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ONGAR: Lifesaver receives Citizen of the Year award

9.21pm - 27th April 2017

AN off-duty firefighter who saved the life of a footballer who suffered a heart attack has been presented with Ongar Town Council's Citizen of the Year award. 
Terry Hughes received his award from town council chairman Jim Browning at tonight's annual town meeting. 
David Burke was in the showers at the Jubilee Pavilion, Love Lane, having played for Newport Over-45 Veterans against Ongar Veterans last November when he collapsed. 
He can remember nothing more about the drama until he woke up in Basildon University Hospital with his wife and stepdaughter at his bedside. 
The drama happened the day after his 56th birthday. 
He was placed in an induced coma for 48 hours and spent five days in hospital. He had six stents inserted and is now feeling fine. 
Mr Burke, who lives in Saffron Walden, met his lifesaver, Mr Hughes, for the first time when Ongar MP Sir Eric Pickles visited the Jubilee Pavilion in February to officially launch a new defibrillator which is now accessible on the outside of the pavilion 24 hours a day.
Mr Hughes was in a neighbouring changing room when Mr Burke collapsed. 
A London firefighter based at Leyton, Mr Hughes had undertaken a spell working as a co-responder and immediately knew what to do. 
Speaking to Everything Epping Forest at the launch of the defibrillator, Mr Hughes recalled: "Someone came running in saying 'does anyone do first aid, we've got a collapsed player in the next dressing room'.
"I just did it. I went in there. He wasn't breathing and didn't look well. I checked his breathing and commenced CPR until the ambulance arrived." 
Mr Hughes, who lives in Ongar, was assisted by Matt Kent who kept Mr Burke's airway clear. 
Mr Hughes added: "The ambulance was here pretty quick and they put the defibrillator on him straight away." 
Thanking Mr Hughes for saving his life, Mr Burke told Everything Epping Forest: "These things aren't planned and when they do happen you're totally dependent on someone nearby knowing what they are doing.
"At the time my team wasn't so sure what to do, they were in shock. Somebody who wasn't from our club coming in with the knowledge has made a massive difference. It could have been the difference between life and death. We had the right person at the right time."
* No nominations were received by the town council for the Young Citizen of the Year award.

PICTURE: Terry Hughes receives Ongar Town Council's Citizen of the Year award from council chairman Jim Browning CLICK HERE

   

#EEF999LIVE: EPPING: Four man arrested over Boots break-in

UPDATED 6.25pm - 27th April 2017

POLICE say perfume worth a four figure sum was stolen in a break-in at the Boots store in Epping. 
Four men - aged 32, 42 and 43, from Harlow, and a 37-year-old man from Saffron Walden - were arrested on suspicion of burglary and remain in custody at Harlow Police Station following a police operation today.
Glass in the front door and smashed before glass display cabinets were also smashed. 
The break-in is believed to have happened between 6pm on Monday and 7.20am on Tuesday. 
Anyone who may have witnessed the burglary or saw a silver Vauxhall Astra in the area is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Neale Parker at Harlow CID on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 101.

3.02pm - 27th April 2017

FOUR men have been arrested in connection with a break-in at the Boots store in Epping High Street.
A police operation today has resulted in the men - aged 32, 38, 42 and 43, and all from the Harlow area - being arrested on suspicion of burglary. 
They are currently being held in custody at Harlow Police Station. Entry was gain when glass in front door was smashed. 
Police say a "messy" search was carried out with glass cabinets containing perfumes and fragrances smashed.

   

#EEF999LIVE: EPPING: Four man arrested over Boots break-in

3.02pm - 27th April 2017

FOUR men have been arrested in connection with a break-in at the Boots store in Epping High Street.
A police operation today has resulted in the men - aged 32, 38, 42 and 43, and all from the Harlow area - being arrested on suspicion of burglary. 
They are currently being held in custody at Harlow Police Station. Entry was gain when glass in front door was smashed. 
Police say a "messy" search was carried out with glass cabinets containing perfumes and fragrances smashed.

   

LOUGHTON: MP tours school's Sixth Form facilities

3.02pm - 27th April 2017

THE purpose-built facilities for Sixth Form students at Debden Park High School have been praised by Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing. 
Mrs Laing was given a tour of The Hive building when she visited the Willingale Road school with county councillor and vice-chairman of governors Valerie Metcalfe. 
Mrs Laing was shown round by the school's executive head boys and head girls and was also accompanied by Executive Headteacher Christian Cavanagh, Head of School Helen Gascoyne, Chairman of Governors James Lillingston and Director of Sixth Form Hayley Martin-Burns. 
Mrs Laing said: "I was delighted to be shown around The Hive and to have the opportunity to meet many of the Sixth Form students who are making good use of these wonderful facilities. 
"The battle to get the sixth form consortium for the four schools up and running took many years. 
"There were several obstacles to be overcome and I would like to pay tribute to the teachers and headteachers who have had the vision and the energy to make it work. 
"The project would not have succeeded if it had not been for the driving force of county councillor Valerie Metcalfe. She deserves great praise for her determination and dedication to improving educational opportunities for all the children of our area. 
"I am delighted to see how well the new Sixth Form is working and to hear directly from the students how much they are enjoying their studies.” 
Head of School Helen Gascoyne said: “We were delighted to show off our impressive bespoke Sixth Form building to Eleanor Laing and to thank her for her support in enabling us to get the building. It has made the world of difference to our students and they are now flourishing in this professional environment.”
Executive Head Girl Eleanor Davies said: “As Sixth Form students at Debden Park we knew we would continue to receive an excellent education when we chose to carry on our studies here. 
"We are very grateful both to Mrs Laing and to Mrs Metcalfe, our Vice-Chair of Governors, for the work they put in to help make the school’s vision a reality.
"The building is exclusively for the use of the sixth formers and it is a privilege to study and be successful in such an outstanding environment.”
The Hive gets its name from the school motto 'It is all about the Bs' - which include Be Proud, Be Involved, Be Challenged, Be Inspired and Be Exceptional. 
The building was opened for the start of the last academic year, and was officially opened last October by Mrs Metcalfe. 
The Hive, just yards from the main school building, was 'delivered' as a 'made to measure' structure which the school describes as a 'Tardis'. 
Relatively small-looking from the outside, the two-storey building has eight classrooms as well as a students' common room and independent study space, plus offices and toilets.

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Stephen Murray, Independent councillor and long-serving local school teacher: As a teacher in this area for 36 years I am furious about this gloss our MP is taking. She has said nothing about the role of Loughton Residents Association county councillor Chris Pond in achieving the sixth forms. It was a key role along with the campaigns over the years by the schools themselves to get back their sixth forms.
Nothing about the fact that it was a Conservative government and county council who took the sixth forms off us in the first place, and no apology for this educational vandalism which denied most local secondary schools here in Epping Forest sixth forms for very nearly 30 years. 
And most importantly, nothing about the funding crisis facing most schools here in Epping Forest with secondary schools having to curtail their curriculums and make staff redundant.

   

DISTRICT: Chief executive leaving St Clare Hospice

9.11am - 27th April 2017

TANYA Curry is leaving her position as chief executive of St Clare Hospice. 
Ms Curry, who joined St Clare in 2008 as Director of Patient Care, has been at the head of the organisation since 2011. 
She leaves to form her own consultancy business specialising in the charity and healthcare sector. 
She said: “It is with mixed emotions that I stand down at the end of April. It has not been an easy decision to make after eight years at St Clare - an organisation that I love. But it is with happiness and pride that I look back on all that the team has achieved and the huge strides the organisation has taken over the past decade. 
“When I came to St Clare in 2008 we cared for around 400 people a year at our centre in Hastingwood. We now care for more than 1,800 people every year, both in the hospice and across the west Essex community. 
"One of my proudest achievements has been the establishment of our Community services, including Hospice at Home, which has enabled us to care for so many more people in the comfort of their own homes.” 
She added: “The hardest part about saying goodbye to St Clare will be leaving behind the opportunity to meet inspiring and incredibly brave people every single day. Our patients, their families, our staff and volunteers. 
"Every day has brought the opportunity to be part of the St Clare family. I am humbled to have been given that privilege.” 
St Clare Hospice chairman Patrick Foster said: “On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Tanya for all she has achieved in her time as Chief Executive. 
"Tanya has brought St Clare into an era characterised by professionalism and efficiency. The result of this, and Tanya’s dedication, has been to continually grow St Clare’s services, enabling us to help four times as many people as we did in 2008." 
Ms Curry's replacement is Sarah Thompson who joins St Clare from St Joseph’s Hospice in east London where she is currently Director of Fundraising and Engagement.

