A summer of fun at the museum

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Epping Forest District Museum was buzzing with visitors over the summer with all sorts of fantastic art and craft activities.

Be a textile artist

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Painting and drawing

Ocean masterpieces were made from the budding artists at How to Paint: Acrylic; who used a mixture of sponges, cardboard, sand and toothbrushes to get different textures.

How to Paint: Watercolour artists experimented with techniques such as dry paint on dry paper and wet paint on wet paper, making beautiful sunsets and their own interpretations of work by JMW Turner.

Creating illusions

The new How to Draw Level 3 session taught our young artists to look for the negative space in their drawings, that there’s no such thing as cheating and how drawing creates illusions.

The rain wasn’t going to spoil the new Art & the Garden workshop; instead we brought the museum garden inside! The young artists and keen gardeners designed their own flowers, created their own Latin style names; took cuttings of leaves and flowers to draw, paint and press; and planted their own bulbs to watch grow.

Forest focus

Focus was then on the forest in ‘Be a Textile Artist’ and ‘Be an Animator’. Participants designed beautiful pictures, inspired by the forest, to print on to a bag. The budding animators created characters and stories for their own ‘crazy forest’ sets, making some fantastic 2D animation.

Paths Unseen

As part of the Paths Unseen project, funded by Arts Council England, participants explored ‘found poetry’ with performance poet Keely Mills and learnt valuable tips on performing their own work. Artist Jef Winter led an illustration workshop exploring different styles and techniques.

You can see Keely and Jefs’ work at the Paths Unseen exhibition until Saturday 30 September 2017 at Epping Forest District Museum.

Fun for all the family

Over 300 children and their families attended five drop-in events; taking part in a range of historical themed art and craft activities together, including clay modelling, printmaking, designing a Tudor shield and making a hobby horse.

At all the activities, families were given a wide selection of art and craft materials to encourage their creativity and imaginations.

In addition to this, a Family Fun Day was held at the museum on Saturday 5 August where over 200 people enjoyed puppet shows and willow weaving crafts.

Across the district

The Museums, Heritage and Culture team was out and about across the district delivering activities too.

There was another great and wacky show from Booster Cushion Theatre Company; Alan in Wonderland and the 3 Goats Plus. The show was full of audience participation, funny jokes and amazing props including a book that turned into a table and a bridge!

At the Little Storytellers workshop in North Weald, Oliver Jeffer’s sweet story ‘Lost and Found’ was used as inspiration for participants to create their own sea scene, boats, boys and penguins as well as being birds, sea creatures and stormy waves.

There were two ‘Musical in 2 Days’ workshops this year: Charlie and the Chocolate and Annie. Both casts worked incredibly hard to learn the songs, a number of scenes and the choreography to perform in just two days!

Reviews

  • ‘Always good events for the children.’
  • ‘Really lovely and fun event. Well organised and resourced. Friendly, kind staff. We love the museum and this added even more fun.’
  • ‘Great fun, creative event, unhurried making it very enjoyable and relaxing’

Further information

Council Tax Reduction Scheme consultation

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We’re asking for your views on the future of our Local Council Tax Support scheme (LCTS) to see whether any changes should be made. It’s important we get the views of our residents as it could affect the amount of Council Tax you pay, or the services you receive.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme consultation

Government grant

“The Government gives us a grant to pay Local Council Tax Support which is reducing each year” explains Finance Portfolio Holder Councillor Gagan Mohindra, “if we spend more than the grant, we have to decide how we pay for the excess.”

Making changes

“This year, in addition to looking at how the scheme is funded, we are deciding whether changes should be made to reduce the number of different Council Tax bills that people get when they receive Universal Credit, and whether Bereavement Support Payments should be disregarded. There are also changes to the way that we treat decisions by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).”

Generate savings

Councillor Mohindra said: “We’ve looked carefully at the LCTS scheme and are aiming to providing a fair level of support to those residents on a low income as well as identifying potential changes which would generate savings for the council.

We will of course continue to fully fund support for those who suffer exceptional hardship, and none of the changes would make a drastic change to the amount of council tax individuals would pay.”

Let us know what you think

“Let us know what you think on this important issue” Councillor Mohindra asked residents. “ It takes just 10 minutes to complete the online questionnaire which runs until 12 October 2017.

Any recommendations from this consultation will be considered by Full Council later in the year, with a view to bringing in changes from April 2018.”

Make a detailed reply or comments

If you want to make a detailed reply or comments, email benefits@eppingforestdc.gov.uk and enter ‘consultation’ in the subject heading. If you don’t have access to a computer, you can get a paper copy from the Benefits Division at the Civic Offices.

We cannot respond individually to each response.

Learn about local mammals with Countrycare

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Join Countrycare on Saturday 16 September 2017 at 7:30am for a close encounter with some of the small mammals found in Roding Valley!

Small mammal event 2017

Help us identify which animals live in and around Roding Valley, followed by breakfast!

