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The Month in Theydon (March 2017): Trevor Roberts latest village report is now on line Click Here

The June 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 30th March 2017 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 2016 Parish Council Meetings. Full Minutes List Here.

14th July 2017 Horiculrual Society Show 2017:

Horticultural Show 2017 Poster

30th June 2017 Playground at Theydon Charity Pub Quiz:

The charity are holding a pub quiz to raise money for the Playground. There is a maximum of 6 people per team (no minimum), minimum donation for the charity is £4/person entering. If you would like to participate and support this worthwhile charity then please email or call Shellly Dix on 07919 215465 to reserve a table.

More details on the fundraising are below.

22nd June 2017 Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society Free Talk & AGM:

TB&DRPS Talk & AGM Poster

21st June 2017 Voluntary Action Epping Forest Stand at Epping Market:

VAEF Stand Epping Market

As we announced in advance below Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF) had a stall next to Barclays Bank at Monday Epping market this week to promote their new chargeable Handyman Service that is available to over 60 year olds, vulnerable or disabled people and those in receipt on benefits.

VAEF Handyman, Mark Dalton was kept busy giving information on handyman jobs covered by the service and also offering many DIY tips.  As well as Mark also on hand was VAEF’s Gardening co-ordinator and benefits expert, Jina Symes, along with Maggie Gilchrist, Head of Volunteering.

The new Handyman Service can help with many small jobs around the home that people have difficultly with including fitting grab rails and key safes, securing carpets, changing light bulbs, hanging pictures, gardening and much more. As a Charity their rates are very reasonable and all their friendly team are very experienced and police checked.

There is further information about VAEF services or about how to volunteer help to this very worthwhile local community service see the VAEF Website or to book the handyman service you can phone 01992 564178.

Voluntary Action Epping Forest Benefits is one of the groups on the shortlist of the Tesco and Groundwork community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects. Voting is open in Tesco stores (Epping, Ongar Express and Theydon Express) throughout July and August. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

12th June 2017 Theydon Bois Primary School PTA Quiz Night:

Primary School Quiz night Poster


12th June 2017 Voluntary Action Epping Forest Launch New Services:


On Monday 19th June 2017 from 10am-3pm, local organisation Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF) will have an information stand in Epping High Street, with experts available to talk about the new Handyman and Gardening services, as well as all of the other vital services which VAEF offers to the local community.  The stand will be positioned near Barclays Bank and Costa Coffee.

On the stand will be VAEF’s very own Handyman, Mark Dalton, who will be available to talk about types of handyman jobs covered by the service and even offer DIY tips.  Also available with be VAEF’s Gardening co-ordinator and benefits expert, Jina Symes, along with Maggie Gilchrist, Head of Volunteering.

The new chargeable Handyman service is available to vulnerable or older people in the community and offers help with small jobs which they may find difficult, such as repairing gates and doors, replacing light bulbs, replacing batteries or assembling flat pack furniture for a very reasonable £25 for the first hour and then £12 per hour thereafter.  Also being highlighted will be VAEF’s payable Gardening service, where older or vulnerable people can pay a small charge for jobs in the garden.  These would include hedge cutting, shrub pruning, weed and bramble removal and mowing lawns.

Please come along and have a chat with us about VAEF, our new chargeable services and volunteering.

For more information or to arrange an interview with Jacqui Foile from VAEF, please contact:
 Lisa Sharp on 07736234401
Or by email on:             

12th June 2017 Epping Forest Constituency Full Election Result:

Party Votes % Net percentage change in seats


Eleanor Laing Votes 31,462
Net percentage change in seats +7.2


Liam Preston Votes 13,219
Net percentage change in seats +9.9

Liberal Democrat

Jon Whitehouse Votes 2,884
Net percentage change in seats -1.3


Patrick O'Flynn Votes 1,871
Net percentage change in seats -14.7

Green Party

Simon Heap Votes 1,233
Net percentage change in seats -1.2

Young People's Party

Thomas Hall Votes 110
Net percentage change in seats +0.1

Change compared with 2015

CON majority: 18,243 Turnout: 67.9%

Eleanor Laing was returned as MP for Epping Forest Constituency.

