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9.19am - December 15

School raises over £900 with Christmas Jumper Day

Students at West Hatch High School raised £912 for the national Save the Children charity when they took part in Christmas Jumper Day.

Pupils could attend school in non-uniform if they were wearing clothing that represented the festive period.

While donations could be made online, students also held collections during the day.
4.30pm - December 14

School holds Bake Off competition

Students at West Hatch High School have been challenged to show off their culinary skills in The Great West Hatch Bake-Off competition. 

The competition was the biggest whole school House event to be held this year with entries from across all areas of the school.

Organised by the Heads of House, The Bake-Off was an inclusive event and something everyone could get involved in regardless of ability. 

The theme for their baked entries was ‘Showstopper’ with the best three from each House awarded gold, silver and bronze winners.

The judging panel then went on to decide an ultimate winner for the school's ‘Star Baker’.

The ultimate winner created a 'North Pole cake'.

Each gold, silver, bronze and star baker will meet headteacher Daniel Leonard in the New Year for their ‘Paul Hollywood’ hand shake, to be congratulated and receive their prizes.
5.46pm - December 13

School holds carol concert

West Hatch High School held its annual Year 7 carol concert today (Monday) but as a result of Covid-19 and increasing cases nationally the event was held in the school hall rather than at St Paul's Church, Woodford Bridge, as planned.

The school's choir sang Christmas carols and songs with the rest of Year 7 joining in with a number of songs. 

The school was delighted to welcome Reverend Ola Franklyn who gave a lovely talk to students about the meaning of Christmas.

A number of students read passages to the congregation. 

Headteacher Daniel Leonard said: “This is always such a wonderful way to mark the end of the Autumn Term and the concert was beautifully observed by all of our Year 7 students. 

"I'd like to thank Reverend Franklin and the school's music department, led by Marcella Lord, for organising the event. It was a lovely start to the festive period for us all."
1.28pm - December 10

School says farewell and thank you to retiring Chair of Governors

West Hatch High School has said goodbye and thank you to John Haley who has been Chair of Governors at the Chigwell school since 2008 having previously been a Governor since the 1990s.

Mr Haley has stepped down having overseen a successful period for the school, including a significant expansion to student numbers and facilities, a number of positive Ofsted inspections and the retirement and replacement of a long-standing and successful Headteacher. 

Throughout his tenure, Mr Haley has shown an unrelenting commitment to improving the quality of education for the students at West Hatch but also, having led as Safeguarding Governor for some time, the safety and well-being of everyone in the school's community. 

Over the last two years Mr Haley has been instrumental in helping the school meet the ever-changing needs of running a school under the umbrella of Covid regulations.

He has always been visible around the school and is highly respected by all whom he comes into contact with.

Headteacher Daniel Leonard said: "I cannot thank John Haley enough for the continued support, confidence and care he has shown me in the last four and a bit years. 

"John has made a tremendous difference to West Hatch over so many years and I am grateful to have worked so closely and learned so much from him. 

"He is always so considered and has so much knowledge and experience. 

"John has helped lead the school through some challenging periods of its history and has done so with the determination to make West Hatch the best possible environment for everyone within the school community. 

"I will miss his support and guidance and wish him the very best for his retirement where he will be able to spend more time his wife, Chris, and his lovely grandchildren."

Mr Haley said: "West Hatch has been a part of my life for some time. I have been a Governor of the school since my two children were students there - and they are now both in their 40s! 

"The school maxim is 'to be the best that I can be'. That principle doesn’t only apply to students but to the whole school community including the Governing Body.

"I volunteered to be a Governor after a parents' evening where the then Chair of Governors encouraged parents to get involved in the life of the school. 

"I have been a Governor ever since, and in recent years served as Chair.

"When I first became a Governor the school had lost its Sixth Form as part of the re-organisation of local education.

"The Governors decided that a Sixth Form was an essential part of the school's identity and would help to attract the very best teachers, so in 1992 it took on control of its own future by becoming Grant Maintained.

"This independence allowed the school to re-establish a Sixth Form and attract the very best teachers and staff - and the best local students. 

"The Sixth Form has flourished since that time, as has the school."

Mr Haley added: "In 2011 West Hatch High School was one of the first schools to apply for Academy status to allow it to continue to successfully manage its own affairs. 

"My guiding principle as a Governor and as Chair has always been to ask and to do what is best for West Hatch. It has never been what is best for the Governing Body but what is best for the whole school community.

"It is my view that the most important responsibility of the Governing Body is to appoint the very best staff, and particularly and crucially the very best Headteacher. Get that appointment right and the school flourishes.

"During my time at West Hatch the school has had three Headteachers - George Phipson, Frances Howarth, and most recently Daniel Leonard. 

"We got all those appointments right."

Mr Haley will forever be immortalised at the school in the form of the Haley Block, the school's new English and Languages block which was completed as part of the expansion project. 

It shows the regard with which he is held by those at the school that the new building was named after him. 

Mr Haley’s parting advice for Governors was 'only ever do what is best for West Hatch, not what’s best for yourself, or your children, but what’s best for West Hatch'.

Mr Leonard said: "This was his motto throughout his time as a Governor and is why he was so effective in his role.

"In saying goodbye to a pivotal member of the West Hatch family, the school is delighted to welcome the former Vice Chair of Governors, Adrian Harris, to Chair and Justin Van Wihngaarden as Vice Chair. 

"The Governing Body has every confidence that our new Leadership Team will continue to ensure the highest possible standards of education, safety and wellbeing for our students.

"The Governing Body, Senior Leadership Team, staff and students would like to thank John Haley for his contribution to the school and the difference he has made to the lives of so many."
3.27pm - November 7

MP switches on the Chigwell Diwali lights


Epping Forest MP Dame Eleanor Laing officially switched on the Chigwell Diwali Lights on Saturday to mark the festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs.

Dame Eleanor, who was the chief guest, addressed a 100-plus crowd when she was joined at the ceremony on Chigwell Green by local councillors and residents.

The event - which featured speeches, prayers and dances - focused on the story of Diwali which carries with it lessons of sacrifice, bravery and optimism. 

