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The Month in Theydon (December 2016): Trevor
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The December 2016 Village News: The latest quarterly PDF version
of Issue 96 of Village News is now available online: Click Here.
Parish Council Minutes: The Minutes of the Parish Meeting held on 24th November 2016 are now available online:Click Here.
Minutes are only published after approval, usually this is at the following months meeting, but can sometimes be longer. Please note that there were no April, July, August or December 2016 Parish Council Meetings.
19th February 2017 St. Mary's Lent Soup Lunches:
St Mary’s Lent Soup Lunches (organised by the Mission Committee) take place on Tuesdays at 12 midday, starting on 7th March and continuing weekly throughout Lent until April 11th.
On offer a choice of tasty home-made soups, fresh roll and butter, delicious home-baked desserts with cream, and tea, coffee or a soft drink to finish, all for just £5 per person, £1.50 for children. There is a bring and buy stall and plenty of fun and fellowship. Proceeds from these lunches are donated to charities and organisations supported by St Mary’s at home and overseas, including The Box in Epping, St Clare Hospice, the Church Mission Society and the Mission to Seafarers. Please come along if you can, and bring a friend or neighbour.
19th February 2017: ST MARY'S SPRING SUPPER - "CASSEROLES AND CREPES":
On Saturday 4th March St. Mary's will be holding a Spring supper for all the family. They have run this before and it was a lovely event which provided a great opportunity for fun and fellowship. Whether you have been a member of St Mary's congregation for 50 years or 5 minutes, you will be very welcome to come along and socialise with other members of their Church family.
The event will take place at St Mary's Church Hall, starting at around 4pm with some games for the kids and we will aim to eat at around 5pm. All food and soft drinks will be provided and you will be welcome to bring your own drink and glasses if you should like something a little stronger. We will be asking for a donation towards costs on the night, of at least £2 per adult or £5 per family, and you will need to sign the sheet at the back of church in advance so that we know how many to cater for.
Any questions, please ask any member of the church Events Committee.
18th February 2017 'All Things Theydon Bois' - Facebook Group Photo Competition 2017 Winners:
The winner of the 'All Things Theydon Bois' - Facebook Group Photo Competition 2017 (see below) run by Tippy Cornish and her group organisers has now been decided. The winning photo was submitted by Rob Hughes from Waltham Abbey. Rob took his picture of the 'sunrise over the village pond' on his way to work on a recent frosty winter morning.
Rob Hughes's winning photo (number 33)
It was though a very closely run contest and from the 40 finalists selected from an initial entry of well over 200 photos two entries at first tied for first place. After a couple of recounts of the over 400 votes, cast by Facebook Group members and other villagers to make sure, the tie was confirmed so Tippy gave a casting vote to someone who was not part of the contest and who had not voted resulting in Rob's victory.
Check out more of Rob's photos on Instagram account:https://www.instagram.com/robhughes25/
The close second place was then Emma Langschild and she had also taken a photo of the frozen pond with the ducks, but somewhat different from Rob's.
Emma Langschild's 2nd place photo (number 11)
Tippy presented the award of a magnificent trophy she had made (and a cash prize) to Rob Hughes in The Bull pub this morning. Because the result was so close she has also awarded a prize to Emma for her photo. Unfortunately Emma could not make the presentation ceremony.
Rob Hughes receives his prize from Tippy Cornish
This Contest has proved so popular that Tippy is now intending to make it an annual event.
'All Things Theydon Bois' - Facebook Group Website
18th February 2017 Playground at Theydon (PAT) is Working Hard Fundraising to Overhaul the Playground:
One Theydon charity will be working extra hard this year is an effort to fundraise £100,000 + VAT to overhaul the playground. This popular corner of Theydon Bois, opposite the duck pond, is a lovely feature in our village which anyone with young children will no doubt have enjoyed. As well as being a great meeting place for children and parents it also attracts many visitors to the village.
What many people do not realise is the upkeep of the playground is run by a charity, and more importantly, by a group of committed parents. The committee members fundraise to pay for repairs to the equipment with stalls at key events within the village - the Donkey Derby, Christmas Fair and have their own Spring Fair which this year will be on Saturday 20th May.
The members also empty the bins on a rota basis, trim the hedges and generally try to tidy up the foliage. However, the maintenance costs are rising as the equipment is very old and the wood is starting to rot.
The present equipment was first installed in the early 90’s with new and second-hand equipment but is not getting past its useful life.
