Celebration of Christmas

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Families, councillors and other guests of Epping Forest District Council Chairman Tony Boyce, celebrated the coming of Christmas at the annual Civic Carol Service held this year at St Mary the Virgin Church, Moreton. Worshippers were treated to some magical music provided by the church choir and sang a selection of traditional and familiar carols.


 

Afterwards, guests made their way to Moreton Village Hall for mulled wine and mince pies. Councillor Boyce thanked the vicar and choir for a beautiful service, made all the more special in his local church on a crisp star-lit night.

 

Destination Epping Forest!

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Chairman of Council Councillor Tony Boyce celebrated the district’s tourist attractions at North Weald Airfield and on the Epping Ongar railway recently.

A host of distinguished guests from authorities across the district and beyond enjoyed a trip on a vintage bus to North Weald Station after completing a tour of the Airfield. From there, guests were taken to Coopersale on the railway, which is currently the limit of the service. A magnificent steam engine – 4141, a Prairie Tank – pulled the Chairman’s guests back to Ongar Station.

Councillor Tony and Jan Boyce

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Rodger Green a long-serving volunteer at the railway gave a fascinating tour and talk on the history of Ongar Station and the Epping Ongar Railway. Everyone then returned to North Weald Station and onwards again on the bus to North Weald Airfield.

Councillors Ashley Kissin the Mayor of Redbridge and Robert Villa Mayor of Chelmsford City Council won the Chairman’s Charity auction to ride on the footplate of the steam engine. Councillor Villa said: “It was a unique experience, not something you would usually do and it brought back a lot of memories. I was also amazed at how hot it is standing on the footplate. From the front of the train I was able to enjoy a glorious view of the surrounding countryside and the many colours of Epping Forest itself.”

Showcase all that the district has to offer

Councillor Boyce said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to showcase all that the district has to offer to residents and visitors alike. I am most grateful to the Epping Ongar Railway for hosting us on the day. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves but more importantly, many more people are now aware of this attraction and will spread the word about our marvellous district and all it has to offer.”

Very proud

Managing Director of the Epping Ongar Railway, who was also the bus driver for the day, Roger Wright said: “We are all very proud of the Epping Ongar Railway and hope that we will be welcoming many more visitors soon.”

£400 for charities

The Chairman raised a total of £400 for his charities and local causes, which are the Ongar and District Healthcare League of Friends and providing a tail-lift disability bus for Voluntary Action Epping Forest.

 

Last chance to nominate your Citizen of the Year

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The closing dates for entries for the 2015 Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year are nearly here – get your nominations in quick!

  • Closing date for Citizen of the Year is Friday 21 November 2014
  • Closing date for Young Citizen of the Year is Friday 28 November 2014

Youth Councillors Julie Turrell and Joseph Pascoe with James Lingfield (centre)

Nominate now

Complete you nomination online – Nominate a Citizen or Young Citizen of the year or

Nomination forms can also be obtained from the council’s reception desks.

Who can I nominate?

Anyone who lives in the Epping Forest district can be nominated to be Citizen of the Year or, if between 11 and 18 years of age, Young Citizen of the Year.

It can be for any reason

  • if they have shown outstanding courage
  • if they have done something of service to you or the community
  • perhaps it’s someone who has shown extraordinary commitment, energy and effort in their particular field or towards achieving a particular goal

The winners will be invited to attend the civic awards ceremony in February 2015 to receive their award and certificate. The Young Citizen of the Year will also receive a cheque for £100.

Unsung heroes

Chairman of Council, Councillor Tony Boyce said: “The annual civic awards ceremony enables the council to thank publicly those special residents of our district who always ‘go the extra mile’ and often think of others before themselves.”

“Without them our district would be a much poorer place. If you know someone who you think has made an exceptional contribution to the Epping Forest district community, do please take the time to fill in a nomination form now, so we can all celebrate the efforts of these unsung heroes in our community.”

Amazed

James Lingfield from Davenant School is the current Young Citizen of the Year. He was delighted to be chosen and said on winning his award: “I’m so amazed, so grateful and shocked and still can’t believe I was awarded Young Citizen of the Year. I still really don’t believe I deserve it, thank you all so much. I can’t begin to tell you how much it means to me and my family – thank you, thank you.”

