New Horizons Bowls Gala Day 2010

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Over 60 short mat bowlers and their supporters from all over and around the Epping Forest District took part in the 21st Annual Bowls Gala Day hosted by the Council`s New Horizons 50+ Scheme on Thursday 28th October.

The event which was held at Epping Sports Centre, attracted 16 teams from short mat bowls clubs as far as Sheering in the north to Woodford in the south, who played a full days bowls, which was eagerly watched by District Council Chairman Cllr. Anne Grigg.

Victorious Upshire Team with Chairman of Council, Cllr Anne Grigg

A fun and competitive day was had by all, but the players from Upshire Bowls Club were certainly on top form on the day, with their team successfully winning their half, resulting in them facing the Queens Hall (North Weald) team in the final.

Cllr. Grigg was delighted to be present on the day, to watch the very closely fought matches between all of the teams taking part in the event and to witness the obvious enjoyment had by everyone involved “ including the spectators.

In her speech, she thanked the Council`s Sports Development team for organising the event, which was a tremendous success and for the assistance of the many helpers that were involved in providing teas, raffles, scoring and umpiring on the day, all of whom were of retirement age themselves.

She then took great pleasure in presenting the Upshire team with the Bowls Gala Championship Trophy and the Queens Hall team with their runners up awards.

New Buses for Waltham Abbey Community Groups

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Waltham Abbey Town Council replaced two old minibuses that had both come to the end of their useful lives with two new white buses each seating about 15 people, one being fitted with a tail lift. The funds were kindly donated by the Waltham Abbey Branch of the Rotary Club, following its closure.

The buses were formally handed over to the Mayor of Waltham Abbey Town Council Councillor Mrs Ricki Gadsby on Wednesday 1 September 2010.

Mayor Mrs Ricki Gadsby accepting the minibuses

The buses are for use by community groups, if you would like further information regarding their use, then please call the Town Hall on 01992 714949 and ask for Bev.

Staff Complete Charity Cycle Ride

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Staff from Epping Forest District Council recently completed a 60 mile cycle ride from London to Cambridge in aid of Breast Cancer.

First over the line was ICTs Mark Farrow, who was closely followed by Environmental Health Officer, Fay Rushby. The remaining members of staff all came in within a short time of each other not long after.

Staff from Epping Forest District Council preparing to embark on a 60 mile charity cycle ride

In total the combined efforts of the council riders is thought to have raised approximately £1000.

Adrian Petty, Environmental and Street Scene Officer and Cycle Team Captain said I think it is fair to say everyone had a great day with the added bonus of raising funds for Breast cancer. Well done to everyone who took part.

Local Medal Hope Joins Councillors on Fact Finding Tour

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Almost exactly two years to go to the opening ceremony of London 2012, Paralympic Swimmer Emma Hollis of Theydon Bois joined Epping Forest District Councillors on a visit to the Olympic Park in Stratford and the Lee Valley White Water Canoe Centre near Waltham Abbey.

Having seen the progress being made at the main Olympic venue, the Councillors returned via Waltham Abbey and the White Water Canoe Centre where Ashley Bartlett of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority updated them on the latest stage of construction. The Centre is expected to attract up to 70,000 visitors a year and will be the first new purpose built venue to open to the public before the Games.

Councillor Brian Rolfe, Ashley Bartlett, Swimmer Emma Hollis and Councillor Ken Angold-Stephens

Picture caption – Councillor Brian Rolfe, Ashley Bartlett of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, Paralympic Swimmer Emma Hollis and Councillor Ken Angold-Stephens at the White Water Canoe Centre in Waltham Abbey

Councillor Brian Rolfe, Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council said: “For many residents 2012 will really present a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the Olympic Games. Stratford is only a short journey from our District while the White Water Canoe Centre is on the border with Waltham Abbey, as close as it could be without actually being in the District. The construction work is truly impressive at the Centre and breathtaking at Stratford.”

He continued: “London 2012 is un unrivalled opportunity. It would be fantastic to see Emma compete at the remarkable Swimming complex. Although few of us will measure up to her standard, there will be lots of other opportunities to be involved, working as volunteers, taking advantage of the huge business opportunities or just coming to watch the spectacle. Two years is a short time and we can hardly wait!”

