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

Waltham Abbey Olympic Flame route

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A young teaching assistant from Waltham Abbey will be cheered on when he carries the Olympic Flame through the town on 7 July 2012. Steven Basing from Bumbles Green, Nazeing was announced as one of the Torchbearers as the street route was confirmed on Monday 19 March.

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Steven currently teaches at Hillhouse Church of England Primary School but he has also spent a great deal of time abroad working with young people on Camp America and with orphans in Kenya. He hopes to bring about positive change in the world.

Steven saw people suffering widespread neglect and the dangers of ignoring human rights in Africa, contrasting with four summers working at a special needs camp in the USA. He has also seen the positive effect of sport on people, watching with pride his special needs campers participating in a special Olympics”.

Residents of, and visitors to, the Epping Forest District are being encouraged to welcome the Olympic Flame when it arrives in Waltham Abbey on Saturday 7 July 2012.

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The streets along the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay were announced on Monday 19 March. They can be viewed in full at www.london2012.com/olympictorchrelay, which gives street-by-street details and proposed start times for when the Olympic Flame will travel through Epping Forest District.

Residents living in and around the district can find out when it will be travelling along their nearest high street, through their town square or past their local village shop. The Torchbearers confirmed to carry the Flame today include those that were successful through the public nomination processes run by LOCOG and the Presenting Partners, Coca Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. LOCOG has endeavoured to slot all community Torchbearers within an hour of their nomination address so family and friends can cheer them on. Each Torchbearer will wear a white and gold uniform which has been designed by Adidas.

Councillor Ricki Gadsby, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Wellbeing said “I encourage all residents and visitors to line the route to welcome the Flame to this district. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Olympic Flame and witness the spectacle of the Olympic Torch Relay. This announcement today brings the route to life and I am looking forward to welcoming visitors and the inspirational torchbearers to the historic town of Waltham Abbey in July.”

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG added: “Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life. The Flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets. Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it Epping Forest District’s moment to shine.”

An average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the Olympic Flame during its 8,000-mile journey around the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Torchbearer street route in Waltham Abbey:

  1. starting at the Wheatsheaf public house along the Crooked Mile at 8.26 am
  2. turning off at Parsons Restaurant
  3. along Sun Street passing through the Meridian Line
  4. across the Market Square
  5. along Church Lane in front of the historic Waltham Abbey
  6. into Highbridge Street
  7. and along to the White Water Centre

LOCOG has worked closely with representatives from a number of sectors in each Nation and Region of the UK to devise the route and is taking the Olympic Flame to within ten miles of over 95% of the population.

Schools across the UK can now access free learning resources linked to the Olympic Torch Relay through Get Set (london2012.com/getset), the official London 2012 education programme. The activities are designed to help schools and colleges make the most of the Relay by lining the route, and cheering on their local Torchbearers. Resources include ideas for making Flame hats and shakers to welcome the Flame, an assembly presentation to get the school behind a Torchbearer and a film showing one Get Set network school’s preparations for the Relay.

Olympic Torch preparations discussed

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On Monday 12 March 2012 Cabinet met and discussed the Olympic Torch, Leader Lodge and the house building programme among many other items.

Council prepares for Olympic Torch

Money has been set aside to ensure the passage of the Olympic Torch relay passes safe and sound through Waltham Abbey.

Detailed announcements are due later but the district council already knows the Olympic Flame will draw crowds as it comes through Waltham Abbey on its way to the Lee Valley White Water Centre.

Cabinet agreed to recommend the council set aside up to £15,000 predominantly to ensure the safety of spectators and participants although councillors hope not to have to spend all the money allocated. Councillors also hope to see other organisations contribute. Councillor Ricki Gadsby, Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder described it as a modest amount of money for a significant and beneficial event.

Keeping council flats safe
A number of concessions to council tenants who make communal areas of flats more homely were confirmed. Councillors debated further relaxation of the rules to set aside recommendations of the Fire Authority and include carpets in the exceptions list. Council tenant Barry Johnson, a former fireman called on councillors to support calls for carpets to be retained. Debate surrounded how far the council should follow the advice of the Fire Authority, balanced against perception of the actual risk to tenants.

