Pupils amaze at Big Dance performance

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Pupils from Epping Forest district’s after-school dance clubs took part in the Big Dance Pledge on Friday 20 May 2016 at Chipping Ongar Primary School.

They joined thousands of dancers from all around the world who simultaneously performed to music created especially for the Big Dance by musician Nitin Sawhney, and dancer Akram Khan choreographing the dancing.

After-school dance clubs run by Epping Forest District Council are from

  • Chipping Ongar Primary School
  • Coopersale and Theydon Garnon Primary School
  • Ivy Chimneys Primary School
  • Moreton Primary School
  • Nazeing Primary School
  • Roydon Primary School

Dancers photos

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A day to remember

Vanessa Gayton, Dance Engagement Officer at Epping Forest District Council said: “Today has been a fantastic experience for the children. I’m very proud of each and every single one of them, this really has been a day to remember.”

“The beauty of the dance pledge is that it is for everyone, with all types of people and levels of experience of dance in mind. It’s important to put dance on the map in the local community and to show how dance can bring people together.”

#BigDance

Want to get involved? Find out more on the Big Dance website.

 

Museum galleries spring to life

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Museum galleries sprang to life in an enchanting dance exploration called On the Move. Dancers performed to over 200 visitors at Epping Forest District Museum on 30 April 2016.

Museum dance residency

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Students from the Waltham Abbey-based DNA Studios performed dance interpretations by Choreographer in Residence, Elysia Tebb. Dances were inspired by the themes in the temporary exhibitions gallery, On the Move.

The group performed this piece before dispersing around the museum where they performed their own individual pieces, offering a new and slightly different take on the interpretation of the galleries displays.

Reopening celebration

The performances were a celebration of Epping Forest District Museum’s reopening after it’s Heritage Lottery Funded refurbishment and expansion.

Innovative performance

Speaking about the project, Epping Forest District Council’s Dance Engagement Officer Vanessa Gayton said: “The On The Move Dance project finds both the Museum and DNA Performing Arts students experiencing a totally unique way of representation and performance.”

“This is an immersive experience for the young people involved as they interpret the history of the collections, working in unconventional settings and interacting closely with their audience.”

“The week-long residency has challenged their imaginations, spatial awareness, self-confidence and fitness levels, building towards what will, no doubt, be an innovative performance for our visitors to enjoy.”

 

New Horizon’s co-ordinator, Hettie, retires

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New Horizon’s Hettie Williamson has hung up her ‘days trips hat’, after 26 years of organising the Epping Forest District Council run ‘Stepping Out Club’ outings. Future day trips are to be run by Karen Murray, the District Council’s Older People’s Engagement Officer.

Julie Chandler (Assistant Director of Community Services and Safety), Hettie Williamson (Ex-coordinator of New Horizon’s outings) and Karen Murray (New coordinator for New Horizon’s outings)

Karen Murray said: “Hettie has done a fantastic job and we are sad she won’t be organising the trips any more, but she will hopefully be coming along on a few trips as a guest in future, that’s if she’s not too busy with all her other activities!”

Hettie joined the team as trip coordinator in November 1989 and since then she has dedicated her time and energy into making the club a success.

88 Years Young

At 88 years young, Hettie will continue to manage the District Council’s Bowls club at the David Lloyd Health and Fitness Club in Chigwell and organise her monthly tea dances. Hettie said: “I never looked back and in its heyday I was arranging up to 22 day trips a year. We have been like one big family and we have shared many happy memories together”.

Hettie is an ‘inspiration’

Julie Chandler, Assistant Director for Community Services and Safety said: “I’m delighted that Hettie has been part of the Council for so long. She has been an inspiration to many people and still is. On behalf of the Council, I’d like to thank Hettie for the commitment and energy that she’s given to the Stepping Out Club over the years.”

Popular day trips

New Horizons offers a range of sporting, social and leisure pursuits for the over 50s. They offer everything from badminton to yoga, dancing to petanque, bowls and the ever popular day trips. Trips are run throughout the year to stately homes, gardens, coasts, as well as other special events.

Day trips in 2016 include:

  • Friday 24th June – Oxford the “City of Dreaming Spires”, £41.85 per person
  • Monday 12th September – Royal London-with a visit to Buckingham Palace, £45.65 per person
  • Tuesday 22nd November – Christmas in Faversham & Canterbury with Choral Evensong at the Cathedral, £28.75 per person

Whether you are looking for a new interest or simply looking to enjoy the company of new friends, take a look at what is on offer this year.

For further details about the trips or Tea Dances kmurray@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or 01992 564222

All trips include coach and entry costs unless otherwise stated and local pick up points are available

Museum reopening a huge success

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Epping Forest District Museum reopened it’s doors to the public on Saturday 19 March 2016 after a 2 year long Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment.

EFD Museum reopening

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The bells of Waltham Abbey Church rang as reenactors from the 44th East Essex Regiment marched up Sun Street towards the museum to help the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Liz Webster cut the ribbon to officially reopen the museum.

