The Month in Theydon (December 2015): Trevor
Roberts latest report is on line Click
The December 2015 Village News: The latest quarterly PDF version
of Issue 92 of Village News is now available online:
Parish Council Minutes: The Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 29th October 2015 are now available online: Click Here
Minutes are only published after approval, usually this is at the following months meeting.
3rd February:Village Association Vacancy For Part-Time Cleaner At Village Hall:
The Village Association are looking for an occasional part-time CLEANER to join our existing team at the village hall. We need someone who we can call on as and when required during staff holidays or sickness. The hours are 7.30am – 9.30am. In addition, there will be the opportunity to do occasional cleaning (usually about 1 – 1.5 hours) between hall bookings during the week and occasionally at weekends. The rate of pay is £11.60 per hour.
If you think this sort of arrangement would suit you, please contact the Village Hall Hall Manager, Frank Bell on: 0208 502 5014.
31st January:Pre School Nearly New Sale:
29th January:Theydon Singers April Concert:
A date for your diary. Not to be missed. Tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org
29th January: Weekend GP Appointments Get Off to Roaring Start:
A new pilot Weekend GP Service has been operating in Epping since October and has received very positive feedback from patients. Over 1,000 patients have visited the service with the majority being people of working age who may not be able to access appointments during the week.
The NHS service is based out of Loughton Health Centre and Waltham Abbey Health Centre. Appointments are accessed through a patient’s own GP surgery for a booked appointment only, it is not a ‘walk-in service’. All GP practices in Epping Forest are taking bookings for the service which allows patients to see a GP, practice nurse or healthcare assistant for a routine appointment.
These appointments are available for people with long terms conditions, such as asthma and diabetes, as well as routine healthcare for patients who are unable to access weekday appointments. In their feedback, one Epping patient said: “Weekend appointments are a lot easier when you work full time. I was seen a lot quicker than normally would have been.” Another said following their appointment: “Good knowledge and thoroughness and good explanation of the way forward.”
Debbie Bodhanya, Chief Executive of Stellar Healthcare, one of the organisations which runs the service said: “We are incredibly proud to have launched this service which will allow people greater access to GP appointments. Our GP practices can book these appointments as part of their normal processes, which will provide greater choice to fit in with busy lifestyles.
“GP practices are under extreme pressure nationally and the demand for GP appointments is increasing and this service will help relieve that demand.”
The service is funded through a grant from the Prime Minister’s Access Fund and is a pilot managed by two local GP companies; Stellar Healthcare and Uttlesford Health. These two companies have been set up by the GP practices in the area. For more information please go to: www.weekendgpservice.net.
29th January:Free Hearing Clinic Services at Theydon Bois Surgery:
The 2016 Dates for the Hearing Advisory Service are 4th Jan. 7th March, 4th July, 5th Sept. 7th Nov. There is no service in May and December.
29th January:St. Mary's Youth Group Are 'Slum Survivors' for Second Year Running:
From Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th January, 9 young people from ACTION (the youth group at St Mary's Church) built and lived in their own "slum" in the church hall car park as a way of showing solidarity with those who live in slum conditions around the world, and to raise money for Soul Action (a charity working with slum dwellers). They ate two meals a day, and kept warm around the fire.
This is the second year that St. Mary's ACTION youth group has supported the 'Slum Survivor' charity event to help raise awareness of the issues around extreme poverty. The 'Slum' was previously erected by them in October 2014.
ACTION continues to meet weekly on Wednesday evening at St Mary's church, from 7- 9 pm. All young people in school years 10-13 are welcome.
29th January:Epping Rotary Quiz Raises £1,000 for 'Mind':
The Epping Rotary quiz held on 22nd January in the Village Hall was very well attended, with 110 people helping to raise £1,000 for Mind in West Essex.
Some challenging questions taxed the collective brains, but the evening was very enjoyable.
