Lady Godiva making way to Waltham Abbey

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Lady Godiva, a 6-metre high puppet propelled by a team of 100 cyclists is making her way to Waltham Abbey. The fully-clothed version of the English heroine set out from Coventry on Sunday. She will arrive in Waltham Abbey for an over-night stay on Saturday (4 August), leaving for Waltham Forest on Sunday morning as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Civic dignitaries led by Councillor Liz Webster Mayor of Waltham Abbey and Councillor Brian Rolfe Chairman of Epping Forest District Council are expected to be joined by residents and well-wishers as Lady Godiva enters the town via Highbridge Street at about 4.30 on Saturday afternoon.

Transferring from her travelling to walking ‘rig’, Lady Godiva will pause for formalities by the Abbey Church before processing down Church Street, across Market Square and along Sun Street to the the Epping Forest District Museum. 

The puppet is travelling from Coventry via Northampton, Milton Keynes, Luton, Hatfield and Waltham Abbey using a bike called the Cyclopedia. Progress is sedate with cyclists travelling between 20 and 30 miles each day.

Lady Godiva is scheduled to depart from the Museum at about 5.20pm, walking back to Market Square and her ‘overnight accommodation’.




Olympics come to district

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At the start of the Council meeting on 31 July, Councillor Brian Rolfe, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council invited members to enjoy a short video made to commemorate the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay to Waltham Abbey. He then announced the award of Canoe Slalom Olympic tickets to lucky residents at the Lee Valley White Water Centre for London 2012.

See the videos



The Chairman went on to describe a very memorable day at the Mini Olympics at Davanent Foundation School in Loughton. Children from across the district came together to show true sporting spirit supported by teachers and other school staff.

Councillor Liz Webster, ‘Olympics Champion’, reported on the first two days of London 2012 competition at the White Water Centre. The Canoe Slalom events have progressed very well with relatively minor disruption to local people and services. A temporary Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) has been established to protect local residents and businesses from congestion by spectator parking. Some Penalty Charge Notices have been issued in Waltham Abbey and a similar number in Broxbourne. Councillor Webster confirmed any Epping Forest District resident who produced their vehicle registration document showing they live in the zone would have the penalty charge cancelled.

Among the distinguished guests attending the first two days of competition were Princess Anne and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Leading foreign dignitaries including the Prime Minister of Belgium, members of the French government and the Chairman of LOCOG, Sebastian Coe were expected at the Lee Valley White Water Centre before the end of the day’s competition.

Special Olympics Group Coming to Epping Forest

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Upshire residential home, near Waltham Abbey, is looking to become Epping Forest’s Special Olympics affiliate.  To ensure the group’s success, they are looking for volunteers to help in a variety of different roles within the group.  This can be anything from coaching teams in a variety of sports to driving participants to events. Training will be supplied and it will give volunteers the opportunity to become involved in an amazing international organisation which has affiliates all over the world.

The Special Olympics is an international charity that offers year-round sport training and competition opportunities and is open to all people with intellectual (learning) disabilities, regardless of their ability.

The group, which will soon be launched in Upshire, will give athletes of all ages the opportunity to learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports. This in turn leads into representing their area in national games every year and culminates in European and World games every four years.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Special Olympics Epping Forest, please email Teresa Cairns at

Ready, Steady, Go! at Lowewood Museum, Hoddesdon

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A picture of Cheshunt Rugby Club from 1953-54Feeling inspired by the London Olympic Games?  This exhibition celebrates the history of local sports clubs and personalities through a captivating story of awe-inspiring determination and remarkable  achievements.

From local sprinter Harold Abrahams (1924 Olympic 100m gold medallist) to Broxbourne Olympic rowers, Tom Stallard and Acer Nethercott (2008 Olympic Men’s Eight silver medallists), the Borough is full of sporting success.  Find out more about how you can get involved in sport in this one off exhibition that is not be missed.


Part of the local cricket display at Ready, Steady, Go!The exhibition displays sporting memorabilia from local sports clubs, including an impressive collection from Hoddesdon Town Football Club and spectacular film footage of Broxbourne Rowing Club, filmed by former Hoddesdon resident, Mr Thomas Franklin.

With the Olympic Canoe Slalom events taking place at The Lee Valley White Water Centre Olympic venue in nearby Broxbourne, why not combine a visit to the venue with a visit to Lowewood museum and experience our sporting history as well as the modern day atmosphere of our sporting legacy.

Ready, Steady, Go! will be open until 6 October 2012 and there will be a number of sporting activities to accompany the exhibition, as part of the museum’s new family fun programme taking place on Thursday afternoons between 12noon and 3pm.

