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Village News Archive July - December 2017


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30th December 2017: Theydon Bois WI 2018 Programme:

Theydon Bois Women's Institute has just published their progamme of talks for 2018 and it starts with a talk on JANUARY 17th by Dudley Chignall called "JOURNEY TO PARADISE" and the monthly competition will be A 'Holiday Photo'. As usual new members are always welcome. See Club Details page.


30th December 2017: Mind Charity Quiz Night:

Mind Quiz Night Poster

Please submit your team name and purchase your tickets from: dcusick@mindinwestessex.org.uk Tel: 07377 449667



30th December 2017: Theydon Authors Book Now Available in Printed Version:

Can the Gueese Come to StayEarlier in the year here on the Village Website and in Village News we reported that Theydon resident  Michelle Horgan, a busy working Mum of two year old twins had published her  first children’s book “Can the Geese come to stay”, a short story with beautiful illustrations by Arthur Ella.  The story is set on Thelwood Pond very much based on life in and around our Village Pond.

Michelle hoped that eventually her online publication would become a 'hard copy' book and this is now the case as a paper back version is now available from Amazon here for £4.99. As with the 'Kindle' version Michelle is donating all proceeds to unicef.

 


30th December 2017: Theydon Bois Drama Society Next Production:

Drama Society Cinderella

Link for Tickets: www.theydondrama.org


21st December 2017: Theydon Bois Christmas Market Street Collection:

The street collection made at the Christmas Market Friday 8th December (see below) and on the following Saturday morning raised a total of £875.57 for Playground at Theydon (PAT) this years Parish Council Charity.

We now have a video of the Christmas Market made by Tony Ames:

 

16th December 2017: Theydon Bois Christmas Tree Lighting & Market:

Despite the very cold weather many villagers turned out on Friday 8th December for the annual 'Lighting of the Village Christmas Tree' at the Village Hall followed by the Christmas Market in Forest Drive.

Christmas Tree Lighting Theydon Bois Christmas Tree 2017
Theydon Bois Christmas Market 2017
Christmas Market 2017

The 27 foot high tree was probably the best Theydon has ever had thanks to donations from Joyce Hammond in memory of her husband Peter, a former Parish Councillor and further donations made from the collection organised by Tippy in Tesco / Post office.

The lights were turned on by Carol and Graham James this years recipients of the 'Village Lifetime Achievement Award' and a street collection was made for Playground at Theydon at the market and in Theydon on Saturday morning.

For a Gallery of Photos of the Tree Lighting and Market Click Here.


29th November 2017: Fairlop Brass Christmas Concert:

Fairlop Brass Christmas Concert


24th November 2017: Theydon Bois Christmas Tree Lighting Update:

Please note that the Lighting of the Christmas Tree will now take place at the Village Hall Car Park at 6.15pm and not on the Green as indicated on posters (see below). The tree lighting ceremony will then be followed by a walk to the Christmas Market in Forest Drive led by marshalls in high visibility jackets to ensure everyone's safety. Villagers are also encouraged to bring their own torches.

The Parish Council would also like to thank members of the public for their kind donations made so far this this year, which has enabled them to buy and install a better tree.


24th November 2017: Theydon Bois Singers Christmas Concert:

Theydon Singers Xmas Concert poster


24th November 2017: St Mary's Soup Lunches Success:

St. Mary's Soup LunchesThe takings for the St. Mary’s Soup Lunches in November were £1,238 and so far the mini Christmas cakes sold at the lunches have made £505, but we still have about thirty of these to sell. Cash donations also amounted to about £200 but Linda Hammond, who looks after the shoe box appeal, is away at the time of writing so we cannot be sure of the final total yet.  I think it would not be unfair to claim that we have made a total of £2000 when all things are taken into consideration.

The committee members are always thrilled by the support we get. The customers are generous to a fault and are very interested in our little talk and prayer that is given at every lunch. Everybody laments the last lunch of the series, saying can't we have some more and always sit around the tables even after they have finished their lunch.

I think we can say that it is not just a fund raising event; it is a much cherished community event where people who have not seen one another for a while are reconnected and they enjoy dining and talking together! John Eaton said “that from St. Mary’s perspective, we are very grateful for the support for our charities and we are happy that it makes others happy......... And at the end of it all though, we are exhausted”.