8th June 2017 St. Mary's Flower Festival 2017 - 'Celebrations in Life':

St. Mary's Flower Festival dispaly

There is a Photo Gallery of all the Displays Here

St Mary’s Church held their biannual Flower Festival over the late Spring Bank Holiday this year. The theme of the festival was “Celebrations in Life”, celebrating the great Christian traditions of marriage and baptism through the artistry of floral displays. There were 21 displays throughout the Church, each created by one of the flower arrangers who kindly gave their time and talents towards the event.

There were also a display of early photographs by Theydon Bois and District Rural Preservation Society, stalls and sideshows at the Church Hall to feed and entertain adults and children alike. With a little help from above, the weather just about held and a great time was had by all. As well as important fellowship and outreach, the event is the main fundraiser of the church and raised over £3500.

Thanks to all who came along or contributed in any way to another successful Flower Festival.

2nd June 2017 Annual Parish Council Meeting Says Farewell to Parish Clerk Julie Taylor:

Parish Clerk Julie Taylor

At the Annual Parish Council Meeting last week a presentation of flowers and a voucher for art materials was made to our Parish Clerk of the last four years Julie Taylor, by re-elected Parish Council Chairman, John Phillip. Julie's always smiling and friendly face will not disappear from the village though as her new job is with Butler and Stag the new estate agents in Forest Drive. The Parish Council are advertising for a new Parish Clerk to replace Julie and the closing date for applications is 26th June. See Below.

As noted above the meeting also re-elected Cllr. John Phillip as Chairman and Cllr. Peter Gooch as Vice Chairman and there are also a few changes to Parish Council Committee membership that will be reflected on the Parish Council's Committees Page soon.

2nd June 2017 PAT Spring Fair Success Despite the Rain:

The Playground At Theydon (PAT) Charity had a highly successful spring fair in May and managed to raise £3,030 despite sudden downpours of rain.

PAT Spring Fair

The PAT committee put on a bumper show with lots of stalls including the penalty shoot-out, cakes, shooting gallery, face painting and other games. Families turned out in droves to support the event despite a couple of heavy downpours of rain. Theydon DJ Tony Poole kept spirits up with his DJ set, which he played for free. New estate agent in town, Butler and Stag, sponsored the boards to publicise the event.

The money raised will go towards replacing the entire playground equipment and flooring which is all coming to the end of its useful life. As such the toddler slide has now been condemned as unsafe and will be removed. PAT is trying to raise circa £114,000 for a complete refit and has so far managed to raise just over half that total. The committee has been overwhelmed by the support of local businesses in donating prizes and local residents who have given very generously to the appeal.

PAT Spring Fair Pat Spring Fair

PAT chair Shelley Dix said: "We are so pleased with the response we have had to our appeal. the spring fair was our bigger fundraiser to date despite the weather. I would like to thank everyone who came to show their support, all the businesses that donated prizes to us, the volunteers, Tony Poole and Butler and Stag for their help."

We have a photo gallery of the days activities here.

2nd June 2017 Theydon Bois Pre-School Summer Fete:

Pre School Summer Fete

Theydon Bois Pre-School Summer Fete Theydon Bois Scout Hut, Loughton Lane 13.00 - 15.30 Free entry Come along for bouncy castle, face painting, nearly new sale, hook a duck and lots more. Please come and support your local Pre-School.

2nd June 2017 Essex Police Seek Active Citizens:

Essex Police are looking for members of the community to become Active Citizens.

The volunteers should be a movable group of reliable and professional people, keen to make a difference in the community and become a valuable local resource.

They should be a visual deterrent and a link between the public and Police, to achieve more cohesive communities, interact with residents and help to make Policing more transparent.

