#OurDay the people behind your local services

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Tuesday 15 November 2016 is #OurDay. #OurDay is a yearly tweetathon for local government to show what it does in a typical day.

Here are just a few of the people behind your valued Epping Forest District Council services.

Karen & her lifewalkers set off from Clayton Hill on a mild autumn morning

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Arts Council fund district inspired exhibition

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Epping Forest District Council’s culture team have successfully been granted £15,000 from Arts Council England to support a new project ‘Paths Unseen’.

Arts Council England logo

Inspired by the district ‘paths unseen’will focus on the local areas history.

The Arts Council funding will commission performance poet Keely Mills and artist illustrator Jef Winter to collaborate with The Ongar Academy and Epping Forest College students to create a diverse contemporary exhibition on the district.

Over the upcoming months Keely Mills will write new poems inspired by local stories and history, while Jef Winter will produce illustrations for Mill’s poems bringing the stories to life. Between them they will lead workshops in writing and performing poetic work and illustration, helping educate and produce exhibition work.

Developing new skills

In a new partnership with The Ongar Academy, 100 year 8 pupils will be given the chance to work alongside the artists over the year to create work for the exhibition.

100 Epping Forest College students studying fine art, photography and performing arts will undertake workshops on:

  • Writing
  • Performing poetic work
  • Illustration
  • Photographing and filming live performances

Public involvement

Epping Forest District Museum will also offer a new public programme open to all ages, giving people a chance to work with professional artists, developing their own personal stories inspired by the Epping Forest district and its history. Their stories and experience will also be translated into a film created by Epping Forest College.

The project will conclude with an exhibition at the newly refurbished Epping Forest District museum in summer 2017.

Bringing the community together

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said’ This is an exciting project, allowing pupils and the public  to work with such respected artists and have their work portrayed in a new and thought provoking way.

This will be one of the first contemporary arts projects to be showcased in the new temporary exhibitions space at the museum.

I look forward to the coming year to see what work is produced for the exhibition.’

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More information

For more information please contact EFDC Museum

Applications open for Creativity Awards

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Applications are open for Epping Forest District Council’s Creativity Awards 2017. The award aims to help further young people aged 13 – 25 with grants ranging from £50 to £1000.

Creativity Awards 2017

If you are an individual or part of a group with an interest in the arts, culture and heritage, we would like to support you in further developing your skills with The Creativity Award 2017.

To be eligible you must be aged 13 – 25 and either live, volunteer or are part of a group in the district. The award is open to:

  • Individuals
  • Groups (a minimum of 3 people)
  • Heritage projects
  • Young people who are involved in ‘EFDC’s museums Young people’s programmes’

Groups can already be established such as art clubs, theatre groups, choirs or orchestras or have formed especially to apply for this funding.

Make an application

To be considered for an award applicants are required to:

  • Show their commitment to their area of interest and explain how the award will help them develop their talent
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are actively pursuing their area of interest, e.g.  Through volunteering, education, exhibition, performance

Apply for the Creativity award 2017:

  • Make an application online

Helping to achieve goals

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said ‘The creativity award is a great opportunity for talented people in the district to further develop their craft.

The award through grants can range from £50 – £1000 and aims to help people with a range of issues they may face, whether it is fees for courses or buying specialist equipment.

If you think this award could help you or your group, make an application today, don’t delay’

For more information:

Applications close midnight Wednesday 30 November 2016. Awards will be presented to the winner at the civic awards ceremony Friday 17 March 2017.

Helping the distirct ‘stay well this winter’

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‘Stay well this winter’ events have been taking place across the district preparing residents for the colder months.

Stay well this winter

Health and wellbeing event

These free events in partnership with the West Essex Clinical Commissioning group include:

  • Advice on managing prescription medicines
  • Advice on where to access to help i.e. pharmacies, NHS Choices, GP, NHS111 or A&E
  • Informative talks from pharmacist, nurses and specialist health care advisors
  • Free health care checks
  • Free Lunch

The event also includes useful help and advice from:

  • Age UK
  • Care line
  • NHS falls prevention
  • The Alzheimer’s society
  • Community Agents
  • Trading Standards
  • NHS Nurses
  • East of England Ambulance
  • East od England Fire Service

The events conclude with some light entertainment from ‘Elvis’ and a goody bag.

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Know the steps you can take

So far ‘stay well this winter ‘has visited The Zinc Arts Centre in Ongar and The Limes Centre Chigwell.

One participant said ‘The talks were very informative and it was good to have a chance to speak to lots of professional in one place’

Karen Murray, EFDC Community Engagement said: ‘These events are a great opportunity for people to know the steps they can take to protect themselves, family and friends over the colder months and to have a bit of fun together whilst enjoying a performance from Elvis’.

Come and join us

The last ‘stay well this winter’ will take place:

  • Wednesday 16 November

  • 8 Station Road, Loughton IG10 4NX

Please note that the events run all day and include a free lunch.