24th November 2017: EFDC Grant Aid Scheme:

EFDC Grant Aid Poster


14th November 2017: Theydon Bois Primary School PTA Christmas Fair:

PTA Xmas Fair poster


13th November 2017: Theydon Bois Christmas Market & Christmas Tree Lighting 2017:

Christmas Market Poster 2017

The road closures in place for the Christmas market are from 3.00 pm – 9.30 pm on the 8th Dec.

Update: Please note that the Lighting of the Christmas Tree will now take place at the Village Hall Car Park and not on the Green as above. The tree lighting ceremony will then be followed by a walk to the Christmas Market in Forest Drive led by marshalls in high visibility jackets to ensure everyone's safety. Villagers are also encouraged to bring their own torches.


13th November 2017: Theydon Seniors Christmas Event:

Theydon Seniors Xmas Event poster


13th November 2017: Theydon 418 Bus Service:

YOU MAY HAVE HEARD SPECULATIONS ABOUT THE BUSES SERVING THE THEYDON BOIS AREA. WE ARE AWARE THAT THE 418 BUS WILL BE RUNNING IN ITS CURRENT FORMAT UNTIL JANUARY 2 2018, AT WHICH DATE IT WILL BE DISCONTINUED. EVENING AND WEEKEND BUSES WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY CHANGES AND WILL REMAIN AS THEY ARE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL ARE NOW ON THE CASE AND LOOKING FOR A NEW PROVIDER FOR THE DAYTIME BUS. WE WILL UPDATE RESIDENTS AS AND WHEN WE HEAR ABOUT MORE DEVELOPMENTS.

TBPC.

The present bus service timetable is here: 418 Bus Timetable


13th November 2017: Festival of Remembrance 2017:

A large number of Villagers young and more senior turned out for the Annual Service of Remembrance at our War Memorial yesterday. The usual parade from the Baptist Church to the War Memorial took place safely thanks to the presence of the police constable controlling the traffic and this year he was able to halt the traffic during the Two Minutes Silence.

Remembrance Sunday 2017
Remembrance Sunday 2017
Remembrance Sunday 2017

The wreath laying by veterans and representatives of village organisations followed by the role call of names of those who lost their lives was again a moving experience. A service inside St. Mary's Church followed. We have a full set of
photos of the Remembrance Service here and a brief Video below:


8th November 2017: THREE PEAKS CHALLENGERS RETURN VICTORIOUS:

Three intrepid young men from local estate agent Butler & Stag, based in Theydon Bois, have returned victorious from their heroic charity challenge. On 28th October weekend (see below) they successfully climbed the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales ‘all in one go’ over 24 hours.

Three Peaks Challengers

Neil Leahy, Michael Woolley and Tyler Dunkin tested themselves against rugged terrain and challenging weather so that children using Theydon Bois playground can have a safer and more secure future with new, updated equipment.

Victory was achieved completing their three peaks challenge in 13 hours and 13 minutes of climbing plus ten hours of time allotted for travelling.

The Playground at Theydon Appeal has already benefitted by £5,000 as fundraising gained pace prior to the climb. It’s still hoped the target of £10,000 will be reached as more people appreciate the personal sacrifices that went into making the conquest a success. Visit www.playgroundattheydon.co.uk

Neil Leahy said “It was hard going but we loved it. Of course, there are highs and lows emotionally, largely from fatigue and lack of sleep. The mini bus was horrible, no room to spread out and smelt of sweat and feet, and we were cooped up with four people we had never met before. But it was all part of the experience and after the first walk we had bonded.”

Ben Nevis 1,345 metres (4,411 ft)was climbed while battling wind and rain with 40-50 mph winds around the summit.

Scafell Pike 978 metres (3,209 ft) arrived late due to traffic diversion, climb started at 10.30pm, in heavy rain, strong winds and complete darkness. The guide felt safety was being compromised but the team pleaded to summit and returned to the group having reached the top.

Snowden 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) The team arrived in Wales feeling positive. Racing against the clock they pushed on unescorted to complete the challenge.  They raced up, quickly summitting, and returned in good time meaning the challenge was completed in 23 hours and 33 minutes.

The Playground at Theydon Appeal, a registered charity, must raise £115k including insurance and maintenance. Shelly Dix, Charity Chair said “We are really grateful to Butler & Stag and to everyone who has donated so far. Thank you.” Plans also include apparatus that provides play for disabled children plus an outreach for the wider local community.”