It is inspected yearly by RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) but the last report in May 2016 stated “serious risks” within the equipment and cited the rotting timber as one of the main criteria.
An independent report by the National Playing Fields Association in 2003 stated that the life expectancy for the chain mail frame, wood log slide, toddler slide and both swing sets was under five years and the main frame had under ten years left.
The committee has managed to prolong the life of the equipment; however, the time has come where it needs to be replaced.
The current Playground At Theydon committee have researched several firms for replacement equipment and have selected the one they feel gives the best selection of substantial equipment which will be interesting for all ages from two to 11. The firm is Playdale and the price is £94,500 excluding VAT.
Some quotes we received were cheaper but the equipment seemed less substantial, which would then need to be replaced quicker, and less varied for the children.
The plans have been drawn up and are included here:
They were drawn up with consultation from the playground users who were given the opportunity to give feedback on the planned equipment and what facilities they would like to see in the new scheme. To make it more accessible the plan is to include more disability-friendly equipment within the area.
Under the new plans the committee would like to install a new bench with a plaque dedicated to Cllr Joy Wainwright, who sadly passed away before Christmas, to commemorate the effort she put into setting up the PAT charity, fundraising, getting the original playground open and ensure the legacy she started lives on.
The Parish Council has kindly offered to donate a minimum of £20,000 to kick start the fundraising efforts. It owns the land the playground is on and leases it to the PAT committee.
The PAT committee are now applying for grants from other official bodies, in the hope they sufficient monies will be allocated to help them reach the total as well as carrying out the usual fundraising and further fundraising events, including a quiz night at The Bull, date to be announced soon.
If anyone has any contacts who would be able to make a donation, then please pass them onto Shelley Dix (07919 215465).
There is a JustGiving Page (link TBA) and a Total Giving Page (http://www.totalgiving.co.uk/charity/playground-at-theydon-association) if any residents would like to make a contribution to the costs - all donations gratefully received no matter how large or small.
PAT chairman Shelley Dix said: "This is a very exciting time for the Playground at Theydon, we have spent a lot of time liaising with providers of playground equipment and 2017 is the year we are targeting to raise the funds and build a new playground for our village. The money from the Parish Council is a big kick start, we now just need to keep the momentum going so that we can keep this important part of our community open."
18th February 2017 Theydon Bois Women’s Institute is 98 and Still Alive & Kicking!:
Contrary to some current rumours, Theydon Bois Women’s Institute that is now in its 98th year is still alive and kicking, but they are seeking new members. They meet at the Village Hall at 2 pm on the third Wednesday of every month, except in August. There are some very good speakers most months and other events in the yearly programme.
Mark Lewis, speaker at the February 2017 meeting with WI committee members
In February they were greatly entertained by Mark Lewis who gave an illustrated talk on ‘Seasonal Customs of Essex.’ As usual each month there was a competition and February’s theme was ‘Essex Memorabilia’.
The programme for 2017 has now been fully booked and few of the up and coming dates are listed below. Why not join us? We are sure you will find us a friendly and interesting group.
Roy Tyzack - ‘The Police Forensic Officer’
Annual Meeting and Handicraft Exhibition
Contacts till the April AGM are Kay Rush, President Tel: 01992 813717 or Mary Leng, Secretary Tel: 01992 578174.
14th February 2017 Some New Community Ventures in Epping:
These are based in Epping but are genuine community groups which could be of interest to Theydon residents.
1. Epping at the Movies launches on Sunday 5th March and will be showing 3 films throughout the day. One for children, a classic matinee and an evening blockbuster. This is a new not for profit organisation, a community cinema with screenings at Epping Hall. See www.eppingatthemovies.org and facebook page same name. They have already announced the first three films they will be showing on 5th March.
2. There's a new Epping Folk Club www.eppingfolkclub.com with monthly events at st. John's Church. Tickets can be purchased from Little Sew n Sews in Epping. The founder is the chap who works in there. We think this is another worthwhile venture that Theydon Residents may want to try.
14th February 2017 Voluntary Action Epping Forest:
Voluntary Action Epping Forest now face very challenging times with the withdrawal of various funding streams by Essex County Council and EFDC. Presently, the Handyman Service is provided to EFDC tenants in partnership with EFDC but EFDC are taking it in house and we believe their funding will cease imminently. The Handyman employed by VAEF receives many glowing references and feedback and we believe it is an excellent project deserving of extension.
"It is often difficult for old folk to find someone trustworthy to do these small jobs. So, the intention is to extend our employee's contract for a further period whilst we try and promote his services to the local elderly population (not limited to Council Tenants) who would pay for his work on a private basis. The details of the present scheme can be found on VAEFs website www.VAEF.org.uk. You will also see some of his testimonials reproduced here".
14th February 2017 St. Mary's Table Top Sale:
St Mary’s Church are holding a Table Top Sale on Saturday 22nd April from 11am to 2pm at St Mary’s Church Hall. This event has been run before and it was a great success, with tables being snapped up well in advance, so if you want one then get in quick! The cost to have a stall is £15 and you can sell whatever you like (within reason!) so why not have a post-Christmas clear-out? If you would like to have a table at the event please contact Sarah Eaton on 814693. More importantly, please do come along and support our event. You may even pick up a bargain! Entry costs 50p but kids (under 15) go free. Refreshments and raffle available.
14th February 2017 St. Mary's Flower Festival Dates for Your Diary:
E-Mail link for further information & tickets for Friday: firstname.lastname@example.org
14th February 2017 Theydon Bois Pre School Nearly New Sale:
E-Mail link for further information: email@example.com
6th February 2017 Theydon Bois Drama Society's Next Production:
4th February 2017 'All Things Theydon Bois' - Facebook Group Photo Competition 2017:
We have added the 40 finalists selected from the over 200 entries received to a gallery we have made on this site for the 'All Things Theydon Bois' - Facebook Group Photography Competition 2017. This selection of 40 finalists was made by Tippy Cornish and her Facebook Group organisers. The gallery here is to make it easy for you to view all the finalists together (click the index page thumbnails for a large image) and vote for the one that you think is best. If you are signed up to Facebook and the 'All things Theydon Group' you can vote directly via the link to the group. If you are a villager, but are not a Facebook user or signed up to the Facebook Group you can vote in person at the Post Office in Tesco.
The competition runs from 4th February to 12 Mid-Night 15th February 2017. Please vote now. Please only vote once and only for one numbered photo entry (number above each photo) and only in person at the Post Office or via the the Facebook Page linked from the photos and index pages in the gallery. The Gallery is here:
'All Things Theydon Bois' - Facebook Group Photo Competition 2017 Competition Gallery
There is a cup for the overall winner and as well as being announced on Facebook the winners will appear here and in the March edition of Village News. This is the first collaborative event between 'All Things Theydon Bois', Theydon Bois Village Website and Village News. (See below).
Tippy Cornish who runs the Facebook Group and organised the contest said; "I noticed that a number of residents were displaying beautiful photographs of the village and thought it would be an idea to host our first ever 'All Things Theydon' photography competition with a small monetary prize and a gorgeous award, which I have had made.
"The response has been overwhelming, with hundreds of entries received. I did not want to put any rules on the number of entries a person could submit or their topic, just as long as they were relevant to our village. I decided to get help in short listing the entries and we have come up with a final 40, which we believe, are all worthy winners!"
"I really wanted it to be a 'whole village' endeavour so with the help of Theydon Newsdesk I have put the final 40 photos 'out there' for all villagers to vote on - although obviously, you can only have one vote per person and only for one photograph. Please ensure that you vote via either our Facebook Group website page or if not signed up to our group you can vote in person at the Post Office - all votes will be collated and a winner will be announced around about the 20th February - I believe the closing date (15th Feb.) gives people plenty of time to vote and allows us time to publish the winners in the next Village News in early March. I plan to host this competition as a yearly one, starting every January".
"Closing date for the competition is 15th February at 12 Mid-Night.This gives all village residents a reasonable time to vote for their favourite photo and will allow us to publish the winners in Village News".
"Finally, I would like to wish all our entrants good luck!"
'All Things Theydon Bois' - Facebook Group Website
4th February 2017 'All Things Theydon Bois' - Facebook Group:
Tippy Cornish who runs the excellent 'All Things Theydon Bois' - Facebook Group Website that at present has nearly 1,300 members and is still growing has now joined the Theydon Newsdesk committee. This is the committee of volunteers who oversee the production of this website and Village News Magazine'. All Things Theydon' will remain independent, but this collaboration should help all of us to ensure that as much News, Information, A Diary and Details of events etc. get to as many people in the village as possible.
