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Theydon Bois & District Rural Preservation Society

New to the Village? The Society's Welcome Letter and Latest Newsletter (2017) will also tell you a little more about us and Theydon Bois.

The Society's Aims and Objectives:

Founded in 1943 to preserve the rural character of the countryside in and around Theydon Bois as an appropriate and natural complement to Epping Forest, the objectives of the society are:

    • To resist all attempts of encroachment on the Green Belt.
    • To preserve all public footpaths and right-of-way.
    • To do such other things as may be incidental or conducive to the maintenance of local amenities.


    • Regular monitoring of Planning Applications (see our notice board on the wall beside the estate agents.)
    • Organising walks from the Village Hall to explore the surrounding fields and forest.
    • Two public meetings a year, in July (with AGM) and October, with illustrated talks on subjects of interest.
    • A newsletter is published annually in May.
    • Maintain an archive of photographs of historical interest.
    • Create a photographic record of trees of interest in and around the village.

Officers of the Society for 2017 - 2018:

The following were elected at this years AGM to be the Officers of the Society for the coming year:

President: Mr M R Chapman
Chairman: Mr P J Newton
Vice Chairman: Mr M Boyle
Secretary: Mr J. Watts
Minutes Secretary: Mrs V. Suckling
Treasurer: Mr I. Chinman
Meetings Secretary: Mr J. Watts

There are also 12 Executive Committee Member places (at present with 4 vacancies). Officers or Committee Members can be contacted via the e-mail address below or further contact details are available on the village notice boards. The Society would be interested in hearing from people from the Village or surrounding area who wish to protect our Green Belt and the best aspects of our village. They would be very welcome to join the committee.

Society Membership: This is approximately 1,700 with members in most of our Village Households.
Annual Subscription is £1.00 per person or £2.00 per household

Diary of Our Events 2018: (In Village Hall)
Committee Meetings & Talks all start at 8.00pm
Wed. 10th Jan. 2018 Committee Meeting.
Wed. 7th March 2018 Committee Meeting.
Wed. 9th May 2018 Committee Meeting.
Friday 6th July 2018 AGM & Free talk & Refreshments: Speaker - TBA
Wed. 11th July 2018 Committee Meeting.
Wed. 12th Sept. 2017 Committee Meeting.
Friday 12th Oct. 2017 Free talk: Speaker - TBA
Wed. 7th Nov. 2017 Committee Meeting.


Foot Path Walks:

The Society Organises a number of guided footpath walks each year to explore the fields and forest surrounding Theydon Bois.
We look forward to seeing members, villagers and visitors to Theydon on the walks which are all FREE.
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 currently listed walks. Please note on Sundays the car park at the village hall is usually closed, but there is parking nearby.

2018 Walks Programme below

Walk Description
Sunday 1st April 2018 2.00pm "An Iron Age Fort" - make your stand against the Romans". A walk to Ambresbury Banks which according to legend is the site of the last stand by Boudica against the Romans in 61AD although there is no evidence to support this.
Sunday 6th May 2018 2.00pm "Some Spring Lambs (hopefully) and an  'Earth Sculpture' with a view from a New Wood". A walk to the new Theydon Wood via Theydon's Sheep & Goat Farm. We can see (and walk) the 'Earthwork Sculpture by Richard Harris and from there have views across London. Binoculars worthwhile.*
Sunday June 10th 2.00pm

"A Walk to Theydon Garnon & its church".

** Sunday 9th September 2.00pm "The Oak Trail with a Hill top View". A walk through the Epping Forest Buffer lands on the Theydon Bois section of the trail.*
    * These walks have stiles to be negotiated.

**Date changed from 8th July.

TB&DRPS has so far planned four guided footpath walks for 2018. As noted above 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. 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 in 2018.

Walks Poster

The Preservation Society are also now starting to make details of their walks available as pdf's and the first two available are:

TB&DRPS WALK 01: Tracks - Past & Present (The walk of Sunday 3rd April 2011).

TB&DRPS WALK 02: Earthworks - Ancient & Modern. (The walk on Sunday 8th May 2011 and as 01/07/2012 ).

You are welcome to use these as an accompanying guide to the Society's walks or to try the walk 'under your own steam'.

Other Walking Links:

Essex Highways Footpath Map

This is an excellent Interactive Footpath Map for Essex. The Public Rights of Way of each path 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. 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.  

You can enable additional map categories by clicking the corresponding tick box. 

Loughton & District Historical Society - (For Epping Forest Walks go to the walks page)

Walking in Essex
- Essex walks including Theydon & Epping Forest Walks - free to download.

It is with the greatest regret that we have to record the death, on 14th May 2015, of our President Bob Day. He had lived all his long life in the village and provided at our AGM in July 2013 a lavishly illustrated account of his memories of the many landmark events affecting the village before, during and after World War II and right up to today. The many villagers present were so enthralled that he wrote up his recollections in five installments in issues of
this magazine, part 5 being published in the March edition this year.

All the past installments are available in the back issues of Village News available from the Newsletters Page of the Village Website. He made many contributions that have improved our community including overseeing the building of the new village hall when he was treasurer of the Village Association. He will be greatly missed.

For further information about The Theydon Bois Village Preservation Society or its events: Telephone 01992 813708  

or   E-mail: Jim Watts, Secretary



Last Updated: 12th May 2018