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Stop Stansted Expansion


from the Five Parishes' Magazine

JULY 2004


The next meeting of the Broxted Church Committee takes place on Monday 5th July at The Old Vicarage at 7.30pm.


The dedicated team looking after Broxted church would love to have more help with the cleaning of the church if anyone has an hour or two to spare. With the rota already in existence, this would mean once every two/three months.


Yvonne Rodliffe is helping the Show team to recruit volunteers for programme selling etc. If you are able to help, please contact her on 01279 850355. Also cakes and produce will be needed for the Cake and Produce Stall at the Show so, if any of you ladies and gentlemen are baking, please think about making an extra cake and freezing it.



The Parish Council now meets on the second Wednesday of every month. It is hoped that this will mean shorter meetings and the opportunity to discuss matters in greater detail. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 14th July 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.

Points arising from the meeting on the 9th June:

  • the Council learned that the application from Orange for a telecommunications mast to be sited at Church End was to be rejected by Uttlesford;

  • the Council has purchased a salt/grit bin to be sited at The Maltings;

  • the Council has arranged a briefing meeting with BAA to discuss its detailed plans for the second runway.


Broxted now has its own skip for green waste on a monthly basis. It will be sited in the car park of the village hall on 10th July, 8th August, 4th September, 3rd October and 6th November from 1pm to 4pm. This skip will take all garden waste, grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, weeds etc. and will be supervised to ensure that only recyclable materials are collected.

In previous issues the weekend site for skips in Dunmow has been given as White Street car park. We now understand that this site is at Hoblongs Industrial Estate, Chelmsford Road. For dates and locations of the regular skips for green material/wood/metal which visit Stansted, Thaxted and Great Dunmow, ring the Uttlesford Recycling Officer on 01799 510557. Finally, do remember that Uttlesford will collect from your home large household items completely free of charge. For details of this ring the Council on 01799 510510.

Broxted Parish Council's Response to BAA's Home Owner Support Scheme

Broxted Parish Council responded swiftly to the consultation document, the main points of their response being published in the May magazine. However for completeness the key points are repeated below:

  • inadequate distribution of the consultation document;

  • inappropriate to adopt rail compensation model for air traffic noise;

  • 66leq contour is incorrect;

  • boundaries for compensation should relate to whole communities;

  • no reference to noise and other disturbance caused by additional road and rail links to the airport.

Editor's note: Once again as in April, I have taken the liberty of including details of the other Parish Councils' responses to BAA's Home Owner Support Scheme from this issue of the magazine. See below.


Vanishing Villages Featuring Broxted Open Gardens

A final reminder about this event on Sunday 27th June. For last minute information, please contact the campaign office on 01279 870558 or Maggie Sutton on 07714 767 921 or 01279 850204.

Runway Ramble 2004

On Sunday 12th September there are two circular walks for this very important sponsored event, one of about 5 miles and one of 10 miles. As they are designed for the whole family, both of the walks are very easy and both are suitable for pushchairs/wheelchairs.

Start/finish point is Molehill Green, where the whole community will be demolished if the Airport Expansion proposals are given the go-ahead, and will go through countryside that will never be seen again. SSE's purpose is to show the beauty of the land that BAA seeks to destroy, so both walks are entirely on routes within this area and both will visit, or pass by, properties that BAA wishes to condemn.

SSE "Easy 10" mile walk: Starting at Molehill Green from 9am, the route goes to The Three Horseshoes at Duton Hill for a lunch stop, if desired, and arrives back at Molehill Green from about 1pm.

SSE "Easy 5" mile walk: Starting at Molehill Green from 11am, the route takes in some threatened properties and arrives back at Molehill Green from about 1pm.

There will be great fun entertainment for all the family at Molehill Green, from the time of arriving back there and throughout the afternoon. Also, food and drinks will be available for purchase, both in the SSE Marquee and in The Three Horseshoes.

Sponsorship forms are available by ringing Moya on 01279 870558 or by e-mail to info@stopstanstedexpansion.com or on their website www.stopstanstedexpansion.com. Organise sponsors to support you and register with SSE as per the instructions on the form.

The organisers urge everyone to join them on the 12th September and help to preserve your heritage.

