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LOUGHTON: Tennis competition remembers student

8.22am - 28th April 2015

STUDENTS and staff from Davenant Foundation School, Loughton, gathered for an informal tennis competition to mark the memory of Year 10 student Harri Varda who died in January. 
He had been ill for a short time following the discovery of an atherovenous malformation. 
Joined by Harri's mother, brothers and family friends, the event took place in warm sunshine and was an informal but appropriate way to remember Harri who was a keen and successful young tennis player. 
At the end of the matches, headteacher Chris Seward presented Harri's mother, Caroline, with a book of memories before asking her to present the trophy to the winning players. 
Students then released 30 yellow balloons into the blue, evening sky. The school's tennis courts have been re-named in memory of Harri. 
Competition organiser Lorraine Brazier said: "This was an important occasion that meant so much to everyone who was present."

   

LOUGHTON: Singers audition for The Voice

11.53am - 27th April 2015

TALENTED singers who receive lessons at Loughton Music Academy have given special auditions in the hope that they will be selected for the next series of the BBC's The Voice. 
Students at the High Road music school were given a short presentation by assistant producer Warren Atkins before he listened to their individual performances. 
The music school has built international acclaim with students going on to perform in West End musicals and its online lessons are now being taught overseas as demand for its teachings increases.
Singer-songwriter Sydney Odart, 16, who was one of the students who took part in the 'auditions', said: "I found the experience of being able to share my own music with people working in the music industry, a great honour and opportunity. 
"I have always wanted to share music with others and this helped me recognise the steps I could take in order to do so. It was a really enjoyable experience." 
Loughton Music Academy also produces students and products for many televised competitions both in the UK and abroad including the forthcoming Sky Arts programme 'Guitar Star' where the search is on for the best guitarists in the UK. 
Cliff Cooper, of Loughton Music Academy, said: "Sydney has been attending Loughton Music Academy for more than eight years and is a brilliant talent.
"She has been writing since a young age and wrote a song which she performed with a full orchestra singing and playing the guitar when she was only ten."

   

HASTINGWOOD: Hospice garden officially opened

11.52am - 27th April 2015

ST Clare Hospice patron Christine Walkden has officially opened the hospice's new 'Space to Breathe' family garden. 
To coincide with National Gardening Week, special guests joined staff, volunteers, patients and visitors to watch the ribbon cutting. 
The previously forlorn-looking outdoor space next to the in-patient unit has been transformed into a tranquil oasis for patients and their loved ones to enjoy after the hospice won a £50,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund as part of the People's Millions competition in conjunction with ITV. 
The garden, designed by Stansted landscape architects Liz Lake Associates and developed by Harlow landscapers The Whitelaw Brothers, features a water feature, raised beds and year-round planting. 
The garden is wheelchair-friendly and staff are able to bring patients out into the fresh air in their beds.
Christine, best known as the resident gardening expert on the BBC's The One Show, said: "One of the things our patients and visitors tell us again and again when they come to St Clare is how much they appreciate having access to the hospice's beautifully maintained grounds, and as a horticulturalist I know gardens have many therapeutic benefits as well as being physically and emotionally restorative. 
"It was a great pleasure to be invited to officially unveil the new 'Space to Breathe' garden which has many lovely features that maximise the healing power of nature, and provides a peaceful, calming and secluded haven for our patients and their families to spend quality time together and make memories they will always treasure."

   

BUCKHURST HILL: Teenager on robbery charge

10.31am - 27th April 2015

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy from Woodford Green has been charged robbery following an incident in Buckhurst Hill. 
Police were contacted shortly after 5.30pm on Saturday, March 28, with reports that two teenaged boys had been robbed of cash at a park near Roding Lane. 
A 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy, both from the local area, were arrested on suspicion of robbery.
The 17-year-old will appear before magistrates in Chelmsford on June 5. 
The 15-year-old-boy has been released on police bail until July 11.

   

HASTINGWOOD: Raffle winner wins car

10.29am - 27th April 2015

THE keys to a new car have been handed to the winner of St Clare Hospice's 25th anniversary spring raffle. 
The silver Suzuki Alto was presented to Myrtle Prodger, from Harlow, after her ticket was drawn by hospice mascot Clare the Bear from a giant inflatable air dome at the Harvey Centre, Harlow. 
This year was the hospice's biggest-ever Spring Raffle with 25 prizes up for grabs to mark the charity's Silver Jubilee. 
The other winners were: £1,000 cash, Kenneth Clarke from Harlow; 40ins television, Nadine Holland from Loughton;; £250 shopping voucher, Mr Bacon from Redditch; and a 10in tablet, Patricia Chappell from Hertford. 
A further 20 tickets were drawn with each winner receiving a £25 gift voucher. 
Some 13,000 tickets were sold for the raffle which was sponsored by Insight Private Finance and supported by Spellbrook car dealership Hilton Suzuki, helping raise almost £28,000 for St Clare to help fund the compassionate care and support it provides to people with terminal and life-limiting illnesses and their loved ones. 
St Clare lottery manager Caron Lakey said: "Since the hospice was founded in 1990 we have been able to help care for and support more than 10,000 people but we can only continue to be there for local families into the future with the support of our local community. 
"We really are grateful to everyone who bought a raffle ticket, helping us raise vital income so we can provide our specialist care and support to every local person who needs us, now and in the years to come."

   

CHIGWELL: Antiques pair support charity

10.02am - 27th April 2015

TV antiques experts John Bly and Andy McConnell headlined a fundraising event at Chigwell School which raised about £2,500 for the respite holiday centre Jubilee Lodge. 
The evening was billed as 'Bly & Bonkers' and was organised by the Friends of Jubilee Lodge. 
A packed audience of some 180 people enjoyed wine and canapés before being treated to an evening of reminiscences and anecdotes from the Antiques Roadshow pair who also fielded questions. 
Ros Dover, of the Friends of Jubilee Lodge, who jointly organised the event, said: "What a wonderful evening. Andy and John were hugely entertaining and had the audience completely captivated. 
"Best of all, through ticket sales and a raffle, we think we raised around £2,500 for Jubilee Lodge which does such amazing work supporting disabled people and carers from the region." 
John Bly is an antique dealer who worked at Sotheby's for four years before joining the family antiques business. 
He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and a former Chair of the British Antiques Dealers' Association. John has been working with the Antiques Roadshow furniture team since 1979. Andy McConnell started buying and selling antiques when he was 14 and is now a specialised glass dealer, running Britain's largest antique and vintage glass shops in his home town of Rye in East Sussex. Andy - the son of Friends of Jubilee Lodge Anne McConnell - joined the Antiques Roadshow in 2005 and was the first specialist to deal solely with glass.

