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THE PAST MONTH IN THEYDON BOIS

MARCH 2005

THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME OF THE EVENTS, NOT NECESSARILY IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER, WHICH TOOK PLACE IN THE VILLAGE OF THEYDON BOIS DURING MARCH 2005 AND WHICH WERE RECORDED BY TREVOR ROBERTS, THE THEYDON BOIS LOCAL HISTORY RECORDER.

A welcome change to retail trading in TB (Theydon Bois) was the formal opening, by Eleanor Laing MP, of Theydon Security a new business occupying the premises formerly used by the Market Garden greengrocers. The owners Tim and Kate Penegar lived in the village and had been trading for some five years on a mobile basis and from their first shop, "The Lock Shop", in Walthamstow. They primarily provide a variety of locksmith and security services but had taken the opportunity to also sell electrical and hardware goods to fill the gap resulting from the closure of a village hardware business several years ago.

Eighty pupils from years 5 and 6 of the TBCPS (Theydon Bois County Primary School) recently staged a performance of the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat before a large audience of relatives and friends. This was a fund raising event in support of the Asian Tsunami Appeal for which the school has now raised over £1,000. This money would be forwarded to the village of Navanlady in Sri Lanka to help rebuild two schools and an orphanage, which had been destroyed in the disaster.

Metronet which, operates the Central Line which serves Theydon Bois, stated that more than £1b a year was now being invested to improve standards and reliability in the system. Some 150 stations were being modernised, 200 miles of track renewed and the production of almost 240 new trains had commenced. Stations and trains were now cleaner and graffiti had been eradicated from the trains.

The years were rolled back at the TBVH (Theydon Bois Village Hall) when the Epping Branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution held an old Time Music Hall in aid of this charity. Entitled "Chiefly Yourselves" a group of Epping residents, using simple props, entertained a full house with many of the old time songs which were popular around the turn of the twentieth century. The Master of Ceremonies was Epping Solicitor Peter Wells and the cast comprised Ann and Michael Blagden, Barbara and Michael Lane, Sylvia Simms, Desmond Slade. Linda and Humphrey Wheeler, and Leora Williams. Janet Cass (piano) and Daniel Andrews (drums) provided the musical accompaniment. The evening was organised by the Branch Committee led by Michael Hayter and the event raised over £900.

In mid March, the Arctic winds which had blown for the last ten days finally decreased to allow the temperature to rise to a more seasonable level of around 3 degrees centigrade. Sharp frosts prevailed and some snow had fallen, albeit lightly and infrequently during this time, except for the previous Friday (04 Mar 05) when an early morning sharp blizzard caused problems for commuters and even laid on the pavements in Central London. But spring arrived ahead of the equinox with bright sunshine and warmth, which was almost a shock after several weeks of icy winds and frost. But, once again, rainfall was light and already warnings of summer water shortages were being forecast by the authorities, and the advent of global warming meant that the coming summer could be hot. Meanwhile birds were nesting and squirrels active, although hedgehogs had still to put in an appearance and the call of the first cuckoo of spring was awaited.

The funeral of William (Bill) George Best, a well-known member of the local community, took place at St Mary's Church on 8th March. The large congregation present heard Rev Canon Colin Travers tell of Bill's long and loyal commitment to the local community and to the Church. Bill's career as a police officer was described in a tribute paid by an ex Chief Superintendent of the City of London Police and the standard of this Police Force was draped over the coffin. A reception was afterwards held in the Church Hall for family and friends, and Bill was cremated later that day at the City of London Crematorium in Manor Park East London.

