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EPPING: Sun shines on Town Show

8.04pm - 5th July 2015


FEARS that the Epping Town Show could be spoilt by early morning rain were soon lifted as the sun shone on the Stonards Hill recreation ground. 
Epping mayor Michael Wright officially opened the town council-organised event which was attended by numerous local organisations which had stalls while entertainment included music from Epping Forest Band, circus skills from the Roger Arnay Circus Company, a karate display and dancing from Illusions Dance Academy. 
There was also a fun fair and refreshments, with members of St John's Church serving tea, coffee and cakes in the Jack Silley Pavilion to raise money for the Heart of Epping Appeal. 
Town councillors made a special presentation - a framed picture of old Epping - to town clerk Alan Shaw who is leaving the council to take up a similar role in County Durham. 

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CHIGWELL: School holds Speech Day and Summer Ball

9.38am - 5th July 2015

NOVELIST, screenwriter and short story writer Michael Marshall Smith returned to Chigwell School to be the special guest at the school's Speech Day. 
The Old Chigwellian, who now lives in America, gave the address and presented students with prizes which covered all aspects of school life. 
The Speech Day was followed by the traditional Summer Ball in the evening.

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LOUGHTON: MP visits giant Epping Forest map

9.33am - 5th July 2015

EPPING Forest MP Eleanor Laing visited the "magnificent" Epping Forest Map which was displayed at Loughton Library on Saturday.
The Map - 30ft long and over 12ft wide - is the largest map in Essex Record Office's collection. It was published in 1882.
The visit of the map to the library was accompanied by talks from Richard Morris and Chris Pond, from Loughton and District Historical Society. 
Mrs Laing said: "The map is magnificent. What a task it must have been to compile it way back in the 1880s and how important it has been for the development of local social history in the area." 
Mrs Laing added: "It was marvellous to see so many people at the library taking an interest in such an historic document. 
"My thanks go to everyone involved in bringing this piece of Epping Forest's history to Loughton." 

Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing with Gordon Haines (chairman, Epping Forest and Commons Committee, City of London Corporation), Loughton Town Mayor Judy Jennings and Epping Deputy Mayor Les Burrows PICTURE


DISTRICT: Schools compete in district athletics championships

4.55pm - 3rd July 2015

ATHLETES from five of the district's secondary schools have competed in track and field events at the annual District Sports championships. 
Davenant Foundation School, Debden Park High School, West Hatch High School, King Harold School and Roding Valley High School were all represented at the day-long event at Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford Bridge. 

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ONGAR: Woman recounts airgun shootings

4.53pm - 3rd July 2015

A WOMAN has recounted to councillors the moment she was hit by an air gun pellet and when, on another occasion, she found her cat shot dead on allotments in Ongar. 
Ongar Town Council has agreed to put up Essex Police-designed 'no shooting' posters at the allotment sites in Castle Street following recent incidents involving a weapon. 
The woman, who lives in Castle Street, told Thursday's open spaces committee that her cat had been shot with a 2:2 rifle by someone who fired the weapon from a lying down position.
 She told councillors: "We can't come to any conclusion who did it. It's just a grave concern to us who live in the area." 
The woman added that in a separate incident she was hit by a pellet which left a red mark on her.
Councillor Bruce Freeman said he believed two different weapons would have been used - a gas-powered weapon would have killed a cat instantly whereas a normal airgun would not, he said.
"It (the weapon) is something that's quite large to carry around the streets. 
"I presume it's someone local to that area and normally a kid because they're just firing off. 
"I would suggest that they (the posters) stay at Castle Street so whoever is doing it will know that we are focusing on that area."


CHIGWELL: Creative students show off their work

8.18am - 3rd July 2015

FOURTEEN West Hatch High School students have taken part in the school's first Creative Showcase.
The display evening gave the Year 7 and 8 students a chance to show off the work they completed as part of their Extended Research Project. 
Teacher Naseem Alahi, the school's Extended Research Project co-ordinator, said:" Students have gone away and done some individual research and designed and recreated something of their own choice.
“We had lots of different projects - quite a few of our students went along to museums, found something that inspired them and recreated them." 
Work ranged from fashion - and a dress made from newspaper - to butterflies, a mosaic and The Globe Theatre. Mrs Alahi added: "The work was of a high quality, unique, creative and well researched and the evaluated projects were showcased in an interesting and memorable evening." 
The judges praised students’ ability to articulate in depth the concept behind their individual creations and their ability to answer questions asked as part of the judging process. 
The overall winners were: Peoples’ Choice award, Katie Scollan (with her interpretation of Van Gogh's Sunflower painting), the Judge’s par excellence award, Imogen Stephens (butterflies); the Most informative and Engaging award, Kai Azizi (Animation); Most Insightful and Enriching, Sushanthan Chandramohan (Ferris Wheel) and Most innovative and imaginative, Olivia Roberts.



LOUGHTON: Two people arrested over vehicle break-in

4.38pm - 2nd July 2015

TWO people have been arrested on suspicion of theft from a motor vehicle following an incident in Loughton. 
Police were called at about 3.15am on Tuesday to reports that two people were breaking into a car in Colebrook Lane.
A 17-year-old boy and 23-year-old man, both from Loughton, have been arrested and released on police bail until Thursday, August 20, pending further enquiries. 
Police believe other vehicles in the area may also have been broken into that night and ask anyone who believes their property has been stolen to ring PC Uyan Kupeli at Loughton Police Station on 101.


