Telephone issues resolved

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Updated information 12:10pm

The telephone issues have now been resolved and service will resume as usual. Thank you for your patience.

Original information 11am

We are operating with a limited phone answering service at the moment as we are experiencing technical issues with our telephone system.

Symptoms

Symptoms include phone lines cutting out, sound issues and problems with transferring calls.

Alternative contact

Please use alternative means of contacting us for the time being. A range of services can be completed online, we can be contacted email and if you have a direct dial number please try this.

Thank you

Please bear with us while we try to resolve these issues, we have no timescale for the fix at the moment but we will keep you updated via social media and the website.

Thank you for your patience.

Council property fire safety measures

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Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in June 2017, Epping Forest District Council would like to reassure and inform our residents about our approach to fire safety in council properties across the Epping Forest district.

Quick facts

  • Epping Forest District Council owns no high-rise blocks of flats over 5 storeys
  • In the event of a fire, our flats are of a sufficient height that can be accessed by the Fire Service
  • Hard-wired linked smoke and heat detectors have been installed in all council properties
  • Regular fire safety risk assessments are carried out for all communal areas in council properties
  • There are very few flats across the district with external cladding. Those that do, do not have the same cladding as used on the Grenfell Tower
  • Cladding materials are being checked as a precaution
  • 30-minute fire resistant front doors have been installed on all council flats in blocks

”Safety of our tenants is our priority”

Epping Forest District Council’s Housing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Syd Stavrou has visited some of our larger blocks of council flats to see the approach taken to fire safety. Following a visit, she said: ”We were all shocked and saddened to see the devastating events unfolding at Grenfell Tower earlier this month. The council was already in the process of reviewing fire safety measures and will continue to evaluate our approach. The safety of our tenants is our priority. I will be undertaking more visits to blocks of flats across the district, to see for myself the new installations and measures we have in place.”

Thank you

She continued: ”I hope that the information provided will reassure our tenants that we are doing all we can to ensure their safety, whilst living in our properties. I would also like to thank our tenants for their co-operation during any disruption whilst safety checks and works have been carried out. I would also like to ask for their ongoing support in keeping any communal areas clear, to ensure our properties remain as safe as possible.”

Never complacent

The council is never complacent about fire safety and it is hoped that this information gives some reassurance.

Contact us

If for some reason you have not had hard wired smoke and heat detectors or 30 minute fire resistant doors installed, please contact us as a matter of urgency

This information does not cover buildings in the district that are not in the council’s ownership or that are not its responsibility. If you have concerns and your building is privately owned, please contact your landlord or leaseholder.

Further information

New dates for Cycling for Health!

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As the weather is getting nicer, there has never been a better time to get on your bike and get active in the fresh air! To make things even easier, cycling for health have added new Friday dates to their 2017 diary!

Cycling for Health

Suitable for all

There are different routes which have been graded into 3 different intensity levels, which means there is something for everyone.

Why cycle?

  • Burn approx 650 calories
  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 50%
  • Increase cardiovascular fitness
  • Improve overall wellbeing
  • Increase muscle strength and tone

Contact

Further information

Pay on day (ride fee)

If you have your own bike and helmet, just turn up at the meeting point!

  • Cost £4.00 (£8.00 for all day rides)
  • No booking required

Pre-paid (bike hire and ride fee)

  • Cost £8.00 (£16.00 for all day rides)
  • Booking is required at least 48hrs in advance

Race for Life 2017 at North Weald Airfield

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Join us at North Weald Airfield on Wednesday 12  July 2017 for Race for Life! Run, jog or walk our 5 and 10 kilometre courses and help raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK.

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Why Race for Life?

Race for Life is thousands of women of all ages and abilities, uniting with one purpose. To raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Cancer Research UK are world leaders in finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer and your support through events like Race for Life is what helps the charity continue their ground-breaking work to see more people surviving cancer.

Event details

  • Date: Wednesday 12 July 2017
  • Time: 7pm
  • Boys (6-12): £10.00
  • Girls (6-15): £10.00
  • Women (16+): £14.99
  • Under 6 entry: free and no registration needed
  • Venue: North Weald Airfield, Merlin Way, North Weald, Epping, CM16 6HR View map
  • Distance: 5k/10k

Take part!

There’s still time to register, you can do so online following the links below.

Find out more

Pupils learn life lessons at Crucial Crew 2017

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Over 1,338 Year 6 pupils from Epping Forest took part in Crucial Crew, a week of interactive days to educate young people about staying safe, fit and healthy.

Crucial crew 2017

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Crucial Crew experience

Crucial crew teaches children how to tackle the dangers they may encounter in everyday life and encourages them make sensible decisions about personal safety and lifestyle choices.

This year the annual event was hosted at Debden House Centre in Loughton for a week from 12 June 2017 to 16 June 2017.

