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

New Horizon’s co-ordinator, Hettie, retires

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New Horizon’s Hettie Williamson has hung up her ‘days trips hat’, after 26 years of organising the Epping Forest District Council run ‘Stepping Out Club’ outings. Future day trips are to be run by Karen Murray, the District Council’s Older People’s Engagement Officer.

Julie Chandler (Assistant Director of Community Services and Safety), Hettie Williamson (Ex-coordinator of New Horizon’s outings) and Karen Murray (New coordinator for New Horizon’s outings)

Karen Murray said: “Hettie has done a fantastic job and we are sad she won’t be organising the trips any more, but she will hopefully be coming along on a few trips as a guest in future, that’s if she’s not too busy with all her other activities!”

Hettie joined the team as trip coordinator in November 1989 and since then she has dedicated her time and energy into making the club a success.

88 Years Young

At 88 years young, Hettie will continue to manage the District Council’s Bowls club at the David Lloyd Health and Fitness Club in Chigwell and organise her monthly tea dances. Hettie said: “I never looked back and in its heyday I was arranging up to 22 day trips a year. We have been like one big family and we have shared many happy memories together”.

Hettie is an ‘inspiration’

Julie Chandler, Assistant Director for Community Services and Safety said: “I’m delighted that Hettie has been part of the Council for so long. She has been an inspiration to many people and still is. On behalf of the Council, I’d like to thank Hettie for the commitment and energy that she’s given to the Stepping Out Club over the years.”

Popular day trips

New Horizons offers a range of sporting, social and leisure pursuits for the over 50s. They offer everything from badminton to yoga, dancing to petanque, bowls and the ever popular day trips. Trips are run throughout the year to stately homes, gardens, coasts, as well as other special events.

Day trips in 2016 include:

  • Friday 24th June – Oxford the “City of Dreaming Spires”, £41.85 per person
  • Monday 12th September – Royal London-with a visit to Buckingham Palace, £45.65 per person
  • Tuesday 22nd November – Christmas in Faversham & Canterbury with Choral Evensong at the Cathedral, £28.75 per person

Whether you are looking for a new interest or simply looking to enjoy the company of new friends, take a look at what is on offer this year.

For further details about the trips or Tea Dances kmurray@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or 01992 564222

All trips include coach and entry costs unless otherwise stated and local pick up points are available

Keep your kids active this Easter

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Looking for fun things to with the kids this upcoming Easter break? Look no further, we have a range of activities for all ages and abilities. Adventures in the forest, arts and crafts and much more, there’s no excuse to be bored this spring.

Easter activities 2016

Play in the park

Play in the park is free to attend and all about playing games and having fun outdoors using a variety of play equipment, and arts and crafts.

Dates

  • Tuesday 29 March / 1.30pm to 3.30pm / Roding Valley Recreation Ground, (Near Tennis Courts) Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3B
  • Wednesday 30 March / 10am to 12 noon / Town Mead Leisure Park, Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JH
  • Wednesday 30 March / 1.30pm to 3.30pm / Abridge Village Hall Playing Fields, Ongar Road, Abridge, RM4 1BS
  • Thursday 31 March / 10am to 12 noon / Roydon Playing Fields, Occupation Lane, Roydon, CM19 5HL
  • Thursday 31 March / 1.30pm to 3.30pm / Shelley Park, St Peters Avenue, Shelley, Ongar, CM5 0BT
  • Monday 4 April / 1.30pm to  3.30pm / Stonards Hill Recreation   Ground, Stonards Hill,  Epping, CM16 6EJ
  • Tuesday 5 April / 10am to 12 noon / Abridge Village Hall Playing Fields, Ongar Road, Abridge, RM4 1BS
  • Tuesday 5 April / 1.30pm to 3.30pm / Roding Valley Recreation Ground, (Near Tennis Courts), Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • Wednesday 6 April / 10am to 12 noon / Ninefields (Large Green Field), Hillhouse, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3EL
  • Thursday 7 April / 1.30pm to 3.30pm / Jubilee Park, Love Lane Playground, Love Lane, Ongar, CM5 9BL

Play in the forest

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. A wide range of activities will be on offer including bug hunting, shelter building and woodland arts & crafts.

  • Friday 1 April / Ditches Rise Car Park, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, CM16 7DR
  • Friday 8 April / High Beach, Car Park Behind Kings Oak Pub, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AE

£3 pay on the day from 10am to 12 noon.

Easter activities 2016

Epping Forest Multi-Sport Days

Epping Forest Multi-Sport Days offer a chance for young people aged 7 to 14 to take part in fun-filled days of activities including Football, Netball, Tennis, Tag Rugby, Zumba, Athletics, Dance, Dodgeball, Handball, American Flag Football, Boxercise plus many more.