Councillor Maggie McEwen, Housing Portfolio Holder emphasised her sympathy for tenants who wished to retain carpets in communal areas while drawing a distinction between the rights of private householders to decide their own levels of safety and the council which had a responsibility as landlord for the safety of others.

Exceptions recommended in the report to cabinet included pictures on walls provided the frames contain no glass, rubber-backed mats, flame-retardant curtains and non-flammable items such as pot-plants provided they do not block escape routes.

Following a long and intense debate, councillors also agreed to vary the recommendations of the report so that where all the tenants and leaseholders of a block agreed to meet certain conditions recommended by the Fire Authority, concessions would be made to retain communal carpets.

Cabinet also resolved that the Housing Scrutiny Panel consider an enhanced programme to install smoke-detectors in all council-owned residential properties.

Leader Lodge in North Weald
Leader Lodge, originally associated with the war-time airfield at North Weald is to be put up for sale. Epping Forest District Council’s Cabinet agreed to seek tenders based on keeping the current building as well as any plans to demolish as councillors seek to meet the aspirations of local residents consulted through the recent ‘Planning for Real’ exercise.

House building programme
Another step has been taken towards restarting council house building in Epping Forest. Members of the district council Cabinet approved recommendations leading to recruitment process of a development agent. When appointed, the agent will co-ordinate all professional building services including, financial, architectural, quantity surveying, construction and project management. The agent will undertake detailed development appraisals on each site identified by the council. Once planning permissions have been secured, the agent will also undertake the tendering processes to appoint building contractors.

Separately, cabinet agreed to use capital receipts of £125,000 from the development of the council-owned site at Millfield High Ongar to fund future council house building.

Information and cash payments
Epping Forest District Council is set to employ Essex County Council to provide information services via local libraries. District council information services currently provided in Loughton Library, Waltham Abbey Town Hall and Buckhurst Hill Parish Council will be provided by library staff. Staff at Chipping Ongar library will also take on formal district council information service provision.

Plans are also being developed for Waltham Abbey cash desk situated in Waltham Abbey Town Hall to be replaced by a kiosk in Waltham Abbey Library.


Meet the artist, Jeff Cummins to visit museum

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Cover artist Jeff Cummins will be at Lowewood Museum in Hoddesdon on Saturday 10 March to give a personal tour of his exhibition, Vinyl Canvas.

The exhibition showcases a stunning collection of vinyl record covers and original artworks designed by Jeff for music legends such as Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Rainbow and Whitesnake. Uncover the secrets behind the covers and discover how they came about in this relaxed and informal session.

Jeff will be at the museum from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm, don’t miss out on this one-off event. Signed limited edition prints will also be available for purchase.

The exhibition, Vinyl Canvas, will be on display at Lowewood Museum until 31 March 2012.

For more information on the museum, visit www.broxbourne.gov.uk/lowewoodmuseum


Mosaic to celebrate museum’s 30th anniversary

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To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Epping Forest District Museum at its site in Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, a special mosaic has been made for the museum’s garden.

The mosaic was designed and created by members of Community Development’s Youth Club, ‘We Don’t Do Bored’ based in Ninefields, Waltham Abbey. Ten young people from the group visited the museum to choose objects to include in the design and find out more about the history of the district.

They worked with Essex based mosaic artist, Paul Siggins to come up with a design, then over February half term they have been making the mosaic at the museum, assisted by visitors to the museum including the Chairman Ken Angold-Stephens and his wife Jill who really enjoyed having a go.

The mosaic will be completed on Friday 17 February and will be installed in the museum garden on Tuesday 28 February.


Honey Lane consultation

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Honey Lane Consultation MapWe want your views on the proposed change in designation of part of Honey Lane in Waltham Abbey from a “prohibited street” to a “consent street”.

Take notice that pursuant to Schedule 4 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions Act) 1982 Epping Forest District Council (“the Council”) hereby gives notice of its intentions to pass a resolution at a meeting of its Licensing Committee on 11 April 2012 the draft of which is set out below:

With effect from Monday, 28 May 2012 the current designation of Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex (excluding the section between the two M25 motorway accesses which is to remain a prohibited street) being a street within the district of Epping Forest, shall be varied from its current designation of a “prohibited street” to a “consent street”.

