The Town Council awards a certificate to the Epping business that creates the best window display to celebrate St Georges’ day each year. This year, Lanes Dress Agency beat off stiff competition from Argus Lighting, Cooks and others to receive the award for the second year in succession.
Manager Sally King and colleague Sue Olateru are pictured with Town Mayor Will Breare-Hall receiving the certificate and the winning shop display can be seen below.
Epping has actually had four Charters granted for it’s Market. The first was granted in 1253 by King Henry III to the Abbott of Waltham Abbey for a Market at Epping Heath. This original Market was, like today’s, held on a Monday.
In 1575, Queen Elizabeth I granted a Charter to a Mr Thomas Heneage to hold a market on a Friday in the Manor of Epping. Heneage was born at Copped Hall and was a Privy Councillor to Henry VIII and a member of Queen Elizabeth’s Court, being appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in 1590.
The third Charter was granted in 1683 by King Charles II to Thomas Grey. We do not have details as to exactly who Thomas Grey was, although there was a Thomas Grey, 2nd Earl of Stamford who was a contemporary of Charles II. If anyone can help us with this information we would be grateful. This charter allowed markets to be held on Thursdays.
The 4th and final charter, which moved the market day officially back to Monday was granted in 1930 by King George V to Ernest Whythes, well known as the last inhabitant of Copped Hall and the man who paid for the construction of the Church Tower of St Johns, amongst other things.
The powers of the Manor including the Market were passed to the Epping Urban District Council and the market subsequently to the Town Council.
A full transcript of the charter can be accessed below:
AT Friday night’s Mayor’s Reception, Derek Whitbread was awarded the Townsperson of the Year Award for his long service to the Town as a firefighter at Epping Fire Station.
Mr Whitbread joined the Fire Service in 1975, attaining the rank of Sub Officer in 2000, a post he has held ever since. He is currently one of the longest serving officers in the whole County and the announcement of the award by Town Mayor Will Breare-Hall was greeted with enthusiasm by the assembled audience representing Epping’s Community Organisations.
The Town Council is supporting Epping Forest District Council’s ‘Play in the Park’ scheme, which is all about playing games and having fun outdoors. The Town Council is supporting 3 dates during the upcoming holiday, so please come along and join in the fun!
Trained play workers will bring an exciting array of play and sports equipment, games and even art and craft materials. Everyone is encouraged to join in the fun – children, young people, parents and carers are all welcome to come and play.
The sessions are FREE of charge and open to boys and girls aged from 5 to 13 years.
Our motto is:
- Free of charge
- Free to come and go
- Free to play
There is no need to book, just turn up and join in! The dates in Epping are:
8th April – 1.30 – 3.30, Stonards Hill Rec Ground
9th April – 10.00 – 12.00, Ivy Chimneys Rec Ground
15th April – 1.30 – 3.30, Stonards Hill Rec Ground
Last week Epping Forest District Council offered the Cottis Lane Car Park to the Town Council as an alternative location for the Town Market on July 7th as the High Street will not be available.
The Town Council consulted with the market traders, and over 75% of them (representing 82% of the number of stalls) voted against holding the market in the Car Park.
Town Mayor, Will Breare-Hall said “The Town Council sought permission to move the market to Cottis Lane because we considered it important to support the traders, on what will be one of the busiest days in Epping for many years. However, our consultation with them revealed that they don’t wish us to pursue this option further and we respect their decision.”
Responses from Market Traders: