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11th November:Theydon Bois Remembrance Sunday 2014:

Today is Armistice Day and this year it also commemorates the 100 anniversary of the First World War and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. Last Sunday (9th November) the annual Remembrance Sunday Service took place at the War Memorial by St. Mary's Church where both young and more senior villagers gathered to pay their respects.

Theydon Bois Remembrance Sunday 2014
Theydon Bois Remembrance Sunday 2014
Theydon Bois Remembrance Sunday 2014

A full set of pictures from Sunday's Service is viewable here.


11th November:The Essex Great War Archive Project at the Essex Record Office:

In November we stop to remember the sacrifice made by our armed forces in defence of our country. ThisGreat War Project year is more poignant as it is 100 years since the start of the Great War. To mark this, the Record Office has joined with The Friends of Historic Essex in creating the Essex Great War Archive Project which will run from 2014 to 2018.

The Record Office will collect items relating to Essex during the war such as photographs, letters, diaries and community records and official documents from wartime organisations. The Friends will raise funds to conserve, catalogue and digitise the archives, both new acquisitions and some that are already held at the ERO.

If you can help please contact the Essex Record Office (ero.enquiry@essex.gov.uk or 01245 244644) for advice on depositing records or the Friends of Historic Essex (www.essexinfo.net/friends-of-historic-essex) for making donations.


11th November: Theydon Bois Drama Society is proud to present Up Pompeii:

Theydon Bois Drama Society Up Pompeii

Theydon Bois Drama Society's next production is based on the original characters devised by Talbot Rothwell and Sid Colin for the Frankie Howerd BBC comedy, this hilarious romp through ancient Pompeii brings back all of the television favourites in this play by Miles Tredinnick. 

As Lurcio attempts to deliver his prologue and begin proceedings, he’s quickly caught up with the myriad sexual liaisons in all quarters of his master’s house.  Why does Ludicrous not leave for the Senate meeting in Rome?  Why does his wife return so quickly from the country?  Who will take care of the escaped slave girl, Voluptua, and will Nausius’s love poetry improve?  Whilst growing chaos ensues, an increasing rumbling is heard in the distance – what could that possibly be? A riot from start to finish.


11th November:Parish Council Vote to Transfer Freehold of Youth & Community Centre to
TBCAYT Trust:

The future of the Freehold of the Youth and Community Centre off Loughton Lane has been a matter of negotiation by both Theydon Bois Parish Council and the Youth Centre Trust for some time. Both parties have taken advice from solicitors to help find the best way forward.

At the Parish Council Meeting of 30th October last the following resolution was put forward by Councillor Peter Hammond:

"That we the TBPC resolve that the Freehold of the land roadway and parking areas, currently occupied by the Scouts and TBCAYT should be transferred to the TBCAYT and that a restrictive covenant be placed on the land by TBPC.

That the land and buildings shall only be used for community uses, and that no part of the land can be used for residential or commercial purposes.

TBPC will retain ownership of the strip of land from the northern kerb edge of the roadway to the boundary with land to the rear of Rozelle and that a restrictive covenant be placed on that land by TBCAYT that it cannot be used by pedestrian or vechicles for access behind Rozelle.
 
Subject to the constitution of the Community and Youth Trust being amended to ensure that the trustees are composed of at least 75% Theydon Bois Parish Residents.

That we instruct our Solicitors to provide the necessary conveyance documentation forthwith".

There was considerable discussion and the resolution was ammended (to the above) before the vote. In end the resoultion was adpted by TBPC with 7 in favour and 3 against with no abstentions.


11th November:Buxton Trust Recieve Awards for Playing Fields:

Certificates of Merit were awarded to the Buxton Trust by the Essex Playing Fields Association at there recent AGM.  Richard Crone attended the AGM on behalf of the Trust and accepted the Awards as Chairman. The awards were Gold Merit in Class 1 - Serving a population of 2,500 or more and Class 4 - Cricket Grounds on which a winter game may not be played.

Buxton Trust Award Buxton Trust Award

11th November Could your perfect pooch be the star of St Clare Hospice’s Winter Walkies?

St Clares logoSt Clare Hospice is searching for the perfect pooch to be the face of its Winter Walkies event.

The Hastingwood-based charity is calling on local pet owners to enter their cute canines as part of a competition to find a top dog to front its 2015 fundraiser. The winner will star in St Clare’s posters, leaflets and other promotional material in the run up to our annual cross-country Winter Walkies on Sunday, February 22.

