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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

24th December

The Village Website & Village News wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

24th December:Theydon Pre Christmas Events:

Theydon has certainly been enjoying the seasonal events in the run up to Christmas Day. A few are pictured below.

Fairlop Brass Band

Fairlop Brass Band with our Primary School Head, Leslie Lewis, on Cornet (pictured above centre) entertained an enthusiastic audience in the Village Hall on the 16th December with a 'Christmas Crackers' selection.

TB Primary School Xmas Fair

Cakes and presents galore were available from the Theydon Bois Primary School Christmas PTA fair held at the school on the 13th December.

Theydon Seniors Xmas Event 2014

Theydon Seniors Xmas Event 2014

On the 5th December a Christmas Event for our Seniors was held by the Parish Council in the Village Hall with tea and cakes and entertainment provided by the Brick Lane Music Hall.

24th December:Tree Plantings on the Village Green:

Saturday 13th December was an important Tree Planting Day in connection with the Theydon Bois Tree Strategy. Four specimen trees were planted in various locations around the Green in the hope that these in years to come will become 'Landmark Trees. The first two trees were planted near the Village Hall and the further two near the pond. The trees have been planted with the permission of the Conservators of Epping Forest (the City of London).

Eleanor Laing Tree
Drama Society Tree
Village Association Tree
Levene Family Tree

The first Tree an OAK was sponsored and planted by Eleanor Laing MP. Also present were Gordon Haynes Chairman of City of London Open Spaces, Chair of TB Parish Council John Phillips who was also representing EFDC and Preservation Society Committee member and Tree Warden Robert Levene.
The 2nd Tree a Hornbeam was sponsored by TB Drama Society - celebrating its 90th year. Jo Shephard and Aimee Nicholson & others from their committee carried out the planting.
The 3rd Tree a White Willow was sponsored by The Village Association. Chairman Martin Oliver various committee members did the planting watched Gray Lowman age 4  & Casta Lowman age 2 who asked if they could be involved as they missed the previous Willow so much.
The 4th Tree an Alder was sponsored by the Levene Family -with the children Mitzy age 7, Harry age 6 & Robert Age 2 helping with the planting.

In all 47 Street trees are to planted over this winter with the help of EFDC. Theydon Bois Rural Preservation Society has sponsored over 20 of these and other village groups and Individual sponsors have paid for the rest . It is hope that  similar new plantings will take place in the winter of 2015/2016. Sponsorship forms are available here.

9th December:Theydon's Christmas Tree Lighting & Market 2014:

Theydon Bois Xmas market 2014

The start of this Christmas season has seen some excellent opportunities for us all to purchase our Christmas presents for loved ones without even leaving the village. St. Mary's Church Fayre was held on 29th November and next Saturday 13th December Theydon Bois Primary School PTA hold their Christmas Fayre from 11am - 2.00pm at the school.

Theydon Bois Xmas tree Theydon Bois Xmas tree

The big pre Christmas event for Theydon Bois was again the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and the 4th Christmas Market. The traditional tree lighting ceremony was held this year in the car park of the Queen Victoria pub as the planted tree outside the village hall has died and had to be removed. This was closer to the Christmas Market held in Forest Drive and the Parish Council hoped this would further encourage people from all sectors of our community to join the event and it would also give local traders an opportunity to promote their businesses.

Theydon Bois Xmas Market 2014 Theydon Bois Xmas Market 2014

Theydon Bois Xmas Market

Apart from a few technical difficulties the Christmas Tree Lighting managed to take place on time. The Market had all the usual attractions with the choir from the Primary school singing a selection of Christmas songs, rides for the children, many stalls with food or gifts and of course Santa's Grotto. Thanks is due to Parish Councillor George Howard who oversaw the event and did much of the work to make it happen this year, but it was the efforts of stall holders, shopkeepers and volunteers that made it another successful evening.

The event and the following Saturday street collection raised a total of £682.43 for St. Clare Hospice. Again thank you to all those who turned out to support the event and make it such a happy occasion.

There are many more photos of the Christmas Market in the Photo Gallery here.

9th December:Parish Council Christmas Card Competition 2014:

PC Xmas Card Winner 2014 PC Xmas Card Winner 2014

The overall winner in this years Christmas Card Competition for the pupils of Theydon Bois Primary School run by the Parish Council in conjunction with Theydon Newsdesk was Ella Berry of class 5/6 L and her entry is the Parish Council's card for 2014. The standard seems to get better and better each year with some wonderful entries from the children, so it was a very close contest making it again hard work for the judges.

Theydon Bois Xmas Card Judges 2014
2014 Competition Judges L-R: Martin Oliver, Jim Watts, Julie Taylor & Tony Ames

There is both an Infants/Reception Winner and a Junior Winner who received a prize donated by the Parish Council. Blossom Samper Richards of class 1/2 C was the Infants/Reception winner the Junior winner and overall winner was Ella Berry. All the class winners can be seen in our Gallery of Cards with Winners Names here.

