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WALTHAM ABBEY: Green Flag for town venues

8.25am - 28th July 2015

THE Gunpowder Park and Waltham Abbey Gardens in Waltham Abbey are two of eight locations owned and managed by Lee Valley Regional Park to receive Green Flag awards recognising the open spaces as among the best in the UK. 
It also received three Heritage Flag awards. 
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority green space manager Alex Farris said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive the Green Flag Award for these wonderful parks and open spaces. 
“Lee Valley Regional Park attracts around six million visits a year and this award recognises and highlights the very highest quality, well-managed green space that visitors can benefit from. 
“It also provides national recognition for the hard work and dedication of all our staff and volunteers who have helped to create and maintain these beautiful places for all to enjoy.” 
The national Green Flag award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. 
A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.


STAPLEFORD ABBOTTS: Church holds flower festival

9.33am - 27th July 2015

FLORAL displays on the theme of 'When We Were Young' have been on show at St Mary the Virgin Church, Stapleford Abbotts. 
The church held its flower festival over the weekend with visitors also able to browse stalls in the churchyard and enjoy refreshments. 
* The church will be holding a harvest display from 11am on Saturday, September 26. 

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NORTH WEALD: Custom-made bike stolen

4.18pm - 24th July 2015

A CUSTOM-made bike which was to be used in a Land's End to John O'Groats charity ride has been stolen from North Weald airfield. 
Police want to hear from anyone with information about the whereabouts of the black Giant Escape hybrid bike which was taken by two men at about 4.30pm on Friday, July 17. 
The bike was custom made and had a rear Topeak cycle rack, fluorescent green panniers and a fluorescent green saddle. 
Investigating officer PC Tracy Topche said: "The bike is very special to the victim as he was planning to use it for a charity ride in August from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital. 
"If anyone knows anything about the theft or where the bike is then I would ask them to call me at Loughton Police Station on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."


LOUGHTON: School leavers hold 'Royal Variety Performance'

3.44pm - 24th July 2015

YEAR 6 children at Thomas Willingale School, Loughton, found a comical and musical way of saying goodbye. 
The children staged a musical journey through the decades using the format of the Royal Variety Performance. 
Headteacher Teresa Phillips said: "What an amazing night we had. The children rocked the place. We were entertained with Her Majesty the Queen, her bodyguard, and her Corgis, the Beatles, Queen, Little Mix, Take That, Girls Aloud, Rod Stewart and many more. 
"We were enthralled by parodies of ET, Rocky, The Terminator, Jaws and others. 
"The evening ended with a rendition of 'Up Town Funk' where children, parents and teachers all danced and sang. What a way to go! 
"Goodbye to our fabulous Year 6s and good luck to all the children at their new schools."



ONGAR: Town councillor resigns

10.45am - 24th July 2015

ONGAR Town Council has announced the resignation of one of its councillors. 
Lynn Hawkins was one of nine new councillors elected onto the council in May. 
The vacancy will be discussed by town councillors at Thursday's council meeting.


LOUGHTON: Man charged over road collision which has left cyclist in coma

9.19am - 24th July 2015

A MAN has been charged with careless driving following a serious collision involving a cyclist and a car in Loughton. 
Grant Battie, 28, of Sewardstone Street, Waltham Abbey, has also been charged with failing to give way at a junction. 
He has been bailed to appear before Chelmsford Magistrates Court on August 24. 
The collision happened at the junction of Colebrook Lane and Jessel Drive at about 8.50pm on Saturday, May 30. 
The cyclist, a 51-year-old man from Loughton, was taken to Whipps Cross Hospital before being transferred to Royal London Hospital. 
He was then moved to the Homerton Hospital where he is still being treated for a serious head injury. He is currently in a coma.


ONGAR: Missing woman found in Basildon

UPDATED 2.40pm - 24th July 2015

Police have said Patricia Hannington was located by officers in Basildon, near the A127, at about 12.40pm today. She has been taken to hospital for a medical check-up.

8.45am - 24th July 2015

POLICE are growing concerned for a woman last seen at her son's flat in Ongar. 
Patricia Hannington, 36, was last seen at the address in Victoria Road at about 3.30pm yesterday (Thursday). 
Officers are concerned for her welfare as her family does not believe that she has her heart medication with her and she may be in need of urgent medical attention. 
Patricia is described as 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build with purple/red coloured hair. 
She was last thought to be wearing a blue and white vest with butterflies on it, blue jeans and black and grey trainers. 
She was recently living in Wagon Mead, Hatfield Heath, so could be in that area, police say. 
Anyone with any information should ring Essex Police on 101.


LOUGHTON: Art exhibition opens

3.52pm - 23rd July 2015

LOUGHTON Arts Centre is celebrating its fourth birthday with a summer exhibition showcasing art work by local residents.
The exhibition, at the gallery next to Lopping Hall, High Road, Loughton, until August 21 - will be officially opened by Loughton mayor Judy Jennings tomorrow evening (Friday). 
The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday (10am-4pm).
Anyone who would like to exhibit work can email loughtonartscentre@gmail.com.


DISTRICT: Youth councillors receive awards

3.25pm - 23rd July 2015

EPPING Forest youth councillors have received awards from the Jack Petchey Foundation for their community and volunteering work at Lowewood Museum and Swaines Green, Epping. 
Joseph Pascoe, Matthew Tinker, Leonora Troshupa, Julie Turrell, along with King Harold Academy pupil Aaron Rogan and Charlie Luxford, from Epping St John’s School, each received a Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Medallion and £200 to spend on their chosen project. 
Staff from Epping Forest District Council’s Communities Services Team - Gill Wallis, Alexia Doherty and Louis Walton - were awarded Outstanding Leader certificates and each received a Jack Petchey medallion at the presentation evening at Sir James Hawkey Hall, Woodford Green. 
Louis Walton said: “It was an honour to have received the Jack Petchey Achievement award. 
The evening was an amazing opportunity to see so many inspiring young people be recognised, valued and rewarded for their achievements.” 
Youth councillor Matthew Tinker said: “Receiving a Jack Petchey Award is a real honour and it does give you a confidence boost.”


LOUGHTON: College holds creative arts festival

3.22pm - 23rd July 2015

A CELEBRATION of students’ work across all creative and performing arts culminated in a week-long Creative Arts Summer Festival at Epping Forest College. 
Students and staff put on professional presentations converting their art workshops into a gallery and using the 200-seat theatre to present various musical and acting performances, including the high energy production of 'Legally Blonde - the Musical'.
Performing Arts students from the first year of Level 3 courses started the week with solo performances, characterisations and ensemble pieces. 
There was a final public performance of the college’s fifth placed entry for the prestigious National Theatre Connections competition - 'Remote' by Stef Smith, a one act drama about protest, power and protecting yourself - all set on a single evening in a town park - which was previously performed by college students at the Theatre Royal Stratford. 
Musical theatre numbers ranged from Miss Saigon to Les Miserables. 
Level 3 Music students in their second year performed cover versions and original compositions marking their final gig before departing the college. 
A large group of dignitaries, students and parents gathered for the opening of the art and design exhibition with work across Fine Art, Photography, Fashion, Textiles, 3D and Graphic Design, produced by level 1 to A-level and Level 3/4 Foundation Diploma. 
The art department has gained approval to run the prestigious University of the Arts London qualifications from September. 
Level 2 Performing Arts students presented a montage of musical theatre and drama with Level 3 dance students performing their extensive repertoire across urban, contemporary, ballet and tap to a packed audience. 
Vice-principal Phil Hall said: "The annual creative summer festival was once again a triumphant celebration of the work of the college’s students across Art and Design, Photography, Performing Arts, Music and Dance. 
"There is a tremendous team effort involved in staging the week-long programme of events - the quality of work exhibited and performed is only possible as a result of the commitment, dedication and inspiration of our teaching team. 
"In many cases it showed the journey of up to four years' work for our students. 
"We are proud their journeys will now take them onto further studies at East 15, universities such as UAL, Brighton and specialist schools such as BIMM and LIPA."


HASTINGWOOD: Parish council opposes waste site plan

2.28pm - 23rd July 2015

NORTH Weald Bassett Parish Council is strongly opposing a proposal for land next to the M11-A414 roundabout at Hastingwood to be used as a waste site. 
Essex County Council is suggesting that the Green Belt land could be used for open-air disposal of inert construction, demolition and excavation waste. 
Parish council chairman Cyril Hawkins said: "As it currently stands this would suggest that a 'Construction Demolition and Excavation' waste site could be located next to housing, a hospice, garden centre and restaurant which is completely inappropriate. 
“There are concerns at the number of lorry movements especially as the county council would have have no further involvement in either running the site or in terms of traffic movements to and from waste facilities, and both their origin and destination. 
“The parish council says it has been calculated that there would be a minimum of eight large lorries entering and exiting the site every hour seven days a week 52 weeks a year. 
Overview and Scrutiny Committee councillors at Epping Forest District Council say the proposal should be rejected. District councillors fear it would increase traffic congestion around Junction 7 of the M11.


THEYDON BOIS: New changing rooms officially opened

8.33am - 23rd July 2015

NEW changing rooms at Theydon Bois Cricket Club have been officially opened by parish council chairman John Philip. 
The construction, supported by Theydon Bois Parish Council, Epping Forest District Council, Essex Cricket, the Grange Farm Trust and others makes a real improvement to the area. 
Mr Philip recognised the contribution the club makes to village life especially noting the significant involvement with young people in the junior section. 
He said: "This is a great example of where support from the Parish and District brings real benefits to our residents."


ROYDON: Special treat for Year 6 leavers

8.31am - 23rd July 2015

YEAR 6 children at Roydon Primary School have been presented with graduation certificates while some received trophies for excellence in writing, maths and science, sporting achievements and commitment to the school’s code of conduct. 
Parents treated the year group to a surprise treat - a trip on a party bus to Mayhem Paintball in Abridge.
Head of School Gill Doyle said: “I could not be more proud of the Year 6 students; their drive and ambition has impressed us each and every day. 
"This group of children will grow to be fantastic citizens of the world and we are all delighted to have played a part in their learning journey.”


NORTH WEALD: Airfield hosts Race for Life

8.30am - 23rd July 2015

SOME 1,600 women took part in Cancer Research UK's Race for Life on North Weald Airfield. 
They ran, jogged or walked the 5km or 10km course aiming to raise £105,000 for the charity. Many wore fancy dress. 
The participants were welcomed by Epping Forest District Council chairman Liz Webster. 
She said: "Events like these are always such a pleasure, seeing the community come together to raise money for such a valuable cause.”


ROYDON: Weak bridge to be closed for rebuilding work until end of January

4.39pm - 22nd July 2015

A ROAD bridge spanning the River Lee is to be rebuilt as it can no longer support heavy vehicles. 
Essex Highways structural engineers will rebuild Fish and Eels Bridge, which carries Dobbs Weir Road between Harlow and Hoddesdon, with work starting on Sunday and continuing until the end of January. 
A new permanent footbridge will be built on the south side and a footpath will be provided on the north side of the bridge. 
Essex County Council highways and transportation cabinet member Rodney Bass said: "Structural surveys have clearly shown the ironwork supporting Fish and Eels Bridge has corroded to the extent that it has become dangerous for vehicles to cross it, especially commercial vans and trucks. 
“Clearly we need to maintain the safety of everyone who needs to use it.” 
The reconstruction project will require Dobbs Weir Road to be closed to vehicles although access for local residents and businesses will be maintained. 
A signed diversion will direct drivers onto sections of Essex Road, Charlton Way, High Road, Station Road, Nazeing New Road, North Street and Sedge Green, while a temporary footpath will be provided for pedestrians and cyclists. 
Boats will be allowed to use the River Lee and canal during the work however an occasional closure of the canal may be required for safety reasons. 
Mr Bass added: “Inevitably projects of this kind will lead to disruption and longer journey times but it is very necessary work and will serve to maintain our highways to the highest possible standard.”


ROYDON: Children stage end-of-term musical

4.38pm - 22nd July 2015

ALICE in Wonderland took on a musical feel at Roydon Primary when Year 5 and 6 pupils staged Alice The Musical to parents to mark the end of the school year. 
While the older pupils played the main acting roles, the younger children provided the dancing and singing. 
Head of School Gill Doyle said: “We had lots of parental support with costumes and learning lines and songs at home.
“It was a lovely celebration of our children’s confidence, speaking and listening skills and the end of the year.” 

* Year 3 pupils have been studying Brazil over the summer term. Their long-term homework project was to create costumes to be worn at a celebration carnival. 
Mrs Doyle said: “The children have explored the culture, geography, food, dance and language of this vibrant country. 
“Their studies culminated in a fabulous carnival afternoon where children donned their carnival costumes and samba’d around the playground!” The children also constructed a carnival float..”


HASTINGWOOD: Man jailed over theft of heating fuel from hospice

3.49pm - 22nd July 2015

A MAN has been sentenced to 21 months imprisonment after being found guilty of the theft of over £1,000 of heating fuel from St Clare Hospice. 
Fuel used to provide the heating for the hospice was removed in May last year. 
On Monday, March 2, Jake Seaton, of Barn Mead, Harlow, pleaded not guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court and was remanded on conditional bail until July 15 for trial. 
Following a three-day trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, Seaton was found guilty on Friday and given a 21-month prison sentence. 
Investigating officer PC Mark Smith said: "Seaton had denied this heartless crime and showed no remorse for his actions. 
"Upon summing up the judge remarked how it was despicable to steal from a charity which cares for people with terminal illnesses.
"The fuel is also paid for through charity donations and voluntary work. "I am pleased that justice has been done in this case.”


LOUGHTON: Year 6 Hereward pupils go out in style

9.16am - 22nd July 2015

CHILDREN in Year 6 at Hereward Primary School, Loughton, performed their leavers' play, 'Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies', to a packed hall of parents, carers and family members. 
The talented pupils impressed everyone with the enthusiasm of their performance and sheer confidence in the way they sang, danced and acted. 
Following the show, all of the Year 6 children received their leavers' certificates from ex-staff member Dosha Salisbury and headteacher Matt Woolard presented cups to recognise academic achievements. 

The Achievement Cup winners were: 
Reading Assessments - 1st Amelia Anakwue; 2nd Elliot Chow; 3rd Teri Sandford.
Writing Assessments - 1st Valentino Milen; 2nd Amelia Anakwue; 3rd Abigail King. 
Mathematics Assessments - 1st Elliot Chow; 2nd Oliver Anderson; 3rd Amelia Anakwue.

Citizenship Awards - Ryan Overill and Emily Petty.
Sports’ Awards - Harry Snow and Lily Wingrove.
Arts’ Awards - Daniel Atsev and Gabija Bijeikyte.
ICT Awards - Connor Oxley and Olivia White. 

Headteacher Matt Woolard said, "We are so proud of this particular group of children who have achieved so much in so many ways throughout their time with us. 
"We wish them well as they start the next phase of their lives at secondary school."



EPPING / LOUGHTON: Foodbank collection success

12.10pm - 20th July 2015

CUSTOMERS at the Epping Tesco store donated enough food for 2,575 meals for the Loughton Foodbank during a recent three-day collection. 
Loughton Foodbank will use the food to create emergency food parcels containing three days’ supply of nutritionally-balanced food which will be given to local men, women and children in crisis, with Tesco adding an extra 30 per cent to all customer donations. 
Between April 1 last year and March 31 this year 592 people were provided with three days’ emergency food by Loughton Foodbank. 
Supermarket collections are one of the main ways Trussell Trust foodbanks are stocked.


