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 tassle 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 todays 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.”

Extreme rafting for Chairman’s charities

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On the evening of Friday 19 July, Epping Forest District Council Staff took part in a sponsored white water rafting event at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, in aid of fundraising for the chairman’s chosen charities.

The Chairman of Council, Councillor Mary Sartin organised the event for council staff to experience this fantastic facility. Money raised at the event will benefit St Clare Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Lee Valley White Water Centre played host to the Olympic Games and is a 5 minute walk from the historic Waltham Abbey, it is now the home of the British Canoeing.

Staff who participated thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of the rapids, although a few went down the white water without being in a raft.  All those that took part raised sponsorship for the chairman’s charities.


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Democractic Services Officer, Adrian Hendry said: ‘It was really quite nice.”

For more information on the Chairman’s charities visit


Community loved Ninefields

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Local residents in Waltham Abbey came together for the ‘Love Ninefields’ event held at the Community Centre on Wednesday 10 July to enjoy a day of free activities. There was something for everyone to enjoy, bringing the whole community together for a fun-packed afternoon.


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Children spent the time either having their face painted, colouring or enjoying making finger models. Special guests were on hand to add to the spectacle with an amazing array of birds of prey from the Epping Forest Owl and Hawk Sanctuary, along with animals from Lee Valley Park Farm.

Home-made cakes and a fabulous prize draw were very popular, plus representatives from local agencies offered friendly advice and information about their services.

Essex Police provided free safety advice to residents and a Fire Engine was a big hit with the children. Essex County Council’s Youth Bus attracted visiting teenagers to check out the activities on offer. Free advice was available on recycling and Housing.  Health professionals, the local Children’s Centre, Epping Forest College and Voluntary Action Epping Forest all helped to make the event a huge success.

The Ninefields Residents’Panel discussed local matters with residents and supported by Community Development Worker, Lucy Eales, signed up new members to help make the estate an even more vibrant and friendly place to live. 


SX Urban Games coming to Waltham Abbey

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Come down to our free event to watch demonstrations or take part in a mixture of urban games on Sunday 21 July 2013 from 1pm to 6pm at Town Mead Leisure Park, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1RP.

With so much going on, including SK8, BMX, Scooters, Street Ball, Football, Beat Boxers, competitions and more, there won’t be a dull moment. There will be Body Art and Face Painting plus a chance to win £100 for the best photo that represents our SX Urban Games!

Everyone is welcome.

To register for the Jam contact Stanley Bridge Cycles on 01992 654248, email or for more information contact Katie Corcoran on 01992 564713, email  or Lucy Eales on 01992 564363, email  

SX Urban Games 2013 Flyer

HealthWorks Summer Activities for 7-19 Year Olds

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Sports in the Park, Football Camps and Gym and Swim sessions are all available on various dates throughout the summer holidays.

HealthWorks Sports in the Park is an exciting multi sports activity with sessions in Loughton and Waltham Abbey for 7 years plus. The range of activities include American Football, Athletics, Cricket, Dodgeball, Football, Rugby and Tennis. Sessions cost £6 or to take part in the morning and afternoon will be £10.

The Football Camps coaching programmes aims to improve players overall understanding of the game, with the chance to learn or develop Dribbling, Passing, Turning, Finishing, Defending and Goalkeeping. Sessions take place in Waltham Abbey and cost £15 for 7 year olds and upwards.

Gym and Swim sessions offer the chance to learn how to use the gym, work out and have fun for a fantastic price. Cool off in the pool after, just in time for the fun swim. Sessions are for 11 to 19 year olds and cost £2.50.

All sessions are run by experienced and qualified coaches or instructors with the focus on fun and fitness for young people.

Visit our Summer Activities Web Page for more information about all of these events or download a copy of our Summer Activities brochure. To book a place on any of these activities please call our Booking Line on 01992 564226 (Mon to Fri, 10am to 4pm).


Come have fun this summer and set your creative side free!

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We have lots of amazing arts activities for children aged 2 – 12 years old taking place across the district this summer.

