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(Every month since November 2002)
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The Month in Theydon (June 2015): Trevor Roberts latest report is on line Click Here.

The September 2015 Village News: The latest quarterly PDF version of Issue 91 of Village News is now available online:
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Parish Council Minutes: The Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 25th June 2015 are now available online: Click Here Minutes are only published after approval.

13th October 2015 Health Meeting and Discussion with the Limes Practice and NHS England:

Limes Health Meeting Poster 2015

This meeting at 8.00pm on Thursday 12th of November at the Village Hall will feature a presentation about how the Limes Health Practice is run and there will be an opportunity for villagers to ask questions about issues with the Health Practice. Also in attendance will be representatives from the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England.

13th October 2015 Theydon's Caterine Sheey Singers Concert:

Catherine Sheey Singers Poster

This should be a fabulous afternoon filled with repertoire from various genres and eras. Performed by children from 4-19yrs. Some performers are stepping out solo or in duets and others are performing collectively. Song choices are chosen with their teacher, Catherine Sheehy in either a private lesson at her home in Theydon or during the class setting at Theydon Bois Village Hall.

There are some new singers this year, along with regulars from previous years. Many students are sitting the (optional) London College of Music exams.

The show starts at 3pm - 5.45pm and tickets are £10. The show will be professionally filmed this year with the assistance of E15 film crew. The performance takes place at the E15 Acting School, The Corbett Theatre, Rectory Lane, Loughton IG10 3RY.

5th September 2015 St. Mary's 'Saints Alive' Flower Festival 2015:

St. Mary's Flower Festival 2015

Luckily the rain did little to deter visitors from both near and far attending over the last Bank Holiday weekend when St Mary's Church was decorated with floral arrangements for their 2015 three-day flower festival. The theme was 'Saints Alive', with arrangements on the theme of Saints. In the church vestry there were futher exhibitions including one on the theme of 'Saints and Roads', depicting Early Theydon Bois, put together by Theydon Bois and District Rural Preservation Society.


As well as the flowers, there was a variety of stalls in the church hall and village hall over the three days and at the Friday evening opening of the festival vistors were entertained by members of St. Mary's Church Choir. Above is a brief video of the choir performing and we have many more photos of the flower arrangements in our Gallery:

2015 St. Mary's 'Saints Alive' Flower Festival Photos here

5th September 2015 Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinator Being Sought for Theydon:

For many years Theydon Bois residents were fortunate to have Caroline Law as their Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator.  She carried out this role with skill and professionalism and developed a close and effective relationship with the local Community Police Team.  However about a year ago Caroline felt the time was right to take a step back and let someone else take over these duties.  At the time we circulated an appeal for someone to step up and replace her but so far no one has responded.

This is a rewarding job and our modern electric communication systems mean there would be very little demand on the new co-ordinator’s time.

If you would like to be of service to your community and feel this is a role you would enjoy please make contact using the details below.

The recent economic downturn has forced the authorities cut costs in all our public services including our Police Force.  This has made organisations such as Neighbourhood Watch all the more important.

Mick Sheen
Chair.  Epping Forest District Neighbourhood Watch.
01992 561530

27th August 2015 Village Design Statement:

At its AGM in July 2015 the Village Design Statement Association agreed to remain in existence so as to be of assistance to our Parish Council in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan for the Parish of Theydon Bois that will become a supplementary planning document to the EFDC New Local Plan.

In the interim it was agreed to update the Village Design Statement of 2012 with a brief addendum. This has now been added as a pdf download from the VDS pages on this site.

25th August 2015 Beware of this Telephone Scam:

It has been bought to our attention that a telephone scam is happening across Essex, with males claiming to represent the Min1sty of Justice. They claim that victims are entitled to a large amount of money, and to receive this they are to purchase UKASH vouchers from a designated newsagent nearby. They then send someone round to collect the vouchers, in exchange for the money they are entitled to.

The Ministry of Justice have confirmed this is not a practice they participate in, and therefore we are urging members of the public to be aware of this scam, and not to engage or give out further personal details.

Should you need further advice, or feel you may have been a victim to this type of scam please contact Essex Police on 101.

