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Theydon Club & Societies Details

Below are further details about some of the Clubs and Societies active in Theydon Bois who have supplied us with information on their events and activities. Contact details for membership secretaries and meetings can also be be obtained from the Club or Societies Listing page.


Art Group

Theydon Art Group was established in June 1962 with a membership of just 10, under the chairmanship of Charles Rush.  Members enjoyed talks and outings to art galleries as well as practical sessions, usually held in members' houses.  The first exhibition was held on 10th/11th May 1963 in the village hall, when 22 members exhibited, and takings, following sales, amounted to £19-12.0.  

In 1965 the society became affiliated to the Village Association.  Meetings, now held in Theydon Bois Village Hall, are usually practical demonstrations by a wide range of well-known artists. In the summer visits are arranged to local places of interest, where members can paint, sketch or simply photograph with a view to producing pictures for the annual exhibition.

Those wishing to become Members, must first submit 3 pictures for approval. Membership then allows entry to all meetings. Associate Membership, intended for beginners or non-artists, is open to all, and includes entry to all meetings.  Visitors are welcome at meetings for a small fee. The Group is keen to help those interested to find suitable tuition.

More information from group Chairman Robert Ingram - email:



Badminton Club

Theydon Bois Badminton Club

Come and play Badminton at your own pace. Monday evenings in the Village Hall from 8.00pm - 10.00pm.
New members of any standard always welcome. For further information contact: Steve Golding Tel. No. 01992 813697.


Book Club

Theydon Bois Book Club

Meetings: Monthly on a Wednesday evening at 7.30pm – 9.00pm.

Location: Queen Victoria Pub, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, Epping, CM16 7ES

Cost: No membership fee. All books will be paperback and will aim to cost about £5 (new per Amazon).

2019 Programme:



Book – Author




The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry




Our House by Louise Candlish




The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt




The Cows (Don’t follow the herd) by Dawn O’Porter




The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan




Three Things About Elsie by Joanne Cannon




Beneath a Scarlett Sky by Mark Sullivan



No meeting August




Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng




Only Child by Rhiannon Navin




The Man I Think I Know by Mike Gayle




The Break by Marian Keynes


Unfortunately the book club is fully subscribed at the moment but we do have a waiting list so do get in touch. If we achieve a sufficient number we will run an additional set of meetings for another group.

Please visit the Theydon Bois Book Club Facebook Page for the latest info. or contact Clare Homer at


Bowls Club (Short Mat)

Theydon Bois Short Mat Bowls Club

History of Theydon Bois Short Mat Bowling Club - In 1985 Joy and the late Ken Wainwright decided that a Short Mat Bowls Club in the Village Hall was needed for the folk who were retired from business. Notices were displayed about a possible club and there appeared to be a good response, so Ken & Joy went ahead and organized an inaugural meeting at the Village Hall. Epping Sports Centre were very helpful and were willing to lend a couple of mats for a trial period if we could supply transport .So Ken’s trusty Land Rover was pressed into service, Ken & Joy manhandled the mats back to the Village Hall. After the morning session the mats were returned to the Sports Centre. A committee had been formed and it was decided to hire the mats from Thurstons of Camden Town. So once again the Land Rover was used to transport them. As this was a term loan the mats were stored under the stage when not in use. As the numbers of members increased it was decided to buy our own mats and some bowls so that newcomers could always have a set of bowls to try out their skills. A Wednesday evening club was set up for people still working and Thursday mornings became all day, which continues to this day. New members are always welcome and the only stipulation is that flat shoes must be worn to save the mats which cost over £700 each.

I’m Interested, how can I join? Anybody can join and as far as tuition is concerned most members will help and guide novices, the only equipment needed are flat shoes, all other equipment is provided.

The club meets Wednesday Evenings and all day Thursday.

For Wednesday Evening Meetings give Jane Adams a call Tel.: 01268 816995
For Thursday Meetings call
Margaret Jones Tel.: 01992 814797

Come and join a very happy, friendly club for a few ends of bowls , coffee. biscuits and CHAT.


