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16th July 2015 THEYDON BOIS Horticutural 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 buglary 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 promisesbe 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'.

30th June 2015 Theydon's New Street Trees Need A Drink - Please Adopt One & Help it Survive:

Thirsty Street Trees Poster

Our voluntary Tree Wardens tell us that our new street trees that were planted in the verges of many village roads last year are in danger of dying in this hot dry weather due to lack of water. They are appealing to villagers to adopt a recently planted tree in a verge nearby and water it during the hot weather. Two or more buckets of water per tree, twice a week when the weather is very hot, will help the trees to survive. More water will do no harm so it does not matter if more than one person is watering. New trees are to be found in the following streets:

Forest Drive,  Buxton Road, Elizabeth Drive, Dukes Avenue, Heath Drive, Orchard Drive, Baldocks Road, Purlieu Way, Harewood Hill, Woodland Way, Morgan Crescent & Green Glade.

If we don't care for our village trees and look after them we may lose them, and they are one of the reasons that Theydon is such a lovely place to live. A big thank you in to all those aready watering and those able to help from our Tree Wardens.

Tree Wardens: Robert Levene, Jane Turner, Sue Warren

28th June 2015 Baptist Church Strawberry Cream Teas:

Baptist Church Strawberry Cream Teas
Pictured some of the afternoon tea takers with the church volunteers behind

Rain initially delayed the taking of Strawberry Cream Teas alfresco at the Theydon Bois Baptist Church this afternoon, but the sun soon shone again and visitors moved outside to enjoy views of our village green bathed in glorious sunshine. They also enjoyed the tea or coffee together with splendid home made cakes and scones baked by church volunteers.

One of the reasons for the afternoon strawberry teas was that Open Gardens day, which is usually held on the last Sunday in June, was cancelled this year. The church posted notices at the Village Hall redirecting any visitors who were not aware of the cancellation so they could at least take tea by the green.

Any donations that were made by visitors are being passed to 'The Box' in Epping.

24th June 2015 The Bull Charity Night In Aid of MNDA:

The Bull Charity Evening Poster

Rosie the assistant manager at The Bull is holding this event for charity. Starting at 6.00pm at The Bull on Saturday 18th July with a DJ.
Rosie is rasing the money for Motor Neurone Disease Association, a cause that is very close to her heart and that she believes that more awareness needs to be made about this awful disease.

24th June 2015 Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society Talk & AGM:

Preservation Society Poster

See below for more details of TB&DRPS 2015 Walks & Events

23rd June 2015 Essex Police Street Meets will be held at Theydon Bois Village Hall on:

Thurs 02 July 2015-5pm
Thurs 16 July 2015-2pm
Fri 07 August 2015- 5pm
Fri 21 August 2015 -2pm

Feel free to come along and meet your local Pcso and discuss any community issues or problems.
Come and Join us, you talk we listen.

16th June 2015 Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society Events:

On Friday 10th July at 8.00 pm in the Village Hall there will be a free illustrated talk: Conserving Epping Forest by Judy Adams, Chairman of the Friends of Epping Forest. This will be followed by refreshments and the AGM which will start at approximately 9.00 pm. All are invited to attend. 

On Sunday July 12th starting at 2pm from our Village Hall TB&DRPS Committee Member and Theydon Bois Tree warden Robert Levene will lead a walk to see Theydon Wood and the open air Art Work visible from the M11 motorway. This is a free event and all are welcome.

On Sunday September 27th starting at 2pm there will be the final walk of our 2015 season. "Towards Blunts Farm/Theydon Garnon way".

Our 20th November Talk: Will be 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. This talk is free and again all are welcome.

Further details of all the the Society's walks and events can be found on their website page.

15th June 2015 Police Community Meeting To Be Held in Abridge Village Hall:

There will be a Local community Meeting Held in Abridge Village Hall on the 24th August 2015 at 7.30pm.
Everyone is welcome to come and discuss any local issues.
Crime figures will be made available for the area and local priorities will be set for the next month.
Areas covered by the meeting are Abridge, Epping,Thornwood, North Weald, Coopersale, Theydon Bois, Stapleford Abbotts and surrounding Village.
The meeting will be run by Essex Police and will be attended by the local Police Constable,Sergeant and Inspector.

15th June 2015 Essex Police Call for Horse Riders Help:

Theydon has quite a number of regular horse riders and Essex Police are calling on horse riders to join the volunteer Active Citizen scheme and help to provide an extra set of eyes and ears and report any problems into the police.

The Active Citizen scheme seeks members of local communities to provide a visible presence whilst out and about, keep an eye out for any problems particularly in rural areas, and report any suspicious activity to Essex Police, as well as engaging others in the community to do the same.

Successful Active Citizen schemes are already up and running in Colchester and Billericay, however it is hoped that this scheme will encourage local horseriders who take routes across the county’s rural areas to further complement this work by keeping alert and reporting anything suspicious to us on 101.

