Planned website maintenance on 25 Feb

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Due to essential maintenance our website and online services, including reporting services, will be unavailable from 12pm to 11pm on Sunday 25 February 2018.

Essential website maintenance

If you experience any problems accessing our online services, please try again on Monday 26 February 2018.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this maintenance work might cause you.

Essex wide Livewell campaign launched

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Livewell, a countywide website to get Essex healthy has been launched.

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Working collaboratively to promote health

The Livewell campaign sees all local authorities, including Epping Forest District Council and health partners, work collaboratively to promote positive health and wellbeing by providing public health advice, activities and events tailored to the needs of local residents.

The Council’s local museum, arts, sports, social and Forest Countrycare events will be available on the site.

Check out how to Livewell

The website aims is to encourage Essex residents to be more active and to make healthier lifestyle choices for themselves and their families. It focuses on more effectively tackling county-wide issues affecting the 12 local authority areas together.

Take the #21 Challenge

To celebrate the website launch, residents are being encouraged to take part in a number of #21 challenges – a nod to the fact that it takes 21 days to break or create a new habit.

The first part of the campaign is #21situps21days, Residents can find out more information on:

Post-Christmas is a good time to think about improving lifestyle choices, lose weight and live a happier, healthier and longer life. The 21 day theme of the project, the number of days it is thought we need to break a bad habit or establish a new one also has the support of Public Health England. Anyone can try and it is fine to start with an easy goal. An occasional day off is also fine but the message is ‘don’t stop, just let that go and do as best you can towards the 21 days’.

Food for feet relaxation evening

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Join us for a treat for your feet at our ‘Food for feet relaxation evening’ for adults on Tuesday 30 January 2018.

Food for feet night

We all lead busy lives and do not have much time to maintain a healthy body. Start this year by following some simple steps that will leave you feeling amazing by joining us at our feet relaxation evening.

Walk away with lovely soft feet just by following our self treatment   instructions. Learn how natural home remedies can be used quickly and easily to give you fresh revitalised feet.

Event details

Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018

Time: 7.00pm -9.00pm

Venue: Community Services training room (next door to Epping Sports Centre), 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4LU

Cost: £10 per person

This is a workshop for those aged over 16. Booking is essential

Book your place

  • Call 01992 564226

Further information

February 2018 half term holiday activities

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Keep your children entertained with our great range of activities over the February 2018 half term school holidays.

February 2018 half term activities

Book your tickets now so they don’t miss out

“Our holiday activities are a fun and affordable way to keep your children busy and healthy during the school holidays.” said Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder.

“All our activities are run by friendly, fully qualified staff. Make sure you book your tickets now so they don’t miss out.”


How to paint … A Sense of Rural Life

  • Children’s workshop
  • Saturday 10 February 2018
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey EN9 1EL
  • Time 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Ages 7+
  • Cost £10
  • Booking essential – Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)
  • Adult’s workshop
  • Saturday 10 February 2018
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey EN9 1EL
  • Time 2pm to 4pm
  • Ages 16+
  • Cost £10
  • Booking essential – Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Fields, trees, hay bales and horse; the Rural Naturalists painted them all … now it’s your turn!

In this artist led workshop, you will be painting in the style of the Naturalists. You will study the work of the great naturalist painters such as John Constable and the Newlyn School, and be inspired by Epping Forest District Museum’s ‘Rural Life’ exhibition.

These workshops keep creative learning light-hearted and fun and are very hands on!

Adults are welcome to attend with their children in the morning session or attend without children in the afternoon.


Long Nose Puppets presents … Penguin

  • Monday 12 February 2018
  • North Weald Village Hall, 40 High Road, North Weald Bassett CM16 6BU
  • Time 11.30am and 2.30pm
  • Ages 2 to 8
  • Cost £8
  • Booking required – Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Penguin is a spectacular theatre experience for all ages, especially 2 to 8 year olds!

Long Nose Puppets return to the district with their fantastic show; full of colour, surprises and lively songs that will have everyone singing along! Penguin is based on the award-winning book by Polly Dunbar, which this year, celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Duration is 45 minutes plus 15 minutes ‘meet the puppets’.


