The Month in Theydon (August 2016): Trevor
Roberts latest village report is now on line Click
The September 2016 Village News: The latest quarterly PDF version
of Issue 95 of Village News is now available online: Click Here.
Parish Council Minutes: The Minutes of the Parish Meetings held on 18th May and 30th June re 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 was no April 2016 or August Parish Council Meeting.
7th October 2016: The Installation of The Revd. John Fry as The United Benefice Vicar at All Saints Theydon Garnon:
On Wednesday the 5th October at 8.00 pm the congregations of the United Benefice of St. Mary's Theydon Bois and All Saints Theydon Garnon together with of those St Michael's Theydon Mount and St Mary's Stapleford Tawney attended a special service to see the Revd. John Fry installed as vicar. John will have oversight of the parishes of St Michael's Theydon Mount and St Mary's Stapleford Tawney as well as those of the United Benefice.
The service which, is both a legal act and an act of worship was mainly organised by Rev Joyce Smith, Area Dean. The 'Collation' and 'Induction' were performed by the Bishop of Barking, The Revd. Peter Hill & The Archdeacon of Harlow, The Venerable Martin Webster. This ceremony marks the beginning of John's ministry and a new stage in the life of the parishes.
Left to right: The Rev. Joyce Smith, Area Dean; The Rt. Rev. Peter Hill, Bishop of Barking;
The Rev John Fry, Vicar of the Benefice; The Ven. Martin Webster, Archdeacon of Harlow
7th October 2016: Operation Christmas Child:
On Tuesday volunteers gathered in St. Mary's Church Hall for a 'Wrapping & Packing Day' for Operation Christmas Child. This has become an annual event in Theydon when volunteers find lots of empty shoeboxes and lids, wrap them in festive paper and fill them with things for the world's poorest children.
At later sessions the Junior Church and the Rainbows will also help in preparing and filling the boxes. Last year St. Mary's sent 201 boxes and this year they hope to exceed that number. The boxes cost £3.00 each to transport to the target countries so money to assist with this would be most welcome. Contact Mary Gill or Linda Hammond at St. Mary's.
30th September 2016: Parish Council Meeting 'Packed Out' After Residents Learn of Draft Plan Proposals for Theydon:
Hasty rearrangements had to be made last night after large numbers of village residents turned up at the Monthly Parish Council Meeting after hearing of the proposals in the new Draft Local Plan for Theydon Bois. The Poplar room at the Village Hall was nowhere near big enough to accommodate all who wanted to attend and at first the key to the dividing wall with the Beech Room could not be found.
Many residents had received an e-mail circular from the Theydon Bois Action Group asking them to attend because of the Draft Plan proposals, swelling the usual attendance at Parish Council Meetings. After accommodation was finally rearranged Chairman of the Parish Council Cllr. John Philip said that he was not prepared at this stage to have a detailed discussion on the new Draft Local Plan proposals as the Parish Council had only just seen the document and it had not yet been approved by EFDC Cabinet and Full Council. He said he was prepared to listen to brief statements about the proposals.
Although not yet officially made public by EFDC (see below) the new Local Plan Draft Document can be found HERE in the Agenda for the EFDC Cabinet Meeting for the 6th October. It is in the reports pack pdf link on this page. Theydon Bois proposals are on pages 262 - 267. A brief summary is that 360 homes are proposed to be built in Theydon including land at the end of Forest Drive and on the old Foresters site at the other side of the station. It is suggested that Green Belt Boundaries will have to be altered to accommodate this housing.
Dr. John Warren, of Theydon Bois Action Group said the proposals were unsustainable and are a direct threat to our Green Belt and our village. He noted that while some Government ministerial statements had been clear in "that the demand for housing alone will not change Green Belt Boundaries", others from Government had continued to be ambiguous about the protection of the present Green Belt allowing a different interpretation by LPA's. What was needed from the recently formed new Government Cabinet was clear Government Policy enshrining the protection of the Green Belt so that it was clear to Local Authorities that it should not be tampered with. The allocation of the types of land that was for suitable for the housing needs of Local Authorities would then be clear and this should be on Brownfield sites. He urged Cllr. Philip to use his influence with our MP Eleanor Laing to press the Government for action on this.
