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The Month in Theydon (July/August/Sept.): Trevor Roberts latest report is on line Click Here.

Parish Council Minutes: The minutes for the meeting of the 26th July 2007 are now available. Click Here.

June 2007 Village News: The latest quarterly PDF version of Issue 58 of Village News is now available on line. Click Here.

Theydon Bois - Best Kept Village 2007: Yes its us again! - the award was given by the Rural Community Council of Essex and sponsored by Calor Gas.  There are five categories based on population and we won Category 2.  There were 15 entrants in our category from all over
Essex.  We won the Whitmore Trophy, a certificate and cheque for £150.
We were previously winners in 2004.

Veterans Football in Theydon:

Football Veterans

Calling all those interested in playing football that are over 35 years of age. Theydon Bois Veterans Football Club needs you. Formed in Theydon Bois in 2000, we play on the Buxton Trust ground off of Loughton Lane on Saturday afternoons. The season runs from September until April. We play in two cup competitions, over 35 years and over 45 years and arranged friendlies. Food is provided after the game, which is washed down with something from the bar. If you are interested in playing contact James Dodman by email on The first fixture is on 1st September away to Debden sports, so if you fancy a match please get in touch.

Horticultural Society Show:

Horticultral Show 01

Theydon Bois held its own Great British Village Show on 14th July weekend. The organising committee, anxious about the effect of three very wet months,
were delighted to see an average increase in entries of nearly 60% from
enthusiastic villagers.

New allotment holders helped swell entries from Horticultural Society
members in the fruit, vegetable and flower sections by more than 80%, whilst
the similar section open to all comers increase by a third.

A very high standard of exhibits was shown in the photographic section
where nearly 80 photos were to be seen in 8 classes.

Cookery, with entries up by a third featured lots of jam, and 10 fruit cakes
cut in half by the judge, looked very appetising.

Close liaison with the Village school resulted in a separate room full of
colourful, interesting items much appreciated by the many visitors.

Reasons for the very welcome increase in entries were discussed by the
Committee during their well deserved visit to the pub after the event. The
recent televised series of The Great British Village Show and an
enthusiastic uptake of village allotments, it was thought, have helped to
produce the best show seen in the village for some years.

Horticultral Show 02


BANKSIAN MEDAL Most Successful A & B excluding winners for last 2 years
ROSE MEDAL Best Rose Exhibit
FRANK & JOSIE WAYMEMORIAL CUP Best Fuchsia Exhibit G.Haslehurst
TED LOCK MEMORIAL CUP Best Cactus/Succulent Mrs H.Bird
GAZETTE CHALLENGE BOWL Best fruit or vegetable exhibit, Section A & B Mrs
GERALD BUXTON CUP Best flower or plant exhibit Section A & B Mrs J Turner
JOHN MONKHOUSE CUP Most succesful exhibit Section A excluding winnersFor
last five years A.Hollingbery
WILLIAM WAY CUP Most successful exhibitor Section A A.Hollingbery
SECRETARY'S CUP Most successful exhibitor Section B A.Hollingbery
JUBILEE TROPHY Specialist Group Entry
ELCEE CUP Handicraft Miss A. Pollard
COMMITTEE CUP Photography B. Turner
KESWICK CUP Cookery Mrs M.Kitson
SILVER SPOON Best cookery entry Mrs M.Kitson
BUXTON CUP Wine D.Seaborne
GARDEN NEWS SHIELD Most successful junior section MissL.Howland
MINI SHIELD Runner-up junior section Miss L.Penegar
R.H.S. CERTIFICATE Best Junior Entry. Theydon BoisPrimary SchoolRB    RE


The next Parish Council elections are due to take place in May 2008 when the existing council will have served its term of office. A number of the existing councillors have indicated that they will not offer themselves for re-election and the purpose of this article is to encourage villagers to come forward and stand for election.

The Parish Council consists of eleven councillors who are appointed for a term of four years. Councillors meet on a monthly basis to discuss matters of local interest. Bi-monthly there is a public meeting where decisions are taken. There are sub committees for planning, environment and cemetery which also meet on a regular basis. In addition councillors represent the village at other meetings dealing with local matters including the Village Association, the Buxton Trust and Village News. It is not necessary to attend all meetings.

In addition to meetings there are tasks which need to be performed including litter picking, running the allotments and cemetery and assisting the clerk with the accounts. An Emergency Response Plan is maintained and it is likely that certain councillors would help the emergency services should a disaster befall the village. Ensuring that the village receives its fair share of district or county services is also an important task performed by parish councillors. Every planning application made in the parish is reviewed and passed on to the District Council planners with a recommendation.

The current councillors all stood under the ”Conservative Alliance” label; they are a mixture of actual Conservatives and some like minded individuals, all of whom are happy to work together on a voluntary basis for the good of the village. This has resulted in the council being run on a totally non political basis. At the election the local Conservative party will provide assistance with the election formalities, publicity etc. No doubt the other political parties would be pleased to provide similar assistance to suitable candidates who wished to stand. In addition it is not too onerous to stand completely independently.

There were no election in 2004 because there were just eleven candidates for eleven positions. In 2008 it would be highly desirable to have an election as, by having an electoral mandate the council will be able to move forward with confidence knowing that people have made a choice of who they want to represent them.

If you would like to know more about becoming a parish councillor please contact the Parish Clerk on 01992 813442 or e-mail:

Rubbish Collection: On the 11th July Epping Forest District Council announced some changes to the re-cycling of plastics.

In addition to plastic bottles(such as milk bottles, drinks bottles, detergent bottles, shampoo and conditioner bottles) residents can now recycle margarine tubs, ice cream tubs, yoghurt pots, plastic food/vegetable trays and plastic bags by using the clear plastic sacks provided by the council free of charge. Bottle lids are now recyclable but it is best to squash bottles down to aid compaction.

The Parish Council has also been advised that a contract has been agreed with a new contractor for the collection of rubbish and this provides for weekly collections for twenty weeks in the summer. A weekly food waste collection is also being considered.

A Bench for Mothers: The Parish Council would like to thank Mrs Barbara Roll for providing a bench at the cemetery which is dedicated to all the Mothers in the cemetery

VILLAGE POST OFFICE: Theydon Bois Village Post Office has been run by Lorna Farrell for twenty –one years. Her trusty team consists of Ann and Marilyn who have been with Lorna for twenty years, Sue, Val and Louise (Lorna’s daughter-in-law) and the latest addition, Charlette who is an American, a great talking point at the counter. Lorna believes she has been really lucky with her staff over the years and remembers the time when she employed a man, Michael who was very popular with the ladies.

The Post Office is privately owned by Lorna , not Tesco’s and she has advised Village News that it is vitally important that her friends ( Lorna consider her customers to be friends, many of whom are on first name terms) continue to support the business because usage is a key consideration when Post Office Ltd make decisions about closures.

One incident Lorna will never forget is the day when they re-located the Post Office from the Bookshop to Tescos. The ladies had to wheel the safe on a trolley between the locations and covered it in a sheet and acted like it was a perfectly normal thing to do

Lorna fully understands that some of her services can now be accessed via the internet but, as I know from my own experience trying to renew car tax on line, as soon as something goes wrong you need to visit the Post Office anyway.

The Village Post Office performs many of the services provided by main branches including on the spot Euros and Travel Insurance, Car Tax and Fishing Licences. So next time you pop over to France for a days shopping remember where to get your cash.

For those villagers who wish to use the services of E-Bay the Post Office is happy to advise on postage costs and take care of despatch if you are lucky enough to sell.

Opening hours are:
Monday -Tuesday –Thursday- Friday 9-1 and 2-5.30
Wednesday –Saturday 9-12.30

Our Village Post Office is one of the many examples of the benefits of living in Theydon Bois. They not only perform a valuable service but they do it in a friendly and helpful way and provide the only human voice some of our old people hear from one day to another.

As for all the shops in the village USE IT OR LOOSE IT.

Lightning Strikes Theydon: At around 12 noon today (Friday 20 July 2007) this tree in Lightning TreePoplar Row, Theydon Bois was struck by lightning sending one of its uppermost branches crashing to the ground.  The lightning, in traveling to earth, blew the bark off the entire length of the trunk and sent shards of wood flying for yards around.  A resident from a nearby house said “It sounded like a bomb going off; we thought it had hit the house.  The splinters have landed up to 75 feet away.”  Fortunately, we do not believe that anyone was hurt in the natural incident.  We moved as much debris as we could lift out of the road, but the main fallen branch was extremely large and heavy.

We had already notified Epping Forest Conservators who attended within the hour to deal with the fallen branch.  They were going to reduce the fallen timber and return in a day or two to deal with the tree itself.  Another of their team reported that the flying debris from the strike had broken 10 window panes in Pakes Farm.  Their first conclusion was that the tree would probably have to be felled.  The felled tree would then be taken into the forest to be allowed to decay naturally.

Diane & Jim Gillespie

Epping Forest Multi Faith Forum is seeking more members to join its newly formed group. The Forum, an initiative of the Epping Forest Local Strategic Partnership, had its first meeting in May this year, has been established in order to bring communities together and to encourage understanding, goodwill and friendship between different faiths and cultures.

The LSP tackles key issues for local people – such as crime, jobs, learning, health and housing – and requires a range of local organisations working together. Formed in October 2002 the partnership’s core membership represents the public sector, community and voluntary sector, faith community and local business, working together as a single body.

Marina Sherriff, LSP Manager, said, “The Epping Forest Multi Faith Forum will provide a much needed and valuable link between the LSP and the local people it serves, especially those who are hard to reach. The LSP is very excited about the Forum and looks forward to its future development”.

The Forum is particularly seeking representatives from the following religions: Buddhism, Hinduism, and Mormon, and those who consider themselves atheist or agnostic, but would like to hear from anyone with an interest in becoming involved either as a Forum member or a volunteer to help with forthcoming events or administrative support.

Councillor Ann Haigh, who Chairs the Multi Faith Forum said, “The Forum will meet on a quarterly basis and members will be required to represent the interests of their faith community and provide feedback and information to this community about the LSP and its work. We’d like people who can raise concerns for the attention of the LSP but who can also help us develop ideas to tackle those concerns. This is a real opportunity to make a difference and improve quality of life in the Epping Forest district”.

For more information about the Forum please contact Marina Sherriff on 01992 564423 or email For more information on the LSP, visit their website at

OPEN GARDENS’ DAY (24th June) : We are very lucky that so many people will still come and visit our gardens despite the weather! The stalwarts were out in force and although numbers were only half of last year we still made a healthy £2,000 profit.

We thank most sincerely all those involved with the day. Special thanks to the gardeners of course who work so hard to make their gardens special and thanks too to all those helpers without whom we could just not run the day.

Next year we, personally, will not be organising the event although we will be helping. So if you would like to be involved in the organisation of the day ( you don’t need to be gardener!) there are many aspects you could help with - correspondence, advertising, publicity and lots of chat to lovely people.

Do please give us a call on 01992 812250 or any member of the Village Association. Open Gardens has been running for 27 years so we do hope you can help keep it going.

Carol & Graham James


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