Help shape our museums future work

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If you passionate about making your local museum for everyone and would you like to help make the museum’s programme and collection more representative of all local residents, why not join our focus groups.

‘No Borders’ project

As part of the ground-breaking ‘No Borders’ project we are looking for local residents to take part in 2 new focus groups this summer. We want to involve the local community in ensuring the work of the museum is accessible and relevant to all local people.

Epping Forest District Museum is working with Lowewood Museum in Hertfordshire and Chelmsford Museum in Essex  for this project. It is supported by funding from Arts Council England.

This project aims to support the 3 museums to develop sustainable, inspiring services for the future. Attracting new and more diverse audiences and increasing accessibility for all is an important part of this work.

Museum access focus group

This focus group will look at issues surrounding access to the museum’s services, including physical, sensory and intellectual access. If you live in the Epping Forest district and have a disability or represent / work with residents with additional needs, and would like to help us improve access for all, please get in touch.

Museum access focus group

Museum focus group

The second focus group will look at bringing together Epping Forest district residents who define themselves as being of black, Asian or minority ethnic background. This focus group will help the museum ensure future exhibitions, events and the objects collected reflect the diversity of local residents.

Museum focus group

About the focus groups

There will be 2 focus groups. Each will last approximately 2 hours. Before meeting you will be sent the current museum events programme and pre-visit information to look through. All participants will receive a £15 ‘Love2Shop’ voucher to say thank you for your time.

  • Please register your interest by Friday 26 May 2017. The dates for the focus group to be confirmed
  • The groups will meet at Epping Forest District Museum, 39–41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL

Register your interest

When you contact the museum, please let us know which focus group you would like to attend, your preferred contact method and availability.

Paths Unseen Sharing: Stories from the district

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Visit Epping Forest District Museum for a poetry reading with a twist – featuring poems and stories about the Epping Forest district.

Paths Unseen stories event

Event

For one day only the museum’s community room will be transformed into woodland, the perfect setting for sharing poems and stories based on around the forest. You will also have the chance to see some new exhibition work before anyone else.

Local authors and writers will be reciting their work in short performances, compered by performance poet Keely Mills. Keely will also perform some of her own poems, written for the new exhibition Paths Unseen, which opens at the museum on Saturday 24 June 2017.

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39–41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 6 May 2017
  • Time: 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm
  • Price: Free

If you’re a budding poet and want to get involved, or if you’re interested in local stories, book your place now.

Book your place now

Visit http://www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/out-and-about/our-activities/bookings or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm).

Paths Unseen

Paths Unseen is an Arts Council England funded project. 2 commissioned 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 to Saturday 30 September. There will also be a number for workshops, drop in sessions for adults and children and performances as part of the Paths Unseen festival.

Learn all about hedgehogs with Countrycare!

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Bring your children to a fun filled day with Countrycare, learning all about one of Britain’s most recognisable garden creatures, the hedgehog!

Hedgehog day

Explore a hedgehogs life

Join us to enjoy some hedgehog inspired games, learn how to make your garden more hedgehog friendly and what sorts of food will encourage them to pay you a visit.

Suitable for ages 4 – 11

Booking for this event is essential, so please book to avoid disappointment.

Further information

Stay forever active

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If you want to get active, socialise and make new friends, join our Forever Active programme and discover a new you!

Forever Active 2017-18

The Forever Active programme welcomes everyone, with no restrictions on age, ability level or fitness.

The programme combines a variety of organised sport, day trips and other events to get you active and meeting new people.

Download a Forever Active brochure (PDF 4.99MB)

Forever fit

The NHS recommend taking part in aerobic and muscle strengthening activities to maintain and improve your health.

You can reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls by improving your balance and co-ordination through exercise, whilst improving the health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

Activities we have on offer are

  • Cycling
  • Badminton
  • Walking football & netball
  • Keep fit
  • Bowls
  • Dance
  • Circuits
  • Walking with Lifewalks
  • Yoga
  • Running – couch to 5k
  • Table tennis
  • Pilates

Forever sociable

Social interaction is really important for your mental wellbeing too, so we have planned some exciting day trips to popular attractions giving you the perfect opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.

  • Bletchley Park, 24 May 2017, £28 per person
  • Chiltern Curios and a Royal Regatta Cruise along the river Thames, 30 June 2017, £41 per person
  • Margate and the Turner Contemporary gallery, 15 September 2017, £13 per person
  • Rockingham Castle, a Victorian Christmas with guided tour, 29 November 2017, £46.50 per person – includes a 2 course lunch & refreshments

Forever cultured

The Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey offers a wide range of activities throughout the year, as well as offering the opportunity to explore a rich local history through each of the museum’s collections.

