Last chance to apply for the 2019 Creativity Award

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Don’t miss out on this year’s Creativity Award, there is not long left to submit your application.

The award, of up to £1000, is for young people in the district with a talent or interest in the arts, culture and heritage.

It is open to individuals and groups (with a minimum of 3 people) who are looking for support for their creative activity. A group can already be established (i.e. art clubs, theatre groups, choirs or orchestras) or have formed especially to apply for this funding. The award is also open to heritage projects and other young people’s programmes through our museum service.

To apply

Applicants, who must be aged between 13 and 25 years, are required to show their commitment to their area of interest and explain how the award will help develop their talent. They must be able to demonstrate they are actively pursuing their interest through volunteering, education, exhibition or performance.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 16 December 2018.

To apply, or for more information, visit www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/creativityawards

Meeting to discuss proposals for new homes in Stapleford Abbotts

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Local residents living in and around Stapleford Abbotts are invited to attend a public meeting to discuss plans for a new housing development on the edge of the village

When: Tuesday, 11 December, 7pm to 9pm

Where: Stapleford Abbotts Primary School, Stapleford Road, RM4 1EJ

Plans for residential units, together with associated landscaping, car parking and highway works are proposed for the Land at Oak Hill Road, opposite the junction with Tysea Hill. The proposals relate to site STAP.R1 in the Epping Forest District Local Plan Submission Version.

Epping Forest District Council is hosting the Development Management Forum along with Developer Magenta Planning Ltd. in order for local residents and all other interested parties to view plans and learn about the proposals prior to the submission of a planning application.

There will be a presentation at the start followed by a chance to discuss and put questions to representatives from Magenta Planning LTD and a Planning Officer from the District Council.

This type of forum allows for issues to be raised about the proposals and to explore any amendments and agreement between all parties in a positive and constructive way before any considerations are made at a planning committee.

Loughton man prosecuted for failing duty of care

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A shop in The Broadway, Loughton had rubbish dumped in it’s trade bin which was traced back to a resident living in Willingale Close.

Investigations by Epping Forest District Council led to the prosecution of Mr Christian Akinrinade. The waste included a number of cardboard boxes and a leather bag which were identified as having originated from Mr Akinrinade’s property in Willingale Close Loughton.

Mr Akinrinade pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court to transferring household waste to an unauthorised person. He told the Council he had given the waste to builders working at a property in his road and had paid them approximately £30 to do so.

He was fined £1153 and ordered to pay the Council’s prosecution costs of £627.82 together with a victim surcharge of £115.

Fly tipping prosecution

“We take fly tipping, and residents’ responsibility to ensure they are disposing of their waste legitimately and responsibly very seriously and will not hesitate to prosecute,” said Cllr Nigel Avey, Portfolio Holder for Environment.

“Our message is simple: Before handing your waste to somebody else, always check, consider and record in order to protect yourself, and reduce fly-tipping by rogue traders. It is a crime not to care.”

Advice on how residents can protect themselves from rogue traders who fly-tip for profit is available on the Council’s Website. Click here for more information Crime Not to Care. A series of short films produced by the Cleaner Essex Group (a campaign group made up from representatives from local authorities across Essex), are also available to view on this web page.

Decisions from Plans East on 5 December

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Planning application decisions from the Area Planning Sub-Committee East meeting Wednesday 5 December 2018.

Decisions 

  • EPF/1117/18 The Drive, Stapleford Road, Stapleford Abbotts, RM4 1EJ
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2060/18 61 Pancroft, Lambourne, RM4 1BX
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2120/18 Lindsey House, Lindsey Street, Epping, CM16 6RB
    Permission refused
  • EPF/2481/18 8 Garden Fields, Stanford Rivers, Ongar, CM5 9PL
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2503/18 Warreners, Theydon Road, Theydon Bois, CM16 4EE
    Permission granted

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Avoid the unwanted gift of food poisoning this Christmas

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There are an estimated one million cases of food poisoning in the UK every year, and without attention to food hygiene, this doesn’t stop during the festive season. To save your loved ones from a nasty bout of food poisoning over the holidays, follow these Food Standards Agency top tips from Epping Forest District Council to keep your festive season truly the most wonderful time of the year.

