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(listing confirmed 13-6-19) ABFABFIT CLUB - AbFabFit Club is a local ladies only Health and Wellness Centre incorporating fitness training alongside nutritional support at our facility in Thornwood near Epping. You will be accountable to your coaches and supported by a group of like-minded ladies looking to get fit, healthy and change their lives for the better. For more details visit Facebook:, Ring Jaine on 07796 956116.

ACADEMY ARTS - Calling all budding stars aged three to 21 years. Do you love performing? Do you love singing, dancing or acting? At the Academy Arts you will receive professional fun but disciplined training in all aspects of Performing Arts. Students perform in yearly full scale productions as well as taking part in competitions and performing as guest artists at local shows and fetes. Academy Arts classes for students seven years and older cover repertory work on West End and Broadway musicals, solo and group singing technique / harmonies, audition monologues / LAMDA, group acting (script work and improvisation), street jazz and hip hop. 
ACADEMY KIDS - Academy Arts also offers Academy Kids classes for children aged 3-4 years (Foundation - 45mins) and aged 5-6 years (KS1- 1.5 hours) as an introduction to musical theatre. In these classes students participate in fun drama exercises, physical and vocal warm-ups and work on production numbers. The classes are to prepare youngsters for the main school whilst improving their ability and confidence. Throughout the year West End performers and creative staff regularly work at the Academy Arts teaching, fronting workshops, setting production numbers or adjudicating competitions. 
To join the Academy Arts complete an application form at or ring 01245 422595 to arrange a free trial. 
Academy Kids - Saturday mornings
Academy Arts Theatre School - Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings.

(listing confirmed 5-2-19) ALPINE GARDEN SOCIETY - The Epping Forest Group is a local group of the national Alpine Garden Society and is for all those with an interest in alpine plants, whether in the wild or growing at home in the garden, frame or greenhouse. The group meets every month from September to May on the second Tuesday of the month. Meetings take the form of an illustrated lecture or a demonstration, followed by refreshments. There is also a plant raffle, sales table and alpine plant display. The group meets at Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, CM16 7ER, starting at 8pm. During the summer, June to August, visits are arranged to wild flower sites, gardens or national plant collections. The annual subscription is £5 and members receive a monthly newsletter by email or post. The charge per meeting is £2 and non-members are welcome. Further information is available from group secretary Kit Strange, email:  or Keith Ballard on 01992 813231; email  Website:

ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY (EPPING FOREST BRANCH) - The Alzheimer's Society in Epping Forest has been awarded a three-year contract by Essex County Council to deliver a Community Dementia Support Service across Essex. Services,which can support up to the estimated 1,850 people with dementia and their families are the Epping Forest Dementia Support Service, Epping Forest Memory Café, Singing for the Brain, Care To Talk Carers Support Group, Young Onset Activity Group, the Carers Information Programme, Information and Support at the Time of Diagnosis of Dementia, activity Groups. For more information on any of the services, ring 01279 427522. 

ASTROKYDS - Theydon Bois AstroKyds is the junior section of Loughton Astronomical Society. Activities include simple experiments, audience participation, demonstrations, show and tell, quizzes, mythology of the constellations and, if clear, some real observing. The aim is to kindle an interest rather than to provide a formal course in astronomy. AstroKyds meets at St Mary's Church Hall, Theydon Bois, from 6.30pm until 8pm on the second Friday of the month (during term time). Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult or guardian. For more information ring Brian Morton on 01992 815804 or visit 


(listing updated 18-3-19)  BABYBALLET EPPING - the award-winning babyballet Song and Dance Academy is an educational movement to music programme for pre-school boys and girls from six months to six years. Designed to encourage babies and young children to enjoy the benefits and joys of song and dance from a young age, babyballet has built up a reputation for providing children with the opportunity to express themselves within a fun, safe and caring environment. Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Jack Silley Pavilion, Tidys Lane, Epping, and on Sundays at The Institute Hall, Institute Road, Coopersale. For more information, ring Miss Catherine on 07984 124404, email or visit 

(listing updated 6-2-19) BALLET FIRST - Ballet First offers expert training in Classical Ballet with former Royal Ballet School trained Principal Theresa Crumb. Classes for vocational and non-vocational students are offered. Ballet First offers classes from 3 years to adult, all levels, beginners welcome, Girls and boys welcome. Classes are held are in a large dance studio at St John’s ARC, Old Harlow, Free parking. Regular performance opportunities in local theatre. Private tailored coaching is also offered by arrangement. Professional teaching faculty, Enhanced DBS registered and fully insured. For more information ring: 07979 310551 or email Website: Facebook:

BANTHAM AND ONGAR BOWLS CLUB - the club, in Weald Bridge Road, North Weald, is always looking for new members, experienced bowlers or beginners. Friendly matches take place at the weekends with the ladies also playing matches during the week. The gents take part in the Chelmsford District League and the Brentwood and District League and the ladies in the Harlow and District Triples League and the Ernstzen Plate Ladies League. The Harlow and District Senior Citizens League is a mixed league played on Tuesday afternoons. On the social side there are regular whist evenings, a cribbage club, quiz evenings, race nights and bingo nights. The club also has a regular keep fit class. All events are open to members and non-members. For more information, visit  or email

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BEDFORD HOUSE - BHCA has been providing lifelong-learning since its foundation in 1946.Located in Buckhurst Hill (but open to all, from any area), every year it
offers more than 80 continuing day or evening classes and one-day workshops in a wide variety of subjects: Aerobics, Art, Ballet, Bridge, Epping Forest Walks, Gardening, Line Dance, Piano, Pottery, Yoga – and many more. Come along and join us to learn something new, develop a skill, and meet new friends in our relaxed and informal environment. Bedford House is also home to Leigh School of Languages and a meeting-place for various local groups, and our hall and rooms in the house are available for hire at reasonable rates for children’s parties, meetings, and other selected events. For further information on all the above, or to receive a copy of our brochure, contact the BHCA Office on 020 8504 6668, email or visit Bedford House Community Association. Charity No.1178692.

BREATHE EASY HARLOW & EPPING FOREST - (part of the local support network of the British Lung Foundation). We are a support group for anyone affected by lung disease. As well as offering mutual support we enjoy a good relationship with local health professionals. We have been able to provide much needed additional equipment for the respiratory nursing teams in Epping and Harlow. Group members also participate in promoting the work of the British Lung Foundation and in fundraising for research into lung disease. Monthly meetings, usually with a speaker or some entertainment, and time for refreshments and a chat, are held on the second Tuesday of the month from 2pm to 4pm at Purford Green Community Centre, Tumbler Road, Harlow. (Meetings in Epping are temporarily suspended, but may resume in September). Meetings are open to all, without charge, but donations to cover expenses are welcome. There is easy wheelchair access with free parking immediately outside. A monthly newsletter circulated to all members enables the housebound to keep in touch. For further information, ring Chris Carr 01992 573387 or Pauline Love on 01279 429195. 

BRITISH LEGION (ROYAL) NORTH WEALD BRANCH - a social meeting for both members and non- members is held on the first Sunday of the month from noon to 2pm in the lounge bar of North Weald Village Hall, High Road, North Weald. All are welcome. Branch meetings for members only are held on the third Friday of each month from 7.30pm in the lounge bar. Membership is open to all. Contact membership secretary Win Martin on 01992 524370 or come to a Sunday social for a chat. 

BUCKHURST HILL GENERAL ART GROUP - this group for all abilities meets fortnightly at Grange Farm Centre, Chigwell (10am-noon from September 2014). Annual membership f10 (drop-in fee per session £4 or try a free taster session. For more details ring Sandra on 07425 163071 or email 

(listing updated 7-9-19) BUCKHURST HILL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY - the society was founded in 1904 and continues to flourish. Three flower shows are held in April, July and September (2pm-4.30pm) at Centenary Hall, St John's Church, High Road, Buckhurst Hill. Plants for sale, teas and homemade cakes. Admission free for members (£2 for non-members). Four winter talks are held on the first Monday of October, November, February and March (AGM) 7.30pm-9.30pm) at St James' Church, Palmerston Road, Buckhurst Hill. Admission free for members, £1 for non-members, includes refreshments. Annual family membership £5 includes entrance to all shows and talks, annual newsletter plus use of the local trading facilities of Woodford and District Horticultural Society. Additional cost for coach outings. For more information contact chairman Maureen Briggs - email or ring 020 8504 8436. 

(listing updated 6-2-19) BUCKHURST HILL RESIDENTS' SOCIETY - the society has been in existence for more than 50 years. The society lobbies on behalf of the people of Buckhurst Hill to ensure the town retains its character and remains an attractive and pleasant place to live. It responds quickly to local issues and when necessary organises public meetings to keep residents informed about important issues. Buckhurst Hill has a population of just over 10,000 residents. The Residents' Society was formed in 1963 when residents banded together to fight proposals to radically alter the character of Queens Road, its town centre. Since then the society has gone from strength to strength. The society has had representatives on Buckhurst Hill Parish Council, the Corporation of London's Forum for Epping Forest, Buckhurst Hill Police Neighbourhood Action Panel, Epping Forest Patient and Public Involvement Forum, Buckhurst Hill Community Association, Friends of Linder's Field Nature Reserve to name but a few. Additionally the society holds social events, talks, quizzes and donates to local charitable causes. If you are interested in enhancing Buckhurst Hill, and preserving its character, why not join? It only costs £6 a year. Visit
BUCKHURST HILL WINE CIRCLE (incorporating Theydon Bois Wine Circle) - the group meets on the last Friday of every month at Victory Hall, Hainault Road, Chigwell. If you want to save money, produce quality wines and beers, and enjoy an active social calendar then this is the club for you. For more details, email 
BUTTERFLY CLUB - The Butterfly Club is a pre-school club for 0 to four-year-olds at Loughton Methodist Church every Monday (term time) from 1.30pm to 3pm. All are welcome. There is juice and snacks for the little ones and tea, coffee and biscuits for adults (sometimes also homemade cakes). For more details ring Tracy Baines on 07917 872332 or email 


(listing updated 7-2-19) CANALABILITY - charity organises canal boat experiences for people with disabilities including day trips, short breaks and holidays and actively encourages users to get involved in the skippering, changing locks and other aspects of a day out on the river. Ring 01279 424444 or visit 

CATS PROTECTION HARLOW, EPPING FOREST AND DISTRICT BRANCH - re-homes cats and kittens and promotes neutering in the CB10, CM5, CM6, CM16, CM17, CM18, CM19, CM20, CM21, CM22, CM23, CM24, IG8 and IG10 postcode areas and can help with neutering costs for those on low incomes. There is a Lost and Found Register with advice available if you lose your cat. Speakers give talks to schools and community groups. Annual membership £8 (£4 senior citizens, £12 joint membership at same address). Tel: 01992 579539. Website   

CHAPEL END SAVOY PLAYERS - help a friendly local operatic and dramatic group based in Walthamstow, specialising in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays 8pm-10pm (all) and Wednesdays (principals) at St John's Church, Chingford Road, Walthamstow. The Players perform one opera annually in May in Snaresbrook and a number of other concerts throughout the year, including an annual winter concert, often featuring semi-staged performances of a variety of shows. Chapel End Savoy Players participate regularly in the fringe events of the annual International G&S Festival. The group is always interested in hearing from potential new members and is currently recruiting for its next show - Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Yeomen of the Guard" - which will be performed in May 2014. All voices and levels of expertise are welcome. Membership is subject to a short informal audition. Chapel End Savoy Players are also available for hire to perform Gilbert and Sullivan, Olde Tyme Music Hall and songs from popular musicals. For more details, ring Marjorie on 020 8529 3143 or email Website: Twitter @CESPGandS 

CHESTNUT CAT SANCTUARY & CAT RESCUE CENTRE - helps stray, unwanted and mistreated cats and kittens to find new homes. Based in Thornwood, on the B1393 between Epping and Harlow. For people wanting to adopt, we have a wide choice - old cats and kittens, pedigrees and moggies, we have cats to suit any caring owner. Open daily 10.30am-2pm, including Bank Holidays. No appointment necessary.

CHIGWELL ART SOCIETY - founded in 1953, the society has a membership of about 70. Meetings are held monthly during the winter months in Bedford House Hall, Buckhurst Hill, on Saturday afternoons for workshops and demonstrations by well-known artists. Outdoor painting and sketching trips are organised during the summer months to local areas of interest and also some private gardens, again on Saturday afternoons. There is usually one exhibition each year. Annual membership is £15 and there a £2 charge for each meeting in the hall (or £5 for non-members, space permitting). New members welcome. Enquiries to the chairman on 020 8505 7089.

CHIGWELL FLORAL ART GROUP - meets at Victory Hall, Hainault Road, Chigwell, on the third Thursday of each month (2pm, doors open at 1pm). Visitors £5 per meeting including refreshments. For more details, ring Linda on 020 8504 3238.

CHIGWELL RIDING TRUST - was the first riding centre for people with special needs in the world. It has been established in Chigwell for over 45 years. Riding instruction is given to people of all ages and abilities. The riding centre has approximately 160 riders each week. As one of the leading specialised riding centres in the country, Chigwell Riding Trust not only benefits people with special needs but also the entire community, giving opportunities for volunteering, school participation and practical experience for children and adults working with people and animals. An organisation such as this is wholly dependant on the goodwill of the community without which Chigwell Riding Trust would not exist. To offer the wonderful facilities and high standard of riding that the Trust does involves a tremendous expense. Chigwell Riding Trust receives no state aid whatsoever and all funds have to be raised by the charity which does not employ any paid fundraisers. Staff numbers are kept to an absolute minimum and voluntary help is used wherever possible.

CHIGWELL ROTARY CLUB - meets on Tuesdays at 7.15pm for 7.30pm at the Two Brewers, Chigwell Row. Rotary gives you the opportunity to get involved in your local community, help others, enjoy social events and make new friends. Chigwell Rotary Club is looking for new members, both men and women, to help raise money through Christmas collections, sponsored swims, the Chigwell Fete, charity dinners and many other events. Additionally the club encourages schoolchildren to take part in Rotary-sponsored competitions such as Young Chef of the Year, 'Youth Speaks' - public speaking and Youth Makes Music - a chance for young people to perform and develop their talents. Above all Chigwell Rotary Club consists of a friendly and sociable group of people. To find out more, visit and click 'contact'

CHIGWELL ROW OPERATIC AND DRAMATIC SOCIETY - has been entertaining the public with a variety of operetta, musicals, dramas and comedies for over 75 years. The society usually performs two shows a year - a play at the beginning of October and a musical in the spring. New members are welcome to join existing member either on stage or back stage. Anyone interested in joining should ring the society secretary on 01277 366008.

COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS IN EPPING, LOUGHTON, NAZEING AND CHIGWELL - Who are we? What do we do? How do we do it? You can do it. We are volunteers (aged over 18) from many walks of life. We give as much time as we are able, fitting in our duties around our normal everyday lifestyle. Although most of us have had no previous medical experience, we all undergo specialist training with the prime object of saving lives, as well as being able to support ambulance crews and paramedics in their work. The training comprises the operation of a defibrillator machine and the use of oxygen, as well as achieving a high degree of competence in CPR (chest compressions and rescue breaths). We have our own rota system whereby the ambulance service calls us out from our homes when they receive certain emergency 999 calls. These could be heart attacks, strokes, epileptic seizures, breathing difficulties etc. As the name implies we aim to supply a First Response in our community, if possible prior to the arrival of the ambulance crew, and in so doing give the patient a better chance of recovery or survival. We operate on a local basis, using our own vehicles, and are sent to destinations not normally more than five minutes from our home address. Our unit has four sections, based in Epping, Loughton, Nazeing and Chigwell, and have been operating for over six years, in which time we have helped local people by answering literally hundreds of calls. Our ultimate aim is to give 24/7 cover, but for this we need more volunteers. We meet on a fortnightly basis on Thursdays, for continuation training and interaction, at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping. For further details, ring Sandra Newman on 01992 572545. 

CONNAUGHT CLUB - Established in 1885, The Connaught Club - a members club offering tennis, squash and racketball, and bowls - is situated in a beautiful position deep in the heart of Epping Forest on the borders of Essex and the borough of Waltham Forest. Facilities include nine tennis courts, four squash courts and a six rink bowls green. The club also has a gym and fully licensed bar/cafe. The club offers excellent coaching in all three sports, team matches and competitions, tournaments, social play, and functions and events. All ages and abilities are welcome For more information contact Chris Kitson (club manager) on 020 8529 2341 or email Website  

COOPERSALE FLORAL ART CLUB - meets at Coopersale Village Hall on the second and fourth Monday of the month from March to November at 7 30pm for 8pm. Members have lessons from NAFAS demonstrator David Thomson. Annual membership £10 (£3 per meeting, OAPs £2 50. Supply your own flowers. Contact: secretary Myra Amos 01992 522442. 

COOPERSALE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY - meets at Coopersale Village Hall, Institute Road, for talks and meetings on the third Monday in March, May, July and October at 7.45pm for 8pm. Entry £1. The society holds a spring and summer show which includes flowers, vegetables, handicrafts, domestic and childrens' exhibits. Membership is £3 per couple (£2 single). For more details, ring secretary Gwyneth Duhy on 01992 574945.

COPPED HALL TRUST - formed in 1995, the trust purchased the freehold of the Copped Hall mansion and acquired the walled garden in 1999. Apart from permanently protecting the site, the trust's purpose is firstly to restore the building and gardens and secondly to establish use of the site for educational, cultural and community purposes; including regular archaeological research. The Friends of the Copped Hall Trust has more than 1,000 members. Events range from open days and lectures to plays and music recitals. Guided tours are held on the third Sunday of each month (except December) with access only between 10am and 11am. Summer garden tours on the first Sunday of the month with entry between 2pm and 4pm. Refreshments are available in the Racquets Court. Access to Copped Hall is via the gates off Crown Hill, Upshire. Private tours and presentations are available by arrangement. Ring 01992 571657. 

COUCH TO 5K (running group) - the running group meets every week from 7pm to 8pm at Town Mead Sports and Social Club, Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey. Epping Forest District Council's sports and health development team has organised the sessions for beginners and intermediate runners. The coach is a fully-qualified Run England Leader with a wealth of knowledge and experience. The cost is £12 for six weeks or £2.50 per session. Suitable footwear and clothing should be worn. To book a place, ring 01992 564226. 

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CROFTON SINGERS - a friendly four-part chamber choir singing a wide range of unaccompanied music based in Woodford Green. Rehearsals are on Thursdays during term time (8pm-10pm) in the music room at Bancroft's School, High Road, Woodford Green. New members (over 16) welcome. There are no formal auditions – selection is by mutual agreement after a few rehearsals. Jonathan Rathbone, Musical Director (and former Director of the Swingle Singers) makes the rehearsals fun as well as creating an environment in which to learn and develop as singers. The majority of members are able to read music and sight-read, so some experience of choral singing will be helpful. For more information visit or email

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CYCLING FOR HEALTH - Epping Forest District Council's Cycling for Health scheme offers one to two rides a week, two hours long with a coffee break, within the Epping Forest area. Many of the rides are in the Lee Valley. For a diary of rides, ring Karen on 01992 564222 and leave your details or email


DANCE FACTORY - meets on Mondays at Queens Hall Community Centre, School Green Lane, North Weald. Children aged four to 15 are taught street jazz to the latest pop music, High School Musical routines and some other show songs. The emphasis is on fun. A summer show raises money for St Clare Hospice. For more details, ring Amanda Bolding on 01992 524681 or 07976 786404.

DANCE TRAIN - children's jazz dance classes - a fun way to keep fit, improve posture, balance and co-ordination. Ideal for children aged six to 11. Meets every Tuesday (term-time) 5.15pm to 6pm in the St John's School gym, Tower Road, Epping. Ring 01992 613240.

DISABILITY EQUALITY INVOLVEMENT GROUP - The group works to ensure equality for disabled people throughout Epping Forest District Council's services. The group of local residents and representatives of organisations of disabled people in the district meets three or four times a year to advise the council on the needs and requirements of disabled people, and how the council can help to improve the everyday lives of disabled people in the district. For more information visit the council's website, email 


EAST 15 ACTING SCHOOL - One of the UK's most innovative acting schools, East 15 has been providing professional training for those wishing to work in theatre, film, TV, radio and related fields for more than 45 years. Since 2000 it has been part of the University of Essex and it also retains its prestigious place in the Conference of Drama Schools. Its main campus is on Rectory Lane, Loughton, which is also home to The Corbett Theatre. For an annual fee of £50, members of the Friends of East 15 enjoy two free tickets to every campus production throughout the year. It also runs Sunday workshops and Easter and summer one-week workshops for eight to 18-year-olds, as well as hosting a full programme of Adult Summer School courses for those who want to taste the world of theatre. For more information ring 020 8508 5983 or visit  

EAST LONDON AND ESSEX ELECTRONIC KEYBOARD CLUB - Founded by budding electronic organ/keyboard players and encouraged by their organ teacher, Martyn Rice, and club president David Thomas, the society was started in July 1982. The first venue, like so many other organ clubs, was in a public house, the Maypole in Barkingside. In the early days members entertained themselves, playing organs brought along by the president from the local music shop. Members took along 'eats' they had made themselves and a good time was had by all. The society started with a membership of 53 and this number soon rose to 64. The pub soon became unsatisfactory so a search was made to find a new meeting place. Wanstead Library, having a hall, the Churchill Room, looked promising. The society has met at the hall since 1983. The society's first artistes were unknown players at that time. They included current president David Thomas, Danny O'Sullivan and Mark Brown. As the membership grew, some professional organists were booked to entertain members. Artiste fees were between £80 and £100 for a concert. Some of the first real professionals were Steve Lowdell, Byron Jones, Robert Beadle and Harry Jackson. Today's committee still endeavours to engage the very best artistes, including some up-and-coming new faces. It is the club's aim to encourage new talent as well as supporting the more established electronic organists. Today, because of its roots, the society still holds one Members Night a year where members entertain. A newsletter is produced every month with a brief resume of the previous month's concert followed by details of the artiste due to play on the night. It also includes information regarding concerts at other local clubs, plus other items relating to organ and keyboards which may be of interest to members. The club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.50pm in the Churchill Room, Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road. Annual subscription is £7 (under-16s £1); member's admission is £5 (under-16s £1). Visitor's admission £7. For more information, ring Derek Farr on 020 8530 3717 or email 

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 ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION (EPPING FOREST BRANCH) - an educational charity which sponsors scholarships, student exchanges and public speaking and debating competitions for schools to promote the use of English internationally. Funds for this are raised by various social activities. There is a meeting with a speaker on the first Thursday of each month in The Murray Hall, Borders Lane, Loughton, commencing at 10.15am. For more information, ring 01992 812454 or 020 8505 9001.

(listing updated 6-2-19)  EPPING BOWLS CLUB - Why not learn to bowl? Join the friendly group. Special tuition is given free to newcomers on Fridays (2pm) whilst experienced player are welcome anytime. Exercise with fun. All ages welcome. Make new friends at the popular outdoor sport. Enjoy social gatherings, competitions and prizes as well as a full licensed bar available for members who are eligible to enter both district and county competitions if they wish. Internal club competitions are held annually. Website: For more details, ring 07841 536736.

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EPPING CHORUS - formerly known as Epping Church Choirs Association (ECCA), the choir was drawn from members and friends of the churches in Epping and its surrounding area. It remains an ecumenical choir but has changed its name in the hope of being more accessible to singers and audiences from all backgrounds. Epping Chorus rehearses on Friday evenings in the Roman Catholic Church Hall, Church Hill, Epping. The choir currently has about 35 members and sings a wide variety of music, both sacred and secular. We are a friendly group and would welcome singers in all voice parts, preferably with some previous experience of choral singing (especially in the alto, tenor and bass sections). There are no formal auditions but musical director Simon Winters may wish to give a brief voice test. For further information, visit, ring Vic Knope on 01992 573101 or email Simon Winters at 

EPPING CRICKET CLUB -  based on Lower Bury Lane, off High Road, Epping Cricket Club is one of the most picturesque clubs in Essex and welcomes new members of all ages and cricketing abilities. Three adult sides play on Saturdays in the Shepherd Neame Essex League, there is a Sunday friendly side and a thriving colts section currently runs sides at under-15, under-13, under-11 and under-9 levels. During the season, adult practice nets take place from 6pm on Wednesdays while colts' practices are on Friday evenings. For more information or to join the club, email John Sanger on For information on the youth section, contact the colts manager Tim Dolan on Website 

EPPING-EPPINGEN ASSOCIATION - exists to promote and foster social, cultural, educational and business links between the people of Epping and Eppingen, an attractive town of about 20 000 people in south west Germany, not far from Heidelberg. The association encourages friendship and understanding by arranging exchange visits between the two communities. The association has seen the development of many friendships and shared in many exciting events since the official twinning of the towns in 1981. New members are being sought, in particular family groups to continue the twinning for generations to come. There is no requirement to speak German. For more information, email or visit 

EPPING GOLF CLUB - Epping Golf Club, Flux Lane (half a mile down from Epping Station). An undulating parkland course with extensive views over Essex countryside with many attractive water features, Epping is designed by golfers for golfers and uses every club in your bag. There are free lessons and free golf for adults every Saturday (9am-10am) and every Monday 9.30am-11am) and inexpensive junior lessons every Saturday 10am-4pm. Open daylight hours every day, the course never closes whatever the weather, never bans trolleys and has not used temporary greens or tees for the last four years. The club offers free golf sessions for community and youth groups on request. Membership (waiting list) £300 for half price green fees but including county card £770 no more green fees and free golf at 40 other clubs includes a county card. Juniors £172, students £90, primary age mum £20. Green fees - weekdays £15; weekends £22; over-60s Monday and Thursday afternoon £10; twilight (three hours before sunset ) £9. For more information, ring 01992572282; email or visit 

EPPING GREEN CHAPEL - the main Sunday service is at 10.30am with a weekly Sunday School. There are regular Men's Breakfasts, Women's groups, Alpha courses, prayer and bible studies etc. The Chapel actively supports local and international charities and mission. The Chapel is on the borders of Epping in Epping Green Village beside the village pond and opposite the Travellers Friend pub. The small Victorian church was built in 1862 and as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations unveiled a large specially commissioned leadlight window, 'the Good Shepherd', which when illuminated can be seen shining across the village pond. The current minister is Rev'd Paul Walker RMN who is also lead chaplain for St.Margaret's Hospital, Epping. Visitors are always welcome at 'the small church with the big welcome!' Epping Green Chapel, Epping Green. Tel: 01992 572093. Website:, email:; chapel blog: 

EPPING FOREST AND DISTRICT STAMP CLUB - the club meets on the second Tuesday of the month (except August) at Roding Valley High School, Brook Road entrance (Dining Room), Loughton, IG10 3JA, from 7.45pm. New members and beginners are always welcome. For more information, ring Eric Hutton on 01992 654001 or email 

EPPING LIBRARY FAMILY HISTORY GROUP - the group meets every other Saturday at Epping Library, St John's Road, Epping, at 2.30pm. Members meet to discuss routes to finding out more about their own family history, borrow books and access the resources of Essex Libraries. 

EPPING SPIRITUALIST CHURCH - meets at Thornwood Village Hall, Weald Hall Lane, Thornwood, Epping. Every Tuesday 1pm-2.20pm (healing), 2.45pm-4pm (service / clairvoyant). Last Friday of the month 6pm-7.45pm (private readings) and 8pm (clairvoyant evening). All welcome. 
EPPING FOREST BADMINTON LEAGUE - we represent a number of local clubs which play competitively throughout the season. If you are in a local club which would like to play matches please contact us - it's good fun and will help you improve your game. We are looking for new clubs to join us so you would be very welcome. Also if you are looking to join a local league standard club please contact us for details of one near you. For more details, ring Geoff on 020 8508 6754 or Frances on 020 8555 6357. 

