Talk About Epping Autumn 2019

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Winner of Epping Town Council’s Rosebowl 2019: Theydon Oak??

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The Mayor’s view

My first three months as Mayor of Epping have passed very quickly. Alongside being Chair of the Council comes the very enjoyable and rewarding role of supporting local clubs and associations, as well as opening events and new facilities for the Town. The Town Show is always a notable day in the town calendar and this year it was estimated that over five thousand residents attended the show. It brings the town together at Stonards Hill recreation ground to showcase our local clubs, associations and charities, as well as a good number of traders. There were also local businesses selling food and drink which this year included the new café at Jack Silley’s Pavilion. In the arena, we were treated to music from both the Epping Forest Pipe Band as well as the Epping Forest Brass Band. The town is very fortunate to share its name with two such talented bands. As part of the Town Council’s improvements for Stonards Hill, an outdoor table tennis table has been located close to the café. I formally unveiled this on a very wet Wednesday evening in June. There is also a new outdoor gym, known as the Big Rig, featuring sixteen

different exercise points. I formally unveiled this on one of the hottest days in July and as you can see elsewhere in this edition of Talk About Epping, tried it for myself, wearing a suit and the mayoral chain. These facilities are there for you to use so feel free to do so, but perhaps be more suitably dressed than me. A group of us made a visit in July to the Altstadtfest in Eppingen, our twinned town in Germany, at the invitation of their mayor. We were made very welcome by our hosts and had a most enjoyable weekend. We also had the pleasure of seeing the Epping Forest Brass Band perform on the stage in the town square and receive an enthusiastic reception. I would encourage anybody interested in maintaining cultural ties with Eppingen to consider joining the Epping/Eppingen Twinning Association. The Monday market has been undergoing some changes in the last few months to support the market and our traders. For those of you who only visit the market occasionally or not at all, I would encourage you to go and have a look. As part of these changes we are putting on one off events near the ‘piazza’ to create some added interest. Look out for what is happening and when. I look forward to the rest of my mayoral year and finish by thanking the Council staff and my fellow councillors for their continued support.

Grahame Scruton

Townsperson of the Year: Susie Evans-Frank

The Epping Town Council Townsperson of the Year award and Community award were presented by last year’s Town Mayor Cllr Nigel Avey at the Council’s Civic Reception in April, when he highlighted the town’s strong sense of community. The Townsperson of the Year award was presented to Susie Evans-Frank, the driving force behind the organisation Epping at the Movies. Town councillors selected Susie because they were so impressed with all she has done, enhancing the local cultural scene and bringing all ages and backgrounds together for the benefit of the community. Susie had multiple nominations for this award and town councillors felt she was thoroughly deserving, epitomising exactly what was envisaged on its inception. Susie thanked her fellow Epping at the Movies colleagues and accepted the award, recognising and thanking her great team.

Epping at the Movies Dates for your diary: 2019

Please put our upcoming 2019 dates in the diary so you don’t miss the next great film on Epping’s biggest screen! Also please do check our website for special events that get added at later dates. Fri 27 / Sat 28 Sept 2019 Fri 18 / Sat 19 Oct 2019 Fri 15 / Sat 16 Nov 2019 Sat 7 Dec 2019

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Epping St John’s students trade on Epping Monday Market

Budding young businessmen and women at Epping St John’s School have been trading at their own community market stall at Epping Town Council's weekly Monday market. Year 10 business students went through a ‘Dragon’s Den’-style process to pitch their ideas to a panel of teachers and ask for a budget of up to £100. Ideas have included artificial flowers, make-up, electrical items and photo frames. The five successful teams traded at the market over five weeks in June and July. Deputy headteacher Sahbi Benzid said: “Students have had to work out their pricing structure, produce marketing posters and establish how to show their products on the market stall. This is all about giving students an opportunity to learn about business by experiencing it for themselves. They are learning about setting up a business, understanding pricing and communicating with customers. This is the first time we have taken on a market stall for our students. The manager of the market will be mentoring our students and supporting them through the experience.” The stallholder students say they have been gaining experience selling products and interacting with the customers as well as working on business ideas and working in a team environment. Money raised by the venture will go to the students’ chosen charity; Cancer Research UK. Epping Town Council said: “It has been a pleasure to have Epping St John’s students with us on the market. They have been extremely professional and we look forward to welcoming the next group in the autumn term. Please go along and support them.”