 St Clare fundraising manager Dominique Brunning said: “Our Winter Walkies is one of the most popular events in the Hospice fundraising calendar and this year we want to give one lucky dog the chance to take the lead by featuring in our publicity campaign.

 “Dozens of walkers and their canine companions take part in Winter Walkies every year so we know our supporters are barking mad for their pets, so this is a wonderful opportunity for your pooch to be our Winter Walkies star.

 “We are inviting all dog owners to submit their pictures of their handsome hounds and pretty pups to us and we will then be inviting the public to vote for their favourite via the St Clare Facebook page.

“The winning dog and its owners will take part in a special photo shoot here at the Hospice with Pawtrait of Your Pet photographer Vikki Lince, will be invited to start our walk on February 22 and will also be presented with a canvas from their photo shoot.

“If you think your pet has what it takes then don’t paws for thought, enter today!”

To enter our Winter Walkies competition, please send a picture of your pet to the St Clare fundraising team by email at fund@stclarehospice.org.uk. The deadline for entries is midday on Thursday, November 20. Please include your dog’s name, age and breed as well as your name, address and contact phone number.

Voting opens via www.facebook.com/stclarehospice on Friday, November 21 at 8am. The dog that receives the most ‘Likes’ will be named the winner. The winner must be available to attend our Winter Walkies photo shoot at the Hospice on Tuesday, November 25 at 6.30pm.


6th November:Christmas Events at the Village Hall:

St. Clares Christmas Fair Theydon Senoirs Poster

The St. Clare's Hospice Christmas Fair will have lots of goodies for christmas presents for sale on the 15th November as well as refreshments. Our Parish Council will be hosting an event with entertainment for our seniors with the excellent Brick Lane Music Hall entertaining on Friday 5th December. To book a place or transport for this please phone Julie our Parish Clerk on 01992 813442.


5th November:Primary School PTA Best Guy for Guy Fawkes Night Competition:

Theydon Bois Primary School Guys

Great fun was had at Theydon Bois Primary School assembly this morning when the Guys for Guy Fawkes Night were judged. The children entered 11 Guys homemade by themselves plus there were two human Guys (seated at left and right above)!

Theydon Bois Primary School Guys

Small prizes were awarded for the best Guys. First (centre above) was Eloisa, Harriette and Isabella with their 'Despicable Guy' and prize of a tin of sweets. 2nd prize went to Gray (left above) and 3rd was Jamie (right above). All the guys will be on display at tonight's school fireworks evening.

Theydon Bois Primary School Guy Competition Theydon Bois Primary School Guy Competition
Theydon Bois Primary School Guy Competition
Theydon Bois Primary School Guy Competition

5th November:Parish Council Announce Road Closure for Christmas Market on Friday 28th November:

Notice of Application for a Road Closure Town & Police Clauses Act 1847 section 21

Notice is given this day 28th November 2014 that Parish Clerk of Theydon Bois of The Parish Office, Coppice Row Theydon Bois has applied to the Licensing office of Epping Forest District Council for a Road Closure in respect of Forest Drive, Theydon Bois.

The proposed Road Closure is for Christmas Market 16:3021:00

If you have any representations about the closure  please contact the Licensing Office of Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BZ.  Anyone wishing to oppose this application must give written notice to the Licensing Office within 21 days of this notice.

It is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application which could lead to a fine on summary conviction (maximum £5000).


5th November:EFDC New Refuse Collector Details:

From Monday 3rd November, newly-appointed contractor Biffa Municipal has started collecting Epping Forest’s household recycling and refuse, heralding some changes to help the district recycle even more.

These changes won’t alter Epping Forest’s well-proven system of 2 wheeled bins (1 for refuse, the other for food and garden waste), recycling sacks (for ‘dry’ recyclables like paper, cardboard, metal cans and plastic containers) and a blue box (for glass containers), or collection frequencies.

Biffa, whose 40-plus local authority clients already include some of England’s best recycling authorities, will starts collecting from Theydon Bois Friday 7th November the usual collection day for most of our village. There will be one immediate change – residents will be able to add food and drink cartons (commonly known as tetrapaks) to their recycling sacks.

A bigger change comes next April when Biffa will start what are known as ‘one pass’ collections. Made possible by new, more efficient, collection vehicles that have 2 separate compartments, the one pass service will collect both dry recyclables and glass containers together every fortnight, providing a same day, same time, collection for all dry recyclables.

