Recycling Centre Bookings to be Introduced

From Monday 13 March 2023, residents visiting Essex County Council (ECC) recycling centres will need to book in advance. A booking system will be trialled for all vehicles visiting ECC recycling centres to help manage waiting times, reduce congestion, and improve the...

Repair Cafe has Successful Launch

  The Theydon Repair Café, supported by Theydon Bois Parish Council and a grant from Essex County Council, opened it's doors for the first time yesterday(Wednesday) at the Church Hall. Volunteers repaired two vacuum cleaners, a piano stool, a clock and an iron....

Missed Bin Collections

After contacting the Area Waste manager at Epping Forest District Council regarding the ongoing problem with missed bin collections, we received the following reply: Apologies for the ongoing missed collections that you are experiencing.  We are doing all we can to...

M11 Upcoming works

National Highways are holding a Public Information Exhibition this Friday 27 January from 10am to 4pm, at Birchanger Services. Their engagement van will be deployed at this location where staff will be available to give information about their ongoing and upcoming...

Thrifts Mead Surgery Temporarily Closed

The Parish Council have been informed by The Limes Medical Centre that the Thrifts Mead Surgery has been severely damaged by flooding and will be closed temporarily until the insurance claim is processed.

Christmas market raises £1360.53 for St Clare Hospice

Thanks to the generosity of Theydon residents the Christmas market this year raised the amazing sum of £1360.53. Ellie Gale, Fundraising Manager of St Clare Hospice thanked everyone involved and those who generously donated. "Supporting families through a most...

Villagers Award

Villagers Award

At the Full Council meeting on 24th November, Chair of the Council Peter Gooch presented the Villager of the Year award, to Phil Simmance, Brian Revell, Ivan Pollock and Fiona Bradley. The four villagers staged a fund raiser for Ukraine at very short notice, earlier...

Theydon Bois Village Website Closure

As noted in the September Village News magazine the Theydon Bois Village Website is to close after 20+ years due to technical issues and the retirement of the present editor. The most important parts of the websites content are to be combined into the Parish Councils...

Ride London 2023

Public engagement events hosted by Essex County Council and the organisers of RideLondon-Essex will be held from Monday 31 October to Friday 4 November. The events are open to all members of the public and are an opportunity to share feedback from the 2022 event,...

The Queens Book of Condolence

The Queens Book of Condolence is open at the Village Hall for signing and will be closed the day after Her Majesty's funeral.

Farewell to Sailesh and Raksha

In January there were changes at probably the most important place in the village for many people, namely, the Pharmacy in Forest Drive. The popular owner and principal pharmacist Sailesh Dawda decided to take a well -earned retirement after some 33 years running the...

Play in the park

This Summer the Parish Council have paid for a "Play in the Park" session on the Village Green on Wednesday 17th August at 10am. All are welcome and it is totally free! Please see link below....

 Assessment of Footway Conditions, Loughton Lane, Theydon Bois, Essex CM16 7LB


Theydon Bois Parish Council (TBPC) has instructed ADL Traffic & Highways Engineering Ltd to write

to Essex County Council (ECC) in relation to the section of footway and kerbing along Loughton
Lane in Theydon Bois between the junction of Graylands and The Green. 

The highway kerbs serve a number of purposes:
• Providing a physical ‘check’ to prevent vehicles leaving the carriageway;
• Acting as a barrier or demarcation between the road traffic and pedestrians; and,
• Retaining the carriageway edge to prevent ‘spreading’ and loss of structural integrity.
It is therefore apparent that, as there are no adequately heighted kerbs along the section of Loughton
Lane in question, the kerbs do not serve the aforementioned purposes which could lead to road
traffic collisions and is therefore in serious need of improvement. Please click on this link to see the report including recent images. 


Installation of Defibrillator


The Parish Council have installed a defibrillator on the front of the pavilion, situated on the cricket green adjacent to the allotments. This has been jointly funded by the Parish Council, the Buxton Trust and the Scouts.


Defibrillators are an essential tool in helping people who have had a cardiac arrest survive while medical help is on its way. They can be used without prior training by anyone – full audible instructions are issued by the unit itself. There is a video link online which we would suggest all allotment holders watch, showing the steps you would take if you needed to help someone who was in cardiac arrest. The link is below:



Please familiarise yourself with the position of the defibrillator should you ever need to quickly retrieve it. And please do let me know if you have any questions.



Green Infrastructure Strategy
Please find below a link to the current Public Consultation on Epping Forest District Council’s draft ‘Green Infrastructure Strategy’.
Once finalised the ‘Green Infrastructure Strategy’ will be integrated into the new Epping Forest District Local Plan (2011-2033) and all residents are invited, and encouraged, to respond to the Survey (which has 10 questions). If you follow the link below, this will guide you to a copy of the ‘Green Infrastructure Strategy’ and will also provide full details on how the Survey Form can be completed.
The Consultation Period runs until 5pm on 16th July, 2020.
Should you have any issues with accessing the Survey, please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Clerk on
Link to the Survey:


To see the poster from EFDC please click here.



