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WALTHAM ABBEY: School band plays in town centre

4.22pm - 22nd July 2016

THE Year 10 'Function Band' at King Harold Academy raised over £200 towards the cost of a music recording suite at the school when they performed in Harlow town centre for more than three hours. 
They played a selection of songs that they had practised after school for months. 
Head of Music Diana Russell said: "As well as raising money, this experience served them well for their GCSE performance coursework in which they have to perform as a member of a band - high marks are predicted after all this practice! 
"Well done to the Year 10 students who did King Harold Academy proud."


LOUGHTON / BUCKHURST HILL: Man charged over burglaries and M11 police pursuit

4.19pm - 22nd July 2016

A MAN has been charged with 18 offences connected to a series of burglaries and a police pursuit that ended after a car was driven the wrong way on the M11. 
Jason Allnutt 47, of Tithelands, Harlow, was arrested near the motorway at Chigwell on July 7 after a car was followed by police from Valley Hill, Loughton, to Chigwell Lane where it was seen to drive south on the northbound M11 at about 3am. 
He was later charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, driving without insurance and having an invalid driving licence. 
Allnutt was also charged with four offences of going equipped for theft on various dates in June and July and burglaries at ten commercial premises also in June and July. 
Four burglaries were at shops in High Road, Loughton, two in Pyrles Lane, Loughton, an Indian restaurant at Theydon Bois, a café in Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, a dry cleaners’ at Station Way, Buckhurst Hill and a food shop in Holloway Road, Islington. 
Allnutt was remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday).


LOUGHTON: Children perform Wild West show

8.24am - 21st July 2016

YEAR 6 children at Hereward Primary School, Loughton, finished off their year in style by performing their end of year play 'Ye-Ha' to parents and family members. 
The pupils showed assured confidence and enthusiasm as they sang, danced and acted the Wild West themed play. 
To conclude the afternoon's performance, the Year 6 children received their leavers' certificates from ex-staff members Kirsty Pavett and Sue White. 
Headteacher Matt Woolard and Deputy Headteacher Renette Fourie then presented trophies to recognise particularly impressive achievements. 

Winners of the Achievement Cups were: 
Reading Assessments - 1 Adriana Civilyte; 2 Alfie Hine; 3 Louis Hooke 
Writing Assessments - 1 Oscar Woolard; 2 Jeevan Juttla; 3 Francesca Bull 
Mathematics Assessments - 1 Teddy Newby; 2 Adriana Civilyte; 3 Ethan Toye 
Arts Awards - Maddison Nutley and Alfie Trowbridge 
Computing Awards - Lily Hobbs and Justin Dzanjalimodzi 
Sports Awards - Lucy Bailey and Charlie David 
Citizenship Awards - Millie Bartlett and Thomas Chapman. 

Headteacher Matt Woolard said: "The children in Year 6 have impressed us ever since they joined our school. 
"They have achieved a huge amount at Hereward and we wish them all the very best next year and in the future."



EPPING: Long-serving GP to retire

4.49pm - 20th July 2016

A LONG-serving Epping doctor has announced that she is retiring next month.
Dr Diana Lowry of The High Street practice in Epping will be hanging up her stethoscope on August 17.
She grew up in Birmingham, trained at Middlesex Hospital in London and started work at the practice in 1982 - which was then at 267 High Street (now a physiotherapist). 
With Drs Pradhan and Hayden a new surgery was built in 1995 and is now 301 High Street but is still known to many as the ‘High Street Surgery’. 
She has dished out pills and advice for more than 34 years, with only two short maternity leaves. 
Dr Lowry said: "There have been many wonderful new medicines and treatments over the years which have made such a difference to the quality of peoples’ lives; but the current of change in the NHS has made it difficult to continue giving personal, and total care for body, soul and mind. 
"The increased availability of GP appointments at weekends and in the evenings, while providing more accessible care for patients, makes it much less likely that they will regularly see the same doctor. 
"Many of my patients have become friends over the years and I will miss them. However I will not be moving away from Epping and so will probably continue to see some of the around the town.”
Dr Lowry feels that she has ‘done her bit’ for the NHS by providing a son who recently qualified as a GP. He intends to work in north west England. 
There will be a retirement tea party for patients at The Box premises, St John’s Road, Epping, between 2pm and 5pm on August 13. 
All are welcome but anyone planning to attend should sign the list in the surgery reception. During retirement Dr Lowry plans to stay in Epping and increase her work at St John’s Church where she is already a qualified Lay Minister. She regularly preaches there and at other churches in the area, and is also able to officiate at funerals.
There will also be the opportunity to go on more holidays, spend more time on her hobbies such as sewing, gardening and cooking and spending time with her family and pet dog.


LOUGHTON: School raises money for defibrillator

9.44am - 20th July 2016

A DEFIBRILLATOR has been provided for Thomas Willingale School and Nursery after a fundraising effort by the children, staff and parents. 
Emergency First Aid Ltd worked with the school and nursery in The Broadway to raise some £850 for the equipment which the school hopes it will never use. 
Danny Hyde, director and lead instructor with Emergency First Aid Ltd, hopes to raise sufficient money to provide the equipment for other schools that the company works with in the area. 
The company has already provided training for staff and children. 
Among the events held to raise money for the defibrillator was a 100km run and a gruelling hike up Pen Y Fan. 
A triathlon is also planned for September. 
Danny said: "Sadly 270 children die in the UK every year after suffering a Sudden Cardiac Arrest at school.
 "If a defibrillator is used and effective CPR is performed within three to five minutes of cardiac arrest, survival chances increase from six per cent to 74 per cent which is incredible. 
"Staff at Thomas Willingale have already received training .They are an amazing school who really believe in First Aid for all." 
Headteacher Teresa Phillips said: "We are delighted to be given the opportunity to have a defibrillator based at our school, most of us are already trained on the use of one as we are highly trained in First Aid thanks to Emergency First Aid Limited. 
“This potentially life-saving equipment will be available not only for our school community to use, but also the local community too."



