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Spooky Season I have to start by mentioning the weather, how lucky have we been with the weather during September? We have had more sun than August. Although early morning and evenings are turning chilly but we have been so lucky and to me it extends the summer a little longer. So we are now heading into the busy end of year, with Halloween, fireworks and of course Christmas. Halloween can be fun for children but worrying for others, please find some advice and a poster that may help later in the magazine. Regarding fireworks, it is so difficult as they seem to go on for weeks before and after 5th November. One of our dogs hates them, he quivers, shakes and drools. We have tried wrapping him to support him, making sure hís bed is extra comfy, the tv is turned up a little bit louder, we never leave him on his own, we keep our routine etc. I must admit we have never tried medication. I know many other pets are the same. And as for Christmas, I have seen Christmas adverts already. I know people who have already started to do Christmas shopping. I just hope that this year Christmas can be a little more normal with families being able to be together. It is still scary though, with the pandemic still in full force with cases and deaths rising daily. I personally believe we need to líve with this now. I still wear my mask at times, sanitise and wash my hands. Any symptoms I test using a lateral flow test to be sure and I know it is worrying and so many people have lost loved ones but education, health, business and much more needs to continue. As I write this, the rumoured petrol crisis has hit the nation. It is ironic isn't it really. The only shortage is that of petrol tanker drivers and not the fuel itself so what does the nation do? Rush and by petrol, filling cars and vehicles up and some even filling up petrol cans by the many, which in turn puts more pressure on the tanker drivers so making a small problem into a huge nationwide crisis. Now it is rumoured the army is needed to drive petrol tankers to ensure garages can restock. I know of doctors, nurses, carers, ambulance drivers not being able to get fuel. I hope those that queued for hours, who didn't really need fuel, remember this if they need health services or deliveries. It doesn’t take much to panic us does it. Toilet rolls and pasta last year, a rumoured snow flake and everyone rushes in and shops like it is Christmas and now fuel. The press sensationalises the problem and we act accordingly. Please think before you act. If we all bought just what we needed then the problems would not occur. Now enjoy any last remnants of the sun, stay safe and stay sensible.

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Cover photo: Chosen as who doesn't love a hot drink for Halloween. Although have never had a pumpkin drink.

Contents October Issue Page No.

4. Brain Teaser 5. Beware of Covid pass 6 Citizen of the year nominations 7. Events 8. Planning applications 11. Cabinet news 14. Author of Bramley Hedge books recognised locally 15. New scam targeting North Weald residents 16. Stabbing in North Weald 17. Could you be a bloodrunner 18. Halloween in North Weald 19. Halloween Poster 20. Residents Anti Social Behaviour Meeting 22. Thank you NHS Heroes 21. Bought to justice 25. Photo Gallery 27. Poem 33. Birds Column Editor June Peachey june@northwealdvillagelife.co.uk 07814 863955 Write to: 49 York Road, North Weald, Epping, Essex CM16 6HU www.northwealdvillagelife.co.uk Subscription: If you would like to guarantee your personal copy or perhaps you have relatives or friends who would like to receive their own copy, you can subscribe for £25.00 for 12 issues. Contributions & Editorial: If you would like to contribute editorial, poems, recipes, letters or anything else, we would be delighted to receive these. Please send them to us via letter or email. Advertisers: Please email or telephone us for full advertising rates and sizes. Booking

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OCTOBER BRAIN TEASER —Win a bottle of wine • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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Thank you to Mr M. Dyer who won last month’s brain teaser. Just search and find the words, ring them and then send your completed wordsearch to me by 20th October. Please send it to:October Brain Teaser, NWVL, 49 York Road, North Weald, CM16 6HU. This month’s prize is a bottle of wine. Don’t forget to include your name, telephone no or email address and home address.

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Beware of Covid pass fraud Criminals are using the NHS Covid Pass as a way to target the public by convincing them to hand over money, financial details and personal information. Fraudsters are sending imitation text messages, emails and making phone calls pretending to be from the NHS and offering fake vaccine certificates for sale online and through social media. Remember! The NHS App is FREE, the NHS Covid Pass is FREE and the NHS will NEVER ask for payment or any financial details. If you receive a call you suspect to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. If you are suspicious about a text message, forward it to 7726, which is free-of-charge. If you think you may be a victim of fraud, you can report it to us online through our digital 101 system or call us on 101. Visit www.essex.police.uk/digital101 to find out more. For information on how to get your FREE NHS Covid pass visit www.nhs.uk/nhscovidpass #FraudFriday

Parish council looks to return to North Weald Library North Weald Bassett Parish Council is considering a move back into its office at North Weald Library having run its services from The Parish Hall at Thornwood during the COVID19 pandemic. Parish council clerk Sue de Luca told Monday's parish council meeting the return could be achieved "if we took appropriate measures" at the library. She added that with bookings returning it was becoming increasingly difficult for the parish council to continue to operate its face-to-face administrative centre at the Parish Hall. Should the return to the library go ahead, the parish council could then hire out its current office space at The Parish Hall as a small meeting room, the meeting was told. The move would see a maximum of two parish council staff working in the library at any one time. Mrs de Luca said: "We had to move out (of the library) because under risk assessment we couldn't keep you (councillors) and the staff safe but we feel we could now if we took appropriate measures. "We should ask Essex County Council that if we go back we go back on our terms with an enhanced Service Level Agreement which includes work being carried out to room at the back and the storage area." Parish councillors agreed the idea of a return to the library should be pursued through county councillor Chris Whitbread. Page 5

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Is your Chimney ready for cold weather? Essex County Fire and Rescue Service are urging residents with open fires and log burners to get their chimneys swept and inspected before winter. There is usually a spike in chimney fires in colder weather, so by taking simple steps ahead of winter, you can reduce the risk of a house fire. Nick Singleton, Operational and Community Risk Manager for North Essex said: “Most chimney fires are preventable. Always get your chimney swept at least once a year by a suitable tradesperson and they will issue you a certificate for your insurance company. “Ensure you check your chimney in the loft for any signs of cracks or corrosion. “If you have a wood burner, we recommend that you have a carbon monoxide alarm within the room to give you any early warning. Also ensure your smoke alarms on every level are tested once a week.” Source: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

Citizen of the Year nominations The search is on to find the Epping Forest District Council Citizen of the Year and the Volunteer Team of the Year 2022. This award is to recognise people in the community who go above and beyond, making positive changes in the Epping Forest district and this year, more than ever before, we anticipate many outstanding nominations. It could be a good neighbour or charity worker, perhaps someone who runs a club for youngsters or older people or a team of volunteers who make where we live just that little bit better. Nominees must be over 18 and live or volunteer in the district in order to be considered. If you know someone who fits the bill and deserves to be recognised, fill in a nomination form and make sure it is submitted by Friday 26 November 2021. The Young Citizen of the Year Award is open to 11 to 18 year old’s who have made an outstanding contribution to young people and activities in Epping Forests. Further information and a nomination form can be found on our website. Visit eppingforestdc.gov.uk

The Theydon Oak pub receives floral award The Theydon Oak pub has been presented with Epping Town Council's Epping in Bloom rosebowl which is awarded annually for the best floral display for business premises in the town. Town Mayor councillor Michael Wright, who visited the Coopersale Street pub today (Wednesday) to hand over the trophy and a certificate, said: "It was a very hard decision for the council but after a lot of deliberation it was decided that the Theydon Oak - because of the colour, style and amount of floral displays - was the worthy winner this year." It is the second time in three years and the ninth time since the award was first presented in 1990 that the Theydon Oak pub has held the award. Page 6

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If you run a community event or charity event, don’t forget to let me know so I can share the details with readers—just email me June@northwealdvillagelife.co.uk West Essex Flower Club Mon 11th October—1.15pm Thornwood Village Hall. Annual Meeting followed by Gaenor Circus with her flower demonstration entitled Ancient and Modern. All Welcome, visitors pay £6.00 on the door

An invitation to the Community Health & Wellbeing Day Open day Epping Forest District Council Civic Offices, CM16 4BZ Monday 11 October 2021 Join Epping Forest District Council as we showcase our varied programme and invite the public to enjoy our services completely free of charge in our amazing new space.

