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July 2014


Ex-police inspector appointed Deputy Lieutenant

12.30pm - 24th July 2014

A RETIRED Epping police inspector has been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Essex. 
Wing Commander Glenn Mayes, from Maldon, will help Lord Lieutenant of Essex Lord Petre to uphold the dignity of the Crown, as well as other public duties, including assisting the territorial, auxiliary and volunteer reserve and the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force Cadet Forces. 
Mr Mayes was an Essex police officer for 31 years, retiring as an Inspector in 2008. His final role was the development and implementation of Essex Police's Community Support Officers. 
Following air cadet service with the Air Training Corps, he was commissioned into the Training Branch of the RAF Volunteer Reserve at 276 (Chelmsford) Squadron in 1979. 
Promoted Flight Lieutenant, Mr Mayes commanded 276 (Chelmsford) Squadron and subsequently 158 (Braintree) Squadron. 
He was subsequently appointed to Wing Staff with responsibility for staff development and later promoted to Wing Commander and appointed Office Commanding, Essex Wing in February 2006. 
He retired in December last year and received his fourth 'clasp' to his Cadet Forces Medal.
A life member of the Royal Air Forces Association, Mr Mayes was recently elected vice-chairman of the Chelmsford branch. 
He is also an executive member of the Toastmasters General Council. 
In January last year he was elected vice-chairman and training co-ordinator of the Dengie Hundred and Maldon Division of the Essex Beekeepers' Association. 
He is also a committee member and divisional 'trustee' on the association's County Executive Committee. Mr Mayes is involved with various charities including the RSPB, National Trust, International Police Association, National Association of Retired Police Officers, Air Cadet Connect, Royal Society of St George and the Western Front Association.


Volunteer nominated for national award

12.28pm - 24th July 2014

A VOLUNTEER from Roydon who helps run a sight loss support group in Harlow has been nominated for a national award. 
Mandy Smith is in the running for the 'Chairman's award for volunteering' as part of the Macular Society's Awards for Excellence. 
The nomination recognises her hard work and dedication in her role leading the charity's local support group. Age-related macular degeneration affects the central vision and is the most common cause of sight loss in the UK. More people are affected as the population ages. 
The Macular Society has 300 support groups across the UK, all aiming to increase the confidence and independence of people affected by central vision loss. 
Mrs Smith, who is affected by Macular Degeneration, said: "I am pleasantly surprised and I thank whoever was so kind as to nominate me. My involvement in the group is a pleasure and members are very supportive of each other which is reward in itself. 
"When you receive the news you have macular disease and Charles Bonnet Syndrome it is scary and a bit daunting. At meetings it is a pleasure to see group members supporting each other through the treatment and even looking forward to meeting at clinic the next morning." 
Ann Watson, a member of the group which nominated Mrs Smith, said: "Mandy has been untiring in her efforts to make sure all of the group members have access to all of the information they need about their condition. 
"She is great at dealing with queries, and has found some very interesting people to give talks at the group meetings. Even though she herself suffers with major sight problems, she remains full of beans and this positively reflects on everyone. 
"The meetings have given a new lease of life to many sufferers of sight loss." 
Mrs Smith's nomination will now be handed over to the judges who will decide on the overall winners and present the awards at the society's annual London conference on September 27.


Consultation feedback over future of Love Lane sports facilities revealed

9.20am - 24th July 2014

THE results of a public consultation by Ongar Town Council supports its wish to expand sporting facilities provided at the current Ongar Social and Sports Club and to make the premises available to the wider community. 
Some 77.2 per cent of those who responded to the consultation - which was delivered with the council's annual report to every home in the town - said they would support additional sporting facilities at the Love Lane site. 
Additionally, some 64.7 per cent said they would support the opening up of the changing/shower facilities to new sports users. 
Ongar Town Council owns the buildings and land which is currently leased to the Ongar Social and Sports Club and last November took the decision to manage the facilities itself after the current lease expires in February next year. 
The council has said it is committed to the continuation of all sporting activities and also plans to refurbish the clubhouse and encourage a wider use for the community. 
The feedback from the consultation - which totalled some 88 responses (79 of who live in Ongar, and with the majority age group of 40-65) - supports the council's intention to open up the facilities to the wider community and introduce new sports to the site. 
Basketball, bowls and table tennis came out top in a respondents' 'wish list' of additional sports people would like to see provided. 
Respondents also expressed an interest in pilates and yoga with 37.5 per cent of those who returned the consultation forms saying they would be encouraged to become a user of the site if pilates and yoga were accommodated there. 
Only half the respondents felt the current facilities are "well used" by the local community and some 72.2 per cent said they would support a funding application being made to improve the facilities. 
Town clerk Aimi Middlehurst said: "The town council would like to thank everyone who took the time to express their views on the Love Lane site and the sports accommodated there. 
"We have always said that we would ensure the continuation of all sporting facilities at the current Ongar Social and Sports Club site. 
"The views expressed in the consultation echo those of the council that the existing set-up at the club means that the facilities are not being used by as many people in the local community as they could be. 
"As can be seen from the feedback the introduction of additional sports would be welcomed by many people and this remains the intention of the town council - to make the facilities as attractive as possible to ensure the venue is one that is there for the wider Ongar community." 
The town council is continuing to work towards taking over the management of the site and is currently advertising for a full-time manager for the Love Lane facility. 
Full details on the public consultation feedback is available on the Ongar Town Council website www.ongartowncouncil.gov.uk


Open gardens raise £6,400 for hospice

3.46pm - 23rd July 2014

THE 20th annual Harlow Open Gardens Weekend raised £6,400 for St Clare Hospice. 
Hundreds of people visited 29 gardens in Harlow, Church Langley and Hastingwood during the two-day event which was organised by the Harlow Friends of St Clare in aid of the Hastingwood-based charity.
Open Gardens stalwart Ann Gould, who organised the first event in 1994, said: "Every year has been a success and as the years have passed the money collected has grown and grown. 
"This year there were 28 gardens on show and one allotment. 
"The weather was very bad at times but despite the rain visitors kept coming to the garden enjoying the plants and homemade cakes, teas, coffees and ploughman's lunches. 
"At some gardens people ate their meals in the rain with umbrellas up, or were invited into the gardener's house to eat." 
Many of those who opened their gardens also organised live music, gift stalls and plant sales, served refreshments and held raffles to boost funds.
The weekend raised £5,658 with Barclays Bank giving £750 match funding.


Drivers face second day of M25 delays

3.21pm - 23rd July 2014

DRIVERS using the stretch of M25 near Epping are facing a second day of delays following a collision involving a car and a lorry. 
Two lanes of the anti-clockwise carriageway have been closed following the incident which happened between junctions 28 and 27 at about 12.40pm. 
A police spokesman said the collision resulted in a leak of fuel from the lorry which led to the current closure of two lanes. 
No-one is thought to be seriously injured. 
Fire crews and the Highways Agency are at the scene and dealing with the fuel spillage. 
Congestion in the area is likely for some time, police said.


Town council wants scheme to be "in best interests of town"

3.19pm - 23rd July 2014

EPPING Town Council is committed to securing the redevelopment of the St John's Road site in Epping is "in the best interests of the town and its residents". 
The council believes that if it had not been involved in negotiations since the beginning of the project then the site could have been redeveloped with a solely residential development on the former school land.
Town clerk Alan Shaw said: "At an early stage the town council took the decision to take part in influencing the outcome of the planning and redevelopment brief that was prepared jointly with Epping Forest District Council and Essex County Council in relation to the St John's Road site. 
"The town council was and remains committed to securing a scheme that is in the best interests of the town and its residents. 
"At this stage we would not wish to veto any mixed-use development proposal that presents an opportunity to increase amenities for residents and encourage visitors to the town. 
"The town council has always felt that if it was not actively participating in the process the likely result would be an exclusively residential development on the old school site which the council does not believe would be the best result for the town.
"We are encouraging the other councils to move forward to a final proposal so that we are able to share this with the public and remove the long-standing uncertainty about the future of the site."


Council wants "best possible outcome" from St John's Road redevelopment

7.39am - 22nd July 2014

EPPING Forest Council asset management portfolio holder Anne Grigg has said the council wants "the best possible outcome" for the district over the St John's Road redevelopment in Epping.
A debate on the proposed Heads of Terms for the redevelopment was held in private session at last night's cabinet meeting because "commercially sensitive" matters were to be discussed. 
Speaking in the earlier public session, Mrs Grigg said Epping Town Council had no objections to the Heads of Terms and Essex County Council would discuss them shortly. 
The district council would discuss them during the private debate. 
The redevelopment has not yet reached the planning application stage however the council has said the scheme is set to feature a "relatively small" supermarket, a three-screen cinema, offices - including accommodation for Epping Town Council which currently has its offices at Epping Hall - a car park and town square. 
Mrs Grigg told the cabinet some residential development would also be included. 
She said the council wanted "the best possible outcome for this district" from the development in "financial, economic development and planning terms". 
She added: "When I can share information I will do so."


Haslers Foundation supports charities

3.49pm - 21st July 2014

THE Haslers Foundation - the charity arm of Loughton-based chartered accountants Haslers - has supported a number of charities. 
Havens Hospices, an Essex-based charity which provides end-of-life care for adults and children with terminal illnesses - received a £3,000 donation for remote control electronic wheelchairs. 
The Foundation also gave a donation to Haven House for the purchase of a PlayStation. 
Other donations include £250 to Motor Neurone Disease, East London Development Group, and £250 to Redbridge Carers Support Service which works to support carers and ensure they get the services they are entitled to and need. 
Haslers staff, clients and supporters of the Foundation celebrated the fundraising arm becoming a Charity Commission-registered charity with a quiz at the King's Oak, High Beach, which raised £1,800 for the Foundation. 
The quiz was won by the 'Death & Taxes' team captained by Andrew Flannagan of Attwaters solicitors.
Haslers chairman Laurence Jacobs said: "We are delighted to have the opportunity to support local charities and organisations through our Foundation. 
"As a local business, we know it is important to give something back to the community and support local charities and organisations. 
"The objectives of the Foundation are to help prevent or relieve poverty and sickness, preserve health, and advance the lives of adults and young people throughout Essex, London and the south east. 
"As well as supporting a range of good causes, our experience of running our own charity adds extra value to the accountancy, tax and strategic advice we can give to other charities and not-for-profit bodies." 
For more about the Haslers Foundation visit www.haslers.com


Motorcyclist seriously injured

3.13pm - 21st July 2014

A MOTORCYCLIST suffered serious injuries when he came off his machine on Dunmow Road, Beauchamp Roding. 
The incident happened near the 'Room in the Rodings' hall shortly before 8.30am on Friday. 
The 24-year-old motorcyclist, from Dunmow - who was riding a blue Suzuki motorbike - was taken to the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, by air ambulance with serious but not life-threatening injuries. 
His condition is currently serious but stable. 
Any witnesses should ring PC Andy Rivers at Chigwell Road Policing Unit on 101.


Hospice to get sensory garden

2.59pm - 21st July 2014

STAFF from engineering giant Laing O'Rourke have presented £6,000 to Haven House for a sensory garden at the Woodford Green hospice. 
The company will manage the build and provide labour and materials as a 'gift in kind'. 
Malcolm Nelson, of Laing O' Rourke and project director for the build, said: "Our team is really looking forward to helping plan and build the garden. 
"The space at present needs a total overhaul and we want to create an interactive and engaging space for the children and their families to enjoy."


School plan for former Spurs training ground

2.52pm - 21st July 2014

PLANS have been unveiled for a school for autistic children to be built on the former Tottenham Hotspur training ground in Luxborough Lane, Chigwell. 
The Anderson Foundation has submitted proposals to Epping Forest District Council for an 'autistic spectrum disorder school' - a 3,800sq.m building - to accommodate up to 128 pupils aged four to 19. 
The plans also feature a mixed use games area, playing fields, 100 parking spaces and a minibus drop-off area. 
The scheme also includes an 'enabling development' of 60 dwellings to the west of the proposed school.


David Lloyd Centre undergoing £3.4m facelift

2.49pm - 21st July 2014

THE David Lloyd Centre in Roding Lane, Buckhurst Hill, is undergoing a £3.4m facelift.
The work includes the installation of a DL Kids facility - two multi-purpose activity rooms and a large soft play area. 
Activities include arts and crafts, creative play, hundreds of types of games and sports coaching, birthday parties, after-school clubs and DL Kids Holiday Active programmes during school holidays. 
The project will also see a wet spa facility, including a spa pool, plunge pool, sauna, steam rooms and relaxation area, plus an outdoor spa garden. 
Free spa access will be available for all existing members and adults who join before August 31. 
There will also be a new bespoke DLicious cafebar - including an adult-only seating area - a new gym, a training zone, three exercise studios and two physiotherapy rooms. 
The outdoor pool terrace, pool bar and indoor pool facilities are also being revamped, as well as the badminton courts, locker rooms - including a new family change zone - and reception area.
Work began in April and is being undertaken in three phases, with completion due early autumn. 
David Lloyd Chigwell general manager Gail Sainsbury said: "We are very excited to be able to offer the Chigwell community these stunning new facilities for the whole family which will support them in their health and fitness goals as well as providing a superb environment in which to relax and unwind from the stresses of everyday life. 
"David Lloyd Leisure's investment demonstrates its continued commitment to providing the best health, sports and leisure facilities for all ages and abilities. 
"The team cannot wait to welcome both new and existing members to enjoy the enhanced offering along with all of the club's extensive facilities, services and expertise."
In addition to the new and refurbished facilities, David Lloyd Chigwell offers indoor and outdoor tennis courts, including padel (the tennis-squash hybrid), a crèche, nursery and sports shop.


