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Preservation Society Talk: Following the delay in the opening of the new Theydon Bois Village Hall this autumns Theydon Bois Rural Preservation Society talk will now take place in the St. Mary's Church Hall. The free illustrated talk on Friday 12th October, Not with a Bang - the story of the Waltham Abbey Gunpowder Mills is by Peter Adams, Trustee of the Gunpowder Mills and will start at 8pm. This looks like being a very interesting talk about this site which opened as a museum this year.
The scheduled (non official) opening day for the village hall has now passed but the official opening is still set for Sunday 4th November and other events listed for the new hall on our Diary Page have not so far been altered.

Revd. David Driscoll to leave St. Mary's: The village is to loose its vicar of the past 12 years the Revd. David Driscoll who is moving onto become Associate Vicar of All Hallows by the Tower in the city of London. David has given sterling support to the village community over his period at St. Mary's and all of his friends here wish him well in his new post. He is due to be installed at All Hallows on 25th November.
As David says in the latest edition of the St. Mary's Newsletter, we all pray that the right person is found to be the next vicar at St. Mary's.

New Village Hall: It now seems that the scheduled date of the 24th September for the opening of the New Village Hall is not going to be met and a date towards the middle of October seems more likely for the handover. This has meant that some events have had to have the venue changed. The Barn Dance on Saturday 6th October will now take place in the Scout Hut off Loughton Lane, the Preservation Society talk on Friday 12th October and the Music Society's evening on Thursday 11th October will now be in St. Mary's Church Hall. See Diary for further details.
Theydon Bois Music Society: The society's program for the coming year has now been finalised and the following artists will join us:

13th December; Harvey Hope - Guitar recital on Historical Instruments
17th January; Tammy Se Violin recital
14th February; You Chiung Lin Piano recital
21th March; Saxology A Saxophone Quartet
11th April; The Regent Quartet - A String Quartet
9th May; Madingley Camerata String Orchestra
13th June; Yet to be finalised

Note that the 17th January is the 3rd Thursday of the Month and not the normal 2nd Thursday.

Theydon Bois Music Society: This excellent society for lovers of good music in the village and surrounding area has just e-mail us news of its program for the start of the new season together with some information about the Society for those who do not already know.

Mrs Doreen Argent, together with a group of like-minded friends started the Music Society to enable people locally to listen to classical music. They wished to encourage young students to play before an audience and invited them to visit the society in order to gain this experience. Doreen had a “piano fund” and eventually purchased an upright piano. After many years spent in arranging these events, Doreen retired as president. Mrs Joyce Eynon, formerly secretary to the society, took up the reins and for the last ten years has organised these monthly concerts, and each year invites a variety of musicians - string quartets, brass ensembles, solo voices, and pianists to perform at these events.

The Music Society meets regularly during the winter and spring usually at 8.00o’clock in the Village Hall, Coppice Row, on the second Thursday of each month. This year, the village awaits the completion of a New Hall, and therefore only seven concerts are planned for the 2001/2 season. Commencing on 13th December, Harvey Hope (guitar) will play to us. Then in the New Year, we welcome Tammy Se (violin), last year’s winner of “Essex Young Musician of the Year” title, followed by You-Chung Lin (piano) and Nicholas Shipman (Clarinet). Later, in the season the Madingley Camerata under the direction of Peter Pople will visit us.

Our usual September meeting in 2001 has been cancelled, and on the following 11th October at 8.00pm. we will meet in the church hall of St Mary’s, Coppice Row for a coffee evening and a musical quiz. On November 7th, the Society will visit the Barbican Hall to hear a concert given by the London Symphony Orchestra with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting. The program will include the Egmont Overture (Beethoven), the Schumann Piano Concerto, with the soloist, Leif Ove Andsnes. The evening’s entertainment will conclude with The Prince of the Pagodas, a ballet suite by Benjamin Britten.

The Annual Subscription of the Music Society costs £22.50. All are welcome to join; visitors are especially welcome and may pay at the door. If you would like further information please contact the Secretary on 01992 573202.

The editor of this Web Site is a regular attendee can testify to the very high standard of the artists that the society manages to book. He is also hoping that the acoustics of the New Village Hall will be as good of those of the old.

Report on the Council meeting held on 26th July 2001: A report of this meeting is now available on the Parish Council News page.



ANGLIA IN BLOOM: We had a visit from the Judges of the above competition on Friday 20th July which lasted 2 to 3 hours. It was a very nice sunny day, a type of day when most things look better after a spell of heavy rain. The tour of the village started on The Green when we explained about the recent conservation of the special grasses and the cuckoo flowers, tracks were then made into the church yard and John Plume conducted the tour there and talked about the improvements, and the weekly work group that maintains the grounds, it seemed the judges were well impressed.

