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Village News Archive July - December 2016

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23rd December 2016:Villagers Enjoy Singing Christmas Carols at Fairlop Brass Concert:

Fairlop Brass Xmas Concert 2017
Fairlop Brass Xmas Concert 2017

Many Villagers kicked off their Christmas Festivities early last Tuesday (20th December) when Fairlop Brass Band gave their 'Christmas Crackers' concert in the Village Hall.The Brass Band was on top form as usual for this Theydon concert and it has now become a welcome annual fixture in their yearly diary. Village residents and band supporters alike seemed in good voice for the many carols as well, no doubt helped by the ample amount of liquid refreshments scattered around the tables that they used to 'wash down' their own nibbles and the excellent mince pies supplied by the band.

Theydon Primary School Head Mistress, Lesley Lewis is a long time member of 'The Fairlop Brass' and a vital member of the Solo Cornet Bench and this year she was awarded 'Bandsman of the Year' by 'the Brass' at a November concert. We certainly look forward to seeing the band again next year.

23rd December 2016:Eleanor Laing MP Pays Tribute to the Wonderful Joy Wainwright:

Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing has paid tribute to former Theydon Bois district and parish councillor Joy Wainwright who has died aged 98.

Mrs Wainwright, who died on December 1, became a councillor for the former Epping and Ongar Rural District Council in 1967 and was elected to Epping Forest District Council in 1974, serving until 1990.

She was also a parish councillor in Theydon Bois from 1967 until 1994.

With her late husband, Ken, she established a bowls club in the village for the over-60s and also started a weekly luncheon club for the house-bound.

Joy Wainwright at PAT
Joy Wainwright (in centre on the slide) at one of her many Theydon projects - Playground At Theydon (PAT)

In 1989 Mrs Wainwright launched a children's playground in the village. She also campaigned for Essex County Council to re-open the youth club, and found people to run it, and organised Meals on Wheels in Theydon Bois for 23 years.

Mrs Wainwright was also president of the Ongar and Villages Senior Citizens' Association and organised the annual gardens open day and helped raise over £12,000 for the village hall.

Among her other interests in the village, Mrs Wainwright was a member of the Theydon Bois Singers, the WI and the music society.

Mrs Laing said: "I visited Joy a few months ago and she was still on fine form, enjoying life to the full in her lovely care home. 

"She told me then about being born on Armistice Day, which is why she was called 'Joy'.

"She was a wonderful lady, always kind, always elegant."

Mrs Laing added: "She did so much for the village of Theydon Bois. I will never forget her making me slide down the children’s slide to perform the official opening of the playground.  

"She had worked tirelessly for years to complete that project and she was rightly proud of it.
"We will all miss Joy but will also rejoice that she had such a long life well-lived.”

A memorial gathering for Mrs Wainwright will took place at Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, at 2pm on Wednesday (December 21).

23rd December 2016:Drama Society's Next Production:

Drama Society Poster Jan 2017

13th December 2016:St. Mary's Church Nativity:

St. Mary's Church Nativity 2016

St Mary’s Nativity took place on Sunday 4th December. Over 50 children were involved including narrators, Bible and prayer readers, actors and singers plus back of house helpers. With little time to rehearse the children performed exceptionally; learning lines, actions and practicing singing. The Nativity allows the children to show their true understanding of why we have Christmas. It’s such an important time for us and for St Mary’s church.  The children are always keen to get involved and show their talents. We are blessed with truly awesome children.

St. Mary's Church Nativity 2016
St. Mary's Church Nativity 2016

13th December 2016: Local Plan Consultation Has Now Ended, but a Complaint Has Been Lodged:

The Consultation closed officially at 5.00pm Monday 12th December

The Draft Local Plan Consultation officially end yesterday, but Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society (TB&DRPS) has made an official compliant to EFDC with regard to the many problems reported to them by people who had tried to use the EFDC online response form and had to abandon it as it failed to work in a satisfactory manner. TB&DRPS have requested that the deadline is extended to enable people who had tried to use this form and failed close to the deadline time to respond by another route.

Below are the links to the detailed Local Plan Consultation Responses made by the Parish Council (via their Planning Consultant), Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society and Theydon Bois Action Group.

Parish Council Response to Local Plan Consultation

Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society Response to Local Plan Consultation

Theydon Bois Action Group Response to Local Plan Consultation

More details and updates are on the Local Plan Page of this website

13th December 2016:Parish Council Christmas Card Competition 2016:

Xmas Card Competition Winner 2016

Every year the Parish Council together with Theydon NewsDesk challenge the children from the Primary School to produce a Christmas Card for our village. The judges pick a winner from each class, winners for Infants/ Reception & Juniors and an overall winner (which becomes the Parish Council’s official Christmas Card). This years Infants Winner was Elsie Jones of Baldocks Class and the overall winning entry was by Olivia Bird of Coppice class (pictured above). A full set of the winning cards are on pages 6 & 7 of the December Issue of Village News.

13th December 2016: Loughton Astronomical Society New Year Public Observing Sessions:

LAS Stargazing

Had a telescope for ages, or getting a telescope for Christmas? 

Still trying to get to grips with it?

Come along to our public observing sessions to learn how to drive it. 