Police warning over 'hospital taxi fare' callers

2.26pm - 21st July 2014

POLICE have issued a warning following two incidents, in High Ongar and Chigwell, where a man has called at properties asking for money for a taxi fare to get to hospital. 
The first incident happened in Mill Lane, Ongar, shortly after 9am on Sunday when a man put his head through the window of a property and spoke to the owner, a woman in her 80s, claiming to need £35 urgently for a taxi to the hospital.
The  woman handed over the cash before the man fled. 
The second incident happened shortly after 1.30pm on the same day at The Chase in Chigwell. 
A woman in her 90s was persuaded to hand over £40 to a man who again claimed to need money for the taxi fare to the hospital. 
The woman invited the man into her home while she got the money. 
When she returned she found her bag open in the bedroom. It is unclear what was taken. 
Police are asking residents to remind elderly relatives not to let strangers into their homes and to avoid handing over cash. 
Anyone with information about the incidents should ring police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Businessman fined over fireworks

2.24pm - 21st July 2014

ESSEX Trading Standards is warning traders to store fireworks safely and legally after they brought a prosecution against a Thornwood-based business which resulted in fines and costs totalling nearly £65,000. 
Trading standards officers seized 12.8 tonnes of fireworks last year stored in four containers at a warehouse near Epping. 
Councillor Roger Walters, Essex County Council's trading standards cabinet member, said: "If there had been a fire on the site there could have been a death or serious injury due to inadequate signage and the hazardous storage of the fireworks. 
"This large quantity of fireworks was a danger to other businesses, nearby residents and firefighters. 
"Any traders selling fireworks must store them in accordance with health and safety legislation and regulations. 
"These laws are in place to protect the general public and firefighters from horrific injuries, many potentially fatal, which firework explosions can cause.
"This case shows that Essex Trading Standards will not tolerate this sort of activity." 
Businessman Steven McLaren, 52, of Queen Street, Fyfield, and his business ITC Southeast Ltd, were charged with offences under health and safety laws and regulation relating to the storage of explosives. 
The fireworks, some boxed and some loose, were kept in four containers and a warehouse at Brickfield House, High Road, Thornwood. Mr McLaren and ITC Southeast Ltd pleaded guilty to the charges at Colchester Magistrates' Court on Friday, July 11. 
Magistrates fined Mr McLaren £26,000 and ITC Southeast Ltd £20,000. 
He and the business were ordered to pay £9,356.40 costs and a £120 victim surcharge each. 
McLaren said he had so many fireworks in storage because the previous season had been poor, stock was left over and had accumulated on site. 
There was also a problem with a significant number of rockets that had been returned as faulty.


Hereward pupils win poster competition awards

1.50pm - 21st July 2014

FOUR Year 3 pupils at Hereward Primary School, Loughton, have won awards in the national 'Stay Safe, Stay Away' poster competition to promote safety issues related to construction sites. 
Georgia and Aliza were regional winners and each received a £100 gift certificate while the school was awarded a £200 book voucher. 
Additionally Brooke and Charlie were regional runners-up. 
Spiritual Moral Social and Cultural (SMSC) co-ordinator Rachel Brooke said: "We are so proud of the achievement of these pupils. They were so engaged in the project and this is reflected in the quality of the posters which they created."



Four injured in two-vehicle collision

1.48pm - 21st July 2014

FOUR people, including two children, have been injured in a two-car collision on the A121 Dowding Way, Waltham Abbey. 
A grey Honda Jazz being driven by a 72-year-old man, from Chingford, collided with a black Rover being driven by a 21-year-old man, from Debden, at 4.30pm on Thursday. 
The Honda driver and his 66-year-old passenger were taken to The Royal London Hospital by air and land ambulances with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Two young children, who were also in the Honda, were also taken to the Royal London Hospital - a five-year-old girl suffered a broken collarbone and a three-year-old boy had minor cuts. 
The Rover driver was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital with cuts and bruises. 
Any witnesses or anyone who can help police with their investigations should ring PC Cally Beale at Chigwell Road Policing Unit on 101.


National Jazz Archive talk to Probus club

8.36am - 19th July 2014

A TALK on the National Jazz Archive at Loughton Library was given by jazz research archivist David Nathan at the last meeting of Epping Probus Club. 
Mr Nathan spoke about how the Archive was started in 1988 by jazz musician Digby Fairweather when he was offered a small room at the library as a result of his former connection with Essex County Council as a librarian. 
In August 1993 the present and much bigger room was formally opened by John Dankworth and Cleo Laine. 
Digby is now a lifelong patron of the Archive which contains Britain’s national collection of books, periodicals, memorabilia, posters, letters, and other jazz-related items. 
The Archive offers duplicate material to several outreach partners such as Brunel University, Uxbridge, and the Leeds College of Music. 
The Archive was awarded a substantial grant in 2011 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to tell the story of British Jazz, digitise many magazines and put the book catalogue and much other information on its website.


Audience get dancing at summer concert

12.28pm - 18th July 2014

THE audience was up and dancing at the last night of Davenant Foundation School's Summer Concert season. 
With the theme of the concerts being Disco, the audience could not contain themselves as the School Choir performed their encore of Blame It On The Boogie. 
The School Choir, which consists of about 150 students from all year groups, was the final act in the concert season which had featured choirs, bands and soloists involving nearly 250 students. 
As well as the disco tunes, there was music from other genres including classical, rock and jazz.
The school's Head of Performing Arts, Asha Bishop, said: "The concerts gave students the opportunity to let their hair down and enjoy performing some fantastic music from the Disco Era - a superb finish to the end of term!" 
Headteacher Chris Seward said: "This was another hugely successful evening of music at Davenant. Our next project is a very different and ambitious evening that will take place at the Mermaid Theatre in November. 
Entitled 'Remembrance and Reflection', it will be an evening where we remember the circumstances of war 100 years ago in 1914." 
Tickets will go on general sale in September.


Wanstead Flats to host rounders

11.20am - 18th July 2014

THE City of London Corporation is launching a Rounders League on Wanstead Flats - at the Dell, near Aldersbrook Road - on Wednesday, July 30. 
Sessions are free and for all ages and will include fun-based games with some coaching. 
he sessions will run every Wednesday between 6pm and 8pm until the end of September.
It is hoped the pilot, funded by the Mayor of London Free Sport programme, will lead to a regular summer league in the future and encourage people in the local community to form their own teams. 
Superintendent of Epping Forest Paul Thomson said: "In addition to the 50 football pitches we currently provide at Wanstead Flats we are excited to now be able to offer rounders.
"We are confident our enthusiasm is shared by those in the local area and that groups of friends, family members and work colleagues will come together to set up their own teams." 
For more information and to book a session, ring 020 8532 5307, email epping.forest@cityoflondon.gov.uk or visit www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/eppingforest


Fire crews called to car in ditch

8.20am - 18th July 2014

FIRE crews were called to a road accident involving one vehicle which left London Road, Stanford Rivers, and ended up in a ditch. 
Firefighters from Epping and Ongar were called out at about 9.10pm last night. 
No-one was trapped and firefighters made the vehicle safe before leaving the scene after about 20 minutes.


Pianist, 7, making great progress despite having never met teacher

7.59am - 18th July 2014

A SEVEN-year-old boy is making great progress learning the piano with Loughton Music Academy - despite having never met his teacher face to face. 
Daniel Sawa only started playing a few months ago but is already performing and will take a classical Grade 1 exam later this year. 
His two 30-minute music lessons a week take place over the internet via Skype with Daniel at home in Whitstable in Kent and Cliff at Loughton Music Academy in Loughton High Road. 
And the online lessons are already proving a success. 
Daniel's mum Linda said: "Daniel was really into starting to learn an instrument and thought the piano was a good one to start with." Linda said she wanted to find an Ofsted-registered music school and after searching on the internet came across Loughton Music Academy. 
Daniel now has two lessons a week with Loughton Music Academy director Cliff Cooper and loves every minute. 
Linda said: "Initially I wondered whether it would work. We thought we'd give it a go. We tried it and it was fine. Obviously you need a good webcam and good internet connection but it's fine. Daniel loves it. He's really happy." 
Linda added: "Cliff is an excellent teacher. He (Daniel) can see him and gets the same quality of teaching (as if they were in the same room). 
"Daniel loses concentration quite quickly but he is having to force himself to look at the screen. In terms of quality it just suits some people." 
The online lessons also save hours of travelling time.
Linda said: "Daniel does swimming but the amount of time I waste just driving… With this there is no time wasted." 
Cliff Cooper said: "Daniel is a great student and his progress has been very quick as he does lots of practice. 
"Daniel has just performed in one of our concerts via Skype from his living room, projected on a large screen so he could see the audience and performers. He played two pieces brilliantly. 
"He only started learning in September and is already going to take his ABRSM classical Grade 1 piano this year." 
Cliff added: "What Daniel has achieved shows how good online lessons can be. 
"We have trained a team of teachers in Skype lessons, use the Orange OPC computer and have even designed our own teaching board to use with lessons, and it seems to be working!"

Daniel, seven, at his home in Kent where he has his online music lesson with Loughton Music Academy's Cliff Cooper PICTURE


Council chairman hosting river cruise for charities

5.41pm - 17th July 2014

A FIVE-star Sunday lunch and jazz cruise on the River Thames will raise money for Epping Forest District Council chairman Tony Boyce's chosen charities. 
Tickets, priced £100 each, are now on sale for the event on Sunday, September 21, which will see diners board the Silver Sturgeon at the Savoy Pier for lunch prepared by Jamie Oliver's Fabulous Feasts. 
Guests will enjoy live jazz as they cruise the Thames in style. 
The Silver Sturgeon will cast off at about 1pm with lunch served at 1.30pm.
Profits from the event will go to the chairman's charities which include the Ongar and District Healthcare League of Friends and Voluntary Action Epping Forest. 
Tickets include a drinks reception, three-course lunch and a half bottle of wine per person. For an additional £10 transport can be provided from the Civic Offices in Epping. 
Guests will leave London at 4pm. 
Mr Boyce said: "Although to some this appears expensive, the quality of the event represents excellent value for money and an opportunity to perhaps celebrate a special occasion. 
"I hope many people can join with me to make this a most memorable day as well as a marvellous contribution to my charities." 
Tickets can be obtained from Mr Boyce on 01277 890298.


PICTURES: Paralympian Hannah Cockroft visits school

6.30pm - 16th July 2014

DOUBLE gold medal winning Paralympian wheelchair athlete Hannah Cockroft was the guest at Davenant Foundation School in Loughton for a special sports event. 
Hannah, who won 100m and 200m gold at the 2012 Paralympics, held a question and answer session with Years 7-9 students before starting their sponsored walk, and then launched a disability inclusion sporting event featuring students from a number of Essex schools. 
During the morning the children could have a go at Boccia, tennis, wheelchair basketball, cricket and handball - and get to hold Hannah's 200m gold medal. 
Hannah said: "It's massively important to have days like this so disabled children can go out and find a sport that they like, they find that they're good at sport and they actually get a chance to do it. 
"The problem I always found at school was that there was just not enough opportunity because the teachers didn't have the expertise, didn't have the knowledge - they weren't confident enough, and didn't have the equipment to get disabled children involved in the lessons they were taught to lead." 
Hannah added: "Events like this and schemes like the Sainsbury's Active Kids for All Inclusive PE Training gives teachers the confidence and the ideas that actually it's not too hard to get disabled children involved in sport and they just have to be confident that their ideas are going to work. 
"Loads of people, if they're anything like me, will give anything a try anyway so on days like this you're inspiring the next generation of Paralympians and you might see them in 2020 in Tokyo, you never know."
Davenant headteacher Chris Seward said: "This was a great occasion for the school and for everyone involved in the Disability Sports event.
"Hannah is an inspirational young person and she communicated her passion and enthusiasm for sport to students and staff. 
"The event was followed by a BBC team who will do a feature on BBC Breakfast next Monday." 
The event was organised by Gill Newlyn, the Project Ability Manager for Essex who is based at Davenant.
She arranged for students to participate from Davenant, West Hatch, Roding Valley, Burnt Mill and Saffron Walden County High School.

