The Month in Theydon (March 2013): Trevor
Roberts latest report is on line Click
March 2013 Village News: The latest quarterly PDF version
of Issue 81 of Village News is now available online: Click Here.
Parish Council Minutes: The Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 28th February 2013
are now available online: Click Here
19th May 2013:Flyer Proposing Option D for Theydon Bois:
TB&DRPS, TBAG and a number of residents have reported the the leaflet below that is circulating in the Village to our Parish Council. It was discussed at last Thursday's Parish Council Planning Meeting and reported to EFDC.
Theydon Bois Parish Council wish to bring your attention that it is to an unsolicited and unofficial circular (with tear off reply slip). The circular concerns a so called 'Option D' for inclusion in the Issues and Options Consultation. The land in question is situated off the B172 Abridge Road, South west of the M11 bridge. You will note that the document is 'lobbying' for the inclusion of this site as 'Option D' in the next stage of the Local Plan Consultation process. The tear off reply slip gives a return address in Loughton that is occupied by a private company and requests a response by 24th May.
The Parish Council and Interest Groups are most concerned that this circular is arguably presented in very similar format to the EFDC Community Choices - Issues and Options documentation and there may well be confusion in the minds of residents as to whether this an official EFDC communication. The document uses similar graphics, mapping, presentation and terminology and could be said to be misleading.
The Parish Council, Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society and Theydon Bois Action Group have all commented that they are not making a judgment on the contents of the flyer, other than to state that their objective is, as ever, to protect all Metropolitan Green Belt within the Parish of Theydon Bois from inappropriate development.
3rd May 2013:Theydon Bois & Epping County Council Election Results:
|Robert James Glozier
|Andrew George Smith
||UK Independence Party
| Simon David Bullough
| Barry George Johns
John Whitehouse replaces Janet Whitehouse (who stood down at this election) as our County Councillor.
Epping & Theydon Bois Voting Summary:
|Num. ballot papers issued
|Number of ballot papers rejected
Essex CC Overall Result:
|United Kingdom Independence Party
75 seats in total were up for election for the Whole County. The Conservative Party retain overall control.
2nd May 2013:Future Dates for Your Diary:
2nd May 2013:Epping Forest Neighbourhood Watch Steering Group Report:
As promised, and rather belated for which I apologise, is a short summary of a meeting held by the Epping Forest Neighbourhood Watch Steering Group, of which I am a member, and Mr Nick Alston the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, held on 16th April 2013 .
As most people are aware, major changes have recently taken place in the Police Service Structure partly caused by budget cuts . This has meant that no Senior Officer has stayed in his/her role long enough for any of us to build some sort of relationship that is vital to any type of partnership . The committee were assured that the high level of senior staff movements would slow down, but not at the cost of peoples careers. Mr Alston told the committee that there will be a greatly improved co-operation between Neighbourhood Watch and the local Police teams, and we have already noted a positive change in this since our new Inspector has arrived . He assured the Committee that the concerns that were raised with him, namely Stability, Communication, and Priorities for Neighbourhood Watch and Rural Policing would be put to the Senior Police Officers in charge. He stressed that his role is advisory only.
You will have a chance to question him at an open meeting at the Epping Forest Council Chambers on Thursday 23rd May from 6—00 to 8—00 (see below). Hope to see you there.
Caroline Law, Theydon Bois Neighbourhood Watch
2nd May 2013: THEYDON BOIS Flower Festival 2013:
1st May 2013: THEYDON BOIS SINGERS - Director of Music to Retire after G & S Concert:
Janet Cass Conducting Theydon Bois Singers
Janet Cass, our Director of Music since 2001, has decided to retire after our next concert in July. Jan has led a happy choir, making rehearsals fun whilst still expecting and achieving high standards in our performances. Under her leadership the choir has flourished and is regarded as one of the best small choirs in the local area. For her last concert on Saturday July 6th, Jan has chosen for us to perform a ‘Selection from the Operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan’ and we hope that as many people as possible will be able to join us on this occasion.
We are pleased to announce that Lawrence Tatnall will be taking over as our Director of Music in September and we look forward to continuing to flourish under his direction.
1st May 2013:TB&DRPS Deer Sanctuary Walk on Sunday 12th May:
For the second year a special event has been organised by the Rural Preservation Society for 2pm on Sunday 12th May to visit the Deer Sanctuary which is located within the village boundary. Many residents do not realise that Theydon Bois is almost unique in having a near 100 acre Deer Sanctuary so close to its houses. Access, until recently was rare and is still only occasionally agreed by the City of London who administer the Deer Sanctuary as part of its management of Epping Forest.
Deer Sanctuary Walk 2012
Therefore this is a rare opportunity for residents, their families and friends to see inside the sanctuary and learn about it from Forest Keeper, Michael Collins.
