Cartoon club for children with disabilities and young people

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A new club for children with disabilities and young people is being launched by Epping Forest District Council and Waltham Abbey Town Council.

The first-ever Epping Forest Cartoon Club takes place on Friday 7 December 2012 from 4.15pm to 5.30pm at Waltham Abbey Town Hall, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1DE.

Epping Forest Cartoon Club is a great opportunity for children with disabilities and young people to experience the thrill of the cinema without the restrictions. A variety of short cartoons will be shown, which children and young people can enjoy in a safe, unstructured environment where they can move and be free.

There will also be a variety of mats and beanbags and other activities, such as arts and crafts turning the Town Hall into one giant living room for the children to relax and enjoy the show.

Refreshments will be available but why not bring a packed lunch and make an indoor picnic of the event?

There will be no time restrictions so parents and young people may come and go as they please.  For more information, please contact Fabrizio Ferrari on 01992 564567 or email

Cabinet reports to Council on 6 November

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The runway at North Weald Airfield, Council Tax freeze, local plan, recycling, welfare reform were all discussed at the full meeting of Epping Forest District Council on 6 November 2012.

Councillor Anne Grigg, Asset Management Portfolio Holder informed members that Halcrow were in the process of being appointed to undertake some non-invasive testing of the structure of the main North Weald runway. This testing is intended to ensure that the runway is suitable for its current uses and will also inform the strategic review of the Airfield.

Councillor Grigg also reported that Cabinet at its meeting in September agreed to commission a strategic review of North Weald Airfield, to be undertaken as part of the development of the new Local Plan. The review should be completed and reported back to councillors in time for the recommended outcomes to become part of the Local Plan “Preferred Options” consultation scheduled to commence in the summer of 2013.

Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Will Breare-Hall was pleased to report improvement in recycling figures with the quarter 2 out-turn at 62%. In a similar vein, the results for dealing with litter and detritus are also ahead of target.

Councillor Breare-Hall also drew attention to the use of new CCTV cameras in The Broadway, Loughton which have provided a number of leads for fly-tipping investigations. He noted discussions between council officers and Epping Ongar Railway where very few new complaints have been received concerning the heritage railway.

Councillor Breare-Hall’s report concluded with news that following extensive remedial work, the former Bobbingworth Tip has achieved Queen Elizabeth II Field designation. It is now a tranquil and attractive open space. Councillor Breare-Hall said it was a great testament to the hard work of all those involved. A robust commemorative plaque will be placed on site.

Councillor David Stallan, Housing Portfolio Holder reported on the Welfare Reform Mitigation Plan consideration of a proposed new Tenancy Policy and Housing Allocations Scheme for the district.

Councillor Chris Whitbread recommended  as one of the new initiatives designed to support and stimulate the local economy through tourism and other avenues. Referring to feedback on the Local Plan, Councillor Whitbread confirmed he had been in discussion with Eleanor Laing MP for Epping Forest concerning many of the issues raised in the Community Choices consultation.

Councillor Mrs Syd Stavrou informed councillors that the Government’s announcement of the latest Financial Settlement would not be made until late December.

Councillor Stavrou had previously announced the Cabinet’s intention to freeze Council Tax for another year. The Government has subsequently announced a grant equivalent to a 1% increase in Council Tax for authorities freezing their charge. Councillor Stavrou was pleased to confirm that Cabinet agreed the parameters set for the 2013/14 budget include no increase in the Council Tax.

Councillor Richard Bassett, Planning Portfolio Holder responded to questions put by members of the public as well as councillors in respect of the Local Plan. He repeated previous assurances that no decisions had been taken on the policies to be included in the new Local Plan. Many public responses had been received in response to the recent Community Choices consultation. Population predictions formed a key element in the forecasts of future development need and Councillor Bassett confirmed he would be meeting regional planning experts in the near future to discuss the latest estimates.

Reports by Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder Councillor Liz Webster noted progress on the construction of the new ‘3rd Generation Astroturf’ pitch at Town Mead in Waltham Abbey an a number of successful funding bids including.

• £23,500 for adult training in subjects such as IT
• £39,000 for ‘Transitions’ a professional development programme for carers work with people with dementia
• £27,500 of initial Heritage Lottery Funding towards a bid for £1,165,000 for the expansion of Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey

Loughton Leisure Centre users can look forward to better facilities following a decision to spend £240,000 on improvements. Epping Forest District Council will obtain a reduction in its annual management fee to Sports Leisure Management (SLM) of £88,000 per year in exchange for one-off capital funding to improve changing facilities at Loughton Leisure Centre. The deal equates to a three per cent return on investment on the £240,000 capital sum with the added bonus of spending the money to improve the Council’s own property for the benefit of Leisure Centre users.