  • Community space used by local groups
  • Six exhibition galleries
  • Talks, tours and behind the scenes visits
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Gift shop

Sports and day trips contact

Museum Contact

May half term activities

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We have all sorts of fun activities for the kids this May half term holiday, from arts and crafts to sports and play! Book now to avoid disappointment!

May half term activities

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Epping forest multi sports days

Come and join our experienced coaches for a day of exciting activities. We have a sport for everyone, from tennis to American football, with some games and competitions thrown in for good measure!

Suitable for ages 5 – 14

Date 1: Tuesday 30 May 2017

Where: Loughton Cricket Club, The Uplands, Loughton, IG10 1NQ

Cost: £16

Time: 9:15am – 15:30pm

 

Date 2: Thursday 1 June 2017

Where: Epping Upper Clapton RFC, Thornwood, Epping, CM16 6NL

Cost: £16

Time: 9:15am – 15:30pm

 

Play in the forest

Play in the forest is all about playing games and having fun. Come and join us bug hunting, shelter building and get creative with some woodland arts and crafts.

There is no need to book for this activity, so drop by at any time between 10am – 12pm.

Suitable for all ages

Date: Friday 2 June 2017

Time: 10am – 12pm

Where: High Beach, opposite the visitors centre, Loughton, IG10 4AE

Cost: £3

 

Street basketball

Streetball is a quick, less formal version of basketball, which is aimed at showing off your skills.

Suitable for ages 7 – 14

Date: Friday 2 June 2017

Time: 2pm – 4pm

Where: Basketball courts, Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS

Cost: £3

 

Go wild team, up-cycling workshop

Come along to our eco-friendly holiday activity and discover ingenious ways to reuse plastic bottles. Discover how to make a pencil case and plant pot!

Suitable for ages 6 – 11

Date: Wednesday 31 May 2017

Time: 10am – 12pm

Where: Communities training room, Epping forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU

Cost: £4.50

 

Further information

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Booking line: 01992 564226

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Countrycare wins an award

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On Monday 20 March 2017, Epping Forest Countrycare was presented with the North Weald Parish Council group award at the council’s annual parish assembly, in recognition for their work at Weald Common and Thornwood Common.

Countrycare

Work over many years

The award, presented by Cyril Hawkins chairman of the Parish Council, was in acknowledgement of the work Countrycare have carried out for the council over many years.

Nature reserves to enjoy

Countrycare are responsible for keeping our local nature areas accessible for local residents to enjoy, with work being carried out on public footpaths and maintaining the growth of wildflowers.

Some of the maintenance work they have done at the two nature reserves includes;

  • Hedge laying
  • Grass cutting/raking
  • Installing and repairing footbridges and steps
  • Encouraging the growth of wildflowers
  • Construction and maintenance of fences, gates, benches, compost bins, footpaths and ponds

Visit our beautiful reserves

Countrycare maintain 9 nature reserves across the district. You can visit and enjoy these at any time of the year!

Weald common North Weald

Thornwood common North Weald

Chigwell Row wood Chigwell

Church Lane flood meadow North Weald

Home mead Loughton

Linder’s field Buckhurst Hill

Nazeing triangle Nazeing

Roding Valley meadows Chigwell, Buckhurst Hill and Loughton

Roughtalley’s wood North Weald

Need help getting active?

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If you want to increase your activity and fitness, meet new friends and stay motivated, our new Active Living programme is for you! Sign up to receive one to one motivational support for a whole year and up to 6 months of free activities.

Active living cyclingHelp at every step

We know that getting active can be difficult, so we are here to help you every step of the way!

Personal action plan

Our team of professional and friendly staff will help you set a personal plan of action, which will make it simple for you to find ways to fit physical activity into your daily life.

Support and advice

We will support you with free advice and assistance whenever you need it, to help you stick to your plan and achieve your goals with activities such as walking, cycling and Pilates.

Get active

  • Contact the Active Living team on 01992 564567 or speak to your GP about a referral
  • Book an appointment to discuss support, a personal action plan & find a local Active Living group
  • Visit your local Active Living group, meet new friends, get lifestyle & nutrition advice
  • Meet your champion who will support you with your new activities & introduce you to others
  • Get support from your specialist who will look at your progress & plan for the coming months
  • Free activities for 3 months after 12 weeks of attending group

Contact

If you are interested in becoming more active and you

  • Do less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week
  • Are aged over 16
  • Live in the Epping Forest district

Contact our friendly team to book an appointment.

Call 01992 564561

Email csreception@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Cabinet 6 April 2017

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Cabinet meeting on 6 April 2017 discussed new council house build, highway funding, tourism, shopping and Waltham Abbey Police Station.

New council house building reaffirmed at Cabinet

Councillors reaffirmed their commitment to build more new council houses at the meeting of Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet on 6 April. Approving the recommendations of the Finance and Performance Management Cabinet Committee, Councillors agreed to proceed with Phases 3 to 6 of the house building programme.