   

WALTHAM ABBEY: King Harold memorial stone restored

5.18pm - 26th April 2017

THE King Harold memorial stone at the Abbey Church has been restored with a new inscription. 
The monument is the focus for the annual memorial event commemorating the death of Harold on October 14, organised by the King Harold Day Society. 
Conservation company Bakers of Danbury undertook the original work in 1964 and have donated and carried out the restoration on the new inscribed plaque. 
The monument was originally installed in the churchyard in 1964 by Rev'd Dick Darby. It is a block of rough granite with one small polished space with the inscription 'Harold, King of England-obit 1066'. 
The block in front of the memorial stone, with the inscription 'This stone marks the position of the high altar behind which King Harold is said to be buried 1066', has been cleaned. 
This marks the spot of the altar, when the church was being rebuilt in the later 12th century, so is not connected to the church Harold built. 
On Saturday and Sunday, May 13 and 14, Waltham Abbey will be the focus for an archaeological dig by University College London’s Institute of Archaeology and the West Essex Archaeological Group.
As a community dig, volunteers will help to undertake test evaluations within the orchard area of the Abbey Gardens. 
The digs will investigate the building of the great monastic church of the 13th century and the Tudor house built in the church grounds following the dissolution of the monastery in 1540. 
As well as providing training for volunteers in archaeological techniques, the dig aims to increase awareness of the importance of the church to the public who are welcome to watch the digs taking place.
The digs are licenced by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority as part of its 50th anniversary events. This is all part of the 950th anniversary events commemorating the death of King Harold at the Battle of Hastings. 
The events have been made possible by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to a partnership led by Epping Forest District Museum.

   

LOUGHTON: Two charities to benefit from fun run

5.16pm - 26th April 2017

TWO charities will be supported by runners taking part in the Loughton Town Council fun run. 
The eighth annual run, following a course of under three miles, starts and finishes at the Roding Valley recreation ground (by the tennis courts). 
This year's event, on Sunday, May 14, will support the Essex Air Ambulance and the Samaritans. 
Runners can register in advance by ringing 020 8508 4200 or downloading the application form from the council's website www.loughton-tc.gov.uk
Runners of all ages, as well as well-behaved dogs, are invited to take part. 
Entry costs £10 for adults (£5 for children and students). 
There is a £20 family entry fee for one adult and more than two children.

   

WALTHAM ABBEY: Mayor opens new-look McDonald's

4.58pm - 25th April 2017

THE new-look McDonald's restaurant on the Highbridge Retail Park has been officially reopened by Waltham Abbey Mayor Helen Kane. 
Mrs Kane joined local franchisee John Loizou for the occasion which follows a major digital makeover at the restaurant. 
Mrs Kane, who was accompanied by councillors Glynis Shiell, Syd Stavrou, Sam Kane and Liz Webster, met staff who gave them an insight into how the restaurant operates, as well as the training and development opportunities available for employees. 
Councillor Kane said: “It was clear to see how the vast investment has improved this restaurant but I would also like to congratulate the management of this store for their enthusiasm and commitment on their excellent record of training and contribution to local employment. 
"Over the past few years more than 80 young apprentices have graduated through this restaurant and I'm sure everybody would agree this shows a fantastic commitment to employing and investing in local people. 
"I would like to thank John and his team for showing my fellow town councillors and I around this landmark restaurant located in the highly regarded Highbridge Retail Park. 
"We were impressed by the new technology, but mostly were pleased to hear about reducing the salt and fat in the menu. 
"These changes and their eco-friendly draining system benefit their customers and the community. We wish them the best of luck.”
 John Loizou has been a franchisee for more than 17 years, owning and operating five restaurants including the one at Highbridge Retail Park. 
He said: "We were thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome Helen to the restaurant. 
"We are very proud of the hard work we’ve been putting in to ensure that we provide the best possible service every day to our customers, and I am dedicated to continue investing in Waltham Abbey.”

   

NORTH WEALD: Developer promises to listen to villagers over plans

8.09am - 25th April 2017

THE chairman of the developer behind proposals for a Garden Village-type development in North Weald has promised to listen to local people and incorporate their views in the planning application. 
Quinn Estates chairman Mark Quinn told parish councillors: "I want to create something that you and I can be proud of." 
Quinn Estates is about to launch full public consultation over plans for up to 700 homes on the North Weald Golf Club site off Rayley Lane.
Quinn Estates describes its 'North Weald Park' proposals as a "once in a generation opportunity to create a mixed use development with an incredible sporting and education legacy for Essex and Epping Forest district". 
Some 100 acres are included in the project which proposes private and affordable housing (40 per cent of the total number of properties), a new home for North Weald Scouts as well as facilities for other local sporting clubs - Epping Youth Football Club and United Karate Association - in addition to a potential education hub and 18.5-hectare country park. 
The site also has potential for a primary and grammar / specialist secondary school, medical facilities - such as a GP surgery - and retail outlets. 
Mr Quinn, who gave a presentation on the proposals to North Weald parish councillors last night, said: "I'm not going to come in here and tell people what I'm going to do. We want to listen. It's up to you (the council) to come back and say what you want.
"All I want to do is get the best scheme possible for North Weald Bassett. I need you to tell me what you want."
Mr Quinn added: "I love the scheme because I like schemes that make sense. We're taking a site that's not viable in its previous use (as a golf course). 
"Thousands of children will benefit from the sporting facilities, there's a new scout hall. We've already starting (to get comments) and want to hear more. 
"Help us. I want to create something that you and I can be proud of. I will do what I say. I will do everything I can not to let you down.
"Consultation is massively important to us. The more people we get involved and tell us what they want, the better the scheme we can achieve."

   

LOUGHTON: College launches 'Fruity Friday'

3.28pm - 24th April 2017

EPPING Forest College has introduced 'Fruity Friday' which offers a free piece of fruit to students and staff.
College principal Saboohi Famili said: “It’s very important to us to ensure we look after our staff and students. 
"We have been able forge links with a local fruit and vegetable store who support us with organic and fresh fruit and this has been very welcomed by staff and students alike."
The college has a variety of initiatives around health and well-being and strongly believes in the power of kindness. 
Chair massages, live piano playing in the foyer every morning, free and discounted gym membership and the 'Free Hug Friday' are among the activities that aim to promote the health and well-being of staff and students. 
The college has also held a Free Hug Friday, as part of its ongoing Kindness initiative campaign, when principal Saboohi Famili and management staff wore Free-Hug T-shirts, welcomed staff and students and offered Free Hugs accompanied by relaxing piano music. 
Ms Famili said: "The atmosphere and ethos of our organisation is improved immensely as a result of our #BelieveInKindness initiative.
"We strongly believe in the healing power of kindness and promote that in everything we do. 
"Students and staff feel motivated, cared for and valued and this will enhance our productivity and results in a better learning experience for our learners and a much better working environment for our staff."

   

EPPING: Second community cinema details

3.24pm - 24th April 2017

THE Epping at the Movies volunteer-run community cinema project is holding its second screening day on Sunday (April 30). 
The day will feature The Aristocats (U) at 11.30am; Singin’ in the Rain (U) at 2.30pm and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (12A) at 6.15pm. 
Snacks and drinks will be provided by The Little Kitchen, and The Little Brown Shed.
Film titles will soon to be announced the third screening date, on Saturday, June 3. 
Monthly screenings will then resume in September. 
The team is always looking for volunteers to help promote and run future events as well as local businesses keen to support the project. 
All showings are at Epping Hall, St John’s Road, Epping. 
Tickets cost £5 for adults (£2 for children aged under 16).

   

LOUGHTON: College students to build house

1.34pm - 24th April 2017

EVERY aspect of housebuilding is being covered in a new construction project launched at Epping Forest College. 
The House project is a cross-curriculum, department-wide initiative which will see students using the knowledge gained in the classroom into practice in a live building development. 
Tutor Peter Newton said: "The Electrical Installation Level 1 learners are the main contractors and we will be sub-contracting both the plumbing and bricklaying learners to complete this project. "The project is to 'build' a one-room house in the college's workshop. 
"The bricklayers are to build five walls adjacent to the plumbing area, at the bottom of the staff staircase in the construction department. 
"In addition, the Electrical Installation Level 1 students are to install all the electrical fittings and cabling, and then we will test and commission the project, just as you would a new house." 
He added: "We hope the project will show how the different trades work together on-site and will show why we need the theory lessons to become a qualified electrician, plumber and bricklayer."
College principal Saboohi Famili said: "The construction industry is a key area of growth for our local and regional economy and the college is well placed to serve the employers within the area. 
"With Brexit looming it is our duty to ensure that we are prepared to grow our British workforce for this industry and our innovative, knowledgeable dual qualified staff provide our learners with real-life experiences at all times. 
"The college's House project is just one of many examples of the superb work of the construction team at Epping Forest College."

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WALTHAM ABBEY: Cash prizes at Cavalcade of Light

3.42pm - 22nd April 2017

IT may only be April but plans are already in hand for Waltham Abbey Town Council's Cavalcade of Light - the start of the festive season in the town - with cash prizes being offered for the first time to the best entrants. 
The town council will present a £1,000 prize to the best float entry and £500 to the best pedestrian entry at this year's event, on Friday, November 24. 
Town Mayor Helen Kane said: "The Cavalcade of Light is always a wonderful spectacle and a great start to the Christmas period with the procession and the switching on of the lights outside the town hall. 
"The town council has decided to offer prizes to the best entries - floats and on foot - and hopes that many more organisations and individuals will enter in the festive spirit and dress up. 
"We have launched the Cavalcade of Light much earlier this year to give people extra time to decide on their theme and outfits - and we look forward to seeing people turn out in even greater numbers than usual to help make the event even better this year." 
Entry forms are available from Waltham Abbey Town Council, Town Hall, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey, or by emailing sarah.colley@walthamabbey-tc.gov.uk

   

LOUGHTON: Hate Crime highlighted

9.59am - 22nd April 2017

STUDENTS at Epping Forest College have been able to learn more about Hate Crime and the support available for victims. 
Essex Police visited the Borders Lane college to offer special training to students, including Peer Mentors.
The training was designed to identify and support victims of Hate Crime by giving the participant knowledge of what the offences are, the different areas of Hate Crime and support available throughout the Epping Forest area. 
Student Zac Grego said: "As a student ambassador we are taking part in a week-long awareness-raising campaign to bring about the importance of being savvy and alert in an environment where hate crime, radicalisation and extremism is rife." 
College principal Saboohi Famili said: "In light of recent terrorist attacks both in London and Austria we are very aware that it is important that we bring to the attention of our learners how the devious operation of extremists work. 
"We are keen to ensure learners are given an opportunity to understand the risks they face in being the victims of grooming to become radicalised and found the support from Essex Police to highlight the dangers and nature of hate crime for our learners." 
She added: "The safety and wellbeing of our learners is of utmost importance to us and we would like to make sure they are fully aware that the dangers of radicalisation, extremism and being lured to conducting acts of violence is a real threat in our modern society. 
"The college takes its PREVENT duties very seriously and this visit by Essex Police is part of a mix of activities to raise awareness among staff and students."

   

LOUGHTON: College staff praised for turnaround efforts

12.30am - 22nd April 2017

THE efforts of staff in transforming Epping Forest College following a critical Ofsted inspection have been highlighted following a visit from the Education and Training Foundation. 
A report praises the contribution being made by staff and highlights the "huge amount of goodwill and energy" being given by staff to turn the situation around. 
The report adds a staged approach for improvement is required over the next two years with "a persistent focus on positive learner outcomes and commitment to the wellbeing of all staff". 
Principal Saboohi Famili, who has been in post for six months, is praised for having effected "immediate and effective change to address all areas of concern". 
The Quality Improvement Plan and Financial Recovery Plan are detailed and appropriately challenging with Ms Famili, the College Leadership Team and Board determined and passionate about providing a quality learning environment for young people and employers. 
The report adds that Ms Famili is inspiring staff and learners by driving change based on a 'don't walk by' culture.
Staff are being empowered to change things that are not working and are supported to take appropriate risks. 
Decisions are made based on assessment of risks and balancing the impact against a culture of innovation and high expectation. 
Ms Famili provides her team with a clear outline for expected outcomes and enables staff to find the best way to deliver them. 
She also supports and encourages staff through coaching strategies and drives up the pace of improvement through leading by example, the report states. 
The Education and Training Foundation also noted the college's increasing engagement with stakeholders - learners, Union, staff, parents, funders, local and national government, employers and local enterprise partnerships. 
And the report also notes the "considerable work" undertaken to improve the quality of teaching, learner tracking and financial transparency. 
The college is now focusing on four niche areas for delivery - Health and Social Care, Construction, Sport, Creative Arts and Performing Arts. 
College principal Saboohi Famili said: "We are delighted that expert views of our colleagues within the sector recognise the significant efforts that has been affected to influence the pace of change and result in the success of our learners. 
"We remain determined and resolved on our no-nonsense yet supportive approach in addressing the shortcomings of our provision and work hard to ensure the successes that are observed and rightly attributed are consistently visible throughout our provision. 
"The learners remain at the heart of everything that we do and Epping Forest College is proud to be able to prove the value that it adds to the communities that we serve."

   

EPPING: Town council presents awards

11.42pm - 21st April 2017

THE chairman of the Epping in Bloom group has received Epping Town Council's Townsperson of the Year award.
Victoria Robertson received her award from Town Mayor Les Burrows at the council's civic reception this evening.
Mrs Robertson received several nominations for her work to help create a community spirit in the town through the various floral displays and green spaces which have become focal points throughout Epping - at the Tower Road Green and, more recently, at the Market Garden next to the Marks and Spencer store.
Mr Burrows said: "Through her love of gardening and Epping, she has inspired our school children to get involved with gardening projects and competitions. 
"She has designed, created and nurtured the Market Garden Terrace Community Garden and improved the grassy areas and flowers around Epping for everyone to enjoy. 
She has worked with St Margaret’s Hospital and Cunningham House to make their gardens a pleasure for staff, patients and residents." 
The award also recognises her work as a gardening volunteer at Copped Hall where she has designed various floral creations for its open days and special events. 
Mr Burrows added: "This lady loves Epping. She lives here and works here and is known by many. Her enthusiasm and energy is infectious. 
"Victoria epitomises the type of person that was envisaged by this award." 

A Community Award was presented to the Royal British Legion - Epping and District branch in recognition of its "outstanding contribution" to the town. 
Town Mayor Les Burrows said: "It is astonishing how many local groups and organisations work for the good of Epping and it was hard for councillors to pick just one amongst the many deserving. 
"There was one, however, which did stand out and without which our town would not be the same. 
"When the police decided not to manage the Remembrance Day parade two years ago, the group made sure this important tradition was upheld in the town. 
"They received so much support from the local community and it was a pleasure to see our residents come together in this way." 
The branch organises the Remembrance Services at St John’s Church, the war memorial and Commonwealth War Graves. 
Mr Burrows added: "They commemorate everyone who has been lost, including those from HMS Sickle and those in more recent conflicts. They tirelessly campaign and raise money for this great cause.
"Epping would not be the same without the Royal British Legion, Epping and District Branch." 
Mr Burrows remembered branch president Kevin Toole who died last month before presenting the award to branch secretary and Remembrance Day organiser John Duffell.

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DISTRICT: Youth councillors learn about Fearless project

10.06am - 21st April 2017

EPPING Forest youth councillors have met with Crimestoppers to talk about its Fearless project. 
Fearless is designed and developed to encourage and empower young people to make their community a safer place. 
Providing information and advice about crimes that might affect them, the Fearless website and associated resources look to challenge and stimulate debate whilst educating young people about the ways they can pass on information to Crimestoppers totally anonymously. 
The Fearless team aims to work closely with schools, communities and youth clubs. 
King Harold Academy youth councillor Regan Hughes-Franklin said: "It is so important that young people know they can report a crime and feel safe doing so anonymously. 
"Young people can be afraid of the repercussions of reporting incidents. It is good to know the police and Crimestoppers are there to help everyone." 
For more information about the Fearless project email Emily.larkin@crimestoppers-uk.org

   

LOUGHTON: Davenant ranked among country's best

9.44am - 21st April 2017

DAVENANT Foundation School has been nationally recognised for its exceptional 2016 performance by the Schools, Students and Teachers network (SSAT). 
Educational Outcomes data analysis from SSAT has shown that the school is in the top ten per cent of non-selective schools nationally for attainment. 
The school’s SSAT Educational Outcomes award will be presented at a regional celebration event held to draw attention to the work of high-achieving, improving and innovating schools and teachers. 
SSAT chief executive Sue Williamson said: ‘It is my great pleasure to commend Davenant Foundation School on their excellent 2016 performance, and to have the opportunity to highlight and share their great work at an SSAT Educational Outcomes celebration event. 
"We know how hard teachers work to ensure the professionalism, commitment and hard work of the leaders, teachers and students at Davenant Foundation School. 
"A big thank you and well done to the pupils, staff and governors." 
Headteacher Adam Thorne has thanked staff, students and parents for their work that led to the award.
He said: "We are very proud of our students and of what they have achieved. 
"Current Year 11 students, along with their teachers, are busy preparing for this year’s exams and we are sure this high level of excellence will continue into the future.”

   

VOTE 2017: MP "very pleased" about early General Election

11.26am - 19th April 2017

EPPING Forest MP Eleanor Laing says an early General Election is "the right way to provide stability" for the country following the EU Referendum. 
Mrs Laing, who will be contesting her sixth General Election having first been elected in 1997, told Everything Epping Forest she is "very pleased" at the Prime Minister's announcement to go for a June 8 election, three years earlier than scheduled. 
Mrs Laing said: "The country has been in a period of turmoil since the EU Referendum last summer and the right way to provide stability is to ask the people. 
"We are already on an election footing here in Epping Forest because we have very important county council elections in just two weeks and I am looking forward to that campaigning continuing for several more weeks." 
Mrs Laing added: "I have every confidence that the British people will chose a strong and decisive Conservative government to take us forward. That's what gives us the best hope and the best opportunity."
At each election since 1997, Mrs Laing has increased her majority, up to her current majority of 17,978 votes - when she polled 54.8 per cent of the total votes cast in 2015. 

Liberal Democrat Jon Whitehouse, who polled 16.1 per cent of the votes in 2015 (with 3,448 votes) told Everything Epping Forest, his party has yet to decide whether he will be standing again in Epping Forest.
He said: "We will formally select our candidate shortly but I certainly hope to be closely involved in the campaign, as candidate or otherwise." 
He added: "This election is a huge opportunity for voters in Epping Forest to change the direction of our country and ensure Britain has a decent opposition.
"Whichever side of the Referendum argument people were on, most did not vote for the extreme form of Brexit that Theresa May has imposed on us after being backed by Labour.
"The Liberal Democrats will campaign to protect our local economy by staying in the Single Market, back local schools by directing funds to them rather than the Conservatives' grammar school obsession, and tackle the NHS and social care crisis in Essex.
“The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservative Brexit Government and the only party fighting for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united.”

   

EPPING: Council launches new play equipment

7.16pm - 18th April 2017

NEW play equipment and an adult gym has been officially launched at the Frampton Road recreation ground by Epping Town Council. 
Mayor Les Burrows cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the new £38,700 facilities on Thursday. 
The new play area and two pieces of adult gym equipment have been provided thanks to funding from the town council as well as £15,000 in grant funding from Essex County Council's Community Initiatives Fund.
The Probus Club of Epping have provided a bench for the play area.
Mayor Les Burrows said: "We are delighted to be able to provide a new playground at Frampton Road with a wider variety of equipment for a range of ages. 
"Thank you to Essex County Council’s Community Initiatives Fund which provided £15,000 towards the project. 
"We are also very excited to bring the first adult exercise equipment to Epping. I do hope it will all be well used now that Spring is here."

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#EEF999LIVE: EXCLUSIVE: Man attacked and robbed of Rolex watch

6.19pm - 18th April 2017

A MAN says he fears for the safety of his family after he was attacked with a metal bar and robbed of his Rolex watch in Buckhurst Hill. 
The victim, who has asked that the exact location and his name are not identified, has told Everything Epping Forest that he was "battered" with the bar in the early hours of Sunday morning. 
Police say the 37-year-old victim was approached by three men who got out of a grey van, described by the victim as a VW Caddy-type vehicle, at 12.30am. 
He was struck across the legs with a metal pole by the men who demanded his watch. 
He handed over the steel Rolex Yachtmaster and they left in the van, driven by a fourth man, which drove off towards Woodford. 
The suspects are described as black, aged in their 30s, and of stocky build. 
They wore gloves and hooded tops. 
Anyone with any information should ring Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

   

BOBBINGWORTH: Parents' tribute to "fun loving" teenager

6.17pm - 18th April 2017

THE parents of Megan Harding-Jones, who died in a road crash on the A414 near Bobbingworth, have paid tribute to their "fun loving, vivacious" daughter. 
Megan, 18, of Kents Lane, North Weald, died after the VW Polo she was driving left the road near the Bobbingworth Mill junction shortly before 3.30am on Saturday. 
In a statement issued through Essex Police, Megan’s parents, Perry and Katharine, described Megan as "beautiful and much loved". 
The statement added: "Megan was a fun loving, vivacious teenager who was passionately devoted to equestrian life. 
"An accomplished and talented rider, Megan loved her horses and competed in local and national equestrian events. 
"Any words are inadequate to express the deep loss felt by Megan's family and friends at such a sad and difficult time. 
"With this in mind, the family hopes and trusts that their privacy will be respected in the days and weeks ahead.” 
Witnesses and anyone with dash cam footage or CCTV relevant to the collision are asked to ring the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01245 240590 or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk

   

THEYDON BOIS: Police name crash victim

6.14pm - 18th April 2017

POLICE have named the motorcyclist who died following a collision with two cars on the B172 in Theydon Bois on Sunday, April 9, as Ernie Sales Payne, 64, from Hatfield. 
Ernie’s family said: "He will be sadly missed by his three children, family and friends.” 
Witnesses to the collision or anyone with information are asked to ring the serious collision investigation unit on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

   

DISTRICT: Hospice run raises over £8,000

8.35am - 18th April 2017

MORE than 300 runners took part in the St Clare Hospice 10k race which is expected to have raised over £8,000. 
The participants, including four wheelchair athletes, followed the course which started and finished at the Hastingwood hospice.
GB Paralympian Richard Chiassaro won the wheelchair race in 23mins 25secs. 
Richard, who competed in the Rio 2016 Paralympics and coaches the Harlow Wheelchair Racing Squad, finished with three other members of his Harlow-based squad - Joe Brazier (35mins 30secs), Adam Goldspink-Burgess (35mins 36secs) and Martin Pistorius (44mins 31secs). 
The winner of the men's race was Thomas Grimes (Orion Harriers) in 33 mins 54secs. 
He was followed by Afewerk Rosson (35mins 19secs), of Herts Phoenix AC, and Paul Scanlan (35mins 42secs) of Woodford Green AC. 
Lindsay Russell-Smith (Ware Joggers) won the womens race in 43mins 6secs with Alison Trauttmansdorff (Orion Harriers) second (43mins 24secs) and Carinne Jay (Harlow Running Club) third (43mins 47secs). 
St Clare Hospice's fundraising development manager Jamie Hooper said: "It was a brilliant day and, as ever, it was so humbling to witness the support shown by the hundreds of people who took part and volunteered.
"A huge congratulations to our wonderful runners and a massive thank you to them for contributing to an amazing amount raised for the hospice. 
"It is events like this that help to make St Clare the wonderful place that it is - and mean we can continue to care for local people and their families.” 
The full results are on the hospice's website www.stclarehospice.org.uk/news

   

#EEF999LIVE: Police pursuit along A414 after burglary

5.31pm - 17th April 2017

POLICE want to hear from anyone who saw a car being pursued by police between Epping and Ongar after a burglary in Epping. 
Police were contacted at 2.30pm today following reports of a burglary at a property in Lindsey Street.
Officers responding to the call began pursuing a dark-coloured Audi Q7 which is believed to be stolen and believed to have been used in connection with the burglary. 
The vehicle, which travelled at excessive speeds, was followed along the A414 from Epping to Ongar and then back towards Harlow. 
The vehicle was last seen heading down Weald Bridge Road, off the Talbot roundabout in North Weald.
Anyone who witnessed the pursuit, has dash cam footage or mobile phone footage or pictures, or who captured the vehicle registration plate, should ring PC Josh Haase at Harlow on 101 or email Joshua.haase@essex.pnn.police.uk

   

#EEF999LIVE: Four more motorbikes seized

4.28pm - 17th April 2017

SEVEN motorbikes have now been seized by police over the last two days following a crackdown today in North Weald. 
Four machines were seized in the village after police were alerted to reports of anti-social behaviour over the weekend. 
District Commander Chief Inspector Lewis Basford said the bikes were found hidden. 
Today's action by police follows the seizure of three motorbikes / scooters in Loughton yesterday. 
One of the seizures yesterday came after police stopped the rider and found he was riding without insurance. 
Police have vowed to continue to crackdown on anti-social behaviour and appeal to residents to continue to come forward with information about anti-social incidents involving motorbikes and scooters. 
District Commander Chief Inspector Lewis Basford, speaking yesterday, said: "Following concerns raised by residents across the Epping Forest district about the use of motorcycles linked to anti-social behaviour I took to social media to ask residents to send me photos and videos. 
"I have received great support and plans are in place to target those individuals responsible. My message is that those involved will be targeted and will be put before the courts." 
Anyone with any information can email EppingForestCommunityPolicingTeam@essex.pnn.police.uk

   

#EEF999LIVE: Man sprayed in face and robbed of car

3.22pm - 17th April 2017

A MAN was sprayed with a noxious substance and robbed of his car as he sat in the vehicle in Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill. 
The 43-year-old man from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, was sitting in his black VW Golf shortly before 6.50pm last night when he was approached by a man who sprayed a liquid into his eyes and told him to get out of the vehicle. 
The suspect then pushed him out of the car and drove off in it. 
Investigating officer Detective Constable Stephen Baker, of Loughton CID, said: "This was a nasty incident that has left the victim with serious facial injuries. 
"The robbery happened very quickly, so he was unable to give a detailed description of the suspect.
"However we believe the suspect arrived at the scene in another car and I am appealing for anyone who saw what happened, or has any information to please get in touch.” 
The suspect is described as black, aged between 17 and 25, and wearing a dark blue or black hooded top. 
Anyone with information is asked to contact Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

   

#EEF999LIVE: LOUGHTON: Police seize motorbikes

3.05pm - 17th April 2017

THREE motorbikes have been seized by police in Loughton after concerns were raised by local residents about bikes being ridden in an anti-social manner, sometimes with riders performing wheelies and riding without helmets. 
One of the bikes was seized after police stopped the rider and found he was riding without insurance.
Police are continuing to appeal to residents to come forward with information about anti-social behaviour involving motorbikes and scooters. 
District Commander Chief Inspector Lewis Basford said: "Following concerns raised by residents across the Epping Forest district about the use of motorcycles linked to anti-social behaviour I took to social media to ask residents to send me photos and videos. 
"I have received great support and plans are in place to target those individuals responsible." 
Two of the bikes seized yesterday were linked to an incident reported in the last 24 hours." 
Mr Basford added: "My message is that those involved will be targeted and will be put before the courts. "Anyone with information can contact me and my team by email at EppingForestCommunityPolicingTeam@essex.pnn.police.uk"

   

BOBBINGWORTH: Police appeal over fatal crash

UPDATED 3.51pm - 17th April 2017

Police have named the woman who died as Megan Harding-Jones, 18, of Kents Lane, North Weald.

3.01pm - 17th April 2017

POLICE are continuing to appeal for witnesses to a road crash on the A414 at Bobbingworth Mill in which an 18-year-old woman died. 
No other vehicle was involved in the incident which happened near the Bobbingworth Mill junction shortly before 3.30am on Saturday. 
The VW Polo left the road and came to rest in a field. 
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by ambulance staff. 
Next of kin have been informed. 
Witnesses and anyone with dashcam footage or CCTV are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01245 240590 or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk

   

ABRIDGE: Seven crews tackle restaurant blaze

8.08am - 15th April 2017

SEVEN fire crews have spent two hours dealing with a major blaze at a restaurant in Abridge. 
Firefighters arrived at about 5am to find the building in Market Place full of smoke and flames could be seen in the roof area. 
Passing police officers raised the alarm when they saw the smoke coming from the roof.
Crews from Loughton, Epping, Ongar, Waltham Abbey, Brentwood, Harlow and Hainault were on the scene. 
The road was shut so firefighters can deal with the blaze. 
The fire had been extinguished by 7am with crews remaining on the scene checking for any remaining hot spots. 
An investigation will take place to establish the cause of the fire.

   

DISTRICT: MP praises "thriving" businesses

7.10pm - 13th April 2017

EPPING Forest MP Eleanor Laing paid tribute to the district’s “thriving” businesses and entrepreneurs when she opened the Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce Business Fair. 
Dozens of businesses were represented at the event held at Theydon Bois Village Hall. 
Businesses manned stands in the main hall while business-related presentations were given throughout the day. 
Among the speakers were Epping Forest District Council cabinet member John Philip, who has responsibility for the District Local Plan, and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex Jane Gardner. 
Mrs Laing, who is Patron of Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce, said: “It’s really important not just to have individual businesses thriving but to bring businesses together to exchange ideas.” 
Mrs Laing praised the Chamber of Commerce and president Heather Thirtle for her work leading the organisation. 
Mrs Laing said: “It’s incredible to have such a concentration of vibrant businesses, entrepreneurs, hard-working companies and brilliant ideas. 
“I thank the Chamber of Commerce for the inspiration to put on this event and thank Heather for all the hard work that she has put into making the day such a success. 
“The Chamber of Commerce is a brilliant organisation.”

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NORTH WEALD: Developer to present 'Garden Village' proposals to parish council

3.09pm - 13th April 2017

INITIAL proposals for a 'Garden Village' development with up to 700 homes, exemplar new facilities for existing local sports clubs as well as the potential for a primary and grammar / specialist secondary school and retail outlets on land on the edge of North Weald village are to be presented to North Weald parish councillors.
The presentation will be given to councillors on Monday, April 24. 
The proposals for the North Weald Golf Club land, off Rayley Lane, are set to be put out for public consultation in May. Further details will be announced in due course. 
Quinn Estates has drawn up the 'North Weald Park' proposals which it describes as a "once in a generation opportunity to create a mixed use development with an incredible sporting and education legacy for Essex and Epping Forest district". 
Some 100 acres are included in the project which proposes private and affordable housing, a new home for North Weald Scouts as well as brand new facilities for other local sporting clubs in addition to a potential education hub and an 18-acre country park. 
Quinn Estates’ chairman Mark Quinn said: "We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to present details of our proposal to North Weald Bassett Parish Council. 
"North Weald Park is a sensitively designed project with the plans having been drawn up with the local community at the forefront of our thoughts. 
"We are very much looking to engage and work with the local community to deliver a bespoke and high quality development proposal. 
"North Weald Park would not only provide much-needed housing for the Epping Forest district, and North Weald in particular, but also purpose-built bases for local sporting organisations." 
He added: "We will shortly be undertaking our initial public consultation. We look forward to working with and for the North Weald community and hope local people will express their views so that we can work together with them and ensure that the whole area can benefit from what we are proposing." 

Quinn Estates will be providing regular updates throughout the consultation and planning application process.
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DISTRICT: Council to remember former councillor

3.57pm - 12th April 2017

THE death of former district and county councillor Michael Tomkins has been announced by Epping Forest District Council. 
Councillors will observe a minute's silence at the full council meeting on Tuesday, April 25, in tribute to Mr Tomkins who died on March 3.
He was also a county councillor for Chigwell and Loughton Broadway from 2005 to 2009. 
Mr Tomkins represented the Grange Hill Ward as a Conservative district councillor from 1988 until 1996 and served on many of the council’s various member bodies. 
He was also a county councillor for Chigwell and Loughton Broadway from 2005 until 2009.

   

SHEERING: Rod Stewart faces planning battle over pool house plan

8.57am - 12th April 2017

SIR Rod Stewart is facing a battle with Epping Forest District Council over plans for a "remarkably large" pool house at his Sheering mansion. 
The singer has submitted plans for a detached pool house in the walled gardens in the grounds of Durrington House in Sheering Lower Road. 
Concerns were raised over the proposals when discussions were held between district council planning officers and Sir Rod's planning agent before the application was submitted.
Documents submitted with the application state that planning officers consider that while the principle of a pool house within the walled garden is acceptable the proposed building is "remarkably large" and would harm the setting of the listed buildings and character of the space within the walled garden. 
Planners say that to lessen the impact, the walls should be no higher than the height of the garden wall. Under the current design proposals permission would likely to be refused, the document adds. 
Sir Rod's planning agent states: "Every attempt has been made to mitigate the visual impact of a new building within the walled garden whilst recognising the importance of the neighbouring heritage assets."
The application will be considered by Sheering Parish Council before a decision is taken by the district council.

   

ONGAR: Business talk to ladies group

3.36pm - 11th April 2017

THE founder of The Giggly Pig Company was the guest speaker at Ongar and Shelley Ladies Thursday Group's April meeting. 
Tracy Mackness recounted how she left school at 15 with no qualifications. 
Thanks to a few odd NVQs to become a qualified gym instructor and then decided to learn another trade - pigs. She passed her exams in pig husbandry, butchery and curing and decided to become a pig farmer, breeding and selling pork. 
Her success saw her win a Barclays Bank competition to help new businesses and she now has her own successful company breeding pigs, employing 22 staff and producing around 65 different flavoured sausages. 
The group's next meeting is the AGM and bring and buy sale at the Church Rooms, Castle Street, Ongar, at 8pm on Thursday, May 4.

   

#EEF999LIVE: Man faces child rape and Modern Slavery Act charges

5.57pm - 10th April 2017

A MAN has been charged with rape of a child aged under 13 and four offences under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 after police executed a warrant at an Epping car wash. 
Officers executed the warrant at a car wash in Bower Hill on Friday following information passed to them and the Community Safety Partnership by local residents. 
Following the warrant four Romanian children have been safeguarded.
Catalin-Florin Buica, 24, of Pennymead, Harlow, appeared before Chelmsford magistrates today. He was remanded until a future date.

   

#EEF999LIVE: Cocaine seized

5.55pm - 10th April 2017

COCAINE with an estimated street value of £5,000 has been seized by police at a property in Loughton.
Four teenaged boys have been arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.
Officers with the Force Support Unit forced entry to the property in Hogarth Reach when a warrant was executed yesterday afternoon. 
The boys, aged 15 and 16, from Loughton and Theydon Bois, have been released but remain under investigation. 
The incident is being investigated by the Operation Raptor team which is in place to disrupt and target individuals who try to use Essex as a place to supply controlled substances. 
District Commander Chief Inspector Lewis Basford said: "I'm pleased that continued activity in the area is bringing about positive results for the local community."

   

#EEF999LIVE: Motorcyclist dies in collision

8.13am - 10th April 2017

A 64-YEAR-OLD motorcyclist has died following a collision with two cars in Theydon Bois. 
The collision involving a white and black Lambretta motorbike, a silver Chrysler and a black BMW happened on the B172 shortly before 2pm yesterday. 
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. 
Witnesses or anyone with information should ring the serious collision investigation unit on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

   

DISTRICT: Hospice holding 'Go Bright' week

8.11am - 8th April 2017

ST Clare Hospice is calling on schools, businesses and community groups to take part in its first ‘Go Bright for St Clare’ campaign. 
The week-long campaign runs from Monday, May 22, until Sunday, May 28 with an array of ‘bright’ events being held for the hospice. 
Community fundraising lead Dani De’ath said: “‘Go Bright’ is all about supporting St Clare Hospice. 
"Our lovely, bright St Clare logo is all the colours of the rainbow and we want to celebrate the brightness and happiness that St Clare brings to the lives of our community by holding a week of bright, rainbow-coloured celebrations.” 
For more information and to download a free resource pack, visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk/event/go-bright-st-clare/, ring Dani on 01279 773738 or email dani@stclarehospice.org.uk

   

#EEF999LIVE: Police Profiles

4.17pm - 7th April 2017

#EEF999LIVE features 'pen pictures' on the police officers working across the Epping Forest district.

PCSO Louise Coveney 


Louise is one of seven Police Community Support Officers covering the Epping Forest district. 
Louise has been a PCSO in the local area for ten years and has twice received the Community Police Medal from Epping Forest District Council, the most recent being in 2015. 
Louise said: "I enjoy meeting people. No two days are ever the same. I enjoy the difference you can make talking to people, whether it's someone who needs help or someone who just wants directions." 

Sgt Jennie Morris 

Jennie is one of six Local Policing Team Sergeants covering the Epping Forest district. 
The Local Policing Team provide the initial response to emergency incidents 24 hours a day. 
Jennie has been a police officer for nine years. 
She moved to Epping Forest from Basildon in 2012. 
She lists "the apprehension of offenders" as the favourite part of her job along with "looking after our most vulnerable and protecting our most vulnerable and being visible wherever we can." 

PC Marc Arnold 

Marc is a member of the four-strong Operation Orion team which operates across the policing district targeting serious offenders. 
The team have made 100 arrests for serious offences since last October. Marc has been with Essex Police for 15 years. 
He said: "It gives me the opportunity to arrest the 'real' criminals, the serious offenders, and bring them to justice." 

PC Kathryn Selby 

Kathryn has been with Essex Police for seven years and has always been based in the west of the county (Harlow and Epping Forest). 
She moved onto the Community Policing Team two years ago. 
Kathryn is unit leader for the Epping Forest Police Cadets, a volunteer organisation for 13 to 18-year-olds. There are currently ten cadets with recruitment ongoing. 
She said: "Every day is different. You never know what you are going to go to which keeps you on your toes. I enjoy being out there speaking to members of the public." 

Sgt Lisa Cooke 

Lisa has been a police officer for 15 years. She joined Essex Police from Greater Manchester Police in 2007. She has been a Sergeant for three years. 
Lisa heads the local Community Policing Team of five PCs and seven PCSOs. 
She said: "I love being able to solve problems and give people assistance, develop the staff that work here, and I love being out and about in the community."

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EPPING: Repainting plan for war memorial

2.51pm - 7th April 2017

THE lettering on Epping's war memorial could be repainted, if Epping Town Council agrees to proceed with the project and funding can be obtained.
The council says grants from the War Memorials Trust are available for up to 75 per cent of the cost of the work, which is estimated to cost between £10,000 and £15,000.

   

EPPING: Rotary club presents awards

2.13pm - 7th April 2017

THE Rotary Club of Epping has presented its annual Service Above Self awards. 
Bill Towers, who has worked for Epping Town Council for some 30 years, was presented with the Service Above Self shield for his many years of service tending to the town's green areas, including the allotments, Jack Silley Pavilion, play areas and cemetery.
Club president Barbara Scruton, who presented the awards at a Rotary dinner held at Theydon Bois Golf Club on Tuesday, described Mr Towers as "a man who is always willing to help" and someone who "seems able to turn his hand to anything, and does it with a smile". 
Mr Towers has worked with seven Town Clerks and 30 different Town Mayors. 
Service Above Self certificates were presented to two students at Epping St John's School. David Castleman was recognised for his efforts in saving the life of a man who was in difficulties while swimming off the Norfolk coast last year while Ross Taylor received a certificate for raising over £2,000 for cancer research following the death of his grandfather from cancer. 
Mrs Scruton said: "'Service above Self’ is the Rotary motto that all Rotarians sign up to but we also recognise that there are many non-Rotarian residents who contribute to the betterment of our town. 
"The Epping Rotary Club ‘Service above Self’ award is presented annually to a resident that we feel deserves to be recognised for their service and I am sure I speak for all Epping residents when I say thank you Bill for his commitment and service to Epping and congratulations. 
"It is also a pleasure to recognise two young people for their acts of kindness and bravery."

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#EEF999LIVE: "Large quantity" of drugs seized

2.09pm - 7th April 2017

A "LARGE quantity" of crack cocaine and cocaine, a knife and cash has been seized by police following a "pro-active stop" in Valley Hill, Loughton. 
A 19-year-old man, from Loughton, has been charged with possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply, possession of a Class B drug and possession of a knife. 
He was detained following a "pro-active stop" by Loughton Local Policing Team officers. 
District Commander Chief Inspector Lewis Basford said: "This pro-active stop by uniformed officers in Loughton demonstrates that my team are out patrolling the area and identifying individuals such as this."

   

#EEF999LIVE UPDATE: Girl, 13, remains critical

8.57am - 7th April 2017

A 13-YEAR-OLD girl remains in a critical condition in hospital six days after an incident in Hillhouse, Waltham Abbey, involving the drug MDMA (Ecstasy). 
Another 13-year-old girl was also taken ill. She was discharged from hospital after treatment. 
Three boys, aged 17, 15 and 14, arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and GBH have been released by police pending further enquiries.

   

EPPING: Plaque plan for former magistrate

8.43am - 7th April 2017

A BLUE plaque commemorating former magistrate Sir William Addison could be placed on the apartments being built on the site of the former Epping Courthouse. 
Developer Marden Homes has told Epping Town Council that it will pay for the plaque. 
Sir William was a magistrate for more than 25 years, becoming a Justice of the Peace in 1949, and was chairman of the Epping and the Epping and Ongar Petty Sessions in 1955.
From 1959 he advised and sat on the Council of the Magistrates’ Association, later becoming its chairman from 1970 to 1976. 
In 1973 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Essex and was knighted in 1974 for services to public life. 
Sir William also wrote many books on Essex and East Anglia and owned a bookshop in Loughton High Road which is marked with a blue plaque which was installed by Loughton Town Council.

   

ONGAR: Pizzeria restaurant plan opposed

7.36am - 7th April 2017

PLANS to turn a hairdressers in Ongar High Street into a pizzeria restaurant and takeaway are being opposed by the town council. 
Nadine Birch, who lives over the premises, told last night's planning and environment and public relations committee that she was "deeply opposed" and had collected 500 names on a petition opposing the change of use planning application for 19 High Street. 
She cited potential litter, noise, parking and smell issues which she said could increase with the proposed new use. 
Bubbles Pet Care owner Lesley Smith said she had "major concerns" over parking and added: "Ongar needs more retail units to attract people, these types of establishments will not attract footfall." 
Three letters of objection had been received by the town council. 
Committee vice-chairman Mary Dadd said the council should "strongly object" adding no evidence was available to indicate there is no demand for class A1 business premises. 
She said the premises had not been advertised for A1 use, and there were already some 16 food-related outlets throughout the length of the High Street. 
Mrs Dadd also highlighting parking issues, saying there were only five parking spaces at the front of the premises which would be "inadequate" for restaurant customers and the four restaurant staff. 
She said: "We should do a really strong letter to Epping Forest District Council because it does have implications about eroding our A1 shops in the area which would make it less viable." 
Councillor Lawrence Mendoza highlighted issues with noise from the restaurant's ventilation system.
Councillor Christine Feetham said: "There is no need for any more food outlets."

   

ONGAR: Town council news in brief

7.33am - 7th April 2017

PLANS for a security fence around the scout hut in Love Lane, Ongar, have met with no objection from the town council. 
Scout leader Brian Baldry has submitted a planning application for a 2.4m high security fence around the boundary of the site to include a vehicle access gate and personnel gate.

Ongar Town Council is working with a potential new tenant - a health and safety company - ahead of a possible agreement over the use of the former council offices in Love Lane.

An Ongar Town Council committee is proposing a five per cent increase in the council's cemetery fees.
The proposed increase, supported by the finance and human resources committee, needs final approval from the full council. 
Last night's committee meeting was told the increase would bring the council's fees in line with other local council-run cemeteries.

   

WALTHAM ABBEY: MP visits care home

5.32pm - 6th April 2017

EPPING Forest MP Eleanor Laing visited Ashbrook Court Care Home in Sewardstone Road, Waltham Abbey. 
During her visit Mrs Laing met Olive Clark who has lived at the home for more than 11 years. 
Olive does a huge amount of fundraising for Great Ormond Street Hospital having recently raised money with a sponsored silence. 
Mrs Laing said: "It was very interesting to visit this excellent care home and to see all the up-to-date facilities. "I am always pleased to meet care home residents who have such interesting stories to tell.
"Olive is a great character and a lovely lady."

   

VOTE 2017: County council election candidates

3.21pm - 6th April 2017

ONE of the district's seven county councillors is standing down at the May elections as all seats come up for election.
In Epping Forest, five of the seven seats are currently held by the Conservatives. 
The exceptions are the Epping and Theydon Bois seat where current councillor Jon Whitehouse is up against Epping Forest District Council leader Chris Whitbread, Simon Bullough (Labour) and Barry Johns (UKIP), and in Loughton Central where current councillor Chris Pond (Independent - Loughton Residents Association) is up against Angela Ayre (Labour Party), Jonathan Hunter (Conservative Party) and Paul Rissbrook (Liberal Democrats). 
John Knapman is standing down as the Conservative county councillor for Chigwell and Loughton Broadway. 
Aiming to take his place is Epping Forest District Council cabinet member Gagan Mohindra, Joanne Alexander-Sefre (Liberal Democrats) and Mich Diamond-Conway (Labour Party). 
Voters go to the polls on Thursday, May 4, with the results to be announced in the early hours of Friday, May 5. 
Locally, the count will be held at Debden Park High School, Loughton. 
Everything Epping Forest will be providing live updates throughout the evening with results and reaction on its Twitter feed (@eefnews) and its Facebook page and group. 

