New tourism website

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The Epping Ongar Railway at North Weald Railway Station was host to the official launch of a new tourism website for the district by members of the Epping Forest District Tourism Partnership.

www.visiteppingforest.org has been developed by some of the key attractions in the district, supported by Epping Forest District Council and the Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce. It provides information on places to visit, eat and stay and how to get here. It is also planned that local groups will be able to upload their events directly to a specific ‘What’s on’ section.

Visit Epping Forest website

Councillor Tony Boyce Chairman of the One Epping Forest Tourism Task Force, which has led on this work said: “Queries have already been answered from film organisations looking for locations, as well as cycling groups looking for somewhere to eat on Sunday mornings. As this website grows, it will generate more interest in the district as a tourist destination.”

He went on to say: “This has been a real partnership producing positive results. Everyone has chipped in with their expertise and resources to make this happen and give this district a site that is new, vibrant and supports the tourism economy right across this corner of Essex. A new leaflet, highlighting the varied attractions is being completed, which will tempt locals to explore their area as well as bring in visitors from further afield.”

Representatives were present at the event from major attractions and local organisations, including Epping Forest District Council, Epping Ongar Railway, the Lee Valley White Water Centre, Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce, Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey Tourism and Epping Forest. All these organisations are looking forward to working together to promote what the district has to offer in terms of places to visit, places to stay and where to eat when visiting the area.

Pictured from left to right
Tony Fenwick Corporation of London, Quentin Buller Epping Forest College, Janet Greene Lee Valley Regional Park, Councillor Tony Boyce Epping Forest District Council, Simon Hanney Epping Ongar Railway, Tony O’Connor Epping Forest District Museum, Vicky Willis Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Glynis Shiel Epping Forest District Council, Norma Green Waltham Abbey Town Partnership, Tricia Moxy Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce

New website launched to boost visitor and tourism economy

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An exciting new website has been developed to provide information on places to visit, eat and stay in the Epping Forest district.

Visit Epping Forest logo

Visit Epping Forest website

The new website is to be formally launched on Friday 7 December at 2.30pm.

Members of the Epping Forest District Tourism Partnership will launch the Visit Epping Forest website at a special event at Epping Ongar Railway at North Weald Railway Station.

The website has been developed by the key attractions in the district, supported by Epping Forest District Council and the Epping Forest Chamber of Commerce. It provides information on places to visit, eat and stay and how to get here. It is planned that local groups will be able to upload their events directly to a specific ‘What’s on’ section.

The website has already had 1,800 visitors, who viewed over 5,600 pages during the construction stage. Enquiries have already been answered from film companies looking for locations, as well as cycle touring organisations looking for somewhere to eat on Sunday mornings. As this website grows it will generate more interest in the district as a tourist destination.

Councillor Tony Boyce Chairman of the One Epping Forest Tourism Task Force, which has led on this work said: “This has been a real partnership producing positive results. Everyone has chipped in with their expertise and resources to make this happen and give this district a site that is new, vibrant and supports the tourism economy right across this corner of Essex.

A new leaflet, highlighting the varied attractions is being completed, which will tempt locals to explore their area as well as bring in visitors from further afield. We will soon be announcing a major visitor and tourism summit to enable attractions, restaurants, hotels and shops to come together and plan how we can make so much more of the growing tourism sector to bring investment and jobs into the area in the longer term.”

Victorian Christmas at Lowewood Museum

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Join us at Lowewood Museum on Saturday 1 December from 11am until 3pm, where Elizabeth and Richard York will perform music from the Victorian era, including festive songs to help get you in the Christmas spirit.

Bringing with them a fascinating selection of instruments, including a harp built in 1833 by Sebastian Erard, (who made instruments for the Royal Family) Northumbrian small pipes, a hurdy gurdy, harmonium and various others, this event is not to be missed and offers something for all the family.

Elizabeth and Richard have performed together for over 30 years, playing a wide range of periods and styles of music on many instruments. They have played for English Heritage and the National Trust, and at places from the Tower of London and the V&A Museum, to small regional events.

Admission to the event is free and while you are here why not take a look around the many interesting exhibits we have on display.

For further information about the performance or the museum, please contact us on 01992 445596 or by email on museum.leisure@broxbourne.gov.uk

You can find us at Lowewood Museum, High Street, Hoddesdon, Herts, EN11 8BH.

Museum open Wednesday to Friday (10am to 4pm) and Saturday (10am to 5pm).

www.broxbourne.gov.uk/lowewoodmuseum

Cabinet reports to Council on 6 November

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The runway at North Weald Airfield, Council Tax freeze, local plan, recycling, welfare reform were all discussed at the full meeting of Epping Forest District Council on 6 November 2012.

Councillor Anne Grigg, Asset Management Portfolio Holder informed members that Halcrow were in the process of being appointed to undertake some non-invasive testing of the structure of the main North Weald runway. This testing is intended to ensure that the runway is suitable for its current uses and will also inform the strategic review of the Airfield.

