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

The March 2017 Village News: The latest quarterly PDF version of Issue 97 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.

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'.

17th March 2017 Neigbourhood Watch Meeting Poster:

Neigbourhood Watch Poster

16th March 2017 Horticultural Society Butterfly Garden Talk a Success:

Horticultural Society Talk
Speaker David Bevan with Society Committee Members

There was a good turnout of villagers at the Village Hall last night to hear speaker David Bevan's illustrated talk on how to create a Butterfly Garden. There was also a bring and buy plant sale, a raffle and refreshments were served at the end of the evening.

15th March 2017 Neigbourhood Watch Meeting on Saturday 25th March:

A meeting has been arranged for all Road CoOrdinators and Villagers who are interested in Neighbourhood Watch.  The date is Saturday 25th March at 3.p.m. at the Youth Centre off Loughton Lane.  The District CoOrdinator,  Sue Taylor, will be there together with Laura Chilcraft who will be speaking about the Active Citizen programme.  We have also invited a representative of the Police to attend. 

Please mention the meeting to your neighbours and friends in the Village.  Notices about the meeting will be appearing on Facebook, the Village Website and Notice Boards.
I do hope you can attend.

Madeleine McCarthy
Theydon Bois NW CoOrdinator

15th March 2017 Young Theydon Racing Driver to Contest at Brands Hatch:

Racing Driver Bearman

Theydon’s own racing driver Lochlan Bearman starts his 2017 campaign at Brands Hatch on April 9th.

Lochlan who is only just 15,  has won 5 karting Championship Titles, has raced internationally and has had many wins, fastest laps and lap records.

Last season at just 14 and the youngest on the grid he contested the Ford Fiesta Junior Championship racing drivers up to 17 years old at speeds of up to 125mph at circuits such as Silverstone and Brands Hatch and narrowly missed out on finishing 3rd overall in his first season of car racing. This season he has been signed by the top team in the Championship and it will be the first time he has run with a professional team. He has had two test sessions with the team and he has been very  impressive, coming out fastest both times. “The difference being with a professional team is amazing, we review data, they have a data analyst, a driver coach and a chief engineer and they set the car up perfectly.”

Lochlan will be qualifying on Saturday the 8th and competing in two 20 minute races on Sunday 9th of April in Rounds 1 & 2 of the Championship. The races are also Televised on Motors TV. 

Anyone who wants to come along and support him or get involved will be very welcome. You can contact his father John via or via his web site

12th March 2017 Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing is Extremely Optimistic About Future of Policing in Epping Forest District:

Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing says she is "extremely optimistic" about the policing of the Epping Forest district having met with new the District Commander.

Acting Chief Inspector Lewis Basford met with Mrs Laing and county councillor Valerie Metcalfe at Loughton Police Station today.

Mr Basford said: "I was delighted to meet Mrs Laing and have the opportunity to update her on local crime initiatives and the current trends, the successes we have achieved in recent weeks and I am committed to work alongside her and the work she is doing in the area."

Mrs Laing said: "I am very pleased to have formally met our new District Commander and I am encouraged by the plans that he has for the policing of our area.

"We all appreciate what a difficult job he and his officers have but I am extremely optimistic about his plans for the future."

8th March 2017 Theydon Bois Short Mat Bowls (Wednesday Evening Group) is Seeking New Members:

This Wednesday evening Bowls Group now have vacancies for New Members. They are a very friendly group, non competitive, and no special clothing is required apart from soft flat soled shoes.  The first four weeks are free, there are spare sets of Bowls kept at the hall for new people to use.  Advice and friendly coaching can be given to those who feel the need.

They meet in Theydon Bois Village Hall every Wednesday at 7.30pm and finish at approx. 9pm with refreshments. Why not go along and join or give bowls a try, you will receive a very warm welcome and it's a real social evening.

For more information telephone Jane Adams Tel. No.: 01268 816995

19th February 2017 St. Mary's Lent Soup Lunches:

St. Mary's Soup Lunches

St Mary’s Lent Soup Lunches (organised by the Mission Committee) take place on Tuesdays at 12 midday, starting on 7th March and continuing weekly throughout Lent until April 11th.

On offer a choice of tasty home-made soups, fresh roll and butter, delicious home-baked desserts with cream, and tea, coffee or a soft drink to finish, all for just £5 per person, £1.50 for children. There is a bring and buy stall and plenty of fun and fellowship. Proceeds from these lunches are donated to charities and organisations supported by St Mary’s at home and overseas, including The Box in Epping, St Clare Hospice, the Church Mission Society and the Mission to Seafarers. Please come along if you can, and bring a friend or neighbour.

On Saturday 4th March St. Mary's will be holding a Spring supper for all the family. They have run this before and it was a lovely event which provided a great opportunity for fun and fellowship. Whether you have been a member of St Mary's congregation for 50 years or 5 minutes, you will be very welcome to come along and socialise with other members of their Church family.

The event will take place at St Mary's Church Hall, starting at around 4pm with some games for the kids and we will aim to eat at around 5pm. All food and soft drinks will be provided and you will be welcome to bring your own drink and glasses if you should like something a little stronger. We will be asking for a donation towards costs on the night, of at least £2 per adult or £5 per family, and you will need to sign the sheet at the back of church in advance so that we know how many to cater for.