The Crofton Singers

The Crofton Singers

The Crofton Singers is a friendly chamber choir, rehearsing from 8.00 pm on Thursday evenings at Bancroft’s School, Woodford Green, IG8 0RF during term times. New members of all ages are always welcome: there are no formal auditions – selection is by mutual agreement after a few rehearsals. The choir has a very wide and varied repertoire including sacred, secular, classical and modern music: from Bach to Bernstein, Tallis to Cole Porter, Rachmaninov to Vaughan Williams, eight-part Mediæval Latin Mass to the close harmony of the Barber Shop. We perform locally three or four times a year, though we have sung further afield including Chichester Cathedral and Wimpole Hall.

For further information about future concerts, or if you are interested in joining the Crofton Singers, do see our website:

Epping Forest Group, Alpine Garden Society

The Epping Forest Group is a friendly local group of the national Alpine Garden Society and is for all those with an interest in alpine plants, whether in the wild or growing at home in the garden, frame or greenhouse.

The Group meets every month from September to May, usually on the second Tuesday of the month in the Village Hall. Meetings take the form of an illustrated lecture or a demonstration, followed by refreshments.

Meetings of the Epping Forest Group of the Alpine Garden Society, 8.00 pm in Theydon Bois Village Hall. Non-members are welcome. For further information please contact Keith Ballard, 01992 813231 or go to their Website

Programme of Current Meetings

Please see this page of their Website


Friends of Copped Hall

The Friends are dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Copped Hall.

Copped Hall? You will have seen the building from either the M25 or the Epping New Road.

So why not join the Friends of Copped Hall Trust and support this important heritage project.

It is rare to turn the tables on developers but Copped Hall Trust have done this and have saved Copped hall by purchasing it and it's gardens for educational and community use.

Copped Hall is strictly private; access is only possible by arrangement. However, the hall, gardens, stables, conservatory and greenhouses are gradually being restored by the Trust's own efforts and you can, as a Friend, assist in this by joining the working parties and enjoying good companionship, tours, lectures, visits, art shows, home cooked delicacies, theatrical performances, seasonal garden produce and discounts on purchases.

For further information visit the Copped Hall Web Site or e-mail us.
Tel: Membership, 0208 989 0599
Tel: Callminder, 01992 571657



The tours last about 2 hours 30 min - 3 hours and cover the whole of the gardens, part of the mansion, the cellars and the stables.

Tours start from 10.00am and entry gates close at 11.00am.
(We may have to increase these prices - this dependant on what the vat authorities decide)
Third Sunday every month. Check Copped Hall Website for cost, dates and times.
The price includes guided tours of the mansion and gardens.
Please note, there will be no guided tours in December.

Tea, coffee and home-made cakes are available in the Racquets Court where there is also a shop selling books about Copped Hall and a variety of gift items. There are also second-hand books for sale at Education Room. At certain times of the year, seasonal fruit and vegetables from our Walled Garden are available for sale. There are permanent exhibitions on site.


Sundays: Check Copped Hall Website for cost, dates and times.

The gates are open between 2.00pm and 4.00pm only. Gardens will close at 5.00pm.
This is an opportunity to visit the gardens in the afternoons, when people can wander around and talk to our gardeners. It was felt that these times may be more convenient and have indeed proved extremely popular. There is no tour but a map with brief descriptions of the gardens is given out on arrival. The mansion is not open on these days. The Racquets Court is open until 4.00pm for tea and coffee, home-made biscuits and cakes, and the shop is open at the same time.


Loughton Astronomical Society

Loughton Astronomical Society Web Site

The Loughton Astronomical Society (LAS) meets on Thursday evenings between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. in the Scout Hall, off Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois, Essex (next to the Cricket Club). We welcome anyone interested in astronomy, cosmology, stars, planets or the universe around them. If you are serious about astronomy, want to learn, want someone to talk to your club about astronomy or would just like to look through one of our telescopes then why not come along and see us.

Astrokyds is the junior section of the LAS. It is open to young observers between 6 and 14 years of age. We meet between 6:30 and 8:00 St. Mary's Church Hall, Theydon Bois on the second Friday of the month, except in April and August when we take a break. Please bring a parent or guardian with you (they may actually enjoy it as well).

