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Parish CouncilMinutes:The Minutes of the Parish Meeting held on 2nd November (October Meeting) 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 or December 2017 Parish Council Meetings. Full Minutes List Here.
12th January 2018: Local Hospice Seeks Volunteers to Lend a Hand in Epping Charity Shop:
Hastingwood-based charity, St Clare Hospice, is encouraging local people to join the team and get involved with volunteering attheir Epping store located at 182 High Street, Epping.
More than 230 local people, aged from 16 to 92 years,give their time to help out in St Clare’s eight charity shops, located across West Essex and East Herts, offering their invaluable help in sorting donations, providing excellent customer service and maintaining the shop floor.
Shop volunteer, Danielle Spicer, has been helping in the Debden St Clare shop for over two years. Danielle said: “Volunteering in a St Clare charity shop is an easy way to help people, and a nice little job to have. I’ve made so many good friends just from working here – both colleagues and customers. There’s such a happy atmosphere here because we are all close, and we get on all the time. It’s hard to put into words; it’s like one big family here.”
“It’s easy to think that these kinds of places are just charity shops, and to forget where the money is going. Yet, because the Hospice is local, the people around here usually have some association to St Clare, and do know exactly where their money is going and who it is helping. I love volunteering here because you can see that what you’re doing is helping, and making a difference in your local community.
“I love it here – I really do. At first, I was very nervous to meet so many people, yet, everyone made me feel so welcome, and at home. It was like I had always been here. Volunteering for St Clare has given back to me, and helped me with building confidence. Now, I feel like I can do things that I wouldn’t have been able to do before.”
St Clare Hospice’s Epping shop is currently recruiting for more volunteers to help in the store located at182 High Street, Epping, CM16 4AQ. To find out more, phone Voluntary Services Manager, Rob Wallace, on 01279 773722 or email email@example.com or apply online here:
12th January 2018: TV Company Seek GrandParents for TV Show:
We are looking for grandparents who have 3 or more adult (18+) grandchildren who they would like to spend more time with.
Many grandparents reportedly only see their grandchildren on average twice a year, it’s not surprising the two generations often know little about each other’s lives. In the programme, grandparents will spend one-on-one time with their multiple grandchildren in an attempt to get to know them better and see if they can offer any help.
Along the way they will learn about the pressures their grandchildren face, the lifestyle choices they make, their hopes for the future and what, if anything, is standing in their way of achieving them.
Our programme will allow grandparents to share their knowledge, advice and practical help while learning more about the lives, hopes and aspirations of their grandchildren. It should be a fantastic opportunity.
Filming for the programme will not take place straight away, this is the initial casting stage and we are only hoping to speak to people over the phone. If you are selected to be on the programme our Production team will arrange all the logistics for you!
We're hoping to hear from people as soon as possible!
9th January 2018: Family Stargazing and Night Sky Observing with Loughton Astronomical Society:
Join Loughton Astronomical Society astronomers to look through their telescopes, or bring your own to learn how to get the most out of it. The Society will be running three 'Family Stargazing and Night Sky Observing Nights' during January and February. There will be an alternative programme if cloudy.
There is no charge for these evening events that run between 18:30 and 20:45 at the Scout Hut, Off Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois on: Saturday 13th January, Sunday 21st January & Saturday 24th February.
8th January 2018: Theydon Resident's Charity Cycle Ride:
Theydon resident and keen cyclist David Tymm who lives in Piercing Hill is undertaking a tough cycling challenge next month to raise money for the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) charity. David will be riding from Vientiane to Laung Prabang in Laos in temperatures of around 30 degrees C and 75% humidly. He will be riding between 45 and 50 miles a day for 5 days.
David said "the reason I am doing this charity ride is that the more I learn about what the people of Laos endured through the Vietnam War and continue to suffer beggars belief. It has the unenviable title of being the most bombed country in the world per capita. For nearly a decade, Laos was subjected to extreme US bombing as part of the wider war in Indochina. 580,000 bombing missions were carried out: an average of 1 mission every 8 minutes, 24 hours a day for 9 years, and an estimated 30% of submunitions failed to explode at the time. As you can imagine, the contamination in Laos is immense. It can affect every aspect of people’s lives: restricting access to farmland, education and infrastructure, and stops children from being able to play safely.
I realise the world may seem in a fairly dreadful state right now and you will have many excellent causes vying for your attention. If you are able to make a small donation to MAG to help them continue their life-saving work in Laos and other countries across the world, it would be really appreciated. Thank you."
David has been in training for over a year for this tough ride that starts on Sunday 4th February and he is hoping to raise £5,000 for the MAG charity. You can sponsor him by making a donation at:
David's company has published a book by Danish artist Kerstin Farnert called ‘Nordic Light' and he will be delighted to make up to 100 copies available of this lovely book, free of charge, for any Theydon Bois residents that care to sponsor him.
8th January 2018: Police Seek Independent Advisory Group Volunteers for Epping Forest District:
Essex Police are looking for volunteers to make up an (IAG) for the Brentwood and Epping Forest Policing Area. The Essex Police Independent Advisory Groups play an important part in ensuring that Essex Police consult with and understand the views of our many diverse communities, and offer advice and guidance to the police, including constructive feedback around new policy developments and police recruitment, and provide the link to all Essex communities.
The Submission Version of the Draft New Local Plan is now available and the 'Consultation on Soundness' started on 18th December and will run until 5.00pm on 29th January. Responses which are submitted after 5pm on 29th January will not be considered. Please note you can only comment on the 'soundness' of the document. Not the selection as such. i.e. "why you consider the Submission Version of the Local Plan is not legally compliant, is unsound or fails to comply with the duty to cooperate".
In accordance with Policy SP 2 the following sites are allocated for residential development in Theydon Bois: (i) THYB.R1 Land at Forest Drive – Approximately 39 homes (ii) THYB.R2 Theydon Bois London Underground Station car park – Approximately 12 homes (iii) THYB.R3 Land at Coppice Row – Approximately 6 homes. A total of 57 new homes in total. (See page 151 of Submission Document). This is of course a very substantial reduction on the 360 new homes that were originally proposed for our village so hopefully the strong representations made by us all during the original consultation had some effect. Some of these 57 proposed homes are still destined for precious Green Belt land though.
The Village Website & Village News wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
30th December 2017: Theydon Bois WI 2018 Programme:
Theydon Bois Women's Institute has just published their progamme of talks for 2018and 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: Theydon Authors Book Now Available in Printed Version:
Earlier 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:
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.
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.
29th November 2017: 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 BoisSingers Christmas Concert:
24th November 2017: St Mary's Soup Lunches Success:
The 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:
14th November 2017: Theydon Bois Primary School PTA Christmas Fair:
13th November 2017: Theydon Bois Christmas Market & Christmas Tree Lighting 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: 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.