North Weald WI Meeting

10am – 2:30pm—Stay Well this Winter

Weds 6th October - 1.45pm North Weald Village Hall. Marian Pettet entertaining with her talk entitled “It won’t show on the stage”. Visitors welcome £3.00 on the door.

Informative talks from pharmacists, community nurses and specialist health advisors. Seated exercise session, information stands, free welcome bag, free entertainment and free lunch. Booking is essential for this part of the day. You can book online at: eppingforestdc.bookinglive.com/book/add/p/502, for support with your booking call 01992 564 226.

Farmers Market

3:30 – 5:30pm—Come Along and Play

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Crafts, jumbo party games and activities for all ages inspired by Epping Forest District Museum’s latest exhibition Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered.

Sunday 7th November

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Adult health and wellbeing activities including floral art, crafts, low impact exercise classes and more.

Library Car Park, Ongar

Booking is not required for all activities after 3:30pm. Feel free to call 01992 564 226 if you would like to know more.

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10am Sundays: informal church gathering in St Andrew’s Church Hall (North Weald Sunday Morning Church) - 3pm Sundays: liturgical service of Mass in St Andrew’s Church - 1st Wednesday of each month @12: Praying with Beads (Rosary group) in St Andrew’s Church - Every Wednesday @12.45: lunch & social club in St Andrew’s Church Hall. Bring own food, drinks provided. Every Wednesday @7.30pm: small group Bible study. “Deep Simplicity”: Going deeper on our Journey with Jesus. Big Questions: Theology & Philosophy in the pub. This happens monthly. Email Jaimee for more details. Messy Church will be returning this term! Keep an eye out in the next edition for more details! 20 September & Mondays @7.30 thereafter: CAP Life Skills: budgeting, health and relationship support group where you can share what you have learned & build community. The Church Centre, Abbey Church, Waltham Abbey.

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Planning Applications No: EPF/2098/21 Officer: David Maguire Applicant Name: Ash Sheik Planning File No: 011070 Location: 37 High Road, North Weald Bassett, Epping CM16 6HW Proposal: Proposed single storey rear extension and single storey front infill extension.

Any representations on the above applications should be made in writing, by Monday, 4th October 2021 Application No: EPF/2166/21 Officer: Kie Farrell Applicant Name: Mr Ryan Manning Planning File No: 003417 Location: 1 George Avey Croft, North Weald Bassett, Epping CM16 6JB Proposal: First floor extension over existing garage space and conversion of existing garage to create additional living space. Application No: EPF/2252/21 Officer: David Maguire Applicant Name: Sam and Lucy Harborne Planning File No: 008329 Location: 9 George Avey Croft, North Weald Bassett, Epping CM16 6JB Proposal: Ground and first floor rear extensions.

Any representations on the above applications should be made in writing, by Monday, 11th October 2021 Epping Forest District Council www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk Comment online at www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/iPlan or by post to: The Director of Planning and Economic Development, Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, 323 High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ Any enquiries should be made to the Application Processing Team

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Local Hospice scoops charity award The West Essex and East Hertfordshire charity, St Clare Hospice, has been recognised for its bereavement services’ response to the pandemic with an award for ‘Change Project of the Year’ in the national Charity Times awards, which took place on Thursday 9th September. St Clare Hospice rapidly changed its approach to delivering bereavement support to local people in response to the lockdown restrictions in March 2020, to ensure that those facing loss during the pandemic were not socially isolated during their grief. The Hospice adapted its Bereavement Café model from a face-toface support service, to a social media and video conferencing based service, within a matter of weeks – establishing six Facebook-based support groups with approximately 200 bereaved adults and young people. The Hospice also launched a Bereavement Support Helpline in June 2020 to provide emotional support and practical support, in addition to sign-posting to other services, for local people. The Hospice has seen a 52% increase on referrals to its bereavement services since the start of the pandemic, demonstrating the local need for bereavement support in West Essex and East Hertfordshire. St Clare Hospice now provides immediate Bereavement Support to anyone who needs it, via the Bereavement Support Helpline, 01279 967670. The award ceremony, which was organised by Charity Times magazine, celebrated excellence and best practice within the charity sector.

Recycling news Most of us know how to recycle food, garden waste and cardboard, but things like aerosol cans, and foil food containers can also go into the recycling. In the Epping Forest District area, they collect food and garden waste in the green-lidded bin every week. You can also recycle small waste electrical items, low energy light bulbs, batteries, textiles and paired shoes every week. Simply put them in separate plastic carrier bag(s) and leave them on top of your food and garden bin to be collected or on top of your refuse bin on alternate week. Recycling sacks and blue box collections alternate on a weekly basis with black bin collections. Residents can pick up clear recycling sacks locally from outlets across the Epping Forest district. For North Weald you can collect these from • Art Nursery Garden Centre, Vicarage Lane

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Bread & Bites, 18 High Road Co-op, 56 High Road

Recycling and bottle banks are provided across the district for you to take recyclable materials. Our closest recycling banks are in Hurricane Way, next to Bookers. To find out how to get rid of your rubbish, reduce your waste and recycle more in Essex visit you can find out more at https:// www.loveessex.org. Page 9

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Aviation Heritage Trail launched for East Anglia North Weald Airfield Museum has joined the newly launched the Anglia Aviation Heritage group- a marketing effort to provide the public with information on many of the regions air museums and collections. It includes a Trail booklet of airfields where the public can record their visits to the various museums. This new heritage trail to highlight the rich aviation history of East Anglia was recently been launched by Military Aviation Heritage Networks. The trail features 30 historic airfields, museums, memorials and aviation sites concerned with aviation history ranging from First World War bases that protected the country from airships and bombers to the Cold War bases for aircraft and missiles. The trail features an array of historic buildings and features including an atomic bomber base, a radar transmitter block, an antiaircraft gun dome, control towers and numerous airfields and aircraft hangars featuring fascinating collections of aviation heritage that are accessible to the public. East Anglia has numerous smaller, lesser-known sites with unique collections that bring alive a huge range of aviation history. Funded by Historic England, a trail booklet featuring a map, site summary and websites for 30 of these sites is available to download for free online at www.mahn.org.uk/trails and printed copies can be picked up at the various museums, airfields and heritage centres involved. RAF Marham Aviation Heritage Centre historian and author Ken Delve said: “This is a wonderful guide for anyone living in East Anglia or visiting the area with an interest in aeroplanes and aviation history and would like some inspiration for some great days out. This guide can help you find fascinating sites that will appeal to all ages. Many sites have shops and cafes, and the map makes it easy to link up several sites to visit comfortably in one outing. This is also a great way to support museums and heritage sites that had to close last year and have been hit hard financially. Most are run by volunteers who feel passionately about aviation and love to share the incredible range of sites and aviation history we have in East Anglia.” Wayne Cocroft, a senior investigator at Historic England commented: ‘East Anglia has some of the most significant places associated with aviation heritage in the country. We are pleased to support this initiative and through this trail encourage people to explore the stories that have helped to shape many of the region’s communities over the past century.’ The illustrated Heritage Trail pass are now available for collection from the Museum.

