Half-term playscheme in Waltham Abbey

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Flyer for the October playschemes at Leverton Junior School, Waltham Abbey

October half-term Playscheme comes to Waltham Abbey

With the October half-term school holiday almost upon us, why not come along on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday next week to our Playscheme events at Leverton Junior School, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3BE. Each day there will be opportunities for children to have fun, learn new skills and make new friends. The activities available will include sports, art and craft, drama, indoor games and exciting challenges.

The playschemes take place on Wednesday 31 October, Thursday 1 November and Friday 2 November and will run from 9.30am to 3.30pm (registration at 9.30am). The playschemes are open to children between 5 and 11 years

All children will need to bring a packed lunch and wear suitable clothing and footwear.

The cost of the playschemes is £13.00 per day (£6.50 per day concessions) but places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. You can call our booking line on 01992 564226 (open 10am to 4pm).

Each child attending the playschemes must have our Playscheme Registration Form completed by their parents. You can find and download a copy of the registration form, as well as a copy of the flyer, by visiting our website.

Zumbathon sets new world record

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A new world record was set at Epping Sports Centre on 7 October 2012. 378 zumba dancers helped keep the party going for 15 hours beating the previous record by 2 hours.

The zumbathon was the brainchild of a group called Bodyshakers World Record Breakers. The main organisers, instructor Mel Shone (Mels Zumba), Kim Betts, Sarah Clarke and Christine Eyles had been preparing for the record attempt for months, with the help of many other members of Mel’s Zumba classes, their friends and family.

Everyone Active, who run Epping Leisure Centre, made the Zumbathon possible by hosting it and became the main sponsor. Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF) became involved and listed this as their local ‘Make a Difference Day’. This year it focused on professional volunteers – the 12 zumba instructors all pledging their time to make the event possible.

Many local businesses, including Tesco’s Epping, Marks and Spencer Epping, Emson Haig Loughton and The Rotary Club, all contributed by donating goods or services.

Around 40 volunteers helped with registrations, stewarding, the tombola stall, and most importantly, to witness the event. Many others volunteered in between their dance slots to ensure the day went without a hitch.

Epping Forest District Council Chairman, Councillor Brian Rolfe came along and joined in dancing with instructor Mel Shone, and the largest session of the day with 95 people dancing.

Darren Couchman, Cancer Research UK’s area volunteer manager for Essex said: “It’s fantastic to have the support of the Body Shakers World Record Breakers. They have all given up their free time to organise this unique event and it was great to see so many people not just taking part but clearly having a great time, there was a fantastic atmosphere. It was estimated that this event would raise £1,500. So far the girls have over raised over £2,800 and this is still rising as their sponsorship monies come through.

Cancer Research UK has made enormous progress in the fight against cancer. However, we have only been able to do this thanks to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and supporters without whom we would not be able to fund outstanding scientists, doctors and nurses.”

Even though the dancing has ended and the record is secure, you can still show your support. Visit the Bodyshakers website at www.bodyshakerswrb.weebly.com and donate via the link to just giving. You can also text your donation to ZUMB88 with the amount to 70070 – example ZUMB88 £5.

Lifewalks supporting the British Heart Foundation

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For the 9th year in a row Epping Forest District Councils walking for health group arranged a 6mile long Lifewalks ramble around the Lee Valley in support of the British Heart Foundation.  Over 35 walkers took part on the walk around some of the most beautiful parts of the Lee Valley and over £250 has been raised so far for the British Heart Foundation.

The route was put together by Patricia Hutchings from Nazeing (a Lifewalk leader) and took in many of the walks that are featured in the current Lifewalks Diary but also some areas of the park that were new to many of the walkers.

Lifewalks has 27 routes and 5 walks a week covering the Lee Valley, Roding, Epping, Loughton, Theydon Bois and North Weald. All walks are graded for all abilities.

For  more information about Lifewalks please contact Karen Murray on 01992 564222 and leave your details or e-mail kmurray@eppingforestdc.gov.uk . A diary of walks will be sent to you and a free walk voucher.