   

NAZEING: Woman jogger sexually assaulted

5.33pm - 22nd April 2015

POLICE are appealing for information after a woman jogger was sexually assaulted by the River Lea near Nazeing.
The woman, who is aged in her 20s and from the Broxbourne area, was grabbed from behind by a man who sexually assaulted her on the towpath near Carthagena Lock at about 6.30pm on Monday.
Police say he tried to drag her towards bushes but she managed to escape and called police.
The woman was unharmed but badly shaken.
The man was white, aged 25 to 30, about 6ft 3in tall and of muscular build. He had dark brown hair that was gelled back and spoke with a local accent.
He was wearing a white T-shirt with a dark-coloured logo on the left side, dark-coloured knee length shorts and white trainers. His breath smelled of alcohol.
Anyone with information should ring PC Jody Greenfield or his colleagues at Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.  

   

ONGAR: Mother set for marathon

4.50pm - 22nd April 2015

A WOMAN from Ongar is taking on the challenge of the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday to raise money for Diabetes UK.
Cheryl Fry, 32, of Rodney Road is running with Team Diabetes UK in memory of her sister-in-law who died from diabetes related complications aged 24.
Cheryl and her fellow Team Diabetes UK runners will be cheered on as they reach 12 and 24 miles to give them some extra encouragement on their journey towards the finish line.
The owner of the Ongar DIY store and mother-of-three hopes to raise over £1,000 with the support of family, friends and customers.
Cheryl, who also plays netball for Ongar Ladies, said: “My partner of 17 years lost his sister in 2002 after she passed away in her sleep. She was only 24 and although lived with Type 1 diabetes, she was fit and healthy and managed her condition well.
"I just want to help raise awareness about the condition and help to raise money for more research.
“Along with massive support from my friends and family for this challenge I’d particularly like to thank many of the businesses in Ongar for their kind donations.”
Diabetes UK fundraising events manager Anna Schlerf said: “Running the Virgin Money London Marathon is a major achievement for anyone and requires a large amount of time and commitment.
"We are really grateful for Cheryl’s fundraising efforts, and wish her the very best of luck.
“The funds raised by Cheryl will help us support people living with diabetes and to raise awareness among those who have not yet been diagnosed. This is crucial to giving people with diabetes the best possible chances of living long and healthy lives."
To sponsor Cheryl visit www.justgiving.com/cheryl-fry/

   

CHIGWELL: Student to represent UK in Physics 'Olympics'

4.40pm - 22nd April 2015

CHIGWELL School student Bianca Andrei has been selected to represent the United Kingdom at the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) in Mumbai this summer.
The competition is an annual event in physics for secondary school students. More than 80 countries are represented at the IPhO.
Each country is invited to send a team of up to five school students and two teachers. As in the sporting Olympics, the International Physics Olympiad offers students both the opportunity to test themselves at the highest level and a unique cultural and social opportunity.
Despite the two challenging five-hour exams (one theoretical, one experimental), a festival atmosphere persists and the programme of excursions and social activities gives students the chance to learn about the host culture and make friends from across the globe.
Prior to departing for India, Bianca will have the opportunity to attend training camps at Oxford and Cambridge universities to prepare for the event.
Bianca, a Year 12 student, said: “The road was not easy but I enjoyed it. The first two rounds were the most stressful ones as I needed to prove to myself that I was good enough to go further.
“After I qualified in the top 15 in England, a whole new world opened and the stress disappeared.”
She added that despite being the only girl in the last 14 (and a year young) she was inspired when she met the other ambitious teenagers at the Oxford physics camp.
She said: “The camp was very challenging but I loved it and this helped me to work harder.” Bianca achieved the second highest practical mark overall. 

   

CHIGWELL: Former student into BGT live shows

4.42pm - 20th April 2015

FORMER West Hatch High School student Michael McNeish is through to the live semi-finals of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent with his dance group BoyBand.
Michael, 18, who is now studying BA (Hons) in professional dance and musical theatre at The Bird College of Dance, got a ‘golden ticket’ pass straight into the semi-finals when he performed as part of the five-member group on Saturday’s show.
They received a standing ovation from all four judges before presenters Ant and Dec ran on stage and pressed the ‘golden buzzer’ giving them their free pass into the live shows.
Michael performed last summer with Boyband on Sky One's ‘Got to Dance’ programme when they made it to the live finals.
Michael studied A-Level Dance and Performing Arts at West Hatch High School and performed in all of the school’s dance shows.
Michael achieved an A* in A-Level Dance. His dance teacher, Rachael Minister, said: “Words cannot describe how proud I am of Michael and all he has achieved since leaving West Hatch.
“I always knew he would be a star. He is one of the most talented dancers I have ever had the privilege of working with but what makes Michael so special is how humble he has always been.”
She added: “When watching the group on Saturday night I just knew he would go through, but when Ant and Dec pressed that golden buzzer I literally went into shock!
“I am so proud and know that whatever happens Michael is a star in the making.” 

   

EPPING: Funding boost for ReUse Centre

4.39pm - 20th April 2015

THE Epping Forest ReUse Centre has received £10,000 in funding.
Founder member and trustee Janet Whitehouse and centre manager Michael Kushin received a total of £10,000 - £4,000 from the Millennium Fund and £6,000 from the Essex Community Foundation - from Essex County Council at a presentation evening at the Essex Record Office, Chelmsford.
The money will go towards the charity’s overheads which totalled £144,299 last year.
Epping Forest Re Use aims to help people on low incomes by providing affordable furniture, household appliances and other goods.
The furniture is sold at a discounted price to people on income-related benefits and some is given free.
Between April 2013 and December 2014 more than 5,000 people have bought goods of which 2,000 were a person or family in need.
Epping Forest ReUse, on the Bower Hill industrial estate, Epping, is open every weekday and Saturday mornings.
It provides volunteering opportunities for everyone and more volunteers are needed to help with admin, sales and logistics.
People with DIY experience are also needed to test and renovate donated goods and to pass on their skills to others.  

