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Strengthening the Community

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Issue: 121 September 2016

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NORTH WEALD VILLAGE LIFE About North Weald Village Life

Thank you to everybody who has congratulated me on reaching 10 years of North Weald Village Life, your comments have been so kind.

North Weald Village Life is an independent magazine and website, owned and published by a local resident who is dedicated to strengthening the local community, improving communication and promoting local businesses and suppliers to local residents.

My column wouldn’t be the same without my usual mention about the weather, but all I can say this month is what month are we in? Did we have a summer and why are the leaves falling off the trees already? However a heat wave has been predicted—will this actually happen?

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I know we have been lucky enough to have some warm days, but strong wind and rain, grey skies and a strange winter has not helped in my confusion as to what month we are in, together with days and weeks flying by so fast – I am so confused!

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We also went to Old Hunstanton Beach and had a glorious day, the sky was so blue and the weather so hot – we could have been abroad. I even had a paddle in the warm sea until someone shouted jellyfish and I went no further. Needless to say despite the factor 50 sun cream, we were all rather pink when we left the beach. We ventured into Hunstanton and enjoyed fish and chips on the seafront. We had a lovely day, it did make me wish we were staying there though. If you have never been to Hunstanton, Norfolk, make sure you pay a visit to the beach but make sure you go to Old Hunstanton. There has of course been the Olympics over the last few weeks, and I have to say I am very proud of the 67 medals incorporating 27 gold, 23 silver and 17 bronze that we achieved and second place on the medal table. I have to say I am so disappointed with the way in which the Paralympics were treated with the funds not being raised to enable travel, grants and events to take place. They all work so hard to train and achieve so much against all odds and for them not to get a chance to compete is totally unacceptable. We recently lost one of our rabbits, despite everything we did I think he may have overheated and he died in his sleep. His brother is still healthy, was lost for a while, but he is eating well and behaving normally, although we now know his brother was the messy one because the cage is so much tidier with just Bella (we thought he was a girl when we got him and have never changed his name). As the end of summer approaches and Autumn is pretty much here, I hope that I will still you around in the village.

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We did manage a few days out, over the last few weeks the girls went in a pedalo on the River Serpentine in Hyde Park, unfortunately they didn’t have one for five people otherwise Andy and I would have joined them but I would have worn a life jacket for usre! But instead Andy and I had to sit on a bench and watch them have fun whilst eating ice cream! I did enjoy Hyde Park, it has been a long time since I have been there but it was nice to see so many families enjoying the park, it was lovely, very tidy and a great atmosphere. There were so many ‘Boris Johnson’ bikes in the park as well, I did see a few collisions and near misses.

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Firstly, sorry for any confusion with the error in last month’s brain teaser and thank you to everybody who informed me. I am thnking of offering a new competition each month, the first one to spot a mistake in the magazine! Although it could prove costly. Congratulations this month to Mr Hewson who won last months prize and will be celebrating with a bottle of wine. This month the lucky winner can also celebrate with a box of biscuits. To enter this month, please send your completed entry to Autumn Brain Teaser, NWVL, 49 York Road, North Weald, Essex CM16 6HU. Entries need to be received by 10th September 2016. Please ensure you put your name, address and telephone number on your entry so that I can telephone you if you are the lucky winner. Good Luck.

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Long-serving Epping GP retiring

London & Essex Kent’s Farm

Dr Diana Lowry of The High Street practice in Epping has recently hung up her stethoscope.

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She grew up in Birmingham, trained at Middlesex Hospital in London and started work at the practice in 1982 - which was then at 267 High Street (now a physiotherapist). With Drs Pradhan and Hayden a new surgery was built in 1995 and is now 301 High Street, but is still known to many as the ‘High Street Surgery’. She has dished out pills and advice for more than 34 years, with only two short maternity leaves. Dr Lowry said: “There have been many wonderful new medicines and treatments over the years which have made such a difference to the quality of peoples’ lives; but the current of change in the NHS has made it difficult to continue giving personal, and total care for body, soul and mind. “The increased availability of GP appointments at weekends and in the evenings, while providing more accessible care for patients, makes it much less likely that they will regularly see the same doctor. “Many of my patients have become friends over the years and I will miss them. However I will not be moving away from Epping and so will probably continue to see some of the around the town.”

Open: Mon - Sat 9.30am - 12 Noon & 2pm - 4.30pm Sun 9.30am - 12 Noon Closed to the public on Bank Holidays Family run business since 1970. Professional caring staff Extra large kennels, heating Door to Door collection and delivery service Export worldwide. Imports worldwide Quarantine Kennels & Cattery Pet accessories (www.dapperpets.co.uk) Grooming Parlour Kent’s Lane, North Weald, Essex CM16 6AX Tel No: 01992 522183/523499 Fax: 01992 522705

Dr Lowry feels that she has ‘done her bit’ for the NHS by providing a son who recently qualified as a GP. He intends to work in north west England. During retirement Dr Lowry plans to stay in Epping and increase her work at St John’s Church where she is already a qualified Lay Minister. She regularly preaches there and at other churches in the area, and is also able to officiate at funerals. There will also be the opportunity to go on more holidays, spend more time on her hobbies such as sewing, gardening and cooking and spending time with her family and pet dog.

Burglary in the village In the early hours of Tuesday 2nd August a burglary occurred in the High Road, North Weald. Access was gained via a neighbours garden and a utility window was forced open. Downstairs rooms were searched and an 18ct Gold wedding ring stolen from on top of the microwave in the kitchen. If you saw anything suspicious or have any information relating to this incident please call 101 and speak with Loughton CID.

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A 1940’s Evening Friday 9th September 2016 Parish Hall Thornwood, Weald Hall Lane, Thornwood Common 7.00pm Start £15 per person

1940’s music by Diane Moore and Includes Fish & Chip Supper Pre-booking only please—Call Elaine on 01992 560691 to purchase your ticket Please bring your own liquid refreshments

This event is organised by the Volunteer Committee of the Parish Hall to help raise funds for ongoing maintenance and repairs.

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LOCAL EVENTS Every Monday

Ballroom and Latin American Dancing Classes

8.15pm & 9.15pm

North Weald Village Hall. Beginners at 8.15 and intermediate at 9.15. Contact Debbie on 07872 427946.

Every Monday

Taoist Tai Chi

10.30am —12.30

Epping Hall, St Johns Road, Epping. Tel: 01992 523854.

Every Tuesday

Taoist Tai Chi

7.30pm —9pm

Queens Hall, School Green Lane. Tel 01992 523854 for more information

Every 1st Tuesday

Ongar Flower Club

7.30pm

Zinc Arts Centre, High Road, Ongar. A floral art demonstration given by a qualified and experienced demonstrator. guests/visitors £4.50 members free. If you love flowers, why not come along?

Every 3rd Wednesday

Crib Evening

7.45pm

North Weald Village Hall Lounge.£3.00 entrance includes snacks, and the bar facility.

Every Thursday

Bingo

7.30pm

Wheelers Farm Gardens, 9 games for £4.00, Good money prizes available. All welcome (over the age of 18 years)

Saturday 27th August

The Jack Free Show

12.30

North Weald Village Hall. Tickets £8 on the door.

Monday 29th August

Bank Holiday Monday

Wednesday 7th September

WI Meeting

7.30pm

North Weald Village Hall. Speaker this month is Mr Andrew Babicz telling us about Bulbs for indoor flowering.

Friday 9th September

A 1940’s Evening

7.00pm

Thornwood Village Hall. £15 per person. 1940’s music by Diane Moore and Includes Fish & Chip Supper. Pre-booking only please—Call Elaine on 01992 560691 to purchase your ticket Please bring your own liquid refreshments.

