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The March 2018 Village News: The latest quarterly PDF version of Issue 101 of Village News is now available online: Click Here.

Parish Council Minutes: The Minutes of the Parish Meeting held 25th January 2018 (these now include the Months Finance & General Purposes Committee Minutes) 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, August or December 2017 Parish Council Meetings. Full Minutes List Here.

13th March 2018:Theydon Bois Preservation Society 2018 Walks Addition:

The Society has now added a fourth walk to the three walks listed below. This walk will be on Sunday 10th June starting at 2.00pm from the Village Hall and will walk the footpaths across Blunt's farm to Theydon Garnon and its church. See the Society's web page here.

13th March 2018:Theydon Bois Pre-School Nearly New Sale:

Pre- School nearly new sale

3rd March 2018:Theydon Bois and District Rural Preservation Society Walks 2018:

TB&DRPS Walks 2018

TB&DRPS has so far planned three guided footpath walks for 2018. All walks start from the Village Hall in Coppice Row, are at a moderate pace and last about 2 hours, well controlled dogs on leads are welcomed on all the above walks. Please note on Sundays the car park at the village hall is usually closed, but there is parking nearby. These walks are a good opportunity for villagers new and old as well as visitors to acquaint themselves with lesser known parts of our village.

The Conservators of Epping Forest have decided that in future they will organise visits to the Deer Sanctuary themselves, but this will probably be on a paid basis. In view of this and the fact that so many of the Village residents have visited in the last few years, TB&DRPS decided not to run the usual May Deer Sanctuary walk this year.

It may be possible to run one or two further walks in 2018 and if this is confirmed they will be notified here and on the society's web page.

3rd March 2018:Epping Film Society March Programme:

Epping Films Poster

23rd February 2018:Theydon Resident David Tymm's Charity Cycle Ride in Laos:

On the 8th January (see below) we reported on the Cycle Ride that Piercing Hill resident David Tymm was undertaking this February in Laos to support the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) charity. David has just returned from his ride in Laos where he and the other charity supporters in the group rode in temperatures of around 30 degrees C and 75% humidly over some very difficult terrain. They covered between 45 and 50 miles a day for 5 days and David said, while tough the trip was a great experience, but not without incidents.

David Tymm Cycle Ride David Tymm Cycle ride

You can read the full story of David's Charity ride in this pdf with his photos of the trip. His is a very well written and interesting short story about his experiences on the ride so well worth a look. David is still looking for further support to try to reach his target of £5,000 to help support MAG with its removal of bombs and landmines. David thanked everyone who have made donations to his personal appeal so far and said; "thanks to your help land in Laos and in MAG programmes around the world will be made safe and returned to productive use, enabling people to rebuild their lives and their countries".

David Tymm Cycle ride please support

You can help David reach his target by making a donation at: 

David still has some copies of the beautiful book by Danish artist Kerstin Farnert called ‘Nordic Light' that he published and he will be delighted to make copies available of this book, free of charge, for any Theydon Bois residents that care to sponsor him.

20th February 2018:St Mary's Church Soup Lunches:

St. Mary's Soup Lunches Volunteers

St. Mary's raise money for the charities they support through their six Lent soup lunches, a further soup lunch in October to celebrate Harvest Festival and three soup lunches in November. In addition members of the committee and other helpers make mini Christmas cakes which are sold during November at church and at the soup lunches. They cost £5 each or £9 for two. They are very popular.

St. Mary's Soup Lunches St. Mary's Soup Lunches

The 2018 series of Lent Soup Lunches started today with almost a full house of hungry diners in St. Mary's Church Hall. The lunches have become very popular with some people travelling by bus from Abridge or as far as Moreton . Not only does the varied menu offer around a dozen soups to choose from but also a number of home made puddings as well. Our clientele arrive early to get their preferred seat and enjoy friendly banter between themselves. This has become a genuine community event which attracts up to 80 customers all of whom who enjoy the convivial atmosphere where they can learn the local gossip.  

St. Mary's soup Lunches St. Mary's Soup Lunches

Lent Soup are served from 12 noon until 1.30pm at the st. Mary's Church Hall. Enjoy a delicious home made soup, roll & butter, sweet and tea or coffee. Adults £5.00. Children £1.50. Next Soup Lunches: 27th February, 6th, 13th, 20th &
27th March.

19th February 2018:Theydon Art Group 2018 Exhibition:

2018 sees the 57th year of the Theydon Art Group exhibition. It is an opportunity for artists from Theydon Bois and around the area to offer their pictures for public perusal and sale. All are of a high standard and many feature local scenes, in a variety of styles and prices.

Every year the group supports a charity. Last year more than £350 was donated. In 2018 the Art Group will be supporting Revitalise, a charity based in Chigwell which provides respite holidays for disabled people and their carers. Money is raised by way of small pictures, donated by members and offered for sale at low prices - usually just £5.00.

The beautifully staged exhibition takes place in the Village Hall on Friday 11th May (7.00pm to 9.00pm) and Saturday 12th (10.00am to 5.00pm). Wine and light refreshments are available to visitors, and a painting donated by a professional artist will be raffled. Entry £1.00.