2018 Programme Here

Warning - Programmed events may change at short notice - Watch the web site for any changes 

Public Events: Join Loughton Astronomical Society astronomers to look through their telescopes, or bring your own to learn how to get the most out of it. The Society will be running three 'Family Stargazing and Night Sky Observing Nights' during January and February. There will be an alternative programme if cloudy. There is no charge for these evening events that run between 18:30 and 20:45 at the Scout Hut, Off Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois on: Saturday 13th January, Sunday 21st January & Saturday 24th February.


Loughton & District Historical Society

President: Heather, Lady Murray of Epping Forest
Chairman: Dr Chris Pond,OBE, Forest Villa, Staples Road, Loughton IG10 1HP (020 8508 2361)
Secretary: Linda Parish, 17 Highland Avenue, Loughton IG10 3AJ TEL: 020 8508 5014
Treasurer: Tony Newson, 17 Highland Avenue, Loughton IG10 3AJ Tel: 0208-508-8700
Membership Secretary: Ian Strugnell, 22 Hatfields, Loughton IG10 1TJ
Newsletter Editor:
Lynn Haseldine Jones, The Lodge, Snaresbrook House, Woodford Road, London E18 2UB
020 8530 3409


LDHS Programme of Events for 2019/20 Season HERE




Public transport: Most local buses stop close to the Methodist Church.
Car parking: There is limited car parking behind the Church but as clamping takes place outside of this area, it is advisable to use the Traps Hill car park which is free at the time of our meetings.
Refreshments: Tea and coffee are served at a modest cost at all meetings. Guest visitors: Visitors are welcome at all meetings on payment of a donation of £2.50.

For a list of the Society's Publications and further information
Click Here


Men's Forum

We have vacancies for new members and if you are free for a couple of hours on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of months October to June then why not join us.  We meet at the Theydon Bois Baptist Church (Rear Halls), The Green, at about 10.15 am and finish at 12 noon.  Our meetings start with a cup of coffee and a chat with other members and we then enjoy a selected and enjoyable talk given by an invited guest and all this takes place in a very friendly atmosphere.

Chairman:    David Walling
Co-Chairmen: David Moir (Meetings) Bob Browning (Programme) Mike McClean (Technical)
Treasurer: Anthony Slater
Assistant Treasurer / Treasurer Elect:   Anthony Slater
Coffee & Lunch Organizer:    Jeff Moody

Programme Committee: Messrs. Browning, Joy, Pribul, Williams and Walling

If you would like to know more about the Forum please telephone David Walling 01992 813133 and we will help and also send you the programme of our speakers for the forthcoming season (as below).

Our speakers for the Autumn 2019 season are as follows:

9                  British Servicewomen
              (Their Path to Combat Roles)
                          Kathleen Sherit

23      Sporting Heroes Past and Present
                            Brian Scovell

13                Loughton Aerodrome
                           Alan Simpson

27          Blacksmithing Then and Now
                           Andy Bennett

11                  Work as a Chaplain
                 (at St Margret’s Hospital)
                         Rev Paul Walker                    

We look forward to welcoming you.


Theydon Bois Drama Society

Theydon Bois Drama Society was founded in 1925, and although there was a short suspension during the war years, such continuity in a small community is remarkable.

Over the years the Society has presented a wide range of comedies and tragedies, thrillers, music halls, variety shows and revues, pantomimes and musicals and many people, in their time, have played many parts on stage and back-stage. Our venue has progressed from one of the old Retreats, to the old Army Hut in Loughton Lane, to the Village Hall in Coppice Row and now to the magnificent Village Hall of which the village is so proud.

In the early days membership consisted entirely of local people and more particularly of family groups, but now our membership is drawn from a wider area and we are always keen to welcome new members from Theydon Bois and beyond.

At all times and in all circumstances the Society has set itself the highest standards of acting and presentation, and is justifiably proud of the good reputation that it has long enjoyed and strives constantly to preserve. During the last few years the Society has received recognition from the National Operatic & Dramatic Association for a number of productions.