Jim Watts of Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society echoed TBAG's call for the protection of the Green Belt and asked Councillor Philip that as he had stated he was concerned about the effects of the proposals on Theydon, would he in his other post as a District Councillor and holder of the Portfolio for Planning, be recommending the approval of this Draft Plan in its present form to the EFDC Cabinet meeting and full Council. He said he would, but the plan is still subject to change following the further consultation. Mr Watts expressed concerns that the new draft had ignored entirely the proposed sites A, B and C for Theydon that were in the earlier Issues and Options Consultation that had been responded to in detail and come up with new sites. This was like moving the goal posts after the match had started.
Many residents commented on the lack of infrastructure to in Theydon to support 360 new homes. The Doctors surgery was already frequently closed, the Primary School is at capacity and the Central Line to and from London is also at capacity during the rush hour. 360 homes were 22% of our present housing stock and likely to attract inward migration rather than make provision for the natural growth of the village and therefore would not aid the objectives in the new Local Plan. This number of homes would though totally change the nature of Theydon.
Councillor Philip urged everyone to visit the EFDC Roadshows and respond to the consultation with as much evidence as possible. Parish Councillor Peter Gooch, who is responsible for planning, said that he had already been in contact with and the Parish Council had budgeted for the employment of a planning consultant to ensure the best possible outcome for Theydon residents.
For further updates see Our Local Plan Page Here
30th September 2016: Parish Councillor Mike Hannibal Sets Himself a Tough Retirement Challenge:
Mike Hannibal during recent altitude training in Galtur, Austria for his Trek
Parish Councillor Mike Hannibal is undertaking a tough trek on 8th October called the Naukluft Trail which is through 120km of tough mountainous and desert terrain in extremely hot conditions over 7 days, carrying a 25kg backpack away from all civilisation and with just a small team that will have no outside support for the trek duration. This trail is through the Naukluft National Park in Namibia which is stunningly beautiful, but with varied and extreme terrain to cover each day in the heat and is arguably the toughest trek in Southern Africa.
Mike has not trekked nor hiked to any extent before and had started from the position of wanting to now do some leisure hiking following his retirement this year. Somehow he then found his way into undertaking what is an extreme personal challenge for him and, through his livery company the Plaisterers, and linked this with raising support money for their chosen charity the British Gymnastics Foundation.
British Gymnastics has had a fantastic Olympic Games in Rio and this charity will not only help change lives for the most disadvantaged people in the UK but potentially help find the new stars of tomorrow by supporting those that would not otherwise become involved or be able to continue to participate. Please see link below for more information about the Charity.
Mike said "I would be extremely grateful for any support for my charity that you would feel able to give and this will also help keep mind focused through all the training that I am doing and for when the going gets tough on the trek. You will find my fundraising page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/MikeHannibal"
"Thank you for your support".
30th September 2016: Primary School PTA Quiz Night:
The Primary School are having a Quiz Night with a Fish & Chip Supper on 14th October to help raise funds for the PTA Changing Rooms Fund.
27th September 2016: EFDC New Local Plan Update:
EFDC have just launched a set of Web Pages regarding the Consultation on the New Local Plan that indicates how they will be publicising the consultation and promoting the Draft Local Plan. These pages should include a link to the Draft Local Plan document from the 18th October, but it is possible that it will be available earlier than this date. You can sign up on the Consultation Home Page for e mail updates or join the EFDC Twitter feed from there.
The EFDC Consultation Home Page is Here
This Websites Page on the Local Plan Consultation is here: EFDC Local Plan Consultation
As we have said before if we are to achieve the best outcome for Theydon Bois and the protection of our Green Belt then it is important that when the consultation starts on 31 October 2016 that all Theydon Bois residents respond before the closing date on 12 December 2016.
