NEWS FOR BROXTED & CHICKNEY
from the Five Parishes' Magazine
Churchwarden Jane would like to thank the members of the church committee and supporters for all their hard work during the year in keeping the church clean, in maintaining the churchyard in such good condition, for all the cups of coffee, for the wonderful flower arrangements and musical support from Peter Smith and the choir. Last but not least grateful thanks to the Rector for all her efforts during the year.
Jane sends thanks also to everyone who has supported the church at its services and activities during the year and looks forward to seeing you all at the Carols by Candlelight service on the 18th December. She and the whole team send best wishes to everyone for a Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Peaceful New Year.
CAROL SINGING AT THE PRINCE OF WALES
Carols will be sung in The Prince of Wales on Monday 19th December from 7pm until 8pm. We look forward to joining Jackie and Chris and their staff for the first sing-along with them since they moved into the village! Do come along and encourage your friends and neighbours to come too.
BROXTED PARISH COUNCIL
The Parish Council will not meet in December, so the next meeting will be on Wednesday 11th January 2006 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 Council was sorry to hear of the death of Ellis Carpenter who for many years lived at Church End. Ellis was a parish Councillor before moving to Suffolk. Our sympathies are with his wife, Dorothy, and their two daughters.
BROXTED & DISTRICT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Dunmow Late Night Shopping
The Community Association will again be running its very popular Cake Stall at this event on Friday 9th December. More cakes would be very much appreciated. If you can help by offering a cake, please contact 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. For details please contact Rachel on 01279 850047.
SSE QUIZ NIGHT
Phyllis and Roger Clark will be holding their annual SSE Quiz on Saturday 4th March 2006 in Broxted Village Hall. This quiz is always a sell-out so you are invited to book your team of six as soon as possible. The price is £8 to include supper, and you are asked to bring your own drinks. Book now with Roger & Phyllis on 01279 850638 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or with the SSE office on 01279 870558.
COUNTESS OF WARWICK'S COUNTRY SHOW
This year's profit of £16,007 was the highest ever, and a great testament to the hard work of Geoff and Dot Parker, the Show team and support from both within and outside the Five Parishes. Each church in the Five Parishes has received £3,500 and a further sum has been added to the disaster fund.
Your Show Still Needs You!
Organisers of the meeting on the 9th November to discuss the Show's future were delighted with the response. Amongst the positive and enthusiastic crowd attending were new faces as well as a few not seen for some time and new ideas were put forward for future discussion. The undeniable outcome of the evening was that the Show would go on.
The nucleus of a management team was formed and they will meet again on Wednesday 7th December at The Stag in Little Easton to progress ideas and set policies.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES
Two Successful Evenings
The chairman and his team send their grateful thanks to the many people who helped organise and who attended their two fundraising events, the Greville Theatre evening and at the Magic evening. Almost £3,000 was raised from these events and special thanks go to The Greville Theatre for a superb production of Plaza Suite, and to Brian and Audrey Miller and their friends from The Magic Circle for once again putting on such an enthralling spectacle. Due to their inspiration, Great Easton village hall is transformed into an exciting setting for the occasion.
No apologies are made for repeating the fact that The Friends have for sale an ideal Christmas present – a boxed set of six coasters featuring drawings of the churches by John Woodrow, costing £12. 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.
THE FRIENDS OF THE FIVE PARISHES 50% CLUB
It is still not too late to join the 50% Club. The Club raises funds to help our churches in the Five Parishes and so far this year the subscriber's list is another record breaker. A cheque for £9 made payable to ‘The Friends of the Five Parishes 50% Club’ will pay for a subscription from December until the end of August 2006. Please send your cheque with your name, address and telephone number to Fran Woodrow, Windy Ridge, Duton Hill, Dunmow Essex. The winner of the October draw was Mr Green of Great Easton.
GREAT EASTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL
You will probably have noticed that the front of our school has been occupied by builders for the last few weeks. They have been working on a new front entrance lobby which we hope will be completed by the end of term. This will provide easy access to the school for everyone and a safe and sheltered area in which to have identity checked before entering the main part of the school. The security of those inside the building will therefore be improved. Thank you to all our visitors for co-operating with the entry arrangements during the building work.
The children and staff have been working hard inside the building and will be rewarded on Thursday 1st December by a visit from the Bigfoot Theatre Company who will perform a pantomime. This is being financed by one of our parents, Mrs Ann Howard, who nominated the school to be the recipient of half her sponsorship from running in the London Marathon. We shall be working on our own drama and music production next term to be performed at three concerts towards the end of March. Our choir has already performed this year; the children, accompanied by Mrs Harland and Miss Tancock, joined a mass choir from East Anglia and London to sing at the Royal Albert Hall on the 4th November.
On Tuesday 6th December at 9am, the Year 5 and 6 children, parents, staff and members of the Five Parishes are invited to join together for a Holy Communion service in school led by Revd Gillian Greenslade. This is an occasion for all members of the community to worship together and we do hope that you can join us. You are also warmly invited to our Christmas Nativity Service in Great Easton Church on Tuesday 20th December at 10am. At the service the children in Year 1 will help to tell the Christmas story by dressing up as the characters, supported by the rest of the school in music and words. This will be a fitting start to our holiday, reminding us what happened at the very first Christmas and the message it brings for everyone.
See also www.greateaston.essex.sch.uk.
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