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Cabinet News Epping Forest District Councillors discussed the national programme of resettlement and support of Afghan refugees, Council House Building programme, Covid pandemic at it’s cabinet meeting held on 13th September. Epping Forest District Council is playing its part in the national programme of resettlement and support of Afghan refugees. Responding to a public question at Cabinet meeting on 13 September, Housing Portfolio Holder Councillor Holly Whitbread said that two properties have been identified as potentially suitable and ready for letting in October. Councillor Whitbread added that EFDC has chosen to offer its own Council housing rather than potentially more expensive private sector alternatives. Councillors received updates on the Council House Building programme. Councillor Whitbread reported on the official opening of brand new Phase 3 houses in North Weald. Sixteen further homes are set to be delivered across the district as part of Phase 4.1 between September and November. A further 63 units are expected as part of Phase 4 in coming months. The refit of the Civic Offices has been completed on time and within budget. Councillors received a project closure report highlighting the key features and learning points. Council Leader Chris Whitbread commented on the benefits of the project, particularly the investment in new technology which ‘with the benefit of post-covid hindsight’ had been ‘exactly the right thing and sets the council fair for the challenges to come.’ The Covid pandemic also provides the backdrop to the financial planning process from 2022/3 to 2026/7 as the council moves from the immediate impact through to the process of recovery. Announcement of the annual government finance settlement for 2022/3 is not expected until December. A tailored financial planning approach which develops the budget for 2022/3 and updates the Councils 5-year Medium Term Financial Plan to 2027 is proposed with public services delivered in the most sustainable way. Council Leader Chris Whitbread emphasised the relative strength of Epping Forest District Council in comparison to other councils, the benefits of Qualis and assets such as North Weald Airfield. He restated the Council’s commitment to protecting frontline services and keeping tax levels as low as possible.

Buskers wanted Epping Town Council has progressed the idea of allowing buskers to perform on the piazza in Epping High Street, and is now welcoming approaches from musicians who are interested in performing on Monday market days.

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Return Visit to St Andrew’s Church On 17 August, 92-year-old Brian Linnett paid a return visit to St Andrew’s Church, North Weald Bassett, accompanied by Mrs Mary Cordeiro and her husband, Rod. Mary is the co-leader and co-founder of the volunteer group set up by the Great Baddow East Neighbourhood Association to assist residents during the Covid lockdown. Brian had been a regular visitor to St Andrew’s in 1964-65 when, as foreman of the carpenters working for Bakers of Danbury, he helped with the restoration of the Church after the fire on 7 January 1964, which occurred when Fr Trevor Thorpe was the Vicar. It was a pleasant surprise for those members of the St Andrew’s congregation who hosted the visit when Brian pointed out the carving of his head on the outside of the Church at the bottom of the arch over the East Window. Source: J. Alan Smith, Churchwarden, St Andrews Church

Road traffic collision - five vehicles Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a road traffic collision on the M11 on Monday evening. On arrival, crews confirmed that five vehicles had been involved in the incident, which occurred on the northbound carriageway between junction 7 (Harlow) and junction 8 (Bishop's Stortford). One person was trapped in a vehicle. Firefighters worked hard to release the casualty by 9.51pm before leaving them in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Photo by Mrs Judith Goody 210817-1: The carving. Photo by Mrs Judith Goody 210817-2: Brian Linnett and Mary Cordeiro looking at the carving

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Author of Brambly Hedge books recognised locally The "important contribution" made to the literary and art world by author Jill Barklem through her 'Brambly Hedge' children’s books has been recognised by Epping Town Council which has unveiled a blue plaque at one of her former homes. Town Mayor councillor Michael Wright, who unveiled the plaque today with Jill's daughter, Lizzie, and son, Peter, said the plaque also highlighted her "special connection" with the town. Jill Barklem was born Gillian Gaze at St Margaret's Hospital, Epping, on May, 23, 1951. Her father owned Pynes department store - now Wildwood restaurant - on the High Street for many years. She died on November 15, 2017.

The Barklem family lived in Buttercross Lane and then in Theydon Grove until 1987. Her last home was on Church Hill where the plaque is located. In 1980 Collins published four picture books by Jill. 'Spring Story', 'Summer Story', 'Autumn Story' and 'Winter Story' chronicle in astonishing illustrative detail, the lives and adventures of a community of mice who live in 'Brambly Hedge', an idyllic spot where old values flourish and seasonal self-sufficiency is the order of the day. Speaking at the plaque unveiling, Town Mayor councillor Michael Wright said: "Jill originally conceived the idea for 'Brambly Hedge' in the 1970s during her long commutes on the London Underground from her home in Epping to study at St Martin’s School of Art in London.

"Intended for small children, the books were an immediate success with readers of all ages and the books have been translated into more than 13 languages and have sold more than seven million copies. We understand that the 'Brambly Hedge' series feature recognisable parts of the town and often refer to the forest." Councillor Wright added: "Many people who live in Epping, like many around the country and the world, have enjoyed Jill’s 'Brambly Hedge' creations. "I am delighted to unveil this blue plaque to permanently commemorate the important contribution that Jill Barklem made to the literary and art world and to mark her special connection to Epping." Jill Barklem's daughter, Lizzie, said: "I'm so very grateful that the council has put up this plaque in recognition of her contribution to childrens' literature and illustration. "She loved the town very, very much and Epping Forest was such an influential part of her research and her writing and it's lovely it has been recognised and will be there for a very long time."

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New scam targeting North Weald residents There have been reports of a new local scam targeting older people. Residents are warned to be on the lookout for scammers claiming to be from the council or highways to carry out work in people’s homes and asking for payment.

Residents in North Weald have been approached and some scammers have returned to certain households to claim more money. Epping Forest District Council want to reassure residents that any work (EFDC) carries out in your home Will be done by appointment only Staff carry and show ID upon arrival No payment will be asked for by the person doing the work. This is done via an automated system or arranged with the resident to pay at the Civic Offices in Epping The above also applies to all the repairs to our council housing, which are carried out by Qualis Management or an approved contractor.

Is your Chimney ready for cold weather?

If you still unsure whether the person is legitimate

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service are urging residents with open fires and log burners to get their chimneys swept and inspected before winter.

Do not let them in to your home.

Call the police

Or confirm the visit with our Customer Contact Centre on 01992 564000(Qualis Management on 0333 230 0464)

There is usually a spike in chimney fires in colder weather, so by taking simple steps ahead of winter, you can reduce the risk of a house fire. Nick Singleton, Operational and Community Risk Manager for North Essex said: “Most chimney fires are preventable. Always get your chimney swept at least once a year by a suitable tradesperson and they will issue you a certificate for your insurance company. “Ensure you check your chimney in the loft for any signs of cracks or corrosion. “If you have a wood burner, we recommend that you have a carbon monoxide alarm within the room to give you any early warning. Also ensure your smoke alarms on every level are tested once a week.” Source: Essex Cpunty Fire and Rescue Service

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Cheque presented to Air Ambulance Service On 13th September 2021, the Mid Esse MG Owners Club (MGOC) welcomed Mr Roger Corrie who is a volunteer with the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Service to their club, they presented him with a cheque for £600.

