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The September 2017 Village News: The latest quarterly PDF version of Issue 98 of Village News is now available online: Click Here.

Parish Council Minutes: The Minutes of the Parish Meeting held on 28th September are now available online:Click Here. Minutes are only published after approval, usually this is at the following months meeting, but can sometimes be longer. Please note that there were no April, July, August 2017 or December 2016 Parish Council Meetings. Full Minutes List Here.

29th November 2017: Fairlop Brass Christmas Concert:

Fairlop Brass Christmas Concert

24th November 2017: Theydon Bois Christmas Tree Lighting Update:

Please note that the Lighting of the Christmas Tree will now take place at the Village Hall Car Park at 6.15pm and not on the Green as indicated on posters (see below). The tree lighting ceremony will then be followed by a walk to the Christmas Market in Forest Drive led by marshalls in high visibility jackets to ensure everyone's safety. Villagers are also encouraged to bring their own torches.

The Parish Council would also like to thank members of the public for their kind donations made so far this this year, which has enabled them to buy and install a better tree.

24th November 2017: Theydon Bois Singers Christmas Concert:

Theydon Singers Xmas Concert poster

24th November 2017: St Mary's Soup Lunches Success:

St. Mary's Soup LunchesThe takings for the St. Mary’s Soup Lunches in November were £1,238 and so far the mini Christmas cakes sold at the lunches have made £505, but we still have about thirty of these to sell. Cash donations also amounted to about £200 but Linda Hammond, who looks after the shoe box appeal, is away at the time of writing so we cannot be sure of the final total yet.  I think it would not be unfair to claim that we have made a total of £2000 when all things are taken into consideration.

The committee members are always thrilled by the support we get. The customers are generous to a fault and are very interested in our little talk and prayer that is given at every lunch. Everybody laments the last lunch of the series, saying can't we have some more and always sit around the tables even after they have finished their lunch.

I think we can say that it is not just a fund raising event; it is a much cherished community event where people who have not seen one another for a while are reconnected and they enjoy dining and talking together! John Eaton said “that from St. Mary’s perspective, we are very grateful for the support for our charities and we are happy that it makes others happy......... And at the end of it all though, we are exhausted”.

24th November 2017: EFDC Grant Aid Scheme:

EFDC Grant Aid Poster

14th November 2017: Theydon Bois Primary School PTA Christmas Fair:

PTA Xmas Fair poster

13th November 2017: Theydon Bois Christmas Market & Christmas Tree Lighting 2017:

Christmas Market Poster 2017

The road closures in place for the Christmas market are from 3.00 pm – 9.30 pm on the 8th Dec.

Update: Please note that the Lighting of the Christmas Tree will now take place at the Village Hall Car Park and not on the Green as above. The tree lighting ceremony will then be followed by a walk to the Christmas Market in Forest Drive led by marshalls in high visibility jackets to ensure everyone's safety. Villagers are also encouraged to bring their own torches.

13th November 2017: Theydon Seniors Christmas Event:

Theydon Seniors Xmas Event poster

13th November 2017: Theydon 418 Bus Service:



The present bus service timetable is here: 418 Bus Timetable

13th November 2017: Festival of Remembrance 2017:

A large number of Villagers young and more senior turned out for the Annual Service of Remembrance at our War Memorial yesterday. The usual parade from the Baptist Church to the War Memorial took place safely thanks to the presence of the police constable controlling the traffic and this year he was able to halt the traffic during the Two Minutes Silence.

Remembrance Sunday 2017
Remembrance Sunday 2017
Remembrance Sunday 2017

The wreath laying by veterans and representatives of village organisations followed by the role call of names of those who lost their lives was again a moving experience. A service inside St. Mary's Church followed. We have a full set of
photos of the Remembrance Service here and a brief Video below:


Three intrepid young men from local estate agent Butler & Stag, based in Theydon Bois, have returned victorious from their heroic charity challenge. On 28th October weekend (see below) they successfully climbed the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales ‘all in one go’ over 24 hours.

Three Peaks Challengers

Neil Leahy, Michael Woolley and Tyler Dunkin tested themselves against rugged terrain and challenging weather so that children using Theydon Bois playground can have a safer and more secure future with new, updated equipment.

Victory was achieved completing their three peaks challenge in 13 hours and 13 minutes of climbing plus ten hours of time allotted for travelling.

The Playground at Theydon Appeal has already benefitted by £5,000 as fundraising gained pace prior to the climb. It’s still hoped the target of £10,000 will be reached as more people appreciate the personal sacrifices that went into making the conquest a success. Visit

Neil Leahy said “It was hard going but we loved it. Of course, there are highs and lows emotionally, largely from fatigue and lack of sleep. The mini bus was horrible, no room to spread out and smelt of sweat and feet, and we were cooped up with four people we had never met before. But it was all part of the experience and after the first walk we had bonded.”

