Children exhibit award winning art at District Museum

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From Tuesday 16 July 2013, 15 children from St John’s C of E Primary School in Buckhurst Hill, will have their work on display at Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey.

The children, aged between 8 and 9 years, have been taking part in a special Arts Award project based on the work of artist Walter Spradbery.

They investigated the life and work of Spradbery, who lived in ‘The Wilderness’, a piece of land in Epping Forest next to their school, and who is buried in St John’s churchyard. They particularly looked at the famous posters he designed for London Transport, encouraging people to travel out to the forest to enjoy its beauty through his wonderful artwork.

The children worked with a current practicing artist, Valerie Osment, to create prints based on Spradbery’s work. This also helped them achieve the Discover level of Arts Award, a national programme which aims to inspire young people to engage with the arts and develop their talents. The children were very excited to have their certificates presented to them by John Spradbery, son of Walter, who was also once a pupil at their school. John was delighted the children had found such inspiration in his father’s work, and thought the whole project was ‘an incredible event’.

You can see the children’s work at the museum from now until the end of August. Opening times are Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 5pm or see www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum.

The District Museum is a registered Arts Award centre. To find out more about the scheme see www.artsaward.org.uk

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

01992 716882

Contact: Catherine Hammond, Education and Outreach Officer

chammond@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Check out the Map The Move film!

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This short film is the final step in a digital media project created as part of the Make A Move legacy.

Local groups of all ages and abilities contributed to the film by dancing a small part of choreography, created by Vanessa Gayton and Vicky Quirke, Dance Development Artists based on sporting moves.

The film takes you around the district to watch a small clip of each group perform their piece.  Look at for staff members of Epping Forest District Council!

The film had its premiere screening at dance showcase eNgage at Harlow Playhouse on Thursday 27 June.

Rus Pearson of Drake Music composed the music for the film with unused sound bites from the Make A Move soundtrack.  Videographer Erato Tzavara brought all the different clips together to make this wonderful film.

Make A Move was an amazing en-masse community dance project, bringing together over 200 people from the district to celebrate the 2012 London Olympic Games. 

Watch the video below for more information.

Free sports day at Lambourne End

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We are running a free Inspired by Sport Day for young people aged 11 plus during the Summer holidays. Take part in this exciting day of coaching and competition in a variety of Olympic and Paralympic sports including football, kayaking, archery, boccia, sitting volleyball and fencing. The event takes place on Friday 26th July from 9am to 4pm, at Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Living, Manor Road, Lambourne End, Essex RM4 1NB.

Booking is essential, so please call us on 01992 564226 to reserve a place on a fun packed day.

For further information on this and all of our other Summer Activities events, you can download a copy of the brochure from our Summer Activities web page.

Community loved Oakwood Hill

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Local residents from Oakwood Hill in Loughton came along to the community centre on Wednesday 3 July to enjoy a day of free activities and help shape future events by sharing ideas on what they would like to see.

Activities on offer ranged from arts and crafts and face painting to clay modelling and colouring and drawing. Children and adults alike joined in with making spaghetti bolognese with their bodies – a different way to get active. Painted faces included monsters, Minnie Mouse and even pirates and residents could also find out about recycling and joining their local Residents’ Association.

Other organisations taking part included the NHS with tips on healthy eating and health checks, Loughton Voluntary Care, Loughton Town Council, Epping Forest College, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and nail painting was done by Nailtastix.

Photos

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Gill Wallis, Community Development Officer said: “Lots of residents came along to see us and we received some excellent ideas as to the type of activities people would like to see in their local community. Anyone unable to attend can still get in touch with any ideas they have by calling 01992 564556.”

A similar event Love Ninefields, will be held at the Ninefields Community Centre, Hill House, Waltham Abbey on Wednesday 10 July.

 

Museum wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

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Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey has secured a £1.65 million Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant for a major development project, ‘The Museum at the Core’. The scheme, which will total £2.5 million, will extend and develop the museum on its existing site, making both the building and the collections more accessible to all.

The project brings together the majority of the museum’s collections on one site, together with the creation of a community/education room, a new temporary exhibition gallery and an ‘Explore’ gallery providing access to the reserve collections. The additional space above the library in 37 Sun Street will create a wonderful cultural centre for local people and visitors in the heart of Waltham Abbey.

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Developed jointly by the museum team with design company Outside Studios and architects Hawkins\ Brown, the project will see the existing museum buildings remodelled, the installation of a lift to provide step-free access throughout the entire building and improved visitor facilities. The oldest part of the museum, an historic Grade II* listed Tudor timber framed house dating to 1520, will be interpreted and displayed as a significant historical structure in its own right. The existing permanent exhibition galleries will be redisplayed, with a new selection of themes and objects.