Top tips

  1. When Christmas food shopping, take sufficient bags to separate raw and ready-to-eat foods to avoid cross-contamination
  2. Check the guidance on your turkey to ensure you have enough time to fully defrost it – it could take as much as four days
  3. Don’t wash a raw turkey – it splashes germs onto your hands, clothes, utensils and worktops
  4. To work out the cooking time for your bird, check the instructions on the packaging Check that the meat is steaming hot throughout; there is no pink meat visible when you cut into the thickest part, and the meat juices run clear
  5. Whether you cooked your turkey from frozen or fresh, your turkey leftovers can be used to make a new meal (such as a turkey curry). This new meal can then be frozen, but make sure you only reheat it once

Coucillor Anne Grigg, Portfolio Holder for Commercial and Regulatory Services said: “Cooking a Christmas roast for a large gathering can be a challenge. It is vital that the turkey, and other meat, is stored, defrosted and cooked correctly. Likewise, leftovers from Christmas need to be reheated and eaten within specific timeframes in order to avoid food poisoning.

“This is why Epping Forest District Council is supporting the Food Standards Agency in helping to relieve some of the stress of preparing the Christmas meal and to keep your family safe during the festive period.”

Adam Hardgrave, Head of Foodborne Disease Control at the Food Standards Agency, said: “The four Cs of food hygiene – chilling, cleaning, cooking and avoiding cross-contamination are important throughout the year, but especially at Christmas.

“In the flurry of preparing the Christmas meal, it’s important to remember to plan ahead and allow plenty of time. Remember that an average-sized turkey can take four days to fully thaw in the fridge, and it is vital to thoroughly cook it so that the meat is steaming hot, there is no pink meat visible, and the meat juices run clear.”

For more information visit: www.food.gov.uk/seasons-eatings or follow @foodgov #SeasonsEatings on Twitter for tips and advice throughout the festive period.

Chairman sleeps under the stars and raises £300

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Bedding down in the grounds of Chelmsford Cathedral on a cold, wet night is not something you would normally expect of a Council Chairman!

But last Friday night that’s exactly what Cllr Richard Bassett, Chairman of Epping Forest District did. He was taking part in a sponsored event, organised by Chess Homeless, a charity supporting homeless people in Essex, and was one of several civic leaders doing the same.

Humbling experience

“Sleeping outdoors on a cold, damp winter’s night really focusses your attention on what some people face EVERY night. Charities like Chess Homeless bring immediate relief and a sense of hope to those who have no homes to go to. I found this a very humbling experience.” Cllr Bassett raised £300 in sponsorship.

Night shelter

Chess provides a nine bedroom night shelter along with shared move on accommodation. During the winter months it runs a Winter project providing rough sleepers with food, drinks, sleeping bags and a bed for the night, normally in a local church hall.

Every year it hosts a Sleep Out in the grounds of Chelmsford Cathedral to raise funds and last year netted more than £20,000.

Decisions from DDMC on 28 November 2018

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Planning application decisions from the District Development Management Committee Wednesday 28 November 2018.

Decisions

  • EPF/1583/18 – 1 Buttercross Lane, Epping
    Permission refused
  • EPF/1325 – 37 Hanson Drive, Loughton
    Permission granted
  • EPF/1213/18 – Tower Nursery, Netherhall Road, Roydon
    Permission granted
  • EPF/2515/18 – Land at Lippitts Hill, Waltham Abbey
    Permission granted

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King Harold students’ takeover day at Museum

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On Friday 23 November, Year 8 students, from King Harold Business & Enterprise Academy, transformed Epping Forest District Museum, as part of Takeover Day.

Visitors, including Epping Forest District Council Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett, took part activities, and were taken on a tour of the museum, both devised and led by the pupils.