All meetings in the Scout Hall, off Loughton Lane.  See for more details

Thursday 05 Jan 17                 Winter Skies, followed by observing if clear              20:00 to 22-00

Sunday 08 Jan 17                    LAS public observing for the whole family                 18:30 to 20:45

Saturday 21 Jan 17                  LAS public observing for the whole family                 18:30 to 20:45

Thursday 02 Feb 17                Observing the first quarter Moon                              20:00 to 22-00

Sunday 05 Feb 17                    LAS public observing for the whole family                 18:30 to 20:45

5th December 2016:Urgent - Local Plan Consultation Period Nears End:

By now nearly everyone in the Village should have received the 'Guidance Notes' regarding the EFDC Draft Local Plan Consultation following a door to door delivery of the 'Brief Notes Leaflet' by volunteers. We really need to get as many responses in from Theydon as possible if we are to have any impact on the EFDC Forward Planning before the Draft Plan goes to the next stage. Full details on how to respond with links are on our Local Plan Page here. Please make your views known before the:

Draft Local Plan Consultation Closing Date
5.00pm Monday 12th December

EFDC Consultation Response Form Here

5th December 2016:Christmas Market Raises £878 for Charity:

This year the Christmas Market and 'Snow Globe' takings together with Saturdays street collection raised £878 for St. Clare Hospice, this years chosen charity. Again thank you to all those who turned out to support the event and make it such a happy occasion.

5th December 2016:Fairlop Brass Christmas Concert:

Fairlop Brass Concert Poster

3rd December 2016: Village Christmas Tree Lighting & Market 2016:

4th December Update Charity Collection: The total collected this year was £878 including the snow Globe takings.
The Charity this year was St. Clare Hospice and there is particular poignancy this year, as in September we experienced the loss of previous Councillor Peter Hammond, who spent some time in St Clare’s himself.

Christmas Tree Lighting by John Padfield Theydon Bois Christmas Tree 2016
Theydon Bois Christmas Market 2016
Santa at Theydon Bois Christmas Market 2016

Despite the cold and a small amount of rain together with a clash with the Epping Market many village residents and visitors still turned out for last nights Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and our own Christmas Market in Forest Drive. Village 'Lifetime Achievement Award' winner for 2016, John Padfield turned on the tree lights assisted by many excited children. Then it was off to the Market and its many attractions. Music was provided by Theydon Bois Primary School Choir and Fairlop Brass and there was as usual a Santa's Grotto in Belgique and free mulled wine and mince pies. New attractions this year were a Snow Globe and real reindeer. Those who attended enjoyed a great evenings entertainment and managed to get in some shopping.

We have a larger Gallery of Photos of the Market here.

30th November 2016:Local Plan Guidance Notes and Extended Guidance Notes for Residents:

On the Local Plan Page you will now find the guidance Notes and and an extended version of the same notes that were produced by Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society after the meetings with their representatives and those of the Parish Council and Theydon Bois Action Group together with the consultant employed by the Parish Council. These are a guide only fowling an initial draft by the Planning Consultant. In your own responses please refer to evidence, your own personal observations and experiences.

Printed copies of the briefer version of the guidance notes funded by TB&DRPS are at present being distributed to every home in the village by volunteers.

21st November 2016: Seasonal Planting for the Christmas Market:

Horticultural Society Christmas Planting

Members of Theydon Bois Horticultural Society have replanted the 'Planters' outside the shops in Forest Drive to brighten up the area in time for the Christmas Market on 2nd December. The Society's AGM is this Wednesday 23rd November in the Village Hall with a talk: World of Flowers, an illustrated talk by Nick Dobson. There is also a bring & buy plant Sale and refreshments will be available. This all this is free to members and £2.00 to non members.

The Society now has its own website at:

21st November 2016:Local Plan Guidance Notes for Residents:

Representatives of the Parish Council, Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society and Theydon Bois Action Group met with the planning consultant employed by the Parish Council last Thursday to consider responses and objections to the EFDC Draft Local Plan and also how best to encourage as many of our villagers as possible to respond to this important consultation. It was agreed that it would be best to encourage as far as possible responses from people in their own words, but to offer some guidance notes with regard to possible objections particularly with regard to Theydon Bois.

It was further agreed that based on discussions in the meeting that the Planning Consultant would draft some guidance notes for all of the nine questions being asked by EFDC and it was hoped that these response notes would be agreed by the above representatives and approved at the full Parish Council Meeting next Thursday 24th November. They would then be made available from this website as well as distributed as quickly as possible by any other means available to us including possibly door to door.

15th November 2016:Remembrance Sunday Service:

Theydon Bois Remembrance Sunday 2016 Theydon Bois Remembrance Suday 2016

Last Sunday on a bright, but chilly morning our young and more senior citizens gathered at the War Memorial in St. Mary's Churchyard for the annual service of commemoration. For more photos of the service see our photo gallery here.

15th November 2016:Parish Council Christmas Events:

Theydon Bis Seniors Poster Theydon Bois Christmas Market Poster

Both events are free, but please book for the Theydon Seniors event including transport if needed. Phone the Parish Office 01992 812027 or e-mail:

15th November 2016:Parish Council Local Plan Meeting:

A reasonable number, but not as many people as expected, turned up for the Parish Council's Meeting on Thursday 10th November about the EFDC Draft Local Plan Consultation.

Parish Council Chairman John Phillip, who is also the EFDC Councillor who also as Portfolio Holder Planning has responsibility of the Draft Plan gave a presentation outlining the proposals in the Draft Plan and what EFDC were trying to achieve. He gave particular emphasis to the proposals for Theydon Bois. John and Councillor Peter Gooch then answered questions and took opinions from the audience.

