A Summer of fun and more at the Museum

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Epping Forest District Museum was buzzing with visitors over the summer 2018 for all sorts of fantastic creative activities. Why not take a look at what is on offer for October half-term holidays?

Summer round up

Budding artists took inspiration for their own works of art in How to Paint…Like an Artist, from artists in the museum’s collection. They used colour like Walter Spradbery, texture like Lucien Pissaro and painted beautiful watercolours like Jacob Epstein.

In our new ‘How to Draw…a Portrait’ workshop, participants got tips and tricks for drawing faces and experienced what it is like to be a model – not as easy as they thought!

At the ‘Little Storytellers’ workshop in Ongar, Michael Rosen’s classic tale ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ was used as inspiration for our little explorers to go on a journey through long wavy grass, sticky mud, a deep dark forest and even a snow storm, before creating their own maps and bears.

There was another wacky show from Booster Cushion Theatre Company; Old MacDonald and the Three Pigs Plus. The ‘Musical in 2 Days’ workshop cast worked incredibly hard to learn songs, scenes and choreography from Bugsy Malone and were ready to perform in just two days.

Garden and forest

Young artists and keen gardeners designed their own flowers, complete with Latin style names; did botanical drawings from plants in the museum garden and planted their own seeds to watch grow, in ‘Art and the Garden’. Participants designed beautiful prints, inspired by work from the current exhibition ‘Walter Spradbery: Artist in War and Peace’ and the forest in ‘Be a Printmaker’.

Family Fun

Over 400 children and their families enjoyed the ‘Family Fun Day’ drop in sessions at both Epping Forest District Museum and Lowewood Museum on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

October half term holiday sessions

Epping Forest District Museum have some great drop in arts and crafts sessions planned for October half term holidays.

Clay days

Come and play with clay! Our clay days are set up to give everyone a chance to create something, whatever your age or experience.

  • Monday 22 October 2018 and Wednesday 24 October 2018
  • 11.00am – 15.00pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50 per child
  • All ages welcome

First World War Postcards

Fun family art and craft activities for you to make together and take home.

  • Tuesday 23 October 2018
  • 12.00pm – 15.00pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • All ages welcome

Comments from participants

Alistair said: “Phil was highly engaging and really entertained both my 8 year old and 3 year old throughout the entire performance. We will be back!” – ‘Old MacDonald and the 3 Pigs Plus’ by Booster Cushion Theatre

“It was fun; I liked rolling through the wavy grass.” – Participant from Little Storytellers

£14.5m leisure investment for EFDC residents

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Loughton Leisure Centre’s £3m refurbishment was formally unveiled on Saturday 8 September 2018 by Cllr Richard Bassett, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council. The centre is one of three in Epping Forest that is undergoing refurbishment, alongside a complete new build at Waltham Abbey.

Over £14m investment

Investment in the district’s leisure centres tops £14m and has been completed in partnership with Places Leisure, Epping Forest District Council’s leisure activity and wellness partner.

Before cutting the ribbon and leading a tour of Loughton’s new facilities, Cllr Bassett paid tribute to the centre management and staff for keeping as much of the centre operational during the building works, and thanked users for their patience during the disruption.

New state-of-the-art facilities

The refurb brings new split-level gym facilities and multi-function movement studio spaces, a virtual spinning room, upgraded changing villages with new lockers, flooring and vanity units as well as better air conditioning.

The bulk of the project has been completed in 20 weeks with further work planned to the reception areas and heating and power units.

Councillor Helen Kane, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Community Services, EFDC Acting Chief Executive Derek McNab and Mayor of Loughton, Stephen Murray also attended the opening.

Health and wellbeing hub

“All of our leisure centres needed a makeover to keep them up to date and offering a welcoming environment for users. But in Waltham Abbey we had a wonderful opportunity to create a health and wellbeing hub in a new setting and I am really looking forward to seeing the finished project,” said Councillor Helen Kane.

Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre is being completely rebuilt on the old community centre site in Ninefields, as part of a major health and wellbeing initiative between Epping Forest District Council and Places Leisure, It is scheduled for completion in November.

Mathew Nicholson, Contract Manager for Places Leisure said “It’s an exciting time for leisure within our community, following the recent investment at Loughton and across our facilities. With the brand-new Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre due to be completed in November we are excited to be able to offer an enhanced leisure provision within the area and more opportunities for our community to get active.”

