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Church submits community centre plans

4.31pm - 24th October 2014

PLANS for a two-storey community centre adjoining St John's Church in Epping have been submitted to Epping Forest District Council. 
The ambitious project - the Heart of Epping project - would see St John's House, next to the church, demolished to make way for the new building. 
An outline planning application has been drawn up for the community centre building which would provide meeting rooms, a church hall, café and toilets. 
There would also be a wheelchair accessible toilet and a small kitchen.


TV star highlights "shocker" potholes

2.38pm - 24th October 2014

TELEVISION presenter and actor Bradley Walsh spoke out about the state of local potholed roads when he appeared on The One Show on BBC1. 
He described Gravel Lane, Chigwell, and Epping Lane in Stapleford Tawney as "a shocker". 
Walsh said that in 11 months he had needed five new tyres and with the cost of wheel refurbs had spent a total of £1,500 on car repairs. 
He said he submitted letters, photographs and invoices to the district and county councils but had been told there was "insufficient evidence" for compensation. 
"Gravel Lane and Epping Lane, it's a shocker," he said on last nignt's programme. 
When he criticised Epping Forest District Council - which is not responsible for pothole repairs - and presenter Alex Jones said the authority was not present to defend itself, Walsh quipped: "They can't get here, they've fallen down a pothole." 
Earlier this month Essex County Council said the number of potholes, cracks and other defects on main roads in Essex had reduced by more than 80 per cent since June 2014 - from 1,073 to 240 on the main (Priority 1) roads, and from 2,590 to 333 on Priority 2 roads. 
However latest quarterly figures show defects requiring work on local roads rose from 12,972 to 14,549.
Highways and transportation cabinet member Rodney Bass said: “By doubling the number of crews fixing our main roads to 36 we have seen some dramatic results. 
"Those crews have been moving over to tackle the local rural roads for several weeks to start bringing down the number of potholes and defects on those roads as well. 
"By solving this problem strategically we are improving our roads and increasing safety across the county.” 
The council says more than 11,000 defects have been repaired across the three networks over the last three months.


Chigwell man tricked out of £30,000

10.45am - 24th October 2014

A CHIGWELL man was tricked out of £30,000 after a conman posing as a police officer warned he would be arrested if he failed to hand over cash. 
The sum is one of the highest taken in the county during a long-running series of telephone scams being carried by organised crime gangs. 
The victim, who is in his 60s, was contacted by a man claiming to be a Metropolitan Police detective. 
He was told that criminals had infiltrated his bank account and deposited £30,000 in counterfeit cash. 
The fake officer then asked the man to take out the £30,000 so that it could be forensically examined. 
The man was asked to call his bank to check that extra funds were in his account but the original call had been kept open and his "call" was answered by another fraudster who confirmed that money had been deposited. 
The bogus officer then called back and asked the man to withdraw £15,000 from two branches of the bank and in £20 and £50 notes as these were the easiest to fake. 
He took out the money and was told a courier would collect it. But he felt uncomfortable when the courier arrived and sent him away. 
The fake detective then telephoned the victim and warned he would be arrested for impeding a police investigation if he failed to hand over the cash. 
Following the threat he gave the £30,000 to the courier. 
The fraud happened on September 30 and despite extensive investigations the trickster and courier cannot be identified. 
An efit image of the courier has been released by police. 
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Maleary said: "These criminals have become abusive in the past but this is the first time they have forced the victim to comply with their demands by making an arrest threat. 
"This is one of the highest amounts taken in Essex and shows just how convincing these thieves can be. They are professional criminals and are absolutely ruthless. 
"The only answer is to put the phone down and call Essex Police whenever you get any call asking for money to be taken out of your bank account. 
"It is absolutely vital that people are reminded that your bank and the police would never ask for your bank account details or PIN number over the phone, never ask you to withdraw money and send it to them and never ask you to send them your bank cards or any other personal property." 
More than 800 similar thefts and attempted thefts have been reported in Essex since the scam first came to light in January 2013, and similar crimes have been reported in the Met Police area and other counties.
More than 140 people in Essex have been tricked out of money and the total stolen is more than £500,000. 
Anyone who can identify the man in the efit should ring investigating officer PC Danielle Brennan at Loughton on 101.


Allotment charges to increase

10.36am - 24th October 2014

ALLOTMENT charges in Ongar and Shelley are to increase by £6 a year from next month and then by £2 every year for a full plot, the town council has decided. 
The increase will help cover the cost of water main rates for the Moreton Road site - where a mains supply has recently been installed to save allotment holders having to collect water from Cripsey Brook - and an increase from £35 to £300 a year in the rent demanded from the council for the Castle Street site. 
It will mean the cost of a full plot will increase from £30 to £36 (to £18 for a half plot). 
Half plot fees will then increase by £1 a year from November 2015. 
Simon Cole, chairman of the Ongar Allotments and Gardens Society, told last night's town council finance committee meeting that the 20 per cent increase followed a 14 per cent rise in 2010-11. 
He said: "We're a leisure activity and have a broad range of participants. We'd like it to be considered that the costs are held."


Council to raise "legal issue" over planned parish meeting

10.19am - 24th October 2014

ONGAR Town Council is to raise a "legal issue" with the six electors who have called a Parish Meeting over the future of the Ongar Social and Sports Club facilities. 
Town clerk Aimi Middlehurst told councillors of the situation during last night's finance committee meeting.
Reading a prepared statement, she told the meeting: 
"It has come to light this evening (Thursday), having taken advice from the EALC (Essex Association of Local Councils) and NALC (National Association of Local Councils), that a legal issue has arisen with regard to the Parish Meeting scheduled for October 30.
"I think it is only courteous that the council raises the issue with the six electors who have convened the meeting before going any further. 
"I will be contacting them in writing tomorrow (Friday) and issue a further statement in due course." 
No details have been disclosed about the "legal issue". 
The six electors have convened the meeting which was scheduled to take place at Zinc Arts Centre, High Street, Ongar, at 7.30pm on Thursday. 
However Everything Epping Forest understands that seven clear days' notice have to be given ahead of such a meeting so it appears that next week's meeting is now unlikely to take place. 
Depending on the outcome of any Parish Meeting a parish poll could take place. 
A parish poll would be run by Epping Forest District Council along the same lines as a local election with polling stations and a count, and would cost the town council between £3,000 and £5,000 plus the cost of hiring a hall for the initial meeting. 
Any result of a Parish Poll is not binding so would mean that the town council would not have to go back on its decision to take over the management of the Love Lane facilities when the current lease expires next February. 
The town council has repeatedly said that it wants to improve the facilities, enhance the current sporting options available at the club and introduce new sports. 
It also plans to have the facilities open longer hours and hold special events. 
The council has already installed a new water main to the clubhouse and intends to install a new kitchen.
Angus McKenzie, who has experience of running sports and social clubs and played a leading role in the organising of the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has been appointed as manager for the facilities. 
He takes up his new position next month.


School aiming for further debating success

8.43am - 23rd October 2014

A TEAM from Roding Valley High School, Loughton, will be aiming for a hat-trick of victories when the school takes part in this year's Epping Forest Schools Parliamentary Debating Competition. 
This year the debate will focus on whether or not the voting age should be reduced. 
Students from seven of the district's schools will battle it out in the annual competition which is organised by Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing. 
The Roding Valley High School team of Olivia Tinker and Hannah Smith will be speaking against the motion: "This House believes that the age at which people can vote should be reduced from 18 to 16." 
Abi Atkinson, the school's Challenge and Enrichment Co-ordinator, said: "This year the students are really feeling the pressure to retain the cup. The team have some big acts to follow but are feeling confident."
Olivia, who was part of the research team for the team last year, said: "It's a fantastic opportunity to be part of the team this year, this time with my younger brother (Matthew) who is in the position I was in last year.
"We are both very much looking forward to the evening." 
Mrs Laing said: "The issue of the voting age should prove to be a great topic for debate. 
"The debating competition is always a good evening and it is always marvellous to see such a high standard of public speaking from the students who take part." 
The competition is being held at Roding Valley High School, Loughton - as the current holder of the trophy - on Friday, November 7 (6.30pm start).


Council launches festive window competition

5.08pm - 22nd October 2014

ONGAR Town Council is again running a 'best dressed festive window' competition for businesses this Christmas. 
This year the theme is 'Christmas during the First World War'.
Independent judges will be looking for eye-catching and imaginative displays which reflect the theme.
Prizes and certificates will be awarded to the winner and two runners-up. 
Public relations committee chairman Sheila Jackman said: "We hope we will get many entries as there is no doubt that attractive shop windows act as an enticement to shoppers, so please help us brighten up the town for the festive season."


Award for Loughton Foodbank

4.35pm - 22nd October 2014

THE Loughton Foodbank has received a third place award and £2,000 in the Procter and Gamble Community Matters Awards 
The money will help sustain the Loughton Foodbank and provide further resources to help and support people in crisis in Epping Forest. 
The award was present to Loughton Foodbank's voluntary project manager Heather Scholer. 
Since opening in June last year Loughton Foodbank has provided emergency food parcels to more than 350 adults and more than 250 children in the local area. 
Since April this year it has supported 171 adults and 140 children. 
All have been referred to the Foodbank by frontline care professionals.