25th August 2015 Baptist Church Hosts “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning”:

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning - On September 25th the ladies of the Women’s Meeting are organising one of the “World’s Biggest Coffee Mornings” in aid of Macmillan Nurses, at The Baptist Church, from 10.30 am until 12 noon. Everyone welcome.

25th August 2015 Rosie Norman's Event at the Bull raises £1698.80 for Motor Neurone Disease Charity:

I decided on raising funds for this charity as my granddad passed away last year from the disease. In the beginning I had a lot of encouragement instantly from the customers and staff members and they all helped me with ideas for the day/evening.

Bull Motor Neurone Charity Event
Assistant Pub Manager Rosie Norman (centre) with her willing helpers
(left to right) Candice, Doneta, Danielle & Pam

The event itself started at 6pm on 18th July and was a huge, huge success. We hired a DJ to play from 6-11.30 and the pub was filled with people. We had already been holding a charity meat raffle every Sunday which raised around £250 alone. We also filled a glass jar with sweets and customers had to guess how many were in the jar and this had raised around £100. On the night we managed to raise a further £1302 – so we had a total of £1652.

During the night we held a raffle for £2.00 per strip. The prizes were fantastic and donated by friends & local shops;
We also held a general knowledge quiz which was £1.00 per person about 15-20 groups took part in this and the prize was a bottle of champagne.

Vodka jellies were available on the bar at £2.00 per shot which Sally kindly made for the event. A chilli wing challenge wasn't’t as successful as I had hoped, but still had a few participants, and unfortunately one of was quite ill after. Participants had all signed disclaimers beforehand.

Bull Pub Charity Event

The wings were £4.00 for 4 wings and the chilli’s used were Naga Viper Chilli’s. Joel our chef made a bbq based sauce for the wings, deep fried them and dipped them in sauce. The man on the left in the above photo above was the only one who said they weren’t hot enough!

Bull Charity EventThere was also a separate menu available for the evening with £1.00 out of every meal going to charity. This consisted of smaller than usual meals at cheaper prices.

A regular customer kindly donated a signed Chelsea football shirt from season 2006-2007 this sold at £350

The costs 0f £279 came out of the charity money, so in total we raised £1977.80 with a total of £1698.80 being donated to Motor Neurone Disease. Sally kindly donated the vodka for the jelly shots and the food came out of the business. We are also waiting on a donation from the brewery through Eagle Aid.

Overall the event was a fantastic turnout and I am overwhelmed with the support and encouragement from family, friends, customers and staff. It goes to show how much of a big heart The Bull and its customers really have!

Rosie Norman

25th August 2015 St. Mary's “Saints Alive” Flower Festival This Bank Holiday Weekend:

St. Mary's Flower Festival 2015

Our Flower Festivals are always special occasions and this year we are focusing on the special theme of Saints Alive.

In this Flower Festival we are telling some of the great stories of our Christian forebears in flowers. Our prayer is that the stories of the Saints of the past will come alive and that visitors will find inspiration through their lives, interpreted in flowers, pointing to the Christian belief that through the power of the Holy Spirit we in our generation can be Saints Alive today.

We are enormously grateful to all those who have worked so hard for the Festival. In particular, we thank the team of dedicated flower arrangers and all those serving refreshments, running stalls and sideshows, and appreciate the support of all those who visit. We hope the event is successful and everyone has a memorable time. Look out on the Village News website for pictures of the wonderful flower arrangements after the event

25th August 2015 St. Mary's Bag for Lives Appeal:
Earlier this year, the Mission Committee distributed “Bag For Lives”, with the following message attached: “I am your St Mary’s Church BAG FOR LIVES. Please fill me with good things to save lives – food, clothing, gifts of hope – THANK YOU!”. The idea is that when doing your supermarket shopping you could add something extra to your trolley to go into the bag, along with any knitted hats or gloves, warm clothing and bedding and small toys/games.
You are invited to bring your Bag For Lives, filled with items collected during the year, to the 10.30am service on Mission Sunday 20th September. If you don’t have a bag, you are still welcome to bring items along. At the service we will also have a speaker from The Box, Tom Dolan. 

