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.

 

Warning over bogus Police callers

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Be extra vigilant and look out for their elderly neighbours or relatives - advice from our Safer Communities Team following a recent spate of crimes in the district where residents have been telephoned by someone who pretending to be a Police Officer.

They state that the victim’s bank cards have been compromised in some way and then use one of 3 methods to try to steal from the victim’s accounts.

  1. Lock em out logoRequesting details of the victim’s bank card and pin number having gained the victim’s trust by saying they are a Police Officer
  2. Asking the victim to go to their bank to remove all the money from their account. They then call on the victim at home to trick them into handing over the money
  3. Saying they need to seize the card and then sending an accomplice posing as another Police Officer to the address to collect the bank cards and request the pin number

Under no circumstances should you ever give your bank details over the telephone or surrender your bank cards to any caller

If you receive a call of this nature, unplug your telephone from the wall to make sure you have disconnected from the bogus caller, then reconnect and dial 999.

For further advice on crime prevention, contact Essex Police Crime Prevention Officer on 101 ext 319383 or Epping Forest District Council Safer Communities Team on 01992 564608.

Protect yourself from bogus callers (pdf 1.1MB)

If you have information about these crimes, contact Essex Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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 www.chairmanofcouncil.com.

 

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 theabbeyshop@stanleybridge.co.uk or for more information contact Katie Corcoran on 01992 564713, email kcorcoran@eppingforestdc.gov.uk  or Lucy Eales on 01992 564363, email leales@eppingforestdc.gov.uk  

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