CHIGWELL: Student receives 'Spirit of West Hatch' award

5.18pm - 18th July 2016

AN award which recognises a student's commitment to West Hatch High School was among the awards presented at the Lower School Awards evening.
The presentations were made by headteacher Frances Howarth. 
The ‘Spirit of West Hatch’ - Dylan Panesar - was chosen by his Head of House Rachael Minister who said he possessed all six of the school's ethos statements - Respectful, Ready to Achieve, Proud, Determined, Responsible and Considerate. 
Mrs Minister said: "He is caring and dedicated to his studies, he comes into school every morning to set up the ICT suites, he is involved in numerous extra-curricular activities and is a talented musician. 
"He is respectful to all members of the school community and although he is only in Year 7, he is a role model to all." 
She added: Dylan does not strive for recognition, he focuses on the real and true values and contributions he can make. He is a citizen and he will benefit our society with his qualities and achievements.
"I am proud and honoured to have a student like Dylan in my House."

For a slideshow of pictures from the awards evening CLICK HERE


CHIGWELL: Students hold charity car wash

3.29pm - 18th July 2016

A TEAM of students at West Hatch High School raised about £150 for their chosen charity Water Aid, with a car washing session. 
It was charity ambassador Arjun Kuhaendran's fourth event of the year. 
He said: "It went better then I expected. Everyone worked well and we washed 26 cars. 
"Organising the event was tricky and easy but I wouldn't have been able to do it without the teachers. We received excellent feedback and I hope to do it again next summer.
"Supporting Water Aid will benefit the people in countries like Uganda, Lusaka, India, Bangladesh, Tanzania." 
Fellow student Kenzi Henderson said: "It was such a fun day and I hope to do it again soon! I was with all my friends and wish I could do it more often." 
Student Ajay Bhopal said: "It was one of the best school charity events and we all co-operated to get the job done." 
Headteacher Frances Howarth said: "I was very pleased with the students reliability, commitment and hard work. 
"A particular mention must go to Arjun for his superb organisational skills in ensuring the whole day ran extremely smoothly. Very well done to everyone involved."


LOUGHTON: School holds Sports Day

2.58pm - 18th July 2016

CHILDREN at Thomas Willingale School and Nursery have taken part in the annual sports day.
Headteacher Teresa Phillips said: "This year our sports day events were luckily blessed with sunshine! A fabulous day was had by all with many parents joining us to cheer the children on. 
"We were joined by coaches from UKA sports who helped to deliver an exciting mix of competition and fun. Medals and trophies were won in abundance."



LOUGHTON: Children enjoy 'Summer Bounce'

2.56pm - 18th July 2016

PROCEEDS from a Summer Bounce event at Thomas Willingale School and Nursery, Loughton - which featured a variety of inflatables - raised money for the PTA. 
Headteacher Teresa Phillips said: "There was another fantastic turnout. The PTA worked tirelessly to ensure the evening was a success. A huge amount of money was raised by and will be spent on the children soon. 
"Thank you to everyone who attended, had lots of fun and helped to raise the money."


NORTH WEALD: Norwegian Air Force veterans fly in for Community Air Fete

4.51pm - 16th July 2016

NORWEGIAN Air Force veterans have flown in to North Weald Airfield ahead of tomorrow's Community Air Fete. 
The dignitaries were headed by Retired Lieutenant General Wilhelm Mohr, 99, who served at North Weald and was Commander of 332 Norwegian Squadron. 
He later became Chief of the Norwegian Air Staff and became known as the 'Father of the Norwegian Air Force'. 
He was accompanied by his daughter, Retired Lieutenant Colonel Knut Fossum and Serving Colonel Aage Longva. 
After landing in a DA20 Falcon EW - following a two-hour flight from Oslo - the party were welcomed by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre; Epping Forest District Council chairman Jeane Lea, North Weald Bassett Parish Council chairman Cyril Hawkins and other parish councillors, North Weald Royal Air Force Association chairman and airfield historian Arthur Moreton and John Young, chairman of North Weald Flying Services (The Squadron). 
Tomorrow the guests will take part in a wreath-laying ceremony and visit the North Weald Airfield Museum and the air fete.
Tonight they will be dining at the Kings Head in North Weald, which was a popular drinking venue for servicemen during the war.
The air fete event celebrates 100 years of flying at North Weald.



ONGAR: Ceremony marks start of school building work

9.10am - 16th July 2016

A 'BREAKING the Ground’ ceremony at The Ongar Academy has marked the start of building work on its new facilities. 
MP Sir Eric Pickles MP was joined by representatives from the school, Epping Forest District Council and Ongar Town Council for the occasion. 
Pete Marchant, chairman of The Ongar Academy Trust, welcomed Sir Eric and congratulated everyone involved in setting up the school. 
He said “It’s a tremendous achievement that having completed our first successful year we are now well underway with building works for the new school premises. 
"These superb state-of-the-art facilities will stand as tribute to the hard work our dedicated volunteers and highly talented staff team, not forgetting our wonderful community of parents and students without whom none of this would have been possible." 
Sir Eric said: “Being able to build a school not only requires good fortune but also great skill and determination and this is all about delivering a superb service to a community. 
"Folks here in Ongar must be pleased as punch as this is going to be a great community facility. It’s going to be something to be proud of. 
"When people think about Ongar, they are going to think about this great school." 
Addressing the students, Sir Eric said: “I’m really envious not just because of your natty uniforms but because you are here at the beginning and you are going to set the standards for this school and you are going to be the measure of pupils to come. 
"Schools are not just about buildings, schools are not just about all this fancy stuff here but are about the heart and about determination to deliver an excellent education in a very safe environment. This will be a place in which you can learn and you can be challenged and when you come out of this school, whether you go onto further education or higher education or to top universities, a little bit of this school is always going to be with you. And that’s something precious, that’s something to hold on to.” 
Sir Eric added: “I could not be happier. This is a great day, it’s a day to remember and this is a day that over the years we will celebrate.” 
Headteacher David Grant said: “Sir Eric has been a long-term supporter of the school and our students have taken great pleasure in meeting our local MP and sharing what they have achieved this year." 
In addition to chatting to governors, staff and students, Sir Eric met the team at Kier Group who are building the school, and Mace, the project managers acting for the Department for Education and discussed their construction programme and technical aspects of the build. 
The facilities are due to open to students in September 2017.


