eNgage dance show returns for 2018

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Dance groups from Essex and Hertfordshire gave a wonderful performance at this year’s eNgage at the Spotlight Theatre, Hoddesdon on Friday 29 June.

eNgage 2018

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With an audience of over 300 and a cast of 130, eNgage brought several communities together for an evening of spectacular dance. The mix of dance styles included Street Dance, Tap, Musical Theatre and Commercial.

The dancers

Performers were of all ages and abilities, from 8 years old to 72 years young!

The evening welcomed a new group to perform, Mayhem Theatre Arts. They closed the show with a great number representing all dances through the decades. Big Funksters Tappers performed for the first time ever after only having formed in 2017.

A journey through time

CoCoCare, an adult group with disabilities from Colchester, wowed the audience with their use of props and quick costume changes, that also take us on a journey through time with different dance styles and moves including Disco and Break Dancing.

Jason Theatre School celebrated girl power with a feisty but feel-good female medley, the piece was created in the Daniela’s Dance classes; a special class started in memory of pupil Daniela Ruggiero. Straight Up Dance, closed the first act with a phenomenal piece inspired by The Greatest Showman, that had both adults and junior classes performing together.

DNA Studios and Flux Dance Collective choreographed pieces especially for the show to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I.

The show

The show is organised by the Epping Forest District Museums Heritage and Culture team and is part of the U.Dance network of events that aim to provide every child and young person with the opportunity to take part in a dance performance.

The flyer and programme for the show are designed by Art and Design student, Annabel Christian from Epping Forest College who beat fellow classmates to be the winning design.

“Not to be missed”

Epping Forest District Council’s Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett attended, and said: “ What an amazing evening, I consider it a privilege to have been invited. It’s wonderful to be a part of an event that showcases so much local artistic flair and talent. I was exhausted by the sheer energy of all the groups! Congratulations to the performers and well done to all of the event organisers for putting on such a wonderful show. Please make sure you get a ticket for next year it’s not to be missed.”

What’s on? Week 5 of the summer holidays

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Looking for summer holiday activity inspiration? Take a look at what we have in store for Monday 20 to Friday 24 August 2018 of the summer holidays.

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How to draw…a portrait

This practical artist led workshop will teach you tips and techniques for drawing the human face.

  • Monday 20 August 2018
  • 10:30am – 12 noon
  • Epping Library, St John’s Road, Epping, CM16 5DN
  • £8 per child
  • Suitable for children 8 to 14 years old
  • Booking essential

How to draw…a landscape

This practical artist led workshop will teach you tips and techniques for drawing landscapes.

  • Monday 20 August 2018
  • 1.30pm – 3pm
  • Epping Library, St John’s Road, Epping, CM16 5DN
  • £8 per child
  • Suitable for children aged 8 to 14 years old
  • Booking essential

Funky seed head sculpture

Create a funky seed head sculpture that will grow into something amazing!

  • Tuesday 21 August 2018
  • 10am – 12 noon
  • Epping Forest District Council Community Services, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU
  • £5.50 per child
  • Suitable for children aged 5 to 14 years old
  • Booking essential

Family fun with clay

Be inspired by objects in the Museum displays and make your own clay creation

  • Tuesday 21 August 2018
  • 12 noon – 3pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum 39 -41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50 per child
  • Suitable for children aged 5 to 13 years old
  • Drop in event

Art in the garden

Spend a fun morning in the Epping Forest District Museum garden

  • Wednesday 22 August 2018
  • 10:30am – 12 noon
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL
  • £8 per child
  • Suitable for children aged 8 to 14 years old
  • Booking is essential

Teddy bears picnic

Join Countrycare and our teddy bears for some fun outdoor activities!

  • Wednesday 22 August 2018
  • 12noon – 2pm
  • Linder’s Field, Roebuck Lane, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5QN
  • £3 per child
  • Suitable for children aged 3 to 6 years old
  • Booking is essential

Graffiti spray painting workshop

Create your very own graffiti style picture to take pride of place at home!

