Businesses prepared for Tour de France

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From Willingale to Buckhurst Hill, local businesses are making final preparations for the arrival of the Tour de France on Monday 7 July 2014.

Months of planning is coming together as businesses large and small put their final arrangements in place. Some of the district’s most picturesque villages and rural communities will become the centre of attention including Willingale, Fyfield and Moreton. From village post offices, pubs and corner shops to farmers fields offering parking and camping, the rural areas of Epping Forest will be buzzing with activity.

Tour de France Essex Logo

As the Tour reaches North Weald, the crowds of spectators are expected to get very large. Epping Ongar Railway is planning to bring lots of spectators from Ongar to North Weald by steam train. The parking and campervan facilities at North Weald Airfield are sure to bring in more people. In addition to camping and parking, Toll House Field at Woodside, North Weald is also offering secure bicycle parking for the many cycling enthusiasts expected to line the route. Shops in North Weald and Epping are preparing for large crowds.

Visitors can get in to the Tour de France mood early on Sunday 6 July 2014 with a charity cycling event from North Weald Airfield organised by Epping Forest District Council’s chairman, Councillor Tony Boyce, while the annual Epping Town Show and funfair takes place at Stonards Hill.

With High Street parking off-limits on Monday 7 July, Shaftsbury Farm in Lindsey Street, is offering parking just a 10 minute walk from the action in Epping High Street. Parking can also be booked in advance with St John’s School.

Special arrangements to welcome spectators along the Epping New Road are in hand at Miller and Carter by the Wake Arms, The Robin Hood and The Warren Inn in Buckhurst Hill. Staff and customers are planning to celebrate the day in style at Glyn Hopkins Fiat and Nissan dealership in Buckhurst Hill. The ‘bikers’ café loved by motorcyclists, horse riders and walkers at the Robin Hood roundabout will be sure to have hot tea or ice-cold drinks by the gallon depending on the weather.

Town and Parish councils are also making final preparations. Epping Town, North Weald, Fyfield, Moreton, Waltham Abbey, Loughton and Buckhurst Hill are all taking delivery of Tour de France bunting to give the streets a festival feel. Epping Forest District Council has started to decorate the civic offices where the media centre will be based while Epping shops of every size and description are preparing to put on a real show for the day.

Councillor Anne Grigg, portfolio holder for economic development at Epping Forest District Council said: “As we enter the last few days of preparation, you can feel a sense of excitement and anticipation. On 7 July, Epping Forest District will have its own shop-window to the world. Residents and businesses are making their final plans for this once in a life time event. As visitors come to our towns and villages or see Epping Forest for the first time via the estimated 2.2 billion world-wide TV audience, the shops and businesses of Epping Forest are determined to make the day a fantastic success.”

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Leisure centres shortlisted for award

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Everyone Active logoLocal rivalry between Everyone Active’s Epping Sports Centre and Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool is set to rise with the news that both have been shortlisted as finalists for ‘Leisure Centre of the Year Streamline’ in the coveted ukactive and Matrix Flames Awards 2014.

The awards, which will take place at this year’s Flame Conference and Ball of Fire on 2 July, recognise leisure centres, health clubs, group operators and individuals that have demonstrated exceptional standards across all areas of their operation.

May the best centre win

Kim Banes, Everyone Active contract manager for Epping said: “We are delighted to have 2 centres within such a short geographical distance of each other shortlisted in this category – it’s a huge achievement! I would like to congratulate the team at both facilities for all their hard work and dedication that has brought them to this stage. May the best centre win!”

Excellent service

Councillor Helen Kane, Portfolio holder for Leisure and Community Services at Epping Forest District Council said: “It is fantastic to see that 2 of our own sports facilities in Epping Forest have made the finals of these coveted awards. We work very closely with the staff at Everyone Active and this shows that an excellent service is being provided to improve the health and fitness of our local community.”

Everyone Active

As a company, Everyone Active has also been shortlisted as Operator of the Year while its Fareham Leisure Centre and Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre have also been shortlisted as finalists in other Facility Awards. 3 projects have also been shortlisted for the new Shaping a Future Generation Award – Legacy Games, in partnership with Fit For Sport; Sporting FUNdamentals in West Lindsey, and the Saturday Night Project at Plymouth Life Centre. One of Everyone Active’s Personal Trainers at its Watford Leisure Centre, Vladimir Fistric, has also been shortlisted for the Spirit of Flame award.

Find out more about sports centres and swimming pools in the district.


£145,479 boost for disability sport

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People with a disability in Epping Forest will have more opportunities to get involved in sport after Epping Forest District Council received £145,479 of funding from Sport England’s Inclusive Sport fund.

The project is one of 44 across England that will benefit from £8.06 million of National Lottery investment from Sport England to open up more opportunities for people with disabilities to play sport.

