NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY
from the Five Parishes' Magazine
CHRISTMAS IN BROXTED
Carols by Candlelight
The church was beautifully decorated for the service on the 22nd December and a special Thank You goes to the people who donated and erected a wonderful Christmas tree. The church was filled to capacity for the lovely service after which everyone enjoyed a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.
On the 14th, the children of the village and surrounding area enjoyed the Christmas Party organised by the Broxted Community Association. They were entertained by a Punch and Judy man and Father Christmas arrived later, with a present for each child.
The Community Association also once again delivered Christmas Parcels to the senior residents of Broxted, full of good things for Christmas, for which they would like to say Thank You.
CLAIM YOUR FLEECE!
Following the children's party in December, someone left behind a red and blue Donnay fleece jacket. If this is yours, please call Rachel on 01279 850047 who will be delighted to return it to you.
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 12th March in the Village Hall at 8.00 pm. As always, members of the public are very welcome to attend meetings of the Council.
STOP STANSTED EXPANSION - OPEN GARDENS
Plans are being made to open a number of gardens throughout the village to the public on Sunday 29th June. Together with refreshments, plant stalls etc. it is hoped to raise a significant sum for the Stop Stansted Expansion fund. Please think if you could take part – it doesn't have to be the whole of your garden that is on show, perhaps just the patio or the front garden. If you were looking for a reason to get an early start on taming/tidying-up/improving your garden (once the snow has gone), this could be just the excuse you need! More details next month (or contact Roger or Phyllis Clark 01279 850638) – but start planning now.
Yvonne Rodliffe plans to have a coffee morning on Tuesday 11th March from 10.00 am to 12 noon to open the boxes. If anyone has a box and is unable to come, please let Yvonne know beforehand on 01279 850355 and she will be pleased to collect it. Everyone is very welcome.
GET WELL SOON
– to Tony Barnes who had the misfortune to break his leg before Christmas. We hope it will not be too long before the plaster comes off but it was nice to see you when you hobbled into the carol service on crutches.
– to the Lewell family who once again put Broxted on the map when they lit up their house for the Christmas period.
– to all those people who turn out in all weathers, the postmen, refuse collectors, Rob the cheery milkman, and Jill who runs the Molehill Green village shop. You are all very much appreciated.
NOTES FOR YOUR DIARIES
POLICE NOTES FOR THE FIVE PARISHES BEAT AREA
from PC 1743 Dave Rout (who now covers Little Easton, Tilty and Duton Hill as well as Great Easton and Broxted)
I was concerned whilst driving past Great Easton School to see vehicles parked completely on the footpath at school closing time. I stopped and was even more surprised that the people responsible were parents and grandparents of children from the school. There are reasons that schools have the yellow 'zig-zag' KEEP CLEAR signs painted on the road outside, and one of them is NOT to make you park on the footpath. If you were one of the people responsible, maybe you need to read the highway code.
Whilst on the subject of driving, there is still the tendency for vehicles to be driven at speeds above the limits. Everybody thinks the police should act to stop this, but it is everybody that is doing it. It is also the law that in poor visibility drivers must use dipped headlights, but how often do you see them driving without them? From my point of view as a police response driver, it helps to see what is coming the other way if a vehicle is showing lights. So please, just think to yourselves "Why is there a law for that?" It is to make life safer and better for the majority.
Please be aware that there have been a few house burglaries reported within the Dunmow area since the New Year. These have been relatively minor, but they cause a lot of distress to the persons involved. If you have any information on any crime, contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111.
Since the New Year there have been several pedestrians knocked down by vehicles whilst either walking along the road or crossing it. At night always wear some light clothing. If you are walking along the road, walk so that you are facing on coming traffic on your left. This allows you to move out of the way if the driver fails to see you. Don't move into the road to cross until both ways are clear. Don't stop and talk or play in the road. It is vital that children are advised from an early age on the dangers of walking on our unpaved country roads, and it is essential that parents show children the 'right way' when out with them.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
Our Spring Term is now well under way. We have all adjusted to a new structure for our school day that allows every class to have thirty minutes of Improvement Time. This is when the children can work at particular targets or join a special group for additional input in Maths and English. We have been able to achieve this by adjusting our assembly times and breaks and starting our lunch-hour fifteen minutes later. This also enables us to have three lessons in the morning rather than two lessons plus some shorter time slots. We intend this to enable us to continue raising our standards whilst maintaining our broad and balanced curriculum.
We invite you to attend two different events at the beginning of this month. The first will be the Christingle Service on Sunday 2nd February at Tilty church and the second will be a "Ready Steady Cook" and Wine-Tasting Evening on Friday 7th February at the school.
This will be the third year in which we have celebrated Candlemas with a Christingle Service in one of our churches. The children, as usual, will be given small boxes in the shape of a candle in order to collect money for the Children's Society. They bring these to church and during the service everyone receives a Christingle which we make at school. A Chistingle is based on an orange, tied with a red ribbon, supporting a candle and cocktail sticks laden with raisins and sweets. This becomes a symbol of Jesus coming into the world at Christmas time. If you want to know more about this symbol or are intrigued by what it actually looks like, then please join the service at Tilty at 11am on Sunday 2nd February. We hope to have many of our children there too, and trust it will be a very happy occasion.
Our "Ready Steady Cook" and Wine-Tasting Evening is being organised by the Parent Teacher Association. This is a fundraising and social event open to all. There will be a demonstration by a Pampered Chef representative and then an opportunity for each table to nominate someone to take part in a "Ready Steady Cook" activity. There will also be a wine-tasting quiz, based on three wines. Tickets are available from the school office on 01371 870219 and cost £6, including supper and wine tasting. All proceeds will go towards developing the boiler room into a room for music practice and small groups following the installation of a new boiler and heating system in the summer.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
The Maltings and Moor End from Hook Corner, 18 August 2005
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