Inclusion Project half term activities

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The Epping Forest Inclusion Project is running some great activities in the February 2015 half term for children and young people with SEND (special educational needs and disability).

Epping Forest Inclusion Project February half term 2015

Monday 16 February 2015

  • Multi sports camp – 10am to 3pm – £15
    Join our sports camp for a day of activities. The coaching team will be putting on sports including trampolining, football, athletics and dodgeball. Please bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink.
  • Trampolining – 10am to 11am - £4
    If you don’t fancy a whole day of activity then just join us for trampolining in the morning. Siblings welcome. Booking recommended. Limited spaces.

Debden Park High School, Willingale Road, Debden, Loughton, Essex IG10 2BQ

Tuesday 17 February 2015

  • Own a pony morning – 10am to 12pm - £25 including hat hire
    Enjoy a morning of riding and all the fun that comes with owning a pony. Learn how to groom, tack up and feed ‘your’ pony. Limited spaces,must book in advance. This session is only for children or young people with disabilities / SEN. Please wear suitable clothing.

Woodredon Equestrian Centre, Woodredon Farm Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 3SX

Friday 20 February 2015

  • Yogini Tinies – 10am to 12pm - play, learn and share workshop – £8 per child
    Learn yoga the Yogini Tinies way through story telling, music and creative play. This fun interactive session will help improve your child’s posture, core strength and muscle tone. Siblings welcome. Booking recommended. Limited spaces.

The Limes Centre, Chigwell, Essex IG7 5LP

Want to know more?

For more information or to book a place on any of these sessions contact Olivia Worsfold


Huggable bear to visit Epping Forest

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The Blunderbuss Theatre Company returns to the district with the adorable Hug less Douglas at Epping Hall on 18 February 2015.

Hugless Douglas comes to Epping 18 February

Douglas is a young brown bear who wakes up one morning in need of a hug. He tries to find the perfect one, but none of them seem quite right. After all, there are so many different hugs to choose from. With the help of Mr Rabbit, Mr Owl and a field full of woolly-headed sheep, can Douglas find the perfect hug?

Based on the book by David Melling, this delightful show comes to life with an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and high energy storytelling. Little Cubs aged 3 to 7 years old will love this heart warming tale, and grown-up bears will have lots of fun, too.


  • Where - Epping Hall, St. John’s Road, Epping, CM16 5JU
  • When - Wednesday 18 February
  • Performances - 11.30am and 2.30pm
  • Cost - Tickets £5
  • Booking - book online at or call our booking line on 01992 564226 (open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm)

Children must be accompanied by an adult.


February half term playscheme

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Join us for a fun week of arts and crafts, sporting activities, games galore and a whole lot more for a swash buckling Pirate themed week!

Our February half term playscheme is from Monday 16 February to Friday 20 February 2015 at Upshire Primary Foundation School, Upshire Road, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3PX. It’s for children aged 5 to 11 years and costs £15 per day or £8.50 concession. Activities run from 8.45am to 3.30pm each day.

February half term playschemes logo

Book your place now

You can book the whole week or pick and choose the days you want.

Book online at or call our booking line on 01992 564226 – open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Epping Forest Playschemes are an opportunity for children to have fun, learn new skills and make new friends – join us for a swash buckling Pirate themed week.


Make 2014 and 2015 ‘Years of Volunteers’

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Recent remembrance events and the good work of today’s volunteers across the district have moved the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council to call on a new generation of recently-retired people to make 2014 and 2015 the ‘Years of Volunteers’.

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“We went as a private family to see the poppies at the Tower of London,” said Councillor Tony Boyce. “So many of those little red flowers represented volunteers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Thank heavens that 100 years on, people are able to volunteer in much happier times. Instead of going to war we can now give something back in other ways.”

Local good causes

Councillor Boyce is working hard during his year as Chairman to raise money for several local good causes including Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF) and The Ongar and District Healthcare League of Friends.

He is in the process of obtaining 2 new Community Transport mini-buses

People count far more than money

However, Councillor Boyce believes people count far more than money. “We have about 7,500 retired professional people in Epping Forest. They can’t play golf every day! If we could tap into more of the energy and expertise of the recently retired, think what we could do for our community,” said Councillor Boyce.

He continued: “We are generally living longer. If 70 is the new 60 or even 50, there are lots of fit and active older people out there who could make a tremendous difference. Lots of them have professional expertise. Organisations like the Citizens’ Advice Bureau are inundated with requests for help from people struggling to budget their household expenses, find a job or in need of legal advice. Other people might need a bit of help with their garden, a lift to the doctor or the shops. Young people’s organisations such as the Scouts and Guides exist only with the support of volunteers. If every newly-retired person gave just half a day of their week to volunteering, there is so much we could achieve.”

