Citizens of the year announced at awards

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John and Sandra Newman were announced as the Epping Forest District Citizens of the year at a glittering awards evening hosted by Councillor Mary Sartin, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council.

The First Responders from Epping were recognised for their life-saving voluntary work which sees them called out by the East of England Ambulance Service day or night to help their neighbours in distress until an ambulance can arrive.

Epping Forest District Civic Awards 2014

Mary and Roger Roles received High Commendations for their voluntary work in Ongar, as did Jean Morgan of Matching Tye for her work within the community.

Davenant Foundation School student James Lingfield is the Epping Forest District Young Citizen of the Year. The 14 year-old from Loughton was recognised for his outstanding achievements with Natasha Miller and from Waltham Abbey and James Harrington from Buckhurst Hill also recognised.

Community Service Medals were presented to  Simon Galloway and Collette Howell of the East of England Ambulance Service, PCSO Louise Coveney of Essex Police and Essex Fire and Rescue Service Firefighter Martyn Simmonds of Epping.

Councillor Mary Sartin also presented a cheque for £1,500 to Phoebe Taylor and her theatre group ‘Three Reasonable Women’. The group based at the East 15 Acting School are set to play at the Edinburgh Fringe and will use the award to take their play about mental health into the local community.

There were also awards for Youth Councillors Imogen Padwick, Edward Gokmen, Max Albert and Aaron Williams.

Honouring some of our many individuals

Councillor Sartin said: “Tonight has been about honouring some of our many individuals who make Epping Forest District a wonderful place to live. I am sure you will agree that we are all the richer for having them as citizens of our district.”

“In a way it is a pity that we have to differentiate between the Citizen and the Young Citizen of the Year. All could be placed in that number one spot. Each of our nominees brings different things to their communities and makes the decisions on awarding these titles that much more difficult. And it must be remembered that those here tonight are not the only names that we had before us when making our decisions. So many congratulations again to all our winners tonight.”

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The Epping Forest District Civic Awards were filmed to make a short video below.

Charities come out top at quiz

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17 teams in fancy dress raised £700 for charity at the annual chairman’s charity quiz.

I’m really thrilled that we raised so much money for my 2 chosen charities and was surprised to find out I could even answer questions on events from 1934! said Chairman Mary Sartin at the quiz held at Theydon Bois Village Hall on Friday 21 February 2014.

Grand Slammers won for the 5th year in a row - pictured with Chairman Mary Sartin

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The annual event raised funds for the chairman’s charities, which this year are St Clare Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Society. Teams dressed as Cluedo characters, Mexican bandits and in Onesies were quizzed over 12 rounds on a variety of subjects including Doctor Who, the Cold War and famous sidekicks!

Chairman Mary Sartin said: “My heartfelt thanks go to the teams who came and took part, and to the staff who generously gave their time, all of whom made it a fun and memorable evening.”

The Grand Slammers came top for the fifth successive year, second were The Caterpillars and third, The Mex Factor.

Prizes were also awarded for the best dressed tables. This year’s winners were The Mex Factor who came as Mexican bandits. The runners-up were the Young Onsies, the youth councillors who had enlisted Glen Chipp, EFDC Chief Executive, to their team, attired in a nightshirt. Other entries included Team Clu-less who came as characters from the board game Cluedo and the Chairman’s table were dressed in a Tour de France theme.

 

Chairman collects flag for Commonwealth Day

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Representatives from each of the County’s district, borough, and city councils collected a special Commonwealth flag to support the first ‘Fly a Flag’ event to mark Commonwealth Day.

Chairman Mary Sartin collected the flag from Lord Petre, Lord Lieutenant of Essex at a special ceremony at Ingatestone Hall on Monday 10 February 2014. It will be 1 of over 500 flags across the Country raised by councils, community groups and charities to mark the occasion.

Lord Petre and Chairman Mary Sartin show the Commonwealth flag

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Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Mary Sartin said: “I am delighted that the first event of this kind to mark Commonwealth Day is taking place during my year in office. I hope that it inspires residents of Epping Forest to join together with others across the world and recognise what the commonwealth stands for and the opportunities it can bring.”

Chairman Mary Sartin will read out a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation before the flag raising ceremony at the civic offices in Epping at 10am on Monday 10 March 2014 to mark Commonwealth Day.

Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, said: “Flying a flag for the Commonwealth is an admirable way for the nation to celebrate the true value of the Commonwealth together. I am proud to support this symbolic event and look forward to seeing the communities of Essex unite in raising their flags on this special day.”

Find out more

Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth website

 

 

Celebration of youth groups

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Epping Forest Youth Council hosted a special evening in the Council Chamber at Epping Forest District Council to recognise and celebrate the work that youth groups carry out in the district.

Before the event started, groups were able to visit the ‘Market Place’, which provided information for young people on all sorts of organisations, including the Scouts, the NHS, Samaritans and various youth groups.

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A packed Council Chamber then heard about 23 various youth groups, who were then presented with a certificate of thanks by the Chairman of Council Councillor Mary Sartin, Leader of the Council Councillor Chris Whitbread and Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Wellbeing Councillor Liz Webster.

Various speakers from Voluntary Action Epping Forest, Essex County Council Youth Services, Youth Futures and the Essex Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs provided information on opportunities for funding, volunteering and training. The Young Citizen of the Year and Youth Councillor Jaymey McIvor encouraged everyone to nominate a Young Citizen and Youth Councillor Imogen Padwick encouraged as many people as possible to stand for election to the Youth Council early in 2014.

In between presentations young talent was showcased when local performers entertained guests.  Also during the evening ‘A young person’s guide to volunteering’ was launched.  This handy wallet contains useful information for young people on volunteering and doubles up as a travelcard wallet.

Councillor Mary Sartin said: “The Epping Forest Youth Council has done a fantastic job in organising this event and I congratulate them all. These groups work very hard, often voluntarily, to provide activities for our young people and they are all to be applauded.”

Councillor Chris Whitbread said: “I am absolutely delighted that so many groups came along to the evening. It was a pleasure to recognise them all officially.”

Councillor Liz Webster said: “This was a wonderful way to celebrate our young people and all those who provide such diverse activities for them throughout the district.”

The groups represented were:

  1. 4th Loughton Guides
  2. Accuro – Loughton Youth Group
  3. The Box
  4. DNA Studios
  5. ELHAP
  6. Epping Forest Community Theatre
  7. Epping Green Youth
  8. Essex Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs
  9. Ignite
  10. Lambourne End
  11. Limes Farm Youth Centre
  12. Loughton Centre for Young People
  13. Loughton Youth Project
  14. National Citizenship Scheme
  15. Red Squirrels Explorer Scouts Unit, Waltham Abbey
  16. The Space
  17. Theydon Youth
  18. WASUP
  19. Way 2000
  20. Youth Bus
  21. Youth Plus
  22. Zinc Youth Theatre

Unable to attend were:

  1. 414 Squadron ACT
  2. Epping Forest South District Scouts
  3. Friday Light – Restore Church
  4. Shotokan Karate
  5. XL Youth

All groups that attended will be able to apply for a small grant of £100 from the council towards their work.

The local performers were:

Amber Maclean and Georgia Edmondson, Stacey and Georgina Cockram and Max Albert.

Chairman spreads the word about Copped Hall

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VIPs from across the region were invited to view the latest stages in the restoration of Copped Hall last week.

Councillor Mary Sartin, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council hosted the event to show off the historic building which was gutted by fire in 1917 and is gradually coming back to life through the hard work of the Copped Hall Trust.

Visitors were treated to glorious floral displays in the restored gardens and a tour of the building.

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Epping Forest provides the backdrop to Copped Hall and its private parkland. The Hall is rich in history. Organised walks and tours of the building and parklands are regularly run by the Copped Hall Trust. A dedicated army of individuals and volunteers support the restoration.

The Hall can be seen clearly from the M25. As the restoration progresses, the Hall is set to open its doors to more visitors.

Copped Hall

Learn more about Copped Hall on the Copped Hall Trust website.

 

North Weald Airfield Fun Day and the Resilience Roadshow

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We will be sharing photos on Twitter and Facebook throughout the event. Also check out our new Pinterest picture boards and YouTube video channel.

Follow all the action on the day by following the Twitter #NWfun.

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts with us.

More information at www.northwealdairfieldfunday.com.

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Flying the flag for our armed forces

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Epping Forest helped kick start the countdown to Armed Forces Day by raising the Armed Forces Day flag outside the civic offices in Epping.