Community Litter Picking Update


Due to the ongoing threat of Coronavirus, please be aware that the Monthly Community Litter Picking sessions are unable to go ahead. Please could you be extra cautious not to leave any litter behind and keep our Village looking nice for everyone.



Highways Update


Works are due to begin tomorrow, 10th June by the Parish Council’s Contractor, Harrington Brothers, who will re-furbish the footway from the junction of Thrifts Mead with Poplar Row to the Bus Shelter in Coppice Row opposite the Indian Ocean. Traffic and pedestrian footway management will be in place, so please be extra careful on your journey.



Audit Reports

Annual Governance Statement 2019-2020
Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2019-2020
Annual Internal Audit Report 2019-2020



Cemetery Update


The Parish Council can confirm that the Cemetery will remain open. This follows a change in the advice received from the Government. However, please observe and respect social distancing whilst visiting the Cemetery.



Covid- 19 update from our local Policeman PC Andy Cook


Dear Theydon Bois Villagers,


Theydon Bois Villagers are overall adhering to government guidelines well. However, the police have been engaging with residents and would like to remind everyone that the lock down means that it is not okay to visit friends houses or to sunbathe on The Green. It is important to stay at home unless essential and maintain social distancing, any observed breeches can be reported to the Police on 101 or online.   


Crime updates in Theydon Bois in April


There have been 8 recorded offences including:


1 X Hate Incident


1 x Theft from Motor Vehicle


1 x Shoplifting


Thank you for reading and keep safe. 



Proposed Development on the Sites of ‘Wain’ and ‘Green Hedges’, Coppice Row 


On 6th February 2020, the Planning Committee met, in a public forum, to consider an application relating to the re-development of a site on Coppice Row which is located in a very prominent and central position within the Village, opposite the historic and iconic Avenue of Trees and overlooking the Village Green. Currently, the site features two bungalows known as ‘Wain’ and ‘Green Hedges’ and directly to the rear of the site resides a Grade II Listed Building of local and historical interest, known as ‘Baldocks’. The proposal envisages a development of 9 apartments (one of which would be a four-bedroom penthouse suite), together with parking for 6 vehicles. The illustration below (taken from the submitted plans) gives an impression of how the development would be viewed in the streetscene:


Proposed Coppice Row Street Scene


The development site is an ‘Allocated Site’ in Theydon Bois under the new Epping Forest Local Plan (2011-2033) and, as such, is projected to yield a number of new dwellings to contribute to the housing need within the District of Epping Forest. Accordingly, it is anticipated that this site will under-go redevelopment and that, to provide an additional number of dwellings, it is likely that this will comprise accommodation in the form of apartments. 


However, the Parish Council recognises the prominence of this important site within the Village and understands the potential impact of an unsympathetic or unbefitting development. Therefore, in viewing the current iteration of the proposed development, the Planning Committee submitted a letter of Strong Objection to Epping Forest District Council and the full version of this document can be read here – [Wain & Green Hedges Objection Letter]


This Strong Objection contains the following main points:


  • comments around the detrimental impact on the streetscene and on the Grade II Listed neighbouring property behind;
  • a comparison to the development of Pavilion Court on the opposite corner of Orchard Drive and the feeling that this new proposal should be similar (or even subservient) to the reduced proportions of Pavilion Court; and
  • the argument that the parking provision would be wholly inadequate to satisfy the requirements of the adopted Essex Parking Standards, 2009.


Should members of the public wish to submit comments on this application, they can do so by contacting the Planning Department at Epping Forest District Council, following the guidance contained via the webpage below and using the unique Application Number of EPF/3001/19:

Highways Update

The Parish Council paid to have the top path on the Village Green re-paved. This work was a great success. 

Village Green re-paved

The Limes Medical Centre 

Mrs Debbie Bodhanya The Practice Manager, Dr Tareq Abouharb GP Partner and Leah Martin Clinical Media Administrator came to a public meeting on the 29th of January 2020 to present on The Limes Medical Centre.

The Limes Medical Centre




Queens Platinum Jubilee

Recent News


Get in Touch. Get Involved.

Would you like the opportunity to make a difference?  If so, we openly encourage residents to attend meetings to engage with the Parish Council and see how you can be part of community projects and initiatives.

For more information about the village of Theydon Bois, its history and the range of activities on offer, please visit:

Parish Office, Village Hall Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, Essex CM16 7ER

Call us: 07927 581856

Email us: