Nominate your Citizen of the Year

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Epping Forest District Council’s Citizen of the Year Awards recognises people in the community who go above and beyond and make positive changes in our district.

Citizen of the year Civic Awards 2018 poster

If you know an individual or a team who make a real difference nominate them for

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Team of the Year

Highlighting positive work

Chairman David Stallan said: ‘The Citizen of the Year award is a great event, highlighting the positive work that goes on throughout the district. There are people among us who go above and beyond, making positive contributions to our society.’

‘If there’s and individual or group who springs to mind, now is your time to nominate them for a Civic Award.’

Make a nomination

Applications close Friday 24 November 2017.

Council 27 July 2017

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In a sombre council meeting on 27 July 2017 tributes were paid to current Councillor Gary Waller and 3 former councillors who passed away recently.

Gary Waller 1945-2017

Council remembers Gary Waller

Council Chairman David Stallan and Council Leader Chris Whitbread led emotional tributes to Councillor Gary Waller who passed away just a few days earlier.

Gary Waller was one of the most active and senior members of Epping Forest District Council, holding one of the most responsible cabinet roles as Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder. So sudden was his passing that his reports still featured on the council agenda.

A former MP with a wealth of experience, good humour, and friends across the council, councillors offered their heartfelt condolences to all he knew and loved.

Ian Abbey, Stan Goodwin and Keith Wright

In a sombre council meeting, councillors also fondly remembered former councillors Ian Abbey, Stan Goodwin and Keith Wright who all passed away in recent weeks. Councillor Stallan thanked all those who spoke so movingly in memory of ‘4 great councillors’.

Good progress reported to councillors

Council Leader Chris Whitbread and fellow members of the cabinet reported on a range of recent successes.

Reports included

  • Epping Forest Shopping Park
  • Tourism website and conference
  • Fly tipping prosecutions
  • Progress on a new leisure centre for Waltham Abbey following the letting of a new leisure centre management contract with Places for People
  • MiLife mental health and awareness programme for school children
  • Grant aid to 11 local organisations totalling £29,667
  • Updating information on the draft Local Plan
  • Council CCTV cameras helping the police

Council housing safety

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, Housing Portfolio Holder, Councillor Syd Stavrou also provided councillors with extensive information and reassurance on the safety of local council housing.

There are no high-rise council properties in Epping Forest and very few with any form of cladding (checks suggest this cladding is safe). All council properties are low enough to be reached by Essex Fire and Rescue vehicle platforms. Councillors were invited to attend future meetings to satisfy themselves of the fire safety measures and procedures in place.

Annual reports

Annual reports of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Audit and Governance Committee were also noted along with the council’s anti-fraud and corruption policy.

Chairman’s golfers raise money for local charity

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Generous golfers raised an amazing £704 at our Chairman’s charity golf day to help Safer Places, a local refuge that supports people through abusive relationships.

Chairman Dave Stallan with the charity golfers

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Epping Forest District Council Chairman Dave Stallan opened the golf day at Chigwell Golf Club on 11 July 2017. He teed off and decided to retire gracefully (watch Chairman Dave Stallan tee off below) to let 24 keen golfers battle it out on the fairways.

All the golfers were local councillors, former and current council employees, and guests of the Chairman.

Winners of the golf day were

  • Theydon Bois Parish Councillor Mike Hannibal won the Don Spinks Shield scoring 39 stableford points
  • Elections Officer Wendy MacLeod won the Robert O’Malley Cup for Lady Golfers (for the 5th time!) scoring 29 points
  • Waste Support Officer Paul Coletti got a prize for being nearest the pin on the 10th hole
  • Housing Repairs Officer Daniel Wimpress won a prize for the longest drive on the 18th hole

I won’t win The Open

Chairman Dave Stallan said: “I had a wonderful day and I would like to thank everyone that took part. Unfortunately my golfing abilities leave a lot to be desired and I think it’s fair to say I have no chance of ever winning The Open! My golfing skills can be seen by everyone as my opening tee off was caught on camera!”

Raising money for charity

The Chairman continued: “We raised £704 for local charity Safer places. Safer Places helps adults and children affected by domestic and sexual abuse. The money will go to helping survivors of domestic abuse to recover and rebuild their lives, building a brighter and safe future which they might once have thought of as impossible. I’m delighted to support this great local charity.”

North Weald shows off the Best of British

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The gates are open – thousands of people will enjoy the Best of British Community Day and Fly-in at North Weald Airfield today.

Don’t just look at the pictures come along! You can find details at www.northwealdairfieldfunday.com

Photos

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Poster

Best of British community day 2017

 

Thousands raised to save lives

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700 women of all ages came together and raised over £35,000 for Cancer Research UK at this year’s Race for Life.

They ran, jogged or walked around the 5k and 10k tracks at North Weald Airfield on Wednesday 12 July 2017 to help raise money to beat cancer!

Cancer Research UK flowers

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The Epping Forest District Council Chairman Councillor David Stallan started the race with a heart-felt speech. The theme was pink, with many participants wearing placards with the names of friends and relatives on, remembering those who have suffered from cancer.

Smiles at the start line

Epping Forest District Council Chairman Councillor David Stallan: “It was fantastic to see so many local women of all ages turn up to support Race for Life. The weather was perfect and the atmosphere was even better. They walked, ran or jogged around North Weald Airfield raising £35,000 for Cancer Research UK. Judging by all the smiles at the start line, it looked like everyone taking part had a great time.”

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK are world leaders in finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

Find out more about Race for Life.

A date with the future

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Councillors at Epping Forest District Council had a date with the future as they met with Epping Forest youth councillors at a speed meeting event to discuss issues and learn about each other in a fun and informal way.

The speed meeting event was organised by the Epping Forest Youth Council on 3 July 2017 at the civic offices in Epping.

EFYC speed meeting

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An overwhelming success

Youth councillors were given 5 minutes to question councillors before moving on. All participants filled in a score sheet to find out who the best communicators were. The best communicators were Suzannah Halcrow and Adam Freeman from the Epping Forest Youth Council and Councillors Amy Beales and Will Breare-Hall for Epping Forest District Council.

Everyone thought the evening was an overwhelming success.

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Amazing

Epping Forest Youth Councillor Suzannah Halcrow said: “It was amazing. Meeting one on one with the adult councillors was a great way to tell them what we thought the issues were that young people face today.”

Inspiring evening

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “It was a really inspiring evening, a great opportunity for us all to learn and interact with each other. It was clear there was a lot of passion in the room for making things better. I am looking forward to working with this fantastic group of young people.”

eNgage dance show returns for 2017

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Youth and community dance show, eNgage 2017 returned on Thursday 22 June 2017 after a year’s break, to a new venue for the show, The Spotlight in Hoddesdon.

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Spectacular dance

With an audience of over 350 and a cast of 170, eNgage brought several communities together for an evening of spectacular dance. The blend of dance styles included Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap and Commercial.

The Dancers

Performers were of all ages and abilities; from 7 years old to 71 years young!

New groups

The evening welcomed a few new groups to eNgage; CoCoCare (an adult group with disabilities from Colchester) used Creative Movement and props to create a beautiful sea scene, questioning our environmental awareness; Straight Up Dance UK, Loughton and Brentwood, showed us that you are never too old to learn some Hip Hop moves, with two pieces to ‘She’s Got That Vibe’ and ‘Whoomp (There it is)!’ Mark Hall Academy, Harlow, treated the audience to a sneaky peek of their latest school production, ‘School of Rock’.

Exciting and colourful routines

Jason Theatre School gave a brilliant performance and closed the show with their version of Riverdance, which got the audience tapping along. DYD from Debden Park High School had everyone swinging in their seats with a fun energetic version of Benny Goodman’s ‘Sing, Sing, Sing.’

Flashdancers, Moves & Grooves, All Saints, Stadium Theatre School, Big Funksters, DNA Studios, West Hatch High School and Scene II Theatre School all returned to perform with exciting, colourful and powerful routines.

RE:Generation installation

As part of eNgage, Lowewood Museum, which is managed by Epping Forest District Council in partnership with The Borough of Broxbourne, played host to a VIP guest reception with temporary exhibition ‘Moving Photography’ RE:Generation, an older people’s dance group from Chelmsford.

Importance of dance & movement

The installation is part of the end product of a project by The Dance Network Association and CHP, working with older people to learn the importance of dance and movement and what effect it has on the mind and body.

Visit the exhibition

The exhibition is at Lowewood Museum until Friday 7 July 2017.

‘Well done’

Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor David Stallan was among the guests for the evening and he said: ”What an amazing showcase for all of our talented local dance groups. It was great to see so many creative people of all ages, from different areas, all coming together and producing such an exciting evening of performances. Well done to everyone involved and thank you to everyone that helped make the evening possible. Most of all, thanks for having me!”

‘Wonderful spectacle’

Councillor Steve Wortley, Deputy Mayor of Borough of Broxbourne said: ”What a wonderful spectacle it was, with a wide range of dance and performances from a bunch of very talented artists. I truly had a lovely time and thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening. Please pass on my sincere thanks to everyone involved, including those unsung heroes backstage too! Epping Forest certainly does have talent!”

Pupils learn life lessons at Crucial Crew 2017

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Over 1,338 Year 6 pupils from Epping Forest took part in Crucial Crew, a week of interactive days to educate young people about staying safe, fit and healthy.

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Crucial Crew experience

Crucial crew teaches children how to tackle the dangers they may encounter in everyday life and encourages them make sensible decisions about personal safety and lifestyle choices.

This year the annual event was hosted at Debden House Centre in Loughton for a week from 12 June 2017 to 16 June 2017.

