Museum wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

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Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey has secured a £1.65 million Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant for a major development project, ‘The Museum at the Core’. The scheme, which will total £2.5 million, will extend and develop the museum on its existing site, making both the building and the collections more accessible to all.

The project brings together the majority of the museum’s collections on one site, together with the creation of a community/education room, a new temporary exhibition gallery and an ‘Explore’ gallery providing access to the reserve collections. The additional space above the library in 37 Sun Street will create a wonderful cultural centre for local people and visitors in the heart of Waltham Abbey.

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Developed jointly by the museum team with design company Outside Studios and architects Hawkins\ Brown, the project will see the existing museum buildings remodelled, the installation of a lift to provide step-free access throughout the entire building and improved visitor facilities. The oldest part of the museum, an historic Grade II* listed Tudor timber framed house dating to 1520, will be interpreted and displayed as a significant historical structure in its own right. The existing permanent exhibition galleries will be redisplayed, with a new selection of themes and objects.

Securing the additional space in 37 Sun Street over the Waltham Abbey library has been made possible by a capital funding commitment of £250,000 by Epping Forest District Council. The acquisition of the space has been assisted by Howard Green, of the property management agency Duncan Phillips Ltd, who acting on behalf of the vendors, made the original approach to the museum.

For the museum team this is the culmination of 3 years of work behind the scenes developing the scheme’s proposals, which have won wide backing from councillors, community groups, professional bodies and funding organisations as well as our existing audiences.

Councillor Brian Rolfe, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: “This grant award is a fantastic reflection on how our Museum Service is recognised by major funders such as the Heritage Lottery Fund. Our users have been telling us how much they value the services we offer but would love for us to make the museum bigger. The fact that access to the upstairs galleries has only been by the central staircase has always been a real problem for our ability to provide a fully- accessible service and this scheme now allows us to deal with this in the most satisfying manner.”

The museum also runs a popular programme of family activities and events but has long been hampered by the lack of a designated room in which these can take place leading to events having to be held in gallery areas and weather permitting in the museum garden. The creation of a new room will allow this programme to develop and support the work the museum undertakes with schools and other educational and community groups allowing the museum to become even more of a community facility.

‘The Museum at the Core’ project is also designed to increase opportunities for volunteer involvement in the running of the museum. The HLF funding will allow for two new posts focused on audience development and supporting volunteer engagement, to be created and the acquisition of a new collections management system, which will enable the museum to make more information about the collections available to the public on line and through gallery terminals.

Robyn Llewellyn, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the East of England said: “We are delighted to award this grant to Epping Forest District Museum, which will allow for a enhanced visitor experience for everyone. With full access to the museum’s collections and a new community learning space the museum’s track record of excellent exhibitions and events will only get better. We look forward to the completed project.”

It is also anticipated that the larger museum will act as a significant tourism attraction in the heart of Waltham Abbey along with the range of other attractions in and around the town.

Proposals are for the museum to close in the autumn of 2013 to allow for clearance of the current displays and the main building works with the new museum re-opening to the public for Easter 2015.

During the closed period the museum will continue to provide services through other buildings in the district and through the Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon, which has been operated by the Epping Forest District Museum team since February 2012.

Essential Living Fund and changes to the social fund

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The Essential Living Fund or ELF is a new scheme for awarding emergency grants and loans for vulnerable groups.

Launched on 1 April 2013, it replaces 2 parts of the social fund from The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)

  1. Crisis Loans
  2. Community Care Grants

Essex County Council is responsible for the Essential Living Fund in Essex with individual applications being administered by Southend On Sea Borough Council.

What is the ELF?

The Essential Living Fund is operated as a grant system (and not as a loan as the crisis loans), and if awarded, it will be paid by goods or vouchers.

It can provide you with essential items in an emergency such as

  • Furniture and furnishings
  • White goods
  • Household equipment
  • Fuel connection or re-connection charges
  • Clothing and footwear
  • General living expenses

Who can get the ELF?

To be considered for support you must be

  • Aged 16 or over
  • In receipt of state benefits or on a low income
  • Permanently live in Essex

How to apply for the ELF

To apply for general living expenses (such as groceries, nappies, toiletries, hygiene products and fuel), phone the ELF team on 0300 7900124 between 8.45am and 5.15pm (this number is charged at local rates from any number including mobiles).

To apply for furniture / white goods / clothing and footwear / household equipment use the online application form.

You will be asked questions about your income, earnings and savings. You will also be required to provide proof of your financial situation.

Dr Seuss comes to Lopping Hall

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Seussical The Musical is a fantastical, magical extravaganza not to be missed!

On Saturday 27 April 2013 at Lopping Hall, High Road, Loughton, IG10 4LF. Show starts at 7pm and doors open at 6.30pm.

Loughton Youth Theatre present … Seussical the Musical!
(Young Audiences Version)Seussical Jr Logo

Deep in the jungle, the Jungle of Nool, you’ll find an elephant called Horton, who’s been branded a fool.

He hears a small voice from a floating speck of dust, and tries to save it, save it he must!

Loughton Youth Theatre bring this wonderfully wacky tale to life. Join favourite Dr Seuss characters like Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Mayor of Whoville and Mayzie La Bird, as they fight to save Whoville and show how the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community overcome all.


Tickets are available from Epping Forest District Council call 01992 564226, on Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Tickets are £3.50 full price and £2 for children under 16 years.

In partnership with Epping Forest District Council, Epping Forest Arts, Loughton Youth Theatre and LifeWorks Centre.

