Five free ‘Lifewalks’ in May

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May 2016 is National Walking Month and Epping Forest District Council’s Walking for Health Scheme, Lifewalks, are offering all new walkers the chance to enjoy five free walks in May with the launch of their new diary of walks. So why not sign up today?

There’s no doubt about it, walking is good for you. Great for your heart, your lungs, your muscles, bones and is excellent for your overall wellbeing!

‘Achieve your goals’

Older People’s Engagement Officer, Karen Murray said: “This scheme is for everyone, no matter your fitness levels or age. Lifewalks are short and range from 1.5 to 3 miles in distance and last from 20 – 60 minutes. They are always on good paths, so you don’t need any special clothes or shoes to take part. The walks are local and start from various locations in and around the Epping Forest district. If you want to improve your general health, improve fitness, walk for weight control, rehabilitate from a period of ill-health or even just to meet new people and discover our beautiful district, our friendly walk leaders and groups can help you achieve your goals – whilst you enjoy yourself! So why not take advantage of this special offer and sign yourself up for your first walk today!”

Options for joining

  • Pay-as-you-walk – cost £2.00 per walk, all you need do is turn up
  • Buy a Lifewalks Privilege Card – £28.50 for 6 months (entitles you to as many walks as you like)
  • Annual Privilege Card – £55.00 for 12 months (entitles you to as many walks as you like)
  • GP referral – a month of free walks

• Download a Lifewalks diary

To order a Lifewalks diary by post, call Karen Murray on 01992 564222 or email kmurray@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

New Horizon’s co-ordinator, Hettie, retires

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New Horizon’s Hettie Williamson has hung up her ‘days trips hat’, after 26 years of organising the Epping Forest District Council run ‘Stepping Out Club’ outings. Future day trips are to be run by Karen Murray, the District Council’s Older People’s Engagement Officer.

Julie Chandler (Assistant Director of Community Services and Safety), Hettie Williamson (Ex-coordinator of New Horizon’s outings) and Karen Murray (New coordinator for New Horizon’s outings)

Karen Murray said: “Hettie has done a fantastic job and we are sad she won’t be organising the trips any more, but she will hopefully be coming along on a few trips as a guest in future, that’s if she’s not too busy with all her other activities!”

Hettie joined the team as trip coordinator in November 1989 and since then she has dedicated her time and energy into making the club a success.

88 Years Young

At 88 years young, Hettie will continue to manage the District Council’s Bowls club at the David Lloyd Health and Fitness Club in Chigwell and organise her monthly tea dances. Hettie said: “I never looked back and in its heyday I was arranging up to 22 day trips a year. We have been like one big family and we have shared many happy memories together”.

Hettie is an ‘inspiration’

Julie Chandler, Assistant Director for Community Services and Safety said: “I’m delighted that Hettie has been part of the Council for so long. She has been an inspiration to many people and still is. On behalf of the Council, I’d like to thank Hettie for the commitment and energy that she’s given to the Stepping Out Club over the years.”

Popular day trips

New Horizons offers a range of sporting, social and leisure pursuits for the over 50s. They offer everything from badminton to yoga, dancing to petanque, bowls and the ever popular day trips. Trips are run throughout the year to stately homes, gardens, coasts, as well as other special events.

Day trips in 2016 include:

  • Friday 24th June – Oxford the “City of Dreaming Spires”, £41.85 per person
  • Monday 12th September – Royal London-with a visit to Buckingham Palace, £45.65 per person
  • Tuesday 22nd November – Christmas in Faversham & Canterbury with Choral Evensong at the Cathedral, £28.75 per person

Whether you are looking for a new interest or simply looking to enjoy the company of new friends, take a look at what is on offer this year.

For further details about the trips or Tea Dances kmurray@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or 01992 564222

All trips include coach and entry costs unless otherwise stated and local pick up points are available

Companion dog show 2016

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Join us for some canine capers on Sunday 5 June 2016 for our annual Companion Dog Show.

Our dog show is a must for all dog lovers with pedigree, novelty and obedience classes. It starts at 10am at the Town Mead Park in Waltham Abbey, EN9 1HU - come along and see if your dog can win. The show is in aid of German Shepherd Rescue (West Essex).

Dog Show poster

Classes and conditions

There are 18 novelty classes, 8 pedigree classes, 5 obedience classes and a GSD rally with 10 classes to enter. Entries are just £1.50 per class.

Refreshments include a licensed bar and a barbeque and various stalls will be there for you to enjoy. If you would like to have a stall at the dog show, contact Lyn Cook using the contact details below.

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Find out how to enter

Contact Lyn Cook, Animal Warden at Epping Forest District Council

 

Over 140 residents attend Hillhouse event

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An event to discuss proposals for a development at Hillhouse in Waltham Abbey proved a success, with over 140 residents attending the exhibition and community planning workshops.

