Last chance to apply for the 2019 Creativity Award

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Don’t miss out on this year’s Creativity Award, there is not long left to submit your application.

The award, of up to £1000, is for young people in the district with a talent or interest in the arts, culture and heritage.

It 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 also open to heritage projects and other young people’s programmes through our museum service.

To apply

Applicants, who must be aged between 13 and 25 years, 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.

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

To apply, or for more information, visit www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/creativityawards

King Harold students’ takeover day at Museum

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On Friday 23 November, Year 8 students, from King Harold Business & Enterprise Academy, transformed Epping Forest District Museum, as part of Takeover Day.

Visitors, including Epping Forest District Council Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett, took part activities, and were taken on a tour of the museum, both devised and led by the pupils.

They worked with museum staff, in a series of workshops and preparation days, to learn more about the day to day running of the museum.

The students also put together a special exhibition, from items in our First World War collection, to add to the current ‘Walter Spradbery, Artist in War and Peace’ exhibition. Their addition will be on display until the exhibition closes on Saturday 22 December. The activities were linked to the exhibition too; there was a Spradbery themed quiz and medal making, based on the First World War medals on display.

Takeover Day

Takeover Day is a national celebration (created by Kids in Museums) of young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. It’s a day on which they work alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the organisation or venue.

To find more, visit https://kidsinmuseums.org.uk/takeoverday/

New paintings on display at EFD Museum

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Epping Forest District Museum is host to two new paintings by local artist Martin Barrall, visit before March 2019 to enjoy them.

Pictured above: Martin Barrall and Bradley Melton with paintings

Exhibition details

Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL

When: November 2018 – March 2019

Opening times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm

Free entry

The paintings show the famous tea hut, near Fairmead Road in Epping Forest; a friendly stop-off point for bikers, horse riders, dog walkers and other forest visitors. One shows Bradley (who runs the hut), surrounded by the treats and snacks for sale; the other is of a typical afternoon, during a rain storm, with the car park full of bikers and walkers.

The paintings were revealed in an intimate private view on Friday 16 November, at the museum, with Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Richard Bassett, the artist, Bradley Melton and guests. The paintings will be on display until March 2019.

Pictured above: Martin Barrall, Bradley Melton and EFDC Chairman Councillor Richard Bassett

Martin Barrall

This is the first time that Martin has displayed his work in the district. The ‘Bradley’s Tea Hut’ artwork was recently on display at The Royal Academy as part of their 250th summer exhibition, curated by artist Grayson Perry.

Martin said, “I have entered the Royal Academy summer exhibition a few times before, getting paintings shortlisted but this was the first time I have had a picture hung.”

Martin worked in Art and Design education from 1974 to 1996 then slowly moved back to painting full time. He has painted many different subjects and themes, from country landscapes to Formula 1, and city scenes and over the last 5 years has mostly painted themes based on Epping Forest.

For more information, visit https://www.martinbarrall.com/home

Bradley’s Tea Hut

The tea hut, officially named ‘Original Tea Hut’, has been in Bradley’s family since the 1930s. It has become a big part of people’s visit to the forest; artist Grayson Perry is a fan of this hidden gem and was responsible for picking Martin’s paintings to be part of The Royal Academy’s exhibition. The private view was the first time Bradley had seen the paintings; he was delighted to see the painting as never got the chance to see it when it was in London.

Grant Aid for local groups in Epping Forest

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Local groups across Epping Forest District have been awarded a share of nearly £50,000 from Epping Forest District Council’s Grant Aid Scheme for 2018/19.

