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Shakespeare at Wansfell: There will be an open air performance of Shakespeare's Henry 1V part 2 in the wonderful setting of the grounds of Wansfell College. The performance starts at 4pm on Sunday 15th June and tickets cost £7.50 each. Tel: 01277 373240 or 01992 813717 to book.


Parish Council AGM: The report of the Annual General Meeting of Theydon Bois Parish Council that was held on Thursday 22nd May is now available. Click Here.
St. Mary's Fayre Success:

St. Mary's Church May Fayre and Funday on Bank Holiday Monday was a great success, despite adverse reports the weather was really kind allowing the large crowds that attended to search the stalls and watch the displays mainly in warm sunshine.
There were over 25 stalls with plenty of bargains to be found plus Side Shows, Handicrafts, the Grand Football Penalty Shoot Out and a Dance Display by Jacqueline Hutchins Dance School.


V. A. Award: The Village Association has received an award of £2,157 from Essex County Councils Millennium Fund which was set up in 2000 to celebrate the Millennium. The grant will be used to purchase much needed equipment for community groups that use the village hall. John Padfield collected the from Essex County Council Chairman, Anthony Peel on behalf of the Village Association.
More from PAT:

Further to our earlier report on the reopening of The Playground at Theydon, see below , we now have this picture, courtesy of the Epping Guardian of our MP for Epping Forest, Eleanor Laing. After performing the opening ceremony Eleanor bravely instructed the first "training runs" on the side.

It seems not all MP's are afraid of a "downward slide on the slippery slopes"!
Behind Eleanor can be seen PAT organiser Joy Wainwright and some of the children.

Photo: Epping Guardian
 

Central Line Update: London Underground informs us that the Central Line Service from Epping will be back to a 100% from the 31st May after the recent problems. Lets hope 100% means 100% as again on Wednesday (29th May) there was a "signal failure" between Theydon Bois & Epping leaving many of us stranded on Debden Station at 11pm at night.
Forest Arts & Crafts: Members of Forest Arts & Crafts who live in our village have asked us to inform you of their presentations for the summer. The first one is on Saturday 7th June followed by further displays of work on July 5th, August 2nd and September 6th. The presentations which consist of various Art works for display and sale run from 10am to 4.30pm on these Saturdays and are held on the Green at North Chingford outside the Assembly Hall.
Parish Council AGM:
Chairman of the Parish Council, John Eaton presents the "Chairman's Rosebowl to joint Theydon Bois citizens of the year, Joy Wainwright & John Plume. Mr. Eaton found it impossible to make a single award this year.
Photo: Tony Ames

He said that both Joy and John make an outstanding contribution to the life of our village. Joy has been involved in every aspect of village life for over 40 years and at present gives her extraordinary organising skills to run PAT (Playground at Theydon) and organise Open Gardens Day.
John (who is mentioned in Who's Who) has since his retirement, 15 years ago, helped transform St. Mary's Church Yard into the peaceful floral retreat it is today. His efforts in the churchyard are always praised when our village is assessed in the Best Kept Village competition.
Both Joy and John gave excellent acceptance speeches thanking others who assist in the work they do. We assume that if they are going keep the Rosebowl for six months each that they will also have to work hard in their own gardens to ensure they have roses throughout the year.

At the AGM proper John Eaton was unanimously reelected Parish Council Chairman and Peter Gooch was unanimously reelected as Vice Chairman. It was thought that the formation of subcommittees and representatives would remain the same subject to any decisions at the June council meeting. The Parish Council AGM Minutes will be published on the site as soon as they are available. AGM Report.


Shop Closures & Openings: May has seen the sad closure of Fairy Tale Flowers in Coppice Row after 6 Years of trading in the village. They were reportedly forced out by a doubling of their rent making it difficult for them to continue with the business at the current level of trade. We wish them well with their new venture.
Two new businesses have opened in the village and are very welcome; 'Walker Blakeley Kitchens Ltd.' (Tel: 01992 814619) has opened in Coppice Row at the shop that was formally Cinderella's and a new plant & flower business; 'The Flower Yard' has opened in Loughton Lane at the rear of the old Post Office.
Please try to support all our local shops where possible, they are an asset to the village and in many cases no more expensive than shopping at the supermarkets.