LOUGHTON: School raises £2,000 for Cancer Research UK

10.35am - 15th July 2016

CHILDREN at Thomas Willingale School and Nursery, Loughton, raised about £2,000 for Cancer Research UK when they held a Race for Life day. 
Children and staff wore pink and took part in fun runs around the school field before enjoying a picnic.
Headteacher Teresa Phillips said: "A fabulous day was had by all when the whole of Thomas Willingale took part in another Race For Life event. 
"The school turned pink especially at lunch-time when we were joined by more than 300 parents and family for a lovely picnic on the school field. 
"Children have been collecting sponsorship for running and so far we have raised around £2,000. 
"The community has been very generous helping to fill our collection buckets and donating on our Just Giving Page. 
"It was a fun day for a very worthwhile cause."



BUCKHURST HILL: Councillor climbs Mount Snowdon

8.42am - 14th July 2016

BUCKHURST Hill district councillor Gavin Chambers raised £900 for the Help for Heroes charity when he climbed Mount Snowdon. 
He said: "I didn't think people would be so generous. The majority of the money came from friends and family and some fellow district councillors. 
"I am so very grateful for all the donations and I know the charity will be super pleased." 
Mr Chambers is now setting his sights on walking Ben Nevis next year.


CHIGWELL: School stages summer concert

3.20pm - 13th July 2016

THE final musical event of the year at Chigwell School celebrated music from Stage and Screen.
The programme included music from the films The Incredibles, Simpsons, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, An American in Paris and Platoon. 
From the musicals there were items from Bugsy Malone, Wicked, Into the woods, Funny Girl, Chicago while the Operas featured The Magic Flute and Tristan und Isolde. 
The concert featured the diversity of ensembles including a performance from the Musical Theatre Group (pupils in the Junior School), the First Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Band, Chapel Choir and the Big Band.
The Year 13 Leavers crowned the evening with  solos and moving finale.
 Director of Music Howard Ebden wished all leaving pupils the best wherever their paths lie and thanked them from the heart for all they have given to the school over the past seven to 11 years.



WALTHAM ABBEY: School gets 'Good' report from inspectors

3.13pm - 13th July 2016

KING Harold Academy has been rated as ‘Good’ in all areas for the first time in the school’s 60-year history.
The rapid improvement and progress made in a short space of time is quite remarkable, the school says.
Head of School Kim Thackray said she was absolutely thrilled at the outcome of the inspection (May 24 and 25). 
She said: "It was a just reward for the hard work and the dedication of all staff, pupils and governors.” 
She is especially pleased that the inspection team gave credit for the exemplary work in subjects such as English, mathematics, science, languages and history. 
Christian Cavanagh, Executive Headteacher of both King Harold Academy and Debden Park High School in Loughton, praised the collaborative work between the two schools and said how much expertise they had gained from each other over the last two years.
The report also praised the King Harold’s leadership and management. 
“Leaders and governors are instilling an ethos founded on high expectations for all pupils and their teachers,” the report states.
The inspectors spoke to a number of students and recognised “pupils enjoy, and are proud of, going to King Harold and are eager to learn and contribute well to lessons”. 
Mrs Thackray said: “Our pupils behaved in their usual self-disciplined way and acted as excellent ambassadors for us."
The inspectors said King Harold provides a calm, orderly environment. 
Ofsted recognised the significant improvements to teaching and highlighted teachers’ high expectations and secure subject knowledge. 
They were complementary about the way pupils are challenged to think for themselves. 
Karen Roberts, CEO at TKAT, said: “Ofsted’s ‘Good’ rating is an absolutely fantastic result for King Harold. Their judgement is a valued recognition of the hard work put in by the school’s leadership, students and parents in driving progress and standards. 
"Well done to all at the school and we at TKAT look forward to working with them on their journey to ‘Outstanding’."


CHIGWELL: Cyclists complete 400km ride

5.42pm - 12th July 2016

FIVE members of staff at West Hatch High School have completed a 400km cycle ride to raise money for a school trip to Borneo. 
Having experienced good weather throughout their journey from West Hatch in Somerset back to West Hatch in Chigwell, a torrential downpour welcomed them back as they were cheered in by Year 7 students and were met by Epping Forest District Council chairman Jeane Lea and headteacher Frances Howarth.
Mrs Lea presented the cyclists with special commemorative badges to mark their efforts which are set to raise over £1,000 for a Camps International school trip to Borneo next year. 
Head of House Steve Windsor, who came up with the idea of the ‘West Hatch to West Hatch’ bike ride - from the parish of West Hatch, just south of Taunton in Somerset, to the school - said: "We've made it! We've cycled 400kms from Taunton back through Somerset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertforshire and Essex, all the way back to West Hatch - an amazing three-and-a-half days, a great shared experience. It's been fantastic." 
Reflecting on the highlights, he said: "Some really massive hills that you can't prepare for in Essex. Everybody got up and down them. Hitting 70kms on one of the descents was pretty cool." 
Also taking part were Head of House Guy Blain, Assistant Headteacher Anthony Sinfield, specialist teacher Gay Shillaker and retired Assistant Headteacher John Cowen. 
Thirty-three students, who each need to raise some £4,000, are set to take part in the Borneo adventure next summer. 
All the youngsters are holding fundraising events with bucket collections, cake sales, car washes and bag packing among the initiatives already undertaken. 
To sponsor the cyclists go to https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/westhatch-to-westhatch



CHIGWELL: Last concert for Head of Music

10.19am - 12th July 2016

SOLO items, a performance by the school choir and a selection of pieces by the KS3 and KS5 bands formed the programme at the West Hatch High School summer concert. 
Last Thursday's concert was the last to be organised by Head of Music Martin Fourie who is leaving West Hatch after three years. 
He said: "Seeing the students grow in their skills over three years has been a privilege. 
"We have some fantastic musicians at West Hatch. This was again showcased at our Live Recording Evening."



BUCKHURST HILL: Parish council to produce Neighbourhood Plan

4.29pm - 11th July 2016

BUCKHURST Hill Parish Council is to produce a Neighbourhood Plan.
Parish clerk Kevin O'Brien said: "We believe that it will give us the opportunity to set out a positive vision for how we want our Parish to develop over the next 20 years to 30 years in ways that meet identified local need and make sense for local people. 
"The Neighbourhood Plan will enable us to put in place planning policies that will help deliver that vision."
The parish council will launch its early engagement consultation, which will run until the end of September, at a meeting on Friday (July 15). 
Mr O'Brien said: "The early engagement consultation will enable residents to provide their views on a range of issues related to the development of Buckhurst Hill over the next 20 to 30 years." 
The official launch will take place in Buckhurst Hill Public Library, Queens Road, from 7pm. 
Councillor Smruti Patel and others will set out the Parish Council’s plans for engaging with residents throughout what is likely to be a two-year journey. 
Members of the public are invited to attend and ask questions on the Neighbourhood Plan process. 
There is no need to register to attend the meeting, just turn up on Friday evening.