Monday 12th September

West Essex Flower Club

1.15pm

Thornwood Village Hall. A.G.M followed by flower arrangements by Jan Law entitled “September Sentiments” All welcome. Visitors pay £5.00 on the door

Thursday 15th September

Teddy Bear Picnic

10.30am

Saturday 17th September

The Jack Free Show

12.30pm

North Weald Library. For under 5’s and their parents/carers. Bring your bear. Share songs, rhymes and stories about bears. North Weald Village Hall. Tickets £8 on the door.

Sunday 9th October

Harvest Festival

9.30am

North Weald Methodist Church.

Sunday 9th October

Harvest Afternoon Tea

3-5pm

North Weald Methodist Church. No charge but donations to Mary’s Meals. All welcome.

If you know of a local event, please let me know and I will include this in the events calendar and at www.northwealdvillagelife.co.uk.

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New Police Website Essex Police has its new-look website giving people greater and easier access to our services. The new site, which still operates from our www.essex.police.uk address, will allow people to report non-emergency crimes and road traffic collisions as well as lost and found property. The website is easier to navigate, more accessible and is designed to be smartphone and tablet friendly. The site will also allow people to access online reporting services for fraud, hate crime, potholes, abandoned cars, street lighting and noise nuisance issues. The site also incorporates a link to the “AskThePolice’ national website which provides answers to frequently asked policing questions avoiding the need for people to phone us. In 2009, when the previous Essex Police website was designed, more than 99 % of people using it accessed the site via a desktop computer. In 2015 75 % of visits to the Essex Police website came via smartphones and tablets. The new website, which was created by Reading Room following a competitive tender process, has been developed in collaboration with Kent Police to reduce costs. Each page of the site has been designed to offer users the opportunity to share to popular social media networks. We are continuing to develop the website and users can tell us what they think as each page has a simple feedback feature. This will not only help to understand what features of the site are popular but will enable people to highlight anything they don’t understand or any technical issues. We will continue to publish regular news, appeals and features to inform the public of Essex how Essex Police is keeping people safe. Keep in touch with all our latest news via the following: Web: www.essex.police.uk Twitter: www.twitter.com/essexpoliceuk YouTube: www.youtube.com/essexpoliceuk Facebook: www.facebook.com/essexpoliceuk Instagram: www.instagram.com/essexpoliceuk

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Volunteering for Victim Support in Essex Victim Support is looking for reliable volunteers with great listening skills, who have 4-8 hours to spare a week. They will train you to offer practical and emotional support to people affected by crime. Apply now to be on our next four day fully accredited training course this autumn and you could soon be learning new skills whilst making a positive difference to people’s lives. To find out more please visit , www.victimsupport.org.uk or call the Essex Service Delivery team on 01277 357557 or email es sexv olunt ee ring@victimsupport.org.uk. Victim Support is an independent charity. Their services are free and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it happened. If you have been affected by crime, call them on 0300 30 30 165.

Unexplained bus crash In the morning of Monday 8th August, at approximately 11.20am, a bus crashed on Epping Road just past the turning to Bookers. The Trustbus number 420 was going from North Weald to Epping and crashed into trees and bushes on the opposite side of the road. It is reported that there were approximately six passengers present on the bus. Emergency services were on the scene quickly include Police, Fire and Ambulance Crews. Essex Air Ambulance landed at Bookers Car Park. The road was closed while the driver and passengers were treated and removed from the bus. Luckily only minor injuries were sustained. There has been no explanation of how the accident happened and no statement from he bus company has been released. Photograph courtesy of: Joanna Taverner-Averkiou

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Epping Forest District’s Local Plan – a blueprint for our future Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) has reached the next step in our Local Plan, and will soon be asking for your input and feedback. With a renewed emphasis from Central Government on the need for every district to have an up-to-date Local Plan in place in 2017, EFDC has been working hard towards the next stage of the draft Local Plan. The draft Local Plan will outline the proposed strategy for the next 17 years to meet the economic and housing growth in the district, identify potential sites for development and regeneration and set out the proposed development management policies. Councillor John Philip, EFDC’s Cabinet member for Planning Policy commented: “At the heart of Epping Forest District’s draft Local Plan is your feedback. You have helped us shape the emerging draft plan through the Community Vision consultation in 2010, 2011 and then the Community Choices consultation in 2012.” The consultation will be launched on 31 October 2016, subject to the draft Local Plan receiving full Council approval on 18 October 2016, with draft documents available on the Council website from 28 September 2016. There will be a number of ways to get involved in this stage of the draft Local Plan, access relevant information, and provide your feedback. Dates and locations are being finalised but look out for further information in a Local Plan Update newsletter that will be issued district wide, a new Planning Our Future website, and the council’s Twitter and Facebook feeds. The new Planning Our Future website will ensure that it is easier and more convenient for you to provide the council with your feedback online. Your local representatives will be briefed about the Draft Plan and the consultation process as final details are secured to ensure that they are able to direct you to all of the information you will need to take part in the process. Councillor Philip added: “This is your Local Plan. This is our opportunity as a community to ensure development in Epping Forest District takes place how and where we want it to. "This plan is a balance between the requirement from Government to deliver the identified and evidenced need for economic and housing growth, but ensuring it is delivered in as sensitive, sustainable, and fair a way as possible across the whole district."

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New Harlow minibus ensures more people can benefit from community transport services Harlow Community Transport, which provides bus services across Harlow and Epping Forest, has taken delivery of a new minibus to increase its services in the Harlow area. The new accessible minibus helps the registered charity meet the needs of local people who, for various reasons, are unable to use conventional public transport. Community Transport co-ordinator Angela Canham said: "The service provides a lifeline in both rural and urban areas. "We run local bus routes and provide transport for a wide range of clubs, voluntary/community groups and care homes." Community Transport offers various services - Dial-aRide, a social car service, transport for voluntary and community groups, community buses and transport for excursions. For more information, ring 01992 579556 (Epping Forest) or 01279 446855 (Harlow).

New Dawn Hypnotherapy – helping you to overcome and achieve Are you troubled by fears or phobias? Do you feel anxious or lacking in confidence? Would you like to achieve your target weight? Or become a nonsmoker? If so, and you are motivated, hypnotherapy can help. I offer: Friendly, relaxed sessions in Ongar Therapy tailored to your specific problem A confidential, non-judgemental service Free consultation with no obligation Call or email for further information:­ 07341 388190 (please leave a message and I will ring you back) newdawntherapy1@gmail.com Debbie Smith, Cert. Hyp CS, BSc (Hons) Open (Member of National Hypnotherapy Society)

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Improving homes and lives with CARE Are you over 60, disabled or on a low income? Do you need help to improve, repair or adapt your home? If you answer yes to both our C.A.R.E. scheme may be able to help you. C.A.R.E. stands for Caring and Repairing in Epping Forest. It is a Home Improvement Agency run by Epping Forest District Council to provide both practical and technical help to people to remain at home in greater comfort, warmth and security. C.A.R.E. services include: Schemes available to provide home adaptations, improvements and repairs  Local authority funding and ways to pay for works  Handyperson service  Home visits and inspections of agreed works  Advice on the scale and cost of any necessary works  Help with choosing a reputable and reliable builder  Project management of agreed work  Help to complete forms for local authority funding. They also offer financial assistance and grants to home owners, private tenants and landlords Disabled Facilities Grants – up to £30,000 Decent Homes Repayable Assistance – up to £10,000 Small Works Repayable Assistance – up to £3,000 Empty Homes Repayable Assistance – up to £10,000

