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Parish Council Minutes: The Minutes of the Parish Meeting held 29th March 2018 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 or December 2017 Parish Council Meetings. Full Minutes List Here.

12th May 2018:Theydon Bois Horticulural Society Events:

On the 2nd June 2018, The Horticultural Society has an outing to the Savill Gardens Windsor which consist of 35 acres of contemporary and classically designed gardens and exotic woodland all interlinked. There are still a few places left on the coach so, if you would like to go, contact Margaret Jones on 01992 814797 as soon as possible. The cost is £22 for members and £25 for non members.

The Horticultural Society’s Annual Show will be on Saturday 21st July in the Village Hall opening to the public at 2pm and finishing at 4.30pm. This year the prizes will be awarded by Eleanor Laing MP at about 4pm. As well as produce from flower and vegetable gardens, there are handicrafts, cookery and photography sections not to mention wonderful contributions from our youngsters in the Junior Section. The entertaining tortoise races will be run?? mid afternoon and tea and homemade cakes will be served throughout. We hope you can support us by coming along and, even more, by entering something in the Show.If you need any help with this, just contact us through our website:

12th May 2018:Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society Walks:

The society's walk scheduled for Sunday 8th July "The Oak Trail with a Hill top View". A walk through the Epping Forest Buffer lands on the Theydon Bois section of the trail. has now been postponed as the date clashes with the Donkey Derby. It will now take place on Sunday September 9th September. The society's next walk is on Sunday 10th June "A Walk to Theydon Garnon & its church". This is the same Sunday that a ' Church Fete & Hog Roast' is being held at the church from 11am - 5.00pm. People may want to walk to the church and stay for the fete and Hog Roast.

As usual all the walks will start at the Village Hall at 2.00pm.

12th May 2018:St. Mary's Evensong:

St. Mary's Evensong poster

9th May 2018:Theydon Bois Donkey Derby 2018:

Theydon Bois Donkey Derby

The race is on to organise Theydon Bois's largest community event - the Donkey Derby. Run by the 1st Theydon Bois Scout Group this popular event is now in its 31st year. The event raises money for the scouting and guiding groups locally and also a place where charities within the village can have a stall so they benefit from the race day.

It regularly attracts 4,000 people who come to watch the jockeys - all aged between 10 and 15 - get their donkeys round the course without falling off. There are seven races with the last one being to decide the champion. This year estate agent Butler and Stag have taken over sponsorship of the event - one they have been chafing at the bit to get hold of. Managing Director Neil Leahy posed for the front cover of the leaflet with Brian the donkey and his children Florie and Frankie. The family-orientated entrepreneur has been supporting local causes since the business set up shop in Theydon Bois last June. He said: “The Donkey Derby event highlights the true spirit of Theydon Bois and our wonderful green. It’s a fun event for everyone and also raises much needed funds for the local Scouts as well as Guides groups and several other village charities. We are delighted to be new sponsors for this their 31st year.”

Donkey Derby leaflet 2018
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This year the sponsor will be needed even more than ever as for the first time the City of London is intending to charge for holding events on its land - even for charities. As well as the races there will be a bouncy castle park, big wheel, swing boats and other rides plus all the fun and games including smash the crocks, tennis serve challenge, welly wanging, and a golf putting challenge. The Donkey Derby committee who organise the event, aim to try and keep the event true to its roots with more old fashioned games and also try to support local businesses and charities who want stalls.

Chair Nik O'Flynn said: "We are very excited about this year's event and hope everyone enjoys it. It is a big part of the Theydon calendar and we really try to make it an event put on by the village to be enjoyed by all. "We are disappointed that the City of London is seeking to charge us to use the Green particularly as the Parish Council pays for its upkeep but we are holding ongoing talks so we hope to come to some solution."

The event was first dreamed up by Peter Simmance when the scouts needed to raise money for a new hut. He had the brainwave of reinstating the old donkey races which used to happen at Birch Hall 100 years before. These races were organised by Gerald Buxton who was keen to see that the local donkeys which were used to work and give rides to the public in the forest were well treated. He gave five shillings to the owners of every donkey which passed a veterinary inspection. In his races he brought in strict rules banning whipping and kicking - sometimes the riders got off and carried the donkeys over the finish line in their desperation to win!