EPPING FOREST BAND - the band is self-supporting and plays a wide selection of music at various events throughout the year, including a free Proms-style concert on the town green in Epping in August. The band also has close links with Epping's German twin town of Eppingen. The band practices on Monday evenings and is keen to welcome new players and supporters. For more details on joining, visit 

EPPING FOREST BUSINESS GROUP - meets every Thursday between 7.15am and 9am at the Queen Victoria pub, Theydon Bois. A vibrant business networking group currently with 18 business members and looking to expand to 30 members (only one business per category). Cost is £10 per meeting. To attend, contact Noel Ranson on 0845 4581022 or email 

EPPING FOREST CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS - a friendly, mixed-aged group of volunteers working together with the City of London in the conservation and management of Epping Forest. The group generally meets on three Sundays and one Tuesday each month with tasks varying from heathland restoration to hedge-laying, bog maintenance and pond clearance. New members welcome. No obligation to attend every task. For further information, ring Kevin Mason on 020 8529 9273 or Peter Lyons on 020 8529 3060. Website  

EPPING FOREST COUNTRYCARE - Epping Forest Countrycare is Epping Forest District Council's countryside management service. We are a small team that manages the Local Nature Reserves and Wildlife Sites for nature conservation and informal recreation. We have a band of volunteers who come out and help us every Thursday during the year. Projects include woodland, pond, hedgerow and grassland management. No previous experience is necessary, just a willingness to undertake physical work and sometimes get a little muddy. Get fresh air and exercise, meet new people and have a lot of fun. A pick up from Loughton Station is arranged every Thursday at 9.30am for those without their own transport and we drop off again at about 4pm. For more information, ring 01992 788203.  

EPPING FOREST DISABILITY FORUM - Epping Forest Disability Forum is an online information and communication portal to promote equality for disabled people in the Epping Forest district. This group was formerly known as the Epping Forest Disability Equality Involvement Group. For more information click here  or contact Barbara Copson - ring 01992 564042 or email  

EPPING FOREST DISTRICT MUSEUM - the museum at 39 -41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey,(01992 716882) tells the story of the people and events that shaped the district. In the museum you will find everything from the remains of woolly mammoths who roamed here over 10, 000 years ago to a wooden turkey, favourite toy of a Victorian child. Come and see our changing exhibitions, six galleries ad enjoy a variety of events and activities suitable for all ages. In 2016 the museum reopened after having undergone a refurbishment and the building extended. A grant of nearly £2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund helped pay for improved facilities, a lift for accessibility, better displays and an extension into the building next door with increased exhibition space and a community room.  For details of what's on events visit Opening times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am-4pm; Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission free.

EPPING FOREST ELITE GYMNASTICS CLUB - Pre-school classes on Wednesdays (1pm and 2pm - one-hour classes). General gymnastics classes on Wednesdays (4.30pm and 5.30pm) and Saturdays (10am and 11am). Trampolining classes on Saturdays (10am and 11am). Birthday parties on Saturday afternoons. Holiday courses available with fully supervised gymnastics fun every school holiday on Tuesday and Thursday in gymnastics and trampoline activities, games and team activities, colouring in competition with prizes, foam filled pits, display and plenty of fun. Suitable for unaccompanied children aged five to 12 (10am to 4pm). £15 per day. No gymnastics experience required. Booking essential. For more information, ring 01992 523304; email; website 

EPPING FOREST FIELD CENTRE - Epping Forest Field Centre (EFFC) is in the heart of Epping Forest. The centre is managed by the Field Studies Council (FSC), an independent environmental education charity, on behalf of the City of London. EFFC specialises in connecting people of all ages with the natural environment by providing safe and enjoyable learning experiences in Epping Forest and the surrounding area. The emphasis is on first-hand investigations and discovery learning. It is a non-residential centre that provides course for learners of all ages, from toddlers to pensioners. In addition to its main work, providing fieldwork for school groups, the centre offers Eco-activities (which include family courses, 'drop-in' days and holiday activities for children), uniform group badge work, a programme of professional development courses and leisure learning for adults and a range of community and outreach activities. It also delivers some professional services: training, research, monitoring, advisory, school grounds. 
To find out more information visit our website or ring 020 8502 8500.

EPPING FOREST FRIENDS - a local mutual support group. Are you a dementia carer? Caring for a loved one with dementia is one of the most demanding of plights, especially if the rest of your family are not nearby or are too busy to help. Epping Forest Friends is a local mutual support group of carers and ex-carers whose family has been stricken by dementia. The group meets one afternoon each month at a church hall in Loughton to make friends, find and give mutual moral support, have a chat over some refreshments and hold a raffle. Often there is live musical entertainment or a quiz. Some carers take their cared-for with them too. The Friends also have an occasional lunch outing which is usually free thanks to the group's benefactors. To learn more about Epping Forest Friends, or would like to help in some way with the group's activities, ring John on 020 8508 1141 or Kay on 020 8508 6018. 

EPPING FOREST GREEN PARTY - a group of people from Loughton, Chigwell, Buckhurst Hill, Epping and Ongar who are very concerned about the threats to our environment - globally, nationally and locally. A local branch of the Green Party concentrating on local campaigning, in particular trying to stop the county council building on green belt land in Chigwell to pay for a new primary school, and working for a long-term solution to the current poorly maintained state of this school; encouraging the district council to improve recycling provision, especially to flats; exploring the possibilities of cycle lanes to and from Chigwell, Loughton and Buckhurst Hill; and standing in elections. For more details, ring Chris Lord on 07593 356842 or Steven Neville on 020 8504 5325, or visit 

EPPING FOREST GUITAR GROUP - the group plays classical and acoustic guitar in an ensemble format every Tuesday at 7.15pm-9.15pm at the Roding Valley High School Drama Studio, Alderton Hill, Loughton. For more details visit 

EPPING FOREST HF GROUP - we are a friendly walking group with members based in and around the Epping Forest area. We offer medium and leisurely paced walks every Sunday throughout the year, usually near a railway or Tube station. New members are always welcome. Please wear walking boots and bring a packed lunch and drinks. For further details concerning our walks programme go to

EPPING FOREST LIBERAL DEMOCRATS - the group is represented on Epping Forest District Council and parish and town councils across the district. New members welcome. For more details, ring 020 8505 5773 or visit

EPPING FOREST OUTDOOR GROUP - the aim of the group is to promote walking, cycling, camping and associated outdoor interests. The group meets at ROVSCO Hall, 72 Hollybush Hill, London, E11 (adjacent to Snaresbrook Station) at 8pm on Thursdays. On club nights there are indoor games, quizzes, puzzles, theme parties, talks on general interest subjects, and arrangements are made for future adventures. The group has won awards for conservation and design from the YHA of which it is affiliated. Members also organise and support the Roding Rally in Epping Forest each year - a night-time orienteering event where teams from far and wide test their skills at finding the route/way points in the forest. For more details, ring chairman Brian on 07852 855840 or vice-chairman Peter on 07960 205921. 

EPPING FOREST PHAB CLUB - the club, which sees disabled and able-bodied people working together, meets at Bancroft's Prep School, Woodford Green. The club meets every Monday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Prep School behind the main school. There is a £10 annual membership fee and a £1 per week subscription with the first three attendances free. The club looks forward to welcoming new members. The club is also seeking committee members and volunteers. The club is a great asset to the community and Bancroft's has been very generous by helping with facilities and hospitality. The club is under the umbrella of the PHAB charity which has been running for many years. The club hopes to provide many activities including Boccia, arts and crafts, drama, music and dance as well as outdoor activities including a canal trip and an activity camping weekend. For more information ring Tony Warn on 07746 840690 or Ray Harris on 07913 236673.

EPPING FOREST RIDERS ASSOCIATION - has been in existence for nearly 50 years. It is the recognised representative body for horse riders in Epping Forest and the surrounding area. Its membership is about a third of all riders in the forest. Website:

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EPPING FOREST SPORTABILITY CLUB - Epping Forest Sportability Club (EFSC) is a multi-sports club for young people with mild to moderate physical and learning difficulties aged 6 - 19. We meet at Oak View School, Whitehills Road, Loughton, every Saturday during term-time. We train between 10am and 1pm.Coaching is undertaken by two qualified sports coaches and one assistant coach, as well as a number of volunteers. All staff and volunteers are DBS checked. Our contact details are: Website:, 07802 304299 or 07592 878690); email:

41st EPPING FOREST SCOUT GROUP - Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers, fun and adventure for girls and boys aged six and 18. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 6pm to 9pm based at Lopping Hall, High Road, Loughton. For more information email Helen at or ring 020 8923 2378. 

EPPING FOREST YOUTH COUNCIL - was formed in 2007 primarily to involve young people living in the district in the decisions made by Epping Forest District Council. 
The council wanted to know what young people thought about its services and about the issues that affect them. 
Youth councillors are elected by their local school and sit on the Youth Council for two years.
They attend two evening meetings a month, giving young people a voice regarding important, local issues. The members of the Youth Council, otherwise known as EFYC, is non-party political, representing the voice of young people at a local level at public meetings and events. 
Youth councillors are regularly consulted with by providers of key services for young people. 
The Youth Council’s achievements to date include: 
* Winners of the High Sherriff's Shield Award in 2015
* Winners of the Jack Petchey Crystal Award in 2015 
* Winners of the Jack Petchey Achievement Award scheme 
* Launched a Bullying Awareness Project to raise awareness of support services available to young people in 2015
* Designed and produced a Young Person’s Guide To Volunteering to promote voluntary work among young people and signpost them to organisations that take on volunteers
* Intergenerational project - The youth councillors created the Intergenerational Project to breakdown barriers between older and younger people and dispel negative perceptions of young people
* Deliver presentations to school assemblies to promote activities and events such as the Youth Elections, to raise awareness of issues for young people such as bullying and the Prevent agenda and signpost them to support services
* The Big Youth Debate was organised to involve young people in the decision-making process with a question and answer panel
* Youth Project of the year awards were arranged to celebrate the great work being done in the district by youth groups and volunteers
* Personal Safety Project, including ‘How safe are you?’ DVD project highlighting safety issues for young people
* Transport Project, including a transport survey addressing the issues affecting young people using local buses and a mystery shopping exercise on the local buses
* Environmental Project, including energy saving issues in schools
* Addressing negative attitudes towards young people by raising the positive profile of the work young people do in their community
* Addressing the lack of things for young people to do in the Epping Forest district by mapping the youth services and provision and promoting the services on the EFYC web pages
* Consulting with young people in schools and youth centres through surveys and suggestion boxes to find out what issues face young people
* Encouraging young people to report a crime by producing a wallet-sized card with the instructions to report a crime or incident
* Production of the ‘Top Safety Tips’ booklet for all year 10 pupils in the Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford districts
* Organise annual Local Democracy Conference for Year 8 - 10 pupils which included a Votes for 16 debate, debate to stay in the European Union
* Held speed meetings with adult councillors and Harlow Youth Council to get to know each other in a fun and informal way.
If you want to get in contact with us, meet with a representative or raise a matter which would be of interest or concern to the Youth Council contact Diane Butler, Youth Engagement Officer, on 01992 564365, email 
For detailed information visit the EFYC website

EPPING FORESTERS CRICKET CLUB - Established in 1947, Epping Foresters Cricket Club is situated in an idyllic location on the outskirts of town, just beyond Bell Common. The cricket club is still thriving today with two senior Saturday league teams playing in the Herts and Essex league and a senior Sunday team. The club has more than 60 colts' members playing in U9, U10, U11, U13 and U15 age groups and a number of colts have been selected to play at West Essex District level and beyond. Adult training is on Wednesdays at 6.30pm and colts' training on Fridays at 6pm-7.30pm. The club has excellent facilities including a welcoming clubhouse, and a thriving social scene exists for players and families. Plans are already being made for the club's 70th anniversary celebrations in 2017. If you are interested in joining an adult player, or who has a son or daughter interested in playing, email

EPPING HORIZONS PETANQUE CLUB - the club plays on the Stonards Hill recreation ground, Stonards Hill, Epping, twice a week. The club has increased its membership by eight over the past year. There is room for a few more members, and anyone interested should ring Peter Lumb on 01992 571744 to arrange a 'taster session' (free of charge and with boules provided). Free parking is available in the Stonards Hill car park. Website:

EPPING HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY - a friendly group only too pleased to give and share gardening advice. The society holds varied social events during the year plus an organised trip to a garden of interest and has its own seed and bulb scheme as well as an invaluable trading hut selling garden products at reduced prices. New members welcome, whether you have an allotment or just enjoy dabbling in the garden. Membership is £1 per household. For more details, ring Christine Burgess on 01992 577020. Website: . 

EPPING KNIT AND NATTER GROUP - the group meets fortnightly on a Monday between 7.45pm and 9.15pm at The Box, St John's Road, Epping. Adults should take along their current project - crochet, knitting, needlework. Group members sit in a bright room and share friendly banter, tea/coffee and homemade cake for a donation of £3. Proceeds pay for expenses and go towards Epping Forest Girlguiding. For more details, and for meeting date information, ring Janice on 07702 892956. 

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 EPPING NETBALL CLUB - a competitive club for adults and juniors aged 14 years and above. The club trains every Wednesday 7pm-8.30pm at Epping St Johns school, Bury Lane, Epping. For more details contact Lisa Matthews - email or ring 01992 890265. 

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EPPING ONGAR RAILWAY VOLUNTEERS SOCIETY - the society provides the volunteers to operate the Epping Ongar Railway on 9.5 kilometres of track between Ongar Station and Epping Forest (just short of Epping Station). We run both diesel and steam locomotives hauling vintage carriage stock in conjunction with vintage buses serving the local area. The railway needs more volunteers in all departments for 2019. If you would like to join email Adult membership is £20 per year. Events range from children’s events to those for railway enthusiasts. This year they include diesel and steam galas, Dining and Murder Mystery Trains, a Real Ale Festival and a special event, ‘25 Years In The Making’, to mark the 25th anniversary of the closure of the Epping to Ongar line by London Underground. Full details at   
EPPING SOCIETY - founded in 1972 to preserve the environment and promote the amenities of Epping Town and the surrounding district, the society is non-political and non-sectarian and is open to all who are interested. The society monitors planning applications for the area and lodges objections where it feels proposed developments would be detrimental to the locality. The society holds two open meetings each year with a variety of speakers on topics of local interest plus a Christmas lunch. Membership is £5 per annum. For more information, email or visit   

EPPING SPORTS CENTRE GYMNASTICS CLUB - was formed in 1997 by head coach Carrie Bywater. The club is based at Epping Sports Centre, 25 Hemnall Street. Classes range from grass root beginners to elite squads. These competitive squads consist of 34 gymnasts ranging from ages four to 18 all of whom compete in all disciplines of women’s artistic gymnastics. Following outstanding performances at the London Festival of Gymnastics the club has been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2011 World Gymnaestrada in Lausanne, Switzerland and is currently trying to raise £21,000 to make the trip. Can you help the club raise funds or contribute in any way be it raffle prizes, donations or your time? Contact Andy Fentiman (Gymnaestrada committee member) on 01992 576773 email  For more about Epping Sports Centre Gymnastics Club visit  or ring Carrie Bywater on 07836 323405.    