More information can be found on our website at www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/housing or you can contact us: Email pshgrantsandcare@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or call 01992 564092

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Council condemns racism, xenophobia & hate In the wake of the EU referendum leave verdict, a motion condemning racism, xenophobia and hate crime received unanimous backing by Epping Forest District councillors at a meeting of Council on 26th July 2016. Councillor Steven Neville put forward the motion that stated: ''As a council, we are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our country. Our council condemns racism, xenophobia and hate crimes unequivocally. We will not allow hate against others to become acceptable.'' ''We will continue to ensure that local bodies and programmes have the support and resources they need to fight and prevent racism and xenophobia. We reassure all people living in this area that they are valued members of our community.'' ''The council welcomes the fact that all reports of hate crime are properly followed up and that Essex police are working closely with the council’s Community Safety team to provide a proper response to all such reports in order to deter further incidents.'' Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder, Councillor Gary Waller proposed the following amendment, which was agreed by council: ''The council notes that the number of hate crime reports in the Epping Forest District rose during the week following the referendum on 23 June 2016, though such incidents are rare compared with some Essex local authority areas. It is noted furthermore that the figure has subsequently fallen back, although any occurrence is unacceptable.'' The adoption of the motion coincided with the discovery of an inappropriate poster, crudely fixed to a road sign on Willingale Road in Loughton. The sign, which said ''Now British people can come first. You are a ****** if you remove this'' was brought to the council's attention by a concerned resident. The notice was removed by council officers on the same day. Safer, Greener and Transport Portfolio Holder, Councillor Gary Waller added: ''Offensive graffiti, hate crimes, xenophobia and racism will not to be tolerated by this council. If you or anyone you know has been the victim of any of these crimes, the sooner you come forward, the sooner we are able to act alongside our partners in the community safety partnership.'' He continued: ''If you have been the victim of any such crimes or see any offensive graffiti, we would encourage you to tell us by reporting it online, contacting the Community Safety Team or Essex Police on 101. If you feel you are in immediate danger, always contact the Police on 999.’’

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Commendation for Epping St John's School student who saved drowning man An Epping schoolboy who saved a swimmer in trouble off the Norfolk coast has received a Certificate of Commendation from the The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK). David Castleman, 14, a pupil at Epping St John’s School, was walking along the beach at Sea Palling last month while on holiday with his family when someone ran up to them saying there were people in trouble in the water. David, who passed his RLSS UK Survive & Save gold award earlier this year, ran into the sea to help. He said: "I could hear screaming in the distance but dismissed it as people messing around. After walking closer a man approached us and asked for a strong swimmer. I didn’t really think too much, I just took off my shirt and ran into the sea." Reaching the stricken pair, who were both face down in the water, David turned them over, realising the younger one still showed signs of life and immediately began towing him to safety. David said: “It was quite difficult because the water was trying to pull you out but managed to tow him to the shore.” Reaching land, passers-by began performing CPR on the man, and they were quickly joined by lifeguards and other emergency services before the man was airlifted to hospital. Another member of the public rescued the second man but he was later pronounced dead. David received his certificate from RLSS UK’s Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinator, Aaron Dhanda, at Loughton Leisure Centre where he learnt his lifesaving skills. RLSS UK chief executive Di Steer said: “We were so pleased to hear about David reusing the skills he learnt through the RLSS UK Survive & Save programme to save the life of a member of public on his holiday. “Our lifesaving award programmes teach lifesaving rescue, self-rescue and survival skills to all ages, whilst developing swimming ability and fitness. David is a clear example as to why it is important to have water safety and lifesaving skills.” David’s swimming teacher from Loughton Leisure Centre, Maureen Bennett, said: “David was a candidate on my Survive & Save programme and I am really proud that he was able to use the skills he learnt to save the life of a person. It is so, so important to have just some basic knowledge of water safety, you never know when and where you will need to use it.” Epping St John's School headteacher Allan Osborne said: "David lives out our new ESJ's motto 'Aspire Persevere Succeed'. He showed such courage and tenacity. We are so proud of him and I am honoured to know him. "He is a wonderful student and now I can add the words, brave, strong and kind to describe him." Page 13

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PAW PRINCE DOG WALKING SERVICES Your local and trustworthy dog walkers

We cover North Weald, Epping, Theydon Bois, Coopersale, Ongar and surrounding areas. We are fully CRB checked and insured . There will always be 2 of us on each walk so they will always be well supervised. We provide comfortable and secure transport to and from our walks. We charge £10 per hour or £15 for 2 dogs from the same household. Please contact Karen more details on 01992 523951 or mob. 07545 899 476 for

Untaxed vehicles crackdown In a national drive to crack down on untaxed vehicles on public roads, Epping Forest District Council will be working in partnership with the DVLA from 1 August 2016. With the assistance of the DVLA, Council officers will be able to check the road tax record of any vehicle. If the vehicle is not taxed, it will be either clamped or seized and taken to a DVLA contractors depot. The owner could have to pay as much as £160 (plus storage costs) and will have to prove the vehicle has valid road tax before the vehicle can be reclaimed. Epping Forest District Council’s Environment Portfolio holder, Councillor Will Breare-Hall said: ‘’I am delighted that the council is working in partnership with the DVLA. Untaxed vehicles are often difficult to trace, but with our help, the DVLA will broaden their ability to find the offenders and reduce the number of untaxed vehicles within our district.” He continued: ‘’Untaxed vehicles contribute to congestion, take up valuable parking spaces and use resources paid for by others. Their drivers are more likely to commit traffic offences such as speeding, illegally parking and driving without insurance, which presents risks for other drivers. Untaxed vehicles are often abandoned and eventually become vandalised. Working alongside the DVLA will help to improve road conditions for our residents and other road users.’’ You can check to see if a vehicle is taxed by visiting www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax.

Yoga classes for all ages As a new term begins at school or college, many of us begin to think about revisiting or beginning a new hobby, interest or activity. Amy Bramble has been offering yoga classes in Epping and North Weald for almost 5 years now and with 11 adult classes available each week, plus classes for children aged 5+ and a brand new Wednesday evening class specifically for teens and their parents, there should be a class available to suit. Amy says this is a great time to explore a regular class: "There's often beginners in all of my classes, a whole range of ages and abilities and lots of new people often join us in September, so if you're new to yoga, you'll be in good company. We also have our classes outdoors when the weather is good so the next few weeks will be our last chance to enjoy yoga on the grass this year before autumn starts to show it's face" If you're interested in joining Amy in either Epping or North Weald, call her on 07841 378364 or email amybrambleyoga@gmail.com. There's also lots of information on http:// amybrambleyoga.blogpost.com

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Fun at Posh Poultry Jamie, Tracey and staff opened their doors and invited local people in to visit their cute chicks, happy hens and strutting cockerels. Jamie, owner of Posh Poultry, first love of poultry started with 8 chickens based in his garden and has now grown to owning 16 different breeds of chickens, many eggs, chicks, hens and cockerels. Jamie wants to share his enthusiasm with all things poultry with local families and residents who may be interested in learning about and owning their very own chickens.

