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Village News Issue 76 December 2011 Page 2
Theydon’s Christmas Market & Fairs - The Christmas Market
See the Village Website at www.theydon.org.uk for reports and photo galleries of the
Village Christmas Market and the Primary School PTA’s Christmas Fair
Village News Issue 76 December 2011 Page 3
Parish Council Chairman’s Report
As I write this I am reflecting on the very busy past few weeks for Parish Councillors. Last week we held our Christmas Afternoon Tea for our ‘slightly more elderly residents’. This event which is run every quarter is now a tremendously popular afternoon. Those attending were entertained by the choir from our Primary School and the singers from the group Singing for Fun. In a society where our youngsters are often criticised it was quite special seeing the pupils from Davenant chatting to our residents with ease and interest. If you have a chance please go to the News & Photo pages of the Village Website to see some of the lovely photographs that show the success of the afternoon. These events are only possible due to the band of willing volunteers who turn out each time to help the Councillors. So I would like to say thank you to Caroline and Graham Law, Sue Warren, Fiona Hobbs and Joyce Hammond who have become invaluable members of the team who support this event.
On Thursday 1st December we held our first Christmas Market. After much discussion the Parish Council decided to move away from our traditional tree lighting ceremony and hold a Christmas Market in the village centre. We hoped to encourage people from all sectors of our community to join the event and to give local traders an opportunity to promote their businesses. It was a very successful evening. The choir from the Primary school opened the event by singing a selection of Christmas songs, huddled under umbrellas gallantly held by their teachers, as unfortunately the one aspect of the evening that we could not organise in advance was the weather. The evening was organised by the members of the Parish Council’s Community Liaison Committee but was supported by every Councillor and all the shopkeepers. We are very grateful to the members of the Salvation Army who came along to play carols as people browsed the stalls. Many children visited Santa in his grotto during the evening (see the News & Photo pages of the Village Website). Despite the rain the evening went extremely well and has certainly steered us in the right direction for future events. Again thank you to all those who turned out to support the event and make it such a happy occasion. I am very pleased to say that, thanks to Chris Jones and his helpers from the Village Association, the Christmas Tree in the grounds of the Village Hall has still been decorated and now provides a welcoming Christmas backdrop as you drive through the village.
As we organise these events we are conscious of the importance of trying to communicate as much information about the events to as many residents as quickly as possible. We are investigating the possibility of preparing a database containing email addresses of those residents who would like to receive more information about our events and meetings. If you are interested in your details being included in this database please could you send an email to the Parish Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org requesting that your name is added to our residents’ distribution list. This could also provide a useful tool to get quite important information out to residents in a more timely fashion. We did of course have the recent example when the Planning Inspectorate decided to cancel the Informal Hearing that had been due to consider the appeal against the decision by Epping Forest District Council to refuse planning permission for the proposed commuter car park across the railway on the Blunts Farm land. It would have been useful in such a case to be able to communicate this information to our residents more rapidly.
This Appeal will now be decided at a later date by a full Public Inquiry which is, I think, the correct decision. What is a little frustrating is that the Planning Inspectorate did not concur with this course of action when it was suggested at the outset of the proceedings by Planning Officers dealing with the case at EFDC.
One final thank you in this newsletter must go to all the children who entered the Parish Council Christmas Card Competition which is reported in detail later in this issue. The judging, which is done by members of the Newsdesk Team, is never easy but I am very proud that we are again using the winning design for the Parish Council Christmas Card.
PARISH COUNCIL CHAIRMANThe minutes of all Parish Council Meetings may be found on the website at www.theydon.org.uk Village News Issue 76 December 2011 Page 4 Theydon Bois Village Association A special feature of the Council of Management (Trustees) Meeting on 12th October 2011, was the recognition of Mrs Joy Wainwright’s contribution to the work of the Village Association.
It was in 1994 that as Parish Council Chairman – Joy Wainwright together with the Village Association Chairman – Ken Taylor, decided to set up the Village Hall Development Committee to explore the possibilities of enhancing, enlarging or rebuilding the 1966-built village hall. Under the chairmanship of Councillor John Padfield with four Village Association committee members and four Parish Councillors, the decision was taken to build a new village hall. Seven years later, on the 4th November 2001 the New Village Hall was officially opened by our Member of Parliament, Mrs Eleanor Laing.
Joy Wainwright, who served on both the District and Parish Councils for many years, was also a committee member of the Village Association for some 40 years! Nearing 93 years of age, Joy has decided to stand down as a VA committee member, and at the October Meeting was thanked for all her tremendous hard work and marvellous dedication to the Village as a whole.
The Chairman, Martin Oliver, presented her with a gift of an orange tree.
Also at the Council of Management Meeting the issues of Health and Safety of the Hall were mentioned. In order to conform to recent legislation, more and more areas need to be scrutinized and checked and experts have been called in to help. This is naturally proving to be expensive, even though the Hall has been looked after very well over its 10 years.
Hall Manager, Frank Bell has, amongst other things, seen that the boilers have been serviced and repaired, the main entrance door has been repaired at a cost £628.00 and the dishwasher has also been serviced and repaired. Re-decoration of the front entrance, lobby and corridors took place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
In view of the ever increasing cost of running the Hall, the Committee has reluctantly agreed that there needs to be an increase in the hire charges from January 2012.