   

HIGH BEACH: Man robbed of Rolex watch

8.50pm - 19th April 2015

A MAN was punched in the face and knocked to the ground while in the car park of the Kings Oak Hotel, High Beach.
While on the floor the man, aged in his 30s from Ilford, was held down and his black and silver Rolex watch worth several thousand pounds was stolen.
The two suspects then drove off in a silver BMW 1 series coupe turning left out of the car park.
Anyone with information about the incident, which happened at about 8.30pm last night, should ring PC Ben Elliott from Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

   

NORTON HEATH: Four men injured as car hits tree

8.50pm - 19th April 2015

POLICE are appealing for information after four men were injured when a car hit a tree on the A414 at Norton Heath.
The collision, which happened at 4.35am yesterday morning, involved a maroon-coloured Fiat Punto which was travelling towards Ongar.
The men, all aged 18, were taken to Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford. Three remain in hospital receiving treatment for broken bones.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the vehicle before the collision to ring PC Daniel Corr from the Chigwell Road Policing Unit on 101.

   

LOUGHTON: Mayor's fun run

11.44am - 19th April 2015

ABOUT 100 people turned out for the sixth Loughton Town Mayor's fun run which this year supported Oakview School. The event followed a 4km course on the Roding Valley Recreation Ground.
First home was 11-year-old Richard Reid with his father, Scott, second. 

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COMPETITION: Win a family ticket to the Extreme Torque Show

7.15am - 19th April 2015

Everything Epping Forest and Everything Harlow have ten family tickets to the Extreme Torque Show on North Weald Airfield (May 3 and 4) to be won. 
There will be three diverse arenas - Urban Arena, Extreme Arena and Torque Arena - for fans of monster trucks, motorbikes or the more urban sports of BMX and parkour. 
The Urban Arena wiill have a talented street vibe with a mix of urban sports from BMX to parkour. 
Watch the Extreme BMX team as talented young riders showcase their tricks mid-air. 
From the same platforms and straight from the movies check out the Parkour Team as they negotiate their way around the arena, regardless of obstacles. 
Visitors can get involved with workshops available for a taste of the street scene. 
The show is on North Weald airfield on Sunday, May 3, and Monday, May 4 (11am-5pm). 
Tickets are £17 or £15 if booked in advance plus a free brochure for those who book in advance. 
Website: www.ticketweb.co.uk. Ring 0844 477 1000 

COMPETITION: 

To be in with chance of winning a family ticket for four people - any combination; two adults, two children / one 1 adult and three children / four adults (under-3s free) - answer the following question. 

* How many arenas will there be at The Extreme Torque Show when it visits North Weald? a) 6 b) 3 c) 1.

Email your answer to everythingeppingforest@googlemail.com together with your name, home address and a contact telephone number by 5pm on Saturday, April 25. 
The winning entries will be picked at random after the closing date.

   

EPPING: Hospice trustee set for London Marathon

3.53pm - 18th April 2015

ST Clare Hospice trustee Debbie Bodhanya will be among 13 runners taking part in next Sunday's London Marathon to raise money for the Hastingwood-based charity. 
Debbie, who is the managing partner at The Limes Medical Centre in Epping, was inspired to sign up for her first marathon in memory of her father, Gerry, who died in 2003 from an aggressive form of skin cancer. 
She hopes to raise over £4,000. 
Debbie, who has been a St Clare trustee since 2010, said: "In the four years I have been a trustee at St Clare I have seen the incredible work the team there do to provide superb home and hospice care. 
"The clinical care is excellent and the whole team are passionate about the experience they provide for patients and families at such an important time. 
"One in three families rely on hospice care at the end of life and in order for St Clare to deliver this, they need to raise funds to supplement the small percentage the NHS contributes each year to their funding. "The Inpatient Unit, community service and day therapy all need us to help them to keep this service running so patients like my dad can choose to die in dignity with their families around them. 
"I've got my trainers back on to raise money in memory of my dad for St Clare, so please help me to make it a worthwhile journey." 
To sponsor Debbie, visit her fundraising page

   

EPPING: Bowls club launches new season

2.56pm - 18th April 2015

THE new season at Epping Bowls Club was officially launched with a visit from Epping mayor Barbara Scruton who bowled the first wood. 

PICTURE 1  PICTURE 2

   

EPPING: Man loses teeth in High Street assault

1.10pm - 18th April 2015

A MAN lost two front teeth and suffered a fractured cheekbone when he was punched and kicked by a group of men in Epping.
Police say the 19-year-old man from Swanley in Kent was assaulted by a group of about five men and punched and kicked while on the ground at the Cottis Lane-High Street junction at about 2.30am on Sunday, April 12.  Details of the incident were only released by police this morning.
The man also sustained a split lip. 
The suspects had left the area before police arrived. 
Any witnesses and anyone else with information is asked to ring PC Ben Elliott at Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

   

EPPING: Town council presents awards

7.40am - 18th April 2015

A LONG-standing Epping resident who has served on four local councils since 1965 has been made a Freeman of the Town.
Freddy Limer received his award from mayor Barbara Scruton at the annual Epping mayor's At Home evening held at Epping Hall. 
Following his wartime services with the RAF and subsequent business career, Mr Limer became a councillor in Epping in 1965 serving on the then Epping Urban District Council. 
He went on to serve on Epping Town Council, Epping Forest District Council and Essex County Council.
He received the MBE in 1982 for his services to social housing. 
Mr Limer said: "I'm very honoured to have received this award. I'll put it right next to my MBE on the dressing table. 
"It's a privilege to have been made a Freeman, there have been very few since the council was formed - it's very gratifying." 
Mrs Scruton also presented medals to the town's other Freeman - Ruth Benjamin, John Batchelor and Letitia Berry. 

EPPING and District Royal British Legion branch secretary John Duffell was presented with the Townsperson of the Year award in recognition for his work with the Legion over many years. 
He played a key role in the commemoration of HMS Sickle - the warship adopted by the towns of Epping and Harlow during warship week in 1942.
Last year the town council hosted an exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of the loss of the submarine.
A remembrance plaque was unveiled at a memorial service held at St John's Church. 
Mr Duffell was also behind the Lights Out event held at Hemnall Social Club to remember the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. 
He also organises the Commonwealth War Graves service, which held each November at Epping Cemetery, as part of his work to arrange the Remembrance day parade, wreath laying at the war memorial and service at St John's Church. 
His work researching those from Epping who lost their lives in the world wars resulted in the unveiling of a memorial plaque at St John's Church in memory of those who died at Spriggs Oak during the Second War War. 
He said: "It's a great honour. I'm very pleased. Obviously coming from Epping, I've lived here all my life and it means a lot to me." 
Of his work with the Royal British Legion, he said: "My father served in the Second World War and my grandfather in the First World War.
 "Over 150 people from Epping died in the two world wars - it's so important that they are remembered."

