Super Summer

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The summer holidays saw a fun packed schedule, with activities taking place all over the District.

Summer Activities 16

Dancing round the district

Children learnt a whole range of dances in the ‘Dance like a Dinosaur’ workshop at North Weald Village Hall, Tuesday 26 July. Based on Jane Clarke and Lee Wildish’s book Dance Together Dinosaurs participants were getting ready for a competition and tried their claws at the tango, ballet, breaking dancing, disco and samba.

They made some fang-tastic dinosaur masks and performed a small routine for parents.

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Kids were moving and grooving at Budworth Hall, Ongar in our ‘Street Dance Crash Course’ led by Hip Hop Pop dancer Jenny Bater.

Street dance crash course

Dancers learnt hip hop moves like Bartman, Smurf, Tip Tap Toe and the Melbourne Shuffle as well as break dancing moves W Drop, Thread and Rolling Tread, which all tied up in a great routine performed to family and friends.

A packed workshop of 30 children worked very hard at our new musical theatre workshop; ‘Musical in a Day’ to learn and perform three songs, from Tim Minchin’s hit West End musical Matilda based on Roald Dahl’s beloved book, as well as the accompanying choreography and two scenes.

Teddy Bear Tales

Theydon Bois Village Hall was filled to the brim with bears on Wednesday 28 July as Freehand Theatre performed their latest show, Frogs, Snails and Teddy Bear Tales.

Bear was having terrible sleeping with all the excitement of his birthday the next day.  The audience brought along their teddy bears to enjoy the show too and were wowed by a season changing washing line and a monster picnic basket.

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Audience members said: ‘Beautiful production. Wonderful story and the children were mesmerised’

‘Most enjoyable and enchanting’

‘A Lovely sweet show with excellent use of laundry’

More bears came to visit the district at Loughton Library on Thursday 4 August for Booster Cushion Theatre’s wacky production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears Plus.

All told through a giant book and physical humour, the show was a hit with all ages.

Audience members said: ‘Great fun.  My 3 year old giggled through it all as did my 7 year old and me!’

‘Really wonderful show, very funny and kids were really entertained.’

‘Very funny and entertaining for all ages, thoroughly enjoyed it.’

Getting creative

Over the holidays children got to channel their inner artists, in new workshop for 2016 ‘discover your Inner Artist’.

Taking inspiration from the collection at Epping Forest District Museum, children learnt about;

  • Artist William Morris
  • Create classic ancient Chinese willow patterns
  • Design and create their own short stories,
  • Design fabric using silk

The ‘How to Draw’ workshop was taken to the next level with ‘How to Draw More’, which explored the world of drawing a bit further by drawing in different ways using: tiny pencils, pencils on the end of long sticks, with their shut and in the hand they don’t normally draw with.

The children got to study Henry Moore’s drawing of a sheep and experiment with different techniques and used tips and tricks they learnt from the ‘How to Draw’ as well as discovering new ones.

‘How to Paint’ returned this year, with watercolour and acrylic, which explored different effects of watercolour and texture of acrylic paint.

At ‘Be an Animator’ children spent the day making their own clay models and stories to turn into a short animated film.

There was a wide range of characters and stories including; snakes fighting amongst the leaves, a multi-coloured giraffe crossing a river and water squirting elephant.  All the short films are currently being edited into one and will be available to view in a few weeks.

In ‘Be a Textile Artist’ at the newly refurbished Epping Forest District Museum, children got to experiment with printing on to fabric, applique and designing their own patterns taking inspiration from the museum’s collections.

Families had great fun at the drop-in sessions, held at the both Epping Forest District Museum and Lowewood Museum, experimenting with clay, printing and model making.  Over 200 people attended the Family Fun Day held at both museums and enjoyed puppet shows and willow weaving, African drumming and mask making.

Travel with the museum passport

The Passport Project returned this summer encouraging families to visit new museums, to take part in activities and get their passports stamped. This year even more museums from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex were involved in the project.

Get involved

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F.I.S.H holiday club pilot a great success

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Over the six weeks summer holiday local organisations teamed together to run the Districts first food in the school holidays (F.I.S.H) holiday club.

FISH holiday club images

A place for families to eat together under one roof

EFDC’s Community health and wellbeing team partnered with Loughton foodbank and True Stars children’s centre based at the Limes Centre run the first Epping Forest F.I.S.H Holiday Club providing a hot meal each week to support local families struggling with the cost of food. With around 170 non-school days a year some families find it tricky to keep the kids entertained.

The F.I.S.H holiday club, part of the Trussell Trust’s ‘More Than Food’ programme, is one of 14 pilots which ran across the UK this summer, and aims to provide:

  • Fun activities
  • Learning opportunities
  • A hot meal for parents and children

Making a real difference

Heather Scholer, Loughton Foodbank Managersaid ; ‘Over the 6 weeks, 10 families attended the Holiday Club including 17 children and nearly 90 hot meals and desserts were cooked and served by 15 staff members and volunteers.

It has made a real difference to the families this summer and has created excellent partnership working between the three organisations’

FISH holiday club

Spending quality time

One parent, who has benefited from the programme, said: ‘Coming to the Holiday Club has made a difference to our family this summer, it’s been somewhere local and fun to come without it costing money and my child has had the opportunity to try different healthy foods.

It’s been nice for me to spend quality time with my child and socialise with other adults too.’

One child said, ‘I felt excited to come to the Holiday Club, I had space to do fun activities like making crowns and play tennis. I really liked the tuna pasta, the cream tea and making new friends!’

Patrick Arnold Community development officer said; ‘The school holiday is meant to be a fun time for parents and children alike, It’s great to know we’ve injected a little more fun made a difference in the district’

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