The Clothmaker’s Wings – a female empowerment textiles project

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Working in partnership with Epping Forest District Museum and Lowewood Museum, local charity The Gifted will be delivering a female empowerment textiles project, called The Clothmaker’s Wings, exploring the textile industry from 1790 – 1890.



Workshops

A series of textiles and craft workshops will explore identity, adversity and up-skilling the female voice, by celebrating who they are and what they can do.

Many of the workers and contributors to the textiles industry were women (and children); this project aims to give a voice to those forgotten women and bring their stories alive, whilst connecting their skills and narration to young women of today.

It will end with an exhibition at Lowewood Museum in summer 2019.

For further information about The Gifted and The Clothmaker’s Wings contact Tori Jacovides at Tori@thegifted.org.uk

This project has been made possible by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Gifted

The Gifted is a Hertfordshire wide charity, based in Broxbourne, that aims to give children and young people who are experiencing disadvantage or seeking additional support and creative access, to work with them on bespoke programmes.

They can receive training, volunteering opportunities, skills based learning (both creative and life) to help overcome struggles.

The Gifted use interactive workshops and bespoke educational training programmes and run two core programmes; ‘The Butterfly’ for vulnerable young women seeking personal and learning support, and ‘Reality Check’ aimed at enabling boys at risk of exclusion or hardship, to gain new skills and mentorship.

500 turn out for Singing in the Wilderness

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Epping Forest District Council and St John’s C of E Primary School, Buckhurst Hill hosted a special event, ‘Singing in the Wilderness’ to celebrate the life and work of local artist Walter Spradbery.

A A4 Spradfest flyer

The event, on Saturday 29 September, was a recreation of the ‘Open Air Social’ event that Spradbery and his wife Dorothy held at their home in 1938, marking its 80th anniversary.

500 people

An estimated 500 people came along to see the stalls, sideshows, donkey rides, traditional dances and art displays and raised over £600 for St John’s C of E Primary School. The event brought together the local community with Buckhurst Hill Residents Society working in partnership with the council, school and St John’s Church, Buckhurst Hill.

Flux Dance Collective

There was a specially choreographed dance performance by Flux Dance Collective who worked with pupils from the school to create a piece inspired by Spradbery. A historical interpreter played the role of Walter Spradbery, leading tours into the Wilderness to visit the site where the house once stood, next to the school. Buckhurst Hill Community Association and Bedford House both had art exhibitions on display, and there was a small exhibition about Walter Spradbery. The day ended with a fun performance by Impropera, the world’s only improvised Opera Company.

Exhibition at Epping Forest District Museum

This event is part of a programme of activities for the ‘Walter Spradbery, Artist in War and Peace’ exhibition, at Epping Forest District Museum, Waltham Abbey; on display until Saturday 22 December 2018.

For more information visit www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum

Walter Spradbery

Spradbery is best known for his poster designs for London Transport, one of which was recently used on the new signboards marking the boundaries of Epping Forest. He and his wife, opera singer Dorothy D’Orsay, also held many musical and opera performances in the gardens of ‘The Wilderness’ for the local community.

Spradbery was also a committed pacifist. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War, receiving the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his bravery in rescuing injured comrades under intense enemy fire.

October half term holiday activities for kids

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Come and join Epping Forest District Council for a range of fun activities this October half term, including our popular Multi-Sports Days, Street Tennis and Athletics sessions. Get ready for Halloween with our seasonal Spooky Painted Pumpkin and Spooky Gingerbread House workshops.

Multi-Sports Days

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

Dates: Tuesday 23 October & Thursday 25 October

Time: 9.15am – 3.30pm

(Registration 8.45am – 9.15am, Collect 3.30pm – 4.00pm)

Location: Epping Upper Clapton RFC, Upland Road, Thornwood, Epping CM16 6NL

Cost: £16.50

Suitable for ages 5 – 14


Street Athletics

Improve your athletics ability and have fun at the same time! You will get to play fun games with our coaches and take part in races and competitions.

