The big E

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Children aged from 5 to 11 decorated the big E during their Easter holiday playscheme to illustrate what they like about living in the district.

The forest, nature and open spaces was chosen as the theme. The children used a variety of art materials to decorate the E with. They drew pictures of animals and insects which can be seen seen when exploring the forest. Wellie boots were used as a track around the E to highlight the district’s walks.

Currently on display at the civic offices in Epping, the big E was decorated during an Easter holiday playscheme on 4 April 2012 at Whitebridge Junior School in Loughton.

Good for EssexGood for Essex poster
Essex County Council has given 12 District and Borough Councils in Essex a letter which spell out ‘Good for Essex’.

Epping Forest District Council was given the letter E.

Good for Essex is a new website promoting volunteering and community based opportunities in Essex, aimed at getting you involved to help your local community.

Go to www.goodforessex.org to find out more and get involved.

‘Amazing things happen when we work together’

Limes Farm Festival of Healthy Living

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Come visit us at the Limes Farm Festival of Healthy Living!

We’ll be celebrating food, fitness and healthy living. The 6 week programme includes boxfit, a dads and lads football match, the only way is boot camp, nutritious and delicious cookery workshop, all aimed at bringing fun and inspiration to Epping Forest residents.

 

All the activities take place at the Limes Centre in Chigwell and run from 15 February to 30 March 2012. Many of the sessions are free, others have a small charge, please check the brochures for details. The festival also includes a screening of the animated family comedy film ‘Ratatouille’ and activities run by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

So, why not join us for an interactive, fun session on how to prepare quick and easy nutritional meals, or come along to one of our friendly activity sessions? It’s easy, simply pick the sessions you’re interested in and telephone the number listed to book your place.

Places are strictly on a first come, first served basis, so hurry to avoid disappointment.

More information:
Limes Farm Festival of Healthy Living (pdf 1.2 MB)

Online events calendar
Councillor Ricki Gadsby Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder said: “I hope this festival helps both children and adults adopt healthy eating and lifestyle habits. Our Community Services Team has put together a wonderful variety of events that all the family can enjoy. Help kick start a healthier you for 2012, there really is something for everyone’s taste!”

Book your event at the renovated Limes Centre

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Wedding receptions, children’s parties, fitness classes, meetings and events.

Bookings are now being taken for the Limes Centre in Chigwell which is opening in the new year.

A new facility for the whole community!

Download a copy of the Limes Centre brochure using the link below for further information on the 3 rooms including capacity, hire charges and booking details.

Limes Centre Brochure

The fully accessible Limes Centre has 3 distinct areas:

1.The Limes Hall comes with a fully fitted kitchen and can accommodate up to 200 people
2.The Limes Activity Hall is a space for up to 50 people and has a small kitchen area
3.The Limes Meeting Room is a meeting area for up to 12 people

We are now taking bookings for February 2012 onwards. An affordable pricing structure varies according to the time and day of hire and means that the meeting room can be hired out for as little as £2.50 an hour and the Limes Hall for £10 an hour. Special discounted rates are available for Limes Farm residents.

Call us on 01992 564561 or email csreception@eppingforestdc.gov.uk for information on how to hire the Limes Centre facilities.

The Limes Centre is located at Limes Avenue, Chigwell, IG7 5LP

Epping Forest District Arts Award 2011

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Each year the council plays its part in encouraging the arts by presenting awards to support the most gifted and talented young people in our district. Four awards were made this year totalling more than £4,000 to aspiring local performing artists and musicians.

Guitarist Tom McHenry and actor Daniel Smith from Loughton both received awards of £1,000 while Stephen Pemble, also of Loughton received £750 toward his performing arts development. Antony Camillo is the overall winner of the Epping Forest District Arts Awards 2011.

Youth Councillor Ellis Spicer accepts the arts award 2011 for Antony Camillo and chairman Anne Grigg

Aged 22 from Waltham Abbey, he is currently studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Antony is a highly-gifted pianist who recently won a place on the prestigious Master of Music postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music.

His music has reached a wide audience through performances broadcast by Radio Three and BBC Radio Scotland. Unfortunately, due to illness Antony was unable to attend the awards reception to receive his award of £1,500. However Ellis Spicer of the Epping Forest Youth Council agreed to accept a certificate on Antony`s behalf.

Museum Awarded Quality Badge

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Quality Badge awarded by Council for Learning Outside the Classroom

Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey has shown itself to be at the top of the class for educational visits by being awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge.

