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(September 25, 2021) - Essex cricketer Ryan ten Doeschate, who lives in Epping, talks about his career and plans for the future after his decision to retire at the end of the 2021 season CLICK HERE

(September 11, 2021) - Epping Forest District Council chairman Helen Kane opens the new Buckhurst Hill Football Club stand on the day the club played the biggest match in its history CLICK HERE

(August 25, 2021) - A blue plaque is unveiled at one of the former Epping homes of 'Brambly Hedge' creator Jill Barklem CLICK HERE

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The latest bulletin reports on the planting of a tree in memory of Debden Park High School student Harley Watson who died almost two years ago, and looks ahead to the return of the Waltham Abbey Cavalcade of Light.
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6.59pm - Monday, November 8

LOUGHTON: Re-think call over plan for 2,300 trees on Jessel Green

Five district councillors are challenging the decision of a district council portfolio holder to approve the planting of 2,300 trees on Jessel Green in Debden - on land which had been earmarked for more than 150 homes as part of the yet-to-be-approved Local Plan.

Loughton Residents Association councillor Chris Pond is the lead councillor of the quintet of members who have 'called in' the decision of housing services portfolio holder Holly Whitbread to plant the trees after Epping Forest District Council was awarded about £65,000 in grant funding through the Forestry Commission’s Local Authorities Treescapes Fund.

A district council report published last month stated: "The proposed planting at Jessel Green aims to bring the many benefits of increased tree cover; these include an enhanced local environment, increased biodiversity, carbon storage, reduced flood risk and improved air quality."

However councillor Pond told Everything Epping Forest today that  Jessel Green has been an open space since about 1850, and was historically the area's 'horkey down' where the harvest home was celebrated.

He said: "Much as we like trees and want to see more planted, we think Ms Whitbread is wrong to want to plant 2,000 on Jessel Green."

The five councillors held what Mr Pond described as a "very amicable" informal meeting over the issue last week with Mr Pond adding "they now acknowledge the 2,000 should be spread around a bit".

A further meeting is planned for early December.

Mr Pond added: "2,300 trees on ten acres is just too dense and would change the character of the place, which of course only three years ago Epping Forest District Council were trying to plant with houses and flats rather than trees!"

Jessel Green was earmarked for more than 150 homes in the original Epping Forest District Council Local Plan proposals but Local Plan inspector Louise Philiips ordered that the area should be removed from the document.

Councillor Whitbread has been approached for her reaction to the call-in.
2.15pm - Monday, November 8

LOUGHTON: Bomb disposal team called to "unexploded ordnance"

A bomb disposal team has been called to a property in Loughton following the discovery of "a piece of unexploded ordnance".

A police spokesman told Everything Epping Forest: "We were called to reports of a piece of unexploded ordnance found at an address in Woodland Road, Loughton at about 10.30am today (Monday).

"Military explosive experts have been called and will make the item safe."

An eyewitness has told Everything Epping Forest a bomb disposal unit vehicle was seen in The Drive, and returned about 20 minutes later.
9.08am - Monday, November 8

UPSHIRE: Teenager seriously injured in road crash

A 19-year-old man has suffered serious injuries and two other people have been taken to hospital as a precaution following an incident on Horseshoe Hill, Upshire.

Police say the collision involved a silver Clio sometime before 8.30pm last night (Sunday).

A spokesman said: "A 19-year-old man sustained serious injuries and has been taken to hospital. Two other occupants of the vehicle have been taken to hospital as a precaution."

Officers want to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw the collision or the car shortly before it happened.

Anyone with any information or dashcam footage should submit a report online at, use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am and 11pm, ring 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111  quoting incident 1414 of November 7.
8.21pm - Sunday, November 7

ABRIDGE: Councillor praises pub's Remembrance display

Ongar & Rural county councillor Jaymey McIvor has praised the efforts of the Blue Boar pub in Abridge in marking the period of Remembrance saying its display of poppies "set the standard".

Councillor McIvor is encouraging people to share pictures of Remembrance events using the hashtag #ongarruralremembers.

He said: “It’s fair to say that the Blue Boar in Abridge has set the standard. 

"I know so many businesses and community groups make a great effort for this important period of remembrance and reflection. 

"It is only right that we share all of these so that we can inspire others to do the same."
3.33pm - Sunday, November 7

CHIGWELL: 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."
9.22am - Sunday, November 7

WALTHAM ABBEY: Various events to form Festival of Light

A host of events are being held this year as part of the inaugural Festival of Light in Waltham Abbey.

The festival begins with the traditional Cavalcade of Light through the town on Friday, November 26.

The parade, involving floats and individuals, will set off as usual from the Cornmill car park at 7pm, for the Christmas lights switch-on outside Waltham Abbey Town Hall.

Then, in a change to previous years, the parade will follow a route along Quaker Lane before turning into Sun Street.

Waltham Abbey Town Council will award a prize for the best float (£1,000) and the best walking entry (£500).

