The Month in Theydon (October 2015): Trevor
Roberts latest report is on line Click
The September 2015 Village News: The latest quarterly PDF version
of Issue 91 of Village News is now available online:
Parish Council Minutes: The Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 24th September 2015 are now available online: Click Here
Minutes are only published after approval, usually this is at the following months meeting.
24th November 2015 EFDC Councillors Refuse Second Sixteen String Jack Planning Application:
At an Extraordinary Meeting of the Full EFDC Council last night the second planning application for the Sixteen String Jack Site EPF/1629/15 was finally refused. This application had originally been refused at the earlier local area planning committee (Plans East) by a considerable majority. A minority of councillors then referred this decision up to the District Development Management Committee (DDMC) meeting on the 4th November where the earlier refusal was overturned, but only with a casting vote by the Chairman. Again a minority of councillors then referred the final decision to a full council meeting.
Attempts were made to get further consideration of this of this second application deferred until the imminent appeal decision by the Planning Inspector on the previously refused and similar first application was known, but these were refused by EFDC. Councillors also decided not to defer at last nights meeting.
After a debate that lasted well over an hour the councillors voted to refuse the application by 20 to 15 with 2 abstentions and this result was greeted with a round of applause by the many villagers who attended to listen to the debate from the gallery. It is probable that all parties will now await the result of the first application. If this is dismissed the developer still has the option of appealing the second application or submitting a further modified new application.
EFDC Webcast of the Meeting here.
23rd November 2015 Police Fraud Warning:
Police forces have become aware of a fraud circulating targeting elderly and vulnerable members of the community.
Some older people have received telephone calls from a caller who purports to be from the GP surgery and is asking for an appointment to discuss the persons mobility needs. During the appointment, the older person is persuaded to buy mobility aids which are either unnecessary or inappropriate and always expensive.
If you receive a call like this, please check with your GP surgery first before agreeing to a visit.
23rd November 2015 St. Mary's and Operation Christmas Child:
Volunteers prepare and pack the Christmas Child Shoeboxes in the Church Hall
St. Mary's Church has been supporting the work of the OCC for a number of years by sending shoeboxes filled with simple toys plus basic toiletry and stationery items to children living in poverty in various parts of the world, using money raised by the Mission Committee and donations from members of the Church and other villagers. We have a mass wrapping and packing day in early October, when the basics and any suitable donated items are packed by a band of enthusiastic villagers.
The Mission Committee held 3 Soup Lunches in November and the money raised is divided between 3 charities, one of which is the OCC. This money helps to pay for any missing items and to go towards covering the transportation cost of £3 per box. We've evolved this system over the years and although it might not be the conventional way of filling the shoeboxes, it works for us and we've managed to send over 200 boxes every year for quite a few years.
It's also a lovely way to get other people involved, including our Mother's Union group, Junior Church, the local junior school and lots of other people in the Village, especially keen knitters who provide masses of hats and mittens for the boxes. We've just taken 203 boxes to the warehouse in Harlow, so... a big "thank you" to everyone who helped in any way, to put big smiles on the faces of 203 of the worlds' poorest children this coming Christmas and please join us when we do it all again next year.
23rd November 2015 Primary School Christmas Fair:
23rd November 2015 Essex County Council Replace Expensive 0845 Call Numbers:
Our County Councillor John Whitehouse has been raising concerns about the county council’s use of 0845 numbers for general enquiries including reports of highways problems for some time. Most call packages don’t include 0845 numbers in their “free minutes” quota. It seemed unfair that residents had to pay over the odds to report a pothole.In fact use of 0845 numbers has cost Essex residents around £500,000 in extra call charges, according to a freedom of information request last year.