If you are interested in Volunteering for Essex Police or want more information then see the link at - Police Volunteers

You can emaill your interest to

2nd June 2017 Epping Forest Constituency Candidates

  • Thomas Hall (Young People’s Party YPP)
  • Simon Heap (Green Party)
  • Eleanor Laing (Conservatives)
  • Patrick O’Flynn (UKIP)
  • Liam Preston (Labour)
  • Jon Whitehouse (Liberal Democrats)


19th May 2017 Saturday 20th May Events in Theydon:

St. Mary's Church PLANT SALE - all your plant requirements catered for!
Saturday 20th May: 10am - 2pm at St Mary’s Church Hall.
Selections of quality nursery-grown traditional and unusual perennials, bedding plants, plants for baskets and containers.
Many cottage garden favourites.

Tea, coffee and cakes will also be available.
Theydon Bois delivery service. Contact Joy Simmance to check for availability or other details

Playground at Theydon
PAT Spring Fayre. Many stalls, side shows and attractions. Come along to help us fundraise for the rebuilding of the playground.

16th May 2017 Playground at Theydon Fund Raising Update:

It has been full steam ahead for the fundraising team on the Playground At Theydon committee who have raised just over half of the total needed of £113,400. The committee are determined to raise the full amount to be able to replace all the equipment in the playground which is now beyond its guaranteed life and is becoming dangerous or constantly in need of repair. So far PAT have raised £56,800.  The Parish Council has agreed to fund the replacement flooring, which will cost circa £40,000, which really kick started the fundraising. 

Playground at Theydon

The Theydon Bois Village Association has also agreed to donate £5,000, which is very much appreciated along with a £1,000 donation from the Theydon Bois Rural Preservation Society. Other private individuals have very, very kindly donated £7,000 between them which has been overwhelmingly generous of them. The team on the committee, which is a charity, have also secured a deal with Tesco from their Bags of Help initiative.  So anyone who shops in their stores in Theydon, Epping or Ongar throughout May or June will be given a token and can choose for Tesco to make a donation on their behalf for Playground At Theydon. The charity can gain up to £4,000 though this initiative so the committee would be most grateful if shoppers could make sure they ask for the token every time they go to Tesco and pop it in the PAT box. Other applications are also being pursued with large firms and the committee hope to have some good news from at least one of them.

The Bull kindly let the committee use the pub for a charity quiz event in March and provided a special menu for the evening. The event was great fun and raised approximately £825.  The PAT committee also held a Spring Fair in the playground on May 20th with lots of stalls, crafts and a large raffle.

A leaflet has gone out across Theydon outlining the Playground at Theydon's campaign. These were delivered by Hilary Burbank and her friend Carole Cole who kindly offered to do this rather onerous task.

Shelley Dix, chair of the Playground At Theydon committee, said: "The support we have had has been astonishing. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people and we hope to make our dream of giving the playground a new lease of life come to fruition this year.  We would also like to thank Hilary and her friends who kindly hand-delivered leaflets for the playground to every house in the village."

If anyone would like to donate, please log onto  or if anyone would like to become a member of the PAT committee and join our friendly team, please email or call Shelley on 07919 215465.

16th May 2017 Parish Council Job Vacancy:

Parish Clerk Job Vacancy

16th May 2017 Theydon Bois Drama Society's June Production:

Drama Society's Poster

Annabel returns to the home she left 35years previously to claim her father’s inheritance, there is little inkling of the dark deeds committed both in the recent and not-so-recent past. The comedy in the sparky, tetchy relationship between Annabel and her sister Miriam (Susie Blake) soon gives way to introspection and confession: Miriam’s revelation that she has neither loved nor been loved (or so it would seem in this play of shifting relationships) is one of the most touching scenes. The third woman in the intrigue – Alice Moody (Rachel Atkins) – is a former employee of the Chester family with apparently her own agenda.