DISTRICT: MP: Theresa May will be "really brilliant" Prime Minister

3,44pm - 11th July 2016

EPPING Forest MP Eleanor Laing says she has "every confidence" that Theresa May will be a "really brilliant" Prime Minister. 
The Home Secretary's new role was announced today following the decision of Andrea Leadsom to stand down from the leadership race to take over from David Cameron. 
Mrs Laing said: "I am delighted that for the second time the Conservative Party will be led by a female Prime Minister and send my congratulations to Theresa May. 
"It is fitting that someone who has done so much for the prospects of women in politics will now have the top job. 
"The dominating issue for the next months and years will be negotiating the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. These are uncertain and challenging times but they are also exciting and full of opportunity. 
"I have no doubt that Theresa’s vast experience in international and domestic politics has equipped her to meet these challenges and that as Prime Minister she will unite our country and ensure we make a success of Brexit." 
Mrs Laing added: "On a personal note, I have known and worked with Theresa for over 20 years and I have every confidence that she will be a really brilliant Prime Minister."


DISTRICT: MP backs British Lung Foundation campaign

12.49pm - 11th July 2016

EPPING Forest MP Eleanor Laing supported the British Lung Foundation’s lung health awareness campaign by taking part in an online ‘breath test’ at the Houses of Parliament and is encouraging others to do the same. 
During a week-long exhibition on lung health at Westminster, the charity is showcasing its upcoming 'Listen to your lungs' campaign due to start in mid-July. 
The UK-wide campaign will aim to raise awareness that feeling out of breath doing everyday tasks could be a sign of lung disease.
Public Health Minister Jane Ellison MP launched the exhibition and ‘breath test’ on July 4. 
The exhibition gives MPs, Peers and visitors to Parliament a chance to find out more about lung disease in the UK and to test their lung health using an online ‘breath test’, displayed on an interactive display donated by technology company MultiTaction. 
The test allows people to check their health through ten simple questions, based around the Medical Research Council breathlessness scale. 
The aim is to reassure people who do not have a problem and guide those with significant breathlessness to make an appointment with their GP. 
Mrs Laing said: “Completing the BLF’s online ‘breath test’ is a really easy way of checking your lung health. I’d encourage everyone to try it. It’ll either give you peace of mind or start you on a path to helping you manage your breathlessness. 
“Sixty-five per cent of people underestimate the proportion of deaths in the UK caused by lung disease, it kills someone every five minutes. If you’re even slightly worried a loved one has been feeling increasingly short of breath – please make sure they take the test.” 
Steven Wibberley, Chief Operating Officer for the British Lung Foundation, said: “This exhibition gives us the opportunity to throw the spotlight on breathlessness which can be a sign of lung disease. 
"Fewer than half of us would be concerned at feeling short of breath doing daily tasks. Often people put it down to age or fitness, and don’t seek advice from their GP. 
“It’s great to have the support of Eleanor in encouraging people to ‘Listen to their lungs’ if they feel breathless. 
"Together we can ensure that those people who are suffering with an undiagnosed lung condition seek help and get the support they need. With treatment, people can live longer, healthier lives.” 
The British Lung Foundation wants at least 100,000 people to take the test and share it with their friends and family. 
The 'Listen to your lungs' campaign complements the launch of Public Health England’s national 'Be Clear on Cancer' campaign on July 14, raising awareness of persistent cough and inappropriate breathlessness as possible symptoms of lung disease, including lung cancer, and heart disease. 
To take the test visit www.blf.org.uk/breathtest


ONGAR: Charitable trust to run Jubilee Park

11.44am - 11th July 2016

ONGAR Town Council has voted unanimously to create a Charitable Incorporated Organisation to take over the management of the Jubilee Park pavilion and sports fields. 
The council says that by transferring the responsibility to a charitable organisation, Jubilee Park will be run by a board of trustees that will be able to reflect the needs and expectations of the wider community and will be free to concentrate on the real goal of promoting sport and recreation to the residents of Ongar.
From a financial point of view, the council says, a charitable organisation will have access to grant funding that is not available to the town council and can take advantage of tax and rating concessions. 
Town council chairman councillor Jim Browning said. “The management of Jubilee Park has caused difficulties in the past and I see this move as a beneficial way of returning control of the facilities to all of the people who would like to use it." 
The council has created a steering committee to work with staff and residents in creating the charity by April 1, 2017. 
In this time, they will have to separate the finance and day-to-day operations of the charity from the town council while making sure they are listening to the needs of the members and of the community. 
The committee will meet as required and members of the public interested in attending these public meetings should check details of the agenda on the council’s noticeboards, website or social media (Facebook or Twitter).
If there is anything that residents think the committee should know, or consider, they can attend the meeting or write to the chairman of the committee c/o the town council offices, Bansons Way, Ongar.


LOUGHTON: Work starts on new Hope Centre

2.03pm - 10th July 2016

BUILDING work has started on a new community centre at St Mary’s Church, High Road, Loughton. 
The Hope Centre will replace the dilapidated and crumbling Ignite Centre which currently stands at the back of the church premises. 
The Hope Centre will be built on a similar footprint and will be attached to the main Church via a glazed link. 
The new building will provide a new large hall, meeting room, catering facilities and counselling room.
The aim is to create a new community space for Loughton and providing space for essential community services for all ages - such as Loughton Foodbank, toddler and youth groups and activities for the elderly.
The Church and community café - Café Hope - will remain open throughout the building work but there will be no parking available on site. 
The Hope Centre is expected to open to the public in the summer of 2017. 
St Mary’s Church, based in the heart of Loughton, already welcomes around 600 people of all ages, throughout the week, not just on Sundays. 
Vicar of St Mary’s, Rev'd Malcolm Macdonald, said: “St Mary’s is a church that wants to share God’s love in Loughton and beyond. 
“This is about increasing our capacity to do that in very practical ways, whether through Loughton Foodbank, toddler groups, lunches for the elderly or children’s and youth events - we want to love Loughton through the whole church site, including the new Hope Centre." 
He added: “We are a church seeking to serve people and the Hope Centre is about integrating church and community.” 
Anyone interested in making a donation towards the new Hope Centre should visit the church's website www.stmarysloughton.com