He raised the issue with the former Chief Executive and at council meetings and is pleased to report that at the beginning of November Essex County Council changed its customer service numbers from 0845 to 0345 prefixes. This means calls will be charged at the same rate as 01 and 02 geographic numbers. The most important contact numbers are:
- General enquiries: 0345 743 0430 (or 01245 430430 if you prefer geographicnumbers)
- Highways: 0345 603 7631 (including out of hours emergencies)
- Adult social care: 0345 603 7630
- Children’s social care: 0345 603 7627
- Protection for Children and Adults:0345 606 1212 (out of hours emergency helpline)
- Early education and childcare: 0800 055 6874
- Trading Standards: 0345 404 0506
Many issues can also be reported by email or on the county council’s website at www.essex.gov.uk.
23rd November 2015 Village Association Plant Memorial Tree in Honour of Bob Day:
The Village Association has planted a tree at the entrance to our village hall in memory of Bob Day, who had been a long standing member of the Association and for many years its Treasurer. Bob had made many other contributions to our village community including being one of our first Tree Wardens and President of the Rural Preservation Society. The formal planting of the Bob Day tree took place on 20th November and was completed by his widow, Maureen and daughters Nicola and Alison together assisted by VA Chairman Martin Oliver. Other members of the family, together with representatives from the Village Association and the Rural Preservation Society also attended the planting and the reception in the Village Hall that followed.
Bob had lived in the village for all of his life and contributed a series of articles on his early life for Village News from September 2013 - March 2015. These issues are still available from our Newsletters Page.
23rd November 2015 Theydon Bois Christmas Market This Friday:
23rd November 2015 Parish Council Christmas Theydon Seniors Event:
16th November 2015 Renowned Speaker To Give Loughton Astronomical Society Talk:
Loughton Astronomical Society have managed attract an important speaker to give a talk this Thursday 19th November Abbie Hutty will be speaking on the European mission to Mars (Exomars). Abbie is a senior spacecraft structural engineer for the ExoMars Rover Vehicle Team at Airbus Defence and Space: https://www.linkedin.com/in/abbie-hutty-41364941
Being a rocket scientist is a fairly unique profession.
She is a renowned speaker on both BBC news and current affairs as well as the Sky at Night Programme. www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01pk8bj
Loughton Astronomical Society is the home of astronomy in West Essex. We meet on Thursday evenings between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m Visitors are always welcome; no need to call first, just turn up.
Time: 8 - 10 pm Thursday 19th November admission £3.00
Venue: Scout Hall, off Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois, Essex CM16 7EJ
13th November 2015 Limes Healthcare Meeting Thursday 12th November:
Villagers packed the combined Poplar/Beech rooms at the Village Hall to capacity last night for a presentation by the Limes Medical Centre on "The Changing Landscape of Healthcare" followed by a question and answer session on the issues our villagers were experiencing in obtaining appropriate local healthcare.
The presentation was made by Debbie Bodhanya, Limes Managing Partner and Dr Tareq Abouharb assisted by other Limes GP's including Drs. Susan Hangar, Katrina Dugginns, Andrew Ashford and Sanjeev Rana. Kay Odysseos was also present representing 'The West Essex Clininal Commissioning Group' which is responsible for commissioning healthcare, on our behalf, across whole of West Essex. They outlined the increased workload, lack of funding and staff retention problems that all GP practices in West Essex were experiencing and the need for changes in the way they work to enable them to deal with this. It would include working more closely with local pharmacists. She said it is no longer possible to continue as in the past and new initiatives were being tried or are already ongoing, including weekend openings of certain GP Surgeries.
Despite the frustration that many villagers have experienced with regard to the present village healthcare system the following Q & A session went very well. Many questioners were 'firm and clear' about problems with the Limes Practice, but all were polite, many praising the practice for what it does well whilst pointing out the issues they are experiencing. The main ones were with the appointments system and unannounced closures to the Theydon Bois Surgery. The answers were that a new telephone system is being installed and it is hoped that the new weekend openings of specific surgeries will ease the ability to obtain an appointment during the rest of the week. A new GP has now been employed by the practice and she is expected to spend quite a bit of her time at the Theydon Surgery.