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I went along with Beccy, my daughter and Erin and Brooke, daughters of my friends, who have owned chickens previously in their garden, although Brooke remembers these well - Erin just remembers screaming when she saw them as she was only little. Well I can assure you that Posh Poultry have changed Erin’s mins and she fell in love with many

We were introduced to the whole breeding process including incubation. We saw two hens who were broody and had been cared and looked after for 21 days, and were in the process of hatching 16 baby chicks. They had everything a new mum could want, comfortable surroundings, just the two of them together so they could focus on providing the best start for their babies – better than us human mums – I felt quite envious. We saw many chicks from a few hours old to, a few days, a few weeks and so on. We meet lots of chickens that had been rehomed and not culled as had been the original intention for them before they came to Posh Poultry. Many hens and cockerels had names and characters. A lot of investment has been made into protecting all the chickens from preying foxes. Jamie and Tracey made us very welcome, answering all our questions, explaining all the differences of the breeds and many of the backgrounds of where the chickens came from. Their hope is that this will be a great local place for families and poultry owners to buy their pet chickens from, they can help with advice on keeping them, space required (which was not as much as I had first expected), food etc. I was assured not only by Posh Poultry but also by Brooke, that if you show love to your chickens they will love you back, even sitting in your lap and they can be cuddled – which surprised me and of course you always have the huge advantage of lovely eggs ready for collecting and eating in your own garden. I would like to thank Jamie and Tracey for their time, I will be visiting again as I am sure many readers will. If you would like to visit Posh Poultry, find out more about their chickens and owning chickens, give them a call on 01992 560100 as it is best to arrange a convenient time to visit to make sure they are not egg hunting or feeding many of the feathered friends. They are based in Epping Upland.

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Outdoor cinema screens flying films To further celebrate 100 years of North Weald Airfield, there is a unique outdoor cinema experience of aviation themed films screened planned over three evenings in September. The themed films include Disney’s Planes for the kids and Top Gun, Battle of Britain and The Blue Max for the slightly older audience. The dates and details are as follows:Friday 2 September 2016 8pm – Planes: Fire & Rescue | Certificate U | 10pm – Top Gun | Certificate 15 Saturday 3 September 2016 8pm – Battle of Britain | Certificate U | 2h 12min | 1969 Sunday 4 September 2016 8pm – The Blue Max | Certificate PG | 2h 36min | 1966 These are not drive-in movies. You will need to bring folding chairs, rugs or blankets to sit on. Tickets are £6 per person and limited to 500 tickets per film. Advance tickets only – tickets will not be available on the gate. You can buy tickets online or from The Squadron. For more information on tickets, please visit http:// www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk or contact the Squadron. There will be a maximum of 500 tickets per event available. The outdoor cinema will be on the grass outside The Squadron. You can arrive early to soak up the airfield atmosphere. There will be a BBQ, hot food and a licensed bar available at The Squadron during the event.

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Thornwood Village Day Success As highlighted in last month’s magazine, the annual Thornwood Village Day was held despite bad weather. Monies raised at this event had been raised for St Clare Hospice.

www.cjaupholstery.co.uk On 20th August, a cheque for £4,000 was presented by the Thornwood Festival organisers to St Clare Hospice. This included £3,500 raised at the Village Day together with a further £500 which was raised with a tombola at the North Weald Airfield Community Air Fete last month.

This was the 22nd year that the Thornwood fun day has supported St Clare Hospice, the Hastingwood-based charity. The cheque was presented to St Clare Hospice volunteer ambassador Tony Shattock. Shirley Hawkins thanked all the volunteers at the event and all the businesses and groups that supported the event, she also thanked the North Weald Parish Council for letting them have the village hall free of charge. Shirley also added ‘Thank you all for coming this evening. When you look around the room you can judge the ages of the people – and these are the people that help on the day. It is obviously getting harder each year, so we are looking for some “younger blood”. If anyone would like to join us, come along with new ideas, please have a word with any one of us.’ Well done to everybody who was involved in the event, as we all know St Clare Hospice is a very worthy charity.

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Wanted: Peahen I have been contacted by a reader who has expressed concern that as we only have two peacocks in the village now, there is a possibility that once these are gone we will not have the presence of peacocks in the village any longer. If anybody has a way in which a peahen could be introduced or a comment on how we can ensure that the village retains their famous peacock visitors, could they please get in touch with me and I will pass this onto the reader concerned.

Heart of Epping team raise awareness of community centre development A public awareness stall in Epping Market on Monday helped raise the profile of the Heart of Epping development appeal. The plans to build a community centre with meeting rooms adjoining St John's Church in Epping have received planning permission and efforts are continuing to raise the initial ÂŁ1m. A further ÂŁ1m will then be needed to fit out the new facilities. Members of the Heart of Epping fundraising team chatted to shoppers and highlighted the plans which have won the backing of the town and district councils.

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Weald Hall during WW2 Are any readers aware of the use of Weald Hall, just outside the perimeter of the airfield and now a Residential Care Home in Weald Hall Lane, for accommodation or operations by the RAF or Air Ministry between 1939 and 1945? If so the North Weald Airfield Museum would like to hear from you so that the history may not be forgotten. Eric Probert, Museum Trustee, 01245 259914

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Turn off the ignition for World Car Free Day On Thursday 22nd September why not hit the brakes and leave your car keys at home for World Car Free Day. As well as the financial and environmental benefits of giving your car a well-earned rest, it’s also an opportunity to benefit from some added health advantages. Maintaining your health and wellbeing can be easily built into your daily routine and even the smallest of changes like cutting down on car use, can make a big difference. One way could be walking or cycling for short trips, not only if this better for your health but also for your bank balance! Even if you get public transport travelling from the train to the bus and park-and-rides inevitably involves a bit of walking, every little helps. This is just one way you can build a healthier lifestyle, where the NHS have put together some great ideas and recommendations on how you can stay healthy. Will you be taking part?

Events on Epping Ongar Railway this month 10th September—Murder Mystery Train* 11th September—Classic Car Rally* 16th, 17th & 18th September—Autumn Diesel Gala* 24th September—Poppadum Prairie Dining Train* Tel: 07814 863955

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Worried about your drinking? Or someone else? Take our alcohol test now Regularly drinking too much alcohol can have severe effects on your health. High blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, liver cirrhosis and even cancer are linked to the long-term effects of drinking. Drinking more than your recommended daily units of alcohol significantly increases your risk of developing over sixty diseases and your mental health and social life are also affected.

If you think you or someone else might be drinking too much then take our quick alcohol test which can be found by visiting https:// dontbottleitup.org.uk/alcohol-test. The test only takes a few minutes and will help you see how at risk you are risk they are of alcohol related dangers. The tool also provides support and information, as well as an online drink coach for confidential help and advice. The tool also provides information for people who want to help someone they know who they think is drinking too much. As someone who enjoys a Bacardi and coke often, I took the test and was very honest and was pleased to find I am in the boundaries. So if you are unsure, why not take the test but remember be honest! There is lots of good help and advice available.

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Cash boost for vital M11 junction Plans for the new M11 Junction 7a seem to be going forward. Drivers and businesses across west Essex are set to benefit from a £1.5 million funding boost towards plans for Junction 7a along the M11. Essex County Council (ECC) made the successful bid to the Department of Transport through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP). Cllr Rodney L Bass, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “I am delighted at the success of our funding bid. “Essex County Council as highways authority, Highways England and those involved in the economic growth zone of Harlow firmly believe that Junction 7a is vital to the future of Harlow and its economic enhancement." Drivers and businesses across west Essex are set to benefit from a £1.5 million funding boost towards plans for Junction 7a along the M11. Essex County Council (ECC) made the successful bid to the Department of Transport through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP). READER’S COMPETION—WINNER Well done to Kim Sharpington. She is the lucky winner who has won 6 Dahlia plants in the colour of her choice. This competition launched in last month’s issue of North Weald Village Life was kindly sponsored by Plants Galore.

Cllr Rodney L Bass, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, said: “I am delighted at the success of our funding bid. “Essex County Council as highways authority, Highways England and those involved in the economic growth zone of Harlow firmly believe that Junction 7a is vital to the future of Harlow and its economic enhancement."

