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26th May 2015 Theydon Bois Horticultural Society Show 2015:

Horticultural Society Show

26th May 2015 Rare Giant of Epping Forest on Display:

There is a rare opportunity to view what is probably the largest map of Epping Forest when for one day only a 30ft foot long 1882 map of the forest is being exhibited. On Saturday 4th July this map from the Essex Record Office collection will be on display at Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton. There also be displays of othe maps and two short talks by Loughton and District Historical Society.

Epping Forest Map Poster

26th May 2015 St. Mary's Flower Festival 2015:

St. Mary's Flower Festival 2015

26th May 2015 Theydon Singers Summer Concert:

Theydon Singers July 2015 Concert

19th May 2015 New Sponsors for Theydon Newsdesk:

Theydon Newsdesk, this website and Village News, is run entirely by volunteers and at no cost to our Parish Council or rate payers thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. This sponsorship covered all our production costs until recently when some Theydon Businesses closed or ended their previous sponsorship.

We are glad to report that we have found new sponsors to replace them and welcome Woodland Care Home of Loughton, M & K Cleaning Services of Loughton and Greens Traditional Butchers in Coppice Row as our new sponsors. Please give them your support and mention Village News and Website when using their services. Their details can be found on our Sponsors Page and links to their websites are available from our Links Page or our Shops Page.

19th May 2015 Next Theydon Seniors Event:

Theydon Seniors Poster

19th May 2015 Improve Your Golf - Golf Club Charity Event:

Theydon Bois Golf Club Event

8th May 2015 Open Gardens Day 2015 Cancelled:

Unfortunately there will be no Open Gardens Day in Theydon Bois in 2015 as the committee were unable to find sufficient gardens that were prepared to be open this year. It is hoped that Open Gardens Day will return in 2016. Open Gardens Day has been run for the last 34 years usually on the last Sunday in June.

8th May 2015 Epping Forest General Election Result:

The full Epping Forest result for the 7th May 2015 General Election is as follows:

Eleanor Laing (Conservative) - 27,027 - 55% (Elected)

Andrew Smith (UKIP) - 9,049 - 18%

Gareth Barrett (Labour) - 7,962 - 16%

Jon Whitehouse (Liberal Democrat) - 3,448 - 7%

Anna Widdup (Green) - 1,782 - 4%

Mark Wadsworth (Young People's Party) - 80 - <1%

A total of 49,417 votes were cast.
The turnout was 67.3 per cent, 3.2 per cent higher than in 2010 and the highest since the 72.8 per cent at the 1997 general election.

Seats 1
Total votes 49,348
Electorate 73,447
Num. ballot papers issued 49,417
Number of ballot papers rejected 142
Turnout 67%





Any discrepancy between the total number of votes cast and the ballot papers issued is agreed with agents at the count, prior to the declaration of the result.

Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing has retained her seat winning her fifth general election with an increased 17,978 vote majority.

17th April 2015 Deer Sanctuary Walk:
For the fourth year a special event has been organised by Theydon Bois Rural Preservation Society for 2pm on Sunday 24th May to visit the Deer Sanctuary which is located within the village boundary. Many residents do not realise that Theydon Bois is almost unique in having a near 100 acre Deer Sanctuary so close to its houses. Access, until recently was rare and is still only occasionally agreed by the City of London who administer the Deer Sanctuary as part of its management of Epping Forest.

Deer Sanctuary Walk

Therefore this is a rare opportunity for residents, their families and friends to see inside the sanctuary and learn about it from Forest Keeper, Michael Collins.

Martin Boyle, a Committee member of the Rural Preservation Society, will lead everyone interested from the Village Hall, leaving strictly at 2pm, on a gentle walk which is suitable for anyone able to walk 1 mile plus and includes children and buggies, but sorry no dogs.

17th April 2015 General Election Candidates for Epping Forest Constituency:

The following persons are nominated for election as a Member of Parliament for the Epping Forest Constituency.

  • Gareth Barrett (Labour)
  • Eleanor Laing (Conservative)
  • Andrew Smith (UKIP)
  • Gerard Wadsworth (YPP)
  • Jon Whitehouse (Liberal Democrats)
  • Anna Widdup (Green Party)

The Election Date is Thursday 7th May and the Polling Station for Theydon Bois is St. Mary's Church Hall in Coppice Row.