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WALTHAM ABBEY: Man jailed for "atrocious" driving

4.32pm - 17th April 2015

A MAN has been jailed for four years for dangerous driving and given a ten-year driving ban after he overtook a number of vehicles before colliding head-on with a motorbike on Crooked Mile, Waltham Abbey. 
Elisei Sandulache, 22, of Portsea Road, Tilbury, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday for sentencing. Sandulache was driving a blue BMW car which was in collision with a blue and white Suzuki motorcycle on Crooked Mile on November 1 last year. 
He was travelling towards Harlow and overtook a number of vehicles where there are double solid white lines in place. He was then involved in the head-on collision with the motorcycle which was being ridden by a 37-year-old man from Harlow. 
PC Jennie Pirie, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "The rider of the motorcycle sustained extremely serious injuries and is still requiring full-time care. The judge described Sandulache's driving as being extremely dangerous and atrocious."

   

WOODFORD GREEN: Biggins is hospice ambassador

4.30pm - 17th April 2015

TELEVISION personality Christopher Biggins.is Haven House Hospice's second celebrity ambassador.
Biggins has been supporting the hospice since 2013 when he acted as auctioneer at its annual Autumn Ball. 
Since then he has visited Haven House to meet the hospice's 'coffee morning mums' and has helped promote the work of the hospice in the media. 
This year he will again be auctioneer at the Autumn Ball on October 8. 
He said: "I was really flattered to be invited to become an ambassador for this amazing charity and of course I said' yes.' 
"It's my local children's hospice and it does fantastic work in the local community, so I'm really looking to forward to getting even more involved." 
Chief executive Mike Palfreman said: "Having Christopher as our new celebrity ambassador is wonderful news. He has already done so much to raise the profile of Haven House and it's great to now make the relationship formal.
"We're very lucky to have such great support from our local celebrity network, they are crucial in helping us to promote our work in the local community and beyond." 
Biggins joins TV star Mark Wright who is also a celebrity ambassador for the Woodford Green charity.

   

LOUGHTON: Man in court over drugs plot

2.35pm - 17th April 2015

A LOUGHTON man has appeared in court charged in connection with a plot to import and supply class A drugs. 
John Scaffardi, 35, of Forest Road, appeared at Hatfield Remand Court today (Friday) charged with conspiracy to import amphetamine and conspiracy to supply cocaine.
The charge is in connection with an operation carried out by Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU). 
Officers recovered a total of 43 kilos of controlled drugs and seized more than £70,000 in cash during the operation across Essex and Bedfordshire during 2012. 
Several people have been already been prosecuted.

   

ONGAR: Play areas vandalised

2.25pm - 17th April 2015

DAMAGE which will cost hundreds of pounds to repair has been caused at two play areas in Ongar.
The play house in the Cerizay play area behind Chipping Ongar Library, in the High Street, and the balance beam at Shelley Park, St Peters Avenue, have both been badly damaged. 
Town clerk Aimi Middlehurst said: "It seems that a few people are intent on ruining facilities provided for the enjoyment of others. 
"Play equipment has been damaged which is clearly a danger to children's safety. This also has a detrimental effect on council finances as funds are required to repair the damage and therefore cannot be used for new projects. 
"Police have been informed and I hope that CCTV images will be useful in ensuring that those responsible will be apprehended." 
Councillors are appealing to people to help prevent more damage. Anyone who sees any suspicious behaviour should report it to Essex Police on 101 or to the town council on 01277 365348.

   

LOUGHTON: Building work underway at school

1.46pm - 17th April 2015

WORK is underway to provide additional facilities for children at Thomas Willingale School, Loughton. 
The project - which will provide two extra rooms and a medical room - involves the infilling of a piece of wasteland between the reception classrooms and the KS1 corridor which is currently not being used.
Headteacher Teresa Phillips said: "We are undergoing the building work this term towards an exciting outcome that involves the provision of extra space to support the children's learning and medical needs.
"Primary schools are always struggling to find spaces within school to teach the children in smaller groups, sometimes they have staff available but no actual room to deliver much-needed small group support which is a proven method of raising children's confidence and attainment." 
The school has appointed chartered surveyors Munday and Cramer to manage the project with Forum Contracts Ltd completing the work. 
Work started in the Easter holidays and is due to be completed for a grand opening in September. 
Miss Phillips said: "We are all looking forward to seeing the impact the extra space will have on our children. 
"Our reception children are being given the chance to see the build as it progresses and their teachers have cleverly used the opportunity to create their own 'builders yard' in their outside play area. 
"The children love wearing the hard hats and helping to 'build the school!"

Damien (left) and JJ enjoy playing builders in the school's 'builders yard' in the outdoor play area PICTURE 

The area of land at Thomas Willingale School which is being developed to create two extra rooms and a medical room PICTURE

   

NORTH WEALD: Council extends Plan comment deadline

8.19am - 17th April 2015

NORTH Weald Bassett Parish Council has extended the time for comments to be made over its concerns that two significant parts of the parish could be open for development after being omitted from the parish's Neighbourhood Plan area. 
The parish council has decided to create a Neighbourhood Plan, which allows 'communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work' and 'choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built'. 
However Epping Forest District Council has told the parish council that, against the wishes of the parish council, part of the North Weald parish should not be included in the area covered by the Neighbourhood Plan as it remains "a strategic site for possible development". 
The district council has said it would be premature to include such sites - Latton Priory and the Harlow gateway site off the A414 London Road - in a Neighbourhood Plan while it (the district council) is under a duty to co-operate with its neighbouring authority (Harlow District Council). 
The parish council has been told that the issue will be discussed by the district council's cabinet in June.
Already more than 60 people have responded to the parish council with 56 saying it wrong for the areas to be excluded from the Plan. 
The parish council has now extended its deadline for feedback from residents until May 15.