Theydon Bois Dokey Derby

Now the donkeys are all ridden by children with riding experience, anyone wishing to be a jockey can contact Michael Simpson on Mobile Tel: 07725 042415.(Jockeys need to be under nine stone (57kg). All the stalls are run by volunteers so if anyone would like to help out, please contact Stephen via

This year's event will be held on The Green (as usual) at Theydon Bois,
on Sunday 8th July from 12 noon until 4.30pm.

6th May 2018:Parish Council Afternoon Tea To Commemorate The End of WW1:

The Parish Council are holding an Afternoon Tea on Friday 15th of June that will commemorate the end of the First World War. This will be a 'Traditional Tea' and there will also be some period entertainment. This event is free and all are welcome. To book a place or arrange transport e-mail the Parish Clerk or phone on 01992 813442.

Rembrance Sunday Theydon Bois War Memorial

Parish Council Afternoon Tea

6th May Epping Forest District Council Election Theydon Bois Results:

Theydon Bois - results
Election Candidate Party Votes %
Conservative 810 64% Elected
Clive Amos
Liberal Democrat 321 25% Not elected
Peter Richardson Labour 130 10% Not elected
Voting Summary
Details Number
Seats 1
Total votes 1261
Electorate 3324
Number of ballot papers issued 1263
Number of ballot papers rejected 2
Turnout 38%

All of the District Results

3rd May 2018:Coppice Row Road Closure (Now Cancelled) :

Scheduled closure for work on the highway near the Old Schoolhouse (see below) has now been cancelled
as there was a lack of permissions.

Coppice Row is due to be closed between the junction with Piercing Hill and the Wake Arms roundabout from the 8th - 14th May.

30th April 2018:Vacancy For Assistant Parish Clerk:

Theydon Bois Parish Council

A vacancy has arisen at Theydon Bois Parish Council for an Assistant Clerk to support the Parish Clerk.
This position would suit a local resident with a keen interest in planning processes and community events as they would be supporting our very active planning and community liaison committees. Our community liaison committee are involved in many exciting events and projects including our Christmas Market, and the new website project that we are about to embark upon.
The Planning Committee meet every two weeks and someone who has a keen interest to learn planning processes would be an advantage.

The number of hours would be 10-12 per week and in addition attendance at some evening meetings would be an essential requirement.  The hours of work would ideally be spread across 3 days to be agreed with the current Clerk and the Council.The role will require the ability to take and write up notes of meetings, contact with members of the public and general administrative tasks.


Closing date for applications: Friday 25th May 2018

30th April 2018:Farewell to Assistant Parish Clerk Elizabeth Thomas:

Elizabeth Thomas Presentation April 2018

Elizabeth Thomas spent her last day in post as the Assistant Clerk/ Planning Secretary for the Parish Council last Friday. The previous evening at the last full Parish Council Meeting she was to attend a presentation of a gift and flowers was made by Parish Council Chairman John Philip.

Elizabeth said "I have worked for Theydon Bois PC for three and a half years, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. There is no one typical working day, and the council is involved with so many different projects that it doesn't’t ever get dull. I’ve particularly enjoyed helping to plan and bring to fruition the Christmas Market and the seniors events – I love that time of year, and being involved with the community’s Christmas jollifications always made it even more special.

When I started here my three sons were all at school – my two eldest have now left home (in fact one has left the country as he is at university in Wales) and my youngest is going to senior school in September.  So it’s time for me to move on too – I’m going to be working for a PR company whose client base includes property developers, so my planning committee expertise, and my training as a journalist, will come in handy.

I’d like to thank the Chair, the Councillors and of course Caroline (Parish Clerk) for the beautiful flowers and the gift they gave me at my last Full Council meeting on Thursday - and yes, I will be dropping in on you all at Christmas time.

30th April 2018:Theydon Bois Neighbourhood Watch:

Neighbourhood Watch Advertisement

30th April 2018:Jumelage!:

This is the - very delightful – French word for town twinning –which is an interesting concept, and potentially fruitful in so many ways. And it’s something the Parish Council may want to see up and running in Theydon Bois.