Similarly, the key messages from the speeches recognised the sacrifice of the NHS and key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the bravery of families celebrating their first Diwali following the loss of loved ones through COVID-19, and the optimism of better days to come. 

The evening celebrated the diversity within Chigwell and the coming together of a close-knit community.

Dame Eleanor and Chigwell's county, district and parish councillors were garlanded in a mark of appreciation for their hard work throughout the year and their commitment to public service for the betterment of the local area.

Ravi Bhanot, co-chairman of the Light Up London Committee, said: "We are now in our fourth year of switching the Diwali Lights on in Chigwell. It's such a beautiful evening with the coming together of the Chigwell community. 

"We are grateful for our MP and the Chigwell councillors for joining us to celebrate the festival of lights."

Pranav Bhanot, founding member of Light Up London, said: "Chigwell has a special place in our hearts and we were delighted to host the official switch on of the Diwali lights. 

"It has been a difficult 18 months and we wanted to use the festival of Diwali to reflect on the sacrifices millions have made, pay tribute to the lives lost during the pandemic and look forward to a brighter future. 

"Thank you to Chigwell Parish Council for their co-operation."
3.11pm - November 3

Silent protest calls for silent fireworks

A 'silent protest' has been held in Chigwell to call for a ban on noise fireworks and for those who want to set off fireworks to use silent ones instead.

A number of Chigwell parish councillors joined residents for the protest on Chigwell Green this morning.

Chigwell parish councillor Rochelle Hodds said: "Every year, dogs, cats and horses are terrified by the noise of fireworks. It causes them great discomfort and distress.

"We don't want to stop people enjoying themselves but simply ask them to think of others.

"We have a wonderful community, let's continue to be neighbourly."

Chigwell resident Debra Lawrence, who took part in the protest, said: "So-called 'exploding bombs' have a catastrophic effect on wildlife, pets, the environment and people suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.

"There have been fatalities and year on year there are injuries.

"Sainsbury is leading the way ahead of Government in no longer selling fireworks. This is amazing.

"The Government are debating a petition on fireworks. I pray the petition gets the backing it needs and deserves."
1.44pm - October 15

Students visit London Stock Exchange

West Hatch High School students visited the London Stock Exchange as part of World Investor Week, joining the World Federation of Exchanges to ‘Ring the Bell for Financial Literacy’.

World Investor Week saw almost 80 exchanges globally take part in a range of events aimed at highlighting the importance of financial literacy.

Students had the opportunity to hear about the work which goes on at the London Stock Exchange and the impact this has both nationally and globally.

They also spoke to several employees and were able to ask about their routes into the industry and the challenges of their jobs.

A particular honour was given to one of the students, Jaina, when she was asked to officially open the Exchange – a much-coveted task reserved for VIPs.

There was also the honour, for Joshua, to sign the London Stock Exchange’s visitors book on behalf of West Hatch High School.

West Hatch High School's careers leader, Geoffrey Towsey, said: At West Hatch High School we understand the importance of financial literacy and the vital role it plays in preparing students for their future.

"It is for this reason that we continue to include financial literacy lessons as part of our core curriculum in Years 9 and 10 - ensuring students have an hour of financial literacy a week."

The importance of financial literacy was echoed by London Stock Exchange CEO Julia Hoggett who said: “Building financial literacy can have a defining impact on an individual’s life - from savings to pensions, to the entrepreneurs of the future knowing how to think about how they finance their visions.

"We all have to make financial decisions throughout our lives, many of them remarkably complex, and understanding these is vital in helping us make the right choices for ourselves and our families.”
3.29pm - October 7

Memorial garden opened at school


A garden area at West Hatch High School named after a former student and staff member and funded by a charity foundation set up in her name has been officially opened at the Chigwell school.

'Jenna's Garden' is a quiet space where students can sit and reflect, and remember loved ones.

The project - which features raised flower beds, a water feature containing decorated pebbles, murals and a bench - has been funded by the Jenna Wilkins Foundation.

Jenna, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 21 and died aged 25, had studied at West Hatch, and after university returned to the school to work as Learning Support Assistant with the ambition to qualify as an English teacher.

Members of Jenna's family, her school friends and West Hatch staff gathered for the ribbon cutting on Wednesday.

Jenna's mother, Julie, said: "We've created a great place where kids can sit and reflect and relax. Jenna would love it. She would love her name to be up on the wall!"

She added: "Jenna was larger than life. Whenever Jenna was in the room, everybody loved her. She was the life and soul of the party."

The Foundation is working on providing a sensory room at Whitebridge School and has funded books for a reading club at West Hatch.

Julie said: "We want to support kids with special needs because that's what Jenna did and she loved it. It was almost like she had found her calling. She couldn't continue with it and so we are doing it for her in her name and in her honour."

The Foundation is also working with cancer sufferers, and gives luxurious pamper packs with contents donated by beauty firms.

Julie said: "Jenna was all about glamour and she loved an eyelash! We give people parcels - face masks, eyelashes, nails, make-up - and it has all been donated by beauty companies.

"We are never going to cure cancer but we can help people along the way. Jenna would love that. We just need to cast our net wider. We need people to know what we are doing. We only launched in January but since then we have done really well."

The Foundation has raised money through a series of brunches across Essex and locally and has also received corporate donations.

West Hatch High School headteacher Daniel Leonard, speaking at the garden opening, said: "Jenna was a really special young lady. She had an absolute heart of gold and in her short time with us she made a huge impression on the students and staff alike.

"Jenna's Garden is a fitting memorial for her."

He added: "It will make such a difference to so many people. The minute you go out there you just feel a sense of calmness, and there are already some decorated pebbles there for people we have lost over the course of the year."
12.42pm - September 17

West Hatch High School holding Year 6 open evening

West Hatch High School is holding its Open Evening for Year 6 students on Thursday, September 30, between 6pm and 9pm with talks from headteacher Daniel Leonard at 6.30pm, 7.15pm and 8pm.