More information from Barry Turner (Chairman - 01992 812652) or Robert Ingram (Exhibition Secretary - 01992 812154).

19th February 2018:Theydon Newsdesk Welcomes Butler & Stag as a New Sponsor:

Theydon Newsdesk is glad to welcome Butler & Stag, the estate agents in Forest Drive as our latest sponsor for Village News and the Village website. The support from all our sponsors and the work of our volunteers ensures that both our village magazine and this website continues to run at no cost to our Parish Council and therefore village council tax payers.

The Butler & Stag advertisement will appear in the March issue of Village News and is on our Sponsors Page.

19th February 2018:Theydon Bois Woman's Institute Seeks New Members in advance of its Centenary Year:

Did you know that the Theydon Bois Women’s Institute celebrates its Centenary next year?  Yes, in June 2019 it will have been providing friendship and entertainment to women of all ages for 100 years, which we feel is quite an achievement.

We are, of course, always looking for new members, of any age, so why not come along and join us – you will be more than welcome. The monthly meetings are held in the Theydon Bois Village Hall, usually on the third Wednesday of the month from 2.00 – 4.00 p.m. We have a Speaker and a Raffle, plus of course tea and biscuits and plenty of time for a chat.  

Other social events are held too, such as assorted Lunches, Coffee Mornings, Garden Parties, etc., in fact anything that will enable members to spend some casual and friendly time together. 

Additionally we have a Bridge Club which meets on a Friday afternoon and is suitable for players of all standards - even comparative beginners can come to get some practice. 

For further information regarding dates of meetings and details of Speakers see our entry on the Club Details Page or please telephone either Daphne Ruffell – 01992 812454 or Marion Oliver - 01992 812042.

19th February 2018:Theydon Bois Men's Forum Date Change:

The Men's Forum have had to make two changes to their programme published last Autumn. The speaker for 13th June had to withdraw and has been replaced by Gordon Bailey who will speak on “Jewellery through the Centuries”. In view of the topic they have made this meeting open to wives as well as the following meeting.

The meeting on 27th June will no longer be in the Village Hall but, like all the others, at the Baptist Church and will be followed by a pre-ordered Buffet Lunch.

The revised programme is now on the Forum's entry on the Club Details Page.

6th February 2018:Theydon Bois Responses to the Regulation 19 EFDC Local Plan Soundness Consultation:

Theydon Bois Parish Council and Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society have now published the detailed responses they have made to the consultation on the EFDC 'Submission Version of the Local Plan (Regulation 19) that closed at 5.00pm on 29th January. They are available from our Local Plan Update Page here.

5th February 2018:Drama Society March Production:

Drama Society Quartet Poster

Link for Tickets:

19th January 2018:Adult Cycle Training:

Essex Cycle Training

Essex Safer Roads Partnership have received some funding for Adult cycling and are able to offer the residents of Essex some low cost training.

This training can be from learning to ride, cycle confidence or even helping you plan a route to work. There is a fee of £10 for the training and the courses range for 45 minutes to 3 hours long. More details on their website here.

12th January 2018: Local Hospice Seeks Volunteers to Lend a Hand in Epping Charity Shop:

St Clare Epping ShopHastingwood-based charity, St Clare Hospice, is encouraging local people to join the team and get involved with volunteering at their Epping store located at 182 High Street, Epping.

More than 230 local people, aged from 16 to 92 years,give their time to help out in St Clare’s eight charity shops, located across West Essex and East Herts, offering their invaluable help in sorting donations, providing excellent customer service and maintaining the shop floor.

Shop volunteer, Danielle Spicer, has been helping in the Debden St Clare shop for over two years. Danielle said: “Volunteering in a St Clare charity shop is an easy way to help people, and a nice little job to have. I’ve made so many good friends just from working here – both colleagues and customers. There’s such a happy atmosphere here because we are all close, and we get on all the time. It’s hard to put into words; it’s like one big family here.”

“It’s easy to think that these kinds of places are just charity shops, and to forget where the money is going. Yet, because the Hospice is local, the people around here usually have some association to St Clare, and do know exactly where their money is going and who it is helping. I love volunteering here because you can see that what you’re doing is helping, and making a difference in your local community.

“I love it here – I really do. At first, I was very nervous to meet so many people, yet, everyone made me feel so welcome, and at home. It was like I had always been here. Volunteering for St Clare has given back to me, and helped me with building confidence. Now, I feel like I can do things that I wouldn’t have been able to do before.”

St Clare Hospice’s Epping shop is currently recruiting for more volunteers to help in the store located at182 High Street, Epping, CM16 4AQ. To find out more, phone Voluntary Services Manager, Rob Wallace, on 01279 773722 or email or apply online here:

12th January 2018: TV Company Seek GrandParents for TV Show:

TV Flyer Ad

We are looking for grandparents who have 3 or more adult (18+) grandchildren who they would like to spend more time with.

Many grandparents reportedly only see their grandchildren on average twice a year, it’s not surprising the two generations often know little about each other’s lives. In the programme, grandparents will spend one-on-one time with their multiple grandchildren in an attempt to get to know them better and see if they can offer any help.

