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21st October: Theydon's Young in Slum Challenge:

On Saturday 18th October, a group of 10 young people gathered in the car park of St Mary’s Church Hall, to take part in “Slum Survivor”.  This is an activity designed to enable young people to empathise with those living in inadequate accommodation and raise awareness of the issues around extreme poverty.  The group successfully spent the night in dwellings they had fashioned out of materials such as old pallets and tarpaulins, kindly donated by church members.  Nearly £800 was raised which will be sent to the charity Soul Action which works alongside other charities to provide relief to those living in extreme poverty. 

Slum Survivor Slum Survivor

After the event, the young people were asked for their reflections, and they included these comments:  -

  • Felt I did something good for charity
  • Meeting new people, helping those in need, raising money and awareness for a good cause
  • Met amazing people
  • Met new people and got closer to friends I used to have
  • I enjoyed doing something different – stepping outside my comfort zone
  • I enjoyed the sense of community – how everyone came together when our slum fell apart.

Thanks must go to the Red Balloon family (, without whose input the weekend would not have been possible.  Watch this space: ( for further activities from the new St Mary’s youth group, which is known as “Action”, which aims to empower young people to make a difference, in the local community and further afield.

21st October: Theydon Teacher's Singers Concert at Corbett Theatre in Loughton:

Catherine Sheehy Singers Concert

Last Sunday the 19th October was a fantastic afternoon at Loughton's Corbett Theatre filled with repertoire from stage, film and Pop/RnB Chart. Singers (boys and girls) aged between 5-18yrs, many from Theydon Bois, performed for the audience at this sold out concert. Some were new to stage, whereas others have performed before and had sat LCM singing exams with Catherine Sheehy the Theydon Bois Singing Teacher who organised the concert. 

Catherine Sheehy Concert Catherine Sheehy Concert
Catherine Sheehy
Catherine Sheehy Concert

Catherine (in the wings above) said " I personally couldn't have asked for anything better. At times I'd liked to have been in the audience to capture it first hand and reassure them with a smile but how lucky am I to have rehearsed such wonderful songs with my fabulous singers. I've been very tearful through many lessons/classes and I think the audience can understand why now! I'm a very proud teacher who has the pleasure of inspiring children (and adults) with their favourite songs. My love of song comes to life through them... Here's to next year!"

Catherine's Singers Classes run on Fridays in Theydon Bois Village Hall and further details are available from her website: with some more show photos in the gallery here.

16th October:Final Closing Date for The Landmark Tree Competition:

Theydon Bois Green Oak Tree

The final closing date for entries to the Landmark Tree Competition is October 21st. So there is still time to enter and details and entry forms are available from the competition page here.

16th October:Important Special General Meeting of the Village Association Charity:

The Village Association will be holding a Special General Meeting on Wednesday 29th October at 8.00pm in the Village Hall, Beech/Poplar Room. The agenda will include important resolutions about the charitable status of the association for consideration and if thought fit passing. All village members are encouraged to attend this important meeting. The Agenda for the meeting is here.

16th October:Police Commissioner for Essex to Speak at Epping Forest College:

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex will be holding the next District meeting in Epping Forest on Wednesday 22nd of October. The event will be held in Epping Forest College, Borders Lane, Loughton, Essex, IG10 3SA and will begin at 6.30pm finishing at 8.30pm.

The local district meetings specifically address issues that the community are facing, and the Police and Crime Commissioner will bring the community together with the local district commander and the local community safety partnership manager to hear the concerns of the community, and discuss the work the police and CSP are doing to address these. The Police and Crime Commissioner will be there to help the local community get the answers they need about crime and safety in their local area. The Police and Crime Commissioner aims to visit each district in the county each year to hold an event like this and bring local policing teams together with the community

The Police very much hope you will be able to attend, and would be grateful if you could encourage your family, friends, colleagues and communities you work with to likewise join in this important debate.

If you would like to ask a specific question of the Chief Constable of Essex Police, they would be grateful if you could email it in advance to:

16th October:Neighbourhood Policing Meetings:

Police Meetings Police Meeting Dates

7th October:Theydon Bois 'Fused Glass' Artist Exhibits at Loughton Arts Centre:

Theydon Bois Artist Karen Meyer presently has a solo exhibition of her fused glass art work running at the Loughton Arts Centre, Lopping Hall in Loughton High Road. The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm and has run from 26th September and will be there until 9th October, so there is still a chance to catch it.

Karen Meyer Exhibition
Karen with some of her 'Fused Glass' Art at the exhibition.

Karen was born and raised in London and Essex and has always had an interest in drawing and crafts. Her career choice led her to work in the City working as an IT Systems Implementation Manager for the likes of Barclays Bank and Deutsche Bank. Although she enjoyed her career, it was not a passion for Karen!

After her children were born, she moved to Loughton then Theydon Bois where she has had a few office roles local to home allowing her to be near her children for school pick up times. Her heart however, was to do something more creative. After trying various crafts, Karen discovered the art of Glass Fusing and the rest for her is history.

Karen has been glass fusing now for just over 4 years beginning with a small kiln making gifts as a hobby. Now with a much larger kiln she has fulfilled her dream of making wall art and other glass pieces to brighten people’s homes. She specialises in making bespoke items to order.