Admission to the museum is free

Opening times:  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm

For more information please telephone 01992 445596, email or visit

Lowewood Museum, High Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 8BH

Tel: 01992 445596

Part of the local football display at Ready, Steady, Go!





Olympic White Water lights up Games

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Essex and Hertfordshire provided a fantastic welcome to visitors from across the world on Sunday.

The Lee Valley White Water Centre looked stunning in the sunshine on the first day of the London 2012 Canoe Slalom events. Millions of people tuned into the BBC for the first of 5 days of coverage. For full details as events unfold see the BBC website. Viewers with satellite TV can view complete coverage of all the Olympic events between channels 450 and 497.

Transport links worked well on day 1 at the White Water Centre. Just under 9,000 spectators joined competitors, media and other members of the Olympic Family. Most people came to the venue by train through Cheshunt and Waltham Cross. Park and Ride at Hertfordshire University and North Weald Airfield accounted for almost 1,300 spectators. 327 people cycled to the venue for what has been billed the ‘Green Olympic Games’. Many people walked.

Very little parking or traffic disruption was reported in Waltham Abbey or Waltham Cross.

The second day of events begins at lunch-time. Spectators are not due to leave the venue until around 5.30pm. The Olympic Authorities are expected to open exits on to the Crooked Mile at Fishers Green where temporary traffic management will be in place, and the main Highbridge Street / Station Road exit between Waltham Abbey and Waltham Cross. 

The weather is set fair for most of Monday with the slight risk of showers. People coming to the venue should bring their sunscreen.



All the bells rang in Epping

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Chairman Brian Rolfe with the Matching Bell RingersLondon 2012 was rung in in style at Epping Forest District Council’s Civic Offices this morning at 8.12 am.

Chairman of Council, Councillor Brian Rolfe and his wife were joined by the Vice Chairman of Council Councillor Mary Sartin and her husband, The Matching Handbell Ringers and staff to ring bells to welcome the Olympics.

Councillor Rolfe said: “I was delighted to start the ringing for this momentous occasion. I wish Team GB lots of luck and I am sure they will do the country proud.”

View more on the All The Bells website.

Olympic ticket winners

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We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Olympic ticket allocations. All the tickets are being given to local people and deserving causes. Some of the allocations were previously announced at the Epping Forest District Council Civic Awards in March. Winners of our Olympic tickets have been selected from different backgrounds and range in age from 7 to 91 years of age. Adversity, sporting achievement and volunteering feature prominently in the reasons for selection.

A canoist on the rapids

Opening ceremony on Friday 27 July 2012
Margaret Lawrence – Loughton – Epping Forest District Citizen of the Year

Closing Ceremony on Sunday 12 August 2012
Cody Smart – Buckhurst Hill – Epping Forest District Young Citizen of the Year

Canoe slalom on Thursday 2 August 2012
Ron Stone – Loughton – Epping Forest District Citizen of the Year runner-up
Sheila Shelbourne – Theydon Bois – Epping Forest District Citizen of the Year runner-up

Canoe slalom on Thursday 2 August 2012
Joshua Mills – Epping – Young Citizen of the Year runner-up – tickets exchanged with Castle Point Borough Council for 12 August Mountain Bike at Hadleigh Farm

Canoe slalom on Sunday 29 July 2012
Students – King Harold Business and Enterprise Academy – Waltham Abbey

Canoe Slalom on Tuesday 31 July 2012
Family – Oak View School (Special Needs) – Loughton

Canoe slalom on Wednesday 1 August 2012
Family – St Clare Hospice – Hastingwood
Chigwell Riding Trust (Special Needs) – Chigwell

Canoe slalom on Monday 30 July 2012
Kelly and Joe Mora – Waltham Abbey – residents nomination
Ricky Conrad – Loughton – residents nomination
Ewen McGuiness – Loughton- residents nomination
John Filby – Abridge – residents nomination
Theo Theodorou – Epping – residents nomination

Canoe slalom on Tuesday 31 July 2012
Family – Upshire – residents nomination (we have been asked to keep details of this allocation private due to personal reasons)
Doris Holden – North Weald – residents nomination

Canoe slalom on Thursday 2 August 2012
Stephen Hutton – Theydon Bois – residents nomination
Ray Kaytaz – Waltham Abbey – residents nomination

Get inspired by London 2012 at SX Urban Games

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Poster for SX Urban Games at Waltham Abbey

Following the fantastic success of last year’s W Fest, this year’s event has been rebranded and tied in with the Essex-wide SX Urban Games. Incorporating many elements of the W Fest such as skateboarding, BMXing and scooter competitions, DJing, hair braiding and nail painting, there will also be Healthworks Parkour/free running demos and taster sessions. Come and try this new and exciting activity that involves overcoming obstacles by leaping, vaulting and climbing.