DISTRICT: Heritage Watch launched

12.08pm - 20th July 2015

A NEW police initiative to protect the district’s heritage was launched at the Epping Ongar Railway.
Heritage Watch is a scheme to encourage people to help protect their local heritage from theft, vandalism, graffiti, criminal damage and arson. 
Members of the public are urged to join Heritage Watch to preserve community assets and protect them from heritage crime, which can range from stolen artefacts to unauthorised building work on historical buildings. 
North Weald councillor Anne Grigg said: “Its aim is to preserve and maintain the district's diverse history and keep it alive for future generations, this scheme is vital in ensuring the protection of our heritage.” 
Essex Watch liaison officer Colin Freeman said: “Crimes against Heritage are crimes against the whole community and we will do our upmost to combat the issue and keep our history safe. 
"I ask any resident who has a love of history and enjoy exploring our heritage to join us and keep our community assets safe.”


LOUGHTON: Community Fun Day 'It's A Knockout'

7.47pm - 19th July 2015

THE Jesse's Giants team retained their 'It's A Knockout' title when they took part in the Loughton Community Fun day tournament at Jessel Green. 
Ten teams competed for the honours this year, taking part in six games before the top four teams went into the grant final.
Hundreds of people attended the event - watching the events, enjoying picnics while younger visitors were able to go on a variety of inflatables provided by the Red Balloon Family. 
The event, organised by Loughton Town Council and the Red Balloon Family, also featured birds of prey and a display from the Casablanca Cheer cheerleaders. 
The 'It's A Knockout' trophies were presented by Loughton Town Mayor Judy Jennings. 

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LOUGHTON: School holds Race for Life event

9.23am - 19th July 2015

STAFF and children turned Thomas Willingale School in The Broadway, Loughton, into a "sea of pink" when they held their own Race for Life fundraising event. 
The day has so far raised £3,651.28 with more donations still being received. 
Headteacher Teresa Phillips said: “As many of us in our school community have been affected in some way or another by cancer we decided to run as a school to raise funds for Cancer Research UK, to aid their vital research and treatment, and have fun at the same time. 
“We also hoped that by preparing for the event by running laps of the sports field at each PE session, it offered the chance for the children to build on being active and healthy. 
“On the day the children from Nursery to Year 6 and staff had a fantastic time and the school was a sea of pink. The sum raised so far is a staggering £3,651.28 - way above our target - and money is still coming in.”

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ROYDON: School says farewell to office manager

1.42pm - 18th July 2015

ROYDON Primary School has said goodbye to its office manager who has retired after 19 years. 
Sheila Collins, 65, now plans to travel to Beijing and the Grand Canyon within the first year of retirement, before continuing to tend her allotment. 
She said: “The whole school community knows how much I care about them by the number of tissue boxes I have had to carry and use on the last few days! 
"I feel enormously sad to be leaving the children - I have felt as though all 200 of them were my own every single year and the staff have been my second family. “I have such a huge store of memories - all those nativity performances, leavers’ assemblies, sports days and swimming galas! 
“I have spent the happiest years of my working life here and will never forget anyone.”
Head of School Gill Doyle said: “Sheila has been a huge support to a number of headteachers and members of staff who have been looked after by her. She will be hugely missed by the whole school community.” 
Mrs Collins will also take up her new role as editor of the Roydon Parish News in her retirement.


CHIGWELL: Armed men ransack house

1.04pm - 18th July 2015

A MAN has been threatened by two men armed with a knife and hammer who then ransacked the property, stole jewellery, damaged furniture and partially flooded the house. 
Police say the men got into the property in Lambourne Road, Chigwell, between 3.30pm and 3.45pm yesterday when they said they needed to read the meter. 
They threatened the man inside before ransacking the house and removing several items of jewellery.
They damaged furniture and turned the water on which partially flooded the house. 
The occupant, aged in his 50s, was left shaken but uninjured. 
One man was of Asian appearance, about 5ft 6ins tall, of medium build, aged about 35 with a moustache and medium length hair which was swept back. He was wearing a black round-neck t-shirt and blue jeans. 
The other man was white, about 6ft tall, of large build, aged between 35 and 40 and with blonde short hair. He was wearing a white shirt with black trousers and was carrying a black holdall bag. He may have been wearing gloves. 
Anyone with any information is asked to ring officers at Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


CHIGWELL: Second man charged over shooting

9.04am - 18th July 2015

A MAN is due to appear in court today after being arrested and charged in connection with a shooting incident at Chigwell. 
Police were called to an address in Limes Avenue shortly after 10pm on Saturday, July 11, when a man was found with a gunshot wound to his upper body. 
Kyiese Waithe, 21, of Queens Road, West London, was arrested yesterday (Friday) and has been charged with possessing a firearm with intend to endanger life. 
He was remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court this morning. 
The victim, a man in his 20s, from Chigwell, remains in hospital today and was said to be in a stable condition.


LOUGHTON: Davenant Foundation School holds summer concert

3.08pm - 17th July 2015

MUSICIANS past and present from Davenant Foundation School performed to audiences of more than 400 people at a 60s theme night summer concert celebrating Davenant’s move from Whitechapel to Loughton in 1966. 
The concert displayed the many choirs such as junior girls’ choir, senior girls’ choir and school choir to instrumentals from swing band, band, orchestra, electric guitarists and brass ensemble. 
The Performing Arts Department is vital to maintaining the school’s long musical background; the school choir was formed over 40 years ago. 
With more than 450 students at the school receiving instrumental or dance tuition on a weekly basis concerts are conducted in the highest standard. 
Videos of 1960s lifestyle were shown between performances adding to the atmosphere of a 60s theme. Holidays, sport, education and music were displayed. 
One of the Beatles most famous and influential songs, Hey Jude, was played by the brass ensemble, a mixture of brass instruments such as the tuba, saxophone and trumpet while the Pink Panther, by the Swing Band, allowed some childhood memories to return for some of the audience. 
More subtle tunes such as Hummel’s Theme and Variations for Oboe and Orchestra allowed individual skills to flourish. 
Year 11 oboist Hannah Huff, who completed her grade 8 on the instrument at the end of Year 10, was among the star performers while James Brown's (I Got You) I Feel Good set an excitable tone to the night as six electric guitarists performed their quicker, and certainly louder version, of the classic song. 
Over six hours of rehearsal were given to each act last week in preparation of the concert. 
The night of entertainment ended with California Dreaming by the school choir, past and present, led by Head of Performing Arts Asha Bishop.


ONGAR: Does town need another hairdressers?

2.43pm - 17th July 2015

PLANS for another hairdressers in Ongar High Street have met with no objections from the town council - but concern has been voiced over the number of such premises in the town.
A planning application has been submitted to Epping Forest District Council for the change of use of the former Mr Grumpy's sweet shop at 203 High Street into a beauty salon and hairdressers.
Ongar Residents Association councillor Janet Bicknell told last night's planning and environment committee: "We've got three hairdressers and two barbers. Do we really need another one? 
"We need a bit more variety."


LOUGHTON: MP praises 'Love Loughton'

2.41pm - 17th July 2015

EPPING Forest MP Eleanor Laing has praised the Loughton community for coming together to organise 'Love Loughton' - a day “full of community spirit”. 
The event, which was being held for the fifth year, saw numerous local organisations running stalls at St Mary's Church in the High Road with entertainment provided outside. 
Mrs Laing said: "I was delighted to once again visit 'Love Loughton'. It is great to see so many local organisations coming together for the day and highlighting their work in the local community. 
“'Love Loughton' is a day full of community spirit and I sincerely hope that it continues to flourish for many years to come.”


