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THEYDON BOIS and WALTHAM ABBEY: Three injured and two cars stolen in robberies

4.23pm - 26th June 2017

DETECTIVES are investigating whether there is any connection between two car robberies - in Theydon Bois and Waltham Abbey - where three victims were injured and two cars stolen. 
A woman in her 30s reported an assault and robbery near Station Approach, Theydon Bois, on Friday, April 21. 
It happened following a test drive which had been arranged with the suspect via a car sales website. 
Following the test drive the victim was pushed over by the suspect who then drove the car - a white Mercedes - away. 
The victim was dragged along during the incident resulting in injuries which were treated by ambulance staff. 
The suspect was described as Asian, in his early 30s and slim. He was about 6ft 2ins tall and had dark hair. He wore a grey hooded top, blue denim jeans and white trainers. 
On Friday, June 23, a white Mercedes was reported stolen from an address near Sewardstone Road, Waltham Abbey. The incident happened at about 9.30pm. 
A man, who was described as white and aged in his mid to late 20s, was reported to have made an appointment to view the car which had also been advertised on an online car sales website. 
The suspect took the car for a test drive following which the Mercedes was stolen from the victim. 
A man and woman were injured as the car drove away. 
Both were taken to hospital and treated for injuries which were not believed to be serious. 
The suspect was also described as being skinny with mid length spiky brown hair which was shaved at the sides and back, and longer on top and having a small heart-shaped tattoo on his right cheek bone and another tattoo on the left side of the neck. 
He was thought to be about 5ft 9ins tall. He was believed to be wearing a dark coloured jacket with a round-necked t-shirt, a plain black bag which was worn across the chest, ripped, dark-coloured skinny style jeans and loafers which may have been red or brown. 
Detectives are exploring the possibility that the incidents are linked however various lines of enquiry are being investigated. Vigilance is urged among members of the public using car sales websites, and caution when arranging to meet a potential buyer. 
Witnesses or anyone with information can ring Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

   

ONGAR: Young musicians to compete for county title

2.54pm - 26th June 2017

MUSICIANS aged from 13 to 24 will be competing in Ongar on Sunday for the title Essex Young Musician of the Year. 
The competition is being held by Ongar Music Club at the Budworth Hall, High Street, with the semi-finals at 2pm and the final at 7pm. 
Competing for places in the final will be Eleanor Austin (soprano), 20, from Great Baddow (attended Brentwood School), Michael Hollette (bassoon), 17, from Hornchurch (attends New Hall School, Chelmsford), Jessica Hope (soprano), 24, from Romford (studying at RNCM), Felicity Latham (flute), 23, from Roxwell (postgraduate student at RWCMD), Kayleigh McEvoy (soprano), 24 (final year at GSMD), Lucy Rose Murphy (piano), 22 (attended Barking Abbey school and now at Trinity Laban), Alex Usher (clarinet), 16 (attends Westcliff High School for Boys), Abbie Ward (soprano), 17 (attends Westcliff High School for Girls) and Vivien Wong (clarinet), 13 (attends Colchester High School for Girls). 
Eleanor Austin and Michael Hollette were both finalists in last year's competition. 
Tickets will be on sale at the door.

   

WALTHAM ABBEY: Town council awards grants

2.42pm - 26th June 2017

GRANTS totaling over £2,000 have been awarded by Waltham Abbey Town Council. 
Waltham Abbey Community Association receives £750 to assist with transport costs while Abbey Youth Football Club (to assist with the cost of pitch fees) and Cruse Bereavement (to assist with running costs) each receive £500. 
A grant of £393 is awarded to Waltham Abbey Woodcraft Folk, to take ten children on an overnight camp at Herts Young Mariners Base in Cheshunt, with £200 awarded to Waltham Abbey Residents Association to assist with administration costs. 
Town council leader councillor Liz Webster said: "The town council's grant scheme enables the town council to support the valuable work of our hard-working clubs and organisations.
"Councillors are delighted to be able to support these five groups to help them maintain and develop their services in our local area."

   

EPPING: Hedgehog competition

8.48am - 26th June 2017

PRIZES have been presented for Epping in Bloom's hedgehog competition which asked 'true' or 'false' questions about the little creatures. 
Epping in Bloom volunteer Cherry McCredie, who is a volunteer in the Community Garden next to the Marks and Spencer store and also does voluntary conservation work with Epping Forest Countrycare,said: "I am introducing environmental education into the garden under the auspices of Victoria Robertson (Epping in Bloom chairman). 
"We are now feeding birds and have two bird boxes. Several information sheets have been posted about how to help the wildlife." 
Question sheets for the hedgehog quiz were available in the garden for throughout May to highlight Hedgehog Awareness Week which was also marked at the Swaines Green May Fayre. 
The two winners received prizes which had been donated by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

   

DISTRICT: Hospice launches Children's Bereavement Service

10.57am - 25th June 2017

ST Clare Hospice has officially launched its new Children’s Bereavement Service. 
The launch event was attended by more than 50 supporters including television presenter Jeff Brazier who delivered the key note speech. 
Lord Lieutenant of Essex Lord Petre and Dame Claire Bertschinger DBE, the Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, were also present along with Epping Forest District Council chairman Dave Stallan, Loughton mayor Philip Abraham and Waltham Abbey mayor Mick Fitch who has chosen St Clare as his charity of the year. 
Mr Brazier, whose debut book ‘The Grief Survival Guide’ was published this month, is a supporter of the hospice and consulted their bereavement team during the writing of his book. 
The impact of bereavement in childhood has been an issue close to his heart following his experience of raising his two sons, Bobby and Freddie, after the loss of their mother, Jade Goody, who was cared for at St Clare Hospice in 2009. 
He said: “It is fantastic that St Clare has secured funding to launch this vital service for the children and young relatives of those they care for. 
"My own personal experience, as the father of two sons who lost their mother at a young age, has shown me just how essential this type of specialist care and support is. 
"Grief can happen to anyone, at any point in life; but for children, who may be less well-equipped to cope with it and manage the effects, the need for support is even greater." 
The Children’s Bereavement Service has been funded by a major grant from BBC Children in Need and bolstered by additional gifts from Clara E Burgess Trust and Charles S French Trust. 
For more information about the service ring the Patient and Family support team on 01279 773742 or visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk/care/support-families

   

ESSEX: New Lord Lieutenant appointed

10.09am - 25th June 2017

A DEPUTY Lieutenant of Essex, Jennifer Tolhurst, has been appointed by The Queen to replace Lord Petre as Lord Lieutenant when he retires in August after 15 years as the Royal representative in the county. 
Lord Petre will stand down on August 4 after turning 75 - the obligatory retirement age for the Sovereign’s representatives. 
Mrs Tolhurst, a former High Sheriff of Essex, who lives in Danbury with her husband, Philip, said: “I am extremely honoured to have been appointed Lord Lieutenant of Essex. It will be a tremendous challenge to follow Lord Petre who has given such wonderful service to the County of Essex, but I will do my absolute best to fulfill the role, and represent Her Majesty the Queen in our very special county." 
Mrs Tolhurst, who has three grown-up children and seven grandchildren, launched the Danbury and Little Baddow branch of the NSPCC and chaired the Prince’s Youth Business Trust in Essex, while also serving as a magistrate and vice-chairman of the governors of New Hall School, Chelmsford. 
She remains vice-president of the Essex Community Foundation, serves on Essex University Court, is an assessor for the Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Services and is vice-chairman of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee. 
Lord Petre, 18th Baron of the Petre family and Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, whose ancestral family home is at Ingatestone Hall, said: “I have every confidence that Jenny will be a most worthy personal representative of HM The Queen in this County. 
“She has already proved herself many times over as an active and enthusiastic supporter of a large number of our local institution.

