Stay well this winter

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With winter just around the corner it’s time to prepare for the colder weather with our ‘stay well this winter’ events.

Stay well this winter

Health and wellbeing event

These free events in partnership with West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group will include;

  • Informative talks from pharmacists, nurses and specialist health advisors
  • A range of informative stands
  • Free health checks and activities

Where

  • Wednesday 12 October 10am-2pm/ Zinc arts centre/ Ongar, Great Stony, High St, Chipping Ongar, CM5 0AD
  • Tuesday 1 November 10am-2pm/ The Limes Centre/ Limes Avenue, Chigwell IG7 5LP
  • Wednesday 16 November 10am-2pm/ Loughton Hall / Rectory Lane, Loughton, 1G10 3RU

Come and join us

Please note that the events run all day and include a free lunch.

Booking is required, please call to confirm your place.

  • 01992 564226

Teddy Bears Picnic

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Come and join Countrycare for some fun outdoor activities at our Teddy Bears Picnic at Linder’s Field Nature Reserve, Buckhurst Hill on  Wednesday 31 August 2016, 12pm – 2pm – and don’t forget to bring your teddy bear with you!

Teddy Bears Picnic

Bring along a picnic and enjoy bug hunting, crafts, nature trails and more …

The reserve entrance is located on Roebuck Lane – where it meets Russell Road. The gates to the reserve are covered with brass animals, so you can’t miss them!

 

Dementia awareness session success

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Do you want to increase your awareness and get to know more about dementia? We are hosting Dementia Friends Awareness Sessions for local groups, in partnership with Epping Forest District Museum, in their new community area called ‘the space’.

The sessions are being lead by the Community and Wellbeing Team in conjunction with  Epping Forest District Dementia Action Alliance. The alliance are part of an initiative to make the district of Epping Forest a ‘Dementia Friendly Community’.

Successful sessions

The first Dementia Friends awareness sessions have already been held for the council’s apprentices, housing team, the Limes Farm Community Group and for many of those involved with the council’s walking for health scheme, Lifewalks.

Lifewalks leader, Erika Needham said: “The session helped me see how challenging it can be for those living with dementia and how we can help to alleviate this. Bringing dementia to the attention of the public can help us all to make small changes in our behaviour towards those living with dementia, which in turn will make life easier for them and their carers”.

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Focus on increasing awareness

Epping Forest District Council’s Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder, Councillor Helen Kane said: ”The information sessions focus on increasing people’s knowledge and awareness of dementia. We hope that this new knowledge and understanding will have a positive effect on the local area – for local people living with dementia and their carers”.

Get involved

She continued: ”Anyone of any age can come to a Dementia Friends Information Session. Help us to ensure local people with dementia are appreciated and feel valued members of their community. If you or your local group would benefit from attending a session or would like some further information,  please contact Karen Murray the council’s Engagement Officer on the details below, alternatively you can find your nearest session on the Alzheimer’s society website.”

Rio Carnival comes to Loughton

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The Brazilian Carnival came to Loughton as Epping Forest schools performed a special dance at Loughton Community Day as part of the Dance Rio project celebrating the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Dance Rio is part of the Essex wide ‘Keeping Dance Alive’ project. It was performed at The Loughton Community Day on Sunday 17 July 2016 at Jessel Green in Loughton.

Dance Rio

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Pupils from Staples Road Primary School, Hereward Primary School and Ivy Chimneys Primary School performed a unique dance choreographed by notable professionals in the dance world.

Sounds and colours of the Rio Carnival

Dance Engagement Officer Vanessa Gayton said: “The children’s performance was fantastic, bringing the sounds and colours of the Rio Carnival to Loughton for a day. They loved dancing with the flags and performed a variety of different dance styles, learning complex choreography and new skills.”

“The dance performance was part of the Essex wide ‘Keeping Dance Alive’ project in celebration of the 2016 Rio Olympics. I must thank Loughton Town Council and The Dance Network Association for all their help with this wonderful project.”

 

Get fitter with our Couch to 5K challenge

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Fed up of sitting on the sofa? Wanting to challenge yourself this summer? Why not try our Couch to 5K challenge?

With the weather improving and the days getting longer, there has never been a better time to get into running, so why not take part in this beginners running programme to improve your health and wellbeing.

Couch to 5k

Our Couch to 5k programme is aimed at anyone wanting to get in to running or just improve their fitness.

And the best thing is, it’s free.

Take the challenge?

  • Tuesday 19 July to Tuesday 23 August
  • 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Stonards Hill Recreation Ground, Epping, CM16 4QB

More info

For more information contact Rosie

 

Keep the kids active this summer

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It’s that time of year again and the summer holidays are already upon us! If you’re looking for range of activities to keep the kids active this summer, look no further.

Summer activities 2016

Activities for all

From July to September 2016 we have organised a range of activities for all ages and interests.

Young people with additional needs are welcome to take part in many of the activities, please phone us before you book to check if your chosen activity will meet your requirements.