Special opening offers

Check out the website for special opening offers at Loughton Leisure Centre www.placesleisure.org/centres/loughton-leisure-centre/centre-activities/gym/

Weekly athletics sessions for beginners

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Get started in Athletics with Epping Forest District Councils new weekly sessions, perfect with beginners and improvers, from Saturday 15 September 2018 at Roding Valley Recreational Ground.

This brand new Athletics session is the perfect way to start improving your Athletics skills and ability on a weekly basis.

Perfect for beginners

The session is perfect for beginners or for people who want to improve their knowledge and skill of athletics.

Our trained coaches will help you to improve various skills such as agility, speed and many more.

The details

  • Sessions run for 10 weeks, starting on 15 September 2018
  • Saturdays – 8:45am to 10am
  • The first session is FREE and each session thereafter is £3 per child
  • The session will take place at Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Roding Road, short running track , Loughton, IG10 3BS

Further information

For more information please call Will Fordham on 01992 562 563 or email wfordham@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Roding Valley mammal morning

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Join Epping Forest Countrycare for a close encounter with some of the small mammals found in Roding Valley on Saturday 29 September 2018 at 7:30am – 9:30am.

Join Countrycare for an exciting morning learning about the mammals that live around us and their natural habitat.

Event details

  • Date: Saturday 29 September 2018

  • Location: The Grange Farm Centre, Grange Farm Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6DP

  • Time: 7.30am – 9:30am

  • Donation: £6 per person

Further information

Booking is essential. Please contact Countrycare to book your place

Fun and activity at ‘Women Like Us’ Festival

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Active Essex and Epping Forest District Council are getting together to support Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can ’campaign with a festival next month.

Aimed at encouraging women of all ages and abilities to have fun, be active and improve their wellbeing the ‘Women Like Us’ Essex Festival takes place on Sunday 7 October at Zinc Arts, Ongar between 10am and 2pm.

Throw it back at 90’s Music Aero Classes, let your feet fly at Kickboxing, or take great strides at Walking Netball – whatever gets you up and moving there’s an activity for you at the Epping Women Like Us Festival!

Register now

If you can’t wait to work up a sweat and want to bag your place in the session of your choice, make sure you register your  interest in advance to seal your spot. It’s first come first served and spaces will disappear fast, so don’t be­ disappointed!

There are lots of sporting activities to choose from, including kick boxing, yoga, pilates and dance.

Flower arranging and tapestry

There are also flower arranging and tapestry workshops, life skills and wellbeing sessions along with tea, coffee and refreshments available all day from the onsite café.

Sport England

“The ‘This Girl Can’ programme was started by Sport England to encourage more women into sport. Our festival widens that programme by encompassing wellbeing and craft activities too,” said Cllr Helen Kane, portfolio holder for Leisure and Community Services.

“It promises to be a fun packed day for the women of Epping Forest, so please come along.”

Registration and workshops

Some workshops need to be booked in advance, when you register, while others can be signed up for on the day.

Sign-up starts at 9:30am and activities begin at 10am. Everyone will be encouraged to stay to join a stretch and cool session at the end of the day.

Parking is not available on site but there is plenty available close by in the town.

Local Councils Liaison 10 September 2018

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Local matters including an update on the Local Plan and the Council’s search Community Champions were topics for discussion at the meeting of the Local Councils Liaison Committee on Monday 10 September 2018.

Community Champions

District Council officers appealed to local representatives to help their search for Epping Forest Community Champion recruits. Champions are volunteers that help promote Health and Wellbeing events and information within their local communities.

The Council is looking for individuals that are:

  • over 18
  • passionate about where they live
  • connected with their local community
  • able to support events and fun days
  • able to promote community health and wellbeing team information

Contact Patrick Arnold for further information.

Planning delegations

Councillors discussed changes to planning delegations. The changes now require local Councils to send a representative to Planning Committee meetings if an objection to a planning application has been made by the local Council. These new rules will be reviewed after one year.

Appointment of Vice Chairman

Loughton Residents Association Councillor Chris Pond was appointed as Vice Chairman for the Local Councils Liaison Committee for 2018 – 2019.

Local Plan progress

Councillors received a verbal report on the current position of the new Local Plan for the Epping Forest District.

