Bowls Gala Day at Sports Centre

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Epping Forest District Council`s New Horizons 50+ Scheme hosted the 20th Annual Bowls Gala Day on Thursday 29 October 2009. Over 50 short mat bowlers and their supporters from the district and surrounding areas attended the event, which was held at Epping Sports Centre. The competition attracted 12 teams from short mat bowls clubs as far as Sheering in the north to Woodford in the south. Chairman of Council Councillor Penny Smith and Portfolio Holder for Leisure Councillor Brian Rolfe watched the semi-final and final game.

Councillor Penny Smith with the victorious Woodford Wells C Team

Picture caption – Chairman of Council, Councillor Penny Smith with the victorious Woodford Wells `C` Team.

A fun and competitive day was had by all but the players from Woodford Wells Short Mat Bowls Club were certainly on top form on the day. Their `C` team successfully won their half, resulting in them facing the Sheering team in the final.

Councillor Penny Smith said: I was delighted to attend part of the day to watch the very closely-fought matches between all of the teams taking part. Everyone seemed to enjoy the competition, including the spectators. It was clear to see why short mat bowls is a very popular sport.

Councillor Smith added: I would like to thank the Council`s Sports Development Team for organising the event, which was a tremendous success. I would also like to thank the many helpers, all of whom were of retirement age themselves, who provided teas, raffles, scoring and umpiring on the day.

The Chairman then took pleasure in presenting Woodford Wells `C` Team with the Bowls Gala Championship Trophy and the Sheering team with their `Runners-Up` awards.

Presentation of Football Kit

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Ivy Chimneys School in Epping has been presented with the football kit and football supplies won for them by one of their pupils. At a special assembly on 6 November 2009 the new kit was presented to the winner of the football badge competition, Arabella Moore.

Arabella Moore presented with the new kit in front of the school assembly

Picture caption – Chairman of Council Councillor Penny Smith and Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder Councillor Brian Rolfe present competition winner Arabella Moore with her football kit at a special assembly at Ivy Chimneys School.

Chairman of Epping Forest District Council Councillor Penny Smith attended the assembly to present the brand new kit. Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder Councillor Brian Rolfe and the women and girl`s Football Development Officer from the Essex County Football Association Emma Burden were also in attendance.

School children across Epping Forest district were invited to design a badge for the new women`s football club – the Davenant Diamonds – that Epping Forest District Council and the Essex FA set up last year.

Over 500 entries for the competition were submitted. The standard of the badge designs were extremely high but Arabella`s simple design of a diamond placed on a pink background, featuring the team`s name, was chosen as the winner.

Grants for Talented Young People

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Epping Forest District Council is on the lookout for talented young people, encouraging applications for the Leisure Bursary Awards. There are two £1,500 awards available – one for the Arts and one for Sports. Applicants must be aged between 13 and 25 years old. They must live in the Epping Forest district and be able to demonstrate an outstanding talent for their activity.

The scheme is intended to help pay for additional opportunities to develop talent further and can be used for a variety of projects including purchasing specialist equipment or clothing, research projects, extra tuition / coaching, competition fees and travel. It covers both traditional and contemporary art-forms and all sports.

In recent years, Arts Bursary recipients have included a ballet dancer who received funding towards the cost of his training, a drama student taking her production to the National Student Drama Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe and a graphic artist purchasing equipment for her college course. Within the Sports category the Bursary funding helped towards training costs for a swimmer whose ambition is to qualify for the 2012 Paralympics and helped a cyclist purchase a bespoke bike.

You can get details and application forms from Lynne Hague by telephone on 01992 564551 or by email to

Closing date for applications is 29 January 2010, with interviews being held during the following fortnight.

Limes Farm Multi Use Games Area Launched

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Young people celebrated the opening of the refurbished multi-use games area on Thursday 24 September 2009 at the Limes Farm Estate in Chigwell.

