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CHIGWELL: Students perform Shakespeare plays

7.43am - 27th May 2015

YEAR 9 students at Chigwell School have staged the Shakespeare plays 'The Taming of the Shrew' and 'Much Ado About Nothing'. 
The school's Director of Drama, Joe Maingot, said: "This was very much a slap-stick affair with boys playing girls and girls playing boys. 
"The audience laughed heartily throughout both shows that also boasted some delightful costumes."


LOUGHTON: Accountants help with forest conservation work

3.33pm - 26th May 2015

STAFF from Loughton-based chartered accountants Haslers helped volunteers with conservation work in Epping Forest. 
Six members of staff spent a day with the Epping Forest Conservation Volunteers clearing saplings, trees and soil on Strawberry Heath, near the firm’s offices. 
They managed to complete a number of important tasks that will enable plants and wildlife to flourish in the forest. 
Haslers chairman Laurence Jacobs said: “Everyone at Haslers is extremely proud of the commitment shown by this team. It is a real testament to their dedication to make our local community better.” 
The project was made possible thanks to the Haslers Foundation which allows staff to take a number of paid days off each year to help the community and local people. 
Mr Jacobs added: “At Haslers we are very committed to giving back to our local community and we go out of our way to ensure our staff can get involved in projects that will make a positive difference to other people’s lives."


EPPING: Headteacher gives talk to Probus club

3.28pm - 26th May 2015

EPPING St John's headteacher George Yerosimou was the guest speaker at the last meeting of Epping Probus Club. 
Mr Yerosimou, who is retiring at the end of this term, spoke about his teaching career and the history of the school which opened on its current site in 2013. 
The next meeting is a ladies summer luncheon at Lindsey Street Community Association, Frampton Road, Epping, on Wednesday, June 17. 
Membership enquiries should be made to secretary Hilary Dodd on 01992 560381.


LOUGHTON: Architects praised over hospice work

2.40pm - 26th May 2015

LOUGHTON-based Clear Architects has been highly commended for its design and build of the Haven House Children’s Hospice Holistic Care Centre in the Community Benefit category of the RICS East of England Awards 2015. 
The firm was charged with creating a spacious annexe to the existing ‘White House’ building, enabling the charity to expand and deliver further essential services to children closer to their homes. 
The centre houses two consultation rooms, flexible/activity space for up to 50 people and a music therapy room funded by the Amy Winehouse Foundation. 
The centre was officially opened by HRH the Duchess of Gloucester and was funded in part by a grant from NHS England for £467,000.


ROYDON: School allotment bares fruit

1.29pm - 26th May 2015

ROYDON Primary School is revamping its allotment area thanks to the generosity of parents and friends.
The allotment was set up last year after school council members decided they wanted to grow their own fruit and vegetables. 
Head of School Gill Doyle said: “Our Grow For It project is now an annual event. The site was designed and created last year by our school council with each class taking responsibility for their own section. 
“The school council members decided this year to have a dress-up day with everyone dressing in florals or garden-type outfits. 
"Parents were also encouraged to donate plants, compost and any other gardening paraphernalia so the allotment area can be revitalised this summer. 
“The generosity of our parents is always humbling. We asked for a £1 donation for children to dress up on the day, but some families were putting £5 notes in the pot.” 
A parent is helping students each week to work on the allotment. 
The school has applied for the Royal Horticultural Society Level 2 Gardening Award.


DISTRICT: Youth councillor shortlisted for award

1.27pm - 26th May 2015

EPPING Forest youth councillor Fatemeh Ekhteyary was one of five people shortlisted in the ‘Individual Volunteer Young Person’ category at the 'Who Will Care?' awards. 
Fatemeh was nominated by Epping Forest District Council for her voluntary and community work. 
She chairs Epping Forest Youth Council meetings despite English not being her first or even second language. 
She is confident and an excellent ambassador for young people, particularly for young Muslim women, the council said. 
She worked with fellow youth councillors to organise the Epping Forest Youth Conference where 90 local school pupils discussed issues concerning the districts young people. 
Fatemaeh also helped design the #U R Not Alone Bullying awareness project for Year 9 pupils which received the High Sheriff’s Shield for 2015 in recognition of their valuable contribution to Essex. 
Fatemeh has helped organise and plan a volunteer day in Epping Forest and worked with a group of young people to tidy woodland including bramble clearing and ground maintenance.


DISTRICT: Everyone Active up for award

1.27pm - 26th May 2015

EVERYONE Active, which operates Epping Sports Centre, Loughton and Ongar Leisure Centres, and Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool in partnership with Epping Forest District Council, is a finalist for ‘Operator of the Year’ in the coveted ukactive & Matrix Flame Awards. 
The awards recognise leisure centres, health clubs, group operators and individuals that have demonstrated exceptional standards across all areas of the operation. 
To reach the final health clubs and leisure centres had to excel in a number of areas including contribution to the local community, targeting special populations and customer satisfaction. 
Operators also had to participate in an onsite customer interview and receive three mystery calls. 
ukactive CEO David Stalker said: “"With hundreds of nominees vying for these prestigious awards, being confirmed as a finalist is a significant achievement in itself. 
“I would like to congratulate every finalist who has reached this stage. The assessment process is well known for being exceptionally rigorous and the standard keeps getting better with every year." 
David Bibby, managing director of sports and leisure management at Everyone Active, said: “I would like to thank all the staff at Everyone Active for all their hard work and dedication that has brought us to this stage.”


ONGAR: Family fun day

2.33pm - 25th May 2015

BIRDS of prey, face painting and various inflatables entertained visitors to today's family fun day at the Jubilee Park, Ongar. 
The event was organised by Ongar Town Council and Jubilee Park staff. 
There was also a tombola and barbeque with other refreshments on sale in the Jubilee Pavilion. 

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CHIGWELL: Motorcyclist dies in Abridge Road collision

9.10am - 25th May 2015

A MOTORCYCLIST has died after he was in collision with a Ford transit van on the A113 Abridge Road, Chigwell.
The collision happened near the entrance to Woolston Hall at about 10.25pm last night. 
A blue Honda CB600 motorcycle ridden by a man in his 40s from Romford was in collision with a white Ford transit. 
The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. The occupants of the van were uninjured. 
The road was closed until shortly before 4am today while an initial investigation was carried out. 
Any witnesses or anyone with information about events leading to the collision should contact Essex Police on 101.


LOUGHTON: Accountants win £12,960 on TV quiz show

8.29am - 24th May 2015

A TEAM of accountants from Loughton-based chartered accountants Haslers won £12,960 on the BBC quiz show Decimate. 
Debra Dougal, Pamela Grant and Darryl Light took on the ‘Golden Wall’ to see how much of the £20,000 jackpot they could take home. 
VAT Partner Debra Dougal said: “Going on Decimate was absolutely superb. We all went along for the fun of it, not really expecting to win anything, but were delighted with the substantial amount that we each took home. 
“What made it even better was that we were able to enjoy our success with our friends at work because the show had been recorded several months before.” 
Haslers chairman Laurence Jacobs said: “It was brilliant to watch the team on TV; everyone was very impressed with how they performed and it was exciting to see them do so well.”