  • Wednesday 22 August 2018
  • 1pm – 3pm
  • Oakwood Hall Community Hall, Longcroft Rise, Loughton, IG10 3NB
  • £5.50 per child
  • Suitable for children aged 8 to 16 years old
  • Booking essential

How to paint…like an artist

Learning from great artists of the past, you will work in a variety of different styles, with a variety of different materials to produce your own artwork

  • Wednesday 22 August 2018
  • 2pm – 4pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL
  • £10 per child
  • Suitable for children aged 8 to 14 years old
  • Booking essential

Family fun – arts and crafts drop in

Join us for a morning of fun family arts and crafts for you to make together and take home

  • Friday 24 August 2018
  • 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • The Limes Centre, Limes Avenue, Chigwell, IG7 5LP
  • £2 per child
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Drop in event

Multi-sports, forest adventures and more…

We have also planned a wide range of sport, play and adventure days regularly, at multiple locations, throughout the 8 week holiday

  • Multi-sports days – book
  • Forest adventures – book
  • Play in the forest – no need to book
  • Play in the park – no need to book

Check the full brochure for locations, dates and times


Further details


Summer holiday by week

Walter Spradbery, Artist in War and Peace exhibition

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A new exhibition about Buckhurst Hill artist, Walter Spradbery, opens at Epping Forest District Museum on Saturday 21 July 2018.

Walter Spradbery exhibition

Event details

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 21 July – Saturday 22 December
  • Time: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am – 4pm. Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Free entry: donations are gratefully received

The exhibition, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will feature Spradbery’s medals, on display for the first time, alongside many of the paintings he made, both during his time in training and on the front line in France.

It will also include work loaned from the Imperial War Museum, Peterborough Museum and material supplied by the Welcome Trust.

About Walter Spradbery

Spradbery, best known for his poster designs for London Transport, was also a committed pacifist. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War, receiving the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his bravery in rescuing injured comrades under intense enemy fire.

After the war, Spradbery was one of several artists commissioned to create art for the Army Medical Section of the new Imperial War Museum display which opened at the Crystal Palace in 1920. As part of the exhibition, a section of the display will be recreated, including reproductions of some of the huge artworks created by Spradbery’s friend and fellow local artist, Haydn Mackey.

Spradbery married in 1929 and lived in Buckhurst Hill with his wife, opera singer Dorothy D’Orsay. Together they held many community music and opera performances in the garden of their home, known as ‘The Wilderness’.

Spradbery also worked hard to create opportunities for people to enjoy and engage with art. He helped establish the Buckhurst Hill Community Association and the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow.

Spradbery Events

To commemorate the opening of the exhibition, visit the museum on Saturday 21 July, from 11am – 4pm, for special activities including a chance to meet Walter Spradbery himself, played by historical interpreter Andrew Ashmore.

Other events include a historical walk, a talk from the exhibition curator and a celebration event at ‘The Wilderness’ site.

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Award-winning volunteer team

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Epping Forest District Museum and Lowewood Museum Collections Volunteers team have won the Collections Champion Award from SHARE Museums East.

Andrew and Sarah Goodliffe, 2 of our volunteers, attended the celebration evening at Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket on Wednesday 6 June to collect the award on behalf of the whole volunteering team. Our team was 1 of 11 from the East of England to be shortlisted for this award.

Andrew and Sarah SHARE awards

Our Volunteers

With only 1 full-time specialist Collections Officer the museum relies on the help and care the team of volunteers bring to the collection to fulfil its potential. In making their decision the judges considered the team’s passion, commitment, dedication and initiative.

Our core team of collections volunteers consist of 12 members. We have 3 volunteers who work on the garden and 2 front of house volunteers. At the moment there are a further 12 volunteers working on specialist projects and exhibitions; the largest cohort has recently been researching Hertfordshire man Stephen Warner for the current exhibition Stephen Warner: One Man’s Journey through War at Lowewood Museum.

Group photo of winners at SHARE Museums East award ceremony

Volunteers’ Week

This week, 1–7 June, is Volunteers’ Week, a chance to thank all volunteers for their contribution to our service. This award, which the team were nominated for by Assistant Museums, Heritage and Culture Manager, Will O’Neill, is the perfect way to say thank you.

SHARE Museums East

SHARE Museums East, based in Norfolk, support museums in the East of England. They provide staff and volunteer training, project funding and help with collections management.

Find out more at sharemuseumseast.org.uk 

Summer fun for children with SEND

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The Epping Forest Inclusion project is running a wide variety of exciting summer activities for children and young people with SEND from July to August 2018.

Activities are suitable for children of all ages, unless otherwise stated, and we cater for a wide range of needs. Siblings and parents are also welcome to join us for some of the activities, please check the brochure for full details.


