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EPPING: Council suspends nightclub's licence

3.12pm - 6th March 2015

EPPING Forest District Council has suspended the licence of The Villa nightclub in Epping following a request from police. 
District councillors met within 48 hours of receiving a request for an Expedited Summary Review of the licence conditions applied to the Cottis Lane club. 
The review followed serious public order incidents at the weekend which left three people in hospital.
Members of the council's licensing committee suspended the licence pending a further full review of the premises licence which must take place by March 31. 
Committee chairman councillor Ken Angold-Stephens said: "The police have gathered clear and compelling evidence of a serious breakdown of law and order on Saturday night. 
"No one wants to close down local businesses but the safety and security of our residents outweighs every other priority. 
"Further evidence and statutory consultations will be gathered over the next few weeks after which we will review the position again." 
Epping Forest District Council's Safer Communities Team are also co-operating with Essex Police on the investigation. 
High-quality pictures from the council's CCTV cameras have been provided to police as they work to identify those involved. 
District council leader Chris Whitbread said: "There is no place for the kind of behaviour we witnessed last Saturday on the streets of our district. I am very grateful to the police and the members of the licensing committee for their very swift response." 
Chief Inspector Denise Morrissey said: "The disorder in Epping High Street last Sunday was totally unacceptable and we have taken immediate action to address that in partnership with the council. 
"Three people needed hospital treatment for injuries and our investigation into those assaults is continuing. 
"We will continue to work with the council and others to make the streets of Epping as safe as possible for people who just want to enjoy a good night out." 
A council spokesman said the licensee of The Villa nightclub has been informed of the council decision and will have an opportunity to make representations as part of the further review process.


EPPING: Dream Factory official charity partner for Duke of Essex Polo

11.40am - 6th March 2015

THE Dream Factory charity has been chosen as the official charity partner for this year's Duke of Essex Polo event on Saturday, July 11.
This year's event is at The Willows, Hainault. It is the tenth year that the star-studded occasion has been held. 
As well as polo, fashion, entertainment and more, The Dream Factory will be hosting various fundraising activities and a charity auction in the VIP enclosure throughout the day. 
The Dream Factory founder Avril Mills said: "We are delighted to have been chosen as the official charity partner and look forward to a great day with brilliant weather and bumper crowds turning out for what has become one of the highlights of the Essex social calendar." 
The Dream Factory makes dreams come true for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions. Since its formation some seven years ago, the charity has fulfilled 320 dreams and is currently working on more than 60 requests. 
Miss Mills, who set up the charity following the death of her son, Oliver, from leukaemia, added: "We rely on fundraising to enable us to make so many dreams come true and with more than 60 requests being worked on we really need funds. 
"We look forward to being able to further our work thanks to this wonderful opportunity for us to raise money and highlight our work." 
For more about the Duke of Essex Polo visit http://www.dukespolo.com/


THEYDON BOIS: Police seek owners of suspected stolen property

11.25am - 6th March 2015

POLICE want to find the owners of recovered property believed to have been stolen from cars in the Theydon Bois area. 
A black iPod 60gb and Tom-Tom sat nav were found after a man was arrested in Theydon Park Road on Saturday, February 7, on suspicion of attempted burglary. 
The 36-year-old man, from Loughton, was taken to Harlow Police Station for questioning and later released on police bail until Thursday, March 26, pending further enquiries. 
Anyone who believes they may be the owners of the property is asked to ring PC Paul Alcock at Loughton Police Station on 101.


LOUGHTON: All set for charity fun run

11.13am - 6th March 2015

LOUGHTON Town Council's sixth annual charity fun run will be supporting Oak View School. 
The run sets off from the tennis courts at the Roding Valley Recreation Ground (at the end of Roding Road) at 10.30am on Sunday, April 19, after a ten-minute warm-up. 
The course is under three miles and on mostly level ground so is suitable for all ages and abilities including those with pushchairs or buggies. 
Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. 
All entrants completing the route will receive a medal presented at the finishing line by town mayor Sharon Weston. 
Participants are encouraged to go at their own speed as the event is not a race. 
To register, download the form from the council's website www.loughton-tc.gov.uk
Participants can also just turn up on the day. 
There is no sponsorship. Entry costs £5 for children and students (£10 for adults - with a £20 family entry for one adult and more than two children). 
All profits will support Oak View School's Life Skills Project to provide a specially equipped room designed to help prepare the children, many with a range of learning or physical disabilities, for independent living after school.


