Limes Centre office soon open all day

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The council’s office at The Limes Centre in Chigwell will soon be open all day.

Tenants and other residents living on the Limes Farm Estate and in surrounding areas can visit the office for advice on a whole range of issues including

  • rent
  • council tax payments
  • repairs
  • refuse
  • pets
  • parking
  • tenancy conditions
  • anti-social behaviour
  • estate
  • environmental issues

Limes Farm EFDC local office

Longer opening hours and new services

Until now the office has been open during the mornings only, but from 4 January 2016 the hours will be

  • Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm.
  • Benefits and council tax advice service everyday
  • Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)  advice services on Wednesday and Thursday mornings

We are also extending the range of services available to include

  • A new facility to pay your rent and council tax by debit or credit card
  • An Epping Forest District Council and Essex County Council information kiosk
  • Community services, tenant participation and advice on repairs, estates and environmental issues

The longer opening hours will be trialled for 18 months with a review after 12 months and the extended service may continue if it is popular with residents.

Further details

Please contact us for more information on the new hours and services, or for any of your housing enquiries

 

New and extended stray dog service

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Stray dogs found in the Epping Forest district will be collected by the London Borough of Waltham Forest’s dog wardens from 23 November 2015.

Dog wardens

This new and extended service is available every day (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) between 7am and 9pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 7pm on weekends and Bank Holidays.

Dogs will be taken to Waltham Forest’s holding kennels.

To report a lost or found stray dog call 07815 512833

Report a stray dog on 07815 512833

New weekend and evening service

Environment Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Will Breare-Hall said: “I am delighted to announce our new and extended stray dog collection service with Waltham Forest Council. Stray dogs tend not to adhere to 9 to 5 office hours so this new weekend and evening service represents a great improvement for our residents. It also allows us to provide better care for the dogs too.”

Your dog is your responsibility

“Your dog is your responsibility” said Councillor Breare-Hall “The law says owners must ensure their dogs wear an identity tag with their contact details when out and about. Microchipping becomes a legal requirement for all dogs over 8 weeks old from April 2016, so it is important that owners remember to update their details if they change address or if their dog goes to a new home.”

Councillor Will Breare-Hall continued: “Losing your dog can be an expensive and distressing experience. The fee for reclaiming a dog is £78, plus a daily kennelling charge. Making microchipping a legal requirement should make it much easier to reunite stray dogs with their owners, but it is still up to owners to take care of their pets and not let them stray in the first place.”

Councillor Breare-Hall added: “If you find a stray dog with a tag please phone the owner. If it has been chipped, your local vet will be able to tell who it belongs to. In all other circumstances contact Waltham Forest on 07815 512833. If your call is not answered, leave a message and you will be contacted within 30 minutes. Dogs can be collected by their owners from Waltham Forest’s Council Offices or delivered to your home for an additional £40 charge.”

Pleased to be providing this service

Waltham Forest Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Clyde Loakes said: “We’re pleased to be providing this service to our neighbouring borough and can assure the dog-owners of Epping Forest that we not only do we have a top team of officers, but state-of-the-art facilities in the shape of our new kennels.”

 

Dog show success despite stormy weather

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Blustery conditions failed to dampen the spirits of dogs and their owners at this year’s Waltham Abbey dog show. The annual companion dog show took place on Sunday 31 May 2015 at the Town Mead Park in Waltham Abbey.

It raised an amazing £1,400 for German Shepherd Rescue (West Essex).

Companion dog show 2015

To view photos in a slideshow, click on a picture below and click start slideshow.

Many thanks to Sam Kane for the lovely photos.

Trophies

Trophies were awarded for

  • Best In Show – Gladis – 3 year old Standard Poodle
  • Reserve Best In Show – Taffi – 3 year old English Setter
  • Best Puppy – Thyme – 10 month old German Shepherd
  • Best Veteran – Demi – 9 year old German Shepherd

Raised £1,400 for German Shepherd Rescue

Epping Forest District Council Chairman, Councillor Liz Webster said: “Despite the weather there was a great turnout and all the dogs that competed were lovely. I’m pleased to announce we raised £1,400 for German Shepherd Rescue (West Essex), an organisation which relies entirely on public donations to find homes for German Shepherds who’ve found themselves without a family home.”

