Stories of the week

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Hilda Davis celebrating her 106th birthday with family , friends and staff Hilda Davis celebrating her 106th birthday with family , friends and staff

The Epping Forest Guardian looks back at the highlights of the week.

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Story one

A woman celebrated her 106th birthday on Tuesday.

Hilda Davis from Tallis House in Neal Court, Waltham Abbey, celebrated with friends family and staff.

The mother-of-six is the oldest person in Tallis House and has 16 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren with a third expected soon.

Story two

The owner of a chain of cafes has defended his company’s hygiene standards after a branch was given the lowest possible hygeine rating.

Igor Bekaert owns Belgique in High road, Loughton, and which was rated zero out of five by the Food Standards Agency.

Further details of problems found at the cafe have so far not been revealed, but Mr Bekaert said a manager had been sacked for gross misconduct following the inspection.

Story three

A tennis club is to attempt to break the world record for the most people taking part in a lesson for the second time.

Epping Tennis Club hopes to involve at least 406 people in the event, which will raise money for Haven’s Hospices.

The club tried to break the previous record of 250 people last year, but fell short.

Story four

Epping Forest District Council has been accused of “lacking in the understanding of bereavement” after the family of an 86-year-old grandmother were ordered to clear her flat within 48 hours of her death or face paying rent.

Thelma Steward died at her home in Park Avenue, Hastingwood, where she had lived for 57 years.

But as her family struggled to come to terms with her death, they were told by council officials to remove Mrs Steward’s possessions or her estate would be charged.

Story five

Police have warned parents about the increasing use of so-called laughing gas after finding evidence it is being widely used across Epping Forest.

Silver capsules used to store Nitrous Oxide, which is used as a propellant gas in the catering industry and a painkiller, have been recently found in streets, parks and other public areas Epping, Waltham Abbey and Loughton.

Police describe it as the “drug of choice” for teenagers as it is legal and cheap to buy.

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