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Parish Council Minutes: The minutes for the meeting of the 25th May 2006 are now available. Click Here.

June 2006 Village News: The latest PDF version of Issue 54 of Village News is now available on line. Click Here.

The Month in Theydon (April): Trevor Roberts latest report is on line Click Here.

Month in Theydon (May): Trevor Roberts latest report is on line Click Here.

World Cup Family Funday: Tottenham FC are running a mini world cup, and are in our Primary School school all week with the children. The world cup theme with carry on in class with lessons about the countries in the world cup,covering history, geog, etc. and this will form part of the World Cup Family Fun Day next Saturday 1st July. Apart from that theres the normal stalls, lucky dip, toys, face painting, bouncy castle,croquet, plate smashing, its smaller then we've had for a while but it will do.We are also having cream teas, and the ever popular cake stall. also a keep it upee contest, dribble through the poles, match the footballer to the flag, shirt, and wife! Sounds like Fun!

Heritage Tees: We as a village seem more than most to concern ourselves with the benificial part trees play in our enviroment. Theydon Bois was one of the first villages in Essex to have a Tree Strategy and as part of that stategy new many trees have been planted. This year EFDC Conservation and Enviroment Section, which includes Countrycare is also looking to identify peoples 50 favourite trees of Epping Forest District. With this in mind we think Theydon Bois Rural Preservation Society's: Free talk; "Our Heritage Trees" by Jon Stokes of the Tree Council on Friday 7th July at 8.00pm in the Village Hall will be of special interest to villagers. Refreshments and the Society's AGM will follow the talk.

Shed on the Green:

Shed on the Green 01 Shed on the Green 02

The Epping Forest Arts "Common or Garden" site specific commission by visual artist Sofie Layton together with the pupils of our Primary School paid the first of its visits to our village green last weekend (16/17th June). The "Common or Garden project is an exploration of sheds and village greens drawing attention to the uniqueness of these spaces. Five village greens in Roydon, Matching Green, Epping Upland, Chipping Ongar and Theydon Bois hosted their site specific individual sheds last weekend. All 6 sheds, including the community shed, will return to Theydon Bois Village Green on the 8th & 9th July when there will be performances, guided walks, picnics and other events which will form an all round celebration. If you would like further information, please telephone 01992 564551.

Charity Pamper Evening: Why not give yourself a treat and help fight Childhood Cancer and Leukaemia at the same time? In aid of the Challenging Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood - The Virgin Cosmetics Company are holding this Charity Pamper Evening:

Friday 30th June 7.00 – 10.00 p.m. St Mary’s Church Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois

Entrance fee £2.00 (includes glass of wine).Treatments to include facials, make-overs, mini-manicures, mini-pedicures and massage.  Only £4 per treatment.  Prize draw/raffle. All proceeds to CLIC

To pre-book tickets and treatments, call Joanne on 07711 510515

Blunts Farm Appeal Date: Please be advised that the appeal by Blunts Farm Estates Limited against the Enforcement Notice by EFDC to the Planning Inspectorate has now been 'verified'. The closing date by which the Planning Inspectorate will accept any comments is 12th July 2006. The reference numbers of the case for your information are 2010400 and 2010384.

Blunts Farm Blunts Farm 2
Aerial Views of the Blunts Farm Site showing the waste tipping and deep pits.

Theydon Bois & Abridge Action Group intend to respond to the appeal and have written a lengthy document which will include an e petition that is currently standing at 210 'signatures', of local residents, if you have not already done done so please add your name - see below. If you want to make your own response and need any further information please contact Jacqueline Dodman, TBAAG by email at: or call 01992 813304 or 07976 222774.

Wansfell Appeal Date: The deadline for objections to Wansfell is looming, 15th June, Please Please respond to the e-petition at the email address below, we need to support each other on this over development in Theydon Bois. Please pass on this email to anyone that maybe also be interested in objecting. Please add your name and address to your email and I will print them off to send to the Inspector.

WE NEED MORE SUPPORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The residents of Piecing Hill received their letters on 15th May confirming Jason Cooper of Mountcharm Ltd. has appealed to the Secretary of State in respect of two recent planning applications that were refused, following the decision by EFDC. The appeal for both applications will be heard at a public enquiry later in the year, but the deadline for initial submissions is 15th June.

