NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY
from the Five Parishes' Magazine
Once again the Devotional Hour on Good Friday 25th March will be at Chickney church at 2pm. Everyone is reminded that the annual ‘Bunfight’ follows this service at Chickney New Hall by kind invitation of Sandra and Terry Reed. Tea and Hot Cross buns will be served. There will be a raffle and cake stall for which contributions will be gratefully accepted. Please do come along for this special afternoon.
If you would like to have a lily put in the church at Easter in memory of a loved one, please contact Michael Goulding on 01279 850251.
ANNUAL MEETING OF BROXTED CHURCH COMMITTEE
The annual meeting of the committee will be held in the church on Monday 7th March at 7.30 pm.
The large heap where discarded flowers, wreaths etc have been left in the past has now been cleared, giving the churchyard a more pleasant appearance for visitors arriving at the church. If you are unable to take your rubbish away with you after tending graves, please use the permanent receptacle situated on the other side of the churchyard next to the footpath. Many thanks.
Thanks go also to the kind benefactors who have provided two seats which we are sure will provide a welcome respite to visitors to the churchyard.
TSUNAMI DISASTER APPEAL
Broxted church committee has agreed to pledge the sum of £1,500 to help the victims of the Tsunami disaster. This will be given in equal instalments over three years for it is realised that the aftermath of this disaster is going to take a long time to repair. The first donation has been sent to the charity Merlin who are doing such sterling work in the area already.
A charity event for this appeal will be held on Saturday 5th March in Broxted Village Hall at 8pm. There will be a licensed bar and AJ Disco and singer Emily Jordon are donating their time free. Raffle prizes and printing have been donated. Please do go along for an enjoyable evening helping others. Tickets at £5 (£1.50 for children aged 5 to 14 years) are available from The Stag Public House in Little Easton, the shop/post office in Molehill Green or telephone 01279 851933 or 07990 654335.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 9th March at 8pm in the Village Hall. The Council welcomes members of the public to its meetings, to listen to its proceedings and to offer ideas and suggestions.
Some of the matters arising at the February meeting were:
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.
The boxes will be opened at a coffee morning at Fistral, the home of John and Yvonne Rodliffe, on Tuesday 8th March from 10am to 12 noon. Everyone is welcome with or without a box! If you have a box but are unable to attend, please let Yvonne know on 01279 850355.
The Lewell family have reported that the sum of £662 donated by the public visiting their Christmas lighting display has been used to provide food for the Animal Rescue Centre in Bishop's Stortford. All money raised by this event goes to this animal charity which does a wonderful job caring for unwanted animals.
BROXTED VILLAGE HALL
The Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held on Wednesday 16th March in the hall at 7.30 pm. All are welcome! The Hall was given to Broxted for the benefit of all people living in the area. Unfortunately the present committee are reaching retirement age and if they are unable to recruit new members at the AGM, the hall may have to close. So, please, do go along with ideas to see if this can be prevented from happening.
Table Top Sale
This sale takes place on Saturday 16th April from 11am to 3pm. Tables cost £6 each and can be booked by telephoning Doris on 01279 850201 or John on 01279 850355. Why not book a table for your own fund raising?
APRIL COPY DATE
Please ensure that material for the April issue reaches Yvonne Rodliffe by the 9th March.
– to Michael (Bubs), Deborah and Michaela Willett who have moved from School Villas. Michael has moved to Great Dunmow while Deborah and Michaela (Mitch) have set up home in Braintree.
– to Miss Stanley from Henham who has made her home in School Villas. We hope she will be very happy living in the village.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES
The Annual General Meeting of the Friends will take place on Thursday 19th May. Events for the year include a Members' Evening at The Old Vicarage on Wednesday 8th June, a benefit performance of The Greville Theatre on Friday 21st October and, because of an overwhelming demand for the return of The Magic and Mystery evening, plans are underway for this event to be held on Friday 28th October. The Annual Evensong will be in Little Easton church on Sunday 20th November.
Please put these dates in your diary and watch for further details in the months to come.
RUNWAY RAMBLE PLUS
The Runway Ramble Plus in aid of SSE takes place on Sunday 26th June 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 fête with stalls, entertainments, refreshments, etc and free car parking. A Five Parishes stall will be free of charge while other stalls will be accommodated if possible, subject to donations to be agreed with the organisers.
Can You Help?
Last month we featured the appeal for help from the organiser Stuart Walker. 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 the aircraft.
Please contact Helen and Stuart Walker with offers of help, comments or suggestions as soon as possible. Registration packs including sponsorship forms are also available from them. An incorrect email address has been given for them so please note that this should be firstname.lastname@example.org. In the past this has appeared with nascO.net. Their telephone number is 01279 850862.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
This month we look forward to celebrating Easter as a school community. Usually Easter weekend falls within the holiday at the end of Spring. However, this year, the festival falls outside the two week fixed break in April introduced by Essex Local Education Authority. This means that we are in school for Holy Week and can return after Easter Sunday to really celebrate the good news of the resurrection. During Holy Week, on Tuesday 22nd March at 9am, we shall be holding a Communion Service in school for the children in Years 5 and 6, staff, parents and parishioners. On Tuesday 29th March, the whole school will attend an Easter service at Great Easton Church at 11am. We extend a warm invitation to join us at these services.
Month by month you read a lot about the school as reported by an adult and so the rest of this report is written by the members of the Year 6 English Extension group.
Recently, the School Council and Miss Joiner took an assembly to show us our new playground equipment which the PTA had raised money for. The equipment consisted of smaller toys such as Froggy Beanbags, Hoop the Giraffe, Velcro Bat and Ball and a soft target board. The bigger toys are a giant Connect Four and a giant chess and draught board and pieces which both proved very popular. Georgia Harrington and James McLagan were chosen to be the first to try the giant Connect Four. Georgia won! Many other children tried out the new games. Later in assembly, Miss Joiner announced our plans for the Tsunami appeal – a Bring and Buy Sale and a bread and soup lunch. The profits from the usual lunch payment of £1.50 would go to the Tsunami appeal. Along with money raised by the whole school, we will send an extra £50 raised by Josie Smith (7) and Charlotte Diffey (8) who sold homemade beaded bracelets made in the Christmas holidays. A big ‘THANK YOU’ to them.
At our Parent Assembly in February we performed our class songs. We had written new lyrics to well known songs; Mrs Harland's class sang about war to the tune Where have all the Flowers Gone? and Ms Govey's class sang about our Enrichment Afternoon to the tune of John Brown's Body. Here is a verse from Mrs Harland's class: "All the world unite as one, funds come in from everywhere, all the world unite as one, a better future has begun, we can see hope at last, we can see hope at last." Here is the chorus to Ms Govey's class song: "Glory glory it's a Wednesday, glory, glory it's enrichment, glory, glory it's the best day of the week!" We then set the school a maths problem: six children each held a different sized triangle, and the others had to say how many triangles they could see. The answer was 11 and the reason for this was demonstrated by the six children. Next the Literacy Extension group gave a PowerPoint presentation on Good Night Mister Tom showing the differences and similarities between a book and a film. They survived a few technical hitches with the interactive whiteboard! The assembly ended with a live debate. Six characters gave their reasons why they thought they should go on a snowboarding trip. Two groups of children put forward their views about who they would choose. They tried to listen to each other's views and learn when to interject during the debate. The class then chose the most convincing argument. Everyone enjoyed our assembly including the parents and a special visitor from the Healthy Schools Project.
Tom Barker, Patrick Swindlehurst, Jennifer Kesterton, Georgia Painter, Reece McCabe, Mark Milligan, Charlotte Crocker.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
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