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21st August:Butcher John Phillips Retires:

John Phillips Retires

Theydon's well loved butcher John Phillips has retired after working at this family for business for the last 55 years. His last official day in the shop was on Saturday 16th August, but we were told that he intends to pop back from time to time to ensure a smooth transfer of the business. The shop is to continue as usual under new owner Les Green and further information about this will be posted on the Village Website in due course.

The shop (formally a house and abattoir) opened on 26th November 1959 and was run by John’s father. John started working in the shop whilst he was still at school, gave it try on leaving school and has been there every since after taking over from his father. John hopes retiring will now allow him more time for gardening, walking and getting out in the countryside.

19th August: Theydon Bois Parish Council Job Vacancy:

Theydon Bois Parish Council Job Vacancy Poster

19th August: Theydon Seniors Event:

Theydon Seniors Poster Sept 2014

19th August: Theydon Bois Preservation Society Future Free Walk & Talk:

TB&DRPS last walk this year will be on 14th September, entitled “The Ancient History of Theydon Bois told through its Landmarks.” It starts from the Village Hall at 2pm, lasts about two hours and covers some four miles.

Everyone in the Village is invited to join us for our next free talk on Friday, 10th October at 8pm in the Village Hall when Tony O’Connor will give an illustrated talk entitled “A new dawn in Sun Street” on the extension and refurbishment of the EFDC Museum in Sun Street, Waltham Abbey. Tony’s talk replaces the previously advertised talk by Chris Pond.

19th August: New Mobile Library Times for Theydon Bois

Despite the threat to library services we are fortunate in still getting the mobile library in the village.

At the moment the mobile library visits the village every other week - Wednesdays at the Scout Hut from 9.30 - 10.00 and Thursdays at the Village Hall from 14.35 - 16.35 and then at Robert Daniels Court for 30 mins.

This will change September so that it will visit every week on a Friday - one week at the Scout Hut the next at Robert Daniels Court and the Village Hall.

e.g Friday, 5th September at the Scout Hut from 9.30 to 10.00
     Friday, 12th September at Robert Daniels Court from 13.30 to 14.00
                       and then at the Village Hall from 14.10 to 16.10. 

And so on week by week. It will have a new vehicle and a new driver/librarian called Tom.

The Horticultural  Society  Village Show returned on Sat 26th July with great success.

Horticultural Society Show 2014
Judges & Committee Members just prior to the Opening

The committee were worried that as there hadn’t been a show in 2013 that there might be a dearth of entries, but they needn’t have worried.  There were plenty of entries in the plant and cookery sections with Diane Badcock, Victoria Robertson and Colin Crudgington taking prizes.  The number of entries in the vegetable and flower sections suffered because the deluge in the weather on the preceding Friday prevented a lot of competitors from collecting their exhibits, however  Geoff Hazelhurst, Barry Turner  and Colin Crudington taking cups in these sections.  Cups were also won by Julia Edmunds for the art and Handicraft section and Barry Turner for photography.

TB Horticultural Show Cup Winners 2014
Some of the show winners with their cups

It was very satisfying to see so many entries in the Junior section, with young Antony Girling taking the Shield.

Now that the show is definitely back and hall booked for 25th July 2015 it is hoped that the village will start thinking about what they can enter so there will be a bigger and better show next year

Sunshines on the 2014 Theydon Bois Donkey Derby:

This years Donkey Derby was held under beautiful sunshine once again. After a morning downpour the weather brightened up for the annual Theydon Bois Scout Group event.

Theydon Bois Donkey Derby 2014

Thousands of people came to the derby on the village green to watch the young jockeys ride the donkeys around the course in the seven races. There were also many side stalls for people to enjoy from the guides homemade produce tent to the preschools smelly wanting competition.
This year local groups including the schools PTA, St Mary's Church, Playground At Theydon and nearby scout groups were offered stalls to run so they could indivdually profit from the event.
For this reason the annual total was down on last years bumper figure but it still raised approximately £11,000 for the scout and guide groups in the village.

Donkey derby committee chairman Phil Koczan said:   "We had an excellent day made possible by the support of many people providing time on the day, helping with the organisation of the event, advertisements and sponsorship. Without this fantastic support the event would not happen."

He will be standing down as chairman this year and anyone who is interested in reaching him or joining the committee can contact him at 01992 815629. The committee meets monthly from January in the Queen Vic pub in the village. It gained had several new members last year and hope to do so again this year.

Villagers Turn Out in Force to Watch the Tour de France

Theydon Bois villagers turned out in force on Monday 7th July to watch the Tour de France race through our district. Some made their way to Epping where large crowds had gathered to see the stage three sprint points awarded. Here to get a good view the onlookers perched on walls, bins, post boxes and some even brought stepladders.

