At the March All Age Worship a delightful kneeler reflecting the Golden Jubilee Year was on display made for the church by Pamela Plumb from London. She had visited the church whilst staying at Whitehall Hotel and felt she wanted to add to the kneelers which help to make the church look so attractive. Thank you, Pamela.
Please contact Michael on 01279 850251 if you would like to donate a lily for the altar at Easter in memory of a loved one.
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 14th May, 2003 in the Village Hall at 8.00p.m. This will be the Annual Parish Assembly, when you have the opportunity to hear what your Council has done in the past year, and to make suggestions for the future.
CIVIC AMENITY SCHEME
On Saturday/Sunday 5th/6th April the rubbish skip will be sited in the field entrance next to Chestnuts at Church End. The continued visits of this skip depend on some simple rules being observed. Only household rubbish may be skipped, and no hazardous waste, including fridges, freezers, engine oil, car batteries and gas cylinders must be placed in it. No rubbish must be left on the ground surrounding the skip – when it is full please stop! Remember, Uttlesford will collect from your home large household items completely free of charge. Ring the council on 01799 510510 to ask for this service.
STOP STANSTED EXPANSION
Broxted Open Gardens 29th June 2003
Plans are well advanced for this event, although more offers are needed of gardens to be opened. Remember, it need not be the whole of your garden – just the best bit! Plans include plants for sale, refreshments and book stalls. Please remember this when starting your seedlings and plants – your surplus will be put to good use – and please start to collect books. Don't forget, 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 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 01279 850638.
Now and Then in the Five Parishes
Don't forget this slide show being presented by Alfie Wright in Broxted Village Hall on Saturday 29th March. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start. Admission is free, but there will be a collection for Stop Stansted Expansion, refreshments and a raffle – so bring plenty of money!
BROXTED COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
The Annual General Meeting 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.
BROXTED VILLAGE HALL
The next meeting of the Village Hall Management Committee takes place on Wednesday 23rd April at 8.00pm. Please attend and give them your support.
A Bric-à-Brac sale will be held on Saturday 26th April at 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Teas will be served and there will be a Tombola. If you have any unwanted suitable items John Rodliffe on 01279 850355 will be pleased to collect them.
On Sunday 18th May from 9.30am to 12 noon there will be a Plant Sale to include garden sundries etc. Tables available and space available to hire. Contact Jenny Oliviera on 01279 850348 to book your space.
We were very sorry to learn of the untimely death of Terence McCarthy, eldest son of the late Sheila and Pat and only brother of John. His moving funeral service was conducted by Gillian on the 25th February and we send our condolences to John and his wife at this sad time.
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!|
||"Now and Then in the Five Parishes" with Alfie Wright|
|5th & 6th April
||Village Hall Management Committee|
||Bric-à-Brac Sale, Village Hall|
||Broxted Community Association AGM|
||Parish Council - Annual Parish Assembly|
||Plant Sale, Village Hall|
||The Old Vicarage Garden - Preview Evening for The Friends of The Five Parishes|
||The Old Vicarage Garden - NGS Open Day|
||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)
Firstly I repeat a recent press release on a subject I have covered before but which will not go away.
Householders in Uttlesford are being plagued with telephone calls from intruder alarm companies, using high pressure and misleading sales tactics. Some companies try to gain credibility by claiming to work with Essex Police and one caller stated that they install alarms for Uttlesford District Council. Both these claims are bogus and should not be believed. Another popular ploy is to claim that they are conducting security surveys.
PC Peter Caulfield, Crime Prevention Officer for the Uttlesford district explains, "You will probably be asked questions about your home, for example: do you have an alarm; do you posses any valuables; are you concerned about being a victim of crime? The caller may then try to arrange for someone to call on you. Once in your home, that is when the really hard sell begins."
PC Caulfield's advice is to firmly, but politely, end the call as soon as you realise what it is about. He also states that householders should NEVER buy alarms from doorstep salesmen. The systems they sell are probably worth a couple of hundred pounds at most, but will cost you upwards of £3,000! If you want to install a security system, it is vitally important that you only use qualified installers who are members of one of the regulatory bodies that oversee the industry. Finally he adds "You should always seek guidance from your local Crime Prevention or Reduction Officer."
As I always say to you, do not buy at the door on impulse. Always shop around, ask friends' advice on what they have and where they bought it. If you get persistent and intimidating callers, phone the police at once. We need to check these people out, so we know who is in the area.
PC Caulfield recommends a company called Tallystick. This is an internet service where you can record information on you valuables, so that if you have a fire or burglary you can recall your stored information for police and insurance purposes. Take a look at this on your computer by going into www.tallystick.co.uk.
Finally, crime is still very low but it is still happening, so don't be too smug. Lock up anything you leave. Alarm valuable items like houses, cars etc. Upgrade locks and window catches. Disable caravans and trailers. You can make a difference to whether you are a victim of crime or not.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
Education Sunday on the 16th February was marked in Little Easton church when headteacher Gill Hopkins gave the address. Basing her talk on the theme from the day's reading from I Corinthians that running the race places demands on the runner, she said how the school is part of this race for life. Demands were placed indeed on the runners associated with the school comprising 24 staff, 135 children and 100 families. She extended this thought by comparing the school with a marathon that requires training for stamina, practice for special events, ability to assess the competition and cope with pressures.
The school was started for 12 girls in 1759 by Rebecca Meade with an endowment to ensure its future. After the 1870 Education Act, it became a church aided state school. Today this means that the school is run by a 14-strong governing body, its members being 3 elected, 1 Local Education Authority, 1 Parish Council, 9 PCC/Diocese plus ex officio the headteacher and the incumbent.
This body is directly responsible for employees, health and safety and the building, for which they have to contribute 10% of all capital projects. Recent expenditure includes £1,500 for classroom/computer, £2,500 for the hall/outdoor area, £4,000 for KS1 toilets and, currently, £15,000 for a new boiler and heating system. The Rebecca Meade Trust set up to finance this now has very little capital and therefore much fundraising is needed.
The things making a church school different are the governing body with its financial responsibilities, an ethos based on developing potential in a Christian environment and links with the community through the incumbent and the PCC, the Magazine and the Diocese. Similarities include the fact that all schools are part of this race and strive to prepare their children for the future, each head wants their school to be the best and, like others, Great Easton are proud of their achievements.
Great Easton does things larger schools have stopped such as residential trips and sports fixtures. The timetable has been improved positively in response to government initiatives, training is provided for new initiatives and to develop their expertise. The Intercultural Arts Project (see March issue) has gained national recognition.
Gill ended by asking what is The Prize, normally won by only one in a race? At her school they try to run so that their children might win in life and be prepared for all that life brings them. She asked for our help to achieve this through our prayers and encouragement. With the governing body's membership from the Five Parishes, everyone is in this race together.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.