LOUGHTON: Refurbished play area officially re-opened

12.22pm - 9th July 2016

THE Traps Hill play area, next to Loughton Library, has been officially reopened after a £80,000 refurbishment. 
Loughton mayor Carol Davies cut the ribbon at an open day this morning. 
The new equipment is suitable for a wide range of ages from toddlers to 14-year-olds. 
As well as the traditional and basket swings, there is a challenging multi-play piece for teenagers with a climbing wall and bannister slide. 
A new roundabout with seats is fitted level with the safety surfacing and suitable for wheelchairs. 
For younger children there is an adventure trail and multi-play unit. 
There is also a 'witches hat' (a spinning cone climber) and trampoline. A total of £20,000 of the cost of the work came through a grant from Essex County Council's Community Initiatives Fund.



WALTHAM ABBEY: Family homeless after fire

12.16pm - 9th July 2016

A FAMILY-of-four have been left homeless after a fire in the kitchen of a house in Waltham Abbey. 
Two fire crews, from Waltham Abbey and Loughton, were called to an end-of-terrace house in Mayfield at 11.30am yesterday.
The whole of the property was smoke-logged. 
An Essex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said the fire was believed to have started after the hob was accidentally turned on. 
The Red Cross Victim Support unit attended the incident to provide the family with immediate welfare assistance.


ONGAR: Another town councillor resigns

12.13pm - 9th July 2016

ANOTHER Ongar town councillor has resigned with Labour's Alison Wingfield having expressed her sadness that the council has "dropped to the level it has". 
There are now three vacancies to be filled on the 15-seat council which has seen six resignations since the local council elections in May last year. 
Mrs Wingfield, whose resignation letter cited various criticisms of the Ongar Residents' Association councillors, their attitude and decision-making, wrote: "Being a councillor in Ongar has taken a different meaning now and the ratepayers of Ongar will suffer as a consequence." 
Her letter went on: "Now that I am the longest serving member of the council I am finding it very unjust that the newer councillors cannot see what they are to Ongar Town Council in not following rules, taking advantage with their majority and changing things as they feel fit."


LOUGHTON: Reception sports day

7.29am - 8th July 2016

CHILDREN in the Reception classes at Hereward Primary School took part in their first ever sports' day.
Competing in the school teams of Woodpeckers, Kingfishers, Robins and Goldfinches, the pupils took part in sack races, football goal shooting, beanbag balances and hurdle races before finishing with some sprints. 
The winning team was the Robins. 
Headteacher Matt Woolard said: "It was a wonderful morning for the children and their parents and family members. 
"The Reception pupils thoroughly enjoyed their first Sports' Day experience."



BUCKHURST HILL: Police investigation continues after woman dies

8.41am - 7th July 2016

A WOMAN who was found unwell at an address in Buckhurst Hill, has died. 
Officers attended a home in Lower Queens Road at about 10.20pm on Sunday following reports of concern for the welfare of a 51-year-old woman. 
She was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital where she died as a result of her injuries.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding her death which is currently being treated as unexplained. 
A 27-year-old local man is assisting officers with their enquiries. 
Detectives want to speak to anyone who may have heard a disturbance at the address at around 10pm on Sunday. 
Anyone with any information can ring Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


THEYDON BOIS: Man arrested in immigration swoop on restaurant

8.20am - 6th July 2016

A MAN has been arrested following an operation by immigration enforcement officers on the Il Bacio restaurant in Theydon Bois. 
Acting on intelligence, officers visited the restaurant in Forest Drive at about 5pm on Thursday. 
Staff were questioned to establish whether they had the right to live and work in the UK. 
A 33-year-old man, from Colombia, was found to have entered the UK illegally. 
He has been detained pending his removal from the UK. 
The business faces a penalty of up to £20,000 unless it can demonstrate that appropriate right to work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work. 
Lionel Garriock, from East of England Immigration Enforcement, said: “Employers who choose to use illegal labour should be warned that our teams carry out regular operations such as this. 
"Illegal working cheats the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and means legitimate job seekers are denied employment opportunities. 
“By properly carrying out the required ‘right to work’ checks, employers can minimise disruption to their business and avoid a heavy financial penalty. 
“I would urge members of the public with detailed and specific information about suspected illegal working to report it to us.”


THORNWOOD: Homes plan for pub site

8.43am - 5th July 2016

PLANS have been submitted for a terrace of three three-bedroom homes on the site of the former Carpenters Arms pub, High Road, Thornwood. 
The application will be considered by North Weald Bassett Parish Council before a decision is taken by Epping Forest District Council.


LOUGHTON: Schools raise money for RNLI

8.41am - 5th July 2016

COLLECTIONS at five schools have raised £234.09 for the Royal National Lifeboats Institution. 
Of the total, £148.08 was raised by staff and pupils at St John's Primary School, Buckhurst Hill. 
A street collection will be held in the Loughton area on Saturday (July 9).


THEYDON GARNON: Flower festival raises over £6,000

8.38am - 5th July 2016

THE three-day flower festival at All Saints Church, Theydon Garnon, raised over £6,000 for church funds.
The theme was 'Gardens of the World'. 
Visitors enjoyed the flowers as well as refreshments including homemade meals, cakes and drinks. Other stalls sold plants, cakes, and books. 
Visitors could listen to handbell ringers, a jazz band and watch a demonstration of sheep shearing. 
Rev'd John Fry thanked everyone who contributed to the event such a success.


