Park Homes event for residents on 2 October

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‘LEASE’ will be presenting at a Park Homes event for residents on 2 October at Epping Forest District Council. Please note that attendance at the event is by invitation only. However, the event will also be webcast live, and the recording will be available after the event.

The presentation will cover the Mobile Homes Act 2013, explaining the new legislation and how it affects park homes residents.

The Leasehold Advisory Service (LEASE) is a Non Departmental Public Body (NDPB) funded by government to provide free advice on the law relating to Park Homes in England.

Click on this link for more information about the event

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 fferrari@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

 

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 fferrari@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

 

Three Billy Goats Gruff visit District Museum

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This Saturday (3rd August) the Three Billy Goats Gruff will be trip-trapping their way to the District Museum in Waltham Abbey for the Family Fun Day!  Come along too and enjoy the puppet show version of this great story, with lots more entertainment for all the family. 

Out in the garden, local artist Georgia Wisbey will be helping you weave a willow herb crown, and if the sun shines we’ll also have sandcastles and shrimping. 

Activities take place between 11am and 4pm, with the puppet show taking place three times during the day at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm.

Entry is free of charge, but donations are very much appreciated.

Summer Family Fun at District Museum

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Summer Family Activities

Summer Family Activities

On Tuesday afternoons between 12noon and 3pm throughout the Summer holidays, fun family art and crafts activities are taking place at the District Museum in Waltham Abbey.  Many of the activities have a Tudor theme, to go with our latest exhibition.

On Tuesday 30th July you can design and make your own Tudor knight’s shield.  On Tuesday 6th August the shield might be useful to go with the hobby horse you can make for the Tudor joust.  We will be modelling Tudor clay pots on  Tuesday 13th August, then print making on Tuesday 20th August.  Bringing the holidays to a close, the last activity on Tuesday 27th August will be making a bookmark, using a Tudor quill pen to write your name and a lucet fork to weave a tassel to hang from it.

There’s no need to book, you can just drop in.  Most activities take about 20 minutes to complete.

Children need to be accompanied by adults as it is a family activity.  Cost £1.25 per child.

Epping Forest Countrycare Volunteer Walk 2013

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As a thank-you to all our hardworking volunteers we organised a circular six mile guided walk last month. Led by Kevin Mason, an interesting and diverse route took the volunteers through woodlands, grasslands and green lanes.

 

Taking a break in Norton Heath

We were blessed with a fine sunny day, and set off from the Chipping Ongar heading east through the fields alongside Cripsey Brook. After crossing the River Roding we headed across the old landfill site at the former LECA works. The volunteers noticed the spread of the invasive plant Goats Rue (Galega officinalis) across the site, which they work hard to control on the EFDC’s nature reserve and former landfill site at Bobbingworth.  The walk next followed  St Peter’s Way besides arable fields and through overgrown field margins.

Volunteers identifying wildflowers found along the way

Several stops were made along the way to look at the flora and for anecdotes about the sites we were passing. The walk made its way to Norton Heath for lunch supplied by the Norton Heath Café.  The heath is formed on one of the smallest Essex outliers of gravel and in the early part of the 20th Century was heavily excavated to provide gravel for the Chelmsford to Ongar road A414.  Norton Heath was designated a Local Wildlife Site in 2010.

The return trip was made through the fields and along Norton Lane in a westerly direction to reach Norton Mandeville. A stop was made at All Saint’s church and Norton Hall to admire the church and learn a little of its history. After the church we followed the farm track down to High Ongar.

We crossed the River Roding again at the footbridge and made our way back to

Heading home

Chipping Ongar passing the castle on route.  Fortunately we were back at the start before the rain came.

Despite the nettles the walk was thoroughly enjoyed by all and everyone is looking forward to next year’s volunteer treat.

The volunteers said:

“Very many thanks for such a lovely day today.  The walk was varied and interesting.”

“It was very interesting to hear some of the local history and to appreciate the splendid views.”

eNgage 2013

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Dance showcase, eNgage, came back with a bang for 2013 with fresh new talent from Epping Forest and beyond.

Over 100 young people with a passion to perform came together at Harlow Playhouse, on Thursday 27 June to dance the night away in front of a packed audience.

Groups from the district included three of the local primary schools and BTEC Dance and music students from Epping Forest College, who opened the show with a powerful piece; paying tribute to the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989.

eNgage welcomed new groups from outside the district including Scene II Theatre School with a spooky musical theatre piece from The Addams Family and Jason Theatre School who performed a funky tap number to get everyone in the party mood.

The show also played host to the première screening of the Map The Move film, created as part of the Make a Move legacy.  Map The Move was a digital media project, involving many community groups from the district.

Photographs by Melissa Page.

Tree Wardens undertake OPAL Tree Health Survey.

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The Council’s Tree Wardens have started undertaking the OPAL (OPen Air Laboratories)  survey into the health of the trees in the District.  The survey is being co-ordinated by Imperial College London together with Forest Research and the Food and Environment Research Agency.

Horse Chestnut Tree

With guidance from Tree Warden Co-ordinator Kevin Mason a member of the Countrycare team, nine Tree Wardens attended a training session on 12th June in Roughtalley’s Wood, North Weald.

By taking part in the national survey and submitting the results the Tree Wardens are helping to discover more about the general health of our trees and give vital information on some of the pests and diseases that affect Oak, Ash and Horse Chestnut trees. Instruction was also given on identifying other potential pests and diseases which whilst not present yet, or at least not widespread, could have a serious impact on our trees.  Tree Wardens are part of an important surveillance network of people across the country protecting our trees.

The recordings are used by Forest Research – the Forestry Commission’s research agency.  The results from the survey will show the condition and health of the trees in parks, streets and woodlands across the UK and provide important information about the possible presence of certain key tree pests and diseases.

A national survey like this has not been undertaken before and it is likely that the trees surveyed by the Tree Wardens will not have been surveyed before.

The survey covers the location and species of the tree, its characteristics in relation to the trees around it and its condition; this gives a general picture about the health of the tree. Also covered was up to date information of pests and diseases on three of the most recognisable tree species: Ash, Oak and Horse Chestnut.

Bleeding Canker

 

One of the Horse Chestnuts surveyed by the Tree Wardens was discovered to have Bleeding Canker.  This is a disease caused by a pathogen, Pseudomonas syringae pv aesculi, which infects and disfigures the tree.  If the disease is severe it can kill the tree so it needs to be regularly checked.  Fortunately none of the Ash trees in the wood were found to have.
The Tree Wardens were also shown an unusual Cappadocian Maple (Acer cappadocicum) which is growing in the wood and there is a fine display of Common Spotted Orchids (Dactylorhiza fuchsii)growing in the wet grassland area.

Cappadocian maple

 

 To help with the survey please go to http://www.opalexplorenature.org/TreeSurvey
for the full instructions or alternatively contact Kevin Mason at Epping Forest Countrycare on 01992 788203

Check out the Map The Move film!

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This short film is the final step in a digital media project created as part of the Make A Move legacy.

Local groups of all ages and abilities contributed to the film by dancing a small part of choreography, created by Vanessa Gayton and Vicky Quirke, Dance Development Artists based on sporting moves.

The film takes you around the district to watch a small clip of each group perform their piece.  Look at for staff members of Epping Forest District Council!

The film had its premiere screening at dance showcase eNgage at Harlow Playhouse on Thursday 27 June.

Rus Pearson of Drake Music composed the music for the film with unused sound bites from the Make A Move soundtrack.  Videographer Erato Tzavara brought all the different clips together to make this wonderful film.

Make A Move was an amazing en-masse community dance project, bringing together over 200 people from the district to celebrate the 2012 London Olympic Games. 

Watch the video below for more information.

Free sports day at Lambourne End

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We are running a free Inspired by Sport Day for young people aged 11 plus during the Summer holidays. Take part in this exciting day of coaching and competition in a variety of Olympic and Paralympic sports including football, kayaking, archery, boccia, sitting volleyball and fencing. The event takes place on Friday 26th July from 9am to 4pm, at Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Living, Manor Road, Lambourne End, Essex RM4 1NB.

Booking is essential, so please call us on 01992 564226 to reserve a place on a fun packed day.

For further information on this and all of our other Summer Activities events, you can download a copy of the brochure from our Summer Activities web page.