This will mean fewer collection vehicles, less traffic congestion, and lower vehicle emissions.

April 2015 will also see the start of a new weekly service to collect small items of waste domestic electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) such as irons, kettles, toasters, audio equipment etc. All residents need do is put their small WEEE in plastic bags alongside their mixed food and garden waste bin, and Biffa will take care of the rest.

There is no change to fortnightly collections of refuse in wheeled bins.

From next May, Biffa will deliver 100 clear recycling sacks every year to every Epping Forest household, enough for an average of 2 recycling sacks each fortnight. Residents needing more clear sacks will still be able to collect them from the usual outlets.

Full details are on the EFDC Website here.


4th November:St. Mary's Soup Lunches:

As the seasons change, the nights close in and the weather turns cooler St. Mary's Church are delighted to invite villagers and visitors to partake in their three November Soup Lunches. These started today (Tuesday 4th November) and run from 12pm in St Mary’s Church Hall.

St. Marys Theydon Bois Soup Lunches
The nine female & one lone male (John Eaton) volunteer chefs & helpers at the St. Mary's Soup Lunch

The St. Mary's volunteer chefs and helpers served a wide selection of nourishing home-made soups with fresh roll and butter and delicious home-baked desserts with cream, accompanied by tea, coffee or a soft drink. All for £5 per adult, £1.50 per child. All the volunteers were kept extremely busy with today's lunch as it proved to be very popular and most tables were full with both adults and children enjoying the delicious meals. One of these was former Parish Council Chairman, Joy Wainwright who will be 96 next Tuesday and intends to enjoy another Soup Lunch on her birthday.

St Marys Theydon Bois Soup Lunches Joy Waiwright at St. Mary's Soup lunches
The Soup Lunch Menu
Joy Wainwright enjoying her Soup Lunch today

There was a bring and buy stall for early Christmas shopping, a Christmas raffle and an opportunity to purchase the home-made mini Christmas cakes. As is the tradition they were also serving for free freshly baked mince pies with your tea and coffee.

The next November lunch dates are Tuesday 11th November and Tuesday 18th November. Please come along and bring a friend or neighbour. Children of all ages are very welcome.


4th November:Theydon Villagers Were Out and About Trick-or-Treating this Halloween :

Friday October 31st Halloween celebrations seemed to have been taken more seriously in Theydon this year. These included parties where guests were often expected to arrive in a costume to reflect the day's theme. Other villagers gathered together to watch horror films, either at home or at a cinema.

Halloween in Theydon Bois
Trick or Treaters Linda, Louise, Daisy & Phoebe in Hornbeam Road

Quite a few children accompanied by adults, some also in costume, were out around the village trick-or-treating. This involved dressing up and going to other peoples' houses, knocking on the door for a treat of sweets or a snack. Those who do not give out a treat were sometimes tricked with a joke instead. It seems most paid up with sweets, some of which were in ghoulish wrappings.

Halloween has its origins in pagan festivals in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. People believed that, at this time of year, the spirits of dead people could come 'alive' and walk among the living. They thought that it was important to dress up in costumes when venturing outside, to avoid being harmed by the spirits. This may be the origin of the Halloween costumes seen today.

Halloween in Theydon Bois

In Puritan times, Halloween celebrations were outlawed, but they were revived in later times and are becoming quite common in the UK. again. Part of this is probably due to the many stores and businesses that see Halloween as a chance to promote products with a Halloween theme. It can't be bad for the sale of pumpkins either.


29th October:Primary School Guy Fawkes Night:

Primary School Fireworks Night

Theydon Bois Primary School PTA are holding a Fireworks Night on Wednesday,5th November in the school grounds. The gates open at 6.30 pm and entry is £5.00 per person on the night, pre-school children are free. Family tickets at £14.00 and individual ones at £4.00 can be purchased in advance; again the last date for requesting these is Monday, 3rd November.


29th October: St Clare Hospice’s New Loughton Shop to Open This Week

 St Clare Hospice is recruiting volunteers as it prepares to officially open its new shop in Loughton this week. The outlet in High Road is the first new store the Hastingwood-based charity has opened for six years and will be the first in Loughton to support a local charity that has been providing incredible care and support to those living in the community it serves for the past 25 years.