College launches Tottenham Hotspur partnership

1.52pm - 22nd October 2014

THE Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and Epping Forest College have come together to create an Education and Football Development Programme. 
The programme combines academic study with elite level football coaching and league competition. 
Forty boys, aged between 16 and 19 have enrolled in the programme which is designed to capture their imagination and inspire them to fulfil their academic and sporting potential. 
Grant Cornwell, chief executive officer and Head of Global Coaching for The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, visited the college to present a plaque in recognition of the partnership. 
He said: “This Partnership is so important and everyone associated with it is so proud that Epping Forest College, a local college to the club, has taken the programme forward. 
"It’s not just about football; in today’s world the focus has to be on getting qualifications, and this programme aligns academic study with sport.” 
Grant spoke to the students enrolled on the programme, saying: “I hope this is going to be a long and fruitful partnership. Good luck for the season ahead, on and off the pitch. 
"Remember, that academic progress is vital. We want you to develop as footballers but more importantly we want you to develop your knowledge and understanding and achieve academic success.” 
College principal Penny Morgan said: “We are extremely proud to be working in partnership with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. Working in collaboration with such a well-established and prestigious employer is an exciting development for the college. 
"The partnership has opened up excellent opportunities that will allow us to make a real difference in the lives of our learners. 
"We are looking forward to seeing the positive effect it will have on our young people, giving them invaluable experience and playing an important part in their pursuit of excellence.” 
Anyone interested in applying for the course can visit www.efc.ac.uk or attend the next open event on November 8 (10am-1pm) and speak to staff and students about the course.


Young singers take to the stage

11.26am - 22nd October 2014

SINGERS aged from five to 18 took to the stage at E15 Acting School, Loughton, for a performance in front of a packed audience. 
For some of the parents and other relatives it was the first time they had seen the children perform in public.
 All the singers are either taught by Catherine Sheehy either at her classes at Theydon Bois Village hall) or privately at her home music room. 
Catherine said: "Each singer is at an individual level of training and this is expressed by way of repertoire choice. Some singers hadn't even been heard by their parents until the performance whereas others have sat the London College of Music Singing (Music Theatre or Pop) exams with me." 
She added: "I'm very proud that to date all singers have achieved either a high merit or a distinction. I also send singers for West End auditions or Open Mic, Teenstar, The Voice and X-Factor." 
One of her singers has reached Bootcamp on X-Factor and others have made it to auditions with the RSC. Singers go onto RAM, Guildhall, Sylvia Young, CPA and Local performing Arts College courses. 
Catherine said: "All these singers came together to perform without really knowing each other. 
"They professionally sang together in duets and groups. 
"Some singers stepped out for the first time with a solo or two whereas others have progressed this year and taken on both solo and duet songs and further mastered their repertoire. 
"The repertoire covered various genres to include Music Theatre, Pop, RnB and Folk. 
"I couldn't have asked for better. The audience was thrilled and their applause was tremendous. "The singers went on stage with such confidence and contained their nerves as taught. 
"I'm very proud that they managed this in front of such a large crowd and with such professionalism." 
The programme featured musical hits from Wicked, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Matilda and many more as well as chart hits by Adele, Whitney Houston and others. 
Catherine said: "The show goes from strength to strength each year and I welcome new singers to join the line-up each time. 
"For me hearing my favourite songs being brought to life on stage by my wonderful singers is the best of all." 



Two charged over £1.5m cannabis factory

10.05am - 22nd October 2014

TWO men have been charged after police seized cannabis plants with an estimated street value of £1.5m at business premises in Waltham Abbey. 
Police went to an industrial unit at Meridian Business Park in Fleming Road shortly after midday yesterday and discovered more than 1,700 mature plants, 2,000 seedlings and an extensive range of hydroponic equipment in the building. 
Romario Lila, 20, and Shkelzen Kojku, 25, both of no fixed address, have been charged with producing cannabis. 
They were detained in police custody to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court today, (Wednesday).


Hospice ball raises £129,000

3.14pm - 21st October 2014

HAVEN House Hospice's second Autumn Ball raised £129,000. 
The event was hosted by ITV presenter Richard Arnold and the auctioneer was actor and Haven House supporter Christopher Biggins. 
Also present were Loughton actress and hospice patron Vicki Michelle while hospice supporter Mitch Winehouse provided the entertainment singing a number of big band favourites. 
Guests were treated to a three-course meal and live entertainment and bid for a number of donated auction items which included the hire of an exclusive luxury motor yacht, a photo-shoot with OK! magazine and Mitch Winehouse donated two days in the Amy Winehouse recording studio, which each sold for £1,600. 
Christopher Biggins, a recent Celebrity MasterChef contestant, received a £1,000 bid after offering his cooking talents as an impromptu auction prize - and will now cook in the bidder's home. 
Haven House parents Mel Field, from Woodford Green, Sinem Shacolas, from Walthamstow; and Maxine Davies, from Hainault, each gave moving speeches about their children and the support they have had from the hospice. 
Hospice chief executive Mike Palfreman said: "Everyone in the room was there to have a good time but most importantly to raise money for life-limited children and families, their support was phenomenal. 
"We will be using these funds to help fund vital services in our new Holistic Care Centre." 
Christopher Biggins said: "I've been lucky enough to meet the wonderful children and families at Haven House and I was delighted to be able to help the hospice raise these vital funds."


Ceremony to mark start of homes scheme

3.12pm - 21st October 2014

A GROUND-breaking ceremony to mark the start of work on a new council housing scheme in Waltham Abbey will take place next month. 
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing will perform the ceremony at the site for nine flats which will be named 'John Scott Court' after Epping Forest District Council's former chief housing officer and district health and housing officer who retired in 2007. 
Mr Scott worked for the authority for 29 years.


Warning over bogus water official

3.10pm - 21st October 2014

DETECTIVES have issued a new warning about a bogus water board official who called at seven homes in the Epping Forest district in one day. 
The man is also being linked to at least two similar crimes in Brentwood earlier this month. 
The latest incidents happened on Saturday (October 18) at five homes in Buckhurst Hill, one at Epping and one at Waltham Abbey. 
In each case a man claimed to be from the water board and said he was checking taps after work on water mains in the area. 
Residents at six addresses became suspicious and either refused to let him in or watched the man constantly while he was in their homes. 
But after he left the address in Waltham Abbey the elderly resident discovered that her purse, cash and jewellery had been stolen. 
Police believe an accomplice sneaked into the property while the victim was distracted.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Stephen Baker said: "In all seven cases the victim described how the suspect appeared to be smartly-dressed and well spoken. One person believed that he might have been educated at a grammar school. 
"Although he gives the impression of being friendly and charming he was ruthless enough to take cash and other items from the elderly victim at Waltham Abbey. 
"This man should not be trusted and if he arrives on your door and gives a story about checking the taps do not let him in and call police as soon as possible." 
The suspect has been described as white, about 6ft tall and of stocky build. He was wearing a grey tracksuit. 
Anyone with information about the man should ring DC Baker or colleagues at Loughton CID on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Debden Park High School launches sixth form

5.57pm - 20th October 2014

PAST and present Debden Park High School students gathered to celebrate the launch of the school's new Sixth Form which is due to open in September 2015. 
Year 10 and 11 students and their parents joined staff for an evening dedicated to the future of the students and the school. 
The Sixth Form which will operate as part of Epping Forest District Sixth Form (EFD6). 
A further curriculum evening will be held on Tuesday, November 25, when students can find out information about the A-Level subjects on offer at the new Sixth Form. 
Headteacher Christian Cavanagh said: "We've waited a long time for this moment so we're overjoyed at the prospect of opening our new Sixth Form. 
"It was fantastic to see so many students and their parents here to celebrate such a momentous occasion and we look forward to our Year 11 students and parents returning to visit us when we hold our Curriculum Evening in November."


