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from the Five Parishes' Magazine



A special thank you is sent to the ladies and gentlemen of Broxted who made and donated cakes to the Cake Stall, run by the ladies of the Five Parishes, at the Countess of Warwick's Country Show. These were greatly appreciated.


The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 12th October at 8pm in the Village Hall. The Council always welcomes members of the public to its meetings.


The rubbish skip will visit the village on Sunday 6th November from 8am to 11.30 am in the field entrance next to Chestnuts at Church End. 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.


Quiz Night

The Community Association will be holding another of its popular quizzes on Saturday 19th November in the Village Hall at 7.30 for 8pm. Tickets are priced at £6 which will include a supper, but please bring your own drinks. Teams of 6/8 are invited to book with Jenny Oliveira on 01279 850348.

Children's Christmas Party

This year's Children's Party hosted by the Association will be on Sunday 18th December. All children of primary school age and under (i.e. from about 2 to 11 years) are invited to attend what is always a well-supported annual event. There is no charge, the party being funded by Association events throughout the year, but parents are asked to donate an item of food for the party tea. This year there will be a children's entertainer as well as party games, tea and a visit from Santa Claus.

Please put the date in your diaries and call Rachel on 01279 850047 to book for your children.


Roger and Phyllis Clark are organising a Supper & Race Night on Saturday 15th October in Broxted Village Hall in aid of Stop Stansted Expansion. Doors open at 7.30 and the first race is at 8pm. Films of real horse races are screened. You can own a horse for just £3, and the winning owner collects a bottle of champagne. You can also have a bet on the Tote. Entrance is £6 including supper and there will be a licensed bar.

To sponsor horses, and to reserve tickets, call Roger and Phyllis on 01279 850638 or at clarkatbroxted@hotmail.co.uk, or the SSE Office on 01279 870558.


Please deliver any items for this issue to Yvonne by Saturday 8th October in an envelope marked "Five Parishes Magazine". Thank you.



    We are pleased to hear that Peter Freeman is now out of hospital following his recent operation. He is looking fit and well and, we hope, taking it easy to complete his recovery!


Within The Five Parishes our Rector and churchwardens are trustees of the Rebecca Stock Charity for Poor Widows, the Charity of Gregory Tricker, the Charity of Rev'd William Pridden (all based on Broxted village) and Jane Brock's Charity (Great Easton), all set up for the relief of poverty in one way or another. These trusts have permanent endowments in the form of investments that in current terms produce incomes so small as to be of virtually no use (e.g. £15 annually) so that in recent years the income has been distributed every two years.

Following current Diocesan guidelines, application has been made to the Charity Commission under section 75 of the Charities Act 1993 to wind up the trusts. Using the provisions of section 75, the trustees will be enabled to remove the restrictions on expenditure enabling the permanently endowed capital to be spent as though it were income in the furtherance of each charity's objects. The trusts would then be wound up. The trustees propose to carry this out by distributing the resulting income through community organisations in the two villages (e.g. Great Easton's Ivy Club and Broxted's community Christmas gifts).

The application to the Charity Commission includes the display of a notice D2 in the villages (the churches) for some three to four weeks. The Commission allows six weeks for any representations that may arise as a result of the public notice. The entire procedure should be completed within three months.


Geoff and Dot

As tributes flood in for this year's Show, we echo here the special thanks extended to Dot and Geoff from the Rector at the Show itself and elsewhere in this issue. A silver salver, suitably inscribed, flowers and champagne were presented to them on the two days of the Show and we send them all good wishes for the future, particularly with their scouting activities during the coming two years.

It is too early to report on the final financial outcome but an interim distribution has been made to each church of £1,500. An update will follow after the November PCC meeting but, meanwhile, appreciations from various sectors of the Show are given here and in the village sections.

A Message from Geoff & Dot

"Both of us would like to take this opportunity to express our grateful thanks to every member of the Five Parishes team which includes many from outside our normal congregation that we have had the pleasure of working with these last eight years, without them all that we have achieved just would not have been possible.

"It has been a delight to see so many different people pulling together for the common good, we will in the future be available to assist and advise if we are required and all our records will be open to all who take on our roles. We append below copies of two e-mails we received the day after the show finished from two of our stallholders which we feel sums up the success story that is the ‘Countess of Warwick's Country Show’.

‘Hi Geoff, Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed the show and congratulate you on the enormous amount of organisation involved. Being organisers ourselves we can especially appreciate the amount of work and co-ordination involved. We look forward to attending again in the future.’ Chris Wedlake, Woodturner

‘Hello Geoff, Just thought I would email you and tell you what a wonderful show I thought it was. We had a great time in beautiful surroundings and such friendly people. You and your wife obviously worked very hard to make it such a success and the show was a credit to you and your volunteers. Regards’ Mandi at Razamataz

"We are sure that these messages say it all, and we wish the Show a great future."

