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NEW COMMUNITY GARDEN (Opposite the side entrance to M&S.) This garden is for you all. Please come and enjoy it.



The Mayor’s view

In October, my wife Carol and I visited Epping’s twin town of Eppingen with the Epping-Eppingen Association, where we had a very enjoyable weekend. The Remembrance day ceremony was quite emotional. Reading out the names of the fallen at St John’s Church service reminded me just how many people of the town lost their lives in the conflicts and quite often more than one person with the same surname. In December, we had the Christmas Tree Festival in St John’s Church and the Christmas market. The church, once again, was filled with over 60 trees decorated by the local community. The winner was Copped Hall’s tree; designer Victoria Robertson. At the Christmas market, the local school choirs sang carols, there was also a jazz band, a juggler, magician and an appearance from Peppa Pig and Elsa, which all made the market a very magical event. I hope many of you were able to go along. I presented the Audrey Rose Cup to The Beauty, Skin & Eyelash Lounge for the best-dressed Christmas window, with worthy runners up; Todd Sloane and

Epping Shoe Repairs. My thanks go to Gill Ratcliff, our former Epping Town Council officer, for organising this fantastic event with Town Supervisor Bill Towers. The competition to design the Mayor’s Christmas card was won by 7-year-old Erin Manojlovic, from Coopersale Hall School, who we presented with a certificate. The 414 Epping and North Weald squadron Air Cadets celebrated their 75th Anniversary in December and l was invited to join the celebrations, where the young cadets served food and refreshments with good manners and discipline. They are a credit to the Association. The Epping Forest band concert in St John’s Church with the decorated trees got us in the Christmas spirit and was a marvellous evening. The Rotary’s Carols on the Green was a good Christmas singalong, as always and the Epping St Johns School band and the choir provided the music and singing. On Christmas day, we went along to the Churches Together lunch, which is for people who find themselves on their own. The Neighbourhood Plan is ongoing and extremely important for our Town and I thank all that are getting involved. A warm welcome to Geraldine Vallis, who is our new officer at Epping Hall.

Les Burrows

Epping at the Movies

Screening Day - Epping Hall Sunday 5th March 2017

Epping at the Movies is a new not-for-profit organisation bringing film screenings and events to the local community. There will be a special film screening day on Sunday 5th March 2017, sponsored by the Heart of Epping and supported by Epping Town Council. Family Screening (PG) Presented by Aves Optometrists 11.15am The Jungle Book In this fantastic reimagining of the Rudyard Kipling stories, man-cub Mowgli and his friends Baloo the Bear and Bagheera the Panther must journey through the jungle to escape the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan. Brought to life with incredible CGI and stunning performances, this new live action version of the earlier animated film does not disappoint. Featuring the voices of Bill Murray, Sir Ben Kingsley, Scarlet Johansson & Christopher Walken. 105min Dir Jon Favreau 2016. Come along dressed as your favourite Jungle character and strut your stuff before the film - there will be prizes for the best costumes! Classic Matinee (U) Presented by Amy Bramble Yoga 3.15pm Some Like It Hot Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis star in a hilarious tale of two struggling musicians who disguise themselves as women to escape the Chicago mob. Monroe sizzles as Sugar Kane and Curtis and Lemmon cannot be rivaled for onscreen chemistry. This laugh-a-minute gem has had audiences in stitches for over 50 years and we’re delighted to have such a classic title on our first ever screening day. 116min Dir Billy Wilder 1959 Evening Screening Presented by Crofts Dental Practice and Aves Optometrists 7.00pm TITLE TO BE ANNOUNCED! We’re awaiting confirmation of our final film - a mystery blockbuster - and will reveal the news in February. Please check our website or connect with us on social media for regular updates and clues! To be amongst the first people to find out, email and ask to be added to our mailing list. With thanks to M&S Epping for their support. @eppingmovies All screenings will take place in Epping Hall, St Johns Road, Epping, CM16 5JU. Please see the Town Council website for access details There is ample car parking in Bakers Lane (charges may apply). Tickets: Adults £5.00 / Children: £2.00 (16 years and under). Tickets will be available to buy in advance at various local outlets in Epping. More information from our Monday Market stall on 20th Feb and 27th Feb; see website for details.