EPPING: School appoints new headteacher

4.06pm - 2nd July 2015

THE current Associate Principal of Mark Hall Academy in Harlow has been appointed as the new headteacher of Epping St John's School. 
Allan Osborne, who has previously served in a number of senior management roles in schools across London and Essex, will take up his new position in January.
In the meantime Chris Seward, headteacher at Davenant Foundation School in Loughton, will take on the role of executive headteacher while continuing his role at Davenant. 
The changes have been necessary after current Epping St John's headteacher George Yerosimou announced that he would be retiring, on July 17, after 15 years at St John's, eight of which have been as headteacher. 
In a letter to parents, chairman of governors Ben Murphy said the appointment had followed a "nationwide search" for a new headteacher. 
A number of candidates visited the school in May and a strong pool of high calibre applications were received at the beginning of June. 
Governors then shortlisted six candidates for a two-day interview. 
Mr Murphy said Mr Osborne is "extremely focused on building upon the legacy Mr Yerosimou leaves behind and taking the school on a 'Journey to Outstanding'." 
The appointment of Mr Seward as executive headteacher has been necessary, Mr Murphy said, because of the standard notice periods required for headteachers. 
Mr Osborne will join Epping St John's on January 4. 
The Governing Body has been working with the Local Education Authority and Diocese of Chelmsford to recruit an interim leader from September 1 until December 31. 
Mr Murphy said Mr Seward, who has been headteacher at Davenant since 2001, is highly experienced and a National Leader of Education. 
Davenant is an Ofsted “outstanding” school, a National Teaching School and has a strong Christian foundation, Mr Murphy said. 
He added: "Mr Seward has agreed to spend a majority of his time at Epping St John's School but will continue as headteacher of Davenant."


ABRIDGE / CHIGWELL: Golf day raises £22,000

3.33pm - 2nd July 2015

THE Abridge Ladies Golf Group raised £22,000 for local charity Revitalise when it held a golf day at Abridge Golf Club. 
Some 160 people attended the event - among them Lady Sugar - which featured a round of golf, gourmet buffet luncheon, prize draw and presentation of the cheque to Revitalise trustee Linda Beaney.
She thanked the group for organising the event adding: "You (the club) have been beyond incredible. "Support from this community and others like you is absolutely invaluable for us. 
"All the funds raised will enable us to purchase an essential, fully accessible minibus for Jubilee Lodge to help give our disabled guests a truly memorable holiday experience.” 
The money was raised through ticket sales, the prize draw and other fundraising initiatives including the sale of space in the event programme where supporters could have their messages of support. 
Among the well-known local celebrities giving dedications were Richard Desmond, Olive Higgins and TOWIE’s Joey Essex. 
Revitalise runs the Jubilee Lodge respite holiday centre for disabled people and carers in Chigwell.


EPPING: Yoga teacher holding prize giveaway

9.20am - 2nd July 2015

YOGA teacher Amy Bramble is celebrating the success of her yoga blog and classes by running a 100-prize give-away this summer as a thank you to everyone who attends her sessions. 
Prizes include luxury, organic yoga clothing for men and women, natural beauty products, snacks, teas, treatments from local massage therapists and a beautician and scented candles. 
From Monday, July 20, until Saturday, August 29, any adult who attends one of her classes (there are ten per week) will receive an entry ticket to the prize draw and prize draw party at Epping Golf Club on Friday, September 4. 
Everyone is free to attend and enter as many times as they like. 
Amy will also be collecting on behalf of St Clare Hospice throughout the evening. 
She said: "I’ve been so fortunate to have such incredible support since I began teaching in Epping three years ago and I wanted to offer a big thank all those people who’ve been a part of it. 
"I also love organising events and get-togethers and this was a great chance to arrange a fun night out for all my students. 
"I’ve been fortunate enough to arrange some incredible prizes from some very generous yoga companies and other organisations and I’m hoping the fun spirit of the evening will mean people are more than happy to dig into their pockets and donate to our wonderful local hospice at the same time."


LOUGHTON: Still time to enter 'It's A Knockout'

7.10am - 1st July 2015

THERE is still time to enter a team for the ‘It's A Knockout’ challenge, part of Loughton Town Council's Community Fun Day at Jessel Green, Debden, on Sunday, July 19 (11am-4pm). 
The event is being organised by the town council and the Red Balloon Family.
There will be entertainment for all the family, including the ‘It’s A Knockout’. 
Twenty-four teams are being sought to take part. 
Teams of ten (with participants aged 13 years and over) can register (£100 per team) by ringing 020 8508 4200. 
Free places are available for charities, schools and colleges. A ‘Big Bounce’ will feature free soft play for the under-5s while the over-fives can enjoy bouncy castles, zorbing and inflatables. 
Pre-booked wristbands are available at discounted rates by visiting www.redballoonfamily.co.uk/bigbounce or ringing 020 3086 8186. 
There will also be a barbecue and refreshments, and a visit from birds of prey from the Epping Forest Hawk and Owl Sanctuary. 

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EPPING: Sea shanties at Probus club

7.08am - 1st July 2015

GUEST speaker retired rector Rev'd Keith Lovell sang several British shanties when he visited Epping Probus Club's ladies summer meeting. 
The next club meeting is at Lindsey Street Community Association, Frampton Road, Epping, on Wednesday, July 18, when the guest speaker will be artist William Newton. 
Enquiries regarding the club should be made to club secretary Hilary Dodd on 01992 560381.