Tickets £9.50 from or telephone 01992 919038

16th May 2017 Theydon Bois Singers Summer Concert (for your Diary):

Theydon Singers Concert Poster

10th May 2017 Essex Highways Interactive Footpath Map:

We know there are many keen walkers in our village, but not all of them may be aware of all the Public Rights of Way near our village that are well worth exploring. Essex Highways now has a great Interactive Footpath Map for Essex:

Essex Highways Footpath Map Link This is The Public Rights of Way Map of each footpath which is identified on the map by a code number both for the parish and the path.  For example 'PROW 208_3' is in Theydon.  This code number can be seen by clicking on the path along with the grid reference at the point you click. If you have any comments about this path, you quote this code when contacting Essex Highways to enable the Public Rights of Way team to deal with your query more easily.   

You can either use the zoom in/out function to find a specific area of interest on the map or use the search facility. You can check on who can use the different paths on the map by clicking on the 'Asset' Category on the left hand menu.

This map is now also permanently linked from the Walks section of the Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society's page.

10th May 2017 Parish Council Agrees to Public Participation Session at the End of Every Full Monthly Meeting:

At the April Full Parish Council Meeting it was agreed that there will now be a Public Participation Session at the end of all Full Monthly Parish Council Meetings. This will allow villagers to speak on any matters of concern and it is hoped will encourage greater attendance and participation by villagers at these meetings. The Parish Councillors always wish to listen to the widest number of villagers opinions when making decisions that may effect the future of our village. So please come along to find out what is happening in Theydon and make your opinion known.

A full list of Meeting Dates is available on this Parish Council Page.

10th May 2017 Epping Community Transport Bus Service:

Not many people know about the Epping Community Transport Bus Service called ‘The Abridge Shopper’ that runs as a minibus from Theydon on Mondays and Wednesdays (except Bank Holidays) and offers more time in Epping than taking the often late and sometimes unreliable 418 service.

Epping Community Bus Service

The section that serves our village comes from Abridge and continues to Epping High Street and St Margaret’s Hospital- leaving at 10.05 am from the bus shelter opposite Tesco and returning from St Margaret’s at 12 noon, collecting from the stop outside Specsavers, Epping at 12.10pm arriving back at Theydon at 12.20 pm

Apart from getting to Epping and back more quickly and straightforwardly and leaving more time there the minibus service offers courteous drivers who will help you in and out of the minibus and stow your shopping trolley away safely, whether full or empty and lift it down to the pavement when you get off. This is very helpful for those who find it difficult to get on and off the 418 bus with their shopping without help.

The atmosphere on board is very pleasant, people greeting each other and our neighbours from Abridge and chats are usual on journeys.

The minibuses seat 14 and on Mondays ( Market Day) usually has 3 or 4 people onboard from Abridge before reaching Theydon, only once have we seen it full and then the youngest person gave up their seat to an older lady, so there are usually spare seats.

A single Journey is £3.50 and a return costs £5.00. Children aged 5 – 16 travel for half price and children under 5 free. Concessionary bus passes are also accepted for travel.

There is a danger that the Wednesday bus could be withdrawn as at present it is underused as it has no one from Abridge aboard usually and presently just a few from here, but it's a great service and we don't want to lose it. It goes to St Margaret’s so one can not only go to an outpatients appointment, but to am appointment at the Limes too.

We would love to get enough passengers for it to run on Fridays too!

Epping Forest Community Transport also supplies transport across the District to the elderly, the disabled or those who are rurally isolated and unable to access public transport and is need of more volunteers.

The full timetable (see Abridge Shopper), further details of the other Epping Community Transport Services and volunteer help can be found on their website:

10th May 2017 Donkey Derby 2017:

Donkey Derby Poster 2017This year the Donkey Derby will be celebrating its 30th year. The event was first set up by Peter Simmance in 1987 to raise money for the scout hut - and has continued ever since.

Peter got the idea from the old donkey races which used to be held by Gerald Buxton at Birch Hall at the end of the 1890s. 