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He gave a very interesting talk on all aspects of the Air Ambulance and the services that they offer. He also said that the air ambulance does not fly at night but they have rapid response vehicles who operate during night hours when the helicopters cannot fly. These vehicles are fully equipped with all the necessary drugs that would be carried in the air ambulance as well as advanced paramedics and doctors. He also went on to explain that most people believe that most of the emergencies that they are called to are road traffic accidents however this is not the case, as many of them are farming or horse riding incidents. He also confirmed how much financially it costs to keep the air ambulance flying on average over £2000 per flight. That is why fundraising is so important as they receive no government funding. It gave them great pleasure to present the cheque knowing that it was going to help in some small way towards keeping the air ambulance flying .

Stabbing in North Weald Officers acted quickly to arrest two teenagers after a boy was stabbed in North Weald on Friday 27th August. It is believed that a verbal altercation at a bus stop on High Road turned into a physical fight just before 9.15pm. A 17 year old boy was taken to hospital for treatment, but did not suffered serious injuries. A 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and possession of cannabis. He has been released under investigation while we continue our enquiries. An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and later released without charge.

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Could YOU be a Bloodrunner? The Essex Voluntary Blood Service – or Essex Bloodrunners for short, is a charity providing medical courier services to the NHS and our local Air Ambulances. They are one of 30 such organisations in the UK. From the NHS Blood Bank at Basildon, the unpaid volunteers deliver blood and blood products to A&E Hospitals in Essex and East London; deliver samples for analysis to a NHS Lab in North London, and via Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, supply blood to the Air Ambulances at Earls Colne and North Weald every night. Amongst many other tasks they also courier breast milk from donors to the Hearts Milk Bank and Addenbrooke’s Hospital. They operate every weekday night, and day and night shifts at weekends and Bank Holidays. Our enhanced support to Hospitals during the Covid-19 pandemic has also introduced a weekday daytime shift. They now need more members. You choose in advance the days and shifts you work. They are looking for reliable and responsible men and women from all backgrounds, employed or retired, with a motorcycle, car or van, a mobile phone and internet access. You will receive training, documentation, full support and a hiviz uniform jacket. You will work alone on a delivery run with a typical round-trip distance from home of between 60 and possibly over 120 miles, and be the face of Essex Bloodrunners to the public and NHS staff. The work is not glamorous; can be tiring; you may work unsocial hours in all weathers and you will add thousands of miles to your vehicle. You are unpaid and cover all your own expenses… so not much going for it really! However, rather like being a First Aider or Blood Donor, this is one of the very few ways that an ordinary member of the public can help save a life. Most of you reading this piece will think “sounds good, but not for me”, which we quite understand, but just one of you may wish to enquire further. If so, see their website at:EssexVoluntaryBloodService.com

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Call to Action on Climate Change

Halloween in North Weald Halloween falls on a Sunday this year.

In response to the Sixth Assessment Report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Councillor Nigel Bedford, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Sustainability at Epping Forest District Council said: “The latest report from the IPCC is very clear that human activities have caused irreversible effects to weather and climate in all areas of the world. Urgent action is therefore essential to cut greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming to below 1.5C to avoid more frequent and extreme effects Councillor Nigel Bedford continued: “Epping Forest District Council recognises the responsibility of local government to tackle climate change and is already implementing measures to reduce emissions within the district. Developments are underway in terms of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging and the Council is also bringing forward green infrastructure projects and supporting residents to improve their energy efficiency by providing access to grant funding. These actions will not only reduce emissions, but also help to clean up our air quality, reduce energy bills and improve our health making Epping Forest district a better place to live, work and play.” Councillor Nigel Bedford said: “Alongside these developments the Council has developed a Climate Change Action Plan, which is going out for public consultation in September. Once released, we encourage you to have your say.” “Local business is also being asked to play its part in tackling climate change emissions.”

It can be a great time for children to dress up and go out into the village and see some friendly faces and pick up some sweets. It can also be a time when people feel worried as they don’t want trick or treaters to visit them. So here is some advice for local people, some of this was agreed and discussed at the recent anti social behaviour meeting held in the village hall. • If you do want trick or treaters, children and accompanying adults look out for pumpkins which is a clear sign you welcome trick or treaters. • If you don’t want trick or treaters why not display the poster in this magazine in your window and they will see you don’t want them. Copies of this poster is also available from the Kings Head Garage or from me. If you ring me on 07814 863955 or email me at june@northwealdvillagelife.co.uk please let me know and I will pop a copy through your letter box. • Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. • If you are aware of any threat or danger please ring 999. • You can take part in Halloween safely and without leaving home by decorating your house. There is a competition running (see above) organised by Tony from North Weald Property and myself. So we will be walking around in the afternoon/early evening taking photos and enjoying the atmosphere. Page 18

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Resident’s Anti Social Meeting On Friday 17th September, a meeting took place in North Weald Village Hall focusing on the subject of anti social behaviour. This meeting was organised by myself and a number of residents to increase awareness of what anti social behaviour is and what help is available. Having discussed this with North Weald Parish Council, they kindly helped with the arranging and funding of the hall and printing of the flyers. Flyers for the event was placed on all notice boards by the parish council at my request, it was promoted in last month’s magazine and online. Michelle from the Safer Community Team, PC Andy Cook who is from the community policing team joined myself as an informal panel and the meeting was kindly chaired by Nigel Bedford, local and district councillor. I was pleased to some new faces amongst the residents who attended. The meeting commenced with Michelle sharing more about the types of anti social behaviour including neighbourly disputes etc. She then proceeded to share why it is important to keep details and report it to them with details etc. PC Andy Cook also talked about the importance of reporting anti social behaviour from the police perspective. It was confirmed that both the Safer Communities Team and Essex Police work together to help individuals and communities suffering from anti social behaviour. PC Andy Cook confirmed that the online chat facility for reporting incidents to Essex Police was up and running now and was a quick method of reporting as telephone calls can take time, obviously this is not a replacement for 999. One resident asked about actual policing statistics, both current and from last year and suggesting reviewing the number and types of anti social behaviour and crime committed locally to ascertain whether there has been an increase. PC Andy Cook said these could be obtained. It was agreed that these could be fed back at another meeting. Another resident asked about feedback from reported incidents, not suggesting personal details but suggesting the reporting of an overview summarising what actions had been taken in a set period. This was agreed this could encourage more people to report anti social behaviour after seeing that action had been taken. I asked about general feedback as many people say to me I reported this to Essex Police but have heard nothing further. I asked how residents should get updated on incidents. PC Andy Cook confirmed that at the time of reporting the incident you should ask that you keep them updated on the incident or you could ring them at any time quoting the incident number provided to you at the time of reporting asking them for an update. It was also discussed that there are different options available especially towards younger people with the aim of reducing anti social behaviour including mentoring, engagement etc. Michelle talked about her experience and involvement in this initiatives. Halloween was discussed and I focus on this in separate editorial. It was agreed that another meeting should be held as residents who attended did find it very interesting. It was a very interactive meeting with lots of discussion, questions and answers. Another meeting will hopefully be arranged in November.

Apology I have an apology to make in last month’s magazine I included an editorial thanking local sponsors from Alan Buckley, Chairman of North Weald Bassett Parish Council who support the local Parish Council Garden. However, by mistake, I omitted Thornwood Grounds Maintenance who are also a sponsor. Page 20

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IMPORTANT Defibrillators Recently I understand defibrillators from both Thornwood and North Weald have been needed to help people who have become unwell whilst awaiting emergency services. So to ensure all residents are aware of the location of our defibrillators, here are the details. Once you ring emergency services to inform them of someone needing emergency assistance, they will give you the code required to access the defibrillator looked in coded cabinets.

