April - June 2003 News
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Domestic & Kitchen assistant
£5.25 - £6.25 required during school hours
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.
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'.)
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.
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
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.