26th September 2016: Christmas Market Stall Holders Bookings:
Unfortunately the telephone contact number for space bookings for stall holders at the Christmas Market (see below) on Friday 2nd December as published in Village News and on this News Page was incorrect. The correct telephone number is 01992 813442. We apolgise to the householder of the incorrect number for the problems caused.
26th September 2016:Alzheimer’s Society Need Volunteers to Support Weekly Activity Groups in Epping:
The Alzheimer’s Society are looking for kind and caring volunteers to support our weekly Activity Groups in Epping. There are currently over 1800 people with dementia living in the Epping Forest area and this will rise by almost 40% over the next decade, but with the right support people can live well with the condition for a number of years.
The two Epping groups are Keeping Active …Together and Active Minds. The first offers people with dementia an opportunity to engage in a range of physical activities, including indoor bowling, music and dance and seated exercises. Active Minds aims to engage people with mild to moderate dementia in activities including reminiscence discussions, musical exercises and games. Both groups offer an opportunity to socialise.
The groups take place each Thursday at The Quakers Meeting House, Hemnall Street, Epping. The times are: Keeping Active…Together, Thursdays 10am-12.30pm. and Active Minds, 1pm-3.30pm
For more information about the activity groups, please contact our local dementia supportTeam:
on 01371 872658 or mail: Volsessex@alzheimers.org.uk
6th September 2016: Preservation Society September Walk:
Due to circumstances beyond their control the Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society's advertised walk on the 25th September - "Street tree identification walk" A walk around the village with one or more of our tree experts to see some of our wonderful established trees and new tree plantings - has had to be changed. This will now be "Exploring The Forest on our Doorstep" - a general Epping Forest walk that will led by Robert Levene who has a considerable knowledge of the forest and so should still be of interest. The walk will still start at 2.00 pm from the Village Hall.
6th September 2016: Bus service consultation:
Essex county council is proposing changes to some of the bus services it subsidises. For Theydon Bois residents this means the possible loss of the last 418b (Loughton –Theydon Bois - Harlow) service of the day which leaves Theydon Bois at 11.06pm. The Wednesday and Friday 46D (Ongar – Abridge – Theydon Bois - Epping) service may also be withdrawn or replaced.
To find out more and have your say before Wednesday 28th September please fill in the survey online at https://surveys.essexinsight.org.uk/BusConsultation
6th September 2016:Drama society's Next Production:
6th September 2016:New Social Care Drop-In Sessions at the Limes:
There will be a social worker on site the first and third Thursday of the month (next session 15th September 2016) from
9am-5pm to provide information and advice to adults/carers, including:
providing details on processes, services they may be able to offer and details of eligibility
details on universal services/local services
provide details of how to make a referral or support in making a referral (if required)
No appointment necessary. Please speak to The Limes reception for more details.
6th September 2016: Pre-School Nearly New Sale:
2nd September 2016:A message from Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex:
One of my key duties as Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex is to put together the strategic plan for the policing of our county in the interests of the public.For me, safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build success and well being for all.
The new Police and Crime Plan is relevant to all our lives. During my election campaign and since becoming PCC, I have listened to the people of our county. They are clear that more local, visible and accessible policing, and being tough on Anti-Social Behaviour are vitally important. This was reinforced at my first public meeting as PCC, held in Grays, where two Thurrock mothers made powerful and courageous comments about the impact of ASB on their families. These are the first two priorities in the new Plan, and mark a commitment to refocus some police resources in these important areas.
Some priorities build on the existing Police and Crime Plan, such as being tough on domestic abuse and improving the safety of our roads. Two further priorities highlight crucial work on increasingly important challenges: reversing the trend in serious violence, and tackling gangs and organised crime.
Finally, protecting children and vulnerable people will be a core priority. This will involve the police bringing criminals to justice and a drive to prevent crime and abuse from happening in the first place.
I want to hear your views. During September and early October 2016, I will be seeking your thoughts on the draft Police and Crime Plan through meetings, online engagement, and a dedicated address for correspondence.