We had a lot of support form the Village, District Councillors and many societies and we would welcome even more for the Public Inquiry , so anyone wishing to raise objections or give their views should write to the Inspectorate before 15th June deadline. three copies of your letter are required.

Address: The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/16 Eagle Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN.

Appeal references should be quoted and are: APP/J1535/A/06/201811/NWF under EFDC's ref 2030 and APP/J1535/A/06/2012812/NWF under EFDC ref 2031. Both these Wansfell applications are still viewable at the Civic Offices in Epping.

New Parish Council Chairman:

Parish Chairman

Outgoing Chairman John Eaton congratulates new Chairman Robert Glozier who was unanimously elected by fellow Parish Councillors at the Parish Council meeting at the village hall on May 25th. Robert said “ Following on from Cllr John Eaton will be a difficult task as he has made such a success of the job over the last four years. However I will be doing my best and am very grateful for the continuing support of the other Parish Councillors”.

Woodland Creation at Theydon Bois and Havering Park Farm: Nearly 100 hectares (220 acres) of new woodland are being created in London and Essex to help enrich the environment of millions of people, reduce pollution and protect wildlife, thanks to a new multi-million pound Woodland Trust project.
At Park Farm Havering, £2 million investment will see more than 50 hectares (around 120 acres) of arable land within London’s greenbelt converted into woodland to help safeguard more than 1,000 animal and plant species and protect ancient tracts of nearby Hainault Forest in Essex. The site will see more than 65,000 native tree species planted by thousands of school children to create a wonderful legacy and inspirational woodland for generations to come. It will also help the natural regeneration of Hainault Forest.
Hundreds of local residents and a number of funders have generously supported the project including Biffaward, GrantScape, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Garfield Weston Foundation and WREN.

At nearby 40-hectare (98-acre) Theydon Bois in Essex, the Woodland Trust has raised more than £600,000 to purchase this key site in the heart of the Green Arc and plant nearly 50,000 native trees on open farmland within Epping Forest’s historic boundary. This will create a lasting, large scale community woodland that is readily accessible to all.
Theydon Bois has been supported by the Department of Communities and Local Government DCLG (the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) and the Countryside Agency.

Both sites fall within the pioneering 400-square mile Green Arc project which covers a vast swathe to the north and east of London and across Essex. It will pave the way for landscape-scale change to help protect more species, reduce pollution and enrich the environment of millions of people who live on its doorstep. Support for both sites has also been received from many of the Green Arc’s partners, particularly The Corporation of London, Essex County Council, the Forestry Commission, English Nature and Groundwork.

The Theydon Bois Woodland sit is behind the cemetery alongside the M11. More details her on the Woodland Trust Web Site.

Hope for Youth Centre Site After House of Lords Supports Village Greens: A landmark decision on the 24th May in the House of Lords has confirmed that town and village greens can be protected against inappropriate development. The case of Oxford County Council verses Oxford City Council & Ms Catherine Robinson (commonly known as the 'Traps Ground Case' concerned the legal issues arising from an application by a resident of Oxford, Ms Robinson, to protect land fro inappropriate house building. Ms Robinson sought to protect the land by having it registered as a 'town green'.

As villagers will know this case has strong parallels with the Loughton Lane Youth Centre Site where at the appeal the Planning Inspector found in favour of Essex County Councils outline application to build housing on the site. He thougth that his decision would have no bearing on the attempts to register the site as a village green, which a number of villagers were attempting to do help keep the site available to the youth of our village. Following this decision they will now be pressing ECC to complete registration in the near future. More on the 'Traps Ground' decision can be found here on the Open Spaces Society Web Site.


Villagers of the Year 2006/7:

Villagers of the year 2006

Tony Ames & Trevor Roberts were awarded the Chairman's Rosebowl as villagers of the Year 2006. Tony is the hard working editor of village news as well as a Citizens Advice Bureau worker. Trevor is the village local history recorder as well as a major contributor to village news and this web site and seems to be on the committee of just about every society in the village. Richly dissevered by both parties.
Trevor says they intend to hold the bowl for 6 months each to save cutting it in half! Who has to clean it before return Trevor!