 

Good citizen dog scheme test day

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Dog owners are invited to bring their dogs to Thornwood Village Hall on Sunday 26 April 2015 for a Test Day to get a Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme award.

The animal welfare service has organised the day to encourage responsible dog ownership. Tests will be taking place from 11.30am.

Test Day poster Apr15

Good Citizen Dog Scheme test day

The Good Citizen Scheme is a national scheme for all dogs (pedigree or crossbreed) of any age and their owners, designed to train dogs and their handlers to become ‘Good Citizens’. Its aim is to make owners fully aware of their dog owning responsibilities and the need to own a socially-acceptable dog plus provide them with an understanding of their canine companion. For example, a ‘Good Citizen Dog’ should be able to walk in a controlled manner on the lead, lie and sit on command, allow its owner to groom and inspect it and come when called.

There will be bronze, silver and gold awards but the silver and gold must be booked in advance by no later than 20 April 2015.

Want to know more

Contact Lyn Cook, Animal Warden at Epping Forest District Council

 

Companion dog show 2015

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The companion dog show is a fun ‘doggy’ day out for all the family including your dog! It is being held on Sunday 31 May 2015 at the Town Mead Park in Waltham Abbey.

Companion dog show

With over 30 classes, the Companion Dog Show with Obedience opens at 10am, judging starts at 11am. Each entry costs £1.50 per class.

There is a special GSD Rally for German Shepherds only at 1pm.

This is a Kennel Club Licensed Show. Rosettes will be awarded for 1st to 6th places in all classes plus trophies for Best In Show (BIS), Reserve Best In Show (RBIS), Best Puppy and Best Veteran. Dogs do not have to be Kennel Club registered.

The show is in aid of German Shepherd Rescue (West Essex). This is a fun ‘doggy’ day out for people to show their dogs. Refreshments include a barbecue and a licensed bar plus side attractions.

Want to know more

Contact Lyn Cook, Animal Warden at Epping Forest District Council

 

Stray dogs at Christmas

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If you find a stray dog while the main council offices are closed to the public over the Christmas period, please contact Hillside Kennels on 01992 892316, between 11.00 and 15.00 any day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Sunday to arrange to drop the dog off.

If you have lost your dog you can check with the kennel to see if it has been handed in (a kennelling fee may be payable) or call the Animal Warden from 5 January on 01992 564153.

 

Pupils in tree-mendous planting success

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500 trees were planted by pupils from Wormley Primary School on Wednesday 26 November helped by our Countrycare team. This is the latest stage in a long-term project to encourage the children to get outside more and think about the wildlife around them.

Tree planting with pupils

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The children spent an hour planting the 5 different species of tree

  1. Hawthorn
  2. Hazel
  3. Dogwood
  4. Dog Rose
  5. Field Maple

When they are fully grown they will help to provide habitat and food for many species of bird, mammal and insect.

Wildlife area and sensory trail

Countrycare have been working with the Forest Schools teacher creating a space for nature in the school grounds. Together they have been creating a wildlife area and sensory trail around the edge of the playing field for forest schools lessons.

The wildlife area consists of a bird feeding area, stag beetle habitat and bug hotels. The sensory part of the trail has a bridge, balance boards and stepping stones all made from natural materials, all of which are intended to create habitat for insects.

The next step in Spring 2015 will be to plant wildflowers, shrubs and herbs for both the children and pollinating insects to enjoy.

Food and shelter for lots of different species

Abigail Oldham, Countrycare manager said: “The children seemed to thoroughly enjoy the experience and did a great job of creating these new wildlife habitats.”

“I’m really hoping when I come back I’ll find a wonderful wildlife habitat that provides food and shelter for lots of different species of birds, mammals and insects.”

