CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
Broxted's Christmas service will take place on Sunday 21st December at 5pm. Do come along, and bring the children, for this special service of carols and Christmas readings surrounded by beautiful Christmas decorations. Refreshments and mulled wine will be available after the service.
CAROL SINGING AT THE PRINCE OF WALES
The Five Parishes tradition of carol singing in the village pubs starts in the Prince of Wales on Tuesday 9th December beginning at about 7pm. Come along for some rousing singing in convivial surroundings!
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 14th January 2004 at 8pm in the Village Hall. The Council welcomes members of the public to its meetings, and values their contribution.
BROXTED COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
A reminder that the children's Christmas party is on Sunday 7th December from 3pm to 5pm in Broxted village hall. Enquiries to Rachel on 01279 850047. Also the Association cake stall will be at the late night shopping evening in Dunmow on Friday 12th December. Offers of cakes will be gratefully accepted by Rachel or Jenny on 01279 850348.
AIRPORT-RELATED PARKING - FREEPHONE 0800 7312385
In an open letter sent via local councils, John Moore, Highways Manager at Stansted Airport advises that an automated dedicated free phone system has been installed. This system will permit members of the public to leave information against a series of prompts regarding suspected airport-related vehicles parked in residential streets. This hotline is not an information line and is to be used to gather data only. The information left by members of the public will be used to identify the nature of the problem and assist local councils and Stansted Airport to understand the nature and size of the problem and hopefully try to resolve it.
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)
I am sorry I have not supplied any notes for a while, but I'm afraid this was due to illness on my part. I am not getting around the area much at the moment, but the other staff at Dunmow are still patrolling.
This area is still the lowest for crime locally and I am hopeful we can keep it that way. I still worry that not everyone takes the threat of shed burglaries seriously. We get the odd one here and there, and I would have thought I had bored you all into getting extra security by now, but it seems the burglars always manage to find a victim who hasn't. I do get upset when people say, "The police do nothing about crime", because I am "doing something", but not everybody seems to listen. We, the police, cannot sit outside everybody's house, factory, shop, car or whatever; it comes down to each of us as individuals taking responsibility for our own property. I have given much repeated advice over the years about locks and alarms, and I advise everybody, no matter how small or big your house is, to update these as soon as possible. If you need advice on any kind of crime prevention, contact us and we will put you in contact with the right person.
The local villages are still complaining about the speed of vehicles around our local roads. I know some local people are responsible because I have had to have words with you. It is not always 'boy racers'; I have warned many people in their later years of the speed limits. The problem is, we all see the faults of others, but never our own. Most people argue that they're not causing a problem, well that's true, we would be dealing with an accident if they did. But what worries me is that people just don't concentrate on their driving. If they can't see us in our bright police cars or reflective jackets, they will not see you in your grey car or your child in dark school uniform. Please just THINK when you are behind the wheel of a car. I have also had complaints that drivers are too fast around the narrow lanes. This causes problems for horse riders and cyclists. PLEASE SLOW DOWN, you might not get a second chance!
Now the dark mornings and evenings are here, it is time to check your car lights. Carry a spare set of bulbs in case one goes, because you know it will be a while before you can get around to buying one. Check your windscreen washers and wipers, and don't drive off until your windows have demisted. If they are frozen, make sure you clean all of them before you drive. Check your tyres for wear and pressure, they are an important part of any vehicle.
Remember to keep Christmas shopping safe. Don't put it in your car on view, then walk away, always put it in the boot, out of sight.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
Once again, at the end of November, the school took part in the BBC's Children in Need Appeal. The School Council decided to raise funds for the charity by asking each class to choose a theme for school-dress on the day, the children paying £1 to dress accordingly. The youngest children came in their pyjamas, following a theme of bed-time. It is always good to be involved in these national fund raising events; it gives the children the opportunity to think of others less fortunate than themselves.
The Christmas Bazaar in mid-November marked the beginning of our Christmas celebrations and activities. This year, for the first time, the children had the opportunity to be involved in Operation Christmas Child. During half term they filled shoeboxes with small gifts suitable for children of their own age. These boxes were then collected and distributed to children who otherwise would receive nothing at Christmas. We had a terrific response with over fifty boxes returned.
December is a notoriously busy month in the life of a primary school. On Friday 5th December some children will take part in the Helena Romanes Advent Concert at Dunmow Parish Church. Then we will have the rehearsals and performances for our own concert. During this term the children have been inspired to perform following their Albert Hall Concert and a visit from the SNAP Theatre Company. This year the whole school will be taking part in a version of the musical 'Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat'. Performances will be in the school hall on Monday 15th December in the afternoon, Tuesday 16th December and Wednesday 17th December at 6.30 pm. Unfortunately, space is limited so it is not possible to give an open invitation on this occasion. However, on Thursday 18th December the whole school will attend Great Easton Church for our Christmas service to be led by Revd Gillian Greenslade. The children in Year 1 will dress up as the characters from the Christmas story and will form a tableau as we follow the events of the first Christmas, over two thousand years ago. You are most welcome to come along to this. Individual classes will be holding parties during the last week of term but we shall all come together on the last day of term for our Christmas lunch.
We do wish all readers of the Five Parishes magazine a peaceful and joyous Christmas season.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
NOTES FOR YOUR DIARIES
|Sunday 7th December
||3pm Children's Party, Village Hall|
|Tuesday 9th December
||Carol Singing at The Prince of Wales|
|Friday 12th December
||Late Night Shopping, Dunmow|
|Sunday 21st December
||5pm Carols by Candlelight at St Mary's Church|
CLASSES AT THE VILLAGE HALL
||7.30 to 8.30 pm Country & Western Line Dancing|
||8.30 to 9.30 pm Partner Latin & Ballroom Dancing (Beginners)|
||7 pm Ladies Latin Line Dance Class|
||8 pm Partner Latin & Ballroom Class (Improvers)|
||8.00 am Keep Fit Class|
For more information, contact Derek on 01279 850761.