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25th March 2020:Coronavirus - Covid-19 Local News Update:
Cllr. Peter Gooch and John Eaton who organises the Monthly Litter Picks has said that due to the Covid-19 situation these are cancelled untill further notice. The Litter Pickers are a great group of voluteers work hard to keep our village clean and tidy by finding the litter in the places not discovered by our street cleaners. Much of this rubbish can be found on the approach roads to our village and is a result of inconsiderate drivers throwing their rubbish out from car windows. John said "Hopefully there will not be as much rubbish around especially on the approach roads, given the much reduced density of traffic and walkers, but in any case I think it is important to be seen to be complying with the government guidelines/regulations".
The Village Association has cancelled their AGM that was due to take place on 28th April due to the current situation.
25th March 2020: Theydon's 75 Anniversary VE Day Celebrations Now Postponed:
Unfortunately as noted below this event that was due to take place on the Primary School field on Saturday 9th May has now had to
be postponed due to the Coronavirus situation. Lots of planning and hard work by our Parish Council and many volunteers had already been put in so lets hope that all their efforts can be revived at a later date. In the meantime many may remember the 50th Anniversary Celebrations around the country in 1995. So in the true British tradition of a stiff upper lip in a crises and hoping for better times have a look at the then 78 year old (now 103) youthful looking Dame Vera Lynn recalling war time-memories and VE Day.
24th March 2020: Coronavirus - Covid-19 Local News Update:
Chairman of our Parish Council, Peter Gooch has kindly supplied a further update with regard to Parish Council Meetings and how Parish Council Business will be conducted during the present situation:
"All Parish Council Meetings have been postponed until further notice. We have been waiting for advice and guidance to filter down from NALC as to how we should be proceeding with any urgent business or decisions that should be made. We have received confirmation today that video conferencing / audio conferencing is now being allowed to make any decisions which need to be made. We will be making arrangements to set up a conferencing facility this week."
Peter further confirms that the VE Day Celebrations planned for the 9th May have now been postponed. The Parish Council will update their own website with information today: https://theydonbois-pc.gov.uk/
23rd March 2020: Coronavirus - Covid-19 Local News Update: Nearly all meetings and events in our Village have now been cancelled and the Pubs and Restaurants are now closed. Our shops remain open, but people using them are asked to behave sensibly and only buy what they need and respect the Government 'Social Distancing Guidelines' as far as possible while using them.
It is unclear at this stage whether or not the VE Day celebrations planned for the 9th of May will go ahead. It seems unlikely and as far as we are aware there has been no Government advice on this so far.
The Preservation society has cancelled this years subscription collection and the early part of it's walks and events program. It is not printing it's annual Newsletter for distribution with the subscription collection, but it is now available from their web page HERE along with the current status of future walks and events.
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex and Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council: Statement on Coronavirus
18th March 2020: Coronavirus - Covid-19 Local News and Information:
As you will already have noted many events and meetings in and around the village have been or are in the process of being cancelled following Government Advice about Covid-19 and 'Social Distancing'. This weeks Drama Society production that usually takes place from Thursday to Saturday has now been cancelled
as have the St. Mary's Church Lent Soup Lunches. The Parish Council are having further discussions that will take place in the next 5 days with respect to all Parish Council meetings, and they hope to be able to advise further on the schedule for these in due course. We will try to keep the Diary page or here updated with the latest information on events, cancellations and news.
If you have news about the Status of your Village Events will you please let us know: E-mail: Theydon News Desk
21st January 2020: Loughton Astronomical Society Stargazing Sessions
Loughton Astronomical Society is the home of astronomy in West Essex and they meet on Thursday evenings between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. in the Scout Hall, off Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois. Visitors are always welcome, no need to call just turn up.
During February and March the Society are holding three free Public Stargazing Sessions where you can join members of the LAS in an observing session. "With warm refreshments". If you want to learn more or just fill an evening then come along. Try one of these observing evenings and look through the telescopes.
All of the Stargazing Sessions start at 6.30pm and all are on Saturday's; 15th & 29th February and 14th March 2020.
21st January 2020: Limes Medical Centre Presentation:
There will be a presentation by Debbie Bodhanya Practice Manager in association with the Parish Council at the Village Hall on Wednesday 29th Januaryat 7.30pm. This will be a good opertunity for villagers to come along and find out what is happenning at the practice.