Please fill your bags with items from these lists, however much or little you are able. Each gift will make a difference.
For The Mission to Seafarers – caring for seafarers around the world as they face danger on a daily basis to bring us the things WE need

  • Woollen hats and warm scarves
  • Mitten type gloves with no fingers
  • Neck warmers
  • Toiletries for men
  • Jigsaws
  • Readers Digest magazines
  • See more at or telephone Janet Lavender on 01992 812124

For the Manna Centre – a day centre for homeless people near London Bridge

  • Tins of food: meat, fish, soup, baked beans, spaghetti, hot dogs, tomatoes and other vegetables
  • Tinned fruit, rice pudding, custard etc.
  • Tea, coffee, sugar, dried milk, cereals, porridge oats, rice, pasta, biscuits etc.
  • Fruit squash, cooking oil, toilet rolls and washing powder
  • Toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, disposable razors and shaving foam
  • Soap, face flannels, towels, men’s clothing including underwear, socks and shoes/trainers
  • Blankets, sleeping bags and other bedding
  • See more at or telephone Linda Hammond on 01992 814177

For Operation Christmas Child – sending shoeboxes filled with small gifts to children living in difficult circumstances all over the world

  • Shoeboxes (adult size 5-8 are best, with lids)
  • Wrapping paper
  • Matching knitted hats and mittens (age 2-4 and 5-9 years)
  • Wool for knitting
  • Cuddly toys (not too big or handmade)
  • Simple toys e.g. dolls, yo-yo, skipping ropes, small jigsaws, hand/finger puppets, small toy cars/trucks and musical instruments
  • Hair decorations, play jewellery and children’s sunglasses
  • Notepads, colouring and picture books (without words and not bigger than about A5)
  • Wrapped sweets (sell by date at least March 2016, no chocolate)
  • Nothing war related, made of china or glass, containing liquid or needing a battery
  • See more at or telephone Linda Hammons on 01992 814177
A SPECIAL PLEA – each shoebox that is sent to a child overseas costs an additional £3 to transport. If you are able to, please make a donation toward these costs in your Bag For Lives. Cheques should be made payable to Samaritan’s Purse.

25th August 2015 Baptist Church Baby and Toddler Group:

Little Cherubs - Baby and Toddler Group - Starting Tuesday 15th September from 1.30pm meeting in the rear hall at the Baptist Church. Babies and toddlers with parents/ grandparents or carers welcome to come and enjoy a wide range of play equipment and toys. Craft activities and musical activities take place most weeks.

25th August 2015 St. Mary's Harvest and Autumn Soup Lunches:

You are warmly invited to the Harvest Soup Lunch on Tuesday 29th September from 12 noon in the Church Hall. On offer a choice of tasty home-made soups, fresh roll and butter, delicious home-baked desserts with cream, and tea, coffee or a soft drink to finish, all for just £5 per person, £1.50 for children.

There is a bring and buy stall and plenty of fun and fellowship. Proceeds from these lunches are donated to charities and organisations supported by St Mary’s at home and overseas.  Please come along if you can, and bring a friend or neighbour. We look forward to seeing you.

There is also a series of Autumn Soup lunches on Tuesday 3rd, 10th and 17th of November so put them in your diary

21st August 2015 Local Volunteer Distributors Urgently Needed for Village News:

Village NewsTheydon Newsdesk is very pleased when villagers tell us how much they enjoy receiving their copies of Village News that are delivered through their letterboxes four times a year. Both Village News and the Village Website are run totally by volunteers and all our costs are met by the generosity of our sponsors, we do not make a profit or run at any cost to village tax payers.

We are in particularly very grateful to all our Village News distributors who make sure your household gets a copy of the magazine as soon as possible after we get them back from our printers. Between them they deliver over 1,800 copies to every home in the village. Unfortunately some of our distributors have now moved from Theydon, and we sadly also have some who are ill and so unable to take on their usual delivery round at present.

So are you able to help us ensure that everyone gets their copy of the magazine as usual?

We only deliver four times a year and most distributors only take on a delivery to one village road, or a part road for the longer ones. We delivery the magazines to our distributors and we also try to allocate roads for distribution as close to the distributor as possible. So it will probably take less than an hour of your time.