To further support the Three Peaks Challengers visit https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/PaT3Peaks
Cheques made payable to ‘Playground at Theydon Association’, or cash, can be given to Butler & Stag, 4 Forest Drive Theydon Bois CM16 7EY in the special post box.


7th November 2017: Prose and Poetry Competition:

Poetry Poster

A competition for Village Poets and those who would just like to tell their stories and have them preserved in the Essex Record Office. More details here.


7th November 2017: Welcoming Our New Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer, Caroline Carroll:
Unfortunately our recently appointed Parish Clerk Karen Anello decided that she wished to take up a post elsewhere, but we now welcome a new Parish Clerk, Caroline Carroll who also takes on the role of Responsible Financial Officer for the Parish Council.

Parish Clerk Caroline Carroll

Many who have visited the Parish Office in the last few weeks will already have been met by Caroline's smile and welcoming manner. Caroline spent her childhood in Theydon Bois attending Theydon Bois Primary School and later Davenant Foundation School.  After leaving school, Caroline worked in the City as a Graduate Recruitment Manager for Ernst & Young, Credit Suisse and Lloyd’s Banking Group..  She married Zak in St Mary’s church in 2007 and moved to Kent but returned in 2010 to bring up her family.  She now lives in Hill Road with her husband and their three young children Luca 8, Heidi 7 and Francesca 5, all of whom attend the village school.

In her spare time Caroline enjoys walking her dog, playing tennis and socialising with friends.  She is a member of St Mary’s Church where she serves on several committees.


7th November 2017: Primary School Fireworks Night:

Primary School Fireworks Night
Primary School Fireworks Nigh
Primary School Fireworks Nigh

Hundreds of villagers with and without children turned out for the fireworks display at the Primary School last Friday. They enjoyed a wonderful display that lasted for over 20 minutes while consuming some of the excellent Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Teas and Coffees that helped keep out the cold on a chilly night.

The exact amount is still to be calculated, but it is hoped that the PTA have again raised a substantial amount to aid school funds with this event.


1st November 2017: St. Clare Hospice Christmas Fair:

St Clare Hospice Xmas Fair

www.stclarehospice.org.uk/event/theydon-bois-christmas-fair/
Help to raise money for your local hospice charity and spread the Christmas cheer! The fair will feature lovely Christmas stalls and a tombola, with tea and cakes.

Entry is £1 per person


1st November 2017: Halloween in Theydon - The Good & the Bad:

Halloween in Theydon Bois
Halloween in Theydon Bois
Halloween in Theydon Bois

Commuters to and from Theydon were amused by these Halloween displays at the Station House yesterday.

Unfortunately Halloween 'Trick or Treat' later in the evening was marred for families by unruly youths, mainly from outside Theydon, causing fear, disruption and damage with fireworks in and around the shops, pubs and restaurants. The police had to be called and many of the shops closed early to avoid further damage.


28th October 2017: PLAYGROUND AT THEYDON APPEAL : THREE GUYS - THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE:
Three intrepid young men from estate agents Butler & Stag are planning to climb the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in 'one go', over 24 hours, to raise vital funds for the Theydon Bois Playground Appeal.


Their Three Peaks Challenge gets underway on the weekend of Saturday 28th October when Neil Leahy, Michael Woolley and Tyler Dunkin will be testing themselves against rugged terrain and challenging weather conditions.

The three-man bandwork together at estate agents Butler & Stag’s Theydon Bois office. They have challenged themselves to raise £10,000 so that children using Theydon Bois playground can have a safer and more securefuture with new, updated equipment.

Butler & Stag co-owner Neil Leahy said “I know it seems a mad thing to do but we are fit young guys who want to help young people here in Theydon Bois.Facilities like the playground are an essential part of what makes Theydon Bois such a delightful place to live. It’s the heartbeat of the community for villagers with young children and grandchildren.

While the existing facility has provided years of pleasure, time has run out on the equipment and for safety reasons, much has beenremoved. It’s essential it’s replaced with robust apparatus as soon as possible so raising funds is key.”

The Playground at Theydon Appeal, a registered charity, must raise £115k including insurance and maintenance. To date £75k has been raised but the remaining £40k is a daunting challenge. Pupils at Theydon Bois Primary School will be closely following the challenge and adding their support.

