What’s on? Summer holiday activities week 1

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Need ideas for kids activities this summer? See what we have planned for the first week of the summer holidays, Monday 24 July 2017 to Friday 28 July 2017!

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Discover your inner artist

  • Monday 24 July 2017
  • 10:30am – 3:30pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 -41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £20 including materials

Suitable for ages 7+

Book

Tudor family fun with clay

  • Tuesday 25 July 2017
  • 12pm – 3pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39 -41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £1.50

Suitable for ages 5-13

No need to book

Musical in 2 days! Charlie and the chocolate factory

  • Wednesday 26 July & Thursday 27 July 2017
  • 10am – 3pm (both days)
  • Chigwell Hall, Large marquee, Chigwell, IG7 6BD
  • £40 including materials

Suitable for ages 5+

Book

Basketball drop in!

  • Wednesday 26 July 2017
  • 2pm – 4pm
  • Roding Valley recreation ground, basketball court, Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • £3

Suitable for ages 10-15

Book

Tennis Activators

  • Thursday 27 July 2017
  • 4pm – 5pm
  • Roding Valley recreation ground, tennis courts, Roding Road, Loughton, IG10 3BS
  • £3

Suitable for ages 5-10

Book

Go wild: DIY grass heads

  • Thursday 27 July 2017
  • 10am – 12pm
  • Epping Forest District Council Community Services, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU
  • £4.50

Suitable for ages 6-12

Book

Be an illustrator

  • Thursday 27 July 2017
  • 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £8

Suitable for ages 8+

Book

How to…draw, level 1

  • Friday 28 July 2017
  • 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • Epping Forest District Museum, 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • £8

Suitable for ages 7+

Book

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 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 2017.

Inclusion project

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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.

Own a pony

Enjoy a session of riding and all the fun that comes with owning a pony!

Dates

  • Thursday 27 July 2017
  • Wednesday 9 August 2017
  • Monday 21 August 2017

Time

  • 10am – 12pm

Address

  • High Beech Riding School, Pynest Green lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3QL

Price

  • £25

(Suitable for all ages)

Lost and found dance session

Tell a story through dance, drama and crafts and join us for a journey to the South Pole to get a penguin home.

Date

  • Tuesday 25 July

Time

  • 1:30pm – 3pm

Address

  • Limes Farm, Chigwell, IG7 5LP

Price

  • £6

(Suitable for all ages)

Suntrap summer fun days

Experience fun in the forest with Suntrap! Activities include pond dipping, forest crafts, camp fires and much more.

Dates

  • Wednesday 26 July 2017
  • Wednesday 2 August 2017
  • Friday 11 August 2017
  • Wednesday 16 August 2017

Time

  • 10am – 3:30pm

Address

  • Suntrap forest education centre, Church Road, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AJ

Price

  • £15 per child (£7.50 per additional sibling)

(Suitable for all ages)

Bounce and swim

An energetic 2 hour session starts with 1 hour of trampolining, before hitting the pool to cool down!

Dates

  • Friday 28 July 2017
  • Monday 7 August 2017
  • Friday 18 August 2017

Time

  • 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Address

  • Ongar Leisure Centre, The Gables, Ongar, CM5 0GA

Price

  • £7

(Suitable for all ages)

Canalability day trip

Join us as we take the ‘Stort Daybreak’ out on the water for a day trip!

Dates

Time

  • 11am – 3pm

Address

  • Lock View, Burnt Mill lane, Harlow, CM20 2QS

Price

  • £15

(Suitable for all ages)

Multi sports camp

Join our sports camp for a day of sport such as, short tennis, football, tag rugby, athletics, football…and many more!

Dates

  • Tuesday 1 August 2017 (Epping)
  • Tuesday 22 August 2017 (Loughton)

Time

  • 10am – 3pm

Address

  • Epping Upper Clapton RFC, Upland Road, Thornwood, Epping, CM16 6NL
  • Loughton Cricket Club, The Upands, High Road, Loughton, IG10 1NQ

Price

  • £15

(Suitable for all ages)

Alan in wonderland and the 3 goats plus

Discover if Alice can escape the mad hatters tea party with the help of her brother, Alan.

Date

  • Thursday 10 August 2017

Time

  • 11:30am – 12:30pm

Address

  • Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton, IG10 1HD

Price

  • £6

(Suitable for all ages)

Cycle rides with TrailNet

Balance and co-ordination are no problem with a morning off cycling using a range of adapted trikes and bikes!

Dates

  • Monday 14 August 2017
  • Thursday 17 August 2017

Time

  • 10am – 12pm

Address

  • Davenant Foundation School, Chester Road, Loughton, IG10 2LD

Price

  • £8

(Suitable for all ages)

Camping at Lambourne End

This is a two night camping adventure, with various activities on offer throughout the days and evenings.

Dates/times

  • 10am Wednesday 23 August 2017 to 2pm Friday 25 August (1 night/2 night options)

Address

  • Lambourne End Centre, Manor Road, Lambourne End, RM14 1NB

Price

  • £85 (2 nights)
  • £52 (1 night)

(Suitable for 10+ years old)

Day at the farm

Come and explore Lea Valley Farm, meet the animals, have a fun tractor ride and tour around the dairy!

Date

  • Tuesday 29 August 2017

Time

  • 10:00am – 2:30pm

Address

  • Lea Valley Park Farm, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 2EF

Price

  • £8

(Suitable for all ages)

Further information

Letterpress workshop at the Museum

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Join us at Epping Forest District Museum on Saturday 24 June 2017 for an exciting, hands-on letter printing workshop and create and take home your own print!