   

LOUGHTON: Students take part in Bake Off

2.26pm - 24th June 2017

DOZENS of cup cakes were produced when students at Roding Valley High School took part in the latest Bake Off Challenge.
The Food and Nutrition Department hosted 20 competitors who had to bake and decorate some cup cakes which went before the judging panel - Assistant Headteacher Sam Dyer, Head of Art Dave Tisdale, Humanities Teacher Fran Williams and PA to Headteacher Sue Sabin who marked the entries on appearance, texture and flavour. 
The winner was Year 9 student Sarah Bagshaw with Year 9 student Ellie Blundy second and Year 7 student Martha Rose Collins third.

   

LOUGHTON: Woman cut free after collision

7.35am - 23rd June 2017

A WOMAN was cut free from a car following a two-vehicle collision on Rectory Lane, Loughton. 
Fire crews from Loughton and Waltham Abbey, and the air ambulance, were called out shortly before 8pm last night. 
An Essex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said fire crews worked with paramedics to release the woman who was trapped in her vehicle.
It took about 30 minutes to free the woman who was left in the care of the ambulance service. 
Everything Epping Forest understands the woman was the only occupant of one of the vehicles while a man and a woman, who appeared to be uninjured, were in the other vehicle.

   

ONGAR: Councillors criticised for bypassing clerk over newsletter

7.21am - 23rd June 2017

ONGAR town councillors have been criticised for not following "due processes" after a Neighbourhood Plan newsletter was published without the approval of the town clerk. 
Councillors had voted to distribute the newsletter with the council's Annual Report once it had been reviewed by clerk Aimi Middlehurst, however this did not happened. 
Former town councillor Sheila Jackman, a vice-chairman of the Essex Association of Local Councils, told last night's town council meeting she was "very concerned" that due processes are not being followed by the council. 
Regarding the decision to publish the newsletter once it had been reviewed by the clerk, Mrs Jackman said: "This did happen and councillors must appreciate that the clerk is the proper officer of this council and must not be bypassed." 
Council chairman Derek Birch did not allow councillor Jane Battersby to speak on the matter because the agenda item asked councllors to "note" that the agreed process had not been followed. 
Mrs Battersby said: "It's a very important issue that should not be washed over."

   

NORTH WEALD: Play in the Park dates confirmed

9.25am - 22nd June 2017

YOUNGSTERS aged five upwards are invited to take part in Play in the Park sessions being run by Epping Forest District Council in Thornwood and North Weald. 
The free sessions are aimed at giving young people the opportunity to play games and have fun outdoors.
There is no need to book. 
Trained play workers will be on hand to supervise the sessions which feature an array of play and sports equipment, games and art and craft materials. 
The sessions are at Thornwood Parish Hall Recreation Ground, Weald Hall Lane, Thornwood, on July 31 (10am-noon) and on August 7 (10am-noon) at Memorial Playing Field School Green Lane, North Weald.
For more details click here and click on the 'Summer Activities' link for more information. 
The sessions are supported by North Weald Bassett Parish Council.

   

EPPING: Firefighters to hold charity fire engine pull

8.34am - 22nd June 2017

FIREFIGHTERS based at Epping Fire Station will be pulling the fire engine along the High Street to raise money for charity. 
This year's engine pull and fire station open day is being held on Saturday, July 8 - the same day as the Epping Festival - between 10am and 4pm with the engine pull at about midday. 
The charities being supported this year are the Firefighters Charity - www.firefighterscharity.org.uk; Save Our Maddi - www.saveourmaddi.co.uk; and the Grenfell Tower Appeal - www.thebiggive.org.uk

   

EPPING: PICTURES: Students perform 'School of Rock'

9.24am - 21st June 2017

A PACKED hall watched the opening night of Epping St John's School's first musical - School of Rock. 
A further public performance will be staged tonight (Wednesday). 
Sarah Viccars, director of learning (creative and physical innovations) - who has produced the show alongside the Performing Arts team at the school - said: "It is the first full scale musical that Epping St John’s has produced and symbolises a huge turning point for our school in both academic improvement but also community links." 
Epping Mayor Tony Church was among last night's audience. 
The cast prepared for the opening night by performing to an audience of primary school children yesterday afternoon and will be putting on a performance for Epping St John's Year 7 students today (Wednesday).
The school hired in specialist technical equipment for the show which Miss Viccars said ensured it would be "an incredible opportunity for students to feel as though they are a part of professional theatre".
Students have been rehearsing since auditions were held in January with cast members having given up their time during holidays and after school for rehearsals.
The production features live music, choreography, acting and video projection. 
Some 60 Epping St John's students are involved and all elements have been run by students, including operation of the technical equipment, creation of the set and costumes and make-up. 
Miss Viccars added: "I am exceptionally proud of how much we have transformed over the last year." 
The school now hopes to stage three productions a year, with a musical, pantomime and Shakespeare performance. 

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LOUGHTON: Deaf students invited to college open event

9.24am - 21st June 2017

EPPING Forest College is encouraging deaf students or those who are hard-of-hearing who are leaving school this summer to attend its Open Event on Tuesday, June 27 (4pm-8pm). 
Visitors will be able to find out about the courses on offer and view the college's facilities. 
Students can also meet the professional, fully qualified CSW (Communication Support Worker) team which provides outstanding one-to-one support to students with a hearing loss.
They have many years of experience supporting students on all courses, at all levels, using any method of communication required. 
The college understands the importance of making sure the needs of the deaf student is taken into account before they start their course. 
They will provide a CSW with the required skills to support the student throughout the course. The type of specialist support provided can include British Sign Language (BSL), Sign Supported English (SSE), manual or electronic notes, language modification and lip speaking. 
Deaf awareness is a priority to ensure the learning environment is inclusive to the deaf student, so Deaf Awareness is promoted actively within the college. 
The CSWs also supports the students to develop and strengthen their independence. In addition, if a work experience placement is part of their course, the college can support students to find a suitable position.
Deaf student Nilukshi Jeevapalan, 18, said: "I really enjoy coming to Epping Forest College and I have made a lot of progress and gained confidence coming here. 
"The CSW team and staff have supported me really well. They use clear sign language and I can lip-read them easily. I left school and enrolled on BTEC IT Level 1 a few years ago and I am about to finish Level 2.
"I want to continue on to the two-year BTEC Level 3 ICT course and then work in IT in the future. 
"I have also had two great work experience placements arranged by the college, which really helped me to gain valuable experience of the working environment.” 
To find out more about the Open Event go to https://www.efc.ac.uk/open-events 
Any prospective students who cannot attend the event or requires more information can contact Toni Jackson on 020 8502 8607 or by emailing ALS@efc.ac.uk

   

LOUGHTON: School launches trampoline appeal

3.10pm - 20th June 2017

A FUNDRAISING appeal has been launched by Debden Park High School to raise £5,000 to buy trampolines and associated equipment. 
The school has had a successful link with Loughton Flyers, which owns the trampolines, for many years however the imminent closure of the club means that the school needs to raise the money needed to buy the trampolines along with the wheels, index tables, push-in mats and numerous safety landing mats.
Trampolining is very popular at the school with many students opting for it at GCSE and A-Level, with excellent success rates. 
The school has also achieved success in a number of competitions with students being placed extremely well. The extra curricular club runs daily after school from September to March and is packed with students wanting to practice. 
With such excellent equipment available, the school has also been able to invite primary schools in to use the trampolines. 
Debden Park High School's Head of PE, Jen Perry, said: "Trampolining has become such a huge part of our curriculum, the students love it, that we can't let the equipment go. 
"Please help us raise the money to keep them by visiting our donation page."