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‘Thank you NHS Heroes’

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Simon Hartnell thanked the organising committee, club members, volunteers and generous sponsors for putting on such a Several hundred people turned out to watch the first ever Matching Green Cricket Club (MGCC) versus Princess Alexan- fun Bank Holiday event and raising a hugely worthwhile amount dra Hospital Staff (PAH) Twenty 20 cricket match on Bank Holi- for our NHS heroes. day Monday 30th August.. The cricket club wanted to show their appreciation and thanks to the staff at PAH who worked tirelessly throughout the Covid pandemic to support our local community. The event was the inspiration of player Dan Sibley of Nightingale Disabled Transport who formed a committee of MGCC members to organise the event. None of them imagined how many people from far and wide would turn up to watch. In addition to the cricket there was a barbeque, bar, stalls for adults and children and a tea tent brimming with homemade cakes. Something for the whole family to enjoy! Several messages received by the club afterwards commented on the friendly community feel at the first big event on Matching Green for a couple of years. The toss of the coin was conducted by Anne Wafula Strike MBE, UK Paralympian. The keenly contested match ended in an honourable draw. The NHS team said they really enjoyed themselves and would love it to be annual occasion! The highlight after the game was the Grand Draw. Amazing prizes had attracted huge interest before and during the day. Cricket legend Graham Gooch MBE, who had earlier participated in a MGCC Junior coaching demonstration, pulled out the winning tickets. Robert Halfon MP attended and paid tribute to the hard work of the PAH family in the programme. He said he was “delighted that the cricket club was recognising their remarkable efforts with the special match today” A whopping £14,000 was raised and a cheque was presented by Club Chairman Simon Hartnell to Mr Ashraf Patel MBE who thanked everyone for their support and generosity. The money will be going towards specialist chairs for breast cancer patients at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping and a lounge area for Page 22

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Bought to justice “I have been heard. People have listened. I have been believed.”

Epping Town Council recognises award recipients

They’re the words of an “incredibly brave” woman who praised our Epping Town Council has publicly thanked local people and officers after the man who sexually abused her as a child was jailed. organisations who have received council awards over the past two years. Usual award presentations had to be canRichard Wardley was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Tuesday 14th September. He was also given an additional year on extended celled because of the COVID-19 lockdowns but on Thursday Epping Town Mayor councillor Michael Wright hosted a licence. 'garden party' at Epping Hall to recognise the recipients. The 50 year-old, of Higham View, North Weald, befriended and Allotment Awards: Ms K Birk received the 2019 award for groomed the victim in the late 1990s and earlier 200s to the point the best kept allotment at Lower Bury Lane with Mrs L Layne where they were involved in a sexual relationship. receiving the 2020 award. When the girl’s family became suspicious about the nature of their Civic Award 2019: John Whalley and Emma Phillips rerelationship, they ensured he did not see her again but in 2017 he tried to make contact with her, sending her a message on Facebook. ceived the Civic Award for the refurbishment of 48 Hemnall Street. This contact prompted the victim, who had come to realise she had been groomed by Wardley, to contact the police and report what had Townsperson of the Year: Liz Jones was recognised in 2019 for her community work and Jacqui Mortimer received happened. the 2020 award. When officers carried out a search of Wardley’s home address in Community Awards: Churches Together received the 2019 Higham View, North Weald in November 2017, they found VHS award. The 2020 award went to Voluntary Action Epping tapes which included what appeared to a covert recording of the Forest for its continuing work with volunteers. victim in a state of undress. Officers also seized several other items of digital equipment including phones, laptops, and computer hard drives.

Young Townspeople of the Year: The 2020 award was presented jointly to Julie Turrell and George Sack.

When they were forensically examined, around 100,000 indecent images of children were found.

Long Service Award: The council's Town Supervisor and Cemetery Superintendent Bill Towers was recognised for his long service having reached the landmark of 35 years with the council in 2020.

He was convicted of multiple sexual offences on 30th July.

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Epping Community Hub opens From Monday 13th September, the Epping Community Hub, based at the Civic Offices in Epping will be open. The new Civic Offices is more than just a place for your district council services. It now features the Epping Community Hub which is a one-stop shop for you to access EFDC services and other local services for help and advice. They are working in partnership with other organisations to bring their services together and give easier access to customers. Services you can access in the Epping Community Hub are: • • • • • •

Adult Social Care – an Essex County Council service Changing Pathways CHESS Homeless Department of Work and Pensions Epping Forest Citizens Advice Epping Forest Foodbank

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Epping Forest ReUSE Essex Partnership University NHS Trust Family Solutions – an Essex County Council service Nacro Peabody Outreach Support Phoenix Futures Voluntary Action Epping Forest

How to contact Each partner organisation is in the hub on different days. This is to ensure there is a range of services available; allow for social distancing in the building; booking of confidential meeting space and staff allocation across other sites. For more details visit the Epping Community Hub webpage There are some COVID-19 precautions in the building to help protect residents and staff. In line with new guidance, they ask customers to be careful and cautious. They also ask that you respect the wishes of other building users by observing social distancing, if they request it. There will be hand sanitiser stations across the building for your convenience. While masks are not essential after 19 July, they ask you to consider the needs of others when making your choice of whether to wear one.

Thousands raised at St Clare Hospice’s Walking in Memory event

However, Walking in Memory meant so much more than only the event itself – with participants’ tickets and sponsorship money totalling more than £6,000 in vital funding for the Hospice.

More than 150 people took part in St Clare Hospice’s Walking in Memory 5k walk on Sunday 19thSeptember as the annual flagship sponsored fundraising event raised more than £6,000 for the hospice charity in vital funding.

“We’d like to thank everyone who attended, and volunteered, on Sunday for their support of St Clare Hospice – the money that we raised at Walking in Memory will be channelled back into our care services supporting local people at the end of their life, and through bereavement,” adds Dani.

Starting from St Clare Hospice, the 5k route wound through the beautiful fields and footpaths of the local Hastingwood country- For more information Walking in Memory, please contact Dani side, courtesy of Paris Hall Farm, taking participants on a De’Ath on 01279 773738 thoughtful journey as they remembered lost loved ones .

Event Organiser, St Clare Challenges and Events Fundraiser Dani De’ath, said: “It was a privilege to be able to put on this thoughtful remembrance event for the people of West Essex and East Herts. The atmosphere was amazing at the event, with so many people joining together to not just remember, but also celebrate the lives of those they love and miss. “Everyone came with their stories about those they were walking for and some even wore t-shirts with pictures of the people they were remembering. It was such a poignant moment to see a sea of windmills gently turning in the breeze – knowing that each windmill had a story of love and loss behind it. “Being able to participate in this shared remembrance event was a positive experience for so many walkers. Our event gives families a chance to celebrate the lives of their loved ones, and sits at the heart of St Clare’s mission to support local people facing death, dying and bereavement, in any way that we can.” Page 24

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PHOTO GALLERY

I am often told how much people like seeing the photos sent in by readers. Please send in your photos to me at June@northwealdvillagelife.co.uk

Photo: This photo was taken Lisa HyamsPrice and shows some of the regular visitors to her garden.

Photo: Jane Hamilton—who discovered this field mouse nest in her garden under a large sheet of wood. Mummy mouse was also seen but was quick to get away.

Photo: Terry Taylor—showing a wonderful close up.

