Alternate Weekly Collection Resumes

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Epping Forest District Council is reminding residents that residual waste (that which cannot be recycled) will be collected every other week as from the week commencing Monday 6 October 2008 on the alternate week to the recycling collection, which will continue as before. Throughout the summer months residual waste has been collected every week. However, it will now revert to alternate weekly collections until May next year. Details of collection dates can be found in the most recent edition of the Council`s waste and recycling collection calendar.

Collection of wheelie bin residual waste

Portfolio Holder for Environmental Protection Councillor Mary Sartin said: The Council responded positively to feedback from residents who wanted a weekly collection when the weather is at its warmest because of problems associated with flies, smells and maggots. However, during the cooler months the majority of residents felt they could cope with a collection every other week.

Councillor Sartin went on to say: I really appreciate the efforts of our residents and I would encourage all of them to continue with and improve upon their excellent record of recycling almost 42% of their household rubbish. In particular I would urge them to make full use of the kerbside recycling facilities the Council provides.

Councillor Sartin concluded: I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all residents to complete our public consultation on the waste and recycling service which can be found on the homepage of the Council’s website (click on the ‘« back’ button below to return to the homepage) or in the centre of the current edition of The Forester. We really need everyone`s views in order to improve and develop the service. Working together we can recycle more and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and help protect our environment.

Buckhurst Hill Green Festival

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Buckhurst Hill`s annual green festival is returning for it`s third year on Saturday 27 September 2008. Organised by the Buckhurst Hill town centre partnership and Epping Forest District Council, the festival is taking place in the upper car park on Queen`s Road and along the rest of Queen`s Road between 11am and 4pm.

This green family fun day is organised each year to bring the Buckhurst Hill community together and show people how they can live healthier and more environmentally friendly lifestyles. Demonstrations, stalls and activities will be running throughout the day to show how saving energy can also save you money.

The Essex Energy Efficiency Advice Centre (EEAC) will be their demonstrating micro renewable solar hot water panels, etc and giving away free low energy light bulbs. The Leisure Gardens Association will be on hand providing advice on organic gardening, and Waitrose supermarket will provide tasty organic snacks for everyone to sample. West Essex PCT will be available to give advice on healthy living and the Council`s recycling advice trailer will be there to provide information on the waste and recycling service provided by the Council. A Honda hybrid car will be on display.

A highlight of the day will be a theatre play, about walking to school, called `What if it rains?` for children up to 12 years of age. A treasure hunt has been organised along Queen`s Road where they will be able to win prizes. A bouncy castle and face painters will also be there to make the day as much fun as possible. Some local shops will be running special promotions for the day to showcase the best of Buckhurst Hill.

Citizens of the Year Nominations Sought

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The search is on to find the Epping Forest District Council Citizens of the Year 2009.

Do you know someone who has shown outstanding courage, or has done something of great benefit to you or your community? Perhaps someone who has shown extraordinary commitment, energy and effort in their particular field or towards achieving a particular goal?

If that person is a resident of the District, why not show your appreciation and nominate them for Epping Forest District Council`s accolade, a Citizen of the Year Award? The Citizens of the Year 2009 will receive their award at the Annual Civic Reception in March 2009.

If you know someone who fits the bill and deserves to be recognised, fill in a nomination form and make sure it reaches the Civic Offices by Friday 28 November 2008.


Annual Canvass of Electors 2008 Reminder

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Epping Forest District Council will be sending out annual canvass of electors form reminders to all properties that did not respond to the original form. The forms will be in an envelope addressed to The Present Occupier which is also clearly marked `Register of Electors form`.

Registration Officer Ian Willett is urging everyone to fill in and return the form as soon as possible. He said: If you do not return your form and your name is not on the register, you will not be able to vote.

Mr Willett continued: You need to register to vote every year so please fill in and return the form as soon as possible in the envelope provided. It is compulsory to register but whether you vote on polling day is up to you. Completed forms must be returned to the Electoral Services Office at the Council by 16 October 2008.

The Register is published on 1 December 2008 and those eligible to vote should check that the entry for their property is correct. The Electoral Register may be viewed at the Civic Offices, Epping; Waltham Abbey Town Hall; or at the Council`s Information desk inside Loughton Library.

Mr Willett concluded: If you have not received a form or you think you have mislaid it, please contact 01992 564411 for more information.

Why complete the form?

Completion of these forms is a legal requirement and failure to do so may result in prosecution with a maximum fine of £1,000.

It is extremely important that forms are returned. Not only is it essential for the right to vote but also because credit-referencing agencies use the register as proof of residency, so anyone who is not listed may be affected if applying for credit. In this country, the law states that everyone who is eligible to vote must be registered. Anyone who has not registered will automatically forfeit the opportunity to vote on election day.

Even if you are registered for Council Tax, this does not automatically mean your name is on the register.

North Weald 90 Year Commemorative Window

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North Weald 90 Year Commemorative Window

On Sunday 14 September 2008, the beginning of Battle of Britain Week, stained glass window was unveiled at North Weald Airfield Museum, commissioned to commemorate the airfield’s 90 year Anniversary, which occurred in 2006.