Your insights will be taken into consideration as the Police and Crime Plan is developed further, so please take part in the online survey, attend one of our public meetings, or contact me with your thoughts at the dedicated email address.
You can also write to:
Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex
3 Hoffmanns Way
Essex CM1 1GU
The engagement process for the new Police and Crime Plan will end on October 7, 2016. An updated Police and Crime Plan will be taken to the Police and Crime Panel for their final comments at the end of October. It is anticipated that the new Police and Crime Plan for Essex will come into effect in early November 2016.
The full schedule of PCC public meetings can be seen here:
2nd September 2016: Latest Revised Plans for Sixteen String Jack Pub Site:
EFDC have just posted the latest revisions of the Plans for the Sixteen String Jack Pub site. These are further revisions to the latest application EPF/2000/16 and according to the revised application include the set back of ground floor buildings; Railings to the front of the central building; Additional landscaping to the front of the properties; Gable roofs for the westerly building changed to part-hipped roofs and Material changes to the central building and the cottage.
Our Parish Council, Preservation Society, TBAG and neighbours asked for further changes at meeting with the developer, but have yet to review and discuss the new plans in detail to see if the development is now more acceptable. The Parish Council will consider the revised application at its Planning Meeting on Thursday 8th September at 8.00pm. This meeting is open to the public and allows their input.
The plans can be viewed from this page of the EFDC Website and submissions can be made to EFDC about the application until the 22nd September.
17th August 2016: Theydon's New Village Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator Seeks More Road Co-Ordinators:
Are you interested in helping our Village Community and becoming a Road Co-ordinator in Theydon Bois?
My name is Madeleine McCarthy and I have taken over the role as Village Co-ordinator. My first task is to enroll new volunteers to cover as Road Co-ordinators and update the records of previous volunteers. If you are interested and would like to know more please contact me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07751 868476.
I would also be grateful if previous volunteers could contact me to confirm if they are still available.
Theydon Bois Village Co-ordinator
17th August 2016:EFDC Local Plan Updates:
As we approach the 2nd consultation on EFDC's New Plan Plan - Preferred Options (see below) we will post any information on the EFDC Local Plan Consultation page. This was formerly the Issues and Options Consultation Page and retains the information and guidance from the first EFDC Consultation in 2012. If we are to achieve the best outcome for Theydon Bois and the protection of our Green Belt then it is important that when the consultation starts on 31 October 2016 that all Theydon Bois residents respond before the closing date on 12 December 2016.
14th August 2016:Theydon Picks Up Two Major Awards In RCCE Competitions:
Theydon Bois - Class 1 Winner Essex Village of the Year 2016
Once again our Village achieved success in two Essex County Competitions. Tony Ames and Jim Watts Editors of the Theydon Bois Village News and Website attended the Rural Community Council of Essex Community Magazine Awards in Coggeshall and picked up two awards for our village.
||Tony Ames receives the Best Essex Village Award from RCCE Chairman Nick Charrington. Photo - Jim Watts
They were surprised when it was announced at the magazine ceremony that Theydon Bois had been judged as the Class One Winner of Essex Village of the Year 2016 in this county wide competition for all Essex Villages. This award was to have been presented at the RCCE AGM in Chelmsford, but unfortunately no Theydon Parish Councillor was available to attend on that evening when the awards were made. Tony & Jim were requested to accept this award for the village on behalf of the Parish Council, but were unaware it was being made hence their surprise.
This is not the first time that the Village has been successful in what was previously known as the Best Kept Village Award, but is now in a slightly revised form with differences in the judging of the competition. Despite having been well placed in recent years we have not achieved the First Place in Class 1 (Larger Villages) since 2007. The judges praised the real sense of community spirit they found in Theydon and were impressed with how this came across in our Village Magazine and Website. They further praised the contributions made to village life and the upkeep of the village by the many village volunteer groups and societies such as the Litter Pickers, Churchyard Volunteers, Horticultural Society, Tree Wardens, PAT and Rural Preservation Society. All these contributions by village organizations added to the final score sheet that resulted in us gaining the first place prize.