Road safety campaign to be launched

5.27pm - 20th October 2014

AN award-winning road safety campaign is to be launched in Essex to help to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes by young or inexperienced drivers. 
The Honest Truth campaign uses eye-catching images of young men and women with the heads of animals and birds to identify poor driving habits that can lead to serious collisions. 
Speeding drivers are represented by cheetahs, drinkers by a bulldog, drug users by a chameleon and mobile phone users by a parrot. 
A driver with no insurance is shown as an ass and show-offs are peacocks.
Those who fail to wear seat belts are shown as a rhino, to show how a passenger without a seat belt can be thrown around in a crashing car with the same effect as a charging rhinoceros. 
The campaign relies on linking crucial messages to animals to remind young people of the dangers they could face. 
Essex Police will be leading the campaign for the Essex Casualty Reduction Board and will be working closely with driving instructors, the fire and rescue service and the road safety teams in Essex, Southend and Thurrock to launch the campaign. 
Driving instructors will be encouraged to use prompt cards with the images of the animals to drive home crucial messages appropriate to each individual learner driver during their lessons. 
The Honest Truth catchline of the campaign asks all drivers to study the images and to identify if their own driving behaviour falls into any of the dangerous categories. 
The campaign was developed in South Devon after a road crash in which three young people aged nine, 17 and 19 died. 
A partnership was set up to examine how similar crashes could be avoided. 
Young people helped to test various ideas for highlighting key safety messages and the animal hybrid concept was set up. 
The campaign proved to be a huge success, won numerous national awards and is being adopted by partnerships across the UK. 
On average, a young person is killed on UK roads every 18 hours, while another suffers a serious injury every 90 minutes. 
In Essex a young person is killed, on average, every 28 days, while another suffers a serious injury every 36 hours. 
On average each year in Essex 98 collisions involve young car drivers. Of these young drivers, four are killed and a further 65 seriously injured. However in 40 of these collisions, whilst the young driver is not injured, their actions were a contributory factor in the deaths of four other road users and in serious injury to a further 47. 
Whilst these young drivers may not be physically injured, they have to live with this knowledge. 
Essex Police's Casualty Reduction Manager Adam Pipe said: "The Partnership is delighted to adopt this new and novel approach to spreading an appropriate road safety message to young people and we look forward to sharing the passion and enthusiasm demonstrated by Devon & Cornwall Police for the scheme with local driving instructors. 
"The safety of young people remains a priority for Essex Police and its road safety partners and all too often staff and officers deal with the tragic consequences of road traffic collisions involving young drivers and passengers. 
"As the promotional activity develops it's also very clear that the Honest Truth approach can also be used to engage a number of other key road users and their behaviours." 
Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex Nick Alston said: "There are still too many people being killed or seriously injured on our roads, and we must do everything in our power to address this. 
"I welcome the introduction of the Honest Truth campaign to Essex, and I hope the initiative raises driver awareness as successfully as it did in Devon. 
"We must continue to use innovative means to remind everyone of our responsibility to drive safely and responsibly on the roads of our county." 
Essex County Council highways and transportation cabinet member Rodney Bass said: "It is important to engage young people to ensure they drive safely. 
"The partnership wants to drive these messages home before these young people take to the roads on their own, or with friends. This campaign presents a novel opportunity to promote safety to young drivers, in a memorable way." 
Essex Casualty Reduction Board is holding seminars in Chelmsford on October 27 and 28 to launch the campaign and issue free resources to approved driving instructors across the county. 
The presentations will be at the Essex Police Sports Association Pavilion at police headquarters, Springfield, on Monday, October 27, between 6pm and 8pm, on Tuesday, October 28, between 10am and noon and from 1.30pm to 3.30pm on the same day. 
To book a place email Sgt Graham Freeman at 1273@esssex.pnn.police.uk and request your preferred date and time..


Are you entitled to a free flu jab?

5.25pm - 20th October 2014

PEOPLE eligible for a free flu vaccine are being reminded to get the jab after it emerged that fewer than half those in the so-called 'at risk' categories had the vaccine last year. 
Those considered 'at risk' include people aged 65 or over, people of all ages with a relevant health condition, pregnant women and children aged two to four. 
To arrange getting a flu vaccine, those eligible can contact their GP surgery to book an appointment or find out when their next flu clinic is and drop in. 
Children at primary and secondary schools in west Essex will receive the vaccine in school, as part of a county wide pilot scheme. 
This could be as a quick, painless and effective nasal spray vaccine which is available for young children to protect them from flu without the need for injections. 
Anyone who is not eligible for a free vaccine can purchase and receive theirs from a local pharmacy. 
West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group clinical director Dr Christine Moss said: "Last year over 200 people in west Essex with a long-term health condition were urgently admitted to hospital with flu or pneumonia which they could have avoided with a simple vaccine. 
"That's why we're encouraging people, especially those at greater risk such as pregnant women, people with a health condition or children aged two to four years of age, to help themselves to stay healthy this winter by getting their free flu vaccine now." 
Last winter in Harlow, Epping Forest and Uttlesford only 46.9 per cent of people aged six months to 65 years and deemed to be at-risk, took up the offer while 70 per cent of those aged 65 and had their free vaccine.


London visit for art students

4.06pm - 20th October 2014

YEAR 12 art students at West Hatch High School visited the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery to research their AS-level projects. 
Students studied a range of other artists' work and the different approaches and techniques they used.
Gerry Hanley, the school's Head of Art, said: "Looking at pictures in a book is no substitute for going and seeing the real thing. 
"Living so close to London we are so lucky having all these facilities on our doorstep. We are able to look at the paintings of the best artists in the world and learn from their work. 
"We were amazed when we were given permission to take photographs of these original works of art. 
"We were fortunate to be at the Art Gallery at this exciting time because the rules on photography were only changed two weeks ago and students were allowed to take pictures of the artwork. 
"Students had fun taking personal mementoes of themselves with their favourite masterpieces such as Van Gogh's 'Vase with twelve Sunflowers' and Henri Rousseau's 'Surprised!' showing a tiger crouching in an imaginary jungle. 
"They learnt how artists used different styles and techniques to portray different feelings and meanings in their work and this helped with students' analytical and critical understanding."


Ongar child health clinic moves

3.30pm - 20th October 2014

THE Child Health Clinic run by the Ongar Health Visiting Team moves to the Ongar War Memorial Medical Centre on Thursday. 
The clinic will be open every Thursday from 10am until noon. 
The Bosoms Buddies (breastfeeding support group) will also moving on the same day and will available to mums at the same time. 
The clinic has a mix of staff including; health visitors, support workers and breastfeeding volunteers who are available help with any questions.


Former college student designs book cover

3.28pm - 20th October 2014

A FORMER Epping Forest College student has designed a cover for a poetry book. 
The design by Renee Murray, 19, from Loughton, features on the cover of a book written by Julie Vanner which is available in America and on Amazon. 
Renee, a former Roding Valley High School student, is now working with Julie to illustrate a children's book. 
Renee joined Epping Forest College two years ago on the BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design. She is now at UEL studying her second passion, photography. 
Renee hopes to have enough skills and abilities to be able to set up her own business as an artist and photographer.


Quad bike rider seriously injured

8.35am - 20th October 2014

A QUAD bike rider is in a critical condition in hospital after colliding with two vehicles in Manor Road, Chigwell. 
The incident happened at about 12.20pm yesterday (Sunday) when the rider of a black Yamaha quad bike was travelling towards Woodford Bridge when he lost control and was first in collision with a white van travelling in the opposite direction and then a black VW people carrier. 
The rider, a man in his 30s from Chigwell, was taken by air ambulance to the Royal London Hospital where his condition has been described as critical. 
The female driver of the VW was taken to hospital for shock and minor injuries but was released after treatment. 
The van driver was not injured.
A section of Manor Road was closed until about 7.15pm while vehicles were recovered and a police investigation was carried out. 
Any witnesses or anyone with information about events leading to the collision should contact the Essex Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk


COMPETITION: Win tickets to G4's 10th Anniversary Reunion 'One Night Only' concert with Charlotte Jaconelli and Funky Voices

7.50am - 20th October 2014

Everything Epping Forest has two pairs of tickets to give away for G4's 10th Anniversary Reunion 'One Night Only' concert with Charlotte Jaconelli and Funky Voices at the Barbican Centre, London on Monday, November 17, at 7.30pm.
The members of the multi-platinum selling quartet met at the Guildhall School of Music following their studies in 2004. They first appeared on television when they performed Nessun Dorma. However, it was their cover of Bohemian Rhapsody that became their signature tune, storming the charts in 2005. 
Their debut album went straight to No.1, selling more than 245,000 in the first week, making it the fastest-selling album of the year. 
In 2007, after three albums, more than two million album sales and five sell-out tours with performances in many of the UK's iconic venues, they decided to disband to follow individual interests. 
This will be their first performance reunited together. 
They will be joined by Charlotte Jaconelli, the former West Hatch High School student who shot to fame when she appeared as 'Jonathan and Charlotte' with Jonathan Antoine on Britain's Got Talent. 

To be in with a chance of winning two pairs of tickets, simply answer the following question. 

What is the name of the secondary school attended by Charlotte Jaconelli? 

Email your answer together with your home postal address and a daytime contact telephone number to everythingeppingforest@googlemail.com with COMPETITION in the subject line. 
The closing date for entries is 9am on Monday, October 27. 

