BROXTED CHURCH COMMITTEE
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.
THE COUNTESS OF WARWICK'S SHOW
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.
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
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.
STOP STANSTED EXPANSION CAMPAIGN
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 email@example.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.
THE CASE OF THE VANISHING UMPIRE – 2nd INSTALMENT
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.
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
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.
AUGUST COPY DATE
As the 10th July falls on a Saturday please let Yvonne have any items for the August issue by Friday 9th July. Thank you.
CAN YOU HELP:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
IN REMEMBRANCE: BEN BARKER from BROXTED
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor's note: for more about Gill Reilly and the Barker family, see the Family History menu.