EPPING TENNIS CLUB - Epping Tennis Club is a long-established, friendly and family orientated club which welcomes players of all ages and abilities. The club is co-located with Epping Cricket Club and Epping Bowls Club at the end of Lower Bury Lane just off the B1393 High Road. The club offers a number of different types of memberships to suit different lifestyles. Yearly subscriptions run from April 1 to March 31 but you can join at any time of year. The club has floodlights which means members can play all year round. The club has a comprehensive schedule of Social Play, Match Play and coaching for both adults and juniors. Social play sessions are on Tuesday and Thursday evenings or attend an Open Day to meet members and coach David Watson and to try out the courts. For more details, ring Pat Davies on 07940 183596 or 01992 572230 (enquiries/membership) or David Watson 07775 890306 (head coach).

(listing updated 12-2-19) 
EPPING WEATHER WEBSITE - the website - - includes data from the Epping Weather Station that has been recording daily weather observations for the Epping area since 1978. The weather station is located at the northern edge of Epping and uses traditional weather instruments and an Automatic Weather Station that uploads continuously to the internet. Temperature, rainfall, atmospheric pressure, sunshine, wind speed and wind direction are all measured. The daily pages of the website are updated every morning supplementing the continuous record of the AWS. At the end of each month the data is sent to various meteorological organisations for analysis and publication. The data is also available in spreadsheet form and as such is regularly used by students and other interested parties. The website also contains links to forecasts, cloud and rainfall radars, webcams and other sites of weather interest. For more information email

(listing updated 8-2-19) 
ESSEX SILK PAINTERS  - meet on the first Saturday of the month at Toot Hill Village Hall. We are an enthusiastic and friendly group of silk painters, craftspeople and artists.  We have classes and creative days. Classes for beginners and improvers, taken by Sue Thomas, are also held at same venue. Fun to learn a new skill or develop and existing talent. For more details, ring Sue Thomas 01277 363470.


(listing updated 29-7-19) FELICITAS CHAMBER CHOIR - Felicitas is a small chamber choir based on the London/Essex border and was formed by Chrina Jarvis and Maggie Snook. Directed by Simon Winters, Felicitas gave its inaugural concert in the summer of 1992 and has performed frequently in and around London, including at the Roundhouse and as part of the Brandenburg Festival. Further afield, the choir has sung in Paris, Chartres, Tuscany, Budapest, Barcelona, Krakow, Edinburgh and Belgium. In 2017 the choir celebrated its 25th anniversary with a concert in London's St Lawrence Jewry. The choir also commissioned Will Todd to write 'Vidi Speciosam' for its 20th anniversary concert.
The choir has just released its fifth CD, 'In a cold winter's night'. Others include English Church Music, Felicitas a cappella, A Ceremony of Carols, which features Britten's setting for harp and upper voices, and My Spirit Sang All Day which celebrates 500 years of English choral music, both sacred and secular.
Originally formed to sing a cappella music from the 16th and 17th centuries, both sacred and secular, the choir has extended its repertoire to include a wide range of works, accompanied and unaccompanied, from the mediaeval period to the 21st century.
For more details, including information on its mailing list and friends scheme, contact secretary Chrina Jarvis on 020 8527 5978. Email:  Website 

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FILM LOUGHTON - was founded in 2010 with the aim of showing quality films in Loughton using state-of-the-art equipment. Screenings are shown on our website where you can view trailers and films we are considering. We screen at Loughton Methodist Church, High Road, Loughton. Members pay £5 (non-members £7) per screening, or anyone can come early and help set up for a discounted rate of £3. Everyone is invited. Use the contact form on the website if you require any further information.

(listed updated 7-2-19) 
FISHERS GREEN SAILING CLUB - a pleasant, family-friendly and well-equipped place to develop or exercise your dinghy sailing or windsurfing skills. The club caters for all ages and skill levels, from its internationally successful cadet squadron for seven to 17-year-olds to the sailors of 80+ who regularly take part in Sunday Club racing. Club boats are available for members to hire at nominal cost. Tel: 01992 892505 (clubhouse). Email Website:

(listing updated 8-2-19) 
FOREVER ACTIVE DAY TRIPS - Epping Forest District Council’s popular trips feature four outings a year with pick-up points in Buckhurst Hill, Loughton, Epping and North Weald. This year trips are planned to Landguard Fort, Felixstowe, Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Steam Railway, Ramsgate and The Criterion Theatre. The first trip is in June. Book early as places are limited. For more details  ring Karen on 01992 564222 and leave your details, or email

FRIENDS OF SWAINES GREEN - a local conservation group that is involved in the management and conservation of Swaines Green, a 22-acre wildlife site on the western side of Epping. The group holds regular conservation days on the second Sunday of each month meeting at 10.30am at the recreation ground, Lower Swaines. Everyone welcome. Wear suitable clothing. Tools, tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Take a packed lunch if you wish. Meetings and events are held including the May Fayre. For more information, visit  

FUNKY VOICES (EPPING COMMUNITY CHOIR) - the multi-award winning Funky Voices runs a community choir in Epping and also elsewhere in Essex and Suffolk and has more than 600 members. Funky Voices is one of the only modern singing group that is open to all and anyone in Essex. You do not need to audition to join in the fun. If you enjoy singing just go along to Lindsey Street Community Association, Frampton Road, Epping, on Tuesday evenings (7.45pm-9.45pm). The first session is free. Funky Voices create an electrifying sound singing modern music from disco through to soul, rock and pop. The idea is to work towards festivals, competitions, concerts for charities and shows as well as have fun singing on a weekly basis. For more information, and to hear Funky Voices, visit 

(listing updated 5-4-19) FYFIELD, ONGAR AND DISTRICT BRIDGE CLUB - Fyfield, Ongar and District Bridge Club is a friendly duplicate bridge club. The club plays at Fyfield Village Hall, off Walker Avenue, Fyfield, on Mondays (2pm start) and Thursdays (7.15pm start). For more details visit 


GROUP 2000 - a village ladies group in Coopersale which meets at Coopersale Social Institute on the third Wednesday of the month (except August) between 8pm and 10pm.  A friendly group for women aged 18 upwards.  Members welcome.  Ring Sue Silvester on 01992 575898 for more information.


HARLOW AND WEST ESSEX NHS RETIREMENT FELLOWSHIP - meets monthly at Parndon Hall, in the grounds of Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow. It exists for the benefit of all retired and semi-retired NHS staff aged over 50 and their partners, either living or working in the area. Anyone who has ever worked for the NHS, no matter for how short a time is eligible to join. It is open to all grades of staff, clinical staff, domestic and housekeeping, administrative and all grades of ancillary staff and volunteers. Monthly meetings involve a variety of activities, speakers, quizzes, raffles, table top sales, speakers and trips out. These have included garden visits, tenpin bowling, meals out and an evening at Harlow dog track. Members are always welcome to suggest new activities. The fellowship is a great place to catch up with old colleagues and meet new friends. The organisation is currently small but as it grows it hopes to develop into new areas of interest. The group is affiliated to the national organisation, established in 1978, which has 15,000 members and 200 branches nationwide. Besides the social aspect the fellowship also has a strong welfare role, giving pastoral support to sick or housebound members. 

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 HARLOW CHORUS - one of the foremost choirs in the eastern region, it performs under the musical direction of the very talented Edward-Rhys Harry. The choir mounts a season of at least 4 concerts per annum in the area as well as accepting engagements. Orchestras it has performed with include the London Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia, British Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia and the Brandenburg Sinfonia, and they have performed in the prestigious St Martin- in-the-Fields, London and Kings College Cathedral in Cambridge amongst many other large venues. The Chorus also tours abroad and has given concerts in several European countries as well as South Africa and the USA. Repertoire covers a wide range of classical and lighter works including contemporary pieces and new commissions. For details about concerts and its reviews, visit 

HARLOW STROKE SUPPORT GROUP - the group provides support to stroke survivors and their families across Harlow,Epping and the surrounding areas. The group runs an outreach support group every two weeks at St Margaret's Hospital in Epping. For more details ring 01279 308313; email Website: 

HEARS - the architectural research society covering Essex and Hertfordshire meets once a month from October to May, usually on a Friday in Loughton. Occasional meetings are held in east Herts or north west Essex. Meetings deal particularly with topics related to traditional buildings, their design and construction, and their relationship to the social and economic history of their time. Speakers are either invited guests or members themselves, and talks are usually illustrated. During the summer months visits are organised to places of interest, usually buildings not generally open to the public. Buildings of particular interest have been measured and recorded and, in some instances, the work has been published. HEARS has strong links with the Essex Historic Buildings Group (based in Chelmsford) and with members of the WEA. It is affiliated to the Essex Congress and to the national organisation, the Vernacular Architecture Group (VAG). Visitors are welcome at meetings, but to comply with insurance requirements they must register, giving their name and address. There is a £1.50 admission charge for non-members. For more details, ring 020 8508 2512.

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 HEALTHWATCH ESSEX - Healthwatch Essex is an independent charity which helps people get the best out of their health and social care services. Healthwatch is concerned by how many people are not accessing the information which could help them, and one of the ways the charity is combating this is through its free and impartial Information and Signposting Service available to anyone with health or social care queries in Essex. You may have recently moved and are struggling to find a GP, or you may be unhappy with treatment you have received and are considering making a complaint. You may be caring for a friend or relative and want to know what services and support are available, or require access to an advocacy service. The information service will listen and help direct you to the right place. The telephone number is 0300 500 1895 and the text line is 07511 902080. Lines are open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and calls cost the same as a local call. You can also email In addition you can leave your feedback and reviews on services for the rest of the community and the service providers at 

HEMNALL SOCIAL CLUB - The Hemnall Social Club, 50 Hemnall Street, Epping, was founded in 1894 and has provided a base for entertainment and a social atmosphere for its members for over 100 years. There is live weekend entertainment every week, three full-size snooker tables, darts, pool and its own private fishing lake. Membership is open to anyone. 
(listing updated 13-5-19) HIGH BEACH CRICKET CLUB - Saturday League Cricket in the Herts & Essex League, Sunday Friendly Cricket or even Midweek and Indoor Winter Cricket. Reformed in 1948, just after the Second World War, High Beach Cricket Club has grown from the humble beginnings of a few friends who wanted to play friendly weekend cricket into the established club we see today.We have a busy social calendar and we play on one of the best batting wickets in west Essex along with picturesque views over east London and beyond. If you are interested in joining or just fancy a visit to watch some cricket please let us know, we would be happy to see you. Playing and social memberships are available. For more information visit

HIGH COUNTRY HISTORY GROUP - the aim of the group is to stimulate interest in the history of the four rural parishes of Greensted, Stanford Rivers, Stapleford Tawney and Theydon Mount - the ‘High Country’. Each year the group organises five evening meetings with talks on the local history of the area. Four editions of a history journal written by members are published annually. Occasional visits are arranged to local sites of interest. The group meets in Toot Hill Village Hall, the meetings being held on selected Thursday evenings commencing at 8pm. The group has been in existence for more than ten years. For more details, ring 01277 364305.

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HIGHAMS SCHOOL OF DANCING - Highams School of Dancing offers classes for ages three and upwards - ballet, tap, modern, freestyle and stage dance - as well as adult tap classes, an annual show, separate street dance classes and regular exam sessions. Classes are held at Institute Hall, Coopersale, on a Thursday after school. Accepting new starters aged three and above. For more information, and to book a place, ring principal Sarah Barrett on 07812 182512 or Lucy Barrett on 07920 889045. Visit or email


(listing updated 25-2-19) INTEGRATION SUPPORT SERVICES - ISS is a not-for-profit charity dedicated to supporting the successful integration of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and BME community members in Essex and Hertfordshire. Based at Latton Bush Centre, Harlow, the charity offers a wide range of services, including assistance with housing, employment and education, Level 1 immigration advice and affordable ESOL classes.  ISS organises many exciting events and trips throughout the year.  In addition, it runs three free social groups:
CULTURE GROUP - Every Monday at Harlow Library, CM20 1HA, from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. This group is ideal for people who wish to improve their English and make new friends. Children are welcome.
WOMEN’S GROUP - Every Thursday at Watergarden Offices, CM20 1AG, from 12.30pm to 2pm. This group is aimed at women who wish to improve their English and make new friends. Children are welcome.
SATURDAY CLUB - Every Saturday at the Tree House Family Hub, CM18 7NG, from 10am to noon. A stay-and-play group for under-5s. For more information, ring 01279 639442 or email 

ILLUSIONS DANCE ACADEMY - Illusions Dance Academy is a friendly, welcoming dance school that was established in October 2010 and is based in Epping and Loughton. The school is run by qualified, professional and experienced I.S.T.D. teachers Stephanie Evans and Amy Jobling. Illusions offer classes in I.S.T.D. Modern, Tap and Ballet, Street Dance and the extremely popular preschool classes in Melody Bear Ballet and Tip Tap Toe and Groovy Moves for the under 5's. Classes start from age 2 upwards. All students are given the opportunity to take part in fun workshops, local events, perform in our exciting shows at professional theatres and to take academically recognised I.S.T.D. exams. Whether you are a complete beginner or a trained dancer, Illusions Dance Academy can cater for all your needs! If you'd like more info or to book in for a free trial please feel free to contact us. Ring 07784 449231 or 07849 946193. 
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(listing updated 11-2-19) KARATE (LOUGHTON WADO-KAI KARATE CLUB) - If you are interested in taking up Karate, Loughton Wado-Kai Karate Club offers a free first trial lesson to all new students. All you need to start are some comfortable clothes (tracksuit and t-shirt) and a bottle of water. Classes take place in the Drama Hut at Roding Valley High School, Alderton Hill, Loughton. The training times are every Wednesday 6.30pm-7.30pm for all children from ages 6+, teens and adults. There is ample car parking next to the Drama Hut. The instructor is Sensei Jason Walton who is a 3rd Dan Wado-Kai Black Belt. He is an England Wado-Kai qualified instructor, first aider and is fully insured and holds a current Enhanced DBS Clearance certificate. For further details visit our website or see our Twitter feed @LoughtonWadoKai 

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 KARATE (SHOTOKAN KARATE) - Shotokan Karate is a great way to keep fit and learn self-defence. Children also gain greatly learning how to concentrate and focus in their daily lives. The karate club at Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre aims to give you expert help and individual guidance as you learn karate in a step by step manner. There are male and female instructors fully qualified and with enhanced DBS clearance. Come along to any one of our classes for a free trial lesson. Classes are at Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre, Hillhouse, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3EL, on Saturdays from 11am and on Thursdays from 6pm. For more details, email or ring 01992 768664. Website:


(listing updated 7-2-19) LAMBOURNE END CENTRE for Outdoor Learning - a charity providing high-quality personal development experiences to young people of all abilities in an alternative environment. In the 54-acre 'classroom’ combining a distinctive blend of adventure, farm and environmental activities (for example climbing, caving, kayaking, farm animals and pond dipping) the centre offers innovative and stimulating tailored programmes of activity where young people can have fun discovering and learning, building friendships and exchanging views. The centre helps people build confidence, raise self-esteem and generate a sense of achievement, develop team work and improve communication skills, inspiring people to fulfil their potential and providing an opportunity for young people to look at the way they view themselves and the world in which they live in a safe, welcoming and interesting outdoor environment. For more information, to book a session or to discuss options, ring 020 8500 3047, email and visit 

LAMDA CLASSES - LAMDA classes Speech and Drama classes - at Bedford House, BHCA, 4 Westbury Road. Buckhurst Hill. Every Saturday afternoon for children age from 6 years to 16 years. Age specific group lessons. Fun lessons which are fantastic for primary children who want to build their confidence, need to work on their diction and clarity or even have an interest in drama. For secondary school children they are great for improving self presentation skills and make speaking in public easier. The LAMDA syllabus is an integral part of all my classes and students can take LAMDA exams every June. Email or ring 07901 555560.
LARSENS BOWLS CLUB - Larsens Bowls Club is located in Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey. New members are welcome. Coaching is also available. For more information, ring Mel on 01992 714571. 