Bounce and swim

  • Monday 23 July/ Friday 17 August
  • 1.30pm- 3.30pm
  • Ongar Leisure Centre, the Gables, Ongar, CM5 0GA
  • £7
  • All ages

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Own a pony

  • Wednesday 25 July/ Wednesday 8 August/ Wednesday 29 August
  • 10am – 12pm
  • High Beech riding school, Pynest Green Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN4 3QL
  • £25
  • Ages 4- 25

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Boxing

  • Thursday 26 July
  • 1pm – 2pm/ Ages 7-10
  • 30pm- 4pm/ Ages 11+
  • Epping Sports Centre, Hemnall Street, Epping CM16 4LU
  • £6

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Suntrap summer fun day

  • Friday 27 July/ Monday 6 August/ Thursday 30 August
  • 10am – 3.30pm
  • Suntrap forest education centre, Church Road, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AJ
  • £16 for 1 child
  • £8 for additional sibling
  • All ages

Book


Canalability day trip

  • Monday 30 July/ Monday 20 August
  • 45am – 3pm
  • Lock view, Burnt Mill Lane, Harlow, CM20 2QS
  • £15
  • All ages

Book


Water wipe out splash

  • Tuesday 31 July/ Tuesday 21 August
  • 11.30am- 1pm
  • Lee Valley White water centre, Station Road, Waltham Cross, EN9 1AM
  • £12
  • Ages 8+

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Trampolining

  • Tuesday 2 August
  • 10am- 11am/ 11.30am- 12.30pm
  • Debden Park High School, Wilingale Road, Debden, IG10 2BQ
  • £4
  • All ages

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Storytellers

  • Friday 3 August
  • 30pm- 3pm
  • Forest room, Jack Silley Pavilion, Stonards Hill, recreation ground, Epping, CM16 6SP
  • £8
  • All ages

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Inclusion multi-sports camp

  • Tuesday 7 August
  • 10am-3pm
  • Upper Clapton rugby club, Upland Road, Thornwood, Epping, CM16 6NL
  • £15
  • All ages

 

  • Tuesday 28 August
  • 10am- 3pm
  • Debden park high school, Willingale Road, Loughton, IG10 2BQ
  • £15
  • All ages

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Old MacDonald &the three pigs plus

  • Thursday 9 August
  • 20am – 12.30pm
  • Jazz Archive Café, 1st floor, Loughton Library, Traps Hill, IG10 1HD
  • £6
  • All ages

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Royal gunpowder mills

  • Monday 13 August
  • 30am- 3pm
  • Royal gunpowder mills, Beaulieu drive, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JY
  • £6 per child
  • £4 per adult
  • All ages

Soft play at Ashlyns farm

  • Tuesday 14 August
  • 30pm- 6.30pm
  • Ashlyns farm, Epping Road, North Weald, CM16 6RZ
  • £3 for under 5’s
  • £4.50 for 5+
  • All ages

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Inclusive cycle rides with trailnet

  • Thursday 16 August
  • 10am – 11.30am
  • 12pm- 1.30pm
  • Lee Valley White water centre, Station Road, Waltham Cross, EN9 1AM
  • £6
  • All ages

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Camping at Lambourne End

  • Wednesday 22 August
  • Drop off 10am
  • 1 night, pick up 2pm Thursday 23 August
  • £52
  • 2 nights, pick up 2pm Friday 24 August
  • £85
  • Ages 10+

Book


Book now

Our activities run from  July toAugust 2018 for children of all ages, abilities and interests.

Don’t wait for our activities to sell out – book now and keep your kids entertained this summer.

or call our telephone booking line 01992 564226 Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm.

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Keep your kids entertained this summer

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Need ideas for kids activities this summer? Look no further and see what we have planned for the summer holidays.

Sport, art, adventure, play, music, gardening, textiles and more – whatever your children’s interests, we have something for everyone.

Book now

Our activities run from Monday 23 July to Friday 31 August 2018 for children of all ages, abilities and interests.

Don’t wait for our activities to sell out – book now and keep your kids entertained this summer.

or call our telephone booking line 01992 564226 Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm.

What’s on?

Picnic, music and Parade to celebrate Freedom of the District

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Residents are invited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the RAF with a community picnic, parade, and music laid on by Epping Forest District Council at North Weald Airfield on Sunday 10 June 2018.

RAF 100 Parade and Picnic

March from North Weald

Members of 56 Squadron, which flew Hurricanes from North Weald, will commence proceedings as they march from North Weald Village Hall to the Airfield Gate Guardian with their newly acquired ‘Freedom of the District’ awarded by the Council last month.

Officers and members of 56 Squadron will be accompanied to the Airfield Memorial in Hurricane Way by the Epping Forest Pipe Band and the band of 56 Squadron ATC for the laying of wreaths, before proceeding to the Gate Guardian for a ceremonial inspection and afternoon of picnics and music with the Epping Forest (Brass) Band, Our Voices Choir and 1940’s style singer Diane Moore.

Free entry

Families are invited to join the celebrations at North Weald Airfield. Car parking and entry to the event is free. There will be food and drink concessions for anyone who doesn’t fancy bringing their own picnic.