Two stalwarts of village trading, Pravin and Chamnpa Keitya, who owned the Bookshop newsagents in Forest Road, retired from the business after twelve years of providing a comprehensive and first class service to the village. Originally an actual bookshop, the Keityas transformed the business through sheer hard work, not least with early morning and weekend newspaper commitments, into a thriving newsagents selling many related items. Their experience in the trade extended to over 22 years through similar business operations elsewhere eg. in Ilford. In 2003, the business was upgraded to high street standards and became a more integral part of the village. The Keityas would continue to live in Theydon Bois but were taking a long awaited holiday in Florida together with their two sons and, afterwards, were considering returning to trading but on a lesser scale. Bipin and Mina Patel, who also run the Spar grocers two doors away, have now acquired the Bookshop business.

The AND Technology Research software business in Forest Road recently celebrated 25 years of business success in developing electronic products. Founded in 1980 by managing director Val Thorn, the Company provides electronic design, consultancy and prototyping services to manufacturing companies in a wide range of industries. The Company also planned a future open day, a project with local schools and a series of short technology lectures.

Subsequent to an Epping inquest in February 2005 when a verdict of accidental death was recorded on Samuel Berrill, 28, who died in a motorcycle accident in the Abridge Road TB, the Three Valleys Water Company was fined £1,700 for poor reinstatement of the road surface. Police investigators had examined the point where Mr Berrill had lost control of his motorcycle and found a three-inch drop in the road where an excavation had been filled in. Twenty breaches of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, not related to the accident, were also found further along the Road and included poor road signs and lighting and insufficiently protected excavations. A police spokesman said that "In this crash, as with many others, there was more than contributory factor and the substandard reinstatement (of the road) was just one of these".

Led by Group Scout Leader Paul Vincent, the 1st Theydon Bois Scout Group attended a recent church parade at the Theydon Bois Baptist Church. Also present was the 1st Theydon Bois Girls Brigade led by Captain Alison Saggers. During the service, the Rev David Penegar encouraged all young people to think about their Potential, Peace and Prayer.

Pat Davies of Theydon Park Road, TB, was recently elected President of the Essex Golf Union following a long sporting career in golf. A member of Theydon Bois Golf Club for many years, he had served on the Club Committee in several positions including Treasurer and then Captain in the 1970s and again in 1997. He has also been involved with cricket being appointed the accountant for the Essex Cricket Club in 1986 and then sitting on the executive committee of what is now the Essex Union. He was also appointed Secretary of the Boy's Committee in 1996 and had held other chairmanships at county level. As President of the Essex Golf Union, he was keen to promote golf, with young people.

At the Annual Meeting of St Mary's Church the following were elected to office:
Churchwardens - Carole Fenton and Robin Marsh, Deputy Churchwardens - John Eaton, Liz Hannibal and Roy McClean.

The young children of the Theydon Bois Montessori Nursery collected more than £200 for the national charity Comic Relief by completing various activities. These included throwing a ball into a bucket, walking over a balance beam and manoeuvring a tricycle around cones. Proprietor Debbie Palmer said that the parents had been very supportive in sponsoring the children, the event had been most enjoyable and could be repeated in the future.

The controversy regarding the usefulness or otherwise of speed cameras continued, especially that at the junction of Coppice Row and Piercing Hill. Most offenders were caught speeding down the long incline in Coppice Row which, apart from having a number of road hazards, also displayed no less than eleven road warning signs before the camera was reached.

"Sandcastles", the current production in the TBVH staged by the Theydon Bois Drama Society was the usual success. Set in a typical English resort, the play evolved around three beach huts occupied by three different classes of society. Upper class William and Margaret, played by Mike Rankin and Linda Hayball, were the annual occupants of the first hut. Next door, and lower down the social scale, were second hand car dealer Stan played by Martin Oliver, and other members of his family played by Terese Greener and Xanthe Bearman. But the prime character of this group was "mother", an elderly and belligerent lady played by Betty Gilbert, who would not discard "a clout" despite the warm weather. Simon Gilbert portrayed the wealthy fish and chip shop owner who arrived with his two "nieces" to occupy the third hut. The resulting discord and misunderstandings were classic English comedy of the highest order, which kept the audience in an almost constant state of mirth. Angie Becket-Franks was the director and an excellent cast supported her.