Epping in Bloom: Scarecrow Festival

242 people came along to enjoy a fun filled scarecrow weekend on the 8th and 9th June. Maps were given to everyone who came along so they could go round the town to see the 38 scarecrow designs created by residents and businesses across Epping. The feedback was brilliant; lots of people mentioned that all the creative scarecrow designs were so wonderful. It was great for us to engage the visitors in the community garden and we were able to educate them with a variety of growing activities. They created wildflower seed bombs and were able to see the growing weekly stages of a cucumber seed. We will definitely be running this as an annual event because it was such a success. Several businesses drew inspiration for their scarecrow designs by using materials and colours representing their trade. The weekend raised a total of £320 and with that money we have been able to fund a new picnic area in the garden. I hope that other towns will set up a scarecrow festival because it is a great event that helps to bring families together in the community. The winner of this year’s scarecrow festival was Alison Bargery from St Johns Road. Her Willy Wonka scarecrow creation won the most votes. Thank you very much to all those who took part; we couldn’t have put on such a successful weekend without your support. If you live or work in Epping and would like to take part in next year’s scarecrow festival, register your interest on:

By Victoria Robertson, Chairman of Epping in Bloom

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Long standing Monday Market trader, Mark Strutton, leaves us: by Mike Compton

Sadly, a longstanding stall in our Charter Market closed at the end of July. Mark Strutton has spent 39 years altogether working markets and that included an earlier spell in Epping and the last 15 years continuously in our market. He lives in Romford and was getting up at 6am in order to have his stall ready for a 9am start. Mark’s stall was the one selling Hoover accessories and household items, but he has had to step down from our market in order to free up a day to concentrate at home where his mum and dad are both in need of care. He also has a new granddaughter, Evelyn-Rose Marie, who he is looking forward to spending some more time with. He said that he enjoyed his time in our market and the many and varied customers he helped. On behalf of the many people who have purchased from Mark’s stall, Epping Town Council would like to thank him for being such a great trader and wish him well in the future. Deputy Mayor, Cllr Michael Wright and Cllr Barbara Scruton visited the stall to thank Mark for his loyalty over many years, presenting him with a card and gift. They were joined by Market Manager Mike, Market Supervisor Del and his market neighbours. Our market traders are extremely important to our town and he will be missed by Council, his colleagues and his customers. The stall did not stay empty as the next door garden plants stall has taken it over. Our Charter Market has been going for 766 years but it needs us to keep it going. Make a decision to increase its overall attendance and visit it every week. For more information on the market or having a stall, please contact Epping Town Council on: or 01992 579444.

Swaines Green May Fayre 2019

Swaines Green May Fayre 2019 was still a winner despite the chill. The contrast from last year’s heatwave couldn’t have been starker, but despite cold winds, there was plenty of Spring sunshine to attract the crowds. With another good selection of stalls selling food and drink, handicrafts and plants, as well as the popular attractions by animal charities and chances to win coconuts and sweets, there was plenty of interest for the visitors. In the arena, the ever popular Punch and Judy show still wowed the kids and the ferret racing as usual got the crowd excited. The tug of war matched boys against girls, although the winning girls may have had some help from a couple of dads! The Etcetera Morris Men added some authentic jingling bells and whacking sticks, and the Anwaar Belly Dancers added some colour. The new attraction of Maypole dancing was highly appropriate for the month, well done to the 4th Epping (St John’s) Brownie Pack who entertained us all. Events concluded with some four-legged excitement with the ever enthusiastic Fun Dog Show. A big thanks to all who attended and spent money with us, benefiting not just the shows and stalls, but also of course the Friends of Swaines Green Conservation fund. Thanks to then Deputy Mayor councillor Grahame Scruton for opening the Fayre and judging the dog show with his wife Elisabeth. Thanks too to those who helped set up, kept the event running, and cleared away again, including 1st Theydon Garnon Scouts, 3rd North Weald Scout leaders and the Army Cadets, and too many individuals to mention. Well done Russell Kemmish for being an excellent compere and Morag and Jeremy Batchelor and family for running the beer tent all day. And finally, thanks to Ahmet and Michelle at the Thatched Cottage, who allowed us to use their land. We hope to see you all again next May.

