NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY
from the Five Parishes' Magazine
CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE
The Christmas Carol Service on the 19th December was a wonderful occasion with the Christmas Story being told with a variety of readings and carols. The Choir was in very good voice and the Handbell ringers also played carols. The church was beautifully decorated and the whole service conducted by candlelight. Following the service, mulled wine, soft drinks and refreshments were enjoyed by the congregation before making their way home.
It was so nice to have a Nativity Scene once again. Thanks to Michael Coates, the figures have been renovated and repaired and set in a new manger, complete with star!
NEW ALTAR CLOTH FOR BROXTED CHURCH
At the service of Communion on Christmas morning, the Rector dedicated a new altar cloth that had been provided and worked by Rita Salmon and Fran Woodrow and sponsored by a generous benefactor. Thanks to everyone concerned for this very special new adornment for the church.
CAROL SINGING AT THE PRINCE OF WALES
On the 13th December carols were sung at the Prince of Wales. The singing was lead by members of the Five Parishes Choir conducted by Peter Smith who accompanied the carols on a keyboard. During the break for refreshments, a collection was taken and £60 was raised for the Children's Society.
Grateful thanks go to the Prince of Wales for making everyone welcome on what was a very cold evening.
At its January meeting the Parish Council agreed to support Takeley Parish Council in its legal challenge to BAA's Homeowners' Support Scheme (HOSS). The Council agreed to donate £1,000 towards the costs of this challenge. This would mean raising the Council's precept by a further £1,000, which would cost each Council Tax payer in the village an average of four pounds for the year.
The Council agreed to press Highways to introduce a 30 mph speed limit at Woodgates End. The Council is hoping to arrange a session in the spring when the Police will be in attendance to post-code items of value.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 9th February at 8pm in the Village Hall. The Council welcomes members of the public to its meetings, and values their contribution.
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.
CHRISTMAS WOULDN'T BE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT THEM!
The Lewell family, once again, put Broxted on the map with their Christmas decorated house. It is now a regular tradition, attracting a great number of visitors to view the illuminations.
Broxted ‘oldies’ once again say a very sincere Thank You to the Community Association for the very welcome parcels of goodies that are delivered every Christmas time. They are very much appreciated.
ITEMS WAITING TO BE CLAIMED
Following the Christmas Party given for the children before Christmas, a couple of plastic containers were left behind: one a rectangular lidded box and the other a large bowl. Will the owners please call Rachel on 01279 850047 to claim them.
The annual box opening/coffee morning will be held at Fistral, the home of John and Yvonne Rodliffe, on Tuesday 8th March from 10am to 12 noon. Do join them – even if you do not have a box, everyone is welcome.
RUNWAY RAMBLE PLUS
The Runway Ramble Plus on Sunday 26th June is an opportunity to support SSE in their campaign to preserve the countryside from the threat posed by expansion at Stansted Airport. It is a day of walks and entertainment for all the family, with circular walks of 2, 5, 10, 15 or 20 miles from The Stag, Little Easton. Along the walks there will be realistic simulations to show what aircraft profiles and noise would be like. There will be prizes for the highest amounts sponsored for each completed distance. Food and drink will be available all day at The Stag and there will be a fete with stalls, entertainments, refreshments, etc and free car parking.
Can You Help?
While this is an SSE event, the organiser Stuart Walker sends this appeal for help. He says the Runway Ramble Plus will take a massive amount of organisation and he would be grateful for any help that anyone in the Five Parishes can give. As he says, if the proposed Airport expansion goes ahead, everyone in the Five Parishes will be affected and he hopes this can be an occasion for everyone to work together.
He needs help with sound effects/PA systems/recordings etc. He is also looking for anyone who can help by producing MDF/Plywood/Plastic etc., scale-sized profiles of aeroplanes, to be placed at the right distance from the walks to simulate what might be expected if the real thing were ever to happen.
There will be a number of stalls all day in the field behind The Stag. If anyone wishes to have a stall there, solely for the benefit of the Five Parishes, then they may have a pitch free of charge. Other stalls will be accommodated if possible, subject to donations to be agreed with the organisers.
Please contact Helen and Stuart Walker on 01279 850862 or email them at email@example.com with offers of help, comments or suggestions as soon as possible. Registration packs including sponsorship forms are also available from them.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
All schools are currently working on the Primary National Strategy for Excellence and Enjoyment and I thought that readers would find it helpful to learn how this is happening in their church school. This current strategy emerged from the National Literacy Strategy and the National Numeracy Strategy. These were created in the late 1990s and focused on the benefits of teaching a three-part lesson to children. Each lesson has a specific learning objective(s) and forms part of an overall plan for the term. As a result of these strategies, standards in literacy and numeracy have improved across the country. However, these are only two areas of the National Curriculum and the new Primary National Strategy recognises this by encouraging excellence and enjoyment across all areas of the curriculum: history, geography, religious education, art, design and technology, information and communication technology, music and personal, social and health education. Great Easton has been involved in this cross curricular work for the last five years as we recognised that a rigid diet of maths and English would not necessarily inspire children.
Therefore, every term or half term the children have a central theme around which their studies are planned. Major pieces of work for this theme are presented in a special book. By Year Two (six/seven year olds) the children plan how they are going to present the work for their book and are responsible for assembling the pages. All the children make special covers for their books to develop their art and design skills. Each theme usually involves a visit to an associated place of interest or maybe a special day's activity within school when experts are invited to share their skills and knowledge with the children. The children share and celebrate their learning in assembly twice a term; once to their parents and once to the whole school. Classroom and school displays support the themes being studied and the School Library Service provides additional books and artefacts to enhance the school's own resources.
This term, if you walk into any classroom, you will see a special display about the curricular targets for which the children are aiming. As a school we have chosen four main target areas to encourage improvement in learning. These are using mathematical knowledge to solve problems for mathematics, developing listening and thinking skills for speaking and listening, working at understanding the text for reading, and focusing on sentence construction for writing. Each year group then has an appropriately worded target for their age and this is broken down further into ‘must’, ‘should’ and ‘could’ statements. In this way the children become fully involved in their learning as staff relate their achievements to the lesson objectives and targets.
We are most fortunate to be able further to enhance our children's learning through teaching in small groups and sets. This means we can challenge the more able and support those who find some aspects of their work difficult. This is possible because we have an additional teacher and therefore can split the mixed aged classes at certain times of the day to create specific learning groups.
With these arrangements and our Wednesday afternoon Enrichment Programme that I wrote about last month, children at Great Easton School receive a rich and varied programme from a well qualified and highly skilled team of adults.
Lastly, as mentioned in the Rector's letter, we look forward to welcoming you to the Christingle Service at Tilty church on Sunday 6th February.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
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