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CHIGWELL: Students become 'pen pals' with care home residents

9.31am - 21st July 2018

A GROUP of students from West Hatch High School have become 'pen pals' with residents at Sherrell House residential care home in Chigwell. 

Six Year 7 students - Pritiga Srikumar, Paige Crandley, Harristone Mayemba, Teddy Reid and Aamna and Mohammed Fraz - visited the home, each taking with them a letter they had written specially for the visit to read to their chosen pen pal. 

Headteacher Daniel Leonard said: "As a school we are always keen to develop links with the local community. 

"The students chatted for over an hour with the residents and at the end the residents said they had thoroughly enjoyed the visit and hoped we would be back soon.

"The students too enjoyed their time at the home and are looking forward to the next visit."


LOUGHTON: School says goodbye to site manager after 31 years

3.21pm - 20th July 2018


STAFF and pupils at Thomas Willingale School and Nursery in The Broadway, Debden, have held a special assembly to say goodbye to site manager Barbara Yarwood who has retired after 31 years at the school. 

Mrs Yarwood was presented with many pink-themed presents before children from each year group presented her with specially decorated cards. 

Headteacher Teresa Phillips said: "We had to say goodbye to not only an amazing site manager but a dear friend too. 

"Barbara has been working at Thomas Willingale School for 31 years and has been a huge part of the soul that makes our school what it is. 

"She will be sorely missed by everyone, children and adults alike. 

"Those that have been lucky to have been through our school in the last 31 years will be some of the unique people who can remember an all singing, all dancing, purple-haired, laughing and fun loving caretaker - there really isn't anyone quite like her!" 

The school sang a special song dedicated to Mrs Yarwood, written to the tune of Hey Big Spender. 

Her final day at The Broadway school also saw her tour Loughton in a pink stretch limousine. 

Miss Phillips said: "She is leaving in true Barbara style!" 

The school also said goodbye to an amazing group of Year 6 children and wished them well in their future studies at secondary school.



DISTRICT: First-of-its-kind Community Safety Hub officially launched

2.21pm - 20th July 2018


THE new Epping Forest Community Safety Hub has been officially launched by Epping Forest MP Dame Eleanor Laing. 

Epping Forest District Council and Essex Police have joined forces, together with other agencies, to create the Hub at the Civic Offices in Epping. 

Today's official launch and plaque unveiling marked an even stronger partnership between the council and Essex Police. 

The Hub comprises the council’s Community Safety Team, a Police Sergeant and two experienced Police Constables funded and tasked by the district council, working together with other partners involved with crime prevention and community safety. 

It is believed to be the first of its kind in the country. Guests included Dame Eleanor Laing MP, Police and Fire Commissioner for Essex Roger Hirst, Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet and local councillors.

They joined council officers and police officers to open the Hub which has been in operation since the end of June. 

Councillor Sam Kane, Epping Forest District Council's Safer Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder, who hosted the launch, said: "Over recent years there has been a sustained period of demand for councils to increase the use of their powers to deal with issues of anti-social behaviour, disorder and environmental crime.

"At the same time, the Government has introduced significant new legislation giving police and councils effective new powers to deal with these issues. 

"Epping Forest District Council is already making use of the new powers but enforcement is often the main responsibility of the police, which can lead to a disjointed approach. 

"I am hopeful that the creation of this unique Community Safety Hub will prove to be revolutionary for the district.” 

Dame Eleanor, who unveiled the plaque, said: "This is a brilliant initiative. I am genuinely delighted to unveil the plaque to mark the launch of the Epping Forest Communtiy Safety Hub. 

"There is in our area increasing fear of a rise in crime and I am pleased to be able to tell people that Epping Forest District Council in conjunction with Essex Police and our local community are doing something about it. 

"I would like thank the district council, Essex Police and everyone who has been involved in making this ground-breaking initiative come together.”

