Waltham Abbey

Town Partnership

With the emphasis on the development of Waltham Abbey, and with the guiding support of EFDC, now is an exciting time for our town.

Waltham Abbey Town Partnership (WATP) is a voluntary organisation open to all residents and business people who are interested in the promotion of the town’s economy.
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End of year review

As a new year dawns, it is good to look back at the one we have just ‘endured’.

Throughout the year we have continued to meet, either via Zoom, or more recently, once again in person at the Town Hall.

We require the presence of a member of EFDC in order to hold an official meeting, and we have never had a meeting that has not been supported by EFDC, almost always by the attendance of Cllr Helen Kane.

Similarly the Town Council is represented every month by the Town Clerk, and with the addition of many of the steering committee (and occasional others),we have had full and lively meetings every month. We are continually grateful to all those who regularly attend, and are pleased to welcome anyone who wishes to attend any of our open meetings.

Apart from the ongoing ‘Heritage Trail’ initiative, which has hit many obstacles but continues on, we were pleased to be so involved with the end of year activities in the shape of the Festival of Light, the annual Carnival, and the Christmas Windows competition.

So many people stepped up this year, all of whom played a part in making it a memorable year end.

It augurs well for the coming year that there has been unearthed a whole group of people who are prepared to actively play a part in making our town the success we all want it to be.

As a Partnership we are very grateful for the really good relationship we have with our Town Council (as well as EFDC, by whom we were created). This has enabled issues to be discussed in an atmosphere of mutual understanding and respect. Just the way it should be.

There is every reason to believe that 2022 will see some positivity within Waltham Abbey, and that will bring a smile to all our faces!

Paul Violet, Chair WATP [email protected]

Christmas Shop Windows Competition

This year we’re expanding the competition outside the town centre and including all of the Waltham Abbey area.

So throw on your best Christmas display in the shop window and join in the fun. Maybe win a prize!

Please email [email protected] if you would like to be included in the competition.

Judging will take place between the 25th Nov and 15 Dec.

Remember to look at everything else which is going on this year over at  Waltham Abbey Festival of Light a whole town initiative.

We always ask and encourage shops to decorate their windows with a Christmas theme, but this year we will be asking that EVERY SINGLE SHOP joins in with the Festival by decorating their window with LIGHTS. Any kind of festive lights.

The opportunity to use imagination is immense. Let’s make the town centre to glow and be a real visitor attraction.

Shop Windows Competition

Prizes to be won!

25th Nov - 15th Dec

Making the town sparkle

We need YOU!

We are committed to playing our part in the whole town initiative – Waltham Abbey Festival of Light. The plan is to light up the town in many and varied ways, and will include schools, church, individuals and shops, and that’s where we come in!

We always ask and encourage shops to decorate their windows with a Christmas theme, but this year we will be asking that EVERY SINGLE SHOP joins in with the Festival by decorating their window with LIGHTS. Any kind of festive lights.

The opportunity to use imagination is immense. We want the town centre to glow and be a real visitor attraction.
Watch out for more information on social media, via posters and direct leaflet delivery.
We really do urge and ask everyone to play a part in making this exciting initiative really work.

Together we can make positive things happen, and that can only benefit us all.

Cavalcade of Light

Friday 26th Nov

26th Nov - 4th Dec

More coming!

Welcome to our Town Centre Signs

You will have seen the Welcome to our Town Centre signs go up during the summer of 2021. The funding came from Essex CC, and the signs were designed and erected by WATP.

It was a project that took 10 months to materialise, but we got there in the end.

The Heritage Trail Historic Information Boards is the current project, and they will contain some fascinating insights into some of the buildings that once graced our town

  Since taking the chair in 2015, Paul Violet (along with the committee members) has continued the work of the Partnership that began in 2008. 
The priority has been to build strong relationships with local authorities, in order to work together with local businesses and residents, and help to improve the ‘Waltham Abbey Experience’. 

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