Explore stories of the district at the museum

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If you are interested in poetry and illustrations inspired by the district, Epping Forest District Museum’s ”Paths Unseen” exhibition is a must see this summer!

Paths Unseen - exploring the stories of the Epping Forest district

Local involvement

Performance poet, Keely Mills and illustrator Jef Winter have worked with students from Roding Valley High School and Epping Forest College and writers groups Forest Creative Writers and West Essex Writers over the course of the last year, to produce work for this exhibition.

Details

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 24 June 2017 – Saturday 30 September 2017
  • Time: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Free entry

Paths Unseen project

Paths Unseen shows how poetry can be a shared social activity. Performance poet Keely Mills engaged with many individuals and groups in the local community. She enabled them to write or tell their own stories, and share their work in their own voices.

Local folklore and history

Inspiration has also been drawn from local folklore, encouraging museum audiences to consider art as a medium for rediscovering local history. Paths Unseen project has been funded by Arts Council England.

Further information

An exciting summer for the kids!

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If you are looking for different ways to keep the kids entertained this summer, look no further! We have an 8 week schedule of fun activities for children of all ages and abilities!

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All ages, abilities and interests

We have a wide range of activities for children of all ages, abilities and interests, available from July to September 2017!

We are also offering our increasingly popular Disability Inclusion Project activities for children and young people with SEND. Please check the brochure for full details.

Don’t miss out

All you need to do is make sure you book in advance. It’s as easy as that!

Sport, art, adventure and many more

Whatever your children’s interests, we have something to suit!

Sport, art, adventure, play, music, gardening, textiles and many more!

Book now!

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

Switch engines off for National Clean Air Day

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Epping Forest District Council’s Environmental Health officers will visit selected schools in the district to promote the first National Clean Air Day on 15 June 2017, hoping to encourage parents to switch off car engines whilst they wait for their children.

One million people tackling air pollution together

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Potential health impact

Recently much attention has been given to the quality of the UKs air, especially within urban areas and the potential health impacts that may result from breathing in polluted air.

Small changes

National Clean Air Day provides a excellent platform to raise awareness of the impacts of poor air quality and to promote small changes to lifestyle that will reduce exposure to pollution.

Focus on idle vehicles

The focus of this years campaign is around idling vehicles, especially in and around schools.  Parents are being asked to turn their engines off when delivering and picking up their children from school.

Children are vulnerable

Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of pollution, and it is hoped that parents will also consider the impacts of idling engines on the residents that live close to their child’s school.

Sustainable travel

Schools are being provided with information to increase the numbers of children that travel to school by sustainable methods, such as on foot, cycling, electric vehicles, or public transport.

40,000 deaths per year

Polluted air is thought to contribute to 40,000 deaths every year in the UK, and is responsible for the worsening of respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma.

Air pollution increases the risk of getting lung cancer, contributing to 1 in 13 cases, and exposure over a long period of time is linked to cardiovascular disease. Premature births, and low birth weights are linked to air pollution which also affects a baby’s lung development early in life too.

What can you do?

We are asking you to pledge to do one or all of the following on 15 June 2017

  • Leave your car at home – walk or cycle instead
  • Switch your engine off instead of idling
  • Walk your children to school
  • Share tips to cut air pollution with others

Further information

Improved Nazeing Triangle nature reserve

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The Nazeing Triangle Nature Reserve has a brand new and accessible jetty, thanks to the hard work of Countrycare, their loyal volunteers and the Tesco, Bags of Help project.

New jetty at Nazeing Triangle LNR

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Habitat and access improvements

Countrycare received £8,000 in funding to help improve Nazeing triangle nature reserve’s habitat for local wildlife and provide better access for visitors.

The money was raised by the Tesco 5p carrier bag charge, which is to be used for grants to improve local parks, hold community events, support sports groups and more, in association with Groundwork – the community charity with a green heart.

Water boatmen, beetles and dragonflies

The project’s second stage was finished on Thursday 4 May 2017, following the installation of 23 pre-planted coir mats.

The mats were planted with purple loosestrife, yellow flag iris and lesser pond sedge, these will help improve the habitat around the pond edge, making it a more desirable habitat for invertebrates such as water boatmen, diving beetles and dragonflies.

Improved access

A short path leading to the jetty and a handrail alongside the boardwalk have both been installed to make the Nazeing Triangle nature reserve more accessible for everyone to enjoy.

New information panel

The final stage of the project will be the installation of a new information panel, it is hoped this will happen in the summer months.

Encouraging wildflowers

Countrycare have also given the meadow it’s yearly cut, this will help encourage wildflowers to grow and prevent coarser grasses taking over.

