Jade Goody was a local girl. She made Epping Forest District her home, coming to live initially in Ongar and then Upshire.
She passed away at home in Upshire on Mothers` Day on the 22 March 2009.
Jade lived her life in the media spotlight. Her funeral has been arranged to take place at 12 noon on Saturday 4 April 2009. Many mourners are expected to attend the service at St John The Baptist Church in Buckhurst Hill.
The service is expected to receive wide-spread media attention. Standing room in the car park outside the Church has been set aside for the media and members of the public who will be able to hear the service relayed via loud speakers.
The large number of people and media expected to attend the funeral is likely to lead to some local traffic disruption. Essex Police will close Buckhurst Hill High Road from Gladstone Road to Russell Road and Church Road from 11am until 2pm.
The funeral cortege will pass slowly through Loughton High Road before making its way up to Buckhurst Hill High Road.
St John The Baptist is a relatively small church. There is very little public car parking in the immediate area. Bus routes will be diverted during the period of the road closure. However, members of the public wishing to pay their respects are advised to leave their cars at home. Buckhurst Hill Railway Station on the Central Line is a short walk via Palmerston Road from the Church. Normal bus services to Buckhurst Hill include the 397, 20 and 549.
Residents living in the vicinity of Buckhurst Hill and Loughton are advised to adjust their travel plans through Saturday morning and into the afternoon.
Councillor John Knapman, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council said: “Jade made her home in our district, first in Ongar and then in Upshire. She lived her life in the full glare of the media spotlight. She was a controversial figure but made many friends and will be missed. I am sure the residents of Epping Forest would join with me in offering our condolences to her family and young sons. To lose your mother at such a young age is a tragedy. Once Jade is laid to rest, I hope the outside world will give her family the time and space they will now need to mourn in private.”
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