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Age Concern
Age Concern Essex is the local partner for Age UK in Essex providing support for people in later life at a county level while Age UK undertakes this role at the national level and:
* is able to campaign effectively on your behalf
* offer you information and support on all aspects of later life.
Office: Age UK Essex, 112 Springfield Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6LF Tel: 01245 346106 / 01245 264499 /
For home help advice in Epping Forest contact: 01279 454304

Chestnut Cat Sanctuary
The Chestnut Cat Sanctuary re-homes more than 650 unwanted cats young and old every year. The centre is always desperately short of funds, and new cats are waiting to come in all the time.
It is a non profit-making service that regularly runs at a loss – it costs more than £4,000 to run the sanctuary per month, including vet bills, food, litter and heating. All donations go towards providing better facilities for the cats, new toys, new bedding, increased advertising for homing etc. Extra funds help the centre re-home cats more quickly and take in those that need help.
There is a plaque of honour showing the names of donors. Please consider supporting us as all donations are greatly appreciated. Meanwhile, the sanctuary provides a safe haven for ill-treated and unwanted cats.
Anyone interested in giving a cat lots of love and reassurance in a new home can call the centre on 01992 560510. Opening hours are 9am to 1pm weekdays, and 10.30am to 2pm weekends.
The Chestnut Cat Sanctuary is at 2 Esgors Cottages, High Road, Thornwood Common, Epping, Essex CM16 6LY.

Citizens Advice Bureau
The main CAB for the Loughton area is based at St Mary's Parish Centre on the High Road, but there is also an outreach office in Debden Library. An outreach service has also recently been opened in Buckhurst Hill, between them they deal with over 9000 enquiries every year.
Cabs offer free, confidential and impartial advice; they are independent of any other organisation, the bureaux in Loughton are predominantly staffed by volunteers.
Bureaux give basic legal advice and also assist with practical help such as filling forms, making telephone calls or drafting letters. They deal with a wide variety of subjects, but the majority of local cases are concerner with social security, debt, housing, employment, consumer or family matters. Two part-time advisers specialise in assisting clients with multiple debt and an employment specialist can help clients who are considering taking action at an Employment Tribunal.
Loughton bureau provides daily drop-in services and also deals with enquiries over the phone or by letter. The Debden Library service is available for drop-in clients twice a week.
For full details phone : 020 8502 0031, fax : 020 8532 0243

Community Legal Service Direct
Contact Community Legal Service Direct for free quality legal help and information. You can find a solicitor or legal adviser in your area, link to the right place on the best advice sites in the UK, see if you are eligible for legal aid or view legal information leaflets. Information is available in English, Welsh, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Urdu.
Community Legal Service Direct also offers advice through a national helpline, 0845 345 4 345, that gives specialist advice on benefits and tax credits, debt, education, employment and housing as well as a series of 31 information leaflets.

Custody Visiting Scheme
Essex Police Authority is looking for members of the public to join its Custody Visiting Scheme. Custody visiting gives appointed members of the public opportunities to turn up at local police stations unannounced to observe and report on the treatment of detainees and the conditions in which they are held.
Overall, the scheme’s visitors seek to reflect the ethnic make-up of the local community and provide a suitable balance in terms of age and gender. The scheme helps protect detainees and the police, and provides reassurance to the wider community. Custody visitors are appointed on a voluntary basis but all reasonable expenses incurred on custody visiting matters are reimbursed.
If you are interested in taking part, are aged over 18 and have no direct involvement in the criminal justice system - for instance, as a magistrate, serving police officer or special constable - then please contact us at the address below for some further details and an application form. Alternatively, further details and a contact form can be obtained from the police authority’s website. If you know of someone who might be suitable or interested, please draw this to their attention.
Contact: The Clerk to the Essex Police Authority, Room C328A, County Hall, Chelmsford, Essex. CM1 1LX.
Tel: 01245 430355/ 430340. Fax: 01245 280180. Email:

Dave n Sheila’s Jazz Club
The Police Sports Club, Chigwell. Every Tuesday 8.30 - 11.00pm
A live band every week covering New Orleans, Dixieland, and Chicago Jazz
Entry is £5 for members, £6 for Guests. The club is a non profit making organisation. New members and guests are always welcome.
For further details, please phone 020 8925 8313 or Email

Debden House Quilters
The Debden House Quilters are interested in the craft of Patchwork and Quilting.
Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month (except August and December) at 8pm. The aim is to promote the art and to bounce ideas off each other.
The group has a couple of teachers who can help members with problems and show them new techniques. Anyone interested in joining can contact Sue Wynn on 020 8508 4873.