DISTRICT: Lifewalker achieves 1,000 walks

8.23am - 24th May 2015

WALKING enthusiast Narinder Sood is the latest Lifewalker to achieve the accolade of 1,000 walks.
Narinder has walked well over 2,000 miles with Lifewalks, the same as walking from London to Cyprus.
Narinder, who joined Lifewalks in May 2005, said: “Lifewalks has not only kept me fit and active but I have also made lots of new friends and have started doing other activities such as golf with them. 
“I really recommend Lifewalks and feel a great sense of achievement to of reached a 1,000 walks. I hope to go on and walk another 1,000 walks.” 
Lifewalks offers a choice of five walks a week that cover the Epping Forest district.


CHIGWELL: Church holding flower festival

4.08pm - 23rd May 2015

MORE than a dozen floral arrangements are on display at St Winifred's Church, Chigwell. 
The church is holding an 80th anniversary flower festival today, tomorrow and Monday with stalls and refreshments in the church hall. 
Tomorrow (Sunday) the church is open from 12.30pm until 5pm and on Monday from 10.30am until 5pm.

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LOUGHTON: Two men assaulted at nightclub

4.06pm - 23rd May 2015

TWO men suffered serious but not life-threatening head injuries during a disturbance at Luxe Essex nightclub in Loughton early today. 
Police were called to the High Road premises shortly after 1.45am following reports of a disturbance in which two men were assaulted. 
A 28-year-old man, from Benfleet, and a 29-year-old man, from Stanford-le-Hope, were taken to hospital. 
A section of the High Road, between the junctions with Smarts Lane and Station Road, was closed to preserve the scene and re-opened at 9.20am. 
Witnesses or anyone with information about the incident should ring DC Nicola Hudson at Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


DISTRICT: Council apology over missed waste collections

10.20am - 23rd May 2015

EPPING Forest District Council has apologised to residents where scheduled collections did not take place this week. 
Some households have now been waiting several days for their bags to be collected. 
A council spokesman said: “The introduction of the new four-day week collections is a huge logistical exercise. 
"The district covers 130 square miles with an estimated 900 miles of roads and around 25,000 bins emptied each day." 
The council said a brand new fleet of vehicles has been delivered as part of the new contract with Biffa butd a software problem during the first few days prevented the internal compactors working while the vehicles were moving. 
The spokesman added that crews had to stop and wait for the compactor to work, creating some serious delays.
The manufacturer was recalled to put the systems right and the vehicles are now working properly again, he added. 
The spokesman said: “We moved quickly to draft in extra vehicles and the crews worked long hours to catch up. We are sorry for the delays this caused in some areas.” 
Council staff are working with Biffa to minimise missed collections. 
The spokesman said: “One of the benefits of the new vehicles is satellite tracking and 360-degree CCTV cameras. We therefore know where the new vehicles are at any given time and we can review the video footage to check missed collections with Biffa. 
"Where the crews have missed properly presented refuse and recycling, we ask Biffa to go back.” 
Steve McKenna, of Woburn Avenue, Theydon Bois, contacted Everything Epping Forest after bins were still waiting to be collected. 
He said: "These were supposed to be collected Wednesday but are still here (Friday). 
"The old service was okay at least they turned up on the day. We are very near to the pond so it will not be long before rats appear." 

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LOUGHTON: Rock musicians visit school

4.31pm - 22nd May 2015

CHILDREN at Thomas Willingale School, Loughton, played the electric guitar and drums when Livewire Rock Academy visited the school. 
Headteacher Teresa Phillips said: "Livewire Rock Academy visited our children in KS2 to enhance the curriculum and give them the opportunity to access instruments they would not usually have a chance to play." 
She added: "The children enjoyed themselves immensely - it seems we have some budding rock stars in both our children and staff!"



ONGAR: It's 'Arise Sir Eric!'

2.21pm - 22nd May 2015

BRENTWOOD and Ongar MP Eric Pickles is to be knighted, Downing Street has said. 
Mr Pickles has been MP for Brentwood and Ongar since 1992 and served as the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from 2010 until the recent cabinet reshuffle. 
He also served as chairman of the Conservative Party from 2009 to 2010. Before entering Parliament, Mr Pickles had a long career in local government> He was elected to Bradford Council in 1979 and was council leader from 1988 until 1990. 
The honour is in recognition of his service as an MP and as a council leader and councillor in local government. 
He said: “I am delighted with the honour and look forward to what lies ahead for me.”


CHIGWELL: Girls take babies home for weekend

2.07pm - 22nd May 2015

WEST Hatch High School students Charlotte Allen and Holly King were the first Child Development students to take home RealCare Virtual Babies for a weekend of sleep deprivation and hard work. 
The 'babies' are based on the schedules of 15 real babies and must be fed, rocked, burped and changed.
A sophisticated piece of technology, the RealCare Babies are incredibly life like and respond to the care giver by cooing after good care (and burping too) and recording all the care that has been given on the Care Report as well as rough handling, shaken baby, unsupported head and neglect. 
Both Year 10 girls appreciated the difficulties and demands of caring for a baby. 
Holly said: "It was stressful! I took the baby out shopping and received some funny looks." 
Charlotte said: "It was harder than I had thought. Getting up in the night was the most difficult part. I enjoyed taking the baby out and explaining how it related to our course." 
Anjala Sharma, Head of the CACHE Department, said: "We use these babies within an educational framework to provide a memorable and practical hands-on opportunity for young people to experience the realities of parenthood. 
"Many young girls see the pretty side of parenthood - dressing up babies and pushing them around in a lovely pram and think this is what parenting is all about but the hard side of parenting - the night feeds, fussy and unhappy babies, not enough sleep and feeling very tired and frustrated - is something all parents go through and needs to be experienced too."


ONGAR: Council elects new chairman

7.34am - 22nd May 2015

NEW Shelley town councillor James Browning has been elected the new chairman of Ongar Town Council. 
Mr Browning, who takes over the chain of office from councillor Diana Roberts, told last night's annual council meeting he was "looking forward to the challenge".
New Shelley councillor John Reynolds was elected vice-chairman.

New Ongar Town Council chairman James Browning receives the chain of office from councillor Diana Roberts PICTURE


EPPING: Girl found safe and well

UPDATED 8.08am - 22nd May 2015

Police say Maddison has been found safe and well in Colchester.

4.46pm - 21st May 2015

POLICE are appealing for help to find a 16-year-old girl missing from her home in Epping. 
Maddison Noakes was last seen by her mother at her home in Broadoaks at 7pm last night. 
Police are concerned for her welfare and would like to find her as soon as possible. 
Maddison is thought to be in the Colchester area. She is white, about 5ft 1ins tall with red, shoulder length straight hair, green eyes and a pale complexion. 
She was last seen wearing black Converse boots, dark blue/tartan leggings, a black long sleeved top and a green parka style coat. 
She has a silver nose ring and could be wearing a rose gold Michael Kors watch. 
Anyone who has seen Maddison is asked to ring Essex Police on 101.


