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The idea behind the 'Human Chain' is a simple but brilliant one - everyone gets to stand in a line along the outline of the demolished Abbey of Waltham, and hold hands. It will take less than an hour, and the experience has proved to be magical for everyone who took part in previous years.

This year, we are combining the event with Holy Cross Day, a procession through town to commemorate the bringing of the Holy Cross to Waltham by Tovi in the early 11th century, accompanied by 66 Saxons who settled here. The procession will begin with a symbolic crossing of the Old River Lea in the Cornmill car park at 10.30 am, then make its way to the Abbey Gardens, where it will form the Human Chain.

You will be amazed as the vast size of the demolished Abbey is revealed - it rivalled Westminster Abbey in scale. This will be a morning you will never forget.

This event is completely free, and suitable for anyone of any ability to take part - prams and mobility scooters welcome! No booking required - just turn up at 10.30am in the Cornmill car park, or at 11.00 am in the Abbey Gardens.

For more information please Contact WAHS



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