More information

Doing the Lambourne Walk?

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Love walking? Why not join Countrycare for a 4.5 mile guided walk around the beautiful ancient woodlands of the Lambourne estate on 3 June 2017.

Lambourne Walk

  • Date: Saturday 3 June 2017
  • Time: 10am-1pm
  • Where: Meet in the car park of St Mary & All Saints Church, Church Lane, Lambourne, RM4 1AH
  • Cost: £3 per person
  • Book: 01992 564 224 or email contactcountrycare@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Further information

Learn all about hedgehogs with Countrycare!

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Bring your children to a fun filled day with Countrycare, learning all about one of Britain’s most recognisable garden creatures, the hedgehog!

Hedgehog day

Explore a hedgehogs life

Join us to enjoy some hedgehog inspired games, learn how to make your garden more hedgehog friendly and what sorts of food will encourage them to pay you a visit.

Suitable for ages 4 – 11

Booking for this event is essential, so please book to avoid disappointment.

Further information

Countrycare wins an award

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On Monday 20 March 2017, Epping Forest Countrycare was presented with the North Weald Parish Council group award at the council’s annual parish assembly, in recognition for their work at Weald Common and Thornwood Common.

Countrycare

Work over many years

The award, presented by Cyril Hawkins chairman of the Parish Council, was in acknowledgement of the work Countrycare have carried out for the council over many years.

Nature reserves to enjoy

Countrycare are responsible for keeping our local nature areas accessible for local residents to enjoy, with work being carried out on public footpaths and maintaining the growth of wildflowers.

Some of the maintenance work they have done at the two nature reserves includes;

  • Hedge laying
  • Grass cutting/raking
  • Installing and repairing footbridges and steps
  • Encouraging the growth of wildflowers
  • Construction and maintenance of fences, gates, benches, compost bins, footpaths and ponds

Visit our beautiful reserves

Countrycare maintain 9 nature reserves across the district. You can visit and enjoy these at any time of the year!

Weald common North Weald

Thornwood common North Weald

Chigwell Row wood Chigwell

Church Lane flood meadow North Weald

Home mead Loughton

Linder’s field Buckhurst Hill

Nazeing triangle Nazeing

Roding Valley meadows Chigwell, Buckhurst Hill and Loughton

Roughtalley’s wood North Weald

Spring into activities this Easter

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If you are looking for fun activities to keep the children busy this Easter holiday, then look no further, we have it covered! We have a range of activities available for all ages and abilities.

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Multi Sports Days 

Come and join our experienced coaches for a day of exciting activities such as

  • Football
  • Dodgeball
  • Tennis
  • Mini Olympics
  • Dance
  • Games and Competitions

Suitable for ages 5 – 14

Dates: Tuesday 4, 11 April 2017 and Thursday 6, 13 April 2017

Time: 09:15am – 15:30pm

Where: Epping Upper Clapton RFC, Upper road, Thornwood, Epping, CM16 6NL

Cost: £16.00

Book online (select the correct heading in brackets for Activity Type on booking form)

Funky Bird Feeder Workshop

Make a bird feeder with a unique difference, using recyclable materials.

Suitable for ages 6 – 11

Date: Tuesday 4 April 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Communities training room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU

Cost: £4.50

Book online (select the correct heading in brackets for Activity Type on booking form)

Peg Insect and Garden Display

Make amazing peg insect along with an indoor garden scene for your window using fresh flowers!

Suitable for ages 6 – 11

Date: Tuesday 11 April 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Communities training room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU

Cost: £4.50

Book online (select the correct heading in brackets for Activity Type on booking form)

Forest Adventures

Join us on a forest adventure; orienteering, forest art, scavenger hunts, games and much more!

Suitable for ages 6 – 11

Date: Wednesday 5 April 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Meet outside Kings Oak Public House, High Beech, Loughton, IG10 4AE

Cost: £4.50

Book online (select the correct heading in brackets for Activity Type on booking form)

Play in the Forest

Play games and have fun in the forest; bug hunting, shelter building, woodland arts and crafts!

Suitable for all ages

Friday 7 April 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Meet in the Kings Oak Public House car park, High Beech, Loughton, IG10 4AE

Cost: £3.50

Monday 10 April 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Ditches Rise, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, CM16 7DR

Cost: £3.50

Book online (select the correct heading in brackets for Activity Type on booking form)

Play in the Park

Play with a range of sports equipment and arts & crafts resources. Suitable for ages 5 – 14. The play in the park team organise fun activities and games! It’s FREE and there is no need to book either! Perfect.

