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Road Closure  : Temporary Road Closure Notice 23rd January 2017

Shonks Mill Flood Storage Area

This is a Report by The Environment Agency; Ground Investigation Works

Toot Hill Show 2016 Saturday 6th August

The Parish Council will be promoting the Neighborhood Watch Scheme and looking to increase its email contact list for the Newsletter distribution (if you would like to receive News & Views by email, please contact Councillor Alan Buckley

Village Hall Purchase

The Parish Council are pleased to announce that they have secured the purchase of the Village Hall, thereby securing its future for the community. A total of £40000 was raised from the Public Loans Board to include not only the purchase price of the hall, but also to upgrade the parking facilities. The loan is at a fixed rate of 3.64% over 19.5 years.

Stanford Rivers Christmas Tree

The Parish Council was once again delighted to provide the Tree  this year: a slightly taller one: measuring a magnificent 16 feet. The lighting ceremony took place on the 1st December and a record 70 people attended, including many youngsters who were delighted to meet Santa Claus and his highly illuminated sleigh: courtesy of Ongar Round Table. Hymns were sung, mince pies eaten and mulled wine duly drunk. Thank you to Martin and Gill Ellice for providing the electricity: Dave Giles for erecting and securing the tree: Rosemary Tiffen for conducting the prayers and Philippa Giles for leading the carol singing and a vote of thanks too to our Clerk, Susan De Luca who was in charge of ” catering” and was the first to arrive and the last to leave. A small immodest thank you too, to yours truly, Councillor Alan Buckley who brought all the elements together!

To the Manor Born

Joel Goldman, the current Lord of the Manor duly met a group of Parishioners at the Village Hall on the 12th September: a pleasant evening was had by all. It seems he had only driven through the Parish a couple of times, but had never spoken to anyone and from the residents side we were delighted to meet him after Cllr John Glover’s detective work.

Joel Goldman – Lord of the Manor

During the Reception the idea of creating an archive of the history of Stanford Rivers was raised and Mr Goldman kindly offered the original research papers that his grandfather made when writing his book on the history of the Manors. .

Harold M Scott

Harold Scott purchased the Lord of the Manors of Stanford Rivers, Bellhouse and Traceys in 1965 for the sum of £285. Although he was never a resident in the Parish he was drawn to the area and devoted 5 years of research in compiling an historical book on Stanford Rivers which was published in 1974. From one of the few tatty copies still in existence, Parish Council Chairman John Glover has reproduced hardback versions which are available at £25.

An Historic Meeting with Lord of the Manor


Our Speed Watch Programme has started.

The aim is to deter speeding through our villages.

Our first operations were all at the weekend and in Stanford Rivers, but future sorties will encompass Toot Hill and also be conducted during the weekday rush hour, once daylight permits.

Drivers reported for speeding will receive a letter from the Police for a first offence.

So far we have 12 volunteers and tend to operate in groups of three: if you would like to join us, please contact Councillor Robert Jackson (07785 370566). The frequency of patrolling is purely up to the individual: their inclination and circumstances.

The radar gun is just one of a series of measures with the aim to make our roads safer. If you see an example of reckless driving, take the vehicle particulars and phone 101. The Police will follow up your call.

Highways issues arising from May Meeting 

Missing Village Name Sign outside Church Cottages, Stanford Rivers. Essex Highways Reference Number 2237123

Overgrown Hedge – Fourwinds Toot Hill Road, Essex Highways Reference Number 2237134

To check progress on the above two issues enter the reference number on;-

Concerning the new speed restrictions in Church Road;it was pointed out by a local Resident that the signing was partially obscured. After discussion The Parish Council agreed, but also thought that the signs would be better positioned to incorporate the crossroads outside the Church and the narrow section of road just before the junction when coming from Stanford Rivers. We have contacted ECC Cllr McEwan requesting that this be placed on the Local Highways Panel for discussion. 

Kay and Ron end 46 years of community service

In mid May, Kay Hayden, our Clerk for 20 years, decided the time was right to take a well earned retirement.

Kay was the longest serving Clerk in the Epping Forest District and never once did she miss a Parish Council Meeting. Her devotion to the job was exemplary: we would like to thank her for her Trojan work over the years.

Nearly one month later, Kay’s husband , Ron, tendered his resignation from the Parish Council: this after 26 years of earnest effort on behalf of the community. Ron brought great expertise on planning matters to the Council and worked selflessly towards securing the future of the Village Hall. Ron’s knowledge and input will be greatly missed and we wish him well in the future in his battle against cancer.


As we are all aware fly tipping is a constant problem in our ruralcommunity: there were two particularly bad instances in June: one in the lay-by on the A113 adjacent to Murrells Farm and the other on School Road near the Co-op cottages.

A vigilant relative of Councillor Hollington has found an address amongst the rubbish in School Road: together with a Parcel Force Delivery Ticket from a supplier. We have passed the details on to EFDC in the hope that the perpetrators can be prosecuted. Should you come across any identification evidence amongst dumped rubbish: please don’t remove it: contact EFDC on 01992 564608, or contact a Parish Councillor.