Shelly Dix, Chair of Playground at Theydon said “The Appeal has been ongoing for a year so we have done well but we need everyone local to stake a claim in a better and more secure playground facility for our young people. Our plans also include apparatus that provides play for disabled children plus an outreach for the wider local community.” Visit www.playgroundattheydon.co.uk

To help get the Three Peaks Challengers across the finishing line and reach their target please visit https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/PaT3Peaks

Cheques made payable to ‘Playground at Theydon Association’, or cash, can be given to Butler & Stag, 4 Forest Drive Theydon Bois CM16 7EY in the special post box. Or telephone Shelly on 07919 215465 for further information.


28th October 2017 Primary School PTA Fireworks Display Night:

Fireworks Display poster

pta@theydonbois.essex.sch.uk


10th October 2017 Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society Walk:

The Society's guided footpath walks have again proved popular in 2017 and last Sunday (8th October) they had their last walk of the year. Robert Levene led a total of 14 villagers, and some visitors to the village from further afield who had heard about the guided walk, to 'Theydon Wood' the Woodland Trusts new wood that contains the 'Outdoor Earth Sculpture'.

TB&DRPS Woodland Trust Walk
Robert (far left) explains some of the wood and the sculptures history to the walkers

The walk took in Theydon's 'Sheep & Goat Farm' and although the weather was not at its best there were still clear views across to London with 'The Shard' and Canary Wharf clearly visible.

TB&DRPS Woodland Trust walk
Walkers follow the rings of the 'Earth Sculpture'

The Earth Sculpture is just outside Theydon Bois past the cemetery and is clearly visible from the M11 motorway - on the left before the M25 junction when traveling north towards Cambridge. It was designed by artist Richard Harris and built in 2013. It is 140m x 115m x 2m high. and there are 1,000m of paths to walk.

Theydon Wood has been planted with over 30,000 native trees since the Woodland Trust acquired the site in 2006, with funding support from Essex County Council. Substantial numbers of trees were planted by villagers and people from a wide range of groups across Essex and London.

The Society hopes to run a similar program of guided walks in 2018 from April to October. Keep a eye on the Society's Web Page for details.


5th October 2017 Victim Support Seeks Local Volunteers:

Victim Support is an independent charity supporting victims of crime.

We are looking for reliable volunteers with great listening skills, who have four hours or more to spare a week.

We have a few places left on our next four day training course in Chelmsford on 3rd, 4th, 17th & 18th of November.

We will train you to offer practical and emotional support to people affect by crime.

Interested? Find out more by emailing essexvolunteering@victimsupport.org.uk or calling 01277 357557
www.victimsupport.org.uk


21st September 2017 Theydon Bois Primary School 60th Anniversary Open Day:

Primary School 60th Anniversary
Some of the Pupils & Staff Past & Present From Across Years at the Open Day

Theydon Bois Primary School had great delight in opening its doors to the community yesterday to celebrate 60 years of the new school being opened. Acting Head Mistress, Kim Williams said "It was a lovely opportunity to share memories and reminisce over old photographs. Present pupils have enjoyed looking at what life was like in the school when it opened. We were pleased to welcome so many old pupils back to our school and hear their interesting stories".

Primary School 60th Anniversary
'Older Pupils' examine some of the records & the 'Punishment Book'!

Primary School 60th Anniversary Primary School 60th Anniversary
Younger & Older Pupils Enjoying the Day


21st September 2017 Public Consultation on Proposed Changes to the Mobile Library Service:

Essex County Council are proposing to make changes to the Mobile Library Service and this will effect the many villagers in Theydon. They are carrying out a Public Consultation with regard to the changes from 19th September to 6th November.

With seven of their nine mobile libraries coming to the end of their working lives, they are asking for your views on how library services to locations outside of town centres should be delivered. Over the past seven years, use of mobile libraries has declined by nearly 50%. There are no plans to scrap mobile libraries entirely. Instead, they are looking at a range of ways to reach people in more isolated places, including mobile libraries and encouraging more people to get involved through volunteering.

Councillor Sue Barker, Cabinet Member for Libraries, said: “We know how much people value their mobile library service. But we also know that in recent years, fewer and fewer people have been taking advantage of it. Combined with other factors, such as vehicles which are coming to the end of their working lives, we have reached a point where the right thing to do is look again at how we provide these services. This is why are consulting with residents on how we create a mobile library service which is a better fit with people’s lives."

The consultation began on 19th September and lasts for seven weeks. To have your say, visit Essex Insight or complete a paper survey on a mobile library or in your local library.