Theydon Bois Village News - Joint 3rd Place Essex Community Magazine Awards
|Community Magazine Award Presentation L- R: Julian Reed - Essex Life, Tony Ames, Nick Charrington - RCCE & Roger Morris - Bishop of Chelmsford. Photo - Jim Watts
This was not the only award Tony and Jim returned home with that evening as a Village News achieved joint 3rd place in the RCCE Community Magazine Awards against forty other entrants from the County. The competition was for all Essex Community Magazines produced by volunteers during 2015 and three issues from the year have to be submitted for judging. Again this is not the first time Theydon has gained success here as we have achieved 1st place 6 times since 2003 plus a number of runner-up prizes.
Some of the plaques/certificates Theydon has gained in both competitions over the years are displayed on the Home Page of the Village website.
12th August 2016: EFDC Local Plan Update:
EFDC now indicate that the draft Local Plan will be in the public domain up to five weeks before formal consultation starts in late October. Planning Portfolio Holder Councillor John Philip said the advance availability would effectively give local residents 11 weeks to consider the draft with responses being received in the final six week period.
Cabinet Meeting Info here.
- Current Timetable:
- Evidence gathering & background work (October 2011 - September 2012)
- Issues & Options preparation and public consultation including initial sustainability appraisal (30 July 2012 - 15 October 2012)
- Preparation and sustainability appraisal (October 2012 - May 2016)
- Draft Plan consultation (31 October 2016 - 12 December 2016)
- Preparation of Submission Plan and Sustainability Appraisal (October 2016 - April 2017)
- Pre-submission publication and representations on soundness (6 weeks) Regulation 19 (June/July 2017)
- Submission to Planning Inspectorate for Examination Regulation 22 (November/December 2017)
- Examination in public (EiP) Regulation 24 (Subject to discussion with the Planning Inspectorate and timetabling) (Spring 2018)
- Expected adoption and publication (including policies maps) Regulation 26 (October 2018)
EFDC August Press Release
Epping Forest District’s Local Plan – a blueprint for our future:
Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) has reached the next step in our Local Plan, and will soon be asking for your input and feedback.
With a renewed emphasis from Central Government on the need for every district to have an up-to-date Local Plan in place in 2017, EFDC has been working hard towards the next stage of the draft Local Plan.
The draft Local Plan will outline the proposed strategy for the next 17 years to meet the economic and housing growth in the district, identify potential sites for development and regeneration and set out the proposed development management policies.
Councillor John Philip, EFDC’s Cabinet member for Planning Policy commented:
“At the heart of Epping Forest District’s draft Local Plan is your feedback".
You have helped us shape the emerging draft plan through the Community Vision consultation in 2010, 2011 and then the Community Choices consultation in 2012.”
The consultation will be launched on 31 October 2016, subject to the draft Local Plan receiving full Council approval on 18 October 2016, with draft documents available on the Council website from 28 September 2016.
There will be a number of ways to get involved in this stage of the draft Local Plan, access relevant information, and provide your feedback. Dates and locations are being finalised but look out for further information in a Local Plan Update newsletter that will be issued district wide, a new Planning Our Future website, and the council’s Twitter and Facebook feeds. The new Planning Our Future website will ensure that it is easier and more convenient for you to provide the council with your feedback online.
Your local representatives will be briefed about the Draft Plan and the consultation process as final details are secured to ensure that they are able to direct you to all of the information you will need to take part in the process.
Councillor Philip added:
“This is your Local Plan. This is our opportunity as a community to ensure development in Epping Forest District takes place how and where we want it to.
"This plan is a balance between the requirement from Government to deliver the identified and evidenced need for economic and housing growth, but ensuring it is delivered in as sensitive, sustainable, and fair a way as possible across the whole district."
