Boys Day of Dance a great success

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Over 100 Year 7 boys from Roding Valley High School in Loughton took to the dance floor to try a variety of dance styles in a Day of Dance on Friday 26 September 2014.

The Day of Dance saw more than 100 boys try out capoiera (a Brazilian martial art), contemporary, street and break dancing before putting on a performance to their classmates in the afternoon.

Day of Dance

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Many thanks the Everything Epping Forest for the photos.

The day was supported by Vanessa Gayton from Epping Forest Arts and instructors from DNA Studios based at the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey.

The day was a great success

Roding Valley High School PE teacher Keith Bailey said: “It (dance) is now in the national curriculum so all the boys in the lower school have to experience dance.”

Headteacher James Luck said: “The day was a great success and the feedback from the boys has been incredibly positive. They threw themselves into the dances and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. The instructors commented on how well the students had done and were impressed with the behaviour and politeness of the students throughout.”

 

Question Time at the Youth Conference

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Stress, bullying and drugs were top of the agenda when young people met in Epping for the Epping Forest District Youth Council Conference.

The 11 to 17 year olds quizzed some of the most influential people in the district in a Question Time style debate.

Watch the Question Time debate

On the panel

  • Jacqui Foile – Chief Officer Voluntary Action Epping Forest
  • Gareth Clement – Chief Executive Alcohol and Drugs Advisory Service
  • Helen Roberts – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Michael O’Brien – Head of Commissioning Education and Lifelong Learning Essex County Council
  • Councillor Helen Kane – Cabinet Member for Leisure and Community Services Epping Forest District Council
  • Councillor Chris Whitbread – Leader of Epping Forest District Council
  • Council Chris Seward – Chair of the Secondary Schools Group and Head Teacher Davenant Foundation School
  • Lindsay Whitehouse – Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex
  • Donna Martin – Drugs and Alcohol Partnership Trainer EYPDAS The Children’s Society
  • Inspector Andy Fusher – Essex Police

Watch short videos of the youth conference panel

Find out more

Read Stress, bullying and drugs at Youth Conference

 

King Harold Day

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Attractions including a living history re-enactment camp, archery, falconry display and the Queen’s entourage were some of the attractions at the Annual King Harold Day Festival in Waltham Abbey.

A Knight and a Chairman

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More than 4,000 visitors were entertained by an array of colourful attractions. A traditional procession of medieval dressed performers walked along Sun Street through the Market Square to the King Harold Memorial Stone where Councillor Tony Boyce , Chairman of Council of Epping Forest District Council and Councillor Ann Mitchell MBE, Town Mayor laid floral wreaths.

 

Council welcomes £62,000 fraud judgement

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The decision to sentence a woman and her solicitor to imprisonment (suspended in one case) has been welcomed by Epping Forest District Council.

Sarah Jane Foster was sentenced to 21 months suspended for two years and ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work. She pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud and deception earlier this year after a council investigation showed she was actually living and working in New Zealand while exercising the Right to Buy on a council flat at Tillingham Court, Waltham Abbey.

Foster received a discount of £62,500 on the purchase price. Her solicitor, Katherine Gadsby was sentenced on three counts of fraud, forgery and concealing evidence and will go to prison for 12 months after also pleading guilty to deliberate deception, forging Ms Foster’s signature on legal documents and failing to provide the whole conveyancing file to the council in accordance with an order of the Crown Court.

Acting on an anonymous tip-off, fraud investigation officers at Epping Forest District Council working with colleagues at Chelmsford Borough Council and the New Zealand High Commission established that by the time of the sale, Ms Foster had permanent residency abroad through marriage to a New Zealander. She was living and working in New Zealand at the time of the offences.

Councillor Chris Whitbread, Leader of Epping Forest District Council said: “I would like to thank the Judge as well as congratulate everyone working for and on behalf of the Council in bringing this case. The Right to Buy is designed to help law-abiding Council tenants fulfil the dream of owning their own home. I completely support that principle and would encourage any tenant who meets the qualification criteria and thinks it may be for them to contact us. However, those who seek to deceive the Council for financial gain will be investigated and prosecuted. Today’s sentence sends out a clear warning to any would-be fraudsters. If you think you can make money through deception, we will find you and we will bring the full weight of the law against you. It will cost you a considerable amount of money and you even run the risk of going to prison”.

In addition to the sentences passed down in Court, Foster faces repaying the full value of the £62,500 discount plus the increase in value of the flat between the time of the sale and the prosecution of the case together with hefty legal costs. She will be called back to court in December for the Proceeds of Crime Act hearing dealing with confiscation and compensation details.

Councillor Whitbread added: “This is not a victimless crime. It has deprived a genuine applicant in much need of Council Housing. The Council is determined to recover the full amount defrauded from the public purse. We will pursue Ms Foster for the money she has been ordered to repay.”