   

ONGAR / FYFIELD: Opposition to 'mini village'

5.42pm - 16th April 2015

PLANS for a 'mini-village' between Ongar and Fyfield have been rejected by district council planning committee councillors.
A final decision will now be taken by the council's district development control committee after planning members voted 7-6 to refuse outline approval for 105 homes on part of the Fyfield Business and Research Park. 
The scheme includes an extension to the café, a relocated multi-use games area and junior football pitch and the removal of other buildings on the site. 
Areas of parking, open space and landscaping are included as part of the homes plans while there would be a new roundabout access off Fyfield Road. 
A planning officer's report concluded 'very special circumstances' - the benefit to openness from a smaller overall volume of development and much-need housing on a brownfield site - "outweigh any harm" caused by the proposals. 
However councillors did not agree and said the proposals were unsustainable and would have an adverse impact in the Green Belt. 
Andrew Carmichael, representing residents on the site, highlighted the busy B184 road which he said would still be "dangerous and inadequate" even with the proposed roundabout. He also raised concerns over drainage and sewerage. 
He added the roundabout would have 8m high lights and there would also be floodlighting for the sports areas. 
"This will urbanise this area of rural Green Belt," he said. 
Jeff Armstrong, the applicant's agent, told last night's meeting the benefits of the scheme were a reduction on the scale, bulk and form of both the existing use and permitted proposals, a mix of housing which would meet local need and a reduction in traffic movement. 
Councillor Maggie McEwen said the scheme was not sustainable. 
"In my view it's all very well to have a bus stop but we don't have any buses. The road (B184) is very dangerous. Even with a roundabout it's still a very dangerous road. This will add to the traffic on the B184. I'm very reluctant about it." 
Shelley councillor Peter Gode said: "It's three-quarters of a mile from the nearest part of Ongar (Shelley). The B184 is a very dangerous road although I accept the roundabout may help. 
"The large portion of people on that mini-village will be driving." 
No date has yet been set for the application to be considered by the district development control committee.

   

NORTH WEALD: More information sought over lorry movements

5.40pm - 16th April 2015

A DECISION over whether to allow hundreds of lorry movements to take topsoil and compost onto Blakes golf club, North Weald, has been put off for a second time. 
Blakes Leisure Ltd is seeking planning permission to import the material to improve the land quality of its driving range and to enable use of part of the site for 'foot golf'. 
District councillors initially deferred a decision to seek information on how many lorry movements would be required to get the material onto the site. 
Now they want details about over how long a period the lorries will be travelling to the site off Epping Road Last night's meeting was told there would be 591 lorry movements - 209 loads of topsoil transported from Harlow via the A414 from the Hastingwood roundabout, 213 lorry movements carrying compost from the Ashlyns site opposite Blakes and 378 from further afield.

   

NORTH WEALD: Golf club apartments rejected

5.38pm - 16th April 2015

PLANS for 20 apartments at North Weald Golf Club have been rejected by district councillors. 
Members of the area planning committee last night voted to reject the application for the three-storey building which would replace the existing clubhouse, and an Essex barn which can already be demolished under a separate planning application. 
The committee said the proposal was in an "unsustainable location".

   

CHIGWELL: Student lands Bugsy Malone role

1.38pm - 16th April 2015

A WEST Hatch High School student is combining his school work with his latest London theatre role.
Michael Matias, 14, has the lead role in the musical Bugsy Malone at the Lyric Hammersmith. 
However appearing on the London stage is nothing new for Michael who already has a long list of West End credits to his name.
He starred as Young Simba in The Lion King, as Fletcher in The Bodyguard, as a choirboy in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (at the age of just seven) and was also part of the UK tour of the hit musical Oliver! 
Michael said: "I just feel like I'm in my own little world - there's no-one who can disturb my acting and I can be who I am on stage with the characters." 
The teenager, who lives in Leytonstone, says he is now looking to further his career by landing some film roles.

   

EPPING: Flowers for retiring former mayor

5.26pm - 15th April 2015

FORMER Epping town mayor Janet Hedges was presented with a bouquet of flowers to mark the end of her 12 years as a town councillor. 
During her time on the council Mrs Hedges was a member of the planning committee and represented the council on various organisations including the Theydon Trust and Epping-Eppingen Twinning Association. 
Mrs Hedges served as town mayor in 2009. 
Mayor Barbara Scruton, who presented Mrs Hedges with the flowers and a card at the end of her last council meeting last night (Tuesday), said: "Thank you for everything you have done. 
"I know you have become a great friend to me since I joined the council and I will miss you." 
Mrs Hedges has become well known for making a special iced wedding-style cake bearing the town council crest to mark the appointment of the new town mayor at the annual council meeting.

   

EPPING: Funding agreed for blossoming ideas

9.07am - 15th April 2015

A NEWLY-formed Epping In Bloom group which aims to bring floral colour to Epping High Street has been allocated a £2,000 budget by Epping Town Council. 
Among ideas already suggested by the group, which has blossomed from an initial meeting between the town council and Epping Horticultural Society, are competitions for schools and householders to encourage planting outside their properties and a horse-trough floral display by the town sign by Tower Road. 
The efforts of the group were praised by councillors at last night's council meeting.

   

EPPING: Council agrees The Box grant

9.06am - 15th April 2015

AN Epping Town Council grant of £2,008.80 has been agreed for The Box social space to cover the cost of carpeting first-floor community rooms at its new premises in St Johns Road. 
* The council has also approved a £200 grant to meet the cost of publicity printing for the Essex Savers Credit Union in Epping.

   

EPPING: No objection to personal training studio

9.04am - 15th April 2015

TOWN councillors have voiced no objection to plans to use the former hairdressers at 26 Lindsey Street, Epping, as a personal training studio.
A final decision on the planning application will be taken by Epping Forest District Council.

   

LOUGHTON: Air ambulance called following concerns for man

5.47pm - 14th April 2015

A MAN has been taken to hospital after the air ambulance was called to Loughton. 
A police spokesman has told Everything Epping Forest that officers were called to Hillyfields at about 4pm today with reports of concern for the welfare of a man who was found unwell at a property. 
Officers and the ambulance service attended. 
The man, who is local and aged in his 20s, has been taken to hospital for treatment.

   

CHIGWELL: Laser Tag fun for disabled guests

3.48pm - 14th April 2015

GUESTS at Chigwell disability charity Revitalise Jubilee Lodge experienced an exhilarating afternoon of Laser Tag. 
The centre's car park was transformed into a Laser Tag battle ground complete with camouflaged inflatable barricades where guests were armed with high-tech laser guns and laser sensor headbands.
The event, a new addition to Jubilee Lodge's activity calendar, was a chance for guests to try something new, thanks to expert support and innovative technology. 
Laser Tag is similar to paintballing but instead utilises infra-red technology to register hits on the opponent. 
The Laser Tag activity marked the end of Spring Youth Week which saw guests having experience the heady heights of accessible flying lessons thanks to accessible aviation charity Aerobility. 
Revitalise guest Chris Babet said: "It was a really fun day and it was great that everyone joined in with the activity. 
"I really enjoyed all the trips and I'd definitely take part in Laser Tag again. 
"At Revitalise I am able to do things I wouldn't have the opportunity to do otherwise and I always look forward to coming back to see my friends. I had an amazing week!"