1st January 2020: December Village News For Website:
1st December 2019: Theydon Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Market 2019:
Theydon's Christmas Festivities got off to a great start again this year with the Lighting of the Village Christmas Tree by representatives from the 2019 winners of the Villager of the Year Award - The Playground at Theydon Committee. They were ably assisted by Parish Council Chairman Peter Gooch and this year the tree lit up in all its glory without any hitch. After the tree lighting ceremony Villagers then moved on to Forest Drive for this years Christmas Market where they were able to visit Santa's Grotto in Belgique, listen to the Primary School Carol Singers, enjoy festive music from Fairlop Brass Band or just do some Christmas Present Shopping.
Many people said how much they enjoyed the evening. The mulled wine and mince pies were supplied by the Parish Council and the other refreshments were provided by many of our shops that participated.
An amazing amount of work always goes into making this event happen and I'm sure we would all want to thank our Parish Council together with all the Volunteers who made the 9th Year of this event so successful.
The market evening and yesterdays charity collection around the Village Centre raised a total of £1088.88 for this years charity Epping Forest Voluntary Action. This is a record amount for a collection made at this event. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
14th October 2019: EFDC Stay Well This Winter Event:
EFDC Stay Well This Winter Event 23rd October From 10.00am - 2.00pm in the Village Hall Free Professional Health Advice, Free Lunch, Free & Free Goody Bag for each participant. More details HERE.
7th October 2019: Theydon & Abridge Jazz Club Change of Meeting Date:
Many people from Theydon enjoy the Traditional Jazz Sessions at the Theydon & Abridge Jazz Club that meets in Abridge Village Hall. These sessions will continue but from the 22nd October 2019 the club will be changing from meeting Wednesday evenings to Tuesday Afternoon sessions. These new sessions will be on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month from 1.30pm - 4.30pm. Still the same great Traditional Jazz sessions by fine musicians. New members very welcome.
ALL are welcome, Members £8.00, Visitors £10.00 unless otherwise stated. Accompanied children under 12 Free.
22nd September 2019: WEA Autumn Courses: The WEA Loughton and Essex Branch are about to start their Autumn Season of educational courses. Full details can be found on Loughton & Epping Branch WEA Website.
Enrol on line at enrolonline.wea.org.uk or by phone 0300 303 3464 8am-8pm Mon to Fri and 8am-1pm Sat. If you wish to pay by cheque in class you may do so but please still enrol by phone and tell them that you will pay in class.
For more details contact Pat Dale 0208 281 1536.
22nd September 2019:VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations - Save the Date:
9th September 2019: Parish Council Office Staff Roles: As some of you may have already have noticed there are some new ladies staffing in the Parish Office and there are now four office staff each with different roles to deal with the increased workload on the Parish Council.
Julia Gale Admin Assistant
The New Parish Clerk is Jennifer Endean and she will have the overall role of managing the Parish Office and Parish Council business. Jennifer or Jen as she is affectionately known spent her early years in Woodford Green attending Churchfields Junior School and later Woodbridge High School, before earning her Batchelor of Arts Degree in Media Studies from the University of East London. It was at University where Jennifer met her husband of ten years, Greg. After graduating, Jennifer pursued a career in the City as an Events manager for a number of large asset management and insurance firms, namely AIG, Benfield and MFS. After an 8 year stint living in North Weald, Jennifer found her family home in Theydon Bois with Greg and their 2 children.
Jennifer will be ably assisted by New Parish Admin Assistant - Julia Gale. Julia lived all of her life in Chigwell until very recently, when her family moved to Theydon Bois. She has a background in finance, joining a major bank straight from school, carrying out a variety of interesting roles, also meeting her husband, Andrew there. She left the bank after the birth of her second son. The children are now grown up, the eldest son is an engineer and the youngest son has just graduated from university. Julia has a great passion for reading and books, so when her youngest son started school she was accepted for the role of Deputy Library Supervisor at Chigwell Library; a position she held for the last eighteen years, really enjoying meeting all the interesting people that came through the doors over that time. Now, she tells Village News that she is very much looking forward to a new challenge, serving the people of Theydon Bois in her new job with the parish council.
The previous Parish Clerk Caroline Carroll is still with us and is now the Responsible Finance Officer. Caroline will be responsible for all the Parish Councils finances and the receipt and payment of monies.
Former Assistant Parish Clerk Sarah Shirley has now taken on the role of Planning Clerk. Sarah has been performing this role for some time in effect, but with the amount of work the New Local Plan has generated, plus the increasing need for detailed responses to Planning Applications it was thought that it would be better to now have this as a specific role.
