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The Month in Theydon (October 2016): Trevor Roberts latest village report is now on line Click Here

The December 2016 Village News: The latest quarterly PDF version of Issue 96 of Village News is now available online: Click Here.

Parish Council Minutes: The Minutes of the Parish Meeting held on 20th October 2016 are now available online:Click Here. Minutes are only published after approval, usually this is at the following months meeting, but can sometimes be longer. Please note that there were no April, July or August 2016 Parish Council Meetings.

13th January 2017:The 418 Bus now runs from Theydon to the Hospital:

The 418 bus route new has a new timetable and a revised route that now serves Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow. This will be a benefit to our more senior car less residents who have been struggling to get to the Hospital from Theydon. Parish Cllr. Annie Wood has been instumental in getting Essex County Council and Galleon Travel/Trustybus to restore this direct route to the hospital.

The new timetable is here.

13th January 2017:Epping Neighbourhood Watch Support ‘Take Five’ campaign':

Many people in our area have lost their life time savings to scammers who phone them claiming to be from their bank, the police or from other trusted organisations such as utility companies.

Often, after several calls, victims are persuaded to transfer money into a bank account. When they do, their money disappears, never to be seen again. Victims are left feeling ashamed and unlikely to report the fraud to the police or tell anyone else about it. 

Epping Forest Neighbourhood Watch is supporting the launch of a major new campaign designed to tackle financial fraud. Called the ‘Take Five’ campaign', it encourages people to think about fraud as a real possibility, and not be too trusting if someone phones or writes to them or calls at their door.  

Always follow the ‘Take Five’ plan: 

1. Never disclose security details, such as your PIN or full password – it’s never okay to reveal these details.

2. Don’t assume an email request or caller is genuine – people aren’t always who they say they are.

3. Don’t be rushed – a genuine bank or organisation won’t mind waiting to give you time to stop and think.

4. Listen to your instincts – if something feels wrong then it is usually right to pause and question it.

5. Stay in control – have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for information.

You can follow Epping Forest Neighbourhood Watch on facebook at Epping Forest NHW Notices, and on twitter @EppingForestNHW and our website is

Madeleine McCarthy
Theydon Bois Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinator
07751 868476

13th January 2017:A Reminder of the Loughton Astronomical Society New Year Events:

Had a telescope for ages, or just got a telescope for Christmas? Still trying to get to grips with it? Come along to our public observing sessions to learn how to drive it. All meetings in the Scout Hall, off Loughton Lane.  See for more details. The Society also has a number of free public observing for the whole family durring January & February. See also previous post below.

Saturday 21 Jan 17                  LAS public observing for the whole family                 18:30 to 20:45

Thursday 02 Feb 17                Observing the first quarter Moon                              20:00 to 22-00

Sunday 05 Feb 17                    LAS public observing for the whole family                 18:30 to 20:45

13th January 2017:Essex Youth Offending Service are Seeking Volunteers:

Essex Youth Offending Service are actively seeking volunteers from the community to help them in their work of preventing re-offending by young people aged between 10 and 17 years.

We are searching for people like you who have skills and are looking to learn new skills that can talk to young people, their parents and sometimes the victim of the offence to draw up a contract to address the young person’s offending behaviour. The contract is designed to prevent young people from re-offending, but also looks to try to repair the harm caused which can benefit both the victim and the community.

• You would receive full training and support.

• You would be able to fit this role around your existing commitments.

• You would be welcomed in to a friendly and supportive team who care about the community in which they live.

If you are aged over 18, live in Essex and are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Jodie Fenemer at or ring on 03330139773

13th January 2017: New Independent Guide to Care and Support in Essex:

A new, updated, independent care services directory has recently been published which gives crucial information on how to access, and pay for, care services throughout Essex.

With Government plans to cap the costs of social care now postponed, it’s never been more important to have impartial information to guide you through choosing and paying for care and support. The directory helps readers to understand their options, highlights where to go for advice and gives information on how the paying for care system works.