Residents and Theydon Bois Interest Groups TB&DRPS & TBAG raised a number of considered and important questions about the draft proposals for Theydon and the delivery of the plan in general. The general opinion of the meeting was that the 360 homes proposed for Theydon (a 23% increase in the size of our village) was excessive and would seriously damage the character and rural setting of our village and should be opposed.

Councillor Gooch and Phillip urged all villagers to respond to the consultation with their opinion and as much evidence as possible. Councillor Gooch advised that the Parish Council had already employed a Planning Consultant, who had given an initial opinion and he said the next step would be a meeting of the Consultant and Parish Council Representatives along with Representatives from TB&DRPS & TBAG to formulate a response for the consultation. It was also hoped to give some guidance to Theydon residents for their own responses on the Local Plan Page of this website ASAP.

15th November 2016:Primary School Christmas Fair:

Primary School Christmas Fair 2016

15th November 2016:St. Mary's Church Christmas Market:

St. Marys Church Xmas Market Poster 2016

St Mary's Church will be holding their annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 26th 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, 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

8th November 2016:EFDC Local Plan Consultation:

The static unmanned EFDC Exhibition about the Draft Local Plan Consultation is now in the foyer of the Village Hall and can be viewed during hall opening hours, which are normally most days and weekday evenings.

Local Plan Exhibition

A preview of the nine questions being asked in the consultation can be seen here.

Please note that the Extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council to discuss the Local Plan proposals is this
Thursday 10th November. (See below).

1st November 2016:EFDC Local Plan Consultation:

The Consultation period for the Draft Local Plan is now open and runs until the 12th December. More details are in this:

EFDC letter regarding the consultation

Please also note the Parish Council Local Plan Discussion Meeting below.

and the Online Questionnaire Response Form is now available on this:

EFDC Planning Our Future Website Page

31st October 2016:EFDC Local Plan Consultation: Extraordinary Meeting of Theydon Bois Parish Council to discuss the Local Plan proposals. Please try to attend this meeting to take part in the discussion on the proposals that will determine the future of Theydon.

Local Plan Meeting Poster

31st October 2016:EFDC Local Plan Consultation Exhibition Dates:

Local Plan Exibitions 2016

31st October 2016: Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing takes up concerns over commuter parking

The problem of commuters parking along Abridge Road in Theydon Bois is being taken up by Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing who says the current situation cannot continue.

Mrs Laing has written to Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex Roger Hirst and Essex Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh highlighting the problem along the stretch of road which was the scene of a collision just weeks ago.

Now she is calling for action before a more serious accident occurs.

Mrs Laing says the problem of commuter parking across the district is caused by commuters driving from "many miles away" to park near the Tube stations in Epping, Theydon Bois, Debden, Loughton, Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell.

In her letter Mrs Laing states: "They do this because fares on London Underground are significantly cheaper than fares on the overground railway."

Mrs Laing adds: "Until recently commuter parking was a minor problem which has been dealt with by the imposition of parking restrictions administered by the North Essex Parking Partnership. 

"The problem is now getting much worse and the way in which commuters park does not only cause inconvenience to local residents it causes significant danger both to road users and to pedestrians."

Mrs Laing says she intends to highlight "several specific problems" of commuters "persistently" parking on pavements, across driveways and at road junctions, but in her letter focuses on Abridge Road, Theydon Bois, "as a matter of urgency", fearing "lack of action will lead to a serious accident".

Mrs Laing says commuters intending to use Theydon Bois Station and refusing to pay the £5 per day parking charge, or arriving after the car park is full, have previously parked in residential roads.

However now that restrictions are in place drivers are instead using Abridge Road - on the brow of a hill - by the railway bridge.

Mrs Laing writes: "This part of the road is unsuitable for parking. It is a country road with a speed limit of 60mph.

"The white line hatching in the middle of the road indicates that caution is necessary and that there should be no parking. These road markings are persistently ignored."

The stretch of road was the scene of a recent accident involved a driver who collided with a parked car.

Mrs Laing said: "It is pure luck that this accident caused only minor injury rather than death."

She concludes her letter stating: "It is not an exaggeration to say that if action is not taken a serious accident will occur during the dark hours of the forthcoming winter months."

At the next Monthly Parish Council on Thursday 24th November it is hoped that there will be a representative from North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) available to discuss parking issues in Theydon.

31st October 2016:Essex County Council Illegal Waste Crackdown:

As part of the crackdown in Essex of dumping of illegal Waste, Essex County Council have released their plan on improving recycling centres in Essex from 31st October 2016.  Details can be found by following the link:

crackdown on illegal waste at recycling centres

If you witness or have any information about anyone ”flytipping” or dumping waste illegally in Essex then please please report it. A list of  contacts can be obtained by clicking on the respective links.

Local Authority

Essex Police

Environmental Agency

Or you can report anonymously at Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

31st October 2016: Primary School PTA Fireworks Night:

Fireworks Poster 2016

7th October 2016: The Installation of The Revd. John Fry as The United Benefice Vicar at All Saints Theydon Garnon:

On Wednesday the 5th October at 8.00 pm the congregations of the United Benefice of St. Mary's Theydon Bois and All Saints Theydon Garnon together with of those St Michael's Theydon Mount and St Mary's Stapleford Tawney attended a special service to see the Revd. John Fry installed as vicar. John will have oversight of the parishes of St Michael's Theydon Mount and St Mary's Stapleford Tawney as well as those of the United Benefice.