   

#EEF999LIVE: THEYDON BOIS: West Ham owner offers £25,000 reward after home break-in

10.51am - 20th June 2017

A £25,000 reward is being offered by West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan following a break-in at his palatial Theydon Bois home. 
Police are investigating the burglary at Birch Hall which happened when forced entry was made to the property between 1am and 7am yesterday morning. 
A police spokesman told Everything Epping Forest that nothing was stolen and a suspect left after an alarm was triggered. 
Mr Sullivan's eldest son, David Jnr, took to social media site Twitter to appeal for information and to highlight the reward being offered. 
He tweeted: "Dad's house was broken into in the middle of the night. Thankfully nothing was taken as the silent alarms went off. If you know who did it, there is a £25k reward from my Dad for their arrest and prosecution." 
Birch Hall, which stands in some 12 acres of grounds, has 11 en-suite bedrooms, staff flat, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, ten-pin bowling alley and cinema. 
According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2016, Sullivan Snr is worth some £1bn having seen his wealth grow by more than £150m in the previous year. 
Last month David Jnr took to social media and successfully tracked down a homeless man who went to the aid of victims of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack after David Jnr and his father said they would pay six months' rent for the man "to help him get on his feet". 
Stephen Jones had spoken about how he pulled nails out of a young girl’s face after the suicide bomb attack at the Ariana Grande concert. 
Anyone with any information about the break-in is asked to ring Detective Constable Clive Singer at Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

   

THORNWOOD: Council approves 'Wriggly Worm'

8.02am - 20th June 2017

A 'WRIGGLY Worm' inflatable will be among the attractions at the Thornwood Festival after it was approved by the parish council. 
North Weald Bassett Parish Council imposed a ban on bouncy castles on its land following the death of seven-year-old Summer Grant at Harlow Town Park last year. 
However the parish council's planning committee last night agreed to a request for the 35ft x 30ft 'Wriggly Worm' inflatable adventure pod maze at the Thornwood Festival at Thornwood Common on Sunday, June 25, after receiving assurances over its fixings. 
Councillors were told the inflatable - which children go inside rather than jump on - has 22 anchor points with 20mm thick stakes. 
The operator has said it will not be used if the wind speed is over 24mph.
Councillors said that an operator must be in attendance with the equipment at all times.

   

DISTRICT: Fifteen organisations benefit from council grants

4.17pm - 19th June 2017

FIFTEEN community and voluntary groups have been awarded a total of £30,329 in grants from Epping Forest District Council. 
The recipients are: 
Chingford and Woodford Aikido Club - £610 for the purchase of a defibrillator for community use 
Epping Forest District Citizens Advice Bureau - £1,493 for the purchase of new computers and office equipment for ‘smarter’ working to save paper and help the local environment 
Epping Forest Centenary Trust - £2,950 for materials and hand tools to provide opportunities for people with learning difficulties to help them discover and explore Epping Forest on ‘discovery days’ 
Epping Forest Community Transport - £2,000 for wide screen monitors and IT equipment for use with the Flexi Route Booking System 
Epping in Bloom - £2,000 for irrigation equipment and to increase the number of raised beds 
Essex Arrows Baseball Club - £2,500 for baseball equipment 
Grow Community Garden - £1,700 for a compost toilet as part of a larger project to transform a derelict site into a community garden 
Loughton Cricket Club - £2,500 for a mobile cage and bowling machine that will enable the group to coach young players on grass and provide state of the art facilities 
Nazeing Common Cricket Club - £2,176 for repairs to the clubhouse which is hoped to encourage greater numbers of people to participate 
North Weald Airfield Museum Association - £750 for publicity to increase the number of visitors to the museum 
Queens Hall Charity, North Weald - £2,389 for a replacement boiler in the hall which provides leisure and community activities 
Reindeer Explorer Scouts - £3,000 for storage containers and new replacement tents 
Restore Above and Beyond - £2,018 for replacement equipment and publicity for the centre 
Roydon Playing Fields Management Committee - £1,573 for exterior painting of their pavilion and new litter bins 
Waltham Abbey Historical Society - £2,670 for storage containers to protect up to 100 year old historical documents.
If your community group could use £5,000 to help with a one-off project, initiative or the further development of an existing scheme, apply now. 
To find out whether your group is eligible click here

   

#EEF999LIVE: Boy twice hit by car in High Street

9.01am - 19th June 2017

A BOY suffered a broken wrist when he was twice hit by a car in Epping High Street. 
Police say the 17-year-old from Waltham Abbey was walking along the High Street between 10.45am and 11.15am on Thursday (June 14) when a black Ford Galaxy "made contact with him".
The car then turned round and drove directly at him, knocking him over. 
The youngster was taken to hospital. Anyone with any information is asked to ring PC Jonathan Goulds at Loughton Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

   

LOUGHTON: Outdoor table tennis table vandalised

10.13am - 17th June 2017

AN outdoor table tennis table on the Willingale Road playing fields has been vandalised just two months after being installed by Loughton Town Council. 
Town clerk Enid Walsh said she was ""extremely disappointed" about the vandalism to the £2,000 table which was installed in April thanks to a grant from Essex County Council's Community Initiatives Fund.
The damage was discovered during a routine site inspection. 
Mrs Walsh said: “It is very frustrating that facilities provided for use by all the community are treated in this way. With the summer holidays fast approaching, this equipment would have provided hours of free fun entertainment for our young residents. 
"We are in touch with the suppliers to see if repairs are feasible.” 
Anyone with any information about the damage is asked to ring the council on 020 8508 4200, Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

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ONGAR: 'Unwanted' residents' only parking scheme to be introduced

UPDATED 2.41pm - 20th June 2017

A North Essex Parking Partnership spokesman said: “All objections and other correspondences that were received in the objection period were considered. 
“We received three objections which asked for the times of the permit scheme to be reduced from ‘at any time’, but on balance it was considered appropriate to have the permit scheme ‘at any time’ in order to secure and maintain reasonable access to residences and properties.”

9.50am - 16th June 2017

A RESIDENTS' only parking scheme - which is not wanted by residents - will be introduced in Bansons Way, Ongar, on June 30. 
The round-the-clock restrictions will be brought in rather than the 10am-4pm restriction favoured by residents to stop all-day commuter parking. 
Town councillor Jane Battersby told last night's planning and environment, public relations and open spaces committee that residents were having to pay £48 for a one-car permit. 
She said: "It's not what we wanted. My suspicion is that its easier to monitor because they (North Essex Parking Partnership) can come any time of the day or night. It's easy to make money. 
"We (Bansons Way residents) are not happy I can tell you." 
Council chairman Derek Birch predicted that people would instead park in the Frank Bretton House car park. 
The new scheme will require visitors to homes in Bansons Way to purchase permits covering the length of their stay.