Guests were shown around the Hub’s Office, which has been newly refurbished in accordance with the council’s Strategic Accommodation Strategy. The team has adopted agile working, clear desk policies and utilises the facilities of Office 365. 

Councillor Kane said: "It is believed that the initiative of a district council both funding and tasking police officers is the first in the country, and may be a flagship for others to follow. 

"The council and Essex Police are proud of the close links that they already have with each other, and the creation of the new Community Safety Hub is a tangible demonstration of that continuing innovative partnership working. 

"The council’s funding of the three police officers will initially run for the next three years, when its success will be reviewed." 

For more information about the Epping Forest Community Safety hub contact the Community Safety Team at safercommunities@eppingforestdc.gov.uk



EPPING/ONGAR: The Ongar Academy appoints interim headteacher

7.31am - 20th July 2018

THE former executive headteacher of Epping St John's School has been appointed interim headteacher of The Ongar Academy following the resignation of headteacher David Grant.

 Alan Osborne, according to a social media post by Epping St John's School chairman of governors Ben Murphy, has been appointed on an interim basis for one term. 

Mr Murphy added: "I would like to wish Mr Osborne the very best of luck for his future endeavours. 

He worked exceptionally hard at ESJ to recruit an outstanding body of teachers who are leading the school forward on the Governing Body's #Journey2Outstanding strategy. 

"No one person can claim they are responsible for the school's success - it has been a remarkable team effort, of which I am enormously proud. 

"Our community school will continue to put students at the heart of all we do and the leadership team will remain focused on delivering outstanding opportunity for all."


EPPING: Tributes paid to crash victim

8.40am - 19th July 2018

THE family of a man who died following a collision on Thornwood Road, Epping, have issued a tribute to him. 

Paul Edwards, 34, from Epping, died after the car he was travelling in left the road and hit a tree shortly after 1am last Thursday. 

A tribute from his family said: "Paul was a dearly loved son, brother, boyfriend and friend to everyone who knew him.

"He worked in recruitment and was looking forward to a bright future having recently started a new job in the city, which he was very excited about.

"Paul enjoyed cooking for friends and family as well as playing golf. 

"All his family will miss Paul very much, as will his friends, whose visits and kind words have been greatly appreciated."


#EEF999LIVE: NORTH WEALD: Two arrested after police pursuit

8.38am - 19th July 2018

TWO men have been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs following a pursuit in North Weald. 

Officers received reports of a suspicious vehicle in Blenheim Way shortly before 2am yesterday (Wednesday). 

Officers signalled for the vehicle to stop but the it drove on and the occupants got into a second car that was waiting in a layby. 

This vehicle drove off at speed but was located in Weald Bridge Road at about 3.05am. 

A 20-year-old man, from North Weald, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, failing to stop for police, driving without insurance, dangerous driving, possession with intent to supply and theft of a motor vehicle. 

Thanks to the efforts of police dogs, officers arrested a second man - aged 21 - in Vicarage Lane East, North Weald, at about 4.05am.


EPPING: New benches and planters for Market Garden Terrace

8.30am - 19th July 2018

MONEY raised by an Open Gardens event in Epping has been used to buy benches and planters for the Market Garden Terrace off Epping High Street. 

The event, in May, raised £850 for Epping in Bloom and the money paying for two new benches and four wooden planters. 

Two giant pots now feature two bay trees which will become the Epping in Bloom Christmas trees.

Epping in Bloom chairman Victoria Robertson said: "The gardeners were invited for pancakes and Prosecco and to see the newly installed items." 

Victoria thanked the gardeners for their fundraising efforts and said the new benches will provide much-needed additional seating which will be of great benefit at lunchtimes when the garden is enjoyed by local workers on their lunch breaks. 

Victoria added: "The gardeners were so thrilled to see that the money they raised has been put to such good use for the community to enjoy."


LOUGHTON: College principal to leave

9.09am - 16th July 2018

EPPING Forest College CEO and principal Saboohi Famili is to leave the college on July 31 "due to merger plans". 