WALTHAM ABBEY: Drone wanted for human chain event

5.16pm - 20th May 2015

AN appeal has been made for a photographer with a drone who can help film a human chain event in Waltham Abbey. 
Organisers of the event on Saturday, June 27, are also appealing to people to take part in the attempt to join hands and surround the outline walls of the Abbey Church. 
The attempt will start at 10.30am and should last about an hour. 
Children from local schools and representatives from local organisations have been invited to take part.
Anyone who can help with the drone request or wants more information should ring Chris Sumner, chairman of Waltham abbey Historical Society, on 07831 595700.


LOUGHTON: Opticians recognised for focusing on customer care

12.35pm - 20th May 2015

LOUGHTON’S Boots opticians has been recognised for its customer care with a national award. 
The High Road practice, which opened in 2013, was a national finalist - putting it in the top four practices nationwide - in the Customer Care Champion awards 2015. 
Nominees are recognised as being exceptional when it comes to customer and patient care. 
Practice manager Bonnie Bristow said: “The Loughton practice is just over two years old and our patients are at the centre of everything we do. 
“Our philosophy is that by putting the patient first, listening to their requirements we can then strive to make each and every appointment a bespoke consultation.” 
She added: “For our efforts to be recognised and singled out from more than 670 Boots practices was absolutely fantastic. 
“This award was supported and endorsed by the wonderful feedback we received from our patients so we would like to thank them for welcoming us so warmly into the community.” 
The Customer Care award is the second honour to be presented to the Loughton practice which was named regional winner in the Boots Opticians Practice of the Year awards 2014. 

(left to right) Practice manager Bonnie Bristow, optometrist Nigel Willey, franchise regional manager Tony Harvey and optical consultant Megan Brown PICTURE

Optometrist Nigel Willey (left) and franchise regional manager Tony Harvey PICTURE  

(left to right) Franchise regional manager Tony Harvey, practice manager Bonnie Bristow, optometrist Nigel Willey and optical consultant Megan Brown PICTURE


EPPING: New town mayor elected

10.03pm - 19th May 2015

COUNCILLOR Michael Wright has been elected as the new mayor of Epping. 
After receiving the chain of office from outgoing mayor Barbara Scruton, Mr Wright said: "It's an honour and privilege to be elected mayor of Epping. 
"I sincerely thank you, members of the council, for allowing me to stand here tonight. "I will fulfil the duties of this office to the best of my ability and will try to do everything I can to enhance the town." 
Mr Wright has chosen the Chigwell Riding Trust as his charity for the year. 
Councillor Les Burrows has been elected deputy mayor for 2015-16. 

Outgoing mayor Barbara Scruton reflected on her year in office saying it was "an honour and privilege" to have served the town over the past 12 months. 
She said: "2014-15 has been another successful year for Epping Town Council. 
She singled out the Christmas market, the Tour de France, the Town Show and the introduction of continental markets as highlights of her year. 
Mrs Scruton paid tribute to the council staff and Bill Towers who had retired as market superintendent after 22 years service. 
Mrs Scruton said this year's Christmas lights - which were upgraded for last year - would be further enhanced with a light curtain on the tower of St John's Church. 
Another addition to brighten up the High Street is the launch of Epping in Bloom, with Epping Horticultural Society, which will see planting and other initiatives to add floral colour to the town. 
Freeman of Epping Letitia Berry paid tribute to the "dedication, enthusiasm and charm" that Mrs Scruton had brought to her year in office.

New Epping mayor Michael Wright with outgoing mayor Barbara Scruton PICTURE

Epping mayor Michael Wright with deputy mayor Les Burrows PICTURE


BUCKHURST HILL: Council looking to improve youth services

3.12pm - 19th May 2015

BUCKHURST Hill Parish Council is looking to improve youth services locally by providing facilities at Buckhurst Hill Library. 
Council chairman Aniket Patel told Thursday's annual parish assembly: "We've been in extensive discussions with three groups at Essex County Council - the library service, youth service and accommodation team to explore ways in which the facilities available in the library could be maximised and used to provide a range of support services and activities for young people in our community. 
“We are optimistic that some activities could commence this summer. 
"In addition, now we are fully embedded in the library one of the projects (for the council in 2015-16) is to explore ways that the current full library service can be extended in terms of hours and days that it is open.”


ROYDON: Children raise money for quake victims

3.11pm - 19th May 2015

CHILDREN at Roydon Primary School covered the outline of a map of Nepal with coins to raise money for the area following the two recent earthquakes. 
The idea was developed by school council members who wanted to help the people of Nepal. 
Their efforts raised £130.


BUCKHURST HILL: Outdoor gym planned

1.57pm - 19th May 2015

NEGOTIATIONS are underway to provide an outdoor gym at the disused playground at Hornbeam Road, Buckhurst Hill. 
Buckhurst Hill Parish Council has earmarked £25,000 of council money and has also obtained grant funding for the scheme which the council hopes will have started later this summer.


BUCKHURST HILL: Raising awareness of dementia

1.55pm - 19th May 2015

A DEMENTIA awareness training session has been jointly organised by Buckhurst Hill Parish Council and Waitrose Supermarkets. 
The session was hosted by Waitrose Buckhurst Hill to raise awareness amongst local traders of the condition and how it affects people. 
The session was led by Dementia Friends champion Nigel Moore. 
Parish council chairman Aniket Patel said: "The session was very informative and did much to help raise awareness of dementia locally. 
"The session was held as part of Waitrose's Give and Gain day and I would like to thank them for their hospitality and helping us highlight what is such an important issue. “The session also played a fundamental part in the setting-up of a Dementia Action Alliance here in Buckhurst Hill.” 
At the parish council's annual parish assembly later the same evening (Thursday, May 14), the council and representatives from Buckhurst Hill Residents' Society presented a cheque for £1,001 to Megan Bailey, Essex community fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Society. 
The money was raised at the Christmas fair held in Queens Road last December. 
The council has also donated funds to Support4Sight which provides community support services in Buckhurst Hill to vulnerable residents with sight loss.


