Nominate your Citizen of the Year

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Epping Forest District Council’s Citizen of the Year Awards recognises people in the community who go above and beyond and make positive changes in our district.

Citizen of the year Civic Awards 2018 poster

If you know an individual or a team who make a real difference nominate them for

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Team of the Year

Highlighting positive work

Chairman David Stallan said: ‘The Citizen of the Year award is a great event, highlighting the positive work that goes on throughout the district. There are people among us who go above and beyond, making positive contributions to our society.’

‘If there’s and individual or group who springs to mind, now is your time to nominate them for a Civic Award.’

Make a nomination

Applications close Friday 24 November 2017.

Chairman’s golfers raise money for local charity

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Generous golfers raised an amazing £704 at our Chairman’s charity golf day to help Safer Places, a local refuge that supports people through abusive relationships.

Chairman Dave Stallan with the charity golfers

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Epping Forest District Council Chairman Dave Stallan opened the golf day at Chigwell Golf Club on 11 July 2017. He teed off and decided to retire gracefully (watch Chairman Dave Stallan tee off below) to let 24 keen golfers battle it out on the fairways.

All the golfers were local councillors, former and current council employees, and guests of the Chairman.

Winners of the golf day were

  • Theydon Bois Parish Councillor Mike Hannibal won the Don Spinks Shield scoring 39 stableford points
  • Elections Officer Wendy MacLeod won the Robert O’Malley Cup for Lady Golfers (for the 5th time!) scoring 29 points
  • Waste Support Officer Paul Coletti got a prize for being nearest the pin on the 10th hole
  • Housing Repairs Officer Daniel Wimpress won a prize for the longest drive on the 18th hole

I won’t win The Open

Chairman Dave Stallan said: “I had a wonderful day and I would like to thank everyone that took part. Unfortunately my golfing abilities leave a lot to be desired and I think it’s fair to say I have no chance of ever winning The Open! My golfing skills can be seen by everyone as my opening tee off was caught on camera!”

Raising money for charity

The Chairman continued: “We raised £704 for local charity Safer places. Safer Places helps adults and children affected by domestic and sexual abuse. The money will go to helping survivors of domestic abuse to recover and rebuild their lives, building a brighter and safe future which they might once have thought of as impossible. I’m delighted to support this great local charity.”

eNgage dance show returns for 2017

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Youth and community dance show, eNgage 2017 returned on Thursday 22 June 2017 after a year’s break, to a new venue for the show, The Spotlight in Hoddesdon.

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Spectacular dance

With an audience of over 350 and a cast of 170, eNgage brought several communities together for an evening of spectacular dance. The blend of dance styles included Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap and Commercial.

The Dancers

Performers were of all ages and abilities; from 7 years old to 71 years young!

New groups

The evening welcomed a few new groups to eNgage; CoCoCare (an adult group with disabilities from Colchester) used Creative Movement and props to create a beautiful sea scene, questioning our environmental awareness; Straight Up Dance UK, Loughton and Brentwood, showed us that you are never too old to learn some Hip Hop moves, with two pieces to ‘She’s Got That Vibe’ and ‘Whoomp (There it is)!’ Mark Hall Academy, Harlow, treated the audience to a sneaky peek of their latest school production, ‘School of Rock’.

Exciting and colourful routines

Jason Theatre School gave a brilliant performance and closed the show with their version of Riverdance, which got the audience tapping along. DYD from Debden Park High School had everyone swinging in their seats with a fun energetic version of Benny Goodman’s ‘Sing, Sing, Sing.’

Flashdancers, Moves & Grooves, All Saints, Stadium Theatre School, Big Funksters, DNA Studios, West Hatch High School and Scene II Theatre School all returned to perform with exciting, colourful and powerful routines.

RE:Generation installation

As part of eNgage, Lowewood Museum, which is managed by Epping Forest District Council in partnership with The Borough of Broxbourne, played host to a VIP guest reception with temporary exhibition ‘Moving Photography’ RE:Generation, an older people’s dance group from Chelmsford.

