January - March 2002 News
Thanks: We were very sorry when we heard that one of our very active residents, Marion Smith a Head Teacher in the District, had been involved in an accident and we wish her an early and full recovery. The following message has been received from Marion's family:-
"Marion Smith and her family would like to thank the many people in Theydon Bois who have given support during her recent hospitalisation after a bad accident. As an example of a community, which is alive and well, Theydon Bois has shown it is in great heart. Marion is now home and getting around in a wobbly fashion. The many cards and offers of help were much appreciated".
Douglas Haig Denby: We are sad to learn of recent death of Doug aged 83, who lived in the Village all his life. Born in Woburn Avenue, after a few years he moved with the family to Red Oaks Mead where he lived for the rest of his life.
Doug served in the Royal Marines for 12 years, including the whole of the last war. Following this he had a very varied life, his activities including being the Village chimney sweep, running a green grocery round and also carrying out gardening works for both large and small houses. Some may be surprised to learn that he a took a course in cordon bleu cooking at Loughton College and then hired his services to a number of large houses.
His funeral took place at Pardon Crematorium on the 22nd January 2002 and was very well attended, including relatives who came from abroad. He will be missed.
Crime and Disorder Public Meeting held on Thursday 24th January 2002: Villagers turned up in force for this important meeting - also present were Inspector Glenn Mayes - crime reduction officer Tony Ellis, Pc Paul Gardener and Epping Forest Council's crime and disorder reduction co-ordinator Simon Ford together with members of the Parish Council.
As a result of the Public Audit last April three main issues emerged as a cause for public concern. Burglary - Vandalism - and Anti-Social Behaviour.
Three community-led action groups - each with a member of Theydon Bois Community Safety Group will be formed to tackle the concerns. A number of people came forward to volunteer and it is hoped that anyone with any ideas on how to tackle these issues will contact the Parish Office. Hopefully they will also volunteer to serve on the sub-committees. Parish Office telephone number: 01992 813442 or Robert Glozier on 01992 815408.
The progress of the groups will be monitored through a monthly or bimonthly meeting.
The Friends of Copped Hall: The Friends have notified us of their events for 2002, including open days, walks and the lecture series in the Village Hall. For further details see the Diary Page or
Cancer Research UK.: Theydon Bois Friends of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund again had a very successful fund raising year in the village and raised a total of £22,157.62 from events. They thanked all in the village for their generous support during 2001 that made this achievement possible. Their hard working committee are now working on this years events and some already planned are:
Quiz Night 1st March Village Hall
AGM 11th March Village Hall
Sponsored Parachute Jump 6th April
Plant Sale 8th June
Bridge Evening 27th September
Autumn Bazaar 2nd November
The Friends also tell us that a formal decision was made to merge Imperial Cancer Research Fund and the Cancer Research Campaign from early February. The combined charity will now be called Cancer Research UK. The charities hope that by working together they will be in an even stronger position to increase their understanding of cancer and develop more and better treatments.
Poppy Appeal results:
Advance Information on Events at Wansfell College: We have received the following information from the friends on some of the events later in the year at Wansfell College. We will add them to the Diary Page closer to the dates but you may wish to book now for these popular events.
Sunday 17 March, 3.45 for 4.15, at Wansfell College. Talk by Peter Foley entitled 'Essex Ghosts – but not the commoner phenomena!', followed by a salad meal, sweet and coffee. Tickets, at £8, are available from Mrs Kay Rush, 5 Thrifts Mead, Theydon Bois, Essex. CM16 7NF. Please make cheques payable to 'Friends of Wansfell College' and enclose a stamped addressed envelope.
Quiz Night arranged by the Friends of Wansfell College at the Village Hall on Saturday 27 April at 7.30 pm Tickets £7, including a fish and chip supper. Tables of up to eight. Bring your own drinks and glasses. Tickets by personal application from Wansfell College or by post (with cheque made out to 'Friends of Wansfell College' and sae) from Mrs Kay Rush, 5 Thrifts Mead, Theydon Bois, Essex. CM16 7NF
Annual visit by the Greek Theatre Players for their popular Shakespeare performance in the Wansfell College garden. This year they are performing 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' on Sunday 16 June, at 4 PM Tickets, at £7.50, are available by personal application to Wansfell College or by post from Mrs Kay Rush, 5 Thrifts Mead, Theydon Bois, Essex. CM16 7NF. (Please make cheques payable to 'Friends of Wansfell College' and enclose an sae).
Thank You: May we, through the Parish Newsletter & Web Site, thank everyone in the village, young and old, for the warm support and friendship we have been shown since our son Mark had his car accident on 20th October 2001. Mark continues to make steady progress and we are so grateful for the community spirit that exists in this village.
Bev and Neal Tomlinson of Dukes Avenue, Theydon Bois.
The Queen's Jubilee Celebration: It seems the Christmas & New Year celebrations are hardly over but the keen band of activists in our village are already hard at work preparing events for the coming year. One of the most important will surely be the celebrations around the Queens Jubilee which Peter Simmance and his committee are working towards. If you fancy yourself as an entertainer (you may be the next 'Pop Idol') or can help in any way please contact the Parish office or Peter as below.