Although much has changed since those times, the art of donkey riding has not and the donkeys still have to be ridden without a saddle - though participants are not allowed to carry their donkeys over the line anymore!

The event will be on Sunday July 9th on the Green starting at 12noon with the last race at 4.30pm.

To celebrate our 30 years, Phil Hughes who kindly compiles all the music for the event will be throwing in a few numbers from 1987 - so keep an ear out for those.

There will be a host of other stalls and attractions, including the ferris wheel and swing boats and inflatables.

The event raises money for the Scouts and Guides groups locally but but lots of other village charities will have stalls at the event too including the Playground At Theydon, Theydon Bois Horticultural Society, Loughton Astronomical Society, St Mary's Church, Rural Preservation and the Amateur Radio society so it really is a "village" event.

However, it takes a colossal amount of volunteers and many of the same faces help out year after year and the 1st Theydon Bois Scout Group would like to say a huge thank you to those who do. Your help is always appreciated.

To any newcomers to the village, it is a great way to get to know people, so if anyone can spare some time setting up on the Saturday, manning a stall on the Sunday or packing away afterwards, please contact Stephen Rochester on 07825 270832.

We are also looking for bric-a-brac and old plates etc for the Smash The Crocs stall - a fantastic way to get rid of a bit of pent-up energy!

If anyone has any that needs collecting, please contact Bob Penman on 07873 873732. If anyone has larger items, such as old bicycles, we can do them up before the event for sale on the day. Please call Pat Gill on 07970 551360.

Nik O'Flynn, joint chair of the Donkey Derby committee said: "We are thrilled to be celebrating 30 years of this event - it is an established part of the Theydon Bois calendar. To any newcomers who have not been before please come along, or better still, help out on the day.

"We hope everyone enjoys it and I would like to say a big thank you in advance to all those who help us make this event happen."

10th May 2017 St. Mary's Flower Festival 2017:

St Marys Flower Festival Poster

E-Mail link for further information & tickets for Friday:

6th May 2017 Full Theydon Bois Essex County Council Elections Results 2017:

Election Candidate Party Votes %
Christopher Whitbread Conservative 2419 46% Elected
Jon Whitehouse Liberal Democrat 2275 43% Not elected
Simon Bullough Labour 353 7% Not elected
Barry Johns UK Independence Party (UKIP) 264 5% Not elected

Voting Summary

Details Number
Seats 1
Total votes 5311
Electorate 13748
Number of ballot papers issued 5319
Number of ballot papers rejected 8
Turnout 39%

Share of Votes

Christopher Whitbread
Jon Whitehouse
Not elected
Simon Bullough 7% Not elected
Barry Johns 5% Not elected

Chris Whitbread gains Epping and Theydon Bois for Conservatives from Liberal Democrats

9th April 2017 (updated) Theydon Bois Primary School New Swimming Pool Changing Rooms:

Primary School Changing Rooms Arrive

After 6 years of fund raising by the school PTA the new school changing rooms for the swimming pool finally arrived yesterday (6th April). These were delivered as a complete unit and carefully lowered into the prepared space leaving only the services to be connected. The full story of the changing rooms will be added here soon, but in the meantime we have a gallery of pictures showing them being lowered into place HERE.

Update: After six years of fundraising Theydon Bois Primary School PTA finally took delivery of its new swimming pool changing rooms.
The pre-fabricated building was lifted into place on a new landscaped base using a crane at the site in Orchard Drive.
The changing rooms will be plumbed in and ready for the children to use when they go back to school after the Easter break.
Joanne Bird, chair of the PTA said: "it's great news! Thank you to our contributors of local businesses sponsoring our PTA raffles and events, our parents past and present for supporting our efforts and for our lovely children for being so patient waiting for this new facility to help them enjoy the use of our pool. 
"Theydon Bois Primary are so lucky to have their own swimming pool as it is a curriculum requirement and we don't need to ship the children to the local pools to have this life saving lesson.”
"The PTAs main task is to fund and maintain this pool, and we wish to thank all the parents who have also helped sell raffle tickets, serve teas and hot dogs etc., without your help we wouldn't have been able to raise enough money at all."
Joanne Bird & Nicola Tait
PTA Chair & Vice Chair