Armed Forces Day logoChairman of Council, Councillor Mary Sartin raised the flag following a short service held by The Reverend Dr Anthea Cannell.

The flag raising was accompanied by trumpet player Jean Wells Wood from The Epping Forest Band.

The Armed Forces Day flag will fly outside the civic offices from Monday 24 June to Saturday 29 June.

Armed Forces Day website

 

Chairman Mary Sartin said: “Armed Forces Day is an annual opportunity for the district to show its support for the men and women who make up our Armed Forces. I hope it makes a difference to every soldier, sailor and airman to know that they are valued by their community.”

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Cabinet members announced

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Councillor Chris Whitbread continues as Epping Forest District Council Leader and Councillor Syd Stavrou is the Deputy Leader.

The 9-member cabinet for the coming municipal year is:

  1. Chris Whitbread – Leader
  2. Richard Bassett – Planning Portfolio
  3. Elizabeth Webster – Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio (Assistant – Paul Keska)
  4. Syd Stavrou – Finance and Technology Portfolio
  5. William Breare-Hall – Environment Portfolio
  6. Gary Waller – Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio
  7. David Stallan – Housing Portfolio (Assistant – Ann Mitchell)
  8. Haluk Ulkun – Support Services Portfolio (Assistant – Tony Church)
  9. Anne Grigg – Asset Management and Economic Development Portfolio (Assistant – Helen Kane)

Councillor Richard Morgan is the Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Councillor Brian Sandler will continue to chair meetings of the District Development Control Committee.

One new councillor was welcomed to the first meeting of Epping Forest District Council since the local elections on 2 May 2013. Rod Butler was welcomed by outgoing Chairman, Councillor Brian Rolfe. Councillor Butler thanked councillors and staff for their help and encouragement.

Councillor Rolfe gave an overview of his year during which he and his wife Una attended over 260 events and meetings throughout the district and county. They had met wonderful people and had been made to feel very humble. Throughout his term in office, Councillor Rolfe had driven over 3,500 miles and raised over £11,500 for his charities. He thanked everyone who had helped and supported him. He was grateful for the support of both his wife Una and Vice Chairman Councillor Mary Sartin. He said that he had presided during the wettest, coldest, windiest year since the formation of the council and that is a matter of record.

Leader of Council Councillor Chris Whitbread paid tribute, saying that Councillor Rolfe was a first-class ambassador for the Council and that attending over 260 events is something else. Councillor Jon Whitehouse echoed the Leader’s comments and said that Councillor Rolfe  has involved and spoken to many people at events. Councillor Angold-Stephens acknowledged how hard Councillor Rolfe had worked this year and said he had been a most worthy Chairman. The Chief Executive Glen Chipp expressed thanks on behalf of the staff for his enthusiasm and the manner in which he had represented the district.

 

New Chairman announced

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Roydon councillor Mary Sartin is the new Chairman of Epping Forest District Council.

Former Chairman Brian Rolfe with new Chairman Mary SartinCouncillors voted unanimously for the appointment of Councillor Sartin as the 39th Chairman of Epping Forest District Council since the creation of the Authority in 1974.

Accepting the nomination as Chairman, Councillor Sartin thanked councillors for the honour. She said she is extremely privileged to take on the role of Chairman and that Councillor Rolfe would be a very hard act to follow. She expressed her wish to visit as many places within the district as possible.

Councillor Sartin’s charities for her term of office will be the Alzheimer’s Society, which was very appropriate as this week is dementia awareness week and St Clare Hospice. She mentioned her first event which would be the Golf Day at Chigwell Golf Club on 2 July.

Councillor Tony Boyce is the new Vice-Chairman of Epping Forest.

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Sports award for young ice hockey player

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Glenn Billing, a young and gifted ice hockey player from Ongar was presented with a £1,500 sports award by Chairman Brian Rolfe. The award is in recognition of his talent and to help further develop his ability in ice hockey.

Part of the England U16 ice hockey squad, Glenn will use the award to purchase senior professional grade ice hockey skates and to attend professional ice hockey coaching camps.

He plays ice hockey for Romford Ice Hockey Club and the England National Team. Glenn has also been identified as a GB Ice Hockey prospect by the head coach of the GB U18s programme and is participating in this development process.

Glenn scored the first goal when England U16 beat Hungary 4-3 at a tournament in Holland recently, finishing 5th out of eight teams.

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