February 2018 half term holiday activities

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Keep your children entertained with our great range of activities over the February 2018 half term school holidays.

February 2018 half term activities

Book your tickets now so they don’t miss out

“Our holiday activities are a fun and affordable way to keep your children busy and healthy during the school holidays.” said Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder.

“All our activities are run by friendly, fully qualified staff. Make sure you book your tickets now so they don’t miss out.”


How to paint … A Sense of Rural Life

  • Children’s workshop
  • Saturday 10 February 2018
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey EN9 1EL
  • Time 10.30am to 12.30pm
  • Ages 7+
  • Cost £10
  • Booking essential – Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)
  • Adult’s workshop
  • Saturday 10 February 2018
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey EN9 1EL
  • Time 2pm to 4pm
  • Ages 16+
  • Cost £10
  • Booking essential – Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Fields, trees, hay bales and horse; the Rural Naturalists painted them all … now it’s your turn!

In this artist led workshop, you will be painting in the style of the Naturalists. You will study the work of the great naturalist painters such as John Constable and the Newlyn School, and be inspired by Epping Forest District Museum’s ‘Rural Life’ exhibition.

These workshops keep creative learning light-hearted and fun and are very hands on!

Adults are welcome to attend with their children in the morning session or attend without children in the afternoon.


Long Nose Puppets presents … Penguin

  • Monday 12 February 2018
  • North Weald Village Hall, 40 High Road, North Weald Bassett CM16 6BU
  • Time 11.30am and 2.30pm
  • Ages 2 to 8
  • Cost £8
  • Booking required – Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Penguin is a spectacular theatre experience for all ages, especially 2 to 8 year olds!

Long Nose Puppets return to the district with their fantastic show; full of colour, surprises and lively songs that will have everyone singing along! Penguin is based on the award-winning book by Polly Dunbar, which this year, celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Duration is 45 minutes plus 15 minutes ‘meet the puppets’.


Epping Forest Multi Sports Days

  • Tuesday 13 February 2018
  • Leverton Junior School, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 3BE
  • Time 9.15am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am to 9.15am, Collect 3.30pm to 4pm)
  • Ages 5 to 14
  • Cost £16
  • Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)
  • Thursday 15 February 2018
  • Epping Upper Clapton RFC, Thornwood, Epping CM16 6NL
  • Time 9.15am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am to 9.15am, Collect 3.30pm to 4pm)
  • Ages 5 to 14
  • Cost £16
  • Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Come and join our experienced coaches for a day of exciting activities.

We believe that there is a sport and activity for everyone. At our Multi Sports days, young people can expect to get to try a mixture of traditional and non traditional sports from Tennis to American Football with some wacky games and competitions thrown in for good measure.

Young people will need to dress appropriately for both indoor and outdoor sports, we would also advise a change of clothing in case of bad weather. Young people will also need a packed lunch, and plenty to drink (fruit juice or water please, no sports drinks). A healthy morning snack will be provided.


Go Wild Cake Decorating and Sugar Craft Workshop

  • Tuesday 13 February 2018
  • Communities Training Room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping CM16 4LU
  • Time 10am to 12pm
  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Cost £5.50
  • Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Valentine’s Day inspired cake decorating and sugar craft workshop for children under 16.

Come along to this workshop learn how to decorate cakes using piping techniques. You can take home all the cakes you decorate for yourself or to share with your family and friends this Valentines Day.

You will learn icing techniques and develop new skills when making the Valentine edible decorations from sugar paste. All materials, food and drinks will be provided.


Make a lucky horseshoe

  • Tuesday 13 February 2018
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey EN9 1EL
  • Time 12 noon to 3pm
  • All ages
  • Cost £1.50
  • Drop in, no need to book drop in

Fun family art and craft activities for you to make together and take home. No need to book, just drop in and allow approximately 20 minutes for the activity.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We regret we cannot accommodate large groups or holiday clubs during these sessions. Please contact us to arrange a group session.


Play in the Forest

  • Wednesday 14 February 2018
  • High Beach opposite the Visitors’ Centre, Loughton IG10 4AE
  • Time 10am to 12pm
  • All ages
  • Cost £3
  • Drop by at any time, there is no need to book

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest.

Join us for this Valentines themed activity where we will be making tissue paper flowers and bead necklaces. We will also have bug hunting, den building and a live story telling session. Why not bring along your favourite cuddly toy and dress it for the occasion! The best dressed toy will win a prize!

Please note: ‘Play in the Forest’ sessions are provided as play opportunities for children and not as child care. All children may come and go as they please. Staff are not obligated to prevent any children from leaving the sessions. Parents/Carers are free to stay and join in. Toilet facilities are located in the King’s Oak Car Park.


