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Parish Council Report: The report on the Parish Council Meeting on Thursday 30th January is now available. Click Here.


Spurs Football Academy.The Result. Spurs 0 others 11; Epping Forest District Council planning committee recently considered the application to build a large training complex on a site opposite Abridge Golf Course. There were over 500 objections to this proposal from all the local parish councils, our Rural Preservation Society and many village residents. The councilors on the committee decided to refuse planning permission by 11 votes against to none in favour. It remains to be seen if Spurs will put in an appeal against the decision.
Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society: have reported the sad death of Ron Warren the Society's President. Ron has done a great deal over the years to preserve the character of our village and was well known to many village residents, he will be greatly missed. Below is a recent photograph of Ron & an obituary by Ralph Weston.

Ronald A Warren

When I answered the doorbell way back in the early 70’s I was confronted with the imposing figure of Ron Warren. He was collecting annual subscriptions for the Theydon Bois Rural Preservation Society. I was soon to learn that the Society was one of his main interests, and that he had major links with Bruce Goodchild, a leading light at its inception in 1943. This chance meeting on the doorstep soon embroiled me in the activities of the Society, which have continued to this day.

Ron Warren was a modest man, yet on acquaintance, his dedication to the cause of village preservation was readily apparent. He first came to the village in1958, but left after some eight years to live in Nazeing where the local concern over projected building developments was soon apparent. With other residents, he participated in the formation of the Nazeing Preservation Society, which succeeded in preventing unwelcome development. This society still exists, and it has published some books of merit recording the history of Nazeing. However, after some years, Ron and his wife Georgina had a strong desire to return to Theydon Bois. After spending a few years in Poplar Row, he moved to his final residence in Red Oaks. Needless to say, he had lost no time in rejoining this Society to satisfy his desire to be involved. His home in Red Oaks was always available for committee and other meetings of the Society.

He served with the Middlesex Regiment during the war and was commissioned as a captain. He was mentioned in despatches. Yet his modesty precluded but few mentions of wartime experiences. Even so, the occasional inkling revealed tantalising insights of his various activities from escorting native troops from Nigeria round the Cape to the North African campaign. With the fall of France, he found himself isolated on the coast below Cherbourg where the local Mayor intended to disarm his company and impound them. They located a small coaster transporting coal and once on board they managed to reach the UK on the Cornish coast after spending three days on top of the coal. Such recollections revealed interesting glimpses of his service life.

Ron’s service on the Society’s committee was virtually continuous, being chairman for some years and ending as President. I am proud to have shared his friendship, advice and guidance. He has been in indifferent health for some time, but thankfully he died suddenly and in peace. He was 86.


The society has also produced it's popular Program of Walks for 2003 starting on Sunday 6th April with a walk titled "A Forest for the Future". All walks start at 2pm from the Village Hall.

They also will be hosting two free talks this year. The title first talk is in July, on the night of the Society's AGM and is by Ken Hoy and is titled " Epping Forest - Our Heritage "
Ken will be talking about the history of Epping Forest and it's flora & fauna.
He grew up near the Napier Arms, became interested in Natural History, and then managed the Field Study Centre for many years. More recently he was the Chairman of Friends of Epping Forest.
There will be signed copies of his latest book "Getting to know Epping Forest" on sale

The second talk on 10th October 2003 is titled"The history of Swan Upping" and is by the Bargemaster to the Worshipful Company DyersDavid Reed will show slides - there will be a coffee break - More slides and questions.


THEYDON BOIS DRAMA SOCIETY: presents
THERESE RAQUIN
a psychological thriller by Emil Zola
at The Village Hall on March 13th-15th. Tickets from Carol James 01992 812250

Theydon Bois Drama Society is keen to welcome new members in both an acting and non-acting capacity. We are particularly short of people to help with the lighting and sound for our shows. Our lighting rig is almost up to professional standards - but the help needn't be! As they say in the job adverts - 'no previous experience needed, training will be provided'. We also need extra help with costumes, props and scene painting.
In adverts like this they always say, 'Come and join our friendly Society', but in this case it's true!
If you would like to know more, please ring Graham James on 01992 812250.

