Recycling art winner wows friends

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Mollie Dunn wowed classmates when she showed them her competition winning dustcart artwork …. on the side of a real dustcart!

The artwork says “when you put your litter in the bin it makes a prettier town to live in.”

Mollie Dunn

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The 6 year old from Coopersale Hall School was the winner of the infant school category in a competition to design posters on littering and flytipping.

Her artwork is being displayed on the side of council dustcarts which can be seen collecting residents recycling and waste all across the Epping Forest district.

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

Join Lifewalks this #NationalWalkingMonth

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Looking to get fit, get out in the fresh air or make new friends? Perhaps walking is the answer!

Find out by joining our Lifewalks group this #NationalWalkingMonth and even better, get your first walk for free!

Life walks 2017 to 2018

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May is #NationalWalkingMonth

May 2017 is national walking month, so there has never been a better time to get into your walking boots and join us!

Everyone can do it

Walking is fun, cheap and a form of exercise everyone can do.

Every week we offer a choice of five group walks, led by specially trained staff and volunteers.

Reduce the risk

Walking 3 times a week can reduce your risk of

  • Having a stroke by up to 60%
  • Developing heart disease by up to 50%
  • Developing diabetes by up to 50%
  • Developing arthritis by up to 20%

All of the walks are around the local countryside and mostly on firm paths. Walks range from 0.8 miles – 3 miles and are graded A to E – A being easier terrain than those graded E.

Pay per walk

  • Just turn up!
  • £2 per walk (please bring exact money)
  • The walk leader will collect your fee when you arrive

Privilege Card

  • £30 for 6 months
  • £58 for a year
  • Go on all of the walks
  • Pay online
  • Pay over the phone 01992 564226
  • Allow 5 days for your privilege card to arrive

Walk and get social

We have three exciting new routes this year and several new social events for your diaries, including

  • Dawn chorus walk Sunday 7 may 2017
  • Lifewalks and Countrycare in Chipping Ongar Friday 23 June 2017
  • Moth and bat night Friday 11 August 2017
  • Fungi walk Saturday 21 October 2017
  • Walk, talk, guided tour and lunch in Waltham Abbey Monday 2 October 2017
  • Take your pic walks various dates
  • Lifewalks Christmas lunch Monday 11 December 2017

Please see the brochure (PDF 3.68MB) for further details about these events

Further information

  • 01992 564222
  • kmurray@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Testimonials

  • ”I enjoy Lifewalks and believe they are keeping me alive and healthy” Sue
  • ”I do it to keep my type 2 diabetes at bay!” Joan
  • ”I find that walking improves my physical and mental wellbeing” Erica
  • ”Lifewalks are important to me for my health and fitness, but they’re also good fun! Nice places and nice people!” Helen
  • ”In the 40’s, 50’s we all walked to school, shops and stations…These days everything is against us getting very necessary exercise, Lifewalks are a very easy way of correcting this problem” David

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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Win tickets for Lee Valley Big 50

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To mark its 50th anniversary, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority is giving away hundreds of free tickets for the public to enjoy fun filled experiences at its venues and across the Park.

Lee Valley Big 50 Giveaway

Activities and events

Activities and events include

  • white water rafting at Lee Valley White Water Centre
  • tickets to Six Day London at Lee Valley VeloPark
  • family passes to Lee Valley Park Farms
  • horse riding at Lee Valley Riding Centre

Apply for tickets

Applicants can apply for tickets for as many attractions or activities as they like by registering and entering the ballot online. If successful, they will win tickets to one of their selected activities.

Closing date for ticket applications is 5pm on Monday 15 May 2017.

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

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.

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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.”