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from the Five Parishes' Magazine



Jane and the church committee wish all parishioners a Happy Christmas and look forward to welcoming everyone to their service of Carols by Candlelight on Sunday 19th December at 5pm. The church as always will be in its glorious Christmas array and a glass of punch and refreshments will be served after the service.


The Five Parishes long standing tradition of carol singing in the village pubs starts off in The Prince of Wales on Monday 13th December. Everyone is welcome so do come along for a 7pm start and encourage your friends and neighbours to come too.


The Parish Council is sad to see that the old red telephone box at Church End has been removed. Years ago the Council tried to have the box protected as being of architectural importance, but it was not sufficiently rare to be listed. BT has said that it is no longer possible to repair the equipment within the box and, despite the best efforts of the Parish Council and Uttlesford District Council, it has had to be replaced with a modern one.

The Council has been advised that, following the retirement of Community Policeman, Dave Rout, his successor has been named as PC Niki O'Mahoney. The Council looks forward to meeting with, and working with, Niki in the future.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 8th December 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 Broxted Community Association is once again delighted to invite all Broxted children of primary school age and under (i.e. from about 18 months to 11 years) to the annual children's Christmas party. The date this year is Sunday 5th December from 3 to 5pm in Broxted Village Hall.

The party is an annual event and is completely free. All the organisers ask is that parents donate an item of food for the party tea. Parents don't have to stay for the party themselves, although they will be most welcome if they wish to stay. This year there will be an entertainer as well as party games, a party tea and a visit from Santa Claus.

For further information or to book your place, please call Rachel on 01279 850047.


Revised dates for the Christmas and New Year period are given below. Please make your refuse available from 7am on collection day.


Normal collection dayRevised collection day
Monday 27th DecemberNO COLLECTIONS
Tuesday 28th DecemberNO COLLECTIONS
Wednesday 29th Decembernormal collections
Thursday 30th Decembernormal collections
Friday 31st Decembernormal collections


Normal collection dayRevised collection day
Monday 3rd JanuaryDOUBLE COLLECTION Tuesday 4th January
Tuesday 4th JanuaryDOUBLE COLLECTION Wednesday 5th January
Wednesday 5th JanuaryThursday 6th January
Thursday 6th JanuaryFriday 7th January
Friday 7th JanuarySaturday 8th January

Normal collections from Monday 10th January.



We were so sorry to hear of the death of Gerry Keane. His funeral at St Theresa's Church, Stansted on the 12th November was attended by hundreds of friends and colleagues. Living in recent years at Old Orchard, Church End, Gerry was well known in the wider community from his days as owner of The Whitehall Hotel. Sincere condolences are sent to his widow, Marie, his daughters and their family.


- to Gloria Filby who has recently retired from the Board of Governors of the Great Easton Church of England Primary School having served her term of office. We send our very best wishes to Gloria and son Zak.


In October you may recall that our Year 2, 3 and 4 children visited the Colne Valley Railway for a Victorian day. This is what some of the children wrote about their visit:

  • "We had to dress up as Victorians. I was a Victorian flower seller, and my two best friends, Charlotte and Charlie, were a Victorian schoolgirl, and a chimney sweep. When we arrived we had a quick look round the market where we had our own stall. At 10.45 we went to the Music Hall where we sang four songs, ‘Any old iron’, ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’ and ‘My old man’. We did a lot of singing, 15 of us also sang in front 300 people it was scary. 3 girls sang on stage as well."
  • "Charles Dickens also read us some of Pickwick Papers. Next we went to a tent where a man told us about the charge of the Light Brigade and how he survived the army and what weapons he had. He told us how many people died, returned, were captured and wounded and he showed us a gun that the soldiers had used. Then we went and had lunch. At 1.50 pm we went to see the Punch and Judy Show, the funniest bit was Punch turning the baby into a sausage! After that we went over a bridge to the school room. The school room was in a railway carriage and I didn't think it was as strict I thought it would be. Finally at 2.25 pm we went to the station and got in a Pullman carriage where we met Queen Victoria, her bodyguard and Princess Alexandra. The train ride wasn't as much fun as I thought it would be because it felt like it was mostly stationary. My favourite part of the day was the Punch and Judy."

In early November our Year 5 and 6 children experienced life in the time of the Ancient Greeks. They dressed up and adopted Greek names for the day. Here are some extracts from their diaries:

  • "I'm so bored today! I'm starting to think nobody likes me, except Perseus, but he's been taken away too and has to be trained for war. The only thing to look forward to is Uncle Homer coming and telling us his wonderful stories. I've got to sew, sew, sew! Odysseus wouldn't do that he'd sail around the oceans going on adventures! I just hope my little brother doesn't die in training, he came back once and he lost the top of his finger by a sword. I wish I could go to school but girls have to stay at home. It's boiling hot and I'm wearing linen."

On the 9th November the Year 5 and 6 children, parents, staff and members of the Five Parishes came together for a Holy Communion service in school led by Revd Gillian Greenslade. We first tried this in July and received very positive feedback and so we intend to hold this service once a term. It is an occasion for all members of the community to worship together and we warmly invite you to join us next term; details will be published in the Magazine and school newsletter. Before then you are warmly invited to our Christmas service in Great Easton church on Tuesday 21st December at 10.30 am.

Gill Hopkins


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


Wednesday 1st DecemberResCU Christmas Fayre
Sunday 5th DecemberChildren's Christmas Party, Broxted
Sunday 5th DecemberStansted Village Music Club
Monday 6th DecemberFive Parishes Monday Group
Sunday 12th DecemberCarols by Candlelight, Tilty
Monday 13th DecemberCarol Singing at The Prince of Wales, Broxted
Tuesday 14th DecemberCarol Singing at The Swan, Great Easton
Thursday 16th DecemberCarol Singing at The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill
Sunday 19th DecemberCarols by Candlelight, Broxted Church
Monday 20th DecemberCarol Singing at The Stag, Little Easton
Tuesday 21st DecemberGreat Easton School Christmas Service
Tuesday 21st DecemberDuton Hill Senior Citizens Christmas Party
Wednesday 22nd DecemberCarol Singing at The Green Man, Mill End Green
Friday 24th DecemberMidnight Communion, Little Easton
Saturday 25th DecemberHoly Communion, 9am Broxted
Saturday 25th DecemberFamily Service, 11am Great Easton
Friday 31st DecemberNew Year's Eve Ball at The Stag

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