Review of polling districts, places and stations reaches conclusion

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The results of a review of the polling districts, polling places and polling stations were considered by councillors at the meeting of Epping Forest District Council on 30 September.

Electors consulted

The review by the Council’s Returning Officer took place within the Epping Forest District between 24 March and 30 May 2014. Electors within the Epping Forest District were invited to make representations about the existing polling districts and polling places and suggest alternatives.

Changes for Epping and Waltham Abbey

As a result of this process councillors agreed two changes to current arrangements. Firstly an alteration of the polling station for residents within Homefield Close in Epping whose polling stations were split between two sites. Residents will now all vote at the United Reformed Church in Lindsey Street. Secondly, councillors asked that residents at Breach Barns in Waltham Abbey vote at an existing polling station at Saxon Way, Waltham Abbey rather than at the main Town Hall.

Full details of the proposals that will be included in the publication of a revised Electoral Register to take effect from 1 December 2014 are to be found on the link below.

Residents can also inspect copies of the review at

  1. Main Reception Desk, Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ
  2. Electoral Registration Office, Town Hall, Ingrave Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 8AY
  3. Harlow Elections office at Latton Bush Centre, Southern Way, Harlow, Essex CM18 7BL (01279 446043 to arrange an appointment)

Documents available for inspection

  1. Correspondence sent to Returning Officers and others in relation to the Review
  2. Responses to the Consultation Exercise
  3. Minutes of meetings of the Council at which consideration was given to the review of Polling Districts and Places
  4. Details of the designation of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations as a result of the review

 

Stress, bullying and drugs at Youth Conference

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Stress, bullying and drugs were top of the agenda when young people met in Epping for the Epping Forest District Youth Council Conference.

Almost 90 delegates aged 11 to 17 packed the council chamber for a welcome by District Council Chairman Tony Boyce and a video message by constituency MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Eleanor Laing.

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Local Democracy Week

The Youth Conference aims to engage young people in local politics and provide an opportunity for them to voice their concerns and make councillors more accessible.  It was timed to coincide with Local Democracy Week. It is a great opportunity for councils to engage with people across the UK and encouraged more young people to take part in civic life.

Local Democracy Week runs from 13 to 19 October with a variety of initiatives aimed at encouraging people to take up the right to vote, get involved in local government and have a say in their council. The Epping Forest Youth Conference gives pupils representing the secondary schools in the district a voice and the opportunity to question those people holding the local reins of power including the Leader of Epping Forest District Council and the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.

Local schools participating

  1. Braeside School (Buckhurst Hill)
  2. Chigwell School (Chigwell)
  3. Davenant Foundation School (Loughton)
  4. Debden Park High School (Loughton)
  5. Epping Forest College (Loughton)
  6. Epping St John’s (Epping)
  7. King Harold Academy (Waltham Abbey)
  8. Roding Valley High School (Loughton)
  9. West Hatch High School (Chigwell)

Getting to grips with the issues

Delegates split into morning and afternoon workshop sessions. Epping Forest Youth Council brought skilled experts in their fields in to facilitate each group.

  • Alcohol – Terry Martin, AlcoHELP
  • Bullying – Royston John, RDJ Training
  • Stress – Alexia Doherty, Epping Forest District Council
  • Drugs – Trevor Griffiths, Alcohol and Drugs Advisory Service
  • Volunteering – Patrick Arnold, Epping Forest District Council
  • Skills and Jobs – Ruth Warner, Department for Work and Pensions

After a good lunch in the Members’ Room at Epping Forest District Council, the highlight of the afternoon was Question Time with a panel of some of the most influential people in the district.

Question Time panel

Gareth Clement – Chief Executive Alcohol and Drugs Advisory Service, Jacqui Foile – Chief Officer Voluntary Action Epping Forest, Inspector Andy Fusher – Essex Police, Councillor Helen Kane – Cabinet Member for Leisure and Community Services Epping Forest District Council, Donna Martin – Drugs and Alcohol Partnership Trainer EYPDAS The Children’s Society, Michael O’Brien – Head of Commissioning Education and Lifelong Learning Essex County, Council Chris Seward – (Chairman) Chair of the Secondary Schools Group and Head Teacher Davenant Foundation School, Councillor Chris Whitbread – Leader of Epping Forest District Council, Lindsay Whitehouse – Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex.

 

Drawing Shadows – The Big Draw

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This October the world’s biggest drawing festival, The Big Draw, will be taking place in 14 countries around the world and Epping Forest District Council is looking for you to get involved.

This year we’re working with Loughton Arts Centre to bring you ‘Drawing Shadows: A large scale collaborative drawing‘.