More information regarding the consultation on this Essex Libraries Page

Additional Links:

20th September 2017 Preservation Society October Talk:

Presevation Society October talk poster


13th September 2017 Community Crime Prevention Autumn Warning:

Upon walking down the road and with the darker nights now it is easy to spot that empty house; there is a line of houses, lights within and signs of occupancy. In the middle of these houses is a similar house but this one is in darkness with no signs of occupancy, easy to spot the empty house and chances are the burglar will too. At this time of year an increased number of house burglaries occur between dusk and when you get home. You don’t have to be a magician to create the illusion of occupancy and it may help protect your house.

To become an illusionist make your home appear occupied even when you are out. Simple things like lights on timers in rooms that you would normally occupy whilst in and a TV simulator for the evenings, you can now even get a timer that fits over your light switches (search on the internet for light switch timer) and door bells you can monitor and answer remotely via your mobile phone. During the day leave a radio on, boots outside the back door, newspaper over the arm of the chair with a drink on the table and a pair of spectacles, the list goes on. Don’t leave garden tools out in the garden though or you may find the burglar uses them. Lock tools securely away in a secure shed or garage; use a shed alarm these can also be remotely monitored too.


13th September 2017 Primary School 60th Anniversary:

Primary School 60th Anniversay Poster


8th September 2017 Pre School Sale:

Pre School Sale Poster 2017


15th August 2017 Coppice Row Road Closures:

Coppice Row will be closed to traffic from Orchard Drive to Piercing Hill (including number 7a piercing Hill) from 24th August 2017 for 4 nights from 7.30pm - 05.00am. There are no planned weekend or Bank Holiday work days.


15th August 2017 Epping Forest Consultative Committee User Group Participation Invite:

I am pleased to announce that the Epping Forest and Commons Committee has approved the foundation of a Consultative Committee to discuss, with representatives or user organisations, matters of management and policy at Epping Forest. This committee will supplement existing consultative arrangements, including elected Verderers; Local Authority Liaison Groups and subject-based web consultations and visitor surveys. We are now inviting expressions of interest from those user organisations who wish to be involved.

A full copy of the agreed Terms of Reference can be found at https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/epping-forest/news/Pages/consultative-committee.aspx, with further matters of order to be discussed and decided by the group once established.

If you wish to nominate a member of your organisation to represent you please reply to epping.forest@cityoflondon.gov.uk with the following, no later than 22nd September 2017.

  • ·         Name and contact details of your organisation
  • ·         Name and contact details of nominated representative
  • ·         Membership numbers, plus details of further affiliations if appropriate
  • ·         Geographic area of interest (if only part of Epping Forest), plus subject interest (eg sports, heritage, conservation etc)
  • ·         A copy of your organisation’s constitution and details of legal status (e.g. registered charity).

I hope many relevant district organisations are able to join us in this new phase of Epping Forest’s engagement with the Forest community.

Paul Thomson
Superintendent of Epping Forest
City of London Corporation, Open Spaces - Epping Forest
The Warren, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4RW
(Registered Charity 232990)
Office 020 8532 1010 

Web www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/eppingforest 


15th August 2017 St Mary's Church Joins New Benefice:

On 28th September, St Mary's church joins a new United Benefice to be known as the Theydon parishes.  The other parishes in the group are All Saints Theydon Garnon, St Michael's Theydon Mount and St Mary's Stapleford Tawney, and Rev John Fry will be the Vicar of this whole new Benefice. 

Day to day, this means that our Vicar is responsible for more churches, and there will be a few changes to our service pattern, the main one of which is that when there are 5 Sundays in a month, the main service will be a joint service at 10a.m. at one of the churches of the Benefice.  A new website will be launched soon, but in the meantime, if you wish to contact St Mary's or make bookings for celebrations of Baptisms or Weddings, or for other life events please contact our Benefice Administrator, Sarah Bowen. Tel: 01992 814725, theydonparishesoffice@gmail.com

St. Mary's are also looking forward to welcoming our new Archdeacon.  Details can be found at http://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/news/article/newarchdeaconofharlowappointed 


15th August 2017 Stay Well This Winter Exhibition In October Includes Free Lunch & Entertainment:

Stay Well this Winter Poster


15th August 2017 Playground at Theydon Safety Work & Funding Update:

The Playground At Theydon committee has been hard at work trying to secure funding for the site in Green Glade as some of the equipment was so unsafe it has already had to be removed. A team of dads spent a day removing the toddler slide and the chain link piece of equipment as the supporting wood poles had rotted.