16th January: Are you the Governor? Local Epping Forest Residents Sought for NHS Foundation Trust (NEP):
Are you the Governor? That is the question that North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (NEP) is asking local residents. Opportunities to help shape mental health and substance misuse services in North Essex are now open to the public. Local residents are invited to stand for Governor Elections and make a difference.
There are 16 Public Governor Vacancies in the following constituencies:
- · Chelmsford (1 vacancy)
- · Maldon (1 vacancy)
- · Tendring (3 vacancies)
- · Braintree (3 vacancies)
- · Colchester (2 vacancies)
- · Epping Forest (2 vacancies)
- · Uttlesford (1 vacancy)
- · South Essex (2 vacancies)
- · Harlow (1 vacancy)
There are 7 Staff Governor Vacancies in the following constituencies:
Andrew Geldard, Chief Executive at NEP said: “Governors make a real difference to how we develop mental health and substance misuse services. As a Governor, you will speak on behalf of local residents, influence how services develop and be a champion for mental health and wellbeing.”
A nomination form to stand for election to these positions can be obtained from the Returning Officer in the following ways:
Telephone: 0208 889 9203
Text: Text 2FT NE and your name and address to 88802
By Post: Electoral Reform Services Limited
The Election Centre
33 Clarendon Road
London. N8 0NW
All nomination papers should be received by the Returning Officer, John Box, at the address as detailed above, by Noon on Monday 8th February 2016.
Should any nominee wish to withdraw their nomination, they must put this in writing to the returning officer by 5pm on Thursday 11th February 2016.
Ballot papers will be distributed to qualifying members on Tuesday 1st March 2016. Completed ballot papers must be received by the Independent Scrutineer by Noon on Thursday 24th March 2016.
The regulations governing this election can be obtained from Electoral Reform Services Ltd (address as above).
The Independent Scrutineer for these elections is Electoral Reform Services Ltd (address as above).
The Returning Officer for these elections is John Box of Electoral Reform Services Ltd (address as above).
16th January:Protecting our Green Belt:
Many Villagers in Theydon recognise the importance of our Green Belt, but it is becoming under increasing threat from the pressure for more housing. Some of you may have seen the article in the Evening Standard on 8th January where Tom Papworth of the Adam Smith Institute suggests using 1,200 hectares of Green Belt land in Essex to build 60,000 homes. This land to include what he describes in the article as "a field near Theydon Bois Station on the Central Line that is - "home to three horses" -".
With EFDC working on our new Local Plan, which includes a Green Belt review it is important that the future of our Green Belt is properly discussed. The Epping Society is holding an Open Meeting next Friday at 7.30pm with or MP Eleanor Laing and representatives from Town, District and and County Councils. To reserve a place RSVP to email@example.com
31st December: Stargazing for the Family with L.A.S. :
Loughton Astronomical Society will be holding public stargazing observing sessions in January and February if the sky is clear. There will be an exhibition and demonstrations if cloudy. The Venue is the Scout Hall Off Loughton Lane and all are welcome.
Sun 17 Jan 16
stargazing for the whole family - 18:30 to 20:45 - All welcome
Sun 31 Jan 16
stargazing for the whole family - 18:30 to 20:45 - All welcome
Sat 13 Feb 16
stargazing for the whole family - 18:30 to 20:45 - All welcome
Programmed events may change at short notice - Watch the LAS web site for any changes.
23rd December:Local D Day Veteran Recognised By French Government:
In conjunction with events in 2014 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings, the government of France advised the Ministry of Defence that it wished to award the Legion d’Honneur to all surviving veterans, and invited applications.
Theydon Bois resident William Joyce was one of some 2800 applicants for this award. He actually landed himself on Sword beach on 6th June 1944 as a wireman on board a LCT (Landing Craft Tank) as part of the Combined Operations 41st Flotilla.
