October half term activity camps for kids

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Don’t let your kids get bored the October half term, our Activity Camp is jam packed with sports, arts, dance and drama activities!

Activity Camps October half term 2015 flyer

  • When – Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October 2015
  • Where – Debden House Conference & Camping Centre, Debden Green, Loughton, Essex IG10 2NZ
  • Time – 8.45am to 3.30pm (Registration 8.45am to 9.15am)
  • Cost – £16 per day /concessions £8.50 per day

Children should dress ready in casual sporty clothing ready to take part in a whole host of exciting activities. A packed lunch is needed.

Activity Camp booking information

Activity Camp places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

  • Book online

  • Call our booking line on 01992 564226 (open from Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)

Activity Camps is the new Playschemes programme from Epping Forest District Council.

For any further information on the above activities please do not hesitate to contact the Community Health and Wellbeing Team on 01992 564363 or 01992 564269.

Summer may be gone but it’s not forgotten

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Creative workshops from Epping Forest District Council are now finished for 2015, but the excellent artwork lives on!

Big Top Bonanza - RAHH!

Summer Actives

Booster Cushion Theatre was welcomed to the district for the first time with ‘Little Red Riding Hood and Friends’ and ‘Old MacDonald’s Farm and The Three Pigs Plus’.  One performance was part of Epping Forest District Council’s Inclusion Project, suitable for children and young people with additional needs.  There were lots of jokes, characters and audience participation. One parent went on to say;

“Had a fantastic time. My 2-year-old really enjoyed it. Thank you, we will be returning!”

After such a successful summer in Epping, Booster Cushion Theatre will be back in October half term with another great show!

Blunderbus Theatre Company returned with a brand new show, ‘My Pet Monster and Me’.  The show had Blunderbus’ famous, wacky, loveable characters, brightly coloured sets and amazing puppets.

Long Nose Puppets also returned this summer with a very colourful show, ‘Flyaway Katie’.  Audiences were captivated by the enchanting music, beautiful storytelling and wonderful puppetry. One parent said;

“Thoroughly enjoyed the music, dancing and puppets. Both of my children were mesmerised throughout. A lovely afternoon!”

Flyaway Katie - The audience get to meet another character

Summer workshops

The ever popular ‘How to…Draw and Colour’ workshops were back for a third year!  Artist, Helen Morse Palmer, showed once again how anyone can draw. During the workshops participants experimented with shapes, shadow and sound, got basic tips and tricks on different ways to use colour and the science behind it.

Things got a little messy with ‘How to…Paint’ workshops. Over four days participants learnt about four different paints; watercolour, ink, acrylic and oil.  They experimented with the paints, learnt about their history and made some stunning masterpieces.

How to Colour - Bringing a flat image to life

Big Top Bonanza

Families joined in for an afternoon of circus themed fun at Chigwell Hall for ‘Big Top Bonanza’.  The heavy rain didn’t stop children and their grownups from watching a fantastic balloon show by Miss Fantwistic and taking part in activities like mask and hat making, ribbon dancing, a circus circuit and the circus parade. One parent who attended said;

“Another great event by EFDC! Kids absolutely loved all of it! Outstanding!”

Dancer Jenny Bater, from Hip Hop Pop was back with another great hip hop workshop.  Participants had a difficult routine to learn with moves including ‘smurfing’, ‘prepping’ and ‘top rocks’.

Four to six year olds learnt ballet moves with ‘Biff’ the dog from the book ‘Dogs Don’t Do Ballet’ by Anna Kemp.  Participants helped tell the story, took part in their own ballet class; learning to plié, jeté, arabesque and pirouette, they also discovered that dogs can do ballet!

We already can’t wait till next year!

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North Weald has a flying visit from Sally B

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North Weald Airfield said goodbye to a historic B-17 WW2 bomber as it headed home on Friday 4 September 2015 after a short unexpected stay at the airfield.

B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B departs from North Weald

The B-17 American Flying Fortress known as ‘Sally B’ was staying at North Weald after being diverted from its journey home last week due to bad weather.