Le Molay-Littry Map
Le Molay-Littry, France

The new Theydon Bois Twin Town Project is now looking to bring together a working group to develop a partnership between our village and the small town of Le Molay-Littry, in Normandy, France. We need representatives from all corners of the community, of any age and background, to help this move forward: schools, local government, businesses, churches, clubs and individuals.

Le Molay-Littry twinning flagsIt could be, of course, a perfect opportunity to practice – or learn – some French, but the community group across the Channel will be co-ordinated by a native English-speaker so there’s no need to worry about any language barriers.

In fact, there are no barriers to the benefits this project can bring. This would be your project and you may present any ideas you think both communities would enjoy - cultural, artistic, commercial, sporting, educational, leisure – everything can be considered.

All those who want to learn more – or know a person or a group who might be interested – please call the Theydon Bois Parish Clerk on 01992 813442 or email at

Closing Date Friday 29th June

30th April 2018:John Padfield Steps Down From the VA Committee After 28 Years Service:

At the Annual General Meeting on 18th April, that John Padfield retired as a Trustee of the Village association after 28 years service. Making a presentation to John at that meeting the Chairman Martin Oliver, thanked him most effusively for his outstanding contribution to the Association, and presented him with a magnificent camellia shrub. In response, John acknowledged the team effort that had carried through the operation, and thanked all concerned for their support.

John Pafield Presentation April 2018
John Padfield receives a gift of a Camellia Shrub from VA Chairman Martin Oliver

John Padfield has been the 'ticking heart' of the new village hall project - from the early pre-planning, through all the construction stages, and finally to the grand opening in 2001, followed by certain of the day-to-day operations until the present time.

In 1990 John Padfield had become closely identified with the Village Association when he joined the VA Committee as District Council Representative. The need for attention to the then Hall structure had been under discussion for some years, and in 1994 the Parish Council under the leadership of Joy Wainwright, decided to set-up a Committee composed of five parish councillors and four VA members to discuss the way forward. John was appointed Chairman with Keith Duggett (VA Member) as Vice-Chairman.

After a number of months discussing the options of enlarging, enhancing or rebuilding the Village Hall, it was agreed to go for a new build. Feasibility studies, questionnaires to Societies using the hall, public meetings etc were worked through, and finally construction was commenced in appalling weather conditions. Work on the new hall and car park was completed in October 2001.

John and Jill Padfield Presentation April 2018
John with his wife Gill at the presentation

At the Opening Ceremony by our local MP, Mrs Eleanor Laing, the Parish Council Chairman, Wilf Shales said in his speech "We are thankful to John Padfield who took it upon himself to see the project through. He took all the problems that arose in his stride to make it happen." John has continued to give good advice and much practical help to the VA committee ever since.

30th April 2018: 'All Things Theydon Bois' Photography Competition Winner:

Winning Photo 2018
Beth Jones Winning Photo

The second Theydon Bois 'Best Photograph' competition was held throughout February - we had a wonderful response from both villagers and residents living close by. The entries amounted to approximately one hundred in total, and we held it over both the Theydon Villagers Only and the All Things Theydon Bois face book pages.

After careful consideration and a number of debates the finalists where whittled down to just under half the entries and then my kind friend Richard Crone set up a survey monkey voting page - this made it just as exciting for us as we had no idea who won until the close. First prize went to Beth Jones, whose beautiful entry now adorns our facebook page, as its display photograph.

Tippy & Contest Winner Beth
Beth Jones (left) gets her prize from Tippy Cornish

We recently met up outside the Bull Public House where Beth happily accepted her prize, and was so grateful to everyone who had voted. Beth grew up in Chigwell and moved to the village two and a half years ago, along with her fiancé Stephen. She loves nature and has a keen passion for running, she is even took part in her fourth London Marathon this year and raising money for the London Air Ambulance. Huge congratulations to all entrants and a big thank-you for helping to make this event as successful as it is.