Coming Events:
Sat. 28th June: Musical Entertainment on a Midsummers evening.
Following the success of last year's Evening of Entertainment at Great Gregories Farm, Davanent Foundation School Bands, Choirs and Orchestra will provide four hours of entertainment (whilst you picnic or dine) but this year in the beautiful grounds of Copped Hall, near Epping. There will also be some jazz dance routines from students who have lessons at the school and a few short guild plays from work done in year 9 drama classes. Please bring your own food & drink. Tickets are £12.00 each and more information is available from: John Powell, Head of Music and Performing Arts. Tel: 020 8508 0404 (day) or 01992 812862 (evenings).
Sat. 5th July: Car Treasure Hunt. In aid of Friends of Guiding. Details Gill Pearce Tel: 01992 812958.

Closures & Openings: May has seen the sad closure of Fairy Tale Flowers in Coppice Row after 6 Years of trading in the village. They were reportedly forced out by a doubling of their rent making it difficult for them to continue with the business at the current level of trade. We wish them well with their new venture.
Two new businesses have opened in the village and are very welcome; 'Walker Blakeley Kitchens Ltd.' (Tel: 01992 814619) has opened in Coppice Row at the shop that was formally Cinderella's and a new plant & flower business; 'The Flower Yard' has opened in Loughton Lane at the rear of the old Post Office.
Please try to support all our local shops where possible, they are an asset to the village and in many cases no more expensive than shopping at the supermarkets.


More Apologies: We have been a bit remiss of late in getting items posted on to the site quickly (see below) but we are volunteer's and it's sometimes difficult to find the time. We would particularly like to apologise to people who have carefully read the site & sent in corrections, suggestions or articles. Thanks to Xanthe Bearman who pointed out all our typo's (hopefully now corrected but I am sure you can all find more!) and to Gary Shanahan who sent us an item about the threat to the Swans on the village pond in April, but we could not get it up on the site. This unfortunately is still relevant so it's included below, please contact Gary if you can help.
Theydon Bois Swans in Danger: We received this picture and e-mail from Gary Shanahan in April and unfortunately other reports suggest that that the dangers to both the Swans & Ducks have not entirely gone away, which is a sad reflection on some of the people who visit our village. If you can offer any help please Contact Gary
I am sending you this e-mail to ask for your help.
Over the last two weeks there have been a number of disturbing incidents concerning the swans nesting on the island in Theydon Bois village pond. Unfortunately these incidents are increasing. The latest incident demands action and I would like to enlist your help. I have contacted the RSPCA and they are going to get back to me.
Two days ago, a neighbour of mine witnessed two young men taking road work barriers from excavation works adjacent to the pond and walk towards a place on the bank of the pond opposite the nesting swan on the island. The youths aged perhaps 16-20 saw they were being watched and walked away dropping the barriers.
This barrier is lodged on a tree overhead the nest. The pen is sitting on at least two eggs, probably three. Please forward this e-mail to anyone you know in the village and give them my amyl address. I am contacting any organisation or authority that has a responsibility or interest in the welfare of these beautiful creatures. I think time has come for something to be done to protect them and I have some ideas. I need support to lobby those able to implement the steps necessary and to deal with the perpetrators of these mindless and cruel acts before the swan eggs are destroyed, the swans hurt, killed or driven away. The incident that I was involved in concerned three youths 14-15 yrs of age who I stopped from throwing large branches at the swan on her nest. This happened last week. I detained them awaiting the police. However the police were unable to attend for over an hour, I therefore felt obliged to let them go, as they claimed they had to return to school - it was lunchtime. They were in fact truants from Debden Park school. A passing cab driver witnessed this incident also. The police did attend when they were able, and took all the particulars I could provide. The were carrying Debden Park uniform, so I contacted the school and verified the names I had obtained were pupils of the school. The person I spoke to told me the three boys were absent from school and truanting. The school has not replied to three telephone calls I have made to them since the incident. Please help and if you feel you can do something more tangible please let me know.

Apologies: We apologise to all our regular readers for the lack of recent up dates to this site due to the Editor being on holiday and then being tied up with other things on his return. We hope you have not missed out on any of the excellent recent village events because of this.
Playground Reopens: Saturday 17th of May saw the reopening of PAT (The Playground at Theydon) with special Fun Day opening events. Many Children and Parents attended a very enjoyable day and were glad to see the playground re open with a £24,000 facelift that was needed after vandalism caused by gangs of youths closed the playground for some months because of safety fears. In a very short time members of the PAT committee raised money to repair the site thanks to many donations from local people.
Parish Council AGM: The Annual General Meeting of our Parish Council takes place in the Village Hall on Thursday 22nd May at 8pm. This meeting is of course open to all village residents. At the start of the meeting there will be a presentation of the Citizens of the Year, Rosebowl to Joy Wainwright & John Plume. The Minutes of 27th March 2003 Meeting are available (as are all the Parish Council Open Public Meeting Minutes from July 2001). Click Here.
Loughton Library: Users of Loughton Library in addition to the mobile library that visits the village will be glad to know that on Wednesday evenings until September there will be a late night opening up to 9pm. As well as books, DVD's, Video's and free Internet Access will be available. Just the place to check up with the latest news on this site.
Open Gardens Day: Sunday 29th June will see the 23rd year when the villagers of Theydon Bois open up their gardens to the public. At the latest count 17 gardens were due to open,.They will be open from 11am till 6pm and refreshments supplied by the heroines of the W.I. will be available between 11am & 2pm at the Village Hall. Click Here for more details.