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Epping Town Show: Sunday 7th July 2019

Thousands of people came to our popular annual Epping Town Show which included a range of arena entertainment and side shows such as the funfair and Fun Dog Show. As well as over 60 assorted stalls, there were a variety of food and drink options including the new café facility at Jack Silley Pavilion. The Town Mayor, Councillor Grahame Scruton officially opened the event and along with Deputy Lieutenant of Essex, Michael Chapman, was led into the arena by the Epping Forest Pipe Band. Other arena entertainment was provided by Epping Forest Band, Bounce Rebound Fitness, Illusions Dance Academy, Perform Drama Group, Etcetera Morris Men, Academy Arts, Theydon & Abridge Jazz Club Trio and Te Ashi Do Karate. Among new attractions were an alpaca display, a climbing wall, model railway, tarot reading, balloon modelling and a display of classic and vintage cars, including the supercar from Epping and Ongar Railway. Other children’s activities included arts and crafts, Punch & Judy, donkey rides, visit from a local farm and appearances from Peppa Pig and Marshall from Paw Patrol. Town Mayor Councillor Grahame Scruton said: “I would like to thank our staff and volunteers for all their hard work and everyone who took part on the day. The Town Show is a great opportunity to bring the town together and it was lovely to see so many people enjoying themselves in the sunshine. Grateful thanks to Mullucks who kindly loaned letting boards to the Council and sponsored promotional leaflets in the lead up to the Town Show. Thanks also to St Clare Hospice who promoted and hosted the Fun Dog Show and Tesco Epping who have given the Town Council a supply of water bottles for volunteers and helpers at the Show.”

Basildon & Billericay U3A Essex History Group visit to Epping

A group of 10 made their way to Epping by car and met in Epping Hall where we were welcomed by the Deputy Mayor and introduced to Charlie Geddes, who was to be our guide around the town. While we were treated to light refreshments, Charlie briefed us with an overview of the history of the town. We appreciated that Epping is much like Billericay in that it has been a busy town with markets and coaching inns. Also, it has had affluent times and some less wealthy times. There have been many small businesses and industries come and go in the town and consequently some redevelopment has occurred, not always sympathetically to the character of the town. Charlie thoughtfully provided us with small albums of old photographs to carry around with us so that we could understand the before and after scenes. He also explained how the use of different premises had changed over the decades. He pointed out many different features that we would have otherwise missed and this added greatly to the enjoyment of the visit. The town tour lasted a couple of hours and the rain, thankfully, stayed off until the finish. We treated ourselves to a delicious lunch in the George and Dragon before we wended our way home.

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The Rotary Club of Epping: Youth Makes Art

Nearly 70 pieces of artwork were exhibited at the third Youth Makes Art Exhibition, organised by the Rotary Club of Epping and held in St John’s Church over the weekend of 6th July. The entries from local schools and colleges were of a particularly high standard and art teachers said it was a great opportunity for students to show off their work to a wider audience. The exhibits were divided into Junior, Senior and Independent artists and were judged by a panel of local artists. In addition to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for each group, the judges commended seven entries and there was a special Epping Art Society prize. Epping Art Society prize: Lucy by Zoe Warner from Epping St John’s 1st prize Junior: Makeup Meal by Molly Grove from Burnt Mill Academy 1st prize Independent: The Whirlpool by Patsy Stow 1st prize Senior: Take a Breath by Max Tankard from Davenant Foundation School.

Julie’s Café at Stonards Hill recreation ground

Don’t forget to visit the new café, Julie’s, at Stonards Hill recreation ground. Open seven days a week, selling light refreshments, cream teas, ice creams, hot and cold drinks, breakfasts, lunches and snacks. Accessible for all. Great spot for dogs and children.

Ladies Kickboxing Academy: Epping

Ladies Kickboxing Academy was founded by Zilha Evans-Nicolle and Sarah Campbell and has been established since May 2017. Zilha is also a partner with her husband James of Masters Academy of Martial Arts in Loughton. The aim of LKA is to encourage ladies of all ages, fitness levels and confidence levels to improve their fitness, endurance, flexibility, strength, conditioning and confidence in a safe, fun, friendly and relaxed environment. The art of Kickboxing aids stress relief, anxiety and depression, as well as weight loss, toning, core stabilty and so much more. Kickboxing also incorporates self defence. The benefits of this sport are endless. I have seen my ladies improve and progress with their technique in a short period of time. Their fitness levels are outstanding. As important, their self confidence has greatly increased and the wonderful friendships they have made make every class so much fun. For more information please contact Zilha on 07534 995 890 or email: You can also check out LKAs facebook page: Ladies Kickboxing Academy.