PAT Safety Work

The PAT committee is trying to raise £113,000 to replace the entire playground including with a new rubberised floor. They have so far reached half of that total with the Parish Council stepping in to give £20,000 with another £20,000 public works loan. Other money has come from some very generous donors and also some other, smaller grants. At the time of press the PAT committee was working hard to get enough votes to win a £25,000 community fund award from OneFamily, a financial services provider. They contacted the Epping Forest Guardian who came and took photos of some of the children in the playground to highlight the scheme. The voting ends on 6th September, so Please Vote NOW (See below). The PAT committee have also held another quiz night at the Bull pub and secured £2,000 in funding from Tesco Bags of Help scheme.


15th August 2017 Vote Now to Support Playground At Theydon's (PAT) Bid For Funds:

The Playground At Theydon charity is calling on people in the Epping Forest area to vote for it to help it secure £25,000 in funding. The committee are desperately trying to raise enough funds to replace all the equipment on the site and the rubberised flooring as well. So far they have raised half of the £113,000 total but are hoping to win a community award from the OneFamily Foundation. The playground on Poplar Row in Theydon is a popular site set opposite the Green and gets many visitors from the surrounding area as well as the village. But the present equipment was installed 25 years ago and as it is wooden much of it is rotten and two pieces of equipment have already had to be removed because they were unsafe. The committee have secured £40,000 from the parish council and other smaller donations and hope to be able to reach their total and replace the equipment by the end of the year.

All they need is to get the most votes to win the community award from One Family, a customer-owned financial services company.

PAT committee chair Shelley Dix said: "Our playground is desperately in need of some love and attention and we would love to be able to replace the equipment this year. If we could win this community award it would really help us on our way. We would be very grateful if anyone could vote for us, it only takes a minute but the outcome could make all the difference for us."

To vote, people can log on at the Foundation One Family Theydon Page The voting opened this week but closes on September 6.

Alternatively, people can donate straight to the Playground At Theydon by contacting PAT chair Shelley Dix on 07919 215465


15th August 2017 Theydon Authors First Book Supports Children's Charity:

Michelle Horgan Childrens Author by the PondTheydon resident  Michelle Horgan is busy working Mum of two year old twins who has just published her  first children’s book “Can the Geese come to stay”, a short story with beautiful illustrations by Arthur Ella.  The story is set on Thelwood Pond very much based on life in and around our Village Pond.

Michelle says that she was inspired to write the story at the height of the European refugee crisis  when, during  maternity leave in 2015, she and her new-borns were regular visitors to the village pond close to the family home in Green Glade.   One morning Michelle noticed the way the ducks had arranged themselves on the pond.  It looked as though they were having a meeting to discuss something important…… and so the germ of an idea was planted to write a short children’s story around some ducks living on a pond who were debating whether to allow a flock of migrating geese to stop at their pond as part of their yearly migration for hundreds of miles to get away from the wintry conditions of the frozen lake they used to call their home.  The characters Captain Romano, Malika and Velvet alongside the other Thelwood pond residents talk over whether the geese will be welcome at the pond.   With this theme Michelle hoped to create a story with a message about tolerance and empathy for the younger generation to read and be inspired by

Having such a busy life Michelle says it has taken her quite a while to get the story to the point she could publish, but she is so proud that it is now available as an ‘e’ book download on the Kindle platform.  She is also working towards getting it printed into a hard copy format.

Given her motives and the inspiration behind it, Michelle has decided to donate all proceeds from the sale of the book to UNICEF, the global charity which works tirelessly to support child victims of the current refugee crisis.  The book is available via Amazon’s Kindle Store priced at £2.49.


15th August 2017 Front Garden Competition Winners:

Front Gardens Competition Winners info


10th August 2017 Introducing Our New Parish Clerk - Karen Anello:

Parish Clerk Karen Anello

Theydon Bois Parish Council are welcoming a new Parish Clerk, Karen Anello.

Karen has a background in IT, and has a varied work experience with jobs in a local primary school, a solicitors practice and more recently a furniture restoration company. Karen is married with two teenage children, and has lived in Epping for 18 years. When off duty, her hobbies include keeping fit, boxing, cooking, walking the dog and eating out with friends.