   

ONGAR: Fitness fun session for charity

3.38pm - 14th April 2015

A MORNING of fitness activities in aid of blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan is being held at Ongar Leisure Centre on Saturday (April 18).
Ten experienced instructors from all four Everyone Active operated facilities in the district will be leading up to 100 participants aged 16 and over. 
There will be a variety of classes including Body Combat, Body Attack, Body Pump, Body Balance, Zumba and MetaFit, a high intensity interval bodyweight training workout. 
Participants can take part for as little or as long as they like making it a suitable event for all fitness levels.
Entry tickets, priced £5 each, give over four hours of fitness fun and a free gift with all proceeds donated to Anthony Nolan. 
There will also be a raffle with restaurant vouchers, PT sessions and three-month Everyone Active membership among the prizes. 
Various local businesses will have stalls and free personal training consultations will be available from Everyone Active. 
Everyone Active contract manager Kim Bame said: "We've organised the event in support of our colleague Chris Spencer who underwent a stem cell transplant through Anthony Nolan after being diagnosed with bone marrow failure in June 2013. 
"For thousands of people with blood cancers such as leukaemia, their only hope of survival is a donation of healthy stem cells so we want to raise awareness and help support Anthony Nolan's invaluable work."
To buy tickets or for more information visit Epping Sports Centre, Ongar Leisure Centre, Waltham Abbey Swimming Pool, Loughton Leisure Centre or www.everyoneactive.com

   

BUCKHURST HILL: Council hosting Community Cinema

3.26pm - 14th April 2015

BUCKHURST Hill Parish Council is holding two Community Cinema screenings on Saturday, April 25.
The Lego Movie will be showing at Roding Valley Hall, Station Way, Buckhurst Hill, at 2pm with the 2014 comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel screened at 8pm. 
Admission to both screenings is free of charge to all local residents but tickets must be booked in advance. 
For more information and to book tickets, email film@buckhursthillpc.gov.uk or ring 020 8498 9933.
Donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Society. Snacks and refreshments will be available to purchase.

   

THEYDON BOIS: Tennis club serves up resurfaced courts

2.50pm - 14th April 2015

THEYDON Bois Lawn Tennis Club has celebrated the opening of its resurfaced courts. 
Three courts have been resurfaced at a cost of £60,000 thanks to a donation from late treasurer Bernard Davies and a £20,000 grant from Essex County Council's Community Initiatives Fund. 
Club president Eric Ringwood performed the opening along with county councillor Jon Whitehouse and district councillor Sue Jones. 
Mr Ringwood said: "We will remain a highly active community club offering a full coaching programme for juniors and adults along with the weekly pre-school and primary school visits. 
"Just this summer we are introducing new Sunday morning Tiny Tots and adult beginner coaching."

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NORTH WEALD: CCTV idea for play area

8.41am - 14th April 2015

INVESTIGATIONS are to begin to see whether CCTV can be installed at the Weald Common play area in North Weald. 
The North Weald Mums fundraising group has approached North Weald Bassett Parish Council following incidents in January when a slide was littered with broken glass and graffiti was daubed over play equipment at the play area behind North Weald Village Hall. 
The key issue discussed at Monday's parish council meeting was the availability of electricity at the play area however a member of the public at the meeting thought thought that it may be possible a supply could be sourced from either the village hall or the nearby electricity sub-station. 
North Weald Mums representative Sue Malpass told the meeting that the group was prepared to fundraising to meet the cost of the equipment and also to apply for grants. 
One possibility could be a system where the camera and recording equipment are housed in one pole.
She told the meeting: "I see CCTV as the only way we can try and deter what has happened up there. 
"I think it can only act as a positive deterrent." 
Councillors agreed that CCTV should be a priority for the site after a vote was passed 8-2.

   

NORTH WEALD: No objection to The Squadron extension

8.38am - 14th April 2015

NORTH Weald Bassett Parish Council has voiced no objection to plans for a kitchen extension at The Squadron clubhouse on North Weald airfield and an aircraft storage hangar on nearby land.

   

HASTINGWOOD: Council objects to 24-hour McDonald's

8.36am - 14th April 2015

A MOVE by the McDonald's restaurant at Hastingwood to open 24 hours a day is being opposed by North Weald Bassett Parish Council. 
The council is objecting to the environmental impact the round-the-clock opening would have, the expected disturbance from HGVs using the site at night, it being too close to homes and a fear that litter around the site will increase. 
Monday's planning meeting was told the move would create up to 20 jobs and that the additional hours had been welcomed by the vast majority of people who had been consulted by the restaurant. 
Parish councillor Baden Clegg said: "I totally object to a 24-hour McDonald's. I don't think that the people who live next door will appreciate that when HGVs come and park, they will not get much sleep." 
He added: "I don't think they know what they are letting themselves in for. I just don't like the idea." 
The parish council will ask Epping Forest District Council whether, should permission be given, a condition can be imposed requested additional litter picks in the local area.

   

ONGAR: Pavilion hosting 80s-90s Night

4.17pm - 13th April 2015

AN 80s and 90s Night is being held at Ongar Town Council's Jubilee Park Pavilion, Love Lane, Ongar, from 7.30pm until midnight on Friday (April 17). 
Admission is free. 
A prize of a bottle of champagne will be awarded for the best man and woman's outfits.

   

WALTHAM ABBEY: Three hunted over attack on house

11.37am - 13th April 2015

THREE men smashed a window and sprayed an unknown substance into a property in Waltham Abbey.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the aggravated burglary which happened in Buxton Road. 
Police say three men wearing dark hooded tops tried to force open the front door of a house between 11pm and 11.30pm on Saturday before smashing a ground-floor window. 
They then sprayed an unknown substance through the window before walking off up the road. 
A dark BMW was later seen leaving the area. 
A man in his 50s who was in the property at the time was unhurt. 
Anyone with any information about the incident or who saw the BMW should ring PC Rob Guiney at Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

   

ONGAR: Council holding litter pick events

9.47am - 11th April 2015

ONGAR Town Council is organising two volunteer litter picking events this year as part of its commitment to improving the local environment. 
The first session on Saturday, June 6 (10am until noon) will concentrate on the southern end of town. Litter pickers, gloves and high viz jackets will be provided. 
Volunteers are asked to meet at the Jubilee Park Pavilion, Love Lane, at 9.30am for a 10am start. 
Free parking is available and refreshments for volunteers will be provided at the pavilion afterwards. 
A further event on Saturday, November 14, will concentrate on the northern end of the town.