Volunteers will be provided with a hi-visibility armband to identify that they are part of the initiative.
If you are an experienced horserider and over the age of eighteen, we would like to hear from you.
For further information, please contact Sgt Cathy Calder on

15th June 2015 EFDC Takes Waste Contractor to Task:

Theydon Bois is not alone in having problems with our refuse collections since the recent changes. These changes to waste and recycling leading to significant problems with kerbside collections must improve according to EFDC Cabinet Portfolio Holder Councillor Will Breare-Hall. In a statement to Cabinet on 11 June 2015, Councillor Breare-Hall outlined a list of different problems and steps being taken to get the service improved.

15th June 2015 Donkey Derby 2015:

Donkey Derby Poster 2015AND they are off - the Theydon Bois Donkey Derby is under starters orders for this year. The annual event on the village green will be held on Sunday July 5th. There will be seven races in the derby, with children aged 10 to 15 trying to get their mules around the course in one piece. Punters can bet on the donkeys for fun with a payout for the winners in each race. 
The event is run by the Theydon Bois scout group and sponsored by local estate agents Stevenettes and raises money for scouting and guiding groups in the area. 
There will also be a huge variety of stalls at the event which attracts about 4,000 people each year, such as hook the duck, smash the crocks and a penalty shootout.
As well as food, refreshments and side shows there will also be an old-fashioned helper skelter, swing boats, a big wheel and a fair ride for younger children.
As well as the races, there will also be a fun family dog show run by Homeward Hounds who will have a small agility course for people to try their dogs out on. And before the derby starts there will be children's races for them to compete in and also a scout-versus-guide challenge later in the afternoon.
Entry is free to the derby, which starts at 12pm until 4pm, though programmes will be sold for £1 on the gates.
To be a jockey, children need to be aged 10 to 15 and weight less than 50kg (seven-and a-half stone) please call Andy Bowles on 01992 813772 to register beforehand or you can sign up on the day at the PA van.
To donate bric-a-brac or crockery for smash the crocks, please call Bob Penman on  01992 813709 to arrange for collection.

15th June 2015 Sad Loss of Iconic Horse Chestnut Tree on Loughton Lane Corner:

Horse Chestnut Tree damage Horse Chestnut Tree damage

Many of you will already have noticed that the large horse chestnut tree near the Green has been removed. Unfortunately a large section of this large tree split this and George Hayley and his team responded within about half an hour of tree warden Robert Levene reporting this the problem to EFDC on the afternoon of Thursday 4th June.

When our tree wardens and the EFDC team looked at the tree they saw that the branch that split from the main truck had left a large scar and had also badly stressed the rest of the truck, clearly splitting it very badly, making the whole tree unstable and dangerous.

Therefore, there is no choice but to remove this iconic tree, which has been a feature of the village for many generations. The EFDC tree team had been trying for many years to extend its life, as even to the casual observer the hole in its central core had been getting bigger and bigger over the last few years.

The actual timber, was very dry, with little raising sap, reminding us the importance of watering our new street trees till they get established.

EFDC are hoping that if they can remove the old trees roots and re mulch they will be able to plant a replacement Horse Chestnut.

Unfortunately near the opposite this corner (with the well identified parking problems) on the green, one of our 'New Avenue of Oak' trees was badly damaged by a car hitting it. This end tree of the new Avenue of Oaks is also unfortunately not going to survive, and THe City of London, having  inspected within 24 hours of the tree wardens reporting it, agreed to replace this tree with a new Oak.

Theydon Bois is indeed fortunate to have such excellent service from both EFDC & THe City.

15th June 2015 Roll -UP-Roll-UP to the Theydon Bois Primary School Circus:

Theydon Bois Primary School Circus posters

ROLL up, roll up - the circus is coming! Theydon Bois Primary School will be holding a circus for the first time in its history. The PTA have organised the event and Happy's Circus will be rolling onto their playing field for the show in a big top on Saturday June 27th. 

Gates will open at 12.30pm and for a barbecue beforehand. There will also be refreshments and stalls to keep everyone busy before the show begins at 2pm.
The PTA is desperately trying to raise enough money to replace the school's dilapidated swimming pool changing rooms so please come and spend your pennies.
Happy's Circus will be bringing their own bigtop along with acrobats and clowns etc, but no performing animals.
Event organiser, Zoe Souber, said: "We are really excited to have the circus coming to Theydon as it has been two years in the planning. We hope it will be a really fun event for the whole family to enjoy." 
The schoolchildren also designed posters (above) for the event. The two joint winners were Connor Bourke in Year 5 and Richard Bass in Year 3.
To book tickets in advance, please email:

15th June 2015 Theydon Youth and an Open Gardens Day Cancellation Update:

Theydon Bois Open Gardens Day 2015 posterUnfortunately, Theydon Youth had to make the decision to cancel this year’s Open Gardens’ Day. The number of Gardens wishing to open this year was not enough for us to host the event.
In the last five years Open Gardens’ Day has raised almost £20,000 for Theydon Youth and we would like to thank everyone involved for their time and efforts both this year and or in previous years. We are hopeful that we may be able to drum up support to enable us to open next year.