His craft landed amidst heavy bombardment at just after 07:00 hrs and below is a brief description of that day as described by William himself
“We landed on Sword beach at approximately 7 am and had Tanks and Bren Gun Carriers on board, the drivers were sitting behind the wheels waiting to go ashore. Shells were bursting all around and we took a direct hit. The Bren gun carriers were all on fire but we still managed to land our Tanks”
We are pleased to announce that William actually received his medal from the French Government recently, and so has been appointed to the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre national de la Legion d’honneur.
18th December: St. Mary's 2015 Nativity Service:
Over 40 children from Mary's church took part in the Nativity service on Sunday 14th December. Prophesy readers, narrators, actors and singers performed excellently to a packed church.
18th December:Theydon Bois Primary School Xmas Fair:
This years Primary School Christmas Fair held on 12th December was again a great success raising a profit of £3500. Head Mistress Mrs Lewis thanked the school PTA for all their efforts. Some more photos of the event can be found on the School PTA page here.
18th December:Theydon Bois Drama Society's First Production for 2016:
18th December: A Quiz for the New Year:
Rotary Club of Epping presents a General Knowledge Quiz Date: Friday 22 January 2016 Time: First question at 7.45 pm Venue: Theydon Bois Village Hall Teams: 8 maximum Cost: £5 per head, payable on the door Raffle first prize: £100 to a charity of your choice All proceeds in aid of Mind in West Essex Booking: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01992 572566
6th December:Fairlop Brass Concert:
For more details see below
6th December:Theydon's Christmas Tree Lighting & Market 2015:
This years big pre Christmas event for Theydon Bois was again the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and the 5th Christmas Market held on 27th November. The Parish Council decided, with the permission of the publicans, to add the Christmas lights to the large yew tree in the garden of The Bull as this was just near where the Christmas Market began in Forest Drive and therefore visible throughout the market, as well as from across the village. The lighting of the tree was this year performed with a count down from Maureen Day the widow of Bob Day who was the recipient of the 2015 Parish Council's Lifetime Achievement Award (formerly Villager of the Year Award). Bob unfortunately died earlier this year.
There was a big turnout of villagers and visitors for this market that gives our village traders an opportunity to promote their businesses and also means shoppers can purchase some of their Christmas gifts locally. The Market had all the usual attractions with the choir from the Primary school singing a selection of Christmas songs, Fairlop Brass Band playing festive tunes, rides for the children, many stalls with food or gifts and of course Santa's Grotto that again had long lines of children waiting outside Belgique to meeting Santa. The predicted rain held off until about 8.00pm when a sudden downpour and strong winds unfortunately discouraged many people from staying longer.
Thanks is again due to Parish Councillor George Howard who oversaw the event and did much of the work to make it happen this year, but it was the efforts of stall holders, shopkeepers and volunteers that made it another successful evening despite the rain.
The event and the following Saturday street collection raised a total of £629.51 for Essex and Herts. Air Ambulance. Thank you to all those who donated and turned out to support the event and make it such a happy occasion. There is a full set of Photos of the Tree Lighting and Market here.
6th December 2015 Primary School Parish Council Christmas Card Competition 2015:
Overall Winning Card for 2015 by Daisy Polain of 'Pakes' Class
The overall winner in this years Christmas Card Competition for the pupils of Theydon Bois Primary School run by the Parish Council in conjunction with Theydon Newsdesk was Daisy Polain of 'Pakes' class and her entry is the Parish Council's card for 2015. The standard seems to get better and better each year with some wonderful entries from the children, so this year there was more arguments than usual among the judges before the winners were finally decided.
Some of the Theydon Newsdesk Judges deciding on the winners
For the first time the overall winner, Daisy Polain, came from the Infants/Reception group of classes. There is both an Infants/Reception Winner and a Junior Winner who receive a prize donated by the Parish Council. Anthony Girling of 'Buxton' class was this Junior winner. All the class winners can be seen in our Gallery of Cards with Winners Names here.
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Last Updated 3rd February 2016