Underage Drinking: Epping Forest District Council and Essex Police have recently shown great concern with this problem. As a result you will see special notices in various establishments called - Licencees Against Drink Pushers. The Management and Staff of these premises support the campaign by EFDC and Essex Police to prevent alcohol from being supplied to underage persons.

It goes on to say that any person suspected of buying alcohol to supply to underage persons could well at the discretion of the management not be supplied with alcohol for their own use.

Underage drinking leads to crime - our local establishments are working in partnership with other organisations to make this district safer.

They need your support and involvement to help them in their efforts.

Vandalism and Anti-Social Behaviour Group
This group hopes with the publics help to keep our village safe for everyone - a number of meetings have been held and various objectives have been achieved.

However we need more people to join our group - why? simply because our Chairman has to step down in the near future - purely due to ever increasing work commitments. Later this year we will also loose our Youth Representative as she will be going to University. So if you feel that you would like to become involved please contact us via the Parish Office. You will be made welcome and your ideas listened to. At the present time we are desperately trying to increase facilities for the youth of our village. All of us feel that this is a vital part of our remit. So if you are a young person with lots of ideas about the lack of facilities for you please contact us.

Anti-Social behaviour is not confined to youth - we all see it every day - rubbish dumping- litter - dog mess which people are too lazy to clear up(even though they can be fined) - parking on green verges and ploughing up the grass - parking across access for the elderly and young mums with push-chairs. These may seem minor things but they all contribute to ruining the quality of this village.

So if you feel strongly about these things - please contact us.

Cllr. Margaret O' Connor(on behalf of the Vandalism and Anti-Social Behaviour Group)


Frank Foster House: Say they will update us as the re-build of Frank Foster nears completion and will confirm the opening day with us as soon as possible.

In the meantime could they are advertising the following job vacancies:

Full & part time Carers required
£6.00 - £7.00 PER HOUR
Experience desired but not essential as full training will be given.

Domestic & Kitchen assistant

£5.25 - £6.25 required during school hours
may include some weekends.

Please call 01992 812525 or e-mail


Nostalgia Evening: Last year Theydon Bois Cricket Club hosted a 'Nostalgia Evening' at which many old photographs of the Village, and in particular of the Cricket and Football Clubs, were on display. Rarely seen footage of a Cine film shot in 1952 was also shown. The evening was enjoyed by all.

As we have received many requests to repeat the evening, it has been agreed to stage the event again on Wednesday 2nd April starting at 8pm. The Cricket Club will again host the evening.

However, this time it is hoped to expand the material on display. So if you have any old photographs or film of the Village from years gone by, that you don't mind showing, we would be very pleased to hear from you. Please contact either Anthony Purkiss on 01992 813515 or myself on 01992 812908


Limes Medical Centre: "The Future Strategy for Theydon Bois Surgery". There will be a public meeting in the Village Hall on Tuesday 25th February at 8.00pm regarding future medical provision in our village. An outline of the Strategy is below, for further details or to ask questions please attend the meeting.

UPDATE ON MEDICAL PROVISION LIMES CENTRE AND THEYDON BOIS:

Expansion of facilities, car parking and an on-site pharmacy at the
Limes Medical Centre, Epping

An extra 17 car parking spaces, 6 more consultation rooms and an in-house pharmacy will be under construction in the next few weeks at the Limes Medical Centre in Epping.

For the past two years the Partners of the Limes have been working with the National Co-operative Chemists to secure an on-site pharmacy to provide patients with a "one- stop shop". With this comes the opportunity to expand and provide much needed consultation and treatment rooms for our current patients.

"We have been successful in recruiting a new GP, Dr Juan Munoz, Practice Nurses Clare Crowley, Gujit Cholia and Susan Konizi and need additional parking and consultation space to help us to achieve both clinical and Government targets," said Debbie Thornton, Executive Director. "The practice now achieves the target of an appointment with a healthcare professional within 24 hours the vast majority of the time and has made significant improvements towards the 48 hour access to a GP."