The Quality Badge scheme combines for the first time learning and safety into one easily-recognisable badge for all organisations providing learning outside the classroom experiences.

Museum spokesperson Catherine Hammond said: Being awarded the Quality Badge is a real coup for all the staff here as it shows that we offer young people the type of high quality learning experiences they really benefit from. We’re thrilled to get official recognition for our efforts and we look forward to welcoming even more children and young people from the local area to our Museum.

The Quality Badge was developed as part of the Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto, a national initiative to ensure young people are given more opportunities to have these experiences as part of the curriculum. The Quality Badge scheme is part of the Government`s £4.5m Out and About package which, along with the badges, provides guidance and information for teachers on how to plan and organise high quality activities. The badge is designed to make it easier for teachers to identify providers of quality educational visits. Organisations will display the badge as a signal to schools that their venue has met required standards, so teachers do not need to carry out their own risk or quality assessments.

Ed Balls Secretary of State Children, Schools and Families said: Educational visits are among the most memorable experiences in a child`s school life. Quality Badges offer teachers a guarantee that not only is a venue providing the sort of educational value that they can build on in class long after the visit but they also have the appropriate risk management structures in place.”

It is a significant victory in our battle to move away from the misguided perception that learning outside the classroom is a potential minefield for teachers. I want to see teachers using Quality Badges as practical decision-making tools. It should ensure that many more young people have memorable, exciting and valuable learning outside the classroom experiences. I congratulate Epping Forest District Museum on being awarded the badge.

The Quality Badge is available to large and small organisations providing quality learning outside the classroom experiences and managing risk effectively. Organisations already awarded the badge include museums, adventurous activity and field study centres, places of worship, art galleries, visitor attractions and farms, with many more starting to apply.

The Quality Badge was developed by the Department for Children, Schools and Families in conjunction with a wide range of partners. Badges are awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom.

Makedoandmend

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Makedo&mend image

Makedoandmend, an artistic collaboration between young and older people and adults with disabilities from Loughton, Chigwell and Waltham Abbey will be officially launched on Tuesday 7 April 2009 at 3pm at Loughton Youth Centre, 106 Borders Lane, Loughton 1G10 3SB. Vice Chairman of Council Councillor Penny Smith will be attending.

As we end a decade where recycling has become a global imperative, makedo&mend, a multi-disciplinary arts project run by Epping Forest District Council, takes its artistic inspiration from a decade in the previous Century when rationing was the norm, new clothing items rare and a harsh post-war era required people to make do with what they had or mend and repair items normally thrown away. The project sees groups `recycling` the fashion, music and film of the 1940s with contemporary styles to `make do` or `mend`, to create new and original work.

Makedo&mend has distinct strands that feed into each other throughout the year. Young and older people and adults with disabilities from Waltham Abbey, Chigwell and Loughton will collaborate to create a body of work consisting of an original fashion collection, a dance video, a music track and a style magazine featuring all the work produced. The initiative culminates in an exhibition running for two months in partnership with Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey from 10 October to 1 December incorporating rare pieces from the Museum`s costume collection and a programme of public workshops on the themes of makedo&mend.

The fashion aspect of the project grew out of the need to develop cross-generational relationships in Loughton. Makedo&mend will encourage older residents to pass on their memories and experience of 1940s fashion to young people on a project that is relevant to present day issues.

The London College of Fashion is also involved as a partner in the project to reach out to young people in environments such as youth centres to make them feel confident about their ability to achieve at higher education. As well as bringing generations together and creating pathways to careers, makedo&mend also reaches out to groups in care. Alder House is a residential home for people with disabilities aged 23 to 65 years and they will work with artist Emily Jost to design clothing with a 1940s slant but use their disability as an opportunity for design innovation.

Another aspect of makedo&mend is the music. The music becomes a pathway to mend relationships between groups of young people. A group from Waltham Abbey will create a tune using a 1940s track as inspiration and a group from Limes Farm will work with sound artist Arjunan Manuelpillai to write lyrics and record the vocals. In doing so, this part of the project facilitates two groups of young people who would normally be rivals to share and inspire each other.

Image details – John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library. Make do and mend, pamphlet, ca 1943. JCPML00715/7 Original held by National Archives of Australia B5641/1, K4.

Bursary Deadline for the Sports and the Arts

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Sports and Arts Activities

Epping Forest District Council is reminding the district`s talented young people that the deadline for leisure bursary applications is fast approaching. Each year this scheme provides two awards of £1,500, one to the arts and one to sports. Applications for this year`s bursaries need to be in by Friday 30 January 2009 as interviews are due to be held in Mid-February.

