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Charity Christmas Fayre in Loughton on 26th November

Keeley Lexton is organising a Charity Christmas Fayre on 26th November 11am – 4pm at the Loughton Club, 8 Station Road, Loughton, IG10 4NX to help raise money for the British Heart Foundation, which is a charity close to her family’s hearts.  Keeley’s family have lost family members due to heart conditions as well as her partner losing his father 13 years ago. 

At this event there will be a raffle held at 3pm with amazing prizes that have been generously donated from companies and stall holders which include family swimming days, bowling, Kidspace, cinema tickets, Nandos voucher, paint balling and more.  There will be various stalls including a Santa’s grotto, face painting & glitter tattoos, homemade jams & spreads, personalised baubles, Christmas cards & gifts, Usborne Books, clairvoyant, horse themed gifts, pet stall and sweet stall.  In addition an author called Graham Clingbine and a singer called Charlotte Ambrose will be present and much more. 

Entrance fee is £1.00 for an adult and 50p for a child and all money raised from the raffle and entrance will all be donated to the British Heart Foundation.  So if you are looking for a day out with your family or thinking of making a start on Christmas shopping or to even be in with a chance to win some great prizes from the raffle then this will be the right place for you.  Why not go along and have some seasonal fun and help raise some money for the British Heart Foundation?    

School's Arsenal star supports charity football match


A group of former students who left Davenant Foundation School in 2010 continue to raise money in memory of their friend Peter Cross who, very sadly, died of leukaemia, aged 20.

A special football match was organised between the school’s 1st XI and their 2010 counterparts organised and managed by ex-Davenant student and Arsenal player Carl Jenkinson.

He and his friends pulled together their squad, publicised the match and have so far raised over £1,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The result of an entertaining match was a 3-1 victory for the Old Boys. The Davenant team represented themselves well and impressed Carl and his friends.

Headteacher Chris Seward was pleased to give his permission for the match. He said: “Carl and his friends came to see me and asked if they could have a game in memory of Peter Cross. They have such great memories of their school days and, in particular, of Peter and it was a pleasure to allow the event to happen."

The former students will continue to remember Peter and hope to have another game in his memory in the years ahead.

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Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing sponsors women’s rights 150-year exhibition in Parliament


Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing has sponsored an important new exhibition in Parliament charting 150 years of progress on women’s rights and gender equality.

The exhibition has been produced by the UK’s leading sex equality charity, the Fawcett Society to mark the 150th anniversary of the date of the presentation to Parliament of the first petition for women’s votes.

Millicent Fawcett collected signatures on that first petition, but at 19 was too young to sign it herself.

She then went on to lead the constitutional campaign for women’s votes (the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies) and was in Parliament to witness the granting of universal suffrage in 1928, 62 years later.

The suffrage movement was not only campaigning for votes for women but also wanted to achieve wider social transformation of access to education, property rights even the right for women to exist in their own right and not only as the property of a man.

The Fawcett Society, established in Millicent Fawcett’s name, is marking its 150th anniversary with a timeline in Parliament and a call to speed up the pace of change.

The charity has also published a book about the history of the suffrage movement, In the steps of exceptional women: the history of the Fawcett Society, by Jane Grant.

Mrs Laing will be donating a copy of the book to all the secondary schools in the Epping Forest constituency.

Adding her voice in support Eleanor Laing MP said: “I am delighted to support this important exhibition. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Millicent Fawcett and the suffragists and suffragettes who campaigned alongside her.

“This is why I will be donating a book about our suffrage history to all the Epping Forest secondary schools. I hope that all pupils, boys and girls, will get the opportunity to find out more about this crucial part of our past.

"I want the young people in my constituency to experience a future free from sex discrimination. Equality – it’s about time.”

Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, said: “We are very grateful to Eleanor Laing for her support and help with bringing this exhibition to parliament. It is fitting that it should be there for the 150th anniversary of the petition presentation.

“By understanding our past we can make sex discrimination history. We don’t want to wait another 150 years for equality.”


 From 14 September to 19 October, award-winning charity Create is bringing together students from SEN and mainstream schools in Essex to produce artwork collaboratively that will be exhibited in a two month show at KPMG’s office in Canary Wharf, London. The show is showcasing artwork created by young people with and without disabilities working with Create’s professional artists.

In the first phase of the project, students from Beacon Hill Academy and Ockendon Academy will work with Create’s professional photographer Tracey Fahy and sculptor Maru Rojas to produce a large-scale photo-collage. The young people will explore the theme “Our World” to identify similarities and initiate a shared understanding within the group.

In the second phase of the project, students from Little Heath School and Oaks Park High School will collaborate in film workshops. Guided by Create’s professional filmmaker Aoife Twomey, young people with and without disabilities will direct and star in their own short films and discover the intricacies of camerawork, acting, animation and digital editing.

Young people with disabilities are more likely to experience bullying and research has shown that 67% of the British public feel uncomfortable talking to disabled people. Create’s creative:connection programme allows young people with and without disabilities, who may never meet under ordinary circumstances, to collaborate on creative projects, breaking down barriers and developing shared understanding. Create uses the creative arts to promote community cohesion and engender inclusivity in the next generation.

Create’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Nicky Goulder, commented, Collaborating on creative arts projects is a fantastic way of stimulating conversation and friendship, and can help young people to become more empathetic and understanding. This important exhibition will showcase the creativity and imagination of the inspiring young people that we are working with, demonstrating how the creative arts can bring people closer together and giving them a huge sense of achievement.”

Funders: The Queen’s Trust

Poet inspires Hereward pupils

Inspirational poet Chrissy Gittins visited Hereward Primary School, Loughton, as part of its annual 'Poetry Week'.

She recited from her published books in the school hall to both staff and pupils who thoroughly enjoyed her poems and performance.

In addition, many classes were given the opportunity to work with Ms Gittins in the form of poetry workshops where they explored their creative sides with her expert input.

The school's English co-ordinator Latoya Ekrem said: "It was wonderful to have such a renowned poet visit the school.

“She kick-started our Poetry Week with her enthusiasm for her craft."