Museum wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

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Lottery funded logoThe Epping Forest District Museum has received initial funding of £27,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to develop its ‘Museum at the Core’ project before applying for a full grant later this year.

This first round* grant will help the museum to plan ideas for extending the exhibition space, creating new open access storage facilities and providing a community learning space. The whole project sets out to realise the potential of Epping Forest District Museum, increase visitor numbers and improve displays. In addition, the museum wants to encourage more people to get involved through volunteering and greater use of museum objects. Other ideas for development include new terminals in the galleries and a lift to increase the number of visitors able to access the exhibits on the upper floors.

The museum tells the story of the Epping Forest district and this project will allow even more reserve collections to be brought on site and displayed in the open storage areas. There are approximately 100,000 items in the museum’s remarkable collection that illustrate the fascinating history and cultural legacy of the area. These include the Waltham Abbey bible, Tudor wall panelling from the Abbey House and artwork by Lucien Pissarro, Jacob Epstein and transport poster artist Walter Spradbery.

The museum is in the heart of the Waltham Abbey conservation area, housed in a prominent and much-loved Tudor Grade II listed timber-framed building, dating to 1520, with a late Georgian extension and a modern special exhibition gallery.

Councillor Brian Rolfe Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: “We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support. Epping Forest District Council is very proud of its museum service and the wonderful collection it looks after and displays for visitors. The award of this grant will allow us to develop our plans for the expansion of the Museum as a centre for learning within the local community and provide greater access to the fascinating heritage of our district.”

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Robyn Llewellyn Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England said: “We are delighted to support Epping Forest District Museum with this award of a first round pass*, enabling them to develop their application further. This is a really exciting opportunity; the extra space would allow for a complete re-display and re-organisation of the Museum. More education space would be provided and even more of the collection would be on public display, allowing the community to understand better their local heritage.”

*A first round pass means the project meets HLF criteria for funding and the HLF believes the project has the potential to deliver high-quality benefits and value for Lottery money. The application was in competition with other supportable projects, so a first round pass is an endorsement of the outline proposals. Having been awarded a first round pass, the project now has up to two years to submit fully-developed proposals to compete for a firm award. On occasion, an applicant with a first round pass will also be awarded development funding towards the development of their scheme.

SX Urban Games comes to Waltham Abbey

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SX Urban Games at Waltham Abbey

The next big multi-sport event in the area is all set to take place this coming Friday in Waltham Abbey. Building on the fantastic success of last year’s W Fest, this year’s event has been 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.

Family Fun Day in Waltham Abbey at Epping Forest District Museum

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George and the dragon at the Family Fun Day

George and the dragon at the Family Fun Day

This Saturday 18 August between 11am and 4pm come along and enjoy our hugely popular Family Fun Day at the Epping Forest District Museum. During the day, at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm you can enjoy a ‘George and the Dragon’ puppet show. The dragon is causing mayhem and must be defeated. After some failed attempts we send for St. George to save the day.

In the museum garden you can make willow crowns with our selection of beautiful herbs and we will bring the seaside to Waltham Abbey for you to enjoy building sandcastles and shrimping in the sun.

There is no need to book and entry is free of charge. Just drop in anytime during the advertised times.

For information on where to find us, including a map showing where to come and where you can park, visit the Family Fun Day event page

And while you are here, why not  take the time to have a look around and find out lots of interesting facts about the history of your local area. We have many wonderful and historical objects on display at the museum including ancient archaeological finds from the area.

Seaside shrimping at the Family Fun Day

Seaside shrimping at the Family Fun Day

Sandcastles in the sun at the Family Fun Day

Sandcastles in the sun at the Family Fun Day

For more information please telephone 01992 716882,

email museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

or visit us online at

www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times

General museum opening times:  Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 5pm

Epping Forest District Museum, 39/41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL

 

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 museum.leisure@broxbourne.gov.uk or visit www.broxbourne.gov.uk/lowewoodmuseum

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

Tel: 01992 445596

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

 

 

 

 

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.

All safe after emergency landing

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The pilot and passenger of a Cessna 210 walked away unscathed after a controlled emergency landing at North Weald Airfield.The Cessna 210 at North weald Airfield on 20 July

The aircraft, on route from Nottingham, contacted the Airfield at 11.38am on Friday 20 July to report a problem with the undercarriage. Emergency procedures clicked smoothly into place. North Weald Fire and Rescue, supported by 4 tenders from Essex County Fire and Rescue, Essex Police and ambulance were all in position before the aircraft came in to land.

At 12.30pm the aeroplane made a controlled landing with the nose wheel down but the main wheels retracted. The rescue services laid down foam as a precaution as the plane came to rest at the edge of the runway. The pilot and passenger emerged safely.

The airfield was closed temporarily and reopened at 4pm. The Aircraft Investigation Branch was contacted and the aircraft was removed from the runway.

John Gilbert, Director of Environment and Street Scene at Epping Forest District Council which owns North Weald Airfield thanked his own staff and the emergency services. He said: “I am delighted to say the pilot and passenger emerged safely from the plane. Thanks to the speed and professionalism of the airfield operations team rescue service and the Essex Fire and Rescue Service, the pilot had all to support and reassurance possible as he made his approach and safe landing. I would like to congratulate everyone involved in bringing the incident to such a safe and successful conclusion.”

Community celebrations as Olympics comes to town

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East met West as thousands of local people celebrated the Olympic Torch Relay arrival in Waltham Abbey on Saturday 7 July. Estimates of up to 20,000 people thronged the streets, many enjoying the antics of street-entertainers preceding the Flame. As the Flame departed for the Lee Valley White Water Centre, the Epping Forest Pipe Band marched from Waltham Abbey Town Hall towards the Meridian Line to be met by two Chinese lions dancing their way down from the Epping Forest District Museum.