Theydon Bois Drama Society is keen to welcome new members in both an acting and non-acting capacity, be it lighting and sound, costumes, props or scene painting. In articles like this they always say, 'Come and join our friendly Society', but in this case it's true.

The Society's Web Site is at:

If you are interested in joining the Society in any capacity or would like any further information please contact Nicola Gilbert on 020 8559 1924 or via email

The Society's productions of Macbeth in 2012 and Murder Weapon in 2014 both received awards from the National Operatic & Dramatic Association.

Drama Society Productions:
Productions usually start at 8.00pm unless otherwise stated.

7th - 9th June 2018
'Much A Do About Nothing'
by Willaim Shakespeare. Tickets available from 26th March

Shows start at 8.00 p.m. Tickets £10.00 available from or telephone 01992 919038.


Theydon Bois Horticultural Society

The Society now has its own website here


On 15th May 1899 “it was resolved to form a Horticultural Society for the Parish of Theydon Bois”. Mr Gerald Buxton was elected President (copy of first minutes enclosed)
Initially Subscribers (no fixed amount) to the Society financed the Horticultural Shows and there were donations by local firms. Schedules became booklet form in 1930 in order to bring in advertising to help finance the Shows.
There were two sections in the first show. One for “Cottagers and Allotment Holders” and one for “Professionals, Amateurs and others residing within two miles of Theydon Church”. Prizes for the “Best Kept and cropped Allotment/Cottage Garden, usefulness to be the chief merit” were First 10/-, Second 7/6d, Third 5/- which would have been very valuable in 1899.

The first shows were held at Birch Hall in conjunction with the Donkey Shows when tents were hired, tables, seating and catering equipment were hired or borrowed. For many years bands were engaged and it was thought necessary for four constables to be present. “Copted Hall” loaned palms and ferns for decoration.
For a long time there were two shows a year which included Chrysanthemum and Dahlias, a Floral Section and exhibits from the W.I.  The Chrysanthemum and Dahlia and Floral Section became clubs in their own right both unfortunately now discontinued.  The Floral Club was one of the earliest and first in this area.

In July 1900 there was scarlet fever in the village.  The show wasn’t postponed “but only the exhibitors were allowed in the tent when bringing their exhibits”.
During the First World War there were no shows or recorded meetings; in 1907 the show had low receipts due to wet weather but in 1921 there was no show because of the drought.  From 1940 there were no shows until they started again in 1945 although the allotments and gardens were still judged and in 1951 “the Society ceased to function until a new secretary was found” so there was no show that year.  This accounts for it being our 110th year but only our 100th Show.

Shows have gone on whatever the weather more recently although dry years have been difficult.  Support for the Senior Citizens handicraft and floral entries have lapsed but with the new headmistress at the local Primary school more interest has been shown once again in our efforts to keep the show going as a village event.
Over the years we have organised poster colouring competitions (with the children designing for their age groups), helped with a gardening club – supplying tools, gloves and a hose with trolley, liaised with the headmistress to keep in touch with modern trends in handicraft etc. and sponsored an “Inset Day” at RHS Wisley for a teacher.

Outings are organised two or three times a year and we endeavour to have some interesting talks.  Speakers have included Peter Seabrook, Adrian and Jason Bloom, Dr Stefan Buczacki, Anne Swithinbank, Pippa Greenwood, Bob Flowerdew and Nigel Colborn – all rather too expensive these days, but in 2011 well known TV personality Christine Walkden will give a talk on Gardens of the UK.

In 1981 Gardeners Question Time was recorded in the Village Hall as was Classic FM Gardening Forum in 1995.

For the Parish Council we judge the Best Front Gardens and also plant up and maintain the planters in the shopping area.

Unfortunately, many horticultural societies in our area have closed or no longer hold shows and although we have to cease trading from our hut (due to lack of demand) we are pleased to see more show entries from an increased number of allotment holders who also enter our Pumpkin Completion held in October (The Society will pay a £1.00 per kilo weight for the heaviest pumpkin).

