The ones that got away

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900 fish were released into Roding Valley Lake on a sunny but chilly March morning. Members of the Roding Valley Angling Club helped release the fish by the lakes fishing platform.

The fish, 600 bream and 300 roach, all around 10” in length, were released on Thursday 14 March 2013 to help restock the lake.

The Fisheries Section of the Environment Agency (EA) funded the improvements and worked with Epping Forest District Council with the installation of aeration units to help oxygenate the water and the planting of reed bed filtration systems to improve water quality following the substantial loss of fish by natural causes in 2007. This year they provided an additional £10,000 for fish restocking at the lake.

Neil Winter, technical officer from the Environment Agency fisheries and biodiversity section said: “We are here today at Roding Valley Lake to introduce bream as part of the partnership project with Epping Forest District Council and the Roding Valley Angling Club. These fish were funded through rod licence payers money and we are here to introduce a range of species into the lake.”

Photos of the day

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No fish were harmed during the transportation and all were successfully introduced into Roding Valley Lake.

Want to know more about angling?

The Roding Valley Angling Club are looking for new members, contact them for details by their Facebook page.

 

We are sailing

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We are offering young people the opportunity to learn how to sail and follow up Team GB’s sailing success in the London 2012 Olympics last summer.

We are offering young people the opportunity to learn how to sail

In partnership with Broxbourne Sailing Club and as part of legacy plans to get more young people trying new sports.

This intensive sailing course, which runs from 28 May to 31 May, will take place every morning from 10am to 12noon and is open to children between 11 and 18 years old.

The venue is Broxbourne Sailing Club, Meadgate Road, Waltham Abbey EN9 2PB.

The course will cost £25 per participant for the 4 days.

For more information contact Fabrizio on 01992 564567 email fferrari@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

Get on your bike! New cycling opportunities around the district

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We have loads of new cycling opportunities for you to get on your bike and follow up the success of Team GB in cycling at the Olympics and Bradley Wiggins at the Tour de France. With the Tour due to pass through our district in 2014 these are exciting times for the sport of cycling and the perfect opportunity to get people trying the various disciplines the sport has to offer.We have loads of new cycling opportunities for you to get on your bike

To build on these exciting times Epping Forest District Council will be developing a whole host of cycling initiatives in 2013 to develop a legacy for the sport in the district.

The first initiative, a Mountain biking club for young people aged 8 to 16, will launch on Saturday 2 March.  The club will give young people the opportunity to learn and develop biking skills on trails in the Epping Forest and get involved in local and national competitions. There is even the chance to ride at the Olympic Venue.

The club will meet every Saturday at Kings Oak Hotel Car Park, Nursery Rd, High Beach, Loughton IG10 4AE at 10am.

Sessions cost £6 and participants will have to bring their own bikes – parents and guardians are welcome to take part.

In addition to this, throughout the course of 2013 we will also be launching family rides at weekends. These will be lead rides where whole families can come together and enjoy the beauty of the Epping Forest and Lee Valley by riding simple trails lead by a qualified instructor.  

A cycling for health programme will also be launched in the Spring of 2013. This programme based on our highly successful Lifewalks Programme aims to help people improve their health through participation in lead cycling sessions across the Lee Valley area.

Finally, the summer will see the launch of the Epping Forest Breeze network. Breeze is a British Cycling initiative aimed at getting more women and girls to cycle. The project will develop women only cycling sessions lead by female instructors where the emphasis is on fun and socialising rather than gruelling activity. 

If you would like more information on any of the above programmes or would like to book your child a place on the mountain biking club then please contact Fabrizio Tel. 01992 564567 email fferrari@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Love Limes celebrations mark first anniversary

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Hundreds of local people joined the ‘Love Limes’ celebrations at the Limes Centre in Chigwell to mark the 1st Anniversary of its re-opening on Wednesday 27 February 2013.

Love LimesThey joined in with fitness classes, dance and drama workshops, martial arts classes, bingo and DJ workshops organised by staff from Epping Forest District Council in the Limes Activity Hall. Visitors were also treated to songs performanced by pupils from Limes Farm Junior School.

Information stands in the Limes Hall helped to keep people informed on a range of local services including recycling, crime prevention and health.

Youngsters ran off their energy in the football courts outside with the Tottenham Hotspur Football Foundation who ran a coaching session. 

Councillor Brian Rolfe, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: “I had a wonderful time. My thanks go to the people of Chigwell who attended this event and to the staff who organised it. I hope the local community continues to make use of this fantastic facility.”

Photos of the day

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Watch a video of the celebrations

Book your event at the Limes Centre

The Limes Centre is a facility for the whole community, whether it’s for wedding receptions or children’s parties, fitness classes or meetings, look at the facilities we have to offer.

 

Swanning around on a Lifewalk

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Lifewalks, our walking for health group, had an unusual new walker join them on Saturday the 9 February at Hooks Marsh in Waltham Abbey. As you can see from the photograph, the new member casually walked up to Roger, one of the walk leaders on duty, to register their interest and Roger duly took down their details.

Swan registers its interest with Roger

In the end, the new member decided that a Lifewalks wasn’t quite what they were looking for and decided instead to go for a healthy swim.

Karen Murray, our Lifewalks Leader said “The Lifewalks are a great opportunity for people to make new friends and walk in areas they haven’t walked in before, as well as getting some fresh air. All of this is fun, cheap and good for you, what are you waiting for?”

To find out more about Lifewalks, our walking for health scheme, and to download a diary of our upcoming walks, please visit our website at www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/lifewalks.

Join us at the Love Limes anniversary event

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Fitness classes, martial arts and bingo are just a few of the activities taking place at the Love Limes anniversary event on Wednesday 27 February 2013.

