Essex Police Bank Holiday advice

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Residents and visitors to the county are advised they may see armed officers patrolling in places they may not usually.

Bank Holiday weekend

This Bank Holiday weekend is set to be hot and sunny and thousands of people will be out enjoying our countryside and coast.

Armed and specialist police

The move to have armed and specialist police officers patrolling ports, airports, railway stations as well as in places where people gather in crowds like seaside towns is as a response to the national threat level being raised to critical.

”Enjoy yourself, don’t change plans”

Chief Superintendent Ewen Wilson said: “My message to people this Bank Holiday is please enjoy yourselves this weekend and don’t change your plans.

Don’t be alarmed

“You may well see armed police officers and other specialist units this weekend. Please don’t be alarmed if you see them. It doesn’t mean they’re responding to a specific threat and there is no intelligence on any threat with an Essex link.

Say hello!

“Police officers with guns can look unusual, but please come and talk to us. Say hello, introduce yourself. We are asking officers to work long hours keeping Essex safe and a hello and a smile will top up our energy levels.”

Extra security checks

Anyone travelling or attending an event this weekend may need to allow some more time if there are extra security checks at those events.

Further information

Technical issues with payment services

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Updated information 26 May 2017 – 1pm

The automated telephone payment service is now working again and all services are now working as normal.

Thank you for your patience and sorry for any inconvenience this has caused you.

Updated information 26 May 2017 – 10am

Great news! Card payment services are now available online and on-site.

We are still experiencing issues with our automated telephone payment service, so this is unavailable at present.

Our systems are being monitored closely by our supplier and we will continue to provide updates on our website as soon as they become available.

Thank you again for your continued patience, we are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused you.

Original message 25 May 2017 – 2pm

We are currently experiencing technical issues with our payment services.

Self serve online

We are unable to accept card payments

  • over the phone, including through our automated payment line
  • at our kiosks in Epping, Loughton Broadway, Limes centre Chigwell or Waltham Abbey Library
  • the online payment system

They’re working on it

Our supplier is working hard to resolve the issue as soon as possible and we will update the website as soon as service resumes.

Cash or cheque

If you need to make a payment, we are only able to accept cash or cheque payments at Civic offices in Epping High Street and at the Loughton Broadway office.

Thank you

Thank you for your patience at this time, we apologise for any inconvenience this has caused you.

Improved Nazeing Triangle nature reserve

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The Nazeing Triangle Nature Reserve has a brand new and accessible jetty, thanks to the hard work of Countrycare, their loyal volunteers and the Tesco, Bags of Help project.

New jetty at Nazeing Triangle LNR

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Habitat and access improvements

Countrycare received £8,000 in funding to help improve Nazeing triangle nature reserve’s habitat for local wildlife and provide better access for visitors.

The money was raised by the Tesco 5p carrier bag charge, which is to be used for grants to improve local parks, hold community events, support sports groups and more, in association with Groundwork – the community charity with a green heart.

Water boatmen, beetles and dragonflies

The project’s second stage was finished on Thursday 4 May 2017, following the installation of 23 pre-planted coir mats.

The mats were planted with purple loosestrife, yellow flag iris and lesser pond sedge, these will help improve the habitat around the pond edge, making it a more desirable habitat for invertebrates such as water boatmen, diving beetles and dragonflies.

Improved access

A short path leading to the jetty and a handrail alongside the boardwalk have both been installed to make the Nazeing Triangle nature reserve more accessible for everyone to enjoy.

New information panel

The final stage of the project will be the installation of a new information panel, it is hoped this will happen in the summer months.

Encouraging wildflowers

Countrycare have also given the meadow it’s yearly cut, this will help encourage wildflowers to grow and prevent coarser grasses taking over.

More information

Doing the Lambourne Walk?

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Love walking? Why not join Countrycare for a 4.5 mile guided walk around the beautiful ancient woodlands of the Lambourne estate on 3 June 2017.

Lambourne Walk

  • Date: Saturday 3 June 2017
  • Time: 10am-1pm
  • Where: Meet in the car park of St Mary & All Saints Church, Church Lane, Lambourne, RM4 1AH
  • Cost: £3 per person
  • Book: 01992 564 224 or email contactcountrycare@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Further information

Are you dementia friendly?

