May - July 2001News
Strong Opinions?: Do you have strong opinions (like on the above subject) about whats good or bad in our village? The Web Site is thinking of starting an opinions page where you can have your say. Why not submit a short article of up to about 400 words for everyone to discuss. Either drop it into the Parish Office (perferably on Disk) or E-Mail it to us at Opinions.
Theydon Bois Viaduct Strengthening and Refurbishment Scheme
Date: Wednesday 20th June 2001, 1.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Theydon Bois Village Hall
Tel. 01245 247092 For Further Details
New Lease of Life for Village Viaduct
Viaduct: It is proposed to carry out Essential Improvement work to strengthen the Viaduct that carries the main road over the Underground Railway in August & September, this will mean traffic restrictions will be in place throughout this period. This Exhibition outlines the plan. For more details.
Parish Council Information: Following recent Parish Council meetings there are is a lot of new information on their news page including a very important notice about the Theydon Bois Safety Audit.
REPLACEMENT OF THE BENCHES AROUND THE VILLAGE POND : Villagers will be pleased to know that the four benches around the pond, despicably vandalised last year, are shortly to be replaced by four new metal seats made by villager Norman Riley to the same design as those sited along the Avenue of Oaks. We hope to have the seats in place well before Open Gardens Day. Brass plates bearing the inscriptions to villagers in whose memory the old seats were commemorated, will be fixed to the replacements. The Parish Council are very grateful to Norman Riley.
Friends of Wansfell College Annual Garden Party on Saturday 7 July from 2 pm to 5 PM Something for everyone. Enjoy the garden, music, sideshows, games, demonstrations and stalls with cakes and jams, books, crafts, bric-a-brac, etc. Refreshments. The Stompers Jazz Band will play. The event will transfer to the Village Hall if it is wet.
SHAKESPEARE ON A SUMMER EVENING IN THE GARDEN. The annual visit from the Greek Theatre Players arranged by the Friends of Wansfell College will be Henry IV Part 1 (one of the Falstaff plays). This will be performed in Wansfell College Garden on Sunday 17 June at 4 PM (in the Village Hall if wet). Tickets are £7.50, including refreshments, are available by personal application to the College or by post (with cheque made out to 'The Friends of Wansfell College' and s.a.e) to The Treasurer, 10 Vale Close, Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood. CM15 9RG
Theydon Bois Horticultural Society: The Society holds it's Annual Show on Saturday 29th July at 2.15pm in the Village Hall. This event again raises some very much needed money towards buying flowers for St. Mary's Flower Festival. Please can you help with any donations of any homemade cakes, bringing them to the Village Hall by 1.30pm. Please contact Joan Maclean Tel. No: 01992 812187 or Margaret Davies Tel. No: 01992 812128 if you have any problems delivering your donations.
Donkey Derby: The Theydon Bois Scout Group are again staging a Donkey Derby on The Plain, Coppice Row. Gates open at 12 noon with the first race at 2.00pm. This is one of the real fun events of the Theydon Bois year, there will be plenty of stalls and sideshows that will appeal to all the family. At the moment they still require Jockeys aged between 10 and 15 and donations for the various stalls would be appreciated.
Please contact Peter Simmance Tel. No: 01992 814410.
Village Hall: The proposed date of closure for the old hall is now the 10th August with the new hall scheduled to open on the 17th September. It is hoped to keep the period of non availability and the disruption to a minimum. Hopefully the weather will improve to aid the progress of construction. See below.
Footpaths Reopen: Most of the footpaths in the Forest and surrounding land have now been reopened. Access to the Forest was restricted and all the footpaths were closed to reduce the risk to farm animals and the forest deer due to the present outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease. Please check notices to see if any specific areas are still subject to restriction but in general most areas are now open. The Preservation Society Walk on 13th May was very successful, the excellent weather (sunny & warm) and the informative background information supplied by the walk leader (Peter Newton, Chairman of The Rural Preservation Society) assured that the members of the Society and General Public present had a most enjoyable afternoon. See program of walks for the remainder of this years walks. The next one to see the rhododendrons in bloom should be spectacular.
Garden Waste:The EFDC "Green Bag" garden waste recycling scheme is due to restart on the 1st June. Please make sure that you bag your garden waste separately so that it can be recycled.
Web Site Update: Hopefully you will have noticed by now that the Web Site is under going an update. It is hoped the the site will soon come under the auspice's of the Parish Council who will provide some seed funding until we can obtain some local sponsorship to cover the running costs. These costs which are fairly low, comprise mainly of the Web Hosting and Domain Names fees, all work on and for the site is being done on a volunteer basis.
At present the site committee comprises three village people; Frank Jones (Parish Clerk) who will mainly be responsible for Content (contributions,financing, sponsorship), Tony Mitchell who originally started the site will now be responsible for Community Relations (public awareness, village users, demonstration) and Jim Watts who will look after Site Issues (design, editing, updating). These are not exclusive areas and we will all overlap and could use more help. So please remember the Web Site is for ALL the village community, if YOU want to help build it, have some input or ideas on how we should proceed - contact us and let us know. At least let us know what you think of it so far and keep us informed of Village Activities and News. WE NEED YOU!
It is proposed to close the present village hall before the new hall opens, this is to allow for it's demolition and and the creation of access to the new hall. Closure will be for about four weeks during August and September.
Theydon Bois Drama Society: The society have two events in the near future at the Village Hall. May 31st - 2nd June sees their production of Ray Cooney's play "Run for your Wife". Tickets can be obtained from Carole James. Telephone number: 01992 812250.
On Saturday 23rd June they present a Murder Mystery Evening in aid of NSPCC. Tickets for this are £10 each and you can book with Jean Stanley, telephone 01992 813073 or Diana Rumsam, telephone 01992 815125.
Be sure to book early for these very popular evenings.
Limes Link: Are currently reviewing their "workforce planning" to see how they can best meet the needs of patients. They are going to be employing a new full time salaried GP, and are currently advertising for this post. They are reviewing cover at both branch surgeries, but do not envisage major changes here. The minimum cover for each of these is 3 sessions a week.
In light of Dr. Mc Crea's resignation they will be looking at the best options for the practice needs. Diabetic clinics have now been taken over by Dr. Tareq Abouharb in conjunction with Joan Carbine, the Nurse Practitioner.
The new telephone system for the Practice was due to be installed on Thursday 5th April.
COUNTRY DANCING New session starting on Tuesday, 1st May at 7.30 in the Village Hall. By attending you will help us to keep this club running and also enjoy a pleasant evening of gentle exercise and fun YOUR FIRST VISIT IS FREE.
Open Gardens Day: This years gardens open day will be on Sunday 24th June. 2001 is a special year as it is the 21st time the village has opened its gardens and the Village Association is hoping for a lot of visitors to swell the funds for the furnishing of the new village hall. Joy Wainwright would still like to hear from villagers willing to open their gardens.
Visitors would be charged a pound to enter the competition and the person finding the most Scarecrows would receive a prize. There would also be a Scarecrow at the Village Hall with a separate competition to guess its name. Again contact Joy Wainwright if you are prepared to make a Scarecrow.
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