Councillor Gary Waller Safer, Greener and Highways Portfolio Holder answered questions ranging from parking reviews to the merits of the forthcoming elections for the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner. He also thanked Councillor Leon Girling for suggesting a presentation to Loughton Broadway businesses on the capabilities of the new CCTV systems.

Arts and Sports Awards 2012 are now open

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EFDC Arts and Sports Awards 2013 poster


The EFDC Arts and Sports Awards are given to young people aged between 13 and 25 years old, who live in the district and who are able to demonstrate outstanding talent in their art form or sporting activity.  The Awards range from £500 up to £1500 which is given to the overall winners.

The aim of the Awards programme is to recognise local talent and to assist young people in their creative development by providing funding support towards specialist equipment, materials, travel and accommodation costs and extra tuition fees.

To be eligible for an award you must;

– Demonstrate a high level of skill and have the potential to improve even further;

– In sports, you must be competing at county, regional or national level in a nationally governed sport

– In music, you must be at grade VIII if you are a jazz or classical musician, or receiving public or professional recognition for your work, if working in other genres.

– In the visual and performing arts, you must be pursuing a course of study at a higher educational level and/or receiving public or professional recognition for your work.

Overall winner of the 2011 Epping Forest DC Arts and Sports Awards, Holly Pattie-Belleli


The deadline for applications will be 1stDecember 2012.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in receiving more information please email (Arts) or (Sports) with your postal address and we will send you full details and an application form. Alternatively, you can ring us on 01992 564561 or follow the link below to download a copy of the application form.

Download the EFDC Arts and Sports Awards application form

Dig the Pulhams of Broxbourne exhibition at Lowewood Museum

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Poster for the Pulhams of Broxbourne exhibition at Lowewood Museum

Join us this Saturday at Lowewood Museum for the opening of a spectacular exhibition on one of the most important landscape design companies of the Victorian and Edwardian era.

From their manufactory in Broxbourne, James Pulham and Son produced a wide range of very high-quality, classically-designed terracotta garden ornaments, such as vases, urns and sundials and examples of their garden landscape design can be seen locally and nationally, from High Leigh in Hoddesdon to Buckingham Palace in London.

In 1868, the firm was awarded its first Royal Warrant for the work they did on Sandringham Royal Estate, where they constructed two lakes, one with a large boat cave. Their second Royal Warrant was awarded for the rockwork they did on ‘The Mound’ and around the lake at Buckingham Palace in 1903-04.

To accompany the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 27th October, between 11am and 1pm, Claude Hitching, author of Rock Landscapes – The Pulham Legacy will be at the museum signing copies of his book – the perfect Christmas present for any garden lover!

Don’t miss out on seeing this fascinating exhibition, which showcases the history of this remarkable company.

For our younger visitors, the museum will also be hosting a special Design Your Own Garden craft on Thursday 1 November, 12 – 3pm. The event is free of charge and there is no need to book, just drop in.

The exhibition will run at Lowewood until the 2nd February 2013.

We look forward to seeing you at the museum!

Opening times: Wednesday – Friday (10am – 4pm) and Saturday (10am – 5pm)

Fur further information on the exhibition or the museum, please contact us at:

Lowewood Museum
High Street
EN11 8BH
Tel: 01992 445596

London Transport poster collection alights at district museum

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‘Waltham Abbey by Tram’ a poster by Gregory Brown

You may have seen on the news recently a report on a major sale of travel posters from the collections of the London Transport Museum (LTM). As part of the preparation for that sale the LTM arranged for the transfer of a number of posters to other museums including the Epping Forest District Museum.  

The Museum already has a substantial collection of travel posters based on the work of the artist Walter Spradbery who lived in Buckhurst Hill and who produced many posters for London Transport during the golden age of poster design. The four posters transferred to the museum are works by Charles Paine, Maurice Wilson, Fred Taylor and Gregory Brown and date between 1914 -1951. The posters are currently being catalogued and documented and will go on show later this year at the museum.

‘Chigwell’ a transport poster by Fred Taylor






For more information on the museum and our collections please contact: 

Epping Forest District Museum

39 – 41 Sun Street


Essex EN9 1EL

Tel: 01992 716882



Museum goes digital with oil painting collection

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‘Autumn, High Beach’ an oil painting by Alec Dixon, 1988

At the Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey, our extensive collection of paintings is shown on a rotating basis in our art gallery. Because paintings and prints can be sensitive to light, causing them to fade over time, works are taken off display and placed in our reserve for periods of rest between exhibits. This is one way of helping to preserve them but it does mean that the number of paintings the public can see at any particular time is restricted.