23rd April 2018:Primary School Acquires New Storage Unit:

Primary School Storage Container

Theydon Bois Primary School has needed more good external storage for sometime as the existing two timber sheds are in very poor condition and not really fit for purpose. Health and Safety Advisor to the school and member of the board of school governors Peter Arthy advised new Headmaster Andre Rall and Caretaker Steve Bristow that something needed to be done and it was decided that the school needed to invest in something more suitable and that will be big enough to hold all activity and sports equipment etc. Steve and Andre started to shop around online to try and acquire a metal storage unit that was very secure, easy to maintain and most importantly would end our storage issues within the school. The problem was that they had were quoted in the region of 3k without delivery which can be up to £250 depending on location. The sort of figures being quoted they were costs that as a small school with minimal funding we couldn't really justify spending.

Peter Arthy works in construction for the Mears Group and used many of these containers for various projects. He decided to a contractor he has used for over 10 years for hiring these units. That company ‘Mobile Mini’ has been established since 1983 and their National Account Manager Mark Pervoe was sympathetic with the school’s problem. He soon got back to him and offered a 20ft by 8ft metal storage unit free of charge including free delivery. As you can imagine Peter was extremely shocked and happy about this as were Andre and Steve when they heard. Not only at the saving the school will make but the fact our storage woes will be over and another problem is solved.

Primary School Container Presentation
(L - R) Peter Arthy, School H&S Adviser, Mark Pervoe, Mobile Mini & Steve Bristow, School Caretaker

Mark from Mobile Mini said "I received a call from Peter (who I have known for many years) asking if we could assist and provide them with a unit to aid with school storage. He informed me of the prices he had been quoted and asked if we could do better. As a company we have always set ourselves on providing the best rates and quality whether buying or renting these units. We also run schemes which helps provides organizations like schools with units on a short or long term basis. After speaking with Peter and understanding the extent of urgency that this container was needed I decided that we would be in a position to offer a unit for free. I was on hand on the day of delivery and all went well which was a relief....with the exception of the weather which wasn't great!”

The school is very grateful to Mr Pervoe and Mobile Mini any thanks them for this incredible generous gesture that they have made.

23rd April 2018: Theydon Bois Drama Society Next Production:

Drama Society  Much a do about nothing poster

Theydon Bois Drama Society are delighted once again to be tackling Shakespeare for the first time since ‘Macbeth’ in 2014 – and this time, it is a rather merrier show! Much Ado about Nothing is one of  Shakespeare’s brightest comedies – though with an underlying sub-plot that is very dark indeed. It revolves around the acid but fascinating relationship between Beatrice and Benedick – who profess to loathe each other, but somehow just cannot stop talking to each other….     Meanwhile, there is the ill-fated love affair of Claudio and Hero, the underhand machinations of Don John and his friends, and of course the ham-fisted attempts to keep law and order from Dogberry and the members of the Watch.   

We have set our production in 1918, as part of the many commemorations that are taking place to remember the end of World War I. Don Pedro and his colleagues are newly returned from the trenches, and keen to swop the horrors of war for parties, feasting and flirting in the country house of Leonato. Meanwhile, the ladies of the Watch have embraced the cause of Women’s Suffrage with great enthusiasm – they’ve kept the village in order whilst the men were at war and have no desire to give up their authority now!      

This is a show with everything – laughter, tears, intrigue, songs, and even dancing. If you love Shakespeare, you will love this production. If you think you loathe him, come anyway – we will endeavour to change your mind!

'Much A Do About Nothing' by Willaim Shakespeare. Tickets available from 26th March at £10.00 or telephone 01992 919038

23rd April 2018:Election of District Councillor for Theydon Bois:

Notice is hereby given that:

    • A poll for the election of a District Councillor for Theydon Bois will be held on Thursday 3 May 2018, between the hours of 7:00 am and 10:00 pm. 
    • The number of District Councillors to be elected is one.
    • The names, home addresses and descriptions of the Candidates remaining validly nominated for election and the names of all persons signing the Candidates nomination paper are as follows:

    Name of Candidate

    Home Address

    Description (if any)