Tour de France passes Theydon Bois
The race leaders as the pass the junction with Theydon Road by the Bell Hotel

The closest point to Theydon was the junction at the end of Theydon Road by the Bell Hotel and as early as 11.00am many villagers were spread all along route through the forest between Epping and Buckhurst Hill. There were English Flags, French Flags and balloons everywhere and members of the crowd were leaping to grab memorabilia thrown from the promotional vehicles that past through prior to the race.

Tour de France at Theydon Bois
Bell Hotel Barbeque

There were thousands of people spread along the road by 2.00 pm and it seemed a lot of money was being made selling drinks and eats. The nearby pub The Forest Gate Inn and the Bell hotel both had barbeques and they could not keep pace with the demand and long queues. Prices were not too expensive, but they must have still made a small fortune with the number they sold.

Tour de France passes Theydon Bois
The Peleton Passes Theydon Road Junction

The cyclists finally came past the junction at about 3.20 pm. Two riders were about 45 seconds in front at this point and then the whole bunch (peloton) went past in less than 20 seconds! Was it worth a 3 or 4 hour wait as they all wissed past so fast? It seemed for most people it was. Many commented on the ‘great atmosphere’ and it being a ‘once in a lifetime experience’ that will never happen here again. It certainly brought out the community spirit and it may pay off in the future with those who were watching on TV now considering Epping Forest and Theydon Bois a interesting place to visit.

Theydon's Tour de France Photo Gallery

Lily Evans Celebrates her 100th Birthday at Frank Foster House:

Lily Evans celebrates 100th Birth Day at Frank Foster House

There was another 100th Birthday Celebration at Frank Foster House on Thursday 26th June when Lily Evans reached that remarkable age. She was surrounded by her family including daughter Rosemary and her great granddaughters Milly and Evie who enjoyed looking at the card she had received from the Queen and the bouquets of  flowers presented by family members and Runwood Homes, the Managing Company of Frank Foster House.

Lily’s son-in law provided the musical entertainment for the afternoon party and this and the 100th Birthday cake was enjoyed by all the residents of Frank Foster House who were able to attend the party.

Another Successful Year for Open Gardens Day:

On Sunday June the 22nd , Theydon Youth, led by Thea Buisson and Karen Collins, organised and ran the annual Theydon Bois Open Gardens’ Day. The event has now been running for over 30
years and is visited by people far and wide. The number of gardens was slightly down on previous years, but the number of visitors was up and the selection of gardens to view was still more than enough to fill the visitors’ day. The gardens included a wonderful selection from all over the village, from the stunning formal gardens of Larkmead and Ray Cooney to the beautiful bungalows in Forest Drive.

Open Gardens Day Volunteers 2014
Thea Buisson (5th from left) with the volunteer helpers on Open Gardens Day

We had two new gardens this year in Coppice Row and Hornbeam Close, which were very popular. The weather was kind & the sun shone all day! Special thanks goes to not only the gardeners, without whom the event simply could not take place, but also to the Village Association, for letting us use the hall, the Rural Preservation Society, for providing a wonderful display in the hall and not
forgetting all our helpers throughout the day.

Open Gardens’ Day is the main fundraiser for Theydon Youth and this year we made in excess of £2,700. The money will go towards buying new equipment and subsidising trips for members of the Youth Club. Theydon Youth finished the Summer Term with a water party for each group, which saw hundreds of water balloons being thrown and a giant waterslide being the main attraction! The number of members continues to grow, with our weekly Tuesday night and monthly Junior night having a regular attendance of over 30 village children each session. We are in desperate need of new helpers from September to run on our monthly rota as due to work and/or family commitments a number of our helpers have had to step down. If you feel that you can spare a couple of hours once a month, please contact me Thea Buisson on 01992 815982 or email:

11th July: Villager of the Year 2014 - Roland Frankle:

Roland Frankle Villager of the Year 2014

Chairman of the Parish Council, Councillor John Philip announced the Villager of the Year 2014 is Mr Roland Frankel.  In making the award Cllr John Philips said of Roland "He has spent many years leading the scouts, he stepped down but then returned. He has now stepped down again probably for the last time, but no guarantees of that. He very frequently steps forward to do things around the village and most of us have seen examples of him dishing up candy floss in support of the Donkey Derby where we expect to see him again this year. He organises the songs of praise on the village green for the Open Gardens Day and is very involved at St Mary's Church where he sings in the choir on a regular basis and is also on the PCC. Roland is always willing to step forward and do things around the village. It is my very great pleasure to award Roland Frankel, The Theydon Bois Villager of the Year Rose Bowl."