The games take place at the Town Mead Leisure Park in Waltham Abbey from 1pm to 6pm on Friday 24th August. Entry to the event is free, however, there may be a small fee if entering into one of the competitions.

Please call Stanley Bridge Cycles on 01992 654248 to book for BMX/ Skateboarding / Scooter competition. Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Top 5 tips for a great Olympic Games

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Going to the Olympic Games? Our safer communities team have 5 tips to ensure you have a great time.
A canoist on the rapids

  1. Be prepared for security checks when you arrive: this will be like taking an international flight at an airport. It will be busy and you will have to queue, so get there early – check your venue information for your recommended arrival time.
  2. Bring as little as possible with you: the more you bring, the longer it will take to go through security. One small soft-sided rucksack or handbag is allowed per person – this must fit under your seat. If you have a ticket for Football, we strongly suggest you do not bring a bag – if you do, your entry will be delayed and you may miss your event.
  3. Read the lists of prohibited and restricted items before you leave: you cannot bring in liquids over 100ml, including water – but at most venues you can bring an empty plastic water bottle and fill it up at water points inside venues. There is a wide range of food available to buy, but if you need to bring your own food, it must fit inside your bag.
  4. Leave plenty of time to travel to your venue: London and the UK will be extremely busy and very different to what you’re used to. Use the spectator journey planner to find the best route and, where necessary, book your travel to make sure you get to your event on time. Ticket holders for events in and around London can use their Games Travelcard for travel in London zones 1 to 9.
  5. Remember the only way to pay is by Visa (debit, credit or prepaid card) or cash: read about the services and facilities available in your venue.

Out and about

While London is safe for most people travelling at night, there are concerns over the dangers of travelling in unbooked minicabs (also known as illegal cabs and touts) picked up off the street. All minicabs must be licensed by Transport for London and must be booked in advance. Any minicab that isn’t booked by phone, email or in a licensed minicab office is illegal and unsafe. Find out more on the Transport for London website.

  • Don’t leave your bags unattended anywhere in London. As well as attracting pickpockets, you could also create security alert.
  • In restaurants, bars or theatres, keep your bags where you can see them, not on the floor or over the back of your chair. In crowded areas such as a bus or underground train, try wearing them in front of you, not over your shoulder.
  • Don’t keep all your valuables in one place and don’t carry large amounts of cash around with you. Try to use travellers’ cheques, or take a small amount of cash along with credit or debit cards. When withdrawing cash, don’t let others see your PIN number.
  • Be aware that it is a criminal offence to carry weapons such as knives and guns in the UK.
  • Unlike some other European countries it is also illegal to carry CS spray.


The Metropolitan Police’s Operation Podium team have been working closely with London 2012 to help ensure that you don’t get scammed or conned when you try to buy an Olympic or Paralympic ticket.

There will be a very high demand for London 2012 tickets. This gives criminals greater opportunity to scam, con or steal your personal details. With the recent rise in internet ticket sales it is easy for criminals to set up fake sites. You need to know who you are buying from and think if the site or seller is legitimate. There is specific legislation relating to tickets for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, so make sure you don’t get caught out.

Follow our advice and always think before you buy. You should always check the London 2012 website for all official information about the Games, this includes where and how to buy your ticket. If you think you have been a victim of crime whilst trying to buy a ticket to the Games report it to Action Fraud, London 2012 or your local police force.

Avoid unauthorised Olympic ticketing websites

Be aware of unauthorised websites that claim to sell tickets to London 2012.

Olympic air security in Epping

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Air observer team
Olympic Leaflets Air Observer

As part of the Olympic Games 2012 security arrangements the council has agreed to allow the Ministry of Defence to use the top of the civic offices tower as an air observation post staffed by the Army. There are 15 other similar sites strategically placed around London which offer the best views of the airspace over London.

The purpose of the air observation post is to monitor the restricted airspace in and around London throughout the period of the Olympic Games. To do this the Army will be using thermal imaging binoculars and an Air Detection Alerting Device (ADAD).  No weapons will be at this site.

The Army will be based at the civic offices for approximately 2 months.

If anyone would like further information on the air observation team please read  Olympic Leaflets Air Observer (pdf 1.5mb) – a leaflet produced by the Ministry of Defence.