For pictures click here
To listen to Hannah talking to Everything Epping Forest click here


No decision yet over 'public' development debate

5.30pm - 16th July 2014

EPPING Forest District Council has said no decision has yet been taken over whether to discuss the St John's Road redevelopment in Epping in public at Monday's cabinet meeting. 
Details of the proposed scheme - which has yet to reach the planning application stage - were revealed at a council meeting on Monday when it emerged the redevelopment is set to include a "relatively small" supermarket, three-screen cinema, offices (including offices for Epping Town Council), restaurants, a town square and a car park. 
A district council spokesman today told Everything Epping Forest: "… it will be for the cabinet (leader Chris Whitbread) to decide on the merits of his (Jon Whitehouse's argument (that any debate should be held in public session). 
"However… issues of commercial sensitivity are part of the mix and members of the cabinet would need to ensure they did not compromise the position of Epping Forest District Council, Essex County Council or Epping Town Council."


Golfers to support The Dream Factory

8.41am - 16th July 2014

THE PGA in Essex has decided to support the Dream Factory charity. 
One way the charity will benefit through the arrangement is by receiving a donation for every birdie or eagle achieved by its members during the season. 
The charity, founded by Epping mother Avril Mills, has been selected by current captain Mark Bishop, from Toot HIll Golf Club, near Ongar. The Dream Factory will also be supported next year after the next captain - David Hawkins, from Wanstead Golf Club - agreed to continue the partnership for 2015. 
Meanwhile Geoff Davis, the new captain at Toot Hil Golf Club is also supporting The Dream Factory during his year and top European tour golf pro Simon Khan, who plays at Toot Hill, is continuing to support the charity through his involvement as a patron. 
PGA in Essex secretary Colin Reynolds said: "As an Essex-based charity it fitted our plans and having met with Avril recently I was impressed with her dedication and the wonderful work that the charity performs. "I hope can add a little to help such a fantastic cause." 
The PGA in Essex holds about 25 tournaments each season. The flagship tournaments are the Essex Open at Wanstead Golf Club next May and the Essex PGA Championships at The Burstead Golf Club in October this year. 
It is anticipated that The Dream Factory will have a presence at both these tournaments plus some of Pro-Am tournaments. 
Mr Reynolds added: "In addition we plan to make a contribution based on the number of birdies and eagles our members achieve during the season. 
"This amount will be decided prior to the start of our season in October. This means the more successful our Professionals are then the better it is for our chosen charity!" 
Avril Mills said: "I'm delighted that the PGA in Essex have decided to support us - and the initiative which will see us benefit for every birdie and eagle recorded by its members is a great idea. 
"We look forward to working with the PGA in Essex in the months ahead."


Supermarket and cinema proposed for Epping

6.27pm - 15th July 2014

A SUPERMARKET and three-screen cinema are set to form part of the redevelopment of the St John's Road site in Epping, it has emerged. 
Few details about the proposals for the Centrepoint site, former infants school land and other land off St John's Road and Epping High Street have emerged until now.
Last night's district council Asset Management and Economic Development Cabinet Committee was told of "very exciting" plans for the site. 
A car park and new offices for Epping Town Council - currently based at Epping Hall - are also being earmarked for the site. 
No mention was made at the meeting regarding the future of Epping Hall itself which borders the development site. 
Council officer Chris Pasterfield told the meeting the matter was "now moving forward quite quickly." 
He added: "It's a very exciting proposal from Frontier Estates Ltd who have submitted detailed heads of terms for approval by all three councils - Essex County Council, Epping Forest District Council and Epping Town Council." 
He said that the town council has already approved the heads of terms. The matter would be discussed at Monday's cabinet meeting (July 21), the same day that a meeting was being held with the county council. 
Mr Pasterfield told last night's meeting: "The development proposed is a relatively small supermarket, who would be anchoring the scheme, there would be a small multiplex cinema - probably three screens - a new town square and there will be a number of restaurants. 
"There will also be some residential accommodation and offices which would include the town council plus also a new public car park as well." 
He added: "Assuming these head of terms are agreed then the next step would be to instruct solicitors to have a joint development agreement between the developer and all three councils and the developer would sign that subject to planning so they would then be preparing a planning application to be considered."

What do you think of the proposals? 
Does Epping need a cinema, another supermarket and more restaurants? 
Email your comments to everythingeppingforest@googlemail.com or contact Everything Epping Forest via Twitter - @eefnews - or post comments on the Everything Epping Forest Facebook page and group page.

Pat Aley (on Everything Epping Forest's Facebook page)
- We have at least 20 or more cafes/eating places in the town now. Surely that's quite enough. 

Claire Lewis Skuce (on Everything Epping Forest's Facebook page)
- Not impressed with the history being destroyed but happy moving into the times with something that's actually useful and hopefully affordable for my kids as well as myself! 

Karen Read (on Everything Epping Forest's Facebook page)
- A cinema sounds good, and maybe a Waitrose. 

Adam Long (on Everything Epping Forest's Facebook page)
- The single overwhelming result of the public consultation was 'no' to a supermarket so what are we getting, a "relatively small" supermarket. The closed session on July 21 needs to be opened to the public, now that Pandora's Box has been opened EFDC should see sense and allow the public in.

LibDemSimon (@LibDemSimon on Twitter)
- Many wanted Waitrose as it helps keep house prices up! I would have rather had a new sports centre too. 

lyndon franklin (@doinford on Twitter) - No-one wanted a supermarket. Epping not big enough for a cinema and we have too many restaurants. What happened to a sport centre? 

Daz Noyce (on Everything Epping Forest's Facebook page) - Very much for a more local cinema but not overly excited by yet another supermarket. Waitrose may be interested though given catchment area. Sainsbury most likely though. Unless it's Lidl or Aldi.... 

Angela Golding (on Everything Epping Forest's Facebook page) - It seems as per usual that the council have failed to listen to residents yet again. I believe most residents wanted a new sports centre with pool? The council have been very secretive on this issue and they seem to want to squeeze housing on every piece of land in Epping without the infrastructure to support it (schools, doctors). They are ruining Epping. 

Former district councillor Dev Dodeja (by email)
- Good news we were missing a cinema in Epping Forest district. 

Mary Kenny (by email) - really don't understand why we need a cinema. Epping is too small to support this type of venture! We need better local amenities, leisure centre, proper community centre. As for a supermarket, seems that all the opposition to this has been ignored! The parking on St John's Road is terrible as it is and these plans will not help the situation. I realise the need to be commercial but I don't think this the right direction for the town.

Robin Mingay (on Everything Epping Forest's Facebook page) - Not sure we have the infrastructure to cope with the parking and other services. If the supermarket is yet another Tesco's, then no thanks.

Councillor Jon Whitehouse (by email) - Now that the district council has lifted the curtain on the proposals it is important it publishes more details so local people can take a view and discuss the plans with their councillors. This should start with the debate at next Monday's cabinet meeting taking place in public session and not in secret as currently planned.


Students receive Jack Petchey awards

3.32pm - 15th July 2014

STUDENTS from local schools were among the 75 young people who received Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards at the Sir James Hawkey Hall, Woodford Green. 
The event honoured achievement award winners aged 11 to 25 who received medallions to go with a framed certificate and cheque for £200 already presented. They were nominated by their peers and leaders, winning awards for a variety of achievements. 
Winners included Katie Hedderson, 12, from Roding Valley High School, who was mugged on the Tube on her way to school when four older boys took her phone. 
Katie decided she wanted to raise awareness of the danger of using a mobile phone while in public places and delivered assemblies across the school on the topic. 
The grant award was spent on digital cameras and equipment for the photography department. 
Sophie Rudd, 15, from Debden Park High School, won her award for her commitment to the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge which she won this year. 
This has also run alongside her commitments to her studies and her part in the school production of 'Alice'. 
The grant award has been spent on costumes and lighting effects for the production. 
Emily Cundale, 15, from Davenant Foundation School, has taken it upon herself to undertake two important roles within the school. 
She sits with and supports SEN students in her RE lessons and has not allowed her own work to suffer. When offered a 'get out clause' she declined. 
She has made it her business to spend time at lunchtimes to speak to those who do not have any or many friends. 
Emily supports the school ethos and lives by the maximum 'Services before self'. Her grant award has been spent on refreshments and resources for her Bible Study Group that meets at lunchtimes and is run by students. 
Guests at the awards ceremony included Epping Forest District Council chairman Tony Boyce. 
He said: "I am so impressed by these awe-inspiring young people. They are a credit to themselves and to Epping Forest. "I know the future is bright with these confident and able ambassadors." 
Epping Police District Commander Chief Inspector Denise Morrissey said: "It has been a fantastic evening and have been glad to be part of it. It is inspirational to see such dedicated and talented young people contributing to society." 
The Jack Petchey Foundation was established in 1999 to recognise the positive contributions young people make to society and to support them in achieving their potential. It has invested £85 million to a wide range of 2,000 youth initiatives across London and Essex.
For more information visit www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk. Follow JPF on Facebook and Twitter @JPFoundation 
The Foundation has awarded £975,000 to youth organisations in Epping Forest since funding started in 2001.


Businessman's skydive for charity

2.56pm - 15th July 2014

BUSINESSMAN Lloyd Moulder threw himself out of plane to raise money for Haven House Hospice. 
Lloyd, co-founder of designer bathroom suppler BathWorks in Woodford Green, said: "It was chilly as we climbed up to 12,000 feet and all I could see was cloud. I was tightly strapped to Chris (his guide) and realised this was it, from now on I was totally in his hands." 
They were in freefall for 45 seconds at a speed of 120mph and still in cloud. 
"Next thing I knew Chris pulled the parachute and for another five or six minutes we drifted down, silently watching the ground below get ever nearer. 
"It was awesome. By this time the adrenalin had kicked in - I felt joy and exhilarated. It was nothing like what I thought - it was much better! We landed well and immediately I wanted to do it again. I still do!" 
Lloyd, who has pictures and a video to remind him of his adventure, added: "Considering I have never been great with heights before this, I now think how soon can I do it, or something like it, again?" 
When Lloyd signed up last year to raise £10,000 for the hospice little did he know that his fundraising challenges would include a sky-dive and white water rafting. 
Celebrating ten years in business with a charity challenge has been memorable and Lloyd's commitment to the charity is outstanding. 
For details of Lloyd's fundraising challenges go to www.bath-works.co.uk and add your support at http://www.justgiving.com/bathworks


Architects raise over £1,000 for hospice

2.54pm - 15th July 2014

THE Buckhurst Hill-based firm of architects The Tooley & Foster Partnership raised over £1,000 for their client St Clare Hospice by taking part in the hospice's It's a Knockout Challenge.
Battling against 14 other teams on giant inflatables they came seventh. 
Partner and team captain Khosro Bashi said: "It is great to have raised so much money for such a worthy cause and to have had so much fun with colleagues in the process - and all enjoyed the team building fun."


Boys to be recognised for going to aid of woman

2.16pm - 15th July 2014

TWO pupils at Epping St John's School are to be recognised by the school for going to the aid of a woman who fell in Epping High Street. 
Year 7 students Jack Burrows and Louie Russo-Brownlie called for an ambulance after seeing the elderly lady fall. 
They waited with her until it arrived and stayed with her until she was in the ambulance. 
The paramedic later praised the pair saying how caring they had been and sensible in making the call. 
The school is to recognise them for their actions at an assembly next week. 
Epping St John's headteacher George Yerosimou said: "We have many students to be proud of.".


Accuro names Charity of the Year

1.55pm - 15th July 2014

HASTINGWOOD-based charity Accuro (Care Services) has won the Heart Essex Radio Charity of the Year for 2014. 
The award, which is specifically for Accuro's Community Gardening Project, was presented at the Heart Essex Charity Award Ceremony held at Colchester United Football Club. 
The project was chosen because it "makes a real difference in your area, your community and to the lives of others''. 
The Community Gardening Project is based in the Saffron Walden area and has only been operating for two years. 
The project provides a range of opportunities for adults with a disability to participate in a range of horticultural-based activities, the most important of which is a community gardening service.
This is a gardening maintenance service offered free to local residents who are unable to maintain their own gardens owing to factors such as age or illness. 
Sue Atack, Accuro's Adult Services co-ordinator stressed the potential development for the important project that is improving the quality of lives of both the project's members (adults with a disability) and of the people whose gardens are being maintained. 
She said: "Currently we are maintaining 15 local gardens but unfortunately demand for the service is now outstripping what we are able to provide and the waiting list for this service seems set to continue to grow unless we can secure some additional funding. 
"The project is currently in the process of moving to a new base at Elder Street, Howletts End, Wimbish, and this will further increase the potential for future development providing we can obtain more support for it such as that currently generously provided by the Lloyds Bank Foundation." 
Speaking of his involvement as a member of the project, Michael Romanis-Geer said: "It is hard work but fun and it's really great being able to help other people." 
In addition to providing the maintenance service, the Accuro Community Gardening Project also engages in a number of community-based activities that have included working with Newport Grammar School on the design and development of a sensory garden. 
It also provides a wide range of other activities including opportunities for members to grow and sell plants. Indeed they can regularly be seen selling some of their products on Saffron Walden Market.
Accuro CEO Arthur Steward said: "We are very pleased to have received this award which is not just recognition of the efforts of the Accuro staff involved in establishing and delivering this project but, and more importantly, recognises the very valuable contribution that our members with a disability are making to their local community." 
Accuro is a locally-based charity established 30 years ago this year by local parents of children with a disability who were keen to see a better future for their children. 
The charity has grown steadily over the years and now provides a range of services for local children, young people and adults with a disability and their families. 
Accuro greatly appreciates the support it receives from the local communities in which it operates and welcomes offers of support and assistance from local groups and individuals. 
To find out more about the services offered by Accuro and ways in which you might consider supporting the vibrant and valuable local charity visit the Accuro website at www.accuro.org.uk, email enquiries@accuro.org.uk or ring 01279 433667.