More than 26,000 responses had been received by the EERA (East of England Regional Assembly) regarding the proposed East of England Plan for massive residential development in East Anglia which included 11,000 homes in the Epping Forest District and, especially, a new town of 6,000 homes on North Weald Airfield. It was estimated that some 14,000 of these responses came from the Epping Forest District and most objected to the Plan; the response form produced conjointly by the TBPC (Theydon Bois Parish Council) and the TBRPS (Theydon Bois Rural Preservation Society) was used extensively. Eleanor Laing MP commented that she knew how strongly the people of this District felt about keeping the Green Belt intact, and our little towns and villages safe and pleasant, because of the many letters she had received on this matter. However, Leslie Jerman of Coppice Row TB thought that more homes were needed and that the housing shortage could be alleviated by allowing land in towns and villages to be fully developed, and empty rooms over high street shops to be converted into flats. And an EERA spokesman said that the Assembly would continue to press the Government for further financial investment to ensure that development (the Plan) would be supported by the provision of the necessary infrastructure.

The long closed toilet block on the south of the village green was finally demolished by the EFDC (Epping Forest District Council) despite an approach by the TBPC to discuss its future. Some years previously, the EFDC had requested the TBPC to take responsibility for this necessary facility, but an impasse had resulted over the costs incurred, hence its closure. TB had a history of hospitality for visitors going back to the days of the Grays and Riggs Retreats when hundreds of "day trippers" flocked to the village by train and horse drawn vehicle, especially in the summer months. Even now limited numbers still came to enjoy the pleasures of sitting on the green and walking around the village, so the need for a public toilet remained. Today, parties of visitors especially children have to use the TBVH toilet facilities it these are available, a most unsatisfactory arrangement.

The well intended proposal by the TBPC to construct a hard play area on the site of the toilet block, at the south of the village green, were thwarted by the Epping Forest Conservators who refused permission for the use of this site; the Green is part of Epping Forest for which the Conservators are responsible. This project would have catered not only for village youth, who were "homeless" following closure of the village youth facility in Loughton Lane, but would also have provided a small sports area for villagers generally. This was an undeserved set back for the TBPC who, despite adverse criticism, had tried to cater for a small and sometimes vociferous group of young people who demanded "skateboard" and other facilities. The TBVH car park and surrounds, especially the steps, had suffered from unauthorised "skateboarding" and from the misbehaviour of young people in this area; villagers had also complained of hooligans around the proposed site on the Green and this may have influenced the Conservators in their decision. Nevertheless, the TBPC were continuing to seek another location.

During March, the following entries were recorded in the registers of St Mary's Church:

Marriages

19 03 05 Leigh Perryment and Tina Bechtel

Baptisms

20 03 05 Lara Bialowas

Funerals

07 03 05 William Best 21 03 05 Charles Ridley

22 03 05 Stan Guttridge 24 03 05 Stuart Ballard

29 03 05 Irene Tigar

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THE PAST MONTH IN THEYDON BOIS
FEBRUARY 2005


THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME OF THE EVENTS, NOT NECESSARILY IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER, WHICH TOOK PLACE IN THE VILLAGE OF THEYDON BOIS DURING FEBRUARY 2005 AND WHICH WERE RECORDED BY TREVOR ROBERTS, THE THEYDON BOIS LOCAL HISTORY RECORDER.

In his continuing campaign to encourage the greater use of the TB (Theydon Bois) shops, Lesley Jerman of Coppice Row appeared to overstep the mark by criticising local resident Eleanor Laing, the MP for Epping Forest, over this matter. In a comment in the local press Mrs Laing had appealed to residents to shop locally but Lesley Jerman claimed that she rarely did so herself. This resulted in a sharp riposte from a Valerie Metcalfe of Loughton who said that that Mrs Laing, as a matter of principle and over the last eight years, had made a point of shopping regularly in the small shops of TB. However Lesley remained concerned about the loss of trade in the village due to the TESCO Express outlet, which traded from early morn to late night and provided a comprehensive range of goods.