Well done Kim, don’t forget to share a photo of these with readers when they are in colour in your garden.

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Photo of the month Well done to Kim Sharpington. I chose this photo entitled ‘Just another day in the village’ as I felt it summarised how luckily we are in the village how lucky we are to see vehicles such as this in the village, we do take it for granted sometimes. Thank you Kim for letting me share this with readers.

Accident in Epping High Road On Friday 19th August, Firefighters were called to a two vehicle road traffic collision in the High Road in Epping. Crews used one set of cutting equipment to release a male casualty by 11:40hrs. The casualty was left in the care of the ambulance service.

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St Clare’s Memory Tree A memorial tree at the heart of St Clare Hospice provides the opportunity for local families to remember their loved ones in a very special way, whilst helping the charity to continue providing vital support to the community. St Clare Hospice’s Memory Tree is an olive tree, symbolising peace and harmony, and is made up of a hand-carved trunk and hundreds of metal leaves with personal dedications to lost loved ones. Three types of leaf are available for dedications, bronze, silver and gold coloured, each carrying an inscription to someone special and helping to fund care across the Hospice. One person who found the Memory Tree a particularly moving way to remember a loved one was Anne Colvill, the wife of Brian who was cared for by St Clare Hospice. Anne and Brian from Thaxted, were put in touch with St Clare after Brian was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Anne said: “Everybody loved my husband Brian. He was just such a lovely, funny and caring man – who loved life. We had the most wonderful 30 years together. I miss him every second of every day but I am just so glad in my heart that he came to St Clare.” Anne decided to dedicate a leaf on the Memory Tree to Brian as a special way of remembering him: “It was my greatest wish to have a gold leaf for Brian up on the Memory Tree at St Clare. I didn’t want flowers and things that wouldn’t last – I wanted something permanent. The Memory Tree leaf is a lovely thing to have for my grandchildren as well. I’ve brought them to St Clare to see his leaf on the tree and to show them the wonderful people who took care of their grandad.” Tanya Curry, Chief Executive of St Clare Hospice, explains the impact a donation to the Memory Tree has on the patients and families the charity cares for: “Every leaf on our Memory Tree makes a real difference to families like Anne and Brian. Each leaf on the tree not only provides a beautiful tribute to a loved one’s memory, but also will help another family going through one of life’s hardest journeys. A bronze leaf donation of £85 could pay for five hours of counselling support for a bereaved family. A silver leaf donation of £256 could pay for eight home visits from one of our Clinical Nurse Specialists. A gold leaf donation of £592 could pay for 24 hours of care for a patient in the Inpatient Unit.” For more information about the Memory Tree and how you can dedicate a leaf to your loved one, please contact the Memory Tree Administrator on 01279 773750 or email fund@stclarehospice.org.uk . You can also order a Memory Tree leaf on the St Clare website at: www.stclarehospice.org.uk/ memory-tree. If you think you may require bereavement care, or would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact Bereavement Team on 0 1 2 7 9 773742.

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#BinIt or get a £75 fine People who throw litter from their vehicles or drop litter on the streets can expect a £75 fine. Epping Forest District Council has joined up with other councils and businesses across Essex as part of the Love Essex Don’t toss it – #BinIt campaign launched on Monday 15th August 2016 to highlight the problem of littering. According to Keep Britain Tidy almost a third of motorists admit to throwing rubbish out of their vehicle window.* The ‘Don’t toss it – #BinIt’ campaign warns litter offenders, both drivers and pedestrians, that their anti-social behaviour comes with a fine of at least £75. “It costs £17 million a year to keep Essex clean and tidy,” says Councillor Will Breare-Hall (Environment Portfolio Holder), “That’s £17 million which could be spent on other initiatives in our communities. People know what they should be doing with their litter – and it is not throwing it on the ground. Litter offenders are still in the minority, but the price of their actions is paid by everyone.” Councillor Breare-Hall added: “Adults need to set a better example. Every year, we talk to school children across the district at Crucial Crew about littering. It is very clear that the children know that littering is anti-social and they do not like to see it, yet we still see litter alongside many roads across the district dropped by adults. Your litter is your responsibility. There are hundreds of bins for your rubbish across the district but if you can’t find one, take it home.” Enforcement officers from the council have issued over 100 fixed penalty notices for littering offences, with fines amounting to over £5,000. Officers regularly carry out littering patrols and will also report offenders when they are out across the district completing other work. Litter can be as small as a sweet wrapper, or as large as a bag of rubbish, or it can mean lots of items scattered about. The legislation also specifically clarifies that discarded gum products, and cigarette ends are types of litter. The Offence of Leaving Litter (Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990) applies where a person throws down, drops or otherwise deposits any litter in any place in the open air in the area of a litter authority and leaves it. District Council officers regularly patrol the district to deter, educate and catch litter offenders. The maximum fine for littering is £2500. The Council can also issue offenders with a fixed penalty notice for littering offences of £75 (reduced to £50 for early payment within 10 days).

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It was Harold Wilson, prime minister in the 1960s, who coined the famous phrase “ a week is a long time in politics.” And if that’s the case, then the two months since I last sat down to write “Church Chat” have seemed like an age. Was it only five weeks ago (from the time of my writing this) that we had the EU Referendum? For all that’s been written and said about it already (and the conclusions people have come to already!), anyone would think it happened years ago. And, of course, the last two months have seen a whole series of terrorist attacks in France and Germany against ordinary, innocent people. Our country suddenly seems more anxious about so many things, whilst of course the wars in Syria and elsewhere carry on, almost unnoticed at the moment by the media.

So even though nothing material has really changed yet in the UK, apart from a different group of politicians now taking on that huge responsibility of government, many are still unhappy and anxious about the future. And it’s at times like this that Christians try to remember that we worship a God who called the world he made “very good.” God is present in the middle of our anxiety – personal, national or international, and offers us as always the possibility of “the peace which passes all understanding” (to quote St Paul). And when we worship, on a Sunday or at other times, we don’t do this as an attempt to escape from the world’s difficulties: we do so to come close to God, to draw strength from God’s promises we hear repeated in our worship, to be bound more closely together as a Christian community and - most importantly – to find new strength and inspiration to take that good news of God’s love into the world beyond the church doors.

Do come and join us on Sundays at 9.15 at St Andrew’s . Fr James. (contact me on jwerodley@yahoo.co.uk or 01279 451065)

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September Gardening Hints At the time of writing, we have just had a prolonged dry spell. The lawn is looking a little tired and dusty. But with a good shower of rain it will very soon pick up and look lush again. Early September is a perfect time to give the lawn a tonic of Weed feed mosskiller. The feed will encourage further root development enabling the lawn to keep healthy through the winter season. If your tubs and baskets are looking a bit straggly, cut back brown and scorched plants and give a good water and feed. You will be surprised how quickly they will come back and should look good until at least mid October. I have had a good crop of tomatoes and cucumbers under glass this year. It is important to keep tomatoes evenly watered, avoid letting them dry out and because the fruit will tend to split and the skins will become tough. Prune flowering shrubs that have finished blooming. Give all hedges a final trim now so new growth has time to harden off before the winter frosts. As always take time to sit back in your garden, relax and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells with a drink of your choice, mines a nice cold beer, Cheers! Source: Nigel, Art Nursery Garden Centre.