The project has been supported by voluntary contributions from the RAF, RAFA, several RAF Squadron associations, the Spitfire Association, Essex County Council, Epping Forest District Council, North Weald Saturday Market and many museum association members and private individuals. All those who contributed have a deep feeling for the airfield and an appreciation of what the men and women who served there throughout two world wars did for the safety of this country.

The total raised was in excess of £12,000 and the unveiling was done by the Museum Association’s President, Lord Norman Tebbit, who himself flew from North Weald with the RAF in the 1950’s.

Military flying commenced at North Weald in August 1916 when the Royal Flying Corps began operations during World War 1. From then until 1958 when the airfield was stood down as an RAF station, it was in the forefront of the defence of London and it`s community. Since then commercial flying, the restoration of historic aircraft, leisure flying and gliding, plus a host of other recreational uses have kept this historic site an active and vibrant airfield.

North Weald Commemorative Window detail of airmenNorth Weald Commemorative Window detail of aircraft

In 2006 an appeal was launched to raise funds to pay for the design and construction of a stained glass window to be mounted in the museum to commemorate the 90 Year anniversary of the airfield. Sufficient money has been donated for the work to be commissioned and the completed window is shortly to be installed in the museum entrance lobby.

The sum raised is still slightly short of the £12,000 required to complete the project so any further donations would be gratefully received.

    Cheques should be made payable to the 90 Year Commemorative Fund and sent to:

  • The 90 Year Commemorative Fund
    c/o Ad Astra House
    Hurricane Way
    North Weald
    Essex CM16 6AA


Tell Us A Story

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Storytelling in the Epping Forest District Museum garden

Epping Forest District Museum is hosting `Tell Us A Story` on Saturday 27 September 2008 and Sunday 28 September 2008. Councillor John Knapman Chairman of the Council will be attending this free event on Saturday 27 September at 11am.

You will have the chance to interact with objects, dress up and role-play your own stories from history. Artist and storyteller Julian Walker will be at the Museum to assist people in creating their own stories from objects. He explained: There will be different activities on offer for families and older independent visitors. Families will be able to use historical costume and objects from the period to role-play a scene from history. For example in the Victorian gallery, as well as attempting to get into a corset and crinoline, they will be given a Victorian budget and have to choose whether to spend it on household items from the hardware shop, or fun items from the toy shop.

For older independent visitors there will be a choice of activities such as trying to copy medieval handwriting from a page of the Waltham Abbey Bible. Those less confident about role play will be able to curate their own case to tell a story, choosing from a wide selection of objects.

`Tell Us A Story` coincides with the launch of the Cultural Olympiad and has been funded by the Museums Libraries and Archives Council`s `Setting the Pace: Festival of Storytelling ` Grant Scheme. Isobel Siddons MLA Programme Manager for 2012 said: “We are thrilled to be among the first organisations to have projects awarded the Inspired by 2012 mark. We hope this will reward museums, libraries and archives for the commitment they have shown to the vision of the Cultural Olympiad and enable them to contribute to a lasting legacy for the people of our country.”

Visitors use historical costumes and objects from the period to role-play a scene

Epping Forest District Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Young People Councillor Heather Harding said: Tell Us A Story gives local residents the opportunity to learn about and reinterpret their culture, heritage and history.

    The event is free of charge and there is no need to book.

  • Saturday 27 September 2008 between 11am and 4pm
  • Sunday 28 September 2008 between 2pm and 4pm
  • Telephone the Museum on 01992 716882
  • Epping Forest District Museum website

Local Hero to Carry Flag in Beijing

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Local athletics hero Danny Crates has been given ‘the greatest honour an athlete can have’ after being chosen to carry the Paralympics Team GB flag at the Paralympic Games opening ceremony in Beijing tomorrow (Saturday 6 September 2008).

Danny Crates pictured with his Gold Medal at the Olympic  business breakfast in December 2007Danny, aged 35, from Maldon in Essex, is part of a 36-strong athletics team competing in Beijing. He will be defending his T46 (arm amputee) 800m title won in Athens four years ago.

Danny was recently welcomed as guest of honour at a Business Breakfast hosted by Epping Forest District Council. In an speech to local business people he encouraged them to reap the benefits of London 2012 with an inspirational account of his journey from crash survivor to Olympic champion. After the tragedy in which he lost his arm, he described how he rebuilt his life and was inspired to strive for Olympic glory. He returned to playing rugby and trained to become a scuba diving instructor. He had a surreal job swimming as a one-armed diver with sharks in a sea-life centre.

He described his disappointment in not winning the 400 meter Gold in Sydney where he came third. Where most people saw Bronze as a fantastic result, he used it as the driving force to achieve his real ambition and switched to 800 meters. He achieved not only the Gold Medal in Athens but then went on to become World Champion two years later.

Danny has been training hard for Beijing and hopes that London 2012 will not be too late for him but he understands the profound impact the Olympic and Paralympic Games has had on his life.

Councillor Mrs Heather Harding, Leisure and Young People Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council said: Anyone who has listened to Danny or seen him in action on the track will know what a great example he sets. It was marvellous to listen to him tell his story at the Business Breakfast. For an athlete, few honours can compare to being asked to carry the flag at the Paralympic Games. He is a fantastic choice and I know the whole country will be willing him on to further glory.”

