Epping Forest Residents Provide Fruit Trees in Malawi

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Grafted trees

Everyone who recycles aluminium drinks cans in the Epping Forest District is helping grow fruit trees in Malawi. Latest figures show that in the past year residents have contributed to growing 81 grafted orange trees for families in rural Malawi and the more cans that are recycled, the more fruit trees will be grown.

The tree nurseries are run by local garden clubs and schools, which have been growing guava and pawpaw as well as the local lemon rootstock used for grafting the improved fruit species  – a new introduction to the area.

The first grafted trees have now been produced by trainees learning their new horticultural skills at the project and are being cared for both at Ripple Africa`s base on the shores of Lake Malawi, where they will be subject to trials for disease and drought resistance and at the garden club nurseries.

As well as providing a greenhouse, training and materials, Alupro is making sure that a fruit tree is grown to maturity for every tonne of aluminium recycled in the UK. This is to encourage everyone to recycle, by demonstrating how saving energy through recycling is linked to environmental challenges in Africa. Recycling aluminium is 20 times more efficient than making it from the raw material bauxite.

Grafted tree displayed in a recycled drinks canCouncillor Mary Sartin Portfolio Holder for Environment said: We are delighted that after just one year, recyclers in Epping Forest have been responsible for giving 81 fruit trees to the project, so I would urge everyone to make sure that they always recycle their drinks cans to help build a sustainable future in Malawi. Recyclers across the UK will give around 48,000 fruit trees this year. Many of the trees will be grown by individual families (improving their nutrition) and in community orchards which will provide opportunities for trade. The project also seeks to identify budding entrepreneurs who will be interested in developing small businesses to dry and juice fruits and create jobs. In these cases it is hoped that the business experience offered by the project will help ensure that the right decisions are made, small loans are available and successful initiatives established.

On top of all this is the environmental gain of growing so many valuable trees in an area suffering severe deforestation. Ripple is also growing fast-growing trees at the nurseries so they can be coppiced for firewood, which is one of the major reasons trees are felled.

The Essex Experience

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Safer Communities Partnership - Epping Forest District

An exciting opportunity exists for young (or young at heart) adult volunteers aged 18 years or over to take part in the Essex Experience, a project by Essex Scouts to allow young people aged between 12 and 15 years old at risk of social exclusion the opportunity to try exciting and challenging activities.

The project receives part-funding for young people from the Epping Forest District though the Safer Communities Partnership.

Do you have young adults in your organisation, aged 18 years or more, or do you know of any young adults, who could benefit from being a volunteer at the Essex Experience?

    It is free to participate and the commitment would be as follows:

  • Monday 15 to Friday 19 September 2008
    Residential volunteer training course including teambuilding, leadership & communications skills, working with young people, first aid.
  • Evening Friday 19 to afternoon Sunday 21 September 2008
    Activity and camping weekend for 150 young people aged 12 to 15 years old. Activities include abseiling, climbing, go-karting, canoeing, rafting, archery, air rifle shooting, arts & crafts.
Briefing Meeting

Potential volunteers are required to attend a briefing meeting (further details will be sent with the application pack).

The Role of the Volunteer

The Role of the Volunteers is to act as mentors to the young people during the activity weekend, camping with them, leading them through the activities and encouraging them to take part. Support, in the form of training, first aid, catering, logistics, site services and activities, is provided by a large team of Scout leaders and volunteers.

Volunteer Requirements

Enthusiasm; enjoy a challenge; can lead by example and deal with problems; a sense of fun; willingness to deal with challenging behaviour from young people; can cope with camping for three nights; willingness to make friends and work as part of a team.

Benefits to the Volunteers

These include gaining a greater understanding of young people, develop leadership & teamwork skills, improve interpersonal and organisational skills, gain outdoor practical skills, experience new activities, take responsibility, increase self confidence, gain first aid skills.