Induction of Revd. John Fry

The service which, is both a legal act and an act of worship was mainly organised by Rev Joyce Smith, Area Dean. The 'Collation' and 'Induction' were performed by the Bishop of Barking, The Revd. Peter Hill & The Archdeacon of Harlow, The Venerable Martin Webster. This ceremony marks the beginning of John's ministry and a new stage in the life of the parishes.

Revd. John Fry Induction
Left to right: The Rev. Joyce Smith, Area Dean; The Rt. Rev. Peter Hill, Bishop of Barking;
The Rev John Fry, Vicar of the Benefice; The Ven. Martin Webster, Archdeacon of Harlow

Revd. John Fry

7th October 2016: Operation Christmas Child:

Operation Christmas Child

On Tuesday volunteers gathered in St. Mary's Church Hall for a 'Wrapping & Packing Day' for Operation Christmas Child. This has become an annual event in Theydon when volunteers find lots of empty shoeboxes and lids, wrap them in festive paper and fill them with things for the world's poorest children.

At later sessions the Junior Church and the Rainbows will also help in preparing and filling the boxes. Last year St. Mary's sent 201 boxes and this year they hope to exceed that number. The boxes cost £3.00 each to transport to the target countries so money to assist with this would be most welcome. Contact Mary Gill or Linda Hammond at St. Mary's.

30th September 2016: Parish Council Meeting 'Packed Out' After Residents Learn of Draft Plan Proposals for Theydon:

Hasty rearrangements had to be made last night after large numbers of village residents turned up at the Monthly Parish Council Meeting after hearing of the proposals in the new Draft Local Plan for Theydon Bois. The Poplar room at the Village Hall was nowhere near big enough to accommodate all who wanted to attend and at first the key to the dividing wall with the Beech Room could not be found.

Many residents had received an e-mail circular from the Theydon Bois Action Group asking them to attend because of the Draft Plan proposals, swelling the usual attendance at Parish Council Meetings. After accommodation was finally rearranged Chairman of the Parish Council Cllr. John Philip said that he was not prepared at this stage to have a detailed discussion on the new Draft Local Plan proposals as the Parish Council had only just seen the document and it had not yet been approved by EFDC Cabinet and Full Council. He said he was prepared to listen to brief statements about the proposals.

Although not yet officially made public by EFDC (see below) the new Local Plan Draft Document can be found HERE in the Agenda for the EFDC Cabinet Meeting for the 6th October. It is in the reports pack pdf link on this page. Theydon Bois proposals are on pages 262 - 267. A brief summary is that 360 homes are proposed to be built in Theydon including land at the end of Forest Drive and on the old Foresters site at the other side of the station. It is suggested that Green Belt Boundaries will have to be altered to accommodate this housing.

Dr. John Warren, of Theydon Bois Action Group said the proposals were unsustainable and are a direct threat to our Green Belt and our village. He noted that while some Government ministerial statements had been clear in "that the demand for housing alone will not change Green Belt Boundaries", others from Government had continued to be ambiguous about the protection of the present Green Belt allowing a different interpretation by LPA's. What was needed from the recently formed new Government Cabinet was clear Government Policy enshrining the protection of the Green Belt so that it was clear to Local Authorities that it should not be tampered with. The allocation of the types of land that was for suitable for the housing needs of Local Authorities would then be clear and this should be on Brownfield sites. He urged Cllr. Philip to use his influence with our MP Eleanor Laing to press the Government for action on this.

Jim Watts of Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society echoed TBAG's call for the protection of the Green Belt and asked Councillor Philip that as he had stated he was concerned about the effects of the proposals on Theydon, would he in his other post as a District Councillor and holder of the Portfolio for Planning, be recommending the approval of this Draft Plan in its present form to the EFDC Cabinet meeting and full Council. He said he would, but the plan is still subject to change following the further consultation. Mr Watts expressed concerns that the new draft had ignored entirely the proposed sites A, B and C for Theydon that were in the earlier Issues and Options Consultation that had been responded to in detail and come up with new sites. This was like moving the goal posts after the match had started.

Many residents commented on the lack of infrastructure to in Theydon to support 360 new homes. The Doctors surgery was already frequently closed, the Primary School is at capacity and the Central Line to and from London is also at capacity during the rush hour. 360 homes were 22% of our present housing stock and likely to attract inward migration rather than make provision for the natural growth of the village and therefore would not aid the objectives in the new Local Plan. This number of homes would though totally change the nature of Theydon.

Councillor Philip urged everyone to visit the EFDC Roadshows and respond to the consultation with as much evidence as possible. Parish Councillor Peter Gooch, who is responsible for planning, said that he had already been in contact with and the Parish Council had budgeted for the employment of a planning consultant to ensure the best possible outcome for Theydon residents.

For further updates see Our Local Plan Page Here

30th September 2016: Parish Councillor Mike Hannibal Sets Himself a Tough Retirement Challenge:

Mike Hannibal Trek
Mike Hannibal during recent altitude training in Galtur, Austria for his Trek

Parish Councillor Mike Hannibal is undertaking a tough trek on 8th October called the Naukluft Trail which is through 120km of tough mountainous and desert terrain in extremely hot conditions over 7 days, carrying a 25kg backpack away from all civilisation and with just a small team that will have no outside support for the trek duration. This trail is through the Naukluft National Park in Namibia which is stunningly beautiful, but with varied and extreme terrain to cover each day in the heat and is arguably the toughest trek in Southern Africa. 