ONGAR: Council's newsletter in doubt

10.06am - 17th July 2015

THE future of Ongar Town Council’s newsletter is in doubt after it emerged that some councillors are refusing to deliver copies to their electors. 
The ‘Ongar Voice’ was launched by the council last year to spread the word about the council’s news and achievements, and to highlight to the electorate how the council’s precept - the public’s money - is being spent. 
Councillors have delivered the newsletter, which was launched last year, but last night's public relations committee was told that issues had arisen with delivery of the latest edition, the first since the local elections in May. 
Town council vice-chairman Ongar Residents Association councillor John Reynolds told the meeting: “I object to delivering the newsletter because it promotes the case at the Jubilee Park (which is run by the town council) and I can’t accept that because it’s in direct competition (by promoting the Jubilee Pavilion cafe) with local businesses.” 
Ongar Residents Association councillor Patrick Bolden said: “I just think it’s a pat on the back (for the council). All the residents I speak to say they put it in the bin.” 
Committee chairman Independent councillor Sheila Jackman told the meeting discontinuing the newsletter would have implications for the council’s Quality Council status which it had worked hard to achieve - an award which acknowledges that the council is properly managed - and could affect the council’s ability to attract grant funding for community projects. 
The council has budgeted over £5,500 this financial year for three newsletters and an annual report.
Supporting the newsletter, Labour councillor Peter Gode said: “It allows us to put our facts out to the community. It gets you to know your community (when delivering the newsletter), talking to them, finding out what their problems are. We are here for the residents. That newsletter tells them what we are doing.”
Councillor Andrew Kaye said: “We should be communicating, telling the ratepayers what we are doing, what we are spending our money on. That communication is very important."
Councillors suggested an online newsletter, however it was stated that many people, particularly the elderly, do not use a computer, while it was also suggested space could be taken in the Ongar News publication. 
The matter will now be discussed by the full council.


ONGAR: Council considers 'Council of the Year' bid

10.04am - 17th July 2015

ONGAR Town Council is considering entering a 'Council of the Year' competition to highlight its successes in the past year but neither the chairman or vice-chairman are supporting the idea.
Public relations committee chairman Independent councillor Sheila Jackman suggested at last night's meeting that the council should enter the competition, run by the Essex Association of Local Councils, to highlight its successes over the past year, which include the takeover of the Jubilee Park and Pavilion.
She said: “We have done quite a lot for the community this year. 
"We have taken over the Jubilee Park and in doing so we have extended the sports, made meals available, held the twinning (reception for visitors from Ongar’s French twin town of Cerizay at High Ongar Village Hall), the French market (at Jubilee Park), Play in the Park and fun days.” 
The council has also introduced Friday entertainment nights at the Jubilee Pavilion which has also hosted a successful darts competition with another to take place in August. 
Work has been carried out on the council’s play areas, there have been successful litter picks and the chairman’s coffee morning - where a raffle raised £114.65 for the council’s community grants budget - was held at the Jubilee Pavilion allowing more local people to attend. 
However council chairman Ongar Residents Association councillor Jim Browning abstained from the vote over whether the council should put itself forward. 
He said: “Surely a council is judged by its people, by the people of Ongar itself?” 
Council vice-chairman Ongar Residents Association councillor John Reynolds voted against the move but did not speak on the matter. 
A final decision will be taken by the full council.


ONGAR: Council's Christmas window competition to go ahead

10.02am - 17th July 2015

ONGAR Town Council is to hold its best decorated shop window competition this Christmas, despite a comment from the council’s chairman that the £50 cost could not be justified. 
The council, for the past few years, has run the competition with prizes of champagne and chocolates, and certificates for the winner, runner-up and highly commended.
Last night’s public relations committee was asked to consider whether to hold the competition again this year.
Council chairman Ongar Residents Association councillor Jim Browning said traders would decorate their windows whether there was a competition or not. 
“I can’t see the justification of it,” he said. “The traders will do it anyway.” 
Councillor Andrew Kaye said: “It’s something for the community - it’s welcomed by the shopkeepers. It encourages the traders to do something that they might not otherwise do.” 
Labour councillor Peter Gode said: “It brightens up the High Street. It’s been quite well received by the traders and I think we should continue.” 
The committee voted to continue with the competition this year. 
* Ongar Residents Association councillor Jane Devonald said she was looking into running a Christmas picture competition for local schools and was planning to go to school assemblies to highlight the competition and the council.


NORTH WEALD: Council launches Neighbourhood Plan webpages

8.27am - 14th July 2015

NORTH Weald Bassett Parish Council has launched dedicated pages on its website to keep people up-to date with its work on a Neighbourhood Plan. 
The pages feature information about the process and current status of the parish council's intention to complete a Neighbourhood Plan, which is still being worked on. 
Parish council chairman Cyril Hawkins said: “To ensure the parish council does its utmost to protect its residents, and to ensure the parish retains its character and status, the parish council has taken the decision to create a Neighbourhood Plan.” 
Epping Forest District Council is still producing its Local Plan, which is expected to be completed and adopted late 2018. 
Mr Hawkins added that part of the Local Evidence base is the suggestion from Epping Forest District Council that about 1,100 homes could be built on land on or around North Weald Airfield (land belonging to the district council). 
He added: “There may also be larger areas which could be under threat from developers.” 
A Neighbourhood Plan sets out policies on the development and use of land in a parish or Neighbourhood area for a certain period of time. 
Mr Hawkins said: “Whilst a Neighbourhood Plan is not designed to stop development, it will allow the residents in the area to have an influence over the type of development, where it goes, the density and design.” 
The process of Neighbourhood Planning includes consultation with local residents and 'stakeholders', and a number of technical documents must be produced. 
North Weald Bassett Parish Council has increased its precept request by 24 per cent for 2015-16 to ensure appropriate funds are available to progress this Neighbourhood Plan - an approximate 24p increase in the parish council element of council tax payments (for a band D equivalent property) per week for 2015-16. 
For more information, email ourplan@northweald-pc.gov.uk, or ring the parish council on 01992 523825. The council's Neighbourhood Plan webpages can be viewed at http://www.northweald-pc.gov.uk/neighbourhood-plan/ and http://www.northweald-pc.gov.uk/neighbourhood-plan/np-updates/


ROYDON: New headteacher for primary school

3.32pm - 14th July 2015

A NEW headteacher has been appointed for Roydon Primary School.
Jenni Elliott has been promoted from her existing role as assistant head at Cooks Spinney Primary School in Harlow. 
She will take over from outgoing head of school Gill Doyle, who is moving on to become headteacher at Takeley Primary School. 
Mrs Elliott joined Burnt Mill Co-operative Academy Trust - of which both Roydon and Cooks Spinney are a part - last September, returning from a life in Spain where she was deputy headteacher in a private school. 
She said: “My plan was to aim for a headship within a couple of years but I have been given this opportunity now and I am ready for the challenge. 
“Being a part of BMAT is about sharing best practice and about helping each other to strive for our mutual goal of being world class. 
"The fact I have worked at Cooks Spinney alongside head of school Stuart Pope means we can now really move forward together. 
“I have enjoyed networking with my colleagues in our other schools; that has been a great experience for our children and for me professionally. 
"My move from Cooks Spinney to Roydon is a very positive one for the Trust as it builds those stronger links.” 
She added: “I have a plan to get to know the school and its community first. I do not want to change anything that is working well. I will spend a few weeks and months looking carefully at what’s going on and from there, I will make plans for the school.” 
Mrs Doyle, who leaves her post at the end of term to take on a headship elsewhere, said: “I have hugely enjoyed my time at Roydon. 
"I am leaving a school which is filled with hardworking, kind and caring children; staff who work tirelessly to provide the best they can for each child and parents who support us each and every day. 
“I know the children in our care will grow to be effective citizens of the world and I am proud to have played a part in that.”


