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The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 9th November at 8pm in the Village Hall. The Council always welcomes members of the public to its meetings. The minutes of the Council meetings are posted on the village notice boards and can be viewed on this website.


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

A reminder that the Children's Party hosted by the Association takes place on Sunday 18th December at 3pm in the Village Hall. All children of primary school age and under (i.e. from about 2 to 11 years) are invited to attend. Funded by Community Association events throughout the year, there is no charge 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.


The Committee would like to thank the SSE volunteers and their families for painting the outside of the Village Hall. Maggie Sutton did a wonderful job in "encouraging" several members of her family and members of SSE to turn up with their paint brushes and rollers. A good day was had by all and the hall now looks bright and inviting. Thank you everyone.


Please deliver any items for this issue to Yvonne by Wednesday 9th November. Thank you.



  • We are sorry to learn of the death of Ernie Smith who for many years lived near Chickney church but in recent years had lived in Cranham Road. We offer sincere condolences to his widow, Frances, and to all his family.


  • To Nicky and Dylan at The Old Shop on the arrival of their beautiful daughter, Beth, on the 22nd September. A lovely granddaughter for Margaret and Paul and a great granddaughter for Joy.

  • Also we send congratulations to John McCarthy and his wife on the recent birth of their daughter Lydia.



Born in 1942 at the former Bell Inn at Church End, Broxted, Heather was the third child of Rose and John Knight, sister to Fred and Pixie and later to Terry and Peter. Within a few months of her birth, the family moved from the spacious house at the Bell to the remote Sharps Cottages, halfway between Broxted and Thaxted. Here they spent the war years, in frugal surroundings with initially no mains water, no electricity and an outside privy and without husband and father. John was called up not long after Heather's birth and spent the rest of his army time in Iraq, Egypt and Italy.

After the war things improved and Heather began her school days at Thaxted School. In 1948 the family moved to a new council house, with modern facilities, at 12 School Villas, Broxted. Heather continued her education at Broxted Primary School and then at the Stansted Mountfitchet Secondary School.

On leaving school, Heather worked for a small electronics firm Kelvin & Hughes at Bigods Hall, Dunmow, then as a telephonist firstly at Dunmow Telephone Exchange and later in the Skyways office at Stansted Airport. In her early twenties she met poultry farmer John Holm and in June 1964 they were married in St Mary's church, Saffron Walden by the Rev'd Eric Rayner who had been the vicar in Broxted in the 1950s.

During her life Heather worked tirelessly for the care and protection of animals. Her funeral service took place in Broxted church on the 27th September and we offer our sincere condolences to her family at this sad time.


Your Show Needs You!

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.

2005 Results

At that meeting final results of this year's Show should be available. Although not quite ready as we go to press, certainly this year has beaten all records. Thanks for this go to the hard working team, to all the visitors who support the Show by coming along, many year after year, and last but by no means least to those very kind and generous people on whose land the Show takes place. To this end we would like to thank Rev'd Gillian for letting us use her garden, the Trembath family for the use of their facilities, and, above all, Vera Pedley for opening the Manor grounds to the myriad of stalls and activities and for providing the parking area. The congratulations and messages of good wishes coming in during the last month uphold these sentiments. Thank you all very much indeed.


Annual Evensong

This Friends event has now become firmly established in the calendar of the Five Parishes and this year takes place on Sunday 20th November in Little Easton church at 4pm. The address will be given by the Rev'd Peter Street, a friend of long standing of The Friends. As always the service will be followed by a tea and a chance to meet with friends old and new and a raffle will be held. Contributions of sandwiches and cakes will be gratefully accepted as always.

Christmas Presents

The Friends offer boxed sets of six coasters featuring drawings of the churches by John Woodrow. At £12, these make an ideal Christmas present! Supplies are also available of their Tilty Abbey Christmas cards featuring Frank Warboys' painting Tilty Abbey in Winter: an Evocation. Contact Andrew on 01371 872185 or Angela on 872894.

Membership of The Friends

The Friends offers potential members the chance to help them look after the fabric of the church buildings within the Five Parishes. Whether churchgoer or not, everyone expects the churches to continue to add to the beauty of our villages but not everyone realises how great a task this is. As chairman Michael Goulding is often heard to say, when one reaches 500 years of age, one needs a little propping up!