Further Information and Application Pack
    Please contact Claire Fielder, Community Development Officer for Essex Scouts by:

  • Telephone on 01702 216768
  • Email at commdevoff@essexscouts.org.uk

Chairman Presents Awards to Stay and Play

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Chairman Cllr John Knapman presents awards to the Stay and Play play workers at Norway House

Chairman of Council, Councillor John Knapman presented Good Practice Certificates to the play workers of The Stay & Play Parent and Toddler Group at Norway House Homeless Hostel on on 2 July 2008.

The Stay and Play Group achieved a Good Practice Certificate from the Pre-school Learning Alliance in recognition of the quality of childcare it provides. In order to achieve the award, play workers had to meet excellent standards in elements such as Health & Safety, the quality of activities provided, management, administration and teamwork. The Good Practice Certificate is recognition of the team`s professional, committed and enthusiastic approach.

The Norway House Homeless Hostel provides a warm and welcoming environment for all the families that attend. Fun, creative and challenging activities are available for the little children in a stimulating setting. Parents and carers are able to chat informally together whilst joining in the fun with their children. The play workers Gemma, Mary and Val work tirelessly to provide a wonderful group that fully promotes the outcomes of the Every Child Matters agenda.

The Stay and Play Parent and Toddler Group is run in partnership with Community Development at Epping Forest District Council and a local charity SEFFTA (Supporting Epping Forest Families in Temporary Accommodation).

SEFFTA have volunteer and trustee opportunities, for more information please call Gemma on 01992 564556.

Daleks Spotted at Airfield

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Bumper crowds and Daleks turned up to the Wings and Wheels Model Spectacular held 2008 at North Weald Airfield on 28 and 29 June 2008. The Airfield was host to one of the UK`s largest and longest running radio controlled model shows with many enthusiasts staying for the whole weekend.

Daleks at the Wings and Wheels Model SpectacularA model tank at the Wings and Wheels Model Spectacular

Visitors were entertained by spectacular flying displays over the main runway which was closed to full size aircraft for the event. There were opportunities to have a go with radio controlled boats on the specially constructed boat pool and radio controlled cars.

Everything for the modelling enthusiast was available from trade stands and there was an opportunity to buy and sell second hand models at the bring and buy marquee.

Further entertainment was provided by the large model tanks and full size Daleks that trundled through the crowds.

The Big Youth Debate

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Over the next month, some three thousand young people aged 11 to 19 from across the Epping Forest District are expected to make their views known about a number of the important local issues and services which affect their day-to-day lives.

Members of the Epping Forest Youth Council (EFYC) have devised a questionnaire to gauge the opinions of young peoples from across the district about their five main priority issues.

These issues are leisure resources, crime and safety, transport, the environment and stereotypes of young people.

The questionnaire has been welcomed by local schools who will be lending their support towards completing this exercise. For local young people who are unable to access the questionnaire through their local school an online version will be hosted on the District Council website from Wednesday 18 June 2008.

The findings from this consultation will culminate in a `The Big Youth Debate ` event on Wednesday 19 November 2008 at Woolston Manor Golf Club, Chigwell.

Youth Councillor Duncan Haslam of Roding Valley High School said: The Big Youth Debate ` will give young people in Epping Forest the forum to air their views to a panel of very senior practitioners and service providers from the District and County Councils, Essex Police, the West Essex Primary Care Trust and House of Commons. It will be a great opportunity to kick-start making improvements to local services for young people in Epping Forest.

The event is being sponsored by the local Children and Young Peoples` Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) and will be facilitated by BBC Essex Radio Presenter, David Monk.

For further information about `The Big Youth Debate ` please contact EFDC Young Persons` Officer, Nick Robinson on 01992 564365.

North Weald Community Event

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`Spring into the North Weald ‘ is a community event run by Epping Forest District Council Community Development and Housing Services. The event is being held on Thursday 22 May 2008 from 3pm to 8pm at the Queens Hall Community Centre in School Green Lane at North Weald.