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To help raise awareness for Dementia Awareness Week (14 – 20 May 2017), we are launching the first of our 8 dementia friends sessions on Tuesday 16 May at Waltham Abbey Library and we would like you to join us!

United against Dementia

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Become a dementia friend

We are calling on local businesses, community groups and individuals to attend one of our events and become a dementia friend.

Small ways to help

Each session is focuses on learning more about what it is like to live with dementia, helping you understand the small ways you can help and make life easier for those living with dementia in your community.

Upcoming sessions

Each session lasts for an hour and will be provided at the following Essex County Council Libraries

  • 16 May 2017 Waltham Abbey library, 37 Sun St, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • 29 June 2017 Loughton library, Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD 10am – 11am
  • 4 July 2017 Epping library, St John’s Road, Epping, CM16 5DN 10am – 11am
  • 12 September 2017 Chigwell library, Hainault Rd, Chigwell, IG7 6QX 2pm – 3pm
  • 21 September 2017 Debden library, Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton, IG10 3SA 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • 10 October 2017 Ongar library, The Pleasance, High St, Ongar, CM5 9AB 10am – 11am
  • 2 November 2017 Buckhurst Hill library, 165 Queen’s Rd, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5AZ 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • 7 December 2017 North Weald library, 138 High Rd, North Weald Bassett, Epping, CM16 6BZ 11am – 12pm

Get involved

Places are limited so please book to avoid disappointment.

Further information

Paths Unseen Sharing: Stories from the district

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Visit Epping Forest District Museum for a poetry reading with a twist – featuring poems and stories about the Epping Forest district.

Paths Unseen stories event

Event

For one day only the museum’s community room will be transformed into woodland, the perfect setting for sharing poems and stories based on around the forest. You will also have the chance to see some new exhibition work before anyone else.

Local authors and writers will be reciting their work in short performances, compered by performance poet Keely Mills. Keely will also perform some of her own poems, written for the new exhibition Paths Unseen, which opens at the museum on Saturday 24 June 2017.

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39–41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 6 May 2017
  • Time: 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm
  • Price: Free

If you’re a budding poet and want to get involved, or if you’re interested in local stories, book your place now.

Book your place now

Visit http://www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/out-and-about/our-activities/bookings or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm).

Paths Unseen

Paths Unseen is an Arts Council England funded project. 2 commissioned artists have been working with local groups and college students to create poems and illustrations, using stories from the Epping Forest district as inspiration.

All the work will be displayed at Epping Forest District Museum in the next temporary exhibition, opening Saturday 24 June to Saturday 30 September. There will also be a number for workshops, drop in sessions for adults and children and performances as part of the Paths Unseen festival.

Join Lifewalks this #NationalWalkingMonth

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Looking to get fit, get out in the fresh air or make new friends? Perhaps walking is the answer!

Find out by joining our Lifewalks group this #NationalWalkingMonth and even better, get your first walk for free!

Life walks 2017 to 2018

Download brochure (PDF 3.68MB)

May is #NationalWalkingMonth

May 2017 is national walking month, so there has never been a better time to get into your walking boots and join us!

Everyone can do it

Walking is fun, cheap and a form of exercise everyone can do.

Every week we offer a choice of five group walks, led by specially trained staff and volunteers.

Reduce the risk

Walking 3 times a week can reduce your risk of

  • Having a stroke by up to 60%
  • Developing heart disease by up to 50%
  • Developing diabetes by up to 50%
  • Developing arthritis by up to 20%

All of the walks are around the local countryside and mostly on firm paths. Walks range from 0.8 miles – 3 miles and are graded A to E – A being easier terrain than those graded E.

Pay per walk

  • Just turn up!
  • £2 per walk (please bring exact money)
  • The walk leader will collect your fee when you arrive

Privilege Card

  • £30 for 6 months
  • £58 for a year
  • Go on all of the walks
  • Pay online
  • Pay over the phone 01992 564226
  • Allow 5 days for your privilege card to arrive

Walk and get social

We have three exciting new routes this year and several new social events for your diaries, including

  • Dawn chorus walk Sunday 7 may 2017
  • Lifewalks and Countrycare in Chipping Ongar Friday 23 June 2017
  • Moth and bat night Friday 11 August 2017
  • Fungi walk Saturday 21 October 2017
  • Walk, talk, guided tour and lunch in Waltham Abbey Monday 2 October 2017
  • Take your pic walks various dates
  • Lifewalks Christmas lunch Monday 11 December 2017

