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.Village News Archive July - September 2012

25th September 2012 Cakes and Dancing at Theydon Seniors:

Theydon Seniors Volunteers
Theydon Seniors Cakes
Theydon Seniors Dancing

Our Village Seniors enjoyed another special afternoon out last Friday courtesy of the Parish Council with help from the many volunteers who prepared sandwiches, baked the cakes and served the teas in the Village Hall. Entertainment was provided by Hornbeam Close resident Tom Kelly, who despite having a bad cold sang a played for nearly two hours. Encouraged by Tom our Seniors and Volunteers (pictured with him above) were soon seen tripping the 'light fantastic' even if somewhat loaded down by the tea and cakes!

10th September 2012 Theydon Newsdesk Wants Your Olympic Stories:

Newsdesk Olympics Stories Poster

We would like to hear about your experiences if you live in Theydon and were involved in the the Olympics for an article in the December Issue of Village News. Please e-mail the editors at

4th September 2012 Issues and Options Consultation - Village Hall Meetings:

Issuesnd Options Poster 1
Issues and Options Poster 2

There are now some further meeting dates in connection with the EFDC Issues and Options Consultation (see below) to held in our Village. The Parish Council will be holding a meeting in the Village Hall on Wednesday 19th September at 8.00pm and the EFDC Forward Planning Team will have a drop in session, again in the Village Hall from 6.30pm - 9.30pm on Wednesday 26th September.

4th September 2012 Haven House Children’s Hospice’s GLOWalk:

We welcome everyone to join us on Friday the 28th of September for Haven House Children’s Hospice’s GLOWalk, our BIGGEST and BRIGHTEST event of the year.

Join us for a 10k sponsored walk in the dark around the local area, raising both funds and awareness for the Hospice and the wonderful children that we care for.

The walk starts at Haven House with doors opening at 6.30 for registration and an exclusive ZUMBA warm up to get everyone in the mood. The walk will commence at 7:30. Each person who registers ( £15 entry for adults and £12 for under 16's) will receive a free event T-shirt, Goodie bag and complimentary drink.

Glow in the dark accessories can also be purchased upon arrival and a Raffle with great prizes will take place on the night so come along and GLOW crazy.

For more information or to register your place call the Events Team on 020 8506 3637 or email

4th September 2012 Health Champions Needed:

Health Champions Poster

1st September 2012 Village Paralympic Swimmer Finishes Fourth in Heat:

James Hollis in Paralympics
James Hollis powers towards the finish in the 100 meters Butterfly this morning.

James HollisJames Hollis 18, swam in Heat 3 of the Men's S10 100 Butterfly at the Paralympic Games James Hollis at just after 9.30am this morning. He finished 4th in a time of 59.98 seconds and only failed to qualify for a place in the finales by a few hundredths of a second. James will have another chance for a medal when he competes in the heats of the Men's S10 Backstroke on Tuesday at 10.35am.

Emma HollisJames' sister Emma 20, is also competing in the Paralympic swimming events. Unfortunately she failed to make the finales of the Women's S8 400M Freestyle on Friday, but has been suffering from injuries. She hopes to still be
able to compete in the SB7 100M Breaststroke later today and the S8 100M Freestyle and SM8 200M Medley later in the week. A schedule for the swimming events and the results can be found here.

Update: Sadly her recent injury prevented Emma who suffers from brittle bone disease from swimming in her SB7 100M Breaststroke event today. We wish her a speedy recovery.

28th August 2012 Fishing competition organisers cast their net wide for entrants wanting to support St Clare Hospice:

St Clares LogoAnglers are being invited to register for a fundraising fishing competition which will raise money for St Clare Hospice. Angling expert, the television and radio presenter, Keith Arthur will be attending the event which is being held at Clavering Lakes, Mill Lane, Clavering, on Saturday, September 8. Prize money is being provided by local funeral directors Daniel Robinson and Sons.

St Clare Hospice community fundraiser Camilla Whitby said: “We would like to thank Clavering Lakes, Keith Arthur and Daniel Robinson and Sons for supporting the event. “We would encourage local anglers to sign up for the event so that they can enjoy their favourite pastime while at the same time raising much-needed funds for St Clare Hospice which will enable us to continue to provide our services throughout west Essex and the east Herts border.”