Details

  • Saturday 16 September 2017
  • 7:30am – 9:30am
  • The Grange Farm Centre, Grange Farm Lane, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6DP (click here for a map)
  • £6
  • Call 01992 564224 to book

Further information

Your rubbish, your responsibility

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Fly-tipping in Essex is draining more than £1 million of taxpayers’ money each year.

#CrimeNotToCare

Partnership working

This week, Love Essex, a partnership of councils, businesses and environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, is launching its #CrimeNotToCare campaign to inform residents they could unwittingly end up with a criminal record and face an unlimited fine, if a rogue trader dumps their waste illegally.

”Your rubbish is your responsibility”

Epping Forest District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Will Breare-Hall said: “We need the public to understand their rubbish is their responsibility and they must do the right thing with it. Giving it to a man with a van who offers to get rid of it cheaply could prove costly for people and result in them getting a criminal record.”

Incidents on the rise

In the Epping Forest district there were 2,384  incidents in 2016 to 2017, a significant rise from the previous year’s figures of 1,944. The number of prosecutions of residents where fly-tipped waste has been traced back to them is also on the rise.

Successful prosecutions

A man was recently fined £461 and ordered to pay £758 prosecution costs after pleading guilty to failing his ‘duty of care’, at Chelmsford Magistrates Court. The Loughton resident had allowed a man who knocked at his door to take 40 black sacks away for £70 cash, without checking he was authorised to transport the waste – rules he was unaware of.

The rubbish was then fly-tipped in a garage area in Loughton and traced back to the resident.

”Important campaign for our country”

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton added: “#CrimeNotToCare is an important campaign for our country and we are delighted that Epping Forest District Council as part of Love Essex, is partnering with us.

“There are almost a million fly-tipping incidents in England every year and cleaning it all up costs us £50million a year. It blights communities and our countryside and is a menace.”

Seek advice

Ensure you don’t fall foul of the law, visit www.recycleforessex.com/crimenottocare for advice.

Top tips to dispose of waste correctly

  1. If you use a trader to remove your waste ask to see their waste carrier registration number issued by the Environment Agency. It is illegal for them to take your waste if they don’t have a permit. Check their credentials and vehicle details here
  2. Make sure you get a receipt or transfer notice before your waste is taken away
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask where your waste is going and request paperwork that shows where it will be disposed. A legitimate waste carrier will not object to this questioning
  4. Protect yourself by being careful with your waste. Never leave rubbish, such as old washing machines or scrap metal on your drive or in the street as it could end up in the wrong hands. You can donate working items to reuse organisations or charity shops

Report fly-tipping

Register to vote before 12 September

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Every household that is yet to confirm their voting details has been sent a reminder to complete their Household Enquiry Form (HEF) by 12 September 2017.

Household Enquiry Form - Annual Canvass 2017

What is a Household Enquiry Form?

All properties in the district have been sent a household enquiry form and if you are yet to respond, you will receive a reminder. This process is known as the annual canvass. It tells us details of people who have moved out and adds details of new occupants.

You must respond, even if your details haven’t changed and even you voted in May and/or June this year.

Do it online now

“It’s the easiest and quickest option to confirm your details or make any changes online,” says Glen Chipp, Electoral Registration Officer, “it’s also the cheapest method for us as it helps keep our costs down.”

But nothing has changed?

Even if none of your details have changed, you will still need to confirm your details are correct.

You will need the 2 part security code on your household enquiry form and you can do 1 of the following options

  1. Confirm online at www.householdresponse.com/eppingforest
  2. Text NOCHANGE – with your security number to 80212
  3. Confirm by phone 0800 197 9871

If there are changes

You will need the 2 part security code on your household enquiry form and can do 1 of the following options

  1. Amend the information online easily and quickly at www.householdresponse.com/eppingforest
  2. Amend the form and return it to us in the prepaid envelope – please make sure you give a contact phone number or email address in case of queries

Two stage process

If you have made changes to your household enquiry form, it is important to remember there will be a second stage to the process. Merely completing the form does not mean you are registered.

  • Stage 1 is responding to the Household Enquiry Form
  • Stage 2 is completion of the registration process for new electors at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

To complete the registration process you will need your date of birth, national insurance number, nationality and any previous address. Please also make sure you include a contact phone number and/or email address in case of queries.

Make sure you can vote

“People think that they are automatically added to the register of electors because they are paying Council Tax, but that’s not the case.” Glen Chipp added: ”The annual canvass happens every year and even if nothing in your household has changed, you still need to confirm your details’’.

It can affect your credit rating

‘’It is important to remember that not being on the register can affect your ability to open a bank account, get a loan, credit, a mortgage or even a mobile phone, because it can affect your credit rating!”

Respond by 12 September

“Don’t ignore the form, by law you must confirm your details, or you may face a fine of up to £1,000. Please respond immediately if you have not already done so, please complete your form by 12 September 2017 at the very latest.”

Entertain the kids this October half term

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Theres no excuse for boredom over the October half term holidays! We have plenty of activities for your children to enjoy, from sports, games, play, to a spooky party!

October Half term

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Multi sports days

Come and join our experienced coaches for a day of exciting sporting activities!

  • Tuesday 24 October 2017 and Thursday 26 October 2017
  • Epping Upper Clapton RFC, Thornwood, Epping, CM16 6NL
  • 9:15am – 3:30pm
  • £16
  • Suitable for ages 5 – 14

BOOK

Play in the forest

Play in the forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. Enjoy bug hunting, shelter building, woodland arts and crafts!

  • Wednesday 25 October 2017
  • High Beach opposite the Visitor Centre, Loughton, IG10 4AE
  • 10am – 12pm
  • £3
  • Suitable for all ages

No need to book!

Go wild team, spooky party!

Make your very own spooky costume before taking part in our spook-tacular lunch party!

  • Thursday 26 October 2017
  • Communities training room, Epping Forest District Council, 25 Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LU
  • 11am – 1pm
  • £5.50
  • Suitable for ages 6 – 11

BOOK

All materials and food provided.

Book now!

  • Book online
  • Phone 01992 564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)

Join us for Mad About Moths

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Interested in learning more about wildlife on nature reserves at night? Join us for our annual Mad About Moths event on Friday 1 September 2017, 8pm until late.

Mad about moths 2017We will also be using bat detectors and looking out for any other signs of nocturnal wildlife!

Details

  • When: Friday 1 September 2017
  • Time: 8pm until late
  • Where: Epping Green Millennium Garden, CM16 6PR
  • Cost: Free entry, donations for refreshments appreciated
  • Book: Call 01992 564224

Hot drinks will be available, don’t forget to bring a torch!

Further information

Stay well this winter

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With the colder months closing in it’s time to prepare with our ‘stay well this winter’ events.

Stay Well This Winter 2017

Time to prepare is now

Our free stay well this winter events in partnership with West Essex Clinical Commissioning group provide the best health care information with talks from professionals and community groups highlighting the great services available to you this winter.

They day includes informative talks from

  • Pharmacists
  • Community Nurses
  • Specialist health advisors

Stands from health and community professionals including

  • Alzheimer’s society
  • EFDC Housing team
  • VAEF
  • Essex Road Safety
  • Essex Fire Service
  • And more

You will also receive a free lunch and goodie bag.

Where

  1. Tuesday 3 October
    10 am – 2pm
    Waltham Abbey Town Hall
    High bridge Street
    EN9 1DE
  2. Wednesday 25 October
    10am – 2pm
    Theydon Bois Village Hall
    Coppice Row
    CM16 7ER
  3. Friday 10 November
    10am – 2pm
    Roding Hall
    Buckhurst Hill
    26 Station Way
    IG9 6LN

Join us

Booking is required, call 01992 564226 to confirm your place.

51% of households responded, have you?

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51% of Epping Forest district households have responded to the annual canvass so far, that’s 28,600 household Enquiry Forms (HEF) in total, 20,000 were received online, by text and by phone!

Household Enquiry Form - Annual Canvass 2017

Do it online, it’s easier & cheaper

”Responding online, by text or by phone is by far the quickest and simplest way for you to respond and it’s also the cheapest, which helps us keep our costs down” explained Glen Chipp, Electoral Registration Officer for Epping Forest District Council.

”We still have 27,600 households to go, so we will be doing really well if we can keep up this good rate of automated responses before our deadline of 23 August 2017.”

What is a HEF?

Every year we have to send out a household enquiry form (HEF) to update the register of electors and find out if there have been any changes. Don’t ignore it, please respond immediately.

This is known as the annual canvass. It tells us details of people who have moved out and adds details of new occupants. You must respond, even if your details haven’t changed and even you voted in May and/or June this year.

Complete your household enquiry form online

No changes, all details are the same

You will need the 2 part security code on your household enquiry form and can do 1 of 3 options

  1. Confirm online at www.householdresponse.com/eppingforest
  2. Text NOCHANGE – with your security number to 80212
  3. Call 0800 197 9871 to confirm

If there are changes

You will need the 2 part security code on your household enquiry form and can do 1 of 2 options.

  1. Amend the information online easily and quickly at www.householdresponse.com/eppingforest
  2. Amend the form and return it to us in the prepaid envelope – please make sure you give a contact phone number or email address in case of queries

And finally…

Remember – the HEF is only an enquiry form.

If you are adding new names in your response to the HEF, you need to complete the registration process at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to add those people to the register.

For this, you will need your date of birth, national insurance number, nationality and any previous address.

Please also make sure you include a contact phone number and/or email address in case of queries.

Make sure you can vote

Glen Chipp added: “People think that they are automatically added to the register of electors because they are paying Council Tax or receiving Housing Benefit but that’s not the case. Not being on the register of electors can affect your credit rating and therefore you might have difficulty opening a bank account, getting credit, a loan, a mortgage or even a mobile phone!”

“Don’t ignore your HEF, by law you must confirm your details, or you may face a fine of up to £1,000. Please respond immediately, by 23 August 2017 at the very latest.”

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.”