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Year 6 pupils at Hereward go out in style

Children in Year 6 at Hereward Primary School, Loughton, performed their leavers' play, 'Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies', to a packed hall of parents, carers and family members.

The talented pupils impressed everyone with the enthusiasm of their performance and sheer confidence in the way they sang, danced and acted. Following the show, all of the Year 6 children received their leavers' certificates from ex-staff member Dosha Salisbury.

Headteacher Matt Woolard then presented some children with cups to recognise their academic achievements.

The winners of the Achievement Cups were:

Reading Assessments - 1st Amelia Anakwue; 2nd Elliot Chow; 3rd Teri Sandford

Writing Assessments - 1st Valentino Milen; 2nd Amelia Anakwue; 3rd Abigail King.

Mathematics Assessments - 1st Elliot Chow; 2nd Oliver Anderson; 3rd Amelia Anakwue.

Citizenship Awards – Ryan Overill and Emily Petty

Sports’ Awards – Harry Snow and Lily Wingrove

Arts’ Awards – Daniel Atsev and Gabija Bijeikyte

ICT Awards – Connor Oxley and Olivia White.

Headteacher Matt Woolard said, "We are so proud of this particular group of children who have achieved so much in so many ways throughout their time with us.

"We wish them well as they start the next phase of their lives at secondary school."

School holds its own Race for Life event for Cancer Research UK

Staff and children turned Thomas Willingale School in The Broadway, Loughton, into a "sea of pink" when they held their own Race for Life fundraising event.

The day has so far raised £3,651.28 with more donations still being received.

Headteacher Teresa Phillips said: “As many of us in our school community have been affected in some way or another by cancer we decided to run as a school to raise funds for Cancer Research UK, to aid their vital research and treatment, and have fun at the same time.

“We also hoped that by preparing for the event by running laps of the sports field at each PE session, it offered the chance for the children to build on being active and healthy.

“On the day the children from Nursery to Year 6 and staff had a fantastic time and the school was a sea of pink. The sum raised so far is a staggering £3,651.28 - way above our target - and money is still coming in.”

Davenant Foundation School summer concert


Musicians past and present from Davenant Foundation School performed to audiences of more than 400 people at a 60s theme night summer concert celebrating Davenant’s move from Whitechapel to Loughton in 1966.

The concert displayed the many choirs such as junior girls’ choir, senior girls’ choir and school choir to instrumentals from swing band, band, orchestra, electric guitarists and brass ensemble.

The Performing Arts Department is vital to maintaining the school’s long musical background; the school choir was formed over 40 years ago.

With more than 450 students at the school receiving instrumental or dance tuition on a weekly basis concerts are conducted in the highest standard.

Videos of 1960s lifestyle were shown between performances adding to the atmosphere of a 60s theme.

Holidays, sport, education and music were displayed.

One of the Beatles most famous and influential songs, Hey Jude, was played by the brass ensemble, a mixture of brass instruments such as the tuba, saxophone and trumpet while the Pink Panther, by the Swing Band, allowed some childhood memories to return for some of the audience.

More subtle tunes such as Hummel’s Theme and Variations for Oboe and Orchestra allowed individual skills to flourish.

Year 11 oboist Hannah Huff, who completed her grade 8 on the instrument at the end of Year 10, was among the star performers while James Brown's (I Got You) I Feel Good set an excitable tone to the night as six electric guitarists performed their quicker, and certainly louder version, of the classic song.

Over six hours of rehearsal were given to each act last week in preparation of the concert.

The night of entertainment ended with California Dreaming by the school choir, past and present, led by Head of Performing Arts Asha Bishop.​



LifeWorks Creative Arts Centre and Loughton Methodist Church are hosting a unique

Community event next month.  The Creative Loughton Festival, funding by Loughton Town Council, is free and runs from Tuesday 25th until Sunday 30th August.

The Festival gives an opportunity for everyone to get involved with creative arts in exciting and fun ways and, at the same time, experience the best of Loughton’s local talent. Every day there will be different workshops run by local professionals with something for all ages. Workshops include drawing, photography, baking and a session on West End Stars for ages 6-12.

Interactive art projects will be happening in Loughton High Road from Tuesday to Friday, including a dress-up photo booth, a community chalk mural and a hanging fabric project. An art exhibition “The Spirit of Loughton” will be held in the LifeWorks building which is situated behind Loughton Methodist Church. Performances by local musicians will celebrate the opening of the art exhibit on the evening of Tuesday 25th August. 

Loughton Youth Project is running an Urban Arts themed programme with dance and rap workshops. There will also be a classical music performance for parents and toddlers.  Every evening there will be performances by local acts including Big Mouse Tree House, Buster’s Band, and the Red Balloon Family.

A Fun Fair comes to town on Saturday 29th at Loughton Methodist Church with a BBQ, family activities, arts workshops, stalls, and bouncy castles.  Also a roadshow run by LYP Radio featuring the very best of local talent.

To wrap up this exciting arts week the whole community is invited to a celebration service at Loughton Methodist Church On Sunday 30th August at 10.30am. 

For more information on the festival, including updates, the line-up, booking tickets, dates and times, go to, Like Creative Loughton on Facebook or follow us on twitter (@CreativeFest15). All events are free. 

Jam Jar Army sponsor helps spread the word

St Clare Hospice is hoping its latest community fundraising initiative will be a sweet success thanks to the support of The English Cream Tea Company.

Our Jam Jar Army has been backed by the company’s founder and self-styled ‘chief scone gnome’ Jane Malyon, who has already been spreading the word about our campaign.

St Clare community fundraiser James Barber said: “Just like jam and scones, we think this is the perfect partnership and we are incredibly grateful for Jane’s enthusiasm and support. It’s also a great example of how a local business can support the work of their Hospice by helping us raise the vital income we need to generate each and every year to continue providing our specialist care to local people with a life-limiting illness and their families.”

Jane founded The English Cream Tea Company, based in White Roding, in 2011, delivering afternoon tea hampers and other postable treats direct to your door.

She said: “There are two aspects that immediately drew our hearts to St Clare’s Jam Jar Army. Firstly, we had a close relative who spent some time in the Hospice’s care and it was very special indeed. Secondly, we’ve launched our own range of delicious preserves (in jam jars, of course) so there’s an obvious connection there.

“And although we send our products all over the UK, The English Cream Tea Company is based just a few miles from the Hospice and it’s a delight to be involved with a local charity which offers such an important service. When approached I had no hesitation in saying ‘Yes, I’m in!’ and I now feel I’m a sort of honorary head of the Jam Jar Army, and that makes me smile.”

The Jam Jar Army is St Clare’s simplest fundraising initiative yet, and is ideal for schools, youth groups, businesses or your kitchen windowsill at home. All you need is an empty jam jar or container to fill with your loose change.

To get your Jam Jar Army label, contact the St Clare fundraising team on or 01279 773750.