   

NORTH WEALD: Garden Village proposals to go on display

2.19pm - 15th June 2017

PROPOSALS for a Garden Village development of housing and a range of other local facilities are to go on show at North Weald Village Hall on Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24. 
The exhibition will be open between 5.30pm and 8pm on Friday (June 23) and from 9am until 11am on Saturday (June 24). 
Developer Quinn Estates wants to listen to local people and incorporate their views in its planning application to be submitted to Epping Forest District Council in due course. 
Quinn Estates has a demonstrable track record of delivery and working in partnership with communities. The proposals are set to include plans for up to 750 homes on the former North Weald Golf Club site off Rayley Lane, which has closed.
Quinn Estates describes its 'North Weald Park' proposals as a "once in a generation opportunity to create a mixed use development with an incredible sporting and education legacy for Essex and Epping Forest District".
Over 100 acres are included in the project which proposes private and affordable housing (40 per cent of the total number of properties), a new home for North Weald Scouts as well as exemplar sporting facilities for other local clubs - Epping Youth Football Club and United Karate Association - in addition to an education hub and approximately 18.5 hectare/45 acre country park.
The site also has potential for a primary school, specialist secondary school and a Special Educational Needs centre, a community hub, medical facilities - such as a GP surgery - assisted living accommodation, office space, restaurants and local retail outlets. 
Quinn Estates chairman Mark Quinn said: "This is a project which has the community at its heart. We want to submit plans which have the backing of local people. 
"We recently presented an overview of our proposals to the parish council and told councillors that we want to draw up the best scheme possible for North Weald Bassett. 
"We need local residents to tell us what they want." 
Mr Quinn added: "We're taking a site that's not viable in its previous use (as a golf course). 
"Thousands of children will benefit from the proposed education and sporting facilities, there's a new scout hall. We're already starting (to get comments) and want to hear more. 
"Consultation is massively important to us. The more people we get involved and tell us what they want, the better the scheme we can achieve.”

   

DISTRICT: Hospice recognises volunteers

10.25am - 15th June 2017

SEVENTY-six long service awards have been presented by St Clare Hospice to volunteers who have reached a milestone number of years service with the charity. 
Forty volunteers achieved five-year awards, with 19 achieving ten-year awards, seven volunteers with 15 years and eight volunteers with 20 years. 
Two dedicated supporters received awards for 25 years of voluntary service to St Clare. 
Volunteer fundraisers Liz Jones and Letitia Berry have both supported the hospice’s fundraising efforts for more than 25 years, taking part in various street collections and fundraising events. 
The hospice’s clinical teams honoured their 60-plus clinical volunteers with a Fun Fair-themed thank you party in the hospice dining room. 
Clinical volunteers assist in a wide range of roles, including as health care assistants and complimentary therapists as well as supporting the say therapy groups and serving teas on the In-patient Unit. 
The party featured traditional Fun Fair games including hook-a-duck and hoopla, with volunteers treated to candy floss and toffee apples. 

* Two hospice volunteers were recognised with an invitation to a Buckingham Palace garden party. 
Dawn Clark, who has volunteered at the hospice's Scarlet shop in Buckhurst Hill for four years, and day therapy volunteer Val Jones were the lucky two picked out to attend this year. 
Dawn said: “I was so surprised when I got the call to tell me I was going to Buckingham Palace. I actually bought my jacket for the event from the St Clare shop where I volunteer! 
"I started volunteering at the shop after my husband died, and I’ve met so many people in a similar situation to me. 
"If it were not for St Clare I don’t know what I’d do - it’s like a big family. I do everything with the friends I’ve made at St Clare - we even go on holiday together. They’ve all been texting me and wishing me a lovely day at the palace today!” 
Val said: “Both Dawn and I realise we are extremely lucky that out of the hundreds of St Clare volunteers we were chosen to attend. 
"It’s wonderful to be invited to Buckingham Palace for such a prestigious occasion. 
"I even bought my new outfit for today from Oxford Street with the help of my own personal shopper!”

   

WALTHAM ABBEY: Grant boost for Youth 2000

10.22am - 15th June 2017

THE Waltham Abbey Youth 2000 charity has received £2,500 from the Essex County Council Millennium and Chairman's Funds.
The charity will use the money to help cover its running costs. 
Youth 2000 operates a youth centre which provides a safe venue for vulnerable young people.

   

LOUGHTON: Children to benefit from Literacy Shed

8.45am - 15th June 2017

CHILDREN at Thomas Willingale School and Nursery now have a special Literacy Shed in the school grounds where they can go and read. 
The structure has been provided free of charge by McLaughlin and Harvey which is building the Epping Forest Shopping Park in Langston Road. 
The company wanted to get involved with the local community and has invited Year 5 classes at the school to visit the site. 
Wearing high vis jackets and hard hats, the children were given folders, a calculator and measuring tapes. They also had a workbook to complete after each site visit. 
Year 5 teacher Aileen Holland said: "The children have loved visiting the site, having the opportunity to see and record each stage of the development. 
"Alongside this McLaughlin and Harvey have regularly provided us with inspirational people from within the company who have been positive role models. 
"For example the project manager, architect, quantity surveyor, engineer, structural engineer and safety manager have explained their role, shown personal presentations on the work they have been involved in and given the children the chance to look at actual plans and have an opportunity to ask questions.
"Consequently the children have had a chance to view the bigger picture of a ‘building site’ and consider different jobs which they might like to undertake in the future. 
"We think they now have a totally different picture about what goes on at a building site." 
She added: "As a lasting tribute of the time they have worked with us we are most grateful for the very kind donation of the Literacy Shed which they offered to build in our grounds and which they have fully funded.
"This very generous donation will be used by the pupils as a place to read at break times, by classes to sit and read with their teachers and for groups to explore drama lessons. 
"Children for years to come will have the benefit of something we had planned for a while but wouldn’t have been able to afford. 
"Our children have remained excited and keen throughout the whole experience and will all be sorry to finish. 
"It really has been a fantastic opportunity for everybody involved."

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#EEF999LIVE: EPPING GREEN: Man charged over neck slash assault

10.01am - 14th June 2017

A MAN has been charged in connection with an incident in which a man suffered a slash wound to the neck. 
Car salesman Leon Callander, 33, of Lindum Close, Epping Green, is charged with grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. 
He appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on June 8 and is next due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on July 6. 
The charges relate to an incident at Twenty One Bar in Post Office Walk, Harlow, on May 29.

   

EPPING: Rotary club's golf day proceeds presented to hospice

9.23am - 14th June 2017

A CHEQUE for £14,000 - the proceeds of the club's golf day - has been presented by the Rotary Club of Epping to St Clare Hospice.
Rotary club president Barbara Scruton presented the cheque to hospice chief executive Sarah Thompson and community fundraising lead Dani De'ath at the club's weekly Tuesday meeting. 
Sarah Thompson said: “This was the 13th year that the Rotary Club of Epping has organised their annual golf day for us and we are so delighted that it was once again a huge success - raising £14,000 to support our care. 
"Epping Rotary has supported St Clare for many years and has raised an incredible total of more than £150,000 since 2003. 
"It is a privilege to have such dedicated supporters as Epping Rotary Club, and it is thanks to events like their golf day that St Clare is able to continue to provide the care that we do to local families across west Essex and the borders of east Herts. 
"On behalf of all the staff, nurses and doctors at St Clare, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Epping Rotary for their fantastic support - and we look forward to them setting the bar even higher next year!” 
The golf day with an auction at Saffron Walden Golf Club was sponsored by local businesses, many of them with Rotary members. 
Peter Stevenette, the main sponsor, said: "A great deal of work went into making the event possible and for it to run so smoothly." 
The winning team was Hoppings Softwood Products. 
Club president Barbara Scruton said: "Once again the golf day was a resounding success and raised a significant amount of money for our local hospice. 
"My thanks go to everyone who helped organise the event, took part and supported the day so generously.
"We are well aware of the magnificent work done by the staff at St Clare Hospice and the Rotary club is delighted to support their efforts with our golf day each year."