Councillor Grigg also reported that Cabinet at its meeting in September agreed to commission a strategic review of North Weald Airfield, to be undertaken as part of the development of the new Local Plan. The review should be completed and reported back to councillors in time for the recommended outcomes to become part of the Local Plan “Preferred Options” consultation scheduled to commence in the summer of 2013.

Environment Portfolio Holder, Councillor Will Breare-Hall was pleased to report improvement in recycling figures with the quarter 2 out-turn at 62%. In a similar vein, the results for dealing with litter and detritus are also ahead of target.

Councillor Breare-Hall also drew attention to the use of new CCTV cameras in The Broadway, Loughton which have provided a number of leads for fly-tipping investigations. He noted discussions between council officers and Epping Ongar Railway where very few new complaints have been received concerning the heritage railway.

Councillor Breare-Hall’s report concluded with news that following extensive remedial work, the former Bobbingworth Tip has achieved Queen Elizabeth II Field designation. It is now a tranquil and attractive open space. Councillor Breare-Hall said it was a great testament to the hard work of all those involved. A robust commemorative plaque will be placed on site.

Councillor David Stallan, Housing Portfolio Holder reported on the Welfare Reform Mitigation Plan consideration of a proposed new Tenancy Policy and Housing Allocations Scheme for the district.

Councillor Chris Whitbread recommended www.visiteppingforest.org  as one of the new initiatives designed to support and stimulate the local economy through tourism and other avenues. Referring to feedback on the Local Plan, Councillor Whitbread confirmed he had been in discussion with Eleanor Laing MP for Epping Forest concerning many of the issues raised in the Community Choices consultation.

Councillor Mrs Syd Stavrou informed councillors that the Government’s announcement of the latest Financial Settlement would not be made until late December.

Councillor Stavrou had previously announced the Cabinet’s intention to freeze Council Tax for another year. The Government has subsequently announced a grant equivalent to a 1% increase in Council Tax for authorities freezing their charge. Councillor Stavrou was pleased to confirm that Cabinet agreed the parameters set for the 2013/14 budget include no increase in the Council Tax.

Councillor Richard Bassett, Planning Portfolio Holder responded to questions put by members of the public as well as councillors in respect of the Local Plan. He repeated previous assurances that no decisions had been taken on the policies to be included in the new Local Plan. Many public responses had been received in response to the recent Community Choices consultation. Population predictions formed a key element in the forecasts of future development need and Councillor Bassett confirmed he would be meeting regional planning experts in the near future to discuss the latest estimates.

Reports by Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder Councillor Liz Webster noted progress on the construction of the new ‘3rd Generation Astroturf’ pitch at Town Mead in Waltham Abbey an a number of successful funding bids including.

• £23,500 for adult training in subjects such as IT
• £39,000 for ‘Transitions’ a professional development programme for carers work with people with dementia
• £27,500 of initial Heritage Lottery Funding towards a bid for £1,165,000 for the expansion of Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey

Loughton Leisure Centre users can look forward to better facilities following a decision to spend £240,000 on improvements. Epping Forest District Council will obtain a reduction in its annual management fee to Sports Leisure Management (SLM) of £88,000 per year in exchange for one-off capital funding to improve changing facilities at Loughton Leisure Centre. The deal equates to a three per cent return on investment on the £240,000 capital sum with the added bonus of spending the money to improve the Council’s own property for the benefit of Leisure Centre users.

Councillor Gary Waller Safer, Greener and Highways Portfolio Holder answered questions ranging from parking reviews to the merits of the forthcoming elections for the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner. He also thanked Councillor Leon Girling for suggesting a presentation to Loughton Broadway businesses on the capabilities of the new CCTV systems.

Ray Sears book signing at museum

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Ray Sears, centre with Eleanor Laing MP to left and Cllr Brian Rolfe to right
Ray Sears, centre with Eleanor Laing MP to left and Cllr Brian Rolfe to right

Ray Sears will be at Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey on Saturday 10 November from 2pm to 4pm, signing copies of his book, ‘Waltham Abbey: Reflections of the Past’. 

Ray’s book contains wonderful historical photographs of Waltham Abbey – a great Christmas present for anyone who knows and loves the area. 

You can also see the current museum exhibition based on Ray’s collection while you are here.

 

 

Dig the Pulhams of Broxbourne exhibition at Lowewood Museum

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Poster for the Pulhams of Broxbourne exhibition at Lowewood Museum

Join us this Saturday at Lowewood Museum for the opening of a spectacular exhibition on one of the most important landscape design companies of the Victorian and Edwardian era.

From their manufactory in Broxbourne, James Pulham and Son produced a wide range of very high-quality, classically-designed terracotta garden ornaments, such as vases, urns and sundials and examples of their garden landscape design can be seen locally and nationally, from High Leigh in Hoddesdon to Buckingham Palace in London.