9th December:St. Mary's Church Posada Dolls Christmas Visits:

Theydon Bois Posada DollsIt’s been a tradition at St Mary’s for more than 12 years & over the last 5-6 years we’ve expanded it to include all families in Theydon who want to join in. We now also take the dolls to the Pre-school, Montessori and Theydon Bois primary, where Fiona Bradley uses the dolls to introduce the children to the Nativity story using the figures.

The St. Mary's Posada figures of Mary and Joseph travel from home to home in Theydon (so in effect Mary and Joseph travel around Theydon looking for a place to stay). There’s a “journey rota” which shows the families who will be delivering Mary & Joseph, the night they are to look after them and the people they are to take them to. They start their journey on the first Sunday in Advent & arrive back in St Mary’s at the Christingle service on Christmas Eve. They travel with a Christmas story book and a collection envelope (which is also a fundraiser for the Church Army).

So what is The Posada and what’s involved? The Posada at St Mary’s is based on an old Mexican tradition. Knitted figures of Mary & Joseph travel throughout the village staying in a different home every night. The idea is a simple way of introducing the Christmas story to children in a tangible, enjoyable, interactive way. We now have on average 70 families who take part every year.

Just before it’s your turn to look after Mary & Joseph you will be contacted by the person before you. Arrange a suitable time to handover the figures. When handing over there’s a prayer the children or adults can say to welcome the figures into their home. There’s also a book of the Nativity story you can read to your children and a collection envelope to raise funds for the Church Army. The next day you’ll need to contact the next person on the list, and so Mary and Joseph travel on. They finally arrive in St Mary’s church during the Christingle service on Christmas Eve.

Posada Dolls

Theydon Bois Posada Dolls

It’s good fun and is a wonderful Theydon tradition. It’s as simple as that.

9th December:Introducing Elizabeth Thomas New Assistant Parish Clerk:

Elizabeth ThomasElizabeth Thomas is the new girl at the Parish Council. She has taken up the role of Minute Secretary & Assistant to the Parish Clerk recently and was formally introduced at the last full Parish Council Meeting. A resident of Epping for 17 years she said, "I originated on Tyneside and reached my current status as an adopted Essex girl via Cardiff, Wales; Sydney, Australia; Boston, Massachusetts and Ealing Broadway".

"Since graduating university, I’ve worked as a journalist and PR, and in local government as a director-level administrator: I now combine all of this in my own company, Zebra PA Solutions, which is proud now to number Theydon Bois PC as one of its associates. As if this wasn’t enough to keep me occupied, I am the custodian of an adorable old house just on the border of Epping and Theydon, complete with resident ghosts; and I’m the proud mother of three sons aged 15, 14 and eight, two cats, countless shubunkins and some very idiosyncratic hens".

24th November:Theydon Bois Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Market:

Theydon Bois Christmas Market 2014 Poster

24th November:Theydon Bois Tree Strategy Tree Planting:

As part of the Theydon Bois Tree Strategy four trees are to be planted in different locations on Theydon Bois Green at 10.45am on Saturday 13th December 2014. 

The trees are being planted with the kind permission of the Conservators of Epping Forest (the City of London) and each tree has been individually sponsored and paid for as follows:

Eleanor Laing MP, who will plant the first tree
Theydon Bois Drama Society, to mark its 90th year
The Village Association
The Levene Family

The Theydon Bois and District Rural Preservation Society has also this year sponsored 20 street trees which are to be planted at different times this winter around the Village. In addition several residents have sponsored individual street trees in the Village for planting at different times.

Everyone is invited to attend the above planting and of course is then welcome to go on to the Theydon Bois Primary School in Orchard Drive which is holding its Christmas Fair from 11am -2pm.

A great deal of work goes into the Village's trees and appearance. The people involved in providing and looking after our trees in Theydon include your Tree Wardens, the Parish Council, Epping Forest District Council and The City of London.

Please just come along on the morning and see our new trees planted. Meet on the Green opposite the village hall.

11th November:Theydon Bois Remembrance Sunday 2014:

Today is Armistice Day and this year it also commemorates the 100 anniversary of the First World War and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. Last Sunday (9th November) the annual Remembrance Sunday Service took place at the War Memorial by St. Mary's Church where both young and more senior villagers gathered to pay their respects.

Theydon Bois Remembrance Sunday 2014
Theydon Bois Remembrance Sunday 2014
Theydon Bois Remembrance Sunday 2014

A full set of pictures from Sunday's Service is viewable here.

11th November:The Essex Great War Archive Project at the Essex Record Office:

In November we stop to remember the sacrifice made by our armed forces in defence of our country. ThisGreat War Project year is more poignant as it is 100 years since the start of the Great War. To mark this, the Record Office has joined with The Friends of Historic Essex in creating the Essex Great War Archive Project which will run from 2014 to 2018.

The Record Office will collect items relating to Essex during the war such as photographs, letters, diaries and community records and official documents from wartime organisations. The Friends will raise funds to conserve, catalogue and digitise the archives, both new acquisitions and some that are already held at the ERO.

