On Friday 23 November, Year 8 students, from King Harold Business & Enterprise Academy, transformed Epping Forest District Museum, as part of Takeover Day.
Visitors, including Epping Forest District Council Chairman, Councillor Richard Bassett, took part activities, and were taken on a tour of the museum, both devised and led by the pupils.
They worked with museum staff, in a series of workshops and preparation days, to learn more about the day to day running of the museum.
The students also put together a special exhibition, from items in our First World War collection, to add to the current ‘Walter Spradbery, Artist in War and Peace’ exhibition. Their addition will be on display until the exhibition closes on Saturday 22 December. The activities were linked to the exhibition too; there was a Spradbery themed quiz and medal making, based on the First World War medals on display.
Takeover Day is a national celebration (created by Kids in Museums) of young people’s contributions to museums, galleries, arts organisations, archives and heritage sites. It’s a day on which they work alongside staff and volunteers to participate in the life of the organisation or venue.
The paintings show the famous tea hut, near Fairmead Road in Epping Forest; a friendly stop-off point for bikers, horse riders, dog walkers and other forest visitors. One shows Bradley (who runs the hut), surrounded by the treats and snacks for sale; the other is of a typical afternoon, during a rain storm, with the car park full of bikers and walkers.
The paintings were revealed in an intimate private view on Friday 16 November, at the museum, with Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Richard Bassett, the artist, Bradley Melton and guests. The paintings will be on display until March 2019.
Pictured above: Martin Barrall, Bradley Melton and EFDC Chairman Councillor Richard Bassett
This is the first time that Martin has displayed his work in the district. The ‘Bradley’s Tea Hut’ artwork was recently on display at The Royal Academy as part of their 250th summer exhibition, curated by artist Grayson Perry.
Martin said, “I have entered the Royal Academy summer exhibition a few times before, getting paintings shortlisted but this was the first time I have had a picture hung.”
Martin worked in Art and Design education from 1974 to 1996 then slowly moved back to painting full time. He has painted many different subjects and themes, from country landscapes to Formula 1, and city scenes and over the last 5 years has mostly painted themes based on Epping Forest.
The tea hut, officially named ‘Original Tea Hut’, has been in Bradley’s family since the 1930s. It has become a big part of people’s visit to the forest; artist Grayson Perry is a fan of this hidden gem and was responsible for picking Martin’s paintings to be part of The Royal Academy’s exhibition. The private view was the first time Bradley had seen the paintings; he was delighted to see the painting as never got the chance to see it when it was in London.
Join us at Epping Forest District Museum for festive fun and a late-night opening on Friday 30 November 2018.
As part of Waltham Abbey Town Council’s Cavalcade of Light event, we are opening the museum doors before the big event for an evening of festive fun, including music from King Harold Academy and Christmas songs from the students at Upshire Primary.
Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
When: Friday 30 November
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Free entry (donations gratefully received)
£1.50 per person for craft activity
There will be a Walter Spradbery trail to take you around the museum and you can have your own silhouette created, a wonderful gift for someone special.
No need to book, just drop in. Festive refreshments will be on offer to help keep you warm.
It’s also a great opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping in our gift shop and, of course, look around the museum’s galleries and exhibitions.
Come visit Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a gift at Epping Forest District Museum on Saturday 8 December.
Where: Epping Forest District Museum, 39 – 41 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, EN9 1EL
When: Saturday 8 December
Time: 11am – 4pm
Price: £6 per child
There’s no need to book a space, just drop in to the museum from 11am – 4pm. You’ll be given a time slot on arrival and while you wait, there will be a Christmas themed craft to make. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
“Best Father Christmas by far.” – previous visitor
From 3 – 8 December 2018, Epping Forest District Museum and Lowewood Museum are offering 10% discount in their gift shops to National Lottery players.
UK attractions say thank you
The museums are joining hundreds of other participating National Lottery funded visitor attractions across the UK saying thanks to people, who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.
Present a ticket to get a discount
The idea is simple: any visitor who presents a National Lottery ticket or scratch card between Monday 3 and Saturday 8 December gets a 10% discount in the museum’s gift shop.
Epping Forest District Museum has received £1,821,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money paid for the recent redevelopment of the museum as well as a range of projects, enabling community engagement and collections acquisition.
Lowewood Museum has received £183,700 for exhibition and engagement projects including two First World War Projects commemorating the centenary of the Armistice.
Fantastic museum offer
Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7.8bn National Lottery funding since 1994. This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”
Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder, Councillor Helen Kane said: “Thanks to National Lottery players we’ve been able to provide a fantastic new museum offer in the Epping Forest District and the opportunities for our community to explore the heritage has been massively enriched.”
Terms and Conditions
One National Lottery ticket provides 10% off in the museum gift shop (and refreshment area at Lowewood Museum).
All National Lottery games qualify for the offer, including tickets from any National Lottery draw based game or National Lottery Scratchcard. Proof of ticket can be paper or digital.