Any questions, please ask any member of the church Events Committee.

18th February 2017 'All Things Theydon Bois' - Facebook Group Photo Competition 2017 Winners:

The winner of the 'All Things Theydon Bois' - Facebook Group Photo Competition 2017 (see below) run by Tippy Cornish and her group organisers has now been decided. The winning photo was submitted by Rob Hughes from Waltham Abbey. Rob took his picture of the 'sunrise over the village pond' on his way to work on a recent frosty winter morning.

Rob Hughes's winning photo (number 33)

It was though a very closely run contest and from the 40 finalists selected from an initial entry of well over 200 photos two entries at first tied for first place. After a couple of recounts of the over 400 votes, cast by Facebook Group members and other villagers to make sure, the tie was confirmed so Tippy gave a casting vote to someone who was not part of the contest and who had not voted resulting in Rob's victory.

Check out more of Rob's photos on Instagram account:

The close second place was then Emma Langschild and she had also taken a photo of the frozen pond with the ducks, but somewhat different from Rob's.

All Things Theydon 2nd place
Emma Langschild's 2nd place photo (number 11)

Tippy presented the award of a magnificent trophy she had made (and a cash prize) to Rob Hughes in The Bull pub this morning. Because the result was so close she has also awarded a prize to Emma for her photo. Unfortunately Emma could not make the presentation ceremony.

Facebook Photo contest winner
Rob Hughes receives his prize from Tippy Cornish

This Contest has proved so popular that Tippy is now intending to make it an annual event.
'All Things Theydon Bois' - Facebook Group Website

18th February 2017 Playground at Theydon (PAT) is Working Hard Fundraising to Overhaul the Playground:

Playground at Theydon (PAT) is one Theydon charity that will be working extra hard this year in an effort to fundraise around £100,000 + VAT to overhaul the playground.  This popular corner of Theydon Bois, opposite the duck pond, is a lovely feature in our village which anyone with young children will no doubt have enjoyed.  As well as being a great meeting place for children and parents it also attracts many visitors to the village.

What many people do not realise is the upkeep of the playground is run by a charity, and more importantly, by a group of committed parents.  The committee members fundraise to pay for repairs to the equipment with stalls at key events within the village - the Donkey Derby, Christmas Fair and they have their own Spring Fair which this year will be on Saturday 20th May.

The members also empty the bins on a rota basis, trim the hedges and generally try to tidy up the foliage. However, the maintenance costs are rising as the equipment is very old and the wood is starting to rot.

The present equipment was first installed in the early 90’s with new and second-hand equipment but is now getting past its useful life. 

It is inspected yearly by RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) but the last report in May 2016 stated “serious risks” within the equipment and cited the rotting timber as one of the main criteria.

An independent report by the National Playing Fields Association in 2003 stated that the life expectancy for the chain mail frame, wood log slide, toddler slide and both swing sets was under five years and the main frame had under ten years left.

The committee has managed to prolong the life of the equipment; however, the time has come when it now needs to be replaced.

The current Playground At Theydon committee have researched several firms for replacement equipment and have selected the one they feel gives the best selection of substantial equipment which will be interesting for all ages from two to 11.  The firm is Playdale and the price is £94,500 excluding VAT. 

Some quotes they received were cheaper but the equipment seemed less substantial and it would then need to be replaced sooner, and it would be less varied for the children.

The plans that have been drawn up and are included here:

Playgroud at Theydon Plans

They were drawn up with consultation from the playground users who were given the opportunity to give feedback on the planned equipment and what facilities they would like to see in the new scheme.  To make it more accessible the plan is to include more disability-friendly equipment within the area.

Playground at Theydon Plans

Under the new plans the committee would like to install a new bench with a plaque dedicated to Cllr Joy Wainwright, who sadly passed away before Christmas, to commemorate the effort she put into setting up the PAT charity, fundraising, getting the original playground open and ensure the legacy she started lives on.

The Parish Council has kindly offered to donate a minimum of £20,000 to kick start the fundraising efforts.  It owns the land the playground is on and leases it to the PAT committee. 

The PAT committee are now applying for grants from other official bodies, in the hope they sufficient monies will be allocated to help them reach the total as well as carrying out the usual fundraising and additional fundraising events, including a quiz night at The Bull, date to be announced soon.

If anyone has any contacts who would be able to make a donation, then please pass them onto Shelley Dix (07919 215465).

If you are able to help with a donation there is a JustGiving Page (link TBA)  and a Total Giving Page ( for any residents to make a contribution to the costs of the refurbishment - all donations will be very gratefully received no matter how large or small. 

PAT chairman Shelley Dix said: "This is a very exciting time for the Playground at Theydon, we have spent a lot of time liaising with providers of playground equipment and 2017 is the year we are targeting to raise the funds and build a new playground for our village.  The money from the Parish Council is a big kick start, we now just need to keep the momentum going so that we can keep this important part of our community open."

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Last Updated 19th May 2017