The two winning entries will be the first two picked at random following the closing date. 
The winners will be notified by email and will receive their tickets direct from the concert promoters. Tickets are still on sale for the concert, priced from £27.50-£150*. 
Tickets are available via the Barbican Box Office - 020 7638 8891 or www.barbican.org.uk/ - or Ticketmaster - www.ticketmaster.co.uk
*VIP tickets include Premium seat in front two rows and pre-show VIP drinks reception with 'Meet & Greet'. Website www.g4official.com/
Twitter http://twitter.com/G4Official (@G4Official) 
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School team completes half-marathon

4.53pm - 19th October 2014

A TEAM of parents, staff and Old Chigwellians from Chigwell School completed the Royal Parks Half Marathon. 
The team was over 40 strong which was the largest team either the Royal Parks Foundation or Cancer Research UK have ever had. 
The team was organised by Gill Punt, wife of Chigwell School headmaster Michael Punt. 
She completed this year's London Marathon in 4hrs 40mins as part of her continuing fundraising efforts for the charity which in the last 12 months have topped £50,000 and continue to grow. 
The school is supporting Cancer Research UK after a number of staff, former pupils and parents in the Chigwell community have battled the disease. 
Gill said: "It was a great day and we did Chigwell School proud. The team have so far raised £25,000 - and the total is still rising!"
Gill added: "My father died of cancer 15 years ago and so I am only too aware of how much this dreadful disease affects whole families. 
The half-marathon started and finished in London's Hyde Park with the course passing Green Park, St James Park, the Houses of Parliament and Victoria Embankment.


Student threatened with knife

3.36pm - 19th October 2014

DETECTIVES want to speak to two men who intervened as a student was being threatened with a knife in Epping. 
The incident happened in Centre Drive, near the alleyway leading to Epping Station, at about 8.25am on Tuesday, October 14. 
An 18-year-old student, who lives locally, was walking towards the alleyway when he was approached by a man who brandished a knife and ordered him to hand over the headphones he was wearing. 
Two men who were walking nearby saw what was happening and rushed to intervene. 
They chased the suspect towards the Ivy Chimneys area but lost him in estate side roads. 
Investigating officer DC Stephen Baker said: "The two men clearly prevented the student from being robbed and tried to catch the suspect. 
"The student lost sight of the suspect and the two men and continued his journey to college and reported the incident later. 
"As a result we do not have the names of the two men. 
"We would like to talk to them as they could give us vital information about the person they chased." 
The suspect was black, in his early 20s, of athletic build and said to have had a prominent nose. He was wearing a grey hooded top and blue jeans. 
Anyone with information should ring DC Baker at Loughton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Owls visit Chigwell School

3.33pm - 19th October 2014

LOWER School pupils at Chigwell School enjoyed a visit from ten owls thanks to Rita Wells from Epping Forest Hawk and Owl Sanctuary. 
The visit was kept a secret so the children were amazed when they walked in and found the junior art room full of various species of owls. 
Rita told the children all about the different owls which ranged from a huge European Eagle Owl called 'Bulcher' to a sweet Little Owl called 'Ava' which arrived at the school in Rita's waistcoat pocket. 
The children all drew pencil sketches of the owls.


PICTURES: Play area officially opened

11.34am - 12th October 2014

JUST 16 months after the idea was born, the Weald Common play area in North Weald has been officially opened. 
The area, behind North Weald Village Hall, has been made possible thanks to North Weald Mums group which approached the parish council and set about raising money towards the £30,000 project. 
Financial support has also come from North Weald Parish Council,. Essex County Council's Community Initiatives Fund, Epping Forest District Council, The Grange Farm Trust, Stansted Airport Passenger Community Fund and Barley Barn Day Nursery. 
The play area was officially opened with a ribbon cutting by parish council chairman Cyril Hawkins today.

Epping Forest District Council vice-chairman Liz Webster and North Weald Parish Council chairman Cyril Hawkins (right) join children for the official opening of the Weald Common play area PICTURE 

A special visitor turned up at the opening PICTURE

 North Weald Parish Council chairman Cyril Hawkins cuts the ribbon to officially open the play area PICTURE


PICTURES: King Harold Day

2.29pm - 11th October 2014

FLOWERS have been laid at the King Harold Memorial Stone at the Abbey Church, Waltham Abbey, as part of the annual King Harold Day events. 
The traditional procession of civic dignitaries made its way along Sun Street, through Market Square and along Church Street to the Abbey Church where flowers were laid by Epping Forest District Council chairman Tony Boyce and Waltham Abbey mayor Ann Mitchell and Jean Church from Waltham Abbey Historical Society. 
The Abbey Church gtrounds featured various re-enactment groups and stalls as visitors could try their hand at striking a coin and watch archery demonstrations. 
The event featured Feudals, a 12th century living history group, medieval musicians Squeake's Noyse and the Chingford Morris. 

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Recycle batteries at Civic Offices

9.15am - 11th October 2014

PORTABLE batteries can be recycled at the Civic Offices in Epping. 
A battery recycling container is in the foyer in conjunction with battery recycling company BatteryBack.
Council chairman Tony Boyce said: “This is an excellent scheme which will divert even more batteries from landfill. Our residents will be able to recycle their batteries when they come in to collect their recycling bags or even when paying their Council Tax.” 
Anyone wishing to recycle their batteries can take them in during normal opening hours (9am-5.15pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-5pm on Friday). 
The batteries are sorted into chemical type, bulked up and then sent on to treatment facilities for 100 per cent recycling, recovering all base metals and plastics. 
For more details visit www.batteryback.org/battery-recycling.html


School council members appointed

9.13am - 11th October 2014

PUPILS at Roydon Primary School have nominated their class representatives and formed this year’s school council. 
Their mission now is to come up with school improvement plans which they will put in to place and raise the funds for. 
Last year’s school council won the Young Entrepreneur Award run by Chelmsford County Council and created an allotment area for children to look after and grow their own produce. 
Headteacher Gill Doyle said: “Anything that is discussed in the weekly class council meetings is fed through to the school council and the reps then discuss them with me. 
"The school council also help us to decide on the school menu and they help us to carry out advertising campaigns for our themed meals. 
“Being a school council rep is a hotly contested role. It gives children a sense of ownership of their school and they feel they are able to make a difference.” 
The 16 school councillors will meet every couple of weeks.


School holds harvest service

9.11am - 11th October 2014

PUPILS sang, read poems, shared art and danced during Roydon Primary School's harvest festival service at St Peter's Church. 
The service was led by Rev'd Anthea Cannell. 
The school also collected donations of food for the Harlow Foodbank. 
Headteacher Gill Doyle said: “We celebrate harvest each year at school and at our local church. We are a rural school so farming is a big part of our lives. 
"I am proud to be able to educate our children about where food comes from through the message of harvest. 
“We are also aware not everyone has access to enough food and we are happy to help those who struggle to provide food for their families.”


Lorry driver fined for weight limit offence

3.52pm - 10th October 2014

A LORRY driver has been ordered to pay nearly £750 for breaking a weight ban when he drove along a restricted road in Waltham Abbey in his scaffolding lorry. 
Dede Shkambi, 35, of Ramsden Drive, Romford, appeared before Colchester Magistrates’ Court today charged with breaching a 7.5-tonne weight restriction limit at Sewardstone Road on April 7, 2012, by driving through it with a maximum gross weight vehicle of 18 tonnes. 
The case was brought by Essex Trading Standards. 
Essex County Council lead member for Trading Standards Roger Walters said: “These weight restrictions are in place to protect the environment and weak structures. It is important that we protect the structures and observe the road signs. 
"If you are unsure about whether or not a road has a restriction, or about how to tell what the maximum gross weight of your vehicle might be, then visit our website www.essex.gov.uk. “It is important to know these offences relate to the maximum gross weight of the vehicle, regardless of how laden it might be.” 
Mr Shkambi pleaded guilty. 
Magistrates fined him £250 and ordered him to pay £476 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.


Police and Crime Commissioner to attend Loughton meeting

9.27am - 10th October 2014

THE Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, Nick Alston, will host a public meeting to discuss local crime and community safety issues at Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton, on Wednesday, October 22 (6.30pm-8.30pm). 
There will be time for questions and a briefing about the new local policing plans. 
Mr Alston said: "I encourage everyone who lives in the Epping Forest district to come along to the meeting and raise the issues that matter to them around crime and policing. 
"We'll also be discussing what the new local policing plans recently announced by the Chief Constable will mean for the area." 
District commander Chief Inspector Denise Morrissey and representatives from the Community Safety Partnership will also be present. 
Mr Alston added: "If you care about keeping Epping Forest safe, please come along to the meeting and be part of the debate."


City Corporation warns forest foragers

8.34am - 10th October 2014

THE City of London Corporation, which manages Epping Forest, is reminding visitors that anyone found collecting fungi from the forest will be liable for prosecution. 
Last year - a bumper year for fungi in the UK because of the unusually long, wet summer - saw Epping Forest Keepers, who enforce the ancient woodland's bylaws, issue hundreds of verbal warnings and record 20 successful court prosecutions with an average fine of £230 - an all-time high. 
Many of the fungi species found in Epping Forest are of national importance and a major reason why it is designated a 'Site of Special Scientific Interest' and a 'Special Area of Conservation'. 
There are many rare and declining fungi species in Epping Forest and the City Corporation says they should be protected for future generations to enjoy. 
Superintendent Paul Thomson, said: "Epping Forest is London's biggest green space; it is now attracting more than 4.5 million visits every year and if even a significant minority of them come to forage, we will gradually see the disappearance of some of our most beautiful species of fungi and other fruits - it is not sustainable in the long-term. 
"We are asking our visitors to come out and enjoy Epping Forest but to leave the fungi untouched for everyone to experience, to allow them to spore and for our wildlife to fatten up before the cold winter months arrive."


