Christmas gifts for refuge families

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Families staying in refuges this Christmas will have a happier festive season thanks to the amazing generosity of customers and staff at the Waltham Abbey branch of Tesco.

Vice-chairman Jeane Lea and Safer Communities Manager Caroline Wiggins collected trollies full of presents for women and children of all ages on Tuesday 15 December 2015 from Michele Moore, Tescos Community Champion.

Vice-chairman Jeane Lea

All the gifts were given to a refuge in Harlow.

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Overwhelmed by generosity 

Vice-chairman Jeane Lea said: “I’m completely overwhelmed by peoples generosity and kindness. My sincere thanks go to Tesco Community Champion Michele Moore who organised the collection, and to all the people who visit Tesco at Waltham Abbey for their support.”

“Christmas and New Year can be an extremely hard time for families in refuges. I hope these gifts will make them smile and feel hopeful for the future.”

 

Candlelit Christmas celebration

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People across the District gathered for a candlelit Christmas Carol service hosted by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Liz Webster and Town Mayor of Waltham Abbey, Councillor Helen Kane at the beautiful medieval church of Waltham Abbey on Tuesday evening 8 December 2015.

Civic Carol Service Waltham Abbey

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Christmas is a time for sharing

The evening was especially moving for Councillor Webster who remembered a previous Civic Carol Service held at Waltham Abbey by her late husband Don Spinks when he was Chairman of Epping Forest District Council 23 years before.

Councillor Webster went on to welcome everyone. She said: “Christmas is a time for sharing, so what could be better than sharing this service with the Town Council. I am delighted that Helen and I have the joint honour to host tonight’s ‘Celebration of Christmas by Candlelight’  in this beautiful historical church. For me Christmas really starts today – so I hope you will sing loudly but donate silently!”

Reverend Peter Smith, Team Rector for Waltham Abbey provided a warm welcome as councillors and their families gathered with local residents for the special Civic Service. The Waltham Abbey Choir was led by Jonathan Lilley and the readings were given by Dr Joyce Smith, Kathryn Richmond, Derek Macnab and Councillors Liz Webster, Antony Watts, Sam Kane and Helen Kane.

The service was also attended by Lord Petre, Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Vincent Thompson, the High Sheriff of Essex, and Norman Hume, the Chairman of Essex County Council.

 

#OurDay 2015

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A snapshot of 24 hours in the life of Epping Forest District Council for #OurDay 2015.

Jarvis, Karen and 14 keen cyclists set off on a 10 mile ‘Cycle For Health’ on ‪#‎OurDay‬

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Find out more

Find out what was tweeted

Read about #OurDay on the LGA website.

 

Crimestoppers pocket card, helping fight crime

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A new pocket card informing people how to help keep communities safe, has been developed by the crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers and has just been launched in Essex.

The ‘Tell us what you know about crime, not who you are’, card has been produced with support from Epping Forest District Council and outlines the unique services offered by Crimestoppers through its 0800 555 111 phone number and online.

CrimeStoppers 0800 555 111

Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

The independent charity operates a 24/7 service for people to give information anonymously about crime or criminals. No names are taken, no one can be identified and calls or online information cannot be traced. It’s all anonymous when the information is passed to police.

The 8 page folded card is designed to be carried in a pocket or handbag as a reminder or to give to those who may need Crimestoppers’ services.

Police can’t solve crime on their own. They need to be pointed in the right direction by people who want to keep their communities safe.

Provide information without the fear of being identified

Councillor Gary Waller, Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council said: “These cards are really compact and full of useful Crimestoppers information. People will be able to access contact details quickly, easily and feel safe in the knowledge that they can provide information without the fear of being identified. This is an excellent resource that will benefit our community and Epping Forest District Council is proud to be involved in its production.”

You will remain anonymous

Crimestoppers Regional Manager Antonia Litten said: “Some people won’t go to the police, as they fear what will happen to them if the criminal finds out. Crimestoppers removes that concern and gives people peace of mind. No one has anything to fear by contacting Crimestoppers as you will remain anonymous. We never ask for your name and no personal details are taken, we just want to know about the crime.”

 More information

  • For more information on Crimestoppers visit their website
  • Call Crimestoppers anytime on 0800 555 111

 

Stroke survivor wins InstructAbility award

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Everyone Active along with Level 3 qualified Exercise and Disability Trainer Lee Cartwright have been presented with an InstructAbility award for their work, setting up a Stroke Survivors fitness group.

The InstructAbility awards is a programme created in 2010 by Aspire, the spinal injury charity and YMCAfit training provider. The award recognises successful partnerships between disabled fitness professionals and their employers.

They engage with disabled people within fitness activities, led by qualified instructors who are experts due to their own experiences. The programme has supported over 200 disabled people to qualify as fitness professionals  and their instructors have contributed 20,000 hours of voluntary service to the leisure industry to encourage more disabled people to feel welcome and supported in the gym environment.