Councillor Rolfe added: “I would also like to thank Kirsty McCudden and Hazel Peacock at the Olympic Delivery Authority for making our trip so useful and enjoyable.”

Thousands of Women Join Chairman in Race for Life

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Over two thousand women and girls of all ages put on their walking shoes at North Weald Airfield on Wednesday 21 July 2010. They walked, jogged and ran the 5 kilometre race to raise money for Cancer Research at the annual Epping Forest Race for Life.

Chairman Anne Grigg walked the 5 kilometre race

Councillor Anne Grigg, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council walked the 5 kilometre race in support of Cancer Research UK, one of her chosen charities for the year.

The Chairman got the event underway saying: “I am delighted to see so many entrants taking part. I feel very honoured to be here for such an important cause. I know that we have many teams and individuals running in memory of loved ones, and I would like to express my own thanks to them and everyone else taking part in this essential fund raiser.”

Thousands of women took part in the Epping Forest Race for Life

The Epping Forest Race for Life is supported by the Council’s Sports and Health Development Team and staff at the Airfield. There are around 280 Race for Life events held around the UK where women and girls complete a 5 kilometre course to raise vital funds towards finding cures for cancer.

Ninefields Community Centre Receives a Facelift

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The new-look Ninefields Community Centre, on Ninefields Estate, Waltham Abbey, incorporating a new art sculpture and entrance refurbishment, was officially unveiled on Wednesday 16 June 2010 by Epping Forest District Council`s Chairman, Councillor Anne Grigg.

Just over a year ago, Epping Forest District Council`s Community Services Department set up an activity club following a consultation exercise that identified there was a clear need for youth provision on the estate. As a result, the `We Don`t Do Bored Club was established for young people. One of their first projects was to work with local artist Phillip Melling, who captured their ideas within the 2D art sculpture design.

Chairman Cllr Anne Grigg and children at the Ninefields Community Centre

Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Brian Rolfe said: “The project is a result of partnership working between Epping Forest District Council, Waltham Abbey Town Council, Essex Criminal Justice Board and Abbey Youth FC and without the support and enthusiasm from the local community this project would never have been possible.”

“It is great to see the improved appearance of the Ninefields Community Centre and to be able to witness the wide range of activities that take place there for both young and old,” commented Valerie Goodchild, Communications Manager for Essex Criminal Justice Board.

“We were very pleased to be able to support this refurbishment project with funds from the Community Cashback scheme, which uses the cash and assets seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act to benefit local communities. It was one of four projects in Essex to benefit from £130,000 of cash from crime.” she added.

The sculpture and entrance refurbishment projects were first commissioned in December 2009, after the Criminal Justice Board`s Community Cashback scheme awarded the project £16,500 to improve the look of the community centre. Phase 1 of the project saw a new entrance, shutter and sign installed and phase 2 saw the installation of the 2D art sculpture that has proved a hit with the local community.

Core Strategy Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report

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Epping Forest District Council`s Forward Planning Team is in the initial stages of preparing a Core Strategy for the district. This is the key new planning policy document which will look ahead to 2031 and eventually replace the Local Plan.

All new planning policy documents need to be subject to ` Sustainability Appraisal `. This is an assessment of the likely economic, environmental and social effects of the new policies. The Sustainability Appraisal provides information to help judge whether the new policies are the most appropriate for the district and whether changes should be made.

In preparing the Sustainability Appraisal (SA), its scope and level of detail need to be agreed before it is used to assess issues, options and policies. This stage produces the `Scoping Report`, which should include:

  • An initial list of the economic, environmental and social issues
  • Other plans, programmes and objectives relevant to the Core Strategy (eg, East of England Plan, Local Transport Plan, Biodiversity Action Plan and the plans and programmes of the Primary Care Trust and the Education Authority)
  • Up to date sources of information on all the issues, either already collected or still needed, with notes on potential problems of collection
  • Proposals for the structure and level of detail of the SA report

It is a statutory requirement to hold a period of consultation on the scope of the Sustainability Appraisal, the purpose of which is to ensure that all the relevant issues and concerns have been included.