Drawing Shadows

Visitors to Loughton Arts Centre from 10 to 24 October can participate and contribute to a ‘live’ drawing session on the gallery wall, that will develop over the 2 week period, gradually being added to by different visitors. The drawing is made using live video projection via a video camera and projector.

Participants work in pairs – one participant stands in front of the camera, the other draws around the projected image. Over time this creates a network of outlines that overlap making other shapes and connections in the drawing. There’s no need to book and it’s free to take part, all ages and abilities are welcome.

 

Fusion – a day of dance for boys

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Fusion is back!

The dance experience for boys was such a great success when first launched by professional dancer, Micheal Downing in February 2014, that it’s back on Saturday 25 October and is bigger and better.

Fusion Freeze - Participants strike a pose

Whether you have little dance experience or are a regular in the studio, this is a fantastic opportunity not to be missed. Learn new styles and skills from professional dancers and choreographers, including a Michael Jackson workshop.

There will also be a chance to ask the professionals your dance questions.

  • Ages - for 7 to 16 year olds
  • Date - Saturday 25 October 2014
  • Time - 10:30am to 2.30pm
  • Cost - £22
  • Where - West Hatch High School, Chigwell High Road, IG7 5BT

Find out more

For more info contact Micheal on 07903 232 873 or email thestadiumtheatreschool@googlemail.com

Book now

Book on the Eventbrite website.

This event is in partnership with Epping Forest District Council.

 

The search is on to find the 2015 Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year

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Is there someone in your neighbourhood who unselfishly brightens the lives of other residents? Somebody who goes that extra mile to care for their town or village and for the people who live there?

Epping Forest District Council has started the search to find the 2015 Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year. If you know someone who deserves the title, why not nominate them for this prestigious award?

Youth Councillors Julie Turrell and Joseph Pascoe with James Lingfield (centre)

Nominate now

Complete you nomination online - Nominate a Citizen or Young Citizen of the year or

Nomination forms can also be obtained from the council’s reception desks.

Who can I nominate?

Anyone who lives in the Epping Forest district can be nominated to be Citizen of the Year or, if between 11 and 18 years of age, Young Citizen of the Year.

It can be for any reason

  • if they have shown outstanding courage
  • if they have done something of service to you or the community
  • perhaps it’s someone who has shown extraordinary commitment, energy and effort in their particular field or towards achieving a particular goal

The winners will be invited to attend the civic awards ceremony in February 2015 to receive their award and certificate. The Young Citizen of the Year will also receive a cheque for £100.

Unsung heroes

Chairman of Council, Councillor Tony Boyce said: “The annual civic awards ceremony enables the council to thank publicly those special residents of our district who always ‘go the extra mile’ and often think of others before themselves.”

“Without them our district would be a much poorer place. If you know someone who you think has made an exceptional contribution to the Epping Forest district community, do please take the time to fill in a nomination form now, so we can all celebrate the efforts of these unsung heroes in our community.”

Amazed

James Lingfield from Davenant School is the current Young Citizen of the Year. He was delighted to be chosen and said on winning his award: “I’m so amazed, so grateful and shocked and still can’t believe I was awarded Young Citizen of the Year. I still really don’t believe I deserve it, thank you all so much. I can’t begin to tell you how much it means to me and my family – thank you, thank you.”

“You have made me feel special, honoured and as though the challenges in my life have been acknowledged and have made a difference.”

Nominations

Closing date for nominations

  • Citizen of the Year - Friday 21 November 2014
  • Young Citizen of the Year - Friday 28 November 2014

 

Job Fair at Stansted Airport

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The Stansted Employment and Skills Academy is holding a free job fair at the airport’s Enterprise House from 10am to 3pm on Thursday 16 October 2014.

Let your career take off at London Stansted Airport.

Stansted Jobs Fair Poster Oct 2014

Over 100 full time and part time positions

The fair is open to everyone and will offer information on the many types of vacancies at the airport.

Companies attending include Stansted Airport (M.A.G), Premier Work Support (recruiting on behalf of handling agents), Boots, McDonalds, No.1 Traveller, Premier Inn, World Duty Free, SSP, The Restaurant Group, Radisson Blu, ITSU, JD Sports offering over 100 full time and part time positions.

Job seekers will be able to meet potential employers face to face, obtain careers advice, travel advice, receive guidance about the application process and find out more about free training opportunities and existing vacancies.

Free car parking will be provided for all job seekers in Enterprise House Staff Car Park.

Benefits

One of the many benefits of working at Stansted Airport is the wide range of public transport discounts available to staff. The Airport Travel Card offers an attractive option for staff to use public transport, offering significant savings on standard rail, bus and coach fares.

The airport also operates a very successful staff car share scheme, which is one of the largest of its kind in Europe.

Find out more

For more information about the job fair