Next stop was the pond where the swans with their signets, together with the ducks put on an impressive display and this coupled with the new seats made some scoring points. Following this was a tour of the playground, the Primary School and grounds, and the area around the shops where the planters were admired and the visit terminated with a view of the gardens that had won first place in the Front Gardens Competition, including the Commercial Section .

Anglia In Bloom Competition covers a large area from Norfolk, through Suffolk to Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire,& Bedfordshire, this means there is a wide area of opposition but we hope our entry will bring some success.

Theydon Bois Partnership: Just as a reminder, the purpose of the partnership which we are trying to form is to provide a team to organise and run village events, not including events run by individual organisations such as, for example, Church Flower Festivals and Fetes, Scouts Donkey Derby. Although the Parish Council will have representation on the team it is intended that the Partnership will be a separate force under its own control.

It is planned that a formation meeting will take place next month and so far The Village Association, St. Mary's Church and the Baptist Church have agreed to join in, we are awaiting other replies and we would still like to hear from someone to represent the shops and other businesses in the village, together with any individuals who can offer their services. This should be a team of the village for the village.

One of main events to be planned for 2002 is the Village Day/Jubilee Celebrations, we have received a kind offer from a 'well known resident' who has plenty of experience in this field, to lead the event and we are most grateful. Although the present Parish Office has now 'disappeared' you can still leave a message on 01992 813442.

KEEP THE VERGES CLEAR: The Parish Council is requesting EFDC to improve the quality of the contractors work in cutting the grass on the verges in the Village. We still have problems where blue boxes and refuse bags are put out on the verges, sometimes days in advance of collecting and this hampers the cutting. Please remember bags and boxes should be placed within your property on the front boundary.
IT'S OUR FUTURE - TAKE CARE OF IT: This message is engraved on each of the four new metal bench seats recently installed around the Pond on the Village Green. It is a good message with which we feel everyone will agree.

Just over a year ago, unknown vandals pulled up the existing wooden seats, broke them and threw them into the pond. They were beyond repair and the Parish Council were faced with the task of replacing the seats at considerable cost. However a villager, Norman Riley of Heath Drive, offered to build replacement seats and to re-site them on new concrete plinths.

Norman has a long established metal foundry business in the East End of London and much of his professional work is for the Docklands Development. He made the four seats in a similar style to those sited along the Avenue of Trees but with the important structural improvements of thicker gauge steel and strengthened rear supports. Not only are the seats attractive but they should repel any attempts by vandals to damage them.

The seats have been coated with green Hammerite paint giving them a good sheen with the names of Chloe and Hannah inscribed on the back rest of each seat. These are Norman ' s granddaughters.

His two sons, Christian and Warren worked hard with Norman to break up the original cement blocks, then shuttering the areas ready for the cement to create the plinths. Matthew O'Reilly (a good friend of the Buxton Trust Sports Field) provided the ready mixed cement and gave the Riley family welcome assistance to pour the cement and fit the seats. An ex resident of Theydon, Dave Reynolds, kindly removed the old cement bases. Where would we be without such caring people? This is true community involvement.

Our grateful thanks to Norman, Christian. Warren, Matthew and Dave, not forgetting Carole Riley for all her encouragement. See below also.

A chance to walk the length of Epping Forest accompanied by a guide.
Sunday 23rd September 2001

Start Capel Road/Forest Drive, Manor Park 9.00 am.
Green Man, Leytonstone 10.00am.
County Hotel, Oak Hill, Woodford 11.00 am for coffee.
Queen Elizabeth Hunting Lodge/Butlers Retreat, Chingford 12.00 noon.

Lunch: The Owl, Lippitts Hill 13.30 - 14.15
After lunch Across Fairmead and Hill Wood to High Beach, Honey Lane Quarters, Buffer Land at Woodredon and Copped Hall to Bell Common at 17.30 pm approx.
Total Distance is about 14 miles but anyone can join or leave at any point.
All are welcome Queries to Harry Bitten 020 8529 8594

Mobile Police Office:The new Police Mobile Office is now visiting the village on Thursday afternoons between 2pm and 4pm. Until the opening of the new village hall carpark it will be stationed in the Queen Victoria's carpark, although today (16 August) it was to be seen at various spots around the village green. Please feel free to visit Ex. PC Chris Caton who will be happy to show you around. Remember (as always) if we don't use this facility we will probably lose it! For more information on the Police Mobile or other Neighbourhood Watch initiatives you can contact Mrs. C. Law. Telephone 01992 813905.
Village Hall: As most people know the "old" hall has now closed and the new hall is scheduled to open on Monday 24th September. This is the opening date for the hall only, the car park is unlikely to be available until Monday 15th October so please bear this in mind if you are attending an event in the hall between these dates.
Loughton Astronomical Society:The Society who meet at the 1st Theydon Bois Scout Hall, Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois every Thursday and are often to be seen at village events have just pointed us to their latest program of events on their own Web Site. Well worth checking out for Star Gazer's experienced or potential. Theydon Bois's "Dark Skies" policy makes the village an excellent place to view the night sky.
New Village Benches: The Web Team has been receiving a number of e-mail's in appreciation of the New Benches made by villager Norman Riley and these have been forwarded to the Parish Council. These have been a splendid addition to the village. Well done Norman.
Web Site Presentation at Council Meeting: The presentation about our Village Web Site at the start of the Parish Council Meeting on Thursday 26th July was well received with a number of favourable comments from members of the audience. Jim Watts who did the presentation with the able assistance of Councilor Peter Gooch stressed that the members of the present "Web Team" would like to have more involvement and suggestions from any members of the Village Community who were keen to contribute in whatever way they could, that way this site could become an even better resource for the Village and of greater interest to those outside. He reminded people that we are keen to have information on Village Events as soon as possible so that we can up date our Diary and News pages.
Donkey Derby:

The Theydon Bois Scout Group made another "Big Splash" with their Donkey Derby held on The Plain, Coppice Row on Sunday 15th July. Unlike last year, this years event was blessed with good weather (although some people still managed to get wet) and attracted large numbers of visitors both from the village and farther afield. As well some great Donkey races they were entertained by local band We.B.40 who caused a near riot by handing out lollipops, balls and computer games to children (and some brave adults) who came up and danced. There were the usual excellent stalls and side shows and this year a wild bird display with the opportunity to handle or be photographed with Owls and Hawks proved very popular. Almost all those who gave up their time to help out felt exhausted at the end of the very busy day but should be well pleased with their efforts that made this one of the most enjoyable years in the history of this event. We have some more photographs from this event. Click here.

Rural Preservation Society AGM: This years Annual General Meeting of Theydon Bois and District Rural Preservation Society took place on Friday 13th July in the Village Hall and was preceded by a talk by Trica Moxey (from the Information Centre at High Beech) entitled "A Forest for the 21st Century". Trica is a very interesting and informative speaker and a number of members present commented on the high quality of her illustrated talk which showed how Epping Forest had changed through the years and was still in a process of change and the difficulties this presented for the conservators.

The AGM followed the break for refreshments and members present reelected Peter Newton as Chairman and Martin Boyle as Vice-Chairman for the coming year. Martin also agreed to fulfill the role of Treasurer (as their were no nominations) until someone was able to take on this post. The committee managed to fill its twelve posts but is still happy to co-opt members who would like to make a contribution. Members present also agreed that the Society make a donation of upto £1000 towards the landscaping of the new village hall. The Chairman thanked all members for their continued support.

The Society was also in attendance at this years Donkey Derby with a display of early photographs from it's archive which attracted a lot of interest. Chairman Peter Newton was on hand to discuss these and the aims of the Society with visitors.

Village Hall: The proposed date of closure for the old hall is now the 29th July with the requirement that everything belonging to the various clubs and societies be removed on that date. The new hall is now scheduled to open at the beginning of October but please note that the Car Park will not be available until October 15th. It is hoped to keep the period of non availability and the disruption to a minimum. The last event in the old hall will be The Theydon Bois Horticultural Society Annual Show on Saturday 28th July, See below.

Garden Waste Recycling: The EFDC "Green Bag" garden waste recycling scheme restarted on the 1st June. Please make sure that you bag your garden waste separately so that it can be recycled. Collection is on alternate weeks to the "Blue Box" collection. Please note that until the old Village Hall closes at the end of July bags for the recycling of green garden waste are available at the Parish Office on Tuesday and Friday mornings between 9 and 12 o'clock.



Playground at Theydon Association - P.A.T.
Registered Charity No. 1007418

The upkeep of this playground is funded from donations and fund raising activities organised by the P.A.T. Committee.
If the children in your family or circle of friends enjoy using this playground please support us. You can do this either by:

Making a donation.
Supporting fundraising activities.
Joining the friendly P.A.T.
Or by doing all of these.

Help is urgently needed to ensure P.A.T. continues. If you are interested in helping contact Joy Wainwright by E-Mail or Telephone 01992 813219.

NSPCC: The Theydon Bois Committee of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children held a very successful Murder Mystery Evening in Theydon Bois Village Hall on Saturday 24th June.

The evening was attended by over a hundred supporters and friends who were entertained by a group of actors calling themselves "Muggles". During the interval a cold buffet was served.

The event raised £1,181 and this will go to protecting children from cruelly. The chairman, Mrs. Jean Stanley thanked those attending for their support, and the players for generously giving up their time.

A House to House Collection has also recently taken place in Theydon Bois and this raised £770. The committee are very grateful to all of those who contributed and collected.

Open Gardens Day: The Theydon Bois Open Gardens Day on Sunday 24th June was a great success and blessed by good weather. 22 Open Gardens attracted nearly 1000 visitors and £4,000 was raised, which will go towards furnishing the new Village Hall. Tony Mitchell from our Web Site was out and about with his new digital camera and has pictures of the Gardens and the Scarecrows! Click here.

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