12th August 2016: Theydon Garnon Farmhouse Hog Roast in Aid of Revitalise:
12th August 2016: Stall Holders Now is the Time to Book for the Theydon Bois Christmas Market 2016:
The Parish Council is delighted to remind you that, following the success of last year’s community Christmas market, a similar event will take place this year on Friday 2nd December 2016 so now is the time to book a stall for this popular village event to ensure you get a space.
The time for the market will be 6.30-9.00pm on Friday 2nd December 2016. Set up time will be by 5.00pm and the Parish Council will ensure the area is floodlit for the evening. We will also ensure the road closure and diversions are in place and marshalled, with help from our local police force.
Please inform the Parish Clerk as soon as possible if you would like to participate in the market by completing and returning the tear off slip from the printable booking letter link here that also has further details . A deposit in the form of a donation of £15 per stall is requested, with your application, to secure your space. This will be given to the nominated charity for the event.
For further information please contact the Parish Clerk either by telephone on 01992 813442 or e-mail email@example.com.
12th August 2016: Autumn Fair in Aid of Brest Cancer Care:
9th August 2016: Front Gardens Competition Winners:
This year there were 30 private gardens short listed for judging in July. The weather was fine but there had been some heavy downpours which had spoilt some of the roses in the gardens.
Many of the gardens were familiar to the judges from previous years and it was depressing to see how many more front gardens had been ripped out and paved or gravelled over with no space left for plants at all.
However, it was good to have new winners for 3 out of the 4 categories and to see some new gardens in the running for the first time. This year, owners of front gardens which came second or third received Certificates to record their achievement and owners of gardens that the judges thought highly of, were given Highly Commended or Commended cards as encouragement to keep on trying.
It was also good to be able to present the cup for the Community garden to those looking after the gardens around the Baptist Church, despite ravages by the local deer who have taken to coming into the village at night.
Results were as follows:-
1st Mr. J. Kennedy, 36 Heath Drive
2nd ) Mr. & Mrs. Skingle, “Midhill” Coppice Row
2nd ) Sue Collins, 41Thrifts Mead
1st Mr. R. Jones, 13 Orchard Drive
2nd Mr. R. Rawlinson, 49 Green Glade
3rd Mr. & Mrs. Gordon, 42 Woburn Avenue.
1st Mrs. S. Brough, 28 Morgan Crescent,
2nd Mr. M. King, 2 College Place,
3rd Mr. J. Scantleberry, 41 Morgan Crescent.
1st The Baptist Church (Mr. & Mrs. Rackham)
9th August 2016: Theydon Bois Horticultural Society Village Show 2016:
Visitors examine the 2016 entries. Photo: Hugh Meteyard
The 106TH SHOW took place in the Village Hall on 23rd July 2016. Even though summer was late in arriving, the displays of flowers, fruit and vegetables were excellent. The flowers were beautiful making the judging difficult, especially with the hydrangeas. There were some splendid items of handicraft exhibited, and the photographs were very interesting. The show was well attended, the weather being good, and brought out people from outside the Village. The Society's refreshments team did a splendid job – so many delicious cakes!
This year we had a team of beekeepers displaying their bees and the work that they do, and Lois King displaying her lace and handicrafts. The Show cups were presented by the Society's Vice President David Weech, and those for the Front Gardens Competition by the Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr John Philip.
There is a full list of the show cup winners here that has the number of the presentation photo. These photos with numbers (img_xxxx) are in a full Gallery of photos from the show by Hugh Meteyard here.
The success of the Show is dependent on a good selection of entries. We hope to see you all again next year with your exhibits. Start growing now!
9th August 2016:Donkey Derby 2016 Photos Now Online:
Apologies for the delay, but we now have a Gallery of the 2016 Theydon Bois Donkey Derby photos online here.
Despite fears of cancellation after the torrential rain throughout June left the ground waterlogged a week of good weather before Sunday 10th July allowed the 2016 Theydon Bois Donkey Derby to go ahead as planned. This, the 29th annual event, was opened by Eleanor Laing MP and featured all the usual range of attractions including a helter skelter, welly-wanging and bouncy castles, a dog obstacle course and child donkey rides.