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Autumn Part I With summer sadly now just a distant memory, while Autumn sets up camp, Thoughts of warm days with blue skies are now so hard to try and imagine, For the present weather is one of dullness and clouds with precipitation levels verging on damp. Still the odd happy moment may still take place, For example, June and I attended a wedding reception for good friends we know, An event that was beautiful and relaxing, leaving all with a happy smile on their face. Though such things are scarce, as the whole country still reels from recent events, While so many are still unsure as to what they should do, Creating an atmosphere that’s so awkward and tense. With Halloween fast approaching will we see kids once again walking our streets, Knocking on neighbours doors whilst in costumes clutching a basket to hand, Counting on people’s generosity and participation to reward them with pockets of sweets? It would be nice to think that things were getting back to normality, With Christmas now not too far away, A time when we can once again celebrate with friends the birth of Christianity . Though for now we take each day as it comes still hoping for the best, Muddling through our lives as best we can all trying to keep safe, While time marches, on will we ever come to turns with this virus that’s seems to be here to nest. Source: Andy—resident poet.

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IT’S NOT JUST FOR MEN - VOLUNTEERING FOR ALL! Since the inception of local isolated wooden wagonways in the 1560s, through the railway boom in the 1840s and even in more modern times, the rail industry has been perceived as male dominated. Historically, women employed were often wives, or other relatives, of railway workers, who found themselves performing traditional housekeeping roles, such as cleaning and cooking. Such roles were deemed as menial and were accordingly very low paid, thus, further exploiting 19th Century views that a “woman’s place was in the home”. A lot has changed since then...or has it? In 2018, Network Rail reported that only 16% of its workforce were women, so I compared this to the current Epping Ongar Railway (EOR) volunteer population: 13% of EOR’s volunteers/workforce are women [July 2021]. Of those, 72% would appear to be married or related to a male volunteer. So, nothing has really changed…or has it? While the number of women volunteering at EOR is still very low, what I would say has changed the most is the general attitude and acceptance of women who now conduct those previously male dominatPhoto: Robert Good ed roles. So why are the number of female volunteers still proportionally so low? I wish I could simply answer this question, but I cannot think of any feasible reasons, other than misconceived ideas or outdated historical stereotyping. Mandy Hewlett

The reality is that any volunteer is welcomed at EOR and no role is beyond their reach or aspiration, although certain positions, for example train driver, signaller or station master, require the passing of specialist training and meeting required medical standards. There are so many jobs that volunteers undertake. Not all of them are obvious and some may go unnoticed, but they are all essential for the safe and smooth running of the Railway and creating an amazing customer experience. As well as train drivers, firemen, guards, maintenance teams and signallers there are a multitude of roles and tasks, such as duty operations manager, station master, porter, booking clerk, ticket inspector and train steward. There are also the bus crews, drivers and conductors, plus the catering team and shop and stall teams. All of these people will be visible on running days. However, that is only part of the picture as so much equally essential work is done behind the scenes and on non-running days, which includes, but is not limited to: • restoring, maintaining and cleaning the heritage rolling stock, station buildings, drains, bridges and gardens • ensuring that the track is in good order and managing the vegetation and environmental ecosystems along the line • stock taking and replenishing the merchandise at the catering outlets and shops • dealing with customer ticketing and general enquiries electronically and by telephone • preparing trains and tables for dining and other special events and cleaning up afterwards And if this still hasn’t given you ‘food for thought’ about volunteering, here’s my own experience: I had no previous familiarity working with trains, buses or anything vaguely similar when I began volunteering at EOR a couple of years ago, but I haven’t looked back since. It is the most enjoyable and rewarding work I have ever done. The volunteers and everyone at EOR have been so welcoming and I feel a valued member of the team. It has a family feel about it, everyone looks out for each other and I’m never made to feel silly, no matter how daft my questions are (trust me, I can, and do, ask some very daft questions). So far my duties have included, porter, booking clerk, working in the shop, café and catering outlets, as well as painting fences and assisting the gardening team. I had no idea that I had so much that I could bring to EOR and would get back in return.

Last year I took on the role of preparing presents for the children on the Santa Special trains. This also involved organising a team of fellow volunteers (elves) to wrap, sort and label thousands of presents and sacks so that Santa could deliver them to the children on each train. It was such hard work, but the smiles on the children’s (and parents) faces made it all worthwhile. Unfortunately, Covid spoiled some Christmas plans, with half the trains cancelled suddenly due to a last-minute lockdown. Hopefully, this Christmas things will be back to normal and I look forward to seeing all the happy children and customers again as my reward. At EOR, even though the proportion of volunteering women is low, they still undertake the full array of roles, including duty operations manager, train driver, guard, signaller, porter, catering and various essential maintenance roles. It would be fantastic to see an improvement in the current imbalance in the number of female volunteers, so why not come along and give it a go? Male, female, aged 16+, there really are jobs that everyone can do. There is no minimum commitment, you can do as much or as little as suits you. For more information contact: volunteering@eorailway.co.uk or if you are still unsure, pop along on a running day and have a chat with one of the volunteers…it could even be me! Mandy Hewlett EORVS Volunteer

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Gardening Hints for October Well that’s summer over as Autumn is upon us with it’s deep rich colours of leaves turning to oranges and reds, early morning mists and the sun lower in the sky. It has been a very challenging year for growing and tending plants whether vegetables or ornamentals. The weather right from March to September did not conform with the normal, but what is normal these days? At least the majority of September was sunny and warm which extended the life of the summer hanging baskets and tubs. As your summer bedding begins to fade and look tatty replace with autumn/winter bedding, we have a wide range of flowering and foliage plants to last throughout the winter, pansies, violas, heathers, cyclamen, sweet William, wallflowers, chrysanthemum etc. Now is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils, tulips, crocus, snowdrops, hyacinths—we have at present a vast range to choose from. Where you have space dig over your vegetable plot and dig in well rotted manure and composted material. This will improve the structure of the soil and add necessary nutrients for next seasons crop. Keep leaves raked from your lawn as they fall generally the final cut of your lawn is sometime in October depending on weather. I always raise the blades for the final cut so its not too short for the up and coming winter months. Cut back perennials that have finished flowering and are looking tired. If you have a greenhouse now is the time to clean thoroughly in preparation for over wintering your tender plants. Thorough out the autumn and winter, provide plenty of ventilation for the greenhouse especially during sunny spells this will prevent the plants damping off and going rotten. October is generally when I reflect on the seasons success and failures of different crops, plants and displays and what could I do different next year. Don’t hesitate to come into the garden centre and share your experiences, good or bad because this is how we all continue to move forward by passing on ideas and tips. Never stop learning in horticulture, that’s why to me it makes it so interesting. As always take time out, sit back and enjoy the sights and smells of your garden with a drink of your choice. As it is now getting nippy mine will be a nice homemade sloe gin. Cheers! Source: Nigel, Art Garden Centre

