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Stop Stansted Expansion


from the Five Parishes' Magazine

MAY 2005


On Good Friday Gillian lead a packed Chickney Church through the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus, illustrated with readings and hymns. The hymn singing was accompanied by the Five Parishes choir lead by Peter Smith. It was a truly moving service.

Afterwards everyone proceeded to the home of Sandra and Terry Reed to a warm welcome and an enjoyable tea with hot cross buns. Sandra and Terry would like to thank everyone who helped on the day, moving chairs and heaters, supplying cakes and raffle prizes, washing up, clearing away, counting the money etc. The cake stall raised £50, the raffle £181 and just over £217 was taken in the collection. A donation has been sent to the Churches Conservation Trust who care for Chickney church.


The next meeting of the Parish Council will be the Annual Parish Assembly, where members of the public are invited to hear reports on what the Parish Council has achieved in the past year and its plans for the future. This will be held on Wednesday 11th May at 8pm in the Village Hall and will be followed by the Annual Meeting of the Council. The Council always welcomes members of the public to its meetings.


The rubbish skip will be in the car park of the Village Hall, Brown's End Road on Saturday 14th May from 12.30 to 4.30 pm. It will only be there for the time stated and will be supervised by Uttlesford District Council to ensure that no inappropriate items are dumped. The skip will visit again on Sunday 6th November.


The Green Waste Skip will not be visiting Broxted this year due to the poor take-up of this service last year. However, it will be at Great Easton Village Hall car park every Saturday from 1.30 to 2.30 pm. The skip will accept all garden waste, grass cuttings, weeds, hedge trimmings etc so do make use of this facility.


Roger and Phyllis Clark are organising a Supper & Race Night on Saturday 21st May in Broxted Village Hall at 8pm in aid of Stop Stansted Expansion. Come along and buy a horse for £3 and be a lucky owner or just have a flutter on the Tote. Supper will be provided and there will be a licensed bar.

Tickets at £6 are available from Roger and Phyllis on 01279 850638 or at clarkatbroxted@hotmail.co.uk


At the AGM in March those elected to the committee were Jenny Oliveira (chairman), John Rodliffe (treasurer), Brenda Andersen (booking clerk), Doris Greenway and Hilda Knowles (fundraising). A secretary has yet to be appointed.



  • We were so sorry to learn of the death of Geoff Barrow's father, Tom, on the 1st April, the eve of his 95th birthday. Tom had been a frequent visitor to Linda and Geoff and would support our various events. He will be sadly missed by his family.


  • from Alan and Jean Russell to family, friends and neighbours for their kindness, good wishes, help and prayers during Jean's long illness and hospitalisation. All much appreciated.


  • to Iris Bush of Rats Castle as she made ready to leave the area on the 12th April. Moving to Norfolk, she sends her best wishes and thanks to the people of the parish for their kindness and neighbourliness during the past 40 years. We wish her every happiness in her new home.
  • also to the Suckling family who have moved from Shepherds Hay to Newport. We hope they too will be happy in their new home.


This year's Runway Ramble on Saturday 26th June features five circular walks from 2 to 20 miles starting from The Stag, Little Easton from 8am onwards. All walks – designed for families as well as serious walkers – will include a free visit to The Gardens of Easton Lodge.

From midday onwards the event will feature a Grand Summer Fκte in the field behind The Stag. There will be many stalls and sideshows, including a farmers' market, BBQ, pony rides, a balloon race set off by Coronation Street actor John Savadent, inter-parish tug-of-war and much more.

Information about the walks can be obtained from Stuart and Helen Walker on 01279 850862, or e-mail brickhouse@nascr.net. If you would like to have a stall, or require other information, contact Gerry Bigland on 01279 850373, or e-mail him at us@sgbigland.fsnet.co.uk.


First there were five then there were three and now it is only two: Elmbridge Mill and Church Lodge proudly open their gardens on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 30th May between 2pm and 5pm. Do please go along on that date in support of all the many charities to which the National Gardens Scheme give so generously. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon in these beautiful gardens with an opportunity to socialise over a cup of tea. Tickets are £3 each and children get in free.


Show secretary Dot Parker thought readers may be interested in the organisation behind the Show, some of the questions considered every year and the reasons why things are as they are.

This first item covers mainly the stalls, which generally are in three classes:

  1. Firstly, the Five Parishes stalls. Run by members of the Five Parishes all the profits – and in some cases all the proceeds – go to the Show. For example, Bert and the Pickford consortium put in a tremendous effort beforehand not only by collecting the bottles for the Bottle stall but by numbering them, storing them, bringing them to the show and selling the tickets. The Grand Draw, The Friends of the Five Parishes, the Art Exhibition, Horticultural Tent, Bric-à-Brac and Cake and Produce are all Five Parish stalls to which all the villages contribute. No charge is made, as they are there solely to make money for the Show.
  2. The second category is the Charity stalls. These are stalls such as the Wood Green Animal Shelter, the Broxted and Little Easton Village Hall committees. Any cause trying to raise money for a local charity, or a charity that affects us locally, is charged at a lower rate.
  3. Business and Craft stalls are charged pro-rata depending on size, location, tentage, if a craft is demonstrated and other criteria. Every effort is made to keep the "outside" attractions relevant to a COUNTRY Show.