Booking is required, please call to confirm a place.

  • 01992564226

Grant aid scheme for community groups

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You can apply for a grant of up to £5000 from Epping Forest District Council, if your organisation is providing community work, cultural or sporting activities.

Grant Aid Scheme

Applications welcome

Epping Forest District Council Community Services team are welcoming grant applications of up to £5000 to support organisations involved in providing community work, cultural or sport activities.

An amount of money is set aside each year and priority is given to those groups delivering Council objectives and targets.

Valuable contributions

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said:  ”Epping Forest District Council makes grants to voluntary and community organisations. They range from sports and social clubs to charities and support organisations. At its core, each is making a valuable contribution to the social and physical wellbeing of our residents.”

”Some are major national charities making a very significant contribution across the district whilst others contribute in smaller ways to enrich the tapestry of community activities that make our district such an enjoyable place to live. In tough economic times, the Council’s contribution can make all the difference.”

Pupils artwork to be displayed on dustcarts

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Congratulations to Mollie Dunn and Ava Griffith whose artwork will soon be displayed on the side of council dustcarts after winning a competition to design posters on littering and flytipping.

Winner of the infant school category

Mollie Dunn age 6 from Coopersale Hall School

Mollie Dunn - winner of the infants school category

Winner of the junior school category

Ava Griffith age 9 Epping Primary School

Ava Griffith - winner of the junior school category

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Designs about litter and flytipping

The 2 winners were invited to the council offices by Chairman Jeane Lea to receive a cheque of £500 for their schools. They were shown how their artwork would look on the side of the district’s dustcarts.

Over 800 pupils from local primary schools got creative and entered the competition. The only requirement was that the designs dealt with the topic of litter and flytipping.

It’s aim was to understand how children perceive litter and the cleanliness of our streets and public places using the theme‚ ‘Clean For The Queen‘.

Congratulations

Chairman Jeane Lea said: “Congratulations to both our winners. I was delighted to meet the girls and I cannot wait to see their designs on our dustcarts. They clearly have put a lot of care and thought into their entries.”

Think about the environment

Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Will Breare-Hall said: “The competition entries were inspiring. The winning designs will be seen by thousands of people around the district and will remind residents not to drop litter on our streets.”

“It’s important people are aware of the negative impact that dropping rubbish has on the environment and to the area. I hope the message these young people have captured in their designs encourages people to think about the environment and get into the habit of putting their rubbish in a bin or taking it home with them.”

Want to see more

Have a look at all the entries – we’ve posted them on Flickr for people to enjoy.

 

Super Summer

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The summer holidays saw a fun packed schedule, with activities taking place all over the District.

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Dancing round the district

Children learnt a whole range of dances in the ‘Dance like a Dinosaur’ workshop at North Weald Village Hall, Tuesday 26 July. Based on Jane Clarke and Lee Wildish’s book Dance Together Dinosaurs participants were getting ready for a competition and tried their claws at the tango, ballet, breaking dancing, disco and samba.

They made some fang-tastic dinosaur masks and performed a small routine for parents.

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Kids were moving and grooving at Budworth Hall, Ongar in our ‘Street Dance Crash Course’ led by Hip Hop Pop dancer Jenny Bater.

Street dance crash course

Dancers learnt hip hop moves like Bartman, Smurf, Tip Tap Toe and the Melbourne Shuffle as well as break dancing moves W Drop, Thread and Rolling Tread, which all tied up in a great routine performed to family and friends.

A packed workshop of 30 children worked very hard at our new musical theatre workshop; ‘Musical in a Day’ to learn and perform three songs, from Tim Minchin’s hit West End musical Matilda based on Roald Dahl’s beloved book, as well as the accompanying choreography and two scenes.

Teddy Bear Tales

Theydon Bois Village Hall was filled to the brim with bears on Wednesday 28 July as Freehand Theatre performed their latest show, Frogs, Snails and Teddy Bear Tales.

Bear was having terrible sleeping with all the excitement of his birthday the next day.  The audience brought along their teddy bears to enjoy the show too and were wowed by a season changing washing line and a monster picnic basket.

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Audience members said: ‘Beautiful production. Wonderful story and the children were mesmerised’

‘Most enjoyable and enchanting’

‘A Lovely sweet show with excellent use of laundry’

More bears came to visit the district at Loughton Library on Thursday 4 August for Booster Cushion Theatre’s wacky production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears Plus.

All told through a giant book and physical humour, the show was a hit with all ages.

Audience members said: ‘Great fun.  My 3 year old giggled through it all as did my 7 year old and me!’

‘Really wonderful show, very funny and kids were really entertained.’

‘Very funny and entertaining for all ages, thoroughly enjoyed it.’

Getting creative

Over the holidays children got to channel their inner artists, in new workshop for 2016 ‘discover your Inner Artist’.