Sheltered Housing Open Day

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Would you like to know more about the Council`s sheltered housing and other services for older people?

    If you have ever thought about sheltered accommodation, for yourself or someone else, then here is your chance to:

  • Have a good look at what`s on offer
  • Talk to residents and meet the Scheme Managers
  • Look at the facilities and pick up some information
  • Ask about our day clubs for older people
  • Get to know Epping Forest Careline
  • Find out how to apply for sheltered housing
  • Help us plan for the future by taking part in a survey

Frank Bretton HouseCareline control centre

    The open day will take place on Friday 12 September 2008 from 10am to 4pm at the following 7 sheltered schemes:

  1. Buckhurst Court, Albert Road, Buckhurst Hill IG9 6BD
  2. Frank Bretton House, Bansons Way, Ongar CM5 9EY
  3. Hyde Mead House, Hyde Mead, Nazeing EN9 2HT
  4. Jubilee Court, Ninefields, Waltham Abbey EN9 3JB
  5. Leonard Davis House, Kiln Road, North Weald CM16 6BS
  6. Chapel Road, Epping CM16 5EE
  7. Parsonage Court, Rectory Lane, Loughton IG10 2BB

You can also visit Jessop Court in Waltham Abbey. This is a `Very Sheltered` housing scheme, which we manage in partnership with Essex County Council Social Care. However, please make an appointment first with Denise Gurling on 01992 700827.

For further information on the open days, or for other sheltered housing enquiries, phone Denise Pegler Housing Manager (Older People`s Services) on 0208 508 8596.

Youth Bus Visits District

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Members of the Epping Forest Young People`s Action Group will be pulling together to run some additional `drop-in` activity sessions for young people over the summer evenings.

The partnership group, (YPAG), which looks at the key issues affecting young people in the district will be running activities and outreach services at the two, popular open sites of Stonards Hill, Epping and the Ninefields area in Waltham Abbey.

In addition to summer activity programmes organised by Epping Forest District Council and Essex County Youth Service, partnership working staff from both organisations will be joined by professionals from Tottenham Hotspur Football Foundation, Connexions, Drugsline and Voluntary Action Epping Forest to run a series of six sessions from 6.30pm to 9.30pm at the two sites.

Nick Robinson, Young Persons` Officer of Epping Forest District Council and a Young People`s Action Group partnership member explained the initiative: The Young People`s Action Group uses strategic resources to identify gaps in young peoples` provision and add additional value, where possible, to the services provided by the membership organisations. Last year, we recognised that Stonards Hill and Ninefields were very popular meeting places for young people, so as a partnership we decided we should organise some optional outreach services at these sites.


The Essex Youth Bus comes complete with games consoles, comfy seating, a television and drinks machine and an information and advice stand. During the school term time it visits rural sites in the Epping Forest District twice a week, along with a small team of youth workers. For these additional summer sessions, sports activities, competitions and prizes will all be running adjacent to the bus.


The planned ideas and activities taking place have been mostly suggested by the Epping Forest Youth Council. Youth Councillor Sam Foley of Waltham Abbey said: Some groups of young people who hang out at these parks will probably not be interested in taking part in anything. However, some people will appreciate them.

Youth Councillor Rosie Sheriff of Epping added: It is really good that advice organisations such as Drugsline and Connexions will be coming along to chat with young people who might need someone to talk to.

The Youth Bus Sessions will take place at the following times:

Epping, Stonards Hill Playing Fields:
  • Tuesday 12 August 2008 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Tuesday 19 August 2008 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Thursday 28 August 2008 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm


Waltham Abbey, Ninefields:
  • Wednesday 20 August 2008 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm
  • Friday 29 August 2008 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm

The sessions are open to any young person, aged 11 to 19 years old. Local young people are encouraged to come along during the first sessions and say what they would like to see happening in the future weeks.

Women`s Sports For Fun

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If you have ever wanted to try a sport but never had the confidence to join a Club, then the Women`s Sport for Fun course could be for you. A ten-week taster course, including different sports activities, will begin on 10 September at Waltham Abbey Sports Centre in the evenings.

    The programme is as follows:

  • Dance
    10 September 2008 at 8:15pm to 9:15pm
    17 September 2008 at 8:15pm to 9:15pm
  • Football
    24 September 2008 at 8pm to 9pm
    1 October 2008 at 8pm to 9pm
  • Self Defence
    8 October 2008 at 8:15pm to 9:15pm
    15 October 2008 at 8:15pm to 9:15pm
  • Netball
    22 October 2008 at 8pm to 9pm
    29 October 2008 at 8pm to 9pm
  • Tag Rugby
    5 November 2008 at 8pm to 9pm
    12 November 2008 at 8pm to 9pm

These sports sessions give women the opportunity to learn new skills in a fun and non-competitive environment and receive tuition from expert coaches. You can book on to individual sessions for £3 or the whole course for £24. For more information or a booking form, please contact Fabrizio Ferrari Assistant Sports Development Officer on 01992 564220.