Golfers chip in for chairman's charities

1.06pm - 15th July 2014

DISTRICT council chairman Tony Boyce led the way with the opening tee shot at the annual Chairman's Charity Golf Day at Chigwell Golf Club.
The event raised £860 towards his four chosen charities - Ongar and District Healthcare League of Friends, Voluntary Action Epping Forest, Ongar and Villages Voluntary Care and Loughton Voluntary Care.
Thirty-six golfers comprising councillors, officers, former employees and guests of the chairman took part.
Planning enforcement officer David Thompson won the Don Spinks Shield and champion golfer for 2014 title with a score of 39 Stableford points. 
Annette Stansfield, from Sports Leisure Management (SLM), the council's leisure service provider, won the Robert O'Malley Cup with a score of 32 points with Trevor Johnson runner-up (38 points) and Gary Woodhall, from Democratic Services, third (37 points). 
Nearest-the-pin was won by senior accountant John Bell on the tenth green and the longest drive winner was Kim Bames, from SLM, on the 18th fairway.


Hospice team tackle The British 10k

1.03pm - 15th July 2014

AN all-female team of Haven House Hospice staff tackled The British 10K to raise over £1,700 for the Woodford Green charity. 
The 'Haven House Hunnies' hope to eventually raise £3,835, enough to 'Pay for a Day' of care at the hospice. 
The team ran the route in a mix of sunshine and showers, taking in some of the most iconic landmarks in London, including Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral and Nelson's Column. 
The hospice's HR director, Sarah Spackman said: "I was so pleased I took up the challenge and knowing I was helping to raise vital funds for Haven House really spurred me on to the finish line." 
Marketing executive Teena Antoniou said: "I've never taken on a challenge like this before and it was hard at times but knowing the amazing children and families that we look after personally, is a great incentive to keep running." 
Hospice chief executive Mike Palfreman said: "I think it says so much about the commitment of our staff that they take on these enormous challenges outside of work and continue to fundraise for Haven House and the life-limited children and families that we support. 
"I would love to see the team reach their target to Pay for a Day of care at the hospice - what an achievement." 
To help the Haven House Hunnies reach their fundraising target click here


Students talk their way to success

1.01pm - 15th July 2014

A GROUP of Roding Valley High School students have triumphed in the Young Persons Parliamentary Debate held at Burnt Mill Academy in Harlow. 
Roding Valley competed against Burnt Mill and Bishop Stortford Boys School with two out of three teams making it to the final debate against Bishop Stortford School. 
Year 10 Roding Valley students Olivia Tinker and Hannah Smith stole the show in what turned out to be a battle of the sexes with an all-girl opposition team against the boys of Stortford. 
Year 8 Roding Valley students Olivia Biddle and Zoe Donnelly came second in the competition while Year 7 boys Tariq Riaz and Samuel Copeman also made an excellent impression on the judges, particularly as Year 7 students competing against older students. 
Headteacher Paul Banks said: "Once again the fine tradition of successful debating teams at Roding Valley continues. 
"It is great to see this 'next generation' of young debaters coming through so well and I am delighted with this triumph over two schools with very strong teams. 
"The school is establishing an enviable reputation as one of the strongest in Essex for debating and I look forward to this continuing."


Four candidates for district council by-election

9.06am - 15th July 2014

FOUR candidates have been declared to contest the district council seat of Broadley Common, Epping Upland and Nazeing following the death of councillor Penny Smith. 
The candidates standing for election on Thursday, August 7, are Robert Glozier (Conservative), William Hartington (Green Party), Ron McEvoy (UKIP) and Arnold Verrall (Liberal Democrats).


Academy team to meet Whitehall officials

9.04am - 15th July 2014

THE team behind plans for The Ongar Academy have been invited to Whitehall to discuss their bid to build a new secondary school in the town. 
The group will meet with officials at the Department for Education on July 23. 
The bid is being led by local parents and teachers who have put together the proposal for a four-form entry secondary school to cater for children aged from 11 to 18. 
Project chairman Peter Marchant said: "The fact that we have been called for interview is wonderful news and true testament to the hard work and commitment of our talented committee and the enormous support showed to us by local people. 
"This really has been a team effort by the whole community, united by the shared vision of bringing back strong local secondary education for our children. 
"We have simply been bowled over by the messages of support and encouragement we have received from local people and that has made a massive difference to our campaign." 
Project lead Jeff Banks said: "The announcement that the bid has succeeded through to the interview stage is a positive step, meaning the application has already passed the initial review stage and is considered by experts at the DfE to be credible." 
Since submitting the bid a further 640 local people have signed the petition in favour of the school, bringing the total to over 1,800. 
More parents have also come forward with an additional 90 indicating they would consider the Ongar Academy for their children. 
Meanwhile the group has been busy with a team working on developing the pre-opening plans and another working on the recruitment of the Principal, working with consultants including Essex County Council Education Services. 
It is anticipated the Principal role will be advertised on the Essex Schools Jobs website before the end of the summer. 
Mr Banks added: "We have known for some time that the final decision will come very late in the day, so we've just had to press ahead with detailed planning and recruitment, working on the assumption that we will be successful. 
"This really is the only way that we can ensure we are ready to open in September 2015. 
"Still, we are very happy to do this as we believe in the project passionately and want to get this right for local parents and children. 
"It's all work which needs to be done, so we're just rolling up our sleeves and getting on with it!


Students rewarded for healthy eating

7.22pm - 14th July 2014

FOUR students at Davenant Foundation School, Loughton, have received prizes for their healthy eating.
Over recent years Harrisons Catering has awarded points to students who make healthy choices in the canteen. 
First prize was a mountain bike awarded to Michael Jordan who achieved the highest score for his selections. 
Prizes of sports vouchers were presented to Ryan Mooney, Dominic O'Hara and Patrick Vullo. 
A special prize to celebrate Harrisons' tenth anniversary was awarded to Tom Petty who received a mini i-pad. 
Davenant's healthy schools co-ordinator Margaret Lamb said: "Hopefully this venture will encourage more students to think more carefully about their choices in the canteen next year.
"Fruit pots, salads and water should be even more popular in future!"


Man arrested after woman found collapsed

5.32pm - 14th July 2014

A MAN has been released on police bail after being arrested in connection with the discovery of a woman found collapsed at a property in Loughton. 
Police say they are continuing with their enquiries following the incident at a property in Loughton Way on Friday. 
A police spokesman said ambulance crews reported that a 44-year-old woman had been found collapsed at the address at about 9.30am and was being taken to Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone. 
The spokesman added that a 42-year-old man, from Loughton, was arrested at the scene in connection with the incident. 
He has been released on police bail until Friday, October 10, pending further enquiries. 
The woman remains in a serious condition in hospital.


Tributes paid to former councillor

5.30pm - 14th July 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid following the death of former Loughton Labour district councillor Joan Davis.
Mrs Davis, who died on Saturday morning, was a senior councillor held in respect and affection on all sides of the chamber. 
She was only the second woman to hold the position of chairman, and the first non-Conservative, having been elected unanimously in May 1994. 
She was also a central figure in the creation of Loughton Town Council from scratch between 1996 and 2000. 
Mrs Davis was particularly well known in Loughton Broadway where she served as a district councillor from 1979 to 2006. 
Following her retirement from the council she continued to act as the Labour Party agent for candidates standing locally and was a familiar figure at election counts. 
Many residents knew her from her charity work. She continued to work on behalf of her community throughout her life. 
Council chairman Tony Boyce said: "I was never privileged to meet Joan in person but I knew of her by reputation. She was one of the key political figures of the council for many years and contributed an enormous amount to the local community. 
"My condolences go to her family and friends and everyone who knew her. I am sure she will be sadly missed." 
Councillor Stephen Murray, who knew and worked with Joan for many years, said: "Joan was a passionate district councillor, passionate about social justice, passionate about getting a fair deal for working people and passionate about representing the Loughton Broadway ward to the best of her ability. 
"I had the privilege of representing the same Broadway ward with her for 16 years from 1982-1998. Joan cared deeply for the residents she represented and was always prepared to go the extra mile to help them out." 
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing said: "It was always a pleasure to discuss local matters with Joan and that although we differed considerably in our political views I had every respect for her dedication to the people she represented in Loughton and admiration for the hard work she did for our community over many decades."


Man charged over cyclist collision

9.21am - 14th July 2014

POLICE have charged a man with driving offences following a collision in Loughton where a cyclist was seriously injured. 
Stuart Hill, 39, a builder of Lippitts Hill, Loughton, will appear before magistrates at Chelmsford today (Monday) charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving, dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident. 
The collision happened on Epping New Road at about 8.55am on Saturday and involved a black Mercedes E350, a blue Citroen Berlingo van and a bicycle. 
A 32-year-old woman cyclist, from London, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Royal London Hospital by air ambulance.


Hereward Primary School launches email media service

9.05am - 14th July 2014

HEREWARD Primary School in Loughton has launched an email media service to keep people informed about its news and events. 
Anyone can register to receive the school's media releases and pictures to keep up-to-date with its achievements in the classroom, on the sports field and in the community. 
Headteacher Matt Woolard said: "There is so much 'good news' being created by the pupils and staff that we are keen to ensure that this is made available to as wide an audience as possible. 
"We hope many people will register to receive our press releases and other information which will be sent to them at the same time as it is circulated to the local media." 
To register for the service - provided by Everything Local News which is part of the Everything Epping Forest local news and information website - simply send an email with 'subscribe' in the subject line to herewardprimaryschoolnews@gmail.com
Subscribers can ask to be removed from the circulation list at any time. 
Please note that no email addresses are forwarded to a third party..


Woman robbed of handbag

8.51am - 14th July 2014

A WOMAN had her handbag snatched as she walked outside Chigwell Library in Hainault Road.
The robbery happened at about noon on Monday (July 7) while the Chigwell woman, aged in her 70s, was in the library car park.
She was pushed from behind by a man and lost her balance. He grabbed her handbag and ran towards a dark-coloured vehicle. 
The woman tried to grab him through the window and was flung backwards as it drove off. She was not injured. 
The bag contained a number of items including glasses, a mobile phone, purse, bank cards and cash. 
DC Katherine Clarke said: "The suspect is described as white, in his late 30s, around 5ft 4ins tall, well groomed with dark brown hair. He was wearing a black zip up top and possibly jeans.”
Anyone with any information should ring DC Clarke at Loughton on Essex Police 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


PICTURES: Big crowds at Donkey Derby

3.46pm - 13th July 2014

THE annual Theydon Bois Donkey Derby attracted the crowds to the Green with races, stalls and sideshows to entertain visitors.
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing was invited to start the first race of the afternoon. 

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PICTURES: Chigwell Riding Trust open day

3.43pm - 13th July 2014

CHIGWELL Riding Trust for Special Needs opened its doors to hundreds of visitors for its annual open day. 
This year's event marked the charity's 50th anniversary and featured various events in the indoor arena.
Among the visitors were Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing, Epping Forest District Council chairman Tony Boyce and Epping mayor Barbara Scruton. 

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MP "absolutely delighted" at joint sixth form bid approval

9.34am - 13th July 2014

EPPING Forest MP Eleanor Laing is "absolutely delighted" the joint sixth form bid by four Epping Forest schools has been approved by the Government. 
The Epping Forest District Sixth Form Consortium - comprising Roding Valley High School, Loughton; Epping St John's School, Debden Park High School, Loughton; and King Harold Business and Enterprise Academy, Waltham Abbey - had been working on its proposals for two years. 
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing said: "I am absolutely delighted that the Government has approved the sixth form consortium for our four great local schools. 
"We have been working towards this for years and I would like to thank Paul Banks (Roding Valley High School), George Yerosimou (Epping St Johns) Denice Halpin (King Harold School) and Christian Kavanagh (Debden Park High School), the four headteachers who have had the vision and the perseverance to make the dream of a sixth form become a reality." 
Mrs Laing added: "The project would not have come to fruition were it not for the determined efforts of county councillor Valerie Metcalfe. They all deserve our grateful thanks.
"I am sure that parents, pupils and teachers will be looking forward to this new challenge and I have every confidence in its success." 
The new arrangements are set to offer 594 places across the four schools by September 2016. 
A small amount of expansion will be required at three of the schools - Debden Park, Roding Valley and Epping St John's - with six additional classrooms required on each school site from the 2017-18 academic year.