Epping Forest Multi Sports Days

  • Tuesday 13 February 2018
  • Leverton Junior School, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 3BE
  • Time 9.15am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am to 9.15am, Collect 3.30pm to 4pm)
  • Ages 5 to 14
  • Cost £16
  • Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)
  • Thursday 15 February 2018
  • Epping Upper Clapton RFC, Thornwood, Epping CM16 6NL
  • Time 9.15am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am to 9.15am, Collect 3.30pm to 4pm)
  • Ages 5 to 14
  • Cost £16
  • Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Come and join our experienced coaches for a day of exciting activities.

We believe that there is a sport and activity for everyone. At our Multi Sports days, young people can expect to get to try a mixture of traditional and non traditional sports from Tennis to American Football with some wacky games and competitions thrown in for good measure.

Young people will need to dress appropriately for both indoor and outdoor sports, we would also advise a change of clothing in case of bad weather. Young people will also need a packed lunch, and plenty to drink (fruit juice or water please, no sports drinks). A healthy morning snack will be provided.


Go Wild Cake Decorating and Sugar Craft Workshop

  • Tuesday 13 February 2018
  • Communities Training Room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping CM16 4LU
  • Time 10am to 12pm
  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Cost £5.50
  • Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Valentine’s Day inspired cake decorating and sugar craft workshop for children under 16.

Come along to this workshop learn how to decorate cakes using piping techniques. You can take home all the cakes you decorate for yourself or to share with your family and friends this Valentines Day.

You will learn icing techniques and develop new skills when making the Valentine edible decorations from sugar paste. All materials, food and drinks will be provided.


Make a lucky horseshoe

  • Tuesday 13 February 2018
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey EN9 1EL
  • Time 12 noon to 3pm
  • All ages
  • Cost £1.50
  • Drop in, no need to book drop in

Fun family art and craft activities for you to make together and take home. No need to book, just drop in and allow approximately 20 minutes for the activity.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We regret we cannot accommodate large groups or holiday clubs during these sessions. Please contact us to arrange a group session.


Play in the Forest

  • Wednesday 14 February 2018
  • High Beach opposite the Visitors’ Centre, Loughton IG10 4AE
  • Time 10am to 12pm
  • All ages
  • Cost £3
  • Drop by at any time, there is no need to book

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest.

Join us for this Valentines themed activity where we will be making tissue paper flowers and bead necklaces. We will also have bug hunting, den building and a live story telling session. Why not bring along your favourite cuddly toy and dress it for the occasion! The best dressed toy will win a prize!

Please note: ‘Play in the Forest’ sessions are provided as play opportunities for children and not as child care. All children may come and go as they please. Staff are not obligated to prevent any children from leaving the sessions. Parents/Carers are free to stay and join in. Toilet facilities are located in the King’s Oak Car Park.


Tennis

  • Friday 16 February 2018
  • Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Tennis Courts, Roding Road, Loughton IG10 3BS
  • Time 10am to 11am
  • Ages 5 to 10
  • Cost £3
  • Booking essential – Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Epping Forest’s Tennis Activators sessions will give young people aged 5 to 10 years the chance to take part in fun engaging tennis activities & competitions.

Access a range of services over Christmas

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Our building may be closed from 5pm on Friday 22 December 2017 until 9am Tuesday 2 January 2018, but we are still providing a wide range of services by phone and online throughout the Christmas break.

Self serve online

Contact us

Non emergency

You can report missed bin collections, noise complaints, fly tipping, fraud, abandoned vehicles online

Emergency

If you need to report an emergency, please contact us on the below details.

  • Call 01992 564199 for housing related emergencies (loss of power, blockages, uncontainable leaks, if you are locked out of your home)
  • Call 01992 564000 for all other emergency enquiries

Your call will connect to the Mears support desk which will be manned 24/7 until the offices reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Social media

We will be able to assist you through the council’s social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook from 9am until 9pm every day throughout the Christmas period.