Importance of dance & movement

The installation is part of the end product of a project by The Dance Network Association and CHP, working with older people to learn the importance of dance and movement and what effect it has on the mind and body.

Visit the exhibition

The exhibition is at Lowewood Museum until Friday 7 July 2017.

‘Well done’

Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor David Stallan was among the guests for the evening and he said: ”What an amazing showcase for all of our talented local dance groups. It was great to see so many creative people of all ages, from different areas, all coming together and producing such an exciting evening of performances. Well done to everyone involved and thank you to everyone that helped make the evening possible. Most of all, thanks for having me!”

‘Wonderful spectacle’

Councillor Steve Wortley, Deputy Mayor of Borough of Broxbourne said: ”What a wonderful spectacle it was, with a wide range of dance and performances from a bunch of very talented artists. I truly had a lovely time and thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening. Please pass on my sincere thanks to everyone involved, including those unsung heroes backstage too! Epping Forest certainly does have talent!”

Flags fly for Armed Forces Day

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Council remembers Grenfell Tower and terror attack victims at Armed Forces ceremony

The normal order of service was changed as Epping Forest District Council held a minute’s silence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster after raising the Union and Armed Forces Day Flags at the Civic Offices in Epping. Flags flew initially at half-mast as the Council showed its support for the victims of the latest terrorist attack earlier in North London.
Remembering victims of the latest terrorist attack in North London
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Staff were led in prayer by Reverend Bryony Morrison of St John’s Church, Epping.

Difficult and traumatic times

Councillor David Stallan, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: “The last few weeks have been some of the most difficult and traumatic we have faced as a country for many years.”

“As we gather for the traditional celebration of our armed forces, events have overtaken us. After the raising of our flags at 11 o’clock, I also want you to stand with me in a minute’s silence as we remember the tragic events at Grenfell Tower.”

“And even while we struggle to come to terms with that disaster, yet another senseless and cowardly attack was carried out on our community in North London. “

“The armed forces of Great Britain are made up of brave men and women of every colour and faith. They are drawn from all parts of our community, just as the councillors and staff of Epping Forest District Council are drawn from many faiths and cultures. As our armed forces show, as Manchester has shown, and as London has shown now again and again, an attack on one of us is an attack upon us all. At these times we stand together as a council, a community, and as a country.”

Council welcomes new Chairman

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Annual Council began with a minute silence in honour of all those affected by the Manchester bombing, this was followed by a heartfelt final speech from outgoing Chairman of Council, Councillor Jeane Lea.

Councillor David Stallan has been appointed Chairman of Council and Councillor Richard Bassett was named the new Vice-Chairman.

Annual Council 2017

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Manchester Tribute at Council

The meeting of Epping Forest District Council began on a sombre note as outgoing Chairman, Councillor Jeane Lea asked fellow councillors to join in a minute silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing.

Best wishes to Councillor Lea

Councillors paid tribute to Councillor Lea as she stepped down from the role of Council Chairman.

£13,000 raised for charity

Councillor Lea raised £13,000 for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance during her year and thanks fellow councillors for their support throughout.

”Genuine, caring and a first class ambassador”

Council Leader Chris Whitbread spoke of Councillor Lea’s dignity. A genuine, caring and first class ambassador for the district. Councillor Caroline Pond echoed the tributes, reminding Councillor Lea of some of the more difficult meetings over which she presided. Councillor Surtees spoke of her generosity.

Council Chief Executive Glen Chipp spoke of the outgoing Chairman’s sense of humour and her unexpected talent for bricklaying!

Councillor David Stallan, our new Chairman

The new Chairman of Epping Forest District Council is North Weald councillor, David Stallan.

In an affectionate nomination speech, fellow ward councillor Anne Grigg spoke of almost twenty years service to the District. Councillor Chris Whitbread seconded the nomination. Describing councillor Stallan as a great Housing portfolio holder and ward councillor, he also reminded fellow councillors of Dave Stallan’s formidable knowledge of the Council Constitution.

Councillor Stallan thanked councillors for placing their trust in him, councillors Grigg and Whitbread for his nomination, and especially Councillor Lea for all her support during the previous year.