Printing workshop 2017

Create your own print!

To celebrate the opening of our new ”Paths Unseen” exhibition join us for this special workshop where you can create your own print!

With the help of local letterpress Paekakariki Press you’ll learn the process of setting the type, inking up and using the press, finishing up by printing your own design to take home.

Details

  • Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
  • When: Saturday 24 June 2017
  • Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Free entry

Paths Unseen exhibition

Paths Unseen is an Arts Council England funded project. Artists have been working with local groups and college students to create poems and illustrations, using stories from the Epping Forest district as inspiration.

All the work will be displayed at Epping Forest District Museum in the next temporary exhibition, opening Saturday 24 June 2017 to Saturday 30 September 2017.

Further information

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.

Social media story wrong

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A social media story about tenants trashing a council house in Waltham Abbey that went viral with 700,000 views in two days was wrong. Epping Forest District Council is publicising details of what actually happened to set people’s minds at rest.

Vacant property

The property is actually vacant, the former tenant having recently passed away. The Council got the keys back at the beginning of the month and contractors were clearing it out ready for refurbishment as part of routine maintenance and upgrade before re-letting.

Mistaken assumption

Councillor Syd Stavrou, Housing Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council said: “Councillors became aware of a social media storm over the weekend. A very strongly worded video showing old appliances, bath, sink and other rubbish piled in the back garden was being shared very widely. It was based on the completely mistaken assumption that new tenants had moved into the house and were ripping it apart. Blame was being attached to ‘foreign’ tenants with comments about people from other countries being put before local people.”

Working hard

“In fact, the contractor clearing the house did not speak good English, leading to some confusion. However, they were actually working extremely hard to ensure the house was ready for the old fixtures and fittings to be cleared away on Monday, ready for work on the refurbishment to start with the minimum of delay.”

Must live in district for 5 years

“The Council’s housing policy says council housing applicants must have been resident in the district for a minimum of 5 years. Once the house has been refurbished, it will be let to a family in need of a new home on our housing waiting list.”

The power of social media

Councillor Stavrou, continued: “I am sorry for all the anxiety and inconvenience this has caused. These kinds of works are routine and usually cause no trouble. However, this instance shows how powerful social media can be and how careful people need to be before leaping to conclusions. We can all take lessons from it.”

Concerned? Contact the council

”I have asked our contractor to apologise to the neighbours. I will ask our contractors in future to post an explanatory card through the letter boxes of neighbouring residents before carrying out this type of work, and hopefully, next time residents have concerns, they will ring us first, before such misleading messages go viral.”

Timeline of events

1 June – The Council received the empty property keys.
2 June – The Council’s contractor inspected the property.
5 June – Asbestos report (always required before refurbishment work) requested.
9 June – AM Asbestos report received.
9 June – PM Contractors go in.

  • This property had lots of the former tenant’s (deceased) household items to be removed before refurbishment work could start.
  • Items including the bath, basin and WC are being removed and renewed.
  • Items placed in garden for collection via back gate.

12 June – Garden scheduled to be cleared today (Monday 12 June).

  • The garden will be returned to its existing condition on completion of the refurbishment.
  • Photographs are taken before work starts to make sure the house and garden are returned a good standard at the end of the refurbishment.

23 June – Planned completion date.
26 June – Inspection and return of keys for re-letting.

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

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Essex Police Bank Holiday advice

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Residents and visitors to the county are advised they may see armed officers patrolling in places they may not usually.

Bank Holiday weekend

This Bank Holiday weekend is set to be hot and sunny and thousands of people will be out enjoying our countryside and coast.

Armed and specialist police

The move to have armed and specialist police officers patrolling ports, airports, railway stations as well as in places where people gather in crowds like seaside towns is as a response to the national threat level being raised to critical.

”Enjoy yourself, don’t change plans”

Chief Superintendent Ewen Wilson said: “My message to people this Bank Holiday is please enjoy yourselves this weekend and don’t change your plans.

Don’t be alarmed

“You may well see armed police officers and other specialist units this weekend. Please don’t be alarmed if you see them. It doesn’t mean they’re responding to a specific threat and there is no intelligence on any threat with an Essex link.

Say hello!

“Police officers with guns can look unusual, but please come and talk to us. Say hello, introduce yourself. We are asking officers to work long hours keeping Essex safe and a hello and a smile will top up our energy levels.”

Extra security checks

Anyone travelling or attending an event this weekend may need to allow some more time if there are extra security checks at those events.

Further information

Technical issues with payment services

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Updated information 26 May 2017 – 1pm

The automated telephone payment service is now working again and all services are now working as normal.

Thank you for your patience and sorry for any inconvenience this has caused you.

Updated information 26 May 2017 – 10am

Great news! Card payment services are now available online and on-site.

We are still experiencing issues with our automated telephone payment service, so this is unavailable at present.

Our systems are being monitored closely by our supplier and we will continue to provide updates on our website as soon as they become available.

Thank you again for your continued patience, we are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused you.

Original message 25 May 2017 – 2pm

We are currently experiencing technical issues with our payment services.

Self serve online

We are unable to accept card payments

  • over the phone, including through our automated payment line
  • at our kiosks in Epping, Loughton Broadway, Limes centre Chigwell or Waltham Abbey Library
  • the online payment system

They’re working on it

Our supplier is working hard to resolve the issue as soon as possible and we will update the website as soon as service resumes.

Cash or cheque

If you need to make a payment, we are only able to accept cash or cheque payments at Civic offices in Epping High Street and at the Loughton Broadway office.

Thank you

Thank you for your patience at this time, we apologise for any inconvenience this has caused you.

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.

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