‘Sally B’ is the last remaining airworthy B-17 in Europe. She was built in 1945 and is based at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford where she can be seen on static display. Sally B is kept flying thanks to charitable donations, sponsorship, sales of souvenirs, and the loyal support of her working team of volunteers and 8,000 Sally B Supporters Club Members.

Find out more

Watch Sally B in action

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L’Etape London by Le Tour de France

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Missing Le Tour de France already?

Human Race Events have the answer with L’Etape London by Le Tour de France, the Official Tour de France Legacy Sportive for London.

Tour de France 7 July 2014

Tour de France fever returns

Tour de France fever returns to the streets of Epping Forest with Human Race Events’ L’Etape London by Le Tour de France, the Official Tour de France Legacy Sportive for London. Taking place on the 27 September, the streets of Epping Forest will once again play host to Le Tour with 3 challenging distances (42, 92 or 117 miles) following much of the same route as Stage 3 of 2014 Tour de France.

With an array of Tour de France experiences on offer along the route and in the event village, L’Etape London really is the ultimate Tour de France cycling experience!

Find out more

Details at www.humanrace.co.uk

Excel in sport with our Young Sports Award

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Are you aged 13 to 25, have a real talent in a sport and need help to develop your skills? If the answer is yes, apply for an Active Epping Forest Young Sports Award ranging from £500 to £1,000 now.

Active Epping Forest Young Sports Award

Active Epping Forest logo

Are you eligible?

You must

  • Be aged 13 to 25 on the closing date of the applications (30 November 2015)
  • Live in the Epping Forest district (or if you are at college or university your family home must be in the Epping Forest district)
  • Be competing at a county, regional or national level in a nationally governed recognised sport (if you are unsure please contact Fabrizio on 01992 564567)

To be considered for an award you will need to be at least regional standard in your sport and be able to support your application with detailed information as well as a referee.

If you are shortlisted you will be invited for an informal talk in December to meet the panel and give them further information about your plans for the future as well and any other developments that may have occurred since your application.

Closing date for applications is 30 November 2015.

Let us help you 

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “Our sports award recognises the hard work, dedication and commitment needed to play sports at the highest level. This is a fantastic way to celebrate the amazing achievements of our young people and help them excel in their chosen sport.”

“If you’re a county or national standard sports person aged 13 to 25, let us help you to develop your skills, apply for an Active Epping Forest Young Sports Award now.”

Want to know more?

For more information please contact Fabrizio Ferrari

 

Big-hearted golfers chip-in for charity

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Big-hearted golfers raised a fantastic £740 for the Royal British Legion at our annual Chairman’s Charity Golf Day.

26 golfers comprising of councillors, officers, former employees, contractors and chairman’s guests watched Chairman Liz Webster hit the opening tee shot at Chigwell Golf Club on 21 July 2015.

David Clifton with Chairman Liz WebsterAnnette Stansfield with Chairman Liz Webster

Champion Golfer 2015

Housing Resources Manager David Clifton won the Don Spinks Shield for the 3rd time, and was named Champion Golfer 2015. The Robert O’Malley Cup for Lady Golfers was won by Annette Stansfield from SLM for the 4th time in 5 years.

A great day

Chairman Liz Webster said: “Thank you to everyone who took to the fairways in the glorious summer sunshine to raise money for the Royal British Legion, we had a great day! This money is very important as it helps to provide practical, emotional and financial support to all members of the British Armed Forces, both past and present.”

 

Canoe Slalom World Championships

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From 16 to 20 September, 300 of the world’s top Canoe Slalom athletes will descend on Lee Valley White Water Centre to battle it out at one of the sport’s biggest events yet!

Canoe slalom 2015

  • 5 days of fierce competition
  • Witness nail-biting action
  • You could be there to see it all

The 2015 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships will see competitors from 55 countries taking on the demanding Olympic course.

As well as world-class sport there will be plenty of free family-friendly activities on offer, including bouncy castle, climbing walls and even an opportunity to try your hand at paddling, making it a great day out for all the family!