Securing the additional space in 37 Sun Street over the Waltham Abbey library has been made possible by a capital funding commitment of £250,000 by Epping Forest District Council. The acquisition of the space has been assisted by Howard Green, of the property management agency Duncan Phillips Ltd, who acting on behalf of the vendors, made the original approach to the museum.

For the museum team this is the culmination of 3 years of work behind the scenes developing the scheme’s proposals, which have won wide backing from councillors, community groups, professional bodies and funding organisations as well as our existing audiences.

Councillor Brian Rolfe, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: “This grant award is a fantastic reflection on how our Museum Service is recognised by major funders such as the Heritage Lottery Fund. Our users have been telling us how much they value the services we offer but would love for us to make the museum bigger. The fact that access to the upstairs galleries has only been by the central staircase has always been a real problem for our ability to provide a fully- accessible service and this scheme now allows us to deal with this in the most satisfying manner.”

The museum also runs a popular programme of family activities and events but has long been hampered by the lack of a designated room in which these can take place leading to events having to be held in gallery areas and weather permitting in the museum garden. The creation of a new room will allow this programme to develop and support the work the museum undertakes with schools and other educational and community groups allowing the museum to become even more of a community facility.

‘The Museum at the Core’ project is also designed to increase opportunities for volunteer involvement in the running of the museum. The HLF funding will allow for two new posts focused on audience development and supporting volunteer engagement, to be created and the acquisition of a new collections management system, which will enable the museum to make more information about the collections available to the public on line and through gallery terminals.

Robyn Llewellyn, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the East of England said: “We are delighted to award this grant to Epping Forest District Museum, which will allow for a enhanced visitor experience for everyone. With full access to the museum’s collections and a new community learning space the museum’s track record of excellent exhibitions and events will only get better. We look forward to the completed project.”

It is also anticipated that the larger museum will act as a significant tourism attraction in the heart of Waltham Abbey along with the range of other attractions in and around the town.

Proposals are for the museum to close in the autumn of 2013 to allow for clearance of the current displays and the main building works with the new museum re-opening to the public for Easter 2015.

During the closed period the museum will continue to provide services through other buildings in the district and through the Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon, which has been operated by the Epping Forest District Museum team since February 2012.

Easter Holiday Playschemes are set to be the best yet

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Easter Holiday PlayschemesWith a wide range of fun and exciting activities, including an ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’  that includes an Easter Bunny hunt, Easter-themed arts and crafts, sporting fun and games, competitions and an ‘eggciting’ fancy dress party the council’s Easter Holiday Playschemes are set to be the best yet!

The theme of the second week of activities is Cartoon Capers and will be action-packed and full of fun with wacky races, super heroes, cartoon princess and lots more. The week will end with a fun party with children dressing up as their favourite cartoon character. In addition, children are able to choose from a range of activities every day including sports, music, drama, arts and crafts.

Due to popular demand the Playschemes will start at 8.45am and run until 3.30pm.

Children can come along for the whole two weeks, or individual days as required.

The Easter Playscheme will be based at Thomas Willingale School, Loughton and will run from 2-12 April inclusive. The booking line is now open on 01992 564226 and the playschemes will continue to offer great value for money at £15 per day (£8.50 concessions).

We are also running a number of ‘Play In The Park’ and Play In The Forest’ sessions for children from 5 – 11 years old.

Play in the park logo‘Play in the Park’ is all about playing games and having fun outdoors. Play Rangers will bring along a wide range of equipment for children and young people to enjoy and will help organise games. Space Hoppers, flying saucers, rounders, football, arts & crafts and endless fun! Children are:

Free to come
Free to go
Free to play

Please note ‘Play in the Park’ sessions are provided as play opportunities for children and young people and not as childcare. All participants may come and go as they please. Staff are not obliged to prevent any child from leaving the session. There are no toilet facilities at the sites.

Play in the Park is supported by your local parish/town council.

No booking is required, just turn up and have some fun. All sessions are free of charge and parents/carers are free to stay and join in.

For details of the dates and times of the Play In the Park sessions please visit our Community Events listing on our website.

Play In the Forest LogoPlay in the Forest’ is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. Play Rangers will bring along a wide range of equipment and activities for children and young people to enjoy and will help them explore the forest. Activities will include den building, nature trails and woodland arts and crafts. Suitable clothing to be worn and children to be accompanied by an adult. There are no toilet facilities at the sites. No booking required, just turn up and enjoy yourselves.