Dates

  • Tuesday 29 March / Thursday 31 March / Tuesday 5 April / Thursday 7 April

Registration Time: 8.45am to 9.15am / Event Time: 9.15am to 3pm

Ages 7 to 14 / £15 per child

Epping Upper Clapton RFC, Upland Road, Thornwood, Epping, Essex, CM16 6NL

Booking Info

  • Booking line: 01992 564226 (Open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)
  • Book online

Mountain Bike Day

Each day will be an intense day of mountain biking skills development coaching and trail riding, aimed at improving participant’s skill and confidence on their bike. Groups will be split according to age and ability throughout the day.

Ages 8 to 16/ £30 per child

Dates

  • Thursday 31 March / Thursday 7 April

Registration Time: 8.45am to 9.15am / Event Time: 9.15am to 4pm

Debden House Centre, Debden Green, Loughton, Essex, IG10 2NZ

Booking Info

  • Booking line: 01992 564226 (Open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)
  • Book online

Xplorer Challenge

Xplorer is a family friendly event for all ages. The navigation challenge is educational and fun and gives children a sense of adventure as they explore the park to find the markers. It involves a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making that the whole family can enjoy together. At each marker children need to identify what is pictured and enjoy learning a fun fact to tell their friends.

With the new Xplorer Challenge you can also win a free attendance at our Multi Sports Day for Half Term or summer.

To win all you have to do is take part in one of our Xplorer events at Easter. If your team complete the challenge in one of the fasters times of the day, than we will send you a voucher allowing you to book your children on to a Multi Sports Day in May Half Term or Summer Holidays totally free!

Dates

  • Tuesday 29 March / 10am to 12pm / Roding Valley Recreational Ground,   Roding Road Entrance, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • Monday 4 April / 10am to 12pm / Stonards Hill Recreation Ground, Main Entrance, Stonards Hill, Epping, CM16 6SP

£2 per map.

More information

For more information on any of the upcoming events please call

  • Community Services on 01992 564226 (open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

 

Top energy rating for swimming pool

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Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool, operated by Everyone Active in partnership with Epping Forest District Council, have seen their energy rating improve considerably over the last year due to a number of energy-saving initiatives.

Waltham Abbey swimming pool covers

The centre installed new pool covers in 2014, in order to reduce heat and energy loss and reduce utility consumption. The £4,000 investment is now showing real results in improving the energy efficiency of the site.

Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool have also converted to LED lights throughout the building, installed Passive Infrared Sensors to trigger lights only when people are moving through an area and spent time re-educating colleagues on energy wastage.

These combined efforts have led to a 10-point reduction on their DEC (Display Energy Certificate) which shows the energy performance of a building based on energy consumption. The lower the number the more energy efficient a site is.

Efficient and green

“Everyone Active are committed to making Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool as efficient and green as possible, in order to improve our local environment” says Everyone Active General Manager Chris McCarthy.

“This year we also installed collection bins for recycling batteries, printer cartridges, glasses, CDs, old cassettes and videos. We will continue to invest in the site and encourage staff and members to get involved in our energy saving and green initiatives.”

Reduction in energy use

Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool is owned by Epping Forest District Council. Councillor Helen Kane Leisure and Well-being Portfolio Holder said: “The reduction in energy use is fantastic. The council is investing heavily to reduce fuel bills across all our assets. The installation of solar panel on the civic offices in Epping was completed last month.”

“The investment at Waltham Abbey Pool is another major step forward. It is good for business, great for the environment and fantastic for our customers.”

Contact Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool

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February half term activities

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February half term is fast approaching! Have you booked your kids place yet on our fun packed holiday activities?

If not book now before it’s too late.

Epping Forest Multi Sport Days

Epping Forest Multi-Sports Days

Tuesday 16 and Thursday 18 February 2016.

Ages 7 to 14 years old at Epping Upper Clacton RFC, Upland Road, Thornwood, Epping, Essex CM16 6NL.

Multi-sport days will be running from 9.15am to 3pm (registration 8.45am to 9.15am).

The days offer a chance for young people to take part in fun-filled days of activities including football, tennis netball, zumba, athletics, dance, dodgeball, tri-golf, American flag football, boxercise plus many more.

Play in the Forest poster

Play in the Forest

Wednesday 17 and Friday 19 February 2016.

Ages 5 to 11 years old at High Beach, Car Park Behind Kings Oak Pub, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AE. Time 10am to 12 noon.

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. Play Rangers wills bring along a wide range of equipment and activities for children and young people to enjoy and will help them explore the forest. Activities include den building, nature trails and woodland arts and crafts.