Pay for it

You are able to pay your council tax, rent, business rates and leasehold charges via the online payment portal and by phone 24/7.

  • Pay online
  • Pay by phone 01992 564600
  • The Debden Broadway cash office will close at 4:30pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and reopen 9am on Tuesday 2 January 2018
  • The payment kiosks in the civic offices, Epping will close at 4:40pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and reopen at 9am on Tuesday 2 January 2018
  • The payment kiosk in Waltham Abbey library is subject to Waltham Abbey library opening hours

Benefit payments revised dates

2 scheduled Benefit payments will be made earlier than usual over the Christmas period.

  • Payments due on 25 December 2017 will be made on Friday 22 December 2017
  • Payments due on 1 January 2018 will be made on Wednesday 27 December 2017

Please remember that the period until the next payment will be slightly longer because it will revert to the original schedule.

Apply for it

Apply for planning permission, building regulations, council housing, licensing, jobs applications and more online. Applications made throughout this time will be processed when the offices reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Waste and recycling

Revised collections

  • Collections due Tuesday 26 December 2017 will be collected on Wednesday 27 December 2017
  • Collections due Wednesday 27 December 2017 will be collected on Thursday 28 December 2017
  • Collections due Thursday 28 December 2017 will be collected on Friday 29 December 2017
  • Collections due Friday 29 December 2017 will be collected on Saturday 30 December 2017

Your usual collection dates will resume on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Recycling REAL Christmas trees

Leave your real Christmas trees with your food and garden waste throughout January 2018.

Remove the pot, all decorations and if over 6ft, cut in half to ensure safe collection. We are unable to recycle your fake Christmas trees, so please leave us real trees only!

Special collections

Our special collections service will close at 5pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and will resume at 9am on 2 January 2018.

Lost or found dogs

If you have lost or found a dog within the area, please contact us on the below number. Calls are monitored and handled by the Waltham Forest dog team.

  • Call 07815 512833

Car parks

Free weekend parking in December! All of our car parks are free on weekends throughout December and bank holidays.

Epping Forest District Museum

Epping Forest District Museum is closed from 4pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and reopens 10am on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

5K in grants given to voluntary and community groups

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5 local community and voluntary groups have been awarded £4,860 in grants to improve the social and physical wellbeing of the districts residents and are a great opportunity to help others in our community

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Grants awarded to

  • Loughton Broadway Town Partnership
    £1500 for defibrillator to be installed on Loughton Broadway for community use
  • Loughton High Road Town Centre Partnership
    £1000 for defibrillator to be installed on Loughton High Road for community use.
  • Ongar Town Football Club
    £235 for football equipment to support the members of the club and visitors.
  • Larsens Bowling Club
    £625 for bowling equipment to encourage young people to participate in the sport.
  • Roydon Playing Fields Management Association
    £1,540 to support their transporting service which supports older people.

Grants up to £5,000 available

Could your community group use funding to help the social and physical wellbeing of the districts residents?

If yes, apply now for a grant towards projects to improve facilities, equipment purchases, capital projects and new initiatives.

Grants up to £5,000 are available to

  • Local voluntary and community groups
  • Sports clubs
  • Arts and culture groups
  • Trusts
  • Friendly societies
  • Social enterprises
  • Community interest groups

Who can apply?

Groups that apply must

  • Operate on a charitable or non-profit making basis
  • Be based, or are active, in the Epping Forest district
  • Demonstrate true local independence
  • Offer services and facilities to all eligible local residents
  • Have no unfair restrictions on membership or participation
  • Be able to show a clear need for financial support
  • Have a bank or building account under the name of the applicant organisation

Make your application today

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: ”We really appreciate the hard work the voluntary and community sector does within the district.”

“In tough economic times the need for groups to receive funding and support is vital and it’s great to see how our grants can make a real difference to the residents of our community. If your group is eligible, don’t delay and make your application today.”

