High Beach Youth Cycling Club

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High Beach Youth Cycling Club is a competitive mountain biking club for young people aged 8 and over.
High Beach Youth Cycling Club flyer


The club meets for training at every Saturday and all abilities are welcome. The club helps young people develop the skills needed to be able to enter local and regional competitions. 


Meet in the car park, Kings Oak Hotel Pub, Paul’s Nursery Road, Loughton, IG10 4AE.


10am to 12 noon.


£6 for non club members. Bikes can be supplied at no extra cost with prior notice.

Want to know more? 

If you would like more information, or would like a programme of rides, please contact Fabrizio on 01992 564567 or email fferrari@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.


Get into sailing

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Broxbourne Sailing Club in Meadgate Road, Nazeing EN9 2PB is running ‘Get into Sailing’ courses for both adults and children.

Broxbourne Sailing Club


Each course runs from 9am to 4.30pm on 2 days and costs £30 per participant.

  • 24 and 31 May
  • 7 and 14 June
  • 28 June and 5 July
  • 12 and 19 July
  • 6 and 13 September

Book now

To book a place, contact Community Services on 01992 564226 between 10am and 4pm.

If you would like more information, contact Fabrizio Ferrari on 01992 564567 or email fferrari@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.


Join Lifewalks for an evening Nightingale stroll

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Join us on our evening walk to hear the pleasingly smooth and musical sound of the Nightingale.

According to the lyrics of a popular love song a nightingale once sang in Berkley Square. This is extremely unlikely however, as the nightingale prefers to sing from dense scrub rather than neat suburban squares. We are fortunate to have ideal habitat locally at Fishers Green, and for a number of years several nightingales have graced the area with their presence.

So why not join Robin and Laurence Sinden on a guided walk as they lead you to the best locations for hearing these mellifluous songsters.

Find out more

When - Friday 23 May 2014 7pm to 9pm

Where - Meet at Fishers Green car park, Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 2EF (please see page 32 of the diary for instructions to get to the car park)

Cost - We are asking for a donation of £2 per person which will be going to the Essex Wildlife Trust

DetailsThe walk will be at a leisurely pace, pausing from time to time to listen for nightingales and identify the songs of other summer migrants, the walk will be finished by 9 o’clock

Download the Lifewalks Diary

If you would like to join Robin & Laurence please book your places in advance by 17 May by filling in the form in the Lifewalks Diary page 7 link below.


Tube map of youth projects

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Newly-elected Youth Councillors have launched the latest map of Youth Projects in Epping Forest district.

The map includes youth clubs, groups, theatre groups, scouts and guides. Epping Forest District Council’s Young Person’s Officer Di Butler said: “The Youth Council takes on the task of updating the map as part of the work handed over to them from the retiring Youth Council.”

Youth projects in Epping Forest 2014

Great project

Youth Councillors Imogen Padwick and Jaymey McIvor were both re-elected this year and are serving their third year. Imogen said: “It is a great project as the last cohort of Youth Councillors carried the work over from the 2010 Youth Councillors and now the 2012 Youth Councillors have handed the Youth Projects Map over to the 2014 Youth Councillors. Each year the map grows as more youth groups want to be included and it is free publicity for everyone on the map.”

Youth Councillor Fred Skipper said: “One of the main issues we hear is there isn’t anything to do for our age group, so our first project is to make sure everyone has access to the 2014 Youth Projects Map.”

“This year 27 youth projects contacted us to be included on the map and we know there are many more, so we hope to keep updating the map over the next year as we know this map isn’t conclusive. There are some great youth projects doing great work to engage young people in their local communities.”

Tube Map launch

Promote Epping Forest Youth Council

Youth councillors will personally visit their local youth projects over the forthcoming year to introduce themselves and promote the role of the Epping Forest Youth Council. They have already visited Waltham Abbey Youth 2000 and will be attending the re-launch of the Community Radio Project at The Space in Loughton on 12 May.

Youth Councillor Evie Foster said: “Many of the youth projects rely on volunteers, so they are always looking for people to help run activities.”