Epping Forest Local Council’s Joint Standards Committee issues decision

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The Epping Forest Local Council’s Joint Standards Committee has considered a complaint made against a member of Nazeing Parish Council. Their formal decision is reproduced below:


EFDC Case Reference No:  EFDC 5/2012 and EFDC 7/2012

JSC Case Reference No: JSC/2013/001

Subject Member:  Parish Councillor Mrs Antoinette Cooper, Nazeing Parish Council

Notice is hereby given that at a meeting on 12th March 2013, a Panel of the Joint Standards Committee considered a complaint that at a meeting of the EFDC Area Planning Sub Committee West on 21st March 2012, Councillor Mrs A Cooper of Nazeing Parish Council interrupted the meeting and that her conduct breached the Member’s Code of Conduct.

The complaint arose following correspondence received from both Councillor J Wyatt, Epping Forest District Council, and Mr J Godden, Principal Planning Officer Epping Forest District Council. 

Notice is further given that the Panel of the Joint Standards Committee determined that, on the balance of probabilities based on the evidence submitted, Councillor Mrs Cooper had breached the Members code of conduct as follows:

Paragraph 3(1)  You must treat others with respect

Paragraph 5 You must not conduct yourself in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as bringing your office or authority into disrepute.

The findings from the Panel are as follows:

That Councillor Mrs Cooper conducted herself in a manner which fell below the standard expected of a person in public office.  It was clear that Mrs Cooper initially registered an interest to speak on behalf of Nazeing Parish Council and then withdrew her mandate to speak.  It should be recorded that Councillor Wyatt and Mr Godden acted professionally at all times, and maintained the standard expected of a person/persons in public office.  It was clear from the Investigating Officer’s report, and from the webcast recording of the meeting, that Councillor Mrs Cooper had breached the code of conduct in use at the time.  The Joint Standards Committee hereby censures Mrs Cooper on these grounds.  This censure in no way reflects on Nazeing Parish Council. 

The Panel directs that its findings be:
1. Publicly and formally reported to Nazeing Parish Council to be considered at a full Parish Council meeting, and a copy of this notice be placed on Nazeing Parish Council’s website and parish noticeboards;
2. Publicly and formally reported to Epping Forest District Council, and a copy of this notice placed on their website.
Mrs A Jones
Clerk, JSC

19th March 2013

Note: Mrs Cooper is no longer a member of the Nazeing Parish Council

Home Energy Conservation Act Further Report 2013

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As part of the amended Home Energy Conservation Act, Local Authorities are required to submit a further report on planned energy efficiency measures in their area.

Read the Epping Forest District Council HECA further report 2013

Find out more about energy efficiency


Countrycare Easter Scavenger Hunt

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Looking for something fun to do with the  kids Wednesday 3rd April? Why not Join Epping Forest Countrycare for an Easter Scavenger hunt!

10am until 12pm. No need to book just turn up. £4 per child. Starting point Reserve Entrance at the end of Pike Way, North Weald, CM16 6BL.

For more Countrycare events download our Coutnrycare Events List 2013




Easter family fun at Waltham Abbey museum

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Join us for fun family activities this Easter at the Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey.

What’s on

Epping Forest District MuseumSaturday 30 March 2013 - traditional Easter Egg hunt – follow the trail around the museum, solve the clues then win a chocolate egg prize.

Tuesday 2 April 2013 - make a chick in a basket – we’ll be making Easter chicks in baskets.

Tuesday 9 April 2013 - make a Spring flower bower (even if making a snowman seems like it might be more appropriate!), a traditional flower bower from colourful tissue, complete with nesting birds.

List of events at Epping Forest District Museum.

Booking and cost

All the activities take place between 12 noon and 3pm. There’s no need to book - just drop in anytime allowing about 20 minutes for the activity. Cost is just £1.25 per child.

The address of Epping Forest District Museum is 39-41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL.

Youth Mountain Biking Club rides in Epping Forest

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Youth Mountain Biking Club every Saturday in Epping Forest

Learn new riding skills and improve your off road bike handling on the trails of Epping Forest under the instruction of expert coaches; sessions will include fundamental riding techniques and forest rides.  The club will provide an opportunity to meet like minded new friends, and take part in local and national mountain bike competitions.

Young people will need their own mountain bike and helmet to join in although you may, at first, want to consider hiring a bike while you try out the sessions.

Please ensure bikes are safe to ride and helmets conform to British safety standards (CE marked).  Other suggested riding equipment: pair of riding gloves, pair of riding glasses (optional).

Sessions are every Saturday 10.00am to 12.00pm and will leave from Kings Oak Hotel Car Park, Nursery Rd, High Beech, Loughton IG10 4AE . Sessions cost £6, parents and guardians are welcome to take part at no extra cost.

To join the club or for more information contact Fabrizio on Tel 01992 564567 email

Proposed changes to charging for pre-planning application advice

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As from 1 April 2013, the Council’s charges on pre-planning application advice will be changing to include a greater scope of development types. Please see the attached document which sets out these new charges and the procedure for seeking advice.

View the new pre-planning application advice fees April 2013


Find out more about the planning process and pre-application advice

Countrycare Events For 2013

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Countrycare will be running a series of kids events again this spring and summer.

Join Countrycare on one of our Local Nature Reserves and branch out into birds on Roding Valley Meadows, go barmy over bugs at Weald Common or nutty over newts at Nazeing Triangle. Our kids events are aimed at ages 4 to 12, we aim to teach them a little about their surrounding countryside and the wildlife that lives there and have a lot of fun too!

We will be kicking off with an Easter Scavenger Hunt at Roughtalley’s Wood on 3rd April. Find and solve the riddles hidden around the reserve to win some chocolate eggs!

Click Countrycare Events 2013 for a list of all our events in 2013.