Karen will be starting in the Parish Office after the August Bank Holiday and will be working along side Elizabeth Thomas, who will continue as Assistant to the Parish clerk.

Parish Councillors and Staff Page


9th August 2017 Village Parking Situation:

The Parish Council reports that the 'Residents Parking Scheme' around Green Glade, Woburn Avenue and Hornbeam Road that has been put in place over the last couple of months seems to be making the parking situation in those roads easier, however it has caused a knock-on effect, which appears to be focused around Blackacre and Hill Roads.

It has also exacerbated the situation on the Abridge Road. Parish Council Chairman and District Councillor, John Philip intends to update village residents about any further progress on the Abridge Road scheme and particularly as to when the consultation is likely to occur.


9th August 2017 Horticultural Society September Outing:

Horticultral Society Outing Poster


Theydon Bois Verge Fruit Trees Produce A Free Summer Treat:

The purple leaved plum trees are very much loved by villagers and the show of blossom,  particularly down Dukes Avenue, is a beautiful sight in the Spring and one of the defining images of Theydon Bois.  We know that some of the older plum trees are destined to be felled at some time in the future so we must enjoy them while we can as it will take some time before the new trees make such a major contribution to the street scene. 

Theydon Plum Tree

A number of the mature trees regularly produce good crops of plums but I suspect that they are not quite so popular when the plums fall to the ground as they do make a mess on the pavement.  However, the plums are really good to eat, just as they are, or to cook with.  We know that one villager used to make jam with them and another resident still uses them in home made wine.  By the time that you are reading this edition of the Village News, most of the plums will have fallen from the trees, but, come next Summer, why not help yourself to those which can be safely reached and enjoy them as a 'locally grown, organic fruit'.  Remember, the more you pick, the less that are left to fall on the pavements!

Theydon Pear tree

Not so many people will know about a particular verge pear tree in the village.  One of the ornamental weeping pear trees in Hornbeam Close has been misbehaving for some years now as one or more branches have presumably reverted to the root stock variety and begun producing quite sizeable pears.  This year it has excelled itself and, although I expect it must be a nuisance for residents who have to walk down that road, it has produced a magnificent crop of pears and really is an unusual sight.  We would love to know what the pears are like when they have had a chance to ripen, so, dear residents of Hornbeam Close, please bear with us for a few more weeks so that we can sample another 'locally grown, organic fruit'.

Sue Warren (Tel: 01992 813045) and Jane Turner (Tel: 01992 812652)
Theydon Bois Tree Wardens


9th August 2017 Theydon Bois Drama Society's Next Production:

HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES by Tim Kelley – A dramatization of the famous novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes' most spine chilling mystery is placed in a modern setting in this version with suspense, humour and terror. Sir Henry Baskerville is heir to a vast fortune, a legacy that comes with a family curse death at the fangs of a horror that prowls the moor. Only Holmes can stop the beast. While mysterious lights signal Baskerville Hall and the hound terrifies the countryside, the sleuthing begins and suspicion falls on sinister servants, butterfly collectors, ladies in distress and escaped convicts. Who wrote the letter that summoned the hound? Is Sir Henry's romance with the lovely Kathy doomed? Is the supernatural at work?

26,27,28th October 2017
Theydon Bois Village Hall
Tickets at £9.50 available at www.theydondrama.org or on
01992 919038


9th August 2017 Theydon Bois Lifetime Achievement Award 2017:

Theydon Bois Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation

Normally the Chairman of the Parish Council at the Annual meeting would present the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' (previously know as Villager of the Year award), but this year it had to wait until the end of July meeting before the recipients could attend.  Chairman John Philip was pleased to be able to give the award to a couple who have done a lot for the village, often in the background and unseen.

This year’s winners are Carol and Graham James.  Carol and Graham have had a long involvement with the Village Association, Carol being the Secretary for well over ten years, and Graham, as well as being on the committee, spends a lot of time doing maintenance and other practical jobs around the site. They were both involved over several years in the Open Gardens Day, which took a lot of work to prepare for. Carol and Graham are also very involved with the Theydon Bois Drama Society, and though you are unlikely to see them in the photos of the shows, they sell tickets, serve in the bar and construct the sets.

They are worthy winners of the award and we look forward to them switching on the lights at our 'Christmas Market' this year.


14th July 2017 Horticultural Society Show 2017:

Horticultural Show 2017 Poster

 


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