Great for your physical and mental wellbeing

Local businesses are increasingly building volunteering opportunities into the transition stage for employees moving from work to retirement. Councillor Boyce said: “I have seen and heard of some good examples in companies such as Keir and Higgins where volunteering helps staff make the adjustment from work to retirement. People in high-pressure jobs can find it particularly difficult to adapt. By filling the gap, volunteering can be great for your physical and mental wellbeing.”


VAEF supports and co-ordinates voluntary groups, organisations and volunteers across the district. To find out how you might get involved


Be prepared for when winter bites

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Winter can easily be the most challenging time for driving on our roads: it gets dark early and winter weather can bring all sorts of hazards – not just snow and ice, but hail, heavy rain, high winds, fog and even flooding.

The Highways Agency and local authorities up and down the country have made their plans and have fleets on standby ready to keep roads open. You too can take steps ahead of winter so you will be able to drive safe, avoid breaking down and help reduce the risk of disruption.

Get ready for winter - Travelling poster

Is your vehicle ready for winter?

In winter weather it’s more important than ever to see and be seen, have tyres that grip the road and to start your car in the cold and damp.

Many garages offer a quick, pre-winter check-up for your car.

See and be seen: check windscreen wipers and washers, window demisters, and all lights are working correctly.

Grip the road: check tyre condition and tread depth.

Starting in the cold and damp: check battery condition and anti-freeze.

Get your winter kit ready: ice scraper, de-icer, jump leads, shovel, blanket, sunglasses (for winter glare from the low sun), torch. Get all these things ready at the start of winter and then keep them in the car – you never know when you might need them.

Reduce the risk of breaking down in nasty weather

Breaking down is never a pleasant experience – especially on the motorway. It’s even worse if you have to wait for recovery, outside your vehicle, in cold and wintry weather. You’ll also want your vehicle to be in the best condition to handle difficult driving conditions in severe weather. So it’s a good idea to get your vehicle serviced before the winter to reduce the chance of problems.

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Council house-building makes a comeback

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A ground breaking ceremony in Waltham Abbey marked the start of Epping Forest District Council’s house-building programme.

The new developments in the first phase of the programme will provide a mixture of accommodation on ‘brownfield’ garage sites and a former Red Cross Hall site in Waltham Abbey. This phase is expected to cost around £4 million, mainly raised by the council.
Ground breaking ceremony

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The ceremony was held on Friday 13 November at Harveyfields in Waltham Abbey, 1 of 4 sites. The other 3 are in nearby Roundhills and Fairways.

In total the sites will provide

  • 4 1-bedroom flats
  • 5 2-bedroom flats
  • 6 2-bedroom houses
  • 6 3-bedroom houses
  • 2 1-bedroom duplex houses

Local MP Eleanor Laing attended, and the Chairman and Leader of the Council, along with ward councillors and the council’s partner organisations working on the project.

Affordable rents

East Thames – a registered housing provider and social regeneration charity – is development agent for the council’s house-building programme. They are working with Pellings LLP, a firm of construction consultants, and our newly appointed contractor Broadway Construction Ltd.

The council has not built any new housing of its own for around 30 years. So expertise was needed from organisations with recent experience of new affordable housing development. East Thames was chosen because they have a track record in developing homes in the small areas available on housing estates, such as difficult-to-let garage sites.

All the new properties will be let to families on the council’s housing register at ‘affordable rents’. These are different to the social rents that existing council tenants pay, and compare to about half of the rent that a similar property would cost at the full market rate. Residents who rented the garages previously have all been offered alternative arrangements.

Second phase of house-building programme

Plans are already in place for the second phase of the council’s house-building programme. A grant of £0.5 million from the Homes and Communities Agency’s ‘Affordable Homes Programme’ will subsidise the development costs of 40 new affordable homes, based on £12,500 per home. The council will provide the remaining funding for this phase.

This grant is conditional on the council being able to achieve ‘Investment Partner Status’, and being able to deliver the new affordable homes within the timescale of the bid programme.

The second phase of the programme will be concentrated on council-owned land at Burton Road in Loughton. It is expected to provide a total of 52 new affordable rented homes and a detailed planning application has been made. In all, the council has 65 sites across the district on which it hopes to be able to deliver around 30 new affordable homes, per annum, over the next 10 years.