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Gang related crime in Essex Crimestoppers have launched a campaign to encourage Essex residents to speak up about gang-related crime on their streets . Knives, guns, violence, drugs, sexual exploitation and theft are all issues associated with gangs. As an independent charity, they want to raise awareness among members of the public as well as encourage those with vital information to contact us anonymously. This campaign launches as part of the Essex Gangs Conference hosted by Essex Police, held in Chelmsford, to raise awareness of gangrelated crime in Essex and how partners can work together to tackle these issues. Antonia Litten, Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said: “Those that do not want to speak with Essex Police about gang-related crime can contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously through our 24-hour number, 0800 555 111. "Crimestoppers takes information anonymously. We don’t take any personal details and we can’t trace information given online or over the phone. We give people that peace of mind.” Crimestoppers plays a significant part in the fight against crime. 1,000 people contact the charity every day with information about crime, and police are able to make an average of 14 arrests per day as a result

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From the CAB: Your basic rights at work Every day, on average, 2252 people access the Citizens Advice website (www.citizensadvice.org.uk) to find out about their basic rights at work. I’ve listed most of these rights below. There are exceptions for certain types of workers, and the rights are oftenaccompanied by various obligations and requirements, so it’s as well to check before raising an issue with your employer. Part-time workers have the same rights (pro-rata) as full-time workers and a fixed-term employee has the same rights as a comparable permanent employee. If you’re an agency worker you won’t necessarily have all these rights, nor if you’re self-employed. Rights you have as soon as you start work:  an itemised pay slip.

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to be paid at least the national minimum wage not to have illegal deductions made from pay. paid holiday. Full-time employees are entitled to at least 28 days a year. If you’re 16 or 17, time off for study or training paid time off for ante natal care paid paternity, maternity and adoption leave unpaid time off to look after dependants in an emergency the right to work a maximum 48-hour working week. Weekly and daily rest breaks. (There are special rules for night workers.) the right not to be discriminated against.

the right not to suffer detriment or dismissal for ‘blowing the whistle’ on a matter of public concern (malpractice) at the workplace. The right to work until you are 65 After a month:- written notice of dismissal After two months:- a written statement of terms of employment After 26 weeks:- the right to ask for flexible working After a year:  the right to take unpaid parental leave for both men and women

the right to written reasons for dismissal from your employer, and to claim compensation for unfair dismissal, provided you started before 6 April 2012. If you started after that date the period goes up to two years. Women who are pregnant or on maternity leave are entitled to written reasons without having to have worked for any particular length of time After two years:- the right to claim redundancy pay if made redundant and the right to paid time off to look for work if being made redundant Thinking of going to a tribunal? Employment tribunals make legally-binding decisions on the rights of people at work, but at Citizens Advice we always advise clients that they need to try every other solution before going to a tribunal, especially now that hefty fees are payable to bring cases. You should always try to resolve disputes by discussion with your employer, involving your trade union if you have one, and using your employer’s own grievance procedure. On all employment issues you can get help from Citizens Advice on the website or our Essex Adviceline on 03444 77 0808, or from the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (commonly known as Acas) via their online service at www.acas.org.uk or, if that doesn’t have the answer, on 0300 123 1100. They provide advice to both employers and employees, as do we. If you want face-to-face advice and help we have employment experts at both our branches, but you will need to ring our Adviceline or come to a drop-in session first. Where we are and when we are open: Loughton Library on Mondays to Wednesdays, and on Fridays, from 9.30 to 1.00, and Waltham Abbey Town Hall on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Try to get there early, as it’s first come, first served, and sometimes we have to turn people away. Source: Paul Stockton, Citizens Advice Bureau Page 32

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It’s a techno world My eldest daughter has been nervously waiting for her AS level results and is on her countdown to her driving test. I foolishly truly thought that once our children had reached a certain age Then for us as parents there would be far less stress. If all that wasn’t enough to contend with Then there is the introduction of boys into the mix, As I’m sure every parent will know the reasonable harmony That may have once co-existed is then suddenly torn to bits. No-one talks to each other anymore as it’s all done via text Or that totally unsocial media known as Facebook, Where has the face to face meetings gone, When you could fall in love with somebody with just a single look. Now it’s internet dating as you compose a list Of who wouldn’t make for a good date choice, While once again I show my age as you got a date by finding the courage To walk up to someone you liked and used your voice. It’s so sad to me to think all the old values of meeting someone Usually quite by chance has been built into a machine, When all you really need to do is just go out and talk to people To maybe meet and find the ‘one’ that’s your true dream. To be honest that was half the fun As to simply sit behind a computer could never compete, With actually getting out there and meeting someone That should you talk to could find genuinely unique. Your true companion may have been discarded Due to the fact they had the wrong coloured eyes, While out there maybe is the person of your dreams that for that one reason was discarded But could have been a wonderful surprise. As a parent you do worry about so much and this ‘techno’ age somehow makes it worse, I know I’m deemed old fashioned but to me I find all these websites impersonal and a real curse. Now I love my wife to bits but it was on a chance encounter out with my friends that we met, Unfortunately now a-days it’s these simple meetings that we seem to forget. Don’t get me wrong I think that the technology these days Is truly great, But please don’t ever forget that to be simply socialising out with friends, May find you that special one to date! Source: Andy – resident poet. Editor’s comment: I am not sure what he was thinking about at when Andy penned this poem and he is a secret Facebook fan, which the girls will also confirm but that is about his extent of techno knowledge, He has had a new mobile recently and is becoming quite adventurous which is very worrying. Good job he has three teenage daughters to help him out of trouble! Page 33

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North Weald Bowling update On June 10th members of North Weald Bowling Club celebrated their 25th. birthday at the Queens Hall. The children from the Red Pre-School sang "Happy Birthday" which surprised and delighted all the members. During the afternoon they enjoyed tea and birthday cake. A month later on Friday 8th July the club held its Finals Afternoon for club competitions. Some very close games were played. For the singles competition between Diane Archer and Jean Reeves the score was 8 shots each going into the final end when Diane managed to score 2 shots and come out victorious and 2016 Singles Champion. In the pairs competition Sylvia Kitchener and Jean Reeves played Sue Dyke and Pauline Woolner. Another close game with Sue Dyke and Pauline Woolner finishing up successful and becoming the 2016 Pairs Champions. The trophies were presented by Doris Holden whose husband Jack with his friend, Dick Cattell, had founded the club 25 years ago. They play on Wednesday and Friday afternoons, and are a friendly lot and always happy to welcome visitors and new members.

Ongar Flower Update On a very warm and close evening, members of Ongar Flower Club welcomed Margot Cooper as their demonstrator with her theme of "Floral Friends". Unloading her red sports car (yes, she had managed to get everything in her sporty convertible), they spotted some interesting containers and knew theyhad some "rather different" (to use Margot's words) designs to look forward to. Meetings are structured to have three designs in the first half of the evening, then tea/coffee break and opportunity to chat, followed by the second half of a further three designs. The opening design often has quite an impact, and Margot provided just that with a modern design, set in a black wrought iron frame. Entitled "A Touch of Green", the colours were lime green and touches of purple provided by some gorgeous lisianthus and the lime green? Well, that was provided by a plant rejoicing in the name of Bishops Balls (!) and the old favourite, Alchemilla Mollis. (Margot explained that when this begins to fade, try cutting it back and you should get another flush of the lovely lime green fronds. Top tip) Leaf plaiting is a fascinating idea which adds texture and contemporary interest to a design, and Margot used this to good effect in her next arrangement. In a basket she had woven herself, she created a very tropical design using some Gingers and Birds of Paradise flowers, plus some very exotic looking plaited Arica palm leaves. The Snake Grass which Margot featured in her third design was very popular. This Grass has the ability to be bent over at its joints to create a very abstract, modern look, and Margot put it to good use together with some delicately shaded Anthuriums. (These come in plastic tubes and these are handy for putting on the top of garden canes....health and safety!). Including lime green carnations, the finished design was very fresh and modern. By the nature of what it is, no two meetings of the Ongar Flower Club are the same which is all part of the fascination of flowers. So why not come along and see for yourself the diverse world and styles of flower arranging? Our next meeting is 6 September when the acclaimed Gill McGregor will be our demonstrator. Gill has a very comprehensive website which will show you just what a great evening we have in store! Don't miss it!! 7.30 at Zinc, visitors ÂŁ4.50. See you there! Jenny Stone 899727 PS. Another "must see" evening: David Thomson, "A Surprise", 4 October. Get these dates in your diary! Source Jennifer Stone

