NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY
from the Five Parishes' Magazine
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
The Parish Council now meets regularly on the second Wednesday of alternate months. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 8th January 2003, in the Village Hall at 8.00 pm. As always, members of the public are very welcome to attend meetings of the Council.
CAROL SINGING AT THE PRINCE OF WALES
Continuing a tradition of many years’ standing, we shall be singing carols in the Prince of Wales on Tuesday 10th December. Do come along for a 7.00 pm start, and encourage your friends and neighbours to come too.
BROXTED COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Children's Christmas Party
The Broxted Community Association is once again delighted to invite all Broxted children of primary school age and under to the annual children’s Christmas Party on Saturday 14th December from 3 pm till 5 pm in Broxted Village Hall.
The party is completely free - all that is asked is for parents to donate an item of food for the party tea. Parents do not have to stay for the party themselves, although they are most welcome. There will be a Punch and Judy show as part of the entertainment as well as party games and a visit from Santa Claus. For further information or to book your place, please call Rachel on 01279 850047.
Dunmow Late Night Christmas Shopping Evening
On Friday 13th December Broxted Community Association will have a cake stall at this event for which cakes are needed! Could anyone who is able to bake a cake please do so. Cakes should be taken to Jenny Oliveira on Thursday the 12th or Rachel Kesterton on Friday the 13th. If you need any further information, please call 01279 850047. Anyone who can help on the evening itself from 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm will be most welcome.
The money raised from events such as this is used to finance the children's Christmas Party and distribution of food gifts to all pensioners in the village.
Because of the Christmas period, copy date for all material must reach Angela by Friday 6th December. Please help your village correspondent meet this date.
NOTES FOR YOUR DIARIES
POLICE NOTES FOR THE STEBBING BEAT AREA
(which includes Great Easton and Broxted) from PC 1743 Dave Rout
There has been very little crime in the area for the last few months. We have had the odd burglary in Great Easton, a shed entered in Tilty, a theft from a car and damage to another in Stebbing.
This is the time of year to warn you all of coming into the clutches of the opportunist thief. We will all be going out buying Christmas presents and this is the best time for thefts of purses and wallets. If possible, never take large sums of money out with you. It is easier to keep a debit card or credit card in a pocket safe from the pick-pocket who loves large crowds. If you have to carry large sums of money, split it into smaller amounts and keep it in various pockets. When you have spent your money, be careful what you do with your purchases. Never put items down on the shop floor whilst buying something else. Never go back and leave items inside the car on view to passers by. If you need to leave anything in the car, always put it in the boot. If you have home deliveries, make arrangements for them to be left with a neighbour or away from the view of passers by. Never leave things on the doorstep.
If you go out during daylight knowing you will not be back until after dark, leave some lights on or, better still, get some automatic light switches to turn lights on. An unlit house is an open invitation to a burglar.
Although it has not happened in our area yet, I would like to point out that there have been several burglaries at elderly people's houses while they have been in. If you have an elderly family member or neighbour please take a look at their security arrangements, especially around windows. There are several steps that can be taken to make windows and doors more secure, and they won't break the bank. If you need any advice, please contact us at Dunmow Police Station.
Just a reminder for all the younger members of our community: please be thoughtful to the rest of us when coming home from a good night out. With Christmas just around the corner there will be many party nights for you to enjoy, so when you walk home, keep the noise down and don't cause silly vandalism. If you get caught, it could ruin the rest of your life. If you don't get caught you might have ruined someone else's life. The same goes for driving, DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE, it's better to get a taxi or take it in turns between your friends.
If you need any ideas for Christmas presents, can I suggest car alarms, shed alarms, house alarms, locks for garages, locks for bikes, wheel locks for trailers, locks for sit-on lawn mowers, locks for doors, locks for windows, lights for bikes, security lights, security light switches etc, etc.
Have a good Christmas and a Very Happy and Safe New Year.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
At the end of November the school took part in the BBC's Children in Need appeal when we raised funds for the charity by holding cake sales. The staff provided cakes on the actual day and then each class was responsible for a break-time in the following week. It is always good to be involved in these national fundraising events as it gives the children the opportunity to organise themselves and have experience of working together outside the classroom.
We do hope that many readers were able to come to our Christmas Bazaar at the end of November. It certainly marked the beginning of our Christmas celebrations and activities.
The children are preparing for our Christmas Concert. This year, we will hold it on two evenings, Wednesday and Thursday 11th and 12th December in Great Easton Parish Church followed by festive refreshments in the Village Hall. If the weather is fine we shall process from School by lantern light across the fields. The Concert will be by candlelight and we shall be celebrating the Christmas story using carols, songs, drama, dance and readings from around the world. Our music enrichment group will play the Great Easton Church handbells and our guitar players will also have an opportunity to demonstrate their skills.
Some of our children will also be taking part in the Helena Romanes Advent Concert at Dunmow Parish Church on Friday 6th December. We shall use the handbells to accompany some of our concert songs. On the last day of term the whole school will attend Great Easton Church for our Christmas service led by Rev Gillian Greenslade. You are most welcome to come along to these events but please phone the school for a ticket for the concert because seats are limited.
We are most fortunate to be able to take the whole school to see Cinderella at the Cambridge Arts Theatre at the end of term. This is our Christmas treat and promises to be a good experience for everyone. We wish all readers of the Five Parishes Magazine a peaceful and joyous Christmas season.
View our website http://www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk/
The Maltings and Moor End from Hook Corner, 18 August 2005
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