   

EPPING: Plans for apartments on court site

9.28am - 11th April 2015

PLANS have been submitted to build eight apartments on the site of Epping Magistrates Court. 
A planning application with Epping Forest District Council details the demolition of the court building and the redevelopment of the site to provide eight apartments with associated access, car parking and hard landscaping.

   

ONGAR: Flats plan "just not feasible"

7.29am - 10th April 2015

PROPOSALS for a development of flats on part of the Smith's restaurant site in Ongar are being opposed by the town council after a councillor said they were "just not feasible".
An application for a three-storey block of 14 flats facing Fyfield Road on the existing restaurant car park with 18 parking spaces for the flats at the rear, together with a new 34-space car park for the restaurant has been opposed by the town council's planning and environment committee. 
Council chairman Diana Roberts said: "It's just not feasible. There's obviously a problem." 
Councillor Sheila Jackman said: "Fourteen flats for 18 car parking spaces is in itself insufficient."
Councillor Peter Gode said he had received complaints about the proposed restaurant car park being next to the Finch Court flats.
Committee chairman Brian Surtees told last night's committee meeting: "The only way to approach this is to say it's too big a footprint for too many flats producing too many cars." 
He added that a smaller scheme that did not reduce the existing parking "would be more acceptable".

   

ONGAR: Council opposes "backland development"

7.27am - 10th April 2015

ONGAR Town Council is opposing plans for a "backland development" off Ongar High Street. 
Last night's planning and environment committee heard objections from residents over access to a proposed three-bedroom 'cottage' behind 4-6 Livingstone Cottages, the value of trees and wildlife on the site and the loss of amenity to neighbours. 
Council chairman Diana Roberts said: "I cannot see the practicalities of this., It's ludicrous. It's a dangerous area." 
A previous application for three two-bedroom cottages on the site was rejected by district council planning officers last year.
Town councillors voted to object to the latest application "in the strongest terms".

   

DISTRICT: Council to remember first chief executive

2.09pm - 9th April 2015

EPPING Forest District Council is to remember its first chief executive with a minute's silence at the next council meeting. 
Peter Brokenshire was the authority's first chief executive, piloting the council through the difficult process of combining the four predecessor councils under local government reorganisation in 1973-74. 
He was a pioneer in two matters which are now accepted features of any good council - policy planning and performance review. 
Councillors will stand for a minute's silence at the full council meeting on Tuesday, April 21, when they will also remember former district councillor Bob Wilmot who died on February 26. 
Mr Wilmot served as a Loughton Residents Association district councillor for the St John's Ward from 1988 to 1996. 
He also represented Loughton Town Council from 1996 until 2004.

   

DISTRICT: District third worst in Essex for defective street lights

2.07pm - 9th April 2015

THE Epping Forest district is the third worst in Essex for the number of defective street lights, figures reveal. 
Essex County Council has published the numbers of its defective street lights, analysed by district on a quarterly basis. 
Figures at the end of March reveal 223 defective street lights in the Epping Forest district (19 more than were reported faulty in December last year) - a total of 2.29 per cent. The district has 9,758 county council-owned street lights. 
Only Castle Point (2.49 per cent) and Braintree (2.34 per cent) have a worse record in percentage terms. Essex Highways maintains some 127,000 streetlights. 
Its routine repair programme saw 2,600 inspected and fixed in March, with 2,412 throughout the county still to be repaired. 
Paul Bird, director for commissioning: transport and infrastructure at Essex County Council, said: "Streetlight maintenance is a key priority and regular inspections take place to ensure the network is working to aid public safety. 
"Our aim is to keep the percentage of defective streetlights to below two per cent of total stock."

   

EPPING: Bungalow handed over

1.52pm - 8th April 2015

THE newest property built for the Theydon Trusts Limited has been officially handed over. 
Epping Forest Conservative parliamentary candidate Eleanor Laing, who laid the foundation stone for the bungalow in Margaret Road, Epping, six months ago, returned to perform the opening ceremony and receive the keys from contractor Malcolm Eckton, and then hand them to Theydon Trusts Limited chairman John Batchelor for the new tenant.
In Epping there is also the Epping and Theydon Garnon Joint Charities which has four almshouses which again also let to local people. 
Together the Trust and the Charities are striving to meet the needs for housing in Epping and are being supported and encouraged by Epping Town Council. 
The bungalow development is the third project where Theydon Trusts and Epping & Theydon Garnon Joint Charities have worked with Scotframe Timber Engineering and the organisations hope to work with the company again on future projects. 
After the ceremony a reception was held at Hemnall Social Club when enabled guests could find out more about the trust's next project. 
Theydon Trusts Limited is putting together information for Building Regulations as part of its plans to build the new Citizens Advice Bureau offices in Hemnall Street with two flats on the first floor.
The charity hopes to be on site by May 1.

   

ONGAR: Gamekeeper talk to ladies group

2.45pm - 7th April 2015

A TALK entitled 'A Gamekeeper's Year' was given by Graham Bendall to the April meeting of Ongar and Shelley Ladies Thursday Group. 
Mr Bendall had been a gamekeeper for 43 years. His father was also a gamekeeper, and as a child, Graham would help him in his work. 
After leaving school he decided he would follow in his father's footsteps. 
The next meeting is the AGM with a bring and buy stall on Thursday, May 7.

   

CHIGWELL: Motor home and antiques stolen

2.38pm - 7th April 2015

A MOTOR home and trailer containing rare antiques have been stolen in Chigwell. 
The vehicles, worth a five-figure sum, were stolen from Faversham Close between 8pm on March 8 and 7am on March 9. Details of the theft have only been released by police today. 
The antiques had been collected over a number of years by the owner and included paintings, wooden chests and vases. 
Anyone who may have seen the items or been offered them for sale is asked to ring police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For pictures of the motor home, trailer and some of the stolen items click here

   

HIGH BEACH: Man arrested after cyclist collision

8.28am - 6th April 2015

A MAN has been arrested over a road collision involving a car and a cyclist near High Beach. 
A 46-year-old man, from London, was cycling along Claypit Hill towards Waltham Abbey at about 3.20pm on Saturday when he was involved in a collision with a silver Mercedes car. 
The cyclist was taken to the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, with leg injuries. 
A 28-year-old man from east London, was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving. 
He has been released on police bail pending further enquiries until June 1.
Anyone with information should ring Chigwell Road Policing Unit on 101.