   

LOUGHTON: Students put art and photography work on show

9.20am - 14th June 2017

ART and photography by students at Roding Valley High School was on display at the annual summer exhibition held at the school on Thursday. 
Parents were among those invited to see the end results of the students' hard work over the last 18 months, which included all of their coursework, the exam final pieces and all of the preparatory sketchbooks. 
Head of Art David Tisdale said: "We have such a broad range of materials, techniques and scales this year including ceramics, pen, pencil drawing, painting, collage and assemblage. 
"Each piece of work is individual, experimental and exciting with some of the students producing work which wouldn’t be out of place in any A-Level exhibition." 
He added: "This year we were also exhibiting the work of our A-Level artists and photographers. This can only benefit our GCSE students as they see the difference in scale and skill required for this higher level of study."
Mr Tisdale added: "Many thanks to Patrick Baidoo (art teacher), Sheila Costello (Head of Photography) and Thomas Day (art technician) for their dedicated and inspirational work with all of our students. 
"An extra special thanks to Siddonay Kalair (Teacher of Art and Photography - maternity cover) who has joined our department during Mrs Costello’s maternity leave and has kept up our very high standards."

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WALTHAM ABBEY: School holding marathon drum challenge

9.17am - 14th June 2017

STUDENTS and staff at King Harold Academy are to undertake a marathon sponsored drum challenge to raise money for new equipment. 
The King Harold Drum Challenge - on Monday, July 10 - will involve some 25 students and members of staff. 
The challenge is for a continuous variation of beats and rhythms to be played throughout the six hours, including lunchtime. 
The event to be recorded and officially witnessed. 
Lunchtime will also see a ‘drum off’ between staff battling it out in a ‘drum duel’ in front of students. 
Drum tutor Stuart Springthorpe said: "The aim of the event is not only to raise funds for much needed equipment but to also promote drumming as an activity that encourages dedication, creativity, joy and healing. 
"Many of our students have embraced drumming as a part of their lives and are feeling the benefits. It would be great to raise as much money as possible in order to develop this further." 
Drummers will be playing continuously for six hours with students taking it in turns to play for 15 minutes with transition taking place using two drum kits. 
Year 9 student Tommy Argent said: "I like to play drums because they allow me to be ‘me’. I can let out how I feel on them." 
Fellow Year 9 student Bradley Wright said: "Drums help me concentrate and calm me down." 
Year 9 student Archie Venturoli said: "I love playing the drums, they make me feel alive!" 
Anyone wishing to support the event with a financial contribution can ring the school on 01992 714800 or email office@kha-tkat.org

   

LOUGHTON: Primary school holds sports day

4.05pm - 13th June 2017

CHILDREN in Reception and KS 1 and KS2 at Thomas Willingale School and Nursery took part in their sports day. 
Deputy headteacher Lynda Collins said: "The weather held for us and the sun made a welcome appearance in the afternoon. 
"The children had fun competing in the different events and all of the children and adults who wanted to took part in running races at the end. "Well done to all of the winners!"

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LOUGHTON: Children step back in time

3.49pm - 13th June 2017

YEAR 3 pupils at Hereward Primary School were visited by the 'Portals to the Past' company to 'take them back in time' to the era of the Ancient Egyptians. 
The children participated in a range of workshops, including measuring in cubits, examining artefacts and learning about the process of mummification. 
Year 3 teacher Robyn Hail said: "The children were so enthusiastic and were fully involved in the day. They learned so much about a fascinating time in history."

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LOUGHTON: College students take studies to new heights

3.21pm - 13th June 2017

STUDENTS studying the Level 2 Air Cabin Crew and Level 3 Aviation Operations courses at Epping Forest College took their studies to new heights when they visited Madrid. 
The visit benefited the Air Cabin Crew students who discussed the role of Air Cabin Crew with the Easyjet Crew and observed how they performed the safety demonstration, conducted the in-flight service and carried out the sale of duty free products. 
The students also spoke with the crew about employment opportunities with Easyjet and progression.
The Aviation Operation students watched the push back of the aircraft, the role of baggage handlers and Passenger Service Agents and also spoke to the pilot in the cockpit where they discussed Air Traffic Control and the qualifications and training requirements for a pilot. 
Away from their studies, the students had an opportunity to take in the history and culture of the city. They visited the Royal Palace of Madrid, admired the art in the Museo Nacional Del Prado and visited the Buen Retiro Park. 
They tasted traditional Spanish foods at the San Miguel Mercardo. 
College principal Saboohi Famili said: “We are delighted to be able to offer excellent opportunities for our learners to experience what possible career choices they may have. 
"The dedicated team of staff at the college have effective working relationship with many experts in the industry and our learners benefit from these alliances.”

   

LOUGHTON: College bosses meet with youth councillors

3.17pm - 13th June 2017

EPPING Forest College continues its effort to better understand the needs of the community as it plans its future provision. 
Principal Saboohi Famili and Deputy Principal Phil Hall met with Epping Forest Youth Council week to gain their input as to what the young people of the district value from their local further education college.
The youth council features some 25 democratically-elected young people aged between 13 and 19 years from all parts of the Epping Forest district. 
The youth council is non-party political and represents the voice of young people at a local level at public meetings and events.
Youth councillors are regularly consulted with by providers of key services for young people. 
The youth councillors were generally impressed with the college with many expressing their will and desire to support the college to promote itself more widely. 
Mr Hall gave a short presentation about the recent rapid improvements at the college since its last inspection last November and gave an overview of the college, which has some 1,500 full-time students, and offers some 140 courses mainly at Level 1, 2 and 3 (Level 2 is GCSE Level, Level 3 is A-Level). 
The college also offers industry standard qualifications, for example IMI for Motor Vehicle, CACHE for Childcare, UAL for Art & Design - preferred by industry and universities. Its facilities include a gym, theatre, salons, TV studio, dance studio, extensive IT facilities - PCs and MACs with Office 365 and specialist software - while The Learning Lounge provides open access study facilities. 
Youth councillor Raajveer Singh, who chaired the meeting, thanked the college for hosting the meeting and said he was impressed with the facilities available. 
Vice-chairman youth councillor Marley Chick said: "I am very pleased to see the senior staff at Epping Forest College are keen to engage with young people and it is evident and very encouraging that the college is taking this process seriously. 
"I wish the college the very best of luck with its future plans."
College principal Saboohi Famili said the college is turning itself around at pace and with great drive for success. 
She said: "We are very aware that we cannot do this alone and will take our responsibility to bring about the necessary changes to our local college very seriously in order to make Epping Forest College the first choice option for many." 
She added that youth councillors offered some very pragmatic and practical advice and suggestions for improvement which would be taken on board. 
She said: "It is a great pleasure to work with talented young individuals as we plan the future of our college." 
Deputy Principal Phil Hall said: "It is pleasing to know there is genuine interest in supporting the college to take its message out to the community and showcase what Epping Forest College is already offering and is capable to provide moving forward."