CHIGWELL: School elects new head boy and head girl

4.12pm - 18th May 2015

WEST Hatch High School students and staff have elected Sharaf Shiekha and Gemma Curtiss as the new Head Boy and Head Girl. 
Meanwhile Noah Lown and Head Girl Deanna Mathers have been reflecting on their year in the role. 
Noah said: "I have learnt so much about not only the school but also myself in the past year. I have met some great people and I have been put in situations which I thought I would never have a chance to do. 
“I never thought I would be the person on the other side, the person on the stage or the person having to organise Sixth Form events. I felt great pride that students from all years came to me to ask for help or to suggest improvements. 
“I’ve loved helping the school and like to think that it has improved me. I think my communication skills and confidence has greatly improved and has made me a better person. “I wish the future Head Boy and Head Girl the best of luck.?"
Deanna said: “Being elected Head Girl was a huge surprise but I am ever so thankful that I was! 
“It has given me the chance to grow as a person and give something back to the school which was all I ever set out to do. 
"I am now more confident giving speeches and don’t mind going up to staff or students to talk to them, which was something I was nervous about. 
“I’d like to think the changes myself and Noah made together have helped the school to improve, and knowing that the small changes we made will go on to help future students enjoy a better experience at West Hatch is a great feeling. 
“I wish the future Head Boy and Head Girl the very best of luck and hope they enjoy the experience as much as we have.” 
Gemma said: “I just want to say thank you to everyone who voted for me. I look forward to representing and working with both staff and students, here's to a good year.” 
Sharaf said: “I was shocked that I became Head Boy as I was the only candidate coming from another school but hearing the news was amazing. In my last school I was too nervous to go for Head Boy but West Hatch has made my life easier and I feel more comfortable in this school. 
“There are many things I'll have to do over the next year and I realise I have a lot of responsibility. 
“Overall it was a fantastic experience standing in front of the students and the process was very enjoyable, so I'm glad I went for it!” 
Headteacher Frances Howarth said: “The student candidates had to talk to the whole school about their plans and hopes and their focus for the coming year. Both Gemma and Sharaf talked very persuasively and commanded the respect of the student body. 
“They are both confident and totally committed to doing their very best for West Hatch and we look forward to working with them very closely over the coming months.”


WALTHAM ABBEY: Man and woman treated after house fire

8.54am - 18th May 2015

TWO people suffered from smoke inhalation in a fire at a house in Waltham Abbey. 
Fire crews from Loughton, Epping and Harlow were called to the terraced property in Eastbrook Road at 11.25pm on Friday.
It took firefighters about an hour to deal with the blaze which is thought to have started accidential by cooking in the kitchen.
A 60-year-old woman and a 50-year-old man were treated by the ambulance service. 
Fire crews used a high pressure fan to ventilate the property.


DISTRICT: Youth councillor awarded India scholarship

8.52am - 18th May 2015

EPPING Forest youth councillor Jaymey McIvor has been awarded a Virgin Atlantic ‘Be The Change Volunteer’ Trip Scholarship. 
Jaymey will travel to India with ‘Free The Children UK’ in August along with 30 young people aged 12 to 18 who have been selected to travel to one of the ‘Adopt a Village’ communities in Rajasthan. 
Jaymey and fellow volunteers will experience the culture, history and way of life in a vibrant and dynamic country. 
He will volunteer in a rural village, help build a school or a well and participate in interactive workshops to explore global issues. 
Jaymey said: “I’m delighted to have been selected to go on the trip. It will be a unique, exciting and adventurous experience which I am very much looking forward to. 
“I am passionate about global citizenship and I look forward to sharing my experiences when I return and hopefully inspire other young people to take part in similar activities. 
“I am extremely grateful to all who supported my application and of course to Virgin Atlantic for their scholarship.” 
Epping Forest District Council youth engagement officer Di Butler, who supported Jaymey’s application, said: “Jaymey is a deserving young person who is actively involved in his local community. 
“This experience will enable him to share his skills with young people who are less fortunate. 
"The experience will certainly be an opportunity of a lifetime.”


NORTH WEALD: Motorcycle show raises over £3,000

8.50am - 18th May 2015

THE tenth Essex Motorcycle Show held at North Weald Airfield, home of the Herts Air Ambulance, raised over £3,000. 
The show, with entertainment including live music, was supported by more than 35 exhibitors with trade stands from major manufacturers. 
Essex Police launched their Bike Safe season with 28 bikers signing up for workshops and several having an assessed ride out on the day. 
To sign up for a Bike Safe Course go to http://www.bikesafe-essex.co.uk/ 
The event also saw the official media launch of the 16th annual Essex Air Ambulance Motorcycle Run on Sunday, September 6.


EPPING: Former head boy becomes chairman of governors

5.09pm - 16th May 2015

A FORMER pupil and head boy of Epping St John's School has been appointed the school's chairman of governors. 
Ben Murphy has been a governor for seven years. 
Among his first tasks will be to recruit a new headteacher to replace George Yerosimou who retires at the end of this term. 
Mr Murphy said: "It's an honour to have been asked to serve as Chair of Governors, particularly as a former student and Head Boy at Epping St. John's. I can recall fond memories of being about eight years old and my mother regularly helping out with PTA events when my older sisters were students. That's where it all began." 
The school is also preparing to open its much-needed Sixth Form in September - as part of the Epping Forest District Sixth Form Consortium - so its students no longer have to travel so far from home to access post-16 education. 
Mr Murphy added: "I had a wonderful education at St. John's. I was surrounded by the most inspiring teachers who would insist that I reached for the stars. 
"It's a community school which celebrates individual achievement and therefore even though I wasn't academically gifted, I was taught to work hard, to respect others, to always keep an open mind and to persevere. 
"It was whilst I was at school that we established Epping Youth Council, then I worked to establish the UK Youth Parliament, which lead me into politics and later to serve Epping as a local councillor and mayor. 
"I don't believe there are too many organisations within our community that I haven't yet been honoured to serve on at some stage."


LOUGHTON: Collections raise over £1,600 for RNLI

9.05pm - 16th May 2015

THE Loughton and Woodford branch of the RNLI raised £1,677.98 during Lifeboat Week with a two-day collection at Morrisons supermarket, Loughton, raising £850.06. 
Chairman and secretary Mike Evans said: "Sadly lack of help severely restricted our ability to take full advantage of our Epping Forest District Council permit to collect in the street on May 2 but we were nevertheless able to raise £175.90. 
"The local schools which participate in the schools' collection raised a magnificent £377.14 with pride of place going once again to St Johns Primary, Buckhurst Hill, whose pupils raised over £130l. 
"A limited house-to-house collection by two stalwart and long-standing collectors brought in a further £167.88 and with the sale of 'yellow welly' pin badges our annual major fundraiser raised £1677.98 for Lifeboat funds. 
"Limited coverage for Lifeboat Day in the London part of our area raised a further £353.25. 
"Our grateful thanks to the small but gallant band of volunteer collectors and to the public for its generous support."


WOODFORD GREEN: Children raise money for Nepal

9.03pm - 16th May 2015

AVON House School, Woodford Green, is raising money to help the people of Nepal following the two recent earthquakes. 
The school had planned to raise £500 at its fundraising day but managed to raise £700 with a non-uniform day and a bucket collection. 
The money will help many families who have lost their homes and suffered in the earthquakes. 
Just £35 will buy a tent, food, clothes and toothbrushes for a family of four.


DISTRICT: Macmillan GP appointed

3.56pm - 14th May 2015

A DOCTOR is dedicating one day a week to improving cancer services in Harlow, Epping Forest and Uttlesford after becoming the Macmillan GP for west Essex. 
In a new role funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, Dr Sara Astbury will work with NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group over the next two years to identify areas for improvement which could include early diagnosis and more supported care in the community. 
As well as continuing her day job as a GP in Dunmow, Dr Astbury will now spend one morning and one afternoon each week working alongside GPs to enhance their knowledge and skills around the delivery of services for patients with cancer. 
Drawing on her experience from working with people with cancer in general medicine, Dr Astbury aims to improve early diagnosis and communication between GPs and hospitals to ensure early intervention and the best follow-up care is provided. 
Dr Astbury said: "I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues in west Essex and the Macmillan network who have a wealth of resources and enthusiasm for improving cancer care. 
"This role offers an exciting opportunity to improve services for local patients and families experiencing the difficult period that a cancer diagnosis can bring. 
"My efforts will be to improve links between GPs and hospitals and to promote further resources available in west Essex." 
West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group clinical director Dr Christine Moss said: "This is a great opportunity to make the most of the partnerships we have been busy creating as part of our aim to commission, joined-up, high quality care for local people."