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Good rhymers make good readers and that’s why Essex Libraries hold regular rhyme and story times for babies and toddlers. Parents and carers can join in with singing and actions, and afterwards stay to chat, join the library and choose books to take home. It’s never too early to start sharing books with babies and Essex libraries have a great selection of picture books to choose from. Friendly staff can give advice on which books are best for sharing with under fives. Give your child a great start with their own library card, sharing books with babies and toddlers can help develop speech and language skills and is great fun too! Baby and toddler rhyme times are free and there’s no need to book just turn up and join in. If you can’t make it to the sessions in the week some libraries have special Daddy Cool rhyme times on Saturdays. These are perfect for dads and their under fives but of course mums and other carers are welcome too! If you have a few hours to spare some libraries have volunteering opportunities to help with baby and toddler rhyme times, visit www.essex.gov.uk/libraries for more information or ask at your local library. North Weald library runs baby and toddler rhyme times every Thursday at 10.30am.

Latest Scams

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Colin Freeman, Essex Watch Liason Officer, have advised that fraudsters pretending to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are expanding their activities after years of sending out fake emails to now calling unsuspecting consumers – and some are duping victims into paying them in gift cards and vouchers. MoneySavingExpert.com has been made aware of an increase in the number of phone calls made by con men who have stepped away from focusing purely on fake HMRC texts and emails to cheat more people out of cash. Some have recently been made to residents across our area. According to Action Fraud, the national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre, people have been asked to pay bogus debts and taxes using online music store iTunes' gift cards. Scammers ask for the cards' serial numbers to be read to them over the phone, details they then sell on or use to redeem the cards' value. One victim purchased over 15 iTunes gift card vouchers from high street retailer Argos at £100 each and handed the serial numbers over to fraudsters on the phone after receiving an automated voice message. Another victim handed over gift card voucher codes worth £15,000 after receiving a cold call. One current phone scam that we've heard about reportedly involves an automated message that starts: "This is Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs. We have been trying to reach you to let you know we are filing a law suit against you." The message is then said to provide a list of options, such as: "To speak to your case officer, press one". Action Fraud says hundreds of these types of calls have been made in recent weeks, so it's important to be on your guard and ensure you take steps to stop scammers in their track. A reader of North Weald Village Life has asked that I make other readers aware of a scam that nearly caught her out. She received a call saying they were from ‘BT preferential services’ and were stopping unsolicited calls, and even if you have already registered, they were asking for sort code of bank account. This is a scam so please be careful, do not give your bank details over the phone unless you are absolutely sure. Page 35

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Lottery High Jinx What would you do if you actually did when the jackpot on the lottery? I mean if you actually came into millions of pounds, have you ever thought it through? Of course you’d pay off your mortgage and all the debts that you have acquired, Then what would you do, would you just give up everything as if you’d retired? Would you move home to a bigger place, that takes your kids to a new school? Then would you tell them it’s all for the best, despite deep down you know that it’s cruel? Would you move away from all your neighbours, that have become such close friends over all the years? Starting afresh in a new environment surrounded by a total lack of fitting in to an area that before took you years. With suddenly so many people wanting help with the money they somehow all know that you’ve got, People that you’ve never met before, but suddenly they make you feel you owe them such a lot. You’d help your family that probably goes without saying, Though just how far should that help should go when it was you on your knees every night asking for divine intervention as your praying. What would a sudden abundance of money do toyour piece of mind? How can you distinguish between what’s playing on someone’s dignity or just being kind? Money can solve many problems but it can cause so many as well, Whether fate will ever let you be in that situation only god and time will tell. Source: Andy – resident poet. Despite all of the above, I know we would love to win the lottery and would enjoy it and it wouldn’t change us, honest!!

Blood Cancer Month September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month, and we’re using it as an opportunity to raise awareness of the symptoms of blood cancers, which are vague, non-specific and often confused for other illnesses, such as flu. To raise awareness and funds, amongst the usual options, you can share a story or arrange an event, but you can also simply make a donation through their website in September—http://www.leukaemiacare.org.uk/donate and they will send you a charity ribbon. (NB: They do need your address to be able to post your ribbon to you, so unfortunately text donations do not apply for this campaign, sorry!) You can also call us on 08088 010 444 and make a donation over the phone. Page 36

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Migraine Awareness Week

Cricketer hits six sixes in an over

Every year in September the 4th—10th September week is planned to raise general awareness of migraine as a serious public health issue and to reduce stigma Migraine affects 1 in 7 people, that’s over eight million people in the United Kingdom alone, making it more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined. The World Health Organisation recognises migraine as one of the most disabling lifetime conditions yet awareness and understanding is low. Migraine is a complex neurological disorder with no known cause or cure. Unfortunately many people will suffer from migraine for years throughout their life negatively impacting upon their work, family and social lives. Migraine is a complex condition with a wide variety of symptoms. For many people the main feature is a painful headache. Other symptoms include disturbed vision, sensitivity to light, sound and smells, feeling sick and vomiting. Migraine attacks can be very frightening and may result in you having to lie still for several hours. The symptoms will vary from person to person and individuals may have different symptoms during different attacks. Your attacks may differ in length and frequency. Migraine attacks usually last from 4 to 72 hours and most people are free from symptoms between attacks. Migraine can have an enormous impact on your work, family and social lives. There is no known cause for migraine, although most people with it are genetically predisposed to migraine. If you are susceptible to migraine there are certain triggers which commonly occur. These include stress, lack of food, alcohol, hormonal changes in women, lack of sleep and the environment Migraine is more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined.

Epping Foresters Cricket Club opening batsman Andrew French hit six sixes in an over in a recent record-breaking 40-over club match. Andrew, 25, smashed 193 from 110 balls in the local derby friendly match when Epping Foresters hosted Epping Cricket Club at Mill Plain last Sunday. After sharing in an opening partnership of 165 with his father, Peter - of which Peter made just 38 - Andrew went on to hit a career best 193 before he was bowled. His innings included six sixes in one over - a feat which had never previously been achieved by an Epping Foresters player. Andrew's innings included 12 sixes and 23 fours and helped Epping Foresters reach 312 for 6 in their 40 overs. Andrew's innings was just seven runs short of the club record for the highest individual score which is held by Stuart Turner who hit 200 at Birchanger in the 1960s. Turner went on to be a successful all-rounder with Essex. Epping Cricket Club joined in the spirit of the day with their run chase and scored at ten runs an over - and needed 100 from the last 17 overs before Epping Foresters ended up victors by 60 runs. Andrew, who attended Chipping Ongar Primary School and Anglo European School in Ingatestone, said: “Every batsman dreams of hitting six sixes. I played each ball as it came. On the fifth six I realised I may be gaining a record; I hit it into the same place.” He added: “Everything came together. It was an enjoyable afternoon against good opposition. It was great getting the ton with my dad who has coached me over the years.” Andrew's father, Peter, who has been with Epping Foresters since 1969, said: “It was every aging cricketing father's dream - batting with your son watching him get a big hundred. He was on fire!” He added: “We almost ran out of balls! Lots of balls were lost in the forest. It was a great day's cricket played in the right spirit by both clubs.” Andrew has just graduated from Aston University and is now looking for a role in underwriting in the City.