Applicants need to be aged between 13 to 25 years and live in the Epping Forest district to be eligible for these bursaries and must demonstrate an outstanding talent for their activity. These bursaries are intended to pay for additional opportunities to enable young people to reach their potential.

Last year`s winners included Somalia Seaton who used the funds to support her theatre productions at the national student festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Sharing the arts bursary with Somalia, Nichola Miles spent her funds on equipment to help her complete her college course and gain a place at University to study graphic design. Jim Lewis was awarded the sports bursary and purchased a bespoke bike to help him achieve his goal of competing in the 2012 Olympics.

Full information on eligibility and what the bursary funds can be used for are detailed in the application pack available from Lynne Hague on 01992 564551 or James Carstairs on 01992 564567.

Bursary Scheme for Sports and the Arts

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Sports and Arts Activities

Epping Forest District Council is encouraging applications from talented young people in the district to apply for Leisure Bursary Awards. The Scheme provides two £1,500 awards each year – one for the Arts and one for Sport. Applicants must be aged 13 to 25 and be able to demonstrate an outstanding talent for their activity. The Awards are intended to help pay for additional opportunities to further develop this talent.

Last year the Bursary for Arts was awarded jointly to Somalia Seaton and Nichola Miles. Somalia received funding to support her theatre production at the National Student Drama Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her work received great reviews and Somalia gained a wealth of experience. Nichola was a winner of a competition to design marketing material for St Clare Hospice and the Bursary Award helped to fund much-needed equipment for her to enable her to complete her course at Harlow College. She has since gained a place at Hertford University where she is studying Graphic Design and Illustration.

Jim Lewis was the 2008 Sports Bursary Winner. Jim is part of the British Cycling Talent Team and races at international level. The award enabled Jim to purchase a bespoke bike which will help him towards his ultimate goal of representing GB at the 2012 Olympics.

Full details and application forms are available from Lynne Hague, on 01992 564551. Closing date for applications is 30 January 2009 and interviews will be held mid-February.

District Bursary Scheme for Sports and the Arts

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Leisure Bursary Scheme for Sports and the Arts

Help is at hand for talented young sportsmen and women and artists who come from the Epping Forest area.

Epping Forest District Council`s Leisure Bursary scheme provides a cash award of up to £1,500 in arts and sport categories. It must be used for specialist equipment or clothing, competition expenses, additional tuition or coaching, travel and accommodation or for arts research or developmental projects. Applicants should be aged between 13 and 25 years and living (or return to live during University or College holidays) in the Epping Forest District.

Sports applicants must be competing at National level, or at Regional Level with clear potential to attain National standards or be part of a National team. Artists can be from any artistic background and must be able to demonstrate a very high level of ability and / or achievement in their chosen art form.

The closing date for this year`s application is 25 January 2008. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on 7 February 2008 by a panel of judges and awards will be presented by Epping Forest District Council Chairman, Councillor Caroline Pond at the Civic Reception in March.

    More information and an application form can be obtained from:

  • James Carstairs
    Sports Development Officer for Sports Bursaries on 01992 564567.
  • Lynne Hague
    Arts Administration Assistant for Arts Bursaries on 01992 564551.

Bursary Scheme For Sports And The Arts

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Help is at hand for talented young sportsmen and women and artists who come from the Epping Forest area.

Epping Forest District Council`s Leisure Bursary scheme provides a cash award of up to £1,500 in arts and sport categories. It must be used for specialist equipment or clothing, competition expenses, additional tuition or coaching, travel and accommodation or for arts research or developmental projects.

If you are talented in the arts or sport, aged between 13-25 years and living – or return to live during university / college holidays – in the Epping Forest District you are eligible to apply.

Applicants must:

    • Be a sportsperson competing in national level competitions with clear potential for selection for the national team;
    • Have Grade 8 (or be able to demonstrate the ability to perform at this level) for a classical or jazz instrument, or singing;
    • Be pursuing a course of study at higher education level within an art form (visual or performing arts) or receiving public/professional recognition of their work.

 

Closing date for this year`s awards is Friday 3 February. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on 15 February by a panel of judges and awards will be presented by Epping Forest District Council Chairman, Councillor Brian Sandler at the Civic Reception in March.

For more information please contact Arts on 01992 564551 or Sports on 01992 564567.