InstructAbility Award

(Photo above Lee Cartwright being presented with his award by Centre Manager Chris McCarthy)

Three and a half years ago Lee Cartwright had a major stroke which left him with left side paralysis. Whilst training to try and regain movement he was disappointed with the lack of support for stroke rehab. This led him to qualify as a gym and disability instructor through the InstructAbility programme and set up his own Stroke Survivors fitness group with Louise Bonfield, a friend who had also had a stroke and suffers from epilepsy.

The group meets every Friday in a fitness studio at Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool from 12:00-14:00 and offers accessible fitness sessions, as well as support and a friendly social atmosphere. On Monday and Wednesday, a functional training class also offers exercise sessions for all those with disabilities.

“We are delighted and very proud to have been given the InstructAbility award alongside Lee,” says Everyone Active Centre Manager Chris McCarthy. “He is a fantastic instructor and role model for many people with disabilities, and we hope that the classes will give people with similar conditions the support they need to help them recover.”

Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder Helen Kane said:

‘’I am absolutely delighted to hear that Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool and Lee Cartwright have been presented with this award. Their commendable work means that stroke survivors in the District are supported by an instructor that understands their condition first hand, encouraging successful rehabilitation. I would like to extend my congratulations to both and thank them for making fitness accessible within the Epping Forest District.’’

More information

Find out more about Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool

More information on InstructAbilty

 

Winter warmer events 2015

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Epping Forest District Council and West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group are delivering a number of winter warmer, health and wellbeing events.

Winter warmer events 2015

Older Peoples’ Community Health and Wellbeing Winter Warmer Events 2015

These will include talks from health professionals and community safety officers, health checks, seated exercise, information stands and a free lunch.

Buckhurst Hill Library

  • 165 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5AZ
  • Friday 6 November
  • 10am to 2.30pm

Epping Town Hall

  • St Johns Road, Epping, CM16 5JU
  • Thursday 19 November
  • 10am to 2.30pm

Waltham Abbey Town Hall

  • Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1DE
  • Monday 14 December
  • 10am to 2.30pm

Book now

Booking required please call Keith Wilson on 01992 566140 ext 1483 to book your place.

 

Disability training course for clubs and coaches

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We are holding a ‘How To Coach Disabled People In Sport’ coaches workshop delivered by Sports Coach UK.

As part of our continued work with local clubs under our Six for All project we are running this training course to allow coaches and clubs of all levels the chance to become more inclusive.

Suitable for all coaches, this workshop aims to answer the commonly asked questions about disabled sports participants and it will show you how, with a few minor adjustments to the way you work, you can make your coaching more inclusive and effective.

Details

  • Date: 29 October, 2015
  • Time: 7pm to 9pm
  • Venue: Loughton Methodist Church, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1RB

This course is free to coaches from clubs in the Epping Forest district. For coaches outside the district the cost is £10.

For bookings and further information please contact Olivia Worsfold on 07711 014879 / 01992 564220 or email oworsfold@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

 

Underwater Drawing exhibition

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A display of drawings made underwater and films of the drawings taking shape, produced at this year’s exciting Big Draw events, will be coming to Loughton Art Centre.

Local people were invited to work together to create drawings whilst completely submerged underwater.  Swimmers were encouraged to join Epping Forest College students at Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool to create these unique drawings. Year 9′s P.E. class of Davenant Foundation School also took part in their school pool.

The Big Draw Underwater

Details

  • Where – Loughton Arts Centre, Lopping Hall, 187b High Road, Loughton, IG10 4LF
  • When – 16 to 30 October, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm

The exhibition will also be returning in 2016 at Epping Forest College, where college students will help to curate, publicise and document the show.

 

Join us for underwater drawing fun

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As part of the worlds biggest drawing festival The Big Draw, we are offering a drop-in drawing event to get people from across the district to come and draw with us … underwater!

The Big Draw Underwater

Details

  • When – Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool, Roundhills, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1UP
  • Where – Tuesday 6 October from 3pm to 6pm
  • What – All you have to do is dive down and draw on the special waterproof paper known as Parax Paper that will be placed at the bottom of the pool. Working as team when you run out of breath just bob up to the surface and let someone else have a go, to create a crazy underwater masterpiece.
  • Idea – The idea behind the project is to explore how our environment changes or dictates the way we make art. In the work made so far have, participants have chosen to wear light, loose fitting clothes over their swimwear but no shoes of course! Please bring goggles if you have them.
  • Cost - Normal swim charges apply, but participation in this event is free.

Epping Forest District Council’s Culture team is running a drawing project with a difference, hope to see you there.

Booster Cushion Theatre returns!!

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After welcoming Booster Cushion Theatre to Epping during the summer they’re back!

Following on from their great success with ‘Little Red Riding Hood and Friends’ and ‘Old MacDonald’s Farm and The Three Pigs Plus’ they return this October to Loughton Library with ‘Hansel, Gretal and You…Who?’

This is a fast, funny show with lots of opportunities for everyone to get involved, great fun for all the family.

Hansel, Gretal and You ... Who?

Can you help Hansel and Gretal escape from the Candy House and the Ginger Witch?! 

If so they need you!

Loughton Library 2pm October 29th! 

Heres how!

  • Booking line opens Monday 28 September.
  • £7 Adult, £5 Child.
  • For children aged 3 years and above.
  • Call 01992 564226 (Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm)
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.