Taking inspiration from the collection at Epping Forest District Museum, children learnt about;

  • Artist William Morris
  • Create classic ancient Chinese willow patterns
  • Design and create their own short stories,
  • Design fabric using silk

The ‘How to Draw’ workshop was taken to the next level with ‘How to Draw More’, which explored the world of drawing a bit further by drawing in different ways using: tiny pencils, pencils on the end of long sticks, with their shut and in the hand they don’t normally draw with.

The children got to study Henry Moore’s drawing of a sheep and experiment with different techniques and used tips and tricks they learnt from the ‘How to Draw’ as well as discovering new ones.

‘How to Paint’ returned this year, with watercolour and acrylic, which explored different effects of watercolour and texture of acrylic paint.

At ‘Be an Animator’ children spent the day making their own clay models and stories to turn into a short animated film.

There was a wide range of characters and stories including; snakes fighting amongst the leaves, a multi-coloured giraffe crossing a river and water squirting elephant.  All the short films are currently being edited into one and will be available to view in a few weeks.

In ‘Be a Textile Artist’ at the newly refurbished Epping Forest District Museum, children got to experiment with printing on to fabric, applique and designing their own patterns taking inspiration from the museum’s collections.

Families had great fun at the drop-in sessions, held at the both Epping Forest District Museum and Lowewood Museum, experimenting with clay, printing and model making.  Over 200 people attended the Family Fun Day held at both museums and enjoyed puppet shows and willow weaving, African drumming and mask making.

Travel with the museum passport

The Passport Project returned this summer encouraging families to visit new museums, to take part in activities and get their passports stamped. This year even more museums from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex were involved in the project.

Get involved

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Chairman ‘shows off’ new museum

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Our freshly redeveloped museum in Waltham Abbey was ‘shown off’ by Chairman Jeane Lea at the annual civic lunch on Thursday 1 September 2016.

Civic lunch - EFDMuseum

Epping Forest District Museum

Chairman Jeane Lea, a Waltham Abbey councillor, invited chairman and mayors from nearby councils in London and Essex to a guided tour by museum staff around the redeveloped Epping Forest District Museum. The museum was reopened in March 2016 after a 2 year long Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment.

The museum tells the story of the people and events that have shaped the Epping Forest district. You can see the remains of woolly mammoths as well as a wooden turkey, a favourite toy of a Victorian child, plus loads more.

Treated to a tour

Guests were treated to a guided tour of the new community rooms and exhibits and given a chance to see behind the scenes. They were shown the 6 new galleries, allowing for a much greater number of objects to be displayed than ever before.

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Proud to live in Waltham Abbey

Chairman Jeane Lea said: ‘I love the new look and feel of the museum! Our museum is a wonderful asset for the whole district to enjoy. It makes me proud to say I live in Waltham Abbey.’

‘I was honoured to be given the chance to show my guests the fantastic improvements and changes that have taken place. I will definitely be visiting again in the near future.’

‘Thank you to all the museum staff, whose knowledge and hard work has made this such a lovely local museum. I would also like to thank all my guests who raised £265 for my charity, the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust based at North Weald Airfield.’

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Teddy Bears Picnic

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Come and join Countrycare for some fun outdoor activities at our Teddy Bears Picnic at Linder’s Field Nature Reserve, Buckhurst Hill on  Wednesday 31 August 2016, 12pm – 2pm – and don’t forget to bring your teddy bear with you!

Teddy Bears Picnic

Bring along a picnic and enjoy bug hunting, crafts, nature trails and more …

The reserve entrance is located on Roebuck Lane – where it meets Russell Road. The gates to the reserve are covered with brass animals, so you can’t miss them!

 

Keep the kids entertained this August

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We’re half way through the summer holidays and if you’re still looking for fun things to keep the kids entertained, look no further.

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There’s still so much more summer fun to be had, we have a range of activates for all interests. From learning to paint, playing with clay or learning how to become an animator.

We’ve had a great start with kids hearing teddy bear tales, dancing like dinosaurs and learning how to draw.

Dance like a dinosaur

Children learnt a whole range of dances in the Dance like a Dinosaur workshop at North Weald Village Hall Tuesday 26 July 2016. Based on Jane Clarke and Lee Wildish’s book Dance Together Dinosaurs the kids got to try their claws at the tango, ballet, breaking dancing, disco and samba.  They also made some fang-tastic dinosaur masks and performed a small routine for their parents.

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Frogs, snails and teddy bear tales

Theydon Bois Village Hall was filled to the brim with bears on Wednesday 28 July 2016 for Freehand Theatre’s performance of their latest show, Frogs, Snails and Teddy Bear Tales.  Bear was having trouble sleeping with all the excitement of his birthday the next day and needed the audience and their teddy bears to join in as they whooshed through the changing seasons.

Audience members said:

Great fun, my 3 year old giggled through it all as did my 7 year old and me!’

‘Really wonderful show, very funny and kids were really entertained.’

‘Very funny and entertaining for all ages, thoroughly enjoyed it.’

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