Ben Nevis 1,345 metres (4,411 ft)was climbed while battling wind and rain with 40-50 mph winds around the summit.

Scafell Pike 978 metres (3,209 ft) arrived late due to traffic diversion, climb started at 10.30pm, in heavy rain, strong winds and complete darkness. The guide felt safety was being compromised but the team pleaded to summit and returned to the group having reached the top.

Snowden 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) The team arrived in Wales feeling positive. Racing against the clock they pushed on unescorted to complete the challenge.  They raced up, quickly summitting, and returned in good time meaning the challenge was completed in 23 hours and 33 minutes.

The Playground at Theydon Appeal, a registered charity, must raise £115k including insurance and maintenance. Shelly Dix, Charity Chair said “We are really grateful to Butler & Stag and to everyone who has donated so far. Thank you.” Plans also include apparatus that provides play for disabled children plus an outreach for the wider local community.”

To further support the Three Peaks Challengers visit
Cheques made payable to ‘Playground at Theydon Association’, or cash, can be given to Butler & Stag, 4 Forest Drive Theydon Bois CM16 7EY in the special post box.

7th November 2017: Prose and Poetry Competition:

Poetry Poster

A competition for Village Poets and those who would just like to tell their stories and have them preserved in the Essex Record Office. More details here.

7th November 2017: Welcoming Our New Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer, Caroline Carroll:
Unfortunately our recently appointed Parish Clerk Karen Anello decided that she wished to take up a post elsewhere, but we now welcome a new Parish Clerk, Caroline Carroll who also takes on the role of Responsible Financial Officer for the Parish Council.

Parish Clerk Caroline Carroll

Many who have visited the Parish Office in the last few weeks will already have been met by Caroline's smile and welcoming manner. Caroline spent her childhood in Theydon Bois attending Theydon Bois Primary School and later Davenant Foundation School.  After leaving school, Caroline worked in the City as a Graduate Recruitment Manager for Ernst & Young, Credit Suisse and Lloyd’s Banking Group..  She married Zak in St Mary’s church in 2007 and moved to Kent but returned in 2010 to bring up her family.  She now lives in Hill Road with her husband and their three young children Luca 8, Heidi 7 and Francesca 5, all of whom attend the village school.

In her spare time Caroline enjoys walking her dog, playing tennis and socialising with friends.  She is a member of St Mary’s Church where she serves on several committees.

7th November 2017: Primary School Fireworks Night:

Primary School Fireworks Night
Primary School Fireworks Nigh
Primary School Fireworks Nigh

Hundreds of villagers with and without children turned out for the fireworks display at the Primary School last Friday. They enjoyed a wonderful display that lasted for over 20 minutes while consuming some of the excellent Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Teas and Coffees that helped keep out the cold on a chilly night.

The exact amount is still to be calculated, but it is hoped that the PTA have again raised a substantial amount to aid school funds with this event.

1st November 2017: St. Clare Hospice Christmas Fair:

St Clare Hospice Xmas Fair
Help to raise money for your local hospice charity and spread the Christmas cheer! The fair will feature lovely Christmas stalls and a tombola, with tea and cakes.

Entry is £1 per person

1st November 2017: Halloween in Theydon - The Good & the Bad:

Halloween in Theydon Bois
Halloween in Theydon Bois
Halloween in Theydon Bois

Commuters to and from Theydon were amused by these Halloween displays at the Station House yesterday.

Unfortunately Halloween 'Trick or Treat' later in the evening was marred for families by unruly youths, mainly from outside Theydon, causing fear, disruption and damage with fireworks in and around the shops, pubs and restaurants. The police had to be called and many of the shops closed early to avoid further damage.

Three intrepid young men from estate agents Butler & Stag are planning to climb the three highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in 'one go', over 24 hours, to raise vital funds for the Theydon Bois Playground Appeal.

Their Three Peaks Challenge gets underway on the weekend of Saturday 28th October when Neil Leahy, Michael Woolley and Tyler Dunkin will be testing themselves against rugged terrain and challenging weather conditions.

The three-man bandwork together at estate agents Butler & Stag’s Theydon Bois office. They have challenged themselves to raise £10,000 so that children using Theydon Bois playground can have a safer and more securefuture with new, updated equipment.

Butler & Stag co-owner Neil Leahy said “I know it seems a mad thing to do but we are fit young guys who want to help young people here in Theydon Bois.Facilities like the playground are an essential part of what makes Theydon Bois such a delightful place to live. It’s the heartbeat of the community for villagers with young children and grandchildren.

While the existing facility has provided years of pleasure, time has run out on the equipment and for safety reasons, much has beenremoved. It’s essential it’s replaced with robust apparatus as soon as possible so raising funds is key.”

