Get race ready with couch to 5K

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Want to start running? If you are new to the sport, our couch to 5K programme is exactly what you need! Coaching begins on 20 June 2017.

Couch to 5K

Our weekly sessions will help you build your fitness and stamina. It’s the perfect way to get fit for local park runs and with 4 weeks to go until race for life, there is no better time to get started!

When: Every Tuesday

Date: 20 June 2017 to 5 September 2017

Where: Stonards Hill Recreational Ground, Epping, Essex, CM16 6SP

Time: 17:30pm – 18:30pm

Cost: £3 per session

There is no need to book, just turn up!

More information?

Contact Rosie 07721556315 /

Best of British at North Weald Airfield

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Save the date, Sunday 16 July 2017 is the North Weald Airfield community day and fly-in.

The theme is the Best of British.

Best of British community day 2017

Tickets are £6 per person, babies 12 months and under are free. Gates open 10am and parking is free.

Adventure Land

Activities and entertainment including bouncy castles, inflatables, petting farm and Gamez Bus are free all day in the children’s Adventure Land.

Arena events

Arena events from midday include stunt bikes, Epping Pipe Band, dance troupes and Epping Gymnastics Club. A fairground organ and Big Swing roundabout will also be there to entertain visitors.


The fly-in is being supported by the de Havilland Moth Club, International Auster Club and the Beagle Pup & Bulldog Club.

Enjoy a helicopter ride

Helicopter pleasure flights available from £35 per person.

Cars, motorbikes and re-enactors

Military vehicles and re-enactors, classic British cars and motorbikes will also be on show.

Find out more

Safer sleep for babies

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The Safer Sleep Campaign is back to raise awareness of key risk factors and safer sleep habits that can significantly reduce the risk of sudden unexpected deaths of infants (SUDIs).

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The 2017 campaign launched on 12 June to raise awareness among families with young children as well as the general public about the dangers of poor sleeping conditions and co-sleeping risks for young babies.

While there is a decreasing trend nationally, there was actually a marked rise in the number of SUDIs in recent years in Essex and Thurrock.

Risk factors

No evidence has been identified to suggest a particular cause for the recent increase but there are certain risk factors

  • Co-sleeping with a regular smoker
  • Co-sleeping on a sofa
  • Co-sleeping after consuming alcohol or drugs
  • Co-sleeping if baby was born prematurely or had low birth weight

What can parents do to ensure their baby is sleeping safely?

Safer sleep tips – this advice is for all sleep times, not just at night …


  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep, with their feet to the foot of the cot
  • Place your baby in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months
  • Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition
  • Breastfeed your baby if you can
  • Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth


  • Sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby
  • Sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink, take drugs, if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth weight
  • Let your baby get too hot
  • Cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding

Further information and advice

Eleanor Laing holds Epping Forest

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Conservative Eleanor Laing held the Epping Forest seat in the UK General Election on 8 June 2017.

Alex Burghart held the Brentwood & Ongar seat for the conservatives and Robert Halfon held the Harlow seat for the conservatives as the election ends in a Hung Parliament.

Elenor Laing MP

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Results on the BBC

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General Election results

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Results of the UK Parliamentary election on Thursday 8 June 2017 for the Epping Forest district.

General Election Thursday 8 June 2017

Epping Forest constituency results

Thomas Hall (Young People’s Party YPP) – 110
Simon Heap (Green Party) – 1,233
Eleanor Laing (Conservatives) – 31,462 elected
Patrick O’Flynn (UKIP) – 1,871
Liam Preston (Labour) – 13,219
Jon Whitehouse (Liberal Democrats) – 2,884

Rejected ballot papers – 130

Turnout 68.12%

Epping Forest constituency full results

Declaration of result of poll

Brentwood & Ongar constituency results

Gareth Barrett (Labour) – 10,809
Alex Burghart (Conservatives) – 34,811 elected
Karen Chilvers (Liberal Democrats) – 4,426
Paul Jeater (Green Party) – 915
Louca Kousoulou (Independent) – 104
Michael McGough ((UKIP) – 1,842

Rejected ballot papers

Turnout 70.6%

Brentwood & Ongar constituency full results

Harlow constituency results

Hannah Clare (Green Party) – 660
Mark Gough (UKIP) – 1,787
Robert Halfon (Conservatives) – 24,230 elected
Geoffrey Seeff (Liberal Democrats) – 970
Phil Waite (Labour) – 17,199

Rejected ballot papers – 75

Turnout 66.37%

Harlow constituency full results

Election news

Switch engines off for National Clean Air Day

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Epping Forest District Council’s Environmental Health officers will visit selected schools in the district to promote the first National Clean Air Day on 15 June 2017, hoping to encourage parents to switch off car engines whilst they wait for their children.

One million people tackling air pollution together

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Potential health impact

Recently much attention has been given to the quality of the UKs air, especially within urban areas and the potential health impacts that may result from breathing in polluted air.

Small changes

National Clean Air Day provides a excellent platform to raise awareness of the impacts of poor air quality and to promote small changes to lifestyle that will reduce exposure to pollution.

Focus on idle vehicles

The focus of this years campaign is around idling vehicles, especially in and around schools.  Parents are being asked to turn their engines off when delivering and picking up their children from school.

Children are vulnerable

Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of pollution, and it is hoped that parents will also consider the impacts of idling engines on the residents that live close to their child’s school.

Sustainable travel

Schools are being provided with information to increase the numbers of children that travel to school by sustainable methods, such as on foot, cycling, electric vehicles, or public transport.

40,000 deaths per year

Polluted air is thought to contribute to 40,000 deaths every year in the UK, and is responsible for the worsening of respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma.

Air pollution increases the risk of getting lung cancer, contributing to 1 in 13 cases, and exposure over a long period of time is linked to cardiovascular disease. Premature births, and low birth weights are linked to air pollution which also affects a baby’s lung development early in life too.

What can you do?

We are asking you to pledge to do one or all of the following on 15 June 2017

  • Leave your car at home – walk or cycle instead
  • Switch your engine off instead of idling
  • Walk your children to school
  • Share tips to cut air pollution with others

Further information

New ways to report hate crime

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Reporting hate crime as either a victim or as a witness can be very intimidating.

Working with Essex Police the civic offices in Epping High Street is an accredited Hate Incident Reporting Centre (HIRC) with 10 hate crime ambassadors trained to help residents to ‘Report It to Sort It’.

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What is a hate crime ambassador?

A hate crime can be a physical attack, threat of attack, verbal abuse or gestures based on race or nationality, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation.

Our hate crime ambassadors have been trained to support victims of hate related incidents.

They provide support and information during the reporting process as an alternative to going to a Police station. They are able to take an effective report and provide advice and support to concerned residents.

We offer support

Caroline Wiggins, Safer Communities Manager said: “Everyone has the right to live their life free from abuse and violence. We now have trained hate crime ambassadors at our offices in Epping, which is an accredited HIRC.”

“We offer support to victims of hate related incidents at a secure and comfortable location in a professional and sensitive manner, but if you or anyone else is in immediate danger please still call 999 or 112.”

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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