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31st August: St. Mary's Church Garage Sale:

St. Mary's Church will be holding a Garage Sale on Saturday 13th September 2014 from 10am-2pm. Garages will be open throughout the village and a map of participating garages will be available for a small donation from St Mary's Church Hall, Theydon Bois on the day.

Refreshments will also be available. Please come along and grab a bargain! For further details, or to open your garage (minimum donation £10) please phone Joy Simmance on 01992 814410 or e-mail Amanda Simmance.

31st August: Haven House Pumkin Plod:

Haven House Pumpkin Plod


Haven House Childrens Hospice are holding a fun, family 5k or 10k walk with exciting themed activities on Sunday 26th October from 2.00 pm.

Come along to the Pumpkin Plod with your family and friends and enjoy a range of fun, pumpkin themed activities before plodding through the local streets, dressed as pumpkins, to help raise awareness of Haven House.

The event will start at Haven House Children's Hospice, High Road, Woodford Green, IG8 9LB.

For more information please visit The Haven House web page:

29th August: Former Chigwell Jazz Club Is Now Officially The Theydon Jazz Club:

On 29th May we reported that the Chigwell Jazz Club was now meeting at the Theydon Bois Golf Club and now it is official, the former Chigwell Jazz Club has become Theydon Jazz Club after successfully completing a two month trial period at its new golf club venue. Club organisers Dave and Sheila Dyer told Village News that they are delighted with the news that the golf club have extended the current arrangement for a further twelve months.

The programme for the next few months is on the Theydon Bois Website Club Details Page, where there is also a link to the Jazz Club's own website and current dates are on the Diary Page. If you have any queries you can ring Dave & Sheila on 01945 588325, mobile 07903 870209.

Since migrating from Chigwell Hall to the Theydon Bois Golf Club, the new “Theydon Jazz Club” has gone from strength to strength, and has attracted new members both from the golf club and from the village. I’d always been aware of a great enthusiasm for jazz among my Theydon friends, and it seems they’re now delighted to have top quality jazz concerts available so regularly, handily – and in such pleasant surroundings.

Graham Hughes
Graham Hughes Dave Grant

It would be difficult to better the dozen first class bands lined-up ready to entertain you during September, October and November, starting on the 1st September with Peter Baker & his Half Dozen and followed on September 8th with Graham Hughes and his youthful, exuberant Sunshine Kings and then on the 15th by Dave Grant & his Carlton Jazz. If you haven’t done so already, do come to the club and enjoy yourself.

Doors open from 6.30 pm for meals and the bands play from 8.00pm - 10.30pm. ALL are welcome, Members £6.50, Visitors, £7.50.

29th August:Theydon Bois Drama Society's New Production :

TB Drama Society Dick Barton poster

Dick Barton - The Tango of Terror
by Phil Wilmott

In the third of Phil Wilmott's critically acclaimed series of musical comedies based on the BBC's 1940s radio serial, a mysterious “Johnny Foreigner known only as the “Latin Love Lothario" has struck London, wooing women with his dance moves before stealing their jewels. Worse still, he has got hold of a dossier containing the whereabouts of Wilco and Rodger, Britain's finest secret agents and Judy Garland experts, putting them in severe danger from EFIL (Evil Foreigners in London). Fortunately Dick Barton, everyone's favourite special agent, is on hand to save the day with his faithful sidekicks, Snowy and Jock. But before Jock can reclaim the valuables of his beloved, Daphne Fritters, Snowy must somehow remember a familiar tune that will help to expose the identity of the devious Casanova.

23,24,25 October 2014
TICKETS £8 - ON SALE FROM 23rd September 2014
BOX OFFICE Tel: 01992 812250

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

Sun Shines 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 individually 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


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