With holidays we are urgently in need of help to distribute our September Issue that is due back from our printers shortly. If you can help, even if only with this issue please e-mail Theydon Newsdesk and if possible add you phone number to the e-mail. E-mail:

10th August 2015 Your Monday Jazz Date in Theydon:

Theydon Jazz Club

More and more Theydon residents are discovering the therapeutic effects of a weekly dose of top quality traditional jazz in the convivial, on-your-doorstep surroundings of the Theydon Bois Golf Club. The programme for the next quarter includes most of our regular favourite bands, 14 of the best in the country. Pictured above is the Melvin Beddow Big Band appearing on 12th October. Do come along to one of our Monday evenings; you can eat, drink, even try out the dance floor . . . and enjoy great jazz.

For more information and the latest programme see the Club Details Page or ring Dave & Sheila Dyer on 01945 588325, mobile 07903 870209

10th August 2015 Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing Supports CPRE Green Belt Campaign:

Laing Green Belt campaign
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing discusses the importance of protecting the Green Belt
with Theydon Bois district councillor John Philip.

Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing has today given her support to a new initiative launched by the Campaign to Protect Rural England to ‘Save the Green Belt’.

The campaign follows recently released data that shows that 226,000 houses are currently planned for development on Green Belt land.

2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the Green Belt.

Since 1955, when it first became national planning policy, the Green Belt has been hugely successful in protecting the countryside and aiding the regeneration of towns and cities across England.

The Epping Forest district is more than 90 per cent Green Belt and benefits from historic protections from the City of London as well as the national planning framework.

The present national Green Belt policy - introduced under this and the last Government - is one of the most protectionist ever and the Conservative Manifesto included an explicit promise to uphold the Green Belt's protection.

Mrs Laing said: “We need new houses and we must support the expansion of businesses but if we lose some of our precious Green Belt we lose it forever.

“We must protect it and find other ways for expansion. At present I see no good reason to destroy our Green Belt - not when there is currently enough previously developed brownfield land available in England to build more than one million homes.”

Mrs Laing added: “There are, of course, some exceptional circumstances that mean small amounts of Green Belt have to be sacrificed, for example when brownfield land would otherwise go to waste, but those must be exceptions, not the norm.

“Epping Forest District Council is very good at protecting the Green Belt and I commend the council for that.

“The national legislation is in place to protect our Green Belt.

“I am pleased that this national campaign draws attention to the duty on local planning authorities to use this legislation properly and increases pressure on developers to act responsibly.”


After more than a year of fruitless correspondence and discussions, Transport for London (TfL) has finally agreed, in a legally binding document at the High Court of Justice, not to develop a commuter car park on Green Belt land to the east of Theydon Bois station without first gaining full planning permission.  This was as a result of the application by TBAG's Chairman, Dr. John Warren,  to the High Court for a Judicial Review against Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) with TfL being cited as the Interested Party.   Both EFDC and TfL had asserted  that the car park could be constructed under Permitted Development rights based on old Victorian railway Acts but this would not have allowed residents, the Parish Council or other third parties to make any comments which took into account important National and Local Planning Policies relating to the Green Belt, or other issues such as road safety.  TBAG, with advice from its barrister, remains adamant that these Permitted Development rights do not apply in this case. 

Following the application for a Judicial Review, EFDC approached TBAG's Chairman offering an out of court settlement that, if the Judicial Review was withdrawn, TfL would be required to submit a full planning application if they wished to pursue the development of a commuter car park.

This agreement has now been formally sealed in a Consent Order at the High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division, Planning Court.

A full report can be viewed on the front page of Theydon Bois Action Group's Website and you can follow them on Twitter

10th August 2015 Essex Police and Trading Standards Warning on Doorstep Traders:

Essex Police and Essex County Council Trading Standards are warning residents not to agree to work from traders who knock on your door offering tree cutting, gardening, roofing or other household maintenance.  Residents across the county have been targeted via door knocking and leafleting for
work that is often substandard, overpriced and unnecessary.

They are urging all residents to keep an eye on elderly or vulnerable neighbours and call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506, who handle calls for Trading Standards, to log any concerns so that we can ensure that residents do not get ripped off.

