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The Parish Council now meets regularly on the second Wednesday of alternate months. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 8th January in the Village Hall at 8.00 pm. As always, members of the public are very welcome to attend meetings of the Council.


Sadly, we have had to say farewell to Jay and Charlie. In their short tenure of the Prince of Wales they endeared themselves to many in the village, and we wish them both well for the future, and for their baby due in the spring. We now welcome Richard and Ingrid, and hope that they will be happy working and living in our community.


In June of this year Heather Hider and family moved into The Brambles at Molehill Green along with two cats, Marmalade a ginger tom and Panther a black tom. The cats are both two years old and are both "chipped" and a little dented! Since July Marmalade has not been home. He may be on his way to Lindsell where he used to live.

Going from bad to worse, Panther has also disappeared, not being seen now for about three weeks. Apparently a black cat was run over a few weeks ago in the area. Somebody collected the cat and took it to the vets. Heather has all the local vets to check if it was Panther, to no avail. If anybody has any information about these cats, please call 07801 284342.


7.30 to 8.30 pm Line Dancing in Broxted Village Hall
8.30 to 9.30 pm Latin American Dancing
No need to book, just turn up!


from PC 1743 Dave Rout (who now covers Little Easton, Tilty and Duton Hill as well as Great Easton and Broxted)

Well, here we are in two thousand and three, let's hope crime stays as low this year as it has over the past few. Obviously some people have been affected by crime but, on the whole, this is a very safe place in which to live. I hope it is because you have all been following my crime prevention advice and the criminals have gone elsewhere. If you haven't, and you've been the subject of a crime, it's not too late to take steps to protect your other possessions.

Remember to check your outbuildings during this period. We often get reports of thefts from sheds in March, which have not been checked since the autumn. Any new tools you got for Christmas should have postcodes, as should bikes or other large items that need to be stored in sheds. Up grade locks and security on windows and doors. It takes just a short time to take extra precautions, it takes a shorter time to for something to be stolen.

Trailers are still on the thieves' list of must haves. Any kind of trailer, be it caravan, horsebox, car transporter or even just a box type, have been stolen of late. Here are a few tips to protect yours:

  1. Lock the coupling head into a cover using a good quality hitchlock.
  2. Use locking wheelnuts and a good quality clamp on trailer wheels.
  3. Think about securing each corner steady by using a good quality padlock and make sure it has a short shackle to prevent thieves from cutting through it.
  4. If you use a chain, make sure it's a strong, heavy duty one.
  5. You may also want to have a tracker device fitted, allowing the police or system operator to track it if stolen.
  6. Caravans manufactured by NCC members since 1992, have a CRiS registration number etched on them. This is recorded and kept on a database similar to the DVLA for vehicles. You get a logbook with your details and this should be updated when you purchase a used caravan. There is a small fee for this.

There have been some recent changes with the policing of the Dunmow section. I am now the nominated officer for Little Easton and Barnston, as well as Broxted, Stebbing, Tilty, Great Easton, Lindsell and Little Bardfield. I hope to start Police Surgeries in any village that wants one. These will be held a quarter of an hour before Parish Council meetings and give you the opportunity to come and discuss any policing matters with me. I will also be able to provide post-coding or arrange a time and date to do it. So to all Parish Councils, contact me at Dunmow Police Station if you would like this service.

The other main change is our Inspectors. Joe Wrigley has moved to Braintree and Moira Owers has moved over to Dunmow. Moira is very experienced in rural policing, as this was her role at Braintree. She also lives in a rural area, so knows from first hand experience the problems you face. She is very approachable and wishes to become a part of your community. I am pleased to have her here and so should you be, as she is committed to insuring policing in the Dunmow area is not allowed to fall below the high standard that already exists.


The new year brings two new ventures for our school: a residency with two artists and the provision of our own school meals.

The artists' residency will take place later this term and is part of the Essex Schools Intercultural Arts Project. We feel very privileged to be involved with this.  It is good that we can add further breadth to our curriculum and give our children the experience of working alongside talented people from other cultures.  The Project involves six schools and fourteen artists.  Last term each school sent their Headteacher and a class teacher for four and half days' training with the artists and other arts providers.  The artists come from a range of cultures: Jewish, Sikh, Irish, Caribbean, Ghanaian, Australian, and Asian. They represent the arts in dance, writing including poetry, sculpture, textiles, theatre and music.  The artists who are going to work at our school are Donna, who is from Jamaica and has experience in Caribbean folk dance and theatre work, and Parm, who is a poet and theatre maker. We have planned the residency based on the training and work scheduled for Class 4 this term on the theme of "Connections".  We hope to produce some form of performance from this work, so watch this space!

Normally school meals are provided by a company working for the Local Education Authority.  This has been the case at our school but the quality of the service has deteriorated in the last year and it has also become impossible to recruit and retain staff.   We have therefore taken the brave decision to provide our own school-meal service.  This term we shall be consulting our children and parents about the menu and preparing for a launch of the new service in the new financial year.  We are very fortunate to have midday staff who are willing to be involved in our kitchen and we look forward to providing healthy and appetising meals for our children, within a family atmosphere.

Everyone at the school wishes readers a peaceful New Year.

Gill Hopkins


See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.

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