Big-hearted golfers raise £700 for charity

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Chairman2Chairman councillor Ken Angold-Stephens led the way at the annual Chairman’s Charity Golf Day with the opening tee shot, which took place at Chigwell Golf Club on Tuesday 19 July 2011.

A total of 25 golfers comprising councillors, officers, former employees and guests of the chairman, took to the fairways to raise money for the chairman’s chosen charities this year – Homestart and St Clare Hospice.

Winner of the Don Spinks Shield, and champion golfer for 2011, was housing officer Tony Cooper with a score of 37 stableford points. Tony has supported this event for over ten years and was a popular winner.

The Robert O’Malley Cup for Ladies Golfers was won on count-back by Annette Stansfield from the Council’s Leisure contract provider Sports and Leisure Management Limited with a score of 36 points. Annette had won the Don Spinks Shield in 2010 and this win made it two trophies in successive years.

Joint runners-up also with 36 points were Kim Bames from Sport and Leisure Management and Sports Development Manager James Warwick, who had the consolation of hitting the longest drive on the 18th fairway. Brian Penelver won the competition for the highest placed guest of the chairman with a score of 31 points and the Nearest-the-Pin prize on the 10th hole went to senior housing officer Colin Stone. Other notable scores were Colin Stone again with 34 points, sports development officer James Carstairs with 32 points and senior electoral services officer Wendy Macleod with 31 points.

Winner of the Don Spinks Shield Tony Cooper
Winner of the Don Spinks Shield Tony Cooper
The Robert O’Malley Cup for Ladies Golfers winner Annette Stansfield
The Robert O’Malley Cup for Ladies Golfers winner Annette Stansfield

The chairman’s wife, Mrs Jill Angold-Stephens provided welcome refreshment at the halfway stage, which proved popular with all the contestants as they walked between the ninth green and the tenth tee. After handing out the prizes, the chairman thanked all involved for taking part and supporting the Chairman’s Charity Appeal for 2011 / 2012. It was confirmed the following day that a total of £700.53 had been raised.

Honouring Britain’s Armed Forces

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Armed Forces Day - show your supportOn Monday 20 June Epping Forest District Council proudly joined the nation’s celebrations as it recognised the contribution of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces by raising a specially commissioned flag to celebrate Britain’s third Armed Forces Day, which will take place on Saturday 25 June.

A short service was conducted by the Reverend Tony Morling , Minister from Loughton Methodist Church. The Chairman of Council, Councillor Ken Angold-Stephens raised the flag in front of senior councillors, officers from the district council and members of the Royal British Legion. A bugler from the Epping Forest Band played during the raising of the flag.

Councillor Ken Angold-Stephens, who had the honour of raising the flag, said ‘Armed Forces Day is a day when we invite the whole nation to show support for our military community, both serving and retired, at home and abroad’

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Last year over four thousand flags were flown around the country and Epping Forest will once again fly the flag throughout the week (20 – 27 June).

After the ceremony, the Chairman of Council hosted a small reception for those attending the event to raise funds for St Clare Hospice.

Norma Green OBE, Citizen of the Year 2011

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Norma Green OBE of Waltham Abbey is the new Epping Forest District Citizen of the Year.

All over the district, unsung heroes and heroines work selflessly to improve the quality of life of people who live, work or study in the Epping Forest district. At Gilwell Park on Friday 11 March 2011, Epping Forest District Council recognised and thanked them at the civic awards reception 2011.

Chairman Anne Grigg with all the civic awards 2011 winners

Epping Forest District Council Chairman, Councillor Anne Grigg proudly presented awards for outstanding service to the community, for bravery, for providing services beyond the call of duty, and to those who had have brought credit to the district through sporting and artistic achievements.

Chairman Anne Grigg said: “What a wonderful evening! I would like to add my personal congratulations to Norma and all of the other awards winners. As chairman, I am delighted that once again the Council is recognising people within our district who have worked selflessly to make life better for our community. I am particularly proud to have the honour of being chairman of council this year and to publicly recognise all these fantastic people.

    Information on all the winners:

  • Citizen of the Year 2011Citizen of the Year award 2011
  • Young Citizen of the Year award 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Community Service Medal
  • Epping Forest District Sports Award 2011
  • Epping Forest District Arts Award 2011

Citizen of the Year 2011

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The Epping Forest District Citizen of the Year 2011 is one of the most prominent citizens of our district but as she approaches her 81st Birthday, no-one could deny she definitely remains young at heart.

