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.

Crucial crew 2017

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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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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!

Summer Activities P1

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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.

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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.

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.”

Get race ready with couch to 5K

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Want to start running? If you are new to the sport, our couch to 5K programme is exactly what you need! Coaching begins on 20 June 2017.

Couch to 5K

Our weekly sessions will help you build your fitness and stamina. It’s the perfect way to get fit for local park runs and with 4 weeks to go until race for life, there is no better time to get started!

When: Every Tuesday

Date: 20 June 2017 to 5 September 2017

Where: Stonards Hill Recreational Ground, Epping, Essex, CM16 6SP

Time: 17:30pm – 18:30pm

Cost: £3 per session

There is no need to book, just turn up!

More information?

Contact Rosie 07721556315 / enjoyfitnesswithrosie@gmail.com

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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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.