CHIGWELL: Students attend Oxbridge day

9.37am - 6th March 2015

A GROUP of Year 12 students at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, travelled to Cambridge for an academic 'stretch day' hosted at Emmanuel College. 
The event offered students the opportunity to get a taste of university life and find out more about the University of Cambridge. 
The students choose from a selection of lectures to attend offered them a taste of different subjects. 
There were also lectures about choosing a subject and applying to Oxbridge. 
Although the day was based at Emmanuel College, there were also academics from the University of Oxford and University College London.


LOUGHTON: Chance to vote for special trees

8.58am - 6th March 2015

LOUGHTON Town Council has launched the 'Loughton Special Trees' project to find which trees matter most to local people. 
Residents can nominate their favourite local trees - those which have a personal connection and give the council the reasons why they matter so much. 
These can be special trees in public spaces or those in private gardens. 
The project follows the Loughton Community Tree Strategy and the Favourite Trees project to find the 50 most special trees for the Epping Forest district. For more details visit www.favouritetrees.org
Chris Neilan, Epping Forest District Council's tree expert, said: "We all want a good place to live. We need our environment to be one where we, and the people we care about, can be safe, happy and healthy. 
"An attractive environment helps us to live richer lives in a whole variety of ways. And a big part of that is having trees and not just anywhere and anyhow, but the right trees in the right places. 
"Sometimes these trees are just functional - say helping screen off an unattractive view or providing shelter, including for birds, or other wildlife. 
"But trees can also be special in their own right. This may be because of their great age - Loughton has many trees dating from 1760 or even earlier, which could reasonably be described as living monuments.
"Other trees are special to us in more personal ways because of their size, how they mark a particular location or frame a view, because of their links to special people or events or, not least, purely for their great beauty." 
Visit www.loughton-tc.gov.uk to submit nominations.


EPPING: Cheque presented to air cadets

8.58am - 6th March 2015

A CHEQUE for £300 has been donated by the Epping & Theydon Garnon Joint Charities to the 414 Air Cadet Squadron. 
The money will go towards the cost of the squadron's new flight simulator which has helped the cadets learn the basics of gliding and flying powered aircraft.


NORTH WEALD: Parish council to present awards

9.51am - 5th March 2015

NORTH Weald Bassett Parish Council will present its annual Citizen of the Year award at the Annual Parish Assembly at the Parish Hall, Weald Hall Lane, Thornwood Common, at 7pm on Monday, March 23. 
Five nominations have been received for the Citizen of the Year award while two nominations have been put forward for the Group award. 
The meeting will also hear reports about the council's activities over the past year, as well as updates from the parish's district councillors.


EPPING: Annual Town Meeting

9.31am - 5th March 2015

THE annual Civic Awards and Allotment Awards will be presented by mayor Barbara Scruton at Epping Town Council's Annual Town Meeting at Epping Hall on Friday, March 13 (8pm). 
The civic award is presented for the best new development in the town over the last 12 months selected from nominations made by residents. 
There will also be a presentation from Epping Cricket Club highlighting how it used its council grant funding. 
The meeting is held by the town council to report on its work over the last 12 months and to highlight its plans. 
District and county councillors will also be present to give reports, among them councillor Chris Whitbread, an Epping councillor and leader of Epping Forest District Council. 
Town clerk Alan Shaw said: "We would encourage all residents to attend and tell their elected representatives about the kind of services they would like to see provided and improvements they would like to be made."


DISTRICT: Council seeks committee member

5.12pm - 4th March 2015

EPPING Forest District Council is seeking to appoint a new co-opted member to its Audit and Governance Committee. 
The committee provides independent assurance of the adequacy of the authority’s risk management framework and independent scrutiny of its financial and non-financial performance. 
The committee comprises five members - three are elected members and two are co-opted individuals who are not councillors. 
A vacancy for one of the co-opted members has occurred and the council is seeking a replacement with the right personal qualities and experience. 
The work of a co-opted member is voluntary and involves attendance at five or six committee meetings each year, plus additional time to consider issues and liaise with councillors and council officers. 
The successful candidate will be given appropriate training and receive a modest annual allowance to cover expenses.