Learn drawing tips and tricks with artist Helen Morse Palmer at How to…Draw.  Workshops for 7 – 12 year olds.

Come along and be part of a fairy tale.  You’ll get the chance to dress up, play games and tell the story of Rumpelstiltskin in our Active Story Telling workshops. Suitable for 4 – 8 year olds (children must be accompanied by an adult). 

Learn new moves and routines in How to…Hip Hop.  You’ll cover popular styles such as waving, locking and krumpin’, with a great routine to show your family and friends at the end of this two day workshop.  Workshops for 6 – 8 year olds and 9 – 12 year olds.

Join us for an adventure under the sea.  You’ll create a world of wonder using your imagination at Ocean Extravaganza.  Experience drama, dance and craft activities as part of this exciting voyage.
Suitable for 3 – 5 year olds. 

Bring the whole family along for a Grand Day Out at Chigwell Hall Metropolitan Police Club (large marquee). Enjoy a fun-packed afternoon fit for any Lord or Lady with an array of entertainment including hat making, Charleston dancing and traditional sports day activities.

Also at Chigwell Hall is Rumble in the Jungle.  This session of animal capers is designed for children with disabilities and their families.  With three activities to join in with and a calm zone to relax in, this is an afternoon not to be missed.  Suitable for 4 – 16 year olds.

Have a fantastic time in our two day Art Tastic workshop.  Develop your art skills and explore a range of materials and techniques such as printing, collage and model making.  Things could get messy!
Workshops for 6 – 8 year olds and 9 – 12 year olds.

We also have four great theatre shows for 2 – 9 year olds happening throughout the summer holiday.  Children must be accompanied by an adult to all theatre shows.  

Elliott and the Rainbow and Rumpelstiltskin at The Limes Centre, Chigwell on Friday 26 July and at Loughton Library on Thursday 1 August

Dotty the Dragon fly downs to Epping Hall on Tuesday 13 August at 11.30am and 2.30pm.  £9.50 adult and child (£5.00 extra ticket).

Arthur’s Dream Boat sails in to Zinc Arts Centre, Ongar on Tuesday 27 August at 11am and 2pm.  £9.50 adult and child (£5 extra ticket).

Booking is essential for all activities call: 01992 564226 (Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm) or for more information check out our Summer Activities page.

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.

Click here for more information or visit the Map The Move Facebook page.

Photographs by Melissa Page.

Waltham Abbey street cleaner picks up £150 recycling prize

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Sean Watson scooped a £150 prize after he filled nearly 500 bags of recycling on his Waltham Abbey street cleaning round between January and April. He was congratulated by officials at Epping Forest District Council and his bosses from Sita Municipal on Monday 15 July. Councillor Will Breare-Hall, Environment portfolio holder for the council and Nick Browning, General Manager for Sita shared the honours of presenting a cheque and certificate to Sean for his sterling work.

Epping Forest District has one of the best recycling records in the country with more than 60% of domestic refuse recycled. Council bosses and contract managers at Sita decided to see how much they could acheive if they also tried to recycle as much waste as possible from the street sweeping and public waste bin service. Sita’s workforce was set the challenge with a promise to reward the best performing operative with a cheque eqivalent to the savings on disposal costs. Sean managed to recycle 497 sacks of waste picked from the streets and waste bins of Waltham Abbey between January and April.

Almost 1,500 sacks were recycled across the district as a whole, diverting nearly five tonnes of plastic, tin cans, glass, paper and cardboard from landfill to recycling in just three months.

Sean was delighted with his award which he is putting towards a holiday later this year. 

Picture Caption:

L-R Epping Forest District Council’s David Marsh (Waste Management Officer), Councillor Will Breare-Hall (Environment Portfolio Holder) and Assistant Director Kim Durrani, with Sita’s Sean Watson, Dave Swire (Assistant General Manager), Nick Browning (General Manager for Sita Municipal) and Melvin Dhorasoo (Senior Contracts Manager)