“You have made me feel special, honoured and as though the challenges in my life have been acknowledged and have made a difference.”

Nominations

Closing date for nominations

  • Citizen of the Year – Friday 21 November 2014
  • Young Citizen of the Year – Friday 28 November 2014

 

Remembrance Day observed in Epping

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Members of the public, councillors and council staff joined Vice-chairman Liz Webster to remember the fallen at a Remembrance Day service held in Epping.

At 11am on 11th November, both the Union and council flags were lowered and a 2 minute silence was observed, paying tribute to the fallen from the 2 world wars and subsequent conflicts. This year was especially poignant as it marks 100 years since the start of World War 1, a war from which the remembrance tradition started.

Observing the 2 minute silence

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We remember

Vice-chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Liz Webster said: “100 years ago, the world stood on the edge of a precipice. Young men, swept up in a wave of enthusiasm, marched off to a conflict they could scarcely comprehend – knowing little of what awaited them. Little more than 20 years later, now knowing the full horror of modern war, another generation marched away. They went so that we might live safe in our homes.”

“But the sacrifice did not end in 1945.”

“Every year since then, the men and women of Britain’s armed forces have continued to stand guard on our behalf, paying the ultimate price for our freedom and security. In recent years, Afghanistan and Iraq have seldom been out of the headlines. They are the latest in a long line of conflicts fought most often abroad but also on our own streets and in our own cities.”

“And so, on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, we pausewe remember … and we give thanks to those that gave their lives so that we might be free.”

 

Energy switch, M11 and night lighting discussed at council

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A new M11 junction, saving money on energy bills, Essex part-night lighting, council house building and more were discussed at council on Tuesday 4 November 2014.

Duty to cooperate

Councillors Chris Whitbread, Leader of Council, and Richard Bassett, Planning Portfolio Holder, met representatives from neighbouring council areas to discuss issues of mutual interest in the production local plans. Among the items debated was a consensus of support for the development of a new Junction 7a on the M11.

Councils are required to meet and work together as far as possible in the coordination of local plans setting out housing, economic and environmental policies for the next 20 years or so. Known as the Duty to Cooperate Board, other councils in the group include Harlow, Uttlesford, Broxbourne, East Herts, Essex County Council, Hertfordshire County Council and the London Boroughs of Redbridge, Enfield and Waltham Forest.

Chairman’s schedule

Council Chairman Tony Boyce, outlined a packed schedule of recent civic activities. This included a trip on the Epping Ongar Railway and the promotion of the district as a visitor attraction to other council chairmen and mayors. He also opened the CAB annual general meeting, went on a trip with older residents on a Community Transport bus between North Weald and Epping, visited refurbished halls in Roydon and North Weald, attended community events at Waltham Abbey, spent an evening with the air-cadets and visited Chelmsford to learn more about the Territorial Army.

Energy switch

Residents will be given the opportunity to cut their energy bills. Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder Gary Waller recommended that anyone wishing to save money look out for more information to appear in the Christmas edition of The Forester and on the council website.

The second Essex Energy Switch starts on 2 December 2014. It is run in conjunction with Essex County Council and offers residents who want to switch providers the chance to pay less for their gas and electricity bills. A previous scheme earned savings of several hundred pounds for Essex residents.

Train diplomacy lights up district

District councillors called upon Essex County Council to think again on the part-night lighting  scheme early in the morning when people are going to work. A motion was presented by councillor Stephen Murray. He briefly listed the number of trains taking local residents to work before 6am each day as well as early morning buses. Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder Gary Waller supported the motives of councillor Murray.

With tongue firmly in cheek, councillor Waller described how he and fellow district councillors had discussed the very same issue with County Council Portfolio Holder Rodney Bass in a first class carriage compartment on the Epping Ongar heritage railway visit hosted by council Chairman Tony Boyce. Surrounded by district councillors Gary Waller, John Philip, Anne Grigg, David Stallan and Will Breare-Hall in a scene reminiscent of an Agatha Christie novel, Councillor Bass was made aware of the feeling across the district council chamber in supporting of turning the lights on earlier. Councillors expected confirmation of good news from Essex County Council in the next few days.