Of course the main attraction was again the races where the young jockeys did their best to stay on their respective donkeys until the very end of the race. This year the course proved more difficult for them than usual with less jockeys making it through to the finishing line. For the first time, the event concluded with a tug-of-war between village pubs. The Queen Victoria pub who needed to draft a few of the attending army cadets onto their team to balance the numbers made a valiant effort, but victory went to The Bull.
The money raised from this years derby will again benefit the Theydon Bois and Theydon Garnon Scout groups and the other participating groups good causes.
Committee member Nik O’Flynn said “On the whole It went really well, it rained to begin with so that was a bit of a downer, but then people came in their droves and we had beautiful sunshine for the remainder of the day. I’m very pleased and very grateful for the support from everyone who came along”.
2nd July 2016: St. Clare Hospice Appeals for Green-Fingered Volunteers:
The gardens of St Clare Hospice are a vital part of the care that the charity provides to patients and their families – offering a haven of peace and tranquillity to relax and enjoy nature in.
A committed team of volunteer gardeners help to keep the green space at the Hastingwood-based charity well cared for; but the Hospice are now appealing for even more green-fingered and kind-hearted people to join their existing team.
Paul Miller, Facilities Manager at St Clare Hospice, said: “The gardens at St Clare are one of the highlights of the Hospice for patients and their families. We are always receiving positive comments about the tranquil atmosphere and there are lots of secluded spots to enjoy the plants and flowers – giving families a chance for peace at one of life’s hardest moments. We often pick flowers from the gardens to put into patients’ bedrooms which brings a lot of enjoyment to them and their loved ones.”
“The beauty of the gardens is all thanks to the committed team of volunteer gardeners who come every week – rain or shine – to tend to the grounds. But now that we have a new building with landscaped gardens surrounding it, as well as a huge array of flower beds in our newly renovated car parking area, we need even more green-fingered help. Many hands really do make light work – so the more people who can join us, the better!”
Volunteering in the gardens at St Clare is an enjoyable experience. Bob Pook, who has been a volunteer gardener for five years, said: “I took up a position as volunteer gardener and handy man at St Clare after I retired. I wanted to do something to keep me busy and working outside appealed to me. I have made some great friends amongst the other gardeners and we often go out to the pub to socialise. Volunteering has had such a positive impact on my life – as well as making a meaningful difference to the lives of those who come to St Clare.”
St Clare is currently seeking enthusiastic, hardworking and visionary gardeners to help grow the green space at the Hospice. Duties will involve: tidying and weeding flowerbeds, cutting grass, pruning and composting. You will be working under the guidance of the Facilities Manager and will be part of a supportive team with training provided where necessary.
Hours are flexible, dependent on your availability, but must be between Monday and Friday.
For more information about how to become a Volunteer Gardener: http://stclarehospice.org.uk/volunteervacancies/volunteer-gardener/
You can also contact the Voluntary Services Manager, Chris Crump, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01279 773722.
2nd July 2016:Donkey Derby Sunday 10th July:
There is a small possibility that this years Donkey Derby may have to be postponed due to the heavy rain water logging The Green. An inspection will be made by the City of London, who are responsible of The Green, next week and it is hoped that they will give the OK. Check here for up dates.
24th June 2016:EU Referendum Result For Epping Forest District:
In the Epping Forest District the EU Referendum result gave a Majority to Leave the European Union of 25.37%
A total of 76,852 people voted which was 78.84% of the Electorate. A higher turnout than than 72.2% UK overall turnout.
28,676 voted to Remain and 48,176 people voted to leave
The overall UK result was 48.1% Remain & 51.9% Leave
14th June 2016:Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society AGM & Free Talk:
14th June 2016:Theydon Bois Singers 50th Anniversary Concert:
13th June 2016: St Clare’s Open Gardens Weekend:
Deputy Lieutenant of Essex and former St Clare Chairman opens garden in memory of beloved wife
A whole host of beautiful local gardens will be opening their gates to visitors during St Clare Hospice’s 22nd annual Open Gardens Weekend. The two-day event, which is being held on 25 and 26 June, is an opportunity to explore some of the area’s hidden treasures and best kept green spaces and is a must for all lovers of flora and fauna.