Art Exhibition

David and Jan Faithfull are most grateful to all those who helped before, during and after the exhibition. Plenty of strong and kindly people turned up to move pews and shift the screens a massive task! Others kindly collected money at the door, served the wine and provided nibbles for the Preview. And of course, our thanks not only to the buyers, but also to the artists, without whom the art show would have been a bit dull!

The result of all that combined effort was that out of the record 332 pictures displayed, 69 were sold. Over 2,500 people, not counting the smiling children, visited the church to see the pictures. The profit for the Five Parishes amounted to more than £1,300, another record. Thank you again to everyone who helped so magnificently.

Bottle Stall

Bert Pickford sends grateful thanks to everyone who contributed to the total of 786 bottles donated to his stall, to everyone who purchased bottle tops and to those who sold them. They raised yet another record total, £1,570.68.

Cake and Produce Stall

Jane and Molly would like to thank everyone who provided goods for the cake stall at the Show. The display looked tremendous and offered a wide variety of jams and marmalade and all sorts of cake, biscuits and garden produce. Needless to say trade was brisk and the stall sold out during the afternoon on each day.

Grand Draw

Angela, Duncan and Gill would like to thank all those who so kindly donated prizes, all those who sold tickets to relatives, colleagues and friends, and of course all those who took part by buying tickets. Sorry if you didn't win this time, but that improves your chances for next year! Well done everyone, and congratulations to the winners:

  1. £500 Holiday Voucher

    Myra Milnes, Great Dunmow (ticket number 4298)

  2. DVD Player

    Sharon Aris, Canfield (0405)

  3. Red Letter Day

    Becky Varello, Little Easton (4851)

  4. Meal at The Starr

    Chris Kerridge, Great Dunmow (4001)

  5. Christmas Hamper

    Linda Barrow, Henham (5180)

  6. Meal at Whitehall Hotel

    Sandra Ayres, Stansted (5398)

  7. MP3 player

    Alan Brooker, Little Easton (1432)

  8. Champagne

    Mr I Prince, Debden (3310)

  9. Chocolates

    Debbie Smith, Great Dunmow (8251)

Horticultural Marquee a message from Joan Boulton

"Since taking over from the fantastically efficient Carolyn Bennett when Frank suffered his recent setback, the scariest thing, after the weather reports early in the show week, has been writing this item. If I miss anyone out it is entirely my fault and please bear with me. I would like to say a huge Thank You and Well Done to our exhibitors in every class this year, I am sure the most difficult job is that of our judges as all the entries are so good. Everyone is a winner simply by competing and we had over 670 entries this year a record.

"Langthorns Plantery of Canfield, Rawgarden of Hempstead, Perry's of Broxted and Pulfords of Dunmow this year kindly sponsored the cost of our colourful rosettes. We are much indebted to them the rosettes are enjoyed and appreciated by all who receive them. Thank you very much.

"All of our judges were local again this year. Brenda Scraggs joined us to judge the handicrafts, Michael Goulding the floral art and flowers, Mike Perry the masses of photographs, David Beedle the vegetables and fruit, June Steele the domestic classes and Lesley Wright judged the record number of children's entries. We would like to thank them all for their expertise and diligence in completing this difficult task.

"The vegetable and fruit section was as always very well supported. John Perry made a welcome return and picked up some trophies, this seemed to surprise him but no one else. We had entries from our stalwarts and as always are grateful to them. We also had several new names including some very young exhibitors and if you did not win this time better luck next year. The floral art and flowers were superb in spite of some difficult weather conditions. We would like more entries in the handicrafts section so come on have a go next year. The domestic classes were full of delicious looking cakes and biscuits and the children's classes were very well supported, our new classes for the under 3s attracted some interesting paintings and beautiful flowers. If anyone has any ideas for the children's classes, please let me have them.

"The Auction of Produce was again an amazing event, we had a superb crowd in the marquee and Tim Trembath, our own professional Auctioneer, created an infectious and frenetic fun atmosphere with the produce rolling off the tables at great speed and making lots of money. Thank you to Tim and all those who supported us by buying.

"The regular team of Sue, Karen, Linda, Jan and Vivienne, were joined by Pat O'Gorman, returning to help at the show after a gap of several years, and Sarah Boulton a new recruit. Jim and Jan looked after exhibit entries and found time to produce a wonderful plant stall. They are a truly wonderful team and seem to enjoy themselves too; I send them all my heartfelt thanks. For the first time we were housed in a huge single marquee that we did not have to erect, saving our aching backs, but the tables still had to be put up and taken down and for this I thank Steve, Grant, Rob T, Tim, Rob B, Duncan, Ken, and George. Also thank you to Simon and Chris for stapling nearly 300 metres of banqueting roll to the tables during setting up!!

"Angela, Annie and Andrew also helped with the admin and Sarah and Chris with baking. Viv looked after the door on both days, a marathon feat, thank you. Also a big thank you to Steve Farrow for his IT skills in producing the Schedules and other stationery. A lot of others slipped in and out and did invaluable little jobs and I thank every one of them. Last but not least thank you to Caroline Spurrier for kindly presenting the prizes.

