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 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.

More information

Doing the Lambourne Walk?

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Love walking? Why not join Countrycare for a 4.5 mile guided walk around the beautiful ancient woodlands of the Lambourne estate on 3 June 2017.

Lambourne Walk

  • Date: Saturday 3 June 2017
  • Time: 10am-1pm
  • Where: Meet in the car park of St Mary & All Saints Church, Church Lane, Lambourne, RM4 1AH
  • Cost: £3 per person
  • Book: 01992 564 224 or email

Further information

Disruption to phones affects council

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Updated information 11:30am

The telephone system issue has now been resolved and you will now be able to get through.

Thank you for your patience whilst we dealt with this issue.

Original message 10:30am

Cable damage affecting 36 exchanges across London and Essex has cut off most of Epping Forest District Council’s phones. Problems emerged yesterday but have increased this morning on 17 May 2017.

The problems are wide-spread but mainly affecting business customers. Private phones are largely unaffected.

Phone disruption

Virgin Media and Talk Talk

Virgin Media and Talk Talk are issuing frequent information updates.

More information can be found at

Contact us

Customers calling Epping Forest District Council for non-emergency issues are being put through to voicemail and asked to leave a message.

Alternatively, customers can email

We apologise for the inconvenience

A spokesperson for Epping Forest District Council apologised for the inconvenience. He said: “The problems started yesterday but seem to have become worse overnight. Many organisations right across North London and Essex are affected.”

We apologise for the inconvenience but hope our customers will understand and bear with us while these issues for Virgin Media and Talk Talk outside our control are resolved.”

The spokesperson added: “Emergency calls are being redirected to our partner Mears and still being answered.”

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


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 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


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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