GARDEN OPEN DAY AT THE OLD VICARAGE
Sunday 20th June
The Michaels look forward to welcoming their many friends to their delightful garden on Sunday 20th June. As before, the Essex Police Band and the Thaxted Ensemble will be there to entertain. They proved to be a great attraction last year, many visitors choosing to listen to them whilst enjoying the home-made teas. William from Manor Nursery in Wimbish will have his usual unusual plants on sale. Open from 2pm until 6pm, admission is £2.50, children 50p. Parking is well signed, there is special wheelchair access and dogs on leads are welcome. Offers of cakes would be very much appreciated. Further details from 01279 850251.
Members of The Friends of The Five Parishes will have received their newsletter inviting them to bring their friends on Wednesday 16th June to this special event in The Friends calendar. Tickets for Friends' guests are £5 but this is refundable if they can be persuaded to become members – in 2003 twelve new members joined up, many because they enjoyed this evening so much!
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 9th June at 8pm in the village hall. The Council always welcomes members of the public to its meetings, and is interested in hearing their opinions and questions.
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. In addition, Broxted is now getting its own skip for green waste on a monthly basis. See the local press for details. This skip will be supervised to ensure that only recyclable materials are collected.
Finally, do remember that Uttlesford will collect from your home large household items completely free of charge. For details of this or for dates of the regular green waste scheme, ring the Council on 01799 510510.
The Parish Council has taken delivery of the sign that it commissioned to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee. This has been funded partly by the surplus made at our Jubilee celebration at Moor End Farm, and partly by a grant from the Council. The sign will be erected on the flagpole map at Cranham Road. Unfortunately the Council has first to obtain planning permission from Uttlesford for the erection of this sign, but it is hoped that this will be granted soon and that the sign will be in place very shortly.
STOP STANSTED EXPANSION CAMPAIGN
Vanishing Villages featuring Broxted Open Gardens
Once again Broxted Parish Council are helping SSE to organise this event on Sunday 27th June. There will be stalls offering plants, books and bric-à-brac. Donations of items for sale would be gratefully received. Contact Roger & Phyllis Clark (01279 850638). Full details are given in the advertisement in this Magazine but if you are prepared to open your garden, or can help in any other way, please contact the campaign office on 01279 870558 or Maggie Sutton on 07834 563601 or 01279 850204.
Editor's note: for more details, see the SSE flier.
CONGRATULATIONS – To Jennifer Kesterton on passing her Grade 2 Clarinet exam with merit.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
Our school is fortunate to receive a lot of support from the local community for which we are really grateful because it enhances the quality of the children's learning. The children also have opportunities to participate in activities within the wider community and this month I am reporting on some of them:
Firstly, a big thank you to Karen and David at The Swan in Great Easton for organising and hosting a highly successful Race Night at the end of April, in aid of the school. A fantastic £1,700 was raised and this will be put with the proceeds from the Bouncy Castle Fun Day and PTA funds to pay for the Decking Project that I mentioned last month. We now have sufficient funds to commission the work costing £7,500. Thank you to all in the community who supported these events by either generous sponsorship or attendance. During the summer break the playground will be enhanced with a stage area and the outdoor curriculum facilities for the younger children will be much improved.
Secondly, our Year 5 and 6 children will benefit from a community arts project based at The Gardens of Easton Lodge this month. A mosaic artist is coming to school to hold workshops for the children to make mosaic panels inspired by an earlier visit to the Gardens. These will then hang in the school hall.
On Monday mornings in June, the Year 5 children will have the opportunity to improve their cricket skills with a coach from Essex County Cricket Board, whilst Year 6 children experience a Latin taster course run by Maggie Stevens, one of our parents. The Latin course is based on the Minimus Mouse Project that has national acclaim. Year 6 children will also be involved in a collaborative Arts Project with Stebbing and Finchingfield schools taking place over six sessions with a puppeteer and dancer, culminating in a performance at Helena Romanes School.
The Bishop of Colchester joined the Revd Gillian Greenslade, staff and children for a visit to the school in May. This has served to strengthen our links with the Church and the Diocese. Bishop Christopher visited the classes, had coffee with the staff, led assembly and stayed for lunch.
Finally, our older children will swap their classrooms for residential locations further afield after half term. Year 5 children will take over the Bradwell Outdoor Education Centre on the Blackwater Estuary. Year 6 children will occupy part of the Coalport China Works that has been redeveloped for a Youth Hostel in the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire. These residential visits are an established part of our upper school curriculum and we are very fortunate to have staff, governors and parents who are prepared to leave their families for a week to enable these activities to take place.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.