Some top tips to avoid being caught out by rogue/doorstep traders

▪ Never agree to household repairs or maintenance via a knock on the door
▪ Check out any leaflet through the door as often the address can be false and the telephone number untraceable
▪ If you need work carried out get at least three written quotations and ask family, friends and or neighbours about traders they have used.
▪ Use a Buy with Confidence business who have been audited and approved by Trading Standards via 03454 040506 or
▪ Ensure your relative, neighbour has not been the target of these rogue traders

If you are being threatened by a doorstep trader or they want to take you to the bank to obtain cash call 101 or 999.

10th August 2015 Epping Forest Centenary Walk:

Epping Forest Centenary Walk

10th August 2015 Essex Police Launch Heritage Watch:

During the summer holidays you may visit a Heritage site, a museum, visit a park or simply go for a walk within your own neighbourhood. Essex has many historically sites and assets locally for everyone to enjoy. Essex Police launched Heritage Watch this year to help protect these sites and assets with the help of the local communities. If you are interested in joining Heritage Watch contact Essex Police on 101 and ask for your local Essex Watch Liaison Officer who will provide you with full details.

To report incidents of anti-social behaviour against a heritage asset or a theft call Essex Police on 101 or 999 if judged urgent.

If you want to remain anonymous, report the incidents to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

30th July 2015 Village News Needs Your Story:

Focus on You Poster

Theydon Newsdesk wants to run this new column in Village News as we know that there are many villagers in Theydon that have some very unusual jobs that they are either paid for or that they do on a voluntary basis. We are sure our readers would be facinated by your story. So why not tell us about it? We can interview you and perhaps take some photos. Please contact Sue Sowerby by e-mail to learn more.

30th July 2015 Horticultural Society Show 2015:

Horticultural Show 2015 Judges
Judges and Stewards at the 2015 Show

The 105th Show of the Theydon Bois Horticultural Society took place in the Village Hall on the 25th July 2015. Over the years, the cookery, handicrafts and photography sections have become just as important as the displays of flowers, fruit and vegetables, if not more so. This is especially true in years, such as this one, when the growing season was both cold and very dry. Nevertheless, there was a good number of entries  and the Show was well attended with everyone enjoying the excellent cakes and tea provided by the refreshments team.

Horticultural Society Show Winners
Some of the 2015 Show Winners

New Exhibitors did well and won several classes so we hope they will be encouraged to enter again next year. Also at the Show, the cups were presented to the Winners of the Front Gardens Competition by the Chairman of the Parish Council, John Philip.

We have a full set of photos of the judging, viewing and prize giving Here or on our Photos page.

30th July 2015 Front Garden Competition Winners 2015:

Front Garden Winners 2015

16th July 2015 THEYDON BOIS Horticultural Society 105th Show:

Horticulturalsociety sssshow 2015 poster


Golf Club Lady Captains Day
Golf Club Lady Captains Day
Golf Club Lady Captains Day

On a gloriously sunny day last Thursday 9th July Theydon Bois Golf Course was transformed into
Theydon Bois –on-Sea for the Lady Captain’s Day. 42 Lady Golfers – appropriately attired in seaside costumes - played the course and were treated to snacks and Pimms at the “beach Hut” on the 11th green – served by the Lady Captain, Linda Ames and helpers in Victorian Bathing Dress! Bunkers were decorated with sand-  castles and sticks of rock were awarded to those who went in them. A very good “Day at the Seaside with a little Golf thrown in” was had by all!

13th July 2015 Women's Institute Centenary Celebrations in Theydon:

Theydon WI Cntenary Garden Party

The WI is celebrating 100 years this year and our local WI in Theydon Bois They WI Garden Party decided to have their own celebration in the form of a Garden Party last Friday the 10th July.

WI member Mrs Carole Browning and her husband were kind enough to open their beautiful garden for this event. The weather was glorious and over 40 members enjoyed tea and home-made cakes in the sunshine. As well as the tea and cakes there was a raffle with many prizes.

The ladies decided to make this celebration special by donning their best dresses and of course, the obligatory hat. Most of the ladies that attended are pictured above in a group photo in the garden.