EPPING: Epping in Bloom awards

9.05pm - 4th July 2016

CHILDREN who have helped bring floral colour to Epping have received awards from the Epping in Bloom group. 
Awards have been presented to the children who designed the floral beds - marking the Queen's 90th birthday - at Tower Road green and to the winners and runners-up of the make-an-insect competition which attracted some 345 entries. 
The entries were on display at Epping's Tesco store for six weeks. 
Epping in Bloom also presented community awards to Charlotte Clarke, for her red, white and blue hanging baskets, and to Sonny Bazzoni for his display of wild flowers. 
The awards were presented by Epping mayor Les Burrows at Epping Hall. 
During the past year Epping in Bloom has also arranged for the planting of a floral barrel, organised with Epping and District Royal British Legion, outside Epping Fire Station to remember the Fallen and has provided flowers for displays at St Margaret's Hospital. 
The 14-strong team of volunteers has also undertaken various displays at the Market Garden site next to Marks and Spencer. 
The group, with support from Epping Town Council, now plans to transform the Market Garden site into a garden area. 
On Friday Epping in Bloom's work - which includes floral displays at Epping Station - will be viewed by visiting judges from the RHS Anglia in Bloom competition. During their visit the judges will meet the children who designed the Tower Road green beds. 
Epping in Bloom chairman Victoria Robertson said: "It has been an amazing year. It's been fantastic. 
"We have achieved so much thanks to our volunteers and the support we have received from local businesses and the local schools.
"We are now really looking forward to moving forward with our plans, especially for the Market Garden area which will brighten up an area of the town which is seen by so many people as they walk into the High Street." 

Tower Road green winners
Kimberley Taylor (Epping Primary School) 
Razia Khan (Ivy Chimneys Primary School) 
Eva Jowett (Epping Upland Primary School) 
Chloe Brown (Epping St John's School) 
Nikola Alexsandraviciute (Coopersale Hall School) 
Kaitlin Poole (Coopersale and Theydon Garnon Primary School).

Insect competition winners (with runners-up in brackets)
Coopersale and Theydon Garnon Primary School - Aydon (Lucie)
Epping Upland Primary School - Maisie (Harry)
Epping St John's School - Louie (Millie)
Epping Primary School - Jaden (Santino)
Coopersale Hall School - Kate (Melissa)
Ivy Chimneys Primary School - Catarina (Lola).

For pictures from the presentation evening CLICK HERE


SHEERING: Citizen of the Year gives prize money to two causes

5.29pm - 4th July 2016

THE recipient of Sheering Parish Council's Citizen of the Year award has donated her prize money to two causes. 
Sheila Caves decided to share her £100 prize, awarded at the annual parish council meeting, between Epping Forest Community Transport - which runs services serving the village - and St Clare Hospice.
Sheila, who was recognised for her community work in the village, said: "I decided to share the money between two charities close to my heart; Epping Forest Community Transport provides the 347 bus that runs between Hatfield Broad Oak and Harlow and is a lifeline to many, and St Clare Hospice which is well known for providing excellent palliative care. My thanks go to all who nominated me for this award."


BUCKHURST HILL: Woman 'critical' after being found at property

4.59pm - 4th July 2016

A WOMAN is in a critical condition in hospital after being found "unwell" at a property in Lower Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill. 
Police are investigating reports there was a disturbance at the address. 
A police spokesman said officers attended a home in Lower Queens Road at about 10.20pm last night (Sunday) following reports of concern for the welfare of a woman. 
The woman, who is aged in her 50s and local, was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital where she remains in a critical condition. 
A 27-year-old local man is currently assisting officers with their enquiries. 
Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Marina Ericson said: "We remain at the scene making enquiries and attempting to establish how the woman came to fall unwell. 
"I’m keen to speak to anyone who may have heard a disturbance at the address at around 10pm on Sunday evening.” 
Anyone with information is asked to ring Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


ONGAR: Public support sought for Neighbourhood Plan

2.49pm - 4th July 2016

ONGAR Town Council is considering preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for Ongar which will give the community direct power to develop a shared vision for the town and shape the development and growth of the local area. 
This would mean that the council would be able to: 
* choose where it wants new homes, shops and offices to be built 
* have a say on what the new buildings should look like 
* say what infrastructure should be provided 
* grant planning permission for the new buildings we want to see go ahead. 
Council chairman councillor Jim Browning said: "Neighbourhood planning provides the opportunity for local people to ensure that we get the right types of development for our community where the goals of the neighbourhood is in line with the planned needs and priorities of the wider local area, for example Epping Forest District. 
"Neighbourhood planning provides the opportunity for residents to set out a positive vision for how they want Ongar to develop over the next ten, 15, 20 years in ways that meet local needs and that make sense for local people." 
The town council is looking to work with members of the community who are interested in the planning process and invites them to play an active role in preparing the Neighbourhood Plan. 
Anyone interested in joining such a group should contact the council office by August 31 to register an interest.


ONGAR: Vandals target memorial garden

2.47pm - 4th July 2016

THE John Holness Garden in Love Lane has been badly vandalised. 
The bench has been damaged beyond repair and will cost hundreds of pounds to replace. 
The garden was set up to commemorate Mr Holness who died in 2002 and was well known in Ongar due to his involvement with many organisations especially the Ramblers. 
The garden and bench were last vandalised in October 2014 when repairs were carried out by council staff with the assistance of a local resident. 
Ongar Town Council chairman councillor Jim Browning said: “I am saddened to see the contempt that some people show to public property. 
"The council will replace the bench but please remember that this will have to be taken from the ratepayers. The funds will have to be diverted from other projects. 
"Staff will be looking at CCTV images to see if the culprits can be identified to the police.”


WALTHAM ABBEY: Students visit Tate Modern

2.33pm - 4th July 2016

ART students at King Harold Academy visited the Tate Modern in London as part of their GCSE course.
During the visit the Year 10 art students researched artists' work to include in their portfolio. 
The topic of Similarities and Differences was the starting point for their work with the students given the opportunity to select a series of artists to influence and inspire them. 
Art teacher Helen Turner said: "The whole experience was designed to broaden their outlook and cultural understanding of the world of Art, developing skills of critical understanding and being able to make informed decisions about not only Art but the environment in which it was produced. 
"Students developed an awareness of cross curricular subjects to understand the works of modern artists which can be challenging and developed a questioning approach to the work." 
Student Ellie Morrell said: "It was fun and a different experience, I won’t forget it." 
Jessica Phillips said: "It was a great day out. I got inspired by lots of artists and their work.” 
Jamie Watson described the visit as "eye opening” while Tony Bosher said: "I loved every moment of it.”
Jay Rigden said: "I found it interesting and it was something different.”