Parish Council Chairman John Philip wound up the meeting shortly after 9.30 pm with a suggestion to the Limes team that another open meeting would be welcome in a few months time to consider how the new initiatives were working out.
10th November 2015 Remembrance Sunday Service at St. Mary's:
As there was to be a lack of an official police presence due to cutbacks, as in Epping, the Flags and Standards were this year positioned within the churchyard rather than along the roadside as usual. Villagers still turned out in force for this this annual Service of Remembrance at our War Memorial and our PcSO's turned up in their own time to ensure that the usual parade from the Baptist Church to the War Memorial took place safely. Unfortunately the traffic could not be halted during the Two Minutes Silence and this caused some distraction from this time of reflection, especially as there was a noisy broken drain cover in the road in front of the churchyard.
The wreath laying by veterans and village and role call of names of those who lost their lives was still a moving experience and this was followed with the service inside St. Mary's Church. We have a full set of photos of the Remembrance Service here.
10th November 2015 Supporting Our Veterans:
As we commemorate Armistice Day, North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (NEP) is raising awareness of its specialist services for Veterans.
The Veterans First service, run by NEP has been running monthly social group meetings for veterans of all ages for the past three years. Any Veteran from any part of Essex can attend for free and there is no need to book.
The meetings are informal and an excellent way to catch up with fellow Veterans, find out about various support groups and get advice on health and social issues.
Those who attend will get the chance to meet with representatives from Veterans First, Combat Stress, Royal British Legion and many more who can offer support and guidance if needed. The meeting dates, times and venues are listed below.
Veterans Social Group - Chelmsford: The group meets on the first Friday of each month (10am to 1pm) at The Royal British Legion, Chelmsford Branch, 168 New London Road, Chelmsford CM2 0AR. For further information please ring 01245 348818
Monthly Veterans Support Group - Colchester: The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at The Pegasus Clubhouse, off Circular Road North, Colchester (10am to 12.30pm). Nearest postcode for SatNav is CO2 7SZ. There is a car park approximately 300m from the entrance signposted 'Athletic Track Parking'. Refreshments provided by ABF The Soldiers' Charity and The Invicta Foundation. For more information please call 01206 228759
Details of other meeting groups can be found at: www.nevmhn.org.uk
10th November 2015 Dads and Kids Tidy St. Mary's Churchyard:
In preparation for Sunday's Service of Remembrance Dad's and their Kids (from young to adult) together with our Vicar Rev. Stephen Walker and Curate Rev. John Fry met in St. Mary's Churchyard to do some leaf clearing and general tidying up. They were rewarded for the efforts with Sausages and tea or coffee.
2nd November 2015 Essex Police & Community Meeting:
There will be a local Community Meeting at Stapleford Abbotts Village Hall on Tue 10th November'15 at 19.30.
Stapleford Abbotts Road,Stapleford Abbotts. This meeting will cover Epping, North Weald , Theydon Bois, Abridge,Stapleford Abbotts and surrounding villages.
The meeting covers local priority and local issues. Meeting is open to all members of the public and will be chaired by Essex Police.
2nd November 2015 Preservation Society November Talk:
Some more information here
2nd November 2015 Theydon Bois Singers Christmas Concert:
2nd November 2015 STAY SAFE THIS BONFIRE NIGHT:
Remember to keep all fireworks and sparklers in a metal tin
Never return to a firework once it has been lit
Never leave a child unattended with a sparkler, place the sparkler in a bucket when finished
Always keep pets safe indoors
Enjoy your evening - Stay safe
Neighbourhood Policing Team - Epping Forest District
30th October 2015 Spread Some Seasonal Joy at the St Clare Festive Fun Run:
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at St Clare Hospice as the fundraising team prepare for the charity’s Festive Fun Run.
The yuletide event promises to be a ho, ho, ho lot of fun as the Hastingwood-based Hospice invites its supporters to celebrate the start of the festive season with them by signing up for the family-friendly event being held in Harlow on Sunday, December 13 at 9am.
