Special Olympics Group Coming to Epping Forest

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Upshire residential home, near Waltham Abbey, is looking to become Epping Forest’s Special Olympics affiliate.  To ensure the group’s success, they are looking for volunteers to help in a variety of different roles within the group.  This can be anything from coaching teams in a variety of sports to driving participants to events. Training will be supplied and it will give volunteers the opportunity to become involved in an amazing international organisation which has affiliates all over the world.

The Special Olympics is an international charity that offers year-round sport training and competition opportunities and is open to all people with intellectual (learning) disabilities, regardless of their ability.

The group, which will soon be launched in Upshire, will give athletes of all ages the opportunity to learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports. This in turn leads into representing their area in national games every year and culminates in European and World games every four years.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Special Olympics Epping Forest, please email Teresa Cairns at upshireresidentialhome@gmail.com

Ready, Steady, Go! at Lowewood Museum, Hoddesdon

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A picture of Cheshunt Rugby Club from 1953-54Feeling inspired by the London Olympic Games?  This exhibition celebrates the history of local sports clubs and personalities through a captivating story of awe-inspiring determination and remarkable  achievements.

From local sprinter Harold Abrahams (1924 Olympic 100m gold medallist) to Broxbourne Olympic rowers, Tom Stallard and Acer Nethercott (2008 Olympic Men’s Eight silver medallists), the Borough is full of sporting success.  Find out more about how you can get involved in sport in this one off exhibition that is not be missed.


Part of the local cricket display at Ready, Steady, Go!The exhibition displays sporting memorabilia from local sports clubs, including an impressive collection from Hoddesdon Town Football Club and spectacular film footage of Broxbourne Rowing Club, filmed by former Hoddesdon resident, Mr Thomas Franklin.

With the Olympic Canoe Slalom events taking place at The Lee Valley White Water Centre Olympic venue in nearby Broxbourne, why not combine a visit to the venue with a visit to Lowewood museum and experience our sporting history as well as the modern day atmosphere of our sporting legacy.

Ready, Steady, Go! will be open until 6 October 2012 and there will be a number of sporting activities to accompany the exhibition, as part of the museum’s new family fun programme taking place on Thursday afternoons between 12noon and 3pm.

Admission to the museum is free

Opening times:  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm

For more information please telephone 01992 445596, email museum.leisure@broxbourne.gov.uk or visit www.broxbourne.gov.uk/lowewoodmuseum

Lowewood Museum, High Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 8BH

Tel: 01992 445596

Part of the local football display at Ready, Steady, Go!





Olympic White Water lights up Games

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Essex and Hertfordshire provided a fantastic welcome to visitors from across the world on Sunday.

The Lee Valley White Water Centre looked stunning in the sunshine on the first day of the London 2012 Canoe Slalom events. Millions of people tuned into the BBC for the first of 5 days of coverage. For full details as events unfold see the BBC website. Viewers with satellite TV can view complete coverage of all the Olympic events between channels 450 and 497.

Transport links worked well on day 1 at the White Water Centre. Just under 9,000 spectators joined competitors, media and other members of the Olympic Family. Most people came to the venue by train through Cheshunt and Waltham Cross. Park and Ride at Hertfordshire University and North Weald Airfield accounted for almost 1,300 spectators. 327 people cycled to the venue for what has been billed the ‘Green Olympic Games’. Many people walked.

Very little parking or traffic disruption was reported in Waltham Abbey or Waltham Cross.

The second day of events begins at lunch-time. Spectators are not due to leave the venue until around 5.30pm. The Olympic Authorities are expected to open exits on to the Crooked Mile at Fishers Green where temporary traffic management will be in place, and the main Highbridge Street / Station Road exit between Waltham Abbey and Waltham Cross. 

The weather is set fair for most of Monday with the slight risk of showers. People coming to the venue should bring their sunscreen.



Get inspired by London 2012 at SX Urban Games

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Poster for SX Urban Games at Waltham Abbey

Following the fantastic success of last year’s W Fest, this year’s event has been rebranded and tied in with the Essex-wide SX Urban Games. Incorporating many elements of the W Fest such as skateboarding, BMXing and scooter competitions, DJing, hair braiding and nail painting, there will also be Healthworks Parkour/free running demos and taster sessions. Come and try this new and exciting activity that involves overcoming obstacles by leaping, vaulting and climbing.

The games take place at the Town Mead Leisure Park in Waltham Abbey from 1pm to 6pm on Friday 24th August. Entry to the event is free, however, there may be a small fee if entering into one of the competitions.

Please call Stanley Bridge Cycles on 01992 654248 to book for BMX/ Skateboarding / Scooter competition. Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Everyone Active sweeps the board at national awards

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Leisure centre of the year - EveryoneActiveEveryone Active is celebrating after an incredibly successful night at the annual FLAME Awards, run by the Fitness Industry Association (FIA).  SLM walked away with three major awards including the Leisure Operator of the Year award for an unprecedented third year running.