LOUGHTON: Police talk at annual town meeting

1.00pm - 4th March 2015

A TALK on local policing issues will be given by Chief Inspector Denise Morrissey at Loughton Town Council's annual town meeting. 
The meeting - at The Murray Hall, Borders Lane, Loughton, at 7.30pm on Wednesday, March 18 - follows the usual format with reports from the mayor and committee chairmen about the council’s activities and achievements during the past year and its future plans. 
This will be followed by a question and answer session which allows residents to express their views and ask questions about issues in the town. 
Mayor Sharon Weston will present certificates to representatives from local groups, organisations and charities that were successful in their grant applications to mark the achievement. 
The hall opens at 7.30pm to allow residents time to view the displays mounted by a number of local voluntary organisations before the formal meeting starts at 8pm.
Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.


NORTH WEALD: Council objects to Harlow Gateway plans

9.14am - 4th March 2015

NORTH Weald Bassett Parish Council has renewed its objections to proposals to develop land at the Harlow Gateway South site, off the A414 London Road at Hastingwood. 
The land involved in the proposals is the former Ringway Jacobs site near the BP garage. 
A planning application (EPF/2517/14) submitted by Anderson Design & Build & C.J. Pryor Ltd seeks part full planning permission for the development of 'Plot A' for B1 (business) and B8 (storage and distribution) purposes by C.J. Pryor Ltd and part outline planning permission for use of 'Plot B-E' for B1 (business) and B8 (storage and distribution) purposes.
The council's planning committee on Monday decided to continue with its objection to the application however as Plots B-E had been removed from the application the council will, for the current time, remove its objection to Plots B-E. 
Councillors have voiced concern that the parish council had been advised by the developers that the development of Plots B-E (in relation to planning applications EPF/2516/14, EPF/2517/14 & EPF 2518 /14) were all fundamental to Enabling Development. 
The parish council is suggesting that the district council studies the Financial Viability Report in relation to all three applications.
* No objections have been made by North Weald Bassett Parish Council to plans for a single-storey rear extension at 15 George Avey Croft, North Weald. 
Meanwhile the council has also made no comment over proposals to enlarge Chestnut Cottage, Woodside, Thornwood. 
An application includes front and rear dormer windows and the part raising of the ridge, a balcony to the flank elevation and rear ground-floor additions. 
Final decisions on all the applications will be taken by Epping Forest District Council.


EPPING: Police renew appeal over fight

2.56pm - 3rd March 2015

THREE men hurt during a fight in Epping High Street are recovering from their injuries. 
Police have made a renewed appeal for witnesses following a large disturbance which happened in the High Street at around 2.50am on Sunday (March 1). 
Police reported that up to 20 men were involved. One man, in his 20s from London, was taken to hospital with a head injury and two other men, one in his 20s and one in his 30s, also from London, are receiving treatment in hospital to facial and minor puncture wounds to the lower body. 
All injured men are now recovering. 
Police are making enquiries in the area and have been speaking to the owners of local bars and clubs who have been assisting officers with their investigation. 
A police spokesman said the men involved are not believed to have attended Club 195 and the club owner has been proactively helping officers. 
Detective Sergeant Katherine Clarke said: "We're really grateful for the response of the public so far but would still urge anyone with information to get in touch. 
"We're currently reviewing CCTV and liaising with local bar owners who continue to be really helpful with our enquiries." 
Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


DISTRICT: Conservative association elects new chairman

8.58am - 3rd March 2015

GRANGE Hill district councillor Gagan Mohindra has been elected chairman of Epping Forest Conservative Association. 
He takes over from Simon Jones who had served a three-year term. 
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing said: "I'm enormously grateful to Simon Jones for all the excellent work he has done during his term as chairman. 
"He is a great campaigner, totally dedicated and also a loyal friend. 
"I am delighted that Gagan Mohindra has taken over as chairman. I know that he has the energy, the ideas and the experience to take the association forward." 
Mrs Laing added: "We are very pleased that Randolph Churchill (Sir Winston Churchill's great grandson) continues as our president. The association is very proud of our connection with the Churchill family."


LOUGHTON: Creative Arts evening

8.57am - 3rd March 2015

STUDENTS at Roding Valley High School, Loughton, put on a show of art, music, dance and drama for their Creative Arts Evening.
Artwork was on show in the school hall as the audience enjoyed a variety of performances from Key Stage 3 students. 
Headteacher James Luck said: "It was a wonderful event that really showcased the talents of our students. 
"There was drama, comedy, singing and dancing all of the highest quality. A great evening enjoyed by all." 
He added: "Well done to all the students who took part and a big thank you to the staff who gave up so much of their time to help the students prepare."



