Young firefighters pass out success

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Youngsters showed their new firefighting skills to proud parents at a ‘Pass Out Parade’ on a sunny March afternoon.

Having successfully completed a 5 day Firebreak course, the youngsters aged 13 to 17 gave an impressive fire-fighting display at Waltham Abbey fire station.

The Firebreak recruits

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Firebreak

Firebreak’s aim is to help young people improve their self-esteem, self-discipline and responsibility, it combines practical drill and scenario based training and classroom and discussion workshops.

All the participants were from the Epping Forest district and recommended by their schools. The course is funded by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service  (ECFRS), Epping Forest District Council Youth Futures programme and the schools.

The Firebreak scheme is a successful scheme that is designed to engage and encourage young people to reach their potential.

Find out more about Youth Engagement at ECFRS

Work as one

Councillor Gary Waller, Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder said: “I saw 11 young people work as one, understanding the importance of teamwork. I hope this course gives them the sense of self-discipline, self-worth and independence they need to achieve their goals in life … and maybe they will be our next generation of firefighters.”

 

Citizens of the year announced at awards

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John and Sandra Newman were announced as the Epping Forest District Citizens of the year at a glittering awards evening hosted by Councillor Mary Sartin, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council.

The First Responders from Epping were recognised for their life-saving voluntary work which sees them called out by the East of England Ambulance Service day or night to help their neighbours in distress until an ambulance can arrive.

Epping Forest District Civic Awards 2014

Mary and Roger Roles received High Commendations for their voluntary work in Ongar, as did Jean Morgan of Matching Tye for her work within the community.

Davenant Foundation School student James Lingfield is the Epping Forest District Young Citizen of the Year. The 14 year-old from Loughton was recognised for his outstanding achievements with Natasha Miller and from Waltham Abbey and James Harrington from Buckhurst Hill also recognised.

Community Service Medals were presented to  Simon Galloway and Collette Howell of the East of England Ambulance Service, PCSO Louise Coveney of Essex Police and Essex Fire and Rescue Service Firefighter Martyn Simmonds of Epping.

Councillor Mary Sartin also presented a cheque for £1,500 to Phoebe Taylor and her theatre group ‘Three Reasonable Women’. The group based at the East 15 Acting School are set to play at the Edinburgh Fringe and will use the award to take their play about mental health into the local community.

There were also awards for Youth Councillors Imogen Padwick, Edward Gokmen, Max Albert and Aaron Williams.

Honouring some of our many individuals

Councillor Sartin said: “Tonight has been about honouring some of our many individuals who make Epping Forest District a wonderful place to live. I am sure you will agree that we are all the richer for having them as citizens of our district.”

“In a way it is a pity that we have to differentiate between the Citizen and the Young Citizen of the Year. All could be placed in that number one spot. Each of our nominees brings different things to their communities and makes the decisions on awarding these titles that much more difficult. And it must be remembered that those here tonight are not the only names that we had before us when making our decisions. So many congratulations again to all our winners tonight.”

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The Epping Forest District Civic Awards were filmed to make a short video below.

Voting starts for the new Epping Forest Youth Council

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Young people across the district are being encouraged to vote in the Epping Forest Youth Council (EFYC) elections. Voting starts on 10 March and continues in 6 of the 8 secondary schools in the district until 21 March 2014.

Pupils have the opportunity to select candidates to represent them and their school on the Youth Council and provide a voice on local issues affecting young people.

Youth councillors

Schedule of 2014 elections

  • 10 March – West Hatch High School
  • 12 March – King Harold Academy
  • 13 March – Roding Valley High School
  • 18 March – Chigwell School
  • 20 March - Debden Park High School
  • 21 March – Epping St John’s School 

This year was a record year, with 52 nominations received. 7 candidates did not qualify because they were either too young or lived out of the area. Therefore 45 candidates are contesting the 21 available seats. The Chairman of Council Councillor Mary Sartin will be announcing the successfully-elected candidates on 26 March 2014.

For more information, please go to www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/efyc or contact Di Butler the Young Persons’ Officer on 01992 564365 or via email to dbutler@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

Candidates for the Epping Forest Youth Council

Braeside School

  1. Rose Compton
  2. Olivia Storey

Chigwell School

  1. Thomas Bromwich
  2. Lydia Rose Colman
  3. Tanujenth Kugathasan
  4. Meha Valera
  5. Rajanne-May Watkis-Popat
  6. Nathan Watkis-Popat

Davenant Foundation School

  1. Joseph Pascoe
  2. Julie Turrell

Debden Park High School

  1. Elizabeth Barnes
  2. Lucy Berry
  3. Eleanor Davies
  4. Shama Maliha
  5. George Miller
  6. Stephanie Stone-Weyl
  7. Jack Winch
  8. Jack Wingrove