The awards were all recognition of Everyone Active’s commitment to engaging with local communities about activity, innovation, driving teamwork and raising leisure management standards within the leisure industry.

After collecting the Leisure Operator of the Year 2012 award, Managing Director, David Bibby commented, “To win Leisure Operator of the Year is a huge achievement but to have won it three years in the row is amazing and completely unprecedented.  The award represents the fantastic dedication and effort that our colleagues at Everyone Active put in on a daily basis both in our centres and at head office.  I would like to say a personal thank you to every one of them for all their on-going commitment to the company.”

In addition, Everyone Active also won the award for Spark of Innovation (operator) 2012 for Everyone Active Online, its online activity platform that is free to join.

Everyone Active was formed in 1987 as Sports and Leisure Management Ltd managing just one leisure centre in the midlands. Today Everyone Active operates 78 leisure venues nationwide in partnership with 28 different local authorities and employs over 5000 staff members. Its growth is due to the ability to deliver well managed leisure facilities with an activity offering which is great value for money and increasing the participation of local people in  leisure activities in the leisure centres they manage, online & at home encouraging everyone to pursue a healthier lifestyle.

Fishing permit roding valley lake

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A new fishing permit is now operating at Epping Forest District Council’s Roding Valley Lake.

The lake, which is situated in the pleasant surroundings of the Roding Valley recreation area, is very popular with anglers.  The permit is in the form of a fishing agreement assigned to Roding Valley Angling Club and fishing will only be permitted by holders of valid day or season tickets. It is hoped that the partnership of the Council and the club will enable the area to be enjoyed by all of the community, whatever their fishing capabilities.

All anglers who come to the lake to fish must abide by Thames Water Authority and Epping Forest District Council by-laws.  In addition, as the area is home to a variety of fauna and flora, anglers are also asked to treat the environment with special care.

Tickets can be obtained from designated bailiffs, who can be seen patrolling the area.  They carry identification cards and those buying tickets are encouraged to ask to see this.

For further information, please contact Darren Jennings on 07716061273 or Richard Marshall on 07778474518 email roding.valley.angling.club@gmail.com or, Epping Forest District Council on 01992 564562 during office hours.

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

Active Health Open Day at Thomas Willingale School

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Active Health is holding an open day at Thomas Willingale School in Loughton on Monday 23 May 2011 giving mini taster sessions of its activities. Active Health is a project providing physical activity and healthy eating sessions to people aged over 50 in Epping, Harlow and Uttlesford.

The project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of older people and allow them to become more physically active and involved in the community. A number of events and fitness opportunities have been organised including exercise classes for the older generation, Nintendo Wii sessions, allotments, walks, nutrition talks and more.

The open day aims to increase awareness of the project and to gather volunteers. The day will be in 2 sessions, the morning session runs from 9:15am to 11:15am and the afternoon session runs from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

Active Health has recently installed allotments at Thomas Willingale School and would like to recruit some of the pupil`s grandparents to give up their time and knowledge to help pupils start growing vegetables on a weekly basis. Pupils are very keen to get started on the 4 raised beds and 4 tractor tyres which have been installed.

David Hogg, Active Health Development Officer said: It has been great working with the pupils at Thomas Willingale school. They have learnt how physically demanding starting up an allotment like this is. The pupils have been a pleasure to work with and it was tremendous to see the excitement on their faces when I told them that their grandparents can come into school to help them maintain the allotment. Looking after an allotment is a great way to keep fit and eat healthy. To see the older generation helping the younger generation and all working together, will be excellent.

The project is funded by Age UK via the Big Lottery as a result of a successful application. A total of £153,886 has been allocated to the project over 4 years. The project is in it`s final year and has been working with a range of partners such as Harlow and Uttlesford District Councils, West Essex NHS, voluntary organisations and groups, sheltered housing accommodations, local community groups and schools.

For further information, please contact David Hogg, Active Health Development Officer by telephone on 01992 564269 or by email to dhogg@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

Epping Forest District Sports Award 2011

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With fewer than five hundred days before the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games 2012, the winner of the Epping Forest District Sports Award 2011 is James Hollis, a 16 year old from Theydon Bois studying at Davenant Foundation School in Loughton. He is currently part of the British Disability National Swimming Development Squad and junior captain of Epping Forest District Swimming Club.

James Hollis accepts the sports award 2011 from chairman Anne Grigg

He is ranked number one in the UK and eighteen in the world for 100 metre backstroke, second in the UK and thirteenth in the world for hundred metre butterfly and second in the UK and eighteenth in the World for the 200 metre individual medley The award of £1,500 will help this outstanding young swimmer gain more training pool time in London as well as paying for other expenses as his preparations focus on the 2012 Paralympics.

Three further sports awards of £500, £750 and £1,000 are to be made to Marc Brenner, a 15 year old golfer from Chigwell, 15 year old athlete Joseph Lascaris from Loughton and 19 year old Cross Country runner Ronnie Sparks from Waltham Abbey.