With no cap on care costs at present, this independent information is invaluable to help navigate the system.

The new edition of the independent publication and accompanying website give information on all aspects of arranging care and support in Essex. It includes how to stay independent for as long as possible, the different care and support options available and what to look for when choosing a care provider. It also offers guidance on important issues such as paying for care and what financial assistance may be available from the local authority. There are comprehensive listings of all registered care services throughout Essex, plus checklists to help you ask the right questions when visiting services.

The directory will be available throughout the region from outlets including carers’ centres, hospitals, GP surgeries, Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. It can be downloaded from and is also available in spoken word. Copies of the directory, further help and information can also be accessed via the directory’s free telephone helpline on 0800 389 2077.

Robert Chamberlain, Managing Director of the directory’s publisher, Care Choices, commented: “This is an invaluable source of information for anyone considering short or long term care in Essex, and contains vital information to help people decide what type of care and support is best for them.

“With no cap on the cost of care, finding a care service for yourself or a loved one that meets their needs and is affordable can be a daunting and unfamiliar task. This new independent directory has been compiled to help people understand the process and offer them reassurance at every step of their journey.”

13th January 2017:Hospice Calls on Supporters to Volunteer in One of Eight St Clare Charity Shops:

St. Clare LogoSt Clare Hospice is supported in caring for local people with life-limiting illnesses by over 500 dedicated volunteers, with more than 250 of those kind-hearted individuals supporting the Hospice’s eight charity shops. The charity’s shops help to raise a combined total of more than £380,000 each year – a vital contribution towards the Hospice’s running costs.

As part of a New Year campaign, the West Essex charity is calling on Epping residents to support their local Hospice in 2017 by signing up to join their ranks of shop volunteers. The shop volunteer recruitment campaign aims to recruit another 50 retail volunteers across their eight shops, each signing up to give a regular weekly shift.

Fiona Eaton, St Clare Head of Retail, said: “Our volunteers in the St Clare shops really are the lifeblood of the Retail Team. Without their dedicated commitment to volunteering as cashiers, sorters and customer service assistants, we simply could not operate. Although we have a fantastic number of volunteers we are always in need of more people to join us. As our shops grow and donations increase, we are in ever greater need of new people of join our teams.”

Commenting on the benefits of volunteering in a St Clare charity shop, Fiona Eaton said: “Volunteering in a St Clare charity shop does more good than you might imagine – for the volunteer themselves, as well as the hospice. Scientific studies have shown that volunteering has a whole range of health benefits – lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and boosting happiness. So volunteering really does make you feel good, when you do good!”

Fiona Eaton continued: “Volunteering in a charity shop is also a great way to gain experience and new skills in a retail environment. We are able to offer Duke of Edinburgh placements to students looking for a volunteering opportunity, and it is also a great way for people to enhance their CV and gain vital on-the-job experience.”

Jeanne Towns, the Shop Manager of the Epping St Clare charity shop, said: “We are currently seeking new volunteers to join our team in the Epping shop. Whether you are recently retired and are looking for a worthwhile way to keep busy, or have a few spare hours while your children are at school, we would love to hear from you. Could you give a shift?”

Jeanne Towns continued: “The team at the Epping shop is such a close-knit group and we really support each other. Volunteering in a St Clare charity shop is a great way to make friends and gain new skills, or put current skills to good use! What better way to spend your spare time than by helping your local Hospice continue to provide its compassionate care – which is available for free to all the people of Epping.”