Epping St John’s School

  1. Stanimer Bakalov
  2. Joshua Bentley
  3. Adam Clegg
  4. Teale Cunningham
  5. Will Jones
  6. Rory Kerr
  7. Leonora Troshupa

King Harold Academy

  1. Isabelle Ashley
  2. Hannah Bird
  3. Drew Bridger
  4. Chloe McKendrick
  5. Danielle Miller
  6. Hayley Square

Roding Valley High School

  1. Doncho Atanassov
  2. Jake Forecast
  3. Drew Lachman
  4. Matthew Tinker
  5. Natalie Walker
  6. Amber Wigley

West Hatch High School

  1. Malachi Fontenelle
  2. Atirola ‘Derbie’ Owadayo
  3. Fred Skipper

Independent candidates

  1. Fatemeh Ekhteyary
  2. Evangeline Foster
  3. Jaymey McIvor
  4. Imogen Padwick
  5. Hazel Towns

 

Who’s been sitting in my chair?

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During the half term holiday, why not come along to Epping Hall in Epping and enjoy a delightful and musical interpretation of a well-known tale – with porridge and bears and 1, 2, 3 chairs?

Who's sitting in my chair? poster

Created especially with children aged 3 to 7 in mind, the story starts in winter time and those sleepy bears just won’t wake up from their dreamy slumber. However, spring in the air puts a spring in all our steps and one little girl with golden hair is always a step ahead.

Find out what happens when Small Bear gets lost and we all have to go on a bear hunt!

Brought to the district by Epping Forest District Council Arts Development, Freehand Theatre will be telling the tale that’s not too big and not too small but just right!

When

There are 2 performances on Tuesday 18 February 2014

Where

Epping Hall, St John’s Road, Epping, CM16 5JU

Times

11.30am and 2.30pm

Cost

Tickets cost £6 adult and £4 for children

Book now

Booking is essential on 01992 564226 from Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm

Freehand Theatre - plays with hands 
 

Multi sports camp

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During the February half term The Epping Forest Inclusion Project will be running a Multi Sports Camp for children and young people with disabilities / SEN (special educational needs).

The Inclusion Project, funded by Essex County Council’s Short Breaks, is coming to the end of its second year.

Multi sports camp flyer

Details

When – Friday 21 February 2014

Where – Debden Park High School, Willingale Road, Debden, Loughton IG10 2BQ

Cost – £10 for the whole day or £2.50 per activity

Time

  • 10am - trampolining / athletics (hoist available please state at booking)
  • 11am - dodgeball / football
  • 12 noon - boccia / tennis
  • 1pm - new age kurling / judo
  • 2pm - trampolining / badminton (hoist available please state at booking)

Find out more

For further information or to book a place please contact Olivia Worsfold on 01992 546 220 / 07711 014879 or email oworsfold@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

 

Own a pony morning

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During the February half term The Epping Forest Inclusion Project will be running Own A Pony Morning for children and young people with disabilities / SEN (special educational needs).

The Inclusion Project, funded by Essex County Council’s Short Breaks, is coming to the end of its second year.

Own a pony morning flyer

Details

When – Wednesday 19 February 2014

Where – Woodredon Equestrian Centre, Woodredon Farm Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 3SX

Cost – £25 includes hat hire

Time – 10am to 12 noon

As places are limited booking early is recommended, no walk ons will be allowed on the day.

Find out more

For further information or to book a place please contact Olivia Worsfold on 01992 546 220 / 07711 014879  or email oworsfold@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

 

Flooding, be aware and be prepared

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If flooding has been forecast where you live, listen to local radio or check the Environment Agency’s website for updates and news.

Driving through flood water

Environment Agency

Latest flood warning updates for the Epping Forest district (in alphabetical order)

Know what the levels of flood warning mean

  • Flood Alert: Flooding is possible. Be prepared
  • Flood Warning: Flooding is expected. Immediate action required
  • Severe Flood Warning: Severe flooding. Danger to life

 

Update 14 February 2014 – severe weather closes North Weald Market

 

Stay in touch

Listen for flood updates on BBC Radio Essex and Heart Essex Radio.

Get up-to-date weather warnings from the Met Office.

Plan your journey with Essex County Council’s live travel information section. Get live travel data with details of traffic problems and disruptions across the County.

Advice to motorists to take care in bad weather from Essex Police.

Latest incidents from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Advice

Emergency planning advice from Essex County Council.

Information on emergencies from Epping Forest District Council.

The National Flood Forum is a national charity dedicated to supporting and representing communities and individuals at risk of flooding.

Practical tips and health advice in new flooding leaflet on gov.uk - Flooding: advice to the public.

Flooding presents a number of risks to health – advice from Public Health England.

Do you know what to do with your animals if it floods? Advice from RSPCA.