Party atmosphere

A party atmosphere was enjoyed by all who came to celebrate the museum’s special day. They were treated to a jive dance demonstration and a morris dancing display by the Chingford Morris Men in Sun Street.

Over 750 people visited the museum, they enjoyed activities including decorating eggs in the new community space, and were given access to all the museum’s new galleries for the first time.

Welcome back

Museum staff were thrilled with the positive feedback they received. Comments include “Big improvement, proud to live in the Abbey” and “Welcome back! We’ve missed the museum and love the new look!

Museum on the Move

The museum team also celebrated the reopening of the museum by making a film showing what has been going on behind the scenes. The ‘Museum on the Move’ film also features as part of the museum’s first temporary exhibition all about transport through history.

Epping Forest District Museum reopens

Future events

This reopening sees a new start in the museum’s history with a fantastic programme of events and activities coming up in the next year. The museum’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be back this year taking place on Saturday 26 March from 10am to 3pm. The public is invited to follow the trail around the museum and solve the puzzle to win their chocolate prize. The event is free and open to all.

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Keep your kids active this Easter

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Looking for fun things to with the kids this upcoming Easter break? Look no further, we have a range of activities for all ages and abilities. Adventures in the forest, arts and crafts and much more, there’s no excuse to be bored this spring.

Easter activities 2016

Play in the park

Play in the park is free to attend and all about playing games and having fun outdoors using a variety of play equipment, and arts and crafts.

Dates

  • Tuesday 29 March / 1.30pm to 3.30pm / Roding Valley Recreation Ground, (Near Tennis Courts) Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3B
  • Wednesday 30 March / 10am to 12 noon / Town Mead Leisure Park, Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JH
  • Wednesday 30 March / 1.30pm to 3.30pm / Abridge Village Hall Playing Fields, Ongar Road, Abridge, RM4 1BS
  • Thursday 31 March / 10am to 12 noon / Roydon Playing Fields, Occupation Lane, Roydon, CM19 5HL
  • Thursday 31 March / 1.30pm to 3.30pm / Shelley Park, St Peters Avenue, Shelley, Ongar, CM5 0BT
  • Monday 4 April / 1.30pm to  3.30pm / Stonards Hill Recreation   Ground, Stonards Hill,  Epping, CM16 6EJ
  • Tuesday 5 April / 10am to 12 noon / Abridge Village Hall Playing Fields, Ongar Road, Abridge, RM4 1BS
  • Tuesday 5 April / 1.30pm to 3.30pm / Roding Valley Recreation Ground, (Near Tennis Courts), Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • Wednesday 6 April / 10am to 12 noon / Ninefields (Large Green Field), Hillhouse, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3EL
  • Thursday 7 April / 1.30pm to 3.30pm / Jubilee Park, Love Lane Playground, Love Lane, Ongar, CM5 9BL

Play in the forest

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. A wide range of activities will be on offer including bug hunting, shelter building and woodland arts & crafts.

  • Friday 1 April / Ditches Rise Car Park, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, CM16 7DR
  • Friday 8 April / High Beach, Car Park Behind Kings Oak Pub, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AE

£3 pay on the day from 10am to 12 noon.

Easter activities 2016

Epping Forest Multi-Sport Days

Epping Forest Multi-Sport Days offer a chance for young people aged 7 to 14 to take part in fun-filled days of activities including Football, Netball, Tennis, Tag Rugby, Zumba, Athletics, Dance, Dodgeball, Handball, American Flag Football, Boxercise plus many more.

Dates

  • Tuesday 29 March / Thursday 31 March / Tuesday 5 April / Thursday 7 April

Registration Time: 8.45am to 9.15am / Event Time: 9.15am to 3pm

Ages 7 to 14 / £15 per child

Epping Upper Clapton RFC, Upland Road, Thornwood, Epping, Essex, CM16 6NL

Booking Info

  • Booking line: 01992 564226 (Open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)
  • Book online

Mountain Bike Day

Each day will be an intense day of mountain biking skills development coaching and trail riding, aimed at improving participant’s skill and confidence on their bike. Groups will be split according to age and ability throughout the day.

Ages 8 to 16/ £30 per child

Dates

  • Thursday 31 March / Thursday 7 April

Registration Time: 8.45am to 9.15am / Event Time: 9.15am to 4pm

Debden House Centre, Debden Green, Loughton, Essex, IG10 2NZ

Booking Info

  • Booking line: 01992 564226 (Open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)
  • Book online

Xplorer Challenge

Xplorer is a family friendly event for all ages. The navigation challenge is educational and fun and gives children a sense of adventure as they explore the park to find the markers. It involves a healthy mix of physical activity and decision making that the whole family can enjoy together. At each marker children need to identify what is pictured and enjoy learning a fun fact to tell their friends.

With the new Xplorer Challenge you can also win a free attendance at our Multi Sports Day for Half Term or summer.