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering in the St Clare Hospice shop, 182 High Street, Epping, CM16 4AQ, phone the Shop Manager on 01992 575092 or email 

To find out about volunteering in any of the other eight St Clare Hospice shops, visit or call the Retail Team on 01279 773732

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

23rd December 2016:Villagers Enjoy Singing Christmas Carols at Fairlop Brass Concert:

Fairlop Brass Xmas Concert 2017
Fairlop Brass Xmas Concert 2017

Many Villagers kicked off their Christmas Festivities early last Tuesday (20th December) when Fairlop Brass Band gave their 'Christmas Crackers' concert in the Village Hall.The Brass Band was on top form as usual for this Theydon concert and it has now become a welcome annual fixture in their yearly diary. Village residents and band supporters alike seemed in good voice for the many carols as well, no doubt helped by the ample amount of liquid refreshments scattered around the tables that they used to 'wash down' their own nibbles and the excellent mince pies supplied by the band.

Theydon Primary School Head Mistress, Lesley Lewis is a long time member of 'The Fairlop Brass' and a vital member of the Solo Cornet Bench and this year she was awarded 'Bandsman of the Year' by 'the Brass' at a November concert. We certainly look forward to seeing the band again next year.

23rd December 2016:Eleanor Laing MP Pays Tribute to the Wonderful Joy Wainwright:

Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing has paid tribute to former Theydon Bois district and parish councillor Joy Wainwright who has died aged 98.

Mrs Wainwright, who died on December 1, became a councillor for the former Epping and Ongar Rural District Council in 1967 and was elected to Epping Forest District Council in 1974, serving until 1990.

She was also a parish councillor in Theydon Bois from 1967 until 1994.

With her late husband, Ken, she established a bowls club in the village for the over-60s and also started a weekly luncheon club for the house-bound.

Joy Wainwright at PAT
Joy Wainwright (in centre on the slide) at one of her many Theydon projects - Playground At Theydon (PAT)

In 1989 Mrs Wainwright launched a children's playground in the village. She also campaigned for Essex County Council to re-open the youth club, and found people to run it, and organised Meals on Wheels in Theydon Bois for 23 years.

Mrs Wainwright was also president of the Ongar and Villages Senior Citizens' Association and organised the annual gardens open day and helped raise over £12,000 for the village hall.

Among her other interests in the village, Mrs Wainwright was a member of the Theydon Bois Singers, the WI and the music society.

Mrs Laing said: "I visited Joy a few months ago and she was still on fine form, enjoying life to the full in her lovely care home. 

"She told me then about being born on Armistice Day, which is why she was called 'Joy'.

"She was a wonderful lady, always kind, always elegant."

Mrs Laing added: "She did so much for the village of Theydon Bois. I will never forget her making me slide down the children’s slide to perform the official opening of the playground.  

"She had worked tirelessly for years to complete that project and she was rightly proud of it.
"We will all miss Joy but will also rejoice that she had such a long life well-lived.”

A memorial gathering for Mrs Wainwright will took place at Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, at 2pm on Wednesday (December 21).

23rd December 2016:Drama Society's Next Production:

Drama Society Poster Jan 2017

13th December 2016:St. Mary's Church Nativity:

St. Mary's Church Nativity 2016

St Mary’s Nativity took place on Sunday 4th December. Over 50 children were involved including narrators, Bible and prayer readers, actors and singers plus back of house helpers. With little time to rehearse the children performed exceptionally; learning lines, actions and practicing singing. The Nativity allows the children to show their true understanding of why we have Christmas. It’s such an important time for us and for St Mary’s church.  The children are always keen to get involved and show their talents. We are blessed with truly awesome children.

St. Mary's Church Nativity 2016
St. Mary's Church Nativity 2016

13th December 2016: Local Plan Consultation Has Now Ended, but a Complaint Has Been Lodged:

The Consultation closed officially at 5.00pm Monday 12th December

The Draft Local Plan Consultation officially end yesterday, but Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society (TB&DRPS) has made an official compliant to EFDC with regard to the many problems reported to them by people who had tried to use the EFDC online response form and had to abandon it as it failed to work in a satisfactory manner. TB&DRPS have requested that the deadline is extended to enable people who had tried to use this form and failed close to the deadline time to respond by another route.