Previously a member of Waltham Abbey Town Council and Epping Forest District Council, retirement from local politics has not diminished her energy or enthusiasm for her local community. She remains at the heart of the action, whether in the provision of activities and facilities for young people, supporting local businesses, building friendships with foreign people or promoting her home town of Waltham Abbey.

She appears tireless and always full of enthusiasm, positive, persuasive and formidable when in full flow. She is also a deeply caring person. Few people in Waltham Abbey can have failed to benefit from her work over the decades. Her list of achievements is too great to cover in detail.

Chairman Anne Grigg with Citizen of the Year 2011 Norma Green OBE

Currently well-known for her roles as chairman of Waltham Abbey Town Centre Partnership, chairman of Waltham Abbey Town Twinning Association and Governor of High Beech Primary School, young people and the wellbeing of her town have defined much of her work. The Member of Parliament for Epping Forest, Eleanor Laing recent described her as the driving force of the Town Centre Partnership. Her campaigning on behalf of the Abbey`s young people is legendary with the Way 2000 charity ensuring real benefits in the form of activities and places to go for the town`s nine to nineteen year olds.

Our Citizen loves Waltham Abbey and its people. She is frustrated by any denigration of her town and works constantly towards positive and constructive engagement between the media and the community. Always open to new ideas, she has used the internet to develop Waltham Abbey`s online promotion. As the local community and its politicians try to ensure the exciting developments at the Lee Valley White Water Centre last well beyond the Olympic Games of 2012, this grand lady has already ensured a lasting legacy for generations to come. Epping Forest District Citizen of the Year 2011, from Waltham Abbey Norma Green OBE.

Young Citizen of the Year 2011

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The Young Citizen of the Year is Ryan Keen from Oakwood Hill in Loughton. In many ways he appears an unexceptional 18 year old. He works, goes to college and balances those responsibilities with his social life.

Chairman Anne Grigg and Young Citizen of the Year 2011 Ryan Keen

However, to the people around him, he is anything but unexceptional. This kind and selfless young man has given an extraordinary amount of time and commitment to keeping the Loughton Youth Project running for the benefit of others. In his nomination, Nick Robinson of the project describes his caring disposition, and ability to bring young people of different ages and backgrounds together.

Nick says this young man is an exceptional `ordinary` teenager, without whom there would be no Loughton Youth Project. Without his commitment to volunteer five days a week and undertake youth leadership training while the project faces staff redundancies, Loughton Youth Project could not continue to operate full-time.

Chairman ‘Quizzed’ for Charity

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Nearly £1,000 was raised for the district’s good causes at the annual Chairman’s Charity Quiz held on Friday 4 February 2011. At Theydon Bois Village Hall teams consisting of councillors, council staff and youth councillors fought for the winners’ trophy on subjects from Harry Potter to Sport in 2010 and from Shakespearean Quotes to Doctor Who. In a closely-fought contest, for the second successive year the ‘Grand Slammers’ came out on top, accumulating 263 points.

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Many of the teams came in fancy dress with the team ‘Hawaii Beach’ winning the best dressed table competition. Comperes Ian White and Ian Willett were assisted by volunteers who all gave their time for free.

The Chairman of Epping Forest District Council Councillor Anne Grigg has chosen 4 charities in her year in office; Cancer Research UK, St Clare’s Hospice at Hastingwood, Chigwell Riding Trust and the Air Ambulance based at North Weald Airfield.

Councillor Mrs Grigg said: “Thank you to all who took part and special thanks to the staff that made tonight possible, the atmosphere was absolutely fantastic. Not only was the evening great fun but raising nearly £1,000 for my four chosen charities made me feel that I was doing something really worthwhile.”

Chairman Attends Nazeing Day

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The Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Mrs Anne Grigg, was one of the special guests at Nazeing Day on 11 September 2010.

This was the second year the event had been organised. Nazeing Day involves village residents and groups, the Parish Council, over 90 local businesses and larger organisations such as the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and the Environment Agency.

The event offered a wide range of traditional village fete attractions and entertainments, demonstrations, a Dog Show, live music from local musicians and even Nazeing`s Got Talent which was judged by actress Gillian Taylforth of EastEnders fame.