If you think you would like to join the Theydon Bois WI, please come along to the Village Hall on the third Wednesday of the month at 2.00pm. There is no meeting in August.

We are sure you will enjoy it and you will also make a number of new friends. You will certainly get get a warm welcome. We hold many events during the year including Speakers on various subjects, a Sherry/Coffee morning (very popular), a Fish Chicken and Chip Lunch, a new Year Lunch, which includes wine and the lunch is cooked for us by a professional cook. The are also often outings to the theater. Some more information about Theydon WI and our Speakers Program for 2015 is on the Club Details Page or phone Doreen on 01992 812645 or Jackie on 01375 508915 who will be happy to help.

13th July 2015 Rural Preservation Society AGM, Talk and Sunday Walk:

TB&DRPS Speaker Judy Adams
L - R Vice Chairman, Martin Boyle, Judy Adams and Chairman, Peter Newton

The guest speaker at Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society's AGM last Friday the 10th July was Judy Adams, Chairman of the Friends of Epping Forest. Judy gave an informative talk on Conserving Epping Epping for the Future to an audience of nearly 50 members and guests.

In the interval those present then enjoyed refreshments provided the Society and this break was followed by the AGM.

Following the the sad death of the Society's President, Bob Day earlier in the year the Society welcomed Michael Chapman as its new president.

Michael is a Notary Public and Solicitor who has lived all his life either in the Forest parishes of Theydon Bois or Epping. He was educated at Leyton County High and then articled to solicitors in Loughton. Michael is currently Deputy Lieutenant of Essex and a former Chairman and previously held the post of Vice President of the Theydon Bois Rural Preservation Society. Michael also serves as Chairman of St Clare Hospice and Associate of the Epping Forest Field Centre.

Other officers and committee members were re-elected into the same posts for another year, but the Society still has four vacancies on its committee. The committee only meets six times (plus the AGM) each year and would welcome any villagers that could spare a little of their time. With EFDC still working on a new Local Plan and recent developments putting further pressure on our Green Belt the Society would like to see villagers having as much input into how our future is determined as possible.

Theydon Bois Wood Walk 2015
Robert Levene with some of the walkers in Theydon Wood

On Sunday 12th July Robert Levene, TB&DRPS committee member and Theydon Bois Tree Warden led a walk via the Sheep and Goat milking farm to the Theydon Wood to view the 'Open Air Landscape Artwork' and the progress with the wood.

The Society's next walk is on Sunday 27th September and is titled "Towards Blunts Farm/Theydon Garnon way". The next talk on Friday 20th November is by Peter Warne. Peter continues to map the wildlife at Copped Hall on behalf of the Trust.  There are new species to report and previously mentioned species with new stories.  A new project is seeking out the moth population which involves setting up night light traps and early starts to see what has been caught.

8th July 2015 Fun and Spills in the Sunshine At Last Sunday's Donkey Derby:

Donkey Derby 2015 Overview

The weather was almost an exact repeat of last year with rain just before the 12 noon start delaying peoples early arrival, but then the sun came out and in the end thousands of people attended to enjoy the races and the many sideshows. The day also clashed with the Epping Town Show, but this did not seem to reduce attendance and some people managed to visit both of these local events.

Donkey Derby 2015
Donkey Derby 2015
Donkey Derby 2015

As well as the seven Donkey Races races sponsored by local businesses and individuals that took place throughout the afternoon there was also a fun dog show that challenged owners and their for-legged friends. Loughton Popchoir entertained the the large audience with some spirited singing. No one managed to win the £100 offered if you rode the 'prepared bike' over a short distance, but everyone did have a good time and are looking forward to the 29th Donkey Derby next year.

Donkey Derby 2015 Donkey Derby 2015

The amount raised by the event is still being calculated, but as usual all the proceeds will go to the Theydon Bois Scout and Guide Groups and various other deserving local charities.

Many more photos of the this years Donkey Derby can be found here or on our Photos Page.

3rd July 2015 Watch Out There is a Thief About in Theydon:

Essex Police are warning villagers to be particularly cautious at the moment following a recent spate of burglaries in Theydon. Break ins took place in Hornbeam Road and Hornbeam Close between the 19th & 23rd June and yesterday there was a another burglary in Coppice Row.