Christmas Market and lights 2016

There was something for everyone at Epping’s Christmas Market on 2nd December 2016. Over 50 festive stalls filled the market with seasonal merchandise from 12 noon until 8pm and visitors were treated to entertainment from our local school children singing carols, a jazz band, magician and appearances from Elsa from Frozen and Peppa Pig. There were stalls selling wreaths, candles, gifts, hot refreshments and there was a lovely buzz around town. Santa even turned up at the Fire Station grotto! Thank you to everyone who came along and supported the event. We hope you all had a great time. Thank to you Barrett Electrical for lighting up our Christmas trees and adding some extra sparkle to Epping.

Rotary Clubs of Epping -

by Barbara Scruton

This year’s annual ‘Carols on the Green’ was organised by the Rotary Clubs of Epping and surpassed all expectations. Despite the cold weather, there was a record turnout; many people enjoying the mulled wine while singing carols. Mince pies were supplied by Tesco. Children from Epping St Johns school provided the orchestra and choir, conducted by Rebecca Harvey. During the event, Rotarians collected in excess of £2,500, which will be donated to Epping St John’s School and the Epping Primary schools to provide new musical instruments for music teaching in these schools. During the lead up to Christmas, Father Christmas travelled around Epping, Theydon Bois and North Weald in his sleigh handing out sweets to children. He was supported by Rotarians collecting for charity. As president of The Rotary Club of Epping this year, a HUGE thank you to everyone who contributed to the fantastic total of £6,400 during the festive period. The Rotary Clubs of Epping support local charities and international communities and every penny collected will go to good causes.


Christmas Tree Festival - St John’s Church

Over 60 local organisations, charities and businesses decorated a tree in St John’s Church for the Christmas Tree Festival which ran from Friday 2nd to Monday 5th December 2016. Visitors were asked to vote for their favourite and the winner was Copped Hall’s tree created by Victoria Robertson. Town Mayor Les Burrows officially opened the festival which saw not only the trees but also craft stalls and refreshments, all of which raised money for the Heart of Epping Appeal, Epping ReUse and children’s charity BIBIC.

Audrey Rose Cup - best festive shop window

The winners of the best festive shop window, from left to right, are: The Beauty, Skin & Eyelash Lounge, Epping Shoe Repairs and Todd Sloane.

Each year, Epping Town Council award the Audrey Rose Cup to the shop or business with the best-dressed festive window display. Town Mayor, Les Burrows, judged the windows and said: “It was a very difficult decision, as many shops had such lovely window displays.” The winner, however, was The Beauty, Skin & Eyelash Lounge, who win the Cup for the second year running. Runner-up certificates were awarded to Epping Shoe Repairs and gift shop & cafe; Todd Sloane, both of whom had excellent displays. The costumes in Epping Shoe Repairs had been knitted by local long-term customer Shiela Aitken and really brightened up the window. Thank you to everyone who took part. Please get involved next year.

Epping in Bloom

Volunteers needed to help look after the floral displays in and around Epping and the new community garden Market Garden Terrace (opposite the side entrance to M&S, pictured on the cover). Email: if you can help. Community competitions now open.

Mr Howard Wise

Epping Town Council would like to thank Mr Wise for his 54 years of service to Epping’s Monday market. Mr Wise sold net curtains and curtain materials in Epping market and has now retired. I’m sure many of you know him and will miss him. We all wish Mr Wise a happy retirement and thank him for his loyalty and commitment to Epping.


Mayor’s Christmas card competition

The Mayor of Epping is lucky to have his Christmas card designed by one of our local school children. This year, we had over 200 delightful entries and it took the Mayor and Deputy Mayor a few hours to pick a winner. The winner was Erin Manojlovic, aged 7 from Coopersale Hall School. The runners up were Larna Morgan, aged 10 & Beatrice Haag, aged 7 from Epping Primary School and Sophie Radcliffe, aged 10 and Kacey Thompson, aged 8 from Coopersale & Theydon Garnon Primary School. Thank you to all the children who took part in the competition and all the teachers and parents who helped them. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor were overwhelmed by the number and standard of entries and the winning children were awarded with a certificate at their assemblies.

Epping Forest District Council -

Draft Local Plan response

In October, Epping Forest District Council issued their draft Local Plan for consultation and invited comments. This document will help determine planning applications from 2018 until 2033, so it is an extremely important document. Epping Town Council spent a considerable amount of time going through the document and responded to Epping Forest District Council with detailed comments. That response is available to read on Epping Town Council’s website: Epping will have to accept some development over that 15-year period, but residents’ and the Town Council’s comments, will hopefully help shape that development as Epping Forest District Council work through all those responses.