Tippy moved to the village fourteen years ago, she has worked at the Post Office in Coppice Row for eight years and is currently the manager since the departure of Lorna Farrell, who she still meets up with Every Friday afternoon along with a motley crew in The Bull Public House! for a natter and a slap up lunch. Since joining the village Tippy has participated in some of its many clubs including badminton in the village hall on a Monday evening and the Theydon Bois tennis club in Sidney Road. She is a mother of two and a grandmother of one. One of her children still living in Theydon and one in Epping. Tippy also featured in the June 2015 issue of Village News (page 36).
Tippy decided to start a group on facebook when she noticed that a lot of villagers would come into the Post Office and tell her things of importance that she needed to 'get out there' quickly. "I used to display posters for information' she says 'but quickly realised that not everyone was benefiting from this, I decided to call our Facebook Group website 'All Things Theydon Bois' and allow resident villagers to join . I wanted it to be a place for information and sharing - for notices about upcoming events and to give us a kind of virtual neighbourhood watch.
It has been very successful, some villagers have even got jobs from it! Our number has grown to approximately 1300, although this figure is very general as we have people joining everyday, some who have even left the village but still wish to keep in touch with what's going on".
"There are a number of other events which I am currently trying to negotiate which would benefit our villagers involvement and will let you all know about in the next issue Village News issue or on this Village Website and/or on our own":
'All Things Theydon Bois' - Facebook Group Website
26th January 2017:St. Margaret's Hospital League of Friends Spring Luncheon:
Just turn up at the Village Hall on Saturday 25th March to have an excellent lunch and browse the stalls.
13th January 2017:The 418 Bus now runs from Theydon to the Hospital:
The 418 bus route new has a new timetable and a revised route that now serves Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow. This will be a benefit to our more senior car less residents who have been struggling to get to the Hospital from Theydon. Parish Cllr. Annie Wood has been instrumental in getting Essex County Council and Galleon Travel/Trustybus to restore this direct route to the hospital.
The new timetable is here.
13th January 2017:Epping Neighbourhood Watch Support ‘Take Five’ campaign':
Many people in our area have lost their life time savings to scammers who phone them claiming to be from their bank, the police or from other trusted organisations such as utility companies.
Often, after several calls, victims are persuaded to transfer money into a bank account. When they do, their money disappears, never to be seen again. Victims are left feeling ashamed and unlikely to report the fraud to the police or tell anyone else about it.
Epping Forest Neighbourhood Watch is supporting the launch of a major new campaign designed to tackle financial fraud. Called the ‘Take Five’ campaign', it encourages people to think about fraud as a real possibility, and not be too trusting if someone phones or writes to them or calls at their door.
Always follow the ‘Take Five’ plan:
1. Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full password – it’s never okay to reveal these details.
2. Don’t assume an email request or caller is genuine – people aren’t always who they say they are.
3. Don’t be rushed – a genuine bank or organisation won’t mind waiting to give you time to stop and think.
4. Listen to your instincts – if something feels wrong then it is usually right to pause and question it.
5. Stay in control – have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for information.
You can follow Epping Forest Neighbourhood Watch on facebook at Epping Forest NHW Notices, and on twitter @EppingForestNHW and our website is http://www.eppingforestnhw.org.uk/index.html
Theydon Bois Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinator
13th January 2017:A Reminder of the Loughton Astronomical Society New Year Events:
Had a telescope for ages, or just got a telescope for Christmas? Still trying to get to grips with it? Come along to our public observing sessions to learn how to drive it. All meetings in the Scout Hall, off Loughton Lane. See www.las-astro.org.uk for more details. The Society also has a number of free public observing for the whole family during January & February. See also previous post below.
Saturday 21 Jan 17 LAS public observing for the whole family 18:30 to 20:45
Thursday 02 Feb 17 Observing the first quarter Moon 20:00 to 22-00
Sunday 05 Feb 17 LAS public observing for the whole family 18:30 to 20:45
13th January 2017:Essex Youth Offending Service are Seeking Volunteers:
Essex Youth Offending Service are actively seeking volunteers from the community to help them in their work of preventing re-offending by young people aged between 10 and 17 years.
We are searching for people like you who have skills and are looking to learn new skills that can talk to young people, their parents and sometimes the victim of the offence to draw up a contract to address the young person’s offending behaviour. The contract is designed to prevent young people from re-offending, but also looks to try to repair the harm caused which can benefit both the victim and the community.