Tennis

  • Friday 16 February 2018
  • Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Tennis Courts, Roding Road, Loughton IG10 3BS
  • Time 10am to 11am
  • Ages 5 to 10
  • Cost £3
  • Booking essential – Book online or call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Epping Forest’s Tennis Activators sessions will give young people aged 5 to 10 years the chance to take part in fun engaging tennis activities & competitions.

Access a range of services over Christmas

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Our building may be closed from 5pm on Friday 22 December 2017 until 9am Tuesday 2 January 2018, but we are still providing a wide range of services by phone and online throughout the Christmas break.

Self serve online

Contact us

Non emergency

You can report missed bin collections, noise complaints, fly tipping, fraud, abandoned vehicles online

Emergency

If you need to report an emergency, please contact us on the below details.

  • Call 01992 564199 for housing related emergencies (loss of power, blockages, uncontainable leaks, if you are locked out of your home)
  • Call 01992 564000 for all other emergency enquiries

Your call will connect to the Mears support desk which will be manned 24/7 until the offices reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Social media

We will be able to assist you through the council’s social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook from 9am until 9pm every day throughout the Christmas period.

Pay for it

You are able to pay your council tax, rent, business rates and leasehold charges via the online payment portal and by phone 24/7.

  • Pay online
  • Pay by phone 01992 564600
  • The Debden Broadway cash office will close at 4:30pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and reopen 9am on Tuesday 2 January 2018
  • The payment kiosks in the civic offices, Epping will close at 4:40pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and reopen at 9am on Tuesday 2 January 2018
  • The payment kiosk in Waltham Abbey library is subject to Waltham Abbey library opening hours

Benefit payments revised dates

2 scheduled Benefit payments will be made earlier than usual over the Christmas period.

  • Payments due on 25 December 2017 will be made on Friday 22 December 2017
  • Payments due on 1 January 2018 will be made on Wednesday 27 December 2017

Please remember that the period until the next payment will be slightly longer because it will revert to the original schedule.

Apply for it

Apply for planning permission, building regulations, council housing, licensing, jobs applications and more online. Applications made throughout this time will be processed when the offices reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Waste and recycling

Revised collections

  • Collections due Tuesday 26 December 2017 will be collected on Wednesday 27 December 2017
  • Collections due Wednesday 27 December 2017 will be collected on Thursday 28 December 2017
  • Collections due Thursday 28 December 2017 will be collected on Friday 29 December 2017
  • Collections due Friday 29 December 2017 will be collected on Saturday 30 December 2017

Your usual collection dates will resume on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Recycling REAL Christmas trees

Leave your real Christmas trees with your food and garden waste throughout January 2018.

Remove the pot, all decorations and if over 6ft, cut in half to ensure safe collection. We are unable to recycle your fake Christmas trees, so please leave us real trees only!

Special collections

Our special collections service will close at 5pm on Friday 22 December 2017 and will resume at 9am on 2 January 2018.

Lost or found dogs

If you have lost or found a dog within the area, please contact us on the below number. Calls are monitored and handled by the Waltham Forest dog team.

  • Call 07815 512833

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 Friday 22 December 2017 and reopens 10am on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

5K in grants given to voluntary and community groups

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5 local community and voluntary groups have been awarded £4,860 in grants to improve the social and physical wellbeing of the districts residents and are a great opportunity to help others in our community

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Grants awarded to

  • Loughton Broadway Town Partnership
    £1500 for defibrillator to be installed on Loughton Broadway for community use
  • Loughton High Road Town Centre Partnership
    £1000 for defibrillator to be installed on Loughton High Road for community use.
  • Ongar Town Football Club
    £235 for football equipment to support the members of the club and visitors.
  • Larsens Bowling Club
    £625 for bowling equipment to encourage young people to participate in the sport.
  • Roydon Playing Fields Management Association
    £1,540 to support their transporting service which supports older people.

Grants up to £5,000 available

Could your community group use funding to help the social and physical wellbeing of the districts residents?

If yes, apply now for a grant towards projects to improve facilities, equipment purchases, capital projects and new initiatives.

Grants up to £5,000 are available to

  • Local voluntary and community groups
  • Sports clubs
  • Arts and culture groups
  • Trusts
  • Friendly societies
  • Social enterprises
  • Community interest groups

Who can apply?

Groups that apply must

  • Operate on a charitable or non-profit making basis
  • Be based, or are active, in the Epping Forest district
  • Demonstrate true local independence
  • Offer services and facilities to all eligible local residents
  • Have no unfair restrictions on membership or participation
  • Be able to show a clear need for financial support
  • Have a bank or building account under the name of the applicant organisation

Make your application today

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: ”We really appreciate the hard work the voluntary and community sector does within the district.”

“In tough economic times the need for groups to receive funding and support is vital and it’s great to see how our grants can make a real difference to the residents of our community. If your group is eligible, don’t delay and make your application today.”