Mike has not trekked nor hiked to any extent before and had started from the position of wanting to now do some leisure hiking following his retirement this year.  Somehow he then found his way into undertaking what is an extreme personal challenge for him and, through his livery company the Plaisterers, and linked this with raising support money for their chosen charity the British Gymnastics Foundation.  

British Gymnastics has had a fantastic Olympic Games in Rio and this charity will not only help change lives for the most disadvantaged people in the UK  but potentially help find the new stars of tomorrow by supporting those that would not otherwise become involved or be able to continue to participate. Please see link below for more information about the Charity.

Mike said "I would be extremely grateful for any support for my charity that you would feel able to give and this will also help keep mind focused through all the training that I am doing and for when the going gets tough on the trek.  You will find my fundraising page at"

"Thank you for your support".

30th September 2016: Primary School PTA Quiz Night:

The Primary School are having a Quiz Night with a Fish & Chip Supper on 14th October to help raise funds for the PTA Changing Rooms Fund.

Primary School PTA Quiz Night

27th September 2016: EFDC New Local Plan Update:

EFDC have just launched a set of Web Pages regarding the Consultation on the New Local Plan that indicates how they will be publicising the consultation and promoting the Draft Local Plan. These pages should include a link to the Draft Local Plan document from the 18th October, but it is possible that it will be available earlier than this date. You can sign up on the Consultation Home Page for e mail updates or join the EFDC Twitter feed from there.

The EFDC Consultation Home Page is Here

This Websites Page on the Local Plan Consultation is here: EFDC Local Plan Consultation

As we have said before if we are to achieve the best outcome for Theydon Bois and the protection of our Green Belt then it is important that when the consultation starts on 31 October 2016 that all Theydon Bois residents respond before the closing date on 12 December 2016.

26th September 2016: Christmas Market Stall Holders Bookings:

Unfortunately the telephone contact number for space bookings for stall holders at the Christmas Market (see below) on Friday 2nd December as published in Village News and on this News Page was incorrect. The correct telephone number is 01992 813442. We apolgise to the householder of the incorrect number for the problems caused.

26th September 2016:Alzheimer’s Society Need Volunteers to Support Weekly Activity Groups in Epping:

The Alzheimer’s Society are looking for kind and caring volunteers to support our weekly Activity Groups in Epping.  There are currently over 1800 people with dementia living in the Epping Forest area and this will rise by almost 40% over the next decade, but with the right support people can live well with the condition for a number of years.

The two Epping groups are Keeping Active …Together and Active Minds. The first offers people with dementia an opportunity to engage in a range of physical activities, including indoor bowling, music and dance and seated exercises.  Active Minds aims to engage people with mild to moderate dementia in activities including reminiscence discussions, musical exercises and games. Both groups offer an opportunity to socialise.

The groups take place each Thursday at The Quakers Meeting House, Hemnall Street, Epping. The times are: Keeping Active…Together, Thursdays 10am-12.30pm. and Active Minds, 1pm-3.30pm

For more information about the activity groups, please contact our local dementia supportTeam:
on 01371 872658 or mail:

6th September 2016: Preservation Society September Walk:

Due to circumstances beyond their control the Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society's advertised walk on the 25th September - "Street tree identification walk" A walk around the village with one or more of our tree experts to see some of our wonderful established trees and new tree plantings - has had to be changed. This will now be "Exploring The Forest on our Doorstep" - a general Epping Forest walk that will led by Robert Levene who has a considerable knowledge of the forest and so should still be of interest. The walk will still start at 2.00 pm from the Village Hall.

6th September 2016: Bus service consultation:
Essex county council is proposing changes to some of the bus services it subsidises. For Theydon Bois residents this means the possible loss of the last 418b (Loughton –Theydon Bois - Harlow) service of the day which leaves Theydon Bois at 11.06pm. The Wednesday and Friday 46D (Ongar – Abridge – Theydon Bois - Epping) service may also be withdrawn or replaced.
To find out more and have your say before Wednesday 28th September please fill in the survey online at

6th September 2016:Drama society's Next Production:

Drama Society Lock up your daughters poster

6th September 2016:New Social Care Drop-In Sessions at the Limes:

There will be a social worker on site the first and third Thursday of the month (next session 15th September 2016) from
9am-5pm to provide information and advice to adults/carers, including:
  • providing details on processes, services they may be able to offer and details of eligibility
  • details on universal services/local services
  • provide details of how to make a referral or support in making a referral (if required)

No appointment necessary.  Please speak to The Limes reception for more details.

6th September 2016: Pre-School Nearly New Sale:

Pre School Sale Poster

2nd September 2016:A message from Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex:

One of my key duties as Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex is to put together the strategic plan for the policing of our county in the interests of the public.For me, safe and secure communities are the bedrock on which we build success and well being for all.

The new Police and Crime Plan is relevant to all our lives. During my election campaign and since becoming PCC, I have listened to the people of our county. They are clear that more local, visible and accessible policing, and being tough on Anti-Social Behaviour are vitally important. This was reinforced at my first public meeting as PCC, held in Grays, where two Thurrock mothers made powerful and courageous comments about the impact of ASB on their families. These are the first two priorities in the new Plan, and mark a commitment to refocus some police resources in these important areas.