Fun in the fields conservation day

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Come along and join Epping Forest Countrycare and the Essex Wildlife Trust for a day of nature conservation activities.

Fun in the Fields 8 September 2012 posterFun in the Fields takes place at the Roding Valley Meadows on Saturday 8 September from 1pm to 4pm.

Children aged between 5 and 12 will be able to learn more about wildlife and have some fun, too.

There will be a range of activities available, including bug hunting and nature scavenging. Visitors will also be able to have a go at building a bird box or making a bumblebee.

Entrance is free but there will be a nominal charge for some of the activities. Refreshments will also be available to buy.

The closest access will be from the reserve car park, next to the David Lloyd Leisure Centre (directions to David Lloyd Chigwell) from where it is signposted.

Download the poster Fun in the Fields 8 September 2012 poster.

SX Urban Games comes to Waltham Abbey

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SX Urban Games at Waltham Abbey

The next big multi-sport event in the area is all set to take place this coming Friday in Waltham Abbey. Building on the fantastic success of last year’s W Fest, this year’s event has been tied in with the Essex-wide SX Urban Games.

Incorporating many elements of the W Fest such as skateboarding, BMXing and scooter competitions, DJing, hair braiding and nail painting, there will also be Healthworks Parkour/free running demos and taster sessions. Come and try this new and exciting activity that involves overcoming obstacles by leaping, vaulting and climbing.

The games take place at the Town Mead Leisure Park in Waltham Abbey from 1pm to 6pm on Friday 24th August. Entry to the event is free, however, there may be a small fee if entering into one of the competitions.

Please call Stanley Bridge Cycles on 01992 654248 to book for BMX / Skateboarding / Scooter competition. Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Get inspired by London 2012 at SX Urban Games

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Poster for SX Urban Games at Waltham Abbey

Following the fantastic success of last year’s W Fest, this year’s event has been rebranded and tied in with the Essex-wide SX Urban Games. Incorporating many elements of the W Fest such as skateboarding, BMXing and scooter competitions, DJing, hair braiding and nail painting, there will also be Healthworks Parkour/free running demos and taster sessions. Come and try this new and exciting activity that involves overcoming obstacles by leaping, vaulting and climbing.

The games take place at the Town Mead Leisure Park in Waltham Abbey from 1pm to 6pm on Friday 24th August. Entry to the event is free, however, there may be a small fee if entering into one of the competitions.

Please call Stanley Bridge Cycles on 01992 654248 to book for BMX/ Skateboarding / Scooter competition. Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Accreditation speaks volumes for Careline

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Epping Forest District Council’s 24-hour Careline Centre based in Loughton has received the Telecare Services Association ‘Code of Practice for Social Alarms Services’ award. The national accreditation was presented by the Chairman of Council Councillor Ken Angold-Stephens at the meeting of the full Council on 26 July 2011.

Careline awards

The Council’s fully-trained Careline Operators provide support for vulnerable people from the centre in Loughton. The alarm unit is linked through the client’s telephone line, with an associated portable pendant which can be worn around the neck or wrist. Help can be summoned from anywhere in their home, or nearby garden area, using a two-way speech unit. Our Careline Centre operator can find out what the problem is and get help if necessary. The Centre holds all the information that may be needed in an emergency – about key holders, doctors, relatives and any medical conditions.

‘TSA’ accreditation confirms to Careline clients and their families that a consistently high-quality service is provided. The Careline service is provided to council tenants, people in privately owned accommodation and to other housing providers – such as housing associations.

Portfolio Holder for Housing Councillor Maggie McEwen said: “I am delighted that the Careline Service has been given this accreditation. It confirms that our Careline Centre provides an excellent service to all of its users, which brings peace of mind to both the service user and their families.”

Careline’s emergency alarm system may be just what you (or a member of your family) needs if you live alone and feel vulnerable, or if you are worried about getting help in an emergency. The Council can provide the service for residents of any home in Epping Forest district, for a very competitive annual rental fee. The property must be connected with a phone line.
Anyone interested in having a Careline alarm fitted should contact Epping Forest Careline on 020 8532 1065 or email careline@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Council Teams Up With BBC

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Epping Forest District Council is one of 50 local Councils across the UK and the only one in Essex that has joined forces with the BBC Breathing Places campaign to turn their communities into breathing places.