Youth Councillor Joe Pascoe explained: “Our map promoting all youth projects in the Epping Forest district has been updated and this is available from schools, libraries, clubs and Epping Forest District Council Information Points. You can also download a copy of the map by following the link www/eppingforestdc.gov.uk/efyc“.


Museum on the move

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Staff and volunteers have been busy packing the contents of Epping Forest District Museum as it looks to the future and embarks on an exciting new phase in its history.

Taking the Tudor Panelling down

The 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.

Closed since November

The museum has been closed since November last year but its outreach work has continued from Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon and also the library in Waltham Abbey. During this time staff and the museum’s many volunteers have been working on the painstaking task of cataloguing, sorting and packing the Museum’s vast collection.

Items have included artefacts as diverse as a mummified cat, an abbot’s skeleton and artworks by artists connected with the district. One of the most important items in the museum, the Tudor panelling, on a long-term loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum has been carefully moved to a suitable storage area and will be re-displayed in the new museum when it opens.

Everything has had to be packed before being stored securely and in a suitable atmosphere in order to preserve the collection’s precious and often irreplaceable items.

Building specialists are now investigating and recording the historic listed building the museum is located in ahead of building works, which will begin later this year.

Grateful for all the support

Museum Officer Tony O’Connor said:  “This has been a huge task and I am grateful for all the support we have had from our dedicated volunteers.  Without them and the hard work from our staff, we would probably still be packing now!”


Show your dog at Waltham Abbey dog show

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Fancy a great day out for the whole family, including your dog?

Why not bring your dog to Waltham Abbey on Sunday 1 June to take part in our Companion Dog Show.

Companion Dog Show

Companion Dog Show

  • When - Sunday 1 June 2014 at 10am
  • Where - Town Mead Park, Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1HU
  • What - Companion Dog Show with Obedience plus GSD Rally
  • Details – Classes and entry conditions (pdf 283KB)

With over 30 classes, the Companion Dog Show with Obedience opens at 10am, judging starts at 11am. Each entry costs £1.50 per class.

There is a special GSD Rally for German Shepherds only at 1pm.

This is a Kennel Club Licensed Show. Rosettes will be awarded for 1st to 6th places in all classes plus trophies for Best In Show (BIS), Reserve Best In Show (RBIS), Best Puppy and Best Veteran. Dogs do not have to be Kennel Club registered.

The show is in aid of German Shepherd Rescue (West Essex). This is a fun ‘doggy’ day out for people to show their dogs. Refreshments include a barbecue and a licensed bar plus side attractions.

Want to know more

Contact Lyn Cook, Animal Warden at Epping Forest District Council


Structures in Nature exhibition

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An exhibition entitled ‘Structures in Nature’ is on display at Lowewood Museum. Not to be missed, it showcases the work of local ceramic artist, Androulla Theochari.

Structures in Nature poster

Primarily working with porcelain, the inspiration for Androulla’s work is nature’s beauty, capturing the textured qualities and geometric patterns found in trees and other plants.

Specialising in ceramics, Androulla currently works from her studio in Cheshunt. Educated in applied and fine arts, Androulla has previously exhibited at a variety of venues including The Rhodes Arts Centre in Bishop’s Stortford and the University of Hertfordshire. Lowewood Museum is delighted to have Structures in Nature on display until 31 May.

All of the works showcased are available for purchase and some of the proceeds will help support the running of the Museum. To accompany the exhibition, Androulla will be hosting a free workshop for families to take part in ceramic art, which will take place at the Museum on Thursday 29 May, 12 noon to 3pm.

For further information on the exhibition and associated events, call Lowewood Museum on 01992 445596 or visit www.broxbourne.gov.uk/lowewoodmuseum.


Easter egg fun in Waltham Abbey

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Jubilee Court residents and members of the Voluntary Action Carers group were given a special Easter treat by the Epping Forest Youth Councillors and VAEF this week. The young people organised an Easter egg hunt, quiz and afternoon tea for the 30 elderly residents at Jubilee Court in Waltham Abbey.