Some priorities build on the existing Police and Crime Plan, such as being tough on domestic abuse and improving the safety of our roads. Two further priorities highlight crucial work on increasingly important challenges: reversing the trend in serious violence, and tackling gangs and organised crime.

Finally, protecting children and vulnerable people will be a core priority. This will involve the police bringing criminals to justice and a drive to prevent crime and abuse from happening in the first place.

I want to hear your views. During September and early October 2016, I will be seeking your thoughts on the draft Police and Crime Plan through meetings, online engagement, and a dedicated address for correspondence.

Your insights will be taken into consideration as the Police and Crime Plan is developed further, so please take part in the online survey, attend one of our public meetings, or contact me with your thoughts at the dedicated email address.
Online survey

You can also write to:
Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex
3 Hoffmanns Way
Essex CM1 1GU

The engagement process for the new Police and Crime Plan will end on October 7, 2016. An updated Police and Crime Plan will be taken to the Police and Crime Panel for their final comments at the end of October. It is anticipated that the new Police and Crime Plan for Essex will come into effect in early November 2016.
The full schedule of PCC public meetings can be seen here:

2nd September 2016: Latest Revised Plans for Sixteen String Jack Pub Site:

EFDC have just posted the latest revisions of the Plans for the Sixteen String Jack Pub site. These are further revisions to the latest application EPF/2000/16 and according to the revised application include the set back of ground floor buildings; Railings to the front of the central building; Additional landscaping to the front of the properties; Gable roofs for the westerly building changed to part-hipped roofs and Material changes to the central building and the cottage.

Our Parish Council, Preservation Society, TBAG and neighbours asked for further changes at meeting with the developer, but have yet to review and discuss the new plans in detail to see if the development is now more acceptable. The Parish Council will consider the revised application at its Planning Meeting on Thursday 8th September at 8.00pm. This meeting is open to the public and allows their input.

The plans can be viewed from this page of the EFDC Website and submissions can be made to EFDC about the application until the 22nd September.

17th August 2016: Theydon's New Village Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator Seeks More Road Co-Ordinators:

Neigbourhood Watch LogoAre you interested in helping our Village Community and becoming a Road Co-ordinator in Theydon Bois?

My name is Madeleine McCarthy and I have taken over the role as Village Co-ordinator.  My first task is to enroll new volunteers to cover as Road Co-ordinators and update the records of previous volunteers.  If you are interested and would like to know more please contact me by e-mail at or telephone 07751 868476. 

I would also be grateful if previous volunteers could contact me to confirm if they are still available.
Madeleine McCarthy
Theydon Bois Village Co-ordinator
Neighbourhood Watch

17th August 2016:EFDC Local Plan Updates:

As we approach the 2nd consultation on EFDC's New Plan Plan - Preferred Options (see below) we will post any information on the EFDC Local Plan Consultation page. This was formerly the Issues and Options Consultation Page and retains the information and guidance from the first EFDC Consultation in 2012. If we are to achieve the best outcome for Theydon Bois and the protection of our Green Belt then it is important that when the consultation starts on 31 October 2016 that all Theydon Bois residents respond before the closing date on 12 December 2016.

14th August 2016:Theydon Picks Up Two Major Awards In RCCE Competitions:

Theydon Bois - Class 1 Winner Essex Village of the Year 2016

Once again our Village achieved success in two Essex County Competitions. Tony Ames and Jim Watts Editors of the Theydon Bois Village News and Website attended the Rural Community Council of Essex Community Magazine Awards in Coggeshall and picked up two awards for our village.

RCCE Awards Certificate RCCE Awards Presentation
  Tony Ames receives the Best Essex Village Award from RCCE Chairman Nick Charrington. Photo - Jim Watts

They were surprised when it was announced at the magazine ceremony that Theydon Bois had been judged as the Class One Winner of Essex Village of the Year 2016 in this county wide competition for all Essex Villages. This award was to have been presented at the RCCE AGM in Chelmsford, but unfortunately no Theydon Parish Councillor was available to attend on that evening when the awards were made. Tony & Jim were requested to accept this award for the village on behalf of the Parish Council, but were unaware it was being made hence their surprise.

This is not the first time that the Village has been successful in what was previously known as the Best Kept Village Award, but is now in a slightly revised form with differences in the judging of the competition. Despite having been well placed in recent years we have not achieved the First Place in Class 1 (Larger Villages) since 2007. The judges praised the real sense of community spirit they found in Theydon and were impressed with how this came across in our Village Magazine and Website. They further praised the contributions made to village life and the upkeep of the village by the many village volunteer groups and societies such as the Litter Pickers, Churchyard Volunteers, Horticultural Society, Tree Wardens, PAT and Rural Preservation Society. All these contributions by village organizations added to the final score sheet that resulted in us gaining the first place prize.

Theydon Bois Village News - Joint 3rd Place Essex Community Magazine Awards

RCCE Awards Presentation RCCE Awards Certificate
Community Magazine Award Presentation L- R: Julian Reed - Essex Life, Tony Ames, Nick Charrington - RCCE & Roger Morris - Bishop of Chelmsford. Photo - Jim Watts

This was not the only award Tony and Jim returned home with that evening as a Village News achieved joint 3rd place in the RCCE Community Magazine Awards against forty other entrants from the County. The competition was for all Essex Community Magazines produced by volunteers during 2015 and three issues from the year have to be submitted for judging. Again this is not the first time Theydon has gained success here as we have achieved 1st place 6 times since 2003 plus a number of runner-up prizes.