Families will be invited to tour the school, either independently or with the support of a tour guide, and listen to a talk by headteacher Daniel Leonard and students about the ethos and values of West Hatch and how the school develops students both academically and personally.

Mr Leonard said: “We are excited to be welcoming families into the school and will finally be able to share our new, outstanding facilities which have been completed over the last two years. 

"We will also be offering families tours during the school day following our Open Evening, although these are limited in number and on a first come, first served basis. 

"I look forward to welcoming members of our community into our wonderful school and sharing with them what makes West Hatch such a special place."

For more information visit the school's website at
2.17pm - August 12

West Hatch students "should be very proud"

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Students at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, were celebrating their GCSE examination results today with the vast majority enrolling into the school’s Sixth Form. 

Headteacher Daniel Leonard said: "Results days are always a stressful enough time for our students but having had to deal with the disruption to their lives and their studies over the last two years our students are finally able to celebrate their hard work and plan for their next two years of study."

He added: "This year’s students have worked so hard under such challenging circumstances and within an ever-changing landscape. 

"They should be very proud of what they have achieved. We all certainly are.

"The results our students have achieved this year are the culmination of their diligence and dedication. 

"We look forward to seeing so many of them return to our school in September ready to start the next stage in their lives."

As a result of the processes by which students have been awarded grades this year the school is not releasing overall school figures.

Top student was Max Richards who recorded 11 Grade 9 results.

Mr Leonard said: "We are exceptionally proud of all of our students and are delighted to be able to share such outstanding achievements with our community. 

"I hope our Year 11s can now relax for the summer and prepare themselves for the road ahead. 

"I’m sure I speak for all of our students in thanking the staff who have helped them to achieve such fantastic results.”

The Sixth Form at West Hatch is well known for its excellent provision and results, extensive range of well-established A-Level and Vocational Courses, its Work Shadowing, Extended Project Qualification, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and opportunities to trek and travel abroad. 

When West Hatch Sixth Formers leave, they take with them the confidence, skills and excellent results enabling them to compete with the best.

The Sixth Form Centre is set in extensive grounds with superb facilities.

Details of courses open for recruitment and information regarding the school's Sixth Form Open Events for the next year’s intake will be available on Monday, September 6. Visit or contact the school office.
2.12pm - August 10

West Hatch High School students praised over exam successes


Year 13 students at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, have today seen the culmination of two years’ hard work in "what must be two of the hardest years of their schooling", headteacher Daniel Leonard said.

Students faced multiple lockdowns, isolations, uncertainty and dramatic changes to courses and assessments. 

Mr Leonard said: "We are exceptionally proud of the resilience and commitment our students have shown and congratulate them on achieving some fantastic results despite the disruption they have faced.

"Finally they are able to celebrate the end of their time at West Hatch and
contemplate their futures. 

"We are delighted that so many of our students have achieved results that have enabled them to progress on to their desired future pathways. 

"It is important to remember that the 6th Form is not just about academic outcomes, although clearly this is important, but it is also about preparing them for the next stage in their lives and our students have taken every opportunity afforded to them to grow as individuals."

As a result of the processes by which students have been awarded grades this year the school is not releasing overall school figures but wants to celebrate the achievements of its students nonetheless. 

Among the top achievers are: 


Diya Zaman A*, A*, A*, C
Emsal Ali A*, A*, A*, A* (Extended Project)
Imogen Stephens A*, A*, A*
Lorena Ejupi A*, A*, A*
Anastasija Boikova A*, A*, A*
Frederick Taylor A, A, A, B (Extended Project)
Ziyad Zikrya A, A, A.

The following students all achieved A*, A, B:

Amy Fitch, Muhsin Khan, Laura Kazickaite, Anya McComish and Joshua Martin.

BTEC Business Extended Diploma

Ciaran Freeman - Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction*
Nicholas Rodriguez - Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction
Gianni Zeolla - Distinction*, Distinction*, Distinction
Aayush Chandel - Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction
Olivia Hogarth - Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction
Rishin Patel - Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction
Romone Persaud - Distinction, Distinction, Distinction
Aaqib Raja - Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Mr Leonard added: "Post-16 study is a stepping stone to the future and our students’ results mean most are able to progress on to their desired further education, training programmes or employment.  

"We are delighted that so many of our students have achieved their ambitions and are going on to either study at university or have been accepted onto prestigious higher apprenticeships."

This year West Hatch High School has students going onto study at universities such as Exeter, Durham, Loughborough, Kings College, Queen Mary and UCL among others and students taking on apprenticeships with the RAF and in Quantity Surveying and Finance. 

Mr Leonard said: "I would like to thank our staff for all of their hard work in supporting the students through the unchartered territory of TAGs to ensure they achieved the grades they deserved. 

"Congratulations again to all of our students for their hard work and
achievements this year and wish them the very best of luck for the future”.

For further information on West Hatch High School visit or email the school office at
5.01pm - August 5

Jail for rapist who also burnt, punched and kicked victim

A woman who survived a horrific and sustained attack in which she was raped and tortured by a Chigwell man has said a heartfelt thank you to the police officer who rescued her in the street and the detectives who brought her attacker to justice.

Today her attacker, Daniel Machon, 45, of Trotwood, Chigwell, is starting a 12-year sentence behind bars thanks to the victim’s bravery and the determination of detectives to bring him to justice.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard how the attack began on the evening of July 10 last year.

Machon subjected his victim to a horrific ordeal lasting several hours in which he repeatedly raped her, burnt her, repeatedly punched and kicked her to the face, held a knife to her throat, choked her to the point of unconsciousness and kneed her to the face.

Machon also took gloating selfies posing with his victim as she lay suffering severe injuries which he then sent on to a third party.

Despite her horrific injuries, the victim bravely managed to call 999 when her attacker briefly left her alone.

When officers arrived, the victim managed to run out into the street where one of our officers, PC Christopher Simpson, took her to safety.

Machon was arrested and charged with rape and seven counts of assault occasioning bodily harm, making threats to kill and witness intimidation.  

Following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, jurors found him guilty of all offences except for making threats to kill and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Machon returned to the court for sentence today (Thursday, August 5) where he was given a 12-year sentence and a further three years on extended licence.