Four local charities

Councillor Stallan will be supporting four charities, Diabetes UK, the Epping and North Weald Air Cadets, Safer Places Epping Forest and Norway House, the Council’s homeless persons hostel.

Councillor Richard Bassett, our new Vice-Chairman

Another of the Council’s most senior and well respected councillors, Richard Bassett is the new Vice-Chairman. Councillor Bassett steps down from his previous role on the Cabinet.

Cabinet and Committee Chairmen

The new Cabinet announced by Council Leader Chris Whitbread is

  • Leader Councillor Chris Whitbread
  • Asset Management & Economic Development Councillor Anne Grigg
  • Environment Councillor Will Breare-Hall
  • Finance Councillor Gagan Mohindra
  • Planning & Governance Councillor John Philip
  • Housing (and Deputy Leader) Councillor Syd Stavrou
  • Leisure & Community Services Councillor Helen Kane
  • Safer, Greener & Transport Councillor Gary Waller
  • Technology & Support Services –  Councillor Alan Lion

Councillor Brian Sandler has been reappointed Chairman of District Development Management Committee. Councillor Mary Sartin returns to the role of Overview and Scrutiny Committee Chairman.

Councillors also agreed the co-option of a non-voting member of Epping Forest District Youth Council to the Communities Select Committee.

Selfless citizens celebrated

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The district’s most remarkable people had their moment in the spotlight on Friday 17 March 2017 at the Epping Forest District Council Civic Awards ceremony 2017 at the Marriott Hotel, Waltham Abbey.

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Evening in pictures

Civic Awards 2017

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Recognising the efforts of remarkable people

The special evening was hosted by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Jeane Lea. The Chairman explained why the Council hold the Civic Awards in her opening speech, she said: ”We hold the Civic Awards to recognise the efforts of the remarkable people that live amongst us, who make a difference and inspire others to do the same. Selfless heroes that strive to make the world a better place, without looking for praise or tribute.”

Diverse, unique and exceptional

”We want to thank those that volunteer with care in our communities. Those who save lives in their everyday work. Those who enrich the lives of others with their artistic flair, who make us proud of their sporting talent and those that give their time and effort to worthy causes. We hold these awards for you. You make our district diverse, unique and exceptional.”

”What strikes me, as I am sure it does others, is that our communities are full of incredible people, far too many to recognise everybody.”

Citizen of the Year 2017

This year, Doreen and Sid Miller, were the joint winners of the prestigious Citizen of the Year award. The pair have been heavily involved in community action in the district for decades. Together, they have helped hundreds of families find a place to live by providing crucial rent guarantees, they also volunteer with Epping Forest Community Transport and the local furniture exchange.

Elizabeth Renny was highly commended for her 35 years service to the second Loughton Girl Guides pack, before her retirement this month.

Team of the Year 2017

The Epping Forest District Museum volunteers received the Team of the Year award, for their outstanding work throughout the successful renovation of the museum and more.

Young Citizen of the Year 2017

Arjun Kuhaendran, a student at West Hatch High School won the very special accolade of Young Citizen of the Year for his dedication to his role of charity ambassador. He has seen money raised for Crisis at Christmas, Macmillan, Water Aid and the International Day of Peace in this past year alone.

Runner-up, David Castleman, received a Special Commendation for his extraordinary bravery.

Community Service Medals

Community service medals were received by Garry Clark and Richard Holt of the East of England Ambulance Service, Sub Officer Dave Horton of the Essex Fire Service and Sergeant Simon Dear of Essex Police.

Youth Council Awards

Epping Forest District Council Youth Council award winners Marley Chick, Lisa Nakimuli, Finlay Jordan and Ashwin Gohil were all commended for their outstanding achievements and dedication to their roles.

Sports and Creativity Awards

Daniel Rowden, an 800m runner from Buckhurst Hill, was the winner of this year’s sports bursary of £1,000. Bethany Joiner won the Creativity award for her photographic talent and charitable work, she received a bursary of £500.

