The Dream Factory charity ball set to raise over £70,000

Town Mayor Barbara Scruton's chosen charity the Dream Factory's fundraising ball looks set to have raised over £70,000. X-Factor singer Lydia Lucy and acrobatic and dance act Donovan and Rebecca provided the entertainment at the star-studded event held at Orsett Hall, Orsett, on Saturday. An auction hosted by EastEnders actor and comedian Terry Alderton included a host of donated 'lots' including signed football shirts from Pele and David Beckham and signed memorabilia from Olly Murs and Kylie Minogue. The Monte Carlo-themed ball also saw a Funky Casino, Roulette and Black Jack Tables and a Formula One car simulator. The Dream Factory founder Avril Mills said: "I am delighted that we have ra

Community Games - Grant Funding Available

After the great success of the Community Games in Essex in 2014 and still building on the Legacy of the London 2012 Games, Active Essex, the County Sports Partnership of Essex, are once again inviting communities to take part in the Community Games, which is a way for you to bring your community together to take part in sporting and cultural activities! The Community Games aims to get people to stage their own events and to bring communities together to take part in sporting and cultural activities where the community can organise their event in a way that works for them, but whatever the focus, you should provide an opportunity for everyone in your community to participate. The events will

Oh! What a Lovely War

Epping 414 Squadron ATC are preparing for their performance of Oh! What a Lovely War at Epping Hall this Saturday. The play has been re-written to pay tribute to the fallen of Epping. The Town Council has agreed to allow the performance to go ahead in Epping Hall without charge so that all proceeds can go to the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal. Tickets can be purchased from or by calling 01279 417815 (evenings) Pictured: Town Mayor Barbara Scruton attends a rehearsal of Epping 414 Squadron's production of Oh! What a Lovely War. PIcture Courtesy of Everything Epping Forest

Toilets Out of Service

There is currently a problem with water supply to the Baker's Lane Public Toilets. The issue has been reported to Affinity Water and we are awaiting attendance by their staff. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will re-open the toilets as soon as water can be restored. Edit: The toiilets re-opened on Thursday 27th November.

The Essex Great War Archive

In recent weeks we have stopped to remember the sacrifice made by our armed forces in defence of our country. This year was more poignant we marked 100 years since the start of the Great War. To mark this, the Essex County Record Office has joined with The Friends of Historic Essex in creating the Essex Great War Archive Project which will run from 2014 to 2018. The Record Office will collect items relating to Essex during the war such as photographs, letters, diaries and community records and official documents from wartime organisations. The Friends will raise funds to conserve, catalogue and digitise the archives, both new acquisitions and some that are already held at the ERO. If you can

Epping Remembers

The people of Epping turned out in large numbers to honour the fallen in Sunday's Remembrance ceremonies. As is traditional, after representatives of the Town had laid wreaths and the names of the town's fallen had been read aloud, the Epping pipe band led a procession down the HIgh Street. Town Mayor Barbara Scruton is pictured with Chairman of the Epping Forest District Council, Tony Boyce, laying their wreaths at the memorial. Picture: Everything Epping Forest

Dedication of the Garden of Remembrance

Town Mayor Barbara Scruton took part in this morning's dedication of the Garden of Remembrance at Epping War Memorial. Also at the dedication of the Garden of Remembrance were Epping Forest District Council chairman Tony Boyce, Epping deputy mayor Michael Wright and representatives of the Epping and District branch of the Royal British Legion. The dedication was followed by an Act of Remembrance at the war graves in Epping Cemetery where wreaths were laid by Mr Boyce, Mrs Scruton and Kevin Toole, president of the Epping and District branch of the Royal British Legion. Picture: Everything Epping Forest

Stars to attend Dream Factory Charity Ball

An X-Factor singer, a Britain’s Got Talent finalist and an auction hosted by actor and comedian Terry Alderton will be among the highlights of The Dream Factory’s ball on Saturday, November 22. The event, being held at Orsett Hall, Orsett, is already a sell-out with more than 250 people having booked tickets. The evening will feature X-Factor star Lydia Lucy and the Crazee Horse acrobatic duo which reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent. The Monte Carlo-themed ball will also see a Funky Casino, Roulette and Black Jack Tables and Formula One car simulator. Providing the music will be Martin Bell and The Atlantic All Star Band. Among the auction items will be signed football shirts from Pel

Epping Ongar Railway wins Heritage award

The Epping Ongar Railway received an award from English Heritage last night in respect of a re-enactment of the WWII evacuation of school children from London held last year. The re-enactment took schooldchildren in period dress to Epping by tube and then by bus and steam train to Ongar. The award which was in recognition of the Railway's contribution to the Heritage Schools Programme, was presented by Billy Bragg and the Mayor of the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, Cllr Councillor Elizabeth Kangethe at a special ceremony held in Barking. Rodger Green, Retail Manager,who accepted the award on behalf of the Railway said, “I was delighted to receive this award on behalf of the volunteers

New Waste Contract for Epping starts today

New waste contractor plans to recycle even more Today, newly-appointed contractor Biffa Municipal will start collecting Epping Forest’s household recycling and refuse, heralding some changes to help the district recycle even more. These changes won’t alter Epping Forest’s well-proven system of 2 wheeled bins (1 for refuse, the other for food and garden waste), recycling sacks (for ‘dry’ recyclables like paper, cardboard, metal cans and plastic containers) and a blue box (for glass containers), or collection frequencies. Biffa, whose 40-plus local authority clients include some of England’s best recycling authorities, starts work on Monday 3 November 2014, there will be one immediate change –

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