If passed, the effect of the resolution will be that from Monday 28 May 2012 street trading will be permitted on Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex (excluding the section between the two M25 motorway accesses which is to remain a prohibited street) subject to a person first obtaining the prior written consent from Epping Forest District Council.

Any person wishing to make a representation relating to the Council’s intention to pass this resolution must do so in writing by no later than 4 pm on Monday 26 March 2012.

Representations should be sent to Epping Forest District Council for the attention of Ms Alison Mitchell, Assistant Director of Corporate Support Services (Legal), Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex CM16 4BZ. A copy of this notice and the plan can be viewed at the Council’s Civic Offices.

Any representation received by 4 pm on Monday, 26 March 2012 will be considered at the meeting on 11 April 2012 after which a decision will be made whether to proceed to pass the resolution.

Colleen O’Boyle
Director of Corporate Support Services / Solicitor to the Council
Epping Forest District Council
Civic Offices
High Street
Essex CM16 4BZ

Waltham Abbey cinema at the town hall

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Waltham Abbey Town Council launched the new Waltham Abbey Cinema at screenings on 17 and 18 February 2012. The first screening on the Friday evening of the film, Johnny English Reborn, was a great success, and the Saturday morning screening of Happy Feet 2, to an audience of 150 parents and children, was a triumph. Town Clerk, Mrs Kathryn Richmond, said “We are absolutely delighted with the way these two first screenings have been received; the support from the people of Waltham Abbey for this initiative has been great”.

The aim is that the cinema screenings will be run with volunteer support from the community, so anyone interested in getting involved in this exciting new facility, should contact the Town Hall.

With the success of these two launch films, a full programme is now being produced, with extra screenings for school holidays now being planned. The next showings are Sherlock Holmes, A Game of Shadows on Tuesday 6 March with doors opening at 6.45pm, and Puss-In-Boots, on Saturday 10th March, doors opening at 9.45am.

Tickets are available to buy from the Tourist Information Centre, 2-4 Highbridge Street, or by calling 01992 652295, and will also be available on the door.  A schedule of screenings is now available on the town council website.

Councils team up to run Lowewood Museum

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Published on 9 February 2012

As from 1 February 2012, Broxbourne Council will enter into a five-year partnership arrangement with Epping Forest District Council for the operation of Lowewood Museum, Hoddesdon.

Following the retirement of the Museum’s two long standing staff members, Broxbourne Council was able to explore the cost-effective opportunity of a service level agreement.

Under the new arrangement, Broxbourne Council will continue to own and maintain the listed building whilst we will deploy staff from our museum in Waltham Abbey to manage the facility. The existing identity, opening hours and current programme of temporary exhibitions will be maintained.

With years of experience operating Epping Forest District Museum in Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Broxbourne Council expects a seamless transfer period and hopes the partnership will promote future service development.

The integrated service aims to draw on the collections of both museums and provide an opportunity for wider ranging exhibitions to increase interest and footfall.

Councillor Ricki Gadsby, Leisure and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council said: “This is a great deal for both councils and residents. Broxbourne and Epping Forest have independently built high reputations for their respective museums. We hold common values, working at the heart of our communities. The staff at Epping Forest share a deep respect for the work done by their colleagues in Broxbourne and are committed to continuing the cultural legacy of Lowewood. The two service collections will compliment each other as will the new working arrangements between our two councils.”

Portfolio Holder for the Community for Broxbourne Council, Councillor Paul Seeby, says: “With this partnership in place, it will enable the Lowewood museum service to be developed further, building upon the excellent work that has already been achieved. We look forward to a long and prosperous working relationship with Epping Forest District Council.”

For further information of the new arrangement or services that Lowewood Museum provides, residents are asked to call 01992 445596 or visit the leisure and culture pages on Broxbourne Council website.

Olympic traders and advertisers get extra time

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White Water CanoeBusinesses wanting to trade or advertise near London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic venues have been given an extra month in which they can apply for permission.

Traders who require authorisation must apply by the end of March for permission to operate at 27 special ‘Event Zones’. These usually stretch no more than 200 metres from stadiums and sports facilities.

The deadline for advertisers who require approval to advertise in these areas has also been extended to 31 March 2012.

