NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY
from the Five Parishes' Magazine
WHERE IS OUR HENRY?
The new Henry vacuum cleaner belonging to Broxted church has recently gone missing. He is red and black, on wheels, and is sorely missed. The church committee would be so pleased welcome him back or to hear from anyone who knows of his whereabouts.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 13th April 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.
The Council met on the 9th March. Some of the matters arising were:
Two members had attended a briefing about the Licensing Act, 2003, which, when it comes into full force later this year, will replace a number of existing licensing regulations. Full details of how this will affect village halls, clubs and those who wish to sell alcohol can be obtained from the new Licensing Authority, Uttlesford District Council on 01799 510510.
It was reported that there are a number of pot-holes in Cranham Road and the Clerk was asked to refer this to Uttlesford. Members of the Council have been invited to visit the control tower at Stansted Airport. A consultation document on Traffic Management Strategy for Essex had been received and was discussed, and a response agreed. The Council formulated its response to the East of England Regional Assembly's Draft Plan.
QUIZ FOR SSE
Roger and Phyllis Clark are pleased to report that their Quiz held on the 19th February raised the magnificent sum of £1,063.20 for SSE. They wish to thank all of those who helped to make the evening such a success, especially those who helped to get the hall ready and, of course, the 19 teams who were so generous on the night.
RACE NIGHT FOR SSE
Following on from the success of the Quiz, Roger and Phyllis Clark are now organising a Supper and Race Night on Saturday 21st May in Broxted Village Hall at 8pm. Tickets at £6 are available from Roger and Phyllis on 01279 850638. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
BROXTED AND DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
The AGM of the Association will be held on Wednesday 27th April in the Village Hall at 8pm. Following the business part of the evening there will be an opportunity to enjoy some cheese and wine. Whether you are new to the village or a lifetime resident, you will be very welcome. Do come along to find out what the Association has achieved in the past year and contribute to its plans for the future.
Yvonne would like to thank everyone who supported the coffee morning on the 8th March when the Children's Society boxes were opened. The approximate sum of £338 was collected.
This is a very worthwhile charity and if anyone would like to have a box at home in which to collect small change for the Society, please contact Yvonne on 01279 850355.
BROXTED VILLAGE HALL
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 fundraising?
Our sympathy goes to Ron Vallance and his family on the sad loss of his wife who died on the 15th February. A much loved wife, mother and grandmother who will be sadly missed.
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.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES 50% CLUB
Don't be left out, join the 50% Club, just five more chances left this year. If you would like to join, please send a cheque for £5 to Fran Woodrow, Windy Ridge, Duton Hill, Dunmow, Essex. Please make your cheque payable to "The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club" and don't forget to enclose your name, address and telephone number. The February draw was won by Mr Brooker.
RUNWAY RAMBLE AND SUMMER FETE
Keep the whole day free on Sunday 26th June for this Stop Stansted Expansion family day out. Five circular walks, from 2 miles up to 20 miles, will start from The Stag, Little Easton from 8am onwards. All walks will include a free visit to The Gardens of Easton Lodge, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Brian Creasey.
After the walks, starting at 12 noon, there will be a Grand Summer Fête in the field behind The Stag. There will be many stalls and sideshows, BBQ, pony rides, a celebrity-launched balloon race, inter-parish tug-of-war and much more.
This is a family fun day and an opportunity to support the campaign to keep Stansted Airport as it is. The organisers say they do not want to get rid of the Airport – they do not want it to expand and destroy our five parishes.
Information about the walks can be obtained from Stuart and Helen Walker on 01279 850862, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to have a stall, or require other information, contact Gerry Bigland on 01279 850373, or e-mail him at email@example.com.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
This year, for the first time, we can celebrate Easter properly because the Easter weekend falls outside the school holiday. I thought readers might be interested to learn how we shall approach this in school. We started during Lent by having a countdown to Easter calendar based on a Greek idea similar to an Advent calendar. We used a potato holding seven numbered flags. A flag was removed during assembly after each Sunday in Lent leaving one flag for Easter Sunday. Each class is studying aspects of the Easter story in their RE lessons. The Reverend Gillian will lead an assembly in the week before Palm Sunday and everyone will receive a palm cross. During Holy Week our termly Five Parishes Communion service will be held, focussing on the Last Supper. The children in Years Five and Six are learning two new hymns for this, The Servant King and Living Lord, and are involved in preparing the prayers. A theatre company will visit the school on Maundy Thursday to perform the Easter story to the whole school. The children will take part in this by representing the Romans, the Priests, the Scribes and the Pharisees. They are learning a simple song to sing at the end.
After Easter weekend, we will celebrate the Resurrection with a service for the whole school and parents at Great Easton church. The empty tomb story from St John's Gospel will be read using the dramatised Bible and the children will sing their song from the dramatic production as well as more traditional Easter hymns. The Reverend Gillian will give the address and we shall be able to reflect on the meaning of Easter for Christians.
After the break, the children in Year Five will spend a week at The Bradwell Outdoor Education Centre on the Essex coast. This visit is now in its fifth year and is an opportunity for the children to work together and develop and discover new skills. Whilst they are away the children in Year Six will be preparing for their end of key stage assessments and their own residential visit to Ironbridge in June. We are really fortunate to have a team of staff and governors who are prepared to give up their home time to take the children away.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
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