EPPING: "Inspirational" woman on awards shortlist

3.54pm - 14th May 2015

GP referral co-ordinator Annette Stansfield, 52, is a finalist in the 2015 ukactive and Matrix Flame Awards.
The shortlist for the health, fitness and physical activity sector awards represents the penultimate stage in the awards assessment process. 
The Everyone Active team at Epping Sports Centre nominated Annette for the award which celebrates individuals who go above and beyond to help people become active. 
Annette joined the Everyone Active team at Epping in 1993. She started her career as a group exercise instructor, teaching a variety of classes including pre and post-natal. 
This sparked her interest for working with special populations and she funded herself through the GP Referral L3 15 years ago, followed by her Cardiac Rehab phase VI L4 two years later. 
Annette's current role as GP referral co0ordinator brings her into contact with a number of these special populations, in particular the elderly, who benefit from her guidance and have improved their activities of daily living so much that some have even gone from being wheelchair users to stick walking. 
Everyone Active contract manager Kim Bames said: "Annette is an inspiration for all the special population members at Epping Sports Centre and we are delighted and extremely proud that her work has been recognised by the industry - we'll all be rooting for her on June 24. 
"Since Annette joined she has become a vital part of the team inspiring both members and colleagues with her knowledge and skills. 
"Annette has an incredible ability to adjust seamlessly to work with clients of all ages and abilities and is passionate about helping others to realise their potential. She goes out of her way to help and encourage our members to achieve things they never thought possible." 
She added: ""Throughout her years here she has become a key role model for her colleagues too, mentoring others who have progressed from the gym floor to explore new pathways within the fitness industry, either through her personal experiences or guiding them with her expertise and knowledge.
"Many have gone on to achieve great success and now have management roles within Everyone Active. We believe Annette is invaluable to our centre and represents why many of us choose a career in this industry. 
"We would love for her to be officially recognised for all her efforts over her 22 years of loyal service."
Annette said: "It's a huge honour to be recognised for something I am so passionate about and I never expected to make the final - I want to thank my colleagues for voting for me."


WALTHAM ABBEY: Cake baked for new mayor

3.33pm - 14th May 2015

COUNCILLOR Helen Kane has been elected as the new mayor of Waltham Abbey. 
Mrs Kane takes over from councillor Ann Mitchell who had fulfilled the role for the past two years. 
Mrs Mitchell thanked her fellow councillors and council staff for her two busy but wonderful years as mayor and wished her successor an equally rewarding term. 
Mrs Kane presented Mrs Mitchell with a past mayor's badge to honour her service. 
n her speech of acceptance, Mrs Kane thanked Mrs Mitchell for her hard work and exemplary service. 
Mrs Kane has chosen St Clare Hospice as her charity for the year. 
After the meeting, Mrs Kane was presented with a cake baked by the cookery group of WAY2000 youth group of which Mrs Kane is a trustee.


NAZEING: Family appeals over missing man

3.08pm - 14th May 2015

CONCERN is growing for a man whose van has been found in Nazeing, almost a week after he was last seen at his home in Hertford. 
The daughter of Brian Bryne has issued an appeal to him to make contact. 
Mr Bryne, 58, was last seen at his home on the evening of Thursday, May 7. His white Vauxhall Combo van was seen in Crownfield, Nazeing, yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) but Mr Bryne has still not been located. 
His daughter, Lydia Tyrell, said: "Dad, we are not a family without you. We are holding together by a thread, the thought of you being on your own right now is upsetting us so much. Please just contact anyone to say that you are ok. We need you so much."
Inspector Chris Hunt said: "I echo Lydia's thoughts and would ask Brian to please make contact with someone. 
"Our searches are on-going today around the old Broxbourne Lido area and we are continuing to support Brian's family through this difficult time. 
"As Brian's van has now been located it could be that he has sought shelter somewhere and I would ask people, particularly around Crownfield, Nazeing, to check sheds, garages and outbuildings to assist us."
Mr Bryne is described as white, about 6ft 5in tall, of stocky build with balding grey hair. 
On the day he went missing he was wearing blue jeans, a t-shirt and tanned ankle boots. 
Anyone who can assist should ring police via the non-emergency number 101. 
For a picture of Mr Bryne click here


WALTHAM ABBEY: Council presents Freedom of the Town award

12.49pm - 14th May 2015

WALTHAM Abbey Town Council has presented the Freedom of the Town to Grenville Weltch.
Outgoing mayor Ann Mitchell presented the framed citation to Mr Weltch for his services to the community. Mr Weltch works with the local CAB as an advisor, and is the current chairman of the Francis Greene House Trust amongst many other roles within the town. 
Mrs Mitchell praised Mr Weltch for his commitment and his work improving the lives of residents of Waltham Abbey.
She said: "Mr Weltch has worked so hard within the town, he is much deserving of this award." 
Mr Weltch joins a number of local residents who have received the accolade over the years.


DISTRICT: Changes to waste collections

12.48pm - 14th May 2015

RESIDENTS waiting any extra time for their first black bin collection will be able to put out extra as side-waste as part of the switch to the new refuse and recycling schedule.
There is no limit on the amount of dry recycling residents can put out in their clear sacks and blue boxes.
Anyone who has lost the letter and calendar recently posted to each household can also check the new collection timetables on the council website www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/4dayweek 
Food and garden waste continues to be collected in the green lidded wheelie bins every week. 
A council spokesman said: "Residents are getting used to the new collection calendar. Many people seem to have got it right first time but where there is any misunderstanding we would ask residents to take their refuse and recycling back in until their new collection day. 
"Please check your calendar carefully not only to make sure of your new collection day but also whether it is a recycling or residual waste week." 
However the council is also reassuring residents that Biffa will be back to collect any bins missed by the crews under the new schedule as they get used to the new routes. 
The spokesman added: "We would like to thank residents for their patience during the transition phase to the new timetable. 
"There is bound to be some confusion and teething problems with such a major change but we hope residents will bear with us as we move to an enhanced and improved service. If we've missed your collection we will be back to collect it." 
Epping Forest District Council and Biffa are introducing a new four-day collection schedule across the district which will eliminate the need for Bank Holiday Monday collections. Instead all collections will take place over longer working days between Tuesdays and Fridays. 
Textiles, small electrical items and batteries have also been added to the items the council now recycles.