Neighbourhood Planning

Epping Town Council are working on the Neighbourhood Plan for Epping and once passed or ‘made’, it will sit alongside Epping Forest District Council’s Local Plan, as a formal planning document. The Neighbourhood Planning Advisory Committee, which is made up of Councillors, local resident stakeholders and community partners, also submitted a detailed response to the draft Local Plan and will now continue to work on the details of the Neighbourhood Plan for Epping. You can read their response on Epping Town Council’s website at: npac-draft-local-plan-response The Neighbourhood Plan for Epping will focus just on Epping Town (Parish) and we hope to create a plan that is how our residents wish Epping to develop in the future.

The Neighbourhood Planning Advisory Committee meet regularly at Epping Hall and will be working on the details of the Plan, such as design of new buildings, protecting our High Street and parking standard preferences. Meetings are advertised on Epping Town Council’s website and are open to everyone. Residents are welcome to come and listen, or if you’d like to be involved in helping to make the Plan, please email our Planning & Events Officer Geraldine on and register your interest. The Neighbourhood Plan is a big project, but it allows everyone to have their say. There are many things that can’t be put in a Neighbourhood Plan, but many that can. Any information you give us will help the process and highlight the issues facing Epping now and in the future.

Project groups are divided into six key areas: 1 Housing 2 Historic & Built Environment 3 Town Centre Function 4 Transport & Parking 5 Natural Environment 6 Arts, Culture & Recreation so if you have a particular area of interest, let us know.

Thank you for sending us your unseen views of Epping. Please keep them coming in.


Frampton Road playground refurbishment

consideration as possible. There will be two new pieces of equipment exercise equipment, in a separate area from the main playground, as the majority of Exercise for all respondents were keen to have this. We hope Family this will enable even more fun people to enjoy the recreation ground. Once complete, we will hold a playground opening ceremony and hope many people will Epping Town Council have five playgrounds in Epping Parish; Frampton Road, be able to enjoy the Parklands-Coopersale; Lower Swaines, Ivy Chimneys and Stonards Hill. The playgrounds greater variety that will are various sizes and ages and the Town Council have a rolling programme to refurbish be on offer. We have them. This year, we will be refurbishing the playground at Frampton Road (preliminary tried to offer something design above). Work is due to start in February/March and should be completed by April. for a variety of ages and Frampton Road also has football pitches and is well used by the local community. offer more seating to There will be a new path round to the playground to make access easier. We asked allow families to enjoy neighbouring residents what they would like to see at Frampton Road Playground watching play in this and have based the design on those responses, trying to take as many views into lovely, rural setting. MoreFamily More A wider tpfun variety of new

Epping’s Monday Market

(Pictures courtesy of Adrian Harrison)

Epping Market is open every Monday and the traders get up in the middle of the night, whatever the weather, to prepare and be able to serve us. You can buy bread, cakes, fruit, vegetables, plants, shoes, slippers, eggs, ladies fashion, mobile phone accessories, materials, linens, blinds, nuts, hair accessories, children’s clothes, hoover accessories, groceries, cards, wrapping paper, gifts, beauty products, household items, DIY products and more. Please support our traders. Visit the monday market and do some shopping. They will be very pleased to see you.

Annual Town Meeting Friday 31st March 8pm Epping Town Council will hold their Annual Town Meeting on Friday 31st March at 8pm at Epping Hall, St Johns Road.

This is an opportunity for you to come along and talk to your town councillors about issues concerning Epping.

There will be some interesting speakers and refreshments will be served.

If you’d like to submit an article for Talk About Epping, deadline dates are on the back page. Please email: for advice on space availability, word length and pictures. Articles must be Epping related.

Pictures for the cover also welcome for consideration. (Electronically, 5MB minimum). Photos for Neighbourhood Planning evidence also welcome.