Robert Levene, a Committee member of the Rural Preservation Society, will lead everyone interested from the Village Hall, leaving strictly at 2pm, on a gentle walk which is suitable for anyone able to walk for about 1 mile. Children and buggies allowed in the Deer Sanctuary, but sorry no dogs.
1st May 2013: Police Commissioner to Give Talk in Epping:
The first elected Essex Police and Crime Commissioner , Mr Nick Alston, will be coming to Epping to talk, and also answer questions on, Policing in the Epping Forest District and his plans for the future, on Thursday 23rd May .
The meeting will be at the Epping Forest Council Civic Offices and will start at 6 pm until 8 pm . I have recently attended one of his meetings and found him a very interesting speaker.
Caroline Law . Theydon Bois Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator .
1st May 2013: Please Watch Out Burglars About:
We have just been notified by our Neighbourhood Policeman that, unfortunately there has been another burglary in Dukes Avenue . Two males gained entry by way of the side of the building and then through a rear window . This all happened at around 2—45 and 3—00 yesterday - Tuesday. One suspect was a white male , stockily built , with blond spiky hair , possibly wearing a green jumper and jeans and was seen walking in Purlieu Way . The other suspect was 6ft tall,again stockily built, , short mousy hair and wearing a white t-shirt and jeans. A green car, make and registration number unknown , was seen parked nearby.
If you have any information regarding this please ring the Police on 101, or if you see people matching these descriptions please ring 999.
1st May 2013: Annual Parish Council Meeting:
5th April 2013: Golf Club 'Soul' Evening:
25th March 2013: OSTED Upgraded Theydon Bois Primary School to Lose Its Head:
Following the recent assessment by the government education watchdog Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) the Theydon Bois Primary School was officially upgraded from satisfactory to good. The School has 310 pupils, the majority who whom first join with language and literacy skills below the national average, a situation which is reversed by the time they leave Year 6. The Inspectors said “Some teaching was outstanding and high expectations were apparent throughout the School”.
Sadly, and subsequent to the assessment, Head Teacher Elspeth Bonds announced that she would be retiring in August after 15 years at the School. In a letter to staff and pupils she said ”The years have been eventful with many challenges and successes. The School has been well served by many staff, governors and volunteers from whom I have received tremendous commitment and support”.
25th March 2013: Theydon Bois Burglaries Warning:
I have just been notified by our local Policeman that there were two burglaries in Theydon yesterday last Thursday, one in Dukes Avenue and one in Baldocks Road. This follows the recent burglaries in Backacre Road and Poplar Avenue. Please check your security, ask everyone to keep their eyes & ears open and report anything suspicious directly to the police.
Neigbourhood Watch Co-Ordinator
25th March 2013:West Essex NHS Easter Emergency Doctors & Pharmacy Details:
NHS West Essex is encouraging everyone to be aware of health services available over the Easter period, choosing the right service can save you time. Whether you’ve eaten too many chocolate eggs and made yourself sick or you’ve fallen over in a mad dash to the egg hunt – make sure you know where to go. If you do fall ill consider the options available on this Advice PDF that includes Doctor & Pharmacy Opening Hours.
25th March 2013: Theydon Bois Neigbourhood Watch to get Fuller Crime Statistics:
Many of you may be aware that in the past year or two members of the Essex Neighbourhood Watch Committee and the Epping Forest N/Watch Committee have been at our wits’ end in trying to persuade the Police to issue us with more information relating to crimes etc in our own areas.I am pleased to say it would appear that they have now changed their attitude and have promised to release regular information to us in the future.
As is now we will not be told the name of those concerned or the numbers of their houses, but we will also be given the Crime Figures for our own areas. This information will be passed to me and other Area N/Watch Co-Ordinators who will then disseminate it to all of their N/Watch members and friends as in the past .I would be grateful if you would pass this information on .
I may have more information for you after 16th April as I and my colleagues on the Epping Forest N/Watch Committee are meeting with Nick Alston, the new Essex Police Commissioner, about among other things, the lack of Police presence in our area . If any of you are interested , this matter will also be brought up at the next Theydon Bois Parish Council meeting on Thursday 29th March at the Village hall at 8 pm where it is hoped that there will be a Police presence. Please come if you can.
Again I am very grateful for all your help and support and would like to add that the way we obtain our information and pass it round the Village etc has been cited by other districts as a good example.
Neigbourhood Watch Co-Ordinator
25th March 2013: Theydon Bois Golf Club Introduce New Membership Deals:
The weather hasn't been kind to golfers over these past few weeks so the new Chairman Theydon Bois Golf Club Chairman, Mike Blagden has under his stewardship the Club has, for a trial period, introduced a Family membership where one adult member paying a full fee entitles the spouse/partner and one child living at the same address to FREE membership.
A Sunday membership has also been introduced, the £200 fee entitles members to play on a Sunday and participate in all Sunday competitions. The afternoon green on Monday to Thursday has also been reduced to £15.