Olympic Torch Volunteer Briefing Notes
What We Have Seen So Far
The best way to get a feel for the event is to watch it for yourself. This link: www.bbc.co.uk/torchrelay allows you to watch it as it happens. There are also film clips available on YouTube.
The feedback from organisers that have already welcomed the Torch has been that:
- Bigger crowds are gathering to watch the Torch than were anticipated
- There is a great atmosphere at the events and stewarding has been fairly relaxed as the crowds have behaved well
- The weather has not been putting people off, large crowds are still turning up even in the rain
Who Does What?
LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) are responsible for the following:
- The Torch Route
- Choosing the Torchbearers and where they run
- The location of the kiss points (the point at which two torches meet to pass the flame from one Torchbearer to the next). These will not be known for definite until the day of the event
- The security of the convoy – the Metropolitan Police have officers running alongside the Torchbearers to ensure its safe passage
15 July: Prayer for Petersfield
On Sunday evening 15th July, the night before the torch comes through Petersfield, please join those from PACT churches for Prayer. We want to ask God to bless our town as this light passes through and we want the light of His Kingdom to come to Petersfield.
When: Starting at 7.14 pm (2 Chronicles 7:14 ‘If my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray...’)
Where: Join the route closest to where you live (see the map below) and walk towards the square, aiming to arrive there at 7:14. where we will meet up together and pray. We will finish at at 20.12 pm (as in the year 2012).
16 July: Olympic Torch Route
The torch is expected to arrive at the southern end of The Causeway, Petersfield at around 8:30 am on Monday 16 July after travelling up the A3 from Portsmouth in what is called convey mode. In this mode the torch will not be on display as it travels in the motor cavalcade which will follow the torch relay around the country.
The relay will then switch to torchbearer mode at 8:42 am for the torch's journey through the town centre. The torchbearers will then head down The Causeway and then on to Dragon Street before turning into the High Street and travelling past The Square.
The torch will then head along Chapel Street and into Station Road, before it heads up Ramshill and at then top of the road it will switch back to convoy mode.
The torch is coming to East Hampshire on day 59 of its journey around the country to the Olympic Stadium in London.
Reproduced, with kind permission, from The Petersfield Post, 21 March 2012.
- For information on how Christians are involved with the Olympic Torch and the Olympics in general see: www.morethangold.org.uk