The college will merge with New City College on August 1. 

Ms Famili was appointed CEO and Principal in September 2016. 

She said: "Epping Forest College will continue to have a long future and I want to thank all staff and governors for working with me in partnership to secure the future of the college and for improving the quality of education for our students. 

"The college is, indeed, a different and better place to work and study and this is thanks to everyone’s hard work. 

"I have witnessed first-hand the results of the staff’s dedication and commitment to our students. 

"It has been a very rewarding time for me and I shall miss a great deal about the college, especially the people I have worked and made friends with." 

She added: "I am pleased we have chosen NCC, one of the UK’s largest and leading FE colleges, as our merger partner. 

"Our merger with NCC will secure a sustainable future for the college and the communities it serves.” 

Martin Rosner, chairman of the Board of Governors at Epping Forest College, said: "Epping Forest College has been privileged to have been led by Saboohi over the last two years. 

"When she joined, the quality of provision was poor and just a few weeks after her appointment Ofsted judged the college to be 'Inadequate'. 

"Within just over a year Ofsted re-inspected the college, acknowledged the substantial improvements that had been made and increased the college grades accordingly. 

"Much of this improvement is down to the inspired, dedicated and diligent contribution of Saboohi." 

He added: "The forthcoming merger with NCC will help Epping Forest College to develop and build upon our strengths for our learners and ensure the college has a brighter and sustainable long-term future for our community and the wider region. 

"On behalf of all the staff, governors and students of Epping Forest College, we wish Saboohi our very best wishes for the future."


#EEF999LIVE: BUCKHURST HILL: Three held over drugs offences

10.01am - 15th July 2018

THREE teenagers have been arrested for drugs offences after police stopped a vehicle in Brook Road, Buckhurst Hill. 

Officers signalled for a vehicle to stop at about 12.25am yesterday (Saturday). 

Officers found drugs and a large amount of cash. 

An officer was injured during the incident yet still managed to make the arrests. 

A 17-year-old boy, from Wimslow, Cheshire, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of drugs with intent to supply. 

A 17-year-old boy, from Ilford, was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and possession of drugs with intent to supply. 

A 19-year-old man, from Chigwell, was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs.

All were being held in custody for questioning.


EPPING: Driver dies after car hits tree

8.24am - 12th July 2018

A MOTORIST has died after a car left the road and hit a tree along Thornwood Road, Epping. 

The road between Woodside and The Plain remains closed following the crash which happened shortly after 1am. 

The driver died at the scene. Next of kin have been contacted by officers. 

Police say the road closure is causing significant delays and officers are asking drivers to avoid the area where possible. 

Police want to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything, was driving in the area and has dash cam footage, or has any other information. 

Anyone with information is asked to ring the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting incident 93 of July 12, or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk


EPPING: Town council opposes Conservation Area apartment plans

8.16pm - 11th July 2018

PLANS to demolish a house in a conservation area off Epping High Street and build a three-storey block of nine apartments on the site are being opposed by the town council. 

ARA Homes has submitted proposals for the two-bedroom apartments on the site of 1 Buttercross Lane, with parking for nine cars. 

Planning and general purposes committee councillors voted unanimously to object saying the proposals would impact on the conservation area and "decimate" the street scene. 

Councillors also voiced concern over the high density of the proposed development, traffic issues and the loss of six trees. 

Councillor Tony Church told last night's meeting: "I am wholeheartedly against this massive overdevelopment. It will cause a tunneling effect (along Buttercross Lane), the parking of one per unit is unrealistic - it will be at least two." 

He added: "Having lived in Buttercross Lane or just off it, it's a very, very difficult road to get in and out of and the additional traffic would be unacceptable. 

"The density is extremely high, it's way over the proposed Local Plan and the Neighbourhood Plan density.

"Buttercross Lane is one of the older lanes in Epping and we will lose the whole character of the road. It has some beautiful properties and it will absolutely decimate the street scene. 