LOUGHTON FRIENDS OF ST CLARE HOSPICE: present an evening of MAGICAL ENTERTAINMENT by the Ilford Magical Society on Saturday 17th June 2006 7.30 for 8.00pm at Theydon Bois Village Hall Table Magic & Spectacular Cabaret Show Bring your own food and drink Tickets £10 from Marilyn Coleclough Telephone: 020 8508 6115
Registered Charity No. 1063631.

Neighbourhood Watch: Neighbourhood Watch is very strong in the Theydon Bois area with co-ordinators supervising individual watches in most roads. However, in many villages, as co-ordinators move on or retire, their watches die because they cannot find replacement co-ordinators. Up until fairly recently this has not been a problem in Theydon Bois owing to the fact that Caroline Law held the whole system together and found replacement co-ordinators as required. Unfortunately, Caroline herself has had to move on and there is currently nobody holding your 40 strong watch system together. As such, Theydon will soon go the way of many other villages and gaps in Neighbourhood Watch are bound to appear. If you are interested in overseeing the Neighbourhood Watch system in Theydon Bois please give me a call on 01279 625525. I will explain what the job entails and you can then decide if you have the time and energy to take the role on.  

 Tony Ellis
Crime Reduction Officer
Epping Police Section
01279 625525

Parish Council Minutes: The minutes for the meeting of the 30th March 2006 are now available. Click Here.

Council Report 2006: Parish Coucil Chairman John Eaton's report to the Parish Council AGM on Thursday 30th March is now available on line. Click Here.

March 2006 Village News: The PDF version of Issue 53 of our award winning Village News is now available on line. Click Here.

The Month in Theydon (March): Trevor Roberts latest report is on line Click Here.

Theydon Murder Suspect Caught: A 23-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the rape and murder of 89-year-old widow Catherine Grosstephan.

Catherine Grosstephan was found dead in the lounge of her home in Sidney Road, on 19th May and this terrible crime in Theydon has seen been given much coverage by TV , Radio and the National Press

Scott Thompson, of no fixed address, was charged on Saturday with the murder and rape of Mrs Grosstephan, a former bank worker who lived alone.

He was remanded in custody when he appeared before Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Monday 29th May..

The case was sent to Chelmsford Crown Court where a preliminary hearing will be held on 6 June.


The family of Catherine Grosstephan would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the great number of people who have in so many ways expressed their condolences at this terribly difficult time. Such wonderful support is deeply touching and greatly appreciated.

There will be a Thanksgiving Service at St Mary's church on Monday 5th June at 2pm and afterwards in the the Village Hall.

Marianne Surguy and Roderick Grosstephan.

Open Gardens Day:

Theydon Bois Open Gardens Day

Probably the Best Open Gardens Day in the World! More Info.

Blunts Farm Petition: Blunts Farm are appealing to the Planning Inspectorate against EFDC's enforcement notice issued earlier this year which prevents them from dumping any more waste on the Parsonage Golf site. They are requesting a public enquiry to get the 'waste disposal' re-instated similar to the enquiry staged with regard to the Youth Centre. Various village groups including the 'Theydon Bois and Abridge Action Group', 'Theydon Parents Group' and Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society are planning to respond to the appeal. We must ensure that Blunts Farm Estates Limited do not win the appeal and resume the pollution of our green belt. We are therefore seeking the completion of the golf course without any further dumping, EFDC state that there is more than enough spoil on site to fill the craters. TBAAG have organised an e-petition please can you all email you can just say anything you like but please give your name and address to validate your objection. We will hand this in to the planning inspectorate, so please tell your friends and neighbours we need as many 'signatures' as possible.

Election Results: The Liberal Democrats narrowly won the Theydon Bois seat on the District Council from the Conservatives in last Thursday's local election in a closely fought contest. There was a recount and the confirmed results were; Frankel, Roland - Liberal Democrat - 721 votes. Glozier, Robert - Conservative - 693 votes. McGough, Michael - UK Independence Party - 136 votes. There was a very good turnout of 49.7%, much higher than the national average of about 36%.

