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23rd June 2020: Trustees Wanted. Can You Help An Important Local Charity:

We provide advice and information to about 3,000 clients each year on a wide range of subjects, including employment, housing, Universal Credit and other benefits and financial issues. Currently our advice is by telephone. Pre-Covid19 we also provided face to face appointments. We are now developing our remote service to broaden our accessibility within the Epping Forest district and want to expand our outreach services. Most of the work is done by a team of volunteers with support from a small number of paid staff.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference in their local community, to join our Trustee Board to help us oversee and develop this much-needed service. Trustees with a wide range of skills and experience are needed to ensure we retain a diverse Board. If you have financial or accounting, marketing or PR skills we would be particularly interested. The minimum time commitment is attendance at our four Board meetings each year. Although the post of Trustee is unpaid it will provide you with a wealth of new experiences and great satisfaction.

For further information contact Alison McBrayne, Trustee,

12th June 2020: Theydon Bois Village Association Need A New Secretary:

12th June 2020: Theydon's Trees Need Your Help:
We may have recently had a few days of rain, but the ground around the trees in our verges is still very dry and our trees are suffering from the lack of water please try to help a tree near you.

18th May 2020: Theydon Bois Village News Wiil Not Be Published In June:
In consultation with the Parish Council, the decision has been made that the June edition of Theydon Bois Village News will not be published.

While the actual collating of the articles is not a problem, without doubt the actual content of the publication would be substantially reduced due to the restrictions of social activity. The printing co-ordination process would be difficult and certainly it would be irresponsible of us to ask volunteers to distribute the magazines during these uncertain times. We hope to publish the autumn edition due out in September when, hopefully, restrictions for movement and social interaction have either been lifted or ameliorated.  As far as our sponsors and advertisers are concerned, if they have paid for 2 editions as usual, we will credit them with the number of editions cancelled.

There are some people who don’t use social media or websites so perhaps this message could be passed on as appropriate Rest assured that when restrictions for movement and business are lifted, we’ll be right back and raring to go. Watch this space!

18th May 2020: Theydon Bois Golf Club Reopens For Members Golf Rounds:
On Wednesday 13th May Theydon Bois Golf Course was opened to members although with restrictions in order to comply with the permitted format for groupings. Photo taken on Thursday 14th below shows Village News Editor Tony Ames on the first tee getting ready to launch a golf ball to celebrate.

15th May 2020: The Story Behind The Planned But Cancelled VE Day Celebrations:
The stage was set, the weather was glorious and the detailed preparations had been largely complete, but still it was not to be. One of the many casualties of the COVID 19 crisis was the grand celebrations of the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE Day) in Theydon Bois as all around the country.

Mr Rall had kindly given permission for the event to be held on the Primary School field from 1pm – 10pm on Saturday 9th May and the Parish Council and Village Association were generously underwriting the running costs. There was to be a main stage, with many acts from professional headliners to small local dance groups and everything in between. It was to be a day for all the family from the children who were being encouraged to paint a picture or write a story about the war to the World War II veterans who had pre-recorded their memories of that splendid day on 8th May 1945.

We had got so far as a double-page spread in the March edition of Village News, but shortly after this, and just before going to print on leaflets and posters that were to be distributed around the village, it became obvious that the event was not going to be able to go ahead and, with heavy hearts, we pulled the plug.

The organizing had involved many different people from around the village. To the original trio of Phil Simmance, Peter Gooch and John Powell - who started the ball rolling back in the summer of 2019 - Phil Hughes and Julian Bishop were quickly added for their technical expertise around sound, lighting and event production, as well as Jen Endean, Bev Soutar and Wendy Mitchell to make our committee complete. Paul Elliott had kindly done a lot of the artwork, and many others had already helped, or were planning to do so on the weekend itself. Local businesses were also involved with Quality and Excellence to run a BBQ, and The Bar People (Jake Lee) to run a bar. Face painting by Wendy Hayward, and games, were to be offered for the kids, as well as a helter-skelter, and fancy dress was being encouraged, if not required! Even the weather turned out to be on our side, but still it was not to be, and our village celebrations of this momentous day took a slightly different turn, but were fun nonetheless!

13th May 2020: A Few More Village 75th Anniversary VE Day Celebration Photos:

The above photos were taken in Blackacre Road by Phil Simmance.