Club night continues to grow with both the weekly night and Junior Monthly night having a turnout of over 30 children.

Michele Hinton has agreed to take over from Thea Buisson as Youth Leader for the Junior Night. Both Michele and Thea have recently completed (and passed) First Aid and Safeguarding training.

In April some of our members took part in a ‘Wet’ Activity Day and Stubbers Adventure Centre. The day was organised by the Essex Boys & Girls Club and was funded by Theydon Youth. Activities included canoeing, raft building, paddle boarding and banana boats rides. A great day was had by all and another day has been planned for the end of June.

Theydon Youth Activities

The lighter evenings mean that we are able to use the outside area and we would like to thank Theydon Bois Cricket Club for their help in maintaining the grounds.

We are always grateful of extra help so if you think you could spare a couple of hours each month the please get in touch. We are also happy to welcome new members. Tuesday night runs from 7-9pm during term time and is for Year 6 and up, Junior night is on the last Wednesday of the month during term time and is from 6.30 till 8pm for Ages 8-10.

Please contact Thea Buisson – 01992 815982 / with any enquiries.

31st May 2015 Rural Preservation Society Deer Sanctuary Walk Proves Popular Again:

TB&DRPS Deer Sanctuary Walk

More than 80 adults and children attended last Sunday's (24th May) Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society's walk from the Village Hall. This was led by committee member Martin Boyle and included a visit to the to Deer Sanctuary where Forest Keeper Michael Collins explained the purpose of the sanctuary and its history.

Michael Collins Forest Keeper
Forest Keeper Michael Collins with some Red Deer Antlers

Michael gave information on the approximately 130 special black back fallow deer that inhabit the sanctuary and talked and answered questions about all species of British Deer and Epping Forest wildlife. The children present were particularly impressed with the antlers passed around by Michael including some large Red Deer antlers from the herd kept at Woburn Abbey.

This was the 4th year that TB&DRPS has managed to arrange a Deer Sanctuary walk and visit with this year walkers including people from as far as London, Bishops Stortford and Romford as well as those more local. It is hopped that the Society will be able to visit the Sanctuary again in May 2016. The Society's next walk will be on Sunday 14th of June at 2.00pm from the Village Hall and will be “A tour of the Winning Trees”    Tree winners from the 2014 'Landscape Tree Competition'.

31st May 2015 St. Mary's Church Plant Sale:

St Marys Plant Sale 2015
Some of the St. Mary's volunteer sellers with plants for sale at the Church Hall

Last Saturday a touch of Chelsea Flower Show came to Theydon Bois with the St Mary's annual Plant Sale at the Church Hall.  Business was brisk as villagers took the opportunity to stock up their beds, borders, pots and hanging baskets ready for the Bank Holiday weekend.  Cottage garden favourites such as lupins and peonies proved very popular and quickly sold out but also available were bedding plants, runner beans, tomato plants and more unusual perennials for those looking for something different.  

Delicious home made cakes were also on offer from the usual catering corps in the kitchen!

The organisers were delighted with the number of sales and also to see so many locals supporting the event which has become a regular in the village calendar.

26th May 2015 Theydon Bois Horticultural Society Show 2015:

Horticultural Society Show

Please note that in the just published June edition of Village News the above show poster had Margaret Bhonsle incorrectly spelt with an i not L and therefore the e-mail given will not work. The correct e-mail link as above is:

26th May 2015 Rare Giant of Epping Forest on Display:

There is a rare opportunity to view what is probably the largest map of Epping Forest when for one day only a 30ft foot long 1882 map of the forest is being exhibited. On Saturday 4th July this map from the Essex Record Office collection will be on display at Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton. There also be displays of other maps and two short talks by Loughton and District Historical Society.

Epping Forest Map Poster

26th May 2015 St. Mary's Flower Festival 2015:

St. Mary's Flower Festival 2015

26th May 2015 Theydon Singers Summer Concert:

Theydon Singers July 2015 Concert

19th May 2015 New Sponsors for Theydon Newsdesk:

Theydon Newsdesk, this website and Village News, is run entirely by volunteers and at no cost to our Parish Council or rate payers thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. This sponsorship covered all our production costs until recently when some Theydon Businesses closed or ended their previous sponsorship.

We are glad to report that we have found new sponsors to replace them and welcome Woodland Care Home of Loughton, M & K Cleaning Services of Loughton and Greens Traditional Butchers in Coppice Row as our new sponsors. Please give them your support and mention Village News and Website when using their services. Their details can be found on our Sponsors Page and links to their websites are available from our Links Page or our Shops Page.

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