The Society welcomes all to any of its events, although it it gives priority to members on its coach outings. Membership is open to anyone living within the Parish of Theydon Bois and the membership fee is normally only £2.00 per annum.

The Society donated £5,000 towards the new Avenue of Oaks and £500 for a seat at the cemetery.
Committee members, on behalf of the Parish Council, again judged front gardens and the planters in the shopping area were planted and maintained by our members – thanks go to Keith Harris, Liz McGuire (and family), Peter Snelling and Barry Turner. MANY thanks too to Mrs Grant who allows access to her outside tap!
Although we no longer have a trading hut, residents of Theydon may join Epping Horticultural Society, that does have a trading hut.

At an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Society on 29th January 2014 members of the Society expressed doubts about their ability to run the Annual Show and carry on due to a lack of committee members following the announcement by Jane & Barry Turner of their retirement from the committee after over 30 years of service.

The meeting was though very positive about continuing and a new committee was quickly formed and new officers for the Society appointed. A successful shows were run in 2014/15 and 16 and the next one is now scheduled for 22nd JulyJuly 2017.
Programme for 2018:

15th March 8.00pm: Tim Carter from Longhurst Plants will be talking on Plants of Seasonal Interest. Free to members. Others £2.00.



The Society now has its own website with event details

For further details of all events contact the Secretary: Lee Anderson Tel:01992 814998
E Mail:


Theydon & Abridge Jazz Club

The Theydon Jazz Club venue:

39 Ongar  Rd  Abridge Essex RM4 1UD 

Following Covid the club will be reopenning the Tuesday Afternoon sessions. These will now be on every other Tuesday each month from 2.00pm - 4.30pm (Doors open at 1.45pm). At present there are still some Covid Prevention Measures in place. See Jazz Club Website for details.

Stiil the same great Traditional Jazz sessions by fine musicians. New members very welcome.

ALL are welcome, Members £10.00, Visitors £12.00 unless otherwise stated. Accompanied children under 12 Free.

Jazz Club Latest Programme

Enquiries and Info from: tel:01945 588325

The programme for the next few months is available from the above link. Any queries telephone Dave & Sheila Dyer on 01945 588325, mobile 07903 879209.

Theydon Jazz Club Website



The Theydon Bois Singers
The Singers began in 1967 as a group of vocalists and instrumentalists within the Theydon Bois Music Society which was formed a year earlier. Performances were limited for the first two years to meetings of TBMS and their minutes record that the first concert was organised by Miss Jean Crome who also played in a trio. Jean is not the only founder member still singing in TBS and who are the most regular attendees. In 1969 the Singers collaborated with The Theydon Bois Art Group to present “Music and Art through the ages.” At Christmas time the same year the Singers sang carols at venues around the village and in 1971 gave their first Christmas Carol Concert in public for the Village Association in the Village Hall, joined by the Davenant School Choir.

By 1974 the need for professional leadership was recognised and the singers began a separation from TBMS, working for a couple of years as an evening class, and emerged with their new identity as The Theydon Bois Singers in 1977.  At a committee meeting before the AGM of the TBMS in 1978 the Singers agreed to become an independent organisation.

Ever since 1978, beginning with the Christmas concert, the Singers have presented a spring concert, with a selection of or a major religious work, and a summer concert of a decidedly light hearted nature and now have regular bookings in the Village Hall. Performances have included Mozart’s Coronation and Nelson Masses. Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Mikado, HMS Pinafore and Yeomen of the Guard, and works by modern composers like Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man- a Mass for Peace.”

Today the choir comprises forty voices providing a balance in all registers. Our young Musical Director, Lawrence Tatnall, is an accomplished conductor. We meet in the Village Hall for two hours rehearsal on Monday evenings at 8pm. Our current subscription is £35 per term. We are a happy and enthusiastic choir and always welcome new members ... so why not come and give us a try. For further details phone Hilary Hedderick on 07921 776109 or Barbara Lane on 01992 574892.
Email: or



The Debating Society appears to have started in about 1911. The Society still retains its records from just after the First World War.