Plan images

The plans, jointly developed by Epping Forest District Council, Essex County Council and NHS England include:

  • A new Health Centre providing alternative accommodation for the current Maynard Court Surgery.
  • A new Swimming Pool to replace the existing Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool at Roundhills, including a 25m pool with 6 lanes, learner pool, studio and community space.
  • An Independent Living Scheme adjacent to the proposed health centre providing housing for over 55’s who need additional care and support.
  • Half of the existing playing fields retained as playing fields and recreation space.

Facilitated by architects JTP the two day event saw residents given the opportunity to discuss the proposals and take part in workshops to help guide the future design.

Making sure voices are listened to

Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council, Cllr Helen Kane added: ‘I was very impressed with the participation of the residents and the presence of many local ward councillors at the consultation event.  I would like to thank everyone for their honest and frank views, as well as the many creative suggestions that came forward during these workshops’.

Both as a Cabinet Member and a Waltham Abbey Councillor, I will be working with all those involved to make sure their voices are listened to.  I am confident that our consultants, JTP, will consider all the responses when formulating them into the Master Plan that they are producing.  I am looking forward with much anticipation to the next community event, when JTP will present which ideas have been able to be included within the Master Plan – and can be put to action.’

Following the weekend, the JTP team will develop proposals and a ‘vision’ for the site ahead of future formal planning applications.

 

Museum reopening a huge success

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Epping Forest District Museum reopened it’s doors to the public on Saturday 19 March 2016 after a 2 year long Heritage Lottery funded redevelopment.

EFD Museum reopening

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The bells of Waltham Abbey Church rang as reenactors from the 44th East Essex Regiment marched up Sun Street towards the museum to help the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Liz Webster cut the ribbon to officially reopen the museum.

Party atmosphere

A party atmosphere was enjoyed by all who came to celebrate the museum’s special day. They were treated to a jive dance demonstration and a morris dancing display by the Chingford Morris Men in Sun Street.

Over 750 people visited the museum, they enjoyed activities including decorating eggs in the new community space, and were given access to all the museum’s new galleries for the first time.

Welcome back

Museum staff were thrilled with the positive feedback they received. Comments include “Big improvement, proud to live in the Abbey” and “Welcome back! We’ve missed the museum and love the new look!

Museum on the Move

The museum team also celebrated the reopening of the museum by making a film showing what has been going on behind the scenes. The ‘Museum on the Move’ film also features as part of the museum’s first temporary exhibition all about transport through history.

Epping Forest District Museum reopens

Future events

This reopening sees a new start in the museum’s history with a fantastic programme of events and activities coming up in the next year. The museum’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be back this year taking place on Saturday 26 March from 10am to 3pm. The public is invited to follow the trail around the museum and solve the puzzle to win their chocolate prize. The event is free and open to all.

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Help shape proposals for Hillhouse development

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Waltham Abbey community invited to help shape proposals for the development of Hillhouse

Residents in Waltham Abbey are being invited to attend a community planning weekend to help shape proposals for a new development at Hillhouse.

The plans, jointly developed by Epping Forest District Council, Essex County Council and NHS England include

  • A new Health Centre providing alternative accommodation for the current Maynard Court Surgery
  • A new Swimming Pool to replace the existing Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool at Roundhills, including a 25m pool with 6 lanes, learner pool, studio and community space
  • An Independent Living Scheme adjacent to the proposed health centre providing housing for over 55’s who need additional care and support
  • Half of the existing playing fields retained as playing fields and recreation space

Exciting opportunity

Councillor Helen Kane, Epping Forest District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Community Services said: “This is an exciting opportunity – both for the community living in the Hillhouse area and for all Waltham Abbey residents.”

“We know the existing swimming pool at Roundhills in Waltham Abbey is close to the end of its operational life. This development proposal provides a unique opportunity to ensure that a new, modern public swimming pool can be provided in Waltham Abbey, without any temporary loss of provision, for many years to come.”

“The Community Planning Weekend enables anyone from Waltham Abbey with an interest in the proposals to give their initial views on how the proposed swimming pool, health centre and independent living scheme can best be provided together.”

Critical that all public agencies work together

Cllr John Spence CBE,  Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Finance with responsibility for Housing added: “Land owned by the public sector – whichever part of the public sector – is owned by the taxpayers, so it is critical that all public agencies work together, either to dispose of such land or to ensure it is used to best effect in terms of impact and values. This imaginative scheme is an excellent example of the positive impact that can be made.”

Weekend event

The weekend event facilitated by architects JTP will take place at

  • Hillhouse Primary School, Ninefields
  • 5pm and 7pm
  • Friday 18 March 2016

Where residents will be able to view a background exhibition.