The Playground at Theydon Appeal, a registered charity, must raise £115k including insurance and maintenance. To date £75k has been raised but the remaining £40k is a daunting challenge. Pupils at Theydon Bois Primary School will be closely following the challenge and adding their support.

Shelly Dix, Chair of Playground at Theydon said “The Appeal has been ongoing for a year so we have done well but we need everyone local to stake a claim in a better and more secure playground facility for our young people. Our plans also include apparatus that provides play for disabled children plus an outreach for the wider local community.” Visit

To help get the Three Peaks Challengers across the finishing line and reach their target please visit

Cheques made payable to ‘Playground at Theydon Association’, or cash, can be given to Butler & Stag, 4 Forest Drive Theydon Bois CM16 7EY in the special post box. Or telephone Shelly on 07919 215465 for further information.

28th October 2017 Primary School PTA Fireworks Display Night:

Fireworks Display poster

10th October 2017 Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society Walk:

The Society's guided footpath walks have again proved popular in 2017 and last Sunday (8th October) they had their last walk of the year. Robert Levene led a total of 14 villagers, and some visitors to the village from further afield who had heard about the guided walk, to 'Theydon Wood' the Woodland Trusts new wood that contains the 'Outdoor Earth Sculpture'.

TB&DRPS Woodland Trust Walk
Robert (far left) explains some of the wood and the sculptures history to the walkers

The walk took in Theydon's 'Sheep & Goat Farm' and although the weather was not at its best there were still clear views across to London with 'The Shard' and Canary Wharf clearly visible.

TB&DRPS Woodland Trust walk
Walkers follow the rings of the 'Earth Sculpture'

The Earth Sculpture is just outside Theydon Bois past the cemetery and is clearly visible from the M11 motorway - on the left before the M25 junction when traveling north towards Cambridge. It was designed by artist Richard Harris and built in 2013. It is 140m x 115m x 2m high. and there are 1,000m of paths to walk.

Theydon Wood has been planted with over 30,000 native trees since the Woodland Trust acquired the site in 2006, with funding support from Essex County Council. Substantial numbers of trees were planted by villagers and people from a wide range of groups across Essex and London.

The Society hopes to run a similar program of guided walks in 2018 from April to October. Keep a eye on the Society's Web Page for details.

5th October 2017 Victim Support Seeks Local Volunteers:

Victim Support is an independent charity supporting victims of crime.

We are looking for reliable volunteers with great listening skills, who have four hours or more to spare a week.

We have a few places left on our next four day training course in Chelmsford on 3rd, 4th, 17th & 18th of November.

We will train you to offer practical and emotional support to people affect by crime.

Interested? Find out more by emailing or calling 01277 357557

21st September 2017 Theydon Bois Primary School 60th Anniversary Open Day:

Primary School 60th Anniversary
Some of the Pupils & Staff Past & Present From Across Years at the Open Day

Theydon Bois Primary School had great delight in opening its doors to the community yesterday to celebrate 60 years of the new school being opened. Acting Head Mistress, Kim Williams said "It was a lovely opportunity to share memories and reminisce over old photographs. Present pupils have enjoyed looking at what life was like in the school when it opened. We were pleased to welcome so many old pupils back to our school and hear their interesting stories".

Primary School 60th Anniversary
'Older Pupils' examine some of the records & the 'Punishment Book'!

Primary School 60th Anniversary Primary School 60th Anniversary
Younger & Older Pupils Enjoying the Day

21st September 2017 Public Consultation on Proposed Changes to the Mobile Library Service:

Essex County Council are proposing to make changes to the Mobile Library Service and this will effect the many villagers in Theydon. They are carrying out a Public Consultation with regard to the changes from 19th September to 6th November.

With seven of their nine mobile libraries coming to the end of their working lives, they are asking for your views on how library services to locations outside of town centres should be delivered. Over the past seven years, use of mobile libraries has declined by nearly 50%. There are no plans to scrap mobile libraries entirely. Instead, they are looking at a range of ways to reach people in more isolated places, including mobile libraries and encouraging more people to get involved through volunteering.

Councillor Sue Barker, Cabinet Member for Libraries, said: “We know how much people value their mobile library service. But we also know that in recent years, fewer and fewer people have been taking advantage of it. Combined with other factors, such as vehicles which are coming to the end of their working lives, we have reached a point where the right thing to do is look again at how we provide these services. This is why are consulting with residents on how we create a mobile library service which is a better fit with people’s lives."

The consultation began on 19th September and lasts for seven weeks. To have your say, visit Essex Insight or complete a paper survey on a mobile library or in your local library.

More information regarding the consultation on this Essex Libraries Page

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Last Updated 29th November 2017