Debden Old Folk's Club
Debden Old Folk's Club extend a warm welcome to new members. Club members enjoy many activities, including bingo, cards, raffles as well as offering the chance for friends to sit down, enjoy a cuppa and have a chat.
Members enjoy two annual holidays, theatre trips, summer outings and the ever popular annual Christmas dinner.
Do you know anyone who might want to go along? Why not tell them about the club or go along yourself?
Further Details: The Debden Old Folk’s Club Barrington Close Centre, 7 Barrington Close.

Epping District Neighbourhood Policing Inspectors
You can contact the Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Loughton district direct on the dedicated 24hr mobile number 07968 354021. In emergencies dial 999.

Epping Forest Brass Band
Epping Forest Brass Band always welcomes new dedicated bandspeople, and offers the use of new instruments, which were funded from a £64,000 lottery grant.
If you wish to know anymore details please contact our Musical Director Marc Easener on 01268 546194.
Vacancies: Solo Trombone: Bb Bass. All instruments/Players welcome. Calling Ex-members: did you play for the Band over the years.
We would like any old members to get in touch with us, to join in our celebrations for 2005.

Epping Forest British Red Cross
Epping Forest centre of the British Red Cross, in Loughton High Road, holds a number of public first aid courses as well as carrying out training in schools and various groups.
The members also provide first aid cover at many public events throughout the year. Also, the medical loan service continues to meet the needs of the community for special equipment to help individuals following injury or illness.
Public first aid courses are held with a standard course over 12 evenings. Shorter evening or one day courses are held for people requiring basic skills.
The centre office is open from 10.30 a.m to 12.30 p.m each weekday except Tuesday. For full details of courses and other services, call 020 8508 2162 during the above office hours.

Epping Forest Shared Care
EFSC in Harlow recruits, assesses and trains volunteers who can take responsibility for a child with a disability, giving families much needed respite. The child usually goes to the volunteer’s home for short breaks but sometimes the volunteer goes to the child’s home. EFSC is looking for volunteers. Anyone interested in helping should call Lisa Chambers on 01279 838246.

Epping Forest Volunteer Bureau
Epping Forest Volunteer Bureau provides volunteers who give their time and talents to support fellow members of the local community. They may comfort crime victims, care for a neglected pets or help out in a charity shop - the list of voluntary work is endless. Whatever they do, it has a very positive impact on others.
Most charities and voluntary groups would not exist without volunteers. Many much-needed services which may seem to ‘happen by themselves’ would not happen without them. It’s often people who work tirelessly without attention who fulfil many local needs. These needs remain, as does the need for volunteers.
If you have spare time and would like to find out how rewarding volunteering can be, call us on 01992 564256.

Essex Disabled People’s Association
The EDPA Disability Helpline - 0870 873 6333 - is staffed Monday to Friday from 10 am. to 4 pm. by disabled people who can give guidance and help on any subject relating to disability. Recorded messages can be left at any other time.
Disability Essex(Essex Disabled People's Association Ltd) Moulsham Mill, Parkway, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 7PX.
The association is a registered charity number1102596.

Essex InterVarsity Club
Essex IVC is a social/activity club for people aged 31-59, whether single or in a couple. It is non profit-making and a wide variety of events eg walks, badminton, cards, pub evenings, meals quizzes, book groups, occasionally weekends away are organised by the members themselves.
The club is for people who want to improve their social life and quality of life.
For details/contact: Jean Langford, Essex IVC Publicity Officer 07891 927046 and/or visit

Essex Place Names Project
This well established Project, which records the place-names in tithe, enclosure wards and other Essex documents is looking for volunteers to help with further recording.
The Project aims to record the names of roads, streets, fields, farms, houses, woods, inns, rivers, streams, mills, owners and tenants from old documents and maps dating from current Ordnance Surveys through 18th century tithe maps, estate maps, medieval Anglo-Saxon and (occasionally Roman) documents, parish by parish. The Project also aims to explore local areas where names suggest their history or use to see if any evidence exists and to make available this information to any person or group who wish to use it.
Those interested in recording, working with maps and with computer skills may obtain further information from: The Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6YT. Tel: 01245 244644.

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