It will continue between 10.45am and 3.30pm on Saturday 19 March 2016 with an opportunity for the local community to share local knowledge and contribute to shaping the plans on through workshops, walkabouts and hands-on planning groups.

Following the weekend, the JTP team will develop proposals and a ‘vision’ for the site ahead of future formal planning applications.

 

Museum reopening date confirmed

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After a 2 year long Heritage Lottery Funded project, the reopening of Epping Forest District Museum is on the horizon.

Museum reopening flyer

Come and see us

We would like to welcome members of the public to the museum on Saturday 19 March 2016 from 10am to 5pm to see the fantastic improvements and changes that have taken place on site.

With a new community room for schools, groups and activities, a lift making all galleries accessible to the public for the first time and the chance to see behind the scenes the museum will be a unique offer to both local people and the wider community.

The museum team are now in the process of reinstalling the objects in the 6 new galleries ready for the reopening in March, with a much greater number of objects going on display than ever before.

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Top energy rating for swimming pool

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Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool, operated by Everyone Active in partnership with Epping Forest District Council, have seen their energy rating improve considerably over the last year due to a number of energy-saving initiatives.

Waltham Abbey swimming pool covers

The centre installed new pool covers in 2014, in order to reduce heat and energy loss and reduce utility consumption. The £4,000 investment is now showing real results in improving the energy efficiency of the site.

Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool have also converted to LED lights throughout the building, installed Passive Infrared Sensors to trigger lights only when people are moving through an area and spent time re-educating colleagues on energy wastage.

These combined efforts have led to a 10-point reduction on their DEC (Display Energy Certificate) which shows the energy performance of a building based on energy consumption. The lower the number the more energy efficient a site is.

Efficient and green

“Everyone Active are committed to making Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool as efficient and green as possible, in order to improve our local environment” says Everyone Active General Manager Chris McCarthy.

“This year we also installed collection bins for recycling batteries, printer cartridges, glasses, CDs, old cassettes and videos. We will continue to invest in the site and encourage staff and members to get involved in our energy saving and green initiatives.”

Reduction in energy use

Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool is owned by Epping Forest District Council. Councillor Helen Kane Leisure and Well-being Portfolio Holder said: “The reduction in energy use is fantastic. The council is investing heavily to reduce fuel bills across all our assets. The installation of solar panel on the civic offices in Epping was completed last month.”

“The investment at Waltham Abbey Pool is another major step forward. It is good for business, great for the environment and fantastic for our customers.”

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February half term activities

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February half term is fast approaching! Have you booked your kids place yet on our fun packed holiday activities?

If not book now before it’s too late.

Epping Forest Multi Sport Days

Epping Forest Multi-Sports Days

Tuesday 16 and Thursday 18 February 2016.

Ages 7 to 14 years old at Epping Upper Clacton RFC, Upland Road, Thornwood, Epping, Essex CM16 6NL.

Multi-sport days will be running from 9.15am to 3pm (registration 8.45am to 9.15am).

The days offer a chance for young people to take part in fun-filled days of activities including football, tennis netball, zumba, athletics, dance, dodgeball, tri-golf, American flag football, boxercise plus many more.

Play in the Forest poster

Play in the Forest

Wednesday 17 and Friday 19 February 2016.

Ages 5 to 11 years old at High Beach, Car Park Behind Kings Oak Pub, High Beach, Loughton, IG10 4AE. Time 10am to 12 noon.

Play in the Forest is all about playing games and having fun in the forest. Play Rangers wills bring along a wide range of equipment and activities for children and young people to enjoy and will help them explore the forest. Activities include den building, nature trails and woodland arts and crafts.

Other activities

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Or call Community Services on 01992 564226 – lines open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.

 

College to show underwater drawing exhibition

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Come and see our underwater drawing exhibition at Epping Forest College in February and March to find out what happens when you draw underwater.

Students from Epping Forest College (EFC) have curated and produced their own exhibition of drawings, photos and films from their time spent drawing underwater.

The Big Draw Underwater

Exhibition details

  • When - Tuesday 9 February to Thursday 31 March 2016, from 10am to 6pm

  • Where - Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton, IG10 3SA

The drawings were made in Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool in October 2015, as part of the Big Draw, the world’s biggest drawing festival, a nationwide drawing campaign to promote visual literacy.

Drawing in a different environment

Students were experimenting with drawing in a different environment, using special waterproof paper and everyday drawing pencils. The films show each dive to the bottom of the pool where the weighted down paper waited for swimmers to make their marks for as long as they could hold their breath.

EFC students spent time editing the film footage, selecting photographs and drawings for the exhibition. The exhibition will also include work from Davenant Foundation School pupils. It was a chance for creative people to get active and active people to get creative.

This project was delivered in partnership with Epping Forest District Council Museums, Heritage and Culture team and Everyone Active Essex.