CHIGWELL: Jubilee Lodge seeks community support

3.30pm - 14th July 2015

THE Jubilee Lodge respite break centre, run by national disability charity Revitalise, has launched a drive to enlist more community support. 
Among guests at a launch event were Olive, Richard, Stephen and Martin Higgins of the local construction firm family, long-time supporters and members of the Friends of Jubilee Lodge fundraising group Anne McConnell and Ros Dover, Elizabeth MacKeown - daughter of the late Joan Brander, founding trustee of Revitalise, Revitalise chairman Mindy Sawhney, chief executive Chris Simmonds, Jubilee Lodge manager Jennifer Hamilton-Smith and vice-president Denis Green along with volunteers and staff and the disabled people and carers enjoying holidays at the centre. 
Jubilee Lodge, which provides respite holidays for disabled people and carers from across the region, held the reception as a call to action to generate more community backing for the popular local centre’s mission. 
Mrs McConnell and Mindy Sawhney praised the people who were instrumental in the foundation of Jubilee Lodge - Revitalise’s very first centre - in 1963. 
Mindy Sawhney said: “We are delighted to have been able to welcome so many people from the community to share an evening at Jubilee Lodge: some old friends of the centre, alongside others new to Jubilee Lodge who are important in the role they play in the community. 
“But this evening has all been about the future of Jubilee Lodge and our need to put the centre once again at the heart of the community from which it was created over 50 years ago. 
“With the support of the Friends of Jubilee Lodge we hope this event will help us enlist the support of many more people from across the region, to open doors, raise awareness and ultimately raise funds for Jubilee Lodge, enabling us to continue to provide life-changing respite holidays for disabled people and carers.”


LOUGHTON: School holds Key Stage 2 sports day

2.28pm - 14th July 2015

HEREWARD Primary School has held its Key Stage 2 Sports' Day to decide who would win the Summer Cup. 
The day was held in bright sunshine with all children in Years 3-6 divided into the school teams of Kingfishers, Goldfinches, Woodpeckers and Robins. 
After an exciting afternoon of events it was the Robins who won the cup. 
Physical Education co-ordinator Liz Ladlow said: "It was lovely to see so many smiling children all having fun, enjoying competition and getting fit."


CHIGWELL: Man charged over shooting

2.26pm - 14th July 2015

A MAN is due to appear in court today charged in connection with a shooting incident at Chigwell. 
Police were called to an address in Limes Avenue shortly after 10pm on Saturday when a man was found with a gunshot wound to his upper body. 
Daniel Edmondson, 23, of Copperfield, Chigwell, has been charged with possessing a firearm with intend to endanger life. 
The victim, a man in his 20s from Chigwell, remains in a stable condition in hospital. 
Police enquiries are continuing. 
Any witnesses who have not yet contacted officers, or anyone with information about events leading to the incident, should ring Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


WALTHAM ABBEY: Gold medal Olympian visits school

8.31am - 14th July 2015

A LONDON 2012 Olympic champion visited Leverton Junior School, Waltham Abbey, to inspire the children to winning ways. 
Etienne Stott, gold medalist in the C2 Canoe Slalom, led an assembly explaining his thoughts and emotions as he was at the start line at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, ready to start his winning Olympic run. 
Etienne said three things went through his mind - the first was that he was going to do his best; no matter what happened he was going to put every effort into his performance. 
The second was that nobody knows what the future holds. Anything could happen. 
The third was that this was the moment he had been waiting for his whole life. He had wanted to complete this goal and this was the moment it all came down to. 
Afterwards he visited the classrooms to show the children his gold medal and signed autographs. 
PE curriculum leader Ben Davey said: "It was truly inspiring to hear that an interest that stated at the same age as some of the children in our school turned in an Olympic winning career - a winner just a stone throw from the school. 
"Who knows the next Olympic champion could be sitting in the hall."


EPPING: 'Youth Makes Art' exhibition success

8.29am - 14th July 2015

THE inaugural ‘Youth Makes Art’ exhibition at St John’s Church, Epping, featured some 122 pieces of art from 18 schools, community groups and independent artists aged ten to 23. 
The event was organised by the Rotary Club of Epping in partnership with St John’s Church with stands and support provided by Epping Art Society. 
Roding Valley High School won a number of awards including Florence Cope winning the Sue Kreitzman Special Award for her painting ‘Two Become One’, and Beau Hunt awarded Senior First Prize with the sculpture ‘Golden Crocodile’. 
Epping St John’s School pupil Lizzie Redway’s painting ‘Sky High’ won the Junior First Prize. 
Co-organiser Roger Lowry said: “We are delighted that the exhibition has proved to be successful beyond our wildest dreams. 
"There were over 100 people at the private viewing, including many of the young artists and their families, with a steady stream of visitors over the whole weekend. 
"We were very pleased with the number of schools and colleges who took part, and the wide variety of media used. St John’s Church proved yet again to be a highly satisfactory venue for a community event.”


BUCKHURST HILL: MP's victory over station entrance

2.16pm - 13th July 2015

EPPING Forest MP Eleanor Laing is delighted that after many months of talking to London Underground she has finally persuaded Tube bosses to re-open the Lower Queen’s Road entrance to Buckhurst Hill Station. 
Mrs Laing said: “This is great news. Many of my constituents have asked me about improving access to the Tube at Buckhurst Hill, especially for people with disabilities who find stairs difficult. 
"The new entrance will not only improve step-free access but will also make a big difference to the large number of commuters who live in that side of Buckhurst Hill.”


CHIGWELL: Man arrested over shooting

9.18am - 12th July 2015

A MAN has been arrested after a man was shot in Limes Avenue, Chigwell.
The victim was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound to his upper body after police were contacted by the ambulance service just before 10pm on Saturday to reports that a man had been shot at an address in Limes Avenue. 
The victim, who is aged in his 20s and from Chigwell, is in hospital in a stable condition. 
Officers including the dog unit searched the area and enquiries are ongoing. 
A man from Chigwell, aged in his 20s, has been arrested in connection with the incident and is in police custody for questioning. 
Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to ring Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


EPPING: Town clerk leaves

9.19am - 12th July 2015

EPPING Town Council clerk Alan Shaw has left the council to take up a similar post with a council in County Durham. 
Mr Shaw had been town clerk since October 2013. 
Mr Shaw said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. It’s entirely for personal reasons.” 
Mr Shaw joined Epping Town Council from Waltham Forest Council where he managed the Enforcement Team that regulated waste, highways and street trading. 
He had previously managed parking enforcement, trading standards, planning enforcement and environmental health teams at different times. 
Epping councillors and Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing presented Mr Shaw with a leaving gift - a framed picture of old Epping - at the Epping Town Show.


ONGAR: Students work with council for Community Day

6.38pm - 11th July 2015

STUDENTS from Brentwood County High School visited Ongar Town Council's Jubilee Park as part of the school's Community Day. 
The students conducted a survey in the High Street to raise awareness of the Jubilee Park. 
Another group of students stayed at the Jubilee Park Pavilion and helped clear out the site storage container. 
The garage was also given a spring clean with essential equipment cleaned up. 
Jubilee Park manager Angus McKenzie said: "All in all this was a very worthwhile trip to Ongar by the students, and the management of Jubilee Park would like to thank Brentwood County High School for all their efforts.”


MORETON: Appeal after jewellery stolen

5.42pm - 11th July 2015

NUMEROUS items of jewellery were stolen when a downstairs window of a property in Harlow Road, Moreton, was smashed. 
The incident happened between 7.30am and 3.40pm on Monday, June 29. 
Witnesses or anyone with information should ring PC Ben Elliott at Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


LAMBOURNE: Musicals theme for flower festival

5.39pm - 11th July 2015

MUSICALS is the theme of a flower festival at St Mary and All Saints Church, Lambourne, this weekend.