Chairman Mrs Anne Grigg onstage with Gillian Taylforth at Nazeing Day opening ceremony.

Other special guests included local MP Robert Halfon, Billy J Smart, grandson of the famous circus owner, and the Chairman of Nazeing Parish Council, Councillor Gloria Skipper.

Councillor Mrs Grigg said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Nazeing Fun Day. It was good to see the strong community spirit with local music groups performing live on stage, stalls and refreshments, amusements and a bouncy castle for children and also a model boat display on the lake. It was a family day out that everyone could enjoy. The Festival Committee worked hard and had great support from their many sponsors and volunteers.”

Celebration of 50 Years Service

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Shirley HawkinsFriends and colleagues joined Shirley Hawkins to celebrate 50 years of public service on Wednesday 18 August 2010. Usually someone who prefers to stay in the background, Shirley was guest of honour in the Members Room at Epping Forest District Council to hear tributes from Council Leader Councillor Di Collins, acting Chief Executive Derek Macnab and former Chief Executive John Scott. Council Chairman, Councillor Ann Grigg presented Shirley with a bouquet.

Shirley has worked for Epping Forest District Council and its predecessor Epping Urban District Council since 1960 when she was just 16. She joined straight from school, taking on what was supposed to be a temporary post.

One of the best known, liked and respected members of staff, Shirley has worked for some of the most senior people at Epping Forest District. Coming through the ranks of the old Housing Department where she became PA to Buck Buxton, she agreed to work for John Scott when Buck retired. When John Scott moved from Housing to Corporate Management as Corporate Director, then Joint-Chief Executive, Shirley moved with him. When John retired she became PA to then Deputy Chief Executive Derek Macnab who became acting Chief Executive last month.

Friends and colleagues join Shirley Hawkins to celebrate her 50 years of public service

Shirley is also well know in Thornwood. Di Collins reminded guests of Shirley’s voluntary work for several local charities as well as supporting Thornwood and North Weald where her husband Cyril is chairman of the Parish Council.

Old friends and colleagues joined councillors and members of Shirley’s family for the presentation of a commemorative medal to mark her achievement. Much to the relief of Councillor Collins and Derek Macnab, Shirley has no plans to retire. Di Collins hoped to see similar celebrations for Shirley in 2020 and 2030.

Council Supports Armed Forces Day

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Armed Forces Day - Show Your Support

Epping Forest District Council will proudly show its support for our Armed Forces by flying the Armed Forces Day Flag throughout next week.

At 10:15am on Monday 21 June 2010, the Chairman of Council, Councillor Anne Grigg will meet with Council staff and local dignitaries outside the Civic Offices.

Following a short service, the Armed Forces Flag will be raised at 10:30am.

The Armed Forces Day flag will fly alongside the Union Jack flag outside the Council offices until Monday 28 June 2010. As part of this event the Chairman of Council will be supporting the ‘Help for Heroes’ fund. To help raise funds for this very worthy charity, members of staff will be passing through the offices with a variety of items for purchase and to collect donations.

Armed Forces Day is on Saturday 26 June 2010. This annual celebration gives the nation the opportunity to show our support for the men and women who make up our Armed Forces community, from current serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.

Community Service Medal – Sally Pattie

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Community Service medals are awarded to members of the Emergency Services who have made a special contribution or shown care and dedication well above and beyond the call of duty.

Few people have seen or adapted better to the changes in the emergency services over the years than the first of our Community Service Medal winners. When she joined the ambulance service in 1980, women were rare in the service. She was soon to become the first female paramedic in Essex, a distinction that led to her appointment as attending paramedic to the Queen at the opening of the Q E Two bridge in 1991.

Chairman Penny Smith with Sally Pattie

The first few minutes after an accident, stroke or heart attack can be crucial to the survival of a patient. As well as helping people directly, over the years our Medal winner has helped by training many hundreds, or possibly thousands, of ordinary people in life-saving skills such as CPR. She also played a pivotal role in the Anne Diamond `Back to Bed` campaign, visiting families who have lost babies and providing training in neonatal resuscitation.

Few developments more starkly demonstrate the advance of the life-saving equipment over the last 30 years than the introduction of Air Ambulances. Working with the Essex Police helicopter team, our winner evaluated the potential for air transportation in pre-hospital care now part of the everyday life-saving role of the Essex Air Ambulance.