BROXTED HARVEST FESTIVAL
As part of this year's extended festival activities, there will be a Preview Evening on Friday 10th October from 6.30 to 8pm. Wine and canapés will be available and all parishioners are welcome. Please take the opportunity to have a relaxed look at the decorations. If you cannot make Friday evening, then on Saturday 11th October tea and cakes will be available in the church from 2pm to 4.30 pm.
On Sunday 12th October the All-Age Worship service for Harvest will take place at 11am. There will be a Country Market stall and produce from the church decorations will be sold. Gifts of toiletries (for adults and babies) for George Mills' charity British Aid for Deprived Children will be received during the service and the offertory collection will be donated to the Medical Foundation - Caring for Victims of Torture, of which John McCarthy and Brian Keenan are both patrons.
THE COUNTESS OF WARWICK'S COUNTRY SHOW
Yvonne would like to thank the ladies and gentlemen of Broxted whose wonderful response to her request for cakes for the Five Parishes Cake Stall is greatly appreciated.
The Michaels thank everyone in Broxted for their magnificent contribution of bottles for Bert's bottle stall. As reported in News for All Parishes, the Pickford team had another record year!
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Wednesday 12th November 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 AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
A really smashing time was had at the Countess of Warwick's Country Show with the Krazy Kitchen as popular as ever! A total of £225 was raised for Association funds. Crockery is being collected already for next year, so if you are throwing any out please contact Roger Clark on 01279 850638 or any committee member.
It is with sadness that we learned of the death of Gladys Willis. Gladys was known to a great many people from her time as Casualty Sister at Haymeads Hospital when she was Gladys Clarke and lived at Oakmeads. Following the death of her first husband, Joe, she moved several times, eventually returning to Broxted on marrying Arnold Willis, living at The Old Vicarage before moving to Coulters in Thaxted.
Gladys had been a patient for several months in Saffron Walden Hospital where she passed away on the 22nd August. Her funeral was held at Thaxted church on the 29th August. Gladys is survived by a son and daughter, Andrew and Tessa, and four grandchildren, to whom we send sincere condolences.
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 if you need to contact Dave Rout, the telephone number for Dunmow Police Station is 01371 872208.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
As you are probably aware, the children enjoyed an additional two days of holiday in September because the heating engineers were unable to restore our water supply in time. However, we now enjoy a regular supply of hot water to all the relevant taps and we should be able to work at a comfortable temperature in all the classrooms as we switch on the new heating system. During half term the new pipes will be painted and the new music room should begin to take shape. This room will be dedicated to Jack Filby, some of the work being funded by his memorial trust fund. Everyone has worked very hard to keep the school in an operative condition during the on-going work.
On 25th September, the children celebrated Harvest Festival in Great Easton church, coinciding with the church's own Festival and All-Age Communion service on the following Sunday. They brought gifts of pasta, plain flour, rice and sugar that were then put into boxes ready for collection for the Harvest for the Hungry campaign. This year the boxes are being sent to Bulgaria. It is good that we think of those families for whom even basic foodstuffs have become a luxury. The children had an opportunity to reflect on the fact that these foods need to be grown and processed before appearing in packets on the supermarket shelves, giving them some appreciation of the work of our farming community.
On 10th October, our school will be most fortunate to join other Essex schools for the Essex Schools' Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. Thirty children in Key Stage Two have been working as a choir since June learning several songs from around Britain as well as an oratorio called Along Came Man. They will perform these with sixteen hundred children, in front of a Royal Albert Hall audience. All the children taking part will wear a special blue T-shirt with a large picture of the earth printed on the front. The proceeds from the concert will be donated to Barnardo's, who are helping to organise this huge event. This will be a unique experience for our children and will build on their experiences with the London Mozart Players and Britten Sinfonia during the summer.
If you would like to know more about what is happening at our school, please visit our website. It has a direct link from the Five Parishes website. Our weekly newsletter, brochure, and lunch menus can all be found on our website.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.