Despite the Council’s success at Judicial Review in June 2018, an injunction remains in place that prohibits Epping Forest District Council from submitting the Submission Version of the Local Plan.

The claimants (CK Properties Ltd) made an application for permission to appeal to the High Court which was refused in July, they have now submitted an application to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal. The Council are now waiting for the application to be determined.

Further information

Working together in suicide prevention

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Suicides are more prevalent among men than women in Essex and the most vulnerable age group is men between the ages of 35 and 64.

10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day – an annual event to raise awareness of the 800,000 suicides worldwide every year.

Epping Forest District Council is part of the West Essex Stay Safe team which is today launching a ‘call to action’ of partner organisations in the area to not only raise awareness of suicides, but also to encourage people to talk about suicide and feel confident in doing so.

  • Suicide is among the top 20 causes of death globally
  • 135 relatives, friends, colleagues, are profoundly affected by each suicide
  • Everyone can make a contribution to preventing suicide

Everyone can help

“Don’t be afraid to approach someone you think isn’t coping. Just showing that you care will be a positive step towards supporting them,” said Cllr Sam Kane, Portfolio Holder for Safer, Greener and Transport.

“You don’t have to be able to solve their problems but if you feel you can, offer support and encourage them to talk about how they’re feeling. Ask direct questions and don’t be afraid of frank discussions. Many people do want a chance to talk but don’t want to burden anyone around them.”

Organisations providing support

Further links

Cabinet 6 September 2018

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New tariffs for long stay parking, funding for the Citizens Advice Bureau, Corporate Enforcement Policy, Local Council Tax Support Scheme and Amenity Standards for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) were discussed at a meeting of Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet on 6 September.

New parking charges to encourage high street shoppers

New Pay and Display parking charges to encourage more shoppers into local town centres were approved by Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet meeting on 6 September.

Councillor Sam Kane, Cabinet Portfolio Holder responsible for parking responded to a public question from Loughton Town Councillor Tom Owen, speaking on behalf of Loughton Town Centre Partnership.

Anticipating a full report later in the agenda, Councillor Kane drew attention to the pressure on town centre carparks from all day commuter parking. Increasing the cost of all day commuter parking, Councillor Kane outlined the aim to encourage more shoppers into the District’s local high streets by freeing up spaces and keeping short stay charges low.

Existing tariffs of just 20p for 30 minutes, 80p or 90p for up to one hour and £1.60 or £1.80 for two hours are to be retained while long stay and season ticket tariffs will be brought more into line with local London Underground carparks.

Other Items

Council Leader, Councillor Chris Whitbread also asked fellow councillors to note the substantial funding provided by Epping Forest District Council to the Citizens Advice Bureau. This followed attendance by members of the Bureau at a meeting of the Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Other items covered by Cabinet included the Council’s Corporate Enforcement Policy, Local Council Tax Support Scheme, Amenity Standards for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), Christmas and New Year staff working arrangements, the Council’s Staff Appeals Process and the latest report from the Council Housebuilding Cabinet Committee.

Responding to reports from Housing Portfolio Holder, Syd Stavrou, Councillor Chris Whitbread also paid tribute to council staff for their quick and co-ordinated response to the fire in Burton Road.

Get back on the court with Walking Netball

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Walking Netball is the perfect way to get back into exercise, meet mew people and have fun! Classes begin on Monday 10 September 2018, at Epping Sports Centre.

Walking netball is a slowed down version of the game. It’s designed for anyone looking to exercise in a relaxed, supportive and friendly environment.

Suitable for everyone

The game is suitable for all ages and abilities and every session contains a gentle warm up.

Class details

  • Date: Classes are every Monday and begin on 10 September 2018

  • Time: 1pm – 2pm

  • Location: Epping Sports Centre, Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU

  • Cost: First session FREE and £3 per person thereafter

Further information

If you are interested in learning more or have any questions, please email Jodie Pearce: jodiepearce@englandnetball.co.uk

Applications open for Creativity Award 2019

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Applications are open for the Creativity Award 2019. The award is open to every young person in the district, aged between 13 and 25 years.

Creativity Award 2019

Support developing your skills

If you or your group have a real talent or interest in the arts, culture and heritage, we would like to support you in developing your skills.

A single award, of up to £1000, is available 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 be newly formed. The award is also open to heritage projects and all young people’s programmes through our museum service.


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

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