Further displays of Chinese culture were on show outside the Museum where the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Brian Rolfe launched an exhibition of China in the East. Displays of Tai Chi and dance entertained the Sun Street crowds as further community events commenced in the Abbey Gardens.

The Epping Forest Pipe Band led spectators into the Abbey Gardens where they were treated to rousing performances from the Funky Voices choir, further performances of the Epping Forest Pipe Band and the Make a Move dancers.  In addition to the performances, there was a variety of activities for both children and adults, including Tai Chi demonstrations, Play in the Park games, Healthworks, Mini Beasts, canoeing machines and Giant Games.

Councillor Liz Webster, ‘Olympics Champion’ for Epping Forest District Council and Mayor of Waltham Abbey Town Council, was delighted with the day. She said: “Waltham Abbey turned on the style today. Nowhere has the Olympic Flame received a better reception than in Waltham Abbey. The crowds were amazing. I have never seen our streets so colourful or the town looking better.

“There are just so many people to thank. From the teams of workers mowing the grass, clearing litter and putting up decorations to the entertainers in Sun Street and the Abbey Gardens, everyone was wonderful. We should also remember the time and energy spent in planning the day. Epping Forest District Council, Waltham Abbey Town Council, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, Waltham Abbey Town Centre Partnership, Essex Police and many other organisations working with local businesses and volunteers did a terrific job. The crowds had a marvellous time. I am sure it will live in the memories of people for many years to come.”

 

Everyone Active sweeps the board at national awards

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Leisure centre of the year - EveryoneActiveEveryone Active is celebrating after an incredibly successful night at the annual FLAME Awards, run by the Fitness Industry Association (FIA).  SLM walked away with three major awards including the Leisure Operator of the Year award for an unprecedented third year running.

The awards were all recognition of Everyone Active’s commitment to engaging with local communities about activity, innovation, driving teamwork and raising leisure management standards within the leisure industry.

After collecting the Leisure Operator of the Year 2012 award, Managing Director, David Bibby commented, “To win Leisure Operator of the Year is a huge achievement but to have won it three years in the row is amazing and completely unprecedented.  The award represents the fantastic dedication and effort that our colleagues at Everyone Active put in on a daily basis both in our centres and at head office.  I would like to say a personal thank you to every one of them for all their on-going commitment to the company.”

In addition, Everyone Active also won the award for Spark of Innovation (operator) 2012 for Everyone Active Online, its online activity platform that is free to join.

Everyone Active was formed in 1987 as Sports and Leisure Management Ltd managing just one leisure centre in the midlands. Today Everyone Active operates 78 leisure venues nationwide in partnership with 28 different local authorities and employs over 5000 staff members. Its growth is due to the ability to deliver well managed leisure facilities with an activity offering which is great value for money and increasing the participation of local people in  leisure activities in the leisure centres they manage, online & at home encouraging everyone to pursue a healthier lifestyle.

Police exhibition

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Drawn from the extensive police archives collected locally and held by the Epping Forest District Museum, this exhibition provides a flavour of the lives of police men and women. In addition to the stories there are the tools of a policeman’s trade in the days before they arrived at high speed in motor cars.

The exhibition is being held between 17 March to 23 June 2012 at Epping Forest District Museum.

This exhibition tells the changing story of the Policing of the Epping Forest District over the last 160 years, and the impact of law enforcement by the Metropolitan Police, the Essex police and Ministry of Defence Police on the history of our area.

The exhibition is about ‘old fashioned’ policing, of horses and bicycles and big blue telephone boxes that are better recognised as time machines today. So take a step back in time with us to take a nostalgic view of law enforcement in the style of Dixon of Dock Green and PC49.

As well as a wealth of photographs, uniform and equipment the exhibition also features a reconstruction 1980’s police office. For those not old enough to remember the real thing the exhibition features a child size “Tardis” police box and a reconstruction of the interior from the days before radio and mobile phones.

The exhibition will be held at the Epping Forest District Museum, 39/41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1EL.

Entrance to the museum is Free and opening hours are Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm.

For information contact 01992 716882 or museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Norwegian Wings over North Weald

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North Weald Airfield LogoPublished on 16 March 2012 Come to our fun day and celebrate with us the unique bond North Weald has with the people of Norway.

‘Norwegian Wings over North Weald’ is the community fun day and fly-in hosted at North Weald Airfield on Sunday 9 September 2012.

The event is aimed at saluting the young Norwegians who served from RAF North Weald in World War II and will be commemorating the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Norwegian 331 and 332 fighter squadrons to the airfield. The event also commemorates the 60th anniversary of the unveiling of the Norwegian memorial stone in 1952 by HRH Princess Astrid of Norway.

To mark these special events, F16 fighters from the Royal Norwegian Air Force based at Bodo Air Station and Norwegian World War II veterans who served at the base will be visiting North Weald for the weekend. Their departure and fly-by are expected to provide a spectacular and emotive finale to the day.

At the fun day community stalls, displays and aircraft on show will reflect the events Norwegian theme. Home-based historic World War II aircraft and cold war jets, along with visiting aircraft and those taking part in the fly-bys will complement the selection of aviation and military re-enactment groups and their vehicles on display. All profits from ticket sales will be donated to the Royal Air Force Associations Battle of Britain Wings Appeal 2012.

There will be a short ceremony of remembrance and commemoration of all the Norwegians stationed at RAF North Weald in World War II who flew, fought and died for our freedom. This will take place at the Norwegian memorial stone before the start of the Community Day.

More detailed information will be published nearer to the date here on the website.

Mark 9 September in your diary and join us in celebrating our Norwegian friends and their place in our history.