On accepting the award Roland said "Thank you ever so much, it’s a very great honour. I have always tried to do whatever I can for the villagers; I just don’t like to say no. I think the greatest pleasure and greatest satisfaction I have had of is in serving the young people, they are our greatest asset without a doubt and I would say that probably a cleverer person than me thought up the phrase ‘there our promise for the future and our blessing for today’ so everything that we do for children and young people is and will be a huge benefit to our village. Thank you very much’.

In closing Cllr John Philip reminded Roland of his new duties; "I will just remind you of your duty to be at our Christmas fair this year for two things, switching on the lights and judging the window display."

10th July: Preservation Society Free Talk & AGM:

Peter Warne Talk


Frank Foster Open Day
Residents & Staff Enjoying the Music & Dancing

On Friday the 20th June 2014, Frank Foster House Care Home in Theydon Bois, opened its doors to the community, and united to celebrate the National Care Home Open Day. There were various events and activities throughout the day including Guided tour of Frank Foster House, Resident’s art Gallery and Frank Foster Choir together with singing and dancing.

To mark the occasion, the Vice Chairman of Epping Forest District Council Liz Webster visited and stayed for about an hour.

Frank Foster Open Day - Cllr. Liz Webster
Epping Forest District Council Vice Chairman Liz Webster (centre)
with Home Manager Emel Gunay (2nd left)
, Residents & Staff at the Open Day

Emel Gunay, Home Manager said “This was a great day thoroughly enjoyed by our residents, families and staff. We were delighted to support the occasion and welcome the community into our Home.”

3rd June :Theydon Bois Tree Strategy Landmark Trees Competition & Tree Donation Scheme:

The June 2014 Issue 86 of Village News that you have received by delivery or is available here has articles about the Landmark Tree Project & Competition and the Tree Donation Scheme 2014. Forms for the Competition and Tree Donations were enclosed inside that Village News Issue. If your form is missing or if you would prefer to type and e-mail your reply then editable pdf files are available to download below. The forms will appear and work in your browser but we suggest that you right click on the file and save to your computer to use. You should be able to just type the details into the forms:

Landmark Tree Competition Form pdf

Tree Donation Scheme Form pdf

A download Outline Map in Word is also available for marking the position of suggested Landmark Trees in connection with the competition:

Outline Map for Landmark Tree Competition (Word)

Completed Forms & Maps can either be delivered to the Parish Office or E Mailed via the link below:

The Parish Office, The Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, Essex, CM16 7ER
Tel: Tel/Fax: 01992 813442


Please add Landmark Trees Competition and/or Tree Donation Scheme to the Subject Line of the e-mail to make sorting easier. ALTHOUGH FORMS CAN BE RETURNED AT ANY TIME, IT WOULD BE GREAT IF AS MANY AS POSSIBLE WERE RETURNED BY THE END OF JULY.

There are now New Pages about the Theydon Bois Tree Strategy here that also carry the above forms

3rd June :Frank Foster House Community Open Day 2014:

Frank Foster Open Day Poster

2nd June : Theydon Bois Drama Society's New Production:

Drama Society Billy Liar Poster

29th May: Theydon Bois Pharmacy Alert Villagers About Prescription Letters:

TB Pharmacy Alert Message

Both Theydon Newsdesk and our Parish Council encourage Villagers to support our local business's.
Use them or Lose Them.

29th May: Theydon Bois Horticultural Society Annual Show 2014:

Horticultural Show 2014 poster

Chigwell Jazz Club Moves To Theydon Bois: Jazz Club dates

This is for a two months trial period and started on Monday 12th May, but if successful it will continue. Usual admission is £6.50/£7.50. (with a few “special” events costing £1 more). Bar/Bar Food is available. This is great news for Theydon Bois residents who enjoy traditional jazz.

The background to this event is the relocation of what has been called the Chigwell Jazz Club from its venue for the past eight years, Chigwell Hall. The club is run on a non-profitmaking basis by Dave & Sheila Dyer, a wonderful veteran couple, originally from Chingford, who have made it their goal to keep live jazz going in the area.

Every Monday a top band entertains from 8 to 10.30pm. Ray Crick tells Theydon Newsdesk; "My wife and I have been Theydon residents for 39 years, and are thrilled at this development. Many of our friends also enjoy traditional jazz, both to listen to and to dance to, and are delighted that we’ll now have to go no further than the Golf Club to bask in this happy music.”

