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The Month in Theydon (February 2014): Trevor Roberts latest report is on line Click Here.

The June 2014 Village News: The latest quarterly PDF version of Issue 86 of Village News is now available online: Click Here.

Parish Council Minutes: The Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 30th January 2014
are now available online: Click Here

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