The TBVH (Theydon Bois Village Hall) was packed to capacity for a quiz night held by the Theydon Bois Friends of Cancer Research UK charity. The questions were varied and mind stretching which required considerable mental lubrication (from "bring your own drinks") and also much needed break during which fish and chips (provided) were eagerly consumed. The event generated over £1,100 for the charity bringing to a grand total of £350,000, the amount raised by the Friends since its formation in 1974.

On Shrove Tuesday the TBWI Theydon Bois Women's Institute) held its annual "pancake coffee morning" in the TBVH with children from the TBCPS (Theydon Bois County Primary School) invited to attend and take part in a pancake tossing competition. This year 28 pupils aged between 5 and 6 years from Class 1RG were present together with School Governor Mrs J Grant, Class Teacher Helena Boult and Classroom Volunteer Brian Dougal. The children held their own competition and proved to be quite expert, having possibly practised at home! The winners received a large Easter Egg and all the other children, a smaller egg, as a reward for their efforts. The Ladies competition then saw some pancakes deposited on the floor and then, possibly discreetly spirited away. Members of the "Singing and Hard of Hearing Club" were present and took part in an Easter Bonnet competition with their creations, which would not have shamed many a London West End fashion house. The youngsters then left with their precious Easter Eggs while the adults finished the pancakes.

Martin Gwilym-Jones, violin, and Jason Ridgeway, piano, gave an entertaining and professional recital of classical music in the TBVH at the first 2005 meeting of the TB Music Society. A large audience heard the pair play a variety of music ranging from Four Fairy Tale Pieces by Schumann to the Brahms Sonata No.1 in G major. This recital gave a good start to a comprehensive programme of music planned for 2005.

The Indian Ocean Restaurant in Coppice Row was reopened by the TBPC (Theydon Bois Parish Council) Chairman, John Eaton, following a major refurbishment; the premises now included the adjacent former office of Funeral Directors Chris Poulton, which was previously the florists "Fairytale Flowers". During the function, £1,100 was raised for the Indian Ocean Tsunami appeal.

The commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of the controversial bombing of the German City of Dresden, by the Royal Air Force during WW2, brought back strong memories to Peter Twinn of Dukes Avenue TB who was the rear gunner of a Lancaster bomber which took part in the raid. To him the raid was little different from others except that the flight was long, winter weather made the operation hazardous and little was known about the German air defences. The city was almost totally destroyed and there was an outcry against the raid because of the colossal number of civilian casualties, the loss of that beautiful architecture of the city and the mistaken belief that only Dresden china was manufactured there. In fact the city was a strategic strong point intended to be held against the advancing Russian armies and was also an armaments manufacturing centre. Because of the adverse public reaction, and in a typical political strategy, the British War Cabinet led by Winston Churchill distanced itself from the furore and Bomber Command received a much undeserved bad reputation, such that a campaign medal was never awarded to the heroes of that Command. Peter hoped that the thousands of aircrew who died defending this country in this way would now be remembered in a better light.

At a Valentine's social evening and dinner held by the Theydon Bois Baptist Church, more than 60 members and friends who attended were served Valentine heart shaped strawberry desserts prepared by Jenny Hall and Val Penegar. Family entertainment after dinner, organised by Jeremy Walling, comprised a karaoke competition and musical quiz. At the end of the evening, the men received red chocolate hearts and the ladies were presented with red posies.

The first Lent Lunch of the year, as provided by the Ladies of St Mary's Church, was held in the Church Hall. The usual highly appetising selection of soups was on the menu together with an equally mouth watering variety of home made desserts followed by coffee, all for the inclusive price of four pounds! A series of seven weekly lunches would be held until Easter with the proceeds from each lunch supporting a particular charity.