Operations Partner – North Weald Airfield

Councillors agreed to set aside up to £60,000 to procure and appoint marketing agents to help the council seek an operational partner for aviation management at North Weald Airfield.

Children’s services

Overview and Scrutiny Chairman councillor Richard Morgan appealed to fellow councillors to get their questions ready for a presentation by Essex County Council on children’s services at the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Monday 10 November. Members of the public can also submit a question to Essex County Council by emailing democraticservices@eppingforestdc.gov.uk by 4pm on the day of the meeting.

Council house building

As the new council house building programme gathers momentum, the collaborative approach and consultation with ward members was welcomed by councillors. Reflecting the importance of the house building programme, the revised terms of reference were approved for the Council House Building Cabinet Committee.

 

The search is on to find the 2015 Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year

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Is there someone in your neighbourhood who unselfishly brightens the lives of other residents? Somebody who goes that extra mile to care for their town or village and for the people who live there?

Epping Forest District Council has started the search to find the 2015 Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year. If you know someone who deserves the title, why not nominate them for this prestigious award?

Youth Councillors Julie Turrell and Joseph Pascoe with James Lingfield (centre)

Nominate now

Complete you nomination online – Nominate a Citizen or Young Citizen of the year or

Nomination forms can also be obtained from the council’s reception desks.

Who can I nominate?

Anyone who lives in the Epping Forest district can be nominated to be Citizen of the Year or, if between 11 and 18 years of age, Young Citizen of the Year.

It can be for any reason

  • if they have shown outstanding courage
  • if they have done something of service to you or the community
  • perhaps it’s someone who has shown extraordinary commitment, energy and effort in their particular field or towards achieving a particular goal

The winners will be invited to attend the civic awards ceremony in February 2015 to receive their award and certificate. The Young Citizen of the Year will also receive a cheque for £100.

Unsung heroes

Chairman of Council, Councillor Tony Boyce said: “The annual civic awards ceremony enables the council to thank publicly those special residents of our district who always ‘go the extra mile’ and often think of others before themselves.”

“Without them our district would be a much poorer place. If you know someone who you think has made an exceptional contribution to the Epping Forest district community, do please take the time to fill in a nomination form now, so we can all celebrate the efforts of these unsung heroes in our community.”

Amazed

James Lingfield from Davenant School is the current Young Citizen of the Year. He was delighted to be chosen and said on winning his award: “I’m so amazed, so grateful and shocked and still can’t believe I was awarded Young Citizen of the Year. I still really don’t believe I deserve it, thank you all so much. I can’t begin to tell you how much it means to me and my family – thank you, thank you.”

“You have made me feel special, honoured and as though the challenges in my life have been acknowledged and have made a difference.”

Nominations

Closing date for nominations

  • Citizen of the Year – Friday 21 November 2014
  • Young Citizen of the Year – Friday 28 November 2014

 

Lights Out

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Everyone in the UK is invited to take part in Lights Out by turning off their lights on Monday 4 August 2014 from 10pm to 11pm, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection.

People can take part in whatever way they choose, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War either individually or by attending one of the many events being organised around the country for a collective experience.

Lights Out - Monday 4 August 2014 - 10pm to 11pm

‘The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time’

Words spoken by Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary in August 1914, as Britain’s ultimatum to Germany was about to expire.

Councillor Tony Boyce, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council

As Great Britain and the Commonwealth prepares to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War, I am writing to invite everyone in our district to take part in a dramatic nationwide project between 10pm and 11pm on Monday 4 August 2014.

Residents and businesses are asked to turn off their lights for 1 hour and leave a single light or candle burning in one window. This act is a very simple way to mark such a poignant time in the history of the World and remember in the words of John Maxwell Edmonds ‘When you go home, tell them of us and say. For their tomorrow, we gave our today’.

I hope the whole country will shared this moment of reflection. If we all join in this could be one of the most dramatic UK wide events ever organized. The project has been announced as part of an official programme of cultural events marking the Centenary, called 14-18 NOW.

The event will complement a special candlelit vigil at Westminster Abbey and other Centenary events taking place that evening, which will be broadcast by the BBC and a special late night concert at the BBC Proms, featuring a significant new work will also be linked to the ‘Lights Out’ project.