Offering good quality pre-loved fashion, accessories, books and artifacts, the shop will be welcoming its first customers through the doors from 11am on Thursday (Oct 30). 

St Clare is seeKing volunteers to help with the Loughton shop and their other shops in the district. Their volunteers make an invaluable contribution to the work of the Hospice, with shop helpers across the seven existing shops within the St Clare catchment area helping raise £510,000 for the charity in 2013/14 through the sale of donated goods, such as clothes and furniture. Typical duties for our shop volunteers range from sorting stock to serving customers.

St Clares Volunteer

 St Clare volunteer Janet Mortali has been helping at the Hospice’s Scarlet shop in neighbouring Buckhurst Hill since April this year. “I really look forward to my Saturdays in the shop; I was made to feel so welcome right from the start and part of the St Clare family,” she said. “I love getting to know our regular customers and especially seeing people leave with a bargain while having done something wonderful for a local charity. “There is so much to be gained from working in a charity shop and my advice to anyone thinking about volunteering for St Clare is to go for it. It’s incredibly rewarding and I hope what I do has some bearing on the Hospice and the great work it does supporting local families.”

For more information about joining our new Loughton shop team, call St Clare voluntary services manager Christine Crump on 01279 773722 or chris.crump@stclarehospice.org.uk.


29th October:Epping Forest District Council Grant Aid Scheme for, Clubs, Societies and Community Groups:

Funds are available to support local leisure and community groups in their work. Epping Forest District Council provides financial help in the form of grants. Applications are welcome from local groups for funding towards a project that will improve facilities within that group such as: equipment purchase, capital projects and new initiatives – large or small.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Applications are accepted from community-based organisations within Epping Forest District, which operate for the benefit of Epping Forest residents providing they meet certain criteria. Priority will be given to groups, which achieve at least some of the criteria:

  • are charitable and non-profit making
  • are based, or are active, in Epping Forest District
  • provide services to meet key social needs within the district
  • are non political
  • can show clear aims and objectives and effective strategies for achieving these
  • have considered  alternative funding sources or put forward schemes as part of ‘matched’ funding proposals
  • promotes equal opportunities
  • promotes good community relations/involvement

Further details of eligibility criteria and conditions are given on the Council’s application form for grant aid and on the District Council website at www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk.

Application forms are available from Nicola Wilkinson, Policy and Research Assistant, Epping Forest District Council, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ. Telephone 01992 564484 or e-mail: nwilkinson@eppingforestdc.gov.uk for further details.


21st October: Theydon's Young in Slum Challenge:

On Saturday 18th October, a group of 10 young people gathered in the car park of St Mary’s Church Hall, to take part in “Slum Survivor”.  This is an activity designed to enable young people to empathise with those living in inadequate accommodation and raise awareness of the issues around extreme poverty.  The group successfully spent the night in dwellings they had fashioned out of materials such as old pallets and tarpaulins, kindly donated by church members.  Nearly £800 was raised which will be sent to the charity Soul Action which works alongside other charities to provide relief to those living in extreme poverty. 

Slum Survivor Slum Survivor

After the event, the young people were asked for their reflections, and they included these comments:  -

  • Felt I did something good for charity
  • Meeting new people, helping those in need, raising money and awareness for a good cause
  • Met amazing people
  • Met new people and got closer to friends I used to have
  • I enjoyed doing something different – stepping outside my comfort zone
  • I enjoyed the sense of community – how everyone came together when our slum fell apart.

Thanks must go to the Red Balloon family (www.redballoonfamily.co.uk), without whose input the weekend would not have been possible.  Watch this space: (http://www.redballoonfamily.co.uk/theydon.htm) for further activities from the new St Mary’s youth group, which is known as “Action”, which aims to empower young people to make a difference, in the local community and further afield.


21st October: Theydon Teacher's Singers Concert at Corbett Theatre in Loughton:

Catherine Sheehy Singers Concert

Last Sunday the 19th October was a fantastic afternoon at Loughton's Corbett Theatre filled with repertoire from stage, film and Pop/RnB Chart. Singers (boys and girls) aged between 5-18yrs, many from Theydon Bois, performed for the audience at this sold out concert. Some were new to stage, whereas others have performed before and had sat LCM singing exams with Catherine Sheehy the Theydon Bois Singing Teacher who organised the concert. 

