The first carol singing evening in the Five Parishes took place in The Prince of Wales on the 9th December when the pub was packed with singers. A big thank you to everyone who attended and to staff at the pub who made everyone welcome. Some singers worked so hard they stayed on to enjoy a delightful meal in the Mehfil restaurant afterwards!
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 & DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
The Children's Christmas Party held on the 7th December was a great success, with nearly 40 youngsters enjoying the games, Punch & Judy show and the tea. Father Christmas managed to make his traditional visit and brought with him a present for every child. Many thanks to all those who helped to make this annual event an enjoyable time for everybody.
Leap Year Party
Come and join us for a Leap Year Party with AJ's Disco on Saturday 28th February in the Village Hall from 8pm until 12.30, and greet the Leap Day with style. Licensed Bar applied for. Tickets, which include a buffet, are £5 and are available from Sarah on 01279 850887, Rachel on 01279 850047, Jenny on 01279 850348 and Roger on 01279 850638. Over 18's only.
The Magazine Committee send New Year greetings to everyone involved with the distribution of this Magazine in Broxted. Your efforts in getting it to each household, come rain or shine, every month truly are greatly appreciated. Without your help, the whole system would break down! A special thank you goes to Rita Neaves who had to give up earlier in the year due to ill health.
Once again, the Lewell family lit up the village! Each year they spend several weeks preparing their house and garden that they then open to the public. The donations they receive go to charitable causes. Hundreds of light bulbs are used in the display and it has become a regular "must see" occasion for dozens of children, and adults, during the Christmas period.
Finally, best wishes for a Happy New Year go to Gill at Molehill Green Post Office and Stores, to Rob the milkman, and to the postmen and refuse collectors. Thank you all for the good service you give throughout the year to the residents in Broxted and its surrounding areas.
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 message from Dave Rout this month. We wish him well for 2004. If you need to contact Dunmow Police, the number is 01371 872208.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
On behalf of the staff, governors, parents and children of the school, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in the Five Parishes a peaceful and happy New Year. The year 2004 marks the first time in the recent history of our school that the roll has reached 153 children, which means that we are full. The school has grown considerably in the last three years for two reasons: our reputation for a very good balanced and broad education in a Christian environment and the pressure for school places in the Dunmow area. We are very proud of our achievements and continue to strive for the very best for all of our children.
Earlier last term I reported that we were to be assessed for the Advanced Healthy Schools Award. I am pleased to announce that we successfully achieved this at the end of November. The assessors were particularly impressed with the way in which the children were able to talk about their school; from the School Council, to being a Playleader or Librarian, to expressing their views on our own provision of school meals and break time snacks. We are one of only thirty Essex schools to have achieved this award. It will continue to underpin all our work with the curriculum and our approach to the strategic development of the school.
The mechanical services work carried out in the summer is now complete. A huge thank you to everyone who responded to the various Rebecca Meade Trust fundraising activities. As a result of this the governors are able to meet the full £15,500 contribution to the project (the governing bodies of aided schools are required to pay 10% towards any capital project). This is a splendid achievement and a reflection of the generosity of people connected with the Five Parishes. The final stage will be the decoration of our new music room (the former boiler room) that will be dedicated to Jack Filby - watch this space!
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
NOTES FOR YOUR DIARIES
|Wed 14 January
||Parish Council Meeting, 8pm Village Hall|
|Sat 28 February
||Leap Year Party, 8pm Village Hall|
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.