Stop Press - Judicial Review

As this Magazine was being prepared on the 11th June, the announcement came that permission has been given for a full Judicial Review hearing to challenge the Government plans for the proposed expansion at Stansted. The action, mounted by the Stop Stansted Expansion campaign in conjunction with community groups from Luton (LADACAN) and Heathrow (HACAN) and two London boroughs (Hillingdon and Wandsworth), is due to be heard alongside a separate but related claim by a consortium of five Hertfordshire and Essex local authorities. The High Court will hear evidence that the Air Transport White Paper published in December was fundamentally flawed and the conclusions it reached were irrational and inconsistent with the Government's own policies and with the consultation ground rules.

Whilst welcoming this news, supporters of SSE must remember that action of this type is costly and therefore financial support for the campaign is as critical as it ever was. For this and other legal and regulatory initiatives they are currently pursuing, at least £30,000 is going to be required. Please help by sending a cheque, large or small, according to your means, payable to Stop Stansted Expansion, to SSE Campaign Office, PO Box 311, Takeley, Bishop's Stortford, Herts CM22 6PY.


As reported recently, the umpire belonging to Tim and Deborah Bishop disappeared from their garden several weeks ago and is much missed. However, some very kind anonymous person has introduced a distant relative of Trickie Dickie. He is very welcome and will be taking up his duties shortly. Tim and Deborah are most grateful to the generous donor to whom they say Thank You so much.


Fred and Jeanne Knight are holding again their Open Day and Working Event at Copthall Lane, Thaxted on Sunday 5th September. This is always a most interesting day with ploughing demonstrations, tractor and vehicle displays and parade, plus many other attractions. There will be refreshments available and a Grand Raffle! For more information call 01371 830949.


As the 10th July falls on a Saturday please let Yvonne have any items for the August issue by Friday 9th July. Thank you.


  • Chris Galloway is a 2nd year student at Writtle agricultural college who is about to embark on his dissertation, the subject of which is Mr Humphrey Waterfield who lived in Hill Pasture, Broxted. He is particularly interested in Mr Waterfield as a garden designer and where he got his ideas from. Chris would be happy to hear from anybody that knew him or helped him. He can be contacted on his mobile 07771 566389 or at home on 01371 830622 or by e-mail at chris@thaxted0616.fsnet.co.uk.

  • Colin Salmon is looking for help with his family tree. His ancestors came from Broxted and he says that some field names mentioned in wills are still familiar today. He has a web page www.salmonline.co.uk and anyone interested in helping him with his research should contact him by e-mail on colin.salmon3@ntlworld.com.

    Editor's note: see the Family History menu for more details.


BEST WISHES – for a speedy recovery to George Wright. Although he now lives in Thaxted, he was born and brought up in Broxted. At the time of writing he is in Addenbrooke's Hospital and we hope he will soon be up and about again.


An e-mail from son-in-law, Jim Reilly, in Australia, to Clive Rixson

"This is a message of sadness and celebration.  Gill's dad Ben Barker died on the 2nd April in hospital in Brisbane just before his 93rd birthday.  Recovered from pneumonia, he was on his way down to the ground floor for me to take him home, when he got sick.  He died 16 hours later from a bleeding ulcer.

"At 25 Ben married Barbara, who is now in Treetops nursing home.  He started work as a farm hand in Essex later becoming a gardener, working for Rab Butler, Deputy Prime Minister of England, Mr Peat of Peat Warwick Mitchell, the world's largest public accountants, and many others who needed wealth to maintain large estates.  Gardening in those early days required flexibility: he looked after zoos, tropical plants and animals, gas and electric generation plants, swimming pools.

"As a British Army transport driver during 1939-45 he saw active service in Africa, Iraq, Egypt and Italy where he was captured by German soldiers, becoming a prisoner of war for 18 months. He was on the long march from Breslau, now in Poland, to Hanover for an arduous three months, sleeping rough and scavenging for food as the Germans provided nothing.  His 6-year old daughter recoiled in horror when he returned to England as a skeleton.  Ben had a singular force in his life: survival under any circumstance.  In today's parlance perhaps ‘don't let the b****rs get you down!’

"He was never a rich man in money terms, but he could always buy with cash what he wanted.  He was generous and constantly conscious of giving in return, or in our terms he more than paid his way.  He had this fantastic knack of never giving advice, questioning, probing and letting you come to your own conclusions.  He was well loved and well liked.  God speed, Ben."