Below are the links to the detailed Local Plan Consultation Responses made by the Parish Council (via their Planning Consultant), Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society and Theydon Bois Action Group.

Parish Council Response to Local Plan Consultation

Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society Response to Local Plan Consultation

Theydon Bois Action Group Response to Local Plan Consultation

More details and updates are on the Local Plan Page of this website

13th December 2016:Parish Council Christmas Card Competition 2016:

Xmas Card Competition Winner 2016

Every year the Parish Council together with Theydon NewsDesk challenge the children from the Primary School to produce a Christmas Card for our village. The judges pick a winner from each class, winners for Infants/ Reception & Juniors and an overall winner (which becomes the Parish Council’s official Christmas Card). This years Infants Winner was Elsie Jones of Baldocks Class and the overall winning entry was by Olivia Bird of Coppice class (pictured above). A full set of the winning cards are on pages 6 & 7 of the December Issue of Village News.

13th December 2016: Loughton Astronomical Society New Year Public Observing Sessions:

LAS Stargazing

Had a telescope for ages, or getting a telescope for Christmas? 

Still trying to get to grips with it?

Come along to our public observing sessions to learn how to drive it. 

All meetings in the Scout Hall, off Loughton Lane.  See for more details

Thursday 05 Jan 17                 Winter Skies, followed by observing if clear              20:00 to 22-00

Sunday 08 Jan 17                    LAS public observing for the whole family                 18:30 to 20:45

Saturday 21 Jan 17                  LAS public observing for the whole family                 18:30 to 20:45

Thursday 02 Feb 17                Observing the first quarter Moon                              20:00 to 22-00

Sunday 05 Feb 17                    LAS public observing for the whole family                 18:30 to 20:45

5th December 2016:Urgent - Local Plan Consultation Period Nears End:

By now nearly everyone in the Village should have received the 'Guidance Notes' regarding the EFDC Draft Local Plan Consultation following a door to door delivery of the 'Brief Notes Leaflet' by volunteers. We really need to get as many responses in from Theydon as possible if we are to have any impact on the EFDC Forward Planning before the Draft Plan goes to the next stage. Full details on how to respond with links are on our Local Plan Page here. Please make your views known before the:

Draft Local Plan Consultation Closing Date
5.00pm Monday 12th December

EFDC Consultation Response Form Here

5th December 2016:Christmas Market Raises £878 for Charity:

This year the Christmas Market and 'Snow Globe' takings together with Saturdays street collection raised £878 for St. Clare Hospice, this years chosen charity. Again thank you to all those who turned out to support the event and make it such a happy occasion.

5th December 2016:Fairlop Brass Christmas Concert:

Fairlop Brass Concert Poster

3rd December 2016: Village Christmas Tree Lighting & Market 2016:

4th December Update Charity Collection: The total collected this year was £878 including the snow Globe takings.
The Charity this year was St. Clare Hospice and there is particular poignancy this year, as in September we experienced the loss of previous Councillor Peter Hammond, who spent some time in St Clare’s himself.

Christmas Tree Lighting by John Padfield Theydon Bois Christmas Tree 2016
Theydon Bois Christmas Market 2016
Santa at Theydon Bois Christmas Market 2016

Despite the cold and a small amount of rain together with a clash with the Epping Market many village residents and visitors still turned out for last nights Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and our own Christmas Market in Forest Drive. Village 'Lifetime Achievement Award' winner for 2016, John Padfield turned on the tree lights assisted by many excited children. Then it was off to the Market and its many attractions. Music was provided by Theydon Bois Primary School Choir and Fairlop Brass and there was as usual a Santa's Grotto in Belgique and free mulled wine and mince pies. New attractions this year were a Snow Globe and real reindeer. Those who attended enjoyed a great evenings entertainment and managed to get in some shopping.

We have a larger Gallery of Photos of the Market here.

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Last Updated 13th January 2017