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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 2016 - 2017:

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 2017: (In Village Hall)
Committee Meetings & Talks all start at 8.00pm
Wed. 11th Jan. 2017 Committee Meeting.
Wed. 8th March 2017 Committee Meeting.
Wed. 10th May 2017 Committee Meeting.
Friday 7th July 2017 AGM & Free talk & Refreshments: Speaker - Chris Neilan of EFDC Countrycare - 'Looking after the street Trees in Theydon Bois'
Wed. 13th Sept. 2017 Committee Meeting.
Friday 13th Oct. 2017 Free talk: Speaker Georgina Green - “Keepers, Cockneys and Kitchen Maids: Memories of Epping Forest 1900 - 25”. See below.
Wed. 8th Nov. 2017 Committee Meeting.

On Friday, 13th October at 8pm. in the Village Hall, Georgina Green will give an illustrated talk: “Keepers, Cockneys and Kitchen Maids”. It is free and all are welcome. She will use information obtained from an oral history project she carried out in 1982-87. Her material focuses on life in Epping Forest from 1900-1925 and includes many fascinating stories about those who worked in the Forest: the keepers, the horse brake drivers and those who manage the refreshment venues. Also it includes many tales of the fun and adventures of visitors from London and the local children for whom the Forest was their playground.
Since Victorian times, when our iconic avenue of oaks across The Green was planted, Theydon Bois has been a destination for ‘tourists’ from east London – witness the ‘Retreats’ that once existed at the junction of Sidney Road and The Plain. In those days there were 27 trains a day bringing thousands of Eastenders to the village when its local residents could be numbered in low hundreds!

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 walks except for the 11th May. Please note on Sundays the car park at the village hall is usually closed, but there is parking nearby.

2017 Walks Programme

Walk Description
Sunday May 21st 2017 2.00pm "A Walk to the Deer Sanctuary" and inside the enclosure. Not normally open to the Public. (No dogs allowed.)See below.
Sunday June 11th 2017 2.00pm “Theydon's Hidden Rhododendrons” *   Did you know Theydon had massed rhododendrons just outside the village which you cannot see from the road. You can view them for possibly the very last time on this walk as Rhododendron ponticum is an invasive speies that carries Phytophthora and it is the intention of the City of London to clear them from Epping Forest.
Sunday Sept. 10th 2017 2.00pm

"Exploring The Forest on our Doorstep" - a general Epping Forest walk that will led by Robert Levene who has a considerable knowledge of the forest This is a change from the previously advertised walk.

Sunday 8th October 2.00pm “Outdoor sculpture and the Woodland Trust’s new woods at Theydon”.
    * These walks have stiles to be negotiated.

Deer Sanctuary Walk 2017:
Again a special event has been organised by the Rural Preservation Society for 2pm on Sunday 21st May to visit the Deer Sanctuary which is located within the village boundary. Many residents do not realise that Theydon Bois is almost unique in having a near 100 acre Deer Sanctuary so close to its houses. Access, until recently was rare and is still only occasionally agreed by the City of London who administer the Deer Sanctuary as part of its management of Epping Forest.

Therefore this is a rare opportunity for residents, their families and friends to see inside the sanctuary and learn about it from Forest Keeper, Michael Collins.

A Committee member of the Rural Preservation Society, will lead everyone interested from the Village Hall, leaving promptly at 2pm, on a gentle walk which is suitable for anyone able to walk 1 mile plus. Children of all ages and buggies are allowed, but sorry no dogs. Unfortunately this time we have to limit this walk to Village residents and friends only to avoid overcrowding.

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: 9th August 2017