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ONGAR: Woman robbed while sitting in car

8.29am - 11th July 2015

A WOMAN was robbed while sitting in a car in the Pleasance car park, Ongar. 
The incident happened shortly before 7.45pm on Wednesday when a man jumped into the rear of a woman's car and grabbed her arm before threatening her. 
She told him to get out and he fled with her black evening handbag. 
The robber may have scratches to his right hand made by the victim to force him to let go of her. 
The handbag contained her black Radley purse with a blue dog motif which had bank cards and cash inside.
 Officers went to the scene and the police helicopter also assisted with a search for the man but he was not found. 
He is described as white, aged in his 30s, about 5ft 10ins tall, slim with mousey brown hair and wearing a baseball-style cap. 
The woman was left shaken but not physically injured. 
Anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time or believes they have any information for police should ring Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


LOUGHTON: Wine and whisky stolen

8.27am - 11th July 2015

BOTTLES of wine and whisky were among items stolen from a property in Sutton Close, Loughton.
Thieves broke into an outhouse between 11pm on Sunday (July 5) and 7am on Monday. 
Property including a Makita drill set and bottles of wine and whisky were stolen. 
One of the bottles was a single malt Jack Daniels with the message 'Happy 40th Birthday' on the label.
Anyone with any information should ring the Loughton local policing team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


CHIGWELL: Geography field trip in Lake District

8.25am - 11th July 2015

YEAR 12 AS Geography students at West Hatch High School enjoyed a residential trip to Castle Head in the Lake District. 
The students took part in a range of fieldwork from studying and comparing two rural areas in the Lake District, and the impact of tourism on the area, to studying the changes in a river from source to mouth.
Students worked extremely hard, particularly in the evening when they completed gruelling statistical data.
Teacher Zoe Barrett said: "I was so proud of how enthusiastic and hardworking the students were. They totally embraced the experience and made me proud to see how they were able to transfer their theoretical knowledge from the classroom to the field. 
"The students really showed they were the best they could be!"
 Ellie Henry said: "The field trip was really good fun and I enjoyed working in groups to collect data. "It was so enjoyable and interesting at the same time. We really bonded as a class." 
Alex Brett said: "I loved the trip and it has made me even more certain that I want to study Geography at university."


LOUGHTON: Children experience life on the Home Front

11.41am - 10th July 2015

YEAR 5 pupils at Hereward Primary School, Loughton, took part in a Home Front Experience at the Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey. 
The visit was part of their work related to life during the Second World War. The children and staff wore 1940s-style costumes as they took part in workshops related to rationing, evacuation, air raids and the role of women during the war. 
The pupils even took part in drill practice and helped unmask a German 'spy'. 
Deputy headteacher Renette Fourie said: "Living history days such as this are so important to help with the children's understanding of life in the past. They truly benefit from getting the chance to experience life as it was."


DISTRICT: Charity offering counselling sessions

10.48am - 10th July 2015

A NEW counselling service covering the Epping Forest area will be officially launched at St John’s Church, Epping, on Tuesday, October 27 (7.30pm). 
Affordable Counselling Epping Forest is a charity which offers counselling for individuals aged 18 and over. 
Fees are from £5 per session depending on the financial circumstances of the client. 
Up to eight sessions, each lasting 50 minutes, are available at The Box, St John’s Road, Epping, on Thursday mornings. 
The first session will be an assessment. Counselling is provided by Dawn Humberstone who is fully qualified and British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited. 
Anyone wanting to find out more about Affordable Counselling Epping Forest is invited to attend the launch evening when they can discuss the counselling available as well as meet Dawn and the charity’s trustees. 
Chairman Jane Walters said: “Therapy offers a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. 
“It allows individuals to talk with someone trained to listen attentively and to help the person improve their situation.” 
For more information about Affordable Counselling Epping Forest, ring Dawn Humberstone on 07582 111796 or email affordablecounsellingef@gmail.com


CHIGWELL: Students receive Jack Petchey awards

9.06am - 10th July 2015

NINE West Hatch High School students have received Jack Petchey Foundation awards. 
A student in each academic year is nominated by their peers and staff to each receive £200 which they can elect to spend on an aspect of school life to benefit the greatest number of students. 
Winners Warren Smith, Georgia Norman, Georgia Bird, Hannah Brandon, Deanna Mathers, Rhys Maslen, Gabriel Connolly, Nataskia Lopez Dias and Ella Reeves joined other young people in a night of celebration at James Hawkey Hall, Woodford Green. 
They received their awards from Essex Police District Commander Chief Inspector Denise Morrissey.
Julie Smith, mother of Warren Smith - the school's September winner - said: "What a wonderful, positive evening - full of confidence and amazing young people." 
The West Hatch High School Leaders' Award was presented to Geoff Towsey for his work in careers, encouraging students into Higher Education and his behind the scenes support for Heads of House.
Caroline Haines, West Hatch High School's Jack Petchey co-ordinator, said: "The motto of Jack Petchey - to inspire, motivate and achieve - is what we aim to do every day in our school community at West Hatch. The awards scheme reinforces this."


EPPING: 'Youth Makes' Art' exhibition

8.43am - 10th July 2015

MORE than 100 pieces of original art work, in all different formats, from schools, individuals and local organisations will be on display at St John's Church, Epping
All the work is by artists aged from nine to 23. 
This is the first time such a large event has been organised in Epping. It is a partnership event between the Rotary Club of Epping and St John's Church. 
Event organiser Roger Lowry said: "We consider it important that the Church and the community help young people grow and develop. "The wide age range of the artists represented her is deliberate, so that perhaps the very youngest may be inspired by the ideas and skills of the older artists.” 
The exhibition is open to the public from tomorrow (Saturday) until Monday (July 13).


CHIGWELL: West Hatch awards night

9.23pm - 9th July 2015

FORMER West Hatch High School student Ryan Green, who has appeared on the BBC show 'The Voice', returned to present the prizes and perform two songs at the Lower School awards evening.
Among the awards presented were the Spirit of West Hatch Award which was presented to Matthew Lewis and the Rotary Club of Loughton, Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell Service to the Local and School Community Award which was presented to Leah Marie Glenday. 

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CHIGWELL: England rugby star presents school's sports awards

11.34pm - 7th July 2015

ENGLAND rugby star Kyran Bracken and ex-West Hatch High School student and England and Great Britain basketball player Kwame Yeboah presented the prizes at West Hatch High School's Sports Awards evening. 

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BUCKHURST HILL: Residents' society launches new website

4.05pm - 7th July 2015

BUCKHURST Hill Residents’ Society has launched its new website. 
The website - www.buckhursthillresidents.co.uk - will serve as a news forum for Buckhurst Hill with up-to-date information regarding items of interest such as major planning applications, events and key developments affecting the area. 
The website also features information about the society's social events and the society’s bi-annual popular newsletter. 
Membership forms can be downloaded from the website which can also be used to make direct email contact with the society. 
The society is particularly proud that it has included an up-to-date directory of shops and businesses in the area. 
Buckhurst Hill Residents’ Society was established 52 years ago to represent the interests of Buckhurst Hill residents. 
The society's aims are to support and protect the unique character and heritage of the area, to campaign for improvements and to maintain the spirit of the community. 
Committee members attend local meetings and represent Buckhurst Hill residents at parish and district council meetings, planning, police consultative and Buckhurst Hill Town Centre Partnership meetings.
The committee arranges social events for members and the wider community as well as working alongside other organisations. 
For further information email enquiries@buckhursthillresidents.co.uk


LOUGHTON: 'Love Loughton' is back

8.34am - 7th July 2015

THE 'Love Loughton' High Road Fun Day is on Saturday (July 11) with organisers putting together another fantastic day for the family. 
The event runs from noon until 4pm with entertainment set to include a Rodeo Bull, Tea Cup Ride, live Hip Hop performances, stage acts, local charity stands, stalls and games. 
'Love Loughton' brings people in the local community together for a fun day for everyone. 
Rev'd Malcolm Macdonald, Vicar of St Mary’s Church, said: “This is the fifth year of 'Love Loughton'. 
“There is always a fantastic atmosphere on the High Road and real sense of community. 
"We want Loughton to be a community where we love one another and experience God’s love.”
‘Love Loughton’ celebrations continue on Sunday at 10.30am when everyone is warmly invited to join the St Mary’s family for gatherings filled with music, prayer, stories and fun. 
For more information about 'Love Loughton', visit www.stmarysloughton.com or ring 020 8508 3643. 