Cyclist seriously injured in Epping New Road collision

9.01am - 13th July 2014

A CYCLIST has been seriously injured in a collision on Epping New Road, Loughton, which also involved a black Mercedes E350 and a blue Citroen Berlingo van. 
The 32-year-old woman cyclist from London was taken to the Royal London Hospital by air ambulance following the collision which happened at about 8.55am yesterday (Saturday). 
Police say the collision followed a minor traffic incident moments earlier at the Robin Hood Roundabout.
The blue van failed to stop at the scene. 
A 39-year-old man, from Stepney, was later arrested is being questioned by officers at Chelmsford Police Station. 
Roads policing officer Inspector Danny Parsons said: "The Serious Collision Investigation Unit is investigating this incident. We would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this collision or the one earlier at the Robin Hood roundabout. I would ask anyone that can help to get in touch." 
Anybody with any information should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit via Essex Police 101 quoting incident 310 of July 12 or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk


New appeal seven months after stabbing

8.57am - 13th July 2014

DETECTIVES are making a renewed appeal for information seven months on from the fatal stabbing of an east London teenager in Chigwell. 
Ayodele Osifuwa was found with a leg wound on a grass verge at the roundabout junction of Limes Avenue and Westmede shortly before 9pm on Monday, December 9 last year. 
Despite extensive efforts by medical staff at the Royal London Hospital, Ayodele died on Friday, February 7.
A 20-year-old man, from Ilford, and a 17-year-old boy, from Walthamstow, were arrested in connection with the homicide. 
They had been on police bail pending further enquiries but these have now concluded and they have been released from their bail and without charge. 
Senior Investigating Officer DCI Lucy Morris said: "The enquiry team remain frustrated with the response from those who were there at the time Ayodele was stabbed. 
"We definitely know there a number of witnesses to the attack who have chosen not to speak to us or have been un-cooperative. 
"Again we urge those people to come forward and talk to us in confidence." 
Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives at Harlow's Major Investigation Team on 01279 621802, email scdappeals@essex.pnn.police.uk or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Police renew appeal over M11 crash

8.55am - 13th July 2014

POLICE are continuing to investigate the cause of a fatal road crash on the M11 near Epping. 
A 79-year-old woman from Halifax, West Yorkshire, died when the car in which she was a passenger left the carriageway. 
A 72-year-old man who was driving the car and a woman, aged 81, who was the front seat passenger, were both seriously injured and are still receiving treatment in hospital. They are both from the Retford area of Nottinghamshire. 
The crash happened on the southbound carriageway at about 3.30pm on Thursday. 
The car, a silver Vauxhall Astra estate, was travelling south when it was involved in a slight collision with a heavy goods vehicle travelling in the same direction. 
The car then left the road and collided with trees. 
The road was closed until about 10.30pm for recovery of the vehicles and while police carried out initial investigations. 
Any witnesses who have not contacted police or anyone with information about events leading to the collision, should ring Sgt Damon Bainbridge at the Essex Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk


PICTURES: Buckhurst Hill Horticultural Society summer show

5.38pm - 12th July 2014

THE usual variety of blooms and culinary delights filled the Centenary Hall at St John's Church, Buckhurst Hill, for Buckhurst Hill Horticultural Society's summer show.

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PICTURES: Love Loughton

5.36pm - 12th July 2014

THE Staples Road Primary School Choir launched this year's Love Loughton on the stage outside St Mary's Church. 
The event featured a variety of stage performances including a circus skills performer and a steel band while inside the church a number of local organisations manned stands highlighting their activities. 

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PICTURES: Epping French market

5.34pm - 12th July 2014

EPPING Forest MP Eleanor Laing and Epping mayor Barbara Scruton tried their hand at crepe cooking at the French market in Epping. 
The Epping Town Council-organised event brought a variety of French stalls to the High Street selling everything from cheese and crepes to sausages and soap. 

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Four charged over phone scam

10.52am - 11th July 2014

FOUR men have been charged in connection with a series of telephone frauds in Essex and neighbouring counties. 
All four have been charged with conspiracy to defraud by false representation between March and July this year. 
They were arrested in central London early on Wednesday following an investigation by detectives, including officers from Essex, who are part of the Eastern Regional Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) a team that was formed in March to investigate the rapidly-spreading frauds by thieves posing as police or bank officials. 
More than 80 officers from Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and the Metropolitan Police Service were involved in the searches of addresses in London. 
Mohammed Miah, 21, of Coopers Lane, Kings Cross; Salam Uddin 18, of Hemingway Close, Gospel Oak; Muhammad Ahmed, 22, of Hemingway Close, Gospel Oak; and Motahir Rahman 23 of Kiln Place, Kentish Town, were all charged last night. 
They were detained in custody to appear at Hatfield Remand Court, Hertfordshire, today. A 22-year-old man, from Camden, arrested in connection with the investigation, has been reported for conspiracy to defraud by false representation and will appear in court at a later date. 
Two women aged 20 and 21, arrested at address in Camden on Wednesday, have been bailed until August 27 pending further enquiries. 
Police investigations are continuing into widespread frauds and attempted frauds in which elderly and vulnerable people are being contacted by thieves posing as police officers or bank officials. 
Victims are told that their bank accounts have been infiltrated by thieves and they are advised to hand over bank cards, PIN numbers or large amounts of cash as part of the investigation. 
More than 780 similar thefts and attempted thefts have been reported in Essex since the scam first came to light in January 2013, and similar crimes have been reported in the Met Police area and other counties.
More than 120 people in Essex have been tricked out of money and the total stolen is more than £400,000. DI Danny Lawrence, who leads the ERSOU phone scam taskforce, said: "The latest arrests show how we are continuing to make the region a hostile place for anyone suspected of being involved in phone scams, which often target elderly and vulnerable people. 
"We are continuing to gather information to make further arrests but at the same time we would urge people to remain vigilant and be on their guard against this sort of crime. 
"If you are suspicious about a telephone conversation you should end the call and contact police via the non-emergency number, 101. 
"Remember to use a mobile phone or a friend's phone or wait at least five minutes before calling to ensure you aren't reconnected to the offender."


Witness appeal follows M11 crash

8.44am - 11th July 2014

A 79-YEAR-OLD woman died and two others were seriously injured when a car and a lorry collided on the M11 near Epping. 
Emergency services were called to the southbound carriageway between junction 7 (Harlow) and junction 6(M25) at about 3.30pm yesterday. 
The woman, who was a passenger in the car, died. 
A man and woman who were also in the car were taken to hospital with serious injuries. 
The northbound carriageway was closed briefly while an air ambulance attended the scene but the southbound carriageway was closed for several hours for vehicle recovery and while police carried out an initial investigation.
Any witnesses who have not contacted police or anyone with information about events leading to the collision should ring the Essex Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk


Government approves joint sixth form bid

6.23pm - 10th July 2014

A LONG-held dream to bring sixth form education to four of the district's secondary schools has become a reality with today's announcement from the Department for Education that a joint bid has been successful.
The Epping Forest District Sixth Form Consortium - comprising Roding Valley High School, Loughton; Epping St John's School, Debden Park High School, Loughton; and King Harold Business and Enterprise Academy, Waltham Abbey - had been working on its proposals for two years. 
Buckhurst Hill and Loughton South county councillor Valerie Metcalfe set her sights on bringing extensive sixth form provision back to the district when she was elected to Essex County Council and appointed deputy cabinet member for education in 2009. 
She said she was "thrilled" at the news describing it as "really exciting" for children, parents and teaching staff across Epping Forest. 
Valerie said: "I have been determined that I would make sure we got our sixth forms back in local schools after 25 years of uncertainty for parents and students alike. 
"The headteachers have worked extremely hard on their consultation with parents and it has taken a lot of effort to put in their bids and to persuade Essex County Council to support this project. 
"We are also grateful for the wholehearted support and backing of Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing not least because when the decision got bogged down at the Department, Eleanor intervened personally with Michael Gove (Education Secretary) and Lord Nash (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools) to make sure the decision was given to the schools before the end of the summer term." 
Valerie added: "We are all thrilled and I know the vast majority of parents in the area will be really pleased that their children can continue with their sixth form education at their existing school. 
"It has so many benefits not least that it will ensure continuity of teaching and help with the retention of excellent teachers as well as ensuring that standards are increased even further in all our local schools.
"The new Year 11 students will be able to choose this coming autumn term if they wish to carry on in the new sixth forms from September 2015." 
The new arrangements are set to offer 594 places across the four schools by September 2016. 
A small amount of expansion will be required at three of the schools - Debden Park, Roding Valley and Epping St John's - with six additional classrooms required on each school site from the 2017-18 academic year.


Woman dies and two seriously injured in M11 crash

5.58pm - 10th July 2014

A WOMAN has died and two other people seriously injured in a crash which has closed the southbound M11 near Epping. 
Emergency services were called out at about 3.30pm following reports of a collision involving a lorry and car on the southbound carriageway between junctions 7 and 6. 
A woman who was a passenger in the car died. Two other people in the vehicle have been taken to hospital with serious injuries. 
The northbound carriageway has been closed for a time for the arrival of an air ambulance. 
Drivers are advised to avoid the area as the southbound carriageway will be closed for several hours while vehicles are recovered and police carry out initial investigations.


Students show off their creative skills

9.11pm - 9th July 2014

STUDENTS from Epping St John's School took three of the four prizes at the Extended Research Project regional gala at Roding Valley High School, Loughton. 
Creative students from Roding Valley and West Hatch High School also took part in the event which saw the youngsters put their creative minds to good use to come up with pieces of work. 
First place - and £150 - went to Leo Dolan (Epping St John's), second place - and £100 - was awarded to Nina Honey (Epping St John's) with Eliana Marzell (Epping St John's) and Thisbe Barnett (Roding Valley) receiving the £50 third prize. 
The judges were Epping Forest College chairman of governors Will Breare-Hall, Loughton mayor Sharon Weston and Rev'd Nina Coulthard, team vicar of St Michael's Church, Loughton. 
A full report will appear on this page later. 

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Friends' group buys patient records storage system for medical centre

4.43pm - 9th July 2014

A STORAGE system for the records of some 10,000 patients has been provided by the Ongar and District Healthcare League of Friends at the new Ongar War Memorial Medical Centre. 
The £10,200 Railex system allows easy access to patient files which staff say is making a "huge difference" to staff working at the medical centre in Fyfield Road. 
League of Friends chairman Sheila Jackman said: "The League of Friends was pleased to provide the new Railex patient record storage system for the new medical centre. 
"It not only provides easy access to patient records but makes the filing of records a much more straightforward process." 
Practice manager Yvonne Pope said: "'Everyone at the Ongar Medical Centre wants to say a big 'thank you' to the League of Friends for the wonderful filing system bought by the charity. 
"It has revolutionised our medical records storage and will make a huge difference to the filing and retrieval of patients' notes." 