Several areas of the Show are run by specific groups of people: Frank Bennett organises the Vintage Ploughing competitions, Carolyn and her team organise the horticultural marquee, Jan and David Faithfull the Art Show, and Emma Chesterman the Craft stalls in the Turkey Barn and Marquee, while other groups sort out the Car Parking each day.

Financial matters are discussed with at least some of the committee but it is always the Treasurer who has to sort out floats and balance accounts. No-one realises how much work this involves, even the Show Secretary who can barely fill in an Excel spread sheet let alone balance it.

In the last month or so, Dot has written over 50 letters to invite people to participate in the Show, to send booking forms or confirm the PA system or the St John's Ambulance. Someone else will sort insurance and Emma has been booking the Craft stalls. Suggestions for attractions are always welcome.

Please put the date in your diaries and remember the Five Parish stalls when baking, passing on bottles, looking for plants, growing vegetables and fruit, sorting out the attic and whatever else during the summer. The parish share payable in 2005 is almost £26,000, so your help in making this another successful event is as important as ever.

Team Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Monday 16th May in the Turkey Barn, Little Easton Manor at 8pm.

Plant Stall

Jan and Jim Brown are hoping to run a plant stall again in the Horticultural Marquee, all proceeds to the Five Parishes. Last year they raised most of the plants that they sold themselves and they didn't have many left for the second day. If anyone could raise or has any surplus plants that they could donate, Jan and Jim would be most grateful. They can only accept plants that are brought to the Show, on the day, because of transport difficulties. They would also be grateful if anyone has any large plant pots (3/4/5+ litres) that they don't want. These they would accept at any time at The Old Post Office, Great Easton (telephone 01371 870234).


The Annual General Meeting of the Friends will take place on Thursday 19th May at 7.30 pm in Broxted church. Members will receive shortly the formal announcement and papers for the meeting and the Chairman and his committee hope to see many friendly faces. Refreshments will be provided after conclusion of official business of the evening. Non-members will be particularly welcome but, of course, will be unable to vote.

An Old Vic Members' Evening will take place on Wednesday 8th June in the gardens of the Old Vicarage, Broxted by kind invitation of Michael Goulding and Michael Coates. This is an invitation-only event and, again, members will be receiving details very shortly.

An innovation for The Friends takes place on Tuesday 3rd May when they host in the Dunmow Day Centre a Friends Networking Evening run by Annie Coley of the Colchester Episcopal Area Team. The purpose of the meeting is to share ideas within existing groups and to encourage new groups to get started.


The Club continues to expand and welcomes new members. Our churches are always in need of financial support for their maintenance programmes and the 50% Club provides regular funding via The Friends to help with these costs. If you would like to join, please send a cheque for £4 (to pay for your subscription until the end of August 2005) to Fran Woodrow, Windy Ridge, Duton Hill, Dunmow, CM6 2DX. The cheque should be made payable to The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club. The winners of the March draw were Mr and Mrs Pickford.


We are now beginning the summer term, which is always a very full one in a Primary School. This year is no exception. Our weekly Enrichment Afternoon continues on Wednesdays and this term, for the first time, includes a Brass Music Ensemble. The younger children are visiting the Leisure Centre for weekly swimming lessons and Year 6 children are learning how to use their bikes safely. We are taking full advantage of our splendid rural location for outdoor sports, nature walks, pond dipping, exploring the countryside and inspiration for art and English lessons. Our new playground shelter provides further opportunities for lessons outdoors. All the children are participating in a visit associated with their topic: the youngest children are visiting the seaside; Years 2, 3 and 4 are going to Hatfield Forest and Aklowa; Year 5 are spending a week at Bradwell Outdoor Education Centre and Year 6 a week at the World Heritage Centre in Ironbridge. Learning for the children will be further enriched by visitors from the community such as a Justice of the Peace. In early July we are planning a Science Fair for the whole school as well as our Open Evening, Sports Day and Fun Day.

Our PTA has been very active with a Snail Race Night that raised £617 and a Fashion Show that raised £220. This money, together with that from the Bouncy Castle Fun Day to be held on the 18th June, will be used to provide Perspex sides for our playground/walking bus shelter. The money raised from 2004 has been put towards providing an electronic canopy for the decking area. Also, a giant outdoor chess and draught board and pieces, and Connect Four have been purchased for the children. Please vote for us in the Essex Chronicle Cash for Schools campaign. If we are successful we shall be able to complete all our work on providing a safe and healthy playground.

As you can see, a lot is happening at our school. We have discovered that our Walking Bus is one of the few still running in the county – indeed it is now in its fourth year. We are into our third year of providing healthy school meals (long before Jamie Oliver became involved) and the fourth year of offering an Enrichment Afternoon to all our children. We are very fortunate to have such supportive staff, parents and governors who share the vision for giving our children an excellent start to their learning journey in a Christian environment.

Gill Hopkins


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


Thursday 19th MayThe Friends' AGM
Saturday 21st MayRace Night, Village Hall
Monday 30th MayLittle Easton Gardens Open
Wednesday 8th JuneFriends' Members' Evening, The Old Vicarage
Sunday 26th JuneRunway Ramble Plus
Saturday/Sunday 28th/29th AugustCountess of Warwick's Country Show

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