LEAGUE OF FRIENDS OF ST MARGARET’S HOSPITAL AND COMMUNITY - The charity has long been a support to services at the Epping hospital. Over the years many ‘extras’ have been provided for various wards and departments, and requests regularly come for more from help to provide Christmas cheer on wards to its latest huge project – the provision of hoists above beds in the wards in the new hospital building. These efforts need support from local people, many of whom have or will benefit from St Margaret’s whether as an in-patient or out-patient, carer or relative. New members are sought. The charity also wants to raise awareness of its activities to attract donations. Some very welcome gifts have come from people who prefer not to receive presents at birthdays or anniversaries but ask for donations to the League. Some of the charity's larger provisions to the hospital have been made possible through bequests and trusts. To become a Friend, help with fundraising activities, give raffle prizes and suggest ideas for events, ring Liz Jones on 01992 572979 or email

LEA VALLEY FRIENDS SHORT WALK WALKING GROUP - the group meets every Saturday or Sunday for forest, canal, village and London walks. All participants can be assured of a warm welcome. For more details, visit, email or ring 020 8529 1602. 

(listing updated 4-4-199) LEA VALLEY GUILD OF SPINNERS, WEAVERS AND DYERS - was formed in 1980 to further the knowledge of these crafts and share our skills with others. We meet once a month in Roydon with guest speakers and workshops which include a variety of allied crafts such as felt making, braid making, knitting and basketry. Members also display and demonstrate at various craft events and fairs. You are welcome at a meeting whether a beginner or with many years experience. For further details visit 

LIFE CHURCH EPPING - Life Church Epping is the new name for Epping Elim Church. The church meets every Sunday in Epping Hall, St John's Road, Epping, at 10.30am. The church office address is 134-136 High Street, Epping, CM16 4AG. For more information, visit or ring 01992 571555.

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LIFEWALKS - Epping Forest District Council Walking for Health scheme offers five walks a week between one to three miles within the Epping Forest area. Many of the walks are in the Lee Valley. Participants are encouraged to walk a little faster than usual. For a diary of walks, ring Karen on 01992 564222 and leave your details or email or 
The diary of walks can be downloaded from Epping Forest District Council's website 

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LOUGHTON AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY - was founded in 1924 as a 'village society', with the aim of producing plays of “genuine dramatic worth”. Although Loughton is no longer a village, the founders’ aim still holds true. More than 90 years later and with hundreds of productions to its name, LADS is still going strong producing four shows a year at Lopping Hall, High Road, Loughton, where rehearsals are held two or three times a week. The repertoire is a mix of well-known classics and modern plays, comedies and dramas as well as plays newly released for amateurs. Current membership is over 50. New members from 18-80 are welcomed, and although some drama experience is always useful, enthusiasm is equally important. LADS also holds social events for members throughout the year. Lots of information can be found on our website: For more details, fill out the enquiry form online, email or ring Jean Cooper on 07896 910214.   

LOUGHTON ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY - meets on Thursdays between 8pm and 10pm at the Scout Hall, off Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois (next to the cricket club). The society welcomes anyone interested in astronomy, cosmology, stars, planets or the universe around them. If you are serious about astronomy, want to learn, want someone to talk to your club about astronomy or would just like to look through one of our telescopes then come along and see us. Want to know more? We welcome all levels of experience from the absolute beginner to the experienced astronomer. Theydon Bois Astrokyds is the society's junior section. It is open to young observers aged between six and 14. Astrokyds meets between 6.30pm and 8pm in St. Mary's Church Hall, Theydon Bois, on the second Friday of the month (except April and August). Take along a parent or guardian (they may enjoy it as well!). For more information, ring Brian Morton on 01992 815804 or visit   

LOUGHTON BOWLING CLUB - Loughton Bowling Club in Eleven Acre Rise, Loughton, is a friendly club of about 90 members, both men and women. Visitors are welcome to come along any time to have a trial go on our excellent green. Just give our Captain, Peter, a ring on 020 8508 7000 to arrange a visit. You don't need any equipment. We have a large number of bowling events every year including competitive league games, friendlies against other clubs, internal competitions and our enjoyable Friday Night Club. Alternatively you can just come along for a casual roll up any afternoon. We also hold a number of social events, including barbeques, quizzes and cabaret evenings. There is something for everyone. You don't need any prior experience - we will introduce you to everything you need to know. 

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LOUGHTON CAMERA CLUB - a friendly and enthusiastic club with a varied programme of events throughout the year, including visiting speakers, discussion evenings, inter-club competitions, own competitions and an annual exhibition welcomes everyone from the beginner onwards with experienced members happy to offer advice and guidance on all techniques, from traditional to digital work.  From time to time supplementary workshops are held to help beginners. Meets every Wednesday at Lopping Hall, High Road, Loughton (8pm). For more details, ring president Ian Ryall on 07775 933371 or secretary Andrew Bern on 020 8551 0277. Email: Website: 

LOUGHTON CRICKET CLUB - a friendly social club with a picturesque ground in the town centre, running five Saturday league teams all in the Shepherd Neame Essex League, a Sunday men’s team in the Essex Sunday League, a very successful women’s team in the Southern Championship, youth teams at all levels from Under-9 to Under-16 boys and girls. The club caters for all standards of player from county level to beginners and is one of only a handful of clubs in Essex with English Cricket Board Clubmark accreditation. This is awarded to cricket clubs who have a safe child friendly environment and a high standard of administration and coaching. Even if you don’t play you are welcome to come and watch and if you wish to become a social member. Matches are played throughout the summer on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings and afternoons. With a number of midweek games from junior matches to county age group games. Starter course girls aged 9 to 13 on Tuesday evenings from April 17 (6pm-8pm). Come to practice sessions at the ground – adults on Wednesdays and Thursdays, girls and women on Tuesdays, and young players aged up to 13 on Fridays. For further information contact Cliff Greenhill on 020 8502 2064 or email Website 

LOUGHTON CHESS CLUB - the meets Wednesday evenings all year round at Loughton Bowling Club, Eleven Acre Rise, off Traps Hill, Loughton. We play team matches against other clubs, we run our own in-house events, and we always have a few members at the club playing casual games. We welcome new members of all ages, and all levels of experience, so why not come along and see for yourself what a friendly crowd we are? If your chess is a little rusty, don't worry as you'll soon shine after some games. For more information, see or just turn up on any Wednesday from 7.30pm.. 
LOUGHTON FOLK CLUB - the club meets every Thursday at Loughton Club, 8 Station Road, Loughton, from 7.30pm-10pm. The evenings feature guest artists every week and include tunes, ukuleles, chorus songs and floor spots. The club welcomes all kinds of live acoustic music and often raises money for good causes. Loughton Club is next to Topps Tiles close to the High Road for bus stops, and a few hundred yards from Loughton Station. There is parking front and rear. If you enjoy listening to or performing acoustic music go along. Entrance from £3. Guest nights extra - inexpensive bar. All welcome. For more information, website email or ring Jim on 07762 146623. 

LOUGHTON FOOTBALL CLUB - runs teams from the ages of nine through to 18 and senior level. The club has its own enclosed ground in Avondale Close, Loughton, which has two pitches. It has a clubhouse with four individual dressing rooms (two having shower facilities), an independent changing room for referees (also with shower), plus a club room which provides drinks and snacks on match days. Most matches are played on Sunday with training in the week. Through the winter period of the league programme teams train mid-week under floodlights on an artificial pitch. For more details, ring Keith Campen on 020 8508 4757. Website:   

LOUGHTON MUSIC ACADEMY - set up in 2001, the academy has continued to thrive ever since. More than 300 students, both children and adults, per term pass through its doors. All teachers are fully-qualified and a variety of instruments are taught, as well as singing and drama. The academy also runs piano lessons for children and adults with learning difficulties and musicality classes for all three to five-year-olds. These, like all other lessons, are held in a safe, friendly environment where the student’s enjoyment of music takes centre stage. For more details, ring 020 8502 2992, or email    

LOUGHTON RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION - an active group of local residents who care for Loughton and its environment. Formed nearly 40 years ago, the association's membership is around 1,000 households. Independent of national political parties, the association seeks and listens to the views and concerns of Loughton residents and takes action in support. The association organises the monthly farmers' markets in Loughton High Road. It has councillors on the town, district and county councils with volunteers representing the association on many other groups. It produces and distributes the Loughton Life newsletter to residents and sends regular email bulletins of local news to members. Membership is £5 per annum per household. For more details visit or email

MATCHING GREEN CRICKET CLUB - the small, friendly village club plays in the idyllic setting of Matching Green. The club runs two sides in the Herts & Essex Cricket League on Saturday and one friendly team on Sundays. The club also plays various mid-week cup competitions including the H&E Cricket League Cup, Davis Cup and Villager's Cup. There is also a successful cricket week where the club hosts some prestigious fixtures including The Forty Club. The juniors section is very popular and currently has 70 boys and girls from the age of six years training on Friday evenings.  

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 MIND IN WEST ESSEX - is a local registered charity working to support people affected by mental ill health and the people around them. Mind in West Essex believes, with the appropriate support, everyone has the potential to take steps that will improve their emotional wellbeing. We aim to achieve this by providing a range of therapeutic services, activities and training opportunities. We offer quality flexible counselling services, six days a week from 8.30am to 9pm Monday-Friday and 9am-5pm on Saturdays across west Essex. Please visit our website - or ring 01371 876641 for more information about our services.   

MORETON AND DISTRICT WI - meets at Magdalen Laver Village Hall on the second Thursday of each month at 2pm. Visitors and new members welcome. Speakers are varied and interesting and there is plenty of opportunity to meet new people and join in with outings and other organised courses and events. For more details, ring the secretary on 01277 890865.   

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY (East Herts & West Essex branch) - supporting the MS community of Epping, Harlow, Saffron Walden, Stansted, Dunmow and surrounding villages plus a similar rural area of east Hertfordshire. The branch provides a number of services for people affected by MS including transport, (enabling them to get to essential medical appointments etc), welfare support (eg funding MS physiotherapy sessions not available under the NHS), a monthly social programme, and providing grants to enable affected people to access essential equipment and home adaptations. The branch is a voluntary part of the society and welcomes offers of time or financial help. Contact details - helpline 07880 828858.   


(listing update 7-2-19) NATIONAL JAZZ ARCHIVE - based at Loughton Library and supported by Essex County Council, the Archive is the UK's premier research and information centre for jazz, blues and related music. Concentrating on written, printed and photographic documentation of the music, the National Jazz Archive has amassed a body of information that can truly be considered world-class. There are comprehensive book and periodical collections, concert/festival brochures, photographs, record catalogues, correspondence, memorabilia and ephemera. Whilst it principally features British and American materials, foreign works are also collected. It maintains links with the British Library's National Sound Archive (which collects jazz on record) and the British Institute of Jazz Studies. Together these three organisations form one of the largest jazz research resources outside the USA
The Archive has successfully completed two major projects funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Talks and fundraising concerts are held throughout the year, and news of all the Archive's activities is published on social media and through our monthly e-newsletter. The Archive is run by volunteers, and people with an interest in jazz who would like to help us with marketing, running events, working on the collections and many other aspects is invited to get in touch. Website: 

NATIONAL UNION OF TEACHERS (NUT) - HARLOW AND EPPING FOREST - The NUT is the largest organisation representing teachers in England and Wales, the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey and in Service Children's Schools throughout the World. We have the resources and staffing to give advice, guidance and support to teachers in all aspects of their professional lives. Support directly to members is provided by staff in our Eastern regional office and by the Association Officer and General Secretary for Harlow + Epping Forest - Murray Sackwild. As the major professional organisation, the NUT also plays a leading role in influencing education policies at national and local levels and in national negotiations relating to teachers' conditions, salaries and pensions. The Union is represented on major national education bodies and makes representations to central government on all matters affecting teachers and schools. Harlow + Epping Forest is the largest Teachers' Union in West Essex and an active association in the Essex NUT Division. For more information add our H+E NUT and Harlow and Epping Forest Facebook pages!/groups/HandE.NUT/. Also follow the NUT Twitter feed. 
For teachers wishing to join the NUT, call 0845 300 1669 or 020 7380 6369 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

NAZEING FOOTPATHS GROUP - the group aims to explore, define and improve Nazeing's 70 miles of footpaths, which feature many fine views, make them accessible to the residents of Nazeing and our many visitors, record any shortcomings and recommend improvements and make the paths better known with guided walks, which are advertised in Everything Epping Forest. The group has published Exploring Hidden Nazeing, the first new village footpaths booklet for over 30 years. It includes an introductory pamphlet, and separate laminated leaflets showing six round walks with maps, directions and background information. Printed in full colour and housed in a sturdy plastic wallet, it costs £2. Copies and further information are available from Ed Borton on 01992 893163 or David Pracy on 01992 893264, email

NAZEING HISTORY WORKSHOP - we are actively researching the history of Nazeing village. Currently we are concentrating on the period before, during and after the First World War. We intend to publish a book and present an exhibition in 2018, to mark the end of the war. 
Our aims are: 
* to seek out written and oral information 
* to record the information, mainly on computer databases 
* to share the information by publishing books and articles, giving talks, and participating in displays and exhibitions. 
Computer database records are held of: 
* Parish Registers from 1559 
* Census records 1841 - 1911 
* Tithe returns, 1847 
* Parish Land Survey of 1824 
* Historic Houses 
* Nazeing Wood or Park (The Common) 
* Valuation Office Survey of 1910 ('Lloyd George Domesday').
" Articles in the Parish News 
* Not a Better Set in the Country: the story of Nazeing Wood or Park. David Pracy, published 1995 
* Nazeing Bury: the Story of a House and its People. J H Gervis (1997) 
* Five Miles From Everywhere: the Story of Nazeing Part 1, from Early Times to 1914 (2000) 
* Seventeen Miles from Town: the Story of Nazeing Part 2, the Twentieth Century (2002). 
Monthly meetings are held in members' houses. 
Contact: For more details ring Mrs J. Cooper on 01992 610105 or email or David Pracy on 01992 893264 email

NORTH EAST LONDON AND ESSEX GROUP OF ADVANCED MOTORISTS - Advanced driving is not about slowing down on the road. It is about helping people become better at predicting hazards and making their driving smoother, more controlled and ultimately safer - 'A Skill for Life'. North East London and Essex (NELE) group of Advanced Motorists meet at the Metropolitan Police Sports Ground in Chigwell every second Tuesday of the month (except August and December). New members welcome. For more information ring Derek Leggetter on 020 8550 2454 or John McAndrew on 020 8920 6651.