Clive tells us both Ben and his wife Barbara were born in Broxted.  Ben was the eldest of 14 children and Barbara the daughter of Bill and Maud Payne who ran the Prince of Wales.  Daughter Gill met Jim Reilly in Canada where she moved in 1956 to work as a nanny and they eventually settled in Brisbane, Australia.  Gill with her daughter visited Broxted in December 2003 and her family and friends laid on a party at the Prince of Wales.  She can be contacted by e-mail on gillreilly@optusnet.com.au.


Editor's note: for more about Gill Reilly and the Barker family, see the Family History menu.



July marks the end of the school year and as I write this the teachers are busy preparing their end of year reports for the parents of every child in their class. It has been a most successful year and I would particularly like to thank the Parent Teacher Association for organising several fundraising events, most notably our Bouncy Castle Fun Day that raised a record breaking £3,400. Thank you also, to all the anonymous donators of Tesco computer vouchers. Again we broke all previous records for collecting these – nearly 30,000 – and this means that we can order all sorts of equipment to enhance the children's learning.

The children still have a lot to look forward to this month; sports mornings for both key stages, our annual Fun Day, the PTA disco, a visit to Walton on the Naze for the younger children, completion of two Arts projects for the older children and the training of our next group of Playleaders.

This is also the time when we say farewell to our Year 6 children as they progress to the secondary stage of their education. Some of them have been at our school since the age of four, some have arrived more recently. For all of them it is a milestone in their lives and we wish them every success for the future. We shall be reflecting on this at our Leavers' Service on Tuesday 20th July at 11am in Great Easton church. You are most welcome to join us. You are also most welcome to visit us between 5.30 and 8pm for our Open Evening on Thursday July 15th.

Gill Hopkins


See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.


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Editor's note: Once again as in April, I have taken the liberty of including details of the other Parish Councils' responses to BAA's Home Owner Support Scheme from this issue of the magazine.

See also the full response from Broxted Parish Council, issued 16 April, and the full response from Takeley Parish Council.



Richard Beattie and Duncan Willoughby have finalised and delivered the Council's response to the BAA Home Owners Support Scheme.  Chairman Rob Lee thanked them for their untiring work on behalf of all the residents of Great Easton and Duton Hill.

The Parish Council response was submitted after a meeting at BAA's Stansted office during which many key points were discussed.  The response was also supported by the weight of a petition organised by the Council (see below).

The following key points were raised:

  • the compensation contour should be 50dba, as this is equivalent to the 66dba used for road/rail traffic schemes;

  • communities must be treated as entities;

  • ground noise and other impacts must be taken into consideration;

  • the blight-relieving scheme must be underwritten to maintain validity under any successor to BAA;

  • grave concerns were expressed about the noise contours and particular concerns about the Primary School and The Three Horseshoes.

A copy of this response can be seen in the three pubs of the Parish, or obtained from the Parish Clerk, Audrey Miller on 01371 870927.

Parish Petition

At a Council Meeting attended by many members of the public, the Council agreed to organise a petition of every household within the Parish.  It was conducted by volunteers following a specific brief and the Council would like to thank all of them for their time and patience, and also all those residents who responded.

Forms were returned from 201 households, 64% of all those in the Parish, of which a massive 98% supported the Council's position, signed on behalf of 527 residents.  Of those who did not reply, many were believed to be tenants in rented properties who would not benefit from the HOSS as currently proposed – the Council has asked BAA to include them.  Residents of Duton Hill were especially concerned, with 69% of households returning forms of support.  All forms were included with the Council's response to BAA.

Duton Hill

Duton Hill residents are represented by Great Easton Parish Council and were fully involved in the petition and the meeting with BAA (see Great Easton news).  In addition, recognising special concern at the divisive impact on the community of different noise contours, the thriving Duton Hill Community Association constructed its own response, which was circulated to all residents and submitted to BAA.  A further copy, and 93 signed forms to show support, were included in the Parish Council response document.


Tilty Parish does not have a council as such, but it has a formally constituted meeting and keeps every household advised of all relevant matters.  The Tilty Parish response to the HOSS was drafted with the close knowledge of residents, who all received a copy of the final version before its submission to BAA.


This response covers the following areas of concern:  general blight which includes falling property prices, rise in noise, pollution, traffic congestion and urbanisation.  There are grave concerns about the noise contours and particular concerns about Great Easton Primary School which the majority of local children attend.  If anyone would like a copy of this response, please contact Shirley Holden on 01371 872361.



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