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from the Five Parishes' Magazine



The Five Parishes' Service of Thanksgiving to mark the Sixtieth Anniversary of the end of the Second World War took place in Broxted church on Sunday 10th July. The church itself was transformed with displays of flowers in red, white and blue together with flags representing all the services and memorabilia ranging from newspapers and coins of the day to petrol ration cards and a variety of uniforms.

People who had served in the forces or in the land army or were evacuated during the War took part in the Service and a full church enjoyed the specially selected hymns and prayers for the day. Afterwards refreshments reflecting war-time rations were served, together with present day beverages! A Produce Stall raised £100 for the Royal British Legion.

Churchwarden Jane Askew and the Broxted church committee send their grateful thanks to Rector Gillian for such a memorable Service, to all their friends who helped to prepare the church and to everyone who supported them on the day. In fact, Thank You to everyone who helped make the church so special for this special day!


The Parish Council does not meet in August, therefore the next meeting will be on Wednesday 14th September at 8pm in the Village Hall. The Council always welcomes members of the public to its meetings.


After a break of few years the Children's Sports Day was reinstated this year. Held on Saturday 9th July at Broxted Hall Farm, by kind permission of Mr J Smith, the event was held in brilliant sunshine. Starting with the traditional Broxted Dash for toddlers, and finishing with the equally traditional obstacle course and tug-o'-war, the afternoon was enjoyed by around 20 youngsters, their parents and a number of other villagers. A roundabout and a tea stall kept everybody happy, and a very pleasant afternoon was enjoyed by all.

The Community Association would like to thank everybody who helped to make the afternoon such a success.


Fred and Jeanne Knight are holding their Annual Open Day and Working Event at Copthall Lane, Thaxted on Sunday 4th September from 9am to 5pm. This is a wonderful day out for all the family, with ploughing demonstrations, tractor and vehicle displays and parade, plus many other attractions. There will be a grand raffle, refreshments, local history photographs, displays, commercial clocks and so much more!


John Rodliffe would like to thank all those who sponsored him when he undertook and completed his 5 miles on the 26th June. He was able to raise the sum of £155.


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.



It has been a very sad time in Broxted recently and we convey sincere condolences to to the families and friends of the following members of our community who have passed away.

  • We were very sorry to learn of the death of Mrs Dora Arnold on the 26th May. Mrs Arnold was Jeanne Knight's mother and her passing occurred while Jeanne and Fred were on holiday in Canada. Fortunately they were home in time to attend her funeral.
  • Jim Bevan, a well-known Broxted character who lived in Cranham Road, died on 30th May on the eve of his and Alice's 63rd wedding anniversary. Jim is survived by his wife Alice, four children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His funeral took place on the 3rd June.
  • Sadly, Cranham Road lost another resident, Mrs Lily Monk, who died on the 16th June. Lily, whose husband died several years ago, is survived by her son Brian, daughter and son-in-law Linda and Barry Barker and grandchildren Lisa and Darren. Her funeral took place on the 27th June.
  • And on the 4th July, Ron Vallance of Browns End Road died suddenly at his home where he lived with his daughter and her family.


It's Show Time again! Here are some details for anyone wanting to take part and some stop press news about various events:

Horticultural Show (both days)

Schedules are available in the churches and all usual outlets. Entry forms at the back of the schedules should be returned to Jim and Jan Brown, The Old Post Office, Great Easton telephone 01371 870234 by 8pm on Thursday 25th August. Enquiries about the Horticultural Show should be routed through Joan Boulton on 01371 870392.

Art Exhibition (both days)

Once again there will be an open, selling art exhibition in the church. Entry forms are available in the churches or can be obtained from Jan and David Faithfull, Bushwood House, Little Easton telephone 01371 870468. Entry forms should be returned to them by latest Thursday 25th August. Any volunteers to help with stewarding would be welcome.

Exhibitors are asked to remember to take their pictures to the church on Thursday 25th August between 7pm and 9pm or on Friday 26th August between 10am and 12 noon.

Art Exhibition Private Preview

A Private View of the Exhibition will be held on Saturday 27th August at 12 noon to 3pm. All those who are involved with the Show (and who are normally too busy to see the pictures) are invited to join the artists and their friends for a glass of wine, some refreshments and, maybe, a purchase or two. For catering purposes, please let Jan and David know if you will be attending.

Vintage Ploughing Competion and Best turned-out Vintage Tractor and Plough

For information contact Paul Rutterford at Chickney Hall Farm on 01279 850271.

Vintage Car Display

The Vintage Car Display sponsored by Messrs P & A Wood takes place on the Sunday.

Bottle Stall (both days)

Bert Pickford is hoping to repeat or even beat the fantastic result of this stall in previous years and once again he asks: "If you've gotta lotta bottles, please may we have one for our bottle stall?" Bert also says that because it takes so long to put tickets on all the bottles, he and Jean ask that bottles be delivered as soon as possible, tomorrow will not be too early! Collection points are listed below or ring to arrange collection.

  • Great Easton: Bert Pickford, Hodnydods 01371 870498
  • Duton Hill: The Three Horseshoes 01371 870681
  • Broxted: The two Michaels, The Old Vicarage 01279 850251
  • Little Easton: Andrew Connel, Little Easton Lodge 01371 872185

Bric-à-brac (both days)

Barbara Staines and Shirley Holden will be looking after this stall. Items should be delivered to the Show ground on Show days, before 11am, or on the Saturday only by prior arrangement with Barbara. If you cannot bring all your offerings on the Sunday, don't worry, they will be gratefully received on the Monday but, again, please deliver before 11am! Barbara can be contacted on 01371 876649 and Shirley on 01371 872361.