Michael Chapman meets some St. Clare staff
One of the new gardens opening its gates to the public for 2016 belongs to former St Clare Hospice Chairman and Deputy Lieutenant of Essex, Michael Chapman, who is also President of Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society. The garden sits in the grounds of the Grade II listed 17th century Goosebury Hall, and is a real treasure trove as well as including a Labyrinth for visitors to explore.
Michael Chapman, who was Chairman of St Clare Hospice from 2000 to 2009, was moved to open his garden in support of St Clare following the death of his wife Janet at the Hospice in January 2016.
Michael said: “Jan and I first met in Theydon Garnon at a Christmas carols by candlelight service in 1963 – I remember her coming in to the carols by candlelight in her nurse’s uniform and we were together from then on. We both grew up locally, I am from Theydon and Jan was from Loughton, and we lived in various houses in Epping and Theydon Bois over the years. Our gardens were always very important to Jan and she was a keen horticulturist.”
“We moved to Goosebury Hall over 30 years ago and when we first arrived the garden was non-existent – it was just a muddy paddock. It was a blank canvas for Jan to design upon!”
“Over the years Jan and I worked together to create the garden. Jan was very much the designer, and I did the handiwork – together we made the garden into a real haven. The garden is registered with the national Quiet Gardens Movement and is full of secluded nooks and crannies to sit alone, meditate and enjoy the tranquility of the surroundings.”
“I am still coming to terms with life without Jan. St Clare was there for us in our time of need and Jan had such a peaceful death at St Clare Hospice.”
“During my time as Chairman I was privileged to witness the care St Clare gave to thousands of people. I just never thought I would be on the receiving end of that care. I now know firsthand how the families of St Clare patients feel and will always be grateful for the amazing care that the staff provide. We could not have asked for more at the end of Jan’s life and I will be forever grateful for the support we both received.”
“I am delighted to open the garden for this wonderful St Clare event and look forward to people enjoying the beauty of the garden which Jan helped to create.”
Goosebury Hall is one of 27 gardens in the Harlow, Church Langley and Hastingwood area participating in this year’s Open Gardens Weekend.
Entry to all the participating gardens is by brochure only. They cost £5 each and contain all the details and locations of the gardens that will be open over the weekend. This year’s Open Gardens Weekend is kindly sponsored by Pawley & Malyon Chartered Accountants.
Brochures for the Open Gardens Weekend are available to purchase from all eight of the Hospice’s shops as well as from The Laurels on Hastingwood Road, Hastingwood (corner of Glovers Lane), CM17 9JX.
Refreshments, including homemade cakes and ploughman lunches, will be available at the majority of venues. St Clare will also be hosting a Family Fun Day at The Link in Harlow from 1.00pm-5.00pm on Saturday 25 June – entry is free with the Open Gardens brochure.
For more information about the event contact St Clare Community Fundraiser Dani De’ath on 01279 773738 or email@example.com
13th June 2016: Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing plants tree at Ivy Chimneys Primary School as part of school's celebrations for Queen's 90th birthday:
A tree to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday has been planted at Ivy Chimneys Primary School, Epping, by Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing.
Mrs Laing - and Epping Mayor Les Burrows - were invited to the school's Queen's birthday celebrations (Friday) which saw the children parade round the playground in their specially-made crowns and wearing red, white and blue clothes. After the planting of a hornbeam tree, which replaces a weeping willow, the children sang Happy Birthday to Her Majesty.
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing said: "Ivy Chimneys Primary School should be really proud of their efforts. "It was really wonderful to see the children marching and wearing their crowns, which were magnificent, and their red, white and blue clothes to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday".
"It was a great pleasure for me to plant the new hornbeam tree in the school grounds and very important that the children appreciate the value of trees to our environment."
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