If you can help please contact the Essex Record Office ( or 01245 244644) for advice on depositing records or the Friends of Historic Essex ( for making donations.

11th November: Theydon Bois Drama Society is proud to present Up Pompeii:

Theydon Bois Drama Society Up Pompeii

Theydon Bois Drama Society's next production is based on the original characters devised by Talbot Rothwell and Sid Colin for the Frankie Howerd BBC comedy, this hilarious romp through ancient Pompeii brings back all of the television favourites in this play by Miles Tredinnick. 

As Lurcio attempts to deliver his prologue and begin proceedings, he’s quickly caught up with the myriad sexual liaisons in all quarters of his master’s house.  Why does Ludicrous not leave for the Senate meeting in Rome?  Why does his wife return so quickly from the country?  Who will take care of the escaped slave girl, Voluptua, and will Nausius’s love poetry improve?  Whilst growing chaos ensues, an increasing rumbling is heard in the distance – what could that possibly be? A riot from start to finish.

11th November:Parish Council Vote to Transfer Freehold of Youth & Community Centre to

The future of the Freehold of the Youth and Community Centre off Loughton Lane has been a matter of negotiation by both Theydon Bois Parish Council and the Youth Centre Trust for some time. Both parties have taken advice from solicitors to help find the best way forward.

At the Parish Council Meeting of 30th October last the following resolution was put forward by Councillor Peter Hammond:

"That we the TBPC resolve that the Freehold of the land roadway and parking areas, currently occupied by the Scouts and TBCAYT should be transferred to the TBCAYT and that a restrictive covenant be placed on the land by TBPC.

That the land and buildings shall only be used for community uses, and that no part of the land can be used for residential or commercial purposes.

TBPC will retain ownership of the strip of land from the northern kerb edge of the roadway to the boundary with land to the rear of Rozelle and that a restrictive covenant be placed on that land by TBCAYT that it cannot be used by pedestrian or vechicles for access behind Rozelle.
Subject to the constitution of the Community and Youth Trust being amended to ensure that the trustees are composed of at least 75% Theydon Bois Parish Residents.

That we instruct our Solicitors to provide the necessary conveyance documentation forthwith".

There was considerable discussion and the resolution was ammended (to the above) before the vote. In end the resoultion was adpted by TBPC with 7 in favour and 3 against with no abstentions.

11th November:Buxton Trust Recieve Awards for Playing Fields:

Certificates of Merit were awarded to the Buxton Trust by the Essex Playing Fields Association at there recent AGM.  Richard Crone attended the AGM on behalf of the Trust and accepted the Awards as Chairman. The awards were Gold Merit in Class 1 - Serving a population of 2,500 or more and Class 4 - Cricket Grounds on which a winter game may not be played.

Buxton Trust Award Buxton Trust Award

11th November Could your perfect pooch be the star of St Clare Hospice’s Winter Walkies?

St Clares logoSt Clare Hospice is searching for the perfect pooch to be the face of its Winter Walkies event.

The Hastingwood-based charity is calling on local pet owners to enter their cute canines as part of a competition to find a top dog to front its 2015 fundraiser. The winner will star in St Clare’s posters, leaflets and other promotional material in the run up to our annual cross-country Winter Walkies on Sunday, February 22.

 St Clare fundraising manager Dominique Brunning said: “Our Winter Walkies is one of the most popular events in the Hospice fundraising calendar and this year we want to give one lucky dog the chance to take the lead by featuring in our publicity campaign.

 “Dozens of walkers and their canine companions take part in Winter Walkies every year so we know our supporters are barking mad for their pets, so this is a wonderful opportunity for your pooch to be our Winter Walkies star.

 “We are inviting all dog owners to submit their pictures of their handsome hounds and pretty pups to us and we will then be inviting the public to vote for their favourite via the St Clare Facebook page.

“The winning dog and its owners will take part in a special photo shoot here at the Hospice with Pawtrait of Your Pet photographer Vikki Lince, will be invited to start our walk on February 22 and will also be presented with a canvas from their photo shoot.

“If you think your pet has what it takes then don’t paws for thought, enter today!”

To enter our Winter Walkies competition, please send a picture of your pet to the St Clare fundraising team by email at The deadline for entries is midday on Thursday, November 20. Please include your dog’s name, age and breed as well as your name, address and contact phone number.

Voting opens via on Friday, November 21 at 8am. The dog that receives the most ‘Likes’ will be named the winner. The winner must be available to attend our Winter Walkies photo shoot at the Hospice on Tuesday, November 25 at 6.30pm.

6th November:Christmas Events at the Village Hall:

St. Clares Christmas Fair Theydon Senoirs Poster

The St. Clare's Hospice Christmas Fair will have lots of goodies for christmas presents for sale on the 15th November as well as refreshments. Our Parish Council will be hosting an event with entertainment for our seniors with the excellent Brick Lane Music Hall entertaining on Friday 5th December. To book a place or transport for this please phone Julie our Parish Clerk on 01992 813442.

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