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CHURCH CHAT “My God, my God; why have you abandoned me?” It’s hard to believe that these are words that Jesus gasped on the cross; we’re used to thinking of Jesus as having unshakeable faith; of never being angry with God, or hurting so much that he screams out at God like this. It can make for uncomfortable reading, especially if you have ever experienced a similar moment. Have you ever felt like crying out these words to God? Have you ever been so angry or in so much pain that you can only scream, “why? Why? Why?” Jesus, here, is quoting an earlier part of the Bible - Psalm 22, which starts with this cry of abandonment; but the Psalm doesn’t stay in this desperate place; it moves through grief and anger, and back to a place of faith and joy and healing. What does this teach us? Well, to use a well-worn phrase, “this too shall pass”. Whatever we are going through, it will not last forever. But whilst it does, whatever you’re feeling is valid. It’s ok to cry, scream, grieve and be angry at God. We don’t need to pretend that everything is okay if it really, really, isn’t. But more than this, we learn that we are never, ever alone. Jesus has gone before us into the depths of human pain and suffering so that we do not have to face our worst moments alone. We know, in our moment of deepest darkness, that when we cry out to God, we are not alone. This is the miracle and the mystery around which the entirety of the universe spins: the Cross. The moment when God is most fully present is not the transfiguration or the miracles or the preaching to the crowds, or the Last Supper, or any other Bible story. No. God’s presence on earth, God’s Face revealed in Jesus Christ is clearest, at its most searing, on the Cross. In the face of a broken and dying man who refused to leave us to face life alone. We do not have a God who is above and beyond human suffering, pain, want, loss, darkness, brokenness, or even human death. We have a God who enters into all of that. Wherever you go, whatever abyss you might find yourself in, Jesus has gone before you. And when you cry out, “My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?” Know that He said those words too. Know also that the Psalm He began in torment, ends in praise. Psalm 22 doesn’t end with despair and anger. It ends with salvation, and love and the knowledge that whatever we are going through, it will not last forever; But while it does last, Jesus is with you, every step, every moment, and every breath. Footprints in the Sand “One night I dreamed a dream. As I was walking along the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, One belonging to me and one to my Lord. After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints. This really troubled me, so Iasked the Lord about it. "Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, You'd walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me." He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you Never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set offootprints, It was then that I carried you."” - Mary Fishback. Jaimee Summers Page 30

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Rain disrupts play for cricket club; juniors victorious in first hard ball match Unseasonably wet weather in July and August caused havoc for North Weald, with five matches washed out completely and a further three abandoned during play, however in between the spells of rain the friendly team has been in good form. In the club’s first visit in many years to picturesque Great Canfield, Liam Thrift (55) and James Ward (30) teamed up in a partnership of 81 for the fourth wicket as North Weald posted a par score of 170 batting first. Great Canfield got off to a fair start in the chase at 55-1, but then lost 3 wickets for no runs to slip to 55-4. North Weald remained in control from that point onwards. Leigh Ginn was the pick of the bowlers with 4-24 as the chasing side were bowled out 14 runs short of the target with 2 balls remaining. Three days later at Chelmer Vets, a mammoth partnership of 160 runs between Ross Haworth (90 not out) and Naren Damodaran (90 not out) saw North Weald to a very good score of 231-2 from 40 overs. Once again this proved too much for the opposition, who ended their innings on 200-8, despite facing a fielding unit lacking in mobility with six North Weald players aged over 50. North Weald again batted first away at Epping Foresters in early September, and another victory followed. Liam Thrift (94) led the batsmen as the visiting side scored 175-4, but he fell agonisingly short of a century, caught on the boundary line as he attempted to bring up his hundred with a maximum. Craig Crawford took 3 wickets for 22 runs as Epping Foresters were bowled out for 129. The club head to Dunmow, Abridge and North Enfield seeking to end the season with a flourish. Meanwhile, the junior side’s hard work in training paid off as they won their first ever hard ball match in front of the church at Wendens Ambo. Oscar De Conti took 2 wickets for 5 runs in the first innings with Wenden setting North Weald a target of 75 to win from 20 overs. A mature innings of 26 from Udai Atwal shepherded North Weald to a 7 wicket victory. Source: C. Ginn

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Citizens Advice says: Watch out for financial quicksand! As markets have moved online, companies know more about us and have developed ways to manipulate our behavioural biases. The result is that consumers are ending up trapped in financial decisions they didn’t set out to make and didn’t have the time to fully consider. We call it financial quicksand — online spending that’s too easy to slip into and too difficult to get out of. It all comes down to how we think. Businesses invest significant sums of money in employing people who can understand exactly how we think and know how to tap into that. Offline, this understanding of our behaviour led to changes like putting snacks at the checkout or promotions on the end of supermarket aisles. Since we’ve moved online, these tricks have become infinitely more sophisticated and are a deliberate design feature in many online sales sites. This sophisticated understanding of human behaviour online could be used to ensure we get the best outcomes, but more often than not, it is being used to exploit us. Slickness and profit are being prioritised over consumer choice and control. And we invariably don’t realise it’s being done to us. Then we find we have entered a long-term financial commitment which is hard to get out of. We want to be making decisions that are in our best interests but instead we face a sophisticated set of nudges that are willing us not to. What does financial quicksand look like in practice? - Let’s look at three types of financial quicksand to understand how product design is being used in this way. Buy Now, Pay Later—This is an increasingly common option at an online checkout. It’s easy to use without realising it’s a credit product. That can mean that non-payment can affect your credit score or lead to visits from debt collectors. This information is either in the small print or requires clicking through to another window to access it. This is no coincidence, companies know that people are less likely to do something if they have to open a new window. The result is that we very easily slip into a credit agreement we didn’t set out to and that we don’t fully understand. Online gambling—On average it takes less than two minutes to sign up to an online gambling site. And there are numerous design features on gambling sites that make it too easy to spend money, lose track of time and struggle to stay in control. But once again, when it comes to getting help or closing an account it’s different. There are a number of useful safe gambling features on offer — like stake limits or regular reminders of how long you have been on the site. But instead of prompting you to set these up when you create an account, you’re left to find them on your own. Should you want to close your account, you’re likely to face similar barriers. Whilst you’re able to set up an account online, many sites will require you to email customer services or call a 9am-5pm number to close your account. Subscription services—Subscription services often tempt you in with a free trial and make it easy to sign up, sometimes by accident. The Amazon site, for instance, is designed to get you to sign up to their premium service, Prime. Most of these tricks are just about legal so you have to watch out for them. Don’t feel bad if you’ve fallen for any of them: the companies employ smart people to get you to do just that. Source: Paul Stockton Page 31