Along the way they will learn about the pressures their grandchildren face, the lifestyle choices they make, their hopes for the future and what, if anything, is standing in their way of achieving them.

Our programme will allow grandparents to share their knowledge, advice and practical help while learning more about the lives, hopes and aspirations of their grandchildren. It should be a fantastic opportunity.

Filming for the programme will not take place straight away, this is the initial casting stage and we are only hoping to speak to people over the phone. If you are selected to be on the programme our Production team will arrange all the logistics for you!

We're hoping to hear from people as soon as possible!

We can be contacted on 0207 157 4588 or emailed at

12th January 2018: Voluntary Action Epping Forest Paid Vacancies:


Two paid job vacancies at Voluntary Action Epping Forest
Tel: 01992 564178 or e-mail to apply.

9th January 2018: Family Stargazing and Night Sky Observing with Loughton Astronomical Society:

Join Loughton Astronomical Society astronomers to look through their telescopes, or bring your own to learn how to get the most out of it. The Society will be running three 'Family Stargazing and Night Sky Observing Nights' during January and February. There will be an alternative programme if cloudy.

Lougton Astronomical Society Stargazing

There is no charge for these evening events that run between 18:30 and 20:45 at the Scout Hut, Off Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois on: Saturday 13th January, Sunday 21st January & Saturday 24th February.

8th January 2018: Theydon Resident's Charity Cycle Ride:

Theydon resident and keen cyclist David Tymm who lives in Piercing Hill is undertaking a tough cycling challenge next month to raise money for the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) charity. David will be riding from Vientiane to Laung Prabang in Laos in temperatures of around 30 degrees C and 75% humidly. He will be riding between 45 and 50 miles a day for 5 days.

David Tymm Charity Ride Poster

David said "the reason I am doing this charity ride is that the more I learn about what the people of Laos endured through the Vietnam War and continue to suffer beggars belief. It has the unenviable title of being the most bombed country in the world per capita. For nearly a decade, Laos was subjected to extreme US bombing as part of the wider war in Indochina. 580,000 bombing missions were carried out: an average of 1 mission every 8 minutes, 24 hours a day for 9 years, and an estimated 30% of submunitions failed to explode at the time. As you can imagine, the contamination in Laos is immense. It can affect every aspect of people’s lives: restricting access to farmland, education and infrastructure, and stops children from being able to play safely.

I realise the world may seem in a fairly dreadful state right now and you will have many excellent causes vying for your attention. If you are able to make a small donation to MAG to help them continue their life-saving work in Laos and other countries across the world, it would be really appreciated. Thank you."

David has been in training for over a year for this tough ride that starts on Sunday 4th February and he is hoping to raise £5,000 for the MAG charity. You can sponsor him by making a donation at: 

Kerstin Farnert Book Cover
Kerstin Farnert's painting - 'Dancing Glasses'

David's company has published a book by Danish artist Kerstin Farnert called ‘Nordic Light' and he will be delighted to make up to 100 copies available of this lovely book, free of charge, for any Theydon Bois residents that care to sponsor him.

8th January 2018: Police Seek Independent Advisory Group Volunteers for Epping Forest District:

Police Advisary Group Poster

Essex Police are looking for volunteers to make up an (IAG) for the Brentwood and Epping Forest Policing Area. The Essex Police Independent Advisory Groups play an important part in ensuring that Essex Police consult with and understand the views of our many diverse communities, and offer advice and guidance to the police, including constructive feedback around new policy developments and police recruitment, and provide the link to all Essex communities.

For more details of what the IAG volunteer role involves please go to

A provisional preliminary meeting has been set up for 16th January 2018 at 18.30hrs at the Zinc Arts Centre, Great Stoney, High Street, Chipping Ongar, Essex, CM5 0AD.

If you’re interested in shaping the way policing is delivered in Essex and wish to attend the meeting, please reply to

5th January 2018: Parish Council Meeting Dates for 2018:
The Parish Council Meetings for 2018 are now available and listed here.

4th January 2018: Local Plan Submission Version:

The Submission Version of the Draft New Local Plan is now available and the 'Consultation on Soundness' started on 18th December and will run until 5.00pm on 29th January. Responses which are submitted after 5pm on 29th January will not be considered. Please note you can only comment on the 'soundness' of the document. Not the selection as such. i.e. "why you consider the Submission Version of the Local Plan is not legally compliant, is unsound or fails to comply with the duty to cooperate".

In accordance with Policy SP 2 the following sites are allocated for residential development in Theydon Bois: (i) THYB.R1 Land at Forest Drive – Approximately 39 homes (ii) THYB.R2 Theydon Bois London Underground Station car park – Approximately 12 homes (iii) THYB.R3 Land at Coppice Row – Approximately 6 homes. A total of 57 new homes in total. (See page 151 of Submission Document). This is of course a very substantial reduction on the 360 new homes that were originally proposed for our village so hopefully the strong representations made by us all during the original consultation had some effect. Some of these 57 proposed homes are still destined for precious Green Belt land though.

Further details on our Local Plan Page Here.


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Last Updated 19th March 2018