Please see the brochure (PDF 3.68MB) for further details about these events

Further information

  • 01992 564222
  • kmurray@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Testimonials

  • ”I enjoy Lifewalks and believe they are keeping me alive and healthy” Sue
  • ”I do it to keep my type 2 diabetes at bay!” Joan
  • ”I find that walking improves my physical and mental wellbeing” Erica
  • ”Lifewalks are important to me for my health and fitness, but they’re also good fun! Nice places and nice people!” Helen
  • ”In the 40’s, 50’s we all walked to school, shops and stations…These days everything is against us getting very necessary exercise, Lifewalks are a very easy way of correcting this problem” David

Stay forever active

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If you want to get active, socialise and make new friends, join our Forever Active programme and discover a new you!

Forever Active 2017-18

The Forever Active programme welcomes everyone, with no restrictions on age, ability level or fitness.

The programme combines a variety of organised sport, day trips and other events to get you active and meeting new people.

Download a Forever Active brochure (PDF 4.99MB)

Forever fit

The NHS recommend taking part in aerobic and muscle strengthening activities to maintain and improve your health.

You can reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls by improving your balance and co-ordination through exercise, whilst improving the health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle.

Activities we have on offer are

  • Cycling
  • Badminton
  • Walking football & netball
  • Keep fit
  • Bowls
  • Dance
  • Circuits
  • Walking with Lifewalks
  • Yoga
  • Running – couch to 5k
  • Table tennis
  • Pilates

Forever sociable

Social interaction is really important for your mental wellbeing too, so we have planned some exciting day trips to popular attractions giving you the perfect opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.

  • Bletchley Park, 24 May 2017, £28 per person
  • Chiltern Curios and a Royal Regatta Cruise along the river Thames, 30 June 2017, £41 per person
  • Margate and the Turner Contemporary gallery, 15 September 2017, £13 per person
  • Rockingham Castle, a Victorian Christmas with guided tour, 29 November 2017, £46.50 per person – includes a 2 course lunch & refreshments

Forever cultured

The Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey offers a wide range of activities throughout the year, as well as offering the opportunity to explore a rich local history through each of the museum’s collections.

  • Community space used by local groups
  • Six exhibition galleries
  • Talks, tours and behind the scenes visits
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Gift shop

Sports and day trips contact

Museum Contact

Win tickets for Lee Valley Big 50

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To mark its 50th anniversary, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority is giving away hundreds of free tickets for the public to enjoy fun filled experiences at its venues and across the Park.

Lee Valley Big 50 Giveaway

Activities and events

Activities and events include

  • white water rafting at Lee Valley White Water Centre
  • tickets to Six Day London at Lee Valley VeloPark
  • family passes to Lee Valley Park Farms
  • horse riding at Lee Valley Riding Centre

Apply for tickets

Applicants can apply for tickets for as many attractions or activities as they like by registering and entering the ballot online. If successful, they will win tickets to one of their selected activities.

Closing date for ticket applications is 5pm on Monday 15 May 2017.

Countrycare wins an award

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On Monday 20 March 2017, Epping Forest Countrycare was presented with the North Weald Parish Council group award at the council’s annual parish assembly, in recognition for their work at Weald Common and Thornwood Common.

Countrycare

Work over many years

The award, presented by Cyril Hawkins chairman of the Parish Council, was in acknowledgement of the work Countrycare have carried out for the council over many years.

Nature reserves to enjoy

Countrycare are responsible for keeping our local nature areas accessible for local residents to enjoy, with work being carried out on public footpaths and maintaining the growth of wildflowers.

Some of the maintenance work they have done at the two nature reserves includes;

  • Hedge laying
  • Grass cutting/raking
  • Installing and repairing footbridges and steps
  • Encouraging the growth of wildflowers
  • Construction and maintenance of fences, gates, benches, compost bins, footpaths and ponds

Visit our beautiful reserves

Countrycare maintain 9 nature reserves across the district. You can visit and enjoy these at any time of the year!

Weald common North Weald

Thornwood common North Weald

Chigwell Row wood Chigwell

Church Lane flood meadow North Weald

Home mead Loughton

Linder’s field Buckhurst Hill

Nazeing triangle Nazeing

Roding Valley meadows Chigwell, Buckhurst Hill and Loughton

Roughtalley’s wood North Weald