NORTH WEALD AIRFIELD MUSEUM - the museum is in North Weald at what was the main entrance to the former Royal Air Force North Weald fighter base. The station started military flight operations for the Royal Flying Corps in 1916 and Royal Air Force Operations finally stood down in 1958. The airfield remains in use as a civilian flying field. The museum building was built in the early 20th century as a private home later taken over by the military and subsequently used as the Station Office where many famous RAF commanders, Kings and political leaders passed through on visits - truly a house of many memories.

NORTH WEALD BASSETT AND DISTRICT RURAL PRESERVATION SOCIETY - scrutinises planning lists and keeps an eye on local listed buildings - aiming to preserve the Green Belt and historical sites. The society plants trees and has a tree warden who notes any needing attention. Rights of Way is another area of interest. The society is affiliated to other organisations which share the same aims. It encourages interest in the parish, which covers North Weald, Hastingwood Common and Thornwood. There is a quarterly newsletter keeping members informed about local history, wildlife, recommended books and more. It also contains information about society walks and talks which are open to non-members. For more details, visit and click on the ‘N’ in the left-hand column to get a list of societies beginning with ‘N’ in alphabetical order.

NORTH WEALD CRICKET CLUB - based at the top of School Green Lane, North Weald Cricket club is a friendly and sociable club and welcomes new members of all ability. The Saturday team plays in the Herts & Essex league with some additional friendly games. The Sunday side plays local friendly fixtures. The club also has an occasional midweek team (about one game a month). There is an active junior section with several qualified coaches, the juniors participate in the West Essex Junior Leagues. Children are welcome from age ten. Contact the club via its website

NORTH WEALD FIRE RESCUE - a non-profit making group providing aviation fire cover to North Weald airfield users. A serving London fireman and policeman purchased the group's first and subsequent vehicles formed the group in 1987 and remain the main financiers. The group provides fire cover for the airfield's 'Squadron' and other airfield events. The majority of volunteers have been serving or recently-retired local authority firefighters, mostly from the Essex, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire fire services. Others all have emergency service or military backgrounds. Volunteers are members of the British Fires Services Association and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. The group, which has received small grants from North Weald Bassett Parish Council and donations from the Airfield Users Group, The Squadron and a private benefactor, needs somewhere to house two of its fire engines. 

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NORTH WEALD FLYING GROUP - offers excellent availability to its flying club members with a fleet of very well maintained Cessna 172s, C152s, and C150s and a PA28 Archer aircraft. The North Weald Flying Group is the perfect choice for both experienced pilots looking for totally hassle free, no equity, aircraft hire, or newly-qualified pilots and hour builders wanting to gain experience and confidence at the best possible hire rates. With a monthly membership hire rate of £65 per month, group members can book any one of the eleven flying group aircraft through a web-based booking system. North Weald Flying Group is also run by an Instructor and an examiner so further training such as the IR(R), Licence revalidation and Cross Channel checkouts are all easily arranged. 
Thinking of flying or even just having that one off air experience? Follow the link to North Weald Flight Training at 


OLD BUCKWELLIANS ASSOCIATION - the former pupils of Buckhurst Hill County High School (a former grammar school in Roding Lane, Chigwell) were devastated when the school closed in 1989. The Old Buckwellians Association maintains links between former pupils and teachers from the school, publishing regular magazines packed with news and features and a website - - that has a vast amount of historical and photographic information about the school. We have traced more than 4,300 former pupils and teachers. 

OLD LOUGHTONIANS HOCKEY CLUB - Old Loughtonians Hockey Club situated in Chigwell has two FIH standard iconic blue and pink Olympic water-based pitches and one sand training pitch. The club runs hockey for all ages and abilities from six years old upwards with seven mens sides, five ladies sides and numerous colts and mini teams. Free of charge skills coaching is available once a week for seven to 14-year-olds. For more details, email 

ONGAR ALLOTMENTS AND GARDENING SOCIETY - a friendly group looking to share members' gardening pleasure among like-minded people. Membership is open to local allotment holders and domestic gardeners from novice to expert. Associate membership is free to a member’s immediate family or to allotment-sharing partners. Members enjoy a range of activities and benefits including speakers at meetings, social events, visits to gardening-related organisations, connections with local horticultural suppliers, a discounted seed and sundries scheme with a major national supplier, affiliation to a national allotments association (which promotes allotments and gardening nationwide), and gives the society free allotment public liability insurance and a wealth of internet-based gardening advice. Members benefit from free gardening advice from professionally-qualified members, liaison with its landlord (Ongar Town Council) to represent the interests of our members and to seek improvements to the Council’s allotment sites. The society has a large space at Castle Street set aside for members to offload manure, compost etc, and for other uses of benefit to members. Bulk supplies of first-class compost have been achieved at nominal cost. There is a one-off joining fee of £1. Annual membership costs less than 3p a day, which can be more than offset by the savings on seeds and compost alone. The society is entirely non-profit making. To join, or for more information without any obligation, contact membership secretary Terry on 07958 571159.

ONGAR AND DISTRICT HEALTHCARE LEAGUE OF FRIENDS - a long-established charity which raises funds to supply equipment to the local GP surgeries, district nurses, health visitors and the school nurse with the aim of improving the quality of health care. Electric beds are also provided and maintained to assist patients in their own homes. For more details, contact chairman Sheila Jackman on 01277 363740. 

ONGAR AND SHELLEY LADIES THURSDAY GROUP - meets in the church rooms, Castle Street, Ongar, at 8pm on the first Thursday of each month (except January) to listen to a variety of speakers. The group also has at least four outings each year (including a mystery tour in July). The friendly group regularly attracts between 45 and 50 members. New members welcome. 

ONGAR ART SOCIETY - was formed from people drawn together by the common love of all things to do with art and craft. There are no barriers, no age limit, no political significance - everyone is welcome. It is not necessary for a member to be an artist, anyone interested in art may have something of value to contribute or gain from joining. The society meets on the second Thursday of each month between 8pm and 10pm in the Church Rooms, Castle Street, Ongar. The programme includes demonstrations, criticisms, talks and slides on a variety of subjects which are related to art and craft. There are also various outings from time to time visiting art exhibitions and galleries. The society also organises one day workshops for members. The annual art exhibition, held in Budworth Hall, High Street, Ongar, is the society's most important event, serving as a shop window for members’ work. All members are welcome to enter work into the exhibition. Annual membership is £20. Guests are welcome at meetings (cost £3). For more details, go along to a meeting, or ring secretary Olive Searle on 01277 362305. Website: 

ONGAR CRICKET CLUB - fields two adult Saturday XIs in The Shepherd Neame Essex League and runs a Sunday XI playing friendly matches across the county. In addition to fulfilling league and friendly fixtures the club runs several social events through the year such as golf days, race nights and charity matches. In 2010 the club will be restarting its youth section and will offer coaching and matchplay for children aged 11 upwards. The club has ECB qualified coaches and currently runs adult net sessions at Love Lane, Ongar, on Wednesdays during the summer and at the Ford County Ground, Chelmsford, in the winter. New players of all standards are always welcome. Ring Tom on 07713 623662, visit or search for Ongar Cricket Club on Facebook.  

(listing updated 8-8-19) ONGAR FLOWER CLUB - the group meets at Jubilee Park Pavilion, Love Lane, Ongar, on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. No experience or talent is necessary, just come along, sit back and enjoy an evening of flowers presented by an accomplished floral demonstrator. Refreshments are available. Visitors are always welcome (£4 per meeting). In December a Christmas demonstration, with refreshments, is held. For more information, ring Hilda on 01277 365441.  

(listing updated 20-9-21) ONGAR MILLENNIUM HISTORY SOCIETY - the society was founded in 1996 to create a forum to discuss and record aspects of the town's history. The society undertakes local projects which reflect members' interests and expertise. The programme includes presentations by well-known local and national historians with the highlight being the Annual Marion Slade Memorial Lecture. There are outings from time to time, to continue themes introduced by the speakers. For membership and other enquiries, visit 

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ONGAR MUSIC CLUB - the club was founded in 1975 to promote recitals of chamber and solo instrumental music in Ongar. In 1984, it founded the prestigious competition to find the Essex Young Musician of the Year under the patronage of club president John Lill. The competition aims to support and encourage young Essex musicians of talent and potential, who will enjoy competing and performing in a welcoming environment. Past prize winners have gone on to enjoy successful professional careers. The club now concentrates on organising the competition. The 2019 competition is at the Budworth Hall, High Street, Ongar, on Sunday, July 7. Full details at

ONGAR SQUASH AND RACKET CLUB - Looking for somewhere to play squash or racketball? Come and try Ongar Squash and Racket Club. We are a small and friendly club and cater for members of all ages and abilities. If you decide to join us you will be sure of a warm welcome. Why not come along to our squash club night on Wednesday evening, or racketball club night on Monday evening, for a free game to see what you think? You will find us at the Ongar Social and Sports Club, Love Lane, Ongar. For more details, ring 07766 201851 or visit 

ONGAR WILDLIFE SOCIETY - has a membership of about 60 people, all with an interest in local wildlife and the natural environment. The 2012 programme continues to provide a full, varied and interesting selection of the many aspects of wildlife - local, national and worldwide. OWLS is an affiliate member of the Essex Wildlife Trust. Regular meetings are held at Zinc Arts, Great Stony, High Street, Ongar, on the third Monday of the month (7.45pm for 8pm). The talks cover local animals, plants and habitats (e.g. dormice, dragonflies) as well as topics of general interest (i.e. hedgerows, how birds work, conservation in captivity). OWLS also organises a number of day trips to locations of interest. Among the venues are Hawkesmere Springs, Three Mills Island, Tewin Orchards and Apse Grove. There is also a New Year Party and summer Annual General Meeting / Garden Party. New members and guests are always welcome. For more details, ring secretary Tanya Welford on 01277 363947.

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OPEN DOOR FRIENDSHIP GROUP - Open Door Friendship Group for adults with mental ill health meets every Friday between 3.30pm and 5.30pm at St Michaels and All Angels Church Hall, Roding Road, Loughton. You will be made too feel welcome and are able to talk to fellow adults who have mental ill health. Volunteer facilitators and a experienced support worker from Loughton Community Mental Health Team will be on hand to support you. Or you could just go along for a friendly chat, some fun engaging in one of the activities on offer either a sport activity pool, table tennis, games or a board gamer. Feel free to chat and enjoy company over a cup of tea or coffee.
Yoga for Mental Well Being run by an experienced yoga teacher especially for adults with depression, anxiety or other mental ill health. Loughton Methodist Church Hall, High Road, Loughton, from 2pm. Open Door Friendship Group members are subsidised (£5) or £10 for non-members.


PAPILLON BOOK CLUB - Papillon Book Club meets about once every six weeks (usually on Tuesdays, occasionally Thursdays) to discuss books members have chosen to read over supper. Recent choices have included 'The Great Gatsby', 'A Thousand Splendid Suns', 'Sin', 'The Suspicions of Mr Whicher' and 'Unbroken'. New members are welcome. For more details, ring 07745 896030 or email

PIANO CLUB - Do you enjoy playing the piano? Would you like to join a group of like minded people to share in the pleasure of making music together? A small friendly bunch of mixed ability pianists who enjoy the opportunity of playing duets, accompanying etc and trying different styles, blues, jazz show music as well as classical meets every Wednesday (10am to noon) at Loughton Methodist Church Hall, High Road, Loughton. All welcome. For more details, ring Ray on 01992 571773.

(listing updated 20-2-19) POPCHOIR LOUGHTON - Popchoir Loughton adult choir meets at Loughton Baptist Church, 92 High Road, Loughton, on Tuesdays 7.30pm to 9pm (visit for term details). No auditions and a free taster session. Join us and see why our members go home smiling - no experience is required, and you don't need to read music. If you love to sing, don't keep it to yourself! Popchoir is for anyone and everyone who wants to sing but hasn't found anywhere fun enough to do it yet. As our name suggests we're not talking about Mozart and Bach, we're talking about Lady Gaga, Abba and Jessie J; in fact any of the thousands of great songs from the many artists that have formed the soundtrack to our lives. Popchoir is run by Helen Hampton, an award-winning songwriter, vocal coach, vocal arranger and NLP Master Practitioner. She has a long and distinguished career in the music business, and has worked with household names like Michael Jackson, Tom Jones and Robbie Williams to name just a few. Join us and you will have the opportunity to sing some great songs with a bunch of other people, to polish them up, and perform them in public for fun. You will learn to find and improve your voice and will spend an hour and a half every week getting that feel-good factor. You might even make some new friends. For more details, ring administrator Carly Crawford Wright on 020 8659 5464.