As well as the fishing competition there will also be a raffle which will be drawn on the day – at about 4.30pm once the weigh-ins have taken place.

The winner of the fishing competition will receive £100 and the runner-up £75.

For more information about the competition, and to register to take part, contact the St Clare Hospice fundraising team on 01279 77375

27th August 2012 EFDC "Issues and Options" - More Drop In Dates Added:

Issues and Options Poster

EFDC have added some additional dates to the 'Drop In Sessions' connected with the Issues and Options Consultation (see below) . Our Parish Council will also be holding a Public Meeting in the Village Hall in September (date TBA).

27th August 2012 Dates for your Diary:

Theydon Seniors Poster TB&DRPS Poster

27th August 2012 New Library for Frank Foster Residents:

FRank Foster Library
Pictured in the New Library, left to right Irene Williams, Wilma Hockley, Pauline Jones,
Nicholas Kee-Mew (carer),Denise Kemery, Sheila Gorvan (carer), Glynis Jones

Frank Foster Care Home in Loughton Lane has opened a new library for residents. The recently enlarged home managed by Runwood Homes now accommodates up to 78 older people and when a redundant sitting room became available, an onsite library was first choice for residents, many who are keen readers. The library has a range of books with romances and war stories proving the most popular. It also
carries a range of recent magazines and here our own Village News proves a real hit and a means of keeping in touch with events in our village.

Frank Foster House would like to increase the number of books available and would be happy to accept donations of books in good condition.
Contact: Emel Gunay, Manager,
Telephone: 01992 812525
or drop them into reception.

27th August 2012 Theydon Bois Short Mat Bowls Club Lunch and Presentation:

Short Mat Bowls

The Theydon Bois Short Mat Bowls Club recently held its summer presentation lunch in the TBVH. The following trophies were presented as follows: Ladies Singles – Barbara Langford, Ladies Pairs – Sue Dyke and Marie Hammond, Men’s Singles – Alan Drake, Men’s Pairs – Bob Thomas and David Stone, Mixed Pairs – Pat Pleasant and Matt Furlong. John Langford presided and the function was organised by Joy Wainwright and John Field, assisted by Valerie Matthews and Marie Hammond.

7th August 2012 EFDC Launch Issues and Options Consultation in Village Hall:

Issues & Options Poster Issues & Options Poster

EFDC has started work on preparing the new Local Plan which will deal with growth and development in the district over the next 20 years. The plan will set targets for jobs and homes and determine how these targets will be met. The first stage of public consultation requires input from all of us. This new Local Plan will affect everyone and it is important to have an input to ensure that the right choices are made. The issues and Options Consultation Document is not a policy document, but our choices will determine how a policy framework is put together.
Issues & Options stand

EFDC have a display in our Village Hall until next Friday 10th August and this display will then tour the district. Summaries and full Copies of the Consultation Document will be available at the exhibition and are also available from the Civic Offices in Epping and on line as a pdf from the EFDC Website, There are also questionnaires to complete as part of the consultation.

EFDC will also be holding 'Public Drop in Sessions' and the nearest one to us is from 9am - 5pm on 5th September at the Jack Silley Pavilion in Epping.

Theydon Bois Parish Council and Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society are both stressing the importance of this consultation exercise and the need for residents to be involved. Although as stated none of this document is policy yet, part of the consultation the does consider potential development options for Theydon Bois (see map below) and it is important that our views on any potential for growth and the protection of our Green Belt are made clear to the planners.

Theydon Bois in Issues and Options

The consultation runs for 11 weeks from 30th July to midday on 15th October 2012.

27th July 2012 St. Mary's Tolls the Olympic Bells:

Those who were alert or on their way to work this morning may have heard the bells of St. Mary's Church ringing out for three minutes.

Olympic Bells Work No. 1197: "All the bells in a country rung as quickly and as loudly as possible for three minutes" is a work by Turner-Prize winning artist Martin Creed. St. Mary's bells were rung by Liz Hannibal, as part of this performance, which started at 08:12am with the chimes of Big Ben in Westminster and then rang out across the country to celebrate the opening day of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.