The Society meets on the first Friday of the month from September through to April. The Society meets in the Church Hall and the meetings commence with sherry followed by a four course meal and coffee. The members then take it in turn to present a paper which is then discussed by the members and voted on at the end of the evening.

The subjects debated over the years have been, for example, in 1925 "That Germany in the natural ally of the British Empire". In 1929 "That from the British point of view the construction of the Channel Tunnel is desirable". This was followed in 1975 with a motion "If the French agree to build the Tunnel it is the worst reason for accepting it". The subjects have varied from building battleships in 1921 to vertical take off aircraft in 1987 and more recently "That this house believes in ghosts and modern art".

There are no subjects that the Society will not tackle, but we try to avoid politics and religion.

Membership is by invitation and is (at the current time) a men only society. Initially please make contact with Martin Boyle Tel: 01992 813132



Theydon Bois has a flourishing Women's Institute with a membership of over 90 ladies.  2018 is our 99th Year .The current President is Mrs Doreen Snell. The institute has progressed from strength to strength with a programme comprising a variety of excellent speakers and subjects.  Other activities have included sherry mornings, pancake day events, strawberry teas, outings to places of special interest and entertainment. Proceeds will be in aid of WI funds.  The institute has a Bridge section who meet on Friday afternoons in the Village Hall.  As part of a national organisation our aims are to improve the quality of life for our members and for society in general.  New members are always welcome.  Please contact our Secretary Mary Leng Tel: 01992 578174 or President, Doreen Snell.

Theydon Bois WI meets on the third Wednesday afternoon of the month at 2.00pm in the Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row. New members and visitors are always welcome.

2018 Programme:

Dudley Chignall
Competition:  Holiday Photo

Sylvia Keith
Competition:  Sun Hat

Hilary Hedderick
Competition:  A homemade knitted article


Roger Hance
Competition:  Bird Ornament

Tracy Mackness
Competition:  Your favourite Recipe Book

Kate Poole
Competition:  Theatre Programme


Mrs. Margaret Rogers
Competition:  Photo of a cat

Mark Lewis
Competition:  Photo of a Boat

Michael Howgate
Competition:  A Mystery Novel

Members Christmas Meeting
Competition:  Christmas Table Decoration


Veterans Foothball Club

Support your local team this autumn season at their home ground on the Cricket Ground site off Loughton Lane or Avenue Road.
2018 Autumn Home Fixtures are:
8th September vs Buckwellians KOFF 3.00pm
6th October vs Cheshunt KOFF 3.00pm
13th October vs Upminster KOFF 3.00pm
20th October vs Horse & Wells KOFF 3.00pm
3rd November vs Horse & Wells KOFF 2.00pm
17th November vs Tansley KOFF 2.00pm
19th November vs Enfield
All are welcome and there is a friendly Club House Bar.

For more details contact Fred Cheroomi email: ot tel: 07768042411


Victorians Petanque Club

At present the Petanque Court has been removed from the renovated Queen Victoria Pub Car Park. It has been registered by the Parish Council as a Community Asset, but it seems unlikely that it will be replaced. At present the club meets elsewhere.

In the last thirty years or so the game of Petanque, or the French game of Boules as some people prefer to call it, has not only crossed the Channel, but become well established in this country – more and more people are taking to this highly sociable game which has an almost universal appeal.

One of the joys of the game is that it is fundamentally very simple and that it does not require expensive equipment or special clothes.

The Victorians Petanque Club was founded in 1995 and meets at the Queen Victoria Public House, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois  (at the rear car park) on Saturday mornings from 11.30 am and on Wednesday evenings (summer league matches permitting) from 7.30 pm.

If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact  Brenda Wilmot, Club Secretary, Tel No 020 8508 1987.


Further information about Victorians Petanque Club can also be found on

As far as we know these are the most up to date details. Please contact us to update or if you want to give further details or a link to your own Web Site.

Please contact us with your Latest Details. E-Mail: Theydon News Desk or send copy to the Village Office. Preferably on floppy disk

Last Updated 11th July 2021