Men jailed over tax fraud

8.32am - 10th October 2014

AN Ongar businessman and a friend have each been jailed for five years for evading £2.5m in Corporation Tax and VAT in a fraud linked to the supply of labour to the railway industry. 
The sentences follow an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs. 
For seven years Michael Woodward Jnr, 30, of Blackshots Lane, Grays, failed to pay business taxes for the companies he ran. 
He lied about his company profits and created false invoices from bogus consultancy firms, controlled by his best friend and co-defendant Richard Ponsford, 36, of Hunters Chase, Brentwood Road, Ongar. 
Paul Barton, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said: "Woodward and Posford thought they had created the perfect crime, stealing millions from law-abiding taxpayers. 
"They thought their criminal actions would go undetected but they were wrong. They have lost their freedom which has been traded instead for time behind bars. 
"We will now seek confiscation orders to recoup the money they stole for the country's public services." 
The men under-declared their profits to reduce the Corporation Tax due and used fake consultancy invoices to reduce their VAT payments by £2.5m. 
The money was transferred to four consultancy firms controlled exclusively by Ponsford. Between 2004 and 2011 he made 387 cash withdrawals which the men used to supplement the wages of employees and family members. 
The fraud was stopped when they were arrested in March 2011 and HMRC officers searched residential and business premises in Essex. 
The only business records found for the seemingly successful companies controlled by Ponsford were handwritten notes indicating the cash he withdrew was returned to Woodward. 
In a three-week trial at Southwark Crown Court the defendants were found guilty of Cheating the Public Revenue.


PICTURES: School holds open evening

8.30pm - 9th October 2014

HUNDREDS of parents and prospective pupils who visited Roding Valley High School, Loughton, for its annual open evening could tour the school and hear a presentation from headteacher James Luck.



Teenager jailed over phone fraud 

9.34am - 9th October 2014

A TEENAGER has been jailed for his part in a telephone fraud in which an elderly man was tricked out of £5,000 saving by thieves posing as police officers. 
Abu Syed, 18, from east London, acted as a courier to collect the cash from a victim in Buckhurst Hill. 
The victim had earlier been contacted by another man posing as a Metropolitan Police detective who claimed thieves had infiltrated his bank account. 
He was then asked to give the police £5,000 for forensic testing in connection with the investigation. 
Syed arrived at the man's home on the evening of February 27 last year and took the cash, promising that it would be returned. 
The victim contacted Essex Police when he realised he had been tricked. 
After extensive enquiries by a specialist regional team of police officers, set up to investigate similar offences across East Anglia, Syed was arrested at his home in Nathaniel Close, Bow on July 21. 
More than 200 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine, worth about £8,000, was also seized from his home.
Syed was charged with fraud by false representation, possession of heroin with intent to supply and possessing crack cocaine with intent to supply. 
He was also found to have been in breach of two suspended sentences from previous convictions. 
He pleaded guilty to all the offences when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday (October 3) and was jailed for a total of five years with 21 months being given in relation to the offence of courier fraud.
The judge ordered that the sentence be served consecutively, which means in addition to the sentence for the other matters. 
Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC told him: "You have a lengthy and detailed criminal history; suffice to say this shows you to be, despite your youth, an enthusiastic, sophisticated and accomplished acquisitive criminal. You took a managerial role in the fraud against an elderly gentleman. 
"This had a damaging effect on the man who has a serious illness His condition was not helped by the stress and anguish that you caused." 
The Eastern Region Special Operations Unit taskforce was formed in 2014 to investigate hundreds of frauds and attempted frauds being carried out across East Anglia. 
Detective Inspector Danny Lawrence, who leads the team, said: "This is the first prosecution of people arrested and charged in connection with the phone scams. 
"We hope the sentence sends out a strong message to others tempted to become involved in this despicable crime in which mainly elderly and vulnerable people are tricked into handing over banks cards or large sums of cash which often are their life savings. 
"The judge's comments and the weight of the sentences show how serious this crime is being taken by the police and the judicial system. If you engage is this type of crime; expect a significant custodial sentence. 
"Many more people have been arrested and charged with these offences and will soon be put before the courts. Whether the crimes appear old we will find those responsible and relentlessly pursue them.
"Whilst we are continuing to make arrests, I would remind people to remain aware that phone scams are still operating across the region. 
"As it does tend to be the elderly and vulnerable who are targeted by the offenders, please share the following advice with neighbours and relatives. 
"If you are suspicious about a telephone conversation you should end the call and contact police via the non-emergency number, 101. 
"Remember to use a mobile phone or a friend's phone or wait at least five minutes before calling to ensure you aren't reconnected to the offender."


Debating competition to focus on voting age 

9.12am - 9th October 2014

STUDENTS taking part in this year's Epping Forest Schools Parliamentary Debating Competition will be speaking about whether or not the voting age should be reduced. 
Students from seven of the district's schools will battle it out in the annual competition which is organised by Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing. 
The competition, on Friday, November 7 (6.30pm start) is being held at Roding Valley High School, Loughton, as it is the current holder of the trophy which it won for a second successive year last November. 
Mrs Laing said: "The issue of the voting age should prove to be a great topic for debate. 
"The debating competition is always a good evening and it is always marvellous to see such a high standard of public speaking from the students who take part." 
The competition is run on the same lines as a parliamentary debate in the House of Commons with Mrs Laing taking the role of the Speaker. 
The full wording of the Motion to be debated is: "This House believes that the age at which people can vote should be reduced from 18 to 16." 
The teams speaking for the motion will be Debden Park High School, Chigwell School, Epping St John's School and West Hatch High School. 
Speaking against the motion will be Davenant Foundation School, Braeside School and Roding Valley High School.


Businessman gives talk to Davenent students 

8.44am - 9th October 2014

A GROUP of sixth formers at Davenant Foundation School, Loughton, enjoyed a talk from Dr Mike Lynch, CEO of Invoke Capital and advisor to the Prime Minister on matters relating to science policy. 
Dr Lynch, one of the top 100 people in the Times Power List 2013, spoke about his experience of setting up a company from scratch and eventually selling it for $11bn. 
He talked about the importance of surrounding yourself with a range of talented and different people who, together, could make things happen. 
He also spoke about the rapid changes in technology since his youth and how his technologies have made computers cleverer across a wide variety of applications including medicine, cyber-security and social networking. 
He concluded by encouraging the students to risk failure and to see it as a gateway to success, and responded to students' questions. 
Year 13 student Ryan Wiseman said he was "totally inspired" by what he had heard. He said he would love to develop a career as an entrepreneur in technology. 
Andrew Midgley, Assistant Head of Sixth Form, was also impressed and reflected on the impact that Dr Lynch had on the group. 
"The value of hearing a speaker like Dr Lynch is not only in his evident expertise, creativity, and influence it is also in his emphasis on learning as a lifestyle that continues into and throughout adulthood." 
The talk was made possible by Speakers for Schools, a charity that brings high profile speakers into state schools and colleges. 
Dr Lynch's talk was part of the STEM initiative to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.


MP takes part in college question and answer session 

5.18pm - 8th October 2014

QUESTIONS on topics ranging from university tuition fees and the UK Independence Party to North Korea and the funding of political parties were put to Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing when she visited Epping Forest College. 
Mrs Laing took part in a question and answer session with A-level students today. 
Mrs Laing said: "I always enjoy the chance of meeting students from Epping Forest College. They ask incisive and clever questions and I know that many of them will go on to make significant contributions to society." 
She added: "It was interesting that in a straw poll their opinion by two to one was that 16 and 17-year-olds should not have the vote."


EXCLUSIVE: New lease of life for The Box 

4.52pm - 8th October 2014

THE Box - the social space and education centre for young people in Epping High Street - has signed a 15-year lease on its new home, in the former church hall in St John's Road. 
The Church of St John the Baptist has provided this opportunity and The Box is about to begin extensive renovation works which will provide a high quality environment to continue the charity's valuable youth work and education programme for vulnerable young people in the community from January 2015. 
The internal space of the building will be redesigned and refurbished and the front aspect will be given a much-needed facelift. 
The new space will provide several teaching spaces, a large social space, counselling rooms, teaching kitchen, new offices, a secure outside area and room for the further growth and development of the work of The Box. 
The Box project manager Tim Dolan said: "For nine years The Box has served the young people of the area through its High Street premises. 
"When we discovered our current lease would not be renewed we faced the terrible prospect of closure. We are very grateful to St John's Church for giving us the opportunity to redevelop and rent the church hall.
"This lease ensures a stable base for our work for the next generations of young people and allows us to meet the growing demand for our services." 
Rev'd Canon Geoffrey Connor said: "St John's is committed to the town of Epping and our community. We recognise the vital and valuable work done by The Box and are pleased to be able to support them now and into the future. 
"The lease of the church hall to The Box demonstrates our commitment to our community and the rent we receive will in turn help provide financial sustainability for the 'Heart of Epping' project." 