(left to right) Deputy practice manager Sue Sangster, practice manager Yvonne Pope, Dr Hugh Taylor and Ongar and District Healthcare League of Friends chairman Sheila Jackman with the new patient records storage system at the new Ongar War Memorial Medical Centre PICTURE


Hospice summer fayre raises £10,000

4.20pm - 9th July 2014

HAVEN House Hospice's summer fayre attracted some 1,500 people and raised £10,000. 
There were live musical performances featuring Chigwell Popchoir, local band PettyCash, vocal quartet Reunion, Epping Forest Pipe Band and Paulsmusic, who sang and acted as DJ on the day. 
Children were entertained with a visit from Woodford firefighters and the Leyton Orient mascot Theo.
Meanwhile Paradise Wildlife Park took along a variety of animals and reptiles. There was also biscuit decorating, face painting and a fun rodeo ball. 
Among the dignitaries attending were Waltham Forest mayor Terry Wheeler, Loughton mayor Sharon Weston and Redbridge deputy mayor Linda Huggett.
There were also a number of Haven House children and families present and the hospice Buddies (the siblings of unwell children) ran some of the stalls. 
Local television actor and Haven House patron Gary Lucy also visited with his family. 
Hospice chief executive Mike Palfreman said: "The summer fayre gets better every year and we're always looking at new ways to keep it fresh and exciting for the families who attend. 
"Thank you to everyone who helped to make the event a success, not least the 100 fantastic volunteers who got involved and to everyone who came along on the day, from Haven House children and families to the local mayor - it really was a fantastic community event." 
Event organisers used the fayre to launch the new Haven House raffle where winners can win £1,000 in cash as well as other prizes. 
For more details visit www.raffleplayer.com/HavenHouseCH


Seven arrests in bogus officer fraud investigation

3.53pm - 9th July 2014

SEVEN people were arrested when detectives executed search warrants in connection with a series of Essex telephone frauds by bogus police officers. 
Five men and two women were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud when officers went to addresses in north London today. 
The operation was carried out by detectives, including officers from Essex, who are part of the Eastern Regional Special Operations Unit, a regional team formed in March to investigate the rapidly-spreading frauds by thieves posing as police or bank officials. 
More than 80 officers from Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and the Metropolitan Police Service Police were involved in the searches of six addresses in the Camden area.
Four men - aged 18, 21 and two aged 22 - and two women aged 20 and 21 are currently at a police station in Essex and are being questioned about frauds in Essex and neighbouring counties. 
A fifth man, aged 23, was also arrested and is currently being quested at a London police station.
Numerous phones and computers were seized. 
The regional team was formed to investigate hundreds of frauds and attempted frauds being carried out across East Anglia. 
Elderly or vulnerable people were being targeted by thieves who posed as police officers or bank staff who told their victims that their bank accounts had been infiltrated by thieves. 
The tricksters claimed that as part of their investigations they needed to do forensic tests of the victim's bank cards and PIN numbers or large amounts of cash to be used for forensic tests. 
More than 780 similar thefts and attempted thefts have been reported in Essex since the scam first came to light in January last year, and similar crimes have been reported in the Met Police area and other counties.
More than 120 people in Essex have been tricked out of money and the total stolen is more than £400,000.
Detective Inspector Danny Lawrence, who leads the ERSOU phone scam taskforce, said: "These warrants further show how we are continuing to make the region a hostile place for anyone suspected of being involved in phone scams, which often target elderly and vulnerable people. 
"Whilst we are continuing to make arrests, I would remind people to remain aware that phone scams are still operating across the region. 
"As it does tend to be the elderly and vulnerable who are targeted by the offenders, please share the following advice with neighbours and relatives.
"If you are suspicious about a telephone conversation you should end the call and contact police via the non-emergency number, 101. 
"Remember to use a mobile phone or a friend's phone or wait at least five minutes before calling to ensure you aren't reconnected to the offender."


Kings Inn owner eyes October opening

3.41pm - 9th July 2014

THE new owner of the Kings Inn in Ongar High Street is hoping to open in October after confirming a £2.5m-plus deal.
Oakman Inns, the award-winning Tring-based pub company led by Peter Borg-Neal, is investing alongside local entrepreneur Paul Thornton with the joint investment exceeding £2.5m. 
Mr Borg-Neal said: "We're delighted to be moving into Essex for the first time. Chipping Ongar is a fabulous market town and we believe that the local population will appreciate our commitment to quality. 
"We are hoping to have completed our fit-out by early October and to be opening shortly afterwards. 
"We were flattered to be chosen by Paul from a number of interested operators and we are determined to deliver a first class operation." 
Mr Thornton's spokesman John Molloy added: "We have been committed from day one to ensuring that Ongar gets the high quality operation it deserves. 
"We have invested heavily in financial terms but have put equal effort into finding the right operator to work with. 
"We believe that Oakman Inns are the best pub company in the country and we look forward to a long and happy association with Peter and his team." 
Oakman Inns also recently announced the acquisition of a site in St Albans which is set to re-open early summer after an extensive refurbishment.


Celebrities present speech day prizes

3.16pm - 9th July 2014

ROD Stewart's wife Penny Lancaster and swimming champion Mark Foster were the guests at Coopersale Hall School's Speech Day. 
Penny, the international model and photographer, was joined by friend and European, Commonwealth and World Swimming Champion Mark Foster to give out the prizes to pupils from Year 1 to Year 6. 
A video clip of his record breaking swim brought excited cheering from the audience, and parents and children alike clapped along with Mark's performance on the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing. 
School principal Matthew Hagger said: "The children were very excited to have Penny and Mark at Coopersale Hall to take such a central role in the prize giving. 
"Mark spoke about the many hours of hard work and training that made him into such an accomplished athlete, and brought some of his impressive hoard of medals to pass around. "I hope he will have inspired our pupils to work as hard as they can, to be the best that they can be. 
"As Mark said, despite their collective numerous accolades they both may be remembered more easily for their star turns on Strictly Come Dancing!"

Mark Foster and Penny Lancaster with Coopersale Hall School pupil Maddalena Kayani who was presented with the school's Swimming Cup PICTURE


Students make giant thermometer for charity

3.03pm - 9th July 2014

STUDENTS at Chigwell School have contributed to the fundraising activities of Chigwell Riding Trust. 
The school's Art+ group have helped with the charity's 50th anniversary fundraising by making a giant thermometer which will help to track the Trust's progress towards its target of raising £50,000 during the year. 
A number of pupils worked on the project during extra-curricular sessions after school and at lunchtime as a part of the school's Art+ scheme. 
Art+ began in 2002 with the aim of enriching and enhancing the pupils' experience of art and design via a series of visiting workshops at the school given by prominent artists and designers.


Father and son injured in motorbike crash

10.24am - 9th July 2014

A MOTORCYCLIST and his son were injured when they came off their bike after it struck a large piece of concrete in the road in Roydon. 
The men, aged 43 and 17, from Harlow, were riding along Hamlet Hill from Roydon towards Harlow on a white and blue Suzuki motorbike at about 8.40am on Monday when they rounded a bend and struck the concrete, described as about the size of a breeze block. 
They were thrown from the bike. Both were taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow. 
The father suffered a dislocated shoulder and bruising. His son sustained cuts and bruises. 
Police want to hear from anyone who was in the area at that time and may have seen an open-backed vehicle carrying concrete rubbish or who can provide any witness information. 
Anyone with any information should ring PC Roy Levett at Chigwell Road Policing Unit on 101.


Woman robbed of Cartier watch

10.22am - 9th July 2014

A WOMAN was robbed of her Cartier watch in Zizzi's car park in York Hill, Loughton. 
The woman, in her 20s and from Broxbourne, was in the car park at about 11.10pm on Saturday, July 5, when the robber leaned into the woman's vehicle and demanded her watch worth several thousand pounds. 
He forced it from her hand and fled towards the High Road. 
He is described as white, aged in his early to mid-20s, slim, about 5ft 6ins tall and wearing a plain grey zip-up cotton hooded jumper and blue jeans. 
Anyone with information should ring PC Rob Guiney at Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


School's fundraising helps Tanzania health centre

10.21am - 9th July 2014

BISHOP Aaron Kilanjali, of the Diocese of Kagera in Tanzania, visited Bancroft's Prep School to join pupils for their morning assembly. 
He was at the school to receive a cheque for £4,000 for the 'Raise the Roof' appeal for the Mugoma Health Centre in Tanzania. 
The money was raised by members of North House in the Senior School through their 'Roaring 20s' themed evening in March. 
North House housemistress Helen Prescott-Morrin said, "As a House we have a special connection with the health centre because of the Joyce family who have three children at Bancroft's. 
"We have supported this charity over several years and last term organised a big event to raise funds. The evening took the theme of the Roaring 20s and pupils dressed up in the 20s style. 
"We had a number of stalls ranging from tombola, to a mocktail bar to a 1920s photo booth with props available for guests to dress up in. 
"Pupils put on a fantastic show, showcasing their talents and there was a raffle to finish off the evening." In addition, the Prep School has raised a further £1,500, partly by some of the proceeds from its annual Charity Day and partly from a sponsored 5km run in which a number of staff and pipils took part. 
The Mugoma Health Centre Health will serve a desperately poor part of north-west Tanzania which has seen a huge increase in population due to the influx of refugees from neighbouring Burundi. 
Its primary work will be ante and post natal care in an area with an incredibly high maternal mortality rate and also care for children suffering from malaria. 
The centre was the dream of a local health worker, Edwin, who wanted a lasting memorial to Dr Annabelle Joyce who had done much valuable work in the community. 
The local people had donated the land but there were no funds for the building itself.
Dr Ciaran Joyce, who is the father to three pupils at Bancroft's - Iona, 17, Theo, 15, and Lucy, nine - has driven forward fundraising and has previously spoken at Bancroft's about the project. 
The three children have also been instrumental in raising awareness of the health centre.
Thanking the pupils, the Bishop said: "This means a lot to me as a Bishop, but also a lot to the people who I serve." 
He added the support of Bancroft's has been fundamental to the project and that a bond has been created which extends beyond the raising of money.


Minicab driver robbed by three men

10.20am - 9th July 2014

A MINICAB driver was robbed by three men at the Lee Valley campsite in Sewardstone Road, Waltham Abbey.
Police say the incident happened at about 9pm on July 3 when three men went into a cab office on Seven Sisters Road, Tottenham, and asked for a lift to Chingford. 
They asked to get out at the campsite, restrained the driver, threatened him, and stole two mobile phones, cash and keys. 
Attempts were also made to steal the taxi, a silver Toyota estate, which were unsuccessful.
One of the men was black, aged about 20 with black hair, of medium build and wearing a grey coloured top with a hood and blue jeans and trainers. 
Another man was black, about 18 and had low cut black hair, was skinny and wearing light grey t-shirt and blue jeans.
The other man was a lighter skinner black man, aged about 18 with brown low cut afro hair, skinny and wearing a black hooded top and black jeans. 
One of the men is described as having cornrows in his hair. 
Anyone with any information should ring PC Amy Kavanagh at Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Oak View pupils visit Civic Offices

9.02am - 8th July 2014

PUPILS from Oak View School in Loughton visited the Civic Offices in Epping to learn about voting and democracy. 
The children were shown how to vote by council chairman Tony Boyce and councillor Jeane Lea and got to try on the chairman's chain of office and sit in the chairman's seat in the council chamber. 
Mr Boyce said: "We had a wonderful afternoon. The children were very excited at sitting in the chairman's chair and banging the gavel but I think they were most impressed at wearing the chain of office and pretending they were the chairman! 
"Thank you to all the pupils for their fantastic thank you card. It was very thoughtful and kind of them."


Old Bancroftian appointed Master of Wellington College

9.00am - 8th July 2014

A FORMER student of Bancroft's School, Woodford Green, has been appointed the 14th Master of Wellington College from September 2015. 
Julian Thomas, and his brother, Chris, attended Bancroft's from 1977 to 1985. 
Julian joined Lloyds Bank as a computer programmer before achieving his BSc in Computer Science from King's College London as a mature student. 
He began his teaching career teaching Maths at Forest School before progressing to St Dunstan's College, Portsmouth Grammar (Director of Studies), Hampton School (Second Master) and, most recently, Caterham School in Surrey where he has been Head since 2007. 
Jeremy Bromfield, retired deputy head of Bancroft's, who taught Julian History, said Julian had a high profile within Bancroft's during his school days. 
"He has done a great job at Caterham which does not surprise me. He has a great personality, is charismatic and is keen to move a school forward. He is great on overall strategy."


School choir to open Love Loughton

8.58am - 8th July 2014

THIS Saturday is Love Loughton day in Loughton High Road and Staples Road School Choir will open the event at noon. 
There will also be performances from Jackie Jensen's Zumba group, a local tap dancing school and pan drums. Love Loughton, which runs until 4pm, is also set to include a Rodeo Bull, Tea Cup Ride, circus skills workshops and performances, local charity stands, stalls and games. 
Local businesses will be involved in the event which aims to highlight everything that is good about the town. 
Rev'd Sam Pollard, Curate of St Mary's Church, said: "Love Loughton is an opportunity for everyone, young and old, to come together to have fun, celebrate our community, and discover real love in the good news of Jesus Christ." 

* Love Loughton Celebrations - Sunday, July 13: The celebrations continue on Sunday, July 13, at 10.30am and 6pm as everyone is invited to join the St Mary's Church family for gatherings filled with music, prayer, teaching and fun.


TOUR DE FRANCE: PICTURES: The day the world watched

6.26pm - 6th July 2014

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THEY came in their thousands and witnessed a sporting occasion which will probably never be repeated - the world's biggest cycling race passing through Epping High Street.
Television viewers around the world witnesses the sporting spectacle of almost 200 cyclists pedalling furiously through the town in a sprint section of the three-week race.
Stage 3 took the cyclists from Cambridge to London via the country lanes of Willingale, Fyfield, Moreton and Magdalen Laver, to North Weald and the sprint section in Epping.
Crowds built up slowly initially - with some taking up their places from 7am - but by the time the 'publicity caravan' arrived, about an hour before the cyclists, the crowd totalled many thousand people.
The cyclists passed in a flash and within a few hours the town was back to normal - but the day left many with memories which will last for far longer.

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LOUGHTON: (Monday) Fun Day, Loughton High Road (10am-noon), children's games and entertainment with a Tour de France theme. 
Information point at Loughton Club, Station Road (9.30am-noon) with maps and toilets (and the new Loughton tourist information leaflet). 
Volunteers will be giving out leaflets with maps and Loughton tourist information at Loughton Station and Loughton Club all morning.

North Weald Airfield Museum open from about 10am. Toilets available for a suggested 50p donation (rather than the £2 adult entry fee).