Some of the plaques/certificates Theydon has gained in both competitions over the years are displayed on the Home Page of the Village website.

12th August 2016: EFDC Local Plan Update:

EFDC now indicate that the draft Local Plan will be in the public domain up to five weeks before formal consultation starts in late October. Planning Portfolio Holder Councillor John Philip said the advance availability would effectively give local residents 11 weeks to consider the draft with responses being received in the final six week period.
Cabinet Meeting Info here

  • Current Timetable:
  • Evidence gathering & background work (October 2011 - September 2012)
  • Issues & Options preparation and public consultation including initial sustainability appraisal (30 July 2012 - 15 October 2012)
  • Preparation and sustainability appraisal (October 2012 - May 2016)
  • Draft Plan consultation (31 October 2016 - 12 December 2016)
  • Preparation of Submission Plan and Sustainability Appraisal (October 2016 - April 2017)
  • Pre-submission publication and representations on soundness (6 weeks) Regulation 19 (June/July 2017)
  • Submission to Planning Inspectorate for Examination Regulation 22 (November/December 2017)
  • Examination in public (EiP) Regulation 24 (Subject to discussion with the Planning Inspectorate and timetabling) (Spring 2018)
  • Expected adoption and publication (including policies maps) Regulation 26 (October 2018)

EFDC logoEFDC August Press Release

Epping Forest District’s Local Plan – a blueprint for our future:
Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) has reached the next step in our Local Plan, and will soon be asking for your input and feedback.

With a renewed emphasis from Central Government on the need for every district to have an up-to-date Local Plan in place in 2017, EFDC has been working hard towards the next stage of the draft Local Plan.
The draft Local Plan will outline the proposed strategy for the next 17 years to meet the economic and housing growth in the district, identify potential sites for development and regeneration and set out the proposed development management policies.

Councillor John Philip, EFDC’s Cabinet member for Planning Policy commented:

“At the heart of Epping Forest District’s draft Local Plan is your feedback".

You have helped us shape the emerging draft plan through the Community Vision consultation in 2010, 2011 and then the Community Choices consultation in 2012.”
The consultation will be launched on 31 October 2016, subject to the draft Local Plan receiving full Council approval on 18 October 2016, with draft documents available on the Council website from 28 September 2016.

There will be a number of ways to get involved in this stage of the draft Local Plan, access relevant information, and provide your feedback. Dates and locations are being finalised but look out for further information in a Local Plan Update newsletter that will be issued district wide, a new Planning Our Future website, and the council’s Twitter and Facebook feeds. The new Planning Our Future website will ensure that it is easier and more convenient for you to provide the council with your feedback online.

Your local representatives will be briefed about the Draft Plan and the consultation process as final details are secured to ensure that they are able to direct you to all of the information you will need to take part in the process.

Councillor Philip added:
“This is your Local Plan. This is our opportunity as a community to ensure development in Epping Forest District takes place how and where we want it to.

"This plan is a balance between the requirement from Government to deliver the identified and evidenced need for economic and housing growth, but ensuring it is delivered in as sensitive, sustainable, and fair a way as possible across the whole district."

12th August 2016: Theydon Garnon Farmhouse Hog Roast in Aid of Revitalise:

Theydon Gannon Hog Roast Poster

12th August 2016: Stall Holders Now is the Time to Book for the Theydon Bois Christmas Market 2016:

The Parish Council is delighted to remind you that, following the success of last year’s community Christmas market, a similar event will take place this year on Friday 2nd December 2016 so now is the time to book a stall for this popular village event to ensure you get a space.

Christmas Market Stalls

The time for the market will be 6.30-9.00pm on Friday 2nd December 2016. Set up time will be by 5.00pm and the Parish Council will ensure the area is floodlit for the evening. We will also ensure the road closure and diversions are in place and marshalled, with help from our local police force.

Please inform the Parish Clerk as soon as possible if you would like to participate in the market by completing and returning the tear off slip from the printable booking letter link here that also has further details . A deposit in the form of a donation of £15 per stall is requested, with your application, to secure your space. This will be given to the nominated charity for the event. 

For further information please contact the Parish Clerk either by telephone on 01992 813442 or e-mail

12th August 2016: Autumn Fair in Aid of Brest Cancer Care:

Brest Cancer Autumn Fair

9th August 2016: Front Gardens Competition Winners:

This year there were 30 private gardens short listed for judging in July. The weather was fine but there had been some heavy downpours which had spoilt some of the roses in the gardens.
Many of the gardens were familiar to the judges from previous years and it was depressing to see how many more front gardens had been ripped out and paved or gravelled over with no space left for plants at all.
However, it was good to have new winners for 3 out of the 4 categories and to see some new gardens in the running for the first time. This year, owners of front gardens which came second or third received Certificates to record their achievement and owners of gardens that the judges thought highly of, were given Highly Commended or Commended cards as encouragement to keep on trying.
It was also good to be able to present the cup for the Community garden to those looking after the gardens around the Baptist Church, despite ravages by the local deer who have taken to coming into the village at night.
Results were as follows:-
1st            Mr. J. Kennedy, 36 Heath Drive
2nd )        Mr. & Mrs. Skingle, “Midhill” Coppice Row
2nd )        Sue Collins, 41Thrifts Mead
1st           Mr. R. Jones, 13 Orchard Drive
2nd          Mr. R. Rawlinson, 49 Green Glade
3rd           Mr. & Mrs. Gordon, 42 Woburn Avenue.
With Parking
1st           Mrs. S. Brough, 28 Morgan Crescent,
2nd          Mr. M. King, 2 College Place,
3rd           Mr. J. Scantleberry, 41 Morgan Crescent.
Community / Commercial
1st           The Baptist Church (Mr. &  Mrs. Rackham)
2nd          The Queen Victoria
3rd           The Bull