You can also keep up-to-date with the latest ‘Love Loughton’ news on Twitter @Love_Loughton


WALTHAM ABBEY: Teenager suffers broken jaw in assault

8.32am - 7th July 2015

A TEENAGER suffered a broken jaw when he was headbutted and punched by three men in Market Square, Waltham Abbey. 
The 19-year-old victim left Market Kebabs in Market Square at about 8.55pm on Thursday (July 2) when he was approached by the trio as he walked across the road. 
The victim, from Waltham Abbey, was taken to hospital and will need two metal plates fitted to his jaw.
One of the attackers was described as white, between 6ft 1ins and 6ft 3ins tall, of stocky or muscular build and aged in his late 20s to early 30s. He was bald, bare chested and wearing shorts. 
Another man was described as white, aged 6ft 1ins tall, of average build and aged in his late 20s to early 30s. He had mousey brown cropped hair.
The other man was of mixed race and had a Mediterranean appearance. He was about 5ft 6ins tall, of large build and aged between 30 and 40. He was bald and wore sunglasses. 
Any witnesses or anyone with any information should ring Dc Stephen Baker at Loughton CID on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


WOODFORD BRIDGE: Lunch raises £1,300 for charity

3.18pm - 6th July 2015

A LUNCH at La Sala, Woodford Bridge, raised £1,300 for The Dream Factory charity. 
The lunch was attended by two of the charity's patrons, Work and Pensions Secretary and local MP Iain Duncan Smith and Vicki Michelle. 
The Dream Factory founder Avril Mills said: "It was a fabulous lunch. La Sala had approached The Dream Factory to see if we would like to put on an event and I thought we would do something we had not done before - a lunch with Iain Duncan Smith." 
Guests were served Prosecco on arrival before sitting down to a two-course lunch. 
Among the guests were members of Chingford and Woodford Green Conservative Association, Chingford Rotary Club and friends and supporters of The Dream Factory. 
Mr Duncan Smith gave a speech about his support of the charity and the fundraising work of Miss Mills who founded The Dream Factory, which makes dreams come true for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions, following the death of her son, Oliver. 
There was a raffle and auction of a bottle of House of Commons whisky signed by Prime Minister David Cameron and Mr Duncan Smith which raised £700. 
The money raised will help the charity continue to grant dreams. The lunch was organised by Miss Mills and volunteer fundraiser Kay Halabi.
Miss Mills said: "I would like to say thank you to everyone who supported the event."


LOUGHTON: Names to be added to war memorial

8.40am - 6th July 2015

SEVERAL names are to be added to the Loughton War Memorial on Kings Green following research by Loughton Town Council. 
Families of the deceased approached the council requesting that the names of their relatives be added.
Once the new plaques have been installed, details of a dedication ceremony will be publicised. 
Meanwhile on Sunday, July 26, the council will also be remembering the 75th anniversary of the falling of the first bomb on the London Civic Defence Area in The Drive, Loughton, when it holds a short ceremony at 4pm to mark the installation of a memorial flower planter dedicated to Fireman James Roberts and local resident Jane Page who both lost their lives in the attack.


DISTRICT: Award for youth councillor

8.38am - 6th July 2015

EPPING Forest youth councillor Jaymey McIvor has won the Making a Difference Award as part of the British Youth Council's 2015 Youth on Board Awards. 
Jaymey is in his fourth year as an elected youth councillor and is also an elected member of the Young Essex Assembly and a member of the UK Youth Parliament. He won the award for being an inspiration to the community and his peers. 
The Youth on Board (YOB) awards are an exclusively youth-led rolling award scheme that recognises innovative and exciting youth participation, both from young people and the projects and organisations that support them. 
Epping Forest District Council leisure and community services portfolio holder Helen Kane said: “Jaymey is a lovely young man who is passionate about giving our young people a voice. 
"He is a great example of the fantastic work our youth council do and he thoroughly deserves this award.”


EPPING: Sun shines on Town Show

8.04pm - 5th July 2015


FEARS that the Epping Town Show could be spoilt by early morning rain were soon lifted as the sun shone on the Stonards Hill recreation ground. 
Epping mayor Michael Wright officially opened the town council-organised event which was attended by numerous local organisations which had stalls while entertainment included music from Epping Forest Band, circus skills from the Roger Arnay Circus Company, a karate display and dancing from Illusions Dance Academy. 
There was also a fun fair and refreshments, with members of St John's Church serving tea, coffee and cakes in the Jack Silley Pavilion to raise money for the Heart of Epping Appeal. 
Town councillors made a special presentation - a framed picture of old Epping - to town clerk Alan Shaw who is leaving the council to take up a similar role in County Durham. 

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CHIGWELL: School holds Speech Day and Summer Ball

9.38am - 5th July 2015

NOVELIST, screenwriter and short story writer Michael Marshall Smith returned to Chigwell School to be the special guest at the school's Speech Day. 
The Old Chigwellian, who now lives in America, gave the address and presented students with prizes which covered all aspects of school life. 
The Speech Day was followed by the traditional Summer Ball in the evening.

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LOUGHTON: MP visits giant Epping Forest map

9.33am - 5th July 2015

EPPING Forest MP Eleanor Laing visited the "magnificent" Epping Forest Map which was displayed at Loughton Library on Saturday.
The Map - 30ft long and over 12ft wide - is the largest map in Essex Record Office's collection. It was published in 1882.
The visit of the map to the library was accompanied by talks from Richard Morris and Chris Pond, from Loughton and District Historical Society. 
Mrs Laing said: "The map is magnificent. What a task it must have been to compile it way back in the 1880s and how important it has been for the development of local social history in the area." 
Mrs Laing added: "It was marvellous to see so many people at the library taking an interest in such an historic document. 
"My thanks go to everyone involved in bringing this piece of Epping Forest's history to Loughton." 

Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing with Gordon Haines (chairman, Epping Forest and Commons Committee, City of London Corporation), Loughton Town Mayor Judy Jennings and Epping Deputy Mayor Les Burrows PICTURE


DISTRICT: Schools compete in district athletics championships

4.55pm - 3rd July 2015

ATHLETES from five of the district's secondary schools have competed in track and field events at the annual District Sports championships. 
Davenant Foundation School, Debden Park High School, West Hatch High School, King Harold School and Roding Valley High School were all represented at the day-long event at Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford Bridge. 