They worked with museum staff, in a series of workshops and preparation days, to learn more about the day to day running of the museum.

The students also put together a special exhibition, from items in our First World War collection, to add to the current ‘Walter Spradbery, Artist in War and Peace’ exhibition. Their addition will be on display until the exhibition closes on Saturday 22 December. The activities were linked to the exhibition too; there was a Spradbery themed quiz and medal making, based on the First World War medals on display.

Takeover Day

Takeover Day is a national celebration (created by Kids in Museums) of young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. It’s a day on which they work alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the organisation or venue.

To find more, visit https://kidsinmuseums.org.uk/takeoverday/

New paintings on display at EFD Museum

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Epping Forest District Museum is host to two new paintings by local artist Martin Barrall, visit before March 2019 to enjoy them.

Pictured above: Martin Barrall and Bradley Melton with paintings

Exhibition details

Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL

When: November 2018 – March 2019

Opening times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm

Free entry

The paintings show the famous tea hut, near Fairmead Road in Epping Forest; a friendly stop-off point for bikers, horse riders, dog walkers and other forest visitors. One shows Bradley (who runs the hut), surrounded by the treats and snacks for sale; the other is of a typical afternoon, during a rain storm, with the car park full of bikers and walkers.

The paintings were revealed in an intimate private view on Friday 16 November, at the museum, with Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Richard Bassett, the artist, Bradley Melton and guests. The paintings will be on display until March 2019.

Pictured above: Martin Barrall, Bradley Melton and EFDC Chairman Councillor Richard Bassett

Martin Barrall

This is the first time that Martin has displayed his work in the district. The ‘Bradley’s Tea Hut’ artwork was recently on display at The Royal Academy as part of their 250th summer exhibition, curated by artist Grayson Perry.

Martin said, “I have entered the Royal Academy summer exhibition a few times before, getting paintings shortlisted but this was the first time I have had a picture hung.”

Martin worked in Art and Design education from 1974 to 1996 then slowly moved back to painting full time. He has painted many different subjects and themes, from country landscapes to Formula 1, and city scenes and over the last 5 years has mostly painted themes based on Epping Forest.

For more information, visit https://www.martinbarrall.com/home

Bradley’s Tea Hut

The tea hut, officially named ‘Original Tea Hut’, has been in Bradley’s family since the 1930s. It has become a big part of people’s visit to the forest; artist Grayson Perry is a fan of this hidden gem and was responsible for picking Martin’s paintings to be part of The Royal Academy’s exhibition. The private view was the first time Bradley had seen the paintings; he was delighted to see the painting as never got the chance to see it when it was in London.

Make someone’s Christmas special

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Each year, big hearted employees at Epping Forest District Council collect Christmas gifts for mums and their children living in refuges across Essex over Christmas and for the first time, we’re inviting residents to take part too!

We’re asking you to bring your unwrapped gifts to the Council Offices in Epping before midday on 14 December.

This year’s collection kicked off on Monday 26 November and was championed by Epping Forest District Council Chairman Councillor Richard Bassett, he said: “Please get involved this year and make someone’s Christmas special. Gifts must be unwrapped and suitable for women, and children aged 0-16. Please leave gifts in main reception of the Council Offices in Epping and don’t worry – they will be beautifully wrapped ready for delivery to refuges in time for Christmas!

“Please make sure your gift is new and isn’t sharp, broken, faith-based or toy weapons such as guns or swords.”

The deadline for accepting gifts is midday on 14 December.

J9 at Christmas Tree Festival in Epping

Councillor Bassett continued: “This year to further promote our support of the J9 initiative – which raises awareness and increases knowledge and understanding of domestic abuse – we are decorating a Christmas tree in pink as part of the Christmas Tree Festival taking place at St John’s Church, Epping between 7 and 10 December.

“So pop along and see the trees and to find out more about J9 and how you can help to support victims of domestic abuse visit: https://setdab.org/j9-initiative or donate a gift and make a child’s Christmas special.”