NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY
from the Five Parishes' Magazine
The Broxted celebration of Harvest Festival will be on Sunday 10th October at the 11am service. The church will be open all day on Saturday 9th October so that the beautiful displays can be viewed at leisure. Tea will be served in the afternoon. On both days there will be a Market Stall for which donations of produce, preserves and cakes will be gratefully received.
Altar offerings at the Harvest Service should be of pasta, rice and plain flour which will be sent to Harvest for the Hungry via Great Easton school. The plate collection at this service will be donated to the George Mills charity, British Aid for Deprived Children.
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
The Parish Council met on the 8th September. Amongst the matters discussed were:
A number of complaints had been received about the state of some footpaths. The Essex County Council Highways Authority is responsible for their maintenance and has been notified of the work that needs to be done. A shortage of resources and manpower means, however, that they will not be attended to immediately.
Archaeology in the Pipeline
The display boards from the exhibition currently at the Saffron Walden Museum (of finds made whilst excavating for the gas pipeline in 2002) will be touring the villages in the New Year. It will be coming to Broxted in March 2005.
Uttlesford Community Achievement Award Scheme
Nominations are being sought for these awards. The categories are:
The Clerk has nomination forms.
The Council has been invited to view the workings of the Track Keeping and Monitoring Unit. The Council is considering its response to a consultation document on Night Flying Restrictions at London's Airports that will operate from October 2005.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 13th October 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.
The Green Skip will be visiting Broxted on Sunday 3rd October and Saturday 6th November. It will be sited in the car park of the Village Hall 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 COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
The Community Association will be holding another of its popular quizzes on Saturday 16th October in the Village Hall at 7.30 for 8pm. Tickets are priced at £6 which includes a hot supper, but please bring your own drinks. Roger Clark will be setting the questions and teams of 6/8 are invited to book with Jenny Oliveira on 01279 850348 or Sarah Cousins on 01279 850887.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
Firstly, a belated warm welcome to the families and children who have joined us in the Reception class and to the three new families who have joined our school community. We also welcome Miss Naomi Tancock to our teaching staff , and Miss Melissa Nolf, Mrs Janey Moore and Mrs Lorraine Painter to our teaching assistant team. With 160 children the school is at full capacity for the first time in many years. You have probably noticed this when passing the school with the increase in cars and taxis at the beginning and end of the school day and an overflowing staff car park! You may not have seen the Walking Bus that is the only off-road walking bus in Essex and which was featured in the latest edition of The Journal for the Protection of Rural Essex. We are very proud of this special bus with four legs because it has now been running for three years and is a sustainable way of travelling to school and keeping fit at the same time. It starts at Great Easton Village Hall at 8.30am every morning.
The children are studying a variety of themes this term. The youngest classes are finding out more about themselves. Years 2, 3 and 4 are learning about life in Victorian England and in early October will take part in the Victorian enactment day at the Colne Valley Railway. They will meet important people from the 19th century including Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria. Also they will visit a Victorian classroom, take part in a music hall and ride on the steam train. Years 5 and 6 are going further back in time to the Ancient Greeks. Five weekly sessions on Body Care from the Uttlesford Sports Development Team have also been planned for them.
This year parents will have the opportunity, once a term, to attend a class assembly so that they can see what their children have been learning. Parents can also visit their children's classrooms on Wednesday afternoons to see work in progress. On Thursday 7th October there is an opportunity for everyone in the Five Parishes to come and join our school at the Harvest Festival Service taking place at Great Easton church at 10.30am as part of the Five Parishes Harvest Festival celebrations. We do hope that you will be able to make it to one of the services, you will be most welcome.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
The Maltings and Moor End from Hook Corner, 18 August 2005
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