If you saw anything suspicious in those roads around those days please contact Essex Police on the 101 telephone number. If you see any suspicious behavior around the village again please ring the above number so that hopefully the police can respond quickly.

3rd July 2015 Theydon Bois Primary School PTA Circus Day:

PTA Circus Day Big Top

THEYDON Bois Primary School had a real treat in June when the circus rolled into its grounds. Happy's Circus rumbled in with their big top and set up on the playing field. 
The school children were invited to have a look around as the circus folk set up on the Friday ready for the big show on the Saturday 27th.

The PTA opened the event at 12.30pm with a barbecue, refreshments, a bar and stalls before the main event began at 2pm. 

And every seat - all 600  of them - was sold out by the time the show started.

PTA Circus Day Clowns

The children were enthralled by the clowns, Mr Happy and Pip as they launched into their routine. Even the adults were soon laughing at their fun, high jinks and magic.

Also performing was sword balancer Micaela Cardona who managed to climb a ladder whilst holding a flaming candlabra, balanced on a dagger and sword, in her teeth! Acrobat Serhiy Valkiv wowed the crowds on the high straps as he 'flew' in dressed as Spider Man. He later performed another routine, balancing on balls and rolling cylinders. There was also another aerial acrobat and a juggler who managed to perform his routine throwing five tennis rackets.

The event was wrapped up by clowns Pip and Mr Happy who had the children screaming with delight as they were sprayed with water from a fire extinguisher as part of the finishing act. On a superbly hot day it was a brilliant ending.

For the PTA there was another happy ending as the event managed to raise approximately £3800 - with a possible extra £1000 in match funding - for their coffers.

PTA chair Nik O'Flynn said: "It was a great event and I hope one that everyone will remember for a long time. We had a fantastic turnout, great weather and a lot of support from helpers and circus-goers who dug deep for the refreshments and the stalls."

There is a full set of photos of the Circus and surrounding events on the 27th June Here or see our Photos Page.

2nd July 2015 Family, and Canine, Fun in Epping Forest:

Epping Forest Fun DayVisit Epping Forest on Sunday 12 July for a jam-packed, fun-filled day out for all the family, including the dog!

Paws at The View will include fun activities for dogs and their owners, including have-a-go agility, displays, stalls, tombola and a companion dog show.  Free entry, with £1 entry to the dog show.

The City of London Festival promises to be a great afternoon of free live music and activities.

If that isn’t enough to entice you, you can also take in ‘Tudor Stuff’ at Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge between 2pm and 4pm.  Costumed guides will bring The Hunting Lodge to life and there will be Tudor art and craft activities on offer (£1 for an activity). 

In addition you can take the opportunity to catch the opening of the Summer Art Show 2015 at The View, which features a collection of artwork submitted by local artists inspired by Epping Forest. 

All events are taking place at The View and Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge on Rangers Road (E4 7QH), Chingford between 11am-4pm.

For further information telephone 020 7332 1991 or visit  Follow Epping Forest on twitter @COLEppingForest.

2nd July 2015 Epping Forest - The next 10 years Consultation 25 June - 20 September 2015:

Epping Forest is developing a new management plan, so the City is asking for your help to find out what you value about the Forest and which issues are most important to you. In the largest consultation the City has ever undertaken, they are keen to hear your views on the management of the Forest, from litter to events and activities to preserving the 'natural aspect' - and everything in between!

The consultation is internet based so register on our online system now to take part. Once you log in, you will need to go to the Epping Forest Management Plan Consultation.

This is a long document, but if you register you can dip in and out of the response and you do not need to answer every question.

This Consultation is a major issue for the residents of Theydon Bois and we would urge you to have a look.

Register at Log In Page Here

1st July 2015 Frank Foster House Open Day & 101st Birthday:

Frank Foster Open Day Frank Fost 101 Birthday

Frank Foster House held an Open Day last Thursday 26th June with food and entertainment for residents and guests. That day was chosen as it was also also home resident Lily Evans 101st Birthday. She was presented with flowers and a cake with candles for her to blow out. Entertainer Patrick led those present in a couple of choruses of 'Happy Birthday to Lily'.

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