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


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,, call 01992 445596 or email


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


Just Play women’s football sessions

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A friendly kick about with no commitment – women’s football sessions are available at Waltham Abbey Sports Centre (in the sports hall), Broomstick Hall Road, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1LF from 6.45pm until 7.45pm every Wednesday evening.

The Just Play sessions create a friendly kick about atmosphere with no commitment. All you need to do is just turn up on a Wednesday either by yourself or with your friends and take part in this fun session with a group of people who share your love for the game.

You don’t need any fancy kit just your trainers – so there is no excuse about fitness or experience. Each session costs £2 and there is no need to book.

Find out more at the Just Play website.


Notice of election for 22 May 2014

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Elections are being held in the Epping Forest district on Thursday 22 May 2014 for European Parliamentary and Epping Forest District Council.

Notice of election

European Parliamentary election

Everyone in the Epping Forest district who is eligible to vote will be able to vote for their MEP (Member of the European Parliament). Voters in the Epping Forest district will be voting for 1 party or individual candidate making a total of 7 MEPs for the Eastern Region.

District Council election

On Thursday 22 May 2014, Epping Forest District Council has 19 out of it’s 58 elected councillors due for election. Our elections are by thirds which means 3 years out of 4 there will be a third of seats are to be contested at an election. Only residents in these wards are eligible to vote in the district council elections.

The 19 wards with elections on 22 May 2014 and the current councillor for the ward.

  1. Buckhurst Hill East – Councillor Peter Spencer (Liberal Democrat)
  2. Buckhurst Hill West – Councillor Sylvia Watson (Conservative)
  3. Chigwell Village – Councillor Lesley Wagland (Conservative)
  4. Chipping Ongar, Greensted and Marden Ash – Councillor Derek Jacobs (Liberal Democrat)
  5. Epping Hemnall – Councillor Janet Whitehouse (Liberal Democrat)
  6. Epping Lindsey and Thornwood Common – Councillor Will Breare-Hall (Conservative)
  7. Grange Hill – Councillor Gagan Mohindra (Conservative)
  8. Loughton Alderton – Councillor Lance Leonard (Loughton Residents Association)
  9. Loughton Broadway – Councillor Jennie Hart (Loughton Residents Association)
  10. Loughton Fairmead – Councillor Tessa Cochrane (Loughton Residents Association)
  11. Loughton Forest – Councillor Colin Finn deceased (Loughton Residents Association)
  12. Loughton Roding – Councillor Stephen Murray (Independent)
  13. Loughton St Johns – Councillor John Markham (Loughton Residents Association)
  14. Loughton St Marys – Councillor Richard Cohen (Loughton Residents Association)
  15. Lower Nazeing – Councillor Yolanda Knight (Conservative)
  16. North Weald Bassett – Councillor David Stallan (Conservative)
  17. Theydon Bois – Councillor Sue Jones (Conservative)
  18. Waltham Abbey Honey Lane – Councillor Rod Butler (UK Independence Party)
  19. Waltham Abbey Paternoster – Councillor John Wyatt (Conservative)


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


New Air Ambulance response cars

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Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust will be able to provide trauma care at times when its helicopters are unable to fly thanks to 2 new fast response cars.

At present, the helicopters operate during daylight hours and the Herts Air Ambulance has a dispensation to fly when North Weald Airfield is closed. A special photoshoot was held at the airfield on Monday 24 March to showcase the 2 new cars before they went operational.

Response car blue lights

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The Vauxhall Insignia VXRs carry a doctor, paramedic, full life-saving equipment and drugs exactly like the helicopters and will be based at North Weald and Earls Colne. Unlike the helicopters, the cars are not weather dependent thereby improving the resilience of the service. The team can provide advanced care to patients whatever the weather, day or night.

With roof markings of 07 and 55, which match the helicopter call signs, they will initially enable the service to respond to incidents during the hours of darkness on Friday and Saturday nights. The response cars were launched during a special ceremony at the CEME Conference Centre in Rainham on Wednesday 26 March.

Evolution of the service

Ben Myer, Deputy Clinical Manager/Response Car Project Lead at the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust, described how the initiative came about: “The process of car selection started over a year ago and has involved an extensive trial period and search for suitable cars that meet the required criteria for safety, storage space for medical equipment, security, comfort, and of course, responsiveness and handling. This resulted in the charity purchasing 2 Vauxhall Insignia VXR’s fitted with state of the art blue lights and bespoke livery.”

Dr Adam Chesters, Clinical Research and Training Lead at the Trust, is enthusiastic about the initiative: “Deploying a car-based doctor  and paramedic team is an evolution of the service that will allow us to continue to provide advanced care to our patients, even when the helicopter is not available. We are excited to be able to use this extended service as we continue to train new Doctors and Paramedics as part of a national training initiative for pre-hospital medical care.”

Support your life-saving charity

The vehicles will be a welcome sight across the district. The air ambulances receive no public funding and rely on public subscriptions to carry out their life-saving work.

Find out how you can help on the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust website.


Traders decline market offer

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Epping MarketTraders have declined an offer to hold Epping Market in Cottis Lane Car Park when the Tour de France comes to the District on 7 July.

See Epping Town Council website here.

Epping Town Council consulted traders on the temporary relocation of the market for one day after receiving the offer from Epping Forest District Council to make the Pay and Display car park behind Marks and Spencer available on a one-off basis. Councillor Will Breare-Hall, Mayor of Epping Town Council and a member of the District Council Cabinet said: “The Town Council sought permission to move the market to Cottis Lane because we considered it important to support the traders, on what will be one of the busiest days in Epping for many years. However, our consultation with them revealed that they don’t wish us to pursue this option further and we respect their decision.”

Thousands of spectators are expected to throng Epping High Street where the rolling sprint section of  Stage 3 of this Year’s Tour de France takes place. Estimates of up to 20,000 people lining the streets of Epping meant the holding of the market in its usual High Street location would be impossible.

Epping Forest District Council made the offer of Cottis Lane Car Park after establishing that temporary parking facilities will be made available by St John’s School. The District Council will now consider whether Cottis Lane should revert to its normal use or could provide a base for other activities such as a themed continental market.


Response and Rescue: The Making of the Emergency Services

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A regional touring exhibition produced by Epping Forest District Museum and supported by Arts Council England.

From Victorian volunteer fire brigades to today’s dedicated coastguard crews, this exhibition tells the story of the creation and development of the emergency services.  Explore the lives of those working on the front line and discover the history of the life-saving services that we depend upon daily.

With a special emphasis on emergency services in the East of England, Response and Rescue includes an audio tour of collected objects and stories from the region. On display, visitors can see the newly-restored Second World War trailer pump, previously stationed at North Weald Aerodrome, the cell door from the nineteenth century Ongar lock up and a pair of stunning watches presented to the RNLI’s most decorated lifeboatman, Henry Blogg. Fun for everyone, this exhibition is packed full of entertaining games and interactives.


From 28 March until 28 July.

Opening times

  • Monday to Friday - 9.30am to 3.30pm
  • Saturday - 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday – closed


The Time Machine Galleries, the Leisurezone, Second Avenue, Harlow CM20 3DT

For more information please contact Epping Forest District Museum on 01992 716882 or Email: or go to

Response and Rescue: The Making of the Emergency Services is the second in a series of touring exhibitions produced by Epping Forest District Museum and funded by Arts Council England. Following its stay at The Time Machine Galleries in Harlow, the exhibition will tour the East of England, first visiting the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, Norfolk in the summer.