Make an application

  • Download an application form
  • Fill in an application
  • Attach your most recent bank statement, set of accounts, safeguarding policy and constitution
  • Submit the application to grantaid@eppingforestdc.gov.uk
  • Or by hard copy to Grant Aid Scheme, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU

More information

For further information on Grant Aid

Visually impaired make rural soundscape for exhibition

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On Thursday 2 November, Epping Forest District Museum opened its doors exclusively to members of Support 4 Sight, for a music workshop.

Support 4 Sight group enjoying a Rural Life music workshop at Epping Forest District Museum

Support 4 Sight is an Essex based sight loss organisation, providing assistance to blind and partially sighted people. The group spent the morning exploring the museum’s temporary exhibition ‘A Sense of Rural Life’.

Using various household objects and replica items, the group recreated sounds that would have been heard in agricultural life many years ago.

Inspired by the exhibition participants then created their own soundscape of rural life and wrote lyrics to accompany the music, which they performed at the end of the workshop.

A film of the workshop and the performance is being added to the exhibition.

Bringing people together through art and history

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “Our museum does so much for the district, bringing people together through art and history. They constantly have activities and workshops for all the community to get involved with”.

She continued “The techniques used to create the soundscape are so creative and I am particularly excited to see the ‘Support 4 Sight’ performance added to the ‘A Sense of Rural Life’ exhibition.”

We welcome everyone to come and see the current exhibitions. It may even give you a new perspective to the place you call home”.

See the exhibition

A Sense of Rural Life is on display until Saturday 10 March 2018.

  • When: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • 10am to 4pm
  • Saturday 10am to 5pm.
  • Free entry

Find out more about the EFD Museums:

Find out more about Support 4 Sight

Remember, remember, stay safe on 5 November

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We want you to stay safe during this year’s bonfire night celebrations on 5 November. Bonfire night is also known as Guy Fawkes Night and firework night.

The Squadron fireworks and bonfire party 2016

Stay safe this bonfire night

The safest way to enjoy bonfire night is always at an organised event. The fireworks are bigger, better and always safer.

Come and join us at North Weald Airfield on 3 November 2017, for a spectacular evening of fireworks and fun! Tickets are available on the night.

Firework safety

If you do wish to enjoy the festivities at home or at friends make sure you understand firework safety.

Follow these top tips from the Essex Fire and Rescue service.

  • Only buy fireworks marked with the British Standard Kitemark BS7114
  • Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and always follow the instructions carefully when using them
  • Light them at arm’s length using a taper and stand well back
  • Never go back to them once they are lit. Even if a firework hasn’t gone off, it could still explode
  • Never throw fireworks and never put them in your pocket
  • Respect your neighbours, don’t let off fireworks late at night and remember there are laws to follow
  • Take care with sparklers ,never give them to children under five. Even when they have gone out they are still hot so put sparklers in a bucket of water after use
  • Keep your pets indoors throughout the evening

Know the laws on fireworks and don’t set any off after 11pm. On 5 November, displays can continue until 12am and on certain occasions, such as New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, fireworks can be set off until 1am.

Bonfire safety

If you are planning to have a bonfire make sure to:

  • Build your bonfire clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges
  • Never use flammable liquids to start a bonfire
  • Never burn dangerous items such as aerosol cans, paint tins, foam furniture or batteries
  • Don’t leave bonfires unattended
  • An adult should supervise it until it has burnt out
  • If it has to be left, damp it down with plenty of water
  • Always keep a bucket of water or a hosepipe nearby in case of fire

Stay safe and look out for other

“Bonfire night is always a busy time for our emergency services so wherever you are, remember to stay safe and look out for others” said Safer, greener and transport portfolio holder Councillor Sam Kane.

“Organised events are always the safest way to enjoy fireworks and North Weald Airfield is holding another fantastic event on Friday 3 November. There are many other organised events across the district, but if you do choose to have your celebrations at home, please follow the safety tips so that you and your family remember the night for all the right reasons.”

12k in grants given to community groups

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6 local community and voluntary groups have been awarded £12,840 in grants helping the district’s social and physical wellbeing.