The sessions cost £2 each and you pay when you arrive on site.

For details of the dates and times of the Play In the Forest sessions please visit our Community Events listing on our website.

For general information regarding Easter Holiday activities, please telephone the Community Development Team on 01992 564556.

For full dates, times and locations of all our upcoming programme of activities and play schemes please take a look at our events calendar.

Easter family fun at Waltham Abbey museum

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Join us for fun family activities this Easter at the Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey.

What’s on

Epping Forest District MuseumSaturday 30 March 2013 – traditional Easter Egg hunt – follow the trail around the museum, solve the clues then win a chocolate egg prize.

Tuesday 2 April 2013 – make a chick in a basket – we’ll be making Easter chicks in baskets.

Tuesday 9 April 2013 – make a Spring flower bower (even if making a snowman seems like it might be more appropriate!), a traditional flower bower from colourful tissue, complete with nesting birds.

List of events at Epping Forest District Museum.

Booking and cost

All the activities take place between 12 noon and 3pm. There’s no need to book – just drop in anytime allowing about 20 minutes for the activity. Cost is just £1.25 per child.

The address of Epping Forest District Museum is 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL.

Forests and Fun – Easter Inclusion Project Activities

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Forest Activity Day Poster

The Epping Forest Inclusion Project will be running two events over the Easter Holidays.

The first is a Forest Activity Day on 2 April at Suntrap Forest Education Centre, Church Road, High Beach, IG10 4AJ.

This activity day is for children and young people with disabilities / special education needs and their siblings. An exciting day, it will involve Shelter Building in the forest and fun with the Suntrap Animals. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult and everybody should bring a packed lunch and suitable clothing for all weathers, including Wellies! The event will cost £10.00 for the first child, £5.00 for every other child and parents are welcome to stay for free!

Booking is required as spaces are limited! To book a place please contact Epping Forest District Council on 01992 564 226 or email: csreception@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Easter Cartoon Club Poster                                   The second event is The Epping Forest Cartoon Club. After such a popular half term event we are pleased to say we are running the Cartoon Club again at Waltham Abbey Town Hall, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1DE on Wednesday 10th April. The Cartoon Club is a great way for everyone to experience the thrill of the big screen without the restrictions of a cinema.

Bring the whole family along and experience the thrill of the big screen as we turn Waltham Abbey Town Hall into a Giant Living Room.

Children* have the freedom to move around as they please (*Please note that all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult). We will be showing a number of cartoons / short films. As well as this we will have an Arts & Crafts area for the whole family to enjoy.

The event costs £1 per child and you can drop in at anytime between 2pm and 4pm. Please bring your own refreshments.

For more information please contact Olivia Worsfold on 01992 564 220 or email oworsfold@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Love Limes celebrations mark first anniversary

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Hundreds of local people joined the ‘Love Limes’ celebrations at the Limes Centre in Chigwell to mark the 1st Anniversary of its re-opening on Wednesday 27 February 2013.

Love LimesThey joined in with fitness classes, dance and drama workshops, martial arts classes, bingo and DJ workshops organised by staff from Epping Forest District Council in the Limes Activity Hall. Visitors were also treated to songs performanced by pupils from Limes Farm Junior School.

Information stands in the Limes Hall helped to keep people informed on a range of local services including recycling, crime prevention and health.

Youngsters ran off their energy in the football courts outside with the Tottenham Hotspur Football Foundation who ran a coaching session. 

Councillor Brian Rolfe, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: “I had a wonderful time. My thanks go to the people of Chigwell who attended this event and to the staff who organised it. I hope the local community continues to make use of this fantastic facility.”

Photos of the day

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Watch a video of the celebrations

Book your event at the Limes Centre

The Limes Centre is a facility for the whole community, whether it’s for wedding receptions or children’s parties, fitness classes or meetings, look at the facilities we have to offer.

 

Pots of fun at the Museum

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Over 100 children visited the Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey during half term, taking part in our fun clay pot activity.

Chairman Brian Rolfe with children at the clay pot event

Chairman Brian Rolfe with children at the clay pot event

Inspired by the objects on display in our new exhibition The Pulhams of Broxbourne, children created clay pots, bird baths and other wonderful sculptures.

As one person wrote in the visitor book ‘two very happy little girls, and one very happy Gran – the best day of our half term – thank you!’

For details of what’s happening at the museum over the Easter holidays, have a look at the events page on our website.

Why not follow us on Facebook where you can also see more of the great pots we made.