The church committee should like to thank the person who donated some beautiful kneelers to the church. Unfortunately they arrived anonymously so the committee cannot say Thank You personally but they are very much appreciated.
Additional help with cleaning the church would be greatly appreciated, particularly on the Friday or Saturday prior to the All Age Worship service. There is a small band of willing workers but a few extra "hands" would be welcome. Basically it involves vacuuming the floor and dusting the pews and, if two or three people do it together, it does not take long. If you can help, please telephone Sandra Reed on 01279 850202 who is planning a coffee morning when a rota system can be set up.
If anyone would like flowers put in Broxted church, for instance to celebrate a special occasion or in someone's memory, please contact Michael Goulding on 01279 850251. Another example that you might like to consider is to donate a lily for the altar at Easter in memory of a loved one. Michael will arrange this for 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
Broxted Open Gardens 29th June
There has been a tremendous response to the Open Gardens event. In addition to a number of gardens that will be open, we have had offers of a model railway exhibition, plants, refreshments and book stalls, and even a swimming pool! If you are not able to show off your garden, perhaps there is some other attraction you can offer. The idea is to show our visitors what a lovely place Broxted is, and what would be lost should any expansion at the airport occur (as well as to raise funds for the campaign!) Much help will also be needed on the day. Please think how you can help, and make your offers to any member of the Parish Council, or contact Roger and Phyllis Clark 01279 850638.
Now And Then in the Five Parishes
This is the title of a slide show being presented by Alfie Wright in Broxted Village Hall on Saturday 29th March. Doors open at 7.30 pm for an 8.00 pm start. Admission is free, but there will be a collection for Stop Stansted Expansion, refreshments and a raffle – so bring plenty of money!
This an opportunity to see pictures of the lovely part of the country in which we are privileged to live, and to remind us what it is we are fighting for. Further details from Phyllis and Roger Clark on 01279 850638.
BROXTED COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
The Association is holding a Quiz Night on Saturday 15th March at 7.30 for 8.00 pm. Tickets are £5 per person to include supper but please bring your own liquid refreshment. Teams will be between 6 to 8 people. Broxted's quiz nights are always good fun and not too difficult, so please go along and support the Association. Call Jenny on 01279 850348 for further information.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be on Wednesday 30th April in the Village Hall, followed by wine and cheese. Everyone is welcome to go along and find out what the Association has been up to during the past year. For further details call Rachel on 01279 850047.
It is good to see that the paper, glass and tin recycling bins in the car park of the Prince of Wales are so well used, but please do not leave boxes, bags or rubbish next to the bins. This will not be collected and it means that somebody else has to clear it up.
The Children's Society boxes will be opened at a coffee morning at the home of Yvonne and John Rodliffe, Fistral, Browns End Road on Tuesday 11th March from 10.00 am to 12 noon. If anyone has a box and is unable to attend, please let Yvonne know beforehand on 01279 850355 and she will collect it. Everyone is welcome for a cup of coffee and a chat, with or without a box. Boxes are available if you would like to collect for this worthwhile cause by having one in your home.
NOTES FOR YOUR DIARIES
- 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!
- 11th March
- Christian Aid Box Opening at Fistral
- 15th March
- BCA Quiz Night
- 29th March
- Now and Then in the Five Parishes with Alfie Wright
- 30th April
- BCA annual general meeting
- 18th June
- Preview Evening at The Old Vicarage for The Friends
- 22nd June
- The Old Vicarage Garden NGS Open Day
- 29th June
- Various Broxted Gardens open for SSE campaign
POLICE NOTES FOR THE FIVE PARISHES BEAT AREA
from PC 1743 Dave Rout (who covers Little Easton, Tilty and Duton Hill, Great Easton and Broxted)
The bad weather certainly caught most people out this time. With this part of the County catching the heaviest snowfall, the roads soon became blocked with abandoned vehicles. The lessons to be learnt are: Is your journey necessary? Some people were only going out socializing, when they got stuck. Is your vehicle serviceable for cold weather? Batteries take quite a hammering in the cold weather and anti freeze level in radiators needs checking. Do you have the equipment to keep you moving? A shovel, pair of wellingtons, an old sack, a torch are all useful things to keep in the boot. Are you dressed to keep warm? A number of people were stranded for several hours on the motorway. Do you have something warm to drink and something to eat? If you are going out on days like we had, prepare for the worst, take a flask and some chocolate.
These are just a few things to remember for the next time, and some apply when we have floods. The main thing is, don't put your own life and that of others in danger. Don't drive into snowdrifts or floodwater if you don't know how deep they are. If you have to abandon your vehicle, leave a contact number in the windscreen, so that when a farmer or the council come to clear the road, they can get your vehicle moved.
The next thing to remember is that after these winter conditions, the salt left on the roads tends to make the road surface slippery. There was certainly an increase in minor accidents following this spell of weather, so leave extra room to stop, and slow down on the bends.
Crime remains low, although I would still warn you on trailer thefts and thefts from outbuildings.
I have started a Police Surgery at Little Easton. This is 15 minutes prior to the Parish Council Meeting at the Village Hall, the next date being Wednesday 9th April. If you wish to speak with me on any policing issue, I will be happy to see you (I hope!).
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
In these monthly articles I try to report on a variety of events at the school in the forthcoming month. You can also download our weekly newsletter from our website for up to date information about parent consultations, Blue Peter Bring and Buy Sales, Red Nose Day activities, the price of school meals, and individual or group achievements etc. You can access the site at www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk or via the Five Parishes website. A copy of the School Prospectus is also available on the site as well as Powerpoint presentations of some of the children's recent activities.
The Intercultural Arts Project is now well under way. We are one of six schools in Essex to be fortunate enough to benefit from this innovative project. If you would like to see first-hand what Donna and Parm, our artists, have been doing with the children in Class 4, then please come to Great Easton Village Hall on Thursday 6th March. The explorations of other cultures through dance, poetry and internet links with children in India and Jamaica will culminate in two short performances, one for the whole school and one for parents and guests. Please ring the school office on 01371 870219 for further details.
After three years of a variable and frequently poor commercially run school-meals service, the Governing Body has taken the brave step to run our own school-meals service. From 31st March our children will be able to experience healthy, "home" cooked meals. On different days each week we will offer roast, pasta, jacket potatoes, pizzas, curries, shepherd's pie and other main dishes. A filled-baguette service will also be provided as an option and every day the children will have a choice of vegetables, salads and fresh fruit. As we become more established we also intend to provide healthy break-time snacks. This is a very big step for our small school but one that will enable us to continue to create healthy, happy learners.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.