There will be free activities for all the family including Arts and Crafts, a Puppet Show, Outdoor Games and Have a go at Cheerleading among others. Refreshments will be served throughout the event.

Representatives from local service providers, including Epping Forest District Council, Essex Library Services, North Weald Parish Council and Epping Forest College, will be available to give residents the opportunity to pass on their views on a at a community consultation board. Everyone who completes the consultation will be entered into the free prize draw.

For more information call 01992 564524 or 01992 564556.

New GP Surgery for Nazeing

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People living in the Nazeing area can look forward to a brand new state of the art GP premises early next year. The former police houses in North Street have been demolished making way for the new primary care premises.

The new primary care premises will be home to GPs and nurse practitioners. The premises will also have facilities for specialist clinics such as diabetes, heart conditions, respiratory conditions and minor surgery. It is replacing the current primary care premises located in temporary accommodation on private land in Paynes Lane.

Building work is expected to take 12 months which means the health professionals will be able to move in early 2009.

The PCTs project manager Ann-Marie Grant says: “The old police houses have been demolished which is quite a milestone. It now means the developers can get on site to start building the new modern purpose built primary care facilities that people in Nazeing want.”

Catherine O’Connell, the PCTs locality director hopes that more people will register with the GP practice now they know exactly where the new premises will be. She said: “All of the people currently registered with the Nazeing Valley Health Centre will automatically move to the new premises when they are built. The practice list is open so local people not already registered can do so and they will move to the new premises as well. It’s an exciting time and we’re looking forward to providing even more primary care services in the future.”

To register with the health centre contact them on 01279 893938.

Elections Schedule For New District Youth Council

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Young people with something to say are being asked to nominate themselves as co-opted members of a new Youth Council for the area. Elections are to be held in secondary schools across the District during December but five places are to be reserved on the new Youth Council for young people who go to work or education outside the District.

Staff from Epping Forest District Council and Essex County Council are visiting schools as part of the publicity to raise awareness about the forthcoming Youth Council elections. However, with large numbers of young people travelling outside the District to school or college, Council staff will also be available to speak to any individuals interested in standing for the five additional places, to offer advice and support with the self nomination process.

Each local school is holding elections to send two students between the ages of 13 and 17 to the Youth Council of 25 members. Epping Forest District Council has produced nomination form packs in which each candidate is asked to list three main reasons why they should be elected. Elections will take place during the week commencing 10 December 2007 with the first meeting in January when the further five independent Youth Councillors will be co-opted to the Youth Council.

Youth Councillors will be asked to serve for a two year period and full details of the amount of time commitment required is highlighted in the nomination packs.

Epping Forest District Council is working closely with local schools and youth organisations to develop the Youth Council but stresses that the Youth Councillors will set their agenda for themselves.

Councillor Mrs Diana Collins, Leader of Epping Forest District Council said: Young people have a right to be heard. The new District-wide Youth Council will be the place where they can come together. We will listen and learn from the Youth Council. It will provide the District`s young people with access to the most senior Councillors, giving them the opportunity to tell us what they want as well as allowing us to consult on our own policies.

Councillor Mitch Cohen, Leisure and Young People Portfolio Holder added: To remain healthy and vibrant, local democracy needs the involvement of young people. The Youth Council will operate in the real world. We will give it all the support we can but that will mean understanding the restrictions of budgets and the competing demands of other people, young and older alike. However, Epping Forest District Council is committed to making this process work. As well as access to Councillors, we will provide staff, facilities and training. Meetings of the Youth Council will be webcast like our own Council meetings so that other young people can see how their representatives are doing. It will also be a great learning experience and hopefully lots of fun too.

New Beverage Carton Recycling Scheme

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Epping Forest District Council, in conjunction with Tetra Pak Ltd and the carton industry body ACE UK (Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment), is launching a new beverage carton recycling scheme. Special wheeled bins are now sited at five recycling sites to give residents the opportunity to recycle even more of their household rubbish.