Anyone interested in taking the unsold things either for another charity event or for a charity shop should contact Geoff and Dot.

Grand Draw (both days)

Tickets are now being distributed and can be bought, of course, at the Show. The Draw will take place at the end of Monday afternoon. Main prizes are a £500 holiday voucher, a Goodmans DVD player/recorder, a Red Letter Day voucher, a meal at The Starr Restaurant in Dunmow and a scrumptious Marks & Spencer Hamper. For enquiries prior to the Show or if you would like to help at the Draw stall at the Show, please contact Duncan Willoughby on 01371 870396.

Cake and Produce Stall (both days)

A huge supply is required to keep this stall running for both days of the Show. Home produce of all kinds - in addition to cakes - is sold, including eggs, jams, marmalade, pickles. Enquiries and offers of help should go through Jane Askew on 01371 831653. Collection points are at:

  • Little Easton: Brenda Smith, The Perch on 01371 870335;
  • Broxted: Yvonne Rodliffe, Fistral, Browns End Road on 01279 850355;
  • Duton Hill/Tilty/Great Easton: Molly Warboys, Long Munns, Radleys End on 01371 870220 and Fran Woodrow, Windy Ridge on 01371 870579.

Please ring Jane or Molly if you would like your cakes to be collected and, if you deliver to the Show, please ensure that you do go to the Five Parishes stall where you will find Molly, Jane, Fran and other members of the Five Parishes team and The Mothers' Union.

Programme Selling (both days)

Extra help is required for this important role, involving as it does the opportunity to meet and chat to so many nice people. Contact Geoff and Dot Parker on 01371 870435.

Catering (both days)

As last year, a variety of refreshments will be available. The licensed Bar will once again be in its prominent position, ably managed by Glenn and Donna Weekes. The hard-working team on the Barbecue Stall will offer their appetising range, the Maldon Seafood and Oyster Bar are paying a return visit by popular demand and teas will be available in the Turkey Barn.

Pony Rides

will be offered by the teams from Shahzada Riding Stables and Bridgefoot Stables.

Please do have even more fun at the Show by joining our team of volunteers! For Car Parking help, please contact Steve Farrow on 01371 875583. For details about General Stallsł Transport, General Labouring (vital at both the beginning and end of the Show) and any other queries, please contact Geoff and Dot on 01371 870435.


Greville Theatre Benefit Performance

Details follow shortly of the Greville Theatre benefit performance for The Friends on Friday 21st October. Make sure you do not miss what is bound to be yet another enthralling performance by the Players.

A Night of Magic and Mystery

Following on from the previous successful Magic evenings, Brian and Audrey Miller have agreed to produce another Magic Variety Show. As this year is the Centennial of The Magic Circle, Brian has once again gathered together different artistes to make this a special evening. There will be, of course, a two-course scrumptious seasonal supper with wine available, you will be entertained at your table with close-up magic and have the chance to win one of the fantastic prizes in the Magic tombola.

As a change to last year, the fancy dress will be a 'black and white' theme with prizes for the best judged costume, so get your thinking caps on and come up with some different ideas.

The date is Friday 28th October in Great Easton Village Hall. Tickets will be available soon, so put this date in your diary as a ‘must’. Magic's alive in 2005!

Annual Evensong

This ever-popular Friends event takes place this year on Sunday 20th November.


August is the last draw in the current round and Fran Woodrow thanks everyone who has supported the 50% Club this year. The Friends received a cheque for £700 earlier in the year, proving that this really is a straightforward way of raising funds.

Application forms for the new year were distributed with the July magazine and Fran hopes that current members will consider joining again and that many other readers will be tempted to take a chance. If the application form has gone walkabout, please contact Fran on 01371 870579 for a new one. The winner of the July draw was Michael Longman.


As I write this, the sun is shining and we have just two weeks to go until the summer break. In that time we shall be having our Class Changeover afternoon when the children meet in their new classrooms with their teacher for September, our Open Evening for families, our Leavers' Service and Lunch, our Fun Day and Parent Teacher Association Disco. We shall also be holding three special assemblies: one for the award of certificates for achievements with times-tables, one for the graduation of our new Play Leaders, and finally, one to say Goodbye to Ms McCarthy who begins her first stage to full-time retirement. We are also celebrating a fine set of results in the national tests which indicate that we continue to go from strength to strength. These reflect the hard work of all our staff and children and the support given by parents.

When you read this, the children and staff will be enjoying a well-deserved rest from their studies and activities; hopefully the sun is still shining, although we also need some rain. The children will be beginning to look forward to the next academic year and the teachers will be planning their new topics. We have much to look forward to. In September, as a result of our visit to a school in Norwich, we shall be starting a weekly philosophy lesson for the children - watch this space! We have also planned a variety of activities to make our children's learning creative and exciting, including day trips and residential visits, theatre visitors, singing at the Royal Albert Hall, and the use of the interactive whiteboards now in all our classrooms.

In the autumn we shall also be starting our next building project. This is to re-model our front entrance so that we have a more secure and spacious entrance lobby. This will inevitably involve some disruption to visitors but the children should not be adversely affected.

I wish everyone a relaxing and peaceful summer break.

Gill Hopkins


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


Thursday 4th AugustTricia's Day
Sat/Sun 28th/29th AugustCountess of Warwick's Country Show
Sunday 4th SeptemberOpen Day & Working Event, Thaxted
Friday 21st OctoberFriends' Greville Theatre Benefit Performance
Friday 28th OctoberMagic Variety Show

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