"I don't think this fits in in any way with the Conservation Area." 

Committee chairman Nigel Avey said: "Once again we are confronted with an application that involves knocking down a perfectly good family home." 

Councillor Michael Wright expressed concern over how emergency vehicles would get along the lane with the expected additional traffic the apartments would attract. 

Councillor Barbara Scruton said: "It creates a tunnel, it's just overpowering. As a council we have said we are against family houses being demolished." 

David Shaw, speaking for applicant ARA Homes, said there was a "compelling case" for approval. 

He said the development would replace a property - 1 Buttercross Lane - which has a "negative effect" on the lane. 

He said it would be more in keeping and was an acceptable form of development. 

Mr Shaw added that senior district council planning officer Jill Shingler had said she favoured the proposal over a terrace of cottages. 

He added the proposed development would have a lower ridge height than Doubleday House on the other side of Buttercross Lane with the apartments having no impact on the highway and be an improvement to the street scene. 

Geoff Clarke, who has lived next to the application site with his wife, Anne, for 22 years, told the town council's planning and general purposes committee: 

"We love living there." 

He told the meeting the proposed development would not improve the open aspect of the area, it would be overpowering and have a higher ridge height of the neighbouring house.


LOUGHTON: Colleges agree to merge

5.18pm - 10th July 2018

THE Corporations of Epping Forest College and New City College have agreed to go ahead with their proposed merger, from August 1. 

Chair of the EFC Board of Governors Martin Rosner said: "This merger will secure the future of Epping Forest College, and support its journey of improvement. 

"The merger will give our team improved access to much-needed resources and a robust Group structure focused on quality and student success.” 

Group Principal and CEO of New City College Gerry McDonald said: "We are pleased that Epping Forest College will be joining the New City College Group. 

"We are committed to a merger model which is positive and beneficial to students and local communities."

From 1 August, the New City College Group will comprise campuses across Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Redbridge and Epping Forest and will have an annual turnover of £74m. 

There will be no change for students as a result of the merger. They will continue their studies at the campus at which they enrolled. 

To read the summary consultation report click here


LOUGHTON: Street collection for RNLI

5.00pm - 10th July 2018

A STREET collection by the Loughton and Woodford branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution raised £427.80. 

The collection was held in Loughton and the surrounding area. 

Spokesman Mike Evans said: "Sadly lack of help meant we were unable to collect in either Buckhurst Hill or Debden and at times we were reduced to one person in Loughton but, as ever, we received generous support and raised £427.80. 

"Our thanks to everyone who contributed."


LOUGHTON: Final three shopping park units let

1.55pm - 9th July 2018

THE last three remaining units on the Epping Forest Shopping Park in Langston Road, Loughton, have been let with premises for Mountain Warehouse and Home Bargains being fitted out. 

Meanwhile Boots are in "advanced stages" of negotiation. 

An Epping Forest District Council report states that if the Boots plans proceed according to the approved planning conditions, there will be no pharmacy operating as part of the new store. 

The shopping park is nearing its first anniversary of the first units opening. 

A council report states: "All of the tenants have reported that they are trading well and the park is proving popular with customers."


ONGAR: Town's first female firefighter

1.20pm - 9th July 2018

ONGAR Fire Station has welcomed its first female firefighter.

Dita Kotoulova, Ongar’s newest on-call firefighter, says she is determined to prove that if you have enough determination then you can achieve anything. 

She said: "About a year-and-a-half ago I was thinking about what I wanted my future to look like, and there it was - firefighter. "My physical strength, my calm thinking during stressful situations, wanting to help others and my life experience - I thought it would be perfect."

 A self-confessed ‘fitness freak’, Dita moved to the UK 14 years ago from the Czech Republic, and alongside gaining qualifications in horse riding and interpreting, became part of the Nuclear Races team; physically challenging herself to race over obstacles, something which has taken her as far afield as Ohio, USA. 

