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Photographic Competition

This year the title for the competition was “My Favourite Place in Buckhurst Hill”, chosen to cheer us all after the time we’ve all had unable to go out as freely as usual.

All the entries were super and our judge, Roger Taylor, very much enjoyed the challenge of selecting three he felt displayed a certain something that made them just that extra special.

Finding a judge can be a challenge but this year with this very specific title about our home town made it much easier as we knew the right person had to be someone who loved Buckhurst Hill too.

Roger has lived in Buckhurst Hill for 50 years; 40 in the same house, where he has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and photographic re-toucher. I knew about his graphic expertise from his design of the Christmas posters he had undertaken each year for the Society’s joint Christmas Fair with the Parish Council.

He told me that, “In ‘the old days’, these tasks were all done by hand. Computers changed the way everybody works, especially graphic designers. Retouching pictures has become easier, but clients still demand the impossible. Years ago, I was the official photograph re-toucher for HRH Prince Charles. He gave out signed pictures whilst on world tours.

Over the years, I have produced logos and typefaces for numerous global companies, including BA, Rolls Royce, Barclays, Post Office, Tate Gallery, Roche, HSBC, Lloyds, Waitrose, Savoy Hotels, The White House, Washington, to name but a few. Focus now also includes smaller start-up companies, all seeking an eye catching app.

I am looking forward to judging the submitted photographs for BHRS, having been a member for at least 25 years”.

I was delighted that he agreed to join us as a marvellous judge!

Roger was of course not given the name of any entrant and all the photographs were laid out for him to look at without their titles or photographer's name.

First Prize - Janet Caddock

Every aspect about Buckhurst Hill we all love – the outdoors, family, wildlife – but done in this photograph with a great balance – ‘Golden Section’ – and the bird as the eye catching point.

Second prize - Sarah Boland

Lovely effect of the reflection. Magical colours.

Third prize - Jenn Page

Strong from all the parallel lines in the image.

Roger found third prize very difficult to select and so we also have three ‘Highly Commended' Photographs by Margaret Sinfield, Amanda Waters and Julie Allen.

Thank you very much to the shops in Queen's Road who have joined in this event with BHRS by displaying the photographs in their windows for two weeks. This includes Society members – Coco Hair Salon, 16 Queens Florist, Il Vino and Naturally Dog as well as GD Cabinet Makers, Supadance, Fentons, Mathnesium, and Pure.

Do go and have a look at the photographs, which will be in windows on Queen's Road until Sunday June 20th.

We have now arranged a number of Events for 2021 to be held online via Zoom. Please see the events tab above for details. This means that members can watch or listen to the talks at home, on their computer or phone.
Instructions for viewing the talks will be sent in emails to members preceding the meetings.
We do of course hope to revert to public meetings as soon as it is possible to do so, though when that might be cannot be predicted.
Queen's Road Planning Approval

The face of Queen's Road is set to change after planning approval was given by EFDC to demolish the bungalow at 2 Princes Road and construct a three-storey block of flats with commercial units at street level. This is the currently open corner diagonally opposite Waitrose at the junction of Queen's Road and Princes Road.

The plans are on the EFDC Planning Portal under EFDC/2378/19 

The issues are described by the Planning Officer in the Agenda for the Plans South meeting on 23rd September, pages 15 - 25, which includes objections from BHRS, BH Parish Council, and nearby residents, but recommends approval of the plans.

The plans are highly controversial, and could not be resolved at the EFDC Plans South meeting, so were referred to the more senior District Development Management Committee on 11th November, who gave their approval. The debate at both meetings can be viewed in the webcast library on the EFDC website, which includes the views of Buckhurst Hill's own five District Councillors (Three opposed, two supported).

A separate proposal to allow development on the Car Park behind is still undecided; the Local Plan is still under discussion. There is as yet no design of how flats can be viably constructed whilst somehow retaining the existing number of car parking spaces.

Prospective residents of 2 Princes Road will be told they cannot own cars, as the plans do not include parking spaces, and parking on surrounding roads is restricted.

There will clearly be much disruption during construction.


Epping Forest Car Park Charges


Once again we are grateful to Valerie Jones of West Essex Ramblers for this update.

From 10th May 2021 you will be required to pay for car parking at 14 car parks in Epping Forest. These include all the car parks in Chingford (Bury Road, Barn Hoppitt, the Golf Club, Warren Pond, Connaught Water etc), High Beach, Leyton and Wanstead. It will cost you £4 for up to 4 hours or £6 for up to 6 hours parking. The charges apply all day, every day of the week. 

Be aware that cash payment IS NOT an option. In Chingford, Leyton and Wanstead you will only be able to pay with mobile phone technology using RingGo. You have to download the RingGo app to your phone and set up an account with them, giving your mobile number, car registration and payment details. Once you’ve parked you then register your arrival and intended length of stay at the car park via your mobile, and they charge your account. 

If you decide to go ahead you are strongly advised to set up your account with RingGo from home, before you go anywhere near a car park. Do not rely on being able to get through to a person on the phone to set it up once you are there.  

High Beach does not have mobile phone coverage. Therefore, only at High Beach will there be pay and display machines. Again, the system will be cashless and payment will be by card only.” 


Opening of Luxborough Lakes
Please see News Article in the News Box on the right