The offer is valid on the days the museum is open between Monday 3 and Saturday 8 December. Epping Forest District Museum is open 10am to 4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays.
On Saturday 10 November, Epping Forest District Museum came to life with a special dance event commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War and the armed forces.
An audience of 80 people saw the galleries transformed into stages as Essex Youth Dance Company’s, Dance Station and Re:Generation’s Forever Young, (both part of The Dance Network Association) perform The Great War Centenary dance piece choreographed especially for 2018.
One of the older performers, Frances Maynard, recited a poem called ‘Never Forget’, that she had specifically written for the Great War commemorations.
Councillor Helen Kane Leisure and Community Services Portfolio Holder attended the event and said: “This was a really special event for our museum to host. I went to support the officers , the organisers and the performers but I was soon engrossed by this brilliant concept. I was very pleased to be briefed about the thoughts behind this project and I must say I was not disappointed. This dance showcase is one of the many projects the museum has been organising to mark the centenary of the end of World War I and I felt it was a lovely way of bringing together younger and older generations as well as inviting the wider community to commemorate the occasion.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the centenary dance and thought the specially written poem for the event was very moving. I was very pleased to see many people attending and enjoying and being moved by the performance. I can only commend and congratulate everyone involved and I hope we see more of these events in the future”.
Gemma Wright, The Dance Network Association Artistic Director, said: “This will definitely be a performance to remember for our dancers, as it was an unusual location where they may not get the opportunity to perform in such a historical building and as part of a larger exhibition.
We really enjoyed being part of the event and I feel for our dancers were particularly inspired and proud to perform to the community of Epping Forest.”
This project was part of The Dance Network Association’s ‘Keeping Dance Alive’ annual en masse performance at events all over Essex.
The Walter Spradbery, Artist in War and Peace, exhibition is on display at Epping Forest District Museum, Waltham Abbey, until Saturday 22 December 2018. It focuses on the artist’s time in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War, and the paintings he made for the first Imperial War Museum displays.
An audience of 80 people saw the galleries transformed into stages as Essex Youth Dance Company’s, Dance Station and Re:Generation’s Forever Young, (both part of The Dance Network Association) perform The Great War Centenary dance, a piece choreographed especially for 2018.
Staff from Epping Forest District Museum, Waltham Abbey and Lowewood Museum, Hoddesdon attended The National Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on 11 November 2018, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, having been invited by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Image from left to right: Rachel Arnold, Project Officer Broxbourne: We Will Remember Them; Tony O’Connor, Museums, Heritage and Culture Manager; Andy Hall, Exhibitions Officer and Catherine Hammond, Education and Outreach Officer.
The Department for Digital, Media and Sport asked HLF to nominate people to attend the service, after recognising the huge contribution HLF and its First World War projects have made to the centenary. As a result over 300 people involved with these project across the UK, attended the service on Sunday.
£124k in grants
Our centenary projects were made possible by grants totalling £124,000 from HLF, which distributes the heritage share of National Lottery funding, supporting a wide variety of projects across the UK. HLF has invested £97million in 2,200 First World War centenary projects.
Exhibition at Epping Forest District Museum
The Walter Spradbery, Artist in War and Peace exhibition is on display at Epping Forest District Museum until Saturday 22 December 2018. It focuses on the artist’s time in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War, and the paintings he made for the first Imperial War Museum displays.
Loweood Museum display
Stephen Warner, One Man’s Journey through War was on display at Lowewood Museum from May until September 2018. It explored the First War World through the diaries of Warner, who served with the Royal Army Medical Corps and the Essex Regiment in France and went on to win a Military Cross for bravery.
Broxbourne: We Will Remember Them, focuses on First World War soldiers from the Borough of Broxbourne. People are invited to share their stories, memories, photographs and other artefacts. Pupils from local schools will create embroidered postcards to commemorate the sacrifices given by soldiers. There will be a number of sharing days in the Borough of Broxbourne, through December to February, for people to come and tell their stories. The Broxbourne: We Will Remember Them display will start touring from the end of February 2019.
Working in partnership with Epping Forest District Museum and Lowewood Museum, local charity The Gifted will be delivering a female empowerment textiles project, called The Clothmaker’s Wings, exploring the textile industry from 1790 – 1890.
A series of textiles and craft workshops will explore identity, adversity and up-skilling the female voice, by celebrating who they are and what they can do.
Many of the workers and contributors to the textiles industry were women (and children); this project aims to give a voice to those forgotten women and bring their stories alive, whilst connecting their skills and narration to young women of today.
It will end with an exhibition at Lowewood Museum in summer 2019.
For further information about The Gifted and The Clothmaker’s Wings contact Tori Jacovides at Tori@thegifted.org.uk
This project has been made possible by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The Gifted is a Hertfordshire wide charity, based in Broxbourne, that aims to give children and young people who are experiencing disadvantage or seeking additional support and creative access, to work with them on bespoke programmes.
