Victorian novelist’s work celebrated in exhibition at Lowewood Museum

Written on . Posted in Arts, Community, Conservation and listed buildings, Museum, Older people, Our activities, Our attractions, Out and about, Residents, Young people, Your community

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



Invitation to the Anthony Trollope exhibition at Lowewood Museum



Museum wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

Written on . Posted in Chairman, Museum, Our attractions, Out and about, Waltham Abbey, Your area

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

Written on . Posted in Arts, Community, Health, Museum, Our activities, Our attractions, Out and about, Playschemes, Residents, Sports, Sports centres and pools, Waltham Abbey, Young people, Your area, Your community

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

Written on . Posted in Arts, Community, Museum, Our activities, Our attractions, Out and about, Playschemes, Residents, Waltham Abbey, Young people, Your area, Your community

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,


or visit us online at

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

Written on . Posted in Arts, Community, Councillors, Local business, Museum, Olympics, Supporting business, Waltham Abbey, Your community

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

Written on . Posted in Arts, Chairman, Museum, Olympics, Out and about, Waltham Abbey, Your community

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

Written on . Posted in Arts, Chairman, Community, Loughton, Meetings, Museum, Olympics, Parking, Sports, Waltham Abbey, Young people, Your community

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

Written on . Posted in Arts, Museum, Olympics, Our activities, Our attractions, Out and about, Sports

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!





Community celebrations as Olympics comes to town

Written on . Posted in Chairman, Civic events, Community, Museum, Olympics, Our attractions, Out and about, Waltham Abbey, Your area, Your community

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.”


Police exhibition

Written on . Posted in Museum, Our attractions, Out and about, Waltham Abbey, Your area

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