The Little Kitchen - new Epping eatery

Epping High Street welcomed a new eatery to the town last year, The Little Kitchen. It opened its doors on December 7 and was started by a family who are passionate about food and want to create something special to fill that missing niche in the market. Owners and cousins, Michael Winehouse and Marc Pollack, have created the eatery with Michael’s wife, Amy. Together, they boast a wide range of experience of running a busy East London pub, working in a deli and training as a chef. Amy explains: “We want The Little Kitchen to be a place for people to enjoy the food, coffee and atmosphere - everyone will be welcomed with a smile. Our children’s area means that parents have somewhere to come and eat good food, whilst knowing that their children can play. Not only can you enjoy freshly made sandwiches, the packed salad bar and deli counter, you can also purchase a variety of yummy artisan deli products. We want to thank everyone in the community who has been in and experienced what we have to offer in our first month. It means a lot to each of us. We have learnt so much already and appreciate all the feedback that has come our way. We rely on it to keep improving and to give Epping the quality it deserves.” Follow us on facebook, twitter & Instagram @TLKEPPING. 10% off for readers until the end of March 17.

Epping-Eppingen Association -

by Joy Eldridge

This unassuming sign on the Epping Road showing that Epping is twinned with Eppingen in Germany could be easily unnoticed, so I would like to familiarise readers of this article with Eppingen in southern Germany. The similarities of the two towns are not only their names. Both have at their centre a modern town hall which has jurisdiction over a number of satellite communities. The towns are of a similar size and have a beautiful forest on their doorsteps and both have long histories dating back to the middle ages. Eppingen’s centre is dominated by ancient timber framed houses and the beautiful Pfeiffer Turm. It is no surprise therefore that Epping chose Eppingen for its twinning partner. It is my firm belief that despite Brexit we do not want to sever ties and valuable connections with the communities in Europe. Hence the Epping-Eppingen Twinning Association is determined to maintain and foster its friendships in Germany. To that end, a group from the Epping Forest area will go to Eppingen in June to improve their language skills and to experience aspects of German culture. This language course is open to all who have an interest in learning German. The Association also looks forward to welcoming visitors from Eppingen in the Autumn. We are also planning some fundraising events which will include German wine tasting in the Spring. This is an opportunity to sample some of Eppingen’s local wines produced in the wonderful vineyards which enjoy the warm Summers in south Germany. A magic evening will take place in May and a quiz in October. These events are open to all; we are a welcoming bunch and just as keen to make friends in the Epping area as well as in Eppingen, so please come along. If you wish to join us on our language course, would like to come along to an event, or know more about the association, visit our website or ring 01279 428622


Friends of St Margaret’s Hospital -

by Liz Jones


Who are the Friends of St Margaret’s Hospital? We’re a fundraising group who work hard to respond to the requests from wards and departments of our local Hospital. Our focus is on the Epping Forest Unit – the modern community hospital built about ten years ago on the right hand side of the larger health services site. What happens in that hospital? Phil Wing, the hospital representative on our committee replies: “We have 22 beds for older people who are acutely unwell or going through rehabilitation post-trauma or illness. Patients come to the hospital directly from home or from local acute hospitals. We also have a stroke rehabilitation ward which caters for people from 18 years old upwards. These patients can be with us for Friends Treasurer Jan presents our Christmas up to six weeks. The Hospital also has a range of outpatient services including physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and community gift for festive cheer on the wards dental and podiatry services.” How do the Friends of St Margaret’s help the Hospital? Over the past few years, the Friends have raised over £51,500 to purchase items which the wards and departments needed – but which the NHS could not provide. Plus, through the channel of our group, a huge legacy purchased hoists above every bed when the hospital opened. And every Christmas well over £1,000 is given to the wards to provide festive cheer to patients in hospital at that time. How can the local community help? Join us and become a Friend – only £5 a year. Hold fundraising events for us in your home, club or workplace. (Theydon Art Group raised over £200 for us at their annual show in May; St John’s Church Wives Group in Loughton have adopted us as their charity for the year). Support our events – the annual Summer Lunch this year raised over £2,350, thanks to the generosity of our guests and local retailers who provided raffle prizes. Call 01992 572979 if you can help us too. And on 25th March, we’ll be offering an informal ‘Soup and Ploughmans’ day in Theydon Bois Village Hall – please pop in and enjoy lunch with us. Stop press! We are currently processing new requests from the Hospital: the physio team have asked for equipment which they can use to help stroke and neurological patients with treatment in the hydrotherapy pool and the End of Life Care team have asked us to fund the cost of making a staff training video. We have also been able to provide a new crosstrainer for use in the Physiotherapy Dept. We continue to be able to meet these needs through help from our local community.