   

#EEF999LIVE: WALTHAM ABBEY: Man stabbed and robbed of car

10.04am - 10th June 2017

A MAN was stabbed in the chest, legs and arm when he was robbed of his car in Waltham Abbey. 
Police were called by the ambulance service at about 2.25pm yesterday (Friday) to a man found injured in Greenyard. 
It is believed the man had been approached by two men in a car park who attacked him and then stole his red Fiat 500.
The man suffered stab wounds to his legs, chest and arm. 
His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. 
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

   

EPPING: Historic photograph presented to Rotary club

9.55am - 10th June 2017

A PHOTOGRAPH of the Rotary Club of Epping's Charter dinner held in London on February 15, 1937, has been presented to the club by Epping Mayor Tony Church.
Mr Church’s grandfather, Jim Church, a founder member of the club, is pictured in the photograph, as are several members of former Epping families. 
Club president Barbara Scruton said: "It is very fitting that this photograph should be presented to the club now as we are celebrating 80 years."
At the club's regular Tuesday meeting this week, Mr Church gave a very interesting talk on his knowledge of Epping family history with particular reference to the Church family.

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NORTH WEALD: Views sought over 300-home development proposals

4.57pm - 9th June 2017

PUBLIC comments are being sought over proposals for a potential development of up to 300 homes on a 38-acre site in North Weald.
Peer Group plc, which owns the 500-acre Ongar Park Estate, has sent an information brochure and survey to more than 2,100 households in North Weald Bassett asking them for their views on which sites in the village are the most suitable for future housing development. 
Peer Group has been promoting 38 acres of its estate to be allocated for residential development in the draft Local Plan. 
The site, which is previously developed, low-quality land and not in agricultural use, was identified as suitable for development by the council’s consultants, Allies & Morrison, in their 2014 technical study. 
Peer Group managing director Howard Dawson said: “We have written to all residents in North Weald Bassett as we want to make sure they have the chance to have their say on the future of the village. 
"Whilst we understand there are a range of views around new housing across the district, Peer Group is keen to play a constructive role in this process. 
“At present, Epping Forest District Council is proposing to allocate sites in North Weald Bassett on the best and most versatile agricultural land, located in open countryside. We believe this is the wrong approach. 
“Ongar Park Estate represents a real opportunity to protect North Weald’s Bassett traditional layout and character and retain the best and most versatile agricultural land. 
“We hope residents will take the time to provide feedback, either using the survey sent to the them or on our website www.ongarparkestate.co.uk, and that the council will recognise the importance of protecting the best and most versatile agricultural land in North Weald Bassett.” 
Public access to the Ongar Park Estate will be retained in line with the legal agreements that were put in place with Epping Forest District Council in 2007.
Peer Group adds that the views and openness enjoyed from the footpaths estate will also be preserved, in conjunction with providing up to 300 new homes on part of the estate. 
Peer Group said it has a track record of delivering high quality new homes in North Weald Bassett and gifting land to benefit the local community. 
In partnership with Epping Forest District Council, the company delivered the 70-home Tempest Mead development in the late 1990s.
As part of the planning agreement, Peer Group gifted land to create Weald Common and Nature Reserve, as well as giving land to the bowls club and further land to assist with flood alleviation for the village.

To view the brochure and site plan click here

   

LOUGHTON: Second student gets 'voice' thanks to text-to-speech device

3.36pm - 9th June 2017

A SECOND Epping Forest College student has been given a 'voice' thanks to a text-to-speech communication device. 
Daniel Geggus was born with severe cerebral palsy which has left him with an inability to use his limbs or speak. 
That was until a week ago when he received a text-to-speech communication device which enables him to communicate ‘vocally’. Daniel’s device uses symbols and simple language for understanding by him.
To enable it, Daniel selects the symbols/words that he wants to communicate by using his thumb and a stylus to tap the touch screen. 
When he is ready to ‘talk’, he simply presses the ‘speak’ button. 
n addition, he can also use the device to connect to the internet. Daniel has been loaned the device from The Hub, based at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital.
The funding that he has waited so long for will cover the cost of device loans for the rest of his life. 
This is the second time that Preparation for Life and Work (PLW) tutor Andrea Slade has secured a text-to-speech device for a student. 
The first student to benefit was Mark Stratton.
 Since Daniel started at Epping Forest College three years ago it has been a battle to acquire the devices that he has so desperately needed for access. 
While the college has provided him with temporary devices, tutor Andrea Slade has battled to secure funding for life-long bespoke devices that could be attached securely to his wheelchair and would enable him to have a ‘voice’ not only for college, but for home as well. 
Daniel, 24, lives in Hornchurch, and has been studying a Skills for Independent Living Entry 2 programme at the college.
 Daniel, who said he enjoys the course and studying at Epping Forest College, is very sociable, is a big football fan - and his favourite team is Arsenal. He is also keen on the digital game CandyCrush. 
Daniel is looking forward to going to Majorca, Spain, with his family, for his summer holiday. 
Andrea said: "There has been rapid progress in technology and this appeared to be the way forward for people like Daniel. 
"However the cost of electronic communication devices, such as the one that he has now been given, are extremely expensive and many people simply do not have the means to buy one. Instead they are simply left without the ability to communicate."

   

#EEF999LIVE: WALTHAM ABBEY: Persistent speeder gets extended ban

8.47am - 9th June 2017

A MAN who persistently broke the speed limit whilst disqualified from driving has been sentenced to a further 32 months ban from driving. 
Paul Carmen, 51, of Osprey Court, Waltham Abbey, has also been ordered to carry out 200 hours community work and told to pay £400 court costs. 
Carmen was caught on speed camera driving at 40mph in a 30mph limit in Goldings Hill, Loughton, on July 1 last year. 
On July 14 last year he was again caught by a speed camera on the M25 at Aveley driving at 64mph in a 50mph limit. 
Police visited Carmen after he failed to respond to notices of intended prosecution and identified that he had been disqualified from driving in June last year by magistrates in north Yorkshire for failing to respond to previous speeding offences. 
Banned drivers also cannot obtain car insurance. 
Carmen appeared before Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on May 30 where he pleaded guilty to two offences of driving whilst disqualified and without insurance and two charges of speeding. 
Speaking after the hearing, casualty reduction section investigating officer Roy Keyes said: “Carmen has shown a history of failing to respond to speeding notices and has flouted his driving ban, showing his disregard for the law. 
“Speed restrictions are in place for a reason - to keep people safe. 
"He has now been banned from driving again and given a significant period of disqualification reflecting the seriousness of his offences. 
“We will take robust action against those who fail to respond to correspondence in an attempt to avoid taking responsibility for their actions.”