Each year, UK beverage carton manufacturers produce approximately 55,000 tonnes of paper-based cartons for milk, juice, sauces and other liquid foods / drinks. This equates to around 2.3kg of cartons per household which could be recycled instead of thrown in the rubbish bin. In response, Epping Forest District Council is working with the carton industry to establish carton collection points at key Recycling Centres for residents to take their empty cartons to be recycled.

    Even though cartons still cannot be recycled via the doorstep collection service in the Epping Forest District, the new project means that used cartons can now be recycled through special collection bins at:

  • The Old Station Car Park, Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5BZ
  • Cottis Lane Car Park, Epping, CM16 5DQ
  • Sainsbury`s Car Park, Old Station Road, Loughton, IG10 4PE
  • Short Stay Car Park, High St, Ongar, CM5 9AR
  • Tesco Car Park, Sewardstone Road, Waltham Abbey, END 1EQ

Once collected they will be taken away to be baled and transported to a recycling mill. They can be recycled into a number of different products, ranging from plasterboard liner to high-strength paper bags and envelopes.

Cllr Mary Sartin launches the new beverage carton recycling scheme

Councillor Mrs Mary Sartin Portfolio Holder for Environmental Protection, said: Our residents have always responded well to the different recycling schemes we have implemented but we have still got some tough targets to meet, both as a district and as a nation. We are delighted that Tetra Pak and the carton industry are supporting us to help increase the number of cartons recycled in our county and if the initial six-month trial is successful, we`d like to see the project rolled out further.

Richard Hands Environment Manager at Tetra Pak Ltd and Chairman of ACE UK added: Whilst cartons have been successfully recycled in large volumes for many years throughout Europe, the UK has a long way to go. It`s therefore fantastic news that Epping Forest District Council is taking a lead by adding cartons to the list of materials collected for recycling and we very much hope that the initiative is successful. We and our industry partners are committed to increasing the level of carton recycling in the UK with the aim of reaching a national network of carton collection by the end of 2008. Our work with Epping Forest District Council takes us and households in the area one step closer to achieving that.

Since April last year, the UK carton industry has made £1.5million available to help local authorities interested in starting up carton collection schemes in their area. There are already approximately 100 district areas collecting cartons, which will result in a national network of coverage during the next 18 months. The carton industry continues to work with new paper mills to trial carton recycling to ensure the industry can cater for this increase in carton recycling, as more areas come on board.

For more information on beverage carton recycling, visit www.tetrapakrecycling.co.uk

Neighbourhood First Responders

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At the beginning of the Full Council meeting of Epping Forest District Council on 25 July the Chairman, Mrs Ann Haigh presented certificates to members of the Epping Forest Neighbourhood First Responders. This volunteer group is one of the charities Mrs Haigh is supporting during her chairmanship of the Council.

The emergency medical unit provides care `for the people by the people` of the local district. The emergency calls dealt with include such things as diabetic emergencies, unconsciousness, chest pains and heart attacks. Volunteers who are trained in this area by St John Ambulance deal with Category A emergency calls and should be able to be with the patient within 8 minutes of being called.

Each set of equipment required costs in the region of £3,000 although the ambulance service replaces the oxygen cylinders and the defibrillator pads without charge as they are used. The more equipment they have in a unit the more volunteers can be on shift at any one time.

First responders with Councillor Mrs Ann Haigh after presentation of their service certificates. Left to Right:  David Read, Peter Marchant, Chairman of Council Mrs Ann Haigh, John Newman, Roger Salmon, Sandra Newman.

Councillor Mrs Haigh said: First Responders is a little known but marvellous charity made up of unpaid volunteers working for the good of the district whose life saving actions support the Ambulance Service. I hope that making First Responders one of my charities for the year will raise their profile and bring more resources to this excellent group of volunteers.