"We are finding that there is an increasing demand and we need to be in a position to meet the needs of our patient population."

Work should be completed by the end of May 2003 and we apologise for any inconvenience during this time. Our car park will be closed except for emergency vehicles, disabled access and taxi drop off. Temporarily patients will be able to park in the hospital car park and walk across. No parking will be allowed on the road outside of the surgery. There will be no interruption in patient services, although some sessions may be held at our branch surgeries instead of the main site. Patients will be advised when booking their appointment where that particular surgery is to be held.

Theydon Bois Surgery

"The Limes Medical Centre is committed to continuing its services at Theydon Bois. At present we offer a minimum of three morning GP surgeries, usually four. We also have general practice nurse sessions, a travel clinic, physiotherapy, phlebotomy and a diabetic clinic.

The Partners would like to increase the range and number of services and are working with the Epping Forest Primary Care Trust to try to attract new Government funding to enable this to happen. To date it has not been possible to attract this funding, but the current services will continue," Stated Debbie Thornton, Executive Director.

All surgeries at Theydon Bois are by appointment only.

For further details please contact either:

Debbie Thornton, Executive Director, The Limes Medical Centre, The Plain, Epping Essex, CM16 6TL Tel: 01992 566555

Clive Appleby, Corporate Services Manager, Epping Forest Primary Care Trust, St Margaret's Hospital, Epping, Essex Tel: 01279 827572

Theydon Bois Pharmacy

The creation of a new pharmacy at the Limes Medical Centre is a positive move for a number of people, particularly those without their own transport; however, the new pharmacy could have direct adverse impact on the Theydon Bois village pharmacy.

It is hoped that the people of Theydon Bois will continue to support the village pharmacy as the expertise provided by Salish Dawda is valued by local people, and would be sorely missed if the business suffered as a result of the Limes Centre pharmacy.


How About Joining a Flower Club?:
Members of the West Essex Flower Club have been enjoying flower arranging for over 50 years. Meetings are held regularly at Thornwood Village Hall, Weald Hall Lane, Thornwood at 1.45 pm.

Forthcoming Meetings are as follows:-
Date Demonstrator Title
April 14 Mrs Pat Potter Sending a Postcard
May 12 Mrs Wendy Munnian Variations on a Theme
June 9 Mrs Dorothy de Lacy For Your Pleasure and Mine

The Club welcomes new members and visitors. Why not come to a meeting and enjoy a relaxing afternoon?

Further information available from Delia Shelley, Club Secretary, on 01992 577036

Theydon Bois Tree Strategy:
IMPROVING OUR VILLAGE
Theydon Bois Tree Strategy is a project to improve our Village by planting of further street trees. This is being organized by Epping Forest District Council in co-operation with a committee comprising, the Parish Council, who have two members, representation from the Rural Preservation Society and our Tree Warden, Mrs Jane Turner.

Progress has been made during the past 12 months with a number of meetings to plan these improvements and to produce a professional report, which it is hoped will soon be printed and distributed to every household. This does depend on funds being available, contributions towards the cost have come from the District Council, the Parish Council, Rural Preservation Society and the Horticultural Society. It is hoped that the balance will come from sponsorship.

The planting plan and selection of tree species is being drawn up by the Landscape and Arboriculturist Officer for District Council, when completed the committee will then meet again to consult and finalise arrangements. It is aimed to commence planting later in the year, or aim is to further enhance our village of Theydon Bois for the benefit of our residents.
Councillor Wilfred S Shales


Wansfell College: The friends have sent us advanced notice of two of their events in the early part of this year:

Quiz Evening at Wansfell College on Sunday 27 April, starting at 5 pm. Price £7, including fish and chip supper. Provide your own drinks and nibbles. (Bottles of wine will be available for purchase.) Tables of up to 8, but single or small group bookings are very welcome. Tickets by personal application from Wansfell College or from the Treasurer at 10 Vale Close, Brentwood, CM15 9RG. (Please enclose sae and make cheque payable to 'The Friends of Wansfell College'.)