Rev'd Geoffrey Connor and Tim Dolan sign the lease for the church hall in St John's Road PICTURE

Rev'd Geoffrey Connor and Tim Dolan outside the church hall which is to be the new home for The Box PICTURE


Town council seeks Citizen award nominations 

10.16am - 8th October 2014

ONGAR Town Council is seeking nominations for its annual Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year awards.
The Citizen of the Year nominations must be for a person who lives or works in Ongar or who benefits the community of Ongar. 
Nominations for the Young Citizen award must be aged between 11 and 18 and live in Ongar. 
Council chairman Diana Roberts said: "I am sure most people will know someone who will be worthy of these awards so I would urge you to nominate that person and give them the recognition that they deserve." 
The closing date for nominations is December 31. 
The winners will receive their awards at the Annual Town Meeting in March.


Copped Hall Choir looking to build on CD success 

9.46am - 8th October 2014

THE Copped Hall Choir hopes to gain an even wider audiencefor a Christmas carol CD that reached eight countries last year. 
The choir, formed in 2009 to raise money for the Copped Hall restoration project, has gone from strength to strength. 
Stephen Fellowes, who co-produced the CD and whose daughter, Katherine, is the musical director and inspiration behind the choir, said: "In a way it's been a rags to riches story, a miscellaneous group of volunteers who were working at Copped Hall got together to sing. 
"They now perform at sell-out concerts and have recorded a CD to professional standards." 
Choir members are mostly Friends of the Trust, augmented by some invited singers to boost various sections. 
Many of the 24 singers also belong to other local and national choirs. 
They sent copies of the CD to friends and family in the USA, Canada, Australia, Poland, Spain, Bulgaria, Germany and Austria, as well as all over the UK. 
Much of the choir's success has been due to Katherine's enthusiasm and encouragement through an intense period of rehearsals before every concert. 
Last year the choir had four recording sessions. The final session included an invited audience who joined in the boisterous wassails and more familiar carols. 
The CD has 19 tracks, some of which will be repeated at the choir's two carol concerts at Copped Hall this year - on December 6 and 14 at 3pm. Every year Katherine selects a mix of traditional carols and folk songs as well as the well-known favourites, often writing her own arrangements. 
The choir is accompanied by pianist Norman Lansdown-Davis. 
The CD is available (£10 plus postage and packing) from www.coppedhalltrust.org.uk


Royal photographer visits ladies group 

9.45am - 8th October 2014

THE Sun newspaper's Royal photographer Arthur Edwards was the guest speaker at the October meeting of Ongar and Shelley Ladies Thursday Group. 
Mr Edwards spoke about his career and some of the pictures and engagements he has covered, and showed some of his work. 
The group's next meeting is in the Church Rooms, Castle Street, Ongar, on Thursday, November 6.


Loughton man arrested over suspected £40m money laundering plot 

8.53am - 8th October 2014

A 43-YEAR-OLD man from Loughton was among 14 people arrested in dawn raids by HM Revenue and Customs officers on suspicion of laundering the proceeds of a multi-million pound alcohol fraud. 
HMRC suspects the group was diverting non-duty paid alcohol and selling it on the UK market. The fraud is estimated to be worth around £40m in evaded duty and tax. 
Those arrested yesterday are believed to have been instrumental in laundering the cash generated from the alcohol fraud. 
Alan Tully, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said: "This is a major investigation into what we suspect is a well organised and professional attempt to launder the proceeds from a significant alcohol fraud and steal £40m from the UK economy. 
"We are committed to stamping out alcohol fraud, which drains around £1 billion from public finances each year, affecting public services and legitimate retailers who have to compete with the illicit market."
Cash totalling £650,000 and five lorry loads of beer and wine were seized. 
Computers and personal and business records were removed during property searches. Investigations continue. 
Six properties - four residential and two business - were searched in Essex as part of the operation.


Wills talk to Probus club 

8.51am - 8th October 2014

MICHAEL Chapman spoke about Wills, powers of attorney and trusts when he was the guest speaker at Epping Probus Club. 
The club's next luncheon meeting is at the Lindsey Street Community Association, Frampton Road, Epping, today (Wednesday) when Ian Jones will talk about outside broadcasts. 
Retired or semi-retired men interested in joining should ring secretary Peter Francis on 01992 573188.


Success for school at Copped Hall fun run 

6.03pm - 7th October 2014

DEBDEN Park High School students have been praised for their "dedication and commitment" after retaining two titles at the Rotary Club of Epping's Copped Hall fun run on Sunday. 
The school recorded a string of successes in the under-13 and under-15 race. 
Grace Barns won the under-13 girls' race with Wren Mclean-Jackson second while Joe Rowson won the under-13 boys' race with Tom Peters third.
In the under-15 girls' race Georgia Cockram was second, Sophie Rowsonthird and Sian Adu fourth.
Meanwhile Jimmy Neary won the under-15s boys' race. 
Thanks to the efforts of the school teams Debden Park retained the under-13 and under-15 team trophies.
Jen Perry, subject leader and School Sports Co-ordinator, said: ""This was Debden Park's third time at the Copped Hall run and the students have yet again won both team events through their determination and commitment to sport, and representing our school. 
"We hope to see more entries next year from the schools in the district as it is a great local competition."


Rotary club launches email media service 

6.01pm - 7th October 2014

THE Rotary Club of Epping has launched an email media service to keep people informed about its news and events. 
Anyone can register to receive the club's media releases and pictures to keep up-to-date with its work in the local community. 
The club is involved with many local events including the annual Copped Hall fun run, which was held this year last Sunday (October 5), its Christmas fundraising initiative and a new major art event involving local schools which will be held next summer. 
The club hopes many people will register to receive its press releases and other information which will be sent to them at the same time as it is circulated to the local media. 
Anyone subscribing to the service - which is provided by the Everything Local News media service, part of Everything Epping Forest - can ask to have their email address removed at any time. 
Please note that no email addresses are passed to a third party. 
To register for the free service simply send an email with 'EPPING ROTARY' in the subject line to everythinglocalnews@gmail.com


Charity holding murder mystery evening 

4.52pm - 7th October 2014

ACCURO is holding its first Murder Mystery evening at The Manor of Groves Hotel, High Wych, Sawbridgeworth, on Friday, November 14 (7pm). 
Tickets, priced £45 each, include a three course meal and entertainment. 
To book tickets, and for more details, ring 01279 433667 or email karen@accuro.org.uk
The Hastingwood-based charity provides a broad range of support and activities for children, young people and adults with a disability and their families in west Essex with services including shared care, parenting support, holiday schemes, youth groups and a Saturday Club, together with adult friendship schemes and a community gardening project.
For more information about the charity's work, volunteering opportunities and fundraising information visit www.accuro.org.uk, email enquiries@accuro.org.uk or ring 01279 433117.


Students take Extended Project Qualification 

4.03pm - 7th October 2014

STUDENTS at Davenant Foundation School have been carrying out extensive research into a topic of their choice as part of their Extended Project Qualification. 
Time travel, terraforming and teaching grammar have been covered by sixth formers this year in a series of presentations at the Loughton school. 
At the beginning of their lower sixth year 29 students chose subjects from wide-ranging fields. 
They had to write a 5,000-word dissertation and finally, at the start of Year 13, give a presentation on their topic to an audience of peers, parents, and school staff. 
Andrew Midgley, Assistant Head of Sixth Form at Davenant and the Extended Project Qualification co-ordinator, said: "This is Davenant's first year of running the Extended Project Qualification. It is an award designed to test students' research and organisational skills to the limit, and prepare them for higher education. 
"As well as being able to gain an AS-Level investigating a subject entirely of their own choice, the students will finish their time at Davenant's Sixth Form as experts in their chosen subject." 
Mr Midgley added: "The school is proud that the EPQ presentations showcase so elegantly its long-standing traditions of academic excellence and preparation for degree-level study." 
Other topics for Extended Projects have included interventionist foreign policy, the direction of human evolution, and the identity of Jack the Ripper! 
Adi Nikolova, who researched and gave a presentation on diabetes and the various treatments, said: "The project has been very important to me. It has given me a chance to develop individual skills - learning and research skills - and prepares me for university life."