Citizens Advice Bureau - the Epping branch is now open

Citizens Advice now fully operational in Epping again. Epping Citizens Advice Bureau is now open for business in its brand-new home at Ernest Wythes House, 50A Hemnall Street, next door to the Hemnall Social Club and just across the road from the Epping Sports Centre. For the past three years, Citizens Advice in Epping has been run from small, temporary premises at the ReUse Centre, which meant that it could only offer a limited service. Potential clients had to go to the branches in Loughton or Waltham Abbey. The new building means that it can offer a full service. If you need advice you can drop in on Monday, Tuesday or Friday, between 10am and 2pm, though it’s a good idea to get there early as sessions can be busy. You will be seen by one of the CAB’s trained volunteer assessors and if they can’t deal with your issue there and then you’ll be given an appointment with an adviser. (Pre booked appointments only on Wednesday between 10am and 2pm.) The CAB offers advice and help on all kinds of things, including benefits and tax credits, dealing with debt, housing problems and employment.

You can also get advice from or the Citizens Advice Essex Adviceline - 0344 477 0808 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm).

Pilates classes

with Karen Laing

Epping has a new Anti-Ageing Pilates class, specifically designed for those over 55. Karen Laing, co-director of Epping based business Fit School, started the class when she realised that issues like arthritis, osteoporosis and the needs of the body after menopause or cancer could be better catered for within a dedicated class. “Pilates is a brilliant form of exercise but as we age, it’s important to adapt exercises and focus on what’s really important for an older body,” says Pilates Instructor Karen. “I’ve been teaching Pilates in Epping for over five years. My main focus is women’s health from pregnancy, to post natal and beyond. My Anti-Ageing class is all about keeping you active and feeling young. Lots of evidence now suggests it’s stiffness not weakness which contributes to back or joint pain. If you have a niggle or perhaps want to be more active for your grandchildren, you have to keep moving.” Exercise isn’t just about how you look. It can increase your energy levels; has been proven to help mental illness; is recommended after cancer treatment and can help prevent secondary cancers; and can help with joint mobility, pain management and conditions like osteoporosis. As well as teaching Pilates and fitness classes for over 12 years, Karen writes about fitness and women’s health. She lives in Epping with her husband, two children and her first book The Pilates Instructor’s Big Encyclopedia of Pregnancy is due out later this year. Details Anti-Ageing Pilates Mon, 1.30pm, United Reformed Church, Epping £66: 6 week course @fitschoolessex 07940 742345

All our other class details: Fit School’s Other Pilates and Fitness Classes in Epping: Mon 6.45pm Pilates, Mon 8pm Pilates, Weds 7.30pm PE Circuit Class, Thurs 8.15pm, Pilates Foundations, Sat 9.30am Pilates for Pregnancy (all United Reformed Church, Epping); Tues 9.30am, Weds 9.45am, Weds 7pm, Pilates (St Albans Parish Rooms, Coopersale); Tues 12.30pm Post Natal Pilates (Brambles Children’s Centre, Epping) Weds 10.30am Fit School Buggy Workout (Stonards Hill, Epping).


Charity shops -

by Dorothy Organ

Charity shops: love them or ignore them. Are they treasure troves or other people’s junk? There are four charity shops in Epping, each one like a little department store selling a wide variety of goods. Books, toys, shoes, clothes, linen, handbags, jewellery, belts, ties, etc. Donations are brought in at any time all day and every day and are taken through to the back to be meticulously sorted. Only goods that are absolutely perfect go on to the next stage when everything is clearly sized, priced, dated and put in the shop. Anything not sold after two weeks is removed and sent on to another charity. Nothing is wasted. Shoes and handbags that cannot be sold are sent on to a leatherdealer for recycling. Unsold books go to a dealer and unsold bric-a-brac goes on to another charity. Because of the quantity of donations every day, the stock in the shop is changing all the time. Some people make it part of their routine to pop in every time they are passing and cannot understand why others would not dream of going in at all. They say they don’t know what they are missing. There is no doubt that they play a part in replacing some of the shops we have lost, as well as being a valuable contribution to four essential charities.

Neighbourhood Watch - Epping Forest

Many people in our area have lost their lifetime savings to scammers who phone them claiming to be from their bank, the police or from other trusted organisations such as utility companies. 
Often, after several calls, victims are persuaded to transfer money into a bank account. When they do, their money disappears, never to be seen again. Victims are left feeling ashamed and unlikely to report the fraud to the police or tell anyone else about it. 
Epping Forest Neighbourhood Watch is supporting the launch of a major new campaign designed to tackle financial fraud. Called the ‘Take Five’ campaign, it encourages people to think about fraud as a real possibility and not be too trusting if someone phones or writes to them or calls at their door.