The Gate Guardian is a replica of a Hurricane flown by 56 Squadron at North Weald. A Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will perform flypasts during the parade inspection.

56 Squadron is one of the oldest and most distinguished units of the RAF. Formed during the Great War, it saw service in France as part of the Royal Flying Corps before the formation of the RAF on 1 April 1918.

Long history with RAF

Although North Weald is no longer an RAF base, having been bought by Epping Forest District Council in 1980, the airfield remains the spiritual home of 56 Squadron. The Squadron moved to North Weald in 1927 and remained until 1941. While based at North Weald, it suffered the first RAF loss of World War II,  covered the retreat from Dunkirk and found itself in the thick of the fighting during the Battle of Britain.

The Freedom of the District was bestowed on 56 Squadron at a special meeting of Epping Forest District Council on 24 April.

Outgoing Council Chairman David Stallan stood down at the local elections in May. As a North Weald Ward Councillor, he was especially proud of the part he played in bringing the Freedom of the District to Full Council. However, the Freedom awarded to 56 Squadron is District-wide, reflecting the much wider local involvement of the RAF.

“A true family event”

New Council Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett, will welcome 56 Squadron back to North Weald.

He said: “RAF 100 and the Freedom of the District is very much in recognition of the wider role played by the RAF in our area.”

“Councillors from all sides of the chamber were so united in wishing to bestow this honour. Apart from North Weald, the RAF had airfields at Stapleford Abbotts and Willingale. Blake Hall was a centre of operations and the Balloon Site at RAF Chigwell was an intelligence centre as well as providing the barrage balloons that helped to protect London. A decoy or dummy airfield was also set up in my home area of Nazeing to lure enemy bombers away from their real targets.

“Other parts of the District were real targets too, including the munitions factories of Royal Ordnance in Waltham Abbey.”

“This is therefore a district-wide celebration of the RAF and everyone is invited to join us on 10 June. It will be a true family event.”

Event details

The parade sets off from North Weald Village Hall at 12.30pm. Residents can park their cars at North Weald Airfield before the parade arrives at 1.30pm with Diane Moore bringing the music to a close at around 4.45pm.

Line the parade route

Councillor Bassett added: “It would be great to see people lining the parade route from North Weald Village Hall to the Airfield Memorial, as well as enjoying their picnics and music on the Airfield. I hope the British Summer Sun shines on us. Bring sensible shoes, sunscreen and clothing for all weathers!

Come to the Seaside

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For 1 week Epping Forest District Museum will have its own beach, as part of the latest exhibition, Beauty and the Beach.

Drop in and build sandcastles, explore the rock pools and colour your own deckchair.

Come to the Seaside

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 26 May to Saturday 2 June 2018 (please note this activity will be closed on Friday 1 June)
  • Open times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Price: Free

Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Beauty and the Beach

Exhibition – Beauty and the Beach

From itsy, bitsy bikinis to one-piece bathing suits, this exhibition highlights the changing shape and coverage of women’s swimwear; exploring the style, design and inspirations of the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s.

The exhibition is closed Saturday 30 June.

Late opening at the museum

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Epping Forest District Museum will be opening late for a special event on Thursday 17 May, celebrating the current exhibition ‘Beauty and the Beach’, a fabulous collection of swimwear from the 1940s to the 1960s, as part of Museums at Night.

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We are inviting you to explore the museum in a new light. Take a look at the touring exhibition and our permanent displays.

  • Where – Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When – Thursday 17 May 2018
  • Time – 6pm to 9pm
  • Free entry – donations are gratefully received

There will be a DJ at the museum, so people can tap their feet to the music of the ‘40s and ‘50s or even try jive dancing. Refreshments will be available.

You are encouraged to come dressed in clothes from that era or in something that’s comfortable to jive in, but it is not essential.

For further details, contact the museum by email museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or telephone 01992 716882.

Museums at Night

As part of Museums at Night, museums, galleries, libraries and heritage sites across the UK are encouraged to open their doors after hours and to showcase their treasures in unexpected ways.

Find out more at Museums at Night website.

New exhibition opening Easter weekend

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From itsy, bitsy bikinis to one-piece bathing suits.

The new exhibition at Epping Forest District Museum highlights the changes in style, design and inspirations of swimwear from the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

Beauty and the Beach exhibition at Epping Forest District Museum

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 31 March to Saturday 30 June 2018
  • Time: Monday to Wednesday and Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm
  • Free entry

Events

Look out for the exciting events and activities we have to accompany this exhibition, including our very own beach at the museum.