 

Photos from around the district

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Half term event at Lowewood Museum

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Family Fun: Make a 1950s Fashion Cut Out Doll

Come to Lowewood Museum, High Street, Hoddesdon EN9 1EL and join us for a fun art and craft activity this half term. On Thursday 20 February from 12 noon until 3pm we’ll be taking inspiration from the fabulous 1950s Fashion exhibition on display at the museum to make our own cut out dolls and their clothes. From the New Look to everyday wear for boys and girls, you’ll find plenty of ideas to design your own outfits for your doll. There are lots of fun things to try in the exhibition too, including lots of vintage clothes to try on and a 1950s juke box.

This activity, without the exhibition, is also taking place in Waltham Abbey Library, Sun Street, Waltham Abbey on Tuesday 18 February 2014 from 12 noon to 3pm as part of Epping Forest District Museum’s ‘Museum on the Move’ programme.

At both venues the activity is free of charge. There’s no need to book, just turn up during the times given and allow about 20 minutes for the activity. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

For more information call 01992 445596 or email museum.leisure@broxbourne.gov.uk.

 

New NEPP ‘Park Safe’ enforcement vehicle deployed for safer streets

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North Essex Parking Partnership’s (NEPP) logoThe North Essex Parking Partnership’s (NEPP) is working to help make streets safer for all by deploying a new ‘Park Safe’ camera car.

Launching during January and February 2014, the NEPP’s introduction of the camera car follows numerous requests for increased enforcement from parents, schools, residents and local councils. 

The Park Safe vehicle will be phased in across all the NEPP member districts, except Tendring following a request from the district council.

With the Park Safe camera car

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Coinciding with the time it is launched in each of the 5 participating districts, the Park Safe vehicle’s work will be promoted to local residents, parents and schools, including through school newsletters and visits. The patrol car will be clearly branded, making it highly visible to motorists. 

The vehicle will focus on tackling dangerous, careless, inconsiderate and negligent parking on ‘no stopping’ restrictions, including on pedestrian crossings and zig-zag markings around schools. Several schools will be patrolled every day, recognising the need for parking enforcement particularly at school start and finish times. Its use also supports existing Police and Essex County Council road safety campaigns.  

Major through-routes with fast moving traffic and other clearways, bus stops, taxis ranks and loading restrictions will also be enforced by the vehicle.

Park Safe camera car

Information on where Park Safe plans to carry out enforcement across the Partnership area will be available, in advance, online at www.parkingpartnership.org.

Introducing the Park Safe’ patrol will support the work of the NEPP’s Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) who patrol on foot.  CEOs will be able to give greater focus to car parks, parking permits and ‘no waiting’ restrictions where they are most effectively deployed.

Maintaining the high quality of Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) it currently issues, the NEPP will review all photos taken by Park Safe’s on-board CCTV camera to determine if a PCN should subsequently be issued to a motorist.

The Park Safe patrol car will be trialled for 1 year, with its work regularly reviewed by the NEPP’s Joint Committee.

Help make our streets safer

Chairman of the North Essex Parking Partnership’s Joint Committee, Councillor Robert Mitchell, said: “The NEPP repeatedly receives requests from schools, parents, residents and councillors to boost parking enforcement, particularly around school sites where parking restrictions are specifically designed to assist pedestrian access, but are routinely ignored.”

“I am very pleased we are rolling out the Park Safe patrol car across most of north Essex to help make our streets safer for children and adults alike. The vehicle will enable us to more effectively tackle dangerous and negligent parking which will assist buses, taxis and the flow of general traffic, supporting our town centres and local economies.”

“Our CEOs will also have more time to focus on patrolling car parks and permit parking areas, improving parking space availability for those who need it.”

Act as a deterrent

Following the Epping Forest launch the Park Safe vehicle will then begin patrolling suitable streets across the district.

Epping Forest District Council’s Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder, Councillor Waller, said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to bring the Park Safe camera car to Epping Forest. There have been a number of problems with dangerous stopping for some time, particularly around schools at drop off and pick up times and it is getting worse!”

“The camera car is to act as a deterrent and not a way to just catch out motorists. I hope that along with other safety campaigns this will encourage all drivers to be considerate and stop in a safe place to let pupils alight or to pick them up. We want to ensure that the district is as safe a place as possible for all pedestrians, including children, and motorists.”

 

Creative writing workshop

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Lowewood Museum exhibitions and eventsJoin us at Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon this Saturday 25 January from 11am to 1pm for the second workshop in our Young People in the Arts programme.

Led by author of the White Witch of Spiton series, Tracey Rolfe, this workshop will use the museum as inspiration for your imagination.

Pick up some top tips for your own storytelling and develop your writing skills.

The workshop is suitable for 11 to 15 year olds. Places are limited and cost £3 per person, so please book now to avoid disappointment. To book your place, call the museum on 01992 445596.

For more information, go to www.broxbourne.gov.uk/lowewoodmuseum or call 01992 445596.