The significance of it being performed at 8.12am was that it was 12 hours from 8.12pm = 2012. A recording of the bells of St. Mary's performing this work can be heard on their web site.

20th July 2012 Under the Green Wood Tree and in the Hedgerows for Theydon Bois Primary School Pupils:

Primary School Hedge Row Project
Primary School Hedge Row Project
Primary School Hedge Row Project

On Tuesday afternoon, (17th July) representatives of Countrycare and tree warden Sue Warren visited the primary school to involve the school children in an investigation of the old hedgerow in the school grounds.  The children took part in a game where they had to identify certain tree leaves and race to put them in the right bucket. They also helped in an exercise to work out the approximate age of the hedgerow and an old oak tree in the hedge.  Nicola and Paul of Countrycare interpreted the childrens' findings and put the age of the hedge at around 250 years old.  The children were enthusiastic as always and hopefully have learned something new about the hedge and identifying trees.

20th July 2012 Bumper Turnout For Parish Council Planning Meeting:

The Poplar Room of the Village Hall as packed out last night as many village residents turned out to hear the consideration of EFDC planning application EPF/1136/12 by our Parish Council for an "Olympic Campsite" on the site of the Old Foresters club to the east of Theydon Bois station.

Olympic Campsite at Foresters

Representatives from Theydon Bois and District Rural Preservation Society and Theydon Bois Action Group while both agreeing that the country was looking forward to supporting the Olympic Games strongly objected to this particular planning application as it would be harmful to the Green Belt and set precedents for future use of this Green Belt Site. They said that obstructions to Footpath 4 on the site, that is well used by ramblers and dog walkers, were already taking place (see also below) and the openness of the countryside is being impaired by Portacabins, many Caravans, Cars and Tents. EFDC were also criticised for the lack of correct information surrounding the current application, which has resulted the consultation being extended and also with regard to a lack of action on Enforcement Notices that have already been applied to the site and that have allowed 'illegal' structures there for over 4 years.

Residents from Forest Drive, Slade End and Dukes Avenue, the roads closest the site, also expressed concern about the potential for noise and disturbance now that a license to sell alcohol had been granted for the site.

The Parish Council agreed to strongly object to the application, but as the deadline for objections has now been extended for two weeks by EFDC, they and objectors were concerned that the Olympics will have started and the campsite will be 'in full swing' by then. The application of a Stop Notice to prevent further expansion of the campsite is to be investigated.

Olympic Campsite
Olympic Campsite

Ed. NB. Today a member of the Theydon Newsdesk team while legally on the public footpath on this site was prevented from walking it and taking photos by burly men purporting to be 'security' staff, although without uniforms or ID. He was intimidated at various stages by different groupings of these large men telling him (incorrectly) he had no right to be there and he was trespassing on on private land. The incident has been reported to the footpath officer and the police, but residents should be cautious if walking this footpath.

19th July 2012 Neighbourhood Watch Call For Increased Vigilance To Prevent Burglaries:

An increasing number of burglaries in the Village has prompted our Local Neighbourhood Watch organiser to warn residents to be alert and it is suggested that certain basic precautions be taken to protect your property; the more difficult it is for intruders to gain access, the less likely they will do so. Precautions include ensuring that all windows are closed and locked before leaving a property (including garages, outbuildings and parked cars) and that alarm and security light systems are switched on. Newspapers, milk, post and unsolicited mail should be removed promptly (if away arrange for someone to do this).

An increase in visitors in the surrounding area is likely due to the forthcoming London Olympics, so Villagers should be wary of  strangers selling “door to door”,  loitering ( especially where children are playing or en route to and from school), trying house or car doors, peering through windows or arousing suspicion generally. The police should be informed of any unusual actions by phone on 101 (non emergencies or 999 (emergencies).

19th July 2012 Baptist Church Ladies Have "Time for You":

Time for You

19th July 2012 Former Darlington's Site Building Proposal Meeting:

Darlingtons Closed
Darlingtons Banner Homes

Banner Homes have requested the Parish Council for an open meeting to enable them to present their revised plans for the former Darlington’s site and this request has been granted.

Banner Homes plan to send a letter to the neighbours who are directly affected by the site at Orchard Drive and Coppice Row, but the meeting will be an open one for all village residents and it will take place at 7.00pm on Thursday 26th July prior to the main Council Meeting which will start at 8pm.