The Epping Forest Project called ‘Six for All’ will work with local sports clubs to assist them in developing specialised disability sections, so that people with disabilities of all ages can take part in sport, both as participants and coaches. The project will create participation, voluntary and paid coaching opportunities for people with disabilities so that they can benefit from continued sports participation throughout their lives.

Delighted to be receiving funding

Sports and Health Development Manager James Warwick said: “We are absolutely delighted to be receiving funding from the Sport England’s Inclusive Sport Fund. It means a great deal in terms of increasing participation for disabled people in Epping Forest as it provides invaluable funding to help us extend the opportunities for disabled children, young people and adults in the local area to get involved in sport.”

Sport England Director of Insight, Lisa O’Keefe said: “We are delighted to be able to help Epping Forest District Council provide more opportunities for disabled people to give sport a go. Record numbers of disabled people now play sport and it’s thanks to clubs like this that we can continue to improve opportunities and make a real difference in communities.”

Active People Survey

The number of disabled people playing sport regularly is on the rise. In December 2013, Sport England’s Active People Survey – an annual, in-depth measure of the nation’s sporting habits – revealed that a record number of disabled people in England now play sport each week. However, non-disabled people are still twice as likely to play sport as disabled people (39.2 per cent compared to 18.5 per cent) which is why Sport England continues to focus attention and investment to address this imbalance.

Sport England’s Inclusive Sport Fund supports programmes that aim to increase the number of disabled people playing sport. Since the fund launched, £17.1 million has been invested in 88 projects that make sport a viable lifestyle choice for disabled people.

As well as funding disability sport programmes, Sport England also funds equipment. In addition to the £8.06 million announcement, Sport England also recently awarded £1 million to 141 clubs across England to help them buy equipment to open up sport to disabled people.


Just Play women’s football sessions

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A friendly kick about with no commitment – women’s football sessions are available at Waltham Abbey Sports Centre (in the sports hall), Broomstick Hall Road, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1LF from 6.45pm until 7.45pm every Wednesday evening.

The Just Play sessions create a friendly kick about atmosphere with no commitment. All you need to do is just turn up on a Wednesday either by yourself or with your friends and take part in this fun session with a group of people who share your love for the game.

You don’t need any fancy kit just your trainers – so there is no excuse about fitness or experience. Each session costs £2 and there is no need to book.

Find out more at the Just Play website.


Help save the life of someone like Chris

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Former England rower Chris Spencer needs a bone marrow transplant to save his life, his donor has been found but others are still waiting for someone like you to save their life.

What did you do today to make a difference?

Are you aged between 16 to 30? 

Can you spare 10 minutes of your time to make a difference to someone’s life?

Please come along to Loughton Leisure Centre on Thursday 21 November between 3pm to 7pm, all you need to do is complete an application form to join the register and then give a saliva sample, it just takes a few minutes to become a donor.

 Anthony Nolan Donor Session

Quiz night at Loughton Leisure Centre

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Ava's Pink Quest charityWhich comedy-drama actor grew up in Loughton? Loughton based Richard Hounslow became the world champion this year in which sport?

If you know the answers or would like to find out why not take part in a quiz night at Loughton Leisure Centre on Friday 18 October 2013.

It starts at 7.30pm with all profits going to Ava’s Pink Quest charity.

Tables of 6 to 8 people and tickets are £10 per person. This includes a fish and chip supper, there is a vegetarian option available.

Bring your own drinks and nibbles.

Please contact a member of the fitness team on 01992 564575 for tickets.



The answers are Alan Davies and canoe slalom.


Cabinet approves housing development

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Council house buildings, Stonards Hill recreation improvements and more discussed at Cabinet meeting on Monday 9 September 2013.

Council house building strategy

Another major step was taken towards construction of 120 new council houses when councillors approved a development strategy. The homes will be delivered over a six-year period. East Thames Housing has already been appointed as the Council’s development agent. The development strategy sets out key processes including standards, consultation methods, procurement methods for the construction works and performance targets to measure the eventual success of the project.

Councillor David Stallan, Housing Portfolio Holder said: ‘I am very proud to be involved in the start of new council house building in the district after many years’. The 120 homes are a part of a wider mix of developments including social housing provided under section 106 agreements by private developers agreed with the Council as part of planning permission for commercial developments.

High satisfaction levels for existing council tenants were also noted by Cabinet as councillors approved the renewal of the innovative repairs contract with Mears Ltd. The contract is one of the first of its type for any council and involves the employment of a private company to manage the Council’s own in-house housing repairs service.

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Epping sports and leisure feasibility

The consultant’s feasibility study into different options for a new sports facility as part of the St John’s Road development in Epping was received by Cabinet. Councillors agreed to keep various options opened while the ‘expressions of interest’ exercise designed to identify potential developers continues.