Make an application

  • Download an application form
  • Fill in an application
  • Attach your most recent bank statement, set of accounts, safeguarding policy and constitution
  • Submit the application to grantaid@eppingforestdc.gov.uk
  • Or by hard copy to Grant Aid Scheme, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU

More information

For further information on Grant Aid

One month left to apply for the 2018 Creativity Award

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Applications are open for a single award of up to £1,000, to every young person in the district, aged between 13 and 25 years.

Creativity Award 2017

We want to support you

If you have a talent or interest in the arts, culture and heritage, we want to support you and develop your skills.

The award is open to individuals and groups with a minimum of 3 people who are looking for support for their creative activity. A group can already be established (i.e. art clubs, theatre groups, choirs or orchestras) or have formed especially to apply for this funding.

The award is open to heritage projects and other young people’s programmes through our museum service.

Leisure and Community service portfolio holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “The Creativity Award is a great opportunity for young creatives to develop their craft”.

“Developing talent at a young age can be costly, so we are looking to help lighten the load. If this sounds like something a group or individual you know would benefit from, or even you, don’t delay make an application”.

Make an application

Applicants are required to show their commitment to their area of interest and explain how the award will help develop their talent. They must be able to demonstrate they are actively pursuing their interest through volunteering, education, exhibition or performance.

To apply, or for more information, visit

The deadline for applications is 12am on Friday 5 January 2018.

December fun thanks to the Lottery

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Epping Forest District Museum and Lowewood Museum will be offering a 10% discount in gift shops and Lowewood Museum’s refreshment area to National Lottery players.

EFD Museum

Come visit

Our museums are joining 350 National Lottery funded visitor attractions across the UK in saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Monday 11 – Saturday 16 December 2017
  • Opening times:
    Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday – 10am to 4pm
    Saturday – 10am to 5pm

Heritage Lottery Fund

Epping Forest District Museum has received £1,782,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money paid for the recent redevelopment as well as a range of projects, enabling community engagement and collections acquisition.

Lowewood Museum has received £156,000 for exhibition and engagement projects including the restoration of the Pulham kiln site in Broxbourne.

Providing opportunities for communities

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7bn National Lottery funding since 1994. This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder, Councillor Helen Kane said: “Thanks to National Lottery players we’ve been able to provide a fantastic new museum offer in the Epping Forest District and the opportunities for our community to explore the heritage has been massively enriched.”

Terms and Conditions

  • One National Lottery ticket provides 10% off in the museum gift shop and refreshment area at Lowewood Museum.
  • All National Lottery games qualify for the offer, including tickets from any National Lottery draw based game or National Lottery Scratch card. Proof of ticket can be paper or digital.
  • The offer is valid on the days the museum is open between Monday 11 and Saturday 16 December. Epping Forest District Museum is open 10am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays.
  • Only one ticket can be used per transaction.

For more information, visit:

Take part in No Borders

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The Epping Forest District Museum is looking for individuals from ethnic backgrounds to tell their stories and share experiences.

EFD Museum

No borders

If you live or work in the Epping Forest District or Borough of Broxbourne and are of ethnic minority; we want you to share stories from your childhood, home or work-life and become part of our oral history collection.

Funded by Arts Council England, No Borders is in partnership with Epping Forest District, Lowewood and Chelmsford Museums and is part of the Arts Council’s England Resilient Museums Project.

How will it work?

The project will take place from January to March 2018.

A suitable time will be arranged to interview you. There will be the opportunity to take part in film and audio interviews, all interviews will become a part of either museum’s collection and be used in future exhibitions and events, promoting diversity and the changing demographics of the district.

Exciting opportunity

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “This Project ‘No Borders’ is an exciting opportunity for our community, to learn from one another and be more inclusive.

If you would be interested in sharing your experiences past or present I encourage you to get in contact with the museum, and be part of the ‘No Borders’ project.”

Take part

If you are interested please get in touch before 15 December 2017.

Please contact Sabrina Ishfaq, if are you interested in being part of the ‘No Borders’ project

Santa Claus is coming to town

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Come visit Father Christmas in his grotto Saturday 9 December at the Epping Forest Museum and receive a gift.

Father Christmas 2017

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 9 December
  • Time: 11am to 4pm
  • Price: £5 per child

No need to book, just drop in to the museum between 11am and 4pm. You’ll be given a time slot on arrival and while you wait, there will be Christmas themed crafts to make.

Free festive foods

As well as Santa visiting, various cafes and restaurants in Sun Street, Waltham Abbey are offering you a taste of winter from different places and cultures.

Vendors will be giving free samples of their food in the museum garden from

  • 12pm to 2.30pm

Get in festive the spirit

Leisure and community portfolio holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “Now the lights have been switched on and the days are getting colder it can only mean one thing, the festive season is upon is. Come visit the museum and their special guest and get in the festive spirit.