17th April 2015 Playground At Theydon Spring Fair on 2nd May:

THE Playground At Theydon will be holding a Spring Fair with lots of activities for children of all ages to enjoy. There will be a pets corner, Farmer PAT's animal hunt, face painting, lucky dip, games and crafts and activities at the play park on the corner of Green Glade and Poplar Row in Theydon Bois.

The event will be held on Saturday May 2 with the fun starting at 2pm and ending at 4pm. The funday is to raise money for the play park which is a charity run by Playground At Theydon. Members of the PAT committee held a maintenance day earlier in the year to cut back the foliage and replace some of the worn walkways on the climbing frame. However, much of the equipment will need replacing within the next two years so the committee is hoping to raise funds to make this happen. If you would like to donate, please go to

17th April 2015 Theydon Bois Action Group Fund Raising Evening:

TBAG Fund Raising Poster

Theydon Bois Action Group (TBAG) are holding a fund raising Curry Evening at the Theydon Bois Balti House on Monday 27th April. There are two sittings for a set meal, 6.30pm & 8.30pm at £19.50 a head.

17th April 2015 Tennis Club Open New Courts:

Theydon Bois Tennis Club New Courts
President Eric Ringwood (in white cap), District Councillor Sue Jones and County Councillor Jon Whitehouse

Theydon Bois Lawn Tennis Club celebrated the opening of their new courts on Saturday, 11 April.  Three courts have been resurfaced at a cost of £60,000 thanks to a kind donation from late Treasurer Bernard Davies plus a £20,000 grant from Essex County Council’s Community Initiatives Fund.  Club President Eric Ringwood performed the opening with District Councillor Sue Jones and County Councillor Jon Whitehouse.  Eric said “we will remain a highly active community club, offering a full coaching programme for juniors and adults along with the weekly pre-school and primary school visits.  Just this summer we are introducing new Sunday morning Tiny Tots and Adult Beginner coaching.” 

At the Ceremony, club member, stalwart and volunteer, Les Snellin was also made a Vice President in recognition of his voluntary work at the club.

4th April 2015 Tree Preservation Order Map:

EFDC have produced a new map showing trees in and around Theydon Bois Parish that have had tree Preservation Orders applied to them as of March 2015.

A Tree Preservation Order (TPO) is a legal order made by the local planning authority (LPA).  When applied it is, except in special circumstances, for example if it has become particularly dangerous, illegal for anyone to damage or to fell a protected tree without first having been given consent.  The same restriction even applies to pruning. 

EFDC choose to protect trees, often on development sites, where they are under threat and which they judge to be important local assets.  In the TPO preserved trees are shown as individuals or in groups, areas or woodlands. The map is available to download as a pdf here and further information is available on our Tree Strategy Pages.

4th April 2015 New Knitting & Crochet Group at St. Mary's Church Hall:

Can you knit or crochet? If not, would you like to learn? Come along to the back room of St. Mary's Church Hall (follow the signs to the back door, to avoid the main hall) on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays in the month, from 1.30pm - 3.00pm, and join our new group (babies and toddlers are welcome). The charge will be £2.00 a session including a drink and biscuit.

If you can knit or crochet already, please come along and pass on your skills. For more details phone Linda on 01992 814177.

3rd April 2015 Frank Foster Resident Celebrates Diamond Wedding Anniversary:

Frank Foster Diamond Wedding Aniversary
Violet is seated in the front of husband George and daughter Angela
with some of the Frank Foster staff at the party

Violet and George Dabbs celebrated their 60 Wedding Anniversary yesterday in the 'Themed Cafe' at Frank Foster House with a party for their friends and family. Music and assistance was provided by the Runwood Homes staff who also presented the couple with flowers and an additional cake. George 84 still lives in the family home in Harlow and Violet 82 has been at Frank Foster for the last year.

3rd April 2015 Two April Events for Your Diaries:

Golf Club Quiz Poster
Pre School Fun Run

24th March 2015 Theydon Bois Lawn Tennis Club Spring Coaching Sessions:

Theydon Bois Tennis Club are starting a new round of coaching sessions this spring beginning with a Junior Coaching 'Easter Holiday Camp' starting Monday 30th March. Throughout the spring and into the summer coaching will available to members and non members aged from 3 year old 'Tiny Tots' up to all adult ages. There is no need to book these sessions, just turn up on the day. Details are below with further information on the club available from their website.