Love Limes flyerCome along to The Limes Centre in Chigwell between 2pm and 7pm for our anniversary event to see what’s new 1 year since our centre opened. With a full programme of activities there will be something for everyone.

Also tell us what you would like to see take place at The Limes Centre in the future, and be part of shaping your community.

Activities on the day include

  • bingo
  • fitness classes
  • dance and drama workshops
  • school performances
  • martial arts
  • DJ workshops

There will also be information stands, free refreshments and more.

Love Limes anniversary event flyer (pdf 1.1MB)

Want to know more?

For more information please contact Patrick Arnold, Community Development Worker, on 01992 564556.

The Limes Centre is located at Limes Avenue, Chigwell, IG7 5LP.

Mobile website launched

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If you’re visiting our website from your smartphone you can now choose to use Mobile EFDC – our optimised, cross platform mobile friendly version for news, events, meetings and to report problems when out and about.

Mobile EFDCGo and try it 

Mobile EFDC is simpler, clearer, faster – designed to access information when you are out and about,  focusing on our most popular online services.

A third of our users access information using a mobile device, Mobile EFDC makes it easier to navigate on small screens.

By adding a browser bookmark, or adding a shortcut on your phone homepage you can easily interact or contact us with the press of a button.

Embracing the new Government’s digital by default strategy, Mobile EFDC is part of the ongoing project to improve digital services. The update of the council website in-house using Joomla and WordPress open source software saved the council at least £75,000 in development costs and reduced its annual costs by £20,000.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up-to-date with the latest news.

Learning with Countrycare

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Countrycare launches environmental education service to show young people the value of the green spaces and wildlife around them.

The Countrycare team is offering an environmental education service to schools that can work with their curriculum, in both science and arts, to help engage young people with the environment. Environmental education sessions can be run on Local Nature Reserves, in classrooms or in school grounds, and we cater for all ages.

We want young people to grow up not just enjoying the countryside but respecting it as well.

Learning with Countrycare

We offer a range of projects including

  • Creating wildlife sanctuaries in school grounds
  • Building bird boxes
  • Practical projects on Local Nature Reserves
  • Tree ecology
  • Tree planting
  • Invertebrate identification
  • Guided walks

If none of these activities fit in with your syllabus we can mould lessons to fit your needs.

Find out more

Download the brochure Learning with Countrycare (pdf 1MB)

For more information about the environmental education service at Countrycare and the competitive costs call 01992 788203 or email contactcountrycare@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

Find out what other work Countrycare does the website at http://www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/

You can also follow Countrycare on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EFcountrycare/

Making Way – an evening of film and dance

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‘Making Way’ was a wonderful prelude to Christmas festivities. It brought the Ongar community together for an evening of film and dance on Tuesday 18 December 2012, to celebrate the participants’ achievements in 2012.

Shelley Dance Stars
Shelley Dance Stars

Setting the scene DanceDigital’s youth dance company ‘SWiFt’, began with a magical site-specific contemporary performance involving snowflakes and balloons in the foyer of Zinc Arts Centre in Ongar.

Performances began with pieces from Shelley Dance Stars, Moves and Grooves, All Angels and All Saints. All the performers were from local primary schools.

The audience of residents and staff of Woodredon House Residential Home in Upshire watched the first public screening of the ‘Make A Move’ film. Make a Move was the large scale dance project devised and delivered by Epping Forest Arts, part of Epping Forest District Council.

All Saints
All Saints

‘I was really impressed with the Make a Move project, very inspiring especially, engaging people with disabilities and people of all ages. I feel that dance keeps children motivated – Brilliant!’ – audience member.

‘It was a brilliant reminder of a wonderful event. Thank you so much, Shelley Primary School were thrilled to take part’ – Lesley Lewis, Headteacher.

The performers and Woodredon House residents had participated in creative workshops for ‘Make a Move’ and the amazing en-masse dance finale. Over 200 people of all ages and abilities performed together at the Waltham Abbey Town Show on Sunday 24 June 2012. Check out the video below!

And the future …Vicky Quirke and Vanessa Gayton, Dance Development Artists for Epping Forest District Council have started work on the Map The Move project. Map The Move is a digital community project involving dance, music and film that everyone can be part of. It is a legacy from the Make A Move project and to the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Details of how to get involved will be released at the end of January – keep on dancing!

Countrycare restores parish boundary hedgerow at Bobbingworth Nature Reserve

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Last Thursday, 10 January 2013,  21 volunteers and Countrycare staff planted 600 trees on the Bobbingworth Nature Reserve (former landfill site) to mark the parish boundary between Moreton and Bobbingworth. A study of old maps confirms that the area of the reserve that lies in Moreton used to be a wood, Moreton Wood. The wood disappeared sometime between 1886 and 1912 but the parish boundary remains the same.

Moreton parish boundary 1843 to 1893

Moreton parish boundary 1843 to 1893

Moreton parish boundary 1891 to 1912

Moreton parish boundary 1891 to 1912

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This addition of 600 trees makes the total of trees planted on the nature reserve close to 6,000 since 2008. Native species were locally sourced and dominated by hawthorn with a scattering of hazel, dogwood, dogrose, spindle and guilder rose.  Shallow rooting species were used as the planting was mainly on the “cap”, the membrane that covers the former landfill area.

In time the hedge will provide shelter and food for birds and also a natural corridor across the site for movement of wildlife.

Volunteers worked tirelessly in very cold and muddy conditions. An enormous “thank you” to them all from Countrycare staff.

If you would like to volunteer with Countrycare call 01992 788203 for more information or email contactcountrycare@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.