GOOD FRIDAY IN CHICKNEY
The Devotional Hour held in Chickney church was very well attended and the church appropriately decorated with palm leaves and candles. Gillian led the congregation, with readings and hymns, through the days leading to Christ's crucifixion. Members of the Five Parishes choir were there to help with the hymn singing. After the service, Gillian walked ahead of the congregation, carrying a wooden cross, to Chickney New Hall where tea and hot cross buns were enjoyed in the welcoming home and garden (for it was a wonderful, warm Spring day) of Terry and Sandra Reed. Their warm hospitality at this annual event is greatly appreciated.
A donation of £100 was sent to the Churches Conservation Trust, the organisation that looks after Chickney church. Donations and proceeds from the raffle at Chickney New Hall raised an all-time record of £238 for Broxted church funds. Grateful thanks to everyone for their generous support.
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
No election was necessary for the Parish Council this year, so the Council now consists of Cathy Burton, Roger Clark, Louise Collinson, Margaret Flook, Rachel Kesterton, and Jenny Oliveira. There is a vacancy for one member and the new Council will be arranging to fill that by co-option.
Dick Knowles has decided to take a rest from the Parish Council. Dick was co-opted to the Council in 1958 and has served for a total of 45 years, 16 of those as Chairman. His wisdom, local knowledge and wise counsel are going to be sorely missed.
STOP STANSTED EXPANSION
At the Broxted Open Gardens from 12 noon to 6pm on Sunday 29th June SSE is planning a burst of activity to mark the end of the consultation period and to register a final protest as a community against expansion at Stansted by extending the event to neighbouring communities. A circuit is being organised around Broxted, Bambers Green, Mole Hill Green and Chickney, passing hundreds of properties (including 65 listed buildings) and lovely countryside that will be lost if expansion were to go ahead. Along the route, a number of gardens will be open. Many are well known already while others will be offering special attractions such as a model railway display, pony rides, plant and cake stalls, a BBQ, bouncy castle and even a dip in a swimming pool. The Village Hall will be serving teas and a raffle is also being organized. Several guided walks have been proposed, as has a photographic exhibition on local heritage.
All are welcome and Stop Stansted Expansion and Broxted Parish Council would be delighted to hear from anyone who has not yet offered to open their garden or to represent their community in some way. Admission to the whole group of participating gardens is by ticket £4 adults (children free). Dogs welcome in most gardens (on leads). Further information: Roger and Phyllis Clark on 01279 850638, Maggie Sutton on 01279 850204/mob 07714 767921 and SSE office on 01279 870558
Offers of raffle prizes (to Heather on 01279 870199) and cakes (to Sarah on 01279 850887) would be particularly appreciated.
Among the guests attending on the 29th June will be Terry Waite and John McCarthy. People are invited to gather with them at the Hostages Window in Broxted church, at 2.30pm, to pray for people worldwide who are suffering as a result of conflict.
The Lewell family, who light up their house each Christmas time, made the fantastic sum of over £500 last year. This has been donated to Foxdells Animal Shelter, a refuge for stray and unwanted animals, in Bishop's Stortford. They thank everyone who supported them.
Sadly William Arthur (Bill) Bush died in Humfrey Lodge on 29th April. Unfortunately he did not reach his 100th birthday, but had a good try. He was born in Broxted on 13th August 1903, the second child of five and the last to pass on. Upon his marriage to Kate Gentry, in 1934, they lived in Wren's Nest. In 1948 they moved to Woodgates Farm, and lived there until 1981. He was a dutiful and compassionate Parish Councillor and for many years the council's chairman. Many will remember his contribution to the Happy Circle and later as an enthusiastic member of the Pensioners team at Thaxted Bowling Club. Condolences go to his nieces and nephews and other members of his family at their sad loss. A Service of Thanksgiving for his life will be held in Broxted church on Monday 9th June at 10.45am.
THE OLD VICARAGE GARDEN OPEN DAY
The two Michaels are opening their garden once again Sunday 22nd June for the National Gardens Scheme. Do visit this delightful garden and enjoy the many attractions it has to offer, including this year music provided by the Essex Police Band. Plant stalls and home-made teas will be available and any offers of cakes will be gladly accepted! Proceeds of the day will go to the NGS for the charitable organisations they support, with The Friends benefiting as the owner nominated charity. Please see the accompanying advertisement for further details. Members of The Friends, and their friends, have been invited to a Preview Evening on Wednesday 18th June.
"THE FIVE PARISHES" by Claire Squibb
Copies of this history book are available to collect, or to order by post at £5 per copy plus £1 postage and packing. Cheques payable to The Millennium Festival of the Five Parishes. Apply to Jean Robins The Annex The Endway Great Easton Dunmow CM6 2HG telephone 01371 870832. Copies are available also from Derek Connell at The Three Horseshoes Duton Hill.