Theydon Bois Tennis Club Coaching sessions

21st March 2015 Yesterdays Solar Eclipse from Theydon:

Well it seems despite the cloud cover (see below) Loughton Astronomical Society members did manage to get a very brief 5 second glimpse of the Eclipse in its latter stages and managed to take a telescope photo:

Solar Eclipse from Theydon Bois

20th March 2015 Cloud Cover Spoils Solar Eclipse For Theydon Observers:

LAS Eclipse Watch

As promised below Loughton Astronomical Society members turned out to watch today's solar eclipse from below the village sign near the Bull. Unfortunately it was not to be as heavy cloud cover prevented any views from Theydon and most of the South East. At the maximum point of coverage at 9.30 am there was perhaps a slight darkening of the sky, but it was impossible to note any other effects.

Members were forced to just talk and receive photos from other societies in different parts of the country, Nottingham observers seemed to have good views, or watch the TV coverage on their mobile phones. Still all was not entirely lost as it was a good opportunity for LAS members to talk about the eclipse and astronomy in general with passing villagers and promote the society.

LAS Eclise watch

19th March 2015 Watch Tomorrows Solar Eclipse in the Village with Loughton Astronomical Society:

Solar Eclipse in Theydon Bois

The Loughton Astronomical Society will be observing the eclipse in Theydon Bois Friday morning, if clear.  If it is raining or totally overcast they will probably be in Belgique waiting.

They plan to set up special telescopes to view the sun safely near the village sign outside Greens Butchers, from around 8:30 to 10:15.  This will catch late commuters and shoppers.

Maximum coverage is around 9:30 – 9:45. For an animation see here:

Loughton Astronomical Society is the home of astronomy in West Essex

They meet every Thursday in the Scout Hut off Loughton Lane and welcome all levels of experience. If you are serious, curious, want to learn or just fill an evening then come along.

For their younger observers (6-14 years) they have a junior section that meets monthly.  Last Friday all the AstroKyds constructed pinhole cameras to view the eclipse.

15th March 2015 Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing meets "inspirational" Davenant Foundation School students:

Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing has praised the efforts of three Davenant Foundation School students who have earned sporting and community recognition.

Mrs Laing congratulated the achievements of James Lingfield, Marissa Sims and Daniel Rowden when she visited the school last Friday.

Eleanor Laing MP and Davenant Students

* Daniel Rowden was a runner-up in Epping Forest District Council's Young Citizen of the Year awards when he was recognised for his involvement with his church where he uses his ability as a mentor to encourage younger people to reach their own potential.

As a role model at Davenant, in church or on the track, Daniel was described as "a shining example of why being positive is so important".

Daniel, 17, was also presented with a £1,000 district council Sports Bursary award.

A 400m and 800m runner, Daniel is second in the UK 800m rankings after a host of successes which include the English Schools Championships and the Schools Internationals.

* James Lingfield was named runner-up in the Lions Club International's Young Ambassador of the 21st Century awards for his contribution to the school's Boccia team and his charity work which has seen him raise money for various local causes.

James. 15, gave the £100 he received as the winner of the 2014 Epping Forest District Council Young Citizen of the Year award to Loughton Foodbank. He has also raised money for the Chigwell Riding Trust where he has ridden every week since he was four years old. A couple of years ago James raised £400 for the charity when he walked a mile.

As part of his prize James - who was one of the youngest nominations for the award - will be helping to crew a tall ship around Great Britain in summer 2016.

* Marissa Sims won the English Athletics Championships Under-15 indoor 60m hurdles at Sheffield clocking a time of 8.99secs.

Year 9 student Marissa is a member of Enfield and Haringey Athletics Club. She trains three times a week at Lea Valley Athletics Club and takes part in competitions about once a fortnight. Now she is setting her sights on qualifying for the 75m outdoor event at the English Schools Championships.

Mrs Laing said: "I was delighted to meet Daniel, Marissa and James who are excellent role models for their school. “They are truly inspirational young people and I congratulate them all on their achievements." 

