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.

When?

From 28 March until 28 July.

Opening times

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

Address

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: museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or go to http://www.science-alive.co.uk

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!

Where

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

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

Times

08.45am until 3.30pm

Cost

£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

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 www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/efyc or contact Di Butler the Young Persons’ Officer on 01992 564365 or via email to dbutler@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

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!

When

There are 2 performances on Tuesday 18 February 2014

Where

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

Times

11.30am and 2.30pm

Cost

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 
 

Multi sports camp

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During the February half term The Epping Forest Inclusion Project will be running a Multi Sports Camp for children and young people with disabilities / SEN (special educational needs).

The Inclusion Project, funded by Essex County Council’s Short Breaks, is coming to the end of its second year.

Multi sports camp flyer

Details

When – Friday 21 February 2014

Where – Debden Park High School, Willingale Road, Debden, Loughton IG10 2BQ

Cost – £10 for the whole day or £2.50 per activity

Time

  • 10am - trampolining / athletics (hoist available please state at booking)
  • 11am - dodgeball / football
  • 12 noon - boccia / tennis
  • 1pm - new age kurling / judo
  • 2pm - trampolining / badminton (hoist available please state at booking)

Find out more

For further information or to book a place please contact Olivia Worsfold on 01992 546 220 / 07711 014879 or email oworsfold@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

 

Own a pony morning

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During the February half term The Epping Forest Inclusion Project will be running Own A Pony Morning for children and young people with disabilities / SEN (special educational needs).

The Inclusion Project, funded by Essex County Council’s Short Breaks, is coming to the end of its second year.

Own a pony morning flyer

Details

When – Wednesday 19 February 2014

Where – Woodredon Equestrian Centre, Woodredon Farm Lane, Waltham Abbey EN9 3SX

Cost – £25 includes hat hire

Time – 10am to 12 noon

As places are limited booking early is recommended, no walk ons will be allowed on the day.

Find out more

For further information or to book a place please contact Olivia Worsfold on 01992 546 220 / 07711 014879  or email oworsfold@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

 

Flooding, be aware and be prepared

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If flooding has been forecast where you live, listen to local radio or check the Environment Agency’s website for updates and news.

Driving through flood water

Environment Agency

Latest flood warning updates for the Epping Forest district (in alphabetical order)

Know what the levels of flood warning mean

  • Flood Alert: Flooding is possible. Be prepared
  • Flood Warning: Flooding is expected. Immediate action required
  • Severe Flood Warning: Severe flooding. Danger to life

 

Update 14 February 2014 – severe weather closes North Weald Market

 

Stay in touch

Listen for flood updates on BBC Radio Essex and Heart Essex Radio.

Get up-to-date weather warnings from the Met Office.

Plan your journey with Essex County Council’s live travel information section. Get live travel data with details of traffic problems and disruptions across the County.

Advice to motorists to take care in bad weather from Essex Police.

Latest incidents from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Advice

Emergency planning advice from Essex County Council.

Information on emergencies from Epping Forest District Council.

The National Flood Forum is a national charity dedicated to supporting and representing communities and individuals at risk of flooding.

Practical tips and health advice in new flooding leaflet on gov.uk - Flooding: advice to the public.

Flooding presents a number of risks to health – advice from Public Health England.

Do you know what to do with your animals if it floods? Advice from RSPCA.

 

Photos from around the district

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Half term event at Lowewood Museum

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Family Fun: Make a 1950s Fashion Cut Out Doll

Come to Lowewood Museum, High Street, Hoddesdon EN9 1EL and join us for a fun art and craft activity this half term. On Thursday 20 February from 12 noon until 3pm we’ll be taking inspiration from the fabulous 1950s Fashion exhibition on display at the museum to make our own cut out dolls and their clothes. From the New Look to everyday wear for boys and girls, you’ll find plenty of ideas to design your own outfits for your doll. There are lots of fun things to try in the exhibition too, including lots of vintage clothes to try on and a 1950s juke box.

This activity, without the exhibition, is also taking place in Waltham Abbey Library, Sun Street, Waltham Abbey on Tuesday 18 February 2014 from 12 noon to 3pm as part of Epping Forest District Museum’s ‘Museum on the Move’ programme.

At both venues the activity is free of charge. There’s no need to book, just turn up during the times given and allow about 20 minutes for the activity. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

For more information call 01992 445596 or email museum.leisure@broxbourne.gov.uk.