Speaking after the sentencing, the victim paid tribute to PC Simpson and the team of detectives from Harlow - including investigating officer Detective Constable Jonathan Trevallion, Detective Sergeant Sam Bailey and Detective Constables Sarah Faircloth, Russell Cutchey and Craig Davey.

She said: “Firstly, I can’t describe the horror I went through at the hands of a monster. I just hope that no one ever has to experience the same pain and humiliation that I went through.

“I’d also like to pay tribute to the detectives who dealt with my case. Their hard work and determination throughout led to a rightful conviction.

"I can’t say thank you enough for their kind words throughout the ordeal, for the time and effort they all put in to help things run smoothly for me and for always taking the time to keep me updated on the case and for checking on my wellbeing.

“Lastly, I would like to thank the first officer I saw after escaping. His actions saved my life and he showed such bravery and compassion.”

Following the sentencing Det Sgt Bailey, speaking on behalf of his team at Harlow, said: “My team and I are all seasoned detectives but this case was the most harrowing any of us have ever had to deal with.

“We would like to pay tribute to the victim who showed bravery and courage in supporting this prosecution and standing up in court to tell the jury about the horrific ordeal she went through.

“Her bravery made us even more determined to do all we could to support her through our investigation and to put Machon behind bars where he belongs.”
8.33pm - July 14

Decision deferred over plans for 35 apartments

A decision over plans for 35 apartments and four commercial units on the site of the Volvo car dealership in High Road, Chigwell, has been deferred. 

The area planning sub-committee tonight put off make a decision on the proposals pending publication of a viability statement for the scheme, and the attendance of the urban design officer at the meeting which will consider the application again.

The proposal - for nine one-bedroom and 26 two-bedroom apartments - was revised after initial submission to Epping Forest District Council with alterations having been made to the design, with a reduction in the number of homes from 40.

The plans, which were recommended for approval, detail an L-shaped main building fronting the High Road and Brook Mews. This building will be two-and-a-half storeys to the rear (Dickens Rise) raising to four storeys towards the front (High Road). 

To the rear, backing onto the railway line, there will be a separate two-storey block with two flats.

Twenty-nine car parking spaces are proposed with cycle parking for all flats.

Fifty-three letters of objection were sent to the district council opposing the development for various reasons - that the proposed development is too high and an over-development, not in character, and will result in an increase in traffic.

Objectors also said there was insufficient parking when parking issues while the proposals would impact on utilities, result in a loss of employment, and there being no affordable housing as part of the development.

Chigwell Parish Council chairman Celina Jefcoate told the planning meeting she was speaking as a representative for local residents as the parish council's 'no objection' decision had been taken by the previous council.

She told the meeting the parish council had received " lots of requests" opposing the development for various reasons, including the amount of parking proposed.

"You can't just stop using cars without a sustainable transport network."

She added Chigwell had only three London Underground trains an hour and only one bus service.

There are no cycle routes and no car sharing initiative, she added.

She said an equivalent density of 136 homes per hectare was "far too big" for Chigwell Village.

Barry Murphy, the applicant's agent, said the proposals "make the most effective use" of the land with the development suitable for first-time buyers and those wanting to downsize.

Chigwell Village district councillor Darshan Sunger said: "The key word is 'Village'. I'm all for protecting the visual and rural character of Chigwell Village."

He also questioned the parking provision and asked where were visitors going to park.

He said: "My fear is that they will use up some of the spaces that our local people use to park to shop in Brook Parade."

Councillor Kaz Rizvi highlighted the potential impact the amount of traffic the development would attract on Brook Parade which he described as "very much the heartbeat of our local economy".

Councillor Pranav Bhanot welcomed the inclusion of the commercial units and the employment opportunities adding that they "can only be of benefit to Chigwell".

Councillor Alan Lion said: "Looking at the properties, we're talking probably something like 70 cars and (with) 23 employees in the commercial units you're talking about 80 cars. 

"There's a major issue in terms of acceptability of that sort of parking."

The planning report stated that the parish council did not object "on the condition that the accordant viability assessments for affordable housing are conducted by the appointed housing officers". 

A planning officer's report stated: "The existing use (as a car showroom and workshop) has 17 full-time employees. The applicants have provided evidence that the proposed development (given the amount of commercial floorspace) has the capacity for 23 to 30 full-time employees. This would provide an increase in employment opportunities of between six to 13 full-time employees.

"In addition to increasing the employment capacity of the application site, the proposal is considered to have a positive impact on the vitality and viability of Brook Parade. 

"The addition of the proposed four commercial units will complement the existing local services provided by Brook Parade.

"With regards to the existing use, it is understood the lease is expiring and the size and layout of the site is not suitable for a modern car dealership due to the compromised vehicle access arrangements and the small forecourt area." 
7.20pm - July 9

EXCLUSIVE: Plan to demolish £25m mansion and build 15-bedroom property in its place

New plans have been drawn up to demolish a Chigwell property valued at almost £25m and build a 15-bedroom mansion in its place.

Planning permission has already been granted for a new property but now updated plans - to increase the size of the mansion by 17 per cent - have been submitted to Epping Forest District Council.

According to The Move Market website, the property - Broad Oaks at 34 High Road, Chigwell - was last sold in February 2019 for £23.25m, since when its value has increased by £1.668m.

The planning application details the demolition of the existing house, pool house and garage with other outbuildings and the building of a replacement 15-bedroom two-storey dwelling and garages.

Documents submitted with the planning application state: "The house has been rotated around its central axis by approximately 45 degrees. This was on the advice of the cultural and religious advisors to the applicant, who have requested that the front entrance faces East.

"There is no harm to openness, immediate landscape features or to access. The proposed dwelling remains as located on previously developed land.

"Many of the internal amendments also relate to this advice from the priest."

The document adds that the total volume of the new property, which includes a basement, is 9,130m3 - a 26.7 per cent increase on the existing property, and a 17 per cent increase on the already approved scheme.
12.59pm - June 24

Regeneration plans for Limes Farm Estate

The Limes Farm Estate is the first Epping Forest District Council housing estate to undergo regeneration work.