12th May 2020: Photos Of The 75th Anniversary of VE Day Celebrations In Theydon:
Although it was disappointing that the planned celebrations for the 75th Anniversary of VE Day could not go ahead, especially given the amount of time and effort put in by the VE Day Committee, the Covid-19 outbreak did not completely ruin the day for our adaptable villagers. Many had followed the VE Day Committee's suggestion and decorated their homes for the day in red, white and blue, with Union Jacks and other national flags.

Families also celebrated in their front gardens, within talking (and singing) distance, but at the required 'Social Distancing' from their neighbours.

There is a gallery of photos taken around some of our village streets by Jim Watts here: VE Day 75th Anniversary Photos. Click the thumbnails on the linked page to see and scroll through the full size photos. They are best viewed on a large screen (I-Pad / Computer) rather than on a phone.

And below is a slide show of photos taken in Hill Road by Tony Ames:

5th May 2020: Village 75th Anniversary of VE Day Celebrations - Make You Own Bunting:
Further below you will see our Village VE Celebrations Committee suggestions for how to celebrate this anniversary now our village event has had to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 outbreak and the required social distancing measures. So if you want to decorate your house for the occasion as suggested the the BBC has some information and templates for making your own bunting. Could be a nice lockdown distraction and it would be good to see a number of Theydon's homes displaying Red, White and Blue on the day.

BBC Bunting Link

5th May 2020: Parish Council Meetings Under Government Social Distancing Regulations:
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak meetings of the Parish Council will now take place via video conferencing until further notice. The Parish Council has already held a couple of Planning Committee Meetings via video conferencing and the Full Council Meeting on 30th April was also held using the Zoom Software App. For details of future on-line meetings and the Agendas see the Parish Council Website:

In the future it is hoped that all these meetings will be open to members of the public who wish to participate via Video Conferencing with 'Zoom'. At the present time you can submit for consideration written comments regarding Planning Agendas and Applications or you can register to speak on an Application via the video conferencing link by directly emailing the Planning Clerk by 17:00 on the day prior to the meeting. For all other inquiries please email the Parish Clerk.

4th May 2020: Village 75th Anniversary of VE Day Celebration Rearrangements To Comply With Covid-19 Regulations:

Pleas note the information poster below from the VE Day Celebrations Committee has now been updated to the latest timetable information.

6th April 2020: Coronavirus - Covid-19 Local News Update:
Latest Information Links, Emails and Helplines:

For up to date information
To check your symptoms
Health guidance
(We are asked to avoid calling 111 unless we can’t get the information we need on the website)
For local information

Epping Forest District Council 01992 564088
VAEF (Voluntary Action Epping Forest)
Nextdoor A forum offering advice on everything in your area

For picking up shopping, medication, posting letters, a friendly phone call.
Chigwell Coronavirus Volunteers 020 8500 2527 or 07973 166940
Loughton COVID-19 (facebook)
Loughton, Epping, Ongar & Surroundings Covid-19
Epping St John’s Revd Lee Batson 01992 561517
Loughton St John’s Revd Chris Davies

Are you someone who needs to be shielding?
If you are one of the people who need to shield you should be contacted by the NHS or your GP surgery
starting from the week commencing Monday 30 March. The message will set out the instructions for
those people who do not have the support of friends, families and neighbours to register with the Essex
Welfare Service (EWS) (part of PROVIDE, a health and social care provider) should you need food

Essex Welfare Service 0300 303 9988
For those people who are not able to get any support from either family or friends or from their local
district area support groups.

3rd April 2020: Coronavirus And Ultimate Social Distancing On Theydon Pond:

Bev Soutar sent has us this great photo of a Cormorant
Social Distancing on the Village Pond.

1st April 2020: Coronavirus - Covid-19 Local News Update:
Cllr. Peter Gooch and John Eaton who organise the Monthly Litter Picks have said that due to the Covid-19 situation these are cancelled until further notice. The Litter Pickers are a great group of volunteers who work hard to keep our village clean and tidy by finding the litter in the places not discovered by our street cleaners. Much of this rubbish can be found on the approach roads to our village and is a result of inconsiderate drivers throwing their rubbish out from car windows. John said "Hopefully there will not be as much rubbish around especially on the approach roads, given the much reduced density of traffic and walkers, but in any case I think it is important to be seen to be complying with the government guidelines/regulations".