The coming marriage of Prince Charles to his long-term partner Camilla Parker-Bowles divided public opinion both nationally and in the village. Some were pleased that their long-term relationship would be formalised while others were unhappy because of a strong sense of loyalty to the Prince's former wife Princess Diana, who was killed in a road crash. Local resident Arthur Thorne thought that they should marry but that Prince Charles should not become King. Another resident, Mary Snelling, opposed the marriage because of the relationship of Prince Charles with Camilla while he was still married to Princess Diana. Resident Beryl McLeod's comment was that, if the marriage took place, Prince Charles would never become King because the Queen would continue as monarch until Prince William, Prince Charles's son, was old enough to succeed her.

At an Epping inquest, Coroner Caroline Beasely recorded the verdict "death as the result of an accident" on Samuel Berrill of Woodford who died on 6 Jun 04 when his Suzuki motorbike crashed on the Abridge Road near Theydon Bois. A police officer said that, as the bike entered a bend, it encountered a road repair and began fishtailing; it then crossed the opposite lane and struck a pole before going onto the grass verge and a wooden fence. A post mortem gave the cause of death as multiple injuries; toxicology tests had found traces of ecstasy and cannabis in Mr Berrill's blood.

The introduction of restricted parking was completed in Elizabeth Drive, Buxton Road, Poplar Row and Slade End by the painting of yellow lines on the road surface and the erection of signs banning parking for one hour each day from Monday to Fridays. This measure was intended to discourage commuter parking in these roads and was particularly effective in Elizabeth Drive, which was part of a motoring "rat run "through the village. As expected, parking increased in unrestricted roads especially in Morgan Crescent, which had a particularly sharp bend, and Orchard Drive where the TBCPS is situated. The implementation of these restrictions, or otherwise, appeared to relate to the wishes of residents when previously canvassed by the TBPC; those against the restrictions either wished to park their vehicle(s) in the road or else liked visitors to park outside their properties.

Peter Comber was the speaker at a meeting of the TB Baptist Church Men's Forum. His subject was "mushrooms and toadstools", illustrated by a series of photographic slides of a variety of these fungi growing in various locations. He explained that their function was to break down organic material and that they could be could be found anywhere in the environment, even the home. Epping Forest contained many but he warned that they could not be removed without authority because of the countryside act. Despite fears to the contrary, some could be eaten but only with expert knowledge as others contained deadly poison.

During the middle of the month, the cold weather of previous days culminated in light fall of snow which dispersed during the day to leave a wet surface which promptly froze when night fell; a subsequent snowfall overnight produced treacherous and slippery conditions which made most side roads hazardous. Coppice Row and Piercing Hill, the main routes through the village were reasonably clear due to the continuing gritting by the EFDC (Epping Forest District Council) who also used ice-dispersing chemical. The emergence of the sun in mid morning quickly cleared the snow, which resulted from cyclonic disturbances over the Arctic and Northern Europe and strong winds from Eastern Europe and Siberia. This weather was expected to continue for some subsequent days but its severity was limited by the increasing strength of the sun, which had already brought daffodils into bloom.

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PAST MONTH IN THEYDON BOIS
JANUARY 2005

THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME OF THE EVENTS, NOT NECESSARILY IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER, WHICH TOOK PLACE IN THE VILLAGE OF THEYDON BOIS DURING JANUARY 2005 AND WHICH WERE RECORDED BY TREVOR ROBERTS, THE THEYDON BOIS LOCAL HISTORY RECORDER.

The Market Garden greengrocers in Forest Drive put up the shutters after having experienced poor trading for some time. An undoubted factor was the opening of the Tesco Express store just around the corner in Coppice Row, which also sold fresh greengrocery in addition to other provisions. However, the Quality and Excellence Family Butcher also in Forest Drive was now stocking high quality fresh fruit, salads and vegetables plus a free delivery service at weekends for purchases.