Highway match-funding

Epping Forest District Council will match-fund local Essex County Council highway schemes. Cabinet approved capital funding of £50,000 to secure additional funding for highways schemes approved through the Epping Forest Local Highway Panel.

Investing in tourism

Cabinet also approved a number of recommendations of the Asset Management and Economic Development Cabinet Committee. These included the provision of way-markers from Waltham Abbey town centre for the Royal Gunpowder Mills and the Lea Valley White Water Centre as the Council encourages tourism within the local economy.

Shopping park and retail units

Councillors received updates on the construction before discussing commercial contracts for the new Epping Forest Shopping Park in private. The new park is due to open next summer. Commercial details remain confidential as the Council finalises the anchor tenants. However, negotiations are proceeding well. Income from the shopping park of between £2.2m and £2.7m is expected to make a considerable contribution to the funding of Epping Forest District Council services in coming years.

Councillors also noted progress on new ground-floor shop units at the former Winston Churchill site in Loughton and the purchase of the former school site in St John’s Road Epping from Essex County Council.

Sun Street police station

In private session Councillors also discussed the former Sun Street police station in Waltham Abbey. Essex Police Estates has indicated bids for the vacant building situated next to the District Council-owned museum should be lodged with their agent by 12 April.

 

New leisure centre contract goes live

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A new, 20 year leisure contract between Epping Forest District Council and Places for People Leisure Management Ltd was signed and agreed on Wednesday 29 March 2017.

The new contract will see exciting improvements to the delivery of leisure services within the district, with plans to invest £9.5m in a state of the art leisure centre in Waltham Abbey and extensive refurbishment of other council owned leisure centres.

Leisure contract sealing day 29-03-17

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Existing contracts switched

Responsibility for existing staff and memberships were transferred to the new provider on Saturday 1 April 2017, when the contract officially began.

Award winning service

Chief Executive of Epping Forest District Council, Glen Chipp said: ”Places for People are an award winning management service with an impressive leisure portfolio and plenty of experience. They are currently working with 36 other councils across England and manage a total of 121 leisure centres. We are confident that this partnership will be of great benefit to our local residents, allowing them to enjoy an exciting, enhanced and improved leisure service in local areas, for many years to come.”

Centre plans

Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool

Plans to relocate a brand new, purpose built leisure centre to Hill House Road, Waltham Abbey.

The new facility will offer;

  • A 25m, 6 lane swimming pool and 15m learner pool
  • An 80 station fitness suite
  • Multifunctional training equipment, octane trainers and watt bikes
  • Dance, fitness and group cycling studios
  • Les Mills virtual cycling
  • A community space
  • A café
  • A green roof to compliment the surrounding area

Epping Sports Centre

Plans to internally remodel the centre, including;

  • Improvements and an extension to the gym area
  • Bar/kitchen re-configuration, to incorporate a crèche and spin studio

Ongar Leisure Centre

Plans to refurbish the facilities, including;

  • Gym equipment upgrade
  • Swimming pool plant upgrade

Loughton Leisure Centre

Plans to renovate the leisure centre and build a two storey extension, which will include;

  • New gym
  • Extra fitness studio space

Completion in 2018

Works at Epping, Ongar and Loughton Leisure Centres will begin in Summer 2017, with plans for completion by Summer 2018.

The existing Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool will remain open until the new project’s planned finish in November 2018. Further details about refurbishments will be displayed online and in our leisure centre reception areas, to keep customers informed as work progresses.

Working in Partnership

Sandra Dodd, Chief Executive at Places for People Leisure said: ”We are excited to work in partnership with Epping Forest District Council to enhance the leisure provision across the district and ensure that we offer an inclusive and innovative leisure provision that encourages participation by all members of the community in line with our mission to create active places and healthy people.”

”We hope that local residents will be as excited as we are in the improvements that are planned to their existing centres as well as the plans for a brand-new state of the art leisure facility.”

New contact details

Fire engine visits school in Waltham Abbey

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Three classes of excited children and Sid, the school dog from Waltham Holy Cross Infant School, spent the morning of Thursday 23 March 2017 learning about fire safety and exploring North Weald Airfield’s new fire engine and ambulance, with some of the airfield’s operations team.

Watch the video

Day in pictures

Fire safety is important

Darren Goodey, North Weald Airfield Operations Manager said: ”We had a great time at Waltham Holy Cross School and felt really welcomed by the staff and children. It was a really great to engage with so many young people about fire safety, which is so important. The children really relished the opportunity to hear about what the fire engine and the ambulance are used for. The children gave us two lovely paintings, which are now pride of place in our office at North Weald Airfield.”

Former pupils

He continued: ”Myself and a colleague were students at this school many years ago and it was amazing to have the chance to go back and see how much it has changed.”