The Village Association has cancelled their AGM that was due to take place on 28th April due to the current situation.

25th March 2020: Theydon's 75 Anniversary VE Day Celebrations Now Postponed:
Unfortunately as noted below this event that was due to take place on the Primary School field on Saturday 9th May has now had to be postponed due to the Coronavirus situation. Lots of planning and hard work by our Parish Council and many volunteers had already been put in so lets hope that all their efforts can be revived at a later date. In the meantime many may remember the 50th Anniversary Celebrations around the country in 1995. So in the true British tradition of a stiff upper lip in a crises and hoping for better times have a look at the then 78 year old (now 103) youthful looking Dame Vera Lynn recalling war time-memories and VE Day


24th March 2020: Coronavirus - Covid-19 Local News Update:
Chairman of our Parish Council, Peter Gooch has kindly supplied a further update with regard to Parish Council Meetings and how Parish Council Business will be conducted during the present situation:

"All Parish Council Meetings have been postponed until further notice. We have been waiting for advice and guidance to filter down from NALC as to how we should be proceeding with any urgent business or decisions that should be made. We have received confirmation today that video conferencing / audio conferencing is now being allowed to make any decisions which need to be made. We will be making arrangements to set up a conferencing facility this week."

Peter further confirms that the VE Day Celebrations planned for the 9th May have now been postponed. The Parish Council will update their own website with information today:

23rd March 2020: Coronavirus - Covid-19 Local News Update:
Nearly all meetings and events in our Village have now been cancelled and the Pubs and Restaurants are now closed. Our shops remain open, but people using them are asked to behave sensibly and only buy what they need and respect the Government 'Social Distancing Guidelines' as far as possible while using them.

It is unclear at this stage whether or not the VE Day celebrations planned for the 9th of May will go ahead. It seems unlikely and as far as we are aware there has been no Government advice on this so far.

The Preservation society has cancelled this years subscription collection and the early part of it's walks and events program. It is not printing it's annual Newsletter for distribution with the subscription collection, but it is now available from their web page HERE along with the current status of future walks and events.

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex and Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council:
Statement on Coronavirus

EFDC FAQ Page on the Coronaavirus:

18th March 2020: Coronavirus - Covid-19 Local News and Information:

As you will already have noted many events and meetings in and around the village have been or are in the process of being cancelled following Government Advice about Covid-19 and 'Social Distancing'. This weeks Drama Society production that usually takes place from Thursday to Saturday has now been cancelled as have the St. Mary's Church Lent Soup Lunches. The Parish Council are having further discussions that will take place in the next 5 days with respect to all Parish Council meetings, and they hope to be able to advise further on the schedule for these in due course. We will try to keep the Diary page or here updated with the latest information on events, cancellations and news.

If you have news about the Status of your Village Events will you please let us know: E-mail: Theydon News Desk

EFDC have now set up advice pages on their website to help Residents and Local Businesses at this difficult time. There is an FAQ page and you can sign up for email updates:

Take care, try to keep well and look after yourselves and any neighbours who may be in need of support.

18th March 2020: March 2020 Village News For Website:

The March 2020 Edition of Village News is now available Online to download from here.

21st January 2020: Loughton Astronomical Society Stargazing Sessions
Loughton Astronomical Society is the home of astronomy in West Essex and they meet on Thursday evenings between 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. in the Scout Hall, off Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois. Visitors are always welcome, no need to call just turn up.

During February and March the Society are holding three free Public Stargazing Sessions where you can join members of the LAS in an observing session. "With warm refreshments". If you want to learn more or just fill an evening then come along. Try one of these observing evenings and look through the telescopes.

All of the Stargazing Sessions start at 6.30pm and all are on Saturday's; 15th & 29th February and 14th March 2020.

More details about LAS are on their website:

21st January 2020: Limes Medical Centre Presentation:

There will be a presentation by Debbie Bodhanya Practice Manager in association with the Parish Council at the Village Hall on Wednesday 29th January at 7.30pm. This will be a good opertunity for villagers to come along and find out what is happenning at the practice.

1st January 2020: December Village News For Website:

The December 2019 Edition of Village News is now available online to download from here.

Please contact us with your Latest News. E-mail: Theydon News Desk .
or send copy to the Village Office.

Last Updated 23rd June 2020