The Friends is a registered charity, set up in December 1996 and, since then, has provided funds totalling nearly £15,000 to help with the restoration of the floor in Tilty church, repairs to the electrical system in Broxted, new toilet facilities in Little Easton and new bell ropes at Great Easton church. Once plans are finalised, they will be funding a new sound system for each church, requiring a further £8,000 or so.

Membership costs £10 annually or £100 for life for individual members and £25 annually or £250 for life for families. A range of social events takes place during the year, giving members much to enjoy whilst they help to preserve the heritage that surrounds them.

Whilst the charity values the work of the 50% Club and is ever grateful for the contribution the Club makes, membership of the 50% Club does not give membership of the charity itself. Membership application forms are available by calling 01279 850251 or 01371 872894.


At the beginning of its new year, Fran is delighted to report a record number of members of the 50% Club (you will remember that Fran does enjoy breaking records!) The first draw of the year took place on 25th September at Little Easton Church. The winner was Mrs Parker from Duton Hill.

If you would like to join the 50% Club, please send a cheque for £10 (to cover your subscription until the end of August next year) made out to ‘The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club’ to Fran Woodrow, Windy Ridge, Duton Hill, Dunmow Essex, CM6 2DX. Half the total monthly subscription raised goes to the prize cheque and the remainder towards maintaining our churches within the Five Parishes. Join in and take a chance!


Little Easton village Fireworks and BBQ at The Stag on Saturday 5th November from 6 o'clock onwards. Also at The Stag, an evening of entertainment on Saturday 19th November.


Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is busy preparing for our Christmas Shopping Evening taking place on Friday 25th November from 5pm. This event is for the whole community and everyone from the Five Parishes is welcome to come along. Please bring your friends and neighbours too. There will be something for all ages: refreshments, including mulled wine to get us into the seasonal mood, arts and crafts activities, stalls provided by local retailers, Great Easton Christmas Puddings a sell-out last year a book fair and much more. All proceeds will go to the PTA that has funded many projects in the school.

Last year over £6,000 was raised and this is going to provide perspex sides to our Walking Bus shelter so that it can be used as an outdoor curriculum area. The PTA also provided the decking area and an automatic sunblind for the playground. This year, funds raised will go towards a practical area for the children in our Resources Room so that they can carry out cookery and design and technology activities in a child-friendly environment. This is an opportunity to say a big thank you to Jenny Wolff and her committee for all their hard work and enthusiasm.

Our choir has been busy rehearsing a repertoire of songs that they will sing with choirs from other Essex schools at the Royal Albert Hall on the 4th November. This will be the second time that we have participated in this venture and it promises to be a memorable experience for the children. The concert is in aid of Barnardo's.

Another arts venture took place at the school in October. The children in Miss Benson's class worked with Tom Deakin, a local artist, making postcards of World War Two pictures using a range of art materials. These were then arranged into large pictures that formed part of the ‘People's War’ celebrations at Easton Lodge and the Maltings in Dunmow. If you missed the exhibition you will be able to see the pictures when they return to school.

Our building work is proceeding to plan despite several thefts of machinery from the site. Thank you to all our visitors for your co-operation during this disruption to our normal work. We look forward to seeing everyone at our Shopping Evening.

Gill Hopkins


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


Friday 28th OctoberNight of Magic & Mystery
27th/29th OctoberGreville Theatre Club
Saturday 5th NovemberFireworks and BBQ, Little Easton
Sunday 6th NovemberRemembrance Service for Loved Ones
Wednesday 9th NovemberSpecial Show Meeting
Saturday 12th NovemberSt Clare Hospice Christmas Fayre
Sunday 13th NovemberRemembrance Sunday
Saturday 19th NovemberBroxted Quiz Night
Saturday 19th NovemberEntertainment Evening at The Stag
Sunday 20th NovemberThe Friends' Annual Evensong, Little Easton
Friday 25th NovemberChristmas Shopping Evening at the School
Sunday 27th NovemberVerdi's Requiem at Felsted
Saturday 3rd DecemberCandlelight Concert, Thaxted Church
Friday 9th DecemberLight Up A Life, Dunmow
Sunday 18th DecemberBroxted Children's Christmas Party
Tuesday 20th DecemberSenior Citizens' Christmas Party, Duton Hill

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