Business Apprentices

Praise was given to Epping Forest District Council’s Business Apprentices; Jay Binks, Emily Gowens, Becky Linford, Sian Pavitt, Becca Yellop and Amber Stewart, who have all achieved their level 2 diplomas and are all now employed by different departments across the council.

Over £10,000 raised for Essex Air Ambulance

A magnificent £1,160 was raised at the Civic Awards for the Chairman’s charity, the Essex Air Ambulance Service and local artist Martyn Royce donated an original work of art to the charity for auction. Chairman Jeane Lea raised an incredible £11,160 for her chosen charity.

Christmas contact information

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We are closed from 5pm on 23 December 2016 until 9am on 3 January 2017. There are still ways you can get in touch with us when you need to over the Christmas holiday period.

Christmas message from Chairman Jeane Lea

Report it

Report it online (non-emergency) – report missed bin, noise, flytipping, fraud, abandoned vehicle, etc.

Report by email (non-emergency) – emails sent here will not be looked at until 3 January 2017.

Phone (emergency) 01992 564000

Housing repairs (emergency) 01992 564199

Social media

We monitor our main Twitter and Facebook accounts every day.

Pay it

Pay online 24/7 – pay Council Tax, rent, business rates, leasehold charges, etc.

Pay by phone 24/7 01992 564600

Our Debden cash office & Epping kiosk will close at 4:30pm on 23 December 2016 and reopen 9am on 3 January 2017.

Our Waltham Abbey library kiosk is subject to Waltham Abbey library opening hours.

Waste and recycling

Christmas 2016 revised collection dates

  • Collection date Tuesday 27 December 2016 revised to Wednesday 28 December 2016
  • Collection date Wednesday 28 December 2016 revised to Thursday 29 December 2016
  • Collection date Thursday 29 December 2016 revised to Friday 30 December 2016
  • Collection date Friday 30 December 2016 revised to Saturday 31 December 2016

Recycling real Christmas trees

Leave your real Christmas trees with your food and garden waste in January 2017. Remove the pot, all decorations and if over 6ft, cut in half to ensure safe collection.

Special collections

Our special collections service closes at 5pm on 23 December 2016 and resume at 9am on 3 January 2017.

Lost or found dogs

Call 07815 512833 weekdays from 7am to 9pm, weekends and bank holidays from 10am to 7pm.

Car parks

Free weekend parking in December – all of our car parks are free on weekends throughout December and bank holidays.

Epping Forest District Museum

Epping Forest District Museum is closed from 4pm on 22 December 2016 and reopens 10am on 3 January 2017.

Housing benefit payments revised dates

  • Payments due 26 December 2016 will be now be available in bank accounts around 23 December 2016
  • Payments due 02 January 2017 will now be available in bank accounts around 29 December 2016

Normal payment cycle will resume from 9 January 2017.

 

Crowds observe 2 minute silence in Epping

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Staff, councillors and members of the public joined Chairman Jeane Lea to remember the fallen at a Remembrance Day service.

Flags were lowered to half-mast as the crowds paused to observe the #TwoMinuteSilence at 11am on 11 November 2016 outside the civic offices in Epping.

Keep the memory alive

Chairman Jeane Lea said: “Remembrance Day is always a very important date in our calendar. It helps us keep alive the memory of those who have paid the price for our freedom.”

“This year it is particularly poignant as it marks a number of significant anniversaries including the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and of our very own North Weald Airfield. North Weald Airfield was established in August 1916 as a base for night fighters to combat German Zeppelin airships which were bombing London and other towns.”

A hymn for Remembrance Sunday

Chairman Jeane Lea read the poem Remembrance – A hymn for Remembrance Sunday by Charles Henrywood.

Grant peace, O Lord, across our strife-torn world
Where war divides and greed and dogma drive
Help us to learn the lessons from the past
That all are human and all pay the price
All life is dear and should be treated so
Joined, not divided, is the way to go.

Protect, dear Lord, all who, on our behalf
Now take the steps that place them in harm’s way
May they find courage for each task they face
By knowing they are in our thoughts always
Then, duty done and missions at an end
Return them safe to family and friends.