Date: Monday 22 October

Time: 10am – 11am

Location: Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS (Short Athletics Track)

Cost: £3

Suitable for ages 5 – 12


Street Tennis

From skills and tricks to matches and competitions, you will get to cover all areas of tennis.

Date: Friday 26 October

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: Roding Valley Recreation Ground, Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS, Tennis Courts

Cost: £4

Suitable for ages 5 – 10


Painted Pumpkin Workshop

Come along and enjoy a fun packed afternoon of pumpkin painting. You can be as creative as you like with your spooky designs taking it home with you at the end.

Date: Tuesday 23 October

Time: 2pm – 4pm

Location: Communities Training Room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU

Cost: £6

Suitable for ages 5 – 15

All materials provided


Play In The Forest

Come and enjoy some spooky fun in the forest! Navigate your way around the spooky trail to win a prize, build a spooky den out of twigs, or enjoy arts and crafts activities. The morning will be finished off with spooky story telling.

Date: Thursday 25 October

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: Forest Land at the Stubbles, Nursery Road, Loughton, IG10 4DZ

Cost: £3

Suitable for all ages

Parental supervision required.

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.

No need to book, just turn up!


Spooky Gingerbread House Workshop

Come and join us to make some fun, mysterious and spooky gingerbread houses. Decorate gingerbread using sweets, icing and the best part – you get to take them home!

Date: Thursday 25 October

Time: 2pm – 4pm

Location: Communities Training Room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU

Cost: £6

Suitable for ages 5 – 15

All ingredients supplied.

 

Search on for Young Citizen of the Year 2019

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Nominations are now open for the Epping Forest Young Citizen of the Year Award 2019. If you know of a young person that deserves recognition, nominate them before Friday 30 November 2018.

Make a nomination now

The award, presented annually, recognises young people’s exceptional contributions to the Epping Forest District. This can be in terms of outstanding courage, service to the community or showing extraordinary commitment, energy and effort in a particular cause or achieving a particular goal.

11-18 year-olds living in Epping Forest district are eligible for nomination.

Awards evening

The finalists will be invited to the District Council`s Civic Awards in March 2019 where the winner will be announced and will receive £300 and a certificate of achievement.

Making positive contributions

Chairman of the Council, Councillor Richard Bassett said: “The Young Citizen of the Year Award highlights the positive contributions that young people make throughout our district in so many different ways. Many of these young people are unsung heroes and we want to recognise the tremendous contributions they make to their communities. So if someone springs to mind, now is the time to nominate them for this prestigious award.”

Make a nomination

To nominate a young person for the Young Citizen of the Year award either:

The closing date for nominations is Friday 30th November 2018.

Further information

Contact Paula Dunley, Youth Engagement Assistant

Epping Forest Civic Awards nominations open

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The search is on for Citizen of the Year 2019!

If you know someone that deserves recognition for the positive impact they’ve had within their community or a team that work hard to make a difference – nominate them before Friday 23 November 2018.

Prestigious award

Epping Forest District Council’s Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett is hoping for a number of excellent candidates to choose from this year, he said: “The Citizen of the Year Award is such a prestigious award and I’m looking forward to seeing all of the nominations flood in!

“The Citizen of the Year awards highlights all of the positive work that happens throughout the district. There are people amongst us that go above and beyond to make others’ lives better and this is our opportunity to recognise their important contribution to our local communities.

“If you know an individual or a group of people that are worthy of either the Citizen of the Year or Team of the Year Award 2019, we want to hear from you! Please make your nominations before Friday 23 November 2018, stating your case for your nominee!”

Candidates need to be over 18 years old.

Further information

Contact Pat Seager for further information

A Summer of fun and more at the Museum

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Epping Forest District Museum was buzzing with visitors over the summer 2018 for all sorts of fantastic creative activities. Why not take a look at what is on offer for October half-term holidays?

Summer round up

Budding artists took inspiration for their own works of art in How to Paint…Like an Artist, from artists in the museum’s collection. They used colour like Walter Spradbery, texture like Lucien Pissaro and painted beautiful watercolours like Jacob Epstein.