Chairman Penny Smith, Councillor Brian Rolfe with young people and staff at the new games area

Epping Forest District Council`s Community Development Team had secured funding of £40K from the BIG Lottery Children`s Play Programme to undertake the improvement project. State of the art rebound fencing, new basketball ends, football goals and tennis nets, along with a bright new playing surface have all been provided as part of the scheme.

The new games area provides the perfect location from which to deliver the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation Social Inclusion Project, which has been developed by the Council`s Sports Development Team, with multi-sport sessions running during the evenings for local young people. During the day the community games area is used by Limes Farm Junior School ensuring that the facility is well used at all times.

Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder, Brian Rolfe said: By securing Lottery funding the Council has been able to provide a first class facility for Limes Farm, in particular, local children and young people. Following the success of the new playground installed last year, we were delighted to support further investment as part of our commitment to the local community.

A visit by Penny Smith, Chairman of the Council, marked the launch event, which involved young people being treated to a football free-style display from the legendary Billy Wingrove from Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. Youngsters then tried their hand at a variety of sports on offer, including tennis tuition provided by Chigwell Tennis Club.

Waltham Abbey Sports Centre Future Discussed

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Officers from Epping Forest District Council held a meeting with the Acting Head of King Harold School in Waltham Abbey, the Chair of Governors and a member of the Kemnall Trust on 17 September 2009, to discuss the future of sports facilities. Epping Forest District Council is withdrawing from the management of the sports centre in January 2010 when the present joint use agreement finishes.

The meeting proved to be positive and productive with the Council`s exit strategy and future proposals of the school being discussed. King Harold School is hoping to make the facility available to clubs and groups to continue community use. The council will assist by supplying contact details of all past and present bookings so that the school can make contact as soon as possible and arrange continued usage after 18 January 2010.

Epping Forest District Council has offered the assistance of its Community and Cultural Services team, as sports development and arts activities may be able to take place in the school holidays.

The ownership of operational equipment and future requirements was also discussed and principles agreed. The aim of both the school and the council is to enable continued future use of the facility by the school and community. Details will now be completed and recommendations made for Councillors to consider.

Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Brian Rolfe said: Both parties agree that the sports facility and the school should be at the heart of the community and therefore I am pleased that there is a way forward and a positive position has now been found from the situation. A decision by Council Members on whether to add a sports hall extension to Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool is due shortly and if agreed, more sports opportunities will be available in the area than at present.

Football Badge Competition Winner

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The winning design by Arrabella Moore, a diamond placed on a pink background with the team name

The lucky winner of the `Design a Football Badge` competition has been announced as Arrabella Moore. She attends Ivy Chimney`s Primary School, Epping and has won her school a new football kit and football supplies.

School children across Epping Forest District were invited to design a badge for the new women`s football club – the Davenant Diamonds – that Epping Forest District Council and the Essex FA set up last year. They have gone from strength to strength and have recently started to develop their own identity with a pink and black striped kit.

Over 500 entries for the competition were submitted. The standard of the badge designs were extremely high but Arrabella`s simple design of a diamond placed on a pink background, featuring the team`s name, was chosen as the winner. Her school will be presented with their new kit and supplies at the start of the new football season.

Olympic Airfield Plans

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Local business could benefit from thousands of visitors to London 2012 travelling to the Olympic Games via North Weald Airfield according to its owner, Epping Forest District Council. The 380-acre site close to the M11 and public transport could provide camping facilities and a transport hub for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Among the options are Park and Ride to local rail services, temporary upgrade of the Airfield status to allow passenger flights and an approach from the Caravan Club of Great Britain for its members to stay at North Weald during the Games.

Councillor Chris Whitbread Deputy Council Leader, Chairman of North Weald Airfield Strategy Cabinet Committee and the Council`s new Business Champion is very excited by the possibilities. He said: London 2012 is a great business and cultural opportunity for Epping Forest district. The Airfield is a well-located site with a good track record of hosting and holding events.

One of the major selling points to the International Olympic Committee was to make London 2012 the Public Transport Games. Epping Forest district has eight Central Line Underground Stations. However, people will need to get to the stations and the Council is concerned about parking congestion if no extra local parking facilities are available. A well-planned Park and Ride scheme would benefit everyone by smoothing the journey for visitors and reducing parking at the stations.