PROACTIVE (PROSTATE CANCER SELF-HELP GROUP) - an informal group with professional support, which is open to patients (and partners) who live in south west Essex. The group has more than 70 members, and normally over 20, with some partners, attend the monthly meetings. The group organises regular 'information sessions' with health professional speakers and has set up a helpline (07747 374692). Monthly meetings are held in the lecture theatre, Birchwood House, St Margaret's Hospital, Epping, on Friday from 1pm to 3pm. For more details, ring John Woods on 07747 374692; email or visit   

PROBUS CLUB OF EPPING - The Probus Club of Epping is an association of retired and semi-retired professional and businessmen living in Epping and the surrounding area and who value social contact with others in similar circumstances. The club was founded in 1978 and holds monthly lunch meetings, with visiting speakers, at Lindsey Street Community Association in Frampton Road, Epping, CM16 6RB. Contact is via the secretary, Peter Francis, on 01992 573188. 

PROBUS CLUB OF LOUGHTON - The Probus Club of Loughton, established in 1982, provides an opportunity for retired and semi-retired professional and business men to meet together, enjoy each others' company and establish friendships. Meetings are held at 12.15pm for a 12.45pm lunch on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Gilwell Park, Chingford. After the meal there is a wide variety of talks by interesting speakers. The club also provides many opportunities for members and their partners to enjoy a wide social life. Activities include visits to theatres, concerts, stately homes and gardens, an annual holiday either in the UK or abroad, dinners in nearby restaurants or golf clubs, coffee mornings once a month and small groups to cover members' individual interests. Wives or partners also have the opportunity to meet separately for lunch on Probus days. Members are expected to attend at least 50 per cent of the lunch meetings and it is hoped they will participate with their partners in such additional activities that interest them. If you are looking for an organisation to join in retirement and would like to find out more about the Probus Club of Loughton, email chairman David Cook at 


(listing updated 7-2-19) RADIO FOREST COMMUNITY BROADCASTING - is based at St Margaret's Hospital in Epping and provides two distinct radio services to hospitals and other closed communities in the west Essex area. Currently it serves St Margaret's Hospital in Epping, The Derwent Centre in Harlow, Saffron Walden Community Hospital and Brentwood Community Hospital. A registered charity, it aims to provide entertainment and light relief to the patients in these hospitals. It also broadcasts its services on a variety of internet platforms, and attracts listeners from across Essex. Radio Forest Community Broadcasting is a registered charity run by a team of highly dedicated volunteers. To volunteer your time email Opportunities to advertise your services to the patients, staff and other listeners are also available. For further information about Radio Forest Community Broadcasting visit   

RAPIER ROAD CLUB - If you live in the Epping, North Weald, Ongar area and wish to join your local cycling club, why not come along and meet us? We have regular Sunday morning runs, not too strenuous, for a couple of hours with a coffee break, starting from North Weald Village Hall at 9.30am. We also meet socially on the first and third Tuesday each month in the lounge of the village hall from 8.30pm. Why not come along, you will be made most welcome. Ring George on 01992 523535 or Roger on 01992 524631 (email for more details. 

RHYS DANIELS TRUST - the Epping-based charity provides 'Home from Home' accommodation to enable families to stay together during the distressing time when their child is receiving long-term and potentially life saving treatment, often a long way from home. The ‘Homes’ provide the vital comfort and sanctuary required during the child’s recovery period, allowing them to enjoy precious time with their family in a home environment. There is no discrimination towards the child’s illness and the ‘Home from Home’ accommodation is available for families from all walks of life and backgrounds to use free of charge whilst their children are being treated at specialists centre’s around the UK. Website  

RNLI LOUGHTON AND WOODFORD BRANCH - The branch raises money for the Lifeboat Service in the local area. To make a donation CLICK HERE. For more details and to volunteer, ring 020 8502 1788. 

RODING QUILTERS - meet at St Mary's Church Hall, High Road, Chigwell (opposite the old Kings Head pub) on the second Tuesday of each month from 7.30pm-9.30pm). The group's craft includes patchwork and quilting, embroidery, beading, knitting - anything that members want to work with really. Roding Quilters is a very sociable group and welcomes new members at any time of the year. Current annual membership is £25 (visitors £3 per meeting). For more information, ring Carol on 020 8502 9191 or Roberta on 020 8599 6883.  

RODING ROTARY CLUB - the club is looking for new members to help raisie money for local and international charities while having fun. The friendly group meets at Woolston Manor Golf Club, Abridge Road, Chigwell, at 7.15am for 7.30am on Tuesdays. On the first Tuesday of the month members meet at a member's home at 8pm. For more information visit  or ring Thea Grace Ingham on 07887 768323.   

ROTARY CLUB OF EPPING - meets most Tuesday lunchtimes, 12.50pm for 1pm. In existence since the 1930s, the club supports good causes and charities locally and in the wider world. It is also about fun and friendship! Membership is open to men and women aged 21 and over. For more details, visit  

ROTARY CLUB OF EPPING FOREST - is a welcoming evening club and is open to men and women who have an interest in supporting various local and national charities. So if you want to socialise and make friends while raising money for good causes, join us at The Garnon Bushes, Coopersale, for a meal and often a speaker at 7.15pm for 7.30pm most Tuesdays (usually until 8.30pm-9pm). Visit or ring Mark Harvey on 07973 303899.  

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ROTARY CLUB OF LOUGHTON AND BUCKHURST HILL - Rotary has been active for more than 100 years and the Rotary Club of Loughton, Buckhurst Hill & Chigwell has been active since 1936. The club has provided service in the local community and assisted with international projects. The club has a good spread of ages and ethnicity and welcomes new members with enthusiasm and new ideas. If you would like to find out more about the club activities go along to one of its weekly meetings at The Blue Boar, Abridge. Meetings are at 6.15pm for 6.30pm every Thursday. Different arrangements may be made for the fifth Thursday. For more information ring Pesh Kapasiawala on 020 8500 2527 or 07973 166940, or email 

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION (NORTH WEALD BRANCH) - a social meeting for both members and non- members is held on the first Sunday of the month from noon to 2pm in the lounge bar of North Weald Village Hall, High Road, North Weald. All are welcome. Branch meetings for members only are held on the third Friday of each month from 7.30pm in the lounge bar. Membership is open to all. Contact membership secretary Win Martin on 01992 524370 or come to a Sunday social for a chat. 


SINGING FOR PLEASURE - Singing for Pleasure meets at St James Church, St James Avenue, Ongar, between 7.30pm and 9.30pm on Wednesdays, singing all manner of songs, in a group (no solos). Absolute beginners and experienced singers all welcome. The first session is free. For more details ring Frances on 01277 651970.

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SOUTH LOUGHTON CRICKET CLUB - a thriving club for men, women, boys and girls of all ages and backgrounds, with a fantastic family atmosphere. Adult teams compete in the Herts & Essex League on Saturdays and play friendly matches on Sundays. The club's popular and very successful junior section offers coaching and matches for boys and girls aged six upwards, led by a team of qualified, insured and very friendly coaches. A number of juniors play representative cricket for Essex and London Schools but boys and girls who are new to the game are equally welcome. The club runs an All Stars programme each summer - sign up for 2019 at Last year the club formed a women's section playing informal soft ball cricket and hosting an annual festival for local teams - great fun and ideal for beginners. The club was one of the first in the country to gain Sport England's prestigious 'Clubmark' accreditation, which confirms its commitment to safe, child-friendly activities. Tel: chairman Andrew Shields on 07941 347812. Email: cricketshields@gmail,com. Website:  

(listing updated 7-2-19) SOUTH WEST ESSEX CHOIR - South West Essex Choir (SWEC) is a large, friendly choir with a membership of over 100 people mainly from Redbridge, Waltham Forest and south Essex. The choir has an enviable reputation for putting on varied and attractive programmes, and performing to a very high standard alongside some of the finest soloists and orchestras under the direction of musical director Andrew Sackett. SWEC meets on Tuesdays from 7.45pm-10pm in Loughton Methodist Church, High Road, Loughton. New members are always welcome - no audition is necessary but the ability to sing is obviously a prerequisite. For more information about the choir, concerts and membership, visit 

SOUTH WOODFORD BOWLS CLUB - South Woodford Bowls Club in Elmhurst Garden, Gordon Road, E18 1DR, has been around for 24 years and has about 60 members, all very friendly and from various walks of life. The season runs from April 25 until the end of September. The club plays in several leagues Men, Ladies and Mixed, against various other clubs in both Essex and local areas. The club will be holding Friday evening sessions for anybody who wishes to have a go. These will be between May 1 and the end of September when expert tuition will be given and equipment will be provided. Just come along. For more information ring secretary Hazel Morgan on 020 8504 4973. 

(listing updated 16-10-19) ST JOHN'S WIVES GROUP - meets in St John's Parish Hall, Church Lane, Loughton, at 8.15pm on the first and third Monday of each month (excluding August). There is an annual programme and the group supports a local charity each year - for 2019-2020 the group is supporting the Neonatal Unit at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow. 

STADIUM THEATRE SCHOOL - The Stadium Theatre School is a fun and exciting Dance, Acting and Singing theatre school for young people aged between 5-18 years old . Establish in 2010, the school is run by professional dancer Micheal Downing who has danced on The X-Factor and MTV and for artists like Olly Murs, Jessie J and also toured with Take That on 'The Circus Tour'. All teachers are professionally trained in the performing arts industry and are all CRB checked. The Stadium Theatre School is based at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, every Saturday between 10am-1pm. For more information ring Micheal on 07903 232 873, email or visit 

(listing updated 1-3-19) TAPPY TOES Tappy Toes is a creative dance, music and movement class specifically designed for boys and girls aged six months to five years. It combines dance with storytelling, songs with actions and movement with props like ribbons, pom poms, bells and hoops. This class will really get your little ones moving and is the perfect place for parent and child to bond. Great fun and energetic. Classes are held at the Brambles Children’s Centre, Epping, on Thursdays at 10am-10.30am for ages 3-4 years and 10.30am-11am for ages 20 months to 3 years. Tappy Toes started in Hertfordshire and is so popular we now have franchises in various locations across the UK and Ireland. Ring 01923 218626 for details on franchise opportunities. Book your trial at, email or ring 01923 218626. 
THE AVENUE LAWN TENNIS CLUB - the club, at 18 The Avenue, Loughton, has four artificial grass courts. Membership includes no hidden extras with balls, court hire etc included. There is a social programme and licensed bar. Club sessions are: Men - Thursdays 5.30pm and Sunday mornings; Ladies - Tuesdays 5.30pm; Mixed - Thursdays 11.00am-1pm, Fridays 6.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 1.30pm. The club has teams in both the South West Essex (mens, ladies and mixed) and Essex leagues (men). Come for a visit - see if you like it! For more details, ring membership secretary Lynda Wyles on 020 8505 4704 or email  

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THE DREAM FACTORY - was founded by Avril Mills who was inspired by her son, Oliver, who died of leukaemia aged nine. While Oliver, a big EastEnders fan, was having treatment in hospital, Avril arranged for him to meet Ross Kemp, Martine McCutcheon and Sid Owen. The Dream Factory aims to brighten the lives and encourage hope for children and young adults aged between three and 25 years with life-threatening conditions and/or severe disabilities by way of granting wishes and dreams. Dreams granted have been to meet the star of their dreams, their favourite footballer or sporting hero, ride in a limo, enjoy a pamper day or own a Playstation, laptop, the latest i-Pod or mobile phone, take a magical trip to Lapland or Euro Disney or to be a princess for the day. No wish is too small. The charity's patrons include The Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan-Smith MP, the Pearly King and Queen of Old Kent Road, Vicki Michelle, Patsy Palmer, Ray Winstone, Lisa Marie Presley, Sid Owen, Colin McMillan, Lois and Jaime Winstone, Michael McKell, Dr Rory McCrea (medical adviser), Anne Wafula Strike MBE, Christine Ohuruogu MBE and Gillian Taylforth. For more details, ring 020 8501 1234. Website: 

THEYDON BOIS BOOK CLUB - Theydon Bois Book Club meets monthly on a Wednesday (7.30pm-9pm) at 'The Study' at the Queen Victoria pub, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois. There is no membership fee. All books will be paperback and will aim to cost about £5 (new per Amazon). For more information, and details on the next book to be read, visit the Theydon Bois Book Club Facebook page or contact Clare Homer by emailing or ringing 01992 848931. 

THEYDON BOIS DRAMA SOCIETY - the society performs four shows per year at Theydon Bois Village Hall, from a wide range of comedy, classic and modern drama, crime thrillers, variety shows and musicals. The society is always keen to welcome new members including actors, lighting and sound technicians, and those interested in set design, set building and stage management. Members who just want to help out with front of house and bar duties are also very welcome. We are prepared to give training so experience is not necessary. Email Nicola Gilbert at for membership enquiries or visit our website for more information about the society and this year’s programme. 

THEYDON BOIS GOLF CLUB - Theydon Bois Golf Club is unique in that it has been established on the borders of Epping and Theydon Bois for 115 years, literally carved out of Epping Forest by James Braid: a player of note and prolific course designer in the late 19th Century. The face of golf has changed enormously in the last 20 years. The modern game is a game for everyone, all ages and all standards of player. Golf is a sport that doesn't require you to have an Olympic physique, it gets you out in the fresh air, gives you a good walk in very special Epping Forest surroundings, introduces you to new friends, an integrated social life if you want it and new challenges. All this whatever your age or ability. Families are most welcome. Throughout our long history we have had generations of local families from all walks of life playing here, maintaining their links when they move from the area or attend university and becoming social members when their active days are done. At Theydon Bois Golf Club we pride ourselves in welcoming the complete beginner with a special Novice Membership. We offer a 'Taster Membership' with no obligation which gives you full member benefits for three months. We are confident that once you have had the taster you will want the 'full course' so we offer this at £300. Green fee details are on our website. Juniors under 18 and intermediate members up to 34 years of age are offered full membership benefits on a much reduced sliding scale of the full fee in order to promote the game of golf and ensure its future. We are very aware of straitened times financially and think you may be pleasantly surprised at our fee structure. See our website - - for all details and information, call in and speak to our Golf Pro or our very friendly office staff, or ring 01992 813054 quoting Everything Epping Forest. 

THEYDON BOIS HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY - the society has an annual show at the end of July, coach outings to places of horticultural interest and free talks which are held at Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, at 8pm (see events page for more details). For more about the society, ring secretary Jane Turner on 01992 812652. 

