1:30pm – 3:30pm


  • Ongar Leisure Centre, The Gables, Ongar, CM5 0GA


  • £7

(Suitable for all ages)

Canalability day trip

Join us as we take the ‘Stort Daybreak’ out on the water for a day trip!



  • 11am – 3pm


  • Lock View, Burnt Mill lane, Harlow, CM20 2QS


  • £15

(Suitable for all ages)

Multi sports camp

Join our sports camp for a day of sport such as, short tennis, football, tag rugby, athletics, football…and many more!


  • Tuesday 1 August 2017 (Epping)
  • Tuesday 22 August 2017 (Loughton)


  • 10am – 3pm


  • Epping Upper Clapton RFC, Upland Road, Thornwood, Epping, CM16 6NL
  • Loughton Cricket Club, The Upands, High Road, Loughton, IG10 1NQ


  • £15

(Suitable for all ages)

Alan in wonderland and the 3 goats plus

Discover if Alice can escape the mad hatters tea party with the help of her brother, Alan.


  • Thursday 10 August 2017


  • 11:30am – 12:30pm


  • Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD


  • £6

(Suitable for all ages)

Cycle rides with TrailNet

Balance and co-ordination are no problem with a morning off cycling using a range of adapted trikes and bikes!


  • Monday 14 August 2017
  • Thursday 17 August 2017


  • 10am – 12pm


  • Davenant Foundation School, Chester Road, Loughton, IG10 2LD


  • £8

(Suitable for all ages)

Camping at Lambourne End

This is a two night camping adventure, with various activities on offer throughout the days and evenings.


  • 10am Wednesday 23 August 2017 to 2pm Friday 25 August (1 night/2 night options)


  • Lambourne End Centre, Manor Road, Lambourne End, RM14 1NB


  • £85 (2 nights)
  • £52 (1 night)

(Suitable for 10+ years old)

Day at the farm

Come and explore Lea Valley Farm, meet the animals, have a fun tractor ride and tour around the dairy!


  • Tuesday 29 August 2017


  • 10:00am – 2:30pm


  • Lea Valley Park Farm, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EF


  • £8

(Suitable for all ages)

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Letterpress workshop at the Museum

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Join us at Epping Forest District Museum on Saturday 24 June 2017 for an exciting, hands-on letter printing workshop and create and take home your own print!

Printing workshop 2017

Create your own print!

To celebrate the opening of our new ”Paths Unseen” exhibition join us for this special workshop where you can create your own print!

With the help of local letterpress Paekakariki Press you’ll learn the process of setting the type, inking up and using the press, finishing up by printing your own design to take home.


  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 24 June 2017
  • Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Free entry

Paths Unseen exhibition

Paths Unseen is an Arts Council England funded project. Artists have been working with local groups and college students to create poems and illustrations, using stories from the Epping Forest district as inspiration.

All the work will be displayed at Epping Forest District Museum in the next temporary exhibition, opening Saturday 24 June 2017 to Saturday 30 September 2017.

Further information

Explore stories of the district at the museum

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If you are interested in poetry and illustrations inspired by the district, Epping Forest District Museum’s ”Paths Unseen” exhibition is a must see this summer!

Paths Unseen - exploring the stories of the Epping Forest district

Local involvement

Performance poet, Keely Mills and illustrator Jef Winter have worked with students from Roding Valley High School and Epping Forest College and writers groups Forest Creative Writers and West Essex Writers over the course of the last year, to produce work for this exhibition.


  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 24 June 2017 – Saturday 30 September 2017
  • Time: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Free entry

Paths Unseen project

Paths Unseen shows how poetry can be a shared social activity. Performance poet Keely Mills engaged with many individuals and groups in the local community. She enabled them to write or tell their own stories, and share their work in their own voices.

Local folklore and history

Inspiration has also been drawn from local folklore, encouraging museum audiences to consider art as a medium for rediscovering local history. Paths Unseen project has been funded by Arts Council England.

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An exciting summer for the kids!

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If you are looking for different ways to keep the kids entertained this summer, look no further! We have an 8 week schedule of fun activities for children of all ages and abilities!

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All ages, abilities and interests

We have a wide range of activities for children of all ages, abilities and interests, available from July to September 2017!

We are also offering our increasingly popular Disability Inclusion Project activities for children and young people with SEND. Please check the brochure for full details.

Don’t miss out

All you need to do is make sure you book in advance. It’s as easy as that!