There are a number of exceptions where certain forms of trading and advertising do not require authorisation. Examples include food and newspaper deliveries, advertising on buses and taxis carrying passengers through an Event Zone, advertising inside a building, and most existing shop signage.

With now fewer than six months to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, businesses in Epping Forest District are being urged to ensure they have got their paperwork in order and got permission, where it is required.

The rules can be found on London 2012’s website:

London 2012 advertising and trading regulations website
The rules will ensure that spectators and those taking part in the Olympic and Paralympic Games can access venues easily and safely and that the Games have a consistent look, without unauthorised marketing close to venues.

The website explains where rules on advertising and outdoor trading near venues will be implemented (with a postcode checker), how they will be enforced and when they will apply – on competition days, often the day before and, in the case of the Olympic Park, a few days earlier. The website spells out the application process and authorisation criteria, includes a detailed guide and shows examples of practices that do not require authorisation, or can only be carried out if authorisation has been obtained.

Restrictions on advertising and outdoor trading are a requirement of the contracts that host cities sign with the International Olympic Committee. They are now common practice at major international sporting events.

The Advertising and Trading Regulations cover all trading in open public places within ‘Event Zones’ during the periods in question – including roads and any land that the public has access to and all forms of advertising.

Authorisation has to be obtained for all open air trading activities including selling from temporary buildings like marquees, busking and collecting for charity. It will also have to be obtained for advertising, though on billboards and poster sites, for example, authorisation will be reserved primarily for sponsors of the Games.

Advertising that is not expected to be permitted includes advertising by non-sponsors which aim to engage in ‘ambush marketing’, such as temporary advertising, distributing direct advertising literature and arranging for advertising ‘giveaways’ in an Event Zone.

The public application process for advertising is now open until the end of March 2012 and applications can be made to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) by email or by post.

Applications for permission to trade outdoors need to be made to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) by the same date – this can also be done online. There is a right to ask for a review of the two organisations’ decisions by the ODA, which is a public body.

The ODA is responsible for enforcement of the Regulations and is working with 36 local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales, reflecting the Olympic events in Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Essex and Hertfordshire, cycling in Surrey, football in Cardiff, Coventry, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle, as well as at the Olympic and Paralympic venues in London.

The ODA will designate around 250 trading standards officers and other enforcement officers who will be fully trained in the detail of the Regulations and better regulation objectives.

ODA Chief Executive Dennis Hone said: “We want to give businesses every opportunity to understand the rules and apply for permission, where this is needed. That is why we have extended the closing date. Advertising and trading regulations are temporary measures in place for only a few weeks near Olympic and Paralympic venues. Our aim is to make sure that spectators can get to watch the sport they have paid for – without delay or risk.”


Museum exhibition celebrating 30 years

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Join us this autumn in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Epping Forest District museum. A special exhibition showing the life and work of the museum over the last 30 years runs from 8 October 2011 to 3 March 2012 at the historic museum in Waltham Abbey.

For 30 years the museum has celebrated the unique history of this beautiful part of South West Essex, capturing the unique stories of those who have lived and worked here. To mark this special occasion the museum is hosting an exhibition looking back at the last 30 years and looking forward to the next 30!

Museum celebrating 30 years

On display you will see a number of highlights from the museum’s collection since it first opened its doors to the public in 1981. From paintings and posters by local artists Walter Spradbery and Eric Dawson, to pieces from the museum’s unique police collection. Also on display is a snapshot of some of the museum’s best loved exhibitions. From Narnia to the WWI trench, this 3D interactive room is not to be missed.

Why not email us at museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk and tell us about your memories of the museum?

Sue Davies (former museum officer), Tony O'Connor (current museum officer), Chairman Ken Angold-Stevens (Epping Forest District Council) and Anne Edwards (the museum's first museum officer)

Opening the exhibition Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Ken Angold-Stephens said: “Museum collections have the power to tell stories, connecting us to the people and communities who have been here before. This service would not be possible without the support of local people and visitors who help to record our district’s rich history so it can be celebrated for generations to come. We are very proud that the museum is viewed as resource at the heart of the community.”

Admission is free, for information and opening times contact the museum by telephone on 01992 716882 or email museum@eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

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