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Monthly Memory Cafe for Dementia

memory cafeThe Society has taken on an exciting aim for 2019 - A Memory Cafe for Buckhurst Hill - a place for people with Dementia and their carers.

After researching and presenting this idea, the good news is that the U3A and the Parish Council are keen to make this a joint venture and it is hoped to be a real support to families.

The Memory Cafe will take place at Roding Valley Hall on the second Friday of each month between 10am and 12pm, with the next on 14th June 2019.

Should anyone else feels they would like some company on a Cafe day, you are also very welcome to join us.  

If you would like to be a volunteer to help with making tea, talking to guests, organising games or washing up, please contact BHRS via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


2019 School Project

2019 School Project

This year BHRS will be again assisting pupils from St John's Primary School with a Market Project to learn about economics and the history of Queen's Road. Pupils from year 4 will be interviewing businesses on Queen's Road and on June 21st setting up market stalls outside those shops to sell items they have designed and made themselves, inspired by the shop's own products. The pupils will be assisted by volunteers from staff, parents, and BHRS (led by Margaret Drew). Last year the stalls raised £900, generously donated to Charity. Last week they walked down Queen's Road in preparation, and one girl's report has been posted on the school website (including a slideshow of 9 photographs).


Further photographs of the pupils visiting Queen's Road are on our Facebook page.  
Please note postponement from June 7th to June 21st due to weather


2019 Easter Bunny Hunt

IMG 1623 1During the school Easter Holiday BHRS organised an Easter Bunny Hunt in windows in Queen's Road. Children had to print off a form, go hunting then take the completed form to FINGERTIPS at the top of the hill to collect a prize voucher.

Well over 50 families finished the Bunny Hunt this year! Many thanks to the nine businesses in Queens Road that welcomed the searching, including BHRS members at Broomes, Coco, Sanjo, Revolution and Dogaholic. Special thanks to member Tracy at Fingertips who organised the end of the search kindly providing children with chocolates as well as the bunnies donated by Bridget from Briannagh’s. Many thanks also for the winning prizes from Coco, Mitchell’s, Legends Barbers, IG9 Cafe, Hair at 18, Fingertips as well as BHRS. A great Easter Bunny Hunt indeed! 



Threat of Closure to Library

Essex CC have announced that they are reviewing Library Services in the county, and are proposing to close at least 25 smaller Libraries, including Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell and Debden. We understand there will be a Public Consultation followed by a decision in Summer 2019. This is obviously unwelcome news, and we we will be liaising with the Parish Council and others about how to prevent this.


Local Plan - Latest News

The Local Plan, a set of policies to manage development within Epping Forest District up to 2033, has been submitted for approval to the Planning Inspectorate by Epping Forest District Council. The news was announced by Planning Portfolio Holder John Philip at the meeting of the Full Council on Tuesday 25 September 2018. Submission followed the end of a legal challenge by property developer CK Properties (Theydon Bois) Ltd after its application for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal was refused. CK Properties had already lost its case following a High Court hearing.

The Local Plan must now be scrutinised and approved by an independently appointed planning inspector working on behalf of the Government. The Inspector will be looking to ensure the Plan is legally sound and meets all the requirements for national and local policies in a fair and consistent way. The Planning Inspector will scrutinise all the policies and supporting documents before hearing submissions and taking further evidence from interested people. The Planning Inspectorate will schedule the Independent Examination of Epping Forest District Council’s Plan among ongoing examinations of other councils’ local plans. Once submitted, councils may have to wait several months before an examination takes place.

More information can be found at http://www.efdclocalplan.org/

A copy of the Plan is available at Buckhurst Hill Library: it is a very large document, difficult to follow if reading online.

The Residents' Society strongly opposes the sites earmarked in the Plan for Buckhurst Hill and our original response to the draft version has been on this website for a year now (see Newsbox on right). Our response to this amended submitted version is

Response to Submission version of Local Plan

The first sessions of the Public Enquiry will take place on 12th, 13th and 14th February at the Council Offices in Epping.

If the Planning Inspector nonetheless approves the Plan, we.understand that the Public Enquiry will be followed by further discussion by EFDC and a final vote by Councillors sometime in 2019. Planning Applications for actual development may be submitted anytime during the life of the plan, up to fifteen years.