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from the Five Parishes' Magazine

JULY 2005


A meeting of the Committee will take place on Monday 27th June at 7.30 pm at The Old Vicarage.


The Parish Council met on the 8th June. It was noted that the potholes in Cranham Road had been repaired and that the illegal Park & Ride scheme in Pledgdon Green appeared to have been closed. Miss Collinson reported on an interesting visit to the control tower at Stansted Airport, and Mr Clark reported on a meeting with the Planning Department at Saffron Walden, which had been informative.

The Council agreed to object to plans from BT to make both of the phone boxes in the village ‘cashless’, i.e. accepting only credit cards, phone cards, 999 calls and reversed-charge calls. It was thought this move unnecessary and premature.

It was reported that the rubbish skip that had been in the village on Saturday 14th May had been used by only four people. It was next due in the village on Sunday 6th November from 8am to 11.30 am. Usage on this occasion would be monitored so that members could then decide whether to remain on the rota. Each visit is now costing the Council £78.44.

At the previous meeting Mrs Oliveira had been elected chairman and Mr Clark vice-chairman. At this meeting the following representatives were elected: Community Association Representative: Mrs Kesterton; Village Hall: Mrs Oliveira; Footpaths: Mrs Burton; Public Transport: Mrs Oliveira; Tree Warden: Miss Collinson.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 13th July at 8pm in the Village Hall. The Council always welcomes members of the public to its meetings.


You are reminded that the Green Waste Skip 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.


Broxted Children's Sports Day

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.


It is with much pleasure that we are able to report that Broxted's local, the Prince of Wales, is once again open for business. What is more, the Restaurant is now Italian, called Cattini's. We welcome Chris and Jacky Newstead who are the new hosts and hope that this venture will be very successful. More information will be found in next month's issue when we start to feature their advertisements.


Now that the dreaded grass-cutting season is upon us, you are asked not to dump your cuttings and other garden rubbish in the ditches. Remember, this summer's cuttings will be the cause of next winter's floods! If the ditches are blocked, the winter rain and snow cannot run away and the result is both inconvenient and dangerous.


Tricia's Day commemorates Janet Spivey's daughter and Janet's promise to do all she can to help other children suffering with cancer. This year's event is on Thursday 4th August in the garden of Ashgrove House in Church End, Broxted. As usual, there will be opportunities for people to contribute to a worthy cause and to enjoy themselves.

For further information, contact Janet on 01279 850905. Donation of goods, clothes, etc. for sale would be especially welcome.


Please get items for next month's Magazine to Yvonne by 7th July so that she can send it to Angela by the 8th. Thank you.


The Old Vicarage, Broxted was the scene of a garden party for the Friends and friends on the 8th June. Blessed with a beautiful warm evening, which are few and far between these days, everyone enjoyed the ambience of the glorious garden in a spirit of friendship. Hosts Michael Goulding and Michael Coates and the Friends trustees are most grateful for the support given to this event. Well over £600 was received in donations for the charity's funds to help maintain our churches.

Dates of future events for your diary are a Greville Theatre benefit performance on Friday 21st October, the Evening of Magic on Friday 28th October and the Annual Evensong on Sunday 20th November.


With this copy of the Magazine you will find an application form for the 50% Club. The Friends of the Five Parishes use the proceeds of this lottery to help the church committees with necessary maintenance projects. There are only two more Cork Sundays before the beginning of the new round of draws in September. Just £12 per year buys a chance a month throughout the year until the end of August 2006. Fill in the form to join or to renew your subscription. The winner of the June draw was Mrs Reed.


The Show team send their grateful thanks for the generous response to their request to borrow 150 traffic cones. This offer is so very much appreciated. However, volunteers still are urgently needed so, please, do spare a little time to help – the separate advertisement gives details of the times involved. All enquiries to Dot and Geoff Parker on 01371 870435.

Bert's Bottle Stall

Bert Pickford will be masterminding the Bottle Stall once again and sends this request for donations of bottles. There will be the usual collection points in the villages nearer the time but Bert says it would be of tremendous help to him and Jean if bottles could start to arrive at their home during July. It takes of lot of organising to get them prepared for the Show, so it will be a great help to receive the bottles early. Bert says it takes them longer because they are getting older – but we don't believe that for one minute! Contact him on 01371 870498.

Grand Draw

Tickets will be coming out during the month. Please do help with this equally important aspect of the Show by selling as many tickets as you can. Offers of help will be gratefully received by Duncan Willoughby on 01371 870396.

Art Exhibition

David and Jan Faithfull say start painting! Any subject, but local scenes are always very popular. Entry forms are being sent out to artists who have previously exhibited, but if you have not done so and would like to enter, please phone them on 01371 870468, or collect an entry form from any of the churches or pubs locally.

The exhibition is a good place to sell or just show pictures as there are usually over two thousand visitors in the church over the two days of the Show.

Horticultural Show

Schedules for the Horticultural Show are now available in all the usual local outlets. Meanwhile, as mentioned last month, this year's subjects for the Photography section 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.

Jim and Jan Brown send their grateful thanks for all the plant pots they have been given. They now have sufficient for their requirements. Thank you again.


In May I wrote about the forthcoming residential visits for the older children. I am now pleased to report that all the children in Years 5 and 6 participated and that they have returned with new skills and a better knowledge and understanding of themselves and the areas they visited. At the Bradwell Outdoor Education Centre the children in Year 5 learned to canoe, sail, and climb high ropes as well as further developing their crabbing, cycling and kite flying abilities. They experienced working with expert instructors in teams and assisted with the chores in the dining-room and dormitories. In the evenings, after writing up a reflective diary about their achievements, they had the opportunity to paint the sunset over the Blackwater Estuary or to burn off any remaining energy on the games field or table-tennis table.

Year 6 children experienced five days of living in a youth hostel in a converted warehouse, part of the original Coalport China Works complex. This is on the banks of the River Severn at the head of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. On the journey to Coalport the children had an opportunity to try out ‘legging’ on the Dudley Canal. In the Gorge they visited the Jackfield Tile Museum and learned the art of tile design, using slip clay. At the museum workshop they made twelve tile-panels that will decorate the walls of the corridor cloakroom at school. They also had a hands-on experience at ‘Enginuity’, where the water pumps and dams proved to be very popular. The atmosphere of the Victorian era was relived at Blists Hill Victorian Town, where the highlight was dressing up as Victorian school-children and walking to the school for a morning of lessons under the threat of the cane! Our Christmas concert music-hall songs proved very useful for the sing-along at the New Inn in the town, and pennies, halfpennies and farthings were used to buy presents from the candle-makers, the iron-works, and other shops in the town. Another highlight was the ascent of the Wrekin, a local hill that is 407 metres above sea level, giving panoramic views of Shropshire and the Welsh border. The children's hard work during the week was finally rewarded with a visit to Cadbury World on the journey home.

It is not often that a school has the benefit of a member of the teaching staff of the calibre of Gill McCarthy. She has shared her wisdom and experience with children, staff and parents during the last five years. We wish her much happiness as she begins the next phase of her life. This is known as retirement to many, but for Gill it will be a time of new ventures as she continues to serve her local community.

Finally as the school year closes, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us in any way. It is very much appreciated. We wish all the children in Year 6 every success as they leave us for their secondary schools. Please join us for their Leavers' Service on Monday 18th July at 11am at Great Easton church.

Gill Hopkins


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


Sunday 26th JuneRunway Ramble Plus
Saturday 9th JulyChildren's Sports Day
Thursday 4th AugustTricia's Day
Sat/Sun 28th/29th AugustCountess of Warwick's Country Show

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