A pilot project is seeing the council work with residents to undertake planned maintenance and upgrading work.

Meanwhile a new residents association with 'block champions' has been set up as a direct communication channel between the council and the estate's residents.
4.12pm - May 27

Grange Farm Centre bids farewell to long-serving trustee

Trustees at the Grange Farm Centre, Chigwell, have thanked Roger Neville who has stood down having served as a trustee and treasurer of the Grange Farm Trust for over 20 years.  

He has lived in the area all his life and can remember visiting Grange Farm as a young lad, attending donkey derbys and enjoying the Olympic-sized swimming pool.  

Chairman of Trustees Trevor Johnson said: "It was therefore fitting that Roger was a driving force in getting the Grange Farm back on its feet.

"Using his brilliant financial mind and his love for the Grange Farm he was able to achieve the goals set out by the Charity Commission.  

"These achievements included not only the facilities that thousands of people enjoy every year but also a well run charity, financially supporting a large number of charities across Essex and London.   

"We wish Roger and his family all the best for the future and welcome him back anytime to enjoy the Grange Farm."
7.57am - May 19

Two men charged over assault

Two men have been charged in connection with the assault on a Rabbi in Limes Avenue. Chigwell, on Sunday afternoon.

The 31-year-old victim was treated in hospital for head wounds..

Abderrahman Brahimi, 25, and Souraka Djabouri, 18, both of Tudor Crescent, Ilford, are due to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday) charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, robbery and religiously aggravated criminal damage.
7.25pm - May 17

Police make two arrests over religiously-aggravated assault

Two people have been arrested in connection with a religiously-aggravated assault in Chigwell.

Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue Rabbi Rafi Goodwin was assaulted in Limes Avenue shortly after 1.15pm yesterday (Sunday).

It was reported he had been attacked with an unknown item following a verbal altercation.

He required hospital treatment and his phone was stolen.

Two men from Ilford, aged 18 and 25, were arrested this afternoon on suspicion of GBH with intent.

They are currently in custody.

Throughout today police officers have been engaging with local Jewish communities to provide reassurance and updates following the incident.

Community members and religious leaders, who are celebrating Shavuot, have been speaking to officers in Chigwell this morning.

Chief Superintendent Stuart Hooper said: "We know this is a very important time - a time for communities to come together, to be around each other and celebrate. We do not want anyone to feel that they cannot do that safely.

“Officers have spent the day speaking with the Jewish community to provide reassurance.

“At this time we do not believe this incident is related to events taking place overseas or incidents which have taken place elsewhere in the country.”

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone with any information about yesterday’s incident to contact us.

Anyone with information about the incident, relevant CCTV, dashcam or ring door bell footage - particularly in the areas of Limes Avenue, Tudor Crescent and Fencepiece Road - is asked to contact Loughton CID on 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/92174/21.
8.04am - May 17

Detectives treating attack on Rabbi as "religiously-aggravated" assault

​Detectives ​say they ​are progressing their investigation following reports of a religiously-aggravated assault ​after Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue Rabbi Rafi Goodwin was attacked in Limes Avenue, Chigwell, at about 1.15pm​ yesterday (Sunday​).

​A police spokesman said it is believed that two teenagers stepped out in front of ​his car whil​e​ he was driving, they shouted at him and spoke in a derogatory way about his religion before damaging the car.

When he got out of his car to confront them, he was attacked with an unknown object.​ ​During the attack ​his​ phone was stolen.

​Rabbi Rafi was taken to King George's Hospital in Ilford. He was allowed home after treatment.

The two boys - believed to be aged between 15 and 18 - are believed to have fled on foot.

They have both been described as of Asian ethnicity. One was 5ft 9ins tall and wore his hair in an Afro-style. The other was 5ft 7ins tall. Both wore black jackets and the latter wore grey tracksuit bottoms.

​The police spokesman added: "We know this incident may be concerning for those in the local area and we are working quickly to identify those responsible and to liaise with community leaders for any further support for those impacted."

Anyone with information is asked to ring Loughton CID on 101 quoting crime reference number 42/92174/21.

​Information can also be given through the Essex Police website, or by using the ‘Live Chat’ function.

​Information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
7.56pm - May 16

UPDATE: Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal has tweeted that Essex Police has confirmed it is treating the incident as an anti-semitic hate crime however it is not linking the motives of the crime to heightened tensions in the Middle East and the current hostilities in Israel and Palestine.

Essex Police is yet to issue a statement on the incident.

7.24pm - May 16

Rabbi "brutally attacked" on Limes Farm Estate

A Rabbi at the Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue has suffered head injuries in a "brutal" assault on the Limes Farm Estate.

Police have yet to release any information about the incident but Everything Epping Forest understands the attack on Rabbi Rafi Goodwin happened near Westmede on the estate this morning.

A statement issued by Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue said Rabbi Rafi was attacked suffered cuts to the top of his head and around one eye when he was assaulted by "by a couple of youths".

He was taken to King George's Hospital in Ilford. 

The statement added: "From the description of how the incident started, it does not, at this point, appear to be an anti-semitic attack."

The statement said: "The people on the Estate have been really supportive and sent many messages of sympathy".

Redbridge Council leader Jas Athwal said: "I am deeply disturbed and saddened to hear of the attack on Rabbi Rafi. Faith leaders and local residents have joined with me to send our best wishes to Rabbi Rafi for a speedy recovery.

"I am in regular contact with senior police officers to ensure the safety of local people.

"As a precautionary measure, police patrols are being increased around synagogues across the borough.

"Redbridge Council has offered all the support we can to the police to bring the perpetrators to justice and ensure the safety of worshippers going forward.

"We are proud of our rich diversity and active faith communities in Redbridge have a long track record of supporting each other."

He has urged anyone with any information about the "unprovoked and cowardly attack" to contact police.

He added: "I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Rabbi Rafi during this difficult time and myself, the police and Redbridge Council staff stand ready to support and assist the Chigwell and Hainault Shul."