The TB (Theydon Bois) Baptist Church held a special New Year Tea for the elderly and housebound of the village; one of the oldest present was Charles Pratt, 98, who was well on the way to making his century. The event commenced with a short service in the church, conducted by the pastor, the Rev David Penegar. Tea was then served, this being organised by Pastoral Leaders Pipps Rackham and Barbara Archbell. Together with St Mary's, the Baptist Church continued to be a centre of activity within the village.

During the latter part of 2004, the Bull Pub in Station Approach had deteriorated so much that it received a damming assessment in the local press. Last December it was reopened by new managers, Steve and Sally Allen, after general changes that brought it line with the popular image of an English pub. It was now a "family pub" with fires to sit by, home cooked food and, most important, a welcoming atmosphere. Sally, had run pubs for many years including the Standard and the Hollybush both in Loughton so the improvement was not unexpected.

During the Christmas and the New Year celebrations the postal service had coped well with the millions of cards handled. But the efficiency of the service was brought into question when all the postal collection boxes (still known as Pillar Boxes) in the village were sealed so that mail could not be posted. A general letter explained that the keys to these boxes had been "lost" and that the nearest available collection boxes were at Epping! The letter also promised that the village boxes should be open again by the 14th of January but many residents wondered what had happened to their mail which was posted before the keys had gone missing!

Bob Smith of Abridge complained about an apparent confusion with the "no parking" double yellow lines outside the Heights apartments adjacent to Coppice Row. The lines ran directly across a layby, which can accommodate several parked cars, instead of following the contour of the kerb. Mr Smith parked within this layby but was given a parking ticket by a traffic warden who claimed that parking there was not allowed. It was assumed that the Warden had also booked vehicles parked on the yellow lines outside the Tesco Express; illegal parking at this store was an ongoing hazard, which impeded traffic flow in Coppice Row. The appearance of a Traffic Warden, presumably to deal with the Tesco parking problem, was a surprise to many villagers who hoped that a Warden's presence would now be a regular occurrence in TB.

Another resident, Trevor Roberts, wrote to the local press about a letter from an Epping resident who complained about the EFDC (Epping Forest District Council) refusing a planning permission for celebrity Rod Stewart to have floodlighting at the football pitch by his home on the Copped hall Estate. Mr Roberts pointed out that, disregarding the matter of the planning refusal, there remained the real problem of light pollution in the area. Starlit skies were fast disappearing due to the increasing use of domestic and industrial lighting, often of excessively high intensity. The Council for the Preservation of Rural England had embarked on a national campaign to alert the public to the loss of privacy now experienced by many and the colossal waste of energy from finite sources, which could have serious long term consequences. TB did not have street lighting as a part of its rural environment but, in recent years, reflected illumination from neighbouring built up areas eg. Loughton, Epping and the M25 motorway was increasing such that total darkness no longer existed in the village. A heartening sign was that its residents were conscious of this fact such that objections to a recent application to floodlight the Tennis Club courts in Sidney Road had resulted in the rejection of the application by both the TBPC (Theydon Bois Parish Council) and the EFDC planning committees.

Memories of World War 2 were revived for many of the audience at the last night of the current production by the TB Drama Society. The BBC Light Programme broadcast many radio shows during wartime years which were designed to divert the attention the population from the realities of the night time aerial bombing of London and other cities. So the Society's production of "Radio Times" did just that expect that, thankfully, it was now 2005 and not 1941. The BBC team was played by Frazer Freeman, Dave Bennett, Derek Hirsute, Paula Duncan and Xanthe Bearman who did well in portraying the difficulties of presenting a wartime radio show despite the distractions of whistling bombs and wailing air raid sirens; the offstage sounds of sirens were used in the production only after serious consideration was given to the possible adverse affect on those in the audience who had experienced such air raids. The music of Noel Gay, which included many wartime favourites, enlightened the proceedings and the vocalists were backed by the singing group "The Grosvenors". The Muriel Montgomery Ensemble provided the musical backing and Janet Cass was the musical director, possibly for the last time with the Society. The production was directed and choreographed by Jan Freeman.