Over the week the children took part in 10 scenarios including

  • Road safety (Essex County Council)
  • Vehicle blind spots (Sainsbury’s)
  • Building sites – dangers and hazards (Mears)
  • Healthy relationships (Safer Places and Epping Forest District Council)
  • Drugs and alcohol (Adas)
  • Bullying (Red Balloon Learner Centres)
  • Internet safety (Essex Police)
  • Healthy lifestyles (ACE – Anglian Community Enterprise)
  • Ambulance (East of England Ambulance Service)
  • Fire safety escape plans & smoke alarms (Essex County Fire & Rescue Service)

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(Left to right – council Community Health and Wellbeing Manager, Gill Wallis, Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder Councillor Gary Waller, council Chairman Councillor David Stallan, The High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Hall, Community Engagement Officer at Essex County Fire & Rescue Paul Fenwick, council Vice Chairman Councillor Richard Bassett, council Safer Communities Manager, Caroline Wiggins)

VIP visit

Epping Forest District Council’s Chairman, Councillor David Stallan was welcomed to the event by council organisers, alongside other VIP’s including the High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Hall, Vice-Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett, Councillor Gary Waller and Councillor Helen Kane for an informative and enjoyable visit.

Fun way to learn

Councillor David Stallan, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: “Crucial Crew is a fun way to prepare children to remain safe in a variety of emergency situations and to be aware of dangers they are likely to encounter as they advance through life. This fantastic and well-supported event allows us to offer awareness and safety advice to our young people just as they’re ready to take a big step in their lives and go to secondary school.”

”It leaves our children with the right skills and knowledge to keep themselves safe, both now and in the future. I enjoyed my short visit and was pleased to see how the different agencies work together to provide this to the kids”

Life lessons

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “All children who attended Crucial Crew will take home a wristband with a link to the Crucial Crew pages which includes advice on dealing with challenging or potentially harmful situations. They can also find out more information about the scenarios they have seen and how to make positive choices regarding their own behaviour. I hope the children remember and use the lessons from Crucial Crew, which one day might save their lives.”

“Crucial Crew is organised and facilitated by the council’s Community Health and Wellbeing team but could not take place without the hard work and continued support of partner agencies – a big thank you to all involved.”

Further information

What’s on? Summer holiday activities week 1

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Need ideas for kids activities this summer? See what we have planned for the first week of the summer holidays, Monday 24 July 2017 to Friday 28 July 2017!

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Discover your inner artist

  • Monday 24 July 2017
  • 10:30am – 3:30pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 -41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £20 including materials

Suitable for ages 7+

Book

Tudor family fun with clay

  • Tuesday 25 July 2017
  • 12pm – 3pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 -41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50

Suitable for ages 5-13

No need to book

Musical in 2 days! Charlie and the chocolate factory

  • Wednesday 26 July & Thursday 27 July 2017
  • 10am – 3pm (both days)
  • Chigwell Hall, Large marquee, Chigwell, IG7 6BD
  • £40 including materials

Suitable for ages 5+

Book

Basketball drop in!

  • Wednesday 26 July 2017
  • 2pm – 4pm
  • Roding Valley recreation ground, basketball court, Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • £3

Suitable for ages 10-15

Book

Tennis Activators

  • Thursday 27 July 2017
  • 4pm – 5pm
  • Roding Valley recreation ground, tennis courts, Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • £3

Suitable for ages 5-10

Book

Go wild: DIY grass heads

  • Thursday 27 July 2017
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Epping Forest District Council Community Services, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU
  • £4.50

Suitable for ages 6-12

Book

Be an illustrator

  • Thursday 27 July 2017
  • 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £8

Suitable for ages 8+

Book

How to…draw, level 1

  • Friday 28 July 2017
  • 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £8

Suitable for ages 7+

Book

Multi-sports, forest adventures and more…

We have also planned a wide range of sport, play and adventure days regularly, at multiple locations, throughout the 8 week holiday

  • Multi-sports days (book)
  • Forest adventures (book)
  • Play in the forest (no need to book)
  • Play in the park (no need to book)

Check the full brochure for locations, dates and times.

Further details

Summer fun for children with SEND

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The Epping Forest Inclusion project is running a wide variety of exciting summer activities for children and young people with SEND from July to August 2017.

Inclusion project

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Activities are suitable for children of all ages, unless otherwise stated, and we cater for a wide range of needs. Siblings and parents are also welcome to join us for some of the activities, please check the brochure for full details.

Own a pony

Enjoy a session of riding and all the fun that comes with owning a pony!

Dates

  • Thursday 27 July 2017
  • Wednesday 9 August 2017
  • Monday 21 August 2017

Time

  • 10am – 12pm

Address

  • High Beech Riding School, Pynest Green lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3QL

Price

  • £25

(Suitable for all ages)

Lost and found dance session

Tell a story through dance, drama and crafts and join us for a journey to the South Pole to get a penguin home.

Date

  • Tuesday 25 July

Time

  • 1:30pm – 3pm

Address

  • Limes Farm, Chigwell, IG7 5LP

Price

  • £6

(Suitable for all ages)

Suntrap summer fun days

Experience fun in the forest with Suntrap! Activities include pond dipping, forest crafts, camp fires and much more.