7th April 2017 Notice of Election of County Councillors for County Divisions within the Epping Forest District:

1 County Councillor to be elected per the following divisions:

  • Buckhurst Hill & Loughton South
  • Chigwell & Loughton Broadway
  • Epping & Theydon Bois
  • Loughton Central
  • North Weald & Nazeing
  • Ongar & Rural
  • Waltham Abbey

Notice of Election

  1. Forms of nomination for County Elections may be obtained at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ from the Deputy County Returning Officer who will, at the request of an elector for any electoral area, can prepare a nomination paper for signature.
  2. Nomination papers must be personally delivered to the Deputy County Returning Officer, Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ on any day after the date of this notice but no later than 4 pm on Tuesday, 4th April 2017.
  3. If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday, 4th May 2017.
  4. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by 5 pm on Tuesday, 18th April 2017.
  5. Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by 5 pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2017.
  6. Applications to vote by proxy at this election applied for on grounds of physical incapacity, where that physical incapacity occurred after 5 pm on Tuesday, 25th April 2017, must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Civic Offices, High Street, Epping, CM16 4BZ by 5 pm on Thursday, 4th May.

5th April 2017 Playground at Theydon Refurbishment Fund Grows:

The campaign to raise £113,400 to replace the playground equipment and rubber flooring has received some significant boosts since it was launched at the beginning of the year. See below.

PAT Cheque Presentation
Shelly Dix of the PAT Committee receives a £1,000 Cheque from TB&D RPS Chairman Peter Newton

The latest one was a £1,000 cheque from the Rural Preserevation Society. This was presented by Ivor Chinman (Treasurer) and Peter Newton (Chairman) of the society to Shelley Dix, Nik O'Flynn, Sam Welland and Alison Dawkes, in a small ceremony - fittingly in the playground.

There have been several other high nomination cheques and smaller donations from a number of local residents, who have given to the charity anonymously, all donations of which are gratefully received and are making a valuable contribution to toward the playground improvements.

The Playground At Theydon committee also held a very successful pub quiz in The Bull in March which raised £825. Sixteen teams battled it out to win the coveted first place, with We Thought This Was Speed Dating being named champs. Nik O'Flynn compered the event. She said: "It was great fun. It was the first time I had compered a quiz and it was quite daunting especially as the teams kept on coming in.  We were very grateful for the pub allowing us to use their venue and the staff did a fantastic job waiting on the tables to save people going up to the bar.  It was heaving, but everyone had a great time and forgot all about it being a Tuesday night. There may have been some sore heads at work on Wednesday!"

The PAT committee is also applying for larger grants from other sources and is currently going through the necessary paperwork.

PAT chair Shelley Dix said: "We have made a fantastic start to our fundraising efforts, with 45% of the monies already raised.  We are looking forward to further fundraising events over the coming months, including our annual Spring Fair in May, a further pub quiz and a haircut-athon”.


31st March 2017 Junior Golf at Theydon Bois Golf Club:

Junior Golf Camp

26th March 2017 London Terrorist Attack and Increased Police Visability in Essex:

Acting Assistant Police Chief Constable Andy Prophet said:

"On behalf of Essex Police I want to offer the thoughts and prayers of the entire force to members of the public killed, injured or affected by the incident in London today. We of course also join our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police Service in grief for the loss of a serving officer.

This has been declared a terrorist incident in London and is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command.

 In Essex from 22nd March, and until further notice, there will be increased visible police patrol including additional armed officers and other specialist resources.

 I urge the public to be alert but not alarmed. Police forces and our partners are doing everything we can to help protect the security of our citizens, public institutions, critical national infrastructure, and businesses and places.

This is a time for communities in Essex to remain resilient, compassionate and supportive of each other. Should anyone have any concerns or see anything suspicious I would urge them to report it immediately by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency."