May Fair, organised by the Friends of Wansfell College, in the College and its grounds on Sunday 18 May from 1pm to 4pm. All are very welcome. There will be stalls, sideshows, raffle, tombola, etc. Delicious home-made refreshments will be available all afternoon. This is also a good opportunity to explore the lovely garden. Admission only 50p.

St Mary's Church:
An 'Auction of Promises' in aid of the new Meeting Rooms extension at St Mary's Church, will take place in the Village Hall on Saturday, 8th March commencing 7.30 PM Catalogues - £4.00 (including supper) from Joy Simmance (81 4410).

Good News! At last, after almost 20 years of discussion and over 5 years of planning, work is beginning to demolish the old vestry, underpin the north wall of the Church and build new vestries and meeting rooms for church and community use.
The total cost is now in the region of £400,000 and we have been recently encouraged by a generous donation of £10,000 from the Friends of Essex Churches. We are of course grateful to all those of you in the village who have supported us in this project through direct donation or fund raising events. But we are still in need of some £25,000 and should anybody who has not contributed to the appeal fund and would like to they can contact the Church Treasurer, Alan Mathews. Tel: 01992 813376.


National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children:
This is advance notice for this years LADIES DOUBLES TENNIS TOURNAMENT which is to be held on Tuesday, 20th May at Theydon Bois Lawn Tennis Club. Application Forms can be obtained from Pat Walter (81 3485) or Carole Risdon Tel: 01992 81 3724. Lunch is included.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH:
This is the first of what I hope will be a regular feature on Neighbourhood Watch items of news for the Web Site.
Usually, I will try to keep you up to date with facts and figures relating to the small amount of crime occurring in the Village, but this edition will be a plea for more residents to visit and use the mobile Police Bus. I make this request, as the number of people visiting the Bus is rapidly dwindling, and we do not want to lose this valuable Police presence, as High Beech and possibly Sheering have. There are other villages waiting for a turn on the rota.
The Bus "visits" the Village Hall every other Thursday afternoon (in February the dates are 13th and 27th) between 1.30 PM and 3.30 PM
It is staffed by ex PC Chris Caton, the civilian driver, and usually has a Police Officer in attendance. Even if you do not have any problems or queries for them, you may be given a cup of coffee, and you will be given a copy of Chris's Neighbourhood Watch newsheet. You can also get bicycles, mobile phones etc. security coded.
So please go and call in and save Theydon Bois from losing the Bus.
If you have any queries about this, or anything related to Neighbourhood Watch, please contact me, Caroline Law, on 01992 813905.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NEWSHEET from Chris Caten of The Mobile Police Bus:
Advice about
e-mail scams:
How many of you work for companies with their own internal e-mail systems? Well, one clever chappie who does worked out that he could e-mail different people within his organisation looking for 'Out of Office' replies. Some people do like to be colourful with their replies. For example, 'Gone to Spain, see you all in two weeks' that sort of thing. As he worked for this organisation, our clever chappie also had access to employee's home addresses. So, armed with both bits of information, he and his friends knew which properties would be unoccupied and vulnerable to burglary. Criminals also buy up lists of e-mail addresses to find out the same information. Be warned.

MOVING HOUSE
You have moved house and you have been there for a few months. Letters are still arriving for the previous owners and all these you return without opening. So many arrive that you have the Post Office stop them. Then, one day, you arrive home to find that you can't get in your house. The locks have been changed and there is a notice on your front door telling you why. The previous owner had not paid for one of his services i.e. gas, electric and so they had obtained a warrant to enter your property and cut the service off. Had you opened one of the letters to the previous owner you may have been aware of what was going to happen. The company does not know your name so can not write to you and of course you being at work all day, you will have missed any of their callers. It may well be that when you moved in to your new property you phoned and made this company aware of who you were. Guess what? They have no knowledge of you doing this. Did you take name and details etc? I bet you didn't. This you may think is rare. Well, it may be rare but not as rare as would think. May I suggest that when you move house and you contact these companies that you take the name of the person you are talking to and get a reference number. I tell you to do this when you phone the police. Get a reference number. These details are important and could save you so much trouble.

