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ONGAR: Club and council to discuss invoice

A MEETING is to be held between Ongar Juniors Football Club and Ongar Town Council over the club's outstanding £1,449 invoice.

ONGAR: Debate over "terrible" coffee

THE coffee machine at Ongar Town Council's Jubilee Park pavilion faces an uncertain future after it was claimed it was "not fit for purpose".

ESSEX: Police precept set for 3.25% rise

THE Essex Police share of council tax bills for 2017-18 could rise by 3.25 per cent to help boost the number of police officers in the county.

CRASH UPDATE: Six taken to hospital

SIX people were taken to hospital following a crash involving three buses and a lorry on High Road, Thornwood.

NORTH WEALD: 700 homes planned

EXCLUSIVE: A 700-home 'Garden Village' development with sports facilities, schools, retail outlets and Park and Ride to Epping Station is being proposed for North Weald.

THORNWOOD: Four in hospital after crash

FOUR people have been taken to hospital after a collision involving two buses and a lorry on High Road, Thornwood.

NORTH WEALD: Council to set budget

NORTH Weald Bassett Parish Council is proposing to increase its precept for the 2017-18 financial year.

LOUGHTON: Children get into Shakespeare

CHILDREN at Hereward Primary School were visited by actor Anthony Glenn who performed his own rendition of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

CHIGWELL: Languages visit to Cambridge

YEAR 8 and 9 students at West Hatch High School have been encouraged to consider studying Languages at GCSE and University by attending a taster day in Cambridge.

WALTHAM ABBEY: Council precept rise

WALTHAM Abbey Town Council is increasing its precept by 1.95 per cent for 2017018 as it prepares for "another challenging year".

EPPING: Council freezes council tax

EPPING Town Council has confirmed plans to continue with its programme of playground refurbishment in the next financial year while freezing its precept for 2017-18.

EPPING: Epping in Bloom competitions

TWO new competitions have been launched by the Epping in Bloom group.

BUCKHURST HILL: Man charged over raid

A MAN has been charged in connection with Tuesday's armed robbery at the Luxe Watches shop in Queens Road.

M11: New junction work could start in 2019

WORK on a new M11 junction 7A at Sheering could begin in two years, the Government has said.

ONGAR: 'No need' for polling cards

ONGAR town councillors have voted to not have polling cards for a forthcoming election to fill a councillor vacancy to save the council £200.

ONGAR: Former councillor remembered

ONGAR town councillors observed a minute's silence following the death of long-time councillor Ron Barnes.

ONGAR: Council budget delay

THE proposed transfer of the Jubilee Park facilities from Ongar Town Council to a community trust is "not guaranteed" to be completed by March 31.

ONGAR: Councillor's home plan opposed

PLANS for a property behind a house in High Street, Ongar, is the "worst type of overdevelopment", it has been claimed..

COOPERSALE: Lorry crash driver freed

A LORRY driver has been freed after his HGV left Houblons Hill, Coopersale, and ended up on its side in a field.

EPPING: Rotary club's festive fundraising

THE Rotary Club of Epping raised almost £10,000 with its Santa sleigh and Carols on the Green.

WALTHAM ABBEY: Students visit Lille

STUDENTS in Years 8, 9 and 11 at King Harold Academy enjoyed a day trip to Lille in Northern France.

BUCKHURST HILL: Gunman targets shop

STAFF at the Luxe Watches shop in Queens Road were threatened at gunpoint, police have revealed.

BUCKHURST HILL: Armed raid on shop

ROBBERS reported to have been armed with a gun and sledgehammer targeted a designer watch store in Buckhurst Hill.

CLARIFICATION: Councillors investigated

The original article, posted on January 10, stated that councillor John Reynolds was in breach of the Code of Conduct because he failed to declare an interest. Everything Epping Forest would like to clarify that Mr Reynolds was found to be in breach of the adopted Code of Conduct because having declared a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest - that he was an allotment holder - he remained in two town council meetings, on March 24 and April 14 last year, when an allotment-related matter was discussed.

WALTHAM ABBEY: French students visit

THE King Harold Academy welcomed students and staff from Le Collège Sainte-Marie in Chavagnes-en-Paillers (Vendée) in France for the third successive year.


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West Hatch High School (edition 10)
(issued December 14, 2016)
West Hatch High School (edition 9)
(issued October 18, 2016)
West Hatch High School (edition 8)
(issued July 20, 2016)
West Hatch High School (edition 7)
(issued May 24, 2016)
West Hatch High School (edition 6)
(issued February 9, 2016)
The Dream Factory (edition 3)
(issued February 29, 2016)
West Hatch High School (edition 5)
(issued February 9, 2016)
West Hatch High School (edition 4)
(issued December 11, 2015)
West Hatch High School (edition 3)
(issued October 16, 2015)
West Hatch High School (edition 2)
(issued July 17, 2015)
The Dream Factory (edition 2)
(issued June 2, 2015)
West Hatch High School (edition 1)
(issued May 20, 2015)
The Dream Factory (edition 1)
(issued February 18, 2015)


Waltham Abbey racing driver Ben Green helped his Century Motorsport team clinch the runners-up spot in the GT4 race at the 2017 Dubai 24-Hour event. Read more

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Chigwell School Sixth Form Centre - Headmaster Michael Punt and Dr Malvinder Sohi
(added September 18, 2016)
Chigwell School Sixth Form Centre - Television presenter and Old Chigwellian Ben Shephard
(added September 18, 2016)