Hall comes in under budget

Councillors received news that the final costs of Limes Farm Hall had come in ‘under budget’. Councillor John Knapman led the congratulations to Cabinet and Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder Liz Webster for the delivery of the new community facilities at the Limes Farm Centre in Chigwell for £1,101,000 against a capital provision of £1,102,000. Councillor Knapman felt that the new hall was an excellent facility and encouraged local people to use it.

Assessing housing need

An objective assessment of the district’s housing need is essential to the production of the new Local Plan. Planning portfolio holder Councillor Richard Bassett, updated Cabinet on best practice, potential implications and the broad methodology for determining Objectively Assessed Housing Need (OAHN). Councillor Bassett reminded councillors of the importance of this process in satisfying the government appointed inspector at the examination in public of the Local Plan.

Stonards Hill leisure improvements

We received £225,000 from Essex County Council as part of the planning agreement for the new St John’s School, will be used to resurface public tennis courts, to provide outdoor gym equipment, increase and improve the skate park facilities and upgrade changing rooms and toilets.

The new secondary school at St John’s for Epping officially opens on Tuesday 10 September. Councillor Jon Whitehouse welcomed the money for improvements at Stonards Hill, especially as the skate park improvements had been adopted following recommendations by the Epping Forest District Youth Council.

New wheelie bins

Eight years after they were introduced to the district, the Council has approved an annual budget of £30,000 to replace damaged wheelie bins. Councillor Will Breare-Hall, Environment portfolio holder reported that in keeping with the philosophy of recycling, the only bins to be replaced would be those broken beyond repair.

Councillors also emphasised the need to encourage residents to recycle more of their kitchen waste, too much of which is still going to landfill.

Help for young athletes

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If you are a county or national standard athlete and need a helping hand why not apply for our young sports award. You could win a prize of up to £1,500 to help you progress further in your sport.

Young sports award

To apply you must be

  • Be aged between 13 and 25 years on theapplication closing date of 6 September 2013
  • Live in the Epping Forest district (or if at collage or university return ‘home’ to the Epping Forest district during the holidays)
  • Competing at county, regional or national level in a nationally governed sport

Deadline for applications is 6 September 2013, so get your applications in now.

Winners will be announced in October and all winners will be automaticly nominated for the regional awards taking place in November.

Apply now

To request an application form, contact Fabrizio Ferrari by telephone on 01992 564567 or by email


Sports award deadline looming

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Want to reward your club, coach or volunteer for the great work they do in the community? If you do, get your nominations to us by 6 September 2013 as the deadline for the Epping Forest District Council sports award is fast approaching.

Community sports awards categories

  • Club of the year
    £1,000 for a local club that is able to demonstrate that is has made a significant contribution to community sport over the previous year
  • Community coach of the year
    £500 to use for continuing professional development (CPD) for a local coach (they must coach in the Epping Forest district) who has made a significant and positive contribution to their club or to sport, health and fitness in the district
  • Volunteer of the year
    £500 for CPD to a local volunteer whose contribution helps make a positive impact to sport health and fitness in the district

Nominate now

To request a nomination form or for information on the categories, contact Fabrizio Ferrari by telephone on 01992 564567 or by email


Swimmers raise £300 for cancer charity

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Approximately £300 has been raised for Ava’s Pink Quest who support the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG). Everyone Active Leisure Centres (owned by Epping Forest District Council) ran the fundraising  gala at Loughton Leisure Centre for their swim schools on Wednesday 10th July 2013.

100 swimmers from across the contract represented their sites with a huge amount of support from family and friends.  Loughton was victorious and took the overall trophy.

Laura Woodford, General Manager at Loughton Leisure Centre said: “At times the noise was so loud I thought they were going to lift the roof off! This is one of Everyone Actives chosen charities this year and is close to our hearts as Ava is the daughter of one of our Epping Contract colleagues, Chris McCarthy. Ava was taken ill last July (at the age of 2) with a lump in her tummy.  It was found to be a Wilms tumour, which effects young children and is localised around the kidneys.

” When Ava’s tumour was removed along with her kidney, the tumour weighed 869g.  Upon investigating the tumour, it was not a typical Wilms and was described as stage 3 with complications.  This involved adapting normal treatment plans. The treatment plan that Ava underwent in the following 30 weeks was as a result of the knowledge gained by the doctors from research funded by CCLG, and that knowledge gained helped them plan an effective course of treatment.  CCLG fund research and provide support to the health care professionals, and the families of children effected by cancer.

” Ava’s consultant at Addenbrokes is currently heading up a new clinical trial looking into Wilms tumours and some of the funding from that has come from the money that Ava’s Pink Quest has already raised from charity work.”

You can find out more about CCLG on this link

Laura added: “Everyone Active would like to thank all the swimmers (and parents of swimmers) that took part and supported the event, also all the colleagues that gave up their time and the chairman of Epping Forest District Council Councillor Mary Sartin with her husband John for coming down and presenting the prizes.

“A special thank you also goes to Ava and Chris for coming down and cheering on the swimmers with us.”