BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
At its July meeting the Council welcomed Clive Rixson as a new Councillor to fill the vacancy created in May.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 17th September at 8pm in the Village Hall. Please note this change of date. Meetings of the Council are open to members of the public and Councillors really do welcome the contribution that villagers can make.
BROXTED OPEN GARDENS and THE VANISHING VILLAGES
Who will ever forget 29th June 2003? What started out as a simple idea of opening a few gardens in the village to raise awareness of what an expanded airport would really mean, and to raise some funds for SSE, grew into an event that attracted over 2,000 visitors, raised more than £7,000 and resulted in television coverage of Broxted on all the major TV stations.
In all 14 gardens were open, as well as major displays and exhibitions at the church, Moor End Farm and Brown's End Cottage. Elsewhere there were model trains, pony rides, bouncy castles, refreshments and all kinds of stalls. The weather was glorious, three buses shuttled visitors around the village, the pub did a roaring trade and by the evening there were scores of very tired but very happy Broxtedians.
Thanks are due to a host of people who helped to make the day such a success: to those who opened their gardens and manned the stalls and displays; to the visitors for being so kind and generous, and not leaving a scrap of litter; to the volunteers from SSE who put up signs, directed traffic and generally marshalled the event. Special thanks must go to Maggie Sutton whose tireless and indefatigable energy ensured the success of the day.
Most of those involved in the day were too busy to take photographs and the Parish Council is keen that a complete record of the day be put on the village website and added to the Parish Archive. If you have any pictures please contact Clive Rixson (email@example.com) who will arrange to take copies of them.
Competition at Elgon
Mrs Bishop advises that Mrs Maggie Stevens of Tilty won the garden suggestion for their disaster area and that the naming of the scarecrow was won by Kirsty Rutherford, aged 6, of Bishop's Stortford. Well done, both of you.
BROXTED & DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
The Countess of Warwick's Country Show
The Association will be again running their very popular crockery smashing stall. If you have any old crockery to donate, please contact Roger Clark on 01279 850638.
OPEN DAY AND WORKING EVENT AT THAXTED
Want a good day out? Then keep Sunday 7th September free and visit the Open Day and Working Event organised each year by the J F Knight Collection and Friends at Copthall Lane, Thaxted from 9am to 5pm. There will be something for everyone: vintage earthmoving, threshing, ploughing and cultivating etc; displays of organ building, commercial clocks and Thaxted Railway; refreshments and grand raffle. Entry only £3 per person. All proceeds going to local good causes. For further information call 01371 830949.
The rubbish skip will visit Broxted during the weekend 6th/7th September. It will be sited in the car park of the Village Hall.
Meanwhile, please do not dump your grass cuttings and garden waste in the ditches. They are absolutely necessary to keep the land drained. Remember, this summer's blocked ditch will probably cause next winter's flooded road and, worse, flooded homes!
COPY DATE FOR SEPTEMBER ISSUE
Please let Yvonne have items for next month's Magazine BEFORE Thursday 7th August. Thank you.
... to David and Becky Mansworth of The Maltings on the arrival of Abigail Violet, a sister for Daniel and Matthew.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
There is no article from Gill Hopkins this month due to end of term pressures.
We wish her, her staff, the children and families a very happy break.
During the holiday, of course, work on the new heating system will commence. Gill reports that the governors are getting closer to the £15,000 they must contribute and do so appreciate the support received, either direct or through PTA activities.
Donations payable to The Rebecca Meade Trust are still being gratefully accepted.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.