EPPING: (Monday)
Hemnall Social Club, Hemnall Street, open from 10am. Resfreshments on sale. Essex Air Ambulance providing face painting and selling charity merchandise.

Village hall open from 8am. Bacon butties, sausage sandwiches, tea and coffee until noon. TV showing the race. Car parking on cricket field and in The Street. Toilets in village hall and cricket pavilion.

Horse and Well pub, High Road. Open 9am. All-day breakfast, lunches, barbecue. Free face painting. Virgin Active Repton Park on hand with membership information. Raffle and charity exercise bike ride. Proceeds to British Heart Foundation.

FYFIELD (Monday) - Parking:
Two car parks off Willingale Road (£7 for the day); village hall and scouts car parks, Houchin Drive (£7 for the day; motor homes £10). 
Black Bull pub: Hog roast and large screen TV. 
The Queens Head pub: Barbecue and live band. 
Yew Tree House: Friends of St Nicholas serving refreshments.
Roding Close: Refreshments in aid of St Francis Hospice and Help for Heroes. 
Houchin Drive: Refreshments. 
Fyfield Village Hall: Refreshments, toilets (toilets also on Gypsy Mead site). 

(Monday) Service Ongar-North Weald from 9.15am then 40-minute intervals. Return service from 3.15pm. Adults £5 return from Ongar on the day (£4 online). Discounts for children.

(Sunday and Monday) SpeakEasy bar, High Street. Open through Sunday night and all day Monday.

(Monday) Church's Butchers, High Street, bacon rolls (from 9am), then a barbecue with Church's Old Epping sausages and burgers, and Hog Roast (afternoon).

Butterfly Club, Loughton Methodist Church, High Road, for up to five-year-olds (10am-2pm).

(Monday) The Dream Factory charity collecting at M&S Simply Food store, High Street (10am-5pm).

(Monday) Retail Therapy hair and beauty salon and Davis Homes estate agents, High Road,  raffle and  static bike marathon for St Clare Hospice riding 155kms in 30-minute intervals (9am-2pm).

(Monday) Moreton Village Hall. Bacon sandwiches and drinks (8am-11am). Sandwiches, cakes, crisps (11am-5pm).

(Monday) Quaker Meeting House, Hemnall Street. Toilets, refreshments, garden. 

EPPING: (Monday and as part of Epping Town Show on Sunday) Funfair, Stonards Hill recreation ground.

BUCKHURST HILL: (Monday) Chabad Jewish Community Centre, 107 Epping New Road, Buckhurst Hill, Kosher food and drinks (from noon).


TOUR DE FRANCE: Epping ready for big day

5.40pm - 6th July 2014

EPPING is ready for its big day - when millions of people will see it on television and thousands will line the streets as it hosts a sprint section for the Tour of France. 
Two years ago to the day it was the Olympic torch which came to the district. This year it is the Tour de France.
The cyclists are expected in the town after 2pm but before then the 'publicity caravan' will be passing along the route. 
It is expected the race will take about 45 minutes to get from Willingale, the first part of the district included on the route, to Buckhurst Hill. 
In between the eyes of the world - with the race broadcast live on ITV4 - will pass through Fyfield, Moreton, Magdalen Laver (via Weald Bridge Road), North Weald and then to Epping High Street for the sprint finish by the water fountain. 
It is then on along the High Street - by the fire station where road art is set to be painted - and on along Epping New Road to the Wake Arms roundabout and on into Woodford. 

Epping is ready for the Tour de France, with the cock outside Simon Campion Court having been appropriately decorated PICTURE while further along the High Road Keith Miller is pictured outside his decorated house ready for the big day PICTURE 

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PICTURES: Crowds turn out for Epping Town Show

5.35pm - 6th July 2014

THE rain stayed away as crowds flocked to the Epping Town Show at the Stonards Hill recreation ground.
Many local organisations had stands while visitors could also enjoy arena entertainment, including performances by the Illusions dance school, Cooperale Hall School dancers and the Epping Forest Band.
The event, organised by Epping Town Council. was officially opened by Epping mayor Barbara Scruton.
'Allo 'Allo actress Vicki Michelle who was a guest at The Dream Factory stand. The Dream Factory charity has been chosen by Mrs Scruton as her charity for the year.

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PICTURES: Cyclists turn out for charity ride

10.14am - 6th July 2014

MORE than 150 cyclists have supported a charity cycle ride organised by Epping Forest District Council chairman Tony Boyce. 
The first cyclists set off from North Weald airfield shortly after 7am to follow a short, medium or long route covering part of the Tour de France route. 
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ongar and District Healthcare League of Friends and Voluntary Action Epping Forest. 
Event organisers were supported by staff from local McDonalds branches who helped with registering the cyclists and seeing them on their way. 

Epping Forest District Council chairman Tony Boyce with (left to right) Denise Gigg, Adam Seffens, Melodie Flamant and Nick Rainbird PICTURE


PICTURES: Chigwell School Speech Day and Summer Ball

UPDATED 7.42am - 8th July 2014
10.41pm - 5th July 2014

CHIGWELL School Speech Day was a happy celebration of achievements from the past year. 
The Guest of Honour was Old Chigwellian Michael Pruss who left Chigwell, studied at Royal Holloway and Bedford College, London, before moving to California where he is now Senior Vice President for Scott Free, the film and TV company owned by Sir Ridley Scott, where he is responsible for all creative aspects of the company. 
The prize giving was attended by parents, pupils and Governors and other guests included Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing. 
Before the Speech Day there were three services for the different sections of the school held in St Mary's Church, Chigwell. 
The preacher at the service for the Pre Prep and youngest Junior pupils was Rev'd Gill Hopkins, vicar of The Church of the Holy Innocents, High Beach, and chaplain to Epping Forest. 
At the other services the preacher was Tony Miles, Deputy Superintendent Minister of Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, media chaplain and broadcaster. 
Karen and Peter Boxall, the parents of Grace Boxall, presented the Grace Boxall Award for Commitment to Charity, in memory of their daughter, Grace, who tragically passed away in September, days before her sixteenth birthday. 
The first winner of this award was James Harrington who has fundraised tirelessly for Haven House Children's Hospice. Chaplain, Father Simon Paul, also dedicated a bench in memory of Grace. 
The celebrations ended with the traditional Chigwell Summer Ball. 
As always this was well attended by parents, friends, and those pupils who leave Chigwell this summer. 

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PICTURES: MP visits new medical centre

12.18pm - 4th July 2014

ONGAR MP Eric Pickles has paid a first visit to the new Ongar War Memorial Medical Centre. 
The centre, on the site of Ongar War Memorial Hospital in Fyfield Road, is now open to patients - more than two years after the building was completed.
Legal wrangles involving the lease on the Ongar Health Centre's premises in Bansons Lane and issues regarding ICT and telephones delayed the opening until last month. 
Speaking at the end of his visit this morning (Friday), Mr Pickles told Everything Epping Forest: "After all the effort, all the rows, all the worries it's all forgotten.
"It's fantastic and I think we've got a health facility that shows enormous respect for the people of Ongar - and it's going to be here for years." 

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PICTURES: West Hatch High School Rising Stars awards

10.29pm - 3rd July 2014

ACADEMIC achievement by students in the lower years at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, has been recognised at the annual Rising Stars awards. 
The special guests were former West Hatch student Tony Ward - chief executive of Home Funding Ltd - and West Hatch governor and Chigwell Rotarian Syd Treacher. 
The evening include a speech by recently-elected head boy Noah Lown and head girl Deanna Mathers and performances by the Key Stage 3 Band and two of the sixth former dancers. 

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For details on how to order prints, which come in presentation folders, of any of the pictures featured, email everythingeppingforest@googlemail.com or ring David Jackman on 07710 447868.


Students visit First World War battlefields

3.44pm - 3rd July 2014

A GROUP of 150 students from Davenant Foundation School in Loughton spent a day visiting the First World War Battlefields of Belgium. 
Among the places visited by the Year 9 students were Tyne Cot cemetery, Langemark cemetery, Yorkshire trench, Essex Farm Cemetery, Poperinge death cells and the In Flanders Fields museum. 
They were particularly impressed by the scale of Tyne Cot cemetery and how carefully the graves are still looked after. 
In small groups, the students chose a grave on which to lay a wooden cross and had a moment of quiet reflection about the lives lost. 
Another highlight of the trip was visiting the grave of the youngest casualty of the First World War, at Essex Farm cemetery, the place where John McCrae wrote the beautiful poem 'In Flanders Fields'. 
Students were shocked at the claustrophobic, cold conditions the casualties were treated in - and that these soldiers were the lucky ones. 
There were several moving moments throughout the day including when one of the students, Rory Applin, found the grave of his great grandfather at Poperinge war cemetery after years of research. 
Head of Humanities Sarah Perry said: "It was wonderful to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War with such a memorable trip. 
"The day was both moving and hugely informative for our students who relished the opportunity to visit such significant sites."
Headteacher Chris Seward said: "This was a major undertaking but we felt it was particularly important to give as many students as possible the opportunity to visit the Battlefields in this centenary year. 
"The school has other plans to mark the events of 1914-1918 including a major concert at the Mermaid Theatre in London in November."


Town council gives £500 to hospice

2.58pm - 3rd July 2014

LOUGHTON Town Council has awarded a £500 grant to St Clare Hospice. 
On a visit to the Hastingwood hospice, Loughton town councillor Jill Angold-Stephens, who served as last year's mayor, said: "It was such a privilege to see what you have been doing with your grant money. 
"The hospice is a wonderful place and the people there are amazing. I congratulate you and thank you for the difference that you make to people's lives at a difficult time."


Grant awarded for First World War display

2.57pm - 3rd July 2014

WALTHAM Abbey Town Council has received £4,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a First World War commemoration project. 
Awarded through HLF's First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus on an exhibition displaying the story of Waltham Abbey during the First World War which broke out 100 years ago this year.
The project will enable local people to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people and the town during that time. 
Photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and memorabilia as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clear picture of what life was really like. Information gathered will be on display for several days. 
A photographic record of the exhibition will also be made to allow the public to discuss, contribute, share and research information about the town and its people. 
Mayor Ann Mitchell, whose idea it was for the exhibition, said: "We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, it will really allow us to show the history of that time, and also the history of our town."


Rock climbing facility officially opened

2.46pm - 3rd July 2014

MEMBERS of 3rd Ongar Scouts were on hand to help officially open the new rock climbing area on the QE11 Jubilee play area at Love Lane, Ongar. 
They were involved with the design plan for the Rock Stakz climbing facility which has been installed by Ongar Town Council. 
A climbing feature was on the 'wish list' of youngsters at the Play in the Park consultation. 
Town council chairman Diana Roberts said: "The Cubs have really supported this idea by doing their own fundraising and suggested some very imaginative ideas. 
"A donation was also made by the Ongar Mums Group and that along with the external grant funding successfully secured by the council meant that this project could be achieved." 
The ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the area was carried out by Ongar Town Council chairman Diana Roberts and 3rd Ongar Scouts Akela Lisa Portman.


PICTURES: Villages all set for Tour de France

2.09pm - 3rd July 2014

THE village of Moreton is decked out in red, white and blue bunting - and with several bicycles on the fronts of houses - ahead of the Tour de France which passes through on Monday .
Before the cyclists arrive in the village they will have passed the garden of Bob and Grace Mead who have a special addition in their front garden - a cyclist character on a small wrought iron bicycle. 
But the couple have not finished their decorations yet as they plan to add bunting to the front of their home in readiness for a party when the race goes by their front door. 
In Fyfield, a cyclist - wearing one of the special Epping Forest Tour de France t-shirts which are being sold for £10 for charity - has been hung outside outside The Black Bull pub, on a yellow bicycle. 
Meanwhile thanks to the efforts of Derek Whitbread and his team of volunteers, and Epping Town Council, Tour de France bunting now stretches over the shopfronts along Epping High Street which is set to attract thousands of people for sprint section which finishes by the water fountain.

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Man impaled on fence after falling off ladder

9.37am - 3rd July 2014

A MAN was taken to hospital after falling off a ladder and impaling his leg on a fence in Chigwell. 
A ambulance service spokesman said: "The man had fallen approximately 10 feet from a ladder and fell onto a fence, the spike of which became impaled in his leg. 
"We sent an ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance to the scene. Paramedics assessed the man, who is in his 40s, but fortunately his injuries were not thought to be critical. 
"He was placed on to a specialist stretcher and taken to Queens Hospital for further treatment."
The incident happened shortly before 11am yesterday (Wednesday)..


Travellers move onto land in North Weald

7.39am - 3rd July 2014

ABOUT ten traveller vehicles have moved onto land at North Weald airfield, close to the Tour de France route. 
Epping Forest District Council officers visited the site yesterday and have issued letters to the occupants asking them to leave immediately. 
The council said yesterday afternoon that there were five caravans, a motorhome and a van on the service road between Hurricane Way and Merlin Way. 
Two or three other vehicles were parked at the entrance gate when officers went to investigate, blocking the entrance.
The police have also been told about what the council has described as "an unauthorised encampment".