Next year Queen Elizabeth will celebrate her Golden
Jubilee marking her 50-year reign as the Queen of our country. To commemorate
this event, an extra bank holiday has been granted to mark the date
of her coronation. A Golden Jubilee is a very rare event, and no one
alive today has celebrated one in this country before.
If you have any suggestions or are able to organise/assist/partake
in any of the activities listed below, please contact the Parish Office
or Peter Simmance direct at:
We are looking for:
We hope that it will be a most enjoyable and memorable day.
Re: Potential Road Closures for the Golden Jubilee:
It is anticipated that there will be a large number of requests for road closures connected with celebrations for the Golden Jubilee.
In order to keep disruption of the highway network to a minimum, the County Council have given guidance to the Agency districts. These must be adhered to by any party requiring a closure for a street party over the Golden Jubilee:
Formal applications must arrive at the Authority by 28 February 2002 to qualify for consideration. Any received after that date will not be considered. For further information click here.
CRIME AND DISORDER PUBLIC MEETING
THURSDAY 24TH JANUARY 8PM VILLAGE HALL
Last April many residents attended the Public Meeting to discuss CRIME AND DISORDER in THEYDON BOIS.
Many of you took part in the subsequent CRIME AUDIT to discover the main issues you wanted to be addressed.
The results of the Audit have been widely published and it is now time to discuss our approach to these problems, as a community.
DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEAS TO HELP REDUCE CRIME AND DISORDER IN YOUR VILLAGE?
PLEASE COME ALONG TO THE MEETING TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON CREATING A SAFER VILLAGE
Crime & Disorder Audit: Theydon Bois Community Safety Group recently published the results of the audit. 1,775 forms were circulated and a total of 629 audits were completed and returned. This was a response rate of 35%. In total the views of 1,072 local residents and businesses are represented in the audit. The respondents listed the three main categories of concern as 1. Burglary. 2. Vandalism. 3. Youth Anti-Social Behavior. The immediate work of the group is to identify resources and funding available to them so that an action plan can be produced to tackle each issue. In order to begin work the second Public Meeting is being called to discuss the audit, identify additional resources and listen to ideas of ways of attacking each issue. A good response to this meeting is essential help the Community Safety Group continue their work.
Dogged Determination: (From
K. Cope Animal Welfare Officer). Winter approaches and with it
the nights start to 'draw in'. For some, we stay indoors never to be
seen again until the golden rays of warm sunlight start to filter through
our windows next spring. Of course, this is no good to our four legged
friend as the dog still needs to be walked and exercised.
A Time for Looking Forward & Looking Back: December 31st 2001 was a gorgeous sunny day showing our wonderful village and its pond at it's best. We wish you all many such days in 2002.
Parish Council Chairman's End of Year Message:
As another year draws to its close and our thoughts turn to Christmas
let us for a moment consider what we are really celebration on the 25th
December. With the sound of excited children as they open their presents
let us have a glance around the village and we can see how fortunate
we are to have such beautiful surroundings, particularly with the forest
right on our doorstep.
As we enter 2002 let us glance back just for a moment to review
the year just ending:
During the year this area was affected by the foot and mouth outbreak that swept the country, it is very good news to know that this now appears to be over and we pray it will not return. Of the achievements during the year one that does stand out is the progress made at the Primary School. We should all appreciate the efforts made by the staff under the leadership of Mrs Elspeth Bonds the Head Teacher .This has resulted in a satisfactory Ofsted report following the inspection at the beginning of this term. Well done.
Finally in 2002 let us all work together for the village, this I am sure will be necessary as funding for services will still be tight, or tighter , this will mean that some items we have relied on others to do we may have to do ourselves. I should like to thank personally all those who have assisted me during the year, not only the Councillors but those in the village who have given support, I am grateful and appreciate your help. In May my 2 year term in office concludes and when I hand over to the new chairman I am sure this support will continue.
As Winter approaches and the wonderful Autumn colouring fades from the trees let us hope that world conflict will ease so that we can all look forward to a peaceful New Year.
Wilfred Shales Chairman
New Year Drama: The Theydon Bois Drama Society is presenting 'The Slipper & the Rose' by Robert & Richard Sherman from the 9th - 12th January 2002 to celebrate the opening of the New Village Hall. Doors open at 7.30pm for the 8pm start. There is also a matinee performance on the Saturday. Doors 1.30pm for 2.00pm start. Tickets are now available from Carol & Graham James Tel: 01992 812250.
The Slipper & the Rose is the tale of Cinderella but told from
the point of view of the prince. Many people will remember the beautiful
and very funny film starring Richard Chamberline and Gemma Craven. TBDS
is to be one of the first amateur companies in the country to be granted
permission to present the script based (virtually word for word) on that
film. It is absolutely guaranteed that there will be no cross dressing
or custard pies! But this will be a great and spectacular show suitable
for all ages.
Strong Opinions?: Do you have strong opinions (like on the above subject) about what's 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 (preferably on Disk) or E-mail it to us at Opinions.
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