Councillor Whitbread continued: North Weald also offers a potentially fast air route to the Games. Aviation tenants are asking the Council to look at temporarily licensing the Airfield for passenger flights to take some of the pressure off other Airfields.

Businesses in London have not been slow to see the opportunities. Epping Forest district is also ideally placed for the main events in Stratford and the White Water Canoeing on the River Lee at Waltham Abbey. Most London hotels are already fully booked for the duration of the Games. The Caravan Club of Great Britain holds a national rally each year and would like to hold their 2012 event close to the Olympic venues and North Weald Airfield could be the perfect place.

Councillor David Stallan voiced some concerns about the temporary nature of any Park and Ride. Councillor Whitbread assured him should a Park and Ride scheme go ahead, it would be temporary and not permanent. Councillor Di Collins Leader of the Council said she could see the benefit of Park and Ride with camping and caravanning. Councillor Jon Whitehouse was concerned to ensure very careful traffic planning would be necessary but supported the ideas in principle.

Councillor Anne Grigg Vice-Chairman of the Council felt that temporary licensing of the Airfield for passenger flights would give residents and the Council a good idea of the impact of more sustained aviation expansion. Like Councillor Stallan, her fellow North Weald Member, she had some concerns about the local impact of Park and Ride.

Councillor Chris Whitbread emphasised that agreement in principle was subject to much further investigation and consultation with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). He added: There is much detail to be discussed. Any plans would have to dovetail with the wider Olympic transport plans. We would need the go-ahead of the ODA. However, this is a potentially fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of North Weald and the district. It would earn income for Council services and create great opportunities for local business.

Chairman’s Golf Day Raises Money for Charity

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Chairman Penny Smith thanked all involved for taking part

Golfers raised close to £600 for charity in the annual Chairman`s Charity Golf Day on Tuesday 16 June 2009 at Chigwell Golf Club. Twenty-one golfers comprising of Councillors, Officers and Guests of the Chairman of Council, Councillor Penny Smith took to the fairways to raise money for the Epping Forest branch of the Alzheimer`s Society, the Chairman`s chosen charity for 2009 to 2010.

The winner and champion golfer for 2009 with a score of 34 points was David Clifton from the Housing Directorate.

He received the much coveted Don Spinks Shield. Both Councillor Anthony Watts and former EFDC employee Trevor Johnson scored 33 points with Trevor Johnson declared as runner-up on the count-back rule.

Wendy Macleod from Democratic Services won the Robert O`Mallby Cup for ladies golfers with a score of 31 points, followed by the winner of the Longest Drive competition, Julie Chandler from the Office of the Deputy Chief Executive, with a score of 28 points.

Chairman Penny Smith and champion golfer for 2009, David CliftonChairman Penny Smith and the Robert O Mallby Cup for ladies golfers winner, Wendy Macleod

Nearest the Pin prize was awarded to Councillor Ricki Gadsby and Ron Sutcliffe won the award for being the highest placed Guest of the Chairman. Former Council employee Bill Brooks scored 32 points with Council Officers Tony Cooper also scoring 32 points and both James Warwick and Gary Woodhall scoring 31 points.

The Chairman of Council, Councillor Penny Smith provided strawberries and lemonade to contestants from the hut on the 9th green at the halfway stage.

Chairman of Council Councillor Penny Smith thanked all those involved for taking part and raising £568.67 for her nominated charity.

Civic Awards 2009 Leisure Bursary

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You can watch the awards presentation in full. Click the back button at the bottom of the page and click the link to watch the webcast.

Paralympic hopeful, Lauren Smith is the winner of the Sports Leisure Bursary for 2009. Lauren lives in Waltham Abbey where she attends King Harold School. She trains and competes at the elite level within the British Disability Swimming Programme and has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Danish Open Championships later this month.

Lauren was unable to attend the awards but a cheque for fifteen hundred pounds will help toward achieving her ambition to qualify for London Paralympics 2012.

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.