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The June 2016 Village News: The latest quarterly PDF version of Issue 94 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 Parish Council Meeting.

17th August 2016: Theydon's New Village Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator Seeks More Road Co-Ordinators:

Neigbourhood Watch LogoAre 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 madeleinem@sky.com or telephone 07751 868476. 

I would also be grateful if previous volunteers could contact me to confirm if they are still available.
Madeleine McCarthy
Theydon Bois Village Co-ordinator
Neighbourhood Watch


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.

RCCE Awards Certificate RCCE Awards Presentation
  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

RCCE Awards Presentation RCCE Awards Certificate
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
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  • 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 logoEFDC 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:

Theydon Gannon Hog Roast Poster


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.

Christmas Market Stalls

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 813448 or e-mail parishclerk@theydon.org.uk.


12th August 2016: Autumn Fair in Aid of Brest Cancer Care:

Brest Cancer Autumn Fair


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:-
 
Formal
 
1st            Mr. J. Kennedy, 36 Heath Drive
2nd )        Mr. & Mrs. Skingle, “Midhill” Coppice Row
2nd )        Sue Collins, 41Thrifts Mead
 
Informal
 
1st           Mr. R. Jones, 13 Orchard Drive
2nd          Mr. R. Rawlinson, 49 Green Glade
3rd           Mr. & Mrs. Gordon, 42 Woburn Avenue.
 
With Parking
 
1st           Mrs. S. Brough, 28 Morgan Crescent,
2nd          Mr. M. King, 2 College Place,
3rd           Mr. J. Scantleberry, 41 Morgan Crescent.
 
Community / Commercial
 
1st           The Baptist Church (Mr. &  Mrs. Rackham)
2nd          The Queen Victoria
3rd           The Bull

9th August 2016: Theydon Bois Horticultural Society Village Show 2016:

Horticultural 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:

Theydon Bois Donkey Derby

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.

Theydon Bois Donkey Derby Theydon Bois Donkey Derby

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 chris.crump@stclarehospice.org.uk or call 01279 773722.


2nd July 2016:Donkey Derby Sunday 10th July:

Donkey Derby Poster

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:

TB&DRPS Talk & AGM Poster


14th June 2016:Theydon Bois Singers 50th Anniversary Concert:

Theydon Bois Singers Concert Poster


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.

Micael Chapman
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 dani@stclarehospice.org.uk


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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