FIVE PARISHES MIDSUMMER WALKS FESTIVAL
Saturday 21st June
The weekend walks begin on Saturday with a gentle 5-mile circular walk designed for all the family, starting at 11am at The Three Horseshoes Duton Hill and finishing back there at about 1.30 p.m. Derek and Gill will, as always, be there to welcome you back and look after all of your needs for food and drinks.
Sunday 22nd June
Today is designed for the more serious walker, although easy, the walk is a little over 16 miles and will take about 8 hours (including pub and church stops). The start and finish will be at The Brick House Church End Broxted, where there is plenty of parking space. Please arrive so the walk can start at 9am. All of the churches in The Five Parishes will be visited and there will be lunch and drinks stops at some of the pubs.
The route will be similar to The Five Parishes Boundary Walk, modified to include The Three Horseshoes at Molehill Green, which is threatened by demolition in the Stansted Airport scheme. The walk will end at about 5pm. Free drinks and buffet meal (barbecue if weather permits) will be awaiting everyone who has walked the whole distance. Helen and Stuart Walker look forward to you joining them. It would help them to cater if you could let them know in advance if you will be there.
Sunday 29th June
Helen and Stuart will be leading two short family walks around Broxted, as part of the Stop Stansted Expansion campaign weekend.
Information from Helen and Stuart Walker on 01279 850862 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!|
||The Old Vicarage Garden - Preview Evening for The Friends of The Five Parishes|
||The Old Vicarage Garden - NGS Open Day|
||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)
There have been a number of complaints of theft of Stop Stansted Expansion signs from around the area. These are of the large plastic type displayed prominently around the countryside. There have been suggestions that local youths are responsible. These signs cost £50 each to the organisers, I don't know what they are worth to the thieves, but I do know that it is a crime of theft and is not worth the risk of getting caught. If you have any details of the persons responsible contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111.
There have been a few complaints of speeding traffic in Little Easton near the riding stables when people are out on horses. Would all vehicle drivers please be aware when driving in areas where there are stables, as horses can be disturbed by the speed and noise of vehicles, causing them to react in an unpredictable way. Also remember that at this time of year you never know what will be around the corner when travelling on our narrow country roads, so be prepared to stop or slow down at all times.
I ask for your assistance regarding a couple of incidents in the Little Easton area. Firstly a firework was thrown from a vehicle about 1pm on the 24th April which, although it caused no damage, is an offence in its own right. Secondly a window on a Peugeot car was smashed in Duck Street between 6.15pm and 6.30pm on the 30th April. If you have any information on these two incidents please contact me at Dunmow Police Station on 01371 872208.
Now the warmer weather is coming, it's time to remind you to be careful when leaving doors and windows open. It does not take long for the opportunist thief to slip inside your house and steal a bag, wallet or any other small article of value. When you are out shopping, don't leave purses on top of your shopping bags. Don't put valuables down on chairs or tables in pubs or restaurants, always keep them safely under your control.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
We are very pleased to announce that the hard work, dedication and commitment of our staff and governors have been rewarded for a third year, with a School Achievement Award from the government. These awards are given for schools that have substantially improved their results, or achieved better results in 2002 than most schools in similar circumstances. Approximately one third of the schools in the country receive such an award, but to have consistently gained one every year over the last three years is outstanding. I am sure that you, like me, will wish to convey your congratulations to everyone working on behalf of the school.
Such awards are won more readily when there is support for the school in the community as well. This is admirably demonstrated in the Five Parishes, one example being the response to the request for Tesco computer vouchers. We have been inundated with anonymous donations of vouchers enabling us to meet our target for a video camera. A big thank you to everyone who has given so generously and thought about the children in our school.
When you read this we shall be starting the last half term of the school year and the children preparing for their visits. This year, as last, the Year 5 children will visit Bradwell Outdoor Centre and stay at the Diocesan Youth Church at Asheldham. The Year 6 children will again stay in the Ironbridge Gorge at the Coalport Youth Hostel. As well as learning how to live away from home and get on with their peers, the children will experience first-hand geography, history, art and outdoor education activities. The younger children will take part in visits nearer to home. Reception and Year 1 children will visit Walton-on-the-Naze, in connection with their work on Water and Years 2 and 3 will go to the Gardens of Easton Lodge as part of their topic on Garden. Year 4 children will carry out fieldwork on the River Chelmer in Great Easton for their work on Rivers. At the end of June, Years 5 and 6 will again take part in the Thaxted Festival working with musicians from the Britten Sinfonia.
With such a lot going on for a small primary school, you can see why we have won a School Achievement Award every year since they were introduced. The children are most fortunate to have staff and governors working to give them as many opportunities as possible for a broad and balanced curriculum.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.