BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
At its meeting in July the Council learned, with regret, of the resignation of Mrs Flook. The process to find a successor has been put in place.
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.
The rubbish skip will be visiting Broxted during the weekend 6th/7th September. It will be sited in the car park of the Village Hall. The continued visits of this skip depend on some simple rules being observed. Only household rubbish may be skipped, and no hazardous waste must be placed in the skip such as fridges, freezers, engine oil, car batteries and gas cylinders. 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 (including fridges, freezers, radiators and furniture) completely free of charge. Ring the Council on 01799 510510 to ask for this service.
The Open Day and Working Event held by the J F Knight Collection takes place at Copthall Lane, Thaxted on Sunday 7th September, 9am to 5pm.
BROXTED VILLAGE HALL
The Diary of Events lists the activities at the hall but Barbara, who looks after Village Hall lettings, describes these in a little more detail. She writes:
"On Monday evening at 7.30 pm is the Country and Western Line Dance class, while half an hour earlier on a Tuesday, our Ladies only Latin Line Dance class takes to the floor. Both these classes are anxious to swell their numbers.
"Latin and Ballroom partner classes are also run on both days. Monday at 8.30 pm is for absolute beginners, so if you've ever wanted to try and shine at a Christmas party or you have a wedding coming up and you will be called upon to perform a few steps, then this is the class for you. If you can already put one or two steps together, then our improver class will welcome you at 8pm on a Tuesday.
"In all these classes our tutor Derek is most patient and will afford you every consideration. Many class members, especially the gentlemen, have been amazed at what they have achieved in just a few weeks. If you still have holidays coming up, don't worry, join now. Arrangements can always be made to cover any missed lessons.
"Saturday mornings see our low impact "Aerobics and Relaxation Class" for early risers. This is particularly good if you are well into middle age, or are over weight, suffering from limited mobility, recovering from surgery, have a heart condition or are suffering from stress. All these categories of people need to exercise but in a limited and controlled way and that is what this class seeks to address. (N.B. This is not a body building class). The early start means an early finish so your Saturday is still free for shopping or household jobs.
"Derek will be pleased to explain this further if you call him on 01279 850761."
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 is no news from Dave Rout this month but the report of a vehicle theft in Little Easton reminds us all of the need to remain vigilant. If you need to contact Dave Rout, the telephone number for Dunmow Police Station is 01371 872208.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
Firstly, a warm welcome to all the children joining our Reception class. We have twenty children starting their learning journey with us. Some of them are very familiar with the school because they are following their siblings, others are the oldest members of their families and are therefore the first to start school. We are looking forward to working with all the families, whether familiar or new to us. We also welcome the children and their families who have joined us from other schools. The school is now very close to its capacity, with 145 children on roll. This has resulted in us establishing a sixth class so that we have three classes in Key Stage 1 and three in Key Stage 2.
The teachers have planned a range of topics for their classes this term. All the children in Key Stage 1 will be working on the theme of Pattern. They will explore patterns in nature, art and mathematics, and look at stories that have links to this topic, one such being that of Joseph and his coat of many colours. The children in Years 3 and 4 will be focusing on Ancient Egypt and we hope to visit the British Museum later in the term. The oldest children are working on the theme of Space, not just the galactic variety. However, they are going to design and make space buggies developing both their design and IT skills.
An exciting development this term is the launch of our Play Leader scheme. During the summer term our Year 6 children undertook a six-week training course with two people from the Essex Behaviour Support Team. They 'graduated' in July and are now working in the playground during breaks and lunch times. They wear red baseball caps so that they can be easily identified amongst our blue uniforms. They have a duty rota and a special noticeboard that tells the rest of the school who is available and the new game of the week. As well as helping other children to play, they are also able to sort out minor disagreements. We hope this initiative will help to ensure a safe and happy playground for all our children. Of course there are still adults on duty to support them!
Finally, our Enrichment Afternoon enters its third year this term. We were very much ahead of the times in introducing it and it has gone from strength to strength. It takes place each Wednesday afternoon between 1.30 pm and 3pm. If you have a skill or talent that you would like to share with a small group of children at that time, please let me know, as we are always looking for new experiences for our children.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.