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Ashlar House summer fete


June marked that special time of the year where we open our doors and invite friends, family and members of the public to our summer fete. This year the Coopersale Hall School FOCH group kindly donated the use of their games including; Ring Toss, Duck Hook, Toilet Roll Throw and Tin Alley which were a lot of fun for the kids in attendance. Other returning favourites included the ‘Fresh Lemonade Stand’, Ashlar House BBQ and market stalls. This year our good friends at ‘Lets go Potty’ came with an assortment of figurines which several of our visitors painted, whilst others, including the Deputy Mayor of Epping, Cllr Michael Wright, accompanied by his wife Lorna, cut a rug to the live music performed by Darrell Williams. Many of our residents joined in the festivities or simply spent time with loved ones in the idyllic setting of our peaceful garden space. A fun and memorable day for all. By Rita Green, Lifestyle Activities Coordinator

Epping Town Council celebrate our caretaker Jeanette’s 40 years service

A surprise tea party has been held to mark Epping Hall caretaker Jeanette Tappenden’s 40 years’ service with Epping Town Council. Council staff, past and present, joined councillors and members of Jeanette’s family for afternoon tea at Julie’s at Stonards café at Stonards Hill recreation ground in Epping on 4th June 2019; 40 years to the day that Mrs Tappenden began working with the town council. Jeanette’s long service was also marked by the attendance of Deputy Lieutenant of Essex, Michael Chapman, in uniform. Since Monday, June 4 1979, Mrs Tappenden has worked with many members of council staff, including seven Town Clerks and with 39 different Town Mayors. Present Mayor, Cllr Grahame Scruton, before presenting Mrs Tappenden with an anniversary gift and flowers, paid tribute to her contribution to the town council over four decades and thanked her for her “dedication and commitment to the town council and for all the little extras that make you a special employee”. Jeanette remembers the old Hall which stood before the current Epping Hall and has known many of both hall’s hirers for some years. Congratulations Jeanette on such an amazing achievement.

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Epping Town Council win the annual petanque match

Epping Town Council and Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) play an annual petanque match at Stonards Hill petanque piste. This year, the match was played by Town Mayor Cllr Grahame Scruton and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Michael Wright for Epping Town Council and Cllr Les Burrows and Cllr Sam Kane for Epping Forest District Council. It was a close match and it was the Mayor that bowled the winning boule. EFDC Cllr Helen Kane presented the trophy.

Greengrocers WKN Barley win the Civic Award

At the Mayor’s Civic Reception in April, last year’s Mayor, Cllr Nigel Avey presented the town council’s Civic Award to WKN Barley greengrocers at 263 Epping High Street, next to Wildwood restaurant.

WKN Barley received the award for the sensitive maintenance of their shop, which has retained the historic facade. It is nice to see such attention to detail, particularly on such a lovely old listed building in the conservation area. Epping Town councillors voted this the most sensitive refurbishment of the year. Pictured left to right with Cllr Nigel Avey, are general manager Noureddine Benzater, manager Kadi Choukri and supervisor Mohammed Chergui.

The Phillip Hockley Allotment Award

Epping Town Council were very saddened to hear about the death of one of our allotment holders at Lower Bury Lane. Mr Hockley had won the best kept allotment award at Lower Bury Lane for some years and was a real lover of his allotment and garden. With kind permission from his family, Epping Town Council have renamed the best kept allotment award at Lower Bury Lane, the Phillip Hockley Allotment Award in his memory. Last year’s Mayor, Cllr Nigel Avey, spoke about Phillip at his Civic Reception and we were delighted to be joined by Phillip’s family that evening. Cllr Avey said Mr Hockley had regularly grown sunflowers and used to measure the height of his children against them; as well as pumpkins, potatoes, carrots and gladioli. The renamed award will keep his name close to the area he loved. Mr Tony Carr, received The Phillip Hockley Allotment Award for the best kept allotment 2018.

He was awarded with a certificate and a cheque for £20.

Mr John Cooke received the best kept allotment award for Meadow Road allotments 2018.

He was awarded with a certificate and a cheque for £20.

