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Parish CouncilMinutes:The Minutes of the Parish Meeting held on 28th September are now available online:Click Here. Minutes are only published after approval, usually this is at the following months meeting, but can sometimes be longer. Please note that there were no April, July, August 2017 or December 2016 Parish Council Meetings. Full Minutes List Here.
14th November 2017: Theydon Bois Primary School PTA Christmas Fair:
13th November 2017: Theydon Bois Christmas Market 2017:
The road closures in place for the Christmas market are from 3.00 pm – 9.30 pm on the 8th Dec.
13th November 2017: TheydonSeniors Christmas Event:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
1st November 2017: Halloween in Theydon - The Good & the Bad:
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
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:
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'.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01277 357557 www.victimsupport.org.uk
21st September 2017 Theydon Bois Primary School 60th Anniversary Open Day:
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".
'Older Pupils' examine some of the records & the 'Punishment Book'!
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.
20th September 2017 Preservation Society October Talk:
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:
8th September 2017 Pre School Sale:
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 2017Epping 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.
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, email@example.com
15th August 2017 Stay Well This Winter Exhibition In October Includes Free Lunch & Entertainment:
15th August 2017Playground 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.
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."
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:
Theydon 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:
10th August 2017 Introducing Our New 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.
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:
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.
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!
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:
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:
30th June 2017 Playground at Theydon Charity Pub Quiz:
The charity are holding a pub quiz to raise money for the Playground. There is a maximum of 6 people per team (no minimum), minimum donation for the charity is £4/person entering. If you would like to participate and support this worthwhile charity then please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Shellly Dix on 07919 215465 to reserve a table.
22nd June 2017 Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society Free Talk & AGM:
21st June 2017 Voluntary Action Epping Forest Stand at Epping Market:
As we announced in advance below Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF) had a stall next to Barclays Bank at Monday Epping market this week to promote their new chargeable Handyman Service that is available to over 60 year olds, vulnerable or disabled people and those in receipt on benefits.
VAEF Handyman, Mark Dalton was kept busy giving information on handyman jobs covered by the service and also offering many DIY tips. As well as Mark also on hand was VAEF’s Gardening co-ordinator and benefits expert, Jina Symes, along with Maggie Gilchrist, Head of Volunteering.
The new Handyman Service can help with many small jobs around the home that people have difficultly with including fitting grab rails and key safes, securing carpets, changing light bulbs, hanging pictures, gardening and much more. As a Charity their rates are very reasonable and all their friendly team are very experienced and police checked.
There is further information about VAEF services or about how to volunteer help to this very worthwhile local community service see the VAEF Website or to book the handyman service you can phone 01992 564178.
Voluntary Action Epping Forest Benefits is one of the groups on the shortlist of the Tesco and Groundwork community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects. Voting is open in Tesco stores (Epping, Ongar Express and Theydon Express) throughout July and August. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.