MONEY
Many of you will remember Micky Page. He was a police officer based at Ongar for many many years before moving on to Scenes of Crime at Harlow. He recently lost his battle with Cancer at the age of 42yrs. Many of you will remember him from the days when we used to run the cub and scout movements around the villages. Many were the times he travelled around England with the little horrors. He was the type of chap that 'Things' just happened to. He was a character and everyone had a story to tell about him. I felt that it was wrong to allow these tales to fade with time so I asked people for their stories….I ended up with 140 stories. I have never written a book before but there is a first time for everything. I have completed 72 chapters. The idea really is to present one copy to his widow and one to the Essex Police Force Museum. Others will be printed if people then require copies and all the donations collected will go to his cancer charity. My problem now is that I need money to start the whole venture and with that in mind I am bringing my poor old body out of retirement to do a charity walk. The way it feels at the moment, I think I will do it in a wheelchair!! However, I need to raise a thousand pounds so if any of you wish to donate then please feel free. Cheques are made payable to 'Essex Police Memorial Trust'. Thanks.

Chris Caten
E-mail: -
chris.caten@essex.pnn.police.uk
Mobile - 07715771603

The Mobile Police Unit will be in Abridge and Theydon Bois this month on the 13th & 27th February. Abridge 10am - 12 Noon & our village 1.30pm - 3.30pm


Theydon Bois Friends of Cancer Research: The friends have reported another very successful year raising money for this worthy cause, during 2002 they raised a total of £9,9659.55. Their committee works very hard at planning and organising fund raising events throughout the year but stress that they could not have achieved so much without the generosity and support of the residents of this village. Their first fund raising event for 2003 will be a Quiz Night in the Village Hall on Friday 28th February.
Theydon Bois Folk Country & Barn Dance Club: had a very successful second evening of their new season in the Village Hall on Tuesday 21st January with live music for the dancing with Dennis Smith & Chris Turner. The new program runs up to Easter and includes the usual dance nights plus events with live music AND on this coming Tuesday 11th February a display of Belly Dancing. For more details Click Here.
Playground at Theydon: A programme of major renovation was completed in time for the Christmas Holidays. The Playground at Theydon Charity (PAT), which founded the the playground and manages it, announced that the centre frame and seesaw had been replaced, the climbing frame overhauled, the swings and slides refurbished and a new layer of shock absorbing bark chippings laid over the entire play area.
The new activity frame is of special interest being of the latest design which caters for young children and particularly, disabled children. The equipment is quite attractive and harmonises well with it's surroundings and the adjacent village green.
Several Mothers have expressed their strong approval for the renovation saying that it is the best small playground for miles around and a real asset for village and visitor children.

The Month in Theydon Bois: We are glad to announce that the Web Site Team has been strengthened by the addition of Local History recorder Trevor Roberts. Trevor is well known about the village and is well qualified to review each month in our village as he has been compiling Local History Reports for the County and other archives for a number of years. We are sure you will find his report for the Web Site very interesting. It will be accessible from the link above and will be up dated each month.


Primary School:For the New Year we have now added a page for the Village Primary school to the site which can be accessed from the Navigation Bar on the left of most pages. It contains much more details of the school and it's activities than the site for them that we link to from our Linkspage although this remains active. At present their page contains a navigable copy of the School Prospectus so that you can easily find important details about the school.
We hope in future to add more news and photo's about the school, it's staff and pupils to this page. Click here to see the page so far.

Theydon Bois Folk Country & Barn Dance Club: start their new season in the Village Hall on Tuesday 14th January. The new program runs up to Easter and includes the usual dance nights plus events with live music AND on 11th February a display of Belly Dancing. For more details Click Here.
Theydon Bois Drama Society's: new production in the Village Hall from Wednesday 8th January to Saturday 11th of January is proving to be a great success. All the tickets for Saturday the 11th have been sold out and most of the other dates are going fast. The show is described as a Musical Trip Down Memory Lane and tickets cost £9.00 each but this includes a Fish & Chip Supper. No wonder it's proving popular. There may still be a chance to get tickets if you contact Carol James, Tel: 01992 812250.

