NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY
from the Five Parishes' Magazine
We regret the late delivery of the December Magazine. This was due to equipment failure at our printers resulting from the large volume of work at that busy time of the year. Although this was beyond our control, nevertheless we do apologise for any difficulty this may have caused to organisers of events arranged for early December. To avoid similar problems in future, we do advise publicising an event in the prior month's issue when it falls at the beginning of a month.
CHURCHWARDEN'S NEW YEAR MESSAGE
Jane would like to wish everybody a peaceful New Year and to thank everybody, especially the Broxted Church Committee members and Dick Knowles for all their help and support in keeping the church in good order during 2004. Their many talents, including flower arranging, cleaning and churchyard maintenance, are much appreciated.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 12th January at 8pm in the Village Hall. The Council welcomes members of the public to its meetings, and values their contributions.
Some of the matters arising from the December meeting were:
Members of the Council had attended a meeting arranged by Takeley Parish Council to discuss the implications of Stansted Airport's ill thought-out Home Owner Support Scheme, which divides Takeley in half and benefits hardly any properties in Broxted. Takeley Parish Council was planning to seek a judicial review of this scheme and Broxted have agreed to support them in this.
Rumours are sweeping the village that Bell Meadow has been sold, and there are concerns at possible development of the site. At the time of the meeting the owner of the land had confirmed to the Council that the land had not yet been sold, but was up for sale. It was considered very unlikely that planning consent would ever be granted for building on the meadow.
The Council was aware of a park and ride scheme which had started up at a site on the Pledgdon Green Road, without, it would appear, the necessary planning permissions. The Enforcement Officer of Uttlesford District Council had been alerted and was taking the necessary steps to stop the operation.
Members of the Council had arranged to visit the Track Monitoring Unit at Stansted Airport in the New Year.
The Green Skip that had visited Broxted on a monthly basis in 2004 would be discontinued in 2005 because too few people were using it. A weekly skip will be provided at Great Easton from the spring. Details will be published in this Magazine.
Uttlesford have discontinued the free rubbish skip that visited Broxted three times a year because of widespread abuse of the facility and the potential dangers caused by some of the waste being deposited. Instead there will be a skip in the village for three half days each year. These skips will be supervised to ensure that only household waste is deposited and the Parish Council will have to pay for them.
ARCHAEOLOGY IN THE PIPELINE
When the second gas pipeline was laid through the village in 2002 much archaeological work was undertaken and the subsequent finds were displayed at an exhibition in Saffron Walden Museum. The exhibition has now closed but the information boards from the exhibition will be touring local villages and will be on display in Broxted Church from 28th February to 1st April.
STOP STANSTED EXPANSION
Phyllis and Roger Clark are organising another Quiz to raise funds for the campaign. The date is Saturday 19th February in Broxted Village Hall at 7.30 pm for 8pm. Teams are to consist of six people and the cost will be just £7 a head. There will be a magnificent supper and a licensed bar has been applied for. Judging by last year demand is likely to be great and, as space is limited, please organise your team now and book it in on 01279 850638. Remember, all profits are for SSE so get your booking in quickly.
BROXTED CHILDREN'S PARTY
The Broxted children enjoyed their Christmas party on the 5th December. Following entertainment provided by a conjuror, they enjoyed a delicious tea and then Father Christmas paid his usual visit and each child went home happily with a gift.
Please let Yvonne have copy for the next Magazine by Sunday 9th January. Thank you.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
Everyone at the school wishes the readers of this magazine a peaceful 2005. The staff returns to school on the 5th January from a well-deserved Christmas break to work on our school curriculum targets in readiness for the children's return the following day.
As usual we have planned a very full term. Learning for the youngest children will focus on "How does it work?" As part of this topic they will be visiting the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood. Science will form a theme for much of the topic work for the older children. Miss Benson has returned from her term in Zambia and this means that we have an additional teacher for the rest of the school year. We are most fortunate to be so well staffed and this enables us to develop many additional learning groups for the children, particularly with mathematics and English.
Our Enrichment Afternoon continues to flourish: every Wednesday afternoon the children in Years 1 to 6 are able to choose two activities that introduce them to new skills, enables them to develop a talent or even discover hidden talents. There are usually twelve or more activities to choose from. Every term we try to introduce new ones and this term we will have a group learning how to play Cribbage and another group learning to cook. Children will also be working with papier mâché, water colours, knitting, sewing as well as playing chess, tag rugby, cricket, netball and football. Budding actors can try out dance and musical drama, and we shall continue with last term's new venture, Tai chi. One group will be working on our web site and another will have the opportunity to learn Italian. We are able to offer such a wide range of activities because staff, friends and parents are willing to share their talents with the children. We are always pleased to have additional help and if you would like to get involved or can share your hobby with a small group, please contact the school.
Many readers will know Mr Michael Little who worked for six years as Caretaker at our school. Sadly, at the end of last term we said farewell to him as a member of staff. We shall all miss his cheery greeting in the morning. Michael was always willing to get involved with school activities and nothing was too much trouble for him. He will remain a welcome visitor and friend of Great Easton School. We all wish him well in his retirement that has started a little sooner than planned.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
RUNWAY RAMBLE PLUS
Please make a note in your diary of an event for all the family that will take place on Sunday 26th June. There will be family entertainment and walks varying in length from two to fifteen miles. Further details will be given nearer the date but meanwhile more information can be obtained from Helen and Stuart Walker on 01279 850862 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
The Maltings and Moor End from Hook Corner, 18 August 2005
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