NORTH WEALD: Parish council launches media service

8.17am - 3rd March 2015

NORTH Weald Bassett Parish Council has launched an email media service to keep people informed about its news and work in the local community. 
Anyone can register to receive the council’s media releases and pictures which will be emailed to them at the same time as they are sent to the media - including local newspapers, websites and magazines.
Anyone subscribing to the service - which is provided by Everything Local News, part of Everything Epping Forest - can ask to have their email address removed at any time. 
No email addresses are passed to a third party. 
To register for the free service simply email nwbpcnews@gmail.com


NAZEING: Cyclist injured in hit-and-run

5.14am - 2nd March 2015

A CYCLIST suffered a broken collarbone when he was involved in a hit-and-run collision in Nazeing. 
The 52-year-old man cycling along Epping Road when he was in collision with a black five-door car, possible a VW Polo, at the junction with Common Road at about 6.20am today. 
Police say the car driver failed to stop and left the scene before the ambulance service and police officers arrived. 
The cyclist was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, by ambulance. 
Anyone with information is asked to ring the Chigwell road policing unit on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 


ONGAR: First images of The Ongar Academy

8.49am - 2nd March 2015

IMAGES have been unveiled showing how The Ongar Academy could look when its purpose-built facilities are up and running. 
The agreement with the Secretary of State for Education confirms The Ongar Academy will have the resources available to build what headteacher David Grant describes as a “world-class educational facility”. 
The Department for Education will take ownership of the Ongar Campus, a publicly owned site of over 20 acres off Fyfield Road, on which will be built a new secondary school, with buildings extending to over 6,500 square metres. 
Working with the Department for Education, the Education Funding Agency and industry experts, the Academy is designing high-quality teaching spaces serving all subject areas, with specialist facilities where they are needed. 
Mr Grant said: “Coupled with large assembly spaces, meeting areas and dining facilities, the school will rival the very best institutions in the country. The wonderful facilities available at the Ongar Leisure Centre including the sports hall, swimming pool, football and rugby pitches will be fully available to the school from the day we open and our founder cohort of students will watch as this multi-million pound facility rises from the ground.
"They will be actively involved, alongside parents and teaching staff, in designing this superb new school.” The images are initial artist’s impressions of how the new school building might look, subject to design development and planning approval. 
The Academy Trust is fully committed to consulting with the local community at all stages of the design development and as a result of initial feedback received, it is likely the school will be two-storey as opposed to three. 
Whilst the new school is being built, students will be accommodated in interim facilities which will be a short walk from the new school, on the same site, but entirely separate from the construction area. 
Mr Grant said “The interim facilities will be based around the superb existing Adult Community Learning Centre which many parents will have visited during our open days. 
In addition to utilising the excellent existing facilities, including the Ongar Leisure Centre, we will add one and two storey purpose-built temporary classrooms within an enclosed area just 20 metres from the existing building. 
“These additional classrooms will support our curriculum aims by providing facilities for specialist subjects and allow us to offer the full after-school enrichment programme alongside a rigorous and academically challenging curriculum. 
“We are fortunate that the vast majority of the facilities we need are already there, but work will start on setting up the remaining spaces very soon.” 
The interim facilities will be fully equipped from the outset, totally secure, and will be used exclusively by staff and students of The Ongar Academy throughout the teaching day.

Initial artist’s impression of how The Ongar Academy building might look, subject to design development and planning approval PICTURE

An example of purpose-built temporary classrooms which may be used by The Ongar Academy PICTURE