Writing on Twitter, Mr Athwal said: "I am shocked and disturbed by the attack Rabbi Rafi.

"Redbridge and Essex Police have assured me that patrols will increase to ensure the safety of worshippers.

"I have reached out to our local Jewish communities to offer the full support of our council."

Rabbi Rafi's friend, Moshe Freedman - the Rabbi of New West End Synagogue - wrote on Twitter: "Please pray for my dear friend and colleague Rabbi Rafi Goodwin who has been brutally attacked this morning near to his synagogue in Chigwell."

Anyone with any information about the assault should ring police on 101.
2.51pm - May 1

48-hour cycle challenge raising money for India's COVID emergency

A 48-hour static cycle challenge is being held by members of the Chigwell Mandir (Temple) to raise money to provide critical care equipment for the COVID-19 victims in India.

The challenge started this morning (Saturday) and continues until Monday morning.

The fundraisers, aged between 16 and 65, were joined by Epping Forest MP Dame Eleanor Laing and Chigwell Parish Council chairman Pranav Bhanot for the start of the marathon challenge.

The Chigwell participants of the 'Cycle to Save Lives' India Covid Appeal - as well as others in Neasden and Leicester - aim to cover a distance of more than 7,600 kilometres, the distance between London and New Delhi.

Money raised will help the emergency Covid relief effort in India and support relief work undertaken by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha in India.

Dame Eleanor said: "I was delighted to be able to support such a magnificent fundraising effort.

"Everyone is heartbroken at the images coming out of India and the Covid-19 situation there. We all want to do what we can to help.

"The UK has very strong ties with India and it is great to see the Mandir community here in Chigwell taking this brilliant initiative. I sincerely hope that people all over the country will respond to this appeal."

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BAPS has already responded with a new 500-bed facility in Atladara, Gujarat, equipped with ICU facilities and life-saving oxygen as well as PPE for medical staff.

This is in addition to ongoing relief work in India since the pandemic began, with the distribution of hot meals, fresh vegetables, ration kits, N95 masks, and more.

An international emergency campaign has been launched to provide further critical care and support to the needy as the devastating second wave in India intensifies.
7.22pm - April 19

New sports centre officially opened at West Hatch High School


A new sports centre at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, has been officially opened.

The building includes a four badminton court sports hall, sprung floor dance studio, classroom and state-of-the-art fitness suite.

The opening ceremony was performed by former headteacher Frances Howarth. 

The new building is named Howarth Hall.

Current headteacher Daniel Leonard described the completion of the sports centre project as "the final piece of the puzzle" as the school sought to increase its facilities to help accommodate its growing student numbers.

Having agreed to increase the school's pupil admission number by an additional 60 students per year from September 2018, Essex County Council funded additional facilities at the school, building a nine-classroom English and Languages block as well as additional Science, Music, Technology classrooms and an extended dining area.

Mr Leonard said: "The sports centre is the final piece of the puzzle and the school now has the capacity it needs to support the additional students in each year group."

He added: "The students and staff at West Hatch have had to deal with significant delays, having been promised its new facilities in May 2019. 

"We are delighted however to finally have been provided with outstanding facilities that the students will be able to enjoy for many years to come."

Mrs Howarth, who served at the school for 28 years, was headteacher for almost 20 years before she retired in 2017. 

She originally joined the High Road school as Head of Music and after four years left to become a local authority education advisor before returning as deputy headteacher in 1993. 

She was appointed headteacher in 1999. 

The opening of Howarth Hall was performed in the presence of Chair of Governors John Haley, members of the Governing Body, the school's Senior Team and other leaders, and Essex County Council School Effectiveness Partner Robin Harbord.

Mrs Howarth was passionate about sport and relentlessly explored avenues to build a sports centre at West Hatch. 

She said: "I feel very humble. It's something the school has wanted for so many years and it has been well worth waiting for.

"It's a wonderful facility that will give years of enjoyment to students and staff."

Mr Leonard said: "I am so proud of what we’ve achieved but also how well the students and staff have coped with the disruption and delays of the project. 

"We finally have facilities we can be truly proud of and are able to provide first-class sports, science, music and English rooms for our students. 

"We have been delighted to be able to take 60 more students from our community for each of the last three years with another 249 students joining us in September. 

"We will continue to work hard to build upon our existing capacity and strive to always provide our students with a first-class educational experience. 

"I’d like to thank the staff at Essex County Council for working with the school and providing us with such an amazing provision.

"I am also proud to be able to name the sports centre after such a passionate and dedicated headteacher, Frances Howarth, who did so much for our community during her long and distinguished tenure.”

The school's sports facilities - including the swimming pool, extensive courts and fields and the new sports centre including the dance studio - are available for hire by external clubs. 

For more details, email the school's finance office at
UPDATE 7.32pm - April 12

CHIGWELL: Man 'dragged into van' in kidnapping ordeal - police

Armed police were involved in the arrest of two men in Chigwell after a man is alleged to have been dragged into the back of a van in a "brazen" kidnapping in South Woodford.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident which happened yesterday afternoon.

The Metropolitan Police Service, in a statement issued this afternoon, said officers were called at about 3pm yesterday to Queen Mary Avenue, South Woodford, with reports that a man had been kidnapped.

Witnesses told police they had seen two men get out of a grey Ford transit van and drag a man into the back of the vehicle after punching him a number of times. 

A third suspect was also inside the van.

The van then drove off, closely followed by a black BMW – the driver of whom had been speaking with the victim moments before the arrival of the van.

Officers searched the area. 

The van was traced to the Chigwell area and subsequently stopped in Brook Parade, Chigwell. 

Three men left the van and ran off.

Police later arrested two men, aged in their 20s. They were later charged.

The victim, aged in his 30s, was recovered from the back of the van and taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Enquiries are ongoing to trace the third suspect in the van, as well as the driver of the BMW.

Detective Sergeant Sajid Asghar, from the Met's East Area Command Unit, said: “This was a brazen act on the part of the suspects; carried out in broad daylight while a number of shocked witnesses looked on. 

"Thankfully officers responded swiftly to get the victim to safety, and we are now appealing to the public to help us apprehend and bring to justice the dangerous individuals responsible.”