Check out what’s on

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Booking

Most activities need to be booked and paid for in advance, unless otherwise indicated.

Telephone lines are open Monday – Friday 10am to 4pm

 

Free tennis activator training

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The council are running a free tennis activator training course in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association on Tuesday 12 July 2016 from 12pm to 3pm at the Limes Centre, Chigwell.

Free tennis activator training

Improve your skills

The aim of the course is to improve your skills, knowledge and confidence to be able to deliver tennis activities to beginners of any ages!

You do not need to be able to play the sport at a high level to take part! The aim of this course is to help you make a difference by encouraging your local community, colleagues or school friends to take up a new sport and get active!

The course will be delivered by a professional tutor who has a minimum of level three coaching qualification.

Book now!

If you would like to book onto the course please contact Fabrizio

Free activities at Healthy Living Festival launch

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Thursday 30 June 2016 marks the launch of the Debden Festival of Healthy Living and we are offering you and your family free taster activity sessions from 3pm to 7pm at Debden Campsite and Conference Centre.

There will be a number of activities for children, adults, the over 50’s and the whole family to enjoy

  • a forest buggy walk
  • a lifewalk
  • Taoist Tai Chi session
  • Play in the forest
  • Family yoga
  • Orienteering
  • Mountain biking

With the longer days and warmer weather coming, there’s no better time to improve your health and wellbeing by getting active!

Try it for free

Yes! You read correctly – try all of the above for free! So why not come with your friends and family for the day, bring a picnic or enjoy our tasty BBQ? Whether your aim is to try something new or spend some quality time with your family, come along and enjoy the day with us!

Summer activities for all

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder, Councillor Helen Kane said: “The event on 30 June is the perfect opportunity to showcase all of the exciting activities that will be available to all over the summer. The Council are offering activities for children, adults, the over 50’s and the whole family from 30 June – 24 July, there is something for everyone and for all abilities.”

Councillor Kane continued: “Don’t be shy, come and try something new and plan to get active this summer! Many activities are offering free first sessions too, so book now!”

Debden Festival of Healthy Living

Keeping safe with Crucial Crew

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Over 1,600 Year 6 pupils from Epping Forest and Brentwood took part in Crucial Crew, an interactive safety initiative to educate our young people about staying healthy, safe and well. The 10 year olds were given the chance to role play potentially risky situations, allowing them to learn about the best way to stay safe and avoid harm.

Crucial Crew 2016

Crucial Crew experience

Over 2 weeks the children took part in scenarios that included

  • road safety
  • fire safety
  • personal safety
  • advice on cyberbullying
  • the dangers of alcohol and smoking
  • the benefits of healthy living

The Crucial Crew experience gives children the skills and knowledge to make sensible decisions about personal safety and lifestyle choices. This year the annual event was hosted at the Debden House Centre in Loughton during the first 2 weeks of June 2016.

A fun way to learn

Chairman Jeane Lea said: “Crucial Crew is a fun way to learn. This fantastic and well-supported event allows us to offer awareness and safety advice to our young people just as they’re ready to take a big step in their lives and go to secondary school. Crucial Crew prepares our children how to stay safe and be aware of dangers they may encounter as they live life. It leaves our children with the right skills and knowledge to keep themselves safe, both now and in the future.”

Awareness and safety advice

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “All the children will be taking away a personal safety workbook with advice on dealing with challenging or potentially harmful situations and how to make positive choices regarding their own behaviour. I hope the children remember and use the lessons from Crucial Crew, which one day might save their lives.”

“Crucial Crew is organised and facilitated by the council`s Community Services team but could not take place without the hard work and continued support of partner agencies – a big thank you to all involved.”

 

Skye terrier takes home the gold

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Epping Forest districts dog lovers came to Waltham Abbey and saw Bruce the Skye Terrier take home the best in show title.

Companion Dog Show 2016

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Responsible dog ownership

Our Companion dog show, a must for all dog lovers, took place at the Town Mead Park in Waltham Abbey on Sunday 5 June 2016. It raised an amazing £1,572  for the German Shepherd Rescue (West Essex) charity as well as promoting responsible dog ownership.

On the day there were 18 novelty classes, 8 pedigree and 5 obedience classes to compete in, as well as German Shepard dog rallies.

Bruce the Skye terrier took home best in show with Cindy the Pembroke Corgi taking home best veteran.

Helping with the judging were Chairman of Epping Forest District Council Councillor Jeane Lea and Waltham Abbey Mayor Councillor Helen Kane.

Chairman Jeane Lea said: “Our dog show is brilliant at bringing the community together and shows the strong bonds families have with their pets. Today was a lovely day and it was obvious to me just how much we love our animals – take a look at all the great pictures.”

Get your dog chipped

She continued: ‘It is important to look after your dog responsibly. From April it has been a legal requirement to microchip your dog and you could be fined up to £500 if your dog isn’t chipped by the time they’re 8 months old. Something as simple as a microchip could reunite you with your pooch if they were to get lost. Don’t delay, microchip your dog today!’