The residents applauded the young people saying they were welcome back any time as they really enjoyed themselves and had a great deal of fun.

A lovely Easter cake

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The highlights of the day was the Easter egg hunt - the winner collected a grand total of 15 chocolate eggs. In the decorating competition, prizes were awarded to joint winners Linda from Jubilee Court and Karen from the Carers Group. Raffle prizes provided by VAEF included signed books, flowers and more Easter eggs. Sainsbury’s kindly supplied the cakes and refreshments.

The Youth Councillors also received funding from Think Big O2 towards the costs of the project.

The intergenerational project was set up to dispel the negative images older people may have of young people. One carer said she had nothing but praise for young people as her neighbour’s son was a lovely boy, he walked her dog and would do anything for her.

The Youth Councillors have organised 3 intergenerational events and as they come to the end of their 2 years in office, they will encourage the newly elected Youth Councillors to carry on the great work and prioritise working with the older residents in the community as they feel it is a very rewarding project.


Easter fun for all the family

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Families are invited to join the fun at Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon this Easter, where a programme of free events will be on offer.

On Thursday 17 April, local porcelain artist, Androulla Theochari, will be hosting a clay workshop for families between 12noon and 3pm. The workshop is inspired by the museum’s current exhibition ‘Structures in Nature’ which showcases some of Androulla’s finest work. There is no need to book.

The tasty Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday 19 April, between 11am and 4pm. Perfect for chocolate loving families, visitors will follow trails around the Museum before claiming their scrumptious prizes. There is no need to book.

For further information about Lowewood Museum and its programme of events, members of the public can visit the council’s website, www.broxbourne.gov.uk/lowewoodmuseum, call 01992 445596 or email museum.leisure@broxbourne.gov.uk.


Making the most of Le Tour

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The Tourism Task Force, part of One Epping Forest, is hosting a free seminar to look at how local business can maximise returns from the opportunities offered by Le Tour de France coming through the local area.

The seminar is on Friday 2 May 2014 at 1pm at the Marriott Hotel in Waltham Abbey.

Tour de France Essex Logo

The special event, sponsored by the Marriott Hotel, will look at the experience of other areas that have hosted the tour, in terms of what works and what doesn’t work, we will hear from the organisers about the arrangements being put in place to host the tour and hear about local businesses that have already taken up the opportunities the tour is bringing.

The event is open to local businesses, including major attractions, pubs, clubs, restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfasts, shops and other businesses thinking of engaging with the tour.

Book your place now

To book a free place, please go to Eventbrite-Le Tour Tickets - please book early to avoid disappointment.

Support our local economy

Councillor Tony Boyce, Chairman of the Tourism Taskforce said: “This is one of the biggest things to happen in the district in a sporting sense for many years. It’s important we give our businesses a chance to come together and see collectively and individually what we can do to ensure we make the most of it and support our local economy.”

Caroline Jenkins, Director of Sales from Waltham Abbey Marriott said: “We are very happy to be associated with this seminar and the work of the Tourism Task Force which is doing a great job in raising the profile of tourism and visitor economy, and co-ordinating the work of the many attractions the district hosts that make it such a great place to come and visit and stay.”

John Price, Chairman of the Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce said: “This is a great event and huge opportunity for the district, attracting tourists, cyclists and sports fans from across the district, country and continent. This seminar can help you to get the most for your business from this once in a lifetime experience.”

Tourism summit

The free seminar follows on from the successful tourism summit organised by the partnership, this saw the establishment of Visit Epping Forest a new task force to lead work on the tourism and visitor economy, new research showing the value of the industry locally in terms of jobs and income – estimated at £200m per year.

In addition, joint marketing of the district by local attractions, and has been undertaking new leaflets and posters produced. The Taskforce is shortly to employ a Tourism Development Manager, with funding from Epping Forest District Council, to lead and support future work.

For more information, please contact John Houston on jhouston@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.