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.


Easter Playschemes

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There is plenty going on for young people during the school Easter half term.

Week 1 – Monday 7 April to Friday 11 April. The theme for the week is Myths and Legends.  Come and join us on this magical week, making wands, dragon Models, wizards and lots more.  The week will end with a fun party with children dressing up as their favourite mystic characters.

Week 2 – Monday 14 April to Thursday 17 April.  The theme is Easter Eggstravaganza!  Easter week will see a range of fun and exciting activities, including an Easter Bunny hunt, Easter-themed arts and crafts, sporting fun and games, competitions and an ‘eggciting’ fancy dress party!


Week 1 – Metropolitan Police Sports Club/Chigwell Hall, High Road, Chigwell IG7 6BD.

Week 2 – The Limes Centre, Limes Avenue, Chigwell IG7 5LP.


08.45am until 3.30pm


£15.00 per day (£8.50 concessions)

Book Now

Booking is essential on 01992 564226 from Monday to Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm

Playschemes are for children aged 5-11.  Children can come along for the whole two weeks, or on individual days as required.


Young firefighters pass out success

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Youngsters showed their new firefighting skills to proud parents at a ‘Pass Out Parade’ on a sunny March afternoon.

Having successfully completed a 5 day Firebreak course, the youngsters aged 13 to 17 gave an impressive fire-fighting display at Waltham Abbey fire station.

The Firebreak recruits

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Firebreak’s aim is to help young people improve their self-esteem, self-discipline and responsibility, it combines practical drill and scenario based training and classroom and discussion workshops.

All the participants were from the Epping Forest district and recommended by their schools. The course is funded by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service  (ECFRS), Epping Forest District Council Youth Futures programme and the schools.

The Firebreak scheme is a successful scheme that is designed to engage and encourage young people to reach their potential.

Find out more about Youth Engagement at ECFRS

Work as one

Councillor Gary Waller, Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder said: “I saw 11 young people work as one, understanding the importance of teamwork. I hope this course gives them the sense of self-discipline, self-worth and independence they need to achieve their goals in life … and maybe they will be our next generation of firefighters.”


Citizens of the year announced at awards

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John and Sandra Newman were announced as the Epping Forest District Citizens of the year at a glittering awards evening hosted by Councillor Mary Sartin, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council.

The First Responders from Epping were recognised for their life-saving voluntary work which sees them called out by the East of England Ambulance Service day or night to help their neighbours in distress until an ambulance can arrive.

Epping Forest District Civic Awards 2014

Mary and Roger Roles received High Commendations for their voluntary work in Ongar, as did Jean Morgan of Matching Tye for her work within the community.

Davenant Foundation School student James Lingfield is the Epping Forest District Young Citizen of the Year. The 14 year-old from Loughton was recognised for his outstanding achievements with Natasha Miller and from Waltham Abbey and James Harrington from Buckhurst Hill also recognised.

Community Service Medals were presented to  Simon Galloway and Collette Howell of the East of England Ambulance Service, PCSO Louise Coveney of Essex Police and Essex Fire and Rescue Service Firefighter Martyn Simmonds of Epping.

Councillor Mary Sartin also presented a cheque for £1,500 to Phoebe Taylor and her theatre group ‘Three Reasonable Women’. The group based at the East 15 Acting School are set to play at the Edinburgh Fringe and will use the award to take their play about mental health into the local community.

There were also awards for Youth Councillors Imogen Padwick, Edward Gokmen, Max Albert and Aaron Williams.

Honouring some of our many individuals

Councillor Sartin said: “Tonight has been about honouring some of our many individuals who make Epping Forest District a wonderful place to live. I am sure you will agree that we are all the richer for having them as citizens of our district.”

“In a way it is a pity that we have to differentiate between the Citizen and the Young Citizen of the Year. All could be placed in that number one spot. Each of our nominees brings different things to their communities and makes the decisions on awarding these titles that much more difficult. And it must be remembered that those here tonight are not the only names that we had before us when making our decisions. So many congratulations again to all our winners tonight.”

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The Epping Forest District Civic Awards were filmed to make a short video below.

Voting starts for the new Epping Forest Youth Council

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Young people across the district are being encouraged to vote in the Epping Forest Youth Council (EFYC) elections. Voting starts on 10 March and continues in 6 of the 8 secondary schools in the district until 21 March 2014.

Pupils have the opportunity to select candidates to represent them and their school on the Youth Council and provide a voice on local issues affecting young people.

Youth councillors

Schedule of 2014 elections

  • 10 March – West Hatch High School
  • 12 March – King Harold Academy
  • 13 March – Roding Valley High School
  • 18 March – Chigwell School
  • 20 March - Debden Park High School
  • 21 March – Epping St John’s School 

This year was a record year, with 52 nominations received. 7 candidates did not qualify because they were either too young or lived out of the area. Therefore 45 candidates are contesting the 21 available seats. The Chairman of Council Councillor Mary Sartin will be announcing the successfully-elected candidates on 26 March 2014.

For more information, please go to or contact Di Butler the Young Persons’ Officer on 01992 564365 or via email to

Candidates for the Epping Forest Youth Council

Braeside School

  1. Rose Compton
  2. Olivia Storey

Chigwell School

  1. Thomas Bromwich
  2. Lydia Rose Colman
  3. Tanujenth Kugathasan
  4. Meha Valera
  5. Rajanne-May Watkis-Popat
  6. Nathan Watkis-Popat

Davenant Foundation School

  1. Joseph Pascoe
  2. Julie Turrell

Debden Park High School

  1. Elizabeth Barnes
  2. Lucy Berry
  3. Eleanor Davies
  4. Shama Maliha
  5. George Miller
  6. Stephanie Stone-Weyl
  7. Jack Winch
  8. Jack Wingrove

Epping St John’s School

  1. Stanimer Bakalov
  2. Joshua Bentley
  3. Adam Clegg
  4. Teale Cunningham
  5. Will Jones
  6. Rory Kerr
  7. Leonora Troshupa

King Harold Academy

  1. Isabelle Ashley
  2. Hannah Bird
  3. Drew Bridger
  4. Chloe McKendrick
  5. Danielle Miller
  6. Hayley Square

Roding Valley High School

  1. Doncho Atanassov
  2. Jake Forecast
  3. Drew Lachman
  4. Matthew Tinker
  5. Natalie Walker
  6. Amber Wigley

West Hatch High School

  1. Malachi Fontenelle
  2. Atirola ‘Derbie’ Owadayo
  3. Fred Skipper

Independent candidates

  1. Fatemeh Ekhteyary
  2. Evangeline Foster
  3. Jaymey McIvor
  4. Imogen Padwick
  5. Hazel Towns


Who’s been sitting in my chair?

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During the half term holiday, why not come along to Epping Hall in Epping and enjoy a delightful and musical interpretation of a well-known tale – with porridge and bears and 1, 2, 3 chairs?

Who's sitting in my chair? poster

Created especially with children aged 3 to 7 in mind, the story starts in winter time and those sleepy bears just won’t wake up from their dreamy slumber. However, spring in the air puts a spring in all our steps and one little girl with golden hair is always a step ahead.

Find out what happens when Small Bear gets lost and we all have to go on a bear hunt!

Brought to the district by Epping Forest District Council Arts Development, Freehand Theatre will be telling the tale that’s not too big and not too small but just right!


There are 2 performances on Tuesday 18 February 2014


Epping Hall, St John’s Road, Epping, CM16 5JU


11.30am and 2.30pm


Tickets cost £6 adult and £4 for children

Book now

Booking is essential on 01992 564226 from Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm

Freehand Theatre - plays with hands