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Hall Bookings: The Village Hall comprises one large function room (the Oak Room) capable of seating 182 people (theatre style); one medium sized room (the Beech Room) for smaller functions, meetings, classes etc. and a small room (the Poplar Room) which can accommodate seminars, classes etc. The Beech & Poplar Rooms can be combined to form a small hall accommodating 80 people . Also available at the rear of the building are two multipurpose rooms one of which (the Hornbeam Room) is let to a Montessori Nursery School during the mornings and some afternoons in school-term time. The Holly Room also at the rear of the building is available during the week for small groups of about 20 people. Below is a guide to the hall rooms and sessions available:

Oak (Large Hall)

(9 - 1)

(2 - 6)
(7 - 11)
Friday & Saturday Night Only.
Beech & Poplar Rooms can be combined to form a small hall to accommodate 80.

All these rooms are available to hire and can be reserved. A range of rates apply (Residents of Theydon Bois are able to hire the Village Hall at reduced rates). For further details or to reserve or book:

E-Mail the Bookings Manager – Tracey Dunstone ( or phone 01992 815150.

Please note all areas of the Village Hall are non smoking.

Village Hall Staff Contacts:

Hall Manager:
Frank Bell   07758720929
Bookings: Tracey Dunstone  01992 815150 E-Mail the Bookings Manager (
Caretaker: Rob Linge  Tel: 07722634448

Village Hall
Architects Drawing

Hall Location: The Village Hall is pleasantly situated in the heart of the village of Theydon Bois, on Coppice Row, (the B172) postcode CM16 7ER - opposite the Village Green, it has rooms to suit many uses and a patio and grassed area to the rear. The hall and large car park have been landscaped to blend it into the village environment as sympathetically as possible.

A large number of people within the village and surrounding areas use the Hall, many are members of Village organizations that are affiliated to the Village Association such as the Theydon Bois Women’s Institute, Art Group, Horticultural Society and the District Rural Preservation Society etc.

Others use the Hall to play Bowls (there is a daytime Club as well as an evening section) and Badminton. There are also Keep Fit, Yoga and sessions and Weightwatchers and Theydon Seniors events.

The University of the Third Age holds a number of courses at the Hall as well as a monthly lecture; and the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts have a local group which meets once a month.

The Theydon Bois Drama Society puts on three or four productions each year. Theydon-based committees of Charities such as the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, the NSPCC, St. Clare Hospice and Homestart are regular users of the Village Hall for fundraising events.

(Registered Charity 301415) 

The Theydon Bois Village Hall is run by The Theydon Bois Village Association (TBVA) and is a modern purpose built hall that was seven years in the planning and was completed in November 2001. It replaces the previous Village Hall built in 1966 that stood on the site of the present hall's car park.

The Village Association is a charity with the objective of providing facilities for recreation and leisure for the residents by establishing, maintaining and managing a Village Hall.

The Association was formed in 1943 and is still going strong today in satisfying these objectives. Membership is open to all inhabitants of the village as well as any group or society operating within the village. There are currently about 20 such Member Groups, each of whom can provide a representative at members meetings. Responsibility for maintenance and management of the Hall and the day-to-day running of the Association lies with the twelve Trustees  including the Honorary Officers and a Parish Council Trustee.

For Hall Bookings see above

For all further information about the Village Association use the links on this page
or contact the Hon. Secretary:

Carol James Tel: 01992 812250 or E


COMMITTEE 2015/2016




Martin Oliver


01992 812042


Hon. Treasurer


Tony Lloyd


01992 814125


Hon. Secretary


Carol James


01992 812250


Parish Council Nominated Trustee


George Howard


01992 812685


Other Trustees:


Tony Ames


01992 813950




Allan Cox





Graham James


01992 812250



Carole Risdon


01992 813724



Marion Smith


01992 812287



Sheila Shelbourne


01992 813503



Jim Watts


01992 812027


Hall Manager


Frank Bell


0208 502 5014


Bookings Managers


Tracey Dunstone


01992 815150

Village Association - Village Hall Staff
Frank Bell
Hall Manager: Frank Bell, who runs the Hall on a daily basis,reporting to the Executive Committee. He has been with the Association since 2006.
  Bookings Manager: Tracey Dunstone, who works from home,
is responsible for taking all bookings via telephone or e-mail, issuing
confirmations and invoicing. She has been with the Association since 2010.
Rob Linge
Caretaker & Night Cleaner: Rob Linge, responsible for security of the Hall, opening and closing throughout the day as usage demands. He has been with the Association since 2008.
Assistant Caretaker: Ralph Bickers is the newest member of the village Hall team (joining in February 2019). He will assist Rob Linge and be responsible for opening and closing the hall and ensuring necessary security is maintained. He will also be involved in the movement of chairs and tables as requested and required by users of the hall.
Lorraine Gould
Day Cleaner: Lorraine Gould, in the hall from 7.30am, and on call other times, ensuring a spotless environment for all our users. She has been with the association since 2007.
Linda Catlin
Night Cleaner: Linda Catlin, whose work starts in the early hours after major party events have finished. She has been with the association since 2007.



In days gone by, the centre of village life revolved around the Church which acted as provider and mentor for all activities required by its parishioners. It must be remembered that, in earlier times, life was hard and opportunities for recreation limited.

Many people, however, formed groups within the village and met at various locations. There was the Working Men's Club, The Retreats, a hut at Theydon Lodge, the barn at Thrifts Farm, the room above the telephone exchange - and even an army hut adjacent to St. Mary's. All served a purpose, however a centre was required. It was therefore decided to set up a Village Association, which duly held its inaugural meeting in September, 1943. This was, of course, during the war, when nerves and tempers were somewhat frayed and when the provision of a Village Hall was broached it was the beginning of a long and stormy path before it reached fruition.

A Village Hall Committee was set up and the search for a site commenced. The old Fire Station was pressed into service for a time and eventually premises at the entrance to the Cricket Field, on land owned by Colonel Buxton, became the hub of village activities. Both Colonel Buxton and his sister were most supportive and Keith de Maus and Douglas Gray worked tirelessly.

This hall was used until 1966, when a new Village Hall was built on the Glebe Field, purchased from the Church, which stood as a tribute to those pioneers of the Theydon Bois Village Association, who saw the need and strove hard to fill it. And so we come to the present day. Theydon Bois - and the surrounding area - has grown immeasurably. We are very fortunate in continuing to have a strong sense of community - and the Village Hall is still the hub of village life.

The demands of the present age grow even greater. The old Village Hall served its community faithfully and continued to grow in popularity. But it was beginning to show its age, costing more and more to maintain and with over forty organisations using it regularly, car parking became inadequate.
And so it was that a Committee was set up in 1994 of four representatives from the Village Association and five from the Parish Council to explore the possibilities of enhancing, enlarging or rebuilding. After public meetings, during which vociferous differences of opinion were expressed, Feasibility Studies undertaken and much professional advice sought, it was finally agreed to go for a new build.

The building of a new Village Hall does not just happen and over the many years a vast amount of time has been freely and voluntarily given by a large number of people. The Village Association, with the help and support of the Parish Council, now has a New Village Hall of which, it is justly proud and it has been built to last. It has been built to accommodate a range of different requirements of the numerous societies and associations. It is hoped it will become popular as a pleasant venue for private and public functions and, with the support of all, its future success will be assured.

To see photographs of the construction of the New Hall and pictures of the old Hall Click here.

The Old Village Hall

Last Up Dated: 11th March 2019

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