WALTHAM ABBEY: Children mark VE Day

12.46pm - 14th May 2015

PUPILS and staff at two Waltham Abbey schools joined together to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day. 
Children at The Leverton Infant and Nursery School and The Leverton Junior School held a day of commemoration. 
Year 3 children iced cakes and displayed them in the shape of the Union flag. They later sold them to the rest of the school. They also produced enough Union flags for each child in both schools to wave. 
During the afternoon the children and staff of the two schools joined together to hear Year 4 children and the choir sing a number of war-time songs.
Year 6 children dance the jitterbug and Year 5 recite Winston Churchill's VE Day speech. 
The afternoon ended with the children and staff joining with the nationwide two-minute silence at 3pm. 
Claire Campbell, assistant headteacher at The Leverton Junior School, said: "It is important that the children learn about the important events in our country's history. 
"There was a great atmosphere when over 400 children joined together."


LOUGHTON: Council elects new mayor

12.44pm - 14th May 2015

LOUGHTON Town Council has elected councillor Judy Jennings as town mayor for 2015-16. 
Born and brought up in Cardiff, she has lived in Loughton with her family for many years. 
After a career in teaching she has been active in the local community serving as a town councillor since 2008. 
She has also volunteered with the Epping Forest Citizens Advice Bureau and Loughton Arts Centre, and found time for her other passion, music, through choral singing and performing on the trumpet with Woodford Symphony Orchestra. 
Councillor Chris Pond, who nominated Mrs Jennings, described her as a faithful deputy to outgoing town mayor Sharon Weston who would serve the town well during her term of office. 
Mrs Jennings paid tribute to Mrs Weston's natural poise and graciousness, and true professionalism in the way she had delivered speeches and interacted with members of the local community. 
Mrs Weston supported Oak View special school during her year in office. 
During her year, Mrs Jennings will support several local charities including Loughton's Voluntary Care Association and the Lopping Hall Trust. 

Councillor Carol Davies was elected to deputy town mayor. 
Mrs Davies, who also joined the council in 2008, first got involved in local politics when she led the campaign to save the children's nursery at Epping Forest College and has been an active member of the council's planning and licensing committee.


ONGAR: Half-term events at pavilion

5.11am - 13th May 2015

ONGAR Town Council has organised a programme of events at the Jubilee Pavilion, Love Lane, Ongar, for the school half-term holidays. 
Monday, May 25 (Bank Holiday) - Family Fun Day, 10am-5pm, including a variety of birds brought by Epping Forest Hawk & Owl Sanctuary. 
Refreshments will be available as well as a barbeque. 
Wednesday, May 27 - Children's Fancy Dress Disco, 3pm-5pm. 
Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed boy and girl. 
Friday, May 29 - Have a Field Day family sports day, 2pm-5pm. 
A mixture of sports and games for all ages and abilities. 
Sunday, May 31 - Open Single Darts competition (all day). Doors open at 10am for 11am start. 
There is an entry fee of £5 per player with a prize of £180 for the winner as well as further cash prizes for the runner-up and third and fourth place. 
Refreshments will be available all day and the bar will also be open.


CHIGWELL: Director of Music set for bike challenge

5.08am - 13th May 2015

THE Director of Music at Chigwell School will be taking to his bicycle on Sunday to raise money for the Lifebox charity. 
Howard Ebden said: "Every year 2,000 to 3,000 old minis drive from Crystal Palace to Brighton along the old A23. It is a great fun spectacle with many camping the night before in Crystal Palace and ending on the promenade at Brighton with a lot of activities and food stalls. 
"I am going to be chasing the minis on bicycle from London to Brighton!" 
His latest fundraising venture follows the successful fundraising efforts of the school's Chapel Choir which has raised £45,000, some £4,500 of which has gone to the Lifebox charity which distributes environment-appropriate equipment and education to hospitals around the world where surgery takes place without essential monitoring and safety checks. 
Mr Ebden added: "Any money I raise will be making an immediate difference to the safety of surgical care in countries where life-saving operations all too often become life-threatening." 
For more information about the charity visit www.lifebox.org
To support Mr Ebden's efforts, go to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/minilifebox


CHIGWELL ROW: Man dies after flat fire

7.54am - 11th May 2015

AN investigation is underway after a man died following a flat fire in Chigwell Row. 
The man was found unconscious in the first-floor flat in Gravel Close by fire crews wearing breathing equipment. 
Three fire crews - from Loughton and Hainault - were called out at 3.25pm yesterday. 
The first firefighters to arrive reported that the flat was well alight. 
Crews searched the property and found the unconscious man. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. 
Firefighters took over an hour to deal with the fire. 
A fire service spokesman said a joint police and fire service investigation will be carried out to establish the cause.


THRESHERS BUSH: Guest rooms plan for pub

9.26am - 10th May 2015

PLANS have been submitted for a development of ten guest rooms in an accommodation block behind the John Barleycorn pub, Threshers Bush. 
The application will be considered by Matching Parish Council before a decision is taken by Epping Forest District Council.


LOUGHTON: Students hold mock election

9.22pm - 8th May 2015

STUDENTS at Davenant Foundation School, Loughton, went to the polls to cast their votes in the school's Mock Election. 
With the General Election on the same day, there was an atmosphere of expectation as students cast their ballots yesterday morning.
The campaign involved five parties each represented by a member of the Sixth Form. 
There were election speeches and a special Question Time at which the candidates were grilled on their policies regarding issues such as the economy, the deficit, the NHS and tuition fees. 
The result was Conservatives 291, Greens 226, Labour 221, Liberal Democrats 89, UKIP 230. 
Davenant's Head of Humanities, Sarah Perry, was impressed with the standard of debate. 
She said: "The candidates were very well researched and really tried hard to make their arguments convincing. 
"They did not necessarily agree with the party that they were representing but they spoke so well and answered the questions with confidence." 
Headteacher Chris Seward sees the national elections as an unmissable opportunity.
"Having an election in the school allows the students to ask questions and find out more about party policies and the working of the voting system. We even had a proper polling booth so students in one class were able to experience the moment of secretly placing a cross on a voting paper. 
"Some of our Sixth Form are voting for the first time this year and our school election will have helped them get engaged and understand more of the issues."