Village News Issue 76 December 2011 Page 5 Parish Council’s Theydon Seniors Event on 25th November
Spotlight on the Shops - Theydon Pharmacy In this edition, Village News visits probably the most important shop in the village for many Theydon residents, the Pharmacy which has been owned and run for some 23 years by husband and wife team and qualified pharmacists, Sailesh and Raksha Dawda. They purchased the existing pharmacy business from a Mr. McFarlane in 1988. Since then the shop has been refitted twice, resulting today in it being almost three times the size of the original shop.
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News from County Hall I sometimes find it useful being a district councillor as well as a county councillor. I have been the district councillor for the Epping Hemnall ward for 17 years. At the Community and Older Peoples’ scrutiny committee we have been having reports from county officers about the restructured Occupational Therapy service. We have been told that the districts are pleased with the new procedure. However, I have seen district council reports that say that delays in referrals from the county council are seriously affecting the processing of Disabled Facilities Grants and therefore the provision of much needed showers, extensions or other facilities.
When the scrutiny committee decided to invite representatives of district councils to give evidence I ensured that Epping Forest was included. The Assistant Director of Housing Services attended and highlighted the problems that this district is experiencing. She has been invited to return in January when further questions will be put to the county officers.
Occupational therapists play an important part in the process of providing disabled facilities by assessing the needs of residents and specifying the type of facilities which are needed. When I was previously your county councillor in 2001-5 and an earlier review was being done I went out with an occupational therapist when she visited a resident to assess his need for a walk-in shower. It was interesting and informative.
A completely different recent visit was to the Donarbon Waste Transfer station in Alconbury, Cambridgshire. The Essex Waste Partnership is planning to deliver a network of new waste facilities across Essex to manage and treat the county’s municipal waste over the next 25 years. The first of these transfer stations will be in Harlow. At Donarbon we saw a modern, fully operational transfer station. The delivery of the waste in the local refuse lorries and its transfer to other vehicles took place within a large building and was less smelly and dusty than I expected. The weighing and recording of the incoming and outgoing vehicles was done by one man and his computer.
There has been publicity recently about the first on-line petition that has reached the required 100,000 signatures to trigger a possible debate in the House of Commons. Essex County Council also accepts on-line petitions. Following a serious accident to a child near her Colchester school, an online petition for Safer School Crossings has been started across Essex. 14,000 signatures are needed to get a debate at the Essex Council meeting.
There are four primary schools in my Epping and Theydon Bois division and I took the petition to Ivy Chimneys School where the parents and I have been fighting to have the lollipop lady replaced.
She had crossed children over Centre Drive for 26 years but when the county assessed the crossing they said it didn’t meet the standard for a replacement. I stressed various factors that should be taken into consideration and, when the crossing was reassessed, it was agreed that a lollipop person was required. Now we have to find someone to apply for the job.
I also went to Coopersale and Theydon Garnon School with the petition to make another attempt to get a crossing on Coopersale Common. If you are concerned about children’s safety as they cross roads to get to and from school please sign the petition and send it on to your family and friends in Essex. It can be found at http://campaigns.libdems.org.uk/ schoolcrossings. A paper petition form can be downloaded – please send that to me.
Councillor Janet Whitehouse County member for Epping & Theydon Bois Telephone 01992 812503 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Village News Issue 76 December 2011 Page 18
Every year the Parish Council together with Theydon NewsDesk challenge the children from the Primary School to produce a Christmas Card for our village. Each year the standard gets higher and higher making the judges task much more difficult. The judges pick a winner and runner-up from each class entry and an overall Winner (which becomes the Parish Council’s official Christmas Card). Class winners are pictured on these pages and the complete list including runners-up may be found on the village website at www.theydon.org.uk
At the autumn meeting of the Theydon Bois and District Rural Preservation Society, Tony O’Connor the Curator of the Epping Forest District Museum gave a talk entitled “The Iron Age and Roman Occupation in the Epping Forest District from 500 BC to 500 AD”.
Maggie Ratcliffe was the speaker at the first meeting in the winter programme of the Baptist Church Men’s Forum. Her subject was Lawrence of Arabia and she spoke extensively about the man behind the popular Arabian image. Among the many fascinating facts which emerged was that Lawrence was engaged in the design of high speed air/ sea rescue launches used for humanitarian purposes.
Some residents of Baldocks Road, Woodland Way, Morgan Crescent, and Orchard Drive, whose properties surround the playing field of the Theydon Bois Primary School, were concerned to learn that a planning application had been lodged for a modular building to house a Village News Issue 76 December 2011 Page 21 The Past Autumn in Theydon Bois (continued) 23 place Eden Day Nursery at the School. This would be located adjacent to the gardens of Morgan Crescent with a limited pedestrian access via the School car park.
Several large herds of deer, mainly fallow, were now established in the District, especially Epping Forest and tended to move around the local area. The annual rut, where stags fight for dominance of a herd, had now started and so the deer had become more active. Essex Police therefore warned motorists to be especially careful as many road accidents involving deer occurred at this time.
Deer seen crossing roads were to be considered as a hazard and drivers should slow and be alert for the “Tail End Charlie” rushing to catch up those already across, and which were often the cause of accidents; injured deer can be dangerous, should not be approached and the Police informed of any such incident. Pedestrians should be equally careful as stags could consider them as “rivals” and attack. The smaller Muntjac or water deer are equally aggressive, used their needle sharp antlers and could “bite”.