Making high quality digital images accessible online, is one way that the public can take a look behind the scenes at the wider collection held by the Epping Forest District Museum. 

A major national data base of oil paintings in public collections has been created by the Public Catalogue Foundation in partnership with the BBC and includes images from this section of the museum’s art collection. To find out more about this project visit and to view the paintings visit the BBC’s Your Paintings website at

For more information on our museum and its collections please contact:

Epping Forest District Museum

39 – 41 Sun Street

Waltham Abbey

Essex, EN9 1EL

Tel: 01992 716882



Twilight glow over North Weald

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Fireworks set to music burst over hot air balloons

Fireworks set to music burst over hot air balloons

Hundreds of people enjoyed an amazing display of light and music at North Weald Airfield on Saturday 22 September 2012. As the sun went down there was feverish activity on the grass next to Runway 12/30 opposite The Squadron. Pilots were preparing seven hot air balloons for inflation and launch – it was all systems go for Twilight Glow.

Gradually the balloons took shape, the flames from their burners glowing brightly in the gathering darkness.

Then the music started playing, and the balloons floated into the air on tethered lines. They were lit up internally by their burners and externally by a light show in time to the music – one by one and in combinations. In a spectacular finale to the event, they were combined with a backdrop of fireworks.




Works Like a Charm at the Limes Centre, Chigwell

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Works Like A Charm poster

Date: Sunday 16 September

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: The Limes Centre, Limes Avenue, Chigwell, IG7 5LP

As part of the 2012 Essex Summer of Art Trail, Epping Forest Arts is celebrating the completion of their newest art project ‘Works Like a Charm’. A fantastic community art work  that has enabled Epping Forest artists Sonja Zelic and Helen Morse Palmer to work with architects, builders and a wide range of community members. Groups include Sherrell House, Open Group, Limes Farm Infant and Junior Schools, the Synagogue and residents from the Limes Farm estate.

Inspired by artists, trinkets and treasures, the residents of  Limes Farm have been transforming the Limes Centre into a work of creative brilliance. Discover the glass cases entombed in the walls, watch the eyes follow your every move from the windows as  you pass and walk on the pathways imprinted with good wishes.

Visitors can follow the charm trail to discover the good luck treasures in the walls and on the floors and local schools will be displaying works of art inspired by the Olympic values.

Admission is free.

Works Like A Charm is part of the Essex Summer of Art that takes place every year throughout Essex and is a partnership project between Epping Forest Arts, Epping Forest District Museum, Epping Forest District Council and Essex County Council.  For further information please visit

Works like a charm poster (pdf 84kb)

Make A Move: The final performance

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Nearly 200 dancers performed the final Make A Move choreographic piece at the Waltham Abbey Town Show, with its own unique soundtrack created by Drake Music and some of the participants.

Groups included primary and secondary schools, independent dance groups and residents of all ages and abilities from local care homes.

Whether 5 or 92 years of age, seated or standing, everyone was able to participate in this en masse dance performance, creating a great sense of community spirit.

The Make A Move project will develop over the next year with the production of a short film involving existing and new partners to create the Make A Move legacy.

If you would like more information regarding this project, please contact Epping Forest Arts Dance Development Artists, Vicky Quirke 01992 564364 or Vanessa Gayton 01992 564559.


Victorian novelist’s work celebrated in exhibition at Lowewood Museum

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Join us at Lowewood Museum on Saturday 8 September 2012 from 11am – 3pm, to celebrate the launch of the Anthony Trollope collection, on loan to the museum from the Trollope Society.

Anthony Trollope was one of the most successful English novelists of the Victorian era. As well as a writer, Trollope was a Surveyor to the Eastern District for the Post Office, a role by which he is famous for introducing the pillar box to Britain.

Waltham House, the home of Anthony Trollope, Victorian novelist

In 1859, Trollope moved to Waltham House in Waltham Cross, and during the 12 years he spent there, he was at the height of his writing career writing many of his best loved works including The Last Chronicle of Barset.

Celebrating the life and work of this beloved novelist, the day will include:

11.15am: Official launch of the collection by The Mayor of Broxbourne, Cllr Eddy Rowland and Michael G Williamson JP DL Chairman: The Trollope Society

11.30 – 11.40am: Reading of Trollope by members of The Trollope Society

12 noon – 3pm: Family Fun! Join us for a Post Box Craft session that will be fun for all the family

12.30 – 12.40pm: Reading of Trollope by members of The Trollope Society

3pm: Event End

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Free Admission

For more information contact us at

Lowewood Museum, High Street, Hoddesdon, EN11 8BH

Tel: 01992 445596



Invitation to the Anthony Trollope exhibition at Lowewood Museum