Full list of candidates: 

BUCKHURST HILL AND LOUGHTON SOUTH (currently Valerie Metcalfe, Conservative) 

Joseph Barkham (Liberal Democrats) 
Simon Heap (Green Party) 
Valerie Metcalfe (Conservative Party) 
Jason Phillips (Labour Party) 

CHIGWELL AND LOUGHTON BROADWAY (currently John Knapman, Conservative Party) 

Joanne Alexander-Sefre (Liberal Democrats) 
Mich Diamond-Conway (Labour Party) 
Gagan Mohindra (Conservative Party) 

EPPING AND THEYDON BOIS (currently Jon Whitehouse, Liberal Democrat) 

Simon Bullough (Labour Party) 
Barry Johns (UK Independence Party) 
Chris Whitbread (Conservative Party) 
Jon Whitehouse (Liberal Democrats) 

LOUGHTON CENTRAL (currently Chris Pond, Independent - Loughton Residents Association) 

Angela Ayre (Labour Party) 
Jonathan Hunter (Conservative Party) 
Chris Pond (Independent, Loughton Residents Association) 
Paul Rissbrook (Liberal Democrats) 

NORTH WEALD AND NAZEING (currently Anthony Jackson, Conservative Party) 

Anthony Jackson (Conservative Party) 
Stefan Mullard (Labour Party) 
Arnold Verrall (Liberal Democrats) 

ONGAR AND RURAL (currently Maggie McEwen, Conservative Party) 

Maggie McEwen (Conservative Party) 
Lawrence Mendoza (UK Independence Party) 
Liam Preston (Labour and Co-operative Party) 
Brian Surtees (Liberal Democrats) 
Robin Tilbrook (English Democrats)

WALTHAM ABBEY (currently Ricki Gadsby, Conservative Party) 

Ricki Gadsby (Conservative Party) Robert Greyson (Labour Party) 
Ron McEvoy (UK Independence Party)
Dave Plummer (Green Party) 
Timothy Vaughan (Liberal Democrats)

   

EPPING: Music evening raises over £200

7.28pm - 4th April 2017

AN evening of music organised by Grey Matters, a group of local senior citizens, raised over £200 for The Box in Epping. 
The group held the fundraising St Patrick's Day event which featured music and dancing at Pelly Court in Epping. 
The evening also featured karaoke, a raffle and many Irish folk tunes with refreshments supplied by Tesco. 
Another event is being planned for the summer. 
For more information about Grey Matters, ring Tom McGuirk on 01992 279577.

   

#EEF999LIVE EXCLUSIVE: Girl, 13, critical; three boys arrested over drugs incident

UPDATE 6.16pm - 4th April 2017

Police say the drug involved in the incident is MDMA (Ecstasy). The 13-year-old girl remains in a critical condition. 
The 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy who were arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and GBH have been released but remain under investigation.

4.54pm - 4th April 2017

A 13-YEAR-OLD girl is in a critical condition in hospital following an incident in Waltham Abbey which has seen three boys arrested for possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. 
A second girl, also aged 13, was also taken to hospital. She has been treated and discharged. 
Police have told Everything Epping Forest that officers were contacted by the ambulance service shortly before 5.30pm on Saturday to reports that two girls in their early teens had been taken unwell at Hillhouse in Waltham Abbey. 
Police and ambulance attended the scene and the girls were taken to hospital for treatment. 
A police spokesman this morning said that one of the 13-year old girls was in a critical condition. 
A 14-year old boy has been arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and GBH. He has been bailed until May 30 while enquiries continue. 
A 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy have also been arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and GBH. 
Both were still in police custody this morning.

   

SOUTH WOODFORD: Travel agent retains title

7.59am - 3rd April 2017

SOUTH Woodford's oldest business, Abbotts Travel, has been named London's top travel agency for the second successive year. 
Abbotts takes its place as part of a power-list of the UK and Ireland’s best travel agencies produced by industry bible, the Travel Trade Gazette. 
The TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies list was revealed at a ceremony in Birmingham after an extensive judging process which saw agents rated by tour operators and other suppliers, and then assessed by travel journalists. 
More than 950 travel agencies and branches put themselves forward for consideration before a shortlist of 90 finalists from across 18 categories was drawn up. 
Abbotts Travel edged out competition from four other high street finalists in London to take the trophy.
Abbotts Travel managing director Julian Abbott said: “The whole team is elated to have retained the trophy.
“It’s great for our local community to know that they have an award winning Travel Agent to come to rather than taking a chance by booking on the internet."

   

VOTE 2017: Deadline to register to vote

7.53am - 3rd April 2017

VOTERS have until April 13 to make sure they are registered to vote in May’s county council elections.
Essex County Council is reminding residents to check they are eligible to vote on May 4 as part of the Electoral Commission’s nationwide On Your Doorstep campaign. 
Residents are warned they could lose their right to vote if they miss the registration deadline. 
To apply to register to vote, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote before Thursday, April 13.

   

DISTRICT: Health trusts merge

3.39pm - 1st April 2017

THE merger of South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT) and North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation NHS Trust (NEP) has been approved. 
The trusts have been replaced by the new Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT). This is the first merger between two NHS Foundation Trusts under the current rules. 
A statement describes the merger as "a significant achievement by both Trusts to help secure the future provision of local mental health and community health services". 
When making the decision to merge, the trusts took into account the green risk rating awarded to the proposals by their external regulator, NHS Improvement. 
This is the best risk rating possible and follows a review by NHSI of the plans and the process over the past few months. 
Sally Morris, SEPT's chief executive and chief executive of EPUT’s interim board, said: “The result has only been made possible through the tremendous amount of hard work by very many of our staff, patients, carers and the support of our NHS and local authority partners and we are extremely grateful to everyone involved. 
"The merger is an excellent outcome for local people who rely on our services. We have said from the start that we would be stronger together. 
"Now we can harness the real enthusiasm we have to take the best from both organisations to deliver sustainable and transformative mental health, learning disabilities and community health services for the benefit of people in Essex and Bedfordshire." 
There will be no immediate changes to services with the trust promising “business as usual” for service users and carers "for the foreseeable future". 
Any changes to current services are likely to be subject to formal consultation.

   

DISTRICT: Funding boost for maternity training

3.36pm - 1st April 2017

NEONATAL advanced life support at Princess Alexandra Hospital is one of the vital maternity areas set to benefit through new training funding of £50,333. 
The money comes from Health Education England’s Maternity Safety Training Fund programme. 
Areas that will benefit from the funding are Resilience Training and Childbirth Emergencies in the Community while a Labour Ward Leaders course will be provided for more than 100 staff. 
Courses will be run by organisations such as the Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Baby Lifeline, and Global Air Training.
They are designed to increase safety and improve outcomes for the women who give birth in the unit and wider community. 
Staff who will be trained include midwives, obstetricians, obstetric nurses and anaesthetists. 
Chief Nurse Nancy Fontaine said: “We welcome this funding which will help to further improve our trust’s outstanding maternity department.”
The training will run throughout the new financial year. 
The Maternity Safety Training Fund programme has distributed more than £8m across all NHS trusts with maternity services in England to deliver training to improve maternity safety. 
Some 136 NHS trusts, including all 134 acute trusts with maternity units, have received funding to implement packages of multi-disciplinary training. 
It will focus on the key patient safety improvement areas of maternity team leadership, multi-professional team working and communication, human factors training, fetal growth and monitoring, plus midwifery, obstetric and CTG (Cardiotocography) skills and drills.