WALTHAM ABBEY: Man seriously injured in Crooked Mile collision

9.44am - 3rd July 2016

A MAN has suffered "potentially life-threatening" injuries in a two-vehicle collision on Crooked Mile, Waltham Abbey. 
Police were contacted at about 3.45am with reports of a collision involving a grey Volkswagen Golf and a white Mercedes near the junction with Fishers Green Lane. 
A man aged in his 30s has been taken to hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries. Motorists are advised that road closures are in place at Marsh Hill with the junction with St Leonards Road and Waltham Road, at Holyfield Road with the junction with Stubbings Lane and at the roundabout of Crooked Mile and Abbey View. 
The London to Cambridge Bike Ride will be going ahead with diversions in place around the scene of the collision. 
Anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone with information is asked to contact Essex Police on 101.


EPPING: Tributes paid to Catholic priest

3.53pm - 2nd July 2016

Everything Epping Forest would like to thank Stewart Foster, a Priest of the Catholic Diocese of Brentwood and the Diocesan Archivist for providing this article

TRIBUTES have been paid to Epping Catholic Church Priest Father James Hawes who died on Thursday aged 77. 
Father Hawes, who had served in Epping since 2001, was found dead in his Presbytery by Deacon Duncan Whitehouse.
Father Hawes was born on March 13, 1939, and grew up in Hornchurch where he was educated at St Mary's Catholic Primary School.
From 1950 to 1957 he was educated by the Jesuits at St Ignatius College, Stamford Hill, north London. 
In 1957, having been accepted as a student for the priesthood by Bishop Wall, Father James was sent to St Thomas Seminary, Grove Park, Warwickshire, a preparatory college for Oscott, the Catholic seminary in Birmingham. 
However, it was to Rome that Father James was sent for his training. 
In 1958 he entered the College of Propaganda Fide, close by St Peter's itself, where Brentwood as a relatively new and poor diocese (established in 1917) had a bursary for the training of students for the priesthood. 
Father James succeeded the late Monsignor David Donnelly (Aveley, Hainault, Upminster, Witham, Brentwood and Frinton-on-Sea) at Propaganda and was himself followed by the late Father Andrew Hurley (Wanstead, Benfleet, Ongar) who was ordained in 1968 and who overlapped with him in the college, and by Father Adrian Graffy (currently at Gidea Park), the last Brentwood student at Propaganda and who was ordained in 1974. 
Among Father James' contemporaries were several future bishops, including the Australian Cardinal George Pell. Father James on several occasions visited both Australia and South Africa to stay with former classmates, a number of whom had risen to the highest offices in the Church, and their hospitality was reciprocated wherever Father James himself was stationed. Father James gained a Licence in Sacred Theology from the Urbanianum having been ordained to the priesthood in Rome on December 19, 1964.
His final years of training coincided with the earlier sessions of the Second Vatican Council, an event which made a deep and lasting impression upon him and which informed his life and ministry as a priest.
In 1965, having completed his studies in Rome, he was appointed an assistant priest at Colchester under Canon Bernard Manning, a former army padre who had parachuted behind Japanese lines in Burma with Orde Wingate's 'Chindits.' 
Four years later he moved to St Mary & St Ethelburga, Barking, where the Parish Priest was Canon Vincent Hurley (uncle of Father Jemes' seminary companion Father Andrew Hurley). 
In 1971 there arrived at Barking a newly-ordained Irish priest, Father (now Canon) John McGrath (who in September will leave Billericay and succeed Father James at Epping). 
The two priests enjoyed a friendship lasting 45 years and together with Father James' brother, John Hawes, it is Canon McGrath who will perhaps miss Father James the most. Given his voracious reading habits (no TV for Father James) it was only fitting that he should serve as Literary Editor of the Brentwood Diocesan Directory (1968-1972), which publication was then under the editorship of his fellow pupil from St Mary's Primary School, Hornchurch, 
Father Michael Stokes. In 1972 Father James was appointed a full-time member of the team assigned to the newly-established Brentwood Religious Education Service (BRES) residing at St Bernard's Convent, Westcliff-on-Sea, where he also acted as chaplain to the Bernardine Nuns who were then in charge of St Bernard's School for Girls. 
Fellow priest-members of the BRES team included Father Michael Butler (currently at Old Harlow) and the late Fathers Brian O'Higgins, Richard Ashton and John Timmins. 
Of the religious sisters who also worked on the team the last survivor is Sister Joan (Etheldreda) Denyer of the Ursuline Convent, Brentwood (where BRES was initially quartered). 
It was during his time with BRES that Father James became actively involved with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement. 
In 1979 he was appointed Parish Priest of Clacton-on-Sea and two years later he went to Upminster in succession to Monsignor David Donnelly. 
In 1991 he was appointed to Colchester where he had served as a curate, and in 2001 he went to Epping where he remained until his death. 
He had been due to retire to Leigh-on-Sea this month. 
Whether as Parish Priest, Dean, Diocesan Consultor, retreat-giver, spiritual director, inveterate letter-writer to the press, scholarly wit or friend (and sometimes he was most or all of these simultaneously), Father James was a much-respected figure in the Diocese of Brentwood and beyond. 
It was he, who as the senior Consultor at the time of the resignation of Bishop Thomas McMahon, was responsible for submitting various reports to Rome; and on the occasion of the Bishop's Farewell Mass Father James gave an address on behalf of the clergy and people of the diocese. 
On a personal note, l might add not only gratitude for Father James' friendship and wise counsel, but also for the weekends spent at Epping supplying for him when he was either on holiday or unwell. 
With his permission of course, I used to consult his vast library, especially the full set of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and l was due to visit him at Epping in order to help him sort out his books prior to retirement. 
Very generously, he had promised his volumes on Catholic and Essex history to the Essex Recusant Library at Brentwood. 
On one occasion, when at Forest Gate, l had to supply the Christmas Masses at Epping at short notice owing to Father James having been admitted to Harlow Hospital with appendicitis. 
He was discharged on Christmas Eve, on Christmas Day l gave him Holy Communion, but on Boxing Day he was back in church, sitting in the congregation when l celebrated the Mass of St Stephen. 
Thereafter, it was 'business as usual.' 
His health had declined in recent years but he soldiered on devoted to his parishioners at Epping and they to him. 
He was looking forward to retirement, living next door to his friend and former curate, Monsignor Kevin Hale, at Leigh-on-Sea. 
God had other plans.