14th July 2012 SUNDAY'S DONKEY DERBY now rescheduled to Sunday 23rd September:

The Theydon Bois Scout Group Donkey Derby has had to be postponed this year for the first time in its 25-year  history after the summer downpours left the Green waterlogged.

The event had originally been booked for July 15th but the organisers decided to call it off as the ground was so wet it would have churned up the Green too much.
Phil Koczan, chairman of the Theydon Bois Donkey Derby Committee said: "We were disappointed at having to postpone the Donkey Derby for the first time in its history. After talking to the Corporation of London we decided it was unavoidable as it would have caused irreparable damage to the Green. However we are looking forward to restaging the event in September - and praying for sunshine!"

The event - its silver anniversary - will now be held on Sunday September 23rd. This popular derby normally attracts a crowd of 4,000 to the Green every year. 
Spectators come from across West Essex and East London to watch, and bet on, the seven donkey races. All the donkeys are ridden bareback by local children, which adds to the fun as many jockeys get unseated on their way round the course.
As well as the donkey racing there will also be a special lamb race this year too with the animals coming from Lea Valley Park Farm. The farm will also bring some of their smaller, cuddlier animals to the Derby for children to pet.
Racegoers will also have the chance to enter their canines in the fun dog show.
There will be a large area of inflatables for children as well as traditional entertainments like the chair-o-planes and swingboats.
Smash the crocs, golf, welly wanging, hook a duck, kids crafts and face painting are some of the other stalls and activities that will be on offer.
And there will be lots of opportunities for refreshments with a tea tent plus Indian cuisine, candy floss, ice cream and sweets.
Entrance is free but donations are welcome. All the money raised goes towards the Theydon Bois scouting and guiding groups and some in the surrounding villages.

14th July 2012 Theydon Bois Music Society Bows Out:

Theydon Bois Music Society held it's final AGM last Thursday 12th July with the purpose of winding up the Society. The inability to find new officers and committee members to continue its function, means that the Society finally had to formally cease at this AGM. Chairman Barbara O’Connor with the help of Secretary Doreen Snell, Treasurer Frank Hill and the rest of the committee members has been a stalwart in booking the performers and achieving such high standards for the Society for many years, but now without 'new blood' the committee are unable to continue.

TB Music Society AGM
Theydon Bois Music Society Committee and Members at their Last AGM. Barbara O'Conner in centre.

After the sale of the Society's piano to a school music department where it was well received by staff and students the Society had approximately £4,200 remaining in funds. At the AGM members agreed that this money should be distributed as follows;

1. Guildhall School of Music & Drama - £1,500
2. Musicians Benevolent Fund - £1,000
3. Theydon Singers - £500
4. Forest Philharmonic Orchestra - £1,000
5. Academy Arts Music School - £200
6. Any money remaining after AGM expenses to go to St. Clare's Hospice

Barbara was presented with flowers and all the committee were thanked by the members present for their hard work over many years.

TB Music Society Last Concert
John Paul Ekins performs at the last concert

The Theydon Bois Music Society had held its last musical meeting in the Village Hall on 14 June 2012 at which a piano recital was given by John Paul Ekins, a young musician of increasing repute who is making his mark as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. In the interval Chairman Barbara O'Conner and Secretary Doreen Snell organised the final raffle.

TB Music Society Raffle
TB Music Society Raffle
Final Raffle
Barbara sadly announces closure

At the start of that final concert Barbara O'Conner said;

“It is lovely to see so many of you here tonight on this rather sad occasion. This Society has been in existence for a very long time and I am sure that we have all had great pleasure from it. During this time two particular names stand out. Doreen Argent for putting the Society on its feet and Joyce Eynon for continuing the good work and maintaining a high standard. I hope that I and the Committee have carried on in this way but we cannot go on for ever. Unfortunately, young people do not seem to join any small societies today and there is therefore no one to carry on. However, we must not let these thoughts spoil our enjoyment this evening and we welcome a friend who has entertained us on several occasions".

The closer of The Music Society follows the recent Closure of the Theydon Bois Folk Dance Club.