This is a great community event for all the family, not only is Santa stopping by but you’ll get the chance to experience festive food from around the globe.

This is such a special time of year and we look forward to helping you celebrate, no need to book, just drop by”

Visually impaired make rural soundscape for exhibition

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On Thursday 2 November, Epping Forest District Museum opened its doors exclusively to members of Support 4 Sight, for a music workshop.

Support 4 Sight group enjoying a Rural Life music workshop at Epping Forest District Museum

Support 4 Sight is an Essex based sight loss organisation, providing assistance to blind and partially sighted people. The group spent the morning exploring the museum’s temporary exhibition ‘A Sense of Rural Life’.

Using various household objects and replica items, the group recreated sounds that would have been heard in agricultural life many years ago.

Inspired by the exhibition participants then created their own soundscape of rural life and wrote lyrics to accompany the music, which they performed at the end of the workshop.

A film of the workshop and the performance is being added to the exhibition.

Bringing people together through art and history

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “Our museum does so much for the district, bringing people together through art and history. They constantly have activities and workshops for all the community to get involved with”.

She continued “The techniques used to create the soundscape are so creative and I am particularly excited to see the ‘Support 4 Sight’ performance added to the ‘A Sense of Rural Life’ exhibition.”

We welcome everyone to come and see the current exhibitions. It may even give you a new perspective to the place you call home”.

See the exhibition

A Sense of Rural Life is on display until Saturday 10 March 2018.

  • When: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • 10am to 4pm
  • Saturday 10am to 5pm.
  • Free entry

Find out more about the EFD Museums:

Find out more about Support 4 Sight

Support local history, culture and art and become a trustee

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Do you have a have a passion for culture, history and learning? Do you live or work in the Epping Forest District or the Borough of Broxbourne? Think you have the right skill set and expertise to support an exciting new trust? Then apply to become a trustee for our new ‘culture without borders development trust’.

Epping Forest District Museum

Culture without Borders Development Trust

Epping Forest District & Lowewood Museums along with Spotlight Theatre, Hoddesdon are establishing a charitable trust. Aiming to assist with ambitious development plans, promotion, knowledge sharing, history and culture. Not only locally but on a regional and national level.

The trust will play a key role in:

  • Developing funding strategies and fundraising campaigns, including individual giving and legacies
  • Assist with the future development
  • Help to attract or create new exhibitions and events
  • Build upon the strong body of work already undertaken

Trustee skills

Applications for trustee positions are welcome from those who are not only committed to ensuring that the museums’, culture and theatres futures are secured, and go from strength to strength, but also have specialist skills in the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Fundraising
  • Philanthropy
  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • Public relations
  • Arts
  • Heritage
  • Leisure and Culture
  • Retail, hospitality and tourism
  • Charity & Social Enterprise

Exciting new venture

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “The new ‘Culture without borders development trust’ is an exciting new venture, created to support Epping Forest District & Lowewood Museums and the Spotlight Theatre, Hoddesdon.”

“These platforms do so much for history, culture and the arts throughout the district and beyond. Encouraging learning and enabling our community to come together through creativity and common interests. Our area has such a rich history and I look forward to seeing the team grow and continue to reach more people throughout the region.”

“If you feel you can contribute to our new venture we would love to hear from you, don’t delay get in touch today.”

Apply to be a trustee

The deadline for an expression of interest is 12pm Friday 24th November 2017.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be during week commencing 4 December 2017.

For an informal discussion or for an information pack, please contact:

  • Tony O’Connor
  • 01992 564986
  • aoconnor@eppingforestdc.gov.uk
  • Epping Forest District Museum
  • 39 – 41 Sun Street
  • Waltham Abbey.EN9 1EL

Museum opening late for Cavalcade of Light

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Join us at the museum for an evening of festive fun and a late night opening, celebrating Waltham Abbey Town Council’s cavalcade of light.

Cavalcade of Light

Welcome in the festivities with an evening of music, refreshment and crafts before the towns parade and light switch on.

Enjoy music from:

  • St Andrew’s Primary School choir
  • King Harold Academy Samba band
  • An acoustic set from Epping Forest College

Get creative and decorate your own Chinese lantern to join in with cavalcade.

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Friday 24 November 2017
  • Time: 5pm to 7pm
  • Free entry
  • Donations gratefully received
  • £2.50 per person for craft activity

Bring in the festive season

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder Councillor Helen Kane said: “The Cavalcade of light and light switch on really brings the festive spirit to Waltham abbey. It’s a great event open to the entire district.

Join in the fun early with our museum on Sun Street, take in festive performances by local bands and choirs whilst enjoying some festive refreshments. And why not come in from the cold and take a look around the museum’s galleries and exhibitions.

There’s fun for all the family and we would love to welcome you to get in the festive mood.”

More information

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