A Christmas Sing-A-Long will take place directly following the parade outside the Abbey Church (7.45pm).

Also on that day, the Epping Forest District Museum in Sun Street will be open until late (5pm to 7pm).

On Sunday, November 28, a Festival of Light Carols and Christmas Tales service will be held at St Thomas' Church, Upshire (4pm) and a Service of Music and Readings for Advent will be held at the Abbey Church (6.30pm).

On Monday, November 29, a Ninefields Christmas Extravaganza event will take place at Hillhouse Square, Ninefields (7pm).

A Christmas Market will be held on Saturday, December 4.

A Carol Service will be held at the Baptist Church, Paradise Road, Waltham Abbey, at 4.30pm on Sunday, December 19.

Local groups and organisations - including schools - as well as individuals are invited to take part in the Cavalcade of Light procession while Festival of Light organisers are encouraging people to create-a-lantern which can be taken to any of the events.

For more details about the Christmas Market and to register an entry for the Cavalcade of Light procession, email

More details about all the Festival of Light events can be found at

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11 - The Roding Players Orchestra 30th Anniversary Gala Concert, St Mary's Church, 201 High Road, Loughton, IG10 1BB (7.30pm). Tickets available on the door priced £8 (£7 concessions, free for under-11s). Card payment preferred. Refreshments included.
The orchestra is always looking for new players, especially brass.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4 - Felicitas Chamber Choir presents 'Rejoice and Sing! A Christmas Celebration', the Abbey Church, Highbridge Street, Waltham Abbey (7.30pm). Music director: Simon Winters; harpist Rachel Bartels. Tickets £15 (£12 if purchased in advance - free for children and full-time students under 25).

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3.18pm - Friday, November 5

EPPING: Playground fundraisers launch Crowdfunding appeal

Epping Playground Association has launched a Crowdfunding page to boost its fundraising efforts to provide new equipment for the Lower Swaines recreation ground in Epping.

The group wants to redevelop the area to cater for three age groups - toddlers (0 to 5 years), juniors (five to eight years) and an specialist sports and recreation area for eight to 16-year-olds.

Plans for each area have been drawn up with the help of children and young people to benefit physical stimulation, social engagement and cognitive growth.

You can find out more about the Crowdfunding initiative at
1.14pm - Friday, November 5

LOUGHTON: Town council receives playground awards

The Traps Hill playground in Loughton has been named outright winner of Essex Playing Fields Association's award for children's playgrounds.

Loughton Town Council has also received a gold certificate in Class 1 (playing fields serving communities of more than 2,500 residents) for the Roding Valley recreation ground, and a merit certificate in Class 3 (children’s playgrounds) for the Westall Road playground.

The Traps Hill playground was judged outright winner from some 120 entrants.

The town council has thanked its various play industry contractors and inspectors, its park warden team, Epping Forest District Council's grounds maintenance team and all the volunteers who undertake daily litter picking at the Roding Valley recreation ground.

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Praise for pub's Remembrance display
BUCKHURST HILL FC: Chairman hails table-toppers ahead of history-making cup tie
DAME ELEANOR LAING MP: MP switches on Chigwell Diwali lights
EPPING TOWN COUNCIL: Playground fundraisers launch Crowdfunding appeal
COUNCILLOR JAYMEY McIVOR: Councillor launches Remembrance hashtag
BUCKHURST HIIL FC: Club prepares for first ever home cup tie under lights
EPPING TOWN COUNCIL: Council opposes Lindsey Street homes
EPPING TOWN COUNCIL: Council launches festive window competition
BUCKHURST HILL FC: Girls team up with Leyton Orient
ONGAR TOWN FORUM: Santa's sleigh at market
WALTHAM ABBEY TOWN COUNCIL: Cavalcade of Light returns
DAME ELEANOR LAING MP: Epping Halloween shop window competition
ONGAR TOWN FORUM: November market preview
BUCKHURST HILL FC: BHFC 3 v Haverhill Borough 2
EPPING TOWN COUNCIL: Playground fundraisers receive boost

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Susan Burton, who lives near Hainault Forest, has a passionate interest in ancient history, archaeology, mythology and above all story-telling. After spending more than 20 years writing copy for other people she has decided to write for herself, drawing on her knowledge, imagination and love of a tall tale.

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Campling Foods

Campling Foods 'Meals on Wheels' service delivers hot, freshly prepared meals daily to the elderly and vulnerable in our community. Developed by our talented team, we offer a choice of comforting and familiar meals that are not only nutritious but delicious too! We also include a tasty homemade desert with every order, all for a total price of £6.99 per day, delivered.
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We offer meals of excellent quality and invite you to try our delicious food. The key to our success is simple: providing quality, consistent food that taste great every single time.
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New City College | Epping Forest (formerly Epping Forest College)
Offering a wide range of courses for 16 to 18-year-olds and adults. Epping Forest Campus achievement rates are higher than ever with a 13.6 per cent increase over 2018, making it one of the fastest and best improvements of all colleges in the country. Website

The Roding Players Orchestra

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