In the next 12 months each Council has committed to make space for nature and create wildlife friendly communities in urban and rural locations.

Working in partnership with the BBC, Councils will encourage nature novices to join events, learn new skills and make a long lasting difference to their community. Across the Epping Forest district the plan is to change the community by holding regular volunteer days and transforming a number of sites for both people and wildlife over the next year.

Karen Gregory BBC Breathing Places Project Executive said: “I am delighted that Epping Forest District Council has joined us for what promises to be an exciting year for the Breathing Places Campaign. Working in partnership gives us both a wonderful opportunity to reach thousands of people and inspire them to get out and do one thing for nature.

Inspired by existing wildlife priorities local Councils have set practical targets for the year including tree planting, bird box building, pond clearance, wasteland transformation, wildflower planting and litter clearance. Everyone and anyone can get involved locally as Councils will be teaming up with schools, libraries, children`s centres and existing wildlife organisations.

    The year kicks off with the BBC Breathing Places ‘Dirty Weekend’ – click on the link below for more details.

  • BBC Breathing Places Dirty Weekend website (opens in a new weekend)

Pupils Catch Speeders Outside School

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On Wednesday 6 May 2009 pupils dressed in fluorescent jackets from the Leverton Junior School were given speed guns to pinpoint speeding motorists outside their school in Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey. Members of the Essex Casualty Reduction Board were on hand to help the Year 5 pupils operate the equipment paid for by the Epping Forest District Safer Communities Partnership.

Leverton Junior School pupils with speed guns

Road Policing Officer PC Duncan Stapleford stopped the speeders who were sat down and quizzed by the children asking questions such as `how would you feel if you had killed me?` and `why were you going so fast?`. Local road safety officers were there to offer advice and education. Although the results are not legally enforceable, the initiative is seen as a good way to teach both children and speeding motorists about road safety, encouraging those driving too fast to think about their actions and get them to slow down. The team will be visiting more schools around the District in the future.

PC Duncan Stapleford, Year 5 pupils Rebecca Kirk, Hayley Square and Luke Crisci and Caroline Wiggins

John Gilbert, Chairman of the Epping Forest District Safer Communities Partnership said: “The aim of the initiative is to educate road users and children of the dangers of speeding and to see speeds reduced outside the school. The children detected speeds from between 36mph and 44mph in a 30mph zone, with two people that who lived in the road clocked at 39mph and 41mph! This initiative has been a fun but effective way of helping the children to understand some of the real dangers on the roads and hopefully make drivers think twice before putting their foot down breaking speed limits near to and outside schools.”

Fit For Business

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Epping Forest District Council is the fourth organisation to achieve the `Fit for Business` (FFB) recognition on the Big Lottery Funded `Wellbeing in the East` portfolio. It is also the first business to achieve this in Essex. The National Lottery funded programme works with 37 businesses across the East of England as part of a grant from the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP Eastern) to launch a `Workplace Health and Wellbeing` programme. This money comes from an original sum of £3.9 million from the Big Lottery to initiate sport and wellbeing programmes across England.

Epping Forest District Council has achieved Fit for Business recognition with a total of 579 points. These points have been gained from both mandatory and optional activities. Organised and facilitated by the Council`s Sports and Health Development Team, activities include lunchtime walks, badminton, Nintendo Wii sessions, alcohol awareness, stress busting sessions and one-off interventions.

These activities meet the five `Fit For Business` (FFB) remits of workplace health: Physical activity, healthy eating, mental health and wellbeing, smoke free workplaces and drugs and alcohol awareness. The final points score achieved by Epping Forest District Council exceeds the 410 minimum points required for the `Fit For Business` (FFB) recognition, demonstrating that a well-balanced employee health programme has been instigated and delivered within the organisation.

The Sports and Health Development Team at the Council is currently developing a year two action plan, which will be completed once staff have completed and returned their Employee Needs Questionnaire. Successes from year one will continue and new lunchtime initiatives will be offered for all staff to participate.