The 5km route will start and finish at The Water Gardens where there will be festive food and drink as well as Christmassy activities for all ages.
St Clare fundraiser Heather Cameron said: “Our Festive Fun Run promises to be a great way to kick off the countdown to Crimbo – and even earn yourself an extra mince pie.
“Everyone who takes part is encouraged to dress up as anything with a Christmas theme, whether it’s Santa and his elves, a reindeer, penguin or snowman costume, Christmas decorations or even a character from the Nativity.“With a special warm-up by Pure Gym and a best festively dressed competition, there will be plenty going on to spread some seasonal good cheer to all. So go on, treat your’elf!”
Registration costs £7.50 for adults and £2.50 for children and participants are asked to pledge to raise a minimum of £45 in sponsorship, enough to cover the cost of providing Christmas dinner to a family staying at the Hospice over the festive period.
Visit http://stclarehospice.org.uk/event/st-clare-festive-fun-run/ for more information.
Runners can also register on the day from 8.15am. The route is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, and dogs are welcome.
30th October 2015 Buxton Trust Win Trophy in 'Best Kept Playing Fields' Competition:
The Buxton Trust has won a trophy at the Essex Playing Fields Association 'Best Kept Playing Fields' competition. It is "for exceptional work carried out during the year", ie the new changing rooms. Buxton Trust Chairman, Richard Crone collected the trophy from Lord Petre at the recent EPFA AGM.
Congratulations to all involved in the project.
30th October 2015 Essex County Council Flood Grants:
Essex County Council (ECC) have recently launched funding for residents, landowners, and organisations such as parish councils etc, who are looking to address issues relating to flooding.
There are more details on how to apply for grants of up to £5,000 for residents on this EFDC web page. The total amount of money available for grants to residents is £100,000 so early application is advised.
30th October 2015 Primary School Fireworks Night Display:
15th October 2015 City Corporation asks drivers to take extra care in Epping Forest:
Autumn is the deer ‘rutting season’ and drivers should take particular care when driving on the roads through Epping Forest at this time.
As the weather turns colder the fallow deer enter into a breeding cycle called ‘the rut’ and this can last for several weeks, depending on the weather. During this time, the bucks seem to be less aware of the dangers around them such as cars on the roads. As a result, there are sadly increased road vehicle collisions involving deer.
Visitors to the Forest are also asked to keep disturbance of the deer to a minimum during the rut and to keep dogs under very close control at this time.
Paul Thomson, the City of London Corporation’s Superintendent at Epping Forest, said:
“The wild deer of Epping Forest are a very real hazard to drivers using the many busy roads which run through the ancient woodland. Collisions on the roads involving deer can be dangerous not only for the deer, but also for those in the vehicle. We ask all drivers to be very mindful of the potential danger posed by these wild animals, at all times of the year, but particularly during the rutting season.”
13th October 2015 Health Meeting and Discussion with the Limes Practice and NHS England:
This meeting at 8.00pm on Thursday 12th of November at the Village Hall will feature a presentation about how the Limes Health Practice is run and there will be an opportunity for villagers to ask questions about issues with the Health Practice. Also in attendance will be representatives from the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England.
For further details contact either Cllr. George Howard 01992 812685 or the Parish Clerk 01992 813442.
13th October 2015 Theydon's Catherine Sheehy Singers Concert:
This should be a fabulous afternoon filled with repertoire from various genres and eras. Performed by children from 4-19yrs. Some performers are stepping out solo or in duets and others are performing collectively. Song choices are chosen with their teacher, Catherine Sheehy in either a private lesson at her home in Theydon or during the class setting at Theydon Bois Village Hall.
There are some new singers this year, along with regulars from previous years. Many students are sitting the (optional) London College of Music exams.
The show starts on 18th October at 3pm - 5.45pm and tickets are £10. The show will be professionally filmed this year with the assistance of E15 film crew. The performance takes place at the E15 Acting School, The Corbett Theatre, Rectory Lane, Loughton IG10 3RY.
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Last Updated 24th November 2015