Over the week the children took part in 10 scenarios including

  • Road safety (Essex County Council)
  • Vehicle blind spots (Sainsbury’s)
  • Building sites – dangers and hazards (Mears)
  • Healthy relationships (Safer Places and Epping Forest District Council)
  • Drugs and alcohol (Adas)
  • Bullying (Red Balloon Learner Centres)
  • Internet safety (Essex Police)
  • Healthy lifestyles (ACE – Anglian Community Enterprise)
  • Ambulance (East of England Ambulance Service)
  • Fire safety escape plans & smoke alarms (Essex County Fire & Rescue Service)

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(Left to right – council Community Health and Wellbeing Manager, Gill Wallis, Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder Councillor Gary Waller, council Chairman Councillor David Stallan, The High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Hall, Community Engagement Officer at Essex County Fire & Rescue Paul Fenwick, council Vice Chairman Councillor Richard Bassett, council Safer Communities Manager, Caroline Wiggins)

VIP visit

Epping Forest District Council’s Chairman, Councillor David Stallan was welcomed to the event by council organisers, alongside other VIP’s including the High Sheriff of Essex, Simon Hall, Vice-Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett, Councillor Gary Waller and Councillor Helen Kane for an informative and enjoyable visit.

Fun way to learn

Councillor David Stallan, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: “Crucial Crew is a fun way to prepare children to remain safe in a variety of emergency situations and to be aware of dangers they are likely to encounter as they advance through life. This fantastic and well-supported event allows us to offer awareness and safety advice to our young people just as they’re ready to take a big step in their lives and go to secondary school.”

”It leaves our children with the right skills and knowledge to keep themselves safe, both now and in the future. I enjoyed my short visit and was pleased to see how the different agencies work together to provide this to the kids”

Life lessons

Councillor Helen Kane, Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder said: “All children who attended Crucial Crew will take home a wristband with a link to the Crucial Crew pages which includes advice on dealing with challenging or potentially harmful situations. They can also find out more information about the scenarios they have seen and how to make positive choices regarding their own behaviour. I hope the children remember and use the lessons from Crucial Crew, which one day might save their lives.”

“Crucial Crew is organised and facilitated by the council’s Community Health and Wellbeing team but could not take place without the hard work and continued support of partner agencies – a big thank you to all involved.”

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Flags fly for Armed Forces Day

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Council remembers Grenfell Tower and terror attack victims at Armed Forces ceremony

The normal order of service was changed as Epping Forest District Council held a minute’s silence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster after raising the Union and Armed Forces Day Flags at the Civic Offices in Epping. Flags flew initially at half-mast as the Council showed its support for the victims of the latest terrorist attack earlier in North London.
Remembering victims of the latest terrorist attack in North London
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Staff were led in prayer by Reverend Bryony Morrison of St John’s Church, Epping.

Difficult and traumatic times

Councillor David Stallan, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: “The last few weeks have been some of the most difficult and traumatic we have faced as a country for many years.”

“As we gather for the traditional celebration of our armed forces, events have overtaken us. After the raising of our flags at 11 o’clock, I also want you to stand with me in a minute’s silence as we remember the tragic events at Grenfell Tower.”

“And even while we struggle to come to terms with that disaster, yet another senseless and cowardly attack was carried out on our community in North London. “

“The armed forces of Great Britain are made up of brave men and women of every colour and faith. They are drawn from all parts of our community, just as the councillors and staff of Epping Forest District Council are drawn from many faiths and cultures. As our armed forces show, as Manchester has shown, and as London has shown now again and again, an attack on one of us is an attack upon us all. At these times we stand together as a council, a community, and as a country.”

District shows support for London

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“It is with a heavy heart that the flags have been lowered to half-mast once again as the Epping Forest district shows its support for the innocent victims and survivors of the latest attack to strike London.”

“Our hearts and best wishes go out to all those innocently caught up in the events of the weekend.”

Flags at half-mast in Epping

We stand together

Newly appointed District Council Chairman David Stallan continued: “So much has happened. This weekend we have seen the best and the worst of human nature. We witnessed another cowardly attack by a few deluded individuals but we also saw the best as people came to each other’s aid with immense bravery and compassion.”

“That was followed by the concert on Sunday where the whole nation came together for Manchester and London in the best possible way. We stand together and we reject the messages of hate.”

We will not be defeated

Council Leader Councillor Chris Whitbread has also been quick to add his voice to messages of support. He said: “Only a few short days ago, I spoke of our debt and gratitude to the emergency services in Manchester.”

“It has become clear that without the bravery and professionalism in particular of our police, the events of Saturday in London could have been so much worse. At times like this we put aside our small arguments and remember we are a great country. We will not be defeated.”

Minute silence

Epping Forest District Council will take part in the 1 minute silence at 11am on Tuesday 6 June 2017.