To win all you have to do is take part in one of our Xplorer events at Easter. If your team complete the challenge in one of the fasters times of the day, than we will send you a voucher allowing you to book your children on to a Multi Sports Day in May Half Term or Summer Holidays totally free!

Dates

  • Tuesday 29 March / 10am to 12pm / Roding Valley Recreational Ground,   Roding Road Entrance, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • Monday 4 April / 10am to 12pm / Stonards Hill Recreation Ground, Main Entrance, Stonards Hill, Epping, CM16 6SP

£2 per map.

More information

For more information on any of the upcoming events please call

  • Community Services on 01992 564226 (open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

 

Motiv8 2016 tickets now on sale

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Come and see the dancing stars of tomorrow as dance groups from across the Epping Forest district share their latest dance pieces for our annual youth showcase, Motiv8.

Motiv8 logo 2016

Motiv8 is part of the U.Dance network of events which is a national programme that aims to provide every child and young person with the opportunity to take part in a dance performance each year.

Motiv8 2016

  • Where: Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton, IG10 3SA
  • When: 21 or 22 March 2016
  • 7.30pm,
  • £7.50 full price / £5 concessions (under 16s/students/over 60s)

Booking information

Presented by Epping Forest District Council in partnership with Epping Forest College, Performing Arts.

Museum reopening date confirmed

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After a 2 year long Heritage Lottery Funded project, the reopening of Epping Forest District Museum is on the horizon.

Museum reopening flyer

Come and see us

We would like to welcome members of the public to the museum on Saturday 19 March 2016 from 10am to 5pm to see the fantastic improvements and changes that have taken place on site.

With a new community room for schools, groups and activities, a lift making all galleries accessible to the public for the first time and the chance to see behind the scenes the museum will be a unique offer to both local people and the wider community.

The museum team are now in the process of reinstalling the objects in the 6 new galleries ready for the reopening in March, with a much greater number of objects going on display than ever before.

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

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February half term activities

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February half term is fast approaching! Have you booked your kids place yet on our fun packed holiday activities?

If not book now before it’s too late.

Epping Forest Multi Sport Days

Epping Forest Multi-Sports Days

Tuesday 16 and Thursday 18 February 2016.

Ages 7 to 14 years old at Epping Upper Clacton RFC, Upland Road, Thornwood, Epping, Essex CM16 6NL.

Multi-sport days will be running from 9.15am to 3pm (registration 8.45am to 9.15am).

The days offer a chance for young people to take part in fun-filled days of activities including football, tennis netball, zumba, athletics, dance, dodgeball, tri-golf, American flag football, boxercise plus many more.

Play in the Forest poster

Play in the Forest

Wednesday 17 and Friday 19 February 2016.

Ages 5 to 11 years old at High Beach, Car Park Behind Kings Oak Pub, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AE. Time 10am to 12 noon.

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. Play Rangers wills bring along a wide range of equipment and activities for children and young people to enjoy and will help them explore the forest. Activities include den building, nature trails and woodland arts and crafts.

College to show underwater drawing exhibition

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Come and see our underwater drawing exhibition at Epping Forest College in February and March to find out what happens when you draw underwater.

Students from Epping Forest College (EFC) have curated and produced their own exhibition of drawings, photos and films from their time spent drawing underwater.

The Big Draw Underwater

Exhibition details

  • When – Tuesday 9 February to Thursday 31 March 2016, from 10am to 6pm

  • Where – Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton, IG10 3SA

The drawings were made in Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool in October 2015, as part of the Big Draw, the world’s biggest drawing festival, a nationwide drawing campaign to promote visual literacy.

Drawing in a different environment

Students were experimenting with drawing in a different environment, using special waterproof paper and everyday drawing pencils. The films show each dive to the bottom of the pool where the weighted down paper waited for swimmers to make their marks for as long as they could hold their breath.

EFC students spent time editing the film footage, selecting photographs and drawings for the exhibition. The exhibition will also include work from Davenant Foundation School pupils. It was a chance for creative people to get active and active people to get creative.

This project was delivered in partnership with Epping Forest District Council Museums, Heritage and Culture team and Everyone Active Essex.

Learn to draw and to use colour

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Brush up on your drawing and colour skills this half term with 2 amazing workshops on Monday 15 February.

Poster for 'how to draw' & 'how to use colour' workshops at Loughton Library on 15 February 2016.

How to … draw

  • If you can draw a triangle you can draw a chicken! This artist-led workshop takes you through the basics of drawing in a fun and creative way.
  • Monday 15 February 2016 – 10.30am to 12 noon.
  • Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD.

How to … use colour

  • Learn how to use colour in your artwork with artist Helen Palmer. Explore blending, layering and block colour through practical, creative exercises. All materials provided.
  • Monday 15 February 2016 – 1.30pm to 3pm.
  • Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD.

Book now

Each workshop costs £6 per person. Both are for children Age 7+. Parents are welcome but you will need to book a place and take part too!

Booking is required – to book workshops please call 01992 564226 between Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.

 

Both workshops are being run at Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon on Wednesday 17 February 2016.