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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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Last Updated 9th December 2014