26th March 2017 Espen Aas of NRK Norwegian TV on Filming in Theydon:

Espen Aas NRKSee article of 21st March below this:

As for our own experience: We were delighted by your very welcoming and helpful response to my query. As a foreign journalist you are used to not always getting answers, but this time I was lucky. As I had seen parts of your village when I took some photos of the tube-station for my ongoing project on Facebook, I wanted to see more. And we were so lucky not only to meet the editor of Village website, but also important members of the local community.

We had a great day, despite it being sometimes disrupted by other news that I had to cover briefly. Rather than staying on in the village to film in the dark, we had to go to Westminster to do a live outside parliament and then return. We were greeted welcoming by everyone we met and spoke to, and I have had some lovely response afterwards – also from local residents. Almost 800.000 people saw the tv-story when it went out. Several thousands have watched it online since. 63 people have shared the link to the tv-story

 Here are a few of the responses to the film:

Kari Anita Våge Lommedal: "Lovely story"

Halvor Even Blindern: "It is a gift to be able to take part in everyday life in England. We see possibilities and feel grateful for the closeness you brought"

May Ruth Kaardal: "I love stories from everyday life such as this. We need more like this" (clapping hands icon)

Cathrine Brynhildsen: "It was beautiful. I volunteer to take down the average age by moving there"

Mona Hustvedt: "Charming"

Rima Irakei (news anchor): "Lovely story"

 21st March 2017 Theydon Bois Makes News on Norwegian TV:

Many villagers were intrigued on Monday of last week when they saw a film crew working in Theydon. They were from the Norwegian TV broadcasting network NRK, the national licensed like our BBC, TV network. Espen Aas the UK and Ireland Correspondent had come across Theydon Bois while putting together another story about the Central Line tube stations. He liked the character of our village and was interested in our 'Dark Skies Policy' that adds to the particular character of our village. He had looked at our Village Website and contacted Jim Watts the Website Editor to see if he could help them with a short film story for the Norwegian broadcaster.

Norwegian TV Filming
Cameraman Johan Bull & UK NRK TV UK & Ireland Correspondent Espen Aas film in Theydon

Jim was happy to help and fixed up a number of villagers for them to meet and places in the village that they might be interesting in filming.

Espen and Johan arrived in Theydon on Monday 17th March and spent the whole of the day from 9am - 4.30pm filming accompanied by Jim and also Peter Newton, Chairman of Theydon Bois & District Preservation Society.They also did one TV and two radio broadcasts live to Norway from here about the Scottish Referendum that was breaking news on that day. Then at 4.30pm they went back to do another broadcast about this from Westminster at 6pm, returning again to Theydon at 8.30pm to photograph our 'Dark Skies', the thing that had intrigued them about Theydon in the first place.

While here they interviewed a number of the villagers Jim had arranged for them to meet, attended and filmed a Village Association meeting in our Village Hall, visited St. Mary's Church, Green's Butchers, Esquires hairdressers and of course The Bull for lunch. All this filming made over the whole day in the end had to be edited down to just 4 minutes. They had hoped for 5 minutes, but schedules meant it had to be cut further and so some interviews were cut out entirely, although information from them is related in the online story that accompanies the film.

Norwegian TV film Peter Newton
Espen & Johan from Norwegian TV film Peter Newton in Woburn Avenue

Click here for a full set of photos of the days filming in Theydon

The story went out on Norwegian TV last Sunday (19th March at 7.00 pm their time) and a link to the film for viewing is on Norwegian TV version of I-Player here:

It can also be found on Espen Aas's Facebook page with some comments (in Norwegian) here:

The full Norwegian online article with photos is here:

and we have added a translation as a pdf here:

Norwegian Article to English. PDF without photos

Espen tells the Village Website that he has already had some very nice responses about Theydon Bois and the program. He intends to translate them and let us have them soon together with his own experiences of 'Life in Theydon Bois'.

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