• You would receive full training and support.
• You would be able to fit this role around your existing commitments.
• You would be welcomed in to a friendly and supportive team who care about the community in which they live.
If you are aged over 18, live in Essex and are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Jodie Fenemer at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring on 03330139773
13th January 2017: New Independent Guide to Care and Support in Essex:
A new, updated, independent care services directory has recently been published which gives crucial information on how to access, and pay for, care services throughout Essex.
With Government plans to cap the costs of social care now postponed, it’s never been more important to have impartial information to guide you through choosing and paying for care and support. The directory helps readers to understand their options, highlights where to go for advice and gives information on how the paying for care system works.
With no cap on care costs at present, this independent information is invaluable to help navigate the system.
The new edition of the independent publication and accompanying website give information on all aspects of arranging care and support in Essex. It includes how to stay independent for as long as possible, the different care and support options available and what to look for when choosing a care provider. It also offers guidance on important issues such as paying for care and what financial assistance may be available from the local authority. There are comprehensive listings of all registered care services throughout Essex, plus checklists to help you ask the right questions when visiting services.
The directory will be available throughout the region from outlets including carers’ centres, hospitals, GP surgeries, Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. It can be downloaded from www.carechoices.co.uk and is also available in spoken word. Copies of the directory, further help and information can also be accessed via the directory’s free telephone helpline on 0800 389 2077.
Robert Chamberlain, Managing Director of the directory’s publisher, Care Choices, commented: “This is an invaluable source of information for anyone considering short or long term care in Essex, and contains vital information to help people decide what type of care and support is best for them.
“With no cap on the cost of care, finding a care service for yourself or a loved one that meets their needs and is affordable can be a daunting and unfamiliar task. This new independent directory has been compiled to help people understand the process and offer them reassurance at every step of their journey.”
13th January 2017:Hospice Calls on Supporters to Volunteer in One of Eight St Clare Charity Shops:
St Clare Hospice is supported in caring for local people with life-limiting illnesses by over 500 dedicated volunteers, with more than 250 of those kind-hearted individuals supporting the Hospice’s eight charity shops. The charity’s shops help to raise a combined total of more than £380,000 each year – a vital contribution towards the Hospice’s running costs.
As part of a New Year campaign, the West Essex charity is calling on Epping residents to support their local Hospice in 2017 by signing up to join their ranks of shop volunteers. The shop volunteer recruitment campaign aims to recruit another 50 retail volunteers across their eight shops, each signing up to give a regular weekly shift.
Fiona Eaton, St Clare Head of Retail, said: “Our volunteers in the St Clare shops really are the lifeblood of the Retail Team. Without their dedicated commitment to volunteering as cashiers, sorters and customer service assistants, we simply could not operate. Although we have a fantastic number of volunteers we are always in need of more people to join us. As our shops grow and donations increase, we are in ever greater need of new people of join our teams.”
Commenting on the benefits of volunteering in a St Clare charity shop, Fiona Eaton said: “Volunteering in a St Clare charity shop does more good than you might imagine – for the volunteer themselves, as well as the hospice. Scientific studies have shown that volunteering has a whole range of health benefits – lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and boosting happiness. So volunteering really does make you feel good, when you do good!”
Fiona Eaton continued: “Volunteering in a charity shop is also a great way to gain experience and new skills in a retail environment. We are able to offer Duke of Edinburgh placements to students looking for a volunteering opportunity, and it is also a great way for people to enhance their CV and gain vital on-the-job experience.”
Jeanne Towns, the Shop Manager of the Epping St Clare charity shop, said: “We are currently seeking new volunteers to join our team in the Epping shop. Whether you are recently retired and are looking for a worthwhile way to keep busy, or have a few spare hours while your children are at school, we would love to hear from you. Could you give a shift?”
Jeanne Towns continued: “The team at the Epping shop is such a close-knit group and we really support each other. Volunteering in a St Clare charity shop is a great way to make friends and gain new skills, or put current skills to good use! What better way to spend your spare time than by helping your local Hospice continue to provide its compassionate care – which is available for free to all the people of Epping.”
If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering in the St Clare Hospice shop, 182 High Street, Epping, CM16 4AQ, phone the Shop Manager on 01992 575092 or email email@example.com
To find out about volunteering in any of the other eight St Clare Hospice shops, visit www.stclarehospice.org.uk/shop or call the Retail Team on 01279 773732
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