New Village Web Site Yellow Pages: Thanks to all the businesses that have submitted an entry for inclusion in the business directory, so far we have had about 12 and all are valid (see below). We still want to include as many village businesses as possible, so if you have a bushiness in the village please submit your entry for inclusion as soon as possible. Please remember to include and indicated the contact details you want under your entry. i.e Phone number, e-mail, postal address (which must be supplied but optional, please indicate whether or not you want it in your entry). Some people submitting forgot to include their phone numbers - this makes it difficult for your customers to contact you! We are awaiting a few more entries and then hope to have the page up in a few weeks.

Resurfacing at PAT: Well, we've done it and it looks spectacular!

After years of planning and fundraising, the playground flooring has been changed from the existing bark to Wetpour*. The work to remove the bark started on Monday 27th February with the arrival of Paul and his team from Wetpour Systems Ltd, skips and safety fencing. After several skip loads of bark were removed, the team waited for a dry day to lay the new surface. Unfortunately the project overran as the weather didn't break until the last week in March. On Friday 31st March the final designs were laid onto the surface and the work was complete. The result being a smooth, safe, tidy flooring that allows easy access for all users.

Fran Hutchinson, Vice Chair of PAT said "We are extremely pleased with our new flooring. It has taken many months of planning and a great deal of hard work to raise the money to fund the project. We are looking forward to seeing the younger residents of Theydon"

Wetpour Systems Ltd. must be commended for their exemplary work and for ensuring that little distribution was experienced by the local residents in Green Glade.

The completion of the project was marked with an Easter Egg Hunt. The official "re-opening" ceremony was performed by John Eaton and included a balloon release. Organisations and people who have most generously donated and supported the Playground were also invited. John Eaton, Chairman of the Parish Council said "The playground is one of the many excellent and attractive amenities in Theydon Bois. It helps to make the village appealing and is one of the features that has helped us win awards. We were keen to support this project as the new flooring will assist in meeting the future demands of health and safety legislation".

Joy Wainwright the Chairperson of PAT said "We are so grateful to everyone who had made donations to this project. As well as major funders we have had an incredible amount of support from local residents"

Now the resurfacing project is complete, the committee will continue with their plans to host children's activities in the playground. Fiona Bradley, Secretary of PAT said "We have a strong committee who are keen to offer additional activities for the younger children of Theydon. We are pleased with the overall standard of the playground and are very proud of our achievements. We can now concentrate our efforts on children's events. We are planning a Teddy Bear's picnic in the summer and would like to host a children's magic evening or party

Funders include:

Theydon Bois Parish Council, Charles French Trust, Epping Forest District Council, The Lottery and Essex Environment Trust.


The Playground at Theydon (PAT) is a registered charity. PAT was formed in 1993 when the community in Theydon Bois realised a need for facilities for the growing number of pre-school and junior school children. Since 1993, many volunteer committee members have worked extremely hard to raise funds to set up and maintain the playground. To date over £50,000 has been raised from quiz nights, children's activities and donations. The playground has won several awards as The Best Kept Playground in Essex and continues to be one of the best in the local area. It is regularly visited by schools for children with disabilities and by Inner London schools.

In 2001 PAT agreed on a new objective: to focus its fundraising events towards the children who use the facility and to make the playground suitable for children of all ages and abilities, including those just learning to walk and those with walking and other disabilities. The centerpiece was replaced in 2002 with one that included features for children with visual and hearing difficulties and a slide that allowed children to use with a carer. In 2006 the flooring was replaced with one that is safer, cleaner and allows easy access for wheelchairs & buggies.

*A wet pour system is a porous, durable, polymeric surface specifically developed for use on children's playgrounds to give maximum safety and play value. Harnessing the latest technology, wet pour rubber consists of synthetic EPDM rubber granulate bound in polyurethane resin to form a continuous, seamless surface.

More Apologies: The editor wishes to apologise again for the lack of recent up dates to the Village Web Site. Other commitments and some recent software upgrades have meant we have not been able to up date the site as often as needed.

New Village Web Site Yellow Pages Coming Soon and Promoting Businesses in Theydon Bois on the Web: It has always been the aim of Theydon Bois Parish Council to promote the shops and services within Theydon Bois on the basis of if we don't use them we will lose them. This would cause great difficulties for those without transport and generally be to the detriment of our village life. The Village Web Site has always supported this approach and we already have Shops and Services pages showing all the present businesses with a retail outlet in the village.