15th March 2015 St. Mary's 2015 Lent Soup Lunches:

A sign of approaching Easter (and hopefully Spring) is the start of a series of six 2015 Lent Soup Lunches organised by members of St Mary’s Church and held in the Church Hall. For the modest sum of five pounds, an excellent soup lunch prepared by the ladies of the Church, with the help of a few men also, can be enjoyed together with dessert and coffee/tea. Liz Hannibal explained that the Fair Trade Charity was being supported this year and drew attention to a display of Fair Trade items which could be purchased from local stores. The attendance at the first three lunches has been very high keeping the team of volunteers very busy. The proceeds of this first two lunches has raised over £700 and it is hoped that similar amounts would be realised from the other lunches which would then be donated to various charities supported by the Church including the Manna Centre and Missions for Seaman.


Theydon Seniors Poster Cancer Research Quiz poster
Theydon Singers Concert poster
Art Group Exhibition Poster
2015 Flower Fesival Poster
Drama Society poster


On Saturday 7th February (7pm for 7.30pm start) St Mary’s Church are holding a “Spice” event at the Church Hall. Kalpna Kadri is a traditional Indian cook who will provide us with a fun cookery demonstration – we will then get to eat her efforts in a shared meal.

The cost is £15 per head which includes poppadums, a starter and main course with rice as well as the demonstration. BYO alcohol/soft drinks/desserts. We will also be holding a raffle as part of the evening. Why not get together a gang of friends and make a night of it? Individual or group tickets on sale now (limited number). Contact Fiona Sagoo 01992 812328 soon to avoid disappointment!

Theydon Bois Drama Society Production of Up Pompeii was a Sell Out Success:

TB Drama Society

The last night of Theydon Bois Drama Society's production of “Up Pompeii” by Miles Tredinnick staged in the Village Hall was the usual sell out. This hilarious romp through ancient Rome, with characters devised by Talbot Rothwell and Sid Colin for the BBC comedy series, was almost faithfully replicated by the cast even though lacking a Frankie Howerd in all his ribald dominance. Such was the standard of the performance that the Society had taken the wise precaution of warning in advance that “the production contains adult humour and is not suitable for children”, in other words it was almost on a par with typical Saturday night TV ! Angie Becket - Franks was the producer of this enjoyable production.

TB Drama Society

The Society's next production runs in the Village Hall from March 11th - 14th and is The Lady Killers by Graham Linehan. This black comedy made famous by the Ealing Comedy film is sure to be another sell out so early booking is advised. Tickets are available from Monday 16th February and cost £8.50. Telephone: 01992 812250.

16th January:Peanut & Daisy take the lead for St Clare Winter Walkies on 22nd February : 

St Clare Winter Walkies

Perfect pooches Peanut and Daisy will be taking the lead when St Clare Hospice holds its popular Winter Walkies on Sunday, February 22nd.

The cute canines are the furry faces of this year’s fundraising event after they won a Facebook competition to find a top dog to star on the Hastingwood-based charity’s posters, leaflets and other promotional material in the run up to the sponsored 5km countryside walk.

St Clare Winter WalkiesFrom beagles and boxers, to collies and Cocker spaniels, almost 90 handsome hounds and pretty pups entered our online competition, with both Peanut and Daisy winning more than 300 votes each!

St Clare fundraising manager Dominique Brunning said: “We know our supporters are barking mad for their pets, but we were overwhelmed with the response to our Winter Walkies competition. The event, which has been kindly sponsored by Mullucks Wells, is one of the most popular in the Hospice fundraising calendar and we can’t wait to meet all our new four-legged friends on February 22.”

Peanut and Daisy will be setting off at the head of our Winter Walkies pack when the pooch parade leaves the Hospice at 11am. Anyone can join the walk whether you are a pet owner or not.

On the morning there will be doggy-friendly fun and games for all the family, including competitions for dogs and owners as well as a children’s quiz. Free soup and a roll for all walkers will also be available along with other hot refreshments on sale.

Registration for Winter Walkies is £10 for adults, £5 for children or £27.50 for two adults and two children. For more information, call the St Clare fundraising team on 01279 773750, email or visit

16th January:Rotary Club of Epping Music Quiz in Village Hall:

Epping Rotary Poster

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Last Updated 19th May 2015