Sport, art, adventure and many more

Whatever your children’s interests, we have something to suit!

Sport, art, adventure, play, music, gardening, textiles and many more!

Book now!

Most activities need to be booked and paid for in advance, unless otherwise indicated.

Essex Police Bank Holiday advice

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Residents and visitors to the county are advised they may see armed officers patrolling in places they may not usually.

Bank Holiday weekend

This Bank Holiday weekend is set to be hot and sunny and thousands of people will be out enjoying our countryside and coast.

Armed and specialist police

The move to have armed and specialist police officers patrolling ports, airports, railway stations as well as in places where people gather in crowds like seaside towns is as a response to the national threat level being raised to critical.

”Enjoy yourself, don’t change plans”

Chief Superintendent Ewen Wilson said: “My message to people this Bank Holiday is please enjoy yourselves this weekend and don’t change your plans.

Don’t be alarmed

“You may well see armed police officers and other specialist units this weekend. Please don’t be alarmed if you see them. It doesn’t mean they’re responding to a specific threat and there is no intelligence on any threat with an Essex link.

Say hello!

“Police officers with guns can look unusual, but please come and talk to us. Say hello, introduce yourself. We are asking officers to work long hours keeping Essex safe and a hello and a smile will top up our energy levels.”

Extra security checks

Anyone travelling or attending an event this weekend may need to allow some more time if there are extra security checks at those events.

Further information

Essex Police respond to critical UK threat level

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Message from Essex Police

Armed Essex Police officers will patrol major infrastructure sites across Essex and the county will see more local policing patrols as the force responds to the change in the national terrorist threat level.

The UK threat level from international terrorism is now ‘critical’ meaning an attack is expected imminently. This is a national threat level and is based on intelligence that is considered credible and specific.

There is no specific intelligence or evidence which relates to Essex.

Essex Police update

Increased police presence

Deputy Chief Constable BJ Harrington said: “From today and until further notice people in Essex will see an increased police presence in the county and that includes armed police officers. We are doing this to protect and reassure the public and we plan and train in great detail to respond to situations like this.”

“The national operation that has been put in place following the terrorist attack in Manchester will include military patrols supporting police operations in key national infrastructure locations. These plans are well-established and if you see any military personnel it does not mean that there is a specific threat near you.”

Communities defeat terrorism

“Communities defeat terrorism, which is why we must maintain the strong relationship between the public and police. We depend on information from the public, who can be our eyes and ears, in our efforts to keep us all safe.”

Please report anything suspicious to the confidential anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321 or in an emergency dial 999.

“In Essex today police officers will stay on duty for longer than usual to keep the county safe. We plan and prepare for such a response but I am extremely grateful to officers for the high quality and extremely swift response to the national security situation.”

Follow Essex Police

Essex Police are asking members of the public to follow the force’s Twitter account @essexpoliceUKcheck Facebook at www.facebook.com/essexpoliceUK and follow local media websites and news broadcasts for further information. Information will also be published on the Essex Police website.

Improved Nazeing Triangle nature reserve

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The Nazeing Triangle Nature Reserve has a brand new and accessible jetty, thanks to the hard work of Countrycare, their loyal volunteers and the Tesco, Bags of Help project.

New jetty at Nazeing Triangle LNR

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Habitat and access improvements

Countrycare received £8,000 in funding to help improve Nazeing triangle nature reserve’s habitat for local wildlife and provide better access for visitors.

The money was raised by the Tesco 5p carrier bag charge, which is to be used for grants to improve local parks, hold community events, support sports groups and more, in association with Groundwork – the community charity with a green heart.

Water boatmen, beetles and dragonflies

The project’s second stage was finished on Thursday 4 May 2017, following the installation of 23 pre-planted coir mats.

The mats were planted with purple loosestrife, yellow flag iris and lesser pond sedge, these will help improve the habitat around the pond edge, making it a more desirable habitat for invertebrates such as water boatmen, diving beetles and dragonflies.

Improved access

A short path leading to the jetty and a handrail alongside the boardwalk have both been installed to make the Nazeing Triangle nature reserve more accessible for everyone to enjoy.

New information panel

The final stage of the project will be the installation of a new information panel, it is hoped this will happen in the summer months.

Encouraging wildflowers

Countrycare have also given the meadow it’s yearly cut, this will help encourage wildflowers to grow and prevent coarser grasses taking over.

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