Business owner threatened at knifepoint

10.15am - 2nd July 2014

A BUSINESS owner has been threatened with a knife during a robbery in Epping High Street. 
Police are appealing for information following the incident which happened at an undisclosed business at 11.25pm on May 17. 
Police say a man, thought to be aged between 16 and 20, demanded money. 
When his demands were refused he produced a knife, repeated his demands and reached over the counter grabbing about £45 before running off. 
The robber is described as white, about 6ft tall, with dark brown hair, with a dark hooded top and facial moles. 
Anyone with information should ring PC Peter Cran at Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Wartime photos wanted for display

8.24am - 2nd July 2014

A FUNERAL home in Loughton is joining others around the UK to help bring communities together as a mark of respect for the 100th anniversary of the First World War. 
The Co-operative Funeralcare, at 178 High Road, Loughton, is appealing for any photos from the Great War which can be carefully copied and displayed in its window, along with a short description, as a montage of remembrance for the community. 
Last year The Co-operative Funeralcare donated 2,000 packets of English poppy seeds to local councils and organisations so that cemeteries, verges, parks and open spaces across the country will bloom a beautiful red this summer as an act of remembrance. 
Shane Illsley, manager of The Co-operative Funeralcare in Loughton, said: "We want to commemorate the huge sacrifice made by millions of men and women during the Great War and believe that by bringing people together in an act of remembrance and displaying local photos and artefacts, we can mark the anniversary of the Great War in a way that really means something to our whole community." 
Anyone with any First World War photos which can be copied for the display, along with some background information, should contact Mike or Barbara at The Co-operative Funeralcare in Loughton or ring 020 8508 0865.


Midnight Walk set to raise £50,000

8.21am - 2nd July 2014

THE St Clare Hospice Midnight Walk looks set to raise £50,000 thanks to the 600-strong crowd which turned out for this year's event which had an 80s theme. 
Walkers set off from the Water Gardens car park in Harlow to follow either a 5km or 10km circuit through the town. 
St Clare director of fundraising Elizabeth Palfreman said: "Once again our Midnight Walkers did the Hospice proud, signing up in their droves and helping raise thousands of pounds of vital funding so we can continue providing our incredible care to local families. 
"We would like to say a huge thank you to each and every person who took part, as well as our army of volunteers and marshals who helped ensure the night was such a success, and the many local businesses who supported us. It was a truly wonderful night." 
Every Midnight Walker was presented with a goody bag before they set off and a medal when they crossed the finish line.
First back were Chloe Hammond, 17, and Jamie Dalgliesh, 23, who ran the 5km route in 33 minutes.
They were followed by their friend Christine Ford, 16, who walked the same distance in 49 minutes. Jamie is the daughter of St Clare nurse Anne Dalgliesh, while Chloe is the daughter of Hospice at Home nursing assistant Sandra Hammond. 
A £50,000 total would be enough to cover the cost of running the hospice's Inpatient Unit for two weeks.


Award for conservation work

7.42am - 2nd July 2014

THE Friends of Swaines Green and Epping Forest Countrycare have been awarded the 2014 Living Landscapes Award by Essex Wildlife Trust. 
The award recognises the outstanding conservation work carried out on Lovelocks Field. 
The criteria for the award was that it should be Good for Wildlife, Good for People and the Community and Good for the Local Economy.


EXCLUSIVE: Mark Cavendish's wife on the Tour de France

8.48pm - 1st July 2014

Mark Cavendish, who lives with his family near Ongar, is one of the favourites for this year's Tour de France.
Speaking exclusively to David Jackman, Mark's wife Peta gave an insight into the world's biggest cycle race and warn
s that the crowds are in for a shock when the race arrives in the district on Monday.

PETA Cavendish, wife of Tour de France cyclist Mark Cavendish, admits she knew nothing about the world's biggest cycle race until she met Mark three years ago. 
But since then she has witnessed countless stages - and other cycling events around the world - and says the district is in for a big shock when the world's eyes and lenses focus on the Epping Forest district on Monday.
"It's going to be bigger than anybody expected," she said. "It's going to be huge. I don't think anyone's quite prepared." 
Speaking exclusively to Everything Epping Forest, Peta - who lives with Mark and their two children near Ongar - said the fact the race is coming so close to home - with family connections both locally and in Yorkshire - brings added pressure to her husband of nine months. 
"Obviously the Tour de France is the biggest event of the year on Mark's calendar every year so this year is no different apart from the fact obviously it's like a home game, playing to a home crowd. 
"It's always exciting you know you are going to get that warm reception but it also adds everything to the pressure. 
"There's quite a lot of expectation especially with how cycling has grown over the last few years and especially since 2012." 
Peta added: "For us it's nice, we have a lot of family and friends who will be out at various points along the route in Essex and also in Yorkshire where Mark has his family that come from Harrogate.
"It's super exciting for us as a family." 
Cavendish, a member of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team, has won 25 Tour de France stages. 
His preparation for this year's race, which starts in Leeds on Saturday with the first stage ending in his home town of Harrogate, has seen him cover at least part of the route which comes through the Epping Forest area on his training rides.
"It's really nice that it's coming so close to home," Peta said, "and it's always a nice feeling for him when he knows he has covered some of the training roads, they're roads he's ridden himself when he's been out and about so that's always a nice feeling. He can give a bit of an insight to the rest of the team." 
But just what can the thousands of people who will be lining the route expect on Monday? 
The promotional 'caravanne' which covers the route a couple of hours before the riders is an event in itself with music, dancing and give-aways thrown from vehicles. 
Peta told Everything Epping Forest: "It's going to be huge. I don't think anyone's quite prepared. 
"I knew nothing about the Tour de France until I was with Mark and it blew me away what a machine it is. It's huge. It's going to be amazing. 
"The turnout of people who are actually going to be out and about to support them along the route is going to be amazing so I think it's going to be bigger than anybody expected and then it comes and goes and it's like it was never there.
"It's like a particularly well-oiled machine but it's going to be super exciting. 
"Hopefully everybody is excited and up for it because I think it's going to be pretty special." 

To listen to the full interview with Peta Cavendish click here


French market coming to Epping

5.49pm - 1st July 2014

A TASTE of France comes to Epping on Saturday, July 12, when Epping Town Council hosts a French market to mark Bastille Day weekend. 
The market will commemorate the beginning of the French Revolution and the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. 
Organised by international market event operator Savoir Fayre Ltd, and held in partnership with Epping Town Council, the market will be in the High Street from 9am to 5.30pm with stalls selling authentic French and continental food. 
Stalls will be selling bread, cheeses, pastries, cakes, sweets, condiments and charcuterie, as well as Spanish paella and couscous and Italian confectionery. 
The delicatessen stall will have artisanal terrines and patés and there will also be baked French bread, croissants, pain au chocolat, baklava, cakes and gateaux. 
Visitors will also be able to enjoy freshly cooked crêpes or waffles or a sizzling hog roast sandwich. 
Epping mayor Barbara Scruton said: "This promises to be a special occasion. It's an opportunity for local people and visitors to the town to sample some authentic continental foods and produce right here in Epping."


Motorists urged to "plan ahead" over road closure

5.11pm - 1st July 2014

ONGAR Town Council is urging motorists to plan ahead and be ready for night-time roadworks which will see the closure of Ongar High Street. 
Essex County Council is to carry out carriageway work which will include repairs to kerbs and the brick paving along the High Street. 
The county council has said the block paving and kerb repairs are due to start before the end of August with the main resurfacing work currently programmed for three days - on October 30 and 31 and November 3.
All the work is programmed for night-time closures. 
Town clerk Aimi Middlehurst said: "Even though the work is planned for night-time the closure of the High Street is bound to cause inconvenience to many motorists and we would urge everyone to plan ahead and think about whether certain journeys could be made earlier in the day on the occasions that the High Street will be shut. 
"It is expected that the closures will come into force at 8pm with the High Street remaining closed until 5am the next morning."


Students help with council's footpath survey

5.09pm - 1st July 2014

STUDENTS from Brentwood County High School visited Ongar Town Council to carry out a survey of footpaths. 
The students were invited to take part in a town council community event after Ongar Town Council vice-chairman Brian Surtees and councillor Sheila Jackman visited the school in March.
The students were asked to undertake the survey of footpaths in the parish and report their findings to the council. Among the issues they encountered were trip hazards, overhanging tree branches and nettles and excessive dog waste. 
Town clerk Aimi Middlehurst said: "It was a pleasure to welcome the students to the Town Council and to get their assistance with our footpath survey. This is something the council is hoping to do on a regular basis and the efforts of the students in identifying important issues is greatly appreciated." 
The students were accompanied by Brigitte Page (Head of Sixth Form) and teacher Chris Quin. 
Headteacher Stephen Drew said: "Students, staff and governors of the Brentwood County High School community were pleased to be able to support local clubs and organisations on this, our first, Community Day. 
"We have received so many letters and emails of thanks and look forward to volunteering in the community again next year."


Man charged in £5m fraud case

1.24pm - 1st July 2014

A 49-YEAR-OLD Loughton man has been charged with fraud by abuse of position, under the Fraud Act.
It is alleged that between 2008 and 2011 Patrick Coppeard, of Spring Grove, fraudulently acquired more than £5m from more than 60 victims. 
He has been bailed to appear before Chelmsford Magistrates Court on July 15.


Pupil wins visit from doctor

7.17am - 1st July 2014

PUPILS at Coopersale and Theydon Garnon Primary School were visited by a doctor after a girl won a keeping healthy drawing competition. 
Year 1 pupil Alessandra, five, entered the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group competition with her drawing of what a healthy diet should look like. 
As her prize, Alessandra's school was treated to a visit from West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group chairman Dr Rob Gerlis who spent a morning leading an interactive Learning session about the human body and going to see the doctor. 
Pupils were given a short lesson on parts of the body before some hands-on learning which included listening to their heartbeat through a stethoscope and handling replica organs. 
Each year group enjoyed hearing about what steps they can take to live a healthy lifestyle and learnt about body temperature by having their temperature taken with the latest contactless thermometer. 
The morning finished with a question and answer session for Year 5 and 6 children where questions ranged from pins and needles to sore throats. 
Dr Gerlis said: "It was really enjoyable spending the morning with local children and seeing their enthusiasm for learning about the body and what they can do to stay healthy. 
"As a GP it's rewarding to work closely with the community and who knows, the next generation of doctors?"
Class teacher Marianne Oliver said: "The children got to see the equipment that a doctor uses and even tried it on themselves which will help them to feel at ease next time they visit their GP. 
"Healthy living is one of the most important things a child can learn about so early exposure is a really good thing. 
"Dr Gerlis talked about temperature, breathing and our hearts and the children will really benefit from learning from a friendly, knowledgeable doctor."
The winner of the over-16 competition was Sally-Ann Simpson, from Harlow, who won a £75 supermarket voucher for her top tip to keep fit healthy by always using the stairs and not the lift.


Crash closes M25

7.15am - 1st July 2014

A STRETCH of the M25 near Epping was  closed yesterday following a serious collision involving two lorries, two motorcycles and a car.
Police urged drivers to avoid the clockwise M25 following the incident which happened at junction 27 - where it crosses the M11 - at about 12.30pm. 
A motorcyclist was  taken to hospital with serious injuries. 
Southbound M25 traffic was diverted on to the northbound M11 to junction 7 at Harlow to return on the southbound M11 to rejoin the M25.


Girl's artwork appears on dustcarts

7.13am - 1st July 2014

A TEN-YEAR-OLD old pupil from Alderton Junior School in Loughton has seen her winning artwork displayed on the side of the district's refuse vehicles. 
Patsy Stow created a winning entry in Epping Forest District Council's competition to design a poster aimed at spreading the message of recycling. 
She celebrated her success with classmates when a refuse vehicle featuring a 10ft high picture of her design turned up at the school. Patsy's artwork featured the message "Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Don't rubbish our future … recycle it!" 
Patsy said: "It's very exciting." 
Patsy's mum, Leanne Stow, said: "I'm very proud of my daughter. Having her artwork selected from over 1,000 entries is her biggest achievement this year. Hopefully this will help start her career in design. 
"I've never thought I'd be so excited at seeing our recycling collected!" 
Sita UK and Epping Forest District Council invited all primary, infant and junior schools in the district to take part in the creative schools competition. Belle Liggitt and Patsy Stow were the two winners.
The girls were presented with vouchers to Chessington World of Adventures and their schools received cheques for £500. 
They were selected from more than 1,000 entries.


Scouts prepare for bike challenge

7.10am - 1st July 2014

MEMBERS of the 1st Theydon Garnon Scout Group will be looking to replicate Stage 3 of the Tour de France without leaving the Epping Town Show on Sunday (July 6). 
They aim to pedal on an exercise bike the equivalent 155kms (96 miles) route in a similar time to the world's greatest cyclists who will be passing through Epping on Monday.