The kids absolutely loved it

Ben Webb, class teacher at Wormley Primary School said: “The kids absolutely loved it and have been talking about it all week.”

Find out about Countrycare

Epping Forest Countrycare is our award winning Countryside Management Service. They undertake a wide variety of community-based activities and coordinates a regular programme of practical conservation work. Find out more on the Countrycare website.

 

Show your dog at Waltham Abbey dog show

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Fancy a great day out for the whole family, including your dog?

Why not bring your dog to Waltham Abbey on Sunday 1 June to take part in our Companion Dog Show.

Companion Dog Show

Companion Dog Show

  • When – Sunday 1 June 2014 at 10am
  • Where – Town Mead Park, Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1HU
  • What – Companion Dog Show with Obedience plus GSD Rally
  • Details – Classes and entry conditions (pdf 283KB)

With over 30 classes, the Companion Dog Show with Obedience opens at 10am, judging starts at 11am. Each entry costs £1.50 per class.

There is a special GSD Rally for German Shepherds only at 1pm.

This is a Kennel Club Licensed Show. Rosettes will be awarded for 1st to 6th places in all classes plus trophies for Best In Show (BIS), Reserve Best In Show (RBIS), Best Puppy and Best Veteran. Dogs do not have to be Kennel Club registered.

The show is in aid of German Shepherd Rescue (West Essex). This is a fun ‘doggy’ day out for people to show their dogs. Refreshments include a barbecue and a licensed bar plus side attractions.

Want to know more

Contact Lyn Cook, Animal Warden at Epping Forest District Council

 

Dog show a great success

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The Dog Show at Waltham Abbey Town Mead on Sunday 9 June was a great success, raising nearly £2,000 for German Shepherd Rescue (West Essex). The show, organised by Epping Forest District Council’s Animal Welfare Service was held in conjunction with Waltham Abbey Town Council. It was part of the promotion of responsible dog ownership.

Dogs competed in classes such as ‘the dog with the waggiest tail’ and ‘the dog the judge would most like to take home’ and raised a fantastic £1,987.60. Animal Warden Lyn Cook said: “I would like to thank everyone who came along and made this show such a success. There were over 247 entries into classes and so I must give a special mention to our judges who worked very hard throughout the day.”

Photos

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Chairman of Council Councillor Mary Sartin presented the prizes for the Best in Show, Reserve Best in Show and Best Puppy. Waltham Abbey Deputy Mayor Councillor Helen Kane also attended and as well as judging the Best Veteran class, presented the rosettes to the winner and runners-up. Councillor Sartin said: “The annual Dog Show is always a very popular event. I was delighted to come along and present the trophies. The winner was a lovely dog and thoroughly deserved the Best in Show prize.”

Lyn Cook concluded: “I am very happy that we were able to raise such a magnificent amount for German Shepherd Rescue (West Essex).  They do so much to help German Shepherds that need help or rehoming.”

 

Waltham Abbey dog show

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Town Mead Park in Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey is host to a Companion Dog Show on Sunday 9 June 2013 as part of the promotion of responsible dog ownership by both Epping Forest District Council and Waltham Abbey Town Council.

Waltham Abbey dog showThe show is raising money for German Shepherd Rescue (West Essex).

The Kennel Club Licensed show opens at 10am with judging starting at 11am for both the pedigree and the obedience and novelty classes.

There will be 5 obedience classes, 18 novelty classes and 8 pedigree classes as well as various stalls, a barbecue, licensed bar and refreshments and a professional photographer.

Entries are £1.50 per class. There will also be a German Shepherd Rally with 10 classes.

Dogs need not be Kennel Club registered and may be of any breed except Pit Bull Terriers. Puppies under 6 months are not eligible for competition.

Dog show schedule (pdf 118KB) 

Full entry requirements and further information can be obtained by contacting Lyn Cook on 01992 564077 or by emailing lcook@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.