Last chance to nominate your Citizen of the Year

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The closing dates for entries for the 2015 Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year are nearly here – get your nominations in quick!

  • Closing date for Citizen of the Year is Friday 21 November 2014
  • Closing date for Young Citizen of the Year is Friday 28 November 2014

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.”


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.”


Closing date for nominations

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


District prepares to remember

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Councillors will be joining local residents and veterans attending remembrance services across the Epping Forest district on Sunday 9 November to remember the fallen from the 2 world wars and subsequent conflicts.

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  • Abridge

Councillor Brian Rolfe / 10am / St Mary & All Saints Church, Lambourne

  • Buckhurst Hill

Chairman Councillor Tony Boyce / 10:30am / St John’s Church, Buckhurst Hill / church service and wreath laying

  • Chigwell

Councillor John Knapman / 10:40am / St Mary’s Church, Chigwell / church service and wreath laying

  • Epping

Chairman Councillor Tony Boyce / 2pm / Epping War Memorial march from civic offices / short service and wreath laying

Chairman Councillor Tony Boyce / 3pm / St John’s Church, Epping

  • High Ongar

Councillor Richard Morgan / 10am / St Mary’s Church, High Ongar / 11:15am wreath laying

  • Loughton

Councillor Caroline Pond / 11:45am / Kings Green, Loughton / wreath laying from Loughton Royal British Legion club

Councillor Caroline Pond / 1pm / salute on Brooklyn Parade, Loughton

  • Nazeing

Councillor Richard Bassett / 10:45am / All Saints Church, Nazeing

  • North Weald

Councillor Anne Grigg / 10:45am / St Andrew’s Church, North Weald / service and wreath laying

Chairman Councillor Tony Boyce / 12 noon / North Weald Airfield memorial service and wreath laying

  • Ongar

Vice-chairman Councillor Liz Webster / 2:30pm / Ongar War Memorial Health Centre, Ongar Road

  • Roydon

Councillor Mary Sartin represented by Nicola Wilkinson / 10:30am / St Peter’s Church, Roydon

  • Theydon Bois

Councillor Sue Jones / 10:30am / St Mary’s Church, Theydon Bois / service and wreath laying

  • Waltham Abbey

Vice-chairman Councillor Liz Webster / 9am / St Thomas’s Church, Upshire

Vice-chairman Councillor Liz Webster / 10am / Waltham Abbey War Memorial

Vice-chairman Councillor Liz Webster / 10:45am / Waltham Abbey Church / service

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is held on the second Sunday in November, usually the Sunday nearest to 11th. The First World War officially ended on the 11th hour, on the 11th day, on the 11th month in 1918.

Each year millions of people stop what they are doing and observe a 2 Minute Silence at 11am on 11 November in the memory of those who have been affected in all conflicts.

Tower Poppies

Spectacular! Chairman Tony Boyce on the #TowerPoppies installation remembering the 888,246 fallen soldiers in WW1.

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Boys dance taking the district by storm

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Boys dance is taking the district by storm! Fusion, a day of dance for boys, was held on Saturday 25 October at West Hatch High School in Chigwell.

Performing to family and friends (10)

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Boys aged 6 to 11 took part in 2 different dance style workshops. Break dance, commercial and the other workshop dedicated to learning how to move like Michael Jackson.

Participants worked hard on 2 full-on routines. Helped by students from DNA studios, they learnt break dance moves including the coffee grinder, 6-step and top rock. These moves were shown to family and friends at the end of the day.

Fusion was organised by professional dancer and choreographer Micheal Downing, in partnership with Epping Forest District Council.

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Boys Day of Dance a great success


Waltham Abbey Community Craft Event

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Want to try out a new craft activity? Come along to the Waltham Abbey Community Craft Event and enjoy a taster session of different crafts including knitting, crochet, spoon making and printing or watch demonstrations.

The Waltham Abbey Community Craft Event is held at Waltham Abbey Town Hall on Tuesday 11 November 2014 from 6pm to 8pm. Entry is free.

Waltham Abbey Community Craft Event

You can browse the handmade art and craft stalls by local crafts people, you might find the unique unusual gift you have been looking for or something to treat yourself or inspire you!

If you enjoy your new found artistic skill and are inspired to learn more there will be the opportunity to register to take a variety of different courses.

Calling all artists and crafts people

Calling all artists and crafts people – are you interested in a free stand at this craft event?

If you are interested in demonstrating, displaying or selling hand made arts and crafts items contact Lucy Eales (Community Development worker)