I urge everyone to join in with this project and mark the official commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War.

Yours sincerely
Tony Boyce

Councillor Tony Boyce, Chairman of Council 2014-15

Lights Out

You can find out more about Lights Out at http://www.1418now.org.uk/.

 

Golfers chip-in for Chairman’s charities

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Chairman of Council, Councillor Tony Boyce, led the way at the annual ‘Chairman’s Charity Golf Day’ with the opening tee shot, at Chigwell Golf Club on Tuesday 8 July.

36 golfers comprising of councillors, officers, former employees and guests of the chairman took to the fairways on a wet and warm afternoon to raise money for his 4 chosen charities.

Chairman’s charities are

  • Ongar and District Healthcare League of Friends
  • Voluntary Action Epping Forest
  • Ongar and Villages Voluntary Care
  • Loughton Voluntary Care

Winner of the Don Spinks Shield

David Thompson, a Planning Enforcement officer won the Don Spinks Shield and champion golfer for 2014 with a score of 39 Stableford points.

 

David Thompson, receiving the Don Spinks Shield from Vice-Chairman, Liz Webster.

 

 

 

 

Winner of the Robert O’Malley Cup

Annette Stansfield from Sports Leisure Management (SLM), the council’s leisure service provider won the Robert O’Malley Cup with a score of 32 points.

 

Annette Stansfield, receiving the Robert O’Malley Cup from Vice-Chairman, Liz Webster.

 

 

 

Runners-up

Trevor Johnson was the runner-up with 38 points, whilst Gary Woodhall, from Democratic Services came third with 37 points.

Nearest-the-pin was won this year by John Bell, Senior Accountant on the 10th Green and the longest drive winner was Kim Bames, from SLM who was able to keep her ball on the 18th fairway.

Message from the Chairman

The Chairman provided welcome refreshment at the halfway stage, which proved popular with all the contestants as they walked between the 9th green and the 10th tee.

Chairman of Council, Councillor Tony Boyce wished to thank all those that participated in the match and for their fundraising efforts, which they raised £860 towards his 4 chosen charities.

Braeside Independent School visit

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Pupils from Braeside School were invited to the civic offices in Epping to learn about democracy in the Epping Forest district.

Students with Chairman Councillor Mary Sartin and Vice Chairman Councillor Tony Boyce

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Learn about local democracy

Simon Hill, Epping Forest District Council’s Deputy Returning Officer, explained the role that both Councillors and the Council play in the lives of local people.

A question and answer session followed with Councillor Mary Sartin, Chairman of the Council and Councillor Tony Boyce, Vice Chairman of the Council.

The pupils asked questions on recycling, the role of the Youth Council and what councillors do when not on council duty. They were then shown around the civic offices and taken up the tower.

Simon Hill said: “We invite pupils from local schools to come in and learn about local democracy as young people are often unaware of the role that Councillors and the Council itself plays in the their lives. We aim to show them how they can engage in the political process and encourage them to take an active role in both school elections and the Epping Forest Youth Council.”

Chairman of Council Councillor Mary Sartin commented: “The council is under a legal duty actively to promote democracy in the district and it is particularly important to work with schools like Braeside. I hope that the council will be able to participate in similar events of this kind in the future.”

 

Chairman abseils for local charities

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Chairman, Councillor Mary Sartin joined hundreds of other daring individuals to abseil down the Harlow Water Tower, on Sunday 4 May. The charity event is organised annually by the Harlow Rotary Club and sees those who are brave enough climb the steps of the 110ft tower and then abseil back down. Participants can raise money for any charity of their choice.

Photos

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Dangling in the air

Reflecting on the day Councillor Mary Sartin said: “I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in doing this abseil and all the people who have very kindly made a donation. Taking up this challenge has helped me raise another £400 for the Alzheimer’s Society and St Clare Hospice.”

“I had never done an abseil before, so as Chairman of Council this year, I thought I would take up the opportunity and give it a go. It was quite nerve racking at the top of the water tower seeing how high I was, but the instructors were very friendly and reassuring and I felt very safe in their hands. Once I went over the edge, I was absolutely fine. It was very surreal dangling in the air 100 feet up and I was glad to put my feet back on the ground, but I really enjoyed the experience.”