Always follow the ‘Take Five’ plan: 1 Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full password – it’s never okay to reveal these details. 2 Don’t assume an email request or caller is genuine – people aren’t always who they say they are. 3 Don’t be rushed – a genuine bank or organisation won’t mind waiting to give you time to stop and think. 4 Listen to your instincts – if something feels wrong then it is usually right to pause and question it. 5 Stay in control – have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for information. You can follow Epping Forest Neighbourhood Watch on facebook at Epping Forest NHW Notices, and on twitter @EppingForestNHW and our website is

Thank you to David Jackman, Everything Epping Forest, for his pictures in this issue.



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EPPING HALL Mondays: Tai Chi, 10.30am-12.30pm. Kumon Classes, 3.00pm-5.00pm. Music Tuition, 4.30pm-7.00pm. Tuesdays: Ageing Well With Vivianne, 10.00am-12 noon (Reopens Feb 2017) Kumon Classes, 3.00pm-6.00pm. Ceroc Dance Classes, 7.15pm-10.30pm Wednesdays: Football Fundamentals, 9.30am-11.30am. Junior Karate Classes, 4.00pm-6.00pm (term time only), Senior Karate Classes, 7.30pm-9.00pm. (2nd Weds in month), Epping WI Meeting, 2.00pm-4.00pm. Thursdays: (alternate), New Horizons Tea Dance, 1.30pm-4.15pm. Kumon Classes, 3.30pm-5.00pm. Tae Kwon Do, 7.00pm-9.00pm Fridays: Weightwatchers, 9.30am-10.30am. 2nd Weds: Sound Meditation, 7.00pm-10.00pm.

JACK SILLEY PAVILION Mondays: Baby Ballet, 9.30am-12 noon. Jo Jingles, (term time only) 9.45am-11.45am. Dance Classes, 4.00pm-6.15pm. Tuesdays: Pre-School Dance Classes, 1.00pm-3.00pm. Voluntary Action Craft Group, 1.30pm-4.15pm. Dog Training, from 7.00pm. Wednesdays: (Autumn and Spring), WEA Lectures 10.00am-12 noon. Art Classes, (term time only), 10.00am-12 noon. Baby Ballet, 1.30pm-4.15pm. Thursdays: Dog Training, from 7.00pm. Fridays: U3A Painting Session, 10.00am-12 noon. Children’s Dance Classes, (term time only), 3.45pm-6.45pm. Saturdays: Dancing school, 9.30am-1.00pm 2nd Thurs: Action for family carers, 1pm-3pm. Every Sat and Mon at 1.30pm: Petanque (Boules) at Stonards Hill. Light exercise. Peter Lumb: 01992 571744.