St. Mary's Church - New Vestries: The council was formally advised by Richard Risdon, the Project Manager of the New Vestries Project, that the building work on the new vestries and meeting rooms should finally be starting in January. This is despite an additional cost amount of over £30,000 for underpinning the remainder of the North Wall.
The Parochial Church Council has been hearten by the recent renewed giving from the congregation and other well-wishers in the village. Richard has pointed out that should anybody who has not contributed to the appeal fund and would like to they can contact the Church Treasurer, Alan Mathews. TeL: 01992 813376.

Station House Disgrace: Despite efforts from the Parish Council and others there has not been any improvement in the deplorable state of the Old Station House which is still littered with decaying cars. London Underground have advised us that they hope to commence renovations to the property in the New Year. Lets hope is is a New Year resolution that is speedily kept.
Primary School Success Story: Our village primary school has achieved a notable success. In the S.A.Ts report released recently in the national press, the school achieved 95% in all key subjects, English, Maths, and Science. The school came 29 overall in the County.
Mrs Bonds the head teacher said "We are all extremely proud of the achievements of all our pupils and our staff. As with any success in education, it is transitory. I would like to add that these results are based on academic achievements and do not totally reflect all the work that goes into the School." On behalf of all parents of children at the school, Governors and other interested parties, well done Mrs. Bonds and your team.
The Primary School will soon have its own page on our Village Web site to keep you up to date with events at the school.

The Month in Theydon Bois: We are glad to announce that the Web Site Team has been strengthened by the addition of Local History recorder Trevor Roberts. Trevor is well known about the village and is well qualified to review each month in our village as he has been compiling Local History Reports for the County and other archives for a number of years. We are sure you will find his reports for the Web Site very interesting. It will be accessible from the link above and will be up dated each month.
November Parish Council Minutes: The minutes of Bi-Monthly Council Meeting at 8 pm on Thursday 28th November 2002 have now been posted. Click here to view.
Shops in Theydon: Its taken a little while but our Shops & Services pages are at last up and running. Just click on Shops & Services in the Menu Bar at any time to see the shops listings. They are split into three sections; Coppice Row, Forest Drive (Evens) and Forest Drive Odds. The list contains information, contact numbers together with pictures of all the village shops. You can get further details on some of the shops by clicking on the More Details Button in the shops listing. If Shopkeepers have not given us details of their services and would like to do so we are happy to add them at any time. Please send by e-mail or drop the information into Madeleine in the Parish Office.

And Remember our shops need your support if they are to survive.
In many cases they are no more expensive than elsewhere and less hassel to carry your Christmas Shopping back from.


Over 55?: Then this Club which was previously known as Theydon Bois Seniors Club and is now known as the over 55s Club in the village, is extending an open invitation to anyone in Theydon Bois to come along and join in their weekly activities. The Over 55 Club meet at the Village Hall, Coppice Row every Tuesday at 2.00 pm finishing about 3.45 PM You will get a cup of tea, biscuits and on special event days sandwiches and cake. Entertainment includes guest bands, singers, magicians, sing alongs and bingo.
You will receive a warm welcome, meet friends and make new friends. Why not come along next Tuesday?

Appeal for Help: Robert Daniels Day Centre could use some help especially during February & March 2003. They open each Wednesday between 10.30am and 2.30pm. If you are able to help, it does not have to be every week, please contact Dot Byatt Tel: 01992 575862 or Marian Mellis Tel: 01992 813793 who will be very glad to hear from you.
St. Mary's are Still Advertising for the post of New Organist and Choirmaster: St. Mary's are still very keen to fill this post in our beautiful church. Please apply as below or pass the information onto anyone who maybe interested.

St. Mary's Require New Organist & Choirmaster

The candidate is required for two services on Sunday with a weekly choir practice (choir all ages). RSCM rates. Common Worship and Prayer Book (Evensong).
Contact: Churchwarden - 020 8504 7501/ 020 8504 8443


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.
Please contact us with your Latest News. E-mail: Content Manager or send copy to the Village Office. Preferably on floppy disk.



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