Already confident about her fitness and strength levels, Dita applied to be an on-call firefighter after attending a taster session earlier this year. 

Soon after, she visited Ongar Fire Station to introduce herself and was welcomed by the crew immediately. 

She said: "Before I came to the station I wondered how they were going to look at me and if they’d be thinking, ‘oh she’s a girl and she’s not going to be able to do it’, but I think when they saw how strong I was they just forgot about that. They treated me as part of the team straight away." 

She said: "I’ve found the fitness part quite easy. You do need to be strong and tough to deal with the heat but the experience is pretty much exactly as I expected and I think that’s because I’d already spoken to so many people about doing it."

Dita has also found that it fits into her life well. 

Being self-employed and not working a typical 9-5 job means she can offer daytime cover, while still going about her life as normal. 

"There’s a gym just up the road so I’m able to carry on training very close to the station and then just do my longer runs when I’m not providing cover," she said. 

Dita has ambitions to become a wholetime firefighter and is determined that by keeping up the hard work and motivation she’ll continue achieving her goals.


LOUGHTON: School holds Race for Life day

1.17pm - 9th July 2018

PUPILS and staff at Thomas Willingale School and Nursery, The Broadway, Debden, raised over £1,400 for Cancer Research UK when they held their own Race for Life fundraising day. 

The school raised £771 on the day and are currently still receiving online donations for sponsorship.

Headteacher Teresa Philips said: "Once again the sun is shining for us as we Race For Life, raising considerable amounts of money for Cancer Research UK. 

"Our children dressed for the occasion in shades of pink and their faces were painted to support all the warriors out there who are affected by cancer.

"Our wonderful families joined us for a picnic lunch where we all came together in solidarity. 

"It was great to hear comments such as 'I really love this day, 'this is such a wonderful event', 'thank you for being such a caring school' from parents as they left with smiles and a summer glow!" 

She added: "This year our school community has been affected by cancer one too many times. We have lost both staff and parents. 

"It is through fundraising events like these that treatments have been developed and because of the work of Cancer Research UK some of us have been fortunate enough to be survivors." 

To support the school's fundraising efforts - and to make a donation - go to https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/donate/e9af8f5c-198c-4922-b4f0-5dc04a2222af/details


DISTRICT: Youth council celebrates tenth anniversary

8.48am - 7th July 2018

EPPING Forest Youth Council marked its ten-year anniversary with an evening reception at the Houses of Parliament hosted by Epping Forest MP Dame Eleanor Laing. 

The evening was attended by more than 80 youth councillors past and present. 

The Youth Council presented a film highlighting their work, photographs spanning the ten years were displayed alongside examples of the youth-lead project work. 

Through Epping Forest Youth Council, local young people are given a democratic voice and are able to influence the decisions that directly affect their lives. 

Youth councillors have developed and delivered a range of project work covering themes such as promotion of activities for young people, personal safety awareness, drugs education, youth volunteering and positive mental health campaigns in consultation with their peers. 

Dame Eleanor delivered a keynote speech praising the work of the Youth Council. 

Other speakers were council chairman Richard Bassett, leisure and community services portfolio holder Helen Kane, councillor Holly Whitbread, High Sheriff of Essex Bryan Burrough and current and past youth councillors Ellis Spicer, Jaymey McIvor, Matthew Tinker, Adam Freeman and Florence New.


#EEF999LIVE: HASTINGWOOD: Fifteen people held over immigration offences

4.08pm - 6th July 2018

FIFTEEN people have been detained on suspicion of immigration offences after they were seen leaving a lorry on the B1393 Epping Road near Thornwood.

Police officers as well as ambulances and the police helicopter were involved in the incident which happened between Epping and the M11 roundabout at Hastingwood at about 6.25pm last night. 

The stretch of road was closed for a time while officers dealt with the incident. 

