The Queen opts out of High Beech Tea Hut debate

The Queen has referred the issue to Eric Pickles

The Queen has referred the issue to Eric Pickles

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The Queen has decided not to get involved in an ongoing campaign to keep a tea hut under its current management.

Bradley Melton, the owner of the tea hut in Fairmead Road, High Beech, has seen the lease for the hut put out to tender by The City of London Corporation.

Mr Melton’s family has run the business for 84 years and there is widespread opposition to the prospect of new management.

Brian Dean, of Hillyfields, Loughton, is one such supporter and wrote to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II last month asking her to intervene.

He wrote: “I would like to ask you to intervene in the decision to tender out the tea hut at High Beach and if at all possible to put the necessary pressure in the right place that can cause this comedy of errors to be overturned.”

A letter has now been received from the the Queen's senior correspondence officer.

She said that “Her Majesty has taken careful note of your concern.. [but]... this is not a matter in which The Queen would personally intervene”.

Mr Dean’s letter has now been sent to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, who is also MP for Brentwood and Ongar.

Fellow Essex MP Eleanor Laing and Enfield Southgate MP David Burrowes have already voiced their support for the campaign.

The corporation’s Epping Forest and Commons Committee will oversee the tender process and next meet on September 8.

The successful applicant will take up the lease in January.   

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11:28am Thu 7 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

I hope the tea is better and in bigger cups whoever takes over.
I hope the tea is better and in bigger cups whoever takes over. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -3

12:10pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Paul Skinner says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
I hope the tea is better and in bigger cups whoever takes over.
You could always buy two cups for cheaper than it'll be under whomever that takes over.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: I hope the tea is better and in bigger cups whoever takes over.[/p][/quote]You could always buy two cups for cheaper than it'll be under whomever that takes over. Paul Skinner
  • Score: 2

12:26pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

Paul Skinner wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
I hope the tea is better and in bigger cups whoever takes over.
You could always buy two cups for cheaper than it'll be under whomever that takes over.
Yes I usually have four cups there as the cups are like thimbles. I would rather pay a little bit more for a cup of tea for the bigger cups, less sugar and milk then.
[quote][p][bold]Paul Skinner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: I hope the tea is better and in bigger cups whoever takes over.[/p][/quote]You could always buy two cups for cheaper than it'll be under whomever that takes over.[/p][/quote]Yes I usually have four cups there as the cups are like thimbles. I would rather pay a little bit more for a cup of tea for the bigger cups, less sugar and milk then. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -8

1:36pm Thu 7 Aug 14

pan says...

The cups there are big VC I think you might be getting confused with other venues.
The cups there are big VC I think you might be getting confused with other venues. pan
  • Score: 6

2:17pm Fri 8 Aug 14

countrylad says...

This campaign is getting a bit out of hand. Writing to the queen, did the citizen smith writer on the FB page come up with that Idea?
What next, the Prime Minister, how about the US president for an air strike?
Just wait and see what happens.
This campaign is getting a bit out of hand. Writing to the queen, did the citizen smith writer on the FB page come up with that Idea? What next, the Prime Minister, how about the US president for an air strike? Just wait and see what happens. countrylad
  • Score: 0

6:56am Sat 9 Aug 14

pm1234 says...

countrylad wrote:
This campaign is getting a bit out of hand. Writing to the queen, did the citizen smith writer on the FB page come up with that Idea?
What next, the Prime Minister, how about the US president for an air strike?
Just wait and see what happens.
No Countrylad, many people are under the impression that the forest is still a Royal forest and one of the supporters decided to write to the Queen himself. In the realms of campaigning I hardly think writing a letter is "getting a bit out of hand".
[quote][p][bold]countrylad[/bold] wrote: This campaign is getting a bit out of hand. Writing to the queen, did the citizen smith writer on the FB page come up with that Idea? What next, the Prime Minister, how about the US president for an air strike? Just wait and see what happens.[/p][/quote]No Countrylad, many people are under the impression that the forest is still a Royal forest and one of the supporters decided to write to the Queen himself. In the realms of campaigning I hardly think writing a letter is "getting a bit out of hand". pm1234
  • Score: 1

10:29pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

countrylad wrote:
This campaign is getting a bit out of hand. Writing to the queen, did the citizen smith writer on the FB page come up with that Idea?
What next, the Prime Minister, how about the US president for an air strike?
Just wait and see what happens.
Yes, who is behind all this?

Ginger R?
[quote][p][bold]countrylad[/bold] wrote: This campaign is getting a bit out of hand. Writing to the queen, did the citizen smith writer on the FB page come up with that Idea? What next, the Prime Minister, how about the US president for an air strike? Just wait and see what happens.[/p][/quote]Yes, who is behind all this? Ginger R? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -1

4:55pm Sun 10 Aug 14

roundthetwist says...

countrylad wrote:
This campaign is getting a bit out of hand. Writing to the queen, did the citizen smith writer on the FB page come up with that Idea?
What next, the Prime Minister, how about the US president for an air strike?
Just wait and see what happens.
You never know, the Queen may be a regular visitor. Bike leathers and a motorbike helmet make a great disguise.
[quote][p][bold]countrylad[/bold] wrote: This campaign is getting a bit out of hand. Writing to the queen, did the citizen smith writer on the FB page come up with that Idea? What next, the Prime Minister, how about the US president for an air strike? Just wait and see what happens.[/p][/quote]You never know, the Queen may be a regular visitor. Bike leathers and a motorbike helmet make a great disguise. roundthetwist
  • Score: 2

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