14th July 2012 EFDC Local Plan "Community Choices" Consultation:

EFDC Community Choices

14th July 2012 WI's Jubilee Lunch:

TB WI Jubilee Lunch
Above the WI Committee with Hats, Flags and some Royal Memorabilia.
Below the ladies know how to lunch.
TB WI Jubilee Lunch
TB WI Jubilee Lunch
TB WI Jubilee Lunch
TB WI Jubilee Lunch
TB WI Jubilee Lunch
TB WI Jubilee Lunch

It may have been slightly later than the main events surrounding the Queen's Jubilee Celebrations, but the members of Theydon Bois Women's Institute still enjoyed a Jubilee Themed Lunch last Wednesday 11th July. Fancy hats and flags were to be seen throughout the Oak Room at the village hall and memorabilia of the Queen's 60 year reign was also on display. While enjoying their lunch, which included an amazing variety of really excellent cakes baked by members (as the editor can testify), the WI women tried to complete a rather tricky quiz about Elizabeth II, the Royal Family and the last 60 years.

14th July 2012 It's So Nice To be Beside the Seaside in Theydon Bois!:

The Theydon Bois Primary School Fair took place straight after school on Friday 29th June.  The theme this year was “Seaside” and we certainly pulled out all the stops to ensure that everybody enjoyed an afternoon at the “seaside”. 
There was a brightly coloured pink and white striped candy floss and popcorn stand,  ice cream stall,  a large pink galleon bouncy castle, a couple of bouncy castles for our younger children, together with a spinning green crocodile which got faster and faster the longer you stayed on it! 
Numerous events took place during the afternoon, a Punch and Judy Show, a dance display from Trish Cole and her team, together with pony rides on the Shetland ponies kindly provided by Nicky, former owner of Theydon Pet Shop.
The weather stayed fine and the sun even came out for a brief while.  The B-B-Q was busy with hot dogs and burgers provided by Shaw Family Butchers.   For the adults, there was plenty on offer including various refreshments and some excellent craft stalls.
All in all a very successful afternoon and we raised nearly £2,000.  A big thank to all who took part and helped to make this day another successful event.


Unfortunately due to the very wet weather and The Green becoming completely waterlogged the annual Scout's Donkey Derby due to take place this Sunday, 15th July, has had to be cancelled. The Donkey Derby committee apologises to all who were planning to attend, but the weather is beyond their control. The committee will be meeting this evening to consider if it will be possible to reschedule for a date in September.

10th July 2012 Horticultural Society's Annual Show:

On the 28th July there is an alternative to the Olympic Games!

Do come along - see the exhibits (realise, perhaps you could do better) and enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of homemade cake. There will be the usual sale of produce at the end of the day.

Of course we would always like more entries, so if you haven’t received the bright yellow Show Schedule as pictured on the right, please contact Connie Shears 611993 or Jane Turner 812652. NB - We have some Novice Classes this year. If you need any advice before the Show, please contact the above.

Horticultral Society Show Poster

10th July 2012 Theydon Bois Wins Best Kept Village in Essex 2012:

Best Kept Village Award 2012

In this years Rural Community Council of Essex competition for the Best Kept Village Theydon Bois won first prize as the best kept village in our class.

Parish Counci Vice Chairman Mike Hannibal received the award on behalf of our village and thanked all those who contributed to us winning the award in 2012. This included, our team of volunteer litter pickers, members of the Horticultural Society for our planters, Nick Greiner for all his work at the Cemetery and Allotments and our thanks also go to our hardworking and Ken our amiable street cleaner. The strong conribution from these and others makes Theydon a pleasant place to live and makes sure we always do well in this and other competitions.

Theydon was runner up in the 2010 Best Kept Village Competition and we have previously won the competition in 2007 and 2004.




10th July 2012 Theydon's Olympic Torch Bearers:

Olympic Torch Bearers Les and Jos
Les Carries the Olympic Torch
Les at the Pre School

Saturday saw two members of Theydon Bois Tennis Club carry the Olympic Torch in Essex. Les Snellin has been a member of Theydon Bois Lawn Tennis Club for many years, and has been a junior coach for the last 12 years. Les has never hesitated to help out in any way, whether for the Tennis Club or for his local community in Abridge. Jos Farquharson is representing his school, Debden Park High School, where he was asked to submit a short essay on how he personifies the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence and respect.

