Community Information A - E

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

Casablanca CGT

Casablanca CGT run cheerleading, gymnastics and trampolining classes and are affiliated to the British Gymnastics Association and British Cheerleading Association. Casablanca holds friendly fun filled classes with fully qualified and experienced coaches, teaching basic skills to beginners as well as advanced skills to our competitive athletes. Our sessions are for children from the age of 2.5 years through to adults. 

Gymnastics, Trampolining & Cheerleading develops strength, flexibility, balance, co-ordination, teamwork, stamina and general core fitness. The Club runs the nationally recognised British Gymnastics Association Proficiency Award Scheme and provides a full range of apparatus in our purpose built, dedicated training facility at Unit 40b, Oakwood Hill Industrial Estate, Loughton, IG10 3TZ. 

Telephone 020 8532 0888 or visit for more information.

Citizens Advice Bureau

The main CAB for the Loughton area is based in Loughton Library located in Traps Hill car park.
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.

Phone us on 03444 770 808 during Monday to Friday 10.00 to 16.00 or visit for more details of our services.

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.