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Outdoor gym unveiling

An outdoor gym has been officially launched by Epping Town Council at Stonards Hill recreation ground. The ‘Big Rig’ contains 16 different exercise points, each with instructions on how to use each feature. The installation is one of the final parts of the town council’s current refurbishment project at the recreation ground and follows the facelift work on the Jack Silley Pavilion, the opening of Julie’s at Stonards café and the launch of an outdoor table tennis table. Town Mayor Cllr Grahame Scruton, who cut the ribbon to officially open the outdoor gym in July, said: “The recreation ground is widely used by people exercising and we hope that the outdoor gym equipment will assist in this and be a popular addition to the facilities at Stonards Hill.” The outdoor gym was funded thanks to a £10,000 grant from Essex County Council’s Community Initiatives Fund. Cllr Scruton thanked the council’s Funding Research Officer, Sophie Turrell, for having successfully obtained the funding for the outdoor gym project.

Outdoor table tennis table

An outdoor table tennis table has been officially launched at the Stonards Hill recreation ground in Epping. The table has been provided by Epping Town Council thanks to £2,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme which sees shoppers put their blue tokens towards a local cause of their choice. The facility, outside Julie’s at Stonards café, was launched by Epping Town Mayor Cllr Grahame Scruton, who described the table as a great addition to the recreation ground. Bats and balls are available from the café, on payment of a returnable deposit. Alternatively, feel free to bring your own. Cllr Scruton said: “The outdoor table tennis table is part of the overall sports related improvements to Stonards Hill recreation ground which have been carried out by the town council. These have included the improvements to the football changing rooms and the new café.”

Friends of St Margaret’s Hospital awarded Epping Town Council’s Community Award

Proceeds from a raffle at the former Mayor’s Civic Reception 2019, went to the League of Friends of St Margaret’s Hospital, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. The charity was chosen by Cllr Nigel Avey in memory of his mother, Anne, who was practice nurse at the Station Road Surgery and set up The Limes. Cllr Avey also remembered his late father, Ken, who was Town Mayor on two occasions and sat on the town and district councils. Cllr Nigel Avey donated approximately £1500 to the Friends of St Margaret’s Hospital, as his chosen charity for the 2018-19 Civic Year.

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If any of your details have changed, please let us know. TIMES OFTEN CHANGE, PLEASE CHECK FIRST.

EPPING HALL Mon: Tai Chi, 10.30am-12.30pm. Children’s Drama. 3.30pm-6pm (term time). Rock Choir, 7.15pm-9.45pm (term time). Tues: Community Dance Classes, 7.15pm-10.30pm. Weds: Sing & Sign, 10am-11.30am. Junior Karate Classes, 4pm-6pm (term time), Senior Karate Classes, 7.30pm-9pm. (2nd Weds in month), Epping WI Meeting, 2pm-4pm. Fri: Weight Watchers, 9.30am-11am. Yoga Hatha, 9.45am-11.15am. One or two Weds per month: Sound Meditation, 8pm-9.15pm.

JACK SILLEY PAVILION Mon: Baby Ballet, (term time), 9.15am-11.45am. Jo Jingles, (term time), 9.45am-11.45am. Dance Classes, 4pm-6.15pm. Tues: Pre-School Dance Classes, 1pm-3pm. Voluntary Action Craft Group, 1pm-4.15pm. Weds: (Autumn & Spring), WEA Lectures, 10am-12. Art Classes, (term time), 10am-12. Baby Ballet, (term time), 1.30pm-4.15pm. Thurs: Hartbeeps, (term time), 9.30am-2pm. Fri: U3A Painting Session, 10am-12. Children’s Dance Classes, (term time), 3.45pm-6.15pm. Sat: Dancing school, 9.30am-1pm. Every Sat & Mon: 1.30pm: Petanque (Boules), Stonards Hill. Peter Lumb: 01992 571744.

OTHER VENUES • Mon: 10am-12: Market day coffee at St John’s Church. 7.45pm-9pm, Epping Bell Ringers, St John’s Church. 10am12. Essex Savers Credit Union, Epping Library. • 1st Mon of the month: Epping Art Society, 7.30pm-10pm, Pelly Court, Hemnall St (Art practical). • 2nd Mon of the month: (not Jan & Aug, 1st Mon Dec), West Essex Flower Club, Thornwood Village Hall, 1.45pm. • Tues: 7pm-8.30pm, Theydon Garnon Scouts, The Scout Headquarters, Fluxs Lane, Epping CM16 7PE. (Not after bank hol), 7.30pm, Rotary Club of Epping Forest, The Garnon Bushes, Coopersale. • 1st Tues of month: Lindsey Ladies, The United Reform Church, Lindsey Street, Epping, 1.30pm. • 2nd Tues of month: 2-4pm, Epping Stroke Club, United Reformed Church Hall, Lindsey Street. • 1st & 3rd Tues of every month: Theydon Jazz Club, Thornwood Common Village Hall, Weald Hall Lane, CM16 6NB. 8-10.30pm. £10. Live traditional bands. Members £8 (some discounts). Car park/accessible/refreshments. • Weds: 11am-3pm, Parkinsons UK, Harlow & District. David Livingstone Club, Potter Street. CM17 9AE 6pm-7.30pm, Theydon Garnon Beaver Scouts, The Scout Headquarters, Fluxs Lane, Epping, CM16 7PE. 5.30pm & 7.30pm, Slimming World, Epping Methodist Church Hall, 119 High Street, Epping. • 1st Weds of the month (except Jan second Weds & no meeting Aug) The Arts Society West Essex, 10.50am-12noon, coffee from 10.00am, Theydon Bois Village Hall. Membership 01992 574197; Visitors 01992 570251. • 2nd Wed of the month: Epping Art Society, 8pm-10pm, Pelly Court, Hemnall St (Art appreciation). • 3rd Weds of the month: Craft group, St Johns Church (eg sewing, dressmaking, 2-4pm, free. Email: • Thurs: 11am-1pm in Epping, Ikebana Study Group (flower arranging), Martine Gracey, 01992 571839. 11.15am. TappyToes. Age 20 months to 4 yrs. Brambles, St Johns Road. 2pm-4pm, Pelly Court, Hemnall St, Evergreen Club. • Fri: 7.30pm-9.30pm, Epping Eagle Explorers, (Scouts address above). • Sat: 10am-12: Coffee mornings, Epping Methodist Church Hall. • Weds, Thurs, Sat & Sun: West Essex Ramblers, various walks. Sorry, no dogs. Monthly • Every 3rd Sun: 10am: Copped Hall Guided Tours. • Monthly every 2nd Sun: Conservation Day, Friends of Swaines Green. 10.30am, Lower Swaines recreation ground • Fri, once a month: 1pm-3pm ProActive, St Margaret’s Hospital. • Epping Railway Circle; once a month, Theydon Bois Village Hall.


Mon: Epping Riders Country & Western: 8pm - 11pm, 01992-575748. • Tues: Baby Sensory Classes, 10am - 3.30pm, Jen, 07986 870634 •Tues: Funky Voices choir, 7.45pm - 9.45pm, 07834 765473 • 2nd Weds of the month (Except June - 3rd Wed & Dec - 1st Wed): Probus Club of Epping Luncheon, 12pm - 3pm, 01992 560381. Every Thursday: Tai Chi and Chi Kung: 7pm-8.30pm. Contact: 07590 986677

Probus Club

Craft Group

eg sewing, dressmaking, with like-minded people. 2-4pm, third Wednesdays of the month; St John’s Church, no charge. Contact:

Epping Chorus

Every Friday Evening, 8.00pm until 9.30pm at the Roman Catholic Hall: For Epping Chorus rehearsals contact:

Thank you to everyone who has submitted an article for Talk About Epping. Please keep them coming in. High resolution cover pictures also welcome for consideration.

Meets monthly at the Lindsey Street Community Association, Frampton Road, Epping, for lunch followed by an invited speaker. Retired or semi retired men interested in joining, please contact Club Secretary, Mr Hilary Dodd, on 01992 560381.

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Epping Chorus: Music at St John’s

Having presented a well-received summer concert in July at St John’s Epping, the choir will soon start rehearsals for their Winter Concert, once again at St Johns Church, Epping, CM16 5DN, on Saturday, 25th January at 7.30pm. This will comprise Haydn – “Mass in D minor (Nelson Mass)” Karl Jenkins – “Te Deum” and Parry – “Hear my words, ye people”. As always, the concerts are free with a retiring collection. In addition, the choir will be singing a mix of traditional Carols and Christmas songs at the Epping Tree Festival in December — not to be missed. The choir is locally based and rehearses on Friday evenings at the Roman Catholic Church Hall; anyone wishing to join the choir or for more information generally can visit their website: As usual Epping Chorus, formerly known as “ECCA”, will be under the leadership of their Music Director, Simon Winters. The concert is free and refreshments will be available.