THEYDON BOIS MUSIC SOCIETY - formed over 40 years ago by local resident Major Pritchard to give a platform to students and young professional classical musicians starting out in their careers, the society continues to organise concerts of a very high standard and now has more than 80 members. The season runs from September to June (no January concert). Visitors are welcome (£8 payable at the door). For more information, and membership details, ring the secretary on 01992 812645.  

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THEYDON BOIS PRE-SCHOOL GROUP - Theydon Bois Pre-School Group is a charity run Pre-School on the edge of Epping Forest. Open for nearly 30 years, the Pre-School Group provides sessional Pre-School education for children from two-and-a-half years to school age who live in Theydon Bois and the surrounding areas. The Pre-School Group is proud of its good Ofsted rating and its caring, experienced staff who support the children in a welcoming and stimulating environment. The Pre-School Group provides a range of fun, learning activities throughout the day to help children reach their potential and learn through their play. Website: 

THEYDON BOIS SINGERS - established over 40 years and with 42 members, the group meets regularly on Mondays from 8pm to 10pm at Theydon Bois Village Hall. The musical director is Lawrence Tatnell, an accomplished conductor, and the choir is accompanied by Paul Chilvers. The choir gives three concerts per year - spring, summer and Christmas - and their repertoire is wide ranging, including Elgar, Mendelssohn, Handel, Rutter, Britten, Gilbert and Sullivan and songs from the shows. New members are always welcome. For more details, ring chairman Hilary Hedderick on 01279 433098, email 

(listing updated 30-9-19) THEYDON AND ABRIDGE JAZZ CLUB - Theydon and Abridge Jazz Club meets at Abridge Village Hall, Ongar Road, Abridge, from 1.30pm-4.30pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. For more information, email or ring 07903 879209 or 01945 588325. 

TRI SPORT EPPING - Tri Sport Epping is a friendly local triathlon club for adults (novice and experienced) and juniors alike. Based at Ongar Leisure Centre, the club holds regular training events and races throughout the year. Every Sunday 6pm swim training. 
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VALENTINE SINGERS - Valentine Singers (musical director Christine Gwynn and accompanist Tim Smith) is a friendly group of some 70 singers who have gained a reputation for high quality performances with a welcoming atmosphere, both locally and further afield. We rehearse each Friday evening at Gearies Junior School, near Gants Hill Station (Central Line). Singers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Our repertoire embraces operatic and lighter music as well as standard choral works. Recent concerts have included Kodaly Missa Brevis, Bach St Matthew Passion, scenes from Cavalleria Rusticana, Dido & Aeneas and HMS Pinafore, Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Haydn Creation Duruflé Requiem, Mozart Vesperae K339, Handel Judas Maccabaeus as well as a cappella repertoire, from Verdi Pater Noster to popular standards. Our second CD was released in November 2009. Since 2002 we have toured to Lake Garda, Venice, Umbria, Tuscany, Kraków, Amiens and Ghent. Performance venues in the UK have included the London Coliseum (2006), Ely Cathedral (2007), the South Bank Centre (2010) and Winchester Cathedral (2011). For further information visit or ring 01708 751097.

VOLUNTARY ACTION EPPING FOREST: Voluntary Action Epping Forest offcers a range of services:
Voluntary Action Epping Forest Befriending: Befriending services include social clubs in North Weald, Loughton and Waltham Abbey three times a week. Clients enjoy afternoons of games, raffles, professional singers and bands and dancing. The clubs provide a new lease of life to many residents who were previously lonely and isolated at home, rarely seeing or hearing from anyone. Voluntary Action Befriending also offers fortnightly day trips such as theatre visits, boat rides, seaside trips and afternoon teas. These outings provide much-needed stimulation to many while reducing their social/rural isolation and improving their quality of life. The service also provides door-to-door transport for people unable to travel unaided and uses the Befriending Service’s own minibus (funded by the Joseph and Lilian Sully Foundation). The vehicle has a tail-lift for wheelchairs with a dedicated driver and assistant who collect clients.
Home visits are a vital part of the VAEF Befriending services offering a ‘friend’ for companionship, a smile, listening ear and information on other services brought to them in their own homes. 
Voluntary Action Epping Forest Benefits: The benefits advice and information project is available to those whose personal circumstances make it difficult for them to access services in their area or outside of the home. A home visit can be made and information provided on benefits available along with assistance to complete application forms. The service is available to those who live in the Epping Forest district.
For more information, ring 01992 284762.

Voluntary Action Epping Forest Gardening: Provides gardeners and volunteers to maintain the gardens of people who cannot do so themselves. The free service is available to residents of the Epping Forest district who are elderly, disabled, council tenants and cannot maintain their gardens on their own and do not have family support networks. A chargeable gardening service is also available for elderly, disabled homeowners in the district. The service is available Monday to Friday between February and November. For more information, ring 01992 284762.

Voluntary Action Epping Forest Handyman: The service is a partnership between Epping Forest District Council and Voluntary Action Epping Forest which launched in October 2012.
The service is funded by Epping Forest District Council  and provides a handyman service to tenants of Epping Forest District Council properties provided they are over 60 and or disabled and have no one else who can assist them. Contact is made via the council's Housing Repairs team on 01992 564199. The service will be explained further and referred to the Handyman where appropriate. The Handyman will arrange to visit to undertake the work required usually within two weeks of the referral being made.

Voluntary Action Epping Forest Odd Job / Home Safety: This is a chargeable service providing a Handy Person to complete odd jobs in the home at reasonable and competitive rates.
Do you have jobs at home you are unable to manage? Are you over 60, disabled or in receipt of benefits? Fitting grab rails and key safes, securing carpets, changing light bulbs, hanging pictures, curtains, fitting toilet seats, gardening and more. For more details, ring 01992 910701.

Voluntary Action Epping Forest Ace Activities: Multi-activity day activities for people with learning disabilities; with a range of opportunities to choose from to suit your needs. Allotment Project, Upcycling, Catering, Conservation, Music, Arts and Crafts. For more details, ring Sally on 01992 910701 or email

Volunteer Centre Epping Forest: Providing organisations with volunteers in Epping Forest. You may have specific specialist skills that would be invaluable to a charity. This could be anything from financial, musical or IT skills or being a good listener. Think about the skills you have and how these could be best utilised when considering the type of activity, you would like to volunteer for. Is there a particular group you want to support? Older people or young people or an environmental project? As a volunteer you could provide administrative support, befriend an older person, provide first aid at events, coach a local football team, volunteer for a driving service, help with gardening projects, volunteer in a museum, be a forest / wildlife conservation volunteer, offer a specialist skill. For more details, ring Maggie on 01992 284WALKING GROUP - WEST ESSEX RAMBLERS - a friendly walking group that has at least four walks a week, every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and on a Tuesday once a month. The walks are usually in the countryside but sometimes in London, occasionally with historical commentary. During the year there are approximately ten coach rambles and both a foreign and British walking holiday. The group also holds social events. Group members are entitled to walk with over 600 other groups from The Ramblers all over the country. For a sample programme or more information, ring Pat and John Juchau on 020 8502 1628.

WALTHAM ABBEY BAPTIST CHURCH - a small, friendly group of Christians who have been meeting in Waltham Abbey since 1729. The Church meets to worship the Lord every Sunday at 11am. There is a Sunday School which tries to encourage a family atmosphere when it meets. The Church would be pleased to share God's love with others as it joins in fellowship together. For more details, ring 07521 264717. Website:  

WALTHAM ABBEY COMMUNITY CENTRE - if you are looking for a hall to hire for that special occasion or just want a hall for a few hours please get in touch. The centre, in Saxon Way, Waltham Abbey, caters for wedding receptions and birthday parties or for whole day affairs such as fetes etc. There are three halls for hire plus a smaller room which is suitable for meetings. The centre offers competitive rates and has classes running throughout the day and evening in yoga, children's dance (ballet, street, Irish, modern, jazz etc), adult keep fit, Weight Watchers, Slimming World, Square Dancing, Tea Dance, Zumba, drama club, Tai Chi, Senior Citizens Club, Gardening Club, a mother and toddler group, Caporeira Class (marshal arts/dance), Diddi Dance (babies/toddlers music group) and Shibashi Quiong (marshal arts). There is also a Day Centre for the elderly which meets three times a week. This is for the socially-isolated and housebound residents of Waltham Abbey. Tudor Cross Pre-school also runs from the centre five mornings a week. For more information visit or email 

WALTHAM ABBEY FLORAL ART SOCIETY - meets at the Royal British Legion Hall, Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey, on the fourth Tuesday in the month (except January, June, and August). The friendly club has flower arranging demonstrations, workshops, social evenings and an outing in June. All arrangements made at demonstrations are raffled. There is also a sales table. Doors open 7.15pm for a 7.45pm start. Annual membership £20 (£3 admission). Visitors £5. Refreshments included. For more details ring Pearl Palmer on 01992 715969. 

WALTHAM ABBEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - the study and appreciation of local history. Meetings are held in Waltham Abbey Baptist Church Hall, Paradise Road, Waltham Abbey, on the third Friday of the month from September to May at 8pm. Visitors are always welcome. For more details, email Website: 

WALTHAM HOLY CROSS CONSERVATIVE CLUB LTD - was founded in May 1971 at 35 Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey. Waltham Holy Cross Conservative Club is a very friendly club with a relaxed atmosphere. The club is open every day of the week with live entertainment fortnightly on Saturday evenings. The bar stocks a selection of lagers and bitters and a guest ale which changes regularly along with a selection of wines and spirits. Within the bar area there is pool table, darts board, crib boards along with gaming machines for members enjoyment. The club is very proud of having teams that compete in local leagues such as a darts, crib, fishing and a golf society which are open to members old and new. Members may bring their family and guests in with them but must be signed into the visitors book. Club membership can be applied for in writing to the club secretary. 

WEST ESSEX AND EAST HERTS GUILD OF SPINNERS, WEAVERS AND DYERS - was formed in 1980 to further the knowledge of these crafts and share our skills with others. We meet once a month at Harlow Museum with guest speakers and workshops which include a variety of allied crafts such as felt making, braid making, knitting and basketry. Members also display and demonstrate at various craft events and fairs. You are welcome at a meeting whether a beginner or with many years experience. For further details please see our website 

WOMEN'S FELLOWSHIP - meets at Epping Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Epping, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 2pm. Various speakers. All ladies welcome. For more information, ring secretary Shirley Hannant on 01992 573704. 

WOODFORD AND DISTRICT FLORAL ARRANGEMENT GROUP - the group meets at the Churchill Room in Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road, E11, on the third Monday in the month. Doors open at 6.45pm for a 7.30pm start. Each month the group has a guest demonstrator, raffle and refreshments. Visitors are always welcome (£4 per meeting). The group holds is AGM in February and also has a speaker. In November the group hires the Sir James Hawkey Hall in Woodford Green for its Christmas event. For more information, ring Pam, the secretary, on 020 8530 2427. 

WOODFORD BLIND CLUB - a local club which meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the United Reformed Church, Woodford Green, between 2pm and 4pm. The club provides a warm, friendly place for people from the local area with age-related sight problems, who are often lonely and isolated, to meet. New members and helpers welcome. For more details, and to volunteer, ring 07840 850838. 

WOODFORD BOWLING CLUB - was established in 1923 by the people that built the Monkhams Estate. Since then it has provided a great outlet for local people both as a centre for sporting achievement and as a place to socialise and make new friends. The club currently has about 80 members of all abilities, from beginners through to county players. All are very friendly and come from all walks of life. The season opens in late April and runs through to the end of September. They play in several leagues, mixed friendly games against other clubs and they also have a series of in-house competitions graded for players of all abilities. They also hold weekly inter club friendly competitions at weekends where teams are drawn based on a handicap system, with bottles of wine going to the members of the winning team. The club has its own subsidised bar for members' use, based in its club house and a very active social programme that includes wine tastings, quizzes, live bands and race nights. The club is in The Green, Kings Avenue, Woodford Green, IG8 0JA. Club telephone number (in season) 020 8504 2616. 

WOODFORD MUSICAL CIRCLE - the group aims to have a membership including accomplished local musicians and students for whom a platform is provided, and the committee invites guest artists to perform whenever necessary to make up balanced and varied programmes. Programme details are available about two weeks before each concert by ringing 020 8505 7089 or 020 8527 7053. The group is always pleased to enrol new members, both potential performers and those who simply enjoy listening to music of all periods in an informal atmosphere. Annual subscriptions are £5 (£2 for visitors to each concert (half price for full-time students under 21 or children of 16 and under in both cases). Prices include programmes and coffee, tea or squash in the interval. For membership enquiries, ring 020 8505 7089 or 020 8527 7053. 

WOODFORD SINGERS - a ladies choir based in the Woodford area. The choir meets at 7.30pm on Wednesdays at Woodford Methodist Church, Derby Road, and sings a wide range of musical styles from classical and folk songs to musical theatre and madrigals. The choir's aim is to perform regular fundraising concerts in the west Essex district. Musical director Kathleen Savage has successfully led vocal studies and music departments in Essex for 20 years. If you enjoy singing and would like to join the friendly group, contact Kathleen on 07710 057325; email 

(listing updated 6-2-19) WOODFORD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - Woodford Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1960 and has become one of the leading amateur orchestras serving south west Essex and east London. Apart from presenting three major concerts each year, ensembles have played at the Wanstead Park Bluebell Festival and the Chingford, Loughton, Leytonstone and Woodford festivals. The orchestra engages professional soloists for concerts and similar works, but advanced members are also given the opportunity to perform in such a capacity. Philip Norman has been the resident conductor since 1997. Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings at Roding Valley High School, Loughton. New members welcome, especially strings and horns. Prospective players please ring 020 8519 6491. Email; Website 

WORLD CINEMA CLUB - World Cinema Club meets at Papillon restaurant, 13 Brook Parade, Chigwell, to discuss films the members have agreed to watch (generally excluding Hollywood output) over a reasonably priced early evening supper. Examples of films viewed are Oldboy, Les Diaboliques, The Lives of Others and Kolya. The next meeting is on Thursday, January 16, when members will discuss The Counterfeiters and two Japanese films. New members are welcome. Ring Wendy 07745 896030 for more details or to book a place. 
(listing updated 18-8-19) WORKERS' EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (LOUGHTON AND EPPING BRANCH) - The WEA is the UK's largest voluntary sector adult education provider. They aim to create an informal, relaxed but stimulating atmosphere in which adults can study a wide range of subjects. For more information about the association and available courses ring branch secretary Pat Dale on 020 8281 1536.

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