Anyone with information is asked to ring police on 101 quoting CAD3695/11Apr. Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
6.19pm - April 11

Armed police incident: Two men arrested for kidnap and false imprisonment

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and false imprisonment during an armed police incident in Chigwell.

The incident centered on the Brook Parade and High Road area with eyewitnesses reporting numerous police vehicles, including a dog unit, with the police helicopter overhead.

In a statement issued to Everything Epping Forest, a Metropolitan Police Service spokesman - who confirmed the involvement of armed officers - said: "Officers were dispatched to Brook Way, Chigwell, shortly before 4pm after a vehicle of interest was located in the area.

"Two men were arrested nearby on suspicion of kidnap and false imprisonment.

"They have been taken into custody at an east London police station."
3.54pm - April 3

Man faces seven burglary charges

A man has been charged with seven burglaries after two men were arrested when Epping Forest Police Community Safety Team officers carried out a routine stop on a vehicle in Lambourne Road, Chigwell.

​Two men, aged 24 and 34, were arrested over numerous offences committed in London and Essex.

​The other man has been ​released on police bail pending further enquiries.
3.05pm - March 25

"Horrendous" or "majestic" - how two councillors describe homes in one of the most expensive roads in Essex

Councillors in Chigwell have come out in defence of one of the most exclusive roads in Essex - where the average property price is over £1.8m - after a Loughton councillor said the palatial homes were "all as horrendous as each other".

According to a recent survey by house price valuation specialist Mouseprice, Stradbroke Drive is the 25th most expensive road in Essex - and the seventh most expensive in the Epping Forest district.

The road is lined with palatial, gated, exclusively designed properties.

But Loughton Independent councillor Stephen Murray is not a fan of the road which is one of the most exclusive - and expensive - addresses in the county.

Speaking during a district council debate over a planning application for a new property in the road, Mr Murray said he supported the application because it fitted in with the rest of the road.

"If people like that, that's fine," he said.

He told the local area planning sub-committee: "Having this application was quite useful because it gave me an opportunity  to drive down a road I'd never ever been in before and I have to say, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I didn't see a single property I liked. I thought they were all as horrendous as each other."

He added: "This (the proposed new property) is in keeping with the rest of the road and I understand it's a premier road but I have to be honest - I'm absolutely delighted that we've got nothing like this in Loughton Roding."

Chigwell councillor Darshan Sunger jumped to the defence of Stradbroke Drive telling the meeting: "We are very proud of some of our majestic homes that we have in this premier drive and I will stick up for the residents.

"I am very proud of some of the designs from the people that live there. To say it's a horrible turning is not fair but nevertheless we are very proud of this turning and the people that live here in Chigwell."

The final words in the debate came from Grange Hill councillor Sheree Rackham, who was chairing the meeting.

"There's some beautiful houses down there," she said. "One man's castle is probably not another man's castle."

According to the reported Mouseprice survey,  Theydon Road, Epping, is the second most expensive road in Essex (with an average property price of £2,619,167) with Coopersale Street, Epping, fourth (£2,308,762)  Mount End, Epping, sixth (£2,146,119), Forest Lane, Chigwell, seventh (£2,131,870)  Houblons Hill, Epping, ninth (£2,059,000) and Alderton Hill, Loughton, in 23rd place in the county (£1,813,983).
4.40pm - March  22

Man suffers life-threatening injuries in road crash

Police are appealing for information after a man suffered life-threatening injuries when a Ford Kuga left Chigwell High Road and hit an electrical unit at the side of the road.

The crash happened at the junction with Chigwell Rise at about 11.25am.

Police remain at the scene and expect the roads to remain closed until at least 5pm while investigations continue.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, has information about the collision or has dashcam footage should submit a report online at or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.

Information can also be given by ringing 101 (and quoting incident number 411 of Monday, March 22) or ringing Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
5.35pm - March  19

School thanks COVID-19 testing volunteers

West Hatch High School has completed more than 2,300 COVID-19 lateral flow tests over eight days - thanks to the efforts of the school's COVID-19 testing volunteers.

Tests have been carried out on students in all year groups, from Year 7 to Year 13.

About 40 members of the school community have volunteered to support the school with the volunteers including members of students' families and members of the Governing Body.

Headteacher Daniel Leonard said: "We are so grateful to everyone who stepped up, were so giving of their time for training and testing and helped us keep our school a safe environment."

He added: "I cannot thank our volunteers enough for the time they have given to the school, and also the kindness and care they have given our students while carrying out the testing process. 

"I am also delighted with the way our students have coped with returning to school and being tested over the course of their first week back. I feel very proud to be part of the West Hatch family.”

Students have now been provided with home test kits and will no longer be tested at school.
7.41pm - March  8

Students praised for "exemplary" behaviour on first day back at school

Students at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, have been praised for their "exemplary" behaviour and attitude as they returned to school today.

Some 650 students were in school today with almost 300 undergoing a COVID-19 test. Other students had taken a test in the local community.

It was the first 'roadmap' day back at school for many students who were in the classroom after several months of home learning.

Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 students were back today with Key Stage 5 students returning next Monday.

Dozens of volunteers from the school community were in the school today assisting with the testing process.

Headteacher Daniel Leonard said: "It was wonderful to see our Key Stage 4 and 5 students in school today. Their behaviour and attitude has been exemplary.

"The additional requests we have had to make such as masks and testing have been dealt with without complaint and I can’t praise them all enough. Well done to all our students and staff.

"It’s so nice to have some normality back and we are all looking forward to our Key Stage 3 students joining us in school next Monday (March 15)."

Some 270 students took COVID-19 tests today with the daily number set to change depending on the year groups involved.

Mr Leonard said: "We are delighted to have around 50 volunteers - parents, grandparents and governors - supporting us with a number of our support staff involved as well. 

"As with all schools it has been a huge effort but we are delighted with the response and the support we have had from everyone in the community and also for the support we have had from Essex County Council and Redbridge Public Health with our community testing." 
2.47pm - February 24

Woman suffers head injury in collision

A woman suffered a head injury when she was in collision with a vehicle on Manor Road, Chigwell.