Catherine Sheehy Concert Catherine Sheehy Concert
Catherine Sheehy
Catherine Sheehy Concert

Catherine (in the wings above) said " I personally couldn't have asked for anything better. At times I'd liked to have been in the audience to capture it first hand and reassure them with a smile but how lucky am I to have rehearsed such wonderful songs with my fabulous singers. I've been very tearful through many lessons/classes and I think the audience can understand why now! I'm a very proud teacher who has the pleasure of inspiring children (and adults) with their favourite songs. My love of song comes to life through them... Here's to next year!"

Catherine's Singers Classes run on Fridays in Theydon Bois Village Hall and further details are available from her website:http://csheehysingingteacher.webs.com/ with some more show photos in the gallery here.


16th October:Final Closing Date for The Landmark Tree Competition:

Theydon Bois Green Oak Tree

The final closing date for entries to the Landmark Tree Competition is October 21st. So there is still time to enter and details and entry forms are available from the competition page here.


16th October:Important Special General Meeting of the Village Association Charity:

The Village Association will be holding a Special General Meeting on Wednesday 29th October at 8.00pm in the Village Hall, Beech/Poplar Room. The agenda will include important resolutions about the charitable status of the association for consideration and if thought fit passing. All village members are encouraged to attend this important meeting. The Agenda for the meeting is here.


16th October:Police Commissioner for Essex to Speak at Epping Forest College:

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex will be holding the next District meeting in Epping Forest on Wednesday 22nd of October. The event will be held in Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3SA and will begin at 6.30pm finishing at 8.30pm.

The local district meetings specifically address issues that the community are facing, and the Police and Crime Commissioner will bring the community together with the local district commander and the local community safety partnership manager to hear the concerns of the community, and discuss the work the police and CSP are doing to address these. The Police and Crime Commissioner will be there to help the local community get the answers they need about crime and safety in their local area. The Police and Crime Commissioner aims to visit each district in the county each year to hold an event like this and bring local policing teams together with the community

The Police very much hope you will be able to attend, and would be grateful if you could encourage your family, friends, colleagues and communities you work with to likewise join in this important debate.

If you would like to ask a specific question of the Chief Constable of Essex Police, they would be grateful if you could email it in advance to:   pcc@essex.pnn.police.uk


16th October:Neighbourhood Policing Meetings:

Police Meetings Police Meeting Dates

7th October:Theydon Bois 'Fused Glass' Artist Exhibits at Loughton Arts Centre:

Theydon Bois Artist Karen Meyer presently has a solo exhibition of her fused glass art work running at the Loughton Arts Centre, Lopping Hall in Loughton High Road. The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm and has run from 26th September and will be there until 9th October, so there is still a chance to catch it.

Karen Meyer Exhibition
Karen with some of her 'Fused Glass' Art at the exhibition.

Karen was born and raised in London and Essex and has always had an interest in drawing and crafts. Her career choice led her to work in the City working as an IT Systems Implementation Manager for the likes of Barclays Bank and Deutsche Bank. Although she enjoyed her career, it was not a passion for Karen!

After her children were born, she moved to Loughton then Theydon Bois where she has had a few office roles local to home allowing her to be near her children for school pick up times. Her heart however, was to do something more creative. After trying various crafts, Karen discovered the art of Glass Fusing and the rest for her is history.

Karen has been glass fusing now for just over 4 years beginning with a small kiln making gifts as a hobby. Now with a much larger kiln she has fulfilled her dream of making wall art and other glass pieces to brighten people’s homes. She specialises in making bespoke items to order.

Prior to the Loughton Arts Centre exhibition Karen has previously exhibited at Theydon Bois Golf Club as well as various local craft fairs.
For more information, see her website www.wavefusion.net or her facebook page www.facebook.com/wavefusionnet


6th October:John Plume Celebrates his Centenary:

John Plume at 100Villager John Plume who lives in Forest Side reached his 100th birthday yesterday on the 5th October. John has made many contributions to the village over his long life. He served on the Rural Preservation Society Committee for many years until 2006 and as a retired barrister specialising in planning law he was specially valued for his expert advice.

He was a keen apiarist and at one time had as many as three beehives around the village. For ten years he also organised and helped in the maintenance of St Mary’s Churchyard.

John spent his birthday quietly at home. Congratulations and thank you John for all your work for our village over many years.

 

 

 

 

27th September:Stay Alert as Deer Rutting Season Begins:

Be Extra Vigilant:
Motorists:
 accidents on the roads involving deer increase at this time of year and drivers should be extra vigilant where there are deer warning signs and slow down when driving through the forest.