All set for King Harold Day 

2.35pm - 6th October 2014

RE-ENACTMENT groups, medieval musicians and the traditional march from Sun Street to King Harold's memorial stone form part of the annual King Harold Day on Saturday. 
The day will see the return of The Feudals, the event's first re-enactment group when King Harold Day started. 
They will set up their Village with medieval tents where they will demonstrate medieval crafts, cook their food in the medieval way, and show visitors their arms and armour. 
At 11am and 3.15pm they will perform in the arena. 
Engaging in archery, they will shoot for a prize and for the approval of the Queen and her Ladies in Waiting. 
Medieval musicians Squeake's Noyse will play at their tent and show visitors their medieval musical instruments. Coda Falconry will be taking their birds and at 11.30am and 2.45pm they will be flown from the arena. 
Chingford Morris will perform their Mummers' Play and dancing, and there will be Have-a-Go Archery, animals to get close to, and bees in an observation hive. 
There will be craft stalls around the gardens and in the Abbey Church Centre. 
Five of Waltham Abbey's primary schools - Hillhouse Primary, Leverton Infants and Nursery, Upshire Primary, Waltham Holy Cross Infant, and Waltham Holy Cross Juniors - will be taking part in an art exhibition which in the Abbey Church.
Their work this year is part of the important new project for a Waltham Abbey Tapestry which will portray the history of the town and its former and present industries and attractions. 
The primary schools were asked to design their ideas for subjects to be included in the tapestry's panels.
The Abbey Church will host a free recital at 12.30pm, part of the Music for Lunch series of professional concerts with Ian McDonough (violin) and David Boarder.
There will be guided tours of the Abbey (small charge for church funds), and a demonstration of traditional bread-making. 
At noon costumed performers and traders will gather outside Epping Forest District Museum in Sun Street and will walk in procession, led by the musicians and the Anglo Saxon flag, along Sun Street, through the Market Square, Church Street, and into the Abbey Churchyard, where a ceremony will take place at the King Harold Memorial Stone. 
Flowers will be placed on the stone by Epping Forest District Council chairman Tony Boyce and Waltham Abbey mayor Ann Mitchell. 
King Harold Day will be held in the Abbey Church, the Abbey Churchyard and Abbey Gardens (by kind permission of the church authorities and Lee Valley Regional Park), from 10am to 4pm. 
Admission is £5 for adults (£3 for senior citizens with children who are accompanied by an adult free of charge).


St Clare taking part in Hospice Care Week 

1.31pm - 6th October 2014

ST Clare Hospice is joining with six other Essex hospices to mark Hospice Care Week. 
As part of the national initiative (October 6-12) the Hastingwood-based charity is collaborating with St Francis, The J's, St Luke's, Farleigh, Havens and St Helena in a bid to shed light on the 'H' word and raise greater awareness of all the ways they care and support local people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. 
St Clare chief executive Tanya Curry said: "Hospice Care Week is an ideal opportunity for the seven hospices in Essex to work collectively to challenge some of the common misconceptions surrounding hospice care and promote the services available to those facing a life-limiting diagnosis, a journey which can span years, not just days. 
"Together, we can have a more powerful voice and far greater impact, hopefully reaching more families who could benefit from our caring work if not now, but in the future." 
During Hospice Care Week, Tanya will be speaking on BBC Essex about the pivotal role hospices have to play in working in partnership with other health and social care providers to close the gaps in the system.
St Clare supporter Claire Matthews will be sharing her story about the support her family received from the new Hospice at Home team which enabled her to progress the editing of a book that her husband, Rodney, had written so he could see it published before he died. 
In addition, St Clare Hospice will be featuring in a three-part series focusing on Hospice Care Week on ITV Anglia News. 
The hospice is also holding an Open Day on Saturday, October 11 (11am-3pm) for those who would like to understand a little more about St Clare and the services local people can access. 
For more information about the Open Day, ring communications and marketing manager Karen Griffiths on 01279 773752 or email karen.griffiths@stclarehospice.org.uk


Record golf day for hospice 

1.28pm - 6th October 2014

HOUSEBUILDER Weston Homes raised a record £65,000 for St Clare Hospice at its 20th annual golf day.
The developer has been supporting the day for 13 years and in that time has raised over £500,000 the Hastingwood-based hospice. 
Teams enjoyed breakfast before hitting the green at Stoke by Nayland Hotel near Colchester. 
There was also a dinner and entertainment, prize-giving ceremony and auction. 
Weston Homes chief executive Bob Weston said: "Both myself and all of Weston Homes are proud to support this fun event for an exceptional cause. 
"The work of St Clare Hospice is immeasurably important within Essex and that we are able to support it with an event like the golf day is even better." 
Hospice chief executive Tanya Curry added: "We are extremely grateful to Weston Homes for their generous support of St Clare over so many years. 
"It is only with the support of loyal friends like Weston Homes that we are able to sustain and grow our services to ensure we continue to be there for local people now and in the years to come."


Two men arrested after injured man found on M11 

3.45pm - 5th October 2014

TWO men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was found on the M11 with serious head injuries. 
Police were called to the northbound carriageway near the exit slip road to the Hastingwood roundabout at junction 7 shortly after 6.10pm yesterday (Saturday) following reports that a man was found in the road.
He was taken to hospital for treatment where he remains in a serious but stable condition. 
The M11 was closed northbound between junctions 6 and 7 while investigations were carried out. 
The road reopened shortly before 12.30am today. 
A 50 year-old man and a 41 year-old man, both from Lithuania, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder and taken into custody. They are currently being questioned by detectives.


PICTURES: Snooker champion takes part in charity fun run 

3.29pm - 5th October 2014

FIVE times world snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan was among more than 250 runners who took part in this year's Rotary Club of Epping Copped Hall fun runs. 
This year's event - the tenth to be held by the club - attracted 123 runners in the main five-mile race which was preceded by races for under-11s and under-13s and under-15s. 
The boys' winner of the under-11 one-mile race was Lukas Caci from Buckhurst Hill Community Primary School. 
The winner of the under-11s girls' race was Leila Mebrate from Ivy Chimneys Primary School. The under-13s and under-15s race was won by Debden Park High School's Joe Rawson (boys) and Scarlett Pochet (girls). 
The under-11s schools team trophy was won by Buckhurst Hill Community Primary School with Coopersale Hall School second and Ivy Chimneys Primary School third. 
The main five-mile race was won by Crispian Bloomfield, who also won the race in 2007. 
The womens winner was Louise Tankard, from Harlow Running Club. 
Rotary Club of Epping president Raz Zoers said: "I am delighted that we had fine weather for our tenth Copped Hall run and we got to see so many children from our local community enjoying running round the picturesque Copped Hall estate. 
"We are extremely grateful to the Copped Hall Trust for allowing us to use the estate and to all our sponsors." 
Mr Zoers added: "The course records were not broken but good times were achieved by all the runners who ran to raise money for Haven House Hospice and to support them in all their good work." 

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Grant boost for hospice 

4.04pm - 4th October 2014

NEWMAN'S Own Foundation, founded by the late Hollywood actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, has donated over £6,000 to Haven House Hospice. 
The grant was awarded to a small number of London-based children's charities which support life-limited children and families. 
The grant will benefit Haven House's Holistic Care Centre which opened earlier this month. 
Services to benefit from the windfall will include physiotherapy, therapeutic yoga and counselling. 
Hospice chief executive Mike Palfreman said: "It's amazing to think that the philanthropic legacy of this huge Hollywood icon is continuing to help life-limited children and families in our area. 
"This is a great step in securing much-need funding for vital services in our new Holistic Care Centre."


Exam success for accountant trainees 

4.01pm - 4th October 2014

FOUR trainees at Loughton-based chartered accountants Haslers have enjoyed exam success. 
Kyle Toby has passed the Personal Tax Paper as part of the Association of Taxation Technicians qualification. 
Kyle now has two exams to complete the ATT course in business tax and accounting principles and a paper on either Inheritance Tax or VAT. 
Also passing ICAEW exams were Medette Bangura and Muzzammil Choudhury. Muzzammil passed Business Reporting, Business Change and Case Study papers while Medette also passed the Case Study exam. 
Both Medette and Muzzammil have now completed the qualification. 
Trainee Matt Rowland has achieved passes in three exams as part of the Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification. 
Matt was successful in the Advisory: Taxation of Individuals, Advisory: Taxation of Owner- Managed Businesses and Awareness papers. 
Haslers chairman Laurence Jacobs said: "All four trainees have become valued members of Haslers and their training and development is helping the department to growth, further improving the service on offer to our clients."


Work to start on housebuilding scheme 

3.57pm - 4th October 2014

THE first development in a programme of new council housing by Redbridge Council will be officially launched in Manford Way, Hainault, on Monday. 
A ground-breaking ceremony will mark the start of work on the scheme to help meet the acute need for more affordable housing in the borough. 
The council is building on land in its ownership with funding from the Greater London Authority and from its own Housing Revenue Account resources. 
The new development is on the site of the former Manford Way housing office and comprises nine family homes; one three-bedroom house, one three-bedroom flat and seven two-bedroom flats. 
The scheme is set for completion at the end of next March.