The grants, awarded on a one-off basis, have gone to:

  • The Bridge Club XL Youth
  • Epping Town Football Club
  • CanalAbility
  • Open Door
  • The Lopping Endowment
  • Ongar United Reformed Church
  • Epping Forest Sunflower Group
  • Ongar & District Twinning Association
  • Loughton Methodist Church
  • Voluntary Action Epping Forest
  • Youth Employment Services Partnership
  • Spark
  • Loughton Voluntary Care
  • Epping Forest Neighbourhood Watch
  • Epping Forest Singers
  • Leonard Cheshire Disability
  • Hastingwood Village Hall
  • Cunningham Can Do
  • Nazeing Litter Pickers

Apply again next year

Cllr Helen Kane, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Community Services said: “We considered grant applications from lots of worthy organisations across the district so it was a difficult task making the final decisions.

“I would urge any groups who were unsuccessful this year not to be disheartened, but to apply again next year.”

To apply online visit www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/index.php/out-and-about/our-activities/grants-for-sports-arts-leisure-and-community-groups

Museum opening late for Cavalcade of Light

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Join us at Epping Forest District Museum for festive fun and a late-night opening on Friday 30 November 2018.

As part of Waltham Abbey Town Council’s Cavalcade of Light event, we are opening the museum doors before the big event for an evening of festive fun, including music from King Harold Academy and Christmas songs from the students at Upshire Primary.

Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL

When: Friday 30 November

Time: 5pm – 7pm

Free entry (donations gratefully received)

£1.50 per person for craft activity

There will be a Walter Spradbery trail to take you around the museum and you can have your own silhouette created, a wonderful gift for someone special.

No need to book, just drop in. Festive refreshments will be on offer to help keep you warm.

It’s also a great opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping in our gift shop and, of course, look around the museum’s galleries and exhibitions.

Museum discount for National Lottery players

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From 3 – 8 December 2018, Epping Forest District Museum and Lowewood Museum are offering 10% discount in their gift shops to National Lottery players.

UK attractions say thank you

The museums are joining hundreds of other participating National Lottery funded visitor attractions across the UK saying thanks to people, who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.

Present a ticket to get a discount

The idea is simple: any visitor who presents a National Lottery ticket or scratch card between Monday 3 and Saturday 8 December gets a 10% discount in the museum’s gift shop.

Epping Forest District Museum has received £1,821,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money paid for the recent redevelopment of the museum as well as a range of projects, enabling community engagement and collections acquisition.

Lowewood Museum has received £183,700 for exhibition and engagement projects including two First World War Projects commemorating the centenary of the Armistice.

Fantastic museum offer

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 £7.8bn 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 Scratchcard. Proof of ticket can be paper or digital.
  • The offer is valid on the days the museum is open between Monday 3 and Saturday 8 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: www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum

Centenary Celebration at Epping Forest District Museum

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On Saturday 10 November, Epping Forest District Museum came to life with a special dance event commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War and the armed forces.

An audience of 80 people saw the galleries transformed into stages as Essex Youth Dance Company’s, Dance Station and Re:Generation’s Forever Young, (both part of The Dance Network Association) perform The Great War Centenary dance piece choreographed especially for 2018.

Poetry recital

One of the older performers, Frances Maynard, recited a poem called ‘Never Forget’, that she had specifically written for the Great War commemorations.

Councillor Helen Kane Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder attended the event and said: “This was a really special event for our museum to host.  I went  to support  the officers , the organisers and the performers but I was soon engrossed by this brilliant concept. I was very pleased to be briefed about the thoughts behind this project and I must say I was not disappointed. This dance  showcase is one of the many projects the museum has been organising to mark the centenary of the end of World War I and I felt it was a lovely way of bringing  together younger and older  generations as well as inviting the wider community to commemorate the occasion.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the centenary dance and thought the specially written poem for the event was very moving. I was very pleased to see many people attending and enjoying and being moved by the performance. I can only commend and congratulate everyone involved and I hope we see more of these events in the future”.

Gemma Wright, The Dance Network Association Artistic Director, said: “This will definitely be a performance to remember for our dancers, as it was an unusual location where they may not get the opportunity to perform in such a historical building and as part of a larger exhibition.

We really enjoyed being part of the event and I feel for our dancers were particularly inspired and proud to perform to the community of Epping Forest.”

