Epping Forest Information Centre - Epping Forest, Essex, UK
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N 51° 39.855 E 000° 02.470
31U E 295379 N 5727842
Quick Description: The Epping Forest Information Centre is the name recorded on the "opening" plaque but it is now known as the Epping Forest Visitor Centre. It is on the west side of the forest in an area known as High Beech.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/7/2013 8:16:17 AM
Waymark Code: WMJ7N4
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Long Description:

The plaque is located on the east side of the building and is inscribed, in gold lettering:

Epping Forest
Information Centre
Officially opened on 26 July 1993
by The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of London
Sir Francis McWilliams GBE BSc F Eng DCL
John L Bird CC
Cahirman Epping Forest & Open Spaces Committee
John Besent FRICS
Superintendent Epping Forest
Bill Row FRICS
Director of Building & Services

The City of London website tells us:

?The High Beach Visitor Centre is situated at High Beach, a traditional Epping Forest beauty spot. Staff are on hand to advise you about your visit and help you enjoy the forest. A full range of leaflets and maps are available, as well as a good selection of toys, gifts and souvenirs including items made from Epping Forest wood. The Visitor Centre is the place to come to buy tickets for events or horse riding licences.

Sir Francis McWilliams, an engineer, was Lord Mayor of London for the year 1992-3.

The City of London website tells us about the role of the Lord Mayor:

The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of the City of London is the official title for the head of the City of London Corporation, which provides local, policing and other services for the Square Mile.

The Lord Mayor presides over its governing bodies, the Court of Aldermen and the Court of Common Council and within the City, only the Sovereign takes precedence.

Outside the City the Lord Mayor takes precedence with, but after, members of the Cabinets. On behalf of the Sovereign and the Government the Lord Mayor regularly acts as a host for hospitality provided by the City of London Corporation for visiting heads of state and foreign dignitaries.

A dedicated ambassador, supporting and promoting the City as the world leader in international finance and business services, the Lord Mayor travels extensively, in liaison with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, fostering goodwill and boosting British trade, particularly the markets and services of the City.

As part of the programme for the year, the Lord Mayor takes part in a series of international visits leading delegations of senior business representatives to meet those at the highest levels of government and industry in overseas countries. This is with the aim of selling the City as a place in which to do business and promoting its expertise. This can range from advice on raising capital for major infrastructure projects to private finance initiatives and government-industry co-funding arrangements.

A domestic programme of visits keeps the Lord Mayor in touch with regional economic activity and promotes the contribution the City can make in these areas.

The role is enhanced by the entirely non-party political nature of this office and of the City of London. The Lord Mayor's activities reflect not only a ceremonial and diplomatic importance, but also those of a trusted spokesperson for the business and financial community.

In promoting the City, the Lord Mayor acts in close collaboration with other leading members of the City of London including the Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee. Working with the Court of Common Council, the Lord Mayor ensures that the City's interests are reflected in London-wide and national policy and development.

The Lord Mayor presides over Her Majesty's Commission of Lieutenancy for the City of London and also is:

    Chief Magistrate of the City of London
    Admiral of the Port of London
    President of the City of London Reserve and Forces and Cadets Association
    Trustee of St Paul's Cathedral
    Chancellor of City University
    President or Patron of many other civic and charitable organisations

What was opened/inaugurated?: Epping Information Centre

Who was that opened/inaugurated it?: Sir Francis McWilliams

Date of the opening/inauguration?: 26th July 1993

Website about the location: [Web Link]

Website about the person: [Web Link]

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