In our new ‘How to Draw…a Portrait’ workshop, participants got tips and tricks for drawing faces and experienced what it is like to be a model – not as easy as they thought!

At the ‘Little Storytellers’ workshop in Ongar, Michael Rosen’s classic tale ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ was used as inspiration for our little explorers to go on a journey through long wavy grass, sticky mud, a deep dark forest and even a snow storm, before creating their own maps and bears.

There was another wacky show from Booster Cushion Theatre Company; Old MacDonald and the Three Pigs Plus. The ‘Musical in 2 Days’ workshop cast worked incredibly hard to learn songs, scenes and choreography from Bugsy Malone and were ready to perform in just two days.

Garden and forest

Young artists and keen gardeners designed their own flowers, complete with Latin style names; did botanical drawings from plants in the museum garden and planted their own seeds to watch grow, in ‘Art and the Garden’. Participants designed beautiful prints, inspired by work from the current exhibition ‘Walter Spradbery: Artist in War and Peace’ and the forest in ‘Be a Printmaker’.

Family Fun

Over 400 children and their families enjoyed the ‘Family Fun Day’ drop in sessions at both Epping Forest District Museum and Lowewood Museum on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

October half term holiday sessions

Epping Forest District Museum have some great drop in arts and crafts sessions planned for October half term holidays.

Clay days

Come and play with clay! Our clay days are set up to give everyone a chance to create something, whatever your age or experience.

  • Monday 22 October 2018 and Wednesday 24 October 2018
  • 11.00am – 15.00pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50 per child
  • All ages welcome

First World War Postcards

Fun family art and craft activities for you to make together and take home.

  • Tuesday 23 October 2018
  • 12.00pm – 15.00pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • All ages welcome

Comments from participants

Alistair said: “Phil was highly engaging and really entertained both my 8 year old and 3 year old throughout the entire performance. We will be back!” – ‘Old MacDonald and the 3 Pigs Plus’ by Booster Cushion Theatre

“It was fun; I liked rolling through the wavy grass.” – Participant from Little Storytellers

Fun and activity at ‘Women Like Us’ Festival

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Active Essex and Epping Forest District Council are getting together to support Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can ’campaign with a festival next month.

Aimed at encouraging women of all ages and abilities to have fun, be active and improve their wellbeing the ‘Women Like Us’ Essex Festival takes place on Sunday 7 October at Zinc Arts, Ongar between 10am and 2pm.

Throw it back at 90’s Music Aero Classes, let your feet fly at Kickboxing, or take great strides at Walking Netball – whatever gets you up and moving there’s an activity for you at the Epping Women Like Us Festival!

Register now

If you can’t wait to work up a sweat and want to bag your place in the session of your choice, make sure you register your  interest in advance to seal your spot. It’s first come first served and spaces will disappear fast, so don’t be­ disappointed!

There are lots of sporting activities to choose from, including kick boxing, yoga, pilates and dance.

Flower arranging and tapestry

There are also flower arranging and tapestry workshops, life skills and wellbeing sessions along with tea, coffee and refreshments available all day from the onsite café.

Sport England

“The ‘This Girl Can’ programme was started by Sport England to encourage more women into sport. Our festival widens that programme by encompassing wellbeing and craft activities too,” said Cllr Helen Kane, portfolio holder for Leisure and Community Services.

“It promises to be a fun packed day for the women of Epping Forest, so please come along.”

Registration and workshops

Some workshops need to be booked in advance, when you register, while others can be signed up for on the day.

Sign-up starts at 9:30am and activities begin at 10am. Everyone will be encouraged to stay to join a stretch and cool session at the end of the day.

Parking is not available on site but there is plenty available close by in the town.

Applications open for Creativity Award 2019

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Applications are open for the Creativity Award 2019. The award is open to every young person in the district, aged between 13 and 25 years.

Creativity Award 2019

Support developing your skills

If you or your group have a real talent or interest in the arts, culture and heritage, we would like to support you in developing your skills.

A single award, of up to £1000, is available 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 be newly formed. The award is also open to heritage projects and all young people’s programmes through our museum service.

Apply 

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

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 16 December 2018.

