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.

Summer Activities 16

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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Rio Carnival comes to Loughton

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The Brazilian Carnival came to Loughton as Epping Forest schools performed a special dance at Loughton Community Day as part of the Dance Rio project celebrating the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Dance Rio is part of the Essex wide ‘Keeping Dance Alive’ project. It was performed at The Loughton Community Day on Sunday 17 July 2016 at Jessel Green in Loughton.

Dance Rio

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Pupils from Staples Road Primary School, Hereward Primary School and Ivy Chimneys Primary School performed a unique dance choreographed by notable professionals in the dance world.

Sounds and colours of the Rio Carnival

Dance Engagement Officer Vanessa Gayton said: “The children’s performance was fantastic, bringing the sounds and colours of the Rio Carnival to Loughton for a day. They loved dancing with the flags and performed a variety of different dance styles, learning complex choreography and new skills.”

“The dance performance was part of the Essex wide ‘Keeping Dance Alive’ project in celebration of the 2016 Rio Olympics. I must thank Loughton Town Council and The Dance Network Association for all their help with this wonderful project.”

 

Get fitter with our Couch to 5K challenge

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Fed up of sitting on the sofa? Wanting to challenge yourself this summer? Why not try our Couch to 5K challenge?

With the weather improving and the days getting longer, there has never been a better time to get into running, so why not take part in this beginners running programme to improve your health and wellbeing.

Couch to 5k

Our Couch to 5k programme is aimed at anyone wanting to get in to running or just improve their fitness.

And the best thing is, it’s free.

Take the challenge?

  • Tuesday 19 July to Tuesday 23 August
  • 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Stonards Hill Recreation Ground, Epping, CM16 4QB

More info

For more information contact Rosie

 

Keep the kids active this summer

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It’s that time of year again and the summer holidays are already upon us! If you’re looking for range of activities to keep the kids active this summer, look no further.

Summer activities 2016

Activities for all

From July to September 2016 we have organised a range of activities for all ages and interests.

Young people with additional needs are welcome to take part in many of the activities, please phone us before you book to check if your chosen activity will meet your requirements.

Check out what’s on

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Booking

Most activities need to be booked and paid for in advance, unless otherwise indicated.

Telephone lines are open Monday – Friday 10am to 4pm

 

Free tennis activator training

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The council are running a free tennis activator training course in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association on Tuesday 12 July 2016 from 12pm to 3pm at the Limes Centre, Chigwell.

Free tennis activator training

Improve your skills

The aim of the course is to improve your skills, knowledge and confidence to be able to deliver tennis activities to beginners of any ages!

You do not need to be able to play the sport at a high level to take part! The aim of this course is to help you make a difference by encouraging your local community, colleagues or school friends to take up a new sport and get active!

The course will be delivered by a professional tutor who has a minimum of level three coaching qualification.

Book now!

If you would like to book onto the course please contact Fabrizio

Free activities at Healthy Living Festival launch

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Thursday 30 June 2016 marks the launch of the Debden Festival of Healthy Living and we are offering you and your family free taster activity sessions from 3pm to 7pm at Debden Campsite and Conference Centre.

There will be a number of activities for children, adults, the over 50’s and the whole family to enjoy

  • a forest buggy walk
  • a lifewalk
  • Taoist Tai Chi session
  • Play in the forest
  • Family yoga
  • Orienteering
  • Mountain biking

With the longer days and warmer weather coming, there’s no better time to improve your health and wellbeing by getting active!

Try it for free

Yes! You read correctly – try all of the above for free! So why not come with your friends and family for the day, bring a picnic or enjoy our tasty BBQ? Whether your aim is to try something new or spend some quality time with your family, come along and enjoy the day with us!

Summer activities for all

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder, Councillor Helen Kane said: “The event on 30 June is the perfect opportunity to showcase all of the exciting activities that will be available to all over the summer. The Council are offering activities for children, adults, the over 50’s and the whole family from 30 June – 24 July, there is something for everyone and for all abilities.”

Councillor Kane continued: “Don’t be shy, come and try something new and plan to get active this summer! Many activities are offering free first sessions too, so book now!”

Debden Festival of Healthy Living

Book a day trip to Oxford

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Spaces are available for our day trip to Oxford on Friday 24 June – book now and explore Oxford the City of Dreaming Spires for just £41.85 per person.

Oxford day trip

Oxford 

Our New Horizon’s Day Trip to Oxford includes a Blue Badge Guided tour of the town and an Oxford College, plus an afternoon cruise from Folly Bridge on the River Thames to Iffley Lock. Coach travel is also included with local pick up points.

The cost is £41.85 per person including coach travel.

Timetable

  • We arrive at about 10.30am for morning coffee and biscuits (included in price) at the Kings Arms in the centre of Oxford, then leave for our guided walking tour of the town and an Oxford College
  • You then have free time in Oxford to look around and  stop for lunch
  • Our afternoon cruise takes us from Folly Bridge on the River Thames known as the Isis in Oxford, to Iffley Lock – this lock is one of the prettiest on the river, we stop here for refreshments and/or the chance to stretch your legs and see one of the most beautiful churches in England
  • We will leave Oxford at around 5pm

Morning coffee, biscuits, guided tour and cruise on this trip are included in the price. Lunch and other refreshments are not included.

Book now

  • Book online

  • Call 01992 564226 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

 

Five free ‘Lifewalks’ in May

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May 2016 is National Walking Month and Epping Forest District Council’s Walking for Health Scheme, Lifewalks, are offering all new walkers the chance to enjoy five free walks in May with the launch of their new diary of walks. So why not sign up today?

There’s no doubt about it, walking is good for you. Great for your heart, your lungs, your muscles, bones and is excellent for your overall wellbeing!

‘Achieve your goals’

Older People’s Engagement Officer, Karen Murray said: “This scheme is for everyone, no matter your fitness levels or age. Lifewalks are short and range from 1.5 to 3 miles in distance and last from 20 – 60 minutes. They are always on good paths, so you don’t need any special clothes or shoes to take part. The walks are local and start from various locations in and around the Epping Forest district. If you want to improve your general health, improve fitness, walk for weight control, rehabilitate from a period of ill-health or even just to meet new people and discover our beautiful district, our friendly walk leaders and groups can help you achieve your goals – whilst you enjoy yourself! So why not take advantage of this special offer and sign yourself up for your first walk today!”

Options for joining

  • Pay-as-you-walk – cost £2.00 per walk, all you need do is turn up
  • Buy a Lifewalks Privilege Card – £28.50 for 6 months (entitles you to as many walks as you like)
  • Annual Privilege Card – £55.00 for 12 months (entitles you to as many walks as you like)
  • GP referral – a month of free walks

• Download a Lifewalks diary

To order a Lifewalks diary by post, call Karen Murray on 01992 564222 or email kmurray@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

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

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)