Police were called at 4pm yesterday (Tuesday) following a report that a vehicle had been in collision with a pedestrian.

A police spokesman told Everything Epping Forest: "The woman sustained a minor head injury and was taken to hospital for treatment."

The road was shut until 7pm while police dealt with the incident.
3.27pm - February 17

Fitness instructor sets running challenge

Fitness instructor Ros Conway, from Chigwell, is challenging herself to run 5km and is holding online fitness sessions for Rare Disease Day on February 28.

Her efforts are raising awareness of aplastic anaemia, which she was diagnosed with almost three years ago, and to raise money for the Aplastic Anaemia Trust.

Aplastic Anaemia is a rare condition that occurs when your body stops producing enough blood cells. 

The condition leaves sufferers fatigued and prone to infections and uncontrolled bleeding. If untreated it can be fatal.

The only cure is a stem cell transplant from a donor although this is not an option for everyone. Some patients are on supportive medication to control the condition.

The Aplastic Anaemia Trust, which relies on donations, supports aplastic anaemia sufferers and their families and raises funds for research into the disease.

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9.12am - February 16

Six households evacuate homes after flat blaze

Six households had to evacuate their homes when a fire broke out in the kitchen of a flat in Trotwood, Chigwell, last night.

Three fire crews - from Loughton, Waltham Abbey and Hainault - were called out shortly before 8.30pm after the blaze spread out of control after the resident had tried to tackle the fire in the kitchen while cooking. 

An Essex County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman added that the resident got out of the flat, stayed out and called the fire service.

Five other families in the block of flats also evacuated when hearing their neighbour's smoke alarms.

On arrival, fire crews reported that the second-storey flat had flames and smoke coming out of the windows.

They had put out the fire by 9pm.

The flat suffered smoke and water damage.

Firefighters remained at the scene to ventilate the flat and the neighbouring flats.

Watch Manager Mark Lemon, from Loughton Fire Station, said: “Most house fires start in the kitchen so we’d urge the public to be extra careful when cooking. 

"If you discover a fire in your home, get out of the property, stay out and dial 999."
2.09pm - February 12

Investigation launched into workshop blaze

An investigation has been launched into the cause of a blaze which destroyed several cars and a workshop in Gravel Lane, Chigwell.

Firefighters were called to the workshop at about 4pm yesterday and took two-and-a-half hours to put out the fire.

Crews from Epping and Hainault were first on the scene, with firefighters arriving to find the workshop completely alight.

They requested two additional crews, from Brentwood and Loughton, to assist.

Monitoring Officer Dave Bond said: "With cars and cylinders inside the workshop, and other buildings close by, firefighters worked hard to bring the fire under control and stop it spreading."
11.51am - January 21

Students take part in 'Bake Off' challenge

Almost 100 students at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, have put their baking skills to the test by taking part in the 'Great West Hatch Bake Off'.

Following the start of the latest COVID-19 'lockdown', the school wanted to continue with the competitive ethos between its 'Houses' and provide pupils with some fun tasks away from normal lessons, whilst providing them with opportunities to earn 'House' points for rewards when they return to school.

Students came up with creative tasty treats at home and sent in pictures of their baking results.

After a week of baking the competition resulted in a tie between Austen House and Brunel House. 

Following the success of the 'Bake Off', the school is now holding weekly house competitions with students now embarking on the second challenge - 'Art Attack'.

Tom McGarr, PE teacher and Student Wellbeing co-ordinator, said “It is great to see so many students and staff get involved with competitive challenges to demonstrate the pride that everyone has for their respective Houses. 

"The hope is that the competitions will bring families together at the same time, whilst also enabling students to learn about different coping strategies through difficult times. 

"Other competitions to come will see exercise, science, cooking and many more skills developed.”
9.10am - January 16

Four charged after £340,000 in cash and cocaine seized

Four suspected members of an Albanian organised crime group - including a man from Chigwell - have been charged with money laundering and drug supply offences after £340,000 in cash and cocaine worth £400,000 was seized.

Officers from the Organised Crime Partnership (OCP), a joint National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Service unit, arrested the men on Wednesday at addresses across London and Essex.

Rrustem Dauti, 30, and Fisnik Kurtucai, 32, were arrested by officers on Cambridge Road North, Chiswick, on suspicion of money laundering after officers recovered a bag containing approximately £100,000 cash.

The OCP arrested another man, Florian Meshi, 22, for immigration and drug supply offences whilst searching Dauti’s property in Trotwood, Chigwell, where a further £140,000 in cash and a cutting agent for cocaine was seized.

A search of  Meshi’s address was carried out where officers arrested a fourth man, Azem Gashi, 26, for drug offences after four kilos of cocaine were found at the property, along with approximately £100,000 in cash.

All four men have been remanded in custody to appear at Isleworth Crown Court on February 12.

Organised Crime Partnership operations m,anager Matt McMillan said: “The NCA and Met continue to work in partnership to detect and apprehend individuals suspected of profiting from drug trafficking.

"These were large cash seizures, with the ability to cause serious disruption to serious and organised crime."
2.33pm - January 5

CHIGWELL: Man arrested after police smell cannabis

A 28-year-old man from London has been released by police under investigation after being arrested for suspected drug driving in Copperfield, Chigwell.

Patrolling officers noticed a smell of cannabis coming from the vehicle in front of them and stopped it at 9.50pm on Saturday.

A man gave a positive drugs test for cannabis and was arrested on suspicion of drug driving by a Special Constabulary officer. 

The man has been released under investigation pending the results of a blood test.
12.10pm - January 4

Trees and shrubs plan for Limes Farm Estate

Plans for planting new trees and shrubs around the Limes Farm Estate in Chigwell are underway.  

Epping Forest District Council says it is working with residents to agree plans for improving the estate.

Limes Farm residents recently suggested the planting of new trees and this is now being expanded to include large planting areas of different types, including trees, shrubs and wildflower meadows. 

Plans are in the early stages but it is hoped some work will start this year. 

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