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Grants awarded

  • Hertfordshire Boat Rescue
    £830 for radio equipment for use by volunteers on rescue missions and events
  • Playground at Theydon Association (PAT)
    £5,000 contribution towards the refurbishment of the Theydon Bois playground
  • Fyfield Bridge Club
    £1,200 contribution towards the cost of new scoring equipment for the club
  • Ongar & Villages Voluntary Care
    £1,770 to support their transporting service which supports older people
  • Loughton Voluntary Care
    £1,540 to support their transporting service which supports older people
  • Fyfield Village Hall
    £5,000 contribution towards the refurbishment of the gentleman’s toilets and cloakroom

Keeping our communities thriving

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “Our grants go on to help such a wide variety of people throughout our community, giving our parents and children a social place to be active in new playgrounds, to giving our older resident’s opportunities to get out of the house and gain more independence with Loughton’s voluntary care community transport service.”

“I am proud that these grants are actively helping people in our district, giving much needed and valued services the boost they need to go on and keep our communities thriving. Can you think of a community group or voluntary service that could use a cash boost? Don’t delay, apply now.”

Apply for a £5k grant

If your community group could use up to £5,000 to help with your one-off project, initiative or even the further development of an existing scheme, apply now.

Find out if your group is eligible

State of the art centre for Waltham Abbey

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On Thursday 12 October 2017 local school children, councillors and business members gathered to mark the start of construction for Waltham Abbey’s brand new state of the art leisure centre, which is due to open in Winter 2018.

Preparing to place the Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre time capsule

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Exciting times for Waltham Abbey

Councillor Helen Kane, Portfolio Holder for Leisure said: “These are exciting times for Waltham Abbey. The first new council housing in 30 years has just been completed in Harveyfields, Roundhills and surrounding roads as we start the construction of this fantastic new leisure centre. Sixty independent living accommodation units providing a positive alternative to residential care and new health facilities replacing the old surgery accommodation in Maynard Court are set to follow in partnership with Essex County Council and NHS England.”

”The leisure centre will be for everyone. Working with Places for People and their construction partners Pellikaan, we are set to deliver a top class leisure facility that will promote health and wellbeing, and provide a place for people to enjoy physical activity and socialise within the community.”

Investing in our community

Councillor Kane continued: “We are investing in our community and our future. Coming hard on the heels of the recently refurbished and extended museum in Sun Street and the development of the brand new Epping Forest Shopping Park in Loughton, Epping Forest District Council is signalling its intent in the best possible way.”

Councillor Sue Lissimore, Cabinet member for housing at Essex County Council added: “These plans breathe new life into taxpayer-owned land. We’ve pledged £42m over the next five years to bring sites like this forward for much needed homes with multi-use developments that also help to drive economic growth. The leisure centre ground-breaking is a fantastic milestone and a great example of public and private sector partners working together across Essex.”

Design, build, operate and maintain

Places for People Leisure were awarded the 20-year Design, Build, Operate and Maintain contract for the new Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre by Epping Forest District Council, along with their construction partners Pellikaan Construction and architects Pozzoni.

£9.5m investment in centre

The new £9.5m leisure centre has been designed with a green roof to complement the surrounding recreational ground and will feature an 80-station fitness suite, 25m six lane pool with 15m learner pool, exercise and group cycling studio, a community room, and café.

Virtual cycling & Les Mills

The Centre will also feature a dedicated Virtual Cycling studio with classes led by Les Mills virtual master trainers, enabling customers to participate at their own convenience when it suits them.

Fantastic community leisure facility

John Bates, Business Development Director at Places for People Leisure said: “We are extremely excited to begin work on what will be a fantastic community leisure facility. Through our partnership with Epping Forest District Council we are looking forward to providing a leisure operation that will capture the local community’s imagination and encourage even more people to adopt a love of physical activity.”

Time capsule

Those in attendance yesterday included pupils from Hillhouse Church of England Primary School as well as representatives from the Epping Forest District Swimming Club who buried a time capsule as part of the ceremony which included the old set of keys to the previous community centre.

The current Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool recently received investment to improve the customer experience and will remain open and fully operational until the new centre opens.