    Names of Signatories
    Proposers(+), Seconders(++) & Assentors

    Clive Ewart

    37 Woburn Avenue, Theydon Bois, Epping, CM16 7JR

    Liberal Democrats

    RushPatricia K(+)
    EdmundsJulia O
    WoodBrian P
    WakelinJohn A
    CooperClive L

    WhitehouseJanet H(++)
    EdmundsDonald E
    WoodVera A
    WakelinAngela H
    PayneBelinda T


    The Drummonds, Sidney Road, Theydon Bois, Epping, CM16 7DT

    The Conservative Party Candidate

    PhilipJohn M(+)
    PadfieldGillian M
    RisdonRichard E
    HowardGeorge A
    PhilipRosalyn J

    PadfieldJohn D(++)
    RisdonCarole A
    BurnElizabeth L
    GoochPeter D
    LaingEleanor F


    2A Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, Epping, CM16 7ES

    The Labour Party Candidate

    HoldcroftGary P(+)
    MortonTracey J
    JonesValerie A
    TaitEdward P

    MortonIan F(++)
    PalmerTristan J
    JonesRobert C
    TaitNicola J

      • The situation of Polling Stations and the description of persons entitled to vote thereat are as follows

      Situation of Polling Station

      Station Number

      Ranges of electoral register numbers of persons entitled to vote thereat

      St Marys Church Hall, The Green, Theydon Bois


      BE-1 to BE-3344

      12th April 2018:Grow Your Own - Allotment Plots Available:

      In these days of rising food costs and concerns over food adulterants and the environmental effects of food miles it makes sense to grow your own. Plus there is nothing quite like the satisfaction (and flavour) of just pulling your vegetables from the plant or ground and taking them back for immediate cooking.

      Theydon Bois allotments

      At the Theydon Bois Allotments, off Loughton Lane, there is a great sense of camaraderie and shared experience among the plot holders. So why not give 'Growing Your Own' a try. There are now some plots available at a cost of only £40 per annum. To rent a plot or for further information contact the Parish Clerk Tel: 01992 813442 or Email:

      10th April 2018:St. Mary's Church May Events:

      St. Mary's events Poster

      20th March 2018:Parish Council Theydon Seniors Events Changes:

      It has been decided to drop the name 'Theydon Seniors' from the Parish Council events that they organise with the help of volunteers during the year as it is felt it is putting people off from coming. The Parish Council are aware how enthusiastically our villagers of all ages contribute to our community. So this year Parish Council events will be around themes and the first is “A Summer Afternoon Tea to commemorate 100th Year Anniversary of WW1” and this will take place from 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm on 15th June 2018.

      They are also proposing to have a "Christmas Afternoon Tea including mince pies, sherry and entertainment" in early December. Detail of this to be confirmed, but venue is the Village Hall.

      As usual to book a place and arrange transport if needed phone Caroline or Elizabeth in the Parish Office; 01992 813442.

      13th March 2018:Theydon Bois Preservation Society 2018 Walks Addition:

      The Society has now added a fourth walk to the three walks listed below. This walk will be on Sunday 10th June starting at 2.00pm from the Village Hall and will walk the footpaths across Blunt's farm to Theydon Garnon and its church. See the Society's web page here.

      13th March 2018:Theydon Bois Pre-School Nearly New Sale:

      Pre- School nearly new sale

      3rd March 2018:Theydon Bois and District Rural Preservation Society Walks 2018:

      TB&DRPS Walks 2018

      TB&DRPS has so far planned three guided footpath walks for 2018. All walks start from the Village Hall in Coppice Row, are at a moderate pace and last about 2 hours, well controlled dogs on leads are welcomed on all the above walks. Please note on Sundays the car park at the village hall is usually closed, but there is parking nearby. These walks are a good opportunity for villagers new and old as well as visitors to acquaint themselves with lesser known parts of our village.

      The Conservators of Epping Forest have decided that in future they will organise visits to the Deer Sanctuary themselves, but this will probably be on a paid basis. In view of this and the fact that so many of the Village residents have visited in the last few years, TB&DRPS decided not to run the usual May Deer Sanctuary walk this year.

      It may be possible to run one or two further walks in 2018 and if this is confirmed they will be notified here and on the society's web page.

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      Last Updated 12th May 2018