With two months to go until the Olympics hit London, here are a few essentials – about traffic, flags and branding, and opportunities to volunteer.
It’s easy to prepare for the significant effects on our transport networks. Please read the attached traffic advice.
To support places of worship prepare for their day-to-day operations, LOCOG and TfL are holding a workshop on 12 June, 10-12 at Stratford Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, E15 4BQ. To reserve your space please email alan.chapman (Email: alan.chapman [at] london2012.com) by 6 June.
Bunting and flags
On a lighter note, summer’s here, it’s time to get the bunting out!
Don’t get caught out – certain words, images and logos are off-limits for your advertising. Read more here.
Exclusively for faith and community groups, LOCOG have made some lovely flags and bunting in the same brand family as the Games. £99 gets you a flag, bunting, a banner and 50 hand flags. See the pdf below for details. Just ask your archdeacon before flying the flag; I’ve done all the relevant paperwork.
If your budget is more limited, Local Leaders has lots of pre-designed posters, bunting patterns, and everything to celebrate locally. All are free to download, and in the London 2012 brand family. And as many of us use our churchyards for hospitality, you may wish to put in some Olympic plants like this.
Don’t want to plan something yourself?
Some churches aren’t planning anything for the Olympics or Paralympics, because
- key people are on holiday
- the Games feel physically far away
- other things have taken priority
If that’s you, but there are still some in your church who are keen to be a part of the Games, why not encourage them to help another church? Many churches near venues or at key locations are overwhelmed with opportunities, and would welcome teams of volunteers to lend a hand.
After last month’s request to register your events, we’ve collated everyone’s requests for volunteers and circulated them to clergy. Please ask your vicar to promote these volunteering opportunities to your congregation – the best thing would be for small teams who want to help to approach the organisers directly.
If you’re ready to register your own event, do fill in the ‘Plans for Olympics’ spreadsheet below and send it to Elizabeth (Email: elizabeth.harrison [at] london.anglican.org).
Please feel free to get in touch (Email: elizabeth.harrison [at] london.anglican.org) with any queries, or just to ask for extra ideas and resources for your event. It’s encouraging to see so many parishes responding to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.