They can receive training, volunteering opportunities, skills based learning (both creative and life) to help overcome struggles.
The Gifted use interactive workshops and bespoke educational training programmes and run two core programmes; ‘The Butterfly’ for vulnerable young women seeking personal and learning support, and ‘Reality Check’ aimed at enabling boys at risk of exclusion or hardship, to gain new skills and mentorship.
Epping Forest District Council and St John’s C of E Primary School, Buckhurst Hill hosted a special event, ‘Singing in the Wilderness’ to celebrate the life and work of local artist Walter Spradbery.
The event, on Saturday 29 September, was a recreation of the ‘Open Air Social’ event that Spradbery and his wife Dorothy held at their home in 1938, marking its 80th anniversary.
An estimated 500 people came along to see the stalls, sideshows, donkey rides, traditional dances and art displays and raised over £600 for St John’s C of E Primary School. The event brought together the local community with Buckhurst Hill Residents Society working in partnership with the council, school and St John’s Church, Buckhurst Hill.
Flux Dance Collective
There was a specially choreographed dance performance by Flux Dance Collective who worked with pupils from the school to create a piece inspired by Spradbery. A historical interpreter played the role of Walter Spradbery, leading tours into the Wilderness to visit the site where the house once stood, next to the school. Buckhurst Hill Community Association and Bedford House both had art exhibitions on display, and there was a small exhibition about Walter Spradbery. The day ended with a fun performance by Impropera, the world’s only improvised Opera Company.
Exhibition at Epping Forest District Museum
This event is part of a programme of activities for the ‘Walter Spradbery, Artist in War and Peace’ exhibition, at Epping Forest District Museum, Waltham Abbey; on display until Saturday 22 December 2018.
Spradbery is best known for his poster designs for London Transport, one of which was recently used on the new signboards marking the boundaries of Epping Forest. He and his wife, opera singer Dorothy D’Orsay, also held many musical and opera performances in the gardens of ‘The Wilderness’ for the local community.
Spradbery was also a committed pacifist. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War, receiving the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his bravery in rescuing injured comrades under intense enemy fire.
The Burton Road fire, proposals for the St Johns Road development, the Epping Forest Shopping Park and the Epping Forest District Local Plan submission were amongst the topics of discussion at Full Council on 25 September 2018.
Council Leader, Councillor Chris Whitbread set the record straight in response to questions asked by Councillor Steven Neville relating to the fire at Burton Road on 17 August 2018.
Councillor Whitbread said: “Having read the comparisons with the Grenfell disaster on the front page of the local paper recently, we are concerned that sensational headlines will cause a great deal of unnecessary anxiety for potential tenants. Links with the Grenfell Tower do a disservice to the people involved in that disaster as well as families currently waiting for a new home on our waiting list.
He urged: “Burton Road is a completely different building and it is not yet finished. The fire was caused by a construction related accident, not the materials used. Unlike Grenfell, Burton Road only has four floors. The interior was practically untouched by the fire. Even if it had been possible for such a fire to start once the building was finished and occupied, all the evidence suggests people would have been able to escape unharmed. The building stood up remarkably well to the blaze.”
Options for a new leisure centre at the St Johns Road development site in Epping are being explored. Proposals are being discussed with the District Council’s current leisure provider Places for People and Epping Town Council.
The new leisure centre could form part of the larger St Johns development and could potentially include the first cinema in the town for decades, new shops, public open space and housing.
Planning Portfolio Holder, Councillor John Philip announced that Epping Forest District Council’s Local Plan, a set of policies to manage development within the district up to 2033, has been submitted for approval to the Planning Inspectorate.
The Local Plan’s submission was delayed following a Judicial Review brought by CK Properties in March 2018.
Council was given an update on the new leisure centre in Waltham Abbey by Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Communities, Councillor Helen Kane. She informed Council that the new health and wellbeing hub is now in the final stages of construction and is on target to achieve its scheduled opening on 17 November 2018.
In a bid to combat fly-tipping and increase awareness throughout the district, the Cleaner Essex Group will be ‘recycling’ the Crime not to Care campaign this year to highlight issues caused by fly tipping and how residents can help.
The campaign, due to launch in October, will ask residents and businesses to ‘Check, Challenge and Record’ when handing their waste over for disposal – ensuring waste is kept out of the hands of the rogue traders that fly-tip for profit.
New brands at Shopping Park
Home Bargains and Boots Plc are the last two brands to join the group retailers at the Epping Forest Shopping Park in Loughton.
Home Bargains opened its doors on 1 September 2018 and the lease on the final retail unit has now been agreed with Boots Plc, with completion imminent pending approval of the shop fit out.
Funding granted for inclusion project
Councillors noted a report which referred to the grant of extra funding from Action for Children, for the Epping Forest Inclusion Project. The project provides an important resource, offering a wide range of sport and leisure activities for children and young people with disabilities and their families.