OTHER VENUES • Mondays: 10am-12 noon: Market day coffee at St John’s Church. 7.45pm-9pm, Epping Bell Ringers, St John’s Church. Pete Milan: office@ epping 10am-12 noon Essex Savers Credit Union, Epping Library. • 1st Monday of the month: Epping Art Society, 7.30pm-10pm, Pelly Court, Hemnall Street. (Art practical). • 2nd Monday of the month: (not Jan & Aug, 1st Mon Dec), West Essex Flower Club, Thornwood Village Hall, 1.45pm. 01992 576360 • Tuesdays: 7pm-8.30pm, Theydon Garnon Scouts, The Scout Headquarters, Fluxs Lane, Epping CM16 7PE. Email: Richard: 07724 156595. (Except after a bank holiday) 7.30pm, Rotary Club of Epping Forest, The Garnon Bushes, Coopersale. Mark Harvey 07973 303899. • 1st Tuesday of month: Lindsey Ladies, The United Reform Church, Lindsey Street, Epping, 1.30pm. Toni Frost 01992 576195 • 2nd Tuesday of month: 2pm-4pm, Epping Stroke Club, United Reformed Church Hall, Lindsey Street, Epping. Mrs J Domin 01992 574140 • Wednesdays: 11am-3pm, Parkinsons UK, Harlow & District. David Livingstone Club, Potter Street. CM17 9AE. Corinne Hall on 07982 094194. 6pm-7.30pm, Theydon Garnon Beaver Scouts, The Scout Headquarters, Fluxs Lane, Epping, CM16 7PE. Contact details above. • 2nd Wednesday of the month: Epping Art Society, 8pm-10pm, Pelly Court, Hemnall Street. (Art appreciation.) • Thursdays: 11am to 1pm in Epping, Ikebana Study Group (flower arranging) Martine Gracey on 01992 571839. 11.15am. TappyToes. Age 20 months to 4 yrs. Brambles, St John’s Road. Claire 01992 265306. 5.30pm & 7.30pm, Slimming World, Quakers Meeting Hall, Hemnall Street, Epping, CM16 4LL. Call Stacey on 07956 486720 and Slimming World Epping (Facebook). 2pm-4pm, Pelly Court, Hemnall Street, Evergreen Club. New members welcome, call June O’Brien on 01992 573385. • Fridays: 7.30pm-9.30pm, Epping Eagle Explorers, (Scouts address above). Dave Ward: • Saturdays: 10am-12 noon: Coffee mornings, Epping Methodist Church Hall. • Every Weds, Thurs, Sat & Sun: West Essex Ramblers. Friendly rambling group, walks from various locations. Sorry, no dogs. Tel: 020 8502 1628. Monthly • Every 3rd Sunday: 10.00am: Copped Hall Guided Tours. • Monthly every 2nd Sunday: Conservation Day, Friends of Swaines Green. 10.30am, the recreation ground, Lower Swaines • Fri, once a month 1pm-3pm ProActive meets at St Margarets Hospital, tel: 07747 374692. • Epping Railway Circle operates once a month at Theydon Bois Village Hall, tel: 020 8508 1764 or see

Theydon Jazz Club Thornwood Common Village Hall, Weald Hall Lane, CM16 6NB. Live traditional jazz bands on the 1st & 3rd Tues of every month from 8-10.30pm. £10 Members £8 (discounted memberships available). Car park/disabled facilities/dance floor/bar/tea & coffee/friendly atmosphere/children free. Feb 21 The Theydon Select Six. Mar 7 Carol Braithwaite’s Jazz Crew. Mar 21 The Gresty White Ragtimers 01945 58832

4th Epping Scout Group: (Term time) Mon, 4th Epping ASH Pack cubs, 7pm-8.30pm. 8 to 10.5 years. Tues, 4th Epping Woodland Beavers 6pm-7pm. 6 to 8 years. Fri, 4th Epping Scouts 7.30pm9.30pm. 10.5 to 14.5 years. Adult help required for each group and to join, contact us on

Probus Club

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

EPPING YOUTH FC Epping Youth FC Saturday Soccer School

. Epping Youth is pleased to announce the launch of its Saturday Soccer School. Open to existing and new players, whether they simply want to learn to play or are looking to join a new or existing Epping Youth team.

 Epping Youth holds FA Chartered Standard Club status - this means we are registered with the FA and all our teams are managed by DBS checked coaches holding a Child Safeguarding, Basic First Aid and FA coaching qualification.

 We field teams from U7 to U16, playing in the Echo and Chelmsford youth leagues with our home games played at Stonards, Epping and The Memorial Playing Fields, North Weald. While our games are competitive, we do not lose sight that we are a grassroots club and our players play for fun, with their friends. 
Our Soccer School and team training takes place on the state of the art astro pitch at Upper Clapton Rugby Club, Upland Road, Epping. 
Our Saturday Soccer School is available for U6 to U8 at 9am, U9-U10 at 10am and U11-U12 at 11am. Sessions are open to girls and boys and we would welcome new players to come along for a trial session. 
We are particularly keen to recruit U6 and U7 players to form new teams in the 2017/18 season and additional players to join our U10 and U12 teams. 
 Contact: or or visit or facebook page

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Each Saturday during lent, one of Epping’s churches is offering a light lunch between 12.30pm - 2pm. Lunches of soup, cheese, bread with tea and coffee are available free of charge. Donations can be made for Christian aid. The lunches are on at: 4th March - The Life Church, The Box, St Johns Rd. 11th March - United Reformed Church, Lindsey St. 18th March - Methodist Church Hall, High St. 25th March - St John’s Church. 1st April - Catholic Church Hall, Church Hill. 8th April - Epping Green Chapel. 