EPPING: Gala evening for Heart of Epping

9.20pm - 8th May 2015

A GALA evening with dinner and entertainment will raise money for the Heart of Epping appeal. 
A three course dinner, which follows a drinks reception, is being held at St John's Church, Epping, on Saturday, June 13 (6.30pm for 7pm). 
Entertainment will be provided by performers from local organisations, including young musicians from Bishop's Stortford College.
There will also be a presentation on the Heart of Epping project - to build a community facility with meeting space and café adjoining the church - and a raffle with high-value prizes. 
The evening will also see the launch of the appeal's promotional materials. 
Tickets cost £50 each (£350 for a table for eight people).
For more details, ring Roger Lowry on 01992 560191, or email lowryepp@gmail.com or office@eppinganglicans.org.uk


VIDEO, AUDIO and PICTURES: UK's Eurovision entry performs at primary school

6.14pm - 8th May 2015

THE UK's entry in this year's Eurovision Song Contest paid a special visit to Hereward Primary School, Loughton. 
The entry - 'Still In Love With You' by Electro Velvet - features Bianca Nicholas and Alex Larke, who is a music teacher at the Colebrook Lane school. 
He had promised that the pair would visit the school to perform to the children before they set off for this year's contest in Vienna, Austria, on Saturday, May 23. 
The children have taken the competition into the classroom preparing a special mural and making Eurovision hats many of which included a picture of Electro Velvet. 
All the children waved Union Jack flags when they sat in the school hall to listen to the UK's song. 
Alex (Mr Larke) said: "I had been promising for a little while that we would bring the song in. 
"The school has been incredibly supportive of my hectic schedule and have made things really, really easy for me to still be able to come and work with the kids here which has been phenomenal so this is me giving something back and I hope it has raised the profile of the school in a positive way." 
Headteacher Matt Woolard said: "It's truly humbling to think such a global event such as Eurovision actually has a connection to Hereward so it really has ignited so much excitement and enthusiasm across the school.
 "We've been looking forward to this event for a long, long time and the children are just so excited, so pumped up to actually hear the performance." 
Who knows what reaction the song will generate when it comes to the voting on May 23. 
However Electro Velvet already have the overwhelming support of Hereward pupils. 
Millie, aged nine, said: "He's a really good music teacher and I think he is going to do well in Eurovision. I think he's really good," 
Tori, aged ten, said: "I think it's a brilliant song and I think they can go far with it. It's old fashioned mixed with quite a hip-hoppy vibe to it." 

VIDEO: To see a video of Electro Velvet performing at Hereward Primary School click here 

AUDIO: Electro Velvet, Hereward Primary School headteacher Matt Woolard and some of the pupils talk about Eurovision click here

PICTURES: To see a slideshow of pictures of Electro Velvet's visit click here


DISTRICT: MIND charity seeks votes

9.31am - 7th May 2015

WEST Essex Mind is calling on people to support its bid for funding via the Aviva Community Fund. 
The charity needs votes to be in with a chance to secure the money. 
Votes can be cast online here by registering or using your Facebook login. 
The project, 'Understanding Troubled Teens', has been devised to help parents/carers recognise, understand and know how to deal with adolescents with actual and potential mental health issues. 
One in ten secondary children suffer with a diagnosable mental health disorder. 
West Essex Mind aims to deliver Emotional Wellbeing Information courses to groups of 12 parent/carers in school premises across west Essex. 
The courses will run over a three-week period for 60 minutes each session. This will enable the charity to deliver 42 courses in one given year. 
The courses will take place during term times in the early evening and will be delivered by trained West Essex Mind facilitators with a potential audience of 524 parents/carers.


NORTH WEALD: Six suspected illegal immigrants held after lorry appeal

9.29am - 7th May 2015

SIX suspected illegal immigrants have been detained in Bedfordshire after police received a call from a person who said they were in the back of a lorry on the A414 at North Weald. 
Essex Police issued an appeal for information about a white lorry following the "distressed call" which was received at about 8.30am yesterday. 
Police investigations established the lorry had been in Ashford, Kent, at 7am yesterday. 
Police later issued a statement saying the lorry had been located by Bedfordshire Police and it was understood six people believed to be in the country illegally had been detained.


EPPING: Heart 'sculpture' to be launched

9.26am - 6th May 2015

A 'HEART sculpture' which is raising money for the Heart of Epping appeal at St John's Church, Epping, will be officially launched at the church's open day on Saturday (May 9). 
Some 500 ceramic hearts are being planted outside the church to form a gigantic heart. 
Town mayor Barbara Scruton will be at the church at 11am to plant the final heart and to officially open the installation. Hearts are available for a minimum donation of £5. 
Each will be numbered so the 'sponsor' can claim their heart when the sculpture is finished. 
Hearts can be reserved by emailing office@eppinganglicans.org.uk 
Heart fridge magnets will also be for sale at £2.
The open day - which runs from 10am until 4pm - will also see the church tower open with magnificent views across Epping and into London. 
Other attractions include a plant sale, bric-a-brac stall, refreshments and guided tours of the church leaving at 11.05pm and 2pm.


ROYDON: Children ready for polling day

8.12am - 6th May 2015

PUPILS at Roydon Primary School have been researching and learning about the world of politics ahead of the general election. 
Tomorrow their school will be turned into a polling station, but on this occasion for the children themselves. 
Head of School Gill Doyle said: "Our Year 6 pupils have been looking into manifestoes and policies of the main political parties so they can make an informed choice. "They will then deliver their findings in assembly, talking about their preferred policies. 
"We will hold our own election. It will be fascinating to see if our results match the real outcome. 
"This process has highlighted democracy and how elections work. The more we can bring real life into the school at a level they can understand, the better. These are the citizens of the future. 
"I have already had some very deep debates with some of the children who have formed very strong political views through this work."


CHIGWELL: Two men arrested over tractor theft

8.10am - 6th May 2015

TWO men were arrested within hours of a tractor being stolen in Chigwell. 
Officers were called at 4.30pm on Saturday after the vehicle was taken from a farm in the High Road. 
A witness saw the vehicle being driven away, dialled 999 and followed the tractor towards Lambourne End where it was left parked in a restaurant car park. 
A man who had been driving the tractor then left in a van driven by another man. 
An extensive search was carried out by officers and the van was later seen in the Abridge area at about 6.20pm. 
It was stopped a few minutes later at Stapleford Abbotts. 
Two men were arrested on suspicion of theft of a vehicle. 
A 37-year-old man, from Hutton, and a 41-year-old man, from Romford, have been bailed until July 4 pending further enquiries.


WOODFORD GREEN: Hospice chosen as charity partner

3.42pm - 4th May 2015

HAVEN House Hospice is the charity partner for the Financial Ombudsman Service (Ombudsman) based in Canary Wharf. 
The hospice was selected by Ombudsman employees to embark on a two-year partnership. 
Money raised by various staff fundraising activities will help support the hospice's work with life-limited and life-threatened children and families. 
Hospice chief executive Mike Palfreman said: "We rely heavily on the support of our local business community to help us meet the day-to-day costs of running the hospice. "The services we provide are free to our children and families and so we really need the support of organisations like Ombudsman to help us to continue our vital work."
Caroline Wayman, chief executive and chief ombudsman, said: "Haven House is a charity that makes a real difference to the families it supports in our local community so it's a privilege to announce that we'll be working together in the coming years to celebrate and raise money for the incredible work they do. 
"I'm proud our staff have chosen to recognise the importance of that work and I'm looking forward to seeing all my colleagues getting stuck in to raise some much needed cash for this amazing charity."


WALTHAM ABBEY: Woman cut free from car

3.40pm - 4th May 2015

A WOMAN has been cut free from a vehicle following a single-vehicle collision in Waltham Abbey. 
Fire crews from Waltham Abbey and Loughton were called to Highbridge Street at about 12.10pm today.
They took about half-an-hour to release the woman who was left in the care of the ambulance service.