The Parish Clerk or Admin. Assistant will normally available
weekday mornings at the Village Hall. The Parish Office will officially beopen Monday to Friday from 10.00 a.m. until 12.00 M/D. At other times, or if the clerk is out of the office,
messages can be left on the answer phone, Tel: 01992 813442. Faxes can
also be sent to the same number. Email: email@example.com
For planning matters please ask for Sarah, Planning Clerk or Cllr. Peter Gooch. For finance related matters please ask for Caroline, Responsible Finance Officer.
The New Parish Council Website is not yet on-line so the Council Staff and Councillors Contact Details have been updated on the now archived Parish Council Pages here.
30th August 2019:Theydon Bois Village News September 2019 Issue: The September issue of Village News is back from the printers and is now being delivered around the village by our volunteers. The online version is avaialble here together with back issues.
There is a correction to the article on page 41 as Alan Bishop has had to delay his charity walks due to a pending hospital operation. The fundraising page for donations has been closed at present to prevent anyone sponsoring the walk at this time using the link in the magazine. Alan is now thinking that he will do the walk in the Spring of 2020. The online version of Village News has been amended and does not now have the link in the article.
12th June 2019: Following health problems of the current Website Editor their have been no proper updates to the News or Diary pages of the Village Website for the last 6 months. We are now hoping that we will be able to make a few more regular updates. We are also in the process of trying to find a new volunteer Website Editor (See below). We have updated the Newsletter List with the latest issues of Theydon Bois Village News that has information on recent past and coming events: Newsletters List Here for earlier items see the News Archive above or The Month in Theydon also above.
Theydon Bois Village Website Seeks New Volunteer Editor
In the early part of last year by Theydon Bois Parish Council decided to separate the Parish Council’s information section from the Theydon Village Website and tender for a commercially produced website. This will be run entirely under their own editorship. Jim Watts, the current volunteer Village Website editor and designer was informed of this in May 2018 and following some discussions with the Parish Council and having now edited the Village Website for 18 years, together with some recent health issues, decided the end of 2018 would be a good time for him to stand down. This would allow someone else to take the Village Website forward perhaps with a new approach.
Theydon Newsdesk is therefore seeking a volunteer for the post of Village Website Editor. This is an unpaid position, but all expenses are met from the Theydon Newsdesk budget that is funded by our sponsors.
This post would suit someone who loves our village and is interested in supporting it and promoting our community activities. They would probably have already retired, ideally have an interest in IT and are computer literate, or they maybe working, but have a little spare time and want to develop their IT skills further.
The new editor will join the Theydon Newsdesk Committee that oversees both the Village Website and Theydon Bois Village News. The committee normally meets just once each quarter of the year in the month prior to the publication of the village magazine.
Initially Jim Watts was due to stand down as editor of the site at the end of 2018, but is still willing to carry out essential maintenance and limited updates until a new editor can be appointed. He can give advice and some training to the new editor if needed.
The site now has hundreds of pages of information on our village and its activities, but only around ten require regularly updating. It was developed and runs in Adobe Dreamweaver software, but once established in the post the new editor will have total freedom to bring their own ideas and changes in discussion with the Theydon Newsdesk Committee.
So if the Village Website is to continue and move forward we need your help now. For more advice or to apply
Following the decision by the Parish Council to Develop their own Website (see above) the Parish Council Website pages on this site on this site on 18th February 2019 and contain Parish Council contact information and Minutes to December 2018. As the Parish Council site is not yet on-line we have carried out a few recent updates to ensure contact information and meeting dates are correct for 2019. See the Parish Council Archive Here.
12th June 2019:
The Parish Council are also now have vacancies for a new Parish Clerk and also an Administrate Assistant. Closing date for applications is 18th June 2019: THESE VACANCIES ARE NOW FILLED.
THE ABOVE VACANCIES ARE NOW FILLED.
12th June 2019:Villager of the Year 2019:
12th June 2019:New Parish Council Chairman:
At the Annual Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 21st May Cllr. John Philip retired as Chairman of the Parish Council. Cllr. Peter Gooch was nominated as the new Chairman and there being no other nominations Cllr. Gooch was elected to the office. Cllr. Mike Hannibal was elected as the Vice Chairman. On taking office Cllr. Gooch thanked Cllr. Philip for his work over the past 7 years as Chairman.