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BIRD FEATURE - OCTOBER 2021 Welcome to some jottings about birdlife around the North Weald area with a few nods towards other wildlife thrown in. As always I compile these notes during the middle part of the preceding month so any sightings are as seen up to the second week of September. Possibly the best sighting of recent weeks was that of three Red Kites, a couple of which flew very low over the village. This species has been a bit hard to spot around here during the summer so to get to see 3 together was a bit of an unexpected bonus. They are truly handsome birds with their large wingspan, forked tail, beautiful plumage and elegant manner of flying. There was a recent report of a White Stork at Writtle with subsequent further sightings towards Colchester. This species nested in the UK for the first time in 6 centuries last year and would make great viewing if one could drift its way over our way. Writtle isn't that far away so maybe, just maybe, we might get lucky. As I have said on several previous occasions, you just never know what might turn up, it is just a case of keeping those eyes peeled and the ears pricked. This September has largely been a mild month with a fair few hot, sunny days. There are still a few of the usual summer visitors about, certainly a small number of House Martins and Swallows have been taking advantage of the fact that the weather conditions have been conducive to flying insect activity. Swallows in particular can be seen well into autumn if conditions stay fine and of course some of the individuals that we will see over the next few weeks will be just passing through our area as they head south from more northerly locations in the UK. Most years one or two Swallows seem to delay migration to the last possible moment but of course any sudden deterioration in the weather can prove fatal as they rely on catching insects in flight. Whilst the last few Swallows linger, October will see the arrival of the 'winter thrushes', namely Redwings and Fieldfares. In particular Redwings can be noted as they call whilst flying overhead on fine October evenings and nights. It is quite an evocative sound as you can hear them clearly but normally can't actually see them in the dark. Once numbers build up in the UK the weather will generally determine whether or not these winter thrushes frequent towns and villages - if the conditions are harsh then they can very easily turn up in gardens and parks. One bird that I have noticed over recent weeks is the Nuthatch. They are around every year, it is a bird that frequents wooded areas with large, mature trees and I have seen them from time to time locally. Just lately there have been 2 or 3 calling from the trees that border Tempest Mead and out along the railway embankment towards the Marconi bridge. I have also heard one in the wooded area adjacent to the derelict buildings near the bowls club. Only had brief glimpses of a couple as they have been active at locations that haven't got access. If you do see one, it is blue / grey above with orange-buff flanks and has the distinctive behaviour of going DOWN tree trunks. I am speculating but it is possible there has been a successful breeding season and there are just a few more Nuthatches around for the time being. One bird enjoying the current season is the Goldfinch, this species will target thistles and teasels to eat the seeds. It is a small and very light bird so unlike heavier birds it is able to perch on the thistle and help itself to the seeds. It can be seen in small flocks and will target stands of thistles which to us are a nuisance weed but offers rich nutrients for this species. Goldfinches will visit gardens to take seeds from bird feeding stations. A beautiful bird, a flock of which is known as a 'charm' which encapsulates the overall 'look' of a small number together. Of course autumn is a time of plenty for wildlife in the sense that most nuts, berries and seeds are on offer at this time of year. Jays will target acorns and autumn is the season when they can be seen flying to and fro as they visit oak trees, gather an acorn or two and fly off to hide them in a cache for winter use. Studies show that Jays can remember the location of many hidden acorns which can be a life saver in the depths of winter. Some acorns that they don't retrieve may one day germinate to become a new oak tree. You can't miss Jays - Jackdaw sized, with handsome plumage, a white rump and a raucous, almost grating, call. Mixed flocks of tits, finches and other birds are roaming the area, foraging in scrub, trees, hedgerows etc. One flock I saw recently had about 40 or so individuals and was mostly Blue Tits and Long-tailed Tits with a couple of Great Tits plus one Marsh Tit. The Long-tailed Tits were calling non stop which made the presence of the flock very obvious. October is also noteworthy for the deer rutting season. It is not the Highlands or Yellowstone but we do get male deer challenging each other at various locations and their loud calls can carry over a good distance. Drivers need to be aware that in some locations deer are even more prone to running out into the road at this time of year. Weald Common can get its fair share of deer at quieter times and it is surprising how easily 15 to 20 deer can normally just melt back into the trees and scrub. But any males in the mood for rutting are much less likely to make off on the approach of humans (and dogs) and can even be a danger. With the fine weather there have been continuing views of butterflies but as we move into October those sightings will be over for the year. Dragonflies / damselflies continue to be on the wing but again their days are numbered, Bats, too, will be less active as temperatures fall away but there is always the chance of some relative warmth on the odd day in October and that will draw them out again to carry out their nocturnal hunt for insect prey. There is always the chance of an unusual bird turning up on migration, after all there were several Wheatears seen during spring migration and something like that could turn up during the return journey. It is just a question of being around on the one or two days that they are present. Many of the best sightings are literally right place, right time. So for October - look out for lingering summer visitors, watch out for winter thrushes starting to turn up, pay attention to some of those large gull flocks that are going to be around, listen for the sound of the rutting season and appreciate any late butterfly / moth / insect sightings. Above all if you are able to get out and about then just keep aware of what is around you, be it birdlife, other wildlife or just the beauty of the often vivid colours of the autumn backdrop. Enjoy our natural history in whatever way you can, Paul Corbet. Paul Corbet Page 33

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Aerials & Satellites

RSL Interiors—Kitchens & bedrooms

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CJA Upholstery

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Garden Centre/Gardening

Car MOT & Servicing Kings Head Garage

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Matts Motorz

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Carpets & Flooring Little Carpet Co

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GTF Tree Care

17

Garage Doors Garolla Roller Shutter Doors

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Cleaning 16

Computer Services Andrews Computers

11

Kennels & Catteries London & Essex Kents Farm

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North Weald Bassett Parish Council

14

Electrical Services A&P Electrical Services

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Painting & Decorating Jim’ll Paint It

15

S I Painters & Decorators

14

Plastering

Estate & Letting Agents Montagues

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Online Shopping Local Bodyshop consultant—Sparkle & Shine

Council

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Steve’s Window Cleaning

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G F Plastering

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Plumbing & Heating

Events EOR Railway

7

Halloween Competition

18

Mini Shooters

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Pantomime Village Hall

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Remembrance & Thanksgiving Service Village Hall

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Property Services Tony Carter

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Essential Local Numbers The Alzheimer Society

01992 717676

North Weald Chemist

01992 523887

Cats Protection

0333 200 1484

North Weald Methodist Hall

01992 522143

Citizens Advice Bureau

0808 278 7855

North Weald Library

033301 32683

Crimestoppers

0800 555111

North Weald Village Hall Bookings

01992 523731

Doctors High Street, Epping

01992 579270

North Weald Parish Council

07572 507591

Doctors The Limes, Epping (visits/emergencies)

01992 566500

Queens Community Hall Bookings

07522 473024

Doctors The Limes, Epping

01992 573838

NHS Urgent help & advice

111

Doctors The Limes, North Weald 01992 524383

Essex Police

0300 333 4444

Epping Forest District Council

01992 564000

Police, Neighbourhood/local

101

Epping Town Council

01992 579444

Police, Emergency

999

EFDC & ECC Cllr Chris Whitebread

01992 573557

Police Online reporting

www.essex.police.uk/doitonline

MP Alex Burghart

0207 2191613

RSPCA

01279 306058

(MP for North Weald)

alex.burghart.mp@ parliament.uk

MP Mrs Eleanor Laing MP

020 8508 8608

Samaritans 24 Hours a day

116 123

MP For Thornwood

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Hospital, St Margarets, Epping

01992 561666

Stuart Poulton

01992 522607

24 Hour

01992 572607

Hospital, Princess Alexandra

01279 444455

St Andrews Church

01992 577168

London & Essex Boarding Ken-

01992 522183

St Andrews Primary School

01992 522283

North Weald Airfield

01992 564200

Traveline

0870 6082608

LOCAL CLUB DIRECTORY 3rd North Weald Beavers

North Weald Preservation Society

Queens Hall Charity

Tel: 01992 524672

Tel: read 01992 522618/522630

Tel: 522910

British Legion, North Weald Branch

North Weald Cricket Club

Rapier Cycling Club

Tel: 01992 614415

Northweald.play-cricket.com

Tel: 524631

Epping Ongar Railway Volunteer

North Weald Scouts Group

Taoist Tai Chi Society

Tel: 01277 365200

01992 524672

Tel: 01992 523854/07803243625

Harlow Badger Group

Theydon Jazz Club

Tel: 07941 185171

North Weald Seniors Society for over 70’s

Friends Force Hertfordshire/Essex

Tel: 522196

Thornwood Seniors

Tel: 522464

Tel: 577872

Epping Forest Rotary Club

North Weald Wireless Station Bowls Club

Tel: 07855 911323

Tel: 522803

Forest Highlanders Pipes & Drum

North Weald Women’s Institute (Afternoon)

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Tel: 01708 250820

Tel: 522700

West Essex Flower Club

North Weald Angling Club

Queens Hall Bowls Club

Tel: 524631

Tel: 01992 522303

Tel: 523375 or 522052

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