The consultation period is from 17 May to 18 June 2010. Queries should be directed to the Forward Planning Team on 01992 564517, or to ldfconsult@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Iolanthe by Gilbert and Sullivan

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Chapel End Savoy Players will be presenting Iolanthe, one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s best-loved operas from Wednesday 19 May to Saturday 22 May 2010.

The full costumed performances with orchestra, are being presented at the Deaton Theatre in Forest School, Oakhurst Gardens, Snaresbrook, London E17 3PY. The show will start each evening at 7:45pm, and the Saturday matinee at 2:30pm.

All tickets for Wednesday night, which is a Preview Performance, are £5. Tickets for all other nights are £10 and for the Saturday matinee are £8. 10% discount for 10 tickets or more. Tickets are also available at the door on the night. The venue has disabled facilities.

    To buy tickets you can:

  1. Telephone the Box Office on 020 8527 0215 or 020 8529 3143
  2. Email boxoffice@cesp.org.uk
  3. Or buy them at the door on the night

For further information visit the Chapel End Savoy Players (CESP) website.

Notice of Election Agents’ Names and Offices

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Election of a Member of Parliament for Epping Forest on Thursday 6 May 2010

I hereby give notice that the names and addresses of election agents of the candidates at this election, and the addresses of the offices or places of such election agents to which all claims, notices, writs, summons, and other documents addressed to them may be sent, have respectively been declared in writing to me as follows:


Name of Candidate – SAWYER Kim

Name of Election Agent – TILBROOK Robin

Address of Agent – Quires Green, Walls Green, Willingale, CM5 0QP

Offices of Election Agent – Quires Green, Walls Green, Willingale, CM5 0QP


Name of Candidate – CURTIS Katie Elizabeth

Name of Election Agent – DAVIS Joan

Address of Agent – 4 Barrington Road, Loughton, IG10 2AY

Offices of Election Agent – 4 Barrington Road, Loughton, IG10 2AY


Name of Candidate – HAIGH Ann Mary

Name of Election Agent – SINFIELD Peter

Address of Agent – 13 Ardmore Lane, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5RY

Offices of Election Agent – 13 Ardmore Lane, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5RY


Name of Candidate – LAING Eleanor Fulton

Name of Election Agent – WARNER Raymond A

Address of Agent – 78 Goldings Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 2QN

Offices of Election Agent – Thatcher House, 4 Meadow Road, Loughton, IG10 4HX


Name of Candidate – PEPPER Simon Benjamin

Name of Election Agent – BARNECUTT Jessica

Address of Agent – The Old Rectory, High Street, Ongar, CM5 9AD

Offices of Election Agent – The Old Rectory, High Street, Ongar, CM5 9AD


Name of Candidate – RICHARDSON Pat

Name of Election Agent – COPLAND Alexander

Address of Agent – 123 Pyrles Lane, Loughton, IG10 2NH

Offices of Election Agent – 123 Pyrles Lane, Loughton, IG10 2NH


Name of Candidate – SMITH Andrew George

Name of Election Agent – SMITH Susan

Address of Agent – 69 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LZ

Offices of Election Agent – 69 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LZ


Published by the Acting Returning Officer, Ian Willett

Notice of Election – Parliamentary Election

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Parliamentary Election for Epping Forest – an election is to be held of one Member of Parliament for Epping Forest on Thursday 6 May 2010.

  1. An Election is to be held of One Member of Parliament for Epping Forest.
  2. Forms of nomination for the Parliamentary Election may be obtained at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ from the Acting Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for any electoral area prepare a nomination paper for signature.
  3. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Acting Returning Officer, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ on any day after the date of this notice between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm but no later than 4 pm on Tuesday, 20th April 2010.
  4. The required deposit may be made either by the deposit of any legal tender or by means of a banker`s draft.
  5. If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday, 6th May 2010.
  6. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by 5 pm on Tuesday, 20th April 2010.
  7. Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by 5 pm on Tuesday, 27th April 2010.
  8. Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5 pm on Tuesday, 27th April 2010, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by 5 pm on Thursday, 6th May 2010.