Works Like a Charm at the Limes Centre, Chigwell

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Works Like A Charm poster

Date: Sunday 16 September

Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: The Limes Centre, Limes Avenue, Chigwell, IG7 5LP

As part of the 2012 Essex Summer of Art Trail, Epping Forest Arts is celebrating the completion of their newest art project ‘Works Like a Charm’. A fantastic community art work  that has enabled Epping Forest artists Sonja Zelic and Helen Morse Palmer to work with architects, builders and a wide range of community members. Groups include Sherrell House, Open Group, Limes Farm Infant and Junior Schools, the Synagogue and residents from the Limes Farm estate.

Inspired by artists, trinkets and treasures, the residents of  Limes Farm have been transforming the Limes Centre into a work of creative brilliance. Discover the glass cases entombed in the walls, watch the eyes follow your every move from the windows as  you pass and walk on the pathways imprinted with good wishes.

Visitors can follow the charm trail to discover the good luck treasures in the walls and on the floors and local schools will be displaying works of art inspired by the Olympic values.

Admission is free.

Works Like A Charm is part of the Essex Summer of Art that takes place every year throughout Essex and is a partnership project between Epping Forest Arts, Epping Forest District Museum, Epping Forest District Council and Essex County Council.  For further information please visit www.visitessex.com.

Works like a charm poster (pdf 84kb)

Make A Move: The final performance

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Nearly 200 dancers performed the final Make A Move choreographic piece at the Waltham Abbey Town Show, with its own unique soundtrack created by Drake Music and some of the participants.

Groups included primary and secondary schools, independent dance groups and residents of all ages and abilities from local care homes.

Whether 5 or 92 years of age, seated or standing, everyone was able to participate in this en masse dance performance, creating a great sense of community spirit.

The Make A Move project will develop over the next year with the production of a short film involving existing and new partners to create the Make A Move legacy.

If you would like more information regarding this project, please contact Epping Forest Arts Dance Development Artists, Vicky Quirke 01992 564364 or Vanessa Gayton 01992 564559.

                                        

Victorian novelist’s work celebrated in exhibition at Lowewood Museum

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Join us at Lowewood Museum on Saturday 8 September 2012 from 11am – 3pm, to celebrate the launch of the Anthony Trollope collection, on loan to the museum from the Trollope Society.

Anthony Trollope was one of the most successful English novelists of the Victorian era. As well as a writer, Trollope was a Surveyor to the Eastern District for the Post Office, a role by which he is famous for introducing the pillar box to Britain.

Waltham House, the home of Anthony Trollope, Victorian novelist

In 1859, Trollope moved to Waltham House in Waltham Cross, and during the 12 years he spent there, he was at the height of his writing career writing many of his best loved works including The Last Chronicle of Barset.

Celebrating the life and work of this beloved novelist, the day will include:

11.15am: Official launch of the collection by The Mayor of Broxbourne, Cllr Eddy Rowland and Michael G Williamson JP DL Chairman: The Trollope Society

11.30 – 11.40am: Reading of Trollope by members of The Trollope Society

12 noon – 3pm: Family Fun! Join us for a Post Box Craft session that will be fun for all the family

12.30 – 12.40pm: Reading of Trollope by members of The Trollope Society

3pm: Event End

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

Free Admission

For more information contact us at

Lowewood Museum, High Street, Hoddesdon, EN11 8BH

Tel: 01992 445596

E-mail: museum.leisure@broxbourne.gov.uk

Web: www.broxbourne.gov.uk/lowewoodmuseum

Invitation to the Anthony Trollope exhibition at Lowewood Museum

 

 

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

 

Lady Godiva wows Abbey crowds

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Cultural Olympiad 2012Up to 2,000 people turned out to greet Lady Godiva as she made her spectacular way through Waltham Abbey on Saturday (4 August). The crowds of people were awed as the graceful lady, standing 6-metres tall, made her way regally from the Abbey to Epping Forest District Museum in Sun Street. Powered by some incredible mechanics, she waved and bowed to the crowds as she walked sedately across Market Square, gazing down upon spectators from rooftop level.

Part of the Cultural Olympiad celebrating the London 2012 Olympic Games, Waltham Abbey was a very appropriate overnight stop for Lady Godiva. She is believed to have been the grandmother of Queen Ealdgyth, wife of King Harold who is reputed to be buried in the grounds of Waltham Abbey church.

The modern Lady Godiva, set out from Coventry where the original is said to have ridden naked through the town in protest at the heavy taxes levied on the people by her husband, Leofric. The modern Lady Godiva, also travelled by horse, although this time powered by a team of cyclists and was fully clothed. Her journey ended on Sunday in Waltham Forest.

Councillor Liz Webster, Mayor of Waltham Abbey and Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council greeted Lady Godiva. Waltham Abbey residents Jack (9) and his brother Oliver (4)  joined civic and religious leaders at the Museum where Jack presented Lady Godiva with his own model horse made earlier in the day.

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.

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.