EPPING: New Rotary president joins forces with mayor

9.46am - 2nd July 2016

EPPING Rotary Club has welcomed Barbara Scruton as the club's new president. 
She takes over the chain of office from Brian Rolfe. 
Mrs Scruton has joined forces with Epping mayor Les Burrows to organise events to raise money for two charities during their year of office. 
They hope to embrace the whole of the community by supporting the Heart of Epping appeal which is raising money for a community centre adjoining St John’s Church in St John's Road. 
They are also supporting the national children’s Charity ‘bibic’ that helps children with any kind of developmental difficulty, therapists' work with families to design a therapy programme with the view of making the difficulties smaller and life at home and school more functional, manageable and fun for everyone. 
The first fundraising event is a Garden Party in the Mayor’s garden on Saturday, August 13.
Other events are planned for later in the year.


CHIGWELL: School celebrates 'excellent' inspection report

9.43am - 2nd July 2016

CHIGWELL School has been celebrating an excellent inspection report. 
A team of Independent Schools Inspectorate inspectors visited the school before Easter and found that teaching, pupils’ achievements and learning, the curriculum and extra-curricular provision, the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils, pastoral care and boarding were all ‘excellent’.
Headmaster Michael Punt said: "The school is delighted with the report which reflects the consistent hard work of the whole school community, pupils and staff who collectively do their very best to help Chigwell pupils fulfil their potential.
"The report includes many very pleasing comments."

 They include statements such as: 
* Pupils demonstrate very positive attitudes to learning. They are enthusiastic and committed 
* An excellent range of extra-curricular activities contributes significantly to the educational, intellectual and personal development of pupils 
* Teaching benefits from the excellent relationships between staff and pupils. At all times, it promotes tolerance and respect
* Pupils leave the school as mature, tolerant and well-rounded individuals who have a very clear understanding of their responsibilities and display excellent standards of personal development 
* The long-term vision of the Governors and leadership is embedded in the school development plan to which all departments contribute. This provides clear educational direction. 
* The school has benefited from considerable development since the previous inspection. 

Chigwell will use the report, which can be read in full on the school website, as part of the ongoing development of the school. 
Mr Punt added: "However we are delighted that the inspectors appreciated, as we do, what a positive community exists at Chigwell."


EPPING: Epping in Bloom launches email media service

12.01pm - 1st July 2016

EPPING in Bloom has launched an email media service to keep people up-to-date with its news and event information. 
The service is provided by the Everything Local News media service, part of the Everything Epping Forest and Everything Harlow local news and information websites. 
If you would like to register to receive the Epping in Bloom updates at the same time as they are sent to the local media please email everythinglocalnews@gmail.com with EPPING IN BLOOM in the subject line. 
Please note that no email addresses are forwarded on and you can ask to be removed from the circulation list at any time. 
Epping in Bloom now has a section on the Everything Local News media service website where archived releases are available.


ONGAR: Councillors warned about cost of a Neighbourhood Plan

8.26am - 1st July 2016

ONGAR Town Council's planning committee has indicated a wish to embarkon a Neighbourhood Plan but has been warned it would cost over £30,000. 
The council currently has no budget available for such a project. 
Council vice-chairman and planning and environment and public relations committee chairman John Reynolds told last night's meeting: "It would involve a fair bit of work but it's a matter of how urgent we consider the matter. I think it's something that we should look at as a matter of urgency." 
Town clerk Aimi Middlehurst said grant funding from the Rural Community Council of Essex, of up to £9,000, could be available but added: "It would be substantially more than that, and another member of staff. There would be a large cost to the council that you (the council) hasn't budgeted for." 
Mrs Middlehurst added a Neighbourhood Plan also required a "buy-in" from the local community. 
Not one local resident registered an interest in getting involved with a Neighbourhood Plan when support was sought at the Ongar Carnival, the meeting was told.
Councillors were told a sum of over £30,000 could be required to see a Neighbourhood Plan through.
"You haven't got that sort of money just floating about," Mrs Middlehurst said. 
She added: "There would be a large cost. The council considered it before and decided that there were other priorities at that time." 
A Neighbourhood Plan can help a community shape its future through the planning process. 
The council will carry out an "initial investigation" into the cost and level of interest in the town. 
Everything Epping Forest has reported on several Neighbourhood Plan initiatives being undertaken elsewhere in the Epping Forest district. 
North Weald Bassett Parish Council has budgeted £39,000 while Moreton, Bobbingworth and The Lavers Parish Council - the first in the district to submit a Neighbourhood Plan for approval - precepted £1,000 and sought some £17,000 through grant applications. 
Epping Town Council circulated questionnaires - and received hundreds of responses - while it has also held information-gathering sessions and held a meeting to give the town's younger residents the chance to air their views about the town and their ideas about possible future development.


ONGAR: WI to raise money for defibrillator

8.23am - 1st July 2016

ONGAR WI has been given the support of the town council as it prepares to fundraise for a defibrillator for use in the High Street. 
WI member Sandra Dear told last night's town council planning and environment and public relations committee that the defibrillator would be kept in a secure box - accessible with an access code available via the 999 service when required - in the telephone box, which is available for adoption, outside Senners newsagents. 
Mrs Dear said the WI was keen to adopt the box - for £1 - and apply for lottery funding towards the £1,600 cost of the defibrillator. 
She told the meeting: "They do save lives. We think it's vital in the town. Even if it saves one life... We are willing to do the fundraising, we just need your (town council) support. We are keen to get it going. We don't want to be talking about it in July 2017."


DISTRICT: Man charged over 'offensive' tweet

8.21am - 1st July 2016

A 21-YEAR-OLD man has been charged under the Communications Act 2003 in connection with an offensive message posted on social media site Twitter which was directed at Nazeing, Roydon, Sheering and Matching MP Robert Halfon.
The man has been charged with sending by means of a public electronic communications network a message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character. 
A police spokesman said the charge relates to a message posted on Twitter on June 23. 
The man is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on July 13. 
West Local Policing Area Chief Superintendent Sean O’Callaghan said: "While people in public office attract comments on social media on a daily basis, the public must expect abusive or offensive messages that relate to violence to be dealt with robustly."