   

BUCKHURST HILL: Gold Krugerrands stolen

8.35am - 5th April 2015

POLICE are appealing for information about five gold Krugerrands which were stolen from a house in Buckhurst Hill. 
The coins were taken after thieves broke into the house on Epping New Road between 8am and 8pm on Monday, March 30, by smashing a rear patio door. 
An untidy search was carried out and two platinum wedding rings and a platinum engagement ring with a diamond were also taken. 
Investigating officer PC Ben Elliott said: "The gold Krugerrands are really quite distinctive and look. I would ask any pawn brokers, jewellery stores, antique dealers or second-hand shops to keep an eye out for these items and call us immediately with any information about them. 
"I would also like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in Epping New Road at the relevant times or who has any other information which could help our enquiries."
Anyone with information can call PC Elliott at Loughton CID on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

   

LOUGHTON: Festival appeals for volunteers

9.23am - 3rd April 2015

VOLUNTEERS are wanted to help deliver programmes for next month's Loughton Festival. 
Organiser Sue Taylor is appealing for volunteers who like walking to help distribute its programmes door to door or to churches, libraries and nurseries right across Epping Forest and in nearby London boroughs. 
Sue said: "Volunteers do not need to walk miles, just delivering to a couple of roads will be very much appreciated and if they can deliver more widely, then that will be an enormous help." 
Every year the Loughton accountants Haslers provide the Loughton Festival volunteers with boxes of programmes that advertise the festival events. 
For more information, email loughtonfestival@aol.com or leave a message on 020 8508 2512.

   

DISTRICT: Council awarded share of £900,000

9.21am - 3rd April 2015

EPPING Forest District Council is one of four Essex authorities awarded a total of almost £900,000 of government money as a result of support from Essex County Council. 
Braintree, Epping Forest, Harlow and Tendring have been given the money from the Department for Community and Local Government's Recycling Reward Scheme which aims to help councils increase their recycling rates by offering incentives such as shopping and loyalty rewards. 
Essex County Council's Funding and Investment Team helped facilitate the partnership and prepare their bid for the funding. 
The Essex bid scooped the largest pot of cash in the UK, having been handed £896,468 by DCLG, nearly 20 per cent of the total amount awarded. 
The award will allow the four local authorities to work together and roll out a reward scheme aimed at increasing recycling participation rates amongst households and in schools. 
Essex County Council's Funding and Investment Team provides Essex-based businesses, charities and public sector organisations with additional bid writing capacity, specialist advice and the strategic direction required to secure competitive funding.

   

DISTRICT: Youth council wins prestigious award

8.36am - 1st April 2015

EPPING Forest Youth Council was awarded the High Sheriff's Shield and received a cheque for £1,000 for their #URNotALone Bullying Awareness project. 
They were presented with the High Sheriff's Shield at the High Sheriffs' Awards ceremony by High Sheriff Nicholas Charrington at Hylands House, Chelmsford. 
The High Sheriffs' Awards ceremony gives well-deserved tributes and thanks to people who have made a major contribution to community safety and crime prevention in Essex. 
The #URNotALone Bullying Awareness project produced and distributed 1,200 wristband memory sticks promoting Bullying Awareness websites which promote support numbers and guidance for young people and parents who need help with bullying. 
The wristbands were given to all year 9 pupils in the Epping Forest district. Youth councillors Matthew Tinker, Joseph Pascoe and Jaymey McIvor along with Di Butler and Louis Walton, from the Epping Forest District Community Health and Wellbeing Team, were present to receive the award. 
More than 43 voluntary and community organisations were presented with trophies, certificates and grants totalling £23,471. 

Award winners from the Epping Forest district were: 

Epping Forest Youth Council - Winner of High Sheriffs' Shield 2014-15 plus £1,000 to help raise awareness of the impact of bullying amongst young people. 
Crucial Crew Epping Forest - £1,000 to help pay for an educational workbook for use in the 2015 Crucial Crew Crime Prevention and Personal Safety Education programme for ten and 11-year-old children in Epping Forest and Brentwood districts. 
Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF) - Garden maintenance - £600 to buy equipment for a garden maintenance project helping vulnerable, elderly and disabled people across Epping Forest district. Home safety for older people - £500 to assist with the installation of enhanced key safes in the homes of vulnerable people in Epping Forest district. 
Waltham Abbey Youth 2000 - £1,000 towards the cost of a confidential counselling facility for young people.

   

M11: Motorcyclist banned for clocking 148mph

8.33am - 1st April 2015

A MOTORCYCLIST who weaved in and out of traffic at speeds up to 148mph on the M11 between Hastingwood and Chigwell with a pillion passenger on board has been banned from driving for 15 months. 
Paul Roberts was filmed by an Essex Police motorcyclist as he rode south on the motorway. 
His top speed is believed to be the highest ever recorded in the UK by a rider carrying a pillion passenger.
Roberts, 43 of Malkin Drive Lane, Harlow, who runs a taxi firm in London, was riding to work on his Kawasaki ZZR 1400 with a friend as passenger on Friday September 12. 
He joined the M11 at Hastingwood and was seen and followed by PC Paul Hills who was involved in a motorcycle safety operation on the motorway. 
A video camera on PC Hill's bike recorded events as Roberts weaved across all three lanes. 
At one point he is seen riding through a narrow gap between a lorry and a car. Roberts was eventually stopped near Chigwell and later summonsed for dangerous driving. 
He admitted the offence and appeared for sentence at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday. He was also ordered to do 120 hours community service, told to take an extended re-test and to pay £460 costs. 
Sgt Nick Edwards, from the Essex Police Motorcycle Unit, said: "The levels of harm to which Paul Roberts subjected himself, his pillion passenger, the public and my officer are just beyond comprehension.
"These speeds are for race tracks not public roads. This riding behaviour will not be tolerated on Essex roads and the court has clearly recognised the consequences of the riders actions in the punishment that has been awarded. 
"The Essex Police Casualty Reduction Section continues to focus on targeting drivers and riders that through their actions pose the greatest risk of harm to themselves and other road users."
Sgt Edwards said PC Hills and other Essex Police motorcyclists were carrying out a specific operation targeting motorcycle commuters using the M11. 
This was in a direct response to complaints from members of the public about inappropriate filtering between lanes by motorcyclists and a high number across the county of serious road collisions involving motorcycles. 

The Essex Police video footage can be viewed here