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from the Five Parishes' Magazine

JUNE 2005


The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 8th June in the Village Hall a little later than usual, at 8.30 pm. The Council always welcomes members of the public to its meetings.


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


A visit has been arranged by the Police to post code items of value. They will be at Broxted Village Hall on Saturday 11th June from 11am until 1pm. Bring along your valuables, garden equipment, tools etc to be post coded. Experience shows that you are much more likely to have your stolen goods returned to you if they bear your post code.


The Supper & Race Night scheduled for Saturday 21st May in Broxted Village Hall was postponed until Saturday 15th October. Book the date now, and watch this space for further details.


The AGM of the Association was held on 27th April. Elected to office were: Chairman Jenny Oliveira, Secretary Rachel Kesterton, and Treasurer Sarah Cousins. Committee Members: Doris Greenway, Kate Pedler, Lesley Holt and Roger Clark.

The Association is planning a number of events, the first being:


Back by popular demand, the Sports Day will be held on Saturday 9th July at 2.30 pm at Broxted Hall Farm, by kind permission of Mr J Smith. There will be the usual variety of races for children of all ages from toddlers to teens, as well as teas, a cake stall etc. Everyone welcome. Further details from Jenny Oliveira on 01279 850348.


At Elgon, Browns End Road, Broxted on Saturday 4th June at 10am to 1pm. A donation will be sent to St Clare's Hospice.


On Wednesday 15th June at 3pm at Ashgrove House, Church End, Broxted – the home of Janet and Steve Spivey – there will be a Strawberry Tea in aid of the above charity. There will be a Raffle and a Cake Stall and the tea will cost £3. Please support this deserving cause; come along that afternoon and bring a friend. For more information ring Janet on 01279 850905.



  • to Jennifer Kesterton on passing her Grade 3 clarinet exam. Jen and her good friend, Mary Squibb, will have been seen by some of you performing in public during carol singing in the local pubs at Christmas time. We trust that their continuing exam successes will encourage them to carry on!


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 Fête 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.


Show secretary Dot Parker asks this month for people to start thinking about giving a hand to help with some of the behind-the-scenes jobs that have to be done. Elsewhere in the Magazine there is an advertisement asking for help for about 2½ hours on the Saturday morning and for a couple of hours on the Monday evening after the Show is closed when those totally involved with the Show are on their knees with tiredness. Volunteers are these times are urgently needed so, please, do spare a little time to help.

Following the decriminalisation of parking, it is no longer possible for the Show team to borrow traffic cones from the Police. If you able to help with information as to where some of these can be obtained or if you have some that you would loan to The Five Parishes for the weekend, please do get in touch. These are needed to ensure neighbours of the show ground are not subject to aggravation from undisciplined parking. Again, there is an advertisement dealing with this.

All enquiries/suggestions to Dot and Geoff Parker on 01371 870435.

Horticultural Show

Carolyn Bennett reports that plans for the Horticultural exhibits are well under way and that, as usual, there will be classes for Photography. To enable all competitors for these to "get snapping", this year's subjects for the photographs will be Round Objects, Wood, Flowers, a family photograph, a photograph of a home and a photograph of somebody at work – 6 classes in all. This section always receives keen interest from visitors to the Horticultural marquee, so please get out your albums, or, as Carolyn says, get snapping!

Also, don't forget the request from Jim and Jan Brown for plants to donate to their Plant Stall and for any unwanted large plant pots. The plants should be taken to them at the Show but pots will be accepted any time at The Old Post Office, Great Easton (telephone 01371 870234).


Members will by now have received their invitation to the Old Vic Members' Evening on Wednesday 8th June in the gardens of the Old Vicarage, Broxted by kind invitation of Michael Goulding and Michael Coates who look forward to welcoming you all.

Last month details were given of a Friends' Networking Evening that they were hosting in the Dunmow Day Centre. Organised by Annie Coley of the Colchester Episcopal Area Team, the purpose was to share ideas within existing groups and to encourage new groups to get started. Over twenty people from nine churches within the Colchester Diocese attended and good feedback has been received on the usefulness of this project. Chairman Michael Goulding thanks his committee for their help in providing a tasty buffet on the night and thanks Annie for giving them the opportunity to be involved.

Towards the end of last month the Friends sponsored the cost of new bell ropes for Great Easton church.


This time last year Fran was hoping for a second record-breaking year for the 50% Club. Much to her surprise and delight it has happened! The 50% Club now has a subscription list of 120 people that is the highest since the Club opened. There are three draws left in this round and she hopes that this run of success will continue next year. The new round of draws begins in September and application forms will be sent out with the July Magazine, so do look out for them. The April winner of the 50% Club was Mrs Rodliffe of Broxted.


This month, one of the highlights for everyone at our school is the Bouncy Castle Fun Day organised by our Parent Teacher Association on Saturday 18th June from 1.30 pm until 4pm at the school. We would like to extend a warm welcome to you to join us at this community event. You will find something for each member of the family: a bungee run for over 12's, a range of inflatables for under 8's and over 8's including a disco bouncer and a roundabout. There will be side shows and stalls as well as a BBQ, beer tent, cakes and teas. During the afternoon you can also enjoy displays of line dancing, judo, majorettes and performances from Centre Stage. Tickets can be obtained from the School Office; adults are free and children cost £5 each covering entrance to all the inflatables. All proceeds from the day will be put towards purchasing perspex sides for our new playground shelter. These will create a sheltered, ‘see-through’ space for outdoor work and play, and protection from the wind and rain for children on the Walking Bus that operates daily to and from Great Easton Village Hall.

Year 6 children have another highlight this month when they visit the World Heritage Site at Ironbridge in Shropshire. They will be accompanied by two teachers; Mrs Claire Harland and myself, two teaching assistants; Mrs Lesley Pye and Mrs Sheryl Crocker, our chair of governors, Mr Robert Pickford, and one of our parents, Mr David Hipkin. The children will experience Victorian life and learn about the science and technology of the industrial revolution through first hand activities at the various sites and workshops in the Ironbridge Gorge. They will also explore the local countryside so that on their return to school they can continue their geographical work based on the theme for the term ‘Under the Layers’. We are very fortunate to have staff, governors and parents who are prepared to give up their time so willingly for residential visits. The children benefit enormously from such activities as they become more independent and their learning is enriched and extended.

Finally, I do hope that you will be able to come and join us at the Holy Communion Service on Tuesday 14th June at 9am. This is an opportunity to attend a church service mid week and to join in worship with our Year 5 and 6 children.

Gill Hopkins


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


Saturday 4th JunePlant Sale
Wednesday 8th JuneFriends' Members' Evening, The Old Vicarage
Saturday 11th JunePost coding day
Wednesday 15th JuneStrawberry Tea
Saturday 18th JuneSchool Bouncy Castle Fun Day
Sunday 26th JuneRunway Ramble Plus
Saturday/Sunday 28th/29th AugustCountess of Warwick's Country Show

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