May Fare & Fun Day: St. Mary's Church present a May Fayre & Funday for the Bank Holiday Monday on 26th May in the grounds of the Church Hall, Coppice Row from 11am - 5.00pm. It looks like being a great day with plenty to see and do.
There will be over 25 stalls with cakes, produce, sideshows, books, plants ect. and a Dance Display is also planned. Free parking will be available on the Village Green.

Drama Society's New Presentation: Theydon Bois Drama Society presents a play by Alan Ayckbourn "Time & Time Again" at the Village Hall from Thursday 29th - Saturday 31st May. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. For tickets contact the box office Tel: 01992 812250.

Village Association Meeting: Would you please note the the AGM of the Village Association that was due to take place on Monday 7th April at 8.00pm and had to be postponed, Is now being held on Monday 19th May at 7.30pm. The association apologise for any inconvenience. Village residents are of course still welcome on this revised date. For further details please contact Carol Davis Tel.: 01992 813491.
The Theydon Bois Rural Preservation Society continues it's popular Program of Walks for 2003 on Sunday 1st June with a walk titled "Sheep for Milk not Meat". The walk will be led by the society's Chairman Peter Newton who is well known for his entertaining comments on aspects of his walks. 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


Concert: Our excellent local singing group the Theydon Bois Singers are holding a spring concert in the Village Hall on Tuesday 15th April at 7.45pm. They will be performing the Mozart Mass in C and the abridged concert version of Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe. Tickets costing £8.00 (children free) are available from members of the group or by telephoning 01992 812645. Light refreshments are included in the price of the tickets. Sounds like an evening that should not be missed.
Childrens Art Exhibition: Theydon Bois Primary School will be holding an exhibition of Childrens Art from Monday 7th April to Thursday 10th April in the school hall. Members of the local comminty are most welcome on the Tues/Weds/Thurs between 10.30 & 11.30am.

Theydon Remembers:

Cricket Trophy's & Viewers!
Peter Newton of TBRPS discusses early photos with visitors.
Early Village Guides & Magazines proved popular
Caroline Law of Nieghbourhood Watch looks at some early Group Photographs

The nostalgia evening hosted by the Theydon Bois Cricket Club on the evening of April 2nd was a great success. At time it was difficult to move around the display stands due to the number of people young and old vieing for a good view. Anthony Purkiss & Peter Gooch with the help of members of the Rural Preservation Society had done a fantastic job of compiling an amazing amount of material documenting the early days of the village and the cricket club. Lots of memory's happy & sad were recalled and stories were exchanged among viewers about some of great characters known and their escapades in the village. Anthony has been putting a great amount of work into finding early photographs and identifying people in them and he was able to add a few more names to his list on the evening. He is still trying to identify more people, so if you went and knew some of the unknown people in the pictures or you have some early photos he could copy he would like to hear from you. He can be contacted at Tel. No.: 01992 813515.
If we find more material perhaps we can persuade him to make this an annual village event.


Village Association Meeting: Would you please note the the AGM of the Village Association that was due to take place on Monday 7th April at 8.00pm has had to be postponed. It will now be on Monday 19th May at 7.30pm. The association apologise for any inconvienience. Village residents are of course still welcome on this revised date. For further detials please contact Carol Davis Tel.: 01992 813491.
Further sad news from TBRPS: The Rural Preservation Society that following the death of Ron Warren they now have to report that Edwin Booth, one time chairman of the Rural Preservation Society 1978 onwards, has died.
Taoist Tai Chi: New beginner's classes commenced in this relaxing exercise regime on Monday 17th March from 2.00 - 4.00pm and continue every Monday in the village hall. The class is suitable for men & women of any age, just wear loose comfortable clothes if attending. The first class is free. An Intermediate level class runs from 4.00pm - 6.00pm on the same day. Tel: 0208 504 9808 for further details. Further information about Taoist Tai Chi can be found at their web site www.taoist.org
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 dispatches. 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.


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


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.
Councilor 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.


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.
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.

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.

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

 

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