Open Door - Coaching and Mentoring West Essex Free support for young people aged 8-18 Coaching and Mentoring helps you work towards your goals, build your confidence and overcome the barriers which are preventing you from succeeding. Coaching – outcome focussed, address personal barriers, builds confidence, self-esteem, develop realistic plans, helps identify your goals and ambitions, continued encouragement to develop new skills. Mentoring – develop realistic solutions, provides a sounding board, help find your direction in life, provides a positive role model, ensures you are listened to and understood and encourages practical options. To book an appointment, contact Paul Wilding, Project Coordinator: 01375 389877 Text/Mobile: 07972 483150 Email: Open Door at Rainbow Services, 2 Wych Elm, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1QP


EPPING UPPER CLAPTON RFC AIM TO REACH OUT TO WIDER COMMUNITIES WITH RUGBY IN 2017 In late winter/early spring rugby often enters our minds when the international teams lock horns on our TVs. Many of the players will have started their rugby education at clubs like Epping Upper Clapton RFC. EUCRFC have in the past provided their own national representatives and today they continue to develop their junior members from 5 years onwards. The teaching and promoting of rugby to boys and girls is a major role EUCRFC now performs. With over 35 trained coaches and ambassadors; it helps children learn to develop a healthier lifestyle, core rugby skills and experience a controlled competitive sporting environment. Training to support all teams goes on all week. All weather practice pitches already exist and exciting plans are in place to upgrade the playing facilities. EUCRFC also intends to expand its community based programme reaching out to more potential junior recruits, assisting in schools, partnering with local charities and generally raising its profile as a venue for sporting excellence. If you’re inspired by the TV or have a child aged 5-19 that wants to give it a go, then come along and see us at Upland Road, Thornwood Common. For more information on EUCRFC find us on Twitter, Facebook or


In April, a 6-week course on Summer Natural History will run at the Jack Silley Pavilion, Tidy’s Lane, Epping CM16 6SP, on Wednesdays 10am-12noon starting April 26th. This will be tutored by Tricia Moxey. Do join to find out why flowers are so important. The six weeks include two field trips and the fee is £50. You are welcome to come to the first class to find out if you want to join and you may qualify for help with the fee if you are unemployed. A course on Music and the British Landscape will be held in Loughton at the Bowls Club, Eleven Acre Rise, IG10 1AN on Tuesdays 10am-12 noon starting April 25th, 6 weeks for £50, tutor Chris Green. There is free car parking space at both venues. For more details see or contact Pat Dale: 020 8281 1536 or or Lesley Barnard: 020 8502 1407 or AMY BRAMBLE YOGA

12 adult yoga classes per week offered in Epping and North Weald plus one for teens. Most classes are held in the Epping Golf Club on Fluxs Lane. Classes cost £5 (teens) and between £6 and £8 for adults. Contact: Amy Bramble on 07841 378364 or see

EPPING TOWN COUNCIL Members - Hemnall Ward Cllr Mrs D Baird Cllr A Church Cllr Mrs B Scruton Cllr D Spillman Cllr Miss H Whitbread Cllr J Whitehouse 01992 572235 01992 572333 01992 561875

Members - St John’s Ward Cllr N Avey Cllr L Burrows Cllr H Pegrum Cllr G Scruton Cllr J A Smith Cllr M Wright 01992 572003 01992 572173 01992 577168 07926 516097

Cllr N Avey & Cllr Miss H Whitbread are also District Councillors. Cllr Jon Whitehouse is also a District and County Councillor. Other Local Representatives EFDC Cllr Chris Whitbread (01992 573557) EFDC Cllr Will Breare-Hall (01992 575843) EFDC Cllr Janet Whitehouse (01992 812503) MP: Mrs Eleanor Laing MP (020 8508 6608)

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epping town council responsibilities Bury Lane Cemetery Monday Charter Market Christmas Market Recreation Grounds: Stonards Hill Ivy Chimneys Lower Swaines Frampton Road Parklands, Coopersale Brook Road

Halls: Epping Hall, St Johns Rd Jack Silley Pavilion, Stonards Hill

Town Show Continental Markets 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.


Epping Town Council offer grants to local organisations. The deadline for applications is:

1st March 2017 and 1st September 2017

Details on Epping Town Council’s website, email: or tel: 01992 579444 for more information.


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Talk About Epping Spring 2017 Quarterly magazine of Epping Town Council

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Talk About Epping Spring 2017 Quarterly magazine of Epping Town Council