Tuesday 4 April 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Town Mead Leisure Park, Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1JH


Time: 13:30pm – 15:30pm

Where: Roding Valley Recreation Ground (near tennis courts), Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS

Wednesday 5 April 2017

Time: 13:30pm – 15:30pm

Where: Stonards Hill Recreation Ground, Stonards Hill, Epping, CM16 4QF

Thursday 6 April 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Abridge Village Hall Playing Fields, Ongar Road, Abridge, RM4 1BS


Time: 13:30pm – 15:30pm

Where: Shelley Park, St Peters Avenue, Shelley, Ongar, CM5 0BT

Tuesday 11 April 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Ninefields (large green field), Hillhouse, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3EL


Time: 13:30pm – 15:30pm

Where: Roding Valley Recreation Ground (near tennis courts), Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS

Wednesday 12 April 2017

Time: 13:30pm – 15:30pm

Where: Roydon Playing Fields, Occupation Lane, Roydon, CM19 5HL

Thursday 13 April 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Abridge Village Hall Playing Fields, Ongar Road, Abridge, RM4 1BS


Time: 13:30pm – 15:30pm

Where: Jubilee Park, Love lane, Ongar, CM5 9BL

Further information

For more information please contact Community Services on 01992 564226 or email csreception@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

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Poet wants district’s favourite stories

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Do you have a favourite story about the district that you’d like to share? It can be about something personal, historical or just something that makes you smile.

Come and meet our poet in residence Keely Mills and tell her your story of the district. She will be at Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey on Friday 24 February 2017 from 10am to 1pm.

Poet in residence 24-2-17

Poet in residence

Join our poet in residence Keely Mills, share your stories and have them turned into poetry.

Where

Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL.

When

Friday 24 February 2017 from 10am to 1pm.

Cost

Free.

Paths Unseen

Poet Keely Mills is joining us as part of the Paths Unseen project, funded by Arts Council England.

Paths Unseen supports Keely Mills to develop her poetry, centred around residencies. She will be engaging local communities with poems, particularly those who do not consider themselves writers or  artists, enabling them to tell their stories and encourage them to record or perform the work in their own voices.

This is the first time Keely’s work will appear as the key focus of an exhibition. It is her first publication and major commission outside of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, spreading her art form further across the East of England.

The Paths Unseen exhibition opens at Epping Forest District Museum on Saturday 24 June 2017.

Anti-litter campaign cleans up for third year

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An anti-litter campaign across Essex, Kent and Suffolk #BinIt has resulted in a reduction of litter for the third year in a row, an amazing drop in litter of 43%.

Don't toss it - #BINIT

Littering is a criminal offence

The Love Essex campaign, run by the Cleaner Essex Group, is made up of local authorities and local business partners throughout Essex.

This year’s Don’t toss it – #BinIt campaign aims to remind people that:

  • Littering is a criminal offence
  • It comes with a fixed penalty notice from £75
  • And a maximum fine on conviction in court of £2,500

Spreading the message

The ‘Don’t toss it – #BinIt’ message has appeared throughout Essex on

  • Refuse vehicles
  • Bus shelters
  • Petrol pumps
  • 86 McDonald’s restaurants
  • 15 KFC restaurants
  • Spread to 2.4 million social media accounts

This has so far seen an average drop in litter of 43% and helped to reduce branded fast food litter by 63 per cent, in the areas monitored, and independently verified by Keep Britain Tidy.

Tackling litter

Councillor Will Breare-Hall, Environment Portfolio Holder said: “Litter is an issue that costs around £17 million across Essex. Not only does this take resources away from other much needed council services it also damages our environment.”

“It is important for people to remember that littering is a criminal offence that comes with a maximum fine of up to £2,500.”

“As a community we need to come together and tackle this important issue by behaving responsibly and reporting incidents so we can investigate further and take action.”

Working together

Cherry Lewis-Taylor, McDonald’s franchisee added: “I believe that working together and campaigning against littering at our restaurant locations helps remind people to dispose of their litter responsibly.”

“Between McDonald’s and KFC’s participating restaurants and drive-thru’s, we have reached millions of customers. Adding this to the number of people who saw the other campaign material, including social media, it is likely that the Don’t toss it … #Binit message will have been seen at least 6 million times.”

Do the right thing

Huw James, Director of Kefco, the KFC Franchisee in Essex commented: “I am proud that we at KFC can work with councils and other business partners to actively promote that people should do the right thing and bin their litter. As a business, we are committed to looking at ways we can help reduce the amount of litter that ends up on our streets.”

Report it

If there are large amounts of litter in your street or fly-tipped rubbish near where you live, let us know

Please give as much detail as possible so we can investigate what further action can be taken.