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ONGAR: Woman recounts airgun shootings

4.53pm - 3rd July 2015

A WOMAN has recounted to councillors the moment she was hit by an air gun pellet and when, on another occasion, she found her cat shot dead on allotments in Ongar. 
Ongar Town Council has agreed to put up Essex Police-designed 'no shooting' posters at the allotment sites in Castle Street following recent incidents involving a weapon. 
The woman, who lives in Castle Street, told Thursday's open spaces committee that her cat had been shot with a 2:2 rifle by someone who fired the weapon from a lying down position.
 She told councillors: "We can't come to any conclusion who did it. It's just a grave concern to us who live in the area." 
The woman added that in a separate incident she was hit by a pellet which left a red mark on her.
Councillor Bruce Freeman said he believed two different weapons would have been used - a gas-powered weapon would have killed a cat instantly whereas a normal airgun would not, he said.
"It (the weapon) is something that's quite large to carry around the streets. 
"I presume it's someone local to that area and normally a kid because they're just firing off. 
"I would suggest that they (the posters) stay at Castle Street so whoever is doing it will know that we are focusing on that area."


CHIGWELL: Creative students show off their work

8.18am - 3rd July 2015

FOURTEEN West Hatch High School students have taken part in the school's first Creative Showcase.
The display evening gave the Year 7 and 8 students a chance to show off the work they completed as part of their Extended Research Project. 
Teacher Naseem Alahi, the school's Extended Research Project co-ordinator, said:" Students have gone away and done some individual research and designed and recreated something of their own choice.
“We had lots of different projects - quite a few of our students went along to museums, found something that inspired them and recreated them." 
Work ranged from fashion - and a dress made from newspaper - to butterflies, a mosaic and The Globe Theatre. Mrs Alahi added: "The work was of a high quality, unique, creative and well researched and the evaluated projects were showcased in an interesting and memorable evening." 
The judges praised students’ ability to articulate in depth the concept behind their individual creations and their ability to answer questions asked as part of the judging process. 
The overall winners were: Peoples’ Choice award, Katie Scollan (with her interpretation of Van Gogh's Sunflower painting), the Judge’s par excellence award, Imogen Stephens (butterflies); the Most informative and Engaging award, Kai Azizi (Animation); Most Insightful and Enriching, Sushanthan Chandramohan (Ferris Wheel) and Most innovative and imaginative, Olivia Roberts.



LOUGHTON: Two people arrested over vehicle break-in

4.38pm - 2nd July 2015

TWO people have been arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle following an incident in Loughton. 
Police were called at about 3.15am on Tuesday to reports that two people were breaking into a car in Colebrook Lane.
A 17-year-old boy and 23-year-old man, both from Loughton, have been arrested and released on police bail until Thursday, August 20, pending further enquiries. 
Police believe other vehicles in the area may also have been broken into that night and ask anyone who believes their property has been stolen to ring PC Uyan Kupeli at Loughton Police Station on 101.


EPPING: School appoints new headteacher

4.06pm - 2nd July 2015

THE current Associate Principal of Mark Hall Academy in Harlow has been appointed as the new headteacher of Epping St John's School. 
Allan Osborne, who has previously served in a number of senior management roles in schools across London and Essex, will take up his new position in January.
In the meantime Chris Seward, headteacher at Davenant Foundation School in Loughton, will take on the role of executive headteacher while continuing his role at Davenant. 
The changes have been necessary after current Epping St John's headteacher George Yerosimou announced that he would be retiring, on July 17, after 15 years at St John's, eight of which have been as headteacher. 
In a letter to parents, chairman of governors Ben Murphy said the appointment had followed a "nationwide search" for a new headteacher. 
A number of candidates visited the school in May and a strong pool of high calibre applications were received at the beginning of June. 
Governors then shortlisted six candidates for a two-day interview. 
Mr Murphy said Mr Osborne is "extremely focused on building upon the legacy Mr Yerosimou leaves behind and taking the school on a 'Journey to Outstanding'." 
The appointment of Mr Seward as executive headteacher has been necessary, Mr Murphy said, because of the standard notice periods required for headteachers. 
Mr Osborne will join Epping St John's on January 4. 
The Governing Body has been working with the Local Education Authority and Diocese of Chelmsford to recruit an interim leader from September 1 until December 31. 
Mr Murphy said Mr Seward, who has been headteacher at Davenant since 2001, is highly experienced and a National Leader of Education. 
Davenant is an Ofsted “outstanding” school, a National Teaching School and has a strong Christian foundation, Mr Murphy said. 
He added: "Mr Seward has agreed to spend a majority of his time at Epping St John's School but will continue as headteacher of Davenant."


ABRIDGE / CHIGWELL: Golf day raises £22,000

3.33pm - 2nd July 2015

THE Abridge Ladies Golf Group raised £22,000 for local charity Revitalise when it held a golf day at Abridge Golf Club. 
Some 160 people attended the event - among them Lady Sugar - which featured a round of golf, gourmet buffet luncheon, prize draw and presentation of the cheque to Revitalise trustee Linda Beaney.
She thanked the group for organising the event adding: "You (the club) have been beyond incredible. "Support from this community and others like you is absolutely invaluable for us. 
"All the funds raised will enable us to purchase an essential, fully accessible minibus for Jubilee Lodge to help give our disabled guests a truly memorable holiday experience.” 
The money was raised through ticket sales, the prize draw and other fundraising initiatives including the sale of space in the event programme where supporters could have their messages of support. 
Among the well-known local celebrities giving dedications were Richard Desmond, Olive Higgins and TOWIE’s Joey Essex. 
Revitalise runs the Jubilee Lodge respite holiday centre for disabled people and carers in Chigwell.


EPPING: Yoga teacher holding prize giveaway

9.20am - 2nd July 2015

YOGA teacher Amy Bramble is celebrating the success of her yoga blog and classes by running a 100-prize give-away this summer as a thank you to everyone who attends her sessions. 
Prizes include luxury, organic yoga clothing for men and women, natural beauty products, snacks, teas, treatments from local massage therapists and a beautician and scented candles. 
From Monday, July 20, until Saturday, August 29, any adult who attends one of her classes (there are ten per week) will receive an entry ticket to the prize draw and prize draw party at Epping Golf Club on Friday, September 4. 
Everyone is free to attend and enter as many times as they like. 
Amy will also be collecting on behalf of St Clare Hospice throughout the evening. 
She said: "I’ve been so fortunate to have such incredible support since I began teaching in Epping three years ago and I wanted to offer a big thank all those people who’ve been a part of it. 
"I also love organising events and get-togethers and this was a great chance to arrange a fun night out for all my students. 
"I’ve been fortunate enough to arrange some incredible prizes from some very generous yoga companies and other organisations and I’m hoping the fun spirit of the evening will mean people are more than happy to dig into their pockets and donate to our wonderful local hospice at the same time."


LOUGHTON: Still time to enter 'It's A Knockout'

7.10am - 1st July 2015

THERE is still time to enter a team for the ‘It's A Knockout’ challenge, part of Loughton Town Council's Community Fun Day at Jessel Green, Debden, on Sunday, July 19 (11am-4pm). 
The event is being organised by the town council and the Red Balloon Family.
There will be entertainment for all the family, including the ‘It’s A Knockout’. 
Twenty-four teams are being sought to take part. 
Teams of ten (with participants aged 13 years and over) can register (£100 per team) by ringing 020 8508 4200. 
Free places are available for charities, schools and colleges. A ‘Big Bounce’ will feature free soft play for the under-5s while the over-fives can enjoy bouncy castles, zorbing and inflatables. 
Pre-booked wristbands are available at discounted rates by visiting www.redballoonfamily.co.uk/bigbounce or ringing 020 3086 8186. 
There will also be a barbecue and refreshments, and a visit from birds of prey from the Epping Forest Hawk and Owl Sanctuary. 

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EPPING: Sea shanties at Probus club

7.08am - 1st July 2015

GUEST speaker retired rector Rev'd Keith Lovell sang several British shanties when he visited Epping Probus Club's ladies summer meeting. 
The next club meeting is at Lindsey Street Community Association, Frampton Road, Epping, on Wednesday, July 18, when the guest speaker will be artist William Newton. 
Enquiries regarding the club should be made to club secretary Hilary Dodd on 01992 560381.