THE COUNTESS OF WARWICK'S COUNTRY SHOW
Yvonne Rodliffe says that as the Show is nearly upon us, please, if you are baking, bake a cake for the Cake Stall. A few more volunteers are needed to sell programmes, so, if you have an hour or so to spare on either day, please telephone her on 01279 850355.
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
The Parish Council now meets on the second Wednesday of every month (except August) and the next meeting will be on Wednesday 8th September at 8pm in the village hall. The Council always welcomes members of the public to its meetings and is interested to hear their opinions and questions.
The Queen's Golden Jubilee may seem a long time ago but the Council has commissioned a sign to celebrate it, paid for in part by the small surplus made on the Fun Day held at Moor End Farm. The sign has been made and permission has now been granted by Uttlesford District Council for it to be erected on the flagpole map at the end of Cranham Road. Arrangements for its erection are in hand.
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 next on Sunday 8th August 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. Do make use of this very useful facility.
BROXTED & DISTRICT COMMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
At the Countess of Warwick's Show the Association will again be running their very popular Krazy Kitchen. Offers of old china for smashing will be gratefully received by Roger Clark on 01279 850638 or by any member of the committee.
OPEN DAY AND WORKING EVENT IN THAXTED
Fred and Jeanne Knight are holding their Open Day and Working Event at Copthall Lane, Thaxted on Sunday 5th September from 9am to 5pm. This really is a good day out for all the family with ploughing demonstrations, tractor and vehicle displays and parade, plus many other attractions. There will be a grand raffle, refreshments, local history photograph displays, commercial clocks and so much more. All proceeds will go to local good causes. For more information call 01371 830949.
THE OLD VICARAGE OPEN DAY
Michael Goulding and Michael Coates thank everyone for the enormous amount of hard work that was put into helping them with their NGS Open Day in June. All in all they had some 500 visitors and over £2,000 was raised for the cancer and nursing charities that benefit from the National Gardens Scheme. As in previous years, a percentage has been given to The Friends of the Five Parishes who, in turn, send a very big Thank You to the two Michaels for their on-going generosity.
CONGRATULATIONS – to Matt and Kate Ellis on the birth of their son, Sashon, on the 5th July, a first grandchild for Peter and Susan Smith and first great grandchild for Dick and Peggy Knowles.
CONDOLENCES – We are sorry to learn of the death of Gordon Wright, son-in-law of Mr & Mrs Bevan of Cranham Road. His funeral took place in Broxted church on the 16th June and we offer sincere condolences to his family at this sad time.
A FURTHER UPDATE – on George Wright who is making excellent progress and is now in Saffron Walden hospital.
SSE VANISHING VILLAGES EVENT IN BROXTED
We reproduce here excerpts from the speech given by Roger Clark on behalf of Broxted Parish Council. After welcoming visitors and explaining the day's arrangements, he went on to say:
"Broxted is not a picture-book village. You won't find its image on any chocolate box or biscuit tin, but we believe it has some of the finest views in Essex, and some of the best agricultural land in eastern England. There has been a community here for more than a thousand years and many of the local farms and cottages bear witness to centuries of occupation by the same families who have devoted their lives to their homes and gardens and to the community that is Broxted. BAA may refer to our ‘houses’ as if that was all there is of our village, but this is a living, vibrant place of homes, where people care for their neighbours, their village, their environment and for their community.
"There are many arguments against any further development at Stansted Airport. To us they seem so simple and obvious that we almost tire of rehearsing them.
"Most importantly, the addition of a second runway doesn't mean just the addition of another strip of concrete. It gives the airport the capacity to become the largest airport in the world. Imagine Heathrow, or any large international airport, double the size of that and you can begin to imagine exactly what that will mean for this village, and for towns and villages for miles and miles around. Does BAA, does the Government, really intend for that to happen? As Graham Ayre, the government's inspector at the inquiry in 1984 said, a second runway at Stansted would constitute ‘an unprecedented and wholly unacceptable environmental and visual disaster’. Incidentally, that was the third public inquiry into the development of this airport, and like the previous two, it found against it. We have no reason to doubt that the fourth will come to the same conclusion.
"Please do enjoy your visit to Broxted, and as the poet W H Davies said, do take the ‘time to stand and stare’, and perhaps you will then begin to understand why we are so determined that this ‘environmental and visual disaster’ will never, never, be visited upon us. Thank you."
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
As you read this, the children and staff will be enjoying a well-deserved break after a very full school year. We have had many highlights but I thought readers might like to hear from the children for a change. The following extracts are from the diaries of Year 5 children written whilst staying at Bradwell Outdoor Education Centre for their week–long residential visit in June:
"When we arrived here I could smell the salty sea, I could see fields, I could taste the fresh sea breeze and I could hear nothing but peace and quiet."
"Only my first full day at Bradwell and I'm already soaking – today we went canoeing."
"I felt really pleased with myself for holding my first crab."
"It was a great experience for my friends and me – what a wicked day!" (One of the boys writing about canoeing)
"I then tried the Jacob's Ladder with two of my team mates. We all tried really hard to help each other, I felt really pleased when I managed to reach the fourth log." (One of the girls writing about the high ropes).
Year 6 children also spent a week away from home at Coalport Youth Hostel located in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. There were many highlights: notably the Victorian Town, the hands on museum known as Enginuity, making a mural and our ascent of the Wrekin. We are very fortunate to have staff, parents and governors who are prepared to spend a week away with the children and, as you can see from the above comments, it was well worth all the overtime! Life at school is certainly enriched by such visits.
As I write this, we are preparing for a new venture which is to hold a Communion Service in school for the older children, parents, staff, governors and members of the Five Parishes. I am sure that you will hear more about this in the future.
In last month's Magazine it was announced that Mrs Sue Holden is to be appointed as a governor to our school. All governing bodies are required to reconstitute before 2006. Our governing body is doing this in September which means that Sue will be a Foundation Governor (appointed via the church), rather than a minor local authority representative because the latter position is no longer a category for governor appointments. We are very pleased to welcome Sue to this position.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.