A police spokesman has told Everything Epping Forest that 15 people were found at the scene. Twelve were transferred to immigration while three were taken to hospital. 

A spokesman said: "They have subsequently been arrested on suspicion of immigration offences and are currently in custody."


FYFIELD: Parish council starts legal action against travellers

UPDATED 7.41am - 6th July 2018

District Commander Chief Inspector Lewis Basford told Everything Epping Forest last night that a Section 61 order had been issued requiring the travellers to leave the site by 11am today (Friday),.
It has been reported on social media that the travellers left yesterday evening.

4.15pm - 5th July 2018

FYFIELD Parish Council has started legal action against travellers who have moved onto the sports field at Fyfield Village Hall. 

A group of travellers moved onto the council-owned field on Monday. 

A statement posted on the parish council's website states: "The council's request for the travellers to leave appears to have been ignored and Essex Police have completed an assessment and have determined that they cannot take action to evict them under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act. 

"The parish council has therefore commenced its own legal action to seek a County Court order to enforce an eviction."

It is anticipated that the matter will be discussed at the parish council meeting on Monday.


ONGAR: Pianist wins Young Musician competition

9.56am - 5th July 2018

PIANIST Jamie Cochrane has won Ongar Music Club's Young Musician of the Year competition. 

Jamie, 17, lives in Shenfield and attends King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford. 

He was one of eight semi-finalists who each played a 15-minute programme at the Budworth Hall, Ongar.

The judging panel, made up of five professional musicians, selected four finalists to each perform a 25-minute programme in the evening.

Jamie is studying A-Levels and plans to continue his studies at music college. 

Second prize went to soprano Esme Smith, 23, from Dunmow, and third prize to Ralph Thomas Williams, 24, a counter-tenor from Chelmsford. 

Fourth prize was awarded to cellist Rachael Bull, 24, from Billericay. 

The two prizes for competitors aged under 19 were awarded to Alex Usher, 17, clarinet, from Leigh-on-Sea (The Hall Memorial Prize) and Vivien Wong, 14, clarinet, from Colchester (The Timms Prize).


LOUGHTON: All set for Love Loughton day

9.54am - 5th July 2018

THIS year's Love Loughton family fun day is on this Saturday (July 7) from noon until 3pm. 

Organisers are encouraging people to visit St Mary's Church, High Road, from noon - with plenty of time to enjoy the entertainment before the England v Sweden World Cup quarter-final. 

There will be various stage acts from the local community including the newly-formed Love Loughton Community Choir which has been practising hard for five weeks. 

Passers-by may have heard preview if they have been passing the church on a Monday evening. St John Fisher Primary School choir will also be performing along with the ever-popular Jackie Jensen Zumba group. 

Tough Talk will have their weights out and a story to tell and the local PopChoir and Dance Factory will also be taking to the stage. 

There will also ice creams and other refreshments, crafts, bouncy castles and various stalls in the church.


EPPING: Football club has new home kit sponsor

9.13am - 5th July 2018

THE traditional Turkish barbers VIP Grooming Lounge in High Street, Epping, will be Epping Town Football Club's home kit sponsor for the new season. 

Club chairman Chris Ottaway said: "I firmly believe that Epping Town Football Club is building a great product for local fans and businesses and to have such a slick organisation backing us is an absolute delight. 

"It is definitely the place to get your hair done and I won’t be going anywhere else."


UPSHIRE: Homes evacuated during bungalow blaze

2.48pm - 2nd July 2018

THIRTY-eight people had to be evacuated from their homes after a blaze broke out in a bungalow in Avey Lane, Upshire, and spread to industrial units. 

An investigation has been launched into the case of last night's fire which happened at about 11.30pm. Seven fire crews - from Loughton, Waltham Abbey, Chingford, Epping, Harlow and Corringham - were initially called to the scene. 

Firefighters arrived to find a bungalow 50 per cent alight. 

The bungalow was next to a number of vans and industrial units which were 100 per cent alight. 