BUCKHURST HILL: Future evening Community Cinema planned

8.40am - 4th May 2015

BUCKHURST Hill Parish Council is planning a further evening Community Cinema screening following the success of its first evening film, 'Grand Budapest Hotel'. 
The council had previously held three film screenings for children but decided to add the evening film to a fourth afternoon screening held on Saturday, April 25. 
Recreation and community committee chairman councillor Hale Wheeler said: "We have previously shown films during the daytime but were pleasantly surprised by how good the turnout was for our first evening film. 
"The feedback on our choice of film was good so we will definitely look at how the Community Cinema can continue to meet the obvious demand for an evening cinema experience close to home." 
The council welcomes suggestions for films to be shown at the Community Cinema for future afternoon and evening performances, both of which are free to Buckhurst Hill residents.


WALTHAM ABBEY: Youngsters retain baking title

8.38am - 4th May 2015

WALTHAM Abbey Youth 2000's cookery club WAY 2 COOK, has retained its bake-off title at a competition run by the Essex Boys and Girls Clubs in Chelmsford.
Eight youngsters represented the Waltham Abbey charity and participated in the individual competitions and activities. 
The main event was the 'Showstopper Cake' which saw the WAY2000 team show off their two cakes which had taken three-and-a-half hours to bake and decorate. 
WAY 2 COOK were judged as the overall winners for a second successive year. WAY 2 COOK was launched in June 2013 with the help of a grant from Awards For All, part of the National Lottery. 
Many young people have participated and learnt to cook a wide variety of dishes both savoury and sweet but focusing on healthy eating impressing visitors and their families. 
The club is normally held on Tuesdays (5.30pm-7.30pm) at its base in Brooker Road, 
Anyone aged 11 to 16 wishing to participate in the club should email Elaine Fletcher at elainefletcherway2000@googlemail.com
are limited with places allocated on a first come, first served basis.


DISTRICT: Change to waste and recycling collections

8.34am - 4th May 2015

MANY residents across the district will see changes to their waste and recycling collections with collections no longer taking place on Mondays.
New calendars and more information are being posted to every household as Epping Forest District Council and contractor Biffa make the changes from May 12. 
Bank Holiday Monday catch-ups will be a thing of the past as Biffa staff work longer hours between Tuesdays and Fridays with no collections at all on a Monday. 
A council spokesman said: "Even if your collection day stays the same, the time is likely to change. The end of collections on Monday will have a knock-on effect for everyone. So if you are used to seeing the dustmen later in the day, be warned that they may start to collect your refuse and recycling earlier in the morning. Put your rubbish out by 7am at the latest to ensure you don't miss them. 
"The basic collection method won't change. Biffa will still collect garden and kitchen waste weekly in our green-lidded wheelie bins. We will continue to collect glass in blue boxes and dry recycling such as paper, plastics and cardboard in your clear sacks and your residual waste in the black-lidded wheelie bin fortnightly." 
An additional move will see more items able to be recycled. 
The spokesman said: "We are also going to collect textiles, batteries - not car batteries - and small electrical items, such as radios, toasters and hairdryers, as part of the new kerbside service. Just leave them in a tied up carrier bag in front of your bin. Textiles will be collected on your clear sack recycling week. 
"Electrical equipment will be collected on your black wheelie bin week." 
A brand new fleet of refuse vehicles equipped with the latest technology is on the way. 
Recycling vehicles will have separate containers so one lorry can collect blue box glass and clear sack dry recycling at the same time.
It will mean fewer vehicles are needed which is good news for reducing traffic congestion, pollution and fuel costs, as well as increasing efficiency. 
Vehicles will also be fitted with satellite trackers so the council knows where each one is on its route at any time during the day, allowing the council to identify 'missed collections'. 
Vehicles will carry 360-degree cameras to monitor the safety of the crew, the progress of the vehicle and the placement of bins at the kerbside, as well as hand-held devices to record issues such as contamination. 
The district's recycling rates have been consistently around 60 per cent putting the council in the top-ten in England. In addition to the online collection timetables, there is information about how to reduce, reuse and recycle on the council website. 
Residents can also email erefuse@eppingforestdc.gov.uk for help or ring the council on 01992 564068.


CHIGWELL: Neighbour hurt after disturbing burglars

2.16pm - 1st May 2015

A 70-YEAR-OLD neighbour suffered cuts and bruises when she was pushed over by burglars who she disturbed outside a house in Chigwell. 
Police are appealing for witnesses to the burglary and assault which happened in Courtland Drive at about 6pm yesterday (Thursday). 
Three men broke into the property by smashing a rear door. They made a messy search and it is not yet known what was stolen. They were disturbed by a neighbour and left the house. 
A police spokesman said that as they were leaving, they knocked the 70-year-old neighbour over, causing her to suffer cuts and bruises. 
The suspects then drove off in a metallic blue saloon style car. Anyone who saw a car matching the description or who has any information about the incident should ring DS Eileen Mullins at Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


CHIGWELL: School's Young Musician of the Year

10.31am - 1st May 2015

THIRTY-eight Chigwell School musicians took part in this year's Young Musician of the Year competition.
The competition ran throughout the day with ten finalists, four junior students and six senior, performing in the finalists concert in the evening. 
The junior section was won by Lucas Abrami-Gill (voice) with Zachary Edwards (piano) highly commended. 
The senior section was won by Gopal Kambo (piano) with James Botcher (tenor) highly commended. 
The adjudicator was Jeffery Wilson, a composer, performer and teacher, who currently divides his teaching between the Royal Military School of Music, Cambridge University and the Junior Guildhall. 
The school's Director of Music, Howard Ebden, described the students as "simply stunning". 
He added: "The musicians displayed some sheer brilliance at times, transcending, touching and engaging the listener through a beauty of lyrical lines and technical control. Sitting listening to these young musicians is the best job anyone can have." 
He added: "A sincere thank you to all the music staff and instrumental teachers in the school and a particular special mention to Mr Simon Winters for his wonderful accompaniments through the day (numbering a staggering 62 pieces)." 



BUCKHURST HILL: Council holding Annual Parish Assembly

10.26am - 1st May 2015

BUCKHURST Hill Parish Council's Annual Parish Assembly will be held at Buckhurst Hill Library, Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, at 8pm on Thursday, May 14. 
The Assembly gives residents the chance to put forward ideas and suggestions for future projects and to speak with councillors about any issues within the parish that are of concern or that they need assistance with. 
Council chairman Aniket Patel will give a report on the council's work over the last year. 
Reports will also be given by the council's committee chairmen and representatives from local voluntary organisations. 
The meeting will also see the presentation of a cheque for £1,000 to the Alzheimer's Society - the chairman's chosen charity. 
The money was raised at last Christmas's Queens Road Market.


LOUGHTON: Allotments open day

10.24am - 1st May 2015

LOUGHTON Town Council is holding an Open Day at the Willingale Road allotments on Saturday, May 16 (10am until noon). 
Local residents can go along and find out more about the benefits of renting an allotment plot - healthy exercise, grow your own fresh fruit, herbs and vegetables and a place to make new friends. 
Quality plants, ideal for summer bedding displays, patio containers and/or hanging baskets will be on sale with profits going to the mayor's charity fund. 
Refreshments will be served.