Singing in the Wilderness

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Epping Forest District Council’s Museums, Heritage and Culture team and St John’s C of E Primary School, Buckhurst Hill are hosting an event to celebrate the life and work of local artist Walter Spradbery.

A A4 Spradfest flyer

Event details 

In 1938, Spradbery and his wife Dorothy held an ‘Open Air Social’ with stalls, sideshows, donkey rides, traditional dances and art displays. This will be recreation of that event on its 80th anniversary.

Where: St John’s C of E Primary School, High Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5RX
When: Saturday 29 September
Time: 3pm – 7pm
Price: Free (some activities may be charged for; all money raised will go to the school)
Everyone welcome

There will be a specially choreographed dance performance by Flux Dance Collective who has been working with pupils from the school to create a piece inspired by Spradbery. A historical interpreter will play the role of Walter Spradbery, leading tours into the wilderness to visit the site where the house once stood. The day will end with a fun performance by Impropera, the world’s only improvised Opera Company. Buckhurst Hill Community Association will have an art display, and there will be a small exhibition about Walter Spradbery.

He lived next door to St John’s C of E Primary School, in a house known as ‘The Wilderness’ from 1929 – 1969. The site is now part of Epping Forest and a stone plaque marks where the house once stood.

This event is part of a programme of activities for the ‘Walter Spradbery, Artist in War and Peace’ exhibition, at Epping Forest District Museum, Waltham Abbey; on display from Saturday 21 July to Saturday 22 December 2018.

Walter Spradbery

Spradbery is best known for his poster designs for London Transport, one of which was recently used on the new signboards marking the boundaries of Epping Forest. He and his wife, opera singer Dorothy D’Orsay, also held many musical and opera performances in the gardens of ‘The Wilderness’ for the local community.

Spradbery was also a committed pacifist. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War, receiving the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his bravery in rescuing injured comrades under intense enemy fire.

More information

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Statement – Fire at Burton Road, Loughton

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Updated Information – 13.15pm on 17 August 2018

Essex Fire and Rescue Service have announced that the fire is now out.

We cannot speculate on the cause of the fire at the moment, that will come out following an official investigation.

The photo below shows the building now that the fire is out and demonstrates how remarkably well the structure has stood up to the fire.

Council Leader, Chris Whitbread said: “You can always rebuild bricks and mortar, the important thing is that everyone appears to be safe and the fire is now out.”

Original statement made – 12:00pm 17 August 2018

A development of new flats in Burton Road, Loughton has caught fire and the fire service are in attendance.

This is a development of new council housing being built for Epping Forest District Council. A £10 million design and build mixed tenure residential development of 51 affordable rent units, comprising of 17 homes and 34 apartments.

Councillor Chris Whitbread Leader of Epping Forest District Council is at Burton Road.

He said: “Our first concern is for the safety and welfare of all concerned. It looks like everyone is safe. Essex Fire and Rescue is on the scene and it is under control. These flats are still being built. This is a construction site and there are no tenants living here. However we are obviously concerned about everyone working on the site at the time the fire started.

“The development is being built for us by Mulalley – a large construction company with a long and successful track record of building major projects. It is too early to say what caused the fire but it is clearly large. Essex Fire and Rescue has cordoned the site off.

“Our first priority is to ensure people are safe. Neighbouring residents are being asked to stay in their homes. This is bound to cause some travel disruption and people are being asked to avoid the area if they can.

“The council has several roles: we are the client and this is a serious setback for us and all those people we are building these new homes for. More importantly in the short term we have a supporting role to the emergency services and would be in a position to set up rest centres nearby if required for neighbouring residents. At this stage our staff are on standby if rest centres are needed. We also employ specialist building control officers who will be at the disposal of Essex Fire and Rescue to assess the damage and ensure the buildings are made safe once the fire is out.

“In the longer term we will recover. Bricks and mortar can always be replaced and we will rebuild these much needed homes for local people. For now, our thoughts are focused on the safety of everyone living and working in the area.

Please visit the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service website for reliable advice and up to date information about the incident http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7458/