This project was part of The Dance Network Association’s ‘Keeping Dance Alive’ annual en masse performance at events all over Essex.

Exhibition

The Walter Spradbery, Artist in War and Peace, exhibition is on display at Epping Forest District Museum, Waltham Abbey, until Saturday 22 December 2018. It focuses on the artist’s time in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War, and the paintings he made for the first Imperial War Museum displays.

The Dance Network Association

The Dance Network Association is an Essex based organisation passionate about offering dance and dance education to local community. For more information, visit https://www.dancenetworkassociation.org.uk/

An audience of 80 people saw the galleries transformed into stages as Essex Youth Dance Company’s, Dance Station and Re:Generation’s Forever Young, (both part of The Dance Network Association) perform The Great War Centenary dance, a piece choreographed especially for 2018.

Calling all Mums and Dads…

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Are your sons, daughters, nieces, nephews or grandchildren involved in clubs, groups or activities in which they go the extra mile?

Nominations closing soon

We’re searching for Epping Forest District Council’s Young Citizen of the Year 2019. Nominations are closing shortly and we want to give everyone a chance to enter.

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.

Highlighting 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 a Civic Award.’

This year’s winner was Mitchell Tassie from North Weald. His citation described him as “a young man working to improve the lives of many in his local community by helping to make it a safer place to live. He puts his community at the heart of everything he does and is a truly kind, caring and inspirational young man.”

Invitation to awards

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.

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.

Local museums represented at National Service of Thanksgiving

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Staff from Epping Forest District Museum, Waltham Abbey and Lowewood Museum, Hoddesdon attended The National Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on 11 November 2018, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, having been invited by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Image from left to right: Rachel Arnold, Project Officer Broxbourne: We Will Remember Them; Tony O’Connor, Museums, Heritage and Culture Manager; Andy Hall, Exhibitions Officer and Catherine Hammond, Education and Outreach Officer.

The Department for Digital, Media and Sport asked HLF to nominate people to attend the service, after recognising the huge contribution HLF and its First World War projects have made to the centenary. As a result over 300 people involved with these project across the UK, attended the service on Sunday.

Westminster Abbey

£124k in grants

Our centenary projects were made possible by grants totalling £124,000 from HLF, which distributes the heritage share of National Lottery funding, supporting a wide variety of projects across the UK. HLF has invested £97million in 2,200 First World War centenary projects.

Exhibition at Epping Forest District Museum

The Walter Spradbery, Artist in War and Peace exhibition is on display at Epping Forest District Museum until Saturday 22 December 2018. It focuses on the artist’s time in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War, and the paintings he made for the first Imperial War Museum displays.

Loweood Museum display

Stephen Warner, One Man’s Journey through War was on display at Lowewood Museum from May until September 2018. It explored the First War World through the diaries of Warner, who served with the Royal Army Medical Corps and the Essex Regiment in France and went on to win a Military Cross for bravery.

Broxbourne: We Will Remember Them, focuses on First World War soldiers from the Borough of Broxbourne. People are invited to share their stories, memories, photographs and other artefacts. Pupils from local schools will create embroidered postcards to commemorate the sacrifices given by soldiers. There will be a number of sharing days in the Borough of Broxbourne, through December to February, for people to come and tell their stories. The Broxbourne: We Will Remember Them display will start touring from the end of February 2019.

Christmas Floral Art inspired workshops

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Epping Forest District Council are running two Christmas Floral Art workshops in December 2018 in Buckhurst Hill. Book now to make a wreath and floral arrangements in time for Christmas!

Event details

Date: Thursday 13 December 2018

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: The Roding Valley Hall, 165 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 5AZ

Cost: £15 per person

Date: Thursday 20 December 2018

Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm

Location: The Roding Valley Hall, 165 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 5AZ

Cost: £15 per person

Booking is essential and all materials will be provided.


Further information

Please contact Community Engagement Officer Victoria Robertson for further information.