New users at Grange Farm Centre 

7.31am - 4th October 2014

A VARIETY of new users have been welcomed by Essex Wildlife Trust and The Grange Farm Centre to Roding Valley Meadows and Chigwell Meadows. 
Last Thursday saw the start of a new Caterpillar Club - the theme was hedgehogs. 
The children ran around the woodland walk looking for cartoon image hedgehogs, played games and hunted for bugs. 
Stories were read out and all the children made animals out of clay. A second session on the theme of autumn will be held next Thursday. 
Meanwhile, a group from the Chigwell Disabled Group took part in a sponsored wheelchair push around Chigwell Meadows. 
During the walk they were encouraged to answer questions to a fun nature-themed quiz. 
The group also enjoyed lunch at The Grange Farm Centre with the visitors shown a variety of nature treasures including the skull of a deer and a bird's nest. 
The day ended with light refreshments served on the patio area upstairs.


School holds awards evening 

7.21am - 4th October 2014

SUCCESS in all aspects of school life was recognised when Roding Valley High School, Loughton, held its Key Stage 3 awards evening. 
Headteacher James Luck said: "I was delighted that the Key Stage 3 Awards evening went so well. It was very well attended with proud parents supporting their hard-working sons and daughters. 
"It was great to hear so many Heads of Faculty speaking in glowing terms about the enthusiasm and work rate of the students who have made so much progress since joining Roding Valley High School. 
"I very much look forward to seeing this cohort become a great success at GCSE and then A-Levels in our brand new Sixth Form."


PICTURES: Boys take part in Day of Dance 

7.19am - 4th October 2014

YEAR 7 boys at Roding Valley High School, Loughton, took to the dance floor to try a variety of dance styles. 
The Day of Dance, held with the support of Vanessa Gayton from Epping Forest Arts and the DNA Studios based at the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey, saw more than 100 boys try out capoiera (a Brazilian martial art), contemporary, street and break dancing before putting on a performance to their classmates in the afternoon. 
Roding Valley High School PE teacher Keith Bailey said: "It (dance) is now in the national curriculum so all the boys in the lower school have to experience dance." 
Headteacher James Luck said: "The day was a great success and the feedback from the boys has been incredibly positive. 
"They threw themselves into the dances and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. 
"The instructors commented on how well the students had done and were impressed with the behaviour and politeness of the students throughout."



Fresh warning over bogus phone calls 

8.08am - 3rd October 2014

DETECTIVES have issued an urgent warning to residents following a sudden surge in phone calls to homes across the district by fraudsters posing as police officers or bank officials. 
Seven homes - four were in Loughton and the others in Epping, Theydon Bois and Abridge - were contacted by tricksters on Wednesday and at one address two people were conned out of a total of £16,000. 
The incidents are the latest in a series of crimes in which mainly elderly people are targeted and tricked into revealing their bank details or handing over large sums of cash. 
Nearly 800 similar thefts and attempted thefts have been reported in Essex since the scam first came to light in January last year. 
More than 120 people in the county have been tricked out of money and the total stolen is over £400,000.
Police say the scams were considerably reduced in July and August after a series of arrests and the introduction of shorter hanging-on times on home telephones which prevented some scams form being carried out. 
But since the start of September nearly 20 calls have been made to people in Essex with the spate of seven all being in the Epping Forest district.
In all cases the callers claimed to be officers from the Metropolitan Police claiming that their victim's bank accounts had been infiltrated by thieves. 
They advised victims to pay money from their accounts into a safe account held by police. 
Two people paid £9,000 and £7,000. The other intended victims realised the callers were bogus and called genuine police. 
Other calls since September 1 have been received in Colchester where the trickster claimed to be a crime reduction officer from Colchester police station, Shoeburyness, where a caller claimed to be from a bank, Grays, where the called claimed to be a Basildon-based police officer, and Epping, Wickford, Southend, Leigh-on-Sea and Westcliff all by men claiming to be Met Police officers. 
DI Rob Huddleston said: "The fraudsters are trying different stories and tactics and in some cases they have phoned 25 to 30 times to try to convince their intended victims that they are genuine. 
"Fortunately the majority of people have not been tricked but two people in Loughton did fall for the fraud.
"A woman in Epping almost lost a large sum but her bank raised the alarm when she tried to transfer money. 
"Police would never ask you for your bank details or ask you to transfer or withdraw funds. "If you do receive calls like these do not fall for their claims and just put the phone down immediately and call police on 101."


Dinner raises over £3,500 for breast cancer trials unit 

4.34pm - 2nd October 2014

A DINNER and dance at Blakes Golf Club, North Weald, raised over £3,500 for the St Margaret's Hospital Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Unit. 
Entertainment featured talented singers including Motown Act 'La Divas', Bruce Game as 'Freddie Mercury', Miguel Olivares-Alvarez as 'Elvis' and young contemporary vocalist Sophie Heff. 
The 150 guests enjoyed a three course meal, raffle and auction which included a signed shirt donated by Manchester United Football Club, as well as a Scotland shirt signed by Tottenham Hotspur legend Dave MacKay and rock singer Rod Stewart. 
Ian Logie, of Scottish descent, a Spurs fan since 1958, and a Rod Stewart fan since 1968 put in a reserve bid of £400 and was delighted to receive a phone call from Dave MacKay's brother-in-law, Paddy Dixon, congratulating him on his win. 
Ian was presented with the shirt at the Theydon Oak pub, Epping, which is a pilgrimage for all devoted Rod Stewart fans. 
Event organiser Phil Morton was delighted with the success of the event which raised between £3,500 and £4,000 pending the results of a silent auction which also ran during the evening. 
Special thanks go to all of the shops and restaurants in Loughton and Epping who donated raffle and auction prizes. 

Ian Logie with his Scotland shirt PICTURE


Children dress up during Poetry Week 

3.49pm - 2nd October 2014

HEREWARD Primary School welcomed poet Ian Bland as part of its annual Poetry Week celebrations. 
His work was recently featured on BBC1's Match of the Day and he has performed many times on regional and national radio.
 After wowing the school with his entertaining poetry performance in the hall, Ian visited Key Stage 2 classes where his enthusiastic tuition encouraged pupils to write some excellent poems. 
He remained in school for a book signing where the children flocked to buy one of his collections. 
During this week the school organised 'Poetry Breakfasts' where children came in early to eat a tasty breakfast and share some of their favourite poem. 
Additionally, all pupils were invited to dress-up as their favourite poetry character and this proved to be a great success. 
Deputy headteacher Renette Fourie said: "Poetry Week is a highlight of the year at Hereward as the children are inspired by the visit of the poet and enjoy all of the other events as well."



Fundraising day at Avon House School 

9.23am - 2nd October 2014

STAFF and pupils at Avon House Preparatory School, Woodford Green, dressed up as Roald Dahl book characters to raise money for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity. 
Raising almost £200 for such a good cause will hopefully make a difference to sick children in the UK.
The school started a busy day of fundraising last Friday with a World's Biggest Coffee Morning event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. 
Parents and pupils arrived at school to the smell of freshly brewed tea and coffee and a table packed with home-baked cakes. 
The school raised £415 for the cancer charity. 
Headteacher Amanda Campbell said: "This is a great total raised for a very worthwhile cause."



Runners supporting breast cancer unit 

7.56am - 1st October 2014

FITNESS instructor Elaine Taylor is training for the Royal Parks Half-Marathon to raise money for the local breast cancer unit that treated her. 
Mum-of-one Elaine Taylor, 40, from Old Harlow, will joined by her son Louis, 16, partner, Derek Glover, and eight women that Elaine trains at the Harlow Virgin Active Health Club. 
They are running for the clinical trials unit at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, and St Margaret's Hospital, Epping. 
Elaine said: "I had such brilliant treatment from the unit, I was diagnosed so quickly and the team there are so lovely and work really hard. 
"The timing was horrific for me, my son Louis was working for his GCSEs when I was diagnosed in November, I had chemo on January 16 - the day before my 40th birthday, but I'm alive and thankful."
Elaine, who has been a personal trainer for two decades, carried on working giving classes like body pump and spinning at Virgin Active throughout her treatment, which included an operation, six rounds of chemotherapy and four weeks of radiotherapy. 
"I carried on for my sanity and to show Louis he didn't have to worry about me as I was still working.
"There were times when I couldn't go to work, I think I had two weeks off at one point, but I'm quite well now and coming back running again training for this event is my way of working through it." 
Some of her clients will walk the 13.1-mile course through four of London's Royal Parks - Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James's Park and The Green Park - but she is going to run - and hopes to beat Louis who is now studying for his A-levels at Bishop's Stortford College. 
Her partner Derek is also running at October's event which attracts 12,500 runners. The trials unit has 50 people taking part. 
Associate breast surgeon Ashraf Patel said: "I'm so proud of Elaine. She is an inspiration and I thank her for fundraising for the clinical trials unit that treats local women. 
"We rely on the amazing support we get from former patients, their family and friends." 
To sponsor Elaine, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/GI-elaine/


Debden Park High School launches email media service 

7.54am - 1st October 2014

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