Dates

  • Wednesday 26 July 2017
  • Wednesday 2 August 2017
  • Friday 11 August 2017
  • Wednesday 16 August 2017

Time

  • 10am – 3:30pm

Address

  • Suntrap forest education centre, Church Road, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AJ

Price

  • £15 per child (£7.50 per additional sibling)

(Suitable for all ages)

Bounce and swim

An energetic 2 hour session starts with 1 hour of trampolining, before hitting the pool to cool down!

Dates

  • Friday 28 July 2017
  • Monday 7 August 2017
  • Friday 18 August 2017

Time

  • 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Address

  • Ongar Leisure Centre, The Gables, Ongar, CM5 0GA

Price

  • £7

(Suitable for all ages)

Canalability day trip

Join us as we take the ‘Stort Daybreak’ out on the water for a day trip!

Dates

Time

  • 11am – 3pm

Address

  • Lock View, Burnt Mill lane, Harlow, CM20 2QS

Price

  • £15

(Suitable for all ages)

Multi sports camp

Join our sports camp for a day of sport such as, short tennis, football, tag rugby, athletics, football…and many more!

Dates

  • Tuesday 1 August 2017 (Epping)
  • Tuesday 22 August 2017 (Loughton)

Time

  • 10am – 3pm

Address

  • Epping Upper Clapton RFC, Upland Road, Thornwood, Epping, CM16 6NL
  • Loughton Cricket Club, The Upands, High Road, Loughton, IG10 1NQ

Price

  • £15

(Suitable for all ages)

Alan in wonderland and the 3 goats plus

Discover if Alice can escape the mad hatters tea party with the help of her brother, Alan.

Date

  • Thursday 10 August 2017

Time

  • 11:30am – 12:30pm

Address

  • Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD

Price

  • £6

(Suitable for all ages)

Cycle rides with TrailNet

Balance and co-ordination are no problem with a morning off cycling using a range of adapted trikes and bikes!

Dates

  • Monday 14 August 2017
  • Thursday 17 August 2017

Time

  • 10am – 12pm

Address

  • Davenant Foundation School, Chester Road, Loughton, IG10 2LD

Price

  • £8

(Suitable for all ages)

Camping at Lambourne End

This is a two night camping adventure, with various activities on offer throughout the days and evenings.

Dates/times

  • 10am Wednesday 23 August 2017 to 2pm Friday 25 August (1 night/2 night options)

Address

  • Lambourne End Centre, Manor Road, Lambourne End, RM14 1NB

Price

  • £85 (2 nights)
  • £52 (1 night)

(Suitable for 10+ years old)

Day at the farm

Come and explore Lea Valley Farm, meet the animals, have a fun tractor ride and tour around the dairy!

Date

  • Tuesday 29 August 2017

Time

  • 10:00am – 2:30pm

Address

  • Lea Valley Park Farm, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EF

Price

  • £8

(Suitable for all ages)

Further information

Letterpress workshop at the Museum

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Join us at Epping Forest District Museum on Saturday 24 June 2017 for an exciting, hands-on letter printing workshop and create and take home your own print!

Printing workshop 2017

Create your own print!

To celebrate the opening of our new ”Paths Unseen” exhibition join us for this special workshop where you can create your own print!

With the help of local letterpress Paekakariki Press you’ll learn the process of setting the type, inking up and using the press, finishing up by printing your own design to take home.

Details

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 24 June 2017
  • Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Free entry

Paths Unseen exhibition

Paths Unseen is an Arts Council England funded project. 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 2017 to Saturday 30 September 2017.

Further information

Explore stories of the district at the museum

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If you are interested in poetry and illustrations inspired by the district, Epping Forest District Museum’s ”Paths Unseen” exhibition is a must see this summer!

Paths Unseen - exploring the stories of the Epping Forest district

Local involvement

Performance poet, Keely Mills and illustrator Jef Winter have worked with students from Roding Valley High School and Epping Forest College and writers groups Forest Creative Writers and West Essex Writers over the course of the last year, to produce work for this exhibition.

Details

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 24 June 2017 – Saturday 30 September 2017
  • Time: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Free entry

Paths Unseen project

Paths Unseen shows how poetry can be a shared social activity. Performance poet Keely Mills engaged with many individuals and groups in the local community. She enabled them to write or tell their own stories, and share their work in their own voices.

Local folklore and history

Inspiration has also been drawn from local folklore, encouraging museum audiences to consider art as a medium for rediscovering local history. Paths Unseen project has been funded by Arts Council England.

Further information

An exciting summer for the kids!

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If you are looking for different ways to keep the kids entertained this summer, look no further! We have an 8 week schedule of fun activities for children of all ages and abilities!

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All ages, abilities and interests

We have a wide range of activities for children of all ages, abilities and interests, available from July to September 2017!

We are also offering our increasingly popular Disability Inclusion Project activities for children and young people with SEND. Please check the brochure for full details.

Don’t miss out

All you need to do is make sure you book in advance. It’s as easy as that!

Sport, art, adventure and many more

Whatever your children’s interests, we have something to suit!

Sport, art, adventure, play, music, gardening, textiles and many more!

Book now!

Most activities need to be booked and paid for in advance, unless otherwise indicated.