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!’

Book a day trip to Oxford

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Spaces are available for our day trip to Oxford on Friday 24 June – book now and explore Oxford the City of Dreaming Spires for just £41.85 per person.

Oxford day trip

Oxford 

Our New Horizon’s Day Trip to Oxford includes a Blue Badge Guided tour of the town and an Oxford College, plus an afternoon cruise from Folly Bridge on the River Thames to Iffley Lock. Coach travel is also included with local pick up points.

The cost is £41.85 per person including coach travel.

Timetable

  • We arrive at about 10.30am for morning coffee and biscuits (included in price) at the Kings Arms in the centre of Oxford, then leave for our guided walking tour of the town and an Oxford College
  • You then have free time in Oxford to look around and  stop for lunch
  • Our afternoon cruise takes us from Folly Bridge on the River Thames known as the Isis in Oxford, to Iffley Lock – this lock is one of the prettiest on the river, we stop here for refreshments and/or the chance to stretch your legs and see one of the most beautiful churches in England
  • We will leave Oxford at around 5pm

Morning coffee, biscuits, guided tour and cruise on this trip are included in the price. Lunch and other refreshments are not included.

Book now

  • Book online

  • Call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

 

Pupils amaze at Big Dance performance

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Pupils from Epping Forest district’s after-school dance clubs took part in the Big Dance Pledge on Friday 20 May 2016 at Chipping Ongar Primary School.

They joined thousands of dancers from all around the world who simultaneously performed to music created especially for the Big Dance by musician Nitin Sawhney, and dancer Akram Khan choreographing the dancing.

After-school dance clubs run by Epping Forest District Council are from

  • Chipping Ongar Primary School
  • Coopersale and Theydon Garnon Primary School
  • Ivy Chimneys Primary School
  • Moreton Primary School
  • Nazeing Primary School
  • Roydon Primary School

Dancers photos

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A day to remember

Vanessa Gayton, Dance Engagement Officer at Epping Forest District Council said: “Today has been a fantastic experience for the children. I’m very proud of each and every single one of them, this really has been a day to remember.”

“The beauty of the dance pledge is that it is for everyone, with all types of people and levels of experience of dance in mind. It’s important to put dance on the map in the local community and to show how dance can bring people together.”

#BigDance

Want to get involved? Find out more on the Big Dance website.

 

Explore the life of a hedgehog

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What’s small, round, brown and covered in spines? A hedgehog of course!

Bring your kids to our Hedgehog Day on Wednesday 1 June to learn about one of Britain’s most familiar wild mammals with the Epping Forest Countrycare team.

Hedgehog day 2016 poster

Hedgehog day

  • When – Wednesday 1 June 2016 11am to 1pm
  • Where – Linder’s Field, Roebuck Lane, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5QN
  • Cost – £3 per child
  • Booking – call 01992 564224 to book a place

Come and explore the life of a hedgehog

Enjoy some hedgehog inspired games, learn how to make your garden more hedgehog friendly and what sort of food will encourage them to visit. Hedgehog day is aimed at 4 to 11 year olds.

Find out about Hedgehogs

 

Museum galleries spring to life

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Museum galleries sprang to life in an enchanting dance exploration called On the Move. Dancers performed to over 200 visitors at Epping Forest District Museum on 30 April 2016.

Museum dance residency

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Students from the Waltham Abbey-based DNA Studios performed dance interpretations by Choreographer in Residence, Elysia Tebb. Dances were inspired by the themes in the temporary exhibitions gallery, On the Move.

The group performed this piece before dispersing around the museum where they performed their own individual pieces, offering a new and slightly different take on the interpretation of the galleries displays.

Reopening celebration

The performances were a celebration of Epping Forest District Museum’s reopening after it’s Heritage Lottery Funded refurbishment and expansion.

Innovative performance

Speaking about the project, Epping Forest District Council’s Dance Engagement Officer Vanessa Gayton said: “The On The Move Dance project finds both the Museum and DNA Performing Arts students experiencing a totally unique way of representation and performance.”

“This is an immersive experience for the young people involved as they interpret the history of the collections, working in unconventional settings and interacting closely with their audience.”

“The week-long residency has challenged their imaginations, spatial awareness, self-confidence and fitness levels, building towards what will, no doubt, be an innovative performance for our visitors to enjoy.”

 

Join our dementia friendly community

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In celebration of Dementia Awareness Week from 15 to 21 May 2016 the Epping Forest Dementia Action Alliance is holding an event, hoping to bring together  local people to unite in making the district more dementia friendly.

Epping Forest District Council Apprentices are now Dementia Friends

Enabling people to live well with dementia

The aim is to encourage and support communities and organisations to take practical actions to enable people to live well with dementia and to raise awareness on how to support those living with dementia. Making small changes can make a big difference.

Increase your understanding of dementia

The Epping Forest Dementia Action Alliance is inviting all residents to attend

  • Friday 20 May
  • Epping Hall, Conference Room, St Johns Road, Epping, CM16 5JU
  • 12.30pm to 2pm

The day will include a 1 hour, interactive Dementia Friends information session, which is an opportunity to increase your understanding of dementia.

The Dementia Friends initiative is led by the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity, the Alzheimer’s Society. They will also be attending the event with information about their various local groups and activities.

Implementing small changes

Karen Murray, Epping Forest District Council’s Older Peoples Engagement Officer said: ‘I have recently become a Dementia Friends Champion and this has really opened my eyes to the fact that you can live well with dementia by those around you helping and implementing small changes. By becoming a dementia friend or joining the alliance you can take the first steps to making our community dementia friendly.’

Get involved

To attend this event and take part in the Dementia Friends information session or if you or your organisation wish to become a  member of the Epping Forest Dementia Action Alliance please contact;

Louis Walton, Community Policy and Grants Assistant

If you would like more information please visit

Five free ‘Lifewalks’ in May

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May 2016 is National Walking Month and Epping Forest District Council’s Walking for Health Scheme, Lifewalks, are offering all new walkers the chance to enjoy five free walks in May with the launch of their new diary of walks. So why not sign up today?

There’s no doubt about it, walking is good for you. Great for your heart, your lungs, your muscles, bones and is excellent for your overall wellbeing!

‘Achieve your goals’

Older People’s Engagement Officer, Karen Murray said: “This scheme is for everyone, no matter your fitness levels or age. Lifewalks are short and range from 1.5 to 3 miles in distance and last from 20 – 60 minutes. They are always on good paths, so you don’t need any special clothes or shoes to take part. The walks are local and start from various locations in and around the Epping Forest district. If you want to improve your general health, improve fitness, walk for weight control, rehabilitate from a period of ill-health or even just to meet new people and discover our beautiful district, our friendly walk leaders and groups can help you achieve your goals – whilst you enjoy yourself! So why not take advantage of this special offer and sign yourself up for your first walk today!”

Options for joining

  • Pay-as-you-walk – cost £2.00 per walk, all you need do is turn up
  • Buy a Lifewalks Privilege Card – £28.50 for 6 months (entitles you to as many walks as you like)
  • Annual Privilege Card – £55.00 for 12 months (entitles you to as many walks as you like)
  • GP referral – a month of free walks

• Download a Lifewalks diary

To order a Lifewalks diary by post, call Karen Murray on 01992 564222 or email kmurray@eppingforestdc.gov.uk