In 1868, the firm was awarded its first Royal Warrant for the work they did on Sandringham Royal Estate, where they constructed two lakes, one with a large boat cave. Their second Royal Warrant was awarded for the rockwork they did on ‘The Mound’ and around the lake at Buckingham Palace in 1903-04.

To accompany the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 27th October, between 11am and 1pm, Claude Hitching, author of Rock Landscapes – The Pulham Legacy will be at the museum signing copies of his book – the perfect Christmas present for any garden lover!

Don’t miss out on seeing this fascinating exhibition, which showcases the history of this remarkable company.

For our younger visitors, the museum will also be hosting a special Design Your Own Garden craft on Thursday 1 November, 12 – 3pm. The event is free of charge and there is no need to book, just drop in.

The exhibition will run at Lowewood until the 2nd February 2013.

We look forward to seeing you at the museum!

Opening times: Wednesday – Friday (10am – 4pm) and Saturday (10am – 5pm)

Fur further information on the exhibition or the museum, please contact us at:

Lowewood Museum
High Street
Hoddesdon
EN11 8BH
Tel: 01992 445596
Email: museum.leisure@broxbourne.gov.uk

London Transport poster collection alights at district museum

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‘Waltham Abbey by Tram’ a poster by Gregory Brown

You may have seen on the news recently a report on a major sale of travel posters from the collections of the London Transport Museum (LTM). As part of the preparation for that sale the LTM arranged for the transfer of a number of posters to other museums including the Epping Forest District Museum.  

The Museum already has a substantial collection of travel posters based on the work of the artist Walter Spradbery who lived in Buckhurst Hill and who produced many posters for London Transport during the golden age of poster design. The four posters transferred to the museum are works by Charles Paine, Maurice Wilson, Fred Taylor and Gregory Brown and date between 1914 -1951. The posters are currently being catalogued and documented and will go on show later this year at the museum.

‘Chigwell’ a transport poster by Fred Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the museum and our collections please contact: 

Epping Forest District Museum

39 – 41 Sun Street

WalthamAbbey

Essex EN9 1EL

Tel: 01992 716882

Email: museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Web: www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum

Museum goes digital with oil painting collection

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‘Autumn, High Beach’ an oil painting by Alec Dixon, 1988

At the Epping Forest District Museum in Waltham Abbey, our extensive collection of paintings is shown on a rotating basis in our art gallery. Because paintings and prints can be sensitive to light, causing them to fade over time, works are taken off display and placed in our reserve for periods of rest between exhibits. This is one way of helping to preserve them but it does mean that the number of paintings the public can see at any particular time is restricted.

Making high quality digital images accessible online, is one way that the public can take a look behind the scenes at the wider collection held by the Epping Forest District Museum. 

A major national data base of oil paintings in public collections has been created by the Public Catalogue Foundation in partnership with the BBC and includes images from this section of the museum’s art collection. To find out more about this project visit www.thepcf.org.uk/ and to view the paintings visit the BBC’s Your Paintings website at www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/

For more information on our museum and its collections please contact:

Epping Forest District Museum

39 – 41 Sun Street

Waltham Abbey

Essex, EN9 1EL

Tel: 01992 716882

Email: museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Web: www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum

Reflections of the Past – Ray Sears historic photographs of Waltham Abbey

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A view of Waltham Abbey Church from Highbridge Street

Epping Forest District Museum is delighted to be hosting ‘Reflections of the Past’ an exhibition of historic photographs of Waltham Abbey, collected by Raymond Sears.

Ray was born and has lived in Waltham Abbey all his life and his collection of photographs came out of a desire to celebrate and share the photographic history of the town. First exhibited at King Harold School in 1989, his collection is an ever expanding mixture of personal and donated photographs.

These days,  Ray stages exhibitions regularly in the town, and has published a number of books based on his collection.

A view of the Abbey Gateway of Waltham Abbey Church

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get up close to this fantastic collection and find out more about the history of Waltham Abbey.

For more information please contact:

Epping Forest District Museum

39 – 41 Sun Street

Waltham Abbey

Essex EN9 1EL

Tel: 01992 716882

Email: museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Web: www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum

 

 

Family craft this Saturday at Waltham Abbey

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Come and join us at family craft this Saturday 6 October from 12noon to 3pm at Epping Forest District Museum.

We are going to be quill pen writing, and illuminating our initials and you can also take part in a consultation session on displays and themes for the potential new museum extension. The craft activity will be a free event as a thank you for sharing your ideas with us.

While you are here, you can also see the new exhibition ‘Reflections of the Past’, with historic photographs of Waltham Abbey from the collections of Ray Sears. This exhibition opens on Saturday.

For more information please contact:

Epping Forest District Museum

39 – 41 Sun Street

Waltham Abbey

Essex EN9 1EL

Tel: 01992 716882

Email: museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk

Web: www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk/museum