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North Weald Bassett Parish Council
(updated January 18, 2017)
Hereward Primary School
(updated January 18, 2017)
West Hatch High School
(updated January 17, 2017)
Waltham Abbey Town Council
(updated January 16, 2017)
Epping Town Council
(updated January 14, 2017)
Epping in Bloom
(updated January 14, 2017)
Rotary Club of Epping
(updated January 12, 2017)
King Harold Academy
(updated January 11, 2017)
Epping Forest Community Transport
(updated December 21, 2016)
Thomas Willingale School and Nursery
(updated December 21, 2016)
Eleanor Laing MP
(updated December 19, 2016)
Buckhurst Hill Parish Council
(updated December 19, 2016)

(updated December 19, 2016)
Davenant Foundation School
(updated December 15, 2016)
Chigwell School
(updated December 10, 2016)
Debden Park High School
(updated December 4, 2016)
The Dream Factory
(updated November 27, 2016)
Epping St John's School
(updated November 25, 2016)
Ongar Town Council
(updated November 23 , 2016)
Ongar Club for the Handicapped
(updated November 19, 2016)
Treetops Care Home, Epping
(updated September 12, 2016)
Roding Valley High School
(updated August 25, 2016)
Andrew French - Epping Foresters Cricket Club
(updated August 21, 2016)
Thornwood Festival
(updated August 11, 2016)
Heart of Epping appeal
(updated August 5, 2016)
Dr Diana Lowry
(updated July 20, 2016)
St Mary's Church, Loughton

(updated July 10, 2016)
The Worshipful Company of Educators
(updated May 17, 2016)
bibic charity
(updated April 16, 2016)
Boots Opticians, Loughton
(updated March 21, 2016)

Affordable Counselling Epping Forest
(updated March 15, 2016)
St John's Primary School, Buckhurst Hill
(updated January 25, 2016)
Avon House Preparatory School

(updated December 4, 2015)
Loughton Music Academy
(updated December 1, 2015)
Jubilee Park, Love Lane, Ongar
(updated November 17, 2015)

Slimming World (Epping group)
(updated August 23, 2015)
Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce
(updated August 27,2015)

Buckhurst Hill Residents' Society
(updated July 7, 2015)
Love Loughton
(updated July 7, 2015)
Loughton Town Council
(updated July 1, 2015)
Epping Forest Conservative Association
(updated March 3, 2015)
Caffe Nero
(updated March 1, 2015)
The Nags Head, Moreton
(updated February 3, 2015)
Morgan Lee-Stephens (charity Wing Walk)
(updated January 30, 2015)
Operation Market Garden 2014
(updated December 8, 2014)
St John's Church, Epping
(updated December 3, 2014)
414 (Epping & North Weald) Squadron ATC
(updated November 18, 2014)
Louise Fowler / Vicki Michelle (I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!)
(updated November 14, 2014)
Rotary Club of Roding
(updated August 30, 2014)

Epping Forest District Sixth Form Consortium
(updated July 14, 2014)

Councillor Valerie Metcalfe
(updated July 10, 2014)
Ongar and District Healthcare
League of Friends
(updated July 9, 2014)

Raymond Warner BEM
(updated June 15, 2014)
Charity Tour de France cycle ride
(updated April 25, 2014)
Robert Halfon MP
(updated April 17, 2014)
M25 Business Centre, Waltham Abbey
(updated February 10, 2014)
John Yates
(updated January 6, 2014)
St Clare Hospice
(updated June 28, 2013)
Copped Hall Trust
(updated June 16, 2013)

The Ongar Surgery
(updated April 4, 2013)
Epping Forest Business Forum
(updated February 21, 2013)
Jason Steggall (Comic Relief)
(updated February 5, 2013)
Ongar Christmas lights switch-on
(updated December 3, 2012)
Theydon Bois Primary School
(updated October 15, 2012)
Family Care Counselling Service
(updated August 16, 2012)
Jubilee 'Party in the Park' in Ongar
(updated May 21, 2012)
Alfie D (Live and Unsigned competition)
(updated February 23, 2012)
West Hatch High School 2012 Sports Ball
(updated January 22, 2012)
St Martin's, Ongar and St Peter's, Shelley
(updated November 29, 2011)
Grange Farm Centre Trust
(updated November 23, 2011)
Ongar Patients' Forum
(updated August 12, 2011)
North Weald branch, Royal British Legion
(updated May 26, 2011)
Alexander Crossley's Peru trek
(updated February 26, 2011)


Debden Park High School student beats cancer and gets record 12 A* GCSEs
(added August 25, 2016)

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Thomas Willingale School Christmas show - 'Christmas with the Aliens'
(added December 15, 2016)
West Hatch High School Christmas concert
(added December 14, 2016)
Thomas Willingale School - Nursery  and Reception children perform 'Whoops A Daisy Angel'
(added December 9, 2016)
Hereward Primary School Years 1 and 2 children perform 'Born in A Barn'
(added December 8, 2016)
Hereward Primary School reception children perform 'Happy Birthday Jesus'
(added December 5, 2016)
Epping Christmas Tree Festival and Christmas Market and 'Christmas in Queens Road', Buckhurst Hill
(added December 3, 2016)

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The Nags Head, Moreton
(updated February 3, 2015)
M25 Business Centre, Waltham Abbey
(updated February 10, 2014) 


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