Dog walkers: dogs should be kept on a lead. It is important to keep disturbance of the deer to a minimum and dog owners should be aware that deer can feel threatened by dogs and may also disrupt the deer breeding pattern.

Visitors: walkers are advised to keep at least 50m away from deer, never get in between 2 deer and avoid feeding or photographing them at close range.

Rutting:
Male deer, or bucks, are often highly aggressive as they are full of testosterone, clashing antlers in an attempt to fight off rivals and attract as many females as possible. They become less aware of the dangers around them, such as cars and bikes on the roads.


27th September:St Mary's Church Christmas Fair 2014:

St Mary's Church will be holding their annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 29th November, 11am-2pm, at St Mary's Church Hall, Theydon Bois. There will be lots of stalls for all the family including festive refreshments, toys, Christmas gifts (for adults and children), lucky dip, jewellery, toiletries, bottle tombola, raffle and lots more besides! Please come along and join in the fun!

For further details, or to donate items for the Fair, please contact Phil or Amanda Simmance on 01992 813732 or mandrew_harris@hotmail.com.


27th September:Preservation Society Free October Talk:

TB&DRPS Talk 101014


22nd September:Brownies Celebrate 100th Anniversary of the Organisation and 45 Years of the Theydon Pack:

Brownies with Eleanor Laing & Cake
Theydon Brownies help Eleanor Laing MP to blow out the candles on the anniversary cake

The Theydon Bois 3rd Brownie Pack Had a a double anniversary celebration with an afternoon tea on Saturday in St. Mary's Church Hall. The event celebrated both the organisation's 100th anniversary as well as the pack 45th birthday. It was a busy afternoon with the brownies running various stalls at which visitors were invited to decorate biscuits, tie knots, have a go at solving puzzles and toast marshmallows. Visitors were also served refreshments and a delicious variety of sandwiches, cakes and biscuits by pack members.

Brownies 100th Cake

Past and present members were invited to the celebration alongside parish councillors and Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing, who cut the large birthday cake baked by 'Brown Owl'.  

Mrs Laing said: "I was delighted to celebrate with the Brownies in Theydon Bois their 45th anniversary and the centenary of the founding of the Brownie movement. 
"I was a Brownie long ago and I still remember a lot of the things that we were taught." 
She added: "I congratulate all the people who work so hard - the Brown Owl and all her helpers - to keep our local Brownie pack so lively and so interesting. It's a really important part of our local community."


19th September:E15 Singers to Perform at Corbett Theatre in Loughton in October:

Catherine Sheehy the Theydon Bois Singing Teacher is to showcase local talent at the E15 Corbette Theatre on Sunday 19th October at 3-5.45pm. She is holding a repeat performance as the last went so well ( 5 shows to date) and they have been in demand ever since!

She runs this completely by herself teaching all her students in her home music studio or in Theydon village hall and at present she has some 60 singers, all from Epping Forest, aged from 5 to 18yrs. There will be 40 performing solo, duet, group and also ensemble repertoire. This includes songs from Oasis, Elaine Paige, John Legend, Cyndy Lauper, Lily Allen, Adele, Birdy, Sam Smith and many West End Musicals hits.

Some of her students have gone onto the RAM, Guildhall,  CPA, Epping and Loughton Performing Arts courses and Sylvia Young. Also many are now taking part in West End auditions and some are appearing in the XFactor. They are all amazing, individual and growing in talent each year.


19thSeptember:MARJORIE CHAPMAN RECEIVES FLAME OF HOPE HONORARY FELLOWSHIP FROM CANCER RESEARCH UK:

Majorie Chapman Award

Marjorie set up the Theydon Bois and District Friends Group in 1972 with her friend Eileen Wilson. Marjorie started fundraising in her friend’s living room after hearing that two people from the village had been diagnosed with cancer. The first event the committee organised was a jumble sale which raised £90. The group continued to grow and to raise incredible funds through collections and events and in August 2012 they surpassed the fantastic milestone of £500,000! Although 96 years of age now, Marjorie is still an integral member of the group and is still the President. In fact, up until she was 88, Marjorie was still out and about with the group at their various fundraising events! Marjorie is an incredible lady, a true inspiration and an outstanding fundraiser. She has donated 42 years of her life to helping us beat cancer sooner and at the age of 96 and with ailing health deserves a huge thank you.


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