"Here's hoping we have a bumper year in 2006. See you at the Show."

... and finally Lost Property

Joan Boulton has a girl's handbag, blue denim with colourful embroidery inside are a purse and lip gloss. It was left in the horticultural marquee at the end of the show, probably special to some little person.


There will be an informal meeting to discuss the future of the Countess of Warwick's Country Show at The Three Horseshoes, Duton Hill, at 7.45 pm on Wednesday 9th November. Following Dot and Geoff's retirement, new faces and new ideas are needed. If you are interested and value village life, do go along you will be very welcome.


Greville Theatre Benefit Performance

Supporters of The Friends are urged to come along with their friends to the opening performance this autumn of Neil Simon's comedy, Plaza Suite on Friday 21st October at the Barn Theatre, Little Easton. Supper will be served at 7.30 pm and the performance will start at 8.30 pm. Tickets at £12.50 include a two-course supper. Book by phoning the Box Office on 01371 873419 or by using the tear-out form in the magazine.

A Night of Magic and Mystery

How time flies when you're having fun! This is the last magazine reminder for you to order your tickets for this special evening on Friday 28th October in Great Easton Village Hall at 7.30 for 8pm. Tickets: Adults £16, children (612 years) £6 each. Available from Audrey Miller on 01371 870927 or by using the tear-out form here.

If you haven't been before then treat yourself to an evening of live entertainment with good food and wine available. You will be entertained at your tables with close-up magic and there are many prizes to be won in the amazing tombola. The Fancy Dress competition takes place once again with a change of theme, so come dressed in something Black and White, this is not compulsory but you could win one of the fabulous prizes on offer. To round off the evening once again, a superb stage show is promised, with Star Members of The Magic Circle. Space is limited, so to avoid disappointment book right away. Magic's alive in 2005.

Annual Evensong

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


The Friends now have on sale boxed sets of six coasters featuring drawings of the churches by John Woodrow. At £12, these make an ideal Christmas present! And talking of Christmas, their Tilty Abbey Christmas cards featuring Frank Warboys' painting are available again. Contact Andrew on 01371 872185 or Angela on 872894.


At the time of writing (early September) the roll of members stands at over a hundred. Is this going to be the best year yet? The first draw of the year will take place at the end of the September, the winner being announced in the November magazine. Don't miss out! The 50% Club raises funds for the maintenance of all our churches and gives members the chance to win 50% of the current monthly subscriptions. If you would like to join please send a cheque for £11 to Fran Woodrow at Windy Ridge, Duton Hill, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 2DX. Please make your cheque payable to 'The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club' and don't forget to include your name, address with postcode and telephone number and good luck!


Our new academic year is now well under way and as I write we await the arrival of builders to begin the construction of our new front entrance. This will cause some disruption to visitors as they will be directed to the rear of the school. There will also be pressure on car parking spaces as the builders need to use some of the staff car park and staff will therefore be parking in the parents' car park. However, the Walking Bus is a healthy and environmentally friendly way to come to school at the beginning and end of the day but please park at the Village Hall, with due attention to the Highway Code. By Christmas we should have a new gate and ramp into an entrance lobby where visitors can sign in before entering our secure area via electronic doors. The office staff will have a new vision panel into the lobby so that we will know who is waiting to enter our school.

It seems a long time now since we said farewell to our older children as they left for the next stage of their education. We are pleased to learn that they have settled in well to their new studies and routines. When the children left they received a copy of a modern translation of the Bible that was presented by Rev'd Gillian and myself in Great Easton church. I would like to thank the Five Parishes PCC for making this possible. For the last three years they have generously provided the funds to do this. It is good that the children leave their church school with such a gift and hopefully they will be able to use it in their religious studies and personal lives. Whilst at primary school the children learn many of the Bible stories, providing them with a good foundation in the Christian faith.

Last year at this time, our children were dressing up as Victorians. This year they are going further back in time to the Tudor period. Year 3 have already visited Ingatestone Hall and Years 4, 5 and 6 are going to Kentwell Hall. Children in Key Stage 1 have been preparing for our Harvest Festival at the end of September, learning all about bread. Our harvest gifts this year are going again to Harvest for the Hungry. We shall be sending flour and pasta in boxes destined for Bulgaria, distribution being organised by the churches in Chelmsford.

Gill Hopkins


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


Sunday 25th SeptemberFive Parishes Harvest Festival Service
Friday 30th SeptemberFive Parishes Harvest Supper
Saturday 15th OctoberBroxted Supper & Race Night
Friday 21st OctoberFriends' Greville Theatre Benefit Performance
Friday 28th OctoberNight of Magic & Mystery
Saturday 19th NovemberBroxted Quiz Night
Sunday 18th DecemberBroxted Children's Christmas Party

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