Canoe slalom 2015

British Canoeing President Albert Woods said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the 2015 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships and, after a 20-year absence, it’s a great honour to be welcoming the event back to the UK. The World Championships will be the third high-profile, world-class event to be held at Lee Valley White Water Centre in the last four years and the venue is fast gaining a reputation as one of the best slalom courses in the world.”

“With the world’s best paddlers in attendance and qualification for the Rio Olympics up for grabs, we’re expecting some fierce competition. And following the fantastic success of British athletes at the 2012 Olympics and last year’s World Cup, we’re hoping home advantage will once again play a part in determining the outcome of races.”

Photos

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Cancer Research’s Race for Life returns

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North Weald Airfield welcomed Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life on Wednesday 15 July 2015.

1,600 women of all ages ran, jogged or walked around the 5 and 10 kilometre courses aiming to raise £105,000 for this important charity. As usual everyone who took part got in to the spirt of things with fancy dress and heaps of enthusiasm making this years race for life one to remember.

Finish Hug

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Valuable cause

Runners were welcomed by Councillor Liz Webster Chairman of Epping Forest District Council before they took their places at the start line, ready to take on the course raising money for research into all 200 types on cancer.

Chairman Liz Webster said: “Events like these are always such a pleasure, seeing the community come together to raise money for such a valuable cause.”

Want to take part?

There are many ways to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Visit their website to see how you can

Book your kids summer activities now

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Youth activities, summer sports, family entertainment, activity camps & more – book your kids summer activities now!

Summer activities 2015

You will find lots of exciting things to do throughout the school holidays. There’s a wide variety of activities including arts and crafts, children’s theatre and multisport activity sessions.

The Epping Forest Inclusion Project runs a number of sessions and activities for children and young people with additional needs.

Book your activities in 3 easy steps

      1. Choose the activities you’d like your kids to attend

        Read our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB)

      2. Book and pay for the activities online

        to book by telephone please call 01992 564226 from 1 July

      3. Add the dates to your diary

        Get ready to celebrate the summer!

What’s going on?

  • Activity Camp

Activity Camp is the new playschemes programme from Epping Forest District Council. Each day of the Activity Camp is jam packed with sports, arts, dance and drama activities that will keep young children smiling and having fun all day long. Find out more in our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB).

  • Play in the Forest

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. Play Rangers will bring along a wide range of equipment and activities for children and young people to enjoy and will help them explore the forest. Activities will include den building, nature trails and woodland arts and crafts. Find out more in our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB).

  • Play in the Park

Play in the Park is all about playing games and having fun outdoors. Play Rangers will bring along a wide range of equipment for children and young people to enjoy and will help organise games. Space Hoppers, flying saucers, cricket, football, art & crafts … endless fun! Find out more in our summer activities brochure 2015 (pdf 1.26MB).

Celebrate the summer

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: ‘Don’t let your kids get bored this summer! Our summer activities brochure is packed full of fun and exciting ideas.’

‘Give your kids the opportunity to learn new skills and make new friends … book now and celebrate the summer!’

 

Lifewalker achieves 1,000 walks

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Narinder Sood is the latest Lifewalker to achieve the fantastic accolade of a 1,000 walks.

Lifewalker Narinder has walked well over 2,000 miles with Lifewalks, which is the same as walking from London to Cyprus. Narinder joined Lifewalks in May 2005 and has been a regular walker with the group ever since.

Lifewalks Narinder Sood

Lots of new friends

Narinder Sood said: “Lifewalks has not only kept me fit and active but I have also made lots of new friends and have started doing other activities such as golf with them. I really recommend Lifewalks and feel a great sense of achievement to of reached a 1,000 walks. I hope to go on and walk another 1,000 walks.”

Lifewalks

Lifewalks offers a choice of 5 walks a week that cover the Epping Forest district. The only qualification to join is to put one foot in front of the other, even if you can only do this very slowly.

For a diary of walks and a free voucher please contact Karen Murray