Pictures of TB in the past generated much interest when they were published in the local press. These were extracts from a family album donated to an Epping charity shop for onward sale, and were part of a "letter card" written nearly 100 years ago. Ron Hall of Morgan Crescent, a volunteer worker at the shop, said that one picture showed St Mary's Church which was now hidden by trees. Because of their unusual nature, an approach was made for a conjoint purchase by TBPC Councillor Antony Purkis and other individuals involved with local history. Regrettably, this was unsuccessful and the albums were sold to an unknown agency, possibly a dealer, so depriving the village of an addition to its historical records.

TB resident David Sullivan of Birch Hall, publisher and the 85th wealthiest individual in the country, was reported as wishing to acquire a financial interest in two the first division football teams, Tottenham Hotspur or West Ham United. He already had a strong involvement with the Birmingham City Club but was interested in the two other clubs primarily because they were "local".

Motorists were pleased to hear that the ECC (Essex County Council) was now using a new chemical as opposed to salt, to clear ice from road surfaces. Termed "Safecote" this material was a by-product of sugar production and had the properties of easier application, better adherence, was bio degradable, environmentally friendly and, most important to motorists, inhibited damage to road surfaces and motor vehicles.

TB Baptist Church held a recent Music Day in which more than thirty musicians, instrumentalists and singers took part. In the morning, local musician and teacher Ann Reece organised music workshops for different band groups led by Tim Penegar and Andrew King. The afternoon session saw the musicians playing together the music they had been rehearsing in the morning. The Choir Director and Organist for the church, Philip Sams, said "Ann made it a most enjoyable fun day for us all. We are fortunate to have so many talented musicians in our church".

At the January meeting of the TBPC, Jim Watts of the TB Rural Preservation Society spoke about the threat to the area proposed in the RSS14 East of England Regional Plan Consultation document. Some 123,000 new homes could be built in Essex with 11,000 in the Epping Forest area. The Society questioned the need for such large-scale development with 80% on Green Field sites. An additional 6,000 homes were proposed for the North Weald area without the necessary infra structure and this would impact considerably on TB in terms of increased traffic and commuter use of TB station. The TBPC was liaising with the Society to encourage residents to make their objections to the Plan.

Local resident Barry Kingscote received a silver medal at the Construction Manger of the Year Awards organised by the Chartered Institute of Building. This award was made for Barry's project management of apartments at the Easter Quays residential development at the Royal Victorian Dock in East London.

During January, the first residential course of the new Wansfell College educational establishment, Wansfell College 2 Ltd, was held at the Corus Hotel in Old Harlow. Thirty-one former students from a wide area including Newcastle on Tyne, Norwich, Essex and London studied aspects of local History. Course Leader Peter Lawrence dealt with Old Harlow, Marilyn Taylor with the Harlow New Town and Peter Bossier talked about Essex Composers. Further weekend residential courses would be held in the future.

Sadly, the deaths were announced of the following past leading members of the community:

Dora Prince, a former resident of Hill Road died on 23 Dec 04 in Addenbrooke Hospital, Cambridge. She was a TBPC Councillor for many years in the 1970s and her husband Arthur was a Chairman of the TB Rural Preservation Society. In later years they moved away to the Saffron Walden area.

Jean McQuire died on 14 Dec 04 in Lincolnshire. She and her husband Tom came to the village in 1961 to start the Frank Foster Home. This residence was one of the first ECC Homes, purpose built for the elderly.

During January and the previous months, the following entries were recorded in the registers of St Mary's Church:
Marriages:
18 12 04 Laura Shears and Evan York
Baptisms:
19 12 04 Toby Hart
Funerals:
19 11 04 Charles Hayman 15 12 04 Margaret Dodsworth 30 12 04 Derek Higgins 14 01 05 Jean Dicey 25 01 05 Christopher Spencer
Burial of Ashes:
29 12 04 Grahame Lavender

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