Chigwell Jazz Club
Richard Exall & Amy Roberts Quintet playing at the Theydon Bois Golf Club Venue

Chigwell Jazz Club Link or details: Dave & Sheila 01945-588325 
2359o675 at

29th May:Village Association Seek Assistant Caretaker:

VA assistant Caretaker Ad.


29th May: Parish Council Theydon Bois Seniors Event:

Seniors Event Poster June 2014

28th May: Theydon Bois Village News Wins Best Community Magazine in Essex:

RCCE 2013 CertificateAt the recent Rural Community Council of Essex/ Essex Life Community Magazine Awards Village News was crowned Best Community Magazine in Essex for the third time in four years.  This is a real achievement in what is a hotly contested competition, attracting in excess of 40 entries from communities large and small, Essex wide.

RCCE continue to team up with Essex Life, Newport News and the Diocese of Chelmsford to support and encourage all those who work hard to produce genuine community magazines.  This annual competition is open only to editors of not-for-profit community magazines in which editorial work is undertaken on a voluntary basis.   The Village News team were very pleased to be short listed once again.  Conscious however of the ever increasing quality of the competition, it was with more hope than expectation that members of the VN team headed up the A12 to the Awards Ceremony hosted by West Street Vineyard, Coggeshall.  The team were absolutely delighted to hear that once again the Judges felt that Village News is the best of the best. In presenting the Awards, Nick Shuttleworth (Executive Director of RCCE) paid tribute to Community Magazines which are a much loved part of community Life and despite the rise of social media they continue to play an important role in keeping people up to date with what is happening locally.

RCCE Magazine Awards 2013
Village News Editor Tony Ames accepts the Best Community Magazine award

In accepting the Award on behalf of Village News the editor, Tony Ames paid tribute to the team effort which brings Village News to the door of the 1800 homes in the village on a quarterly basis.  Many hours of work go into each edition and thanks go to all those who contribute news and articles, to the army of volunteers who ensure that every home gets its copy, to Martin Oliver who proof-reads every edition, to our printing partner, Precision Printing and perhaps most importantly, to the local businesses who provide the essential sponsorship which enables the magazine to be entirely self-financing. 

Although Village News is a team effort and many play their part, particular tribute must be paid to editor, Tony Ames and web-editor Jim Watts and the immense contribution they have made in building the magazine up over the past 15 years.  Despite his many years in the ‘hot seat’ Tony retains his drive and enthusiasm to make each edition better than the last and his organisational skills combined with Jim’s technical expertise and photographer’s ‘eye’ are the reason Theydon Bois Village News continues to lead from the front – Well done Tony and Jim!

Essex Radio's Dave Monk program this morning interviewed Jim Watts and Nick Shuttleworth (Executive Director of RCCE) about the Theydon Bois win and the growth in popularity of Community Magazines.

Sally Crone

28th May: Theydon Bois District Council Election Results:

Election Candidate Party Votes %
Susan Jones Conservative 898 70%
Anne Wood Liberal Democrat 378 30%
Not elected




Voting Summary:

Details Number
Seats 1
Total votes 1276
Electorate 3314
Num. ballot papers issued 1316
Number of ballot papers rejected 36





28th May: 22nd May 2014 Epping Forest District & Eastern Region Election Results:

Elections were held in the Epping Forest district on Thursday 22 May 2014 for European Parliamentary, District Council and a Parish Council By-election.

European Parliamentary election

The 7 candidates elected for the Eastern Region are
  1. Patrick O’Flynn – UK Independence Party (UKIP)
  2. Victoria Ford – Conservative Party
  3. Richard Howitt – Labour Party
  4. John Agnew – UK Independence Party (UKIP)
  5. Geoffrey Van Orden – Conservative Party
  6. Tim Aker – UK Independence Party (UKIP)
  7. David Bannerman – Conservative Party

    District and Parish Council election

    Voters in Buckhurst Hill have elected the first Green Party councillor to Epping Forest District Council. Stephen Neville took the ward of Buckhurst Hill East with 635 votes. The ward was previously held by the Liberal Democrat Group.

The other change to the District Council following the local elections on Thursday was the election of a second UKIP councillor. David Dorrell received 428 votes from the residents of Waltham Abbey Paternoster. The ward was previously held by the Conservative group.

The new political balance on Epping Forest District Council is

  • Conservative 37
  • Green Party 1
  • Independent 2
  • Labour 1
  • Liberal Democrats 3
  • Loughton Residents Association 12
  • UK Independence Party 2

Total of 58 councillors elected.

The Editor apologises for the recent lack of updates due to time constraints and computer problems. More Updates to follow here soon.

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Last Updated 11th July 2014