   

ONGAR: Town councillor resigns after six months

UPDATED 3.15pm - 9th June 2017
3.01pm - 8th June 2017

ONGAR town councillor Mary Dadd has resigned for "personal reasons" just six months after being co-opted. 
Mrs Dadd, who represented the Greensted ward, is the ninth councillor to resign from the council since the last full council elections in May 2015. 
Her resignation came just days after the newly-elected chairman of the planning and environment, public relations and open spaces committee chaired her first meeting. 
Town clerk Aimi Middlehurst, in a statement to Everything Epping Forest, said Mrs Dadd "has had to resign for personal reasons".
She added: "Since Mary joined the council she has proved a great asset demonstrating her skill, enthusiasm and knowledge especially in local and neighbourhood planning. 
"Mary still wants to be involved in the neighbourhood planning and will be a great asset. 
"We wish Mary well for the future and thank her for past and future efforts."
Mrs Dadd told Everything Epping Forest: “I am saddened to resign from Ongar Town Council and have done so for personal reasons. 
"There are outstanding issues that I was involved with and I will rely on my former colleagues to complete this work to the satisfaction of our residents. 
"My family has always been involved in voluntary community work (including Council Work) and I have continued that tradition for many years since I was a teenager. Therefore I shall continue my community work by helping to produce the Neighbourhood Plan and supporting the campaign to Save Ongar Leisure Centre."

   

LOUGHTON: School holding Ladies Pamper Evening

2.59pm - 8th June 2017

A LADIES Pamper and Shopping Evening is being held at Roding Valley High School to raise money for the school. 
The event is on Friday, June 16 (7pm-10pm). Entry is via the school's Brook Road entrance.
Handmade silver jewellery, handmade beaded jewellery and ribbon wreaths, cosmetics homeware products, handmade homeware and children’s accessories and various treatments will be available on the night. 
There will also be a licensed bar (ID will be required) and refreshments will be available to purchase. Tickets, priced £3 in advance (£4 on the door), are available from the school. Payment by cash or cheque (made payable to RVHS PTA). 
All proceeds from ticket sales and raffles go to raising funds for the school. 
For more details, email committee@rodingvalleypta.net

   

NORTH WEALD: Post office take-away plans opposed

7.47am - 7th June 2017

PLANS for a take-away in the former post office premises in High Road, North Weald, are being opposed by North Weald Bassett Parish Council. 
Councillors have raised concerns over the 'unsociable' opening hours, and fears the proposed use would see people congregating outside the shop with the take-away also resulting in increased noise. 
The council's planning committee has also raised concerns over potential rubbish accumulating outside the shop as litter is already a problem in the area with the council saying the problem is worse on Thursdays, Fridays and weekends, despite the regular visit of a road sweeper. 
The council has undertaken a survey of retail premises in the High Road which shows that of the 20 premises some 11 sell food, four are take-aways selling hot food, six sell snacks/sandwiches and drinks which are consumed off the premises, one gives free coffee and one sells fruit and vegetables. 
Parish council planning committee chairman Baden Clegg said: "Parking is also of great concern. There are only two designated parking spaces. Is this enough for a take-away? 
"There is currently a parking problem in that area with vehicles parking in front of peoples' drives on the High Road not allowing people to exit their homes. 
"The village hall has advised that visitors to the shops are using the hall as parking therefore not allowing sufficient parking for hall functions. The hall is used day-time, evenings and weekends. While there are some yellow lines along the High Road they are not enforced. 
"We also believe that having a take-away in North Weald could mean that there be an increase in car journeys made, which could see customers coming from other locations such as Epping, Coopersale and Ongar."

   

ONGAR: Cream teas talk to ladies group

6.56am - 7th June 2017

A TALK on The English Cream Tea Company was given by owner Jane Malyon to the June meeting of Ongar and Shelley Ladies Thursday Group. 
Jane explained how the idea came to her after she had been speaking to an elderly lady who said she was unable to get to nice hotels for her afternoon tea treats. 
As a result Jane came up with the idea that she could start a business where she sent out hamper boxes full of the afternoon tea experience. Her business now even has clients from abroad. 
Recently she held the largest tea party ever in one location, catering for 334 people, an event which is now in the Guinness Book of Records. 
The next meeting at the Church Rooms, Castle Street, Ongar, is on Thursday, August 3 (8pm).

   

WALTHAM ABBEY: Praise for tapestry project

6.54am - 7th June 2017

THE progress made in the first year of the 'Great Waltham Abbey Tapestry' project has been praised by Waltham Abbey Town Council. 
An update on the work was given at a 'One Year On' meeting held by the town council at Town Mead. Essex County Council vice-chairman John Jowers and Waltham Abbey Town Mayor Mick Fitch were among those who attended the meeting to hear about the project which has received funding from Essex County Council’s Community Initiatives Fund. 
Both Mr Jowers and Mr Fitch were invited to put in a few stitches and to sign the stitchers' book. 
The cross-stitch tapestry consists of nine panels which illustrate the heritage of Waltham Abbey, from the miracle of the Holy Cross to the London 2012 Olympic Games. 
Tricia Gurnett gave a presentation on the history presented by the panels while the meeting also heard from Anthea Godfrey, of the Embroiderers’ Guild, who spoke about her projects and how she can assist with the work. 
Linda Jewson and Gwen Hall answered technical questions. 
A number of the images within the panels have now been completed and were on show at the meeting.
Town Clerk Kathryn Richmond said: “The town council is delighted with the response from local stitchers, and the quality of the work is stunning. 
"We are thrilled with the progress we have made so far but if there are any stitchers who would like to contribute, please ring the town hall on 01992 714949 for a chat.”

   

#EEF999LIVE: WALTHAM ABBEY: 108 drivers caught not wearing seat belts

1.01pm - 2nd June 2017

MORE than 100 drivers were caught driving without a seat belt and three men were arrested on suspicion of drug driving during a police operation in Waltham Abbey. 
Forty-nine drivers were found to be driving whilst using their mobile phone. 
One of the drivers was a driving instructor who was using a mobile phone while supervising a learner driver. 
Officers from the Casualty Reduction Section and Safer Essex Roads partners were in the town on Wednesday as part of a dedicated operation. 
Some 108 drivers were dealt with for failing to wear a seat belt while driving. 
A further 71 drivers were stopped and dealt with for driving over the speed limit. 
Three drivers - a 49-year-old man from London, a 32-year-old man from Hertfordshire and a 29-year-old man from London - were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. 
They were all released under investigation. 
Four drivers were found to be driving without valid insurance and each driver had their car seized. 
A further four drivers were found to be driving without a valid MOT and one driver was found to be driving without a valid licence. 
Four drivers were dealt with for careless driving and a further four drivers were dealt with for having vehicle defects, including tyres below the legal limit. 
Two drivers were dealt with for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition, including a driver with a passenger holding a child on their lap. 
One driver was dealt with for a non-conforming number plate. 
Matt Hine, Operational Tasking Supervisor at the Casualty Reduction Unit, said: “Driving without wearing a seatbelt, using a mobile phone whilst driving and driving in excess of the speed limit puts not only the driver and passengers at risk, but these behaviours put others around them at risk and it’s really important that these offences remain an absolute priority for Essex Police and our partners within the Safer Essex Roads Partnership."

   

#EEF999LIVE: HASTINGWOOD: Woman reported over collision after being tracked down by District Commander

10.35am - 2nd June 2017

A WOMAN has been reported for prosecution over a three-vehicle shunt after being pursued by District Commander Chief Inspector Lewis Basford as he drove to a meeting. 
Mr Basford, who was in a marked police vehicle en route to a meeting in Harlow, was coming off the M11 to the junction 7 roundabout at Hastingwood yesterday when a car hit another vehicle in front in a queue pushing it into a third vehicle. 
The first car drove off. 
Mr Basford, with help from the force control room, tracked down the vehicle and stopped it in Harlow. 
A 39-year-old woman, from Southend, has been reported fo failing to stop and failing to exchange details following a road traffic collision.