Research suggests that 3,000 migraine attacks occur every day for each million of the general population. This equates to over 190,000 migraine attacks every day in the UK Migraine affects three-times as many women as men, with this higher rate being most likely hormonally-driven There are ways you can get involved to support this awareness week, display a poster, increase the awareness on social media, make a donation, share your story. If you would like to find out more, please visit their website www.migrainetrust.org. Page 37

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Bird Feature Welcome to the article for September, a month that sees migration really get going which combined with the dispersal of this year's young birds can mean that more unusual species can turn up anywhere. We'll see what this year brings. Talking of migration, Swifts leave earlier than Swallows and House Martins and will generally be gone by the end of August. The latter two species can have individuals that delay their departure well into the autumn and if the current warm weather continues then this year could see increased numbers staying around longer. Swifts are one of my favourite species so I'll keep an eye out for the last few in our summer skies. The weather conditions have been quite benign for wild birds and I have noticed Collared Doves and Woodpigeons engaged in continued courtship and nest building. One pair of Collared Doves were building a nest in a neighbour's garden but after a couple of days they gave up, it was an unsuitable location as they had chosen a tree that offered no proper cover or protection from predators and there would have been no prospect of safely raising any young. Something must have suddenly clicked within them that told them to abandon the attempt. Pigeons can breed later than many species as the adults feed their young a sort of 'milk' rather than having to rely on availability of insects which cannot be guaranteed. Flocking Starlings are in evidence around the village. You will see groups of 20 to 30 or even more with the majority being this year's juvenile birds which have a browner plumage. Starlings are famous for their massive autumn and winter roosts at various locations throughout the UK. Those that stay around our area are forming their own smaller versions of these roosts and they should get more and more obvious as the autumn progresses. One disappointment this year has been the apparent absence of Sky Larks in local sites that have normally been reliable for sightings of this species. Apart from one or two singing individuals I have barely noticed them whereas most years at Weald Common, for instance, I have heard them consistently during the summer. The habitat is basically the same so I am not sure what has deterred their presence this year. Hopefully some of you have noticed them perhaps at locations that I haven't covered. In contrast one bird that I have seen occasionally for the first time in years is the Red Legged Partridge which I have noticed in some of the arable fields off the back lanes to the east of the village. They used to be quite familiar as they have a habit of trying to run in front of passing cars before realising they have to take off to get out of the way. A sight I have not seen locally for a good few years, I had wondered if they were now totally absent from our farmland but clearly not. I believe there have been several sightings of Red Kites in the Essex / London borders not far from the Epping Forest area so hopefully one or two of these distinctive birds of prey will come through here, it's then a question of luck to be around to spot them. The Bullfinch is a particularly handsome member of the finch family and it appears there have been some successful nests locally, I have seen youngsters about and one group of five flew by me the other day when walking near to Weald Common. It is a relatively scarce finch so to see such numbers is encouraging. You should start to see seagull numbers increasing with flocks building up mostly near the airfield. Actually there have been some good size flocks seen on local farms where fields are being ploughed, they know that the ploughing action will churn up worms, beetles and all manner of insects which make for easy pickings. Most of the gulls you will see are going to be Black-headed Gulls which are very familiar birds, although take note that they lose their chocolate brown head markings as the autumn goes on. The most likely other species to see is the Lesser Black-backed Gull which is much bigger and has dark upper wings. One other species we get locally is the Common Gull which is roughly midway between the species in size. They have a mid grey upper wing and greenish legs, and can often be seen in mixed flocks where their 'in between' size can be quite obvious. Stonnards Hill recreation ground in Epping has been a reliable site over the last few winters. Most people think of these gulls as just 'seagulls' but as you can see we get four distinct species locally so it is worth closer attention if you see a gull to see if you can get used to identifying each species. Be warned that young birds have various stages of plumage as they get older but the size is a good pointer. Turning to other wildlife, I have rarely seen any live badgers locally but over the last month or so I have noticed 5 or 6 dead by various local roadsides. It shows that they are about our area and occasionally you can see one crossing the road if you are driving about at night. Although on natural history programmes you see the familiar footage of badgers at their woodland setts, they will forage for food in open farmland and cross roads to get from field to field. Bats must be having a good year with the warm, dry weather meaning that they can be on the wing night after night and I have seen quite a few over recent nights. I wouldn't be able to identify the species, they are just bats to my eyes and I think some of them are easier to identify in flight via their sounds using specialist equipment. They do make a good sight at dusk as they twist and turn chasing their insect prey. If you are feeding the birds, just a reminder to practice good hygiene, try to keep feeding areas free of mouldy, stale food and don't allow a build up of droppings etc. It is often a good idea to move the feeding station from time to time. Always wash your hands after handling feeders etc as there are various diseases that can be present and can be passed to humans. Keep any water supply fresh and clean as well. Sensible precautions will keep yourself and the birds in fine fettle. Enjoy the continuing fine weather and don't forget to keep an eye out for birds and other wildlife when you are out and about around the village. And see if you can spot the differences in those gulls .... All the best, Paul Corbet Page 38

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Essential Local Numbers The Alzheimer Society

01992 717676

North Weald Methodist Hall

01992 522143

Cats Protection

0333 200 1484

North Weald Library

01992 522896

Citizens Advice Bureau

03444 77 0808

North Weald Village Hall Bookings

07870 465129 northwealdvillagehall.org/

Crimestoppers

0800 555111

North Weald Parish Council

01992 523825

Doctors High Street, Epping

01992 579270

Queens Community Centre Hall Bookings

01992 522910

Doctors The Limes, Epping (visits/emergencies)

01992 566500

NHS Direct

0845 4647

Doctors The Limes, Epping (appointments)

01992 573838

Police, Epping Station

0300 333 4444

Doctors The Limes, North Weald 01992 524383

Police, Neighbourhood/local

101

Epping Forest District Council

01992 564000

Police, Emergency

999

Hospital, St Margarets, Epping

01992 561666

Police Online reporting

www.essex.police.uk/doitonline

Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow

01279 444455

RSPCA

01279 306058

London & Essex Boarding Kennels & Cattery (Kents Farm)

01992 522183

Stuart Poulton

01992 522607

24 Hour

01992 572607

North Weald Airfield

01992 564200

St Andrews Primary School

01992 522283

North Weald Chemist

01992 523887

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

Dance Factory

North Weald Kickboxing

Taoist Tai Chi Society

Tel: 07976 786404

Tel: 07433 2843128

Tel: 01992 523854/07803243625

Epping Ongar Railway Volunteer

North Weald Scouts Group

Thornwood Seniors

Tel: 01277 365200

01992 524672

Tel: 577872

Epping Forest Badger Group

North Weald Seniors Society for over 70’s

Three Valleys Male Voice Choir

Tel: 576038 Friends Force Hertfordshire/Essex

Tel: 522196

Tel: 522464 Epping Forest Rotary Club

North Weald Wireless Station Bowls Club

Tel: 07855 911323

Tel: 522803

Forest Highlanders Pipes & Drum

North Weald Women’s Institute (Evg)

Tel: 01708 250820

Tel: 522258

North Weald Angling Club

Queens Hall Bowls Club

Tel: 01992 524071

Tel: 523375 or 522052

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North Weald Village Life September 2016  

September issue of North Weald Village Life featuring local news, events, photos and features from North Weald, Epping, Ongar and neighbou...

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