Prior to the Loughton Arts Centre exhibition Karen has previously exhibited at Theydon Bois Golf Club as well as various local craft fairs.
For more information, see her website or her facebook page

6th October:John Plume Celebrates his Centenary:

John Plume at 100Villager John Plume who lives in Forest Side reached his 100th birthday yesterday on the 5th October. John has made many contributions to the village over his long life. He served on the Rural Preservation Society Committee for many years until 2006 and as a retired barrister specialising in planning law he was specially valued for his expert advice.

He was a keen apiarist and at one time had as many as three beehives around the village. For ten years he also organised and helped in the maintenance of St Mary’s Churchyard.

John spent his birthday quietly at home. Congratulations and thank you John for all your work for our village over many years.





27th September:Stay Alert as Deer Rutting Season Begins:

Be Extra Vigilant:
 accidents on the roads involving deer increase at this time of year and drivers should be extra vigilant where there are deer warning signs and slow down when driving through the forest.

Dog walkers: dogs should be kept on a lead. It is important to keep disturbance of the deer to a minimum and dog owners should be aware that deer can feel threatened by dogs and may also disrupt the deer breeding pattern.

Visitors: walkers are advised to keep at least 50m away from deer, never get in between 2 deer and avoid feeding or photographing them at close range.

Male deer, or bucks, are often highly aggressive as they are full of testosterone, clashing antlers in an attempt to fight off rivals and attract as many females as possible. They become less aware of the dangers around them, such as cars and bikes on the roads.

27th September:St Mary's Church Christmas Fair 2014:

St Mary's Church will be holding their annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 29th November, 11am-2pm, at St Mary's Church Hall, Theydon Bois. There will be lots of stalls for all the family including festive refreshments, toys, Christmas gifts (for adults and children), lucky dip, jewellery, toiletries, bottle tombola, raffle and lots more besides! Please come along and join in the fun!

For further details, or to donate items for the Fair, please contact Phil or Amanda Simmance on 01992 813732 or

27th September:Preservation Society Free October Talk:

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22nd September:Brownies Celebrate 100th Anniversary of the Organisation and 45 Years of the Theydon Pack:

Brownies with Eleanor Laing & Cake
Theydon Brownies help Eleanor Laing MP to blow out the candles on the anniversary cake

The Theydon Bois 3rd Brownie Pack Had a a double anniversary celebration with an afternoon tea on Saturday in St. Mary's Church Hall. The event celebrated both the organisation's 100th anniversary as well as the pack 45th birthday. It was a busy afternoon with the brownies running various stalls at which visitors were invited to decorate biscuits, tie knots, have a go at solving puzzles and toast marshmallows. Visitors were also served refreshments and a delicious variety of sandwiches, cakes and biscuits by pack members.

Brownies 100th Cake

Past and present members were invited to the celebration alongside parish councillors and Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing, who cut the large birthday cake baked by 'Brown Owl'.  

Mrs Laing said: "I was delighted to celebrate with the Brownies in Theydon Bois their 45th anniversary and the centenary of the founding of the Brownie movement. 
"I was a Brownie long ago and I still remember a lot of the things that we were taught." 
She added: "I congratulate all the people who work so hard - the Brown Owl and all her helpers - to keep our local Brownie pack so lively and so interesting. It's a really important part of our local community."

19th September:E15 Singers to Perform at Corbett Theatre in Loughton in October:

Catherine Sheehy the Theydon Bois Singing Teacher is to showcase local talent at the E15 Corbette Theatre on Sunday 19th October at 3-5.45pm. She is holding a repeat performance as the last went so well ( 5 shows to date) and they have been in demand ever since!

She runs this completely by herself teaching all her students in her home music studio or in Theydon village hall and at present she has some 60 singers, all from Epping Forest, aged from 5 to 18yrs. There will be 40 performing solo, duet, group and also ensemble repertoire. This includes songs from Oasis, Elaine Paige, John Legend, Cyndy Lauper, Lily Allen, Adele, Birdy, Sam Smith and many West End Musicals hits.

Some of her students have gone onto the RAM, Guildhall,  CPA, Epping and Loughton Performing Arts courses and Sylvia Young. Also many are now taking part in West End auditions and some are appearing in the XFactor. They are all amazing, individual and growing in talent each year.


Majorie Chapman Award

Marjorie set up the Theydon Bois and District Friends Group in 1972 with her friend Eileen Wilson. Marjorie started fundraising in her friend’s living room after hearing that two people from the village had been diagnosed with cancer. The first event the committee organised was a jumble sale which raised £90. The group continued to grow and to raise incredible funds through collections and events and in August 2012 they surpassed the fantastic milestone of £500,000! Although 96 years of age now, Marjorie is still an integral member of the group and is still the President. In fact, up until she was 88, Marjorie was still out and about with the group at their various fundraising events! Marjorie is an incredible lady, a true inspiration and an outstanding fundraiser. She has donated 42 years of her life to helping us beat cancer sooner and at the age of 96 and with ailing health deserves a huge thank you.

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 (formerly 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.

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Last Updated 21st October 2014