Views of the Epping Society

The Inspector’s public hearings on the Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) Local Plan were concluded on 11th June. The Epping Society participated in all hearings which had a significant impact on our town and on other matters affecting the district more widely. We were pleased by the detailed attention by the Inspector and her considerable latitude to representations by us and other parts of the community, as well as developers and land owners. The depth and extent of the questions she asked give us hope that the Plan will be improved as a result of the process, but we were disappointed by the large number of additional papers and policy changes by EFDC. These were often received on the day of the hearings and long after the adoption of the Plan itself by our elected councillors in 2017. The evidence base available to EFDC was clearly inadequate to support the Local Plan when it was adopted which the volume and detail of additional papers and research submitted during the hearings goes to testify. The Epping Society looks forward to our proposals being taken up and our challenges and questions being reflected in further amendments to the Local Plan. At the time of writing, we had been expecting the Inspector to release a letter to EFDC on 12 July concerning the Local Plan but that has not been possible and a “relatively short” delay has occurred. We will keep members and residents up-to-date on our Facebook page and website on the evolving process of the Local Plan. We have been unable to form a judgement on the likely next stage but “Main Modifications” (which would require further consultation) to the Plan seem the least we can expect and, at the extreme, it is possible the Plan might be withdrawn or rejected as not meeting the tests of Soundness and Sustainability which the law requires. Perhaps we will have some answers by the time this article is published.

Market events

Epping Town Council are running a variety of events on Epping’s Monday market for both adults and children. Please look out for posters, check our website, twitter and facebook for more details.

If you would like to be involved in running an event on the Monday market or would like more information on events, please email: or tel: 01992 579444. We will be running beauty treatments, chocolate tasting, childrens’ storytelling and much more. Ideas for events welcome. Come and be part of our great market.


Epping Town Council offer grants to local organisations. Deadlines for applications are 1st September 2019 and 1st March 2020.

Please look at for an application form and guidance. Grants must benefit the people of Epping and will be considered by full Council at the next Council meeting after the closing dates (twice a year).

Please apply and see if we can help your local organisation.

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2019-2023 Members - Hemnall Ward Cllr N Avey Cllr Mrs C Burgess Cllr Mrs C McCredie Cllr Mrs B Scruton Cllr Mrs M-L Whitbread Cllr J Whitehouse 07831 501598 01992 572333 01992 561875

Cllr Mrs I Black Cllr J Duffell

01992 577073 07847 357493 07917 841823 01992 572173 07926 516097

Members - St John’s Ward Cllr R Griffiths

Cllr H Pegrum Cllr G Scruton Cllr M Wright

Cllr N Avey, Cllr Mrs C McCredie and Cllr Jon Whitehouse are also District Councillors. Other Local Representatives EFDC & ECC Cllr Chris Whitbread (01992 573557) EFDC Cllr Les Burrows (01992 572003) EFDC Cllr Holly Whitbread (07508180426) EFDC Cllr Janet Whitehouse (01992 812503) MP: Dame Eleanor Laing MP (020 8508 6608)

talk about epping deadlines

Articles for the next edition of Talk About Epping must be submitted before 11 October 2019 (Winter issue) and 10 January 2020 (Spring issue). Submissions should be sent to Epping Town Council via email: clearly marked ‘Talk About Epping’. Please send in copy on a word document (200-300 words max). Please attach pictures as separate jpegs (not inserted into the word document). The editor may amend copy appropriately.

invitations for the mayor

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epping town council responsibilities

Bury Lane Cemetery Halls: Monday Charter Market Epping Hall, St Johns Rd Christmas Market Jack Silley Pavilion, Recreation Grounds: Stonards Hill Stonards Hill Allotments: Ivy Chimneys Lower Bury Lane Lower Swaines Meadow Road Frampton Road Town Show Parklands, Coopersale Continental Markets Brook Road Bakers Lane Toilets Talk About Epping (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) Consultee on Planning Epping Town Council’s Planning Committee consider every planning & TPO (tree protection order) application in Epping and give their views to Epping Forest District Council, who are the local planning authority.

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