The Tennis Club are very proud of Les and Jos, and know they show our local community at its best and many tennis club members turned out early on Saturday morning to see either Les run in Brentwood or Jos in Colchester. Today Les visited Theydon Bois Pre School with his torch and shared his Olympic experience with the young pupils and staff.

10th July 2012 Olympic Torch at the Lee Valley White Water Centre Last Saturday:

On Saturday 7th July the Olympic Flame came to it's closest point to Theydon Bois. A number of villagers from Theydon including Village News Editor Tony Ames were invited to see it's progress down the rapids at the Lee Valley White Water Centre. Below is Tony's report and photos:

White Water Centre Lee ValleyIt was day 50 of the Olympic Flame journey and I travelled to the new Olympic local stadium just 4 1/2 miles away from Theydon at the Lee Valley White Water Centre near Waltham Cross on Saturday morning 7th July.

The site is very impressive, being situated in a new landscaped parkland setting, including path and bridge networks to enable spectators to have access and view the events. A new facility building houses reception, café, changing rooms, shop, offices, temporary spectator viewing for around 12,000 spectators, equipment storage and water pump and filtration.  The venue will open again to the public after the Games. Spectator seating will be removed and the venue will return to providing a leisure attraction for canoeing and white water rafting and a competition venue for elite events.Olympic Torch at White Water Centre

The gates opened at 7.30 am and with my camera at the ready, I took my seat in one of the stands. The view of the purpose built slalom course for the Olympic white water canoe events was indeed impressive. The main competition channel is an international and Olympic standard 300 metre canoe and kayak slalom course. It and the shorter warm-up course empty into the warm up and cool down lake. Initially we  were entertained by members of the GB Olympic team practicing hard for the forthcoming Olympics. Not a sport for the faint-hearted I decided.

Lizzie Neave  was being interviewed at the event - she is Team GB’s sole female representative, racing in the K1 class – the only women’s event on the canoe slalom Olympic Programme.

By about 9am, the  crowd had built up and the air of excited anticipation in the air was so tangible you could feel it creeping along your skin.

The announcer told us that the torch had arrived at the White Water Centre and we saw the raft in the warm-up/finish pool. The torch carrier was  British junior team canoeist Zachary Franklin, who held the Eternal Flame aloft as the British men’s rafting team was taken up  by the boat conveyer to the start pool. Then from the top of the course the torch raft made its way down the rapids seen in the photos. Zachary then realises the flame has gone out, but nothing is announced. The turbulent water makes sure the torch is fully extinguished.

Most spectators were not aware that the flame had gone out and nothing was said. The diplomatic announcer ignored the problem and asked everyone if we would like to see the torch run again. Of course we would and with bearer Zachary's best efforts, the Eternal Flame survived the repeat run.

Note - Later in the news an Olympic spokesperson said - 'It is not uncommon for a flame to go out and this can happen for a number of reasons. In this instance it was due to water being splashed into the boat from the slalom course. It was relit from the mother flame, which is kept in a specially designed miners’ lantern and successfully taken down the course on the second attempt.’

14th June 2012 Horticultural Society & Primary School Wild Flower Planting at the Village Hall:

TB Primary School Flower Planting
TB Primary School Flower Planting
Primary School Flower Planting

Yesterday, luckily an unusually sunny day in June for this year, 28 children from Theydon Bois School arrived at the Village hall to help the Horticultural Society plant wild flowers. The children assisted by Horticultural Society members Liz McGuire, Barry Turner, Jane Turner and some teachers quickly got 'dug in'. The plants had been grown by members of the Horticultural Society from seed provided by the Royal Horticultural Society to celebrate the launch of RHS Britain in Bloom 2012. The seed mix included field poppies, cornflowers, corn marigolds corn cockle and corn chamomile and the young plants were planted by the children all along the front of the hedge by the Village Hall.

Weather permitting they should be flowering in time for the Village Show. The RHS is hoping that people will see the wild flowers which communities are planting around the country and that they will think about growing some in their own gardens to help bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.

Primary School Flower Planting

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