LOUGHTON: Charity shop volunteer receives council award

6.18pm - 1st March 2015

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A VOLUNTEER at a charity shop in The Broadway, Debden, has received this year's Loughton Town Council Citizenship award. 
Violet Short has been recognised for her dedication, inspiration and commitment as a volunteer at the Save the Children shop.
 Violet was nominated by her co-workers who said she has worked extremely hard and managed the exceptionally well-run charity shop for six days a week, for over 20 years. 
Violet has also been a role model and given tremendous support to the people she takes on through the Probation Service. 
She helps with their rehabilitation and re-integration into the community after their prison sentences. 
Many of these people have successfully gone on to obtain full-time jobs and often write to let her know how well they are getting on.
She also takes great pride in the shop's appearance and has created many attractive and eye-catching window displays over the years. 
Violet was unable to attend this afternoon's Loughton Town Council civic service at Loughton Methodist Church to receive her award from the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, which instead was presented to Violet's colleague Joyce Shelley. 
Joyce was presented with the Community Rose Bowl and scroll. 
A £250 cheque for the Save the Children charity shop will be presented to Violet later this month. 
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing said: "It's lovely to see Violet being honoured in this way. She has done so much for our local community and for the Save the Children charity and she deserves our grateful thanks. 
"We all hope that she will be better soon and able to go on with all her good work." 
The service was organised by town mayor Sharon Weston who chose Community - Working in Harmony as her theme. 
Alongside the dignitaries, many of the guests represented local charities, clubs and organisations. 
Mrs Weston paid tribute to the work of volunteers who help create the successful community of Loughton. Readings were given by deputy mayor Judy Jennings, Epping Forest youth councillor Matthew Tinker and MP Eleanor Laing. 
Music during the service included the popular song Halleluiah performed by the St John Fisher Catholic Primary School choir led by deputy headteacher Simon Conrad. 
The council is particularly grateful to Rev'd Oseias Da Silva from Loughton Methodist Church and Rev'd Malcolm Macdonald, from St Mary's Church, for leading the service and to Loughton Methodist Church organist Malcolm Bell. 
A collection was taken for the mayor's charity, Oak View School, and in particular for its Life Skills Project to provide a specially-equipped room designed to help prepare the children, many with a range of learning or physical disabilities, for independent living after school.

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EPPING: Man critical after fight involving up to 20 men

1.27pm - 1st March 2015

A MAN is in a critical condition following a disturbance involving up to 20 men in Epping High Street.
Police are appealing for witnesses after officers were called to the High Street, near Club 195, at about 2.50am today.
One man in his 20s from London was taken to hospital with a head injury where he remains in a critical condition. 
Two other men, one in his 20s and one in his 30s, also from London, are receiving treatment in hospital to facial and minor puncture wounds to the lower body. 
Anyone with any information is asked to contact officers at Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


EPPING: Caffe Nero fun day raises £415

10.27am - 1st March 2015

STAFF at the Epping branch of Caffe Nero launched their year of fundraising for the MIND mental health charity with a family fun day which raised over £415. 
Various events will be held throughout the year with the first fundraiser seeing staff in fancy dress and various fun activities for customers. 
Epping mayor Barbara Scruton was among those who supported the day which included a raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses - The George and Dragon pub, Amy Louise, Campion Court Hair Design and The Card Factory - a lucky dip for children as well as various giveaways.
The day (Saturday, February 28) raised £415.77. 
Epping branch manager Carina Howard said: "We would like to thank the local community which turned out to support of fundraising and the local businesses for their very kind donations which all combined to make the day a great success." 
Staff are now planning other fundraising events and are considering taking part in the annual Church Langley water tower abseil, run by the Rotary Club of Harlow Tye, in May. 
The Caffe Nero branches in Chelmsford, Brentwood, Enfield, Chingford, Southend, Bishop's Stortford, Lakeside, Upminster, Wembley and Brent Cross are also raising money for MIND throughout the year.
Together the branches hope to raise some £20,000.


CHIGWELL: Former student through on The Voice

10.06am - 1st March 2015

FORMER West Hatch High School student Ryan Green has reached the next stage of the BBC ONE talent show The Voice. 
Last night viewers saw him fail to be chosen by his coach Rita Ora for the next part of the show - but he was offered a lifeline when Tom Jones and Will i Am attempted to 'steal' him to join their teams. 
Ryan decided to go with rapper Will i Am.
Ryan, who lives in Hainault, left the Chigwell school in 2013 having studied GCSE music. He is now studying full-time at the Brit School. 
Ryan, 18, is appearing in The Voice for a second successive year having failed to get through the 'blind audition' stage last year.
Ryan said he wanted to make another appearance to show the panel how he has progressed over the past year. 
Ryan is a singer/pianist who during his time at West Hatch was a regular performer at school concerts sometimes performing his own work. 
West Hatch High School music teacher Mauro Sheehan said: "Congratulations to Ryan Green, and I wish him well. 
"He left us with many talents and it's great to see how these are developing and coming to fruition." 
Ryan also plays percussion and attended Redbridge Music School. 
He is the latest West Hatch High School student to appear on a national television talent show. Jonathan Antoine and Charlotte Jaconelli, the singing duo Jonathan and Charlotte, were runners-up in ITV's Britain's Got Talent three years ago while Sonny Jay, part of the Loveable Rogues, reached the final in the same year. 
Meanwhile John Wilding reached the judges' houses stage on ITV's X-Factor for two successive years in 2010 and 2011.