Grant rest, O Lord, to those no longer with us
Who died protecting us and this their land
Bring healing, Lord, to those who, through their service
Bear conflict’s scars on body or in mind
With those who mourn support and comfort share
Give strength to those who for hurt loved-ones care.

And some there be who no memorial have
Who perished are as though they’d never been
For our tomorrows their today they gave
And simply asked that in our hearts they’d live
We heed their call and pledge ourselves again
At dusk and dawn – we will remember them!

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Sunday is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

 

Applications open for Creativity Awards

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Applications are open for Epping Forest District Council’s Creativity Awards 2017. The award aims to help further young people aged 13 – 25 with grants ranging from £50 to £1000.

Creativity Awards 2017

If you are an individual or part of a group with an interest in the arts, culture and heritage, we would like to support you in further developing your skills with The Creativity Award 2017.

To be eligible you must be aged 13 – 25 and either live, volunteer or are part of a group in the district. The award is open to:

  • Individuals
  • Groups (a minimum of 3 people)
  • Heritage projects
  • Young people who are involved in ‘EFDC’s museums Young people’s programmes’

Groups can already be established such as art clubs, theatre groups, choirs or orchestras or have formed especially to apply for this funding.

Make an application

To be considered for an award applicants are required to:

  • Show their commitment to their area of interest and explain how the award will help them develop their talent
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are actively pursuing their area of interest, e.g.  Through volunteering, education, exhibition, performance

Apply for the Creativity award 2017:

  • Make an application online

Helping to achieve goals

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said ‘The creativity award is a great opportunity for talented people in the district to further develop their craft.

The award through grants can range from £50 – £1000 and aims to help people with a range of issues they may face, whether it is fees for courses or buying specialist equipment.

If you think this award could help you or your group, make an application today, don’t delay’

For more information:

Applications close midnight Wednesday 30 November 2016. Awards will be presented to the winner at the civic awards ceremony Friday 17 March 2017.

Remembrance Sunday events

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Remembrance Sunday is on Sunday 13 November 2016. Councillors from Epping Forest District Council will be attending events throughout the district.

We will be marking the #TwoMinuteSilence on Friday 11 November 2016 with a short ceremony led by Chairman Jeane Lea outside the civic offices in Epping. Members of the public are welcome at all events.

Poppies

Remembrance Sunday is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.

Keep alive the memory

Chairman Jeane Lea said: “Remembrance Day is always a very important date in our calendar. It helps us keep alive the memory of those who have paid the price for our freedom.”

“This year it is particularly poignant as it marks a number of significant anniversaries including the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and of our very own North Weald Airfield. North Weald Airfield was established in August 1916 as a base for night fighters to combat German Zeppelin airships which were bombing London and other towns.”

Sunday 13 November 2016 events

Abridge

  • Councillor Brian Rolfe | 10am | Lambourne Church

Buckhurst Hill

  • Councillor Aniket Patel | 10.30am | St John’s Church

Chigwell

  • Councillor Brian Sandler | 10.40am | St Mary’s Church

Epping

  • Chairman Jeane Lea | 2pm | Epping War Memorial
  • Chairman Jeane Lea | 3pm | St John’s Church

High Ongar

  • Councillor Richard Morgan | 10am | St Mary’s Church

Loughton

  • Councillor Caroline Pond | 11.45am |Royal British Legion Club
  • Councillor Caroline Pond | 1pm | Church Hill

Nazeing

  • Councillor Richard Bassett | 10.45am | All Saints Church

North Weald

  • Councillor Ann Grigg | 10.45am | St Andrew’s Church
  • Vice-chairman Dave Stallan | 12.10pm | North Weald Airfield Memorial

Ongar

  • Vice-chairman Dave Stallan | 14.30pm | Ongar War Memorial Medical Centre

Roydon

  • Parish Councillor Nicola Wilkinson | 10.30am | St Peter’s Church

Theydon Bois

  • Councillor John Philip | 10.30am | St Mary’s Church

Upshire

  • Councillor Liz Webster | 9am | St Thomas’s Church

Waltham Abbey

  • Chairman Jeane Lea | 10am | Waltham Abbey War Memorial

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