At 1.30am firefighters requested that all homes within 200 metres of the bungalow were evacuated for safety reasons. 

Most residents were allowed back after about two hours. 

Waltham Abbey Fire Station Watch Manager Dave Horton said: "When we arrived we were faced with a well-established fire which was spreading quickly. 

"I immediately requested attendance of more crews due to difficult water access and the sheer size of the incident. 

"We also discovered early on that there were multiple cylinders containing liquefied petroleum gas, so took the decision to evacuate surrounding properties and worked with Essex Police to do this. 

"Crews worked well in these difficult conditions to surround and section the fire and tackle it quickly and safely. 

"Our cross border working also worked well with the support of London Fire Brigade's Chingford crew.

"The fire was extinguished just after 3am and crews stayed on site to check for hot spots, as well as returning at 8am to ensure the scene was still safe. 

"Unfortunately the bungalow has been completely destroyed, along with a number of barns and vehicles on the site."


EPPING: Bumper turnout at Epping Town Show

2.45pm - 2nd July 2018

A BUMPER crowd turned out for the annual Epping Town Show which featured a variety of arena entertainment and dozens of stalls manned by local organisations.

The event, organised by Epping Town Council, was officially opened by Town Mayor councillor Nigel Avey who, with Deputy Lieutenant of Essex Michael Chapman, was lead into the arena by the Epping Forest Pipe Band.

 Arena entertainment was provided by Illusions Dance Academy, John Daddio Clarke and Linda Em (from Epping Music Club), Crossfit Kids, Epping Forest Band, Theydon and Abridge Jazz Club, the Etcetera Morris Men and Te Ashi Do Karate. New this year was a fun dog show sponsored by Doggie Doo's Salon.

There was also a Punch and Judy show, walkabouts by Peppa Pig and Chase Dog from Paw Patrol, a circus skills workshop, children's painting competition and an art display, and falconry and birds of prey displays. 

Epping Town Council thanks everyone who supported the event, including Mullucks Wells estate agent for displaying Town Show advertising boards around the town and providing volunteers, and Sadlers Taxis.

Town Mayor councillor Nigel Avey said: "The Town Show takes months of organising and I would like to thank our excellent staff for all their hard work. It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves in the sunshine at what is an excellent showcase for Epping."



EPPING: Football club receives Tesco support

9.25am - 1st July 2018

EPPING'S Tesco store is supporting Epping Town Football Club and will be providing hospitality at two or three of the club's first team home matches this season. 

Epping Town is appealing for local businesses to come forward and sponsor the club which will be playing in Senior Division 4 of the Essex Olympian League. 

The club, which has played at Stonards Hill Recreation Ground under various names over the decades, will be playing in its 70th anniversary season.

Club chairman Chris Ottaway said: "We are delighted to have received the support of Epping's Tesco store and hope other local businesses will want to support their local team in various ways. 

"We look forward to discussing various sponsorship ideas with them in the coming weeks."


LOUGHTON / BUCKHURST HILL: Police believe robberies may be linked

9.23am - 1st July 2018

POLICE believe a series of robberies in Loughton and Buckhurst Hill may be linked. 

The first took place in Roding Gardens, Loughton, at around midnight last night (Friday) when a man in his 30s was approached by two men who assaulted him and stole his backpack. 

Then, just after 1.10am, a group of teenagers were robbed and assaulted by three people in Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill. 

A short time later, at about 1.15am, a man in his 20s was approached by three men in Princes Road, Buckhurst Hill, and stole his bag. 

In each incident the men involved have been described as in their late teens or early 20s and wearing dark-coloured or grey clothing. 

In the second and third incidents the men were described as wearing hooded tops with the hoods up.

Police believe the robbers may have walked from Loughton to Buckhurst Hill or used the Tube. 

Anyone with any information, including CCTV or dash cam footage, is asked to ring police on 101 quoting incidents 37, 84, and 91 of 29/06, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.