   

LOUGHTON: Cyclist suffers fractured neck

10.22am - 2nd June 2017

A CYCLIST suffered a fractured neck in a collision in Manor Road, Loughton. 
Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision which happened at about 5.15pm on Tuesday.
Police say a black Smart car was closely following another vehicle at speed when they both tried overtaking a cyclist. 
As the Smart car drove past, he suddenly hit his brakes and caused the cyclist to come off his bike. 
The driver got out of the vehicle, shouted at the cyclist and drove off. 
The victim, a 44-year-old man, was taken to hospital with a fractured neck. 
He has since being discharged from hospital. 
The driver of the Smart car has been described as being Asian in appearance, aged in his 30s with short dark hair and a slight beard and was wearing a black tracksuit. 
Anyone with any information should ring PC Steve Smith at Chigwell Roads Policing Unit on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

   

LOUGHTON: Assault victim suffers fractured jaw

10.20am - 2nd June 2017

A MAN suffered a fractured jaw when he was assaulted in Willingale Road, Loughton. 
The incident happened shortly before midnight yesterday (Thursday) when a 39-year-old man, from Loughton, was attacked by two men who pulled up next to him, hit him in the face and drove off. 
The man was taken to hospital. 
Police have no description of the suspects. 
Anyone with information is asked to ring Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

   

LOUGHTON: School delighted with inspection report

9.40am - 1st June 2017

AN inspection report has given Oaklands School 'excellent' or 'good' ratings in all areas. 
Five inspectors from the Independent Schools Inspectorate spent a week at at the school last month scrutinising all aspects of the education provided. 
Headmistress Sue Belej and group managing principal Matthew Hagger are delighted with the results.
This was the first of the Department for Education’s new-style inspections that were introduced last September to inspect against three areas - the quality of pupils’ personal development, the quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements, and focussed compliance.
Under this new framework schools are only given 24 hours’ notice of an inspection, which means Oaklands was inspected through a snapshot of the school as it normally is by a team of independent and highly experienced professionals without the luxury of having been able to pre-prepare. 
Mr Hagger said: “We’re all very pleased at Oaklands to have received such positive reports which contain numerous comments that support and acknowledge the many positive achievements we’ve made in recent years as they were judged to be ‘Excellent or ‘Good’ in all areas. 
"With such rigorous criteria for inspections nowadays this is a far higher standard than the national trend and it’s a testament to our hard working staff and lovely children." 
Inspectors noted the "excellent" quality of pupils’ personal development adding that by the time pupils leave they are confident and self-assured, and this is the outcome of the warm, caring relationships that they have with staff at every stage. 
The report also highlighted that pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education., their social development is excellent and their behaviour around the school is exemplary. 
The relationships observed between pupils of all ages were extremely positive, the report adds, with pupils’ attainment in English and mathematics being above average when compared to national data.
Pupils also have good levels of numeracy and apply their mathematical knowledge effectively across the curriculum. 
Inspectors also stated that pupils of all ages are keen readers and develop a broad range of skills in many areas of learning as a result of the balanced curriculum and support and encouragement of their teachers. 
The report makes two recommendations - that the school provides more opportunities in lessons that promote pupils' intellectual curiosity and independent learning, and considers how to integrate focused times for quiet and reflection within the school day to further enhance pupils' strong spiritual development.

For the full report click here

   

LOUGHTON: Council elects new mayor

9.38am - 1st June 2017

COUNCILLOR Philip Abraham has been elected as Loughton town mayor for 2017-18 with councillor Stephen Murray vice-chairman. 
India-born Mr Abraham has lived in Loughton with his family since 2000. He has represented the Alderton ward since 2012. 
Councillor Chris Pond, in nominating Mr Abraham, said he was now in his second term as a town councilor and had served his apprenticeship as a devoted member of the planning and licensing committee. 
With the committee’s frequent and lengthy meetings, he had shown "patience, endurance and forbearance”. 
Mr Abraham said: "I am absolutely thrilled to have been elected as the mayor. I feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to serve the community in this role." 
Members paid tribute to outgoing mayor Carol Davies who described being welcomed by the community as an excellent experience. 
Mr Murray was the inaugural chairman of the town council after its formation in 1996, and again in 2000.

   

EEF999LIVE: LOUGHTON: Luxe Bar to become gastro-pub

8.35am - 1st June 2017

THE Luxe Bar in Loughton High Road is to become a gastro-pub after a series of incidents led police to request a review of the venue's licence. 
Police have welcomed the outcome of a full licensing hearing into the High Road nightspot. 
Epping Forest District Council’s licensing sub-committee suspended the premises licence of Luxe Bar in High Road on May 5 following concerns raised by officers about an increase in incidents over a number of months. 
Following consultation with police, the owners have now submitted plans to alter the use of the premises from a nightclub to a gastro-pub. 
The licensing sub-committee held a hearing yesterday when members suspended the premises licence for three months to enable management to install new equipment, devise new policies and retrain staff.
Changes were also made to the licensable activity hours, from 10am to 11pm Sunday to Thursday and 10am to midnight on Friday and Saturday. 
Speaking after the hearing, District Commander Chief Inspector Lewis Basford said: “I am pleased that the owners of Luxe in Loughton have acknowledged the issues that were associated with the premises and have worked with Essex Police to come to an agreeable set of conditions that allow a local business to operate but under strict conditions. 
“I hope this will alleviate the stresses of local residents who have been affected by recent incidents at the premises. 
“I have been clear that where licenses premises affect the local community then action will be taken."

   

ONGAR: "Alarming" incidents at Jubilee Park

8.32am - 1st June 2017

DRUG use and a violent fight at Jubilee Park have been reported to the town council by Ongar Rugby Club.
Rugby club chairman Derek Blake, in a letter to the town council, detailed "a number of alarming and worrying incidents and patterns of behaviour". 
He said incidents of "anti-social behaviour and law-breaking" had been witnessed inside and outside the clubhouse. 
He said the "unsavoury" language and drunken behaviour was increasing week after week. 
He wrote: "It is not acceptable in any public establishment but even less so in front of impressionable children. 
"Members have confronted the issue but this is generally met with derision and there is a real fear that this will lead to more serious confrontation. 
"In essence, if those drinking at Jubilee Park behaved the way they do in a public house, they would be barred." 
Mr Blake said young children recently witnessed a "violent fight" between patrons outside the club, and there is "clear evidence" in the toilets of drug use and numerous 'laughing gas' canisters and balloons in the car park and playing fields. 
Mr Blake added: "The air on a week day night is pungent with the odour of marijuana too." 
He said large groups of youths congregate in Love Lane on a nightly basis "creating an abusive and intimidating presence". 
On one weekend in March at least two lights at the edge of the car park were "seemingly smashed with a concrete block", exposing live wires. 
Mr Blake also criticised the state of the changing rooms which he said was "unacceptable" because of their disrepair and untidiness. 
He said door locks were broken with rubbish in all four changing rooms. 
"As a rugby club we pay our annual subs to use the facility and expect facilities to at least be in a clean and hygienic state." 
Responding to the letter at Thursday's Jubilee Park Steering Committee, council vice-chairman John Reynolds said: "Membership would help to combat what the chairman of the rugby club is saying, and also enhanced CCTV. We've agreed membership. CCTV is ongoing." 
Committee chairman Jim Browning said: "The cameras will certainly help."