9th August 2016: Theydon Bois Horticultural Society Village Show 2016:

Horticultural Show 2016
Visitors examine the 2016 entries. Photo: Hugh Meteyard

The 106TH SHOW took place in the Village Hall on 23rd July 2016.  Even though summer was late in arriving, the displays of flowers, fruit and vegetables were excellent.  The flowers were beautiful making the judging difficult, especially with the hydrangeas.  There were some splendid items of handicraft exhibited, and the photographs were very interesting.  The show was well attended, the weather being good, and brought out people from outside the Village.  The Society's refreshments team did a splendid job – so many delicious cakes! 

This year we had a team of beekeepers displaying their bees and the work that they do, and Lois King displaying her lace and handicrafts.  The Show cups were presented by the Society's Vice President David Weech, and those for the Front Gardens Competition by the Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr John Philip.

There is a full list of the show cup winners here that has the number of the presentation photo. These photos with numbers (img_xxxx) are in a full Gallery of photos from the show by Hugh Meteyard here.

The success of the Show is dependent on a good selection of entries.  We hope to see you all again next year with your exhibits. Start growing now!

9th August 2016:Donkey Derby 2016 Photos Now Online:

Theydon Bois Donkey Derby

Apologies for the delay, but we now have a Gallery of the 2016 Theydon Bois Donkey Derby photos online here.

Despite fears of cancellation after the torrential rain throughout June left the ground waterlogged a week of good weather before Sunday 10th July allowed the 2016 Theydon Bois Donkey Derby to go ahead as planned. This, the 29th annual event, was opened by Eleanor Laing MP and featured all the usual range of attractions including a helter skelter, welly-wanging and bouncy castles, a dog obstacle course and child donkey rides.

Theydon Bois Donkey Derby Theydon Bois Donkey Derby

Of course the main attraction was again the races where the young jockeys did their best to stay on their respective donkeys until the very end of the race. This year the course proved more difficult for them than usual with less jockeys making it through to the finishing line. For the first time, the event concluded with a tug-of-war between village pubs. The Queen Victoria pub who needed to draft a few of the attending army cadets onto their team to balance the numbers made a valiant effort, but victory went to The Bull.

The money raised from this years derby will again benefit the Theydon Bois and Theydon Garnon Scout groups and the other participating groups good causes.

Committee member Nik O’Flynn said “On the whole It went really well, it rained to begin with so that was a bit of a downer, but then people came in their droves and we had beautiful sunshine for the remainder of the day. I’m very pleased and very grateful for the support from everyone who came along”.

2nd July 2016: St. Clare Hospice Appeals for Green-Fingered Volunteers:

The gardens of St Clare Hospice are a vital part of the care that the charity provides to patients and their families – offering a haven of peace and tranquillity to relax and enjoy nature in.

A committed team of volunteer gardeners help to keep the green space at the Hastingwood-based charity well cared for; but the Hospice are now appealing for even more green-fingered and kind-hearted people to join their existing team.

Paul Miller, Facilities Manager at St Clare Hospice, said: “The gardens at St Clare are one of the highlights of the Hospice for patients and their families. We are always receiving positive comments about the tranquil atmosphere and there are lots of secluded spots to enjoy the plants and flowers – giving families a chance for peace at one of life’s hardest moments. We often pick flowers from the gardens to put into patients’ bedrooms which brings a lot of enjoyment to them and their loved ones.”

“The beauty of the gardens is all thanks to the committed team of volunteer gardeners who come every week – rain or shine – to tend to the grounds. But now that we have a new building with landscaped gardens surrounding it, as well as a huge array of flower beds in our newly renovated car parking area, we need even more green-fingered help. Many hands really do make light work – so the more people who can join us, the better!”

Volunteering in the gardens at St Clare is an enjoyable experience. Bob Pook, who has been a volunteer gardener for five years, said: “I took up a position as volunteer gardener and handy man at St Clare after I retired. I wanted to do something to keep me busy and working outside appealed to me. I have made some great friends amongst the other gardeners and we often go out to the pub to socialise. Volunteering has had such a positive impact on my life – as well as making a meaningful difference to the lives of those who come to St Clare.”

St Clare is currently seeking enthusiastic, hardworking and visionary gardeners to help grow the green space at the Hospice. Duties will involve: tidying and weeding flowerbeds, cutting grass, pruning and composting. You will be working under the guidance of the Facilities Manager and will be part of a supportive team with training provided where necessary.

Hours are flexible, dependent on your availability, but must be between Monday and Friday.

For more information about how to become a Volunteer Gardener:

You can also contact the Voluntary Services Manager, Chris Crump, directly at or call 01279 773722.

2nd July 2016:Donkey Derby Sunday 10th July:

Donkey Derby Poster

There is a small possibility that this years Donkey Derby may have to be postponed due to the heavy rain water logging The Green. An inspection will be made by the City of London, who are responsible of The Green, next week and it is hoped that they will give the OK. Check here for up dates.

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