The Web Site is run by volunteers, but it needs a small amount of funding meet its and help it grow. The Parish Council provides most of this. Despite of the need for some funding to help keep the costs down it was important that all the shops should be treated equally and not by their ability to pay. Therefore it was decided we would not accept paid advertising and that any promotion should be on the same scale and free for all.

The Village Web Site recently won a grant of £750 in competitive contest for funding from ELAC, The Essex Association of Local Councils and this has enabled us to invest in some new software to help enhance our Web Site. One of the things we would like to do is to extend the promotion of businesses run from shops to all small businesses within the Parish Boundary as we have been contacted by a number of theses in the recent past asking if they could advertise on the Village Web Site. So we intend to set up a Business Directory Listings Page on the web site that will give a free listing of any business that operates from an address within the village boundaries including private homes.

To facilitate this we would like any business that wishes to be listed to send the name of their business, contact details and the address of their own web site for linking if they have one, together with a brief description of the business and services provided. Logos or a few photos can also be provide, but there use will be at the editors discretion. It is most important that an address for the business within Theydon Bois is provided and no listing will be given without one. This does not have to be included on the site so please state if you want to or not.

We are anxious to get this directory up and running as soon as we can so please send the details of your listing to Madeline Murphy, Parish Clerk preferably by e-mail: Full contact details are on the back page. Please read the Theydon Bois Web Site Adverting Policy below, which form the current terms for any listing.

We have not forgotten the eating and drinking businesses in all this and it has always been our attention to address the lack of proper listings for these on the Web Site. Pressures on volunteer time have prevented this so far, but it is in hand and we hope to give some fairly extensive coverage to this important part of village life soon.

Jim Watts
Theydon Bois Village Web Site



1. The Theydon Bois Village Web site aims to promote Theydon Bois and support the village way of life.

2. In support of the policy of Theydon Bois Parish Council, the Village Web site features shops and services with retail premises in the village, on the web site. There is no charge for this service.

This does not include services provided from private homes in the village.

3. The Web site will not accept advertisements. However the Web site runs a "Services & Business Directory", free of charge. This will only feature Services & Businesses with an operating address within the boundary of Theydon Bois Parish Council.

Information included is:
· Nature of Business,
· Contact telephone number
· A link to the Web site of that business (if provided)

All Service & Business featured must provide a street address to allow the Web Editor to contact them. This address does not have to be displayed on the site.

4. The web site currently offers local interest groups, sporting societies, etc. listings and links to their home page from the web site. This is provided free for such organisations. Requests for other types of entries will be considered on an individual basis by the Web site Group.

5. Sponsorship of the Village Newsletter includes a free spot on the Village Web site and a link to the Sponsor's web site if supplied.

Web site Group March 2006

Next Drama Society Show (Theydon Bois Drama Society) will be 'Rope' - a thriller by Patrick Hamilton.

"Brandon wants excitement and little cares how he gets it. He persuades his weak-minded friend Graniloo to assist him in attempting 'the perfect murder' of a fellow undergraduate. This is a tense (and sometimes funny!) thriller, perhaps better known for the Alfred Hitchcock film version."

Dates are Thurs 18th - Sat 20th May 2006, at Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois.

Performances start at 8.00 pm, tickets are £6. Box office is as always - Mr and Mrs James - 01992 812250.

LOUGHTON FRIENDS OF ST CLARE HOSPICE: present an evening of MAGICAL ENTERTAINMENT by the Ilford Magical Society on Saturday 17th June 2006 7.30 for 8.00pm at Theydon Bois Village Hall Table Magic & Spectacular Cabaret Show Bring your own food and drink Tickets £10 from Marilyn Coleclough Telephone: 020 8508 6115
Registered Charity No. 1063631.

Theydon Singers Concerts: 29th April – Spring Concert Theydon Bois Singers 40th Anniversary Concert in the Village Hall Doors open at 7.15 p.m. for 7.45 p.m. Bar available. 11th July – Summer Concert Theydon Bois Singers 40th Anniversary Concert in the Village Hall followed by supper. 7.45 p.m. Tickets from members – not on the door.

Please contact us with your Latest News. E-Mail: Web Manager or send copy to the Village Office. Preferably on floppy disk.



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