The rubbish skip will be visiting the village during the weekend of 8th/9th May and will be sited in the car park of the village hall in Brown's End Road. The continued visits of this skip depend on some simple rules being observed. Only household rubbish may be skipped, and no hazardous waste, including fridges, freezers, engine oil, car batteries and gas cylinders must be placed in the skip. 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 completely free of charge. Ring the council on 01799 510510 to ask for this service.
In addition to this visiting skip, Uttlesford have been, since the beginning of April, providing skips for wood, metal and green waste on a regular basis. They are in White Street Car Park, Dunmow every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm, and in Thaxted and Stansted on alternate weekends.
Furthermore, Broxted will be getting its own skip for green waste on a monthly basis, the first one will be at the village hall on Saturday 15th May. All of these skips will be supervised to ensure that only recyclable materials are collected.
STOP STANSTED EXPANSION CAMPAIGN
The quiz run by Phyllis and Roger Clark on 27th March was a great success. Seventeen teams competed and the sum of £718 was raised for the SSE funds. Very many thanks to all those who took part.
Vanishing Villages Featuring Broxted Open Gardens
Broxted Parish Council, in conjunction with SSE, will again be helping to organise Broxted Open Gardens as part of the Vanishing Villages Event. This will be on Sunday 27th June. More details will follow, but make a note of the date now, and if you are prepared to open your garden, or can help in any way, please contact the campaign office on 01279 870558.
HAS ANYONE SEEN OUR UMPIRE?
Sadly sometime on 21st/22nd March he disappeared. He is only a little chap, standing about 18" to 24" high, wears a white coat, red tie, white hat with a black band, has a grey moustache and is very heavy. Sometimes, on a good day, he answers to "Trickie Dickie". For the last six years he has stood outside Elgon in Browns End Road, quietly minding his own business, occasionally helping motorists and delivery men to find their destinations, and giving Tim and Deborah Bishop of the same address a lot of enjoyment.
He is missed greatly. Anyone able to give information to Tim and Deborah leading to his safe return will receive a small reward.
BROXTED'S HOST OF GOLDEN DAFFODILS
Several years ago a group of people from the Broxted Community Association planted hundreds of daffodil bulbs through the village. Each year we welcome their re-appearance as one of the first signs that spring has arrived. This year they have been particularly lovely, and we should like those who planted them to know that they are still appreciated.
BT have indicated that 2 more people are needed to get the Broxted/Henham (01279 850xxx) exchange up to their demand level to receive BT Broadband. If you are thinking of receiving this service, please go on line and register your interest by logging on to www.bt.com/broadband. This does not form an obligation to sign up.
Please let Yvonne have articles for publication in the May issue by Thursday 6th May. Thank you.
We were very sorry to learn of the sudden and unexpected death of Diane Scraggs, mother of Jill, who runs the shop in Molehill Green. Diane ran the shop for many years prior to Jill taking over and was well known as a keen darts player. She was a much-loved mother, grandmother and great grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.
Also we were sorry to hear of the death of Katherine Mary Burton on 27th March at the age of 96. Known as Kitty, she was the daughter of Reverend Armstrong and spent her early years at The Old Vicarage in Broxted. On her marriage to Charles Burton, they lived at Chickney Old Hall and when she was widowed she had Crabscrote built where she lived until moving to sheltered accommodation in Saffron Walden. Kitty was a devoted supporter of Broxted church and a longstanding member of the WI. She had many friends in the area who will be saddened by her passing. Her funeral has taken place and, at her own request, was private.
Go to Stephen Knowles currently in hospital. We hope he will soon be fully recovered and send best wishes also to his family at this worrying time.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
Plans are well under way for our annual Bouncy Castle Fun Day organised by the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) that takes place on Saturday 22nd May. There will be all the usual summer fete attractions and some new ones too, as well as the colourful bouncy inflatables for children. Proceeds will go towards providing a staged decking area at the edge of the playground and Reception class. If you would like tickets, please ring the School Office on 01371 870219. As well as this major event the PTA has recently held an Easter cake sale that raised £53 and a Children's Fashion Show that raised nearly £400. We are most fortunate to have such an enthusiastic and committed group of people working so hard to support our school.
At the end of last term the School Council held a Blue Peter Bring and Buy Sale. The Hall was transformed into a child's paradise of toys, books and games. We set ourselves the target of selling everything in thirty minutes! This was achieved and £120 was raised for the appeal. Needless to say, the children went home with bags full of bargains.
During the year a group of older children who have demonstrated particular strengths with writing have been privileged to attend Able Writers Workshops with well-known authors. At the last one held at Dunmow St Mary's School with the writer Wes Magee, one of our children was chosen to read her work in front of a whole school assembly. The group then shared their writing and Wes Magee's poems at one of our own school assemblies. Such workshops provide great inspiration for the children and give them the opportunity to write beyond the usual time barriers that a normal school day often imposes. The quality of work produced is most impressive. This is just one example of the way in which we are able to extend the learning of and provide for our more able children.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
TESCO Computers For Schools Vouchers
It's time to collect those vouchers once again! Collection boxes for Great Easton Primary School are sited at The Swan in Great Easton as well as at the School.